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1 16(16) Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue

from Jacksonville

What he brings: Kerrigan lacks elite size and athleticism, but when you put on the film he shows the instincts to find the ball and make plays. He'll play outside linebacker for the Redskins and will be at his best moving forward rather than playing in reverse. He has above-average first-step quickness and a wide array of pass-rush moves to provide an immediate upgrade to the pass rush opposite Redskins OLB Brian Orakpo.

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How he fits: He should fit nicely in Jim Haslett's 3-4 defense. The Redskins have really needed a bookend for their best pass-rusher, Brian Orakpo, who will now see less double teams. Right now, the other starter, Lorenzo Alexander, is probably a better run stopper than pass rusher and even though Kerrigan is not an elite edge rusher, he is a try-hard guy who will greatly improve the pressure this unit tries to create.

2 9(41) Jarvis Jenkins DT Clemson

What he brings: Jenkins has excellent size and his greatest strength is defending the run, where he gets good hand placement and can shed blocks, but he needs a more violent punch. He flashes as a pass rusher but still needs development in the area. He could eventually become a pressure guy who hurries quarterbacks but does not bring them to the ground.

How he fits: As we know, NT is critical in the 3-4 defense, which was a disaster in 2010. Albert Haynesworth will likely be gone, Ma'ake Kemoeatu has never really recovered from an injury and that leaves backup Anthony Bryant as a potential starter. Coordinator Jim Haslett can play a lot of different fronts and Jenkins can play on the nose, over the guard or even shaded, and with a group of DEs that are pedestrian at best, he could also settle at that position. The Redskins are quietly really strengthening their front seven.

3 15(79) Leonard Hankerson WR Miami (FL)

from Miami

What he brings: Hankerson stood out at the Senior Bowl and has good size and hands. He has excellent top-end speed to stretch the field, and although he's not the most explosive short-to-intermediate route-runner, he is fluid for his size and can use his frame to shield the ball.

How he fits: It is amazing that the Redskins could get through the 2010 season with what they had at the WR position. Their only go-to guy is Santana Moss out of the slot, but he is small and might leave in free agency, and after that the cupboard is really thin. This unit might need two receivers and much-needed size. Hankerson will give them a great work ethic and a big target, and while he might not have elite speed, he certainly is an upgrade.

4 8(105) Roy Helu RB Nebraska

from Houston

What he brings: Helu has a good combination of size and top-end speed, and he is a determined runner who can catch the ball as well. However, he lacks elite lateral quickness.

How he fits: Mike Shanahan's zone-blocking, one-cut offense he needs a quality back and in 2010 he had a bunch of retreads but he couldn?t find a guy that he could count on. Ryan Torain isn't bad but he?s not elite and there is virtually no one behind him. Helu has excellent size and straight-line speed and he will fit this offense well as Torain's backup.

5 15(146) Dejon Gomes S Nebraska

from Miami

Gomes is a SS-type player who excels against the run with good angles and technique as a tackler. He will have some limitations on the backend due to lack of fluidity and top-end speed.

5 24(155) Niles Paul WR Nebraska

from New Orleans

Paul is a big, physical WR with a RB's build who can contribute as a receiver after the catch and bring added value on special teams a returner. However, he is a bit tight as a route-runner and is a bit inconsistent catching the ball outside of his frame.

6 12(177) Evan Royster RB Penn State

Royster is an efficient runner with some upside on passing downs but he doesn?t have the power or speed to develop into a team?s primary ball carrier.

6 13(178) Aldrick Robinson WR Southern Methodist

from Houston

Robinson has very good ball skills and enough speed to contribute as a sub-package slot receiver in the NFL. He must, however, get bigger and stronger while also finding ways to contribute on special teams.

7 10(213) Brandyn Thompson CB Boise State

Thompson lacks elite size and top-end speed, however, he has good ball skills, short-area quickness and aggression in run support.

7 14(217) Maurice Hurt OG Florida

from Miami

Hurt is a limited athlete whose best fit will be at OG position at the next level. He has enough strength and tools to potentially add depth to an interior offensive line as a reserve.

7 21(224) Markus White DE Florida State

from Indianapolis

White is still developing at this point but has enough tools to potentially develop into an adequate reserve as an OLB in the Redskins' 3-4 scheme.

