Archive for February, 2013

Alex Okafor (80) is On the Clock's selection as the 35th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Alex Okafor (80) is On the Clock’s selection as the 35th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. (Source: optimumscouting.com)

33. Jacksonville Jaguars- Matt Barkley, QB, USC

34. San Francisco 49ers (From Kansas City Chiefs)*- Eric Reid, FS, LSU

35. Philadelphia Eagles- Alex Okafor, DE, Texas

36. Detroit Lions- Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame

37. Cincinnati Bengals (From Oakland Raiders)- D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

38. Arizona Cardinals- Mike Glennon, QB, NC State

39. Cleveland Browns- FORFEIT (Pick was used to select WR Josh Gordon in the 2012 Supplemental Draft)

40. New York Jets- Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

41. Tennessee Titans- Arthur Brown, OLB, Kansas State

42. Buffalo Bills- Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers

43. Miami Dolphins- Robert Woods, WR, USC

Jonathan Cyprien (7) is On the Clock's selection as the 45th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. (Source: AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

Jonathan Cyprien (7) is On the Clock’s selection as the 45th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. (Source: AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

44. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- John Jenkins, DT, Georgia

45. Carolina Panthers- Jonathan Cyprien, SS, FIU

46. New Orleans Saints- FORFEIT (Pick was taken by the NFL as a penalty for the Bountygate Scandal)

47. San Diego Chargers- Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor

48. St. Louis Rams- Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford

49. Dallas Cowboys- Barrett Jones, C, Alabama

50. Pittsburgh Steelers- Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State

51. New York Giants- Matt Elam, SS, Florida

52. Chicago Bears- Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

53. Washington Redskins- Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State

54. Minnesota Vikings- Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State

55. Cincinnati Bengals- Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina

56. Miami Dolphins (from Indianapolis Colts)- Kyle Long, OT, Oregon

Sam Montgomery (99) is On the Clock's selection as the 61st overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. (Source: the Las Vegas Sun)

Sam Montgomery (99) is On the Clock’s selection as the 61st overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. (Source: the Las Vegas Sun)

57. Green Bay Packers- Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin

58. Seattle Seahawks- Sio Moore, OLB, Connecticut

59. Houston Texans- Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State

60. Denver Broncos- Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina

61. New England Patriots- Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU

62. Atlanta Falcons- Cornellius “Tank” Carradine, DE, Florida State

63. San Francisco 49ers- Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M

64. Baltimore Ravens- Phillip Thomas, FS, Fresno State

*: The 34th pick will not officially belong to the San Francisco 49ers until the Alex Smith trade is declared official on March 12th.

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On the Clock Mock Draft Round 1

Posted: February 27, 2013 by Jeff Vinton in Mock Draft
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This is what Bill and I believe will happen in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft on April 25! We will go through all seven rounds over the next seven days, so keep an eye out for each round!

Luke Joeckel, above, is On the Clock's projection as the #1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Offensive Tackle Luke Joeckel, above, is On the Clock’s projection as the #1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. (Source: sportsillustrated.cnn.com)

1. Kansas City Chiefs- Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

2. Jacksonville Jaguars- Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida

3. Oakland Raiders- Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

4. Philadelphia Eagles- Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

5. Detroit Lions- Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

6. Cleveland Browns- Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU

7. Arizona Cardinals- Chance Warmack, OG Alabama

8.Buffalo Bills- Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

9. New York Jets- Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

10. Tennessee Titans- Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

11. San Diego Chargers- Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina

12. Miami Dolphins- Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

14. Carolina Panthers- Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

15. New Orleans Saints- Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU

Kenny Vaccaro (4) from Texas is On the Clock's projection as the #16 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Safety Kenny Vaccaro (4) from Texas is On the Clock’s projection as the #16 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. (Source: statesman.com)

16. St. Louis Rams- Kenny Vaccaro, FS, Texas

17. Pittsburgh Steelers- Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

18. Dallas Cowboys- DaMontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M

19. New York Giants- Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

20. Chicago Bears- Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU

21. Cincinnati Bengals- Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

22. St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins)- Keenan Allen, WR, Cal

23. Minnesota Vikings- Kawann Short, DT, Purdue

24. Indianapolis Colts- Datone Jones, DE, UCLA

Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree (9) is On the Clock's projection as the 32nd overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. (Source: ajc.com)

Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree (9) is On the Clock’s projection as the 32nd overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. (Source: ajc.com)

25. Seattle Seahawks- Jonathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

26. Green Bay Packers- DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

27. Houston Texans- Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

28. Denver Broncos- Jonathan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

29. New England Patriots- Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech

30. Atlanta Falcons- Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

31. San Francisco 49ers- Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama

32. Baltimore Ravens- Alec Ogletree, OLB, Georgia

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BYU defensive end/outside linebacker Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah (47) intercepts a tipped pass against San Diego State in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA on Dec. 20, 2012. The Cougars defeated the Aztecs 23-6.

