The National Football Post takes a look at the top prospects still on the board after three rounds.
RB Anthony Dixon: Mississippi State
A Michael Bush-type runner who does a great job making people miss behind the line and accelerating into the open field. Dixon runs with impressive balance and grace for a guy his size and looks like a real steal at this point.
OLB Ricky Sapp: Clemson
Sapp is a talented outside pass rusher who knows how to reach the quarterback from both a two and three point stance. However, he’s a major medical concern according to sources I talked with, which is why he has lasted this long.
WR Carlton Mitchell: South Florida
A big, physically gifted wideout who has all the tools to be a starter in the league, but just hasn’t put it all together yet. However, he’s a great value at this point and has the upside to come off the board quickly in round four.
RB Jonathan Dwyer: Georgia Tech
A slower forty time at the Combine and a confusing system to project him from are the main reasons why he’s still on the board at this stage. However, I see a thick, naturally gifted runner whose best football is still ahead of him at the next level.
DL Clifton Geathers: South Carolina
At 6-8 and all of 300-pounds, Geathers possesses the ideal physical skill set needed to play the five-technique in the NFL. And at a postion starved for talent, he has the upside to really intrigue.
DT Al Woods: LSU
Woods isn’t an elite prospect by any stretch. However, he’s one of the better run defenders at the defensive line position in the draft. He possesses a powerful lower half and is really tough to move off the ball. Plus, he has the versatility to play as a nose or five technique in a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme.
DT Geno Atkins: Georgia
Atkins, on the other hand, is the quintessential quick-twitch penetrating tackle that does a great job firing off the football and making his way up the field. Looks like an ideal fit for more of a one-gap scheme.
SS Larry Asante: Nebraska
One of my favorite safety prospects in this year’s draft. Lacks ideal straight-line speed, but he’s instinctive, knows how to cleanly re-direct and takes consistent angles in both the run and pass game.
TE Aaron Hernandez: Florida
He possesses the ability to be a real X-factor in the pass game and definitely has some Dallas Clark/Chris Cooley to his game. I think he comes off the board early in round four and is a guy who can come in and create mismatches from day one.
QB John Skelton: Fordham
Skelton may be a bit of a project, but the guy can spin the football with the best of them and has the physical skill set needed to mature into a starting-caliber quarterback if given some time.
Others to keep an eye on…
RB Joe McKnight: Southern Cal
WR Marcus Easley: Connecticut
WR Mardy Gilyard: Cincinnati
TE Anthony McCoy: Southern Cal
C Matt Tennant: Boston College
OT Bruce Campbell: Maryland
OLB Eric Norwood: South Carolina
DB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah: Indiana PA
DE Greg Hardy: Ole Miss
DE Everson Griffen: Southern Cal
DT Cam Thomas: North Carolina
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