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
New Mexico Prospect List