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LINEMEN

1 LEONARD WILLIAMS, DT

USC (6'5", 302 lbs.)

48 tackles / 7 sacks / 3 FF

PROS

Plays at an almost unfair speed given his size. If he gets his hands into a blocker early, it's all but over.

CONS

Suspect technique.

NFL COMP

Gerald McCoy

13 DANNY SHELTON, DT

Washington (6'2", 339 lbs.)

53 tackles / 9 sacks / 0 FF

PROS

Speed and agility in short spaces—he'll break off a block at line and tear after a RB, meet him at sideline.

CONS

Weight has been a point of concern.

NFL COMP

Vince Wilfork

18 SHANE RAY, DE

Missouri (6'3", 245 lbs.)

47 tackles / 14½ sacks / 3 FF

PROS

Freakish athlete. Moves pocket quickly with dynamic first step, excellent burst.

CONS

Gets too high in stance and loses leverage.

NFL COMP

Bruce Irvin

25 MALCOM BROWN, DT

Texas (6'2", 319 lbs.)

39 tackles / 6½ sacks / 2 FF

PROS

Shoots gaps well for player of his size. Good laterally; keeps feet moving.

CONS

Needs to work on Plans B and C in penetrating line.

NFL COMP

Terrance Knighton

31 MICHAEL BENNETT, DT

Ohio State (6'2", 293 lbs.)

24 tackles / 7 sacks / 3 FF

PROS

Explodes off line with energy to cause problems. Tracks ball, improvises well.

CONS

Undersized; unable to hold line if double-teamed.

NFL COMP

Henry Melton

32 ARIK ARMSTEAD, DE

Oregon (6'7", 292 lbs.)

25 tackles / 2½ sacks / 1 FF

PROS

Body type--athleticism combo has teams drooling. Upside is astronomical.

CONS

Raw traits? Yes. Instant impact? Maybe not.

NFL COMP

Calais Campbell

35 EDDIE GOLDMAN, DT

Florida State (6'4", 336 lbs.)

19 tackles / 4 sacks / 1 FF

PROS

Swim move could be devastating if developed. Bull rush is highly effective.

CONS

Tends to spar/wrestle, not move in/dominate.

NFL COMP

Shaun Rodgers

44 OWAMAGBE ODIGHIZUWA, DE

UCLA (6'3", 267 lbs.)

41 tackles / 6 sacks / 0 FF

PROS

Should help against run immediately. Built as if he's been in an NFL lifting program for years.

CONS

Injury woes will drop him.

NFL COMP

Everson Griffen

46 CARL DAVIS, DT

Iowa (6'5", 320 lbs.)

14 tackles / 2 sacks / 0 FF

PROS

Can be as disruptive as any DT. Extremely long arms (345/8), big hands (11").

CONS

Just 3½ career sacks. Why didn't he dominate?

NFL COMP

Linval Joseph

50 PRESTON SMITH, DE

Miss. State (6'5", 271 Lbs.)

22 tackles / 9 sacks / 2 FF

PROS

Excellent wrap-up tackler; experience rushing passer from both inside and outside.

CONS

Questionable first step.

NFL COMP

Antonio Smith

52 JORDAN PHILLIPS, DT

Oklahoma (6'5", 329 lbs.)

20 tackles / 2 sacks / 0 FF

PROS

Simply a large human being. Staggers interior OL when he drives forward.

CONS

Pass rush hasn't caught up to run-stuffing abilities.

NFL COMP

Haloti Ngata

56 NATE ORCHARD, DE

Utah (6'3", 250 lbs.)

54 tackles / 18½ sacks / 3 FF

PROS

Impressively quick off edge. Could be special if technique improves.

CONS

Tends to react instead of bowling through to pocket.

NFL COMP

Aaron Maybin

61 GRADY JARRETT, DT

Clemson (6'1", 304 lbs.)

26 tackles / 1½ sacks / 2 FF

PROS

Great first-step quickness; uncanny ability to time his burst to the snap.

CONS

Struggles to beat opponents with power.

NFL COMP

Kelly Gregg

63 HENRY ANDERSON, DE

Stanford (6'6", 294 lbs.)

40 tackles / 8½ sacks / 0 FF

PROS

Can line up all over. Good speed off snap; moves through traffic quickly.

CONS

Too much of a tweener: not great at any one thing.

NFL COMP

Tyson Jackson

68 DANIELLE HUNTER, DE

LSU (6'5", 252 lbs.)

30 tackles / 1½ sacks / 1 FF

PROS

Rare athleticism for his height; impressive speed in every direction.

CONS

Limited in his technique.

NFL COMP

Bruce Irvin

74 MARIO EDWARDS JR., DE

Florida State (6'3", 279 lbs.)

25 tackles / 3 sacks / 2 FF

PROS

Good feel for gaps; speed to run through openings and disrupt.

CONS

No explosion at the snap.

NFL COMP

Robert Ayers

78 MARKUS GOLDEN, DE

Missouri (6'2", 260 lbs.)

35 tackles / 10 sacks / 3 FF

PROS

One of draft's most consistent high-effort guys. Popular in locker room.

CONS

Size could be an issue.

NFL COMP

Jeremy Mincey

83 TREY FLOWERS, DE

Arkansas (6'2", 266 lbs.)

34 tackles / 6 sacks / 1 FF

PROS

Great field speed for his size. Moves into short/intermediate coverage well.

CONS

Reactive, not proactive.

NFL COMP

Björn Werner

84 XAVIER COOPER, DT

Wash. State (6'3", 293 lbs.)

