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2013 NFL Draft: Cordarrelle Patterson Prospect Profile

Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson

Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson

Prospect: Cordarrelle Patterson , WR, University of Tennessee

Measurables: 6’3”, 205 lbs

Strengths: Dominating the SEC with 1858 all-purpose yards to go along with 10 TDs in 2012. That’s what WR Cordarrelle Patterson brings to the table. Speedy, tall, and physical. Adjectives that fit Patterson to a tee. He can get by press coverage with little effort. Not afraid to go into traffic to make the grab. Still has room to grow to fit his frame. He can pack on another 10-15 lbs with no negative impact to his game. He has good leaping ability and can snatch the ball out of the air at its highest point. Excellent field awareness and vision. Can see holes before they open. Patterson will always try to get the extra yard by making defenders miss. He simply plants his foot in the ground in one direction, flips his hips and the defender is left grabbing at smoke as he’s racing off to the end zone. Will line up in the backfield for reverses or sweeps. Very dangerous return man with explosive play-making ability to succeed at the next level.

Weaknesses: He’s not the crispest route runner as he tends to round off at the top of the route stem. His willingness and desire to get that extra yard can cause him to dance a bit. He can be a bit lazy and tends to give up on downfield passes. Not the best blocker and will need to improve on that facet of his game at the next level. Some might call his mental toughness into question as he sometimes takes plays off. Randy Moss anyone? The scouting combine and his pro day at Tennessee will be very telling as excellent showings at both should dramatically improve his draft stock. The perfect way to describe Patterson would be “very raw but very talented”.

Projection: Patterson is projected to go in the early to mid first round in April’s Draft.

Prospect Profile completed by:

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2013 NFL Draft: Jonathan Cooper Prospect Profile

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North Carolina Offensive Guard Jonathan Cooper heads into the 2013 NFL Draft as my second rated Offensive Guard prospect. Cooper is a top 10 talent but unfortunately he plays a position where there are not many taken in the top 10. Cooper is athletic and explosive off of the ball. Below you will see our preliminary scouting report on Jonathan Cooper.

Measurables:– 6’3″ 295 lbs

Strengths:

Cooper immediately jumps off of the screen with his athleticism for a 295lb guy. He moves like a tight end when he pulls on a block. Along with his athleticism he posses a good and strong punch in his pass blocking. He times the punch perfectly and shoots his hands firmly and directly on the defenders breast plates for the win consistently. As mentioned before, Cooper pulls a lot because he is athletic and fast enough to get there. Cooper is explosive when he gets to the next level. Upon arrival he comes through his hips when he cuts or connects with a linebacker. This college All-American has the potential to be a very good run blocker in the NFL with his athletic make up and strong lower body he can blow defenders off of the ball consistently.

Weaknesses:

Cooper is just 295lbs, in order to anchor down and move people off of the line of scrimmage, it would be easier for Cooper if he would gain 5-10lbs of healthy weight. Cooper also to me doesn’t seem to have the overall nasty streak that #1 ranked Offensive Guard Chance Warmack does. While I regard Warmack as a “tough type” Guard, I classify Cooper as a “Finesse” Guard. Which in the trenches that word is sometimes viewed as a bad thing, I don’t mean it that way. It means he can play well in space and is extremely athletic. When Cooper pulls, at the point of attack at times he doesn’t accelerate through the block, he “catches”. He needs to continue to churn his feet and use his lower body strength to deliver the blow and win, rather than getting a stale mate.

Projection:

Cooper is projected to be a middle to late 1st round Draft pick.

 

 

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2013 NFL Draft: Chance Warmack Prospect Profile

