Archive for July, 2011

The Terps are under new management as Randy Edsall, one of the nations best coaches, takes over the program.  Edsall has a reputation for developing players and getting the most from his talent.  The NFL will be glad to hear this as Maryland has a lot of next level potential.  It is a similar situation in Coral Gables as Al Golden takes over a Hurricane program that is bursting with NFL prospects.

Maryland

Round Full Name Pos # Yr Comments
3rd Kenny Tate S 6 4Sr Forceful safety most effective making plays between the numbers or downhill. Moved to outside linebacker this season, the position which most NFL teams presently grades him at.
3-4 Demetrius Hartsfield OLB 9 4Jr Athletic and forceful linebacker that makes plays sideline to sideline, gets depth on pass drops and shows a lot of skill on the field. Has an upside yet must really polish his game.
4th Davin Meggett RB 8 4Sr Elusive, creative ball carrier with a burst. Has a compact style and runs low to the ground.
FA Justin Lewis G 78 4Jr Quick, explosive blocker that showed a lot of skill last season. Dismissed from the program in early July.
FA Trenton Hughes CB 21 5Sr Adequate zone cover corner back best facing the action.
FA Darin Drakeford OLB 52 3Jr Undersized yet quick linebacker that makes plays sideline to sideline.
FA Cameron Chism CB 22 4Sr Somewhat athletic cornerback that gives effort against the run. Struggles making plays with his back to the ball and constantly blowing assignments.
FA Derek Drummond DE 44 5Sr Undersized college pass rusher that flashed skill. Recently dismissed from the Maryland program.
FA Andrew Gonnella G 77 5Sr Hard-working small area blocker with limited upside.
FA Lansford Watson TE 80 5Sr Athletic tight end trying to rebound from a knee injury which kept him on the sidelines in 2010.

Miami-Fl

Round Full Name Pos # Yr Comments
3rd Sean Spence OLB 31 4Sr Athletic linebacker that makes plays sideline to sideline, covers a lot of area on the field and gets depth on pass drops. Also gives effort against the run. Three down defender for the next level.
3rd Adewale Ojomo DE 97 5Sr Quick, somewhat athletic defensive end with a nice length and underrated strength. Fires off the snap, plays with terrific pad level and rarely off his feet. Make plays behind the line of scrimmage or laterally.
4th Marcus Forston DT 99 4Jr Explosive interior lineman that fires off the snap, beats blockers off the ball and makes a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage. Fluid change of direction with the ability to make plays laterally in the box. Must get stronger but has upside.
4th Laron Byrd WR 47 4Sr Nice sized receiver that physically defeats opponents to come away with the ball. More of a possession wide out that could fit in as a fourth man on the roster at the next level.
4th Olivier Vernon DE 35 3Jr Undersized college pass rusher that shows great quickness off the snap, speed up the field and is constantly gets penetration behind the line of scrimmage. May get consideration at outside linebacker in a 34 alignment.
4-5 Mike James RB 5 3Jr Strong, interior ball carrier that runs through tackles and also carries the pile. Shows a surprising burst to his game.
5th Travis Benjamin WR 3 4Sr Nimble, flexible receiver that shows a deep burst and the ability to make receptions down the field. Must learn to do the little things well and round out his game yet comes with and upside.
5th Vaughn Telemaque S 7 4Jr
6-7 Ramon Buchanan OLB 45 4Sr Quick, explosive pursuit linebacker that’s best running down the action from the back side. Undersized and really struggles handling blocks.
7th Brandon Washington G 72 3Jr Tough, explosive small area blocker that must get a little stronger to complete his game.
7th Micanor Regis DT 54 4Sr Explosive yet undersized defensive tackle that constantly gets caught up in the wash or his handled at the point of attack by single blocker.
FA Harland Gunn G 66 5Sr Strong, small area blocker that shows flashes.
FA Jacory Harris QB 12 4Sr Terrific athlete with a big arm yet a poor passer that lacks accuracy, incorrectly reads defenses and consistently forces the ball into covered receivers.
FA JoJo Nicolas S 29 5Sr
FA Chase Ford TE 9 4Sr Hard-working tight end with a limited upside. Does not stand out in any single aspect.
FA Tyler Horn C 63 5Sr Small yet quick blocker on the pivot that shows ability in motion.
FA Blake Ayles TE 86 4Sr
FA Aldarius Johnson WR 4 4Sr

Its been a while since FSU made a major impact on the draft when one considers the number of prospects they placed in the early rounds during the late 90′s and through the middle part of the next decade.  Slowly they are returning to prior dominance and the future looks bright for the Seminoles on the field and in war rooms around the NFL.  The situation could not be anymore different for Georgia Tech, a team that played in a BCS game a few years ago then had two players selected in the first round of ’11.

