'06 NFL Draft Watch: BYU

After yet another losing season with no bowl invitation, the Cougars now turn to former defensive coordinator Bronco Mendenhall to lead the team. BYU offers several late round selections who could potentially moved into the middle frames. 

  Scouting the M-West: BYU 

One player who stands above the rest and a prospect that could break into the top 75 selections next April is receiver Todd Watkins.  An explosive pass catcher with the speed to sneak behind defenses and stretch the field, Watkins can switch it to the catch the deep pass.  Possessing good eye/hand coordination, he extends to make the reception away from his frame.  Watkins has a slight build and will have difficulty beating the jam at the next level.  And though he does not time well in the forty, scouts must rely on game film as Watkins plays exceptionally fast.  Naufahu Tahi is a little used lead blocker with solid size\speed numbers and a potential triple threat fullback.  Quarterback Matt Berry resides on the second team yet is a well sized pocket passer with an NFL arm.  Center Lance Reynolds is an explosive blocker on the pivot who gets movement at the initial point of attack.  Solid in pass protection and excellent with the shotgun snaps, Reynolds must learn to finish blocks and add bulk to his frame. 

The majority of BYU's defensive talent is of the free agent variety.  Lineman Manaia Brown is a strong interior player who gets push up the field.  Keeping his pads low the ground, Brown is tenacious and plays hard for sixty minutes.  Out of position at end in BYU's 34 defense, he has potential as a rotational tackle in the NFL.  Vince Feula moves into the starting lineup and is an explosive lineman on the nose who could move into the late rounds with a good senior campaign.  Junior Cameron Jenson is a hard working, intelligent inside linebacker who could be a top rated prospect moving towards the 2007 draft.  At one time Paul Walkenhorst looked like a solid prospect yet injuries have ravaged him the past two seasons and now make the linebacker a medical risk. 

BYU Prospect List

Name Pos Yr #
Matt Berry QB 4Sr 8
Manaia Brown DT 5Sr 99
Vince Feula DT 5Sr 94
Cameron Jensen ILB 3Jr 35
Lance Reynolds C 4Sr 54
Nathan Soelberg CB 4Sr 13
Naufahu Tahi FB 4Sr 3
Paul Walkenhorst OLB 6Sr 47
Todd Watkins WR 4Sr 1


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