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    1) Quentin Groves, DE/OLB, Auburn ~ 6'3 260lbs 4.51

    An athlete blessed with incredible quickness coming off the edge, dislocated toes did what no other offensive lineman could do in 2007 - stop Quentin Groves. Those who witnessed his performance in the South Florida game last year realize that this is a player that needs to be unleashed on the football field to get maximum production from his tremendous athletic ability.

    Drawing comparisons to Dallas' DeMarcus Ware, Groves will probably shift to outside linebacker in the professional ranks. He received a crash course at that position late in his senior campaign and even earned a start at left outside linebacker in the Tennessee Tech game. With his tall, muscular physique, excellent speed, outstanding change of direction agility and superb body control as a pass rusher, NFL quarterbacks will soon have to contend with one of the most disruptive backfield penetrators in the 2008 NFL Draft.

    Groves is an affable sort, frequently smiling and cracking jokes. But the Auburn defensive end does have one group of guys he just doesn't care for: quarterbacks. "I just really don't have a liking for them," Groves said. "You can't hit them in practice. You have to stay off them. They don't do too much running. "I don't like quarterbacks, period. I don't know why."

    Luckily for him, his primary job for the Tigers the past four seasons has been to harass and hit opposing quarterbacks. And that's something he has done well enough to earn All-American and All-Southeastern Conference honors as he went on to tie Auburn's 22-year-old career record of 26 sacks held by Gerald Robinson.

    At Greenville-Weston High School, Groves earned USA Today All-USA second-team, Prep Star and Super Prep All-Region, Orlando Sentinel Super Southern 100, Clarion Ledger Dandy Dozen and that newspaper's All-State honors as a senior. He was also rated the third-best defensive end in the country by Prep Football Report and

    Groves started all four seasons with the varsity and finished his senior season with 86 tackles, 22 sacks and three fumble recoveries. He also played tight end and caught three passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns. As a junior, he posted 89 tackles, 15 sacks, one interception and forced seven fumbles. He also lettered in basketball, competed in the discus and long jump in track and was a member of the power lifting team.

    Groves enrolled at Auburn in 2003, seeing brief action in the season opener vs. Southern California and vs. Western Kentucky before he was redshirted. He finished that year with three tackles (2 assists). The following season, Groves earned Freshman All-American honors from The Sporting News, and the Football Writers Association.

    Despite sharing left defensive end duties with Doug Langenfeld and Stanley McClover, Groves led the team with 7.5 sacks and 10 stops for losses as a reserve left defensive end. He posted 23 tackles (19 solos) in 13 games, adding four quarterback pressures and two forced fumbles. What made those figures even more impressive was the fact that he was nursing a right high ankle sprain that he suffered in fall camp. His performance earned him team Most Improved Defensive Lineman honors.

    In 2005, Groves started three of 12 games at right defensive end, picking up third-team All-Southeastern Conference accolades. He registered 21 tackles (8 solos), ranking third on the team with six sacks and fourth with eight stops behind the line of scrimmage. He also caused a fumble, deflected a pass and returned a kickoff 13 yards.

    The 2006 off-season was one that Groves would just as soon forget. He was placed on probation after he was in a car accident with no auto insurance and a suspended license. He was also arrested after police responded to a domestic dispute call. Back on the football field, he started all 13 games at right defensive end, picking up All-American third-team and All-SEC first-team honors.

    As a junior, Groves led the Tigers with 9.5 sacks and ranked second on the squad with 11 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He totaled 35 tackles (24 solos) with seven quarterback pressures and also caused three fumbles.

    Groves, who is married and has already graduated, opted to return for his senior season after being projected as a likely middle-round pick in the NFL Draft. The chance to move up in the draft and land a big contract had plenty to do with the decision. There were other motivations, too. "It was a money thing, and I wanted to win a championship with my teammates," Groves said. "I felt like if I came back here, we had a good chance to go to Atlanta and compete for an SEC title."

    Named to Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award and Hendricks Award preseason watch lists, Groves was having a banner 2007 campaign until he suffered dislocated toes on his right foot in the season's fifth game vs. Florida. The injury cost him two games of action and when he returned, he was used mostly in a reserve role before starting at left outside linebacker vs. Tennessee Tech after playing left defensive end in the Tigers' first five contests. He also closed out his career by starting vs. Clemson in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl at left end.

    In 11 games in 2007, Groves registered 38 tackles (23 solos). He had three sacks, seven stops for losses and led the Southeastern Conference with a career-high 23 quarterback pressures. He also caused a pair of fumbles, including one that a teammate returned for a touchdown.

    In 51 games at Auburn, Groves started 23 contests (16 at right end, six at left end and one at left outside linebacker). He registered 120 tackles (75 solos), tied the school career-record with 26 sacks for minus-169 yards and had 36 stops for losses of 194 yards. He was credited with 38 quarterback pressures, caused eight fumbles and deflected one pass.

    Positives: Has a lean, yet athletic frame with a V-shaped torso, tight abdomen, good muscle tone, thick thighs and calves and a very long arm reach to keep blockers off his body or extend for the thrown ball outside his frame...Relentless pass rusher who compensates for a lack of size and bulk with tremendous suddenness coming off the snap...Shows the lateral range and change of direction agility needed to quickly adapt to playing linebacker at the next level...Closes with a sharp burst and has good angle concept slashing into the backfield through inside gaps...Shows very good balance and body control on the pass rush and shows proper knee bend to consistently turn the corner...Has outstanding foot quickness and stays low in his pads to easily avoid the slower blockers...Shows good alertness on the field, diagnosing the play quickly, showing urgency closing on the ball...Shows very good flexibility moving down the line and likes to get involved in downfield action...Plays with leverage, doing a very good job of extending his long arms...Plays with nice effort and toughness (will wear down later in games due to constantly battling with blockers much bigger than him at the X's and is better served playing off the line)...Self-starter who is a hard worker in the training room and has become a respected and vocal leader in the locker room...Shows outstanding suddenness and acceleration off the snap and to shoot gaps and disrupt the backfield...Displays good field awareness to diagnose plays and quickly track the ball...With his explosive take-off quickness, he has had good success beating offensive tackles upfield, as he is quick to turn over and reach his top speed...When he stays low in his pads and explodes off the snap, he surprises the blocker time after time...Has good ball location instincts and is quick to diagnose the plays, playing with high energy to close on the ball...Has the flexibility to play with leverage and even though he struggles at the point to split double teams, he is best when tracking the ball on the move...When a blocker tries to reach him, he can generate a strong hand punch and is quick to reset and separate from blockers (needs to keep his man's mitts off his jersey, though)...Has the lateral range to slide and avoid in-line trouble (struggles to take on and shed, however)...Needs to be more consistent using his lateral moves, but he is able to get down the line of scrimmage and close suddenly from the back side...Moves well to contain the toss sweep and is very quick to counter and change direction...Explosive wrap-up tackler who delivers pop on contact, doing a nice job of attacking the runner's outside leg to impede the ballcarrier's forward progress...Fun to watch making tackles in the open field, as he willingly hurls his body at the opponent...Has the athletic agility to adjust and finish on his own in space...Consistently turns the corner, flashing the burst and explosiveness needed to close on the quarterback...His knee bend flexibility lets him make the turn, redirect and dip back under when he slips past the offensive tackle...Has the ability to consistently pressure the pocket and uses his hands well to gain position...Even though he can be controlled by offensive linemen when he's reached, he is active with his hands, showing an explosive pop to separate and shed...Has a very impressive wing span and uses it well to yank smaller blockers and ball carriers to the ground...Active with his hands, especially when trying to rip and pull...Has the short area balance to turn the corner and chase down the play on the move...With his great forward burst, he closes in a flash, wrapping and exploding into the quarterback.

