Midseason Draft Top 50 (cont.)
26) Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee* -- Hunter rebounded well from the knee injury that cut short his 2011 campaign. He's a dominant athlete who out-muscles opponents over the middle or out-races defenders down the sideline. Hunter also shows a lack of discipline at the position and needs significant work to round out his game.
27) Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State -- Carradine has impressed scouts after moving into the starting lineup during the second game of the season, and is developing into an all-around lineman. He's a solid run defender who competently rushes the passer. Carradine offers starting possibilities in a four-man line at the next level.
28) Brennan Williams, T, North Carolina -- The highly rated senior has struggled with a shoulder injury in 2012 and recently underwent season-ending surgery to correct the issue. He offers legitimate starting potential for the next level and could be a steal late in the first round.
29) Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State* -- Rhodes combines safety size with the ball skills of a cornerback to shut down opponents. He's shown steady improvement in his game the past three seasons and will end up as a top-32 pick if he enters the draft, which Rhodes is expected to do.
30) Louis Nix, NT-DT, Notre Dame* -- Nix is an underrated prospect largely responsible for Notre Dame's defense being so dominant this season. He's a multi-purpose nose tackle who can rush the passer, occupy blockers or pursue the action from the backside.
31) Jake Matthews, T, Texas A&M* -- Matthews does not possess the pass protection skills of his teammate Luke Joeckel, but is significantly more dominant in run blocking. He's a well-sized lineman with the tools necessary to start at right tackle in the NFL.
32) Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame* -- Eifert is a three-down tight end who offers reliable hands and holds his own blocking for the pass and run. He's not a true downfield receiving threat but does the little things well, which is a big attraction for NFL teams.
33) Kawann Short, DT, Purdue -- Short has played uninspired football this season after bypassing April's draft. He's a dominant force at the top of his game and a defender who must be accounted for on every snap. Short has shown a propensity to take downs off in 2012, which has raised red flags.
34) Jackson Jeffcoat*, DE, Texas -- Jeffcoat was developing into a terrific defensive end before being shelved with a pectoral injury in mid-October. He's an explosive pass rusher who also possesses the speed to chase down running backs in pursuit. With his season over, Jeffcoat has an important decision to make about his future.
35) Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon -- Scouts viewed Jordan as a talented athlete, but a raw football player who needed to develop his game. The senior has shown weekly improvement this year, impacting games as both a pass rusher and run stopper.
36) Jawan Jamison, RB, Rutgers* -- Jamison has turned in two dominant seasons and has Rutgers fans reminiscing about Ray Rice. He's similar to Rice in style and substance, as Jamison is a smaller back who plays big and offers a versatile game.
37) Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida* -- Floyd continues to impress scouts with his play and intensity on the field. He's an athletic defensive lineman who can be used as a conventional tackle or two-gap end. Floyd also offers a good degree of upside potential, which enhances his value.
38) Bennie Logan, DT, LSU* -- Logan takes a backseat to several of his headlining teammates, but he's highly considered in scouting circles. An overpowering force in the middle of the line, Logan beats opponents with his explosive first step or overwhelms them with power.
39) Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State* -- Escobar has scouts excited, as he's transferring his superior athleticism onto the football field and becoming a force at tight end. The junior is developing into a complete player and is expected to enter the draft.
40) Corey Lemonier, DE-OLB, Auburn* -- Lemonier is a pure pass rusher and a defender constantly disrupting the action. Undersized and a bit one-dimensional, scouts must decide whether to project Lemonier as a 3-4 outside linebacker or one-gap defensive end.
41) Ezekiel Ansah, DE-OLB, BYU -- The former track athlete-turned-football player just three years ago has scouts intrigued with his development and potential. Ansah is an elite athlete who continues to improve weekly, and he's marching up draft boards.
42) T.J. McDonald, S, USC -- McDonald entered the season with high grades, and many justifiably considered him a top-15 choice. Thus far this season he's looked uninstinctive, and has not played to the level scouts expected.
43) C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama* -- Mosley is not as dominant or forceful compared to the recent linebackers offered by the Tide, but more versatile and complete. He's a three-down defender who consistently puts himself in a position to make plays on the ball.
44) Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee* -- Bray ranks near the top of the quarterback list in the area of physical skill, but his consistency and decision making need improvement, as does his off-field behavior. He possesses the necessary tools to lead a franchise at the next level.
45) Akeem Spence, DT, Illinois* -- Spence is an explosive interior lineman with the athleticism necessary to make plays in all areas of the field. He's disappointed scouts this season, as has the entire Illinois defense, but Spence offers the underlying ability to be a quality NFL player.
46) Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor -- Despite losing his Heisman-winning quarterback, Williams has watched his game take off this season. He's a consistent wideout who plays fast. Williams has the skills to develop into a second receiver at the next level.
47) E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State -- Manuel offers incredible natural skills, possessing the arm strength to make all the passes as well as the foot speed to pick up yardage with his legs when plays break down. He needs time to develop from college thrower to NFL passer, but the return on investment could be large if Manuel puts it together.
48) Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson -- Ellington has been a consistent force at Clemson and a ball carrier with a multi-dimensional game. Scouts bicker as to whether he's a feature runner for the next level, but all agree he offers the tools to play in the NFL.
49) Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State -- Brown could be the best linebacker no one talks about. He's a great combination of speed, explosion and instinct. He projects as a three-down defender at the next level in either a Ray Lewis role or on the outside of a 4-3 alignment.
50) Ryan Logan, CB, Rutgers* -- The Scarlet Knights offer one of the best defenses in the nation and Logan ranks as their top NFL prospect. He's a shutdown cornerback with the size and speed defensive coordinators covet. Logan offers the potential to develop into a No. 1 corner at the next level.
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