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DRAFT TALK: Offensive Player Spotlights

By Tony Pauline
Special To Jets Insider.com
April 23rd, 2009
Draft expert Tony Pauline of tfydraft.com spotlights the top draft prospects in several offensive categories including QB, RB, WR and Offensive line.

Tony Pauline is the NFL Draft analyst at SI.com. His year round work on the NFL draft can be found at www.TFYDRAFT.com.

Position Spotlight: Top Ten Quarterbacks

The quarterback class of '09 leaves a lot to be desired. Just two signal callers are close to being "sure things" and most of the passers in this group are developmental prospects who need a lot of work on their game. Here are the reports on the top ten quarterbacks in this year's draft, along with round projections.

Full Name: Matt Stafford School: Georgia

Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 225 40: 4.89 Year: 3Jr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior after passing numbers of 61.1%/3,209/22/9. Sophomore totals included 55.7%/2,523 /19/10.

Pos: Strong-armed passer with a gunslingers mentality. Patient in the pocket, displays terrific poise, and always in control. Buys time for receivers, moves around behind the line of scrimmage to give himself a better view of the field, and remains calm as the pocket collapses around him. Senses pressure, displays the ability to elude the rush, and does a nice job protecting the ball. Possesses a great sense of knowing what's happening on the field, and shows a lot of toughness to his game. Stands in the pocket and takes the big hit in order to get the throw away. Quickly sets up in the pocket and throws with an over-the-top delivery. Zips the pass into receivers, and gets the ball through the tight spots. Does a good job with his defensive reads, recognizing blitzes and then quickly finding hot receiver. Natural looking off the safety. Powers the ball downfield and drives long passes. Consistently challenges the vertical game. Flashes brilliant pass placement, hitting receivers as they leave their breaks, and putting the reception where only his man can make the catch. Quick thinker on his feet and displays the ability to improvise when plays breakdown.

Neg: Puts the deep ball into double coverage on occasion. Lacks classic height for a pocket passer or franchise quarterback.

Analysis: Stafford is a skilled quarterback who can take over games when he hits on all cylinders. He possesses the arm strength, mental intangibles, and accuracy to lead a franchise for years to come at the next level. Stafford is also a tough passer who leads by example. He is not a quarterback for everyone, as his smallish frame will knock him off the draft boards of certain teams, yet in time, Stafford will be a very good quarterback at the next level.

Round Projection: Stafford is first round value but where in the top 32 should he be drafted? In ordinary years Stafford would likely end up between selections 8-12 but he's likely to be over-drafted this April due to need and a lack of talent at the position. He does not warrant being one of the draft's top four choices yet that is exactly where he will end up.


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Full Name: Mark Sanchez School: USC

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 227 40: 4.95 Year: 4Jr

Bio: All-Conference selection as a senior, when he became the Trojans starting signal caller and posted numbers of 65.8%/3,207/34/10. Sophomore totals included 60.5%/695/7/5 when he started three games and served as a backup to John David Booty.

Pos: Poised, instinctive quarterback with a terrific head for the position. Quickly sets up in the pocket, sells the ball fakes, and natural looking off the safety. Senses pressure, displays good pocket awareness, and has a nice feel for what's happening on the field. Remains poised as the pocket collapses around him, and moves around the backfield, buying time for receivers. Recognizes blitzes and immediately finds the open wideout. Keeps his eyes downfield, rolling outside the pocket, loses little throwing on the run and accurate. Does a terrific job reading defenses and finding the open holes in the coverage. Makes proper decisions, and will look away from covered receivers and then go to secondary targets. Shows terrific accuracy and pass placement in the short and intermediate field. Always in command of the situation, and keeps the offense moving down the field. Stands in the pocket and takes a hit in order to get the ball away. Uses all his receivers, displays a sense of timing, and has the ball to pass catchers as they are leaving breaks.

Neg: Struggles getting the ball downfield, and cannot drive deep passes. The farther out to the flanks or down the field he throws the ball, the less accurate he is. Does not always throw tight spirals.

Analysis: Sanchez did a tremendous job as a junior, his first year under center full-time for USC. He's a cerebral quarterback with great intangibles, and he possesses the ability to lead an offense on the NFL level. Sanchez will be best in a timing offense that plays to his strengths of accuracy and timing in the underneath coverage.

Round Projection: Sanchez does not possess the arm strength nor upside of Stafford but a case can be made he is more NFL ready. He is not a quarterback for everyone and would struggle in a vertical offense or for a bad environment team. He's also likely to be overdrafted and will end up as a top twelve choice rather then the bottom of round one guy he is.


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Full Name: Josh Freeman School: Kansas State

Ht: 6-5.6 Wt: 248 40: 4.95 Year: 3Jr

Bio: Three-year starter who passed for 58.6%/2,945/20/8 as a junior after 63.3%/ 2,353/18/11 as a sophomore.

Pos: Big, strong signal caller with the physical skills to play in the NFL. Patient in the pocket, stands strong against the rush, and displays great stature. Takes the big hit in order to get the ball away, loses nothing throwing on the move, and easily drives the passes. Zips the outs, powers the ball through the tight spots, and quickly gets the pass into receivers’ hands. Throws some beautiful deep passes, hitting receivers right on the money. Scans the field going through receiver progressions, and finds the open wideout. Tough to bring down in the pocket. Flashes the ability to hit receivers as they leave their breaks, and places passes where only his target can make the reception.

Neg: Inconsistent in his all-around game. Looks away from covered receivers, and takes the safe underneath outlet, yet he does not do enough of it. Scatters passes, inconsistent with his accuracy, and misses wide-open targets. Does not do a good job moving the chains for the offense. Does not consistently step into throws, which affects his accuracy.

Analysis: Freeman possesses the physical skills to play at the next level, and he has flashed brilliance, but for the most part, he is a work in progress who needs to develop a complete game before being NFL-ready. His pass placement, decision-making, and defensive reads all need a lot of work, and Freeman is very much a hit-or-miss quarterback prospect. He offers great upside for a team willing to be patient in helping him develop his game.

Round Projection: Some think the world of Freeman, but we do not. There's no denying his sheer physical skills but at the same time there's no dismissing the fact that Freeman possesses a large amount of downside risk to his game. In three's years as the K-State starter he led the team to just a single winning season. His completion percentage as a starter is less than 58%, a very average number. Freeman is another who'll be over-drafted; we think he's second round talent who'll end up in the bottom half of round one.


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Full Name: Pat White School: West Virginia

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 197 40: 4.55 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four-year starter awarded varying degrees of all-Conference and All-American honors since his freshman campaign. Senior passing totals included 65.7%/1,842/21 with 191/947/8 carrying the ball. Junior ball carrying totals included 197/1,335/14 with an average of 6.8 yards per carry. Big East Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore when he totaled 65.9%/1,655/13/7 throwing the ball.

Pos: Athletic quarterback with the ability to produce in a variety of ways whenever he handles the ball. Left-handed passer who effectively sells the ball fakes, easily gets outside the pocket, and makes the throw on the move. Patient, buys time for receivers, and locates the open wideout on the field. Goes through receiver progressions, and looks away from covered wideouts. Possesses a strong arm and can thread a needle with passes or get the ball downfield. Elusive ball handler with outstanding vision and the ability to create yardage. Finds the cutback lanes, quickly gets through them and shows toughness in his all-around game. Weaves through the traffic on the inside picking up yardage. Plays with outstanding balance and body control. Constantly in command of the situation.

Neg: Not a strong runner who breaks tackles or picks up yardage off initial contact. Average accuracy and pass placement throwing the ball.

Analysis: White was productive at the quarterback position in college, and he offers the versatility to be used at several spots in the NFL. Prior to this season, White was projected to be a wide receiver in the NFL, but scouts have recently been impressed with his passing skills, and he'll be given a chance to play behind center. White may never be a starting signal caller in the NFL, yet he is the type of player who will be given the option of throwing the ball, running the option play, or even be lined up at wideout at the next level.

Round Projection: With the Wildcat formation being the rage in the NFL there may be no better prospect to run it. White is a third round player who may sneak into the late part of round two.


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Full Name: Nate Davis School: Ball State

Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 226 40: 4.97 Year: 3Jr

Bio: Three-year starter named MAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 after passing totals of 64.3%/3,591/26/8. All-Conference selection as a junior after totals of 56.4%/3,667/30/6.

Pos: Productive signal caller with an outstanding feel for the position and game. Quickly sets up in the pocket with good footwork, displays tremendous patience waiting for receivers to get open, and scans the field going through progressions. Displays good pocket sense, overall field awareness, and consistently finds the open wideout. Stands strong in the face of pressure in order to get the pass off, and throws the ball away if nothing is available. On the same page as his receivers, consistently remains calm under the rush, and makes good decisions. Elusive, avoids defenders and accurate throwing on the move. Throws a nice deep ball, putting air under the pass and allowing receivers to run with it. Zips the outs, fires the ball through the tight spots, but also puts touch on throws when required. Tough, feisty, and always works to make positive plays.

Neg: Not a sturdy pocket passer who can withstand the rush. Struggles seeing over the line of scrimmage. Inconsistent with his pass placement, and has pass catchers stretching vertically or reaching backwards for the errant toss. Was very inconsistent in the post season and at the combine.

Analysis: Davis is a smart and tough football player who does an outstanding job commanding the offense and leading his team. He possesses the skills to be a productive quarterback, yet a number of teams will be turned off by his lack of height. In many ways, Davis reminds us of Tampa Bay Buccaneer quarterback Jeff Garcia with his ability to overcome physical shortcomings by playing smart football. Davis is not a quarterback for everyone, yet he will flourish in the right system.

Round Projection: Davis could turn out to surprise, in a positive way, at the next level. He's a second round value who would be a first round prospect were he two inches taller. That said Davis is unlikely to be drafted before the fourth round begins.


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Full Name: Stephen McGee School: Texas A&M

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 225 40: 4.62 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who struggled through an injury-plagued senior campaign and finished the season throwing for 65.9%/586/2/2. Junior totals included 58%/2311/12/8, when he also added 899-yards rushing.

Pos: Athletic signal caller with a good head for the position. Patient in the pocket, buys time for receivers, and effectively identifies the open pass catcher. Remains poised as the pocket collapses around him, senses pressure, and steps up to avoid it. Stands in and takes a hit in order to get the throw away. Zips the outs, and nicely hits receivers as they are leaving their breaks. Possesses a sense of timing, displays good overall awareness, and has above-average arm strength.

Neg: Played primarily in a run option system until his senior season. Tends to spray passes around the field. Stands to improve his overall throwing fundamentals.

Analysis: McGee is a prospect with a good amount of upside potential, and his best playing days are ahead of him. He possesses the size and arm strength to make an NFL roster, yet he needs to complete his game and improve his mechanics.

Round Projection: McGee is swiftly moving up draft boards. Some have told us he could be selected as early as round three. We believe the fourth or fifth frame are better fits.


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Full Name: Rhett Bomar School: Sam Houston State

Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 225 40: 4.75 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who began his college career at Oklahoma. All-Conference selection after his senior season, posting throwing totals of 56.2%/3,355/27/13. Played in nine games as a junior totaling 59.1%/2,209/10/6. Missed the final two games of ‘07 with a knee injury. Dismissed from the Oklahoma program after violation of NCAA rules.

