Part Two – NFL Draft Talk With Aaron Aloysius of DraftBreakdown.com

NFL Draft 2013

Aaron Aloysius produces NFL Draft 2013 prospect videos for DraftBreakdown.com

For PART ONE of our interview with Aaron, click HERE.

DK:
If the Browns take a defensive end, they will at least land a player with a really cool first name. Who do you like between Damontre, Bjoern, Ezekiel, Jarvis and Barkevious?

AARON ALOYSIUS:
Well, I think Cornellius and Dion are pretty cool names too. One of those could have been a good pick for the Browns, the other one will be.

In my view, the ’13 pass rusher with the most impressive tape is Florida State’s Cornellius “Tank” Carradine. He surprisingly outperformed teammate Bjoern Werner, who wasn’t quite as consistent as folks hoped. Tank’s very similar to 2012 first round pick Chandler Jones, a player Lombardi raved about before last year’s draft.

Unfortunately, Carradine isn’t an ideal fit for a 3-4 defense, especially after suffering a torn ACL late in the season, but the long & strong pass rusher should be a very good pro. It won’t be in Cleveland; I very much hope it isn’t in Cincinnati.

If Carradine’s out of the equation, the SEC products could appeal to the Browns. Jarvis Jones and Damontre Moore both were highly productive and have experience playing rush backer, which should make their transitions rather seamless. Moore would appear to be the “safe” pick, given that he doesn’t have Jones’ medical history (neck) or Barkevious Mingo’s questionable 2012 tape, but his pass rush potential may be limited.

However, the more intriguing upside options to keep an eye on at the Combine are Ezekiel Ansah and Dion Jordan. They’ve drawn lofty comparisons to some of the NFL’s top pass rushers, which are instructive in interesting ways.

Ansah’s frequently compared to Jason Pierre-Paul, a comparison I’m not very fond of. Both had limited resumes coming out of school yet already possessed a rare combination of length & closing speed. But even though he wasn’t a productive sack artist at USF, Pierre-Paul displayed the ability to beat offensive tackles in a variety of ways, including by dipping his shoulder to win around the edge. Ansah hasn’t consistently displayed that ability. Without that in his repertoire, he could prove to be a fairly limited big league pass rusher.

Jordan, on the other hand, has drawn comparisons to Aldon Smith. Some analysts dislike the comparison because Smith displayed more power in his game while at Mizzou, but I do think it has some validity.

The differences between the prospects largely is a product of circumstance. Smith suffered a leg injury his last year at Mizzou, which sapped his burst; consequently, he was forced to rely on strength more than pure edge speed. Jordan, on the other hand, largely focused on winning with athleticism because it worked for him, both in coverage and as a pass rusher. However, he did flash the strong, violent hands that premier pass rushers must have. Hopefully, he’ll make good use of those mitts and become a premier 3-4 OLB.

DK:
And to satisfy Kanicki, is Margus Hunt the defensive steal of this draft?

ALOYSIUS:
Hunt is king of the bowl game. Both last year against Pittsburgh and more recently against Fresno State, he put together veritably JJ Watt-ian performances. Unfortunately, the SMU product didn’t consistently play up to that level. Injuries played a role, but the Estonian defensive end still needs to smooth some of the rough edges in his game. If he doesn’t lower his pad level, NFL offensive linemen will put him on skates.

However, while an over aged prospect, Hunt does possess tantalizing upside. He’s likely tops among a cluster of long, athletic big men who’ll intrigue 3-4 squads in the mid-rounds. Michigan State’s Will Gholston and Utah’s Joe Kruger are two others to watch out for.

DK:
And what about one of my personal favorites, UC’s Walter Stewart?

ALOYSIUS:
Stewart was one of my favorite pass rush prospects before the neck issues arose. Perhaps no prospect in this class possesses a more natural skill set for playing 3-4 OLB than the Cincinnati product. He already has plenty of experience playing linebacker and displays tremendous explosion rushing with his hand up or in the dirt. In fact, Stewart’s speed & relentlessness off the edge remind me of former Wisconsin Badger O’Brien Schofield, who ended up playing the position for Ray Horton in Arizona.

Unfortunately, like Schofield, Stewart enters the draft with injury/medical concerns. The question of whether being born without a posterior C-1 arch should forestall his NFL career is beyond my pay grade. What I do know, however, is that Stewart’s the type of high character individual any team would benefit from having in its locker room. And if he is able to continue his career, the Ohio native could quickly mature into a quality starter.

DK:
Is Tavon Austin the most exciting player in this draft?

ALOYSIUS:
Yes. Probably his biggest rival is Cordarrelle Patterson, who possesses rare lateral agility for a big receiver.

DK:
Is Keenan Allen the most boring?