7 50(253) Christopher Neild DT West Virginia


Neild has the tools and skill set to add depth to the Redskins' 3-4 scheme.

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1st Round # 16


Ryan Kerrigan

DE Purdue

6'3 7/8 (really?) 267



Kerrigan's teammates - and even his coaches - have nicknamed him "Superman" because of his strength and all-out effort. Offensive tackles probably wished for kryptonite to prevent Kerrigan from somehow improving upon a 2009 All-American season by racking up 70 tackles and finishing among the FBS leaders with 26 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks and five forced fumbles.

As a true freshman, he made 18 tackles (six coming in the team's Motor City Bowl win over Central Michigan) and a sack as a key reserve. The following year he stepped into the starting lineup, coming off the bench in the first game of the year to rest a sprained ankle, to earn honorable mention accolades from the league's media members. His 56 tackles included 11.5 for loss and seven sacks, and he also broke up four passes and forced two fumbles. As a junior, he was named to multiple All-American teams and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors after making 66 tackles, including 18 for loss and 13 sacks (ranked third in the nation), and leading major college football with seven forced fumbles.

Kerrigan will undoubtedly remind scouts of former Big Ten star Aaron Kampman (Iowa), who has had a sometimes Pro Bowl-caliber career in the NFL as a strong-side end. Unlike Kampman, however, it is not expected Kerrigan will last until the fifth round of the 2011 draft. Teams utilizing 4-3 base schemes are always looking for three-down defensive ends capable of pressuring the quarterback and holding their ground against the run. Kerrigan lit up the scouting combine with an electric time of 4.67 in the 40-yard dash, and his all-around game should land him a spot in the first round.

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2nd Round

Pick #41


Jarvis Jenkins,DT


40 Time: 5.03 Sec /Bench Reps: 12 /Vertical Jump: 26 1/2


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Has 164 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, five sacks, 31 quarterback pressures, and four blocked placekicks in 1,566 snaps over 48 games (37 starts) in his career … a big reason Clemson has had a strong defense each of the last four years … three-year starter who has started each of the last 34 games he has played in; he missed the Presbyterian College game in 2010 with an injury, the only game he has missed the last three years … Clemson's career leader in blocked kicks … in his third year as a starting defensive tackle.

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Round 3 Number 15 (79th overall)


Leonard Hankerson WR Miami (FL)

HEIGHT 6 1' ½"

WEIGHT 209 lbs


Hand Size 10.5"

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Hankerson, a Fort Lauderdale product, envisioned his record-breaking career at "The U" from the time he could first catch a football. Now that he's turning pro, Hankerson has a new vision. He wants to follow in the expansive footsteps of former Hurricanes wide receivers such as Michael Irvin, Reggie Wayne and Andre Johnson.

"It's an honor just having my name in the category with those guys," Hankerson said at the combine. "You want to carry on their traditions. It's no pressure, you just got to go out and work hard, compete in the weight room and in practice."

Hankerson, a star receiver on a three-time state champion in high school, had only 17 catches in his first two seasons at Miami while struggling with inconsistency. Before his junior season, Hankerson enlisted former Dolphins receiver Mark Duper to polish his route-running and become a well-rounded player.

The second half of Hankerson's Miami career included a senior season in which he had 72 catches for 1,156 yards and broke Irvin's single-season school record with 13 touchdown catches. He had six touchdown receptions as a junior, averaging 17.3 yards on his 45 catches in 2009, and his 22 career touchdown catches ranks third all-time at Miami behind Irvin and Lamar Thomas.

Ranked fourth among receivers by NFLDraftScout.com, Hankerson isn't an elite speed receiver and is prone to drops. Both issues held him back at the Senior Bowl, where he mostly blended with the crowd, and scouts left his pro day workout in March wondering if he's truly as fast as he timed (4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash after a 4.40 at the combine).

"I feel like I need to work on getting in and out of my breaks, turning my hips, focusing and just making plays and finished after the catch," Hankerson said.

Johnson, who Hankerson said is his favorite player, along with high school position coach Cris Carter (yes, that Cris Carter) and Duper are advising him on what he needs to do to meet his lofty expectations.

"Mark Duper just told me to stay focused … keep doing what I'm doing."

