Archive for January, 2012

As is the case almost every April, the quarterback position will be driven by underclassmen at the top of the position board.  Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin aside, there’s a group of prospects that could develop into starters at the next level.

Quarterback Rankings

Round Full Name School Year
1st Andrew Luck Stanford 4Jr
1st Robert Griffin Baylor 4Jr
1-2 Ryan Tannehill Texas A&M 5Sr
2nd Brandon Weeden (m) Oklahoma State 5Sr
3rd Brock Osweiler Arizona State 3Jr
3rd Kirk Cousins Michigan State 5Sr
4th Nick Foles Arizona 5Sr
4-5 Russell Wilson Wisconsin 5Sr
5th Ryan Lindley San Diego State 5Sr
5th Chandler Harnish Northern Illinois 5Sr
5-6 Bryon Coleman Tenn-Chattanooga 5Sr
6th Kellen Moore Boise State 5Sr
6th Case Keenum Houston 6Sr
7th J.J. McDermott SMU 5Sr
FA Jordan Jefferson LSU 4Sr
FA Austin Davis Southern Mississippi 5Sr
FA Cody Endres Slippery Rock 5Sr
FA Chester Stewart Temple 5Sr
FA Dane Simoneau Washburn 5Sr
FA Aaron Corp Richmond 5Sr
FA Jacory Harris Miami-Fl 4Sr
FA David LeGree Hampton 5Sr
FA Darron Thomas Oregon 4Jr
FA Chris Relf Mississippi State 5Sr
FA Dominique Davis East Carolina 5Sr
FA GJ Kinne Tulsa 5Sr
FA John Brantley Florida 5Sr
FA Bo Levi Mitchell Eastern Washington 4Sr
FA Patrick Witt Yale 5Sr
FA Tyler Hansen Colorado 5Sr
FA Mike Brown Liberty 5Sr
FA Zach Collaros Cincinnati 5Sr
FA Nathan Dick Central Arkansas 5Sr
FA Dan Persa Northwestern 4Sr
FA Mike Paulus William & Mary 5Sr
FA Brian Reader Idaho 5Sr
FA Stephen Garcia x-South Carolina 5Sr

The 2012 draft will include one tremendous running back talent at the top of round one but the talent thins out after that.  We see few true feature backs available and the position is highlighted by situational runners or third down specialists.

Running Back  Rankings

Rnd Full Name School Yr
1st Trent Richardson Alabama 3Jr
2nd Lamar Miller Miami-Fl 3So
2nd Doug Martin Boise State 5Sr
2nd David Wilson Virginia Tech 3Jr
2-3 Isaiah Pead Cincinnati 4Sr
2-3 Vick Ballard Mississippi State 4Sr
3rd Cyrus Gray Texas A&M 4Sr
3rd LaMichael James Oregon 4Jr
3rd Bernard Pierce Temple 3Jr
3-4 Chris Rainey Florida 5Sr
3-4 Robert Turbin Utah State 5Jr
3-4 Chris Polk Washington 4Jr
4th Ronnie Hillman San Diego State 3So
5th Daniel Herron Ohio State 5Sr
5th Davin Meggett Maryland 4Sr
5th Tauren Poole Tennessee 4Sr
5th Alfred Morris Florida Atlantic 5Sr
5-6 Marc Tyler USC 5Sr
5-6 Edwin Baker Michigan State 3Jr
6th Ryan Houston North Carolina 5Sr
6-7 Terrance Ganaway Baylor 5Sr
7th Brandon Bolden Mississippi 4Sr
7th Bobby Rainey Western Kentucky 5Sr
7-FA Lennon Creer Louisiana Tech 5Sr
FA Adonis Thomas Toledo 5Sr
FA Jonas Gray Notre Dame 4Sr
FA Jewel Hampton Southern Illinois 4Jr
FA Jason Ford Illinois 4Sr
FA Alvester Alexander Wyoming 3Jr
FA Tavoy Moore Idaho State 4Sr
FA Keola Antolin Arizona 4Sr
FA Antwon Bailey Syracuse 5Sr
FA Jermaine Thomas Florida State 4Sr
FA Foswhitt Whittaker Texas 5Sr
FA Ronnie Weaver UCF 5Sr
FA Michael Harris Murray State 4Sr
FA Daryl Richardson Abilene Christian 4Sr
FA Jonathan Grimes William & Mary 4Sr
FA Kenny Turner New Mexico State 4Jr
FA Ty Jones Florida State 4Sr
FA Darryl Whiting Fordham 5Sr
FA Rodney Stewart Colorado 5Sr
FA Darrell Scott South Florida 4Jr
FA Jeff Demps Florida 4Sr
FA Mike Ball Nevada 4Jr
FA Roddy Jones Georgia Tech 5Sr
FA Lance Dunbar North Texas 4Sr
FA Ashton Leggett Illinois State 5Sr
FA DJ McNorton Jr North Dakota State 5Sr
FA Edwin Gowins Cal-Pa 4Sr
FA Travaris Cadet Appalachian State 5Sr
FA Jonathan Hernandez Massachusetts 5Sr
FA Patrick Shed UAB 4Sr
FA Chris Douglas Missouri State 5Sr
FA Joe Banyard UTEP 5Sr
FA Enrique Davis Mississippi 4Sr
FA Zach Brown Pittsburgh 5Sr
FA Brian Fowler Central Connecticut State 5Sr
FA Duane Bennett Minnesota 5Sr
FA Victor Anderson Louisville 4Sr

