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INTRODUCTION

The 2008 Draft will be held on April 26-27 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The starting time of the NFL Draft has been moved from the noon EST on Saturday to 3 pm and is now limited to only the 1st and 2nd rounds. On Sunday, the second day of the draft is comprised of the 3rd through 7th rounds and will start at 10 am EST. The league has reduced the time limits each team has to make their selections from 15 minutes in the 1st round and 10 minutes in the 2nd round. Teams now have 10 minutes to make their 1st round picks and 7 minutes for their 2nd round selections. There is a 5 minute time limit for all second day selections. There are no advanced ticket sales for the draft, and admission is at no cost; however, those interested in attending the draft in person are urged to arrive early because the waiting line begins to form outside of Radio City Music Hall hours before the event begins. Television audiences can view complete draft coverage on the NFL Network and ESPN. The draft has grown exponentially in its popularity since Chicago University’s Jay Berwanger was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles with the first ever selection in 1936. Today, the annual player selection meeting has become the most watched non-competitive sporting event in the United States. The draft phenomena is in part because of our inherit belief that hope springs eternal, no matter how your favorite team finished last year, 3-13 or 13-3, there is no denying that these two days in late April can change the course of your team’s future for the next decade. Surefire Scouting has viewed countless hours of game footage to compile our rankings, ratings, and player analysis in order to present them to you in our 2008 Draft Annual. The player ratings and rankings contained in this publication represent the “best of the best” of the thousands of 2008 draft eligible prospects. Any criticism of their talents is simply our honest opinion of their abilities in comparison to that of their peers. We are not self-proclaimed draft experts. History will determine the accuracy of our analysis, much as it determines the fate of the prospects contained within these pages. If you enjoy the content of our 2008 Draft Annual, please mention us to a friend. Ultimately our success will be determined by your reader support. Our 2008 Pro Annual and 2008 College Annual will be available in stores in June 2008. You can log onto our website: www.surefirescouting.com for last minute draft news and free agency updates. Last but certainly not least, I would like to dedicate this inaugural issue to the memory of the late Max McCartney. Mr. McCartney served over 20 years in the NFL as an assistant coach and talent evaluator with the 49ers, Chargers, Steelers, and Panthers. He passed away in October 2001 at the age of 64. In my brief time working with him, I found Max to be a dignified, insightful and nurturing individual. I can say that without his encouragement, this publication would not be in your hands today. I would also like to thank the following individuals whose efforts helped to make this issue possible: Lauri Bainbridge, Gary Heffern, Tony Fleshman, Jim McQueen, Carl Haffner, Leigh Frampton, Stephanie Shelly, Eric Simpson, and Josh Dubnansky.

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DRAFT PHILOSOPHY

Position Priority

In general, the premium positions are that of quarterback, cornerback, and offensive and defensive linemen. Defensively, if a team can control the line of scrimmage and force their opponent to commit turnovers, the likelihood of their success increases significantly. The positions of CB, DE, and DT are the most critical because they are the primary players who are responsible for pressuring the QB and forcing turnovers in most schemes. Meanwhile, the team must control the line of scrimmage offensively, secure the ball, control the clock, and limit turnovers. Sound QB play and a stable, consistent offensive line play vital roles in determining the outcome of most games. This is not to diminish the roles of the other positions. At Surefire Scouting, we determine player ratings when comparing different positions understanding that some positions carry a greater value. For example, if we had a CB and a WR rated equally, the CB would carry a higher priority on most occasions.

Needs Based Approach Versus Best Available Approach.

A draft board is simply a ranked list of the prospects and is the equivalent of our “Top 300 Players” in this issue. Each NFL team employs various methods when constructing their draft boards, but the two most common approaches are “needs based” or “best available”. Through the needs based method the team looks to fulfill their deficiencies or weakest positions through the draft and free agency. They typically determine their greatest needs by position and proceed to fulfill those needs by selecting a DE in the 1st round, OT in the 2nd round, RB in the 3rd round, etc. The “best available” approach is rather self explanatory as the team selects the highest rated player available on their draft board regardless of position. Most teams employ a combination of the two methods, in that they have specific positions to fill, but are flexible in the order (round) in which they select each position.

Player Analysis

When assessing players, we prefer production over measureables (size, speed, strength), but we ideally seek the combination of the both areas. We tend to be skeptical of one year wonder prospects as they typically lack the consistency to be successful at the next level. Some teams tend to overdraft players based on their upside, but with the salary cap, it is more beneficial to select players who can contribute immediately. If it is going to take 3 or 4 years for a player to develop, they are not going to be of much use to the team drafting them because that is about the time their rookie contract will expire. They are then likely to move on via free agency. Teams must be realistic in their upside assessment in order to avoid being a glorified farm team for the rest of the league. Rounds 1, 2, 3, and 4 should be used to stockpile players who are capable of stepping into a lineup relatively early in their careers. They do not necessarily have to be every down players, but they must have a clearly defined role within the scope of the team. Rounds 5, 6, and 7 are appropriate for taking some risks on future potential. In fact, this is the area where great front office personnel separate themselves from good personnel. Hitting on these lower round picks is often the determining factor of the team’s overall success.

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There is a fundamental difference in Surefire Scouting’s ratings and our mock draft projections. The player ratings contained in this publication are based on a general perspective with no specific team in mind. Offensive and Defensive schemes play a large role in determining where a prospect may be selected and by whom. Our “Team Analysis” and “Six Round Mock Draft” sections project the positions and specific players each team may consider selecting on draft day based on their needs, schemes, and available talent.

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Some teams, such as the Cowboys, are known for their ability to pull off draft day trades and always seem to come out on top. This could also be true of the Dolphins for the 2008 draft. In reality, virtually every trade is “fair” for both teams involved, but there is always the exception to the rule. Our Draft Trade Value Chart on the back inside cover of this issue will provide a basis to assess which team got the better deal in trades involving draft selections.

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RATING

PLAYER

1st Round Selection 4 thru 6

Rating 1.3

Jake Long OT Michigan

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The first numeral indicates round worthy of selection, followed by a decimal & the position within the round indicated. Where “.0” indicates the top of the round and “.9” the bottom of the round. The chart below details position within each round and the corresponding selection numbers.

ROUND

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BOTTOM

This scale represents Surefire Scouting’s evaluation of each players overall value. This scale is universal from year to year; thus prior draft prospects can be compared with current draft prospects and vice versa.

SCALE

PFA= Priority Free Agent FA= Free Agent

1st Round Selection 13 thru 16

Rating 1.4

Calais Campbell DE Miami, FL JR*

1st Round Selection 24 thru 26

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Early Doucet WR LSU

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QUARTERBACKS PLAYER ANALYSIS

STATISTICS

Rank: 1

Rating

2007

Started all 14 games. Completed 388 of 654 attempts (59.3%), for 4,507 yards. 31 TDs, 19 INTs.

2006

Completed 263 of 427 attempts (61.6%), for 2,942 yards. 15 TDs, 10 INTs.

2005

Played in 10 games and started 5. Completed 121 of 195 attempts (62.1%), for 1,514 yards. 8 TDs, 5 INTs.

2004

Made his 1st career start in the final game of the year. Completed 34 of 71 attempts (47.9%), for 350 yards. 2 TDs, 3 INTs.

1.3

Matt Ryan

Ht: 6-5 Wt: 220 B O S TO N C O L L E G E

ANALYSIS Ryan is a great leader and a two-time team captainwiththe prototypical NFL size. He can buy time in the pocket with his feet and shows the ability to make throws on the move. Ryan is a very intelligent, competitive, and gritty performer. Despite fracturing his foot in the 6th game of the 2006 season against Virginia Tech, Ryan displayed

STATISTICS

Rank: 2

Rating

2007

Completed 327 of 518 attempts (63.1%), for 3,709 yards. 40 TDs, 13 INTs.

2006

Started all 13 games. Completed 264 of 419 attempts (63.0%), for 3,515 yards. 31 TDs, 7 INTs.

2005

Started all 11 games. Completed 146 of 253 attempts (57.7%), for 1,644 yards. 6TDs, 6 INTs.

2004

Played in 7 games, started 1. Completed 54 of 88 attempts (61.4 %), for 492 yards. 2 TDs, 1 INT.

2003

Redshirted.

1.5

Andre woodson

Ht: 6-5 Wt: 230 KENTUCKY

ANALYSIS Woodson has the prototypical size, good pocket mobility, and shows the ability to sidestep and avoid the rush. He is not, however, a scrambler. He has a quick release and throws a spiral that is easily caught, but he is not very accurate when

his toughness by remaining the starter the rest of the season. He did not have the luxury of being surrounded by great skill players or a great running game at BC and clearly carried the offense as indicated by averaging nearly 47 pass attempts per game in 2007. He is a good decision maker and an accurate passer as evidenced by his 60% career completions and his low interception per pass attempt ratio (2.7%). Ryan displayed better arm strength as a senior, which may have been impacted as a junior due to his foot injury which led to an adjustment to his footwork and overall mechanics. He does have a tendency to put too much air under his deep balls; this can lead to increased interceptions at the next level. Ryan displays a great pocket presence, possessing the ability to feel the rush and get rid of the ball. In conclusion, Ryan is a highly productive team leader who possesses the character, intelligence, work ethic, and skill set to be a solid starter in the NFL. While he lacks his overall strength, Ryan is comparable to Ben Roethlisberger in many areas and will likely continue his development into a championship caliber QB.

throwing on the move. Woodson has great poise in the pocket and is not fazed by pressure, an attribute which has been demonstrated in play against top-notch competition. His 40 TD passes as a senior broke Tim Couch’s single season mark of 37 in 1998. Woodson has matured greatly after the near fatal auto accident of a childhood friend. He has become a team leader who seems to calm his teammates in clutch situations. He is a good decision maker and has the lowest career interception percentage in the SEC. He has adequate arm strength and knows when to zip it or put touch on his pass. He has a consistent throwing motion which explains his accuracy. In conclusion, Woodson has excelled versus top level teams in the SEC. His biggest drawback is his lack of mobility which is partially offset by his outstanding pocket presence and footwork. His accuracy and decision making are advanced and he could compete for a starting role immediately. Ultimately, Woodson should have a long and productive career as a starting signal caller.

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QUARTERBACKS PLAYER ANALYSIS

STATISTICS

Rank: 3

Started all 12 games. Completed 308 of 473 attempts (65.1%), for 4,024 yards. 30 TDs, 12 INTs.

2006

Started 11 games. Completed 199 of 313 attempts (63.6%), for 3,049 yards. 16 TDs, 5 INTs.

2005

Started 10 games. Completed 207 of 301 attempts (68.8%), for 2,883 yards. 19 TDs, 5 INTs.

2004

Played in 11 games, did not start. Completed 66 of 98 attempts (67.3%), for 819 yards. 6TDs, 2 INTs.

2.3

Rating

Brian Brohm

ANALYSIS

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 220 LOUISVILLE

Brohm has good size, but he has no mobility, is very slow footed, cannot elude rushers, and lacks athleticism. He is of excellent character and intelligence and shows strong leadership. Brohm has played in a short to intermediate passing scheme, rarely throwing the ball vertically

STATISTICS

Rank: 4

Rating

2.4

Erik Ainge

Ht: 6-5 Wt: 215 TENNESEE

6

2007

2007

Started all 14 games. Completed 325 of 519 attempts (62.6%), for 3,522 yards. 31 TDs, 10 INTs.

2006

Started 12 games. Completed 233 of 348 attempts (67.0%), for 2,989 yards. 19 TDs, 9 INTs.

2005

Started 5 of 8 games in which he played. Completed 66 of 145 attempts (45.5%) for 737 yards. 5 TDs, 7 INTs.

2004

Started 6 of 9 games in which he played. Completed 109 of 198 attempts (55.1%) for 1.452 yards. 17 TDs, 9 INTs.

ANALYSIS Ainge is tall and lanky with the frame of a basketball player. Critics question his toughness, but he has answered by battling through injuries; a shoulder in 2004, a sprained ankle in 2006, and a torn meniscus in 2007. His injury history does however bring his durability into question. He has overcome inconsistency and immaturity early in his career and has really benefited from offense

downfield. His production is inflated due to runafter-catch yards by his talented group of receivers. He has also benefited from solid offensive line play. There are some injury concerns; torn ACL in 2005, torn thumb ligaments 2006, and shoulder surgery (non-throwing) in January 2007. His future potential is limited in that he has been over-coached and has limited upside. Brohm has a good pocket presence, can feel pressure, and is a highly accurate passer. When given time, he does make good decisions, but he does not make quick throwing decisions and his accuracy suffers under pressure. His arm strength is satisfactory. He has good footwork and mechanics but is sometimes robotic like in his delivery. In conclusion, Brohm appears to have already reached his full potential. When given time he can pick apart a defense underneath, but his lack of mobility is a major shortcoming which will lead to sacks and potential turnovers at the next level . He will likely be overdrafted. That aside, he would be a good fit for a team such as the Rams.

coordinator David Cutcliffe’s direction which has also improved his decision making. He is more often a touch passer and is a quick decision maker who distributes the ball to all his receivers. Ainge throws a catchable ball, but he puts too much air under his deep passes which will lead to interceptions. He is able to scan the field and find his secondary receiver, yet he lacks great arm strength. Ainge is not a scrambler but is able to get out of the pocket and make some plays due to his athleticism. He was sacked only three times this season, the lowest in NCAA. Ainge had his most productive season as a senior despite losing his top three receivers from the prior year. He has a quick release, good footwork in the pocket, and his long legs enable him to make quick drops and release the ball before defenders can get to him. He does not, however, have the ability to outrun defenders. In conclusion, Ainge has made great strides since his freshman year, but he is not yet a finished product. He needs to add some bulk and work on increasing his arm strength. If Ainge can remain healthy he has an intriguing upside. He has the tools to become a solid starter in the future, but that will take some time to develop.

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QUARTERBACKS PLAYER ANALYSIS

STATISTICS

Rank: 5

Rating

2.4

Joe Flacco

Ht: 6-6 Wt: 236 D E L AWA R E

2007

Started all 15 games. Completed 331 of 521 attempts (63.5%), for 4,263 yards. 23 TDs, 5 INTs.

2006

Started all 11 games. Completed 264 of 417 attempts (63.3%), for 2,783 yards. 18 TDs, 10 INTs.

2005

Transferred to Delaware, sat out due to NCAA regulations.

2004

Played in 3 of 12 games at Pittsburgh. Completed 1 of 4 attempts for 11 yards.

2003

Redshirted at Pittsburgh.

ANALYSIS Flacco has prototypical height, size, and body build. His mobility is above average. After transferring from Pittsburgh, he was a highly productive twoyear starter at Delaware. He is an intelligent, accurate pocket passer with great arm strength

STATISTICS

Rank: 6

Rating

2.7

Chad Henne

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 225 MICHIGAN

2007

Started 9 games, played sparingly in another vs. Wisconsin. Completed 162 of 278 attempts (58.3%), for 1,938 yards. 17 TDs, 9 INTs.

2006

Started all 13 games. Completed 203 of 328 attempts (61.9%), for 2,508 yards. 22 TDs, 8 INTs.

2005

Started all 12 games. Completed 223 of 382 attempts (58.4%), for 2,526 yards. 23 TDs, 8 INTs.

2004

Started all 12 games. Completed 240 of 399 attempts (60.2%), for 2,743 yards. 25 TDs, 12 INTs.

ANALYSIS Henne is well built with adequate height and mobility but will never be a threat to scramble. Despite not being a great athlete, he does get set quickly and has good footwork in the pocket. He has plenty of experience as a four-year starter in a pro style offense for an elite program, is a vocal leader on the field, and takes command in

but he needs to put more touch on some of his short throws. He throws tight spirals and displays sound throwing mechanics. However, Flacco locks onto his primary receiver too often and has a difficult time going through his progressions. He struggles when facing pressure and must improve his play diagnosis and reaction time. He holds onto the ball too long by NFL standards and will take sacks at the next level. He took snaps almost exclusively out of the shot gun formation at Delaware, but his footwork looked solid during Senior Bowl practices. In conclusion, Flacco is a raw commodity who has a lot of upside. Scouts will drool over his size and arm strength, however, he will need some time to transition before he can be expected to contribute. He had an impressive week of practice at the Senior Bowl, throwing the ball accurately, and showcasing his powerful arm. Look for Flacco to compete for a starting job sometime down the road.

the huddle. Football is a top priority for him. He had remained virtually injury free (39 consecutive starts) until his senior year, which was marred by injuries that made it difficult to access his talents. It is necessary to analyze his entire career at Michigan, considering he played few games in 2007 when entirely healthy. He often takes too much time to throw the ball (sacked 90 times as a Wolverine) and will take more sacks at the next level. He too often locks onto his primary receiverbutshows goodability to lead his receivers. His arm strength is not elite, but he can make all the throws. When he is forced out of the pocket, his mechanics break down and his accuracy suffers. He is an adept play-action passerand throws a nice deep ballbut he needs to improve on his play diagnosis and decision making. In concluion, Chad Henne was a highly productive player that benefited from his surrounding talent and will continue to be successful in a similar pro offense. He is not a star quarterback that can carry a team but he does an excellent job of managing the game and would be a good fit for a team that employs a ground based attack.

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QUARTERBACKS PLAYER ANALYSIS

STATISTICS

Rank: 7

3.3

Rating

Josh Johnson

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 198 SAN DIEGO UNIVERSITY

Completed 206 of 301 attempts (68.4%), for 2,988 yards. 43 TDs, 1 INT. Rushed 101 times for 726 yards, (7.2 YPC), 2 TDs.

2006

Completed 246 of 371 attempts (66.3%), for 3,320 yards. 35 TDs, 5 INTs. 107 carries, 720 yards, (6.7 YPC), 11 TDs.

2005

Completed 260 of 371 attempts (70.1%), for 3,256 yards. 36 TDs, 8 INTs. 86 carries, 376 yards, (4.4 YPC), 4 TDs.

2004

Completed 12 of 22 attempts for 135 yards.

ANALYSIS An accurate passer, Johnson is slim-framed, longarmed, and fleet-footed. He has good speed, mobility, and vision as runner. In addition, he shows the ability to accurately throw on the move. He shows great discipline as a passer, evidenced by his low interception totals. He possesses a high football IQ and has a greater understanding of coverage

STATISTICS

Rank: 8

Rating

5.0

Colt Brennan

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 190 H AWA I I

8

2007

2007

Completed 359 of 510 attempts (70.4%), for 4,343 yards. 38 TDs, 17 INTs.

2006

Completed 406 of 559 attempts (72.6%), for 5,549 yards. 58 TDs, 12 INTs.

2005

Transfered to Hawaii. Completed 350 of 515 attempts (68.0%), for 4,301 yards. 35 TDs, 13 INTs.

2004

Attended Saddleback C.C. (CA)

2003

Redshirted at Colorado.

ANALYSIS Although Brennan has good height, he lacks overall bulk and is too thinly built to withstand much punishment. He also lacks mobility but has the ability to side-step a defender. He operated almost exclusively out of the shot gun at Hawaii. Unfortunately, while attending Colorado in 20004, he had off the field problems which bring his character into question: he was arrested for burglary and trespassing to which he pled not

and pass protection schemes than most players; this is a direct result of coaching from current Stanford coach, Jim Harbaugh. In high school, Johnson was only 5-11, and he suffered a broken ankle as a junior; as a result, he was not heavily recruited. A vocal, team leader, Johnson plays with contagious enthusiasm. He is an accurate passer and accomplished decision maker as indicated by his 68% career completion percentage and his 13 to 1 TD/INT ratio. Additionally, he is the all-time NCAA pass efficiency leader. Johnson has adequate arm-strength and throws with nice touch, but he will occasionally throw a floater. He is a dual threat but looks to throw first; he shows a good feel for oncoming rushers and the mobility to escape the pocket. In conclusion, Johnson may be a small school product, but he played in a pro-style West Coast offense under a former NFL QB and is advanced in the mental aspects of the game. He lacks bulk and does not have terrific arm strength, but his positives far outweigh his negatives. He possesses the accuracy, decision making, mobility, and leadership to become a starter, preferably in a West Coast system.

guilty but was convicted serving a minimum sentence. He also had a charge of sexual misconduct brought against him but that was later dropped. Although he has not faced many top flight opponents, he has struggled against the them; this occurred most specifically in the Sugar Bowl against Georgia. His gaudy production is not only a product of Junes Jones’ pass happy system, but also Brennan’s execution. He has not been asked to make NFL type reads or decisions in the run and shoot scheme, thus it is difficult to fully analyze his decision making capabilities. Brennan is highly accurate and leads his receivers well. He has marginal arm strength with a ¾ side arm delivery. In conclusion, several unknowns such as Brennan’s ability to adapt to a pro style offense, take snaps form under center and make NFL reads limit his overall value. His stock took a hit after a tough week of Senior Bowl practices, in which his lack of bulk and prototypical arm strength became evident. He will need some time but could develop in the right system. His accuracy and quick decision ability are intriguing.

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QUARTERBACKS PLAYER ANALYSIS

STATISTICS

Rank: 9

Rating

5.2

2007

Started all 10 of 13 games. Completed 215 of 340 attempts (63.2%), for 2,361 yards. 23 TDs, 10 INTs.

2006

Started all 13 games. Completed 269 of 436 attempts (61.7%), for 3,347 yards. 29 TDs, 9 INTs.

2005

Played in 10 games. Completed 27 of 42 attempts (64.3%), for 327 yards. 3 TDs, 2 INTs.

2004

Redshirted, due to an elbow injury.

2003

Played in 5 games. Completed 7 of 14 passes for 90 yards.

John David Booty Ht: 6-2

Wt: 225 USC

ANALYSIS Booty comes from a football family – his father and brothers all played and he played varsity as a seventh grader, graduating from

STATISTICS

Rank: 10

Rating

Started all 13 games. Completed 327 of 544 attempts (60.1%), for 5,065 yards. 47 TDs, 19 INTs. Scored 12 rushing TDs, but averaged less than one yard per carry on the season.

2006

Started all 13 games. Completed 233 of 350 attempts (66.6%), for 2,727 yards. 15 TDs, 9 INTs.

2005

Started all 13 games. Completed 227 of 364 attempts (62.4%), for 2,835 yards. 20 TDs, 6 INTs.

2004

Redshirted.

2003

Played in 8 games. Completed 21 of 34 attempts for 297 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT.

6.5

Paul Smith Ht: 6-1

2007

Wt: 198 TULSA

ANALYSIS Smith lacks ideal size, but he can get out of the pocket and make plays with his feet. His father coached him at Owasso High School

STATISTICS

Rank: 11

Rating

Dennis Dixon

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 192 OREGON

2007

Started 10 of 13 games. Completed 172 of 254 attempts (67.7%), for 2,136 yards. 20 TDs, 4 INTs. 105 carries for 583 yards, (6.2 YPC), 9 TDs.

2006

Started 11 of 12 games. Completed 197 of 322 attempts (61.2%), for 2,143 yards. 12 TDs, 14 INTs. Rushed 94 times for 442 yards, (4.7 YPC), and 2 TDs.

2005

Played in 5 games, started 4. Completed 69 of 104 attempts (66.3%), for 777 yards. 6 TDs, 3 INTs. 49 carries for 143 yards, (2.9 YPC), one TD.

2004

Played in 6 of 11 games. Completed 6 of 15 attempts for 73 yards.

6.8

ANALYSIS Dixon has an extremely thin upper and lower body with long legs and arms. He has a low release point and compact delivery when throwing the football. His delivery appears almost side-armed at

high school one full year early. His height is only adequate and his injury history brings forth durability concerns. He suffered a broken wrist in 2003 and bruised his throwing elbow in 2004 causing him to be redshirted. He had surgery for a herniated-disk in the spring of 2006 and injured a finger in 2007. Booty is a pocket passer but does not have top arm strength and struggles with the deep ball. He is not fast nor fleet of foot and struggles when under pressure which causes him to make some questionable decisions. He is very confident, almost to a fault at times. He floats some of his intermediate passes and must improve his play diagnosis and release time. Booty has benefited from a great supporting staff. In conclusion, Booty did not enjoy a stellar senior season. His injury history and lack of ideal size and arm strength will initially limit him to a back-up role. He is a hard worker and makes sense for a west-coast offense and may eventually work his way into a lineup. He is more of a game manager at this point.

where he broke the Oklahoma prep career passing yardage record with 9,578 yards. Smith finished as Tulsa’s career passing yardage leader as well with 10,936 yards. He is highly intelligent, and his presence is almost like having another coach on the field. Smith is a hard worker and a team leader who loves the game. He makes good decisions and does not throw many interceptions despite possessing only adequate arm strength. Smith plays with poise and has a quick release. He has outstanding production which has gone relatively unnoticed. He can throw on the move, is effective on rollouts, and on short to intermediate throws. In conclusion, unfortunately for Smith, the two things he lacks, size and arm strength, are highly coveted at the NFL level and will restrict his draft status. Smith had a solid showing at both the Hula and Shrine games. He is an ideal fit for a West Coast scheme. In spite of his physical shortcomings, Smith will have a long and productive NFL career as a situational starter and topnotch back-up.

times,he will need to work on his mechanics, does not have great arm strength, and he threw mostly short to intermediate passes However, Dixon has excellent vision of the field and is an accurate passer that made great strides throwing the ball as a senior. . He executed the read option as well as any college quarterback and is able to make big plays with his feet. He is a long strider and covers a lot of ground very quickly. Dixon has a very similar running style to Tennessee’s Vince Young and possesses a similar skill set. His development as a passer is also similar to Young’s at the same points in their careers. He projected as a 4th round draft pick before suffering a season ending knee injury against Arizona. In addition, he will not be able to participate in the combine or even work-out until this summer. Dixon was enjoying a Heisman worthy season prior to his injury and the Ducks were clearly not the same team without him. In conclusion, his injury in combination with the uncertainty of his intention to pursue a pro baseball career really clouds his future. He has a lot of room for improvement and is a raw developmental prospect. SUREFIRE SCOUTING

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QUARTERBACKS PLAYER ANALYSIS

RANK

Matt Ryan Boston College

Andre Woodson Kentucky

PLAYER

SCHOOL

RATING

1

MATT RYAN

BOSTON COLLEGE

1.3

2

ANDRE WOODSON

KENTUCKY

1.5

3

BRIAN BROHM

LOUISVILLE

2.3

4

ERIK AINGE

TENNESSEE

2.4

5

JOE FLACCO

DELAWARE

2.4

6

CHAD HENNE

MICHIGAN

2.7

7

JOSH JOHNSON

SAN DIEGO UNIV.

3.3

8

COLT BRENNAN

HAWAII

4.8

9

JOHN DAVID BOOTY

USC

4.8

10

PAUL SMITH

TULSA

6.5

11

DENNIS DIXON

OREGON

6.8

12

KEVIN O’CONNELL

SAN DIEGO STATE

7.0

13

SAM KELLER

NEBRASKA

7.7

14

ADAM TRAFALIS

SAN JOSE STATE

PFA

15

MATT FLYNN

LSU

PFA

16

BERNARD MORRIS

MARSHALL

PFA

17

DANIEL POLK

MIDWESTERN STATE

PFA

18

NICK HILL

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

PFA

19

CALEB HANIE

COLORADO STATE

FA

20

ANTHONY MORELLI

PENN STATE

FA

21

KYLE WRIGHT

MIAMI, FL

FA

22

RICKY SANTOS

NEW HAMPSHIRE

FA

23

BEN MAUK

CINCINNATI

FA

24

BRAD ROACH

CATAWBA

FA

25

TC OSTRANDER

STANFORD

FA

26

BLAKE MITCHELL

SOUTH CAROLINA

FA

27

OMAR HAUGABOOK

TROY

FA

28

BRIAN WHITE

PORTLAND STATE

FA

29

BRANDON COX

AUBURN

FA

30

BRENT MEYER

IOWA STATE

FA

31

DOMINIC BREAZEALE

NO. COLORADO

FA

32

CRAIG HORMANN

COLUMBIA

FA

33

MIKE KOKAL

MIAMI, OH

FA

34

LUKE DRONE

ILLINOIS STATE

FA

35

SAM HUNT

UAB

FA

COMMENTS

Athlete

Health

Brian Brohm Louisville

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RUNNING BACKS PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rank: 1

Rating

JUNIOR

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Set a new Arkansas single season record with 1,830 yards on 325 attempts, 5.63 YPC, 16 TDs. Led the SEC and finished fourth nationally averaging 140.7 rushing yards per game. Also, had 21receptions for 164 yards, and one TD. Completed 6 of 11 passes for 123 yards, 4 TDs. 1st Team All-America. 1st Team All-SEC. Heisman Trophy runner-up for the second consecutive year.

2006

Heisman Trophy runner-up, Doak Walker Award winner, consensus 1st Team All-American. Amassed 1,647 yards on 284 attempts, averaged 5.8 YPC and scored 14 touchdowns. Caught 11 passes for 141 yards, 1TD. Averaged 26.2 yards on 10 kick returns, 1 TD.

2005

He burst onto the scene with 1,113 yards on 176 carries, (6.3 YPC), scored 11 touchdowns. 14 receptions for 52 yards. He averaged 29 yards on 12 kickoff returns. He averaged over 137 yards per game in the process gaining consensus Freshman All-America honors.

McFadden possesses a rare combination of size, speed and strength. He has produced outstanding results against top notch competition despite the Hogs lack of a strong vertical passing attack. He has the ability to outrun or run over defenders. His explosion, acceleration and vision are in the elite category. He shows patience waiting for blocks to develop, is decisive in his cuts, and displays great balance after contact. From a durability standpoint he has benefited from sharing carries with Felix Jones and Peyton Hillis. Unlike many other top running back prospects, he has not been worn down. Like most featured backs, he will need work on his pass blocking technique. He is an effective receiver out of the backfield, has the ability to return kicks, and even play QB on short yardage and goal-line situations. McFadden is a hard worker, team leader and academically sound. He rushed for 4,871 yards and averaged nearly 10 yards per carry at Pulaski Oak Grove HS in Arkansas where he also starred in baseball and track. I expect McFaddens’ impact to be comparable to Adrian Petersons’ accomplishments as a rookie. On April 26th, McFadden will deservedly be the most sought after running back to come out of the SEC Conference since Bo Jackson.

1.0

Darren McFadden

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 215 ARKANSAS

Rank: 2

Rating

JUNIOR

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

280 attempts for 1798 yards, ( 6.2 YPC), 11 TDs. 22 receptions for 145 yards, and 2 TD. 23 Kickoff returns for 614 yards (26.7 Avg.)

2006

183 attempts for 1029 yards, ( 5.4 YPC), 10 TDs. 20 receptions for 144 yards, and 1 TD. 23 Kickoff returns for 646 yards (28.1 Avg.)

2005

53 attempts for 210 yards, ( 3.5 YPC), 6 TDs. 7 receptions for 45 yards, and 1 TD. 12 Kickoff returns for 404 yards (33.7 Avg.) and 2 TD.

Stewart has a low center of gravity and a thick and stocky build. He has outstanding balance which he uses when driving forward after contact, and he is deceptively fast, appearing to be gliding at times. He led his high school track team to a 4x100 meter relay state championship, and he finished the 100 meters with a time of (11.17). Stewart has good durability, and he played through a sprained ankle and bruised ribs which he suffered early in the ’06 season. He has good vision, runs hard, and will easily break through arm tackles. In addition, he can catch the ball and is a threat returning kickoffs. Although not very elusive, Stewart is effective running inside or outside the tackles, and he is a powerful back who plays with intensity. In conclusion, Stewart is a physical back who is similar to Buffalo’s Marshawn Lynch in his running style and body build. He will push for a starting role as a rookie and will make an immediate impact on his team. He has the tools to be a future Pro-Bowler.

1.3

Jonathan Stewart Ht: 5-11

Wt: 233

OREGON

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RUNNING BACKS PLAYER ANALYSIS

STATISTICS

Rank: 3

Rating

JUNIOR

1.4

Rashard Mendenhall

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 225 ILLINOIS

2007

Started all 13 games, 262 attempts, 1,681 yards, 6.4 YPC, 17 TDs, 129.3 rushing yards per game average. 34 receptions, 318 yards, 2 TDs.

2006

Played in 12 games, 78 attempts, 653 yards, 8.2 YPC, 5 TDs. 12 receptions, 164 yards, 1 TD.

2005

Played in 10 games, 48 attempts, 218 yards, 4.5 YPC. 13 receptions, 82 yards, 2 TDs.

ANALYSIS Mendenhall has prototypical size and build and has good speed, but he plays even faster than his 40 time may indicate. He had the opportunity to play along-side his older brother Walter, also an Illini RB. He enrolled at Illinois in the spring of 2005 after graduating early from Niles West High School in Skokie, Illinois where he was a consensus top 100 prep prospect and also ran

STATISTICS

Rank: 4

2007

133 attempts for 1,162 yards, (8.7 YPC), 11 TDs. 16 receptions for 176 yards.

2006

154 attempts for 1,168 yards, (7.6 YPC), 6 TDs. 15 receptions for 107 yards, 3 TDs.

2005

99 attempts for 626 yards, (6.3 YPC), 3 TDs. 8 receptions for 100 yards.

ANALYSIS Rating

JUNIOR

Felix Jones Ht: 6-0

Wt: 207

ARKANSAS

12

1.9

Jones does not appear to be as large as his listed size. His speed is top notch, and he has an outstanding career yards per carry average (7.65); his durability, however, could come into question. He has absorbed less punishment than most runners at this point of his career due to sharing carries with Darren McFadden,

track. He was named Academic All-Big Ten in 2006. Mendenhall finished off a stellar career with Illinois gaining 155 yards on 17 carries vs. USC in the Rose Bowl. In 2007, he carried 27 times for a career best 214 yards vs. Indiana , the most yards by an Illinois rusher since 1998. He has power, is adept at making defenders miss in the open field, and displays good vision and patience waiting for his blockers. He also has a good burst, quickly accelerates, is shifty, and shows some wiggle in the open-field. Mendenhall is a good receiver who displays soft hands out of the backfield. He is proficient at shifting his body in order to fit through running lanes thus providing less of a target for defenders. In conclusion, Mendenhall is ready to contribute immediately upon arrival to his new team. He is a solid all-around back with deceptive speed and elusiveness. He will compete with Jonathan Stewart and Felix Jones to be the second RB drafted. Rashard Mendenhall is a feature back in the NFL with a bright future.

Peyton Hillis, and Michael Smith, but this leaves the question of his durability unanswered. He is the most explosive runner in the 2008 draft, possessing big play ability. Jones is able to outrun most defenders even in the speed heavy SEC conference. He uses his speed to distance himself from defenders, but he is not overly elusive. Jones is not a power runner. His body control is excellent, and he is able to avoid the brute force of tacklers by lowering his body and glancing off defenders. He has not yet had the opportunities to showcase his receiving skills. In the area of blocking,, there is definite room for improvement. In conclusion, Jones is not an every-down back, but his game-breaking ability and added value as a kick returner far outweigh his lack of size and issues with durability. He will be a star in a rotational backfield situation.

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RUNNING BACKS PLAYER ANALYSIS

STATISTICS

Rank: 5

Rating

2007

10 games played, 265 attempts for 1,361 yards, (5.1 YPC), 14 TDs. 136.1 average rushing yards per game. 8 receptions for 50 yards.

2006

318 attempts for 1,562 yards, (4.9 YPC), 14 rush TDs. 17 receptions for 125 yards. 5th in Heisman bulleting, AP 2nd TM AA.

2005

8 starts, led with 150 attempts for 662 yards, (4.4 YPC), 4 TDs. 16 receptions for 154 yards, 1 TD.

2004

Big 10 Freshman as Year, All Big 10 1st Team, led team, 282 attempts for 1,455 yards, 9 TDs. 121.2 average rushing yards per game. 26 receptions for 237 yards, 1TD.

3.2

Mike Hart

Ht: 5-9 Wt: 202 MICHIGAN

ANALYSIS Hart lacks ideal height but has a compact build and powerful lower body. He is quick off the snap but does not possess great top-end speed. A leader, Hart really stepped up and carried the team on his back after the Wolverines two opening season defeats. While at Onondaga Central High School in Syracuse,

STATISTICS

Rank: 6

JUNIOR

Rating

Played in 12 games, started 1. 156 attempts for 831 yards, 5.3 YPC, 7 TDs. Posted a (10.32) 100m time to finish 2nd at the Big 12 Championships.

2005

Played in all 13 games, started 3. 119 attempts for 878 yards, 7.4 YPC, 11 TDs. Earned All-America Honors in track, placing fifth in the 100m (10.27) at the NCAA Championships.

Charles possesses a slender lower body to which he needs to add some additional bulk. He has top-notch speed as evidenced by his track accolades and is considered a home-run threat. Charles was a 2007 Doak Walker Award semi-finalist and was

STATISTICS

Rank: 7

Kevin Smith

2006

ANALYSIS

Wt: 198 TEXAS

JUNIOR

Started all 13 games. Carried 258 times for 1,619 yards, 6.3 YPC, 18 TDs. 17 receptions for 199 yards.

3.4

Jamaal Charles Ht: 6-1

2007

Rating

3.5

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 211 C E N T R A L F L O R I DA

2007

450 attempts for 2,567 yards, (5.7 YPC), 29 TDs. 24 receptions for 242 yards.

2006

206 attempts for 934 yards, (4.5 YPC), 7 TDs. 23 receptions for 158 yards.

2005

249 attempts for 1,178 yards, (4.7 YPC), 9 TDs. 8 receptions for 44 yards.

ANALYSIS Smith is tall with a solid build and a frame which can handle some additional weight. His speed is good enough – not a true break-away threat but deceptive speed, nonetheless. He is a true

NY, Hart set national prep records for career TDs (204), career 100-yard rushing games (47) which were all consecutive, and career points (1246). Unfortunately, his is aggressive running style and heavy work load has led to nagging hamstring, shoulder, and ankle injuries. Hart carried the ball 935 times at the prep level and another 1,015 times at Michigan. This repetitive wear and tear is the area of concern. Hart is a tough, hard-nosed, gutsy competitor. He has good rushing instincts and follows his blockers well. He gains the majority of his yards after contact because he lacks elusiveness. Despite his lack of size, he does not shy away from contact, but instead seems to thrive on it. Hart could improve his stock by working on his receiving skills as he has the body type of a third down back. He displays great balance and forward body lean. In addition, he has great ball control and rarely fumbles. Hart is a willing blocker but can be overpowered in pass protection. In conclusion, Hart will be unable to be a feature runner because of his lack of size and durability issues. However, he will be a valuable change of pace runner able to split carries with another back. Hart plays with great determination, has outstanding character and work ethic, and will be an asset to any organization.

very productive in his three years at Austin but would have benefited from another year with the Longhorns. He is not an inside power-runner, but he is slippery which makes it difficult for defenders to get a clean hit on him. Although he is a better outside runner, Charles is willing to lower his shoulder and run between the tackles. He uses good burst and explosion but he is not proficient at making defenders miss and is more of a onecut runner. Charles possesses great stamina and gets stronger as the games goes on. This allows him to wear down defenses and dominate in the 4th quarter,as evidenced by his numerous long runs late in games. Charles has not been used heavily as a receiver but has displayed nice hands in limited opportunities. He is an inexperienced blocker who will have to work on this area of his game. In conclusion, Charles shows more power than his frame would indicate. He could become a star in the right system and would be ideal for a zone-blocking scheme, which would enable him to take full advantage of his game breaking speed.

workhorse back who is durable. He has carried the ball 905 times in just three seasons; which raises some concern as to his future health and durability. He is a one cut north-south runner who runs through arm tackles and gains yardage consistently after contact. He has good vision and balance and runs with a good body lean. Smith does not possess sudden change of direction and is not shifty. He also lacks the ability to make defenders miss. In conclusion, he is non-dynamic, but effective. His forward body lean and angular frame account for an extra yard or two each time he carries the ball. That really adds up over the course of a game or a season. Smith is a physical runner who really wears down the opposition late in the game. He has a similar build and running style to Tennessee Titans’ Chris Brown.

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RUNNING BACKS PLAYER ANALYSIS

STATISTICS

Rank: 8

Rating

3.5

2007

Started all 12 games, 361 attempts, 2,127 yards, 5.9 YPC, 23 TDs, 177.2 rushing yards per game average. 32 receptions, 282 yards. 1st Team All Conference USA. A semifinalist for both the Doak Walker and Maxwell Awards.

2006

Started the first 9 games before suffering a season ending knee injury. 163 attempts, 859 yards, 5.3 YPC, 8 TDs. 28 receptions for 360 yards and 2 TDs.

2005

11 games played, 6 starts. 169 attempts, 655 yards, 3.9 YPC, 4 TDs. 23 receptions, 163 yards, 1 TD.

2004

11 games played, 3 starts. 140 attempts, 624 yards, 4.5 YPC, 4 TDs. 20 receptions, 180 yards, 2 TDs.

Matt Forte Ht: 6-1

Wt: 220 TULANE

ANALYSIS Forte has a good size with a solid build but lacks great stopwatch speed although his game speed is adequate. In fact, he is deceptively quick. A Finance major with good intelligence and

STATISTICS

Rank: 9

JUNIOR

Rating

3.7

2007

13 games played, 380 attempts for 2,012 yards (5.3 YPC), 24 TDs. 154.8 average rushing yards per game. 25 receptions for 239 yards, and 1TD.

2006

13 games played, 335 attempts for 1,794 yards (5.4 YPC), 20 TDs. 4 receptions for 30 yards.

2005

12 games played, 195 attempts for 1,120 yards (5.7 YPC), 5 TDs. 8 receptions for 65 yards.

2004

High school, New Rochelle, NY: Senior year, 112 attempts for 1,192 yards, 31 TDs. Junior year, 1,332 yards, 21 TDs.

Ray Rice

Ht: 5-9 Wt: 205 RUTGERS

ANALYSIS Rice is short player with a stocky build who does not have breakaway speed and will get caught from behind at the next level. He is

STATISTICS

Rank: 10

Rating

4.4

Cory Boyd

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 215 S O U T H C A RO L I N A

14

2007

Started all 12 games. 180 attempts, 903 yards, 5.0 YPC, 9 TDs, 36 receptions, 405 yards, 1 TD.

2006

Started 7 of 12 games. 164 attempts, 823 yards, 5.0 YPC, 8 TDs, 35 receptions, 406 yards, 2 TD.

2005

Redshirted.

2004

Started 9 of 11 games. 62 attempts, 309 yards, 5.0 YPC, 3 TDs, 35 receptions, 347 yards, 1 TD.

2003

Played in 11 games. 58 attempts, 232 yards, 4.0 YPC, 3 TDs, 11 receptions, 145 yards.

ANALYSIS Boyd has good height and the frame to carry some additional weight. He displays good top-end speed but lacks initial acceleration. Boyd sat out the 2005 season due to a violation

character, Forte has been team co-captain and was named the Tulane Male Student Athlete of the year in 2007. A true workhorse performer, Forte’s production is even more impressive than first glance when considering Tulane had a lack-luster passing attack and suspect offensive line. Although he missed the final three games in 2006 due to a torn meniscus and PCL, Forte bounced back from these injuries with an outstanding performance in 2007 and even garnered some Heisman consideration. Forte displays natural rushing instincts, hits the hole hard, and follows his blockers well. He gains the majority of his yards between the tackles and is a good short yardage runner, playing with a good pad level and consistently falling forward for extra yardage. He runs lower to the ground than his height would indicate. He had good hands out of the backfield and has been productive as a receiver and as a solid pass blocker. In conclusion, Forte is neither flashy nor dynamic, but he gets the job done in all facets of the game, bringing versatility, toughness, and intelligence to his play, all traits that will make him successful at the next level despite his lack of ideal speed.

a hard-working, blue-collar type team player. Rice had outstanding production even though he shared carries with 2006 St. Louis Rams’ second round draft pick, Brian Leonard, prior to 2007. He has been very durable, carrying 910 times without missing any significant action. Rice has thick thighs and a strong lower body. As a naturally low, bowling ball-type runner, he possesses great balance and continually falls forward for extra yardage after contact. In addition, Rice is very patient when waiting for his blockers to open holes. He shows good ball security, rarely fumbling and has adequate hands as a receiver. Rice is a willing blocker but is inexperienced in this area. In conclusion, Rice is comparable to Michigan’s Mike Hart. He made the right decision to forgo his senior season as his stock is at its peak and he has carried the ball nearly 1,000 times in just three years. To this point, he has managed to remain healthy, but his future durability is of some concern because of his volume of carries, his stature, and his running style.

of team rules, he subsequently received redshirt status for the year. He has butted heads with the coaching staff and been in and out of their doghouse virtually his entire stay in Columbia, SC. Boyd took major steps toward overcoming a lack of maturity and discipline as a senior in 2007. He quietly accumulated an impressive 3,570 career all purpose yards with the Gamecocks. Boyd has been bothered by nagging ankle, stomach, and hand injuries throughout his career. He displays good rushing instincts and vision, but he bounces his runs outside too frequently. Boyd has some shiftiness and can make defenders miss. He is a physical runner that easily breaks arm tackles and will lower his shoulder to get extra yards but is not going to move the pile in short yardage situations. Boyd is a natural receiver who possesses soft hands out of the backfield as evidenced by his 117 career receptions. In conclusion, Boyd is an ideal third down back and potentially more if continues to mature both on and off the field.

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RUNNING BACKS PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rating

Rank: 11

Justin Forsett JUNIOR

Ht: 5-8

5.2

Wt: 196

Rating

Rank: 12

Steve Slaton

Ht: 5-10

WEST VIRGINIA

CALIFORNIA

5.3

Wt: 190 JUNIOR

STATISTICS

STATISTICS

2007

Carried 282 times for 1,406 yards, 5.0 YPC, 13 TDs. 19 receptions for 181 yards.

2006

119 attempts for 626 yards, 5.3 YPC, 4 TDs.

2005

132 attempts for 999 yards, 7.6 YPC, 6 TDs.

2004

11 attempts for 49 yards, 4.5 YPC, 1TD.

2007

211 attempts for 1,051 yards, (5.0 YPC), 17 TDs. 26 receptions for 350 yards, and 1 TD.

2006

248 attempts for 1,744 yards, (7.0 YPC), 16 TDs. 27 receptions for 360 yards and 2 TDs.

2005

205 attempts for 1,128 yards, (5.5 YPC), 17 TDs. 12 receptions for 95 yards, and 2 TDs.

ANALYSIS

ANALYSIS

Forsett is small in stature, but he has a solid physique, low center of gravity, and a powerful lower body. He exhibits a nice burst and short area quickness with sufficient top-end speed. Forsett has good character and a solid work ethic; his father is a clergyman and a coach. He led Grace Prep to consecutive Texas state private school division championships as a junior and senior, amassing nearly 5,000 yards and scoring 63 TDs. Prior to 2007, he played behind the Buffalo Bills 2007 1st round selection, Marshawn Lynch. Forsett has proven to be quite durable in a rotational attack, however he does not have the frame to withstand the rigors of an entire season as a feature back. He is an explosive runner who showcases his acceleration off the snap and a determined runner who thrives on contact despite being undersized. He also displays soft hands as a receiver. In conclusion, Forsett is a solid change of pace runner best suited to be a part of a RB rotation due to his lack of ideal size.

Slaton is a threat to go the distance on any given snap with his speed and game breaking ability. However, with his smaller lower body, he is built more like a receiver than a RB, He is a quiet, soft-spoken young man who is of solid character. Slaton posted his lowest rushing total in 2007, which makes his early entry a little surprising. He has had some injuries: a wrist in ’06 and a hamstring in ’07. Consequently, his future durability is a concern. Slaton is a one dimensional outside rusher who took full advantage of his speed in Rich Rodriguez’s spread attack. He is an elusive, outside runner, but he does not break tackles or show the power to run over the opposition and fumbles too often. Slaton needs to work on his receiving skills as he drops too many catchable balls. Also, he struggles in pass protection due to his lack of size and strength. In conclusion, Slaton was an electrifying college player; unfortunately, he will have a difficult transition to the pro game because he lacks bulk, his frame may not withstand the rigors of the NFL, and he lacks the hands to be a 3rd down back.

Rating

Rank: 13

Dantrell Savage

Ht: 5-9

5.4

Wt: 195

Rating

Rank: 14

Allen Patrick

O K L A H O M A S TAT E

Ht: 6-0

OKLAHOMA

STATISTICS

STATISTICS

2007

223 attempts, 1272 yards, 5.7 YPC, 9 TDs, 27 receptions, 259 yards, 2 TDs.

2007

13 games played, 173 attempts for 1,009 yards, (5.8YPC), 8 TDs.

2006

5 of 12 starts, 169 attempts for 761 yards, (4.5 YPC), 4 TDs.

2006

126 attempts, 820 yards, 6.5 YPC, 8 TDs. 8 receptions, 48 yards.

2005

11 games played, 25 attempts for 136 yards, (5.5 YPC), 2 TDs.

2005

Attended Mississippi Gulf Coast CC. 1,249 yards, and averaged 138 yards per game.

2004

Redshirted, Independence CC, KS

2004

Mississippi Gulf Coast CC. 800 yards, and scored one TD.

ANALYSIS

ANALYSIS Savage is undersized but has a good combination of short area quickness and top-end speed. He missed two games in 2006 due to a leg injury, and his overall durability will come into question due to his lack of size. A shifty runner with the speed to turn the corner, Savage displays good vision and follows his blockers. He has a great initial burst, can make defenders miss, and runs with determination even if he is not overpowering. He could be a good 3rd down back but was rarely used as a receiver by the Cowboys until his senior year and is only a marginal blocker. Savage is similar to Arkansas’s Felix Jones in that defenders rarely get a clean shot on him. In conclusion, Savage is an exciting situational back with big play potential who should develop into a dangerous 3rd down back and change of pace runner. He also has some ability as a return man.

Patrick has good timed speed and uses it well during the game but lacks ideal bulk. He converted from defensive back to RB upon his arrival in Norman. When Adrian Peterson when he was injured in 2006, Patrick replaced him as the Sooner feature back. Durability is a concern considering his slender build and aggressive running style. He suffered a broken fibula in 2004 while attending Independence Community College and also missed some time with a sprained ankle in 2006. Patrick hits the hole hard, and displays good vision in his rushing instincts. He will not be able to contribute much in the passing game since he is not a great receiver out of the backfield. Patrick shows a nice burst, is an aggressive rusher that seems to enjoy contact, and plays larger than his size. In conclusion, Patrick is a determined, one-cut runner that is best suited for a zone blocking scheme.

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Wt: 195

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RUNNING BACKS PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rating

Rank: 15

Louis Rankin

Ht: 6-1

6.2

Wt: 205

Rating

Rank: 16

Thomas Brown

Ht: 5-8

6.2

Wt: 198

GEORGIA

WA S H I N G TO N

STATISTICS

STATISTICS

2007

233 attempts for 1,294 yards (5.6 YPC), 6 TDs. 20 receptions for 126 yards, 2 TDs. 40 kick returns, 24.4 average, 1TD.

2007

129 attempts for 706 yards, (5.4 YPC), 9 TDs. 10 receptions for 84 yards, and 2 TDs.

2006

142 attempts for 666 yards (4.7 YPC), 4 TDs. 13 receptions for 75 yards.

2006

62 attempts for 256 yards, (4.1 YPC), 1 TD. 7 receptions for 71 yards.

2005

2005

104 attempts for 485 yards (4.7 YPC), 1TD.

147 attempts for 736 yards, (5.0 YPC), 4 TDs. 6 receptions for 67 yards.

2004

9 attempts for 35 yards (3.9 YPC).

2004

172 attempts and led the team with 875 yards, (5.1 YPC), 8 TDs.

ANALYSIS

ANALYSIS

Rankin has tall, lanky legs and a similar build to Atlanta Falcons’ Jerious Norwood. He is a long strider with deceptive speed and a great burst. Rankin is the nephew of former Cleveland Browns’ WR, Webster Slaughter. He has a great short area quickness and great acceleration, but he hesitates when rushing rather that attacking the defender. Rankin lacks decisiveness in his running style and must become more physical. He does use his speed effectively, but his is not very shifty. Rankin also has experience as kick returner. In conclusion, Rankin has the size and speed to be a starter at the next level, but he must become more decisive making his reads and hit the hole harder on a consistent basis. He has big play ability and may carve a niche as a return man while improving his rushing skills.

Brown has a solid frame, but he is undersized by NFL standards. He gained the respect of his teammates and coaches after rehabbing from a knee injury. Brown shows the ability to be a solid backup and maybe more. He has good vision and follows his blockers well. He can get lost behind his OL, making it difficult for defenders to locate him. Brown hits the hole hard. He has a low center of gravity and runs through arm tackles. Brown consistently gains additional yardage after contact and displays reliable hands as a receiver. In conclusion, Brown shared carries in a crowded Georgia backfield, but he still managed to standout. If Brown can remain healthy, he will be a solid contributor in a RB rotation.

Rating

Rank: 17

Tashard Choice

Ht: 5-11

6.5

Wt: 207

Rating

Rank: 18

Ryan Torain

GEORGIA TECH

Ht: 6-0

5.7

Wt: 213

A R I Z O N A S TAT E

STATISTICS

STATISTICS

2007

261 attempts for 1,379 yards, (5.3 YPC), 10 TDs. 14 receptions for 107 yards.

2007

Played in 6 games. Carried 110 times for 553 yards, 5.0 YPC, 5 TDs. 7 receptions for 100 yards, 2 TDs.

2006

297 attempts for 1,534 yards, (5.0 YPC), 12 TDs. 12 receptions for 98 yards.

2006

2005

117 attempts for 513 yards, (4.4 YPC), 6 TDs. Transferred to GA Tech, Granted a residency requirement waiver by the NCAA.

Played in 13 games. Carried 223 times for 1,229 yards, 5.5 YPC, 7 TDs. 18 receptions for 205 yards, 3 TDs.

2005

2004

Attended Oklahoma. 22 attempts, 100 yards (4.5 YPC). Redshirted at Oklahoma in 2003.

Played at Butler County Community College, KS. Rushed for over 800 yards, 12 TDs.

2004

Played at Butler County Community College, KS.

ANALYSIS

ANALYSIS

Choice has adequate size, but he could add some extra bulk. He is not fast even though he has decent quickness, nor is he a break-away threat. Choice has a solid character, is a hard-worker, and will play though injuries. He played with a partially torn meniscus late in the 2006 season which later required surgery. His production was solid at the collegiate level but he does not necessarily have the skill set that translates to the pro game. He displays good vision, reads blocks well, is a patient runner, and does a nice job locating his running lanes. However, Choice is not explosive nor is he elusive. He struggles in obvious short yardage situations and lacks the power to move the pile. He runs too upright and will be overpowered at the next level. He also struggles in pass protection, too often lunging at defenders and missing blocks. In conclusion, Choice is not spectacular in any one area and has the appearance of a career back-up. A straight line, one cut runner, he is ideally suited for a team that employs a zone blocking scheme.

Torain has a solid build with a muscular lower body and marginal speed; he lacks a second gear to get to the perimeter. He suffered an ACL knee injury in October 2007 and will not be able to participate in individual workouts or the combine. He plays with good power, but he does not avoid many tackles and runs upright too often. Torain is a strong inside runner but lacks elusiveness and is not going to make defenders miss. He runs hard and bounces off contact displaying good balance. He is also a decent receiver out of the backfield. In conclusion,Torain carried a 4th round grade prior to suffering his knee injury. His recovery is unknown at the time of this writing and will be critical in determining his overall value. His best pro fit will be with a team that employs a power running game.

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RUNNING BACKS POSITION RATINGS

RANK

PLAYER

SCHOOL

RATING

COMMENTS

1

DARREN MCFADDEN

ARKANSAS

1.0

JR

2

JONATHAN STEWART

OREGON

1.3

JR

3

RASHAD MENDENHALL

ILLINOIS

1.4

JR

4

FELIX JONES

ARKANSAS

1.9

JR

5

MIKE HART

MICHIGAN

3.2

6

JAMAAL CHARLES

TEXAS

3.4

7

KEVIN SMITH

CENTRAL FLORIDA

3.5

8

MATT FORTE

TULANE

3.5

JR

9

RAY RICE

RUTGERS

3.7

10

CORY BOYD

SOUTH CAROLINA

4.4

11

JUSTIN FORSETT

CALIFORNIA

5.2

12

STEVE SLATON

WEST VIRGINIA

5.3

13

DANTRELL SAVAGE

OKLAHOMA STATE

5.4

14

ALLEN PATRICK

OKLAHOMA

5.7

15

LOUIS RANKIN

WASHINGTON

6.2

KR

16

THOMAS BROWN

GEORGIA

6.2

KR

17

TASHARD CHOICE

GEORGIA TECH

6.5

18

RYAN TORAIN

ARIZONA STATE

6.7

HEALTH

19

RAFAEL LITTLE

KENTUCKY

6.7

KR

20

YVENSON BERNARD

OREGON STATE

7.3

21

RODNEY KINLAW

PENN STATE

7.3

KR

22

TONY TEMPLE

MISSOURI

7.4

KR

23

BENJARVUS GREEN-ELLIS

MISSISSIPPI

7.6

24

KALVIN MCRAE

OHIO

7.6

25

TIM HIGHTOWER

RICHMOND

7.6

26

ADRIAN SMITH

BETHEL COLLEGE, TN

7.6

27

MARCUS THOMAS

UTEP

7.6

KR

28

JAMAR BRITTINGHAM

BLOOMSBURG, PA

7.8

KR

29

XAVIER OMON

NW MISSOURI STATE

PFA

30

CHAUNCEY WASHINGTON

USC

PFA

JR Justin Forsett California

JR

Steve Slaton West Virginia

Dantrell Savage Oklahoma State

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RUNNING BACKS POSITION RATINGS

RANK

Louis Rankin Washington

Thomas Brown Georgia

PLAYER

SCHOOL

RATING

31

GREG MOORE

CINCINNATI

PFA

32

JALEN PARMALEE

TOLEDO

PFA

33

DANNY WOODHEAD

CHADRON STATE

PFA

34

KORY FISHER

CATAWBA, NC

PFA

35

KREGG LUMPKIN

GEORGIA

PFA

36

LANCE BALL

MARYLAND

PFA

37

AMIR PINNIX

MINNESOTA

PFA

38

JEHUU CAULRICK

MICHIGAN STATE

PFA

39

JAMARIO THOMAS

NORTH TEXAS

FA

40

KEON LATTIMORE

MARYLAND

FA

41

ALBERT YOUNG

IOWA

FA

42

JAMES JOHNSON

KANSAS STATE

FA

43

ALLEN ERVIN

LAMBUTH, TN

FA

44

HUGH CHARLES

COLORADO

FA

45

ALLEY BROUSSARD

MISSOURI SOUTHERN

FA

46

CALVIN DAWSON

LOUISIANA MONROE

FA

47

KENNY CATTOUSE

TROY

FA

48

CHRIS MARKEY

UCLA

FA

49

KEVIN RICHARDSON

APPALACHIAN STATE

FA

50

CASSEN JACKSON-GARRISON

VANDERBILT

FA

51

MICAH ANDREWS

WAKE FOREST

FA

52

ANDRE CALLENDER

BOSTON COLLEGE

FA

53

DEREK WHITE

TENNESSEE TECH

FA

54

DAMIAN SIMS

IOWA

FA

55

OMAR CUFF

DELAWARE

FA

56

DEMARCO MCNAIR

MIDDLE TENNESSEE ST

FA

57

DONALD CHAPMAN

TENNESSEE -MARTIN

FA

58

OSAGIE OSUNDE

WEST CHESTER

FA

59

PIERRE WALKER

EASTERN MICHIGAN

FA

60

LV WHITWORTH

BOSTON COLLEGE

FA

COMMENTS

FB

KR KR

KR

KR

Rodney Kinlaw Penn State

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FULLBACKS

PLAYER ANALYSIS

STATISTICS

Rank: 1

Rating

2007

Played in all 13 games, 62 attempts for 347 yards, (5.6 YPC), 2 TDs. 49 receptions for 537 yards, and 5 TDs.

2006

Played in 9 of 14 games, 13 attempts for 57 yards, (4.4 YPC), 1 TD. 19 receptions for 159 yards, and 0 TD.

2005

Played in all 11 games, 65 attempts for 315 yards, (4.8 YPC), 3 TDs. 38 receptions for 402 yards, and 4 TDs.

2004

Played in 10 of 11 games, 63 attempts for 240 yards, (3.8 YPC), 6 Tds. 12 receptions for 97 yards, and 2 TDs.

4.8

Peyton Hillis

ANALYSIS

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 238 ARKANSAS

Hillis has the type of frame to add some weight at the next level, which will give him good position flexibility. He plays the game with good speed

STATISTICS

Rank: 2

Rating

4.8

Owen Schmitt

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 252 WEST VIRGINIA

2007

Played in all 13 games, 47 attempts for 272 yards, (5.8 YPC), 4 TDs. 12 receptions for 121 yards, and 1 TD.

2006

Played in all 13 games, 65 attempts for 351 yards, (5.4 YPC), 7 TDs. 12 receptions for 91 yards, and 1 TD.

2005

Played in 12 of 13 games, 48 attempts for 380 yards, (7.9 YPC), 2 TDs. 8 receptions for 76 yards, and 0 TD.

2004

Redshirted, after transferring from Wisconsin-River Falls.

ANALYSIS A prototypical size fullback with good height and a solid build, Schmitt has decent speed and is a hard worker who enjoys being coached. He displayed his toughness by playing through knee and ankle injuries during his career at WV; fortunately, there are no lingering injury concerns. His toughness may be better illustrated by the eight facemasks Schmitt has broken through his collegiate career. Schmitt received the Iron

and acceleration. He is a selfless, blue-collar player. His durability is a concern; a vertebrae fracture in 2004 caused 3 missed games, and a deep thigh bruise in 2006 caused 4 missed games. Hillis is not a dominating blocker, but he gives good effort. He does a good job of locating and hitting a moving target, and sticks with his blocks well. He is a better pass blocker than run blocker at this point in his career. Hillis’ talents are best showcased as a receiver out of the backfield. He is a polished route runner who also plays the slot position on passing downs. As a downhill runner, he plays with a good pad level and leg drive. In conclusion, Hillis is a hybrid running back/fullback who has proven his versatility. Hillis has special teams experience and will be able to contribute immediately in that area. His ability as a 3rd down back, blocker, and occasional runner make him attractive in the middle rounds.

Mountaineer Award as the top performer in winter workouts. His hard work in the weight room has resulted in top shelf upper and lower body strength. He shows good awareness as a blocker and has the athletic ability to hit a moving target in space. He does not always maximize leverage in his blocking technique but that is something that can be corrected at the next level. Schmitt is a good receiver who is capable of making plays with the ball in his hands. Unable to make defenders miss while running the ball, Schmitt runs upright too often and must lower his pad level as a rusher in order to maximize his power. He is explosive upon contact and can drive defenders into the ground. Schmitt also shows decent top end speed in out running most front seven players in space. In conclusion, Schmitt is a throwback fullback who has overcome a lot of adversity and will continue to do so. He has reached near cult-hero status among the WV faithful. He possesses ideal strength, size, and disposition to be an NFL lead blocker. His versatility as a receiver and short yardage runner are an added bonus.

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FULLBACKS PLAYER ANALYSIS

STATISTICS

Rank: 3

Rating

2007

Played in all 11 games, 165 attempts for 705 yards, (4.3 YPC), 12 TDs. 11 receptions for 59 yards, and 1 TD.

2006

Played in 11 of 12 games, 162 attempts for 707 yards, (4.4 YPC), 23 TDs. 13 receptions for 85 yards.

2005

Played in all 14 games, 182 attempts for 940 yards, (5.2 YPC), 18 TDs. 18 receptions for 144 yards, and 2 TDs.

2004

Played in 11 of 13 games, 66 attempts for 300 yards, (4.5 YPC), 10 TDs. 5 receptions for 51 yards, and 1 TD.

5.7

Jerome Felton

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 245 FURMAN

ANALYSIS Felton is an intelligent, well-built, athletic fullback. Felton took the ACT in the 7th grade and scored well enough

STATISTICS

Rank: 4

Rating

6.5

Brandon McAnderson Ht: 6-0 Wt: 238 KANSAS

Rating

20

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Played in all 14 games, 225 attempts for 1,103 yards, (4.9 YPC), 12 TDs. 14 receptions for 106 yards, and 1 TD.

2006

Played in all 13 games, 94 attempts for 440 yards, (4.7 YPC), 6 TDs. 35 receptions for 269 yards, and 3 TDs.

2005

Played in 10 of 13 games, 25 attempts for 114 yards, (4.6 YPC), 2 TDs. 11 receptions for 63 yards.

2004

Played in 6 of 12 games, 20 attempts for 123 yards, (6.2 YPC), 0 TD. 2 receptions for 21 yards.

Hester is undersized for a true fullback and is too slow to play running back in the NFL. He displays an exceptional work ethic and was one of team leaders on LSU’s National Championship squad. He has a great football IQ and mentality any coach would love. Hester was named Louisiana’s 5A Offensive MVP as a junior. He is not an accomplished blocker and never will be because of his lack of ideal size, but he is a reliable receiver on short routes although lacking the speed to get deep. Hester runs hard and low to the ground with a great body lean. He consistently gains yards after contact. In conclusion, Hester was a great college player who may find it difficult to carve his niche in the pros. His work ethic and desire may not be enough to further his career. His will have to use his special teams experience and backfield versatility to secure a roster spot.

Played in all 13 games, 190 attempts for 1,125 yards, (5.9 YPC), 16 TDs. 21 receptions for 213 yards, and 0 TD.

2006

Played in all 12 games, 31 attempts for 122 yards, (3.9 YPC), 5 TDs. 6 receptions for 70 yards, and 0 TD.

2005

Played in 10 of 12 games, 22 attempts for 102 yards, (4.6 YPC), 1 TD. 3 receptions for 40 yards, and 0 TD.

2004

Played in 2 games, 3 attempts for 4 yards, (1.3 YPC), 1 TD.

6.7

Jacob Hester Ht: 5-11

McAnderson has a solid build and looks like a fullback despite being the Jayhawks leading rusher in 2007. He

has good overall quickness but lacks top-end speed. McAnderson graduated with a Education degree in December 2007. He shared the backfield in youth football with NW Missouri State’s Xavier Omon in Lawrence, KS. He split carries with talented sophomore Jake Sharp as a senior. Although a tough competitor, McAnderson will need to work on his lead blocking as the Jayhawks employ a primarily one-back set offense. He runs hard and lowers his should upon contact. McAnderson showed that he is a capable receiver as a senior. He is not elusive or dynamic as a rusher. In conclusion, from a special team’s perspective, McAnderson has good kick coverage skills, and the mentality to immediately compete at the next level. While not a pure full back, he has enough athletic ability and the mental make-up to in time become a solid pro.

2007

ANALYSIS

Rank: 5

Wt: 228 LSU

to qualify for college courses. He would go on to earn 19 college credits before enrolling at Furman where he carried a 3.28 GPA in Political Science. He is a 3-time All-Southern Conference Selection, finishing his career as the top rushing fullback in his school’s history (2,652 yards) and their all-time leading scorer (414 points). He had arthroscopic knee surgery following the 2006 season, but has shown no ill effects since. He is not a dominant lead blocker, but he has the athletic ability to refine his skill in this area. He runs hard, possessing good strength and power. As his 63 career TDs indicate, Felton is an excellent short-yardage and goal-line runner. He displays nice quickness, agility, and balance. In conclusion, Felton is an intelligent, athletic player who should have a smooth transition from FCS Division level to the NFL. His versatility will allow him to contribute right away.

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FULLBACKS

POSITION RATINGS

RANK

PLAYER

SCHOOL

RATING

COMMENTS

1

PEYTON HILLIS

ARKANSAS

4.8

2

OWEN SCHMITT

WEST VIRGINIA

4.8

3

JEROME FELTON

FURMAN

5.7

4

BRANDON MCANDERSON

KANSAS

6.5

RB

5

JACOB HESTER

LSU

6.7

RB

6

DOUG JONES

CINCINNATI

6.8

TE

7

LANARD STAFFORD

SOUTH CAROLINA

7.4

8

MIKE COX

GEORGIA TECH

7.8

RB

9

DIONTE JOHNSON

OHIO STATE

7.8

10

CARL STEWART

AUBURN

PFA

11

MIKE VITI

ARMY

PFA

MILITARY

12

CHRIS BOWN

TENNESSEE

PFA

H-B

13

CHRIS ALEXANDER

TEXAS A&M

PFA

14

LEX HILLIARD

MONTANA

PFA

15

MIKE TOLBERT

COASTAL CAROLINA

PFA

16

JULIUS CROSSLIN

OKLAHOMA STATE

PFA

17

MICHAEL PITRE

UCLA

PFA

HEALTH

18

MATT HAHN

PENN STATE

PFA

ACL

19

TIELOR ROBINSON

DUKE

FA

HEALTH

20

JUSTIN VALENTINE

MINNESOTA

FA

21

ADAM BALLARD

NAVY

FA

MILITARY H-B

22

RYAN PUTNAM

BOISE STATE

FA

23

BRODERICK COLE

NICHOLLS STATE

FA

24

ROLLY LUMBALA

IDAHO

FA

25

AARON DYKES

SHIPPENSBURG

FA

26

PAT BEDICS

NORTH CAROLINA ST

FA

27

TOM BUSCH

IOWA

FA

28

STUART FRAZIER

NEBRASKA- OMAHA

FA

29

TONY MCDONALD

SOUTHERN ARKANSAS

FA

30

CARLTON WEATHERFORD

VIRGINIA TECH

FA

Owen Schmitt West Virginia

RB

Peyton Hillis Arkansas

Brandon McAnderson Kansas

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WIDE RECEIVERS PLAYER ANALYSIS

STATISTICS

Rank: 1

JUNIOR

Rating

1.4

James Hardy

Ht: 6-6 Wt: 220 INDIANA

Rank: 2

JUNIOR

Rating

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

11 starts of 12 games played, 65 receptions for 762 yards, 6 TDs, averaged 11.7 yards per reception. 11 attempts for 132 yards, (12 YPC), 1 TD. 12 punt returns for 129 yards, 10.8 average, 1 TD.

2006

13 starts of 13 games played, 59 receptions for 1,060 yards, 18.0 yards per reception. 25 punt returns for 455 yards, 4 TDs.

Jackson has a slight frame, which is his worst attribute, but he has rare speed and acceleration. He scored 28 TDs in 36 career games with the Golden Bears. As a high school senior, Jackson was the US Army All-American Bowl MVP,and he was also a highly sought after baseball prospect. His 2007 production fell off substantially, some of which can be attributed to nagging injuries. He missed one game in 2005 with a shoulder injury, and he missed the second half of both the Washington and Stanford games last year because of a thigh bruise. He needs to improve his upper body strength in order to improve his release at the line. Currently, he is too reliant on his speed to gain initial separation. Jackson makes acrobatic catches and has solid hands. A long strider who can blow by a defender if he can get off the initial jam at the line, Jackson is able to locate and exploit the seams in zone coverage. Also, he is a dangerous punt returner, but this exposes him to additional pounding and potential for injury. Jackson is able to turn short passes into long gains with his run after catch skills. He is not a physical player and will never be a great blocker. In conclusion, his durability is questionable and is the only thing that could prevent him from becoming a star at the next level. If he can remain healthy, he will continue to be a dynamic player.

