The eyes of the draft world will be focused on Ryan Mallet at Arkansas this season, the Razorbacks big time, quarterback prospect.  And though most will be paying attention to the big passer, the offense does offer other prospects that must be watched.

The argument could be made that Ryan Mallett has more upside than any other NFL quarterback prospect in the nation.  Then again there’s reason to say his game holds an equal amount of downside risk.

Mallett is a statuesque pocket passer with great size and the arm to match.  He can drive the ball with a flick of the wrist, flashes the ability to throw strikes down the field and puts the ball in front receivers, letting them run to the pass.  He shows toughness in the pocket, stands in strong against the rush and does a nice job commanding the offense.  He also shows indecision in the pocket, makes some questionable throws on occasion and must improve his accuracy.  Mallett throws with an exaggerated motion which leads to passes ending up behind receivers or high of the mark.  He has the physical tools to be a big time prospect but his poor mechanics and marginal accuracy are worrisome.

Scouts love offensive tackle DeMarcus Love though we are a little cool towards the senior blocker. Love show strength as a run blocker, controls opponents once engaged at the point and flashes footwork off the edge in pass protection.  He moves relatively well and plays with a nasty attitude.  Love also struggles to finish blocks, lacks balance and is on the field too much.   We like him as a potential third round draft pick that’s likely to move into guard.

Ray Dominguez is another college tackle that projects to guard in the NFL.  Built low to the ground, Dominguez blocks with good pad level, forward lean and works his hands.   He’s not a natural knee bender and struggles off the line of scrimmage.

The Razorbacks have had their fair share of tall, game controlling, possession wide outs and Greg Childs is close to receiving that label.  Child’s extends his hands to make the reception, displays a sense of timing and uses his frame to box-out opponents and come away with the pass. He consistently makes the difficult reception and shows strength running after the catch.   We presently list him as a free agent but expect him to be rated much higher very soon.

Several scouting services rank D.J. Williams as one of the best senior prospects at the tight end position, something we disagree with.  Williams lacks height for a tight end, shows average playing speed and minimal strength at the point of attack. He extends to make the catch in a crowd but in his game is marginally consistent.

Arkansas Pro-Prospects

Round Full Name Pos Number Year
1st Ryan Mallett QB 14 4Jr
3rd DeMarcus Love T 65 5Sr
FA Seth Oxner C 60 4Jr
FA Greg Childs WR 85 3Jr
FA Ray Dominguez G 73 5Sr
FA Ramon Broadway CB 26 5Sr
FA D.J. Williams TE 45 4Sr
FA Rudell Crim CB 4 4Sr

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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.

Auburn Pro-Prospects

Round Full Name Pos Number Year
3rd Lee Ziemba T 71 5Sr
4th Mario Fannin RB 27 5Sr
5th Craig Stevens OLB 46 4Sr
7th Ryan Pugh C 50 4Sr
7th Darvin Adams WR 89 3Jr
FA Zac Etheridge S 4 4Sr
FA Terrell Zachery WR 81 5Sr
FA George Berry G 66 5Sr
FA Mike Blanc DT 93 5Sr
FA Lee Isom G 57 5Sr
FA Josh Bynes ILB 17 4Sr
FA Antoine Carter DE 45 4Sr

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Tar Heel at the top?A listing of the top draft eligible prospects from the ACC.  133 players make our list heading towards the 2010 season.