17 tackles / 5 sacks / 0 FF

PROS

Wreaks havoc with his jump off the line. Uses quickness to find gaps.

CONS

Lacks great size.

NFL COMP

Antonio Smith

85 GABE WRIGHT, DT

Auburn (6'3", 300 lbs.)

10 tackles / 1 sack / 0 FF

PROS

Quick off the ball. Relentless effort as a pass rusher. Nice motor downfield.

CONS

Plays too high.

NFL COMP

Jordan Hill

96 TYELER DAVISON, DT

Fresno State (6'2", 316 lbs.)

35 tackles / 8½ sacks / 2 FF

PROS

Big boy chews up multiple blockers on run downs. Underrated set of moves.

CONS

Content holding the line.

NFL COMP

Johnathan Hankins

126 TRAVIS RACITI, DT

San Jose State (6'5", 285 lbs.)

39 tackles / 3 sacks / 1 FF

PROS

Employs great height to locate ball. Controls blockers with long arms.

CONS

Not a great first step.

NFL COMP

Beau Allen

130 MARCUS HARDISON, DT

Arizona State (6'3", 307 lbs.)

31 tackles / 10 sacks / 3 FF

PROS

One of quickest DTs in draft: 4.91 40 at his pro day. Knows how to get to QB.

CONS

Lower-body strength could be an issue in NFL.

NFL COMP

Earl Mitchell

137 CHRISTIAN COVINGTON, DT

Rice (6'2", 289 lbs.)

14 tackles / 2½ sacks / 0 FF

PROS

Jolts O-linemen off the snap and backs his initial surge with power.

CONS

May struggle to get any bigger than he is now.

NFL COMP

Earl Mitchell

148 ELLIS MCCARTHY, DT

UCLA (6'5", 338 lbs.)

12 tackles / 3 sacks / 1 FF

PROS

Lightning-quick ability to shoot gaps, wreck blocking schemes.

CONS

Prone to disappear.

NFL COMP

Grady Jackson

159 ZA'DARIUS SMITH, DE

KENTUCKY (6'4", 274 LBS.)

26 tackles / 4½ sacks / 0 FF

PROS

Powerful hands, arms enable him to shed blocks and get into the backfield. Never gives up pursuit.

CONS

Starts to play high as he gets tired; practically stands up late in games.

NFL COMP

Mike Montgomery

172 CEDRIC REED, DE

Texas (6'5", 269 lbs.)

40 tackles / 5½ sacks / 1 FF

PROS

Speed to pursue QB; good burst off snap; nose for the ball. Long frame.

CONS

Poor at shedding blocks.

NFL COMP

Tony Jerod-Eddie

173 LETERRIUS WALTON, DT

Central Michigan (6'5", 319 lbs.)

19 tackles / 2 sacks / 1 FF

PROS

Imposing, physical interior presence. Effective redirecting foes one-on-one.

CONS

Trouble disengaging.

NFL COMP

Red Bryant

184 COREY CRAWFORD, DE

Clemson (6'5", 283 lbs.)

18 tackles / 2 sacks / 0 FF

PROS

Has NFL size, length. Anticipates run well; good ability to change direction.

CONS

Questionable toughness.

NFL COMP

Bruce Gaston

188 DERRICK LOTT, DT

Chattanooga (6'4", 314 lbs.)

23 tackles / 6 sacks / 1 FF

PROS

Light on his feet for a 300-plus DT. Long arms; solid sense of his position.

CONS

Weak college schedule.

NFL COMP

Fletcher Cox

190 ANTHONY CHICKILLO, DE

Miami (6'3", 267 lbs.)

20 tackles / 3 sacks / 1 FF

PROS

Lined up all over Miami's front. Good leverage and can anchor despite his size.

CONS

Few hand-fighting moves.

NFL COMP

Kroy Biermann

202 LOUIS TRINCA-PASAT, DT

Iowa (6'1", 290 lbs.)

29 tackles / 6½ sacks / 0 FF

PROS

Tenacious, competitive. Not big, but makes up for it with hard work. Willing to let teammates stand out.

CONS

Short arms. Will struggle to get off blocks.

NFL COMP

Mike Daniels

219 JOEY MBU, DT

HOUSTON (6'3", 313 LBS)

17 tackles / 2½ sacks / 0 FF

PROS

Very good hands and awareness against the pass. Knows who he is (run stopper) and isn't (pass rusher).

CONS

Can be reckless getting upfield, leaving large holes for RBs.

NFL COMP

Lawrence Guy

221 KALEB EULLS, DT

Mississippi State (6'3", 305 lbs.)

10 tackles / 3 sacks / 0 FF

PROS

Good burst off snap. Chases hard down the line. Uses angles to get free.

CONS

Heavy-footed. Struggles to push pocket.

NFL COMP

Corey Peters

225 RAKEEM NUNEZ-ROCHES, DT

Southern Miss. (6'2", 307 lbs.)

32 tackles / 3 sacks / 0 FF

PROS

High-motor guy; plays through the whistle.

CONS

Suspect awareness. Struggles with double teams.

NFL COMP

Clinton McDonald

228 XAVIER WILLIAMS, DT

Northern Iowa (6'2", 325 lbs.)

38 tackles / 8 sacks / 0 FF

PROS

Flashes violent punch. Can push the pocket up the middle. Times the snap well.

CONS

Hands must improve. Struggled against elite teams.

NFL COMP

Colin Cole

232 SHAQUILLE RIDDICK, DE

West Virginia (6'6", 242 lbs.)

