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I'd first off like to say that I think we had a great draft, and hopefully, for all those who doubt TD, this will help change your mind.

Drew Boylhart spends many hours watching game tapes of college football. He ranks players based on talent displayed on the field and how it may translate to the NFL. Drew use his evaluations of each prospect to place them on the Talent Board according to the round in which that player’s talent warrants. This doesn’t try to predict where the player will be drafted. What it does tell you is how successful THR thinks that player will be in the NFL over his career, considering it may take a player 2-3 years to measure up to that potential. The players are not ranked within the round.

Sean Weatherspoon has round 1 talent - "Sean has Ray Lewis talent"

Mike Johnson has round 1 talent - "Mike is a starting left guard right now"

Kerry Meier has round 2 talent - "Kerry might be the smartest route running receiver in this draft"

Dominique Franks has round 4 talent - "Dominique is a smooth, well-built cornerback with excellent size and athletic talent to play his position"

Colin Peek has round 3 talent - "Colin is an offensive coordinator's best friend"

*THR doesn't have profile reports on Corey Peters, Joe Hawley and Shann Shillinger.

All I can say is thank god we have TD!

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Derrick Morgan has round 3 talent - "I feel he will struggle to impact at the next level playing the defensive end position in a 4-3"

Brandon Graham has round 2 talent - "I like the way this kid plays, but his impact will depend on the defense in which he'll play at the next level."

Maurkice Pouncey has round 5 talent - "I just do not understand why Maurkice is considered by some people as the best center in this draft!"

Matt Tennant has round 5 Talent - "As good a pass blocker as Matt is, it surprised me to see how poor a run blocker he is."

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Sean Weatherspoon has round 1 talent - "Sean has Ray Lewis talent"

It would be great if he did become a Ray Lewis calibur player. No matter how many times people try to draft the 'next' one, there is only one Ray Lewis, just like there was only one LT and only one Deion, etc.

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I'd first off like to say that I think we had a great draft, and hopefully, for all those who doubt TD, this will help change your mind.

Sean Weatherspoon has round 1 talent - "Sean has Ray Lewis talent"

Mike Johnson has round 1 talent - "Mike is a starting left guard right now"

Kerry Meier has round 2 talent - "Kerry might be the smartest route running receiver in this draft"

Dominique Franks has round 4 talent - "Dominique is a smooth, well-built cornerback with excellent size and athletic talent to play his position"

Colin Peek has round 3 talent - "Colin is an offensive coordinator's best friend"

*THR doesn't have profile reports on Corey Peters, Joe Hawley and Shann Shillinger.

All I can say is thank god we have TD!

Do you have a link to the Huddle Report?

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i'm not sold on this draft,i just don't see any starters after weatherspoon,and it's not like he's a big impact difference maker,the eagles targeted a guy and basically stuck it the falcons once again like they did last year letting vick run all over us,despite getting off to a great start dimitroffs last two drafts have not been good ones,the first 2 picks were out all of last season,we still need a defensive end and i didn't see the oline or receiving corp.being upgraded,so what did this draft do to put us in title contention?

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THR also has an archive of profiles on players for drafts gone by - these are two I found interesting...

Jamaal Anderson - "There is no doubt that Jamaal is a player that is a first round player, but he has so much to learn that it’s shocking. He is a boom or bust pick with a buyer beware label right in the middle of his forehead. The draft is about drafting potential impact players and Jamaal is a potential impact player; however, I’m not convinced that he has the work ethic to go along with that potential."

Chris Houston - "Chris is an excellent cover corner, but he doesn’t seem to have very good hands to intercept the ball. He is not much of a playmaker and because he does not show very good hands. The fact is, no QB is afraid in an important part of a game to throw his way because they know the pass will not be intercepted. So no harm, no foul -- so to speak. Chris will be an excellent cover corner for the team that drafts him, but unless he shows in his workouts that he can catch the ball for an interception, then he just won’t be an impact cover corner."