Alabama Crimson Tide Offensive Guard Chance Warmack

Alabama Crimson Tide Offensive Guard Chance Warmack

As we inch closer to the 2013 NFL Draft with each passing day, DraftInsider continues to provide top quality prospect profiles, along with in depth scouting reports and mock drafts. DraftInsider has acquired a team of veteran scouts to bring you the most unique NFL Draft coverage you have, and will ever see. We look forward to bringing you the best in the business.
We are proud to announce Zack Spears has joined DraftInsider. Zack played Offensive Line at Iowa State, and with his first hand knowledge of the college game, as well as his experience as a lineman, we feel Zack will do extremely good things in his new role as Head Scout: Offensive and Defensive Lines. Follow Zack on twitter @Zacklopedia
Alabama Offensive Guard Chance Warmack heads into the 2013 NFL Draft as my top rated Offensive Guard prospect. Warmack is as good as they come at run blocking, while possesing overpowering strength that he uses to dominate defenders.  Below you will see our finalized scouting report on Chance Warmack.
Measurables:
– 6’3″ 320 lbs
Strengths:
Warmack has a nasty streak to him that all NFL executives and coaches love from a lineman. Warmack has great strength, when watching him play he uses his lower body strength as an anchor to stop the pass rush, and has a steam roller to plow over defenders in the running game. He is an absolute punishing, tough run blocker. That combined with his strength makes him an NFL ready prospect right now. Warmack also fires off the ball and gets a tremendous push at the line of scrimmage, opening running lanes immediately. He is always spotted on film with great pad level and firing a good punch with perfect hand placement in pass pro. Chance will be a perfect fit for a power blocking scheme based offense. 
Weaknesses:
After reading the above “Strengths” part, you may be asking, ‘Well, what can’t this guy do?” Although Warmack is the top rated Offensive Guard in this years draft class, like everyone else there are weaknesses to his game.  He could do a lot for himself by losing some weight and getting quicker to help him play in space while blocking at the second level, pulling, or out on a screen play. Also, because of his limited ability to play in space it makes him not a good fit in a zone blocking scheme, where he will be asked to block more in the open space. You tend to see some of the more athletic lineman excel in that scheme. Because he lacks quickness, he gets beat on some speed pass rush moves. Warmack’s conditioning is a weakness to me too, he seems to get tired on long drives and not finish blocks when he is tired. He could be dominating defenders late in games and drives every single play if he didn’t have to take a play or part of a play off to rest. Which is an easy fix with a little weight loss and top of the line conditioning which will be at his finger tips in the National Football League. 
Projection:
Warmack is projected to the be a top 15 overall pick in April’s Draft.
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2013 NFL Draft: Star Lotulelei Scouting Report

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Utah Defensive Tackle Star Lotulelei

Utah Defensive Tackle Star Lotulelei heads into the 2013 NFL Draft as my top rated defensive prospect, and my second overall prospect. Star possess a unique physical skill set that sets him apart from any other defensive lineman in this years Draft. Below you will see our finalized scouting report on Star Lotulelei.

Measurables:
– 6’4″ 325 lbs

Strengths:

Lotulelei has a devastating first step that allows him to punish offensive lineman and bull rush his way into opposing backfields. He compares at times to Detroit Lions star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Lotulelei has great speed for his 325 lb frame, that allows him to fire through the line, and cause havoc in the backfield. He is an absolute punishing, bull rush type of defensive tackle. Star could play defensive end or nose tackle in a 3-4 system. He also has the prototypical size and tools to succeed in a base 4-3.

Weaknesses:

Lotulelei has a very limited pass rush move set. As mentioned before, he is a punishing bull rusher. He could do a lot for himself by adding a swim or rip move to his game. He find himself rushing with his frame a little too high in passing situations. Star is still a very raw prospect as a defensive tackle. He may need some time to adjust and be an absolute force, it may very well not be until year two or three in a system until he feels comfortable, and becomes a stud.

Projection:

Star is projected to the Oakland Raiders at the third overall pick in April’s Draft.

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2013 NFL Draft: Luke Joeckel Scouting Report

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Luke Joeckel Offensive Tackle Texas A&M

Luke Joeckel is the premier Offensive Lineman in the 2013 NFL Draft. He is our #1 Rated Offensive Lineman, as well as our #1 Overall Prospect in this year’s NFL Draft. Joeckel is a top tier talent, and has the skill set to be a Franchise Left Tackle at the next level. Below is our finalized scouting report.

Strengths:
– Possesses Ideal Size, standing 6’6″ and weighing in at 310 lbs.
– Excellent footwork in pass protection.
– Solid first step out of his stance
– Good lateral movement against pass rushers
– Great Upper Body strength.
– Unique mobility for an Offensive Tackle
– Experience in the SEC against quality pass rushers, also a three year starter

Weaknesses:

– Needs to follow through on run blocks
– Above average run blocker at best
– Needs to use his Lower Body strength more as he engages a defender, rather than reach with his arms
– Should look to gain 10 lbs of muscle before the draft.

Joeckel has the opportunity to be the first player taken on April 25th. He’s not perfect, but he’s a solid prospect. I see a Franchise Left Tackle when I see Luke Joeckel, and I see him translating to the next level with little resistance. Joeckel does need work, and will look to solidify himself as an overall player in the upcoming months.

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Luke Joeckel: Why Kansas City Must Take Him at #1

“With the First Pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, The Kansas City Chiefs select…..”

​How about Luke Joeckel? Deciding to forgo his senior season at Texas A&M he became a top prospect going into the 2013 NFL draft. The Kansas City Chiefs, and newly hired Head Coach Andy Reid have the next three months to decide who their guy is at the #1 selection. Joeckel should be highly considered by the Kansas City Franchise, and this is a guy they can’t afford to pass on.

