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Draft: Name, Projected Position for us, School
1) Joe Staley, LT, Central Michigan
Positives: The first thing you notice on film is Staley's ability to explode off the snap...Has excellent initial quickness, showing a strong base with the suddenness to get his hands into the defender in an instant...Has a tall, angular frame with developing muscles, long arms, large hands and minimal body fat (11.4 percent)...Possesses wide hips, thick thighs and a frame that can carry at least another 25 pounds with no loss in quickness...Has excellent athletic agility for this position...Still possesses the loose hip, lower body flexibility and valid quickness of a tight end, coming off the snap with very good explosion...Quick to get out on the edge and shows very fluid knee and ankle bend when changing direction...Adds a good blend of strength, especially in his hand jolt...Moves well in the open, doing a nice job of locating and neutralizing linebackers...Shows outstanding acceleration on pulls and traps, running with short pitter-patter steps with the plant-and-drive agility to redirect...Smart enough to call blocking assignments...Makes quick adjustments on the move and will have no problems dealing with the mental aspect of the game...Plays with a high motor, knowing that his athletic ability will let him beat even the speedier pass rushers along the edge... Very light on his feet for a player of his size, showing quick reactions to combat any defensive movement...Does a solid job executing reach blocks and maintaining position when working in-line...Could use more bulk to clear out and maintain the rush lanes, but shows quick feet in his kick slide...Can fire off the ball on run blocks, showing very good hip roll in this area...Quick to get his hands into the defender to lock on and control...Has good forward body lean to maintain the rush lane and can move the pile when he uses his legs to drive hard and gain leverage...With added bulk, he could be exceptional as a drive blocker...Worked mostly from the spread and shotgun offense, but with his foot speed he was very effective at sliding out to neutralize the edge rushers...Could use more bulk to anchor, but he has the feet, balance and body control to ride his man out of the play...Fluid with his shuffle/slide and stays square and balanced attacking the defender...Has the flexibility and reach to adjust to second-level defenders...Will smother linebackers and move on to another target when he plays at a good pad level...Has the foot quickness to make the reach blocks and is fluid in his kick slide...Loops well and is quick to change direction, reacting quickly moving side to side... Shows good vision to combat twists and has the balance to recover when caught out of position.
Negatives: Can slide well in either direction and pulls well along the line, but tends to lose some hand placement attacking on the move...Has good explosion off the snap and good timed speed, but when he gets too erect in his stance he will struggle a bit to redirect...Has a strong hand punch, but needs to be more active using those hands in attempts to sustain...He seems to struggle getting low in his stance to generate leverage on the move, but he has the reach and extension ability to cover defenders up at the line of scrimmage...Showed much better explosion with his hands coming off the snap, but will tend to lean and use his body more than gain proper hand placement (is not punching the defensive end often in pass protection)...Athletic and smooth in his movements and has the body control to execute blocks in space, but needs to maintain proper pad level working in the second level (will get too tall in his stance, causing his base to narrow...Does a good job of executing pancake blocks when he stays on his feet, but must stay low in his pads in order to make contact on open-field blocks...Can extend, jolt and shock the opponent when he gets his hands on them, but needs to do it with more consistency...Strong on top, but still learning the proper technique for grabbing.
Compares To: ROSS VERBA-Detroit...Staley's foot speed can rival that of Oakland's Robert Gallery, but he plays with much better aggression. Like Verba, Staley shows great fire and aggressiveness in his play. He has the vision and alertness to pick up stunts and the foot speed to easily neutralize edge rushers. Like Verba, Staley needs to add more bulk to play left tackle at the next level, but his strength and speed are great assets that will make him ideal protecting the quarterback's blind side.
