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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|1||Robert Quinn||North Carolina||DE||42||3Jr|
|2||Bruce Carter||North Carolina||OLB||54||4Sr|
|4||Marvin Austin||North Carolina||DT||9||4Sr|
|5||Anthony Castonzo||Boston College||T||74||4Sr|
|7||Kendric Burney||North Carolina||CB||16||4Sr|
|10||Charles Brown||North Carolina||CB||12||4Sr|
|11||Mark Herzlich||Boston College||OLB||94||5Sr|
|12||Christian Ponder||Florida State||QB||7||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|
|20||Jermaine Thomas||Florida State||RB||38||3Jr|
|24||Taiwan Easterling||Florida State||WR||8||4Jr|
|27||Nigel Bradham||Florida State||OLB||13||3Jr|
|29||Markus White||Florida State||DE||98||4Sr|
|30||Quan Sturdivant||North Carolina||ILB||52||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|
|37||Jonathan Cooper||North Carolina||G||64||3So|
|39||Brad Jefferson||Georgia Tech||OLB||51||4Sr|
|40||Cam Holland||North Carolina||C||65||4Jr|
|41||Joe Looney||Wake Forest||G||78||3Jr|
|43||Ryan Houston||North Carolina||RB||32||4Sr|
|46||Thomas Claiborne||Boston College||G||78||5Sr|
|47||Mario Butler||Georgia Tech||CB||2||4Sr|
|48||Tyrod Taylor||Virginia Tech||QB||5||4Sr|
|52||Jarmon Fortson||Florida State||WR||80||3Jr|
|53||Zach Pianalto||North Carolina||TE||17||4Sr|
|54||Rashad Carmichael||Virginia Tech||CB||N||5Sr|
|59||Mario Edwards||Georgia Tech||S||33||5Sr|
|60||Josh Bush||Wake Forest||CB||4||4Jr|
|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|
|66||Russell Nennon||Wake Forest||G||72||5Sr|
|70||Jaymes Brooks||Virginia Tech||G||68||4Jr|
|73||John Graves||Virginia Tech||DT||91||5Sr|
|75||Marshall Williams||Wake Forest||WR||8||5Sr|
|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|
|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|
|89||Shaun Draughn||North Carolina||RB||20||4Sr|
|90||Emmett Cleary||Boston College||G||77||3So|
|91||Andre Smith||Virginia Tech||TE||88||5Sr|
|94||Anthony Egbuniwe||Georgia Tech||DE||41||5Sr|
|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|
|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|
|112||Alex Albright||Boston College||DE||x||5Sr|
|114||Ryan McMahon||Florida State||C||28||5Sr|
|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|
|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|
|129||Davon Morgan||Virginia Tech||S||2||4Sr|
|130||Ed Barham||North Carolina||TE||80||4Sr|
|131||Hunter Haynes||Wake Forest||OLB||56||5Sr|
|133||Chris Fox||Boston College||WR||42||5Sr|
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After floundering under Al Groh for a number of seasons the Cavaliers hope a new coach takes them in a new direction. Recently known for top offensive linemen and linebackers when Groh led the program, the first UVA player selected in the ’11 NFL Draft will be a defensive back, just as it was last April.
Offensively, receiver Jared Green works hard to come free, makes good use of the sidelines and effectively uses his frame to shield away opponents. A tall target, Green will extend expose himself to the big hit in order to make the reception. He lacks top end speed but has enough skills to make it as a fourth wide out.
Tight end Joe Torchia is an underrated prospect in the sense he has NFL skills yet is not highly considered in the scouting community. Torchia is fluid releasing off the line into routes, nicely extends his hands and makes the difficult reception in contorted positions. He bends his knees, blocks with leverage and is explosive at the point. Torchia lacks top physical skills yet does enough to get looks as a 2nd/3rd tight end.
Ras-I Dowling is a prospect we think highly of and a guy who exceeded our expectations last season. Off the ’08 film we thought he was a lot like Jimmy Williams, the former Virginia Tech defensive back who offered legendary physical skills yet marginal football abilities. Dowling proved us wrong last season. He is a terrific athlete and easily gets vertical and contorts to defend the throw, also displaying good hands for the pick. He uses his frame to box out opponents and also possesses a solid break to the throw. Tough defending the run, Dowling does a solid job diagnosing running plays and possesses better than average instincts. He lacks top-end speed and struggles following receivers out of their breaks but is a much better cornerback at this point in his career when compared to his former teammate Chris Cook, the 34th pick in April’s draft.
Safety Corey Mosely is another aggressive defensive back and a prospect effective against the run and pass. He possesses above average instincts and effectively locates the pass in the air. Just a junior, Mosely offers a nice upside.
Linebacker Cameron Johnson is a good athlete that is forceful and fast up the field on the blitz and fluid moving in all directions of the field. He’s a prospect we think can be a three down defender.
|FA||Jack Shields (ret)||C||64||5Sr|