Jamar Taylor (CB Boise State)Height: 5-11Weight: 1922012-13 Stats: 51 Tackles, 2.5 Sacks, 4 Interceptions, 3 Forced FumblesProjected Round: 3-4Taylor was an All Mountain West first teamer in 2012 for Boise State. He is physical corner, who excelled in press coverage in college. Taylor is a versatile defensive back, which can be used in many different situations including: man to man and zone coverages, setting the edge on run plays, and blitzing from the corner.The major question is Taylor’s closing speed against some of the faster NFL wide outs. Though he may have answered many of his critics, running a 4.39 40 Yard Dash at the NFL combine.During an interview with Glenn Clark, Taylor said he used to play on “grass, and dirt, and rocks,” growing up. He also said that even though he grew up in laid back San Diego, he has a “get work done” attitude (Listen to the entire interview at http://bit.ly/XLToSb).Interesting Fact: Jamar Taylor was the strongest cornerback at the NFL Combine, with 22 bench reps at 225.Player Comparison: Vontae Davis (CB Indianapolis) Nico Johnson (LB Alabama)Height: 6-2Weight: 2462012-13 Stats: 54 Tackles 2 Forced FumblesProjected Round: 4-6Though he only started 5 games his senior year, Johnson still made a major impact for Alabama. His best game was against one of his toughest opponents, LSU, registering 12 tackles. Johnson is a natural 3-4 Inside Linebacker, playing in Nick Saban’s pro style defense.He was named to the All-SEC Freshman Team in 2009, while being a cornerstone for three National Title Teams. Even though he does not have blazing speed or athleticism, he makes up for it with a “lunch pail” attitude for the game.Johnson told Thyrl Nelson and Damon Yaffe that playing at Alabama, he still had to push for playing time on such a talented roster. He was considering entering the military, until being offered a scholarship by Nick Saban and emphasizing get a good education (Listen to the entire interview at http://bit.ly/15lct35).Interesting Fact: Nico Johnson played in every game for Alabama while a member of the Crimson Tide.Player Comparison: Jameel McClain (LB Baltimore Ravens) As the NFL Draft approaches (April 25-27), the Ravens will examining many prospects on their big board. The important thing is not only to find players that fit the scheme but also where they will be available. The Draft is about value meeting needs, and here is a look at some of the value players that the Ravens may consider.Bennie Logan (DT LSU)Height: 6-3Weight: 2952012-13 Stats: 45 Tackles, 2 sacksDraft Projection: Rounds 2-4Logan had a somewhat disappointing year at LSU with lower Statistics than expected, playing around a defense full of high draft pick talent. Though they do not tell the whole story of Logan, who can eat up a lot of space.In the thrashing during the 2011 National Championship Game against Alabama, Logan was one of the few LSU players to have a good game, notching 6.5 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He has the potential to be a force along the defensive line, which could several different roles as a 4-3 DT or 3-4 DE.After speaking with Thyrl Nelson, Logan said during the NFL Combine, he had a tweaked Hamstring and will improve upon his numbers at his Pro Day. He feels he several different positions along the defensive line, no matter the scheme (Listen to the entire interview at http://bit.ly/12gZMZ9).Interesting Fact: According to NFL.com, over the past decade, Logan’s number 18 has been awarded by the LSU coaching staff to the player who best represents what it means “to be a Tiger on and off the field.”Player Comparison: Cory Redding (DL Indianapolis Colts) Kiko Alonso (LB Oregon)Height: 6-4Weight: 2462012-13 Stats: 81 Tackles, 4 Interceptions, 2 Forced FumblesProjected Round: 3-5Alonso was a very productive player for Oregon, when he was on the field. His draft stock has taken a hit for issues off the field. He was suspended for the entire 2010 season for a DUI arrest, while also being suspended 2011 for 1 game due to