13 games played, 79 receptions for1,126 yards, 16 TDs, averaged 14.2 yards per reception. 1st Team All Big 10.

2006

51 receptions for 722 yards, 10 TDs, averaged 14.1 yards per reception. 2nd Team All Big 10

2005

61 receptions for 893 yards, 10 TDs, averaged 14.6 yards per reception.

2004

Redshirted

ANALYSIS

18.2 average which ranked #1 in averages nationally and 4 returns set the PAC 10 record. 1st Team All PAC 10.

1.4

DeSean Jackson

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 172 CALIFORNIA

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Hardy is a big wideout with a huge wingspan. He has deceptive speed and shows a burst when the ball is in the air; however, he lacks top end speed. His character is of minor concern although he showed more maturity in 2007. Hardy played

on the Hoosiers basketball team in ’04 and ’05, starting 3 of the 23 games in which he played. He left Indiana as the school leader in career receiving yards (2,741).There are no injury concerns. Hardy possesses good upper body strength, and he attacks the ball with his large hands. A solid route runner who is a tremendous red-zone threat, Hardy uses his body to box-out the defender. He is very difficult to jam because of his size and long arms. Although he is not very elusive after the catch, he does have superb body control and leaping ability. A capable blocker, Hardy needs to refine his skills in this area. In conclusion, Hardy is a big target who is capable of stretching a defense in the mold of the NY Giants’ Plaxico Burress. He has plenty of upside as he really only had one fullseason to focus solely on football. His character has been questioned by some and would be the only reason to shy away from this prospect.

2007

2005

10 starts of 11 games played, 38 receptions for 601 yards, 7 TDs, averaged 15.8 yards per reception. 1 punt return for 49 yards.

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WIDE RECEIVERS PLAYER ANALYSIS

STATISTICS

Rank: 3

Rating

Early Doucet Ht: 6-0

2007

8 starts of 9 games played, 57 receptions for 525 yards, 5 TDs, averaged 9.2 yards per reception.

2006

5 starts of 13 games played, 59 receptions for 772 yards, 8 TDs, averaged 13.1 yards per reception, 8 carries for 59 yards and 2 TDs.

2005

6 starts of 12 games played, 26 receptions for 389 yards, 5 TDs, averaged 15.0 yards per reception.

2004

3 starts of 12 games played, 18 receptions for 257 yards, 2 TDs, averaged 14.3 yards per reception.

1.8

Wt: 210

LSU

ANALYSIS Doucet is well built with sufficient height. He is a quick receiver who does not possess great speed. Doucet is a hard worker and team player. 2007 was his first season as the Bayou Bengals’ go-to receiver, after sharing the spotlight with two 1st

STATISTICS

Rank: 4

2007

75 receptions for 830 yards, 5 TDs, averaged 11.1 yards per reception.

2006

82 receptions for 1,146 yards, 6 TDs, averaged 14.0 yards per reception.

2005

79 receptions for 876 yards, 9 TDs, averaged 11.1 yards per reception.

ANALYSIS JUNIOR

Rating

2.0

Earl Bennett

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 205 V A N D E R B I LT

Bennett was a two-way star at West End High School in Birmingham, where he rushed for 829 yards and 12 TDs, caught 45 balls for 729 yards, intercepted 10 passes, and tallied 52 tackles as a cornerback prior to attending Vandy. He has good size and long legs for his height. Even though he does not have great 40 yard speedhe plays fast with great acceleration. He is a team player who competes hard on every down. Bennett finished his collegiate career as the SEC’s all-time reception leader with 236. He is also the first player in SEC history to have at least 75 receptions in three consecutive seasons. In fact,

rounders, Dwayne Bowe now at Kansas City, and Craig Davis now at San Diego. Doucet saw action as a return man for LSU, but he will not be effective in this area at the pro level. He missed 5 games in 2007 because of a groin injury, which caused his production to suffer. In addition, he missed the ’05 Peach Bowl because of an ankle sprain. He displays solid hands but will occasionally drop a catchable ball. Doucet is not a polished route runner. He rounds off his patterns too frequently but has no fear going across the middle of the field. He lacks top-notch explosion and needs some work on his release. Doucet is a solid after-the-catch runner who has the ability to make defenders miss and break through arm tackles. An effective, prideful blocker, he is not afraid to get dirt on his uniform. In conclusion, Doucet is a big game performer who seems to raise his play to the level of the competition. He needs to become more consistent with his route running and hands. He is not an explosive, deep threat, but he will carve his niche as a solid underneath receiver.

no other player has even produced consecutive seasons of 75 catches or more. It was obvious that Bennett was the go-to player, yet defenses still could not shut him down. Making his production even more impressive is that Bennett was not surrounded by top-notch skill position players at Vandy. He works hard in the weight room and is physical on the field. Bennett has excellent hands, rarely drops the ball, and is a natural pass catcher. He runs crisp routes and is quick in and out of his cuts. He reads coverages well and adjusts his patterns accordingly. Bennett gains separation off the line of scrimmage using his acceleration, quickness, and upper body strength. He is adept at finding seams in zones and out-muscling defenders to the ball. He also uses outstanding body control to adjust to the ball when it is in the air. Bennett is a solid blocker who always gives an effort. In conclusion, Bennett may not be flashy and his upside may not be as high as some, but his production speaks for itself. He is reminiscent of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Hines Ward in many respects although Bennett is more polished at the same point when comparing their careers.

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WIDE RECEIVERS PLAYER ANALYSIS

STATISTICS

Rank: 5

Rating

2.2

Limas Sweed Ht: 6-5

Wt: 220 TEXAS

2007

Limited in 6 games played, 19 receptions for 306 yards, 3 TDs, averaged 16.1 yards per reception.

2006

Started all 13 games, 46 receptions for 801 yards, 12 TDs, averaged 17.4 yards per reception. 1st Team All-Big 12.

2005

13 starts, 36 receptions for 545 yards, 7 TDs, averaged 15.1 yards per reception.

2004

7 starts of 11 games played, 23 receptions for 263 yards, 0 TDs, averaged 11.4 yards per reception.

2003

Redshirted

ANALYSIS Sweed is tall and well built with long limbs. He is a long-strider who can erode a defenders cushion quickly and is a competitive, team player who also competed in track in high school. However,

STATISTICS

Rank: 6

Rating

2007

11 starts, 67 receptions for 1,006 yards, 8 TDs, averaged 15.0 yards per reception.

2006

Started all 13 games, 60 receptions for 1,181 yards, 12 TDs, averaged 19.7 yards per reception.

2005

Transferred to Oklahoma State and sat out due to transfer rules.

2004

6 games played, 18 receptions for 329 yards, 3 TDs, averaged 18.3 yards per reception.

2003

North Carolina: started 2 of 12 games, 10 receptions for 181 yards, 2 TDs, averaged 18.1 yards per reception.

2.3

Adarius Bowman

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 220 O K L A H O M A S TAT E

ANALYSIS Bowman has great size and carries his weight well. His character is of minor concern as he was dismissed from North Carolina in

STATISTICS

Rank: 7

JUNIOR

Rating

Started 12 games, 72 receptions for 1,174 yards, 12 TDs, averaged 16.3 yards per reception.

2006

9 starts of 10 games played, 38 receptions for 703 yards, 9 TDs, averaged 18.5 yards per reception. 1st Team All-Big 10 (coaches)

2005

3 starts of 12 games played, 27 receptions for 433 yards, 6 TDs, averaged 16.0 yards per reception.

2.3

Mario Manningham Ht: 6-0 Wt: 180 MICHIGAN

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2007

ANALYSIS Manningham is a lean, thinly built receiver who may not have the frame to add bulk. He displays top-end speed to consistently get

Sweed’s health is a concern; he missed the last seven games in 2007 with a left wrist injury. The injury began when he sprained it in spring drills and ended in mid-October with minor ligament reconstructive surgery. There is little doubt that he was not at 100% the entire season. Sweed displays great ball skills and is a master in bringing down the jump ball. His hands are not consistent, however, as he will make the highlight reel catch then drop a routine grab. His route running could use some refinement, and he is not explosive after the catch. Sweed is physical off the snap and in his routes as well. He effectively uses his frame to shield off defenders from the ball. However, he does have a tendency to use his hands in a manner that may be considered “pushing off ” at the next level. He does not sustain his blocks as well as his size would indicate. In conclusion, injury concerns aside, Sweed has the appearance of a top-flight receiver; however, his production has not yet matched that appearance. He has the tools to develop into a solid starter but it may take a little time to shake the rust off.

October 2004 for marijuana possession. The charges were later dismissed. He has showed increased maturity under the tutelage of Mike Gundy at Stillwater. Bowman averaged an outstanding 17.4 yards per catch over his collegiate career. He missed the last two games of the regular season because of a right knee sprain but was able to play in the Cowboys victory over Indiana in the Insight Bowl (6 catches, 74 yards, 1 TD). Bowman has reliable hands, but catches the ball with his body on occasion. A smooth route runner, Bowman gets easily in and out of his breaks. He is a physical runner who uses his upper body strength to separate from defenders. After the catch, he is a hard runner but not very elusive in the open-field. Bowman gives a good effort when blocking, but he needs to improve his angles and technique. In conclusion, Bowman is a clutch receiver who relishes competition. A physical specimen with a desire to be the best at his position, his most productive years are most likely yet to come.

by his defender and is a legitimate deep ball threat. Manningham averaged 16.8 yards per reception during his stay in Ann Arbor. He missed three games in the middle of the 2006 season after having surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus and MCL. He also missed one game in 2007. His future durability is questionable due to his lack of ideal size. Manningham has good hands and is able to make the difficult grabs. He runs nice deep routes but is not much of a threat coming across the middle of the field. Relying on his speed to gain additional yardage after the catch, he is not very shifty. Nor is he a physical blocker. In conclusion, Manningham possesses blazing speed and has been highly productive at Michigan. He is not a physical receiver who will pick up the tough yards on underneath routes, but his big play potential will help stretch a defense.

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WIDE RECEIVERS PLAYER ANALYSIS

STATISTICS

Rank: 8

JUNIOR

2.4

Rating

2007

Started 13 games, 79 receptions for 1,260 yards, 8TDs, averaged 15.9 yards per reception. 27 attempts for 177 yards, (6.6 YPC). 7 100-yard receiving games. 39 KRs for 1,135 yards (29.1 avg), a Big 10 single season record.

2006

10 games played, 6 receptions for 90 yards, 1 TD, averaged 15.0 yards per reception.

2005

Coffeyville Community College, KS: 33 receptions for 674 yards, 5 TDs, averaged 20.4 yards per reception. 15 KRs for 339 yards (22.6 avg).

2004

Redshirted

Devin Thomas

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 218 M I C H I G A N S TAT E

ANALYSIS Thomas has a solid build and a well proportioned body. He has very good top-end speed and burst for a player his size.

Rank: 9

JUNIOR

Rating

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started 12 games, 49 receptions for 821 yards, 9 TDs, averaged 16.8 yards per reception.

2006

13 starts of 14 games played, 62 receptions for 993 yards, 10 TDs, averaged 16.0 yards per reception.

2005

6 starts of 11 games played, 33 receptions for 471 yards, 2 TDs, averaged 14.3 yards per reception.

Kelly has great size, but he does not play as fast as his timed speed. In 2007, he missed two games because of injury, including the Sooner’s Fiesta Bowl loss to West Virginia. He suffered a torn meniscus in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl that required off-season surgery. Kelly consistently catches with his hands. He is not a fluid route runner and needs to work on getting in and out of his cuts more quickly. He is better than most receivers his size after the catch. His good leaping ability makes him a solid red-zone weapon. In conclusion, Kelly would have greatly benefited from another year of college ball. He has some tools but currently appears to be a big possession-type receiver who lacks the speed to separate at the next level. He is only 21 years old and has a nice upside.

3.0

Malcolm Kelly

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 218 OKLAHOMA

STATISTICS

Rank: 10

Rating

Chris Johnson

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 198 E A S T C A RO L I N A

3.2

Thomas became the father of a baby boy at the conclusion of the Spartans season, which, according to Thomas, will provide him “extra motivation” to succeed at the next level. Thomas enjoyed a break-out ’07 campaign in which he set a single season Big Ten record with 1,135 kickoff returns yards and single season school marks with 79 receptions and 2,590 all purpose yards. He averaged nearly 97 receiving yards per game.Thomas is a physical runner with the ball in his hands as indicated by consistently gaining yards after contact on KRs. He catches with his hands and is able to go up and pull down the jump ball. A capable blocker, Thomas uses his size and strength to his advantage. In conclusion, one has to question whether Thomas’ 2007 season was a one-year wonder or an indication of things to come. He is young (21) and largely inexperienced but has a tremendous upside. He possesses the size, strength, and speed combination that will make him a first day selection.

2007

13 starts of 13 games played, 236 attempts for 1,423 yards, ( 6.0 YPC), 17 TDs. 37 receptions for 528 yards, 6 TDs. 36 KRs for 1,009 yards (28.0 avg.).

2006

5 starts of 12 games played, 78 attempts for 314 yards, (4.0 YPC), 4 TDs. 21 receptions for 176 yards, 0 TDs. 21 KRs for 482 yards (23.0 avg.), 1 TD. 1st Team Conference USA KR.

ANALYSIS A former prep track star at Olympia High School in Orlando, FL, Johnson ran the anchor leg on the fastest 4x100 meter relay team in the nation and a 10.62 100 meter sprint. He has breakaway speed and quickness and is also elusive in the open-field. Johnson added 15 pounds prior to his 2007 senior campaign

and enjoyed a break-out season. He brings added versatility as a kick returner. He missed spring practice prior to the ’06 season while recovering from off season neck surgery and also missed some time in ’06 because of a turf toe injury. Following coaches’ directives, Johnson focused more on “North-South” running as a senior, but he continued to bounce to the outside too frequently. He lacks power and does not break many tackles and is not an inside runner. He shows soft hands catching the ball and should emerge as a receiver at the next level. He also has good ball control. In conclusion, Johnson rotated between slot receiver and running back before settling in as the feature back in 2007. We project Johnson will find success at his more natural position – wide receiver – in the NFL. He lacks the frame to withstand the punishment an NFL back endures. However, with a shift to WR he becomes an elusive, game-breaking threat in the mold of Carolina’s Steve Smith.

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STATISTICS

Rank: 11

Rating

Burton has good size with a sturdy frame. He is more quick than fast, but he maintains his speed when changing directions.

A determined worker, who wants to be the best at his craft, Burton was elected the team captain in ’06. He was very productive when healthy in the talent laden SEC and brings added value as a kick returner. Durability is a concern; he missed all but two games in 2004 because of a broken wrist, missed five games with a broken foot in 2005, and missed a game in 2007 because of a sprained ankle. However, he battled through the ankle injury and a strained knee much of the 2007 season. Burton runs hard after the catch and will break tackles. He settles into open areas of the defense when running his routes, but there is room for overall improvement. He is physical at the line and can beat the jam. Burton possesses the ability to see the entire field. His 43 inch vertical jump enables him to go up and pluck the ball away from defenders in jump ball situations and displays good body control and sideline awareness. He is a willing and effective downfield blocker. In conclusion, Burton does not have game-breaking speed, but he is an intense competitor capable of making the difficult yards in crucial situations. He may not be a primary target in the NFL but is an ideal second receiver.

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

13 starts of 13 games played, 67 receptions for 1,005 yards, 6 TDs, averaged 15 yards per reception.

2006

62 receptions for 1,056 yards, 5 TDs, 17 yards per reception. 2nd Team SEC (Coaches)

2005

48 receptions for 676 yards, 5 TDs, 14.1 yards per reception.

2004

10 starts of 11 games, 17 receptions for 186 yards, 1 TD, averaged 10.9 yards per reception.

Hall is a lean, high-cut wideout who displays good speed and is a fluid strider. He was suspended for the opener in 2006 for disciplinary reasons, and missed the ’06 Cotton Bowl because of poor academics. A productive 4-year starter for a storied football program, he has played through nagging shoulder and ankle injuries. Hall has good ball skills and natural hands as a receiver. Adept at reading coverages and getting open, his routes are not as crisp as they should be. He has good elusiveness and run after the catch skills for his size. Although he has sufficient size, Hall is not a very physical player or adept blocker. In conclusion, Hall possesses plenty of talent, but his character concerns will push him down on most teams’ draft boards. He has the tools to become a starter if he is willing to put in the necessary work.

2007

Started 12 games, 66 receptions for 741 yards, 9TDs, averaged 11.2 yards per reception. 28 KRs for 679 yards (24.2 avg.).

2006

77 receptions for 1,036 yards, 12 TDs, averaged 13.5 yards per reception. 31 KRs for 765 yards (24.7 avg.), 1 TD.

2005

2 starts of 7 games played, 24 receptions for 365 yards, 2 TDs, averaged 15.2 yards per reception. 5 KRs (36.6 avg.).

2004

Medical Redshirt: 2 receptions for 13 yards, 0 TD, prior to his injury.

2003

5 starts of 12 games played, 20 receptions for 221 yards, 2 TD, averaged 11.1 yards per reception.

3.4

Keenan Burton

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 202 KENTUCKY

ANALYSIS

Rank: 12

Rating

3.4

DJ Hall Ht: 6-2 Wt: 190 ALABAMA

STATISTICS

Rank: 13

Rating

3.5

Harry Douglas

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 170 LOUISVILLE

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2007

Started 10 games, 71 receptions for 1,159 yards, 7 TDs, 115.9 average per game.

2006

13 starts of 13 games, 70 receptions for 1,265 yards, 6 TDs, averaged 18.1 yards per reception.

2005

7 starts of 12 games, 27 receptions for 457 yards, 2 TDs, averaged 16.9 yards per reception.

2004

12 games played, 5 receptions for 43 yards, 0 TDs, averaged 8.6 yards per reception.

ANALYSIS Douglas possesses very good speed and great acceleration but has a very thin build, which is a primary concern. In May 2007

Douglas graduated with a degree in Political Science. Despite missing two games in 2007 because of a leg injury, Douglas has been durable. He was a 2007 Associated Press 2nd Team All-American and 1st Team All Big-East for the second straight season. Douglas body catches too frequently and can be knocked off his routes by physical defenders. He will struggle against press coverage and lacks ideal strength. However, he is capable of turning a short catch into a big gain with his elusiveness. Douglas gives effort as a blocker, but he is limited by his lack of size and strength. In conclusion, his slender frame may not be able to support much additional weight; consequently, Douglas may not be an every down receiver in the pros. However, he could be an ideal slot receiver in 3 wideout sets, which would maximize his burst and run after the catch skills.

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STATISTICS

Rank: 14

Rating

91 receptions for 1,125 yards, 4 TDs, averaged 12.4 yards per reception. 10 rushes for 31 yards, 1 TD.

2006

53 receptions for 859 yards, 9 TDs, averaged 16.2 yards per reception. 7 rushes for 22 yards, 0 TD.

2005

6 receptions for 56 yards. 23 rushes for 124 yards (5.4 YPC), 2 TDs.

2004

3 receptions for 33 yards. 14 rushes for 146 yards (10.4 YPC), 2 TDs.

2003

Redshirted

3.5

Marcus Smith

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 210 NEW MEXICO

ANALYSIS Smith has good size and solid build. He has good overall speed and shows a burst when running routes. Smith is a real competitor on the gridiron who has overcome a series of

STATISTICS

Rank: 15

Rating

3.7

Andre Caldwell

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 200 F L O R I DA

Rank: 16

Rating

Anthony Alridge

2007

4.2

family tragedies including the unexpected death of his mother on September 16, 2007. Shelia Smith, age 52, died of a brain aneurysm only hours after the Lobos shocking win over Arizona, a game in which her son totaled 217 all-purpose yards. Smith competed on the Lobos track team in 2005. He converted to a receiver from running back at the start of the 2006 season and was highly productive over the next two seasons, averaging 7 receptions per game in 2007. Smith has natural hands and shows good change of direction skills in his routes. After making the catch, Smith is a powerful runner relying on his experience as a RB. He is a strong blocker who is more advanced than most college receivers in his angles and use of leverage. In conclusion, Smith is a tough player who contributes in all phases of the game. He has a skill set similar to that of the Green Bay Packers’ 2006 3rd round selection James Jones and is determined to make an impact at the next level.

Caldwell has good size and muscular build. He blazed a (4.37) forty-time at the combine and ran spring track in ’07, posting a (10.74) 100m time. His older brother, Reche Caldwell plays with the Washington Redskins and they share the same

physical style of play. Despite missing 11 career games because of injury, he earned 35 career starts in 53 games in which he played. Caldwell left Gainesville as the Gators’ all-time receiving leader with 185 receptions for 2,349 yards (3rd all time). He suffered a broken leg on a KR in 2005 and missed the majority of the season. He displays good hands, runs sound routes, and provides versatility as an occasional rusher and passer. Caldwell is a punishing blocker who takes great pride in being a complete receiver. In conclusion, despite his great speed, Caldwell did not produce many big plays with the Gators, averaging 12.7 career yards per reception, some of which can be attributed to Florida’s short passing attack. However, it leaves doubts to whether Caldwell can become a vertical playmaker. He performed well at the Senior Bowl and combine, but his longterm durability remains a cause for concern.

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

13 games played, 259 attempts for 1,597 yards, (6.2 YPC), 14 Tds. 42 receptions for 428 yards, 5 TD, averaged 10.2 yards per reception.

2006

14 games played, 95 attempts for 959 yards, (10.1 YPC), 8 Tds. 19 receptions for 274 yards, 1 TD, averaged 14.4 yards per reception.

2005

10 games played, 9 attempts for 39 yards, (4.3 YPC), 0 Tds. 13 receptions for 295 yards, 3 TD, averaged 22.7 yards per reception.

Alridge played RB at Houston but lacks the strength and frame to play the position in the NFL. Thus, we believe he is best suited as a wide receiver at the next level. He possesses rare speed and acceleration. Alridge’s nickname is “quick six” after his gamebreaking ability. The son of a minister, Alridge is a leader with solid character. He produced 2,025 yards from scrimmage last season. His hands are inconsistent, and he body catches too frequently. He possesses an outstanding burst and short area quickness. In conclusion, despite his lack of bulk, he has proven to be durable, handling the ball 301 times in 2007 as a rusher and receiver without injury. Alridge has big-play ability and has the potential to excel as a slot receiver, provided that he proves he can be a reliable pass catcher.

2007

56 receptions for 761 yards, 7 TDs, 13.6 yards per reception.

2006

57 receptions for 577 yards, 6 TDs, avg. 10.1 YPR.

2005

Medical redshirt. 10 receptions for 148 yards, avg. 14.8 YPR.

2004

43 receptions for 689 yards, 3 TDs, avg. 16.0 YPR.

2003

19 receptions for 174 yards. 22 KRs, 20.6 avg.

ANALYSIS

Ht: 5-9 Wt: 175 H O U S TO N

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Rating

Rank: 17

Lavelle Hawkins

4.3

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 187

Rating

Rank: 18

Jordy Nelson

4.3

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 215

K A N S A S S TAT E

CALIFORNIA

STATISTICS

STATISTICS

2007

72 receptions for 872 yards, 6 TDs, 12.1 yards per reception.

2007

2006

Started 5 of 13 games played. 46 receptions for 705 yards, 5 TDs, averaged 15.3 YPR.

Started 12 games, 122 receptions for 1,606 yards, 11 TDs, 13.2 yards per reception. 5 punt returns, (52.8 avg.) 2 TDs, and 2 TD passes.

2006

Transferred to Cal. Started 3 of 9 games. 18 receptions for 171 yards, 1 TD averaged 10.3 YPR.

Started 9 of 13 games played. 39 receptions for 547 yards, 1 TD, averaged 14.0 YPR.

2005

Started all 11 games. 45 receptions for 669 yards, 8 TDs averaged 14.9 YPR.

2004

Did not play as a DB.

2003

Redshirted.

2005 2004

Attended San Francisco City College.

ANALYSIS Hawkins is a lean receiver who is best suited to line-up in the slot because of his lack of prototypical size. He ran a 4.56 forty and posted 14 reps at the combine. Hawkins originally signed with LSU before transferring to San Francisco City College in 2004. Hawkins is a smooth route runner, gaining good separation and showing quickness in and out of his cuts. He has dependable hands and shows some ability to gain yards after the catch. In conclusion, Hawkins is nearly a finished product which can be viewed in two ways: 1) He is ready to contribute immediately; 2) He has a limited upside based on his average speed, size, and strength.

Rating

Rank: 19

Paul Hubbard

4.8

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 217

ANALYSIS Nelson possesses a great combination of size and speed, and he has excellent hands. He posted a 4.49 forty-time and 31-inch vertical at the combine. He is an intelligent, competitive, dependable wideout who is difficult to bring down after the catch, displaying great balance and a powerful lower body. Nelson was hampered by a left knee PCL strain in 2006, but he dominated as a senior after regaining his health. He shows good body control and the ability to make catches in traffic, but he does not gain much separation in his routes. In conclusion, Nelson has the appearance of reliable possession receiver who will be able to consistently gain additional yardage after the catch. He should become a crucial 3rd down weapon.

Rating

Rank: 20

Adrian Arrington

WISCONSIN

5.2

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 192

MICHIGAN

JUNIOR

STATISTICS

STATISTICS

2007

14 receptions for 305 yards, 0 TD, averaged 21.8 yards per reception.

2007

2006

38 receptions for 627 yards, 5 TDs, 16.5 yards per reception.

13 starts of 13 games played, 67 receptions for 882 yards, 8 TDs, averaged 13.1 yards per reception.

2005

1 reception for 4 yards.

2006

5 starts of 13 games played, 40 receptions for 544 yards, 8 TDs, averaged 13.6 yards per reception.

2004

Played in 9 games as a backup WR and special-teams player.

2005

2003

Redshirted as a walk-on.

1 game played: Injured on a kickoff vs. Northern Illinois in the 2005 opener; did not play the remainder of the year.

ANALYSIS

2004

8 games played, 2 receptions for 12 yards.

Hubbard has ideal size and carries his weight well. He has very good straightline speed, making him a legitimate deep threat. He did not play prep football and competed exclusively in track. As a 2004 member of the Badgers Track team, he won the indoor and outdoor long jump at the Big Ten Championships. Hubbard missed 7 games in 2007 because of a knee injury suffered in the UNLV game. He must improve his overall strength to be a force at the next level. His hands are inconsistent, and he is a raw, inexperienced route runner. Hubbard does not explode off the snap and takes some time to accelerate. In conclusion, a developmental prospect with a great size and speed combination, Hubbard has durability and toughness concerns. It remains to be seen if Hubbard is just another track star attempting to play football or a legitimate receiver.

ANALYSIS

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Arrington is a tall, angular receiver who plays with good game speed. He produced his best season as a 4th year Junior in 2007. He enjoyed a dominating performance with 9 receptions for 153 yards and 2 TDs in the Wolverines’ victory over Florida in what would turn out to be his final collegiate game. Arrington can catch outside his frame and has soft hands and he displayed substantial improvement in his route running last season. He uses his body well to shield defensive backs from the ball. As a blocker, Arrington gives a good effort. In conclusion, while Arrington needs to refine his overall game, he has the potential to become a solid contributor, possibly even a starter down the road.

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WIDE RECEIVERS PLAYER ANALYSIS

RANK

PLAYER

SCHOOL

RATING

COMMENTS

1

JAMES HARDY

INDIANA

1.4

JR

2

DESEAN JACKSON

CALIFORNIA

1.4

JR, RS

3

EARLY DOUCET

LSU

1.8

4

EARL BENNETT

VANDERBILT

2.0

JR

5

LIMAS SWEED

TEXAS

2.2

HEALTH

6

ADARIUS BOWMAN

OKLAHOMA STATE

2.3

7

MARIO MANNINGHAM

MICHIGAN

2.3

JR

8

DEVIN THOMAS

MICHIGAN STATE

2.4

JR

9

MALCOLM KELLY

OKLAHOMA

3.0

JR RB, RS

10

CHRIS JOHNSON

EAST CAROLINA

3.2

11

KEENAN BURTON

KENTUCKY

3.4

12

DJ HALL

ALABAMA

3.4

13

HARRY DOUGLAS

LOUISVILLE

3.5

14

MARCUS SMITH

NEW MEXICO

3.5

15

ANDRE CALDWELL

FLORIDA

3.7

16

ANTHONY ALRIDGE

HOUSTON

4.2

17

LAVELLE HAWKINS

CALIFORNIA

4.3

18

JORDY NELSON

KANSAS STATE

4.3

19

PAUL HUBBARD

WISCONSIN

4.8

HEALTH

20

ADRIAN ARRINGTON

MICHIGAN

5.2

JR

21

DAVONE BESS

HAWAII

5.3

JR

22

DONNIE AVERY

HOUSTON

5.4

23

EDDIE ROYAL

VIRGINIA TECH

5.4

24

MARCUS MONK

ARKANSAS

6.2

HEALTH

25

MARIO URRUTIA

LOUISVILLE

6.3

JR

26

STEVE JOHNSON

KENTUCKY

6.5

27

JEROME SIMPSON

COASTAL CAROLINA

6.5

28

DORIEN BRYANT

PURDUE

7.2

29

TODD BLYTHE

IOWA STATE

7.2

30

WILLIAM FRANKLIN

MISSOURI

7.2

31

KENNY MOORE

WAKE FOREST

7.4

32

BRANDON BREAZELL

UCLA

7.4

33

ROD WINDSOR

WESTERN NEW MEXICO

7.4

Lavelle Hawkins California

Jordy Nelson Kansas State

KR

KR

34

JABARI ARTHUR

AKRON

7.6

35

DARNELL JENKINS

MIAMI, FL

PFA

36

EDWARD WILLIAMS

LANE COLLEGE, TN

PFA

37

ALMONZO BANKS

WEST LIBERTY STATE

PFA

AGE

38

TAJ SMITH

SYRACUSE

PFA

JR

39

KEITH BROWN

ALABAMA

PFA

40

MAURICE PURIFY

NEBRASKA

PFA

Paul Hubbard Wisconsin

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RANK

Davone Bess Hawaii

Jerome Simpson Coastal Carolina

Rod Windsor Western New Mexico

30

PLAYER

SCHOOL

RATING

41

BRUCE HOCKER

DUQUESNE

PFA

42

MARCUS HENRY

KANSAS

PFA

43

JOSH MORGAN

VIRGINIA TECH

PFA

44

LANCE LEGGETT

MIAMI, FL

PFA

45

MICAH RUCKER

EASTERN ILLINOIS

PFA

46

TONY BURKS

MISSISSIPPI STATE

PFA

47

JASON RIVERS

HAWAII

PFA

48

LUKE SWAN

WISCONSIN

PFA

49

PIERRE GARCON

MOUNT UNION

PFA

50

ERNIE WHEELWRIGHT

MINNESOTA

PFA

51

TRAVIS BROWN

NEW MEXICO

PFA

COMMENTS

52

DANNY AMENDOLA

TEXAS TECH

PFA

53

MARK BRADFORD

STANFORD

PFA

54

DE’CODY FAGG

FLORIDA STATE

PFA

55

SHAHEER MCBRIDE

DELAWARE STATE

PFA

56

EVAN MOORE

STANFORD

FA

57

JUSTIN HARPER

VIRGINIA TECH

FA

58

RYAN GRICE MULLEN

HAWAII

FA

JR

59

TYRICE THOMPSON

ARIZONA STATE

FA

TE

60

JAMES BANKS

CARSON NEWMAN

FA

JR

61

CAMERON COLVIN

OREGON

FA

62

AMARRI JACKSON

SOUTH FLORIDA

FA

63

ARMAN SHIELDS

RICHMOND

FA

64

CLYDE EDWARDS

GRAMBLING

FA

65

ROBERT JORDAN

CALIFORNIA

FA

66

MICHAEL BUMPAS

WASHINGTON STATE

FA

67

BILLY PITTMAN

TEXAS

FA

68

KELCY LUKE

ALABAMA A&M

FA

69

DAMON MORTON

COLORADO STATE

FA

70

JERON HARVEY

HOUSTON

FA

71

JOHN DUNLAP

NORTH CAROLINA ST

FA

72

ALEX WATSON

NORTHERN ARIZONA

FA

73

TERRENCE NUNN

NEBRASKA

FA

74

DWAYNE CROCKER

UPPER IOWA

FA

75

NATE HUGHES

ALCORN STATE

FA

76

SEAN BAILEY

GEORGIA

FA

77

JOHNNY WALKER

COLORADO STATE

FA

78

LORNE SAM

UTEP

FA

79

TERRELL GOLDEN

PENN STATE

FA

80

RUDY BURGESS

ARIZONA STATE

FA

TE

ATHLETE

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TIGHT END PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rank: 1

Rating

Fred Davis Ht: 6-4

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

13 games started, 62 receptions for 881 yards, 8 TD, averaged 14.2 yards per reception.

2006

10 games started, 38 receptions for 352 yards, 3 TD, averaged 9.3 yards per reception.

2005

3 games started, 13 receptions for 145 yards, 2 TD, averaged 11.2 yards per reception.

2004

9 games played, 4 receptions for 30 yards, 0 TD, averaged 7.5 yards per reception.

Davis does not possess the ideal weight for a TE, but he has a solid frame and appears larger than his measurables. He is a leader and hard worker who plays with good speed despite his 40-time. In 2007, he became the first TE in USC history to win the John Mackey Award. Davis was also the Trojans Co-MVP and a consensus All American as a senior having led USC in receptions. Davis has no injury history. A converted receiver with good hands, Davis is a natural pass catcher with great hand-eye coordination. Davis will attack the ball at its highest point and runs fluid routes with surprising quickness in and out of his cuts. He is an aggressive blocker who gets the job done although he could improve his technique. Davis has the ability to get down the field and stretch a defense,runs with power after the catch, and does break some tackles. In conclusion, Davis’ major drawbacks are his lack of prototypical size and his unpolished blocking. His body build is similar to the San Diego Charger’s Antonio Gates; Davis plays a physical game and has the mentality to refine his blocking skills. He is the most natural receiving TE in this year’s crop, and his athleticism and quickness are top notch. Davis will be a solid starter in the NFL.

1.7

Wt: 248

USC

Rank: 2

Rating

JUNIOR

1.8

Martellus Bennett Ht: 6-7

Wt: 255

TEXAS A&M

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

12 games played, 49 receptions for 587 yards, 4 TD, averaged 12.0 yards per reception.

2006

13 games played, 38 receptions for 497 yards, 3 TD, averaged 13.0 yards per reception.

2005

11 games played, 18 receptions for 162 yards, 3 TD, averaged 9.0 yards per reception.

Bennett has great height, long arms, and a great wingspan with room to add some bulk. He runs well but does not display great speed or elusiveness after the catch. A well rounded blocker and receiver, Bennett finished his Aggie career with 105 receptions which ties him for first place in school history. By far, the Aggies go-to receiver this past season, he led the team in receptions. There is no history of injuries. Bennett exhibits good hands and uses his body to shield the defender when making the catch. He enjoys the blocking aspect of his position tallying 67 knockdown blocks in 2007. He is powerful at the point of attack but also has the athleticism to block downfield. Bennett is not afraid to go across the middle of the field and is comfortable making catches in traffic. In conclusion, Bennett is not overwhelming as a receiver alone, but he is a complete TE. He is a tough competitor who will push for a starting role early in his career.

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TIGHT END PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rating

Rank: 3

John Carlson

Ht: 6-5

2.4

Wt: 256

Rating

Rank: 4

Martin Rucker

Ht: 6-5

2.7

Wt: 248

MISSOURI

N OT R E DA M E

STATISTICS

STATISTICS

2007

12 games played, 40 receptions for 372 yards, 3 TD, avg. 9.3 YPR.

2007

14 games played, 84 receptions for 834yards, 8 TD, avg. 9.9 YPR.

2006

11 games played, 47 receptions for 647 yards, 4 TD, avg. 13.5 YPR.

2006

13 games played, 53 receptions for 511 yards, 5 TD, avg. 9.6 YPR.

2005

12 games played, 7 receptions for 56 yards, 1 TD, avg. 8.0 YPR.

2005

12 games played, 47 receptions for 567yards, 1 TD, avg. 12.1 YPR.

2004

12 games played, 6 receptions for 31 yards, 0 TD, avg. 5.2 YPR.

2004

11 games played, 19 receptions for 263 yards, 4 TD, avg. 13.8 YPR.

ANALYSIS

ANALYSIS

Carlson has good size and long arms, but he lacks great speed and struggles to gain separation in his routes. Chosen as one of four team captains, he also lettered on the Notre Dame Basketball team as a freshman in 2003. In 2007, he was a Draddy Award finalist, which recognizes combined academic and athletic performance as well as leadership. Carlson graduated in May 2007 with a degree in history and a 3.63 GPA; he then enrolled in graduate school. His 97 career receptions rank second all-time for a Notre Dame TE even though he missed two games in 2006 because of a knee injury. Carlson displays great ball skills and can locate and catch the ball at its highest point. Although he is a willing blocker, he lacks the power to drive the opposition off the ball. Despite not being a polished route runner, Carlson does a good job of locating the seam in coverages. He is also a good runner after the catch, which shows his ability to pick up additional yardage. Carlson uses his hands and quick feet to achieve a clean release off the line of scrimmage. In conclusion, Carlson’s lack of in-line blocking prowess can improve with the proper coaching. He has more upside than his former Notre Dame teammate, Anthony Fasano, the Dallas Cowboys’ 2006 2nd round pick. Carlson’s receiving skills, intelligence, and character will attract teams in the early rounds.

Rucker has ideal height but is slender with a build more like a WR than a TE. He shows good acceleration but lacks outstanding straight-line speed. Rucker’s father is a member of Missouri’s House of Representatives, and his older brother, Mike, is a standout defensive end for the Carolina Panthers. Rucker broke Mizzou’s career reception record with 203 grabs and set the single season mark with 84 this past season. In the spring of 2004, Rucker suffered a torn labrum, which required surgery, but he did not miss any playing time. A very durable player, Rucker started all 50 games he played in as a Tiger. He most often lined up in the slot as a receiver in the Tiger’s spread attack. He is not an effective in-line blocker but is a solid blocker in space. Rucker runs primarily short routes and does not go down the field as frequently as he should. In conclusion, Rucker is going to have to make the transition into becoming more of a conventional TE. He has the physical tools to eventually become a solid in-line player.

Rating

Rank: 5

Kellen Davis

Ht: 6-6

3.3

Wt: 258

Rating

Rank: 6

Darrell Strong

M I C H I G A N S TAT E

Ht: 6-4

3.7

Wt: 262

PITTSBURGH

STATISTICS

STATISTICS

2007

12 games played, 28 receptions for 475yards, 5 TD, avg. 17.0 YPR.

2007

12 games played, 29 receptions for 328 yards, 3 TD, avg. 11.3 YPR.

2006

8 games played, 12 receptions for 125 yards, 1 TD, avg. 10.4 YPR.

2006

10 games played, 15 receptions for 171 yards, 3 TD, avg. 11.4 YPR.

2005

11 games played, 15 receptions for 122 yards, 2 TD, avg. 8.1 YPR.

2005

11 games played, 16 receptions for 226 yards, 1 TD, avg. 14.1 YPR.

ANALYSIS

2004

Played all 12 games, 4 receptions for 58 yards, 0 TD, avg. 14.5 YPR.

Davis has prototypical size, a wide frame, and average speed. He was suspended for four games in 2006 after being charged with misdemeanor assault charges during an off-campus party and was eventually placed on 18 months probation. Davis rotated between TE and DE during his stay in East Lansing. While there, he committed a costly roughing the passer penalty that aided Wisconsin on their game winning drive against the Spartans this past season. An inconsistent route runner, who rounds off some of his cuts, Davis does not have great explosion, but he is quick in and out of his breaks. He is a good red-zone weapon who uses his wide frame to shield out defenders. In conclusion, Davis is an unfinished product with upside if he remains out of trouble off the field and focuses on improving his skills. Hopefully, his break-out 2007 campaign is an indication of things to come.

ANALYSIS

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Strong is a well-proportioned player with a solid build and good size. He moves well for his size and appears to glide down the field. Unfortunately, his character is a major concern; he was suspended for two games in 2006 because he made an obscene gesture towards the South Florida fans. He was also cited for criminal mischief and harassment in May 2007 after an incident involving his ex-girlfriend. Strong has no injury history but was an underachiever until his senior campaign. A converted receiver who is fluid in the open-field, Strong is a natural pass catcher who understands the intricacies of getting open and runs nice routes. He will settle into an opening in the secondary and let his QB get him the ball. He is a strong runner after the catch and will break some tackles. In conclusion, Strong has the appearance of a starting TE; however, only he can make the decision to grow up. His overall status will largely be determined by his personal interviews leading up to the draft.

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TIGHT END PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rating

Rank: 7

Jermichael Finley JUNIOR

Ht: 6-5

3.8

Wt: 238

Rating

Rank: 8

Marcel Reese

Ht: 6-3

4.8

Wt: 240

WA S H I N G TO N

TEXAS

STATISTICS

STATISTICS

2007

12 starts, 43 receptions for 563 yards, 2 TDs, averaged 13.1 yards per reception.

2007

39 receptions for 761 yards, 8 TDs, averaged 19.5 yards per reception.

2006

13 games played, 4 starts, 31 receptions for 372 yards, 3 TDs, averaged 12 yards per reception.

2006

9 receptions for 219 yards, 1 TD, averaged 24.3 yards per reception.

2005

2005

Redshirted

El Camino Community College: 47 receptions for 1,286 yards, 13 TDs, averaged 27.3 yards per reception

2004

Chaffey Junior College: 25 receptions for 600 yards, 7 TDs, averaged 24 yards per reception.

ANALYSIS Finley is tall with long arms, but he needs to add some bulk to his frame. As a prep star in Texas, he caught 316 passes for 2,217 yards and 30TDs, all school records for Diboll High School. He was also an all-state basketball selection as a senior. Finley uses his height and catches the ball at its highest point. However he lacks strength at the point of attack and is not a great blocker. Finley uses his large wingspan to get a nice release off the line of scrimmage. In conclusion, Finley would have benefited from staying in school. Far from being a finished product at this point, he can contribute as a receiver, but his lack of bulk and limited blocking ability will limit his playing time early in his career.

Rating

Rank: 9

Gary Barnidge

Ht: 6-5

4.8

Wt: 238

ANALYSIS Reese is undersized for a traditional TE, but he has adequate size for an H-back. Running routes like a wide receiver, he has a rare combination of size and speed that creates mismatches for defenders. Reese averaged 20.4 yards per catch in his two years with the Huskies and 26.1 yards per catch in his two seasons of junior college ball proving his big play ability. Reese has great balance, is difficult to knock off his feet and is capable of gaining yards after the catch. He has good hands and is a natural pass catcher with good ball skills. In conclusion, Reese is not a fit for every team but he makes sense for a team that can utilize his talents as an H-back.

Rating

Rank: 10

Kory Sperry

LOUISVILLE

Ht: 6-5

C O L O R A D O S TAT E

STATISTICS

STATISTICS

2007

13 games played, 31 receptions for 511 yards, 4 TD, averaged 16.5 yards per reception.

2007

10 receptions for 119 yards, 3 TDs, averaged 11.9 yards per reception.

2006

11 games played, 17 receptions for 240 yards, 2 TD, averaged 14.1 yards per reception.

2006

36 receptions for 380 yards, 5 TDs, averaged 10.6 yards per reception.

2005

12 games played, 7 receptions for 85 yards, 4 TD, averaged 12.1 yards per reception.

2005

42 receptions for 547 yards, 4 TDs, averaged 13.0 yards per reception.

2004

15 receptions for 225 yards, 2 TDs, averaged 15 yards per reception.

ANALYSIS Barnidge is tall with a large angular frame, but he has struggled to gain additional weight. His game speed is faster than his timed-speed may indicate. He is of solid character and has no history of injuries. A solid receiver who easily adjusts to the ball, Barnidge catches with his hands and rarely drops a ball. He locates the soft spots in coverage and exploits them. A major weakness is his lack of in-line blocking skills. Due to his lack of strength, he is unable to maintain his blocks. In conclusion, Barnidge is a perfect fit for a team like the Indianapolis Colts which frequently allow their TEs to line up in the slot and play in space. Barnidge could excel in a similar scheme.

ANALYSIS Sperry is of good size and build and had adequate speed prior to suffering a knee injury. His father is a coach, and he is a good student. A versatile player who played QB in high school, Sperry has played TE, H-back, FB and lined up in the slot for the Rams. He was scheduled to redshirt in 2004 but wound up starting six games. Sperry suffered a torn ACL on 9/8/07 versus California and missed the reminder of the season, but he should be ready to fully participate in a training camp this summer. Sperry adjusts to the ball well and can make the difficult catch look routine. He is adept at finding spots in zone coverage and getting open and gets good explosion off the snap. In conclusion, prior to his injury, Sperry carried a second round grade. It may take some time to regain his explosiveness, but assuming he can fully recover, he represents a good value on day two.

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5.2

Wt: 260

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TIGHT END POSITION RATINGS

RANK

John Carlson Notre Dame

Martin Rucker Missouri

Kellen Davis Michigan State

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PLAYER

SCHOOL

RATING

COMMENTS

1

FRED DAVIS

USC

1.7

2

MARTELLUS BENNETT

TEXAS A&M

1.8

3

JOHN CARLSON

NOTRE DAME

2.4

4

MARTIN RUCKER

MISSOURI

2.7

5

KELLEN DAVIS

MICHIGAN STATE

3.3

6

DARRELL STRONG

PITTSBURGH

3.7

7

JERMICHAEL FINLEY

TEXAS

3.8

JR

8

MARCEL REESE

WASHINGTON

4.8

H-B/ WR

9

GARY BARNIDGE

LOUISVILLE

4.8

10

KORY SPERRY

COLORADO STATE

5.2

11

BRAD COTTAM

TENNESSEE

5.3

12

DUSTIN KELLER

PURDUE

5.3

13

JOEY HAYNOS

MARYLAND

6.8

14

JACOB TAMME

KENTUCKY

6.8

H-B

15

TOM SANTI

VIRGINIA

7.2

H-B

16

MIKE PETERSON

NW MISSOURI STATE

7.3

H-B

17

WADE BETSCHART

WYOMING

7.3

H-B

18

JOE JON FINLEY

OKLAHOMA

PFA

19

MATT MULLIGAN

MAINE

PFA

20

CRAIG STEVENS

CALIFORNIA

PFA

21

JED COLLINS

WASHINGTON STATE

PFA

22

CHRIS HOPKINS

TOLEDO

PFA

23

DREW ATCHISON

WILLIAM & MARY

PFA

24

KOLO KAPANUI

WEST TEXAS A&M

PFA

25

ADAM BISHOP

NEVADA

PFA

H-B

26

JOHN STUPAR

VIRGINIA

PFA

H-B

27

TYSON DEVREE

COLORADO

PFA

H-B

28

CHRIS CONKLIN

WINGATE

PFA

H-B

29

MATT SHERRY

VILLANOVA

PFA

30

KRIS KASPAREK

AKRON

FA

31

ANDY CROOKS

WISCONSIN

FA

32

CHRIS WAGNER

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE

FA

33

DEREK FINE

KANSAS

FA

34

NICK CLEAVER

NEW MEXICO STATE

FA

H-B

35

BEN BARKEMA

IOWA STATE

FA

H-B

36

LOUIS IRIZARRY

YOUNGSTOWN STATE

FA

37

BRENT MILLER

ARIZONA STATE

FA

38

JOEY THOMAS

TEXAS A&M

FA

39

COLEMAN WATSON

GEORGIA

FA

40

MATT TRAVERSO

STANFORD

FA

JR

DE

Health/ ACL H-B

H-B

HEALTH H-B

H-B

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OFFENSIVE TACKLES

PLAYER ANALYSIS

ANALYSIS

Rank: 1

Rating

1.3

Jake Long

Ht: 6-7 Wt: 315 MICHIGAN

ANALYSIS

Rank: 2

JUNIOR

Long has an ideal frame and a large wingspan with room to add some additional bulk. He lacks great lateral speed but is effective getting down the field. Long is a vocal leader who opted to return to Ann Arbor for his senior season despite the fact that he would have been a 1st round selection in the 2007 draft; he has also been a two-time Team Captain. Long started all 13 games of the 2007 season at left tackle. He made 1st Team for Associated Press All-American and 1st Team All Big Ten. In 2006, he started all 13 games at left tackle, was again 1st Team Associated Press All American and 1st Team All Big Ten. He was also the Big Ten Lineman of the Year. In 2005, he started 4 games at right tackle after missing the first 7 games because of an ankle injury. In 2004, Long started 10 games at right tackle and played left tackle on occasion as well. He was 2nd Team All Big Ten (coaches), and in 2003, he was redshirted. Long’s durability is a minor concern as he missed seven games in ’05 with a high-ankle injury. He was injured in a summer

Rating

1.6

Ryan Clady

Clady has great size with long arms to maintain separation from edge rushers and moves well for his size. In 2007, Clady made 1st Team AllAmerican for the American Football Coaches Association and 1st Team All-WAC: He was the leader of an offensive line that helped the Broncos rank 5th nationally in scoring, 6th in passing efficiency, 9th in total offense, and 31st in rushing offense. In 2006, he was named 1st Team All-WAC starting all 13 games at left tackle. He had a dominating season that helped Boise State finish the season second in the nation in scoring, second in rushing TDs, 6th in rushing yards per game, and 10th in total offense. In 2005, Clady started 11 of 13 games at right tackle

practice session when two teammates fell on his lower leg, an injury which resulted in surgery. He is adept at spotting the blitz and has proven to be effective in a power running scheme and as a zone blocker. He plays with great power in the running game. Long’s footwork is not refined; he is not consistent in his pass protection backstep. He is not quick footed and will struggle with premier speed rushers. Long is a natural knee bender; he does, however, play too top heavy on occasion, which causes him to lose his balance. Long sustains his blocks well and exhibits a mean streak on occasion. He has experience at either tackle position but will be expected to play left tackle in the NFL. In conclusion, Long is an intelligent hard worker who is not yet a finished product. Long may not be an immediate fixture at left tackle, but he could contribute on the right side early in his career. His lack of ideal foot-speed in pass protection will be exposed early on in his career, but ultimately, he has the potential to become a Pro-Bowl left tackle.

and received numerous Freshman All-America honors; he was redshirted in 2004. Clady finishes his blocks and rarely allows a pass rusher by his massive frame and uses his athleticism to recover if he gets beat. He shows quick feet and excels in a zone-blocking scheme,has the ability to dominate as a run blocker, and displays good body control to adjust on the move. He can be late off the snap at times, but he is very consistent and shows good quickness, agility, and balance. He also displays a strong jolt with his punch which can knock a defender off balance. In conclusion Clady is versatile enough to play on either side and is equally adept at run and pass blocking. He has the quickness and agility to become a Pro Bowl tackle.

Ht: 6-6 Wt: 317 B O I S E S TAT E

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OFFENSIVE TACKLES

PLAYER ANALYSIS

ANALYSIS

Rank: 3

Rating

1.8

Jeff Otah

Otah is massive with long arms and a huge frame. In 2007, he started at left tackle in every game. He helped pave the way for Freshman Tailback LeSean McCoy to gain over 1,300 yards. In 2006, Otah started all 12 games at left tackle protecting the front-side of southpaw QB Tyler Palko. Otah attended Valley Forge Military Academy in 2004 – 2005 while refining his skills as an offensive tackle. In fact, he was named MVP of the Seaboard Conference. He came to the US from Nigeria when he was seven years old and did not play football until his senior year of high school. He started on the Valley Forge basketball team, averaging 19 points and 12 rebounds per

game. Otah is still learning the leverage aspect of the position but has improved his technique as a senior. He does not always maximize his blocking angles and will occasionally bend at the waist in pass protection. Otah has the power and leg drive to be a force in the running game. He has shown consistent improvement with his footwork over his career and shows impressive athleticism despite his enormous frame. Otah’s endurance is somewhat of a concern as he tends to play a bit sloppy late in games. In conclusion, Otah may begin his career as a right tackle, but he has the athleticism and wingspan to eventually make the transition to left tackle. He is an unfinished product with tremendous NFL potential.

Ht: 6-6 Wt: 339 PITTSBURGH

ANALYSIS

Rank: 4

Rating

2.2

Chris Williams

Ht: 6-6 Wt: 317 V A N D E R B I LT

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Williams has a great size with room to add more bulk. However, he does have short arms for the position (measured at the Senior Bowl --- 32 ¾ inches). His run blocking compensated for his lack of ideal arm length. In 2007, Williams started all 12 games at left tackle. He received the top blocking grade of any down lineman in the SEC (85.6%). He delivered 102 knockdown blocks including 12 that resulted in TDs while allowing only one sack on 836 offensive snaps. He was All SEC 1st Team (coaches) and offensive co-captain. In 2006, he started all 12 games at left tackles and was 2nd Team All SEC (coaches) allowing only one sack on the season. In 2005, he started nine games at left guard and also played frequently at left tackle. He was 2nd Team All SEC (coaches). In 2004, he was on the practice squad for OT, but

he did not see any game action; he redshirted in ’03. Williams has been quite durable and has no injury concerns. He exhibits good upper body strength but does not blow defenders off the ball in the running game because of his lack of ideal leg strength. He is adept at handling speed rushers in pass protection by using his quick feet and hands to consistently keep separation from the defender. He displays good agility and mobility but struggles with angles in the running game. He flashes a mean-streak on occasion. Williams has shown his versatility playing guard and both tackle positions. In conclusion, Chris Williams has show consistent improvement during his stay with the Commodores, surrendering only two sacks over the last two years. He solidified his draft status with and exceptional senior campaign and proved to be the best OT prospect at the Senior Bowl.

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OFFENSIVE TACKLES

PLAYER ANALYSIS

ANALYSIS

Rank: 5

Rating

2.2

Sam Baker Ht: 6-5

Wt: 314 USC

Baker has good size with long arms; he has the frame to add some additional bulk. His father, David Baker, is the commissioner of the Arena Football League and formerly played Pro-basketball in Europe. His brother, Ben, was an offensive lineman at Duke. In 2007, he was a Walter Camp 1st Team All-American, 1st Team All PAC 10 (3rd consecutive), and team captain; he missed three mid-season games after a straining a hamstring. In 2006, he started all 13 games and was 1st Team All PAC 10(coaches) and a consensus All-American player. In 2005, he also started all 13 games and was 1st Team All PAC 10 (coaches). In 2004, He started all 13 games at left tackle after moving from guard; he was redshirted in ’03. Baker’s health and durability are a minor concern; he had arthroscopic knee surgery before the

ANALYSIS

Rank: 6

Collins is a good size tackle who carries his weight well and has good movement. In 2007, Collins started all 12 games at left tackle and was an Associated Press 1st Team All-American and also an Outland Trophy Finalist. He averaged nearly nine knockdown blocks per game while paving the way for an offense that ranked second in scoring offense and 8th in total offense nationally. In 2006, Collins started at right tackle and was a Big 12 Honorable Mention. In 2005, he played in 8 games while JUNIOR

Rating

2007 spring practices along with the aformentioned hamstring injury. He can be knocked off balance and needs to play with better leverage. Baker also appears top-heavy at times. He is not an overpowering run blocker and lacks the lower body strength to move the pile. He displays good foot speed and quickness. Baker is at his best in space when he is on the move. He uses good angles but does not play with great intensity or power, which is reason for some concern. He is capable of playing every position on the offensive line, other than center. In conclusion, Baker has been a four year starter for an elite program, but he is not dominant in any one area. He appears overrated at times, yet he does have the tools to become a solid starter at the next level; in addition, his versatility increases his value.

making one start; he redshirted in 2004. Collins does not play with great strength. However, he displays good lateral agility to slide and cut off pass rushers and can be a force in the ground game. He is light on his feet and has the ability to consistently get to the second level of defenders. He shows good athleticism and mobility. Collins is best suited to play left tackle in the NFL. In conclusion, Collins enjoyed a break-out ’07 campaign with the Jayhawks. He has the appearance of a solid starter at the next level.

2.6

Anthony Collins

Ht: 6-6 Wt: 310 KANSAS

ANALYSIS

Rank: 7

Rating

3.0

Brown has adequate size with long arms but could add some extra bulk to his frame. He runs well and plays with good functional speed. In 2007, Brown moved to left tackle and started all 14 games; he was 2nd Team All-ACC. In 2006, he started all 13 games at right tackle and was 2nd Team All-ACC. In 2005, Brown converted to OT just before the season began; he went on to start all 13 games at right tackle. In 2004, Brown played in 13 games as a TE, totaling 3 receptions for 64 yards and 1 TD; he redshirted in ’03.There are no injury concerns for Brown. He is not

an overpowering blocker; instead he relies on his quickness and athleticism. A converted TE, Brown has quick feet, excels in pass protection, and uses his hands to lock-on and steer the defender. However, he needs to add more strength and become more physical as a run blocker. Brown shows good lateral movement, is quick off the snap, and can seal the edge. He enjoyed a banner senior season and was very impressive at the East-West Shrine Bowl practices and in the game. In conclusion, Brown is not yet a finished product, but he showcases the quickness and agility to be a starting left tackle in the NFL.

Duane Brown

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 300 VIRGINIA TECH

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OFFENSIVE TACKLES

PLAYER ANALYSIS

ANALYSIS

Rank: 8

Cherilus is an enormous blocker who lacks ideal foot speed, but he has long arms, measured 35½ inches, with 11½ inch hands at Senior Bowl. Cherilus was born in Haiti and moved to the US when he was 14 years old. He is very intelligent and possesses good character. In 2007, he started all 14 games at left tackle; despite being named 2nd Team All-ACC, he struggled on the left side. He tallied 77 knockdown blocks with 12 resulting in TDs. However, he also gave up 5.5 sacks and committed 7 penalties on Rating

the year. In 2006 and 2005 he started all games at right tackle; in 2004, he started at offensive tackle and redshirted in ’03. Cherilus does not play with great leverage but does display a power punch and finishes off his blocks. He can wear down opponents with his imposing size and strength. In conclusion, a four-year starter who projects to right tackle in the NFL, Cherilus’ draft status took a hit after a disappointing senior season in which he played out of position at left tackle. Cherilus has the tools and mentality to work his way into a starting lineup.

3.2

Gosder Cherilus

Ht: 6-7 Wt: 313 B O S TO N C O L L E G E

ANALYSIS

Rank: 9

Rating

3.2

Carl Nicks

Nicks has tremendous size and is very athletic with good body control and balance. He carries his weight well and appears to be well conditioned. Nicks is married with a daughter. In 2007, Nicks started all 12 games at left tackle and was 2nd Team All Big 12. Nicks transferred to Nebraska in 2006 and started 2 of 11 games where he played at right tackle. In 2005, Nicks transferred to Hartnell Junior College where he earned California Community College Football Coaches Association All-American honors. He also threw the shot put and discus on the track team. Nicks attended New Mexico State in 2004 where he converted

from defensive tackle to offensive line. He shows quick feet and can shuffle and slide in pass protection. He delivers a solid hand punch and has the brute strength to drive defenders off the ball. Nicks has played both tackle positions but is best suited for right tackle in the NFL. In conclusion, Nicks was a one-year starter who is just beginning to realize his potential. He is fundamentally raw but displays great athleticism and future potential. He may be over drafted based on his upside and will likely take a few years before he is ready to contribute on an every down basis in the NFL.

Ht: 6-5 Wt: 345 NEBRASKA

ANALYSIS

Rank: 10

Dunlap is a very tall, long limbed, and an athletic prospect. His father played football at Tennessee State and was drafted by the Colts in 1969. In 2007, Dunlap started 6 of 10 games played losing his starting position late in the season. In 2006, he started 13 games at left tackle, but he started only 1 game of 11 at left tackle in ’05. He played primarily on special teams in 2004 and was redshirted in ’03. In pass protection, Dunlap displays quick Rating

feet into his pass set but bends at the waist too frequently. He plays too high when run blocking which causes him to lunge at defenders; he moves well in space. Dunlap does not overpower opponents with his punch and lacks consistent leg drive. He lacks intensity and does not play up to his ability. In conclusion, Dunlap has the size and quickness to be great but has vastly underachieved up to this point. If the light ever comes on, he could turn out to be a second day steal, a true boom or bust-type prospect.

4.8

King Dunlap

Ht: 6-8 Wt: 310 AUBURN

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OFFENSIVE TACKLES

POSITION RATINGS

RANK

PLAYER

SCHOOL

RATING

COMMENTS

1

JAKE LONG

MICHIGAN

1.3

LT

2

RYAN CLADY

BOISE STATE

1.6

JR , LT

3

JEFF OTAH

PITTSBURGH

1.8

LT

4

CHRIS WILLIAMS

VANDERBILT

2.2

5

SAM BAKER

USC

2.2

LT

6

ANTHONY COLLINS

KANSAS

2.6

JR

7

DUANE BROWN

VIRGINIA TECH

3.0

LT

8

GOSDER CHERILUS

BOSTON COLLEGE

3.2

RT

9

CARL NICKS

NEBRASKA

3.2

10

KING DUNLAP

AUBURN

4.8

LT

11

TONY HILLS

TEXAS

4.8

HEALTH

12

KIRK BARTON

OHIO ST

5.4

RT

13

JOHN GRECO

TOLEDO

5.4

RT

14

PEDRO SOSA

RUTGERS

5.5

LT

15

FRANKLIN DUNBAR

MIDDLE TENNESSEE ST

5.7

JR , RT

16

BARRY RICHARDSON

CLEMSON

5.8

RT

17

JOSH COFFMAN

EAST CAROLINA

6.7

OG

18

BRENO GIACOMINI

LOUISVILLE

6.8

RT

19

AKIM MILLINGTON

ILLINOIS

6.8

RT

20

MIKE BUTTERWORTH

SLIPPERY ROCK

7.0

RT

21

COREY CLARK

TEXAS A&M

7.3

22

WALTER WALKER

SOUTH FLORIDA

7.3

23

TYLER POLUMBUS

COLORADO

7.3

24

TYLER LUELLEN

MISSOURI

PFA

LT

25

JASON BOONE

UTAH

PFA

HEALTH

26

WILL ROBINSON

SAN DIEGO STATE

PFA

LT

27

DIGGER BUJNOCH

CINCINNATI

PFA

28

BRIAN STAMPER

VANDERBILT

PFA

RT

29

SHANNON BOATMAN

FLORIDA STATE

PFA

RT

30

JOSEPH TUINEAU

SE MISSOURI ST

PFA

TE, AGE

Kirk Barton Ohio State

OG John Greco Toledo

Franklin Dunbar Middle Tennessee State

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OFFENSIVE TACKLES

POSITION RATINGS

RANK

Tony Hills Texas

Barry Richardson Clemson

PLAYER

SCHOOL

RATING

COMMENTS

31

DAVID HALE

WEBER STATE

PFA

32

CODY BALOGH

MONTANA

PFA

33

GEOFF SCHWARTZ

OREGON

FA

RT

34

CARNELL STEWART

LSU

FA

RT

35

PETE CLIFFORD

MICHIGAN STATE

FA

RT

36

CARLTON MEDDER

FLORIDA

FA

RT

37

DEMETRIUS BELL

NORTHWESTERN ST, LA

FA

LT

38

CHARLES MANU

NEVADA

FA

OG

39

BRANDON KEITH

NORTHERN IOWA

FA

RT

40

PETER GRANIELLO

ARIZONA

FA

RT

41

THADDEUS COLEMAN

MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE FA

42

JOSH SITTON

CENTRAL FLORIDA

FA

RT

43

FLOYD HEADEN

WEST TEXAS A&M

FA

RT

44

BOBBY BYRD

WASHINGTON STATE

FA

RT

45

TYLER MILLER

LOUISIANA TECH

FA

46

DAVID SHELBY

OHIO

FA

RT

47

CAESAR RODRIGUEZ

KANSAS

FA

RT

48

BRIAN ABRAHAM

UCLA

FA

RT

49

JESSE NEWMAN

LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE

FA

50

JAMES BLAIR

WESTERN MICHIGAN

FA

OG

51

DYLAN THIRY

NORTHWESTERN

FA

RT

52

JESSE PADILLA

LAFAYETTE

FA

53

DEREK UPERESA

ST. FRANCIS, PA

FA

54

DAN GORE

BOISE STATE

FA

55

WALTER BOYD

TULSA

FA

56

JEFF AKEROYD

HOUSTON

FA

57

KYLE CUNNINGHAM

LOUISIANA MONROE

FA

58

LOUIS FRAZIER

WAKE FOREST

FA

59

KURT KUTSCHER

HENDERSON STATE

FA

60

BUCK REED

BETHEL COLLEGE, TN

FA

RT RT

RT TE

Mike Butterworth Slippery Rock

40

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OFFENSIVE GUARD

PLAYER ANALYSIS

ANALYSIS

Rank: 1

Rating

JUNIOR

2.1

Albert has great size, long arms, and mass. He is very agile for his size, possesses good athletic ability, and has short area quickness. Albert was a standout basketball player at Glen Burnie High School in Maryland and did not begin playing football until his Junior Year. He has been a highly effective three starter. In 2007, he started 12 games and was 1st Team All-ACC, co-captain, and 3rd Team AllAmerican Associated Press. He started all 12 games at left guard in ’06 and ’05 and was Honorable Mention All-ACC in ’06 and was named to the All ACC Freshman Team in ‘05. Albert attended

Hargrave Military Academy in 2004 where he played offensive tackle. He has no injury history. Albert is solid in pass protection, anchors well, has good lateral movement, and he displays good hand punch and explosion as a base blocker. He is strong at the point of attack, shows good leg drive, and is a road grader in the running game. Albert is a physical player who finishes his blocks and gives a consistent effort. In conclusion, Albert is a better run blocker than pass protector but is solid in both areas. He has a nice upside and is ready to contribute as a rookie. Unquestionably, the top OG prospect in this year’s draft class.

Branden Albert Ht: 6-7 Wt: 317 VIRGINIA

ANALYSIS

Rank: 2

Rating

JUNIOR

3.3

Chilo Rachal Ht: 6-5

Rachal has good size with a frame to gain additional mass. He has quick feet and excellent explosiveness for a big man. Rachal decided to forgo his senior season in part because of a family medical issue involving his mother. He is a hard worker and fierce competitor, and he has the desire to be the best at his position. He was named All PAC 10 1st Team after starting 10 games at right guard in 2007; he missed 3 mid-season games after spraining his right knee vs. Washingtonst Team. In 2006, Rachal started 12 games at right guard and was 2nd Team All PAC 10. He played 13 games as back-up offensive lineman

in ’05 and redshirted in ’04 following arthroscopic surgery to remove torn cartilage from his left knee. As of now, Rachal lacks ideal strength but has the ability to gain muscle mass and power over time as he is still growing. He takes good angles while run blocking and shows the quickness to get to the second level of defenders. He is quick off the snap, gets into his blocks, and moves well laterally. In conclusion, as a two-year starter, Rachal has shown his upside and is far from being a finished product. He could be a great value on draft day after a season in which he was not 100% healthy and a somewhat unexpected declaration to enter the draft.

Wt: 313 USC

ANALYSIS

Rank: 3

Rating

Roy Schuening

3.5

Schuening has a solid build with a wide frame and short arms. He shows good range and the ability to block on the second level. He is a tough, blue-collar team leader who gets the most out of his ability. Schuening has outstanding durability holding the Oregon State record with 50 consecutive starts. In 2007, Schuening started the first nine games at right guard before shifting to right tackle for the final four games. He graded out at 82.3% for his blocking consistency and led the conference with 17 touchdown resulting blocks. In 2006, he started all 14 games at right guard; in ’05, he started all 11 games and was PAC-10 Honorable Mention. Started

all 12 games at right guard in 2004 and was redshirted in 2003. In high school, Schuening lettered in wresting and track as well as football. When pass blocking, Schuening plays too high on occasion and does not display great balance or leverage. He struggled to block the more explosive gap-penetrating defensive tackles in drills at the Senior Bowl. Schuening displays good hand explosion and plays with power if he is able to lock onto the opposition. He plays with intensity, hustles on every snap, and is a determined worker. In conclusion, while Schuening lacks great measurables, ideal athleticism, and speed, he makes up for it with his tenacious brand of play. He will be a solid starter for his future team.

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 316 O R E G O N S TAT E

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PLAYER ANALYSIS

ANALYSIS

Rank: 4

Rating

3.5

Heath Benedict Ht: 6-5 Wt: 321 N E W B E R R Y, S C

Benedict has prototypical size, athleticism, and quickness. He had an injury riddled senior season in 2007 in which he started 7 games, missing four contests because of multiple foot injuries. After spring practice, he suffered torn ankle ligaments which required surgery. Benedict returned to action in time to start the first four games of the season before fracturing his foot. He attempted to play through the fracture but was ultimately forced to miss the season’s final 3 contests. Benedict enjoyed a stellar junior season; his team totaled 1,744 rushing yards and averaged 5.6 yards per attempt, but on 132 running plays over Benedict’s territory the Indians gained 1,142 yards and averaged 8.6 yard per attempt. He started all 12 games in 2006 and earned Associated Press Little All-American 1st Team and was named the SAC’s Top Lineman. In 2005, he started 6 of 8 games in which he played and was named All South-Atlantic Conference 1st Team. In 2004, Benedict started all 11 games at right tackle

ANALYSIS

Rank: 5

Rating

3.7

McGlynn has a wide body with short arms, which will force him to move inside to OG in the pros. Capable of playing any position on the offensive line in a pinch, McGlynn is an intelligent team-leader who plays with passion. He missed the 2007 spring practices while recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum. He returned to start the first three games at right guard and the final 9 at right tackle in 2007. McGlynn totaled 100 key blocks and graded out at 86% consistency on the season. He started all the games at right tackle in ’06 and ’05, 8 games of 12 in ’04 at right

for Newberry College. In 2003, he was academically ineligible at Tennessee and transferred to Division II Newberry College in South Carolina. He lacked maturity and admittedly neglected his academics during this period. In 2002, he attended Tennessee but was redshirted as a result of having arthroscopic elbow surgery. Benedict has worked hard to improve his strength and conditioning, and the results are starting to show. He has a 450 pound bench press and dropped more than 20 pounds from his in-season playing weight. Benedict plays too upright when pass protecting and will need some time to refine his technique. He is a powerful run blocker who drives opponents off the ball and shows the ability to wall off defenders on the second level. In conclusion, Benedict will face a transition period making the huge jump from Division II to the NFL, but he has the tools to be a success in the pro game. He held his own during Senior Bowl week against top-notch competition and will improve with NFL coaching.

tackle, and redshirted in ’03. In pass protection, McGlynn shows good balance and a strong anchor and uses his hands effectively. He lacks suddenness off the snap and will struggle against speed rushers. An effective drive blocker in the running game, he is capable of pulling and trapping. He takes good angles and plays with little wasted motion. In conclusion, McGlynn was a highly consistent four year starter for the Panthers. While he played primarily right tackle, he is best suited to shift inside to guard in the pros because of his lack of ideal athleticism. His versatility is an added bonus.

