NEPD Prospect Preview: Week 4

Justin Blackmon 2012 NFL Draft

Would the Patriots dare add a weapon like Justin Blackmon?

After watching the top prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft last week, we get a chance to see three of the top wide receivers this week.

For a recap of our 2012 NFL Draft film room posts, check out the Film Room Archive.

I’m going to be scouting Vanderbilt vs South Carolina, as well as taking a look at Texas A&M vs Oklahoma State. We’ll be seeing both A&M and Oklahoma State from the Iowa State press box later this year, so we’re looking forward to seeing these teams in action.

NEPD Staff Scout Mike Loyko will take on Missouri vs Oklahoma and LSU vs West Virginia.

Matthew Elder from BuffaloBillsDraft.com will be covering the loaded Arkansas vs Alabama game, as well as Clemson vs Florida State.

Vanderbilt vs South Carolina

#98 Devin Taylor, DE, South Carolina
It’s tough to scout Taylor as you just don’t know yet how he might be used in the NFL. Like Mario Williams (yes, he could be that good), he could be a 5-tech, 4-3 DE, or even a 3-4 OLB. The sky is the limit here, but we are waiting to see it on film before we anoint him a 1st-round lock.

#5 Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
We are much higher on Gilmore than most NFL Draft sites. Intense, aggressive, and phenomenally talented, Gilmore is one good coach away from being a lock-down corner in my opinion.

#1 Alshon Jeffrey, WR, South Carolina
Isn’t the fastest guy on earth, but is just a beast. Is there something bigger than “Megatron”? He and Justin Blackmon are easily my top two receivers in the 2012 NFL Draft.

#73 Rokevious Watkins, OL, South Carolina
This will be our first time scouting Watkins, looked like a mauler in casual watching.

#19 Casey Heyward, CB, Vanderbilt
The severely under-rated Heyward has been an interception machine so far this year, but he will have his hands full with Alshon Jeffrey this week. Makes plays on the ball and isn’t afraid to hit.

#13 Chris Marve, LB, Vanderbilt
Plodding linebacker that makes up for his poor speed with good instincts and fundamentals.

Oklahoma State vs Texas A&M

#81 Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
Blackmon has the skill-set to be a true “z” receiver in the NFL. He is physical, fast, and can make any catch. He has vaulted himself into the Top 10 for the 2012 NFL Draft by staying around for another year.

#70 Brandon Rush, OG, Oklahoma State
Rush has the ability to play guard in the NFL, but is a marginal starter prospect. We are looking to see if has lateral movement has improved, as his blocking in the “phone-booth” has been sound.

#8 Jeff Fuller, WR, Texas A&M
Fuller looks like a Brandon Marshall-type receiver-great on 3rd down, but isn’t going to run an amazing nine-route. We’re not saying he is going to be that good, but he has that sort of ceiling with his powerful build.

#17 Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
Good decision-maker, good athlete… NFL arm? We want to see some zip on the ball from Tannehill. If arm strength isn’t an issue, Tannehill is easily a Top-50 prospect.

#32 Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M
Looks like a fantastic 3rd-down back – makes people miss and is a quality receiver. Not sure he will be an every-down back in the NFL.

#5 Coryell Judie, CB, Texas A&M
Good cover-corner that shows some good football smarts.

Tags: Alshon Jeffrey, Jeff Fuller, Justin Blackmon, Prospect Preview

One Response to “NEPD Prospect Preview: Week 4”

  1. John says:

    devin taylor played alot of 4-3 olb last year too especally against auburn where he dropped into coverage about 3 times more than he rushed. He was unstoppable last year but i feel like he is kind of off to a slow start this year






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