Scouting the ACC: Maryland

The Terps have been on an upward swing the past two seasons and are now one of the more competitive programs in the ACC. And as a result they have placed solid middle round prospect's into the NFL Draft, a trend which will continue in 2005.

One of our favorite prospects on this roster three years running has been offensive lineman C.J. Brooks.  An athletic blocker, Brooks combines the ability to play in space with strength at the point of attack.  Agile, he easily adjusts in pass protection and displays solid blocking range yet at the same time Brooks opens holes in the middle of the line for the running game.  Many forget, as a sophomore he had a solid season playing left tackle before moving inside to guard.  While he needs to turn up the intensity of his game Brooks could easily be a top 75 pick next April.  Kyle Schmitt is another versatile blocker that can be used at either center or guard.  A tough lineman that plays with quickness and explosion, he is not nearly as athletic as his teammate Brooks, yet has the intensity and approach which gives him a solid chance at the next level.  Receiver Steve Suter is a natural football player with good timing, eye-hand coordination and competitiveness.  Reasonably productive as a pass catcher, Suter's true value at the next level would be as a return specialist.

Junior a linebacker D'Qwell Jackson is one of the better future prospects on the defense.  An instinctive player, Jackson is quick to key or diagnose the action and is proficient stuffing the run on the inside or covering the pass on throwing downs.  He displays excellent range with the ability to make plays in all directions of the field.  Though used on the inside he lacks the top size yet possesses the speed to eventually make a move to a weak side position.  Corner Domonique Foxworth is a solid cover man with adequate size, speed and overall skills to potentially move into the middle rounds next April.

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