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Pro Prospect Rankings
1 * Andrew Luck - 6-4, 235 - Stanford
2 * Matt Barkley - 6-2, 225 - Southern Cal
3 * Landry Jones - 6-4, 230 - Oklahoma
4 Brandon Weeden - 6-4, 215 - Oklahoma St
5 Nick Foles - 6-5, 245 - Arizona
6 Kirk Cousins - 6-3, 205 - Michigan St
7 Ryan Lindley - 6-4, 245 - San Diego St
8 Case Keenum - 6-2, 210 - Houston
9 Ryan Tannehill - 6-4, 220 - Texas A&M
10 Dayne Crist - 6-4, 235 - Notre Dame
11 John Brantley - 6-3 220 - Florida
12 Chandler Harnish - 6-2, 225 - Northern Illinois
13 Austin Davis - 6-2, 200 - Southern Miss
14 G.J. Kinne - 6-1, 215 - Tulsa
15 Kellen Moore - 6-0, 190 - Boise St
1 * Trent Richardson - 5-10, 225 - Alabama
2 * Bernard Pierce - 6-0, 220 - Temple
3 * LaMichael James - 5-9, 185 - Oregon
4 Cyrus Gray - 5-10, 200 - Texas A&M
5 * Edwin Baker - 5-9, 210 - Michigan St.
6 * Christine Michael- 5-11, 215 - Texas A&M
7 Chris Rainey - 5-9, 175 - Florida
8 Tauren Poole - 5-11, 215 - Tennessee
9 * Chris Polk - 5-10, 215 - Washington
10 * David Wilson - 5-10, 205 - Virginia Tech
11 Brandon Bolden - 5-10, 225 - Mississippi
12 Isaiah Pead - 5-10, 210 - Cincinnati
13 Marc Tyler - 5-10, 230 - Southern California
14 * Andre Ellington - 5-9, 190 - Clemson
15 Jeff Demps - 5-8, 185 - Florida
Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe and All-American teams. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards.
NFL Supplemental Draft Postponed
Photo – QB Terrelle Pryor – Ohio St.
The NFL postponed the NFL Supplemental Draft scheduled for Wednesday August 17th. The delay stems from league officials trying to determine the eligibility of former Ohio St QB Terrelle Pryor. Pryor has petitioned the NFL for inclusion in this week's NFL Supplemental Draft
Pryor was facing an opening 5 game suspension due to NCAA infractions for receiving improper benefits including taking cash. With the Pryor suspension and the termination of highly successful Ohio St. head coach Jim Tressel due to this and other violations, the Buckeye starting passer seeked advice about turning pro this summer. He has been working out this summer in hopes of landing with an NFL team during the preseason.
With the delay in the NFL Supplemental Draft from July to August due to the lockout and now the postponement, the NFL office is trying to set an example of dealing with suspended college players. Players may have to face a brief suspension to start their pro careers that makes them accountable for their college action and send a message to future defections to the pro game to avoid an infraction. This delay may accomplish to future college players with violations of NCAA by laws.
The NFL has circulated a list of players eligible for the NFL Supplemental Draft and Pryor is not been included. Currently, there are 5 players are eligible for this player draft including major college players, RB Caleb King of Georgia, DE Michael McAdoo of North Carolina and safety Tracy Wilson of Northern Illinois. In addition, there are a couple of small college prospects in DE Keenan Mace of Lindenwood and CB Torez Jones of Western Carolina who have petitioned the NFL commissioner’s office for entry in the NFL Supplemental Draft.
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NFL Combine 2011
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Photo - Da'Rel Scott - Maryland
The NFL Combine 2011 has been completed with several outstanding workouts that will have a huge effect on the final player rankings.
Running back Da'Rel Scott and wide receiver Edmund Gates had the best hand held times at the NFL Combine 2011 that are posted along with the electronically timed sprints. Both players are second tier prospects who improved their draft stock significantly with a strong combine performance.