24 tackles / 7 sacks / 0 FF

PROS

Gets upfield quickly; shows consistent fight. Great pro-day numbers.

CONS

Tweener who doesn't fully fit DE or DT role.

NFL COMP

Manny Lawson

243 ZACK WAGENMANN, DE

Montana (6'3", 247 lbs.)

34 tackles / 17½ sacks / 6 FF

PROS

Gets in backfield relatively consistently. Excellent backside pursuit.

CONS

Strength is a concern.

NFL COMP

Kroy Biermann

267 FRANK CLARK, DE

Michigan (6'3", 271 lbs.)

29 tackles / 4½ sacks / 0 FF

PROS

Explosive rusher—especially with bull rush.

CONS

Needs more moves.

NFL COMP

Derek Wolfe

280 J.T. SURRATT, DT

South Carolina (6'1", 304 lbs.)

20 tackles / 1 sack / 0 FF

PROS

NFL size will help him anchor against the run.

CONS

Doesn't offer much as a pass-rusher.

NFL COMP

Dwan Edwards

284 BOBBY RICHARDSON, DT

Indiana (6'3", 283 lbs.)

24 tackles / 5½ sacks / 0 FF

PROS

Quick feet. Inside pass-rush move slays slow foes.

CONS

If initial move fails, he's easily taken out of the play.

NFL COMP

Kendall Reyes

287 MARTIN IFEDI, DE

Memphis (6'3", 275 lbs.)

26 tackles / 2½ sacks / 0 FF

PROS

Has size to be a 4--3 DE, length to make it as a 3--4 DE.

CONS

Needs more burst to be an effective NFL edge rusher.

NFL COMP

Jarius Wynn

LINEBACKERS

3 RANDY GREGORY, DE/OLB

Nebraska (6'5", 235 lbs.)

23 tackles / 7 sacks / 1 FF

PROS

Athletic freak with 34" reach, 4.64 40 time. Flies after the football.

CONS

Tested positive for marijuana at combine.

NFL COMP

Clay Matthews Jr.

5 DANTE FOWLER JR., DE/OLB

Florida (6'3", 261 lbs.)

29 tackles / 8½ sacks / 2 FF

PROS

Plays low to the ground; makes life hard for taller OTs. Wears down his foes.

CONS

Relies on speed, motor.

NFL COMP

Justin Houston

10 VIC BEASLEY, OLB

Clemson (6'3", 246 lbs.)

28 tackles / 12 sacks / 2 FF

PROS

Appears as if he knows QB's count. Shoots out of a cannon at the snap.

CONS

Not reliable against run. Lacks bag of tricks.

NFL COMP

Von Miller

14 SHAQ THOMPSON, OLB

Washington (6'0", 228 lbs.)

52 tackles / 1 sack / 3 FF

PROS

Dual RB/OLB at UW has natural elusiveness to get around protection.

CONS

Not big enough to deal with second-level blockers.

NFL COMP

DeAndre Levy

28 BENARDRICK MCKINNEY, ILB

Mississippi State (6'4", 246 lbs.)

35 tackles / 3 sacks / 1 FF

PROS

Imposing; tough to deal with coming downhill. Throws power into collisions.

CONS

So-so footwork.

NFL COMP

Brandon Spikes

29 ERIC KENDRICKS, ILB

UCLA (6'0", 232 lbs.)

101 tackles / 4 sacks / 1 FF

PROS

Phenomenal instincts, especially against run. Rarely caught out of position.

CONS

Arguably plays too fast.

NFL COMP

Sean Lee

34 DENZEL PERRYMAN, ILB

Miami (5'11", 236 lbs.)

79 tackles / 2 sacks / 3 FF

PROS

Highlight-reel tackler. Stays square; storms downhill with intensity.

CONS

Will play a two-down role on most NFL teams.

NFL COMP

Brandon Spikes

36 BUD DUPREE, DE/OLB

Kentucky (6'4", 269 lbs.)

45 tackles / 7½ sacks / 2 FF

PROS

Can mirror TEs and slot men; could be used very creatively.

CONS

Lacks raw strength.

NFL COMP

Akeem Ayers

39 PAUL DAWSON, ILB

TCU (6'0", 235 lbs.)

81 tackles / 6 sacks / 2 FF

PROS

Tracks ball adeptly from sideline to sideline; lateral speed to close on WRs.

CONS

Not equipped to deal with large, powerful blockers.

NFL COMP

Pat Angerer

58 ELI HAROLD, DE/OLB

Virginia (6'3", 247 lbs.)

29 tackles / 7 sacks / 1 FF

PROS

Gets off snap, into OL's body in a hurry. Bull rush moves men 50 lbs. heavier.

CONS

Few hand moves to speak of—no rip or swim.

NFL COMP

Chad Greenway

82 STEPHONE ANTHONY, ILB

Clemson (6'3", 243 lbs.)

45 tackles / 2½ sacks / 2 FF

PROS

Quick to diagnose runs between tackles. Explodes into gaps but stays in control.

CONS

Loses the leverage game far too often.

NFL COMP

Rolando McClain

86 HAU'OLI KIKAHA, OLB

Washington (6'2", 253 lbs.)

53 tackles / 19 sacks / 3 FF

PROS

Jaw-dropping production past two years: at least one sack in each of UW's 14 games in '14.

CONS

Tackling and run stopping are lacking.

NFL COMP

Damontre Moore

98 LORENZO MAULDIN, OLB

Louisville (6'4", 259 lbs.)

36 tackles / 6½ sacks / 1 FF

PROS

Nice speed-strength combo; comes off snap quickly. Patient tackler.

