Auburn has had to play second fiddle to the Tide in the state of Alabama recently, something that’s not going to change soon. They offer a good amount of talent on the offensive side of the ball, players with the potential to move up draft boards.
They Tigers have depth on the offensive line and no prospect is as good as Lee Ziemba.
The durable lineman is sized well, possesses strength at the point and blocks with a good degree of intelligence. Ziemba effectively uses his hands to push opponents from their angle of attack then seals them from the action with good body positioning. He gets movement run blocking, flashes dominance and works hard. He lacks the feet for left tackle but has the tools to eventually be a right side blocker.
Ryan Pugh is a versatile and underrated blocker in our opinion. Keeping his head on a swivel, Pugh quickly gets into blocks, shows the ability to adjust and keeps his head on a swivel. He’s not a great athlete but gets the most out of his ability. We like Pugh as a potential back-up interior lineman at the next level.
George Berry is a strong and explosive guard. He quickly sets off the snap, keeps his feet moving and is effective blocking in motion.
Coming off the ’08 film we loved what we saw out of Mario Fannin and thought him to be a big time prospect, but were slightly disappointed last year. Fannin has good size, flashes brute strength yet also shows a burst in his running and the ability to make defenders miss. He possesses solid vision and does a nice job following blocks. He is an outstanding pass catcher that finds his way down the field to make long receptions. Fannin could be tougher in his overall game but is a prospect with a huge upside.
Junior receiver Darvin Adams is a solid pass catcher who shows a lot of quickness in his game as well a burst. Adams consistently extends his hands to make the reception away from his frame, comes back to the ball and gets vertical in a crowd to make the difficult catch. He has a thin build, does not get good results as a blocker downfield but offers possibilities as a 4th wide out on the NFL level.
The top prospect on defense is linebacker Craig Stevens. An athletic player, Stevens covers a lot of area field, nicely redirects to ball carriers and is solid in pursuit. He possesses a good change of direction and shows skill in coverage. He looks like a solid weak side prospect.
Zac Etheridge is a tough safety with solid sideline to sideline range. Etheridge shows the ability to line up over the slot receiver and effectively reads then diagnoses the action. He’s not a big safety and does struggle bringing opponents down on initial contact. Etheridge has enough skills to make it as a 4th safety/dime back is he comes back healthy from the neck injury he suffered one year ago.
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