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Mr. Stiller
04-11-2007, 09:18 AM
Trade down with NO for #27, 2.27 for our 1st:

1) Ben Grubbs, OG, Auburn - I was skeptical for the most part, after reading a few reviews. I heard he's Kendall Simmons part 2. Talking to a few friends and few scouts, I'm not so worried. He's a great tactician (A friend sent a few game tapes)...and he seems to be perfect for LG, although he'll bolster depth and insist on Kemo/Simmons getting their Act together, if not, He's RG this year, and If Faneca leaves.. Perfect filler there.

Positives: Grubbs demonstrates very good toughness and works until the whistle to finish off blocks. He has a solid hand punch and very good explosion on contact. He is quick to get out in front on pulls and traps and does a nice job of locating second level defenders on the move. He has shown marked improvement sliding his feet, but needs to be conscious of not getting too narrow in his base or high in his stance, as he lacks the loose hips to redirect instantly. His hand punch can shock a lethargic opponent and he does a fine job of picking up stunts and games.

Negatives: He will sometimes fall off blocks late when he fails to bend at the knees, but has the body control to recover. ... When he fails to sink his hips, Ben will overextend a bit, but he is quick to recoil and get back on his assignment. ... When he gets too narrow in his stance, he will lose his base at the X's. ... He does have some inconsistency finishing blocks in the past, but Ben shows great pop on contact and is learning to keep his base wider in order to prevent the defender from shedding. ... When he gets too high in his stance, he can be walked back.

2a) Anthony Spencer, DE/OLB, Purdue - We get our passrusher here. He boasts good size, speed. A knack for getting into the backfield and comes from the Purdue School of Passrushing, He could play ST, and spend some time at OLB Throughout the season behind Haggans. Then in 08 he takes the role.

Positives: Has a developing frame with good upper body muscle tone, tight waist and hips, good bubble, thick arms and room to add at least another 10 pounds of bulk with no loss in quickness...Has outstanding straight-line quickness, moving with an explosive burst coming off the edge...Has the quick change of direction agility to work down the line and his speed and range dropping back in pass coverage could see him develop into a 3-4 outside linebacker (best when having a free lane to pressure the pocket rather than bull rushing inside as a down lineman)...Really improved his ball recognition skills in 2006 and is no longer fooled by misdirection...With his better recognition skills, he vastly improved his backside pursuit skills, evident by the 21 third-down stops and five fourth-down tackles he executed in 2006...Has the upper body strength to consistently get leverage coming off the snap...Gets instant penetration as a pass rusher, showing proper hand technique, combined with an array of rip-and-swim moves to explosively close on the quarterback... Shows the hand delivery and punch-out ability coming off the ball, guarding his legs vs. the chop block while maintaining angle to close on the ball...Has his best production when he beats the offensive tackle with his quickness and has the lateral range to slip in-line...Contributes on the move and has the speed needed to chase long distances and make plays along the perimeter...Relentless in his straight-ahead charge to the ball...Has that rare speed to catch plays from behind...Locks out well, delivering a powerful hand swipe to get blockers off-balance...Has improved his anchor vs. the double team (still a work in progress)...His improved hand placement in 2006 saw him no longer struggle vs. face-up blockers...Has the lateral agility to flatten down the line of scrimmage and get outside...Has the athletic agility to fit in space, using his long arms to wrap and secure...Has the functional strength to get a push on the bull rush...Shows the speed and body control to get up field and shows a good feel to work back to the ball...Will play through pain, evident by his 15-tackle performance vs. Notre Dame in 2006 despite playing with a hyper-extended knee.

Negatives: Plays with good functional strength, but relies on his speed too much...Lacks the size to gain leverage vs. double teams...When he fails to use his hands to fend off blocks, he gets covered up by offensive tackles defending the run, as he generally will lose containment...Needs to add more lower body strength, as he lacks the leg drive to split or play off the combo blocks...Sometimes gets a little reckless in his pursuit and this results in him getting taken out of the play...When he fails to keep his pads down, he tends to lead with his shoulder before making the hit, rather than extending and securing with his arms...Lacks the ideal size to run over offensive tackles and will get engulfed and struggle to disengage when the opponent gets into his chest...Has good backpedal skills, but is a bit stiff in his hips trying to turn...Lack of size could see him as a better fit for a 3-4 alignment as a linebacker (has the speed to make plays in front of him)...Will play through pain, but missed action in several games with nagging leg cramps in 2006.

Compares To: SHAUN PHILLIPS-San Diego...Both players were developed in the Joe Tiller system at Purdue to attack the quarterback with quickness. Both lack the ideal size you look for in a defensive end, but Phillips proved that he was capable of competing in a stand-up position. Spencer was a better prospect than Phillips coming out of college. If used in a similar system, Spencer will have just as much success in the pro ranks that Phillips has shown.

