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PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2009 2:08 am    Post subject: Ryk's 2010 Draft Preview-TOP FIVE RBs UP! Reply with quote

Welcome!

Every year, I post one of these threads to give everyone the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the prospects in the coming year's draft. My goal is to stimulate conversation in regards to certain prospects as I post their profile and rankings. As usual, any and all feedback/criticism is welcomed and encouraged! If you'd like to see last year's version of this thread, just click here! Let's get to it!

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Arrow FB analysis/ranking
Arrow TE analysis/ranking
Arrow OT analysis/ranking
Arrow OG analysis/ranking
Arrow C analysis/ranking
Arrow DE analysis/ranking (3-4 & 4-3 prospects)
Arrow DT analysis/ranking (3-4 NT & 4-3 DT prospects)
Arrow OLB analysis/ranking (4-3 prospects)
Arrow ILB analysis/ranking (3-4 & 4-3 prospects)
Arrow DB analysis/ranking (CB, SS & FS)
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Quarterbacks

1. Sam "The Big Easy" Bradford

Height: 6'4"
Weight: 218 lbs
College: Oklahoma
Class: Junior
Projected Round: Top Ten Pick
NFL Comparison: Phillip Rivers
Madden Rating: Coming soon!
Highlight Videos:
Navigator280's 2008 Season Highlights

DraftParty's 2008 Season Highlights
Get to know Sam Bradford!
My Take: Coming soon!

2. Colt McCoy

Height: 6'3"
Weight: 210 lbs
College: Texas
Class: Senior
Projected Round: 1st Round
Madden Rating: Coming soon!
Highlight Videos:
playray91's 2008 Highlights

2008 Highlights vs Oklahoma
NFLDraftScout.com wrote:
Accuracy: Completion percentage benefits from many short throws and receiver screens. Generally puts those shorter throws where receivers can catch the ball, but not necessarily on the numbers so they can make a play after the catch. Makes touch throws look easy while in the pocket or on the move -- but he will float deep passes down the middle.

Arm Strength: Improved arm strength over his career, and now has good zip on underneath patterns and short outs. Only adequate arm strength on deeper throws, although he can sneak a 40-yard rope into the end zone if he spots an open man. Inconsistent spiral on intermediate and longer tosses. Rarely throws into tight spots between defenders.

Setup/Release: Has the requisite height, and stands tall and balanced in the pocket to find passing lanes. Quiet feet when patient in his drop, but is willing to throw off back foot to get ball to receiver quickly. Could be a bit more patient to sell ball fakes. Good poise in the pocket and will stand in and take the hit. Quick, compact release and mobility makes him tough to sack.

Reading Defenses: Intelligent enough to understand what the defense is giving him and take advantage of it. Patient enough to let deep routes develop. Usually throws to first read because he feels where defense is weak. Works out of the shotgun on most plays, giving him more space and time to read. He will take off if first option isn't available instead of going through progressions. Does not make the big mistake. Hesitates to make a read on QB sneaks, finding a sliver to get to the marker.

On the Move: Moves well inside the pocket, stays calm and generally keeps his head up when pressured. Buys time with his feet, and is able to throw accurately on the run in either direction within 10-12 yards -- although he will lose his spiral. Loses accuracy past that point. Directs receivers into open areas while on the move. Picks up first downs -- and more -- with his feet. Able to run through arm tackles outside, but is smart enough to find the sideline when needed.

Intangibles: Good intelligence. Quiet leader with positive attitude. Impeccable character. Plays tough; gets hit often whether running the ball and in the pocket but bounces back up. Teammates will play for him.

NFL Comparison: Jake Plummer, ex-Arizona/Denver/Tampa Bay

My Take: Coming soon!

3. Tim Tebow

Height: 6'3"
Weight: 245 lbs
College: Florida
Class: Senior
Projected Round: 1st Round
Madden Rating: Coming soon!
Highlight Videos:
DraftParty's 2008 Season Highlighs
NFLDraftScout.com wrote:
Accuracy: Flashes accuracy to all levels. A bit inconsistent on intermediate throws that require zip. Throws some beautiful passes in tight windows, but also has a tendency for "wobbly" throws, making his passes a tougher catch than pure spirals. Typically leads his receivers, but still too often forces them to alter their routes. May struggle with the tighter windows at the next level.

Arm Strength: Prototypical arm strength. Can make every NFL throw. Can zip short and intermediate passes and flashes touch and trajectory, when needed, on deeper throws. Only occasionally asked to throw true deep balls in this offense, but has the arm strength to do so.

Setup/Release: Takes snaps in the shotgun, meaning he'll need significant refinement in his drop-back at the next level. Quick, active feet necessary to eventually excel in this area. Quick set-up and delivers the pass with an efficient over-the-top release. Can get fundamentally lax when throwing on the run. Will throw off his back foot.

Reading Defenses: Only asked to make a few reads in this offense before having the green light to run. Seems to be a cerebral player who understands defenses and will scan the field to locate the open receiver. Protects the ball well.

On the Move: At his best as a runner and has rare vision with the ball in his hands from the quarterback position. Can anticipate holes in the defense and shows the burst to get past the initial wave of defenders to gain yards in chunks. Powerful runner who runs with good forward lean and doesn't shy away from contact.

Intangibles: Perfectly suited to Urban Meyer's system, but there are some questions as to how Tebow's skills translate to the NFL. Good size and strength for the position. Rare toughness. Natural and charismatic leader. Voted team captain in 2008 Academic All-American in 2007.

NFL Comparison: Donovan McNabb, Eagles

My Take: Coming soon!