I would say THR was spot on in both cases.

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THR also has an archive of profiles on players for drafts gone by - these are two I found interesting...

Jamaal Anderson - "There is no doubt that Jamaal is a player that is a first round player, but he has so much to learn that it’s shocking. He is a boom or bust pick with a buyer beware label right in the middle of his forehead. The draft is about drafting potential impact players and Jamaal is a potential impact player; however, I’m not convinced that he has the work ethic to go along with that potential."

Chris Houston - "Chris is an excellent cover corner, but he doesn’t seem to have very good hands to intercept the ball. He is not much of a playmaker and because he does not show very good hands. The fact is, no QB is afraid in an important part of a game to throw his way because they know the pass will not be intercepted. So no harm, no foul -- so to speak. Chris will be an excellent cover corner for the team that drafts him, but unless he shows in his workouts that he can catch the ball for an interception, then he just won’t be an impact cover corner."

I would say THR was spot on in both cases.

Man, that find us EPIC. Now just really curious what they said about Ryan and Lofton. Can you post?

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Man, that find us EPIC. Now just really curious what they said about Ryan and Lofton. Can you post?

Curtis Lofton LB Oklahoma

STRENGTHS

Curtis might be the best all around LB in this draft. He is just as impactful by stuffing the run as he is in coverage defending against the passing game. He is a very good tackler and will meet anyone in the hole and stuff them. Curtis is a pure LB that could play all three positions. He has played on the strong side most of his career, but I also have him on film this year playing in the middle and the kid does not miss a beat. He is smart and shows excellent instincts and reactions and shows leadership skills through his play on the field. I'm calling him Curtis (The Hammer) Lofton because he really knows how to put the hammer down when he goes to tackle.

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Curtis just needs to find a position and not move around. He is a smart kid with a bright future at the next level. His change of direction skills and speed need a little work, but Curtis compensates for it with excellent instincts and understanding situational football.

TALENT BOARD ROUND 1

If some team drafted Curtis as the first LB off the board in this draft, it would not surprise me in the least. It might surprise a lot of other people, but because I watch film, it would not surprise me. He is one of the best all around LB's in this draft. He does an excellent job against the run and the pass and knows how to shed blocks to make a tackle. He is just a quality LB but, in this draft, there are a lot of quality LB's, which is why he could get lost in the shuffle so to speak. He has very good speed and quickness, but there are other LB's who are quicker and faster. The catch is that there is nobody as far along as Curtis in all the techniques that will be needed at the next level to make an immediate impact. This kid is an excellent tackler who likes to intimidate. I think his best strengths are his natural instincts and quick anticipation. Curtis is a natural and will be a pro bowl player and fan favorite for the team that drafts him.

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Man, that find us EPIC. Now just really curious what they said about Ryan and Lofton. Can you post?

Matt Ryan QB Boston College

STRENGTHS

Matt has excellent size and arm strength for his position. He can make all the necessary throws for the next level with great velocity and accuracy. He is a drop-back style QB that moves very well inside the pocket and makes plays from the pocket. When he breaks the pocket, he still looks to throw the ball, not to run. He is the classic drop-back QB that over the years, has had the most success at the NFL level. Matt is a visible leader on the field and has the respect of his teammates and coaches. Matt shows the ability to manage a game plan along with the skills to adjust and understand what defenses are trying to do to him as the game is progressing. Matt Ryan has franchise QB potential for the next level and can fit into any style of offense because of his ability to throw in the pocket and on the move. Matt Ryan is the real deal, which is why I call him Matt (Real Deal) Ryan.

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Matt needs to add a little more bulk to his body so that he can take a hit without getting injured. He has to stay on the field; in the past, he has had too many injuries.