    Negatives: Has very good muscle tone, but is a bit thin-looking across the chest...Does not have the strength needed to battle constantly with an offensive lineman at the X's, but compensates with good hand usage and a sudden burst to escape block pressure...Has had three minor off-field issues that need further clarification...Plays with a high motor, but will sometimes throttle down when not involved in the play (intensity can wane)...Very slippery getting into the backfield, but can be neutralized by the linemen once they get their hands on him (lacks size and bulk to over-power bigger people)...Very inefficient when trying to split double teams, as he will generally get washed out vs. combo blocks...Best making plays on the move, as his anchor is not strong to maintain at the point of attack...Has a punishing hand jolt to shock a blocker, but needs to use it with more consistency...Gets a bit reckless in his pursuit, and while he has great timed speed he will gather some when trying to redirect (needs to be more selective in choosing his spots moving up field)...Relies a lot on his suddenness to pressure the pocket and while he takes good angles to the ball and has a nifty spin move, he could use some more moves in his charge into the backfield...Has the loose hips and smooth backpedal, along with the speed to mirror the receiver through the route, but can be fooled by pump fakes and play action (still developing a linebacker's mentality and must be more alert to the ball in flight)...Played linebacker vs. Tennessee Tech, Georgia and Alabama at the end of 2007 season, but struggled with the new rush and pass concepts (needs to convince scouts he can adapt to his new role as a hybrid OLB/DE).

    Compares To: DeMARCUS WARE-Dallas...Much like the Chargers' Shawne Merriman and Ware, Groves has that explosive quickness and outstanding suddenness to wreak havoc in the backfield. He is a perfect fit for a hybrid outside linebacker/rush end position in a
    3-4 defensive scheme and like Merriman and Ware, he could thrive if allowed to play in a stand-up position. He was having a banner senior campaign before dislocating several toes, but with his balance and body control, along with lateral movement, he should have no problems adjusting to playing off the line. With so much emphasis on pressuring the pocket and getting to the quarterback in the NFL, there is no other player in this draft that can match Groves' pass rushing ability.

    2) Kendall Langford, DE, Hampton ~ 6'5 287lbs 4.95

    The reason the Pirates have been successful in recent years has been the play of their defensive, led by the unheralded Kendall Langford. During his freshman year, Hampton ranked 58th in the nation in total defense (251.17 yards per game), but improved to sixth nationally in 2005 (270.92 ypg) and 15th in the Division 1-AA ranks in '06 (271.5 ypg).

    Langford led Hampton in both sacks and tackles for losses as a sophomore and junior, when Hampton had success stopping the run. His dominance against the ground game stands out in his performances. In 234 running plays going directly at Langford during his career, the opposition managed only 63 yards, an average of 0.27 yards per attempt. In 47 games with the Pirates, the opposing team has produced just seven first-down runs on plays directed at Langford.

    At Petersburg High School, Langford earned first-team All-District and second-team All-Metro and All-Region honors as a senior. He also added All-District first-team accolades during his junior campaign, competing as a defensive lineman.

    Because of Hampton's lofty academic reputation, Langford decided to enroll at the university in 2004. Lining up at right defensive tackle as a true freshman, he earned Freshman All-American honors from the Gridiron Report. He appeared in all 12 games, forcing his way into the starting lineup for three of the team's final four contests.

    That year, he made 44 tackles (15 solo), as he finished second on the squad with 4 1/2 sacks and 11 1/2 stops for losses. He was credited with seven quarterback pressures, a pass deflection and a blocked kick. He recovered a fumble that he returned 30 yards for a touchdown and also caused two fumbles.

    Langford shifted to left defensive end as a sophomore, garnering All-Mid Eastern Athletic Conference first-team honors. He started every game for a squad that ranked second in the nation in scoring defense, allowing only 14 points per game. He totaled 65 tackles (31 solo) and led the team with 15 1/2 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He posted 4 1/2 sacks, 12 pressures and three forced fumbles. He batted away two passes and blocked a pair of kicks.

    As a junior, Langford again earned All-MEAC first-team honors, in addition to being named an All-American by The NFL Draft Report and the Sheridan Broadcasting Network. He moved to right defensive end in the team's new 3-4 alignment, finishing third on the team with 55 tackles (32 solo). He led a defense that ranked sixth nationally in scoring defense (14.5 points per game allowed), pacing the Pirates with eight sacks and 15 1/2 stops for losses. He was credited with eight pressures and two forced fumbles while blocking a kick and deflecting one pass.

    In 2007, offenses made it a point to steer clear of Langford. Still, he managed to lead the team with a career-high 72 tackles (32 solo), ranking second on the squad with six sacks, 13 1/2 stops behind the line of scrimmage and 12 pressures in 11 games. He caused two fumbles, batted away a pass and returned an interception for a touchdown. He also blocked a field goal.

    In 47 games at Hampton, Langford started 38 contests, including 35 as a defensive end. He recorded 236 tackles (110 solo) with 23 1/2 sacks for minus-175 yards, 56 1/2 stops for losses of 266 yards and 39 quarterback pressures. He caused nine fumbles and recovered another for a 30-yard touchdown return. He also deflected five passes, returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown and was in on five of the 33 blocked kicks that Hampton produced during his four years with the team.

    Positives: Has a big build, with wide waist and hips, broad shoulders, thick calves and thighs...Has the valid speed to play off the edge, but also shows the lower-body power to anchor and split double teams when lined up at defensive tackle...Smooth open-field runner with good body control and balance on the move...Quick to redirect in-line and has the running stride to chase down running backs in the second level...As a rush end, he keeps his pad level down to make plays working down the line...Plays until the whistle and gives solid effort throughout every play...When he gets that "fire in his belly," he can completely dominate a game (see 2007 Morgan State, Delaware State, Norfolk State and Florida A&M contests and 2006 Howard, Morgan State, Norfolk State, Bethune-Cookman and New Hampshire games)...Has the initial step and reach to get into the blocker's chest to stack and control...Has enough functional strength to control his side of the football in one-on-one situations, as he can hold ground at the point of attack and clog rush lanes...Plays with good leverage and, when he recovers off the initial block, he has the loose hips to redirect and work his way down the line...When he sets with a heavy anchor, he can control his man due to his ability to bend his knees and play with leverage...When he keeps his hands inside his frame, he is much more effective in attempts to recoil and reset quickly...His best hand move is his swim move to slip past blocks on the pass rush...When he shoots his hands with force, he will generally shock his opponent...For a player of his size, he does a very nice job of clearing his feet on the move...Gets through trash well due to his low pad level and is relentless chasing down ballcarriers inside the box...Has the loose hips to move from sideline to sideline and can make plays in long pursuit (see 2007 Morgan State, Delaware State and Norfolk State and 2006 Delaware State and Bethune-Cookman games)...Possesses good body control when changing direction, and is effective chasing from the backside... Has improved using his long reach to secure and drag down the opponent...Generates good lower-body power behind his hits and has made steady improvement keeping his feet to drive the lead blocker back through the rush lane...Because of his run-stuffing skills, Langford could shift to defensive tackle in a 4-3 alignment to take advantage of one of his better skills... Has short-area pursuit speed to give chase down the line and with his change-of-direction agility and field vision, he is quick to redirect and neutralize the cutback lanes...Developed a fluid spin move to clear the line of scrimmage and can generate pressure from the backside (see 2007 Howard, Delaware State and Norfolk State and 2006 Delaware State, Norfolk State and Bethune-Cookman games)...More of a bull rusher who might be better served as a tackle, as he does a good job of working on the offensive guard's edge...Has change-of-direction agility, combined with his knowledge of taking proper angles to generate good production pressuring the pocket...Uses his reach in attempts to dislodge the ball from the ballcarrier...His forward body lean and hip swerve let him deliver the spin move to slip off blockers and he shows good agility and balance in pursuit...Can penetrate the gaps and mash the pocket on a consistent basis.

    Negatives: Lacks explosiveness off the snap, but uses his strength well to get through traffic, showing proper hand extension to keep blockers off his feet...Has the lower-body strength in his anchor vs. double teams, but he must show better faith in his hand placement to keep blockers off his body...Earlier in his career, he needed hard coaching, as he was not fond of the training room, but has matured over the years and takes pride in his captaincy...Has smaller-than-ideal hand size (eight inches), leading to problems in attempts to grab on to his opponent's jersey (has a tendency of not locking on when placing his hands on the blockers chest, giving up body surface coming off the snap)...Showed marked improvement in taking proper angles when shooting the inside gaps, but used to take a wide loop to compensate for a lack of explosion...Good at using his size to close down the backside, but is still developing a better feel for play action, as he will bite on them at times...Slow to shed when he fails to keep his hands active, but shows good urgency to close when he locates the ball, especially when he gets free from his initial blocker.

    Compares To: TY WARREN-New England...Some scouts say Langford is more like Richard Seymour, but he is more than likely to play outside in a 3-4 alignment than to line up at under tackle. Langford is a dominant run stuffer who still needs to develop more pass-rush moves, but he has the size to clog rush lanes. He must develop better hand punch to help him combat isolated blocks and lacks ideal explosion to be much of an edge rusher, but like Warren, his ability to play a variety of roles and positions up front will help him earn a spot in a team's defensive rotation.