2) Dwayne Jarrett, WR, USC
Positives: Has long arms and legs with a frame that can carry at least another 10 pounds of bulk...Plays with only adequate quickness, but shows very good ball concentration and aggressiveness going after the ball...Has very good timing and leaping ability to get to the ball at its high point...Needs to add more bulk and upper body power to run through the press, but once he gets into his route, he is able to build his acceleration nicely...Has quick hands and the ability to uncover working underneath...Very consistent extending for the ball and builds to top acceleration nicely if he is able to beat the press...Has only adequate timed speed, but does a fine job of tracking the ball in flight and has outstanding ball adjustment skills...Uses his tall frame to create mismatches vs. the smaller defenders competing for the jump balls and is never affected by traffic in his quest to get under the pass...Not the fastest you will find on linear routes, but shows good cutting agility to separate after the catch...It is rare to see Jarrett glide out of his breaks like most bigger receivers tend to do...With Jarrett's low pad level and ability to open his hips, he is very effective at getting in and out of his breaks without having to throttle down...Does a good job going deep and is alert to pocket pressure, making a conscious effort to come back for the ball. Quite effective at keeping his feet in bounds along the sidelines...Excels at making the tough catch inside the red zone, especially on corner and fade routes...Might not be able to overpower a defender going through the seams, but he has the flexibility to turn to the off-target balls and catch outside his frame...Finds the path of the ball quickly to settle underneath it, compensating for a lack of timed speed...The thing you see on film is his ability to reach and snatch the ball over a defender's head...Has only adequate speed and acceleration, but he has the loose hips to avoid tackles and maintain balance through his running stride...Good at taking a shallow crossing pass into big yardage when he makes a conscious effort to escape rather than try to run over the defender...Uses his hands well to shade, mirror and control edge rushers on contact and won't hesitate to get physical... Good position blocker in attempts to seal off and takes good angles to deliver a solid cut block vs. second level defenders.
Negatives: Lacks the timed speed to get down field in a hurry, but has the body control and ability to catch outside his frame to adjust and compete for the ball in flight...Has adequate ability to retain plays, but does need several reps...Alert to coverages, but will get a little sloppy and run right into spots at times...Consistently works back to the ball and while he can adjust on the move, he is not going to be the type who can handle multiple position assignments...Was almost ruled ineligible in June for violating NCAA rules by not paying enough rent for the apartment he shared with former Trojans quarterback Matt Leinart...There is a lot of the brash Keyshawn Johnson and the flippant Mike Williams attitude in this kid...Plays hard until the whistle, but will look lackadaisical at times and goes through the motions in practice and needs some structure there...While he will compete for the ball in a crowd, he will struggle vs. strong press coverage and gets frustrated at times when he can't separate from the speedier cornerbacks...Lacks the overall strength to defeat a strong jam and doesn't demonstrate the blazing speed or suddenness getting into his routes...Looks sluggish with his burst off the snap and relies more on his size mismatches than speed to get under the ball...A long strider rather than a receiver who takes short, quick steps...When he tries to lower his shoulder to run over a defensive back, that is when he gets into trouble, as he doesn't have the brute strength to break tackles.
Compares To: KEYSHAWN JOHNSON-Carolina...While his work ethic and lack of speed remind some of Detroit's Mike Williams, Jarrett's ability on fade and corner routes and timing on his leaps for the jump ball rival that of another former USC receiver. Jarrett is much better at keeping his feet in bounds than Johnson, and he has some of the more natural hands you will find out there. However, he needs to show that he is maturing off the field and must improve his overall strength and hand usage, as he will struggle vs. physical press coverage.
3a) Stewart Bradley, ILB/OLB, Nebraska
Positives: Has a developing frame that could add another 20 pounds for a possible move to rush end, with no loss in quickness...Has an athletic, big physique for a linebacker, with good upper body muscle definition, tight waist and hips, good bubble, strong lower body frame and only 10 percent body fat...Has adequate timed speed, but keeps plays in front of him and has a good short-area closing burst...Works well in space, showing fluid change of direction agility...Has the balance and body control to stay on the hips of the tight ends and backs in the short-area passing game...Uses his hands effectively to press and reroute...Chases hard and shows good urgency getting to the ball...Hits with pop on contact and has the strong hands and technique to jar the ball loose from the ball carrier (four fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles in 2006)...Smart, instinctive player who reads schemes well and is alert to play-action and misdirection...Explodes behind his hits and uses his strength in attempts to wrap...Has the body control to break down in the open field and improved his ability to take angles when making plays in space (did not overrun the play as much in 2006 than he did in the past)...Will face up and wrap with intent to punish...Has a good work ethic who puts in extra hours in the weight and film rooms...Has good vision to quickly locate and close on the ball...Makes good body adjustments on the run and is quick to react to misdirection...Plays the run with good stoutness at the point of attack, using his hands and upper body strength to stack and control...Has enough upper body strength to split double teams and clog the inside rush lanes...Holds his ground firmly at the point of attack and is active with his hands in attempts to shed...While he won't hesitate to take on blockers, his instincts lets him make plays when unblocked due to his quick read-and-react ability, compensating for a lack of blazing speed...Won't blow up ball carriers in his tackles, but will secure and drag down...Can throw and jerk blockers, if needed, but prefers to fend off, play off and close in on the ball rather than stay and offer combat...Has the functional burst to close on running plays along the edge and has the range to string plays out and take away the cutback lanes...Will get a little out of control in his pursuit at times, but has the athletic agility to recover...Keeps his pad level down to make plays down the line of scrimmage and move through traffic (makes a lot of east/west plays)...Knows how to pick up his feet to avoid trash...Has the loose hips to get depth in his pass drops, but is better playing in the zone than in man coverage...Understands zone concepts and is alert to switch-offs, but needs to continue working on taking better angles...Very effective on stunts, especially when unblocked and uses his hands effectively to squeeze through the rush lanes...Shows good anticipation and explosiveness on the blitz (can dog inside or off the edge)...Has the speed to flush the quarterback out of the pocket.
