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Posted March 13, 2008

 



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1 Miami Dolphins Chris Long DE Virginia
2 St.Louis Rams Jake Long OT Michigan
3 Atlanta Falcons Glenn Dorsey DT LSU
4 Oakland Raiders Darren McFadden RB Arkansas
5 Kansas City Chiefs Matt Ryan QB Boston College
6 New York Jets Vernon Gholston DE/OLB Ohio State
7 New England Patriots (from S.F. 49ers) Ryan Clady OT Boise State
8 Baltimore Ravens Leodis McKelvin CB Troy
9 Cincinnati Bengals Phillip Merling DE Clemson
10 New Orleans Saints Sedrick Ellis DT USC
11 Buffalo Bills Malcolm Kelly WR Oklahoma
12 Denver Broncos Keith Rivers OLB USC
13 Carolina Panthers Rashard Mendenhall RB Illinois
14 Chicago Bears Chris Williams OT Vanderbilt
15 Detroit Lions Jeff Otah OT Pittsburgh
16 Arizona Cardinals Jonathan Stewart RB Oregon
17 Minnesota Vikings Derrick Harvey DE Florida
18 Houston Texans Dominique Rodgers Cromartie CB Tennessee State
19 Philadelphia Eagles Limas Sweed WR Texas
20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mike Jenkins CB South Florida
21 Washington Redskins Calais Campbell DE Miami (Fla)
22 Dallas Cowboys (from Cleveland) Felix Jones RB Arkansas
23 Pittsburgh Steelers Branden Albert OG/OT Virginia
24 Tennessee Titans DeSean Jackson WR KR California
25 Seattle Seahawks Devin Thomas WR/KR Michigan State
26 Jacksonville Jaguars Quentin Groves DE Auburn
27 San Diego Chargers Brandon Flowers CB Virginia Tech
28 Dallas Cowboys Aqib Talib CB Kansas
29 San Francisco 49ers (from Indy) Kentwan Balmer DT North Carolina
30 Green Bay Packers Reggie Smith CB/S Oklahoma
31 New England Patriots Forfeited pick x x
32 New York Giants Dan Connor LB Penn State

 


Mike Detillier's Top 50 Seniors Available for the 2008 NFL Draft
December 7, 2007
 

1. Glenn Dorsey

 DT

 LSU

 6-1 ¾

 300

2. Matt Ryan

 QB

 Boston College

 6-4 ½

 225

3. Jake Long

 OT

 Michigan

 6-6 ½

 315

4. Chris Long

 DE

 Virginia

 6-4

 275

5. Andre’ Woodson

 QB

 Kentucky

 6-5

 230

6. Brian Brohm

 QB

 Louisville

 6-3

 225

7. Sedrick Ellis

 DT

 USC

 6-1

 305

8. Keith Rivers

 OLB

 USC

 6-3

 235

9. Dan Connor

 LB

 Penn State

 6-2 ¾

 235

10. Mike Jenkins

 CB

 South Florida

 6-0

 205

11. Sam Baker

 OT

 USC

 6-5

 315

12. Jeff Otah

 OT

 Pittsburgh

 6-6

 330

13. Limas Sweed

 WR

 Texas

 6-4 ¼

 220

14. Quentin Groves

 DE/OLB

 Auburn

 6-3

 255

15. Chris Williams

 OT

 Vanderbilt

 6-5 ¾

 320

16. Early Doucet

 WR

 LSU

 6-0

 210

17. Ali Highsmith

 OLB

 LSU

 6-0

 228

18. Tracy Porter

 CB

 Indiana

 5-11

 185

19. Trae Williams

 CB

 South Florida

 5-10

 195

20. Gosder Cherilus

 OT

 Boston College

 6-6 ¾

 312

21. Fred Davis

 TE

 USC

 6-3 ½

 245

22. Tavares Gooden

 OLB

 Miami (Fla.)

 6-2

 230

23. Antoine Cason

 CB

 Arizona

 6-0

 190

24. Frank Okam

 DT

 Texas

 6-4 ¾

 322

25. Terrell Thomas

 CB

 USC

 6-0 ¾

 195

26. Colt Brennan

 QB

 Hawaii

 6-3

 210

27. Philip Wheeler

 LB

 Georgia Tech

 6-2

 232

28. Kentwan Balmer

 DT

 North Carolina

 6-5

 292

29. Jeremy Thompson

 DE

 Wake Forest

 6-5

 265

30. Mike Hart

 HB

 Michigan

 5-9

 200

31. Lawrence Jackson

 DE

 USC

 6-5

 275

32. Shawn Crable

 OLB

 Michigan

 6-4 ¾

 242

33. Matt Forte’

 HB

 Tulane

 6-1 ¼

 222

34. Chris Ellis

 DE

 Virginia Tech

 6-4 ¼

 260

35. John Carlson

 TE

 Notre Dame

 6-4 ¼

 255

36. Steve Justice

 C

 Wake Forest

 6-4

 285

37. Ezra Butler

 OLB

 Nevada

 6-2

 245

38. D.J. Hall

 WR

 Alabama

 6-2

 195

39. Tommy Blake

 DE/OLB

 TCU

 6-2 ¼

 252

40. Charles Godfrey

 CB

 Iowa

 5-11 ½

 200

41. Dwight Lowery

 CB

 San Jose State

 6-0 ½

 188

42. Andre Caldwell

 WR

 Florida

 6-0

 205

43. Marcus Griffin

 S

 Texas

 5-11

 205

44. Chevis Jackson

 CB

 LSU

 5-11 ½

 195

45. Keenan Burton

 WR

 Kentucky

 6-0

 205

46. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

 CB

 Tennessee St

 6-1 ½

 188

47. Xavier Adibi

 OLB

 Virginia Tech

 6-1 ½

 222

48. Beau Bell

 OLB

 UNLV

 6-1 ½

 252

49. Leodis McKelvin

 CB

 Troy State

 5-10 ½

 185

50. Oneil Cousins

 G

 UTEP

 6-4

 305


 



Mike Detillier’s Top 60 Players in the 2007 NFL Draft
April 12, 2007

 

1. Calvin Johnson

 Wide Receiver

 Georgia Tech

 Rating: 19.73

2. Adrian Peterson

 Halfback

 Oklahoma

 Rating: 19.52

3. Joe Thomas

 Offensive Tackle

 Wisconsin

 Rating: 19.45

4. JaMarcus Russell

 Quarterback

 LSU

 Rating: 19.44

5. Brady Quinn

 Quarterback

 Notre Dame

 Rating: 19.40

6. Gaines Adams

 Defensive End

 Clemson

 Rating: 19.38

7. Amobi Okoye

 Defensive Tackle

 Louisville

 Rating: 19.36

8. Jamaal Anderson

 Defensive End

 Arkansas

 Rating: 19.35

9. Alan Branch

 Defensive Tackle

 Michigan

 Rating: 19.33

10. LaRon Landry

 Safety

 LSU

 Rating: 19.32

11. Ted Ginn, Jr

  Wide Receiver

 Ohio State

Rating: 19.27

12. Patrick Willis

 Middle Linebacker

 Mississippi

 Rating: 19.26

13. Levi Brown

 Offensive Tackle

 Penn State

 Rating: 19.25

14. Adam Carriker

 Defensive End

 Nebraska

 Rating: 19.23

15. Jarvis Moss

 Defensive End

 Florida

 Rating: 19.21

16. Leon Hall

 Cornerback

 Michigan

 Rating: 19.20

17. Greg Olsen

 Tight End

 Miami (Fla.)