CONS

Gets washed out by blockers too often.

NFL COMP

Jackson Jeffcoat

100 ZACK HODGES, OLB

Harvard (6'2", 250 lbs.)

12 tackles / 8½ sacks / 1 FF

PROS

Comes off ball low, quickly. Uses hands well.

CONS

Limited array of pass-rushing techniques.

NFL COMP

Scott Crichton

111 RAMIK WILSON, ILB

Georgia (6'2", 237 lbs.)

56 tackles / 2 sacks / 1 FF

PROS

Quick to the ball on runs. Explodes through RBs.

CONS

Takes too many false steps. Fooled by misdirection.

NFL COMP

Justin Durant

116 KWON ALEXANDER, OLB

LSU (6'1", 227 lbs.)

40 tackles / 1½ sacks / 2 FF

PROS

Has range, athleticism to pursue ballcarriers sideline to sideline.

CONS

Field awareness is low.

NFL COMP

Mike Peterson

117 GENEO GRISSOM, DE/OLB

Oklahoma (6'3", 262 lbs.)

27 tackles / 3½ sacks / 2 FF

PROS

Raw, versatile athlete. (Took TE snaps at pro day.)Willing to chase down RBs.

CONS

Pass-rush moves lack creativity.

NFL COMP

Shea McClellin

124 JORDAN HICKS, OLB

Texas (6'1", 236 lbs.)

75 tackles / 3½ sacks / 0 FF

PROS

Impressive physique. Effective open-field tackler.

CONS

Not enough explosive plays. Questionable durability.

NFL COMP

Vontaze Burfict

135 LYNDEN TRAIL, DE/OLB

Norfolk State (6'6", 260 lbs.)

32 tackles / 5 sacks / 2 FF

PROS

Rare versatility for size. Advanced hand technique.

CONS

Lacks high-level NCAA reps at any one position.

NFL COMP

Carlos Dunlap

138 BEN HEENEY, ILB

Kansas (6'0", 231 lbs.)

88 tackles / 1½ sacks / 2 FF

PROS

Relentless; good lateral quickness. Athleticism to cover RBs in pass game.

CONS

Lacks ideal size.

NFL COMP

Jerrell Freeman

151 TAIWAN JONES, ILB

Michigan State (6'3", 245 lbs.)

31 tackles / 4 sacks / 0 FF

PROS

Comes downhill with ferocity. Good instincts.

CONS

Slow to drop in coverage. Stiff in his hips.

NFL COMP

Christian Jones

155 JAKE RYAN, OLB

Michigan (6'2", 240 lbs.)

67 tackles / 2 sacks / 2 FF

PROS

Has size, length to take on blockers at line; speed to make tackles in space.

CONS

Overwhelmed at times after moving to ILB in '14.

NFL COMP

Sean Weatherspoon

160 KYLE EMANUEL, DE/OLB

N. Dakota State (6'3", 255 lbs.)

50 tackles / 19½ sacks / 3 FF

PROS

Good leverage; rushes with low center of gravity.

CONS

Average burst; 31" arms may be an issue against long NFL blockers.

NFL COMP

Shea McClellin

163 MIKE HULL, ILB

Penn State (6'0", 237 lbs.)

75 tackles / 2 sacks / 1 FF

PROS

Sure tackler. Sees the gaps and will fill hard.

CONS

Struggles to sift through traffic inside.

NFL COMP

Spencer Paysinger

182 DAVIS TULL, OLB

CHATTANOOGA (6'2", 246 LBS.)

37 tackles / 10½ sacks / 2 FF

PROS

Killed it at combine: best front-seven vertical, No. 2 broad jump, No. 8 bench press. In-game, he's unrelenting.

CONS

A bit of a project at LB. Recently underwent labrum surgery.

NFL COMP

Robert Mathis

185 HAYES PULLARD, ILB

USC (6'0", 240 lbs.)

53 tackles / 0 sacks / 0 FF

PROS

Changes direction well. Closes with burst. Quick in short spaces. Great tackler.

CONS

Lowers head to make tackles, causing him to whiff.

NFL COMP

Andra Davis

191 MARTRELL SPAIGHT, OLB

Arkansas (6'0", 236 lbs.)

63 tackles / 1 sack / 2 FF

PROS

Good timing on interior blitzes. Closes with burst to RBs. Willing to take on FBs.

CONS

Doesn't have elite top-end speed (4.88 40).

NFL COMP

Omar Gaither

199 MAX VALLES, OLB

Virginia (6'5", 251 lbs.)

24 tackles / 9 sacks / 3 FF

PROS

Can play with hand down or as stand-up LB. Wins battles with strength and speed.

CONS

Relies on athleticism.

NFL COMP

Connor Barwin

206 BRYCE HAGER, ILB

Baylor (6'1", 234 lbs.)

76 tackles / 2 sacks / 2 FF

PROS

Productive tackler; gets after the ball. Has speed and athleticism to cover.

CONS

Undersized; got held up by bigger defenders.

NFL COMP

Barrett Ruud

212 TREY DEPRIEST, ILB

Alabama (6'0", 254 lbs.)

41 tackles / 0 sacks / 1 FF

PROS

Scrapes through traffic against the run. Has played in a ton of big games, had impactful moments.

CONS

A reach tackler who labors in space.

NFL COMP

Perry Riley

213 DEION BARNES, DE/OLB

Penn State (6'4", 260 lbs.)

20 tackles / 6 sacks / 1 FF

PROS

Able to play as a standing rusher or with hand on the ground. Stood out against Big Ten foes.

