While this year's seniors are working out down south and getting ready for the Senior Bowl, there are plenty of other talented players who are getting ready for the combine and for their pro days because they are not eligible for the senior day. Those who are not eligible are the underclassmen who declared early for the NFL draft. In our ongoing effort to bring you the best draft coverage around, we are going to take a moment and look at the defensive players who declared early for the NFL Draft.
Everette Brown DE Projected 1st Round: This guy reminds me of Chris Long who was the number two overall draft pick in last year's NFL Draft. Everette Brown had a great junior season last year picking up 13.5 sacks and he led the ACC in tackles for a loss. There is no doubt that Brown was responsible for the resurgence of the Florida State defense. When you look at him, he does not have the size or the physical stats that the typical defensive end would have, but he has great speed off the ball, and a great motor.Greg Hardy DE Projected 1st Round: If he had come out three o
Vontae Davis CB Projected 1st Round: Vontae Davis is going to make somebody very happy next season that is as long as he does not follow in his brother's (Vernon Davis) footsteps. Vontae Davis has all the measurable he is big, strong and he has 4.4 forty speed. While he has all the physical attributes he has some of the mental letdowns that his Vernon suffers from. Last season Vontae obviously took plays off and was disinterested with playing college football.
Aaron Maybin DE Projected Late 1st Round: Aaron Maybin is an elite pass rusher. Most likely he is a first round prospect, however he will need to be in the right scheme. This means his draft position will be affected by who is on the board when. Maybin lacks some size and as a result he is not a solid fit for all schemes, and while being a great pass rusher he does not have the motor that Everette Brown has.
Sean Derrick Marks DT Projected 1st Round: I really like what this kid has to offer. Not to mention I love the fact that he can play both tackle in a 3-4 scheme as well as defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. This means that Marks can play on pretty much any defensive scheme out there. If he moves to a 3-4 scheme he has the potential to become a deadly force once he develops some interior rush moves.D.J. Moore CB Projected 1st Round:
Ricky-Jean Francois DT Projected 2nd Round: Most likely, Francois will go in the second round, but he is also overvalued. Rick-Jean is a bit undersized for the tackle position, and he will need to be surrounding by some good players to help keep pressure off of him.Paul Kruger DE Projected Late 2nd Round: Like many other players who have
Sean Smith CB Projected late 2nd Round: Sean Smith stands 6-foot-3 and weighs in at about 220 pounds. He is a big boy who can move with is 4.5 second forty yard dash time as well. The only reason Smith has dropped from the first round and into late second round is due to the likely position change he will make once drafted. Due to his large stature and hard hitting nature Sean Smith will most likely find the NFL field as a safety rather than his natural cornerback position.Brandon Williams DE Projected 3rd Round:
Emmanuel Cook S Projected 4th Round: Cook is the typical type of pick up that you see a team make in on the second day of the draft in the late rounds. Emmanuel Cook is a good safety and he is a big hitter. However, he struggles in coverage and often times can get lost on the field. This is while he will be picked up as a guy who can pad a roster and maybe make a name for himself on special teams.
Gerald McRath LB Projected 4th Round: Gerald McRath is a solid player who has a lot of playing experience from his days at Southern Miss. The problem is he has the build of a large safety rather than that of a linebacker. Due to this in between nature McRath will need to the right system that can utilized his unique skill set.
Captain Munnerlyn CB Projected 5th round: I am going out on a limb and declaring Munnerlyn to be one of the diamonds in the rough and he will be a good player for some NFL team. He is a little undersized, but he makes up for that with 4.3 speed and a love for contact.Jerraud Powers CB Projected 5th Round: To be honest, this probably was not a smart move on Jerraud