First and foremost I need to shout out to NFLBuddah, thanks for the idea of "Getting High Twice."
Okay now to get this started...!
Rams trade first round #13 and third round #75 to the Bills for their first round #9
#6- Greg Robinson OT Auburn- Robinson is a rare athlete with a special combination of size and quickness. He proved that in Indianapolis. Robinson (6-5, 332) was the star of the offensive linemen during the Combine. He ran an amazing time in the 40 of 4.92 seconds with a 10-yard split of 1.69. That 10-yard split was in the range of a tight end. Robinson's second try improved his numbers as his 10-yard split was 1.68. In the field drills, Robinson showed his ability to bend with fluid hips. He also excelled in the bench press. With Robinson's size, speed and length, there is no doubt that he is a rare athlete. Robinson had a great Combine to further force his name into the discussion to be the first offensive tackle selected. He could go as high as the second-overall pick. Robinson had an impressive 2013 season opening up a lot of holes on the ground and being a good pass-protector. All year, the Tigers rushed Nick Marshall and Tre Mason behind Robinson with great results. The Auburn offense got a big game out of him to help upset Alabama. He also played well in shootout wins over Texas A&M, Georgia and Missouri. Robinson is very strong for his size and moves extremely well. He does a superb job of sustaining his blocks to keep his defenders from making tackles. Robinson also has quickness and good feet to be a pass-blocker in the NFL, though he will need more refinement in this capacity. We could put him as LG for his first couple years then move him out to LT when Long is gone.
#9- Mike Evans WR Texas A&M- Evans had a "mission accomplished" at the Combine with a 40 time that was faster than expectations. With his size and leaping ability, he looks solidly in the top 20. Evans had stretches of dominance during the 2013 season. He destroyed Alabama (7 rec.-279 yds.) and made a lot of difficult catches for big gains along the sideline. Evans turned in another massive performance against Auburn (11-287). For the year, the sophomore had 69 receptions for 1,394 yards with 12 touchdowns. He tailed off late in the year and was held to only eight yards on four catches by Missouri cornerback E.J. Gaines in his penultimate game. For the NFL, Evans looks like Vincent Jackson - except maybe a little slower. Evans could be a downfield threat with his size and should also be a good possession receiver in the short to intermediate part of the field. With his size and leaping ability, he is always open. Evans has good hands and excellent body control. Just think, I know we just signed Britt, but they could compete or what if they both pan out?? Evans, Britt, Austin, Cook, Bailey, and Givens automatically the best WR corps in the nation if Britt and Evans pan out heck even if just one of them pan out.
#37- Jimmie Ward S Northern Illinois- Ward isn't the biggest safety, but he is adept in pass coverage. Ward showcased his nice coverage ability at the Senior Bowl. He could help to defend slot receivers in the NFL. Ward totaled 95 tackles with seven interceptions and 10 passes defended in 2013. He has nice instincts and ball skills to defend the deep part of the field. Ward didn't run at the Combine. Even though Ward isn't that big, he is a reliable tackler. In 2012, he led Northern Illinois with 104 tackles and three interceptions. Ward had 100 tackles in 2011 with an interception and four passes broken up.
#44- Ra'Shede Hageman DT Minnesota- In 2013, Hageman had 38 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, seven passes broken up, one interception and two sacks. The senior saw his share of double-teams, and at times those weren't enough to contain him, but he needs to become more consistent. Sometimes, Hageman is unblockable with power and explosion. He has pass-rush ability, but needs to get more consistent pressure on the quarterback. That could improve in the NFL when he isn't facing so many double-teams. At the Senior Bowl, Hageman had a solid week of practice. He continued to show that he has the power and quickness to overwhelm offensive linemen. Hageman followed that up with a good performance at the Combine. Sources told WalterFootball.com that Hageman did well in the team interviews. Hageman has a lot of flexibility for NFL defenses. He could play nose tackle in a 4-3 or 3-4 defense while also having the ability to be a five-technique defensive end in a 3-4. Him behind Langford for one season then starting next to Brockers next season INSANE!!!!!!
#110- E.J. Gaines CB Missouri- Gaines played well for Missouri in 2013 with 68 tackles with five interceptions and three passes defended. Late in the regular season, he came up with some huge games. Gaines held Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans to only four catches for eight yards and had a fumble return for a touchdown in the SEC Championship game. Gaines followed it up with a good game against Oklahoma State in his bowl game. He was unable to work out at the Combine outside of a low total on the bench press (11 reps). Gaines has a nice mix of coverage ability and ball skills. He had 74 tackles with 11 passes broken up and two interceptions in 2012. In 2011, Gaines was an All-Big XII selection with 69 tackles, three tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, 16 passes broken up and two interceptions. Nickel corner maybe eventual starter, either way a great depth CB.
