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5 players moving up as draft approaches

Posted on: April 7, 2010 7:00 pm
Building momentum up to draft day is one of the key ingredients savvy agents and talented players often use to earn high selections. Though NFL teams have been tirelessly working on their draft boards over the past month, several players each year often get "bumped" at the last minute due to impressive workouts, interviews or just creating a general "buzz."

As we tightened our rankings in preparation for the profiles and rankings update available in our new PDF Draft Guide (available for download here ), I noticed that five players kept being mentioned by league sources as players moving up the board.

These five players I've listed below:

Quarterback Tim Tebow, Florida: You've heard or read the talk everywhere about his rising up draft boards and my sources are confirming the same thing. Tebow is dazzling coaches in interviews, leading some scouts -- who try to show coaches Tebow's flawed film -- frustrated with how quickly and high the former Heisman winner is being moved up the board. According to sources, Tebow is a virtual lock to be off the board by the mid second round and is gaining momentum as a late first round pick.

Defensive Tackle Linval Joseph, East Carolina: Overshadowed a bit at ECU by DE CJ Wilson and DT Jay Ross, Joseph is the one that has the most interesting blend of NFL size (6-5, 328) and athleticism. Scouts would like to see him put it all together and be a more consistent player, but his tools have some clubs talking about him as a potential 2nd round prospect.

Cornerback Alterran Verner, UCLA: Verner can thank gutty, undersized corners like Christopher Owens (3rd round pick by Atlanta in 2009) for his rise up the board. Like Owens, Verner isn't a blazer, but he's highly competitive and has been a consistent standout throughout his career. Scouts are characterizing him as one of the safer cornerbacks in the class and feel that he could earn a similar selection as Owens, who started six games for the Falcons as a rookie.

Cornerback Myron Lewis, Vanderbilt: Following his solid Pro Day performance March 20, I touted Lewis as one of the more underrated defensive backs in the 2010 draft and scouts are telling me that we're still ranking him too low. Lewis starred at cornerback for the Commodores and some teams believe he has the agility to remain at this position in the NFL despite measuring in at 6-2, 203 pounds. We currently have Lewis rated as a free safety and a 4th-5th round pick, but I've spoken to clubs that feel he'll be off the board in the 3rd.

FS Robert Johnson, Utah: Despite not getting invited to the Combine, Johnson is one of the fastest rising names in the draft. He measured in heavier than scouts expected at his Pro Day (6-2, 203 pounds) and turned in blazing times in the short shuttle and 3-cone drills. In fact, his 4.06 second short shuttle and 6.56 second 3-cone times were faster than those recorded by any safety in Indianapolis. A natural ballhawk with 13 interceptions over the past three seasons, Johnson has visited or been privately worked out by a half-dozen teams.

Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2010 12:17 pm

5 players moving up as draft approaches

Perfect example of OVERRATED

Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: April 10, 2010 1:42 pm

5 players moving up as draft approaches

That jab at Millen is funny and deserving.  Nice job.

Since: Aug 2, 2006
Posted on: April 10, 2010 11:25 am
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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: April 10, 2010 9:12 am

5 players moving up as draft approaches

Hey, I agree with Mauxdeverite.

Didn't Ryan Leaf get drafted in the first?  How about Alex Smith?  Or that Harrington guy from Oregon?  Or Akili Smith?
Didn't Tom Brady get drafted in the eighth?  How about Kurt Warner and Warren Moon, who didn't get drafted at all?
Didn't people say that Doug Flutie and Drew Brees were too small?
So, what does that mean?  It means even professional talent evaluators can be very, very wrong. 

I get as sick of all the Superman talk as the next guy, but let's be objective.  Tebow has proven that he can be a leader.  He's big and fast, but more importantly, he's proven he can take criticism and has a reputation as a very hard working, coachable guy.  He is football smart with good instincts and very accurate on short and middle routes, and his long ball may not be frozen rope, but it is nice and catchable.  And who would you rather have in there to get you one or two tough yards?
Plus, look at all the attention and scrutiny this poor kid has endured.  I think he's handled all the extreme adulation and extreme criticism pretty darn well.  Either one would have blown the head off of a lot of kids. 
You don't hear him telling everybody how great he is.  Every time I saw him in a game, he was playing hard every down.

I do agree that he's unlikely to be able to come in to the bigs and contribute right away, so a first round pick is probably not in the cards, unless a team is already set and doesn't mind waiting the year or two it will take him to figure out the pro game and adjust to taking snaps from center.

I think he's at least as much worth a gamble as the other names mentioned above.  I'd love to see my team draft him, put him on the bench and carefully coach him up, like they used to do back in the day (anybody remember Johnny U?  He took awhile to figure things out).

Plus, what else is he supposed to do?  He kept his mouth shut, won a Championship and a Heisman, and he's working on improving his throwing motion and footwork.

I say he's done enough to get a shot, and a nice payday.

Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: April 10, 2010 7:35 am

5 players moving up as draft approaches

HAHAHA.   with Millen gone..... I like that....HAHAHA

Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: April 10, 2010 3:34 am

5 players moving up as draft approaches

I don't see what taking Tebow by the second round would hurt any football team. The guy is a natural leader and a gifted athlete. He's more intelligent and has a better understanding of football than 90% of the players in the game. When you look at all the first round busts at the QB position over the last decade alone, Tebow isn't a gamble at all. He'd be best suited on a contender where the pressure is nonexistent. Any crap team that drafts a QB in the first round that expects a miracle from their rookie doesn't succeed. Tebow will contribute in the NFL. He has the tools and the intangibles. After two years behind a vet QB on a decent team, Tebow will have the chance to prove himself, shutting most of you haters up. The others will whine regardless.

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: April 10, 2010 1:57 am

5 players moving up as draft approaches

ooooooh had to pile on us reeling lions fans with the millen jab     lol!

Since: Apr 10, 2010
Posted on: April 10, 2010 1:56 am

5 players moving up as draft approaches

don't forget al davis.  where there's an al, there's a way.  he's made it a habit of taking 4-7 rounders and making them first rounders.  russell?  that receiver with hands of stone?  dementia is in full effect here.  he's already dumping russell.

Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: April 9, 2010 10:42 pm

5 players moving up as draft approaches

Brady, Romo and the now retired Kurt Warner. That's a pretty short list actually. With your logic maybe you should quit your job and just buy lotter tickets every day till you hit it big.

Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: April 9, 2010 10:21 pm

5 players moving up as draft approaches

Ummm not sure where to start with that one......Philip Rivers, Big Ben, Aaron Rodgers, Carson Palmer. The jury is still out on a few guys but so far we like what we see................Flacco, Matt Ryan, and even last year's class in Sanchez and Stafford. So in the past decade there are some.

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