Tag:Texas
Posted on: April 21, 2010 11:41 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2010 5:42 pm
 

The Safeties...

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1.     Earl Thomas Tex – I think that Thomas is closer to being “the next Ed Reed” than the next guy on this list.  He had 8 INTs last year and forced 5 fumbles in the last 2 seasons.  Some say he’s too thin, but he weighed over 200 lbs at the combine.  He blazed a 40 in the 4.3 range at his pro day and that was only a shade faster that what he ran in Indy.  Plus, Thomas seems like a willing tackler to me.  He’s very young and he will keep getting better.  One of my absolute favorite guys in this draft.

2.     Eric Berry Ten – Berry’s another ballhawk.  He looks the part of a high 1st round pick.  But I am concerned with his tackling.  He tends to launch himself at his opponents instead of actually wrapping them up.  That won’t fly in the NFL.  He will improve on this, but I think Thomas is ahead of him at this point.

3.     Nate Allen USF – I’ve only seen a few games in which Allen has played, but he is seemingly getting a lot of attention from scouts.  I never claimed I knew more than they did.  So I think Allen will be a 2nd rounder.

4.     Morgan Burnett GT – Another fast riser.  Could he go in the first round based on his size and his speed?  Maybe.  But I still see him as a mid 2nd rounder.  But he’s better than the more hyped Taylor Mays.

5.     Major Wright Fla – So highly touted out of high school.  Another guy who might have gone higher a year from now if he had gone back to college in 2010.

6.     Myron Lewis Van – He’s projected as a safety because he was a bit slow for CB.  He has great size and was a 3-year starter in a tough conference.  I think he’s underrated.

7.     Taylor Mays USC – I think some team may buy into him as a 1st round pick.  But his poor coverage skills and his bulky size have knocked him down in my book.  He’ll be great running in a straight line chasing the guy who just toasted him on a deep ball though, because he does have blazing straight-line speed for a big man.  That may have been harsh.

Guy who will make a good major league baseball left-handed pitcher: Chad Jones LSU – I’m kind of kidding.  I think there is a role for Jones.  He has impressive size and he had one of the best punt return TDs I’ve ever seen during a game in 2009.  He is a terrific baseball player too.

Guy whom some teams might have rated in the same class (or higher) than Mays: Kam Chancellor VT – He had a nice week at the East-West Shrine game.  He has good speed and LB size.  Speaking of his size, he may actually be moved to LB by some teams.

Another guy who may be moved to LB: Barry Church Tol – One of my sleeper guys.  He’s versatile.

OSU guy: Kurt Coleman OSU – I think he will go in the late 4th or 5th and he will make a team.  He’s a tough kid.

Rhodes Scholar guy: Myron Rolle FSU – another 4th or 5th round guy who will find a roster spot.  Obviously he’s a smart guy, but he also has been away from the game for an entire year.

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Posted on: April 21, 2010 11:28 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2010 5:32 pm
 

The OLBs...

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1.     Sean Weatherspoon Mizz – He has gained momentum during workout season, but new questions are being raised about his cocky attitude.  He has speed, and while he is somewhat undersized, he can play inside or outside depending on who picks him.  I see him as a late first rounder, but he could end up at #11 to Denver or #15 to the Giants.

2.     Sergio Kindle Tex – At times he’s a force, but there are character concerns.  He had a DUI in 2007, and in another incident, he crashed is car while supposedly texting.

3.     Jerry Hughes TCU – An undersized DE in college, he projects to a pass rushing OLB.  He’ll fit in best with a team who will give him time to learn a new position.  But by most accounts, his transition should be fairly smooth.

4.     Thaddeus Gibson OSU – Gibson is doomed by the probable bust that is the Vernon Gohlston pick a couple of years ago.  I don’t think that’s fair.  Gohlston looked stiff at OLB despite being an athletic freak at the combine the year he was picked.  I have read that Gibson has adapted well to OLB drills.  From what I saw at the combine, his transition will be easier.  I think some team will luck out with Thad in round 2.  And I’m not just saying that because I’m a Buckeye.  At least I don’t think I am.

5.     Koa Misi Utah – Another guy, like Gibson, who seems to have taken to a move to OLB. 

6.     Jason Worilds VT – I’m getting lazy now, so see Gibson and Misi.

7.     Ricky Sapp Clem – I could say “see above” for this guy too.  But it should be noted that he’s had injury issues.  Plus, I haven’t heard the raves about Sapp that I’ve heard about the last 3 guys.  I’ve also heard that his character needs to be assessed, but I admittedly couldn’t exactly find out why.

