Prospect Preview: Arizona State Sun Devils

The Sun Devils now begin life after Terrell Suggs and may need the offense to pull them through the 2003 season. A program with a pair of first day picks last April has good talent on this year's roster, though much of it needs to be fine tuned.

No one typifies that statement as much as big armed passer Andrew Walter, part of the ASU resurgence last season. A prototypical pocket passer, Walter has the stature to sit in and deliver the deep ball. He must improve his overall mechanics, specifically his footwork and learn not to just throw the ball up for grabs when plays break down. If he does, Walter has early pick potential. Mike Williams is a solid ball carrier with quick feet but a little small to be anything other than a late round choice. Lead fullback Mike Karney can be devastating at the point of attack and destroys opponents. His hands are also adequate but his overall game lacks explosion and Karney's a little late getting into his blocks. They have a trio of talented offensive linemen starting with Regis Crawford. Moving from guard out to left tackle in 2002, Crawford's game took a step back as he's much better on the inside; so much so we'd go as far as saying he can be a dominant guard, something he showed back in '01. Tim Fa'aita plays Crawford's old position and is strong at the point but restricted to very confined quarters and not a knee bender. Center Tony Aguilar is explosive in the middle but by no means dominant.

The talent pool is light on defense. Junior safety Jason Shivers lays the wood on opponents and likes to hit but does not flash on the scene and lacks suddenness in pass coverage. RJ Oliver is an up and comer but needs a lot of work while Brian Montesanto flashes skill on the defensive line but must have a big senior campaign to be considered in the late rounds.


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