Scouting the Peach Bowl for NFL talent

A re-match of sorts between two teams from the Sunshine state. The last time they played the Hurricanes came back for 23-points down to win the game. Tremendous amounts of NFL talent on the field with as many as five players with top 60 grades.

Florida

Cory Bailey/CB/7/5Sr:  Fluid defensive back with solid skills yet a tentative player that does not like  physical contact.  Potential dime back and special teams player at the next level if he picks up the intensity of his game. 

Lance Butler/G/72/4Jr: Strong interior blocker that turns defenders off the ball.  Best in a small at area and a limited athlete that can only play in certain systems. 

Jonathan Colon/T/78/4Sr: Finesse blocker that stands out in pass protection.  Walls defenders and does a solid job protecting the blind side.  Must improve his body strength yet underrated player and good developmental prospect for the next level. 

Channing Crowder/ILB/55/3So: Forceful defender in the middle of the field.  Quick up the field, explosive at the point of attack and likes physical contact.  Also effective out to the sidelines and does a good job in pass coverage.  Has a bright future and a lot of upside yet must mature as an individual.

Mike Degory/C/68/4Jr: Powerful blocker in the middle of the field with the ability to open holes for the running game.  Also a solid pass protector.  Marginal athlete and abilities to play in space.  Best in a zone blocking system or straight ahead running game.  Will be highly ranked going into 2005.

Ciatrick Fason/RB/4/4Jr: Strong, straight ahead runner that displays power and elusiveness and a small area.  Prone to breaking a long run and changing the momentum of a contest.  Solid receiver out of the backfield.  Offers good skills but may have sold himself short by already announcing he will enter the draft. 

Travis Harris/OLB/27/5Sr: Fluid linebacker with solid sideline-to-sideline range but a late reactor who lacks top instincts. 

Mo Mitchell/G/61/4Sr: Former defensive tackle and big bodied lineman who controls opponents at the point of attack.  Must condition himself better, get into the weight room and increase the intensity of almost every aspect of his game. 

O.J. Small/WR/11/5Sr: Solid possession receiver effective over the middle of the field.  Possesses soft, consistent hands and continually comes away with the tough grab.  Lacks the speed to stretch the defense and as a result will be drafted late in the proceedings. 

Tavarus Washington/T/76/4Sr: Athletic blocker that's displayed flashes of ability in the past.  Sat on the sidelines most of 2004 and best served returning to Florida for another campaign.

Miami-Fl

Brock Berlin/QB/7/5Sr: Coming off a terrific senior campaign in which he turned himself from a draft afterthought to a potential late round pick.  Really improved his overall decision-making.  

Kevin Everett/TE/45/4Sr: Athletic tight end that's been underutilized all season long.  Big, can run downfield and strong at the point.  An injured shoulder may keep him out of this game as well as the Senior Bowl. 

Frank Gore/RB/32/4Jr:  Elusive ball carrier with a shifty style.  Has the ability to pick up big chunks of yardage between tackle or on the outside.  Possesses great ball carrying intangibles yet has rickety knees and a long injury history.  Leaning towards entering the draft at this point.  

Orien Harris/DT/92/4Jr: Big thumper on the inside.  Athletic lineman that can stuff the run or rush the passer.  Coming off a somewhat disappointing junior season and looks as though he's staying for his senior campaign.

Talib Humphrey/FB/41/5Sr:  Physically gifted lead blocker with top athletic skills.  Rarely used in the offense but expect good post season workouts and a move up draft boards.  

Kelly Jennings/CB/22/4Jr: Solid cover corner that flashes abilities and shuts down opponents.  Offers a lot of upside for the next level yet must play hard for 60 minutes in become more physical. Presently waiting to hear back from the advisory committee as to what his draft ranking may be.

Roger McIntosh/OLB/50/4Jr: Well sized, athletic linebacker and a solid prospect for the future.  Giving serious consideration to entering April's draft.

Brandon Meriweather/S/N/3So: Athletic, rangy centerfielder with excellent ball skills.  Not as big as many of his predecessors but a young player with a lot of potential.

Ryan Moore/WR/85/3So: Big, tall possession receiver with the ability to control games.  Needs to improve his consistency and refine his overall skills.  

Chris Myers/G/77/5Sr: Hard working blocker that gives effort for 60 minutes.  More of an arm wrestler and lineman best in confined quarters.  Lacks the great upside but the type of prospect a coach will love.  

Roscoe Parrish/WR/1/4Jr: Speedy receiver that breaks the game open with long receptions.  Can also be an exceptional return specialist.  Considering entering the draft and waiting to hear back from the advisory committee.  

Joel Rodriguez/C/70/5Sr: Explosive blocker on the pivot that quickly gets off the snap into defenders.  Lacks the dominant playing strength and more of a backup at the next level rather than a lineman that will take hold of a starting position. 

Antrel Rolle/CB/6/4Sr:  Big, physical cornerback with excellent cover skills.  Likes to mix it up and throw his helmet into the pile.  Also an outstanding special teams player.  Top five pick in April.

Santonio Thomas/DT/56/5Sr: Relatively athletic tackle that can stuff the run or rush the passer.  Offers a good degree of upside yet has never met his potential as his college career was marred by a rash of minor injuries.  

Eric Winston/T/74/3Jr: Outstanding athlete and former tight end that's taken well to the tackle position.  Solid technician who blocks with leverage and does an outstanding job protecting the edge.  Would have been a top  pick had he not injured his knee.


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