*Da'Shawn Hand-DE, Jr, 6-4, 278 1st-
He would a perfect pick for the Pats at 32 or with the Jimmy-G pick.
But I think he is what they have drafted the past two years. He is
an oversized edgerusher like Flower and Wise. Now if the Pats think
he is as good as Flowers, they would be fools to pass on him. And he
is a true freak like Flowers. At his size, he should an inside
rusher. But he plays the Edge for Alabama at between 270 and 280
somewhere, and has been as effective as Flowers at Alabama. I think
the Pats need a pure speed rusher. But if they think Rivers is that
guy? Hand is a guy they could take at 32, just for the pure freak
do not want to cut back when he is in the area. Plays the Option
very well, and can hit the QB on the keeper. Great hands to shove
the TE back and cut inside his block to the QB. Great job stunting
inside, and still finding the QB. You cannot get outside of him when
he sets the edge.
*Da'Ron Payne- DT, Jr, 6-2, 308, NT/DT 3rd-
Payne is a big NT/DT type player. If the Pats lose a few DLs (like
Branch and Guy), he could be an option at 32. But with Valentine
coming back, and the emergence of Adam Butler and Ricky
Jean-Francois, I just don’t think they will spend their top Draft
equity a D-tackle.
is the Center of their defense. When he gets a great blast off, he
is past the OC and panicking the QB in a flash. Nice aware player
that jumped on the QB fumble against Auburn before anyone else knew
what happened. When he sees it on short yardage he stops the RB
instant, and suddenly they both are moving backwards. He can defeat
the double team at the point as well as anyone in this Draft.
*Christian Miller- LB Jr 6-4, 230-
Miller is a guy who could stay in school. He is a 4-3 OLB, who is a
terrific rusher. He could be a speed rusher that the Pats are
looking for on Day Two or Three. He is a little undersized to play
D-end in the Pats system, but he could be a designated rusher.
job setting the edge and turning the RB inside. Strong inside move
to open up the edge for an outside blitzer. Nice pursuer from the
backside, to hit the RB down the line. He looks a little clunky zone
dropping. Nice job stunting inside, and finding a lane to the QB in
the middle. Not only do they double him, but he can use his hands to
get past the ORT and RB, and sack the QB.
is definitely better moving forwards than backwards. He will line up
at MLB in the Dime, and zone drop straight backwards. He can chip
the RB coming out of the backfield, and then turn and cover him.
*Minkah Fitzpatrick- FS Jr 6-1, 201-
Fitzpatrick is an ultra-talent and leader who controls the Alabama
defense, and makes plays all over the field. He is a top five talent
and out of the Patriots price range in the Draft.
finds the ball all over the field. Great blitzer. He has that knack
for hitting the QB. He can shoulder slap the TE and burst past him
to the QB. Amazing job finding the RB behind he LOS. He flies in
like a guided missile and takes out the RB in the backfield. He is
so great and turning back and crushing the QB when he scrambles out
of the pocket. One of the most aware players on the field I have
*Ronnie Harrison- FS, Jr, 6-3, 214-
If BB goes nuts for safeties again (and wants 8 safeties on the
roster again;) Harrison could be the guy. The Pats have three picks
in his price range. He is a bit a 'tweener. He is listed by most as
a Strong safety. That is what his size says, but he was mostly a
free Safety this year. He played a lot of Cover One, so Fitzpatrick
could roam around the field, and Fitz was really their SS/CB.
was a terrific FS for Alabama this year. He is a big devastating
hitter that can play sideline to sideline. Great speed, smarts, and
instincts. His experience this past season at Free safety is going
to bode well for him next season in the NFL.
Levi Wallace- CB, 6', 181- Shoves off the WR trying to block
him, and gets to the ball carrier quickly. I think he has the best
ball skills of the three, Day Two, Alabama Corners. It is tough to
say where these guys are going to go. Speed at the Combine will
determine how high and what order they go in. Averett and Brown are
though to be faster, but I think Wallace is a better player at CB.
