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Tag:Clemson
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 11:03 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 11:01 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2010 4:57 pm
 

The RBs...

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1.     Ryan Matthews Fres St – I’ve been a Matthews fan since he tore up a tough Boise St. defense in their 2009 matchup.  BSU drove LeGarrette Blount to the point of criminal insanity.  Matthews, meanwhile, tore off 3 TD runs of over 60 yards.  He had over 1800 yards on the season.  I like CJ Spiller too, but to me, Matthews is more LaDanian Tomlinson than Spiller is Chris Johnson.  Maybe I’m wrong.  The good thing about elite RBs is that we should find out fairly soon.

2.     CJ Spiller Clem – He’s not Chris Johnson.  But he’s not Reggie Bush either.  Spiller is the most versatile RB in 2010, a threat to score in multiple ways.  I like him a lot, and I feel he will be off the board before Matthews.  I just think Matthews is more of the traditional 20 carry a game back.  Both guys will enjoy long-term success.

3.     Toby Gerhart Stan – As a Browns fan, I know he’s not Tommy Vardell.  That’s too simple.  White guys from Stanford are not all alike.  Toby has better speed than Tommy.  And better production.  His coach even raves about Gerhart’s pass-catching skills.  Look beyond the stereotypes of the white RB.  Gerhart is a 1000 NFL rusher and a premiere athlete (he played CF for Stanford’s baseball team).  Some team will be very happy with him.

4.     Jonathan Dwyer GT – He’s a bruiser and he’s somewhat slow.  His positive test for ADHD medication shouldn’t hurt his stock.  The system in which he played in college may though.  There are doubts about whether or not he is shifty enough to be effective.  In today’s two-back-system NFL, Dwyer has a place.

5.     Ben Tate Aub – I’ve heard that he runs too tall.  I’ve heard that he might be fumble prone.  I see him as an underrated runner who shined in his bowl game and who took advantage of his off-season workouts.  I think Tate is a hidden gem in this draft class.  He will likely go in round two.

6.     Montario Hardesty Tenn – I’d have him ahead of Tate if not for injury concerns.  But Hardesty did log over 500 career carries at Tenn despite an ACL tear in 2005.   He has good size and terrific speed for his build.  Even though he’s a RB I see his injury history as less of a concern than…

7.     Jahvid Best Cal – Those concussions scare me and I guarantee they scare every NFL personnel guy.  Concussions are a hot-button issue and, unfortunately for Best, he suffered one of the nastiest concussions I’ve seen in a while.  One nasty hit and his career could be over before it begins.

8.     Lonyae Miller Fres St – He would have started if not for my favorite, Matthews.  He’s more of a complimentary back.  But as I said before, the NFL is a two-back league.  I think of Matthews and Miller as sort of a poor man’s Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown.  But without the hype.

9.     James Starks Buf – I think Starks would be higher if not for his season-ending 2009 shoulder injury.  He’s had an excellent offseason to spring him into my top 10.

10.  Joique Bell Wayne St – His relatively slow 40 times have soured some scouts, but his production (albeit at a small school) was through the roof.  Bottom line is I like him, and at this point, it’s kind of a toss-up.

Guy who never lived up to his ability: Joe McKnight USC – touted as “the next Reggie Bush” at USC but he couldn’t match the hype.  But he was productive as a Jr. and he has speed to burn.

Two more small school studs: Deji Karim S Ill – Surprising speed and big time numbers in 2009.

Pat Paschall NDSU – I saw this guy in the East-West Shrine game and he impressed me with his tough running.

Two guys I’d steer clear of: Andre Dixon UConn – Has some off-the-field concerns but runs with great toughness.

LeGarrette Blount Ore – Some brave team will take a chance on this character concern.  He could be a steal if he keeps his head on straight.  Or he could…well, ask Byron Haut.

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