Scouting the Big East: Rutgers

In what has become a never-ending rebuilding project, Rutgers is once again starting on the ground floor with minimal hopes in the near future. The number of pro-prospects offered by this program, both present and future, is similar in number to the games they've won; few.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

On offense, prop 48 player LJ Smith returns for a fifth season. The athletic, pass catching tight end is more an oversized receiver than true tight end. He is fluid, displays adequate speed and makes plays in the defensive backfield. Smith also has nice height and room for growth but may end up as an H-back at the next level as his blocking skills are minimal. He'll need a huge year and good pre-draft workouts to break into the late frames. Receiver Aaron Martin and a pair of offensive linemen, tackles Howard Blackwood and Trohn Carswell may get free agent consideration.

Defensively, Raheem Orr is an explosive but undersized pass rusher that lines-up in a three point stance but must learn to play a linebacker position if he's to succeed at the next level, making plays in reverse as well as up the field. We were glad to see Tony Berry regain a year of eligibility and if he returns to the course of play he flashed in 2000, rather than the very non-descript season he had a year ago, he could fall into the late rounds.




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