Is a tremendous skater who jumps into the play with relative ease and supports the attack. Moves the puck well and is a crisp passer. Can be used on the power play due to his solid hockey IQ as well as a good point shot. Is a bit undersized for the NHL so he needs to add bulk and get a lot stronger. Is adept at using an active stick to break up plays, something he will need to master for the highest level (since he will never be physically imposing). Swift-skating, puck-moving defenseman with upside.
NFL-ready in terms of sheer size, Holmes has the height, bulk, and fantastic wingspan needed to potentially dominate some pro opponents right now. At well over 300 pounds, he is a natural fit right away in a pass-blocking scheme, and that ability saw him earn a spot on the All-Conference USA First Team last season. Holmes is fairly quick in a small space and does a solid job of reacting to changes in his opponents moves, and his long arms are a big asset in locking up speed rushers. While pretty fluid, he is not as effective on pulls, since he tends to lumber a bit running in open space. If Holmes can keep improving his agility and do a better job of getting a jump on run-blocks, he has a chance to start eventually at the next level.,A versatile forward who can line up at both center and wing, he likes to impose his will on opponents and grind games out. Can also put up points, though not naturally. Has the makings of a stellar bottom-six forward at the highest level, though he may need to cut down on his num
Brockers wasn't as decorated as several other top talents following his final season for L.S.U., but he remains one of the most promising D-line prospects in the game. A huge player with great power and a fantastic wingspan, he has great quickness off the snap and can collapse the pocket with ease. Those qualities also help him stuff the run exceptionally well, and Brockers has the athletic fluidity and agility to keep improving in every facet. That said, he is still somewhat a work in progress technique-wise; he doesn't have many moves at all getting to the quarterback (even though he regularly commands multiple defenders) and he isn't fast in the open field. Regardless, Brockers has the tools to be a starter in the NFL, and should eventually be an excellent pro interior lineman.
St. Louis yielded the second-most rush yards of any defense in the NFL last season, so adding a long-armed, massive stopper in the middle of the line makes a lot of sense. Brockers has a bit of bust potential, but he is also one of the more talented D-line prospects available. Adding him to a young team like the Rams should keep the pressure off him, so this is a nice risk-reward pick for the Rams (who dropped down in the draft and seem to have landed the player they wanted here).
Sweezy is a long, big-bodied defensive lineman coming off a somewhat down campaign (shortened by a foot injury). Fairly explosive in a short space, Sweezy does a nice job picking up the run for a guy his size and can be opportunistic getting into the backfield. While he's not quite a powerhouse inside the line, he has enough athletic ability and a big enough frame to likely put on a good amount of muscle mass (and become more powerful in general). Sweezy isn't really an ideal edge rusher, but he could be a great fit for a team that likes big, fairly mobile D-liners who can play several roles. A sleeper.
Skates very well for a player with his big frame. His mobility allows him to join the rush and provide offense. Is adept at clearing the front of his net and playing a physical brand of hockey. Can be used in all facets of the game when he is on. Needs to work on his passing skills and overall decision-making process in order to maximize output at the highest level. Will also need to fill out his frame, get stronger and become a more consistent performer. Big, all-around defenseman with upside.
An extremely powerful punter, Nortman did marvels as a senior at Wisconsin (and throughout his college career there, in fact) last year and appears to be ready for the next step. However, before he gets his opportunity on an NFL field, he'll definitely need to work on his angles (from mid- to short distances) and prove he can handle the pressure. His technique is simple, he has good flexibility but nonetheless remains a three-step punter wich could be a knock against him.,Has a great hockey IQ and an excellent sense of anticipation on the ice. Skilled and productive, he can play both wing and center. While a cerebral player, he also displays very good hands and a goal-scorer's touch. Will need to fill out and get physically stronger in order to maximize output at the highest level. Also, he may not have enough defensive chops to play down the middle in the NHL (and may be more prolific as a winger anyway). Smart, versatile offensive forward with upside.
He is an excellent passer who makes his linemates better, but he also owns a hard shot to score goals. Works his tail off in the corners to gain puck possession, and is also very strong along the wall. He wins a fair amount of board battles. While strong, he will need to fill out his frame. Lacks consistency and takes a few shifts off, so he will need to improve in these areas in order to maximize output in the NHL. Is still somewhat raw as an overall center. Talented, all-around center with upside.
A pure offensive talent, he displays tremendous hands (he is adept both at shooting the puck with aplomb and dangling around defenders with sublime moves and precise skating ability. Does not necessarily have that extra gear in the skating department, but his shiftiness helps him create separation from opponents. While not the biggest winger, he protects the puck well and is hard to knock off the puck when in the corners of the ice. Is still a bit raw in the defensive zone and needs to work on his play when he does not have the puck. Dazzling, playmaking winger with good upside.
Keeps his game simple and owns excellent size for the defense position at the National Hockey League level. Also skates very well and has solid awareness on the ice. Can play a physical brand of hockey and also be used in a shutdown role. Lacks high-end offensive acumen, so he takes care of his own zone first and foremost. Solid, physical defensive defenseman with some upside.
Plays a solid game from the back end. Makes a crisp first pass and keeps things simple in his own end. Can also produce points at lower levels but is not a natural offensive defenseman. Can play big minutes in all game situations, but he needs to improve his overall skating ability in order to maximize output at the highest level. Solid, all-around defenseman with some upside.
Has excellent playmaking skills from the center position. His hands are very smooth and he has the type of puck skills that belong in the NHL. Also displays a willingness to play tenacious defense, although his two-way game lacks consistency. Needs to prove himself against tougher competition. Owns a reasonably projectable frame but will need to get stronger in order to thrive on North American ice surfaces. Talented playmaker with good upside.
Knows where to go in order to score goals and has the requisite quick release to produce. Can be a dynamic offensive player when he has it going on but must work on becoming a more consistent scoring threat. Also needs to become a better passer and complement his teammates more. Is a bit too much of a feast-or-famine winger. Also needs to fill out. Inconsistent, goal-scoring winger with upside.
There is no question the big center has the body to become a quality NHLer for years to come. He also has very good hockey sense and playmaking skills. Over time, he will likely play at well over 200 pounds in the pro ranks. The only thing that may prevent him from becoming a star is his skating ability, which is only adequate at this point. At worst, he will settle for a bottom-six forward role because his size will always attract attention at the NHL level. Huge, playmaking center with good upside.
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