Mike McGlynn Ht: 6-4 Wt: 312 PITTSBURGH

ANALYSIS

Rank: 6

Rating

3.7

Chad Rinehart

Rinehart is tough and intelligent with prototypical size. He was a 2007 Academic All-District and All Conference selection and a team captain. Although he started at tackle during his time at Northern Iowa, his lack of speed on the edge will force him to move inside at the next level. He started all 13 games at left tackle in 2007 and was Associated Press FCS 1st Team All-American. He helped guide the Panthers to a perfect 11-0 regular season and a No. 1 national ranking for six weeks. Rinehart started every game in 2006 and 2005 and was 1st Team All-Gateway Conference both years; he was also 2nd Team Associated Press

All-American in ’06. In 2004, Rinehart started 5 of 8 games at left tackle; he missed 3 games in the middle of the season after undergoing an appendectomy. He redshirted in 2003. Rinehart has no injury concerns. A powerful run blocker, who easily drives defenders off the ball, Rinehart moves fairly well in space. It might take him some time to catch up to the speed of the NFL, but he had a solid showing Senior Bowl week against some of the nation’s best. In conclusion, Rinehart lacks ideal quickness, and while he may have not faced elite competition at the college level, his skills as a powerful blocker were clearly evident on film. He will develop into a fine player and future starter in the NFL.

Ht: 6-5 Wt: 311 N O RT H E R N I O WA

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OFFENSIVE GUARD

PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rating

Rank: 7

Eric Young

Ht: 6-4

3.9

Wt: 308

Rating

Rank: 8

Oniel Cousins

Ht: 6-4

4.3

Wt: 300

UTEP

TENNESEE

ANALYSIS

ANALYSIS

Young lacks ideal foot speed and gets knocked off balance too easily. In 2007, he started the first eight games at left tackle despite being hampered by an ankle sprain. He suffered a torn quadriceps muscle against South Carolina causing him to miss the final six games of the season. Despite his injury, he was named 2nd Team SEC. He had offseason arthroscopic shoulder surgery in January 2007. Young started all 13 games at right tackle in ’06, played nine games in ’05 and three games in ’04, and redshirted in ’03. Young needs to improve his overall strength, and his long-term durability is a major concern. He struggles against speed rushers on the perimeter, which is the main reason a move to guard is in order. He is capable of playing either tackle position in a pinch. Young does not always get a great jump off the snap, lacking top-notch explosion. In conclusion, Young’s injury history is disconcerting and makes it difficult to evaluate his true talent. His versatility and potential make him attractive on the second day.

A converted defensive tackle, Cousins has long arms and is still growing into his frame. He can run, displays quick feet, and has agility. A hard worker, he is willing to work for his success and is highly coachable. Cousins grew up a soccer player in Jamaica and moved to the US and began playing football as a sophomore in high school. He started all 12 games at right tackle in 2007 and was All Conference USA 1st Team. He started 8 of 12 games at left tackle in ’06 and played 8 games as a back-up offensive tackle in ’05. In 2004, Cousins played in two games at defensive tackle, limited by a broken wrist; he was redshirted in 2003. Cousins does not fully understand how to maximize his leverage, causing him to be knocked off balance. He practiced and played at left tackle during the Senior Bowl and has a chance to play offensive tackle at the next level; however, he may be best suited to move inside. In conclusion, Cousins is still getting stronger and faster, learning the ropes of the offensive line, and he made tremendous strides as a senior. Scouts have fallen in love with his potential; however, it will take some time for him to adjust, and he should not be expected to contribute immediately.

Rating

Rank: 9

Donald Thomas

Ht: 6-4

5.0

Wt: 295

Rating

Rank: 10

Robert Felton

CONNECTICUT

Ht: 6-4

5.3

Wt: 310

ARKANSAS

ANALYSIS

ANALYSIS

Thomas has a muscular build and appears larger than his weight would indicate. A versatile athlete as a prep, Thomas lettered in football, baseball, and basketball. In 2007, Thomas started every game at right guard, played in 10 games at left guard in 2006, played 11 games on special teams, serving as the wedge-buster on kickoffs, in 2005, and redshirted in 2004. Thomas suffered a minor leg injury while participating in the Hula Bowl, but he recovered in time to participate in the Shrine Bowl the following week. He was impressive in practice, particularly the Shrine week. He is very strong, athletic, moves well, and was the strongest player on the Huskies squad. Thomas shows a strong anchor in pass protection. He is light on his feet, is capable of pulling and trapping, and he displays good footwork and arm extension. In conclusion, while Thomas is a physical specimen, he was also only a one-year starter and is still learning to play the position. He appears to have a bright future and may be best suited to play in a zone blocking scheme.

Felton has a wide body and is a road grader, but he lacks great athleticism. His speed is well below average, and he needs to play in a short-area to be successful. When he is on the move, he carries his pad level too high and loses the leverage battle. Felton has earned degrees in Criminal Justice and Sociology and is working on a third degree in Communications. He started all 13 games at right guard in 2007 and was a key cog in a ground game that set a single season school record of 3,725 yards. Felton registered 51 knockdowns and 17 touchdown resulting blocks. In 2006, he started 13 of 14 games at right guard, and in 2005 he started all 11 games at right tackle; in addition, he totaled 45 knockdown blocks on the season in ’05. Felton played in nine of 11 games in ’04, earning five starts; in ’03, he was redshirted. Felton is very durable starting 37 games in his Razorback career, 26 of those consecutively. He excels in the power running game, where he uses his strength to drive defenders off the line of scrimmage. He is very powerful and can dominate in a short area. Displaying good explosion off the snap, Felton has a quick first step and takes good angles as a run blocker. His conditioning must improve to be successful at the next level. Strictly a guard because of his lack of speed and lateral movement, Felton is big, strong, and aggressive. In conclusion, he is a good fit for a team that employs a power running game.

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OFFENSIVE GUARD

POSITION RATINGS

RANK

Fernando Velasco Georgia

Andrew Crummey Maryland

Shannon Tevaga UCLA

44

PLAYER

SCHOOL

RATING

COMMENTS

1

BRANDEN ALBERT

VIRGINIA

2.1

JR

2

CHILO RACHAL

USC

3.3

JR

3

ROY SCHUENING

OREGON STATE

3.5

4

HEATH BENEDICT

NEWBERRY, SC

3.5

RT

5

MIKE MCGLYNN

PITTSBURGH

3.7

RT

6

CHAD RINEHART

NORTHERN IOWA

3.7

RT

7

ERIC YOUNG

TENNESSEE

3.9

HEALTH

8

ONIEL COUSINS

UTEP

4.3

OT

9

DONALD THOMAS

CONNECTICUT

5.0

10

ROBERT FELTON

ARKANSAS

5.3

11

FERNANDO VELASCO

GEORGIA

5.4

C

12

DREW RADOVICH

USC

5.7

RT

13

ANDREW CRUMMEY

MARYLAND

6.3

14

SHANNON TEVAGA

UCLA

6.3

15

KERRY BROWN

APPALACHIAN STATE

7.2

16

CHRIS MCDUFFIE

CLEMSON

7.2

17

MIKE GIBSON

CALIFORNIA

7.2

OT

18

ADAM KRAUS

MICHIGAN

7.4

C

19

DEVIN CLARK

NEW MEXICO

7.6

20

ANDREW BAIN

MIAMI, FL

PFA

21

IAN YATES CUNNINGHAM

VIRGINIA

PFA

22

MIKE FLADELL

RUTGERS

PFA

23

KIRK ELDER

TEXAS A&M

PFA

24

JORDAN GRIMES

PURDUE

PFA

25

MARTIN O’DONNELL

ILLINOIS

PFA

26

MACKENZY BERNADEAU

BENTLEY

PFA

27

BRANDON BARNES

GRAND VALLEY STATE

PFA

28

BRANDYN DOMBROSKI

SAN DIEGO STATE

PFA

29

KHALID WALTON

EASTERN MICHIGAN

PFA

30

HERCULES SATELE

HAWAII

FA

OT

C

31

CHESTER ADAMS

GEORGIA

FA

32

MATTY LINDNER

TCU

FA

RT

33

JACKY CLAUDE

FLORIDA STATE

FA

34

RYAN POLES

BOSTON COLLEGE

FA

HEALTH

35

WILL ARNOLD

LSU

FA

HEALTH

36

SHAWN MURPHY

UTAH STATE

FA

37

BEN HOCHSTEIN

NEBRASKA– OMAHA

FA

38

TAD MILLER

BOISE STATE

FA

39

BRANDON RODD

ARIZONA STATE

FA

40

DAVID KOENING

OKLAHOMA STATE

FA

OT

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CENTERS PLAYER ANALYSIS

ANALYSIS

Rank: 1

Justice is athletic but undersized; he could use some additional bulk. He plays with good speed, is light on his feet, and is quick off the snap. Justice is an intelligent, disciplined, high effort player. In 2007, Justice started every game at center, was 1st Team AllACC, winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, and named the ACC’s top lineman. He tallied 65 knockdowns of which 12 resulted in TDs and was the Rimington Trophy (nation’s top center award) runner-up. In 2006, Justice started all 14 games at center and was Rating

1st Team All-ACC. He started all 11 games in 2005; he played 11 games in ’04, primarily on special teams, and redshirted in ’03. Justice lettered as a wrestler in high school. He lacks ideal strength and can be overpowered by bigger defensive lineman, and he does not always maximize his inside leverage. In addition, he lacks ideal explosion and anchor strength. In conclusion, Justice is an overachiever who struggled against top-level competition during the week of Senior Bowl practices. He is quick, moves well in space, and is best suited for a zone-blocking scheme.

3.7

Steve Justice

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 283 WA K E F O R E S T

ANALYSIS

Rank: 2

Pollak lacks prototypical size and has short arms. He is a competitive team leader, a captain who made all the line calls. Pollak had a very solid showing in Senior Bowl practices. In 2007, he started all 13 games at center. And was by far the Sun Devils’ best offensive lineman. He was credited with 80 knockdown blocks, 15 of which resulted in TDs. In 2006 he started all 13 games at center and was 2nd Team All-PAC 10; he played 5 of 12 Rating

games in ’05, 8 games in ’04, and redshirted in ’03. Pollak is a very strong, effective run blocker with great leg drive, but he lacks great agility and quickness. A very physical player, he uses his hands to control his opponents. Pollak is an intense performer who gets the most out of his abilities. In conclusion, Pollak too often relies on his brute strength to get the job done. He consistently plays above his physical expectation; however, his technique and leverage usage need improvement.

3.8

Mike Pollak

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 293 A R I Z O N A S TAT E

ANALYSIS

Rank: 3

Rating

4.5

Wallace has good size with a solid build. He is a determined, feisty, blue-collar blocker that was voted permanent Team Captain in 2006. In 2007, Wallace started all 12 games at center and was 1st Team All Big 12 (coaches). He averaged nearly 15 knockdown blocks per game, grading out at 87% on an alarming 890 snaps for the season. He was Big 12 Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year and an Academic All-American.. In 2006, he started 12 games and was 1st Team All Big 12. He became the starting center in 2005 and has held the position since then; he has started 37 consecutive

games. In 2004, Wallace played in five games as a reserve guard and was redshirted in 2003. Wallace displays adequate strength and power. A more accomplished run blocker, he has room for improvement in pass protection. His footwork is inconsistent; he lacks great mobility and struggles in space. Wallace is a natural knee bender, shows good lateral movement, plays with good pad level, and displays explosion off the snap. In conclusion, Wallace is a hard worker who will only improve over time. His greatest weaknesses are a lack of speed and marginal footwork. Wallace makes most sense for a power running team.

Cody Wallace

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 298 TEXAS A&M

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CENTERS PLAYER ANALYSIS

ANALYSIS

Rank: 4

Rating

5.0

John Sullivan

Sullivan has good size with a solid build. A very intelligent, hard worker who gets the most out of his ability. After graduating in May 2007 with a degree in Marketing, he enrolled in graduate studies. In 2007, Sullivan returned to Notre Dame for his fifth year starting the first 10 games prior to missing the final two because of a knee injury. He started all 13 games in ’06, played in all 12 games and started 8 at center in ’05, and 12 games at center, making all the blocking calls, in ’04. He was redshirted in 2003. In high school, he posted a won-loss record of 138--6 as a prep wrestler and won three consecutive championships. Sullivan

plays with good strength, displays the ability to drive opponents off the ball and is very durable as evidenced by his 31 consecutive starts during his career. He takes good angles, displays solid hand placement, and can redirect the defender. Though, he does not possess great athleticism, Sullivan compensates by playing with power and using his understanding of leverage. He struggles on the move and loses his leverage advantage. A fierce competitor, he occasionally lets his emotions get the better of him on the field. In conclusion, Sullivan lacks great athletic ability, but he has proven to be a strong performer. His intelligence, power, and mentality will make him a success at the next level.

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 305 N OT R E DA M E

ANALYSIS

Rank: 5

Rating

5.5

Zuttah must improve his bulk and add some mass. He lacks ideal quickness, even though he is not a very large player. He was named 1st Team All Big-East after starting ?? games. He started all 13 games in 2006 and was 1st Team All Big-East. In 2005, he started 9 of 12 games at left guard, missing three games with an ankle sprain. In 2004, he started 5 of 9 games, 2 at offensive tackle and 3 at offensive guard; he missed two games because of a knee sprain. As a run blocker, Zuttah takes good angles and sustains his blocks. He does not play with great leverage, too

often bending at the waist. Shows good explosion with his punch, and is a competitor who plays with tenacity. He is very versatile, having played virtually every position of the offensive line for the Scarlet Knights. His lack of ideal size and footwork constitute a move to the inside. In conclusion, Zuttah is a highly consistent, experienced college player who may have reached his peak. His best opportunity to carve a niche at the next level will likely come at center.

Jeremy Zuttah

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 295 RUTGERS

ANALYSIS

Rank: 6

Lichtensteiger has a wide frame with short arms, and he lacks ideal foot speed which causes him to struggle when facing quicker more explosive linemen. He is married with one child. A two time team captain, Lichtensteiger plays smart and makes all the line calls. In 2007, he started all 13 games at center, was 1st Team All MAC, and totaled 76 key blocks on the season. He started all games in ’06, ’05, and ’04 (at guard), playing the last month of the Rating

2006 season with a shoulder injury that required surgery after the season. In 2006, he was 1st Team All-MAC and 2nd Team All-MAC in ’05 and ’04. He was redshirted in ’03. Lichtensteiger has limited quickness and lateral movement. He plays with a low-base and displays good pad-level and balance. In conclusion, Lichtensteiger will initially serve as a backup center or offensive guard, but he has the intelligence and work ethic to potentially earn a spot in the lineup.

6.3

Kory Lichtensteiger Ht: 6-3 Wt: 310 BOWLING GREEN

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CENTERS POSITION RATINGS

RANK

PLAYER

SCHOOL

RATING

1

STEVE JUSTICE

WAKE FOREST

3.7

2

MIKE POLLAK

ARIZONA STATE

3.8

3

CODY WALLACE

TEXAS A&M

4.5

4

JOHN SULLIVAN

NOTRE DAME

5.0

5

JEREMY ZUTTAH

RUTGERS

5.5

6

KORY LICHTENSTEIGER

BOWLING GREEN

6.3

7

JAMEY RICHARD

BUFFALO

6.5

8

MARCUS COLEMAN

WISCONSIN

6.7

9

ERIC SCOTT

KENTUCKY

7.3

10

DOUG LEGURSKY

MARSHALL

7.6

11

ADAM SPEIKER

MISSOURI

PFA

12

KYLE DE VAN

OREGON STATE

PFA

13

MATT SPANOS

USC

PFA

14

RYAN WENDELL

FRESNO STATE

PFA

15

BRENNAN CARVALHO

PORTLAND STATE

PFA

16

CHRIS JOSEPH

UCLA

PFA

17

DREW MILLER

FLORIDA

PFA

18

JOHN MASTERS

MICHIGAN STATE

PFA

19

DERRICK MORSE

MIAMI, FL

PFA

20

DALLAS GRIFFIN

TEXAS

PFA

21

ROYCE BLACKLEDGE

MISSISSIPPI STATE

FA

22

KYLE GUNTHER

UTAH

FA

23

TIM MCCUTCHEON

CALIFORNIA, PA

FA

24

NICK ALLOTTA

COLORADO STATE

FA

25

TONY BRINKHAUS

MINNESOTA

FA

26

JEFF CAVENDER

BOISE STATE

FA

27

ROBBIE KRUTILLA

WESTERN MICHIGAN

FA

28

KEVIN TUMINELLO

GEORGIA TECH

FA

29

ARYAN BARTO

TULANE

FA

30

ROBBIE POWELL

PURDUE

FA

31

CHRISTIAN MORTON

SOUTH DAKOTA

FA

32

JORDY LIPSEY

VIRGINIA

FA

33

COREY ACTIS

MISSISSIPPI

FA

34

RORY THOMAS

INDIANA, PA

FA

35

RYNE NUTT

CENTRAL CONNECTICUT

FA

36

ADAM HILL

LOUISIANA MONROE

FA

37

DREW BROWN

PITTSBURG STATE, KS

FA

38

TIM MATTRAN

STANFORD

FA

39

TREVOR REES

NORTHWESTERN

FA

40

ISAIAH WIGGINS

ILLINOIS STATE

FA

COMMENTS

OG/ OT

OG Marcus Coleman Wisconsin

HEALTH HEALTH

Doug Legursky Marshall

Chris Joseph UCLA

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PLAYER ANALYSIS

STATISTICS

Rank: 1

Rating

2007

Started all 13 games. 19 tackles for loss, 14 quarterback hurries, 2 forced fumbles, 9 pass deflections, 1 interception, 1 blocked kick. Named ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

2006

Started all 12 games. 57 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 21 quarterback hurries, 1 forced fumble. 2nd Team All ACC.

2005

Started all 12 games as a fivetechnique defensive end. 46 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 26 quarterback hurries, 7 pass deflections.

2004

Played in 6 games. Missed five games because of mononucleosis. 5 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack.

1.2

Chris Long

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 275 VIRGINIA

ANALYSIS Long has good size and a very solid build. He does not have great speed, but his initial quickness and

STATISTICS

Rank: 2

JUNIOR

Rating

1.4

Calais Campbell

Ht: 6-8 Wt: 282 MIAMI, FL

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2007

Played 12 games. 50 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 1 forced fumble. Honorable Mention All ACC.

2006

Started 12 of 13 games. 80 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 16 quarterback hurries. 1st Team All ACC. Voted the team MVP.

2005

Started 1 of 12 games. 35 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 25 sacks, 8 quarterback hurries, 1 forced fumble.

2004

Redshirted.

ANALYSIS Campbell has tremendous size; he is long-limbed with a frame to support additional bulk. He moves very well for his size and even drops into coverage on occasion. A very athletic rush-end, Campbell undeservedly holds the label of underachiever in many scouts’ eyes. He had what would be

sound play diagnosis enhance his ability to get to the ball. He is the son of Hall-of-Fame defensive end and current FOX broadcaster, Howie Long. He was elected team captain in 2007 for the second consecutive year and appropriately, had his #91 jersey retired prior to his final home game vs. Virginia Tech on Nov. 24th. Amazingly, 25% of his career tackles resulted in a loss of yardage. Long is very strong, plays with great leverage and shows a variety of pass rush moves. He uses his hands as well as any linemen in the draft and is versatile enough to play in either a 3 or 4-man front at the next level. He plays with great intensity, enthusiasm, and all-out hustle. In conclusion, a disruptive force against both the run and pass, Long’s production at Virginia is truly impressive considering his primary responsibility was occupying blockers until the coaches turned him loose this past season. He is a naturally gifted athlete who also possesses the toughness, workethic, intelligence, and drive to be great. Long is the embodiment of a “Professional Football Player”.

considered a solid season for most players in 2007, but was below expectations for Campbell. His drop in production is understandable considering he faced double teams, was covered by a TE, or chipped by a back the entire season. At the prep level, Campbell set a Colorado record with 57 career sacks. He also played TE, competed in track, and was an All State basketball selection as a junior. Campbell received the Plumer Memorial Award in 2006 for displaying leadership, motivation, and team spirit. His three brothers also play college football. Campbell has been a solid student. In run defense, he shows anchor strength and the ability to get off blocks using his wingspan effectively. In conclusion, Campbell has a rare blend of size, quickness, and athleticism. He fits into both 3 and 4-man defensive fronts and could provide a creative defensive coordinator the flexibility of rotating between both schemes. He has all the tools to be a premiere defensive end in the NFL.

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PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rank: 3

JUNIOR

Rating

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Played in all 13 games. 37 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 14 sacks. Set an Buckeye record with 14 sacks on the season. Big 10 Defensive Lineman of Year. 2nd Team All American. 1st Team All Big 10. Named a Ted Hendricks Award Finalist.

2006

Started all 13 games. 49 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, 1 interception. 2nd Team All Big 10.

2005

Broke his hand in the season opener and was redshirted.

2004

Played 6 games. Made the transition from linebacker to defensive end as a true freshman.

Gholston has good size, a muscular build, and a well defined upper body. He uses his speed off the edge to harass opposing quarterbacks. He lined up at a drop-end position for the Buckeyes where his primary responsibilities were to rush the passer or drop into coverage. This best enabled Gholston to showcase his athleticism and versatility. He was one of the strongest players on the Buckeye roster, with a bench press of 455 pounds. Gholston is more than a one-dimensional player; he anchors against the run, clogs running lanes, and is adept at playing off blocks. A fierce competitor, he plays hard on every down. In conclusion, Gholston has a great combination of size, speed, and power. He will undoubtedly draw comparisons to another former Buckeye dropend and current New Orleans Saint, Will Smith. While they share similar physical characteristics, Gholston plays with more intensity and gives a more consistent effort.

1.5

Vernon Gholston

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 258 O H I O S TAT E

Rank: 4

JUNIOR

Rating

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Played 13 games. 49 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, 3 quarterback hurries, 1 forced fumble, 5 pass deflections. Finished his collegiate career with a 2 sack, 3 tackles for loss performance against Michigan in the Capital One Bowl.

2006

Played in all 14 games. 35 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries, 1 forced fumble. Named Defensive MVP of the BCS National Championship Game after he recorded 3 sacks and a fumble recovery. 2nd Team All SEC.

2005

Played in 9 games. 7 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack.

2004

Redshirted.

As a senior at Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, MD, he broke the state sack record with 31, while tallying 150 tackles. He was named the Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year. Harvey has a long and lean body build, but will need to add some mass in order to hold up against the run at the next level. He has a burst off the edge and is quick to react and pursue the ball. He plays hard and fast, but he is more of a one-dimensional pass rush specialist at this point. Harvey has no injury concerns. He plays with good functional strength but will need to spend some time in the weight room in order to become a complete all-around player. In conclusion, Harvey is an instinctive pass rusher who is best suited for an attacking, 4-man front defensive scheme. If he is able to add some additional weight and strength without sacrificing his speed, he will develop into a solid pro.

1.7

Derrick Harvey

Ht: 6-5 Wt: 252 F L O R I DA

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PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rank: 5

Rating

2.4

Kendall Langford

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started all 11 games. 72 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 12 tackles that resulted in no gain, 6 sacks, 12 quarterback hurries, 2 forced fumbles, 1 blocked kick. Team Captain. 1st Team All MEAC.

2006

Started all 12 games. 55 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 2 quarterback hurries, 1 forced fumble, 1 blocked kick. 1st Team All MEAC.

2005

Started all 12 games. 65 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2 blocked kicks.

2004

Started 3 of 12 games at defensive tackle. 44 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 6 sacks.

Langford has outstanding size and a frame capable of holding another 20+ pounds. He lacks great speed and is not going to run down many skill players from the backside, but he plays with tremendous power and is an absolute force against the run. He has quick hands, is adept at shedding blocks, and easily wraps up ball carriers. Langford is as strong as an ox, a bull-rusher who is relentless in his pursuit of the quarterback. Although he may not produce a high volume of sacks, he gets good pressure and can collapse the pocket. He plays with a mean streak and is not intimidated by top competition. In conclusion, Langford answered many of his critics by having solid weeks of practice at both the Shrine and Senior Bowls, and undoubtedly improved his draft stock by showing he can play with the big boys. His size and strength will make him attractive to teams that employ a 3-4 base defense. In this scheme, he should become a productive starter.

Ht: 6-6 Wt: 275 H A M P TO N

Rank: 6

JUNIOR

Rating

2.6

Phillip Merling

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started all 13 games. 78 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 21 quarterback hurries. All ACC Honorable Mention.

2006

Started all 13 games. 46 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 10 quarterback hurries, 1 forced fumble, 4 pass deflections. Recorded 30 of his 46 tackles over the last six games of the season.

2005

Played in 12 games. 22 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 4 quarterback hurries, 2 pass deflections.

2004

Team MVP at Fork Union Military Academy where he played defensive end and tight end.

Merling has prototypical size, and is stout with a solid build. He is quick off the snap and shows good awareness and play diagnosis. He lacks great top-end speed and is slow when changing direction. Merling enjoyed a stellar junior season, and along with the 2006 Tampa Bay Buccaneer 1st Round selection, Gaines Adams, formed one of the best bookend tandems in the country. He is not a dynamic pass rusher, but he gives a good effort and uses leverage as a bull-rusher. In order to be an effective pass rusher at the next level, he will have to learn a wider variety of pass rush moves.. Merling plays with power, which is evident in his success as a run stuffer. In conclusion, Merling has adequate quickness, but he is not a speedy, edge-pass rusher. A productive two-year starter who lacks top-notch athleticism, he should, nonetheless, develop into a solid starter because of his size, strength, and football instincts.

Ht: 6-5 Wt: 272 CLEMSON

Rank: 7

Rating

2.7

Quentin Groves

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 254 AUBURN

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STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started 6 of 11 games. Missed 2 games because of a foot injury. 38 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 23 quarterback hurries, 2 forced fumbles.

2006

Started all 13 games. 37 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles. 1st Team All SEC.

2005

Started 3 of 12 games. 21 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 1 forced fumble.

2004

Played in all 13 games. 23 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles.

2003

Redshirted.

Groves has tweener-type size but great athletic ability. A speedy, outside pass rusher, Groves had a disappointing, injury filled senior campaign. He was limited much of the 2007 season after dislocating three toes. In spite of his injury, he tied the school career record for sacks with 26. Groves graduated in the fall of 2006 with a degree in Criminology. He received the Pat Dye Leadership Award, following the ’07 spring practices. Groves has the speed and athleticism to make the conversion to outside linebacker, but he may be best suited to play rush-end in a 4-man defensive front. He does not use his hands very well and needs to expand his repertoire of pass rush moves. Against the run, Groves lacks the size and anchor strength to be a force. He also lacks consistent effort. In conclusion, Groves’ foot injury makes it difficult to assess his overall value. Only he knows the extent to which the injury affected his senior performance. A sub-par season, combined with durability concerns and an uncertain position identity, will likely push him further down the board than previously expected.

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PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rank: 8

Rating

ANALYSIS

2007

Started all 13 games. 60 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 2 forced fumbles, 3 pass deflections. Elected Team Captain. 2nd Team All American. 1st Team All PAC 10. Co-Defensive Player of the Year.

2006

Started all 13 games. 43 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 1 forced fumble, 3 pass deflections, 1 interception, 2 blocked field goals. 2nd Team All PAC 10.

2005

Started all 13 games. 46 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, 4 forced fumbles, 6 pass deflections and a blocked PAT. 1st Team All PAC 10.

2004

Started 12 of 13 games. 32 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 1 pass deflection, 1 interception.

2003

Redshirted. Had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee after the season.

Jackson has prototypical size, is well built, and has long arms. He is not explosive off the snap and lacks great speed, quickness, and burst off the edge. Jackson is intelligent, philosophical, and opinionated. He had right ankle surgery prior to spring practice but bounced back to have a great 2007 season. Jackson’s durability is of concern since he has had surgeries on both his right ankle and knee. He plays with power, understands leverage, and uses his wingspan to maintain distance from blockers. He is strictly a traditional 4-3 defensive end. Jackson has the ability to be an effective run stopper, but he lacks consistency in this area. He does not always appear to be giving a great effort; he even looks lackadaisical at times. In conclusion, a highly productive, four-year starter with an elite program, Jackson’s production undoubtedly benefited from playing along side other talented defenders. He is solid in all factors of the game, but he is stellar in none. He has great size and strength, but his tenacity is questionable. He could develop into a starter or be out of the league after a few years. His desire to play professional football will go a long way in determining his future.

3.0

Lawrence Jackson Ht: 6-5

STATISTICS

Wt: 265 USC

STATISTICS

Rank: 9

Rating

Jones is tall with a lean body build, but he carries his weight well. He has good speed, quickness, and athleticism, enough so that the coaches at the Senior Bowl had him participating in linebacker drills. Jones displays his intelligence and character as an

Engineering major, hard-worker, and team leader. Jones’ production is impressive when considering that he played out of position at defensive tackle for Eastern Michigan, but he is a natural defensive end. He began the 2004 season at tight end before converting to the defensive line halfway throughout the season; he was a standout basketball player in high school. There are no injury concerns for Jones. Playing inside at defensive tackle, Jones has gained valuable lessons in the use of leverage and block shedding technique. He uses his hands effectively and employs good rip and swim techniques to gain penetration into the opponents’ backfield. Jones displays a variety of inside and outside pass rush moves. He has the strength to bull-rush and the quickness to go outside in his pursuit of the quarterback. In conclusion, Jones improved his stock considerably with a strong showing at the Senior Bowl. He routinely beat Ohio State OT Kirk Barton in one-on-one drills and showed steady improvement throughout the week. His most natural position is as a traditional defensive end where he should develop into a reliable starter.

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Ellis has good size with long arms but could add some bulk in order to better defend the run. He possesses good speed, explosion off the snap, and plays with good leverage. Ellis was charged with a misdemeanor obstruction of justice offense in September 2006 after allegedly attempting to incite a crowd while officers were arresting a teammate. He missed spring practice in 2007 after having right shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum he suffered for the second time. His history of shoulder injuries is of concern. Ellis has good strength and shows the ability to get underneath his blockers pads consistently winning the leverage battle. He plays hard, shows good backside pursuit, and is a solid open-field tackler. In conclusion, Ellis could turn out to be a steal as a valuable pass rush specialist if not an every down player at the next level. He struggled in Senior Bowl practices failing to show edge pass rush speed and did not look comfortable in linebacker drills. This combined with his offfield incident and durability concerns are causing his stock to fall.

2007

Started 11 of 12 games. 70 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 10 quarterback hurries, 1 forced fumble, 3 pass deflections, 1 blocked kick.

2006

Started 11 games. Missed one game because of a minor leg injury. 57 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks. EMU’s MVP. 2nd Team All MAC.

2005

Started all 11 games on the defensive line. 47 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks.

2004

Started 3 of 11 games.

3.2

Jason Jones

Ht: 6-5 Wt: 272 EASTERN MICHIGAN

Rank: 10

ANALYSIS

Started all 14 games. 53 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, 38 quarterback hurries, 3 fumble recoveries, 1 forced fumble, 5 pass deflections, returned an interception for a touchdown. 1st Team All ACC.

Rating

3.5

2006

Started 12 of 13 games. Suspended for one game. 38 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles.

2005

Started 9 of 13 games. 41 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 4 pass deflections, 1 interception returned for a touch down.

2004

Played in all 13 games. 33 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 1 forced fumble.

2003

Redshirted after suffering a torn right labrum.

Chris Ellis

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 260 VIRGINIA TECH

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PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rank: 11

Rating

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started all 13 games. 46 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 3 pass deflections

2006

Started 8 of 14 games. 30 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack. Intercepted a pass and returned it 86 yards for a TD against Connecticut.

2005

Started the first 8 games before tearing knee ligaments versus NC State. 21 tackles, 2 tackles for loss. Academic All ACC.

2004

Started 3 of 11 games. 15 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 interception, 2 blocked kicks.

Thompson has great size, long limbs, and a muscular build. He flashes quickness off the edge and has good athleticism. Some teams may consider moving him to outside linebacker in order to take full advantage of these traits. He was a Dean’s list student and a two-time member of the ACC Honor Roll. An intelligent team leader, Thompson earned respect rehabbing from his knee injury in 2005. His future durability is a primary concern specifically because of the stability of his reconstructed knee. He was also limited in 2006 because of a shoulder injury. Thompson plays with good power, but he could improve his leverage and hand usage. He struggles to get off blocks on occasion and is not always quick to diagnose the play and react to the ball. In conclusion, Thompson produced solid results as a senior, showing he has bounced back from his injury. However, the lingering health concerns will remain. His athleticism and position versatility make him an intriguing second day prospect.

3.8

Jeremy Thompson

Ht: 6-5 Wt: 264 WA K E F O R E S T

Rank: 12

Rating

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started all 13 games. 41 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries, 3 forced fumbles, 6 pass deflections, 1 interception.

2006

Started all 14 games, 4 at OLB, 10 at DE. 84 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 6 pass deflections, 1 interception.

2005

Started 4 of 10 games at OLB. Missed one game because of a back injury. 33 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss.

2004

Started 4 of 12 games at OLB. 36 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, .5 sack, 1 forced fumble.

Avril’s lack of prototypical size may force a move to outside linebacker at the next level, a position he has played in the past. He shows a nice burst off the corner, but he can be overpowered by much larger offensive tackles. Avril combines his speed with an arsenal of spin moves to form a potent pass rushing skill set. He displays good athleticism, explosion, and closing speed. However, he lacks the size and strength to hold up at the point of attack as a rush defender. In conclusion, uncertainty regarding Avril’s ability to play in space and drop into coverage as a 3-4 outside linebacker will restrict his draft status to a degree. Ultimately, he may end up as a pass rush specialist.

4.7

Cliff Avril

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 252 PURDUE

Rank: 13

Rating

ANALYSIS

2007

Started all 13 games. 48 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 9 sacks, 2 quarterback hurries, 1 fumble recovery, 2 forced fumbles, 3 pass deflections. 2nd Team All Big East.

2006

Started 5 of 12 games. 18 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 2 quarterback hurries, 1 forced fumble.

2005

Played in 10 games. 13 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks.

2004

Enrolled at WVU in January, sat out the season because of transfer regulations.

2003

Briefly attended Florida.

Dingle has adequate size and body type for a four-man defensive front. He has great explosion off the snap, plays with good leverage, and shows surprising upper-body strength. Dingle originally attended Florida but left the team after NCAA Clearinghouse concerns arose. Although technically a senior, he left WVU despite having another year of eligibility remaining. He capped off a breakout season with a stellar Fiesta Bowl performance versus Oklahoma. He shows the ability to get off blocks and power his way through the line of scrimmage. In conclusion, Dingle was under the scouting radar until last season. He dominated Oklahoma’s much larger, highly regarded OT, Phil Loadholt, in the Mountaineers Fiesta Bowl upset, proving he has the speed and strength combination to play at the next level.

5.4

Johnny Dingle

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 273 WEST VIRGINIA

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PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rank: 14

Rating

5.5

Wallace Gilberry

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started all 13 games. 80 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, 15 quarterback hurries, 2 forced fumbles, 2 pass deflections. Named MVP of the Petro Sun Independence Bowl after recording 8 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, and a sack.

2006

Started all 13 games. 43 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass deflection.

2005

Started all 12 games. 37 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery.

Gilberry has adequate size and body mass for a four-man defensive front. He does not have good speed, nor is he very explosive, yet he consistently makes plays on game day. He has a great work ethic, plays hard every down, and is a natural leader. Gilberry is stout at the point of attack and plays with a good pad level, but he will be overpowered by larger lineman in the NFL. He lacks the quickness to be a situational pass rusher or outside linebacker. In conclusion, Gilberry is an experienced, reliable, battle-tested player who does not excel in any area except one – effort, which may be enough to earn a back-up role at the next level.

2004

Played in all 12 games. 28 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 forced fumble, 6 pass deflections.

2003

Redshirted.

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 264 ALABAMA

Rank: 15

Rating

Wt: 280 TCU

Rank: 16

Rating

Titus Brown

ANALYSIS

2007

Played 8 games. 21 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 4 sacks.

2006

Started all 13 games. 54 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 forced fumbles. 1st Team All Mountain West. Poinsettia Bowl MVP.

2005

Started all 12 games. 59 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 7 sacks. 1st Team All Mountain West.

2004

Played all 11 games at defensive end. 23 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 4 pass deflections.

2003

Redshirted while converting from RB to DE.

When in top condition, Blake has adequate size to play in a four-man defensive front. As of now, his weight is fluctuating greatly. After a disappointing senior season, Blake’s stock took an additional plunge after he showed up at the East-West Shrine practices weighing in at 287 pounds, 32 pounds heavier than his listed weight. Blake missed significant playing time throughout the season and took two leaves of absence from the team for an undisclosed medical condition. He left TCU during summer workouts and again for a four game stretch at midseason. Prior to last season, Blake showed an exceptional burst off the edge, good closing speed, and great pursuit. He played with good strength and was surprisingly effective stopping the run, considering his lack of ideal size. In conclusion, his massive weight gain has all but ruled out the likelihood of a team moving Blake to outside linebacker, which was a consideration before the 2007 season. If he can lose weight and regain his explosiveness, Blake could end up being a day-two steal, but there are many “ifs” regarding Blake’s future.

5.7

Tommy Blake Ht: 6-3

STATISTICS

5.7

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started all 13 games. 43 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 16 quarterback hurries, 2 forced fumbles.

2006

Started 11 of 12 games. 38 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks. 2nd Team All SEC.

2005

Started 2 of 11 games after switching positions to DE. Missed the final game with a fractured leg. 30 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks.

2004

Started 5 of 9 games at MLB. 59 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack.

Brown is vastly undersized for a defensive end, but he struggled in linebacker drills during Senior Bowl practices. He is a team leader who really matured during his stay in Starkville. As a pass rusher, Brown is quick off the corner but lacks the upper body strength to disengage from blocks. He plays with good instincts and pursues the ball in the running game. A high-motor player, Brown played a leading role in the Bulldogs’ turnaround season. In conclusion, Brown’s best chance to make it at the next level will come as a situational pass rush specialist or convert to outside linebacker.

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 247 MISSISSIPPI

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DEFENSIVE ENDS

POSITION RATINGS

RANK

Chris Long Virginia

Calais Campbell Miami, FL

PLAYER

SCHOOL

RATING

COMMENTS

1

CHRIS LONG

VIRGINIA

1.2

2

CALAIS CAMPBELL

MIAMI, FL

1.4

JR

3

VERNON GHOLSTON

OHIO STATE

1.5

JR

4

DERRICK HARVEY

FLORIDA

1.7

JR

5

KENDALL LANGFORD

HAMPTON

2.4

6

PHILLIP MERLING

CLEMSON

2.6

JR

7

QUENTIN GROVES

AUBURN

2.6

OLB

8

LAWRENCE JACKSON

USC

3.0

9

JASON JONES

EASTERN MICHIGAN

3.2

10

CHRIS ELLIS

VIRGINIA TECH

3.5

11

JEREMY THOMPSON

WAKE FOREST

3.7

OLB

12

CLIFF AVRIL

PURDUE

4.7

OLB

13

JOHNNY DINGLE

WEST VIRGINIA

5.4

14

WALLACE GILBERRY

ALABAMA

5.5

15

TOMMY BLAKE

TCU

5.7

16

TITUS BROWN

MISSISSIPPI STATE

5.7

17

CHRIS HARRINGTON

TEXAS A&M

6.0

18

BRIAN JOHNSTON

GARDNER-WEBB

6.0

19

TREVOR SCOTT

BUFFALO

6.3

20

ERIC FOSTER

RUTGERS

6.7

21

VINCENT REDD

LIBERTY

7.0

22

BRYAN MATTISON

IOWA

7.2

23

GREYSON GUNHEIM

WASHINGTON

7.3

HEALTH OLB

DT

24

JOE CLERMOND

PITTSBURGH

7.3

OLB

25

MARTAIL BURNETT

UTAH

7.3

OLB

26

LOUIS HOLMES

ARIZONA

7.3

27

CHASE ORTIZ

TCU

7.4

28

RUDOLPH HARDIE

HOWARD

7.4

29

ADAMM OLIVER

GEORGIA TECH

7.5

30

KENNY IWEBEMA

IOWA

7.6

Vernon Gholston Ohio State

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POSITION RATINGS

RANK

PLAYER

SCHOOL

RATING

COMMENTS

31

JACOB OWENS

FAIRMONT STATE

PFA

32

JESSE NADING

COLORADO STATE

PFA

33

JEREMY GEATHERS

UNLV

PFA

JR, OLB

34

JONAL SAINT DIC

MICHIGAN STATE

PFA

OLB

35

ANTONIO REYNOLDS

TENNESSEE

PFA

36

DORIAN SMITH

OREGON STATE

PFA

37

XAVIER MITCHELL

TENNESSEE

PFA

38

ROB JACKSON

KANSAS STATE

PFA

39

JEFF VAN ORSOW

OREGON STATE

FA

40

JARRIETT BUIE

SOUTH FLORIDA

FA

41

ROBERT HENDERSON

SOUTHERN MISS

FA

42

NICK OSBORN

SAN DIEGO STATE

FA

43

TIM HUNT

NORTH ALABAMA

FA

44

MARQUE FOUNTAIN

OKLAHOMA STATE

FA

45

ALEX BOSTON

FLORIDA ST

FA

46

ERIC BAKHTIARI

SAN DIEGO UNIV.

FA

47

KYLE CLEMENT

NORTHWOOD

FA

48

UDEME UDOFIA

STANFORD

FA

49

ERVIN BALDWIN

MICHIGAN STATE

FA

50

NICK SCHLEKEWAY

BOISE STATE

FA

51

TYLER CLUTTS

FRESNO ST

FA

OLB

52

KURT HOUT

FERRIS STATE

FA

DT

53

NICK LARKIN

BOSTON COLLEGE

FA

54

CRAIG MEESTER

MIAMI, OH

FA

55

CHRIS MCKILLOP

PITTSBURGH

FA

56

MARTREL BROWN

NORTH CAROLINA ST

FA

57

HENRY MELTON

TEXAS

FA

FB

58

KARL NOA

HAWAII

FA

OLB

59

BRANDT HOLLANDER

YALE

FA

DT

60

KIRBY GRIFFIN

CALIFORNIA, PA

FA

OLB

Chris Harrington Texas A&M

DT

Greyson Gunheim Washington

Joe Clermond Pittsburgh

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DEFENSIVE TACKLES

PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rank: 1

Rating

Glenn Dorsey Ht: 6-2

LSU

Rank: 2

Sedrick Ellis Ht: 6-1

Started 13 of 14 games played, 69 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 4 quarterback hurries, 1 forced fumble, 4 pass deflections. Winner of the Lombardi, Outland, Nagurski, and Lott Awards. Named SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

2006

Started all 13 games, 64 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and 1 quarterback hurry. 1st Team All American (media). 1st Team All SEC. Decided to return to LSU for his senior season despite the fact he was assured of being a 1st round selection.

2005

Started 1 of 13 games played, while participating in a 3-man rotation.

2004

Started 3 of 12 games. 18 tackles and 4 tackles for loss.

2003

Named the Louisiana Class 4A Defensive Player fo the Year as a high school senior.

Dorsey is a thick bodied, sturdy, powerful run stuffer. He has a short-area burst and is capable of running down plays from the backside. He played virtually the entire 2007 season while not at full strength because of nagging injuries, but he continued to play at a very high level. He suffered a hamstring injury in fall camp, was illegally chop-blocked in the Auburn game which resulted in a knee sprain, and missed the majority of the Mississippi game with a sore lower back. Also, he played the majority of the 2006 season with a stress fracture in his right leg. A highenergy, durable, player with great character, he led his team by example displaying his toughness throughout the season. Dorsey is a prototypical one-gap defensive tackle who displays outstanding instincts. While he is not a dominant pass rusher, Dorsey has the ability to collapse the pocket. He does not always shed blockers quickly and has room for improvement in this area. He plays his responsibility within the defensive scheme and does not free-lance. Dorsey is very quick, agile, and explosive off the snap when healthy. In conclusion, Dorsey leaves Baton Rouge as the most decorated defender in school history. A talented, battle tested veteran, Dorsey will make an immediate impact in the NFL.

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started all 13 games at NT. 58 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, and 7 pass deflections. 1st Team All-American. 1st Team All PAC 10.

2006

Started 10 of 13 games. Missed 3 games after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery to remove torn cartilage. 34 tackles; 8 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 3 pass break ups, 1 blocked field goal. 1st Team All PAC 10. Awarded the Morris Trophy as the conference’s best defensive lineman as selected by the leagues offensive lineman.

2005

Started all 13 games. 50 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 4 ½ sacks, 1 forced fumble.

2004

11 games played. 2 tackles.

2003

Redshirted after fracturing his ankle.

Ellis is a thick, powerfully built, gap-penetrating defensive tackle. He has the ability to dominate with his quickness, great strength, and relentless motor. Of great character, Ellis leads by example and has played through injuries. He was a disruptive force for opposing offensive linemen the entire week of Senior Bowl practices. There is a minor concern about his health because of his previous knee and ankle injures. He is very strong at the point of attack and has the tools to collapse the pocket. Ellis displays a variety of pass rush moves and can get to the quarterback. He has excellent instincts, is able to locate the ball, and can shed blocks and beat the double team. An intense competitor, Ellis plays with passion and is willing to put in the work to be the best. In conclusion, Ellis is a lock to be a top 10 selection. His only drawbacks are the aforementioned minor injury concerns and his limitations as a one-gap prospect. He should start as a rookie and enjoy a long, productive career.

1.3

Wt: 307

USC

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ANALYSIS

2007

1.1

Wt: 316

Rating

STATISTICS

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PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rank: 3

Rating

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started all 12 games at DE. Led the team with 112 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 7 quarterback hurries, 2 fumble recoveries, 5 pass deflections, 3 blocked kicks.

2006

Started all 13 games at DT. 62 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 2 quarterback hurries, 1 blocked kick.

2005

Started all 12 games at DT. 33 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 3 quarterback hurries, 2 blocked kicks.

2004

Played all 12 games. 17 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack.

Laws is a strong, stout, gap-penetrating defender who plays with a non-stop motor. He is quick off the snap, takes good angles to the ball, and is relentless in pursuit. Laws graduated in May 2007 with a degree in Marketing and Sociology; he earned a 3.22 GPA. Laws was a 3 time high school All American wrestler, compiling a 142-5 career record. As a result, he understands how to play with great leverage. He is able to effectively get underneath his opponents pads and gain backfield penetration. He is best suited to the 3-technique in a four-man front, but could also play DE in a 3-4 front as he did in ’07 with the Irish. He is also a solid, wrap-up tackler. In conclusion, Laws really benefited by returning to South Bend for his 5th year of eligibility, enjoying a stellar individual season. He more than held his own at the Senior Bowl and will continue to do so at the next level. Laws is slightly undersized, but he more than makes up for deficiencies with his quickness, instinct, and intense play.

2.2

Trevor Laws

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 302 N OT R E DA M E

Rank: 4

Rating

2.3

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started all 13 games. 63 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles.

2006

Started 10 of 13 games. 47 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble.

2005

Started 3 of 10 games. 18 tackles. Missed one game with a sprained ankle.

2004

Started 8 games. 12 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack.

2003

Redshirted.

Dre Moore (his given name is Marchondray) is tall for a defensive tackle; he has long arms and a muscular build. He is quick, possesses a great burst, and displays outstanding power at the point of attack. Moore earned his degree in Family Studies in December 2007. A productive two-year starter, he started 26 of his final 29 games. Pound for pound, Moore is one of Maryland’s strongest players, earning Iron Terp honors, which is awarded to those who reach challenging strength goals based on body weight, in each of his four seasons. His 365-pound power clean in 2005 set a school record for a defensive lineman. He plays too high on occasion, which causes him to lose leverage and be exploited by powerful offensive linemen. Moore shows the ability to collapse the pocket and pressure the quarterback. He vastly improved his play diagnosis and reaction time as a senior, but he still has room for improvement. In conclusion, Moore has an attractive combination of size, speed, and power. He flashed his ability the entire week of Senior Bowl practice. Moore is still learning the intricacies of defensive line play and his most productive days are ahead of him.

Dre Moore

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 306 M A RY L A N D

Rank: 5

Rating

Kentwan Balmer

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started all 12 games at defensive tackle. 59 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks. 2nd Team All ACC.

2006

Started 8 of 10 games at defensive tackle. Missed two games with a sprained ankle. 16 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 2 blocked extra point attempts.

2005

Started 3 of 11 games at defensive end. 17 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1 sack. Had knee surgery following the season.

2004

Played 9 of 12 games as a true freshman.

At the Senior Bowl, Balmer weighed in 25 pounds heavier than his NC listed weight, but he carried that extra weight quite well on his solid build. He displays good explosion off the snap showing agility, lateral movement, and strength. Balmer pulled his hamstring on the first day of Senior Bowl practices and did not participate the remainder of the week. He shows his power on some downs, but he lacks consistency, occasionally appearing to take plays off. Balmer has some difficulty shedding blocks and gets held up in traffic too often. He lacks intensity and is not consistent in his effort level. In conclusion, the team selecting Balmer is taking a gamble on greatness. Despite his raw talent and great measurables, he was an underachiever until his senior season, which raises a red flag. Is he a one year wonder with great measurables or the real deal?

2.5

Ht: 6-5 Wt: 308 N O RT H C A RO L I N A

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PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rank: 6

Rating

ANALYSIS

2007

Played in all 13 games. 52 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 16 quarterback hurries, 1 fumble recovery, 1 forced fumble, 5 pass deflections. 2nd Team All Big 12

2006

Started all 12 games. 38 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 10 quarterback hurries. Honorable Mention All Big 12.

2005

Started all 13 games. 48 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 11 quarterback hurries. 2nd Team All Big 12.

2004

Started 1 of 12 games. 22 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 2 sacks.

A huge player, Okam is tall and, as may be expected, plays high too frequently. He lacks quickness and ideal foot speed. He was elected a Team Captain as a senior and was 1st Team Academic All Big 12. Okam graduated in the spring of 2007 with a Sports Management Degree. He had arthroscopic knee surgery following the 2006 campaign but did not miss any games in the last 3 seasons. Okam possesses brute strength, but needs to improve his pad level and overall use of leverage. As a pass rusher, Okam has the ability to collapse the pocket but is not consistent in doing so. His play diagnosis skills are marginal; he gets a slow start off the snap and finds it difficult to make up lost ground. Okam is not aggressive enough and appears to take plays off. Also, his endurance and conditioning are questionable. In conclusion, Okam has star potential, but he lacks consistency, a critical attribute for the defensive tackle position. He is best suited to play in a two-gap scheme where he can clog running lanes and occupy space.

3.2

Frank Okam Ht: 6-5

STATISTICS

Wt: 320 TEXAS

Rank: 7

JUNIOR

Rating

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started 12 of 13 games. 37 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks. 1st Team All SEC, MVP of the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl victory over Clemson.

2006

Played in 13 games. 16 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks.

2005

Did not play.

2004

Redshirted.

Sims has prototypical size and is very stout. He shows good initial quickness, lateral mobility, and agility for his size. In 2005, he briefly quit the team and has had some off-field issues. However, Sims appears to have matured and leaves the Tigers as one of their most productive players. After originally committing to return to Auburn, Sims decided to forgo his senior season and declare for the draft. He flashes the ability to be a disruptive force, but lacks consistency from game to game. After fracturing his hand, he played with a cast for much of the ’07 season. Sims possesses the strength to be an effective run stopper. However, conditioning may be an area for concern as he appeared to wear down late in some games. In conclusion, Sims is an inexperienced, one-year starter who would have benefited from another year of college. He may be over-drafted because of his attractive upside. Yet he is clearly worth the risk on day two.

3.4

Pat Sims

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 315 AUBURN

Rank: 8

Rating

ANALYSIS

2007

Started 12 of 13 games. 46 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 blocked kick, and a safety. All Big 12 Honorable Mention.

2006

Started 8 of 9 games before suffering a torn ACL that required surgery on November 17th. 19 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack. Honorable Mention All Big 12.

2005

Started 10 of 11 games. 28 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles.

2004

Started all 12 games. 34 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack. First Team Freshman All American.

2003

Redshirted.

Bryant is a wide-bodied, two-gap run stuffer who does not possess ideal speed or overwhelming athletic ability. A four-year member of the Aggies’ Leadership Council, Bryant was voted a permanent Team Captain in 2006. He bounced back nicely from a knee injury that ended his ‘06 season to record his most productive season in 2007. Bryant uses his height and long arms to deflect balls at the line; he had three blocked kicks over his career. He has the size and power to be effectively clog the middle versus the run and consistently showed hustle the week of Senior Bowl practices. He lacks stamina and is best suited to play as part of a rotation. In conclusion, an experienced, four-year starter, Bryant seems to have peaked early in his career. Bryant does not fall into the underachiever category as he gives consistent effort, but he falls short of the expectations many had for him in his early days with the Aggies.

3.5

Red Bryant

Ht: 6-5 Wt: 329 TEXAS A&M

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DEFENSIVE TACKLES

PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rank: 9

Rating

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

He was suspended for the season opener. Started 10 of 12 games. 76 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 7 quarterback hurries, 1 forced fumble, 10 pass deflections.

2006

Started 5 of 12 games. 42 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 6 quarterback hurries, 1 pass deflection.

2005

Started 9 of 11 games. 37 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery.

2004

Started 10 of 11 games at defensive end. 31 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack. He became the first True Freshman to start a season opener in 22 years.

2003

Attended Hargrave Military Academy.

Harrison is a thick, powerful, two-gap defensive tackle. He was arrested in August 2007 for possession of a controlled substance after Fayetteville Police discovered an ecstasy pill and marijuana in his vehicle. Harrison has requested a tentative sentencing the status of which is not known at the time of this writing. Harrison has been dominating at times and nearly non-existent at others during his tenure with the Hogs. His injury history is of concern; he suffered an ACL injury during ’07 spring practices and had surgery on April 10th to repair the damage.To his credit, Harrison worked extremely hard in his rehab and had a break-out senior campaign. He is a very powerful player, but he plays too high and loses his leverage on occasion. In conclusion, there are a few major concerns regarding Harrison including character and durability. It is uncertain whether his 2007 season was an indication of things yet to come or a means by which to get “paid” at the next level. If healthy, he has great ability, but he comes to the draft with problems.

4.4

Marcus Harrison

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 310 ARKANSAS

Rank: 10

Rating

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

42 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks. All Big 12 Honorable Mention.

2006

Transferred to Iowa State. Started 9 games of 12. 34 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1 sack.

2005

Trinity Valley Community College, TX: Converted to the offensive line and was named All-Conference.

2004

Played on the defensive line at Trinity Valley CC.

Rubin added over 30 pounds of bulk between the 2006 and 2007 seasons without losing any quickness. He is a run stuffing defensive tackle with decent athletic ability. Rubin really opened some eyes during both the Shrine and Senior Bowl weeks where he was a late addition to the South Squad. He plays with good upper body strength, is a natural knee bender, and gets underneath his oppositions’ pads. A potential NT, he plays with good effort and shows a desire to be better. Unfortunately, he may have some stamina issues. In conclusion, Rubin is still learning the nuances of the position and has a nice upside.

5.3

Ahtyba Rubin

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 320 I O WA S TAT E

Rank: 11

Rating

Carlton Powell

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 300 VIRGINIA TECH

5.3

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started 13 of 14 games. 39 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 13 quarterback hurries. All ACC Honorable Mention.

2006

Started all 13 games. 38 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 7 quarterback hurries.

2005

Started 5 of 12 games. 13 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 3 quarterback hurries.

2004

Played 13 games. 17 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 6 quarterback hurries, 1 forced fumble.

2003

Redshirted.

Powell has a solid physique with a muscular build and low body fat. He plays fast in a short-area, is very explosive off the snap, and usually wins the leverage battle. He benched 400 pounds and squatted 550 pounds during the 2007 summer testing. Powell has a 316 pound power clean. He uses his strength to shed blocks and deliver powerful punches. Powell is not a great pass rusher and lacks ideal lateral mobility. He shows good instincts in locating the ball and had the ability to shed blocks. He is a physical player who displays a high motor and is a disruptive force on the inside. In conclusion, Powell is a 3-technique DT that would be a great addition to a rotational lineup.

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POSITION RATINGS

RANK

Jason Shirley Fresno State

Andre Fluellen Florida State

Richard Clebert South Florida

60

PLAYER

SCHOOL

RATING

COMMENTS

1

GLENN DORSEY

LSU

1.1

2

SEDRICK ELLIS

USC

1.3

3

TREVOR LAWS

NOTRE DAME

2.2

4

DRE MOORE

MARYLAND

2.3

5

KENTWAN BALMER

NORTH CAROLINA

2.5

6

FRANK OKAM

TEXAS

3.2

NT

7

PAT SIMS

AUBURN

3.4

JR

8

RED BRYANT

TEXAS A&M

3.5

NT

9

MARCUS HARRISON

ARKANSAS

4.4

10

ATHYBA RUBIN

IOWA STATE

5.3

11

CARLTON POWELL

VIRGINIA TECH

5.3

12

JASON SHIRLEY

FRESNO STATE

5.4

13

ANDRE FLUELLEN

FLORIDA STATE

5.4

14

DEMARIO PRESSLEY

NORTH CAROLINA ST

5.6

15

RICHARD CLEBERT

SOUTH FLORIDA

6.2

16

LETROY GUION

FLORIDA STATE

6.2

JR

17

ALONZO DOTSON

ARIZONA

6.2

DE

18

CHRIS NORWELL

ILLINOIS

6.3

DE

19

NICK HAYDEN

WISCONSIN

6.5

20

KEILEN DYKES

WEST VIRGINIA

6.5

DE

21

MAURICE MURRAY

NEW MEXICO STATE

7.0

DE

22

HENRY SMITH

TEXAS A&M

7.3

DE

23

DEREK LOKEY

TEXAS

7.3

24

LEGER DOUZABLE

CENTRAL FLORIDA

7.5

25

JT MAPU

TENNESSE

7.8

26

GABE LONG

UTAH

7.8

27

KEVIN BROWN

UCLA

PFA

28

NATE ROBINSON

AKRON

PFA

29

JAMES MCCLINTON

KANSAS

PFA

30

LORENZO WILLIAMS

MISSOURI

PFA

31

BARRY BOOKER

VIRGINIA TECH

PFA

32

MARTAVIUS PRINCE

SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

PFA

33

TERAZ MCCRAY

MIAMI, FL

PFA

34

FRANK MORTON

TULANE

PFA

NT

35

JEREMY GIBBS

OREGON

PFA

DE

36

JOSH THOMPSON

AUBURN

PFA

37

YANIV BARNETT

ARIZONA

FA

NT

38

ROPATI PITOITUA

WASHINGTON STATE

FA

DE

39

MARCUS DIXON

HAMPTON

FA

DE

40

MICHAEL LAFAELE

HAWAII

FA

NT

DE

NT NT

DE

NT

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OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rank: 1

Rating

ANALYSIS

2007

Started all 14 games. 9 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 9 quarterback hurries, 1 fumble recovery, 2 forced fumbles, 8 pass breakups. 1st Team All SEC. 2nd Team Associated Press All American.

2006

Started all 13 games. 63 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 4 pass deflections. 2nd Team All SEC.

2005

Started 9 of 13 games. 75 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 1 fumble recovery returned for a TD, 3 forced fumbles.

2004

Enrolled at LSU in Jan. 2004. Started 2 of 12 games. 21 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack.

2003

Originally signed with Miami, FL but did not qualify academically and sat out the 2003 season.

Highsmith is a bit undersized, but he is very strong and plays a physical brand of football. He displays outstanding read and recognition skills, the speed to cover the entire field, and is an explosive tackler. Highsmith is the cousin of former Miami Hurricane running back and current Packer scout, Alonzo Highsmith. He was a key component in the Tigers’ National Championship season; he tied for a team leading 101 tackles despite the fact that he had minor ankle surgery prior to the start of the 2007 season. Highsmith uses his speed and astute play diagnosis to make tackles all over the field. He shows good range in pass coverage and makes a smooth transition when the ball is in the air. Highsmith plays with enthusiasm, shows good football intelligence, and leads by example. In conclusion, Highsmith plays aggressively despite his lack of size and has proven to be quite durable. An experienced, productive player, Highsmith is an ideal fit for an attacking Tampa-Two style defense.

1.8

Ali Highsmith Ht: 6-0

STATISTICS

Wt: 221

LSU

Rank: 2

Rating

Keith Rivers Ht: 6-3

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started 12 games. Missed one because of a sprained ankle. 78 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 3 fumble recoveries, 1 forced fumble, 4 pass breakups. 2nd Team Walter Camp All American. 1st Team All PAC 10.

2006

Started all 13 games. 85 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 3 forced fumbles, 2 pass breakups. 1st Team All PAC 10.

2005

Started 11 of 13 games. Missed 2 games because of a hamstring injury. 52 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 interception.

2004

Played all 13 games, backing up Matt Grootegoed at LB. 25 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 pass breakup, 1 interception.

Rivers has great size with a muscular physique and a well-defined upper body. He displays good lateral quickness and possesses the speed to cover a large portion of the field. Rivers has the ability to deliver high impact tackles in a short area, not requiring build-up speed to unload on a ball carrier. He is not smooth when dropping into pass coverage and appears out of his element in this phase of the game. Rivers is athletic and has great closing speed; however, he lacks great read and recognition skills. He often relies on his athletic ability to make plays and must improve as a student of the game. In conclusion, Rivers was surrounded by outstanding talent on the USC defense and managed to make his share of plays. However, he lacked game-to-game consistency and disappeared in a few contests. Unquestionably, Rivers is a first round talent, but the complete package leaves more to be desired.

1.8

Wt: 237

USC

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Henderson has a large frame with room to add bulk. He is an instinctive, very active linebacker who plays with good speed. His older brother, EJ Henderson, is a former Terp and current

Minnesota Vikings’ standout linebacker. Despite forgoing his senior season with the Terps, Henderson had already earned his degree in communications. He recorded a 365 pound bench press in 2006, but overall, he needs to spend some time in the weight room. Henderson does not have pass rush skills and was not asked to blitz or rush the quarterback very often. He is able to use his hands to shed blocks and is most effective as a runner stopper. Henderson is simply a tackling machine, recording 247 stops in just 25 career games. He covers a large portion of the field, plays hard, and hustles to the ball. His pass coverage is adequate, but he shows some stiffness in his hips. In conclusion, Henderson is not a finished product; he needs to improve his strength and coverage skills. A natural fit at outside linebacker in a 4-3 defensive alignment, Henderson will be a productive player for years to come.

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Played 11 games. 126 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 3 pass breakups, 4 interceptions with 1 returned for a TD. Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year. Most Inspirational Player, 1st Team All MWC.

2006

Played 7 games. Limited by a left ankle sprain. 76 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 4 sacks. Averaged an impressive 12.2 tackles per game.

2005

Started 7 of 11 games. 92 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks. 2nd Team All MWC. Played through a groin injury suffered early in the year.

2004

Played 11 games. 26 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 fumble recovery, 1 forced fumble.

Bell has the prototypical size and speed combination for an OLB. He possesses impressive game speed and explosive power. He also shows good instincts in locating the ball carrier and takes the proper angles when in pursuit. Bell is a highimpact tackler who is capable of jarring the ball loose on every play. He has the speed and range to be effective in pass coverage; however, his hips are tight, and he needs to become more fluid in his transition. During Senior Bowl practices, Bell appeared stiff and struggled changing directions before he went down with a left knee injury. He did not participate the remainder of the week. In conclusion, Bell matured on and off the field as a senior. He took on a leadership role with the team and led by example with his on-field performance. Many scouts project Bell to move to ILB, while he appears to be a perfect fit at OLB in a 3-4 defense.

Rank: 3

Rating

JUNIOR

2.6

Erin Henderson

Rank: 4

Beau Bell Ht: 6-2

2.7

Wt: 248

U N LV

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Played in 12 games. Missed one because of a knee injury. 133 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 4 fumble recoveries, averaged over 11 tackles per game. 1st Team All ACC and a Butkus Award Semi-finalist. Team MVP.

2006

Started 12 of 13 games. 114 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 3 forced fumbles, 2 pass breakups, 2 interceptions. 2nd Team All ACC.

2005

Missed the entire season after tearing his ACL during fall camp.

2004

Redshirted.

ANALYSIS

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 238 M A RY L A N D

Rating

2007

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Rank: 5

Rating

ANALYSIS

2007

Started 12 games at OLB. 90 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 4 quarterback hurries, 1 fumble recovery, 4 forced fumbles. 28.5 tackles for loss for a new Michigan record which also ranked 2nd nationally. 2nd Team All Big 10. 2nd Team Walter Camp All American. Team Captain.

2006

Started 8 of 13 games. 37 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 3 pass break ups. 2nd Team All Big 10.

2005

Played 12 games. 14 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 3 pass breakups.

2004

Played 9 games. 7 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack, 2 pass breakups.

Crable is tall with a thin lower body, which causes some concern for his future durability. He plays with good speed but lacks lower body strength and will struggle getting off blocks at the next level. A highly effective edge pass rusher who gets a good jump off the snap, Crable possesses closing quickness. He does take some time to react to the ball, but he showed improved play diagnosis skills as a senior. Crable lacks natural pass coverage skills, and this area will never be his strong-suit. He suffered an injury on the third day of practices at the Senior Bowl and did not participate the remainder of the week or in the game. In conclusion, Crable has first round talent even though he underachieved until his senior season, which will scare some teams. His quickness off the edge and wingspan make him most attractive to teams that employ a 3-4 scheme.

2003

Redshirted after sustaining a shoulder injury.

3.0

Shawn Crable

Ht: 6-5 Wt: 243 MICHIGAN

Rank: 6

Rating

STATISTICS

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started all 13 games at DE. 36 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, 11 quarterback hurries, 2 fumble recoveries with 1 returned for a TD, 2 forced fumbles.

2006

Started 12 of 14 games. 54 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble.

2005

Started 4 of 12 games. 15 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack, 1 interception which he returned for a TD.

2004

Played 12 games. 5 tackles, 1 sack.

Robertson is tall and long-limbed and has the frame to add some weight. An edge-pass rusher, he is quick off the snap and plays faster than his 40-time may indicate.There are no injury concerns for Robertson. As a senior, Robertson was a force in the running game, but he will need to improve his upper body strength to continue being a factor in this area. He shows the athleticism, speed, and fluid hip movement necessary to make the transition to OLB in a 3-4 alignment. As a pass rusher, Robertson uses his large wingspan to gain separation from blockers and bring down the quarterback. Occasionally, Robertson dropped into zone coverage from his DE position, yet he is largely inexperienced in this phase of the game. In conclusion, Robertson is an intelligent, hard worker who gives a consistent effort and will only get better over time. Making the position switch will be a bit of a project, but Robertson has the tools to become a star at OLB.

3.4

Darrell Robertson

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 245 GEORGIA TECH

Rank: 7

Rating

Alvin Bowen

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 220 I O W A S TA T E

3.6

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started all 12 games at LB. Led the Cyclones with 99 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 2 pass breakups, 1 interception. Team MVP for the 2nd consecutive time.

2006

Started all 12 games. Led the team with 155 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 3 pass breakups, 1 interception. His average of 12.91 tackles per game led the nation. 1st Team All Big 12.

2005

Played in all 12 games. 33 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble.

2004

Garden City Community College, KS: Led the team with 77 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 5 sacks. 1st Team All Jayhawk Conference.

2003

Redshirted.

Bowen is tall and naturally lean; he has had some difficulty in his prior attempts to gain additional weight. He displays outstanding range, quickness, and pursuit of the ball carrier. A very enthusiastic, often boisterous player, Bowen hustles on every snap. He led his high school team to a New Jersey State Title rushing for 213 yards in the championship game. His nickname is “Ace�. He graduated in December with a degree in Liberal Studies. Bowen shows good read and recognition skills, excellent instincts, and delivers high impact blows as a tackler. He also displays great pass coverage skills, which may prompt some teams to consider moving him to strong safety. However, Bowen has excelled as an every-down linebacker, and it appears to be his natural position. Bowen opened some eyes with a very solid week of practice leading up to the East-West Shrine game and concluded a nice week with a late game interception. In conclusion, he may be undersized, but he has never missed time because of injury. His coverage skills, instincts, and range make him a great fit for a Tampa-2 defensive scheme. SUREFIRE SCOUTING

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Rank: 8

Rating

4.2

Bruce Davis Ht: 6-3

Wt: 231 UCLA

Rank: 9

Rating

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started all 13 games at DE. 45 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, 3 quarterback hurries, 1 fumble recovery, 2 forced fumbles, 9 pass deflections.

2006

Started all 13 games at DE. 47 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks. 2nd Team All PAC 10.

2005

Played in all 12 games, rotating between OLB and DE. 28 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 2 sacks.

2004

Started 2 of 12 games. 17 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks.

2003

Redshirted.

Davis is undersized to play defensive end at the next level and will be forced to make the transition to outside linebacker. He displays good speed as a perimeter pass rusher, but he lacks a variety of pass rush moves and is too reliant on his speed. His father, Bruce Davis, Sr., also played for the Bruins as an OT and later went on to win two Super Bowls as a member of the Raiders (1979 – 1987). Davis has a tendency to over pursue the running back and needs to take more disciplined angles when in pursuit of the ball carrier. He struggles to disengage from blocks and must improve his shed technique. Davis lacks experience in pass coverage, but he shows the athleticism and change of direction skills necessary to be successful in this area and could develop with the proper coaching. In conclusion, Davis has the size, speed, and athletic ability to be a success at OLB; however, it will take some time to make the transition. He will need to become more aggressive at the point of attack, improve his pursuit angles, and develop his pass coverage skills.

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started 12 of 13 games. Missed one game after fracturing his hand in July; wore a cast to begin the season. 139 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 3 forced fumbles, 5 pass breakups. 1st Team All SEC. Most Inspirational Defensive Player. Team Captain.

2006

Started all 13 games. 122 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, 4 forced fumbles, 1 interception. 1st Team All SEC.

2005

Started all 11 games. 100 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 4 fumble recoveries, 5 pass breakups, 1 interception.

Woodyard has long arms and a great reach which helps compensate for his lack of bulk. A tenacious striker, Woodyard uses his speed and instincts to make plays all over the field. He is a hard worker and respected team leader. He has good strength and durability for his size; he plays an aggressive, attacking brand of football. A solid tackler, Woodyard wraps up his opponents using his arm length to his advantage. Originally a safety at the University of Kentucky, some teams may consider moving him to the secondary, but he is best suited to remain at OLB. In conclusion, Woodyard is a very productive, experienced competitor who has the mentality to be very successful in the NFL. His speed, instincts, and solid tackling technique make him a perfect match for a Tampa-2 defense.

