After three days of practice in Little Rock, Arkansas, the NFP ranks the Players All-Star Classic’s top prospects for the upcoming NFL draft and breaks down which NFL teams are good fits for each.
Roy is a fit in a 34 front.
1. OLB Brett Roy: Nevada (6-3, 272)
It’s rarely pretty with him. However, he’s a strong kid who possesses good power into contact, knows how to use his hands to fend off blocks and has a motor that runs non-stop. Plus, he’s a sneaky athlete who could end up playing just about any linebacker spot in a 34 front.
2. FS Kelcie McCray: Arkansas State (6-2, 196)
A tall, good-looking athlete who displays natural foot quickness, the ability to turn and run, and tracks the football well. There is a little tightness to his game. However, he can run and has the ability to make a roster early on and potentially contribute.
3. RB Michael Smith: Utah State (5-8, 207)
A short, compact athlete who displays an explosive element to his game when pressing the line of scrimmage. He runs low, has a good feel between the tackles with the short area quickness to side step defenders laterally and accelerates into the open field. Looks like a draftable NFL back to me.
4. CB Jeremy Lane: Northwestern St. (6-0, 183)
He’s raw with his footwork and gets a bit narrow and upright when trying to change directions. However, he was one of the few guys down here with a burst to his game. He’s got quick feet, natural fluidity when asked to turn and run, and good overall size. Looks like a guy who can mature into sub package NFL corner.
5. TE Taylor Thompson: SMU (6-6, 266)
I thought Thompson was at best a fringe draftable defensive end prospect. However, he’s opened some eyes this week playing at tight end. He displayed good body control as a route runner, is a sneaky athlete down the field and has a physical element to his game when asked to go get the football And when looking over the weaker TE class in the 2012 draft, he has a lot more value catching the football than rushing the passer in my view.
6. QB Aaron Corp: Richmond (6-4, 214)
When you watch his footwork from under center and when asked to re-set his feet and balance himself in the pocket, he looks like a NFL caliber QB. He throws a catchable football; looks natural on the move and his arm strength should continue to slightly improve as he adds more bulk/strength to his lean frame.
7. OLB Sammy Brown: Houston (6-2, 243)
Simply put, he’s a guy who can reach the passer. He was a tough block off the edge this week and despite some work ethic concerns, you can’t overlook his ability to get after the QB.
8. OT James Carmon: Mississippi State (6-6, 334)
He’s not ready to play tackle in the NFL yet. However, when you look at his size, length, athleticism and upside, you have to think if he can continue to develop at the position he has the skill set to be an NFL lineman. And I’d certainly be willing to roll the dice on a talent like Carmon later in the draft.
9. CB Coty Sensabaugh: Clemson (5-11, 187)
There are some rough spots to his game relating to his footwork. However, he’s a fluid kid who can turn and run, and has a good feel in coverage. He’s a bright corner who understands pre-snap tells and is a guy who could end up filling out a depth chart because of it.
10. WR Julian Talley: UMass (6-1, 184)
Talley was one of the few guys down here this week who could consistently separate out of his breaks. He has the ability to mature into a good route runner, but needs to do a better job catching the football. Nevertheless, he can run vertically and has the talent to intrigue.
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