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    With the season over I'll offer my writeup of the potential pro prospects from this seasons SR/JR's on the KU team.


    * Kerry Meier; WR, 6'3/220#. Former QB moved to WR part-time as a soph. Only began practicing at WR fulltime this season. Responded by catching 102 passes for 985 yards with a long of 71 yards. In 2.5 years at WR became KU's all time leading pass catcher. Pros: Has great hands, good explosiveness (rumored 4.5 40 yard dash, 34+" vertical), upside (still learning the position), body-control and route running ability. Great toughness. Cons: Has only played fulltime at WR for 1 year, injury concerns (played thru nagging injuries for much of JR year), faster than he is quick. Pro comparison: Dwayne Bowe or Mushin Muhammed.


    * Maxwell Onyebule; DE, 6'5"/258#. Good coordination and looks fluid on the field but isn't overly athletic (4.9+ 40, 28-30" vert). Part-time starter as a JR/SR. Consistently around the ball and can make outstanding plays (36 yard int return for TD as a SR, 21 yard int return as a JR). Pros: Long-arms, quickness, well rounded/decent athleticism, knack for being around the ball. Cons: Never could consistently put it all together even though he benefited by having Jake Laptad on the other side of the line. Pro Comparison: Can't think of one. Could possibly make the move to 3-4 OLB.


    * Todd Reesing; QB, 5'11/185#. All Big XII QB is a playmaker when healthy but lets just be honest...the NFL isn't looking for 5'9.5" QB's who are better off rolling out of the pocket and throwing on the run than dropping back. Good college QB but very limited pro potential. Pros: Very good at avoiding the rush, great quickness, can improvise and make plays when the protection breaks down, throws fastballs on the short-medium range passes. Cons: Will occasionally stare down a receiver, balls flutter on passes over 40 yards, will take losses trying to make a big play. Pro Comparison: Doug Flutie with less arm strength.


    * Jake Sharp; RB, 5'11/190#. Fastest player on the roster is a great athlete, rushed for 800+ yards during his SO/JR seasons but missed the equivalent of 3.5 games as a SR with a fractured tibia. Super explosive, rumored to have been electronically timed at 4.29 in the 40 yard dash during spring testing before his SR year. Tied Cowboys CB Terrence Newman's school record in the 100m dash with a 10.36 in highschool (http://www.usd305.com/central/athlet...20Records.htm).
    Pros: Speed and explosiveness, very good at catching the ball out of the backfield, toughness (played thru cracked ribs as a JR, attempted to play thru a cracked tibia as a SR). Has never fumbled in his entire career, not just never lost a fumble, he's never fumbled period (http://espn.go.com/ncf/player/stats?playerId=191559) Cons: Size/Durability (for all his toughness his body has broken down every time the team used him as the featured back). Pro comparison: Can't think of one. Possesses similar size/skillset as Chris Johnson but less size and explosiveness.


    * Darrell Stuckey, SS, 6'1/205#. Great combination of instincts/intelligence and athleticism. Probably the most complete player on the roster. Not flashy but does everything very well. Also averaged 25+ yards per kick return as well. Hard to find a knock on the guy. Pros: Great instincts, very smart player, very good all around athlete. Cons: Has had minor injury problems over 2 season in his career. Pro comparison: Erik Coleman


    * Justin Thornton, FS, 6'1/212#. Marginal pro prospect due to limited athleticism. Pros: Good vertical explosiveness but average to below average speed (4.65-4.7 40 yard dash). Cons: Not overly instinctive and doesn't take great pursuit angles. Pro Comparison: Aaron Francisco.