Pos: Nice-sized signal caller with an NFL arm. Quick setting up in the pocket when lined up underneath center, natural looking off the safety, and knows where his receivers are on the field. Possesses a quick release, puts speed on throws, and powers the ball into pass catcher's hands. Sells the ball fakes, stands in the pocket and takes a hit in order to get the ball away. Goes through receiver progressions, quickly finds the open wideout, and throws beautiful deep passes at times. Puts touch on throws when necessary, and does a good job commanding the offense.

Neg: Slings the ball from the side, changes his point of release, and is very inconsistent with his accuracy and pass placement. Forces the ball into coverage and does not throw tight spirals. Does not consistently throw with good footwork, and releases the ball off his back foot or pulls out of throws, which affects his the offense.

Analysis: Bomar was a highly recruited passer at Oklahoma before his career switched course with off-the-field violations. He possesses the physical skills to play at the next level yet throws with inconsistent mechanics that have a negative effect on his all-around game. Bomar is a solid prospect, yet he will need plenty of time to complete his game before he is NFL ready.

Round Projection: Bomar is a fourth or fifth round candidate who may be nothing more than a back-up in the NFL.


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Full Name: Brian Hoyer School: Michigan State

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 215 40: 4.93 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who totaled 51%/2,404/9/9 as a senior after 59.3%/2,725/20/11 as a junior.

Pos: Strong-armed passer with the physical tools to play at the next level. Patient in the pocket, stands against the rush, and possesses a quick release, immediately getting the ball out of his hand. Makes good decisions as the pocket collapses around him, throws with a fluid over-the-top delivery, and can make all the throws. Zips the outs, throws a nice deep pass, putting air under the ball, and let receivers run to the pass. Puts touch on throws when necessary. Loses no velocity throwing on the move. Displays good field vision, and has a nice sense of where his receivers are on the field.

Neg: Must improve his accuracy, pass placement, and mechanics. Takes a while to set up in the pocket, does not consistently throw with proper footwork, and usually high of the mark. Not an elusive passer who can avoid the rush.

Analysis: Since taking over as the starting quarterback at Michigan State as a junior, Hoyer has done a fine job leading the team. He possesses the arm strength to play at the next level, yet he must improve his mechanics, which will only make his accuracy.

Round Projection: Hoyer is a good, not great prospect with a nice degree of upside. He's fifth round material that could be a second passer in the NFL.


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Full Name: Hunter Cantwell School: Louisville

Ht: 6-4.5 Wt: 235 40: 5.15 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Moved into the starting position as a senior and threw for 58.6%/2,493/16/16. Played in three games as a junior in place of the injured Brian Brohm.

Pos: Nice-sized pocket passer with an undeveloped game. Patient, possesses a rifle arm, and zips the ball into tight spots or gets the long pass downfield. Gets outside the pocket, can make the throw on the move and loses little on passes. Tough, and will stand in the pocket and take a hit in order to get the ball away.

Neg: Has a long delivery, which slows the release of passes. Does not sense pressure in the pocket, lacks a sense of timing, and shows little in the way of awareness. Rarely shows he's got his finger on the pulse of the game. Erratic accuracy and poor pass placement. Struggles finding the safety, does not correctly read defenses, and constantly throws into coverage.

Analysis: Cantwell came into his senior season with high expectations, yet he really looked out of place, for the most part. He possesses the physical skills to play at the next level, but he must improve his accuracy, defensive reads, and almost every other aspect of the position. He's worth a look in the late rounds as a quarterback who could be placed on a practice squad with hopes for future development.

Round Projection: Cantwell is much like Hoyer yet a signal caller who needs a lot of work to his game. Round five is likely the earliest he'll be selected.


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Full Name: Tom Brandstater School: Fresno State

Ht: 6-5 Wt: 220 40: 4.87 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter with totals of 59.6%/2,664/18/12 as a senior after 62.6%/2,654/15/5 the prior year.

Pos: Nice-sized pocket passer who displays a good sense of what's happening on the field. Patient, buys time for receivers, and shows a sense of timing. Feels the pressure, stands in the pocket and takes a hit in order to get the ball off. Goes through receiver progressions, and takes the safe underneath outlet rather than force the ball downfield. Excellent sense of overall awareness and in tune with his receivers. Poised and rarely gets rattled. Natural looking off the safety. Uses all his targets, and throws with good fundamentals. Accurate with good pass placement in the short and intermediate field.

Neg: The further downfield or out to the flanks he throws the ball, the less accurate he is. Not an elusive passer or quarterback who picks up yardage with his legs. Struggled during his senior season, and did not capitalize on the momentum he had previously built.

Analysis: Brandstater is a terrific short and intermediate range passer with the skills to be used at the next level in a timing offense. He's done a terrific job commanding the offense, and he could be a real steal in this draft for a team willing to be patient in developing his skills.

Round Projection: Brandstater is a late round selection who can play at the next level in the right system. Round six fits his skills.

Position Spotlight: Running backs/Fullbacks

The running back class of '09 offers a good amount of talent. There are at least three potential feature runners and more than a dozen who could turn into productive third down backs/situational ball carriers. Likewise it is a better than average class at fullback with a number of athletic, multi-dimensional prospects as well as several dominant lead blockers.

Full Name: Knowshon Moreno School: Georgia

Ht: 5-10.5 Wt: 217 40: 4.59 Year: 3So

Bio: All-Conference and All-America selection last season after totaling 250/1,400/16 on the ground and adding 33/392/2 as a pass catcher. Started six games as a red shirt freshman, and produced rushing totals of 248/1,334/14 with 20/253 as a pass catcher. Originally awarded all-Conference honors in 2007.

Pos: Well-built running back with the skills and ability to be a feature ball carrier in the NFL. Patient, waits for blocks to develop, and finds the running lanes. Weaves his way on the inside, picking and choosing his spots and then gaining positive yardage. Finds the cutback lanes, quickly gets through them and runs underneath his pads. Uses an effective straight arm to keep the play alive, and powerful in his lower body. Runs with authority, doles out punishment, and falls forward when tackled. Rarely brought down by the first defender, and consistently runs north south, moving the chains. Flashes the ability to make defenders miss in a small area or bounce around piles. Terrific receiver out of the backfield who comes back to the ball and extends his hands to make the reception away from his frame. Picks up blocking assignments, squares into defenders, and protects his quarterback.

Neg: Overall, not a very creative back. Lacks the outside speed to beat defenders around the corner. Ran poorly at the combine.

Analysis: Moreno is a terrific ball carrier who produces as a runner, pass catcher, and blocker. He offers a good amount of upside for the next level, and he should quickly break into a starting lineup and then eventually develop into a top back for the team that drafts him.


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Full Name: Chris Wells School: Ohio State

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 237 40: 4.52 Year: 3Jr

Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his sophomore campaign. Missed three games last season with an ankle injury, and finished the year with ground totals of 207/1,197/8. Sophomore totals included 274/1609/15 on the ground when he averaged 5.9 yards per carry. Freshman numbers included 104/576/7 carrying the ball with an average of 5.5 yards per attempt. Combined for 13 receptions the past three years.

Pos: Strong, punishing runner best on the inside. Displays excellent vision, running instincts, and cuts back against the grain in a small area to find the open spot in the field. Patient, waits for blocks to develop, and shows above-average quickness through the hole. Keeps his feet driving on contact, uses an effective straight arm, and gets as much out of every carry as possible. Powerful, runs over opponents and drags them for several yards after initial contact. Will pick and choose his spots on the inside, and shows the ability to get around tackle. Does a fine job picking up blitzes, squaring into defenders, and protecting the passer.

Neg: Lacks great footwork, not a creative runner or a ball carrier who makes defenders miss. Cannot run to daylight in the open field. Flashes the ability to turn the corner on the college level, yet he will struggle to do the same in the NFL. Missed time with an ankle injury last season and then suffered a concussion in Ohio State’s bowl game.

Analysis: Wells is a grind-it-out runner on the inside with terrific power and ball carrying skills. He's not a breakaway threat, rather a featured back who can consistently handle the ball 25 carries per game. Wells is not a running back for every system, yet he should be and an effective featured back for a ball control offense.


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Full Name: Donald Brown School: Connecticut

Ht: 5-10.5 Wt: 211 40: 4.50 Year: 4Jr

Bio: Named 2008 Big East Offensive Player of the Year after posting career numbers of 367/2,187/18 on the ground and 21/125 as a pass catcher. Junior rushing totals included 170/821/8 with 14 receptions for 85 yards. Initially awarded all-Conference honors as a freshman when he posted 161/896/7 on the ground.

Pos: Well rounded ball carrier with a versatile game. Displays outstanding vision, ball carrying instincts and patience. Waits for blocks to develop, immediately finds the running lanes and displays terrific open field running skills. Creates his own yardage, makes defenders miss and displays terrific footwork with the ability to sidestep or avoid piles. Runs with a compact style, outstanding balance, body control and tough to knock off his feet. Flashes power on the inside with the ability to breaks several tackles and pick up yardage off initial contact. Effectively uses a straight arm to keep plays alive and shows the ability to pick up the tough yardage. Easily turns the corner, cuts back against the grain and loses little momentum when he must immediately alter his running angle. Solid pass catcher out of the backfield.

Neg: Never really carried the load until his junior season. May not have the size or ability to be used as a short yardage runner in the NFL.

Analysis: Brown has been very productive in college showing steady progress and an all-around game. He can be used in a variety of systems at the next level and his versatility makes it difficult to characterize him as a specific type of ball carrier. He may start his career as a rotational running back yet could quickly grow into a teams primary ball carrier.


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Full Name: Shonn Greene School: Iowa

Ht: 5-10.5 Wt: 227 40: 4.59 Year: 3Jr

Bio: Big 10 Offensive Player of the Year last season after rushing numbers of 307/1,850/20 and eight receptions. Did not participate in the football program in 2007. Second team running back in 2006 and finished the season with 32/205/1. Will be 23 years old when the season kicks off in September.

Pos: Athletic ball carrier with a developing game. Turns on his burst in one quick step, consistently runs north/south and gets a lot of force going up the field. Keeps his feet driving on contact, aggressively puts his shoulders into defenders, and falls forward when tackled, picking up the extra yardage. Displays good footwork in a small area, with the ability to bounce around piles. Attempts to set defenders up and make them miss or runs over them altogether. Very strong in his lower body, and delivers some punishing blows. Works to get as much out of every run as possible. Effectively picks up blocking assignments, squaring into defenders and removing them from the action.

Neg: Lacks the agility to turn the corner or beat defenders around the outside. Loses momentum when he must immediately cut back against the grain. Not a creative ball carrier. Improved his vision and instincts as the season moved on, yet at times slow finding the open running lanes.

Analysis: Greene comes off a tremendous campaign where he literally carried the Iowa offense on his shoulders. He possesses outstanding size and ball-carrying strength, yet at the same time, he shows enough playing speed to run away from defenders. Greene’s game needs polish, butt he's a running back with very limited mileage on his frame and a prospect who should only get better the more he plays.


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Full Name: LeSean McCoy School: Pittsburgh Pos: RB

Ht: 5-10.5 Wt: 205 40: 4.51 Year: 3So

Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a sophomore after rushing totals of 308/1,488/21 while adding 32/305 as a receiver. Freshman totals included 276/1328/14 on the ground, which set eight Big East freshman record for rushing yardage. Also added 33/244/1 as a pass catcher. Spent a year at Milford Academy after graduating from high school.