2b) Brian Leonard, FB/RB, Rutgers - He can do it all. Blue collar player that has deceptive speed, power and soft hands. Comes in as the #2 and Short yardage back, and a backup for Dan Kreider. What we wished John Kuhn could have become.

Positives: Solidly built with above-average strength, thick thighs and calves, good bubble, tight waist, broad shoulders and good arm-muscle definition...Has excellent speed for his position, showing the upper-body strength and leg drive to create and maintain a rush lane as a lead blocker...Has a good short area burst through the creases and the change-of-direction agility to make the initial tackler miss...Shows the plant-and-drive agility to make precise cuts...Has very good balance and body control throughout his stride, demonstrating fluid flexibility and quickness getting to top acceleration...Has good vision to locate and neutralize the blitz and an excellent feel for the soft spots in the zone, consistently getting there, to make the underneath catch...Comes out of his stance quickly and with good urgency, running at the proper pad level with legs churning to push the pile...Has the quickness to explode through the holes and the cutback agility to make the initial tackler miss...Generates the speed to pull away from linebackers and safeties after the catch and is quick enough in his stride to be a valid deep threat...Has the loose hips to elude and makes sharp cuts to separate in his patterns...Displays good field vision, showing patience setting up his blocks when carrying the ball...Alert to stunts and blitzes, showing good slide to neutralize edge rushers...Has the strong base and balance to bounce off of tacklers and maintain his stride...Bruising runner between the tackles with the loose hips to change direction quickly...Picks up his feet nicely to get through traffic and is nimble enough to redirect and cut back outside when the inside hole is clogged...With his sharp cutting agility and burst, Leonard has had good success separating after the catch...Holds the ball secure to his chest when running inside and in the outside hand when turning the corner...Shows very good hands on toss plays and, even when he gets erect in his stance, he is conscious of protecting the ball...Has the speed to separate after the catch and the power to obliterate the smaller defender that tries to get in his path...Is especially effective on swing and middle screens, flat and wheel routes...Has good hip snap maintaining blocking position to protect the pocket and shows urgency facing up...Good cut blocker who shows alertness picking up the blitz.

Negatives: When he gets too erect in his stance, he will lose some base and get pushed back through the rush lane...While Leonard has had success bouncing outside to gain yardage in the past, he was used mostly on runs between the tackles as a senior...Seems to have the speed to get outside, make the cut and turn it up the field, but he tends to lose his body lean and get too high in his stance, leaving his feet exposed for shoestring tackles...Runs with good forward lean between tackles, but must learn to keep the same pad level on cuts to the perimeter...Effective lead blocker, but despite his strength as a runner, he fails to generate much pop on contact with his hands...Flashes good speed cutting on the edge, but must generate a stronger kick-out and hand technique in attempts to sustain.

Compares To: JUSTIN GRIFFITH, Atlanta Falcons (Mississippi State)...Leonard is not the physically imposing blocker Tampa Bay's Mike Alstott is but, like Griffith, he generates excellent quickness out of his stance, precise cutback agility and natural hands to be a legitimate receiving threat. He made strides as a lead blocker, but might be best utilized as a halfback in a one-back offense.

3) Jason Hill, WR, Washington State

Positives: Has an angular frame with smooth muscle tone, developed chest, long arms, good bubble and tapered thighs and calves...Demonstrates superb hand/eye coordination to get to the ball at its high point and the size and body control to time his leaps and contort his body to get to the tough throws in a crowd...Has excellent balance adjusting to downfield passes and knows how to sink his hips and drop his weight to elude after the catch...Shows very good sideline vision, keeping his balance and feet in bounds and is fearless going for the ball in a crowd and very combative with his hands, whether to escape the jam or to lock on to a defender when blocking...Shows very good ball concentration going up for the jump ball and never flinches, even when defenders try to attack his legs...Gets a good initial thrust off the line, using his hands with force to defeat the jam...More quicker than fast, but glides to top acceleration nicely... Uses his size well to slip through tight areas and has enough burst to gobble up the cushion...Does a very good job of adjusting to the coverage and even though he frequently catches in a crowd, he shows the fluid stride to not have to throttle down coming out of his breaks...Runs crisp routes and drops his hips and sinks his weight to separate out of his cuts...Very good settling underneath, making him a nice target in the short area...His balance and good feet let him deal with operating in tight spaces...Does a great job of weaving through a crowd and has the power to leverage defenders to gain separation...Shows very good hip sinking agility and does a good job of getting depth in all of his routes...Uses his hands very effectively to gain separation after the catch, showing the loose hips, head fake and strong leg drive to break the initial tackle...Takes no wasted steps with his acceleration out of transition cuts and does a fine job on come-back routes...Does a good job of looking the ball in over his shoulder and can get open and settle in the soft spot of the zone...Can weave through traffic with the best of them, reminding some of the Bengals' Chad Johnson in that area...Will go for the ball with determination on crossing routes and shows outstanding concentration to get to the ball over the middle...Times his leaps well and will not hesitate to sacrifice his body to get to the ball in a crowd...Has the body control, balance and jumping skills to reach and pluck the ball away from his frame and at the high point...Possesses the ability to play the ball over his shoulder and make body adjustments to track the ball in flight...Attacks with aggression and stays with the play until the finish when blocking in the second level...Is very effective at getting low to chop down linebackers and safeties at their legs in run support...Played on all the special teams (punt return/coverage, kickoff return/coverage) and is also a proficient kick blocker.

