1) Marcus Lattimore (South Carolina RB): A few words describe this former South Carolina Gamecock – Determined, driven and Hungry. Yea all the world knows about the nasty injury his suffered back in October against the Tennessee Volunteers. He’s had two viscous knee injury’s but he keeps coming back for more because he loves football. To me he’s the best running back in the upcoming NFL Draft. As a Freshman back in 2010, he carried the rock over 249 times for 1,197 yards and 17 touchdowns. He can also catch the ball out of the backfield when called upon. His career stats read like this: 2,667 yards rushing to go along with 38 rushing touchdowns. He’s not projected to go off the board until the 3rd or 4th rd. Whoever gets Lattimore will be a very happy team because he will rack up rushing yards along with many touchdowns.
2) Quinton Patton ( Louisiana Tech WR): Quinton Patton stands at 6’0, 204lbs but he plays bigger than that. He’s a smooth route runner than can get separation against any defensive back in the country. He played in the WAC conference but he was all WAC in back to back years in 2011 and 2012. He’s drawn comparisons to Reggie Wayne and i can see why. Patton has solid hands that he uses to snag catches away from defenders. In 2011 he caught 79 passes for 1,202 yards for 11 touchdowns. This past yr he followed that up with 104 catches and 1,392 yards to go along with 13 touchdowns. Look for Patton to come off the board maybe in the late 1st rd-early 2nd rd.
3) Tyler Wilson ( Arkansas QB): If you watched the SEC over the last few yrs you’ve noticed that for Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson takes a beating. You also know that he keeps getting up after he takes huge hits from the defenses. He can also decipher a defense to pieces. Recently ESPN College Football Analyst said” Three yrs from now Tyler Wilson will be the best QB in the 2013 Draft Class. Wilson can make every NFL Caliber throw when protected and will cause defenses fits at the next level. In 2011, Wilson completed 63% of his passes for 3,638 yards and 24 td’s. The following yr in 2012, he completed 62% of his passes for 3,387 yards and 21 td’s. Look for Wilson to be drafted in the 2nd rd.
4) Le’veon Bell ( Michigan State RB): Le’veon Bell is work horse and can punish a defense for four quarters. You can see determination in his eyes when he runs. He stands at 6’1 and 230lbs and many NFL Teams are interested in his bruising running style. As a Freshman in 2010, he rushed for 605 yards and 8 td’s. As a Sophomore, he rushed for 948 yards and 13 td’s. This past season for Michigan State he became the man and the leader of the offense. He toted the ball 382 times for 1,793 yards and 12 td’s. He can also protect the quarterback in pass protection as well. Mr. Bell will go somewhere in the Draft between the 2nd-4th rd.
5) Joseph Fauria ( UCLA TE): Fauria is 6’8 and can cause mismatch problems for defenses especially linebackers and safeties. He started his collegiate carrer at Notre Dame but transferred after the 2008 season. He sat out the 2009 season due to NCAA mandated rule for transfers. In 2011, he started to play a key role in UCLA offense catching 39 passes for six touchdowns. Last yr he led the Bruins with touchdowns catches with 12 as hauled in 46 passes. He is going to be an immediate red zone target for whatever team drafts him. He does need to improve his strength and technique as run blocker though. Fauria should come off the board somewhere between the 5th or 6th rd.
6) Jamar Taylor ( Boise State CB): Jamar Taylor had quite the career at Boise State University and developed into one of the best defensive backs in the nation. He has very good ball skills, he can also jam a wide receiver effectively at the line of scrimmage. He also takes pride in putting a good smack on a running back. He gained a starting job back in 2010 in his sophomore season and didn’t look back from there. During that season he racked up 35 tackles and forced three fumbles. He enjoyed a solid 2011 season as junior but a stress fracture injury to his foot caused him to miss time. He came back in time for Las Vegas bowl and intercepted a pass and promptly returned it 100 yards for a score. During his senior season is 2012, he blossomed gaining 1st team All Mountain West Honors. He started every game, registered 4 interceptions, three forced fumbles and 2.5 sacks. Mr Taylor should be drafted in the late 1st rd or early 2nd rd.