BYU defensive end/outside linebacker Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah (47) intercepts a tipped pass against San Diego State in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA on Dec. 20, 2012. The Cougars defeated the Aztecs 23-6. (Source: patriots.com)

Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah is not the typical NFL prospect. The 6′ 5″, 271 pound BYU Cougar originally hails from Accra, Ghana and grew up playing basketball. When Ziggy came came to America and Provo, Utah, specifically, he ran track for the Cougars for one year and tried and failed twice to walk on to the basketball team. From there, Ansah discovered football and convinced head coach Bronco Mendenhall to give him a chance. Ziggy became a special teams player in his second season in Provo and was starting on the defensive line last season, his senior year.

His full story can be found in these two videos from 2011:

Here are Ansah’s stats from BYU:

Career: 31 games played, 72 total tackles, 39 unassisted, 33 assisted, 13 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, 7 quarterback hits, 9 passes broken up

2012: 13 games played (13 starts), 62 total tackles, 35 unassisted, 27 assisted, 13 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, 6 quarterback hits, 9 passes broken up

Ansah, who originally dreamed of playing in the NBA, is now headed for a career in the NFL and it is time for me to evaluate him. My evaluation will consist of these categories: Agility, Bull Rush, Speed Rush, Run Defense, Speed/Burst, Strength, Pass Defense, Tackle, Read and React and Health.

AGILITY: 

Honestly, Ansah has some of the best natural agility that I have seen in this year’s crop of defensive linemen and linebackers. He can change direction as quick or quicker than just about anybody, and when he is engaged with a lineman (or any type of blocker, for that matter) he throws one of the quickest and best spin moves that I have seen. This spin move is flat out dirty and it is one of Ansah’s best assets. He is not as balanced as I would like to see, but that is because he is still learning and getting comfortable in his pads. 9.0/10.0

BULL RUSH: 

Ansah doesn’t have the strongest bull rush, but that is mainly due to the fact that sometimes he doesn’t stay low and that is a horrible thing for a defensive lineman to do. One of the main thing that coaches preach to defensive linemen is to “Keep your pads low!” When a D-lineman is lower than his offensive counterpart, then he can get leverage and push the o-lineman backward. Now, during my third year of football, I wasn’t very good at this either, but I also am no comparison to Ziggy Ansah. But, Ansah seems extremely coachable and I bet that we will see improvement in this when Ansah takes the field in September for his first NFL game.  7.75/10.00

SPEED RUSH:

When Ansah is lined up in his typical defensive end or outside linebacker spot (he also lined up at nose tackle and defensive tackle at BYU), he has a pretty dang good speed rush. He stays outside and then cuts inside, usually using his spin when he sees that the quarterback has handed the ball off to a running back on a draw or that the QB is setting up to throw the ball. He doesn’t always get inside (notably during the Notre Dame game), but when he does, he causes a ton of disruption for the offense, and if you don’t believe me, check out the Utah State highlights throughout the videos. 8.5/10.0

RUN DEFENSE: 

Ansah is a naturally good tackler, which helps him a ton in his run defense. He’s not the greatest at diagnosing the play (but who is after only three seasons?), but when he does see it, he uses the speed and burst that I will talk about in the next section to catch up to running backs and throw them to the ground. I am honestly hugely impressed with Ansah’s run defense. 8.75/10.00

SPEED/BURST: 

Ansah ran a 4.63 40-yard dash at the Combine in Indy on Monday, sixth best among all the defensive linemen at the event. His speed and burst are even more impressive on the field. As I said in the last section, Ansah can chase down running backs who have gotten past him. There were times in his tape when he would come out of nowhere to make a tackle. He also has an insane burst when he sees a lane on a play. For example, in the Notre Dame game, Ansah was lined up at OLB and was left unblocked on a draw play. Ansah bursts through a lane on the Notre Dame line and takes Irish RB Theo Riddick down to the Notre Dame Stadium grass. That play shows Ansah’s burst more than almost any other. 8.75/10.00

STRENGTH:

If I were to say that Ansah is the strongest d-lineman in the draft, I’d be lying, but he is still really strong. He repped 225 pounds 21 times in the bench press test in Indianapolis and there are tons of plays where Ansah locks out 300+ pound offensive linemen to showcase how strong he really is. There is also a scene in the second video of Ansah’s story (above) that shows how strong he is. At one of BYU’s practices, Ansah lifts a blocking dummy (which, trust me, are not light) about six feet in the air and then throws it down to the ground as if it weighed nothing at all. That play showcased his strength to me more than any other. The best thing about Ansah’s strength is that there is more to come. He will benefit hugely from working with a NFL strength and conditioning coach to build a lot more strength in the weight room. I really cannot wait to see him in the NFL. 9.0/10.0

PASS DEFENSE:

Ziggy Ansah 2

Ansah knock as pass down against Washington State.

Ansah is about as good as it gets when it comes to defensive linemen against the pass. He broke up nine passes and even intercepted a pass this past season. I thought Bjoern Werner was about as good as it got for d-linemen here, but now that I have seen Ansah’s tape, I realize I was wrong. For Ansah, this all just comes naturally, and his pass defense is no exception. 9.25/10.00

TACKLE: 

I stated this earlier, and it seems like I’m saying this a lot, but tackling just comes naturally to Ziggy. He rarely misses a tackle and has learned well on how to form tackle from his coaches at BYU. He hits hard and doesn’t let players escape. If Ziggy gets ahold of a player, they are meeting the turf in some way. 9.0/10.0

READ AND REACT: 

This is an area where Ziggy could improve, but it really has to do with the fact that he’s only been playing the game for three years. It takes a ton of time to be able to read formations and linemen well, and Ziggy can do that, it’s just not as fast as I would like to see. But, I believe that he will improve with time in the NFL. So for right now my rating is 7.0/10.0, but I truly believe that he will improve and improve fast.

HEALTH: 

No injury problems currently, but with an inexperienced player, injuries are always a risk because of poor technique and learning how to defend different things that offensive players do (ex: cut blocks, a lesson I learned the hard way). 10.0/10.0

OVERALL:

If it’s not already obvious, I think that Ziggy Ansah is the best defensive lineman or outside linebacker available in this year’s draft. Overall, he got a score of I think that he has almost limitless potential. Here’s how I see it. If had his ability after only three seasons of football, then I would have a FBS scholarship and still be playing instead of sitting behind my computer screen writing about players. He is one of the most naturally gifted players that I have seen in a l0ng time, and I believe that with some coaching, then he will be an All-Pro defensive player. He is raw, but there is just a ton of potential there. Now as to where Ansah will be drafted. Various sources have him going anywhere from picks 6 to 19, and I believe really believe that he’ll be off the board quick at pick #6 to the Cleveland Browns. The Browns are still trying to build a competing team the likes of which they had before the old Browns moved to Baltimore. Ansah will help them out a ton on the defensive side of the ball and they will have the time to properly develop him to his true potential.

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Winners

  • Knile Davis of Arkansas opened some eyes with his combine performance

    Knile Davis of Arkansas opened some eyes with his combine performance

    Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas – Davis has had a rough last two years, after missing all of the 2011 season with an ankle injury, he followed it up with a poor showing in 2012. Teams should realize though that Davis was sensational in 2010 before his injury and a lot of his problems in 2012 were not his fault but the fault of the entire Razorbacks team, a team that had hopes of winning the SEC before giving up after about 3 weeks. Davis had a phenomenal combine performance and showed scouts that they should probably dust off that tape from 2010.

  • Tyrann Mathieu, DB, LSU – Mathieu started off his combine well with a great press conference with the media. He followed that up by having a pitiful performance in the bench press with just 4 reps, calling his work ethic into question. But when he got on the field he showed why he was the best defensive player in the nation in 2011.
  • Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia – Austin’s stock was already on the rise prior to the combine but he really showed some elite skill in Indy. He had one of the fastest 40 times of the 4 days at any position, and showed some great pass catching ability. He even showed improvement with his route running, which for me, makes him a first round pick and a potential game-changer.

Losers

  • Manti Te'o of Notre Dame did little to help his draft stock in Indy

    Manti Te’o of Notre Dame did little to help his draft stock in Indy

    Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame – Personally, I think Te’o is going to be a fine player in the NFL. People are going to harp on him because of his slow 40 time but I don’t think it is that big of a deal. Players even at his position have run times slower than him and gone on to have good careers (Brandon Spikes comes to mind who ran a 5.0). Te’o also showed in his press conference that maturity really shouldn’t be a concern with him. When it comes down to it though, I just get the feeling NFL teams are not going to like what they saw out of him on the field and he may slip into the second round because of it.

  • Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah – Obviously this doesn’t have to do with any kind of performance issue since he was unable to work out at the combine. However, the issue that arose as of a result of a combine examination could spell bad news for Lotulelei’s draft stock. On the other hand it could be great news for a team who would never have had the chance to draft him, as he could slip to the middle of the first because of this heart problem. Lotulelei is a special player and it is going to be a shame to see him fall out of the top-10 where he rightfully belongs. (I could also put Sharrif Floyd into the “winners” category because of this)

It’s players like Baylor’s Terrance Williams that make me very excited for the potential of players that won’t be taken on day one of the NFL draft. Williams is not a name that is mentioned when talking about top wide receivers in this year’s class, but when you look at his film (never mind his numbers) Williams becomes an extremely intriguing prospect with the potential to make a big splash in the NFL.

All of Williams’ measurables are pretty much on average with today’s wide receiver in the NFL. He’s 6’2”, about 210 pounds and runs around the 40-yard dash in around 4.5 seconds (ran a 4.52 at the combine). When you look at his numbers though, it becomes obvious that Williams is not your average, every day receiver. In 2012, he had 1832 yards receiving with about 90 catches, the best in the nation last year. Williams also managed 12 touchdowns to go along with his gaudy yardage total. He is not the best all-around receiver you will ever see, but what he does he does pretty damn well.

A lot of the catches he made for the Bears came off of button hooks and on the sideline. Very often on film you’ll see him run just around to where the first down marker is, stop and turn to the ball which was probably already on its way to his chest. Williams did a good job of consistently make this type of catch and getting the fist down in these kinds of situations, and it’s the kind of play he may be asked to make at the next level so he needs to continue to be consistent with it.

Williams did just about everything he could to help the Bears with some football games. He primarily played outside receiver, but he would on occasion move into the slot. He’d run the occasional in-route or slant route. He’d catch a screen pass every now and then. But that is not where Williams made his name; where Williams really shines is with the deep ball. For someone who doesn’t have world-class speed, it was very impressive to see how easily he was able to get behind the defense and make the big play deep down the field. A legitimate deep threat is a hot commodity in the NFL, and if Williams can translate his collegiate success into the NFL, he will have a very successful, and lucrative, professional career as well.

A key characteristic of a great deep threat receiver though is their willingness to go up and make the tough catch. Williams is not afraid to do that in the slightest. It’s apparent to me that he is not at all scared to jump up and fight with the defender for the ball. Fearlessness is a great quality in a wide receiver, and not just in a deep threat.

You also need to be fearless in the blocking aspect of the position. And, again, Williams is not at all afraid to block for his teammates. For someone who doesn’t, on the surface or otherwise, seem to have superhuman strength, his blocking ability is quite impressive. Whether it’s for his running back or a fellow wide receiver, Williams blocked well on an extremely consistent basis and helps his teammates get those extra yards.

One other thing that should probably be mentioned is the quality of his quarterback. While Nick Florence’s numbers were not terrible, I saw him on more than one occasion flat out miss Williams. From what I saw, and to be fair it was not a full analysis, Florence is not extremely accurate nor does he have a very strong arm. So, with that being said, I am extremely interested to see how Williams will perform if he is picked by a team with a top-caliber quarterback to throw him the ball.

Williams isn’t the world’s most perfect receiver. He has a habit of dropping open passes. He is not the world’s crispest route runner (although he did run a stop & go route vs. Texas that should be put in the Smithsonian). There are some good reasons why Williams isn’t the top wide receiver prospect in this year’s class, but there are some decent arguments for why he should be.

Terrance Williams reminds me a little bit of Ravens’ receiver Torrey Smith; he simply makes plays for his football team. Whether it’s in the middle of the field or in the redzone, Williams will do anything to help his team win. He is a very good deep threat with some good hands and tracks the ball well. Williams also does a good job at adjusting to the poorly thrown ball even with defenders on top of him.

Williams isn’t exactly a “sleeper” pick, but I think a team picking him in the middle to late second round (or even the third) could be getting a steal. I think there is a decent chance that Williams will make a big splash at the next level for any team looking to add some playmakers to their offense. Teams like the Dolphins, Patriots, or even the Browns or Eagles (among others) should all have Terrance Williams on their radar.

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