Negatives: Has only adequate weight room strength, but plays stronger on the field and uses his hands well to escape the jam...Doesn't have that sudden explosion to leave defenders rocking back on their heels, but shows the savvy and hand usage to gain good separation coming off the snap....While he lacks a sudden burst, he stays square in his routes, especially when coming back to the ball, which he had to do often the last two years due to WSU's quarterback issues...Not the type to explode up the field after the catch, leaving defenders grasping at air, but he is a strong runner who powers through the initial tackle and is a load to bring down once he builds up to top acceleration...Needs to improve his overall strength to prevent from being pushed back into the pocket when working in-line though...Has the hand usage to sustain when he is able to lock on, but doesn't have the brute power to drag the defensive linemen down.

Compares To: REGGIE WAYNE-Indianapolis-Wayne, Cincinnati's Chad Johnson and Jason don't need to rely on blazing speed to be the dangerous threats they are. They all do it with a physical running strike and loose hips to weave through traffic, making them players that need to be accounted for every second they are on the field.

4a) Zak DeOssie, ILB/OLB, Brown - Just like Leonard. This kid can do it all. He's a MLB for Brown. He has good speed, great size, and will remind people of Mike Vrabel, as he can switch inside and outside in the 3-4. Could also play SLB in a 4-3. Our Bart Scott. Future behind Farrior.

Positives: Has a big frame with long arms and legs, good chest thickness, good overall muscle tone, well-developed thighs and calves and room on his frame to add at least another 20 pounds of bulk for a potential move to defensive end at the next level...Has excellent timed speed for a player of his size and shows good urgency chasing down the ball...Vocal leader on the field who works hard in the weight room and spends extra hours studying film...Lacks the strength you would expect from a player his size, struggling at times to shed, but can beat his opponent with quickness and active hand placement to slip off blocks...Decent short-area pass defender who keeps his hands inside the frame to jolt and try to reroute tight ends and backs...Move-oriented type of tackler with the sudden burst to give chase from the backside...Has the range to make plays along the sidelines and shows very good lateral agility to flow to the ball...Effective at locating and shutting down the cutback lanes...Uses his hands well to protect from the low blocks...Relentless in pursuit, kicking into second gear to consistently make cross-field tackles...Has the lateral agility to go wide in pursuit and the closing speed to drag down ball carriers at the opposite end of the field...Takes proper angles in attempts to close on the pocket and has the loose hips to change directions quickly...Better edge rusher than when working in-line, as he has the second gear and sudden moves to surprise a lethargic offensive lineman...Shows the same bloodlines as his father, taking over long-snapping chores in 2006...Also is a capable wedge buster on the special team coverage units.

Negatives: Tends to out-think himself at times, which leads him to take himself out of position in run support...His over-eagerness to shed blocks will cause him to get locked out and he lacks the upper body strength to prevent from being ridden out by double team action...Lacks a good feel for reading keys and will take false steps (constantly fooled by pump fakes and misdirection)...Lacks a feel for blocking schemes and despite his quickness, he is more of a waist bender, resulting in him losing balance and body control when he tries to recover after out-running the play...Needs to diagnose the in-line blocking schemes better, as he can be caught up in traffic (fails to slip blocks and gets road graded when he doesn't keep his hands active in attempts to protect his body)...Struggles to shed blocks when he gets too tall in his stance, as blockers get good success attacking his chest...Leaves his feet too much when trying to tackle and seems to try to punish the opponent on every play, rather than wrapping and securing...Goes to the ground at times when he plays out of control...Slow to react to the pass, especially when dropping back in the zone (struggles to locate the ball or track the pass in flight)...Very good at generating backside pursuit, but loses sight of the quarterback and fails to seal the deal (better pressuring the pocket than sacking the quarterback)...Has a tough time diagnosing the inside rush lanes, leading to a handful of missed tackles, as he will run right into the lead blocker, but gets steamrolled due to marginal lower body strength to anchor.

Compares To: MIKE VRABEL-New England...Like Vrabel, DeOssie can play a variety of positions. He can be utilized as an edge rusher on the line, shift outside to linebacker in a base defense or shift inside in a 3-4 alignment. He has exceptional quickness for a player of his size and is adding value as a long-snapper and wedge buster on special teams. But he has marginal awareness for locating the ball and a poor feel for blocking schemes. His frame looks like he could lift the weight room, but he plays soft and is often absorbed by double teams. He might be better suited for defensive end in the pro ranks, as he appears too stiff in his pass drops to be counted on in man coverage. But, he needs to improve his overall strength and be more alert to blockers to prevent from being road graded.