4. Jevan Snead

Height: 6'3"
Weight: 215 lbs
College: Ole Miss
Class: Junior
Projected Round: 1st-2nd Round
NFL Comparison: Coming soon!
Madden Rating: Coming soon!
Highlight Videos:
All Passing attempts vs Alabama, 2008

2008 Season Highlights
Snead on College Football Live
My Take: Coming soon!

5. Dan LeFevour

Height: 6'3"
Weight: 229 lbs
College: Central Michigan
Class: Senior
Projected Round: 2nd Round
NFL Comparison: Coming soon!
Madden Rating: Coming soon!
Highlight Videos:
Highlight reel vs Ball State, 2008

My Take: Coming soon!
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1. CJ Spiller

Height: 5'11"
Weight: 195 lbs
College: Clemson
Class: 2010 (Senior)
Projected Round: 1st Round
Projected 40 yard dash: 4.29-4.35
NFL Comparison: Felix Jones
Madden Rating: 81 OVR
Highlight Videos:
CJ Spiller for Heisman '09 highlight video

Another Highlight Reel
96 yard kickoff return TD! SPEED!!!!
NFLDraftScout.com wrote:
Inside: Although Spiller is known as a speed back, he has strong muscle definition throughout his frame and runs a lot tougher than most give him credit for. Most dangerous when starting inside and using his quick feet and vision to bounce outside, but isn't afraid to take it north-south if that's what's needed. Keeps his pads down and legs moving through trash inside, often falling forward for extra yardage. Will be challenged to hang onto the ball when facing strong NFL linebackers.

Outside: Excels outside the tackles. Excellent vision and agility, with elite breakaway speed. Few safeties will ever get an angle on him once he's past the linebackers. Has the speed to turn the corner. Patient running on stretch and zone plays, able to cutback and blow through a hole. Can press the line, then evade penetrating defenders by bouncing outside with quick feet. Able to leap diving defenders and stay in balance after landing. Does not shy away from contact at the second level -- willing to plow through a tackle for an extra yard. Ball security can be an issue, as he gets a little loose with the ball when running outside. A potential Pro Bowl punt and kick returner because of his pure speed, willingness to attack the lane, quick cuts through traffic and superior elusiveness with the ball in his hands.

Breaking tackles: Runs with some lean; elusive and strong enough to avoid defenders in space and run through arm tackles. Quick stop-start move to freeze would-be tacklers or let them fly by if they leave their feet. Head fakes or just out-quicks most any defender in space -- usually at full speed. Isn't big enough to consistently get through the grasp of defensive tackles at the line or the wrap of linebackers, but gives good effort.

Blocking: Does not act like a track star playing football. Willing to stand up to ends and linebackers in pass protection, although he lacks the bulk to sustain and may struggle to stay strong against top pro linebackers. Will throw a shoulder into much bigger defenders to chip on a lineman before heading to the flat for a check-down pass. Gives effort to help out teammates running downfield.

Receiving: Versatile offensive weapon who catches passes over the middle or in the flat, but will also line up in the slot and on the outside. He's lightning-quick and ultra-elusive after the catch, often leaving defenders standing still as he jukes them outside or inside. Blows by safeties in coverage, especially on out-and-up routes. Inconsistent hands as a receiver, though. Will catch most easy passes with his hands and high-point the ball in traffic, but he also has lapses of concentration and short-arm passes when expecting a big hit over the middle. Needs to be crisper coming in and out of his routes to sell them better at the next level. Solid hands on punt returns, and actually catches kickoffs at helmet-height with his hands.

Intangibles: Improved his strength and running toughness over the past couple of seasons to become a more complete running back. Looks to be a leader on offense without James Davis, quarterback Cullen Harper and wide receiver Aaron Kelly no longer on the squad. No major character issues or off-field incidents. Named to the ACC All-Academic team in 2008.

NFL Comparison: Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys

My Take: I love, love LOVE this kid. He's a football player who runs track, not the other way around. He has stellar vision, blocks well in pass protection, has great hands, ridiculous agility,he knows how to use his blockers well to set up running lanes and surprisingly, he even knows how to set up and exploit back pursuit angles by defenders. His talent and vision are almost identical to Felix Jones' (Dallas Cowboys), but he's more durable and faster. Most importantly, Spiller's draft value is higher than Jones' was because of his larger amount of game experience. Whoever gets this kid is getting a very, very special player.




2. Jahvid Best

Height: 5'10"
Weight: 195 lbs
College: California
Class: 2011 (Junior)
Projected Round: 1st Round
Projected 40 yard dash: 4.30-4.37
NFL Comparison: Darren Sproles (but slower)
Madden Rating: 79 OVR
Highlight Videos:
2008 Season Highlights

Jahvid goes off on Washington for 311 yards
2007 Season Highlights as a RB, KR, Gunner and WR
NFLDraftScout.com wrote:
Led the Pac-10 and ranked third in the country in rushing, averaging 131.67 ypg his 8.1 yards per carry was the best of any player in the FBS with at least 125 rushes on the year, as well as a school record total of 1,580 rushing yards was the second highest ever at Cal, behind only J.J. Arrington's 2,018 yards in 2004 a first-team All-Pac-10 choice named a second-team All-American by College Football News voted Offensive MVP of the Emerald Bowl after galloping for a bowl-record 186 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries vs. Miami (9.3 ypc) his 15 rushing TDs tied the Cal mark also held by J.J. Arrington (2004) and Justin Forsett (2007) a three-time Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week Cal's Co-Offensive MVP ranked second nationally in all-purpose yards, averaging 187.25 ypg and setting a school record with 2,247 all-purpose yards also first in the conference and 22nd in the country in kickoff returns (26.31 ypr) capped off the regular season with a school-record 311 yards on 19 carries vs. Washington - the fourth-highest total in Pac-10 history and the No. 4 performance in the nation during the fall also scored four TDs in the game, including sprints of 60 and 84 yards, to tie the Cal record had the two longest runs in the Pac-10; in addition to the 84-yard rush vs. UW, went 86 yards at Washington State the only Cal player ever to have three 200-yard games (311 vs. Washington, 201 vs. Stanford, 200 at Washington State) ran for a combined 698 yards on 58 carries (12.1 ypc) in Cal's last three games vs. Stanford, UW and Miami had seven rushes of 60+ yards, including three runs of 80 or more yard recipient of the Berkeley Breakfast Club Award (outstanding player in the Big Game) tied for second on the team with 27 receptions opened the 2008 campaign with 111 yards on 24 carries (1 TD), 63 receiving yards and 103 kickoff-return yards for a career-best 277 all-purpose yards against Michigan State became the first Cal player since J.J. Arrington in 2004 to open a season with back-to-back 100-yard rushing games after racking up 200 yards on the ground at Washington State dislocated his left elbow vs. Colorado State Sept. 27 after missing the Arizona State game, returned at Arizona Oct. 18 and rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown vs. the Wildcats went for 115 yards against UCLA and 116 yards against Oregon State in his career, has 76 plays (rush, receive, KO return) of at least 10 yards missed spring 2009 workouts following offseason foot and elbow surgery, but began running in April and is expected to be at full strength by August training camp.

