'06 NFL Draft Watch: Duke

Once again the Duke Blue Devils strive to become a competitive squad and once again it will be a struggle. The program seemingly always starts from ground level, and we don't expect this year to be any different. 

Scouting the ACC: Duke 

Offensively the Blue Devils have a pair of tight ends to keep an eye on.  Senior Andy Roland is a solid position blocker who possesses natural receiving skills.  Fluid releasing off the one of scrimmage, he quickly gets into routes and flashes the ability to make plays in the defensive secondary.  Possessing only marginal strength, Roland has limited size and growth potential.  Junior Ben Patrick is larger than his teammate and has the well-rounded game.  A solid pass catcher in the short field, Patrick is strong and turns defenders off the line, playing hard until the whistle blows.  More of a second tight end at the next level, he has potential in the middle frames in 2007. 

The defense welcomes back Phillip Alexander, a pass rusher who sat on the sidelines last year with an injury.  Fast off the edge, Alexander is likely an undrafted free agent, yet could catch on as a pass-rush specialist with potential as a linebacker in a 34 defense. 

Duke Prospect List

Name Pos # Yr
Phillip Alexander DE 48 5Sr
Ben Patrick TE 83 4Jr
Andy Roland TE 89 5Sr
John Talley CB 11 3Jr

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