 Rating: 19.20

18. Dwayne Bowe

 Wide Receiver

 LSU

 Rating: 19.19

19. Chris Houston

 Cornerback

 Arkansas

 Rating: 19.19

20. Reggie Nelson

 Safety

 Florida

 Rating: 19.19

21. Ryan Kalil

 Offensive Center

 USC

 Rating: 19.19

22. Marshawn Lynch

 Halfback

 California

 Rating: 19.18

23. Robert Meachem

 Wide Receiver

 Tennessee

 Rating: 19.18

24. Anthony Spencer

 Defensive End

 Purdue

 Rating: 19.18

25. Paul Posluszny

 Outside Linebacker

 Penn State

 Rating: 19.18

26. Dwayne Jarrett

 Wide Receiver

 USC

 Rating: 19.17

27. Darrelle Revis

 Cornerback

 Pittsburgh

 Rating: 19.17

28. Justin Blalock

 Offensive Guard

 Texas

 Rating: 19.15

29. Charles Johnson

 Defensive End

 Georgia

 Rating: 19.15

30. Lawrence Timmons

 Outside Linebacker

 Florida State

 Rating: 19.10

31. Ben Grubbs

 Offensive Guard

 Auburn

 Rating: 19.09

32. Aaron Ross

 Cornerback

 Texas

 Rating: 19.08

33. Michael Griffin

 Safety

 Texas

 Rating: 19.07

34. Brandon Meriweather

 Safety

 Miami (Fla.)

 Rating: 19.06

35. Ray McDonald

 Defensive End

 Florida

 Rating: 19.05

36. Jon Beason

 Outside Linebacker

 Miami (Fla.)

 Rating: 19.04

37. Sidney Rice

 Wide Receiver

 South Carolina

 Rating: 19.04

38. DeMarcus Tyler

 Defensive Tackle

 North Carolina St.

 Rating: 19.04

39. Justin Harrell

 Defensive Tackle

 Tennessee

 Rating: 19.01

40. Joe Staley

 Offensive Tackle

 Central Michigan

 Rating: 19.01

41. Marcus McCauley

 Cornerback

 Fresno State

 Rating: 18.98

42. Tony Ugoh

 Offensive Tackle

 Arkansas

 Rating: 18.96

43. Arron Sears

 Offensive Tackle

 Tennessee

 Rating: 18.95

44. Brandon Siler

 Middle Linebacker

 Florida

 Rating: 18.93

45. Brian Leonard

 Fullback/Halfback

 Rutgers

 Rating: 18.87

46. Zach Miller

 Tight End

 Arizona State

 Rating: 18.84

47. Quentin Moses

 Defensive End

 Auburn

 Rating: 18.80

48. Anthony Gonzalez

 Wide Receiver

 Ohio State

 Rating: 18.79

49. Claude “Turk” McBride

 Defensive Tackle

 Tennessee

 Rating: 18.74

50. David Harris

 Middle Linebacker

 Michigan

 Rating: 18.73

51. Antonio Pittman

 Halfback

 Ohio State

 Rating: 18.72

52. Victor Abiamiri

 Defensive End

 Notre Dame

 Rating: 18.70

53. Craig “Buster” Davis

 Wide Receiver

 LSU

 Rating: 18.65

54. Eric Wright

 Cornerback

 UNLV

 Rating: 18.63

55. Earl Everett

 Outside Linebacker

 Florida

 Rating: 18.62

56. Ryan Harris

 Offensive Tackle

 Notre Dame

 Rating: 18.55

57. Michael Johnson

 Safety

 Arizona

 Rating: 18.47

58. Aundrae Allison

 Wide Receiver

 East Carolina

 Rating: 18.45

59. Tony Hunt

 Halfback

 Penn State

 Rating: 18.41

60. Daymeion Hughes

 Cornerback

 California

 Rating: 18.37


 

Mike D’s Top 58 Prospects for the 2007 NFL Draft
January 25, 2007

1. Calvin Johnson  WR  Georgia Tech
2. JaMarcus Russell  QB  LSU
3. Brady Quinn  QB  Notre Dame
4. Joe Thomas  T  Wisconsin
5. Gaines Adams  DE  Clemson
6. Adrian Peterson  RB  Oklahoma
7. Alan Branch  DT  Michigan
8. Ted Ginn Jr.  WR  Ohio State
9. Jamaal Anderson  DE  Arkansas
10. Leon Hall  CB  Michigan
11. Marshawn Lynch  RB  California
12. Levi Brown  T  Penn State
13. Dwayne Jarrett  WR  USC
14. LaRon Landry  FS  LSU
15. Reggie Nelson  FS  Florida
16. Paul Posluszny  OLB/ILB  Penn State
17. Amobi Okoye  DT  Louisville
18. Lawrence Timmons  OLB  Florida State
19. Justin Blalock  G/T  Texas
20. Robert Meacham  WR  Tennessee
21. Adam Carriker  DE  Nebraska
22. Jarvis Moss  DE  Florida
23. Patrick Willis  ILB  Mississippi
24. Sidney Rice  WR  South Carolina
25. Marcus McCauley  CB  Fresno State
26. Darrelle Revis  CB  Pittsburgh
27. DeMarcus “Tank” Tyler  DT  North Carolina State
28. Dwayne Bowe  WR  LSU
29. Quentin Moses  DE  Georgia
30. Victor Abiamiri  DE  Notre Dame
31. Aaron Ross  CB  Texas
32. Ryan Kalil  C  USC
33. Michael Griffin  FS  Texas
34. Anthony Spencer  DE  Purdue
35. Zach Miller  TE  Arizona State
36. Charles Johnson  DE  Georgia
37. Brandon Siler  MLB  Florida
38. Arron Sears  G/T  Tennessee
39. Ben Grubbs  G  Auburn
40. Daymeion Hughes  CB  California
41. Ray McDonald  DE  Florida
42. LaMarr Woodley  DE  Michigan
43. Jon Beason  OLB  Miami (Fla.)
44. Anthony Gonzalez  WR  Ohio State
45. Chris Houston  CB  Arkansas
46. Craig “Buster” Davis  WR  LSU
47. Joe Staley  T  Central Michigan
48. Justin Harrell  DT  Tennessee
49. Tony Ugoh  T  Arkansas
50. Tony Hunt  RB  Penn State
51. Tanard Jackson  CB/S  Syracuse
52. Troy Smith  QB  Ohio State
53. Kenny Irons  RB  Auburn
54. Brandon Meriweather  S  Miami (Fla.)
55. Fred Bennett  CB  South Carolina
56. Brian Leonard  FB  Rutgers
57. Greg Olsen  TE  Miami (Fla.)
58. Stewart Bradley  OLB  Nebraska



 


Mike D's Early Look at the 62 Seniors Entering the 2006 College Football Season
June 12, 2006


1. Brady Quinn-Quarterback  6-4, 225    Notre Dame
He looks a lot like another Charlie Weis protégé, Tom Brady.

2. Justin Blalock-Offensive Tackle  6-4, 330 Texas
When the Longhorns need a key block they run in Blalock's direction. He is also very good in pass protection.

3. Paul Posluszny-Middle Linebacker 6-2, 235  Penn State
In my opinion he is every bit as good as A.J. Hawk was at Ohio State.

4. Joe Thomas-Offensive Tackle 6-7, 305  Wisconsin
Thomas would have probably come out early if he had not sustained the knee injury at bowl time. Athletically-gifted big man, who has super quick feet.

5. Quentin Moses-Defensive End 6-4, 250   Georgia
Another big-time pass rush specialist to come out of Georgia.

6. Kenny Irons-Halfback   5-11, 212
Auburn Shifty moves, tough inside running skills and breakaway skills make him a very dangerous runner.

7. Drew Stanton-Quarterback 6-3, 230  Michigan State
This MSU standout is smart, elusive and really improving his overall passing skills.

8. Gaines Adams-Defensive End 6-5, 260   Clemson
Gaines was smart to come back for his senior season, but late last season he was as dominating as any DE., other than Mario Williams.

9. Michael Bush-Halfback   6-3, 240 Louisville
King-sized runner, who is a devastating short-yardage and redzone threat.  Bush is also a pretty good receiver coming out of the backfield.

10. Justin Harrell-Defensive Tackle 6-3, 300 Tennessee
Cat-quick inside performer, who is on the verge of being a very special player.

11. Patrick Willis-Middle Linebacker 6-1, 235 Mississippi
Willis is a tackling machine, with great range and openfield hitting prowess.

