There are many who think Oregon will win the Pac Ten. We disagree. They lost a decent amount of talent to the NFL then the starting quarterback was dismissed from the program. The way we see it the majority of draft eligible talent is of the free agent variety.
Carson York is a terrific young offensive line prospect with a bright future. He’s a fundamentally sound blocker at guard who bends his knees and sets with a wide base. York is strong at the point and does a solid job in pass protection.
Senior William Thran is a small area blocker and lacks the skill to handle the left tackle duties he presently holds down. Strong at the point, he controls defenders once he gets his hands on them and turns them off the line yet cannot adjust to oncoming blitzers, lacks lateral blocking range and footwork in space.
In similar fashion C.E. Kaiser shows poor movement skills from his right tackle position. He is effective with his hands and displays good strength at the point of attack.
Jeff Maehl lacks the great size yet is a hardnosed football player with a complete game. He possesses terrific eye/hand coordination and hands of glue. Maehl does a great job finding the open seam in the defense and consistently offers the quarterback a nice target. He extends his hands away from his body and possesses soft, reliable hands. Maehl also gives effort blocking downfield. Really more of a one speed receiver who lacks a second gear or burst, Maehl projects as a fifth receiver/special teams player at the next level.
The top senior prospect is middle linebacker Casey Matthews, son of former USC star Clay Matthews. He is a hard hitting run defender with a good nose for the ball. Matthews shows top instincts, quickly diagnoses plays and scrapes well laterally. He’s a good football player yet not a great athlete and does not possess a huge upside.
Spencer Paysinger was a prospect we liked off the ’08 tape yet a linebacker whose game went flat last season. Paysinger is relatively effective in space and quick getting out laterally to make plays. He showed a lot of indecision in his game which was costly last year.
Defensive lineman Brandon Bair is well thought of in many circles. He’s a hard-working player with a non-stop motor but lacks strength at the point and does not possess the great upside.
The Ducks have a pair of junior safety’s to watch, Javes Lewis and Eddie Pleasant.
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