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.


Rnd Name Pos # Yr Comments
4thBrandon MosleyT754SrStrong, small area right side blocker with limited upside.
7thNeiko ThorpeCB154SrCompetitive 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.
FAA.J. GreeneT775SrHighly 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.
FAMike McNeilS265SrQuick, 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.


Rnd NamePos#YrComments
2ndChase MinnifieldCB135SrShutdown cornerback that plays with great quickness, explosion and athleticism. Opportunistic and constantly making positive plays on the ball.
2-3Oday AboushiT723JrTerrific pass blocking left tackle that comes with an upside. Plays with good mechanics, mentally aware and offers a lot of skill.
3rdCameron JohnsonDE564SrHard-working college defensive end that shows no single outstanding physical trait in his game.
4thMatt ConrathDT945SrTall, hard-working lineman that offers potential as a physically matures and fills out his frame.
7thKris BurdWR185Sr
FAAaron TaliaferroILB525SrTwo down defender best against the run yet struggles making plays outside the box or against the pass.
FAColter PhillipsTE894JrSolid tight end prospect that catches the ball well and gives effort blocking. Potential third-tight end at the next level.
FARodney McLeodS44SrHard-working safety really best facing the action or defending the run. Marginal ball skills and struggles in man coverage situations.
FAAustin PasztorG634SrStrong, small area blocker that really does not play with good leverage or block with his legs.
FAAnthony MihotaC685SrExplosive, slug it out lineman that easily handles one-on-one blocking assignments in the middle of field. Best in a small area.
FACorey MoselyS75SrExplosive 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.
FALandon BradleyT675SrQuick, 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.


Rnd Name Pos #Yr Comments
1-2Whitney MercilusDE854JrThe next great pass rusher from the Illinois football program.
2-3Akeem SpenceDT943Sopotentially dominant defensive lineman that showed immense skill as a freshman.
2-3Michael BuchananDE993JrSmall college pass rushing defensive end likely to move to outside linebacker in the NFL.
4thA.J. JenkinsWR84SrNice sized receiver with solid hands. Potential third wide out on the NFL level.
4-5Jeff AllenT714SrTerrific pass blocking left tackle with a nice upside. May be pushed inside to guard. Underrated and not given his due in the scouting community.
5thGraham PocicC764JrTough, strong and intelligent center with good size and strength. Bends well and adjusts nicely for such a large blocker.
FATerry HawthorneCB13JrDeveloping cornerback that’s shown flashes yet must pull his game together.
FATrulon HenryS94SrImposing 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.
FAJason FordRB214SrNice sized interior back with solid measurables that must step up his game this season.
FAIan ThomasOLB384Srundersized 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.
FATavon WilsonS34SrUndersized safety prospect with a solid game.
FAJohn CornellG735Sr


Rnd Name Pos#YrComments
6thJohnathan FranklinRB234JrQuick, elusive ball carrier that finds the cutback lanes, quickly gets through them and shows the ability to beat defenders into the open field.
FANelson RosarioWR834SrBig strong possession receiver with limited speed.
7thTony DyeS64SrSolid 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.
7thMichael HarrisT655SrBig, strong right tackle prospect best in a small area. Solid run blocker.
7-FACory HarkeyTE874SrAthletic 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.
FATaylor EmbreeWR824SrNice sized receiver that uses his large frame as an advantage. Solid pass catcher.
FAAaron HesterCB214JrFeisty cornerback that shows a lot of skill and has an upside.
FASheldon PriceCB223JrTough corner that does not possess next level speed. Potential dime back in zone coverage.
FAJosh SmithWR15SrColorado transfer who showed game breaking skills as a receiver and return specialist early in his career yet never progressed as a junior.
FADerrick ColemanFB334SrUnderrated fullback/ball carrier with nice size and strength.
FASean ShellerT725SrCollege left tackle that struggles in anything other than a very small area. Limited upside.
FAJamie GrahamCB255SrVanderbilt transfer that flashed skill early in his career.
FANate ChandlerDT895SrHard-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.


Rnd Name Pos #Yr Comments
3rdIsaiah PeadRB234SrQuick, feisty runner best between tackle. Solid pass catcher as well.
4thDerek WolfeDT954SrSlug it out defensive tackle that flashes a lot of skill.
3rdWalter StewartOLB544JrAthletic 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.
5thJohn HughesDT405SrTough, strong slug it out defender in the middle of the line. Strong, holds the points and does a great job occupying the gaps.
7-FAMaalik BomarOLB43JrSlightly undersized yet athletic linebacker that makes plays sideline to sideline.
FACamerron CheatthamCB214JrDeveloping corner with good size and skills.
FAScott JohnsonCB53JrSmallish defensive back that gives a lot of effort against the run or defending the pass. Potential nickel player in a zone system.
FAD.J. WoodsWR34SrSlot receiver with reliable hands yet limited deep speed.
FAJ.K. SchafferOLB374SrHard-working middle linebacker prospect with limited athleticism.
FAZach CollarosQB125SrEffective underneath signal caller with a great head for the position. Lacks size and top NFL physical skills.


6thSean RichardsonS214SrNice sized safety that flashes skill. Really best playing downhill against the run.
FACasey HaywardCB194SrZone cornerback with an aggressive streak in his game.
FAChris MarveOLB135SrHard-working linebacker with solid instincts and wherewithal. Possesses poor measurables and speed.
FABrandon BardenTE65SrHard-working tight end with limited athleticism. Has enough skill to make it on the three deep at the next level.

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