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Go_Eli
01-02-2010, 06:52 PM
Every time I turn on Ole Miss, he's doing something for that offense. What's his draft stock after a great bowl game today?

Shane P. Hallam
01-02-2010, 06:55 PM
Had a great Bowl game, but there is a question of fit. Also, he has been mistake prone and hurt the team more than helped it at times. At 5'9, 170, he will have to show up with his speed at the combine and Senior Bowl. I am still questioning how he will do against NFL talent.

RaiderNation
01-02-2010, 06:57 PM
3rd down back, kick return type of guy. I could see New England taking him with a 4th rounder to replace Kevin Faulk

jballa838
01-02-2010, 07:01 PM
I think he could actually be a sparkplug for a team that could correctly use him. He isn't a return specialist at the next level, nor a slot WR, nor a full time RB. What he can do is make something happen in space, and that alone will get him considered in the 3-4 range. He runs sub 4.4 and all bets are off, but that's most likely his ceiling.

TACKLE
01-02-2010, 08:37 PM
He's a guy if you have a creative OC, can be a deadly playmaker. The guy just makes plays everytime you put the ball in his hands. He could be a slot/RB/KR/PR/Wildcat QB. He can do it all. He's a player, who even though he isn't a great prospect who is undersized and doesn't have a true position, is a guy you just want on your team and especially don't want on another team. I could see him going as high as the 3rd round. I just hope he goes somewhere that is creative enough to find ways to get him the ball in space.

fenikz
01-02-2010, 08:44 PM
I think he is gonna be a huge steal for who ever takes him, a Darren Sproles type of back, and can certainly be used in the wild cat

billybeejr
01-02-2010, 10:36 PM
It really depends on if an OC thinks they can really use him and his skills.

Don Vito
01-02-2010, 10:44 PM
Had a great Bowl game, but there is a question of fit. Also, he has been mistake prone and hurt the team more than helped it at times. At 5'9, 170, he will have to show up with his speed at the combine and Senior Bowl. I am still questioning how he will do against NFL talent.

That was last year, he didn't fumble once this season. He coughed it up in a few costly situations, but he didn't fumble one time this season. He became the first SEC player ever to rush for 1,000 yards and have 500 receiving yards in the same season, Dex will make some NFL team very happy.

ToldLikeItIs
01-03-2010, 01:45 AM
Wes Welker clone.

Will THRIVE in the correct system, or a return man, in any system.

His size is irrelevant with the current pass interference rules.

YAYareaRB
01-03-2010, 04:35 AM
Had a great Bowl game, but there is a question of fit. Also, he has been mistake prone and hurt the team more than helped it at times. At 5'9, 170, he will have to show up with his speed at the combine and Senior Bowl. I am still questioning how he will do against NFL talent.

Nice avatar.. I see it everyday

FUNBUNCHER
01-03-2010, 04:47 AM
Wes Welker clone.




Except with breakaway speed.

McCluster is a WEAPON - I would be very surprised if he makes it past the 3rd round.

I would argue he was more valuable to Ole Miss' offense than Snead was.

RealityCheck
01-03-2010, 07:01 AM
Very underrated due to his size. Should be an early 3rd pick, but will likely be a 5th-6th rounder.

JFLO
01-03-2010, 07:11 AM
I don't think his speed is as good as most are perceiving. I imagine he'll run around a 4.5 instead of a sub 4.4.

However, he is one of the most determined/motivated players in this class, so he should kill in interviews and be drafted in the 4th-5th round area.

Underrated, he'll be a steal. Not a massive steal, but a valuable pick nonetheless.

Nard_Dog
01-03-2010, 08:45 AM
In my opinion they move him to receiver, and if he can answer a few questions, like how are his route running abilities,can he overcome height issues, can he beat the jam at the next level, etc. I believe he can have a similar impact to what DeSean Jackson has. I see him potentially as a 3rd round pick.