Negatives: Durability is a slight concern due to his 2005 and prep school injuries...Has adequate timed speed and a decent straight-line burst, but lacks suddenness moving from sideline-to-sideline...Lacks natural hands and fails to extend for the ball outside his frame (several pass deflections could have been interceptions, but he bobbled and double-caught the ball)...Can keep relationship with the tight ends and backs in the short area, but loses sight of the ball in flight and doesn't have the timed speed to mirror receivers past the second level...Has good strength, but doesn't always deliver crunching hits to drive back the ball carrier (more of a wrap-up type)...Has improved in this area, but still takes some poor angles in pursuit, causing him to out-run the plays at times...Eyeballs the quarterback too long working in the deep secondary, allowing the receiver to get behind him (struggles to recover when beaten)...Better making plays in backside pursuit or on the edge, as he will get a little reckless closing in space.
Compares To: SCOTT FUJITA-New Orleans...Bradley has a well-built frame with valid read-and-react instincts. He is very effective in backside pursuit or making plays in front of him, but will struggle in man coverage, as he peeks into the backfield too long, letting the receiver get behind him. He has some durability issues, but played pain-free in 2006. He hits with good pop on contact and is very effective pressuring the pocket when unblocked. With more teams emphasizing the edge rush, Bradley has room on his frame to add more bulk if a team wants to utilize him as a situational rusher. He plays with a high motor and can also contribute as a gunner on special teams. For teams looking for consistent, steady play, Bradley is a nice fit. He is just not going to punish people on a consistent basis, but will make his fair share on non-flashy plays.
3b) Manuel Ramirez, RG, Texas Tech
Positives: Has a thick frame with a barrel chest, broad shoulders, wide waist and hips, big midsection, long arms, large hands and very thick legs and calves, yet he still has room for at least another 10 pounds of additional growth...Dominant pass protector with a very strong hand punch to shock and jolt...Has good short-area foot speed and balance, as it is hard for a defender to take him off his feet...Has the kick slide to mirror and works hard to finish once he latches on to an opponent...Very alert on the field and calls all blocking schemes up front...Puts in the extra hours watching game films and shows a good work ethic, especially in the training room...Vocal team leader who will not hesitate to take a teammate to task if he feels they are not performing to the best of their ability...Despite his girth, he works hard to keep his pad level down, and when he does so he is much more effective with his initial burst off the snap to gain advantage...Works well in tight areas to gain position in-line and will generally maintain position vs. stunts and the bull rush...Has the hand strength and leg drive to generate leverage and pushes with force to drive the defender out of the rush lanes...Flashes good hand placement on down blocks and uses that strength to maul and move people off the line of scrimmage, even though he is not an explosive hip roller...Shows patience waiting for the defender to come to him, using his footwork to cut off the backside pursuit...When he gets his hands on a defender, he is quick to lock on and control...Adequate drive blocker with good recovery, but will lose balance when he waist bends...Comes out of his stance with legs churning to create a rush lane and has enough functional quickness on pulls and traps in the short area (lacks speed to get out on the long pull, though)...Latches on to the defender well, thanks to his upper body strength...Can locate targets in the second level, but is not used often there...Communicates well with the center and tackle on double teams and uses his size well to occupy space and anchor, dominating in the short area as a pass protector...Sometimes get high in his stance, but has good reach block ability and a strong anchor...Has excellent power behind his hand punch and is able to gain control with his violent jab into the defender's chest...Even when he is late shooting his hands, he works to get them into the opponent's chest...Showed marked improvement in 2006 in attempts to punch and replace his hands in pass protection...Alert to stunts and twists...Has good retreat agility to protect the pocket, playing with a wide base working in-line.
