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JAY's DRAFT VALUES
players who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than them

updated: 03/24/08      numbers in red are among the best in the draft class


Flacco
QB
Delaware

Flacco has a very strong arm.  In addition, when he decides to make a throw, his release is very quick.  For a big kid, he moves well in the pocket, ala Ben Roethlisberger.  I believe he has the biggest upside of all quarterbacks in this draft, although he will need time to catch up to the speed of the game in the NFL.  This is quarterback I would target in the draft.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'6.3" 236 - 4.78 1.71 2.79 4.27 - 6.82 28.5" 9'2"
YEAR CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2007 331 521 4263 63.5% 8.20 84 23 5 NA 144.90

Johnson
QB
San Diego

While definitely a great athlete, Johnson is also a good passer.  He is much more than an athlete playing quarterback.  Last year he threw 43 touchdowns and only 1 interception.  And, no that is not a misprint. He also ran for 726 yards (7.2 yards per rush).   In time, Johnson could be what Vick was suppose to be.  Johnson will grow into one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'2.6" 213 - 4.44 1.58 2.63 4.42 - 7.56 33.5" 9'2"
YEAR CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2007 206 301 2988 68.4 9.93 80 43 1 11 198.30

O'Connell
QB
San Diego St

O'connell is a tall, athletic kid who throws very well on the move.  He will need time to develop but has too much upside to risk on a team's development squad (where he can be plucked off by another team).  At 6'5", O'connell ran for 408 yards his senior year.  I believe he will be a Matt Hasselbeck-type of quarterback down the line.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'5" 223 - 4.57 1.60 2.71 4.38 - 7.01 31" 9'5"
YEAR CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2007 257 439 3063 58.5 6.98 97 15 8 30 124.78

Johnson
RB
East Carolina

I know it's not "football knowledge savvy" to place too much emphasis on workout numbers, but come on, a 4.24 forty!  At the Combine even, not on campus under ideal conditions.  Johnson was a marginal first round selection before this workout.  Since it, analyses have concentrated on his lack of inside running ability.  But the kid can catch.  The kid can run outside.  And the kid may be the fastest player in football.  I also believe he will run inside better than many think.  Worst case, he can be for a team what the Saints wanted Bush to be.  Johnson may not be an every-down back, but he will be a very valuable member of a team whether carrying the ball, or having defenses keeping track of his every move fearful of him going the distance at any moment.  A smart team will grab him in round one.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
5'11" 197 - 4.24 1.40 2.41 - - - 35" 10'10"
YEAR ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 236 1423 6.0 NA 17 37 528 14.3 NA 6 NA NA

Forte
RB
Tulane

If I were a GM and needed a full time starting running back, I would skip drafting any running back not named McFadden in round one and draft Forte in round two.  He is going to be a top NFL starter.  He runs tough, has more speed than originally believed, and catches the ball very well.  He is the total package.  Unfortunately, we may have to wait a bit to see it because he could be drafted as a backup to an established starter.  
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'1.3" 217 23 4.46 1.49 2.55 4.23 11.49 6.84 33" 9'10"
YEAR ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 361 2127 5.9 NA 23 32 282 8.8 NA 0 NA NA

Choice
RB
Georgia Tech

Choice runs tough between the tackles and is a natural running back.  He makes sharp cuts and has good, but not great speed.  At minimum, Choice is the move-the-chains part of the two-headed running back in vogue in today's NFL.  Best case, he is a full time starter.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
5'10.4" 215 20 4.50 1.50 2.55 - - 6.88 34" 9'11"
YEAR ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 261 1379 5.3 NA 10 14 107 7.6 NA 0 NA NA

Parmele
RB
Toledo

Parmele is a shifty runner with good speed, tremendous athleticism, and the ability to make people miss.  He will be a good change-of-pace back in the NFL.  In a draft deep at running back, Parmele could fall through the cracks, but he should have a nice NFL career.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
5'11.4" 224 19 4.47 1.48 2.54 4.29 - 6.94 41.5" 10'5"
YEAR ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 276 1511 5.5 54 14 17 157 9.2 28 1 NA NA

