Scouting the PAC 10: Arizona

Does John Mackovic have the UA program headed in the right direction? That's remains to be seen as the up and down Wildcats are erratic not only on the field but in War Rooms around the NFL come draft time. A few underrated seniors along with several top-flight underclassmen fill this roster.

Arizona Wildcats

The big name on offense, in every sense, is junior ball carrier Clarence Farmer. A terrific interior runner with great power and abilities to pick up a lot of yardage off initial contact, a single opponent at the point of attack rarely takes down Farmer. The Wildcat's feature back also displays good vision and even some footwork for a bigger runner adding the skills to be a safety valve out of the backfield as a receiver. Farmer is not fast, to the point where you may consider him slow, which could be the determining factor whenever he enters the draft but will still be looked upon as one that can carry the load at the next level. On the line, Makoa Freitas is someone we've liked the past two seasons. A fundamentally sound left tackle, Freitas is relatively athletic and a solid pass protector. He needs to add bulk, strength and pick up the tempo of his run blocking and could ultimately find himself at guard. Another solid prospect is receiver Bobby Wade, a cognizant pass catcher with a great feel for the game. Wade, always on the same page as his quarterback, finds the open spot on the field or works to come free when the signal caller is in trouble and always makes himself an available target. His hands are reliable and Wade does all the little things well but is neither a burner or big for a possession wide out. He is just a good football player that will get looks in the later round and could make it as the fourth or fifth man on the depth chart.

Like the offense, their top pro-prospect on defense is an underclassman. Michael Jolivette is an excellent cover-man with both speed and skill. He flashes on the scene and has enough closing speed to stay with opponents out of their breaks, across the field or down the flanks. Needing to play a little more under control and become more decisive with his decision-making, Jolivette has the abilities to be an early pick in a year or so. Lance Briggs is a solid run stuffing linebacker that quickly reads or anticipates the action but is better making plays going forwards then in reverse while Young Thompson is a quick fireplug on the inside that gives an honest days effort at defensive tackle but size limitations may limit him at the next level.



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