'06 NFL Draft Watch: Missouri

After coming off an extremely disappointing campaign in '04 , Missouri went on to lose a large amount of talent on defense and has questions heading towards 2005. The programs best NFL-prospects reside on the offensive side of the ball, where several players will benefit from productive campaigns this season.  

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

Name Pos # Yr
Sean Coffey WR 12 5Sr
Brad Ekwerekwu WR 86 3Jr
Marcus King CB 36 5Sr
Tony Palmer G 52 5Sr
Martin Rucker TE 82 3So
Jason Simpson S 6 5Sr
Brad Smith QB 16 5Sr


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