Obviously the talk is of Eli Manning, who, like his brother, has a great feel for the quarterback position. Manning displays wherewithal and knowledge of where his receivers are on the field. His accuracy is good, as is the decision making. Compared to Peyton the younger Manning does not have the pinpoint accuracy or pass placement as did his older brother. Like the former UT passer, Eli's arm is of the adequate nature. Is he the top senior prospect in the nation? We say "no" but definitely top five.
At Eli's disposal is a pair of developing wide outs, junior Bill Flowers, a reliable pass catcher that always finds the open spot on the field and Mike Espy, a speedy sophomore that breaks it long and is a deep threat. Both are pro-prospects to watch.
Blocking for the ‘Ole Miss signal caller are two of the better young line prospects in the SEC.
Junior Marcus Johnson is a behemoth guard that demolishes the opposition, removing them from the line run blocking or holding the point in pass protection. Though he displays some ability to block on the move, Johnson's better in confined quarters.
Tre' Stallings is a real nice athlete that blocks with excellent fundamentals protecting the blind side for Manning. Though not the dominant force of Johnson, Stallings holds his own against defenders. The sophomore is a little short for left tackle and may be best at guard in the NFL.
Defensively most of the talent is of the late round, free agent variety. End Charlie Anderson is a tall rangy athlete with solid playing speed but undersized to line-up in a three point stance at the next level. He may be best standing up over tackle in the NFL.
Josh Cooper, who lines up on the other side of Anderson, is equally undersized and though not as fast on the field, is a little more explosive. Cooper seems to have some growth potential which could push him inside to tackle.
Von Hutchins is a feisty corner that likes to mix it up but may be best in zone as opposed to man-on-man. Finally safety
Eric Oliver could surprise as he displays solid sideline-to-sideline range in pass coverage and for the most part, makes good decisions. Oliver is also not afraid to mix it up against the run and has solid safety size.
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