Brent
01-03-2010, 09:09 AM
who was that kick returner from K-State that the Ravens took a couple years back? because that is who he reminds me of.

RealityCheck
01-03-2010, 09:56 AM
who was that kick returner from K-State that the Ravens took a couple years back? because that is who he reminds me of.
Yamon Figurs, now plays for the Bucs. Same style, small underrated fast player.

tjsunstein
01-03-2010, 11:20 AM
Someone said it best, he's a weapon. He'll go mid 3rd-late 4th, imo. There's so much you can do with a player like him that it would be hard to pass him up if you have a pick in that time frame.

brasho
01-03-2010, 11:42 AM
Yamon Figurs, now plays for the Bucs. Same style, small underrated fast player.

Except Figurs is more straightline fast than quick and McCluster looks to be more quick than straigthline fast. Figurs was also known by some as the best special teams gunner in college that season.

He was cut again, released by the Bucs for Michael Spurlock a week and a half ago.

TACKLE
01-03-2010, 12:00 PM
who was that kick returner from K-State that the Ravens took a couple years back? because that is who he reminds me of.

You're thinking of Yamon Figurs. He got drafted that high because he was ridiculously fast. But McCluster is 10 times the playmaker Figurs ever was.

Boston_george
01-03-2010, 12:00 PM
That was only the second time I've seen him play, but both times he's looked very impressive. Shifty and quick with no hesitation on his first move. Even for a small guy I saw him pick up the blitz well on 3rd downs. My only question was why wasn't he getting the majority of the carries during the first half of the year? Was there any injuries?

I think someone will grab him in the 3rd-4th round.

metafour
01-04-2010, 12:13 PM
39 touches vs. OK State (34 rushes)
29 touches vs. Tennessee (25 rushes)
29 touches vs. Arkansas (22 rushes)
27 touches vs. LSU (24 rushes)
26 touches vs. Auburn (22 rushes)

McCluster is a lot more durable than he is given credit for. He really had several workhorse games this season, all against major competition too.

Hurricanes25
01-04-2010, 12:23 PM
39 touches vs. OK State (34 rushes)
29 touches vs. Tennessee (25 rushes)
29 touches vs. Arkansas (22 rushes)
27 touches vs. LSU (24 rushes)
26 touches vs. Auburn (22 rushes)

McCluster is a lot more durable than he is given credit for. He really had several workhorse games this season, all against major competition too.

I do agree with you but that is in the SEC, not the NFL.

Hawk
01-04-2010, 12:34 PM
I do agree with you but that is in the SEC, not the NFL.

SEC is about as close to the NFL that college football can offer

Hurricanes25
01-04-2010, 12:38 PM
SEC is about as close to the NFL that college football can offer

It's true in a way but also false in a way. The SEC is usually the best conference in college football but it's still not close to the NFL. There are only a handful of guys on each roster that will be in the pro's anyways. An SEC defense is nothing like an NFL defense.

SillyRyno
01-07-2010, 12:26 AM
I trust an SEC defensive player more at the next level than an SEC offensive player. Not sure if that makes any sense.

I really, REALLY hope the Saints can get Dexter. Payton would have some fun with him.

Ozzy
01-07-2010, 10:02 AM
I bet he goes in the 2nd round, that would not be a stretch at all. Will be interesting how teams use him, he cannot block NFL defenders at the running back position, but he can run the ball in the NFL potentially as a change of pace back and can clearly catch the ball out of the backfield. Slot receiver is his best bet as for right now. 3rd down in the shot gun though as a running back, going out for a pass sure looks good for him though.

Again however, I doubt he can block as a running back at all in the NFL.

Boston_george
01-07-2010, 12:37 PM
39 touches vs. OK State (34 rushes)
29 touches vs. Tennessee (25 rushes)
29 touches vs. Arkansas (22 rushes)
27 touches vs. LSU (24 rushes)
26 touches vs. Auburn (22 rushes)

McCluster is a lot more durable than he is given credit for. He really had several workhorse games this season, all against major competition too.

