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Northwestern- the little program that could and usually does.  They always seem to hang around and make their way into a solid second tier bowl game.  That may difficult for Northwestern after sustaining a few loses on offense, primarily their senior signal caller, but the roster does have a number of solid prospects on defense you must keep an eye on.

Quentin Davie is a nice sized linebacker who plays a strong game.  Physical, he plays with a nasty attitude, aggressively takes on blocks and stacks well against the run.  Davie remains disciplined with assignments and does a better than average job diagnosing the action.  He’s not great in pursuit yet displays solid speed to the sidelines.  We presently rank Davie as a sixth rounder yet would not be surprised if he makes a move into the fourth round by the time the season’s over.

Brian Peters is an king sized safety with terrific range in centerfield and a developing player effective in all aspects of the game.  He needs more experience and polish but possesses a nice degree of upside.

Defensive tackle Corbin Bryant is a long, athletic lineman who seemingly has the skills to be used as a two gap end.  He’s fluid, moves well on his feet and just needs to add bulk to his frame.

Junior offensive tackle Al Netter is a prospect that needs more playing time but has an upside.  He moves relatively well and flashes skill as a pass protector and run blocker.

Doug Bartels is a lineman built low to the ground with good strength at the point.  Explosive, he easily turns defenders from their angle of attack and shows the ability to finish blocks.

Northwestern Pro-Prospects

Round Full Name Pos Number Year
6th Quentin Davie ILB 41 5Sr
6-7 Brian Peters S 10 4Jr
7th Corbin Bryant DT 98 5Sr
FA David Arnold S 32 4Jr
FA Al Netter T 75 4Jr
FA Doug Bartels G 64 4Jr
FA Vince Browne DE 94 4Jr
FA Neal Deiters T 79 3So
FA Ben Burkett C 65 4Jr
FA Josh Rooks TE 89 4Sr

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The Spartans of Michigan State seem eternally damned to be a middle of the pack Big Ten team.  The program had just a single player selected in each of the past two drafts.  That should change in 2011.

On offense we are concentrating on a trio of senior prospects starting with receiver Mark Dell, which will likely comes as a surprise to many.

Dell comes off a junior campaign which was plagued with injury poor play.  He tended to round off routes and drop too many passes in ’09.  That was in stark contrast to the 2008 season when he looked like a big play receiver that took over games.  Dell is a fringe prospect at this time, which is reflected in our ranking.  If he reverts to ’08 form he could move into the middle rounds.  If he has a repeat performance of last season he won’t be drafted.

Several in the scouting community like tight end Charlie Gantt, though we are not of the same opinion.  Gantt is a high effort player yet a pass catcher that is not going to get downfield with consistency nor a blocker who displays any domination at the point of attack.  His attitude and approach could help him catch on as a third tight end.

Finally tackle DJ Young is an intriguing prospect.  The lineman displays a good amount of quickness in his game and moves well on his feet.  He’s a bender who gets leverage on opponents and looks solid in pass protection.  Marginally strong at the point, he over extends and lacks overall blocking balance yet Young looks to us

like he’s a solid developmental prospect.

Middle linebacker Greg Jones is highly rated by many and though we like the senior, we also have our concerns.  Jones shows a terrific nose for the ball, good instincts and plays aggressive yet disciplined football. He breaks down well and effectively uses his hands to protect himself.  He’s also effective in coverage, displaying good footwork and movement skills in every direction.  Jones’ marginal size is a concern and leads us to believe he’ll be selected later in the draft than most people think.  We also feel the college middle linebacker will get consideration at outside linebacker by NFL teams.

Jones linebacker teammate, Eric Gordon, is somewhat underrated in our opinion.  He also displays himself as a three down defender and really stands out in coverage with his ability to get depth on drops and easily move about the field.  He’s not a tackling machine like Jones yet still a legitimate prospect for the next level.

Michigan State Pro-Prospects
Round Full Name Pos Number Year
5th Greg Jones ILB 53 4Sr
6-7 Eric Gordon OLB 43 5Sr
6th Mark Dell WR 2 5Sr
FA Charlie Gantt TE 83 5Sr
FA DJ Young T 59 5Sr
FA B.J. Cunningham WR 3 4Jr
FA Chris L. Rucker CB 16 4Sr
FA Marcus Hyde S 11 5Sr
FA Kirk Cousins QB 8 4Jr
FA Joel Foreman G 67 4Jr

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The Golden Gophers have played in a number of lower tier bowl games recently and based on the available talent at hand, we don’t see that trend changing any time soon.  There are few, in any, prospects who rate as middle round choices on the roster and most are late frame picks.

Tackle Dominic Alford is a player we’ve focused on and a blocker with decent potential.  A college tackle who projects to guard, Alford is a solid pass protector who fights hard throughout the action and controls defenders at the point of attack.  Alford lacks great range and must improve his balance yet offers an upside in confined quarters.

The team’s other senior line prospect, Jeff Wills, is a massive lineman yet strictly a size prospect to this point.  He possesses tremendous bulk, power and easily controls opponents once engaged the point of attack.  Willis must be more aware of his surroundings and his haphazard movements hurts his ability to finish blocks but his sheer size will entice teams.

Adam Weber is a terrific college passer yet a marginal pro-prospect in our opinion.  He displays good instinct and field sense, making solid decisions in the pocket yet Webber lacks the arm strength for the next level.   He cannot drive passes down the field, constantly has receivers slowing up in their deep routes or even stopping and waiting for the ball to arrive.  He is also high of the mark when he tries to gun the throw in.

Defensively, junior linebacker Gary Tinsley is a player to watch.  He’s quick, explosive and shows a lot of speed to his game.  Firing up the field, he works hard to make plays and comes with an aggressive attitude.  Tinsley looks like a potential weak side linebacker at the next level.

Minnesota Pro-Prospects

Round Full Name Pos Number Year
6th Dominic Alford T 76 5Sr
6-7 Duane Bennett RB 22 4Jr
FA Gary Tinsley ILB 51 3Jr
FA Troy Stoudermire WR 11 3Jr
FA Jeff Wills T 71 4Sr
FA D.J. Burris C 53 4Sr
FA Kim Royston S 3 4Sr
FA Adam Weber QB 8 4Sr

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