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.
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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.
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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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