My Take: Great at making defenders miss. That's the first thing that jumps out at me when I see him on tape. Not only in the open field, but while in traffic, too. His ability to do that is reminiscent of Marcus Allen. His speed and agility are easily his best attributes, but his soft hands out of the backfield and added value as a return man are what makes me rank him this high. He is perfect for a two running back system where he can be a home run hitting threat, but can carry the load if the situation calls for it. He is not the kind of back you want lining up in your backfield on 4th and inches. I fully expect him to see some reps at WR at the combine because any way you can get this kid on the field is going to be a good thing.




3. Jonathan Dwyer

Height: 6'0"
Weight: 228 lbs
College: Georgia Tech
Class: 2011 (Junior
Projected Round: 1st - 2nd Round
NFL Comparison: Ronnie Brown
Projected 40 yard dash: 4.40-4.50
Madden Rating: 78 OVR
Highlight Videos:
Dwyer Highlight Reel

2008 Season Highlights
88 yard TD run/screen pass
NFLDraftScout.com wrote:
Emerged as one of the nation's top running backs as a sophomore First Team All-ACC and the ACC Player of the Year -- just the third Yellow Jacket to earn the honor, joining Calvin Johnson and Joe Hamilton -- and a unanimous selection for the All-ACC team led the ACC and ranked 17th nationally in rushing (107.3 ypg) overall and in league games only (113.0 ypg) gives Tech the ACCrushing champion for the third straight year the only player in the ACCto average more than 100 yards rushing rushed for 1,395 yards this season -- the 4th-most single-season yards in Georgia Tech history his rushing average (107.3) was the seventh-best in school history rushed for 100 yards in a game nine times, tying the school record his 1,831 career rushing yards ranks 10th in Tech history Clemson's C.J. Spiller is the only returning player in the ACCwith more career yards has 10 career 100-yard rushing games rushed for 100 yards in each of the final four games of the regular season his 1,775 all-purpose yards in 2008 were the second-most in Tech history has 21 career rushing touchdowns (22 touchdowns total) had eight pass receptions for 209 yards was also used at times as a kick returner had a career-high three receptions for 66 yards to go with 67 yards rushing vs. LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl (Dec. 31) had 144 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 20 attempts at Georgia (Nov. 29) his 60-yard TD run on the first play of the second half at Georgia ignited a 26-point third quarter for the Jackets rushed 10 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns (TD runs of 58 and six yards) vs. No. 23 Miami (Nov. 20) that performance earned him ACC co-Offensive Back of the Week didn't play the second half of the Miami game because of a bruised knee rushed 22 times for 157 yards and one touchdown at 19th-ranked North Carolina ( Nov. 8 ) had an 85-yard run for a touchdown -- the fourth-longest run in school history -- against the Tar Heels erupted for 145 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries vs. Florida State (Nov. 1) had touchdown runs of 36 and 66 yards vs. the Seminoles broke loose for 109 yards on 21 carries and had three kickoff returns in a key road win at Clemson ( Oct. 18 ) had Tech's only touchdown on a 79-yard pass from Calvin Booker vs. Gardner-Webb (Oct. 11) the 79-yard pass was the 12th-longest pass play in Tech history rushed for a career-high 159 yards on 23 carries (6.9 yards per attempt) vs. Duke (Oct. 4) rushed for 141 yards and one touchdown on nine carries vs. Mississippi State (Sept. 20) his 88-yard touchdown run against the Bulldogs was the longest run from scrimmage in Georgia Tech history rushed for 108 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries at Boston College (Sept. 6) his 43-yard touchdown scamper mid-way through the fourth quarter proved to be the winning margin against the Eagles also returned three kickoffs for 97 yards including a career-long of 52 yards rushed for 112 yards on just 11 carries (10.2 ypa) in the season opener vs. Jacksonville State ( Aug. 28 ) rushed for two touchdowns against the Gamecocks a gifted ball carrier who emerged as the back-up to Tashard Choice at running back in 2007 as a true freshman a bulky, strong runner with deceptive speed.

My Take: Arguably the toughest runner in all of college football. He breaks arm tackles with ease, is shifty enough to make defenders miss in space, has good (but not great) hands out of the backfield and consistently displays great vision. He needs to polish is pass protection skills and lacks elite speed, but that's not his game, anyway. I'm a big fan of Dwyer's because he's probably the best RB in this year's class if you're looking for a "safe" pick. He has sneaky speed, similar to Larry Johnson and Ronnie Brown, which surprises defenders on occasion, putting them out of position.




4. Toby Gerhart

Height: 6'1"
Weight: 237 lbs
College: Stanford
Class: 2011 (Junior
Projected Round: 2nd Round
NFL Comparison: Brian Leonard (but bigger)
Projected 40 yard dash: 4.48-4.60
Madden Rating: 75 OVR
Highlight Videos:
"Top 10 Powerback 2010" Highlight video

Tony Gerhart works
August '09 practice interview
NFLDraftScout.com wrote:
Inside: Power back with a nice burst into an inside hole. Some vision and quick enough feet to pick through traffic and find a running lane. Effective in the I-formation and reads his fullback blocks well. Tries to fall forward on every run, often getting three or four extra yards once wrapped up by multiple defenders. Very secure with the ball. Not a big cutback-and-explode threat. Runs hard but won't blow up defenders in the hole like some elite power backs.

Outside: Has good straight-line speed for his size. Does not own a breakaway gear but is fast enough to get outside and make it hard for safeties to get the angle. Switches the ball to outside hand. Won't make a tackler miss with great elusiveness, but can cut outside or inside blocks on the edge to get into space. Shows potential running zone plays, with patience and a better cut upfield than expected.

Breaking tackles: Can spin off, bounce off or sidestep a defender near the line of scrimmage. Keeps his feet moving and runs with a good lean, allowing him to rack up yards after contact. Uses a solid stiff-arm to keep smaller defenders from cutting him down.

Blocking: Has the size and strength to succeed in pass protection. Lowers his pads to pick up blitzers up the middle and anchors well, but is inconsistent sustaining the block. Works hard to block defenders downfield or prevent defenders from chasing down his quarterback, cutting them if necessary.