2004

Started 5 of 10 games at ILB after moving from Safety. Missed the final game with a torn ankle ligament, requiring surgery. 34 tackles, 1 tackle for loss. Wildcats Special Teams Player of the Year.

4.2

Wesley Woodyard

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 215 KENTUCKY

Rank: 10

Rating

4.5

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started all 14 games. 115 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 7 quarterback hurries, 2 interceptions, one returned for a TD. AFCA 1st Team All American.

2006

Started all 13 games. 82 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 3 interceptions. 2nd Team All ACC.

2005

Started all 13 games at ILB. 69 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 2 interceptions.

2004

Started the last 7 games. Tore a biceps tendon in the season opener requiring surgery causing him to miss the 1st half of the season. 25 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 interception.

Adibi is an undersized, instinctive, quick flowing linebacker. He is the brother of former Hokie defensive end, Nathaniel Adibi. He lacks anchor strength at the point of attack and will need to add bulk and upper body strength. He appears smooth and fluid in pass coverage, showing natural hip flexibility. Adibi is not a physical player and does his best to avoid blocks rather than taking on his opponent and shedding. He also needs to improve his hand technique. In conclusion, Adibi is a quicker-than-fast, undersized, instinctive player who lacks the speed to play safety and may not possess the toughness to excel at linebacker. His best opportunity for success will be with a team that employs a Tampa-2 scheme.

2003

Redshirted.

Xavier Adibi

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 219 VIRGINIA TECH

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Rating

Rank: 11

Geno Hayes JUNIOR

Ht: 6-2

4.6

Wt: 223

Rating

Rank: 12

Jordan Dizon

Ht: 6-0

4.8

Wt: 220

COLORADO

F L O R I D A S TAT E

STATISTICS

STATISTICS

2007

Started 12 of 13 games. 50 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 interception.

2007

2006

Started 10 of 13 games. Missed 3 games because of a sprained knee ligament. 59 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 3 pass breakups, 1 interception.

160 tackles which ranked 2nd nationally, 7 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 8 quarterback hurries, 1 forced fumble. 1st Team All American. Butkus Award Runner-up. Defensive Captain.

2006

137 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 forced fumble.

2005

65 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 3 sacks.

2004

85 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 1 sack.

2005

Played in all 13 games, primarily on special teams. 17 tackles, 2 quarterback hurries, 1 pass breakup.

ANALYSIS Hayes has good height but could use some additional weight on his frame. He is a quick, explosive, hard hitting linebacker. Hayes is a productive defender with solid instincts and good athletic ability, but he lacks the bulk and strength to take on blockers inside and gets engulfed in traffic on occasion. He shows limited ability as a pass rusher as well as a pass-defender. A high impact striker, Hayes thrives on contact and will throw his body around with reckless abandon. In conclusion, Hayes is a physical specimen, but he would have benefited from another year of college ball. He relies too heavily on his athleticism and will need to become a more disciplined, student of the game at the next level.

Rating

Rank: 13

Ezra Butler

Ht: 6-2

5.0

Wt: 247

ANALYSIS Dizon is a tough, undersized, high effort player who simply makes plays all over the field. He displays adequate speed, great play diagnosis and reaction time, and takes great angles to the ball. He is an intelligent team leader with great character. Dizon attended Waimea High School, the westernmost high school in the US, on the island of Kauai, the furthest west of the Hawaiian chain. He has enough pass coverage skills that the Buffaloes were considering moving him to safety. A hard nosed, effort player, Dizon will make an immediate impact on special teams. In conclusion, Dizon is an instinctive, productive linebacker who brings added special teams value. He lacks great measurables but that is not evident when watching him play. He enjoyed a solid showing during Senior Bowl practices. At the very least, he will be a top-backup, and at the most he is a capable starter.

Rating

Rank: 14

Bryan Kehl

N E VA DA

Ht: 6-3

5.3

Wt: 231

B R I G H A M YO U N G

STATISTICS

STATISTICS

2007

87 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, 3 forced fumbles, 3 interceptions.

2007

Played all 13 games. 91 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 1 forced fumble, 4 pass breakups, 3 interceptions.

2006

71 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries.

2006

2005

75 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles.

Started all 13 games at OLB. 70 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 6 pass breakups.

2004

Played 8 games at DT. 19 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, .5 sacks.

2005

Played 12 games. 30 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 fumble recovery, 1 forced fumble.

ANALYSIS

2004/03 Missed both seasons while on a church mission in Toronto, Canada.

Solidly built with long arms, Butler has prototypical size. He shows good hustle and speed and has a nice pursuit. Born in South Africa, he lived in London and then moved to the US when he was 14 years old. His father, Jonathan, is a twotime Grammy nominated guitarist, songwriter, and music producer. Butler has played OLB in a 3-4 defensive scheme for the last three years and is best suited for a similar scheme in the NFL; however, he lacks top-notch pass rush skills. A big-hitter, but he sometimes misses tackles going for the knockout blow. He takes too long making the transition into pass coverage and appears stiff when opening his hips. In conclusion, Butler has a great combination of size, speed, and athletic ability but is still in the developmental stage of his career. He could prove to be a valuable contributor a few years down the road.

2002

Played 12 games. 14 tackles.

ANALYSIS Kehl is tall with very long arms and the frame to add additional weight. A fast, instinctive linebacker, he has a nose for the ball. His two older brothers, Ed and Brandon, also played football at BYU. Kehl is very intelligent earning a 4.0 GPA in high school and was recruited by Harvard,Yale, and Penn. He was named Academic All MWC in both 2005 and 2006 while majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Kehl uses his impressive wingspan to wrap up ball carriers, displays great range, and is able to cover most of the field as both a run and pass defender. In conclusion, Kehl possesses a great blend of size, speed, and intelligence. He played OLB in a 3-4 defense at BYU, and he is best suited to play in a similar scheme in the NFL.

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RANK

Geno Hayes Florida State

Bryan Kehl BYU

Angelo Craig Cincinnati

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SCHOOL

RATING

1

ALI HIGHSMITH

LSU

1.8

2

KEITH RIVERS

USC

1.8

3

ERIN HENDERSON

MARYLAND

2.6

4

BEAU BELL

UNLV

2.7

5

SHAWN CRABLE

MICHIGAN

3.0

6

DARRELL ROBERTSON

GEORGIA TECH

3.4

7

ALVIN BOWEN

IOWA STATE

3.6

8

BRUCE DAVIS

UCLA

4.2

9

WESLEY WOODYARD

KENTUCKY

4.2

COMMENTS

JR

DE DE

10

XAVIER ADIBI

VIRGINIA TECH

4.5

11

GENO HAYES

FLORIDA STATE

4.6

JR

12

JORDAN DIZON

COLORADO

4.8

ILB

13

EZRA BUTLER

NEVADA

5.0

14

BRYAN KEHL

BYU

5.3

15

CURTIS JOHNSON

CLARK ATLANTA

5.5

16

MARCUS HOWARD

GEORGIA

5.5

DE

17

ANGELO CRAIG

CINCINNATI

5.7

DE

18

ALEX HALL

ST. AUGUSTINES, NC

5.7

19

STEVE OCTAVIEN

NEBRASKA

6.1

20

ANTHONY HEYGOOD

PURDUE

6.4

21

THOMAS WILLIAMS

USC

6.4

22

HILEE TAYLOR

NORTH CAROLINA

6.5

23

CURTIS GATEWOOD

VANDERBILT

7.3

24

MIKE SHERELS

MINNESOTA

7.3

25

ROBERT JAMES

ARIZONA STATE

7.3

26

STANFORD KEGLAR

PURDUE

7.5

27

LAMAR MYLES

LOUISVILLE

7.5

JR

28

ANTHONY HOKE

CINCINNATI

7.5

DE

29

NICK WATKINS

CLEMSON

7.8

30

DURELL MAPP

NORTH CAROLINA

7.8

31

LARRY GRANT

OHIO STATE

PFA

32

GARY GUYTON

GEORGIA TECH

PFA

33

CASPER BRINKLEY

SOUTH CAROLINA

PFA

34

MALIK JACKSON

LOUISVILLE

PFA

35

BO RUUD

NEBRASKA

PFA

36

JOHN SHEVLIN

MINNESOTA

PFA

37

DAVID VOBORA

IDAHO

PFA

38

SHAWN TODD

TROY

PFA

39

MATT ROBERTSON

NW MISSOURI STATE

PFA

40

KROY BIERMANN

MONTANA

PFA

DE

DE

DE

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Rank: 1

Rating

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started 12 of 13 games. Led the team with 145 tackles. Totaled 15.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, 1 INT, 2 fumble recoveries, and 6 pass break-ups.

2006

Started every game at OLB. Named Associated Press 2nd Team AllAmerican. Bednarik Award finalist. Posted 113 tackles, including 70 solo, 9 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles.

2005

Started 7 games. Tallied 76 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and 8 pass break-ups.

2004

Finished 2nd on the team with 85 tackles in only 4 starts. Received several Freshman All-America honors.

Connor is a big, strong, active, aggressive and instinctive linebacker. He displays the ability to take on and shed blockers, and he shows good reactions, awareness and game speed. He is versatile enough to play both inside and outside linebacker but is best suited for middle or inside linebacker at the pro level. He is not a dominant pass rusher at this point but can get the job done when called upon. In addition, he possesses the ability to effectively drop into pass coverage. Connor has overcome some character concerns stemming from prank phone calls earlier in his career and displayed leadership qualities as a senior. He played RB and LB in addition to basketball and track at Strath Haven HS in suburban Philadelphia. Connor amassed 4,556 career rushing yards and scored 77 touchdowns en route to being one of the most highly prized prep recruits in the nation. He was named 1st Team All-State 3 times in leading his team to the PA class AAA State Title game 3 consecutive years. Connor capped off a stellar week of practice at the Senior Bowl with 9 tackles and an interception in the game, solidifying his status as the top LB in the draft. He is comparable to former teammate Paul Posluszny, except he displays more athleticism and better speed. Connor has the appearance of a long-time, consistent starter that will bring some position flexibility with him to the NFL.

1.5

Dan Connor

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 235 P E N N S TAT E

Rank: 2

JUNIOR

Curtis Lofton Ht: 6-0

Rating

2.5

Wt: 238

OKLAHOMA

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started all 14 games. Led the Sooners in tackles with 157, 10.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery, 4 forced fumbles, 3 interceptions. Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. 2nd Team Associated Press All American.

2006

Started 5 of 14 games. 32 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 1 fumble recovery.

2005

Played 10 games as a backup MLB and on special teams. 3 tackles, 1 tackle for loss.

Lofton has adequate size and a solid body build. His quickness and recognition skills enable him to fly around the field, making more than his share of big plays. A modest, confident, hard worker who enjoyed a breakout 2007 season, Lofton decided to apply for early entry to the draft. A strong player, he holds a 380 pound bench press mark. He moved from OLB to MLB in ’07, replacing the 2006 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, Rufus Alexander, becoming the ’07 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. A solid, wrap-up tackler, Lofton set an Oklahoma record with nine games with double-digit tackles, including 15 against West Virginia in the Fiesta Bowl. He shows the ability to drop into coverage and adjusts to the ball, displaying good ball skills for a linebacker. In conclusion, among front office personnel, there is somewhat of a stigma attached with highly productive Oklahoma linebackers as they have fallen into mediocrity at the next level. Lofton has the skill set and work ethic to break the trend. SUREFIRE SCOUTING

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PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rank: 3

JUNIOR

Rating

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started all 14 games. 140 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 5 quarterback hurries, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception which he returned 34 yards for a TD. 1st Team All SEC.

2006

Started 11 of 12 games. 83 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery.

2005

Started 1 of 6 games.

2004

Redshirted.

Mayo has a compact, powerful build and displays good athletic ability with adequate speed. Unlike many early draft entries, Mayo has already received a degree; Sports Management in December. In 2007, he led the SEC in tackles with 140 stops. He turned in a productive ’06 season despite being hampered by a late season knee injury. He also missed the final four games of the 2004 season with a knee injury. His history of knee problems is of concern. Mayo made a position change from OLB to MLB prior to this past season. At first, he was not entirely comfortable with his new assignment, but as the season progressed so did Mayo. He averaged 14.5 tackles over the last four games, tallying 15 vs. LSU and 19 against Kentucky. Mayo shows good ability to diagnose plays and react to the ball; he is adequate in his pass coverage. He plays with good knee bend and leverage, which enables him to make explosive tackles. In conclusion, the biggest concern is his past history of knee injuries. If he is cleared medically, Mayo has the instincts, explosiveness, and competitiveness to start in the NFL.

2.7

Jerod Mayo

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 230 TENNESSEE

Rank: 4

Rating

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Played 12 games. 113 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 6 quarterback hurries, 5 pass breakups, 2 interceptions. 2nd Team All SEC.

2006

Started all 12 games. 93 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 4 quarterback hurries, 2 forced fumbles, 1 interception. 2nd Team All SEC.

2005

Started all 11 games at MLB. 63 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack.

2004

Started 4 of 11 games. 38 tackles, 1 forced fumble.

2003

Redshirted.

Goff is a tall, solidly built middle linebacker. He lacks timed speed but compensates with great instincts and play recognition. Goff is an intelligent, experienced, two-time Team Captain. He is very strong, tough, and plays with intensity. Goff displays good balance, an ability to fight through traffic, and uses his hands to disengage from blockers. He shows good instincts in pass coverage, but opponents can take advantage of his lack of speed in this phase of the game. In conclusion, Goff had a solid showing the week of East-West Shrine practices. While he lacks topflight quickness, his blend of size, intelligence, and instincts may be enough to work his way into a starting lineup.

4.3

Jonathan Goff

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 238 V A N D E R B I LT

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PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rank: 5

Rating

5.0

Vince Hall

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 236 VIRGINIA TECH

Rank: 7

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 240 ILLINOIS

2006

Started all 12 games. 89 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries, 2 forced fumbles, 3 pass breakups, 1 interception.

2005

Started 6 of 8 games. 51 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery, 1 pass breakup.

Larsen has good size but lacks speed, quickness, and great athletic ability. Larsen is married with a son. He spent the 2003 and 2004 seasons on a church mission in Chile. He returned to Arizona the spring of ’05, but suffered a torn ACL which required surgery. Larsen has been named Academic All PAC 10 on multiple occasions. He is a vocal, take charge leader. A natural run-stuffer, Larsen explodes into the line of scrimmage. He shows excellent read and recognition skills and plays hard on every snap. Larsen struggles in pass coverage, appearing stiff in the hips and uncomfortable in his backpedal. In conclusion, Larsen helped his draft status by being named the Defensive MVP of the East-West Shrine Game. A mature, blue-collar type player who will at the very least contribute on special teams, Larsen will also be an asset in the locker room. It will be difficult to keep him out of a lineup.

2002

Rank: 6

Jeremy Leman

Started all 12 games. 131 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 4 fumble recoveries, 3 forced fumbles, 5 pass breakups, 1 interception.

2004/03 Missed both seasons while on a church mission in Chile.

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 240 ARIZONA

Rating

ANALYSIS

2007

5.0

Spencer Larsen

Rating

STATISTICS

5.8

Started 7 of 12 games. 41 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 3 pass breakups.

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started 10 games. 100 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 4 quarterback hurries, 4 pass breakups, 1 interception. Honorable Mention All ACC.

2006

Started all 13 games. Led the ACC in tackles with 128, 10.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks. 1st Team All ACC

2005

Started all 13 games. 112 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 2 interceptions with one returned for a TD.

2004

Started 12 of 13 games at MLB. 64 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack.

2003

Redshirted.

Hall’s lack of ideal size and speed are his primary drawbacks. A fiery team leader, Hall relies on his instincts and sound play diagnosis to make plays. He missed four games during the 2007 season after breaking his forearm against Clemsonand suffered a knee injury during a team beach outing leading up to the Orange Bowl, but he returned to action in time for the game. Hall led his team in tackles for 2006. He has a low center of gravity which affords him great balance and the ability to fight off blockers. An aggressive tackler, Hall is capable of delivering big hits. He lacks the range to be effective in pass coverage and struggles to disengage from blockers in the running game. In conclusion, Hall will not be an every down player at the next level because of his lack of speed, but he should be a solid situational run stuffer.

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started all 13 games at ILB. 132 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 2 quarterback hurries, 3 pass breakups, 1 interception.

2006

Started all 12 games at ILB. 152 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 4 pass breakups.

2005

Started all 11 games at OLB. 67 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles.

2004

Started 2 of 12 games at OLB. 56 tackles, 3 tackles for loss.

2003

Redshirted.

Leman lacks great speed and range; in addition, he is stiff in the hips. He possesses great character and leadership; his father is a pastor. Leman graduated in August 2006 with a degree in Speech Communications; he then enrolled in graduate classes. He is an annual member of the Academic All Big 10. Leman has enjoyed outstanding production with the Illini. Prior to the 2007 season, he had arthroscopic ankle surgery but did not miss any time. Leman plays too upright and does not protect his legs from blockers. He is not effective in coverage or as a pass rusher because of his lack of speed and agility. In conclusion, Leman has good instincts, plays smart, and gives a consistent effort. However, his lack of speed and limited coverage ability will likely make him a role player and special teamer in the pros.

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PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rank: 8

Rating

5.8

Phillip Wheeler

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started all 13 games at MLB. 89 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 forced fumble, 5 pass breakups.

2006

Started all 14 games at MLB. 89 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 9 sacks. 2nd Team All ACC.

2005

Started 12 of 13 games at OLB. 64 tackles,11.5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 4 interceptions.

2004

Redshirted after moving to LB.

2003

Played as a reserve DE. 6 tackles.

Wheeler appears lanky and must add mass to remain an inside backer in the pros. He plays with good speed, flows to the ball, and makes plenty of tackles around the line of scrimmage. However, Wheeler gets caught up in traffic and takes too much time to get off blocks, which is an indication he may need additional time in the weight room. He is adept at disguising his blitz, anticipating the snap, and getting to the QB. He shows adequate pass coverage skills. Wheeler does not seem to put forth a consistent effort. In conclusion, Wheeler lacks the size and strength to be an effective every down ILB. However, his talents could be utilized on passing downs. Ultimately, he is best suited for a Tampa-2 style defense.

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 235 GEORGIA TECH

Rank: 9

Rating

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 226 B O S TO N C O L L E G E

Rank: 10

6.5

Mike Klinkenborg Ht: 6-1

70

ANALYSIS

2007

Started 3 of 13 games. 90 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 4 pass breakups, 1 interception.

2006

Started 11 games. Missed 2 because of injury. 92 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries, 1 interception.

2005

Played 12 games with 1 start. 50 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, .5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 1 forced fumble, 5 pass breakups.

2004

Played 10 games. 37 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, 2 pass breakups.

2003

Redshirted.

Dunbar lacks great size and speed, but he manages to always be around the ball. He is a two-time Team Captain, a great leader, and a hard worker. His durability is a concern. He was not at 100% for most of the 2007 season because of a high ankle sprain. He missed two games in ’06 with an ankle sprain and two games in ’04 because of a hamstring injury. Dunbar is a solid tackler who attacks the line of scrimmage and can get off blocks. Despite his lack of speed, Dunbar shows anticipation, awareness, and coverage skills. In conclusion, Dunbar is very physical for his size, but his lack of speed and durability concerns will restrict his draft status. His instincts, toughness, and leadership may be enough to earn a reserve position.

6.3

Jo-Lonn Dunbar

Rating

STATISTICS

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started 9 games at MLB. 79 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 interception. Honorable Mention All Big 10.

2006

Started all 12 games. 126 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 pass breakups. Defensive MVP. 2nd Team All Big 10. Named Permanent Team Captain.

2005

Played 11 games. 11 tackles.

2004

Played 6 games.

2003

Redshirted.

Klinkenborg has good size but lacks foot speed and quick change of direction. He is a very intelligent, disciplined team leader who gives 100% effort on every snap. He missed three games during the 2007 season because of a concussion; he played the final three games with a fractured hand. Klinkenborg takes good angles to the ball and is a sound tackler upon arrival. He struggles in pass coverage and is not at his best playing in space. In conclusion, Klinkenborg has the size, intelligence, and toughness to make it as a back-up in the NFL. His history of concussions and lack of speed will push him into the later rounds, but he could be a solid contributor nonetheless.

Wt: 237 I O WA

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INSIDE LINEBACKERS

POSITION RATINGS

RANK

PLAYER

SCHOOL

RATING

COMMENTS

1

DAN CONNOR

PENN ST

1.5

2

CURTIS LOFTON

OKLAHOMA

2.5

JR

3

JEROD MAYO

TENNESSEE

2.7

JR

4

JONATHAN GOFF

VANDERBILT

4.3

5

SPENCER LARSEN

ARIZONA

5.0

6

VINCE HALL

VIRGINIA TECH

5.0

7

JEREMY LEMAN

ILLINOIS

5.8

8

PHILLIP WHEELER

GEORGIA TECH

5.8

9

JOLONN DUNBAR

BOSTON COLLEGE

6.3

HEALTH

10

MIKE KLINKENBORG

IOWA

6.5

HEALTH

11

JAMEEL MCCLAIN

SYRACUSE

6.7

DE

12

TRAVARES GOODEN

MIAMI, FL

7.3

HEALTH

13

MIKE HUMPAL

IOWA

7.3

14

RED KEITH

CENTRAL MICHIGAN

7.4

15

NELSON COLEMAN

TULSA

7.4

16

RODRICK JOHNSON

OKLAHOMA STATE

7.4

17

BEN MOFFIT

SOUTH FLORIDA

7.5

18

DANNY LANSANAH

CONNECTICUT

7.6

19

CHRIS GRAHAM

MICHIGAN

7.9

20

CHRISTIAN TAYLOR

UCLA

PFA

21

MARC MAGRO

WEST VIRGINIA

PFA

22

SHANE SIMMONS

WESTERN WASHINGTON

PFA

23

ANTHONY ADAMS

GRAND VALLEY STATE

PFA

24

KALEB THORNHILL

MICHIGAN STATE

PFA

25

COREY MCKEON

NEBRASKA

PFA

26

RONNIE MCCULLOUGH

BETHUNE-COOKMAN

PFA

27

JOSH JOHNSON

MARSHALL

PFA

28

ALAIN KARATEPEYAN

TULSA

PFA

29

VINCE BLACK

FAIRMONT STATE

PFA

30

ROBERT KILLEBREW

TEXAS

PFA

31

STEVE ALLEN

WEST TEXAS A&M

PFA

32

LUKE CHASE

WYOMING

FA

HEALTH

33

DANIEL BROOKS

JACKSON STATE

FA

OLB

34

DERRON THOMAS

DUQUESNE

FA

35

MISI TUPE

TEXAS A&M

FA

36

JOE JIANNONI

UTAH

FA

37

SHAUN RICHARDSON

TENNESSEE STATE

FA

38

JOE BROCKINGTON

NOTRE DAME

FA

39

WILL CLEWIS

CENTRAL OKLAHOMA

FA

40

DREW FOWLER

AIR FORCE

FA

Jameel McClain Syracuse

OLB Red Keith Central Michigan

OLB

Rodrick Johnson Oklahoma State

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CORNERBACKS PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rank: 1

JUNIOR

1.4

Rating

Aqib Talib

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 205 KANSAS

Rank: 2

Rating

Dominique RodgersCromartie

ANALYSIS

2007

Started all 13 games. 66 tackles, 5 interceptions for 195 yards and 2 TDs, 13 pass breakups, 3.5 tackles for loss. 2 punt returns – 10.5 avg. 8 receptions for 182 yards (22.8 avg.), 4 TDs. 1st Team All American. 1st Team All Big 12. Team Captain. Team Defensive MVP.

2006

Started 10 games. Suspended for 2 contests for a violation of team rules. 42 tackles, 6 interceptions, 22 pass breakups, 2 tackles for loss, 1 quarterback hurry. 1st Team All Big 12.

2005

Started 9 of 11 games. 54 tackles, 2 interceptions, 8 pass breakups, 4 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles. Honorable Mention All Big 12.

2004

Redshirted.

Talib has excellent size with long arms and outstanding ball skills. He has proven to be a dangerous returner once the ball is in his hands. While Talib may not have fabulous timed speed, he is flawless in transition and possesses terrific instincts in coverage. He had a great Orange Bowl performance vs. Virginia Tech, registering 5 tackles and returning a 1st quarter interception 60 yards for a TD. He displays exceptional body control, effectively using his angular frame to shield off the receiver from the ball. Talib shows good reactions and possesses a terrific closing burst on the ball. He improved his tackling technique as a junior but still makes too many arm tackles and needs to become more aggressive. He is not stout against the run and must be more physical in this aspect of the game. In conclusion, Talib is a ballhawking corner with the capability of producing game changing plays. His size, explosive burst, and extraordinary return skills will make him a standout for years to come.

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started all 11 games. 37 tackles, 2 interceptions for 140 yards and 2 TDs, 11 pass breakups, 2 tackles for loss, 2 fumble recoveries. 4 punt returns – 4.0 avg. 4 blocked kicks. 33 kick returns – 24.4 avg., 1 TD.

2006

Started all 11 games. 47 tackles, 6 interceptions, 7 pass breakups, 1 blocked kick.

2005

Started all 11 games. 41 tackles, 1 interception, 4 pass breakups, 3 tackles for loss, 1 blocked kick.

2004

Started all 11 games. 33 tackles, 2 interceptions, 3 pass breakups.

Rodgers-Cromartie is a tall, lean, long-limbed cover corner. He is very fast, displays great footwork, and has fluid hips. Rodgers-Cromartie plays with good enthusiasm and enjoys the game. A very productive, 4-year starter on the FCS (formerly Division 1 AA) level, he possesses the skill set to translate his production to the next level. In order to become more effective at shedding blocks, his upper body strength must improve. RodgersCromartie has a great burst coming out of his break and the instincts to anticipate the ball. He uses his height and long arms to easily get the ball at its higest point. After the interception, he turns into a dangerous return man. Rodgers-Cromartie is neither quick nor eager to support the run and must become more physical in all aspects of the game. In conclusion, Rodgers-Cromartie enjoyed an outstanding Senior Bowl week including four tackles, one interception, and one pass breakup in the game. Undoubtedly, he was the most talented CB in Mobile. Rodgers-Cromartie has the frame, burst, and ball-skills to be a dynamic playmaker in the NFL.

1.5

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 183 T E N N E S S E E S TAT E

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STATISTICS

Rank: 3

Rating

JUNIOR

King has adequate size, longs arms, and a frame to support additional bulk. He has outstanding speed, quickness, and athleticism. He was coached by his stepfather, former Penn State WR, Terry Smith, at Gateway High School in Western Pennsylvania. Achieved All American status as a prep and was also a standout sprinter on the track team. Along

with several other Penn State players, King was charged in April 2007 for pushing into an off campus apartment which led to a fight.The charges against King were later dropped. He graduated high school in 3 ½ years and enrolled early at PSU in January 2005. He was an Academic All Big 10 selection in 2006 and graduated from Penn State in three years with a degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences. King did not enjoy a stellar 2007 season; Indiana’s James Hardy had a huge day facing King (14 receptions for 142 yards and 2 TDs) as did Michigan State’s Devin Thomas (7 receptions for 139 yards and 3 TDs). However, King had a few standout individual performances in 2006; he held Ohio State’s Ted Ginn, Jr. to 2 catches for 15 yards and limited Tennessee’s Robert Meachem to 4 grabs for 33 yards in the Outback Bowl. King has great leaping ability and solid ball skills. He is physical in run support and is a wrap-up tackler. In conclusion, after a sub-par junior campaign, King’s stock is not at its peak which will be beneficial to the team that selects him. He is young (age 20 the day of the Draft), has a tremendous upside, and is a determined worker. King has First Round talent and will be a Draft Day bargain.

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started all 12 games. 60 tackles, 2 interceptions (-9yards), 9 pass breakups, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1 fumble recovery, 3 forced fumbles. 25 punt returns – 17.4 avg., 3 TDs. 33 kick returns – 23.2 avg. 1st Team All Sunbelt.

2006

Started all 13 games. 66 tackles, 1 interception (0 yards), 7 pass breakups, 1 tackle for loss, 2 forced fumbles. 28 punt returns – 11.2 avg., 1 TD. 27 kick returns – 23.5 avg., 0 TD. 2nd Team All Sunbelt at a return specialist.

2005

Played 11 games. 30 tackles, 5 pass breakups, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack. 33 punt returns – 12.6 avg., 1 TD. 24 kick returns – 25.8 avg., 1 TD. 1st Team All Sunbelt at a return specialist.

2004

Played 12 games. 17 tackles, 1 interception (71 yards), 1 pass breakup, 1 TD. 26 punt returns – 11.7 avg., 2 TD. 15 kick returns – 21.9 avg.

McKelvin is a thin framed, quick-twitch cover corner with dynamic return skills. He is fast, possesses an explosive burst and great closing speed. McKelvin suffered a broken ankle during ’06 spring practice, but he recovered in time for the regular season. He has had some minor nagging injuries, and his long term durability is of some concern. McKelvin has fluid hips and shows excellent change of direction skills, but he lacks great instincts when the ball is in the air. He has poor hands, drops too many easy interceptions, and lacks ball skills. A willing and physical tackler, McKelvin does a nice job in run support. He can be overly aggressive at times and will give up the occasional big play as a result. In conclusion, McKelvin had a good week of practice at the Senior Bowl before straining a hamstring and missing the game. He possesses an exceptional burst and tremendous potential but gives up too many plays in coverage for his skill level. He lacks the consistency to be considered a first round talent.

2007

Started 12 of 13 games. 49 tackles, 2 interceptions, 15 pass breakups, 1 fumble recovery.

2006

Started all 13 games at CB. 30 tackles, 1 interception, 6 pass breakups. 2nd Team All Big 10.

2005

Started 5 of 12 games at WR as a true freshman. 11 tackles, 2 pass breakups. 10 receptions for 126 yards (12.6 avg.), 2 TDs. 18 attempts for 227 yards (12.6 YPC). Used on both sides of the ball during the first 7 games then relegated to offense only because of injuries incurred at WR.

2.2

Justin King

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 186 P E N N S TAT E

Rank: 4

Rating

Leodis McKelvin Ht: 5-11

2.2

ANALYSIS

Wt: 186

T ROY

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Rank: 5

Rating

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 190 ARIZONA

Rating

2.3

Wt: 200

S O U T H F L O R I DA

74

Started all 12 games. 71 tackles, 5 interceptions for 164 yards, 14 pass breakups, 4 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles, 1 sack. Jim Thorpe Award Winner as the Nation’s top DB. 1st Team Walter Camp All American.

2006

Started 12 games. 62 tackles, 3 interceptions for 57 yards, 7 pass breakups, 1 fumble recovery. 1st Team All PAC 10.

2005

Played 11 games. 50 tackles, 3 interceptions for 40 yards, 5 pass breakups, 2.5 tackles for loss. 2nd Team All PAC 10.

2004

Played 11 games. 70 tackles, 4 interceptions for 88 yards, 6 pass breakups, 5.5 tackles for loss, 3 forced fumbles. Honorable Mention All PAC 10.

Cason has prototypical size, good arm length, and great ball skills. He plays with good instincts and faster than his timed speed. His father, Wendell, played for the Atlanta Falcons in the mid-80s, andhis cousin is current Detroit Lions’ RB Aveion Cason. Cason has a strong commitment to his Tucson community. He began the “Cason Cares” campaign in the fall of 2007 which donated $5,000 to the American Cancer Society. Cason is a good student and the co-president of the Arizona Student Athlete Advisory Board. He also participated on the Wildcat track squad in the spring of 2006, posting a 6.54 time in the 55-meter dash. Cason shows smooth transition skills and natural hip flexibility in pass coverage. He reads the quarterback well and shows great awareness in coverage; he is capable of jumping routes and producing big plays. While he is aggressive in run support, Cason must do a better job of wrapping up his competition. In conclusion, Cason is a solid all-around corner with strong character whose lack of great timed speed will likely keep him out of the first round. He has the size, instincts, and mentality to be a productive starter in the NFL.

STATISTICS

Rank: 6

Ht: 6-0

ANALYSIS

2007

2.3

Antoine Cason

Mike Jenkins

STATISTICS

2007

Played 13 games. 41 tackles, 3 interceptions for 41 yards, 12 pass breakups, 4 tackles for loss.

2006

Started 12 of 13 games. 27 tackles, 1 interception, 15 pass breakups.

2005

Started all 12 games. 38 tackles, 2 interceptions, 5 pass breakups, 1 forced fumble. 2nd Team All Big East.

2004

Started 3 of 11 games. 27 tackles, 9 pass breakups.

ANALYSIS Jenkins is a big, well-built, press coverage corner. He has good timed speed, but he does not play exceptionally fast and is not overly smooth in transition. Jenkins character may be a concern; he was arrested in March 2007 and charged with misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and

obstructing an officer without violence. He was suspended by the team but never missed any games. Jenkins battled a nagging ankle injury as a freshman, but he has remained healthy since. He is physical at the line and uses a powerful punch to jam receivers and knock off their timing with the QB. He has played safety in the past and is capable of playing either CB or safety in the pros. Jenkins has inconsistent footwork, but he shows a great burst and is very athletic overall. He will not produce many interceptions as he lacks ball skills and ends up deflecting possible turnovers. Jenkins does not take advantage of his size in run defense and is not a great tackler. In conclusion, Jenkins has an enormous amount of raw talent, but he has yet to put it all together on the field. He has been out produced by his teammate and opposite side-starting CB, Trae Williams. He will likely be over-drafted based on his attractive combination of size and speed.

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CORNERBACKS PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rank: 7

Rating

2.8

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Played all 13 games. 83 tackles, 6 interceptions for 137 yards, 4 pass breakups, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1 fumble recovery, 1 sack. 23 punt returns – 11.0 avg. 1st Team All Big 10. Team Captain.

2006

Started all 12 games. 59 tackles, 4 interceptions for 53 yards, 8 pass breakups, 1 fumble recovery, 1 forced fumble, 1 blocked kick. 12 punt returns – 18.6 avg., 1 TD.

2005

Started all 11 games. 48 tackles, 3 interceptions for 108 yards, 6 pass breakups.

2004

Started the first 7 games before breaking his collarbone. 22 tackles, 3 interceptions for 115 yards, 7 pass breakups, 1 TD.

Porter is undersized and lacks bulk, but he possesses blazing speed and good athleticism. He has natural cover ability and elite change of direction skills. Porter must improve his overall strength and needs to add some muscle mass to his lean frame. His good punt return ability brings added value. Porter has fluid hips but needs to improve his footwork as he takes too many false steps. He is explosive and shows a great burst coming out of his cuts. Porter has good ball skills, reliable hands, and employs his exceptional closing quickness to come up with interceptions. He improved his tackling and run support as a senior, but he shies away from contact and must become more physical in all aspects of the game. In conclusion, Porter is a finesse corner who is not a great fit for all schemes because of his lack of physicality. His top-notch speed, closing quickness, and ball skills will make him a high selection.

Tracy Porter

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 185 INDIANA

Rank: 8

Rating

3.2

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started all 12 games. 65 tackles, 5 interceptions for 33 yards, 9 pass breakups, 1 tackle for loss. 2nd Team All Big 10. Defensive recipient of Iowa Coaches Appreciation Award.

2006

Started all 13 games. 83 tackles, 2 interceptions, 5 pass breakups. 2 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble. Hustle Award on special teams.

2005

Started 3 of 11 games at SS. 35 tackles, .5 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble. Hawkeye’s Special Teams Player of the Year.

2004

Played 11 of 12 games, primarily on special teams. 10 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries.

Godfrey has prototypical size and a very solid build. A former track star with speed to burn, Godfrey is still developing his technique. He shows inconsistent footwork and lacks awareness in pass coverage. Godfrey’s older brother, El Roberson, played QB at Kansas State. He has good strength and is physical at the line of scrimmage; he gets a solid jam on receivers but can be overly aggressive at times resulting in his own loss of balance. He may be forced to begin his pro career at FS until he refines his footwork and coverage skills. Godfrey is a solid, high impact tackler who is quick to support the run. In conclusion, every skill that Godfrey lacks can be significantly improved with solid coaching. His size, speed, and athleticism cannot be taught. He has an exceptional upside and the worst case scenario is he becomes a starter at FS.

Charles Godfrey Ht: 5-11

Wt: 207 I O WA

Rank: 9

JUNIOR

Brandon Flowers

Rating

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 190 VIRGINIA TECH

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started all 14 games. 86 tackles, 5 interceptions for 93 yards, 87 tackles for loss, 1 TD. 1st Team All ACC and 1st Team AFCA All American.

2006

Started all 13 games. 51 tackles, 3 interceptions, 7.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks. 1st Team All ACC. 3rd Team Associated Press All American.

2005

Started 1 of 13 games. 20 tackles, 1 interception, 1.5 tackles for loss.

2004

Played 1 game. Granted a Medical redshirt after sustaining a fractured leg.

2003

Attended Hargrave Military Academy.

Flowers has adequate size and speed. He has quick feet, fluid hips, and good range butdoes not have exceptional speed or play particularly fast. Flowers shows good football intelligence in coverage and reads the play and reacts well. He is strong, physical and athletic, but he is not a quick-twitch defender. Flowers is quick to break on the ball, but he does not possess great explosion. He has good ball skills and relies primarily on his instincts to come up with interceptions. He gives a consistent effort against the run, is a solid tackler, but is not overly physical. In conclusion, a two-year starter, Flowers would have maximized his draft status by remaining at Blacksburg another year. Flowers plays a solid all around game, but he is not exceptional in any one area.

3.3

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CORNERBACKS PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rank: 10

Rating

4.5

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started all 12 games. 44 tackles, 4 interceptions. 19 punt returns – 14.4 avg., 1 TD. 1st Team AFCA All American (2nd consecutive year).

2006

Started all 13 games after transferring to San Jose St. 48 tackles, 9 interceptions (set a new school single season record), 16 pass breakups, 3 fumble recoveries. 1st Team AFCA All American and All WAC.

2005

Cabrillo College, CA: Intercepted 13 passes in 15 games.

2004

Cabrillo College.

Lowery has good size, a muscular lower body, and long arms. He lacks ideal speed and does not have the most fluid hips, but he compensates with good instincts and ball skills. Lowery intercepted 20 passes in his final two years at Soquel High School in California. He suffered a broken jaw at the end of the 2007 spring practice and had his mouth wired shut for two months, which caused weight loss. However, he rebounded and was able to return to his playing weight just in time for the regular season. An alert pass defender, Lowery frequently gets a good jump on the ball and is adept at coming down with the interception. He needs to improve his tackling technique as he goes low too often, which will result in missed tackles at the next level. In conclusion, while he lacks top-end speed, Lowery is just the type of instinctive, ball-hawk who could develop into a starter in a zone-coverage scheme.

Dwight Lowery

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 185 S A N J O S E S TAT E

Rank: 11

JUNIOR

Rating

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started all 13 games. 50 tackles, 2 interceptions, 7 pass breakups, 3 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles, .5 sacks, 4 blocked kicks.

2006

Started all 13 games. 52 tackles, 1 interception, 6 pass breakups, 6.5 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles, 2 sacks, 1 blocked kick.

2005

Started 12 of 13 games. 50 tackles, 1 interception, 11 pass breakups, 3 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, 1 sack.

Scandrick has adequate size and speed, but he plays faster than his timed speed may indicate. He can read and react quickly and plays smart and instinctively. Scandrick shows good burst and takes good angles to the ball. An alert zone-type corner, he reacts to the ball and has fluid hips in transition. An aggressive tackler, Scandrick is quick to support against the run and deliver a big hit. In conclusion, while a three year starter with the Broncos, Scandrick would have benefited from another year in school. He is not a finished product, but with his short-area explosiveness and aggressive mentality, he could flourish in a zone-coverage scheme.

4.7

Orlando Scandrick

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 198 B O I S E S TAT E

Rank: 12

Rating

5.1

Terrence Wheatley

Ht: 5-9 Wt: 175 COLORADO

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STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started 10 games. 42 tackles, 5 interceptions for 65 yards and 1 TD, 10 pass breakups, 1 tackle for loss. 37 kick returns – 24.8 avg.

2006

Started all 12 games. 57 tackles, 5 interceptions, 11 pass breakups. 1st Team All Big 12.

2005

Redshirted. Missed the entire season after having wrist surgery.

2004

Started 5 of 12 games. 33 tackles, 4 interceptions, 3 pass breakups.

2003

Started 2 of 12 games. 24 tackles, 5 pass breakups.

HS

An outstanding track athlete as a prep, posting a 10.15 100 meter sprint.

Wheatley lacks size and bulk but is very fast and shows a nice closing burst on the ball. He is a solid student with good character. However, durability is a major concern, as he underwent three wrist surgeries early in his career. He missed the last two games of 2007 because of a broken bone in his foot and missed multiple games in 2004 with wrist, hamstring, and groin injuries. Wheatley needs to improve his strength in order to be more of a factor in the running game. He displays quick feet, is smooth in transition, and he appears natural is his back pedal. In conclusion, Wheatley displayed his speed and coverage ability during Senior Bowl week practices. He may not have the size and strength to be an everydown player, but he should excel as a sub-package corner in the pros.

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CORNERBACKS PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rating

Rank: 13

Chevis Jackson

Ht: 6-0

5.3

Wt: 191

Rating

Rank: 14

Terrell Thomas

Ht:6-0

5.3

Wt: 200

USC

LSU

STATISTICS

STATISTICS

2007

44 tackles, 5 interceptions for 52 yards, 16 pass breakups.

2007

45 tackles, 4 INTs, 7 pass breakups, 4.5 tackles for loss, 1 FF.

2006

46 tackles, 2 interceptions, 14 pass breakups, 1.5 tackles for loss.

2006

50 tackles, 2 INTs, 12 pass breakups, 3 tackles for loss, 2 FF, 1FR.

2005

47 tackles, 1 interception for 10 yards, 3 pass breakups, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1 FR and 1 FF.

2005

Started the first 2 games at CB before a season ending knee injury.

2004

Played 11 of 13 games at safety. 9 tackles, 2 INTs, 2 pass breakups.

2004

5 tackles, 3 pass breakups.

2003

Redshirted after suffering a dislocated shoulder.

ANALYSIS Jackson does not possess good top-end speed, but he compensates with strong instincts and is adept at anticipating the receiver’s routes. He has good character and is a hard worker who gives a consistent effort in all phases of the game. A very experienced player with 39 career starts in the SEC, Jackson has very good strength and bench presses nearly 400 pounds. A reliable tackler, Jackson is effective against the run. In conclusion, a native of Mobile, Jackson had a good week at the Senior Bowl. His lack of exceptional speed will likely relegate him to teams that employ primarily zone-coverage. Overall, Jackson is a physical, solid all-around player who gets the most out of his abilities.

Rating

Rank: 15

Trae Williams

Ht: 5-10

5.4

Wt: 193

ANALYSIS Thomas is well built, with good height and long limbs, but lacks top recovery speed and will struggle with man coverage. He is a hard worker and a good leader. However, his durability and long-term health are a concern. In 2005, he tore both his ACL and MCL in his right knee. Also, Thomas has had multiple shoulder injuries (2003 and spring 2007). In press coverage, Thomas uses his wingspan to knock receivers off balance and disrupt their routes. He displays adequate ball skills but is not overly explosive. In conclusion,Thomas is a physical, long-armed, zone-coverage corner with good instincts. His lack of top-end speed and history of serious injuries will push him into the middle rounds.

Rating

Rank: 16

Justin McKinney

S O U T H F L O R I DA

Ht: 5-9

5.5

Wt: 190

K A N S A S S TAT E

STATISTICS

STATISTICS

2007

Played 13 games. 55 tackles, 6 interceptions for 164 yards, 11 pass breakups, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack.

2007

2006

Started all 13 games. 49 tackles, 7 interceptions for 8 yards, 9 pass breakups, 1 blocked kick. 1st Team All Big East (coaches). Bulls’ Defensive Playmaker of the Year.

Started all 12 games. Led the team in tackles with 74, 3 interceptions, 9 pass breakups, 1 tackle for loss, 1 blocked punt. 8 kick returns – 18.5 avg. 2nd Team All Big 12.

2006

Started 12 of 13 games. 54 tackles, 8 pass breakups, 4 tackles for loss, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 forced fumbles.

2005

Started 11 of 12 games. 39 tackles, 2 interceptions for 10 yards and 1 TD, 3 pass breakups.

2005

Started 3 of 11 games. 29 tackles, 3 interceptions, 9 pass breakups, 2 tackles for loss, 1 fumble recovery, 2 forced fumbles.

2004

Started 8 games, including the final 7, of 11 games. 22 tackles, 1 interception for 37 yards, 5 pass breakups.

2004

Garden City Community College, KS: Started 10 games. 56 tackles, 5 interceptions.

2003

Redshirted. Won the Golden Bull Award as the top scout team player.

ANALYSIS

ANALYSIS Williams is an undersized corner who has good hands and great ball skills. However, he has mediocre speed, relies heavily on his instincts to be successful, and will likely struggle in man coverage at the next level. Williams is natural in his back pedal, and he displays good closing quickness. An instinctive route-jumper, he will make his share of big plays but will also give up some as well. He does not make much of an effort to be involved in the running game and is not a physical tackler. In conclusion, Williams lacks the bulk and run support ability to be an every-down player, but he has the ball skills to be a factor as a nickel/ dime back.

McKinney lacks height but has a solid body build. He has a powerful lower body, good strength, and explosion. However, he does not have great top-end speed; he does play fast and has a nice burst. His uncle, Greg Jefferson, played DE for the Philadelphia Eagles. A hard-hitting tackler, McKinney uses leverage and his powerful lower body to explode through his opponents. He is aggressive in run support and definitely does not shy away from contact. In conclusion, McKinney had a solid showing at the Hula Bowl, which surprised some – but not us. He plays a tenacious, attacking style of football, and his instincts compensate for his lack of prototypical size. McKinney could develop into a starter in a zonecoverage scheme.

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Rating

Rank: 17

Ht: 6-0

Patrick Lee

6.0

Wt: 194

Rating

Rank: 18

Justin Tryon

Ht: 5-9

6.2

Wt: 180

A R I Z O N A S TAT E

AUBURN

STATISTICS

STATISTICS

2007

Started 12 of 13 games. 55 tackles, 4 interceptions, 10 pass breakups. Name the Most Improved Defensive Back by his coaches at the conclusion of spring practices.

2007

2006

Started 4 of 13 games. 25 tackles, 1 interception, 6 pass breakups.

Started all 13 games. 56 tackles, 3 interceptions for 122 yards and 1 TD, 16 pass breakups, 1 tackle for loss, 1 forced fumble. 7 kick returns – 23.7 avg. 2nd Team All PAC 10. Voted Most Improved Defensive Player of the Year.

2005

Started 5 of 11 games. 9 tackles, 3 pass breakups.

2006

2004

Played 12 games. 14 tackles, 1 pass breakup.

2003

Redshirted.

Transferred to ASU. Started all 13 games. 47 tackles, 1 interception, 7 pass breakups, 2.5 tackles for loss, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 sack. 5 kick returns – 41.2 avg. Honorable Mention All PAC 10. College of the Canyons, CA: Played at CB and returned kicks. 2nd

2005

Team JUCO AA.

ANALYSIS Lee has good size, bulk, 40-yard speed, and overall athletic ability but does not play as fast as his timed speed would indicate. Lee graduated in the fall of 2006 with a degree in Criminology. He suffered a nagging knee injury throughout the 2006 season, which likely limited his effectiveness. Lee does not have great ball skills and needs to convert more pass break-ups into interceptions. He is a physical tackler and is aggressive in run support. In conclusion, a one-year starter who was unable to unseat the Atlanta Falcons 2007 sixth round draft pick, David Irons, from his starting role, Lee had a solid senior season. However, his production as an underclassman was marginal. He lacks the experience, burst, and functional speed to be more than a back-up.

Rating

Rank: 19

Tyvon Branch

Ht: 6-0

6.3

Wt: 198

2004

Played at CB. His team won the JUCO National Championship.

ANALYSIS Tryon is an undersized but speedy, cover corner who plays more physical than his size may indicate. He is smooth in transition, showing natural hip flexibility, and he gets a good break on the ball. Tryon has adequate ball skills but needs to show better consistency catching the ball. He is willing to sacrifice his body to make tackles but lacks the strength and size to be dominant against the run. In conclusion, Tryon had a solid showing at the East-West Shrine game. He lacks the size to hold-up as an every down player, but he has the appearance of a valuable nickel corner, able to match-up against slot receivers.

Rating

Rank: 20

Dejuan Tribble

CONNECTICUT

Ht: 5-9

6.3

Wt: 190

B O S TO N C O L L E G E

STATISTICS

STATISTICS

2007

2007

35 tackles, 4 INTs for 42 yards, 8 pass breakups, 2 tackles for loss.

2006

49 tackles, 7 INTs with 3 returned for TDs, 5 pass breakups, 1FR.

2005

57 tackles, 2 INTs, 6 pass breakups, 3 tackles for loss.

2004

29 tackles, 2 INTs, 3 pass breakups, 2 return (FF, PR) TDs. Redshirted.

2006

89 tackles, 10 pass breakups, 3 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble. 27 kick returns – 28.9 avg. and 2 TDs. 2nd Team All Big East as a return specialist. 79 tackles, 1 INT, 4 pass breakups, 4 tackles for loss, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 FF.

2005

Started the final 5 games at CB. 42 tackles, 2 INTs, 4 pass breakups.

2003

2004

Played all 12 games, primarily on special teams. 20 tackles.

ANALYSIS

ANALYSIS Branch has good size, speed and athleticism. As a senior at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, he was named the Gatorade New York Track Athlete of the year in 2004. A physical player at the line, Branch is capable of knocking receivers off their routes. He has played CB and safety for the Huskies. Branch shows good awareness and play diagnosis in coverage, but he does not make a smooth transition exposing his tight hips. An aggressive tackler who wraps up his opponents, Branch also demonstrates his speed and tackling prowess as a gunner on special teams. In conclusion, Branch brings added versatility as a KR and has the ability to play FS as well as CB. He is worthy of a shot at CB, but could make a roster on his special teams ability alone.

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Tribble is a short, stout, muscular defender. He lacks top-end speed and struggles in man-to-man coverage. Tribble has experienced multiple run-ins with the law, including a July 2007 arrest in which he was reportedly accused of punching a man. He missed three games at the end of the 2007 season after spraining his MCL in practice but returned in time for BC’s bowl game. Tribble has good overall strength and can be physical at the line, getting a solid jam on receivers. He lacks hip flexibility and sudden change of direction ability, but he possesses good short-area quickness. Tribble has good ball skills, and has been effective in the return game. A reliable tackler, Tribble is willing to provide run support. In conclusion,Tribble appeared stiff in the hips and really struggled in-man-coverage during Senior Bowl week. His lack of speed and character concerns will make him a late-round pick. His best chance for success will come as a sub-package corner and returner.

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CORNERBACKS POSITION RATINGS

RANK

PLAYER

SCHOOL

RATING

COMMENTS

1

AQIB TALIB

KANSAS

1.4

2

DOMINIQUE RODGERSCROMARTIE

TENNESSEE STATE

1.5

3

JUSTIN KING

PENN STATE

2.2

JR

4

LEODIS MCKELVIN

TROY

2.2

RS

5

ANTOINE CASON

ARIZONA

2.3

6

MIKE JENKINS

SOUTH FLORIDA

2.3

7

TRACY PORTER

INDIANA

2.8

8

CHARLES GODFREY

IOWA

3.2

FS

9

BRANDON FLOWERS

VIRGINIA TECH

3.3

JR

10

DWIGHT LOWERY

SAN JOSE STATE

4.5

11

ORLANDO SCANDRICK

BOISE STATE

4.7

12

TERRENCE WHEATLEY

COLORADO

5.1

13

CHEVIS JACKSON

LSU

5.3

14

TERRELL THOMAS

USC

5.3

15

TRAE WILLIAMS

SOUTH FLORIDA

5.4

16

JUSTIN MCKINNEY

KANSAS ST

5.5

17

PATRICK LEE

AUBURN

6.0

18

JUSTIN TRYON

ARIZONA STATE

6.2

19

TYVON BRANCH

CONNECTICUT

6.3

20

DEJUAN TRIBBLE

BOSTON COLLEGE

6.3

21

JACK WILLIAMS

KENT

6.4

22

MAURICE LEGGETT

VALDOSTA STATE

6.4

23

ZACHARY BOWMAN

NEBRASKA

6.5

HEALTH

24

JACK IKEGWUONU

WISCONSIN

6.5

JR, HEALTH

25

ANTWUAN MOLDEN

EASTERN KENTUCKY

6.7

26

JONATHAN WILHITE

AUBURN

7.2

27

JERRID GAINES

MIAMI, OH

7.2

28

JONATHAN ZENON

LSU

7.2

29

TREY BROWN

UCLA

7.2

30

TERRELL VINSON

PURDUE

7.3

JR

FS

Chevis Jackson LSU

JR

RS

Justin Mckinney Kansas St

Justin Tryon Arizona State

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CORNERBACKS POSITION RATINGS

RANK

Tyvon Branch Connecticut

Lionell Singleton Florida Int’l

PLAYER

SCHOOL

RATING

31

DARNELL TERRELL

MISSOURI

7.4

32

LIONELL SINGLETON

FLORIDA INT’L

7.6

33

BRANDON FOSTER

TEXAS

7.8

34

CARY WILLIAMS

WASHBURN

7.8

35

JULIUS STINSON

WYOMING

7.9

36

REGGIE CORNER

AKRON

7.9

37

MARCUS WALKER

OKLAHOMA

PFA

38

TRAVIS WILLIAMS

EAST CAROLINA

PFA

39

WILREY FONTENOT

ARIZONA

PFA

40

GLENN SHARPE

MIAMI, FL

PFA

41

ALONZO PHILLIPS

FLORIDA INT’L

PFA

42

DAREN TONEY

ARKANSAS STATE

PFA

43

LESLIE MAJORS

INDIANA

PFA

44

ADAM SHADA

IOWA

PFA

45

STANLEY FRANKS

IDAHO

PFA

46

AL PHILLIPS

WAGNER

PFA

47

BRANDON CARR

GRAND VALLEY STATE

PFA

48

ELBERT MACK

TROY

PFA

49

ISAIAH GARDNER

MARYLAND

FA

50

PAUL PRATT

NEVADA

FA

51

BRIAN WITHERSPOON

STILLMAN

FA

52

MATTERRAL RICHARDSON

ARKANSAS

FA

53

DAVANZO TATE

AKRON

FA

54

MICHAEL HUFF

EASTERN KENTUCKY

FA

55

MYRON NEWBERRY

HAWAII

FA

56

ANTONIO LEWIS

WEST VIRGINIA

FA

57

GERARD LAWSON

OREGON STATE

FA

58

GERARD LEWIS

HAWAII

FA

59

OCTAVIUS LOVE

TUSCULUM

FA

60

MARTEL VAN ZANT

OKLAHOMA STATE

FA

COMMENTS RS

RS

RS

Jack Ikegwuonu Wisconsin

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FREE SAFETIES PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rank: 1

JUNIOR

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Played 12 games. 82 tackles, 2 interceptions, 5 pass breakups, 6 tackles for loss, 3 forced fumbles. 1st Team All ACC.

2006

Started 10 games. 71 tackles, 4 interceptions, 6 pass breakups, 6 tackles for loss. 2nd Team All ACC.

2005

Started 11 of 12 games. 88 tackles, 1 interception, 4 pass breakups, 3 tackles for loss, 1 fumble recovery.

Phillips has excellent size with long limbs; he possesses great awareness and ball skills. He also has great speed and fluid hips, and he can get in and out of his breaks quickly. He was named Academic All ACC in 2006. His injury history is a minor concern: an ankle injury in November 2007 with which he continued to play; a broken thumb which caused him to miss three games in 2006. Phillips is solid in both man-to-man and zone coverage. He displays great range and gets a jump on the ball when it is in the air. A physical player in run support, Phillips is willing to throw his body around in order to make a play. He plays with great confidence and has a high football IQ. In conclusion, Phillips was a productive starter from day one with the Hurricanes. Hands down, he is the top safety available in the draft.

1.6

Rating

Kenny Phillips

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 210 MIAMI, FL

Rank: 2

JUNIOR

Rating

2.5

Reggie Smith

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 198 OKLAHOMA

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started 13games at CB, 78 tackles, 3 interceptions, 11 pass breakups, 7 tackles for loss, 1 fumble recovery. 30 punt returns – 6.8 avg.

2006

Started first 3 games at CB before moving to SS for 10 games. 41 tackles, 3 interceptions, 8 pass breakups, 4 tackles for loss, 1 fumble recovery. 1st Team All Big 12

2005

Stared 9 games at SS. 47 tackles 2 interceptions, 3 pass breakups, 2 tackles for loss, 1 fumble recovery.

Smith has an excellent combination of size, speed, and athleticism. While he has great speed for a safety, he lacks the sudden burst to be a corner. A third year junior, Smith decided to forgo his senior season. He missed the 2007 Fiesta Bowl because of a broken toe which prohibited him from pushing off. Smith shows good upper body strength in jamming receivers at the line. If he is to remain at CB, it will likely be as a presscoverage player. While Smith played either CB or SS for the Sooners, he initially projects to FS in the NFL because of his lack of experience at CB and size to play SS. He brings added value as a punt and kick returner and is versatile enough to play any secondary position in a pinch. Smith is a solid tackler who also possesses ball skills. In conclusion, Smith is a young, productive, 3-year starter who has upside and versatility. He may lack the short-area burst to be a top-flight CB, but he should be a standout at free safety.

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FREE SAFETIES PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rating

Rank: 3

Jonathan Hefney

Ht: 5-9

3.2

Wt: 185

Rating

Rank: 4

Simeon Castille

Ht: 6-0

4.3

Wt: 190

ALABAMA

TENNESSEE

STATISTICS

STATISTICS

2007

Played 14 games. 96 tackles, 1 interception, 6 pass breakups, 2 tackles for loss. 14 punt returns – 6.4 avg.

2007

Started all 13 games at CB. 63 tackles, 2 interceptions, 10 pass breakups, 6.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks.

2006

Started all 13 games. 96 tackles, 5 interceptions, 3 pass breakups, 3 tackles for loss, 1 fumble recovery. 17 punt returns – 12.1 avg.

2006

2005

Started all 11 games at FS. 65 tackles, 3 interceptions, 6 pass breakups, 3.5 tackles for loss. 13 punt returns – 11.5 avg.

Started all 13 games at CB. 71 tackles, led the team with 6 interceptions, 6 pass breakups, 4.5 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, 1 sack. 1st Team All SEC.

2005

Transferred to Tennessee. Started 12 of 13 games at CB. 65 tackles, 1 interception, 11 pass breakups, 2.5 tackles for loss, .5 sacks. 23 punt returns – 5.0 avg.

Started 3 of 11 games played. 28 tackles, 2 interceptions, 7 pass breakups, 4 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles, 2 sacks, 1 blocked punt. Missed Cotton Bowl due to Academic ineligibility.

2004

Played 11 of 12 games. 14 tackles, 2 interceptions, 4 pass breakups, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack.

2004

2003

Attended Hargrave Military Academy, VA.

ANALYSIS

ANALYSIS Hefney lacks prototypical size but is very physical nonetheless. He has proven himself to be durable, and he possesses good speed, explosion, and instincts. Hefney is very aggressive, takes good angles in run support, and delivers striking hits. He displays great play recognition and the range to make plays all over the field. Hefney is very smooth in his back pedal and in transition. In conclusion, Hefney’s size is his only limiting factor, one he largely offsets by his aggressive and fearless style of play. Hefney has the ability to immediately contribute as a nickel defender, but it will take some time for him to work his way into a starting lineup.

Rating

Rank: 5

Thomas DeCoud

Ht: 6-1

4.8

Wt: 196

Castille has good size, but he lacks the speed and fluid hip movement to be effective at CB; as a result, he projects to FS in the pros. His brother, Tim, and his father, Jeremiah, both played football at Alabama. He missed only one game due to injury for the Crimson Tide which was in 2004 because of a bruised knee. He struggled in man-to-man coverage the week of Senior Bowl practices, making the need for a position change evident. Castille gives a solid effort in run support, but he does not always wrap-up the ball carrier and must become more physical. He shows good play diagnosis and the ability to anticipate routes, but he drops too many would-be interceptions. In conclusion, Castille has been a durable, productive player who relies on his instincts to make plays. His lack of speed and explosiveness will force him to move to safety where he should continue to be productive.

Rating

Rank: 6

Marcus Griffin

CALIFORNIA

Ht: 5-11

4.8

Wt: 200

TEXAS

STATISTICS

STATISTICS

2007

Led his team with 116 tackles, 1 INT, 4 pass breakups, 3 tackles for loss, 1 FR, 2 FFs, 1 sack. Defensive Team MVP. Team Captain.

2007

99 tackles, 5 INTs, 5 pass breakups, 1 tackles for loss, 1 FF. 1st Team All Big 12 (coaches).

2006

Missed 4 games because of a knee injury. 45 tackles, 3 pass breakups, 1 TFL.

2006

Started 10 of 11 games at SS. 90 tackles, 1 INT, 3 PBUs.

2005

Played all 13 games. 32 tackles.

2005

28 tackles, 1tackle for loss.

2004

Played all 12 games.

2004

Played 10 games as a reserve. 9 tackles, 1 FR.

2003

Redshirted.

ANALYSIS DeCoud is a tall, rangy, former CB who thrives on contact. A special teams standout, he blocked six kicks with California. DeCoud displays high-impact striking ability as a tackler. He is a force against the running game, but he can be overaggressive, succumbing to play-action too frequently. DeCoud lacks ball skills as evidenced by his one career interception. He shows fluid hips and natural pass coverage skills. At this point, DeCoud is a one-dimensional run stopper, but he does have the quickness and athletic ability to improve as a pass defender.

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ANALYSIS Griffin is a solidly built, run stuffing safety. He lacks great speed, but he takes good angles toward the ball and is a sure-tackler. Griffin’s twin brother, Michael, was drafted by the Tennessee Titans with the 19th selection in the 2007 NFL Draft. Griffin graduated in December with a degree in Government. He is a two-time 2nd Team Academic All Big 12 Honoree. In conclusion, Griffin lacks the athletic ability that made his brother a first round selection. However, he should be able to carve his niche as an in-the-box safety and quality special teamer.

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FREE SAFETIES PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rating

Rank: 7

Ht: 6-1

Joe Fields

5.6

Wt: 210

Rating

Rank: 8

Ht: 5-11

Quintin Demps

5.7

Wt: 204

UTEP

SYRACUSE

STATISTICS

STATISTICS

2007

Started all 12games at FS. Led the team with 97 tackles, 4 interceptions, 2.5 tackles for loss.

2007

2006

Started all 12 games at FS. 66 tackles, 4 interceptions, 8 pass breakups, 1 sack.

Started 11 of 12 games, 72 tackles, 5 interceptions 2 were returned for TDs, 9 pass breakups, 4.5 tackles for loss, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 blocked kick. 15 punt returns – 13.3 avg. 22 kick returns – 22.4 avg.

2006

Played 7 games. Started 3 games at QB. Completed 9 of 28 attempts for 155 yards, 3 interceptions.

Started 12 games. 67 tackles, 7 interceptions, 12 tackles for loss. 9 kick returns – 23.9 avg., 1 TD.

2005

Started all 12 games. 78 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions.

2004

Started 11 of 12 games. Missed one game because of a hamstring injury. 58 tackles, 2 interceptions, 6 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles, 2 TDs off turnovers, 1 blocked kick.

2003

Redshirted.

2005 2004

Played 7 games. Started the first 3 games at QB. Completed 13 of 29 attempts for 192 yards, 1 TD, 3 interceptions.

ANALYSIS Fields is a well-built, athletic, and intelligent prospect. He has good speed and great instincts, considering he is relatively new to the position. Fields moved from QB to FS following the 2006 spring practices. He graduated a semester early from high school and enrolled at Syracuse in January 2004, the first ever Orange football early enrollee. He earned Athletic Director Honor Roll twice. Still refining his tackling technique, Fields is aggressive in run support and is more physical than one would expect from a former QB. He understands routes and gets a jump on the ball; he possesses soft hands and will produce interceptions. In conclusion, while Fields has prototypical size, speed, and instincts, he is not a finished product. He has a nice upside and could develop into a solid starter down the road.

Rating

Rank: 9

Kennard Cox

Ht: 6-1

6.2

Wt: 195

ANALYSIS Demps has adequate size, speed, and range. He is an instinctive, ball-hawking safety who does not play with great speed. Demps reads his keys and shows the ability to quickly change directions. He is not a great tackler and does not make much of an impact in run support. He anticipates the receivers’ routes well and seems to always be around the ball. Demps has reliable hands and rarely drops an interception; he uses his skills as a returner after he has possession. In conclusion, a productive college player, Demps relies too heavily on his instincts and will give up some big plays in order to make big plays. His skill set is best suited for zone coverage.

Rating

Rank: 10

Kendall Ricketts

PITTSBURGH

Ht: 5-10

6.5

Wt: 190

C E N T R A L M I S S O U R I S TAT E

STATISTICS

STATISTICS

2007

Started all 12 games at CB. 32 tackles, 1 interception, 5 pass breakups, 1 fumble recovery.

2007

2006

Started all 12 games at CB. 51 tackles, 1 interception, 7 pass breakups, 1 tackle for loss.

Missed 2 games because of knee injury. 78 tackles, 1 INT, 5 tackles for loss, 1 FF, 1.5 sacks. Became the all-time leading tackler in school history with 344 tackles at FS. Division II AA (3rd time). Team Captain.

2005

Played all 11 games. 4 tackles.

2006

95 tackles, 3 INTs, 4 tackles for loss, 1 FF.

2004

Played all 12 games. 11 tackles.

2005

96 tackles, 1 INT, 4.5 tackles for loss, 2 FR, 1 FF.

Redshirted.

2004

75 tackles, 5 INTs, 2.5 tackles for loss.

2003

ANALYSIS Cox has good size and a solid body build. He does not have ideal speed, but he does display good instincts and plays a physical game. Cox is the cousin of current Tampa Bay Buccaneer and former Panther, Torrie Cox. A solid, wrapup tackler, Cox plays with intensity. In conclusion, Cox proved to be one of the most explosive players who participated in the Hula Bowl. He may be able to make it as a cover-2 corner, but he is best suited to move inside to FS in order to maximize his instinctive, physical nature.

ANALYSIS Ricketts is undersized but has a solid build and an aggressive mentality. He has good speed, change of direction ability, and shows burst out of his cuts. A team leader and hard worker, Ricketts could excel on special teams. He is a solid wrapup tackler who makes his presence felt in run support. Ricketts possesses good ball skillsl, but he was rarely able to display them after his freshman year as teams did not throw his way very often. In conclusion, Ricketts was highly productive at the Division II level and had a solid week of practice and performed well in the Division II All-Star Cactus Bowl. Ricketts has the mentality and instincts to work his way onto an NFL roster as a reserve DB and special teamer.

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FREE SAFETIES POSITION RATINGS

RANK

Jonathan Hefney Tennessee

Marcus Griffin Texas

Joe Fields Syracuse

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PLAYER

SCHOOL

RATING

COMMENTS

1

KENNY PHILLIPS

MIAMI, FL

1.6

JR

2

REGGIE SMITH

OKLAHOMA

2.5

JR, CB

3

JONATHAN HEFNEY

TENNESSEE

3.2

4

SIMEON CASTILLE

ALABAMA

4.3

5

THOMAS DECOUD

CALIFORNIA

4.8

6

MARCUS GRIFFIN

TEXAS

4.8

7

JOE FIELDS

SYRACUSE

5.6

8

QUINTIN DEMPS

UTEP

5.7

9

KENNARD COX

PITTSBURGH

6.2

10

KENDALL RICKETTS

CENTRAL MISSOURI ST

7.2

11

COREY LYNCH

APPALACHIAN STATE

7.3

12

DENNIS KEYES

UCLA

7.4

13

DJ PARKER

VIRGINIA TECH

7.4

14

MICHAEL HINTON

MANKATO STATE

7.5

15

KELIN JOHNSON

GEORGIA

7.7

16

HARUKI NAKAMURA

CINCINNATI

PFA

17

HUSAIN ABDULLAH

WASHINGTON STATE

PFA

18

MARCUS WATTS

KANSAS STATE

PFA

19

MIL’VON JAMES

UNLV

PFA

CB

20

MARQUIS CARPENTER

TEXAS A&M

PFA

CB

21

KEVIN MITCHELL

ILLINOIS

PFA

22

KYLE WARD

LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE

PFA

23

ROGER WILLIAMS

FLORIDA STATE

FA

24

KHAYYAM BURNS

ARKANSAS STATE

FA

25

RON GIRAULT

RUTGERS

FA

HEALTH

26

DAMON NICKSON

MIDDLE TENNESSEE ST

FA

RS

27

AVERY ROBERSON

GEORGIA TECH

FA

CB

28

BRANDENT ENGLEMON

MICHIGAN

FA

29

TONY LEZOTTE

JAMES MADISON

FA

30

DAVID ROACH

TCU

FA

31

RYAN MUNDY

WEST VIRGINIA

FA

32

DARIEN WILLIAMS

OKLAHOMA

FA

33

BOBBIE WILLIAMS

BETHUNE COOKMAN

FA

34

BRANDON ISAAC

SOUTH CAROLINA

FA

35

JERMAINE MOYE

CALIFORNIA, PA

FA

36

BOBBY TATUM

ABILENE CHRISTIAN

FA

37

WILLIE COOPER

MIAMI, FL

FA

38

MICHAEL GRANT

ARKANSAS

FA

39

MARCUS CARTER

ALABAMA

FA

40

DREW KELSON

TEXAS

FA

CB

CB

CB

WR

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STRONG SAFETIES

PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rank: 1

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Played 12 games. 80 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 pass breakup.

2006

Started all 12 games. 79 tackles, 2 tackles for loss. Jim Thorpe Award Semi-Finalist.

2005

Started all 12 games. 71 tackles, 5 interceptions, 4 pass breakups, 9 tackles for loss. 3rd Team Associated Press All American.

2004

Started all 11 games. 63 tackles, 1 interception, 1 pass breakup, 1 fumble recovery, 2 forced fumble.

2003

Redshirted.

Zbikowski has adequate size and functional speed. A nationally ranked Golden Glove boxer, Zbikowski won his pro debut after knocking out his opponent in just 49 seconds. He strongly considered entering last years draft before deciding to return to South Bend. He is an intense competitor and natural leader. Zbikowski does a good job in run support, both in reading keys and reacting quickly. He is a reliable tackler, but he occasionally goes for the knockout blow instead of wrapping up which causes him to miss altogether. Zbikowski shows great vision and a short-area burst as a punt returner. He lacks great range in pass coverage but has good ball skills and solid hands. He does not have the most fluid hips and occasionally bites on play-action. In conclusion, Zbikowski is a tough, blue-collar type player with above average athletic ability. He brings added value as a punt returner and special teams player,. In time, Zbikowski should work his way into a starting lineup.

