'06 NFL Draft Watch: Memphis

The Tigers return after taking a beating in last year's GMAC Bowl. The program hopes the return to health of DeAngelo Williams could garner a third consecutive post season invitation. After the highly considered Williams, the Tigers pro talent comes in the form of free agents.

Scouting C-USA:  Memphis

An explosive running back productive in a variety of ways, DeAngelo Williams may well have been a first round selection last April.  Yet a leg injury suffered during the team's bowl game weighed heavily in Williams' decision to return for another season on the college field. A back with outstanding instincts and intangibles, Williams gets into the clearing, displaying footwork in a small area and bounces off the first defender, picking up a lot of yardage off initial contact. Also giving effort blocking, Williams gets good results in pass protection. His fearless style of running coupled with solid size\speed numbers could push him into the top 20-picks of next April's draft. Receiver Maurice Avery is a solid pass catcher with nice size. Extending to make the reception away from his frame, he also helps out blocking downfield yet is strictly a possession receiver who does not stretch the defense. Tight end John Doucette is another effective pass catcher who possesses soft hands and works hard running after the reception. Displaying marginal playing speed, he's a large rumbling prospect only adequate as a blocker.

Defensive end Marcus West is a leverage lineman with a good change of direction and effective in pursuit. Slow getting off blocks, West is handled at the point by a single opponent and must add bulk to his frame to have a chance of sticking as a backup in the NFL. Memphis is known for putting good defensive backs into the draft and Wesley Smith could be the next. A hard hitting run defender, Smith displays skill in zone coverage and does a good job patrolling center field. Strong at the point, Smith has potential as a zone safety. Senior cornerback O.C. Collins must be watched.

Memphis Prospect List

Name Pos Yr #
Maurice Avery WR 4Sr 1
O.C. Collins CB 4Sr 40
John Doucette TE 4Sr 82
Stephen Gostkowski PK 4Sr 32
Wesley Smith S 3Jr 45
Marcus West DE 5Sr 43
DeAngelo Williams RB 4Sr 20


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