3. Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State 5-11, 207 (2)
Career Statistics: 195 tackles, 5 sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss, 2 INTs, 10 broken up passes
Why Johnathan Abram Is Here On The List: A sensational tackler who closed out a strong career with a fabulous senior season, he’s got the size and the build to be steadily terrific against the run.
The ball skills are just okay. He came up with two picks as a senior, but those were the first two of his career. He’s better when he gets closer to the box and is allowed to make things happen behind the line and against the run. Nah, he’s not going to be the greatest athlete among the defensive backs, but good luck finding a better pure hitter.
What The NFL Types Want To See: Can he move? The ball-tracking drills at the Combine typically seem a bit silly and unnecessary, but in Abram’s case, looking smooth and flipping the hips around will go a long way to helping his cause. The Pro Day workout has to be lights out in terms of his athleticism.
Bottom Line: Thump, thump, thump. Find a slew of good playmaking athletes in the secondary, and make sure Abram is in the middle of it all hitting everything that moves. He’ll handle himself just fine.