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How the prospects in NFLPA game stack up

by | NFLDraftScout.com

SAN ANTONIO -- Last year, 31 eventual draft picks participated in the Texas vs. The Nation game -- now known as the NFLPA All-Star Game -- with Hillsdale offensive lineman Jared Veldheer the most prominent. He was selected by the Raiders in the third round (69th overall). Penn State linebacker Josh Hull was drafted with the Rams' penultimate selection (254).

Veldheer was the only third-round pick from last year's game; three others landed in the fourth round, five in the fifth, 13 in the sixth, and nine in the seventh.

If the same number of players in the 2011 NFLPA game go on to be drafted, here's one potential breakdown of when they will hear their names called on the Radio Music City Hall stage in April based on what they did on the practice field this week.


Kenrick Ellis, DT, Hampton: We know 340-pound defensive tackles with his quickness won't last long, even considering his suspension from South Carolina for multiple failed drug tests.

Jerrell Powe, DT, Ole Miss: Has forgettable senior-year game film and was not dominant against third-tier competition. Like Ellis, teams won't let him fall too far down the board based on his potential.


Tim Barnes, C, Missouri: The three-year starter anchored in pass protection and turned most defensive tackles in the run game.

Rob Housler, TE, Florida Atlantic: A reliable receiver who will stretch defenses with his height (6-5½) and length (34 3/8-inch arms).


Ugo Chinasa, DE/OLB, Oklahoma State: Looked much better at the weigh-in than he did on the field this week, but a 3-4 team will take a chance on him converting to linebacker.

Anthony Gaitor, CB, Florida International: Known for his work around the line of scrimmage despite coming in at 5-10 and 170, Gaitor was physical on the jam and stuck with receivers downfield.

Andre Smith, TE, Virginia Tech: Solid blocker with enough receiving ability to be a valuable reserve.

Willie Smith, OT, East Carolina: Raw prospect showed nice range off the snap and some versatility playing well at left guard.


Dom DeCicco, S, Pittsburgh: A 6-3, 232-pound safety with enough athleticism to be a Will Herring-type reserve safety/linebacker prospect.

Josh Gatlin, CB, North Dakota State: One would expect a relative of an Olympic sprinter (Justin Gatlin) to have speed, but the six-foot, 194-pound Josh Gatlin was quite physical and showed good hands for the interception.

Mario Fannin, RB, Auburn: Did not have a great senior season, but showed the burst and receiving ability that scouts knew he had this week.

Cameron Graham, TE, Louisville: Not special in any one category, but has good hands and presents a nice target in the red zone.

Ryan Jones, CB, Northwest Missouri State: Another non-FBS corner with good size (5-11, 197) and an ability to be a nickel back at the next level with some coaching.

Derek Newton, OT, Arkansas State: Versatile enough to play either tackle (or possibly guard) spot; could be tough to cut in September.

Taylor Potts, QB, Texas Tech: Highly-recruited passer out of high school showed fair footwork while dropping back from center -- which he didn't do in the spread offense at Tech -- and threw the most consistently tight and accurate ball this week.

Devon Torrence, CB, Ohio State: Good athlete made plays against underwhelming quarterbacks.

T.J. Yates, QB, North Carolina: Yates did not wow anyone, but could still be drafted because of his physical tools, experience, and the need for young talent at the position.

D.J. Young, OT, Michigan State: Former Bowling Green defensive tackle is still learning, but showed enough bend and lateral agility to earn a draftable grade.


Byron Bell, OL, New Mexico: At 6-5, 348, Bell moved inside from the left tackle spot he played for the Lobos, acquitting himself well by coming off the ball strong.

Ray Dominguez, OG, Arkansas: Another tackle-to-guard transfer, Dominguez looked much more at ease when allowed to use his wide body as a road grader than he ever did on the edge for the Hogs.

Brian Duncan, ILB, Texas Tech: A steady defender who knew his assignments and brings toughness teams want inside and on special teams.

Nathan Enderle, QB, Idaho: Has the size and mechanics NFL teams like to see in a quarterback prospect; he'll be brought along as a developmental prospect with potential.

Daniel Hardy, TE, Idaho: Enderle's teammate is a nice H-back prospect who flashed excellent ability as a receiver and route runner this week.

Marcus Harris, WR, Murray State: If Harris' hands were more steady, teams could look at him in earlier rounds. His fluid movement and quickness won't do him much good if he drops passes like he did this week, however.

Eddie Jones, DE, Texas: A big-time recruit stepped up a bit in 2010 and looked as assignment-sure as any defender on the field in San Antonio, but still lacks explosiveness in his game.

Mark Legree, S, Appalachian State: Productive center fielder fits as a third or fourth safety with special-teams ability.

Lazarius Levingston, DE, LSU: Some scouts will consider him a 'tweener at 6-4, 288, but 3-4 teams might like his hustle and strength as a late-round five-technique prospect.

Schuylar Oordt, TE, Northern Iowa: This tall drink of water (6-6, 258) won't be a threat to overwhelm NFL defenders as a blocker, but stretches defenses down the seam with sub-4.6 speed.

Mike Person, OT, Montana State: Played on the left and right sides this week, giving no quarter as a pass protector or run blocker on the edge.

Buster Skrine, CB, Tennessee-Chattanooga: The smallest of the three small-school corners listed here (5-10, 186) still gets a draft-worthy grade because of his fluidity and ball skills.

Ryan Taylor, FB, North Carolina: Versatile fullback/H-Back prospect with some speed down the seam and reliable hands.

Chad Reuter is a Senior Analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, distributed by The SportsXchange.


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