Louisville, which had four or more players chosen in all but one draft since 2003, did not have a single player selected last April. The outlook from the senior class is slightly better for 2011 and there are some exciting underclassmen to watch.
Two underclassmen highlight our top prospects from the offensive side of the ball.
Center Mario Benavides is a terrific position blocker who plays with great fundamentals. Explosive off the snap, he displays the ability to hit a moving target blocking in motion and works hard until the whistle blows. Benavides lacks the dominant base to this point yet offers a lot of upside to his game.
Receiver Josh Chichester is a huge target and looks like a skinny tight end on the field. Chichester uses his size as an advantage, boxing out opponents or getting vertical to high-point the ball from them. He’s reliable for the most part though his game lacks any semblance of quickness or speed.
Doug Beaumont is a smaller, quicker wide out yet a ball player who battles defenders to make the grab. Beaumont shows a lot of suddenness to his game and effectively works to make himself an available target for the quarterback. He’s also a solid special teams player that helps out on coverage units.
Junior running back Victor Anderson does the little things well. A terrific cutback runner, Anderson loses little momentum changing direction and creates yardage when nothing is available. He’s also a solid pass catcher out of the backfield.
The top prospect on defense is senior cornerback Johnny Patrick who gave serious consideration to entering this year’s draft. Patrick is a terrific athlete with good playing speed, a terrific burst and plenty of suddenness in his game. That said, Patrick’s ball skills are rather average. Right now he’s more upside than refined prospect in our opinion.
Junior linebacker Brandon Heath is another with a good amount of upside. Fluid moving about the field, he plays sideline to sideline and covers a lot of area. Heath evens lines up over the slot receiver on occasion and does an admirable job. He lacks strength at the point and really struggles getting off blocks.
Louisville Cardinal Prospects