Anthony Averett- CB, 3rd, Sr, 6', 185-
Very aggressive in run defense. "We recruited Anthony because
of his athleticism, his speed," Saban said. "He's worked
hard and has become a very good player for us for all last year and
so far this year." Great speed and twitch on the field.
gets a little high sometimes moving backwards. But he has great
speed and COD. Great mover on the field. He can gallop backs with
the WR. Nice quick feet moving backwards in front of the WR to slow
him down. Plays off as well as finesse press.
Tony Brown- CB, Sr, 6-0, 198, 3rd- When he stays and plays low, he
can be a very physical player. He hurt his knee against A&M. but
has gotten "stronger and faster" since. He had trouble
stopping and starting for a few weeks and it showed. But he has
turned into the aggressive press corner since.
Some think Tony Brown is the best. "When Tony can stay focused on
what he's supposed to do, do the right things, make good choices and
decisions about what he does and stay focused on it, he can be a
very effective player," Saban said. “So consistency in
performance comes from that and that's what we work to always try
and get from him. That's what we'll continue to do." All three
of them excel in the Press man that BB likes the Pats to use.
Brown might be more of a Nickel to start in the NFL. "He's
probably going to get more opportunities in the future to
play," Saban said. "I'm hopeful that we're going to spend
every bit of time that we can with him to try to do things the way
he needs to do them so he can be successful. I think he wants to be
successful. We just have to help him do it." I think all three
could end up on Day Two, but one might slide into Day Three.
has some twitch. Nice blitzer off the edge. Covers a lot in the
slot. Nice job shoving off the WR, and tackling the RB. Lines up in
the slot, and reads the toss quick, and charges up field for the
TFL. He comes up from off coverage, and cracks the WR down catching
the ball underneath.
Shaun Dion Hamilton- ILB, 6-1, 233, 4.79, 2nd-
He could be a guy who could play Van Noy role of
blitzer/Cover-Linebacker. "All those guys have done a really
good job. I can’t say anything but positive things about their
disposition toward their work ethic to try to get back, how
they’ve tried to support their team mates," Saban said.
"Shaun Dion is out there coaching guys just about every day.
When Minkah couldn’t practice he was coaching guys every day. All
the guys have tried to stay involved as much as they could and do a
good job in terms of what they need to do to get back, but also what
they can do to help the players who are playing" He is a great
player and leader.
ILB. Plays the middle of the zone well. I like the way he moves on
the field. Takes on the FB in the hole with some interesting power.
He moves laterally down the line on the 2nd level very well to stay
in front of the RB. Excellent job dropping at an angle while
watching the QBs eyes. Nice job filling the hole on Dives.
Rashaan Evans- ILB, 6-2, 234, 4.73, 5th-
Nice knack for hitting the QB as he throws on the blitz. Nice spin
move inside. Nice job getting around blocks on runs toward him when
he is at ILB. Great sure tackler. He always seems to get in on the
tackle when the RB runs the ball.
*Keith Holcombe- OLB, Jr, 6-4, 240-
He was looking pretty good as an edgerusher rusher before he got
hurt. He has that knack for hitting the quarterback. He was a guy
they put on the edge, as their main edgerusher, Hand, who is not a
pure speed guy, is not the classic number one rusher. He will make
any team that takes him as a special teams guy. He can also drop a
little into coverage and not look terrible.
