Archive for June, 2011

Next up the Big Ten.  Illinois put quality talent into last April’s draft and we think that trend will continue as there is a lot of potential on the roster.  Indiana offers one of the best nose tackle prospects in the nation while Iowa is once again stacked on the lines of scrimmage.

Illinois

Rnd Full Name Pos # Yr Comments
2-3 Akeem Spence DT 94 3So potentially dominant defensive lineman that showed immense skill as a freshman.
4th A.J. Jenkins WR 8 4Sr Nice sized receiver with solid hands. Potential third wide out on the NFL level.
4-5 Jeff Allen T 71 4Sr Terrific pass blocking left tackle with a nice upside. May be pushed inside to guard. Underrated and not given his due in the scouting community.
4-5 Trulon Henry S 9 4Sr Imposing looking safety that forces his way up the field yet also shows skills and center field. Good range and can get outside the numbers to make plays on the flanks.
5th Graham Pocic C 76 4Jr Tough, strong and intelligent center with good size and strength. Bends well and adjusts nicely for such a large blocker.
FA Michael Buchanan DE 99 4Sr Small college pass rushing defensive end likely to move to outside linebacker in the NFL.
FA Ian Thomas OLB 38 4Sr undersized yet explosive weak side linebacker prospect that displays a complete game. Terrific in coverage, covering a lot of area on the field and sifts his way through the traffic to make plays against the run.
FA Terry Hawthorne CB 1 3Jr Developing cornerbackthat’s shown flashes yet must pull his game together.
FA Jason Ford RB 21 4Sr Nice sized interior back with solid measurables that must step up his game this season.
FA Tavon Wilson S 3 4Sr Undersized safety prospect with a solid game.
FA John Cornell G 73 5Sr

Indiana

Rnd Full Name Pos # Yr Comments
3rd Larry Black Jr DT 97 4Jr Dominant gap eater in the middle of the line that continually commands double and sometimes triple teams. Slowly turning into one of the best nose tackle prospects in the nation.
6th Damarlo Belcher WR 88 5Sr Tall, strong possession receiver whose game went backwards last season. Possesses the skill to develop into a number three receiver at the next level yet must quickly take his game to the next level.
FA Darius Willis RB 28 4Jr Powerful, downhill runner with limited speed and quickness. Better than average receiver out of the backfield.
FA Andrew McDonald T 72 5Sr
FA Will Matte C 60 4Jr Explosive and intelligent center with limited physical skills.
FA Max Dedmond TE 83 5Sr Adequate pass catching tight end with no outstanding single aspect to his game.
FA Jeff Thomas ILB 53 5Sr Hard charging run defending linebacker best in a straight line, playing downhill.

Iowa

Rnd Full Name Pos # Yr Comments
2-3 Riley Reiff T 77 4Jr The next top tackle prospect to come from Iowa. Not in the class of Bryan Bulaga yet legitimate starting material.
3-4 Mike Daniels DT 93 5Sr Small but explosive defensive tackle that makes a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage or in pursuit. Potential three technique lineman. Highly rated by many in the scouting community.
4th Marvin McNutt WR 7 5Sr Big, tall wide out who looks like a power forward on the field. Starting to develop a fine game.
5th Markus Zusevics T 56 5Sr Underrated strong side prospect that does the little things well. Graded as a guard by many in the scouting community but we feel he has the style and body type to stay at right tackle.
5th Adam Robinson RB 32 4Jr Strong interior ball carrier that is rarely brought down by the first defender and shows the ability to make opponents miss in a small area. Dismissed from the program at the end of last season.
6th Adam Gettis G 73 5Sr Underrated guard that’s very explosive, quick and shows a variety of skill.
6-7 Shaun Prater CB 28 4Sr Fiery cover corner best facing the action.
7th Broderick Binns DE 91 5Sr Undersized but incredibly quick lineman who plays with great hustle. Game dropped off in 2010.
FA Brad Herman TE 39 4Sr
FA Tyler Nielsen OLB 45 5Sr

The Mountaineers enter the season with a new head coach after a tumultuous spring.  As usual WVU offers a lot of talent on the roster, headlined by some outstanding NFL prospects which can be found on the defensive side of the ball.

West Virginia

Round Full Name Pos # Yr Comments
3rd Julian Miller DE 94 5Sr Athletic defensive lineman that’s successfully been used as a two gap end. Intense, rushes the passer well and makes plays in every direction of the field.
3rd Bruce Irvin OLB 11 4Sr Junior college transfer that lit the Big East on fire last season with his pass rushing skills. Fast and furious up the field. Projects to OLB at the next level.
4th Keith Tandy CB 8 4Jr Underrated cornerback with an aggressive game. Plays with a large degree of suddenness, hard hitting and effective back off the line of scrimmage.
5th Tavon Austin WR 1 3Jr Productive receiver that’s shown flashes of being the “go to” guy the past two seasons. Lacks the size to be a true number one receiver yet could be a solid wide out in the slot at the next level.
6th Geno Smith QB 12 3Jr Developing quarterback with top physical skills. Must improve his timing and decision-making but offers a nice upside.
6th Don Barclay T 64 5Sr Terrific pass protecting left tackle that makes the most of his tools. May not test well it gets the job done. Will get consideration inside at guard as well.
7th Brad Starks WR 2 5Sr Dependable receiver with solid size and the ability to pick up yardage running after the catch.
FA Josh Jenkins G 77 4Sr Tough, slug-it-out, small area guard.
FA Najae Goode ILB 52 4Sr Aggressive linebacker best making plays up the field.
FA Jeff Braun T 57 4Jr Limited tackle only effective in a very small area.

Future First Rounder?After so many seasons at the bottom rung of the Big East, the SU football program has clawed its way back.  They are recruiting and developing some terrific NFL talent, most prominently a sophomore linebacker that can be a star for the future.

Syracuse

Round Full Name Pos # Yr Comments
1-2 Marquis Spruill OLB 11 2So Three down linebacker with a tremendous future. Terrific against the run and outstanding in coverage. Spent a year in prep school after graduating from high school and is eligible for the 2011 draft.
5th Nick Provo TE 80 5Sr Dependable pass catching tight end that goes over the middle then comes away with the tough grab. Average blocker. Move tight end best in a west coast offense.
5-6 Ryan Nassib QB 12 4Jr Accurate college passer with a live arm. Outstanding ability throwing in motion and loses nothing getting outside the tackle box to make the pass in the move. Nice upside but needs to pull it together.
6th Chandler Jones DE 99 4Jr Hard-working, one dimensional lead blocking fullback that opens up big running lanes for the ballcarrier.
6-7 Alec Lemon WR 15 3Jr Reliable pass catcher that shows the ability to make receptions down the field.
7th Phillip Thomas S 1 3Jr Tall, thin safety that flashes ball skills.
7th Mikhail Marinovich DE 54 4Sr Hard-working defensive end that shows minimal physical skills.
7th Adam Harris FB 49 4Sr
FA Antwon Bailey RB 29 5Sr Hard-working runner that pounds it on the inside and shows enough quickness to get around tackle.
FA Marcus Sales WR 5 4Sr
FA Brandon Sharpe DE 91 3Jr Rotational defensive end occasionally stood up over tackle.
FA Kevyn Scott S 26 5Sr Versatile defensive back that can line up at corner or safety. Likes his game in ’09 but struggled with injuries last season and missed half the campaign. Has skill but must show he’s totally healthy.

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