3.0

Rating

Tom Zbikowski

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 208 N OT R E DA M E

Rank: 2

Rating

Jamie Silva Ht: 5-11

4.2

Wt: 210

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Played in all 14 games at FS. 125 tackles, 8 interceptions (147 yards), 3 pass breakups, 4 tackles for loss, 1 fumble recovery, 2 forced fumbles, 1.5 sacks. 9 punt returns – 7.9 avg. 1st Team Associated Press All American. 1st Team All ACC. Jim Thorpe Award Finalist. MVP of the Champs Sports Bowl.

2006

Started 12 games. Missed 1 because of a knee injury. 57 tackles, 4 interceptions, 6 tackles for loss, 1 sack.

2005

Started 7 of 112 games. Led the team with 87 tackles, 1 interception, 2 pass breakups, 4.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack.

2004

Started 3 of 12 games. 43 tackles, 1 interception, 2 pass breakups, 3 fumble recoveries.

2003

Redshirted.

2002

Twice named to the all state team in high school and was also named the Rhode Island Player of the Year by the Providence Gridiron Club.

Silva is a solidly built player who lacks track speed, yet manages to cover the entire field. He takes great angles to the ball and is adept at sifting his way through traffic. Defensive coordinator Frank Spazian awarded Silva the team’s final scholarship of his recruiting class; it turned out to be a good decision. Intelligent, instinctive, and ultra-competitive, Silva is a safety with a nose for the ball. Silva played FS at Boston College but is a natural fit for SS in the pros. He has great instincts and easily diagnoses plays. He is stout in run support and is a tackling machine. In pass defense, Silva has tremendous range, good ball skills, and soft hands. In conclusion, Silva is the type of player a team will bypass in the draft because of his lack of measurables; they then kick themselves each time they face him. His great effort and all out hustle will make him a force on special teams. His superior instincts and play recognition will earn him a starting role on a team that looks past his 40 time.

B O S TO N C O L L E G E

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PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rating

Rank: 3

Dajuan Morgan JUNIOR

Ht: 6-1

4.8

Wt: 205

Rating

Rank: 4

Ht: 6-0

Tyrell Johnson

5.6

Wt: 197

A R K A N S A S S TAT E

N O R T H C A R O L I N A S TAT E

STATISTICS

STATISTICS

2007

Led the team with 97 tackles, 3 INTs, 6 pass breakups, 2 tackles for loss, 1 FF.

2007

2006

59 tackles, 2 INTs, 5 pass breakups, 1 tackle for loss, 1 blocked punt.

94 tackles, 6 INTs for 142 yards, 1 return for a TD, 4 pass breakups, 4.5 tackles for loss, and 2 FFs. Sunbelt Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Holds the conference career tackling record with 363 tackles.

2005

44 tackles, 1 INT, 1.5 tackles, 1 blocked punt.

2006

Started 11 of 12 games at SS. 63 tackles.

He was then granted a redshirt because of lingering effects from a hip injury.

2005

112 tackles, 2 INTs, 2 pass breakups, 1 tackle for loss, 1 FF.

2004

Started 11 games at FS. 94 tackles, 4 INTs, 5 pass breakups, 1 FF.

ANALYSIS

2003

Redshirted.

Morgan has good size, a solid build, and plays with functional speed. His brother DeAndre also plays defensive back for the Wolfpack. While in high school, he suffered a dislocated hip in a car accident; the injury caused him to miss his entire senior season and remains a minor concern. Morgan is capable of playing either strong or free safety in most schemes. A solid tackler, Morgan is good at reading his keys and coming up in run support. A hard worker, he is very physical and plays alert. While pass coverage is not his strong suit at this point, he shows good instincts and ball skills. In conclusion, it is somewhat surprising that Morgan declared for early Draft entry, but then again, it is not a stellar year for safeties. Possesses good size and speed but will need to improve his cover skills in order to push for a starting role.

ANALYSIS

2004

Rating

Rank: 5

Dominique Barber

Ht: 6-0

5.6

Wt: 205

Johnson is a good sized, well built player with good game speed. Johnson’s full name is Marcellous Tyrell Johnson. His mother Patricia was a sprinter at Arkansas. He graduated in August 2007 with a degree in Management Information Systems and began working towards a Masters Degree thereafter. An explosive tackler, Johnson is at his best when the play is in front of him and he can blow up his opponent. In his senior season, he displayed improved ball and coverage skills. Johnson has adequate range and possesses the athletic ability to make dramatic improvements in coverage at the next level. In conclusion, Johnson is an intelligent, hard working, in-the-box safety who is a force against the run.To break into a starting role at the next level, Johnson will need to continue improving his skills as a pass defender.

Rating

Rank: 6

Derrick Doggett

M I N N E S O TA

Ht: 6-2

6.0

Wt: 208

O R E G O N S TAT E

STATISTICS

STATISTICS

2007

100 tackles, 8 pass breakups, 5.5 tackles for loss, 3 FRs, one return TD. Team MVP.

2007

93 tackles, 4 INTs, 3 PBUs, 14 TFL, 1 FR, 1 FF, 3 sacks, 1 blocked kick. Emerald Bowl Defensive MVP.

2006

74 tackles, 4 INTs, 4 pass breakups, 1 FRs, 2 FFs, 2 blocked kicks.

2006

87 tackles, 3 INTs, 2 PBUs, 14 TFL, 1 FR, 1 FF, 5 sacks.

2005

Played all 12 games. 13 tackles, 1 blocked punt.

2005

42 tackles, 1 INT, 4 tackles for loss, 1 FF, 1 blocked kick.

2004

Played all 9 games at SS. 4 tackles, 1 pass breakup.

2004

13 tackles, 2 blocked kicks.

2003

Redshirted.

ANALYSIS Barber has a very solid build with a well defined physique. He is quick and agile, and he possesses very good overall athletic ability. His brother Marion III plays RB for the Dallas Cowboys, and his father Marion, Jr., played for the New York Jets. He is a solid run defender and a secure tackler. He shows a burst when attacking the ball carrier. Barber needs to improve his ball skills and be more of a factor in the passing game. In conclusion, Barber has room for improvement as a pass defender, but he has shown steady progress in all areas of the game. He has the size, strength, and athleticism to develop into a starter.

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ANALYSIS Doggett is too undersized to remain at OLB; he has good size and long arms and is best suited to play SS at the next level. He plays faster than timed speed would indicate, shows good pursuit angles, and covers a lot of ground. He is Team Co-Captain and has two daughters. Doggett struggles to disengage from blockers near the line, which is another reason for the move to SS. He has good vision to locate and react to the ball and hits like a linebacker when he arrives. Doggett appeared comfortable in pass coverage as a LB, but with a move to SS he must make deeper drops and adjust to covering receivers rather than TEs. In conclusion, while his position conversion will take some time, Doggett has the ability to develop into a future starter. In the meantime, he has the size, speed, and tackling skills to be a standout on special teams.

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STRONG SAFETIES

PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rating

Rank: 7

Josh Barrett

Ht: 6-2

6.0

Wt: 231

Rating

Rank: 8

Ht: 6-2

Craig Steltz

7.0

Wt: 215

ISU

A R I Z O N A S TAT E

STATISTICS

STATISTICS

2007

Missed 5 games because of an injury. 38 tackles, 1 INT, 7 pass breakups, 4 tackles for loss, 1 FR, 1 sack.

2007

Led the Tigers with 101 tackles, 6 INTs, 7 pass breakups, 5 tackles for loss, 3 FFs, 1 sack.

2006

82 tackles, 3 INTs, 6 pass breakups, 7.5 tackles for loss, 1 FRs, 1 sack. Team Defensive MVP.

2006

42 tackles, 4 INTs, 5 pass breakups, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack.

2005

40 tackles, 1 interceptions, 2 pass breakups.

2005

37 tackles, 1 INT, 4 pass breakups, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack.

2004

Played in 4 games. 1 tackle.

2004

17 tackles, 1 INT, 1 fumble recovery, .5 sacks.

2003

Injured his shoulder in the first game then was redshirted.

ANALYSIS

ANALYSIS Barrett has linebacker size and covers like one too, which may prompt a move to OLB in a Tampa-2 scheme. He takes too long to flip his hips and break on the ball. He lacks great change of direction and lets his momentum dictate his path to the ball. He made the secondary calls for the defense, has good character, and is a leader. Barrett earned his degree in Marketing in May 2007 and was 1st Team Academic All PAC 10 in 2006. His injury plagued senior campaign makes it necessary to place more emphasis on his 2006 performances. As a junior, he made more plays in coverage and appeared much faster. A solid tackler, Barrett is adequate in run support, but he is not the dominating force that his intimidating size would indicate. In conclusion, Barrett’s health is a major concern. If he can rebound from his injury and regain his junior form, he could be a day two bargain.

Rating

Rank: 9

Brian Bonner

Ht: 5-11

7.2

Wt: 197

Steltz has linebacker size and a very solid build. He lacks timed speed, quickness, and sudden change of direction ability. His brother, Kevin, played FB for the Tigers. Steltz has outstanding instincts, football intelligence, and work ethic. He spends a lot of time in the weight room and bench presses well over 400 pounds. He has the size and instincts to make the switch to LB in an attacking style defense. A solid tackler, Steltz is at his best in run support. In coverage, Steltz shows the ability to high-point the ball and has soft hands to come down with the interception. However, he lacks fluid hips and the burst to hold up in man-to-man coverage. In conclusion, Steltz is a hard worker who seems to always find his way to the ball; however, his lack of speed and recovery quickness will be exposed at the next level. His best shot may come as a LB and special teams ace.

Rating

Rank: 10

Jamar Adams

TCU

Ht: 6-2

7.3

Wt: 210

MICHIGAN

STATISTICS

STATISTICS

2007

2007

Started all 13 games. 92 tackles, 3 interceptions, 10 pass breakups.

2006

Started all 13 games at SS. 47 tackles, 1 interception, 6 pass breakups. 2nd Team All Big 10

2005

Started 8 of 10 games. 27 tackles, 2 pass breakups.

2004

Played 8 games. 6 tackles.

2006

78 tackles, 1 INT, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks. 41 punt returns – 13.0 avg. 1st Team All MWC as a return specialist. 49 tackles, 2 INTs, 9.5 tackles for loss, 4 pass breakups, 4.5 sacks. 24 punt returns – 12.7 avg. 1st Team All MWC as a return specialist. 2nd Team All MWC as a safety.

2005

Started 6 of 12 games at SS. 43 tackles, 4 INTs, 7 tackles for loss, 2 FRs, 2 FFs, 2 sacks.

2004

Played 11 games. 28 tackles, 2 pass breakups, 1 FR, 1 sack.

2003

Redshirted while making the conversion from QB to Safety.

ANALYSIS Bonner has a muscular build and adequate bulk. He lacks top-end speed but displays a great short area burst as both a defender and punt returner. Bonner is strong, and he is willing to sacrifice his body to make tackles. He displays adequate ball skills in pass coverage. He has the physical tools to improve in all areas of the game. In conclusion Bonner’s ability as a punt returner will likely earn him a roster spot, but he also possesses the toughness and strength to be a quality reserve at safety.

ANALYSIS Adams has good size and a solid frame. He plays slower than his timed-speed and is late to react to the ball. He gets sucked up to the line of scrimmage on play action and is susceptible to double moves by receivers. Of solid character, Adams made all the secondary calls for the Wolverines. He is very strong and a physical tackler in run support. Adams does not have fluid hips and will struggle to cover receivers one-on-one. In conclusion, Adams looks the part but lacks the quickness, change of direction ability, and instincts to be effective in coverage. His best chance will be as a reserve and special teamer.

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POSITION RATINGS

RANK

Dominique Barber Minnesota

Josh Barrett Arizona State

Brian Bonner TCU

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PLAYER

SCHOOL

RATING

COMMENTS

1

TOM ZBIKOWSKI

NOTRE DAME

3.0

2

JAMIE SILVA

BOSTON COLLEGE

4.2

3

DAJUAN MORGAN

NORTH CAROLINA ST

4.8

4

TYRELL JOHNSON

ARKANSAS STATE

5.6

5

DOMINIQUE BARBER

MINNESOTA

5.6

6

DERRICK DOGGETT

OREGON STATE

6.0

OLB

7

JOSH BARRETT

ARIZONA STATE

6.0

OLB

8

CRAIG STELTZ

LSU

7.0

OLB

9

BRIAN BONNER

TCU

7.2

RS

10

JAMAR ADAMS

MICHIGAN

7.3

11

CHRIS HORTON

UCLA

7.4

12

DJ WOLFE

OKLAHOMA

7.6

13

RAY BASS

SAN DIEGO STATE

7.6

14

MICHAEL EUBANKS

DELTA STATE

7.8

15

IKE BROWN

CENTRAL MICHIGAN

7.9

16

MARTY TADMAN

BOISE STATE

7.9

17

CALEB CAMPBELL

ARMY

7.9

18

TONY JOINER

FLORIDA

PFA

19

STEVE TATE

UTAH

PFA

20

ERIC WICKS

WEST VIRGINIA

PFA

21

BRANDON SUMRALL

SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

PFA

22

ERIC BROCK

AUBURN

PFA

23

DOWAYNE DAVIS

SYRACUSE

PFA

24

PAUL TETZEL

BENTLEY

PFA

25

STEVE CRAVER

TULSA

PFA

26

JAMAL LEWIS

GEORGIA TECH

FA

27

JACOB PATEK

HAWAII

FA

28

NEHEMIAH WARRICK

MICHIGAN STATE

FA

29

MATT HEWITT

ARKANSAS

FA

30

TIERRE GREEN

NEBRASKA

FA

31

DONOVAN WOODS

OKLAHOMA STATE

FA

32

BEAU WENDLING

CHADRON STATE

FA

33

TRAVIS KEY

MICHIGAN STATE

FA

34

HENTI BAIRD

HAMPTON

FA

35

CORNELIUS BROWN

MISSOURI

FA

36

BRANNON CARTER

NORTHERN IOWA

FA

37

DANIEL VARVEL

TEXAS STATE

FA

38

ZAIRE WILBORN

GRAMBLING

FA

39

JOSE YEARWOOD

BROWN

FA

40

JOHN MACKEY

AKRON

FA

RS JR

OLB

LB

HEALTH

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RETURN SPECIALISTS

PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rank: 1

Rating

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started 11 of 12 games at WR. 55 receptions for 640 yards, 11.6 avg., 5 TDs. 20 punt returns – 18.9 avg., 1 TD. 43 kick returns – 29.3 avg., 3 TDs.

2006

Started 9 games at WR. 36 receptions for 582 yards, 16.1 avg., 5 TDs. 14 punt returns – 5.3 avg. 31 kick returns – 20.7 avg.

2005

Started 9 of 11 games. 43 receptions for 661 yards, 15.4 avg., 8 TDs. 27 punt returns – 10.0 avg., 1 TD. 23 kick returns – 21.7 avg.

2004

Started 3 of 11 games. 44 receptions for 602 yards, 13.7 avg., 3 TDs. 17 punt returns – 22.5 avg., 2 TDs. 13 kick returns – 25.1 avg., 1 TD. Team Offensive and Special Teams MVP and 1st Team All Sunbelt.

Robinson has great acceleration and vision with enough burst to get through the seam in kick coverage. He runs with great balance and has deceptive power which makes it difficult for defenders to knock him off his feet. He consistently gains additional yardage after contact. While at Utah State, Robinson broke the NCAA record for career all-purpose yards per play (16.1 avg.). In conclusion, Robinson had an impressive showing in the East-West Shrine game in which he returned a punt 72 yards for a score and hauled in four balls for 28 yards and a TD. He can make an immediate impact as a returner while polishing his skills as a receiver.

2003

Redshirted.

5.1

Kevin Robinson

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 199 U TA H S TAT E

Rank: 2

Rating

5.4

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started 11 of 13 games at WR. 33 receptions for 496 yards, 15.0 avg., 4 TDs. 8 attempts for 112 yards, (14.0 YPC). 31 punt returns – 14.7 avg., 2 TDs. 14 kick returns – 22.6 avg.

2006

Started 9 of 13 games. 31 receptions for 497 yards, 16.0 avg., 3 TDs. 23 punt returns – 13.2 avg., 1 TD. 19 kick returns – 22.7 avg.

2005

Started all 13 games. 27 receptions for 315 yards, 11.7 avg., 2 TDs. 32 punt returns – 8.2 avg. 14 kick returns – 20.9 avg.

Royal is an undersized, yet speedy, slot receiver and punt returner. He uses his acceleration and vision to create big plays in the return game. Royal is shifty and shows quick-feet, which makes it difficult for defenders to get a clean shot at him. Once he reaches the second wave of defenders, he hits a second gear and is difficult to catch. Royal’s diminutive frame raises concerns regarding his long-term durability. In conclusion, Royal has the quickness and hands to become a solid slot-receiver, but his biggest impact will likely come as a returner.

2004

Started 11 of 13 games. 28 receptions for 470 yards, 16.8 avg., 3 TDs. 25 punt returns – 11.0 avg. 12 kick returns – 28.8 avg.

Eddie Royal

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 182 VIRGINIA TECH

Rank: 3

Rating

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

Started 11 of 12 games at WR. 41 receptions for 593 yards, 14.5 avg., 1 TD. 26 punt returns – 12.4 avg. 31 kick returns – 2.5 avg., 1 TD.

2006

Started 8 of 11 games at WR. Converted to WR during spring practice. 27 receptions for 13.3 yards, 2 TDs. 24 punt returns – 8.6 avg., 1 TD.

2005

Started 5 of 12 games at RB. 46 attempts for 203 yards, (4.4 YPC), 2 TDs. 15 receptions for 151 yards, 1 TD. 21 punt returns – 5.8 avg. 20 kick returns – 29.1 avg.

A converted RB, with a solid frame and deceptive speed, Blackman lacks shiftiness. He is more of a north-south returner who follows his blocker and utilizes his vision. Blackman displays great balance and body control; it is difficult to bring him down once he has built up a head of steam. In conclusion, Blackman had a stellar performance in the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Game, returning six kicks for 232 yards, 38.7 avg., including a 97 yard touchdown. He is still developing his route running as a receiver, but his ability as a return specialist should earn him a roster spot.

2004

Transferred to NC State: Started 1 of 10 games as a RB. 50 attempts for 206 yards, (4.1 YPC), 1TD. 9 receptions for 90 yards, 10.0 avg. 12 punt returns – 17.8 avg., 1 TD.

2003

Attended Hargrave Military Academy.

6.3

Darrell Blackman

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 205 N C S T AT E

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POSITION RATINGS

RETURN SPECIALISTS RANK

Dexter Jackson Applachian State

Darius Reynaud West Virginia

PLAYER

SCHOOL

RATING

COMMENTS

1

KEVIN ROBINSON

UTAH STATE

5.1

WR

2

EDDIE ROYAL

VIRGINIA TECH

5.4

WR

3

DARRELL BLACKMAN

NORTH CAROLINA ST

6.3

WR

4

DEXTER JACKSON

APPLACHIAN STATE

6.4

WR

5

DARIUS REYNAUD

WEST VIRGINIA

6.5

WR

6

RAFAEL LITTLE

KENTUCKY

6.7

RB

7

JAYSON FOSTER

GEORGIA SOUTHERN

7.6

WR

8

CHAD SIMPSON

MORGAN STATE

7.7

RB

9

MATTHEW SLATER

UCLA

7.7

FS

10

PAUL RAYMOND

BROWN

PFA

WR

11

JAYMAR JOHNSON

JACKSON STATE

PFA

WR

12

DESMOND REED

USC

PFA

RB

13

DAMON NICKSON

MIDDLE TENNESSEE ST

PFA

FS

14

LOWELL ROBINSON

PITTSBURGH

PFA

S

15

CLIFTON SMITH

FRESNO STATE

FA

RB

16

YONUS DAVIS

SAN JOSE STATE

FA

HEALTH

17

DERVON WALLACE

SHEPHERD, WV

FA

RB

18

MIKEY HENDERSON

GEORGIA

FA

WR

19

TORY COOPER

CITADEL

FA

RB

20

WYNTON JACKSON

LIBERTY

FA

WR

21

NILE LEGANIA

WAYNE STATE

FA

CB

22

KERRY FRANKS

TEXAS A&M

FA

WR

23

CHAD HALL

AIR FORCE

FA

RB

24

DAMON MORTON

COLORADO STATE

FA

WR

25

LARRY TAYLOR

CONNECTICUT

FA

WR

26

ANTHONY RUSSO

WASHINGTON

FA

WR

27

VAUGHN RIVERS

WEST VIRGINIA

FA

FS

28

REGGIE CAMPBELL

NAVY

FA

RB

29

DE’AUDRA DIX

JOHNSON C. SMITH

FA

CB

30

WESTON DRESSLER

NORTH DAKOTA

FA

WR

LONG SNAPPERS RANK

Rafael Little Kentucky

90

PLAYER

SCHOOL

RATING

1

TIM BUGG

INDIANA

PFA

2

TYLER SCHMITT

SAN DIEGO STATE

PFA

3

GARRISON SANBORN

FLORIDA STATE

PFA

4

NICK JARVIS

WAKE FOREST

FA

5

JOHN ROCHFORD

MIAMI, FL

FA

COMMENTS

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KICKERS - PUNTERS

PLAYER ANALYSIS

Rank: 1 Kicker

Rating

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 183 GEORGIA

Rank: 1 Punter

18 of 23 field goals (78.3% accuracy) with 52 yard long. All of his misses came from beyond 40 yards. Made 109 consecutive PATs in his career with no misses. Averaged 59.0 yards on 67 kickoffs with 1 touchback and 3 kicks out-of-bounds.

2006

10 of 11 field goals (90.9% accuracy) with 55 yard long. Kicked in the first 5 games before tearing his hamstring and missing the remainder of the season. His only miss was from beyond 50 yards. 64.2 yard average on 15 kickoffs with 6 touchbacks.

Coutu has a strong leg and good accuracy. He shows good poise in clutch situations. Coutu bounced back from a serious hamstring injury to enjoy a solid senior season. He is capable of hitting from beyond 50 yards, but his prime range is just shy of 50 yards. In conclusion, Coutu has a chance to make a roster as a field goal specialist, but he must improve his distance on kickoffs to become the only kicker on a team.

2005

23 of 29 field goals (79.3% accuracy) with 58 yard long. Averaged 61.6 yards on 77 kickoffs with 22 touchbacks and 1 kick out-of-bounds.

2004

2 of 3 field goals (60.5% accuracy). 62 kickoffs with 18 touchbacks and 6 kicks out-of-bounds.

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

65 punts (45.1 avg.), 9 touchbacks, 21 fair catches, 33 punts inside 20 yard line, 0 blocks, a long of 77 yards. Ray Guy Award Winner, 1st Team All American, 1st Team All ACC.

2006

79 punts (45.2 avg.), 11 touchbacks, 35 punts inside 20 yard line, had 27 punts of 50 yards or greater, a long of 61 yards. 2nd Team Associated Press All American, 1st Team All ACC, Ray Guy Award Finalist.

2005

Redshirted after transferring to Georgia Tech.

Brooks is a strong legged, two step punter with a quick release. He was mentored by legendary Oakland Raiders punter Ray Guy who is a family friend. Brooks is very consistent, gets good hangtime on his punts, and demonstrated solid directional ability. He shows the ability to pin his opponents deep as evidenced by 47.2% of his punts being downed inside the 20 yard line. Brooks is an avid fox hunter who has credited horseback riding with helping to strengthen his leg. He also holds on place kicks. In conclusion, Brooks is a technically sound, consistent punter who will win a job as a rookie and should have a long, productive career.

5.0

Durant Brooks

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 202 GEORGIA TECH

2004/03 Attended Georgia Military College. Averaged nearly 40 yards per punt over his two seasons.

Rank: 2 Punter

Rating

ANALYSIS

2007

7.3

Brandon Coutu

Rating

STATISTICS

STATISTICS

ANALYSIS

2007

27 punts (45.5 avg.), 8 touchbacks, 0 fair catches, 11 punts inside the 20 yard line, 1 block, a long of 70 yards. 1st Team All Great-West Conference.

2006

30 punts (46.2 avg.), 7 touchbacks, 1 fair catch, 14 punts inside the 20 yard line, a long of 67 yards. 1st Team All GWC.

2005

47 punts (46.5 avg.), 11 touchbacks, 2 fair catches, 20 punts inside the 20 yard line, 1 block, a long of 79 yards. 2nd Team Division 1 All American, 2nd Team All GWC.

Dragosavich is a tall, long-legged punter who shows great extension on his follow-through, which produces great distance, and excellent hang time. He is a three-step punter who needs to improve his release time. His long legs create long strides and a slower delivery than is acceptable at the next level. While Dragosavich can really boom the ball, he must improve his release time, directional accuracy, and consistency. He has tremendous potential and an NFL special teams coach will welcome the opportunity to help refine his technique.

2004

54 punts (41.3 avg.), 6 touchbacks, 4 fair catches, 16 punts inside the 20 yard line, 1 block, a long of 63 yards.

2003

Redshirted.

6.4

Mike Dragosavich

Ht: 6-5 Wt: 212 NORTH DAKOTA S TAT E

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POSITION RATINGS

KICKERS RANK

Taylor Mehlhaff Wisconsin

PLAYER

SCHOOL

RATING

1

BRANDON COUTU

GEORGIA

7.2

2

TAYLOR MEHLHAFF

WISCONSIN

PFA

3

ART CARMODY

LOUISVILLE

PFA

4

ALEXIS SERNA

OREGON STATE

PFA

5

JASON REDA

ILLINOIS

PFA

6

SHANE LONGEST

ST. XAVIER

PFA

7

GARRETT HARTLEY

OKLAHOMA

PFA

8

CHRIS GOULD

VIRGINIA

PFA

9

JEREMY ITO

RUTGERS

FA

10

ROBERT ZARRILLI

HOFSTRA

FA

11

CONNOR BARTH

NORTH CAROLINA

FA

12

PIOTR CZECH

WAGNER

FA

13

GARY CISMESIA

FLORIDA STATE

FA

14

CHRIS NENDICK

NORTHERN ILLINOIS

FA

15

COLE WILSON

LOUISIANA MONROE

FA

COMMENTS

PUNTERS RANK

Art Carmody Louisville

PLAYER

SCHOOL

RATING

1

DURANT BROOKS

GEORGIA TECH

5.0

2

MIKE DRAGOSAVICH

NORTH DAKOTA STATE

6.4

3

BRETT KERN

TOLEDO

6.6

4

PATRICK FISHER

LSU

7.7

5

BENJAMIN DATO

FORDHAM

PFA

6

KEN DEBAUCHE

WISCONSIN

PFA

7

JOHNNY AYERS

BOSTON COLLEGE

PFA

8

JIMMIE KAYLOR

COLORADO STATE

PFA

9

TIM REYER

KANSAS STATE

PFA

10

WAYLON PRATHER

SAN JOSE STATE

FA

11

OWEN TOLSON

ARMY

FA

12

ANDREW LARSON

CALIFORNIA

FA

13

CHRIS MACDONALD

TEXAS STATE

FA

14

RYAN WEIGAND

VIRGINIA

FA

15

GEOFF PRICE

NOTRE DAME

FA

COMMENTS

Brett Kern Toledo

92

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300PLAYERS

TOP RANK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

PLAYER DARREN MCFADDEN GLENN DORSEY CHRIS LONG MATT RYAN JAKE LONG SEDRICK ELLIS JONATHAN STEWART AQIB TALIB RASHARD MENDENHALL JAMES HARDY CALAIS CAMPBELL DESEAN JACKSON DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE

DAN CONNOR VERNON GHOLSTON ANDRE WOODSON RYAN CLADY KENNY PHILLIPS DERRICK HARVEY FRED DAVIS JEFF OTAH ALI HIGHSMITH MARTELLUS BENNETT EARLY DOUCET KEITH RIVERS FELIX JONES EARL BENNETT BRANDEN ALBERT JUSTIN KING LEODIS MCKELVIN TREVOR LAWS CHRIS WILLIAMS SAM BAKER LIMAS SWEED ANTOINE CASON MIKE JENKINS DRE MOORE ADARIUS BOWMAN MARIO MANNINGHAM DEVIN THOMAS KENDALL LANGFORD ERIK AINGE JOE FLACCO JOHN CARLSON REGGIE SMITH KENTWAN BALMER CURTIS LOFTON ERIN HENDERSON PHILLIP MERLING ANTHONY COLLINS

SCHOOL ARKANSAS LSU VIRGINIA BOSTON COLLEGE MICHIGAN USC OREGON KANSAS ILLINOIS INDIANA MIAMI, FL CALIFORNIA TENNESSEE STATE PENN STATE OHIO STATE KENTUCKY BOISE STATE MIAMI, FL FLORIDA USC PITTSBURGH LSU TEXAS A&M LSU USC ARKANSAS VANDERBILT VIRGINIA PENN STATE TROY NOTRE DAME VANDERBILT USC TEXAS ARIZONA SOUTH FLORIDA MARYLAND OKLAHOMA STATE MICHIGAN MICHIGAN STATE HAMPTON TENNESSEE DELAWARE NOTRE DAME OKLAHOMA NORTH CAROLINA OKLAHOMA MARYLAND CLEMSON KANSAS

POSITION RB DT DE QB OT DT RB CB RB WR DE WR CB LB DE QB OT FS DE TE OT OLB TE WR OLB RB WR OG CB CB DT OT OT WR CB CB DT WR WR WR DE QB QB TE FS DT ILB OLB DE OT

RATING 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.3 1.3 1.3 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.6 1.6 1.7 1.7 1.8 1.8 1.8 1.8 1.8 1.9 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.6 2.6 2.6

Glenn Dorsey LSU

Chris Long Virginia

Aqib Talib Kansas

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300PLAYERS

TOP

Chris Johnson East Carolina

Kellen Davis Michigan State

Kevin Smith Central Florida

94

RANK 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100

PLAYER QUENTIN GROVES JEROD MAYO BEAU BELL CHAD HENNE MARTIN RUCKER TRACY PORTER TOM ZBIKOWSKI MALCOLM KELLY SHAWN CRABLE DUANE BROWN LAWRENCE JACKSON MIKE HART JONATHAN HEFNEY CHRIS JOHNSON GOSDER CHERILUS JASON JONES CHARLES GODFREY FRANK OKAM CARL NICKS CHILO RACHAL KELLEN DAVIS BRANDON FLOWERS JAMAAL CHARLES KEENAN BURTON DJ HALL DARRELL ROBERTSON PAT SIMS KEVIN SMITH MATT FORTE HARRY DOUGLAS MARCUS SMITH ROY SCHUENING HEATH BENEDICT CHRIS ELLIS RED BRYANT ALVIN BOWEN RAY RICE DARRELL STRONG JEREMY THOMPSON MIKE MCGLYNN CHAD RINEHART STEVE JUSTICE ANDRE CALDWELL MIKE POLLAK JERMICHAEL FINLEY ERIC YOUNG JAMIE SILVA ANTHONY ALRIDGE BRUCE DAVIS WESLEY WOODYARD

SCHOOL AUBURN TENNESSEE UNLV MICHIGAN MISSOURI INDIANA NOTRE DAME OKLAHOMA MICHIGAN VIRGINIA TECH USC MICHIGAN TENNESSEE EAST CAROLINA BOSTON COLLEGE EASTERN MICHIGAN IOWA TEXAS NEBRASKA USC MICHIGAN STATE VIRGINIA TECH TEXAS KENTUCKY ALABAMA GEORGIA TECH AUBURN CENTRAL FLORIDA TULANE LOUISVILLE NEW MEXICO OREGON STATE NEWBERRY, SC VIRGINIA TECH TEXAS A&M IOWA STATE RUTGERS PITTSBURGH WAKE FOREST PITTSBURGH NORTHERN IOWA WAKE FOREST FLORIDA ARIZONA STATE TEXAS TENNESSEE BOSTON COLLEGE HOUSTON UCLA KENTUCKY

POSITION DE LB LB QB TE CB SS WR OLB OT DE RB FS WR OT DE CB DT OT OG TE CB RB WR WR OLB DT RB RB WR WR OG OG DE DT OLB RB TE DE OG OG C WR C TE OG SS WR OLB OLB

RATING 2.6 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.8 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.2 3.2 3.2 3.2 3.2 3.2 3.2 3.2 3.3 3.3 3.3 3.4 3.4 3.4 3.4 3.4 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.8 3.8 3.9 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2

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300PLAYERS

TOP RANK 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150

PLAYER JONATHAN GOFF LAVELLE HAWKINS JORDY NELSON ONIEL COUSINS SIMEON CASTILLE CORY BOYD MARCUS HARRISON DWIGHT LOWERY XAVIER ADIBI CODY WALLACE GENO HAYES ORLANDO SCANDRICK CLIFF AVRIL KING DUNLAP TONY HILLS JORDAN DIZON THOMAS DECOUD PEYTON HILLIS OWEN SCHMITT DAJUAN MORGAN MARCUS GRIFFIN PAUL HUBBARD MARCEL REESE GARY BARNIDGE SPENCER LARSEN DURANT BROOKS VINCE HALL EZRA BUTLER DONALD THOMAS JOHN SULLIVAN COLT BRENNAN TERRENCE WHEATLEY JUSTIN FORSETT JOHN DAVID BOOTY ADRIAN ARRINGTON KORY SPERRY STEVE SLATON DAVONE BESS AHTYBA RUBIN BRYAN KEHL CHEVIS JACKSON TERRELL THOMAS BRAD COTTAM CARLTON POWELL DUSTIN KELLER ROBERT FELTON JASON SHIRLEY DANTRELL SAVAGE DONNIE AVERY EDDIE ROYAL

SCHOOL VANDERBILT CALIFORNIA KANSAS STATE UTEP ALABAMA SOUTH CAROLINA ARKANSAS SAN JOSE STATE VIRGINIA TECH TEXAS A&M FLORIDA STATE BOISE STATE PURDUE AUBURN TEXAS COLORADO CALIFORNIA ARKANSAS WEST VIRGINIA NC STATE TEXAS WISCONSIN WASHINGTON LOUISVILLE ARIZONA GEORGIA TECH VIRGINIA TECH NEVADA CONNECTICUT NOTRE DAME HAWAII COLORADO CALIFORNIA USC MICHIGAN COLORADO STATE WEST VIRGINIA HAWAII IOWA STATE BYU LSU USC TENNESSEE VIRGINIA TECH PURDUE ARKANSAS FRESNO STATE OKLAHOMA STATE HOUSTON VIRGINIA TECH

POSITION ILB WR WR OG FS RB DT CB OLB C OLB CB DE DE OT OLB FS FB FB SS FS WR TE TE ILB P ILB OLB OG C QB CB RB QB WR TE RB WR DT OLB CB CB TE DT TE OG DT RB WR WR

RATING 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.4 4.4 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.7 4.8 4.8 4.8 4.8 4.8 4.8 4.8 4.8 4.8 4.8 4.8 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.2 5.2 5.2 5.3 5.3 5.3 5.3 5.3 5.3 5.3 5.3 5.3 5.3 5.4 5.4 5.4 5.4

Brad Cottam Tennessee

Dustin Keller Purdue

Donnie Avery Houston

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300PLAYERS

TOP

Quintin Demps UTEP

Louis Rankin Washington

Marcus Monk Arkansas

96

RANK 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200

PLAYER ANDRE FLUELLEN FERNANDO VELASCO KIRK BARTON JOHN GRECO TRAE WILLIAMS JOHNNY DINGLE JUSTIN MCKINNEY PEDRO SOSA WALLACE GILBERRY JEREMY ZUTTAH CURTIS JOHNSON MARCUS HOWARD TYRELL JOHNSON DOMINIQUE BARBER JOE FIELDS DEMARIO PRESSLEY JEROME FELTON ANGELO CRAIG ALLEN PATRICK QUINTIN DEMPS ALEX HALL TOMMY BLAKE TITUS BROWN FRANKLIN DUNBAR DREW RADOVICH JEREMY LEMAN PHILLIP WHEELER BARRY RICHARDSON DERRICK DOGGETT CHRIS HARRINGTON BRIAN JOHNSTON JOSH BARRETT PATRICK LEE STEVE OCTAVIEN LOUIS RANKIN THOMAS BROWN KENNARD COX JUSTIN TRYON RICHARD CLEBERT MARCUS MONK LETROY GUION ALONZO DOTSON JOLONN DUNBAR TYVON BRANCH TREVOR SCOTT MARIO URRUTIA CHRIS NORWELL KORY LICHTENSTEIGER DARRELL BLACKMAN DEJUAN TRIBBLE

SCHOOL FLORIDA STATE GEORGIA OHIO ST TOLEDO SOUTH FLORIDA WEST VIRGINIA KANSAS ST RUTGERS ALABAMA RUTGERS CLARK ATLANTA GEORGIA ARKANSAS STATE MINNESOTA SYRACUSE NORTH CAROLINA ST FURMAN CINCINNATI OKLAHOMA UTEP ST. AUGUSTINES, NC TCU MISSISSIPPI STATE MIDDLE TENNESSEE ST USC ILLINOIS GEORGIA TECH CLEMSON OREGON STATE TEXAS A&M GARDNER-WEBB ARIZONA STATE AUBURN NEBRASKA WASHINGTON GEORGIA PITTSBURGH ARIZONA STATE SOUTH FLORIDA ARKANSAS FLORIDA STATE ARIZONA BOSTON COLLEGE CONNECTICUT BUFFALO LOUISVILLE ILLINOIS BOWLING GREEN NORTH CAROLINA ST BOSTON COLLEGE

POSITION DT OG OT OT CB DE CB OT DE C OLB OLB SS SS FS DT FB OLB RB FS OLB DE DE OT OG ILB ILB OT SS DE DE SS CB OLB RB RB FS CB DT WR DT DT LB CB DE WR DT C RS CB

RATING 5.4 5.4 5.4 5.4 5.4 5.4 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.6 5.6 5.6 5.6 5.7 5.7 5.7 5.7 5.7 5.7 5.7 5.7 5.7 5.8 5.8 5.8 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.2 6.2 6.2 6.2 6.2 6.2 6.2 6.3 6.3 6.3 6.3 6.3 6.3 6.3 6.3

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300PLAYERS

TOP RANK 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250

PLAYER ANDREW CRUMMEY SHANNON TEVAGA DEXTER JACKSON JACK WILLIAMS MIKE DRAGOSAVICH ANTHONY HEYGOOD THOMAS WILLIAMS MAURICE LEGGETT PAUL SMITH BRANDON MCANDERSON TASHARD CHOICE STEVE JOHNSON JEROME SIMPSON DARIUS REYNAUD ZACHARY BOWMAN JACK IKEGWUONU MIKE KLINKENBORG NICK HAYDEN KEILEN DYKES HILEE TAYLOR JAMEY RICHARD BRETT KERN JAMEEL MCCLAIN ANTWUAN MOLDEN ERIC FOSTER RYAN TORAIN RAFAEL LITTLE JACOB HESTER JOSH COFFMAN MARCUS COLEMAN BRENO GIACOMINI DENNIS DIXON AKIM MILLINGTON JOEY HAYNOS DOUG JONES JACOB TAMME KEVIN O’CONNELL MAURICE MURRAY VINCENT REDD MIKE BUTTERWORTH CRAIG STELTZ JONATHAN WILHITE JERRID GAINES BRANDON COUTU TOM SANTI KERRY BROWN JONATHAN ZENON TREY BROWN CHRIS MCDUFFIE KENDALL RICKETTS

SCHOOL MARYLAND UCLA APPALACHIAN STATE KENT NORTH DAKOTA STATE PURDUE USC VALDOSTA STATE TULSA KANSAS GEORGIA TECH KENTUCKY COASTAL CAROLINA WEST VIRGINIA NEBRASKA WISCONSIN IOWA WISCONSIN WEST VIRGINIA NORTH CAROLINA BUFFALO TOLEDO SYRACUSE EASTERN KENTUCKY RUTGERS ARIZONA STATE KENTUCKY LSU EAST CAROLINA WISCONSIN LOUISVILLE OREGON ILLINOIS MARYLAND CINCINNATI KENTUCKY SAN DIEGO STATE NEW MEXICO STATE LIBERTY SLIPPERY ROCK LSU AUBURN MIAMI, OH GEORGIA VIRGINIA APPALACHIAN STATE LSU UCLA CLEMSON CENTRAL MISSOURI ST

POSITION OG OG RS CB P OLB OLB CB QB FB RB WR WR RS CB CB ILB DT DT OLB C P ILB CB DE RB RB FB OT C OT QB OT TE FB TE QB DT DE OT SS CB CB K TE OG CB CB OG FS

RATING 6.3 6.3 6.4 6.4 6.4 6.4 6.4 6.4 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.7 6.7 6.7 6.7 6.7 6.7 6.7 6.8 6.8 6.8 6.8 6.8 6.8 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.2 7.2 7.2 7.2 7.2 7.2 7.2 7.2 7.2

Nick Hayden Wisconsin

Joey Haynos Maryland

Kendall Ricketts Central Missouri st

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300PLAYERS

TOP

Mike Sherels Minnesota

Leger Douzable Central Florida

Anthony Hoke Cincinnati

98

RANK 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 292 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300

PLAYER BRIAN BONNER MIKE GIBSON BRYAN MATTISON HENRY SMITH YVENSON BERNARD RODNEY KINLAW COREY LYNCH MIKE PETERSON WADE BETSCHART GREYSON GUNHEIM JOE CLERMOND CURTIS GATEWOOD MARTAIL BURNETT MIKE SHERELS ROBERT JAMES LOUIS HOLMES JAMAR ADAMS COREY CLARK WALTER WALKER DEREK LOKEY TERRELL VINSON TYLER POLUMBUS ERIC SCOTT TRAVARES GOODEN MIKE HUMPAL DARNELL TERRELL CHASE ORTIZ RUDOLPH HARDIE RED KEITH NELSON COLEMAN TONY TEMPLE RODRICK JOHNSON LANARD STAFFORD DENNIS KEYES DJ PARKER ADAM KRAUS CHRIS HORTON LEGER DOUZABLE MICHAEL HINTON BEN MOFFIT ADAMM OLIVER STANFORD KEGLAR LAMAR MYLES ANTHONY HOKE BENJARVUS GREEN-ELLIS DANNY LANSANAH KALVIN MCRAE TIM HIGHTOWER LIONELL SINGLETON JAYSON FOSTER

SCHOOL TCU CALIFORNIA IOWA TEXAS A&M OREGON STATE PENN STATE APPALACHIAN STATE NW MISSOURI STATE WYOMING WASHINGTON PITTSBURGH VANDERBILT UTAH MINNESOTA ARIZONA STATE ARIZONA MICHIGAN TEXAS A&M SOUTH FLORIDA TEXAS PURDUE COLORADO KENTUCKY MIAMI, FL IOWA MISSOURI TCU HOWARD CENTRAL MICHIGAN TULSA MISSOURI OKLAHOMA STATE SOUTH CAROLINA UCLA VIRGINIA TECH MICHIGAN UCLA CENTRAL FLORIDA MANKATO STATE SOUTH FLORIDA GEORGIA TECH PURDUE LOUISVILLE CINCINNATI MISSISSIPPI CONNECTICUT OHIO RICHMOND FLORIDA INT’L GEORGIA SOUTHERN

POSITION FS OT DE DT RB RB FS TE TE DE DE LB OLB LB LB DE SS OT OT DT CB OT C LB ILB CB DE DE LB LB RB ILB FB FS FS OG SS DT FS ILB DE LB OLB OLB RB ILB RB RB CB RS

RATING 7.2 7.2 7.2 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.6 7.6 7.6 7.6 7.6 7.6

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MOCK DRAFT PICK

TEAM

PLAYER

1

MIAMI DOLPHINS

GLENN DORSEY

DT

LSU

2

ST. LOUIS RAMS

CHRIS LONG

DE

VIRGINIA

3

ATLANTA FALCONS

DARREN MCFADDEN

RB

ARKANSAS

4

OAKLAND RAIDERS

JAKE LONG

OT

MICHIGAN

5

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

MATT RYAN

QB

BOSTON COLLEGE

6

NEW YORK JETS

DAN CONNOR

LB

PENN STATE

7

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (SF)

AQIB TALIB

CB

KANSAS

8

BALTIMORE RAVENS

DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE

CB

TENNESSEE STATE

9

CINCINNATI BENGALS

SEDRICK ELLIS

DT

USC

10

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

LEODIS MCKELVIN

CB

TROY

11

BUFFALO BILLS

DESEAN JACKSON

WR

CALIFORNIA

12

DENVER BRONCOS

RYAN CLADY

OT

BOISE STATE

13

CAROLINA PANTHERS

KENNY PHILLIPS

FS

MIAMI, FL

14

CHICAGO BEARS

JAMES HARDY

WR

INDIANA

15

DETROIT LIONS

RASHARD MENDENHALL

RB

ILLINOIS

16

ARIZONA CARDINALS

VERNON GHOLSTON

DE

OHIO STATE

17

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

MARIO MANNINGHAM

WR

MICHIGAN

18

HOUSTON TEXANS

JONATHAN STEWART

RB

OREGON

19

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

DERRICK HARVEY

DE

FLORIDA

20

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

KENTWAN BALMER

DT

NORTH CAROLINA

21

WASHINGTON REDSKINS CALAIS CAMPBELL

DE

MIAMI, FL

22

DALLAS COWBOYS

MALCOLM KELLY

WR

OKLAHOMA

23

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

JEFF OTAH

OT

PITTSBURGH

24

TENNESSEE TITANS

LIMAS SWEED

WR

TEXAS

25

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

FRED DAVIS

TE

USC

26

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

BRANDEN ALBERT

OG

VIRGINIA

27

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

SAM BAKER

OT

USC

28

DALLAS COWBOYS

MIKE JENKINS

CB

SOUTH FLORIDA

29

SAN FRANCISCO (INDY)

KENDALL LANGFORD

DE

HAMPTON

30

GREEN BAY PACKERS

GOSDER CHERILUS

OT

BOSTON COLLEGE

REGGIE SMITH

FS

OKLAHOMA

(CLEVELAND)

POSITION

1

S T

RO UN D

SCHOOL

Sedrick Ellis USC

DeSean Jackson California

Rashard Mendenhall Illinois

FORFEITED BY NEW ENGLAND 31

NEW YORK GIANTS

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Dre Moore Maryland

Felix Jones Arkansas

Tom Zbikowski Notre Dame

100

2

N D

RO UN D

TEAM

PLAYER

32

MIAMI DOLPHINS

BRIAN BROHM

QB

LOUISVILLE

33

ST. LOUIS RAMS

ANTHONY COLLINS

OT

KANSAS

34

OAKLAND RAIDERS

TREVOR LAWS

DT

NOTRE DAME

35

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

CHRIS WILLIAMS

OT

VANDERBILT

36

NEW YORK JETS

EARLY DOUCET

WR

LSU

37

ATLANTA FALCONS

ANDRE WOODSON

QB

KENTUCKY

38

BALTIMORE RAVENS

DEVIN THOMAS

WR

MICHIGAN STATE

39

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

LIMAS SWEED

WR

TEXAS

40

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

DRE MOORE

DT

MARYLAND

41

BUFFALO BILLS

MARTELLUS BENNETT

TE

TEXAS A&M

42

DENVER BRONCOS

ALI HIGHSMITH

LB

LSU

43

CAROLINA PANTHERS

PHILLIP MERLING

DE

CLEMSON

44

CHICAGO BEARS

JOE FLACCO

QB

DELAWARE

45

DETROIT LIONS

ANTOINE CASON

CB

ARIZONA

46

CINCINNATI BENGALS

ERIN HENDERSON

LB

MARYLAND

47

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

CHARLES GODFREY

FS / CB

48

ATLANTA FALCONS

PAT SIMS

DT

AUBURN

49

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

CARL NICKS

OT

NEBRASKA

50

ARIZONA CARDINALS

QUENTIN GROVES

51

WASHINGTON REDSKINS ADARIUS BOWMAN

WR

OKLAHOMA STATE

52

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

FELIX JONES

RB

ARKANSAS

53

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

JUSTIN KING

CB

PENN STATE

54

TENNESSEE TITANS

CHILO RACHAL

OG

USC

55

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

DUANE BROWN

OT

VIRGINIA TECH

56

CLEVELAND BROWNS

KEVIN SMITH

RB

CENTRAL FLORIDA

57

MIAMI DOLPHINS

HEATH BENEDICT

OT / OG

NEWBERRY, SC

58

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

TOM ZBIKOWSKI

SS

NOTRE DAME

59

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

ROY SCHUENING

OG

OREGON STATE

60

GREEN BAY PACKERS

BRANDON FLOWERS

CB

VIRGINIA TECH

61

DALLAS COWBOYS

JAMAAL CHARLES

RB

TEXAS

62

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

CURTIS LOFTON

LB

OKLAHOMA

63

NEW YORK GIANTS

JEROD MAYO

LB

TENNESSEE

(HOUSTON)

(SAN DIEGO)

POSITION

DE / LB

SCHOOL

IOWA

AUBURN

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TEAM

PLAYER

64

MIAMI DOLPHINS

EARL BENNETT

65

ST. LOUIS RAMS

XAVIER ADIBI

LB

VIRGINIA TECH

66

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

FRANK OKAM

DT

TEXAS

67

NEW YORK JETS

TRACY PORTER

CB

INDIANA

68

ATLANTA FALCONS

TONY HILLS

OT

TEXAS

69

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (OAKLAND)

ANDRE CALDWELL

WR

FLORIDA

70

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

MIKE MCGLYNN

71

BUFFALO BILLS (BALTIMORE)

72 73

POSITION WR

RED BRYANT

DT

TEXAS A&M

BUFFALO BILLS

JASON JONES

DE

EASTERN MICHIGAN

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

CHRIS JOHNSON

WR

EAST CAROLINA

CAROLINA PANTHERS

ERIC YOUNG

75

CHICAGO BEARS

76

OG / OT

TENNESSEE

MIKE HART

RB

MICHIGAN

DETROIT LIONS

BEAU BELL

LB

UNLV

77

CINCINNATI BENGALS

JOHN CARLSON

TE

NOTRE DAME

78

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

MARTIN RUCKER

TE

MISSOURI

79

HOUSTON TEXANS

JAMAAL CHARLES

RB

TEXAS

80

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

DONNIE AVERY

WR

HOUSTON

81

ARIZONA CARDINALS

PATRICK LEE

CB

AUBURN

82

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

JOSH JOHNSON

QB

SAN DIEGO

83

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

DJ HALL

WR

ALABAMA

84

WASHINGTON REDSKINS GENO HAYES

LB

FLORIDA STATE

85

TENNESSEE TITANS

LAWRENCE JACKSON

DE

USC

86

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

CARLTON POWELL

DT

VIRGINIA TECH

87

CLEVELAND BROWNS

ATHYBA RUBIN

NT

IOWA STATE

88

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

MATT FORTE

RB

TULANE

89

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

TERRELL THOMAS

CB

USC

90

CHICAGO BEARS

WESLEY WOODYARD

LB

KENTUCKY

91

GREEN BAY PACKERS

DARRELL STRONG

TE

PITTSBURGH

92

DALLAS COWBOYS

KING DUNLAP

OT

AUBURN

93

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

ALVIN BOWEN

LB

IOWA STATE

94

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

JAMIE SILVA

S

BOSTON COLLEGE

95

NEW YORK GIANTS

MIKE POLLAK

C

ARIZONA STATE

(SAN DIEGO)

RO UN D

VANDERBILT

PITTSBURGH

74

R D

SCHOOL

OG / OT

(DENVER)

3

Earl Bennett Vanderbilt

Matt Forte Tulane

Darrell Strong Pittsburgh

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MOCK DRAFT PICK

MIAMI DOLPHINS

JONATHAN GOFF

LB

VANDERBILT

ST. LOUIS RAMS

DAJUAN MORGAN

S

NORTH CAROLINA ST

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

LAVELLE HAWKINS

WR

CALIFORNIA

ATLANTA FALCONS

KELLEN DAVIS

TE

MICHIGAN STATE

100

NEW YORK JETS

CHAD HENNE

QB

MICHIGAN

101

OAKLAND RAIDERS

MARCUS SMITH

WR

NEW MEXICO

102

BALTIMORE RAVENS

SHAWN CRABLE

LB

MICHIGAN

103

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

SPENCER LARSEN

LB

ARIZONA

104

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

HARRY DOUGLAS

WR

LOUISVILLE

105

BUFFALO BILLS

ORLANDO SCANDRICK

CB

BOISE STATE

106

DENVER BRONCOS

JONATHAN HEFNEY

FS

TENNESSEE

107

CAROLINA PANTHERS

RAY RICE

RB

RUTGERS

108

CHICAGO BEARS

JOHN GRECO

OT

TOLEDO

109

DETROIT LIONS

ONIEL COUSINS

110

CINCINNATI BENGALS

TERRENCE WHEATLEY

CB

COLORADO

111

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

STEVE JUSTICE

C

WAKE FOREST

112

HOUSTON TEXANS

SIMEON CASTILLE

FS

ALABAMA

113

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

THOMAS DECOUD

FS

CALIFORNIA

114

ARIZONA CARDINALS

DURANT BROOKS

P

GEORGIA TECH

115

DENVER (WASHINGTON)

MARCUS HARRISON

116

98 99

POSITION

OG/ OT

SCHOOL

UTEP

DT

ARKANSAS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS DWIGHT LOWERY

CB

SAN JOSE STATE

117

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

OWEN SCHMITT

FB

WEST VIRGINIA

118

TENNESSEE TITANS

JORDAN DIZON

LB

COLORADO

119

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

TRAE WILLIAMS

CB

SOUTH FLORIDA

120

CLEVELAND BROWNS

MARCUS GRIFFIN

FS

TEXAS

SAN DIEGO

FORFEIT

121

Darrell Robertson Georgia Tech

ROUN D

PLAYER

97

Jonathan Hefney Tennessee

T H

TEAM

96

Marcus Smith New Mexico

4

SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT

(SUPPLEMENTAL FORFEIT)

122

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

PAUL HUBBARD

WR

WISCONSIN

123

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

CLIFF AVRIL

DE

PURDUE

124

GREEN BAY PACKERS

JEREMY THOMPSON

DE

WAKE FOREST

125

DALLAS COWBOYS

DARRELL ROBERTSON

OLB

GEORGIA TECH

126

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

CHAD RINEHART

OG

NORTHERN IOWA

127

NEW YORK GIANTS

JASON SHIRLEY

DT

FRESNO STATE

“4th round selection order unofficial”

102

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MOCK DRAFT PICK

TEAM

PLAYER

128

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

CHEVIS JACKSON

CB

LSU

129

ST. LOUIS RAMS

ERIK AINGE

QB

TENNESSEE

130

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

JOHN SULLIVAN

C

NOTRE DAME

131

NEW YORK JETS

JEROME FELTON

FB

FURMAN

132

DENVER BRONCOS (OAK)

KEENAN BURTON

WR

KENTUCKY

133

ATLANTA FALCONS

JACK WILLIAMS

CB

KENT STATE

134

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

EDDIE ROYAL

BALTIMORE RAVENS

FORFEIT

135

(MIAMI)

(FORFEIT)

POSITION

WR / RS

BUFFALO BILLS

JORDY NELSON

137

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

DOMINIQUE BARBER

SS

MINNESOTA

CHICAGO BEARS

TYRELL JOHNSON

SS

ARKANSAS STATE

(CAROLINA)

KANSAS STATE

139

BUFFALO BILLS (CHICAGO)

EZRA BUTLER

LB

NEVADA

140

DETROIT LIONS

LETROY GUION

DT

FLORIDA STATE

141

CINCINNATI BENGALS

CHRIS ELLIS

DE

VIRGINIA TECH

142

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

JOHNNY DINGLE

DE

WEST VIRGINIA

143

HOUSTON TEXANS

DEJUAN TRIBBLE

CB

BOSTON COLLEGE

144

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

KEVIN ROBINSON

145

ARIZONA CARDINALS

DAVONE BESS

WR

HAWAII

146

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

JEROME SIMPSON

WR

COASTAL CAROLINA

147

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS CODY WALLACE

C

TEXAS A&M

148

WASHINGTON REDSKINS QUINTIN DEMPS

S

UTEP

149

TENNESSEE TITANS

JERMICHAEL FINLEY

TE

TEXAS

150

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

ADRIAN ARRINGTON

WR

MICHIGAN

151

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

ANTWUAN MOLDEN

CB

EASTERN KENTUCKY

152

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

BRIAN JOHNSTON

DE

GARDNER WEBB

153

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

JOHN DAVID BOOTY

QB

USC

154

CHICAGO BEARS

KENNARD COX

155

GREEN BAY PACKERS

THOMAS WILLIAMS

LB

USC

156

DALLAS COWBOYS

CHRIS HARRINGTON

DE

TEXAS A&M

157

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

JAMEEL MCCLAIN

LB

SYRACUSE

158

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

PEYTON HILLIS

FB

ARKANSAS

159

NEW YORK GIANTS

DEXTER JACKSON

(CLEVELAND)

RS / WR

FS / CB

RS / WR

ROUN D

VIRGINIA TECH

136

138

T H

SCHOOL

SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT WR

5

Erik Ainge Tennessee

UTAH STATE

Jerome Felton Furman

PITTSBURGH

John David Booty USC

APPALACHIAN STATE

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Anthony Alridge Houston

RO UN D

TEAM

PLAYER

160

MIAMI DOLPHINS

BRENO GIACOMINI

161

ST. LOUIS RAMS

KORY LICHTENSTEIGER

C

162

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

ANTHONY HEYGOOD

OLB

PURDUE

163

ATLANTA FALCONS

BRANDON COUTU

K

GEORGIA

164

NEW YORK JETS

DJ PARKER

FS

VIRGINIA TECH

165

OAKLAND RAIDERS

JUSTIN FORSETT

RB

CALIFORNIA

166

BALTIMORE RAVENS

PHILLIP WHEELER

LB

GEORGIA TECH

167

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

ANTHONY ALRIDGE

WR

HOUSTON

168

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

PEDRO SOSA

OT

RUTGERS

169

BUFFALO BILLS

TREVOR SCOTT

DE

BUFFALO

ST. LOUIS RAMS

DEMARIO PRESSLEY

DT

NORTH CAROLINA STATE

POSITION

WR

MISSOURI

P

TOLEDO

OT

(DENVER)

SCHOOL LOUISVILLE BOWLING GREEN

171

CAROLINA PANTHERS

WILLIAM FRANKLIN

172

CHICAGO BEARS

BRETT KERN

173

DETROIT LIONS

TYVON BRANCH

CB

CONNECTICUT

CINCINNATI BENGALS

FRANKLIN DUNBAR

OT

MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

DUSTIN KELLER

TE

PURDUE

HOUSTON TEXANS

MIKE DRAGOSAVICH

P

NORTH DAKOTA STATE

177

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

VINCE HALL

ILB

VIRGINIA TECH

178

ARIZONA CARDINALS

ALONZO DOTSON

DT

ARIZONA

179

WASHINGTON REDSKINS DONALD THOMAS

OG

CONNECTICUT

180

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS BRAD COTTAM

TE

TENNESSEE

181

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

FERNANDO VELASCO

182

TENNESSEE TITANS

183

CLEVELAND BROWNS

184

174 175 176

Gary Barnidge Louisville

T H

PICK

170

Mike Dragosavich North Dakota State

6

C/ OG

GEORGIA

DENNIS DIXON

QB

OREGON

MARIO URRUTIA

WR

LOUISVILLE

CLEVELAND BROWNS

KEILEN DYKES

DE

WEST VIRGINIA

185

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

CORY BOYD

RB

SOUTH CAROLINA

186

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

VINCENT REDD

DE

LIBERTY

187

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

GARY BARNIDGE

TE

LOUISVILLE

188

NEW YORK GIANTS (GB)

JACK IKEGWUONU

CB

WISCONSIN

189

DALLAS COWBOYS

JOE FIELDS

FS

SYRACUSE

190

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS DANTRELL SAVAGE

RB

OKLAHOMA STATE

191

NEW YORK GIANTS

(SEATTLE)

CHAD SIMPSON

RS /RB

MORGAN STATE

“6th round selection order unofficial”

104

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AFC EAST

MIAMI DOLPHINS OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

Simply put, last season was a disaster for the Dolphins. Cam Cameron has a great offensive mind, but was not cut out to be a Head Coach in the NFL, and Randy Mueller made some costly personnel moves—both are gone. Incomes a triumvirate consisting of Head Coach, Tony Sparano,VP of Football Operations, Bill Parcells, and General Manager, Jeff Ireland. Sparano, is a roll the sleeves up, and get down to business kind of coach. He is hard working, genuinely likeable, and displays a passion for coaching. He is the type of coach players both respect and enjoy playing for. Sparano, Parcells, and Ireland have a familiarity, and chemistry with each other, all having worked together in Dallas. In addition to his outstanding coaching success, Bill Parcells is simply one of the alltime great talent evaluators. Jeff Ireland also brings a track record of success with him to Miami. Expect the Fins to have a strong 2008 draft class. Dan Henning, a veteran coach with 28 years of NFL experience, will be calling the offensive plays. He last served as Carolina’s Offensive Coordinator in 2006, where he worked alongside new Offensive Line Coach Mike Maser. Three other coaches–Assistant Head Coach/Secondary Todd Bowles, Defensive Coordinator Paul Pasqualoni and Defensive Line Coach Kacy Rogers, were on Dallas’ staff with Sparano. The current roster is in a state of flux, as the team transitions to new schemes on both sides of the ball. The team has several highly-paid veterans that may not be a fit for the new regime, or be willing to except a position change such as: Jason Taylor,Vonnie Holliday. The rebuilding process will be a majoring undertaking so expect the Dolphins to exhaust all possible trade avenues for the No. 1 overall draft pick. Miami has 11 unrestricted and 1 restricted free agents. The proper foundation has been set, but remain patient Dolphin fans because there is no quick-fix in order.

John Beck Cleo Lemon Unrestricted FA Matt Baker

RB

Ronnie Brown Jesse Chatman Unrestricted FA Ricky Williams Lorenzo Booker Samkon Gado

FB WR

Reagan Mauia Ted Ginn Jr. Kerry Reed

WR

Derek Hagan Greg Camarillo Chandler Williams

TE

David Martin Justin Peelle

Ronnie Brown Auburn 1st Round, 2005

Aaron Halterman

LT

Vernon Carey Cory Lekkerkerker Unrestricted FA

2007 OFFENSE

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

98.1

23rd

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.0

15th Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

189.4

24th

Pass Efficiency Rating

69.6

30th

Scoring PPG

16.7

26th Tie

Total Yards Per Game

287.5

28th

LG

Drew Mormino Chris Liwienski Unrestricted FA Ike Ndukwe

C

Samson Satele Greg Mruczkowski Unrestricted FA

RG

Rex Hadnot Unrestricted FA Mike Rosenthal Unrestricted FA

RT

Team Analysis

Trey Darilek

NEEDS ANALYSIS

1

Quarterback It is hard to assess last years 2nd round selection, John Beck, on the 5 games in which he played in ‘07, but it is likely he will face stiff competition either through the draft or free agency. The Dolphins released Trent Green, who would have cost over $3.6 million against the Fins 2008 salary cap. Free agent, Cleo Lemon saw the most significant action of his career in ’07 and failed to prove he is anything more than a backup.

2

Defensive End / Nose Tackle The conversion to the 3/4 base defense will dictate personnel decisions on the defensive front. Incumbent starters on the line, Matt Roth and Vonnie Holliday are not great fits for a three-man front. Jason Taylor will likely be asked to move to OLB. Rodrique Wright and Paul Soliai could do battle for the starting NT job. Personnel is needed at both DE and NT.

3

Offensive Tackle / Offensive Guard The front office cleaned house, and left only a few OTs behind. LJ Shelton, who had started every game the last two years and two years remaining on his contract was released. Reserves Anthony Alabi and Joe Toledo were also released. OGs Chris Liwienski, Rex Hadnot, and Mike Rosenthal are all free agents. Drew Mormino was impressive in training camp and throughout the preseason, but was placed on IR September. SUREFIRE SCOUTING

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MIAMI DOLPHINS

Team Analysis MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DEFENSE DEPTH CHART

POSITION DE

SCENARIO #1

Matt Roth Derreck Robinson

1

Glenn Dorsey

LSU

DT NT

2

Brian Brohm

Louisville

QB

3

Heath Benedict

Newberry, SC

OG / OT

Rodrique Wright Steve Fifita

DE 4 5

Earl Bennett Jonathan Goff

Vanderbilt Vanderbilt

WR ILB

Paul Soliai

Vonnie Holliday Chase Page

OLB

Jason Taylor Quentin Moses

6

Breno Giacomini

Louisville

OT

SCENARIO #2

Rob Ninkovich

ILB

2007 DEFENSE

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

153.5

32nd

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.5

29th Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

188.7

4th

Pass Efficiency Defense

92.4

29th

Scoring Defense

27.3

30th

Total Yards Per Game

342.2

23rd

Derrick Pope Unrestricted FA

1

Matt Ryan

Boston College

QB

2

Gosder Cherilus

Boston College

OT

3

Red Bryant

Texas A&M

DT

4

Curtis Lofton

Oklahoma

ILB

Donnie Spragan Unrestricted FA

5

Paul Hubbard

Wisconsin

WR

Abraham Wright

6

Chris Harrington

Texas A&M

DE

Mark Washington

ILB

Channing Crowder Edmond Miles

OLB

Joey Porter

Junior Glymph

CB

Will Allen Andre Goodman

NEEDS ANALYSIS

4

Linebacker Zach Thomas suffered a serious head injury as the result of a car accident and was able to play in only 5 games. He will be 35 years old at the beginning of next season and the new regime saw no reason to keep him around for another season. Channing Crowder has been a success on the field, but he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in December and was charged with a second-degree misdemeanor driving offense in January. OLB could also be addressed.

Jereme Perry

CB

6

Wide Receiver Ted Ginn Jr., and Derek Hagan are clearly the top two receivers on the roster, and there is a big drop-off in talent beyond the pair. Marty Booker was given his release in the new regimes first wave of roster cuts. Greg Camarillo is an effort player that will likely earn a roster spot, but Miami must add more playmakers at receiver. 106

Jason Taylor Akron 3rd Round, 1997

Travis Daniels Joey Thomas

SS

Yeremiah Bell Unrestricted FA Travares Tillman Unrestricted FA

5

Tight End David Martin had a mediocre season last year after signing as a free agent. Martin was expected to replace Randy McMichael as a player capable of creating mismatches and possess the ability to stretch the field. He averaged only 8.9 yards per reception. Justin Peelle is an adequate reserve. Aaron Halterman is a marginal backup.

Michael Lehan

SPECIALISTS DEPTH CHART K

Jay Feely

P

Brandon Fields

Courtney Bryan Tuff Harris

FS

Jason Allen

LS

John Denney Restricted FA

Renaldo Hill

KR

Ted Ginn Jr.

Cameron Worrell Lance Schulters Unrestricted FA

Jesse Chatman

PR

Ted Ginn Jr.

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AFC EAST

NEW YORK JETS OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

Coming off a surprising 2006 season which included the playoffs, the Jets stumbled out of the gate losing 8 of their first 9 games and finished with a 4-12 record. In his second season as head coach, Eric Mangini was unable to live up to his “Mangenius” nickname given to him after his superlative first season. Mangini finally gave up on Chad Pennington and handed the starting reigns over to 2nd year QB Kellen Clemens at mid season. Clemens will be the starter heading into the ‘08 season and the Jets feel he can be a productive. One of the youngest General Managers in the league, Mike Tannenbaum has done a nice job with the draft bringing in such players as D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, Kellen Clemens, Darelle Revis, David Harris, and 4th round gem Leon Washington. The Jets have failed to make a splash in the Free Agent market under Tannenbaum however. In an effort to resurrect the offense, former Oakland Raider HC Bill Callahan was brought in as assistant head coach on offense. Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will also remain although the Jets struggled to score points and move the ball ranking near the bottom of the league in both categories. After the season, many thought the Jets would relieve Defensive Coordinator Bob Sutton of his duties. Sutton’s defense ranked 29th in stopping the run and 25th in sacks, but he remains with the team. The Jets will certainly look to upgrade their defense through free agency and the draft. As free agency begins, the Jets have 10 unrestricted free agents including starters from ‘07 OLB Victor Hobson, CB Hank Poteat, and S Erik Coleman. QB Chad Pennington, who will be a highly paid back-up, is expected to remain with the team, but that could change. This team has a nice nucleus of young talent on both sides of the ball. They are in good shape with the salary cap, so if they can add a few quality free agents and continue to draft well, the Jets will be a contender in the AFC.

Kellen Clemens Chad Pennington Marques Tuiasosopo Unrestricted FA

RB

Thomas Jones Leon Washington Alvin Banks

FB WR

Stacy Tutt Laveraneus Coles Justin McCareins Wallace Wright

WR

Jerricho Cotchery Brad Smith Chris Davis David Ball

TE

Chris Baker Sean Ryan Unrestricted FA

Jerricho Cotchery North Carolina State 4th Round, 2004

Jason Pociask Joe Kowalewski

LT

D’Brickashaw Ferguson

2007 OFFENSE

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

106.3

19th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

3.8

22nd Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

188.4

25th

Pass Efficiency Rating

73.9

22nd

Scoring PPG

16.8

25th

Total Yards Per Game

294.7

26th

Adrian Jones Unrestricted FA

LG

Adrien Clarke Will Montgomery

C

Nick Mangold Wade Smith Unrestricted FA

RG

Brandon Moore Jacob Bender

RT

Team Analysis

Anthony Clement Clint Oldenburg

NEEDS ANALYSIS

1

Outside Linebacker Victor Hobson is a free agent and may be re-signed, but he is a better fit at ILB in the 3-4 defense that the Jets employ. Bryan Thomas signed a long-term deal last year and will hold down his post. In addition to entering his 10th year, David Bowens is a DE who is playing out of position at OLB. Matt Chatham missed 7 games in ’07 and is primarily a special teamer; he will also be 31 years old.

2

Free Safety After being released by Dallas, Abram Elam was signed in September and went on to start 8 games. He is quick to fill in run support, but he lacks the speed and ball skills to be a force against the aerial attack. Erik Coleman began the year as the starter before being benched in favor of Elam. He had been a 3-year starter for the Jets prior to last season, and is an unrestricted free agent who will likely move on in hopes of regaining a starting role.

