By Staff Writer, Marc Sluis
In these next two sections the players are chosen based on positional fit as well as the value of the prospect (based on where they are projected at this point).
—RB: A Return to the Ground and Pound—
1. Andre Ellington CLEMSON 5’10 190
Sure Ellington isn’t the typical bruiser one might think Rex would prefer, but his explosiveness can’t be denied. With a viable home run threat out of the backfield the passing game would open up as well as provide a nice one-two punch with either Shonn Green or a new physical acquisition.
2. Eddie Lacy ALABAMA 6’0 220
Lacy isn’t regarded as highly as Marcus Lattimore or Le’Veon Bell, but as far as fit goes he couldn’t be better. Lacy is a powerful downhill runner with tremendous leg drive, but he also hits the hole hard and has good feet in traffic. At this point in the process Lacy is vastly underrated and could really be a better pro than people think.
3. Stepfan Taylor STANFORD 5’11 208
Taylor is another physical runner who can pound it in between the tackles and pick up those tough three yard gains. Taylor also has great value as a blocker and receiver making him a well-rounded option for New York.
—Safety: Sure Up the Back End—
1. Eric Reid LSU 6’2 212
Reid may not be as physical as Rex would like, but his smooth athleticism and quickness allows him to fly around the field. Whenever you can add that kind of speed to a defense you have to do so.
2. Matt Elam FLORIDA 5’10 205
Elam plays with great energy and has the range to make plays all over the field. He may be a bit undersized, but is more than eager to throw his body into a hit. I really think he has “special” written all over him.
3. Tony Jefferson OU 5’10 212
Jefferson is a former high school running back who has transitioned beautifully to safety due to his physicality and explosive closing speed. So far this year he has been huge for the Sooners and could very well be a top 20 overall selection. If he falls to round 2 he would be a superb value for the Jets.