should add another 10pds to his frame and increase his upper body strength.
TSN's take: Pearson doesn't have exceptional size but is exceptional in just about every other area. He has tremendous height, footwork, quickness, strength and know-how as a run and pass blocker. Having played in Florida's Fun-and-Gun offense, his is a better and more experienced pass blocker. Pearson knows the importance of protecting the quarterback's backside, and he rarely makes a mental mistake. He is the ideal NFL left tackle
2nd Round: Tim Carter WR (Auburn)
My take: The Ravens will need to find a player that can fill the important "slot" receiver role. Carter certainly has the speed, running a 4.3 time in the 40yd dash. His performance at the Senior Bowl was solid. He displayed good hands and concentration, along with explosive ability after the catch. Whether his concentration can stay consistent at the pro level is a question mark.
TSN's take: Though he was somewhat of an unknown coming in, Carter has always had good size and speed -- he's almost 6 feet tall and runs a 4.45 in the 40-yard dash -- but his concentration and hands as a receiver were in question. A big part of Carter's problem at Auburn was the inconsistency at quarterback and the fact that the offense didn't get him involved on a steady basis.
3rd Round: Nate Dwyer NT (Kansas)
My take: Dwyer is one of the few NT prospects available in this draft. He is solid at the point of attack, solid against the run, and is used to taking on multiple blockers. He doesn't offer anything as a pass rusher but he's definitely a plugger. Thanks to a good performance at the combine, Dwyer's stock is on the rise.
TSN's take: Dwyer is one of the few two-gap defensive tackles in this 2001 draft class. He not only stops the run, but he can also keep guards and centers off of his linebackers. Dwyer isn't a great athlete, but he has a nose for the ball and can get off of blocks with his strength.
4th Round: Monsanto Pope DT (Virginia)
My take: Unlike Dwyer, Pope is an effective pass rusher who has very solid quickness. He's not too powerful but he gets in good position to stop the run consistently. If Pope can add another 10pds, he could become a steady DE within the 3-4 scheme.
TSN's take: The key for Pope will be to stay healthy for his senior season, because it his not his ability that scouts doubt but his health. He is a heady player that has a nose for the ball and a lot of ability. He just needs to remain on the field and stay healthy.
5th Round: Damien Anderson RB (Northwestern) My take: The Ravens really need to draft a RB that can compliment both Jamal Lewis and Jason Brookins. Anderson has great outside speed and the ability to scare some defenses off. Given a crease, Anderson can hit a home run once he touches the ball. If he can improve his outside quickness, and receiving skills, Anderson could be a steal.
TSN's take: Anderson is a consistent producer. He has deceptive speed, but his true strength is elusiveness. He flashes big-play flair, with vision and explosiveness through the line. He needs to become more of a threat catching the ball. He has marginal pass-catching ability and offers little as a blocker.
6th Round: Nick Rogers OLB (Georgia Tech) My take: Rogers is the classic tweener. A good pass rusher that doesn't have the size to play as DE, Rogers could thrive as an OLB in the 3-4 scheme. He possesses good instincts and speed but will need to improve his coverage skills in the open field.
TSN's take: Rogers is another of a large group of undersized edge rush specialists in this class. The fact he was so productive at a major college will help his case on draft day. Rogers should not make the move to linebacker -- it will limit his pass-rushing skill -- and is too undersized to play every down at end. With so many similar prospects in this draft, Rogers probably will go in the middle rounds.
6th Round: Tony Okanlawon CB (Maryland)
My take: Before being sidelined due to an illness, Okanlawon was having a solid year as a starting CB for Maryland. Okanlawon possesses good size and solid man-to-man skills. He is an effective tackler who wraps up well. He'll need to play more aggressively at the LOS against opposing WRs, and his lack of speed could be a problem against some WRs. PFW's take: Was not a prospect going into 2001 but really improved a great deal and played quite well over the first half of the season, before he got sick.
6th Round: Shawn Hackett SS (West Virginia) My take: At this point in the draft, you are looking for good special teams players, and players that are essentially projects. In Hackett, you are getting a hitter. He's the type of football player that blows WRs up frequently. Hackett could develop into a Darren Woodson type SS. To get the most out of his potential, he will need to improve his coverage skills. PFW's take: Very limited against the pass, but a great hitter who could make his mark on special teams.
6th Round: Markese Fitzgerald CB (Miami)
My take: Fitzgerald is definitely a project. He couldn't get the starting nod ahead of Buchannon or Rumph, but Fitzgerald could have started on most college teams out there. He has good size at 6'2, good catch-up speed, and the ability to stop the run well. TSN's take: Fitzgerald is a tall, lanky corner with the height to matchup against some taller receivers, but he lacks bulk and is not very physical. Fitzgerald is a solid athlete and he has good ball skills. He has made a lot of big plays at Miami but will be pressed by Phillip Buchannon, a junior prospect who ranks high on our underclassmen board. Fitzgerald's ability to keep his starting job will be a good test of his overall talent.
7th Round: Emmett Johnson WR (Virginia Tech) My take: Johnson is a potential sleeper for any team that chooses him. He was the leading WR for Virginia Tech in 2000, but was slowed by a hamstring injury last year. Johnson has very good deep play speed and has the ability to leap for jump balls. He'll need to improve his route running ability and his ability to catch passes consistently. PFW's take: Johnson is a big receiver with long arms and a large wingspan who does not play with close to his timed speed and is not a sharp route-runner. He needed to improve in '01 but was limited by an injury and never got untracked.