Chicago Combine Notes - Skill Positions

It was a great turnout of the state of Michigan's best for this past weekend's at the College of DuPage in Chicago. Michigan Varsity was on hand to check out the talent. Here is the lowdown on the skill positions.

Tony Lippett
Tony Lippett - So - Detroit Crockett
This sophomore to be (class of 2010) has a lot of talent. Obviously, as most youngsters will, he needs to add weight and strength, but he has solid mechanics and throws a nice ball. Improving on the finer points of the position will be important. Throwing on time and quickening his release will be keys for him. His accuracy was great at times and a little off in other spots, but he has a lot of talent already at a young age. Keep this name in the back of your head for the next few years, he's one worth monitoring.

Keaton Wolfe - Sr - Martin
Wolfe ran a respectable 4.94 and showed good athleticism. He improved as the day went on accuracy wise. His biggest job will be getting stronger and improving the velocity on his passes.

Tyler Thomas - Sr - Jackson
We knew Thomas was a blazer and he showed it today running a 4.60 on a slow track. He is capable of 4.4 times on different tracks. He also looked nice and fluid in agility drills. When given opportunities, he caught the ball pretty well. That is important as he isn't the biggest back, but his speed and receiving ability make up for it.

Anthony Anchrum - WR - Detroit Cass Tech
Anchrum is a good athlete who is smooth as a route runner. He'll be a player who gets looks from BCS conference schools.

Damien Chisolm - Sr - Southfield
Chisolm didn't come into the day with a lot of pub, but he showed he was worthy of some. He has impressive game speed and explosion. He's one we're eager to see some game film on.

Daryl Gooden - Sr - Ann Arbor Huron
Gooden has impressed every chance he has gotten. He did well in Cincinnati and had a nice showing again today. He caught the ball well in 1-1s and 7-7s and though he isn't blazing fast, he has good quickness and burst out of his breaks. The one area he needs to improve at is getting off press coverage.

Dezmond Hart - WR - Detroit Crockett
Hart showed enough explosion out of his breaks to get separation from defenders. He isn't the biggest receiver, but he did well as a route runner and caught the ball well.

David Harmon - Sr - Muskegon
A good basketball player, Harmon has a nice frame at 6'5 and does a pretty good job with his body getting position on defensive backs and he has good hands. He wasn't as explosive as the smaller receivers though and I think his future may come as a tight end.

Elias Kos - Sr - Holland Christian
We knew Kos could play already, but he showed everyone else there that he belonged. He turned in impressive numbers in testing (4.66 forty, 4.28 shuttle) showing good athleticism for someone 6'5. He didn't do well against press coverage, but ran nice routes, caught the ball well and blew by defenders deep when he got a clean release.

Jimmy Saros - Sr - Grosse Pointe South
Simply put, Saros is a natural. Running routes and catching the ball just comes so easy to him. He, like some of the other receivers struggled against the press a bit and needs to get stronger, but in terms of wide receiver skills, he was one of the better players out there.

Valtorrey Showers - Sr - Detroit Crockett
Showers recently received a Central Michigan offer and he showed why today. He was one of the fastest players at the camp and switched off between corner and receiver during 1-1s and did well at both spots. He is very quick with his chance of direction and stuck to his man as a corner. As a receiver, he was explosive, separated and caught the ball well. After seeing him today, I can safely say the CMU offer will not be his last.

Fred Smith - Sr - Detroit Southeastern
Smith came into the day as the most touted receiver prospect here and he lived up to it. Being the biggest name, he got trash talked the most by the defensive backs and he not only talked back, but backed it up. He showed he could run routes well and lose people on double moves even at his size (6'2, 206). He dropped 1 or 2 easy passes, but made a couple very tough grabs and certainly showed why he has so many offers from top schools right now.

Kevin Turner - Sr- Muskegon
Turner didn't get much of a chance to show his stuff last season at Muskegon, but he is a solid athlete. He'll have a chance to earn more playing time this year. He improved as the day went along in Chicago and if that continues, he'll see more passes come his way this season.

Jonathan Lamb - Sr - Southfield
Lamb has solid size (6'4, 215) and nice, soft hands. He'll have to add size and strength to improve as a blocker, but he showed today that he has the raw athletic tools to work with.

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