Caldwell
WR
Florida

This is a strange draft for wide receivers.  There are more questions about the first round receivers who will be counted on as #1 receivers than there is for the receivers who will be solid number two or threes.  Caldwell is the best of the #2's.  During Senior Bowl week he continually blew bye corners in practice.  He has very good hands, and terrific speed and quickness.  I have no doubts about him developing into a good #2 receiver.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'0.2" 204 - 4.31 1.55 2.55 4.11 - 6.75 33" 10'4"
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 56 761 13.6 NA 7 12 58 4.8 1 0 NA NA

Hawkins
WR
California

As a fan of the show Jericho, I 'gotta' like him for his last name alone.  Hawkins is a player I absolutely love in this draft.  In Senior Bowl practices he routinely made incredible catches.  He was a highlight reel all by himself.  He followed up that display with a very good Senior Bowl Game.  Hawkins isn't the fastest receiver, isn't the biggest receiver, isn't the quickest receiver, which makes him a bit of a risk when compared to others available in this draft.  He makes great catches, in part, because he doesn't get the same separation as those bigger, faster, quicker receivers.  He will need a quarterback who trusts him and isn't afraid to throw into tight windows for him to reach his full potential.  However, if he is paired with such a quarterback, when looked at 10 years down the road, he just may be considered the best receiver to come out of this draft.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
5'11" 187 14 4.47 1.58 2.64 4.28 - 6.99 33.5" 10'0"
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 72 858 11.9 NA 6 7 60 8.6 NA 0 NA NA

Avery
WR
Houston

Avery has a rep of being a one-dimensional receiver who runs fly patterns.  He is, however, considered a very good one-dimensional receiver because he gets open deep and catches the ball very well.  I believe there is more to his game.  He is a tough kid who will run curls, ins and outs when asked to do so in the NFL, and will catch the ball.  In other words, I expect Avery to blossom in the NFL as an all around receiver who is a home run threat.  He won't be a #1, but will be a very good #2.  He will need some time to round out his game.  He is also a good return man.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
5'11" 192 16 4.40 1.56 2.60
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 91 1456 16.0 NA 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Jackson
WR
Appl State

Jackson had a very good post-season.  He is a dynamite return man with great speed and quickness.  He also showed very reliable hands making him more than just a special teams prospect.  Jackson will be a solid slot receiver.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
5'9.2" 185 - 4.31 1.53 2.54 - 11.22 6.81 29.5" 10'2"
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 30 688 22.9 68 8 5 74 14.8 24 1 NA NA

Hubbard
WR
Wisconsin

Want a sleeper who could be available on day two, but turn into a solid NFL starter?  How about Hubbard.  He only played 8 games his senior year but has an excellent combination of size, speed, quickness, and athleticism.  He needs better concentration to become a more reliable target, but has shown good hands in long spurts.  He also comes from a school that has produced NFL receivers like Chris Chambers and Lee Evans.  If drafted in the right situation (one where he has a chance to see the field), Hubbard could be a pleasant surprise.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'2.6" 221 15 4.38 1.53 2.56 6.93 39.5" 10'6"
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 14 305 21.8 NA 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0

Shields
WR
Richmond

Shields is one of the most intriguing wide receiver prospects in this draft.  He injured his knee early in this senior season but still is among the all time leading receivers at Richmond.  The book on Shields was that he had excellent hands, runs good routes, and is a tough kid who gets good YAC.  The knock on him was suspect speed, especially coming off a knee injury.  Then he worked out.  He has great speed.  In addition he is a tremendous athlete with good quickness and the ability to make sharp cuts.   This is the type of data that I've found results in a better NFL player than most project.  He is a player on the field who many thought did it with limited measureables.  Then he added a great workout to his on-field skill.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'0.6" 194 19 4.38 1.51 2.56 3.96 10.87 6.67 37.5" 10'8"
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 14 125 8.9 NA 0 1 -2 -2.0 -2 0 NA NA

