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NFL Draft 2010 Prospects - Week 4

DraftInsiders.com and ProFootballDraftNetwork.com will be collaborating on a weekly article (posted every Wednesday during the college football regular season) to review the prior weeks most notable performances from a 2010 NFL Draft perspective.

Photo - TE Ed Dickson - Oregon

Ed Dickson has been selected as the national offensive player of the week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation for Week 4 of the 2009 college football season. Dickson was also named John Mackey Tight End of the Week by the Nassau County Sports Commission. He had career-highs of 11 receptions, 148 yards and 3 TDs in Saturday’s 42-3 win over then-No. 6 Cal. His 11 grabs equaled the most ever in a single game by a UO tight end, tying Josh Wilcox’s 11-catch effort in the 1995 Rose Bowl. The senior All-America candidate is now 6 receptions shy of Wilcox (103) for the most career catches by an Oregon tight end.

NFL Draft 2010 Prospects - Week 4 Performances

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TE Ed Dickson - Oregon
Mobile senior tight end had career highs in receptions (11), receiving yards (148) and touchdowns (3) as the Ducks overwhelmed ninth-ranked California, 42-3. Dickson caught scoring passes of 26, 9 and 36 yards. He combines natural receiving skills with fine size for the position to become a well rounded pro starter. He has the speed to stretch the field and run after the catch ability to pressure a defense. He has good size to become a solid inline blocker, though he needs technique work to use his size better, in addition to further strength development.

Safety Chad Jones - LSU
Big junior safety made seven tackles (4 solo) plus a 93-yard punt return for a TD in the fourth quarter as the Tigers defeated Mississippi St., 30-26. His punt return was the second longest in school history. Chad is big, strong defender who is a ferocious hitter. He has to show that he has well developed pass coverage skills and instincts to declare for the draft and warrant an early round pick in the NFL Draft. Jones is an extra linebacker in run support as an in the box safety, but he must answer coverage questions especially man situations to be ready for the pro game.

LB Paul Angerer – Iowa
Aggressive senior defender had a dominant performance vs Penn St that was instrumental in the Iowa victory. He is a savvy defender with a quick first step and the power to gain a fast advantage to defeat blocking angles. He showed the talent to make plays both inside and at the sidelines.
In the Penn St win, as he registered a game-high 14 tackles and produced two key turnovers. His 38-yard interception return set up an Iowa TD that gave them an 18-10 advantage. He also forced a fumble in the 4th quarter that stalled a Lions' drive at Iowa's 18-yard line. His ability to run well and drop in coverage at 245 lbs. allows him to be an every down defender and capable of playing in either pro scheme.

LB Sean Weatherspoon – Missouri
Mobile senior defender has been a mainstay in the Tigers defense since early in his career, seeing time both inside and outside. He had an impact performance vs Nevada when he made a 9 tackles, 1 TFL and 1 sack, in addition to calling sets for the Tigers defense. He is a tough, instinctive linebacker who flows to the ball and gets through traffic very well with the speed and tackling ability to finish with sure strong tackling. His size and mobility will allow him to play in either scheme and both inside and outside in the base 4-3 set.

RB Toney Baker - NC St
Short compact senior running back had a strong performance in the NC St win over Pittsburgh including the game winning touchdown. He is a powerfully built back who has performed well since his freshman season, though his career has been continually marred by injuries. He is very effective running inside where his lateral quickness and strength allows him to move through holes fast with the power to break tackles. He lacks outstanding size, speed and quickness that will keep him from the top tier of backs, but he is an honest runner with natural skills that will draw much attention over his final season.

Denis Krusos - Editor
Pro Football Draft Network

RB Toby Gerhart, Senior, Stanford-
Gerhart powered Stanford’s offense in their 34-14 victory over Washington. He rushed for a career best 200 yards on 27 carries (7.4 per) and scored on a 60-yard run. His vision, power, speed and patience were all on display on the 60-yard jaunt. Gerhart can run between the tackles and has a nose for the endzone. Scouts will be interested in seeing how well he catches the ball and blocks at the Senior Bowl.

DE George Selvie, Senior, South Florida-
The Bulls dominated Florida State 17-7 with an impressive defensive performance. Selvie’s fine statistics for the game (4 tackles, 1 sack, 2 tackles for losses and a fumble recovery) do not tell the whole story. He displayed excellent strength for his size (6’ 3” and 245 pounds) and really held up well in run support. Florida State ran for a measly 19 yards on 27 attempts (.7 yards per). Selvie also helped free up his teammates who chipped in with 4 sacks. The South Florida defensive line dominated this game. Selvie is undersized for an NFL defensive end, but just may have the natural strength and ability to play with leverage to overcome this disadvantage.

