'06 NFL Draft Watch: Georgia Tech

After destroying Syracuse in last years Champs Sports Bowl, Georgia Tech hopes to improve on a successful campaign. Most of the important talent returns and the team possesses several potential first day picks on the defensive side of the ball. 

Scouting the ACC : Georgia Tech 

Offensively the top draft eligible prospect is running back P. J. Daniels.  A ball carrier with good vision, Daniels weaves through the traffic or quickly cuts back against the grain and finds the open area in the defense.  Possessing a compact style and good first step quickness, he quickly gets through the hole with a burst.  Daniels does not always play to his 40-time (4.50) and must improve his blocking skills yet has potential as a middle round selection.  Brad Honeycutt, a two-year starter at guard, now moves to the right tackle position.  An efficient lineman, he possesses a good feel for the game and could fall into the very late rounds next April, making an NFL roster as a utility lineman.  Junior quarterback Reggie Ball is a terrific athlete who flashes ability yet is an inconsistent performer behind center and may ultimately wind up at running back or defensive safety at the next level.  

The team has talent throughout the defensive side of the ball starting with pass rusher Eric Henderson.  Fast off the edge, Henderson flashes quickness, speed to the flanks and excellent range. Lacking top size, he is easily handled at the point by opposing tight ends.  Henderson lacks instincts yet the ability to create havoc up the field could help him earn a spot in next April's first day.  Travis Parker is a limited athlete compared to his teammate yet an instinctive ball player who does an outstanding job reading the action.  Undersized, opponents easily turn him off the action yet Parker possesses growth potential and has ability as a backup at a variety of positions in the NFL.  Parker will sit on the sidelines this season after being declared academically ineligible.  Linebacker Gerris Wilkinson is a hard-hitting run defender who stacks well in the box.  Displaying a burst of straight-line speed, Wilkerson goes for the knockout blow yet struggles in coverage and presents himself as a two down defender.  The secondary is loaded with talent starting with safety Dawan Landry.  Firing up the field in run defense, Landry possesses a burst of closing speed and makes a lot of plays on the ball.  Best in zone coverage, he struggles in man-to-man situations and seemingly had a better campaign as a sophomore then he did last year during his junior season.  Landry possesses excellent size and could move into the draft's first day with a productive senior campaign.  Cornerback Reuben Houston is another well-sized defensive back effective in press coverage.  Houston does not possess top playing speed and is more of a long strider, lacking a burst.  Presently in the midst of legal troubles, Houston has been suspended from the team after an arrest on drug trafficking charges.  He fits just a few NFL systems and is a second day pick, though his career is up in the air.  Dennis Davis returns after sitting out most of last season with injury and is another adequately sized cornerback with solid cover skills.  Chris Reis is a hard-hitting safety that consistently flies around the football yet a marginal athlete best playing downhill.

Georgia Tech Prospect List

Name Pos # Yr
Reggie Ball QB 1 3Jr
P.J. Daniels RB 45 5Sr
Dennis Davis CB 25 5Sr
Eric Henderson DE 56 5Sr
Brad Honeycutt T 72 5Sr
Reuben Houston CB 9 5Sr
Dawan Landry S 20 5Sr
Travis Parker DE 94 5Sr
Chris Reis S 18 4Sr
Gerris Wilkinson OLB 49 5Sr


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