Scouting the Big 10: Purdue  

After a sizzling start to the season, the Boilermakers faded down the stretch in ‘04 but as usual showed well in the bowls. Now beginning the post Kyle Orton-era the team offers several solid NFL prospects.

Junior 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.

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