The Terps considered going through a head coaching change at the end of the ’09 season but chose to give Ralph Friedgen one more year. Friedgen, who brought the program quickly back to prominence, may be hard pressed to get Maryland to a bowl game in 2010. Overall, there is limited upside for the NFL prospects on the Terps roster.
Running back Da’Rel Scott is a strong, interior ball carrier who picks up yardage off initial contact. His game lacks quickness, speed and Scott cannot create yardage. It’s interesting because Scott’s official measurements read 5112/196lbs with 4.4 speed yet he plays with the style of a power back.
Davin Meggett is an undersized skill player and like his dad, does a number of things well handling the football. Meggett is a terrific receiver out of the backfield, has a slippery, elusive style and fires through the small openings in the defense. He plays with good balance yet is tackled rather easily by a single opponent. Like his dad, the younger Meggett fits as a situational offensive player and return specialist.
Receiver Torrey Smith shows terrific speed and quickness in his game. He has a burst and top end speed which allows him to run away from defenders. He must polish his pass catching skills as Smith is inconsistent coming away with the difficult grab and shows just average focus and concentration. He’s a talented athlete who must take the next step on the football field this season.
Defensively, linebacker Adrian Moten is our top prospect.
A solid athlete, Moten is forceful up the field on the blitz, makes plays in every direction of the field and covers a lot of area. He shows skill in coverage and is occasionally lined up over the slot receiver. His size (6-2/225) is a limiting factor but we feel Moten is a three down defender on the weak side.
Sophomore Demetrius Hartsfield is another linebacker to watch. Hartsfield remains disciplined with assignments, shows ability in space and is a good athlete that covers a lot of area on the field. His best football is ahead of him.
Alex Wujciak is a tough, slug it out middle linebacker yet a two-down defender who struggles in space. He has the ability to be used as a back-up in the middle/inside and has a special teams mentality.
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For the first time in more than three decades the Seminoles will take the field without Bobby Bowden at the helm. The program has fallen on hard times recently, as the once proud team which annually fought for a national title has been relegated to third tier bowl games. Florida State had three players selected in the entire 2010 draft. That number won’t change much next April.
Quarterback Christian Ponder has been written up recently after being rated as one of the two best senior signal callers in the nation. Ponder is a fluid and polished passer who displays poise, patience and accuracy with his throws. He shows the ability to escape the rush, displays a sense of timing and always keeps his eyes down the field. Ponder is also effective throwing on the move. He’ll put the ball up for grabs on occasion and does not always find safety but is a terrific prospect with starting potential in the NFL.
Lineman Rodney Hudson is an athletic prospect with potential at both guard and center. Hudson plays low to the ground, bends his knees and gets leverage on opponents. Quick off the snap he stays square, easily adjusts to defenders and moves well on his feet. Hudson lacks bulk, strength at the point and will occasionally hold on to defenders for dear life. He’s a prototypical zone blocking lineman with upside for the next level.
Jermaine Thomas is much like recent NFL running backs that have come from the program; small yet elusive with the ability to create yardage. Thomas runs low to the ground, shows the ability to quickly cut back through the openings without losing momentum and can beat defenders into the open field then run to daylight. He’s a solid receiver out of the backfield but lacks size, strength and, like the Leon Washington’s of the world, is more a situational/third down back.
Receiver Taiwan Easterling is quick, fast and shows a terrific burst. Displaying good focus and concentration, he’s creative running after the catch with the ability to pick up yardage. Easterling is not a big strong sturdy wideout but offers the skills to be a fourth receiver at the next level.
Jarmon Fortson was the big, possession receiver for the Seminoles and a prospect who projects nicely to the next level. That was until Forston was dismissed from the FSU program this weekend after numerous off the field violations.
Linebacker Nigel Bradham is a developing player and someone we like. Showing skill in pursuit, Bradham covers a lot of area on the field and plays with a good degree of suddenness. He struggles taking on blocks yet has the physical tools to be a three down linebacker at the next level. Sources have told us Bradham will enter the ’11 draft if he has a good campaign in 2010.
Markus White is a pass rusher we really like. Playing with terrific balance and body control, White shows speed off the edge and the ability stay within his pass rush angle. He’s forceful behind the line of scrimmage and creates problems for opponents. White must do a better job using his hands to protect himself and also struggles against large tackles defending the run as he lacks natural bulk.
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What happens when your top underclassmen leave early for the NFL? You find yourself in the situation Georgia Tech will be in this season; a returning conference champion hoping to make a bowl game. Tech had two players selected in the first round of last year’s draft. Next April the first Yellow Jacket drafted won’t be chosen until the late rounds.
Anthony Allen takes over the full time running back duties now that Jonathan Dwyer is trying to land a roster spot with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Like his former teammate, Allen shows good strength in his running with the ability to break the first tackle and pick up a lot yardage off initial contact. He gets out front as a lead blocker and shows a good amount of power in his overall game. More of a straight-line runner, Allen will be a good fit for a power running offense at the next level, just like Dwyer.
Tech’s option quarterback, Josh Nesbitt, is being considered for a number of positions by NFL scouts, none of which are signal caller. Nesbitt is a solid athlete with good arm strength yet a passer with poor accuracy. He shows a lot of toughness carrying the ball and will be given an opportunity at running back or receiver.
Brad Jefferson is a tough, interior run stuffer who displays a good degree of stoutness at the point. He comes with an upside.
Cornerback Mario Butler displays a good amount of discipline in his game and also offers an upside. Quick up the field to defend screens or running plays, he has a physical game and will bump receivers throughout the action. Butler shows solid ball skills, can flip his hips off the line and has a nice break to the throw.
Anthony Egbuniwe is a solid college pass rusher that displays speed off the edge. Playing with good pad level, Egbuniwe uses his hands well and shows a variety of moves getting off blocks yet lacks bulk and is easily controlled at the point by single blocker.
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