CONS

Struggled in '13 when he became a focal point of opposing attacks.

NFL COMP

Tourek Williams

222 ALANI FUA, OLB

BYU (6'5", 238 lbs.)

29 tackles / 4 sacks / 1 FF

PROS

Lined up all over in college. Could add weight/strength to his tall frame.

CONS

Where is his best fit?

NFL COMP

Manny Lawson

229 XZAVIER DICKSON, OLB

Alabama (6'3", 260 lbs.)

32 tackles / 9 sacks / 0 FF

PROS

Takes good angles; has enough speed to track down plays on backside.

CONS

Lacks strength.

NFL COMP

Sam Acho

241 J.R. TAVAI, OLB

USC (6'2", 249 lbs.)

33 tackles / 7 sacks / 3 FF

PROS

Uncanny knack for being involved in plays that swing games. Rarely wastes steps rushing QB.

CONS

Doesn't have great speed in pursuit.

NFL COMP

Carl Bradford

242 EDMOND ROBINSON, OLB

Newberry (6'3", 245 lbs.)

42 tackles / 2½ sacks / 1 FF

PROS

Length is a big part of intrigue; uses long arms effectively to wrap up RBs. Plenty of room to add muscle.

CONS

... Until then, doesn't have NFL strength.

NFL COMP

Spencer Paysinger

249 AMARLO HERRERA, ILB

Georgia (6'1", 244 lbs.)

44 tackles / 3 sacks / 1 FF

PROS

Has juice as an interior pass rusher; never stops chasing plays, despite lacking ideal top-end speed.

CONS

Short with short arms. Not an imposing tackler.

NFL COMP

T.J. Slaughter

257 A.J. TARPLEY, ILB

Stanford (6'2", 241 lbs.)

41 tackles / 2 sacks / 0 FF

PROS

Excels because of intellect, technique. Form tackler knows how to move between gaps to follow play.

CONS

Athleticism is average. Not aggressive to the ball.

NFL COMP

Paul Posluszny

258 AARON DAVIS, OLB

Colorado State (6'0", 225 lbs.)

60 tackles / 0 sacks / 1 FF

PROS

Presnap reads and tremendous instincts allow him to fly to the ball. Keen understanding of the game.

CONS

Instincts mask physical flaws: well under ideal size and speed to play LB.

NFL COMP

Ja'Gared Davis

261 JERMAURIA RASCO, DE/OLB LSU (6'3", 247 LBS.)

24 tackles / 4 sacks / 1 FF

PROS

Benefited greatly from playing under DC John Chavis at LSU. Smart player; doesn't get easily fooled. Finds the ball well.

CONS

Short arms could be a liability at DE. Lacks explosiveness to shoot by blockers.

NFL COMP

Connor Barwin

274 JAMES VAUGHTERS, OLB

Stanford (6'2", 258 lbs.)

31 tackles / 6½ sacks / 2 FF

PROS

Delivers powerful, massive hits. Known as a very coachable player with a great attitude.

CONS

Has a tendency to trip up and lose sight of a play.

NFL COMP

Adrian Hubbard

288 DAMIEN WILSON, ILB

Minnesota (6'0", 245 lbs.)

63 tackles / 4 sacks / 1 FF

PROS

Takes good angles in pursuit; doesn't give up on plays run away from him. Shoots gaps well on blitzes.

CONS

Gets pushed around as an edge rusher.

NFL COMP

Danny Trevathan

294 TONY WASHINGTON, OLB

Oregon (6'4", 247 lbs.)

37 tackles / 6 sacks / 3 FF

PROS

Knows how to finish tackles, force turnovers.

CONS

Needs to improve his play speed and strength.

NFL COMP

Jordan Zumwalt

SECONDARY

11 TRAE WAYNES, CB

Michigan State (6'0", 186 lbs.)

34 tackles / 3 INTs / 8 PD

PROS

Thrived in MSU scheme that placed him on an island.

CONS

Pushes legal limit with his hand usage in coverage.

NFL COMP

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

15 LANDON COLLINS, SS

Alabama (6'0", 228 lbs.)

60 tackles / 3 INTs / 7 PD

PROS

Has the mentality of a 220-pound linebacker.

CONS

Eager to get downhill, exposing him in play-action.

NFL COMP

Donte Whitner

17 MARCUS PETERS, CB

Washington (6'0", 197 lbs.)

25 tackles / 3 INTs / 7 PD

PROS

Not hesitant to use his size in physical coverage.

CONS

Character concerns.

NFL COMP

Joe Haden

20 P.J. WILLIAMS, CB

Florida State (6'0", 194 lbs.)

52 tackles / 1 INT / 10 PD

PROS

Uses size to make himself an obstacle at line.

CONS

Jumps routes, vanishes in coverage on occasion.

NFL COMP

Xavier Rhodes

21 KEVIN JOHNSON, CB

Wake Forest (6'0", 188 lbs.)

32 tackles / 1 INT / 6 PD

PROS

Stood out on a dismal team. Smooth backpedaler.

CONS

Size leaves something to be desired; not enough bulk.

NFL COMP

Brent Grimes

40 JALEN COLLINS, CB

LSU (6'1", 203 lbs.)

28 tackles / 1 INT / 9 PD

PROS

Ideal frame and aggressiveness for NFL.

CONS

Can get lost when he backpedals to rhythm of play.

NFL COMP

Prince Amukamara

64 RONALD DARBY, CB

FLORIDA STATE (5'11", 195 LBS.)

