NFL Draft: Top 5 Movers
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Posted Jan 7, 2011


NEPatriotsDraft.com's James Christensen is back talking NFL Draft prospects. Here are his Top 5 movers from the Bowl season.

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The 2010 NCAA Bowl Season has given us one more opportunity to watch some of the 2011 NFL Draft Prospects before they shuttle off to play in All-Star games and work on their combine skills.

Here are the 5 biggest movers that we saw during the games so far.


Demarcus Love, OL, Arkansas (DOWN)

Few NFL Draft prospects had as disastrous of performances as Razorback offensive tackle Demarcus Love. He looked slow, weak, and unsure of what he was doing.

At this point, we'd have trouble projecting Love anywhere ahead of the 2nd round. He will probably find a home at right tackle or guard in the NFL, but his days of looking for 1st Round left tackle money are over.


Ohio State (UP)

When Demarcus Love faltered, Cameron Heyward was ready to pick up the slack. Draft scouts have wondered when this type of player would finally show up for the Buckeyes, as Heyward has ran cold for the majority of the 2010 season.

Heyward was a one-man show against Arkansas, showing up some decent rush moves and staying strong against the run.

Even with his great performance, we still feel that Heyward is a late-1st round pick due to inconsistency. He certainly has mid-1st round talent though, and many teams will be tempted to take grab him early.


Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (UP)

Gabbert had an incredible bowl game against the Iowa Hawkeyes, even though his Missouri team couldn't pull it off in the end.

The Tiger QB showed off a spectacular arm, good accuracy, and some elusive traits as well. He only made one poor decision in the form of a scrambling interception, although it did end up costing them the game.

Add to it that Stanford QB Andrew Luck has decided to stay in school, and Gabbert has the possibility to be the #1 pick in the NFL Draft. He will certainly hear his name called on day one.

Jared Crick, DL, Nebraska (DOWN)

Crick was one of our favorite defensive end prospects going into this year, but hasn't showed the 1st round talent that we saw last year beside some guy named Suh.

His lackadaisical at times performance against Washington merely cemented in our minds that Crick has a chance of becoming another Adam Carriker, a talented Nebraska DL that hasn't lived up to expectations at the next level.

We'd wait until midway through day two before we would consider targeting this Cornhusker.

Delone Carter, RB, Syracuse (UP)

A name unknown to many, outside of draft geeks like myself and those that live in the greater northeast, Delone Carter proved against Kansas State that he has the chops to be an NFL back.

We had Carter pegged as a late-round prospect, but after rushing for nearly 200 yards in an impressive fashion, we'd expect Carter to start getting some serious looks at the end of the third round.



James Christensen's scouting updates will appear here on PatriotsInsider.com throughout the year. James is the publisher of NEPatriotsDraft.com, an independent website dedicated to covering the NFL Draft and college prospects with professional potential.


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