One of the Crimson Tide’s top special teams players in
each of his first two seasons ... totaled 38 tackles on the season,
including a team-high 11 special teams stops ... also added three
pass breakups, one sack (-4), a fumble recovery and one quarterback
hurry ... earned CoSIDA Academic All-District recognition for his
efforts in the classroom ... selected as one of the UA coaching
staff’s special teams players of the week for his performances
against Fresno State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and LSU, and a defensive
player of the week honoree following Colorado State. Florida State:
Saw significant playing time on defense while remaining a threat on
special teams ... made one tackle on the night in Atlanta while also
breaking up a pass on defense ... recorded a fumble recovery on
kickoff coverage to give the Tide the ball 11 yards out, leading to
a Damien Harris rushing score on the next play. Fresno State:
Collected a career-high seven tackles while adding a pass breakup in
his first career start at linebacker ... tallied three of his
tackles on kickoff coverage to pace the special teams units and earn
himself special teams player of the week honors from the UA coaches
... his seven stops ranked third for the Tide on the afternoon.
Colorado State: Led Alabama in tackles with a career-high nine stops
... broke up one pass, which was nearly an interception as the ball
grazed off his fingertips ... his play in the starting effort earned
him defensive player of the week recognition from the Tide coaches.
*Isaiah Buggs- DL, 6-5, 293,Jr-
Terrific two-gapper. He doesn't play a lot, but when they put him in
makes plays. He should stay in school, and be a starter next year.
Joshua Frazier- DT, 6-3, 315, 5.19-
Hootie Jones- SS, 6-1, 215, 4.63-
*Calvin Ridley-WR, 1st, Jr, 6-1, 190*-
If he is on the Board at 32, the Pats have to take him. "Yeah,
he's their go-to, the answer for them," Clemson CB Ryan Carter
said. "But I saw a couple of other guys make plays for them.
No. 4 Jeudy, the freshman. When I watched him on tape, he's a very
explosive. He looks very similar to Ridley as far as his shape, his
frame and as far as him being able to make those explosive plays.
outside of Ridley you have to try to limit Ridley. And if we do
that, I think we have a great chance of winning the game. But their
guys supporting him, they're really good too. We have to be locked
in, period. But if we can take care of Calvin Ridley, I think we'll
he is in the mode of Cooks and Dorsett, only bigger. But he is a
phenomenal talent with will be one of the first three WRs taken in
the 1st Round. He not only has elite speed, he also has elite hands.
I didn't see him drop one ball this season.
hands have been all but perfect this season. He is an elite speed
WR. Nice job adjusting to he ball deep down field. He can draw the
flag on the adjustment, as the CB cannot slide to the side with near
the agility as he can. He is not just a pure straight line speed
guy. He has explosive bursts in and out of cuts and breaks.
Bo Scarbrough- RB, Jr, 6-2, 232*- He did not have a great season,
like I thought he would. He will likely drop into Day Three if he
comes out in this Draft. "That's the thing about Alabama. They
always have a big back, a big power back, and they always have a
more stout back sort of, powerful speed scat back. But this year
they have four or five running backs who can do it all. So, that's
probably the biggest difference," Clemson ILB O'Daniel said.
"They have a variety of running backs who can catch the ball
out of the backfield. Run hard, make you miss or whatever the case
may be so you have to keep yourself honest and you have to keep the
defense honest in how you're pursuing and attacking the run
game." Harris clearly surpassed him as the starter for Alabama.
He could be an option on Day Three for the Pats, but I think he
stays in school.
screen back. It is odd to see such a big power runningback with such
soft hands. He is a great weapon catching the ball out on the edge,
and hurting DBs. Punishing runner who gets better as the game goes
on. He runs too high sometimes, but punishes defenses all game long.
He is best in the 4th quarter when the defense gets tired.
*Damien Harris- RB, Jr, 5-11, 216-
Harris is an elite talent at RB. "They have four guys back
there that could be starters anywhere in college football,"
Clemson DE Ferrell said. "This is the best all-around,
well-shaped group of backs we've played all year. It's not just them
that makes them look good. It's probably the best offensive line
we've played all year as well. They helped them in that aspect
too." He could be available at 32.
is such a strange Draft with five top flight 1st Round talents at
RB: Barkley and Love, Guice and Jones II, and of course Harris. You
have to say that at least three of those five is off the Board
before pick 32. However, the NFL has devalued RBs so much in the
Draft that if two or three of them slip down to 32 it would not be a
total shock. He could be the best value on the Board when the Pats
first pick. And with Jimmy-G gone and Brady looking his age a
little, having a dominate RB is an old QBs best friend.
outside between blockers. Always seems to pop forward. Great natural
hands catching the ball out of the backfield. They are just so
smooth and natural. Rarely goes down on first contact. He can make
the big block in pass pro. He can turn and spot the D-end behind him
and stone him with a great block. Big back, who does not get caught
from behind by defenders.
