Scouting the M-West: Colorado St

The Rams go for their second consecutive conference title, something that is a real possibility. Though the cupboard isn't bare as far as NFL-prospects are concerned, there really isn't much on the shelves.

Senior passer Bradlee Van Pelt is tough as nails and a terrific college quarterback. A solid team leader, Van Pelt makes plays with his arm or legs yet the situation is not so bright when projecting him to the next level. Van Pelt has a good arm but is not sound with his fundamentals or accuracy. He needs a lot of schooling in the pro-game yet his size and athletic skills make Van Pelt worth a look in the late rounds. Junior tight end Joel Dreessen is solid as both a pass catcher and blocker. Reliable in every aspect, no part of Dreessen's game really stands out and he looks more like a third tight end at the next level. In an unusual move running back Marcus Houston was able to transfer from interstate rival Colorado and play without sitting a year. Houston is a gifted runner with great athletic skills. He is both quick and explosive, flashing brilliance on occasion. His biggest nemesis? The inability to stay healthy. Houston was constantly sidelined with all kinds of maladies in Boulder and presently stands as a major medical risk for next April's draft.

Defensively, corner Dexter Wynn is a diminutive cover-man and explosive special teams player. He has skills that could make him a dime back/special teamer at the next level but has some medical questions. The CSU trio of linebackers will all get looks. Drew Wood is a heady middle linebacker best making plays up the field. He lacks both speed and range, which will knock him out of the draft. A bit undersized, Adam Wade has the athletic skill to make plays sideline-to-sideline. He may have difficulty as a regular weak-side linebacker but could fit in as a three-four defender. Eric Pauly has some growth potential and will get consideration as a strong side linebacker.

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