Receiving: Good hands as a receiver, and can adjust to poor throws and snatch the ball with his hands. Not overly elusive after the catch, but will muscle through defensive back tackles on swing passes and pound through traffic on middle screens. Good feet to get in and out of routes and tightrope the sidelines.

Intangibles: Intelligent, hard-working athlete who takes a pounding but keeps on coming. Worked hard to rehab torn left PCL during redshirt 2007 season. Baseball question is a major issue for scouts.

NFL Comparison: Brian Leonard, Cincinnati Bengals

My Take: This kid just gets the job done on every carry. He isn't a shifty runner by any means. What he lacks there though, he more than makes up for with his tough running style, low pad level, and great vision. His biggest asset is easily his drive to succeed, though. The guy has heart and it shows on every down. Not a flashy guy at all, but he'll instantly be a fan favorite wherever he goes. He needs to work on his pass protection pretty badly and he has inconsistent hands out of the backfield. In other words, he's powerback and little else. In a two back system, he should prove to be very, very valuable.




5. Evan Royster

Height: 6'1"
Weight: 209 lbs
College: Penn State
Class: 2011 (Junior)
Projected Round: 2nd Round
NFL Comparison: Cadillac Williams (but I'm accepting other suggestions)
Projected 40 yard dash: 4.40-4.50
Madden Rating: 75 OVR
Highlight Videos:
[size=9]Highlights/Lowlights vs Michigan, 2009

Random highlight reel
September '08 Interview
NFLDraftScout.com wrote:
In his collegiate debut, Royster wowed the Beaver Stadium faithful by gaining 70 yards on just eight carries (8.8 yards per carry) against Florida International. He tallied his first career touchdown on a 13-yard TD scamper in the third quarter. The season-opener was a strong start to an impressive campaign for Royster, who earned a spot on The Sporting News Big Ten All-Freshman team. Royster capped his freshman campaign by scoring the game-winning touchdown in the Alamo Bowl on a season-long 38-yard burst late in the third quarter. He finished with 65 yards on nine carries (7.2) in the 24-17 win over Texas A&M. Playing in 11 games, Royster gained 513 yards on 82 yards for a 6.3-yard average, tops among the team's primary ball-carriers. He scored five rushing touchdowns and caught three passes for 18 yards. Royster had just three carries in the last two regular-season games due to a sprained ankle, but was at full strength for the bowl game, helping Penn State rush for a season-high 270 yards. A first-team all-state selection at Westfield HS, he chalked up 86 yards on 16 carries in the 27-7 win over Iowa. The swift and intelligent Royster ran for 68 yards on just eight carries (8.5 avg.) in the 38-7 victory against No. 19 Wisconsin. He bolted 19 yards into the end zone in the second quarter to give the Lions a 24-7 lead. He had a team-high 68 yards on the ground on 12 carries (5.7 avg.) in the critical win at Indiana, scoring his third touchdown of the season on a two-yard run. Royster delivered his best performance of the season in the Senior Day win over Purdue. He set season-highs with 126 yards and 21 carries (6.0 avg.). He burst 26 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to give the Lions a 26-16 lead and also had a 33-yard run. At Temple, Royster carried the ball one time for five yards, but sprained his ankle on the play and did not return. He carried the ball twice for eight yards at Michigan State, but tweaked the ankle and did not return. He was on the field for 221 snaps, topped by 41 against Iowa.

My Take: Coming soon!
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Wide Receivers

1. Dez Bryant

Height: 6'2"
Weight: 215 lbs
Projected 40 Yard Dash: 4.37-4.45
College: Oklahoma State
Class: 2011 (Junior)
Projected Round: Top 10 Pick
NFL Comparison: Larry Fitzgerald
Madden Rating: 84 OVR
Highlight Videos:
Highlights vs Oregon, 2008

Highlights/Lowlights vs Georgia, 2009
2008 Season Highlight Reel
NFLDraftScout.com wrote:
Bryant needed just two seasons to become one of the most decorated receivers in Oklahoma State's history. He was a consensus All-American, the Big 12 special teams player of the year and runner-up for the Fred Biletnikoff Award last season. "We've been very fortunate with our wideouts," Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. "I don't think I could go back and pick one and say he was any better than Dez Bryant. You could go back 20 years and Hart Lee Dykes was as good as there ever was. But he was a different type of receiver. Rashaun Woods was very gifted in route-running and had tremendous hands. "Dez is very, very physical and has unbelievable hands and is very strong and durable. He ranks right up there with any receiver that's ever played here at Oklahoma State." That quiet beginning in Sanford Stadium in 2007 turned into an explosion in 2008. Bryant caught 87 passes for 1,480 yards and 19 touchdowns. He and teammate Kendall Hunter were Oklahoma State's first sophomore All-American position players since Thurman Thomas in 1985. "At first I really didn't know what I was doing," Bryant said. "But last year I learned so much that now my comfort level is sky-high." Bryant's size (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) and strength combined with good hands make him a tough cover for anybody. He is especially dangerous on goalline fades where he can go after the ball like a rebounder in basketball.

My Take: Friggin' beast. This kid tracks the ball while in the air better than any WR coming out of the draft since Larry Fitzgerald. He has tremenous leaping ability, crazy consistent hands, almost never goes down with the first contact, it a good return man, make acrobatic catches look routine, has excellent short area quickness, good top end speed, is a willing blocker...I could just go on and on. Like most college receivers, he still has some room for improvement on his route running and blocking technique. Because those things are easily coachable though, Dez is one of the blue chip prospects in this year's draft if he chooses to declare for the draft.