    3) Jordy Nelson, WR, Kansas State ~ 6'2 218lbs 4.48

    From a former walk-on struggling to get on the field at strong safety to one of the premier receivers in the collegiate ranks, Nelson has come a long way since his days at Riley County High School. His banner senior campaign saw him shatter school and Big 12 Conference reception records, as he was weekly highlight film who caught at least 10 passes in six contests during 2007.

    For his stellar performances, Nelson became just the ninth player in school history to be named a consensus All-American in his final year, becoming the first KSU player to accomplish that feat since Terence Newman in 2002. He will leave Kansas State holding 11 different receiving records.

    Nelson lettered three times as a quarterback and defensive back at Riley County High School. He was named first-team Class 3A All-State at quarterback by the Topeka Capital-Journal and was a second-team All-State selection for all divisions at quarterback and defensive back. He was chosen Flint Hills Player of the Year by the Manhattan Mercury and was a two-time All-Mid-East League first-team pick. He also played in the 2003 Kansas Shrine Bowl.

    As a senior, Nelson connected on 62 percent of his passes for 1,029 yards and eight touchdowns. He rushed for 1,572 yards (9.8 avg) and scored 25 times on the ground that year. In his junior campaign, he passed for 1,045 yards and rushed for 730 yards and 16 touchdowns.

    Nelson also lettered and started in basketball and track. He averaged 17.2 points on 58 percent shooting as a senior and set school career records for blocks (161), steals (225) and assists (325). He was named first-team All-State and the Manhattan Mercury's Flint Hills Player of the Year. He won the Class 3A track titles in the 100, 200 and 400 meters and long jump at the 2003 state meet, and set division records in the 100 meters (10.63) and 200 meters (21.64).

    Despite his impressive prep career, Nelson walked on at Kansas State in 2003. He competed on the scout team at strong safety over the next two years, but never got on the playing field. With the KSU receiving unit depleted by graduation, Nelson asked to move to that unit in 2005.

    He was a second-team All-Big 12 Conference choice that year, leading the team with 45 receptions for 669 yards (14.9 avg.) and eight touchdowns, adding another score by recovering a blocked punt in the end zone for a score vs. Texas A&M. During the season, he became the first player in school history to catch at least one touchdown in each of his first seven games.

    A nagging left knee posterior cruciate ligament forced Nelson to miss quite a bit of early season practice time in 2006. He started nine of 13 games, managing to lead the squad with 39 catches for 547 yards (14.0 avg.), but just one touchdown. He also got to see some time at quarterback, completing one of two passes for 28 yards.

    The consensus All-American shattered school and Big 12 Conference season records in 2007, hauling in 122 passes for 1,606 yards (13.2 avg.) and 11 touchdowns. He scored twice on five punt returns for 264 yards (52.8 avg.) and registered a school record 140 points. He hit on 2-of-4 passes for 45 yards and a pair of touchdowns, finishing with 1,863 all-purpose yards, an average of 155.25 per game.

    In 36 games at Kansas State, Nelson started 32 contests. He ranks second in school history with 206 receptions for 2,822 yards (13.7 avg.) and is third in KSU annals with 20 touchdown grabs. He returned six punts for 267 yards (44.5 avg.) and three scores, as he also completed 3-of-6 passes for 73 yards and two touchdowns, adding seven tackles (6 solos) on special teams. He finished with 3,080 all-purpose yards, an average off 85.56 per game.

    Positives: While he is not really "muscled up," he has the frame that can carry at least another 15 pounds of bulk without having it affect his overall quickness...Lacks blazing speed, but shows good balance, body control and change of direction agility to compensate...Showed marked improvement for boundaries and sticks as a senior, doing a nice job of keeping his feet in bounds along the sidelines...Competitive type who showed he is capable of handling the ball in pressure situations...Plays with good toughness and the desire to compete on every play...Impressed scouts and coaches by playing the 2006 season with a knee injury that would sideline most...Shows good flexibility extending for the ball in a crowd and has those large, soft hands that lets him catch most of the throws outside his frame...Would not call him sudden, but does have competitive quickness in his routes, showing a better thrust off the line as a senior than he did in the past...Has the functional strength to power through the chuck, having learned how to swim and use his hands to get a clean release (not held up much when he powers through defenders)...Still needs to work on his acceleration out of his cuts, but makes smooth and fluid body turns looking the ball in (needs to improve his hip sink, though)...Because of his deceptive speed and quickness, he has worked hard at dropping his weight and accelerating out of his cuts better than in the past (has improved his double cut ability)...Might not have that second gear to run away, but he can turn a defensive back and sell a route (more of a physical receiver who gets good separation when he pushes off and shoves the defensive back)...Will uncover in time for the quarterback to deliver the ball in the short area, as he is good at adjusting and finding the seams...Natural, soft hands catcher who makes very good over-the-shoulder adjustments and is capable of tracking and catching the ball in his hands (no longer cradles or body catches)...Big target who is productive on impact working over the middle...Shows the ability to screen the defender and has outstanding ball concentration, appearing very confident he can get to most throws in a crowd...Not a good fit for the deep passing game due to his burst issues, but he can catch outside his framework or go low to grab the shoestring throws...Does not have explosion after the catch, but when he squares his shoulders and stays low in his pads, he can break arm tackles...Times his leaps well and with his height and long arm reach, he excels at high pointing most throws...Does a good job of settling underneath and perhaps due to his playing experience at quarterback, he shows the feel for coming back when the pocket is pressured...While he lacks the strength to blow up defenders as a blocker, he will position to pester and stalk...Will not hesitate to sacrifice his body and lay out for the ball.

    Negatives: Has a good-size frame, but needs to add more muscle tone, especially in the upper body...More quick than fast, but must show better explosion coming off the snap, as he lacks a burst...Is still a work in progress recognizing defensive coverage, but made good strides finding the holes in the zone as a senior...Not really a vertical route runner, as he does not always gobble up the cushion and while he will gather to cut, he needs to show better hip sink...Mostly a position/pester type of blocker who will get in the way, but lacks the strength and hand placement to sustain...Better served playing in the slot than on the outside, as he has the frame to shield the ball from defenders and make the tough catch in a crowd, but does not have the timed speed to stretch the field.

    Compares To: KEVIN WALTER-Houston...It took a few years for Walter to find the right system to play in, but if a team is looking for a slot receiver who can be physical over the middle, Nelson has more upside than most. Like Walter and Cleveland's Joe Jurevicius, Nelson is not going to win an Olympic sprint, but he is become a savvy route runner and shows good courage going for the ball in a crowd. While his numbers are the result of being the offense's only quality talent, you still have to be impressed with the progress he has made each year. You just get the feeling that he is on the verge of being a special player.

    4) Eric Young, OG, Tennessee ~ 6'4 310lbs N/A
    One of the most dominant position blockers in college football, Eric Young's senior season come to an early end when he suffered a torn quadriceps muscle in his left leg vs. South Carolina, missing the last six games the Volunteers played in 2007.

    With Young on the sideline, the team's ground attack averaged 130.43 yards rushing, compared to 147.6 yards with the talented left offensive tackle in the lineup. He would close out his career logging 23 starting assignments in 33 contests.

    At Union High School, Young earned All-American honors from Parade, Super Prep and He was rated the nation's sixth-best offensive line prospect by Super Prep and named All-South first-team by He was chosen a first-team offense member on the Fox Sports Net All-South Team and ranked as the nation's third-best offensive line prospect by

    The two-time All-State choice also garnered All-Region, All-Area and MVP Lineman honors as a junior. He also started at left offensive tackle in the 2002 Shrine Bowl at offensive tackle. He registered 33 knockdown blocks as a senior and had 183 during his three-year career. He played in three state championship games, winning two and compiling a 40-5 record in the Class AAA ranks during that span. He also lettered in track, winning the state shot put competition (54'6") as a junior.

    Young enrolled at Tennessee in 2003, spending the season on the scout team as an offensive tackle. He appeared briefly as a reserve on the offensive line in the Louisiana Tech, South Carolina and Texas A&M (Cotton Bowl) contests in 2004. He continued to perform in reserve for seven of the nine games he appeared in during 2005, earning the first two starts for his career in the Louisiana State and Mississippi clashes.