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Round 4, Number 8 (105th overall)

Roy Helu, RB Nebraska


40 Time: 4.40 sec. | Bench Reps: 11 | Vertical Jump: 36 1/2 ft.

Height / Weight:5-11 / 216



Hometown: Danville, CA


College Experience:4



Helu, Jr. left Lincoln fourth on the school's career rushing list despite not being the No. 1 option during most of his career. His most productive season came as a senior, posting career highs of 1,245 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on only 188 attempts to earn second-team All-Big 12 honors.

Helu played in seven games as a freshman, finishing with 45 carries for 209 yards. As a sophomore, he finished as the team's leading rusher with 803 yards on 125 carries with seven touchdowns despite starting just two games. He added 25 receptions for 266 yards.

Taking over as the top gun in 2009, Helu rushed 220 times for 1,147 yards with nine scores, also catching 19 passes for 149 yards.

The fact Helu did not carry the full load at Nebraska in 2010, splitting carries with Rex Burkhead, worries some scouts. But when he got his opportunities to shine, like his 28 carry, 307-yard, three-touchdown performance against Missouri, he displayed a confident and tough running style.

Helu should be picked in the middle rounds and should, at worst, have a decent career as a backup in the NFL. If he can continue to improve his vision and decisiveness, he has the chance to be productive.


Strengths: Very explosive runner with great acceleration to the hole. Shows very good patience to let blocks develop in front of him. Owns the breakaway speed to take it all the way once at the second level. Shows good vision and has a nice cutback move to gain extra yardage. Accelerates quickly off his cut. Carries out play fakes well. Bounces outside, able to get the corner. Breaks through arm tackles, lowers his shoulder and plows ahead for extra yards in the open field. Utilizes the stiff arm well. Displays great agility, regularly makes the first defender miss. Runs good routes and makes good use of head and body fakes to create separation. Possesses leadership qualities, earned a reputation for being a real team player.


Often hesitant at the line of scrimmage, neutralizing his size and speed. Not consistent as an inside power runner, goes down too easily at times. Does not keep his legs moving when wrapped up. Offers very little in pass protection, tends to lunge at the defender and is prone to missing blocks. Can get overwhelmed by the pass rush. Ineffective cut blocker. Plays on his heels and struggles handling a speed rusher. Has poor awareness of who to pick up when lead blocking. Breaks out of his stance early and can give away the snap count. Was not used much in the passing game this past season, though he has experience on swing passes.

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5th Round 15(146 overall)


Dejon Gomes

Safety Nebraska

HEIGHT 5'11½"

WEIGHT 208 lbs





The recent rebirth of Nebraska's defense, coupled with the immediate NFL success of former Huskers defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, has the "Blackshirts" back in the spotlight. After finishing second on the team and 17th in the Big 12 with 99 tackles, it's clear that Gomes played more than a bit part in their success in 2010.

He earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors as a senior, adding one sack and three interceptions to his impressive tackle totals, with one INT return of 40 yards for a score against Idaho. As a junior, Gomes started six of the team's final nine games and played in all 13, racking up four tackles for loss and four interceptions. He spent his first two seasons at City College of San Francisco, notching eight interceptions and leading the Rams to a California Community College State Championship as a freshman.

Gomes can bring tenacity and versatility to any NFL defensive backfield. Though not an elite prospect due to average athleticism, his ability to make the big hit and stay true to his assignments should earn him late-round consideration.

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Honors & Awards

Second-Team All-Big 12 (Kansas City Star in 2010)

Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 (Coaches, AP in 2010 and 2009)

Senior defensive back DeJon Gomes was arguably Nebraska’s most versatile defender in 2010, and certainly was one of the Blackshirts’ most valuable performers. The 6-0, 200-pound Gomes continued to show his ball-hawking ability as a senior and his defensive back-linebacker hybrid role played a large part in Nebraska ranking in the top 12 nationally in pass defense, scoring defense and total defense.

Gomes finished second on the team with 99 tackles, including 51 solo stops and had four games with double-figure tackle totals. He also had a sack and four tackles for loss, along with seven pass breakups. Gomes intercepted three passes, giving him seven career picks, and also recovered a fumble, while forcing two others. He was one of four defensive backs to return an interception for a score, sprinting 40 yards to the end zone against Idaho.

Gomes was recognized for his play as an honorable-mention All-Big 12 choice by the league’s coaches and media. He was a second-team choice by the Kansas City Star.