4b) Jay Alford, DT/DE, PSU

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) Daniel Sepulveda, P, Baylor

Positives: Former linebacker, and looks the part with good chest thickness, muscular arms, tight waist, tapered thighs and calves...Has excellent leg strength to kick the ball for good distance...Good coverage support specialist who has excellent quickness to get down field ands prevent the long return...Shows very good leg extension and overall body flexibility...Has large, soft and natural hands, making proper adjustments to the off-target snap...Holds for placements and field goals...Adjusts to pressure well and can improvise when his protection breaks down...Three-step kicker with an average of 1.21 in his touch-to-toe mechanics...Gets very good rise and turnover behind his kicks...Strikes the ball with power, but needs to improve the height on his kicks (prone to long drives)...Has solid control with good hang time (4.2 second average) and is efficient at getting the ball to bounce right in order for the coverage team to get down field and keep the ball inside the 20-yard line...Shows accuracy placing his attempts near the sticks and is a mentally tough sort who is not afraid to run with the ball...Shows functional aggression getting downfield to lend support for the coverage unit...Has good lower body flexibility and hip rotation with flexibility in his ball release...Well-coordinated and shows solid control and mechanics in attempts to angle his kicks...Shows good hand mechanics fielding the ball and getting it ready for the place-kicker while serving as a holder.

Negatives: Has all the intangibles, but will on occasion kick across his body, causing his ball position to be off a little bit...Tends to rush his kicks at times when pressured, losing his adequate height and causing the coverage unit to not be in position to prevent the return...Relies too much on his leg strength and will punish the ball, causing him to out-kick his coverage unit...Needs to show better leg extension and toe direction in his kicks (sometimes goes off the side of the foot)...Hang times are just adequate, as he has the leg strength, but fails to generate consistent trajectory.

Compares To: DAVE ZASTUDIL-Cleveland...Sepulveda is a fine athlete who just happens to have a strong kicking leg. He is a former linebacker who should do well on the coverage unit at the next level. He has the leg strength to launch rockets off his leg, but needs to improve the trajectory on some of his kicks, as he will hit line drives on more than a few occasions, resulting in the coverage team not being set up to prevent the long return. You can teach a player how to angle his punts, and with a little technique refinement he should replace a veteran punter in the NFL next year.

5b) Laurent Robinson, WR, Illinois State
Fights for #4 WR and ST gunner this year... pops Cedrick Wilson off the roster next year

Positives: Has a lean, angular frame that is built for speed, showing good chest muscle definition with a tapered waist, good shoulder width, tight abdomen, developed thighs and calves...Has excellent body flexibility and hip snap, dropping his weight and keeping his pads down to accelerate instantly coming out of his cuts...Has fine balance in his running stride, executing crisp plant-and-drive skills to get in and out of his breaks...Possesses the speed to challenge the deep secondary and the body control to make adjustments through his routes...Smart, instinctive runner and also does well in the classroom...Picks up plays quickly and is alert to coverages, doing a nice job of finding the soft spot in the zone to settle in...Regarded by the staff the team's "most trustworthy" player, as he works hard in the training and film rooms, showing good self-starting ability...Capable of getting to the ball in a crowd and there is no flinch to him, even when he knows the defense is about to drill him...Has the ability to accelerate into his routes instantly and shows good urgency in and out of his cuts...Demonstrates a crisp running style and does a nice job adjusting his body to get to the underneath throws...His speed lets him drive off the coverage and come back for the easy yards...Takes short, pitter-patter steps to accelerate off the line of scrimmage, and has the explosion to gain on the cornerback and eat the cushion in attempts to challenge deep...Can sink and slip through traffic due to his lateral agility and is very alert of the sidelines, doing a nice job of keeping his feet in bounds...Displays the body control to sink his hips to get better separation in-and-out of his cuts and does a very good job of finding the soft spot and settling in vs. zone coverage...Whether working underneath or attacking the deep zone, Robinson's hip snap and ability to ride up the defensive back lets him gain immediate separation after the catch...Shows the nimbleness to maintain balance and turn instantly to head up field after the catch...Maintains good focus when looking the ball in, and does not hesitate to get vertical to make the play...Best when contorting his body and looking the ball in over his shoulder on deep routes...Has developed good hand mechanics to extend for the ball away from the frame...Will sometimes revert to body catching, but has the timing and snatch ability to get to the ball at its high point...Needs to add some more bulk and strength, but has that second gear and burst to leave defenders grabbing at air...Has no problem competing with the opponent after contact, and has the balance and leg drive to stay up after taking the initial hit.