None of the combine performances were more impressive than wideout Julio Jones of Alabama. Jones showed incredible athleticism with a 4.39 forty time @ 220 lbs. He leaped out of the building with a 11’3” broad jump and a 38.8” vertical leap. His numbers were outstanding and what is more amazing is that he did this with a broken bone in his foot. He will have an 8 week recovery time for the injury, but his workout made a statement of both his blue chip athleticism and his super toughness and work ethic. He played through a broken hand during the 2010 season where he missed no time.
Best 40 Times Pro Prospects by hand held official watches
Tyrod Taylor - Virginia Tech - 4.47
Jake Locker - Washington - 4.50
Colin Kaepernick - Nevada - 4.53
Cam Newton - Auburn - 4.56
Blaine Gabbert - Missouri - 4.61
Christian Ponder - Florida St - 4.63
Jerrod Johnson - Texas A&M - 4.75
Pat Devlin - Delaware - 4.81
Andy Dalton - Texas Christian - 4.82
Greg McElroy - Alabama - 4.84
Ricky Stanzi - Iowa - 4.87
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Da'Rel Scott - Maryland - 4.31
Mario Fannin - Auburn - 4.37
Derrick Locke - Kentucky - 4.37
DeMarco Murray - Oklahoma - 4.37
Jordan Todman - UConn - 4.40
Roy Helu - Nebraska - 4.40
Brandon Saine - Ohio St - 4.40
Alex Green - Hawaii - 4.45
Kendall Hunter - Oklahoma St - 4.46
Shane Vereen - California - 4.49
Allen Bradford - USC - 4.53
Jamie Harper - Clemson - 4.53
Johnny White - North Carolina - 4.53
Deleone Carter - Syracuse - 4.54
Dion Lewis - Pittsburgh - 4.56
Darren Evans - Virginia Tech - 4.56
Mikel Leshoure - Illinois - 4.56
Damien Berry - Miami - 4.58
Jacquizz Rodgers - Oregon St - 4.59
Ryan Williams - Virginia Tech - 4.59
Mark Ingram - Alabama - 4.62
Anthony Sherman - UConn - 4.74
Owen Marecic - Stanford - 4.87
Shaun Chapas - Georgia - 4.87
Henry Hynoski - Pittsburgh - 5.06
Edmond Gates - Abilene Christian - 4.31
Ricardo Lockette - Fort Valley St - 4.34
Julio Jones - Alabama - 4.34
Al Robinson - SMU - 4.35
Leonard Hankerson - Miami - 4.40
Joe Morgan - Walsh - 4.40
Torrey Smith - Maryland - 4.41
Denarius Moore - Tennessee - 4.43
Titus Young - Boise St - 4.43
Niles Paul - Nebraska - 4.45
Jerrel Jernigan - Troy - 4.46
Ron Johnson - USC - 4.46
Randall Cobb - Kentucky - 4.46
A.J. Green - Georgia - 4.48
Jon Baldwin - Pittsburgh - 4.49
Stephen Burton - West Texas A&M - 4.50
Armon Binns - Cincinnati - 4.50
Jimmy Young - Texas Christian - 4.50
Cecil Shorts - Mount Union - 4.50
Greg Little - North Carolina - 4.51
Andre Holmes - Hillsdale - 4.51
Terrence Tolliver - LSU - 4.52
Dwayne Harris - East Carolina - 4.53
Owen Spencer - NC State - 4.53
Greg Salas - Hawaii - 4.53
OJ Murdock - Ft Hays St - 4.53
Tori Gurley - South Carolina - 4.53
Terrance Turner - Indiana - 4.56
Dane Sansenbacher - Ohio St - 4.56
Marshall Williams - Wake Forest - 4.56
Austin Pettis - Boise St - 4.56
Jeff Maehl - Oregon - 4.56
Jeremy Kerley - Texas Christian - 4.56
Darvin Adams - Auburn - 4.56
DeAndre Brown - Southern Miss - 4.59
Lester Jean - Florida Atlantic - 4.61
Vincent Brown - San Diego St - 4.68
Rob Housler - Florida Atlantic - 4.46
Jordan Cameron - USC - 4.53
Virgil Green - Nevada - 4.54
D.J. Williams - Arkansas - 4.59
Schuyler Oordt - Northern Iowa - 4.63
Julius Thomas - Portland St - 4.64
Lance Kendricks - Wisconsin - 4.65
Charles Clay - Tulsa - 4.69
Luke Stocker - Tennessee - 4.70
Zach Pinalto - North Carolina - 4.78
Charlie Gantt - Michigan St - 4.85
Allen Reisner - Iowa - 4.90
Lee Smith - Marshall - 4.94
Cameron Graham - Louisville - 5.00