Arthur
WR
Akron

I am still waiting on Arthur's Pro Day to see if I feel his potential is even better than I have here.  Every year I identify a receiver who catches the ball very well, has good skills, but is not in the class of other players in the draft in terms of athletic skills.  This is a player who will be signed as a street free agent and has the ability to stick around and eventually be a contributor down the line.  Last year it was Dominique Zeigler.  He hung around the 49ers all year on their practice squad.  This year it's Arthur.  He has good size, excellent hands, and makes tough catches.  Whether drafted late or signed as a free agent, this kid will be tough for a team to cut.  Down the line he can become a contributor as a #4 wideout.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'3.4" 228 - - - - - - - - -
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 86 1171 13.6 51 10 4 3 0.8 6 0 0 0

Cottam
TE
Tennessee

Cottam only played 5 games his senior year, but showed excellent hands in Senior Bowl practices and had a touchdown catch in the game.  Cottam is a big tight end at almost 6'8" and 270 pounds.  For a man his size he has shown the ability to develop into a good blocker.  With questions about Fred Davis as a first rounder and Keller more of a bulk up wide receiver than true tight end, if I needed a tight end in this draft I would target Cottam in round two or three and go a different way earlier in the draft.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'7.4" 270 24 4.63 1.57 2.61 - - - 33" -
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 5 125 25.0 NA 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 NA NA

Cherlius
OT
Boston Col

Cherlius has a nasty streak.  He looked very good during Senior Bowl week.  He may drop a bit in the draft because he is a right tackle not a left tackle, but he will be a very good right tackle. 
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'6.3" 314 24 5.21 1.76 3.00 4.82 - 7.60 23" 8'6"
SENIOR BOWL ONE-ON-ONE as observed by Jay Goldberg
vs Ellis 0-1
vs Davis 1-1
vs Jackson 4-1

Nicks
OT
Nebraska

Nicks is very big, very strong, and very quick for a man his size.  He is also a good athlete and can play either tackle or guard.  He will have a good NFL career.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'4.7" 341 31 5.18 1.80 2.98 4.68 7.91 25.5" 9'1"
SENIOR BOWL ONE-ON-ONE as observed by Jay Goldberg
vs Avril 1-1
vs Ellis 1-0

Cousins
OT
UTEP

Cousins is an athletic tackle with good speed.  After the top left tackles come off the board, this is the kid I believe has a chance to develop into a quality starting left tackle down the line.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'4" 308 23 5.11 1.77 2.94 4.80 - 7.90 24.5" 8'11"
SENIOR BOWL ONE-ON-ONE as observed by Jay Goldberg
vs Robertson 1-3
vs Gilberry 3-0

Zuttah
OG
Rutgers

Zuttah was a right tackle in college who projects to a guard in the NFL.  He is very strong, very quick, and has good speed.  He was considered a smart, overachieving type in college but is one of the most physically-gifted guards in the draft.  This kid will be a steal for a team in the draft.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'3.2" 303 35 4.99 1.73 2.87 4.54 - 7.59 26.5" 8'11"

Pollak
OC
Arizona State

Pollak was the only player at the Senior Bowl who handled Sedrick Ellis in one-on-one drills to a virtual draw.  He followed that up with a tremendous workout at the Combine.  He also played very well at Arizona State.  Pollak is the best center in this draft bt may not be the first center that comes off the board.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'3.4" 301 29 4.98 1.73 2.88 4.47 - 7.49 28" 9'3"
SENIOR BOWL ONE-ON-ONE as observed by Jay Goldberg
vs Ellis 2-2

Laws
DT
Notre Dame

Laws hustles all the time and makes a lot of tackles.  He is also strong, quick and fast for a 300 pound man.  Laws can play inside in a 4-3 defense, but also has the skill set to play end in a 3-4.  Laws is one of those players that looks like an overachiever, but isn't, he's just very good and very talented.  Would I draft him in round?  As Tom Cullen would say, Laws yes!
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'0.6" 304 35 5.13 1.74 2.94 4.49 - 7.37 30.5" 8'7"
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TFL INT PD
2007 112 4 7 8 0 5