#153- Pierre Desir CB Lindenwood- Desir did his job at the Senior Bowl and was able to hang with the higher level of competition. It started a week earlier at the East-West Shrine where his quality performance landed him a spot in Mobile. At Lindenwood (Division II), Desir had 25 interceptions. He has good size but will need some developmental time. More CB depth and he may contribute to safety depth too.
#188- Trai Turner G LSU- Turner was one of the many underclassmen who entered the draft before they should have. Turner had a good redshirt sophomore season in 2013 as the starter at right guard. He is a strong run-blocker, and the Tigers had a lot of success running Jeremy Hill behind him. Turner will need to improve his pass protection for the NFL. As a freshman, he had seven starts. At the Combine, Turner opened some eyes with a great workout. He ran fast and looked good in the field work.
#214- Billy Turner OT North Dakota State- Turner received a ton of awards over his four seasons at North Dakota State. He was a 4-year starter and dominated his level of competition. Turner was put to the test at the Senior Bowl and held his own against much better competition. He showed some strength and athletic ability to develop in the NFL. Turner did well at the Combine and helped himself.
#226- Henry Josey RB Missouri- In 2013, Josey averaged 6.7 yards per carry with 16 touchdowns and 1,166 yards on the ground. He had 10 catches for 65 yards and a score. Josey showed more signs of his old form in the final month of the season and had 123 yards on nine carries in the SEC Championship. He likely would have benefited from another year at Missouri before going pro, but Josey entered the 2014 NFL Draft. Size and durability concerns knock Josey down lower, but he has some talent. Josey showed some real speed at the Combine, but his medical evaluations were as critical as the field work. Josey did not play football for Missouri in 2012, but returned to contact practices in the spring of 2013. He was one of the best running backs in the Big XII in 2011 before he had had his knee devastated versus Texas, coming away with a torn ACL, a torn MCL, torn cartilages, a torn meniscus and a torn patellar tendon. All that required three separate surgeries to repair. Josey ran for 1,168 yards and averaged 8.1 yards per carry with nine touchdowns in only eight starts in his shortened season. I'm thinking perfect change of pace for Stacy and late round gem and huge steal!!!!!
#241- Aaron Lynch DE South Florida- Lynch was a disappointment in 2013, yet he still entered the 2014 NFL Draft. Lynch wasn't the same force that he was at Notre Dame as a freshman. Despite a weak conference, Lynch didn't come alive until late November when he picked up four sacks through the final three games. Lynch recorded 29 tackles with 11.5 tackles for a loss and five sacks in 2013. He made a big mistake going pro considering his disappointing year and questions about his makeup. There are a lot of off-the-field concerns that could cause him to go undrafted. The Notre Dame transfer was forced to sit out the 2012 season, but he may only need one more season of college to prove that he is a first-round prospect. Lynch played really well for Notre Dame in 2011 as freshman, recording 33 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Lynch was just scratching the surface of his talent.
#249- Joe Don Duncan TE Dixie State- The Division II product Duncan was going to get the opportunity to impress NFL evaluators at the Senior Bowl, but he was held out because of an injury. It is rare for D-II players to get Senior Bowl invites, but Duncan managed to impress Phil Savage and the Senior Bowl selection staff. In 2013, Duncan caught 71 passes for 1,045 yards and 13 touchdowns for Dixie State - it is in Utah. His career totals rewrote record books with 135 receptions for 1,994 yards and 22 touchdowns. Duncan is said to have the athletic ability to also execute some fullback and H-back duties. He had a knee injury in 2012 that required surgery, so have no doubt that his medical check at the Combine was significant to teams. Duncan didn't run at the Combine, but he impressed by leading all the tight ends with 35 reps on the bench press. Of all the positions to be an obscure prospect, tight end may be the best thanks to unknowns who have become good players in the NFL. Antonio Gates is likely the most well-known example.
#250- Justin Britt OT Missouri- Britt produced a quality senior season playing left tackle after suffering an ACL tear in 2012. He held his own against Jadeveon Clowney and performed well against Tennessee. Overall, Britt played well against Texas A&M, but was beaten for a sack. He had some struggles against Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl and a mixed performance at the East-West Shrine. Britt played six games at right tackle and three at left tackle in 2012. He started all 13 games at left tackle the year before after Elvis Fisher was lost to a knee injury. Britt has some athleticism, but could use more power for the NFL. He also could be a candidate to move to right tackle or inside to guard.
I wanna say that the overviews for each prospect are from WalterFootball.com except for some little things I added, and to execute my trades I used DraftTek.com's value chart.
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