Nate Solder - Colorado - 4.96
Derek Newton - Arkansas St - 5.00
Jarriel King - South Carolina - 5.03
Mike Person - Montana St - 5.07
Orlando Franklin - Miami - 5.11
Gabe Carimi - Wisconsin - 5.18
Derek Sherrod - Mississippi St - 5.18
Demarcus Love - Arkansas - 5.18
Anthony Castonzo - BC - 5.21
James Brewer - Indiana - 5.21
James Carpenter - Alabama - 5.22
Marcus Cannon - TCU - 5.28
Keith Hughes - SE Louisiana - 5.31
Jah Reid - Central Florida - 5.32
Joe Barksdale - LSU - 5.37
Chris Hairston - Clemson - 5.38
Jason Pinkston - Pittsburgh - 5.39
Marcus Gilbert - Florida - 5.41
Ray Dominguez - Arkansas - 5.45
Adam Grant - Arizona - 5.58
Steve Schilling - Michigan - 5.18
Julian Vandervelde - Iowa - 5.21
Rodney Hudson - Florida St - 5.27
Andrew Jackson - Fresno St - 5.27
Clint Boling - Georgia - 5.28
Dan Kilgore - Appalachian St - 5.28
Zach Hurd - UConn - 5.28
Keith Williams - Nebraska - 5.28
David Arkin - Missouri St - 5.31
Danny Watkins - Baylor - 5.36
Justin Boren - Ohio St - 5.40
John Moffitt - Wisconsin - 5.51
Jason Kelce - Cincinnati - 4.89
Ryan Bartholomew - Syracuse - 4.93
Mike Pouncey - Florida - 5.12
Kris O'Dowd - USC - 5.12
Brandon Fusco - Slippery Rock - 5.18
Zack Williams - Washington St - 5.18
Stefen Wisniewski - Penn St - 5.29
Alex Linnenkohl - Oregon St - 5.36
Cam Newton Schedules Early Workout
Photo - QB Cam Newton - Auburn
QB Cam Newton of Auburn has scheduled a workout in San Diego for February 10th that will be open to the media. Newton declared for the NFL Draft 2011 in January and is one of the premier prospects at the position this year. Though he clearly needs to answer some key questions about his overall development, he is one of the Wild Cards in the first round at this point of the process. NFL teams according to league rules say, teams can attend a private workout for a player only at the player’s school or in his hometown. In addition, teams are not allowed to work out a player who has been invited to the NFL Combine before the event in late February. The NFL Combine is scheduled for Feb 23rd thru March 1st in Indianapolis, In.
We will have a complete scouting report on the NFL Combine and Pro Days in the newsletters in March and April. We will also have an updated workout report prior to the NFL Draft.
Newton’s scheduled workout will be only a few weeks before the NFL Combine. Newton wants to show the progress that he has made since winning the Heisman Trophy and BCS national title game in early January. He will be working with noted QB coach George Whitfield who has also worked with Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger among other big name NFL passers. Whitfield has been working with Newton since the Auburn’s victory over Oregon and hopes to improve his overall mechanics from his initial setup from center and setting his feet in the pocket to throw the ball. Newton played almost exclusively in a shotgun spread offense at Auburn and rarely went under center or went through his progressions in the pocket for secondary receivers.
Whether Newton intends to attend the NFL Combine is unclear, though his early indications after declaring was that he would go center stage in Indianapolis in front of NFL front office brass. The Auburn pro day is also an option for Newton, though many events at the schools for the top prospects has been limited in many respects to a few drills according to how they do at the NFL Combine. The NFL Combine will probably determine which events they participate in at the pro day in the spring.
