Friday, March 1, 2013
Jordan, Trufant move up McShay's board
By Ted Miller
ESPN NFL draft guru Todd McShay has updated his top-32 draft list , and it now features five from the Pac-12.
The big upward movers were Oregon outside linebacker Dion Jordan and Washington CB Desmond Trufant. Both improved their stock with good 40 times at the NFL combine.
Jordan moved up from 11th to seventh. Writes McShay:
Jordan posted a 4.60 in the 40-yard dash at the combine, which helps his stock a bit, but it's his athleticism and versatility on tape that are his biggest assets. He has fluid feet and hips and good upper-body power and lower-body explosiveness, and he can play multiple roles along the front seven. It's easy to envision him coming off the board in the top 10 overall.
As for Trufant, he made his first appearance in the list at No. 32. Writes McShay:
We always liked Trufant's game. He does just about everything well, though his ball skills could be a little more consistent. His tape didn't indicate elite speed, but he was good enough at the combine. His combination of speed and arm length is impressive. Trufant has good size, and in a league starved for good cover guys, his production could move him into the first round.
McShay did drop one player, as his former No. 1, Utah DT Star Lotulelei, after doctors discovered a heart issue that prevented him from working out. McShay didn't write off Lotulelei, but he did drop him to sixth, noting:
Lotulelei was flagged with a heart condition by doctors at the NFL combine, but his current ranking continues to reflect only what we think of him as a player. His condition is being evaluated and it hasn't been decided whether he will work out at Utah's pro day or at a later date, but we won't drop him significantly in the rankings until we have definitive answers about his long-term prognosis. As for Lotulelei on the field, he could use some polish as a pass-rusher but has a good overall skill set with strong hands, nimble feet, good range and the ability to quickly discard blockers.
As for the rest of his Pac-12 players in the top 32, McShay rated California receiver Keenan Allen 21st and Stanford TE Zach Ertz 28th.