​Standing at 6 feet 6, 310 lbs. Joeckel, is the prototypical left tackle, long arms with a lean build. The perfect example of size and athleticism, with the foot work to handle speed rushers, the base to anchor down on the bull rush and the quickness off the ball to make room in the run game. Lets not forget this guy is extremely smart, picking up blitzes and stunts with ease, rarely see Joeckel getting fooled. After endless hours of watching tape, it was hard to find this guys weakness.

​Only possible knock on Joeckel is few seem to worry about taking offensive lineman who forgo their senior season, due to lack of maturity. In my opinion, Joeckel won’t have a problem adjusting to faster and stronger competition. Recruited by Texas A&M, he started as a TRUE Freshman in 2010 and has started every game at left tackle for them since. The SEC was also very competitive.

​The Chiefs 2-14 record makes it obvious they have many needs in this upcoming draft and free agency. Although they have some players to consider bringing back, one of them being left tackle Branden Albert, who they can afford, as well as wide receiver, Dwayne Bowe. Albert, drafted as a guard out of Virginia, if re-signed or franchise tagged, could easily be bumped inside to a familiar position at guard in 2013. This moves helps filling the spot of retiring OG Ryan Lilja.

​Luke Joeckel is a franchise left tackle, I have no doubt. Adding him to an offensive line who gave up an NFL 5th worse 40 sacks is an extreme improvement. With no clear cut elite quarterbacks deserving of a number one pick, in my opinion, taking a left tackle with Joeckel’s skills is a great way to build your team. The Chiefs offensive line could potentially be very solid with Luke Joeckel, Branden Albert, and Right Tackle Eric Winston.

​Lets not forget the division Kansas City plays in. The AFC West has some talented pass rushers. The San Diego Chargers have Shaun Phillips, 9.5 sacks this season. Denver Broncos with Elvis Dumervil, 11.0 sacks, as well as quarterback nightmare, Von Miller, who recorded 18.5 sacks during the regular season. Kansas City needs to protect their QB, whoever that may be. Again, I just can’t see a scenario where Joeckel is not the first pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, unless they got great value in a trade for the first overall pick. However, I don’t see that happening.

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2013 NFL Mock Draft (1st Round)

Here is our latest 2013 Mock Draft

1) Kansas City Chiefs
Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M

2) Jacksonville Jaguars
Bjoern Werner DE Florida St.

3) Oakland Raiders
Star Lotulelei DT Utah

4) Philadelphia Eagles
Dee Milliner CB Alabama

5) Detroit Lions
Dion Jordan DE Oregon

6) Cleveland Browns
Damontre Moore DE/OLB Texas A&M

7) Arizona Cardinals
Geno Smith QB West Virginia

8) Buffalo Bills
Chance Warmack G Alabama

9) New York Jets
Tyler Wilson QB Arkansas

10) Tennessee Titans
Barkevious Mingo DE LSU

11) San Diego Chargers
Jonathan Banks CB Miss. St.

12) Miami Dolphins
DeAndre Hopkins WR Clemson

13) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri

14) Carolina Panthers
Keenan Allen WR California

15) New Orleans Saints
Jonathan Hankins DT Ohio St.

16) St. Louis Rams
Barrett Jones OL Alabama

17) Pittsburgh Steelers
John Jenkins DT Georgia

18) Dallas Cowboys
Manti Te’o LB Notre Dame

19) New York Giants
Sam Montgomery DE LSU

20) Chicago Bears
Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan

21) Cincinnati Bengals
Kenny Vaccaro S Texas

22) St. Louis Rams (WSH)
Eddie Lacy RB Alabama

23) Minnesota Vikings
Alec Ogletree LB Georgia

24) Indianapolis Colts
Jonathan Cooper G UNC

25) Baltimore Ravens
Eric Reid S LSU

26) San Francisco 49ers
Zach Ertz TE Stanford

27) Houston Texans
DJ Fluker OT Alabama

28) Atlanta Falcons
Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame

29) Seattle Seahawks
Jarvis Jones DE/OLB Georgia

30) New England Patriots
Kawaan Short DE Purdue

31) Green Bay Packers
Jesse Williams DE Alabama

32) Denver Broncos
David Amerson DB N.C. State

Some surprises, we know. It’s early. However, this is what makes draft season fun! Read it over, and if you have an questions or concerns, tweet at us any time @DraftInsider!

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Post Bowl Season QB Draft Stock: Top 5

Below are my Top 5 Quarterback Rankings after the Bowl Season:

Geno Smith, the West Virginia

Geno Smith, has always intrigued me immensely. He is a prototypical quarterback standing 6’3 and weighing in at around 210 pounds, and has the arm strength to make all of the NFL-level throws.

​Despite playing in arguably the weakest conference in all of division I football for three of his four years, I think Geno Smith has done a nice job at setting himself apart from the pack.

