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Old 01-22-2013, 09:16 PM   #21
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Default Re: 2013 NFL Draft: Steelers Draft Prospects by Position - Safety

2013 Senior Bowl: Monday Risers-Fallers

By Dane Brugler | NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst
January 22, 2013

While one practice won't change a player's evaluation, every action a prospect makes during Senior Bowl week will be under a microscope.

RISERS

SS Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International

In a talented safety group, Florida International's Jonathan Cyprien stood out on Monday with his aggressive playing style and active demeanor. He practiced at full speed and left it all out on the field, not shying away from getting physical. Whether it was a contact drill or not, Cyprien is going to meet the ballcarrier with a pop, refusing to let up. With Kenny Vaccaro (Texas) and D.J. Swearinger (South Carolina) deciding to skip Mobile, Cyprien has a chance to emerge as the top safety at this year's Senior Bowl.

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Old 01-23-2013, 10:47 PM   #22
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Default Re: 2013 NFL Draft: Steelers Draft Prospects by Position - Safety

Oklahoma football: Online report raises questions about NFL-bound Tony Jefferson

According to a controversial tidbit in a WalterFootball.com draft scouting report, OU coaches have told NFL scouts that Tony Jefferson had “horrible practice habits and a lack of work ethic in the weight room.”

By Jason Kersey | Published: January 23, 2013



Tony Jefferson (1) speaks to the press at a media availability for the University of Oklahoma Sooner (OU) football team following practice on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Oklahoma football enters another offseason clouded by questions stemming from a second straight season largely defined by subpar defense.

The blame has fallen on two coordinators — first Brent Venables, then Mike Stoops — lacking talent on the defensive line, too much schematic tinkering and a conference filled with fantastic quarterbacks directing spread offenses.

But one online report raised questions about the second-team All-America safety, considered one of Oklahoma's defensive leaders the past two seasons.

According to a controversial tidbit in a WalterFootball.com draft scouting report, OU coaches have told NFL scouts that former safety Tony Jefferson — who chose to skip his senior season and enter April's NFL Draft — had “horrible practice habits and a lack of work ethic in the weight room.”

A spokeswoman for Octagon Football, which represents Jefferson, declined The Oklahoman's request Wednesday for an interview.

Jefferson, though, unleashed a barrage of tweets Tuesday in response to the report.

“Also y'all be careful who y'all let pat you on the back,” read the final part of Jefferson's several- tweet response. “They could be patting you on ur back to find a soft spot, just to stab you in it!”

In response to an OU fan on Twitter, Jefferson said, “been a leader in the weightroom since I got there.”

To another Twitter user, he said, “Coaches hate me man. It's all good tho.”

Sooner coaches never once specifically criticized Jefferson's work ethic or commitment; to the contrary, Mike Stoops often praised Jefferson for playing most of last season on a badly sprained ankle.

For much of his sophomore season, Jefferson played with a sprained knee.

ESPN.com ranks Jefferson as the fifth-best safety prospect available in the 2013 draft.

Last week on a conference call with reporters, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr., said he expects Jefferson to be a second-round pick.

“I like the way he plays the game,” Kiper said. “He's got real good awareness. Real good instincts for the position. He's been a playmaker his whole career.”

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Old 01-26-2013, 07:01 PM   #23
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Default Re: 2013 NFL Draft: Steelers Draft Prospects by Position - Safety

2013 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Pro Bowl Week Edition)

Jan 26th, 2013 by Dominic Di Tolla

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kenny Vaccaro FS (Texas)

Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu are not getting any younger, and Pittsburgh needs to begin with a legitimate “transition strategy” at both Safety positions. If the Steelers do look for a Safety early, they might be wise to target the talented Kenny Vaccaro (6’1″ 218 lbs.) to begin the re-building process in their Secondary. Vaccaro was the Longhorns’ leading Tackler last year (104) and added 4.0 TFL’s, 2 Forced Fumbles, and 2 Interceptions to his 2012 stat line. A two-and-a-half year starter at Texas (31 Starts, 50 Games), the physical Vaccaro played both Free and Strong Safety during his collegiate career and would be a welcome addition to any Safety-needy team like the Steelers.

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17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kenny Vaccaro FS (Texas)

Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu are not getting any younger, and Pittsburgh needs to begin with a legitimate “transition strategy” at both Safety positions. If the Steelers do look for a Safety early, they might be wise to target the talented Kenny Vaccaro (6’1″ 218 lbs.) to begin the re-building process in their Secondary. Vaccaro was the Longhorns’ leading Tackler last year (104) and added 4.0 TFL’s, 2 Forced Fumbles, and 2 Interceptions to his 2012 stat line. A two-and-a-half year starter at Texas (31 Starts, 50 Games), the physical Vaccaro played both Free and Strong Safety during his collegiate career and would be a welcome addition to any Safety-needy team like the Steelers.

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I love Elam... but, Vaccaro is 1-a.
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a trade with the Chiefs who want to jump back up and get Geno Smith ... their 2nd and 3rd and 4th (Draft Calculator says it's a fair trade)

2nd - WR - Justin Hunter or Quinton Patton
2nd - FS - Bacarri Rambo
3rd - CB - Robert Alford
3rd - OLB - Sio Moore
4th - RB - Mike Gillislee
4th - SS Jonathan Cyprein or Duke Williams
5th - TE - Michael Williams
6th - C/OG - Matt Stankiewitch
7th - Oline depth

that would be great ... but I really doubt anybody wants to trade up in this deep draft
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Geno Smith is a top 5 pick. He's either going to the Raiders or Eagles if he gets by the Chiefs - something I don't envision happening. They can take Joeckel, sure, but who is he protecting? Cassel? Not happening. This is a deep LT class now.

TJ McDonald in the second round makes a lot of sense.
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Geno Smith is a top 5 pick. He's either going to the Raiders or Eagles if he gets by the Chiefs - something I don't envision happening. They can take Joeckel, sure, but who is he protecting? Cassel? Not happening. This is a deep LT class now.

TJ McDonald in the second round makes a lot of sense.
TJ McDonald is meh ... he got burnt by Michael Williams a 270lb TE in the senior bowl ... No Thanks to Mcdonald, been saying no thanks from beginning of the season
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#Steelers have scheduled a formal interview tonight with Texas first-round safety Kenny Vaccaro.

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#Steelers have scheduled a formal interview tonight with Texas first-round safety Kenny Vaccaro.

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Sweet.

(Any word on Elsm being interviewed.)
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