Scouting the Big 10: Penn State 

After several lean campaigns Penn State hopes to get back into the post season this year. In a rare occurrence the program did not have a single player drafted last April. That will not happen in 2006.  

Offensively the top prospect he is a junior tackle Levi Brown.  A good-looking blocker, Brown is strong at the point and effectively moves opposing lineman off the ball.  Blocking with good knee bend Brown gets outstanding leverage on opponents and displays the ability to chop block.  Though solid in pass protection, Brown lacks the top footwork and does not always display top lateral blocking range.  Possessing adequate size, teams may project him to guard at the next level but Brown has first day potential.  Guard Charles Rush is an explosive athlete and solid technician.  Displaying outstanding quickness in all aspects of the game, Rush is strong in his upper body, displays good hand punch and throws opponents to the ground.  Blocking with forward lean, he stays with assignments and walls defenders from the action.  Not a finisher, Rush is slow picking up assignments or recognizing blitzes thrown by opponents.  A former defensive lineman, Rush lacks top size yet offers good upside for the next level.  Teammate Tyler Reed is an average athlete yet a solid position blocker who works hard throughout the action.  Possessing a nice feel for the game, he is best in confined quarters.  Though suspended in the spring after an off-the-field incident, Reed is expected to start this September for the team.  Center E.Z. Smith has had his share of off the field incidents yet is a dependable blocker in the middle of the field who must be watched.  Quarterback Michael Robinson is an outstanding athlete who projects to wide out at the next level.  Occasionally lined up at receiver for PSU, Robinson could be this year's version of Rasheed Marshall

Hands down Penn State's top pro prospect is cornerback Alan Zemaitis.  A nice sized cover man, Zemaitis does a solid job diagnosing the action and following receivers out from their breaks.  Quickly locating the ball in the air, he immediately gets his head back around and positions himself to make a play on the pass.  Displaying a good degree of suddenness, Zemaitis quickly breaks on the throw and is not afraid to mix it up in run support.  One of the Big Ten's premier cornerbacks, Zemaitis has first day potential next April and could make a big move up charts.  On the other side Anwar Phillips offers possibilities as a nickel/dime back at the next level as well.  Fluid transitioning off the line, he works well with safeties and displays a good break on the pass.  Not a decisive player, Phillips is prone to an occasional blown coverage and does not always quickly locate the ball and the air.  Phillips needs to iron out the rough edges of his game yet is another well-sized corner who will get long looks from NFL scouts.  Finally Chris Harrell is a hard hitting, run defending safety with outstanding size as well as solid playing speed.  Missing the 2004 campaign with a neck injury, a big senior season will significantly improve Harrell's stock.

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