    In 2006, Young started all 13 games at right offensive tackle. He was named to the Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference second-team and was part of a Tennessee line that allowed only 19 quarterback sacks. He posted 90 knockdowns with 10 touchdown-resulting blocks, as the Vols averaged 372.5 yards per game.

    Young was again named All-SEC second-team in 2007, despite missing the squad's final six games. He registered 58 knockdowns with 11 touchdown-resulting blocks and was leading conference offensive linemen with an 86.4% grade for blocking consistency prior to his injury.

    Positives: Has good bone structure and upper-body tone, with thick limbs, big back, wide waist and hips, good bubble and thick thighs and calves...Demonstrates excellent upper-body strength and a punishing hand punch...Lacks ideal size for an offensive tackle, but with drive-blocking skills and ability to get into position, he might be best served as a guard at the next level...Physically dominates in one-on-one situations, as his hand punch will usually shock and jolt the defender...Shows the loose hips and athletic agility to quickly recover and finish blocks, whether vs. the run or pass...Fires off the ball with tremendous explosiveness, possessing the footwork in his kick-slide to retreat and protect the pocket...Classic knee bender who plays with a solid base and is very good at taking angles on pulls into the second level, which could invite a move to guard...Runs with a normal stride and has the loose hips and change-of-direction agility to properly distribute his weight when moving in space...Explodes into defenders on contact and, while he might overextend at times in pass protection, he is quick to regain position...Picks up stunts well and has the intelligence to digest a complicated playbook...Rare to see him fooled by action along the line (only penalized once for a false start as a starter)...One of the hardest workers on the team and a self-starter who will not need to be monitored...Stays low in his pads blocking in-line, doing a nice job of gaining advantage...Can be sudden with his first step...Generates good hip strike and is quick out of his stance to gain position...Creates good movement off the line, thanks to a heavy hand punch and knows how to use his body to dominate when isolated...Will roll his hips well in order to generate pop on contact, as his hip rotation allows him to get a good surge in short-yardage runs (outstanding short-area mauler)...Uses his hand strength to lock on, steer and control...Has good cover-up ability and works hard to finish once he engages his man...Sustains with good flexibility and bend...Shows the raw power and redirection agility to recover when he gets taken out of position...Has very good screen and wall-off ability on run blocks, rolling his hips on contact (rare to see him lose his base working in-line)...Made noticeable improvement before getting hurt as a senior with his ability to take good angles and adjust to second-level defenders than he displayed as a junior...Has the chip-and-land ability to screen and maintain position...Can sink his hips and mirror in pass protection, readjusting much better to in-line movement than in space...Even when he keeps his hands low, he has the strength in his punch to knock the oncoming bull rusher off-balance or to the ground...Has greatly improved his recoil and recovery quickness when delivering a short punch...When he keeps his hands inside the framework of the defensive lineman, he generates good lock-out ability on his blocks...Shuffles his feet well and does a nice job of recovering vs. quick in-line moves.

    Negatives: Lacks the size you look for in a tackle and will have to move inside...Does not have the long arm reach to handle speedy edge rushers at the next level...Had several leg injuries (ankle sprain, torn left quad) and might need further medical evaluation...More of a quiet, reserved type, but has no character issues...Can get a bit top heavy trying to sustain blocks, overextending and falling off his base vs. move-oriented edge rushers and blitzers...Not used often on pulls and traps to be fully evaluated in that area, but seems to have the quickness to get out in front...Much more dominant as an in-line blocker, as he will lose some balance when trying to get out and attack targets at the second level (needs to take better angles)...Has a strong hand punch, but will drop them too low at times, causing him to be late in attempts to battle counter moves.

    Compares To: RUBEN BROWN-Chicago...Both players are known for a punishing hand jolt and ability to use their strength to explode into blocks. Young likes to bury in-line defenders and is a dominating drive blocker with excellent consistency to finish. Even when he gets caught out of position, he has the loose hips to recover. He lacks the long reach and size to play tackle at the next level and has not really been used much to pull, but he has the quickness and ability to take good angles working into the second level. He might carry his hands too low at times, but he is quick to get them into the defender and once he hits his man, the defender is usually out of the play. He needs to show in pre-draft workouts that he is making progress from his torn quad and that he still has the quickness to fire off the snap. A team is looking for a physical road grader, will have Young's number on draft day.

    5) Orlando Scandrick, CB, Boise State ~ 5'10 192lbs 4.32
    Intriguing prospect who stepped onto the field and proved an immediate standout for the Broncos, starting all but one of his 39 career games. Scandrick has reportedly been timed in the 4.3s by the Boise State coaching staff, and flashed the ability to be a standout cover corner in the past. He played with more consistency in 2007, showing more toughness as a run defender and a knack for blocking kicks (four in 2007). Some were surprised when little-known Boise State defensive back Gerald Alexander was selected in the second round last April. Scandrick isn't expected to make the draft's first day, but the middle rounds are possible if he works out well at the Combine.

    Positives: Tight-skinned athlete with good overall definition. ... Good size for the position. ... Good use of hands and positioning to subtly re-route the receiver throughout the play. ... Good football speed. ... Reportedly was timed by Boise State coaches in the 4.3s. ... Isn't just a straight-line speed guy; has hip flexibility to turn and run with receivers. ... Better in run support as a senior, showing more willingness to come up and make the tackle than in the past. ... Developed into a formidable special teams star, blocking four kicks in 2007.

    Negatives: Struggled with consistency his first two seasons as the starter. ... Flashed the quickness and speed to be effective in coverage, but too often was beaten by lesser athletes. ... Seemed to lose focus at times. ... Clearly the most talented defensive back in a Boise State defensive backfield ravaged with injuries and inexperience, meaning he wasn't targeted often. ... Has never earned first- or second-team conference honors despite starting three seasons.

    6) Eric Foster, DE/DT/ST, Rutgers ~ 6'2 277lbs N/A
    Foster was one of the standout players on the storybook 2006 Rutgers squad. An All-American as a junior, he managed 51 tackles, 14 for loss, six sacks and eight quarterback hurries. And he outdid those numbers in 2007 with 64 tackles, 15 for loss, seven sacks and 15 hurries. A lot of scouts will focus on what Foster doesn't have in various areas, but some team will like him because he keeps popping out on film as a playmaker.

    Positives: Very high motor. ... Will chase and hustle down the line or downfield, and takes good angles to get to the ball. ... Relentless pass rusher with nice closing speed and multiple moves. ... Keeps his eyes in the backfield and reacts quickly. ... Does not get beat by misdirection. ... The former linebacker almost still looks like one in space, changing directions well to attack ballcarriers in space.

    Negatives: His size is a stumbling block for some teams, who don't want a 6-foot-1 end or a 275-pound tackle. ... A true one-gap penetrator, but he doesn't have elite quickness off the snap. ... Lacks the bulk to hold up inside as anything but a third-down pass rush specialist. ... May struggle to be as successful pressuring the quarterback against bigger, quicker NFL offensive tackles who can use their superior length to keep him at bay.


    **Paul Smith, QB, Tulsa ~ 6'1 208lbs
    Conference USA's Player of the Year, Smith may lack the prototypical NFL size, but he rates well in many of the other categories scouts are looking for. Smith's short- to medium-range passes have the required zip to be effective against NFL defenses and he plays with a combination of athleticism and instincts to surprise at the next level.

    Positives: Natural playmaker. ... Coach's son and plays with the instincts to prove it. ... Better player than his skill set would lead you to believe. ... Quick in his drop back, set-up and delivery. ... Possesses good zip on his underneath routes. ... Poised even when pressured. ... Elusive in the pocket and keeps his eyes downfield. ... Understands the offense and will check down to secondary receivers if his first option is covered. ... Effective pooch punter who placed 10 of his 15 punts inside the 20 (against only two touchbacks) in '07.

    Negatives: Perfectly suited to Tulsa's offense and his statistics are greatly inflated. ... Short and slight frame. ... Not impressive physically. ... Lacks the preferred arm strength. ... Extends his wind-up for longer throws and can float deep passes. ... Marginal level of competition.

    **Jehuu Caulcrick, RB, Michigan State ~ 6'1 255lbs

    Jehuu Caulcrick is a throwback to the days of big, physical, short-yardage fullbacks got the chance to carry the ball. With the arrival of the new coaching staff under Mark Dantonio, the talented runner punished defensive lines to find the end zone 21 times during his senior year and 39 scoring runs for his career, the second-best all-time total in Michigan State history.

