Take: One of the more talented receivers in the
nation heading into the 2007 season, Sweed's senior year at
Sweed is at is best when he uses his excellent size and strength to out-muscle defenders, both big and small. He's a physical receiver that doesn't shy away from contact and he has the athleticism to make the spectacular look routine. He's probably going to end up being a late first, or early second-round selection if he runs well during private workouts.
Take: I'd compare him to
Lee is at his best mirroring receivers and making plays when the ball is in the air, but he can be too aggressive at times biting on moves and with his lack of fluid hips he's probably going to struggle if he makes a mistake at the next level. Lee looks like a second day selection at this point, but teams can tend to overrate speed when it comes to corners, and he has plenty of that.
Scott's Take: Jones has a great frame (6-5, 270) and really long arms. He loves to get into the backfield and cause problems for offenses, posting over 50 tackles-for-loss over the past three years. Jones has a quick first step and was dominant at a lower-level of competition, but it's unclear how he will perform against the top competition that the NFL will put up against him week after week.
Jones has good speed to get the edge and he pursues well off the edge when plays are run away from him. He also has the versatility to move inside if the need arises. If he can translate his talent into productivity at a higher level, you could be looking at a real steal on day two of the draft.
Scott's Take: Big and physical corner who was a stalwart in the pass-happy Pac 10. Has a fluid hip turn and transfers from his backpedal to a full sprint quickly. Thomas is very good against the run and I really like how physical he is as a tackler. You don't see a lot of corners with his abilities be as physical as he is, but he comes up and fills hard against the run and even played some linebacker for USC in some sets.
Because of his utter lack of disregard for his own body and health, Thomas has had surgery on both shoulders and on his right knee, but he's come back from all three injuries and performed even better when he returned. It wouldn't surprise me to see Thomas go in the first round, but he's no worse than a second round choice at this point. A lot of where he ends up depends on how he runs in his personal workouts.
Take: In a backfield loaded with talented backs, the Trojans constantly
Take: When your brother is Michael Griffin, it's a tough shadow to come out from under. While the elder
you want a football player who can make plays on defense and be a solid backup
Take: I love players who have immense physical
talent, but haven't spent much time playing the game. Porter is that type
of player. He only played two years of high school ball and then proceeded
to start four straight years for an up-and-coming
Porter is very aggressive and that can cause him issues, but with his decent size and excellent top-end speed (4.35) he can make up for mistakes early as he continues to learn the game. He changes direction quickly and he's improved a lot at reading routes. He doesn't wrap up well when tackling, so that needs to be worked on, but he has all the stuff to be a solid starter at the pro level. Because there are more polished corners ahead of him, Porter may fall to the early third round, but if a team takes a flier on him, they could end up smelling like roses in a couple years.