DRAFT BREAKDOWN: Dante Fowler Jr.

Dante Fowler Jr., Defensive End, Florida

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Strengths: 

  • Versatile. Can play DT, both DE positions and OLB.
  • Unbelievable motor.
  • Exceptional athlete and seems to glide while running down opposing players.
  • Good, not great off the snap.
  • Disrupts plays on a consistent basis
  • Swim move and rips are above average.
  • Flexibility to dip below the pad level of OL
  • Has the ability to chase down RBs
  • Violent at the point of attack.

Weaknesses: 

  • Doesn’t seem to always be “game ready”. A lot of cramps.
  • Still needs to add strength.
  • Improve tackling.
  • Gets locked up with OL during a run.
  • Gets lost when plays are ran in his direction.
  • Sometimes over pursues and forgets his assignment.

Pro comparison: Demarcus Ware. Fowler has the ability to be an elite pass rusher in the NFL with his unique motor and ability to play multiple positions. Fowler played well against a good, revamped Florida State offensive line in the regular season finale but sometimes disappeared in the running game when he didn’t blitz up the middle. His ability to run down defenders is what makes him special but at the same time, he needs to understand his assignments in today’s NFL game.

Grade: First Round

DRAFT BREAKDOWN: T.J Clemmings

T.J Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh 

NCAA Football: Pittsburgh at Florida International

Strengths: 

  • NFL OT build
  • Pushes around his defender
  • Very good blocker at the second level
  • Strong push
  • Matches up well against multiple defenders
  • Former DE so knows the tricks of of the trade.
  • Mobile for a guy his size.
  • Ceiling is high.

Weaknesses: 

  • Raw ability, technique can be off at times.
  • Inexperienced
  •  Left tackle size but has been confined to right tackle
  • Struggles from time to time against longer, faster OLBs
  • Wingspan????

Pro comparison: Jason Peters. A very raw Jason Peters at that. At times, Clemmings shows signs of a future every day LT but vs more athletic defenders, he sometimes struggles to overcome the defenders speed and length. Clemmings is still learning the position and needs time to develop obviously but his ceiling is super high. The Senior Bowl will be a big stage for him to propel his draft stock possibly into the first round.

Grade: Second Round.

DRAFT BREAKDOWN: Maxx Williams

Maxx Williams, TE, University of Minnesota

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Strengths:

  • Looks the ball into his hands.
  • Shown he can catch anything that comes his way.
  • Adjusts body to bad throws and bails out QB
  • Can block just as well as pass catch.
  • High upside, hasn’t reached his full talent.
  • Can force the defense to focus on him.
  • In a weak class of TEs, he can propel himself in the first round.
  • Comes from a family of former NFL’ers.

Weaknesses: 

  • Hasn’t had a chance to show full body of work as a TE.
  • Route running is just…..EW at points.
  • Drops the occasional pass.

Pro Comparison: Greg Olsen. Like Olsen, Williams can become a QBs best friend and favorite target once he refines his skill set to the NFL. Although Maxx may not have the same rapping ability as Olsen, his abilities translate well to that of Olsen. Once Maxx gets in a real offense in which he can be used with an NFL QB, he may become one of the premier all around, do everything tight ends in the NFL. His run blocking and highlight reel catches puts him in first round consideration.

Grade: Late 1st.

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DRAFT BREAKDOWN: Devante Parker

Devante Parker, WR, Louisville

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Strengths:

  • Quick for his size.
  • 80 inch wingspan
  • Catch radius is out of this world.
  • Fantastic body control
  • Catches the ball at its highest point.
  • After the catch ability is when he’s at his best.
  • Not just an outside the numbers guy.

Weaknesses:

  • Needs to improve route running.
  • Blocking is a concern even with his size.
  • Inability to separate from press coverage at times.
  • Slow at times off the LOS.