Well I wouldn't go out and call him durable yet because all of those games were on a good stretch at the end of the year. I was curious about why he wasn't getting the bulk of the carries early in the year? His previous high was 15 carries against South Carolina.

I'm really starting to believe his draft stock will soar as we get closer to the draft because of his athletic ability. If he goes to combine and puts up the numbers I'm expecting he could as early as the 2nd. He really does everything well including catching the ball out of the backfield. He could really creating some mismatches if he gets lined up against a linebacker on the outside.

SillyRyno
01-07-2010, 01:36 PM
Well I wouldn't go out and call him durable yet because all of those games were on a good stretch at the end of the year. I was curious about why he wasn't getting the bulk of the carries early in the year? His previous high was 15 carries against South Carolina.


It's because he wasn't playing RB at the start of the year, but playing WR.

Nutt has admitted that he wishes he had a "do over" where he would use Dexter all year at RB.

D-Unit
01-07-2010, 07:17 PM
3rd Rounder

dawg11
01-07-2010, 09:07 PM
3rd rounder to giants

Byrd430
01-07-2010, 10:40 PM
I've watched McCluster several times this season, and he has saved Ole Miss quite a few times. Everyone's definitely right in that he's a dangerous threat. At the next level, a clever OC will have to find a way to utilize him as a breakaway threat and be able to get him the ball in space. I don't feel that teams with less creative OCs will really want him, but those who can do something with him could possibly spend a 3rd or 4th rounder and hope he's a steal.

Personally, I feel he's got good breakaway speed, but won't contribute nothing more than a couple big plays in his pro career.

Finnegans Wake
01-08-2010, 01:15 PM
I bet he goes in the 2nd round, that would not be a stretch at all. Will be interesting how teams use him, he cannot block NFL defenders at the running back position, but he can run the ball in the NFL potentially as a change of pace back and can clearly catch the ball out of the backfield. Slot receiver is his best bet as for right now. 3rd down in the shot gun though as a running back, going out for a pass sure looks good for him though.

Again however, I doubt he can block as a running back at all in the NFL.

+1.

IMO his Indy numbers will boost him.

J-Mike88
01-11-2010, 09:22 PM
I bet he goes in the 2nd round, that would not be a stretch at all. Will be interesting how teams use him, he cannot block NFL defenders at the running back position, but he can run the ball in the NFL potentially as a change of pace back and can clearly catch the ball out of the backfield. Slot receiver is his best bet as for right now. 3rd down in the shot gun though as a running back, going out for a pass sure looks good for him though.

Again however, I doubt he can block as a running back at all in the NFL.

How would you say he compares to Sproles?
He's not as strong, but IMO, he's going to be almost as dangerous as a receiver out of the backfield or in the slot, and will present some serious mismatches for a lot of NFL LBers who can't cover well. See my whole Packers team of LBers. Our LBers can't cover anyone with any quickness.

JohnConner
01-11-2010, 10:53 PM
3rd round for this type of player, I don't think he will be a RB at the next level, but as a punt & kickoff returner, and as a slot receiver, should be pretty effective.

P-L
01-11-2010, 10:54 PM
This draft is just so deep. I can't see him going in the first three rounds, but that really isn't a knock on him.

BeerBaron
01-11-2010, 10:58 PM
This draft is just so deep. I can't see him going in the first three rounds, but that really isn't a knock on him.

Agreed. I seriously believe that players available in the late 2nd/early 3rd this year could possibly be first round talents any other year. This draft looks amazing depth-wise.

But if McCluster does great in workouts, I could see a team possibly using a 3rd on him. A lot of successful teams have that 3rd down back who is a threat to do just about anything on that play...McCluster fits that mold really well.

I think he'll be a 4th/5th rounder in the end.