Volunteer State: Cordarrelle Patterson is about the only receiver in the draft that won't require a team "taking a chance" on them. Photo courtesy Icon SMI

Volunteer State: Cordarrelle Patterson is about the only receiver in the draft that won’t require a team “taking a chance” on them. Photo courtesy Icon SMI

With Part I, we looked at the Top 10 players on our board in this year’s draft. But, quite frankly, that was the easy part.

Guys that high have been so dissected, analyzed, and then reanalyzed that every crack in their game has been blown up. When you hear draft pundits talking about what guys like that need to work on it’s because they’re actively SEARCHING for those weaknesses.

But the talent level drops off steeply. It’s not a decline, it’s an exponential curve. Going down the board, it won’t take long before pundits go from looking for weaknesses to looking for upside. But just outside the Top 10, we’re not there yet!

We continue now with our big board, but first, here’s a quick recap of our Top 10 prospects:

1. Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
2. Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
3. Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
4. Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
5. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
6. Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
7. Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
8. Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
9. Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU
10. Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

And now we continue with Part II of our Big Board:

BJOERN TO BE WILD: Werner is an elite pass rushing prospect, and those guys don't last very long on draft day. Photo courtesy Geoff Burke/Getty Images

BJOERN TO BE WILD: Werner is an elite pass rushing prospect, and those guys don’t last very long on draft day. Photo courtesy Geoff Burke/Getty Images

11. Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
The German product (how many times do you get to say that in an NFL draft?) is one of those guys with a higher floor than most prospects but lower ceiling. Even in his limited play in competitive American football (about five years), he’s proven to be much more than just a one-trick pony. He can pass rush, and that’s his strength, but he can also contain the run and swat balls out of the sky like the Red Baron. He can do many, many things well and, once in an NFL conditioning program, he should be able to do them for longer at a high level during the game. Ironically, the one downside with this German right now is his motor.

12. Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
90% of the big boards you see/read this pre-draft season will have Chance Warmack higher than Cooper, and that’s fine, but here’s why I would take Cooper first any day of the week. For one thing, he’s head and shoulders (and gut, if you look at Warmack) more athletic, and if athleticism is enough to vault guys like Joeckel, Fisher, and Johnson at tackle to the top of boards, then it should do the same here. Also, he’s versatile. He can play both guard and center equally effectively and a guy who can play 3 of five positions on the O-line will prove to be invaluable for the depth of a franchise. But the part where Cooper REALLY pulls away, in my mind, are his supposed weaknesses. Everyone was questioning his strength, and then he went out and did 35 reps at the combine. It’s plain to see that the strength IS there, meaning Cooper really doesn’t have a significant flaw to his game.

13. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
There are guys who are taught to catch the football and then there are guys who are born to catch it, and Patterson is among the latter. He only had one season at the FBS level, which means those instincts and hands are au natural, and they’re only going to get better as an NFL coaching staff polishes his game. Right now, the 500-lb. gorilla in the room is his ineptitude in physical/press coverage. He’s incredibly easy to jam, but once again, that all can be buffed out. Once he develops that aspect of his game, it’s conceivable he could be named amongst the game’s elite.

14. Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
A lot of scouts are head-over-heels for Warmack, but I have my questions. For one thing, “athletes” should not have my physique, and while an O-line can always use some buffet-busters, time and time again we’ve seen that to be a double-edged sword. Also, Warmack is traditionally quick for a guard, but these aren’t traditional days. Everyone in today’s NFL is bigger, faster, stronger, and no one can deny Warmack has the bigger and stronger, but what about the faster? He can dominate any of his peers in a good old-fashioned line battle, but that being his one true strength makes him a tad too one-dimensional.

15. Barkevius Mingo, DE, LSU
Being the workout wonder that he was at the combine, everyone knows where Mingo’s ceiling is at it’s very, very high. The question is where is his floor? At 6’4″ and only 241 lbs., the onus is on Mingo to prove that he can match the strength of everyday starters in the NFL. His uber-athleticism isn’t going to mean much at the next level if he’s constantly getting dominated off the line. Ultimately, he may be more suited to become an outside pass-rushing linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. That’s probably where the best chances to unleash ‘KeKe’s’ potential lies and it’s a spot where he can become an All-Pro playmaker.

X MARKS THE SPOT: Rhodes is a linebacker in a cornerback's body, which is both a great and horrible thing. Photo courtesy Geoff Burke/Getty Images

X MARKS THE SPOT: Rhodes is a linebacker in a cornerback’s body, which is both a great and horrible thing. Photo courtesy Geoff Burke/Getty Images

16. Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
The consensus is that Dee Milliner is the best corner in a very talent-laden class, but whose next? Allow me to make the case for Rhodes, the best physical corner in the pool. Not only does Rhodes thrive in physical coverage, it’s his calling card. Occasionally, his affinity for physicality leads to his tackling form to suffer as he can go “all-or-nothing” looking for the big hit. Also on the downside, he’s probably a pure man-to-man corner as he is shockingly ineffective in zone coverage. Whether you see the glass as half-full or half-empty, though, there’s no denying that the juice is there.

17. Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas
Texas had a decidedly poor season in 2012 but it wasn’t thanks to Vaccaro. He’ll be listed as a strong safety on most boards, but he can play either position effectively and may be the best available at both. He has good size and is fast enough to be consistently disruptive to an offense, but his instincts often steer him wrong and can take him out of a play. That’s a big, red flag for a guy you’re going to pay to be your last line of defense.

18. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Smith, in my estimation, is the only quarterback in this year’s class that is ready to lead an NFL offense right now. His athleticism can be overshadowed by his passing ability, and if you know how fast he is you know what a compliment that is, as he was decidedly effective in the Mountaineers high-octane spead-style offense. Some see his regression in the second half of 2012 as a ‘smoking gun’, but his ridiculous touchdown-interception ratio as well as his spectacular pro day are reminders of what a dangerous passer he is. There will be growing pains, sure, but there are with every young quarterback. But not every young quarterback has Smith’s potential.

19. Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
As it is in baseball, pro legacy prospects are a sign of good things to come. After all, it’s not just pure coincidence that Archie Manning fathered Peyton and Eli. Trufant already has two brothers playing in NFL secondaries and he didn’t fall from the tree. Going back to my mentioning of the Rhodes/Trufant debate, where Rhodes is a physical headhunter, Trufant is a pure cover corner in the truest sense of the phrase. In fact, he might be the BEST cover corner in the class. And the Trufant family knows just how successful such a skill set can be in the NFL with brother Isaiah playing opposite the famous Revis Island.

20. Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Having played both linebacker and defensive end for the Aggies, Moore is already accustomed to the increasingly popular role of the hybrid end/backer. He can play up and down and be effective in the pass rush either way. He’s not going to win many footraces, but there’s plenty of power in those legs evidenced by his superb vertical jump and broad jump scores. Moore, unlike many of his peers, is technically proficient with his hands and his advanced moves already make up for his lack of speed.

SIZING UP: Tavon Austin does everything he can control well, it's the things he can't control, like his height, that have scouts worried. Photo courtesy Flickr.com

SIZING UP: Tavon Austin does everything he can control well, it’s the things he can’t control, like his height, that have scouts worried. Photo courtesy Flickr.com

21. Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
There’s no denying Austin is a playmaker, but one has to wonder if size actually does matter. At 5’8″, Austin isn’t just small, he’s TINY. Steve Smith and Wes Welker are 5’9″. DeSean Jackson and Randall Cobb are 5’10”. Danny Amendola is 5’11”. All of these guys are small and successful, but not THAT small. You can say it’s been done before and done well, but in a 5’8″, 174-lb. body, the odds of success are stacked against you. Even if you can make the plays, as Austin has repeatedly shown he can, can you stay healthy?

22. Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia
‘Pursuer’ is the best way to describe Ogletree. That is both a good and a bad thing. It’s good when it’s used to illustrate the athleticism Ogletree brings to any position, whether it be as a weak side inside linebacker or as an outside linebacker. It will astonish you how well a guy of his size can run down ball carriers in the open field. The bad side of that is that Ogletree is in those pursuit positions because he has a nasty habit of getting taken out of plays. Whether it be overrunning plays or doesn’t efficiently use his skills to defeat blockers, Ogletree can be a step or two (or seven) behind the play before you know it.

23. Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
Jones has a great combination of speed and strength that you like to see out of defensive ends, but then he has some strength to spare. He could theoretically play anywhere along the defensive line, but his knack for getting beat back by driving blockers means staying at end will cover up the weaknesses in his game better. If he can truly show how much force he’s packed into that 6’4″ frame and stop getting pushed around by the best O-linemen so much, Jones has the potential to have a multi-Pro Bowl career.

24. D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
A significant step down from the trio of elite tackle prospects in this year’s draft, Fluker unfortunately will never be a left tackle. Tipping the scales at nearly 340 lbs., you can probably guess that is his athleticism and mobility is only satisfactory. Don’t get me wrong, Fluker isn’t some fat slob, he’s just build like a tank, and tanks don’t drag race. Like a tank, though, you can’t go through Fluker. The sheer size of him denies you of that privilege. The best chance ends will have is to beat him to the edge, and the more he works on his mobility, the harder that will become.

25. Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame
Yes, ha ha, he got ‘catfished’ and handled it poorly. What’s that got to do with football? ON the field, you won’t be able to fool Te’o thanks to his superb football IQ. That and his leadership skills make him the “quarterback-of-the-defense” inside linebacker that coordinators like to have on the field. He can put a hit on you and, if you’re in arm’s reach of him, there’s a good chance you’ll be brought down. However, speed was an issue with Te’o even before his lackluster 40-times at the combine and there’s only so much a decidedly slow guy can do at the second level.

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