Auburn’s Nick Fairley Joins Cam Newton for NFL Draft 2011 - Underclassmen Update Report:
DT Nick Fairley - Auburn
Auburn's Nick Fairley has entered the NFL Draft 2011 joining teammate QB Cam Newton who announced on Thursday his intentions to turn professional. Underclassmen have until Saturday to declare for the NFL Draft 2011 with three additional days to rescind that decision and return to their college team if they have not signed with an agent.
Fairley is a massive junior defensive tackle who projects as one of the top picks in April's draft. At 6'5" and 300 lbs., Fairley has dominated SEC offensive linemen all season with 56 overall tackles, including 11.5 sacks and 24 TFLs. He was named the defensive MVP of the BCS National Championship Game that Auburn won 22-19 over Oregon. In the BCS title game, he had a sack, three TFLs and a forced fumble. During the 2010 season, he led the SEC with 24 TFL and he set a school-record with his 11.5 sacks. He played only two seasons at Auburn after transferring from junior college level.
Our January Newsletter will have a complete evaluation of all Underclassmen with a new Top 150 Prospects, Three Round Mock Draft, All-star Game analysis plus more next week.
Player Pos H/W School Class
* Third year Sophomore
Blaine Gabbert - QB - 6-5, 240 - Missouri - Jr
Ryan Mallett - QB - 6-6, 245 - Arkansas - Jr.
Cam Newton - QB - 6-6, 230 - Auburn - Jr.
John Clay - RB - 6-1, 255 - Wisconsin - Jr
Darren Evans - RB - 5-11, 210 - Virginia Tech - Jr
Jamie Harper - RB - 6-0, 230 - Clemson - Jr
Mark Ingram - RB - 5-10, 225 - Alabama - Jr
* Dion Lewis - RB - 5-10, 200 - Pittsburgh - Soph
Stevan Ridley - RB - 5-11, 225 - LSU - Jr
Jacquizz Rodgers - RB - 5-9,180 - Oregon St - Jr
Jordan Todman - RB - 5-9, 195 - UConn - Jr
Shane Vereen - RB - 5-10, 205 - California - Jr
* Ryan Williams - RB - 5-11, 210 - Virginia Tech - Soph
DeAndre Brown - WR - 6-5, 240 - Southern Miss - Jr
Randall Cobb - WR - 5-11, 190 - Kentucky - Jr
Tandon Doss - WR - 6-2, 195 - Indiana - Jr
A.J. Green - WR - 6-4, 220 - Georgia - Jr
* Tori Gurley - WR - 6-5, 230 - South Carolina - Soph
Vidal Hazelton - WR - 6-2, 210 - Cincinnati - Jr
Julio Jones - WR - 6-1, 210 - Alabama - Jr
Torrey Smith - WR - 6-1, 205 - Maryland - Jr
Kyle Rudolph - TE - 6-5, 260 - Notre Dame - Jr
Nick Clayor - OT - 6-6, 290 - Georgia Tech - Jr
Tyron Smith - OT - 6-5, 285 - Southern Cal - Jr
Da'Quan Bowers - DE - 6-4, 280 - Clemson - Jr
Marcel Dareus - DE - 6-4, 300 - Alabama - Jr
Zane Parr DE - 6-6, 275 - Virginia - Jr
* Aldon Smith DE - 6-5, 250 - Missouri - Soph
J.J. Watt DE - 6-6. 280 - Wisconsin - Jr
Jurrell Casey - DT - 6-0, 305 - Southern Cal - Jr
Nick Fairley - DT - 6-5, 300 - Auburn - Jr.
