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NFL Prospect Evaluations – The Best of What’s Left

Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas –
He is the Day 2 or 3 lightning bolt in this draft. Unlike past lightning bolts (i.e. Travis Benjamin), he has the skill set to be a starter and not just a niche player. He’s a lot more like Mike Wallace as a prospect than just a bubble screen guy. Go route, return specialist burner.

Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech

The small school version of Robert Woods, there is nothing truly special about his game but he has a complete one. He’s a safe Day 2 or 3 bet who best fits as a compliment to a more dynamic set of receivers. The Minnesota Vikings immediately come to mind as they have their play maker outside in Greg Jennings and inside in Jarius Wright. Patton would fit in well outside opposite those two.

Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt –

He’s short; not small. He’s a proven workhorse back that plays with excellent leverage and pad level. Very consistent option that does not yield many negative plays. Not the ideal lead back but a great second back as he could step into the lead role to cover an injury and not miss a beat.

Stefphon Jefferson, RB, Nevada –
He’s getting the ‘this year’s Alfred Morris‘ buzz, and, based off what I’ve read and seen, deservingly so. High character, hard-working type that’s decisive in his runs and has just enough athleticism to beat people. Very good No. 2 back that should be available on Day 3.

Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati –

This year’s tight end class is deep, but outside of Eifert they are all flawed. Kelce may be the exception, though. His skills as a receiving option are apparent, but his blocking ability is what will get him more playing time than his competition.

Joseph Fauria, TE, UCLA –
Sleeper. He is a great red zone target and is behind in his development because he was misused in college until 2012. He has the ability to be an adequate blocker and only has room to grow as a receiving option. Him and Kelce are why I think it’d be smart to wait until Day 3 to address tight should a TE needy team miss on Eifert.

Jasper Collins, WR, Mount Union –
Call me a sucker for falling in love with the pipeline of wide receiver talent coming from Mount Union, but from what I’ve seen from Collins he is better at this point in his career than Cecil Shorts at the same time. He needs to add some strength, but he will be starting in the NFL in a few years.

Zac Dysert, QB, Miami (OH)

A misfit for his college system and poor wide receiver play can explain his struggles in 2012, but great NFL quarterbacks must overcome that sort of adversity. He has the skill set, toughness, moxy and decisiveness to be an effective starter, but there’s development needed on his ability to read the field and make better decisions. Quality Day 3 developmental type and one to keep an eye on as an end of the bench flier in a year or two.

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