    With his 2007 performance, Caulcrick became the first Michigan State non-kicker to lead the Big Ten Conference in scoring (MSU season-record 126 points) since running back Sedrick Irvin topped all players with 108 points in 1996. His 240 points for his career rank seventh on the Spartans' all-time record chart while his 2,395 yards on the ground rank ninth.

    Was born in Liberia, a country that was immersed in its first civil war from 1989 to '96; a second civil war lasted from 1999 to 2003. His father, Jerome, was working for the government, but because rebel soldiers were trying to overthrow the government, Jerome Caulcrick had to leave his family and go into hiding. Caulcrick said he doesn't recall the last conversation he had with his father. But he remembers reading about his father's assassination in the newspaper. ''That's how we found out,'' he said. ''Everybody was on the run. The war was right there in our backyards, and we were all running for our lives and trying to seek shelter.''

    Caulcrick and his family left Liberia for the United States in 1992. They settled in Findley Lake, New York, and Caulcrick started playing football in eighth grade. ''Where I lived in Liberia, it was similar to America because we spoke English,'' Caulcrick said. ''Coming from a war-torn country, I saw this as a land of opportunity.''

    Caulcrick was a standout athlete at Clymer High School, where he was rated the third-best fullback in the country by The Super Prep All-American ranked among New York's top 15 players by Super Prep (fourth) and was named to Prep Star's All-Eastern Team. A three-time All-State and All-Western New York selection, he was named Player of the Year by The Buffalo News and The Post-Journal.

    Caulcrick was selected Class D Player of the Year by the New York State Sportswriters Association and also presented the Connolly Cup by the Riverside Athletic Club. The Western New York Player of the Year rushed for 2,161 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior. His 2,161 rushing yards mark the fifth-best season total in Western New York history.

    Caulcrick gained 1,670 yards on 205 carries and scored 33 times as a junior. He gained 256 yards and four rushing touchdowns vs. Clyde-Savannah in the 2001 Far West Regionals and became Western New York's all-time rushing leader with 6,559 career yards, as his 100 career rushing touchdowns broke Western New York's scoring record, leading Clymer (N.Y.) High School to four-straight Section VI Class D championships and four-straight appearances in the state final four. He also lettered in track, winning the Class C/D title in the shot put with his throw of 54-8 3/4.

    Caulcrick spent his first season at Michigan State as an inside linebacker on the Spartans' scout team, having turned down scholarship offers to Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Iowa and Maryland. He earned Scout Team Player of the Week honors three times in 2003.

    Caulcrick earned Freshman All-Big Ten Conference honors in 2005 from The Sporting News. In 11 games as a reserve fullback, he amassed 619 yards with five touchdowns on 113 carries (5.5-yard average). He also caught two passes for 27 yards. In 11 games in 2005, including one start vs. Notre Dame, he rushed 89 times for 478 yards (5.4-yard average) and seven touchdowns. He caught five passes for 53 yards.

    A right foot sprain suffered in the first game of the 2006 season vs. Idaho, sidelined him vs. Eastern Michigan. It was re-injured against Northwestern, limiting his carries in the team's final four contests. In 11 games, Caulcrick started six times. He managed 426 yards on 108 attempts (3.9-yard average), scoring six times. He also had 15 receptions for 123 yards (8.2-yard average) and a score, adding an assisted tackle while scoring 42 points.

    Caulcrick earned All-American and All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention as a senior, going on to set a school record with 21 touchdowns on the ground. He started five games at fullback, ranking 11th in the nation in scoring (9.69 points per game). He finished second on the team with 222 carries for 872 yards (3.9-yard average), as he also gained 36 yards on five catches (7.2 avg).

    In 46 games at Michigan State, Caulcrick started only 12 games, but he rushed 532 times for 2,395 yards (4.5 avg) and 39 touchdowns. He amassed 239 yards with a score on 27 receptions (8.9 avg) and recorded a solo tackle, as his 240 points scored rank seventh in school annals.

    Positives: Has a thick chest with broad shoulders and good muscle definition in his arms, with adequate upper-body strength...Has thick thighs and his speed is affected when he plays at more than 255 pounds...Hard worker in the weight room, but does need to be monitored for weight gain in the offseason...Patient runner who follows his blocks well and, while he takes unnecessary hits when he stays too tall in his pads, he has good forward body lean to pick up additional yardage after contact...Does not have blazing speed, but comes out of his stance and into the rush lane with good urgency...More of a straight-line runner, but when he keeps his shoulders square, he has the upper-body power to break arm tackles...Runs hard behind his pads and does a nice job of keeping and protecting his feet on the move, sidestepping and avoiding low tackles...Has good balance running up the middle and can put his foot in the ground to make his one cut...Plays until the whistle and while limited as a receiver, he does extend well to catch outside his frame...Has enough power to drive through an isolated tackler and showed improved creativity on the move as a senior (dropped over 15 pounds, giving him better cutback agility)...Not the bruising back his size indicates, but compensates with good balance and a combative nature (won't go down easily)...Lacks the burst to impact as an outside runner, but he can get past second-level defenders when he takes proper angles...Good at settling in the zone's soft spots...More of a slasher than a make-you-miss type of runner, but will lower his shoulder well to drive through (gets pushed back when he gets too tall in his running stride)...Has enough agility to shake off the linebackers in coverage (on screens and dump-offs only)...Runs hard and tries to squeeze through tight areas, keeping his feet churning while fighting for extra yards.

    Negatives: Lacks the ideal pad level, balance and burst you look for in a tailback and has marginal blocking skills, an aspect needed to play fullback at the next level...Has poor lower-body strength and, while he is a capable short-yardage runner, he has to sink his weight and square his shoulders better to compensate for his adequate lower-body power when attempting to push the pile...Needs to be monitored in the offseason, as he tends to put on unnecessary bulk and then struggles in camp to shed (shows much better balance at 255)...Lacks ideal instincts and field awareness, as he tends to run to spots and then battles with the defender to break free...Has marginal explosion coming out of his stance and is too stiff in his hips to dance around or generate hip wiggle in attempts to elude or find the cutback lane...Has adequate running skills, but needs more than a few reps to retain plays and will struggle to digest a complicated playbook...Makes no effort whatsoever to block, especially when working in-line and struggles to keep his pad level good in rare attempts to widen the rush lanes as a lead blocker...Strictly a short-yardage runner, as he has poor change-of-direction agility and shows no second gear to win foot races in the open...Marginal route runner who takes too many soft-angle cuts and lacks good route progression (drifts too often)...Must do a better job of protecting the ball and distributing it away from defenders, as he is fumble-prone.

    Compares To: RON DAYNE-Houston...Built more like a fullback, Caulcrick's lack of technique and desire makes him a liability as a blocker, eliminating the ability to use him at that position on a full-time basis. He is an efficient short-yardage runner who needs to add lower-body strength to move the pile. Like Dayne, he has limitations running the ball because of his high stance. He is a marginal receiver out of the backfield, and also needs to improve his ball security. If a team uses him like Dayne or Zack Crockett as a scorer inside the red zone, he could be a decent value pick at the end of the draft.

    **Matthew Mulligan, TE, Maine ~ 6'5 258lbs**

    03/20/08 - Mulligan, who checked in at 6-foot-4 1/2 , 258 pounds, put on an impressive show in Latti Fitness Center. In the bench press, he cranked out 34 consecutive repetitions with 225 pounds, which is believed to be the best effort in the country this year by a tight end in NFL testing. He also soared to 35 1/2 inches in the vertical jump. "I know it's miles ahead of all the other tight ends in those two categories," Mulligan said. Cotrone pumped out 28 reps on the bench and Dorismond finished with 27. The group then moved into the Mahaney Dome for the 40-yard dash, standing broad jump and three speed/agility runs. Mulligan, Cotrone and Rogers also ran several pass patterns. Cotrone, who arrived at UMaine as a quarterback but was transformed into a fullback/tight end, appeared to be the fastest, most efficient performer in most of the exercises. "I came in prepared," said the 6-2, 253-pound Cotrone, who has been working out at DeFranco's Training Systems in New Jersey since December. "It's something you always dream of and it's finally here," said the New York native. "I did a lot better than I thought I was going to do today as far as benching and jumping and I ran real well today, so I feel pretty good about everything." Cotrone said he has had interest from 10-12 NFL teams and had private workouts with the Bears and 49ers. He also has tested with the Jets, Packers and Eagles. Mulligan, who broad-jumped 9 feet, 8 inches, was a bit disappointed with his 4.89-second clocking in the 40-yard dash. He nonetheless got plenty of positive feedback from the scouts. "They said, 'minus your 40 [time], you play faster and you look quicker for a big dude,'" Mulligan said, "'we're bringing you in for more of a blocking, check-down tight end.'" "They know that I'm a bruising tight end," he added. - Bangor Daily News
    02/05/08 - Texas vs. The Nation Review: TE Matthew Mulligan (Maine)-Not very quick, but really gets after it when in-line blocking gets his hands inside and locks onto linebackers trying to crowd the line. Solid hands, as well, to move the chains as a check-down option.