Negatives: Has functional playing power, but will need to upgrade in this area to prevent from being rerouted by the more physical pro defensive backs...Earlier in his career, Robinson did not utilize his explosiveness with consistency in attempts to get a clean release off the snap...Could use some more bulk to escape the jam, but has more than enough quickness to escape and get back on the stem...Demonstrates sure hands to look the ball in, but must be more conscious of securing the ball before heading up field)...Shows better consistency getting into his routes than earlier in his career (used to take some soft angle cuts)...Still learning how to vary his speed, but has shown improvement each week, as he no longer out-runs the ball and is smart enough to uncover and has the burst to go down field in a flash...More of a pester-type of blocker than one who will face up at the line of scrimmage.

Compares To: LAVERANUES COLES-New York Jets-Like Coles, Robinson has that explosive running stride and acceleration to separate after the catch. Both are fearless catching in a crowd and show great sideline awareness, body control and loose hips to turn a short catch into a big play.

6) Noland Burchette, DE/OLB, Virginia Tech
Backs up James Harrison at ROLB.

Positives: Well-proportioned player with a thick upper body and well-developed torso... Has good lower frame muscle mass and while undersized, he demonstrates excellent power and leg drive...Slippery getting through trash and has the straight-line burst to surprise a lethargic offensive tackle...Generates a quick first step to gain penetration and the agility and balance to pressure the pocket...Relentless in pursuit and has that first step that allows him to greatly affect pass protection coverage...Generates a very quick first step, demonstrating a low pad level to get off the snap and gain leverage...Is not as quick laterally, but has that strong hand punch to jolt blockers when working down the line...Flies off the ball with good urgency, keeping his hands extended to fend off low blocks...His quickness helps him beat his bigger opponent and he has developed an effective outside arm action to get across the face of the blocker quickly...Plays better on the move, as linemen have trouble containing his speed and hand jolt...Can control the lead block and drive the fullback into the rush lane...Has the lateral movement skills to work down the line and shows excellent balance and body control working his way through trash and getting over the piles...His strength is his best asset here, as he can explode into the ball carrier, causing the opponent to lose site of the ball and create the turnover...In 2006, you saw that Burchette was making a more conscious effort to have the correct pad level and helmet placement in order to make the tackle...With his knee bend and lower body strength, Burchette generates good hip snap to get out of his stance instantly to shock the offensive tackle...Sheds blocks adequately and can locate the ball at the point of attack.

Negatives: Has no problems against plays directed at him, but because of size and bulk issues, he has to remain active with his hands in order to disengage from blocks...When he gets too high in his stance or short arms, he is susceptible to the combo blocks...Is quick to get rid of the blocker because of his hand strength, but will revert to exposing himself at times. When he drops his hands, he leaves his body open for the blocker to attack and he will then struggles to disengage...Has the strength to pull and jerk down the blocker and can counter, rip and bull rush, but he just needs more reps as a pass rusher to see if he can blossom at the next level...Needs to generate an extra surge to finish the deal rather than dancing around too much (doesn't seem to have that natural feel and looks like he is planning his moves when asked to attack in-line).

Compares To: BERTRAND BERRY-Arizona-Burchette is not the pass rusher that Berry is, but both rely on quickness and a strong hand punch to generate intense pocket pressure. Burchette has great timed speed for his position and is best when coming off the edge, but he lacks the bulk to take on double teams as an inside bull rusher. With some pass rush technique refinement; some team will enjoy his relentless style of play.

7) Chase Johnson, OT, Wyoming - In 2 years we could have the biggest bookends in Pro-football. I want Johnson in rd 7 and Capizzi in UDFA. Both have superior footwork, wingspan, hand span, decent speed, and monster size.


UDFA:

QB: Cullen Finnerty, Grand Valley State:
Recorded a 36-4 record as a starting QB...9-1 record in playoffs...Accounted for 9,488 yards and 92 TDs in his career...Passed for 7,685 yards and 69 TDs, while rushing for 1,803 yards and 23 TDs...Ranks second in career total offense with 9,488 yards...Third in career passing yards with 7,685 yards...1,803 rushing yards ranks 14th in Laker annals...23 career rushing TDs is the eighth all-time.

FB: Gijon Robinson, Missouri Western State:
Senior tight end Gijon Robinson returns for his final season at Missouri Western. Robinson was a first-team, all-MIAA selection last season for the Griffons and earned honorable mention all-MIAA accolades as a sophomore in 2005. Robinson was also recognized as a honorable mention all-America selection by d2football.com and was a third-team, all-Southwest region selection by the Football Gazette. A valuable blocker on the offensive line for Western, Robinson also shows his skill in the passing game as well, hauling in 58 receptions for 804 yards and six touchdowns during his career at MWSU.