Pos: Talented ball carrier with the ability to elude defenders and create his own yardage. Plays with good balance, body control, and displays terrific open field running skills. Quick footed, makes defenders miss, or will pick his way on the inside. Strings several moves together in a single run and uses all his blocks. Possesses the speed and agility to turn the corner, very elusive and squirts through the small openings of the defense. Possesses soft hands as a pass catcher, and picks up yardage running after the reception. Keeps the play in bounds, working to pick up positive yardage until the whistle blows.

Neg: Not a strong back who picks up a lot of yardage off initial contact. Lacks great speed in the open field. May not be large enough to handle the role of featured runner at the next level.

Analysis: McCoy is a skilled ball handler with the ability to beat defenders around the outside or create his own yardage on the inside. He displays a complete game, offers a lot of upside for the next level, and he could be very productive as a rookie.


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Full Name: Andre Brown School: North Carolina State

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 225 40: 4.54 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Four-year starter who posted 175/767/7 on the ground as a senior and added 29/309/2 as a pass catcher. Junior totals included 95/447/5 on the ground with 25/194 as a pass catcher when he missed four games after fracturing his foot. Sophomore totals included 124/658/4 on the ground after a freshman campaign of 129/667/6.

Pos: Talented interior ball carrier whose career has been marred with injury. Patient, waits for blocks to develop, and runs with good lean. Displays terrific awareness, finds the cutback lanes, and keeps his feet moving on contact. Possesses an above- average burst through the hole, runs with a nice degree of quickness, and displays good footwork in a small area. Solid pass catcher who easily adjusts to the errant throw and makes the reception with his hands. Effectively uses his blocks whenever handling the ball. Solid pass protector who picks up blitzes.

Neg: Not a creative or elusive runner that can string several moves together over the course of a single carry. Does not possess the speed to turn the corner and cannot run to daylight in the open field. Has struggled with injuries throughout college.

Analysis: After a sensational freshman campaign, Brown was stamped as a potential early first round pick and featured runner for the next level. He was able to pull it all together as a senior after several injury plagued seasons then really showed off his talents in the post season. He presents himself as a complete back who can carry the ball, catch it out of the backfield, or effectively pick up blocking assignments. Brown will be productive at the next level in a system that rotates ball carriers and makes the most of his versatility.


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Full Name: Rashad Jennings School: Liberty

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 231 40: 4.58 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who began his college career at Pittsburgh. All-Conference and all American honoree as a senior after rushing totals of 263/1,500/17, which set a school record. Also added 24/190/2 catching the ball. 2008 Big South Offensive Player of the Year. Junior totals included 191/1,113/15 on the ground in nine games. Sophomore rushing totals included 179/1,020/10. Awarded all-Conference honors both his sophomore and junior seasons.

Pos: Big, powerful back best running between the tackles. Patient ball carrier who does a terrific job waiting for blocks to develop and then follows them anywhere on the field. Can cut back in a small area, runs with an aggressive style and puts his shoulders into opponents doling out punishment. Hammers his way on the inside leaving a trail defenders and breaks several tackles during a single carry, picking up a lot of yardage off initial contact. Displays solid open-field running skills and overall football instincts. Effective receiver who adjusts to the errant throw and makes the reception away from his frame.

Neg: Struggles in anything other than a straight-line, not a smooth cutback runner, and has difficulty getting outside of tackle. Not an elusive runner who creates yardage.

Analysis: Jennings has been as dominant running back at Liberty and a one-man show has been impossible to stop. He possesses the size, speed, and skill necessary to be a featured runner at the next level and is a versatile enough to line up in the backfield on passing downs. Jennings will be one of the first senior running backs drafted in April and should quickly produce for an NFL team once he becomes accustomed to this speed of the next level.


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Full Name: Javon Ringer School: Michigan State

Ht: 5-9 Wt: 205 40: 4.49 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons after playing five games with the first team as a sophomore. Totals last season included 390/1,637/22 on the ground with 28/190 as a pass catcher. Junior rushing totals included 245/1,447/6 with 35/295 as a pass catcher. All-Conference selection after his senior and junior seasons. Saw sporadic action at Michigan State returning kicks.

Pos: Patient and productive ball carrier with outstanding vision and instincts. Runs with good lean, and keeps his feet driving up the field, working to get as much out of every run as possible. Waits for blocks to develop, immediately finds the hole, and quickly cuts back against the grain into the open field. Displays a burst of speed, works hard to pick up yardage on the inside, and displays the ability to make defenders miss or avoid piles altogether. Uses an effective straight arm to keep runs alive. Solid receiver out of the backfield.

Neg: Possesses more of a short-area burst of speed, and cannot run to daylight in the open field. Does not pick up yardage off initial contact or break many tackles. Would not be classified as a truly elusive ball carrier who creates his own yardage.

Analysis: Ringer has been a very productive college ball carrier who shows versatility as a pass catcher. Coming off a terrific senior campaign, he does not project as a featured runner in the NFL, yet he should find a home as a situational back for a team that shuffles skill position players.


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Full Name: Cedric Peerman School: Virginia Pos: RB

Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 216 40: 4.41 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Full-time starter as a senior when he led Virginia on the ground totaling 153/774/7 and added 44/193 as a pass catcher. Started the six games he played as a junior, and posted 113/585/5 on the ground before being lost to a foot injury in the middle of season. Primarily used to return kicks early in his Virginia career.

Pos: Well-built interior runner who eludes defenders and creates yardage. Strong, tough to bring down, and uses an effective straight arm to keep defenders away. Displays outstanding vision, finds the running lanes, and follows blocks everywhere on the field. Patient, displays good open field running skills, and is a terrific pass catcher out of the backfield. Gets vertical and adjusts to make the difficult reception, and keeps the play in bounds, trying to pick up as much yardage as possible. Shows a good amount of quickness in his running.

Neg: Does not play with 40 time or show the ability to beat defenders around the corner. Lack of height could be an issue with several teams.

Analysis: Peerman comes off a terrific senior campaign, and he has watched his draft stock move north. He was a real leader on the Virginia offense, and he offers the skills to be productive in the NFL as a situational ball carrier.


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Full Name: Ian Johnson School: Boise State

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 212 40: 4.50 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his sophomore season. Rushing totals last year included 150/766/13, with 22/229 as a pass catcher. Junior rushing totals included 207/1,041/16 with a career-best 25/321/2 catching the ball. Posted career-high ground totals of 277/1,713/25 as a sophomore when he was awarded All-American honors.

Pos: Instinctive, versatile back who does the little things well. Runs low to the ground and underneath his pads, gets lost behind lineman is an follows blocks everywhere on the field. Quick cutback runner who immediately gets through the hole. Carries the ball with excellent balance. Displays outstanding vision, instincts, and consistently finds the open creases on the field. Good football player who works to get as much out of every run as possible. Creative, elusive and makes defenders miss. Reliable underneath receiver who extends his hands and catches the pass away from his frame.

Neg: Not a strong runner who breaks tackles or picks up yardage off initial contact. Lacks the breakaway speed or ability to run to daylight.

Analysis: Johnson has been a very productive skill player the past three years, and he embraced the role of sharing ball-carrying duties as a senior, proving to NFL scouts he is also a team player. Johnson possess the physical skills to be a featured runner at the next level, and he does so many things well that he should produce as a third-down back/situational ball carrier early in his NFL career.


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Full Name: Tony Fiammetta School: Syracuse

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 245 40: 4.59 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who carried the ball just five times as a senior and totaled 66 yards. Missed time with a leg injury last season. Added 16/127/1 catching the ball.

Pos: Athletic prospect with outstanding size/speed numbers. Shows terrific vision as a blocker, aggressive, and meets defenders head on. Has the ability to get around the corner and creates space for the ball carrier. Strong, turns defenders off the ball and opens holes for running backs. Anchors in pass protection, squaring into opponents and holding his ground.

Neg: Marginally productive carrying the ball in college. Not a natural pass catcher. Out of place in the Syracuse offense last year, which had him lining up why at tight end on occasion.

Analysis: Fiammetta has shown flashes of ability the past four years, yet he has never truly been as dominant as scouts had hoped. He offers a good degree of upside, and he seemingly has the mental makeup to be a lead blocker in the NFL, but he must take his game to another level immediately.


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Full Name: Brannan Southerland School: Georgia

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 242 40: 4.68 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who saw limited playing time as a senior after undergoing surgery on his foot. Started eleven games as a junior and posted 17/24/5 on the ground, adding 11/59/1 as a receiver. Carried the ball just two times as a senior and caught two passes. Broke into the starting lineup as a freshman. Broke a navicular bone in his left foot at the end of his junior season that required two surgeries to repair.

Pos: Tough, traditional lead blocker with a terrific game. Plays with good knee bend, displays terrific blocking vision and aggressive in all aspects. Shows the agility to get around the corner, creates space for ball carriers, and gets to the second level, knocking linebackers from the action. Nasty, and always looking for someone to hit. Strong at the point and anchors in pass protection. Keeps his head on a swivel, gets the most from his assets, and opens large holes for ball carriers. Solid receiver out of the backfield and displays strong hands.

Neg: Displays marginal quickness to his game. Has never been a true offensive threat. Coming off a difficult foot injury.

Analysis: Southerland has been a terrific fullback the past four years at Georgia, and he is a competitive player who goes hard until the whistle blows. He offers the ability to play in a number of offensive systems at the next level, and he will be in the league a long time if his foot is healthy.


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Full Name: Jason Cook School: Mississippi

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 244 40: 4.75 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Moved into the starting lineup as a freshman, and has played with the first team whenever Mississippi started the game using a lead blocker. Carried the ball just one time as a senior and added 7/47/1 as a pass catcher.

Pos: Terrific lead blocker with outstanding vision and skill. Quick out of his stance, accelerates into blocks, and removes defenders from the action. Displays the ability to get around the corner and creates space for running backs. Nasty and looks to hit as many defenders as possible on every play. Displays good blocking vision, picks up blitz assignments, and effective in pass protection. Shows good hands on the few occasions he is asked to catch the ball.

Neg: Rarely asked to handle the ball at Mississippi.

Analysis: Cook flew under the radar screens for most of the past three years yet on film he looks as good as any fullback in the country. Despite his marginal production handling the ball Cook possesses the athleticism to help out as an offensive threat. He'll likely fall into the late rounds of the draft yet could easily make a roster at the next level.


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Full Name: Quinn Johnson School: LSU

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 246 40: 4.81 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Part-time starter the past two years who contributed primarily on special teams early in his LSU career. Senior rushing totals included just 14/28/3 with two receptions. Carried the ball a total of three times and caught just two passes prior to last season.

Pos: Powerful, nasty lead blocker at fullback. Quick out of his stance, redirects to opponents and easily turns defenders off the ball. Displays solid blocking vision, plays with leverage, and aggressively attacks blocking assignments. Shows the ability to handle defensive lineman at the point of attack and effectively picks up blitzes.

Neg: Possesses only a short area burst of speed and struggles when he is required to move outside of the tackle box. Has never been an offensive threat.