12. LaRon Landry- Free Safety 6-2, 205 LSU
Due to his coverage ability and his aggressive run-defense skills, LaRon, a former high school quarterback, is the best free safety in college football.

13. Levi Brown- Offensive Tackle 6-5, 325  Penn State
Levi is a massive left tackle prospect at (6-5 and 325 pounds). He has the drive blocking skills and quick feet you crave in a tackle and he is improving his overall pass blocking ability also.

14. Tim Crowder-Defensive End 6-4, 260 Texas
Big time pass rush specialist, who has great closing speed to the QB..

15. Jeff Samardzija-Wide Receiver 6-5, 215  Notre Dame
Outstanding route runner, who has velcro-like hands and he can beat you deep.

16. LaMarr Woodley-Defensive End/Outside Linebacker  6-2, 265 Michigan
Hybrid DE./OLB. prospect who has outstanding backside pursuit skills and he is a terror in the backfield for opposing clubs.

17. Michael Griffin- Free Safety  5-11, 205 Texas
Mike Huff is gone to the NFL and now it is time for Griffin to emerge as the top DB. in the Big-12.

18. Marcus Thomas-Defensive Tackle  6-3, 290 Florida
Thomas is not noted for having a super-hot motor, but when he is tuned up right, he is as good as it gets in college football stopping the run.

19. Courtney Taylor-Wide Receiver  6-2, 200 Auburn
Taylor was hampered by injuries as a junior, but he has excellent size and big-play ability.

20. Leon Hall-Cornerback  5-11, 195 Michigan
Outstanding one-on-one cover man with quick reaction skills and 1st rate recovery speed.

21. Baraka Atkins- Defensive End 6-4, 280  Miami (Fla.)
Versatile lineman, who has played both end and tackle and he is equally as talented at either spot.

22. Steve Breaston-Wide Receiver 6-1, 188 Michigan
Hopefully Breaston can stay healthy because he is a top-flight WR. and a 1st rate punt and kickoff return specialist.

23. Fred Bennett-Cornerback 6-1, 185 South Carolina
To be honest I thought that Bennett was a better player last season at South Carolina than teammate Johnathan Joseph was, and he was a 1st round draft choice.  Sleeper-player from the SEC.

24. Brandon Mebane- Defensive Tackle 6-3, 310  California
Mebane has excellent size at 6-3 and 310 pounds.  He also is a non-stop performer who just never gives up on a play and he gets good penetration from the inside.

25. Jason Hill- Wide Receiver 6-1, 205 Washington
State Speedy touchdown machine (13 TD's in 10 games), who can really stretch a defensive secondary.

26. Quinn Pitcock- Defensive Tackle 6-3, 295 Ohio State
Pitcock clogs up all the inside running lanes and he is a pretty good inside pass rusher also.

27. Daymeion Hughes-Cornerback 6-2, 189 California
King-sized cover man (6-2, 190), who knocked down 17 passes and intercepted 5 passes as a junior.

28. H.B. Blades- Inside Linebacker   6-0, 242
Pittsburgh Son of former NFL All-Pro DB. Bennie Blades. H.B. is a devastating openfield tackler, who averaged 11 tackles per game as a junior.

29. Brian Leonard- Fullback 6-2, 235 Rutgers
"Mike Alstott" type fullback, who has excellent running skills and pass receiving abilities.

30. Arron Sears- Offensive Tackle/Guard 6-3, 335 Tennessee
Devastating one-on-one run blocker, who is versatile and he has really upgraded his pass blocking skills.

31. Brandon Meriweather- Strong Safety 6-1, 190 Miami (Fla.)
This guy loves to lay the hammer on opposing receivers and he has the speed to be a very effective cover man also.

32. Adam Carriker- Defensive End 6-6, 280  Nebraska
Carriker looks a lot like a bigger version of another former Cornhusker standout, Grant Wistrom.

33. Rufus Alexander- Outside Linebacker 6-1, 235 Oklahoma
You just have to love his football instincts and his speed to run the field from sideline to sideline.

34. Doug Free-Offensive Tackle 6-6, 305 Northern Illinois
This 6-6, 305 pound left tackle is a tremendous run blocker, who also excels in pass protection. Keep an eye out on this All-MAC performer because he is a dominating offensive lineman.

35. Steve Smith- Wide Receiver 6-0, 193 USC
Has battled injuries throughout his college career, but when healthy he is a silky-smooth route runner with excellent speed and sure hands.

36. Kyle Young-Offensive Center 6-5, 330 Fresno State
Mammoth center prospect at 6-5 and 330 pounds, but he is quick for his size and well-versed in protecting the QB..

37. Earl Everett-Outside Linebacker 6-2, 235 Florida
Brandon Siler is an excellent inside linebacker performer, but Everett is just as effective on the edge. Speed, quick feet and good football instincts make him quite a pro prospect.

38. Troy Smith- Quarterback 6-1, 212 Ohio State
Tremendous athlete, who has really bettered his overall passing techniques and accuracy skills.

39. Tom Zbikowski-Strong Safety 6-0, 210
Notre Dame One-bout pro boxer, who can really pack a hard uppercut shot on the field in run defense and he has the speed to be pretty effective in coverage also.

40. Johnnie Lee Higgins-Wide Receiver 5-11 ½, 183 UTEP
The talent of UTEP's Jordan Palmer-QB. will have scouts coming to El-Paso and they will come out equally as impressed with the speed and big play ability of Higgins.  He also is a dynamite punt and kickoff return man.

41. Marcus McCauley-Cornerback 6-0, 205 Fresno State
Well versed in pass coverage techniques and he has the size/speed combination the pros covet.

42. Marquice Cole-Cornerback 5-10, 188 Northwestern
Speedy cover-man, who has really bettered his coverage skills and techniques.

43. Stephen Nicholas-Outside Linebacker 6-2 ½, 235 South Florida
Nicholas is not a well-known college producer, but he will be before the end of the 2006 season. Tremendous foot speed and big-time playmaking skills are his strengths.

44. Samson Satele-Offensive Center/Guard  6-3, 312 Hawaii
Versatile big man, who dominates play at the point of attack.

45. Jordan Palmer-Quarterback 6-5, 235 UTEP
Carson Palmer's little brother has a super strong arm and good accuracy skills, but he must cut down on his penchant for trying to squeeze in super tough throws and learn to protect the ball better under pressure.

46. Clark Harris-Tight End 6-5 ½, 255  Rutgers
King-sized tight end, who has sure hands and he consistently works himself open downfield.

47. Lorenzo Booker-Halfback 5-11, 195 Florida State
Well-built speedster, who always seems to make the 1st would-be tackler miss and he has excellent openfield running skills.

48. Ryan Harris-Offensive Tackle 6-5, 290 Notre Dame
Highly-touted left tackle, who is strong and improving his overall pass blocking skills.

49. Ken Darby-Halfback 5-10 ¾, 205 Alabama
Hard-charging runner, who brings back memories of Bobby Humphrey.

50. Anthony Waters-Middle Linebacker 6-2 ¾, 238 Clemson
Former high school standout runner, who is now a real thumper in the middle for the Tigers.

51. Jake Kuresa-Offensive Tackle 6-4, 335 Brigham Young
Dominant one-on-one run blocker, who also is well versed in protecting the QB..

52. Paul Williams- Wide Receiver 6-2, 210 Fresno State
Paul's brother, J.D. Williams, was a standout DB. in the NFL and now Paul is on the verge of developing into a real consistent offensive force.

53. C.J. Wilson-Cornerback/Free Safety   6-1, 195 Baylor
Tremendous athlete who is now starting to develop into just as good a football player.  Keep an eye on this young man in 2006.

54. Andre Caldwell-Wide Receiver 6-0 ½, 200 Florida
Andre missed most of the 2005 season due to a broken leg, but his speed and big-play skills make him a natural in Urban Meyer's offense.

55. Brandon Cox-Offensive Tackle  6-6, 320 UL-Lafayett
e
NFL teams will be flocking to southwest Louisiana to watch this talented and athletic big guy perform.