TALENT BOARD ROUND 1

Matt shows good awareness in the pocket and stands up very well to a pass rush; however, he has shown the tendency to be fragile with injuries that have kept him off the field. This is not good for a franchise QB for the next level. If Matt stays healthy, I have no doubt that he will be a top ten player and, in my opinion, should be the first QB taken in this draft. On my list, Matt is the top rated QB in this draft because of his arm strength, accuracy and his ability to play in any kind of offense. This makes him a pick for any of the 32 teams that need a QB in this draft. Matt reminds me a lot of Eli Manning (QB Garden State Giants). I believe that Matt, in three years, will turn into the same style of QB as Eli. So all I have to say about Matt is what I said in the 2004 Eli Manning profile when Eli was drafted: “If you are a team that needs a franchise QB, don’t be a fool. Don’t try to be cute, don’t think you can outsmart some other team and wait for him to drop to you. TRADE UP - trade your Mother if you have to. Believe me, your Mother will be proud!!!!”

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Sean Weatherspoon LB Missouri

TALENT BOARD

Round 1

STRENGTHS

Sean has decent size and very good speed to play the linebacker position. He is fast and shows an excellent burst to the play to make a tackle. Sean likes to attack the line of scrimmage to make a tackle. He has good not great change of direction skills and does a very nice job dropping into zone coverage. Sean shows leadership skills through his play on the field. He has the talent to be an impact middle linebacker in a 4-3 defense because he can cut down angles in the running game and has the speed to go sideline-to-sideline.

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Sean is a little sloppy when he tackles. He struggles to wrap up because he is playing out of control. In the running game, he over runs plays, takes bad angles and is not the type of linebacker that likes to engage, shed his blocker and then make a tackle. Sean likes to be in a system that will allow him to run free to the play. He doesn't have great change of direction skills, so taking the right angles to make a tackle is imperative or Sean will miss his opportunity to make a play. Sean needs to calm down, play more in control and not try to make every play himself. He needs to learn to set others up to make tackles and propel the players around him to be better by directing them and communicating more with them about what he is seeing before a play is snapped.

BOTTOM LINE

Sean has Ray Lewis talent, but he struggles to control that talent. He needs to slow down and gain better control of his overall play before he can become the impact player his talents suggest that he can become. Physically, Sean has the tools, but mentally he still has to mature and let his natural leadership skills catch up. Sean could easily be drafted in the first round and if I needed a future MLB with the potential to be a Ray Lewis style of linebacker, I would draft Sean in the first round. But you will have to wait for him to become a complete MLB and that should happen with good coaching, repetition and experience.

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Mike Johnson OL Alabama

TALENT BOARD

Round 1

STRENGTHS

Mike is a smart, talented left guard who has the athletic talent to play more than one position on the offensive line. He is quick enough off the snap when blocking for the running game. Mike has good balance and quick feet that get him out to the second level for a screen or to take LB's out. He shows very good lateral agility when pass blocking and is strong enough to handle the bull rush. He's also quick enough to adjust his blocking assignment to handle any stunts thrown at him. Mike shows good mental stamina to be an excellent left guard in the NFL and looks to me on film that he could play Left Tackle, Right Tackle and either guard position.

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Mike will need to go to the combine and prove through agility drills that he can play the left tackle position. If he can do that, he will shoot up the charts faster than a teenage boy turning off his computer to hide his porno sites from mom who's knocking on the bedroom door.

BOTTOM LINE

Mike is a starting left guard right now. He should be able to start for the team that drafts him at that position the day after you the draft. That means he has first round talent. What will dictate at what point in the draft Mike will fall will depend if he can play left tackle. Most of the time, players like Mike get drafted in the second or third round but the need for "ready to play" offensive lineman is so great in the NFL that I would not be surprised at all if Mike is drafted in the first round by a playoff team needing good offensive linemen. If Mike proves that he can play the left tackle position, he could move up into the top fifteen in this draft, so keep track of Rob's value board for this kid. No matter where he's picked, Mike is ready to plug in to your offensive line and play at a high level right away. Mike has pro bowl potential at a few different offensive line positions, which, for me, makes him a player I believe smart teams will be dying to draft early. I call him Mike (Incognito) Johnson because right now he is playing his position at a very high level and nobody seems to notice.

