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  • 6 Prospects Who Are Underrated As Of 1/11/2011

    In no real order:

    1) Phil Taylor - NT - Baylor

    Taylor is a legit anchor at NT for any 3-4 defense. Players with his size are often overvalued, but at 6'4.5 340lbs, Taylor is quite the talent. He does have some character concerns (he was booted from Penn State for numerous run ins), but he is going to go higher than most people think. If this class wasn't so deep on the DL I think he would have a shot at the top 20. Assuming he handles himself reasonably well in interviews - I think he has an outside shot at the tail end of the first round and if not one of the 3-4 teams picking early in round 2 will steal him. Denver is atrocious up the middle and makes a lot of sense.

    2) Corey Liuget - DT - Illinois

    I can't help but laugh at the people who believe this guy is a mid-late 2nd or 3rd round pick. Just no. Athletes like this at the DT position are extremely rare. I've been quoted as saying this many times, but this is a kid who was returning kickoffs in high school at 270 lbs to put his athleticism in perspective. Do not scuff at the fact he went to Illinois. He had offers from everywhere and chose Illinois over Miami & LSU, due to his mother wanting him out of the Miami area. Liuget is scheme diverse and could be an impact DT in a 4-3 or as a DE in a 3-4. He had a rough sophomore season due to injuries, but got back into complete shape this season and he has some dominating tape out there. Scouts will love him - while draftniks will be luke warm on him. He is without a doubt a first rounder and is going to go much higher than people assume. Reminiscent of Tyson Alualu of last year. KC in the early 20s or probably higher.

    3) Marcus Gilbert - OT - Florida

    There is an OT like this every year. Prototype size, athleticism, fits at LT, RT, or inside at guard, but doesn't have much hype surrounding them. I believe Gilbert is a plug-n-play from day one for the team that drafts him. Gilbert has played against top flight competition for two seasons @ Florida. Pouncey continues to get hyped, because of his brother, but Gilbert is the best player in this draft on that Florida offensive line. I think he is the Rodger Saffold of this draft. He will continue to be overlooked and won't go in the first round, but wherever he lands in the 2nd round will become an instant starter.

    4) Ras-I Dowling - CB - Virginia

    I really liked Dowling last year and thought there was a good chance he would come out and be a 2nd rounder. He decided to come back which you can't really knock, but unfortunately, had an injury plagued season. Dowling was a first round pick to start the season and I still think he goes in the first round this year. The CB/S class is weak after the trio of Peterson/Prince/Smith go off the board. Jimmy Smith out of Colorado is another guy I am surprised is not getting the hype he deserves. Jenkins deciding to return to Florida also just improved his stock. Anyways, Dowling is a great tackler from the CB spot which is becoming more and more valued around the league. He reminds me a bit of a bigger Brandon Flowers. I think he goes in the first round assuming he runs decently and is healthy. Baltimore at the tail end of the first makes a ton of sense to me.

    5) Justin Houston - OLB - Georgia

    I just noticed today that he had officially declared and was pretty psyched. This guy is an absolute STUD and is going to be a terror for any 3-4 at OLB. Next years LBing core is ridiculous stacked with Burfict (who I am in love with -- save that for another day), Teo, etc. so it makes sense he is coming out when there is not a lot of great DE/OLB prospects in this pool. I feel Von Miller will be badly overdrafted for this reason. Houston comes from a big name school and has big time production. He is a great prospect. It would not surprise me at all to see him go in the first round. A good fit for him may be in Houston early in round 2 now that they are switching to the 3-4. I am still surprised by the lack of buzz around his name. I assume that will change pretty quickly.

    6) Tyron Smith - OT - USC

    This guy is a unicorn, man. He is the Vernon Davis of OT prospects. Or if you really want to be ruthless - the 2011 version of Tony Mandarich. I still can't get over the fact people are sleeping on this kid. He is a legit LT prospect with his size and feet. His athleticism is pretty much unmatched. I see many people are hammering him about the lack of weight. It's a legit concern right now, but keep in mind he is an extremely young prospect. His birth certificate says 12/12/1990. He is going to add weight over the next few months and will be able to stick at left tackle in the NFL. I remember a few years ago, many were knocking D'Brick for his lack of weight and he silenced them by adding weight and now of course is a pro bowl LT. I am not saying Smith is as good of a prospect as Brick, but if you consider the value of where you will be able to land him, he's one of the best bangs for your buck in the first round. Indy in round 1 seems like the absolute lowest he could go -- maybe Chicago if they are lucky who could start him day one.