2. Arrelious Benn

Height: 6'2"
Weight: 220 lbs
Projected 40 Yard Dash:
College: Illinois
Class: 2011 (Junior)
Projected Round: 1st Round
NFL Comparison: Greg Jennings
Madden Rating: 79 OVR
Highlight Videos:
Highlights vs Penn State & Wisconsin, 2008

Career Highlight Reel, not including 2009 Season
NFLDraftScout.com wrote:
Named fourth-team All-America by Phil Steele Magazine Earned first-team All- Big Ten honors by the media and second-team honors by the coaches Started and played in all 12 games at receiver Posted 1,668 all-purpose yards, which is the third best single-season performance in school history Had 67 receptions, fifth-best season in the Illinois record book Had five 100-yard receiving games, which is fifth in an Illinois single season Ranked 16th in the NCAA and first in the Big Ten in receiving yards per game ( 87.9 ) Also ranked third in the Big Ten in receptions per game ( 5.58 ) Ranked fifth in the Big Ten and 33rd in the nation with 139.0 all-purpose yards per contest Reached 1,000 yards for the first time in his career and the first for an Illini since 2002 One of only four Illini receivers to ever reach 1,000 yards receiving in a season Ranked seventh in the Big Ten in punt return average with 7.6 yards per return Tallied over 100 receiving yards in four consecutive games for the first time in school history (vs. Ind, Minn., Mich., PSU) Caught three passes for 65 yards against Ohio State to total 1,012 yards on the season Had 227 all-purpose yards against Western Michigan, with seven catches for 111 yards, two rushes for 10 yards, three kick returns for 75 yards and a punt return for 31 yards Had seven catches for 96 yards against Iowa, also rushing twice for 15 yards and returning two punts Had two catches for 47 yards and a 63-yard kickoff return at Wisconsin Caught seven passes for 130 yards against Indiana, including a 37-yard TD reception Had a career receiving game against Minnesota, catching 12 passes for 181 yards, both career bests His 12 catches ranked as the third-best in school history in a single game and his 181 yards are fifth-best Caught six passes for 122 yards to lead the Illini at Michigan and also rushed for 20 yards Had four receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns at Penn State Had 14 touches against Eastern Illinois for 124 allpurpose yards (seven receptions, five rushes and two returns) Scored the first two rushing touchdowns of his career against the Panthers, running for a career-high 48 yards Caught seven passes for 92 yards against Missouri Also returned four kickoffs for 67 yards with a long of 28 against Missouri.

My Take: Very solid prospect. He's an advanced route runner, is very versatile (returns kicks, occasionally lines up in the backfield, etc), is a capable and willing blocker, has good straight line speed and is the best receiver in this draft at racking up yards after the catch in my opinion. His biggest knock is his inconsistent play. I personally think this can be attributed to how often he catches the ball with his body, instead of his hands. He'll make an insane sideline catch one minute, then drop a bubble screen the next. If he can improve on his consistency, he'll be among the elite WR prospects to come out in the draft in quite some time. As of right now (9/6/09), he has yet to show me he's capable of doing so.




3. Brandon Lafell

Height: 6'3"
Weight: 209 lbs
Projected 40 Yard Dash: 4.45-4.6
College: Louisiana State
Projected Round: 1st-2nd Round
NFL Comparison: Brandon Marshall
Madden Rating: 77 OVR
Highlight Videos:
Short 2008 Season Highlight Reel (last play shows his blocking)

Career Highlight Reel
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Earned First-Team All-SEC recognition from the Associated Press after putting together one of the most productive seasons for a wide receiver in school history Caught 63 passes for 929 yards and eight touchdowns Ranked No. 2 in the SEC in yards per game with 71.5 per contest and was No. 3 in the league with 4.8 receptions per contest The eight TD receptions tied for most in the SEC Played in all 13 games with 11 starts Ran his streak of games with a catch to 28 against Georgia Tech in Chick-fil-A Bowl His 63 receptions in 2008 rank No. 8 in LSU history, while the 929 yards is the 10th highest total in school history Caught at least two passes in every game in 2008 Hauled in career-best 12 passes for career-high 126 yards in comeback win over Troy The 12 catches vs. Troy were the most by a Tiger receiver since Michael Clayton had 12 against Alabama in 2003 It also tied for the fourth-highest single-game total in school history Had seven catches in three other games - vs. North Texas, vs. Mississippi State and vs. Florida Went over 100-yard mark twice - vs. Troy (126 yards on 12 catches) and vs. Mississippi State (100 yards on 7 catches) Had big game vs. Auburn with four catches for 92 yards, including an 18-yard catch-and-run TD with just over a minute left to lift LSU to a 26-21 comeback win Had season-long 43-yard TD reception vs. Georgia.

My Take: Tremendous size, great hands, good leaping ability, decent ability to create extra yards after the catch and reportedly has great character. My biggest complaint is that he hasn't been asked to run more than four different routes; drag, slant, fly and out. That's a very big question mark, leading into the draft. He also has below average short area acceleration, very similar to Brandon Marshall. But, he uses his size and strength well in positioning himself to make the catch and shield the defender from the ball. He also uses his size well after the catch. He's certainly a high potential type of player, sort of a "boom or bust", if you will. Unless he improves his route running, he won't get much playing time as a rookie. That is the main thing that will prevent him from being a top tier prospect.




4. Damian Williams

Height: 6'1"
Weight: 190 lbs
Projected 40 Yard Dash: 4.33-4.44
College: Southern California
Class: 2011 (Junior)
Projected Round: 1st-2nd Round
NFL Comparison: Santana Moss
Madden Rating: 76 OVR
Highlight Videos:
Highlights vs OSU/PSU, 2008/2009

Season Highlights, 2008
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Williams emerged as USC's leading wide receiver as a sophomore in 2008. Overall in 2008 while appearing in all 13 games and starting 9 times (all but Virginia, Oregon State, California and Stanford), he led USC in receptions and receiving yardage as he caught 58 passes for 869 yards (15.0 avg.) with 9 TDs. His 58 receptions ranks 16th on USC's season list. He also ran 4 reverses for 43 yards (10.8 avg.) and returned a punt for minus 1 yard. He sprained his right shoulder at UCLA and missed half of that game. He made 2008 All-Pac-10 honorable mention, Phil Steele's All-Pac-10 second team and College Football News Sophomore All-American honorable mention and won USC's John McKay Award. He had 7 receptions for 91 yards (both game highs) at Virginia, then caught 2 third-quarter TDs (24 and 17 yards) and ended up with 4 receptions for 43 yards against Ohio State. He had a game-best 6 catches for 94 yards (with a 29-yard TD) at Oregon State, added 4 grabs for 76 yards (with a 34-yard score) against Oregon and had 23 yards on 2 receptoins against Arizona State. He had a 32-yard grab at Washington State, then had 5 catches for 77 yards and also ran a reverse 6 yards at Arizona. He had 2 catches for 9 yards against Washington, 4 receptions for 67 yards versus California, 4 receptions for 35 yards (with a 5-yard TD) and also a 14-yard run on a reverse at Stanford, 7 catches for 86 yards (both game highs) with a 12-yard TD against Notre Dame and 3 receptions for 68 yards, with a 12-yard TD, at UCLA. He had career bests with 10 receptions for 162 yards (with a 27-yard TD) against Penn State (the most catches and yards by a Trojan since Dwayne Jarrett had 11 for 205 in the 2007 Rose Bowl against Michigan).

