Jabaal Sheard, DE/OLB, Pittsburgh
Sheard was often hidden under the spotlight that was aimed at defensive end Greg Romeus, but Sheard may be the better player and more valuable as a rush linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. He’s got a some really good tape and some bad tape is why he’s viewed as a 2nd round guy by most, but there’s some talk of him sneaking into round one. He’s a bigger guy, more the James Harrison type size, but doesn’t have elite speed. He’s got a couple good moves that could be developed into a pretty good weapon for a 3-4 team. Probably isn’t big enough to do a defensive end.
Dontay Moch, DE/OLB, Nevada
Moch you may have picked up if you listen to Mayock, who raves about him frequently as being excellent value. His stock is somewhere between late 2 and 4th round because he’s a little undersized and didn’t wow a whole lot in college. He did accumulate some good stats in the Tackles for Loss and sacks categories. This is a guy in the Koa Misi style who could thrive in a 3-4 system.
Chris Carter, DE/OLB, Fresno State
Another undersized tackle from a smaller conference, Fresno had an excellent defense and he was a major contributor for it. He had 10 sacks in his 2010 season, and his combine split was a very nice 1.59. He’s got good hands and quick feet. His size may be a problem which is why he’s in the same boat as Moch, late 2nd to 4th.
Sione Fua, NT, Stanford
Jim Harbaugh ran a complex 3-4 defense at Stanford and the reason he could execute it so well was due to his monstrous nose tackle in the middle. Fua is powerful at the point of attack and can eat up blockers, freeing up the outside rusher for 1 v 1 opportunities. He lacks some lateral movement is why he’ll fall some and his quickness isn’t off the charts, but he could be nice pickup for a team in need of a run stuffer up the middle. Look for him between 3 and 6.
Casey Mathews, LB, Oregon
You probably have heard of the little Mathews as well. He’s the younger brother of Clay who resides in Green Bay. He’s a purely instinctive player, perhaps the most instinctive player in this draft. He’s a play maker who won’t wow you with his measurements, but is always around the ball and finds a way to get it done. He comes from a family of football players. Bruce Mathews and Clay Mathews. He’ll be a good steal for a team needing an inside, or maybe outside, linebacker in the 3rd or 4th rounds.
Ryan Winterswyk, DE, Boise State
Winterswyk doesn’t have any measurables, but he’s all over the quarterback constantly. He had 9 sacks last season with 17 tackles for loss. He’s a pocket mover whose name will constantly get mentioned throughout a game. His size and strength are a little low for a defensive end in the NFL, and there’s a thought he could move to linebacker, but his coverage abilities aren’t off the charts. Look for him in the 5th – 7th rounds.
Greg Little, WR, UNC
Undersized but quick and fast, Little’s been talked about by several draftniks the last few weeks as a potential sleeper in the mid rounds of this draft. He falls that far because he has some character concerns (Sports Illustrated said that he had not been truthful in interviews with teams). Some team will take a chance on him and if he can keep out of trouble he could be a very nice slot receiver at the next level.
Greg Salas, WR, Hawaii
Hawaii is becoming a slot receiver factory. Salas is just like Davone Bess. He finds a way to get open, has sure hands, and is shifty / quick instead of fast. He reads coverages pretty good. He’ll look like Welker in games, but he can disappear. That combined with his lack of speed will drop him into the 3-4 round range.
Austin Pettis, WR, Boise State
Titus Young gets the headlines, Pettis moves the sticks. He’s similar to Derrick Mason, he’s a sound route runner (with some room to develop) but not super quick. His hands are what shines most about him, and he had some nice catches at his pro day as well. He’ll fall between 3 – 5 but a team should get a nice addition with Pettis.
T.J. Yates, QB, UNC
Yates had a quiet but productive career at Carolina. He’s got the perfect QB build at 6’3, but lacks the perfect arm strength. He’s accurate, however, and his arm isn’t quite Chad Pennington levels. Another player Mayock raves about, he’ll linger til 4th or 5th round.
Pat Devlin, QB, Delaware
Devlin took the Joe Flacco path and transferred from a D1 to D2 Delaware. He’s got a good arm, good accuracy, good build, but does hang on to the ball too long. Quicker release and timing can be taught at the next level. The big flag on Devlin is his character. Reportedly he showed up late to his pro day workout and was very inaccurate. Some rumors about him possibly drinking the night before. Either way its going to kill his draft stock and knock him to the 6th 7th round range.
Jaquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State
Rodgers had big production his career, but he’s not fast. He is very elusive and quick in a tight space. He’s been a work horse in college, so there’s some mileage, but he could be a good split back option for a team in need of between the tackles kind of guy who can catch some passes as well.