Tag:Diamond in the Rough
Posted on: September 7, 2010 12:58 pm

Diamond in the Rough -- Jax St. OL Curt Porter

As I mentioned in my last post, we thought that the Player of the Week and Diamond in the Rough deserved more acknowledgement than they received in the past as part of our Draft Slant coverage. Thus, each Monday/ (in this case Tuesday), I'll post the name and rationale for those players here on the blog.

Player of the Week, along with The Diamond in the Rough (small school prospect), used to be features of Draft Slant. This PDF file can be purchased as an individual issue or one can purchase the entire year (16 issues). Or, if you just want to see an example, you can download this free sample of Week One here.

Jacksonville State offensive lineman Curt Ponder jumped off the screen with his play Saturday in the Gamecocks upset over Ole Miss. As you can read below, he is very deserving to be my first Diamond in the Rough for the 2010-11 season.

Diamond in the Rough -- September 4, 2010
OL Curt Porter - Jacksonville State 6-7 / 315 / 5.20
-- opponent Mississippi
Jacksonville State's win at Ole Miss Saturday brought back memories of Appalachian State's win at Michigan three years ago...and with it, an exciting scouting opportunity.  Appalachian State's win helped spark NFL interest into quarterback Armanti Edwards (Carolina, No. 89 overall, 2010), wide receiver Dexter Jackson (Tampa Bay, No. 58 overall, 2008) and safety Corey Lynch (Cincinnati, No. 177, 2008), among others. Similarly, NFL scouts will carefully pore over the Ole Miss-Jacksonville State game film to see which of the JSU Gamecocks were most responsible for their stunning 49-48 double-overtime victory. What scouts will find is that Porter, who earned Second-Team All-OVC honors last year at left tackle, was as valuable as anyone. Struggling with injuries along their offensive line, Porter, with all 22 of his career starts coming at left tackle, was asked to slide over and slow down Ole Miss' Jerrell Powe, the Rebels' 6-2, 330 pound All-American candidate. Powe was limited to only two tackles, including a one-yard tackle for loss. Porter, 6-7 and 315 pounds, alternated between left and right guard, played with surprising leverage and power considering his long frame. Porter also demonstrated the balance and foot quickness you'd expect from an all-conference left tackle, mirroring the pass rush of Ole Miss defenders. Perhaps most surprising was the comfort with which he and his teammates reacted to stunts and twists by the Rebel defensive linemen in the second half. Whether Porter moves back outside to left tackle or stays inside at guard the rest of the season, NFL scouts will certainly be keeping an eye on him.
Posted on: September 2, 2010 5:20 pm

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Posted on: March 13, 2009 12:28 am

Diamond in the Rough? Reed, Toal Pro Days


 Though scouts attended the Boston College and Oregon Pro Days Thursday to see potential Top 50 picks B.J. Raji, Max Unger, Ron Brace and Patrick Chung, among others, the early word out of each workout was that a playmaking, Combine-snub stole some of the show. 

At Oregon, defensive end/outside linebacker Nick Reed, the Pac-10's leading sacker each of the past two seasons, measured in at 6-foot-1, 245 pounds and put up some impressive numbers in the drills: 40-yard Dash: 4.71...Vertical Jump: 31.5 inches...Bench Press Reps (225 pounds): 24...Broad Jump: 9.0 feet...Short Shuttle: 4.27...Three-Cone Drill: 6.96...60-yard Shuttle: 12.02. There were 22 teams on hand. 


At Boston College, one-time iconic linebacker/fullback Brian Toal turned in an impressive Pro Day performance of his own. Toal has struggled throughout his career with injury, including missing most of his senior season with a broken right leg (fibula). At the BC Pro Day Thursday, however, Toal appeared to have his old explosiveness back, registering a 37.5" vertical jump. The vertical would have led all linebackers tested at the Combine, including former ACC star Aaron Curry. Toal showed surprising agility and flexibility throughout linebacker and running back drills. He caught the ball cleanly in running back drills.


Reed and Toal are among the more intriguing "diamond in the rough" prospects of the 2009 draft. Each had been characterized as a try-hard player with limited athleticism, but impressive workout totals could lead to late round or -- at minimum -- free agent consideration.

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