Archive for December, 2011

Coming off the best season in their history Auburn struggled after losing 28 upperclassmen to graduation and the Draft. The Tigers are young and talented but have lost both coordinators and their best player running back Mike Dyer since the season ended. Auburn does have two talented juniors that could be playing their final games for the Tigers. Receiver Emory Blake and tight end Phillip Lutzenkerchen are both considering their options. Blake will be covered by Chase Minnefield the excellent cornerback for Virginia. Mike London’s team has impressed this season and looks to be ready to leave the cellar of the ACC. Auburn will be looking to establish some momentum heading into next year.

Auburn

Rnd Name Pos # Yr Comments
4th Brandon Mosley T 75 4Sr Strong, small area right side blocker with limited upside.
7th Neiko Thorpe CB 15 4Sr Competitive and physical cornerback that does not stand out in any single area. Potential dime back at the next level that must make his mark on special teams.
FA A.J. Greene T 77 5Sr Highly rated prospect with nice size and growth potential. Started three games last season before suffering a season ending injury. Limited playing time on the college field.
FA Mike McNeil S 26 5Sr Quick, explosive safety that flashes on the scene and plays with a good degree of suddenness. Tough against the run. Arrested for burglary earlier this year and since dismissed from the Auburn football program.

Virginia

Rnd Name Pos # Yr Comments
2nd Chase Minnifield CB 13 5Sr Shutdown cornerback that plays with great quickness, explosion and athleticism. Opportunistic and constantly making positive plays on the ball.
2-3 Oday Aboushi T 72 3Jr Terrific pass blocking left tackle that comes with an upside. Plays with good mechanics, mentally aware and offers a lot of skill.
3rd Cameron Johnson DE 56 4Sr Hard-working college defensive end that shows no single outstanding physical trait in his game.
4th Matt Conrath DT 94 5Sr Tall, hard-working lineman that offers potential as a physically matures and fills out his frame.
7th Kris Burd WR 18 5Sr
FA Aaron Taliaferro ILB 52 5Sr Two down defender best against the run yet struggles making plays outside the box or against the pass.
FA Colter Phillips TE 89 4Jr Solid tight end prospect that catches the ball well and gives effort blocking. Potential third-tight end at the next level.
FA Rodney McLeod S 4 4Sr Hard-working safety really best facing the action or defending the run. Marginal ball skills and struggles in man coverage situations.
FA Austin Pasztor G 63 4Sr Strong, small area blocker that really does not play with good leverage or block with his legs.
FA Anthony Mihota C 68 5Sr Explosive, slug it out lineman that easily handles one-on-one blocking assignments in the middle of field. Best in a small area.
FA Corey Mosely S 7 5Sr Explosive safety that plays with terrific speed and suddenness. Displays better than average cover skills and makes a lot of positive plays on the ball. Needs to finish off his game and stay on the field but comes with and upside.
FA Landon Bradley T 67 5Sr Quick, hard-working senior tackle that’s been used mostly in a reserve role. Has the size and skill to backup at the next level.

UCLA received a bowl invitation despite it’s losing record. This will be Rick Neuheisal’s last game as the Bruin’s head coach. After starting 6-0 Illinois set a record by losing their last 6 games. Ron Zook was fired during the latter streak. The Illini defense has the best players in defensive end Whitney Mercillus and tackle Akeem Spence. James Franklin, the talented junior tailback for UCLA will find it difficult to run against the Illini defense. Both teams are desperate to remake their programs, however, and need this win to set teh tone heading into next season.

Illinois

Rnd Name Pos # Yr Comments
1-2 Whitney Mercilus DE 85 4Jr The next great pass rusher from the Illinois football program.
2-3 Akeem Spence DT 94 3So potentially dominant defensive lineman that showed immense skill as a freshman.
2-3 Michael Buchanan DE 99 3Jr Small college pass rushing defensive end likely to move to outside linebacker in the NFL.
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.
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 Terry Hawthorne CB 1 3Jr Developing cornerback that’s shown flashes yet must pull his game together.
FA 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.
FA Jason Ford RB 21 4Sr Nice sized interior back with solid measurables that must step up his game this season.
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 Tavon Wilson S 3 4Sr Undersized safety prospect with a solid game.
FA John Cornell G 73 5Sr

UCLA

Rnd Name Pos # Yr Comments
6th 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.
FA Nelson Rosario WR 83 4Sr Big strong possession receiver with limited speed.
7th 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.
7th Michael Harris T 65 5Sr Big, strong right tackle prospect best in a small area. Solid run blocker.
7-FA 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.
FA Taylor Embree WR 82 4Sr Nice sized receiver that uses his large frame as an advantage. Solid pass catcher.
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.

Vanderbilt returns to a bowl game for only the 5th time in it’s history under first year head coach James Franklin.. Cincinnati is making it’s third straight appearance and 12th overall. Bearcat tailback Isaiah Pead leads his teams offense. Pead was impressive rushing for over 1100 yards this season and is considered an early to mid round draft prospect. Vanderbilt will be a better defense than Cincinnati is used to seeing. Led by a strong senior defensive backfield and senior defensive lineman Tim Fugger Pead will have his work cut out for him.

Cincinnati

Rnd Name Pos # Yr Comments
3rd Isaiah Pead RB 23 4Sr Quick, feisty runner best between tackle. Solid pass catcher as well.
4th Derek Wolfe DT 95 4Sr Slug it out defensive tackle that flashes a lot of skill.
3rd Walter Stewart OLB 54 4Jr Athletic and well rounded linebacker that could develop into one of the top 3-4 outside linebackers if he takes his game to the next level. Nice physical skills yet questionable instincts.
5th John Hughes DT 40 5Sr Tough, strong slug it out defender in the middle of the line. Strong, holds the points and does a great job occupying the gaps.
7-FA Maalik Bomar OLB 4 3Jr Slightly undersized yet athletic linebacker that makes plays sideline to sideline.
FA Camerron Cheattham CB 21 4Jr Developing corner with good size and skills.
FA Scott Johnson CB 5 3Jr Smallish defensive back that gives a lot of effort against the run or defending the pass. Potential nickel player in a zone system.
FA D.J. Woods WR 3 4Sr Slot receiver with reliable hands yet limited deep speed.
FA J.K. Schaffer OLB 37 4Sr Hard-working middle linebacker prospect with limited athleticism.
FA Zach Collaros QB 12 5Sr Effective underneath signal caller with a great head for the position. Lacks size and top NFL physical skills.

Vanderbilt

Rnd Name Pos # Yr Comments
6th Sean Richardson S 21 4Sr Nice sized safety that flashes skill. Really best playing downhill against the run.
FA Casey Hayward CB 19 4Sr Zone cornerback with an aggressive streak in his game.
FA Chris Marve OLB 13 5Sr Hard-working linebacker with solid instincts and wherewithal. Possesses poor measurables and speed.
FA Brandon Barden TE 6 5Sr Hard-working tight end with limited athleticism. Has enough skill to make it on the three deep at the next level.

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