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JPP, JJ Watt and Chandler Jones have all shown how "raw" prospects with elite skills can develop much more quickly than expected and become impact players.
Dammit, why can't my under the radar potential binkies stay under the radar?
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Charlie Campbell's latest mock at Walter Football has the following:
Round One - Robert Woods, WR, USC
The Patriots should get some youth at wide receiver. Brandon Lloyd has been unimpressive thus far, and Wes Welker doesn't appear to be in New England's long-term plans.
Woods (6-1, 180) was a dominant force as a sophomore, becoming Matt Barkley's primary weapon. Woods totaled 1,292 yards on 111 receptions with 15 touchdowns in 2011. He had a record-setting game to open last year with 17 receptions for 177 yards and three touchdowns against Minnesota. Woods then broke his own record, against Arizona, with 14 receptions for 255 yards and two touchdowns.
When Barkley decided to return for his senior season, Woods had to be ecstatic. He has 31 receptions for 272 yards and five touchdowns this season. Woods also ran the ball once for 76 yards and returned a punt 31 yards.
The junior doesn't look as explosive as he was in 2011 and seems to be short of his top-end speed due to an injured ankle. A good year will keep Woods' draft stock strong - as long as he can stay healthy.
Round Two - Larry Warford, OL, Kentucky
New England could use some youth on the inside of its offensive line.
Warford was named a Second-Team All-SEC performer in 2011 for the second straight season. He did a very good job of opening up holes for running back Derrick Locke in 2010.
Warford is also a good pass-blocker. He is strong at the point of attack and can push defensive linemen around. The senior has underrated speed and quickness for his size.
Round Three - Mario Benavides, OC, Louisville
The Patriots continue to build up their protection for Tom Brady.
Benavides gave his stock a boost by shutting down North Carolina defensive tackle Slyvester Williams. Benavides was a force at the point of attack as the Cardinals gashed North Carolina up the middle. He is listed at 6-foot-4, 280-pounds, but played heavier the previous two seasons, circa 300 pounds.
Benavides will probably need to go back up for the NFL. He has good mobility and could fit well in a zone-blocking system.
I haven't been a fan of Robert Woods as a high first rounder, but as a pick for us in the first round? I'd take him in a heartbeat, a perfect fit for the Patriots. I was watching USC against Utah and in the space of about 10 yards, Woods quadruple moved the DB and my first though was - "I bet he's going to have a good 3-cone score, hmmmm....."
I'm either neutral towards or in love with everyone on that list.
I love: Fuller, Warmack, Cooper, KNOTT (btw, Klein is good too), Elam, Reed, Randle, Van Noy
I like: Ogletree, Carradine, Patton, Thomas, Pryor, Hopkins, Milliner, Joyner
I'm neutral towards everyone else, except Coleman (I haven't paid attention to him. He's a redshirt sophomore. 10% chance he enters the draft), as well as Ansah (haven't seen him yet but look forward to doing so), Bailey (I'd be surprised if he entered the draft), and McFadden, whom I've seen a little, but not enough to have a strong opinion one way or the other.
Just read that Ezekiel Ansah has a 39" vert. If true, that would have made him the top DL last year, better than JJ Watt and 8th best DL in the last seven years. Fancy some of those batted balls that JJ Watt's been excelling at @ Houston?
For better perspective, the best vert in the last seven years at the combine was 45", probably not done by a 6'6" guy with very long arms.
WOW!!!!! If only a freaky vertical was more useful for a defensive end; still, that's amazing.