It’s that time of year again! Valentine’s Day is upon us, love is in the air, and it’s time to tell that special someone how you really feel. For us in the draft community that means that it’s time to declare once and for all who the players we really like are. Maybe not always the elite of the class, but the prospects we just can’t stop thinking about. The prospects that the scouting community might not rate high, but I can’t help but to love. So without further ado, here is my All Crush Team.
NFL Draft Crushes
Anthony McFarland, RB, Maryland
You might remember two years ago when McFarland gashed Ohio State time and again and pushed the Buckeyes to their limit. Anyone can see that he has game breaking speed and can take it to the house on any given play. However, McFarland is more than just fast. He is actually a pretty physical runner between the tackles. He can be the featured back as a rookie and be an impact player for someone.
Lamical Perine, RB, Florida
Perine isn’t the fastest runner in this draft. Nor is he the strongest. I wouldn’t call him the best pass catcher either. What I would say about him is that he’s very well rounded and can hurt a defense in every way you could ask for. He’ll probably be drafted day three, but he has legitimate three down potential and could start as a rookie.
Matt Hennessy, OC, Temple
Hennessy might be my favorite interior offensive lineman in this draft. He’s great at finding work at the second level as well as engaging and gaining position while moving down the line in outside runs. He’s good technically, playing with leverage and using his length to his advantage. I see a plug and play center for zone blocking teams.
Alex Highsmith, EDGE, Charlotte
Highsmith is a small school guy with big talent. He has the right athletic profile for the NFL and shows the bend to turn the corner and pressure the quarterback. He’s a top five edge in this class for me and I’d expect him to be drafted on day two. Wherever he’s drafted I’m willing to bet he outplays his draft spot.
Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU
Blacklock might not be the flashy penetrator that most love to watch at defensive tackle, but he is extremely disruptive in his own way. He plays with great leverage and combined with his strength he’s very difficult to move at the point of attack. He’s also very skilled with his hands and can shed blocks well. Blacklock is a top 20 player on my board.
Logan Wilson, LB, Wyoming
Do you like big athletic linebackers? Me too! Logan Wilson is exactly that. He can play in the box and be that physical presence and at the same time he moves well enough to cover vs the pass. He can play sideline to sideline, so don’t mistake his size for him being slow. Wilson is a top five linebacker in this class and has the talent to start in the NFL next year.