56. Dan Bazuin-Defensive End 6-2 ¾, 270 Central Michigan
You just have to love his red-hot motor and outstanding pass rush skills.

57. John Talley-Cornerback 5-11, 180 Duke
Outstanding cover skills and knack for finding the football quickly in flight will have Talley a highly touted prospect.

58. Mkristo Bruce-Defensive End 6-5 ½, 260 Washington State
Tremendous edge-pass rusher from the PAC-10. 59. Josh Gattis- Free Safety 6-1, 210 Wake Forest Gattis comes up quickly to help out in run support and he also has outstanding pass coverage skills.

60. Mike Otto-Offensive Tackle 6-5, 305 Purdue
Otto has excellent size, quick feet and he can protect the QB's blindside.

61. Victor Abiamiri-Defensive End 6-3, 265 Notre Dame
Victor has good athletic skills and he seems primed for a breakout campaign.

62. David Irons-Cornerback 5-9 ¾, 189 Auburn
Kenny's brother is developing into quite a cover-man.

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Mike D's Top 12 Junior Prospects for the 2007 NFL
Draft.


1. Adrian Peterson-Halfback 6-2, 215 Oklahoma     
Coming off an injury-plagued sophomore season, but he is an awesome running talent.

2. Calvin Johnson-Wide Receiver    6-4, 230 Georgia Tech 
C.J. looks like a clone of former University of Pittsburgh and current Arizona Cardinal WR. Larry Fitzgerald.

3. Ted Ginn, Jr.- Wide Receiver 6-0, 178 Ohio State
One of the fastest athletes in college football and a very dangerous receiver and return man.

4. Sam Baker-Offensive Tackle 6-5, 310 USC
Sam's dad, David, is the commissioner of the Arena Football League, but Baker has the size and blocking skills to end up being an All-Pro NFL player.

5. Antoine Cason-Cornerback 5-11 ½, 185 Arizona
Antoine's dad, Wendell Cason, played football for Oregon and with the Atlanta Falcons. He is the best junior cover man in the country.

6. Marshawn Lynch-Halfback 5-11, 225 California

Lynch has a tremendous combination of size, speed and excellent openfield running skills.

7. Dwayne Jarrett-Wide Receiver    6-4, 210 USC
He is making Trojan fans forget about just how dominant Mike Williams was at USC.

8. Lawrence Jackson-Defensive End  6-4 ½, 268     USC
Last season he was USC's Defensive Lineman of the Year after racking up 13 tackles for losses and 10 QB. sacks.

9. Brian Brohm-Quarterback 6-3, 225 Louisville
Brohm's coming off major knee surgery, but he has strong football genes, he is a very efficient passer and he can make all the throws in the book.

10. Sidney Rice-Wide Receiver 6-4, 192 South Carolina
Rice is a third-year sophomore and the most dangerous pass receiving threat in the SEC..

11. Darrelle Revis-Cornerback 5-11 ¾, 192 Pittsburgh
Outstanding cover-man, who is physical and he wants the ball when it is in his area.

12. Greg Olsen-Tight End  6-5, 250 Miami (Fla.)
Another in a long line of top TE. prospects to come out of south Florida.

Saints Draft Analysis:
May 1, 2006

Hey Guys, first of all I would like to thank everyone from the SaintsReport for the support and kind words over the past few months. I have been able to talk and meet with a number of the members and as always it was a real kick.

Again thanks for the support and now I will have some time to answer questions on the "Ask Mike" Segment

I am grading the New Orleans Saints draft a strong B+.

Reggie Bush was the best player in this draft and the player that could have more effect on a team than any other one available. In my 21 years of scouting the only two backs that had this type of impact in college was Bo Jackson at Auburn and Barry Sanders at Oklahoma State.

He is just an electrifying performer who can score from anywhere out on the field. While he is a great runner and return man, he will really make a huge impact as a receiver or potential receiver. Any team that will try and match up with him as a receiver will not be able to do it with a linebacker or safety. He is the best receiver as a back I have ever seen and that includes Marshall Faulk coming out of San Diego State.

You will have to use a third-cornerback to cover him and while you are trying to cover him, it will really open up some huge holes in the running game. Any time you have to take a LB. or safety off the field and use a cornerback in coverage it takes a good tackler off the field and Deuce McAllister will no longer have to see as many 8-man fronts.

With his combination of running skills, pass catching ability and return ability he is the best all-around college back I have ever scouted. Instant impact performer and someone who has the skills to be a truly "great" NFL player.

In the 2nd round the Saints wanted to trade down and acquire OC. Jeff Faine. They had targeted Miami (Fla.) LB. Rocky McIntosh, but the Washington Redskins scooted up ahead of them and selected him. As many in the NFL feel the Saints are putting a premium on the safety position and this is why they selected Alabama's Roman Harper.

There is no doubt that Dwight Smith is on very thin ice and the team will try and trade him away. Last summer Bama defensive coordinator Joe Kines described Harper to me as a " New England Patriot-player, smart, instinctive, tough guy and someone with a great feel for the game."

Harper is very instinctive and he is strong in run support. While he needs to further his overall coverage skills, Roman has good coverage instincts and he plays the ball well in flight.

A few weeks back on one of my Houma Courier columns I mentioned the dinner conversation I had with Saints GM Mickey Loomis about then-Notre Dame center Jeff Faine.

Mickey at that time said that the team had Faine rated higher than they did LeCharles Bentley and he thought he would be a "great" NFL players. Injuries and poor initial coaching have stymied his progress, but if Faine is healthy, he is a very good
center prospect.

In the 4th round I believe the Saints reached a bit for Bloomsburg OT./OG. Jahri Evans. I really would have liked to see the team pick LSU DT. Kyle Williams instead. Evans is a big, strong run blocker, who excels as a drive blocker, but he needs plenty of work on his pass blocking skills and techniques. He will probably see initial work at offensive guard.

The addition of Hollis Thomas from Philly gives the team a big, strong run stuffer who will give them another big body in the middle. The ten-year veteran excels in run support and he knows how to clog up the inside running lanes. He also is known for being a team leader and one that doesn't let younger players
get away with not giving their all. That is something this team needs.

Purdue DE. Rob Ninkovich is undersized, but he is a terrific edge pass rusher and an outstanding team leader. In two seasons at Purdue Rob accounted for 16 QB. sacks and 26 ½ tackles for losses. He just has a knack for slipping blocks and getting to the QB. Very intense player, who gives great effort and he should
help out in pass rush situations and on special teams. Purdue head coach Joe Tiller just raved about him to me and rarely does Tiller go overboard about any player.

Oregon State's Mike Hass is not the biggest, fastest or quickest receiver around, but he is sure-handed, an outstanding route runner and he has such good moves he actually corkscrews cornerbacks into the turf. Hass has excellent hands and he knows how to set up DB's extremely well. While Hass is not super fast, he did average 17.8 yards per catch over the past three
years. Smart, great leader and he just loves to play this game.

Pittsburgh's Josh Lay is a well-coached cornerback, who has good size and he matches up well against the bigger WR's. Very instinctive cover-man, who reacts quickly to what is breaking down in front of him. Lay has good, but not great foot speed and he needs to upgrade his overall tackling skills. He is smart,
instinctive and he has good football genes, his cousin is All-Pro cornerback Ty Law. Very competitive young man, who really has a passion for the game. His lackof great foot speed dropped his draft stock, but he is a good player.

Zach Strief is a big-bodied right tackle prospect who is more agile than his timed speed indicates. He is an experienced pass protector, who knows how to use his great size and mass extremely well. He must watch and control his weight better, but he is a solid right tackle prospect. D-linemen who played against him in the Big-10 really praised his ability to stonewall players at the point of attack. The one thing I really like about Stief is that everytime he played top competition he raised his level of play. NW coaches are concerned about his ability to control his weight,
but they really praised his work ethic, intensity and attention to detail.

