A reported diluted sample at the NFL Combine certainly didn’t help Jernigan’s draft stock. While the 6-foot-2, 299-pounder was a disruptive force during his three-year career in Tallahassee, he doesn’t display great length and is modestly built.
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Fresno State QB Derek Carr
Carr’s production at Fresno State is unrivaled in this year’s draft class. Despite playing against Mountain West competition, Carr appears to have the pocket presence and accuracy to be a franchise quarterback.
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Minnesota DT Ra’Shede Hageman
Hageman might be a converted tight end with a basketball background, but he still has a lot of room to develop on the gridiron. He has the frame of a Pro Bowl defensive tackle and can take over a game, but an inconsistent motor has draft evaluators wondering about Hageman’s coachability.
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Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio
A report of an arthritic knee may have caused Kouandjio to slide down the draft boards. While the 6-foot-7, 322-pound offensive tackle was named a first-team All-American and was a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy, concerns have grown about his foot quickness and blind-side protection.
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Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde
For the second straight year, no running back was selected in the first round. While the position continues to be devalued, Hyde is a special talent who can move the chains and get yards between the tackles. With some RB-needy teams including the Browns, Falcons and Jags at the top of the second round, don’t expect Hyde to be available for long.
Missouri DE Kony Ealy
Ealy is somewhat of a shock that he wasn’t selected in the first round. After a very productive career at Missouri, Ealy was one of the most dangerous edge rushers in this year’s draft. He should hear his name called early on Friday.
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Notre Dame DT Louis Nix
Nix might be the most pro-ready player of the bunch and has the size to play the zero-tech on the defensive line. A torn meniscus sidelined him for some time during his final season in South Bend, but his size can’t be argued. He’s 6-foot-2 and weight 331 pounds.
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Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro
Amaro’s numbers during his junior season in Lubbock are something to write home about. He looks the part at 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds and even ran a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash. Teams didn’t necessarily value his athleticism as he’ll be available on Day 2.
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USC WR Marqise Lee
A slower-than-expected time in the 40-yard dash, coupled with a lot of drops on tape may be the reason why Lee is on the outside looking in for Day 1. While the former Biletnikoff Award winner has game-changing ability, five other receivers were selected on Thursday night instead of Lee.