Negatives: Needs to improve his stamina, as he generally runs out of gas late in games... Lacks good drive blocking technique, preferring to maul the defender when he should be walling off (gets over-extended and loses balance at times, as he will bend at the waist and lose balance moving up field)...Struggles to locate and neutralize linebackers in the second level due to poor angle technique...Not good working on the edge, as he is too stiff to easily redirect and while he has a strong punch, his hands are not quick enough to counter double moves...Has the reach to extend into a defender, but will short-arm firing off the ball and needs to uses his hands more effectively to keep defenders off his legs...Has a tendency to lunge and fall off blocks in space when he loses mirror on the defender...Best working at the line of scrimmage, as he fails to keep his feet under him when having to move long distances (not nimble).
Compares To: EDWIN Mulitalo-Baltimore...Like Mulitalo and fellow Ravens guard Keydrick Vincent, Ramirez is a classic mauler who wins most battles with strength. He is very alert to stunts and twists and excels at protecting the pocket. He works well with his tackle and center on double teams and shows good snap quickness to lock on and control his man. He uses his frame to gain advantage coming off the ball, but lacks the sustained speed to get out and neutralize second level defenders. He is a pile mover who works best when he widens his base to anchor. On the move, he gets too narrow and crosses his feet and lacks a feel for taking proper angles in space. Few guards possess the raw strength that Ramirez has, but with his girth he is not going to be able to mirror defenders on the edge.
4a) Allen Barbre, LG/LT Swingman, Missouri Southern State
Positives: Has a developing frame with room to add at least another 15 pounds of bulk with no loss in his impressive quickness...Has a thick upper body, with broad shoulders, thick calves, solid midsection, long arms, large hands, big bubble and natural strength...Comes out of his stance with outstanding explosion to shock a lethargic defender...Has the loose hips to change direction and plays...Generates good force behind his hand punch to deliver pop on contact...Hard worker who might need several extra reps to retain plays, but spends extra hours in the film room watch tapes and in the weight room improving his overall strength...Can get to the second level quickly to cut or wall off, but needs to break down better and play under control...When he gets his hands into an opponent, he has the raw power to pull, jerk, lock on and drag down...Rolls his hips well to put more force behind his blocks working in-line...Is quick to react to movement and does a good job of shuffling his feet to mirror...Takes the defensive lineman where he wants to go and uses that momentum to wash out his opponent (needs to stop waist bending, though)...Plays with a strong base and solid effort, showing good foot movement in his pass set...Does a better job landing when pulling or on screens, but needs to play with better control working in the second level...When he slides his feet in pass protection, he plays with a wide base, but must be more conscious of keeping his pads down (gets too high in his stance at times)...Showed much better hand placement in 2006, sustaining his blocks longer once he learned to keep his hands inside the frame...Can beat a defender off the edge with his explosive initial step...Generally takes good angles on the short pull and has the lateral mobility to work down the line...Does a nice job of communicating with his guard on double teams.
Negatives: Has good field vision, but is just a marginal student and needs more than several reps to retain plays...Fires off the ball with good urgency, but will get out of control and start taking wild whiffs when he shoots his hands outside the frame...Can simply flatten opponents when he keeps his pads down, but he will get too tall in his stance and bend at the waist (has good knee bend, but doesn't do it consistently)...When he fails to open his hips properly, he will fall off some blocks in space...Needs to get better fits on the ground game (bad pad level), for despite his upper body power, he will revert to positioning and turning the defender rather than driving through...Must play with better control in the second level, as he fails to break down plays quickly...Has the natural slide agility, but will get pushed back by a strong bull rush when he gets too tall in his stance...When he over-sets with his hands, he struggles to recover (will also cross over with his feet at the Xs).