My Take: One of my favorite receivers in this draft, this kid is the real deal. He always catches the ball with his hands, has great quickness and top end speed, good athleticism, is a great route runner and it doesn't matter if he gets hit when the ball gets there. He'll still hold onto it...he certainly isn't afraid to go over the middle. However, his blocking leaves something to be desired, he isn't the kind of guy who will out jump defenders and isn't a physical runner after the catch. His game is elusiveness, speed and consistency. I was tempted to rank him above Lafell, but his lack of size prevented me from doing so.




5. Mardy Gilyard

Height: 6'1"
Weight: 187 lbs
Projected 40 Yard Dash: 4.33-4.39
College: Cincinnati
Class: 2010 (Senior)
Projected Round: 1st-2nd Round
NFL Comparison: Desean Jackson
Madden Rating: 75 OVR
Highlight Videos:
Gilyard's All Purpose Yardage, Record Setting Day

Season Highlight Reel, 2008
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Named the 2008 BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year after a league-high 28.0-yard kickoff return average (11th in the country) and scoring two touchdowns on kickoff returns named first-team all-BIG EAST as a wide receiver and on special teams earned BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 8 and Nov. 9 earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition three times (Sept. 29, Nov. 17, Nov. 30) awarded a helmet sticker by ESPN's College Gameday Final crew after his performance at No. 4/4 Oklahoma team leader with 11 receiving touchdowns, tying him for sixth place in the single-season school record book set a UC single-season record with 1,276 receiving yards (20th in the country) ranks third in school history with 11 receiving touchdowns in a season averaged a team-high 15.8 yards a catch shattered the 28-year old UC school record for single-season kickoff return yards with 897 yards (652, Russell Cooper, 1980) against Eastern Kentucky had one kick return for 26 yards and finished the game with 101 yards on six receptions and two touchdowns scored a 97-yard touchdown on a kick return at No. 4/4 Oklahoma, snapping UC's 13-year, 145-game streak without a kickoff return for a touchdown set a BIG EAST record with 246 yards on kickoff returns and had a school-record 365 all-purpose yards (119 receiving, 246 return yards) at No. 4/4 Oklahoma had six catches for 69 yards, one touchdown, and two kick returns for 33 yards against Miami (OH) finished the game with two touchdowns against Akron, recording 146 yards on seven catches pulled down seven catches for 87 yards and a touchdown at Connecticut, returning four kicks for 76 yards pulled down four receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown, and returned two kicks for 42 yards vs. USF ran the opening kickoff of the game back 100 yards for a touchdown, tying him with Walter Heuck (vs. Denison, 1910) for the longest TD in school history at West Virginia the 100-yard kick return is the 13th 100-yard touchdown return in BIG EAST history and the first since Louisville's Trent Guy ran one back 100 yards on Sept. 15, 2007 against Kentucky at Louisville, had five receptions, one touchdown, 73 yards and four kick returns for 109 yards had a touchdown, eight receptions, 110 yards and three kick returns for 66 yards against Pittsburgh recorded his fifth 100-plus yard receiving game of the season and the seventh of his career, finishing with 11 receptions and 114 yards against Syracuse also had three kick returns for 56 yards vs. the Orange notched a then- season and career-high 136 receiving yards, including a season-long 69-yard game-winning touchdown catch at Hawai'i hauled in seven catches for a season and career-best158 yards and a touchdown in the FedEx Orange Bowl also returned four kickoff s for 97 yards.

My Take: This kid is the definition of a playmaker. He has incredible athleticism, agility, short area quickness and top end speed. His best asset is easily his vision in the return game, which probably makes him the best return man in this year's draft. Even though he has a smallish frame (very similar to Desean Jackson's), he makes up for it with his speed and quickness because not many people can catch him. He catches the ball pretty consistently with his hands, but lacks good blocking skills, polished route running and generally a pretty raw athlete. Look for him to make a big impact as a returner as a rookie, along with some limited action as a #2 WR or slot guy.
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3-4 Outside Linebackers

1. Jerry Hughes

Height: 6'2"
Weight: 257 lbs
College: TCU
Class: 2010 (Senior)
Projected Round: Top 10
NFL Comparison: James Harrison
Madden Rating: 82 OVR
Highlight Videos:
Highlights vs BYU/Stanford, 2008

Reason 98
NFLDraftScout.com wrote:
Read & React: Good instincts with a nose for the ball. Lacks elite timed speed but is quick to close when a lane to the quarterback or ball carrier opens.

Run defense: Undersized defensive end who must switch to linebacker. Eaten up by tackles on plays run at him, but has enough leverage and length to disengage when the ball goes to the outside. Hustles downfield and through trash inside to make tackles -- looks promising as a linebacker in that role. Gets cut on the line and still manages to chase down backs five or six yards from the line.

Pass defense: Drops into zones at times. Not exceptionally fluid or quick but has just enough speed and change of direction ability to stay with running backs and tight ends in the flat - and run with them down the sideline. Can make the easy catch for the interception and knock the ball away from backs when in coverage.

Tackling: Explosive tackler in the backfield. Good length to wrap up and chops the ball out of ball carriers' hands. Usually takes correct angles of pursuit. Breaks down in space, usually getting a good part of even the more elusive backs.

Pass Rush/Blitz: Relentless chaser of the quarterback, even when double- and triple-teamed. Turns the corner by using his quickness to get under the shoulder of the tackle. Reaches in to knock the ball out of the quarterback's hands even if engaged. Can actually push some tackles into the backfield using his lack of height to bull rush under their pads. Does take advantage of slow college right tackles (lines up on the strong side despite his lack of size) and an aggressive defense to get his sack numbers. Needs some variation in his pass rush moves.