Analysis: Johnson is a hard-working traditional lead blocker who does the dirty work. His inability to handle the ball will knock him off the draft boards of a number of teams, but Johnson would be an asset as a lead blocker and power running system.


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Full Name: Conredge Collins School: Pittsburgh

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 227 40: 4.72 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter at fullback who posted 21/85 on the ground as a senior, while adding 9/77 as a pass catcher. Junior year rushing totals included 33/110/1.

Pos: Aggressive, lead blocker with a well-rounded game. Displays outstanding vision, blocks with a nasty attitude, and hits as many defenders as possible off a single snap. Accelerates into blocks and puts his shoulders into defenders, removing them from the action. Displays skill carrying the ball, runs with balance and quickly gets back to playing form off the initial hit. Solid receiver out of the backfield.

Neg: Best between the tackles and loses momentum when asked to get around the outside.

Analysis: Collins is a terrific football player who is much more productive than his stats would indicate, and he’s more athletic than his size/speed numbers lead one to believe. He works hard to do the little things well, and he is productive in all his assignments. Collins is not player for everyone, yet if given a chance, he should produce at the next level as a backup fullback and a prospect we think will stand out on special teams.



Position Spotlight: Top Ten Wide Outs

The receiver class of '09 has terrific talent at the top of the draft and good depth through the middle rounds. Two wide outs grade as top twelve picks and there are plenty of second starters and third receivers who double as return specialist to be had through the fourth round. Here are the reports on the top ten receivers in this year's draft.

Full Name: Michael Crabtree School: Texas Tech

Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 215 40: 4.58 Year: 3So

Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors the past two seasons. Sophomore totals included 93/1,135/18 when he struggled during the season with a foot injury. Named Big-12 Offensive Player of the Year in 2007, Biletnikoff Award winner and named to several All-America teams after posting 134/1,962/22. Did not run for scouts prior to the combine because of a stress fracture in his foot.

Pos: Former quarterback who’s been one of the nation’s most dominant receivers the past two seasons. Big, strong target who plays a physical brand of football. Quickly releases off the line, uses his hands to get separation from defenders, and consistently comes back to the ball out of breaks. Extends his hands offering the quarterback a nice target, and adjusts to the errant throw, making the reception away from his frame. Sells routes, easily makes the reception in stride, and is a sturdy receiver who takes a pounding, but holds onto the throw. Quickly transitions from making the reception to running after the catch, strong as a ball handler, and breaks tackles to pick up additional yardage. Makes the difficult catch in a crowd with defenders draped on him, and displays outstanding concentration. Possesses a sense of timing, plays with good balance, and effortlessly makes the reception in contorted positions while running full speed. Effective downfield blocker.

Neg: Tends to round off routes, shows minimal quickness into breaks and then drifts on exit, hampering his ability to get separation from defenders. Lacks deep speed, and is not a receiver who beats defenders in a foot race. Benefited from the wide-open system at Texas Tech.

Analysis: Crabtree is a tremendously talented pass catcher with wonderful physical skills. He is a game-controlling receiver who gets past the sticks on third-down or makes the difficult reception in the end zone. Crabtree uses his physical strength as an advantage, and relies on his former quarterback vision to read defenses and come free. Crabtree has all the makings of a number one receiver in the NFL, and he will be an early selection in April's draft.


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Full Name: Jeremy Maclin School: Missouri

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 198 40: 4.42 Year: 3So

Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference and all-America honors as both a receiver and return specialist since his freshman season. Led Missouri in receiving last year, posting 102/1,260/13. Also averaged 11.7-yards on 23 punt returns with one score and 24-yards on 42 kick returns with a touchdown. Led the nation in all-purpose yardage in 2008, averaging 202.36 yards per game. Freshman totals included 80/1,055/9 as a receiver, with an average of 12.3-yards on 25 punt returns and two more scores. Also averaged 24.2-yards on 43 kick returns, bringing one back into the endzone.

Pos: Explosive, playmaking prospect who is a threat to score whenever he handles the ball. Plays much faster than his 40 time, can turn it on in one step, and runs away from defenders. Dangerous in the open field, and displays elusiveness as well as speed. Quickly gets off the line into routes, easily adjusts to the errant throw, and makes the reception in stride. Plays with good balance, body control, and uses his frame to shield away defenders. Gets vertical and extends to make the reception away from his frame, displaying good eye/hand coordination. Cannot be caught in the open field, and he strikes fear in opponents.

Neg: Not a strong receiver, and struggles in battles with opponents. May have difficulty handling the jam at the next level. Posted disappointing 40 times at the combine.

Analysis: Maclin is a game-impacting skill player who could help a team in a variety of ways. He possesses solid receiving skills, and at the same time, he is dangerous returning punts or kicks. Maclin offers a tremendous amount of upside potential, and he will see immediate action on special teams as a rookie in the NFL while he develops into a number one receiver.


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Full Name: Darrius Heyward Bey School: Maryland

Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 210 40: 4.35 Year: 4Jr

Bio: Three-year starter who posted 42/609/5 as a junior. All-Conference and All-America selection as a sophomore after career receiving totals of 51/786/3. Moved into the starting lineup as a freshman and posted 45/694/5.

Pos: Game-breaking receiver with home run hitting speed. Quickly releases off the line into routes, immediately gets to top speed, and consistently displays the ability to run away from defenders. Can switch it on in one step, displays tremendous quickness in his all-around game, and makes a lot of acrobatic receptions with defenders draped on him. Easily adjusts to the errant throw, displays good eye/hand coordination, and is an agile pass catcher who gets vertical, extends skyward, and then pulls the pass from the air. Plays with good balance, body control, and effectively uses his frame to shield away opponents. Comes back to the quarterback to make himself an available target.

Neg: Has a thin frame and may struggle handling jams at the next level. Must give better effort as a blocker. Unnecessarily lets the pass get inside him at times. Was very spotty with his production last season.

Analysis: Heyward-Bey has all the physical skills necessary to be game-breaking receiver at the next level. He comes off a disappointing junior campaign, yet if Heyward-Bey physically matures and continues to develop his game, he will be a productive number one receiver at the next level.


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Full Name: Percy Harvin School: Florida

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 193 40: 4.41 Year: 3Jr

Bio: Two-year starter who also saw extensive action with the first team as a true freshman. All-Conference selection the past two years and named as an All-American in 2008, when he led Florida in receiving posting 40/644/7 and finished second in rushing with 70/660/10. Sophomore receiving totals included 59/858/4, with 83/764/2 carrying the ball. Made an impact as a true freshman with receiving totals of 34/427/2.

Pos: Explosive, big play ball-handler who impacts games in a variety of ways. Plays with tremendous quickness, balance, and body control. Easily adjusts to the errant throw, and effortlessly reaches back to make the reception at full speed without breaking stride. Possesses strong hands and displays the ability to pull the fastball from the air. Looks the pass in, makes the reception away from his frame, and effectively uses his body to shield away defenders or protect the pass. Runs low to the ground, beats defenders into the open field, and can run to daylight. Follows blocks handling the ball, eludes defenders, and possesses the ability to create his own yardage. Has a stout build and shows surprising power carrying the ball. Consistently keeps the play in bounds, and runs north-south to pick up yardage. Gives effort as a blocker. Does an outstanding job picking up yardage running after the reception.

Neg: Loses out battling large defensive backs. Is a talented receiver, yet he may not be a true #1 wideout in the NFL. Known to have an explosive personality, which has caused him problems in the past. Has had durability issues throughout

Analysis: Harvin is a multi-purpose skill player who possesses great speed and the ability to score from any point on the field. He can be used in a variety of roles, and a creative offensive coordinator will find ways to get him the ball as a receiver or running reverses. Harvin also has potential as a return specialist, which only adds to his value. He has the ability to be a big-time player at the next level if he can stay healthy, focus on the team, and stay under control at all times.


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Full Name: Hakeem Nicks School: North Carolina

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 212 40: 4.55 Year: 3Jr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors the past two years. Junior totals included 68/1,222/12 after junior totals of 74/958/5, when he set a school record for receptions. Freshman numbers included 39 receptions. Led the Tar Heels in receiving the past three years.

Pos: Large, physically gifted pass catcher who plays much faster than his forty time. Very athletic, easily adjusts to the errant pass, and makes a lot of difficult receptions. Gets vertical in a crowd, exposes himself to the big hit, but comes down with the ball. Displays quickness into breaks, comes back to the pass and gets separation from defenders. Extends and offers the quarterback a nice target. Quickly transitions from making the catch to running after the reception. Effectively uses his frame to shield away defenders and protect the pass. Consistently makes the reception with his hands and keeps the play in bounds, working to pick up positive yardage.

Neg: Not overly quick releasing off the line into routes. Not a true speedster and will have difficulty getting downfield separation at the next level. Does not display consistently soft hands.

Analysis: Nicks has been a productive receiver at North Carolina the past three years, and he offers the skills that translate well to the next level. He has the ability to be used in a variety of offensive systems, and he has enough upside potential to develop into a number one receiver for an NFL team.


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Full Name: Kenny Britt School: Rutgers

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 218 40: 4.50 Year: 3Jr

Bio: Full-time starter to of the past two seasons after playing six games with the first team as a freshman. Broke his own school record for receiving yards last season after totals of 87/1,371/7. Originally set the record as a sophomore with 62/1,232/8, averaging 19.9 yards per reception. All-Conference selection after his sophomore and junior seasons.

Pos: Big, strong possession receiver with reliable hands. Defeats jams at the line of scrimmage, stays in his pass route, and uses his large frame to shield away opponents or protect the pass protect the pass. Fluid moving about the field, plays with good body control, and extends his hands, offering the quarterback a target. Consistently makes the reception away from his frame. Adjusts well to the errant throw running laterally. Comes back to the ball out of breaks, gets vertical, and out jumps defenders for the high throw. Fluid making the reception in stride, reaching back then plucking the ball with his hands. Keeps his eyes on the ball and displays good concentration.

Neg: Average release off the line and a one-speed wideout who does not get separation down the field. Rounds off routes and does not display sharpness into breaks. Has been characterized as a moody player with a personality that can be tough to get along with.

Analysis: Britt has been tremendously productive since stepping on the field as a freshman, and is a big body possession receiver with ability as a number two wideout in the NFL. He may not be a player for everyone, yet he is a productive pass catcher who gets the job done on the field.


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Full Name: Juaquin Iglesias School: Oklahoma

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 210 40: 4.59 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors the past two seasons. Senior totals included career numbers of 74/1,150/10 after 68/907/5 as a junior. Experienced returning punts and kicks.

Pos: Sure-handed possession receiver with an excellent head for the game. Quickly gets into breaks, plays with terrific body control, and consistently extends his hands to make the catch. Works his way back to the quarterback, and then uses his frame to shield away defenders or protect the pass. Easily adjusts to the long throw downfield, and makes the reception in stride. Knows where he is on the field, reliable in all aspects, and displays good awareness. Gets up in a crowd to make the difficult reception, and is a sturdy receiver who can take a pounding and then hold onto the throw. Uses his hands to get separation from opponents, and works hard to come free.

Neg: Lacks deep speed, and cannot run to the long throw. Branded in the past as a player who needed to be pushed.

Analysis: Iglesias is a well-rounded possession receiver with adequate size and reliable hands. He has the tools to start at the next level as a number three wideout and could eventually develop into a productive second receiver.


