'06 NFL Draft Watch: Rutgers

After a mildly competitive season last year in which the program lost several close games, Rutgers hopes to get over the hump in 2005. The roster possesses several late round senior candidates as well as a pair of outstanding juniors from the offensive side of the ball.

Fullback Brian Leonard is truly a triple threat player who produces in a variety of ways.  A powerful ball carrier outstanding on the inside, Leonard breaks several tackles during single run and carries the pile for several yards, picking up plenty of yardage off initial contact.  A solid pass catcher, Leonard is a reliable receiver.  Aggressive as a lead blocker, Leonard knocks defenders backwards, opening holes for running backs.  Not overly quick, Leonard does not display the speed or agility to be effective outside of tackle yet does enough things well that he fits into the late part of the draft's first day.  Junior Clark Harris is one of the better pass catching tight ends in the nation and a prospect with great upside for the next level.  A natural receiver Harris displays good timing, anticipation and consistently comes away with the important reception.  Creating mismatches in the defensive secondary, he displays the ability to make receptions down the field on a consistent basis.  While he blocks with solid fundamentals, Harris must significantly improve his playing strength.  Two more seasons on the football field and Harris could be a top tight end prospect going towards the 2007 draft.  Receiver Tres Moses returns for a fifth year and is the squad's leading pass catcher as well as an explosive return specialist.  Slight of size, Moses possesses reliable hands and consistently comes away with the difficult reception.  His value at the next level is as a fourth receiver who must produce returning punts.  Shawn Tucker returns after missing most of the 2004 season with a groin injury and is a nice sized pass catcher with good potential for the next level.  Senior guard John Glass is also a prospect to watch on the offensive line.  Quarterback Ryan Hart is a solid short range passer with limited arm strength.  He'd fit nicely as a third signal caller in a WCO.

 On defense senior end Ryan Neill creates a lot of havoc up the field, consistently pressuring opposing quarterbacks.  Fast off the edge, he is undersized for the next level and may ultimately stand up over tackle in a 34 defense.  Teammate Val Barnaby is a good athlete with a fluid change of direction and the ability to make plays up and down line of scrimmage.  Needing to improve his playing strength, Barnaby offers growth potential and could be a late pick in next April's draft.

 


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