Hofstra's Marques Colston played WR. in college, but he projects as an H-back or TE. in the pros. Colston is a very athletic big man, who has sure hands and he has just run over players that get in his way. He does need to come out of his cuts and breaks quicker and upgrade his route running skills. Hofstra coaches raved about his talent, but they felt as though he needed to upgrade his overall work ethic to reach his full potential in the NFL. Colston really had a great week of practice and game at the East-West Shrine classic. Good 7th round pick-up.

This team has the makeup of the 1978 and 1979 clubs. Those teams had explosive qualities on offense, but struggled on defense. This team still has a host of holes to fill, but you can't expect Sean Payton and his staff to fill all those holes in one free agency period or draft. All in all, I really like what I see out of the initial draft and what I really like is a change to smart, very productive players, who have been team leaders in college. You don't see these great work-out guys who look great on the track, but can't play ball on the field. It's a work in progress and it will take some time to fill the many holes on this team , but I certainly like the start and the offense should be exciting to watch.

Mike D.


Mike's Top 40
April 9, 2006

The NFL draft is less than a month away, and here are my top 40 players available for the April 29-30 draft.

1. Reggie Bush, running back, USC
2. Vince Young, quarterback, Texas
3. Matt Leinart, quarterback, USC
4. Mario Williams, defensive end, North Carolina State
5. D’Brickashaw Ferguson, offensive tackle, Virginia
6. A.J. Hawk, outside linebacker, Ohio State
7. Michael Huff, cornerback/safety, Texas
8. Jay Cutler, quarterback, Vanderbilt
9. Haloti Ngata, defensive tackle, Oregon
10. Vernon Davis, tight end, Maryland
11. Brodrick Bunkley, defensive tackle, Florida State
12. Tamba Hali, defensive end, Penn State
13. LenDale White, running back, USC
14. Chad Greenway, outside linebacker, Iowa
15. Winston Justice, offensive tackle, USC
16. DeAngelo Williams, running back, Memphis
17. Ernie Sims, outside linebacker, Florida State
18. Santonio Holmes, wide receiver, Ohio State
19. Kameron Wimbley, defensive end, Florida State
20. Tye Hill, cornerback, Clemson
21. Johnathan Joseph, cornerback, South Carolina
22. Laurence Maroney, running back, Minnesota
23. DeMeco Ryans, outside linebacker, Alabama
24. Chad Jackson, wide receiver, Florida
25. Mathias Kiwanuka, defensive end, Boston College
26. Davin Joseph, offensive guard, Oklahoma
27. Nick Mangold, center, Ohio State
28. Donté Whitner, safety, Ohio State
29. Ashton Youboty, cornerback, Ohio State
30. Marcus McNeil, offensive tackle, Auburn
31. Sinorice Moss, wide receiver, Miami
32. Antonio Cromartie, cornerback, Florida State
33. Gabe Watson, defensive tackle, Michigan
34. Jimmy Williams, cornerback, Virginia Tech
35. Bobby Carpenter, outside linebacker, Ohio State
36. Marcedes Lewis, tight end, UCLA
37. Ko Simpson, safety, South Carolina
38. D’Qwell Jackson, middle linebacker, Maryland
39. Kelly Jennings, cornerback, Miami
40. Darnell Bing, safety, USC

 


Mike's First 2006 Mock Draft!  
January 15, 2005

The NFL draft is not until late April, but already there is buzz on who and where the top players will be selected. The final order of the draft is not complete, but here is my first mock draft before the major all-star games are played and the workouts
begin.


1. Houston Texans- Reggie Bush-HB. USC
The Texans are convinced that D. Carr is their QB. of the future and they love Mr. Bush from USC.

2. New Orleans Saints- Matt Leinart USC
Just a hunch that the Saints will choose Leinart's pro-style tutelage over Young's athletic skills.

3. Tennessee Titans- Vince Young-QB. Texas
Young will get plenty of pro-style coaching from his mentor Steve McNair and O/C Norm Chow.

4. New York Jets- D'Brickashaw Ferguson-OT. Virginia
The Jets will have to give Vandy's Jay Cutler plenty of consideration, but they really must rebuild their O-Line and Ferguson is a real good one.

5. Green Bay Packers- Mario Williams-DE. North Carolina State
The best DE. prospect to come out since Julius Peppers.

6. Oakland Raiders- Jay Cutler-QB. Vanderbilt
The Raiders are in desperate need of a young QB. to build around.

7. San Francisco 49ers- A.J. Hawk-OLB. Ohio State
Hawk is just too good to pass up and they may also find a team to deal down to with the Buckeye
All-American on the board.

8. Buffalo Bills- Haloti Ngata-DT. Oregon
If Ngata's knee is OK he would make a great addition to the Bills defense.

9. Detroit Lions- Michael Huff-Cornerback/Safety. Texas
The most underrated big-time player in college football.

10. Arizona Cardinals- DeAngelo Williams-HB. Memphis
Denny Green needs a big-time running back and DeAngelo is going to be special.

11. St. Louis Rams- Mathias Kiwanuka-DE. Boston College
The Rams need someone who can put some real pass rushing fear in opposing quarterbacks' eyes.

12. Cleveland Browns- Chad Greenway-OLB. Iowa
Romeo Crennel really needs a stud linebacker to make his 3-4 defensive alignment work.

13. Baltimore Ravens- Jimmy Williams-CB./S. Virginia Tech
The Ravens always seem to take the best player on the board and they will find a spot for the versatile Mr. Williams in their secondary.

14. Philadelphia Eagles- Lendale White-RB. USC
White will be a great compliment to Brian Westbrook in the Eagle backfield.

15. Atlanta Falcons- Brodrick Bunkley- DT. Florida State
With LSU's Claude Wroten in a draft freefall due to his off-the-field problems FSU's Bunkley rises to the head of the senior DT. class.

16. Miami Dolphins- Bobby Carpenter-OLB.  Ohio State
The Dolphins way want to deal this pick away, especially if Atlanta floats QB. Matt Schaub around, but the Buckeye LB.is someone Saban would love to position in his defense.

17. Minnesota Vikings- DeMeco Ryans-OLB. Alabama
Ryans is a defensive playmaker and this team needs to upgrade their porous front-seven.

18. Dallas Cowboys- Jonathan Scott-OT. Texas
Bill Parcells loves to draft big guys and Scott is a real quality left tackle prospect.

19. San Diego Chargers- Marcus McNeil-OT. Auburn
Another big hombre to protect Drew Brees and to open holes for L.T..

20. Kansas City Chiefs- Tamba Hali-Defensive End Penn State
Herman Edwards loves to acquire pass rushers that can put some real heat on the QB. and Hali has the skills to be a future Pro-Bowler.

21. New England Patriots- Santonio Holmes-WR. Ohio State
The Pats add another speedy wide-out to their lineup.

22. Denver Broncos (from Washington R.)- Vernon Davis-TE. Maryland
Davis would be a great fit in the Bronco offense and QB. Jake Plummer would love his big-play skills.

23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Eric Winston-OT. Miami (Fla.)
If his knee checks out OK, Winston would be quite a steal in the mid-20's for the Bucs.

24. Cincinnati Bengals- Gabe Watson-DT. Michigan
The Bengals need a big presence in the middle and if Marvin Lewis can motivate him, they will get their huge run-stuffer.

25. New York Giants- Thomas Howard-OLB. UTEP
The Giants need to add a quality linebacker to their defense.

26. Chicago Bears- Tye Hill-CB. Clemson
The Bears defense is real good, but there is a big hole at cornerback and Hill is the real McCoy.

27. * Carolina Panthers- Laurence Maroney-RB. Minnesota
The Panthers can't believe he is still on the board and they really need another top back in their lineup.

28 * Pittsburgh Steelers- Ashton Youboty-CB. Ohio State
The Steelers will give LSU RB. Joseph Addai some consideration, but they can't pass up a quality cover-man like Youboty.

29. * Jacksonville Jaguars- Donte Whitner-SS./CB. Ohio State
Jack Del Rio loves athletic players that are physical and Whitner brings that element to the draft table, and he is versatile.