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Full Name: Mohamed Massaquoi School: Georgia

Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 210 40: 4.55 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after posting career numbers of 58/920/8. Junior totals included 32/491/4 after 30/366/2 as a sophomore.

Pos: Strong receiver with excellent size whose game is on the upswing. Fluid releasing off the line of scrimmage, quickly gets to top speed, and consistently finds the open space in the defense. Plays with outstanding awareness, recognizes blitzes, and gets past the sticks on third-down to pick up required yardage. Sells routes, uses his hands to get separation, and effectively makes the reception in stride, losing no momentum. Comes back to the ball out of breaks, extends and makes the reception away from his frame. Physical throughout the action and defeats opponents to make the reception. Uses his frame to shield away defenders or protect the pass, adjusts to the errant throw, and looks the ball into his hands. Exposes himself to the big hit in order to come away with the catch. Displays someone after-the-catch ability.

Neg: Lacks top end speed, a second gear, and not a vertical threat. Displays a minimal burst in his game.

Analysis: Massaquoi is a skill receiver with a well-rounded game, and he’s one of the more underrated wideouts in this year's draft. Besides being a solid football player, he is a high-character person who will be an asset on a roster. Massaquoi has all the skills necessary to develop into a productive second receiver at the next level.


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Full Name: Brian Robiskie School: Ohio State

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 209 40: 4.55 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who's led Ohio State in receptions since his junior season. Senior totals included 42/535/8 after 55/935/11 as a junior. Started five games as a sophomore, and posted 29/383/5. Father Terry is currently the wide receivers coach of the Atlanta Falcons.

Pos: Reliable pass catcher with natural receiving skills. Quickly releases off the line, sells pass routes, and effectively uses his frame to shield away opponents. Extends his hands to make the reception away from his frame, and is a sturdy wideout who takes a pounding but holds onto the ball. Adjusts well to the errant throw, looks the pass into his hands, and gets vertical in a crowd to make the difficult reception. Follows the quarterback across the field to make himself an available target, and effectively uses his hands to get separation from opponents. Plays with terrific body control, balance, and displays good awareness. Effective downfield blocker.

Neg: One-speed receiver who cannot stretch the defense. Average production at Ohio State and never really stood out.

Analysis: Robiskie is a coach’s son with a well-rounded game and a receiver who does the little things well. He's not a spectacular talent, yet he’s a pass catcher with the skills to eventually develop into a productive second wideout in the NFL.


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Full Name: Mike Thomas School: Arizona

Ht: 5-8 Wt: 195 40: 4.31 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors the past two years. Posted receiving numbers of 74/825/4 averaged 13.5 yards on 29 punt returns with two more scores as a senior. Junior receiving totals included 83/1,038/11. Led the Pac-10 in receptions the past two seasons, and was the league's top punt returner in 2008.

Pos: Undersized, yet reliable, pass catcher with a complete game. Quickly releases into routes, shows sharpness into breaks and consistently gets separation from defenders. Adjusts to the errant throw, displays good focus and overall field awareness. Extends and then plucks the pass from the air. Quickly translates from making the reception to running after the catch, and displays elusiveness whenever he handles the ball in the open field. Does a nice job coming back to the ball out of his breaks ,or finding the clearing in the defense to make himself an available target. Consistent hand catcher who lays himself on the line to make the difficult reception. Feisty, keeps the play in bounds, and works hard to pick up yardage anytime he handles the ball.

Neg: Loses out in battles and struggles against big opponents. Does not show the flat-out speed to beat defenders down the field on a consistent basis.

Analysis: Thomas has been a consistent performer at Arizona as a pass catcher and punt returner. His height is a limiting factor at the next level, yet he should find a home as a productive fourth receiver who will also produce on special teams.

Position Spotlight: Top Ten Offensive Tackles

For the second consecutive draft there will be plenty of talented offensive tackles, both blind side and strong side protectors, available beginning the early part of round one. Talented prospects with starting potential will be available in the first two rounds while good developmental players can be found through the sixth frame.

Full Name: Jason Smith School: Baylor

Ht: 6-5 Wt: 309 40: 5.14 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four-year starter used at both tackle spots as well as tight end. Awarded all-Conference and All-America honors as a senior.

Pos: Athletic blocker whose game has been on an upswing the past two seasons. Blocks with outstanding fundamentals, displays terrific footwork and top lateral blocking range. Fluid sliding off the edge, covers a lot of area on the field, and easily controls quick, speedy edge rushers. Patient in pass protection, jolts defenders with terrific hand punch, and easily knocks them from their angle of attack. Moves well on his feet, fast if asked to pull across the line of scrimmage, and displayed great improvement blocking in motion as a senior. Shows the ability to get out front into the secondary as a lead blocker. Flashes a nasty streak, and blocks down well on opponents.

Neg: Must improve his run blocking strength and balance, which will only enhance his ability to finish plays. Possesses a thin lower body and needs to add bulk.

Analysis: Smith is a prospect who's been moving up draft boards the past six months, and he has solidified himself as one of the draft’s top three selections. He is a terrific blocker who should quickly move into a starting lineup at the next level, and his game will only improve as he physically matures.


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Full Name: Eugene Monroe School: Virginia

Ht: 6-5.5 Wt: 309 40: 5.21 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons after playing six games with the first team as a sophomore. All-Conference and All-America selection as a senior. Spent most of his college career at left tackle after seeing sporadic action at right guard as a freshman.

Pos: Athletic, pass-protecting left tackle with a large degree of upside. Blocks with a wide base, good knee bend, and keeps his feet moving. Effectively fights with his hands, stays square and quick in his all-around game. Displays outstanding lateral blocking range, and easily slides out to protect the edge. Fluid moving on his feet, and shows skill blocking in motion. Stays square, keeps the defender in front of him, and shows the ability to handle quick, athletic defenders. Works well with teammates.

Neg: Not a dominant drive blocker who gets a lot of movement on running downs. Tries to outguess defenders and lets opponents slip past him on occasion. Susceptible to inside moves by defenders. Not considered a very aggressive or tough lineman.

Analysis: Monroe is a prospect whose game has taken off the past two years, and he’s an athletic lineman who should only get better as he becomes more experienced at the position. He has starting ability at the next level, and he offers a great amount of upside, yet he needs to improve his playing strength and learn to consistently focus on the task at hand. Monroe should be a top-12 pick in April's draft, and then quickly break into the starting lineup for the team that selects him.


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Full Name: Andre Smith School: Alabama

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 332 40: 5.28 Year: 3Jr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors the past three seasons as well as being named all-American player last year. Awarded the Outland Trophy in 2008, presented annually to college football's top offensive lineman or linebacker.

Pos: Dominant left tackle prospect effective as both a pass protector and run blocker. Makes great use of body positioning, keeps his feet moving and easily controls defenders at the point of attack. Blocks with terrific knee bend, plays with good pad level and can adjust to knock speed pass rushers from their angle of attack. Stays square, effective with his hands and displays good blocking vision. Shows the ability to handle quick, nimble opponents and easily controls defenders once engaged at the point of attack. Gets movement as a run blocker and effective off the line of scrimmage.

Neg: Must improve his run-blocking balance. Lacks smooth footwork sliding out off the edge. Not light on his feet and rumbles about the field. Has displayed some disturbing behavior in the off season. Disappeared unannounced prior to his combine workout. Turned in terrible interviews with teams during the combine. Looked poorly conditioned and out of shape at his pro-day workout two weeks later.

Analysis: Smith has been a productive and dominant lineman the past three years. He may not be a most graceful pass protector, yet rarely does Smith get beat. While many nitpick, there's a lot to like about Smith's game, and if he adheres to proper conditioning off the field, he has all the tools needed to be a terrific left tackle in the NFL.


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Full Name: Michael Oher School: Mississippi

Ht: 6-4.5 Wt: 309 40: 5.19 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Four-year starter who began his career at right guard before moving to the left tackle position. All-Conference selection since his sophomore campaign and named as an All-America player last year.

Pos: Celebrated college lineman whose football skills fall short of his reputation. Blocks with good knee bend, keeps his feet moving and stays square. Displays better-than-average footwork in space, immediately gets his hands into defenders and keeps opponents away from his quarterback. Works well with teammates and keeps his head on a swivel. Explosive at the point and fundamentally sound.

Neg: Average run blocker who does not finish off opponents. Must make better use of blocking angles. Not light on his feet and rumbles about the field. Struggles to adjust.

Analysis: Oher is a terrific story and a solid NFL prospect with starting potential at the next level. That said he never should have been considered as one of the top five players in this draft nor the top rated tackle. Oher must improve the details of his game and in time could find a home with the first unit at either left or right tackle.


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Full Name: Phil Loadholt School: Oklahoma

Ht: 6-7.5 Wt: 332 40: 5.45 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Junior-college transfer who immediately broke into the starting lineup upon his arrival at Oklahoma. All-Conference selection the past two seasons, and named to several All-America teams.

Pos: King-sized blocker who displays a lot of skill and potential in his game. Blocks with a wide base, keeps his feet moving, and stays square. Jolts defenders with terrific hand punch, and easily controls them once engaged at the point of attack. Gets movement run blocking, driving defenders off the ball, and finishes blocks. Patient in pass protection, easily anchors at the point, and effectively plays with leverage for a tall lineman. Pushes speedy edge rushers from their angle of attack. Keeps his head on a swivel, and works well with teammates.

Neg: Lacks top footwork sliding out to protect the edge, and struggles to adjust. Somewhat overweight and looks poorly conditioned. Does not play with good balance.

Analysis: Loadholt showed terrific skill from the minute he stepped onto the field at Oklahoma, and he is a lineman with great upside potential. He played well at the Senior Bowl, and then he turned in a solid combine performance. If Loadholt properly conditions himself throughout the season, he offers starting ability on the right side.


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Full Name: William Beatty School: Connecticut

Ht: 6-6 Wt: 307 40: 5.03 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons after seeing sporadic action with the first team during his freshman and sophomore seasons. All-Conference selection as a senior.

Pos: Athletic pass-blocking left tackle with a large degree of upside. Plays with terrific fundamentals, makes great use of blocking angles, body positioning, and displays the feet necessary to slide laterally and protect the edge. Quickly gets his hands into opponents, stays square, and keeps his knees bent throughout the action. Strong in pass protection, and easily controls defenders once engaged at the point. Quick out to the second level, and shows the ability to hit a moving target. Effectively places his hands into opponents and works them throughout the action. Flashes a nasty streak.

Neg: Stands to improve his overall body strength and gets marginal results as a run blocker. Had shown himself to be passive lineman previous to his senior season. Has a reputation for giving excuses, being lazy, and not being tough.

Analysis: Beatty is a tremendous left tackle prospect with the size and athleticism necessary to start in the NFL. If he puts his mind to it and works hard to improve his game, he should only get better as he physically matures and fills out his tall frame. Beatty did improve most aspects of his game last season and the arrow is pointing North.


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Full Name: Eben Britton School: Arizona

Ht: 6-6 Wt: 309 40: 5.10 Year: 4Jr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors after his sophomore and junior seasons. Started every game he played at Arizona, spending most of his time at left tackle.

