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Akeem Ayers
LB6-4255Team: Tennessee Titans                    Round: 2 (39)

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What he brings: Some project Ayers as a 3-4 OLB, but he has the prototypical frame for a strong side linebacker in a 4-3. He can line up over tight ends and use his long arms and strong upper body to set the edge against the run. He does an adequate job locating the ball and getting off blocks, and though he's not an elite athlete and has limitations in coverage, there is a lot to like about the burst and determination he shows as a pass rusher.

How he fits: The only really stable linebacker that the Titans have is MLB Stephen Tulloch and he could leave in free agency. Both OLBs Gerald McRath and Will Witherspoon are decent but not explosive playmakers and there is virtually no depth here. Ayers can line up at SOLB and not only solidify the run defense, but also give the Titans a pass rush with sack potential, as well as help on special teams.
- ESPN.com draft analysis

"Ayers surprised a lot of people with some mediocre workouts at the combine, given his reputation for athleticism, but he bounced back at his pro day. And as I've said before, the tape doesn't lie. This is a guy with the range of skills to help a team early. A good fit on the edge in the Chiefs' system, Ayers fills an obvious need at outside linebacker in the 3-4 and isn't just a pass-rusher. More in the Mike Vrabel mold, he can cover, rush and tackle well against the run."
- Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN.com

"Ayers is very impressive on the hoof, and he has the speed and athleticism to make an immediate impact at the next level. He has the range and ball skills to play strong side linebacker in a 4-3, and the balance and closing burst to play outside linebacker in a 3-4. He lacks the lower body strength to be stout against the run but uses his long arms to keep blockers away from his body and flashes the ability to quickly shed. Ayers is a versatile athlete with great measurables. He projects to be selected in the middle of the first round."
- NFL.com

"There's a fine line between being a versatile athlete and being ill-fitted for multiple positions. Ayers flashed big-play ability as a sophomore with 14.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, four interceptions and two forced fumbles, and he improved his consistency in 2010 (career-high 68 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss, four sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles). While Ayers is athletic, his 4.81 40 at the combine showed he might lack the speed to be an edge-rushing linebacker and chase speed backs to the sideline. He lacks great instincts, but he does maintain gap discipline and enjoys the physical nature of playing linebacker, so he could ultimately prove to be a good fit inside in a 3-4."
- CBSSports.com/NFLDraftScout.com Overview

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Rahim Moore
FS6-1196Team: Denver Broncos                        Round: 2 (45)

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What he brings: Moore has excellent instincts and recognition skills in coverage. He reads quarterbacks, gets good jumps, attacks the ball and shows good ball skills. He is undersized but solid against the run, taking sound angles and wrapping up well in space. He was much more productive in 2009 than 2010. He is not an elite prospect but projects as a solid starter.

How he fits: Safety was a huge need for the Broncos entering the draft. Offenses have really attacked this defense in the deep middle of the field and veteran Brian Dawkins lacks range at this stage of his career, while Renaldo Hill doesn't make enough plays and young Darcel McBath always seems to be hurt. Moore will hopefully be the ball-hawking player who can sit in the middle of the field and make game-changing plays.
ESPN.com draft analysis

Moore is a true difference maker at the safety position, and he projects to be an immediate starter at the next level. He is extremely rangy with the deep speed to hold up in cover-3, and he has a great closing burst when the ball is in the air. His high cut frame gives him the look of a wide receiver and he has the playmaking abilities to be a ball hawk. He also has great instincts and always seems to be in the right position in coverage. Moore might be the top safety in the class and will likely go before the end of the first round.
- NFL.com Overview

"Rahim Moore, the free safety at UCLA, in a bad, bad safety year, he's the best safety out there. Whether or not that gets him in the first round, I don't know. ... He reminded me on tape a little bit of Earl Tomas. Not quite as good, but he's got great range. I think he'll fit somewhere late one to mid two."
- Mike Mayock, NFL.com

UCLA's pro day on Tuesday provided LB Akeem Ayers and FS Rahim Moore with an opportunity to solidify their status as potential top-40 picks, and the duo delivered solid performances. Moore opted to run the short shuttle (4.16 seconds) and long shuttle (11.47) before going through an extensive positional workout. He showed excellent footwork, movement skills and quickness while going through drills headed by Bears' defensive assistant Gil Byrd. Moore moves effortlessly in his turns and transitions, and he flashed excellent ball skills and hands. He looks like a true centerfield-type safety with the skills to develop into a ball hawk at the next level. The only concern that surfaced was a lack of conditioning that resulted in Moore cutting the workout short. Otherwise, he solidified his status as a top-50 selection.
- Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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David Carter
DT6-5301Team: Arizona Cardinals                     Round: 6 (184)

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"You don't hear of many NFL prospects who were backups for three years in college and made their first start as a senior, but that is Carter's unlikely story. Carter registered 3 1/2 sacks in 2011 and led UCLA defensive linemen in tackles with 41. But it was Carter's impressive week at the East-West Shrine Game that got him noticed by the NFL, and even though he was a combine snub, he followed up with strong numbers at the UCLA pro day (4.98 in the 40, 25 reps in the bench press, and a 28.5 vertical jump)."