Intangibles: Respected by his teammates. Fiery on the field, and plays with attitude through the whistle. Participates on special teams despite his All-American status. Coaches give him accolades for his work ethic during practice and in the offseason.

NFL Comparison: Bruce Davis, Pittsburgh Steelers

My Take: The first time I saw this kid play, my jaw hit the floor. He's easily my favorite player in this year's draft, as he can do it all and do it effectively on a consistent basis. In '08, he led the nation in sacks and forced fumbles and it's looking like he'll repeat in '09 so far (4.5 sacks in 3 games). He is a prototypical pass rusher. His short stature allows him to be very effective in swim moves and ducking under blockers on his way to the quarterback. But, his strength is very underrated. He could still afford to bulk up a little and his coverage skills aren't the best in the world, but as a 3-4 OLB, noone expects him to come in and be an instant pro-bowler in that department. My favorite thing about him are his uncanny instincts. He's constantly blowing up screens, kniving through to take down the ballcarrier in the backfield...the guy is just, quite simply, a stud and is a surefire perennial probowler. If anyone passes on him in the draft, they're surely going to regret it.



2. Sergio Kindle

Height: 6'4"
Weight: 255 lbs
College: Texas
Class: 2010 (Senior
Projected Round: Top 15
NFL Comparison: Vernon Gholston
Madden Rating: 79 OVR
Highlight Videos:
Highlights/Lowlights vs Texas Tech

Highlights vs Oklahoma, 2008
Highlights vs Kansas
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Read & React: A chase player who attacks plays very well when free to roam. Excellent closing speed to the ball. Relies on his athleticism too much. Will overrun plays and get fooled by misdirection. Could improve ball awareness by keeping eyes in the backfield when rushing the passer.

Run defense: Has the length and change of direction ability to hold the corner. Closes down the line well. Sheds tight end blocks, but must be consistently stronger against good tackles on the edge. Ends up on the ground too often. Strong enough to hold his ground on run plays and stand up in the trash, but tires quickly when playing every down. Athletic enough to avoid cuts but doesn't always use his hands well.

Pass defense: His speed and length stops receivers and backs in their tracks on screen passes, or at least force them inside. Quick enough to stay with tight ends in the flat or down the seam. A step late catching bootlegs run toward him, and not quite smooth or agile enough to make up ground. Must hustle more on plays downfield. Brings down receivers quickly when dropping into zone from linebacker spot. Needs work on route recognition. Knocks down passes on the line and in coverage using his long arms, but does not have great hands for the interception.

Tackling: Looks like he makes many tackles flying through the air because of his closing speed. Has the length to wrap up ball carriers in the open field or shut down the edge after getting off block on the outside. Even his arm tackles are difficult for backs and receivers to avoid. Proved more than capable on special teams early in his career because of his size and speed.

Pass Rush/Blitz: Owns prototypical height, length and speed for an elite pass-rusher. Quick off the snap whether lined up with his hand down or standing up. Explodes into quarterback when opportunity arises. Can turn the corner in a hurry. Flashes a bull rush against tackles, but does not get off straight-on blocks to get secondary pressure. Gets picked up by running backs too easily, tries to dance around them instead of attacking. Benefited from playing across from Brian Orakpo in 2008.

Intangibles: Nagging injuries, off-field issues and inconsistency are red flags to scouts. Lacks great instincts and is just now becoming a locker room leader. Must prove his work ethic to scouts before he's considered a top-flight prospect.

NFL Comparison: Shawn Crable, New England Patriots

My Take: I'd love to say I see him succeeding in the NFL, as his ridiculous athleticism and size potential alone could make him a star. But, he lacks the awareness, instincts and overall polished game for me to go out on a limb and predict he'll do well as of right now. Of course, with that said, he's a physical freak. He'll be a top 15 selection on draft day because of his sky high potential alone. His leadership skills have improved, but still lack the fiery intensity that GMs look for in a top 15 talent. His pass rushing moves aren't highly developed, but his athleticism more than makes up for it. Will that be the case in the NFL? We shall see. One thing's for sure, if he can be drafted by a team who will allow him time to develop, he could very well end up being one of the best sideline to sideline linebackers in the league, let alone as a 3-4 outside backer.



3. Eric Norwood

Height: 6'1"
Weight: 252 lbs
College: South Carolina
Class: 2010 (Senior)
Projected Round: 1st Round
NFL Comparison: Coming soon!
Madden Rating: 78 OVR
Highlight Videos:
Highlights vs NC State, 2009

Highlights vs Georgia, 2009 (including a pick six)
Highlights vs LSU, 2009
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Read & React: Much more instinctive than he's generally given credit for. Often asked to rush the passer, but keeps his head up and locates the ball quickly. High effort in pursuit yards downfield.

Run defense: Lacks the bulk to stack and shed as a defensive end, but flashes an explosive pop and good lateral agility to disengage as a linebacker. Protects his knees well and flows through the trash efficiently on his way to the ball-carrier. Takes good angles to the ball.

Pass defense: Norwood's greatest weakness. Slow, choppy backpedal. Marginal straight-line speed and change of direction to remain with tight ends and running backs in coverage.

Tackling: Good strength and lateral agility to slide off of blocks to make tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage. Breaks down well in space to make the stop against smaller, quicker athletes. Secure wrap-up tackler who shows some explosiveness as a hitter.

Pass Rush/Blitz: Effective pass rusher either standing up or with his hand on the ground. Thick build with solid overall musculature. Good burst off the line of scrimmage at the snap. Can pressure the tackle's outside shoulder and consistently threaten the pocket off the edge. Natural leverage advantage and good strength to get under the pads of the offensive tackle for an effective bull rush. Only marginal flexibility and balance to dip under and slip around the tackle as a pass rusher.

Intangibles: High effort defender who is a leader on and off the field. Voted team captain for the 2009 season. Operates in a defensive scheme tailored to fit his strengths. Allowed to do a lot of freelancing in this scheme. Has the instincts, physicality and size for some to project as an inside linebacker. Considered leaving early for the NFL last season, but despite his gaudy statistics only received a 4th-7th-round grade by the Advisory Committee.