3

Cornerback Darrelle Revis enjoyed a terrific rookie season and has the appearance of a future Pro Bowler. Hank Poteat, who started 9 games last year, is a free agent. David Barrett also started 9 contests in ’07 and played relatively well, registering 63 tackles. Return man, Justin Miller suffered a knee injury in the second game and was lost for the season. If healthy, he may push for more playing time. Andre Dyson has struggled to remain healthy and could be released. Outside of Revis, the Jets are in need of a talent upgrade at CB. SUREFIRE SCOUTING

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AFC EAST

NEW YORK JETS

Team Analysis MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DEFENSE POSITION

SCENARIO #1

DE

1

Dan Connor

Penn State

LB

2

Early Doucet

LSU

WR

3

Tracy Porter

Indiana

CB

4

Chad Henne

Michigan

QB

DEPTH CHART

2007 DEFENSE

Shaun Ellis CJ Mosley

NT

Dewayne Robertson Sione Pouha

DE

Kenyon Coleman Mike Devito

5

Jerome Felton

Furman

FB Kareem Brown

6

DJ Parker

Virginia Tech

FS OLB

Bryan Thomas

SCENARIO #2

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

134.8

29th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.2

20th Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

197.1

9th

Pass Efficiency Defense

82.6

16th

Scoring Defense

22.2

19th

Total Yards Per Game

331.9

16th

David Bowens

1

Darren McFadden

Arkansas

RB

2

Reggie Smith

Oklahoma

FS

3

Shawn Crable

Michigan

OLB

4

Peyton Hillis

Arkansas

FB

ILB

David Harris Brad Kassell

ILB

Jonathan Vilma Eric Barton

5

John David Booty

USC

QB

6

Justin McKinney

Kansas State

CB

OLB

Victor Hobson Unrestricted FA Matt Chatham

NEEDS ANALYSIS

CB

4

Fullback Stacy Tutt is the only fullback on the active roster. He perfomed adequately, until suffering a knee injury in November, which resulted in being placed on IR.Veteran Darian Barnes started 3 games last season, but he was released and signed by Buffalo following the season. The Jets may strongly consider selecting one of the top fullbacks in the 2008 Draft.

Andre Dyson Drew Coleman

CB

6

Quarterback Heading into the season, New York appears content with Kellen Clemens as their starter. Chad Pennington is expected to compete with Clemens, but if he does not impress in training camp, he could be released. Third QB, Marques Tuiasosopo is a free agent. If they draft a QB, expect it to be in the lower rounds. 108

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Justin Miller Hank Poteat Unrestricted FA

5

Inside Linebacker After undergoing knee surgery, Jonathan Vilma’s future with the team is clouded in uncertainty. There is a strong possibility he could be traded. David Harris had a stellar rookie campaign and appears to be headed toward a long and productive career. If re-signed, Victor Hobson could move to the inside. Eric Barton has continued to play at a high level, but he is entering his 10th season. Mainly a special teams player, Brad Kassell is a free agent. At the least, New York will be looking for depth at ILB and potentially for a starter.

Darrelle Revis

SPECIALISTS DEPTH CHART

David Barrett

SS

FS

Kerry Rhodes

K

Mike Nugent

Eric Smith

P

Ben Graham

LS

James Dearth

KR

Leon Washington

Abram Elam Erik Coleman Unrestricted FA

Justin Miller

PR

Leon Washington Darelle Revis

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AFC EAST

BUFFALO BILLS OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

After finishing the 2006 season on a strong note and narrowly missing the playoffs, there was hope in Buffalo that the Bills could carry that momentum into 2007. However, after a rash of early devastating injuries, including Kevin Everett who was temporarily paralyzed, and a switch to a rookie quarterback, the Bills finished with the same record (7-9) as in ‘06. Head Coach Dick Jauron enters his 3rd season in Buffalo with 2nd year Quarterback, Trent Edwards, leading the team. Edwards filled in for an injured JP Losman for four games and then took over the job full time later in the season. The young signal caller is still learning the ropes but looks like a quality starter in the league. After the season, GM Marv Levy stepped down.VP of College Scouting Tom Modrak and VP of Pro Personnel John Guy will handle the duties for this upcoming off-season. After a sub-par season on offense in which the team scored only 20 touchdowns, Offensive Coordinator Steve Fairchild left to become the coach at Colorado State. Turk Schonert, who was the Bills’ QB coach in 2007, takes over a unit that has finished 30th in overall offense the last two years. He will rely heavily on last year’s 1st round pick, Marshawn Lynch, who rushed for over 1,100 yards despite missing 3 games. Former Bills’ QB Alex Van Pelt has been named QB Coach. Also, the Bills lost Offensive Line Coach Jim McNally to retirement. Sean Kugler was promoted to OL Coach and former NFL player, Ray Brown, was hired as his assistant. On the defensive side of the ball, Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell kept his group together despite many early season injuries. LB Paul Posluszny, FS Ko Simpson, CB Jason Webster, and LB Coy Wire were all lost for the season early on. Less experienced players were forced into action, which led to a next to last ranking in total yards given up and only 26 total sacks. Contributing to speculation that the Bills may eventually move to Toronto, the NFL agreed to let them play one regular season game in 2008 there. However, the Bills’ lease in Buffalo runs to 2012. The Bills have 11 unrestricted and 3 restricted free agents.

Trent Edwards JP Losman Gibran Hamdan

RB

Marshawn Lynch Anthony Thomas Fred Jackson Dwayne Wright Shaud Williams

FB

Derek Schouman Ryan Neufeld Unrestricted FA Darian Barnes

WR

Lee Evans Roscoe Parrish Sam Aiken Unrestricted FA

WR

Josh Reed Justin Jenkins Scott Mayle

TE

Robert Royal Michael Gaines Unrestricted FA

Marshawn Lynch California 1st Round, 2007

Tim Massaquoi

2007 OFFENSE Rushing Yards Per Game Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

STATS

NFL RANK

112.5

15th

4.0

15th Tie

Duke Preston

2

Aaron Merz

C

Melvin Fowler Christian Gaddis

Passing Yards Per Game

164.6

30th

Pass Efficiency Rating

73.8

23rd

Scoring PPG

15.8

30th

Total Yards Per Game

RG

277.1

Brad Butler Jason Whittle Unrestricted FA Nevin McCaskill

RT 30th

1

Derrick Dockery

Jason Peters Kirk Chambers

LG

NEEDS ANALYSIS Wide Receiver Lee Evans provides a solid depth threat and is capable of stretching a defense. However, the Bills lack the underneath receivers to fully take advantage of this opportunity. Josh Reed is a fine possession receiver but lacks run-after-the catch ability. Roscoe Parrish began to emerge as a playmaking receiver last year, but he does not have the frame to withstand the punishment of being an every down player.

Teyo Johnson

LT

Team Analysis

Langston Walker Patrick Estes

Defensive Tackle The trio of Larry Tripplett, Kyle Williams, and John McCargo form an unexceptional starting rotation. Based on his production, Tripplett is overpaid. McCargo was overdrafted and may never be anything more that a rotational player. Williams may be the best of the bunch as he is a hard working, effort player, who occasionally gets overpowered at the point of attack. Reserve Jason Jefferson is a free agent. Buffalo needs a penetrating, impact player on the interior DL.

3

Tight End Kevin Everett’s spinal cord injury in the season opener sent shockwaves throughout the league and was a devastating emotional blow to the team. Thankfully, Everett has made an amazing recovery. The team will now attempt to fill the void of his absence as a receiving threat. Robert Royal has always been a solid blocker and hauled in a career high 25 balls last year, but he lacks speed and is not a threat with the ball in his hands. Michael Gaines is a free agent. SUREFIRE SCOUTING

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BUFFALO BILLS

Team Analysis MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DEFENSE LE

SCENARIO #1

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

124.6

25th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.4

26th Tie

Kyle Williams

Passing Yards Per Game

238.4

29th

Jason Jefferson Unrestricted FA

Pass Efficiency Defense

81.1

15th

Aaron Schobel

Scoring Defense

22.1

18th

Total Yards Per Game

362.9

31st

DEPTH CHART

POSITION

Chris Kelsay Corey Mace

1

DeSean Jackson

California

WR

2

Martellus Bennett

Texas A&M

TE

3

Red Bryant

Texas A&M

DT

Al Wallace Unrestricted FA

LT

John McCargo

RT 4

Jason Jones

Eastern Michigan

DE

5

Orlando Scandrick

Boise State

CB

6

Jordy Nelson

Kansas State

Larry Tripplett

RE

Ryan Denney Unrestricted FA

WR

Copeland Bryan

SCENARIO #2 1

James Hardy

Indiana

WR

2

Pat Sims

Auburn

DT

3

Kellen Davis

Michigan State

TE

4

Lawrence Jackson

USC

DE

5

Terrence Wheatley

Colorado

CB

6

Eddie Royal

Virginia Tech

WR/ RS

2007 DEFENSE

Ryan Neill Tony Hargrove Suspended

SLB

Angelo Crowell Josh Stamer Unrestricted FA Leon Joe Unrestricted FA

ILB

Paul Posluszny John Digiorgio Mario Haggan

NEEDS ANALYSIS

OLB

Coy Wire

4

Defensive End Aaron Schobel and Chris Kelsay form a productive pair of bookends, but depth is needed at the position. Tony Hargrove has received a one year suspension for violating the leagues substance abuse policy. Reserves Ryan Denney and Al Wallace are both free agents. Copeland Bryan and Corey Mace are young prospects who have yet to make an impact. Ryan Neill is the teams long snapper.

5

Cornerback The top three posts are occupied by Terrence McGee, Jabari Greer, and Ashton Youboty. McGee first came onto the scene as a returner, but he has developed into one of the best young corners in the game. Last year, Greer stepped into the lineup as a result of injuries, but his play earned him the starters job.Youboty is young, but he should develop into a fine player. Depth behind this trio is lacking. Vet Jason Webster is a free agent; Kiwaukee Thomas is coming off an injury; and Dustin Fox is better suited to play free safety.

Blake Costanzo

CB

Terrence McGee

6

Paul Posluszny Penn State 2nd Round, 2007

Dustin Fox Kiwaukee Thomas Jerametrius Butler

CB

Jabari Greer

SPECIALISTS DEPTH CHART

Ashton Youboty Jason Webster Unrestricted FA

SS

Donte Whitner Bryan Scott Unrestricted FA John Wendling

Wide Receiver In addition to needing a starter opposite Lee Evans, the Bills need to upgrade the depth at wideout. Peerless Price spent the majority of last season on IR and was released in February. Sam Aiken is a solid special teamer, but he is also a free agent. There is little proven depth at the position. 110

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FS

K

Rian Lindell

P

Brian Moorman

LS

Ryan Neill

KR

Terrance McGee Roscoe Parrish

Ko Simpson George Wilson Jim Leonhard Restricted FA

PR

Roscoe Parrish Fred Jackson

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AFC EAST

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Team Analysis

OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

With a team that many experts considered almost unbeatable, the Patriots cruised to the Super Bowl undefeated. However, the Giants ruined the Perfect Season with their 3 point victory. Head coach Bill Belichick turned in another excellent coaching performance, managing to keep his team up every week even when facing much less talented teams. Scott Pioli, Head of Player Personnel, continues to work very well with Bill Belichick bringing in the Patriots brand of player — tough and team oriented. Going against the Patriots tradition during last year’s off-season, Pioli brought in high priced FAs OLB Adalius Thomas, WR Donte Stallworth and WR Kelley Washington. He also pulled off what could be termed as two of the most lopsided trades in NFL history in acquiring Randy Moss for a 4th round pick and Wes Welker for 2nd and 7th round picks in the 2007 draft. All of these players, except for Washington, made huge impacts. Although it would be difficult to not have success with Tom Brady at QB, Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels did a great job in his second season as the offense attained numerous NFL single season records. Running the much over-shadowed defense is Dean Pees whose aging defense ranked in the top 5 in yards and points per game. For a team that went 18-1, the Patriots have some big personnel issues to address this offseason. The biggest decisions will come on Asante Samuel, Randy Moss, Tedy Bruschi, and Junior Seau. Samuel has expressed interest in staying, but that does not necessarily mean a deal will be worked out. Donte Stallworth and Kelley Washington are owed huge roster bonuses and will likely be released. TE Kyle Brady is a potential cap casualty. It remains to be seen if the team will face further league sanctions regarding “spygate”. At the least the incident has tarnished Belichick’s reputation and there is no doubt the Pats have lost some of their luster. The Patriots have 12 potential unrestricted and 1restricted free agent and must begin to face the reality of an aging roster.

Tom Brady Matt Cassell Matt Gutierrez

RB

Laurence Maroney Kevin Faulk Sammy Morris

FB WR

Heath Evans Randy Moss Unrestricted FA Jabar Gaffney Unrestricted FA

WR

Wes Welker Chad Jackson Troy Brown Unrestricted FA

TE

Ben Watson Kyle Brady

Tom Brady Michigan 6th Round, 2000

David Thomas

1

LT

Matt Light Wesley Britt

LG 2007 OFFENSE Rushing Yards Per Game

STATS 115.6

NFL RANK 13th

Logan Mankins Billy Yates

C

Dan Koppen Russ Hochstein

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.1

11th Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

295.7

1st

Pass Efficiency Rating

116.0

1st

Scoring PPG

36.8

1st

Total Yards Per Game

411.2

1st

NEEDS ANALYSIS

RG

Steve Neal Russ Hochstein

RT

Nick Kaczur Ryan O’Callaghan

Inside Linebacker Tedy Bruschi (34), and Junior Seau (39), are all unrestricted free agents. Financially, It will be difficult to retain both, and the position is in dire need of a youth infusion. Bruschi and Seau each had strong 2007 seasons, but they cannot be expected to play forever. The Pats re-signed Larry Izzo, who has been one of leagues best special teamers over the last decade.

2 Cornerback Asante Samuel is an unrestricted FA who can not be franchised again after receiving the tag last season. A long-term deal must be agreed upon or Samuel could wind up elsewhere. Nickel-back Randall Gay is also a free agent. He is best suited for a reserve role but could be forced into the lineup if Samuel departs. Last years 1st rounder Brandon Meriweather could wind up at CB, but he is a natural safety and will be exposed in man-coverage.Vet Chad Scott is also a free agent.

3

Safety Unrestricted free agent Eugene Wilson lost his starting job to James Sanders last season and will likely move on in free agency. Rodney Harrison continues to play at a high level but has been susceptible to injuries and reality would suggest his performance will begin to decline heading into his 15th year. Back-up Willie Andrews status is unclear after his arrest on charges of marijuana possession with the intent to distribute. His pretrial hearing is scheduled for March 18th. SUREFIRE SCOUTING

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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Team Analysis

MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DEFENSE

SCENARIO #1

DE

1

Aqib Talib

Kansas

CB

2

Curtis Lofton

Oklahoma

LB

3

Andre Caldwell

Florida

WR

4

Jamie Silva

Boston College

SS

5 6

Chad Rinehart Peyton Hillis

Northern Iowa Arkansas

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

98.2

10th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.4

26th Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

190.1

6th

Pass Efficiency Defense

78.1

11th

Jarvis Green Santonio Thomas

Scoring Defense

17.1

4th

Total Yards Per Game

288.3

4th

DEPTH CHART

POSITION

Ty Warren Mike Wright Unrestricted FA

DT

Vince Wilfork Le Kevin Smith

DE

Richard Seymour

OG FB

OLB

SCENARIO #2

Mike Vrabel

2007 DEFENSE

Rosevelt Colvin

1

Dan Connor

Penn State

LB

2

Tom Zbikowski

Notre Dame

SS

3

Brandon Flowers

Virginia Tech

CB

4

Lavelle Hawkins

California

WR

Larry Izzo

5

Donald Thomas

Connecticut

OR

TJ Slaughter

6

Davone Bess

Hawaii

WR

ILB

Junior Seau Unrestricted FA Eric Alexander

ILB

OLB

Tedy Bruschi Unrestricted FA

Adalius Thomas Pierre Woods

NEEDS ANALYSIS

CB

4

Wide Receiver After a record breaking, career reviving campaign, Randy Moss becomes a free agent. Most likely the Pats will franchise him rather than signing the 10 year veteran to a long term contract. Either way, it appears Moss will be back for at least another year. Jabar Gaffney, who was briefly out of the league when the Pats signed him in ’06, is also an unrestricted FA. Troy Brown may be the player that most typified the Pats success. His pending retirement may signal the end of an era in more than one way.

5 Offensive Guard

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Vince Wilfork Miami, FL 1st Round, 2004

Randall Gay Unrestricted FA Antwain Spann

CB

SS

Logan Mankins and Steve Neal form one of the best OG tandems in football. There was a noticeable drop-off in performance when Russ Hochstein filled in for 8 games, and his struggles continued in the Super Bowl. Billy Yates is a marginal back-up, and New England is in need of depth on the interior offensive line.

6 Punter

Asante Samuel Unrestricted FA

Ellis Hobbs

DEPTH CHART

Chad Scott Unrestricted FA

K

Stephen Gostkowski

Rodney Harrison

P

Chris Hanson

LS

Lonnie Paxton Unrestricted FA

KR

Ellis Hobbs

Brandon Meriweather Willie Andrews

FS

SPECIALISTS

James Sanders Eugene Wilson Unrestricted FA

Wes Welker

PR

Wes Welker Kevin Faulk

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AFC NORTH

BALTIMORE RAVENS OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

After a 13-3 finish in 2006, the Ravens finished a disappointing 5-11 last year, which ultimately led to the firing of Head Coach Brian Billick. Billick, who was hailed as an offensive genius when he arrived in Baltimore, was unable to generate any offensive consistency during his 9 year reign. Owner Steve Bisciotti decided to pull the plug despite Billick having three years remaining on his contract at nearly $5 million per season. John Harbaugh, who spent last season as the Eagles secondary coach, now takes over as Head Coach. Harbaugh took a non-traditional route to becoming a head coach as he has been a special teams coach for much of his pro career. The 45-year old comes from a football family, displays charisma, and possesses the leadership qualities necessary to be a success. After initially being released from his contract following Billicks’ firing, Defensive Coordinator Rex Ryan will return, and the Ravens tabbed former Dolphins HC Cam Cameron to run the offense. Cameron’s struggles in Miami were preceded by a successful stint as coordinator of the Chargers high-powered attack. The club also landed two other former offensive coordinators as position coaches in QB coach Hue Jackson (Falcons) and WR coach Jim Hostler (49ers). General Manager Ozzie Newsome and Director of College Scouting Eric DeCosta do a fine job of analyzing prospects and consistently produce solid draft classes. As evidence, all 25 players the team has selected over the last 3 drafts (2005-07) were on an NFL roster at the end of last season. Re-signing Terrell Suggs is the teams top offseason priority. Additionally, Musa Smith and Devard Darling are two players Baltimore will consider re-signing. As a whole, the Ravens must add youth to their aging roster and as a result Steve McNair, Mike Anderson, Samari Rolle, and Trevor Pryce could become victims of the salary cap.

Kyle Boller Troy Smith Steve McNair

RB

Willis McGahee Musa Smith Unrestricted FA Mike Anderson Cory Ross

FB

Le’Ron McClain Justin Green Restricted FA

WR

Mark Clayton Demetrius Williams Matt Willis

WR

Derrick Mason Devard Darling Unrestricted FA Yamon Figurs

TE Todd Heap Arizona State 1st Round, 2001

Todd Heap Daniel Wilcox Quinn Sypniewski

LT

Jared Gaither Adam Terry

2007 OFFENSE

STATS

NFL RANK

Jonathan Ogden Jason Brown Restricted FA

Rushing Yards Per Game

112.3

16th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.0

15thTie

Passing Yards Per Game

189.7

23rd

Pass Efficiency Rating

75.2

20th

Scoring PPG

17.2

24th

Total Yards Per Game

302.0

22nd

LG

Chris Chester

C

Mike Flynn Chris Chester

RG

Ben Grubbs Chris Chester

RT

Marshall Yanda Adam Terry

Team Analysis

NEEDS ANALYSIS

1

Cornerback No team in the league has an older pair of starting corners, Rolle (32) and McCalister (31), than the Ravens. It was not that surprising the pair missed significant time a year ago. McCalister, who was coming off arguably the best season of his career in 2006, played in 8 games and Rolle saw action in only 6 games after being diagnosed with epilepsy. Corey Ivy plays with effort but is not an every down player.

2

Wide Receiver Not to take anything away from Derrick Mason, but Baltimore simply lacks playmakers on the outside. Mason continues to impress, hauling in a career high 103 receptions in 2007; he is entering his 12th season. Mark Clayton has failed to become the vertical threat the team was hoping for when they selected him in the 1st round. After three season, he has a paltry 12.2 YPC average.

3

Offensive Tackle At the least, Jonathan Ogden’s pending retirement creates a lack of depth at OT. Baltimore selected Marshall Yanda in last year’s draft, and he went on to start 12 games on the right side. The team also nabbed massive local product, Jared Gaither, in the supplemental draft. Gaither possesses the size, arm-length, and footwork to be the opening day starter at LT; however, he does lack experience. Adam Terry provides solid depth at RT but is like a fish out of water on the blindside. Depth, specifically at left tackle, is required.

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Team Analysis

BALTIMORE RAVENS

MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DEFENSE DE

SCENARIO #1 1 2

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Devin Thomas

DEPTH CHART

POSITION

Trevor Pryce Dwan Edwards

Tennessee State

CB Amon Gordon Restricted FA

Michigan State

WR

3

Shawn Crable

Michigan

OLB

4

Phillip Wheeler

Georgia Tech

ILB

5

Tyler Polumbus

Colorado

OT

NT

Kelly Gregg Justin Bannan

DE

Haloti Nagata Justin Bannan

2007 DEFENSE

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

79.2

2nd

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

2.8

1st

Passing Yards Per Game

222.3

20th

Pass Efficiency Defense

87.6

24th

Scoring Defense

24.0

22nd

Total Yards Per Game

301.6

6th

J’Vonne Parker

6

Kendall Ricketts

Central Missouri St

FS

OLB

SCENARIO #2

Jarrett Johnson Antwan Barnes

1

Aqib Talib

Kansas

CB

2

Adarius Bowman

Oklahoma State

WR

3

Josh Johnson

San Diego Univ.

QB

4

Darrell Robertson

Georgia Tech

OLB

ILB

Robert McCune

ILB

5

Quintin Demps

UTEP

FS

6

Rodrick Johnson

Oklahoma State

ILB

Ray Lewis

Bart Scott Nick Greisen Unrestricted FA Mike Smith Restricted FA

OLB

Terrell Suggs Franchise Tag Antwan Barnes

NEEDS ANALYSIS

4

Linebacker The Ravens placed the franchise tag on Terrell Suggs. Jarrett Johnson and Antwan Barnes will compete for a starting post, but depth will be needed. ILB is a priority, not that Suggs cannot leave. The Ravens have yet to find Ray Lewis’ future replacement and top inside reserve Nick Greisen is a free agent.

5

Quarterback The change in coaching staffs coupled with his durability concerns and high cap figure could lead to Steve McNair’s departure from Baltimore. Kyle Boller signed a one-year extension last year and may end up being the starter come opening day. He has the arm strength and mobility to be successful, he but lacks consistency in his decision making. Despite his lack of ideal height, Troy Smith may be the best option on the current roster. He plays with great presence and gave the team a much needed spark at the end of last season.

6

Safety While Ed Reed and Dawan Landry are firmly entrenched as the starters, the team has little depth at either position. Gerome Sapp, who missed 7 games with a thigh injury last year, is a free agent. Special teamer, Jamaine Winborne, is the only other player at the position. 114

Gary Stills

CB

Ed Reed Miami, FL Ist Round, 2002

Samari Rolle Corey Ivy David Pittman

CB

SS

SPECIALISTS DEPTH CHART

Chris McAlister Derrick Martin

K

Sam Koch

Ronnie Prude

P

Matt Stover

Willie Gaston

LS

Matt Katula Restricted FA

Dawan Landry

KR

Yamon Figurs

Jamaine Winborne

FS

Ed Reed Gerome Sapp Unrestricted FA

Cory Ross

PR

Yamon Figurs BJ Sams Unrestricted FA

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AFC NORTH

CINCINNATI BENGALS

Team Analysis

OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

Rather than improving on a disappointing 8-8 campaign in 2006, the Bengals took another step backward finishing 7-9 last year, the team’s first losing season under Marvin Lewis. The honeymoon is over for Lewis as his motivational skills and continual deflection of responsibility for the team’s on-field woes persist. Cincinnati’s defense has annually been among the worst in the league, and Lewis attained the position of Head Coach because of his defensive prowess. Lewis should have learned a lesson from Brian Billick’s firing; if you are the Head Coach, and your team is continually struggling in your area of expertise, you had better roll your sleeves up and help solve the problem or pack your bags. Needless to say, after ranking 27th in yards allowed and giving up 385 points, last years Defensive Coordinator Chuck Bresnahan and linebackers coach Ricky Hunley were fired following the season. Former Falcon coordinator, Mike Zimmer becomes the third defensive coordinator under Lewis. The Falcons finished 29th in yards allowed and gave up 414 points last year. Jeff FitzGerald was hired as linebackers coach, a position he held with Baltimore the last three seasons. Bob Bratkowski, a master of the no-huddle attack, has produced high powered offenses since taking over the reigns in 2001. The Brown family, Mike, Pete, and Paul manage the front office and make the personnel decisions. The Bengals reputation was tarnished last offseason after an extraordinary number of off-field player misconducts resulted in several league suspensions. After using the franchise tag on DE Justin Smith last year, he signed a one-year tender but is now a free agent. The team may again elect to tag Smith as the defensive stalwart is a top priority. Chad Johnson’s great production comes with a cost. He is an egregious self-promoter in the ultimate team sport and may end up getting traded if the compensation is fair. John Thornton, Deltha O’Neal, and Rudi Johnson are potential cap casaulties. The Bengals have 12 unrestricted and 8 restricted free agents.

Carson Palmer Ryan Fitzpatrick Restricted FA Jeff Rowe

RB

Rudi Johnson Kenny Watson Kenny Irons DeDe Dorsey Chris Perry

FB

Jeremi Johnson

WR

Chad Johnson Chris Henry

WR

TJ Houshmandzadeh Tab Perry Restricted FA Glenn Holt Restricted FA Antonio Chatman Unrestricted FA

TE Carson Palmer USC 1st Round, 2003

Reggie Kelly Daniel Coats

LT

Levi Jones Andrew Whitworth Adam Kieft Restricted FA

2007 OFFENSE Rushing Yards Per Game

STATS

NFL RANK

97.2

24th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

3.7

28th Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

250.8

7th

Pass Efficiency Rating

86.7

10th Tie

Scoring PPG

23.8

11th

Total Yards Per Game

348.0

10th

LG

Andrew Whitworth Scott Kooistra

C

Eric Ghiaciuc Alex Stepanovich Unrestricted FA Dan Santucci

RG

Bobbie Williams Nate Livings

RT

Stacy Andrews Franchise Tag Willie Anderson

NEEDS ANALYSIS

1

Outside Linebacker The Bengals linebacking corps suffered an injury filled ‘07 campaign. Dhani Jones, Caleb Miller, and LeMar Marshall are free agents, and new coordinator Mike Zimmer is considering transitioning to a 3-4 base defense. If Cincy makes this move, the only players at OLB whose skill set translates are Rashad Jeanty and Eric Henderson. Regardless of the scheme, OLBs are a top priority.

2 Defensive Ends Justin Smith’s status will largely determine if and at which point the team selects a DE. Robert Geathers is entrenched as a starter, and Frostee Rucker should see an increase in playing time. The versatile Bryan Robinson is a free agent. After suffering a fractured vertebrae, David Pollack is considering a comeback attempt, if he is medically cleared. Pollack has requested a move to DE. If Smith is not resigned this becomes a position of high priority.

3

Offensive Tackle Willie Anderson is entering his 13th season and only started 5 games last year as the result of a knee injury. He missed more time last season than his previous 11 seasons combined. Levi Jones briefly lost his starting job at LT but quickly regained it. Andrew Whitworth, who is Anderson’s heir apparent, has proven to be a solid 2nd round acquisition. He is capable of starting at either OT position or OG. Cincy has marginal depth behind these three. SUREFIRE SCOUTING

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CINCINNATI BENGALS

Team Analysis

MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DEFENSE POSITION

SCENARIO #1

DE

1

Sedrick Ellis

USC

DT

2

Erin Henderson

Maryland

OLB

3

John Carlson

Notre Dame

TE

DEPTH CHART

2007 DEFENSE

Robert Geathers Frostee Rucker

DT

Domata Peko

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

118.3

21st

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.2

20th Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

230.4

26th

Pass Efficiency Defense

89.2

27th

Scoring Defense

24.1

24th

Total Yards Per Game

348.8

27th

Michael Myers

DT

4

Terrence Wheatley

Colorado

CB

5

Chris Ellis

Virginia Tech

DE

Bryan Robinson Unrestricted FA

DE

6

Franklin Dunbar

Middle Tennessee St

John Thornton

OT

Justin Smith Unrestricted FA Jonathan Fanene

SCENARIO #2 OLB

1

Vernon Gholston

Ohio State

DE

2

Beau Bell

UNLV

LB

3

Martin Rucker

Missouri

TE

4

Carlton Powell

Virginia Tech

DT

5

Barry Richardson

Clemson

OT

Rashad Jeanty Corey Mays Eric Henderson

MLB

Ahmad Brooks Landon Johnson Unrestricted FA Anthony Schlegel

6

Antwuan Molden

Eastern Michigan

Odell Thurman Suspended

CB OLB

NEEDS ANALYSIS

Caleb Miller Unrestricted FA

4 Tight End Ten-year vet Reggie Kelly is a solid blocker, but he is limited as a receiver. Undrafted Daniel Coats showed promise as a rookie, hauling in 12 balls. Nate Lawrie is a marginal reserve. The addition of a receiving threat at tight end could really open up the middle of the field for the already potent Bengals offense.

6 Cornerback Johnathan Joseph and Leon Hall are penciled in as the starters. Hall started 10 games and played as well as can be expected for a rookie, intercepting 5 passes and recording 12 PBUs. Joseph tallied 4 INTs and 15 PBUs. Their emergence, and the potential cap savings, could lead to Deltha O’Neal’s release. Either way, the team needs to improve the quality of the depth at the position. 116

Domata Peko Michigan State 4th Round, 2006

LeMar Marshall Unrestricted FA

CB

Leon Hall

SPECIALISTS

Deltha O’Neal

5 Defensive Tackle John Thornton could become a victim of the salary cap. Bryan Robinson provides rotational depth at DT, and he is a free agent. If the team makes the move to a 3-4 defense, Michael Myers will not be effective because of his lack of prototypical size. Domata Peko is a huge space-eater on the inside and could make the move to nose tackle if required. Overall, Cincy needs to upgrade the talent on the DL, if they are to improve on their 21st rated rush defense.

Dhani Jones Unrestricted FA

CB

Johnathan Joseph

DEPTH CHART K

Shayne Graham

P

Kyle Larson Unrestricted FA

LS

Brad St. Louis

KR

Glenn Holt

David Jones

SS

Dexter Jackson Chinedum Ndukwe

FS

Madieu Williams Unrestricted FA Herana-Daze Jones Marvin White

Tab Perry

PR

Antonio Chatman TJ Houshmandzadeh

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AFC NORTH

CLEVELAND BROWNS OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

After a miserable 34-7 loss to the Steelers in the season opener, the Browns rebounded and narrowly missed the playoffs finishing 10-6, their best record since the franchise returned in 1999. After beginning the season on the hot seat, Head Coach Romeo Crennel was rewarded with a two year contract extension this past January. He had two years remaining on his previous deal at the time of his extension. Crennel, at age 60, is one of the oldest Head Coaches in the league. Phil Savage became the Browns Senior VP and General Manager in January 2005. Since that time, he has been aggressive in free agency as well as the draft. In 2007, he orchestrated draft day trades that enabled the team to move up and select QB Brady Quinn in the 1st round and CB Eric Wright in the 2nd round. Overall, Savage has done an excellent job of upgrading the Browns roster. In Rod Chudzinski’s first-year as Offensive Coordinator the Browns offense thrived, finishing 8th in scoring, 8th in total yards, and 10th in rushing yards. Conversely, Cleveland’s defense finished the season as one of the NFL’s worst units, as a result the Browns fired Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham, who was once considered a possible successor to coach Romeo Crennel. Grantham’s termination was a surprise because it came just months after he had signed a two-year contract extension. Mel Tucker, Cleveland’s defensive backs coach the past three seasons, will replace Grantham as defensive coordinator. Tucker also received a contract extension through the 2010 season. Corey Undlin, who spent the last three seasons with the Browns assistant secondary coach, was promoted to defensive backs coach. Signing Derek Anderson to an extension is a top offseason priority. Derek Anderson will return, even if the team is not able to sign him to a long-term deal. Several veteran players such as Gary Baxter, LeCharles Bentley, Orpheous Roye, and Willie McGinest could be cap casualties. The Browns have 10 potential unrestricted and 4 restricted free agents.

Derek Anderson Restricted FA Brady Quinn Ken Dorsey

RB

Jamal Lewis Jason Wright Jerome Harrison

FB WR

Lawrence Vickers Joe Jurevicius Josh Cribbs Tim Carter Unrestricted FA

WR

Braylon Edwards Travis Wilson Steve Sanders Syndric Steptoe

TE

Team Analysis

Kellen Winslow Steve Heiden

Braylon Edwards Michigan 1st Round, 2005

Darnell Dinkins

LT

Joe Thomas Nat Dorsey Unrestricted FA

2007 OFFENSE Rushing Yards Per Game

STATS

NFL RANK

118.4

10th

LG

Eric Steinbach Lennie Friedman Unrestricted FA

C

Hank Fraley

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.3

6th

LeCharles Bentley

Passing Yards Per Game

232.9

12th

Seth McKinney Unrestricted FA

Pass Efficiency Rating

80.7

17th

Scoring PPG

25.1

8th

Total Yards Per Game

351.3

8th

RG

Ryan Tucker Isaac Sowells

RT

Kevin Shaffer Cliff Louis

NEEDS ANALYSIS

1

Nose Tackle The Browns finished 27th in rushing defense and 30th in rushing YPC defense. Nose Tackle is a critical position for the 3-4 defense to be successful and the team could not replace the mammouth Ted Washington after he was injured. Washington will turn 40 in April and is an unrestricted free agent, as is Ethan Kelley. Shaun Smith did an adequate job filling in, but his natural position is DE.

2

Running Back Jamal Lewis had a productive ‘07 season rushing for 1,304 yards and 9TDs, but it was a contract year. The Browns have signed Lewis to an extension, but he has an injury history and will turn 29 before the start of next season. Lewis also has a history of performing well in contract years, then leveling off afterwards. Jason Wright and Jerome Harrison are adequate back-ups, but neither is capable of being the starter.

3

Free Safety Brodney Pool was inconsistent as the starting FS last year and gave up too many long pass plays. As a result, the Browns could be looking to upgrade the position. Mike Adams is a solid reserve but not the future starter.

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Team Analysis

CLEVELAND BROWNS

MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DEFENSE POSITION

SCENARIO #1

DE

DEPTH CHART

2007 DEFENSE

STATS

NFL RANK

Orpheous Roye

Rushing Yards Per Game

129.5

27th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.5

3th Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

230.1

24th

Pass Efficiency Defense

83.4

17th Tie

Robaire Smith

Scoring Defense

23.9

21st

Simon Fraser Restricted FA

Total Yards Per Game

359.6

30th

1

Kevin Smith

Central Florida

RB

2

Ahtyba Rubin

Iowa State

NT

3

Marcus Griffin

Texas

FS

Ethan Kelley Unrestricted FA Ted Washington Unrestricted FA

4

Mario Urrutia

Louisville

WR

5

Keilen Dykes

West Virginia

DE / NT

Shaun Smith

NT

Shaun Smith

Louis Leonard

DE

6

Drew Radovich

USC

OG

SCENARIO #2 1

Frank Okam

Texas

NT

2

Matt Forte

Tulane

RB

OLB

Antwan Peek Willie McGinest David McMillan

3

Kennard Cox

Pittsburgh

FS

4

Adrian Arrington

Michigan

WR

5

Alonzo Dotson

Arizona

DE

6

Andrew Crummey

Maryland

OG

ILB

Leon Williams

ILB

NEEDS ANALYSIS

4

CB

Offensive Guard Eric Steinbach will be a starter for many years to come; however last years starter at right guard, Ryan Tucker, is entering his 12th season and has battled injuries in the past. Isaac Sowells is athletic, and has potential but did not see any game action in ’07. Journeyman Lennie Freidman is a free agent. 118

Eric Wright

Leigh Bodden Duquesne Undrafted FA, 2003

Kenny Wright

CB

Leigh Bodden Daven Holly Restricted FA Brandon McDonald

SS

Sean Jones Nick Sorensen UnRestricted FA

FS

6

Kamerion Wimbley Chaun Thompson. Unrestricted FA

5

Wide Receiver Braylon Edwards possesses the tools to be a perennial Pro Bowler. Joe Jurevicius can still be productive but would be better equipped as a 3rd receiver at this point in his career. Tim Carter is a free agent. While Josh Cribbs is a phenomenal return man he has done little to contribute to the passing game.Travis Wilson has played in one career game in his first two seasons and would be considered a 3rd round bust at this point.

D’Qwell Jackson Kris Griffin Restricted FA

OLB

Defensive End Orpheous Roye’s age (35) started to become apparent last season as he only started 6 games. His absence contributed to the team’s inability to stop the run. After signing as a free agent last year, Robaire Smith was a productive, 16-game starter. However, at the age of 30 he is not a long–term solution. Simon Fraser may step into a starting role next season. Undrafted free agents Chase Pittman and Melila Purcell provide depth.

Andra Davis

Brodney Pool

SPECIALISTS DEPTH CHART K

Phil Dawson

P

Dave Zastudil

LS

Ryan Pontbriand

KR

Josh Cribbs Jason Wright

Mike Adams

PR

Josh Cribbs Syndric Steptoe

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AFC NORTH

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Team Analysis

OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

The Steelers rebounded from a disappointing 2006 season to post a 10-6 record en-route to claiming the AFC North Division. Pittsburgh’s season ended with a hard fought first round playoff to Jacksonville, the first time the Steelers have lost an early round playoff game in 15 years. The Rooney family deserves credit for keeping an open mind during their search for Bill Cowher’s replacement. They remain the classiest ownership group in professional sports. Rookie Head Coach Mike Tomlin appears to have a bright future in the Steel City, but he also realizes there is plenty of work to be done. Tomlin displays a calm demeanor, never appears rattled, and has earned the respect of his players. Most importantly, he has a desire to be great, and a 10-6 record, coupled with a first round defeat, are not acceptable results. Director of Football Operations Kevin Colbert and his entire scouting staff consistently produce solid draft results, but in recent years they have not hit any homeruns on the second day. Offensive Coordinator Bruce Arians simplified and condensed the playbook; the result was a record-setting season for Ben Roethlisberger. Statistically, Dick Lebeau’s defense had a great season finishing 1st in total yards, 2nd in scoring defense, and 3rd in both rushing and passing yards league-wide. Pittsburgh’s special teams kick coverage must improve. According to NFL Players Association surveys, the playing surface at Heinz Field ranks near the bottom of the league, yet the team has decided to stick with a natural grass rather than installing field turf. As usual, do not expect the team to be active in the free agent market as they prefer to build through the draft. Roethlisberger has two years left on the contract, but both sides have expressed a desire to reach a contract extension this year. Free agents, Alan Faneca, Clark Haggans, and Dan Kreider are not likely to return next year. The Steelers have 8 unrestricted and 5 restricted free agents.

Ben Roethlisberger Charlie Batch Brian St. Pierre Unrestricted FA Jared Zabransky

RB

Willie Parker Najeh Davenport Gary Russell Verron Haynes Unrestricted FA

FB

Carey Davis Dan Kreider Unrestricted FA

WR

Hines Ward Nate Washington Restricted FA Willie Reid Matt Trannon

WR

Santonio Holmes Cedrick Wilson

TE Ben Roethlisberger Miami, OH 1st Round, 2004

Heath Miller Matt Spaeth Jonathan Dekker

LT

Marvel Smith Trai Essex Restricted FA

2007 OFFENSE

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

135.5

3rd

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.2

7th Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

191.9

22nd

Pass Efficiency Rating

99.9

2nd

Scoring PPG

24.6

9th

Total Yards Per Game

327.4

17th

LG

Alan Faneca Unrestricted FA Chris Kemoeatu Restricted FA

C

Sean Mahan Darnell Stapleton

RG

Kendall Simmons Chris Kemoeatu

RT

Willie Colon Max Starks Transition Tag Jason Capizzi

NEEDS ANALYSIS

1

Center Last year, the Steelers signed Sean Mahan, formerly of Tampa Bay, to replace the retired Jeff Hartings at center. Mahan struggled throughout the season and is simply not a good fit for the Steelers power running game. Undrafted rookie free agent Darnell Stapleton beat out several other prospects for the backup role. Kendall Simmons lined up at the pivot position in training camp but was unable to execute the snap cleanly.

2 Defensive Ends Pittsburgh felt the loss of Aaron Smith last season after he suffered a torn bi-cep in week 14. The Steelers rush defense was simply not the same the remainder of the year. Smith and Brett Keisel are entrenched as the starters, but both back-ups Travis Kirshke and Nick Eason are free agents. The team may attempt to re-sign one of the two, but it is unlikely both players will return.

3

Offensive Guard / Offensive Tackle The team has made a contract offer to All-Pro Alan Faneca, but it appears he will likely move on via free agency. Chris Kemoeatu will have an opportunity to take over as the starter at LG. In an attempt to solidify the interior OL, Kendall Simmons may be moved to Center, in which case Willie Colon would shift inside to RG and Max Starks would reclaim his starting role at RT, provided that he re-signs with the team. Regardless, a versatile OL capable of playing tackle or guard will be high on the priority list. SUREFIRE SCOUTING

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PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Team Analysis

MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DEFENSE DEPTH CHART

POSITION

SCENARIO #1

DE

Aaron Smith

1

Jeff Otah

Pittsburgh

OT

Nick Eason Unrestricted FA

2

Justin King

Penn State

CB

Ryan McBean

3

Matt Forte

Tulane

RB

NT

Casey Hampton Chris Hoke

4

Owen Schmitt

West Virginia

FB

5

Brian Johnston

Gardner– Webb

DE

Travis Kirshke

C / OG

Scott Paxson

6

Fernando Velasco

Georgia

DE

OLB

SCENARIO #2

Brett Keisel

LaMarr Woodley

1

Branden Albert

Virginia

OG

Clark Haggans Unrestricted FA

2

Kendall Langford

Hampton

DE

Arnold Harrison

3

Mike Pollak

Arizona State

C

4

Jonathan Goff

Vanderbilt

ILB

5

Justin McKinney

Kansas State

CB

6

Chris Norwell

Illinois

DE

ILB

2007 DEFENSE

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

89.9

3rd

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.0

13th Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

176.5

3rd

Pass Efficiency Defense

76.5

9th

Scoring Defense

16.8

2nd

Total Yards Per Game

266.4

1st

James Farrior Lawrence Timmons

ILB OLB

Andre Frazier Restricted FA Marquis Cooper Unrestricted FA

4 Cornerback CB

6 Fullback Dan Kreider is an unrestricted free agent and after 8 seasons has likely played his last game for the black and gold. Carey Davis is versatile as a receiver and occasional runner, but he is not a dominant lead blocker. Davis started 7 games last year and also excels on special teams. The Steelers need a pure-blocking FB to pave the way for Willie Parker. 120

Ike Taylor

Troy Polamalu USC 1st Round, 2003

William Gay Anthony Madison

CB

5 Inside Linebacker Last year’s 1st rounder, Lawrence Timmons, is likely to be moved to ILB, and should earn a starting position ahead of either James Farrior or Larry Foote. Farrior is finally starting to show the signs of his age (33) and appears to have lost a step. He has been a stellar performer for the team since signing as a free agent in 2002. Foote’s performance also dropped a notch last season as he missed too many tackles. Clint Kriewaldt (age 32) is solid on special teams.

James Harrison Lawrence Timmons

NEEDS ANALYSIS Deshea Townsend continues to play at a high level but will turn 33 at the beginning of the 2008 season. Bryant McFadden is entering the final year of his rookie contract and has yet to unseat Townsend of his starting position. Anthony Madison plays with great hustle and is a solid special teamer, but he lacks the size and speed to be a starter. Allen Rossum is entering his 11th season and is used almost exclusively as a return man.

Larry Foote

Deshea Townsend Bryant McFadden

SS

SPECIALISTS DEPTH CHART

Troy Polamalu

K

Jeff Reed

P

Daniel Sepulveda

Tyrone Carter Mike Lorello

FS

Anthony Smith Ryan Clark

LS

Greg Warren Restricted FA

KR

Allen Rossum Willie Reid

Grant Mason

PR

Allen Rossum Jeremy Bloom

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AFC SOUTH

HOUSTON TEXANS OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

The Texans finished the 2007 season with an 8-8 record in the tough AFC South that included 3 playoff teams. However, the Texans only beat one team with a winning record, Tampa Bay, if you ignore the season finale in which Jacksonville played back-ups. Gary Kubiak enters his 3rd season as the Texans’ Head Coach. In just 2 seasons, he has taken a team that was 2-14 in ‘05 to a .500 record. After one season with former 1st overall pick David Carr as his QB, Kubiak released him and traded for Matt Schaub who had a good but injury plagued first season. Overseeing the personnel decisions is General Manager Rick Smith, who just completed his first full season after coming over from the Broncos. Smith brought in high priced free agent RB Ahman Green, who only played in 6 games because of an injury. He had a nice first draft bringing in DT Amobi Okoye, WR Jacoby Jones, and CB Fred Bennett. Smith will look to improve the defense this off-season. In late November, Offensive Coordinator Mike Sherman left the Texans to become HC of Texas A&M. Kubiak chose to stay within his staff to replace Sherman. Kyle Shanahan, who is just 28 years old, will take over the Texans’ offense after serving as their QB coach last year. Also, Alex Gibbs was brought in to work closely with Shanahan and the other offensive coaches as an Offensive Assistant after taking a year off. Gibbs is one of the most highly regarded OL coaches in the game. The defense for the Texans must improve from their ‘07 season. DE Mario Williams really stepped it up in his second season, but teams were able to move the ball quite easily on Defensive Coordinator Richard Smith’s defense. Heading into FA, the Texans are in good shape with the salary cap and will need that money to bring back or replace their 17 unrestricted and 4 restricted free agents. The Texans must improve their roster in order to compete in the strong AFC South.

Matt Schaub Sage Rosenfels Shane Boyd

RB

Ahman Green Ron Dayne Unrestricted FA Darius Walker Chris Taylor

FB

Vonta Leach Jameel Cook

WR

Andre Johnson Andre Davis Unrestricted FA

WR

Kevin Walter Jacoby Jones Jerome Mathis Restricted FA David Anderson

TE

Team Analysis

Owen Daniels Mark Bruener Unrestricted FA Joel Dreessen

Andre Johnson Miami, FL 1st Round, 2003

LT

Ephraim Salaam Jordan Black

2007 OFFENSE

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

99.1

Chris White

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

Charles Spencer

2 Safety

3.8

22nd Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

234.4

11th

Pass Efficiency Rating

86.1

12th

Scoring PPG

23.7

12th

Total Yards Per Game

333.6

14th

Chester Pitts Kasey Studdard

C

22nd RG

Steve McKinney

Fred Weary Unrestricted FA Mike Brisiel

RT

1

Running Back Ahman Green was signed as a free agent but was ineffective in his first year with the Texans. Ron Dayne is a free agent and could return, but he does not possess the speed to be a feature back in Houston’s zone blocking scheme. Like the Broncos, the Texans’ brass believes in acquiring their backs in the later or middle rounds, but with a top notch RB class, this could be the year to land a franchise back on the first day.

Brandon Frye

LG

NEEDS ANALYSIS

Eric Winston Rashad Butler

Free agent, Will Demps was signed after being released by the Giants last year. He ended up starting 8 games and played well enough to be consider for re-signing. Incumbent starter, Glenn Earl was placed on IR in August and is now a free agent as is aging vet Jason Simmons. C.C. Brown is a restricted free agent. Overall, the Texans need to improve their talent level at both safety positions.

3

Outside Linebacker Strong-side starter Danny Clark and top back-up Charlie Anderson are both unrestricted free agents. Both could return, but neither are more than adequate. Morlon Greenwood holds down the post on the weak-side, and Shawn Barber was cut. Houston is in need of a talent upgrade on the strong-side. SUREFIRE SCOUTING

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HOUSTON TEXANS

Team Analysis MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DEFENSE DEPTH CHART

POSITION

SCENARIO #1

DE

1

Keith Rivers

USC

LB

2

Jamaal Charles

Texas

RB

3

Simeon Castille

Alabama

FS

4

Dejuan Tribble

Boston College

CB

Anthony Weaver Earl Cochran

DT

Amobi Okoye Anthony Maddox Restricted FA DelJuan Robinson

DT

Travis Johnson Jeff Zgonina

5

Mike Dragosavich

North Dakota State

P

6

Louis Holmes

Arizona

DE

Tim Bulman

DE

1

Branden Albert

Oregon

RB

2

Kendall Langford

NC State

SS

3

Mike Pollak

Colorado

OLB

OLB

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

114.1

19th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.0

13th Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

230.1

25th

Pass Efficiency Defense

93.6

30th

Scoring Defense

24.0

22nd Tie

Total Yards Per Game

344.2

24th

Mario Williams N.D. Kalu Unrestricted FA

SCENARIO #2

2007 DEFENSE

Danny Clark Unrestricted FA Charlie Anderson Unrestricted FA

MLB

DeMeco Ryans Jon Abbate

4

Jonathan Goff

TCU

DE

5

Justin McKinney

Connecticut

CB

6

Chris Norwell

Oklahoma

TE

Zac Diles

OLB CB

Morlon Greenwood Dunta Robinson Fred Bennett Dexter Wynn Unrestricted FA

NEEDS ANALYSIS

CB

4 Cornerback Dunta Robinson is a special player when healthy. He suffered a serious right knee injury in November but should be ready for the season opener. Fellow former Gamecock Fred Bennett filled in for Robinson and more than held his own. After moving from FS, Von Hutchins enjoyed a breakout year at CB, registering 93 tackles. He is a free agent along with kick returner Dexter Wynn. The Texans have two pending FAs and a key player returning from injury.

6 Tight End / Punter Owen Daniels has become one of the better pass catching TEs in the league; however, he is not a dominant blocker. 35 year old Mark Bruener, who was used almost exclusively as a blocker, is a free agent. 13th year vet Matt Turk, finished near the bottom of the league in gross punting average and is also a free agent. 122

DeMeco Ryans Alabama 2nd Round, 2006

Demarcus Faggins Jamar Fletcher Roc Alexander Unrestricted FA

SS

5 Defensive End Mario Williams had a stellar second year, and Anthony Weaver is a reliable starter. Earl Cochran is satisfactory as a reserve. However, N.D. Kalu’s performance has dropped off substantially; he is entering his 12th year as a free agent. Houston must add depth at DE.

Von Hutchins Unrestricted FA

Glenn Earl Unrestricted FA C.C. Brown Restricted FA

SPECIALISTS DEPTH CHART K

Kris Brown

P

Matt Turk Unrestricted FA

LS

Bryan Pittman

KR

Jacoby Jones

Michael Boulware

FS

Will Demps Unrestricted FA Curome Cox Jason Simmons Unrestricted FA

Andre Davis

PR

Jacoby Jones Dexter Wynn

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AFC SOUTH

TENNESSEE TITANS OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

After just missing the playoffs in 2006, the Titans were able to defeat the Colts in the regular season finale to earn a Wild Card berth, finishing the season at 10-6. In their first playoff game since 2003, the Titans were defeated by the Chargers. Jeff Fisher, who is entering his 15th season as the Titans’ head coach, is the longest tenured head coach among active coaches in the league . He turned in a strong coaching performance in 2007 taking the young Titans into the playoffs despite the constant distractions from the Pacman Jones’ suspension. At the beginning of last season, Fisher signed a 4 year extension with the team that runs through 2011. General Manager Mike Reinfeldt came to the Titans just prior to last year’s draft replacing longtime Titans’ GM Floyd Reese. He did not make a big splash in the FA market last year but must now improve the wide receiver corps and ensure that Pro Bowl DT Albert Haynesworth is re-signed. After the season, 3rd year Offensive Coordinator Norm Chow was fired. Chow was unable to help Vince Young progress from his fine rookie season. Young threw 17 INT to only 9 TDs, and the offense failed to score touchdowns consistently. Mike Heimerdinger was hired to replace Chow after serving the last 2 years as Denver Offensive Assistant Coach. From 2000-2005, Heimerdinger served as the Titans OC and worked very well with then starting QB Steve McNair. His biggest challenge will be getting Vince Young back on track after a rough sophomore season. The defense was certainly the strength of this team last year. Defensive Coordinator, Jim Schwartz, interviewed for the Redskins’ Head Coaching job after the season. His defense ranked in the top 8 in scoring and yards per game. Heading into free agency, the Titans are expected to franchise Haynesworth but will still have to deal with 17 unrestricted and 4 restricted free agents. At this point, the Titans have plenty of cap room to re-sign many of their players.

Vince Young Kerry Collins

RB

Lendale White Chris Brown Unrestricted FA Chris Henry

FB

Ahmard Hall Casey Cramer Restricted FA

WR

Roydell Williams Brandon Jones Biren Ealy Chris Davis

WR

Justin Gage Unrestricted FA Eric Moulds Unrestricted FA Paul Williams Mike Williams

TE

Team Analysis

Bo Scaife Restricted FA Ben Troupe Unrestricted FA

Vince Young Texas 1st Round, 2006

Ben Hartsock Unrestricted FA Jamie Petrowski

LT

2007 OFFENSE

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

131.8

5th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

3.9

20th Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

179.4

27th

Pass Efficiency Rating

72.6

27th

Scoring PPG

18.8

22nd

Total Yards Per Game

311.7

21st

Michael Roos Daniel Loper Restricted FA Mike Otto

LG

Jacob Bell Unrestricted FA Leroy Harris

C

Kevin Mawae Eugene Amano Unrestricted FA

RG

Benji Olson Leroy Harris

RT

David Stewart Daniel Loper Mike Otto

NEEDS ANALYSIS

1

Wide Receiver The Titans have been lacking a dynamic receiver for some time now. David Givens was an expensive free agent acquisition who has never been a factor because of serious injuries. Justin Gage tied for the team lead in receptions a year ago and is now a free agent along with Eric Moulds, who is entering his 13th year. Tennessee needs a deep receiving threat that can stretch the field.

2 Center / Offensive Guard Kevin Mawae is the leader of the OL and has managed to remain healthy, but he will be heading into his 15th year. Eugene Amano is the top back-up at both C and OG, but he is a free agent. Last year, the team drafted Leroy Harris in the 4th round, and he may be the heir apparent at C, but last year he provided depth at OG. Jacob Bell is looking to break the bank in free agency and may be difficult to retain.

3

Defensive End Starter Antwan Odom and top reserve Travis LaBoy are both free agents. It will be a challenge to re-sign both players, and the team may be searching for a starter to play opposite Kyle Vanden Bosch. Bryce Fisher and 2nd year man Jacob Ford provide depth. Ford is a pass rush specialist and Fisher is better suited for a back-up role at this point in his career. SUREFIRE SCOUTING

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AFC SOUTH

TENNESSEE TITANS

Team Analysis

DEFENSE

MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

SCENARIO #1

DE

1

Malcolm Kelly

Oklahoma

WR

2

Chilo Rachal

USC

OG

3

Lawrence Jackson

USC

DE

4

Jordan Dizon

Colorado

OLB

5

Jermichael Finley

Texas

TE

6

Dennis Dixon

Oregon

QB

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

92.4

5th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.0

13th Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

199.2

10th

Kevin Vickerson Albert Haynesworth Franchise Tag

Pass Efficiency Defense

74.5

4th

Randy Starks Unrestricted FA

Scoring Defense

18.6

8th

Kyle Vanden Bosch

Total Yards Per Game

291.6

5th

DEPTH CHART

POSITION

Antwan Odom Unrestricted FA Travis LaBoy Unrestricted FA Jacob Ford

DT

DT

DE

Tony Brown

Bryce Fisher

SCENARIO #2

2007 DEFENSE

Sean Conover

1

Limas Sweed

Texas

WR

OLB

David Thornton

2

Heath Benedict

Newberry, SC

OG

Rich Scanlon

3

Darrell Strong

Pittsburgh

TE

Rob Reynolds Unrestricted FA

4

Chris Ellis

Virginia Tech

DE

5

Steve Octavien

Nebraska

OLB

6

Paul Smith

Tulsa

QB

MLB

Stephen Tulloch Collin Allred

OLB

NEEDS ANALYSIS

4 Outside Linebacker

Vince Young has been susceptible to injuries early in his career. Kerry Collins performed much better in his second season with the team, but his skill set varies greatly from the multi-dimensional run/pass threat provided by Young. The Titans did not carry a third QB on their roster last season, a move that could prove to be costly in the future. The team would be wise to select a QB in the later rounds to groom as Young’s long-term back-up and injury replacement.

Jorge Cordova

CB

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Nick Harper Reynaldo Hill Restricted FA

Cortland Finnegan Samford 7th Round, 2006

Chidi Iwuoma Unrestricted FA Michael Waddell Restricted FA

CB

SPECIALISTS DEPTH CHART

Cortland Finnegan Kelly Herndon

K

Rob Bironas Restricted FA

P

Craig Hentrich

Eric King Pacman Jones Suspended

SS

6 Tight End Bo Scaife will return as the starter after suffering a lacerated liver at the end of last season. Top reserves Ben Troupe and Ben Hartsock are free agents, and it is unlikely both players will return. Reserve Jamie Petrowski did not see game action a year ago. The Titans could look to offset potential losses in the later rounds.

Keith Bulluck Gilbert Gardner Unrestricted FA

Keith Bulluck remains one of the most unheralded LBs in the league. David Thornton was signed away from the division rival Colts and led the team in tackles with 122 stops last year. Back-ups Gilbert Gardner and Rob Reynolds are free agents. Rich Scanlon and Jorge Cordova are marginal players. Tennessee needs to upgrade the reserve talent and depth at the position.

5 Quarterback

Ryan Fowler

Calvin Lowry

LS

Ken Amato

KR

Chris Davis

Donnie Nickey Unrestricted FA

FS

Michael Griffin Vincent Fuller Restricted FA

Chris Henry

PR

Chris Davis Cortland Finnegan

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AFC SOUTH

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Team Analysis

OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

Coming off a disappointing 2006 season, the Jaguars returned to the playoffs in 2007 finishing second in the AFC South with an 11-5 record. The Jags pulled off a big win against the Steelers in the Wild Card then lost to the Patriots in a close game. Jack Del Rio is entering his 6th season as the Jaguars Head Coach and has guided his team to the playoffs in 2 of the last 3 seasons. The former NFL linebacker is a hard-nosed coach who likes to run the ball and play stifling defense. He made a risky but very wise decision prior to the ‘07 season by releasing former 1st round pick, Byron Leftwich, and going with David Garrard as his starting QB. James Harris, VP of Player Personnel since 2003, makes draft and free agency decisions for the Jags. The team has not had much luck with its recent number one picks, but Reggie Nelson had a solid rookie year. Harris has made several 1st round reaches, including wide receivers Reggie Williams and Matt Jones, that have not panned out. The Jaguar coaching staff suffered a big loss when Defensive Coordinator Mike Smith accepted the heading coaching job with the Atlanta Falcons. However, the Jags rebounded quickly and signed Gregg Williams, who was recently released by the Redskins. The former Bills’ Head Coach brings a distinguished defensive resume to the Jaguars and is well known for his ability to put pressure on opposing QBs. Also following Smith to Atlanta were Ray Hamilton, DL Coach and Alvin Reynolds, DB Coach. Reynolds was replaced by Thom Kaumeyer, who was the Defensive Coordinator at Tulane last year, and Ted Monachino was promoted from Assistant DL Coach to replace Hamilton. On the offensive side, Mike Tice and Dirk Koetter return to guide an offense that ranked 2nd in the league in rushing and turned the ball over only 12 times. Heading into free agency, the Jaguars have 13 unrestricted free agents and 1 restricted free agents.

David Garrard Quinn Gray Unrestricted FA Lester Ricard

RB

Fred Taylor Maurice Jones-Drew LaBrandon Toefield Unrestricted FA

FB

Greg Jones Montell Owens

WR

Ernest Wilford Unrestricted FA Matt Jones John Broussard Charles Sharon

WR

Dennis Northcutt Reggie Williams Mike Walker

TE

Marcedes Lewis George Wrighster Greg Estandia

Maurice Jones-Drew UCLA 2nd Round, 2006

Richard Angulo Unrestricted FA Isaac Smolko LT

Khalif Barnes Richard Collier Andrew Carnahan

2007 OFFENSE

STATS

Rushing Yards Per Game

149.4

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.6

Passing Yards Per Game

208.0

NFL RANK 2nd

LG

C

Vince Manuwai

RG

2 Strong Safety

Brad Meester

Veteran Sammy Knight led in tackles last year posting 93 stops. His aggressive, downhill style of play fits the Jags system well, but he is entering his 12th season. Chad Nkang is still transitioning from playing LB in college to safety in the pros. Gerald Sensabuagh was placed on IR in September after suffering a shoulder injury. If Knight, who is a free agent, reaches a contract agreement with the Jags, the priority decreases, but the long-term need still remains.

Chris Naeole Maurice Williams Unrestricted FA

27th

Pass Efficiency Rating

97.1

27th

Scoring PPG

25.7

22nd

Total Yards Per Game

357.4

21st

Tutan Reyes RT

1

Wide Receiver Leading receiver Ernest Wilford is a pending free agent. The Jags will make a concerted effort to re-sign him. Reggie Williams caught 10 TDs last season, emerging as a redzone threat, but he only totaled 38 receptions on the year. Matt Jones’ “body language” and intensity have been called into question. Dennis Northcutt proved to be a quality acquisition, but more consistent playmakers are needed.

Uche Nwaneri

Dennis Norman

3rd

NEEDS ANALYSIS

Tony Pashos Richard Collier Stockar McDougle Unrestricted FA

3

Cornerback Rashean Mathis and Brian Williams are set as the starters, but the Jags are in need of a youthful infusion of depth at the position. 12 year vet, Terry Cousin played exceptionally well in his role as a nickel-back last season; however, he is now a free agent. Aaron Glenn was signed prior to last season but played in only 5 games. He is also a free agent and may retire. Scott Starks lacks the bulk to be an every down player and is best suited for a sub-package role. SUREFIRE SCOUTING

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JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Team Analysis

MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DEFENSE POSITION

SCENARIO #1

DEPTH CHART DE

1

Branden Albert

VIrginia

OG

2

Tom Zbikowski

Notre Dame

SS

3

Terrell Thomas

USC

CB

Reggie Hayward Brent Hawkins James Wyche DT

4

Paul Hubbard

Wisconsin

WR

5

John David Booty

USC

QB

6

Vincent Redd

Liberty

DE

Bobby McCray Unrestricted FA

Marcus Stroud Rob Meier Grady Jackson Unrestricted FA

DT

SCENARIO #2

John Henderson Derek Landri

1

Mike Jenkins

South Florida

CB

2

Earl Bennett

Vanderbilt

WR

3

Jamie Silva

Boston College

SS

4

Robert Felton

Arkansas

OG

5

Wallace Gilberry

Alabama

DE

6

Mario Urrutia

Louisville

WR

Tony McDaniel DE

2007 DEFENSE

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

100.3

11th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.1

17th Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

213.5

15th

Pass Efficiency Defense

76.1

7th

Scoring Defense

19.0

10th

Total Yards Per Game

313.8

12th

Paul Spicer Bobby McCray Brian Smith Jeremy Mincey

OLB

Clint Ingram Kenny Pettway Shantee Orr Unrestricted FA

MLB

Daryl Smith

NEEDS ANALYSIS

Mike Peterson

4

Tony Gilbert

Offensive Guard Chris Naeole suffered a torn quadriceps tendon in November which ended his season. If he can fully recover, he should return as the starter opposite Vince Manuwai in 2008. Maurice Williams moved inside from OT and started in place of Naeole last year. His versatility is an added bonus, which may drive up his value as a free agent. Stockar McDougle did not see game action last year after suffering a ruptured achilles tendon; he is a free agent and not likely to return.

OLB

Brian Iwuh CB

Aaron Glenn Unrestricted FA CB

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Brian Williams Terry Cousin Unrestricted FA

SS

6

Quarterback David Garrard performed admirably last season in his first year as the starter. Many questioned the teams decision to release Byron Leftwich, but Del Rio’s instincts proved correct. Quinn Gray started the first 4 games of his career last year, replacing an injured Garrard. Gray has a knack for throwing the deep ball and was solid in his relief role. He is a free agent, but the team will attempt to re-sign him. If they are able to sign Gray, the Jags could still look to add a 3rd QB.

Rashean Mathis Bethune-Cookman 2nd Round, 2003

Rashean Mathis Scott Starks

5 Defensive End Starter Bobby McCray is a free agent who may be difficult to retain. Last year, Reggie Hayward did not appear fully recovered from the torn achilles he suffered in ‘06. Brent Hawkins displayed his quickness on passing downs, but he lacks the size to be an every down player. Jacksonville could look for a developmental DE prospect on the second day.

Justin Durant

FS

Sammy Knight Unrestricted FA

SPECIALISTS DEPTH CHART K

Josh Scobee

P

Adam Podlesh

Chad Nkang

LS

Joe Zelenka

Gerald Sensabuagh Restricted FA

KR

Maurice Jones-Drew Scott Starks

Reggie Nelson Jamaal Fudge Lamont Thompson

PR

Dennis Northcutt Maurice Jones-Drew

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AFC SOUTH

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Team Analysis

OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

The defending 2006 Super Bowl Champion Colts completed another stellar season in 2007 finishing the regular season with a 13-3 record and coming very close to knocking off the Patriots during the season. However, the Colts’ repeat hopes were dashed by the Chargers in the Divisional Playoffs. That loss was the last game in the RCA Dome for the Colts as they begin play in a brand new stadium in 2008. Many felt Tony Dungy would hang it up after the ‘07 season, but he decided to return for at least one more year. Dungy does a great job of keeping the team focused. He also coached without Dwight Freeney for half the season and without the aging Marvin Harrison for all but 5 games. Team President Bill Polian continues to be a great talent evaluator bringing in players that fit well in Dungy’s scheme. Although Polian and Dungy work well together, Polian has the final say on personnel decisions. The Colts had another good draft in 2007 bringing in potential star WR Anthony Gonzalez and starting LT Tony Ugoh. Going into 2008, the Colts’ coaching staff remains intact after it seemed they would lose assistants to head coaching jobs. Both Ron Meeks and Jim Caldwell interviewed for head coaching positions, but neither left. In fact, Jim Caldwell will be named the Head Coach of the Colts when Tony Dungy does decide to retire. The Colts have two great Coordinators. Offensive Coordinator Tom Moore allows Peyton Manning great flexibility in play calling and Ron Meeks had a very fast, stingy defense that ranked 1st in scoring defense and 3rd in total yards. The Colts do not have much cap room but will certainly make every effort to sign franchise designee Dallas Clark to a long-term deal. He has become Manning’s go to guy over the middle and is in the prime of his career. With the Franchise price of a TE relatively reasonable, the Colts wisely used the designation on Clark. In all, the Colts have 9 unrestricted, including both starting guards, and 4 restricted free agents.

Peyton Manning Jim Sorgi

RB

Joseph Addai Kenton Keith Clifton Dawson

FB

Luke Lawton

WR

Marvin Harrison Devin Aromashodu

WR

Reggie Wayne Aaron Moorehead Unrestricted FA

WR

Anthony Gonzalez Craphonso Thorpe Roy Hall

TE

Dallas Clark Franshise Tag Ben Utecht Restricted FA Bryan Fletcher Restricted FA

Peyton Manning Tennessee 1st Round, 1998

Mike Seidman LT

Tony Ugoh Daniel Federkeil

2007 OFFENSE Rushing Yards Per Game

STATS

NFL RANK

106.6

18th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

3.8

22th Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

252.1

6th

Pass Efficiency Rating

96.1

5th

Scoring PPG

28.1

3rd

Total Yards Per Game

358.7

5th

Corey Hilliard LG

Jeff Saturday Dylan Gandy Restricted FA

RG

Jake Scott Unrestricted FA Dylan Gandy

RT

1

Outside Linebacker Rob Morris went down with a knee injury in week #2 and was placed on IR. Prior to his injury he appeared to have settled in at OLB after making the move from MLB. Rocky Boiman and Tyjuan Hagler are free agents. Freddy Keiaho will hold down one starting job. Clint Session and Ramon Guzman showed promise as rookies. With only one starter set, this is an area of high priority.

Ryan Lilja Michael Toudouze

C

NEEDS ANALYSIS

Ryan Diem Charlie Johnson

2 Offensive Guard Both starters, Ryan Lilja and Jake Scott are free agents, as is top reserve Dylan Gandy. The Colts will attempt to re-sign both starters, but it is unlikely all three players will return. The only other player at the position is the seldom used Michael Toudouze. Lilja and Scott are likely to draw interest in free agency, and it is possible that Indy could loose both players, in which case they would likely spend two selections on the position.

3

Defensive End After signing a lucrative contract extension, Dwight Freeney experienced an injury abbreviated ’07 season. Robert Mathis is set as a starter opposite Freeney, but the Colts lack depth behind the pair. Top reserve, Josh Thomas is a free agent. Darrell Reid is a standout special teams performer, and Jeff Charleston was forced to make 3 starts last year, but both are best suited for back-up duty. SUREFIRE SCOUTING

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AFC SOUTH

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Team Analysis

MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DEFENSE DEPTH CHART

POSITION LE

SCENARIO #1

1

Roy Schuening

Oregon State

OG

2

Alvin Bowen

Iowa State

OLB

3

Cliff Avril

Purdue

DE

4

Jameel McClain

Syracuse

MLB

Robert Mathis Josh Thomas Unrestricted FA

LT

Anthony McFarland

2007 DEFENSE

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

106.9

15th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

3.8

4th Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

172.5

2nd

Pass Efficiency Defense

73.3

3rd

Scoring Defense

16.4

1st

Total Yards Per Game

279.7

3rd

Raheem Brock Keyunta Dawson RT

Ed Johnson Quinn Pitcock

5 6

Gary Barnidge

Louisville

TE

Dorien Bryant

Purdue

WR

Dan Klecko Unrestricted FA RE

SCENARIO #2

Dwight Freeney Darrell Reid

1

Jerod Mayo

Tennessee

LB

2

Harry Douglas

Louisville

WR

3

Oniel Cousins

UTEP

OG / OT

4

Eric Foster

Rutgers

LB

5

Jo-Lonn Dunbar

Boston College

TE

6

Jacob Tamme

Kentucky

TE

Jeff Charleston OLB

Rob Morris Rocky Boiman Unrestricted FA Clint Session

MLB

Gary Brackett

OLB

Freddie Keiaho Tyjuan Hagler Restricted FA Ramon Guzman

NEEDS ANALYSIS

CB

Marlin Jackson

4 Center

Tim Jennings

Jeff Saturday has been a pillar of stability at the pivot position since 2000, missing only 2 starts over an 8 year span. He will be 33 years old entering the season, and the organization needs to begin a search for his successor. Dylan Gandy, who is the top-reserve, is versatile and also provides depth at guard, but, as mentioned, he is a free agent. If Gandy re-signs with the Colts, the priority decreases, but the long-term need still remains.