# Full Name School Pos Num Year
1 Robert Quinn North Carolina DE 42 3Jr
2 Bruce Carter North Carolina OLB 54 4Sr
3 Allen Bailey Miami-Fl DE 57 5Sr
4 Marvin Austin North Carolina DT 9 4Sr
5 Anthony Castonzo Boston College T 74 4Sr
6 Da’Quan Bowers Clemson DE 93 3Jr
7 Kendric Burney North Carolina CB 16 4Sr
8 Jarvis Jenkins Clemson DT 99 4Sr
9 Brandon Thompson Clemson DT 98 3Jr
10 Charles Brown North Carolina CB 12 4Sr
11 Mark Herzlich Boston College OLB 94 5Sr
12 Christian Ponder Florida State QB 7 5Sr
13 Ras-I Dowling Virginia CB 19 4Sr
14 Brandon Harris Miami-Fl CB 1 3Jr
15 Colin McCarthy Miami-Fl OLB 44 5Sr
16 Ryan Williams Virginia Tech RB 34 3So
17 Rodney Hudson Florida State G 62 5Sr
18 Greg Little North Carolina WR 4 5Sr
19 Marcus Gilchrist Clemson S 12 4Sr
20 Jermaine Thomas Florida State RB 38 3Jr
21 Graig Cooper Miami-Fl RB 2 4Sr
22 Adrian Moten Maryland OLB 1 5Sr
23 Da’Rel Scott Maryland RB 23 5Sr
24 Taiwan Easterling Florida State WR 8 4Jr
25 DeAndre McDaniel Clemson S 2 4Sr
26 Orlando Franklin Miami-Fl G 74 5Sr
27 Nigel Bradham Florida State OLB 13 3Jr
28 Demetrius Hartsfield Maryland OLB 9 3So
29 Markus White Florida State DE 98 4Sr
30 Quan Sturdivant North Carolina ILB 52 4Sr
31 Chris Hairston Clemson T 61 4Sr
32 Cyhl Quarles Wake Forest S 5 4Jr
33 Tristan Dorty Wake Forest OLB 55 4Jr
34 Montel Harris Boston College RB 2 3Jr
35 DeMarcus Van Dyke Miami-Fl CB 8 4Sr
36 Rennie Moore Clemson DE 94 4Jr
37 Jonathan Cooper North Carolina G 64 3So
38 Leonard Hankerson Miami-Fl WR 84 4Sr
39 Brad Jefferson Georgia Tech OLB 51 4Sr
40 Cam Holland North Carolina C 65 4Jr
41 Joe Looney Wake Forest G 78 3Jr
42 Andre Branch Clemson DE 40 4Jr
43 Ryan Houston North Carolina RB 32 4Sr
44 Jacory Harris Miami-Fl QB 12 3Jr
45 Davin Meggett Maryland RB 8 3Jr
46 Thomas Claiborne Boston College G 78 5Sr
47 Mario Butler Georgia Tech CB 2 4Sr
48 Tyrod Taylor Virginia Tech QB 5 4Sr
49 Cameron Johnson Virginia OLB 56 3Jr
50 Corey Mosely Virginia S 47 4Jr
51 Brandon Maye Clemson OLB 20 4Jr
52 Jarmon Fortson Florida State WR 80 3Jr
53 Zach Pianalto North Carolina TE 17 4Sr
54 Rashad Carmichael Virginia Tech CB N 5Sr
55 Rashard Hall Clemson S 31 3So
56 Charlie Hatcher Duke DT 93 4Jr
57 Torrey Smith Maryland WR 82 4Jr
58 Jared Green Virginia WR 2 4Jr
59 Mario Edwards Georgia Tech S 33 5Sr
60 Josh Bush Wake Forest CB 4 4Jr
61 Bryan Morgan Duke C 62 4Sr
62 Kenny Okoro Wake Forest CB 6 3So
63 Anthony Allen Georgia Tech RB 18 5Sr
64 George Bryan North Carolina State TE 84 4Jr
65 Byron Maxwell Clemson CB 36 5Sr
66 Russell Nennon Wake Forest G 72 5Sr
67 Joel Figueroa Miami-Fl G 61 5Sr
68 Jamie Harper Clemson RB 8 3Jr
69 James Cumbie Clemson DT 8 5Sr
70 Jaymes Brooks Virginia Tech G 68 4Jr
71 Richard Gordon Miami-Fl TE 84 5Sr
72 Brandon Harper Duke G 55 5Sr
73 John Graves Virginia Tech DT 91 5Sr
74 Travis Benjamin Miami-Fl WR 3 3Jr
75 Marshall Williams Wake Forest WR 8 5Sr
76 Micanor Regis Miami-Fl DT 54 3Jr
77 Nate Irving North Carolina State OLB 56 5Sr
78 Donnie Fletcher Boston College CB 4 3Jr
79 Jarrett Boykin Virginia Tech WR 81 3J
80 Nathan Richman Boston College G 75 4Jr
81 Audie Cole North Carolina State OLB 42 4Jr
82 Lamar Young Maryland G 70 4Jr
83 Josh Adams Wake Forest RB 27 5Sr
84 Deunta Williams North Carolina S 27 5Sr
85 Mike Ingersoll North Carolina T 66 4Sr
86 Beau Warren Virginia Tech C 60 5Sr
87 Danny Coale Virginia Tech WR 19 4Jr
88 B.J. Cabbell Virginia G 65 5Sr
89 Shaun Draughn North Carolina RB 20 4Sr
90 Emmett Cleary Boston College G 77 3So
91 Andre Smith Virginia Tech TE 88 5Sr
92 Joe Torchia Virginia TE 84 5Sr
93 Laron Byrd Miami-Fl WR 47 3Jr
94 Anthony Egbuniwe Georgia Tech DE 41 5Sr
95 Chase Minnifield Virginia CB 13 4Jr
96 Harland Gunn Miami-Fl G 66 4Jr
97 Matt Conrath Virginia DE 94 4Jr
98 Rich Lapham Boston College T 66 5Sr
99 Dominique Reese Georgia Tech CB 26 5Sr
100 Dyrell Roberts Virginia Tech WR 11 3Jr
101 Devon Brown Wake Forest WR 3 4Jr
102 Rodney McLeod Virginia S 28 3Jr
103 Michael McAdoo North Carolina DE 94 3Jr
104 Da’Norris Searcy North Carolina S 21 4Sr
105 Alan Pelc North Carolina G 70 4Sr
106 Michael Lemon North Carolina State DE 94 5Sr
107 Tydreke Powell North Carolina DT 91 4Jr
108 Roderick Rollins Boston College CB 20 5Sr
109 Blake DeChristopher Virginia Tech T 62 4Jr
110 DeLeon Gause Boston College CB 9 4Sr
111 Cameron Chism Maryland CB 22 3Jr
112 Alex Albright Boston College DE x 5Sr
113 Alex Wujciak Maryland ILB 33 5Sr
114 Ryan McMahon Florida State C 28 5Sr
115 Adrian Cannon Maryland WR 7 5Sr
116 Derek Drummond Maryland DE 44 4Jr
117 Devon Ramsay North Carolina FB 45 4Jr
118 Owen Spencer North Carolina State WR 13 4Sr
119 Johnny White North Carolina RB 34 4Sr
120 Austin Kelly Duke WR 83 4Sr
121 Javon Walker North Carolina State S 4 5Sr
122 Wes Davis Boston College S 45 5Sr
123 TJ Yates North Carolina QB 13 4Sr
124 Antwine Perez Maryland S 2 5Sr
125 Lansford Watson Maryland TE 80 4Jr
126 Patrick Egboh Duke DE 90 5Sr
127 Xavier Dye Clemson WR 21 4Sr
128 Damien Berry Miami-Fl RB 20 4Sr
129 Davon Morgan Virginia Tech S 2 4Sr
130 Ed Barham North Carolina TE 80 4Sr
131 Hunter Haynes Wake Forest OLB 56 5Sr
132 Jack Shields Virginia C 64 5Sr
133 Chris Fox Boston College WR 42 5Sr

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