Its’ Jayhawks under new management as Turner Gill, one of the brightest young coaches in the country, looks to pick up the pieces from the Mark Mangino mess. There’s not a great amount of talent on the roster but Gill will get them to play over their heads. We are particularly fond of two junior offensive linemen.
Tackle Jeff Spikes is an impressive looking blocker with a large frame. He’s a strong lineman that shows terrific punch with his hands and makes good use of angles, which makes it a struggle for opponents to get around his wide body. He must improve the details of his game but has next level potential.
Jeremiah Hatch manned the left tackle spot as a freshman before moving to center last year. He moves well on his feet and displays the ability to redirect to linebackers on the second level. Hatch must improve his overall strength and learn to finish blocks but we like his upside.
Senior cornerback Chris Harris is a nice sized defensive back that physically beats down opponents to defend the throw. He displays a nice move to the ball and shows some toughness defending the run. He does not show great top-end speed and though he works to make plays, Harris possesses marginal ball skills.
After some brief technical difficulties, TFY Draft Podcast returns with special guest Adam Caplan.
Listen as Sirius Radio’s NFL Insider joins Host Brent Sobleski, and they discuss numerous topics including:
- Top rookie quarterbacks in the league.
- 2010′s top ten overall selections and their performances to date.
- Updates on the injury situations of Seattle left tackle Russell Okung and Cleveland running back Montario Hardesty.
- Also the segment entitled “Full of B.S.” makes a resounding return!
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Dan Hawkins has been nothing short of disappointing at Colorado and must make a bowl game this season to have any chance of keeping his job. He’s got a fairly talented squad entering the year, including a number of prospects at positions NFL scouts deem critical.
Nate Solder has been a terrific left tackle for the Buffalos and is a solid next level prospect. Bending his knees, he effectively works his hands throughout the action and keeps opponents away from his passer. Agile, he adjusts to speed rushers or knocks out linebackers on the second level. He makes good use of blocking angles and body positioning but is just a marginal run blocker that must improve his balance. We presently grade Solder as a third rounder but feel he could end up as a top 50 pick next April.
Bryce Givens is a developing young tackle to watch. Showing a good degree of quickness in his game, Givens blocks with a wide base and bends his knees. He’s a terrific pass protector that keeps his head on a swivel and works well with teammates.
Markques Simas is a strong, sturdy wideout that gets up in the middle of the crowd and comes away with the difficult reception. He possesses good eye/hand coordination and displays strong hands with the ability to pull the fastball from the air.
Jimmy Smith gave serious consideration to entering last April’s draft but returned for his senior season and now ranks as one of the top cornerbacks in the senior class. He offers terrific size, looks imposing on the field and physically beats down receivers to defend the pass. Smith does a solid job reading and diagnosing the action and has opposing quarterbacks purposely staying away from him. His play against the run can be a little erratic yet he’s a solid cornerback with a decent upside.
Jalil Brown is also a well sized corner and a nice athlete. He fights to defend the throw, shows solid downfield speed and does a nice job reading receivers eyes then gets his head back around to locate the pass in the air. He gets a lot of action as teams stay away from his teammate, yet Brown holds his own.