Posted on: April 10, 2009 3:18 pm
Edited on: April 10, 2009 3:19 pm

Frank Cooney: Top RB Prospects








That list is topped by Georgia's Knowshon Moreno and Ohio State's Chris "Beanie" Wells, both of whom have spent a lot of time since the end of the season trying to get stop watches to confirm the speed scouts saw on film. They are followed by Connecticut's Donald Brown, who ran so effortlessly in games that he didn't appear fast, then he smoked through 40 yards at the combine in 4.48 seconds.

Following a trend, talented fullbacks are again few and far between and none are expected to be drafted in the first day. Here is a closer look at the top running backs and fullbacks in this year's draft (players' heights and weights are listed; *denotes underclassmen):

1. *Knowshon Moreno, Georgia, 5-11, 217

Many scouts think Moreno could be an instant difference-maker in the NFL because he parlays power and elusiveness to consistently move the ball, sometimes in large chunks. His quick, jump-cut moves are sometimes reminiscent of Barry Sanders or LaDainian Tomlinson, but his lack of elite speed will probably keep him out of top 10.

His best 40-yard dash time at the combine was only 4.58 seconds, and during his pro day he was ran even slower (4.60) because he was ill, thereby offsetting whatever improvement he had hoped to gain by working out hard at the Michael Johnson Performance Training Center. He also weighed 210 pounds at his pro day, seven lighter than at the combine, and looked very good as a receiver in positional drills.


Frank Cooney is an analyst for NFLDraftScout.com.



Posted on: April 10, 2009 12:13 pm
Edited on: April 10, 2009 12:19 pm

Rob Rang Community Chat

On Thursday, April 9, NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang stopped by the Writer's Group to chat with the Community. The chat lasted approximately 90 minutes, with Rob answering a variety of outstanding draft-related questions. Check out the full transcript below.


Mr. Jacobs - Rob, what are you hearing about Jerry Reese and Giants' plans for WR. Do you think with all their 11 draft picks they'll make something happen with Braylon Edwards or Chad Johnson? Or do you think maybe they'll trade up and go for a Crabtree or Maclin?

Rob Rang - I'm hearing that there is significant interest on both sides between the Cleveland Browns and Giants regarding Braylon Edwards. The Cardinals seem a distant second option at this point, because Arizona feels they might be able to get something down with Boldin and are obviously Super Bowl contenders right now. The Giants are thought to be high on speedier receivers like Percy Harvin and have the ammunition for a trade up for Maclin or Heyward-Bey. Otherwise, Hakeem Nicks, Kenny Britt or Brian Robiskie are all possibilities

Scyte&Hammer - Do you see Kenny Britt and Hakeem Nicks more of a 2nd round or late 1st round prospects and what are the chances that one of them falls down to Bears at #49?

Are Browns/ Bengals desperate enough to trade their star WRs Braylon Edwards and Ocho Cinco for 2nd round pick? That probably depends if any of them takes Crabtree in 1st round, right?

Rob Rang - I believe Nicks has a better shot of making the first round than Britt, at this point, though Britt is actually the better all-around athlete.Britt's inconsistency and rumors of a prima donna attitude are hurting him a little bit.

Nicks' lack of elite speed and the surprising weight-gain he had after the Combine is a concern, but he is among the more physical, NFL-ready receiver of the class. I hear the Dolphins are quite high on him and could take him at #25.

Both probably should be taken in the early 2nd round, but a run on the position early could force teams to jump on them in the late 1st. I'd be surprised if either was available to the Bears at #49. 

draftnik42 - Would you take a chance on an ultra-athletic guy like Michael Johnson at the end of the first round?

Rob Rang - Personally, I would not. Johnson is ultra-athletic, as you mention, but he's too inconsistent for most and I, personally, question his instincts. In a rough version of the immortal words of Dennis Green, "He is what I thought he was" when I reviewed him in September for Draft Slant, NFLDraftScout.com's PDF. Rare tools, but only a marginal football player.

I think he slips to the second.

theheadswin - Hi Rob,

In your opinion, what is the most likely scenario regarding the first round of the Eagle's draft?

1. Trade up to obtain one of the top OTs
2. Look to obtain a top-flight WR with one of their 1st-rounders
3. or will they stay put and utilize both of thir first round picks?


