Senior Bowl Preview: Defense

George Iloka, S, Boise State- Iloka is a tall and long safety prospect who can really run. Can play a variety of coverages including press man, has decent fluidity and above average hips. Needs to take better angles. I am anxious to see how Iloka looks against the best players in the country. Iloka is a second round pick.

Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina- Ingram is one of the best pass rushers in the draft, plays with an explosion and suddenness off the snap. Has made a ton of big plays this season. Ingram is hot and cold in run support and can disappear at times. He needs to prove he can dominate against top OT competition to lock down his first round stock.

Cam Johnson, DE, Virginia- Cam Johnson is a 3-4 DE prospect who stands 6-6 275. Isn’t a natural pass rusher and doesn’t get consistent pressure. With his height he tends to get too high and struggles to disengage. Plays pretty well in run support and could add 15-20 pounds to his frame and be a stout athletic 3-4 DE. Johnson is a middle round pick and will be very attractive with a bunch of 3-4 teams looking for DEs.

Leonard Johnson, CB, Iowa State- Johnson is a physical, confident and fluid corner. Competes on every play and rarely gets beat badly. Has solid hand positioning and tracks the ball very well. Justin Blackmon called him the most physical CB he has played. I will be watching Johnson in 7 on 7 very closely and want to see how he fares. A lock to go in the first 3 rounds.

D’Anton Lynn, DB, Penn State- Lynn is a big CB who lacks speed. Struggles to turn and run. A physical corner will struggle against WR who run solid routes. Lynn is someone I have to watch more of but I don’t see him going before round 6.

Markelle Martin, FS, Oklahoma State- Martin is one of the best FS prospects in a down year for safeties. Tall, lean and long, Martin plays with a smoothness about him. Martin has the ability to run and play center field. Once he sees it he he’s quick out of his break. Needs to take better angles and become a better tackler. I have seen him miss a ton of tackles. Martin is a player who could see his stock go either way depending on his week in Mobile. 2nd-3rd round grade.

Mike Martin, DT, Michigan- Martin is an old school blue collar DT. Martin is undersized but makes up for it with strength, quickness and effort. A former state championship wrestler, Martin can be a disruptive force he understands how to use his hands and get leverage. Gives 100% on every play. Martin is a better player than former Patriots DT Dan Klecko. I’d take him in the 4th round and bet he makes plays.

DeQuan Menzie, CB, Alabama- Menzie is an underrated Cb who isn’t the top flight athlete the other Alabama CB are. Whenever I have scouted Menzie, he is in position and competitive. He can play a variety of schemes, but I want to see how he fares matched up with the best WR in the country before grading him.

Brad Nortman, P, Wisconsin- Another punter..

Tydreke Powell, DT, North Carolina- Powell is a player I haven’t scouted much this year, all I have heard is he doesn’t play up to his ability. A huge frame who lacks real explosion or athleticism, was not impressed in his bowl game. Might be best suited as a run stuffing NT. I have him as a 7th-UDFA.

Kheeston Randall, DT, Texas- Prior to the season Randall was mentioned as a possible 1st round pick, but has played nowhere near it. Struggles to make plays and get blocked way to much. Doesn’t use his hands to shed. Too tall to play an interior DT position is probably best suited for 3-4 DE, where he can occupy blockers. Randall is a player who could go anywhere from 3-6th round depending on how a team views him.

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