Compares To: JOE BERGER-Dallas Cowboys...Barbre is a developing talent with outstanding quickness and good strength. He has the balance and nimble feet to fire out on the pulls and traps and shows a punishing hand jolt to impede the pass rusher's forward progress. He seems to lack that split-second decision making process and will get fooled on stunts, blitzes and twists, making him more suited for guard than tackle. He could use some more bulk on his frame and must learn to play with better control. When he fails to locate the second-level defenders, he starts throwing his hands around wildly, looking for something to hit. He needs to break down open working in space and while he showed improvement with his hand placement, he is prone to getting them outside his frame too much. He must also play at a lower pad level and use his knee bend better. With some patient coaching, he could develop. It is obvious the athletic talent and quick feet are there. Now, he needs to work on the mental aspect of the game.
4b) Brian Robison, DE/OLB, Texas
Positives: Has adequate upper body muscle tone, but displays a thick lower torso, with strong, well-developed thighs and calves and has room on his frame to add at least another 10 pounds of bulk without it affecting his quickness...Has good knee bend and flexibility working down the line...Is a quick study with the playbook and has a good feel for blocking schemes...Active with his hands, getting them up quickly coming out of his stance to get into the blocker's chest...Plays with awareness and has no problems locating the ball in a crowd, despite his lack of ideal height...Lacks explosion coming off the ball, but will attack with a consistent tempo...Has good bend and sinks his pads well in attempt to avoid blocks working through trash...Effective at holding his ground vs. double teams due to his lower body power and strong anchor...When he keeps his hands active, he is effective at controlling blockers with good lock-out and extension...Struggles some to disengage, but when he does, he has adequate lateral quickness to make plays on the move...Closes from the backside with good urgency and has the sustained speed to take a long route to the ball (just lacks suddenness)...Gets better success when he slants or takes angles, but when he faces up to the blocker head-on, he is ineffective at getting a push to rock the linemen back on their heels...Shows good hand strength when he wraps and secures the ball carrier...Compensates for a lack of blazing speed by reading the play quickly to get into proper position to make the tackle (good at neutralizing the cutback lanes)...Has good swim and rip moves coming off the edge on the pass rush and uses his hands well to sidestep low blocks, keeping his balance when playing in space...Has great timing on his leaps and excels as a kick blocker on special teams...With his linebacker experience dropping back into pass coverage, he could provide value standing up in a 3-4 alignment...Might not win all of his battles, but he has a hard charge chasing from the back-side, displaying proper body lean off the corner...Adequate at flushing the quarterback out of the pocket and showed improvement in 2006 using his hands to control and adjust off blocks.
Negatives: Has natural strength, but needs to add upper body bulk, as his lack of ideal size hurts him at times when combating double teams (can stack when he keeps his hands active, but lacks consistency pushing the blocker back)...Needs to come off the ball with a quicker burst (tends to take a rolling start, but the tempo is consistent)...Susceptible to reach and cut blocks, as he lacks the long arms to keep blockers from engulfing him... Tends to lose leverage when taking a blocker head-on...Gets most of his sacks on effort, lacking the suddenness to close...Not a viable option as a full-time linebacker, as he doesn't show the range to change direction and an instant and chase down plays along the sidelines...Durability issues in 2006 limited his effectiveness (right knee and leg might need further medical evaluation).
Compares To: BRYCE FISHER-Seattle...Robison is a blue-collar type who lacks quick-twitch moves coming off the snap, is a bit undersized and needs to improve his upper body strength. Despite his size issues, he finds ways to get to the ball and has the lower body strength to hold his position at the point of attack. He excels as a kick blocker and plays with good discipline, as he always seems to be in position to make the play. While he might not be starting material, he has enough assets to contribute in a line rotation.