30. Indianapolis Colts- Nick Mangold-OC./OG. Ohio State
Mangold is a 1st class quality player at either center or guard.

31. *Seattle Seahawks- Kamerion Wimbley-Defensive End. Florida State
The Hawks need a pass rush specialist to team-up with Grant Wistrom and the speedy Wimbley would be a great fit in their defense.

32.* Denver Broncos- Jesse Mahelona-Defensive Tackle. Tennessee
The Broncos got some decent mileage out of the Cleveland Browns castoff defensive linemen, but the big-guy from UT is a very disruptive inside force.
 


Mike's Top Underclassmen for the 2006 Draft
January 12, 2006

As of Wednesday afternoon (1/11/06) there have been a host of top underclassmen that have changed the course of the 2006 draft.  While we are still waiting word on a number of top juniors here is my take on the juniors that will rearrange the draft board in the top 2 rounds.

Reggie Bush- Halfback USC Still waiting for the official announcement, but he seems as though he is headed to Houston with the first overall selection.

Vince Young- Quarterback Texas Young changed the top portion of the first round when he put on a performance so impressive in the Rose Bowl that he just couldn't turn away from the NFL. New Orleans or Tennessee will be his next football stop.

Mario Williams- Defensive End North Carolina State   Williams has as much physical talent as any defensive end to come out of college since Julius Peppers. The NC State pass rush specialist has a hot and cold type motor, but he will selected within the top 6 selections of the 1st round.

Haloti Ngata-  Defensive Tackle Oregon If his knee tests out OK, Ngata will be the first defensive tackle off the board and he is a likely top-12 pick. Ngata is a true brute in the middle.

LenDale White- Halfback USC White is a top flight power-back with excellent short-yardage and goalline skills.  He also has the quickness and speed to turn the corner and make big plays out in the openfield. White will challenge Memphis' DeAngelo Williams as the second running back off the draft board. Will go within the top 14 selections.

Laurence Maroney- Halfback Minnesota Laurence has a powerful lower-body and he is a tremendous cut-back style runner.  He has outstanding body lean and balance and he reminds me a lot of Shaun Alexander when he came out of Alabama.  Top 20 pick.

Vernon Davis- Tight End Maryland He looks like a more athletic version of Alge Crumpler.  Davis is an excellent receiver and runner after the catch and he will test out through the roof.  Outstanding leader and he will be a 20's pick in the 1st round.

Santonio Holmes- Wide Receiver Ohio State Holmes is a big-play athlete with outstanding foot speed and openfield running skills.  While not quite as fast as former Buckeye Terry Glenn, they do have similar body types and "homerun" ability. Holmes may well be the first wide receiver off the board and he looks like a 20's pick in Round 1.
 
Ashton Youboty- Cornerback Ohio State Youboty has very good foot speed and ball reaction skills.  He is still a little rough around the edges, but he is very physical and he displays all the skills you look for in a starting cornerback. A 20's pick in Round 1.

 Mike's Top 44 Seniors for the 2006 Draft

1/15/06

1. Matt Leinart-Quarterback USC
2. D'Brickashaw Ferguson-Offensive Tackle Virginia
3. A.J. Hawk-Outside Linebacker Ohio State
4. Michael Huff- Safety/Cornerback Texas
5. Mathias Kiwanuka- Defensive End Boston College
6. Jimmy Williams- Cornerback Virginia Tech
7. Chad Greenway- Outside Linebacker Iowa
8. DeAngelo Williams-Halfback Memphis
9. Marcus McNeil-Offensive Tackle Auburn
10. Claude Wroten-Defensive Tackle LSU
11. Tamba Hali- Defensive End Penn State
12. Tye Hill-Cornerback Clemson
13. DeMeco Ryans-Outside Linebacker Alabama
14. Jay Cutler-Quarterback Vanderbilt
15. Jonathan Scott- Offensive Tackle Texas
16. Jesse Mahelona-Defensive Tackle Tennessee
17. Thomas Howard-Outside Linebacker UTEP
18. Elvis Dumervil-Defensive End Louisville
19. Gabe Watson- Defensive Tackle Michigan
20. Eric Winston-Offensive Tackle Miami (Fla.)
21. Marcedes Lewis- Tight End UCLA
22. DeMario Minter- Cornerback Georgia
23. Derek Hagan- Wide Receiver Arizona State
24. Orien Harris- Defensive Tackle Miami (Fla.)
25. Bobby Carpenter-Outside Linebacker Ohio State
26. Kamerion Wimbley-Defensive End Florida State
27. D'Qwell Jackson-Middle Linebacker Maryland
28. Will Blackmon-Wide Receiver/Cornerback Boston
College
29. Manny Lawson-Defensive End/Outside Linebacker
North Carolina State
30. Brodrick Bunkley- Defensive Tackle Florida State
31. Joe Klopfenstein-Tight End Colorado
32. Davin Joseph- Offensive Guard/Tackle Oklahoma
33. Abdul Hodge- Inside Linebacker Iowa
34. Greg Blue- Free Safety Georgia
35. Demetrius Williams-Wide Receiver Oregon
36. Sinorice Moss-Wide Receiver Miami (Fla.)
37. Joseph Addai- Halfback LSU
38. Rodrique Wright-Defensive Tackle Texas
39. Max Jean-Gilles-Offensive Guard Georgia
40. Alan Zemaitis- Cornerback/Safety Penn State
41. Ryan O'Callaghan-Offensive Tackle California
42. Parys Haralson-Defensive End Tennessee
43. Darryl Tapp-Defensive End Virginia Tech
44. Kelly Jennings-Cornerback Miami (Fla.)

Donte Whitner- Strong Safety Ohio State Donte is a "slam-bam" openfield hitter and tackler, but the one thing that distinguishes him from your regular starting-type safety is that he is a very good one-on-one cover man. Whitner will be a cusp late first or early 2nd round choice.

Leonard Pope- Tight End Georgia He will wage a one-on-one battle with Maryland's Vernon Davis for the top TE selected in the 2006 draft. Pope has great size and he is a sure-handed receiver.  His great size might be a liability in the blocking game, but he does a solid job walling off his opponent. Cusp first round/second round choice.

Ernie Sims- Outside Linebacker Florida State Sims is undersized at 5-11 and 225 pounds, but he has tremendous football skills, instincts and he has super quick flow ability to the football.  Ernie has very good athletic genes and he is also a good coverage-type LB..  Early 2nd round choice. 

Anthony Fasano- Tight End Notre Dame Anthony has excellent size (6-4, 255), velcro-like hands and he knows how to find the open spots in a secondary.   Solid 2nd round selection.

Richard Marshall- Cornerback Fresno State Richard has quick feet and excellent one-on-one coverage skills.  Has a flair about him in making big defensive plays, but he needs to upgrade his techniques and his zone-coverage skills.   Late 2nd round selection.

Derrick Martin- Cornerback Wyoming Derrick has been hidden a bit at Wyoming, but believe me this guy can play some football.  Martin has excellent foot speed (4.42) and quickness and he closes in a flash to the football.  He has posted 21 pass break-ups and 6 pass interceptions over the past two seasons. NFL scouts will want to check out a knee injury he suffered this season. Late 2nd round choice.

Ko Simpson- Free Safety South Carolina Ko is a big-play athlete who has excellent radar skills and he has a knack for being around the football.  He finds the football quickly in flight.  Tough guy who is also a good openfield tackler.    Late 2nd round choice.

John McCargo- Defensive Tackle North Carolina State John was overshadowed due to the exploits of Mario Williams at NC State, but this guy is quite a football also.  McCargo (6-2 and 292) is tough, he has good inside penetration skills and he knows how to use his arms and hands real well to shed off blockers. Late 2nd round choice.
  
Demetrice Webb- Cornerback Florida Dee has excellent foot speed and quickness, but he technically is still rough around the edges and he has given up quite a few big pass plays for a former track sprinter. He does have knack for getting his hands on a ton of football passes and he doesn't let one bad play affect his overall game.   Late 2nd round projection or early 3rd round choice.
 