Florida State

Round Full Name Pos # Yr Comments
1-2 Greg Reid CB 5 3Jr Outstanding cover corner with terrific ball skills. Displays the ability to run with opponents anywhere on the field and has an explosive break to the pass out of his plant. Consistently getting a hand in to defend the throw. Also used to return kicks. Possesses enough size to start at the next level though he lacks classic cornerback height.
3rd Andrew Datko T 67 4Sr King sized offensive tackle that easily controls opponents at the point of attack once engaged in a block. Blocks with solid fundamentals, makes great use of blocking angles as well as body positioning to control opponents. Lines up as a weak side tackle but may be better off as a right tackle in the NFL. Loved by NFL scouts a we feel he’s a bit overrated at this point.
3-4 Nigel Bradham OLB 13 4Sr Physically talented defender that runs hot and cold. Shows outstanding speed, quickness and range to his game while also playing with a large degree of suddenness. Not overly physical and can be spotty.
4-5 Brandon Jenkins DE 49 3Jr Prototypical Florida State defensive end; undersized, explosive and fast in every direction of the field. Solid pass rusher that can also chase the action in pursuit or drop off the line of scrimmage and play in space. Likely to move to outside linebacker at the next level.
4-5 Bert Reed WR 83 5Sr Quick, dependable underneath receiver that shows reliable hands. Does a lot of things well and could make it as a fourth receiver at the next level.
5th Ty Jones RB 33 4Sr Well-built ball carrier that runs low to the ground, displays terrific quickness and the ability to create his own yardage. Solid prospect with a nice upside.
5th Anthony McCloud DT 92 4Jr Fiery defensive tackle that explodes off the snap then fires through the gaps between the offensive line. Tough to stop.
5-6 Xavier Rhodes CB 27 4Sr Strong, cornerback with nice size and potential as a bump and run cover man. Downfield speed may be a concern.
6th Everett Dawkins DT 93 4Jr Quick, explosive yet undersized defensive tackle that makes plays in every direction of the field. Potential three technique lineman for the next level.
6th Taiwan Easterling WR 8 5Sr Elusive receiver that shows ability running after the reception yet a prospect that’s runs hot and cold. Looked like a sensational prospect as a sophomore but never really elevated his game. Has an upside and could develop into a third/fourth receiver at the next level.
6-7 Beau Reliford TE 88 4Sr Athletic tight end that shows flashes yet a prospect with an incomplete game. At this point more of a developmental player.
7th Rodney Smith WR 84 3Jr King sized pass catcher that physically beats down opponents and wins out for the jump ball. Raw in many of his techniques and really needs a lot of work on his overall game.
7th Nick Moody S 10 4Jr Intimidating safety with a large upside. Hard hitting, stops ball carriers dead in their tracks and shows the ability to get outside the numbers and make plays. Inconsistent and spotty with his production. Has the skill yet must take his game to the next level.
FA Zebrie Sanders T 77 4Sr Strong side blocker that plays with solid fundamentals and controls defenders once engaged the point of attack. Lacks overall balance, blocking range and does not possess the great upside.
FA Jermaine Thomas RB 38 4Sr One time highly rated prospect coming off an injury. Undersized yet tremendously elusive with the ability to create his own yardage and make defenders miss.
FA Mike Harris CB 1 4Sr Backup cornerback for Florida State that shows solid ball skills facing the action.
FA David Spurlock G 79 4Sr Tough, small area blocker with physical limitations. Lacks balance and on the ground too much.

