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Tag:Oklahoma State
Posted on: April 21, 2010 11:36 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2010 5:39 pm
 

The CBs...

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1.     Kyle Wilson Boise St – I first noticed Wilson in 2008, but I really got tuned in to him during the current offseason.  This guy has premiere cover skills and he has shown that against WRs from bigger schools during his regular season career and the ’09 All-Star game season.  While his Jr. year looked better in many ways, His offseason showings have alleviated many of the concerns people had about him.  I have also heard that he has caught the eyes of several NFL scouts recently, causing some teams to rank him above the more hyped, number two corner on my list.  I agree with those scouts, and I’m about to tell you why.

2.     Joe Haden Fla – I like Haden.  He’s a great athlete.  He was a high school QB with his path blocked by a guy named Tebow.  So he moved to CB to fill a Florida need.  Considering his relative inexperience, he’s done well.  But my concern stems from the footage I’ve seen of him allowing too many catches in front of him.  He was initially pegged as a top 10 selection until a slow 40 at the Combine caused his stock to drop.  I think Haden would have been best served to return for his Sr. season.  But I understand that uncertainty about the NFL labor situation probably drove his decision to leave early.  That being said, I think being picked in the 15-20 range, will allow him to develop without the heavy scrutiny associated with a higher pick.  If he goes higher than that, people may be disappointed.

3.     Patrick Robinson FSU – People are all over the map about this guy.  He’s been somewhat inconsistent given his natural ability.  But I think Robinson has the skill set to rise to the challenge.  I won’t be shocked if he is a late first round pick.

4.     Kareem Jackson Ala – A fast riser of late.  He has pretty good size for a CB, but I’m not wowed by the footage I’ve seen.  Jackson though, has experience lining up against some pretty good competition in the SEC.  He could start out as a nickel guy for an experienced team.  I could see Philly or Baltimore jumping on him in round one.

5.     Akwasi Owusu-Ansah Ind (Pa.) – I put him here because he ran a blazing 40 time at his pro day.  He also has skills as a return man.  It seems that occasionally a small school guy like Owusu-Ansah emerges as a steal, so I’m betting on that.  Plus, I am somewhat underwhelmed with what lies beneath him on this list.

6.     Perrish Cox Ok St – He was suspended for his bowl game.  He was banned from his pro day.  He didn’t impress with his Combine 40 time.  But Cox would be ranked much higher if not for some recent transgressions.  Plus, he has been a dynamic return man; a skill that may sway some teams in and of itself.  Some guys can overcome off-the-field issues and I just have a hunch that Cox may be a guy whose play overshadows his questionable attitude.

7.     Chris Cook Va – A big CB with good 40 times.  I think his value has increased because some teams may view him as a safety at the next level.

8.     Alterraun Verner UCLA – Ultra-productive at the outset of 2009, but he fell off as the season progressed.  He had a great pro day though, and that should raise his stock in the eyes of some teams.

9.     Devin McCourty Rut – I’m not sure why so many people are so high on this guy.  He made very few picks and the only thing that stands out to me is the number of tackles he made.  Don’t you want your CBs to make plays on the ball rather than making tackles?  To me, he let the man he was covering have too big of a cushion in too many instances.

10.  Amari Spievey Iowa – What’s that?  I’m letting my Big Ten bias show?  Well maybe so.  But I haven’t seen enough of USF’s Jerome Murphy or WF’s Brandon Ghee to rank them ahead of the Hawkeye.  So sue me.

Guys who could have been #10 on my list: Murphy and Ghee.

Guy who is a sweet kick returner but a so-so at best CB: Javier Arenas Ala.

And this guy went to USC and had a good pro day: Kevin Thomas – Don’t sleep on this guy.

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Posted on: April 21, 2010 11:10 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2010 5:19 pm
 

The OTs...

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1.     Russell Okung Ok St – I’m hearing that Washington may take Trent Williams from rival Oklahoma because he better fits their scheme.  I think that would be a mistake.  I also am hearing that Detroit may take Okung #2 instead of Ndamakong Suh.  And I think that would be a mistake too (I think Suh is the best player in the draft).  But Okung is the best OT this year and he will be a 10-year starter wherever he ends up.

2.     Bryan Bulaga Iowa – He has a thyroid condition that makes some folks nervous.  That appears to be under control.  He has a “went to the same school as Robert Gallery” condition that makes other people nervous.  I have a newsflash for people: Just because a guy went to the same school and played the same position as another guy, does not make them the same.  To me, that’s just a lazy way to assess things.  Yes Bulaga was handled by Michigan’s Brandon Graham in 2009.  Well, Graham’s a good player too.  Finally, I’ve heard that Bulaga has short arms.  So did Jake Long and Joe Thomas.  They turned out just fine.  And so will Bulaga.

3.     Trent Williams Ok – If not for the freakish Bruce Campbell, Williams may have been the star of the first few days of this year’s combine.  Yes, Bulaga struggled mightily with Graham.  But didn’t Williams also struggle against lesser opposition in the BYU game?  Just sayin’.

4.     Rodger Saffold IU – He has flashed athleticism and versatility since the end of the season.  I think he was overlooked because he played football at a school known for basketball.  Scouts are raving about Saffold’s pass blocking, and since the NFL seems pass happy at the moment, he gets extra points for that in my book.

5.     Anthony Davis Rut – Would be higher but has some discipline concerns.  I know he has big time talent, but I’m not sure about his heart or his head.

6.     Vladimir Ducasse UMass – Small school player who has dramatically improved his stock since the end of ’09 as far as I can tell.  I’ve read that he is a dark-horse 1st rounder at this point.  I think that’s too high, but he can play tackle or guard, so flexibility is a big thing.  He’d be a feel-good story if he could break into that upper echelon.

7.     Charles Brown USC – He might go ahead of Ducasse, and maybe he deserves to.  I admit that I don’t know much about Brown, but I am sure he should be ahead of the next guy.

8.     Bruce Campbell Mary – This year’s combine superstar.  When I saw him run I immediately thought “this dude is going #8 to the Raiders.”  Maybe that’s too simple, but can you blame me after the DHB pick at #7 last year?  Campbell is, by most accounts, maddeningly inconsistent.  If his athleticism can translate to good play in the pros, then I have him ranked way too low.

Small school guy: Jared Veldheer Hillsdale – He’s a monster size-wise.  His competition has obviously not been strong, but I think that can be remedied by good pro coaching.

Guy who did something unspeakable before college: Tony Washington Abeline-Christian – If you don’t know what I’m referring to, Google him.

Guys with cool names: Ed Wang VT and Selvish Capers WVU – The names may be cool, but the postseason has been rough for these two prospects.

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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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