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 :
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.
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.
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