Archive for August, 2011

Boise State moves to the Mountain West Conference, which should make the league a lot more exciting.  Both the Broncos and BYU offer several line prospects to keep an eye on.

Boise State

Rod Full Name Pos Yr # Comments
2-3 Bill Winn DT 5Sr 90 College defensive tackle that projects to end at the next level. Fires off the snap with a nice first step, uses his hands throughout the action and gets a lot of momentum going up the field. Easily changes direction and can pursue from the back side. Lacks bulk and controlled by blocks yet seemingly has potential to grow into a two gap end. Comes with an upside.
3rd Doug Martin RB 5Sr 22 Versatile three down back that runs hard on the inside, displays the agility and speed to turn the corner and is a terrific receiver out of the backfield. More of a situational runner for the next level.
3-4 Nate Potter T 4Sr 73 Solid college lineman with skills that translate well to the next level. Bends his knees, works his hands and a terrific pass protector. Flashes skills blocking in motion. Not a great athlete but polished in his game.
4-5 George Iloka S 4Sr 8 Relatively athletic safety that shows a terrific burst to the action and a lot of quickness in his game. Marginal ball skills and must improve his play in coverage.
5th Tyrone Crawford DE 4Sr 40 Junior college transfer that made a big impact last season. Intense, chases hard and makes plays. Terrific size/speed numbers.
7th Chase Baker DT 4Sr 97 Hard working defensive tackle that chases the action around the field. Stout at the point of attack and tough to move off the line. Lacks natural bulk as well as growth potential. Not effective in pursuit.
FA Shea McClellin DE 4Sr 92 Fierce defender that lines up in a three-point stance or occasionally stood up over tackle. Quick off the snap, displays ability in pursuit and makes plays in every direction of the field. Lacks top size, strength and really doesn’t cover a lot of area on the field.
FA Kellen Moore QB 5Sr 11 Terrific college quarterback with a great feel for the position. Lacks great size, classic arm strength and erratic downfield accuracy.
FA Dan Paul FB 4Sr 47 Tough straight-line blocker that takes defenders from the action. Limited skills around the corner, on the second level and as an offensive threat.
FA Tyler Shoemaker WR 5Sr 89

BYU

Rnd Name Pos Yr # Comments
2nd Matt Reynolds T 5Sr 70 Productive college blocker that is effective in pass protection besides opening holes for the running game. Fundamentally sound, keeps his feet moving and shows solid lateral blocking range in pass protection. Does a nice job sealing defenders from the action as a run blocker. Injured throughout his junior season yet still played well in 2010. Could make a big move up draft boards.
5th Jameson Frazier OLB 4Sr 48 Tough, strong, 34 outside linebacker very effective at the line of scrimmage or in the box.
5th Braden Hansen G 3Jr 76 Terrific underclassmen that shows dominant strength at the point of attack and the ability to easily control opponents.
6th Braden Brown T 4Jr 75 Solid pass protecting lineman that shows good lateral range and has nice size.
FA Matt Putnam DE 5Sr 41 Relatively athletic lineman that makes a lot of plays on the ball when he’s on his game. Academically ineligible for 2011.

Colorado State

Rnd Name Pos Yr # Comments
FA Jake Gdowski G 5Sr 58 Tough slug-it-out lineman best in a small area.
FA Mike Kawulok ILB 4Sr 52 Smart heady run defending linebacker with minimal skills in coverage.
FA Paul Madsen T 5Sr 76 Quick pass protecting tackle that must improve his strength and do a better job finishing blocks.

Despite NCAA sanctions the Trojans keep rolling along and presently possess three underclassmen that grade as first round picks.  Utah enters their inaugural season in the conference with some rebuilding to do while Washington offers one of the more underrated prospects you’ll find on the defensive line.  Washington State?  They’re just tough to watch.