RB: Paul Mosley, Baylor:
Powerful fifth-year senior running back Paul Mosley is the Bears' co-No. 1 back with junior Brandon Whitaker and will challenge for All-Big 12 honors in his final Green and Gold campaign ... Mosley will attempt to become just the fifth Baylor back, following in the footsteps of Ronnie Bull (1959-61), Walter Abercrombie (1978-81), Eldwin Raphel (1988-90) and Darrell Bush (1997-2000), to lead the Bears in rushing for at least three consecutive seasons ... With 1,239 career rushing yards, he needs 97 yards to crack the Bears' all-time top 20 chart ... 101 career runs of five-plus yards, including 33 of 10 or more yards.

WR: Jerard Rabb, Boise State:
Positives: Tall, athletic receiver who led Boise State in receptions each of the past two seasons after transferring from Saddleback Junior College. Has strong hands and will compete for the ball. Good first step quickness and overall strength to generate positive yardage after the reception.

Negatives: Lacks top-flight speed and in general isn't an explosive player. Understood Boise State's offense and knew how to settle into zones, but struggles to gain separation on his own. Questions about his maturity have been raised in the past.

TE: Anthony Pudewell, Nevada
Has a well-proportioned frame with room to carry at least another 10 pounds of bulk with no loss in quickness...Has good upper body muscle tone, thick chest, broad shoulders and thick thighs and calves...Shows the balance, flexibility and change of direction skills to be very effective working underneath...Runs with a smooth stride and demonstrates good hand/eye coordination to look the ball in and separate without having to gather...Minimal rep type who knows his assignments and easily takes the plays from the chalkboard to the field...Makes good adjustments on the field and is quick to find and settle into the soft areas...After the catch, he squares his shoulders, shields the ball and drives hard through the initial tackle...Has good movement skills and loose hips to avoid the jam...Builds nicely to top acceleration and has a functional second gear to stretch the field...His strength in his RAC is evident by his consistency in breaking tackles...Better when used as a traditional tight end on short-area routes, but has good lateral quickness to be utilized in motion...Makes crisp open-field cuts and can drive through the defender, showing good awareness of coverage...Precise when cutting and has the valid strength to power through tackles...Will ride up and eat a cushion vs. second-level defenders (linebackers/safeties)...Has the soft hands to catch away from his frame, good hand/eye coordination and the body control to adjust to the off-target throws...Is a physical second level run blocker and has the strength to out-fight the defender for the ball...Generates a strong hand punch as a blocker and gets good placement with them in attempts to sustain...Determined, nasty in-line blocker with a good lower body base and a strong hand punch to shock and jolt a lethargic defender...Has the hip swerve and pad level to gain advantage upon initial contact...Has quick feet on the kick slide and keeps his hands active to get under the jersey of the defender and ride him out...Needs to stay on his blocks more (looks for secondary targets to attack rather than lock on and sustain for long), but when attacking the second level, he takes good angles and positions himself well to deliver a strong lick on a linebacker.

OT: Jason Capizzi, IUP:
In his third season at IUP after transferring from the University of Pittsburgh… one of three senior starters on the IUP offensive line this season…moved into the starting lineup when he joined the program in the spring of 2004 and has been on the All-PSAC West team both seasons at IUP…has the potential to join former IUP offensive linemen Chris Villarrial and Leander Jordan in the NFL…did not see any game action while at Pitt… listed among the top players in Division II football by D2Football.com…the tallest player in IUP history.

OG: Brian Daniels, Colorado:
Starting tight side guard, he received some preseason mention for top honors as he should be one of the Big 12 Conference’s top offensive linemen. Street & Smith’s tabbed him as an honorable mention All-American, while CBS Sportsline.com and Huskers Illustrated selected him a preseason first-team all-conference performer (Athlon’s and Lindy’s earmarked him a second-team choice). The Sporting News ranked him as the No. 12 offensive guard nationally. He had a great spring and received the Joe Romig Award as the outstanding offensive lineman as selected by the coaches. The anchor of the Colorado offensive line, he brings a 22-game starting streak into his junior season.

OC:Mark Fenton, Colorado:
Positives: Prototype size for the position. Good initial quickness and hand punch to shock the defender. Good overall power to his game when he plays with leverage. Flashes some nastiness.

Negatives: Broken leg in the fourth game of his senior year and missed the rest of the season. Only marginal foot quickness. Lacks agility when blocking on the move. Good initial hand usage, but doesn't consistently ride the defender out of the play. Can be over-powered with a bull rush when he tires and loses leverage.

34DE: Mike DeVito, Maine:
Was voted by his teammates as one of three senior captains ... named a Preseason Second-Team All-American by The Sports Network ... was the only defensive lineman from the Atlantic 10 to be named a preseason All-American by the news service ... was named to the Atlantic 10 Preseason First-Team. DeVito's selection marked the second-straight season he was honored by the conference, as he was a second-team pick in 2005. He ranked fourth in the league in sacks (0.64) and tied for ninth in tackles for loss (0.95), while ranking 24th and tied for 84th, respectively, in the national rankings. He recorded at least one tackle for loss in eight games this season and blocked a field goal attempt at Boston College. DeVito also recorded a pair of stops behind the line of scrimmage at Massachusetts.