Lawrence Guy - DT - 6-3, 300 - Arizona St. - Jr
Corey Liuget - DT - 6-3, 300 - Illinois - Jr
Sealver Siliga - DT - 6-3, 300 - Utah - Jr
Muhammad Wilkerson - DT - 6-5, 305 - Temple - Jr
Jerrell Powe - DT - 6-2, 320 - Ole Miss - Jr
Akeem Ayers - LB - 6-4, 255 - UCLA - Jr
Tom Keiser - LB - 6-4, 245 - Stanford - Jr
Matrez Wilson - LB - 6-1, 245 - Illinois - Jr
Brandon Burton - CB - 6-1, 190 - Utah - Jr
Brandon Harris - CB - 5-10, 195 - Miami - Jr
Patrick Peterson - CB - 6-1, 195 - LSU - Jr
Aaron Williams - CB - 6-0, 195 - Texas - Jr
Will Hill - S - 6-0, 190 - Florida - Jr
Rahim Moore - S - 6-1, 210 - UCLA - Jr
Robert Sands - S - 6-0, 220 - West Virginia - Jr
Tyler Sash - S - 6-1, 210 - Iowa - Jr
Jerrard Tarrant - S - 6-0, 210 - Georgia Tech - Jr
Small College Prospects for the NFL Draft 2010
Photo - Vladimir Ducasse - UMass
'The Dirty Dozen' - Top 12 Small College Players
Every NFL club scouts the nation in hopes of landing the next great sleeper prospect in the NFL Draft. The small college ranks has supplied many NFL Hall of Fame prospects over the past fifty years with a litany of stars like receiver Jerry Rice, running back Walter Payton and QBs Tony Romo and Doug Williams from the Grambling and Jackson St. programs across the nation. This year's class will produce several players in the top 100 picks. There should be as many as 20-25 draft selections over seven rounds. It is an interesting group with several blue chip prospects mainly along the offensive line and in the secondary. This year’s group of small college pro prospects ranks among the better classes of the past decade and is especially deep at offensive tackle. The highest rated small college prospect is LB OL Vladimir Ducasse who completed an excellent postseason after a fine stay at UMass. Defensive back Akwasi Owusu-Ansah of Indiana (Pa) carries an NFL starting grade after a strong college career. He ranks among the top defenders from the lower level in recent drafts. The secondary and offensive should provide many draft selections overall in the NFL Draft 2010 once again and the small college ranks should be well represented over the three days. Both the offensive and defensive lines will supply NFL starters while the wide receiver position may provide a few highly regarded prospects.
Note: In recent years, our highest rated small college players were QB Joe Flacco and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and both were chosen in the first round. Each has performed brilliantly over their early careers and key performers in their clubs strong annual playoff berths.
The Dirty Dozen - Top 12 Small College Players For the NFL Draft
1. Vladimir Ducasse - OT - UMass
Big mobile lineman completed an excellent small college career starting at left tackle over his late career. He projects to both tackle and guard with an early starting grade on the inside. He has shown all the necessary physical tools to develop into an NFL starter and is a good athlete with fine footwork and athletic ability. He can be one of the real gems in this class and is similar to the Saints OG Jahri Evans who I loved coming out for the NFL Draft ’06. He is our #1 small college prospect with the talent to start, but needs vital time to settle into a system and position. Within a short time, he could be the biggest bargain in this class on the middle rounds.
2. Akwasi Owusu-Ansah - CB - Indiana (Pa)
Fast athletically gifted small college defensive back had a tremendous postseason that has elevated his stock into the early rounds. He had an impressive performance at the NFL Combine that moved him into the top 100 prospects. He carries an NFL starting grade at cornerback off his fine measurables, skills set and fine postseason efforts. He probably plays in the nickel package early in his career with incredible upside as a starting corner. Blue chip small college corner and an excellent return specialist who should win those roles immediately in his career.
3. Austin Lane - DE - Murray St (Ky)
Tall angular mobile lineman was a dominating performer against a lower level of competition. Though he was not really tested at the lower level, he performed well vs top competition and grades a middle round grade for the NFL Draft. He showed some promising skills with long arms, good footwork, size, bulk and overall strength. He showed the ability to stack with the burst to get into the backfield or chase to the perimeter. He also played outside at end and could project to the strongside spot in both schemes and maybe best suited for the three-man front. He looks like a solid two-way defender at end in 3-4 scheme.
