is usually characterized by the mammoth linemen they offer the NFL come draft
weekend, as well as running backs that come in large numbers.
That will not be the case this year.
John Garrison is an effective center but by no means a dominator
in the middle. His real value may
lie as a long-snapper, which will get him late round looks.
Dahrran Diedrick is a nice sized interior runner with a powerful
lower body that enables him to pick up a ton of yardage off initial contact.
He also shows adequate vision but is not fast and an awful receiver out
of the backfield which will push him into the late rounds.
Unless he has a splendid senior campaign Thunder Collins is also a
later round choice. Collins is a
lot faster then his teammate while also being a competent receiver out of the
backfield. Still, he must prove his
worth as an every down feature back to be of any real value at the next level
and with Diedrick on the team that is not going to happen this season. They have a duo of pass catchers we like.
Wilson Thomas is a nice sized receiver that makes the difficult
catch while also showing a good degree of downfield speed. Problem is he's not
a natural wide out and does too much body catching or snaring the pass between
his forearms as opposed to plucking it cleanly out of the air.
His route running is also suspect but has some upside potential.
The other to keep tabs on is tight end Aaron Golliday, someone
we've watched closely since his sophomore campaign.
Though a better athlete then the recently departed Tracey Wistrom,
Golliday's play seemingly slipped last year and he was not much of a factor in
the offense. When he puts his mind
to it and keeps the intensity meter up high Golliday is a tight end that can
block for both the run or pass and is also an effective receiver.
He could move up draft boards with a big senior campaign.