Top Draft Prospects East-West Shrine Game 2013

Terron Armstead - Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Armstead, Terron AR-Pine Bluff 6050 304 4.71

Four-year starter. Athletic, rangy, and competitive. An ascending talent. Has long arms and quick feet that serve him well as a pass protector. Good first step quickness. Works to finish his blocks. Can run a speed rusher up the field. Good combination of foot quickness and ease of movement. Was a late addition to the Senior Bowl and he picked up where he left off in the Shrine Game and practices. Good lateral quickness. Smooth in his redirect. Has all the physical tools needed to succeed on the next level, but needs technique work. Rarely, if ever, shaken off by a defensive end or tackle. Pulls and runs aggressively. Can pull up to the hole and adjust to a moving target. Good contact and follow through. Caught a tackle screen and ran upfield like an athletic tight end. An eventual starter with minimal developmental time. A four-for-one player. May start out on the right side, but could be moved inside to guard because of his mobility. Has left tackle feet. OSR:2/49. First/second round. (A-34, H-9 1/2, BP-31, 10-1.68).

Sio Moore - Connecticut

Moore, Sio Connecticut 6006 245 4.65

Three-year starter. Had exposure at both the Senior Bowl and Shrine Bowl games which showcased his talent and athleticism. Very good range, speed, and lateral quickness. Gets through traffic without breaking stride. A good open field tackler who keeps leverage on the ball. A sudden and fast edge blitzer with long arms and big hands. A good football player who needs to build on his already strong upper and lower body. Senior Bowl notes: Displayed energy and a good motor in practice. Was quick initially and did a nice job tracking, moving downhill. Decent agility in space. Good lateral movement. Shows good instincts but did make a bad read/fit at times and got caught on the wrong side of a block. Explosive taking on blocks. Took a false step reacting at times but shows the quickness and agility to compensate. He did redirect well in traffic and was sudden in change of direction. Took good angles working to the perimeter and had a burst in pursuit. Played well in practice as he made a lot of plays versus the run and carried it over to the game. Zone coverage awareness was above average. Overall, in one practice and the game he showed all the necessary tools to play linebacker in the NFL. Moore had a rare quinella, leading both the Senior Bowl North team (6) and the Shrine Bowl East team (7) in tackles. Included among his 13 total tackles were a sack and three tackles for loss (-16 yards). Reminds us of a young Lance Briggs. 2012 stats: 72 T, 15.5 TFL, 8 sacks, 11 PBU, 1 FR. Edge speed:left 2.12, right 2.03. OSR:4/17. Second/third round. (A-33 5/8, H-10 1/4, BP-29, SS-4.31).

Christine Michael - Texas A&M

Michael, Christine Texas A&M 5100 220 4.49

Started 18 games in his career. He missed five games with a broken right tibia in 2010 and tore his ACL in his left knee in 2011. Used as a short yardage runner in 2012, rushing for 12 touchdowns. One of the most naturally gifted running backs in this draft. Rotated with Chiefs’ fourth round draft choice, Cyrus Gray, in 2011. Good vision and cutting ability. A downhill one cut zone runner who finishes his runs. Explosive cuts. Strong and powerful. Breaks tackles running with a low pad level. Catches check down and swing passes naturally in his hands. Allergic to pass protection. Coachability and reliability questions must be answered. Was a reserve back in 2012. Career stats: 2791 yds, 5.3 ypc, 34 TD, 44 rec, 323 yds, 1 TD. OSR:1/34. Fourth/fifth round. (A-31 1/2, H-9 3/8, BP-27, SS-4.02).

Devin Taylor - South Carolina

Taylor, Devin South Carolina 6072 275 4.75

Three-year starter. A tall, rangy, and long-limbed disruptive player with good athletic ability. Had a good week of practice at the Shrine Game then went off in the game. Overshadowed by 2012 first-round choice Melvin Ingram and All-World Jadeveon Clowney. Taylor left a positive impression on the scouts. Explosive edge timed speed at the Combine. His 10-time was very explosive at 1.64, especially for a tall drink of water. Needs to work on his upper and lower body flexibility. With more bulk he may be an anchor left end in a 4-3 scheme. Only put up 225 pounds 14 times, but has a long way to push the bar up with 36-inch arms. A good and solid backup who may start eventually with pro physical development. 2012 stats: 40 T, 8 TFL, 3 sacks, 5 BB, 1 FR. Career stats: 156 T, 35 TFL, 18.5 sacks. Edge speed:left 1.75, right 1.87. OSR:4/23. Third/fourth round. (A-36, H-10 3/8, BP-14, 10-1.64).

Earl Wolff - North Carolina State

Wolff, Earl North Carolina State 5111 206 4.43

Three-year plus starter. Good sized leader who is very competitive. An impact player in a very active and talented secondary. Wrap tackler on run support. Played the boundary safety for the Wolfpack. Can pattern read and anticipate with quick reactions. Can plant and drive on the ball with no false steps. Good body control and hands to pluck the ball. 2012 stats: 119 T, 4 TFL, 7 PBU, 2 INT, 1 FF. BTR:left 4.64, right 4.61. OSR:1/21. Fourth/fifth round. (A- 31 1/2, H-9 1/8, VJ-39, SS-4.07).