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Thank you so much, PCS and Son of Washington! I'm traveling all over the place this weekend, and this thread is exactly what I needed. I'm used to only having two picks and no trades outside of moving up in the first round, so keeping track of all of Allen's awesome moves is really hard.

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5th Round

24(155 overall)


Niles Paul

WR Nebraska

Height: 6'0⅞"

Weight: 224 lbs




Some scouts felt Paul could be the next first-round receiver coming from the Big 12 conference (Dez Bryant, Michael Crabtree, Jeremy Maclin) because of the all-purpose game he showed in 2009. He produced fairly well for the Huskers in their run-oriented offense as a senior (second-team All-Big 12 despite missing two games with a broken foot; 39 receptions for 516 yards and a touchdown, 14 punt returns for 160 yards and 19 kick returns for 464 yards and a touchdown), but big drops and inconsistency haven't convinced teams Paul will be a difference-maker at the next level.

After earning Parade All-American status as Nebraska's top recruit, Paul played a relatively minor role as a true freshman, catching one pass for six yards in seven games and participating on kick return (one for eight yards) and coverage units (two tackles).

His role increased in 2008, starting four of 13 games played, making 23 catches for 214 yards and averaging 23.6 yards on 41 kickoff returns, including a touchdown against San Jose State.

Paul began to reach his potential as a big-play threat in his junior campaign, earning honorable mention All-Big 12 accolades with 40 receptions for 796 yards (a whopping 19.9-yard average) and four scores. He finished second in the Big 12 in both kick (27.9) and punt (10.7) return average, and won Offensive MVP honors in the Holiday Bowl win over Arizona, racking up 123 yards receiving including a 74-yard score to go along with 115 return yards.

Paul flashes strength and explosiveness with the ball as a receiver, runner and returner, somewhat reminiscent of 2010 first-round pick Dez Bryant. But like Bryant, Paul has character concerns he needs to address before NFL scouts will be willing to spend a high pick to bring him in. Two alcohol-related citations (April 2009, May 2010) call into question his maturity and decision-making, a major issue with the league clamping down on off-field incidents.

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Honors & Awards

First-Team All-Big 12 Punt Returner (Phil Steele, ESPN.com, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Rivals.com in 2010)

Second-Team All-Big 12 Wide Receiver (Coaches in 2010; Kansas City Star,

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, San Antonio Express-News, Dallas Morning News in 2009)

Second-Team All-Big 12 Punt/Kickoff Returner (Coaches in 2010)

Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 Punt Returner (AP, Coaches in 2009)

Holiday Bowl Offensive MVP (2009)

Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week (2008 vs. San Jose State)

Paul Hornung Most Versatile Player of the Week (Oct. 23 at Oklahoma St.; 1 of 4)

Second-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2008)

Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2008, 2010)

Cletus Fischer Native Son Award

Niles Paul completed his Nebraska career in 2010, finishing one of the most productive careers for a receiver and return specialist in Cornhusker history. Paul returned to action in the Holiday Bowl after missing the previous two games with a foot injury.

Paul continued to provide big plays in the passing and return game for Nebraska in 2010. He caught 39 passes for a team-high 516 yards, including one touchdown. He also ranked among the Big 12 leaders in punt and kickoff return average, at 11.4 yards per punt return and 24.2 yards on kickoff returns. He had the longest kickoff return by a Cornhusker in more than a half-century with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at Oklahoma State.

The 6-1, 220-pound Paul has made his mark in the NU record books during his career. Paul had 103 career receptions to rank sixth on the NU career list and his 1,532 career receiving yards rank fifth in school history. His 1,887 career kickoff return yards are second in school history, while Paul’s career total of 4,122 all-purpose yards ranks fifth at Nebraska.

Paul received numerous honors for his performance. He was a second-team All-Big 12 pick by the league’s coaches as both a wide receiver and a return specialist.[\quote]

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Round 6

12(177 overall)


Evan Royster

RB Penn St.

HEIGHT 5'11 5/8"

WEIGHT 212 lbs




The Washington D.C. area recruit could have played lacrosse at perennial powers Virginia or James Madison, but opted for a chance to play for legendary head coach Joe Paterno at Penn State. All he did during his four years in Happy Valley was become the school's all-time leading rusher -- no minor feat considering the talented backs who have walked that campus over the years.

