2014 Green Bay Packers Draft: CFB Week 2 Prospects to Watch
By Tim Thomas
Dec 20, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Kyle Van Noy (3) runs back an interception for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the San Diego State Aztecs at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
As a part of looking ahead towards the 2014 NFL Draft, this segment on some potential Green Bay Packers down the road will continue with plenty of players that could be future Green Bay Packers. This week’s group includes three players that could all end up with the Green Bay Packers without the Packers having to make deals to get more than one first round pick. Two of these players are juniors that may not enter the draft but let’s take a look at this week’s group.
BYU Senior OLB Kyle Van Noy
Kyle Van Noy has the potential to be a great 3-4 OLB and despite the fact that Nick Perry seems to be the answer across from Clay Matthews, Perry could to DE to allow the playmaking Van Noy to play OLB. Van Noy has had some impressive performances and a good friend and writer for the True Sports Blog was at the BYU game against Virginia and was impressed by Van Noy’s play. He also told me that Van Noy lived up to the hype that all the scouts have had around him about his first round talent and the game tape shows it. Van Noy is an explosive linebacker that can accelerate and make plays out of nowhere. Van Noy also has some refined pass rushing skills that are very impressive for a college player. Van Noy could be a big time player immediately and would be a guy that would make the Packers willing to move Perry to 3-4 DE.
Oregon State Junior WR Brandin Cooks
Not many might know about Brandin Cooks but Cooks has shown that he has the explosiveness to develop into a quality starting receiver in the NFL. Cooks impressed me when I was watching a game last season between Oregon State and UCLA. Cooks showed that he can be a dangerous target over the middle due to his speed. Cooks was also the one player for Oregon State that played really well against Eastern Washington with 13 catches, 192 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns. Cooks right now seems likely to stay in college another year but with the talents he has, he could jump up draft boards and be in the 2014 NFL Draft.
South Carolina Junior DT Kelcy Quarles
Jadeveon Clowney is bringing a lot of attention to South Carolina’s defensive line but Kelcy Quarles is another player to watch on that ferocious line. Kelcy Quarles is a very solid penetrator and has the potential to be a very good pass rushing DT or even 3-4 DE. Quarles showed that by getting a sack to go with 3 tackles to prove that he can get the job done. Now Quarles does not profile as nothing more than a day 3 pick that could get in the second or third round by next year but it is highly unlikely Quarles leaves this year. However, Quarles is a very good college player that has potential to be a solid 3-4 DE and slide up draft boards this year.
Of course, Quarles is also another excuse to watch Jadeveon Clowney if you needed another one.