    * Dezmon Briscoe, WR, 6'3/205#. I'll copy and paste the write-up that I posted in another thread.
    It's a 90% forgone conclusion Briscoe will enter the draft this year. He struggles with academics and the rumor is that his family is struggling for money. While Briscoe has great open-field running ability and body control his speed and hands (i.e lack of concentration) make him a give-and-take player. For every good/great play he'll make he will let an easy ball slip thru his hands and hit him in the facemask. His route running ability and quickness allow him to get separation from DB's and make up for his lack of top-end speed he reminds me a bit of Ed McCaffrey though McCaffrey may have been a step faster (Briscoe is said to run in the low 4.6's). With his penchant for dropping balls I might even say a less athletic Braylon Edwards.
    I will add that he does he a good job of high-pointing the ball when it's in the air, that's something other WR's struggle with.
    Last edited by JhawkFitness; 12-09-2009, 07:24 PM.
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    I've watched a fair amount of Kansas games this year. I think you overrate a few prospects. I like Meier as a college player, but he only a late round possession WR at the next level. I do like Dezmon Briscoe a lot, he could come out, and if he works out well, be a hot prospect.


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    • #3
      cfbstats.com just released some stats last week regarding fumbling and they have Jake Sharp down for 2 fumbles in 522 Touches. I think Sharp is pretty much a Danny Woodhead clone. He'll be a very nice practice squad guy for teams because of his speed, quickness, and catching ability,that he could serve multiple roles on a Practice Squad (trying to simulate Chris Johnson's speed or Wes Welker's quickness from the slot). Is 53-man roster material? No, but like I said, he should be able to help out some team on the PS.

      And I agree with what you said on Briscoe and Stuckey. Briscoe also body catches some of the times which I never like. I think he has the ability to be a very good #2 and is a solid 2nd Rounder.

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      • #4
        Thank you, OP, for not comparing white players to other white players.

        That said, I am curious to see what Jake Sharp does in workouts. I like his vision, but I worry teams will hesitate on him.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Shane P. Hallam View Post
          possession WR at the next level.
          Like Dwayne Bowe...

          Originally posted by Big Bird View Post
          cfbstats.com just released some stats last week regarding fumbling and they have Jake Sharp down for 2 fumbles in 522 Touches.
          I thought I remembered him having 1-2 over his career but when I checked the stats on ESPN they said 0, still, it is what it is, he doesn't drop the rock. As for the rest of your post, I could see him sneaking onto a roster as a KR if nothing else works out.
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          • #6
            Once again, I'm going to praise you publicly in a thread for sheer etiquette. It's nice to see someone using only one thread for their team's prospects, and displaying a decent amount of insight, so good job there. Your opinion of Meier, as Shane touched on, is very high but he's somewhat of a mystery because of his inexperience at the position. I'm excited to see him play against the nation's top senior cornerbacks at the Senior Bowl, and I'm excited to see initial feedback from scouts & coaches.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Big Bird View Post
              cfbstats.com just released some stats last week regarding fumbling and they have Jake Sharp down for 2 fumbles in 522 Touches. I think Sharp is pretty much a Danny Woodhead clone. He'll be a very nice practice squad guy for teams because of his speed, quickness, and catching ability,that he could serve multiple roles on a Practice Squad (trying to simulate Chris Johnson's speed or Wes Welker's quickness from the slot). Is 53-man roster material? No, but like I said, he should be able to help out some team on the PS.

              And I agree with what you said on Briscoe and Stuckey. Briscoe also body catches some of the times which I never like. I think he has the ability to be a very good #2 and is a solid 2nd Rounder.
              Sharp to Danny Woodhead? Sharp is a lean, blazing speed back where as woodhead was a 5'6'' bowling ball with quickness and change of direction...

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              • #8
                Sharp should try to play corner and i'm serious on that.

                Briscoe has the size and ability to be a quality possesion receiver.