Josh Evans - Florida

Evans, Josh Florida 6011 207 4.58

Started 24 games in his career. Good instincts and play awareness. Explosive burst downhill. Strong in the run game and short passes. Needs work on deep coverage. Led the team with 83 tackles. Also collected 3 interceptions to go along with his 4.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Was our 4th rated safety athletically at the Combine. Big hands and decent arm length to ward off blocks and slap the ball away. A physical player who relishes contact. Can adjust on his feet. Has some hip tightness in his turns as do many safeties. Makes the sure play as a last line of defense. Wrap tackler. Good timing and feel when blitzing. Causes hurries or off target throws. A competitor who is a solid backup and has a chance to start with pro skill development. Plays on special teams’ coverage. 2012 stats: 83 T, 4.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 3 INT. BTR:left 4.69, right 4.91. OSR:4/21. Fourth/ fifth round. (A-31 7/8, H-10, VJ-34.5, SS-4.10).

Shamarko Thomas - Syracuse

Thomas, Shamarko Syracuse 5087 217 4.42

Two-year starter. Played in 51 games in his career. A team cocaptain. A physical and explosive run support safety who has good coverage skills. Quick to read and react. Instinctive. Good quickness, agility, and balance. Positive reactions and footwork in coverage. Shorter than ideal for the position. Will struggle if matched up on tall speed receivers. Goes for splash plays at times rather than the sure wrap up tackle. 2012 stats: 84 T, 3 TFL, 1 sack, 0 PBU, 2 INT, 3 FF. BTR:left 4.45, right 4.65. OSR:2/21. Fourth/fifth round. (A-31 3/4, H-9 1/2, VJ-40.5, SS-4.26).

Duke Williams - Nevada

Williams, Duke Nevada 5110 203 4.52

Three-year starter who is competitive and active all over the field. A team leader who matured over the past three years. He did not redshirt. Fluid and sudden in his play. Versatile enough to excel in sub packages with his corner skills. Good angle on run support. A long-armed and physical tackler who is tough and aggressive. Flies to the football. Will contribute on all special teams. May need more repetition in a complex defensive package. As a freshman he was suspended three times. Shoulder hits instead of wrap up tackle. 2012 stats: 106 T, 8 PBU, 1 INT, 3 FF, 1 FR. BTR:left 4.39, right 4.43. OSR:10/21. Fourth/fifth round. (A-32 3/4, H-9 5/8, VJ-37.5, SS-4.00).

Gerald Hodges - Penn State

Hodges, Gerald Penn State 6011 243 4.76

As a two-year starter, he led Penn State in 2011 with 106 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, an interception, and two forced fumbles. An ascending talent who started his career as a safety which gave him experience in pass coverage. Plays well laterally, stays square, and gets downhill when the openings are there. Sudden to read and react. Demonstrates good catch up speed. Sees, registers, and reacts. Fills downhill quickly and aggressively. Top end speed for sideline to sideline range. Hustles and has the speed to make a difference. Fluid in his pass drops. Reads the quarterback and reacts well. Good flow to the ball. Needs more strength at the point of attack. Will take bad angles at times on swing passes out of the backfield. He will contribute on all special teams’ coverage. 2012 stats: 109 T, 8.5 TFL, 1 sack, 7 PBU, 2 INT. Edge speed:left 1.93, right 1.71. OSR:9/17. Medical exclusion at Combine – hamstring injury. Fourth/fifth round. (A-32 3/8, H-9, BP-22, SS-4.29).

AJ Klein - Iowa State

Klein, AJ Iowa State 6013 246 4.73

Three-year starter. Productive over his career with three straight years of over 100 tackles. Four of his five career interceptions went for touchdowns. He also broke up 9 passes in three years. Quick to shuffle and play square with intensity and toughness. Good lateral quickness and pursuit to the sidelines. Flashes a burst to finish off plays. Will contribute on special teams. Versatile enough to play inside in a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme or as an outside linebacker. In 2011 he was the co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. Will overrun the play at times because he is so aggressive. Gets tied up with the blocker and struggles to disengage. Will get legs cut. Needs work on man-to-man and zone coverage. 2012 stats: 117 T, 3.5 TFL, 1 sack, 2 PBU, 1 INT. OSR:5/17. Fourth/fifth round. (A-32 7/8, H-10 1/4, BP-20, SS-DNP).

Matt Scott - Arizona

Scott, Matt Arizona 6021 213 4.65

One-year starter with good athletic ability. One of the few draft eligible quarterbacks who has experience running the read option. Good accuracy. Has physical tools as a passer and runner. Throws well on the move. Plays with confidence. Can drive the ball into intermediate areas. Must improve ability to read defenses. Average arm strength. Needs to work on footwork taking snaps from under center. Struggles at times seeing from the pocket. Release point is inconsistent. Will need pro physical development from A to Z, including calling the plays in the huddle. Has talent worth a mid-to-late draft choice. 2012 stats: 301/499, 3620 passing yds, 60.3%, 27 TD, 14 INT. Ball velocity 54 mph. OSR:1/15. Fourth/fifth round. (A-30 1/4, H-9, SS-3.99, VJ-31).


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