4. Jared Veldheer - OT - Hillsdale (Mi.)
Huge left tackle prospect had a strong finish to his career that earned him honors annually. Jared is a long armed mobile tackle who opened some eyes over the latter part of his career. He is a legit starting tackle prospect with tremendous size, reach, height, footwork and mobility. He usually plays with sound technique in many aspect of play and is one of the biggest sleepers in this class. He could become a real gem in the right situation with further development and refinement of his excellent physical package and skill set. Major sleeper with the talent to become a starting pro tackle with further development and critical time to refine his skill set.
5. Andre Roberts - WR - Citadel (S.C.)
Fast agile small college receiver had an impressive postseason that has him moving up the rankings. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at just under 5’11” and 195 lbs and ran a fast 4.46 time with a 36” VL and a 10' BJ in a fine workout in addition to a good effort at the Senior Bowl that a small college prospect needs to impress scouts. He has shown the separation speed to get behind the secondary and make the big play. He displays very good hands, fine body control to track and adjust to the ball in flight and has been able to get deep and hit the home. Athlete with an excellent combination of size, speed and receiving skills to be a huge surprise in the right offense and fine middle round pick with intriguing upside.
6. Jeromy Miles - S - UMass
Talented small college defensive back completed an outstanding career at the lower level earning CAA honors since his sophomore season. Jeromy is a fine athlete who was a dominant performer at his level of competition making plays in coverage with his speed, quickness and instincts. He has good measureables including size, speed and toughness for the position. He has the skill set to develop further but needs to settle into a defense that allows him to learn a system and more sophisticated coverage vs pro style passing games. He may need some time but could be a huge surprise after settling into a pro scheme. Top-flight special teams defender.
7. Arthur Moats - LB - James Madison (Va.)
Quick rangy senior defender had another strong performance for the tough JM program that earned him first team CAA honors. He has the size, speed, instincts and toughness to convert to the backer role in the 3-4 scheme. He has established himself as a pro prospect using his fine functional strength and quick hands to perform well in both pass and run defense with the ability to hold the point of attack and chase in pursuit. He is one of the better physical specimens among edge rushers in this class with long arms to go with his good speed and fine functional strength. He has the athletic and mental aptitude to make the adjustment up as an attack linebacker and maybe sooner than most think. He has the skill set to be a huge surprise and start fairly soon in his career and be a factor off the edge.
8. James Ruffin - DE - Northern Iowa
Rangy athletic defender completed an impressive finish to his career with a strong performance. He is one of the real hidden gems in this class after a strong career that drew attention from scouts after seeing his fine triangle numbers. He has been timed in sub 4.6 time that would rank with any 4-3 end in this class. He has the speed off the edge to pressure the passer and will warrant a late selection in this draft class. He may be limited to a situational role, but he has the skills to play a key role in passing situations.
9. Clay Harbor - TE - Missouri St.
Mobile small college tight end has improved every season and completed his career with a strong performance including the NFL Combine. He has a quick burst off the line with fine hands and run after the catch ability to be an immediate factor in a pro passing game. He has the talent to fill a few roles including the H back and fullback spots in addition to the tight end positions. He has proven to be a reliable receiver with top hands and the ability to make yardage after the reception. He shows good speed to give a club a threat in the deeper zones. At the NFL Combine, he run a sub 4.7 time with 30 reps and a fine 40” VL and 10’ BJ in an excellent overall workout. Excellent middle round value with the upside potential to become a starter in time.
10. John Skelton - QB - Fordham U (N.Y.)
Strong armed senior QB was impressive over his late career that probably earns him a late draft selection. He displays all the physical talent to become a pro starting QB with a good live arm and the strength and fine throwing technique to earn a #3 role. He has a good delivery and mechanics that allows him to make a quick release to deliver the ball in excellent timing. He has a live arm and gets the ball into tight windows with fairly good accuracy. This guy could be one of the hidden gems of this QB class. He has all the talent and intangibles to become a potential pro starter with development. With time to develop as a passer and learn an offense, he is prospect who is capable of moving up the depth charts over time.
