Mon, May 05, 2014
By Phil Savage
With roster sizes limited to 53 players and only 46 of those designated “active” on game day, the offensive lineman that can play two or more positions generally sees a big boost in his draft stock across the league. Here are five Reese’s Senior Bowl linemen ranked below the top three tackles that bring position flexibility to the table.
|1.||Zack Martin||Notre Dame||LT/OG|
|3.||Jack Mewhort||Ohio State||RT/OG|
Wayne Chrebet (Hofstra) and Wes Welker (Texas Tech) went undrafted out of their respective colleges, but both found roles at the NFL level by excelling as “slot” receivers. Now, the position has evolved into its own entity with prospects being drafted specifically for this purpose. With all the attention on the 1st round, here are five WR’s that will go later, but still make an impact as “slots” in the future.
|2.||Bruce Ellington||South Carolina (Jr.)|
|5.||Mike Campanaro||Wake Forest|
Regardless of 3-4 or 4-3 as their base defensive scheme, NFL coordinators love the idea of having prospects that can rush the passer or drop into coverage equally well. These “hybrid” defenders can stay on the field in all situations and help disguise the defense’s intent. These five Reese’s Senior Bowlers offer the perfect combination of rush and pass.
|2.||Kyle Van Noy||BYU|
|4.||Jeremiah Attaochu||Georgia Tech|
As NFL offensive coordinators use more and more 3- and 4- wide receiver personnel groupings, the ability to Man cover at cornerback, safety and both Sub positions (Nickel and Dime) has risen dramatically in the last five seasons. With that said, cornerbacks that can play over a slot and safeties that can drop down and play Man-to-Man are at a premium. Here are five defensive backs that can get on the field as rookies due to their versatile abilities.
|1.||Lamarcus Joyner||Florida St.||CB/FS/Nickel|
|2.||Jimmie Ward||Northern Illinois||CB/Nickel/Dime|
|5.||Nevin Lawson||Utah State||CB/Nickel/Dime|
Every year, certain prospects slip in the NFL Draft due to a medical issue or current injury. Here are five players in that category with a chance to become starters by 2015:
|1.||Brent Urban||Virginia||DE (high ankle sprain)|
|2.||Aaron Colvin||Oklahoma||CB (knee/ACL)|
|3.||Trey Millard||Oklahoma||H/FB (knee/ACL)|
|4.||Brandon Thomas||Clemson||OT/OG (knee/ACL)|
|5.||Dominique Easley||Florida||DT (knee/ACL)|
|Phil Savage is the Executive Director of the Senior Bowl. He worked 20 years in the NFL as a coach, scout and executive, including two years as the Director of Player Personnel for the Baltimore Ravens and four years as the general manager of the Cleveland Browns.|