Royster earned first-team All-Big 10 honors from league coaches by covering 1,169 yards and scoring six times on 205 carries in 2009; he also caught 16 passes for 187 yards and two scores. He had a better yards-per-carry average as a sophomore (6.5), being named second-team all-conference with 192 carries for 1,236 yards and 12 touchdowns along with 17 receptions for 155 yards.

Even as a redshirt freshman, Royster contributed heavily (82-513-6.3-5 rushing, 3-18 receiving) despite being limited by a sprained ankle late in the year.

Royster came into his senior year a bit heavy, but dropped the weight during the season and regaining enough burst to earn second-team All-Big 10 accolades (208-1,014-6 rushing, 25-202-1 receiving). If scouts forgive his early-season struggles behind an average offensive line, they may consider Royster a mid-to-late-round pick with some versatility as a receiver.

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Evan Royster has distinguished himself amongst all the superlative running backs that have worn the blue and white. His 22-yard burst on his first carry in last season's win at Michigan State pushed him past the 1,000-yard mark for the second consecutive year, becoming just the seventh Nittany Lion to record multiple 1,000-yard campaigns. The vastly talented and intelligent Royster has joined a great fraternity. Curt Warner, Tony Hunt, Blair Thomas, Curtis Enis, Ki-Jana Carter and Heisman Trophy winner John Cappelletti are the only other Lions to accomplish the feat. Selected a third-team preseason All-American by Phil Steele's College Preview, the quick and elusive Royster already has passed some of the Penn State greats in career rushing, entering the season in eighth place with 2,918 yards. An All-America and Doak Walker Award candidate, Royster stands 481 yards away from breaking Warner's school career record of 3,398 rushing yards. Penn State began last season with three new offensive linemen and four different starting O-Line units in the first six games, but the instinctive and strong Royster built on his successful 2008 campaign. His 5.7-yard per carry average led all conference players with at least 110 carries last year and he eclipsed the 100-yard mark in six games, giving him 12 career century-busting performances. It should come as no surprise that when Royster has success on the ground the team benefits, as Penn State is 12-0 when he cracks the century mark. The tough and multi-talented Royster was selected 2009 first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media after receiving second-team accolades in 2008. He was No. 2 in the Big Ten in rushing at 89.9 ypg and fifth in all-purpose yards (104.9 ypg). A quiet, mature and no-nonsense young man, Royster goes about his business on the field with great determination and a sense of purpose. He gained 1,169 yards on 205 carries in 2009, with six touchdowns. He also had 16 receptions for 187 yards (11.7) and two scores and tallied a team-high 1,364 all-purpose yards. He has tremendous vision and the ability to quickly adapt while carrying the ball in order to maximize the opportunities each play presents. Royster is an accomplished all-around student-athlete who also was a highly-recruited lacrosse player at Westfield HS. Selected to play in the prestigious North-South All-American lacrosse game, he had offers from perennial lacrosse powers Johns Hopkins and Virginia, among others, to play lacrosse. But, the opportunity to play for a Hall of Fame coach, play Big Ten football in arguably the nation's best atmosphere and earn a world-class education won out. One of 10 semifinalists for the 2008 Doak Walker Award, Royster is a gifted runner, receiver and blocker. Royster was on schedule to earn his degree in management information systems in August. He compiled a 3.34 grade-point average during the spring semester.

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Round 6

13(178 Overall)


Aldrick Robinson

WR S Methodist

HEIGHT 5'9⅝"

WEIGHT 184 lbs




With the departure of Emmanuel Sanders to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Robinson was asked to step in as a senior and become the team's top receiving target. He filled Sanders' shoes very nicely and finished his college career strong, catching 65 passes and finishing in the top 10 in the NCAA in receiving yards (1,301) and touchdowns (14). While Robinson is not quite the prospect that Sanders was a year ago, he has excellent speed and has the potential to make an impact in the NFL.

Robinson played in nine games as a true freshman, catching 10 passes for 166 yards. He earned a starting role as a sophomore and finished with 59 receptions for 1,047 yards, and tied a school record with 11 touchdowns despite being suspended for the final two games for violating June Jones' "three strikes" rule (infractions relating to missing classes or tardiness to meetings). In his junior year, Robinson's numbers were reduced: 47 catches for 800 yards with five touchdowns.