4c) Jay Alford, DT/DE, Penn State
Positives: Has adequate upper body development with a thick chest, thighs and calves and the frame that can add at least 15 pounds with no loss of quickness...Combative type with a quick initial step in attempts to gain advantage...Has very good mobility and range for an interior lineman and could be utilized as a 3-4 defensive end due to his quick first step...Product of the training room, having added 40 pounds of muscle to his frame since arriving on campus as a freshman...Compensates for a lack of strength with a sudden burst that generally puts offensive linemen on their heels coming off the snap...His consistency in getting a jump off the ball and taking good angles let him apply steady pocket pressure...Flashes suddenness to gain advantage and has a good feel for blocking schemes and screens...Active moving down the line and has the closing speed to make plays on ball carriers along the perimeter...One-gap type who flows and fights to get to the ball...Uses his hands effectively to defeat blocks and uses his lateral agility to avoid the opponent on the move...Frees himself well with his feet to close on the ball when engaging single blocks...Routinely chases down plays outside the block, making him a better end candidate than tackle...Quick-twitch player with the ability to quickly diagnose the plays...Active in pursuit, showing a fluid lateral slide and is an effective wrap-up tackler when he stays low in his pads...Intense pass rusher with an array of moves to go along with his mobility in attempts to shoot the inside gaps...When sinking his pads, he is much more effective at gaining leverage on the bull rush...Good second effort type of pass rusher with quick change of direction agility on the move...Shows improvement in keeping his hands active to prevent blockers from latching on...Works hard to replace his hands when engaging blockers...Will close and deliver the big hit flushing out the quarterback (very quick over five yards), flashing that extra surge to seal the deal...Quick reader who won't bite on misdirection or play-action.
Negatives: Gets too high in his stance at times, losing balance and leverage when trying to anchor...Tends to get over-aggressive at times as he tries to out-muscle rather than using his array of spin moves. That causes him to get washed out on the play, as he has marginal strength to anchor or split double teams...Lacks the wide, natural base to play in a two-gap system...Will over-pursue, losing leverage in the process, as he needs to restart to get back into the play rather than flow to the ball...Needs to wrap securely as a tackler, as he lacks explosion behind his hits (does not follow through when delivering a hit)...Lacks the bulk to stack and control playing the interior, but has just short-area quickness, lacking the sustained speed to be effective rushing off the edge...Better when on the move, as his lack of bulk causes him to struggle trying to disengage from multiple blocks...Gets frustrated when his initial move fails and will then throttle down...Good wrap-up tackler when he gets into position to make the play, but more often than not he will get his hands outside his frame, swing wildly, whiff or make arm tackles rather than securing the ball carrier.
Compares To: CLAUDE WROTEN-St. Louis...Alford is a classic overachiever, but lacks the bulk and overall strength to face up and split double teams. He is a move-oriented pass rusher who compensates for a lack of raw power with a quick initial burst to shock offensive linemen and rock his opponents back on their heels. Like Wroten, he might lack the sand in his pants to play regularly in a base defense, but while he is a good interior pass rusher, he lacks the sustained speed to be utilized as a full-time defensive end.
5a) Kolby Smith, RB, Louisville
Positives: Has an even proportioned frame with good upper body muscle tone and room to carry at least another 10 pounds of bulk and shows very good quickness, balance and agility...Has thick legs, a tight waist and loose hips with minimal body fat, showing the low center of gravity to run at a proper pad level when taking plays to the outside...Attacks the outside rush lanes with good urgency and keeps his pad level down and legs churning to finish his runs and gain positive yardage...His low center of gravity and quick feet allow him to drive hard in attempts to turn the corner and reach top acceleration while attacking the second level...Demonstrates that sharp cutting ability to elude when running along the perimeter... Comes out of his stance smoothly and easily, showing the vision to quickly locate the rushing lanes...Possesses the hip snap to redirect and the pad level to run low to the ground...Demonstrates quick plant agility and the burst to run away from defenders when turning the corner...Despite his speed, Smith is smart and patient enough to let his blocks develop...Has good vision and field awareness, showing good balance and a feel for the cutback lanes, where he excels at picking and sliding to the outside...Can turn the corner fluidly while maintaining balance and likes to bounce wide, knowing he has the speed to run away from the slower defenders...His cutting agility is precise and he can reach the corner with good forward body lean...Has naturally soft hands and good reach to look the ball in as a receiver... Does a good job of securing the ball outside his frame and shows good concentration to track the ball in flight...It is rare to see him use his body to catch a pass and he has dropped the ball only twice during his last two seasons...Has a great burst after the catch and good plant-and-drive agility as a cutback runner.