LB Jamar Chaney, Senior, Mississippi State-
Chaney led a determined Bulldogs’ defense that almost helped pull-off an upset of LSU. The Tigers were held to only 30 rushing yards on 31 attempts. 2010 NFL Draft running back prospects, Charles Scott and Keiland Williams, were held in check. Chaney led Mississippi State with 8 tackles, 1.5 tackles for losses, 2 pass break-ups and a sack. He patrolled the middle with his speed and did a good job of recognizing plays that LSU was running.

WR Mardy Gilyard, Senior, Cincinnati-
You could call Gilyard “Mr. September” for his consistent production in the first month of the college football season. He had his best game of the season with 9 catches for 177 yards (19.6 per) and 2 touchdowns in Cincinnati’s 28-20 win over Fresno State. Gilyard caught a big 23-yard touchdown pass in the 4th quarter. Gilyard catches the slant pass very well and can pick-up yards after the catch. His reliable hands and quickness make him an attractive target on 3rd down.

QB Jevan Snead, Junior, Mississippi-
Snead played poorly in Ole Miss’s 16-10 defeat to South Carolina. The game was a prime opportunity for Snead to showcase his skills against a tough defense in a hostile environment. The Mississippi signal caller let the South Carolina pass rush rattle him and he was inaccurate for most of the game. Snead finished the game 7 for 21 (33%) and threw for only 107 yards with 1 touchdown. He tried to rally his team late in the 4th quarter, but was unable to make the big play. It would have been huge for Snead to come through at the end after struggling for much of the game (like Matt Ryan did versus Virginia Tech a couple of years ago).

NFL Draft 2010 Prospects - Week 2 Performances

DraftInsiders.com and ProFootballDraftNetwork.com will be collaborating on a weekly article (posted every Wednesday during the college football regular season) to review the prior weeks most notable performances from a 2010 NFL Draft perspective.

NFL Draft Prospects - Week 2

Photo - DE Jerry Hughes - TCU

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DE Jerry Hughes - 6’3” 255 lbs. - Texas Christian
Explosive edge rusher has displayed impact ability over his MWC career and had a dominant effort vs Virginia. Hughes had a career high and team-best 11 tackles, including 2.5 TFL with 1.5 sacks in TCU opening win. He makes big plays off the edge, relying on a quick first step and technique to separate from blockers. He has the upfield speed to sack the QB with the frame to fill out further to be an every down defender. His ability to apply pressure off the edge has drawn rave reviews from scouts and he will be watched closely over his critical final season.

QB Daryll Clark - 6’2”230 lbs - Penn St.
Athletic senior QB had a fine effort in the PSU win over Syracuse. He was very accurate hitting on 70% of his throws, including 3 TDs. He has good size and arm strength with quick compact delivery and fairly good touch to make all the throws. His mobility is an added feature that scouts love in a starting QB. He looks to improve on a good effort as a junior and show further development on all the key areas for this position. He looks to take another step to land in a major All-star game this postseason.

QB Dan LeFevour - 6’3” 220 lbs. – Central Michigan
Savvy senior passer had a huge performance in the CM win over Michigan St. This came on the heels of a disappointing opening loss to Arizona. LeFevour was the key difference in the MSU win throwing for over 300 yards and 3 TDs making many clutch plays. He has a good arm and makes most of the critical throws accurately. He is fearless in the pocket, showing toughness and good decisions when under a heavy pass rush. He gets the ball down the field with fine accuracy and touch with good ball security. He continues to make fast improvement that has him ranked among the top senior passers in this class.

* RB Joe McKnight - 6’ 190 lbs. - Southern Cal
Smooth junior tailback was instrumental in the USC game winning drive vs Ohio St. He is a highly rated prospect who has flashed impact ability at times, but also periods of inconsistency that included mistakes, injuries and academic issues. He combines good size, speed, agility and hands along with his fine level of development that makes him valuable for the pro game. He displays a well developed skill set for the position to be a factor in many roles in the backfield. He could be one of the top junior playmakers in this overall draft class.

DE Lindsey Witten - 6’4” 250 lbs. - Connecticut
Explosive pass rusher has been a dominant defender over the early season. He has the quick first step to gain a fast advantage in matchups. He has shown the talent to make big plays off the edge and displays more consistency in that role. He has the upfield speed to get after the QB and has the frame to fill out further. His ability to fill out over 255 lbs. will determine his ability to be an every down pro defender. He is on every NFL teams watch list this fall.