Pos: Nice-sized offensive lineman who gets the most from his abilities. Blocks with good leverage and keeps his pads low. Stout at the point, keeps his feet moving, and anchors in pass protection. Shows the ability to slide out and protect the edge, making good use of blocking angles, and easily riding opponents from the action. Plays heads-up football, recognizes blitzes thrown by opponents, and works well with teammates. Large enough to completely engulf or smother defenders. Makes exceptional use of his hands, quickly getting them into defenders, and then correctly placing them to keep opponents from the action.

Neg: Stands to improve his run blocking, and must learn to finish off opponents. Struggles handling speedy edge rushers who get the first step on him, and is slow to adjust. Ineffective in motion, and lacks the ability to hit a moving target.

Analysis: Britton is a solid offensive tackle with a good degree of upside potential. Slightly overrated coming into the pre-draft process, he would've been better off returning for his senior season at Arizona, and then entering the 2010 draft, where he would've graded as a top-20 selection. Britton presently ranks as a solid early-to-mid choice in round two, and he will eventually develop into a starting tackle at the next level once he completes his game and improves his playing strength.


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Full Name: Jamon Meredith School: South Carolina

Ht: 6-5 Wt: 304 40: 4.91 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter used at both tackle spots as well as offensive guard. Suffered through his senior season with an ankle injury.

Pos: Athletic tackle who plays with terrific fundamentals. Bends his knees, sets with a wide base, and blocks with terrific leverage. Keeps his feet moving throughout the action, and displays the ability to slide off the edge, covering a lot of area. Shows top footwork in space. Stays square, anchors in pass protection, and nicely adjusts the oncoming defenders. Extends his hands into opponents and keeps them away. Displays solid movement skills and effective blocking in motion. Quickly picks up blitzes and works well with teammates.

Neg: Must improve his blocking balance, as he's on the field too much. Does not consistently attack assignments. His passion for the game and toughness has been questioned by NFL scouts.

Analysis: When he hits on all cylinders, Meredith is one of the better pass protectors in the draft. He comes off a poor senior campaign and will be selected much later than his talents warrant. Meredith offers a lot of upside, and he could very easily break into the starting lineup at the all-important left tackle position if he gets his game back on track and consistently plays on a high level.


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Full Name: Gerald Cadogan School: Penn State

Ht: 6-5 Wt: 309 40: 5.07 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter at left tackle awarded all-Conference honors as a senior.

Pos: Nice-sized pass blocker who moves well on his feet. Fluid sliding out to protect the edge, shows the ability to adjust, and keeps blitzing linebackers away from his quarterback. Sets with a wide base, and is effective with his hands, extending them into defenders, and then knocking them from their angle of attack. Patient, flashes the ability to block on the move, and is relatively effective in motion. For the most part, blocks with solid fundamentals.

Neg: Lacks the dominant base, pushed back off the line by large opponents, and a marginal run blocker. Must improve his blocking balance. Lacks a mean streak, and plays with a passive nature.

Analysis: Cadogan is a solid pass protector with above-average size and athleticism. He possesses the footwork to start at the left tackle position, yet he must improve his strength and learn and play with more fire in his belly.


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Full Name: Fenuki Tupou School: Oregon

Ht: 6-5.5 Wt: 314 40: 5.30 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Junior-college transfer who started the past two seasons at Oregon and won all-Conference honors as a junior.

Pos: Nice-sized offensive lineman with potential at a number of positions. Strong at the point, gets movement run blocking, or anchors in pass protection. Stays square, makes terrific use of blocking angles, and keeps defenders in front of him. Fights with his hands throughout the action, keeps his head on a swivel, and works well with teammates. Aggressive and works hard to finish blocks. Well-built and naturally strong.

Neg: Must improve his blocking balance and footwork sliding off the edge. Displays marginal skill in motion.

Analysis: Tupou has been a very solid player on the left side for Oregon the past two years. He has the body type and skill that could place him at right tackle or inside to guard. His game has progressed the past two seasons, and his best football is ahead of him.

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Position Spotlight: Top Ten Guards

The guard class of '09 offers a lot of versatility and is very solid. All the prospects listed in our top ten offer starting potential in a variety of schemes from power blocking offenses to zone blocking systems. A number of players also offer potential at different positions such as tackle or center.

Full Name: Max Unger School: Oregon

Ht: 6-4.5 Wt: 309 40: 5.30 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Four-year starter who saw most of his action at left tackle before holding down the center position as a senior. Awarded all-Conference and All-American honors since his junior season.

Pos: Fundamentally sound lineman with a terrific feel for the position. Bends his knees, blocks with terrific leverage, and keeps his feet moving. Solid with shotgun snaps, stays square, and seals defenders from the action with good body positioning. Fights with his hands throughout the action, displays good punch at the point, and steers opponents from plays. Works well with line-mates, keeps his head on a swivel, and displays terrific blocking vision. Makes good use of angles, and is very aware of blocking assignments.

Neg: Does not show great lateral blocking range or footwork sliding out to protect the edge. Lacks a dominant base, and will be pushed back off the line.

Analysis: Unger is a solid prospect with the ability to be used at a number of positions on the offensive line. His eventual home in the NFL will likely be either center or guard. Unger is not a great prospect, but he has starting potential on the NFL level for years to come.


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Full Name: Duke Robinson School: Oklahoma

Ht: 6-5 Wt: 329 40: 5.28 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his sophomore campaign, and named as an All-America player the past two seasons.

Pos: Explosive, small area blocker with a large amount of upside. Gets into blocks, bends his knees, and keeps his feet moving throughout the action. Jolts defenders at the point of attack, displays power, and gets movement run blocking. Stays square, effectively fights with his hands, and shows good upper body strength. Always looking for someone to hit, and easily controls opponents once engaged in a block. Keeps his head on a swivel, and works well with teammates.

Neg: Sets with a narrow base, lacks balance, and falls off blocks. Not fluid moving on his feet, and lumbers about the field. Struggles the further away from the line of scrimmage he's required blocker.

Analysis: Robinson has been a terrific player at Oklahoma, and he offers the skills to be a starter in the NFL. He is a solid, yet not spectacular, prospect who could flourish in a power blocking system that does not require him to move far from the line of scrimmage.


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Full Name: Trevor Canfield School: Cincinnati

Ht: 6-4.5 Wt: 307 40: 5.30 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his sophomore campaign.

Pos: Strong, nasty lineman best in a small area. Quickly gets into blocks, plays with a nasty streak and easily controls defenders once engaged at the point of attack. Stays square, displays great punch with his hands, and has the ability to easily steer defenders from the action. Sets with a wide base, and keeps his feet moving. Displays good awareness of what's happening on the field, and keeps his head on a swivel.

Neg: Lumbers about the field, struggles hitting a moving target, and is ineffective in motion. Overextends into blocks, lacks adjustment, and has difficulty finishing blocks anytime he is asked to leave the line of scrimmage.

Analysis: Canfield has been a productive interior lineman at Cincinnati, and he offers the size and body type to play at the next level. He would benefit by increasing his flexibility, although he has the size and growth potential to be a productive starter in a power running offense.


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Full Name: T.J. Lang School: Eastern Michigan

Ht: 6-4.5 Wt: 304 40: 5.11 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior. Experienced at both the left and right tackle positions.

Pos: Underrated blocking prospect who displays a good amount of skill in his overall game. Quickly gets into blocks, bends his knees, and fluid moving about the field. Keeps his feet moving throughout the action, shows the ability to slide laterally in pass protection, and covers a good amount of area on the field. Makes terrific use of angles, correctly places his hands into defenders and fights with them until the whistle blows. Flashes a nasty streak and really gets after opponents. Displays the ability to block in motion.

Neg: Must improve his strength as he struggles to get any movement at the point of attack as a run blocker. Lacks the classic size for an offensive tackle.

Analysis: Lang is a prospect who's fallen under the radar screen in scouting circles, yet he is a lineman with the skills and work ethic to play at the next level. He may not have the size to stay offensive tackle, yet has enough ability to be pushed inside to guard or center, and he should get looks from a zone-blocking team.


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Full Name: Louis Vasquez School: Texas Tech

Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 333 40: 5.24 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his sophomore campaign.

Pos: Mammoth blocker with a good amount of upside potential. Quickly gets off the line, keeps his feet moving, and turns defenders from the action. Blocks with good lean, stout at the point, and anchors in pass protection. Quickly gets his hands up, fights throughout the action, and works to annihilate defenders. Displays good blocking vision, and works well with teammates.

Neg: Not a natural knee Bender. Marginal skills blocking in motion.

Analysis: Vasquez is a powerful wide-bodied blocker with the ability to play in a number of systems at the next level. He has next-level size, and once Vasquez gets acclimated to playing in an NFL offense, he should quickly find a spot with the first team.


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Full Name: Jaimie Thomas School: Maryland

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 332 40: 5.25 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who also saw minimal action with the first team as a sophomore.

Pos: Large, strong blocker who moves well on his feet. Displays footwork in space, shows above-average ability blocking in motion and gets movement run blocking. Quickly gets off the snap, drives defenders off the ball, and can adjust to linebackers on the second level. Effective position blocker who seals defenders from the action, and fights with his hands throughout the play.

Neg: Inconsistent in his game, and stands to develop a nasty streak. Must improve his blocking balance. Has off-the-field issue that could raise flags.

Analysis: Thomas possesses outstanding size and has the ability to be a starter at the next level. He must iron out the rough edges of his game and show that he is willing to play hard for 60 minutes, but he offers a good degree of upside.


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Full Name: Kraig Urbik School: Wisconsin

Ht: 6-5 Wt: 328 40: 5.33 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-Conference honors the past two seasons. Started his career at tackle before moving to guard as a sophomore.

Pos: Large, versatile blocker with a solid game. Strong at the point, stays square, and jolts defenders with good hand punch. Powerful, knocks opponents off the line, and works blocks hard. Keeps his feet moving, anchors in pass protection, and plays with a nasty attitude. Displays good vision and works well with line-mates. Breaks down well, and to his credit, consistently plays with good knee bend. Can slide laterally in a small area.

Neg: Slow if asked to pull across the line of scrimmage or block in motion. Must improve his blocking balance.

Analysis: Urbik has been tremendously durable and productive for Wisconsin, and he is a blocker with the ability to play several different positions on the offensive line. He lacks the great upside, yet he possesses enough skill to have a long NFL career.


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Full Name: Andy Levitre School: Oregon State

Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 305 40: 5.24 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his sophomore season. Named to several all-America teams last season. Played both left and right tackle at Oregon State.

Pos: Fundamentally sound lineman with an outstanding head for the position. Bends his knees, quickly sets in pass protection, and stays square. Makes good use of angles, fights hard with his hands, and turns defenders from the action. Keeps his feet moving, jolts opponents with good punch, and shows ability blocking in motion. Intelligent, picks up assignments, and works well with teammates.

Neg: Must improve his overall body strength, as he rarely finishes blocks. Lacks top footwork sliding out to protect the edge. Does not possess the size to stay at tackle in the NFL. Had a terrible Senior Bowl, and he was just slightly better at the combine.

Analysis: Levitre was a terrific college offensive lineman and has the ability to play at the next level. He's likely to be placed inside to guard and may be tried at center. As he physically matures and improves his playing strength, Levitre could be a fixture in a zone-blocking scheme.


