Scouting the Big 12: Colorado
Senior tight end Joe Klopfenstein is an outstanding pass catcher and natural receiver.
Displaying soft hands, Klopfenstein makes the reception in stride and
consistently works to get separation from defenders. Marginally strong, he is neither an effective blocker nor a
deep threat that consistently makes plays into the secondary.
Presently Klopfenstein sits as a mid round selection though good strength
workouts and fast forty-times at the combine could push him into the late part
of April's first day. Teammate Quinn Sypniewski returns for a sixth season in what has been an injury-riddled
career. Unlike his teammate,
Sypniewski is an outstanding blocker who is plays likes a sixth offensive
lineman. Rarely used in the passing
offense, he has an opportunity at the next level as a second tight end brought
onto the field during short yardage situations if he remains healthy.
Weak-side tackle Clint O'Neal is an explosive lineman who gets
movement from run blocks or anchors in pass protection.
Working hard and playing with solid fundamentals, he is a limited athlete
best in confined quarters. Junior
guard Brian Daniels is also a rough-n-tumble blocker that dominates in a
small area and offers both size as well as growth potential.
Fullback Lawrence Vickers is a solid short yardage runner who does
an admirable job as a lead blocker. Also
a solid receiver, Vickers is a late round choice and potentially a triple threat
fullback at the next level. Quarterback
Joel Klatt beats opponents with his legs or arm.
A solid short yardage passer who displays timing and accuracy in the
middle of the field, Klatt lacks the size and arm strength to be a starter at
the next level.
Defensively the team has a pair of lineman who bear watching. Vaka Manupuna is an explosive lineman built low to the ground. Beating opponents off the snap with a great first step, Manupuna plays with leverage, balance and is rarely off his feet. Manupuna also immediately alters his angle of attack, making plays up and down the line of scrimmage. Needing to improve his upper body strength, he is easily controlled by opposing blockers and poor size\speed numbers will drag down his draft grade next year. James Garee moves to tackle after spending last season at defensive end. A nice sized lineman with growth potential, Garee is a terrific athlete who needs to step up his play and production on the field to move up draft boards. Outside linebacker Brian Iwuh is a hard-hitting defender who likes to mix it up. Possessing outstanding size\speed numbers, Iwuh presently sits as National Scouting's number one rated strong safety, a major reach in our eyes. Finally John Torp is a strong-legged punter with the ability to flip the field. Not wilting under pressure, he is also a solid directional punter with a definite chance of being selected next April.
Colorado Prospect List