Pro days have come and gone with many top prospects showcasing the elite abilities that make them such coveted picks in the NFL draft.
The consensus top corner back in the draft Joe Haden, who had previously struggled at the combine posting a slow forty yard dash time (4.57) and sluggish drill work, shined at his pro day running a 4.45 forty time.
Although it was never thought Haden would drop out of the first round entirely his performance has most likely catapulted him back to a top ten pick.
Speaking of Florida former Gator quarterback Tim Tebow unveiled his highly anticipated new throwing motion and foot work, which by all accounts went better than most expected.
Tebow, in the eyes of scouts, improved his draft stock from a third roundgrade to a secondroundgrade but still is not going to go in the first round.
Tennessee safety Eric Berry shined at the combine with his 4.39 speed but at his pro day injured his toe on the very first drill and was unable to workout any further.
Berry can play all four secondary positions and if there is one thing NFL teams covet it’s versatility, his lackluster pro day should in no way hurt his draft status as an elite safety.
One of the fastest risers in this years draft is Alabama defensive tackle Terrence Cody.
Cody is pegged as a prototypical 3-4 nose tackle which is a position highly sought after in the NFL with so many clubs switching to the 3-4 style defense.
Guys of his size and athleticism just don’t come around that often and with the 3-4 defense clearly being the new trend, a good nose tackle of his caliber is hard to pass up.
The debate rages on just who will be the first pick in this years draft Sam Bradford, Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy.
St. Louis currently holds this pick and are in desperate need of an elite QB after the rapid decline of Mark Bulger.
Most mocks now have them taking Bradford because of this but to complicate things further reports have now surfaced that the Rams have offered their secondround pick and safety OJ Atogwe to the Eagles for Donovan McNabb.
Obviously if this is a deal that comes to fruition the Rams surely would not take Bradford with number one overall pick but instead tab either McCoy or Suh there.
Both sides deny the trade rumors but in the NFL teams are notorious for saying one thing and doing another.
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CornerbackRutgersDunta Robinson was lost to the Falcons in free agency leaving a void at the corner back position. . Therefore the pick is obvious especially considering they play Peyton Manning two times a year. Haden andWilson are both gone which leaves Devin McCourty as the best left. McCourty has sparked allot of interest lately and his special teams ability makes him a nice pick with the 20th selection.21.
Jermaine Gresham(Previous Pick: Gresham)
Tight EndOklahomaThe Bengals have had nothing but inconsistency and injury at the tight end position and desperately need a play making tight end to command respect in the middle of the field. Regardless of Gresham’s knee injury they welcome him to Cincinnati with open arms.22.Sean Weatherspoon
Outside LinebackerMissouriThe Patriots see a need and fill it, his addition will help an increasingly struggling run defense.23.Anthony Davis(Previous Pick: Bruce Campbell)
Offensive TackleRutgersPackers quarterback Aaron Rodgers spent the majority of the 2009 season lying flat on his back as the o-line was a complete and utter catastrophe. Great strides were made towards the end of the season but never the less they will look to bolster the line and protect Rodgers by taking the best available, Anthony Davis.24. Everson Griffen(Previous Pick: Griffen)Defensive EndSouthern CaliforniaThe same old analogy applies, if you can upgrade your pass rush then do it. Griffen paired with Cole is a tandem destined to wreak havoc.25.Dan Williams(Previous Pick: Arrelious Benn)
Defensive TackleTennesseeMany think the Ravens may look at taking a linebacker here and there is definitely a consideration given the age of Ray Lewis. The other choice for the Ravens could have been a receiver but they were able to land their prize fee agent Anquan Boldin. They take Dan Williams to compliment Haloti Ngata.26.Earl Thomas(Previous Pick: Navarro Bowman)SafetyTexasSafety Antrell Rolle was swayed by big blue in free agency leaving a gaping hole at safety for the Cards. Berry is long gone but Thomas is here and is a great replacement option for Rolle.27.Taylor Mays(Previous Pick: Mays)SafetySouthern CaliforniaJerry Jones may be getting the steal of the draft by taking Mays with the 27th pick, assuming he falls this far that is. Mays is a freakish athlete with blazing speed and you can bet Jones is more than happy to add him into his secondary. They have to start winning play off games is they expect to pay for the Jones-Mahal.28.Jahvid Best(Previous Pick: Ryan Matthews)Running BackCaliforniaSan Diego is desperately seeking help at the running back position after releasing long time Pro Bowl back LaDainian Tomlinson this off-season leaving Darren Sproles as the number one guy. The Chargers have to go running back here and I think they take Jahvid Best with the rest already gone.29.Demaryius Thomas(Previous Pick: Brandon Graham)Wide ReceiverGeorgia TechRex Ryan and the Jets need some receive help and appear to be out of the market for Brandon Marshall. Some are concerned with Thomas due to the fact he has not worked out after suffering a stress fracture in his foot. Regardless he has the hands of Fitzgerald, speed of Moss and the size of Calvin Johnson. Need we say more?30.Patrick Robinson(Previous Pick: Kyle Wilson)
CornerbackFlorida StatePlain and simple the Vikes really, really need help at corner and Haden, Wilson and McCourty are all gone. Patrick Robinson might not bet the most popular pick but it’s definitely the smartest.31.Maurkice Pouncey(Previous Pick: Jahvid Best)CenterFloridaPouncey is being hailed as one of the best center prospects in recent memory. Most mocks have him going higher and in some instances as high as 19th to San Francisco. Jeff Saturday is coming to the end of his playing career so taking Pouncey to groom as his eventual replacement makes perfect sense.32.Jared Odrick(Previous Pick: Maurkice Pouncey)Defensive TacklePenn State The Saints will take the best player available here regardless of need. In my previous mock I had them taking Pouncey but it doesn’t look like he wil be available with the 32nd pick. A clear need for the Saints is defensive end after the release of Charles Grant but with the more elite ends already gone that doesnt leave much to choose from. I don’t think any one is rated higher on their draft board than Odrick here.
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