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1. QB Matt Barkley (6'2/220), USC- Many already question Barkley's arm strength and admittedly I have plenty of games to watch before coming to a final conclusion, but it is tough to argue with his ball placement and experienced footwork. Sure, Barkley throws plenty of screen or swing passes in an offense that focuses getting the ball into their playmaker's hands, but he is already asked to make checkdowns at the line based on defensive positioning. I see him zip throws to the sideline after working through progressions frequently. Although he may not ultimately end the process as the top quarterback prospect, Barkley is the safest bet as of right now.
2. QB Tyler Wilson (6'3/220), Arkansas- We will see how Wilson performs under adverse circumstances next season after offensive minded head coach Bobby Petrino was fired only weeks ago. As for his on-field skills, Wilson has a little experience under center and frequently tests downfield coverage on vertical routes. Although his release is elongated, Wilson really whips throws all over the field but tends to overthrow his receivers occasionally. For the most part he is willing to stand in the pocket while working the progressions but Wilson lost many targets to this year's draft and may need to adapt to a new system quickly.
3. DT Star Lotulelei (6'3/325), Utah- There is a soft spot in my heart for beefy interior defensive linemen with high motors and penetration ability. Lotulelei fits that bill and he is the best prospect you have yet to hear about. A likely nose tackle at the next level, Lotulelei could be even more dominant if he bows his elbows less when extending and locates the ball sooner.
4. OLB Sean Porter (6'1/230), Texas A&M- An outside linebacker in the Aggies three man front, Porter crashes the edge under control and looks very comfortable in space. He is not quite the rare parallel bender on the outside that Von Miller was in college, but Porter's number "10" jersey sure does look like Miller's "40" on some plays. Porter's long frame, flexibility, tenacity, and active hands make him one of this year's top pass rushers.
5. DE Alex Okafor (6'4/260), Texas- I am expecting a big jump from Okafor who has a ton of natural ability but has yet to harness it into consistent success. In order to reach that potential, he needs to add strength to his length when engaging and take a more aggressive angle to the quarterback. Okafor should get double digit sacks since he posted 11 pressures as a junior.
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Hey, if we're going to factor cop punching into our mock:
1. Star Lotulelei - I've always wanted Haloti Ngata and VW on my DL
2. Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio St. - Hankins or Lotulelei? In the words of OTG, "Hell, why not BOTH?"
3. Barett Jones, OT, Alabama - he could punch a cop from 5 different OL positions
4. Tyrann Mathieu, DB, LSU - he probably WOULD punch a cop. Heck, a whole squadron of them.
Honorable mention to Taylor Lewan, Jesse Williams, William Gholston, Barkevious Mingo, Tyler Eifert, Levine Toilolo, David Amerson and Justin Gilbert.
Originally Posted by Merril Hoge's Tie Knot
Or we could all become police officers and be *******s to our favorite prospects until they punch us in the face.
I'll take Barkley. You guys can draw straws for Lotulelei
That way our Cop Puncher Mock Draft can be complete.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts. "OVER Loading at ANY position can create a Fatal Advantage. THAT is what interests ME. Attacking With Concentrated Force. THAT is what WINS. In the words ~ more or less ~ of General Patton: 'I'm fighting a WAR, here. Let the B*****ES worry about their FLANKS.' " - Off the Grid
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Like BB, I dream of 3 massive DT-sized souls in the trenches of the 3-4(or any formation, for that matter), which is why I can't pass up this bad mo fo out of Utah. If he is the next Ngata, his comparison alone will shoot him up the board, that is, so long as no one gives him the damning label of "T-Rex Arms" .
Vince isn't getting any younger.
Is Sidney Ponson entering the NFL draft? I hear he has been in a melee or two with Law Enforcement officials. His core strength is out of this world, but his fluidity and technique could use some Pepper therapy.