USC

Round Full Name Pos # Yr Comments
1st Matt Kalil T 75 4Jr Dominant left tackle prospect with terrific size as well as upside. Blocks with solid fundamentals, makes great use of body positioning as well as blocking angles. Shows THE ability to take out linebackers on the second level. Lacks classic footwork and rumbles around the field Yet understands the position and gets the job done. Early pick in the near future as we hear he will enter the 2012 draft.
1st Matt Barkley QB 7 3Jr Accurate quarterback prospect that has the ability to make most of the passes. Lacks classic pocket passer size but has enough ability to start the next level.
1-2 T.J. McDonald S 27 3Jr Explosive safety that quickly comes up the field and aggressively defends the run while also showing outstanding ball skills in coverage. Effective over the slot receiver and fast out to the sidelines making plays on the ball.
3rd DaJohn Harris DT 98 5Sr Strong, tough defensive tackle that’s almost impossible to move off the point. Underrated.
4th Wes Horton DE 96 4Jr Athletic college pass rusher that shows skill up the field.
4th Chris Galippo ILB 54 5Sr Smart, instinctive linebacker that does a great job reading and diagnosing the action and properly positioning himself. Lacks great speed in pursuit and struggles making plays out to the flanks.
5th Nick Perry DE 8 4Jr Undersized college defensive end that shows good pass rush skills and speed up the field. Has the movement skills and ability to get looks as a 34 outside linebacker.
5th Marc Tyler RB 26 5Sr Creative, elusive ball carrier that displays the ability to find the cutback lanes and quickly get through them. Makes defenders miss and can avoid piles yet lacks strength in his running and often brought down by the first defender at the initial point of contact.
6-7 Devon Kennard OLB 42 3Jr Athletic prospect that’s been used at middle linebacker but moves to defensive end this season. Fast and smooth moving about the field but has questionable instincts.
7th Rhett Ellison TE 40 5Sr Hard-working tight end with no single outstanding aspect to his game.
FA Khaled Holmes G 78 4Jr
FA Armond Armstead DT 94 4Sr Relatively athletic defensive end that displays the ability to make plays in every direction of the field. Flashes skill but needs a lot more consistency to his game.
FA Marshall Jones S 27 5Sr
FA Christian Tupou DT 44 5Sr Strong interior defensive tackle coming off a knee injury which kept him on the sidelines in 2010.

Utah

Rnd Full Name Pos # Yr Comments
4th John Cullen T 75 4Sr Terrific left tackle that did a great job last season after transferring from junior college. Quick in all aspects of the game, moves well on his feet and plays with a good degree of athleticism.
6th Kendrick Moeai TE 81 4Jr Athletic pass catching tight end that consistently gets down the seam into the secondary.
6th Tony Bergstrom T 70 4Sr Well sized tackle prospect that is an effective position blocker. Must improve his overall strength. Comes with and upside.
FA Derrick Shelby DE 90 5Sr Semi-athletic defensive end that also stands up over tackle on occasion. Fluid moving about the field, makes plays in every direction and effectively uses his hands to get off blocks. Not stout at the point and does not play with a sense of urgency.
FA Dave Kruger DT 44 4Jr
FA Luke Matthews WR 11 4Jr

Washington

Round Full Name Pos # Yr Comments
2-3 Alameda Ta’amu DT 74 4Sr Powerful, interior nose tackle/defensive tackle prospect coming off a disappointing season. Holds the point on the inside and a plugger that occupies blockers. Must learn to use his hands better.
5-6 Chris Polk RB 1 4Jr Strong and explosive interior runner that shows a burst.
6th Senio Kelemete G 56 4Sr College tackle that projects to guard. Strong and moves his feet well.
6th Jermaine Kearse WR 15 4Sr Solid possession wide out with reliable hands. Potential fourth receiver at the next level.
7th Quinton Richardson CB 28 5Sr Nice sized corner best facing the action in a zone system.
FA Desmond Trufant CB 6 3Jr
FA Devin Aguilar WR 9 4Sr

Washington State

Round Full Name Pos # Yr Comments
FA Jared Karstetter WR 84 4Sr
FA Alex Hoffman-Ellis OLB 17 5Sr

Two programs headed in different directions as Stanford will once again compete for a BCS game while UCLA seemingly continues to spin its wheels.  The Bruins will offer another solid safety in 2012 while Stanford possesses the first pick of the draft.

