Scouting the Big East: Syracuse

It seems the clock is finally counting down on coach Paul Pasqualoni. After early success during his early days, the Syracuse program has fallen on tough times. Even with that, Syracuse has been a team which consistently places quality players into the early part of the NFL draft.

Running back Walter Reyes is a ball carrier who will capture the headlines.  A record setting feature back, Reyes displays outstanding ball carrying instincts and vision.  Terrific on the inside, he is an elusive back who displays great cuttings skills and the ability to create if nothings available. A player that produces is in the clutch, Reyes is also a solid pass catcher out of the backfield and effective running after the reception.  Playing much larger then his five-foot/nine-inch frame, Reyes is a tough running back who displays the ability to break tackles and pick up yardage off initial contact.  Conversely his playing speed is nowhere near his stop watch time of 4.43.  In a lot of ways he reminds us of a smaller version of Domanick Davis, without the return skills.  Should he add special teams abilities to his repertoire, Reyes could sneak into the first day of the draft next April.  Another solid prospect from the offensive side of the ball and a player with top 60 potential is left tackle Adam Terry.  A tall lineman and good athlete, Terry is a competitive blocker that plays with leverage, strength and skill.  He stands out in pass protection and has done an excellent job manning the blind side the past two years.  While there is room for improvement with his run blocking, a good senior campaign coupled with solid showings in the post season will move Terry up draft awards next year.

On defense Kellen Pruitt looks like the next great linebacker to come out of Syracuse.  An explosive athlete, Pruitt displays great range, suddenness any ability to make plays sideline-to-sideline.  Getting great depth on pass drops, he possesses tremendous first step quickness and a hard hitting style.  Only a junior, Pruitt has terrific upside for the future.  Defensive end James Wyche is another solid athlete with upside for the next level yet a prospect that must really start to pull the pieces together and become a football player.  A former cornerback, Steve Gregory now moves to the receiver position but is still a player to watch.  Finally Diamond Ferri made a smooth transition from running back to safety two years ago and displays solid potential but must prove he can avoid off the field distractions before NFL-teams will give him serious consideration. 

 


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