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Kerry Meier WR Kansas

TALENT BOARD

Round 2

STRENGTHS

Kerry might be the smartest route running receiver in this draft. He loves going over the middle and will out-work his opponent every time he runs a route until he is open and able to make a catch. He has good size, decent speed and those quick feet to make cuts that the smaller receivers use to gain separation. Kerry's a good blocker and one thing you will not do with Kerry is move him off his route. His determination to catch the ball for a completion is the type of determination that all great receivers must have to be great. He is a systems receive; however, in the right system, could wind up being one of the best receivers from this class. Kerry is not fast, but he is smart and will not be denied. That's what is going to make him very good along with being a core player and a fan favorite.

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

I would love to see Kerry run faster, but I know it is just not going to happen. Kerry does show good quickness, but it would be nice if he was quicker to gain better separation. Those are his negatives and the truth is, those negatives are not enough for Kerry not to become a Pro Bowl receiver.

BOTTOM LINE

Kerry is the type of receiver that a defensive coordinator will watch on film and think he can contain if he puts his best linebacker or safety on him all game long. Guess what will happen every time? Kerry will beat that defense like a drum all game long. He is a match-up nightmare in the slot because he reads, reacts and then runs his route. Here is just one example of how Kerry will beat you that I saw on film. Kerry was lined up in the slot going to run a simple five yard out for a first down. At the snap of the ball, Kerry did not burst off the line of scrimmage because he saw (before the snap) that his opponent was sitting five yards from him. Kerry tricked his opponent by faking a burst off the snap stopping and then bursting off the snap a second time to confuse his opponent as to the route he was going to run. This move triggered his opponent to backpedal for a double team on the outside wide receiver and leave the slot receiver alone because the slot (so they thought) was not running a route. I have seen this kid in the middle of the field use a swim move to get around a linebacker and beat him to a spot on the field to make a catch on 3rd and 12. He reminds me of a bigger, stronger version of Wes Welker (WR New England Patriots). He will get deep on double moves and just knows how to marry his routes to his opponents mistakes or bad habits to get himself open. He will run a simple out route and wait until his man peeks in to the backfield to then make his cut. That's how he gets his separation. He has great hands and will be a QB's best friend when the offense needs to move the ball and get out of trouble. I know Kerry will not be drafted in the second round, but he has second round talent and is the type of player who grows on you. He slowly drives his opponents crazy because he just seems to beat you whenever he needs to make a play. As soon as the team that drafts him gets over his lack of pure athletic speed, they are going to fall in love with this kid -- and the QB is going to offer him free room and board.

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Dominique Franks CB Oklahoma

TALENT BOARD

Round 4

STRENGTHS

Dominique is a smooth, well-built cornerback with excellent size and athletic talent to play his position. He shows good quickness and has the skills that you look for in a corner to be able to cover just about any size wide receiver. He shows very good hands to make the interception as well as the ability to take the ball back all the way after an interception. Dominique has solid special team talent and should be able to help the team that drafts him on special teams the day after you draft him. All of that being said, there are some big time holes in Dominique's overall game.

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Dominique plays off the line of scrimmage about ten to twelve yards against every opponent. This is mostly because that is the style of defense, but it can mean that coaches have some big questions about Dominique's ability to cover before the pass rush gets to the QB. Dominique also is not a very good tackler. He does the job, but his techniques are terrible and will be magnified at the next level. He is not aggressive in his play on the field and does not come up to support the run.