NT: Marquay Love, Houston:
2006 All-Conference USA Second Team (Coaches)...2006 All-Conference USA Third Team (Media)...C-USA Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 23, 2006)...C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week (Sept. 5, 2006)...One of only 10 players to start all 13 games, tying a UH single-season record… Tied for team lead with 11 tackles for a loss… Was the only player to block a kick… Enjoyed a career day at Rice during the season opener… Recorded seven tackles, including six solo, with three tackles for a loss of two yards against the Owls… Also forced a fumble and blocked a PAT attempt that proved to be the margin of victory… Named C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance… Posted seven tackles, including four solo, and added two tackles for a loss against Tulane during the home opener.

Finished with six tackles, including five solo, against Grambling State… Posted five tackles, including three solo, with one for a 3-yard loss and added a 3-yard fumble return against Oklahoma State… Made three assisted tackles and broke up a pair of passes against Louisiana-Lafayette… Recorded four tackles, including three solo, at Southern Miss… Recorded a 6-yard sack and added two solo tackles against UTEP… Honored as the CUSA Defensive Player of the Week following that performance… Posted five tackles against UCF… Made three tackles, including a 6-yard sack at Memphis to help the Cougars clinch the home-field advantage for the C-USA Championship game… Finished with three tackles, including one for a loss of a yard, and broke up a pass against Southern Miss during the C-USA Championship Game.

OLB: Jason Trusnik, Ohio Northern:
Returns healthy as a fifth-year senior after suffering a broken foot in week three at Muskingum on 10/24/05 ... Was an AFCA All-American, 1st Team All-Region, 1st Team All-OAC honoree at defensive end as a junior in 2004 ... Led the nation in TFL (31) and sacks (18) in 2004, setting ONU and OAC records in both categories ... Enters the 2005 season with an ONU record 65.5 TFL and 32.0 sacks ... Has started 26 games, 24 of them at defensive end ... Has 10 or more tackles in a game eight times in career.

Matt King, Maine: 3-4 OLB Beast.

ILB: Dedrick Harrington, Missouri:

Extremely gifted athlete who has settled nicely into his middle linebacker role on the field, and has been a tremendous leader both on and off the field ... Is a team captain and is likely the most respected member of the team by everyone ... Has turned in career-best numbers in most categories, and he was named honorable mention All-Big 12 by league coaches for his efforts, in addition to winning team awards for most inspirational and champion of the year ... Ranks 2nd on the team (11th in the Big 12) with 95 tackles entering the bowl game, and has 4 outings of double-digit tackles, including a season-best 12 coming against Colorado and at Nebraska ... Ranks 4th on the team with 8 TFLs on the year (23 yards), and has also registered a career-best 3.5 QB sacks (17 yards).

Has 275 career tackles entering the bowl game, which is just 8 shy of #15 on the Mizzou career list ... Had a string of three-straight double-digit tackle games (Colorado, Texas Tech and Texas A&M) ... Added 11 tackles and one pass break-up at Texas Tech and had 10 stops at Texas A&M ... Recorded his 1st interception of the season, picking off a pass in the 3rd quarter against Kansas State and added 7 tackles in all on the day ... Tied for 2nd on the team with 7 total tackles against Oklahoma ... Made 7 tackles against Iowa State ... Recorded a pair of sacks against Colorado in addition to leading the team with his 12 stops ... Has recorded a TFL in all but 3 games this season.

CB: Usama Young, Kent State
Three-year starter at cornerback ... Plays a physical style of defense and has good size and strength ... Coaches expect him to be a leader in the secondary as he brings a lot of experience to the position ... In 2003, was named to the collegefootballnews.com Freshman All-America Team and was national defensive player of the week after a win against UCF ... Has a knack for the ball and is a good tackler ... Has earned three letters.

S: Geoff Bean, Colgate:
Earned four varsity letters ... played in 49 games with 34 starting assignments ... finished with 217 career tackles (132 solo) … had 12 TFL’s, six quarterback sacks, 27 PBU, four fumbles forced and seven fumble recoveries …averaged 11.5 yards per punt return on 37 attempts … averaged 23.6 yards per kickoff return on 45 attempts … finished with eight interceptions and one touchdown.

P: Adam Graessle, Pittsburgh:
Positives: Has a tall frame with some muscle definition, but also displays long limbs and large hands to field the ball...Has good leg strength on kickoffs, as 80 of his 249 attempts went for touchbacks...Handles bad snaps well and shows good poise when backed up near the goal line...Strong player who puts full force behind his kicks, but is a little inconsistent with his accuracy at times (mostly when he rushes his kick)...Has the power to kick 60-yarders with ease thanks to his cross-over swing...Soft hands catcher and right-footed conventional kicker...Bit methodical in his step approach, but shows good four-yard progression and adequate get-off average (1.3-1.35 seconds)...Gets good lift and rise behind his attempts...Handles pressure well and is not afraid to mix it up with defenders...Can kick in poor weather conditions, and while he lacks quickness on the coverage team he is an efficient wrap up tackler who can hit with good force...Gets very good rise on his kicks when he shortens his step approach (better at 2 1/2)...Shows excellent leg control on pooch punts, as 56 of his 169 kicks were downed inside the 20-yard line...Shows good arm extension to catch the ball away from his body or over his head.

