Fooch's Note: This FanPost was written by San Fran Niners, but I thought I'd use it as the basis for our first NFL Draft FanPost. People are welcome to create new FanPosts related to the draft, but ideally these "Official" FanPosts will be the place to focus in a lot of conversation. If you have serious detail to go into that's fine, but if you just want to throw out some of your ideas for the draft, let's use this FanPost for now.
Also, San Fran Niners name used to be on this but I changed it to my name so people will know it's the "official" FanPost. The mock draft below was done entirely by San Fran Niners. Everything below here was written by San Fran Niners.
I am assuming Goldson, and Ginn are gone in FA.
Alshon Jeffery*, WR, South Carolina
Height: 6-4. Weight: 233.
Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
All season, South Carolina was awful at getting the most out of one of its most dangerous weapons. Jeffery's production was held back by poor quarterback play, but he still commanded a lot of extra coverage. At the same time, Jeffery had some struggles with getting separation. For the NFL, he should drop some weight to get faster. His 40-time at the Scouting Combine could have a big impact on his draft rank.
Jeffery ended his season with a bang, literally. Going against Nebraska's Alfonzo Dennard, Jeffery had a huge game catching four passes for 148 yards and a touchdown. He toasted Dennard for a 78-yard reception on a deep post, but Dennard caught Jeffery from behind to prevent a touchdown. His touchdown came when he out jumped a pack of players for a Hail Mary touchdown as the first half expired. In the third quarter, Jeffery and Dennard got into a fight and both were ejected from the game. For the season, Jeffery has 49 receptions for 762 yards and eight touchdowns. He also was a quality blocker for South Carolina. Jeffery broke his hand, but still caught a touchdown pass against Clemson in the regular season finale.
Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
Height: 5-10. Weight: 191.
Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
Arm: 30 3/8. Hand: 8 1/4.
This year, Jenkins returned 18 punts for 390 yards (21.7 average) with three touchdown returns and a long return of 92 yards. He also put together 53 tackles with four tackles for a loss, six passes broken up, two interceptions and a fumble returned 49 yards for a score. Obviously, Jenkins dominated weak competition as he was supposed to. His draft stock is dependent on him staying out of legal trouble and interviewing well with teams in the months prior to the draft.
Markelle Martin, S, Oklahoma State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 202.
Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
Martin has had a good senior season and had a bigger presence than his stats illustrate. Entering his bowl game, Martin totaled 65 tackles (52 solo) with four tackles for a loss, nine passes broken up and two forced fumbles. He had a strong showing against Texas A&M in a big road win for Oklahoma State. Martin is a natural free safety who patrols the deep part of the field well. He has good speed and covers a lot of ground. Martin also doesn't shy away from getting physical.
Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
Height: 5-9. Weight: 219.
Projected 40 Time: 4.46.
Arm: 29 7/8. Hand: 9 1/8.
Martin put together a quality senior season. He averaged five yards per carry with 1,299 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns in 2011. Martin also has contributed 28 receptions for 263 yards and two scores. He is a well-rounded back who has three down potential in the NFL. Out with an injury, the Broncos missed him a lot in their one loss against the Horned Frogs. Martin also is a skilled kick returner and averaged 34 yards per return this season. In the NFL, he could be a good option as part of a running back rotation. Martin is a sudden runner with good quickness and cutting ability.
Juron Criner, WR, Arizona
Height: 6-4. Weight: 210.
Projected 40 Time: 4.62.
Criner was productive this season with 75 receptions for 956 yards and 11 touchdowns. He the most reliable and consistent weapon for quarterback Nick Foles. An appendectomy kept Criner out against Oklahoma State, and Arizona really missed him. He excels at jump balls downfield. Criner looks like a potential possession receiver in the NFL who could be a good redzone weapon. He reportedly has some off-the-field concerns.
Jeff Allen, OT, Illinois
Criner and Allen are both showing up big at the senior bowl. I have watch Criner beat the CB's on a consistent bases and made amazing catches. And Allen has stuffed everyone from Coples to Upshaw.
Brett Roy, 3-4 DE/4-3 DT, Nevada
Height: 6-4. Weight: 280.
Projected 40 Time: 4.84.
Roy has had an excellent senior season. He has recorded 64 tackles with 18.5 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks thus far. In his first season as a starter, in 2010, Roy recorded 50 tackles with 14.5 tackles for a loss and eight sacks. He was a force in the WAC conference this year, notching sacks against Oregon and Boise State. For the NFL, Roy will need to add a lot of weight and strength to stay inside at tackle. His best fit could be as a five technique in a 3-4 defense.
Ryan Broyles, WR/PR, Oklahoma
Height: 5-11. Weight: 185.
Projected 40 Time: 4.46.
Broyles' stock is hard to estimate after he tore an ACL to end his season on Nov. 5 against Texas A&M. For the year, he had 83 receptions for 1,157 yards and 10 touchdowns. Broyles also returned 19 punts for 196 yards. He was very consistent this season before the injury. Broyles displayed great hands, runs good routes, toughness and intelligence. In his collegiate career, the senior wide out caught 349 passes for 4,586 yards and 45 touchdowns. He also returned a total of 108 punts for 1,194 yards (11.1 average) and two scores.
Even with Broyles' massive production, he could be an underrated playerm, especially coming off the injury. Broyles should be fine for his rookie season, but he may not be able to work out much prior to the draft. In the NFL, Broyles projects to being a strong slot receiver who has the ability to make some plays downfield.
Akiem Hicks, NT, Regina (Transfer from LSU)
Height: 6-5. Weight: 324.
"Regina DL Akiem Hicks is the best Canadian prospect I've seen at #shrinegame in 3 yrs ... explosive, dominating (one-on-ones), #nfldraft." - Wes Bunting, the National Football Post's director of college scouting, on Twitter.
- "University of Regina DT Akiem Hicks looks the part of a standout defensive lineman at nearly 6-5, 325 pounds. He was very impressive during one-onone drills (Tuesday), showcasing impressive initial burst off the snap for his size, power on his bull rush and the length to routinely gain leverage ... He has the skill set to not only make an NFL roster, but also mature into a solid contributor with some experience in either a 34 or 43 front." - Bunting on the NFP website, where he ranked Hicks as the 10th-best prospect from the week.
"He definitely has some work to do before he is NFLready, but he has raw ability ... NFLDraftScout.com has considered Hicks as a seventh-round or free-agent projection, but if he continues to impress, he certainly could climb on some charts." - Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com.
Chris Rainey, WR/RB/KR/PR, Florida
Height: 5-8. Weight: 178.
Projected 40 Time: 4.33.
Arm: 30 3/4. Hand: 9 1/2.
Rainey started out the season with a bang but tailed off in conference play. He was banged up and was unable to maintain his productivity while playing injured. Rainey totaled 861 yards rushing with three touchdowns this year. He also caught 31 passes for 381 yards and two touchdowns. Helping Rainey's draft stock is his punt-blocking prowess. He has six blocked kicks in his collegiate career. Rainey has off-the-field concerns stemming from aggravated-stalking charges from 2010.
Adrian Robinson, DE/OLB, Temple
Height: 6-2. Weight: 248.
Projected 40 Time: 4.61.
Robinson had a quality senior season with 52 tackles with 13.5 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks and one interception. He is a quality sleeper prospect who could be worth grooming on the back end of the roster or practice squad while adding some size for the NFL.
All of the projected rounds are mostly based off of http://www.nfldraftscout.com