Scouting the WAC: Fresno State

The team with the "V" on their helmet compete every years even with their murderous schedule, thanks to coach Pat Hill. His recruiting efforts bare fruit not only on the college level but in the NFL and this year will be no different.

Bernard Berrian returns from the knee injury that sidelined him all of last season. Berrian is an explosive receiver with solid hands and the ability to break the long one. There are not too many things about his game not too like but its' a wait and see game until team doctors can examine his knee. In a draft loaded with receivers, Berrian could slip into the late part of round two, were he'd be a bargain. Teammate Marques Davis does not get the same notoriety and does not display the same deep speed but is a solid pass catcher worthy of a late round pick. Running back Rodney Davis stepped to the forefront last season, carrying the load for FSU. Davis runs low to the ground and shows excellent vision but is neither strong on the inside nor fast around the corner. If he displays good hands prior to the draft he could get looks as a third down back. Red-shirt sophomore quarterback Paul Pinegar displayed a lot of skill after taking over the starting job and has a good feel for the position. What Pinegar lacks is a big time arm yet he has the size and the ability to develop a deep pass. The offensive line, which looked like a strong unit filled with pro-prospects, has been decimated by injury and suspension. Fitu Tu'ua was a blocker we really liked. An athletic yet powerful lineman with a nasty attitude, Tu'ua had success at both left tackle and guard. His overall game had pro-potential but after being part of a group suspended for the Silicon Valley Bowl last January, Tu'ua never made his way back to school and is off the squad. Logan Mankins is not nearly the athlete of Tu'ua but a little better with the nuances of the position and does a great job using angles to protect the left side. His blocking range is limited and we feel Mankins is better on the right side. Whatever the case, he'll be on the sidelines this season rehabbing an injured knee. Tight end Alec Greco has reliable hands but is not very big or much of a blocker and could be best as an H-back.

On defense, Kendall Edwards is a cornerback we liked a lot coming out of the 2001 season. After a strong start to his junior campaign, Edwards was sidelined with a major knee injury after the season's second game. He has the underlying skill but obviously must prove he's healthy. Bryce McGill is a hard-hitting safety best against the run but limited playing the pass. McGill has free safety size, will be used at weak side linebacker this season yet projects to strong safety in the NFL. Junior Marc Dailey is solid at middle linebacker and could be a productive NFLer in the right system.

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