1. Full Name: Torrin
Tucker School: Southern Miss Ht: 6-6
Wt: 316 40: 5.23 Year: 5Sr
Rodney Dangerfield, Southern Mississippi is a college football program
that gets no respect. A team that plays most of its games on the road due
to budgetary concerns, the Eagles are consistently competitive and quietly
put solid prospects into the NFL Draft. The next big name, almost as big
as his picture, is a dominating blocker by the name of Torrin
Tucker." Tony Pauline-TFY Draft Preview
The Good: Massive thumper on the inside that also has
possibilities at tackle. Plays with forward lean, powerful at the point,
gets movement from his run blocks and looks to bury opponents. Strong in
his base, jolts defenders with his arms and hands also displaying the ability to
kick out or trap and block linebackers on the second level.
The Bad: Lacks body adjustment, overweight and lumbers late in the
game as he tires.
The Skinny: Can be a dominant force at the next level if he
decides to make football a priority and condition himself. Good pre-draft
workouts will thrust him into the first day.
Projected order in draft: Early 2nd round
2. Full Name: Wade Smith School: Memphis Ht:
6-5 Wt: 265 40: NA Year: 4Sr
Projected order in draft: Early 3rd round.
3. Full Name: Derrick Dockery School: Texas Ht: 6-6
Wt: 350 40: 5.56 Year: 4Sr
the Longhorns of Texas have put talented linemen into the early part of
the drafts first round, the very early part. Leonard Davis and Mike
Williams seemingly set the trend prospects like Derrick Dockery hope to
follow." Tony Pauline-TFY Draft Preview
The Good: Dominant lineman continuing what has been an
exceptional trend of blockers out of Austin recently. Big, massive yet
relatively athletic and moves well. Powerful at the point, easily rides
opponents out of their angle of attack or handles one-on-one blocking
assignments. Quick setting in pass protection, stays square and keeps the
opponent in front of him. Adequate footwork with some lateral range and
the ability to get out front on the second level effectively. Looks for someone
to hit and cognizant of his blocking assignments. Has played right
tackle in the past and did so with a good degree of success.
The Bad: Not quick into his blocks and has trouble with nifty,
The Skinny: His dominance, versatility and upside make him a
solid first day choice.
Projected order in draft: Middle 3rd round.
4. Full Name: Vince Manuwai School: Hawaii Ht: 6-2
Wt: 300 40: 5.35 Year: 5Sr
much celebrated lineman, Vince Manuwai is a talented blocker that can play
in multiple systems at the next level. His athleticism and intelligence
has caught the eye of many scouts, setting him up for a long career in the
NFL." Tony Pauline-TFY Draft Preview
The Good: Tough, athletic lineman with the potential to play
in a number of offensive schemes at the next level. Explosive off the snap
into his blocks, quick getting out to engage linebackers on the second level and
an agile lineman that adjusts or redirects to defenders well. Blocks with
forward lean, effectively uses both body positioning and his angles to wall
opponents out of the play, staying with the action until the whistle blows.
Quick with his hands, stays square and keeps opponents in front of him.
Solid footwork, can slide laterally and nice blocking range. Always
looking to hit someone and quick in his head.
The Bad: Gets a little tall as the play proceeds and though
strong, not dominant at the point of attack.
The Skinny: Will only get better as he matures physically
and should battle for the top guard spot in next April's draft. Late first
Projected order in draft: Late 3rd round.
5. Full Name: Garry Johnson School: Arkansas
St Ht: 6-3 Wt: 310 40: 5.25
Year: 4Sr Number: 74
left tackle for the Indians of Arkansas State, lineman Gary Johnson has
been compared to Orlando Pace by former ASU coach Joe Hollis, who taught
Pace when the first pick of the '97 draft played for Ohio State."
Tony Pauline-TFY Draft Preview
The Good: Terrific young prospect that plays left tackle in
college but may ultimately find his way to guard. Strong, fundamentally
sound and tough. Blocks with forward lean, knee bend and leverage.
Naturally strong, stays square keeping opponents in front of him and easily
rides them out of their angle of attack with a jolt of his arms. Quick setting
in pass protection, works his hands throughout the play and anchors not
giving any ground to defenders.
The Bad: Not light on his feet but gets out to the second level
and destroys opponents. Blocks with balance, uses his entire body to
engulf opponents and also plays smart football. Does a bit of bending at
the waist and not the most agile athlete and tends to get overweight, then
The Skinny: If he turns it up a notch could be an immediate
starter at the next level.
Projected order in draft: Early 4th round.
6. Full Name: Montrae Holland School: Florida St
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 325 40: 5.32
Year: 5Sr Number: 61
for maulers in the middle of the line, the Seminoles offer Montrae Holland
next April, a stout blocker built low to the ground with adequate skills
blocking on the move." Tony Pauline-TFY Draft Preview
The Good: Stout, explosive lineman that dominates opponents
when he puts his mind to it. Quick off the snap, blocks with forward lean
and turns opponents off the ball. Keeps his feet moving, jolts defenders
with hand punch and works to stay square. Quick in his head and
immediately picks up his assignments. The Bad: Does
not break down well, lacks the dominant base and gets sloppy as he tires.
The Skinny: To his credit, picked up the intensity this
season but still a marginal first day choice.
Projected order in draft: Middle 4th round.
7. Full Name: Anthony Davis School: Virginia Tech
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 315 40: NA
Year: 4Sr Number: 59
Projected order in draft: Early 4th round.
8. Full Name: Jamil Soriano School: Harvard Ht:
6-4 Wt: 300 40: NA Year:
4Sr Number: 72
Projected order in draft: Early 5th round.
9. Full Name: Gus Felder School: Penn St Ht:
6-5 Wt: 323 40: NA Year:
5Sr Number: 72
Projected order in draft: Middle 5th round.
10. Full Name: Cedric Williams School: South
Carolina Ht: 6-3 Wt: 300 40:
NA Year: 4Sr Number: 76
Projected order in draft: Late 5th round.
11.Full Name: Tony Terrell School: UNLV Ht:
6-3 Wt: 310 40: 5.51 Year:
5Sr Number: 70
been tough going the past two seasons for Jason Thomas, the big passer
from UNLV. But one of his better blockers, guard Tony Terrell, has had
success and caught the eye of league scouts." Tony
Pauline-TFY Draft Preview
The Good: Big, tough durable lineman that dominates at
the point of attack. Quick off the snap, blocks down well on opponents or
engulfs defenders altogether. Bends his knees, stays square and keeps the
opponent in front of him. Quick with his hands and displays good arm
punch, jolting defenders at the point. Keeps his feet moving, stays with
the action and looks to hit someone.
The Bad: Stiff, lacks body adjustment and blocking range.
The Skinny: Solid back-up/developmental prospect for a zone
blocking scheme and late round consideration.
Projected order in draft: Early 6th round.
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