Big Board has shifts at WR
Brandin Cooks rises to the No. 3 wide receiver in the draft
This week I spent a lot of time on Day 3 prospects, so there aren't a lot of changes on the Big Board. However, I've spent some time since the combine going back through tape on wide receivers, as I wanted to juxtapose that against some of the numbers. The result of that is a shift for Brandin Cooks, Odell Beckham and Marqise Lee, with the first two moving up and Lee dropping a little. I still see all three as almost certain first-round picks, but I get the sense that Lee is down slightly from where he was going into the process.
Remember that I'll keep the scouting reports similar week to week, though you'll see tweaks over the next couple of months as pro days take place and I continue to gather information.
Pro days are in motion, so that could change a few things in the rankings that I'll publish closer to the draft.
Asterisks denote juniors, and two asterisks denote redshirt sophomores. The early-entry deadline has passed, so all players are now either officially in or out of the 2014 NFL draft.
His outstanding workouts at the NFL combine -- the 4.53 40 and a ridiculous 1.56 10-yard split time -- did nothing to hurt Clowney. Now it's just about the interviews, questions about his passion, and so on. As a player, he's special. He isn't just a speed rusher looking to beat a tackle upfield and quickly turn the corner. The power is there, too, and as a speed-to-power rusher who can drive a tackle back, Clowney can be great. He'll go through you. He can win with quickness or power and succeed in any scheme. Team needs will factor into where he lands in the draft.
He belongs here, it's just a question of whether he gets drafted here. The remarkable thing with Robinson is his growth curve. Brought in as a guard, he started at left tackle in the SEC as a redshirt freshman and held his own. In 2013, he was dominant, with increased strength making him closer to the complete package at tackle. He moves well, can get out in the run game and block in space, and pass-protects well with a wide base and quick feet. He also has long arms and delivers a solid punch. A future star.
He's been great during the draft process, and his pro day backed it up. His stock is set. It's about versatility as much as his pass rush. You see Mack lining up both at the line and on the perimeter. He is capable of rushing the passer with quickness and power, or dropping into coverage with a great ability to shed tackles and make plays in the open field. He uses good leverage to take on blocks and drive people back, and uses quickness and strong hands to shed. He plays with a great motor and tackles with form.
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