Bradley Bozeman- OC, Jr, 6-5, 300-
This is guy I would stand on the table for in the Bunker, but the
Pats have Andrews and Karras at OC.
inside power block, who can impact the DT, and turn him as he moves
him back. Stays low in pass pro, with his arms extended in perfect
form. Nice job getting to the second level, and turning the LB out
of the play. He just stones DTs in pass pro. Nice job shoving off
two rushers when they stunt into him. Blocks more than one rusher
multiple times in games. He controls the middle of the line with
power and smarts.
*Deon Cain- WR, Jr, 6-1, 210- Big, strong, and super athletic
talent at WR. I think he is a 1st round talent, but because of the
injuries he is likely to drop into Day Two. It is tough to look at
the Pats and not see WR as a need. But is it because of all the
injuries? Or is it time to refresh the talent at WR a little. Cain
is a top talent at WR who really struggled with injuries all season.
If he can get a 4.4 next to his name at the Combine he is a lock 1st
Round pick. If he gets a 4.5 next to his name? He could be a Patriot
at 32 or Jimmy-G's pick (or bait for a trade down;).
can really reach out, out of bounds, with his legs back in bounds
and snag the ball with just his hands. He can run a nice In through
the double team to sprig open right over the middle. He can cause
the PI with just his speed down the sideline. When he is healthy he
can dominate. Consistently makes the spectacular catch.
*Mitch Hyatt- OLT, Jr, 6-5, 295,-
The Pats will be looking for Tackle talent in this Draft. If they
don't go OT at 32, than Hyatt might be the best Day Two talent at
OLT. Fleming and Cannon are free agents, and Solder is talking about
balance. If you cannot get him off balance you cannot beat him. He
is so good at sitting low in his kickslide, with arms extended, and
keeping his quick feet moving. Great job sealing the DE outside on
runs. Great job absorbing the big punch, and not losing any
Tyrone Crowder- ORG, 6-2, 340, 4th-
Big power OG who is going to drop into the Day Three OG mix, and
where he washes out nobody knows.
Overview: Senior who has earned a pair of all-conference honors in his
career, including first-team honors in 2016 as a junior ... has 46
knockdowns in 1,833 snaps over 34 career games (28 starts).
2016: First-team All-ACC (media, coaches) ... had 25 knockdown blocks in
869 snaps over 15 games (15 starts) ... posted an 83 percent grade
in 81 snaps of Clemson's opening win at Auburn ... graded 90 percent
in only 20 snaps in rout of SC State ... graded 91 percent in 54
snaps of the win over No. 3 Louisville ... played 28 snaps at Boston
College, grading 93 percent ... also posted 93 percent grade at
Florida State, with two knockdown blocks ... named ACC Offensive
Lineman of the Week for his efforts ... graded 86 percent in win
over Syracuse ... collected three knockdowns with a 90 percent grade
against Pittsburgh ... graded 89 percent with two knockdowns at Wake
Forest ... had two knockdowns with a 90 percent grade in 48 snaps
against South Carolina ... graded 89 percent in 61 snaps against
Virginia Tech ... posted two knockdowns in 54 snaps in Fiesta Bowl
victory over Ohio State ... had three knockdowns in 76 snaps of
National Championship win over Alabama.