Moore
DT
Maryland

Moore is a great athlete who has not transferred his enormous skills from practice to the game consistently yet.  However, with time and good coaching he could be a stud in the NFL.  The best thing that could happen to Moore is that he goes in round three and has to work to get a big contract at the end of his rookie deal.  He needs work on his technique.  So far he has gotten by on his physical skills.  I'm betting on this kid putting it together and being a very good NFL player.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'4" 305 31 4.84 1.62 2.70 4.55 - 7.73 28" 8'9"
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TFL INT PD
2007 62 6 1 8.5 0 1

Rubin
DT
Iowa State

Rubin was unblockable during Senior Bowl drills and followed that up with a very good game.  He can play inside in a 4-3 and also could play the nose in a 3-4.  He is a strong kid who is a good athlete for a nose tackle.  I expect Rubin to grow into a top run-stuffing tackle who can also push the pocket and get pressure on the quarterback up the middle.  Rubin is an underrated prospect heading into the draft.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'2.6" 315 35 5.20 1.74 2.96 5.00 - 8.05 28" 8'10"
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TFL INT PD
2007 42 1.5 0 4 0 1

Shirley
DT
Fresno State

Shirley is a monster of a man who is a very good run-stuffer.  He had off-the-field issues which limited him to 3 games in 2007 (was suspended).  However, a 330 pound player who runs a 5.0 forty, has a short shuttle time equal to Felix Jones, Rashard Mendenhall and DeSean Jackson, and a 3 cone time like Devin Thomas doesn't grow on trees.  If the he gets drafted onto a veteran team with good discipline, he should develop into a top NFL nose tackle.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'5.1" 329 25 5.02 1.72 2.92 4.18 - 7.16 34" 9'7"
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TFL INT PD
2007 7 1.5 0 3 0 0

Langford
DE
Hampton

Langford is a rare big defensive end.  He has good pass rush moves and will be a solid end in a 3-4 defense.  Langford played very well in the East West Shrine All Star Game showing he could step up in competition and be the only player who could put consistent pressure on quarterbacks.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'5.4" 287 24 4.95 1.65 2.84 4.69 - 7.72 27" 9'6"
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TFL INT PD
2007 72 6 12 13.5 0 0

Jones
DE
E Michigan

Jones played out of position at defensive tackle in his senior year.  He has played well at end in the college post-season.  He could be a sleeper for a team as a rotation player at end who kicks inside in the nickel ala Justin Tuck of the Giants for pass rush purposes.  Jones should have a nice NFL career.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'5.2" 273 18 4.76 1.59 2.73 4.32 - 7.29 30.5" 10'3"
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TFL INT PD
2007 70 3.5 10 19.5 0 3

Johnston
DE
Gardner-Webb

Johnston is a deep sleeper.  He has good size and showed good pass rushing skills and good pursuit in the Hula Bowl.  The step-up in competition did not effect him.  He is a top athlete for the position with speed, quickness and athleticism.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'5.1" 274 - 4.66 1.51 2.66 4.18 - 6.96 35" -
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TFL INT PD
2007 74 6 22 24 0 NA

Gholston
DE/OLB
Ohio State

How is a top five or ten pick making a list of under-valued players?  Because he will be that good.  Gholston should be Miami's pick at number one in the draft.  He will be a dominate pass rusher like recent defensive end to outside 3-4 linebackers converts Ware and Merriman.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'3" 266 37 4.58 1.58 2.68 4.40 - 7.12 42" 10'5"
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TFL INT PD
2007 37 14 NA 15.5 NA NA

Howard
DE/OLB
Georgia

Howard is clearly too small to play defensive end in the NFL, although I thought the same thing about the Colts' Robert Mathis.  Howard is ideally suited to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.  He is a top athlete and has great speed for a man his size.  He also has very good pass rushing skills.  Howard will be a long time quality NFL starter.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'0.4" 237 27 4.45 1.47 2.52 - - - 36" 9'11"
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 41 10.5 1 12 0 3