Fullback Rankings

Rnd Full Name School Yr
5-6 Broderick Green Arkansas 5Sr
7th Chad Diehl Clemson 5Sr
FA Joe Martinek Rutgers 5Sr
FA Brady Ewing Wisconsin 4Sr
FA Cody Johnson Texas 5Sr
FA Derrick Coleman UCLA 4Sr
FA Dan Paul Boise State 4Sr
FA Jermaine Robertson Arkansas State 5Sr
FA Adam Harris Syracuse 4Sr

The general managers, scouts and coaches have left and the campers have moved in to the parking lot of Ladd Peebles Stadium.  Tomorrow they kick off the game and decide the winner.  But who were the winners and losers from practice?  And what else was being talked about  around Mobile?  Here’s a final word from Senior Bowl practices.

Vinny Curry left a positive impression on scouts and coaches during Senior Bowl week and improved his draft stock.  His athleticism, quickness and natural pass rush skills are all very appealing.  Curry has been criticized by some after a low pre-season Wondelic test score yet in talking with him you’d never know it.

I spoke with Curry at length after Wednesday’s practice and found him to be very bright, articulate and really a nice person.  He easily recalled articles and comments which were written about him six months ago in detail.  I asked Curry if he was ready to play linebacker at the next level.   He told me he has been training for the position and was slightly disappointed he did not get to work at linebacker during the Senior Bowl to show scouts what he’s capable of.  In speaking with Curry I got the idea he’s an easy guy to root for.  There’s no doubt in my mind he will quickly make the transition to 3-4 outside linebacker if necessary.

One player that’s not impressed scouts this week is defensive lineman Billy Winn.  At one time considered a potential first round pick, Winn looked awful in weigh-ins on Monday then could not get off a block all week.  You can see the underlying athleticism and quickness in his game but its just a matter of applying them on a consistent basis.  Someone we spoke with close to the situation affirmed Winn is not much of a worker and all too often relied on his natural skills to make plays in college. I was told he’s training back at Boise State for the combine.

Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard is another who leaves Senior Bowl practices with falling stock.  Though a personal favorite of mine, Dennard struggled to stop anyone in practice and was constantly beat.  He seemed stiff and slow to react.  Its been thrown around that a move inside to safety must now be considered for Dennard.

Zebrie Sanders also is watching his draft stock take a tumble after a poor week.  Sanders just had trouble staying on his feet and opponents had him twisting in the wind all week.

Before the practices even started the conversation turned to Arizona State junior linebacker Vontaz Burfict.  Separate sources, including one close to the program, told me Burfict’s decision to turn pro was likely centered around the fact he was looking at potential eligibility problems in 2012.  Everyone I spoke with said Burfict’s struggles in 2011 are directly related to the fact teammate Brandon Magee never took the field during the season after tearing his Achilles in August.  I was told Magee, a leader on the ASU defense, was the one who made sure Burfict was properly positioned on the field and made him aware of assignments.   This further confirms my report from the Shrine Game last week where different sources told me, “It’s a matter of Burfict not diagnosing plays correctly if put to the test, amongst other things.”

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