'06 NFL Draft Watch: Cincinnati

After a successful initial campaign under first year head coach Mark Dantonio, which included bowl victory over Marshall, the Bearcats are expected to take a step back after major losses to graduation. Several defensive prospects from the program were selected in April's draft but it is unlikely that any Cincinnati player will be chosen in 2006.

Offensively the top senior prospect is tackle Steve Eastlake. A big-bodied blocker with a good head for the game, Eastlake plays with solid fundamentals and football intelligence. A three-year starter, he is efficient and uses all his assets to a maximum yet possesses marginal upside for the next level. Junior tight end Brent Celek is one of the team's most consistent receivers, setting school records for his position. Sized well, Celek has the ability to develop into a complete tight and become a middle round choice after his senior campaign.

Defensive lineman Adam Roberts has played several spots up front and now moves back to his natural position at end. Quick off the snap, Roberts plays low with leverage, moves well laterally and displays explosion in all aspects of his game. Not strong, he is handled by opposing blockers yet offers growth potential and could eventually develop into a solid left defensive and.


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