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Full Name: Travis Bright School: BYU

Ht: 6-4.5 Wt: 321 40: 5.26 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior. Experienced at both guard positions. All-Academic award winner throughout his college career. Overaged prospect who spent two years on a Mormon mission before redshirting as a true freshman in 2004.

Pos: Large, athletic lineman who plays with a good degree of intelligence. Quickly gets into blocks, displays good vision, and works well with teammates. Stays square, adjusts to defenders, and effectively fights with his hands. Jolts opponents with good punch, keeps his feet moving, and is a resilient lineman who stays with the action. Displays good awareness and quickly picks up stunts or twists thrown by the defense.

Neg: Marginal skill blocking in motion, and struggles to hit a moving target. At times does too much leaning on defenders.

Analysis: Bright is a physically strong lineman with good size and above-average movement skills. He translates his classroom intelligence onto the football field and gets the most from his abilities. Physically mature, he offers starting potential at the next level.


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Full Name: Tyronne Green School: Auburn

Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 309 40: 5.25 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter at offensive guard who began his Auburn career as a defensive tackle.

Pos: Fluid, zone-blocking lineman best in motion. Quickly gets off the line into blocks, immediately gets out to the second level, and can demolishes defensive backs or linebackers on the move. Jolts defenders at the point of attack, keeps his feet moving, and can adjust to defenders. Stays square, blocks with good knee bend, and works to keep defenders in front of him. Keeps his head on a swivel and works well with teammates.

Neg: Must improve his overall blocking strength. Does not finish blocks on the line of scrimmage.

Analysis: Green has been a solid player at Auburn the past two seasons, and offers skills in a system that will consistently put him in motion. He must improve his strength, which would only make him a better player on the field.

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Position Spotlight: Top Ten Centers

The center class of '09 is one of the deepest in recent memory. Almost a half dozen players from our top ten have the potential to be starters in the NFL. Three highly rated guards (Max Unger, Trevor Canfield and TJ Lange) have been worked out at center in the run up to the draft and could eventually be first teamers at the position. Here's a complete breakdown on the top pivot blockers in the draft.

Full Name: Alex Mack School: California

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 311 40: 5.19 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his sophomore campaign. Named to several all-America teams the past two years.

Pos: Fundamentally sound blocker who's been a consistent performer the past three years. Bends his knees, gets leverage on opponents, and blocks with a nasty attitude. Quickly gets his hands into defenders, displays footwork in space, and strong enough to turn opponents off the line. Explodes off the snap into blocks, squares into defenders, and seals them from the action with good body positioning. Effective with the shotgun snap. Works well with teammates, and displays leadership on the field. Quick to the second level, nicely adjusts to linebackers and shows ability blocking in motion.

Neg: Not a dominant blocker in the middle, and is overwhelmed by large defenders. Lacks balance and all too often on the field.

Analysis: Mack has been a durable and dependable center, and he offers starting potential in the NFL. He must improve his run-blocking strength, which would only help him complete his game, and Mack offers a good amount of upside possibility.


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Full Name: Eric Wood School: Louisville

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 310 40: 5.15 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four-year starter at center awarded all-Conference honors since his sophomore campaign.

Pos: Physical, tough center with a great feel for the position. Explosive, fires off the snap and gets out to the second level, walling linebackers from the action. Fundamentally sound, plays with a nasty attitude, and works hard until the whistle blows. Effectively fights with his hands, keeps his feet moving, and constantly keeps defenders away from the action. Works well with teammates, and does an outstanding job quarterbacking the offensive line. Plays through injury.

Neg: Not a true dominator in the middle of the line. Stiff, struggles to redirect to linebackers and on the field a bit much.

Analysis: Wood has been durable and productive on the college level, and he gets the job done. He's not a great athlete, rather a terrific football player with the ability to break into a starting lineup on the NFL level and then stay there for years to come.


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Full Name: Antoine Caldwell School: Alabama

Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 307 40: 5.19 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Four-year starter who spent the majority of his career at center. All-Conference selection the past three seasons.

Pos: Explosive center who plays with a good degree of athleticism. Fires off the snap, quickly gets out to the second level, and can hit a moving target or seal linebackers from the action. Effective with shotgun snap, blocks with excellent knee bend and overall fundamentals. Quickly gets his hands into defenders, and controls opponents or steers them from the action. Keeps his head on a swivel, shows a nice feel for the position, and he uses all his assets to their maximum.

Neg: Not a dominant center who opens up the middle of the field or finishes blocks. Solid yet not great footwork in pass protection.

Analysis: Caldwell is a prospect who draws a variety of opinions from scouts around the league. Though many nitpick at his game, Caldwell has been a terrific player for Alabama and offers enough skill to start in the NFL. He must improve the strength of his playing base, also needs to pick up the intensity of his game, yet he should be a solid zone blocking lineman with ability at several positions.


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Full Name: Jonathan Luigs School: Arkansas

Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 301 40: 5.04 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his sophomore season, and named as an all-American in ‘07. Awarded the Rimington Trophy and co-winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as a junior.

Pos: Strong, small area blocker with a good head for the position. Effective with shotgun snap, keeps his feet moving, and walls defenders from the action. Gets chips on linebackers blocking in motion, picks up assignments, and quick in his head. Blocks with good lean, and effectively gets his hands into defenders, and then steers them from the action. Solid shotgun snapper who quickly and crisply gets the ball into the quarterback's hands. Displays good vision, and looks to hit as many opponents as possible in a single play.

Neg: Must improve his blocking balance. Not a dominant lineman who drives opponents off the ball. Average footwork in space.

Analysis: Luigs is a well-known prospect whose reputation outdistances his ability on the field. He's been a solid college player, and is a nice prospect for the next level who could develop at center or guard. Luigs’ best opportunity is likely to come in a zone- blocking system, and he's a lineman who needs time to develop his game.


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Full Name: Cecil Newton School: Tennessee State

Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 292 40: 5.21 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-Conference honors after his sophomore and senior seasons. Played primarily at center for Tennessee State, yet he’s experienced at all the old offensive line positions.

Pos: Underrated center who's been productive and durable on the small-school level. Quickly gets into blocks, strong at the point, and turns defenders off the line. Immediately gets his hands into defenders, effectively fights them with them throughout the action, and jolts opponents with good punch. Effectively handles one-on-one blocking situations, and plays with a nasty attitude, working hard until the whistle blows. Quarterbacks the offensive line and works well with teammates. Effective with shotgun snap. Quick to the second level, and above-average skills in motion.

Neg: Plays a bit stiff, which hurts his ability to finish blocks. Not a true mauler in the middle of the line. Lacks the great size for a center.

Analysis: Newton has been a terrific college center and is one of the more underrated players at his position in this draft. He offers starting potential at the next level for a team that patiently develops his skills.


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Full Name: Edwin Williams School: Maryland

Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 308 40: 5.34 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter at center awarded all-Conference honors last season.

Pos: Terrific center prospect flying under the radar screen. Plays with a good degree of quickness, keeps his feet moving, effective in motion, and shows ability in space. Can slide laterally, adjusts to defenders and is fundamentally sound. Bends his knees, gets his hands up and stays square. Effective with shotgun snap. Can slide laterally and displays good blocking range. Works well with teammates, and fights hard throughout the action.

Neg: Not a strong lineman and struggles handling powerful defenders in the middle. Rarely gets movement run blocking or opens up middle the field.

Analysis: Williams has been a consistent and durable player at Maryland, and he offers a large degree of upside potential for the next level. He has the basic underlying skills to be a starter in the NFL, something that could come to fruition if he improves his playing strength.


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Full Name: A.Q. Shipley School: Penn State

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 304 40: 5.17 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter at center awarded all-Conference honors the past two seasons and All-American mention after his senior campaign. Began his college career on the defensive line before moving to center prior to his sophomore season.

Pos: Explosive and hard-working lineman who plays smart football. Built low to the ground, bends his knees and gets leverage on opponents. Moves well on his feet, and effective blocking in motion. Fights with his hands, extends them into defenders and adjusts to ride opponents from their angle of attack. Good jolt and pop at the point of attack. Quickly gets into blocks, stays with the action, and shows ability as a position blocker.

Neg: Gets minimal movement run blocking, and does not open up the middle of the field. Short, and is overwhelmed by large defenders.

Analysis: Shipley has been a durable, effective lineman at Penn State, and he comes off a terrific senior campaign. He gets the most from his abilities, and he has possibilities in a zone-blocking system as a backup.


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Full Name: Robby Felix School: UTEP

Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 302 40: 5.22 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four-year starter at center awarded varying degrees of all-Conference honors since his freshman campaign. Suffered a mild stroke last season, but was given the green light by doctors to return to competition in January.

Pos: Aggressive position-blocking center quick in all aspects of the game. Effective with shotgun snap, immediately gets into blocks and shows good vision. Blocks with terrific fundamentals, bending his knees and getting leverage on opponents. Adjusts to defenders, picks up stunts or twists and seals opponents from the action with good body positioning. Fluid out to the second level, redirects to linebackers and knocks them from the play. Effectively gets his hands into opponents and extends them to keep defenders away. Works well with teammates

Neg: Not a dominant blocker in the middle who drives defenders off the ball. Lacks top footwork in space.

Analysis: Felix is a marginally sized center prospect with an excellent feel for the game and his position. He offers possibilities in a zone-blocking scheme and should only improve as he physically matures and adds strength to his frame.


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Full Name: Dallas Reynolds School: BYU

Ht: 6-4.5 Wt: 330 40: 5.42 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-America and all-Conference honors at center last season. Played left tackle as a junior after spending his sophomore campaign at both left and right tackle. Came to BYU as a true freshman in 2003 before going on a church mission the next two years.

Pos: Strong, stout blocker who comes off an outstanding season after moving to the center position. Plays with good lean, effectively fights with his hands, and strong in his upper body. Stays square, blocks with leverage, and controls opponents at the point of attack. Solid position blocker who effectively seals open holes in the middle of the line. Terrific with a shotgun snap, as the ball quickly gets back into the quarterback's hands. Effectively quarterbacks the offensive line, and makes the calls. Displays terrific quickness in his all-around game. Keeps his head on a swivel, and works well with teammates. Plays with a nasty attitude and blocks down well on defenders.

Neg: Big, lumbering lineman ineffective off the line of scrimmage. Struggles to adjust facing quick or nimble opponents. Lacks top lateral blocking range.

Analysis: Reynolds is a physically mature lineman with size and the versatility to be used at a number of positions. He stood out this season at center, and significantly improved his draft grade.


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Full Name: Brett Helms School: LSU

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 186 40: 5.12 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter at center who also played with the first team at right guard as a redshirt freshman.

Pos: Undersized center who plays with terrific intelligence and gets the most from his physical skills. Bends his knees, stays square, and quickly gets into blocks. Keeps his head on a swivel, displays excellent awareness, and effectively quarterbacks the offensive line. Keeps his feet moving, displays skill blocking in motion and shows terrific blocking vision.

Neg: Small, lacks strength at the point, and overwhelmed by large opponents. Rarely gets movement in the middle of the line.

Analysis: Helms has been a durable and productive lineman at LSU, yet he lacks the dimensions to be a starter at the next level. His versatility and ability to block in motion could help him catch on as a backup in a zone-blocking system.

