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Posted on: April 8, 2009 3:34 pm
 

RB Wells, DE Orakpo Going Oppsite Directions

 

 With only 2 1/2 weeks until the draft, two of this classes' biggest names are going in opposite directions -- and their stock fluctuation could prove to be one of the real stories of the draft.

Anyone who has watched Beanie Wells throughout his career with the Buckeyes knows of his talent. Physically-speaking, he is clearly the best RB in this class, though questions about his consistency and toughness have caused many (including me) to rank Georgia's Knowshon Moreno as this year's best back.Wells, frankly, was disappointing even before the mysterious leg injury that robbed him of his effectiveness last season.

Scouts diligently reviewing Well's 2007 film, however, see a different back. A Larry Johnson, perhaps even Adrian Peterson-like combination of size and power. I've taken some angry comments from Packers' fans due to my projecting Wells to Green Bay in my latest mock draft. Certainly the team has other, greater needs, but there are many teams within the top ten considering Wells. His physical tools are just so great that some team, scouts tell me, is likely to pull the trigger earlier than most are anticipating.

On the flipside, Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo seems to be slipping down boards. I've spoken to scouts who operate for teams using the 4-3 and 3-4 alignments and each club is souring on the Longhorn pass-rusher. The more film teams do on Orakpo, the more they are left wondering if he is explosive and persistent enough to consistently generate a pass rush against NFL left tackles or, for that matter, agile enough to drop back into coverage. Orakpo's imposing build is impressive to look at, but belies his career-long struggles with durability, as well; another element that scouts are mentioning as a reason he could slip out of the top ten -- and perhaps considerably farther than that.

 

Posted on: March 17, 2009 1:36 am
 

Wisconsin RB P.J. Hill Jailed with DUI, more

 

 Junior running back P.J. Hill was released from jail Monday after being arrested over the weekend for a slew of alcohol and driving related charges, including drunk driving, reckless driving, driving without headlights, reckless endangerment and fleeing police.

Hill surprised many with his decision to leave school after his junior season, but had been wildly successful with the Badgers, rushing for nearly 4,000 yards and 42 touchdowns to rank behind only Ron Dayne and Anthony Davis as Wisconsin's most productive running backs.

Prior to the arrest, Hill had been quietly moving up draft boards after an impressive showing at his Pro Day. Hill's lack of agility and straight-line speed would have kept him in the middle to later rounds, but teams had interest.

Like fellow Big Ten standout Alex Boone of Ohio State, however, Hill's alcohol-related arrest is coming at the worst possible time and could lead to a tumble right out of the draft.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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