Brian Winters OG Kent State #66
Size/Athleticism: Will be a very good athlete for an interior linemen. Played left tackle at Kent State. Moves well for his size. Has plenty of experience blocking on the move.
Pass Protection: Holds his ground, but he’s not a finisher. Lacks the dominant strength to really finish guys off and if the play gets extended, he’ll lose control of the defender. Struggles with his balance at times. Stronger defensive linemen can knock him back on his heels. Struggled with faster edge-rusher at left tackle and will probably be limited to playing guard in the pros.
Run Blocking: Moves well for his size and will be an asset as a pulling guard, but he struggles to engage defenders on the move. When pulling, he needs to be quicker getting to his spot and getting a hit on his assignment. Isn’t a mauler and won’t be an elite power run blocking guard.
Intangibles: Four-year starter with experience at left and right tackle. Plays with a nasty demeanor and is fights through the whistle. Very well respected by coaches for his work ethic.
Durability: Played through a shoulder injury in 2011 which required surgery after the season. Suffered a pectoral injury during the bench press at the combine.
Comments: Winters has the tools to be a starter at the next level but his upside is limited by his modest physical tools. He lacks the dominant size or the impressive athleticism to really excel in any one area of the game. Given his toughness, durability and versatility, Winters is exactly the type of lineman teams cover in the 3rd round or later. He isn’t necessarily an immediate starter in the league, but he should develop into one down the road.
Larry Warford OG Kentucky #67
Size/Athleticism: Impressive size and move relatively well. Could probably drop weight and become a better all-around lineman because he would add to his mobility.
Pass Protection: Holds his ground against the bull rusher. He can win one-on-one battles against bull rush. Struggles to contain more athletic tackles in space.
Run Blocking: A nasty run blocker who excels in short yardage situations. He moves reasonably well for his size and can excel as a pulling guard. Gets to the second level sometimes, but struggles to engage with linebackers on the move. He lacks the lateral mobility to excel when blocking in space. Plays with good leverage. He gets low and can easily stand up defensive linemen and walk him back off the line. Strong enough to battle with nose tackles – proved his strength against Georgia’s Johnathan Jenkins.
Intangibles: Weight has been an issue. He played at 350 and has dropped down to the 330 range. He can play at 330, but he’s a good athlete and could more even better if he dropped down to 315-320.
Durability: Played in 47 games and started the final 37 games of his career.
Comments: Warford has the tools to be a dominant power run blocker at the next level. However, at his current weight he won’t be of interest to every team. If he could drop another 10 pounds in an effort to increase his mobility, Warford would become more versatile and maximize his potential. However, he should be viewed as an immediate starter regardless of his weight situation.
Sylvester Williams DT North Carolina #92
Size/Athleticism: Prototypical height and overall build for a defensive tackle. Moves well for an interior lineman and it isn’t just straight-line speed. His lateral movement is impressive. Strong arms allow him to swat away offensive tackles end disengage from blocks.
Run Defense: Consistently bursts through the line of scrimmage and makes plays in the backfield. Lateral movement allows him to slide along the line, enabling him to blug holes that many other tackles won’t get to. Gives a great effort in pursuit. Gets down the field in pursuit more frequently than the typical interior lineman. Doesn’t hold up quite as well at the point of attack as you’d expect considering his size.
Pass Rush: Explodes off the line of scrimmage. His initial burst is impressive and he builds momentum quickly. Plays out of control and doesn’t always seem to have a game plan. If he doesn’t win off the snap, he doesn’t have a backup plan to fight his way into the backfield.
Versatility: Could play the three-technique or the nose tackle position in the 4-3 defense. Best suited to play end in a 3-4, but could potentially play nose tackle if he added some weight.
Intangibles: Lacked motivation in high school. Only played one year of football and reportedly frequently skipped school. Didn’t attend college after high school and worked in a factory. Eventually walked on at community college. Turned his life around and is regarded as an extremely hard worker who is dedicated to football. 25 years old and mature compared to the average rookie.
Durability: Suffered a sprained ankle in 2012 but played through the injury. Started all 25 games during his career at UNC.
Comments: Williams needs to refine his technique as a pass-rusher and become more consistent, but he has the potential to be an incredibly well-rounded lineman. Some teams may view his age negatively, but his maturity and work ethic should make teams confident in his ability to make an immediate impact and develop quickly.
Logan Ryan CB Rutgers #11
Size/Athleticism: Adequate height and size. He’s well-rounded athlete who played quarterback in high school.
Coverage: Likes to step up in press coverage, but he isn’t exceptionally strong or fast. He struggles to consistently knock guys off their routes and when he doesn’t, receivers can easily gain a step on him once they’re around him. Did a nice job covering receivers in the slot. He’s quick with his footwork and is able to stick with them on the quick slants. He may be an ideal nickel corner at the next level.
Ball skills: Consistently gets his hand on the ball when he’s in position, but he’ll drop some interceptions.
Run support: Plays like he’s afraid of contact at times. He’ll hang out near the ball carrier and jump in only when he sees an opportunity to try to strip the ball. Not a wrap-up tackler. He swipes at the feet, which causes him to miss a lot of tackle tackle opportunities. His tackle stats aren’t bad, but it’s misleading. He make them when the right opportunity presents itself, but he doesn’t make a ton of impact tackles.
Intangibles: Two-year starter. Hasn’t been matched up with many elite receivers – Big East lacks much offensive NFL talent and he wasn’t challenged in many non-conference games either.
Durability: No known issues.
Comments: Ryan is somewhat limited by his physical tools, but may be an ideal nickel corner in the NFL. His straight-line speed is only average and his size is lacking, which limits his potential on the outside. But he’s very quick and demonstrates consistent footwork when matched up with receivers in the slot. His ability lock down a slot receiver and take away the quick slants and curls could make him a valuable asset in the NFL.
Blidi Wreh-Wilson CB Connecticut #5
Size/Athleticism: Impressive height with a decent overall build. He has rare size for the position, giving him the potential to match up with some of the game’s elite receivers.
Coverage: Does a nice job in zone coverage. He’s patient and does reads the quarterback well. He excels at keeping track of receivers in his zone without losing track of the quarterback. Somewhat limited in man coverage. He lacks the quick-twitch athleticism to stay with smaller receiver. His change-of-direction ability is limited and hinders his ability to recover from a false step. Straight-line speed is enough to hang with receiver, but not enough to easily recover from mistakes.
Ball skills: Consistently gets a hand on the ball when he’s in position, but his hands are only average. He’ll drop some would-be interceptions. Leaping ability is slightly below average for a corner. His height helps, but taller receivers have no problem high-pointing the ball against him even in tight coverage.
Run support: Willing to step up against the run, but would rather deliver a big hit and than wrap up the ball carrier. He misses too many tackles from being overly aggressive. He does a poor job playing as the last line of defense. He takes a lot of poor angles to the ball and closes too quickly when he should hang back as the last line of defense. Given his size, he has the potential to improve in his run defense.
Intangibles: Two-time team captain. Three-year starter.
Durability: Missed 5 games with a sprained knee in 2011. Underwent surgery on his hand in 2010 during the season, but did not miss any playing time.
Comments: Wilson has the potential to develop into a decent starter, but he’ll need to clean up his technique. He doesn’t possess enough natural athleticism to make up for the number of mistakes he tends to make in coverage. He survived in the Big East, but NFL receivers will quickly expose his flaws. Given his size and his reputation as a hard worker and team leader, he’s a fairly safe pick because he could always switch to free safety if he fails to develop the tools to excel at cornerback.