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Posted on: February 22, 2011 5:45 pm
 

Combine Countdown -- DT Lawrence Guy

As we count down the days to the Scouting Combine, I've previewed one prospect at several positions that I believe have a great deal riding on their Combine performances.

Due to the fact that the defensive line is so talented this year, the competition at this position figures to be one of the more compelling story lines of the event. The NFL Network's Mike Mayock recently proclaimed this year's defensive end class to be the best he's ever seen. I believe the defensive tackle is very good, as well, making the entire defensive line group a spectacular collection of talent.

One of the more underrated defensive linemen, in my opinion, is Arizona State's Lawrence Guy . The 6-5, 300 pound Guy has a combination of size, strength and athleticism that few other defensive tackles in this class can rival.

He wasn't helped a great deal with the Sun Devils, who, under Dennis Erickson, are only beginning to get the type of elite athletes he'd used to win a national championship while at Miami. This is one of the reasons why Guy finished with "only" 41 tackles, six tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks last season. Opponents knew the key to controlling the line of scrimmage against ASU was to stop Guy and thus, he was often double teamed.

What makes Guy so intriguing at the next level is that he projects nicely as either a three-technique defensive tackle in the 4-3 or as a five-technique defensive end in the 3-4. That type of scheme and position versatility could make him a Top 100 selection even though the most attention he ever earned from Pac-10 coaches was this year when he was voted an Honorable Mention member of the all-conference team.

As with most underclassmen, the interviews will be important for Guy. He struggled with grades and maturity early on at Arizona State before emerging as one of the team's leaders in 2010.

Guy's athleticism is obvious on tape, but with so many other talented defensive linemen this year, this Sun Devil could easily be characterized as just another "guy," making it all the more imperative that he stand out in workouts to create some buzz for himself.

Posted on: December 2, 2010 5:23 pm
 

Lots of underclassmen to watch tonight in ASU-ARI

For fans who don't have NFL Network but still need their football fix there is a good scouting opportunity tonight at the collegiate level.

On the one hand, Arizona State at Arizona doesn't offer a great deal of senior talent. The Wildcats' pass rushing duo of Brooks Reed (6-3, 262) and Ricky Elmore (6-5, 260) are the only seniors in this game that I believe are surefire NFL draft selections at this time.

There is, however, a great deal of underclassmen talent on these two sidelines.

Most of the attention will, of course, be heaped upon Arizona junior quarterback Nick Foles. While I have reservations about Foles' downfield passing ability, there is no denying the 6-5, 245 pound quarterback has the ideal stature pro scouts are looking for.

The Wildcats also boast one of the better young cornerbacks in the Pac-10 in 5-11 182 pound Trevin Wade.

Perhaps to the surprise of some, the more intriguing talent (at least in my opinion) actually lies with the unranked Sun Devils.

Dennis Erickson has fielded a talented young defense in Tempe. Defensive tackle Lawrence Guy (6-5, 300) and cornerback Omar Bolden (5-10, 195) may lack for name recognition outside of the Pac-10, but each is a legitimate pro talent. Scouts expect each of the two juniors to at least consider leaving school early due to the marginal talent at their positions among the senior class.

The Sun Devils also feature one of the more explosive inside linebacker prospects in the country in sophomore Vontaze Burfict. The 6-3, 245 pounder is a natural playmaker with the size and athleticism that NFL teams are looking for, but he's struggled with composure throughout his career, drawing personal fouls in several games and often at the worst possible times for Erickson's team.

This game begins at 8:00 pm EST and will be televised by ESPN. 


 
 
 
 
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