    **Robert Jordan, WR, California ~ 5'11 172lbs **

    04/06/08 - Squeezing into the draft: WR Robert Jordan (California): Considered more of a small possession receiver before his pro day, Jordan's 4.44 helped teams understand he's much more and could make him the third Cal receiver drafted this year (DeSean Jackson, Lavelle Hawkins). - Chad Reuter, *************.com
    03/12/08 - On a day in which receiver Lavelle Hawkins and running back Justin Forsett wanted to make statements with fast 40-yard dash times, it was the sprinting performance of receiver Robert Jordan that stole the show. About 50 professional scouts gathered at Memorial Stadium on Tuesday for Cal's Pro Day, and many left with a new respect for Jordan, who ran a self-described "disappointing" 4.44-second 40-yard dash and sparkled in positional drills. Jordan ranks seventh at Cal in career receptions and 10th in receiving touchdowns, and he set a school record with at least one catch in 41 straight games. He scored the West's only touchdown in the Hula Bowl and had four catches for 84 yards, but he was not among the seven other Bears invited to last month's NFL combine. "It was just like I was the odd-boy out," Jordan said. "I just wanted the chance to show that I can do what DeSean (Jackson) and Lavelle can do. This was huge for me." He might not even realize how big it was. He was the talk of the event. - Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle
    12/31/07 - Ranks seventh at Cal in career receptions and 10th in receiving touchdowns ... owns the Cal record for consecutive games with a reception (41, fourthlongest active streak in the nation) ... has started more games (37) than any other player on the team. 2007: An honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection ... tallied four catches for a season-best 99 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown reception, against Stanford as he earned Cal s Berkeley Breakfast Club Award for the most outstanding offensive player in the Big Game. - Cal Football

    **Mark Bradford, WR, Stanford ~ 6'1 211lbs**

    Despite playing for a terrible Stanford team, Bradford quietly was viewed by scouts as one of the nation's better possession receiver prospects throughout his career. He lacks elite athleticism and, with only marginal talent around him, his numbers aren't impressive. However, Bradford is an accomplished route-runner with strong hands and competitiveness in jump ball situations. In a West Coast Offense, Bradford could prove to be a late-round gamble that pays handsomely.

    Positives: Athletic build with a strong and thick upper and lower. ... Legitimate NFL build for the position. ... Good initial quickness off the snap. ... Lacks elite explosiveness out of his breaks and top-end speed, but is a more than the sum of his parts as a route-runner. ... Varies his speed and uses a variety of head and shoulder fakes to break free from tight coverage. ... Catches the ball cleanly. ... Excellent body control and will compete for jump balls. ... Reliable hands.

    Negatives: Only marginal overall athleticism and is viewed by some as having minimal upside. ... Isn't as physical as his size would indicate. ... Poor overall production despite being a focal point of the Stanford passing game throughout his career. ... Missed nearly all of the 2006 season with torn ligaments in his right foot.

    **James Blair, RG, Western Michigan ~ 6'3 323lbs**

    His physique is not reminiscent of the Greek gods, but Blair has raised some scouts' eyebrows this year as a strong, tough presence on the right side. A first-team All-MAC performer in his second year as starter at right tackle in 2007, he will likely move inside to guard in the NFL to take advantage of his skill set.

    Positives: Tough player who commands attention with his strong effort and anchor. ... Can extend his arms and set his legs so even the strongest of defensive tackles cannot bull their way into the backfield. ... Drive blocks well, getting his hands into the defender's body quickly and moving him down the line or backwards. ... Quick set and adequate lateral movement in pass protection to play inside. ... Effective getting into the thigh pads of defender when cut blocking.

    Negatives: Will struggle with NFL defensive ends' speed on the outside because of a lack of great footwork and agility. ... Will need to improve his pass protection techniques to handle the quicker defensive tackles. ... Fits best in a power system where he will not be asked to pull or trap too often. ... Only adequate at combo blocking to reach the linebacker.

    **Marcus Dixon, LDE, Hampton ~ 6'4 292lbs**

    Despite earning all-conference honors after each of past two seasons, Dixon is more known for his off-field issues than on-field production. Originally signing with Vanderbilt out of high school, Dixon was arrested and jailed for statutory rape. The Georgia Supreme Court later ruled the sex was consensual, overturning the case and releasing Dixon from prison after he served 15 months. While quite raw, Dixon is a versatile player with the size and strength to project either at defensive end or tackle and has the athletic tools worth developing.

    Positives: Naturally large frame with wide shoulders and hips. ... Room for additional growth. ... Flashes good initial quickness off the snap. ... Can gain an advantage off the edge with his quickness and turn the guard when playing inside. ... Good strength at the point of attack. ... High effort player who pursues well. ... Characterized as the hardest working player on the field by coaches. ... Team leader. ... National Honor Society with a 3.96 GPA in high school.

    Negatives: Character red-flag requires obvious investigation. ... Bit of a 'tweener between defensive end and tackle. ... Lacks great burst off the edge and close on the ball. ... Struggles with his pad level, limiting his power. ... Very small hands (7 7/8"). ... Raw. ... Marginal football instincts. ... Struggles to locate the ball. ... Good player here based strictly on size and athletic ability as he plays with very little technique. ... Struggles in his hand play and has little variety as a pass rusher. ... Obvious questions about his level of competition.

    **Derek Lokey, NT/LS/FB, Texas ~ 6'2 288lbs**

    A consummate team player, Derek Lokey brought a physical presence to the defensive line, teaming with Frank Okam to give the Longhorns the most dominant 1-2 punch at the defensive tackle position in the Big 12 Conference. A student of the game and in the classroom, he also earned Academic All-American, All-Big 12 Conference, All-District VI and Texas' Athletic Director's Honor Roll recognition the last three years.

    Whether playing over the center at nose guard or angling over an offensive guard as a defensive tackle, Lokey proved capable of collapsing the pocket, generating 14 quarterback pressures in his final year and had a total of 30 in 21 career starts. In addition to excelling on defense, he was often utilized as the team's fullback in short-yardage and goal-line situations. Further adding to his versatility, he saw action as a deep snapper on field goals and extra-point attempts.

    Lokey lettered four times in football at Ryan High School, where he earned Class 4A Texas Player of the Year honors from Dave Campbell's Texas Football. He led the team to a 29-3 record in his final two seasons, picking up first-team All-Dallas-Fort Worth Area honors as a senior.

    He was named Defensive MVP and first-team All-District 6-4A after leading his team to a 14-2 record and the Class 4A Division II state title game, as he recorded 107 tackles, 52 stops for losses and 17 sacks as a senior, while also making two receptions for two touchdowns as a tight end. He notched 12 tackles, five stops behind the line of scrimmage and a sack in the state championship game.

    As a junior, Lokey was selected District 6-4A Defensive Newcomer of the Year honors. He led the squad to a 15-1 record and the Class 4A Division II Championship and also was named first-team All-State by the Texas Sports Writers Association, as he posted 148 tackles, 49 stops for losses, seven sacks, six caused fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

    Lokey threw the discus and shot put for the track team all four years, finishing third at the state Class 4A meet in the discus as a junior and fourth as a sophomore. He also played basketball as a freshman and sophomore.

    Lokey played mostly on special teams, seeing limited action at defensive tackle in 11 games as a true freshman at Texas in 2004. He finished his first season with 10 tackles (four solo), an assisted sack, three stops for losses and five quarterback pressures. He saw more playing time on the team's 10th-ranked squad (302.9 yards per game in total defense) in 2005, making 17 tackles (nine solo) with a pair of stops behind the line of scrimmage and a pair of pressures in 11 games as a reserve in 2005.

