Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson – As the 2013 season came to an end Boyd looked as if he could be a second round target in the upcoming NFL Draft. Now he has been left in the dust among the recently emerging quarterback prospects.
Strengths: He’s a winner, he broke a handful of ACC records, and won thirty two games while at Clemson. He also has the athleticism that the NFL now embraces. Boyd has the arm talent to succeed in the NFL. He displays both zip and touch on his passes.
Weaknesses: He has a stocky build at 6’1” 222 pounds, and received the nickname “Fat Boy” from his teammates. Boyd lacks consistent accuracy, mechanics, and decision making. He chooses to run too quickly at times when he should have hung in the pocket.
Outlook: His best bet would be to fall into a backup role and develop. He can be a viable backup, and hopefully get a chance to step into a starting lineup a few years into his career.
Projection: Rounds 4-6
Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia – Most likely Sims won’t be a franchise guy to build your team around, but he offers great flexibility due to his versatility. His stock is in neutral because of a lack of running back demand this year.
Strengths: Sims shows the best hands in a running back in the past few drafts. He also is more athletic than his appearance would lead you to believe. He’s a one-cut slasher back that can be dangerous in the open field.
Weaknesses: He doesn’t possess great breakaway speed and lacks the pass blocking ability teams at the next level look for. Sims came from two spread/pistol offenses (West Virginia and Houston), so his understanding of under center offenses is lacking.
Outlook: His versatility will get him selected higher than he should probably go, but a really good receiving back will be worth it.
Projection: Rounds 3-5
Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers – It isn’t too often that a 6’6” receiver enters the draft. If there weren’t two receivers in the 6’4” plus range at the top of the boards Coleman would be in much higher demand.
Strengths: He’s 6’6” so that could be considered a strength. Coleman is a big target that can post up on smaller corners. His long build allows for big strides which makes him faster than he truly is. Good, but not great hands.
Weaknesses: Coleman’s biggest problem in college was his consistency. This could be due to the quarterbacks he played with, but great receivers will make bad quarterbacks look good. He’s not a fantastic route runner because of his size and his lack of fluidity. Sometimes he body catches.
Overall: Big red zone receiver that will catch someone’s eye. Worst case scenario he becomes a situational receiver.
Projection: Rounds 3-4
C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa – Fiedorowicz is the complete package, but isn’t getting the recognition he deserves in a big name tight end class.
Strengths: He’s a solid all around tight end who is probably the best blocker in the class. He is a good pass catcher that will be a quarterback’s best friend in the five to ten yard range. He has a nice build for anchoring while blocking, and can use his size to shield the ball from defenders.
Weaknesses: Fiedorowicz doesn’t possess the elite speed or size to shred seams. He’s more of a blocker than a pass catcher. He also doesn’t have the fluid hips that the top pass catching tight ends have.
Overall: If you’re looking for the next Jimmy Graham then look elsewhere. If you’re a team looking for a reliable blocking tight end then Fiedorowicz will be a steal.
Projection: Rounds 2-3