The NFP Super 30
With more pro days comes more reshuffling in the NFP’s newest Super 30, as we hit the home stretch toward draft day.
1. DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska (6-4, 302)
Potential blue-chip defensive tackles are tough to come by, and Suh grades out as this year’s best player.
2. DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma (6-4, 298)
McCoy has the ability to consistently beat blocks vs. both the run and pass game and is one of the few instant impact-caliber defenders in this year’s draft.
3. S Eric Berry, Tennessee (5-11, 203)
One of the most instinctive safeties to come along in years; looks like a real ball-hawk type of defensive back at the next level.
4. C Maurkice Pouncey, Florida (6-5, 304)
Exhibits a unique combination of power and fluidity for his size and is capable of starting from day one and becoming one of the premier players at this position in the NFL.
5. ILB Rolando McClain, Alabama (6-4, 256)
Possesses an impressive athletic skill set for the position and has the ability to instantly contribute in either a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme.
6. TE Aaron Hernandez, Florida (6-2, 250)
A potential dynamic threat in the pass game at the next level in the Dallas Clark-type mold.
7. OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State (6-5, 302)
Looks effortless in pass protection, plays with great length and is the draft’s most NFL-ready left tackle.
8. RB Jahvid Best, California (5-10, 199)
The one guy everyone seems to have forgotten because of concussion issues. But he’s a big-play threat every time he touches the ball and is a much better runner between the tackles than given credit for.
9. OG Mike Iupati, Idaho (6-5, 330)
Makes everything look so easy inside. Possesses an impressive blend of size, power and fluidity for the position and looks like one of the better offensive guard prospects to come along in years.
10. RB C.J. Spiller, Clemson (5-11, 195)
A similar prospect to Cal’s Jahvid Best, but he seems to be getting more attention because of a possible East Coast bias. Looks like a Felix Jones-type back at the next level.
11. WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State (6-2, 220)
Bryant isn’t a 4.6 guy on tape -- like he ran Tuesday at this pro day -- and straight-line speed isn’t the concern I have with him. It’s his work rate and preparation. How hard did he really train for his pro day, and is he willing to put in the work needed to be great in the NFL? Those are questions I have.
12. QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma (6-4, 236)
He was absolutely brilliant at his pro day this week, displaying the accuracy, arm strength and frame to project as a potential franchise quarterback.
13. OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa (6-6, 312)
Never quite regained his form from 2008, but he now looks healthy and is certainly capable of anchoring the left side of an NFL offensive line for years.
14. DE Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech (6-3, 266)
Possesses the tools to get after the quarterback in a variety of ways off the edge and looks like an ideal fit as an every-down defensive end in a 4-3 scheme.
15. DT Jared Odrick, Penn State (6-5, 301)
Plays bigger than his frame indicates and does a great job firing off the snap, gaining initial leverage and finding the ball inside. Has the versatility to play as a three or five technique in the NFL, which further adds to his value.
16. CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State (5-10, 186)
Showcases impressive balance and footwork in and out of his breaks and is as polished as any cornerback in this year’s class. Looks ready to compete for an NFL starting job from day one.
17. OG/OT John Jerry, Ole Miss (6-6, 332)
Possesses impressive lateral quickness and athleticism for a man his size; looks like a Leonard Davis-type guard in the NFL.
18. CB Joe Haden, Florida (5-11, 190)
An athletic, long-armed corner who has the burst to consistently click and close on the football. However, he has some spots in his game that need polish when asked to turn and run.
19. OLB Jerry Hughes, TCU (6-2, 255)
An ideal 3-4 OLB prospect who has the first step, body control and short-area quickness to beat blocks and get after the passer in a variety of ways off the edge.
20. DT Brian Price, UCLA (6-2, 300)
A powerful interior lineman who does a great job firing off the snap on time inside and using his length to fight his way into the backfield. Looks like a disruptive force at the next level as a one-gapping nose.
21. OLB/DE Brandon Graham, Michigan (6-1, 263)
One of the most NFL-ready players in the draft. Possesses only an above-average first step, but it’s his power, leverage and suddenness on contact that make him so tough to block off the edge. Has the versatility to play a 3-4 OLB or 4-3 DE.
22. OT Charles Brown, USC (6-5, 292)
He not only exhibits the footwork to consistently mirror in pass protection, but he’s also very natural on the move in the run game and looks ideally suited to play left tackle in a zone-blocking scheme.
23. OC Matt Tennant, Boston College (6-4, 300)
He isn’t the sexiest of prospects, but he’s a tough, technically sound center who looks capable of coming in and starting from day one.
24. FS Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech (6-1, 210)
A talented ball-hawking safety with impressive instincts and range in the center field-type role. Projects as a potential impact-caliber defensive back.
25. RB Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech (5-11, 230)
A violent runner who exhibits a good feel between the tackles and has the initial burst to separate from defenders into the second level. Will only get better running in a more traditional NFL offense.
26. DT Terrence Cody, Alabama (6-4, 349)
He might have some weight issues, but all the guy does is make everyone around him better; looks like an ideal 3-4 nose tackle who can anchor a defense inside.
27. WR Arrelious Benn, Illinois (6-1, 219)
Isn’t the most explosive vertical threat, but he knows how to separate underneath, is a load to bring down after the catch and might be the most NFL-ready wideout in this year’s class.
28. CB Devin McCourty, Rutgers (5-11, 193)
A tall, well-built cornerback with good physicality, balance and footwork for the position. Looks comfortable in both press and off-man and projects as a potential starter early in his career.
29. DT Dan Williams, Tennessee (6-2, 327)
Possesses an impressive lower body and knows how to disengage at the point and make plays away from his frame. However, he doesn’t display the type of power to consistently hold up vs. the double team to call him an elite prospect.
30. OLB Daryl Washington, TCU (6-2, 230)
Makes plays sideline to sideline, showcases better instincts than given credit for and knows how to tackle in space and in a phone booth. An ideal 4-3 weak-side linebacker in the NFL who should mature into a starter early in his career.
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