From all reports (which seem to fall in line with what I am seeing), the stars this week appear to be. Here is what I am seeing.
D. Ford- So explosive off the snap and has a great spin move
Ra'Shede Hageman- I've projected him as a top 15 pick, and he is moving close to the top 10, I believe, by the time the combine finishes. Just too athletic for interior guys to complete with. He is the best comparison athletically to JJ Watt since number 99 came out.
Aaron Donald- There is a reason why he won every major defensive award this year- he is flat out good. Smaller than hoped, but looks smarter, more instinctive that the guys he is facing.
Derek Carr- Huge arm. I've thought all along this would move him into consideration for the number 2 pick. Guys that can make every throw get a long look.
Zack Martin- Just a smooth OL. Good inside, good outside. Just seems calm in the midst of the storm.
Will Sutton- Blobbish, but the footwork is outstanding. Really quick off the snap.
Jordan Matthews- Looks great, looks prepared, looks sharp. Great physique, and a coachable spirit. The guy is a winner.
Jared Abbrederis- Talk about winner- Measurables are lacking, but he is a football player. Simply smarter than other guys on the field. Has Tom Brady Patriots all over him, with 100+ catches/year.
Chris Borland- Short-check;short arms-check; makes every play- check; just gets it done.
Aaron Colvin- Very good feet, and ability to close on WR makes him look terrific this week.
Jimmy Garappolo- Second best QB on the field this week. Looks so decisive and is crisp in all his movement. Some team is going to bypass this kid in the first, but take a long look at the top of the second round.
DeAndre Coleman- One of the players I was excited to watch this week. Has great measurables, and has looked solid this week. Can play a variety of schemes, which is going to help his value.
Will Clarke- Great height and length is going to help him at the next level. If he can add about 15 pound to that frame, could be a tough matchup for an OT in a 34 defense.
Kyle Van Noy- Special talent. Plug and play starter from Day One. Smart, smart, smart. Smooth. Probably can play in any system. Exceptional footwork.
Jake Mewhort- Seen him develop every year at OSU. I love the upside. Just a huge guy who carries his weight well. A smooth player who is vastly underrated. Thinking he is going to surprise as a second rounder. Can probably start at RT for many teams right away. OSU disclaimer: Not a fan of every OSU player (see future note on Bradley Roby, who may be the most OVERRATED player in this draft)
What has stood out to me so far, is that there are few surprises. The studs are studs, and the guys thought to be mediocre at this level of competition (Fales, Boyd, etc.) look mediocre.
Would be curious to see what all of you are witnessing from your living room.
Note: I enjoy watching DL/OL battles and spend a lot of time analyzing these players, as well as corners/safeties. For me, I am looking at footwork and hand play and grade heavily in this areas. Overall, just like last year, a really good group on defense.
[ Edited by MadDog49er on Jan 21, 2014 at 1:23 PM ]