BOTTOM LINE

Dominique is an excellent athlete playing in a defense that prevents him from being the corner his talents suggest that he can be. I know this kid has talent; he's smooth in his stride and ability to stay with a player. However, my guess is that he is so raw in techniques to match up man-to-man that the coaches don't trust him to stay with his man and not look into the backfield to jump a route and look for the big play. It takes more than athletic talent to play in the NFL...especially for a corner. I don't care how athletically talented you are -- if you choose not to learn how to tackle, you will not be successful at the NFL level. Add to that a lack of overall techniques and you have a player who is way behind the learning curve to be successful at the next level or, as I always say, has a long LTI (length to impact). Athletic talent alone will not make up this learning curve. I suspect for Dominique it will come down to work ethic and character. It looks to me that because Dominique has so much talent, he never had to develop any work habits. That sends a signal to me that he lacks the true character and maturity to understand what is going to be required of him at the next level.

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Colin Peek TE Alabama

TALENT BOARD

Round 3

STRENGTHS

Colin has good size to play his position. He shows solid quickness as an inline blocker when getting out of his stance and engaging. He has excellent techniques when blocking for both the run and the pass. Colin works well with the offensive lineman when blocking and looks to be a great teammate. He shows nice hands to catch the short passes to move the chains on those all important third downs. Colin is the type of player that all teams in the NFL can use; he should become a core player for the team that drafts him. He takes pride in blocking and moving the chains and likes the responsibility of being a part of moving the chains on those important third downs. He can sense when a play has the potential to turn a game around and steps up his game at those important moments. Colin is an offensive coordinator's best friend.

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Colin shows good feet and balance when blocking, but he does not show the same quick feet and balance when running his routes. He needs to get a lot stronger in his upper and lower body. The longer Colin runs a route, the harder it is for him to catch the ball. Right now, Colin is dependable on short routes, stop routes and routes inside or near the goal line. He is very consistent inside the red zone, but does not break many tackles or give you much run after the catch yardage. I think the reason for this is because Colin does not want to fumble and is willing to go down and protect the ball. I suspect that Colin doesn't have confidence in his hands (in general), so he would rather protect the ball than gain extra yardage. This is not a bad thing if you are going to depend on him inside the red zone. Colin has solid talent and needs to work on his route running and overall strength, but I believe he will improve in all of these areas in the future.

BOTTOM LINE

Colin reminds me a lot of a tight end who played in the NFL for 16 years and played in 235 games before he retired. Pete Metzelaars was an excellent blocker with decent hands who was dependable in moving the chains, but did not give you much run after the catch yardage. He was a core player for some championship teams and a fan favorite. Colin has that type of potential if drafted by the right team. If you are looking for a TE/WR/H-back, then you are not interested in Colin. However, if your team is looking for a tight end who will help to make your offense productive in both the run and passing game, then you are looking for a player exactly like Colin. In this draft, with all the spread offenses that the NFL teams are running now, Colin is a dying breed unless he can step up his route running and be more consistent catching the ball down the field. He could do this, but it will take some time for him to develop this portion of his game.

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Others to note are...

Derrick Morgan has round 3 talent - "I feel he will struggle to impact at the next level playing the defensive end position in a 4-3"

Maurkice Pouncey has round 5 talent - "I just do not understand why Maurkice is considered by some people as the best center in this draft!"

Matt Tennant has round 5 Talent - "As good a pass blocker as Matt is, it surprised me to see how poor a run blocker he is."

I agree with these. The round talent he gave them is a bit harsh imo but they're all overrated. Tennant would be good in a spread O like the ones the Broncos or Patriots use. Pouncey is worth taking in the 2nd round, not the 1st. 5th is real value there. I think Morgan will be a solid but unspectacular LDE but a poor RDE.

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Good find Smiler, and about Mike Johnson...

If he can do that, he will shoot up the charts faster than a teenage boy turning off his computer to hide his porno sites from mom who's knocking on the bedroom door.

I laughed at that. But seriously, I love this kid, and I think he will push Blalock and Dahl for a starting G spot THIS year. If he doesn't win it out of TC/PS, I think he'll get some playing time at one of the G spots during the season if Dahl or Blalock struggle.

In 2011, he WILL take over permanently at LG or RG. I GUARANTEE that.

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