Posted: Saturday December 31, 2011 2:06PM ; Updated: Saturday December 31, 2011 2:06PM
Tony Pauline

Draft prospects (cont.)

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Ohio State

DeVier Posey, WR (No. 8) -- Posey missed most of the 2011 campaign as a result of his part in Tattoogate. Upon his return he flashed the athleticism and big-play skills that have NFL scouts intrigued. Posey offers big-time potential yet has an undeveloped game stunted by his time on the sidelines this season. He possesses the skills to be a productive starter if brought along slowly by the team that selects him in the draft. 3rd Round

John Simon, DE (No. 54)* -- The junior is an intense defender that makes plays all over the field. He's constantly in the backfield harassing opposing signal callers and also productively defends the run. Simon lacks the classic size NFL teams look for in a defensive end yet his game is similar to former Ohio State star Mike Vrabel. 2nd/3rd Round

Mike Adams, T (No. 74) -- Adams was another Buckeye who spent significant time on the sidelines last season due to Tattoogate. He's a terrific pass blocking left tackle and handles defenders that comes his way. Adams also shows a lot of inconsistency on the field, which has suppressed his draft stock. He possesses the potential to grow into an NFL starter if allowed to fully develop. 4th Round


Jelani Jenkins, OLB (No. 3)* -- Jenkins is a speedy, athletic linebacker that makes plays sideline-to-sideline. He's outstanding in pursuit, displays top skills in coverage and is constantly around the ball. Just a redshirt sophomore, Jenkins is developing into a fine weakside linebacker for the NFL. 4th Round

Chris Rainey, RB-RS (No. 1) -- Rainey is the consummate all-purpose player and a multithreat ballhandler. He led Florida in rushing, receiving and punt returns last season. Rainey is small (5-8, 178-pounds) yet fast, elusive and very quick. He'll do well at the next level as a third-down running back, slot receiver and return specialist. 4th Round

Jeff Demps, RB (No. 28) -- Demps is another versatile skill player that has been effective carrying the ball or catching it for the Gators. He's a speedster who can score any time the ball is in his hands. Demps projects as a third-down back at the next level. 5th Round

Rose Bowl


LaMichael James, RB-RS (No. 21)* -- James has been incredibly productive for the Ducks as a ballcarrier, pass catcher and return specialist the past three years. The junior has rushed in excess of 1,500 yards every season since his freshman campaign, averaged more than 10 yards per reception during that time and often altered the momentum of games returning punts. He has Reggie Bush-type skills and will be a solid situational skill player at the next level. 2nd/3rd Round

Josh Kaddu, OLB (No. 56) -- The explosive senior defender has built a lot of momentum this season and is moving up draft boards. He consistently makes plays behind the line of scrimmage and at the same time displays the athleticism and instincts necessary to cover tight ends or running backs down the field. Kaddu also possesses a special teams mentality, which only adds to his value at the next level. The athletic defender is expected to turn in some smashing workouts before the draft. 3rd Round

Carson York, G, (No. 77) -- York has been a stalwart on the Ducks offensive line the past three seasons, and the junior is highly thought of in scouting circles. He's a fundamentally sound lineman who opens holes for the running game, holds the point in pass protection and shows skill blocking in motion. Possessing a nice degree of upside to his game, York offers starting potential for the next level. 3rd Round

Dion Jordan, DE (No. 96)* -- Jordan moved from tight end to defensive end prior to his sophomore season of 2010 and his game took off at the new position this year. He displays natural pass-rush skills and a lot of athleticism. Jordan's upside potential has scouts excited, and the junior is seriously considering entering April's draft. 4th Round


Montee Ball, RB (No. 28)* -- Ball looked phenomenal in 2011 and has NFL scouts talking. He's a 210-pound ball carrier with the shiftiness and elusiveness of a scat back. Ball runs hard on the inside and effectively catches the pass out of the backfield. He'll be a situational ball handler upon entering the NFL with the potential to develop into a feature runner. 2nd Round

Peter Konz, C (No. 66) -- The Big Ten is loaded with highly rated centers yet scouts grade Konz as the best of them all. The junior is a powerful blocker who moves well on his feet and annihilates the opposition on every level. He's dominant, tough and has the skills to be an immediate starter at the next level. 2nd Round

Nick Toon, WR (No. 1) -- The Badgers senior is smooth, graceful and very dependable, just like his dad, former NFL star Al Toon. He plays a smart brand of football and competes for the reception, consistently coming away with the tough grab. Toon is not fleet of foot yet a potential second receiver at the next level. 2nd Round

Antonio Fenelus, CB (No. 26) -- The Badgers have consistently placed quality defensive backs into the NFL, and Fenelus will keep the tradition moving forward. He's a solid man-to-man cornerback with the speed necessary to stay with opponents anywhere on the field. He'll do well in nickel and dime packages at the next level. 4th Round

Fiesta Bowl


Andrew Luck, QB (No. 12)* -- Luck has been the premier quarterback prospect in the nation since September 2010. He'll be the best signal caller drafted into the NFL since Peyton Manning. Luck possesses the physical skills, football intellect and leadership ability to lead a professional franchise for a decade. He will be the top pick in the 2012 draft and an immediate starter for the lucky teams that selects him. 1st Round

Jonathan Martin, T (No. 55)* -- The junior has done a tremendous job protecting Luck's blind side the past three years. He's athletic, strong and comes with a large upside yet needs to polish his game. Martin is expected to enter the draft and will be the second or third tackle off the board. 1st Round

David DeCastro, G (No. 52) -- DeCastro is another Stanford junior likely to opt for the NFL draft. He's universally graded by scouts as the top draft-eligible guard in the nation. DeCastro offers a great combination of power, smarts and nastiness. He's also very effective blocking in motion. 1st Round

Coby Fleener, TE (No. 82) -- Fleener is one of the most reliable weapons for quarterback Andrew Luck and a terrific pass-catching tight end. He has the speed necessary to get down the field and creates mismatches in the secondary. Blocking is not Fleener's strong suit, and the senior projects as a move tight end in the NFL. 3rd Round

Oklahoma State

Justin Blackmon, WR (No. 81)* -- The dynamic playmaker presently ranks as the top receiver prospect in the nation and projects as a top-10 pick. Blackmon spurned the 2011 draft and returned to OSU, improving as a player on the field and person off it. He offers better next-level potential than his former teammate Dez Bryant and is compared by several NFL scouts to All-Pro Terrell Owens. 1st Round

Brandon Weeden, QB (No. 3) -- The 27-year-old Weeden has built a buzz around himself in scouting circles after a tremendous senior campaign. He's a vertical passer who displays a good degree of accuracy on throws. Weeden has marched to the head of the senior class of signal callers and improved his draft stock by two full rounds this year. 2nd Round

Levy Adcock, T (No. 73) -- Adcock is another OSU senior reaping the rewards of a terrific season. The senior was not ranked by scouts coming into the season yet his play improved almost weekly in 2011. He's a massive blocker with the skills to compete for playing time at right tackle in the NFL. 3rd/4th Round

Markelle Martin, S (No. 10) -- Scouts gave Martin high grades entering the season, and the senior safety offers exceptional size and speed. He flashes skill on the field yet has also shown a lot of inconsistency. Martin is expected to contribute as a special-teams player at the next as well as on defense. 3rd/4th Round

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