Top 2013 Offensive Prospects

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Here is a quick look at some of the top rookie prospects in the upcoming draft.

Offensive tackle

Luke Joeckel

1. Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
2. Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
3. Lane Johnson, Oklahoma
 4. D.J. Fluker, Alabama
5. Kyle Long, Oregon

In the mix: Oday Aboushi, Virginia; Dallas Thomas, Tennessee; Menelik Watson, Florida State.


Chance Warmack

1. Chance Warmack, Alabama
2. Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
3. Barrett Jones, Alabama
4. Justin Pugh, Syracuse
5. Travis Frederick, Wisconsin

In the mix: Larry Warford, Kentucky; Khaled Holmes, USC; Brian Winters, Kent State.

Running Backs

Giovani Bernard

1. Giovani Bernard, North Carolina
2. Eddie Lacy, Alabama
 3. Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State
 4. Montee Ball, Wisconsin
5. Andre Ellington, Clemson

In the mix: Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State; Stepfan Taylor, Stanford; Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina; Jonathan Franklin, UCLA.


Senior Bowl Recap: Offense

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2013 Senior Bowl Review

Here is a quick list of a few players that I think the Dallas Cowboys should take a look at from the Senior Bowl.  We all know that the Dallas Cowboys have a lot of holes to fill this year and the players below should be able to come in and make an impact on the field.


Eric Fisher

College: Central Michigan

Height: 6’7

Weight: 305

Position: OL

Projected Round: 1st round

Scouting Report:

Fisher is an NFL ready pass protector. He’s a natural athlete that is a dancing bear. His footwork, kick slide are as good as they come His ability to mirror defenders off the edge is excellent. Fisher re-sets really well after initial burst from the defender. His huge frame and vines for arms are evident in pass protection. It takes defenders a long time to get by him with his long arms and nimble feet. The one area that Fisher struggles in pretty consistently is lowering his pad level. Dwight Freeney-esque pass rushers will give him problems if Fisher can’t learn to lower his base and pad level. –

Lane Johnson

College: Oklahoma

Height: 6’6

Weight: 302

Position: OL

Projected Round: 1st round

Scouting Report:

Uses his athleticism well, displaying good foot quickness to mirror pass rushers off the edge to deny them the corner and adjust to their inside moves. Easily reaches second-level targets when pulled outside or stepping up in the box, and sustains the block. Generally plays with good pad level and balance despite his height, and can fire out from a three-point stance and generate a bit of push on run plays. Johnson’s feet keep moving through initial contact, allowing him to get into the correct blocking angle while engaged. He also uses his hands and length well to maintain distance with the defender. NFL coaches will like that he plays with an attitude, as he looks willing to hand-fight with defensive ends, usually landing multiple strong punches, and will consistently finish blocks with a strong arm extension.

Michael Williams
College: Alabama
Height: 6’6
Weight: 270

Position: TE

Projected Round: 5th round

Scouting Report:

The bread and butter of Williams’ game is his run blocking. He is extremely strong at the point of attack. Williams uses his big body to matchup well against defensive ends, and there are rarely ends who can match his power. Williams’ size allows him to be more effective than the vast majority of tight ends in the ground game. He also has the athleticism to get out in front and hit blocks on linebackers and safeties. The senior is the complete package as a run blocker. –

Marquise Goodwin

College: Texas

Height: 5’9

Weight: 179

Position: WR

Projected Round: 3rd round

Scouting Report:

22-year-old is a four-time All-American in track and field and even made the 2012 United States Olympic Track Team. During the London Olympics, Goodwin qualified for the finals in the long jump, but manged to only land himself a 10th place finish. Now, we shift to the football field. In Mobile, Goodwin has been catching everything that has been thrown his way. It was important for Goodwin to come to the Senior Bowl and show that he is more than a player with world-class speed. There was some concern that Goodwin could be limited to a 9-route runner in the NFL, but he has shown the league that he is a more complete receiver. On top of the world-class speed and impressive hands, Goodwin has displayed incredibly crisp route-running. –

Stepfan Taylor

College: Stanford

Height: 5’11

Weight: 215

Position: RB

Projected Round: 4th round

Scouting Report:

Taylor is balanced runner. He hits the hole with quickness before it can close and has good vision. Taylor is also a patient blocker. He sets up his blocks well and allows his linemen to get to their spots before accelerating ahead. There is no doubt that Taylor has some toughness. He hasn’t missed a game the past two seasons despite being the lead back for Stanford. Taylor also is a physical runner who has the power to push through defenders’ arm tackles and picks up yards after contact. One of his underrated abilities is his short-yardage skills. At the goal line or in third-and-short situations, he is very successful at pushing his way through the pile to get the necessary gain.

As a receiver, Taylor runs good routes and has solid hands. Coming from an NFL style West Coast offense, he should have an easy transition to the passing game at the next level. Taylor really is a good blitz-protector. Stanford trusted him to protect Luck, and the ball-carrier got the job done as a blocker.