The Syracuse football program continues to struggle back to competitiveness in year two of the Doug Marrone era. Over the past five years the program has had just a pair of players selected before the third frame closed out. That won’t change in 2011.
Running back Delone Carter is a quick, cut back runner with good vision. He runs hard on the inside and shows the uncanny ability to consistently find the openings in the defense. Resilient, Carter works his runs, keeping his feet moving on contact to pick up the extra yardage. Carter is more of a one-cut/one-speed runner and stands under 5-feet, 7.5-inches, which will turn teams off.
Center Ryan Bartholomew is another who lacks NFL measurables yet a solid athlete who moves well on his feet. Possessing limited upside, Batholomew grades out as a potential back-up in a zone blocking system.
Senior cornerback Kevyn Scott is an underrated prospect we think highly of. Quick flipping his hips off the line, Scott is quick footed in reverse, stays step-for-step with opponents downfield and also plays a physical game. He’s one worth keeping on the radar screen.
Safety Mike Holmes is tough as nails and sacrifices his body to make plays on the ball. He possesses enough range to handle coverage duties outside the numbers and makes a good amount of plays on the ball. He measures under 5-feet, 10-inches and barely 180-pounds, which will move him down draft boards.
Middle linebacker Derrell Smith is another aggressive defender who stands out in run defense yet an undersized linebacker (6-foot/235lbs) only effective in the box. He possesses limited athleticism and upside.
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