tackle Mike Otto is a solid pass protector that does a good job picking
up blocking assignments. Effectively
using angles, he is patient, makes good use of hand technique and keeps his feet
moving throughout the action. Quick
off the snap into blocks, he works hard until to the whistle blows.
Marginally strong at the point, Otto
cannot sustain blocks for long periods and has minimal skills blocking on
the move. Guard Matt Turner
can also play on the pivot and is an explosive lineman strong at the point of
attack. Effectively quarterbacking
the line, Turner is not a knee bender, lacks top blocking balance and is best in
a small area. Versatility makes
Turner an attractive backup at the next level.
Tight end Charles Davis is an excellent pass catcher who
consistently finds the soft spot in the middle of the field then makes the
reception in stride. Fluid
releasing off the line of scrimmage, he displays good eye\hand coordination and
consistently makes the catch away from his frame.
Davis must improve his in-line blocking strength to become a complete
player at the position but is a solid middle round candidate.
Running back Jerod Void is a patient ball carrier and also an
adequate receiver out of the backfield. Quick
footed, he immediately cuts back against the grain and avoids defenders.
At the same time Void has an aggressive style and gives effort on
coverage units. Another skill
player to keep an eye on is six-foot/seven-inch receiver Kyle Ingraham.
Only a junior, Ingraham displays good ball awareness and wins out in
battles because of his sheer size. Eventually
Ingraham will grow into a tight end position and will present mismatch problems
in the defensive secondary.
Purdue offers a pair of outstanding prospects on the defensive line. End Ray Edwards possesses good size as well as growth potential and is consistently making plays in the offensive backfield, presenting himself as a disruptive force. Edwards has early round potential in the future. Teammate Anthony Spencer does not have the same size as Edwards yet is a defensive lineman who consistently gets penetration up the field. Tackle Brent Grover is a tenacious player on the inside and displays a good head for the ball. Though quick, Grover lacks top size and is back-up material at the next level. Safety Bernard Pollard has displayed skill throughout his career and is a fine combination of size and speed.