Pro Comparison: A.J Green. Like Green, Parker has the ability to high point the ball and bring it down with ease and make it look simple. He needs to be able to get off the line of scrimmage when pressed by taller, lengthier cornerbacks. Playing against PJ Williams in press coverage showed that he can struggle at times. Going back to his ball skills is where Parker excels the most. He just knows how to play the wide receiver position well and will be a weapon for many years.

Grade: 1st Round.

DRAFT BREAKDOWN: Leonard Williams

Leonard Williams, DT, Southern California

Leonard Williams

Strengths:

  • Killer first step
  • Prototypical 3-4 DE but is more suited to play 4-3 DT
  • Gets after the QB from every position.
  • Hasn’t reached full potential
  • Quick on his feet for a big guy.
  • Biggest threat when lined up in the gap.
  • Hard nosed kid who loves the game.

Weaknesses:

  • Trouble getting off the ball when lined up over a guard or tackle.
  • Sometimes doesn’t play to the whistle.
  • Disappears at times.
  • Motor isn’t always there.
  • Lack of leverage up top
  • For a guy his size, he doesn’t use enough strength moves to get penetration.

Pro comparison: Gerald McCoy. Williams’ skill set and body translates most to Gerald Mccoy in the NFL. I think Williams will serve better as a 4-3 DT much like McCoy and his impact could be compared to what Williams can do. When Williams decides to play to hill full potential he is an unstoppable force and his quickness is unmatched for opposing guards and his strength to throw tackles off of him is a nice trait to have.

Grade: Top 5 Pick

DRAFT BREAKDOWN: Marcus Mariota

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon 
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Strengths: 

  • Smart with the ball in his hands.
  • Excellent on the run
  • Able to break down zone
  • Humble
  • Quick and agile outside the pocket.
  • One of the most athletic dual threat QBs in the game.
  • Doesn’t make too many mistakes
  • Fantastic back shoulder passer
  • Unspoken leader

Weaknesses:

  • Panics a bit in the pocket.
  • Footwork is out of sync at times.
  • Lack of experience under center.
  • Inability to breakdown complex defenses.
  • Product of the system????
  • Most throws are wide open. Haven’t seen many tight window passes or plays that make me say ‘wow’.
  • Add a few pounds to the frame.
  • Decides to run more times than pass, could result in injuries.

Pro Comparison: Alex Smith. Many evaluators compare Mariota to Kaepernick because of their frames and lines of work. However, Kaepernick has a cannon of an arm and plays a different style of game than Mariota. Alex Smith is the type of QB that I see in Mariota. A guy who loves the read option and depends on his speed guys to make plays for him. Smith was the first overall pick in 2005 and Mariota could easily follow in his footsteps. Their frames are highly identical with Smith being 6-4 217 and Mariota listed as 6-4 219. If Mariota can add more weight and throw balls into tight windows, the Kaepernick comparison would be warranted.

Grade: Top 5 Pick.

DRAFT BREAKDOWN: Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

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Strengths: 

  • Excellent anticipation with every throw. Throws receiver open.
  • Leadership.
  • Ability to make plays with his legs when the pocket collapses.
  • Throws into tight windows.
  • Throws well on the run; especially to his left.
  • 26-1 as a starting QB.
  • Tough
  • Football IQ off the charts
  • Makes reads and adjustments accordingly.

Weaknesses: 

  • OFF THE FIELD
  • Struggled without a redzone threat.
  • Sometimes throws off back foot fading away

Pro comparison: Ben Roethlisberger mixed with Andrew Luck. I struggled here because I wanted to compare Winston strictly to Andrew Luck but my heart wouldn’t let me do it. Winston compares best to Roethlisberger because of his big body frame accompanied with his off the field issues but compares to Luck with his enormous football knowledge and leadership. Winston will also be a first round pick much like the former and latter mentioned above. Winston is a franchise QB with traits that translate into one day being a HOF’er.

2015 NFL team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, NY Jets, Houston Texans

Grade: Top 5 pick