2013 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Lions
Brigham Young University's Ezekiel Ansah had big shoes to fill with his namesake and he probably has that covered physically. Ansah is a huge prospect who will pass the eyeball test with no problems and matches that with elite athletic upside.
Ansah is originally from Ghana and had never played football in his life prior to 2010. Naturally this means he is a project and will need time to be groomed. Luckily for him, his physical tools are so obvious that he may start in his first game as a rookie.
Versatile athlete that can play all over the field with a knack for pass-rushing. Violent short burst, sharp change of direction, flexible in bending the corner. Good strength, but lacks a thick base given his long frame.
Not a great run defender since he can be pushed back. May begin his career as a pass-rush specialist only. His long arms can initiate contact and hold ground. Lack of lower half power can be driven off the ball. Didn't look great in Senior Bowl practices but played great once the game began.
Ansah is a natural athlete that brings an outstanding effort and rarely seen, almost unheard of high ceiling to the table. He projects as a first round pick in the 2013 ... [Read More
Mississippi State cornerback Darius Slay is a former junior college player that joined the Bulldogs in 2011. He did not see significant starting time until his senior year and is still a bit raw.
With only one season's worth of starts under his belt, Slay is an intriguing mid-round option. Adequate height and above-average length. He is better in zone coverage and will require refinement in man to man. Anticipating throws and jumping routes is very inconsistent. Seems to guess at times and can obviously guess wrong. Above-average burst and explosion.
Average straight-line speed. Flips hips well and good, but not great footwork. Change of direction needs improvement. Picked off five passes in 2012, but that should be expected with more throws going his way from being opposite Johnthan Banks.
Not afraid of contact and tackles well in open spaces. Struggles taking on blockers and must learn to fight better for position and maintaining leverage. Weaves through traffic well in pursuit of the ball-carrier.
Slay projects as a third to fourth round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Kentucky Wildcats offensive guard Larry Warford is a huge player with the talent to go early in the 2013 NFL Draft.
A well-rounded prospect that can fit in any system in the NFL. Above-average footwork for a man of his size and stature. Thick-bodied and gets off the line cleanly and quickly. Moves well in both directions. Very good awareness and can spot blitzers with no issues. Still needs some polish when zone-blocking in open spaces. Can play over-aggressive at times and lunge after defenders.
Warford can mirror well when in pass protection. Slides with ease and displays good technique. Could play on either the left or right side. Shows a good mean streak and always seems to be looking for contact. Stamina late in games is a slight concern.
Still working to maintain a healthier playing weight. Would play better about 15 pounds lighter without sacrificing too much power. A strong Senior Bowl could push him into late first round consideration.
Warford projects as a second round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Taylor came out of almost nowhere for a huge sophomore season at South Carolina in 2010. The hulking defensive end redshirted in 2008, backed up a host of talented Gamecock defenders in 2009, then broke onto the scene one year later. Taylor had seven sacks (second on the team) and made a team-leading 13 tackles for loss. He was named a First Team All-SEC performer by the Associated Press and was named to the All-SEC Second Team by the conference's coaches. Taylor has been seeing a lot more attention from offensive linemen this season and his stats are down as a junior -- three tackles for loss and two sacks through seven games (although he does lead the team with five quarterback hurries).
NFL scouts are not so much worried about the numbers (because they know what Taylor can do) and they love his upside. The Beaufort, SC native stands at 6'6'' and weighs in at 260 pounds. He has been clocked as fast as 4.68 in the 40-yard dash, so to say this guy is a physical specimen would be an understatement. Taylor would do well to add a little bit more bulk to his tall frame, because while he can often manhandle college offensive linemen, that may not be the case in the NFL. If not, he wi... [Read More
Virginia Tech Hokies wide receiver Corey Fuller comes from a family of football players. He is a former transfer from the Kansas Jayhawks and has a background in track. Only one productive season with the Hokies. Caught 43 passes for 815 yards and six touchdowns. Finds seams with great fluidity. Good agility and change of direction. Ran a 4.43 at the Combine. Raw prospect and has a lot to learn about the position. Below average blocker. Can get eaten up by press-man coverage. Slow off the line. Good, reliable hands.... [Read More
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Theo Riddick has ideal size and bulk to contribute as a running back, it only remains to be seen if he has the overall athleticism to be productive at the next level. Played two seasons at wide receiver before returning to RB in his senior year. Never given a great opportunity to make the most of his talents. Plays faster than timed speed (4.68 40-yard dash). Slow acceleration. Runs upright and ball security will need refinement. Must earn roster spot through special teams. Also played defensive back in high school.... [Read More
Alabama Crimson Tide tight end Michael Williams is a blocking specialist with lots of experience in power formations. Limited athleticism and could afford to slim down or tone down his musculature. Top-end speed is very poor. Can seal the edge well. Tough over-the-middle presence. Well developed in-line blocking skills. Not versatile enough to really challenge the secondary from different positions. Above-average hands. Can catch the ball away from his frame cleanly. Good length and catching radius. Not very flexible and will struggle getting down for low throws.... [Read More