12/20/05

The Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama announced that nine players in the SEC Championship game would be playing in the January 28th All-Star classic. Four players from LSU, wide receiver/return specialist Skyler Green (who is projected to be selected in the 3rd round), halfback Joseph Addai (projected to be selected in Round 2) and defensive tackles Kyle Williams (projected to be selected late in Round 2 or early in Round 3) and Claude Wroten (a 1st round pick projection) will represent the Tigers on the South squad. The Bulldogs will have five players on the South squad. Cornerbacks DeMario Minter (projected to be selected in Round 1) and Tim Jennings (a projected 3rd round pick), along with free safety Greg Blue (an early 2nd round projection), were selected from the Georgia defense. Offensive guard Max Jean-Gilles (expected to go in Round 2) and quarterback D.J. Shockley (projected to be selected in the 3rd round) were picked from the Bulldog offense.
 

If you think that the SEC Championship game was loaded with talent, just consider what you will see on the field when the LSU Tigers play the Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes in the Peach Bowl. Over the course of the past seven drafts, the Hurricanes have produced 22 first round draft choices and an additional five players that went in Rounds #2 and #3. Like Saudi Arabi supplying the United States with oil, the Hurricanes have been the chief supplier of talent to the NFL over the past 20 years. In 2006 the Hurricanes will post a number of very highly rated players for the April draft.

On offense the Hurricanes’ top rated senior player is left offensive tackle Eric Winston. Before his mid-season knee injury in 2004, Winston was regarded in the same athletic and talent category as Iowa’s Robert Gallery, who the Oakland Raiders took with the 2nd overall pick in the 2004 draft and Utah’s Jordan Gross, who the Carolina Panthers took with the 8th overall pick in 2003. But, he struggled to regain his form after reconstructive surgery and now he is projected to go in the middle to latter part of Round 1. The 6-6, 315 pound left tackle still has three to four months to continue to rehab his knee and regain the rare quickness he once had, but he was not nearly the dominant pass protector I had seen in the past. How well he tests out medically will influence just how high he will go in the opening round.

Winston’s tackle teammate, Rashad Butler, is a very good athlete, who has good balance and wall-off skills, but he needs to really upgrade his upper-body strength to maximize his potential. To be honest, he looked just as good as, and at times better than, Winston at times in 2005. He has very good athletic skills and upside as a right tackle. Butler is a 6-5, 295 pound tackle, who has long arms and he does a good job pushing pass rushing defensive ends to the outside. He gets pushed back by much stronger defenders and he does get knocked off balance at times, but if he can get stronger in the weight room and improve his foot work, he has a chance to be a solid starting player in the league. Butler is still in the developmental stages, but don’t be surprised to see him being selected in the #3rd round.

WR. Sinorice Moss has really blossomed into a big-play performer in 2005. Moss, who is the younger brother of former UM star and current Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss have the same type great foot speed. Moss can stretch the field with his foot speed and his make-you-miss type skills in the openfield, and I am telling you this guy is a real “Thriller” player out on the field. While Moss is only 5-8 and 185 pounds, he is extremely well built and he does not go down without a real fight. Very creative runner after the catch and watch for Moss to be selected in the 2nd round of the 2006 draft. His sub (4.40) speed will catch your attention quickly and yes, he can catch the ball very well.

On defense, defensive tackle Orien Harris has emerged as one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the country. The 6-2, 305 pound defensive tackle is right now in a large group of senior defensive tackles with LSU’s Claude Wroten, Tennessee’s Jesse Mahelona, Texas’ Rodrigue Wright and Michigan’s Gabe Watson as possible 1st round draft choices. Orien’s big brother, Kwame, was a 1st round pick offensive tackle by the S.F. 49ers back in 2003 and look for Orien to follow in his brother’s footsteps. Orien is a tough, very stout, inside performer, who has cat-quick moves and excellent up-the-field type instincts. He has been a major force in the middle for the Canes and he has developed into a very vocal and inspirational leader. The Tigers will find it tough running up the middle on Harris and he looks to be a middle, to late.

1st round pick. LB. Roger McIntosh has been a very productive player for the Canes and he has played both middle and strongside linebacker for Miami. This year the 6-2, 233 pound linebacker leads the tackles with 80 and he has also posted 10 tackles for losses. He is a very athletic linebacker who runs the field extremely well from side to side and he is a very instinctive player out on the field. The two things I really like about McIntosh are that he has great closing speed and he is an extremely good openfield tackler. Now, he has been banged up a bit in the past, but he stayed healthy this season and while this is hard to believe he really is a top rated major college sleeper. Look for McIntosh’s name to be called in the latter part of Round 2 or in the early part of Round 3.

2006 Draft Order
# Team W L T Pct. SOS
1 Houston 2 14 0 .125 .535
2 New Orleans 3 13 0 .188 .523
3 Tennessee 4 12 0 .250 .512
4 N.Y. Jets 4 12 0 .250 .527
5 Green Bay 4 12 0 .250 .531
6 San Francisco 4 12 0 .250 .539
7 Oakland 4 12 0 .250 .539
8 Buffalo 5 11 0 .313 .500
9 Detroit 5 11 0 .313 .504
10 Arizona 5 11 0 .313 .508
11 St. Louis 6 10 0 .375 .484
12 Cleveland 6 10 0 .375 .508
13 Baltimore 6 10 0 .375 .523
14 Philadelphia 6 10 0 .375 .531
15 Denver 8 8 0 .500 .492
16 Miami 9 7 0 .563 .457
17 Minnesota 9 7 0 .563 .484
18 Dallas 9 7 0 .563 .523
19 San Diego 9 7 0 .563 .559
20 Kansas City 10 6 0 .625 .504
21 New England 10 6 0 .625 .508
22 Washington 10 6 0 .625 .539
23 Carolina 11 5 0 .688 .449
24 Tampa Bay 11 5 0 .688 .449
25 Chicago 11 5 0 .688 .457
26 Cincinnati 11 5 0 .688 .477
27 N.Y. Giants 11 5 0 .688 .492
28 Pittsburgh 11 5 0 .688 .492
29 Jacksonville 12 4 0 .750 .465
30 Seattle 13 3 0 .813 .430
31 Denver 13 3 0 .813 .500
32 Indianapolis 14 2 0 .875 .457

Cornerback Kelly Jennings is another player that hasn’t gotten great name recognition, but he is a very athletic cover-man, who has excellent man-to-man coverage skills and he plays the football well in flight. This season Jennings broke up 13 passes and picked off 3 passes, despite the fact that teams didn’t throw the ball in his direction much. Jennings is regarded as a strong worker and someone who is always looking at improving his overall game. Watch for the 5-11, 183 pound cornerback, who has been timed in (4.41), to go in the 2nd round of the April draft. Jennings had an ankle injury just a week back and he may not be up to 100% when he plays the Tigers, but he is a real ballhawk in the secondary, That makes as many as 6 senior players on the Hurricane squad that could be selected in the first day of the draft. If LSU does not come to play with a much improved mental attitude and focus than we saw against Georgia, they may be in for a long afternoon of football when they play the speedy and athletic Miami Hurricanes.

Middle Tennessee’s offensive tackle Willie Hall and Texas College defensive end Michael Williams have declared that they will give up their senior year of college football to turn pro early. Hall, a second team All-Sun Belt Conference left tackle in 2005, has great size (6-6 ½, and 310 pounds) and a huge wingspan (7-foot-2) for defenders to get around. The former Dougherty High School in Georgia lineman has excellent athletic ability and foot speed, but he is just a football puppy and he needs plenty of work with his foot work and pass blocking techniques. While Hall has improved his overall strength (he can bench-press 420 pounds), he still needs work on upgrading his upper-body strength and body balance. Right now Hall looks to be a 5th or 6th round projection. Texas College’s Michael Williams had an excellent junior season after transferring from the University of Texas. The 6-3, 270 pound defensive lineman was in on 38 unassisted tackles, 34 assisted tackles, 12 ½ tackles for losses and 5 ½ QB. sacks.

