The best coverage Safety in the country, Lester will likely make his way into the mid 2nd round to a team like Carolina looking for an upgrade in the Secondary. In spite of spending most of his time at Alabama in the shadow of Dre Kirkpatrick and Mark Barron, Lester has consistently been known for ability in the passing game, while Barron has been more of a run stuffer. Lester has been a key element in Alabama's stout defense for the past couple seasons, and has been known to come rushing at the QB. You can read more about Lester in a write-up I did of him a while back: http://www.carolinah...ls-best-fs.html
Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama.
The best coverage corner prospect in quite some time, Jenkins may slip into the second round due to legal troubles and size. If Carolina were able to nab him there, it could be the steal of the draft. Jenkins plays fiercely and competitively, and as stated before, is quite the player defending the pass. He has held his own against the SEC's best, such as AJ Green, Alshon Jeffery, and Julio Jones. What's more, is that he has proven to be quite the asset blitzing the QB, which is a huge plus in Sean McDermott's system, and could make him a very big target for Rivera and staff. Jenkins' status between now and April could fluctuate between mid first or late second, and if he is there in the second, Carolina will have a hard time not taking him.
Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina.
Gilmore, like Jenkins, is a prospect whose draft position is in great flux over the next few months. Finishing the year strong and having a great Pro Day and combine could make him a mid first round pick. Doing poorly at these could drop him to the early third. His status will also depend on how many other prospects will lie ahead of him. Right now though, he is projected as a second round pick. At 6'1" 193 lbs, with a 4.4 forty time, Gilmore is a great physical specimen at the CB position. Much more mild mannered than the previously mentioned Jenkins, Gilmore is a mechanics based, good corner, whose greatest criticism could be that he never lived up to all that athletic potential in his days at South Carolina, even in spite of being named second all-team SEC and third team All-American in 2010. There is not a CB in the country better at playing the run than Gilmore, who constantly has a nose for the ball carrier. While good against the pass, Gilmore has never truly elevated himself to the playmaker that many hoped him to be; he does have three interceptions this season. Gilmore is only a Junior, and could return for his Senior season, but if he does come out, he would be the latest in a long line of South Carolina's CB's at a school which has become "DB-University" over the past 15 years. Gilmore is almost a lock to be "not bad" however, will he truly elevate his game to take on elite status, remains to be seen.
Edited by Cat'sGrowl, 05 November 2011 - 02:07 PM.