Negatives: When he tries to over-power the ball, it results in him not getting proper leg extension...Inconsistent with his hang time due to a poor ball drop (3.9-second hang time average)...The ball does not seem to come off his foot cleanly at times and he needs to reduce his three-step approach to prevent blocked kicks (seven of 169 kicks have been blocked...Must control his weight (will get to the 245-pound range) as the added bulk takes away from his leg flexibility...Very slow and methodical in getting his punts off and needs to get better rise near the line of scrimmage (will shank a few off the side of his foot when trying to escape pressure).

Compares To: MIKE SCIFRES-San Diego...No one is as accurate as Scifres, but Graessle shows the same booming leg strength to uncork long distance punts. Like Scifres, he is a capable yet unspectacular kickoff specialist. He needs to refine his step approach, as he is too slow getting the ball out on time, resulting in a handful of blocked or forced punts.

K: Brandon Pace, Virginia Tech

One of the nation’s top kickers … Has had an outstanding season … Made his first 17 field goal attempts of the season, missing only on his last attempt, a 47-yarder versus Virginia… Connected on 35 of 37 extra points for a total of 86 points …Earned second-team All- ACC honors … Put together a two-year string of 22-straight field goals made, the second longest in ACC history and the longest at Tech … His 17 straight tied the school season mark set by Chris Kinzer in 1986 … Currently stands fourth all-time in scoring at Tech with 304 career points … Needs just four points to move past Carter Warley for third place … A threetime semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award.

DeathbyStat
04-11-2007, 11:21 AM
If we stay at 15 who do you think we draft?

I think we will go guard in round 2

mikehop05
04-11-2007, 11:55 AM
helluva right up, i agree with the needs you addressed, and i like most picks besides spencer, i really would rather grab a guy like shaw in round 3/4 or a guy like robinson or crowder in rounds 3 - 5

Mr. Stiller
04-11-2007, 09:03 PM
If we stay at 15 who do you think we draft?

I think we will go guard in round 2

I've seen a few choices.

Personally, I have no clue. I can only guess at this point.

I wouldn't see us passing these guys:

Levi Brown (Not a fan, but Most are)
Adam Carriker (Again not a fan of a 1st round backup)
Darrelle Revis - I like, But again, not a need per se.
Justin Harrell - I like only because he'll be a great UT next to Hampton in a 3-4
Lawrence Timmons - I don't like because he's fairly unproven and out of shape, but Tomlin supposedly see's something.

My favorite pick:

Jamaal Anderson - He's still growing into his body, and could lose about 10-28 lbs and play at 260-275. a 6'5 270lb pass rusher, who will only get faster and stronger, but has shown the ability to get to the QB, is what I like right now.

I think Anderson is plausible now. Especially with Branch falling.

Mr. Stiller
04-11-2007, 09:05 PM
helluva right up, i agree with the needs you addressed, and i like most picks besides spencer, i really would rather grab a guy like shaw in round 3/4 or a guy like robinson or crowder in rounds 3 - 5

I would too, but frankly the more and more I see tape of Spencer, I see a faster, more powerful version of Shaun Phillips. As a second rounder, if he comes near Phillips, he's worth it, let alone he maxes his potential and is an all-pro in the form of Adalius.

I think DeOssie is a bigger, more powerful version of Shaw. Basically the Vrabel of our offense, like Shaw would be, just not so undersized.

PittPete
04-12-2007, 02:10 PM
What I like about your draft is that its loaded with muscle. I think we've slipped a little at roughing teams up. Clearly the Ravens were more physical than us both games and I really hate that. If we are gonna lose a game at least have a razzle dazzle team get lucky. Your draft hits all our key areas except corner, and would make us tougher for sure.

Mr. Stiller
04-13-2007, 12:17 AM
What I like about your draft is that its loaded with muscle. I think we've slipped a little at roughing teams up. Clearly the Ravens were more physical than us both games and I really hate that. If we are gonna lose a game at least have a razzle dazzle team get lucky. Your draft hits all our key areas except corner, and would make us tougher for sure.

I'm not certain that Corner needs upgraded.

Ike Taylor was Pro-bowl caliber in our superbowl run. He was lockdown. He was a pair a hands away from Pro-Bowl.

Bryant McFadden assumed the starting role pretty well last year.

DeShea is showing his aging but he's still a better corner than most teams have at either #2/#3.

Coke is unproven, but the potential is there. I want to see Tomlin's work with these guys before I say a Corner is a need.