Scouting the Orange Bowl

A classic college football match-up between a pair of Hall of Fame coaches. Penn State wins the Big Ten title after finishing the season with a single loss despite cries for the removal of Joe Paterno. After a tough year Bobby Bowden finished the campaign with an upset victory in the ACC championship game.


Florida State

Name Pos # Yr Rnd Report
Lorenzo Booker RB 28 4Jr 2\3 Explosive running back with terrific playing speed.
Brodrick Bunkley DT 52 4Sr
2\3
Made a big jump up draft boards after a terrific senior campaign.  Undersized yet solid nose tackle prospect for the next level.
Donnie Carter TE 88 5Sr FA  
David Castillo C 63 6Sr FA  
James Coleman FB 36 4Sr FA  
Antonio Cromartie CB 13 3Jr 3rd
 
Injured and missed the season after tearing a knee ligament.  Word is he's failing to make the grade in the classroom and will declare for the draft.
Buster Davis ILB 7 4Jr 4\5 Small but productive middle linebacker.
B.J. Dean FB 35 5Sr FA  
Clifton Dickson DT 97 4Jr 3rd Solid defensive tackle on the sideline with academic issues.
Kyler Hall S 41 5Sr FA Heady defensive back with limited range and athleticism.
Matt Henshaw TE 14 5Sr FA
 
 
Ron Lunford T 72 5Sr FA
 
King-sized lineman playing guard.
Samuel McGrew OLB 44 5Sr FA  
Matt Meinrod G 64 5Sr FA  
A.J. Nicholson OLB 54 4Sr 3\4
 
Productive and athletic defender battling several off-the-field issues.  Suspended for this game.
Willie Reid WR 26 5Sr 6\7 Adequate receiver who does his damage as a return specialist.
Ernie Sims OLB 34 3Jr 1\2 Outstanding prospect on the weak-side who plays with great explosion.  Stands out in run defense as well as pass coverage.
Leon Washington RB 3 4Sr 3\4
 
Solid all around back with limited size.  Did not live up to expectations this season though it was not all his fault.
Pat Watkins S 22 4Sr 3\4
 
Struggled through a tough senior campaign.  Could be a steal late in day one.  Excelled on coverage units.
Kamerion Wimbley DE 95 4Sr 2nd
 
Undersized yet explosive pass rusher who improved his draft stock with a good senior campaign.  Bothered with an ankle injury late in the year.

Penn State

 Name Pos # Yr Rnd Report
Levi Brown T 67 4Jr 2\3 Outstanding junior prospect with a well-rounded game.
Tamba Hali DE 91 4Sr 1st
 
Has improved his draft stock more than any other senior in the nation.  Late first round pick who could be headed into the top 15.
Chris Harrell S 27 5Sr FA
 
Traditional strong safety terrific in run support.
Calvin Lowry S 10 5Sr FA
 
Undersized yet feisty safety with a solid game.
Scott Paxson DT 41 5Sr 5\6
 
Tough and explosive lineman who best fits a rotational system.
Anwar Phillips CB 1 4Sr 2\3
 
Cocky cover corner with good upside.
Paul Posluszny OLB 31 4Jr 2\3
 
Tackling machine best making plays in the box.  Marginal skills in coverage.
Tyler Reed G 74 4Sr FA
 
Intelligent lineman who blocks with solid fundamentals.  Possible back-up at the next level.
Matthew Rice DE 55 5Sr 3\4 Developing lineman who could grow into a starting left defensive end.
Michael Robinson QB 12 5Sr 6\7 Athletic college quarterback who improved as a senior yet is still destined to be a RB in the NFL.
Charles Rush G 59 5Sr FA Underrated blocker not talked about much in scouting circles.  Has a chance to make an NFL roster.
Isaac Smolko TE 81 5Sr    
Alan Zemaitis CB 21 5Sr 1\2 Outstanding cover corner who could sneak into the first round with good pre-draft workouts.


 

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