Tuesday, April 3, 2012

2012 NFL DRAFT Sleepers

Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina

Jones has the look of a first round pick, but is seldom placed even in the second round. He has fantastic size at 6'4 220, but also provides very good athleticism and speed for such a large receiver. The talent is there, and so is the production: Jones caught 85 passes for just under 1,200 yards and 12 scores. He still needs some work sharpening his route running skills, and the hands could still become a bit more consistent, but Jones has displayed big time ability and has shown drastic improvement the past two years. He is a kid that is going to outplay quite a few players drafted ahead of him, and be a steal, if he lasts outside the top 40 picks.


40 Yard Dash 4.46 seconds
Bench Press 14.0 reps
Broad Jump 109.0"
Vertical Jump 33.0"

A classic underweight, tall receiver who has decent agility but is more of a crafty pass catcher who makes plays happen once the ball is thrown to him. Dwight could stand to put on weight before entering the draft, but his speed at the collegiate level was borderline, albeit deceptive, and more weight could hinder his ability to occasionally get behind defenders. He has 3rd/4th round value as a receiver.

Dwight has size for the next level and has used it well throughout his career at Carolina. He gets off the line quickly and can avoid the jam, using his long limbs to his advantage. He is a natural hands catcher who will go through the middle and catch the ball, and has deceptive speed to get deep behind defenses. He's not a burner, but uses his savvy and jumping skills to go up and get the ball when thrown up to him. He understands how to run routes and can get in and out of his breaks at the top of routes despite his height. He has been a reliable receiver for the Tar Heels.

Jones is a skinny receiver who can struggle at times going across the middle. He is capable at times and shown the ability, but will alligator arm the ball at times when peeking at safeties coming down on him. This is synonymous with some of his other various hitches, such as disappearing at times in games or for entire games. While he has decent speed, if he puts on weight this area could be a concern, and he is a nonexistent blocker at his current weight. He hasn't displayed much effort in contributing to the run game up to this point.

Bobby Massie, OT, Ole Miss

Many close to the Rebel program knew Massie was eyeing the NFL all year, but he was somewhat of a surprise entry to most people. He was a 5 star recruit out of prep school three years ago, and he made an impact fairly early for Ole Miss. He took over as a starter in the second half of the 2009 season at right tackle, and held that position for the duration of his Rebel career. The natural tools are all there to be the prototypical right tackle: very good size, decent athleticism, and the power to dominate at the point of attack. The development is a bit lacking, however. Had Massie stayed in school for his senior year, he could've pushed himself up into the second round. While great workouts could still improve his stock and get him selected there, he looks more like a third or fourth rounder this year and he may need some time to become more consistent with his footwork and ability off the snap.

Player Info
Height: 78 inches
Weight: 316 pounds
Wonderlic: N/A
Position: OT
College: Mississippi
Draft Class: 2012
40 Yard Dash: 5.23 seconds
20 Yard Dash: N/A seconds
10 Yard Dash: N/A seconds
Bench Press: 22 reps (225 lb)
Vertical Leap: 27.0 inches
Broad Jump: 103 inches
Shuttle: 4.95
Three Cone: 7.70

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