2013 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Jaguars
Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel is currently considered the premiere offensive tackle prospect in the country. Almost universally ranked as the best prospect at his position, Joeckel has paved the way for the Aggies to have one of their best seasons in years, which was particularly impressive for their first year in the SEC.
Joeckel is a prototypical left tackle with choppy, fast feet. Not an especially powerful blocker, but has plus athleticism that can seal the edge against speed rushers. Great positioning and plays the angles well. Excellent in blitz pickup. Finds the extra man with his eyes and is consistently looking for stunts and twists.
Good, but not great in run blocking. Shows good fundamentals in his technique. Plays with a natural knee-bend, doesn't lose his balance, and keeps his feet active. Not a great drive blocker due to below-average hand positioning and so-so strength. Could benefit from playing in a zone blocking scheme where he can get out to a spot and use his forward momentum to gain positioning.
Joeckel has an aggressive, yet under control style of play. Still has room to add some weight and will need to work hard in the gym to add power through his core a... [Read More
FIU safety prospect Jonathan Cyprien is receiving a lot of buzz as the draft approaches that could challenge as a possible first round pick.
Cyprien has ideal height and bulk. At his best when running downhill and in pursuit of the ball-carrier. Runs hard with aggression. Will sometimes look like he already knows the play before his teammates. Hits hard and breaks down well. Very physical defender and can bring big hits without sacrificing balance or technique.
Top-end speed is average and will need to run well in pre-draft testing in order to validate his rising stock. Not fast enough to get sideline-to-sideline in deep single coverage. Better fit in two deep or in the box as an extra linebacker. Showed good hands and has enough length to disrupt the catch. Performed very well as a standout at the Senior Bowl. Must continue to test well compared to similar safeties in his class and show he can hold his own.
Cyprien projects as an early second round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
UConn Huskies cornerback Dwayne Gratz is an athletic option with some nice measurables like long arms and big hands. Still developing in his coverage skills, he figures to be a solid Day 2 or early Day 3 prospect.
Gratz really shines when he's able to make plays on the football. Great instincts and can break on the football. Good hands, above-average leaping ability. Can really challenge receivers on 50/50 balls. Shows a lot of promise in press-man coverage. Has enough speed to recover if beat off the line. Doesn't lose balance or get pushed around often at the line of scrimmage. Sometimes plays too aggressive, but this can also sometimes work in his favor. Feeling the route and anticipating that next step are two areas of concern. Seems to play a very reactionary style of defense which leaves him a step late in man coverage.
Quick feet and excellent short-area movement. Closes on the reception fast and hard. Will make up a lot of ground while the ball is in the air. Willing tackler in run support. Tackling technique is average, must remember to stay low and not just check players arms and shoulders. Above-average upper body strength.
Gratz projects as a third to fourth ro... [Read More
South Carolina Gamecocks wide receiver Ace Sanders is an undersized prospect with above-average speed and excellent short-area quickness. Flashes some real talent at separating and could contribute in the slot or as a kick returner.
Sanders didn't time as well as expected at the Combine, but the game tape shows more. Excellent body control to get after passes or errant throws. The prototypical quick-twitch athlete that could be dangerous in the open field. Must continue working on separating from man coverage with using his hands and selling fakes with his upper body. Can be pushed around due to limited size and has trouble with press-man coverage.
Accelerates quickly after the catch. Lacks a distinct second gear. Lacks ideal frame to challenge for high passes. Below-average leaping ability given his speed and quickness. Arms and hands are undersized as well. Very competitive style of play. Tries to block, but lacks the core strength to really get after defenders.
Sanders projects as a fourth to fifth round prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Michigan Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson will transition to running back or any number of positions in the NFL. His athleticism and determination will serve him well. Ran a 4.43 40-yard dash at the combine. Could be a returner and contribute on special teams. Elite level agility, change of direction and acceleration. Video game speed. Team will need to find the appropriate roles for him. Durability has been a concern. Excellent ability to break tackles and make defenders miss. High ceiling for a developmental player.... [Read More
Florida Gators safety Josh Evans is a well-rounded prospect with good size and speed. A little tight in his lower half. Good short-area quickness. Still growing when in coverage. Improved throughout his collegiate career. Proactive tackler. Reads and reacts decisively. Anticipates routes well and can sometimes get the jump on the ball. Decent hands, not a threat after securing interceptions. Former running back in high school. Footwork is still imprecise when in coverage. Average foot speed. Below-average pursuit skills.... [Read More