    Lokey took over nose guard duties for the Longhorns in 2006, starting eight games before missing the rest of the season with a right leg fracture. He posted 24 tackles (12 solo), assisted on a sack and delivered four stops for losses. He also recovered a fumble and came up with nine pressures.

    As a senior, Lokey started all 13 games, again lining up at nose guard. He was in on 50 tackles (25 solo) and 14 pressures while also making nine stops behind the line of scrimmage, including one sack. The All-Big 12 Conference first-team selection was also chosen the team's Outstanding Defensive Lineman.

    In 43 games at Texas, Lokey started 21 contests. He finished with 101 tackles (50 solos), three sacks for minus-23 yards and 18 stops for losses of 52 yards. He totaled 30 quarterback pressures and recovered a fumble. He also deflected three passes and caught one pass for a 2-yard touchdown while lining up at fullback in the 2007 Holiday Bowl.

    Positives: Has a thick upper body with big hips, large thighs and calves and a frame that can carry at least another 20 pounds with no loss in quickness...Has the raw power and strong hand swipes to simply destroy interior blockers in one-on-one situations and shows a very strong anchor and good leg drive to split double teams...Has excellent lower-body strength to drive through and push the lead blocker backward...Shows loose hips and good twisting motion, along with a nifty spin move to escape from a lethargic blocker and push the pocket...Plays with good leverage and uses good arm-over to hold his ground firmly vs. movement from larger blockers...Has enough change-of-direction agility to create a crease and also moves well laterally working in space...Plays with above-average balance and base, as blockers struggle to get him off his feet...One of the strongest players in college football (510-pound bench press)...Has a great passion for the game, bringing added value with his time spent as a fullback blocking in short-yardage situations and can also fill in as a deep snapper for field goals and PATs...Might not explode into the backfield, but he drives hard out of his stance and into the blocker, engaging with forceful hand swipes...Very effective at disrupting the pocket when he takes a slant off the line...Has the strong lower body to anchor and prevent blockers from washing him out...Plays with good base and balance, as it is rare to see him knocked down...Does a good job of driving through his tackles and will generally finish when he gets his mitts on a ball carrier.

    Negatives: Undersized nose guard, but plays with a high motor...Has just adequate initial quickness off the snap and is not a legitimate pass rusher, but is a patient defender who is best served waiting for the action to come to him in the trenches...Bites on play-action and pump fakes...Takes false steps at the line of scrimmage trying to locate the ball, but size limitations prevent him from scanning the field when caught in trash...Has very good academic ability, but must be quicker with his read-and-diagnosis skills...Has a strong hand punch, but needs to keep his hands inside his frame (when they get wide, he is slow to disengage)...Not really that creative coming off blocks and is more of a collision-type tackler...Gets too occupied trying to overpower the offensive linemen and needs to bounce off blocks and flow to the ball with more consistency.

    Compares To: KELLY GREGG-Baltimore...Undersized for the classic defensive tackle position, both players use their raw power, strong base and good balance to be disruptive forces taking on interior blockers. Lokey will get caught out of position and bite on fakes, but he's relentless closing on the ball and has no problems splitting double teams. He simply destroys guards and centers in one-on-one confrontations and brings added value as a short-yardage fullback and as an emergency deep snapper. He won't be a star at the next level, but with his fire in his belly, he will be an asset to any team.

    **Jameel McClain, DE/OLB/ILB, Syracuse ~ 6'1 249lbs**

    A stout, physical hitter, McClain saw time at defensive end and inside linebacker throughout his career with the Orangemen, with scouts divided on just where he fits best at the next level. Possesses the unique skill set to potentially serve as both - and the inconsistency to never make it at either.

    Positives: A natural athlete with explosiveness, McClain's size and physicality seem best suited to inside linebacker. ... Flashes instincts for the position. ... Physical at the point of attack to fight through blocks. ... Burst off the snap could allow teams to move him up to the line on third down as a pass rush specialist. ... High-effort pass rusher who keeps fighting to get to the quarterback. ... Good effort in his backside pursuit.

    Negatives: Flashes instincts, but can be tricked with play-action and may lack the change of direction to break down and make tackles in space as an inside linebacker. ... Lacks the speed to get to the sideline. ... Struggles in his pass drops, making him strictly a two-down run defender at linebacker. ... Marginal use of hands to shed blocks. ... One-dimensional pass rusher who relies on his speed off the edge and hustle.

    **Erik Bakhtiari, DE/OLB, San Diego ~ 6'3 259lbs 4.77**

    02/05/08 - Texas vs. The Nation Review: DE Erik Bahktiari (San Diego)-Can get nice pressure off the edge, especially against a struggling left tackle like Demetrius Bell in game action. Also physical enough to come down the line and drag down backs. Will probably be tried at linebacker by a team if he shows adequate movement in space at his pro day.
    02/02/08 - USD football player Eric Bakhtiari has been invited to play in the Texas vs. The Nation football game this Saturday, February 2nd at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. MST and will be broadcast live on CSTV. The Texas vs. The Nation Senior All-Star Bowl consists of Division I-A players originally from Texas, or those who play college football in Texas, against top players from around the nation. This past year Bakhtiari led the nation in pass sacks (20) on his way to being named a First Team All-American and finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award. The two-time PFL Defender of the Year finished the season with 76 tackles (46 solo) with 24.5 tackles for loss (-149 yards), 6 quarterback hurries, 4 forced fumbles and 2 blocked kicks. Bakhtiari is the first USD player selected to play in the second annual All-Star game, and is the only player from the Pioneer Football League to be invited to play. - USD Football
    02/01/08 - Texas vs. the Nation Thursday Practice: During the one-on-one offensive vs. defensive linemen, some players stood out. OT Thaddeus Coleman once again manned up, putting DE Eric Bakhtiari on the ground (that's the back story to the later altercation.) DT Vernon Bryant pushed back C Ben Poynter into next week. DT George Chukwu continued to show his interior pass rush skills, out-quicking C Eric Scott. DT Jason Shirley was dominant most of the week, but did not come to play today against OG James Blair. OGs Kerry Brown and Pat Schwenke finished their blocks in drills again today, no matter who they went up against.
    01/29/08 - Texas vs. The Nation - Texas Tuesday Practice: Gets off the line quickly and can change direction well on bootlegs. Gives good effort. Lacks great bulk, could end up moving to linebacker.

    **Brian Witherspoon, CB/RS, Stillman ~ 5' 10 175lbs**

    11/13/07 - 2007 East Coast All-Star Bowl: Brian Witherspoon is a corner back from Stillman College in Alabama and was a preseason All-American as selected by Witherspoon, from Butler, AL, is better know for his track accomplishments having been named an All-American in 2006 after running a 10.31 at the national championships. Players will report to Petersburg the day before Thanksgiving and spend the holiday making various community visits as well as taking part in practice sessions for NFL scouts. The game itself is a scholarship event with all of the revenue generated directed to a fund for a local high school senior who plans on attending a Division I-FCS, II or III college. - East Coast Bowl, Petersburg Sports08/20/07 - Stillman College defensive back Brian Witherspoon was named a first-team All-American by, the publication announced Wednesday. Witherspoon, a senior from Butler, had three interceptions and 14 tackles for the Tigers in 2006, despite missing six games because of injury. It feels great getting this type of recognition, considering I missed the majority of the season because I was hurt," Witherspoon said. It just lets me know that all of the hard work has been paying off and this will definitely motivate me to work even harder this season." Witherspoon, perhaps better known on a national scale from his track and field accomplishments, became Stillman s first NCAA Division II All-American in 2006 when he ran a 10.31 in the 100 meters at the national championships. Now he is the school s first two-sport All-American, although his coach feels the best is yet come. We re certainly not surprised that he s been recognized on a national level yet again," coach Greg Thompson said. There s no question that he s deserving of such an achievement because Brian is a tremendous athlete. [Denatay] Heard and Witherspoon both have been getting a lot of attention from the pro scouts since the beginning of last season. So we expect them to have a big year for us as they continue to progress." Witherspoon was also named second-team preseason All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference by the league s Coaches Association last month. - Tuscaloosa News, Submitted By: Torrance Williams

    **Haruki Nakamura, FS, Cincinnati ~ 5'11 205lbs**

    Classic over-achieving blue collar free safety who simply makes too many plays to not get a shot at the next level. While Nakamura lacks the elite straight-line speed of some of the other higher profile athletes at the position, he plays with instincts, physicality and an ability to step up his level against top competition. Nakamura's versatility as a return specialist just adds to his value.

