Scouting C-USA: Tulane

The talk in June was demoting the Green Wave program down a notch to Division I-AA. Now that the season is upon us the talk has turned to a trio of potential top sixty picks and a second consecutive bowl berth for Tulane.

Former UCLA quarterback J.P. Losman comes into the season highly ranked by both major NFL scouting services (Blesto and National). In the end it means nothing based on past experience. Still, Losman has the athletic intangibles that teams in the league really want. Losman stands strong in the pocket, has an explosive release and big time arm. His overall accuracy is solid and he can make the throw on the move. Losman needs to improve his decision-making and though accurate, is not precise with his throws. Is he first round material? Physically yes, but when we scouted him in person last year we were not incredibly impressed. Ditto for Mewelde Moore, the record-breaking running back. His rushing production took a major hit last season as he looked a heck of a lot less explosive and decisive then the prior campaign. Yet at the same time Moore developed into a tremendous receiver out of the backfield and became a threat catching the ball. Moore is a solid athlete with terrific football intellect. He lacks the great size for an every down runner and is not fleet of foot. Still, if his rushing prowess comes back to prior levels, scouts will combine that with his recent success as a pass catcher and Moore will be selected early. Possibly the most underrated skill player on this roster has the greatest upside. Roydell Williams was a big play receiver in 2001 with nice size and the abilities to make the important reception over the middle or stretch the defense down the field. Early last season Williams broke his ankle and was forced to redshirt but is back to 100% and big things are expected from him in 2003.

Defensively, Anthony Cannon burst onto the scene as a freshman, and the linebacker led the team in tackles, showing a lot of potential. Another young linebacker that displayed promise and looked like an NFL prospect on film is Brandon Spincer. Built more like a safety, Spincer was a leader of the Tulane defense in '01 before being declared academically ineligible last year. Both are future NFL prospects.

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