2013 Draft’s Under the Radar Team Defensive Edition

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By PFC Draft Writer David Willemssen @DavidWillemssen

Earlier we took a look at your Under the Radar Team offensive side of the ball, which you can find here http://www.profootballcentral.com/2013/04/17/2013-drafts-under-the-radar-team-offensive-edition/   Now a we will look at your Defensive Unit. There are a lot of good potential players coming into this years draft and you should look for some of the late first rounders as highly valued and go higher than previously thought. It is said many teams only have 1st round grades on 16 players this year and as much as 60 with 2nd round grades. Watch for some projected late 2nd round prospects to move higher in the draft.

Defensive End Alex Okafor Texas 6’4 260

Okafor has a mix of speed and talent and showcases a high motor. Okafor showed off at the senior bowl and will vault himself into the first round. Being drafted above Bjoern Werner.

Defensive End Cornerlius Washington Georgia 6’4 265

With all the play makers at Georgia someone was bound to get over looked. Washington made it hard to over look him at the combine as he posted 36 reps leading linebackers, ran a 4.55 40 leading linebackers. and a 39 inch vertical leading linebackers. Washington could play rush linebacker or 43 DE. He would be a steal in the second round for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Defensive Tackle Jordan Hill Penn State 6’1 303

Hill played with the likes of Devon Still, Jared Odrick, and Ollie Ogbu. As a redshirt freshmen his status was uplifted due to his play and he ended playing as a true freshmen. Hill is short for a defensive tackle and uses it to his advantage getting under linemen’s pads. He uses violent hands. He does lack ideal strength at this point. He is your Under the Radar Team’s defensive tackle and should be drafted fourth round.

Outside Linebacker Sio Moore University of Connecticut 6’1 241

Moore is an instinctive gap shooting outside linebacker who covers tight ends and receivers, rushes, stops the run, plays with his hand in the dirt, and stands in the middle of the defense. Moore is a do it all 43 outside linebacker who will be taken in the second round before the likes of Arthur Brown.

Outside Linebacker Brandon Jenkins Florida State 6’3 250

Injuries can really kill a prospects stock and that occurred to Jenkins. He came into the season as the top rated pass rusher along with Jarvis Jones in a deep group of rushers. Jenkins suffered a Lisfranc injury to his foot at the beginning of the season. He was Florida State’s pass rusher before Werener and Carradine. As a high schooler he had 44 sacks as a college football player he had 21.5 sacks combined during his sophomore and junior seasons. Getting after the QB is what he does, and he should be at least a 4th round pick.

Inside Linebacker Jonathan Bostic Florida 6’1 243

Bostic is a physical down hill run stuffer. Can lay the big hit in the hole. Bostic is not going to be chasing down many ball carriers though. He looks to be a 3rd round pick to a 34 team to man the SILB spot.

Cornerback Robert Alford Southeastern Louisiana 5’10 188

Alford has 1st round potential and is a lock for a day 2 pick.  With his  ability to play in the slot he could shut down the quick one cut slot players. He is a physical corner who had 19 bench reps at the combine and has very quick feet.

Cornerback Brandon McGee Miami 5’11 193

A fast footed corner. He has quick feet and a fast back pedal. Put McGee in a man scheme and he’ll be able to flourish. He looks to be a second day pick.

Safety Matt Elam Florida 5’10 206

Elam’s a do it all type of safety who covers the slot, plays by the line of scrimmage, and tackles well. He was said to have deep coverage concerns but showed at his combine he is able to handle deep zone. Elam is a player a team may trade up for in the first round and may go before Vaccaro.