Negatives: More of a one-cut runner, but he demonstrates adequate lateral agility and slide to redirect...Keeps his balance turning the corners, but sometimes gets too high in his stance when squeezing through tight quarters...Despite his work in the weight room, he will need to bulk up a bit and improve his adequate overall strength...Earlier in his career, he had a bit of a hitch step in his lateral movement, but he now shows better suddenness and cutting/juke agility to gain advantage...Has adequate weight room strength, but he tends to get a bit high in his stance when driving the ball up the middle... Lacks the leg drive to consistently break tackles and will need to increase his strength if he hopes to get consistent carries at the next level...Can be pushed back through the rush lanes when taking on low blocks, as he does not show the side-stepping agility or lower body strength to power through tackles in tight areas...Can elude with his burst and explosion, but lacks an array of moves or hip wiggle to be considered slippery with the ball in his hands...Can make the slower defenders miss with his speed, but needs to show more shake-and-bake moves to set up the opponent...For a player of his size and muscular build, you would expect him to be more physical in attempts to break tackles...Runs at a better pad level turning the corner and can run through arm tackles there, but when he has to take the ball up the middle he lacks the strength to bleed extra yardage (needs to drop his shoulder and hit it up with more power to gain additional yardage upon initial contact)...Used mostly on screens, dump-offs and controlled routes because he lacks precision in and out of his breaks...Must be more conscious of hand placement in attempts to mirror as an in-line blocker and must be more aggressive in his approach to locate and neutralize second level defenders...Can step up and pick up the blitz, but vs. a strong bull rush he can be pushed back into the pocket.
Compares To: LADELL BETTS-Washington...Like Betts, Smith has made a career at being a complimentary back in a team's rotation. He is capable of filling in for long stretches, but needs to improve his overall strength in order to be more consistent as an inside runner. Despite being built like a power back, he relies more on his speed as a perimeter runner to gain valid yardage rather than use his adequate strength to punch the ball up the middle.
5b) Matt Spaeth, TE, Minnesota
Positives: Has a tall, long frame with very good arm length, large hands and shows better muscle development since adding 10 pounds to his frame prior to the 2006 season... Shows good chest thickness, functional upper body strength, some thickness in his thighs and calves...Has good ball adjustment skills, using his long arms to catch away from his frame and secure the pass at its high point...With his frame, he is very effective at posting up the middle and uses that frame to shield defenders from the ball...When he lowers his pads, he is good at moving the chains...If used on stop, out, shallow crossers and comeback routes, you can get decent production from him...Shows good urgency working for the ball in a crowd and maintains concentration to look the ball in...Is not going to be intimidated by the more physical defenders and will not hesitate to attack the ball over the middle...Despite adequate change of direction agility, Spaeth is effective going high or low to haul in the pass...Shows good timing in his elevation and has those long arms to reach over and around the defender to make the difficult catch...It is rare to see him body catch or let the ball absorb into his frame... In 2006, he seemed to have developed better strength, as he was able to drive through the second level defenders on contact...His size makes it hard for the smaller defenders to bring him down once he builds to top speed.
Negatives: More of a short-area target due to his imposing size, but also because of his marginal speed that makes him a liability in deep routes...Little too stiff in his hips to generate fluid lateral movement and is best when running straight-line routes than when having to cut and redirect...Would like to see him get more aggressive when having to take on defenders as a blocker and his overall strength needs to be improved...Has to rely more on his hand punch and size to defeat the press...Struggles vs. the larger defenders when he fails to get his hands up quickly to push off his opponent...Lacks suddenness coming off the snap and does not have good moves to get into his routes cleanly...Has some short-area acceleration to settle in the soft areas, but needs to be quicker getting position as a blocker...Lacks precision in and out of his breaks and is best served settling in underneath than trying to take the ball up the seam...Needs to do a better job of selling or conning on his route progression, as he lacks a top burst coming out of his breaks... Does not show the savvy moves needed to set up the defender and must be more physical to escape, as his lack of change of direction agility will not let him surprise a defender...Will lunge and overextend at times and takes only passive swipes when having to block in-line...Too big to be cutting as much as he does when working up field and takes a long loop rather than short angles in attempts to locate the linebackers...Underwent reconstructive right shoulder surgery on Nov. 21, 2006, and further medical evaluation is deemed necessary.
Compares To: COURTNEY ANDERSON-Oakland...Despite his imposing size, Spaeth is limited as a blocker. He is a fine short-area receiver with large, natural hands that he uses to secure the ball before running. He lacks the speed to be a valid deep threat, but by working over the middle and settling underneath, he could be an efficient chain mover, but will never threaten the deep secondary.
