NFL Draft Prospect Watch (Part 3)

April 11, 2013 | Brett Dickinson

NFL Draft Prospect Watch (Part 3)

This is a look into possible draft targets for Ozzie Newsome and company on April 25-27.  This group will examine early round offensive options that will fill needs along the line and as playmakers.

 

Justin Pugh (OT Syracuse)

Height: 6’4”

Weight: 307 lbs.

Draft Projection: Rounds Late 1-2

Pugh is an extremely athletic Tackle, who can utilize his speed against the faster pass rushers in the NFL.  Though he lacks ideal size, especially weight and arm length, he has held his own against premier edge defenders in college.  Pugh was a three-year starter for the Orange, being named to All Big East honors in 2011.

Playing under now Buffalo Bills’ Head Coach, Doug Marrone, Pugh has experience playing in a hybrid “Pro-scheme” offense, with Spread Offense tendencies.  He can use quick feet to get to the second level of the defense in the running game.  Though he has struggled with some bull-rush techniques, adding weight in the NFL will alleviate some of those concerns.

Pugh told Glenn Clark, he plans to play around 310lbs. in the NFL, especially his rookie season.  He is also sited playing against three first round picks while at Syracuse, including former teammate (current New England Patriot DE) Chandler Jones, Nick Perry from USC (Green Bay Packer OLB) and Bruce Irvin from West Virginia (Seattle Seahawks DE).  He stated, “I held my own versus all those guys (listen to the entire interview at the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault http://bit.ly/10zSxGb.”

Player Comparison: Duane Brown (OT Houston Texans)

Interesting Fact: Pugh earned the Maxwell Award his senior year of high school, which is presented to the Top 50 high school scholar-athletes in the tri-state area (Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware). The award recognizes athletics, academics and community service.

 

Travis Frederick (OL Wisconsin)

Height: 6’4”

Weight: 312 lbs.

Draft Projected: Rounds 2-3

Frederick comes from Wisconsin, which has become a pipeline for NFL Offensive Lineman in the past decade, with ten Top 100 picks since 2000. He is a mauling blocker, who gets into defenders with his strength and size.  He can dominate as a one-on-one blocker, while still flashes enough athleticism to reach the second level of the defense.

There are some concerns with Frederick’s size, playing at the center position but should not be issue with bigger Quarterbacks like Joe Flacco.  There are also questions about his speed and ability to keep up with the faster interior rushers in the NFL.

He has shown versatility, while playing for the Badgers, starting at all three interior line positions.  Frederick will add depth to any line and but may be best suited to play one of the Guard spots, as a starter.  He should make an instant impact as a rookie, whether it is as a starter or sixth offensive lineman.

Player Comparison: Peter Konz (OL Atlanta Falcons)

Interesting Fact: Frederick was the first true freshman to start a season opener for Wisconsin in 2009.

 

Quinton Patton (WR Louisiana Tech)

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 204 lbs.

2012-2013 Stats: 104 Catches, 1392 Yards, 13 TDs

Draft Projection: Rounds 1-2

Patton played in an up-tempo offense for Louisiana Tech, where he received 2nd team All American honors as senior.  He has great hands and runs crisp routes, giving him the ability to separate from more physical corners and safeties.

Patton does not have blazing speed, running 4.53 40 yard dash at the combine, but is very quick off the line.  He also displays great side-to-side-movement and a decent escape ability, once he gets the ball. But his most impressive skill is his ability to go up and get the ball, whether it is fade routes or back shoulder grabs.

He is best suited to become a good No. 2 target that can utilize his talents in the middle of the field and red zone.  Given his skill set and Flacco’s tendencies, Patton could become the Ravens next go-to third down option.

Player Comparison: Anquan Boldin (WR San Francisco 49ers)

Interesting Fact: Patton ran the fastest 20 yard shuttle at the Combine, in 4.01 seconds.

 

Kenjon Barner (RB Oregon)

Height: 5’9”

Weight: 196 lbs.

2012-2013 Stats: 278 Rushes, 1,767 Yards, 21 TDs

Draft Projection: Rounds 3-5

Barner is an explosive threat from anywhere on the field, as he torched all of Oregon’s opponents last season.  Though he was undervalued, playing alongside the DeAnthony Thomas highlight reel, Barner carried the load for the Ducks.  After being delegated to a backup role for his first three seasons, he averaged over 21 carries a game, as a senior.

He does have several limitations, especially his height and weight; Barner can fill a role as a change of pace back and return man.  Though he can only be used sparingly, due to the wear and tear he will take from bigger defenders, he can be a weapon for any offense to utilize.

Barner displays decent hands, which can be utilized to get him the ball in space, where his blazing speed can be most effective.  Even though he only ran a 4.52 40 yard dash at the combine, his in-game speed is much faster, as his highlights show him consistently running away from defenders.

Player Comparison: Dexter McCluster (RB/WR Kansas City Chiefs)

Interesting Fact: Barner’s best game was a 38 rush, 341 yard, 5 TD performance against USC in 2012.

 

Aaron Dobson (WR Marshall)

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 210 lbs.

2012-2013 Stats: 57 Catches, 679 Yards, 3 TDs

Draft Projection: Rounds 2-3

Dobson is a super athletic, big target, who can find the ball in the air and out jump most Corners. He was the top target for Marshall last year, earning second team All-Big East honors.  Though he did not face top tier competition, Dobson burst into the national limelight with his circus catch against East Carolina (WATCH HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCdFFFAxLz0)

Dobson is the type of target all Quarterbacks hope for, as he is a physical threat that will not be beat when the balls in the air.  Though he may never become top target, but will find his way on the field, even if it is as a situational red zone target. Dobson needs to develop his route tree, but can be a good option on short to intermediate routes.

Player Comparison: Mike Williams (WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Interesting Fact: Dobson was a part of the USA National Football Team, which won the first ever World Championship in 2009.

*All photos courtesy of NFL.com.*

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