11. Tony Washington - OT - Abilene Christian (Tx.)
Big mobile tackle completed an excellent small college career and shows the skill set to develop into an NFL starting linemen. He can play either tackle spot with the size, bulk, reach and footwork to earn a starting grade in time. He has shown all the necessary physical tools to develop and is a very good athlete with fine footwork and athletic ability. He can be one of the real hidden gems in this class and has NFL starting talent. His serious off the field problems cost him a high grade by most NFL teams, but he could be a major sleeper with the talent to start if given vital time to mature settle into a system.
12. Abe Koroma - NT - Western Illinois
Strong mobile lineman completed a fine career at the lower level after starting at Penn St. Abe will likely be a late round draft selection with the demand for nose tackles and his versatility to play in either front line. He has a wide frame, good functional strength and technique with a strong chance to start as a pro. He has a powerful base with quickness off the snap and sound use his hands to separate from blockers. He is similar to the Tank Johnson in size, athleticism, versatility and experience. Tough, durable lineman with experience in both front line schemes and the talent level to compete for a starting job at some point in his career. Marginal top 250 prospect probably falls to late in the draft off some off the field problems.
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Photo - RB Dexter McCluster - Ole Miss
Dexter McCluster - 5'9" 170 lbs. - 4.55
Fast electrifying senior scatback had an outstanding career in the potent Ole Miss offense. Dexter is an athletic back with a fine burst of speed that ranks him with the fastest playmakers in this class. He has lined up at several positions especially running back late in his career after earlier starting time at receiver. He is one of the deluxe gadget performers in this class and became popular in the ‘Wild Rebel’ offense. As a runner, he explodes through the hole to the 2nd level with the breakaway speed to score from anywhere on the field. He is a smooth athlete who follows his blockers well, showing the ability to make defenders miss with his fine array of multiple moves. During his career, he averaged over 6 yards per carry lining up both in the shotgun and backfield. He shifts gears well, knowing when to wait to allow blockers to create openings and when to explode through a hole and run for daylight. He is very elusive in space and creates many opportunities in the openfield with breakaway speed to make the big play. As a receiver, he is very quick into his routes and gets open consistently with the sure hands to catch the ball and the running skills to be very dangerous after the reception. He averaged 13 yards per catch, a high number for any running back. He shows fine decision making as a runner with the vision, balance and enough power to run inside. He has the initial quickness to hit the hole with top speed and possesses the ability to make defenders consistently miss in the openfield. He slides quickly along the line and shows the ability to cutback hard and make the big play. As a prospect, he is a very good athlete with big play ability. Over his SEC career, he proved durable despite playing at a mere 170 lbs. and in the nation’s most physical conference.
The Numbers: During the ’09 season, he started every game and rushed for 1169 yards on just 181 carries for 8 TDs and a fine 6.5 yard average. He also added 44 receptions for 520 yards and 3 TDs as an excellent outlet receiver with an 11.3 yard average. He earned MVP in the Ole Miss Cotton Bowl victory. He does have a big upside as a receiver, showing natural hands and nice route running. As a junior, he rushed for 655 yards on 109 carries for 6 TDs while adding 44 receptions for 625 yards and 1 TD. Over his career, he caught 130 passes for over 1700 yards and 7 TDs. Over his career, he had only 27 total returns, but he is capable of providing an impact in that role as a pro. At the NFL Combine, he ran 4.53 and 4.62 times with a 37.5” vertical leap, 9’10” BJ and did 20 reps. He had good agility drills including a 4.06 short shuttle time. He is a tough matchup due to size and versatility but similar to runner Darren Sproles or wideout DeSean Jackson in size, AA, body type and overall LOD.
The Skinny: Athlete with the talent and physical ability to be a big play specialist if he proves durable in the NFL. He has natural running skills that coaches will utilize and create an offensive plan for him to fit. Though much smaller than ideal, he can become a playmaker in the right setting. He needs to make the necessary strength progress and overall improvement to hold up to the rigors of NFL play. Initially as a pro, he has the development to be a good change of pace and 3rd down back. Fast elusive type runner with the instincts and AA necessary to fill a key role as a situational weapon. Marginal top 100 prospect and could go as early as the 3rd round on speed and big play potential. Clubs like the Chiefs, Saints, Broncos and Falcons have on their short list.
Draft Projection: 3rd Round
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