6) Brian Smith, DE/OLB, Missouri
One of the nation's premier pass rushers and most underrated players who is Mizzou's career record holder in QB sacks ... Was on his way to a monster season, as he was named one of 12 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award and was a mid-season 1st-Team All-American by multiple national media outlets, before suffering a broken hip in game #8 against Kansas State ... The injury didn't require surgery, and there was hope that he could possibly return in time for MU's bowl game, but as of press time, his status was uncertain ... Was an All-American candidate who was among the nation's QB sack leaders before suffering the broken hip against Kansas State ... Has a relentless motor and a leadership ability that has been missed on the field, as MU has recorded just 5 QB sacks total in the 4 games he's missed (1.25 pg), when it had averaged 3.6 per game with him in the lineup ... Despite missing 4 games, won the team's most valuable player award, and was named 2nd-Team All-Big 12 by league coaches.
Had 3 tackles and 2 QB pressures against Kansas State before leaving the game with a broken right hip ... Is MU's career leader in sacks (31.5), and is just 3 away from the Big 12 record of 34 held by Texas Tech's Aaron Hunt (1999-2002) ... Recorded a school record 4 sacks at New Mexico and has had at least 1 sack in 5-of-8 games ... Added a TFL at New Mexico as well, and was named Big 12 Defensive POW for his efforts there ... 9.5 of his 30 total tackles have gone for loss on the season ... Despite missing the last 4 games, still leads the squad with 11 QB pressures ... Had 5 tackles each versus Colorado and at Texas A&M ... Has an impressive array of pass rush moves that get him in the backfield quickly, along with his natural speed and elusiveness ... Is also a very tough player, as evidenced by the fact that he had his right knee scoped just 2 weeks prior to the Tigers' bowl game against South Carolina, and he rehabbed quickly enough to play in the game ... A little known fact is that he played the entire 2005 season with a meniscus tear in that knee, before he aggravated the injury in practice that forced the surgery prior to the bowl game.
7) CJ Wilson, CB, Baylor
Positives: Has adequate upper body muscle tone and a frame with room to carry at least another 10 pounds of additional bulk for a potential move to safety...Shows good ball awareness skills, as he does a decent job of locating the ball, displaying an adequate closing burst...Playmaker who has the natural hands, timing and elevation to get to the ball at its high point...Lacks timed speed, but has the quickness and change of direction agility to make plays in front of him...Highly competitive type who will usually back up his words taking on ball carriers in run force...Efficient at redirecting the outside running game to the inside...Has good training habits, but needs to improve his overall strength, as his lack of timed speed will probably see him shift to safety at the pro level...Intense competitor with the ability to easily diagnose and react to the plays...Uses his hands effectively to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage...Has enough open-field quickness to mirror the receivers' moves underneath...Shows the recovery speed needed handling the switch-offs in the zone and comes out of his backpedal with no wasted motion...Gives a solid effort in run force, staying low in his stance to extend, wrap and secure the ball carrier, coming downhill with good intent...Has adequate hip flexibility turning out of his backpedal, which gives him better quickness in his turn-and-go while showing the lateral range to make plays along the sidelines...Shows timing and leaping ability going up for the pass and displays soft hands to pluck and snatch the ball...Has a fearless attitude and a willingness to play with pain...Shows good physicality in his plays and good anticipation for routes.
Negatives: Needs to add more muscle definition and power in the weight room...Will lunge at the ball at times in run force, as he tries to compensate for the strength needed to handle the more physical blockers...At times, will bite on fakes and tends to gamble on the press (will get caught out of position)...Has decent initial quickness, but his timed speed is a liability covering the receiver on deep routes...Will try to compensate by giving up a big cushion, but it is evident that he does not have the burst to mirror on longer routes...With his ability to make plays on the ball and keep plays in front of him, he is more suited to play safety at the next level.
Compares To: C.C. BROWN-Houston...Like Brown, this collegiate cornerback will have to shift to safety at the pro level, as he lacks the timed speed to cover the speedy receivers on deep routes. Wilson shows the natural hands and timing to pick off the pass and is a decent tackler in run force. He just lacks the quickness you want in a cover corner and does not have the strength to reroute in press coverage.
Damn I spent 4 hours going through this. I hope you all appreciate it.