Woodyard
OLB
Kentucky

Woodyard is a very active player with the ability to make plays sideline-to-sideline.  He has excellent speed and quickness.  He is also a tough kid who likes to hit.  He is perfect as a WILL linebacker on a team that emphasizes speed over size.  He looked very good during Senior Bowl practices making tackle after tackle in drills.  However, in the game he had some very good moments, but also missed some tackles.   He will need to play under a little more control to become a more sure tackler in the NFL, but I believe that will be an easy adjustment for this kid. 
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'0.3" 227 - 4.49 1.52 2.58 4.25 11.46 7.15 30" 9'10"
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 78 0 1 5 0 4

Keglar
OLB
Purdue

Keglar has a chance to be a great SAM linebacker.  He has a rare combination of strength, speed, quickness and athletic ability.  Keglar is also a smart, tough kid with good coverage skills.  Keglar will be a steal for a team in the draft.  In addition, he will be a killer on special teams while he develops as a linebacker.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'1.5" 239 29 4.55 1.51 2.60 3.98 11.43 6.70 39" 10'6"
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 70 0 NA 4 0 3

Kehl
OLB
BYU

Kehl is a very good athlete.  He has the speed to chase plays sideline-to-sideline and the quickness to stay with backs out of the backfield.  He also has a nose for the ball and makes big plays.  He will be a very good WILL in the NFL.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'2.2" 242 26 4.56 1.54 2.62 4.14 - 6.54 35" 10'2"
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 91 4 NA 11.5 3 4

Goff
ILB
Vanderbilt

Goff was thought to be a smart, instinctive, tough linebacker who was limited athletically.  His workout, however, shows he is a good athlete for an inside linebacker.  While he has the measureables to play the middle in a 4-3 defense, I believe his play on the field and size translate better to playing inside in a 3-4.  If he lands with a 3-4 team, he could have a nice career as a starter. 
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'2" 245 28 4.63 1.53 2.64 4.26 11.50 6.86 35.5" 9'10"
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 113 3 6 6.5 2 5

Larsen
ILB
Arizona

Larsen is a better football player than workout warrior.   He will probably go on day two and be a top backup or stop-gap starter (although it wouldn't surprise me if he becomes a solid starter), but he will be a valuable member of a team while many linebackers selected ahead of him are limited to special teams and practice squads.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'1.6" 238 27 4.82 1.64 2.78 4.29 - 7.37 33.5" 9'8"
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 131 4 0 15.5 1 5

Porter
CB
Indiana

Porter has excellent speed, a nose for the ball, and good man-to-man cover skills.  Some question his toughness but the kid showed good strength at the Combine and he did have 83 tackles his senior year.  Porter is an underrated cornerback prospect.  He also looked good during Senior Bowl practices.  He could develop into one of the better corners in the league.  He is also a good punt returner.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
5'10.7" 188 18 4.30 1.46 2.46 4.07 7.20 34" 10'3"
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 83 1 0 5.5 6 4

Godfrey
CB
Iowa

Godfrey isn't the faster corner, isn't the quickest corner, isn't the most athletic corner, but he is a very good football player.  He played at a consistently high level during both Senior Bowl practices and in the game.  Godfrey can play in either a man or cover-two scheme.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
5'11.6" 207 14 4.43 1.47 2.56 4.40 - 7.28 32.5" 10'1"
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 65 0 0 0 5 9

Jackson
CB
LSU

Jackson had a nice week of practice at the Senior Bowl, although he got beat deep a little.  That was to be expected, however, since he is a cover-two corner prospect, not a a man-to-man corner.  In fact, he may be one of the best cover-two corners in this draft because he has tremendous quickness, change-of-direction skills and is a great athlete.  He will go below some of the speed-demon corners in the draft, but in the right system could be one of the best corners to come out of this draft.  He had 5 interceptions and an incredible 16 passes broken up his senior year.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'0" 192 13 4.52 1.50 2.58 4.15 - 6.96 36" 10'5"
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 44 0 0 3 5 16