an arrest. Alonso reportedly, broke into someone’s apartment and passed out due to intoxication.He played in a hybrid 3-4 scheme, at the MIKE (Middle Linebacker) but also would fit in as a 4-3 SAM (Strong-side Linebacker). If it weren’t for his track record, Alonso could have gone as early as the beginning of the second round.He told Glenn Clark that playing for Oregon prepared him to enter the NFL, because of the strive for excellence and “they are all about football.” Alonso said he met with the Ravens during the Combine, and it “would be an honor to play for that great defense (Listen to the entire interview at http://bit.ly/XLDMyb). ”Interesting Fact: Alonso won the 2011 Rose Bowl Defensive Player of the Game against Wisconsin, with 5 tackles, 1.5 sacks and an interception.Player Comparison: Rey Maualuga (LB Cincinnati Bengals) Kenny Tate (OLB/S Maryland)Height: 6-4Weight: 2302012-13 Stats: 42 Tackles, 4 SacksProjected Round: 5-7Tate was highly recruited as a top rated Wide Receiver, before converting to defense his freshman year. He spent most of his time at College Park as a Free Safety but switched to the SAM (Strong-side Linebacker) as a senior. His athleticism is evident in his versatility at several different positions, even though he had a knee injury, which forced him to sit out most of the 2011 season.Tate played admirably his senior year at an unfamiliar position, where he had little experience. Teams will have to decide whether to continue to develop him in the box or utilize athleticism as a Safety. At defensive back, he would be a physical presence whereas at Linebacker, his speed would be an asset but would need to put on more bulk.He told Glenn Clark, that he is “going in as Safety” and “has cut some weight.” Tate believes it would easier to move down to Linebacker than move backwards into the defensive backfield (Listen to the entire interview at http://bit.ly/13rjgcS).Interesting Fact: When starting all 13 games in 2010 at Free Safety, Tate led Maryland with 100 tackles, while also having 3.5 Sacks, 4 Forced Fumbles and 3 Interceptions.Player Comparison: Madieu Williams (S Washington Redskins)* All Photos Courtesy of NFL.com.*
Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Steve Riojas, Waxahachie, Texas, 785; 2. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 738; 3. R.J. Esqueda, Granada, Minn., 713; 4. Tyler Fiebelkorn, Creston, Iowa, 710; 5. Darwin “Bubba” Brown Jr., Jackson, Minn., 705; 6. Jaedon Erickson, Welcome, Minn., 696; 7. Bondy Cannon, Mineral Wells, Texas, 690; 8. Ted Trumbo, Saint Francis, Kan., 603; 9. Gilbert Aldape, Sioux City, Iowa, 582; 10. Dennis Cosens, Mentmore, N.M., 573; 11. Jack Bransom, Burleson, Texas, 549; 12. William Millard, Dolores, Colo., and Brianna Maughlin, Dighton, Kan., both 526; 14. Justin Dose, Biscay, Minn., 514; 15. Anthony Clark, Omaha, Neb., 502; 16. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 493; 17. Drake Bohlmeyer, Beatrice, Neb., 479; 18. Jim Klokke, Farmington, N.M., 478; 19. Krissy Carpenter, Aztec, N.M., 474; 20. Harold Clifton, Stephenville, Texas, 473. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Cody Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 782; 2. Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 777; 3. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 771; 4. Kaden Reynolds, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Jason Duggins, Farmington, N.M., both 767; 6. Tim Gonska, Brainerd, Minn., 763; 7. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb., 759; 8. Steve Bitting, Phoenix, Ariz., 757; 9. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 739; 10. Cory Probst, Brewster, Minn., 738; 11. Jason Kohl, Missouri Valley, Iowa, 676; 12. Jason Fusselman, Avoca, Iowa, 675; 13. Malik Sampson, Worthington, Minn., 668; 14. Zach Olmstead, Overton, Neb., 658; 15. Solomon Bennett, Minburn, Iowa, 651; 16. Brady J. Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 647; 17. Brett Vanous, Quasqueton, Iowa, and Larry Rust, La Plata, N.M., both 630; 19. Blake Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 621; 20. Mike Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 620. IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Tyler Drueke, Eagle, Neb., 709; 2. Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan., 544; 3. Stuart Snyder, Lincoln, Neb., 531; 4. Ryan Voss, Spirit Lake, Iowa, 526; 5. Garrett Bard, Wells Tannery, Pa., 518; 6. Kyler Johnson, Quinter, Kan., 511; 7. Trefer Waller, Oneill, Neb., 506; 8. Toby Chapman, Panama, Neb., 478; 9. John Walp, Wapwallopen, Pa., 438; 10. Adam Gullion, Lincoln, Neb., 402; 11. Larry McVay, Bordentown, N.J., 393; 12. Douglas Dodson, Middletown, Pa., 382; 13. J.D. Johnson, Maize, Kan., 374; 14. Ty Williams, Arcadia, Okla., 370; 15. Justin Clark, Hamersville, Ohio, 364; 16. Kyle Keen, Carlisle, Pa., 362; 17. Taylor Velasquez, Turpin, Okla., 359; 18. Johnny Scarborough, Bomoseen, Vt., 351; 19. Neil Nickolite, Bellwood, Neb., 349; 20. Jason Danley, Lincoln, Neb., 335. IMCA Sunoco Late Models – 1. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 769; 2. Logan Duffy, Independence, Iowa, 742; 3. Dalton Simonsen, Fairfax, Iowa, 630; 4. Mitch Manternach, Dyersville, Iowa, 561; 5. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 553; 6. Cory Dumpert, York, Neb., 543; 7. Colton Leal, Dubuque, Iowa, 531; 8. Eric Pollard, Peosta, Iowa, 515; 9. Jacob Waterman, Colona, Ill., 504; 10. Zachary Zentner, Cedar Rapids, Neb., 499; 11. Chase Osborne, Battle Creek, Neb., 498; 12. Nelson Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb., 496; 13. Jim Johnson, Plainview, Neb., and Robert Osborne, Norfolk, Neb., both 490; 15. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill., 489; 16. Justin Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 466; 17. Alex Banks, Newman Grove, Neb., 426; 18. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa, 419; 19. Jeff A. Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 409; 20. Joe Ross, Thomson, Ill., 404. Junior National Champion – 1. Kaden Reynolds, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Dallon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, both 767;3. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev., 747; 4. Logan Duffy, Independence, Iowa, 742; 5. Jayden Schmidt, Seymour, Wis., 703; 6. Matthew Day, Farmersville, Texas, 700; 7. Jayden Larson, Mankato, Minn., and Justin Erickson, Glendale, Ariz., both 658; 9. Blake Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 621; 10. Mike Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 620; 11. Jake Pike, Pahrump, Nev., 618; 12. Dylan Thornton, Santa Maria, Calif., 611; 13. Cade Richards, Lincoln, Neb., 600; 14. Jackson Harpole, Farmington, N.M., 599; 15. Casey Brunson, Lott, Texas, 598; 16. Dennis Cosens, Mentmore, N.M., 573; 17. Ashton Wilkey, Batesville, Ark., 555; 18. Jack Bransom, Burleson, Texas, 549; 19. Raymond Doyle, Chandler, Ariz., 547; 20. Blake Clark, Joshua, Texas, 546. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Michael Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 792; 2. Steffan Carey, Bloomfield, N.M., 783; 3. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 779; 4. Dallon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 767; 5. Jason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas, 745; 6. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., 738; 7. Devin Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 733; 8. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 724; 9. Brian Blessington, Breda, Iowa, 718; 10. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 717; 11. Jeffrey Larson, Lakefield, Minn., 701; 12. Shelby Williams, Bonham, Texas, 700; 13. Cameron Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 685; 14. Troy Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 677; 15. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 675; 16. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 669; 17. Darryl Campbell, Everman, Texas, 666; 18. Jake Masters, Graettinger, Iowa, 662; 19. Austin Brauner, Platte Center, Neb., 660; 20. Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa, 655. IMCA Modifieds – 1. Steven Bowers Jr., Topeka, Kan., and Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., both 781; 3. Tom Berry, Newburg, N.D., 779; 4. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn., 775; 5. Jeff Larson (B1), Freeport, Ill., 774; 6. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 756; 7. Tony Leiker, Gillette, Wy., and Dakota Sproul, Hays, Kan., both 752; 9. Jesse Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn., 751; 10. Jim Thies, Mapleton, Iowa, 750; 11. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., 740; 12. Ethan Braaksma, Newton, Iowa, 734; 13. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 732; 14. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 728; 15. Bart Taylor, Sheridan, Wy., 722; 16. Alex Stanford, Chowchilla, Calif., 717; 17. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 711; 18. Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas, 710; 19. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa, and Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev., both 705. Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods – 1. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 795; 2. Doug Smith, Lake City, Iowa, and Matt Looft, Swea City, Iowa, both 786; 4. Brian Osantowski, Columbus, Neb., 780; 5. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 765; 6. Tyler Soppe, Dubuque, Iowa, 755; 7. Johnathon D. Logue, Boone, Iowa, 737; 8. Gage Neal, Anamosa, Iowa, 732; 9. Clay Erickson, Glendale, Ariz., 726; 10. Jarett Franzen, Maquoketa, Iowa, 721; 11. Brian J. Carey, Aztec, N.M., 717; 12. Luke Stallbaumer, Tecumseh, Kan., 716; 13. Kyle Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 712; 14. Jayden Schmidt, Seymour, Wis., 703; 15. Camron Spangler, Dove Creek, Colo., and Rusty Montagne, North Sioux City, S.D., both 699; 17. Colby Fett, Algona, Iowa, 694; 18. Chance Huston, East Moline, Ill., 691; 19. Hunter Longnecker, Woodward, Iowa, 684; 20. Taylor Kuehl, Cave Creek, Ariz., 683. Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods – 1. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas, 794; 2. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 721; 3. Matthew Day, Farmersville, Texas, 700; 4. Dan Day, Farmersville, Texas, 637; 5. Jackson Harpole, Farmington, N.M., 599; 6. Casey Brunson, Lott, Texas, 598; 7. Jeff Reynolds, Godley, Texas, 564; 8. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 562; 9. Jerrett Bransom, Burleson, Texas, 532; 10. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, and Tim Ihnen, Cortez, Colo., both 513; 12. Billy J. Gould, Kingwood, Texas, 511; 13. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 491; 14. Steve Blair, Cortez, Colo., 475; 15. Gary Fox, Fort Worth, Texas, 473; 16. G.W. Egbert IV, Belton, Texas, 463; 17. Brooklynne Kibel, Cortez, Colo., 459; 18. Jason Hubbert, Belton, Texas, 439; 19. Tate Butler, Yukon, Okla., 438; 20. Cullen Hill, Healdton, Okla., 430. Lady Eagle – 1. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 738; 2. Taylor Kuehl, Cave Creek, Ariz., 683; 3. Kelsie Foley, Tucson, Ariz., 670; 4. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 669; 5. Shelby Frye, Casa Grande, Ariz., 668; 6. Kenzie Ritter, Keystone, Iowa, 530; 7. Brianna Maughlin, Dighton, Kan., 526; 8. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 513; 9. Krissy Carpenter, Aztec, N.M., 474; 10. Brooklynne Kibel, Cortez, Colo., 459; 11. Hannah Miller, Phoenix, Ariz., 423; 12. Chelsea Clark, Cortez, Colo., 422; 13. Jenna Hagemann, Fort Ripley, Minn., 411; 14. Allison Morris, Taylor, Texas, 407; 15. Torey Fischer, West Fargo, N.D., 400; 16. Stephanie Spangler, Dove Creek, Colo., 395; 17. Megan Hatley, Newark, Texas, 393; 18. Jill George, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 384; 19. Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb., 364; 20. Amanda Carpenter, Aztec, N.M., and Hannah Chesmore, Rowley, Iowa, both 328.