 

Guy with good workouts but who is on the small side: Daryl Washington TCU – seems ideal for what the Colts do on defense

Another small guy: Rennie Curran UGA – Maybe should have gone back for his Sr. season.

Guy who seems to be slipping because of off-the-field issues: Navorro Bowman PSU – Plus, he’s smallish.

Guy who was on the fast track before he got hurt: O’Brien Schofield Wisc – He was adapting nicely to a move from DE to OLB.  And then he blew out a knee.  Ouch.

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Posted on: April 21, 2010 11:24 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2010 5:29 pm
 

The DTs...

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1.     Ndamukong Suh Neb – This is a no-brainer to me.  During 2009, he was hands down the best player in college football.  He absolutely took over the Big 12 Championship Game.  Didn’t he have 4.5 sacks in that game?  Jason Pierre-Paul had only 2 more than that in his major college career!  If St. Louis is stuck picking #1, they may want to reconsider The thought of a risky pick like Bradford, and take the safe bet.  Especially considering that the guy Suh terrorized in that Big 12 game, Colt McCoy, might be there when the Rams pick early Friday evening.

2.     Gerald McCoy Okl – 4-3 or 3-4 teams would love him (he can line up at end in a 3-4 presumably).  I’ve heard he’s a better pass rusher than Suh, but the stats certainly don’t show that.  To me, McCoy is the obvious #2 on this list.

3.     Jared Odrick PSU – A fast riser right now because he can project to a 3-4 DE.  He may go as high as #7 to the Browns if they see him as this year’s Tyson Jackson.  I see him more as a late 1st round pick.  That would mean that a better team would be taking him and he’d have an easier road to success.

4.     Dan Williams Tenn – He didn’t stand out to me but because 3-4 teams put a premium on his size as a potential run-stopping NT, he could go as high as the top ten.

5.     Lamaar Houston Tex – In the National Championship game he looked so quick.  He was perhaps the best defensive player in that game on that day.  I could see him moving between DE and DT depending on what team takes him.  He has more value to a 3-4 team in my mind.

6.     Tyson Alualu Cal – Yet another guy who could be moved to DE in a 3-4.  He seems to be gaining significant momentum as the dawn of the draft approaches

7.     Terrence Cody Ala – A mammoth on the D-line.  But he is a very fat guy.  He may only be good for 20 plays a game.  Maybe even fewer than that.  But he has made a conscious effort to lose weight this offseason, and some 3-4 team will take him in the early to mid 2nd round at the latest.

8.     Cam Thomas UNC – He’s a big dude who can play NT in the 3-4.  I feel like a broken record when talking about these DT prospects.

9.     Brian Price UCLA – His conditioning has come into question because of a poor pro day.  He was projected in the 1st round early on but he is slip-sliding on the boards.

10. Mike Neal Pur – He was stellar at the East-West Shrine game and that has improved his standing.  He could be used at DE by 3-4 teams.

Guy who would be higher if not for injuries:  Arthur Jones Syr

Guys who will be picked higher than originally thought because they are big: Linval Joseph ECU and Torell Troup UCF – I don’t know much more about either guy to make a fair assessment.

Two Georgia guys: Geno Atkins and Jeff Owens UGA – They are on the small side so it may be hard for them to find a place in today’s NFL.

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Posted on: April 21, 2010 11:03 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2010 5:10 pm
 

The WRs...

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1.     Golden Tate ND – How can a guy named Golden not be #1 on this list.  He’s similar to Percy Harvin in my book.  Not quite as explosive but no history of questionable behavior either.  He might be the third WR picked after Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas, but I think that’s a mistake.  Teams fall in love with big WRs but Tate was the most effective of the three.  He put up video-game numbers in 2009; and his background as a high school running back makes him explosive after the catch and hard to bring down.  In this age of small, quick WRs like DeSean Jackson, Steve Smith, and Harvin; Tate is at the top of the 2010 class in my book.

2.     Dez Bryant Ok St – I don’t trust this guy.  Maybe it’s because of my Braylon Edwards experience as a fan.  Maybe it’s the unimpressive workout.  Maybe it’s the fact that he missed a lot of 2009 because of a little white lie to the NCAA.  I just don’t see this guy as a team player.  He has the talent (the scouts say he does anyway) but does he have the heart?  I hesitated to put him even this high honestly.