ALOYSIUS:
Perhaps, but more due to his half-brother Zach Maynard, who did a great job of not getting him the ball.

DK:
As a concession to Rob Chudzinski, the Browns could take a tight end. How much separation is there from Zach Ertz to Travis Kelce?

ALOYSIUS:
Ertz offers more as a receiver, but Kelce actually has a more well-rounded game. Had an injury not kept him out of the Senior Bowl, Kelce would have impressed with his determined blocking and underrated receiving skills. Instead, the Combine will be a very good opportunity for him to showcase his skills.

Ultimately, I expect Kelce to be selected in the second frame. The Browns would be wise to figure out a way to make sure the Cleveland Heights native doesn’t leave town.

If not Kelce, Colorado tight end Nick Kasa would be a logical option later in the draft. His college head coach has signed on as the Browns’ tight end coach, so continuing his development in Cleveland would make a whole lot of sense.

DK:
Is the overall quality of this draft as bad as some suggest?

ALOYSIUS:
The draft isn’t especially rich at the top but has very good depth. Unlike, say, 2009, it’s a good year to have a lot of early/mid-round picks. The Browns could use a second, though I bet they’re cool with having Josh Gordon instead.

DK:
Let’s finally ask the two questions everyone has been waiting for: the Browns will definitely NOT select:

ALOYSIUS:
Collin Klein

DK:
And with the 6th overall pick in the draft, the Cleveland Browns select:

ALOYSIUS:
Dion Jordan

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Comments (9)

  1. MadElf

    Great Read. And, thanks, Aaron! Dk, this blog just keeps getting better!

  2. jimkanicki

    thanks dk, thanks aaron.

    ive got a whole margus hunt post baked but having a hard time letting it go as is; just not feeling it.

    it’s in post purgatory along with ‘Dustin Keller, FA target #4.’

    • I agree with the need for a TE, but this is a good year to grab one in the draft.

      As for Margus, I don’t know enough to make an educated guess. But Bonus points for learning the game via Madden. Maybe he could educate NFL coaches on two minute offenses and timeouts.

      • jimkanicki

        how many times has it happened for you dk where youre: ‘this is a great idea for a post!’ and then when you research it, it turns out the idea was ‘meh’ or wrong? i must have four of these already.

        w.r.t. keller, ive always liked him and think he’s a sneaky good/great playmaking tight end. but i went ‘meh’ on him for two reasons:

        first is that the TE franchise tag is the cheapest of all, the jets will tag him.
        second is, my god, <a href=the pretty boy head shots.

        • It happens a lot. But usually what happens to me is this: 1) hey, that’s a great idea…let’s make a few notes. 2) a thousand other things happen. 3) by the time I get around to doing anything, it’s already been done.

          “Pretty boy Head Shots?” I don’t know if combining Keller with Cameron will make the world explode or what. Better not tempt fate.

  3. I wonder how much the Chiefs swinging the Alex Smith deal (and, presumably, passing on Geno Smith) impacts Browns.

    I wouldn’t be shocked if they took him at #6 in the unlikely event that he is still there.

    The interview with Texas A&M OC (who coached both Geno and Weeden) today was puzzling/weird/odd. He was raving about Geno Smith and how he is a film junkie, is totally versatile, has a strong enough arm, is a great leader, and then when asked about Weeden said he could really sling the ball, that he has a sick arm, but that he just wasn’t the type of guy that was leading/always watching film. More like “watch how great i can chuck it up there fellas.” It was on Bull and Fox, they asked him a bunch of direct questions that he didn’t really answer, or where his answer spoke more about what he wasn’t saying (would you draft geno if you were the browns? well, no uh, i would have weeden, and that is a guy that i think can win some games… do you think weeden is a franchise qb? well, uh, i don’t know, hard to project out if a guy will become a franchise guy). A caller after said that it was like if your mom was asked if you were good at sports and she was like “well, um, i mean, he tried hard, he is a smart kid, i think it’s tough to say who is good or not good at sports”. Why wouldn’t your mom just say “damn right he is good at sports.” ahahh.

    The subtext of the whole thing is this dude is a big fan of Geno Smith, and much less so of Weeden, but I also think he didn’t want to just burn him/hang him out to dry. He probably should have just avoided the interview.

    Anywho, the Chiefs making that trade helps the Browns I think, makes the #6 pick more valuable.

    • Good point on the value of the pick – but I also guess it depends on what the teams are chasing. With the Jaguars, Raiders, Eagles, then Browns following KC, I could see both Jacksonville and Oakland maybe taking a QB. If only G. Smith and maybe one other QB go that early, then it’s doubtful a team like the Bills would try to trade up. Anyway, I’m never good at predicting draft stuff. However, if even one QB (and OT) is taken before Cleveland, that means one or two more really good defensive options are still around.

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