UCLA

Rnd Full Name Pos # Yr Comments
4th Tony Dye S 6 4Sr Solid safety effective against the run while also showing skill in coverage when facing the action. Patient, hard hitting and shows good head for the ball. Relatively instinctive. Struggles making plays with his back to the ball.
5-6 Johnathan Franklin RB 23 4Jr Quick, elusive ball carrier that finds the cutback lanes, quickly gets through them and shows the ability to beat defenders into the open field.
6th Cory Harkey TE 87 4Sr Athletic tight end still rough around the edges. Blocks with solid fundamentals and gives effort yet lacks strength at the point. Nicely adjusts to make the reception in stride yet lacks consistent hands. Has an upside but must pull it all together.
6th Taylor Embree WR 82 4Sr Nice sized receiver that uses his large frame as an advantage. Solid pass catcher.
7th Michael Harris T 65 5Sr Big, strong right tackle prospect best in a small area. Solid run blocker.
FA Nelson Rosario WR 83 4Sr Big strong possession receiver with limited speed.
FA Aaron Hester CB 21 4Jr Feisty cornerback that shows a lot of skill and has an upside.
FA Sheldon Price CB 22 3Jr Tough corner that does not possess next level speed. Potential dime back in zone coverage.
FA Josh Smith WR 1 5Sr Colorado transfer who showed game breaking skills as a receiver and return specialist early in his career yet never progressed as a junior.
FA Derrick Coleman FB 33 4Sr Underrated fullback/ball carrier with nice size and strength.
FA Sean Sheller T 72 5Sr College left tackle that struggles in anything other than a very small area. Limited upside.
FA Jamie Graham CB 25 5Sr Vanderbilt transfer that flashed skill early in his career.
FA Nate Chandler DT 89 5Sr Hard-working lineman with the ability to play tackle or end. Limited athlete with marginal upside.

Stanford

Rnd Full Name Pos # Yr Comments
1st Andrew Luck QB 12 4Jr Terrific signal caller that can be a difference maker at the next level. Big, durable and has the ability to withstand the rush or get outside the pocket and throw on the move. Accurate and precisely places throws were only his receiver can make the reception. Tremendous leader on the field always in control of the situation. Lacks a howitzer arm but offers incredible intangibles.
1-2 Jonathan Martin T 55 4Jr Highly thought of offensive tackle we feel is slightly overrated. Possesses good physical skills; strong, moves well on his feet and slides out in pass protection. Does not make good use of body positioning and seemingly does not understand blocking angles. Has a lot of upside yet needs a lot of work on his game.
2-3 Chris Owusu WR 81 4Sr Terrific possession receiver that runs solid routes, shows reliable hands and is dependable. Not a downfield threat.
3rd David DeCastro G 52 4Jr Tough, strong run blocking guard that dominates the opposition. Gets movement run blocking, easily turns defenders off the ball and opens up the running lanes. Marginally effective in space or in motion.
6th Coby Fleener TE 82 5Sr Solid pass catching tight end that struggles as a blocker. Not a true downfield threat. Loved in the scouting community but we think he’s overrated.
6th Matthew Masifilo DE 98 5Sr Tough, underrated lineman that can be used in a variety of spots upfront. Plays with good pad level, strong at the point and fights hard until the whistle blows. Lacks the great upside yet could be a solid rotational player.
6th Delano Howell S 26 4Sr Smart, tough defensive back that’s lined up at safety and cornerback. Very effective facing the action and would be an asset in zone coverage.
7th Chase Thomas OLB 44 4Jr
FA Michael Thomas S 3 4Sr Underrated safety that’s not getting the attention he’s due. Smart, quickly locates the ball and constantly around the action. Lacks measurables which will push him down draft boards yet a prospect that should be considered as a dime back/special teams player.
FA Johnson Bademosi S 27 4Sr Hard-working college cornerback that projects to safety at the next level. Relatively effective facing the action but stiff and does not possess a large upside.

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