3.     Damian Williams USC – I like his big play ability as a WR and as a return guy.  I m a little concerned because he seems to body catch the ball from the clips I’ve seen.  But I think Williams is a talented and fast prospect with experience running pro-style routes.  He seems to be a forgotten man in some ways.

4.     Arrelious Benn Ill – He had a rough Jr. year.  But he had a guy named Juice throwing to him most of the time.  Benn looked like a can’t-miss in his So. year.  He had a great workout season.  And he was a top-notch recruit coming out of high school.  I like Regus.  He may be the best “big” WR in the class.  Even though I have him ranked below Bryant, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was the better pro.

5.     Dexter McCluster Ole Miss – I wasn’t sure to put him at RB or WR.  He hasn’t flashed great speed in workouts, but he is an explosive player. Look at the footage from Ole Miss games.  He was often the best, albeit smallest, player on the field.  I think he is some kind of cross between Wes Welker and Darren Sproles.  Not the receiver Welker is, and maybe not the runner Sproles is, but a terrific weapon nonetheless.  He will make some team very happy on draft day (probably day two).

6.     Brandon LaFell LSU – Not fast.  Not flashy.  Just makes catches.  LaFell is probably underrated by most but he had a very productive career in a tough conference.  That counts for something.

7.     Carlton Mitchell USF – His stock has skyrocketed since the end of the season.  A little risky to me because of the competition he faced but teams are looking at him as a 2nd round prospect.  His combination of size and speed makes that very likely.

8.     Eric Decker Minn – Oh man, he had the dreaded Lisfranc injury in 2009.  But before that he looked like the best WR in the Big Ten.  He is a tall WR with great hands and appears healthy right now.  Don’t sleep on Decker.  His height and hands make him a viable 3rd down threat if he can shake off that injury history.

9.     Demaryius Thomas GT – I can’t trust this guy because: 1) he has limited route-running experience and 2) he has a foot injury.  He just worked out for pro scouts and they said he worked out at “half-speed.”  Are you kidding me?  Yeah he caught the balls thrown his way, but what does a half-speed work-out and a college career running flies and curls prove?  I think people are getting too caught up in the fact that he went to the same school, played the same position, and is the same basic size as Calvin Johnson.  He is NOT Calvin Johnson.  Buyer beware.

10.  Jacoby Ford Clem – I was tempted to put him higher and I know some teams are enamored with his lightening speed.  But his production and small stature would not let me.  Ford has a place in this league as a burner opposite a big play guy.  But he is not the aforementioned Jackson or Harvin.  Speed is great, but it is not everything.

 

 

Guy who maybe should be higher on my list: Mardy Gilyard Cin – Good WR and good return man, but his lack of big time speed has dropped his stock.  I like Mardy, but he seems like a #4 WR at best starting out.  Playing in the Big East is not the same as playing on Sundays, and I don’t see him being explosive enough to return kicks in The League.

Guy who is unfairly compared to Wes Welker because he’s white: Jordan Shipley Tex – Like Gilyard, a slot-reciever prospect.  Not that that’s a terrible thing.  But he doesn’t have the quickness of Welker.  He’ll find a role on some team.

Guy whose production is vastly overlooked: Freddie Barnes BGSU – So productive.  He’s the single-season record holder for receptions.  He’s not very fast, but I think Barnes will emerge as a steal two or three years from now.

Work out wonder who’s flying up the boards: Taylor Price OU –  He was hampered by the QBs that played at OU.  Not exactly a hot-bed of passing game creativity.  Maybe Price was wasted there.  But maybe not.  I’m not as high on him as some others.

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Posted on: April 21, 2010 10:53 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2010 4:52 pm
 

The QBs...

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1.     Jimmy Clausen  ND – This is controversial to be sure.  Call me crazy, but I’m over the spiky-haired, high-school-championship-ring-showi
ng presser Clausen had preceding his commitment to Notre Dame.   Jimmy C had a 68% completion percentage as a junior.  He was a 3-year starter.  And he played in a system that required him to take some snaps from center (wonder of wonders).  I think he’s the only QB this year that can start immediately.  Some question his attitude and maybe he is cocky.  But I saw him taking notes at John Gruden’s ESPN QB camp.  He wants to get rid of that perception that he’s arrogant.  This kid has it in him and I think some teams know it.  They just won’t admit it.  Clausen won’t experience an Aaron Rodgers or Brady Quinn type free-fall this draft.  Call it a hunch, but I like the guy.