"The 6-5, 293-pound Carter has good upfield burst and is stout against the run, and judging by the several visits he has taken to NFL teams in recent weeks, he's thought to be a solid candidate to be selected in the sixth round."
- Don Banks, SI.com

Carter's performance at the Shrine Game bumped up his stock after a poor season. Projected: 6th Round.
- Los Angeles Times Draft Overview

After a disappointing senior season Carter responded with an all-star type performance every practice. He's looked incredibly athletic, beating blockers off the snap then quickly changing direction to sack quarterbacks or catch ball carriers in backside pursuit. Opponents were forced to double team the Bruin lineman in an effort to stop him. Scouts are hoping the light has gone on for Carter and he continues to play at this high level in the NFL.
- Tony Pauline, TFYDraft.com/SI.com

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Kai Forbath
PK6-0191Team:                                                       Round:

Forbath, the 2009 Lou Groza winner for the nation's best kicker, had his least efficient season as a senior, but he has a strong accurate leg and should develop into a quality place kicker at the next level. Although he does not excel on kickoffs, he has the leg strength to hit field goals of over 50 yards. His greatest strength is his accuracy, as he is nearly automatic from under 40 yards and connects on a high percentage of longer field goal attempts. Forbath will likely be a mid-to-late round pick and he has a chance to win a job as a rookie.
- NFL.com Overview

Right-footed kicker who gets power by taking an aggressive swipe at the ball. Gets plenty of height on kicks, even from 40-plus yards out. Solid 52-55 yard range. Consistent route to the spot, keeps his head still, clears his hips and follows through for maxium height and distance. Solid end-over-end ball movement with a slight draw. Equally dangerous from either hash mark, as well as down the middle. Mentally strong, does not let the pressure eat him up; kicked 51-yard game-winner against Oregon State in 2010 after missing from 46 and 49 yards earlier.
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April 29 - Ayers and Moore Selected in 2nd Round of NFL Draft
April 20 - OC Register: UCLA's No. 3 prospect a surprise
April 15 - UCLA S Rahim Moore has visited the Cowboys, Titans and Bengals
April 15 - NFL.com: Getting to Know Akeem Ayers
April 14 - Breaking down Akeem Ayers and Rahim Moore
April 12 - UCLA K Kai Forbath works out for the Falcons on Wednesday
March 29 - UCLA's Akeem Ayers tries to improve NFL draft stock
March 29 - 11 Bruin Footballers Participate In 2011 Pro Day

1946 - Cal Rossi, Washington (No. 9)*
1947 - Cal Rossi, Washington (No. 4)
           Ernie Case, Green Bay (No. 6)
1953 - Donn Moomaw, Los Angeles (No. 9)
1961 - Jimmy Johnson, San Francisco (No. 6)
           Bill Kilmer, San Francisco (No. 11)
1963 - Kermit Alexander, San Francisco (No. 8)
           Kermit Alexander, Denver (No. 5)**
1967 - Mel Farr, Detroit (No. 7)
1974 - Bill Sandifer, San Francisco (No. 10)
           Fred McNeill, Minnesota (No. 17)
1979 - Manu Tuiasosopo, Seattle (No. 18)
           Jerry Robinson, Philadelphia (No. 21)
1981 - Freeman McNeil, New York Jets (No. 3)
           Kenny Easley, Seattle (No. 4)
1982 - Luis Sharpe, St. Louis (No. 16)
1984 - Don Rogers, Cleveland (No. 18)
1986 - Mike Sherrard, Dallas (No. 18)
1988 - Gaston Green, L.A. Rams (No. 14)
1989 - Troy Aikman, Dallas (No. 1)
1991 - Eric Turner, Cleveland (No. 2)
1992 - Tommy Maddox, Denver (No. 25)
1994 - Jamir Miller, Arizona (No. 10)
1995 - J.J. Stokes, San Francisco (No. 10)
1996 - Jonathan Ogden, Baltimore (No. 4)
1998 - Shaun Williams, New York (No. 24)
1999 - Cade McNown, Chicago (No. 12)
2001 - Freddie Mitchell, Philadelphia (No. 25)
2002 - Robert Thomas, St. Louis (No. 31)
2006 - Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville (No. 28)
*Lost choice due to ineligibility
**Member of AFL at time of draft