Williams is regarded as a late round selection and you have to like the upside and athletic ability of the former top rated prep OLB./ DE.. While he still needs work on getting stronger and upgrading his ability to get off blockers in a much quicker fashion, young defensive linemen who are athletic don’t hang around long on the second day of the draft.

Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery two weeks ago to correct a problem he has had with the shoulder since the start of the 2005 season. Whitehurst, who owns 40 Clemson passing records, is expected to play in the December 27th Champs Sports Bowl game in Orlando, Florida against Colorado and later in the Senior Bowl in Mobile in January. The strong-armed Tiger quarterback has excellent football bloodlines (his dad David was a quarterback with the Green Bay Packers for 8 seasons), and he rebounded very well from a sub-par junior season in which he barely completed more than 50% of his throws. Despite playing with a sore shoulder, Whitehurst completed 66.9% of his passes and threw for 11 TD’s and 9 pass interceptions as a senior. If Whitehurst fully recovers from the surgery he could really make a move up the draft charts when NFL teams get a good look at his 6-4 ½, 225 pound frame, his excellent arm strength and his mobility skills as a runner and scrambler. While he is a very sharp young man and he has imposing physical gifts, NFL scouts want to take a close look at him and how well he does under pressure in the next two games and how he adjusts to taking snaps under center since he played primarily in a shotgun offense at Clemson. Right now Whitehurst is in a major battle for the #3 position at quarterback for the 2006 NFL draft. USC’s Matt Leinart is the clear-cut No.1 choice at quarterback and he is followed by Vanderbilt’s Jay Cutler, but the #3 spot is being contested by Whitehurst, Georgia’s D.J. Shockley and Alabama’s Brodie Croyle.
 


12/04/05

Covering the Southeast Conference on a regular basis gives me a leg-up on who the top players are in the league and from the summer I have talked it up about Vanderbilt QB. Jay Cutler and he has come through in a big manner as a senior.

And believe me the NFL is looking at him as a probable 1st round selection.

Cutler, who was the SEC's leading passer in 2005, is the first player invited to play in the 2006 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.  The 6-3, 230-pound flame-thrower has been my second ranked senior quarterback since the summer behind USC's Matt Leinart and he is entrenched in that same spot today.  In my opinion Cutler will be a middle 1st round selection in the 2006 April draft and scouts will quickly fall in love with his size, arm strength, mobility and his outstanding work ethic and leadership skills. What really stands out about Cutler besides his ability to uplift the talent around him is his excellent touch and accuracy skills with his throws. Despite not playing with a great supporting cast around him Cutler completed 59% of his throws this season and 61 % of his throws as a junior. Physically, not personality wise, Jay C. reminds me of former Tulane and current Buffalo Bills QB. J.P. Losman and this young man has the looks of a real winner at the NFL level.

The coming Saturday when the LSU Tigers face the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship game and the Tigers defense will be facing off against the best tight end in the country in Georgia's Leonard Pope. Despite not playing on a football team that really pumps the ball to the tight end the 6-6, 250-pound tight end has emerged as the top pro prospect (junior or senior) in the country.

Pope, who has caught 32 passes for 474 yards and 3 scores this season, is seriously considering giving up his senior season of college football to throw his name into the 2006 NFL draft. Pope does just not have rare size for the position, but he is also a terrific overall athletic with excellent foot speed and outstanding eye/hand coordination.

While he still needs some work on his overall blocking skills and techniques Pope is very adapt at getting open downfield and using his huge body to extend and bring in a pass with tight coverage around him. If Pope decides to come out early for the draft expect him to be selected in the middle part of Round one.

Pope may not be the only junior tight end to look closely at the 2006 NFL draft.  Maryland tight end Vernon Davis has field paperwork with the NFL Players Association to get a better idea on where he might get selected in the 2006 NFL draft.

Davis, a 6-2 ½, 255-pound junior tight end, was the Gatorade Player of the Year for the District of Columbia coming out of Dunbar High School and he has lived up to his lofty high school press-clippings. In 2004 Davis lined up at fullback, tight end and was split out wide in the slot and he caught 27 passes, averaged 16.3 yards per catch and scored 3 TD's in his first year as a starter.  In 2005 Davis eclipsed those numbers by catching 51 passes for 871 yards and 6 scores.  He led the ACC in receiving yards per game with an average of 79.2 yards and he was selected as one of the three finalists for the John Mackey Award, which is given annually to the nation's top TE.. Davis is considered the strongest tight end to ever play for the Terps in that he has bench-pressed 450 pounds, squatted 675 pounds and he has posted a 39 ½-inch vertical leap.

The former high school high jump champion has a real knack for getting open downfield and he is a very sure-handed receiver. He has the foot speed to be a very effective deep ball receiver and he is a real "brute" to tackle one-on-one downfield. While he still needs some work on upgrading his overall blocking skills, he is a very competent receiver and he is strikingly similar to Atlanta Falcons All-Pro tight end Alge Crumpler. If Davis would decide to declare early for the draft he will be projected as a late 1st round or very early 2nd round draft choice.

The first two junior players to announce that they will skip their senior campaigns of college ball to turn pro early were defensive end Ray Edwards and strong safety Bernard Pollard, both from Purdue University.

Edwards, a 6-6, 270 pounder was expected to develop into of the nation's top defensive ends for the Boilermakers, but he had a very inconsistent junior season and had disciplinary problems with head coach Joe Tiller. Despite having a hard time adjusting to first-year defensive ends coach Tony Samuel, Edwards still managed to record 28 tackles, 11 tackles for losses and 5 ½ quarterback sacks. Edwards is a very good athlete who has excellent athletic gifts, but scouts want to get to know him better and found out about his work ethic and his ability to adjust to coaching.  Those two questions must be answered before a team will take a chance on him higher than the middle rounds of the draft. With some good individual workouts Edwards is expected to be selected in either the 4th or 5th rounds of the April draft.

Strong safety Bernard Pollard (6-2, 225 pounds) was one of the few bright spots on a very disappointing Boilermaker defense.  Pollard led the team in tackles with 92 and he had a team-high 3 pass interceptions. The very physical safety is known for his run support skills and his hard hitting ways.  Bernard has improved his overall pass coverage skills, but his real strength is his aggressive nature and his ability to really come up strong in run-support. Boilermaker coaches have talked highly of Pollard's football intelligence and his excellent instincts to find the football quickly. Pollard could well end up being a middle to late 2nd round choice if he runs well for the pro scouts. Right now Pollard is currently my top rated strong safety available for the 2006 NFL draft.

Former Lutcher High School (LA.) and current Northwestern State (LA.) cornerback David Pittman has been invited to play in the January 21, 2006 Hula Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Pittman, is expected to be a middle-round selection (4th or 5th round) in the 2006 draft.  The speedy cover-man was in on 35 tackles, a team-leading 9 pass break-ups and 1 pass interception as a senior.

Texas State defensive tackle Fred Evans, who was the Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year and quarterback Barrick Nealy, who was the Southland Conference Football Player of the Year, have also been invited to play in the Hula Bowl.

Evans, a 6-3 ¼, 290-pound defensive tackle, is a very athletic inside performer, who has really dominated play in the Southland Conference.  In 2005 Evans was in on 47 tackles, with 15 tackles for losses and 3 ½ QB. sacks.  While he needs to further his overall techniques and react quicker to what is breaking down around him Evans is projected to be selected in the 5th or 6th round of the 2006 NFL draft.

Nealy, a 6-3 ½, 210-pound quarterback, started his college career at the University of Houston before transferring to Texas State.  Nealy completed 57% of his passes as a senior and threw 18 TD's to just 5 pass interceptions, but his pro career may well end up at wide receiver.  The very athletic college signal-caller led Texas State in rushing with 950 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns, but his accuracy skills and his touch are in question as for as being a pro QB.. 

When you see the success of Drew Bennett (Tennessee Titans), Matt Jones (Jacksonville J.) and Antwaan Randle El (Pitt. Steelers) all college quarterbacks who have excelled at wide receiver in the pros, you can well understand why NFL teams want to take a long look at Nealy at wide receiver.