​After decimating defenses in the Big East and laying the lumber on Clemson, Smith and WVU made a move that geographically, and possibly even athletically, they have no reason to be in. They hopped the proverbial ship and departed for the Big XII and Smith took it all in stride, passing for an astonishing 4205 yards and 42 TDs.

Oh, I forgot to mention the measly 6 interceptions he threw all season. He posted career highs in completions, completion percentage and touchdowns, while his six interceptions was a career low.

​He has statistically improved over every season he has been at WVU, and in nearly every category. In games he lost (6), he threw for only 5 interceptions. Keep in mind, the WVU offensive line is no ‘Bama, and the defense, or lack thereof, was abominable. You can chalk the ‘Cuse loss to poor defense.
​Smith, with his superior accuracy, and the ability to make all the throws, run when necessary and his sound decision making, sits alone at the top of my leader board for number one QB prospect

Stock: UP

Landry Jones:

​Jones slots second in my top five, and coming from a UT fan, that has to account for something. Let’s cut to the chase… Landry Jones lacks the elite arm strength you’d like to see out of your franchise quarterback. With that being said, I still think he makes a great pick for some needy NFL teams out there.

There’s no doubt about it… when Jones has playmakers around him, he excels at an intense rate. He has shown that he can do a good job with ball placement as to where only the receiver can catch the ball. During the 2012 season, Jones posted a career high in completion percentage (66.1%) and career low in interceptions (11). On November 17, against Geno Smith and WVU, Jones threw for 554 yards and 6 TDs.

​With minor slip ups against nationally ranked opponent Kansas State, eventual national runner up Notre Dame, and Heisman trophy winner Johnny Football, I think Jones has done enough to show us that he is ready to lead in the NFL if given the opportunity.

Stock: Same

Zac Dysert:

​Miami (OH) always seems to churn out a bruiser with a big arm and a knack for finding the end zone. Whelp, ladies and gentleman, Zac Dysert sure fits the mold. Standing 6’4 and weighing 230 pounds, Dysert is a big body with a decent arm. He has a good delivery and is a pure playmaker. He chucked the pigskin for 25 TDs and 12 INTs, and even though he played for a Miami (OH) team that displayed dismal attempts at football at times, he has shown flashes of brilliance.

​You will hear people speak of his Roethlisberger-esque physique, although he is not as bulky as Big Ben, making it somewhat easier to move around the pocket, inside and out. While he does not share in Roethlisberger’s elite arm strength, he does share in his innate ability to improvise, almost as if he’s programmed to make plays and move the first down marker.

​This selection at number three may come as a surprise to some people, and quite frankly, they may be right. However, in a draft as thin as this at the quarterback position, I do not think that it is out of the realm of possibility for Dysert to be a backup to a good QB in the league and learn the offense and become a successful QB in this league.

Stock: UP

Tyler Wilson

​Coming in at number four on my top five is Tyler Wilson, the signal caller for the Arkansas RazorBacks. This is one quarterback who will have no problem making any throw on the field at the next level. He throws a nice tight spiral, and the ball has a zip that could make a receivers hand black and blue.

​Like Dysert, Wilson is a tall, physical player that has the ability to wing the ball all over the field to a flurry of different receivers. He threw for 21 TDs and a completion percentage of 62.1%. ALSO, like Dysert, Wilson played for a 4-8 team. However, in two toe-to-toe losses to South Carolina and LSU (both teams which play very good defensive football) he threw for a combined total of 636 yards and 4 TDs

​Again, this could be another stretch, but I have this gut feeling that Wilson will make an NFL team very happy as a backup quarterback. His 1.6.:1 TD/INT ratio leaves a lot to be desired, but with the right mentoring, he may be able to shock some people.

Stock: UP

Matt Barkley:

​Lastly we have one Matthew Barkley… and where to begin. Voters had all but sealed their envelopes and had already begun placing the Heisman trophy into Barkley’s hands, when the strangest thing happened: Barkley catapulted from frontrunner to non-existence in the Heisman race.

​Look, I know what you’re going to say next: “Ian, his stats were still great. He still can make throws. He still grasps offenses and knows the game of football…” but listen: Nearly every, EVERY one of his stats dropped from last season. 36 TDS is down from 39 in 2012. 63.6% completions are down from 69%. 3273 yards passing is down from 3528 in ’11. By the way, he did this all while painting the backdrop with a career high 15 interceptions. Throw in a GREAT offensive line and explain to me how Barkley goes from #1 to not having a number?

​In a weak QB draft, Barkley was all but a lock to be the first QB off the board, but he has shown that poor decision making puts his team in a bad spot, and he would have to grow and mature in a system immensely before taking the reigns as a meaningful force in this league.
Stock: Down

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