Robinson is somewhat of a one-dimensional player, which is why he projects to the later rounds of the draft. He has made a lot of big plays in his time at SMU and has proven that he can be the go-to guy in an offense.

However, while his natural abilities are undeniable, he needs to prove that he can be a well-rounded receiver. With a small stature and a tendency to avoid physicality with defenders, Robinson needs to demonstrate he can compete against elite physical corners to get a chance to play at the next level.

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Senior (2010): Led team with 1,301 yards for the season... Finished second in program history (fifth in C-USA) with 3,314 career receiving yards... Hauled in five passes during the Armed Forces Bowl to bring his career total to 181 receptions, which is the fourth highest total in SMU history... Caught a TD in 11 of 14 games during senior season... Second with 30 career touchdowns... Improved his Mustang single-season record with 14 receiving touchdowns in 2010... Teammed with Cole Beasley to combine for 2,361 receiving yards, which extends the single-season tandem record... Ranked 12th in the nation with 92.93 receiving yards per game.

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Round 7

#10 (213 Overall


Brandyn Thompson

CB Boise State

Height 5'10"

Weight 188



When you get a second chance as a defensive back, it's important to take full advantage. So when Thompson stepped in front of an Andy Dalton pass in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl, he made sure he didn't drop it. And for 51 clean yards to the end zone, he made up for botching an interception the year before that had allowed TCU to beat Boise State in the Poinsettia Bowl.

But that's how Thompson's career has gone. He's a bit of a gambler, and while that's led to a few embarrassing mistakes, it's also led to two career multi-interception games, including a three-pick performance against Hawaii as a sophomore. By that second season, Thompson was already full of experience after being one of only five true freshman Broncos to play in 2007.

The 2010 All-WAC second-teamer parlayed that experience into 13 career interceptions, 146 tackles, eight of which went for a loss, and 16 passes defended. His extended playing time, however, has not changed the fact that he's undersized and will struggle to match up with bigger-bodied receivers on the outside. But at the end of the day, he's talented enough to make the roster of a patient club needing help on special teams, but seeing him with potential as a nickel corner and spot starter.

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Round 7

14(217 Overall)


Maurice Hurt

OG Florida

Height 6'3"

Weight 320



Hurt's career looked to be taking off when he worked his way into the Gators' offensive line rotation in three games as the first guard off the bench in 2006. But he struggled to nail down a consistent starting spot through his career due to myriad injuries, including damage to cartilage in his right knee during his freshman season and a neck ailment as a sophomore.

As a junior, Hurt finally stayed healthy, starting five games and playing in 13 as an integral part of Florida's Sugar Bowl winning team. His success continued in 2010, even though the team's dropped off severely. Hurt saw first-team time at right tackle, right guard and left guard, starting every contest until the Florida State loss and picking up accolades for his performances against Kentucky, Tennessee and South Florida along the way.

Although he does not possess elite size or athleticism, Hurt spent his time in Gainesville as a vital utility man capable of filling in at multiple spots along the line. He will need to duplicate that versatility if he wants to stick around at the next level as a late pick or free agent because he does not excel in any one area of the game and always will be limited by his physical shortcomings.

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CAREER Started 17 games during his Florida career and played in 41 overall…Enrolled at UF in January of 2006.

2010: Started at right tackle, right guard and left guard during the season…Was sidelined for Florida’s win over Penn State in the Outback Bowl…Saw time in Florida’s game versus Florida State, the first contest of the season he did not start…Recovered a fumble from Trey Burton that kept Florida’s first scoring drive alive against Georgia…Contributed on UF’s field-goal unit against LSU…Started and graded out a Champion in the Gators’ wins over Tennessee, Kentucky and Vanderbilt…Was one of three offensive players that graded out a Champion in UF’s victory over the USF Bulls.

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Round 7

21(224 Overall)


Markus White

DE Florida State

Height 6-4

Weight 262



No player on the roster is entering the season with higher expectations and bigger shoes to fill … White will be asked to replace Everette Brown who dominated the ACC last year while racking up 13.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss … coaches believe White has the potential to fill the void left by Brown and be the next top defensive lineman to come out of Tallahassee … White is an explosive pass rusher with a never-ending motor … caused havoc all spring and showed what he is capable of in the annual Garnet & Gold Game where he recorded a sack, two tackles for loss, three unassisted tackles and caused a fumble … described by veteran defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews as `one of the most dedicated players' on the team … named the most dependable defensive end following spring practice … also won the second effort award.

