This list is not in any particular order.
Common denominators = Big, Strong, Smart, FAST, and ATHLETIC.
Akiem Hicks, DT, Regina University (Canada) (Round 5)
Height: 6-4. Weight: 324.
Projected 40 Time: 5.16.
Arm: 35 1/8. Hand: 10 1/8.
He stood out at the East-West Shrine practices. He’s big, strong, quick, and athletic. He was good enough to play at LSU before having to leave the program in January of 2010, due to possible recruiting violations. IMO, that’s not really a character concern. (Could be a great inside option if we lose out on Pat Simms in FA)
Travian Robertson, DE/DT, South Carolina (Round 5)
Height: 6-4. Weight: 305.
Projected 40 Time: 4.99.
Arm: 32 1/2. Hand: 10.
At the East-West Shrine Game, he was dominant, destroying offensive linemen all week long. He’s fast and athletic, which generally bodes well for any prospect entering the draft. (Could be a good option who can play both inside and outside if we lose out on Jonathan Fanene in FA)
Doug Martin, RB, Boise State (Round 2)
Height: 5-9. Weight: 219.
Projected 40 Time: 4.44.
Love this guy. Mark it down now, he will blow up at that combine. He’s a workout freak who is fast and strong. He can block, catch the ball, and run between the tackles, IMO aside from Trent Richardson he’s the best RB for our offense (Would be an instant upgrade over Ced Benson in our offense)
Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State (Round 4)
Height: 5-9. Weight: 216.
Projected 40 Time: 4.56.
I'd compare him to a poor man's Doug Martin or Trent Richardson. He’s a bit slower than Doug Martin and IMO also a step below in talent. Having said that, he does have many of the same attributes and he would be a nice pick up in round 3 or 4 if we miss out on Martin and Richardson. (Should be able to replace Ced Benson’s productivity pretty easily)
Demario Davis, OLB, Arkansas State (Round 5, 6, or 7)
Height: 6-3. Weight: 231.
Projected 40 Time: 4.62.
He’s another athletic player from a small school who has a huge upside. He has very good speed and seemed to alleviate most concerns about him playing at a small school by performing well at the senior bowl against better competition. (If River’s cannot come back 100% and we lose out on Manny Lawson in FA, he may be able to step in and contribute)
Jerry Franklin, MLB, OLB Arkansas (Round 4, 5, or 6)
Height: 6-1. Weight: 245.
Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
The guy started every year since he was a true freshman at LB in the toughest conference in college football. He’s a little short but he’s also very fast (was a RB and WR in High School) and athletic. Since being a freshman, he’s been around 100 tackles every year, and again that’s in the SEC. (If Rey faces a suspension and Muckelroy can’t come back 100%, he should be able to contribute)
Matt Daniels, SS, Duke (Round 5, 6 or 7)
Height: 6-0. Weight: 215.
Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
He’s good in zone coverage, which is mostly what we need out of our safeties (like most SS, he’s still needs to work on his man coverage skills). To me, his best attributes are he is super smart and very fast (for a safety). Because of his high football IQ, he should rarely be caught out of position, which is something that drives me crazy with our current safeties. (Anything should be an upgrade over Crocker and he should be able to battle for playing time with Mays and Sands, especially during passing situations)
Josh Norman, CB, Coastal Carolina (Round 2 or 3)
Height: 6-0. Weight: 205.
Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
He has good size and speed and excels in press coverage, which is something I love out of a CB. Aside from Morris Claiborne he actually may have the highest upside of any other corner in the draft to be a true #1 option. (God forbid Leon Hall cannot come back fully healthy, he may be our best option to ultimately replace JJOE as our true #1 CB)
Josh Robinson*, CB/PR, UCF (Round 3)
Height: 5-10. Weight: 188.
Projected 40 Time: 4.36.
I’ve been high on him for a while. He’s very athletic and super-fast. He should help tremendously against the new breed of fast WR in the AFC north. Plus he brings the added element of being able to return punts (Will definitely be an upgrade over Kelly Jennings and should even be an upgrade over Pacman as our Nickle CB. Also, he can replace B. Tate in the return game)
Stephen Hill*, WR, Georgia Tech (Round 3 or 4)
Height: 6-4. Weight: 206.
Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
He’s big and fast and could be the downfield threat we’ve been searching for to stretch the field opposite of AJ Green. (Should be a good replacement for Andre Caldwell to stretch the field as a number 3 or 4 WR, alah Chris Henry)