Scouting the Big 10: Purdue

Purdue lost a bunch of talent and production from both sides of the line of scrimmage after a number of Boilermaker seniors heard their names called in last April's draft. This year's roster does not have the same quantity as 2003 yet it does offer a pair of players on offense who should be first day picks in the '05 draft.

Quarterback Kyle Orton is a tough passer who does an outstanding job running Joe Tiller's offense from center and has been a productive passer since his sophomore campaign.  A heady signal caller, Orton does a terrific job reading the defense then remaining poised under pressure.  He is always in control and displays excellent leadership skills.  Very accurate in the short game, Orton does not possess the big arm and is not accurate in the vertical passing game.  He would be picture perfect for a West Coast offense or a team that likes to play a ball control game.  A good senior campaign and post-season could move Orton into the top 45 next April.  Taylor Stubblefield is an elusive, quick wide out that excels running after the reception or as a return specialist.  Stubblefield displays great footwork and the ability to elude opponents when the ball is in his hands.  Not big, Stubblefield does not possess the outright speed to consistently beat opponents down the flanks but is a threat when the ball is in his hands.  Potentially a third receiver at the next level, he could slide into the late part of next April's first day with a big year returning punts..  Guard Matt Turner is competitive and strong with size potential, while teammate Tyler Moore is an explosive lineman who uses body positioning to keep defenders away from the action.  Moore displays marginal footwork in pass protection and is not effective in space.

Graduation really ravaged the Boilermakers defense as the entire front starting seven must be replaced as well as half the secondary.  Unless a prospect comes out of nowhere to have a banner season, the top player from the side of the ball would be cornerback Antwaun Rogers, a tall cover man with only marginal upside the next level.

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