Scouting the Big 12: Missouri
Quarterback Brad Smith
comes off a disappointing junior season in which his production and
decision-making was less-then-expected. A
solid athlete who beats opponents with his arm or legs, Smith zips all the
throws and loses nothing passing on the run.
An effective signal caller when patient in the pocket, Smith must improve
his downfield accuracy and overall pass placement as well as his reads when
pressured. He possess a great
amount of upside potential yet needs to pull together a productive and
consistent senior campaign. Receiver
Sean Coffey is a natural pass catcher, consistently working to make
himself an available target. Offering
great size, he uses his frame to shield away opponents and out muscles defenders
to make the reception. Extending in
the middle of the field, he comes away with the tough grab yet lacks quickness
and speed. Coffee will be a
possession wide out at the next level and could grow into a tight end down the
road. Redshirt sophomore tight end Martin Rucker possesses solid size as well as growth potential and has legitimate
first day possibilities down the road. Tony Palmer is a hard working blocker at guard and a nasty lineman who looks to
hit several defenders during a single play.
Built low to the ground, Palmer is a solid position blocker but lacks
footwork and ability in space. He
could fall into the very late rounds next April.
Defensively the team returns less than a handful of starters. The two starting seniors in the lineup, cornerback Marcus King and safety Jason Simpson will be closely watched by scouts. King is a nice sized cover man who flashes skill while Simpson is a tough, run defending safety, aggressive in all aspects.
Missouri Prospect List