Scouting the Sun Bowl for NFL talent

Two big name signal callers headline this contest, though one is presently on the sidelines with a shoulder ailment. After that this game is full of late round talent and role players for the next level.

Arizona State

Lee Burghgraef/TE/83/4Jr: Excellent pass catching tight end with potential as a blocker.  Sized well and offers a good amount of upside.

Derek Hagan/WR/80/3Jr: Explosive receiver with a good amount of natural ability.  Consistently comes away with the tough grab and occasionally displays the skill to break games open. 

Drew Hodgdon/C/53/5Sr: Hard working blocker on the pivot but a lineman best in confined quarters.  Must add bulk and improve his playing strength.

Grayling Love/T/71/4Jr:  Solid athlete with a bright future.  Needs experience yet has shown flashes of ability in the past. 

Chris McKenzie/CB/8/4Sr: Fast corner with outstanding playing speed and solid size.  Offers a good deal of natural skill yet must improve his game in almost every facet. 

Jimmy Verdon/DE/91/5Sr: Explosive pass rusher that quickly gets up the field and makes plays up and down the line of scrimmage.  Some ability to develop into a left defensive end at the next level. 

Andrew Walter/QB/16/5Sr: Big, strong armed pocket passer who made great strides between his junior and sophomore campaigns.  Reduced the number of poor decisions he previously made and looked outstanding during the first half of the season.  Suffered a shoulder injury late in the year which required surgery will miss a major part of the post season.


Charles Davis/TE/87/4Jr: Excellent pass catching tight end that continually came up big last season.  Makes a lot of plays into the defensive secondary and a good prospect for the future. 

John Goldsberry/FB/44/5Sr: Former linebacker took well to his new position as a lead blocker.  Raw and needs a lot of work but showed flashes of dominance last season.

Tyler Moore/G/50/5Sr: Strong, dominant blocker best in confined quarters.  Turns opponents out opening holes for the running game. A mauler that must learn to bend his knees and block with leverage. 

Kyle Orton/QB/18/4Sr: Intelligent and tough passer that benefits from the college system he plays in.  Alert, accurate in a short field and commands the offense.  Lacks the big arm, cannot stretch the defense and fizzled down the stretch of the 2004 campaign.  In many ways a poor man's Drew Brees

Antwaun Rogers/CB/12/5Sr: Hard working quarterback perfectly suited to play in a zone system or backed off the line of scrimmage.  Lacks top playing speed yet could be a solid special teams player at the next level and also have success as a nickel or dime back. 

Taylor Stubblefield/WR/21/5Sr: Reliable pass catcher that consistently comes away with the reception.  Tough, offers a good feel for the position and also an excellent return specialist.  Lacks the size\speed numbers to be anything other than a late round choice and fourth receiver at the next level.

Matt Turner/G/56/4Jr:  Hard working interior blocker that moves opponents off the line.  Limited to confined quarters yet offers an upside for the next level.

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