Draft prospect: Brodney Pool

Safety Brodney Pool of the University of Oklahoma is predicted by many to be selected late in the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft, or early in the second round. Some draft experts feel that the Green Bay Packers will use their first-round pick on Pool to fill a gaping hole left by the departure of starter Darren Sharper and reserve Bhawoh Jue this off-season.<p>

Pool is rated as the third best safety in the draft behind Georgia's Thomas Davis and Nebraska's Josh Bullocks. If that's the case, then Green Bay might go after Pool with one of their two second round selections (Nos. 51 and 58), if he is still available.

"Pool is very good in coverage and displays excellent instincts," notes one NFL scout. He's a fundamentally sound tackler and generally takes a good angle of pursuit. He may need to bulk up some for the next level, but overall, he's one of the best safeties available this year."

Pool has many attributes that make him attractive to the Packers. He's big, with extremely long arms which help him defend in the secondary. Pool's numbers at Oklahoma, nine interceptions and 17 pass break-ups in only two seasons of heavy playing time, prove that he is an effective pass defender.

Here is more on Pool from Scout.com and NFLDraftScout.com:

Ht: 6-1

Wt: 207

40 time: 4.53

Year: 3Jr

High School: Westbury (Houston, Tex.) High School

Bio: All-Conference as a junior after posting 114 stops and four interceptions. He recorded 75 tackles and 11 interceptions as a senior. Pool also rushed for 159 yards on 40 attempts with two touchdowns and caught three passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns in his final campaign. He also competed in track.

Pool appeared mostly on special teams in 2002, collecting 11 tackles (7 solos) with a stop for a loss. He took over the starting free safety position the following year, ranking eleventh in the nation with seven interceptions.

Positives: Excellent athlete with top cover skills. Reads the quarterback, displays sideline-to- sideline range and quick locating the ball. Possesses a burst of speed, gets vertical and adjusts to defend the throw. Displays footwork in reverse, hip movement in transition, and ability in man coverage over the slot receiver. Explosive up the field in run defense and takes good angles to the action. Solid special teams player.

Negatives: Inconsistent hands for the pick. Got beat often as a junior. ... While he shows good strength, he is not the type that can get physical or punish an opponent … Needs to add more bulk and strength to his frame. … Decent wrap-up tackler, but lacks explosion behind his hits. … Not really a guided missile on the field and is not one who can force a lot of fumbles. ... His high backpedal and high-cut frame prevents him from turning fluidly to mirror receivers in man coverage … Struggles vs. the receiver's double moves due to some hip stiffness … Lacks the change of direction agility to cover receivers in man coverage due to tightness in transition.

Injury history: No injuries reported.

Analysis: Physical and athletic, Pool is an efficient center fielder effective defending the run or covering the pass. Offering the potential in a variety of defenses, Pool is natural defensive back with an excellent head for the game. Should see plenty of playing time as a rookie.

Up next: On Monday, packerreport.com will take a closer look at another prospect that the Green Bay Packers might select in the first round of the draft – Notre Dame defensive end Justin Tuck.

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