NFL Comparison: Tedy Bruschi, New England Patriots

My Take: Not only does Norwood possess elite speed as an edge rusher, but he has the game experience, instincts and leadership that it takes to be a top flight defender in the NFL. I personally don't like the Tedy Bruschi comparison NFLDraftScout.com. I don't think this kid exists yet in the NFL. He's a polished enough pass rusher to blitz on a consistent basis and he's good enough in coverage to be dropped back on a consistent basis. To be honest, he wasn't really on my radar until this season, but he's shooting up draft boards week after week because of how consistent he is.



4. George Selvie

Height: 6'4"
Weight: 245 lbs
College: South Florida
Class: 2010 (Senior)
Projected Round: 1st - 2nd Round
NFL Comparison: Andre Carter
Madden Rating: 77 OVR
Highlight Videos:
2008 Season Highlights

2007 Season Highlights
Get to know George Selvie
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Pass rush: Tall, thin in the hips end with exceptional quickness off the snap. Turns the corner in a hurry against lesser tackles. Typically lines up wide to keep tackles from latching on early. Can be a one-trick pony with the outside rush, so tackles easily push him around the pocket. Will occasionally fake outside and head inside to keep tackle off balance - but should do that more often. Tries to bull rush occasionally, but it's not his strength. Splits double teams to pressure the quarterback, and can keep running backs off his knees. Quick leaping ability to knock down passes thrown in his direction.

Run defense: Willing to throw his body into run plays but lacks the strength to anchor or get off blocks from NFL-caliber left tackles. Can make plays against tight ends on the edge, ripping off or using his speed. Chases plays from behind if tackle does not block down. Will hustle around the line and downfield, if needed, to drag down backs. Bites on misdirection, losing containment on bootlegs. A bit high-cut and lacks great hip flexibility and lateral movement, thus preventing him from changing directions on the edge as quickly as one would like. That may be an issue if trying to play linebacker at the next level.

Explosion: One of the fastest players in the country off the snap. Also owns excellent closing speed, making him a very good chase player. Fires into a blocker's jersey quickly against the run or on a bull rush but has only average pop.

Strength: Plays stronger than you would expect at less than 250 pounds. Will disengage from blockers to get to the edge and rip off tight end blocks. But he won't be pushing NFL tackles into the pocket or anchoring consistently against the run.

Tackling: Long arms and closing speed makes it difficult for ball carriers to escape his grasp, despite his lanky frame. Excellent chase and hustle to reach runners, and rarely whiffs in the open field. Mostly a drag-down tackler who leans into the ball carrier, rather than sinking his hips and exploding into him. Will explode into quarterback, however, if given the chance.

Intangibles: Works hard throughout the game, no matter how often he's double-teamed. Played through pain during most of 2008. Team leader who charges up his teammates with big plays on the field.

NFL Comparison: Andre Carter, Washington Redskins

My Take: If/When this kid slips to the 2nd round, whoever drafts him is getting a steal and a half. He pretty much has zero experience in coverage, so due to that, he'll likely be nothing more than a rotational player as a 3-4 OLB in his rookie season. But, his presence at the line of scrimmage is something every offense will have to take notice to. Selvie is great at standing up and splitting double teams, as he's had to endure a lot of them during his collegiate career, due to the lack of talent around him on the Bulls' roster. He has an explosive first step off the snap, elite speed to string running plays wide, run down ballcarriers from behind and turn the corner as an edge rusher. He is the unquestioned leader of his defense, which is the biggest attribute I look for when evaluating linebackers. He could definitely afford to add another 10-15 pounds in muscle to his frame, as he looks a bit too lean right now and lacks the elite strength to have an effective bull rush. His Junior season's production is also troubling, but can easily be attributed to the fact that he was double teamed on close to every snap of the year.



5. Brandon Lang

Height: 6'4"
Weight: 256 lbs
College: Troy
Class: 2010 (Senior)
Projected Round: 2nd Round
NFL Comparison: Mike Rucker
Madden Rating: 75 OVR
Highlight Videos:
Lang prepares for the 2009 season

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Pass rush: Lines up at left defensive end (opposite the right tackle) and has enough burst off the snap to get blockers back on their heels quickly. Good use of hands and upper-body strength to pop the tackle and disengage quickly. Has good pass-rush technique and shows a variety of pass-rush moves, including swim, rip and bull rush. Feels the cut block and quickly sprawls to keep his feet. Good closing speed and lateral agility to break down in space to tackle mobile quarterbacks behind the line of scrimmage.

Run defense: Has less-than-ideal size for the position, but shows at least moderate upper-body strength to stack and shed. His aggressiveness can work against him at times. Rushes blindly upfield and can be beaten by screens and quick draws when he loses contain. Good effort laterally and downfield in pursuit.

Explosion: Good initial burst off the snap. Flashes explosive upper-body strength to shock the offensive tackle and quickly disengage. Occasionally used as a zone blitz defender and shows intriguing burst out of his stance moving backward. Generates good depth on his pass drop with a good short-area burst in reverse and laterally. Enough athleticism to at least consider making the transition to rush linebacker in a 3-4 defense ala former Troy star DeMarcus Ware.

Strength: At least moderate upper-body strength to stack and control the offensive tackle. Inconsistent pad level and can be washed out when he plays too high and loses leverage.

Tackling: Good lateral agility to break down in space and make the open-field tackle. Effective wrap-up tackler and flashes some pop. Active hands to poke the ball free while making the tackle.

Intangibles: Highly touted prep prospect -- he originally signed with Georgia and was recruited by Florida, Southern Cal, and Alabama. Forced to sit out the 2005 season due to academics, which led to his signing with Troy. Will require an extensive medical check at the Combine to check the torn right ACL he suffered in 2007.

NFL Comparison: Mike Rucker

My Take: This kid is your prototypical hit man. I LOVE him. He has limited athleticism, but enough instincts to quickly recover when out of position. He is overly aggressive, being caught out of position more consistently than I'd like and struggles with leverage at times, too. But, his intensity, fiery attitude and determination is what makes him successful. The guy just gets the job done on a regular basis and the last time I checked, that's all that matters, even if his methods are a bit unorthodox. He is a pretty polished pass rusher and has very underrated strength for his size. He reminds me of Larry English a little bit, only stronger and not quite as quick off the snap...although, he's certainly no slouch in that area. Oh yeah...and he's right in the middle of Osi Umenyiora and DeMarcus Ware in terms of breaking school records. This kid's for real.
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