Archive for December, 2009

One of the more interesting match-ups of the bowl season as an overrated Georgia squad takes on the underrated Aggies of Texas A&M.  The top NFL prospects in this game come from the ranks of the underclassmen and many are expected to enter the draft in the coming days.

Texas A&M

Rnd

Full Name

Pos

#

Yr

Comments

3rd

Von Miller

OLB

40

3Jr

Pass rusher moving up draft boards. Projects to OLB in a 3-4 yet also has the growth potential to stay at defensive end. Makes a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage and explosive in the defensive front seven. Looking at his draft options and expected to enter April’s event.

5-6

Kevin Matthews

C

63

5Sr

Quick, strong blocker on the pivot who is a tremendous leader of the offensive line. Blocks with great fundamentals, moves opponents off the line and terrific with the shotgun snap.

FA

Jordan Pugh

CB

25

4Sr

Hard working corner with a nice burst of speed. Must start to make more plays against the run.

FA

Michael Shumard

G

76

5Sr

One time highly thought of prospect whose game has never improved.

Georgia

Rnd

Full Name

Pos

#

Yr

Comments

2-3

Reshad Jones

S

9

3Jr

Explosive, run defending safety with nice size. Aggressive and stops ball carriers dead in their tracks. Hesitant in pass coverage and must improve his ball skills. Offers a great deal of upside and a dynamite player if he meets his potential. Will enter the 2010 draft.

2-3

Justin Houston

DE

42

4Jr

Good athlete with great upside. Fires off the snap, fast off the edge and effective making plays from the backside. Offers growth potential and should only get better as he physically matures. Must keep his focus on the field and make football a priority.

3-4

Darryl Gamble

OLB

50

3Jr

Good athlete who covers a large amount of area on the field, making plays sideline-to-sideline. Effective in pursuit and also in coverage. Underrated and a real good prospect.

3rd

Jeff Owens

DT

95

5Sr

Highly rated prospect in the middle of a disappointing campaign. Explosive on the inside with good size. Boom or bust type prospect.

3rd

Rennie Curran

OLB

35

3Jr

Effective flowing linebacker who displays speed in every direction. Aggressive, shows great suddenness to his game and constantly flying around the field. Looks like a solid prospect to play on the defensive right side. Expected to enter the 2010 draft.

3-4

Geno Atkins

DT

56

4Sr

Terrific one-gap or three technique tackle coming off of injury. Fires off the snap, gets leverage on opponents and plays with great explosion. Strong in his lower body and moves well laterally. Lacks great size for the inside and will be limited to the number of schemes he can play in. Slipping down draft boards after a poor senior season.

4th

Prince Miller

CB

23

4Sr

Solid corner who could make a move up draft boards. Fundamentally sound and possesses good ball skills.

4-5

Josh Davis

T

78

3Jr

Strong lineman with good size. Easily turns defenders from the action or anchors in pass protection. Must improve his blocking balance but has an upside.

5th

Akeem Dent

ILB

51

4Jr

5th

Kade Weston

DT

91

5Sr

Massive defender who moves well about the field and displays a lot of power to his game. Space eater and commands double teams. Lacks quickness and looks a bit overweight.

6-7

Shaun Chapas

FB

49

3Jr

Terrific lead blocker with nice vision and strength.

6-7

Bryan Evans

S

3

4Sr

Heads up defensive back with solid instincts. Makes plays sideline to sideline and effective in the open field. Inefficient and need to polish his game yet an underrated player to this point.

6-7

Brandon Wood

DT

97

4Jr

FA

Roderick Battle

DE

41

4Sr

Fluid athlete who must get bigger and stronger.

FA

Demarcus Dobbs

DE

58

3Jr

Mechanically sound defensive lineman who lines up at defensive end or stands up over tackle. Shows the ability to makes plays in every direction and fast.

FA

Michael Moore

WR

82

4Sr

Solid pass catcher who must be watched this season.

FA

Vince Vance

T

72

4Sr

Quick, explosive college tackle that may be better off inside at offensive guard.

FA

Marcus Washington

ILB

44

5Sr

FA

Darius Dewberry

OLB

52

4Sr

Music City Bowl

Music City Bowl

A rematch of the 2006 Music City Bowl in which Kentucky pulled a mild upset.  The Wildcats are again underdog against a talented Clemson squad.  The Wildcats offer four possible top 75 picks while Kentucky may have just one in that range.

