Here are the rankings:
|4||Sylvester Williams||North Carolina||6025||313|
For the record, Lotulelei did not fall in the rankings because of the reported heart issues they found at the Combine. I like Floyd's athleticism and his consistency. In addition, I think he's much more of a pass rusher than Lotulelei. If there's a surprise in this group, it will be Williams. It's common for defensive linemen to be questioned about their motor, but he's not one of them. From what I saw, his speed is always set to full blast.
|3||Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah||BYU||6052||271|
|4||Cornelius "Tank" Carradine||Florida St.||6040||276|
|5||Bjoern Werner||Florida St.||6032||266|
As you can see, I don't value Ansah as much as most. While I think he has a lot of natural ability, he's got a lot of work to do when it comes to technique and football intelligence. On the other hand, I think Jordan and Jones can step in immediately and help their teams. The player I'm most interested in come draft night is Carradine. He's an absolute beast who ran a 4.7 40 yard dash at his pro day just five months after tearing his ACL. The question is going to be how much flexibility, mobility, and power he's lost from the injury (if any).
|3||Manti Te'o||Notre Dame||6012||241|
The only reason Ogletree isn't ranked first in this group is because he's an absolute knucklehead. The only question most teams have about him is his off-field troubles, and then he goes and gets busted for DUI just days before the Combine. On the other hand, Minter is more than solid. While he didn't impress in shorts, all you have to do is watch him play - he's a tackling machine. As for Te'o, I wonder if his girlfriend will be at his draft party. I know, I know, low blow.
|4||Arthur Brown||Kansas St.||6000||241|
While Jones has been slipping in the postseason, mostly because of injury concerns, Mingo has been gaining steam. There's now talk he'll be a top-10 pick. I like him, and think he can fit in any scheme - he just makes plays. To me, the interesting guy in this group is Moore. His speed and recognition skills are well above average and he was a star at the Senior Bowl. In today's NFL, he'll be able to run with the athletic tight ends and running backs in coverage.
|4||Jamie Collins||Southern Mississippi||6035||250|
I'm sure you've noticed by now that the most versatile player in this draft is Dion Jordan. Not only do I think he's a Pro Bowl calibur player in a 3-4 or 4-3 at outside linebacker, but I think he could put weight on his frame and be a great defensive end in a 4-3 as well. He very well might be the most athletically gifted player in this draft.
|2||D J Hayden||Houston||5110||191|
|3||Xavier Rhodes||Florida St.||6014||210|
|5||Darius Slay||Mississippi St.||5117||192|
This is the deepest position in the draft. I could list 20 players at cornerback and I still wouldn't reach all of the guys that could be quality starters from this group. Milliner is still the best, but you have to admire Hayden with everything he's been through. If surviving the rare heart disease that almost killed him isn't enough, his comeback to becoming one of the best players at his position is truly amazing. Personally, I think at least four or five cornerbacks get selected in the first round, and the position will dominate the draft throughout.
|1||John Cyprien||Florida International||6000||217|
|5||J J Wilcox||Georgia Southern||6000||213|
Cyprien is the most well-rounded safety at his position. While it's very close between him and Reid, I think he's slightly better against the run and pass. The real wild card here is Wilcox. He converted from corner to safety because of need and made the change seemlessly. In addition, according to his coaches, he had a great attitude and never once complained about moving to a lower profile position. My only concern is the level of competition he faced versus what he'll be seeing in a few months.
|2||D J Swearinger||South Carolina||5104||208|
|5||Earl Wolff||NC State||5112||209|
Simply put, Vaccaro is one of the "safest" players in this draft. In addition to his willingness to mix it up against the run, he is great in coverage. Against West Virginia earlier this year, he was matched up against Tavon Austin on a regular basis and did more than hold his own. Swearinger might also go in the first round because of his ability to cover, as well as the attitude he brings when someone with the ball comes into his area.