28 tackles / 0 INTs / 4 PD

PROS

Has the game of a legit lockdown CB. College QBs stayed outside of Darby's area.

CONS

Has active hands but does not catch well. Physical NFL receivers could overwhelm him.

NFL COMP

Desmond Trufant

65 GEROD HOLLIMAN, FS

Louisville (6'0", 218 lbs.)

34 tackles / 14 INTs / 3 PD

PROS

Full-field speed; can transition in a flash from the deep third to the box.

CONS

Doesn't tackle often—or do it very well.

NFL COMP

Rahim Moore

69 ERIC ROWE, CB

Utah (6'1", 205 lbs.)

42 tackles / 1 INT / 13 PD

PROS

Employs long arms well to disrupt WRs off the line.

CONS

Needs to learn to use the sideline to help him defend.

NFL COMP

Byron Maxwell

70 DERRON SMITH, FS

Fresno State (5'10", 200 lbs.)

66 tackles / 1 INT / 7 PD

PROS

Looks like a WR tracking, making move on ball.

CONS

Takes himself out of position eyeing big plays.

NFL COMP

Louis Delmas

72 D'JOUN SMITH, CB

Florida Atlantic (5'10", 187 lbs.)

32 tackles / 1 INT / 8 PD

PROS

Keeps game in front of him. High-points ball well.

CONS

Gets stiff and abrupt in his backpedal at times.

NFL COMP

Josh Wilson

73 ALEX CARTER, CB

Stanford (6'0", 196 lbs.)

33 tackles / 1 INT / 9 PD

PROS

Nice combo of patient feet and quick hip turn.

CONS

No top gear to deal with speed WRs on deep routes.

NFL COMP

Byron Maxwell

75 QUINTEN ROLLINS, CB

Miami, Ohio (5'11", 195 lbs.)

53 tackles / 7 INTs / 9 PD

PROS

Thrives on footwork, rotating to track WRs.

CONS

More long-term project than instant-impact pick.

NFL COMP

Jeremy Lane

81 BYRON JONES, CB

UConn (6'1", 199 lbs.)

16 tackles / 2 INTs / 4 PD

PROS

One of the most athletic players in the draft.

CONS

Coming off late-season shoulder injury.

NFL COMP

Justin King

87 DAMARIOUS RANDALL, FS

Arizona State (5'11", 196 lbs.)

85 tackles / 3 INTs / 9 PD

PROS

Explosive tackler; good speed. Covers ground quickly.

CONS

Can be caught taking the bait on play-action.

NFL COMP

C.J. Spillman

88 JACOBY GLENN, CB

Central Florida (6'0", 179 lbs.)

34 tackles / 7 INTs / 11 PD

PROS

Aggressive tackler who plays bigger than his size.

CONS

Not a burner downfield.

NFL COMP

Logan Ryan

90 CODY PREWITT, FS

Ole Miss (6'2", 208 lbs.)

44 tackles / 3 INTs / 2 PD

PROS

Deciphers where a RB is headed, closes in a hurry.

CONS

Man-to-man, footwork can be exploited by fast WRs.

NFL COMP

Major Wright

91 SENQUEZ GOLSON, CB

Ole Miss (5'9", 176 lbs.)

33 tackles / 10 INTs / 8 PD

PROS

Good in run support; plays off-coverage very well.

CONS

You don't see a lot of 5'9" outside NFL corners.

NFL COMP

Brent Grimes

93 LORENZO DOSS, CB

Tulane (5'10", 182 lbs.)

36 tackles / 3 INTs / 9 PD

PROS

Played WR as high schooler; tracks ball like one.

CONS

Tends to lock on a man; suspect to RB misdirection.

NFL COMP

Josh Robinson

95 JAQUISKI TARTT, SS

Samford (6'1", 221 lbs.)

53 tackles / 1 INT / 1 PD

PROS

Big, tough specimen; plays up to his physique.

CONS

Not as fast as you'd like. Strictly a strong safety.

NFL COMP

Mark Barron

97 ANTHONY HARRIS, SS

Virginia (6'1", 183 lbs.)

49 tackles / 2 INTs / 10 PD

PROS

Outstanding read, recognition skills. Patient moving through blocks at line.

CONS

More of a tackle collaborator than instigator.

NFL COMP

Brock Vereen

102 IFO EXPRE-OLOMU, CB

Oregon (5'9", 195 lbs.)

43 tackles / 2 INTs / 9 PD

PROS

Arguably the top CB in this draft class before a December ACL tear.

CONS

Lacks size; speed is good, not great.

NFL COMP

Chris Harris

104 CHRIS HACKETT, FS

TCU (6'0", 195 lbs.)

51 tackles / 7 INTs / 6 PD

PROS

Lives on his instincts, with his outstanding forced-turnover numbers as proof.

CONS

Gambles without having recovery speed.

NFL COMP

James Ihedigbo

109 STEVEN NELSON, CB

Oregon State (5'10", 197 lbs.)

37 tackles / 2 INTs / 8 PD

PROS

Closes ground in a flash. Anticipates routes well.

CONS

Too many penalties.

NFL COMP

Alterraun Verner

118 CHARLES GAINES, CB

Louisville (5'10", 180 lbs.)

31 tackles / 2 INTs / 10 PD

PROS

Experience as WR shows in pattern recognition; adept at adjusting to routes.

CONS

Thin-limbed; struggles at times with tackling.

NFL COMP

Robert Alford

120 JOSH SHAW, CB

USC (6'0", 201 lbs.)

9 tackles / 0 INTs / 0 PD

PROS

Great size for an NFL DB; physical with receivers.