                Meier reminds me of Kevin Walter of the Texans.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ThePudge View Post
                  Once again, I'm going to praise you publicly in a thread for sheer etiquette. It's nice to see someone using only one thread for their team's prospects, and displaying a decent amount of insight, so good job there. Your opinion of Meier, as Shane touched on, is very high but he's somewhat of a mystery because of his inexperience at the position. I'm excited to see him play against the nation's top senior cornerbacks at the Senior Bowl, and I'm excited to see initial feedback from scouts & coaches.
                  Most of what I posted is only marginally arguable, he does have great hands and route-running ability (you don't get 102 catches without them). The upside thing is obvious given he has only played WR for ~2 years.
                  I think a lot of people are sleeping on Meier's athleticism due to watching him as a JR (when he was playing with a pull hamstring and sprained knee for 80% of the season). I think it's important to note that coming out of high school he was the #14 ranked dual-threat QB in the nation by Rivals.com. He also clocked a laser-timed 4.60 during at one of the Nike/SPARQ Combines the summer before his SR year in high school (Rivals verified on their website). I would say it's a safe bet that he had gotten faster and more explosive during his tenure at KU. Time will tell though, he has the skillset to succeed. Dwayne Bowe is doing it now and players like former Saints WR Eric Martin were doing it in years past. Like you, I'm excited to see how he is evaluated by NFL personnel. I do think practicing against Aqib Talib for 3 years certainly helped his cause.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Babylon View Post
                    Sharp should try to play corner and i'm serious on that.
                    He has tight hips.

                    Briscoe has the size and ability to be a quality possesion receiver.
                    I agree.

                    Meier reminds me of Kevin Walter of the Texans.
                    Not a bad comparison actually though Walter is quicker.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JhawkFitness View Post
                      I do think practicing against Aqib Talib for 3 years certainly helped his cause.
                      He was playing QB back in the Talib days with the exception of maybe one year. He has some nice WR skills, but it's very possible to be a good player & athlete and not be a good NFL prospect. The NFL's for the best, so it's all about how Meier separates himself from other receivers in this class. There are a bunch of big, pretty athletic guys that can catch the ball, and have done it for 3 or 4 years, but what separates Kerry from them?

                      I think he'll find a nice spot in the draft, but I want to see him stacked against the players at his position. I'm not sure what he does to really separate himself yet. I'll have a magnifying lens on him when tracking his Senior All-Star game (likely to be the Shrine Game.)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by nhlkdog411 View Post
                        Sharp to Danny Woodhead? Sharp is a lean, blazing speed back where as woodhead was a 5'6'' bowling ball with quickness and change of direction...
                        Wrong. Woodhead ran a 4.3 at his Pro Day. Thats pure speed.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ALP1987 View Post
                          Wrong. Woodhead ran a 4.3 at his Pro Day. Thats pure speed.
                          I don't know if he did or not but trust me, Woodhead is not that fast. And by the way, you should never trust any numbers from a Pro Day.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Hurricanes25 View Post
                            I don't know if he did or not but trust me, Woodhead is not that fast. And by the way, you should never trust any numbers from a Pro Day.
                            Between 4.33 and 4.38 at Nebraska's Pro Day. He doesn't play that fast, and nhlkdog was right to say he used short-area quickness and change of direction skills. Certainly not slow, but he's not near as fast Jeremy Maclin, Percy Harvin, or Ted Ginn Jr, who all timed slower than he did. Timed speed =/= Game speed, and game speed > timed speed.

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                            • #15
                              * Kerry Meier; WR, 6'3/220#.

                              5th-7th Round Pick. Amazing Hands, Underestimated Athleticism.


                              * Maxwell Onyebule; DE, 6'5"/258#.

                              6th-7th Round Pick.

                              * Todd Reesing; QB, 5'11/185#

                              5th-UDFA. Love him as a QB. Has good speed for a QB but could be looked at as being too small to play QB at the next Level. Could get the Julian Edelman treatment and be moved to slot WR.



                              * Jake Sharp; RB, 5'11/190#.

                              6th-UDFA. Amazing Speed 4.3-4.42(before his latest injury), good vision, Smallish with an injury history. Im betting UDFA.

                              * Darrell Stuckey, SS, 6'1/205#.

                              4th-7th

                              * Justin Thornton, FS, 6'1/212#.

                              6th-UDFA.

                              * Dezmon Briscoe, WR, 6'3/205#

                              1st-2nd Round. Very good size, Good Hands and Speed.
                              Last edited by ALP1987; 11-30-2009, 06:07 PM.

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