Tag:Penn State
Posted on: April 21, 2010 11:32 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2010 5:35 pm
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The ILBs...

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1.     Rolando McClain Ala – Honestly, he’s the only guy I can see thriving at ILB no matter what team takes him.  There were questions about his speed after he didn’t run at the Combine.  Then he showed up in the 4.6 range at his pro day.  He’s plenty fast and plenty productive in my book.  Some team in the top 15 will be very happy with McClain.

2.     Sean Lee PSU – I think he will be the first PSU LB drafted thanks to Bowman’s issues away from the field.  Lee has decent size for the position even if a 3-4 team takes him.  He had a knee injury in 2008, which may worry some teams but he appears to be adequately recovered from that.

3.     Jamar Chaney Miss St – He has good size and speed.  He ‘s helped himself with a good offseason.

4.     Pat Angerer Iowa – He’s on the small side but he’s aggressive and tough.  I saw a lot of Iowa, so maybe I have some of their guys ranked too high, but I don’t think so.  He will at least help immediately on special teams.  In fact, I think he could thrive in that role.

5.     Donald Butler Wash – This is another guy whose helped himself with a great offseason.  I wish I had seen more of him in game action, but unfortunately I started this project a little too late to see many Pac 10 games that weren’t on national TV.

6.     Brandon Spikes Fla – I felt that I had to include him on this list because he seemed to make a lot of plays in college.  But when I looked back, he seemed to be at his best as a So.  Maybe his shockingly surprising lack of speed caught up with him and he was living off of his reputation.

Guy from Troy: Boris Lee Troy – I learned during the course of my football watching and research that Troy had LBs named Boris Lee and Bear Woods.  That just sounded cool to me.

Guy who looked good at the East-West Shrine game: Reggie Carter UCLA – may have improved his stock based on that week alone.

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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 11:05 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2010 5:14 pm
 

The TEs...

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1.     Aaron Hernandez Fla – I kind of see this guy as a Dallas Clark-type.  Clark is a better blocker, of course, but Hernandez can stretch the field.  Trust me, he made Tebow look like a better QB than he was.  Most people I’ve seen think Hernandez is no better than the 3rd TE available.  But he didn’t have a torn ACL or a season-ending back injury as far as I know.  Plus, he actually played football in real games in 2009.  In my mind, that counts.  Big time.

2.     Jermaine Gresham Okl – He would be number one on this list if not for the torn ACL that wiped out his 2009.  I’ve had a torn ACL, and (while I’m no pro athlete) that is about the worst injury outside of a torn Achilles’ tendon that a football player can have.  At the very least, I believe that this injury will limit Gresham’s longevity.  At most, it will stunt a once promising prospect’s growth.

3.     Jimmy Graham Mia (Fl) – Call me a sucker but I think there is something to this “former basketballer becomes TE” thing.  Plus, the U has a history of producing talented TEs. Jimmy doesn’t have the numbers, but he has the athleticism.  I put him here at #3 on a hunch.  Let’s see if I’m onto something.

4.     Anthony McCoy USC – I’m curious to see if the positive test for Mary Jane hurts his stock.  I don’t think it will, based on recent draft history.  Talent trumps the dabbling in the sticky-icky-icky.  But he’ll already be in the substance abuse program. So only certain bold teams will include him on the board come draft weekend.

5.     Dennis Pitta BYU – He isn’t fast but he can catch and he can block.  I wasn’t initially high on Pitta, but I am skeptical of a TE class that many “experts” think is topped by two guys who missed all of 2009.  I think that moves the very solid Pitta up on the list of available TEs.

6.     Rob Gronkowski Ari – This guy might be #1 on some lists.  But he hurt his freaking BACK!!  While lifting weights!  Everything revolves around the back and he has had back surgery!  And football players need to be able to lift weights.  I see Gronkowski as one of the biggest risks in the draft.  That’s why he’s #6.  He’s got loads of talent, but some guys can’t withstand the punishment of pro football.

7.     Dorin Dickerson Pitt – He’s an athletic freak who played all over the place in college.  I see him as a poor man’s Hernandez.  He has a lot to prove as far as blocking is concerned but he can be an immediate weapon in the passing game.  If the right team drafts him, he could have an impact in 2010.  If not, he could end up on the practice squad. 

8.     Ed Dickson Ore – I should probably have him at least above Dickerson.  But Dickerson’s workouts were so damned good.  Honestly, Dickson likely fits in with more teams’ schemes.  But I’ll stick with my gut.

9.     Clay Harbor Mizz St – This is a small-school guy with a good workout season under his belt.  Teams will like his versatility as a TE/H-back, but he will have to adjust to a much higher level of competition.

10. Andrew Quarless PSU – A lot of talent, and attitude to match.  He has off-the-field question marks surrounding him after suspensions at Penn State.  Plus, he has “GODS GIFT” tattooed on the backs of his arms.  Yes, in block letters, with no apostrophe.  That fact almost made me drop him out of the top 10.  But he’s also got pretty good hands and speed. 

Workout warrior: Jameson Konz Kent – Played a little FB, a little LB, a little TE…he’ll find a role.  Plus, doesn’t at least one guy from Kent make it every year?

Guy whose name I like: Tony Moeaki Iowa – Injuries were a problem in college.

Guy who could move to FB: Garrett Graham Wisc – FB/TE tweener.

Another guy I’ve seen on the rise lately: Mickey Shuler PSU – The other Penn State TE.  He has enjoyed a good offseason.

And another guy for no good reason: Colin Peek Ala – All I can say is that during the BCS Championship Game, Brent Musberger called him a “dandy” TE.  Good enough for me.

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