December 4, 2013
By: Clint Clearwater
Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio St.
Hyde has been incredible this season. He has an awesome combination of power and speed. He’s strong enough to break tackles and move the pile and is a capable receiver out of the backfield. Hyde is my number 1 rated RB and looks to be a fringe first round pick.
Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
Matthews isn’t getting the hype he deserves and I don’t know why. He’s a good sized receiver that is tough, has reliable hands and is a great route runner. I think he’s a pro ready receiver that has shown consistent improvement. I like him as a first round pick.
Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
Jean-Baptiste intrigues me; I love his size and his athleticism. I think he moves well and has decent ball skills. I really need to watch more film on him but I am really impressed with what I’ve seen so far.
Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska
Gregory is another Nebraska prospect I need to watch more film on; but you don’t need to spend too much time before you notice him on tape. Gregory is a big guy that is very athletic and has elite closing speed. I love his pass rushing skills and although he’s young I could see him thinking about declaring.
Kevin Danser, G, Stanford
I’ve mentioned Danser before, but I am going to give some info on this prospect. I think he’s one of the more underrated prospects in the country. He’s got good size, shows great strength, able to pull effectively and shows good awareness. I like Danser as a 2nd round pick.
Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon St.
Crichton has done nothing but impress me in every game I’ve watched so far this year. He’s quick off the ball, highly athletic and displays great ability to get after the QB. As good as his pass rush has been, I’ve also been impressed with how well he has played against the run. I need to move him into the first round of my next mock.
Avery Patterson, CB/S, Oregon
Patterson is an underrated prospect. He’s not very big, but he’s a tough, physical guy. I think he’s got terrific instincts and football smarts; he is able to read plays very quickly and his reaction time is impressive. He’s a great football player.
Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon
Staying with Oregon, I wanted to add Hart to this list. Hart played a heck of a game against UCLA and really improved his draft stock. He’s extremely quick off the ball and his hand use was equally impressive. He displayed great strength by shedding blockers with ease and making plays in both the run and the pass. He is a solid 2nd round pick if not higher at the moment.
C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa
Fiedorowicz is another prospect I really like. He’s really a well rounded TE. He’s a big and physical blocker but he’s also shown a good ability to be a receiving threat this season. I need to move him up on my big board.
Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida St.
I love Freeman’s running style. He’s not a big back, but he has good vision, makes good cuts and explodes through running lanes. He has also shown terrific ability to be a receiver out of the backfield and pick up blitzers. I love his upside.
Allen Robinson, WR, Penn St.
Robinson is another guy I need to move up my big board. He’s got an impressive skill set. He’s runs good routes, catches the ball well, has good speed; there’s a lot I could write about him. I don’t think Robinson is up there with Sammy Watkins, Lee or Evans, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him end up a first round pick.
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Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
Ekpre-Olomu is the top CB in the country. He’s a well rounded corner that’s physical, aggressive and fast. He’s my number 1 rated CB.
Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Fuller is close behind Ekpre-Olomu. I have been so impressed with him throughout the season. He’s progressed nicely from last year and that’s a big reason why I am very excited about him. I think he’s going to continue to get better.
Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida St.
He’s my favorite player in the country right now. He’s small, but he’s tough, fast, quick, and has stellar instincts. He’s a defensive playmaker that can change games.
Cameron Erving, OT, Florida St.
Erving is making his case for being one of top OTs taken in the first round. He absolutely dominated Vic Beasley (who many consider a first rounder) in their game against Clemson. He’s athletic, quick and strong. He’s was a little spotty in previous games but he’s showing real improvement.
Jeremy Gallon, WR, Michigan
Gallon continues to impress me. I really don’t care how big or fast he is. He’s a terrific route runner that’s quick and sudden. He does not get the hype he deserves.
Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
Amaro is the best TE in the country. He’s a first rounder; he stands out in every game. I really messed up not having him in my previous mock drafts.
Wesley Johnson, OT, Vanderbilt
I’ve been really impressed with Johnson this year. I like his toughness, technique and strength. I feel like he’s been a reliable pass protector and I wouldn’t be surprised if people start talking about him. I am not sure what round he may go in; but I am keeping my eye on him. He’s got NFL potential.
Here are some prospects that I feel are underrated. They all stood out on film this season.
Kevin Danser, G, Stanford
Kerry Hyder, DE, Texas Tech
Rashad Greene, WR, Florida St.
Terrence Brooks, S, Florida St.
Telvin Smith, LB, Florida St.
TJ Jones, WR, Notre Dame
Steve Nelson, CB, Oregon St.