In response to stars81's comment:
My critique of your original post:
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DE/OLB- Kony Ealy No way is he a 1st rounder. He's a 5th rounder at best. Why do we need DE OLB anyways we have Chandler jones that we traded up for. Ealy is a skinny guy that would easily get boxed inside in the run. I'm even sure this guy can set the edge.
OLB/DE- Jeremiah Attaochu 4th rounder at best, he's very mediocre off the edge and needs to be superb to be an every down OLB. He's never dropped into coverage before
LB- Ryan Shazier I agree that he is a 1st-2nd round, where he struggles is getting past the pass blocker to get to the QB, He's getting in run and has room for growth in the passing game.
DT- Stephon Tuitt I like Tuitt, solid 1st rounder in my opinion
OLB/DE- Dee Ford I think Dee is a little overrated at this stage. I know he had a good senior bowl, but he jumped offside at least once on one of the sacks he got (he was never called for it). I have him at 3rd round
WR- Kelvin Benjamin KB is a big athlete but struggled a lot in the national championship against a smaller DB. I think he is a situational red zone player and that does not warrant a 1st round pick in my eyes.
CB- Kyle Fuller Hands down beat all around CB in the NFL draft
DT- Ra'shede Hageman 1st-2nd round, needs more experience at DE, he use to be on the offensive side of the ball.
S- Jimmie Ward Great cover S. Apparently his stock is dropping. He will be awesome in the NFL. 1st round for sure
Welcome to the thread and I appreciate the feedback.
Ealy- 5th rounder at best? I've watched all of his 2013 tape and I think he's a potential impact talent. The comps to Chandler and Aldon Smith are very good, IMO... good size/length, good burst and motor, very good triangle #'s... this kid could be lethal off the edge... and NE doesn't have much depth off the edge. I'd prefer to see them add to the pass rush corps to keep legs fresher. Michael Sam I could see in Rd 5, but not Ealy.
Attaochu- Same with Ealy, his tape does not say 4th rounder. He has some rawness to his game, but demonstrates very good explosion/snap anticipation... and comes with a ton of positional versatility having played both 43 end and 34 OLB during his time at GT. I see a kid that plays the game hard, has been productive despite teams scheming to neutralize in and has a ton of upside. I don't think he's a Rd 1 lock, but certainly deserves to be in the discussion.
Kelvin Benjamin- He came up big in the NC game at the end, and he also absolutely dominated Gator CB Louchiez Purifoy this past season. I think he's another kid with some rawness to his game, some inconsitency with his hands/concentration, but in today's NFL, he has premium size and a premium skill set and that warrants Rd 1, or at the very least Top 35 consideration.
Fuller- I don't know about the best all around CB in the draft (I'd prob give that to Justin Gilbert), but the kid can ball, no doubt... looked very, very good vs. Alabama WR Amari Cooper.
Hageman- I agree... there's a lot of love for him out there, but this thread has pointed out on numerous occasions how inconsistent his is from snap to snap. Ton of potential and upside, but if he slips to Rd 2, I can see why.
Ward- I agree... looks like a very, very good all around S prospect, in the mold of DMC.