Clemson

Rnd

Full Name

Pos

#

Yr

Comments

1st

Ricky Sapp

DE

7

4Sr

Athletic college defensive end that may transition to rush linebacker in the NFL. Plays with great balance, speed and effective up the field or in backside pursuit. Makes a lot of plays in the opponents backfield. Late first round potential.

1-2

C.J. Spiller

RB

28

4Sr

Elusive, creative ball carrier with great quickness. Makes several defenders miss in the course of a single carry and has a great burst. Great return specialist. Shows little to no toughness in his game and does too much east/west running. Not a feature runner at the next level but has potential as a specialist that can take hand-offs, catch the ball out of the backfield and return kicks or punts.

2-3

Jacoby Ford

WR

6

4Sr

Terrific underneath receiver with some run after the catch ability. Smart wide out, separates from defenders and possesses reliable hands. Has enough ability to develop into a second wide out on the NFL level.

2-3

Jarvis Jenkins

DT

99

4Jr

Big time talent with potential at tackle or as a two-gap end. Terrific size/speed numbers yet must learn to consistently play at a high level.

3-4

DeAndre McDaniel

S

2

3Jr

Tough, run defending safety who flashes ability in coverage. Offers a decent amount of upside but must learn to be a bit more disciplined.

5th

Chris Chancellor

CB

38

5Sr

Well rounded corner with solid ball skills and run defense toughness. Lacks great top end speed and may struggle in man coverage on the NFL level.

6-7

Crezdon Butler

CB

18

4Sr

Aggressive run defending safety best in the box or up the field.

7-FA

Thomas Austin

G

65

5Sr

Versatile interior lineman who can play center or guard. Strong in a small area but has limited blocking range and a small upside to his game.

FA

Kavell Conner

OLB

33

5Sr

Hard-hitting, athletic linebacker who covers a large amount of area on the field. Forceful on the blitz and has a closing burst. Lacks top instincts.

FA

Kevin Alexander

DE

24

5Sr

FA

Cory Lambert

T

76

5Sr

FA

Michael Palmer

TE

86

4Sr

Adequate pass catching tight end with minimal blocking skills and strength.

Kentucky

Rnd

Full Name

Pos

#

Yr

Comments

3rd Trevard Lindley CB 32 5Sr Adequate cornerback who never really elevated his game. Displays solid ball skills yet lacks NFL corner speed and may only fit certain systems. Struggled with injury as a senior. Gets beaten a lot. Looked like a star in the making as a sophomore.
6th John Conner FB 38 5Sr Quick, nasty lead blocker with a great head for the position. Also effective catching the ball out of the backfield.
6-7 Micah Johnson ILB 4 4Sr Overrated linebacker with good physical skills yet marginal instincts.
7-FA Corey Peters DT 91 4Sr Athletic interior lineman who also offers potential as a two-gap end. Must improve his strength for any chance at the next level.
FA Mike Hartline QB 5 4Jr
FA Zipp Duncan G 72 5Sr Hard working blocker only effective in a very small area.
FA TC Drake TE 80 4Sr Adequate pass catching with marginal speed/strength.

An interesting match-up between the left and right coast.  USC comes off a disappointing season yet boasts five potential first round picks.  The top NFL prospect for Boston College is fighting a brave battle off the field yet the program has plenty of next level talent on the gridiron.

Boston College

Rnd

Full Name

Pos

#

Yr

Comments

2nd

Matt Tennant

C

65

5Sr

Dominate blocker on the pivot. Destroys opponents at the point of attack and effective blocking in motion. Reminds us of former BC lineman Chris Snee. Also offers potential at guard.

3-4

Anthony Castonzo

T

74

3Jr

Nice sized offensive lineman strong enough to control defenders at the point. Struggles in space and better in a smaller area yet offers possibilities on the right side. Potentially the next big time tackle from the BC program.

3rd

Mark Herzlich

OLB

94

4Jr

Dominate playmaker that has developed into a complete three down linebacker. Diagnosed with Ewings sarcoma and trying to make his way back on the field.

