NFL draft season is in full swing, and CowboyBlitz is going to take a closer look at which Wyoming Cowboys have the best chance of possibly getting drafted or potentially making it into an NFL training camp.
With last year's sixth round pick, John Wendling, finding a home with the Buffalo Bills, there are some 2008 Cowboy prospects hoping to turn the same dream into reality. Below is a list of Wyoming's top senior prospects along with an analysis of their strengths, weaknesses and chances of making an NFL roster:
Julius Stinson- Cornerback (5'9, 185)
Stinson is an undersized corner who lacks size and power but is a surprisingly productive tackler. He demonstrates good technique and a willingness to stick his head in at the line of scrimmage.
Stinson takes very good angles to the ball in the run game; however he struggles shedding off blocks on the outside. He has a quick, compact back-peddle and doesn't lose much in his transition. He also has good straight-line speed but not enough to make up for a false step in man-to-man when he is on an island.
Lack of size and strength makes him a liability in bump coverage, and he is at his best in off man and zone. He's a very instinctive corner with good awareness and feel in zone coverage, and he showcases good bursts out of his breaks while possessing decent range in the secondary. He has very good ball skills and hands, and he has consistently demonstrated the body control and ability to get his hands on the ball and make a pick.
A very natural athlete who changes directions quickly and gets in and out of his breaks with ease, Stinson plays with good balance and is tough to get separation from underneath. With his lack of size and great straight-line speed, playing on the outside in the NFL looks to be out of the question. But with his change of direction skills in a short area and ability to get his hands on the ball, Stinson might be best suited as a slot corner for nickel or dime packages in the NFL. That could make him a potential late round pick or priority free agent.
Wade Betschart- Full Back/H-Back (6'2, 248)
A powerful, well-built fullback prospect with a strong upper body and thick legs, Betschart shows good strength at the point of attack as a lead blocker, hits the hole low with good leverage and does a nice job keeping his legs moving through contact.
He shows decent explosion out of his stance and takes good angles through the hole. He also has good hand placement, but at times he will overextend when reaching the second level and become easy to avoid.
Betschart has shown a lot more versatility this year out of the backfield, lining up as an H-back and tight end. He lacks fluidity as a receiver and doesn't show much explosion out of his breaks to gain consistent separation; however, he does possess fair straight-line speed and very good hands. A natural receiver who can pluck the ball away from his body, he does a good job getting north to south quickly.
He doesn't offer much as a runner or short down back, as he runs too upright and lacks lateral mobility, but he shows good leg drive and doesn't go down easy.
Betschart is at his best as a lead blocker in a two-back formation; however, his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield will give him a chance as a possible H-back. He should make it into an NFL camp as a priority free agent.
Billy Vinnedge- Punter (6'1, 198)
A jack-of-all-trades who handled all the kicking duties this past year at Wyoming, Vinnedge could definitely draw interest from NFL teams, not only as a punter but also as an emergency kicker.
Vinnedge averaged 42.7 yards per punt in 2007 with a long of 65. He has a quick release, which resulted in only one block on the year. He also has a powerful leg and has done a decent job as a directional kicker by pinning teams inside their own 20-yard line 18 times this past year. He shows decent pop and leg strength as a kicker with a long of 57 yards and has shown good consistency on field goals inside 50 yards, going 12-15 on the year.
A dual threat that will most likely be brought into a pro team's camp as an extra leg, if Vinnedge can impress during training camp and preseason, there is no reason to think he won't be able to latch on with an NFL team in the future.
Michael Medina- Cornerback (5'11, 190)
Medina possesses a nice-sized frame for the position and has the bulk and power to hold up in the run game at the NFL level. He is a natural athlete with pretty good straight-line speed but will have to run well at his pro day. If he can run a sub-4.5 forty, he will have a real chance to make it into an NFL camp.
Medina is physical in bump coverage and does a nice job getting his hands on receivers. He shows a decent punch and does a nice job re-routing receivers early in their routes. He isn't very flexible, however, and doesn't have natural bend in his back-peddle. He also struggles a bit in his transition and has a tendency to stand too upright, which causes him to lose a step. He shows a decent feel in zone coverage with good range but has a tendency to play too aggressive and will bite on the double move.
He possesses fair ball skills and is at his best going up at the highest point and breaking up passes, but he seldom comes down with the pick. He shows too much stiffness in and out of breaks and struggles staying in the back pocket of quicker receivers if they get a free release in off-man coverage.
A decent size/speed prospect, Medina will need to run in the 4.4 range to have any chance of making it into an NFL training camp.
Michael Ford- Wide Receiver (6'2, 203)
A nice-sized target with a good wingspan, Ford has the ability to go pluck a ball thrown away from his body. He lacks burst off the line of scrimmage, however, and doesn't do a good job getting into his routes quickly. He has a tendency to take a false step off the line, which negates his burst even more. He also lacks any straight-line speed to get separation down the field; he is a long strider who takes too long to get up to full speed.
Ford is at his best working the middle, where he does a nice job getting his big body between the ball and the defender and making plays in traffic. He showcases pretty good ball awareness and concentration, finds the ball quickly and has the height and arm length to make a play on jump balls. He is a bit frail and lacks power in his upper body, and he doesn't consistently hold up as a blocker on the outside. He does a nice job reading zone coverages quickly and sitting down in the soft spots.
Ford showed good production down the stretch of the season, but he just doesn't have the play-making skills to make him any kind of threat at the next level. Wide receivers are a dime a dozen and without a stellar pro day where Ford posts some very good numbers to warrant an invitation, his chances of being invited to any kind of NFL training camp or tryout are slim to none.
Wes Bunting has been mentored by some of the brightest minds in NFL scouting, names such as GMJR President and former Clevland Browns Scout Russ Lande, former cordinator of the year Marc Trestman, 31-year NFL and college football scout Joe Butler and Sports Xchange president and long time NFL scout Frank Cooney.
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