    Positives: Tight skinned, with a well defined physique. ... Instinctive defender. ... Always around the ball. ... Quick to come up in run support. ... Reliable open-field tackler who isn't afraid to take on blocks to get to the ballcarrier. ... May lack size usually associated with big hitters, but flashes some explosiveness, forcing three fumbles in 2007. ... Better overall athlete than he's given credit for. ... Baits the quarterback and competes for the ball. ... Good toughness. ... Played through a stress fracture in his right leg throughout much of the 2006 season. ... Team's leading punt returner.

    Negatives: Better football player than athlete. ... Marginal timed speed and lacks the hip-turn teams prefer at the position. ... Reliable hands as a punt returner and will take a hit to save his team yardage, but lacks burst to break into the open field. ... Longest punt return of his career was for only 24 yards... Standout collegiate player who may simply lack the athleticism required for the NFL.

    Yeah, I play WoW too.[/CENTER]

  • #2
    I'm just not seeing enough OL in there for my liking. With the amount of money invested in Ben, 40 sacks is not going to cut it. After losing Faneca, I gotta believe it's just going to get worse. I'd like to see OL addressed ATLEAST in the top 3 rounds.


    • #3
      Firstly, this won't be your final mock Stiller, I guarantee it. Secondly, I do like the mock though. For a 6 pick mock, it looks pretty good IMO.

      Sig by Jakey


      • #4
        Originally posted by steelernation77 View Post
        I'm just not seeing enough OL in there for my liking. With the amount of money invested in Ben, 40 sacks is not going to cut it. After losing Faneca, I gotta believe it's just going to get worse. I'd like to see OL addressed ATLEAST in the top 3 rounds.
        Realistically, we'll only really have one position along the OL up for grabs, and that'll either be one of the OG positions, depending on where Simmons plays, or at RT if Colon's shifted inside to OG.

        Also, Young was actually a pretty highly touted prospect before getting injured, and if he's still available when we're selecting in the 4th, he'd be a great selection IMO and could turn out to be a real steal in the draft.

        Sig by Jakey


        • #5
          Originally posted by TheWood56 View Post
          Realistically, we'll only really have one position along the OL up for grabs, and that'll either be one of the OG positions, depending on where Simmons plays, or at RT if Colon's shifted inside to OG.

          Also, Young was actually a pretty highly touted prospect before getting injured, and if he's still available when we're selecting in the 4th, he'd be a great selection IMO and could turn out to be a real steal in the draft.
          We still don't have a lot of solid depth at all along the Oline, and seemingly every position there could be upgraded. Smith's contract is almost up as well.


          • #6
            [QUOTE=Mr. Stiller;992638]1) Quentin Groves, DE/OLB, Auburn ~ 6'3 260lbs 4.51

            An athlete blessed with incredible quickness coming off the edge, dislocated toes did what no other offensive lineman could do in 2007 - stop Quentin Groves. Those who witnessed his performance in the South Florida game last year realize that this is a player that needs to be unleashed on the football field to get maximum production from his tremendous athletic ability.

            Your Finest work to date. I would be very happy if this happened.

            I just have a concern that Groves can't hold the point of attack as well as I would like him too.

            "O-H-I-O...its a four letter word."
            Mike Tirico

            Magilla Gorilla ain'ta killa, ...

            Roger Goodell's Beautify the NFL Campaign-No Violence-No Criminals-No Fun

            "(Ole Miss QB) Bo Wallace is one of those types of quarterbacks who is always trying to save the city but he's actually burning it down." -- NFC director of scouting


            • #7
              Originally posted by Mr. Stiller View Post
              1) Quentin Groves, DE/OLB, Auburn ~ 6'3 260lbs 4.51

              An athlete blessed with incredible quickness coming off the edge, dislocated toes did what no other offensive lineman could do in 2007 - stop Quentin Groves. Those who witnessed his performance in the South Florida game last year realize that this is a player that needs to be unleashed on the football field to get maximum production from his tremendous athletic ability.

              Your Finest work to date. I would be very happy if this happened.

              I just have a concern that Groves can't hold the point of attack as well as I would like him too.
              yeah i agree that groves would be a very good addition to the team, i think he will be decent against the point of attack..

              the only real concern about him for me is his ability to cover

              thanks to steel man for the fresh sig


              • #8
                If he isn't that good in coverage then don't send him in coverage. Hell, Merriman and Ware hardly ever go in coverage. Just pin the ears back boys. It will be a beautiful thing.

                Silverback....still the best.

                +rep to Jakey for the sig


                • #9
                  Originally posted by terribletowel39 View Post
                  If he isn't that good in coverage then don't send him in coverage. Hell, Merriman and Ware hardly ever go in coverage. Just pin the ears back boys. It will be a beautiful thing.
                  Sounds good to me

                  "O-H-I-O...its a four letter word."
                  Mike Tirico

                  Magilla Gorilla ain'ta killa, ...

                  Roger Goodell's Beautify the NFL Campaign-No Violence-No Criminals-No Fun

                  "(Ole Miss QB) Bo Wallace is one of those types of quarterbacks who is always trying to save the city but he's actually burning it down." -- NFC director of scouting


                  • #10
                    no complaint here either...

                    just thinking about our potential linebackers in a year gets me giddy...

                    Woodley Timmons Harrison(or foote/farrior) Groves

                    the woodley / timmons / gorves trio are all so young too and have years to mature and be great

                    thinking about this realllly makes me want groves

                    thanks to steel man for the fresh sig


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mikehop05 View Post
                      no complaint here either...

                      just thinking about our potential linebackers in a year gets me giddy...

                      Woodley Timmons Harrison(or foote/farrior) Groves

                      the woodley / timmons / gorves trio are all so young too and have years to mature and be great

                      thinking about this realllly makes me want groves

                      Who ahead of us would want groves?

                      "O-H-I-O...its a four letter word."
                      Mike Tirico

                      Magilla Gorilla ain'ta killa, ...

                      Roger Goodell's Beautify the NFL Campaign-No Violence-No Criminals-No Fun

                      "(Ole Miss QB) Bo Wallace is one of those types of quarterbacks who is always trying to save the city but he's actually burning it down." -- NFC director of scouting


                      • #12
                        lies this is not ur final mock


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by DeathbyStat View Post
                          Who ahead of us would want groves?
                          he has visits with Cleveland, Cincinnati, Miami, San Francisco, New Orleans, New England, the Giants and Jets.

                          thanks to steel man for the fresh sig


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by TheWood56 View Post
                            Firstly, this won't be your final mock Stiller, I guarantee it. Secondly, I do like the mock though. For a 6 pick mock, it looks pretty good IMO.
                            It is. Seriously.. My last 6 pick mock between now and April 9th. I might do an Atlanta and Chicago trade mock.. but that's not in the works.


                            There really isn't any room right now to add anything. Be Lucky I cold fit Young in.

                            LT: Marvel Smith -> Max Starks -> Trai Essex
                            LG: Kendall Simmons -> Sean Mahan
                            OC: Sean Mahan -> Justin Hartwig -> Darnell Stapleton
                            RG: Chris Kemoeatu -> Eric Young
                            RT: Max Starks -> Willie Colon

                            Where am I to fit another OL?

                            Simmons whether we like it or not won't be able to cut in the next 2 seasons, Mahan this coming season..

                            Hartwig has a 2 year contract and they really like Stapleton.

                            Smith is looking at an extension if he stays healthy. Starks might be the future at LT but who knows. Essex is probably going to get paid as a career backup.

                            basically we strapped ourselves to these guys and have to deal with it.

                            Yeah, I play WoW too.[/CENTER]


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by terribletowel39 View Post
                              If he isn't that good in coverage then don't send him in coverage. Hell, Merriman and Ware hardly ever go in coverage. Just pin the ears back boys. It will be a beautiful thing.
                              Exactly... Coverage.. isn't that why we drafted a 6'0 234lb WILL/WILB last year in round 1? Let Him deal with minor zones like they do Harrison.

                              I can't understand the constant need for someone to be able to play great coverage.. Harrison did pretty well last year considering he's probably one of hte stiffest coverage LB's

                              Yeah, I play WoW too.[/CENTER]



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