Archive for August, 2010

Weighing the issues.

Scheduling  issues  forced a Tuesday night edition of the program!!!

This edition provides a behind the scenes look at what may be happening with a few prospects already in the NFL and more off the field issues for a couple prominent prospects as well.

Also our “conference calls” continue.  The ACC is now on the receiving end of the red carpet treatment.

Join Host and Head Scout Brent Sobleski plus Sports contributor Tony Pauline for their seventh affront to your listening senses.

As a bonus, a second program will be taped and posted within a week as well!!!

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If any questions and comments are present, they can be directed to as we continue the conference calls while the summer months wind down.

Chip off the 'ol blockDuring the past decade Penn State has put a player in the first round 60% of the time.  It’s touch and go as to whether they’ll have a top 32 choice during the first draft of the new decade.  The top pro-prospects are on the offensive line.

Third year starter Stefen Wisniewski is the Lions top pro-prospect and likely the only candidate who could broach the first round next April. Wisniewski consistently bends his knees, blocks with leverage and easily rides opponents from their angle of attack. Explosive at the point he uses effective body positioning to turn defenders off the ball yet is not a dominant drive blocker to this point.  There’s a lot to like about his game as Wisniewski offers a great deal of versatility.

Junior DeOn’tae Pannell does possess the power necessary to finish off defenders.  Explosive, Pannell sets quickly in pass protection and immediately gets his hands into opponents.  He must do a better job bending his knees as Pannell tends to get a little tall as the play proceeds.  He offers solid size, growth potential and upside.

Running back Evan Royster has been a solid north-south runner on the college level.  He runs low to the ground, finds the openings in the defense and keeps his feet moving on contact.  Royster is also a productive receiver out of the backfield.  He’s more of a one-cut ball carrier and loses momentum when he must immediately cut back against the grain.  He’s also not a strong back that picks up much yardage off initial contact but could be a very useful rotational/change of pace ball carrier.

Junior receiver Derek Moye shows a nice sense of timing, lays out for the difficult reception and is a nice sized target/possession receiver.

Defensively we’ve always like lineman Ollie Ogbu.  Explosive off the snap, he possesses terrific first step quickness, easily changes direction and makes plays all over the field.  Hampered with size limitations, the 6-foot, 1-inch, Ogbu will only fit in a one-gap scheme, possibly as a three technique lineman.

Junior Jack Crawford is a fast edge rusher with ability in backside pursuit.  He keeps his feet moving on contact but lacks bulk and is easily turned from the action by opponents.  He comes with an upside.

Linebacker Bani Gbadyu is well liked in the scouting community.  The senior is swift and effective in coverage.  Built more like a strong safety than linebacker, he’ll only fit certain schemes.

Penn State Pro-Prospects

Round Full Name Pos Number Year
2-3 Stefen Wisniewski C 61 5Sr
2-3 Evan Royster RB 22 5Sr
5th DeOn’tae Pannell G 50 3Jr
6-7 Ollie Ogbu DT 85 5Sr
6-7 Derek Moye WR 6 4Jr
7th Jack Crawford DE 81 3Jr
FA Graham Zug WR 5 5Sr
FA Bani Gbadyu OLB 15 5Sr
FA Johnnie Troutman G 74 4Jr
FA Elias Eliades G 77 5Sr

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The Boilermakers can be an interesting team to watch at times though the tape is tough to get through on occasion.  The roster has some exciting defensive line prospects too watch as well as a variety of pass catchers.

Junior guard Ken Plue is a powerful lineman who easily knocks defenders from their angle of attack or turns them off the ball run blocking.  He easily out-positions opponents from the action then seals them from plays. Plue is not effective blocking on the move and is best in confined quarters.  He does have an upside and must be watched.

Senior defensive end Ryan Kerrigan is the top rated Purdue prospect and a terrific edge rusher who plays with balance, body control and gets a lot of momentum going up the field. Kerrigan quickly gets his hands up, uses them to protect himself and shows deceptive strength. He’s marginally effective in backside pursuit but could move up draft boards with a good senior campaign.

Third year sophomore Kawann Short stood out to us.  He plays with good pad level, shows power in the middle and defeats blocks up the field.  He’ll be the man in the middle with Michael Neal graduating to the NFL and must be kept on the radar.

Purdue Pro-Prospects

Round Full Name Pos Number Year
3rd Ryan Kerrigan DE 94 5Sr
3rd Kawann Short DT 93 3So
5th Ken Plue G 73 3Jr
FA Kyle Adams TE 85 5Sr
FA Keith Smith WR 8 5Sr
FA Cortez Smith WR 7 4Sr
FA Keith Carlos WR 1 4Sr

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