Michael Coe CB

6

Wide Receiver Marvin Harrison’s age finally started to show a little last year; he missed 11 games because of injury, more than he had missed in his previous 11 seasons combined. Aaron Moorehead is a free agent, and the Colts could look to acquire a developmental WR in the later rounds. 128

Kelvin Hayden Dante Hughes TJ Rushing

SPECIALISTS DEPTH CHART

Keiwan Ratliff

5 Middle Linebacker Gary Brackett has been a steady performer since taking over the starting role in 2005. Brandon Archer saw action in 6 games last year but he was released. The Colts have very little depth behind Brackett and could look to add to this position through the draft. Overall, Indy has very few glaring needs.

Bob Sanders Iowa 2nd Round, 2004

SS

Bob Sanders Matt Giordano Unrestricted FA

FS

Antoine Bethea

K

Adam Vinatieri

P

Hunter Smith

LS

Justin Snow

KR

TJ Rushing

Melvin Bullitt

Kenton Keith

Brannon Condren

PR

TJ Rushing Craphonso Thorpe

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AFC WEST

OAKLAND RAIDERS OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

The once feared silver and black have managed to win only 19 games over the last five years; that is one less victory than the Patriots achieved in 2007. Oakland finished 4-12 last season but did manage to show some signs of improvement under rookie Head Coach Lane Kiffin. For Kiffin, the nightmarish season continued after the last game was played. After supposedly refusing owner Al Davis’ request that he quit and then daring the owner to fire him while owing him approximately $4 million in salary, Kiffin was stripped of his authority regarding coaching changes and personnel. James Lofton was hired as receivers coach, and Rob Ryan was retained as Defensive Coordinator— presumably against the coach’s will. One thing is for sure, Kiffin is not a quitter. Al Davis’ ego has dragged the Raiders franchise into the depths of the abyss. The Raiders will not be a contender until Davis relinquishes his stranglehold on every front office decision. It is truly a shame how far one of the leagues most storied franchises has fallen. Rob Ryan’s defense struggled horribly against the run, while finishing 22nd in total yards allowed, and 29th in points allowed. Former 49er Offensive Coordinator Greg Knapp did not have the opportunity to take advantage of JaMarcus Russell’s abilities until very late in the season because of a lengthy contract holdout. The Raiders did a fine job rushing the ball with a resurgent Justin Fargas, who inked a 3-year, $12 million deal to remain with the team in February. Fargas’ deal all but guaranteed the fate of his backfield mates Lamont Jordan and Dominic Rhodes, who were released because of their hefty salaries and unspectacular performance. Seven-time Pro Bowl DT Warren Sapp retired following the season. CB Nnamdi Asomugha is a potential candidate to receive the franchise tag. Oakland has 15 potential unrestricted free agents, including 5 starters, and 1 restricted free agents.

JaMarcus Russell Josh McCown Unrestricted FA Andrew Walter Daunte Culpepper Unrestricted FA

RB

Justin Fargas Lamont Jordan Dominic Rhodes Michael Bush ReShard Lee Unrestricted FA

FB

Justin Griffith Oren O’Neal

WR

Ronald Curry Johnnie Lee Higgins Jonathan Holland

WR

Jerry Porter Unrestricted FA Chris McFoy Tim Dwight Unrestricted FA

TE

Zach Miller John Madsen

JaMarcus Russell LSU 1st Round, 2007

Tony Stewart Fred Wakefield

LT

Barry Sims Mario Henderson Mark Wilson

2007 OFFENSE

STATS

NFL RANK

130.4

6th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.1

11thTie

Passing Yards Per Game

164.4

Pass Efficiency Rating

70.9

29th

Scoring PPG

17.7

23rd

Total Yards Per Game

294.8

25th

Rushing Yards Per Game

LG

Robert Gallery Paul McQuistan

31st

Team Analysis

C

Jake Grove Jeremy Newberry Unrestricted FA Chris Morris

RG

Cooper Carlisle Paul McQuistan

RT

Cornell Green Unrestricted FA Paul McQuistan Seth Wand Jonathan Palmer

NEEDS ANALYSIS

1

Defensive Tackle The Raiders could not stop the ground game last year, finishing 31st in rushing yards allowed and 32nd in yards per carry average. To make matters worse Warren Sapp retired at the end of the season, and potential starter Tyler Brayton is a free agent. Now that they have switched back to a four-man front, Oakland needs a penetrating, 3-technique DT.

2

Wide Receiver Ronald Curry is the most productive wideout on the roster, but he is far from being a premiere receiver. Jerry Porter’s days as a Raider appear to finally be over; he is now a free agent and has wanted out of Oakland for some time. Tim Dwight is the only other proven receiver on the depth chart, and he is nearing retirement. The Raiders are in dire need of a speedy, game-breaking receiver.

3

Offensive Tackle / Offensive Guard Last year’s starting RT, Cornell Green is a free agent. When Green went down with a foot injury in week 11, Paul McQuistan stepped into the lineup and played fairly well the remainder of the year. The only problem is McQuistan is also the primary back-up at both OG positions. OL depth is needed at both positions. SUREFIRE SCOUTING

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Team Analysis

OAKLAND RAIDERS

MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DEFENSE POSITION

SCENARIO #1

DE

1

Jake Long

Michigan

OT

2

Trevor Laws

Notre Dame

DT

3

Marcus Smith

New Mexico

WR

4

Justin Forsett

California

RB

5

Titus Brown

Mississippi State

DE

6

Marcus Monk

Arkansas

WR

Chris Long

Virginia

DE

2

Devin Thomas

Michigan State

WR

2007 DEFENSE

STATS

NFL RANK

Jay Richardson

Rushing Yards Per Game

145.9

31st

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.8

32nd

Terdell Sands

Passing Yards Per Game

195.8

8th

Tyler Brayton Unrestricted FA

Pass Efficiency Defense

78.9

12th

Josh Shaw Unrestricted FA

Scoring Defense

24.9

26th

Derrick Burgess

Total Yards Per Game

341.6

22nd

Tommy Kelly Unrestricted FA

DT

DT

DE

SCENARIO #2 1

DEPTH CHART

Gerard Warren

Chris Clemons Unrestricted FA

OLB

Thomas Howard Sam Williams

3

King Dunlap

Auburn

OT

4

Jason Shirley

Fresno State

DT

5

Allen Patrick

Oklahoma

RB

6

Pierre Garcon

Mount Union

WR

ILB

Kirk Morrison Ricky Brown

OLB

Robert Thomas Isaiah Ekejiuba Restricted FA Nnamdi

CB

NEEDS ANALYSIS

Chris Carr Unrestricted FA

4

Defensive End Derrick Burgess is set as a starter, and Jay Richardson has a leg up on the other job after starting 11 games a year ago. Burgess registered 8 sacks last year and has been one of the Raiders most consistent players since signing as a free agent in 2005. Richardson performed well as a rookie and should continue to improve. Both reserves, Tommy Kelly and Chris Clemons are free agents, and there are no other experienced players on the roster.

CB

Stanford Routt

6

Running Back Retaining Justin Fargas was a key move, but the pending release of Lamont Jordan and Dominic Rhodes creates a lack of RB depth. Fargas has a long injury history dating back to his collegiate days. Michael Bush spent most of the season on PUP, and long-term health is also questionable. A complimentary runner is needed.

SPECIALISTS DEPTH CHART

Fabian Washington John Bowie

Defensive Tackle Yes, the Raiders run defense was that bad. Gerard Warren and Terdell Sands both play the same DT position, and neither have played up to their physical abilities. Starting talent and rotational depth are required.

Thomas Howard UTEP 2nd Round, 2006

Chris Johnson

5

130

Asomugha Unrestricted FA

SS

Sebastian Janikowski

P

Shane Lechler

Michael Huff Jarrod Cooper Unrestricted FA

FS

K

LS

Jon Condo

KR

Chris Carr Unrestricted FA

Stuart Schweigert Hiram Eugene Rashad Baker

Dominic Rhodes

PR

Johnnie Lee Higgins Chris Carr

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AFC WEST

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

Coming off a playoff berth and 9-7 season in 2006, the Chiefs entered 2007 with career backup Damon Huard as the QB. Huard had turned in a very nice 2006 season but was unable repeat that performance, and the Chiefs finished a dismal 4-12. He was eventually replaced during the season by 2nd year QB Brodie Croyle. Herm Edwards enters his 3rd year as the Chiefs head coach and faces a daunting task of rebuilding this team. They ended the season with a 9 game losing streak and the team will undoubtedly have a different look next season. General Manager Carl Peterson makes the final decisions on personnel but works very closely with Edwards. Peterson has two very large decisions to make in the offseason: 1) Determine if Brodie Croyle is his QB of the future or look to the draft; 2) Re-sign Unrestricted Free Agent Jared Allen who led the league in sacks and is the heart and soul of the defense. After the offense struggled mightily all season, Offensive Coordinator Mike Solari and 3 of his assistants were fired. The Chiefs tabbed the well respected former Cowboys’ Head Coach, Chan Gailey, to guide their offense. Gailey has produced good rushing teams in his previous coaching jobs and will have a healthy Larry Johnson to rely on. Johnson really never got on track last season after a lengthy holdout, and then he broke a bone in his foot and missed the last 8 games. The defense, under Gunther Cunningham, was near the bottom of the league against the run but was stingy against the pass ranking 5th in the league and tied for the 9th in the league with 37 sacks. DE Jared Allen had 15.5 of those sacks and must be re-signed. The Chiefs’ corners, Ty Law and Patrick Surtain, played very well but are both over 30. Heading into Free Agency, the Chiefs have 10 unrestricted and 3 restricted free agents and do not have much cap room. Possible cap casualties include WR Eddie Kennison, CB Ty Law, LB Kendrell Bell, TE Jason Dunn, and SS Greg Wesley.

Brodie Croyle Damon Huard David Greene

RB

Larry Johnson Kolby Smith Jackie Battle

FB

Boomer Grigsby Restricted FA

WR

Dwayne Bowe Samie Parker Unrestricted FA Maurice Price

WR

Jeff Webb Eddie Drummond Unrestricted FA Eddie Kennison Bobby Sippio

WR

Tony Gonzalez Jason Dunn Kris Wilson Unrestricted FA

Dwayne Bowe LSU 1st Round, 2007

Michael Allan

LT

Damion McIntosh Herb Taylor

2007 OFFENSE Rushing Yards Per Game

STATS 78.0

NFL RANK

Kyle Turley Unrestricted FA

LG

Tre Stallings

32nd C

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

3.3

Passing Yards Per Game

198.8

20th

Pass Efficiency Rating

73.0

24thTie

Scoring PPG

14.1

31st

Total Yards Per Game

276.8

31st

Brian Waters

31st

Casey Wiegmann Unrestricted FA Rudy Niswanger

RG

Chris Bober Adrian Jones

RT

Will Svitek Restricted FA Travis Leffew Anthony Alabi

Team Analysis

NEEDS ANALYSIS

1

Offensive Tackle The Chiefs gave up 55 sacks a year ago, which tied for the most in the league. Kyle Turley is a free agent who has struggled to remain healthy. Will Svitek is penciled in as the starter on the right side, but he has little experience. LT Damion McIntosh is best suited to play on the right side, where he is a mediocre starter. KC needs a premier LT to protect their young QB.

2

Defensive Tackle Like their AFC West counterparts, Oakland and Denver, the Chiefs struggled to stop the run in 2007. The DT rotation of Ron Edwards, Alfonso Boone, Tank Tyler, and James Reed was largely ineffective. Tyler was last year’s 3rd round pick and showed some potential as a rookie, but the three vets were disappointments. Kansas City must add a dominate interior defender to complement their outstanding pair of young bookends.

3

Center / Offensive Guard Center Casey Wiegmann is heading into his 13th season as a free agent and may not return. John Welbourn returned to his natural position of guard last year and started all 16 games; however, he was released in a salary cap move. Brian Waters remains a fixture at LG, but the remainder of the OL is in a problematic state, and KC needs to add players at every other OL position.

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Team Analysis

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DEFENSE POSITION

SCENARIO #1

DE

1

Matt Ryan

Boston College

QB

2

Chris Williams

Vanderbilt

OT

3

Frank Okam

Texas

DT

4

Lavelle Hawkins

California

WR

5 6

Chevis Jackson John Sullivan

LSU Notre Dame

2007 DEFENSE

Tamba Hali Jimmy Wilkerson Unrestricted FA

DT

Ron Edwards Tank Tyler

DT

Alfonso Boone

DE

Jared Allen Franchise Tag Turk McBride

SCENARIO #2 1

Jake Long

Michigan

OT

2

Trevor Laws

Notre Dame

DT

3

Eric Young

Tennessee

OG/OT

4

Donnie Avery

Houston

WR

5

Erik Ainge

Tennessee

QB

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

130.6

28th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.3

23rdTie

Passing Yards Per Game

188.9

5th

Pass Efficiency Defense

81.0

14th

Scoring Defense

20.9

14th

Total Yards Per Game

319.4

13th

James Reed

CB C

DEPTH CHART

OLB

Derrick Johnson Keyaron Fox Unrestricted FA

ILB

Napoleon Harris Nate Harris

OLB

Donnie Edwards Kendrell Bell

6

Dejuan Tribble

Boston College

CB

CB

Patrick Surtain Tyron Brackenridge

NEEDS ANALYSIS

4

Wide Receiver Dwayne Bowe had a fine rookie campaign, hauling in 70 balls for 995 yards and 5 TDs. His fellow receivers, Jeff Webb, Samie Parker, and Eddie Kennison, were not so productive. Kennison is now 35 years of age, and his 13 receptions last year are likely his last in a Chiefs’ uniform. Parker has been given ample opportunity to shine and has failed to capitalize. Webb is best suited for a backup role..

CB

Quarterback Brodie Croyle’s time to seize the starter’s job is now or never. He struggled last year and has yet to display the characteristics of a successful NFL starting QB. Damon Huard’s lack of great arm strength became obvious last season, confirming the notion that he is nothing more than a backup. The OL did neither QB any favors, as they were each under heavy pressure. Additionally, Larry Johnson missed half the season, and teams were able to key on the pass making their job even more difficult. The only reason QB is not a higher priority is KC’s vast needs at other positions.

6

Cornerback Ty Law and Patrick Surtain have 25 years combined experience, which is not a good thing. Youth and depth are needed at CB.

Tamba Hali Penn State 1st Round, 2006

Ty Law Benny Sapp Unrestricted FA

SPECIALISTS

Rashad Barksdale

SS

5

132

Dimitri Patterson

Bernard Pollard

DEPTH CHART K

John Carney Unrestricted FA

Greg Wesley

FS

Billy Cundiff

Dustin Colquitt Restricted FA

Jarrad Page

P

Jon McGraw

LS

Jean-Philippe Darche

KR

Eddie Drummond Unrestricted FA Jeff Webb

PR

Eddie Drummond Samie Parker Unrestricted FA

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AFC WEST

DENVER BRONCOS OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

Coming off a very emotional offseason in which the Broncos tragically lost talented CB Darrent Williams to a drive by shooting and backup RB Damien Nash to a heart attack, the disappointment continued with a 7-9 finish and a missed playoff season for the second consecutive year. Mike Shanahan returns to the Broncos for his 14th season as the Head Coach. He is an excellent game planner and has strong armed 3rd year QB Jay Cuter in the right direction. The young combination of Cuter and WR Brandon Marshall should give Defensive Coordinators around the league many sleepless nights for years to come. Although the Broncos have General Manager Ted Sundquist on board, Shanahan has the final decisions when it comes to free agency and the draft. He continues to find lower round and even free agent running backs to plug into his zone blocking scheme. However, he will also take the occasional risk like 3rd round bust Maurice Clarett and last year’s 4th round pick Marcus Thomas. The Broncos really struggled on the defensive side of the ball last year, costing Assistant Head Coach of the Defense Jim Bates his job. Bob Slowik, Defensive Coordinator last year, will replace Bates as the new boss of the defense. He must correct a defense that was horrible against the run and ranked 28th in scoring. On the offensive side of the ball, the Broncos were able to move the ball consistently but could not put the ball in the end zone enough to compensate for the defense. They were not helped by Javon Walker’s knee injury, which caused him to miss a majority of the season. After the season, Walker was quite outspoken about his role in the offense, and he may be traded. Even though he has a large cap number next year, it is unlikely he will be cut because of the large cap penalty the team would incur. In addition, future Hall of Fame safety John Lynch may retire. In all, the Broncos have 6 unrestricted and 4 restricted free agents and do not have much additional cap space.

Jay Cutler Patrick Ramsey Darrell Hackney

RB

Travis Henry Selvin Young Andre Hall Mike Bell

FB

Cecil Sapp Unrestricted FA Paul Smith

WR

Brandon Marshall Taylor Jacobs

WR

Brandon Stokley Glenn Martinez Javon Walker

TE

Daniel Graham Tony Scheffler Stephen Alexander Unrestricted FA Chad Mustard

Jay Cutler Vanderbilt 1st Round, 2006

2007 OFFENSE

STATS

Nate Jackson Unrestricted FA

122.3

9th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.6

3rdTie

Passing Yards Per Game

224.0

13th

Pass Efficiency Rating

86.7

10thTie

Tom Nalen

2

LG

Ben Hamilton Chris Kuper

Chris Myers Restricted FA PJ Alexander

Scoring PPG

20.0

21st

Total Yards Per Game

346.3

11th

RG

Montrae Holland Chris Kuper PJ Alexander

RT

1

Isaac Snell

Ryan Harris

C

NEEDS ANALYSIS Offensive Tackle Long-time Bronco Matt Lepsis has retired leaving a void at LT. In fact, Denver has only two OTs on their roster who spent time with the team last year. Ryan Harris was drafted in the 3rd round of the ‘07 draft and would be the starter at LT if the season started now. He played in 11 games as a rookie. Erik Pears started all 16 games at RT last year. A starter at LT is needed in addition to depth.

LT

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

Team Analysis

Erik Pears Ryan Harris

Defensive Tackle Last year’s 4th round selection Marcus Thomas has great ability if he can stay focused and remain out of trouble. Unfortunately, he is the only player at the position the team can build around. Denver was lousy against the run last year, finishing 30th in rushing yards allowed and 31st in rushing yards per carry. Alvin McKinley, Kenny Peterson, and Josh Mallard are all just mediocre. Denver’s DT rotational is in need of a serious talent upgrade.

3

Free Safety If he elects to return, John Lynch will be entering his 16th season and has a history of neck injuries. He has enjoyed a stellar career and will no doubt be making the trip to Canton in the future. His back-ups, Steve Cargile and Marviel Underwood, are marginal reserves. The Broncos must begin the search for Lynch’s successor.

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DENVER BRONCOS

Team Analysis MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DEFENSE POSITION

SCENARIO #1

DE

DEPTH CHART

2007 DEFENSE

Jarvis Moss

1

Ryan Clady

Boise State

OT

2

Ali Highsmith

LSU

OLB

3

Jonathan Hefney

Tennessee

FS

Kenny Peterson

4

Marcus Harrison

Arkansas

DT

Antwon Burton

5

Keenan Burton

Kentucky

WR

John Engelberger Unrestricted FA

DT

DT

Marcus Thomas

Jeremy Zuttah

Rutgers

C / OG DE

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

142.6

30th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.6

31st

Passing Yards Per Game

193.4

7th

Pass Efficiency Defense

88.3

26th

Scoring Defense

26.6

28th

Total Yards Per Game

336.0

19th

Alvin McKinley Josh Mallard

6

STATS

Elvis Dumervil

SCENARIO #2 Tim Crowder

1 2

Kentwan Balmer Duane Brown

North Carolina Virginia Tech

DT Ebenezer Ekuban Unrestricted FA

OT OLB

3

Thomas DeCoud

California

Ian Gold

FS Jamie Winborn

4

Durant Brooks

Georgia Tech

P

5

Jordy Nelson

Kansas State

WR

6

Robert James

Arizona State

OLB

MLB

Jordan Beck Brandon Archer

OLB

NEEDS ANALYSIS

4

Wide Receiver After missing 8 games last season, and openly venting his displeasure regarding his role within the offense, Javon Walker may end up being traded. Brandon Marshall and Brandon Stokley are set as the starters, yet Stokley is most effective when lined up in the slot in 3 receivers sets. Glenn Martinez and Taylor Jacobs are the top reserves. The Broncos could use another weapon to add to their aerial attack.

CB

134

Champ Bailey

Elvis Dumervil Louisville 4th Round, 2006

Karl Paymah Restricted FA

CB

Dre’ Bly

SPECIALISTS DEPTH CHART

Dominique Foxworth Restricted FA Christian Morton

SS

Hamza Abdullah Restricted FA Nick Ferguson Unrestricted FA

6

Defensive Tackle / Punter As aforementioned, Denver lacks quality depth at DT. They may look to improve with a combination of free agent signings, but the more cap friendly option is acquiring talent through the draft. Denver re-signed Todd Sauerbrun last season, only to release him again after another off-field incident. Sam Paulescu will be given an opportunity to win the starting job.

Nate Webster Louis Green

5

Outside Linebacker Former Defensive Captain and MLB Al Wilson’s departure was another reason for the team’s inability to stop the rush last year. DJ Williams moved to MLB from an outside post and performed exceptionally well in his new role. The problem arose from Williams’ replacement on the outside, Nate Webster, and a decline in performance by Ian Gold. The team could look to add youth and depth at OLB.

DJ Williams

K

Jason Elam Unrestricted FA

P

Sam Paulescu

LS

Mike Leach

KR

Andre Hall Selvin Young

Roderick Rogers

FS

John Lynch Steve Cargile

PR

Glenn Martinez Dre’ Bly

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AFC WEST

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

Team Analysis

OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

Following the ‘06 season in which they went 14-2, the Chargers lost both their coordinators to head coaching jobs. Then in a big surprise, Marty Schottenheimer was fired because of an ongoing conflict with GM AJ Smith. The firing came in mid February, leaving the Chargers scrambling to find a successor. In a controversial move, Norv Turner, who at the time was the 49ers’ OC, was chosen to lead the team. Turner’s previous head coaching experience with the Raiders and Redskins had not been successful. The Chargers struggled early in the season under Turner starting 1-3 but finished strong winning their last 6 to finish 11-5 and getting to the AFC Championship where they lost to the Patriots. Highly respected GM AJ Smith runs the personnel side for the Chargers and continues to stockpile great talent with draft picks. In the 2005 and 2006 drafts, Smith drafted players such as Antonio Cromartie, Shawne Merriman, Marcus McNeill, and Luis Castillo. After the season, Smith was rewarded with a 5 year extension that will keep him with the Chargers until 2014. Unlike last year, the Chargers coaching staff remains very much intact. Charlie Joiner rejoins the team to replace fired WR coach, James Lofton, and Ollie Wilson, who was Ladanian Tomlinson’s RB coach as a rookie, will replace fired RB Coach, Matt Simon. Although he was unable to play in the Championship because of an injury, Tomlinson continues to be the straw that stirs Turner’s offense and really came on as the season progressed. Philip Rivers struggled at times throughout the year but showed true grit playing with a torn ACL in the playoffs. Defensive Coordinator Ted Cottrell’s talented defense started slowly but really came on late in the year finishing 5th in points allowed. The Chargers only have 1 restricted and 6 unrestricted free agents. RB Michael Turner will seek starting RB money and will probably not return, and veteran blocking back Lorenzo Neal could be a cap casualty. This off-season will be a nice change from their tumultuous ‘07 off-season.

Phillip Rivers Unrestricted FA Billy Volek Unrestricted FA Charlie Whitehurst

RB

LaDainan Tomlinson Michael Turner Unrestricted FA Darren Sproles Eldra Buckley Tyrone Gross

FB

Lorenzo Neal Andrew Pinnock

WR

Chris Chambers Buster Davis Eric Parker Malcolm Floyd

WR

Vincent Jackson Legedu Naanee Kassim Osgood

Antonio Gates Kent State Undrafted, FA 2003

TE

Antonio Gates Brandon Manumaleuna Scott Chandler

LT

Marcus McNeill Jeromey Clary

2007 OFFENSE

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

127.4

7th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.2

7thTie

Passing Yards Per Game

187.8

26th

Pass Efficiency Rating

81.3

16th

Roman Oben

LG

Kris Dielman Scott Mruczkowski Unrestricted FA

C

Nick Hardwick Cory Withrow

RG

Scott Mruczkowski

RT

Scoring PPG

25.8

Mike Goff

Shane Olivea

5th Jeromey Clary

Total Yards Per Game

315.2

20th

Tony Pape

NEEDS ANALYSIS

1

Offensive Tackle The Chargers are one of the very few teams that have no glaring needs heading into the offseason, provided they re-sign Phillip Rivers, which is most likely to occur. The LT post is held down by Marcus McNeill, and Shane Olivea has started at RT since his rookie year in ’04. Olivea missed 6 starts last year and was replaced by Jeromey Clary who did a fine job. OT depth is limited and could be addressed in the early rounds.

2

Running Back Free agent, Michael Turner is unlikely to be back in powder blue next season. He has been a key back-up behind Ladainan Tomlinson since entering the league and should push for a starter’s role with another squad. Diminutive Darren Sproles is an electrifying returner and 3rd down back, but he does not have the bulk to carry the load if Tomlinson were to go down for an extended period. Eldra Buckley and Tyrone Gross were impressive in training camp last year and may earn expanded roles. Locating a top reserve RB is a priority.

3

Nose Tackle Jamal Williams is one of the best NTs in the game; however, the Chargers’ search for his future replacement could begin in the ’08 draft. Brandon McKinney and Keith Jackson provide depth. McKinney played in 14 games last year, and Jackson spent time on the practice squad. SUREFIRE SCOUTING

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SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

Team Analysis

MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DEFENSE POSITION

SCENARIO #1

DE

1

Sam Baker

USC

OT

2

Jerome Felton

Furman

FB

3

Cory Boyd

South Carolina

RB

DEPTH CHART

2007 DEFENSE

Igor Olshansky Ryon Bingham

NT

Jamal Williams Brandon McKinney Keith Jackson

4

Bruce Hocker

Duquesne

WR DE

5

Andrew Crummey

Maryland

OG

6

Richard Clebert

South Florida

NT

Jacques Cesaire

OLB

SCENARIO #2 1

Felix Jones

Luis Castillo

Shaun Phillips Marques Harris Restricted FA

Arkansas

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

107

16th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.1

17thTie

Passing Yards Per Game

213.2

14th

Pass Efficiency Defense

70.0

1st

Scoring Defense

17.8

5th

Total Yards Per Game

320.2

14th

RB ILB

Stephen Cooper

2

Breno Giacomini

Louisville

OT

Carlos Polk

3

Brandon McAnderson

Kansas

FB

Brandon Siler

4

Kerry Brown

Appalachian State

OG

5

Rod Windsor

West’rn New Mexico

WR

6

Frank Morton

Tune

NR

ILB

Matt Wilhelm Tim Dobbins

NEEDS ANALYSIS

4

Fullback 15th year man, Lorenzo Neal continues to defy the odds, playing one of the most physically demanding positions in the league at a Pro Bowl caliber level. Neal did suffer a leg fracture late in the season but rebounded in time for the AFC Championship game. Neal is a free agent and may retire. Andrew Pinnock is capable of lining up at FB or RB, but he is not a devastating lead blocker. The FB position is critical for the continued success of star tailback Tomlinson.

Anthony Waters

OLB

Marques Harris

CB

6

Cornerback Antonio Cromartie and Quentin Jammer are set as the starters. Cromartie turned in a sensational ‘07 season that will likely make free agent Drayton Florence expendable. Florence is a solid young player who could start for most teams and will likely sign elsewhere.Steve Gregory also provides CB depth but is most natural at FS. 136

Quentin Jammer

Antonio Cromartie Florida State 1st Round, 2006

Steve Gregory Cletis Gordon

CB

Antonio Cromartie Drayton Florence Unrestricted FA

5

Offensive Guard Depth is again on the agenda at OG. Top reserve Scott Mruczkowski is a free agent; if he is re-signed, the need lessens. Cory Withrow also provides depth at OG and is the primary back-up at center. Starters Kris Dielman and Mike Goff form a strong duo, but Goff is 32 years old, and San Diego may look for his future successor.

Shawne Merriman

SS

FS

SPECIALISTS DEPTH CHART

Paul Oliver

K

Nate Kaeding

Clinton Hart

P

Mike Scifres

Eric Weddle

LS

David Binn

KR

Darren Sproles

Marlon McCree

Michael Turner

Steve Gregory

PR

Darren Sproles Buster Davis

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NFC EAST

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Team Analysis

OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

The Eagles finished 8-8 last season and missed the postseason for only the second time in the last six years. Andy Reid’s family issues made headlines most of the season, an unfair reality that every Head Coach in the league faces. Reid is heading into his 10th year as the Eagles’ head man and holds a 96-62 (.608%) overall record including the post-season. He has twice been named NFL Coach of the Year. He owns the highest win total and winning percentagefranchise history. He has won five division titles and led his team to the NFC Championship game four times. Reid, who also holds the title of Executive VP of Football Operations, shares the responsibility of personnel decisions with Tom Heckert, who is entering his seventh season with the Eagles and his third season as General Manager. Heckert, at the age of 40, is one the best young talent evaluators in the NFL and has done a good job building through the draft, while also acquiring undrafted rookie free agents to supplement his selections. The Eagles offense has become more balanced under Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, finishing 6th in total yards per game last season. Sixty-six year-old Defensive Coordinator Jim Johnson is known for his aggressive, attacking style of defense. He seems to know the perfect time to dial up a blitz, and his units routinely finishes amongst the best in the league. His protégé, Giants’ coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, successfully implemented the strategies he learned working under Johnson, which indirectly helped the Giants win the Super Bowl. Secondary coach John Harbaugh’s departure to become Head Coach of the Baltimore Ravens left a vacancy that was filled by Sean McDermott, who coached the linebackers last season. Mark Whipple, who is known for ability to mold young QBs, was hired as offensive assistant coach. Whipple was the quarterbacks coach for the Steelers from 2004-06 and the Head Coach at Massachusetts prior to that. The Eagles enter free agency with 5 potential unrestricted and 1 restricted free agent. The exclusive rights franchise tag has been placed on TE LJ Smith, and there is abundant speculation as to Donovan McNabbs’ future with the team.

Donovan McNabb Kevin Kolb AJ Feeley

RB

Brian Westbrook Correll Buckhalter Tony Hunt Ryan Moats

FB

Thomas Tapeh Unrestricted FA

WR

Reggie Brown Jason Avant Greg Lewis

WR

Kevin Curtis Hank Baskett

TE

LJ Smith Franchise Tag Matt Schobel

Brian Westbrook Villanova 3rd Round, 2003

Brent Celek

LT

William Thomas Winston Justice

2007 OFFENSE

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

123.4

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.7

Passing Yards Per Game

234.7

10th

Pass Efficiency Rating

84.6

13th

Scoring PPG

21.0

17th

Total Yards Per Game

358.1

6th

8th

LG

Todd Herremans Scott Young

C

Jamal Jackson Nick Cole

2nd

RG

Shawn Andrews Max Jean-Gilles

RT

Jon Runyan

NEEDS ANALYSIS

1

Offensive Tackle William Thomas (entering his 11th year) and Jon Runyan (entering his 13th year) have formed a stellar OT Tandem for the Eagles. However, they are aging, and there is little depth behind them. Winston Justice has failed to live up to expectations after being selected in the 2nd round of the 2006 draft. In his only career start, he was demolished by the Giants Osi Umenyiora, giving up 6 sacks.

2 Defensive End Trent Cole continued his development in ’07, registering a team high 12.5 sacks. Juqua Thomas, who is best suited for a back-up role, started the final seven games of the season, likely signaling the end of Jevon Kearse’s tenure with the team. Kearse has struggled to remain healthy, while counterpart Darren Howard has vastly underachieved. Both carry hefty salaries and are likely to be released. That leaves only last year’s 2nd round pick Victor Abiamiri to provide depth.

3

Wide Receiver After his third and most productive season as a starter (61 receptions for 780 yards and 4TDs), it is clear that Reggie Brown is not a dynamic playmaker and is best suited to be a third WR. Meanwhile, Kevin Curtis outperformed expectations, hauling in 77 grabs for 1,110 yards. Jason Avant, Hank Baskett, and Greg Lewis are solid reserves, but they do not possess game breaking abilities. The Eagles need a legitimate vertical threat to open up their offense. SUREFIRE SCOUTING

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PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Team Analysis

MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DEFENSE POSITION

SCENARIO #1

DE

DEPTH CHART

2007 DEFENSE

Juqua Thomas

1

Derrick Harvey

Florida

DE

2

Carl Nicks

Nebraska

OT

3

Donnie Avery

Houston

WR

LaJuan Ramsey

4

Thomas DeCoud

California

FS

Kimo Von Oelhoffen Unrestricted FA

5

Kevin Robinson

Utah State

RS / WR

6

Antwuan Molden

Eastern Kentucky

CB

SCENARIO #2

Jeff Otah

Pittsburgh

OT

2

Quentin Groves

Auburn

DE

3

Chris Johnson

East Carolina

WR

4

Terrell Thomas

USC

CB

5

Marcus Griffin

Texas

FS

6

Dexter Jackson

Appalachian State

RS / WR

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

95.8

7th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

3.8

4th Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

215.6

18th

Pass Efficiency Defense

80.3

13th

Scoring Defense

18.8

9th

Total Yards Per Game

311.4

10th

Victor Abiamiri

DT

DT

Mike Patterson

Brodrick Bunkley Montae Reagor

DE

1

STATS

Trent Cole Darren Howard

OLB

Chris Gocong Stewart Bradley

MLB

Omar Gaither Pago Togafau

OLB

Takeo Spikes Akeem Jordan

NEEDS ANALYSIS

CB

4

Cornerback Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown have been a formidable corner combo since arriving in 2002. Sheppard missed 5 games in ’07 because of a MCL sprain, and the Eagles lack of depth at CB was apparent. William James bounced back from back and knee injuries to start 6 games last year. He is a pending free agent with durability concerns. Joselio Hanson is a solid nickel-back, but he lacks the size to be an every-down starter. Additional depth is required at CB.

Joselio Hanson Restricted FA

CB

Sheldon Brown William James Unrestricted FA Tanard Davis

SS

Sean Considine

SPECIALISTS DEPTH CHART K

David Akers

P

Sav Rocca

LS

Jon Dorenbos

KR

Correll Buckhalter

Quintin Mikell Marcus Paschal

6

Return Specialist After ball security had become an issue in the return game, Reno Mahe was re-signed specifically to handle the punt return duties. While turnovers were drastically reduced, the return game continued to suffer. Mahe finished 30th in the league with an 8.0 punt return average. The Eagles are in need of an upgrade at the position. 138

Trent Cole Cincinnati 5th Round, 2005

Nick Graham

5 Free Safety Despite being 34 years old, Brian Dawkins performance has not declined; however, he missed 6 games in ‘07 because of a neck stinger and sprained foot. His injuries may become a factor. JR Reed, was signed with the team for the third time and is an adequate Reserve, but he is also a free agent. Quintin Mikell and Marcus Paschal are capable of playing FS in a pinch but are both better fits at SS. Philadelphia must begin the search for Dawkins’ future successor.

Lito Sheppard

JR Reed

FS

Brian Dawkins

PR JR Reed Unrestricted FA

Reno Mahe Unrestricted FA Brian Westbrook

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NFC EAST

WASHINGTON REDSKINS

Team Analysis

OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

The Redskins’ 2007 season was an emotional roller coaster ride. The tragic shooting death of star safety Sean Taylor occurred in November, followed by a costly Joe Gibbs timeout snafu in a heartbreaking loss to the Buffalo Bills. Everyone expected the team to be finished, but instead they bonded together under Gibbs and reeled off four straight regular season wins to clinch a wildcard playoff spot. Ultimately, they were defeated by the Seahawks in the first round. This tumultuous, emotionally charged campaign likely contributed to Joe Gibbs stepping down as Head Coach. Gregg Williams went from being the lead candidate to being dismissed from the team as a result of the internal friction between him and personnel chief Vinny Cerrato. Snyder has let his personal friendship with Cerrato dictate the future of the Redskins’ on-field success. Now, “miraculously”, Jim Zorn will step in as the new leader of the team. Zorn was first hired as the new Offensive Coordinator replacing Al Saunders. He had spent the majority of his pro career in Seattle — nine years as a QB and the last seven years as the Seahawks QB Coach. Zorn, who was instrumental in the development of Matt Hasselbeck, will install a version of the West-Coast offense. His ready made-staff was pre-selected by Snyder and Cerrato. Upon Williams’ termination, Greg Blache was promoted to oversee the defense. Blache had worked primarily with the Skins defensive line the last four years, but he has coordinator experience from his days with the Bears. Following their release, Saunders abruptly signed a deal to lead the Rams’ offense, and Williams inked a deal to engineer the Jaguars’ defense.Vinny Cerrato was appointed to the newly formed position of Executive VP of Football Operations. Under his new position, Cerrato will be the first in charge of personnel, scouting, free agency, and salary cap management— responsibilities that he formerly shared with Team President Joe Gibbs. He has plenty of work ahead of him as the Skins face the reality of an aging roster and 18 potential unrestricted free agents and one restricted free agent heading into the offseason.

Jason Campbell Todd Collins Unrestricted FA Mark Brunell Unrestricted FA

RB

Clinton Portis Ladell Betts Rock Cartwright Unrestricted FA

FB WR

Mike Sellers

Antwan Randle El Brandon Lloyd Reche Caldwell Unrestricted FA

WR

Santana Moss James Thrash Anthony Mix Keenan McCardell Unrestricted FA

Chris Cooley Utah State 3rd Round, 2004

TE

Chris Cooley Todd Yoder Tyler Ecker

LT 2007 OFFENSE

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

116.9

12th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

3.8

2nd Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

216.4

Pass Efficiency Rating

84.2

14th

Scoring PPG

20.9

18th

Total Yards Per Game

333.4

15th

Chris Samuels Stephon Heyer

LG

Pete Kendall Mike Pucillo Unrestricted FA

C

Casey Rabach Ross Tucker Unrestricted FA

14th

RG

Randy Thomas Jason Fabini Unrestricted FA

RT

Jon Jansen Todd Wade

NEEDS ANALYSIS

1

Defensive End Andre Carter was more productive in his second season with the Skins. He posted 10.5 sacks and frequently spent time in the opposition’s backfield. Phillip Daniels has enjoyed a productive career, but at age 35, is now best suited for a back-up role. Reserves Chris Wilson and Demetric Evans are undersized situational rushers, and Evans is a pending UFA.The team is in need of starter to line-up opposite of Carter.

2 Wide Receiver Santana Moss and Antwan Randle El are entrenched as the starters, but the team needs an influx of youth and depth at WR. Keenan McCardell will be a free agent entering his 17th season and may retire. James Thrash will be entering his 12th year and Brandon Lloyd caught two balls last year before being placed on IR with a broken collarbone in November. His 25 grabs and 0TDs over two seasons may well signal the end of his tenure with the Skins. Reche Caldwell was a nice early-season pickup and is worthy of re-signing.

3

Offensive Guard Randy Thomas played in only 3 games, because of a dislocated elbow and torn triceps.This was the first season in which he missed significant time because of injury, but his future durability is now is question entering his 10th season. Pete Kendall’s acquisition added stability to the OL; he is still playing at a high level and has managed to remain healthy, but will be 35 years old before next season. SUREFIRE SCOUTING

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NFC EAST

WASHINGTON REDSKINS

Team Analysis

MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DEFENSE POSITION

SCENARIO #1

DE

1

Calais Campbell

Miami, FL

DE

2

Adarius Bowman

Oklahoma State

WR

3

Geno Hayes

Florida State

OLB

4

Quintin Demps

UTEP

FS

5

Donald Thomas

Connecticut

OG

6

Tom Santi

Virginia

TE / H-B

SCENARIO #2

Derrick Harvey

Florida

DE

2

Erin Henderson

Maryland

LB

3

DJ Hall

Alabama

WR

4

DJ Parker

Virginia Tech

FS

5

Dustin Keller

Purdue

TE / H-B

6

Brett Kern

Toledo

P

DT

DT

OLB

Rushing Yards Per Game

91.2

4th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

3.7

3rd

Ryan Boschetti Unrestricted FA

Passing Yards Per Game

214.0

16th

Anthony Montgomery

Pass Efficiency Defense

77.1

10th

Scoring Defense

19.4

11th Tie

Total Yards Per Game

305.2

8

Cornelius Griffin

Andre Carter

Marcus Washington Matt Sinclair

MLB

London Fletcher HB Blades Rocky McIntosh Randall Godfrey Unrestricted FA

4

CB

5 Safety

CB

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Demetric Evans Unrestricted FA

Outside Linebacker Rocky McIntosh was enjoying a standout year, displaying the speed and instincts that made him a 2nd round pick, until suffering seasonending ACL and MCL knee injuries in December. Marcus Washington missed 4 games and was limited much of the season because of a hamstring injury. When healthy, he is a complete LB capable of stopping the run, rushing the passer, or dropping into coverage. Randall Godfrey is an aging vet and free agent who was added to provide depth, but who was forced into the lineup because of injuries.

6

NFL RANK

Lorenzo Alexander

NEEDS ANALYSIS

Punter / Tight End Derrick Frost finished in the bottom tier of the league in both gross (41.0) and net (36.4) averages. He is an UFA; regardless, an upgrade is necessary. TE depth is needed behind Chris Cooley. Todd Yoder is nothing more than a journeyman backup. Tyler Ecker spent his rookie season on IR; he is talented, if he can ever remain healthy.

STATS

Kedric Golston

OLB

The loss of Sean Taylor will be difficult to overcome; he was a dynamic player who is irreplaceable. On the bright side, LaRon Landry had an outstanding rookie campaign, starting every game and posting 95 tackles. He is capable of playing SS or FS and has a bright future. Reed Doughty filled in admirably in the aftermath of Taylor’s tragic death. He is a blue-collar, effort player with great instincts who lacks great speed. Pierson Prioleau, a free agent, is an intelligent, instinctive vet.Vernon Fox is career reserve and special teamer.

2007 DEFENSE

Chris Wilson

DE

1

DEPTH CHART

Khary Campbell Unrestricted FA Shawn Springs

LaRon Landry LSU 1st Round, 2007

Fred Smoot Leigh Torrence

SS

FS

SPECIALISTS

Carlos Rogers

DEPTH CHART

David Macklin Unrestricted FA

K

Shaun Suisham Restricted FA

LaRon Landry

P

Derrick Frost Unrestricted FA

Pierson Prioleau Unrestricted FA

LS

Ethan Albright

KR

Rock Cartwright Unrestricted FA

Reed Doughty

James Thrash Vernon Fox

PR

Antwan Randle El Santana Moss

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NFC EAST

DALLAS COWBOYS OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

After an outstanding 13-3 regular season and #1 NFC Playoff seed, anything less than a Super Bowl appearance would have been a disappointment. The Cowboys were stunned in their 21-17 divisional playoff loss to the Giants—a division rival they had beaten twice earlier in the year. Native Texan, Wade Phillips has over 30 years of NFL coaching experience under his belt and did another great job in ‘07. In his six years as a Head Coach, Phillips has produced a 58-38 record (.604 win %) and guided his teams to four playoff appearances. He has had only one non-winning season. Team President and General Manager Jerry Jones is not only a savvy business man but also knows how to produce a winning teams. Since he became the GM in 1989, the Cowboys have won 3 Super Bowls and are in the process of constructing a new state-of-the-art stadium in Arlington, TX. The new stadium is scheduled to open in 2009. Jones is also the king of draft day trades, and the Cowboys war-room will likely be burning up the phone lines again this year. Top personnel man Jeff Ireland departed to the Miami Dolphins, and Executive VP Stephen Jones will assume even more front office responsibilities. Dallas caught a major break when Offensive Coordinator Jason Garrett turned down offers to become head coach in Baltimore and Atlanta and decided to return to the Cowboys. Dallas named Garrett assistant head coach along with his offensive coordinator duties, and he received a hefty raise—his salary is now in the $3 million per year range. Offensive Line Coach Tony Sparano was named head coach of the Miami Dolphins and will be replaced by veteran Hudson Houck. Brian Stewart turned in a productive rookie season as defensive coordinator. Dallas has 6 unrestricted and 7 restricted free agents. After a disappointing playoff loss, Dallas should be a hungry squad in 2008. They are Surefire Scouting’s early favorite to represent the NFC in next year’s Super Bowl.

Tony Romo Brad Johnson

RB

Marion Barber III Restricted FA Julius Jones Unrestricted FA Tyson Thompson Restricted FA

FB

Oliver Hoyte Deon Anderson

WR

Terrell Owens Sam Hurd Miles Austin

WR

Patrick Crayton Isaiah Stanback Terry Glenn

TE

Tony Romo Eastern Illinois Undrafted FA, 2003

LT

Jason Witten Anthony Fasano

NEEDS ANALYSIS

Tony Curtis

Cornerback Terrence Newman missed three games because of injury but still earned a trip to the Pro Bowl. He bounced back nicely after a disappointing ‘06 campaign. Anthony Henry also missed some time because of injury; he gives up too many plays although he still managed to collect 6 INTs. He is often targeted by coordinators because they fear Newman. Jacque Reeves and Nathan Jones are both unrestricted free agents and may return as reserves if the price is right.

Flozell Adams Unrestricted FA Pat McQuistan

2007 OFFENSE

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

109.1

17th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.2

7th Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

256.6

4th

Pass Efficiency Rating

97.1

3rd Tie

Scoring PPG

28.4

2nd

Total Yards Per Game

365.7

3rd

Doug Free

LG

Kyle Kosier Joe Berger Restricted FA

C

Andre Gurode Cory Proctor Restricted FA

RG

Leonard Davis Joe Berger

RT

Team Analysis

Marc Columbo James Marten

1

2 Wide Receiver Terrell Owens is one of the most physical WRs in the game, but he drops too many balls, and his durability is starting to become a factor. Nevertheless, he has a shot at the Hall of Fame. Patrick Crayton signed a 4-year extension prior to hitting the FA market. Terry Glenn underwent post-season micro-fracture knee surgery and his NFL future remains in doubt. Sam Hurd, Miles Austin, and Isaiah Stanback are talented young players who need some time to mature.

3

Running Back Marion Barber is the most physical runner in the NFL. However, his ability to carry the load as a feature back remains questionable because of his aggressive running style. Julius Jones is effective as a rotational runner but has been clearly outplayed by Barber. He is an unrestricted free agent. Irving, Texas product, Tyson Thompson, has a rare combination of size and speed. He could push for more playing time if Jones departs, but he is also a restricted free agent. SUREFIRE SCOUTING

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NFC EAST

DALLAS COWBOYS

Team Analysis MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DEFENSE POSITION

SCENARIO #1

DE

1

Mario Manningham

Michigan

WR

2

Mike Jenkins

South Florida

CB

3

Jamaal Charles

Texas

RB

4

King Dunlap

Auburn

OT

5

Darrell Robertson

Georgia Tech

OLB

6

Chris Harrington

Texas A&M

DE

1

Dominique RodgersCromartie

Tennessee State

CB

2

Limas Sweed

Texas

WR

3

Jason Jones

Eastern Michigan

DE

4

Tony Hills

Texas

OT

5

Steve Slaton

West Virginia

RB

6

Jamar Adams

Michigan

SS

NT

4 Defensive End Marcus Spears has failed to live up to expectations and is on the trading block despite starting 42 consecutive games dating back to his rookie year. Chris Canty is a solid yet unspectacular starter who is coming off his best season as a pro. Jason Hatcher has the size and athleticism to excel as a 5-technique DE. He could step in to the starting lineup if Spears is traded. Stephen Bowen is a marginal back up who will have to continually fight for a roster spot.

DE

Marcus Spears

Rushing Yards Per Game

94.6

6th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.0

13th

Passing Yards Per Game

213.1

13th

Pass Efficiency Defense

75.1

5th

Stephen Bowen

Scoring Defense

20.3

13th

Anthony Spencer

Total Yards Per Game

307.6

9th

Jay Ratliff

Chris Canty Restricted FA

Greg Ellis Bradie James Zach Thomas Bobby Carpenter

ILB

Akin Ayodele Kevin Burnett

OLB

DeMarcus Ware Justin Rogers

CB

Terrence Newman Nathan Jones Unrestricted FA

DeMarcus Ware Troy 1st Round, 2005

Evan Oglesby Restricted FA

CB

Anthony Henry

SPECIALISTS

Jacque Reeves Unrestricted FA

Unrestricted FA Ken Hamlin will likely re-sign with the team, and if so, the need for a safety lessens. Despite earning a Pro Bowl invite, Roy Williams has not performed up to his potential and carries a high salary, but he will also be back for at least another year. Keith Davis is a solid special teamer, but he is also an unrestricted FA. Pat Watkins has potential and should get more playing time in ’08. There are two potential losses at the position, but it is also possible that both players will return.

SS

6

FS

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Jason Ferguson

5 Safety

Quarterback Obviously, Tony Romo is the franchise QB. The team would like to begin grooming a young signal caller for the back up role and regrets losing Matt Moore to Carolina. Few teams have a former Super Bowl winning QB as insurance, but age is a concern with Brad Johnson; he’ll turn 40 before the season.

STATS

Tank Johnson

ILB

NEEDS ANALYSIS

2007 DEFENSE

Jason Hatcher

OLB

SCENARIO #2

DEPTH CHART

Alan Ball Roy Williams Keith Davis Unrestricted FA

DEPTH CHART K

Nick Folk

P

Matt McBriar

LS

L.P. Ladouceur Restricted FA

KR

Tyson Thompson

Ken Hamlin Unrestricted FA Pat Watkins Courtney Brown

Miles Austin

PR

Terrence Newman Patrick Crayton

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NFC EAST

NEW YORK GIANTS OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

Super Bowl XLII Champions! They did it the hard way, winning 11 road games, including playoff wins over Dallas (4th passing offense) and Green Bay (2nd passing offense) with a injury depleted secondary. Tom Coughlin is officially off the hot seat. The 61-year old coach did a stellar job of meeting his players half-way on various subjects and in the process brought the team together for an extraordinary playoff run. Jerry Reese, who was promoted to Senior VP And General Manager in January 2007, could not have had a better rookie year. All eight of his 2007 draft picks made the active roster and several made an impact as rookies including Aaron Ross, Steve Smith, Jay Alford, Kevin Boss, and Ahmad Bradshaw. In addition, he found a number of discarded players on the waiver wire who turned in key contributions during the team’s Super Bowl run: FB Madison Hedgecock, KR Domenik Hixon, and DE Dave Tollefson. He took over for the retired Ernie Accorsi, after spending the previous four seasons as the team’s Director of Player Personnel, a position in which he played an integral role in putting together the Giants’ roster. Reese coordinated the Giants’ college scouting, was in charge of the team’s draft preparation, and ran the draft room during the player selection meetings. Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo did an outstanding job in his first season as a coordinator, culminating with a dominating performance by the defense in the Super Bowl. Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride was overshadowed by Spagnuolo’s success; nevertheless, he also enjoyed a successful year as the team improved in most offensive categories. New York should be competitive for years to come as they have a good nucleus of young players. Gibril Wilson, Kawika Mitchell, and Reggie Torbor head the team’s list of potential free agents. Punter Jeff Feagles and Kicker Lawrence Tynes both received extensions. Overall, the Giants have 7 unrestricted and 3 restricted free agents.

Eli Manning Jared Lorenzen Restricted FA Anthony Wright

RB

Brandon Jacobs Ahmad Bradshaw Derrick Ward Unrestricted FA Rueben Droughns

FB WR

Madison Hedgecock Plaxico Burress David Tyree

WR

Amani Toomer Steve Smith Sinorice Moss Domenik Hixon

TE Eli Manning Mississippi 1st Round, 2004

Jeremy Shockey Kevin Boss Michael Matthews

LT 2007 OFFENSE Rushing Yards Per Game

STATS

NFL RANK

134.2

4th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.6

3rd Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

197.1

21st

Pass Efficiency Rating

73.0

24th

Scoring PPG

23.3

14th

Total Yards Per Game

331.4

16th

David Diehl Guy Whimper

LG

Rich Seubert Kevin Boothe

C

Shaun O’ Hara Grey Ruegamer

RG

Chris Snee Kevin Boothe

RT

Kareem McKenzie Adam Koets

Team Analysis

NEEDS ANALYSIS

1

Free Safety Gibril Wilson, a 4-year starter, is a force in run support and came down with a career-high 4 INTs last year. As one of the top free agent safeties, he may test the market. If the team elects to let him move on, FS will be a top priority. Michael Johnson provides depth; he showed promise as a rookie but needs to play more disciplined.

2 Defensive Tackle The first 3 spots of the DT rotation are set, but if Justin Tuck moves exclusively to the outside there will be an opening to fill. Barry Cofield is a run-stuffer who quietly gets the job done in the trenches. Fred Robbins is a smart, instinctive lineman who has played his best football over the last two years. Jay Alford played in every game as a rookie and sacked Tom Brady in the final minute of Super Bowl XLII. Former 1st rounder William Joseph was placed on IR in September and has been a disappointment. It is unlikely he will return.

3

Cornerback Last year’s 1st rounder, Aaron Ross, had an up and down season, but he saw plenty of game action. He should make strides in his second year. It is questionable whether veteran leader of the secondary, Sam Madison, can remain a starter heading into his 12th season. Corey Webster began the season as the starter then was benched after the third game; he did not start again until the wildcard game, then never relinquished the role. Kevin Dockery was very solid in his role as a nickel-back. RW McQuarters will be heading into his 11th season. SUREFIRE SCOUTING

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NFC EAST

NEW YORK GIANTS

Team Analysis

MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DEFENSE POSITION

SCENARIO #1

DE

1

Reggie Smith

Oklahoma

FS / CB

2

Jerod Mayo

Tennessee

LB

3

Mike Pollak

Arizona State

C

4

Jason Shirley

Fresno State

DT

5

Dexter Jackson

Appalachain State

RS / WR

6

Jack Ikegwuonu

Wisconsin

DT

Dre Moore

Maryland

DT

2

Charles Godfrey

Iowa

FS / CB

3

Ezra Butler

Nevada

OLB

4

Dwight Lowery

San Jose State

CB

5

Chad Rinehart

Northern Iowa

OG

6

Chad Simpson

Morgan State

RS / RB

Justin Tuck

Barry Cofield Manuel Wright

DT

William Joseph Unrestricted FA

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

97.7

8th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

3.8

4th Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

207.3

11th

Pass Efficiency Defense

83.4

17th Tie

Scoring Defense

21.9

17th

Total Yards Per Game

305.0

7th

Fred Robbins Jay Alford

DE

1

2007 DEFENSE

Michael Strahan

CB

SCENARIO #2

DEPTH CHART

Osi Umenyiora Dave Tollefson

OLB

Mathias Kiwanuka Reggie Torbor Unrestricted FA Zak DeOssie

MLB

Antonio Pierce Chase Blackburn

OLB

NEEDS ANALYSIS

4

Outside Linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka performed well after making the move to OLB from DE until suffering a broken leg in November. He may move back to DE if Strahan retires. Kawika Mitchell signed a one-year deal before last season and started every game for the Giants. Reggie Torbor took over the starting role in week 13 and performed well down the stretch. The Giants will likely be forced to make a decision about which player to re-sign.

Gerris Wilkinson

CB

6 Return Specialist RW McQuarters was the primary punt returner last season, a job he may be forced to relinquish heading into his 11th season. Domenik Hixon did a great job returning kickoffs, but he is not a punt returner. This is a luxury pick for the World Champs.

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Justin Tuck Notre Dame 3rd Round, 2005

RW McQuarters Sam Madison

CB

5 Offensive Guard Montrose, PA product Chris Snee will be a fixture at guard for years to come. Rich Seubert bounced back from a broken leg in 2006 to regain a starting role and enjoyed his best season as a pro. The athletic Kevin Boothe was acquired after being released by the Raiders. The starters are set, but New York could look to increase their depth at the position, possibly adding a versatile interior lineman capable of playing both OG and Center.

Kawika Mitchell Unrestricted FA

Corey Webster

SPECIALISTS DEPTH CHART

Kevin Dockery

SS

James Butler Restricted FA Craig Dahl

FS

Gibril Wilson Unrestricted FA Michael Johnson

K

Lawrence Tynes

P

Jeff Feagles

LS

Zak DeOssie

KR

Dominek Hixon Ahmad Bradshaw

PR

RW McQuarters Aaron Ross

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NFC NORTH

CHICAGO BEARS OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

Coming off their Super Bowl loss in 2006, the Bears fell victim to the proverbial Super Bowl hangover missing the playoffs and finishing 7-9. The team started the season with QB Rex Grossman and went to Brian Griese in game 3 after benching Grossman. Kyle Orton ended the season as the starter because of injuries. Lovie Smith enters his 5th season as Head Coach and must resurrect a running game that finished next to last in yards and a defense that slipped from 3rd in yards to 28th. If Smith is able to accomplish those two large tasks, the Bears will be able to have a “manager of the game” type QB and be as successful as they were in their Super Bowl run. Prior to last season, GM Jerry Angelo traded RB Thomas Jones to the Jets in order to open the starting RB position for former 4th overall pick Cedric Benson. In his first season as a starter, Benson rushed for only 674 yards in 11 games and missed the rest of the year with an ankle injury. Benson must improve dramatically this year or face the risk of being labeled a bust. Offensive Coordinator Ron Turner returns for his 3rd season without knowing who his starting QB will be and with the possible loss of deep threat WR Bernard Berrian who is an unrestricted FA. Rex Grossman is an unrestricted FA, and at the behest of Bears fans, the team may attempt to re-sign him. On the defensive side of the ball, the Bears slipped dramatically under the tutelage of 1st year coordinator Bob Babich. The loss of DT Tank Johnson, cut prior to season because of off field issues, and S Mike Brown really hurt this team. The potential loss of unrestricted FA OLB Lance Briggs will only further set this defense back. In addition, All Pro MLB Brian Urlacher underwent off-season back surgery but is expected back in time for training camp. Heading into free agency, the Bears are in fairly good shape with the salary cap but have some key players among their 8 unrestricted and 2 restricted free agents.

Rex Grossman Kyle Orton Brian Griese

RB

Cedric Benson Adrian Peterson Garrett Wolfe PJ Pope

FB

Jason McKie Lousaka Polite JD Runnels

WR

Devin Hester Rashied Davis Restricted FA Brandon Rideau

WR

Bernard Berrian Unrestricted FA Mark Bradley Mike Hass

TE

Desmond Clark Greg Olsen

Devin Hester Miami, FL 2nd Round, 2006

John Gilmore Unrestricted FA Fontel Mines LT

2007 OFFENSE

John Tait

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

83.1

30th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

Ruben Brown Unrestricted FA

3.1

32nd

Anthony Oakley

Passing Yards Per Game

216.1

15th

Pass Efficiency Rating

72.2

27th

Scoring PPG

20.9

18th

Total Yards Per Game

293.2

27th

John St. Clair LG

C

Terrance Metcalf

Olin Kreutz Anthony Oakley

RG

Roberto Garza Josh Beekman

RT

Team Analysis

John St. Clair Terrance Metcalf

NEEDS ANALYSIS

1

Quarterback The Bears have been in search of a franchise QB for the better part of the last decade. Rex Grossman’s struggles have been well chronicled, and he is now a free agent. Brian Griese failed to impress when given the opportunity last season. Kyle Orton is best suited for a back-up role. Bears fans will be on the edge of their seats come April 26th in anticipation of finally landing a potential franchise QB.

2

Wide Receiver The Bears leading receiver and primary deep threat is free agent Bernard Berrian . GM Jerry Angelo will make every effort to keep him in the Windy City. Muhsin Muhammed has been a consistent player and team leader, but he was released in a salary cap cut. Devin Hester is still refining his skills as a receiver. Mark Bradley has been a disappointment, catching only 6 passes in ’07. Even if Berrian is signed, the Bears still need playmakers at WR.

3

Offensive Tackle John Tait was a great free agent acquisition in 2004 and has been a stabilizing force on the OL. RT Fred Miller is 35, and his performance had declined which led to his release. John St. Clair is penciled in as the RT, but he lacks the foot speed. Chicago needs an infusion of youth at OT and a starter. SUREFIRE SCOUTING

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CHICAGO BEARS

Team Analysis MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DEFENSE

SCENARIO #1

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

122.9

24th

4.3

Tommie Harris

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

23rdTie

DEPTH CHART

POSITION LE

Adewale Ogunleye Israel Idonije

2007 DEFENSE

1

James Hardy

Indiana

WR

2

Joe Flacco

Delaware

QB

3

Mike Hart

Michigan

RB

Jimmy Kennedy Unrestricted FA

Passing Yards Per Game

231.8

27th

4

Wesley Woodyard

Kentucky

OLB

Babtunde Oshinowo

Pass Efficiency Defense

84.7

19th

5

John Greco

Toledo

OT

Scoring Defense

21.8

16th

Total Yards Per Game

354.7

28th

Dan Bazuin

DT

DT

Anthony Adams Dusty Dvoracek

6

Tyrell Johnson

Arkansas State

SS

Antonio Garay Unrestricted FA

SCENARIO #2 1

Brian Brohm

Louisville

QB

2

Keith Rivers

USC

OLB

3

Kevin Smith

Central Florida

RB

4

Marcus Smith

New Mexico

WR

5

Mike McGlynn

Pittsburgh

OT / OG

DE

Mark Anderson Alex Brown

OLB

Hunter Hillenmeyer Brendan Ayanbadejo Unrestricted FA

MLB

Brian Urlacher Rod Wilson

OLB

6

Mike Dragosavich

North Dakota State

P

Lance Briggs Unrestricted FA Jamar Williams Michael Okwo

NEEDS ANALYSIS

CB

4

Running Back Chicago was ineffective running the ball last year, prior to Cedric Benson’s season ending injury, and they did not improve without him. The Bears finished 30th in rushing yards, and 32nd in yards per carry with a pathetic 3.1 yard average. In hindsight, trading Thomas Jones may not have been the best move. Diminutive Garrett Wolfe is a 3rd down back. The Bears will hope for Benson to have a breakout year, but they must improve their skill position talent.

6

Strong Safety / Punter Signing Adam Archuleta proved to be a mistake, as he struggled just as much with the Bears as he did with the Redskins. He could be released prior to the season. Brandon McGowan started the final 5 games of the season and played well enough to enter ’08 as the starter. 146

Brian Urlacher New Mexico 1st Round, 2000

Trumaine McBride

CB

Nathan Vasher Ricky Manning Corey Graham

SS

5

Outside Linebacker Signing Lance Briggs to a long term deal seems to have fallen by the wayside, and there seems to be a slim possibility he could return next year. Reserve and special teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo is also a free agent. Chicago has several young players at the position including Michael Okwo, Jamar Williams, and Darrell McClover, but none have proven they are ready to step into the starting lineup.

Charles Tillman

DEPTH CHART

Brandon McGowan Restricted FA

K

Robbie Gould

P

Brad Maynard

Danieal Manning

LS

Patrick Mannelly

Josh Gattis

KR

Devin Hester

Adam Archuleta Kevin Payne

FS

SPECIALISTS

Danieal Manning

Mike Brown

PR

Devin Hester

Bernard Berrian

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NFC NORTH

DETROIT LIONS OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

Prior to the 2007 season, QB Jon Kitna predicted the Lions would win 10 games and his prediction followed the team all year long. It seemed as though the Lions would fulfill his promise by starting the season 6-2 but only won 1 of their final 8 games to finish 7-9. Rod Marinelli enters his 3rd season as Lions’ Head Coach and must turn this team around to keep his job. Known as a tough defensive minded coach, Marinelli’s defenses have ranked 28th and 32nd in yards against and 30th and 32nd in points. Much criticized GM Matt Millen makes the personnel decisions for the Lions. Millen’s drafting has really put the team in a hole with less than 50% of the draft picks in his 7 years still on the roster, including 2nd overall pick Charles Rogers and 10th overall pick Mike Williams. Shortly after the season ended, Offensive Coordinator Mike Martz was fired after his offense finished 19th in total yards and 31st running the ball. The Lions’ quarterbacks were sacked 54 times and at times Martz completely ignored the running game. The Lions tabbed WR coach Jim Coletto to replace Martz. He takes over an offense that faces the probable absence of RB Kevin Jones to start the season, a potential QB controversy, and an average offensive line. However, he does have a good group of wide receivers that has the potential to be great. On the defensive side of the ball, the Lions started well with 24 sacks in their first 8 games. However, they really tailed off with only 8 the rest of the season and finished last in the league in points and yards. The Lions have a Defensive Line with great potential, but it has underachieved. DT Shaun Rogers, who has the ability to be dominating, will most likely be traded as the team has grown tired of his inability to stay in shape. Heading into free agency, the Lions have 16 unrestricted, headlined by LB Boss Bailey and RT George Foster, and 4 restricted free agents.

John Kitna Dan Orlovsky Restricted FA JT O’Sullivan Unrestricted FA Drew Stanton

RB

Kevin Jones TJ Duckett Unrestricted FA Tatum Bell Unrestricted FA Aveion Cason Unrestricted FA Brian Calhoun

FB

John Bradley Casey FitzSimmons

WR

Calvin Johnson Mike Furrey Troy Walters Unrestricted FA

WR

Team Analysis

Roy Williams Shaun McDonald

Calvin Johnson Georgia Tech 1st Round, 2007

TE

Sean McHugh John Owens Unrestricted FA

Edwin Mulitalo Manny Ramirez

2

Jeff Backus Jonathan Scott

2007 OFFENSE

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

80.5

31st

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.0

LG

C

15thTie

242.9

9th

Pass Efficiency Rating

79.4

18th

Scoring PPG

21.6

16th

Total Yards Per Game

322.9

19th

Dominic Raiola Blaine Saipaia

RG

Passing Yards Per Game

Stephen Peterman Restricted FA Barry Stokes Unrestricted FA Frank Davis

RT

1

Cornerback The Lions felt the impact of Dre’ Bly’s departure to Denver last season. Detroit finished 31st in both passing yards and pass efficiency defense. Fernando Bryant is a satisfactory starter, but he is entering his 10th season. Travis Fisher and Keith Smith are free agents, and there is little quality depth. CB is unquestionably the Lions’ top priority.

Dan Campbell

LT

NEEDS ANALYSIS

Damien Woody George Foster Unrestricted FA

Running Back Kevin Jones suffered another knee injury at the end of last season and will not likely be 100% at the start of the ‘08 campaign. Three other backs, TJ Duckett, Tatum Bell, and Aveion Cason are free agents. Duckett is the most likely to return. Brian Calhoun has done little to contribute in his first two seasons and must begin to produce. There is much uncertainty regarding this position and a young back should be added in the early rounds.

3

Offensive Tackle Jeff Backus has been an iron man starting 112 consecutive games at LT since joining the team in 2001. Damien Woody started the last 5 games of the ’07 season at RT in place of George Foster. Foster is now a free agent and Woody is better suited to play on the interior OL. Jonathan Scott has battled injuries and must step up in ’08. Detroit has minimal depth and must find a long-term starter at RT. SUREFIRE SCOUTING

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DETROIT LIONS

Team Analysis MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DEFENSE DEPTH CHART

POSITION DE

SCENARIO #1

Jared DeVries

1

Rashard Mendenhall

Illinois

RB

Corey Smith Unrestricted FA

2

Antoine Cason

Arizona

CB

Ikaika Alama-Francis

3

Beau Bell

UNLV

LB

4

Oniel Cousins

UTEP

DT

Langston Moore Restricted FA

OG / OT DT

5

Letroy Guion

Florida State

DT

6

Tyvon Branch

Connecticut

CB

Shaun Rogers

Cory Redding Shaun Cody

DE

Dewayne White Kalimba Edwards

SCENARIO #2 1

Leodis McKelvin

Troy

CB

2

Ali Highsmith

LSU

OLB

OLB

2007 DEFENSE

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

119.4

23rd

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.3

23rdTie

Passing Yards Per Game

258.2

31st

Pass Efficiency Defense

96.8

31st

Scoring Defense

27.8

32nd

Total Yards Per Game

377.6

32nd

Ernie Sims Anthony Cannon

MLB

Paris Lenon

3

Mike Hart

Michigan

RB

4

John Greco

Toledo

OT

5

Chevis Jackson

LSU

CB

Boss Bailey Unrestricted FA

6

Maurice Murray

New Mexico State

DT

Alex Lewis

Teddy Lehman Unrestricted FA

OLB

CB

Buster Davis

Fernando Bryant Dovonte Edwards Ramzee Robinson

NEEDS ANALYSIS

CB

Cornerback Detroit should address CB on the first day and look to add depth on the second day of the draft. Dovonte Edwards and Ramzee Robinson are moderate reserves at best, and Stanley Wilson suffered a knee injury that landed him on IR in December.

5

Linebacker If strong-side backer Boss Bailey is not re-signed, this need increases in priority. In addition, back-up middle LB Teddy Lehman is a free agent, and depth will be needed if either player does not return to the team. The Lions could draft a LB capable of playing both positions.

6

Linebacker As mentioned above, if Bailey leaves, the team could look to add multiple LBs in the middle to late rounds. MLB Paris Lenon had a career year in ‘07 and weak-side LB Ernie Sims is a rising star, but the Lions lack quality depth at linebacker. 148

Travis Fisher Unrestricted FA Keith Smith Unrestricted FA

4

Ernie Sims Florida State 1st Round, 2006

C

Stanley Wilson Restricted FA

FS

Gerald Alexander

SPECIALISTS DEPTH CHART K

Jason Hanson

P

Nick Harris

Patrick Body

LS

Don Muhlbach

KR

Aveion Cason

Greg Blue

SS

Kenoy Kennedy Troy Walters Daniel Bullocks

PR Idrees Bashir Unrestricted FA

Troy Walters Shaun McDonald

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NFC NORTH

MINNESOTA VIKINGS OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

Heading into the final two games of the 2007 season, the Vikings controlled their playoff destiny but failed to seize the opportunity losing both games and finishing at 8-8. They started the season slowly at 1-3, but as rookie RB Adrian Peterson became more involved, they won 7 of their next 10 games. It was a tale of run vs. pass for the Vikings. They ranked 1st in rushing yards per game, but they struggled to throw the ball (28th in the league). Their rush defense was first in the league; however, their pass defense was the worst in the league. Brad Childress enters his 3rd season as head coach and must find a way to get 3rd year starting QB Tavaris Jackson to be more productive. The Vikings passed for more than 200 yards in only 5 games. In his defense, Jackson does not have a good group of receivers as journeyman Bobby Wade led the team in receptions. Childress has almost all the power on personnel decisions but does consult with VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman. They must determine if Jackson is their guy at QB or look to trade for a veteran or the draft. Prior to last season, Childress turned over the offensive play calling to 2nd year coordinator Darrell Bevell. He relied heavily on his two-headed monster at RB (Peterson and Chester Taylor) to run behind their mammoth offensive line. If he can get more production from the passing game, the offense could be very good. On the defensive side, 1st year coordinator, Leslie Frazier, has a great pair of run stuffing tackles in Pat Williams and Kevin Williams. Due to that fact, teams attack the Vikings mainly through the air and have been successful. Heading into free agency, the Vikings have 8 unrestricted free agents including FB Tony Richardson and ILB Dontarrious Thomas. In addition, starting DE Kenechi Udeze has been diagnosed with Leukemia. As of this writing, not much else is known regarding Udeze’s condition. WR Troy Williamson was traded and DB Dwight Smith was released.