Georgia Tech

Round Full Name Pos # Yr Comments
FA Steven Sylvester OLB 34 4Sr Smallish chase and run down linebacker best in pursuit.
FA Omoregie Uzzi G 77 4Jr Athletic blocker that flashes skills in motion. Must improve his balance and fundamentals but has the tools to work with.
FA Izaan Cross DE 94 3Jr
FA Roddy Jones RB 20 5Sr
FA Jason Peters DE 92 5Sr

We start the ACC off by looking at Boston College and Clemson; two teams that can’t seem to get over the hump in the conference yet always put quality talent into the draft.  That is likely to be the story line through April ’12.  Duke’s top prospect comes from the ranks of underclassmen.

Boston College

Rnd Full Name Pos # Yr Comments
2-3 Kaleb Ramsey DT 96 4Sr Strong, interior lineman that plays big. Displays good first step quickness, consistently commands double teams and tough to handle in the middle of the line.
3rd Luke Kuechly ILB 40 3Jr tackling machine with a tremendous head for the game. Instinctive, diagnoses the action as it unfolds and constantly around the ball. Lacks classic size and even elite speed for an undersized linebacker.
4-5 Chris Pantale TE 81 4Jr Developing tight end that has shown flashes.
6-7 Montel Harris RB 2 4Sr Smallish yet creative ball carrier that could play at the next level as a situational runner/third-down back.
7th Donnie Fletcher CB 4 4Sr Solid cover cornerback with an aggressive style. Maybe best suited to play in a zone system.
FA Ifeanyi Momah WR 3 5Sr King sized pass catching threat that makes a lot of athletic plays yet must improve his consistency and take his game to another level. Has an upside.
FA Nathan Richman G 75 5Sr Versatile lineman that can be used at guard or center. Strong at the point, easily controls defenders once engaged in a block and a terrific run blocking lineman.
FA Mark Spinney C 69 5Sr Versatile lineman that can be a utility blocker for any of the three interior offensive line positions.
FA Emmett Cleary G 77 4Jr Backup offensive lineman who did not develop the way we thought possible in 2010 after a solid ’09 campaign.

Clemson

Rnd Full Name Pos # Yr Comments
2nd Brandon Thompson DT 98 4Sr Quick, explosive one gap tackle that fires through the gaps up the field and can make plays laterally. Will get consideration as a three technique lineman. Top 60 prospect as of now.
2-3 Andre Ellington RB 23 4Jr Quick elusive ball carrier that created yardage. Very similar in style and substance to C.J. Spiller.
3rd Andre Branch DE 40 5Sr Possibly the next big-time pass rusher to come from the Clemson program. Athletic, explosive and constantly in the backfield making plays. Will get consideration at outside linebacker in a 34 alignment.
4th Dwayne Allen TE 83 4Jr Athletic pass catching tight end that also does an admirable job blocking. Must improve the details of his position yet someone that can be a top 100 prospect moving forward.
7th Brandon Maye OLB 20 5Sr Quick, explosive linebacker really best in the box. Transferred to Southern Miss for the ’11 campaign.
7th Landon Walker T 72 5Sr Powerful right tackle prospect with nice size. Best as a run blocker and struggles protecting the edge in pass protection.
FA Antoine McClain G 74 4Sr Strong, small area blocker that can dominate the opposition on running downs.
FA David Smith G 73 5Sr Nimble lineman that shows ability blocking in motion. Must improve his playing strength and learn to block with his legs.
FA Rashard Hall S 31 4Jr Skilled defensive back that flashes ability yet must put it all together and produce on a consistent basis.
FA Rennie Moore DE 94 5Sr Solid defensive line prospect that can be used at a variety of positions up front.
FA Kyle Parker QB 11 4Jr Baseball prospect that comes with a big-league arm yet minor-league accuracy.
FA Mason Cloy G 62 5Sr Solid backup lineman that can be used at several positions.
FA Chad Diehl FB 30 5Sr Hard-working lead blocker with physical limitations.

Duke

Rnd Full Name Pos # Yr Comments
7-FA Sean Renfree QB 19 4Jr Tall, strong armed pocket passer who plays a smart game. Comes with an upside must be monitored.
FA Matt Daniels S 40 4Sr Adequate safety with a well-rounded game but mostly effective in the box or playing downhill.
FA Kyle Hill T 79 4Sr Big, strong college left tackle better suited to play on the right side. Solid run blocker yet not agile, nimble and lacks the footwork to protect the quarterbacks blind side.
FA Lee Butler CB 20 4Sr
FA Charlie Hatcher DT 93 5Sr

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