11-15: Adrian Hubbard, OLB, Alabama
Adrian Hubbard quietly put together a solid redshirt sophomore season and was the best pass rusher on Alabama’s national championship team last season.
In his first season as a starter at strongside outside linebacker, Hubbard led the Crimson Tide in 2012 with seven sacks and 11 tackles for loss.
He received a favorable grade from the NFL’s Draft Advisory Board following the 2012 season, according to ESPN’s Todd McShay.
Still, he returned to school hoping to finish his degree. He’s on track to graduate this December which likely means he’ll declare after this season.
Hubbard has great size to play outside linebacker in a 3-4, listed at 6’6” and 252 pounds by Alabama’s official website, but could line up at defensive end on passing downs and rush the passer.
His pass-rushing skills were quite refined last season, as he showcased the ability to mix speed and power moves to get into the backfield.
Hubbard stands up really well against the run. He diagnoses plays well and sets the edge. He is able to use his length and athleticism to shed blockers and make plays.
Hubbard is a solid prospect who plays well in each facet of defense. He would bring some needed versatility and athleticism to the outside linebacker position.
16-20: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a defensive coordinator’s nightmare. Listed at 6’6” and 266 pounds by Washington’s official website, Serferian-Jenkins is a big tight end with great hands, while he also possesses the athleticism to split out wide.
Entering his junior season, he has already broken Washington’s records for a tight end. Through two seasons, he has 110 receptions for 1,388 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Seferian-Jenkins is currently suspended indefinitely due to a drunk driving charge. However, Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian believes Seferian-Jenkins will move forward and learn from this incident, according to a conference call transcribed by the Tacoma News-Tribune.
With Scott Chandler in the final year of his contract, tight end looks like a position of need for the Bills in 2014. Seferian-Jenkins is a superior athlete to Chandler and would be an immediate upgrade.
21-25: Jackson Jeffcoat, OLB/DE, Texas
A year ago, Jackson Jeffcoat topped my preseason 2013 draft board, and he was a likely a top-10 prospect at the time of his injury last season.
During last season’s matchup against Oklahoma, Jeffcoat suffered a season-ending right pectoral muscle rupture. He had surgery on the muscle in October 2012.
Despite playing only six games for Texas, he finished second on the team in both sacks (4) and tackles for loss (9.5).
He has top talent but needs to show he can stay healthy in his senior season. In addition to the pectoral injury in 2012, he injured and had surgery on his pectoral muscle following his sophomore campaign, and an ankle injury shortened his freshman season.
Jeffcoat specializes in getting into the backfield and disrupting plays. He’s quick off the edge and uses a variety of moves to get past blockers. He would be moved to outside linebacker in Buffalo’s system where his pass rushing abilities would be able to shine.
He shows the same fierce rush off the edge as his father, Jim, who won two Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys and recorded more than 100 sacks in his career.
26-32: David Yankey, OL, Stanford
David Yankey played well at left tackle for Stanford last season, but he’ll move inside to guard for the 2013 season.
Guard is a better fit for Yankey, who lacks the top athletic ability needed to be an NFL left tackle, but his strength and good technique fit at guard.
He was named a first-team All-American by the AFCA and Sporting News, and a second-team All-American by the Associated Press, following the 2012 season, his first at left tackle.
He is technically sound in both pass and run blocking and has a good understanding of the game. He is a hard-working player who has been a respected member of the Stanford team and starter since his redshirt freshman season.
His versatility will be valuable to the Bills, who could use him to replace Andy Levitre should whoever takes Levitre’s place at left guard not work out. He could also play either tackle position, but would most likely take over on the right side.