Tarvaris Jackson Kelly Holcomb Brooks Bollinger

RB

Adrian Peterson Chester Taylor Mewelde Moore Unrestricted FA

FB

Tony Richardson Unrestricted FA Jeff Dugan Naufahu Tahi

WR

Aundrae Allison Robert Ferguson Unrestricted FA

WR

Sidney Rice Bobby Wade

TE

Jim Kleinsasser Visanthe Shiancoe

Adrian Peterson Oklahoma 1st Round, 2007

Garrett Mills

LT

Bryant McKinnie Chase Johnson

2007 OFFENSE

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

164.6

1st

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

5.3

1st

Passing Yards Per Game

171.6

28th

Pass Efficiency Rating

74.2

21st

Scoring PPG

22.8

15th

Total Yards Per Game

336.2

13th

LG

Steve Hutchinson Anthony Herrera Unrestricted FA

C

Matt Birk Dan Mozes

RG

Artis Hicks Anthony Herrera

RT

Team Analysis

Ryan Cook Marcus Johnson

NEEDS ANALYSIS

1

Wide Receiver Former 1st rounder, Troy Williamson, has failed to produce, hauling in only 18 receptions last year. It is clear now that he was overdrafted based on his speed and future potential, which he is unlikely to fulfill in a Vikings’ uniform. Robert Ferguson was signed prior to last season and had one of his most productive years, but he is a free agent. The Vikes need another top flight WR to help open up the field and take some pressure off the running game.

2

Defensive End After being diagnosed with a form of leukemia, Kenechi Udeze’s health is of primary concern, regardless of his football status. As of now, Darrion Scott would likely replace Udeze as the starter, a role which he held in ’05 and ’06. However, Scott missed most of last season with a foot injury. 2005’s 1st round pick Erasmus James, has struggled to remain healthy, playing in only 8 games over the last two seasons. A potential starter will be sought in the early rounds.

3

Safety 12th year man, Darren Sharper continues to excel. He possesses great instincts and always seems to be around the ball. Reserve, Mike Doss is a free agent and did little to warrant a new contract, after totaling 6 tackles last year. Dwight Smith could be a cap casualty. Minnesota must begin the search for Sharper’s successor and add depth to the position.

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Team Analysis

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DEFENSE

SCENARIO #1

DE

1

Vernon Gholston

Ohio State

DE

2

Charles Godfrey

Iowa

FS / CB

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

74.1

1st

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

3.1

2nd

Passing Yards Per Game

264.1

32nd

Pass Efficiency Defense

86.3

23rd

Kevin Williams

Scoring Defense

19.4

12th

Spencer Johnson Unrestricted FA

Total Yards Per Game

338.1

20th

DEPTH CHART

POSITION

Darrion Scott Unrestricted FA Kenechi Udeze Health Jayme Mitchell

3

Chris Johnson

East Carolina

WR

4

Josh Johnson

San Diego Univ.

QB

Otis Grigsby

DT

Pat Williams

2007 DEFENSE

Fred Evans

5

Steve Justice

Wake Forest

C DE

6

Dominique Barber

Minnesota

SS

SCENARIO #2 1

Kenny Phillips

Miami, FL

FS

2

Phillip Merling

Clemson

DE

3

Andre Caldwell

Florida

WR

4

Chad Henne

Michigan

QB

5

Owen Schmitt

West Virginia

FB

6

Tyrell Johnson

Arkansas State

SS

DE

Ray Edwards Brian Robison Erasmus James

OLB

Ben Leber Vinny Ciurciu Rufus Alexander

MLB

EJ Henderson Dontarrius Thomas Unrestricted FA

OLB

Chad Greenway

NEEDS ANALYSIS

Heath Farwell Restricted FA

4

David Herron

Center / Offensive Guard While he has been durable, Center Matt Birk is entering his 11th season. Despite missing the entire ’05 campaign because of an injury, Birk has started 107 games over the last 8 seasons. Back-up Dan Mozes spent his rookie season on IR last year. RT Ryan Cook played center in college, but he is a natural fit at tackle. Top reserve guard, Anthony Herrera, is a free agent. Minnesota must find their future pivot man and possibly OG depth.

CB

Fullback Free Agent Tony Richardson is entering his 14th season and will be difficult to re-sign. The Vikings have several players such as Jeff Dugan, Naufahu Tahi, and Garrett Mills, who are used primarily as H-backs rather than traditional blocking fullbacks. The FB is crucial for the success of the running game which is Minnesota’s lifeblood.

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SPECIALISTS DEPTH CHART

Charles Gordon

SS

6

Safety With two back-ups who are free agents (Tank Williams and Mike Doss) and the possible release of Dwight Smith, the Vikings will need to add two safeties, one Strong and one Free or a player versatile enough to play both positions.

Antoine Winfield Marcus McCauley

CB

5

Kevin Williams Oklahoma State 1st Round, 2003

Cedric Griffin

K

Ryan Longwell

Ronyell Whitaker

P

Chris Kluwe

Darren Sharper

LS

Cullen Loeffler

Mike Doss Unrestricted FA

KR

Aundrae Allison Troy Williamson

FS

Tank Williams Unrestricted FA Eric Frampton

PR

Bobby Wade Mewelde Moore

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NFC NORTH

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Team Analysis

OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

The Packers finished the 2006 season with 4 straight wins and took that momentum into 2007 starting 10-1 and finishing the season at 13-3. Brett Favre returned for his 16th season with the Packers and had one of his finest seasons ever breaking Dan Marino’s all time touchdown mark. The Packers finished just short of the Super Bowl with their overtime loss to the eventual Champion Giants. In just his 2nd season as Head Coach, Mike McCarthy did a great coaching job with the youngest team in the league and was second in the AP Coach of the Year voting. He was rewarded with a 5 year contract extension just prior to the Championship game. Entering his 4th season as GM, Ted Thompson has built a very talented young team that looks to contend for the foreseeable future. Thompson made a trade just prior to the start of the season that brought in RB Ryan Grant who became the Packers’ featured runner at mid-season and gave them the running game they needed to complement their potent passing offense. Thompson prefers to build mainly through the draft and has done a great job the past few years. Although the Packers promoted Joe Philbin to Offensive Coordinator prior the season, McCarthy still makes the play calls. The offense ranked 2nd in yards and 4th in scoring in the league. The big question for the offense is whether Brett Favre returns for another season. Many around the league believe Favre will return. If he does not return, the QB duties go to 4th year player Aaron Rodgers who played quite well in relief. On the defensive side, Coordinator Bob Sanders led a unit that finished 11th overall in yards and had 36 sacks. Heading into free agency, the Packers are in terrific shape with the cap and only have one significant unrestricted free agent, DT Corey Williams. The Packers are deep at DL, so Williams may not be brought back. In all, the Packers have 7 unrestricted and 3 restricted free agents.

Brett Farve Aaron Rogers Craig Nall Unrestricted FA

RB

Ryan Grant Brandon Jackson Vernand Morency Restricted FA DeShawn Wynn Noah Herron Restricted FA

FB

Korey Hall John Kuhn Ryan Powdrell

WR

Donald Driver James Jones Koren Robinson

WR

Greg Jennings Ruvell Martin Shaun Bodiford Carlyle Holliday

Greg Jennings Western Michigan 2nd Round, 2006

TE

Donald Lee Tory Humphrey Ryan Krause Unrestricted FA

LT

2007 OFFENSE Rushing Yards Per Game

STATS

NFL RANK

99.8

21st

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.1

11thTie

Passing Yards Per Game

270.9

2nd

Chad Clifton Junius Coston

LG

Daryn Colledge Allen Barbre

C

Scott Wells Jason Spitz

RG

Jason Spitz Tony Palmer Tony Moll

Pass Efficiency Rating

95.9

6th

Scoring PPG

27.2

4th

Orrin Thompson

Total Yards Per Game

370.2

2nd

Tyson Walter Unrestricted FA

RT

Mark Tauscher

NEEDS ANALYSIS

1

Cornerback Charles Woodson and Al Harris form a dynamic duo at CB; however, both players are beyond their prime and the Packers should be proactive in finding their successors. Tramon Williams and Jarrett Bush have flashed potential, but Will Blackmon has failed to make much of an impact, totaling 5 tackles in his first two years. Frank Walker is a free agent and is not likely to return.

2

Offensive Tackle Chad Clifton bounced back from a near car crash type blindside collision with Warren Sapp in 2002 to receive a 2008 Pro Bowl invitation. Mark Tauscher has been a fixture at RT since 2000. Both players are entering their 9th season and appear to have plenty of good years ahead. The Packers depth at the position is questionable, and they could elect to address this premium position early.

3

Defensive End Like OT, DE ordinarily would not be a high priority for a team with the likes of Aaron Kampman, Cullen Jenkins, and Kabeer GbajaBiamila, but the Packers have no glaring needs and could begin to build for the future in several areas. Gbaja-Biamila tallied 9.5 sacks last year as a pass rush specialist, but he carries a hefty salary and will be entering his 9th season. Michael Montgomery and Jason Hatcher provide depth. While not a glaring need, a DE could be added.

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GREEN BAY PACKERS

Team Analysis

MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DEFENSE DE

SCENARIO #1 1

Gosder Cherilus

Boston College

OT

2

Brandon Flowers

Virginia Tech

CB

3

Darrell Strong

Pittsburgh

TE

4

Jeremy Thompson

Wake Forest

DE

5

Thomas Williams

USC

OLB

6

Thomas Brown

Georgia

RB

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

102.9

14th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

3.9

10th

Passing Yards Per Game

210.4

12th

Conrad Bolston

Pass Efficiency Defense

75.6

6th

Corey Williams Unrestricted FA

Scoring Defense

18.2

6thTie

Johnny Jolly

Total Yards Per Game

313.3

11th

DEPTH CHART

POSITION

Aaron Kampman Michael Montgomery

DT

Ryan Pickett Justin Harrell Colin Cole Restricted FA

DT

SCENARIO #2

2007 DEFENSE

Daniel Muir

1

Antoine Cason

Arizona

CB

2

John Carlson

Notre Dame

TE

3

Simeon Castille

Alabama

FS / CB

4

Cliff Avril

Purdue

DE

5

Kirk Barton

Ohio State

OT

6

Stanford Keglar

Purdue

OLB

DE

Cullen Jenkins Kabeer GbajaBiamila Jason Hunter

OLB

Brady Poppinga Tracy White Unrestricted FA

MLB

Nick Barnett Desmond Bishop

OLB

NEEDS ANALYSIS

4

Tight End Donald Lee signed a contract extension and the Packers are pleased with his play. Bubba Franks carries a high salary cap figure and has had durability issues the last few seasons. Last year, Tory Humphrey was impressive during OTAs and mini-camp and was moving up the depth chart until suffering a badly broken leg on the first day of training camp. He will look to rebound in ’08. A young TE could be added to the mix.

Abdul Hodge

CB

Will Blackmon

CB

SS

6

Running Back At mid-season RB was a top need; that all changed with Ryan Grant’s emergence the second half of the year. Grant’s downhill running style proved to be an ideal fit for the Packers’ blocking scheme. Brandon Jackson ill be the top back-up at an already crowded position, but both Vernand Morency and Noah Herron are restricted free agents and will be facing an uphill battle to make the team. 152

AJ Hawk Ohio State 1st Round, 2006

Charles Woodson Tramon Williams

5

Outside Linebacker Again, with AJ Hawk and Brady Poppinga as starters OLB is not an overly pressing need. Reserve Tracy White is a free agent and Abdul Hodge has struggled with injuries. Hodge should be ready to contribute in 2008, but Green Bay could look to add depth.

A.J. Hawk

FS

SPECIALISTS DEPTH CHART

Al Harris Jarrett Bush

K

Mason Crosby

Frank Walker Unrestricted FA

P

Jon Ryan

Atari Bigby

LS

Rob Davis Unrestricted FA

Charlie Peprah

KR

Koren Robinson

Nick Collins Aaron Rouse Tyrone Culver

Tramon Williams

PR

Charles Woodson Tramon Williams

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NFC SOUTH

ATLANTA FALCONS OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

Simply put, 2007 was a disastrous season on and off the field for the Falcons. The face of the franchise, star QB Michael Vick, was indicted on federal dog fighting charges, and their rookie Head Coach abandoned the team during the season, so it is not that surprising that they finished 4-12. Wholesale changes are now taking place in Atlanta, beginning with new Head Coach Mike Smith. Smith served as the Defensive Coordinator for Jacksonville the last 5 seasons and is known for employing an attacking style of defense. The Falcons will continue to use a 4-3 base defense, and new Defensive Coordinator Brian VanGorder will call the sets during the games. VanGorder was the team’s Linebacker Coach last season and had accepted a position with South Carolina before returning to Atlanta. Former Buffalo Head Coach, Mike Mularkey, was hired to run the offense, and the team will transition to more of a power running game. The Falcons made a series of bad personnel decisions, including signing Michael Vick to a long-term extension and trading Matt Schaub. As a result, Rich McKay, who was a candidate for the NFL Commissioner’s job, relinquished his role as GM but will continue to serve as Team President. Tom Dimitroff steps in as the General Manager, after serving as New England’s College Scouting Director. Assistant General Manager Billy Devaney also left the front office after accepting a position with the Rams. Warrick Dunn is entering the final year of his contract and carries a $4 million base salary in ’08, which may lead to his release. Other players who are potentially on the chopping block are Wayne Gandy and Joe Horn. The Falcons have only 8 unrestricted and 4 restricted free agents. Expect Atlanta to return to fundamental football, which may be just what is required for a team lacking discipline. Owner Arthur Blank appears to have the team on the right track, but it will take some time to fully recover.

Chris Redman Unrestricted FA Joey Harrington DJ Shockley

RB

Warrick Dunn Jerious Norwood Chris Snelling

FB

Ovie Mughelli

WR

Roddy White Laurent Robinson Brian Finneran

WR

Michael Jenkins Joe Horn Adam Jennings

TE

Team Analysis

Dwayne Blakely Unrestricted FA Martrez Milner Courtney Anderson Unrestricted FA

Jerious Norwood Mississippi State 3rd Round, 2006

LT

Harvey Dahl LG

2007 OFFENSE

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

95.0

26th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

3.9

20th Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

206.0

18th

78.9

19th

Scoring PPG

16.2

29th

Total Yards Per Game

301.0

23rd

Justin Blalock D’Anthony Batiste

C

Doug Datish RG

NEEDS ANALYSIS

1

Quarterback The Falcons must move forward from the Michael Vick saga, but they do not have a quality starter on their current roster. After releasing Byron Leftwich, it remains to be seen if Chris Redman and Joey Harrington will return in 2008. QB is a glaring need and should be addressed on the first day, and likely in round one.

Todd McClure Ben Wilkerson

Kynan Forney Kurt Quartermann

RT

Pass Efficiency Rating

Quinn Ojinnaka

Tyson Clabo Todd Weiner Terrence Pennington Renardo Foster

2 Defensive Tackle Starter Rod Coleman was released in February after playing only 5 games last year because of an arm injury Jonathan Babineaux, started 9 contests last year and held his own. Trey Lewis and Monatvious Stanley are young players who must develop quickly in order to make an impact. The Falcons will look to strengthen their interior defense in the early rounds.

3

Offensive Tackle Injuries hit the OT position particularly hard last year with opening day starters Wayne Gandy and Todd Weiner each missing significant time. The good news is young players Quinn Ojinnaka and Tyson Clabo saw increased action and performed fairly well. Clabo filled in at RT and played well enough to earn a starting job in ’08. Ojinnaka was inconsistnent at LT. Gandy, who is 37, became a cap casualty. Atlanta would be wise to invest in a LT in the early rounds.

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ATLANTA FALCONS

Team Analysis

MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DEFENSE DEPTH CHART

POSITION DE

SCENARIO #1

1

Darren McFadden

Arkansas

RB

2

Andre Woodson

Kentucky

QB

Jamaal Anderson Derrick Jones David Patterson

DT

Trey Lewis

3

Pat Sims

Auburn

DT

Montavious Stanley

4

Tony Hills

Texas

OT

Tim Anderson Unrestricted FA

5

Kellen Davis

Michigan State

TE

DT

Jonathan Babineaux Trey Lewis

6

Jack Williams

Kent

CB DE

SCENARIO #2

1

Sedrick Ellis

USC

DT

2

Anthony Collins

Kansas

OT

3

Joe Flacco

Delaware

QB

John Abraham

2007 DEFENSE

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

127.1

26th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.2

22nd Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

228.4

23rd

Pass Efficiency Defense

88.2

25th

Scoring Defense

25.9

29th

Total Yards Per Game

355.5

29th

Chauncey Davis Restricted FA OLB

Michael Boley Restricted FA Travis Williams Earl Everett

4

Tracy Porter

Indiana

CB

5

Ahtyba Rubin

Iowa State

DT

6

Brad Cottam

Tennessee

TE

MLB

Keith Brooking Tony Taylor Cameron Vaughn

OLB

Stephen Nicholas

NEEDS ANALYSIS

Travis Williams

4 Wide Receiver Former 1st rounder, Roddy White finally came around last season hauling in 83 receptions for 1,202 yards and 6 TDs. Michael Jenkins hauled in a career high 53 balls, despite only starting 6 games. Aging veteran Joe Horn started 12 games but only managed 27 receptions on the season. Jenkins and Horn may each become victims of the salary cap. The Falcons lack speed and big play receivers.

5 Cornerback The starters are set with De’Angelo Hall and last year,s 2nd rounder Chris Houston. Houston had a rocky season in zone coverage after mostly playing man coverage at Arkansas, but he has the skill set to become a fine pro. Lewis Sanders was awful last season and was released by the new regime. David Irons lacks great speed but has good instincts. The Falcons have little quality depth at a premium position.

6 Kicker While he is arguably the greatest kicker of all-time, Morten Andersen is also 47 years old and lacks range at this point of his career. Strong legged Michael Koenen handles the kickoffs and long field goal attempts. Atlanta needs to find their kicker of the future. 154

Demorrio Williams Unrestricted FA

CB

Jamaal Anderson Arkansas 1st Round, 2007

De’Angelo Hall David Irons Omare Lowe Unrestricted FA

CB

SPECIALISTS

Chris Houston

DEPTH CHART

Brent Grimes SS

Lawyer Milloy Daren Stone Antoine Harris

FS

Chris Crocker Unrestricted FA

K

Morten Andersen Unrestricted FA

P

Michael Koenen Restricted FA

LS

Mike Schneck

KR

Jerious Norwood Adam Jennings

Jimmy Williams CJ Gaddis

PR

Adam Jennings

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NFC SOUTH

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Team Analysis

OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

The Saints got off to a very slow start in 2007 going 0-4, but they were able to regroup just missing the playoffs finishing 7-9. Sean Payton enters his 3rd season as Head Coach and has really rejuvenated the Saints’ football team and the New Orleans’ community. Although he is known as a great offensive mind, Payton may have cost his team a playoff shot by calling an end around that was fumbled late in the game allowing Tampa Bay to get the ball back and win the game. GM Micky Loomis has the final call on personnel decisions but works very closely with Player Personnel Director Rick Mueller. The duo must rebuild a defense that has been ignored in the last 2 drafts. To the surprise of many experts, they drafted WR Robert Meachem, who failed to make a catch the entire season, in the 1st round last year. On the offensive side of the ball, the Saints started off very slowly scoring only 5 touchdowns in the first 4 games but really came on as the season progressed. QB Drew Brees and WR Marques Colston formed a dangerous passing combo, but the running game was a disappointment. RB Deuce McCallister injured his knee in the 3rd game and missed the rest of the season while Reggie Bush missed the last 4 games with a knee injury. Both should be ready for training camp, but this was McCallister’s second major knee injury in 3 years, and he could be a cap casualty. The Saints have indicated that they need to get 2nd year RB Pierre Thomas more touches this year. On the defensive side, Gary Gibbs’ defense really struggled especially against the pass where they ranked 30th in the league; an influx of talent is greatly needed. Heading into free agency, the Saints have $25-30 million in cap room. However, they have 16 unrestricted and 1 restricted free agents. They would also like to sign Colston, DE Will Smith, and OG Jahri Evans to long term deals prior to their contracts expiring in 2008.

Drew Brees Jamie Martin Unrestricted FA Tyler Palko

RB

Reggie Bush Deuce McCallister Pierre Thomas

FB

Mike Karney

WR

Marques Colston Terrance Copper Unrestricted FA Robert Meachem

WR

David Patten Unrestricted FA Lance Moore Devery Henderson Unrestricted FA

TE

Reggie Bush USC 1st Round, 2006 LT

2007 OFFENSE Rushing Yards Per Game

STATS 91.6

NFL RANK

Eric Johnson Unrestricted FA

NEEDS ANALYSIS

Mark Campbell

Cornerback Mike McKenzie is one of the most underrated CBs in the NFL. Former Colt, Jason David was acquired as a free agent last year and was beaten deep frequently in the early season, failing to adjust to man-to-man coverage. David did manage to play better as the season progressed. 32 year old speedster Jason Craft is the nickel back. The Saints finished 30th in pass defense and 32nd in pass efficiency defense and must upgrade their talent level at CB.

Jamaal Brown Zach Strief

LG

28th

Jamar Nesbit Unrestricted FA Tim Duckworth

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

3.7

28th Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

269.6

3rd

Pass Efficiency Rating

89.4

9th

Scoring PPG

23.7

12th Tie

Total Yards Per Game

Billy Miller Unrestricted FA

361.2

4th

C

Jeff Faine Unrestricted FA Jonathan Goodwin Unrestricted FA

RG

Jahri Evans Andy Alleman

RT

Jonathan Stinchcomb Jermon Bushrod

1

2 Defensive Tackle After missing 7 games last year, starting DT Brian Young is a free agent. 13 year vet Hollis Thomas was the team’s most consistent DT a year ago. Antwan Lake and journeyman Kendrick Clancy provide depth. New Orleans must solidify their interior DL, and although they have salary cap space, building through the draft is much more cost effective for this premium position.

3

Tight End Last year’s starter Eric Johnson is a free agent, and he may return even though he has a lengthy injury history. Top back-up Billy Miller is also a free agent.Veterans Johnson and Miller are both solid receivers, but neither are great in-line blockers. 32 year old Mark Campbell missed the entire ’07 season with a back injury. The Saints need to get younger at TE and could add a starter in the mid-rounds. SUREFIRE SCOUTING

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NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Team Analysis

MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DEFENSE DEPTH CHART

POSITION

SCENARIO #1

DE

1

Leodis McKelvin

Troy

CB

2

Dre Moore

Maryland

DT

3

Martin Rucker

Missouri

TE

Charles Grant Josh Savage

DT

Hollis Thomas

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

102.9

13th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.0

13th Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

245.2

30th

Pass Efficiency Defense

96.9

32nd

Scoring Defense

24.2

25th

Total Yards Per Game

348.1

26th

Kendrick Clancy DT

4

Harry Douglas

Louisville

WR

Brian Young Unrestricted FA

5

Johnny Dingle

West Virginia

DE

Antwan Lake

6

Pedro Sosa

Rutgers

OT

Orien Harris DE

SCENARIO #2

2007 DEFENSE

Will Smith

1

DeSean Jackson

California

WR

Josh Cooper

2

Martellus Bennett

Texas A&M

TE

Renaldo Wynn

3

Letroy Guion

Florida State

DT

4

Orlando Scandrick

Boise State

CB

5

John Sullivan

Notre Dame

C

6

Wallace Gilberry

Alabama

DE

OLB

Scott Fujita Marvin Mitchell

ILB

Mark Simoneau Unrestricted FA Brian Simmons Matt McCoy Restricted FA

NEEDS ANALYSIS

OLB

4

Wide Receiver Last year’s 1st rounder Robert Meachem was a disappointment to say the least. He must rebound in ‘08. Terrence Copper, David Patten, and Devery Henderson are all free agents. Copper has been a solid reserve since arriving from Dallas in ‘06. Aging, 12 year vet Patten hauled in 54 grabs a year ago, but he is not a long-term solution. Henderson has struggled with drops his entire career and will not return. The Saints could re-sign Patten and Copper, but they also need to add a deep threat through the draft.

Troy Evans CB

156

Charles Grant Georgia 1st Round, 2002

Fred Thomas Unrestricted FA CB

Jason David

SPECIALISTS DEPTH CHART

Usama Young Anwar Phillips

K

Martin Gramatica Olindo Mare

SS

6 Defensive End The starters are set with Charles Grant and Will Smith. Grant was the victim of a February stabbing incident but is reported to have only suffered a minor neck wound. Josh Cooper, Josh Savage, and vet Renaldo Wynn provide the depth. Cooper and Savage are young players with limited upside. Wynn is in the twilight of his career.

Mike McKenzie Jason Craft

5 Center Starter Jeff Faine is a free agent, as is backup Jonathan Goodwin. Faine has started 30 games since signing with the Saints after a 3 year stint in Cleveland. He has been consistent and New Orleans will attempt to re-sign him. Goodwin is versatile and provides depth at both OG and center. Starting OG Jamar Nesbitt is also a free agent. If New Orleans is able to ink Faine, this need lessens, but the interior OL could still use additional depth.

Scott Shanle

Roman Harper

P

Steven Weatherford

Chris Reis

LS

Kevin Houser

Jay Bellamy Unrestricted FA

KR

Aaron Stecker Lance Moore

FS

Josh Bullocks Kevin Kaesvirharn

PR

Lance Moore Reggie Bush

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NFC SOUTH

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Team Analysis

OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

The Panthers’ 2007 season was significantly impacted by QB Jake Delhomme’s elbow injury in the 3rd game, which caused him to miss the rest of the season; the Panthers finished 7-9. He is expected to make a full recovery after having surgery. In his absence, the Panthers started 3 QBs, including rookie Matt Moore and 44 year old Vinny Testaverdae. John Fox will be back for his 7th year as head coach; many thought he might be fired after missing his 2nd consecutive playoff season. In reality, Fox did a fairly good job considering his QB situation and has 3 years remaining on his current contract. Also returning will be GM Marty Hurney for his 3rd season. In his first 2 drafts, Hurney has drafted well including last year’s 1st round pick LB Jon Beason. Offensive Coordinator Jeff Davidson’s offense struggled mightily after Delhomme’s injury and was not able to score enough points to keep the team in games. RB DeAngelo Williams is ready to start as Deshaun Foster struggled throughout the season averaging just 3.5 YPC, which led to his release. WR Steve Smith continues to command double coverage, so the team must find him a complement to open up the field for him. After two straight top 10 rankings in total yards allowed, Defensive Coordinator Mike Trgovac’s defense slipped to 16th last year but was on the field way too much as the offense ranked 28th in time of possession. If the offense is able to turn things around, the defense is talented enough, with a healthy Julius Peppers, to rebound. There was talk that DE Mike Rucker may retire, but he will most likely return. After the season, the Panthers were faced with losing some key components as free agents but signed LT Travelle Wharton, DT Damoine Lewis, and S Chris Harris to long term contracts. Also, the team will placed the franchise tag on RT Jordan Gross. Despite the signings, 9 unrestricted and 2 restricted free agents remain.

Jake Delhomme Matt Moore Brett Basanez David Carr

RB

DeAngelo Williams Nick Goings Alex Haynes

FB

Brad Hoover Unrestricted FA

WR

Steve Smith Dwayne Jarrett Travis Taylor Jason Carter

WR

Drew Carter Unrestricted FA Keary Colbert Unrestricted FA Ryne Robinson

TE

Jeff King Dante Rosario

Steve Smith Utah 3rd Round, 2001

Christian Fauria Unrestricted FA LT

Travelle Wharton Frank Omiyale

2007 OFFENSE

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

114.0

14th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.0

15th Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

170.9

29th

Pass Efficiency Rating

71.9

28th

LG

Geoff Hangartner Restricted FA Evan Mathis Restricted FA

C

Justin Hartwig Ryan Kalil

RG

Reuben Riley RT

Scoring PPG

16.7

26th Tie

Ryan Kalil

Jordan Gross Franchise Tag Jeremy Bridges

Total Yards Per Game

284.9

29th

NEEDS ANALYSIS

1

Free Safety The Panthers signed SS Chris Harris to a 3 year $12 million extension, but now must locate a starting FS. Last years starter Deke Cooper is a free agent, and he is best equipped for a backup role. Marquand Manuel was acquired last year after being released by the Packers, but he is also a free agent and is a better fit at SS.

2 Wide Receiver Carolina must locate a complimentary receiver to pair with the explosive Steve Smith. Last year’s 2nd round pick Dwayne Jarrett managed just 6 receptions in his rookie season; he lacks speed but could develop into a solid possession receiver. Drew Carter had the most productive year of his career last season. His reception (38) and yardage totals (517) eclipsed his previous 3 years combined. Keary Colbert’s production has cooled off after a good rookie season in ’04. Carter and Colbert are free agents.

3

Defensive End Veteran Mike Rucker is a pending free agent who could return to Carolina, but he is entering his 10th season and had briefly considered retirement. 2007 3rd rounder Charles Johnson played in only 3 games as a rookie, and it is uncertain if he can one day assume the starter’s job. Stanley McClover provides depth at both DE positions. The Panthers could add another young player into the mix at DE. SUREFIRE SCOUTING

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CAROLINA PANTHERS

Team Analysis

MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DEFENSE POSITION

SCENARIO #1

LE

1

Kenny Phillips

Miami, FL

FS

2

Phillip Merling

Clemson

DE

3

Eric Young

Tennessee

OG / OT

DEPTH CHART

2007 DEFENSE

Julius Peppers Stanley McClover

LT

Maake Kemoeatu Kindal Moorehead Unrestricted FA

4

Ray Rice

Rutgers

RB

5

William Franklin

Missouri

WR

Damoine Lewis

6

Henry Smith

Texas A&M

DT

Gary Gibson

SCENARIO #2

RT

RE

1

Calais Campbell

Miami, FL

DE

2

Chilo Rachal

USC

OG

3

Jonathan Hefney

Tennessee

FS

4

Keenan Burton

Kentucky

WR

5

Tashard Choice

Georgia Tech

RB

6

Leger Douzable

Central Florida

DT

Kris Jenkins

Mike Rucker Unrestricted FA

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

110.7

18th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

3.8

4th

Passing Yards Per Game

214.1

17th

Pass Efficiency Defense

85.1

21st

Scoring Defense

21.7

15th

Total Yards Per Game

324.8

16th

Charles Johnson OLB

Thomas Davis James Anderson

ILB

Jon Beason Adam Seward Restricted FA Tim Shaw

NEEDS ANALYSIS

OLB

Brandon Jamison

4 Running Back After an unimpressive 2007 season, DeShuan Foster is reportedly on the trading block. Even if Foster does return, the starter’s job belongs to DeAngelo Williams, who rushed for over 700 yards and averaged 5.0 YPC a year ago. Because of his small frame, there are questions regarding Williams sustained durability. Nick Goings provides depth and may see more action at FB if Brad Hoover is not re-signed. If Foster is traded, the Panthers could add a complimentary runner.

5 Offensive Guard Highly compensated Mike Wahle was released in a salary cap move which leaves the team with little interior OL depth. Justin Hartwig and Ryan Kalil will be opening day starters, one at OG and the other at Center. The other starting OG is yet to be determined, with restricted free agents Geoff Hangartner and Evan Mathis being the most viable candidates provided they each return. Depth and possibly a future starter are needed.

CB

158

Chris Gamble

Julius Peppers North Carolina 1st Round, 2002

Dante Wesley Unrestricted FA Curtis Deloatch Unrestricted FA CB

SPECIALISTS DEPTH CHART

Ken Lucas Richard Marshall

K

SS

Chris Harris Marquand Manuel Unrestricted FA

FS

P

Jason Kyle

LS

Ryne Robinson

KR

DeAngelo Williams

Deke Cooper Unrestricted FA Nate Salley

John Kasay Jason Baker

Patrick Dendy

6

Defensive Tackle Damione Lewis signed a lucrative contract extension to remain with the team, and Maake Kemoeatu has a long term deal in place. Kris Jenkins however could be entering his final year with the team, and reserve Kindal Moorehead is a free agent. The Panthers could increase their DL depth in the late rounds.

Na’il Diggs

Ryne Robinson

PR

Steve Smith

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NFC SOUTH

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Team Analysis

OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

Coming off a miserable 2006 season, the Buccaneers started the ‘07 season 8-4 and coasted to the NFC South division title. After resting their starters for most of the last 3 games, the Bucs came out rusty in the the playoffs and lost at home to the Giants. Jon Gruden, who enters his 7th season as Head Coach, did a nice job coaching his team despite losing starters, RB Cadillac Williams and LT Luke Petitgout, in the 4th game for the year. In addition, he had to work with a very young offensive line. In his 6 seasons at Tampa Bay, Gruden has a 48-48 record and prior to last season was considered to be on the hot seat. However, he was given a 3 year contract extension after the ‘07 season. GM Bruce Allen has the final say on personnel decisions but works very closely with Gruden. Allen faces a pivotal offseason as he must replenish several positions that are aging, most notably WR and LB. Although the Bucs have Greg Olson as their offensive coordinator, Gruden is the play caller. The team ranked 18th in both total yards and points scored last year. Jeff Garcia, who turns 38 this year, will return to the Bucs at QB, but Gruden is trying to coax Jake Plummer out of retirement to challenge Garcia. Little used RB Ernest Graham who stepped up after Williams went down and ran for close to 900 yards. The team would like to sign him to a long term contract. Despite reports that he may leave Tampa Bay, long time defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin will return after signing a 3 year contract extension. His defense ranked 2nd overall last year in yards and 3rd in scoring. The defense has some good young talent in Safeties Tanard Jackson and Jermaine Phillips and DE Gaines Adams, but three of its valuable starters have more than 10 years experience. Heading into free agency, the Bucs are in good shape with the salary cap but have 10 unrestricted, only 1 being a starter, and 3 restricted free agents to deal with.

Jeff Garcia Luke McCown Bruce Gradkowski Chris Simms

RB

Ernest Graham Cadillac Williams Michael Bennett Michael Pittman Unrestricted FA

FB

BJ Askew Byron Storer

WR

Joey Galloway Maurice Stovall Chad Lucas Michael Spurlock

WR

Ike Hilliard Michael Clayton Paris Warren Restricted FA Taye Biddle

TE

Alex Smith Anthony Becht Unrestricted FA

Ernest Graham Florida Undrafted FA, 2006

Jerramy Stevens Unrestricted FA Keith Heinrich

LT

2007 OFFENSE

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

117.0

11th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.2

7thTie

Passing Yards Per Game

209.8

16th

Pass Efficiency Rating

91.7

8th

Scoring PPG

20.9

18thTie

Total Yards Per Game

326.8

18th

Donald Penn Luke Petitgout Chris Denman

LG

C

Arron Sears

2 Wide Receiver

John Wade Unrestricted FA

Last year’s reception leader (62 receptions), Ike Hilliard will be entering his 12th season, and last year’s yardage leader(1,014), Joey Galloway is entering his 14th season. Michael Clayton and Maurice Stovall were drafted in the early rounds, but neither have been able to unseat the cagy veteran wideouts. As a result, Tampa could again look toward the future by selecting a WR in the early rounds.

Davin Joseph Brian Johnson

RT

1

Defensive Tackle Chris Hovan will be entering his 9th season, and while his play has been solid, he is no longer a disruptive force. Jovan Haye developed into a fine player last season and will hold down a starting job. Back up Ryan Sims is a free agent and Greg Peterson showed promise as a rookie. The Bucs could look to solidfy their DL for years to come by selecting a disruptive DT in the early rounds.

Dan Buenning

Matt Lehr Unrestricted FA

RG

NEEDS ANALYSIS

Jeremy Trueblood Anthony Davis Dennis Roland

3

Center Veteran starter John Wade and back-up Matt Lehr are both free agents. Tampa has added youth at every other OL position and this could be the year they draft their center of the future. Another option is to move OG Dan Buenning to center, but he did not see any game action in ‘07. SUREFIRE SCOUTING

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TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Team Analysis

DEFENSE

MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DE

SCENARIO #1

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

107.9

17th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

3.8

4thTie

Greg Peterson

Passing Yards Per Game

170.5

1st

Jovan Haye Restricted FA

Pass Efficiency Defense

76.2

8th

Ryan Sims Unrestricted FA

Scoring Defense

16.9

3rd

Gaines Adams

Total Yards Per Game

278.4

2nd

DEPTH CHART

POSITION

Kevin Carter Greg Spires

1

Kentwan Balmer

North Carolina

DT Patrick Chukwurah

2

Felix Jones

Arkansas

RB

3

DJ Hall

Alabama

WR

4

Dwight Lowery

San Jose State

CB

5

Cody Wallace

Texas A&M

C

6

Brad Cottam

Tennessee

TE

Marquies Gunn

DT

DT

DE

Chris Hovan

Charles Bennett

SCENARIO #2 1

Mario Manningham

Michigan

WR

2

Xavier Adibi

Virginia Tech

OLB

3

Wesley Woodyard

Kentucky

LB / SS

4

Patrick Lee

Auburn

CB

5

DeMario Pressley

NC State

DT

6

Jeremy Zuttah

Rutgers

C / OG

2007 DEFENSE

Greg White

OLB

Cato June Quincy Black Antoine Cash Restricted FA

ILB

Barrett Ruud Ryan Nece Jeremiah Trotter Unrestricted FA

OLB

Derrick Brooks Adam Hayward

NEEDS ANALYSIS

4 Cornerback Ronde Barber continues to excel despite the fact that he is entering his 12th year in the league. Brian Kelly and Sammy Davis are free agents and may not return. Phillip Buchanon assumed a starter’s role last season and turned in a fine year. Torrie Cox and Marcus Hamilton provide depth, but more capable bodies will be needed.

Sam Olajubutu

CB

Marcus Hamilton

CB

160

Phillip Buchanon Brian Kelly Unrestricted FA Torrie Cox

SS

SPECIALISTS DEPTH CHART K

Matt Bryant

P

Josh Bidwell

Jermaine Phillips

LS

Andrew Economos

KR

Michael Spurlock

Sabby Piscitelli Donte Nicholson

6 Running Back Ernest Graham was a pleasant surprise last year, and will likely be rewarded with a contract extension. Michael Bennett re-signed with the Bucs before hitting the free agent market. Cadillac Williams suffered a devastating knee injury and may not be 100% at any point of the ‘08 season. Tampa could look to increase their depth at RB.

Gaines Adams Clemson 1st Round, 2007

Sammy Davis Unrestricted FA

5 Tight End Alex Smith is a solid yet unspectacular starter. Smith is more proficient as a receiver than a blocker but is capable in both areas. The reserves are Anthony Becht and Jerramy Stevens, both are free agents. Stevens is a classic underachiever who has had off the field issues. Becht is a quality back up, but may be too costly to retain. The Bucs could consider selecting a TE in the later rounds.

Ronde Barber

FS

Mark Jones Unrestricted FA

Tanard Jackson Will Allen Kalvin Pearson Restricted FA

PR

Philip Buchanon Mark Jones

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NFC WEST

St. LOUIS RAMS OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

In 2007, the Rams fell victim to an unimaginable number of injuries and lost their first 8 games finishing 3-13. because of all the injuries, Scott Linehan was given another chance after the terrible season and will return for his 3rd season as Head Coach. However, he will be on the hot seat this year. Some of his assistant coaches were not so fortunate such as Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson who was removed from his position. Also, OL Coach Paul Boudreau, replaced by Steve Loney, was fired and QB Coach Doug Nussmeier, replaced by Terry Shea, left for a new job. In another blow to the team, long time owner Georgia Frontiere passed away shortly after the season. At this point, her son Dale Rosenbloom will be the controlling owner, but the Rams could be sold since he has not really been involved with the team. The duo of GM Jay Zygmunt and newly hired VP of Player Personnel Bill Devaney, the personnel decision makers, have a monumental task of rebuilding this team that will start with the 2nd overall pick in the draft. The roster is filled with aging stars on both sides of the ball which had a direct effect on the injuries last year. New Offensive Coordinator Al Saunders, who was the Redskins OC last year, takes over a talented offense that can put up some numbers if the line remains healthy and keeps QB Marc Bulger off his back. He will rely heavily on star RB Steven Jackson. Linehan has given full play calling control to Saunders, who likes to use an aggressive passing attack with multiple WR sets but also likes a strong running game. Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett’s defense gave up way too many points last year and must get its stars back and healthy. DE Leonard Little, LB Pino Tinoisamoa, and CB Tye Hill all missed large portions of the season with injuries. Heading into free agency, the Rams have 10 unrestricted and 3 restricted free agents. Aging players with high salaries such as WR Isaac Bruce, DT La’Roi Glover, and SS Corey Chavous could be cap casualties.

Marc Bulger Gus Ferotte Brock Berlin

RB

Steven Jackson Antonio Pittman Travis Minor

FB

Brian Leonard Richard Owens

WR

Torry Holt Dante Hall

WR

Isaac Bruce Dane Looker Derek Stanley

WR

Drew Bennett Marques Hagans Brandon Williams

TE

Randy McMichael Joe Klopfenstein Dominique Byrd

LT Steven Jackson Oregon State 1st Round, 2004

LG

Orlando Pace Brandon Gorin Unrestricted FA

NEEDS ANALYSIS

Rob Petitti

Andy McCollum Unrestricted FA

Defensive End / Defensive Tackle Entering his 12th season, La’Roi Glover could become a victim of the salary cap. Glover’s play has remained consistent, but he carries a high cap figure, and the Rams could look to land a top DT to pair with last year’s 1st rounder Adam Carriker. Another option is to draft a DE to play opposite Leonard Little. Carriker’s ability to play DT or DE provides the Rams with some flexibility. DL is likely to be addressed with the second overall selection in the draft.

Brett Romberg Unrestricted FA

2 Offensive Tackle

Mark Setterstrom Milford Brown Unrestricted FA

2007 OFFENSE

STATS

NFL RANK

C

Rushing Yards Per Game

95.4

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

3.8

Passing Yards Per Game

202.1

19th

Pass Efficiency Rating

67.0

31st Tie

Scoring PPG

16.4

28th

Adam Goldberg Unrestricted FA

Total Yards Per Game

297.5

24th

Mark Levoir

25th

Dustin Fry

22nd Tie

Donovan Raiola

RG

Richie Incognito Todd Steussie Unrestricted FA Nick Leckey

RT

Team Analysis

Alex Barron

1

The Rams’ OL was in shambles much of last season, and it began when Orlando Pace was placed on IR in September. He is unquestionably the team’s best OL but will be entering his 12th season, and St. Louis cannot afford to expose Marc Bulger to the punishment he faced last season. Alex Barron is still developing but is a better fit on the right side of the line. Reserves Brandon Gorin, Adam Goldberg, and Todd Steussie are all free agents, none of which are likely to be brought back.

3

Center Brett Romberg and Andy McCollum are free agents. McCollum, who is 37, and is expected to retire. Romberg is a candidate to return, but he is best equipped for a reserve role. Dustin Fry spent the first half of last season on the practice squad before being added to the active roster. He may wind up being the starter heading into the season. SUREFIRE SCOUTING

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St. LOUIS RAMS

Team Analysis MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DEFENSE DEPTH CHART

POSITION DE

SCENARIO #1

Leonard Little

2007 DEFENSE

STATS

NFL RANK

115.2

20th

1

Chris Long

Virginia

DE

Victor Adeyanju

Rushing Yards Per Game

2

Anthony Collins

Kansas

OT

Trevor Johnson Restricted FA

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.1

17th Tie

3

Xavier Adibi

Virginia Tech

OLB

Passing Yards Per Game

225.8

21st

Pass Efficiency Defense

85.0

20th

Scoring Defense

27.4

31st

Total Yards Per Game

341.1

21st

4

Dajuan Morgan

NC State

DT

Clifton Ryan La’Roi Glover

SS

Claude Wroten

5 6

Erik Ainge Kory Lichtensteiger

Tennessee Bowling Green

QB

DT

C

SCENARIO #2

Adam Carriker Clifton Ryan

DE

James Hall

1

Glenn Dorsey

LSU

DT

2

Chris Williams

Vanderbilt

OT

3

Steve Justice

Wake Forest

C

Quinton Culberson

4

Alvin Bowen

Iowa State

OLB

Raonall Smith Unrestricted FA

5

Dominique Barber

Minnesota

SS

6

Colt Brennan

Hawaii

QB

Eric Moore

OLB

MLB

Pisa Tinoisamoa Chris Draft

NEEDS ANALYSIS Corey Chavous is an intelligent player who gets the most out of his abilities. The 32 year old is entering the final year of his contract and could become a cap casualty. Todd Johnson provides solid depth, but he is not an ideal starter. Restricted free agent Jerome Carter missed last season because of a fractured foot. If Chavous is released expect St. Louis to select a safety in the middle rounds.

Will Witherspoon Tim McGarigle

OLB

4 Strong Safety

Brandon Chillar Unrestricted FA

CB

Tye Hill

Eric Bassey

CB

Fakhir Brown

5 Outside Linebacker

Jonathan Wade

Pisa Tinoisamoa missed 7 games last year because of injury, and his return to action should be a boost to the Rams’ defense. Strongside starter Brandon Chillar is a free agent. He may re-sign with the team, but the Rams are in need of an upgrade. Chris Draft started 6 games last year and played well enough to push for a starting role in ‘08. Often-injured reserve Raonall Smith is a free agent. The Rams need to upgrade one starter and better quality depth.

Darius Vinnett

6 Quarterback Concern regarding Marc Bulger’s long term health and the question marks behind him on the depth chart makes finding a developmental signal caller a low round possibility. Backup Gus Frerotte, who is entering the final year of his contract, struggled to find a rhythm last season. Brock Berlin is a marginal reserve. 162

Adam Carriker Nebraska 1st Round, 2007

Ron Bartell

SS

FS

SPECIALISTS DEPTH CHART K

Corey Chavous

Jeff Wilkins Justin Medlock

Todd Johnson

P

Donnie Jones

Jerome Carter Restricted FA

LS

Chris Massey

KR

Dante Hall

OJ Atogwe Restricted FA Hanik Milligan Unrestricted FA

Derek Stanley

PR

Dante Hall Brandon Williams

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NFC WEST

SAN FRANCISCO 49ers

Team Analysis

OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

The 49ers entered the 2007 season with hopes of a playoff berth, but after winning their 1st two games, the team lost 8 straight and finished 5-11. Former 1st overall pick in the draft, QB Alex Smith suffered from a shoulder injury most of the season and really regressed in his 3rd season. QB Shaun Hill, who was not in the league in 2006, came in for the final 3 games of the ‘07 season, winning two. He and Smith will compete for the starting QB job this season and the team is expected to add another QB to the mix as well. Mike Nolan will return for his 4th year as head coach but will no longer make the personnel decisions. He has 2 years left on his contract and was not given an extension at season’s end. Scot McCloughlan was promoted to GM after the season and will assume Nolan’s personnel duties. He has a lot of work to do with a team that finished 32nd in total offense and 25th in total defense. The 49ers have been big players in the past in free agency but are not expected to be this year. The team will not have the top 10 pick they earned in this year’s draft as it was traded to the Patriots last year. However, they do have the Colts’ 29th pick in the 1st round. At season’s end, Offensive Coordinator Jim Hostler was fired and replaced by former Rams’ Head Coach Mike Martz. Martz is known for his pass heavy offense, but in San Francisco he must utilize his best offensive player, RB Frank Gore, to have success until the team gets him some more weapons. Martz has had success developing young QBs in the past and will get a chance to help Smith. Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky enters his 2nd season with a defense that suffered from its offense’s inability to stay on the field. He must find a way to generate more of a pass rush from a defensive front that needs more talent. Vets Bryant Young and Larry Allen both retired. Heading into Free Agency, the 49ers have 10 unrestricted and 2 restricted free agents. The 49ers are in great shape with the salary cap.

Alex Smith Shaun Hill Trent Dilfer Drew Olson Chris Weinke Unrestricted FA

RB

Frank Gore Maurice Hicks Unrestricted FA Michael Robinson

FB

Moran Harris Zak Keasey

WR

Darrell Jackson Ashley Lelie Bryan Gilmore Unrestricted FA

WR

Arnaz Battle Jason Hill CJ Brewer

Frank Gore Miami, FL 3rd Round, 2005

TE

Vernon Davis Billy Bajema Restricted FA Delanie Walker

2007 OFFENSE

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

92.3

27th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

4.1

11th Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

145.0

LT

Kwame Harris Unrestricted FA

LG

C

32nd

Scoring PPG

13.7

32nd

237.3

32nd

David Baas Justin Smiley Unrestricted FA

RT Total Yards Per Game

Eric Heitmann Tony Wragge

RG 64.3

Adam Snyder Tony Wragge

32nd

Pass Efficiency Rating

Joe Staley

Jonas Jennings Damane Duckett

NEEDS ANALYSIS

1

Defensive End After 14 years with the 49ers, Bryant Young retired. Young’s consistency and leadership will be greatly missed. Starter Marques Douglas is a free agent, so the team could potentially have to replace both starters from last season. Ronald Fields may be ready to compete for a starting role, but Ray McDonald is not. The 49ers must improve the talent at DE.

2 Wide Receiver Darrell Jackson failed to live up to expectations in his first season with the team. He caught 46 balls for only 497 yards. Arnaz Battle continues to be the team’s most consistent receiver. Battle is not flashy, but he plays with great effort and gets the most out of his ability. Jason Hill failed to contribute as a rookie hauling in just 1 pass. He must step up in 2008. San Francisco must add more playmakers to take some pressure off the running game and assist in the development of their young QBs.

3

Offensive Tackle / Offensive Guard Starting RT Jonas Jennings played in only 5 games last year after suffering a knee injury. He should bounce back in 2008. The 49ers traded up in last year’s draft to acquire LT Joe Staley, and he went on to start every game as a rookie. Kwame Harris is a free agent and will not be back. Damane Duckett is a converted DT who shows promise but is still learning the finer points of the position. LG Larry Allen retired and reserve Justin Smiley is a free agent. SUREFIRE SCOUTING

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Team Analysis

MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DEFENSE POSITION

SCENARIO #1

DE

DEPTH CHART

2007 DEFENSE

Ronald Fields

1

Kendall Langford

Hampton

DE

2

Limas Sweed

Texas

WR

3

Mike McGlynn

Pittsburgh

OG / OT

Isaac Sopoaga Unrestricted FA

4

Spencer Larsen

Arizona

ILB

Joe Cohen

5

Eddie Royal

Virginia Tech

WR / RS

6

Anthony Alridge

Houston

WR

Atiyyah Ellison

NT

DE

1

Early Doucet

LSU

WR

2

Carl Nicks

Nebraska

OT

3

Geno Hayes

Florida State

ILB

Marques Douglas Unrestricted FA Ray McDonald

OLB

SCENARIO #2

Aubrayo Franklin

Manny Lawson

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

118.5

22nd

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

3.8

4th Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

227.7

22nd

Pass Efficiency Defense

89.9

28th

Scoring Defense

22.8

20th

Total Yards Per Game

346.2

25th

Parys Haralson Jay Moore

ILB

Jeff Ulbrich Jay Moore

4

Marcus Harrison

Arkansas

NT

5

Brian Johnston

Gardner– Webb

DE

6

Trevor Scott

Buffalo

DE

ILB

Patrick Willis Jeff Ulbrich

OLB

Tully Banta-Cain Brandon Moore Roderick Green Unrestricted FA

NEEDS ANALYSIS

4 Inside Linebacker

CB

Patrick Willis had a tremendous rookie campaign and has the appearance of a perennial Pro Bowler. Longtime starter Derek Smith was released in a cap move. Top reserve Jeff Ulbrich (31) is beginning to slow down a bit. San Francisco needs to add another young LB to line up next to Willis on the inside.

5 Wide Receiver The 49ers only have three wideouts (Jackson, Battle, and Hill) guaranteed of roster spots in 2008. Ashley Lelie has failed to produce and could be released. Career reserve Bryan Gilmore is a free agent. The team would be wise to add multiple receivers through the draft.

Patrick Willis Mississippi 1st Round, 2007

Nate Clements Tarell Brown Donald Strickland Unrestricted FA

CB

DEPTH CHART

Walt Harris Shawntae Spencer

SS

SPECIALISTS K

Joe Nedney

P

Andy Lee

Marcus Hudson

LS

Brian Jennings

Michael M. Lewis

KR

Maurice Hicks

6 Nose Tackle San Francisco signed Aubrayo Franklin away from the Ravens last year, and he started 13 games in 2007. As a unrestricted free agent, Isaac Sopoaga is expected to receive plenty of interest from other teams and may become too expensive to re-sign. Joe Cohen spent his rookie year on IR after suffering a knee injury. The 49ers could look to increase their DL depth in the late rounds. 164

Michael L. Lewis Unrestricted FA

Keith Lewis

FS

Mark Roman Dashon Goldson

PR

Michael L. Lewis Nate Clements

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NFC WEST

ARIZONA CARDINALS

Team Analysis

OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

Coming into the 2007 season, many thought the Cardinals were ready to take the next step and get into the playoffs. They went 6-2 at home but only 2-6 on the road to finish 8-8 and miss the playoffs for the 9th straight year. Things are looking up in Arizona, however, as Ken Whisenhunt enters his 2nd season as head coach. He came over from the Steelers and attempted to make the Cardinals a smash mouth team but played more to the strength of his offense by passing about 60% of the time. One thing he must stop is the bad penalties as his team led the league in them. GM Rod Graves has much work to do to keep this young promising team intact. He will start by trying to restructure WR Larry Fitzgerald’s deal (cap number $16.5 million in ‘08) to free up money in order to retain other players. He has already retained FA OLB Karlos Dansby by placing the franchise tag on him. Also, he must determine if soon to be 30 year old RB Edgerrin James’ cap number is too large for the team or if he even fits Whisenhunt’s running style. On the offensive side, Coordinator Todd Haley was signed to a 3 year contract extension after his group finished 7th in the league in scoring and 12th in yards mostly behind QB Kurt Warner’s passing. However, Matt Leinart, who missed most of the season with a separated shoulder, was named the 2008 starter by Whisenhunt. Defensive Coordinator Clancy Pendergast, who was retained from the Denny Green regime, needs to improve his pass defense, but the talent in the secondary must also be upgraded. CB Antrell Rolle is expected to move to FS as the signing of Terrance Holt did not work out. Heading into Free Agency, the Cardinals are in very good shape with the cap if they restructure Fitzgerald. However, they have 15 unrestricted and 7 restricted free agents. The Cardinals desperately want to re-sign OLB Calvin Pace but will probably not be able to afford keeping WR Bryant Johnson..

Matt Leinart Kurt Warner Tim Rattay Unrestricted FA Tim Hasselbeck Unrestricted FA

RB

Edgerrin James Marcel Shipp JJ Arrington

FB

Terrelle Smith Tim Castille

WR

Larry Fitzgerald Jerheme Urban Restricted FA Sean Morey Jamaica Rector

WR

Anquan Boldin Bryant Johnson Unrestricted FA Steve Breaston Ahmad Merritt

Larry Fitzgerald Pittsburgh 1st Round, 2004

TE

Leonard Pope Ben Patrick Troy Bienemann

2007 OFFENSE

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

90.0

29th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

3.6

30th

Passing Yards Per Game

254.1

5th

Pass Efficiency Rating

83.4

15th

Scoring PPG

25.2

7th

LT

Elton Brown Restricted FA

LG

C

12th

Al Johnson Lyle Sendlein

RG

344.1

Reggie Wells Keydrick Vincent Unrestricted FA

Deuce Lutui Keydrick Vincent Unrestricted FA

RT Total Yards Per Game

Mike Gandy

Levi Brown Elton Brown

NEEDS ANALYSIS

1

Running Back Edgerrin James has compiled nearly 2,400 rush yards in his two seasons with the Cardinals; however, he has averaged a paltry 3.6 YPC in doing so. James has carried 2,849 times in his 9 years of pro ball, which is an average of 316 carries per year. That’s an incredible amount of wear and tear. JJ Arrington and Marcel Shipp are mediocre reserves. Arizona should consider a RB in the 1st round.

2 Cornerback Rod Hood and Eric Green were the starters at corner last year for Arizona which finished 28th in passing yardage and 22nd in pass efficiency defense. After signing a lucrative contract, Hood proved to be worth every penny in his first year with the Cards. He registered 51 tackles, 5 INTs, 21pass break ups, and scored 2 TDs on INT returns. Green is a restricted free agent, and top reserve Ralph Brown is an unrestricted free agent. Arizona must add a starting corner either through free agency or the draft.

3

Defensive End Another reason for Arizona’s poor performance in pass defense was their inability to get pressure on the QB with their defensive ends (excluding Antonio Smith). Smith registered 6 sacks and in the process secured a starter’s role in ’08. Vets Bertrand Berry and Chike Okeafor were not healthy last year. In fact, Berry has missed 21 games over the last 3 seasons and may be a victim of the salary cap. Okeafor missed the entire season after tearing his bicep. SUREFIRE SCOUTING

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Team Analysis

MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DEFENSE DE

SCENARIO #1 1

Jonathan Stewart

Oregon

RB

2

Quentin Groves

Auburn

DE / OLB

3

Patrick Lee

Auburn

CB

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

97.9

9th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

3.8

10th Tie

Darnell Dockett

Passing Yards Per Game

232.2

28th

Ross Kolodziej Unrestricted FA

Pass Efficiency Defense

85.8

22nd

Rodney Bailey Unrestricted FA

Scoring Defense

24.9

27th

Bertrand Berry

Total Yards Per Game

330.2

17th

DEPTH CHART

POSITION

Antonio Smith Restricted FA Chike Okeafor

DT

Gabe Watson Alan Branch

DT 4

Durant Brooks

Georgia Tech

P

5

Davone Bess

Hawaii

WR

6

Alonzo Dotson

Arizona

DT

DE

SCENARIO #2 1 2

Rashard Mendenhall Justin King

Illinois Penn State

Joe Tafoya Unrestricted FA

RB

Bo Schobel Unrestricted FA

CB OLB

3

Jeremy Thompson

Wake Forest

DE / LB

4

Trae Williams

South Florida

CB

5

Anthony Alridge

Houston

WR

6

Bryan Kehl

BYU

LB

2007 DEFENSE

Calvin Pace Unrestricted FA Darryl Blackstock Restricted FA David Holloway

ILB

Monty Beisel

OLB

NEEDS ANALYSIS

4 Outside Linebacker Karlos Dansby received the franchise tag, and the team is hopeful they can re-sign Calvin Pace. Provided the Cards are able to secure Pace, they must still add depth to the position. Darryl Blackstock is a restricted free agent who is worthy of retaining. However, there will be a lot of money tied up in the two starters. Brandon Johnson and David Holloway lack experience.

Gerald Hayes

Karlos Dansby Franchise Tag Brandon Johnson

CB

Ralph Brown Unrestricted FA

CB

Karlos Dansby Auburn 2nd Round, 2004

Eric Green Restricted FA

Roderick Hood

SPECIALISTS DEPTH CHART

Michael Adams

5 Wide Receiver Bryant Johnson has been a solid contributor to the success of the Cardinals’ passing game, but he is an unrestricted free agent and will be difficult to hold onto. Jerheme Urban and Steve Breaston are the top candidates to replace Johnson as the slot receiver in three wideout formations. Arizona could add a receiver in the late rounds to provide additional depth.

6 Punter After the team released veteran Scott Player, Mike Barr secured the punters job last season. Barr struggled and was released in late November in favor of 35 year old vet Mitch Berger. Berger was not impressive, averaging only 40.7 gross yards and 33.0 net. The Cards need stability at punter, which is often an overlooked position. 166

SS

K

Neil Rackers

P

Mitch Berger Unrestricted FA

Oliver Celestin Unrestricted FA

LS

Nathan Hodel Unrestricted FA

Antrell Rolle

KR

Steve Breaston

Adrian Wilson Aaron Francisco

FS

Matt Ware Unrestricted FA Bhawoh Jue Unrestricted FA

JJ Arrington

PR

Steve Breaston Sean Morey

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NFC WEST

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS OFFENSE

STATE OF THE TEAM

DEPTH CHART QB

The Seahawks started slowly at 4-4 but went on to win 6 of their next 8 and the NFC South for the 4th consecutive year. They were subsequently knocked off by the Packers in the Divisional playoff round. Mike Holmgren enters his 10th and probably final season as head coach with the Seahawks. Some thought he would hang it up after the ‘07 season, but he decided to come back for one more year. The team has already announced that DB coach and former head coach of the Falcons, Jim Mora, will be the head coach in 2009. Holmgren is a tough offensive minded coach who always seems to have a love-hate relationship with his talented quarterbacks. President of Football Operations Tim Ruskell is one of the more active personnel guys in the league. He is not afraid to sign big name free agents or even pull off trades. His worst move was probably signing RB Shaun Alexander to a contract extension in 2006. Alexander has failed to reach 1,000 yards in a season since signing the contract and has been hampered by injuries. Now Ruskell must decide if Alexander fits in the future plans of the team. Last season, Holmgren’s offense became more pass oriented mostly out of necessity because of the lack of running game. QB Matt Hassleback turned in a very good performance. The offensive line must be revamped, and the Seahawks have already signed 10 year vet OG Mike Wahle after he was released by the Panthers. The receiving corps is deep and talented, but starter Deion Branch will be out until September after tearing his ACL in the playoffs. On the defensive side, John Marshall’s defense gave up yards (19th in league) but did well to keep their opponents from scoring, ranking 6th in the league. The unit had 45 sacks with 14 coming from DE Patrick Kerney. Heading into the offseason, CB Marcus Trufant will be named franchise player if the team can not sign him to a long term contract. In addition to Trufant, the team has 14 unrestricted and 2 restricted free agents.

Matt Hasselbeck Seneca Wallace Charlie Frye

RB

Shaun Alexander Maurice Morris Josh Scobey Unrestricted FA

FB

Leonard Weaver Restricted FA David Kirtman

WR

DJ Hackett Unrestricted FA Nate Burleson Courtney Taylor Logan Payne

WR

Deion Branch Bobby Engram Ben Obomanu

TE

Team Analysis

Marcus Pollard Unrestricted FA Will Heller

Matt Hasselbeck Boston College 6th Round, 1998

LT

Ben Joppru Unrestricted FA

NEEDS ANALYSIS

Walter Jones

Rob Sims

Tight End The Seahawks signed 36 year old vet Marcus Pollard prior to last season, and he performed fairly well as their starter. Pollard is now a free agent and clearly not a long-term solution at TE. Reserve Bennie Joppru is also a free agent and has struggled to remain healthy throughout his NFL career. Seattle could look to land a TE in the first round.

Chris Spencer

2 Offensive Tackle / Offensive Guard

Floyd Womack Unrestricted FA

2007 OFFENSE Rushing Yards Per Game

STATS 101.2

NFL RANK

LG

20th

C

Mike Wahle

Chris Gray

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

3.8

22nd Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

247.8

8th

Pass Efficiency Rating

91.8

7th

Scoring PPG

24.6

9th Tie

RG

Rob Sims Mansfield Wrotto

Total Yards Per Game

348.9

9th

Floyd Womack Unrestricted FA Chris Gray

RT

Sean Locklear Ray Willis Tom Ashworth

1

Even though the Seahawks landed OG Mike Wahle, their OL is not entirely settled. Starting RT Sean Locklear signed prior to hitting the free agent market. The versatile free agent Floyd Womack provides depth at LT and guard. RG Chris Gray will be entering his 16th season if he decides to return. In addition, Walter Jones is heading into his 12th season, and the team needs to begin searching for his eventual replacement.

3

Defensive Tackle Rocky Bernard and Brandon Mebane are solid rotational DTs. Craig Terrill has improved each year and enjoyed his most productive season last year. 2004 1st rounder Marcus Tubbs underwent micro-fracture knee surgery in ‘06 and spent last year on IR. His ability to contribute in ‘08 is questionable. Veteran Chuck Darby is a free agent. The priority of this need will be determined by Seattle’s comfort with Tubbs’ recovery. SUREFIRE SCOUTING

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Team Analysis

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

MOCK DRAFT SCENARIOS PLAYER

SCHOOL

DEFENSE DEPTH CHART

POSITION

SCENARIO #1

LE

1

Fred Davis

USC

TE

2

Duane Brown

Virginia Tech

OT

3

Carlton Powell

Virginia Tech

DT

Patrick Kerney Baraka Atkins

LT

Brandon Mebane

2007 DEFENSE

STATS

NFL RANK

Rushing Yards Per Game

102.8

12th

Rushing Average Yards Per Carry

3.9

10th Tie

Passing Yards Per Game

219.1

19th

Pass Efficiency Defense

73.0

2nd

Scoring Defense

18.2

6th Tie

Total Yards Per Game

321.8

15th

Marcus Tubbs

4

Trae Williams

South Florida

Chuck Darby Unrestricted FA

CB RT

5

Adrian Arrington

Michigan

Rocky Bernard

WR Craig Terrill

6

Lamar Myles

Louisville

OLB

Howard Green

SCENARIO #2 1

Sam Baker

USC

OT

2

Roy Schuening

Oregon State

OG

3

Jermichael Finley

Texas

TE

4

Andre Fluellen

Florida State

DT

5

Jack Williams

Kent

CB

6

Todd Blythe

Iowa State

WR

Ellis Wyms Unrestricted FA

RE

NEEDS ANALYSIS

Darryl Tapp Jason Babin

OLB

Leroy Hill Kevin Bentley Unrestricted FA

MLB

Lofa Tatupu Niko Koutouvides Unrestricted FA

OLB

Julian Peterson Lance Laury

4 Cornerback Marcus Trufant is coming off his best season as a pro, and he will return next year either with a long-term extension or as a franchise tagged player. Kelly Jennings played well in his first season as the starter. Josh Wilson provides depth and lines up as the team’s nickel-back. Seattle has little proven depth behind this trio and could look to increase their depth in the mid to late rounds.

Will Herring

CB

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SPECIALISTS DEPTH CHART

Omowale Dada

CB

SS

Kelly Jennings

K

Josh Brown Unrestricted FA

Josh Wilson

P

Ryan Plackemeier

Deon Grant Mike Green

LS

Jeff Robinson Unrestricted FA

KR

Nate Burleson

CJ Wallace

6 Linebacker Seattle may need to replenish their depth at LB if free agent reserves Niko Koutouvides and Kevin Bentley sign elsewhere. Both vets are solid backups and special teamers. The inexperienced Will Herring and Lance Laury also provide depth.

Marcus Trufant Unrestricted FA Kevin Hobbs

5 Wide Receiver Deion Branch will not be 100% recovered from his knee injury at the start of the ‘08 season. Bobby Engram enjoyed the best season of his 12 year career in ‘07, hauling in 94 receptions for 1,147 yards. Nate Burleson scored 9 TDs and appears to be headed in the right direction after a disappointing first season in the Pacific Northwest. DJ Hackett began to emerge last season, but he is now a free agent. Seattle will attempt to hold onto Hackett, but if they are not Successful, they could add a wideout via the draft.

Lofa Tatupa USC 2nd Round, 2005

FS

Brian Russell Jordan Babineaux

Josh Wilson

PR

Nate Burleson Ben Obomanu

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DRAFT TRADE VALUE CHART It is a common practice for NFL teams to follow a “Trade Value Chart,” which assigns values to every draft pick from No. 1 to the final pick in the seventh round. The premise of the chart is to create a standard for assessing fair trade values. Each team creates their own trade value chart based upon their assessment of the draft and strength of the players at each position. The chart is used exclusively for trades involving draft selections traded for other selections. It is not intended for use when trades for players are involved, as this complicates matters beyond the scope of this issue. The chart simply serves as a guide. If a team likes a particular player they might be willing to give up more value points in order to get their targeted prospect. Likewise, a team not happy with its position might be willing to accept less in return than the chart suggests to move down a few spots. The below “Trade Value Chart” is not specific to any particular NFL team and is only an example of the what might be used by teams in assessing a trade. Compensatory selections are not included, as they are not tradable. ROUND 1 SELECTION

POINTS

ROUND 2 SELECTION

POINTS

ROUND 3 SELECTION

POINTS

ROUND 4 SELECTION

POINTS

ROUND 5 SELECTION

POINTS

ROUND 6 SELECTION

POINTS

ROUND 7 SELECTION

POINTS

1

3,000

33

690

65

358

97

191

129

92

161

39

193

16

2

2,500

34

680

66

350

98

187

130

90

162

38

194

15.5

3

2,100

35

670

67

342

99

183

131

88

163

37

195

15

4

1,900

36

650

68

335

100

179

132

86

164

36

196

14.5

5

1,700

37

640

69

330

101

175

133

84

165

35

197

14

6

1,600

38

630

70

325

102

170

134

82

166

34

198

13.5

7

1,500

39

610

71

320

103

167

135

80

167

33

199

13

8

1,400

40

600

72

315

104

164

136

78

168

32

200

12.5

9

1,350

41

590

73

310

105

161

137

76

169

31

201

12

10

1,300

42

580

74

305

106

158

138

74

170

30

202

11.5

11

1,250

43

570

75

300

107

155

139

72

171

29

203

11

12

1,200

44

560

76

295

108

152

140

70

172

28

204

10.5

13

1,150

45

550

77

290

109

149

141

68

173

27

205

10

14

1,100

46

540

78

285

110

146

142

66

174

26

206

9.5

15

1,050

47

530

79

280

111

143

143

64

175

25

207

9

16

1,000

48

520

80

275

112

140

144

62

176

24.5

208

8.5

17

975

49

510

81

270

113

137

145

60

177

24

209

8

18

950

50

500

82

265

114

134

146

58

178

23.5

210

7.5

19

925

51

490

83

260

115

131

147

56

179

23

211

7

20

900

52

480

84

255

116

128

148

54

180

22.5

212

6.5

21

880

53

470

85

250

117

125

149

52

181

22

213

6

22

860

54

460

86

245

118

122

150

50

182

21.5

214

5.5

23

840

55

450

87

240

119

119

151

49

183

21

215

5

24

820

56

440

88

235

120

116

152

48

184

20.5

216

4.5

25

800

57

430

89

230

121

113

153

47

185

20

217

4

26

785

58

420

90

225

122

110

154

46

186

19.5

218

3.5

27

770

59

410

91

220

123

107

155

45

187

19

219

3

28

755

60

400

92

215

124

104

156

44

188

18.5

220

2.5

29

740

61

390

93

210

125

100

157

43

189

18

221

2

30

725

62

382

94

205

126

98

158

42

190

17.5

222

1.7

31

710

63

374

95

200

127

96

159

41

191

17

223

1.5

32

700

64

366

96

195

128

94

160

40

192

16.5

224

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