#10: S Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, Alabama
The best all round safety in the draft, Clinton-Dix does just about everything very well. He’s a smart and instinctive player, who uses his great athleticism to be one of the best coverage players in the draft regardless of position. Can cover ground across the field quickly, and make the tackle. Closes quickly on receiver, and makes a solid, fundamental tackle. Needs to play with a bit more aggression, and use great natural size and strength a bit more often.
#11: ILB C.J. Mosely, Alabama
Mosely is the only inside linebacker that got onto this big board, and he is so far ahead of the other inside linebackers in this draft. He’s an excellent combo linebacker, able to drop back into coverage and play right with the tight ends, wide receivers and trail running backs as well. He’s powerful in the running game, and can even provide some production when asked to blitz. Mosely is an all around great linebacking prospect, able to do a bit of everything really well.
#12: TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina
Ebron is an absolute freak athlete, and is going to provide a unique kind of weapon to whoever drafts him. He will destroy linebackers that are forced onto him in the seam, and can bully and use his size to dominate cornerbacks when he lines up in the slot or outside. The best receiving tight end in the draft, the only drawback to Ebron’s game, is that he’s a pretty limited and unwilling blocker.
#13: QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Finally, the top quarterback makes his appearance, and it shouldn’t be any doubt if you follow me on twitter who it is. Manziel is a special kind of player, who brings a special kind of swagger to the team that will draft him. He can make all the big plays that you ask from a big time playmaker, and has the ultimate confidence in his abilities. He’s another player that if he was maybe two inches taller, he’d be considered a no brainer for the first overall pick. Manziel could be the ultimate boom or bust prospect, because if he can make things work, he’s going to be a superstar.
#14: S Calvin Pryor, Louisville
Probably the hardest hitting defensive back in the draft, Pryor is the kind of hard nosed player who makes you regret entering his area of the field. Prototypical “strong safety”, who is a dominant run stopping player in the box. Despite being labeled as just a hard hitter, Pryor is more than capable of making plays in coverage, but would be better off playing beside a more tradition cover safety, allowing him to freely do his thing.
#15: OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA
Anthony Barr has slipped pretty far, and on some people’s boards, he’s dipped into the 20s, but I’m not willing to let that deter me too much. Barr has nearly as much pass rushing ability as Khalil Mack, but is just not as refined, and is still quite raw in what he can do, beyond his natural god given skills. If he develops like he can, you’re looking at one of the best pass rushers, standing up or with his hand in the dirt, in the NFL.
#16: QB Blake Bortles, Central Florida
Bortles reminds me a lot of what Ben Roethlisberger is today. He’s a huge quarterback, not only in the fact that he’s 6’5, but he’s a super well built 235 pounds as well. It is a real effort trying to slow this guy down. He has a pretty darn good arm to go along with his excellent frame, and can make all the throws you want from an NFL quarterback. If he develops his overall awareness, and becomes a more patient player going through his reads, he will succeed in the NFL.
#17: OT Zack Martin, Notre Dame
Martin is a solidly built offensive tackle, who has some excellent overall strength, but really suffers from shorter than ideal arms. He has all the power that you want from a tackle, and has the grit and toughness to play the position. Throw in a nice mean streak, and he’s one hell of a prospect. But again, he will have some troubles at the next level with his short arms, and might be best if moves inside to guard, where he’d be the best offensive guard in the draft.
#18: QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
Bridgewater has got to be right up their with Anthony Barr, for player who’s fallen the furthest, the fastest. Regardless of his pro day numbers, Bridgewater is still the smartest quarterback in the draft, and has the arm strength and accuracy to make things work in the NFL. He has great escapability and agility, but only uses those when a man isn’t open, and has a good preservation instinct.