    Other guys I also really like who will go higher than most think:

    Jerrel Jernigan - WR - Troy
    Ryan Williams - RB - V-Tech
    Aaron Williams - CB - Texas
    Jabaal Sheard - DE/OLB - Pittsburgh
    Ahmad Black - DB - Florida
    Jarvis Jenkins - DT - Clemson
    Ben Ijalana - OG - Nova
    Nate Irving - LB - NC State
    Dontay Moch - LB - Nevada

    among others..
    Last edited by BUSTKUNTLAWL; 01-11-2011, 09:53 PM.

  • #2
    Jerrel Jernigan will probably end up being the most impactfull rookie from the 2nd round. Teams need a guy who can do it all and he will make a impact early. Atlanta is his best landing spot IMO


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    • #3
      I think Jernigan could end up with the Jets at the end of round one. I like the Atlanta fit.

      Oh, and people are going to hammer me for this one, but I think Robert Sands / S / West Virginia has a real good shot at going in the first round.

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      • #4
        Jeff Maehl impressed me last night. I haven't seen much of him though, but everytime I do I hear he's "sneaky fast"

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        • #5
          A lot of people on here are going to disagree about Dowling but I like him.

          Originally Posted by JoeJoeBrown
          The most important thing, however, is how strong their swagger factors are.
          Newton
          South of the Mason Dixon +10 swagger
          Barely literate +5 swagger
          Thief +15 swagger
          Kicked off of a team of thugs +20 swagger
          Big, average speed -3 swagger
          Hasn't done jacksquat on the field +15 swagger
          Total Swagger: 62
          ATL College Park Zone 3* +20 swagger Bonus pts

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          • #6
            One guy who keeps impressing me is Jimmy Smith. Every time I see him I like him more and more as a prospect. Great size, plays the ball, and simply shuts receivers down. I might sound crazy, but he reminds me of Nnamdi Asomugha at times. Don't know if people will agree with me, but I think he'll go higher than expected come Draft Day, somewhere around early-mid 20's.

            I compiled the stats from these three different clips, and they are pretty darn good:

            14 Times Targeted
            2 Completions Allowed
            14 Yards Given Up
            0 TDs Allowed
            1 Interception
            2 TDs stopped






            Props to clover_jeez!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Mr. Goosemahn View Post
              One guy who keeps impressing me is Jimmy Smith.

              Every time I see him I like him more and more as a prospect.

              Great size, plays the ball, and simply shuts receivers down.

              I might sound crazy, but he reminds me of Nnamdi Asomugha at times.

              I compiled the stats from these three different clips, and they are pretty good:

              14 Times Targeted
              2 Completions Allowed
              14 Yards Given Up
              0 TDs Allowed
              1 Interception
              2 TDs stopped





              He will go to the Lions in the first round or Jacksonville at 16.

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              • #8
                My fav that should be in the Top 6 is Tyrod Taylor he is my fav prospect this year.

                Originally Posted by JoeJoeBrown
                The most important thing, however, is how strong their swagger factors are.
                Newton
                South of the Mason Dixon +10 swagger
                Barely literate +5 swagger
                Thief +15 swagger
                Kicked off of a team of thugs +20 swagger
                Big, average speed -3 swagger
                Hasn't done jacksquat on the field +15 swagger
                Total Swagger: 62
                ATL College Park Zone 3* +20 swagger Bonus pts

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                • #9
                  I love me some Jimmy Smith, I don't think the dude is being underrated though. He's a 1st-2nd round guy.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by shylo3716 View Post
                    My fav that should be in the Top 6 is Tyrod Taylor he is my fav prospect this year.
                    Not a huge fan, I don't see him being a successful Quarterback at the next level.

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                    • #11
                      Andy Dalton is severely underrated. He's the best QB in this class.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by BUSTKUNTLAWL View Post
                        I think Jernigan could end up with the Jets at the end of round one. I like the Atlanta fit.

                        Oh, and people are going to hammer me for this one, but I think Robert Sands / S / West Virginia has a real good shot at going in the first round.
                        Why Jernigan to the Jets specifically?

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                        • #13
                          One underrated guy from each position:

                          RB - Kendall Hunter

                          WR - Edmund Gates

                          TE - Lance Kendricks

                          OL - Clint Boling

                          DL - JJ Watt

                          LB - Kenny Wright

                          DB - Korey Lindsey

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by JaxJag_1 View Post
                            Andy Dalton is severely underrated. He's the best QB in this class.
                            hahaha what?



                            Originally posted by 49erNation85
                            I wouldn't be sir prized if he passed McCoy on the depth chart. I think he might have a better arm and accurate arm then him from the highlights I thought. He also got some wheels too help us prepare for QB's as Wilson , RG3 and other runners etc.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by holt_bruce81 View Post
                              Jeff Maehl impressed me last night. I haven't seen much of him though, but everytime I do I hear he's "sneaky fast"
                              And slow when you're watching him.

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