Boden: Looking ahead to the top Day 2 prospects

Boden: Looking ahead to the top Day 2 prospects
April 26, 2013, 12:45 am
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I won't even try venturing a guess what Phil Emery has up his sleeve when the draft resumes early this evening. Emery only has a second-round pick (50th overall) with the third-rounder dealt away in 2012 to the Dolphins for Brandon Marshall. Unless he finds a way to acquire picks, only one more player will be added. And based on Kyle Long coming out of the absolute blue Thursday night (similar to Shea McClellin in last year's draft), he won't pick one of the names that we'll list as best available at the team's positions of need. The following have no lower than third-round grades by most analysts and are a summary of evaluations by Nolan Nawrocki and the editors of "Pro Football Weekly"

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LINEBACKER: 

Manti Te'o (Notre Dame) -- Do we really need to discuss him more after he was such a focus Thursday night? Will he last another 20 picks?

Kevin Minter (LSU) -- Under 6-0, but productive. Reportedly never got in prime shape during collegiate career.

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Jon Bostic (Florida) -- 2-1/2-year starter in elite program. Makes occasional big, flashy play but lack of overall consistency took him out of first tier of linebackers.

Kevin Reddick (North Carolina) -- Thought by many to be ready to start right away. Tough, instinctive, leader type. Led Tar Heels in TFLs & sacks last fall.

Arthur Brown (Kansas State) -- Some had Bears picking him at No. 20. Two-time captain. Leader in the middle. Big 12 Defensive Player of Year and 1st-Team All-American. 

Khaseem Greene (Rutgers) -- Thought to be best on the weakside, but productive. Two-time Big East Defensive Player of Year with six forced fumbles (Bears will like that).

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CORNERBACK:

Darius Slay (Mississippi State) -- Fast, athletic with ability to battle for jump balls. Physically supports the run. Had a couple of injuries.

Johnathan Banks (Mississippi State) -- 6'2, Thorpe Award winner. Team captain. Not as strong in run support as Slay. Compared to Richard Sherman.

Jamar Taylor (Boise State) -- Reunite with McClellin? Captain. 100-yard return for touchdown in 2011 Las Vegas Bowl. Strong, physical at 5'10. 

David Amerson (N.C. State) -- 6'1, Thorpe finalist.  Eight INT's last fall as a junior after 13 as a sophomore. Not a true shutdown type. 

Tyrann Mathieu (LSU) -- Would they?

DEFENSIVE TACKLE:

Jonathan Hankins (Ohio St.) -- 6'3, 320 lbs. Not Adonis. Absorbs double-teams while still pursuing ball-carriers. Holds ground. Clogs lanes. 

John Jenkins (Georgia) -- 6'3, 346 lbs. with rare size, lane-clogger to create vision & space for LBs. Academically ineligible for Capital One Bowl

Kawann Short (Purdue) -- Four-year starter. Captain. School-record eight blocked kicks. Disruptive with long arms, but weight varies (300-325 lbs).

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Brandon Williams (Missouri Southern) -- National D-2 Defensive Player of the Year (27 career sacks). Agility/power combo could use coaching.

Jesse Williams (Alabama) -- Two-year starter as defensive end, then nose tackle. Native Australian, a weight-room nut whose base has to catch up to monster upper-body.

WIDE RECEIVER:

Keenan Allen (California) -- Doesn't figure to be around at No. 50 and at 6'2, might not be exactly what Emery is looking for.

Justin Hunter (Tennessee) -- Even bigger than Allen (6'4) but with 4.44 speed to go up top and get the ball. Vols teammate Patterson went to Vikings at No. 29. 

Robert Woods (USC) -- Slot guy, but more of the Earl Bennett type and not speedy. Breakaway threat despite being Trojans' all-time receptions leader

Ryan Swope (Texas A&M) -- Johnny Manziel's go-to guy after being Ryan Tannehill's top target. 161 catches the last two years and with 4.3 speed he could be more of what Trestman is looking for over the likes of the three above.

Terrance Williams (Baylor) and Quinton Patton (Louisiana Tech) -- Each have concussion history.