Versatilty is something all NFL teams seek from players to maximize the potential of their 53-man rosters. The following players will have their names called during the 2010 NFL Draft in part because of their ability to contribute at more than one position.
Armanti Edwards (5-11, 185) of Appalachian St. is a productive college quarterback who may also project to the wide receiver position on the next level. As a quarterback, he threw for 3,292 yards and ran for over 600 yards as a senior, but because of his lack of size will have to be a slot receiver and return man in the pro game.
Tony Washington (6-6, 311) of Abilene Christian is a very raw but athletic offensive tackle who can also rush the passer from the defensive tackle position. He looks the part with long arms, quick enough feet and athletic ability to play left offensive tackle. If a team need arose, Washington could project to defensive tackle.
Versatile offensive lineman Selvish Capers (6-5, 298) of West Virginia is a prospect who has played both right and left tackle. A former tight end, Capers moved to offensive tackle with great success. Zane Beadles (6-4Â½, 305) of Utah is an offensive lineman who can play both guard and tackle; he is very aggressive and gives his all on the field.
Brandon Lang (6-4, 250) from Troy is a versatile player who plays defensive end. An athletic edge rusher, he has played tight end and even some quarterback. Lang may also project to a rush linebacker in the NFL since is agile enough to drop into pass coverage when needed.
Dâ€™Anthony Smith (6-2, 300) of Louisiana Tech is a defensive tackle versatile enough to project to all the defensive line positions in 4-3 and 3-4 schemes. Also helping his draft status is that fact that Smith is a four year starter loaded with experience.
Pat Angerer (6-0, 235) of Iowa is an inside linebacker who is a gunner on kicks playing special teams. He is tough and likes to hit.
Harry Coleman (6-2, 207) out of LSU is a college linebacker who may also project to the safety position in the pro game,. He lined up at safety at the Senior Bowl and had an effective week. Coleman is an explosive hitter even though he lacks ideal size.
Cornerback Devin McCourty from Rutgers is a solid special teams player as a gunner on kickoffs who also has four career blocked kicks. He had a good week at the Senior Bowl and can be effective defending both the pass and the run.
Parish Cox is a nice sized corner from Oklahoma State (6-0, 195) whose greatest strength is as a return man. The same can be said of Javier Arenas (5-9, 197) from Alabama. He is a college cornerback who hustles and makes a lot of plays but lacks good speed for an NFL corner. Arenas may get a look at the safety position. He is a real competitor and has been a very good return man for the Crimson Tide.
Chris Cook (6-2, 206) of Virginia is a corner who may also project to the safety position since he has ideal size, plays a physical game, is a solid run defender and likes to hit.
Updated 1st round projection
1. Rams Sam Bradford* QB Oklahoma
2. Lions Ndamukong Suh DT Nebraska
3. Buccaneers Gerard McCoy* DT Oklahoma
4. Redskins Russell Okung OT Oklahoma St.
5. Chiefs Eric Berry* S Tennessee
6. Seahawks Bryan Bulaga* OT Iowa
7. Browns Earl Thomas* S Texas
8. Raiders Bruce Campbell* OT Maryland
9. Bills Jimmy Clausen* QB Notre Dame
10. Jaguars Derrick Morgan* DE Georgia Tech
11. Broncos(from Bears) Rolando McClain* LB Alabama
12. Dolphins Joe Haden* CB Florida
13. 49ers Trent Williams OT Oklahoma
14.Seahawks (from Broncos) Taylor Mays S USC
15. Giants Jason Pierre-Paul* DE South Florida
16. Titans Everson Griffen* DE USC
17. 49ers (from Panthers) Dez Bryant* WR Oklahoma St.
18. Steelers Mike Iupati OG Idaho
19. Falcons Brandon Graham DE Michigan
20. Texans Kyle Wilson CB Boise St.
21. Bengals C. J. Spiller RB Clemson
22. Patriots Sergio Kindle DE-LB Texas
23. Packers Anthony Davis* OT Rutgers
24. Eagles Sean Weatherspoon LB Missouri
25. Ravens Jerry Hughes DE-LB TCU
26. Cardinals Carlos Dunlap* DE Florida
27. Cowboys Dan Williams DT Tennessee
28. Chargers Ryan Mathews* RB Fresno St.
29. Jets Kareem Jackson* CB Alabama
30. Vikings Brian Price* DT UCLA
31. Colts Maurkrice Pouncey* C-OG Florida
32. Saints Jared Odrick DT-DE Penn St.
NOTES: I look for a lot of trades in this draft. Round 1 will see some movement while the added day may give teams more time to manuever the draft board in Rounds 2 and 3.Prospects that could make it to the Saints at 32 on the defensive side of the ball may be Brian Price DT UCLA, Jerry Hughes DE-LB TCU, and Carlos Dunlap DE Florida. Underachiever who doesnâ€™t play up to his athletic ability, Dunlap needs to develop a better work ethic.
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