Scouting the PAC 10: Oregon 

After missing out on a bowl game last year, a rarity for the Oregon program, the Ducks look to get back into the post season in ‘05. The roster is full of solid prospects including a stand out lineman on the defensive side of the ball as well as one of the nations top tight ends.  

Timothy Day has been a consistent performer the past two seasons and is one of the more complete tight ends in the nation.  An imposing looking prospect, he is a fluid and natural pass catcher who runs well and consistently finds the open spot in the defense.  Making a lot of athletic plays, Day has a penchant for sneaking it down the field to make receptions in the defensive secondary.  A strong blocker, he stays square and easily rides opponents out from the action, all along bending his knees and playing with leverage.  Lacking top body control and balance, he occasionally over extends into blocks which hurts his ability to finish.  Day does not possess the top playing speed and will never be considered a true downfield threat.  Solid pre-draft workouts will easily throw him into the initial 60 selections next April.  Quarterback Kellen Clemens is a nifty signal caller who gets outside pocket and easily makes the pass on the move.  Possessing a fluid delivery, he eludes the rush and  produces carrying the ball.  Patient, Clemens goes through receiver progressions, reading the defense and making proper choices remaining poised under pressure.  More of a short yardage passer, Clemens lacks accuracy more then 10-to-15 yards down the field and misses open receivers in the vertical game.  Running back Terrence Whitehead is a productive north\south runner on the college level.  Possessing outstanding instincts and vision, he has the speed to turn the corner yet at the same time finds the cut back lanes and open space on the field.  A quick-footed runner with the ability to bounce it to the outside and keep plays alive, Whitehead follows blocks anywhere on the field.  Needing to improve the details of his game, he is a solid second day pick in 2006.  Center Enoka Lucas is a blocker on the pivot to keep an eye, and the same can be said about receiver Demetrius Williams.  Using his frame to shield opponents away, Williams is a solid pass catcher who looks the ball into his hands and easily contorts to catch the throw.  A solid route runner, Williams runs well laterally yet lacks the soft hands and must polish his game.  Fullback Dante Rosario is a nice sized athlete for his position and good ball handler.  Unfortunately Rosario looks almost passive at times when called upon to be a lead blocker and must become more physical.

The main focus on defense is junior tackle Haloti Ngata.  A king-sized lineman, Ngata plays with good lean, leverage and possesses great power.  Focused on by opponents and consistently doubled, Ngata gets a lot of upfield push, collapsing the pocket.  Relatively athletic, he flashes skills making plays laterally or getting his hands up to bat away the pass.  Not light on his feet or nimble, Ngata is more a space eater and lacks a burst of speed in any direction.  He must also improve his hand technique, developing moves to keep opponents away and become quicker disengaging from blocks at the point of attack.  Ngata made a solid return last year after missing the '03 campaign with a knee injury.  He has already stated his desire to enter the draft and looks like a top 25 selection. A speedy edge rusher Devan Long keeps his pads low to the ground and is fast moving laterally with the ability to immediately alter his angle of attack.  Displaying solid hand technique, Long has an array of moves to stay off blocks and goes very hard.  Undersized, he is easily knocked off balance or removed from his angle of attack by the first block and presently looks like a nickel pass rusher for the next level.

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