2.     Sam Bradford Okl – Even if this guy hadn’t injured his throwing arm twice in 2009, I’d have my doubts.  He played in a spread.  Sooner QBs haven’t exactly had a shining success rate.  He seemed unsure when under heavy pressure.  He just doesn’t seem to have that fire, that “it” that an NFL starter should have.  I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt because so many scouts have him ranked so high, and because no other QB really stands out physically or mentally to me.  But if I were on St. Louie’s draft team, I’d be pushing for them to take Clausen.  Bradford seems like a boom or bust pick to me.  Good luck Sam.  And good luck to whoever takes him.

3.     Colt McCoy Tex – He’s got the winning percentage.  He’s got the completion percentage.  I’m not too concerned with his height.  But he seems too nice.  NFL players need that edge.  QBs need to be leaders of men.  Can Colt be an NFL starter?  Yes, I think he can.  But I don’t think it will be this year or next.  It’s going to take some time for him to establish himself as more than a humble kid with question marks about his toughness and size.  I really question that last throw against Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship game.  Seriously, what was he thinking?  He has a lot to learn.  But not as much as the rest on this list.  McCoy is the last of the 3 guys I think has a chance to be a decent starter within the next few seasons.

4.     Dan LeFevour Central Mich – At first, I loved this guy.  Like Tebow, but a righty, so better (more on that later).  But his competition was less than stellar.  And questions have emerged about arm strength.  I still like him and I think he can overcome his limitations, but how long will that take?  To me, the specter of Charlie Frye looms: a MAC QB with good numbers against…well, MAC teams.  LeFevour has a long way to go.

5.     Jonathan Crompton Tenn – Crompton has come on strong.  I think the facts that he improved the last half of the 2009 season under pro-style coach Lane Kiffen and he shined in workouts helped his stock.  Crompton is hit-or-miss (aren’t they all?).  I personally think he has high upside.  He has shown the ability to improve.  A patient team will nurture him.  An impatient team will ruin him.

6.     Zac Robinson Okl St – This guy is the most underrated so far.  He has the arm.  He has the ability.  Give him some time and he will be a top-notch backup at the least.  I see this guy as a surprise gem down the road.

7.     Tony Pike Cin – I can’t get into this guy.  He’s a system QB.  He’s kind of thin.  He’s had injuries.  Can he be a solid backup for a good team?  Sure.  Is he worth a pick before round 4?  No.

8.     Levi Brown Troy – I don’t have much to go on but a gutsy bowl game duel against LeFevour.  But Levi stepped up with something on the line.  I just have a feeling he can succeed long term in the right situation.  He’d be a good developmental pick for a team with 2 established QBs.   How many of those teams exist?

9.     Tim Tebow Fla – The thing I hate most about Tebow isn’t the goody-goody image.  I certainly don’t hate his college success.  I hate that he’s left-handed.  Few teams are equipped with the personnel to develop a lefty.  How many teams have a premiere right tackle?  Seriously?  This guy is not Steve Young, or Boomer Esiason.  He might not even be Matt Leinart.  Plus, I think that Tebow is too focused on correcting his throwing motion.  He looked like a robot on his pro day.  I appreciate his work ethic but jeesh.  Did anyone else think it was odd that while questions abound about his ability to take a snap from center, he did not have a center snapping to him at the pro day?  Why didn’t he have a center?  Was that his call or the teams at the workout?  I was absolutely dumbfounded by that.  If you have a 6th rounder to throw away, use it on Timmy T.  Otherwise…

10.  John Skelton Fur – Did I mention this QB class was weak?  Skelton has the size and the laser…rocket arm.  But whom has he played against?  Some people seem to think he’s like Joe Flacco.  Some people also seem to think Modern Family is a funny show.  I’m just not sold.

 

 

Guys I like more than other people: Clausen, LeFeVour, Robinson

Guy who made the biggest mistake coming out early: Jevan Snead Ole Miss.  I don’t know what he was thinking.  I don’t even know if he will be drafted.  He probably will, but it will be late.

Guy I like as a late pick but it makes little sense because he only started one full year and had 19 career TDs and 20 INTs: Mike Kafka NWU.

Guy who maybe should have replaced Skelton at #10 on my list: Armanti Edwards.  But alas, closed-minded NFL people look at his short stature and athletic ability and see a guy they can move to WR.

Just for kicks: Dominic Randolph Holy Cross.  Why not?  Aside from the top 3 on this list, he may have as good a shot as any.

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