CONS

Red flag: suspended after fabricating a wild story.

NFL COMP

Antoine Cason

121 QUANDRE DIGGS, CB

Oregon (5'9", 196 lbs.)

52 tackles / 3 INTs / 5 PD

PROS

Tough and competitive; battles on every play.

CONS

Considered too slow for a player his size.

NFL COMP

Alfonzo Dennard

128 DURELL ESKRIDGE, FS

Syracuse (6'3", 208 lbs.)

47 tackles / 1 INT / 3 PD

PROS

Coveted frame for a DB. Changes directions fluidly; accelerates in a hurry.

CONS

Instincts: not NFL-caliber.

NFL COMP

Kam Chancellor

136 DORAN GRANT, CB

Ohio State (5'10", 200 lbs.)

49 tackles / 5 INTs / 9 PD

PROS

Physical, willing tackler. Good ball skills. Team leader.

CONS

Movement isn't especially natural.

NFL COMP

Chimdi Chekwa

141 JAMES SAMPLE, SS

Louisville (6'2", 209 lbs.)

74 tackles / 4 INTs / 8 PD

PROS

Good at reacting to plays, getting involved. Great range moving across field.

CONS

Lack of experience: one season as a starter.

NFL COMP

Bernard Pollard

142 KURTIS DRUMMOND, FS

MICH. STATE (6'1", 208 LBS.)

54 tackles / 4 INTs / 11 PD

PROS

Smart and instinctive. Good strength, athleticism, range. Could help teams that use split safeties.

CONS

Pressed too much last year, got burned.

NFL COMP

Louis Delmas

146 KEVIN WHITE, CB

TCU (5'9", 183 lbs.)

44 tackles / 2 INTs / 11 PD

PROS

Instinctive cover CB can blanket WRs with size. (Did so to other Kevin White in Nov.)

CONS

Issues keeping pace with quick, elusive WRs.

NFL COMP

Jason Verrett

150 ADRIAN AMOS, FS

Penn State (6'0", 218 lbs.)

30 tackles / 3 INTs / 7 PD

PROS

Versatile: Played CB and safety. Physical; not afraid to challenge WRs in close space.

CONS

The more you ask of him, the more likely he'll freeze up.

NFL COMP

Devin McCourty

156 JACOREY SHEPHERD, CB

Kansas (5'11", 199 lbs.)

23 tackles / 3 INTs / 16 PD

PROS

Outstanding ball skills. Anticipates routes, breaks toward the ball quickly.

CONS

Footwork needs honing.

NFL COMP

Carlos Rogers

161 IBRAHEIM CAMPBELL, SS

Northwestern (5'11", 208 lbs.)

39 tackles / 3 INTs / 3 PD

PROS

Very good instincts near the line and in centerfield. Explodes through runners.

CONS

Can be a bit stiff in coverage. Overfocuses on QB.

NFL COMP

Danieal Manning

162 LADARIUS GUNTER, CB

Miami (6'1", 202 Lbs.)

21 tackles / 2 INTs / 6 PD

PROS

Takes calculated risks, breaking on balls before they're thrown.

CONS

His 4.69 40 time shows.

NFL COMP

Tharold Simon

168 JORDAN RICHARDS, SS

Stanford (5'11", 211 lbs.)

53 tackles / 3 INTs / 5 PD

PROS

Extremely tough; seems to relish contact.

CONS

Subpar speed and size.

NFL COMP

Kurt Coleman

176 DONALD CELISCAR, CB

Western Mich. (5'11", 194 lbs.)

52 tackles / 4 INTs / 17 PD

PROS

Active hands. Sheds blockers well. Quick instincts.

CONS

Goes low on his tackles too often; leads with his head.

NFL COMP

Bené Benwikere

178 CLAYTON GEATHERS, SS

Central Florida (6'2", 218 lbs.)

58 tackles / 1 INT / 9 PD

PROS

NFL pedigree: Uncles Robert and Jumpy Geathers both played in the league.

CONS

Prone to make mistakes.

NFL COMP

Matt Elam

181 NICK MARSHALL, CB

Auburn (6'1", 207 lbs.)

0 tackles / 0 INTs / 0 PD

PROS

Converted QB unafraid to try anything asked of him.

CONS

Little experience getting hands on WRs at line.

NFL COMP

E.J. Biggers

186 ANTHONY JEFFERSON, CB

UCLA (6'1", 198 lbs.)

50 tackles / 1 INT / 8 PD

PROS

Good size for a DB; follows through on tackles.

CONS

His 4.72 combine 40 was very slow for a D-back.

NFL COMP

Jamarca Sanford

195 CRAIG MAGER, CB

Texas State (5'11", 201 lbs.)

46 tackles / 3 INTs / 10 PD

PROS

One of draft's most tested players: 48 games.

CONS

Dubious size, speed.

NFL COMP

Dwayne Gratz

201 IMOAN CLAIBORNE, CB

Northwestern State (5'11", 187 lbs.)

35 tackles / 4 INTs / 7 PD

PROS

Talented at disrupting routes, locating ball.

CONS

Not tested often in '14.

NFL COMP

Brent Grimes

205 KYSHOEN JARRETT, SS

Virginia Tech (5'10", 200 lbs.)

52 tackles / 3 INTs / 5 PD

PROS

Physical; hard hitter. Quick, good foot movement.

CONS

Ho-hum in man coverage.

NFL COMP

Devin McCourty

214 JERMAINE WHITEHEAD, FS

Auburn (5'11", 197 lbs.)