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Starting senior defensive end on the right side is in his third season at Florida State … widely recognized for his relentless motor on the field … is enjoying his best season with the Seminoles, posting career-highs for tackles (58), tackles for loss (12.5) and quarterback sacks (8.5) … ranks fifth on the team in tackles, which include 37 solo stops … has started all 13 games for the Noles … put together a seven-game streak with at least a half-sack in each game … has teamed with left defensive end Brandon Jenkins to form one of the most dynamic pass rushing tandems in the nation, combining for 21.5 sacks … FSU leads the nation with 46 sacks … posted a career-high eight tackles against NC State, which he matched a week later against North Carolina … credited with a tackle for loss in each of the last 11 games … ranks 15th all-time at FSU in career tackles for loss with 28.5, passing Marvin Jones on that list with 1.5 against Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game … also shares the team lead with two fumble recoveries this season, to go along with one forced fumble.

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2010: Two-year starter at defensive end on the right side at Florida State...widely recognized for his relentless motor on the field...enjoyed his best season with the Seminoles, posting career-highs for tackles (64), tackles for loss (12.5) and quarterback sacks (8.0)...ranked fifth on the team in tackles, which included 40 solo stops...started all 14 games for the `Noles...put together a seven-game streak with at least a half-sack in each game... teamed with left defensive end Brandon Jenkins to form one of the most dynamic pass rushing tandems in the nation, combining for 21.5 sacks...FSU tied for the nationally lead with 48 sacks...posted a career-high eight tackles against NC State, which he matched a week later against North Carolina... ranks 15th all-time at FSU in career tackles for loss with 28.5, passing Marvin Jones on that list with 1.5 against Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game...also shared the team lead with two fumble recoveries this season, to go along with one forced fumble ... selected by the coaches as the most improved linebacker at the end of spring practice.

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Round 7

50 (252 Overall)


Christopher Neild

DT W Virginia

HEIGHT 6'1¾"

WEIGHT 319 lbs




When a 3-4 nose tackle is doing his job correctly, few people will notice because they tend to spend time eating up blocks instead of chasing the ball. But Big East coaches noticed Neild's ability to eat up blocks to free up linebackers in the WVU 3-3-5 defense during his senior season, naming him first-team all-conference despite making only 35 tackles, four for loss and 3.0 sacks.

It was the second consecutive year Neild received accolades with paltry statistics; his second-team all-conference junior season saw him make only 35 tackles, two for loss. His most productive season statistically was his sophomore year (45 tackles, 4.5 for loss, 2.5 sacks), the first season he was the starting nose tackle after contributing as a redshirt freshman (13 tackles, 0.5 sack).

Most people associate the 3-4 nose tackle with a wide body like Ted Washington or Vince Wilfork. But Pittsburgh and Baltimore have relied on somewhat smaller pluggers like Chris Hoke and Kelly Gregg in the middle of their defenses. Neild fits that mold to a tee, making him a likely late-round pick who expects to play for a long time.


Strengths: Fire hydrant run-stuffing nose tackle. Keep leverage against double teams near the line of scrimmage. Keeps his hands active to keep his man off-balance or in case he needs to disengage. Provides a punch when one-on-one. Good hustle to the sideline once the play goes toward the hashes. Slides feet into either "A" gap while engaged while following the ball off the snap. Big East Academic All-Star.

Weaknesses: Lacks typical bulk of NFL nose tackles. Very average athlete, lacks change of direction ability to make a lot of plays outside the box. Does not provide much pass rush beyond occasional pressure. Not dominant with his bull rush, slowly moves his target backwards with effort and leverage. Slow to twist inside.

--Chad Reuter

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Unsung hero on the defensive line who returns for his third season as the starter at nose tackle … a defensive playmaker who loves to do the dirty work in the trenches … All-American candidate … coaching staff will count on him for leadership … good run stopper … named all-BIG EAST preseason first team by Phil Steele’s, Athlon Sports, Yahoo! Sports and Sporting News … Dean’s List … Athletic Director’s Academic Honor Roll … BIG EAST Academic All-Star … bowl trips: 2007 Gator, 2008 Fiesta, 2008 Meineke, 2010 Gator.[/quote

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:whew: Pretty much done. That was a lot of picks. ;)

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