Meach has 'lots of upside'

The folks at TheNFLexperts.com aren't projecting junior receiver Robert Meachem will bypass his senior year at Tennessee to declare for the 2007 NFL Draft but they're projecting he'll be a prized prospect if he does.

In an article analyzing the pro talent involved in the recent Outback Bowl game between Tennessee and Penn State, the website rates Meachem a first- to second-round draft pick and calls him "a game-breaking receiver" with "lots of upside."

Robert Meachem has until Jan. 15 to declare for the NFL Draft or elect to return for his senior year at Tennessee.

Although junior quarterback Erik Ainge already has announced plans to return for his final season, TheNFLexperts.com gave him a Round 2 to 3 draft rating while noting that he is a "terrific quarterback prospect" who "could jump into the first round in '08."

Junior running back Arian Foster also found his way into the rankings. He is given a Round 2 to 3 grade, along with the notation that his 2006 season was hampered by injuries.

Offensive tackle Arron Sears gets a second-round grade and a mixed review. After describing him as a "dynamite blocker," the experts question his size and note that he is "not very pretty blocking."

Defensive tackle Justin Harrell, who missed all but the first three games of 2006 due to a torn bicep tendon, also gets a Round 2 to 3 grade from TheNFLexperts.com, who note that he is a "slightly undersized interior lineman who constantly penetrates the line of scrimmage."

Cornerback Jonathan Wade also gets a Round 2 to 3 grade. He is characterized as a guy who shows "a lot of flashes but has never completely put it together."

Defensive end/tackle Turk McBride is rated a Round 3 to 4 pick who "could turn into a two-gap lineman."

Linebacker Marvin Mitchell, tabbed a Round 6 to 7 pick, is described as a guy who "could play the middle or on the inside" but who raises concerns due to "several off-the-field incidents."

Surprisingly, fullback Cory Anderson also is projected as Round 6 to 7 pick. Receivers Jayson Swain and Bret Smith are projected as free agents, as is defensive back Antwan Stewart.


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