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Position Spotlight: Top Ten Tight Ends

One of the deepest tight end classes to date is characterized by a large number of pass catchers that are legitimate downfield threats. There's terrific talent through the fifth round with prospects who could develop into starters in the NFL or at the very least be productive second tight ends on a roster. Here's a look at the top ten at the position.

Full Name: Brandon Pettigrew School: Oklahoma State

Ht: 6-5.5 Wt: 263 40: 4.85 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four-year starter who played in ten games as a senior, missing time with an ankle injury. Finished the season with 42/472. Junior totals included 35/540/4 after 24/310/4 as a sophomore.

Pos: Physically talented tight end with a complete game. Nimble athlete who quickly releases off the line, runs well laterally, and adjusts to the errant throw, making the reception in stride. Nicely settles into the open spot on the field, extends his hands, and makes the reception away from his frame. Plays faster than his 40 time, effective running after the reception, and a sturdy pass catcher who takes a pounding yet holds onto the ball. Blocks with good lean, and bends his knees. Works to stays square, strong at the point, and effective as a position blocker. Quickly gets out to the second level, and easily controls linebackers.

Neg: Shows marginal quickness to his game. Must learn to keep his blocking intensity until the whistle blows. Not a true downfield threat as a pass catcher.

Analysis: Pettigrew is a terrific tight end who possesses natural receiving skills, and he gets results as a blocker. He's very efficient in all areas of the game, and he is a consistent tight end rather than a true playmaker. He offers starting potential at the next level, and if he consistently plays at a high-level, Pettigrew will have a long NFL career.


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Full Name: Jared Cook School: South Carolina

Ht: 6-4.6 Wt: 246 40: 4.44 Year: 4Jr

Bio: Broke into the starting lineup as a junior and posted 37/573/3, averaging 15.5 yards per catch. Started three games as a sophomore and caught 30 passes for 421 yards.

Pos: Athletic pass catching tight end with the ability to break games open. Quickly releases into routes, offers the quarterback a nice target and extends to snatch the ball from the air. Fluid moving about the field, displays a burst of speed and nicely makes the reception in stride, adjusting to the errant throw and looking the pass into his hands. Creates a lot of mismatches in the secondary and makes a lot of athletic receptions. Flashes ability as a blocker playing with solid fundamentals and picking up blitzes assignments.

Neg: Does not show much nastiness as a blocker and must pick up the intensity.

Analysis: Cook's game has been on the rise the past two seasons and he's quickly moving north up draft boards after a terrific combine performance. He's a speedy tight end with size, pass catching skills and the ability to break games open. Cook is a little rough around the edges yet offers a terrific amount of upside and has the ability to be a dominant tight end in the NFL if he reaches his upper level of potential.


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Full Name: Shawn Nelson School: Southern Mississippi

Ht: 6-5 Wt: 240 40: 4.56 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-Conference honors the past three seasons. Senior totals included 53/557/3 after 33/451/5 as a junior. Sophomore totals included 36/506/3.

Pos: Tall, athletic tight end with the ability to consistently make plays in the secondary. Runs well for a big man, displays a burst of speed, and creates mismatches down the field. Possesses good eye/hand coordination, makes the tough catch in a crowd, and uses his frame to protect the pass. Easily adjusts to the errant throw and makes the catch in stride. Displays good quickness in his all-around game, bends his knees and works assignments as a blocker.

Neg: Occasionally lets the ball get inside him, and he will drop the easy pass on occasion. Shows just marginal strength as a blocker.

Analysis: Nelson is a terrific athlete at the tight end position and a prospect who consistently makes big plays down the field. He offers a great amount of upside potential, and he could turn into one of the more complete tight ends to come from this draft once he improves his blocking.


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Full Name: Chase Coffman School: Missouri

Ht: 6-5.5 Wt: 244 40: 4.78 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his sophomore campaign, as well as being named an All-American after his senior season. 2008 John Mackey Tight End Award winner after receiving numbers of 90/987/10. Junior totals included 51/523/7 after 58/638/9 as a sophomore.

Pos: Reliable pass-catching tight end with natural receiving skills. Solid route runner who quickly gets into breaks, stays low on exit, and immediately positions himself to make the reception. Displays terrific eye/hand coordination, adjusts to the errant throw, and extends to make the reception away from his frame. Possesses good football awareness, remains focused on the field, and gets vertical to pull the ball from the air. Makes a lot of athletic receptions on the field. Shows skill blocking down the field, and gives effort in all aspects.

Neg: Solid athlete, yet not a physically gifted tight end who consistently gets separation down the field. Lacks top blocking size, and rarely used on the line of scrimmage in Missouri's spread offense.

Analysis: Coffman is a reliable prospect who possesses consistent hands and a good head for the position. He's not a spectacular player, rather very solid in all aspects of the game, and Kaufman could eventually develop into a starter on the NFL level.


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Full Name: Cornelius Ingram School: Florida

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 245 40: 4.65 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Former quarterback who moved to tight end as a sophomore and started the next two seasons. Did not play in 2008 after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee last August, which required surgery to repair. All-Conference selection as a junior in 2007 after posting 34/508/7. Sophomore totals included 30/380/1.

Pos: Talented pass-catching tight end with natural receiving skills. Plays with good balance, body control, and displays soft hands. Runs better than average routes, and gets separation from defenders. Runs well laterally, adjusts to the errant throw, and easily makes the reception in stride. Extends his hands to make the reception away from his frame, and looks the ball in.

Neg: Rarely used on the line of scrimmage as a blocker. Has marginal size for a blocker. Spent just two full seasons as a starter at the tight end position before injuring his knee last year.

Analysis: Ingram was one of the higher rated prospects at the tight end position coming into the season, before his senior campaign was cut short. He's a solid athlete who would be a good fit for an offensive system such as the one run by the Indianapolis Colts, yet he must display that he is back to full health and improve on his game from where he left off in 2007. A mid-round choice, Ingram could end up as one of the better bargains in this year's draft.


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Full Name: Dan Gronkowski School: Maryland

Ht: 6-5.5 Wt: 254 40: 4.71 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who posted career numbers of 29/287/3 as a senior after junior totals of seven receptions and 66 receiving yards.

Pos: Nice-sized tight end prospect who plays much faster than his forty time. Quickly gets off the snap into routes, displays a burst of speed, and extends his hands to make the reception away from his frame. Gets vertical and adjusts in midair to come down with the difficult catch. Uses his frame to shield away opponents and protect the pass. Smooth moving around the field, and shows a good degree of quickness in his all-around game. Breaks down well, and plays with good knee bend. Solid strength at the point, and removes linebackers from the action.

Neg: Inconsistent hands and does not show the ability to pluck the fastball from the air. Lacks blocking balance and does not finish blocks.

Analysis: Gronkowski is a terrific athlete with a lot of upside potential. He's could quickly find a home as a second tight end in the NFL, and he has all the tools necessary to develop into a number one at the position.


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Full Name: James Casey School: Rice

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 246 40: 4.72 Year: 3So

Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors the past two years. Sophomore receiving totals included a team-leading 111/1,329/13 after 46/585/4 as a red shirt freshman. Spent time in the Chicago White Sox farm system after being drafted by the team in 2003. Will be 25 years old in September.

Pos: Athletic, pass catching tight end with outstanding hands. Runs good routes, quickly gets into breaks and separates from defenders. Adjusts to the errant throw, extends his hands and constantly looks the pass in, making the reception away from his frame. Easily makes the catch running laterally or gets up in a crowd and comes down with the difficult reception. Will extend and expose himself in order to grab the ball, then takes a pounding yet holds onto the throw. Shows strength running after the reception, breaking tackles, and picking up yardage. Fluid moving about the field and displays a lot of natural pass catching skills.

Neg: Usually lined up in the slot and has minimal experience as an in-line blocker. May not have a long shelf life at the next level due to his age.

Analysis: Casey is a terrific athlete who's played seven different positions on the Rice football team. He possesses good size/speed numbers and is a natural pass catcher who should work well for a team that employs a move tight end.


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Full Name: Travis Beckum School: Wisconsin

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 243 40: 4.61 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who totaled 23/2064 as a senior in six games. Missed the first two contests of the year with hamstring problems then suffered a fractured fibula in late October which ended his season. Junior totals included 75/982/6 after 61/903/5 as a sophomore.

Pos: Athletic, pass-catching tight end coming off an injury-plagued campaign. Quickly releases off the line into routes, immediately gets to top speed, and makes the difficult reception in contorted positions. Runs well laterally, making the reception in stride. Goes up in a crowd, extends and catches the pass away from his frame. Consistently gets into the secondary creating mismatches.

Neg: Has a thin build and not strong at the point. Gives effort blocking, yet he gets marginal results. Coming off a pair of leg injuries.

Analysis: Beckum is a terrific athlete and an outstanding pass-catching tight end who's been Wisconsin's go-to receiver the past three years. He's best suited to a system that will put him in motion and reduce his blocking responsibilities. Although not a tight end for everyone, Beckum could be a productive starter in a West Coast/timing offense.


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Full Name: Cameron Morrah School: California

Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 244 40: 4.56 Year: 4Jr

Bio: Full-time starter last season as a junior after seeing sporadic action with the first team the prior two seasons. Junior totals included 27/326/8 after 13/155/1 as a sophomore.

Pos: Athletic prospect with a large degree of upside potential. Fluid moving about the field, displays good speed, and creates mismatches in the secondary. Adjusts well to the errant throw, flashes strong hands, and offers the quarterback a nice target. Possesses the skill to block in motion and plays with good knee bend.

Neg: Raw in almost every aspect of his game. Drops too many catchable throws. Takes his eyes off the ball and loses concentration. Minimal strength at the point as a blocker.

Analysis: Morrah is a terrific athlete who's yet to become a complete football player. He displayed a lot of flashes of skill last year at California, and he really should've stuck around one more season to improve his game. He'll likely be selected in the late rounds as a developmental prospect, and he could find his way onto a roster as a third tight end initially. Morrah’s ability to quickly improve on the field and play with a higher degree of consistency will dictate his future in the NFL.


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Full Name: Anthony Hill School: North Carolina State

Ht: 6-5 Wt: 262 40: 4.75 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Moved into the starting lineup as a true sophomore in 2005 and posted receiving numbers of 15/140/1. Followed it up with 45/478 as a junior before sitting on the sidelines in 2007 after tearing an ACL in summer camp. Played in nine games as a senior struggling with a pectoral injury and finished the year with 19/234/4.

Pos: Big, strong blocking tight end who had trouble staying healthy the past two years. Quickly releases off the line into routes, nicely adjusts to the errant throw, and a solid pass catcher who makes the reception with his hands. Stands out as a blocker, showing the ability to handle one-on-one assignments, and easily turns opponents off the ball.

Neg: Lacks the speed to be anything other than an intermediate pass-catching threat. Must do a better job keeping his focus and concentration. Needs to give consistent effort as a blocker.

Analysis: Hill offers outstanding size at the tight end position, and he has shown enough ability as a blocker and pass catcher to make it as a number two at the position. He must show durability, increase his intensity, and be more consistent to reach the level of ability NFL scouts believe he has.

Tony Pauline is the NFL Draft analyst at SI.com. His year round work on the NFL draft can be found at www.TFYDRAFT.com.
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