*Hunter Renfrow- WR, RS-Jr, 5-10, 180-
He has that knack for getting open over the middle. "I guess
the word is appreciation," Renfrow said. "I'm just very
appreciative for the opportunity to go out there and make the most
of it and exhausting the moment. That's something we talk about. Not
wishing for tomorrow. Just living in the moment." He is the
type of slot WR the Pats crave.
gets open with great quicks and underrated speed. He will probably
stay in school. If not he could certainly be an option for the Pats
on Day Three, especially if they are worried about Edelman or
returns punts. He has that knack for finding the marker on 3rd down.
Great clutch WR. Knows how to get open short, and turn up field for
a lot more. Good hands.
Anthony Bryant- DE, Soph, 6-5, 265,-
Clemson has three super talented DLs, who should end up in the 1st
round in this Draft. "I’ve had conversations with several of
them, you know, just because you wanna give them the best
information. There’s a couple of them I think that have made
decisions, but there’s a couple that are probably up in the
air," Swinney said about his ultra talented underclassmen.
"I think that’s one thing I really appreciate about this
team, these guys, they don’t really wanna talk about it. I’ve
kind of had to force a couple of them. They’re very committed
guys, very focused. I love that about this team." Bryant and
Ferrell are going to have a big decision to make after this game.
is a super athletic edge guy, who is just coming into his own.
"They have length, they disrupt the passer, get their hands up
and block the ball," Alabama QB Hurts said about the Clemson
three. "As far as timing, I think we have to be on the same
page and be able to execute in the passing game. Whether it’s the
line or me and my timing or receivers being able to get open, I
think we just all have to be clicking." Bryant has prototype
size and athleticism.
job stunting inside and sacking the QB. He looks better and better
every week. He is a great run defender on the edge. He always seems
to get in on tackles when they run to his size. When he hits a QB in
the gut with his pads, he can make him wobbly.
*Christian Wilkins- DT, 6-4, 310-
Wilkins is a great talent at DT, but I don't like the way they use
him. "We've built this team in the trenches, and most great
teams, that’s where it starts. You’ve got to be able to control
the line of scrimmage and have some type of running game and
stopping the run," Swinney said. "And certainly that’s
been what Alabama has been for a long time. We’ve tried to do that
here. We’ve tried to go the best we can and getting those guys to
help us be dominant up front, and we’ve done a good job of
that." I think he is a better one-gap player than two-gap
they like to line up in odd fronts at Clemson, and stack and shed.
He often lines up on the Nose. He is too athletic to be Nose Tackle.
When they let him shoot a gap, he consistently gets into the
backfield. He is a great run defender right in the middle of the
stack and shed player when they run at him. "They have a lot of guys that
can hurt you in a lot of different ways," Christian Wilkins
said about Alabama. "Just talented. Can catch the ball, can run
the ball, can pound you and do a lot of different things. And a good
solid O-line. Really strong, got some dudes up front that are pretty
impressive and the skill on the outside. Ridley is definitely
leading that group. Just really skilled everywhere. Just fast
receivers. They all look the same. If they didn't have different
numbers on, they'd all look the exact same." He
will fake up field and little, and then drop, and pick up the TE
power crashing the double team back with his initial impact.
"We make it a point of emphasis to play with a lot of joy, to
play loose and play free and show the world that we’re having a
lot of fun playing the game we love," Wilkins said. "How
can you not have fun when we’re doing the little things right and
we’re clicking and we’re winning?" He will be an impact
player on the next level.
#99 Clelin Ferrell- DE, Soph, 6-5,
265,- He will fall for the inside fake, and
give up the outside run sometimes. Nice job picking up the H-back
sneaking out of the backfield. Nice job setting the edge against the
double team, and sending the RB inside into the LB. Great job
reaching out and slapping the ball out, when he turns the corner
behind the QB and can't grab him.
He is a fierce run defender on the edge.
He will be drafted for his passrushing, but he is not a speed rush
guy only. I wish he had garnered more Sacks this season. He was
around the QB enough to have garnered more. He is a little
under-experienced and still trying to find his knack. But 8.5 Sacks,
and being a fierce run defender is still pretty good, especially for
a coach like BB.