Denis Krusos - Editor
Pro Football Network

S Taylor Mays, Senior, USC- the Trojans’ free safety led his team with 8 tackles in USC’s 18-15 victory over Ohio State. Mays is big, strong, fast and a ferocious hitter. However, he still has to prove that he has the top pass coverage instincts that the elite safeties possess to be a worthy high 1st round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. What makes Pittsburgh’s,Troy Polamalu, so devastating at safety is he is a ballhawk in pass coverage and like an extra linebacker in run support. Mays misread a pass play and compounded the error by taking a poor angle on Dane Sanzenbacher’s 56-yard catch and run early in the game. The big play set-up Ohio State’s 1st touchdown. Is Mays another Polamalu or a Roy Williams, the former Cowboys’ safety, who became a liability in pass coverage? PFDN will be keeping a close eye on this issue.

OT Sam Young, Senior, Notre Dame- the Irish right tackle had a solid performance in Notre Dame’s narrow 34-38 defeat to Michigan. He helped pave the way for a balanced Irish attack that gained 490 yards of total offense (154 yards on the ground (5.1 per carry) and 336 passing yards). Notre Dame quarterback, Jimmy Clausen, was not sacked and often had time to locate his receivers. Young has excellent experience as a pass protector and keeps filling out his 6’ 7” frame.

QB Jake Locker, Junior, Washington- the Huskies’ first win in almost two years was led by their athletic quarterback. Locker is taking nicely to Steve Sarkisian’s pro-style offense and Washington is putting points on the board. Locker is an exceptional athlete who can make plays with his legs and arm. He is starting to rely less on his legs and distributed the ball efficiently to 9 different receivers in Washington’s 42-23 victory over Idaho. The junior quarterback (17 of 25 (68%) for 253 passing yards and 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions against Idaho) is learning to go through his reads and deliver the ball accurately. USC presents a far tougher test, but Locker is an intriguing NFL prospect in either 2010 or 2011.

OLB Sean Lee, Senior, Penn State- Lee clearly is all the way back after tearing his acl last season in his right knee. The quick and instinctive outside linebacker was all over the field in Penn State’s easy 28-7 victory over Syracuse. Lee paced the Lions’ defense with 13 tackles, 3 tackles for loss and 1 sack. His return to health and consistently productive play has him rising up draft boards.

QB Jarrett Brown, Senior, West Virginia- Brown backed up Pat White for three years and finally is the Mountaineers’ starting quarterback. He opened some eyes in West Virginia’s 35-20 victory over East Carolina. Brown put on an impressive performance and finished the day 24 of 31 (77%) for 334 yards, 4 touchdown passes and 1 interception. He also displayed his athleticism and strength in rushing for 73 yards on 10 carries. Brown was decisive on where to throw the ball and was accurate on a couple of NFL-caliber deep balls. He has not been sacked this season and that is partly due to he is difficult to bring down with his combination of size, strength and athletic ability.

Ted Hendricks Defensive End Award Watch List

2009 Ted Hendricks Defensive End Award Watch List

DE Jerry Hughes – Texas Christian

TCU consensus All-American Jerry Hughes has been named to the preseason watch list for the 2009 Ted Hendricks Award, presented to the nation's top defensive end. Hughes was a finalist for the 2008 Ted Hendricks Award and was also one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, recognizing the nation's best defensive player.
Draft Insiders.com ranks Hughes as the No. 3 defensive end available for the 2010 NFL Draft. Hughes also appears on watch lists for the Rotary Lombardi Award and Lott Trophy. Hughes led the nation in 2008 with 15 sacks and six forced fumbles. The 6’3” 257lb. senior from Sugar Land, Tx., also ranked in the top 10 in tackles for loss (19.5) and fumble recoveries (three). He added two interceptions, including one returned for a TD.

The Ted Hendricks Award is named in honor of college football¹s first three-time first-team All-American. After his standout career at Miami (Fl.), Hendricks played 15 years in the National Football League. He earned selection to both the College and Pro Football Hall of Fame. Now in its eighth season, the Ted Hendricks Award is named in honor of college football's first three-time first-team All-American. As a defensive end at the University of Miami, he used his agility, height and reach to block passes and kicks, force interceptions and pressure quarterbacks and running backs. He roamed the front line, read plays and blitzed on impulse, completely transforming the way the defensive end position was played. His professional career spanned 15 years and 215 consecutive games. It included four Super Bowl victories, eight Pro Bowl selections and inductions into the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame. It is in the spirit of Ted Hendricks' aggressive style of play, winning attitude and determination that the Defensive End of the Year Award for college football's premier defensive end is presented.

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