Scandrick
CB
Boise State

Scandrick started for three years at Boise State and had a great workout at the Combine.  He was thought to be just a straight-line speed guy, but his 6.83 3-cone tells a different story.  He is the type of athlete who a team will take a chance on earlier in the draft than many think, and based on his college performance, could be rewarded for taking that chance.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
5'10" 192 - 4.32 1.46 2.49 - - 6.83 38.5" 10'5"
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 50 0.5 0 3 2 7

Branch
CB/S
Connecticut

Branch is a player I like a lot in this draft.  The only knock on him is that he doesn't get turnovers.  However, for a very fast corner, he likes to mix it up and is a big hitter.  He also is a very good kick returner.  Branch is a solid corner who will be a very valuable special teams player  while apprenticing to start.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
5'11.3" 204 19 4.29 1.47 2.49 4.40 - - 34" 10'0"
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 89 0 0 3 0 10

Lawson
CB/S
Oregon State

I may be one of the only draft sites touting this kid, but I believe he will make a team and immediately be one of the best special teams players in the league.  Lawton can return punts and kicks, is a terror on special teams coverage units, and even blocked a kick in his senior year.  As a defensive back, he could become a valuable dime back because of his mix of good speed and tremendous athleticism.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
5'10.3" 192 14 4.47 - - 4.28 - 7.03 40.5" 10'8"
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 20 0 0 0 1 0

Barrett
SS
Arizona State

Barrett is going to be one of the steals of this draft.  He has a first round grade from me but, most likely, won't hear his name called in round one.  He is a big-time hitter who has great speed, and good quickness and athleticism.  He will be a demon in the box against the run, and has the speed to keep up with receivers in the deep zones.  Barrett will develop into one of the top strong safeties in the league.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'1.6" 223 17 4.33 1.50 2.50 4.27 - 7.07 31.5" 10'1"
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 38 1 0 4 1 7

Zbikowski
SS
Notre Dame

Zbikowski will need to go to the right system to be a difference-maker on defense.  He will be a special teams stud.  He is very strong, tough, and has superb quickness.  He is the ideal in the box-safety who will make opponents pay for going into his zone.  He is not a fit for teams that play their safeties interchangeable.  Even though he has enough speed to be good in coverage, that is not his strength.  He is also an accomplished punt returner.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'1.6" 223 17 4.33 1.50 2.50 4.27 - 7.07 31.5" 10'1"
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 80 1 0 1.5 2 1

Silva
SS/FS
Boston Col

Silva is not a great athlete, but he has terrific football instincts.  He has a nose for the ball, makes tackles all over the field and is a good punt returner.  Silva is the type of kid who will come into a camp and make it impossible for a coach to cut him.  Three years later, after injuries and disappointing performances, suddenly he has a major role  on defense (starter or nickel safety) as well as on special teams. 
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
5'10.6" 204 - 4.78 1.53 2.70 4.50 - 6.86 32" 9'4"
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 125 1.5 0 4 8 3

DeCoud
FS/SS
California

DeCoud is a heady player who is a sure tackler who was thought to be limited athletically.  However, his workout showed he is a very good athlete with good speed for a safety.   DeCoud will grow into a solid starting NFL safety.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
6'1.3" 207 9 4.50 1.51 2.59 4.27 - 6.85 35.5" 10'3"
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 115 1 0 3 1 4

Demps
FS
California

Demps has the best man-to-man cover skills of all the pure safeties in the draft (not including the corners being projected to safety).  He has the speed to line up in coverage against running backs split wide and tight ends who are bulked up wide receivers.  He also has excellent ball skills, gets lots of turnovers and is a good punt and kickoff returner.  He needs to be a more reliable tackler, but I believe that will come in time.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
5'11" 206 16 4.38 1.51 2.53 - - - 31.5" 9'2"
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 72 0 0 4.5 5 9

Nakamura
FS
Cinncinnati

Nakamura will, most likely, not be drafted until late in day two, but will be one of the better gets late on day two.  He will be a solid special teams player and has the skills and athleticism to develop into a top sub or even capable starter down the line.
HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
5'10.5" 210 20 4.55 1.53 2.65 4.33 - 6.93 34.5" 10'0"
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 95 1.5 0 6 4 4