7) Jarvis Jones ( Georgia DE/OLB): Jarvis Jones is a headache for opposing offenses on a weekly basis. The SEC conference found that out the hard way when jones arrived on campus in 2011. Jones started his career at USC but transferred after sanctions against the USC program. As a freshman back in 2009, he earned immediate playing time with the trojans but suffered a neck injury that now has caused spinal stenosis. Spinal Stenosis is a degenerative condition that can put pressure on the spinal cord that can travel through the spine. Doctors at Georgia and doctors in the NFL have cleared him to play even though the Spinal Stenosis might shorten his football career. In 2011, Jones earned that All SEC Honors and Consensus All-American. He racked up 70 tackles, 19.5 for loss which led the SEC and 13.5 sacks which all also led the conference. In 2012, he led the nation with 14.5 sacks, forced 7 fumbles and had 85 tackles on top off that. He ran a slow 40 time but i could care less about that. Turn on the film and watch him wreck offensive game plans rushing the passer and stopping the run. Jones should come off the board in the middle of the 1st round.
8) Cornellis “Tank” Carradine ( Florida State DE): Tank Carradine is a relentless pass rusher that keeps coming all day long and he’s very good in plugging up the run game as well. As soon as Carradine stepped on the Florida State campus in 2011, he made an impact. During that season he had 38 tackles and 5.5 sacks. In 2012, he was thrust into a starting role when injuries hit the Florida State defense hard. He started 12 game before a torn ACL injury sidelined him for the rest of the season. He racked up 80 tackles and registered 13 sacks as well. He plays good leverage, he has strong and quick hands to battle offensive lineman. He also has the quickness around the edge to get to the quarterback. He reminds me of a mixture between Justin Tuck and Chris Long. Look Carradine to be drafted at the end of the 1st rd – middle 2nd rd.
9) Sean Porter ( Texas A&M LB): When you watched Texas A&M games over the last few yrs. # 10 Sean Porter routinely flashed and made plays all over the field for the Aggie Defense. Porter saw playing time as soon as stepped onto the field in 2009. He registered 42 tackles all while seeing action in the teams 13 games that season. As a sophomore he collected 74 tackles and started every game on defense. In 2011 as a junior Porter had a breakout yr, he accumulated 79 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. As a senior this past yr a new coaching staff was hired. Porter did what good players do when change arrives, he adjusted his game.He saw time as both weak side and strong side linebacker. He got better in pass coverage and defending the run. His production took a bit of a dip in 2012. He collected 66 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 1 interception and 3.5 sacks. Look for Porter’s name to be called during the draft between the 4th-6th rd.
10) John Cyprien ( Florida International University FS): A physical presence is the term that is used to describe safety John Cyprien from Florida International. If you watch film of him, he’s routinely flying all over the field making tackles against the opposing offense and causes wide receivers not to come into his area because big time hits he puts on them. He’s like a torpedo out there making an impact on the game. As a Freshman in 2009 he wasted little time claiming a starting spot on the defense. During that season he collected 78 tackles, picking off one pass and forcing three fumbles. In 2010 as a 2nd yr player, he led the defense with 113 tackles. He picked off one pass and forced three fumbles. As a junior in 2011, he racked up 81 tackles, broke up eight passes on his way to earning All Sun-Belt honors. As a senior he became FIU’s All-time leading tackler and notched 93 tackles. He broke up five passes, intercepted four balls and one forced fumbles.
Other Underrated Prospects on Defense include: Tyrann Mathieu( LSU CB), JJ Wilcox( Georgia Southern SS), Sio Moore ( Uconn OLB), Datone Jones ( UCLA DL), Chase Thomas ( Stanford OLB) and Desmond Trufant ( Washington CB).
Other Underrated Prospects on Offense include: Stedman Bailey ( West Virgina WR), Da’Rick Rodgers ( Tennessee Tech WR), Gavin Escobar ( San Diego State University TE), Jonathan Franklin ( UCLA RB), Barrett Jones ( Alabama OL) and Dallas Thomas ( Tennessee OL).