5-6

Thomas Claiborne

G

78

4Jr

Strong, tough blocker who easily handles one-on-one blocking responsibilities.

6-7

Mike McLaughlin

ILB

34

5Sr

Tough, slug it out two down linebacker with a terrific head for the ball in run defense. Strong wrap up tackler who explodes up the field. Struggles in coverage or making plays in reverse.

7th

Wes Davis

S

45

4Jr

FA

Justin Jarvis

WR

82

4Sr

Tough pass catcher with natural receiving skills. Plays with balance, body control and runs solid routes. Goes over the middle making the difficult catch in a crowd and comes away with the ball.

FA

DeLeon Gause

CB

9

3Jr

FA

Marcel Bowman

S

8

5Sr

Nice sized safety that effectively reads and diagnoses the action. More of a loping defender and game lacks true quickness and speed.

FA

Rich Gunnell

WR

18

5Sr

Reliable pass catcher with consistent hands. Plays with balance, displays good eye/hand coordination and consistently makes the difficult reception. Solid upside.

FA

Chris Fox

WR

42

4Jr

USC

Rnd

Full Name

Pos

#

Yr

Comments

1st

Taylor Mays

S

2

4Sr

Aggressive safety best up the field, in a straight line. Hard hitting, stays with the action and effective in zone coverage. Lacks great sideline-to-sideline range and not a true centerfielder who can play over the slot receiver.

1st

Damian Williams

WR

18

4Jr

Game breaking receiver developing a complete game. Displays terrific focus, consistently extends his hands and makes the reception away from his frame. Very effective running after the catch.

1-2

Charles Brown

T

71

5Sr

Hard working blocker with terrific strength. Gets movement run blocking, turns defenders off the ball and stays with blocks. Struggles against speedy edge rushers yet still a solid pass protector. Zipping up draft boards.

1-2

Anthony McCoy

TE

86

4Sr

Developing tight end with a nice upside. Fluid, athletic and gets into the secondary as a receiver. Gives effort blocking and blocks with great fundamentals. Coming off a terrific senior season and a top 40 selection.

1-2

Joe McKnight

RB

N

3Jr

Elusive ball carrier that consistently creates his own yardage and making defenders miss. Plays with great balance, body control and turns it on in a single step. Effective receiver out of the backfield.

3rd

C.J. Gable

RB

2

4Jr

Patient back with excellent vision. Finds the running lanes, shows a straight line burst and quickly gets through the hole.

3rd

Stanley Havili

FB

31

4Jr

Tremendous all around fullback. Devastating blocker, terrific pass catcher and effective as a short yardage runner. Needs to stay focused but a good prospect.

3rd

Butch Lewis

T

68

4Jr

Large, thick lineman with a good build. Anchors in pass protection, effective on the move and has an upside.  Moved into guard this season.

4th

Ronald Johnson

WR

8

3Jr

Reliable wide out with a developing game.  Potential number three on the NFL level.

4th

Michael Morgan

OLB

N

4Jr

5-6

Kristofer O’Dowd

C

61

3Jr

Explosive center very effective in motion. Quick off the snap, easily adjusts to defenders and can hit a moving target. Lacks bulk on the inside and rarely gets movement run blocking.

6th

Alex Parsons

G

56

4Sr

Quick lineman who blocks with good fundamentals. Must improve his strength yet comes with an upside.

5-6

Josh Pinkard

S

36

6Sr

Tough defensive back best facing the action. Aggressive against the run. Could move to safety.

6-7

Jeff Byers

G

53

5Sr

Versatile blocker who can line up at guard or center. Uses effective body positioning to ride defenders from the action but must improve his strength at the point.

7th

Stafon Johnson

RB

13

4Sr

Fluid runner who weaves his way on the inside and shows a lot of strength carrying the ball.

7-FA

David Ausberry

WR

9

4Jr

FA

Averell Spicer

DT

99

5Sr

Quick interior lineman who could play the three technique position.

FA

Mitch Mustain

QB

N

4Jr

FA

Marshall Jones

S

27

3Jr

6-7

Kevin Thomas

CB

15

5Sr

Better than advertised cornerback.  Solid fundamentals and looks best backed off the line of scrimmage.

FA

Luther Brown

OLB

52

5Sr

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