NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Loyko
We will be covering the bowl live and extensively from Mobile, Alabama next week. Here ia a preview of the defensive players that we will be covering next week in Mobile and a brief profile of each player.
Emmanuel Acho, LB, Texas- A versatile LB who may fit both inside and out at the NFL. Acho has good size and length but isn’t as athletic as he looks. If Acho can prove he is a better pass rusher he can vault himself into a day 2 pick.
Antonio Allen, DB, South Carolina- Allen is a physical in the box safety who has been exploited in pass defense. He struggles to cover and looks limited to a ST or sub package defender. Most likely a late round pick.
Mark Barron, S, Alabama- Barron is the consensus best safety in the 2012 draft class. Barron excels playing in the box and exhibits natural instincts in pass coverage. Barron is a likely day 1 starter in the NFL, with a solid week in Mobile Barron can move his stock into the top 20.
Jack Bequette, DE, Arkansas- Bequette is a blue collar defensive end who uses hard work and brut strength to make plays. Appears a bit stiff and unathletic on film, but can get to the QB occasionally. Bequette missed some big games this year due to injury, if Bequette stands out in Mobile he can really improve his stock as pass rushers are always coveted, most likely a 5th round pick right now.
Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia- Boykin is a better athlete than natural CB, he uses his athleticism to get away with a lot of bad technique. Boykin is also an electric punt returner who has very good special teams value. I have Boykin in the 3rd round right now with the chance to move into the 2nd.
Nigel Bradham, LB, Florida State- Bradham is a big MLB who plays a physical game. He’s a good tackler with good speed. When I saw Bradham in person he didn’t stand out to me and lacks recognition skills to make plays in the middle. If Bradham proves he is a more natural MLB in Mobile he could really improve his stock.
Andre Branch, DE, Clemson- Branch is the latest DE prospect to come out of Clemson. Branch is a very good athlete with a good frame and long arms. Branch is a raw and needs to exhibit that he has better natural pass rushing moves. I have seen a lot of draft experts have him in round 1, but I see him more of a day 2 prospect.
Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina- Brown is an uber athletic OLB who rose up the draft boards this year. Brown has the ability to make plays from sideline to sideline and profiles perfectly for a 4-3 will LB. Brown needs to prove that he can be more physical and has the instincts to play every down. A round 2 pick who could rise into round 1.