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2015 Draft Spotlight: Defense (Part 2 of 2)
By Anthony Fernandez
Special to gzl-football.com

The Defensive Edition (Part 2 of 2)
AF, GreenZone Media Committee
Friday, May 3rd, 2013

CB Jamar Taylor | Boise State | 5’11” 192lbs
Breakdown: 94SPD, 93AGI, 95ACC, 62CTH, 67STR, 74TAK
Jamar’s only question mark is his size – but 5’11” is probably the average size at the position. Unfortunately for him, the WRs are getting bigger and bigger, so there are some question marks about if you want to invest a Top 10 pick on a player that you will almost assuredly have to move off of #1 WRs over 6’3”. Even still, his speed, strength, catch and tackle are all off the charts, and he will be a Top 10 pick. He will probably be the #1 rated CB on a few draft boards.
Comparison: Morris Claiborne, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Initial Grade: Top 10 Pick.

FS Kyle Nelson | California | 6’3” 200lbs
Breakdown: 92SPD, 92AGI, 93ACC, 68CTH, 64STR, 70TAK
Kyle Nelson has immense size for the position, yet still has the quickness of a corner. There are a ton of good safeties in this class, but very few on Nelson’s level. Safety is not a premium position to most GMs, which will likely keep him out of the Top 10, but the trade value of some similar S’s got this year proves that he’ll be gone somewhere in the Top 20 picks.
Comparison: LaRon Landry, Washington Redskins
Initial Grade: 1st Round Pick.

MLB Hugh Harmon | Missouri | 6’2” 250lbs
Breakdown: 84SPD, 85AGI, 86ACC, 51CTH, 75STR, 85TAK
Harmon is the “other” MLB in this class, but he’s rated #1 on my board. He’s got a little more size, and every other category is great. He’s also got more awareness than Nielsen, so he is very much a plug-and-play option the same way previous top MLB prospects like Te’o were. He’s a guy that will come in and QB your defense and make you better from day one.
Comparison: Jerod Mayo, New England Patriots
Initial Grade: 1st Round Pick

OLB Alec Ogletree | Georgia | 6’3” 242lbs
Breakdown: 80SPD, 80AGI, 85ACC, 76STR, 67CTH, 81TAK
Ogletree is another player that was very highly regarded entering this college season, but poor testing at the combine and a bevy of off-the-field issues have his stock dropping. Ogletree has the tools to play inside or outside, but his lack of speed will probably push him to the strongside. He has enough strength to man the middle, and considering he’s taller than almost all of the middle linebackers in the draft, maybe teams will view him that way. He may fall close to the 2nd, but it’s unlikely he’ll last long if he does.
Comparison: OLB Akeem Jordan, Jacksonville Jaguars
Initial Grade: 1st/2nd Round Pick.

DE Damontre Moore | Texas A&M | 6’5” 250lbs
Breakdown: 84SPD, 85AGI, 89ACC, 69STR, 70TAK
Damontre Moore is a bit of a mystery – he’s clearly a tweener, and also has a history of off-the-field issues. He has outstanding combine results, and is a fit as a standup rusher in a 43 or 34, or if he puts some weight on he could stay at LDE in a 43. He could be really good with some work, and could go as high as the Top 10, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if he took a Dion Jordan-type mini fall on draft day.
Comparison: Dion Jordan, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Initial Grade: 1st Round Pick.

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