27 tackles / 6 INTs / 1 PD

PROS

Playmaking coverage safety with a knack for finding the ball in the air.

CONS

Attitude, coachability, size, physicality are concerns.

NFL COMP

Ron Parker

215 ERICK DARGAN, SS

Oregon (5'11", 210 lbs.)

61 tackles / 7 INTs / 6 PD

PROS

Expertly diagnoses and blows up misdirections.

CONS

Speed doesn't match mental aspects of his game.

NFL COMP

Patrick Chung

223 DAMIAN SWANN, CB

Georgia (6'0", 189 lbs.)

35 tackles / 4 INTs / 8 PD

PROS

Long and lanky. Plays high. Reads QB well in zone.

CONS

Flies around—not always in a way that makes sense.

NFL COMP

Aaron Ross

224 JUSTIN COX, FS

Miss. State (6'2", 180 lbs.)

15 tackles / 1 INT / 4 PD

PROS

Elite combine scores in the 40, vert and broad jumps.

CONS

Arrested in fall; pleaded down to trespassing.

NFL COMP

Reggie Nelson

233 DESHAZOR EVERETT, CB

Texas A&M (6'0", 193 lbs.)

51 tackles / 1 INT / 7 PD

PROS

Aggressive, physical; played with injuries at A&M.

CONS

Aggression far too often makes him a vulnerability.

NFL COMP

Buster Skrine

234 BRYCE CALLAHAN, CB

Rice (5'10", 185 lbs.)

39 tackles / 2 INTs / 7 PD

PROS

Transitions out of press coverage smoothly.

CONS

Taller WRs outjump him; physical WRs outfight him.

NFL COMP

Jerraud Powers

238 TEVIN MCDONALD, FS

EASTERN WASH. (5'11", 195 LBS.)

53 tackles / 3 INTs / 7 PD

PROS

Plays with instincts; quick to read and react. Solid speed that allows him to cover plenty of territory.

CONS

Size makes him a liability, especially near the line.

NFL COMP

Louis Delmas

248 BOBBY MCCAIN, CB

Memphis (5'9", 195 lbs.)

38 tackles / 5 INTs / 4 PD

PROS

Reads QB's eyes and breaks on ball well. Comes up in run support.

CONS

Size is costly, especially on the outside in red zone.

NFL COMP

Tramaine Brock

250 CAM THOMAS, CB

Western Ky. (6'1", 190 lbs.)

37 tackles / 2 INTs / 5 PD

PROS

Press man corner with NFL size. Fights to keep WRs from crossing his face.

CONS

Stiff hips; balance issues.

NFL COMP

David Amerson

252 JUSTIN COLEMAN, CB

Tennessee (5'11", 185 lbs.)

31 tackles / 4 INTs / 5 PD

PROS

One of the best all-around performances by any player at the combine.

CONS

Dives too often tackling.

NFL COMP

Jaylen Watkins

259 JULIAN WILSON, CB

Oklahoma (6'2", 205 lbs.)

32 tackles / 1 INT / 7 PD

PROS

Perfectly fits NFL trend of big, fast corners.

CONS

Struggled to stay with his man in pass coverage.

NFL COMP

Marcus Cooper

265 CODY RIGGS, CB

Notre Dame (5'9", 185 lbs.)

25 tackles / 1 INT / 3 PD

PROS

Smart; great technique. Recognizes routes well.

CONS

Vulnerable to jump balls.

NFL COMP

Darius Butler

270 BERNARD BLAKE, CB

Colorado State (6'0", 185 lbs.)

26 tackles / 1 INT / 11 PD

PROS

Skilled in man and zone coverage. Reads plays quickly and has good timing.

CONS

On the lighter end of this draft's CB class.

NFL COMP

Buster Skrine

275 GARRY PETERS, CB

Clemson (6'0", 191 lbs.)

35 tackles / 1 INT / 12 PD

PROS

Physical bump-and-run guy. Good eye in zone looks.

CONS

Lacks top-end speed.

NFL COMP

Cornelius Brown

289 RONALD MARTIN, SS

LSU (6'2", 220 lbs.)

25 tackles / 2 INTs / 9 PD

PROS

Stout stand-up tackler. Comfortable as deep rover.

CONS

Not physical in the box.

NFL COMP

Duron Harmon

292 TYE SMITH, CB

Towson (6'0", 195 lbs.)

57 tackles / 1 INT / 8 PD

PROS

Quick to recover, close down gaps on short and intermediate routes.

CONS

Mediocre tackler in run D.

NFL COMP

Jerraud Powers

295 DEAN MARLOWE, FS

James Madison (6'1", 203 lbs.)

59 tackles / 4 INTs / 5 PD

PROS

Eye for the big hit. Capable one-on-one in slot.

CONS

Ejected thrice for targeting in '14.

NFL COMP

Mike Mitchell

296 CURTIS RILEY, CB

Fresno State (6'0", 190 lbs.)

42 tackles / 0 INTs / 8 PD

PROS

Lays out for tackles without hesitation.

CONS

Doesn't always wrap well.

NFL COMP

Blidi Wreh-Wilson

299 DETRICK BONNER, FS

Virginia Tech (6'0", 207 lbs.)

41 tackles / 1 INT / 4 PD

PROS

Lauded by coaches as on-field communicator.

CONS

Reads QB's eyes poorly.

NFL COMP

Glover Quin

2014 FBS interceptions leader

GEROD HOLLIMAN 14

Top bench-press reps at combine

VIC BEASLEY & DEON SIMON 35

Top 40 time at combine

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