Rob Rang - 1. Trading up is a significant possibility... Somehow I get the feeling that ultimately Michael Oher is going to end up an Eagle... He might slip to them, but I doubt it. He's a legit left tackle, as is William Beatty, but is so much more NFL-ready, he's worth moving up to get him.

2. Trading back is always a possibility with the Eagles, though you didn't mention this -- as is taking a running back with one of their 1st round picks. They are thought to be high on Moreno, who, if he slips to them at #21, will be a spectacular value. Donald Brown at #28 might be a bit of a reach, but fills a need.

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Posted on: April 8, 2009 1:31 pm

Prisco's Mock Draft

Stafford back to No. 1, Sanchez on rise

The Jay Cutler trade to the Chicago Bears forces changes to the mock draft.

The Broncos now have the No. 18 pick in the first round, acquired in that trade from the Bears, to go with their 12th overall pick.

That will change the total look of any mock.

This mock also includes the Detroit Lions taking Georgia quarterback Matt Stafford. I'm more convinced now that's the direction the Lions will take.

The Broncos also could be in the market for a quarterback with Cutler gone, but I see them going defense with their two first-round picks, rather than taking a quarterback.














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Pete Prisco is a senior writer for CBSSports.com.

Posted on: April 7, 2009 4:10 pm

Chad Reuter: Trading up?

Hungry to trade up? Numbers show it's usually wrong way to go

The Bears and Broncos kicked off the April festivities with the Jay Cutler blockbuster that brought Denver the 18th overall pick and a third-rounder this year to go along with a first-round pick next year.

By the end of the first round April 25, history tells us eight or nine deals will be completed that involve first-round selections. Another 40-plus will follow over the next six rounds.

It's unlikely many of those trades will come within the top 10 overall picks -- those spots don't hold the allure they once did due to the massive amount of guaranteed money those players will command.

But there will be plenty of buzz in the opening hours at Radio City Music Hall when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell steps to the lectern to announce, "There has been a trade."

Do teams trading up to get that coveted prospect or veteran typically get the better end of the bargain? Or does the trade-down philosophy really enable teams to stockpile more contributors on the roster?

Let's investigate.


Chad Reuter is a Senior Analyst for NFLDraftScout.com


Posted on: April 7, 2009 3:18 pm

Rob Rang's Pro Days wrap

Who helped their stock? Hurt it? Still has questions?

Southern Cal's Pro Day on Wednesday essentially signaled the end to a whirlwind of nearly 200 workouts across the country since the NFL Scouting Combine in February. For some, pro days are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to impress NFL scouts, for others it is a chance to answer questions that were raised in Indianapolis. Below is a list of players who have helped and hurt themselves the most since the combine -- and players who still have some work to do before the draft April 25-26.

Who helped their stock

• Robert Ayers, DE/OLB, Tennessee: Ayers continued his ascension up draft boards with an impressive performance at the Tennessee Pro Day, working out as a defensive end and linebacker. His 7.07 time in the 3-cone drill -- designed to show agility and quickness -- was a huge improvement over the 7.56 time he ran in the same drill at the combine.

• Shonn Greene, RB, Iowa: The 5-feet-10, 227-pound Green will never be confused with a speed back, but he improved upon his combine times in the 40-yard dash (4.65) at his pro day, running in the mid 4.5s and showed his explosiveness with a 39-inch vertical and 10 feet, 6 inches broad jump. Some teams view Green as a solid second-round prospect.

• Michael Johnson, DE/OLB, Georgia Tech:
Johnson was expected to work out well at the combine and did so, but was even better at his Pro Day. Measuring in at 6-7, 266 pounds, he was clocked in the low 4.6s, did 23 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press and looked very good in defensive line and linebacker drills, prompting talk that he could sneak into the first round. http://images.cbssports.com/u/photo

• Aaron Maybin, DE/OLB, Penn State: Maybin raised some eyebrows in gaining 25 pounds between the end of the season and the combine and was particularly impressive in many of the drills there. At the same weight at his pro day, however, Maybin's explosiveness was back. He was timed as fast as 4.64 seconds in the 40-yard dash and showed off his rare explosiveness with a 40-inch vertical and 10-10 broad jump.


Rob Rang is a Senior Analyst with NFLDraftScout.com.




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