I like the way he thinks. "We're not
defending nothing. We’re the attacking national champions,"
Ferrell said. "We might have the belt. But this team didn't win
that belt. It's up to us to go back and get another one if we want
one. I have tunnel vision. I’m looking at what’s next. I want
more." Ferrell garnered 8.5 Sacks, 17 TFL, on 61 tackles, and
12 pressures, and has improved as a rusher this season.
#6 Dorian O'Daniel- OLB, 6-1, 220- They have two solid run and hit linebackers behind their D-line.
"There will definitely be some wrinkles," said Clemson
linebacker Dorian O'Daniel. "But I don't think there will be
too much because that's a program that believes in what they do.
Look at how successful they've been in umpteen number of years. They
believe in what they are and if you can stop their bread and butter
then hats off to that team. So, I don't expect too much to be
different but there will definitely be a few wrinkles to keep us
honest." O'Daniel had 10.5 TFL and 5 Sacks on 99 tackles.
O'Daniel if a fifth year player who was a
special teams guy his first three seasons. "At the end of the
day it’s just football," O’Daniel said.
"Student-athletes in this day and age get so caught up in
rankings and this, that and the other that they forget why they’re
playing this game. And we have a lot of characters on this team,
personable characters." He has only been a starter the last two
He consistently gets to the RB on the
second level. He is not a down hill tackler. He can line up in
coverage on the slot guy, drop a bit, and then get outside and send
the RB inside on the Draw.
He covers the outside flat, and can turn
and tackle the WR catching the ball on the third level behind him.
Terrific job dropping down the seam, then flashing up to tackle the
WR who caught the ball in front of him. I think he is at his best
when a WR, on either side, catches it short and he can just run and
#34 Kendall Joseph- ILB, Jr, 6',
230- He is better moving down hill to the
line than O'Daniel. "Dorian has had a great year; Kendall has
had a great year," Swinney said. "Dorian and the starters
have done a good job for us and grown. It has been great. I’m
really, really pleased with our backers. We probably have more
functional depth at linebacker than we've ever had." Terrific
job go down hill to the QB over the weakside.
He can be a bit too much of a dancer
reading the run play from the 2nd level. "Personally 95 percent
of the team wanted to go to California, I mean who doesn’t?
That’s California," Joseph said. "But it will be awesome
to play in New Orleans and play in the Sugar Bowl. That’s a
blessing, and we’re excited to go down there. We can’t
wait." But he does have great quick feet.
When he reads it right he gets there
quick. He is constant motion on the field. He can look like a
chicken with his head cut off sometimes, but he usually ends up at
the ball carrier. Much better moving forwards than backwards.
Struggles to shed blockers sometimes. That's why he tries to never
#29 Marcus Edmond- CB, 5-11, 175
is small, but he is a physical tackler. He is a Day Three
Nickel-Corner/Special teams player.
Overview: Senior who saw an expanded role in the secondary in 2016 ... has
26 tackles over 385 snaps in 32 career games (three starts) ...
completed summer internship with Clemson athletic communications in
#31 Ryan Carter- CB/Nickel, 5-9,
180, RS SR- Interesting Day Three Nickel Corner. He
plays special teams.
He doesn't have the best ball skills.
"Yeah, they do a lot as far as the ways they get the playmakers
the ball in space especially," said Clemson cornerback Ryan
Carter. "They do a good job of getting them in open field and
getting those one-on-one situations where it's tough for a DB to
come up and make a tackle in that open space so they're doing a lot
better job of getting their playmakers the ball on the perimeter and
I think we have to do our best job of rallying those type of tackles
and rallying to that space and things like that." He does have
great speed and quickness.
Senior who developed into a
starting cornerback on Clemson's 2016 National Championship team ...
has 52 tackles, nine pass breakups and an interception in 860 snaps.