'06 Draft Watch: New Mexico

After consecutive bowl appearances, the Lobo's look like they are ready to takeover the Mountain West Conference. The offense is explosive while the defense can hold its' own. The program has several solid NFL prospects sprinkled throughout the team. 

Scouting the M-West: New Mexico 

The Lobo's top offensive prospects are two skill players.  Ball carrier DonTrell Moore is a quick footed back who displays excellent running vision and intangibles.  Possessing the ability to double cut during a single run, Moore patiently and waits for blocks to develop then immediately finds the running lanes.  A shifty ball handler, Moore is also an excellent receiver out of the backfield.  Lacking true breakaway speed, he's better between tackle yet lacks classic size.  Moore suffered a terrible knee injury last year against Navy in the teams bowl game and medical exams on the injured joint at the combine will ultimately dictate where he is selected in the draft.  Receiver Hank Baskett is a king sized pass catcher with outstanding natural skills.  Consistently sneaking it behind the defense, Baskett displays excellent timing and gets vertical, out jumping opponents to make the acrobatic catch in midair.  Consistently exposing himself in the middle of the field, Baskett nicely uses his frame to shield away opponents and keeps the play in bounds after the reception, work in trying to pick up as much yardage as possible.  Not a true burner or one who beat defenders in a foot race, Baskett is one of the more underrated receivers in the nation and a good post season could push him into the draft's initial 60 selections.  Center Ryan Cook is a nice sized blocker on the pivot and a nasty lineman large enough to engulf defenders.  Explosive into blocks, Cook easily controls opponents at the point or annihilates defenders on the second level.  Lacking footwork and range in space, he does not display great adjustment yet should be a solid first day pick next April.  Fullback Adrian Byrd is a solid lead blocker who creates space for ball carriers with his playing speed.  Quickly picking up blitzes, he controls linebackers at the point of attack and seals the edge in pass protection.  Tackle Terrance Pennington is a strong lineman effective when he gets leverage on opponents.  Best in a small area, Pennington lacks balance and does not display adjustment. 

Defensive tackle Marcus Parker is an explosive interior lineman with good range.  Sliding laterally to get off blocks, he immediately changes direction or redirects to ball carriers.  Lacking bulk on the inside, Parker is handled at the point and slow shedding blocks.  He offers potential for a team which rotates the front four.  Cornerback Gabriel Fulbright is a solid cover man with good awareness.  Displaying skills in zone, Fulbright quickly closes on the play with a burst of speed.  Not strong in run support, he has potential as a nickel back in the NFL.  Linebacker Michael Mohoric must also be watched. 

New Mexico  Prospect List

Name Pos Yr #
Hank Baskett WR 4Sr 18
Adrian Byrd FB 4Sr 44
Ryan Cook C 4Sr 63
Gabriel Fulbright CB 4Sr 23
Michael Mohoric ILB 4Sr 56
DonTrell Moore RB 5Sr 22
Marcus Parker DT 4Sr 90
Terrance Pennington T 4Sr 79


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