A west coast match-up between a pair of teams with the potential to put a number of players into the second day of the 2014 NFL Draft. Most of the talent comes from the offensive side of the ball though the defense is highlighted by one very decorated linebacker.
Cody Hoffman/WR/BYU: Cody Hoffman provides the quarterback with a big and reliable target. He does a good job using his size and body to gain position. Hoffman isn’t afraid to play physical and box out defenders. His commitment to attacking the ball at its highest point helps him make plays in traffic. The question marks facing Hoffman all rely around his speed. Evaluators will be keeping a close eye on his workouts and 40-time at the combine. It would really help if he could show evaluators he’s capable of taking the top off the defense. However, his overall draft stock doesn’t rely solely on his speed. Hoffman has proven to be a good route running with a knack for finding openings in the defense. 2nd Round
Austin Seferian-Jenkins/TE/Washington: Austin Seferian-Jenkins didn’t have the type of season many expected, but remains one of the more intriguing prospects in the draft. He’ll likely get a look on the second day of the draft because of his rare combination of size and athleticism. Seferian-Jenkins is the type of tight end NFL teams look for because he a matchup nightmare. He’s able to use his size to box out defenders and long arms to pluck the ball out of the air. His ability to locate the soft spot in a defense is also helpful. The issue with Seferian-Jenkins is that he doesn’t always give 100% of his effort—especially in the run game. He needs to prove to teams that he’s going to work to reach his full potential. 2nd Round
Kyle Van Noy/LB/BYU: Some are miscasting Kyle Van Noy as a top-notch pass rusher which is a skill that he only flashes from time to time. Actually, his ability to set the edge against the run and drop in coverage makes him a better fit as a traditional linebacker. The issue is that Van Noy doesn’t have that elite burst to consistently generate pressure off the edge. He’s able to rush the passer because of his long arms, inside hand placement, motor and snap awareness. This is a more versatile player that some are giving him credit for. However, I have concerns about his ability to consistently make impact plays. Too often he’ll put himself near the ball but fall just short of making a play. There’s upside here but Van Noy will need to show more consistency to excel at the next level. 3rd Round
Bishop Sankey/RB/Washington: I expect Bishop Sankey to come off the board after the fourth round, but that’s where he belongs based on his talent. The issue continues to be that the NFL doesn’t value running backs as much as they did years ago. However, Sankey is a hard-nosed runner who fights for every yard. He’s an elusive runner who can make people miss and work through traffic. However, Sankey lacks top-end explosiveness which limits his home-run potential. This is a running back who’ll help move the chains but not produce a lot of big plays. 4th Round
Sean Parker/S/Washington: Sean Parker is a big hitter who loves to support the run from his safety position. However, his coverage ability is underrated. Parker shows fluid enough hips to change direction and run with receivers. His commitment to keeping his pads down helps him quickly get in and out of his back pedal. While he’s more of an in the box safety Parker is more than capable of holding up in coverage. There are times that he needs to tone down his aggressiveness because he’ll bit on play action or a pump fake. 4th Round
Kasen Williams/WR/Washington: Kasen Williams has missed a large portion of the season thanks to a foot injury which has obviously impacted his draft stock. Before his injury, Williams flashed big play ability thanks to his size and explosiveness. He still needs to work on becoming a more consistent player, but it’s easy to see he has a ton of upside. Williams can still decided to return to school which might be in his best interest. However, he’s still someone to mention as we head into this game. Late Rounds Medical