Scouting is a twelve month process with minimal time off. Though the college season is still two months away and the 2007 draft another ten months in the offing, here's a quick breakdown on the top 25 draft eligible prospects.
1-Brady Quinn/QB/Notre Dame: NFL
style passer showing great progress the past two seasons.
Offers tremendous physical skills and learning the pro-system deal under Irish
coach Charlie Weiss.
2- Adrian Peterson*/RB/Oklahoma:
ball carrier offering a great combination of power, instincts and style.
Top five selection next April if he stays healthy and declares for the
3- Calvin Johnson*/WR/Georgia Tech: Powerful
receiver with natural pass catching skills.
A great red-zone threat who possesses tremendous size and soft hands.
4-Ted Ginn Jr*/WR/Ohio St: Game breaking receiver who also
impacts the game as a return specialist. Reminds
people of former Buckeye Joey Galloway.
5- Brian Brohm*/QB/Louisville: Large
pocket passer with the physical skills and mental make-up to start in the NFL.
Needs time to complete his game but a high pick in the future.
6- Quentin Moses/DE/Georgia: Speedy
edge rusher who terrorizes quarterbacks off the corner.
Classic 4-3 right defensive end.
7- Michael Bush/RB/Louisville: Big
interior ball-carrier who offers the skills to be a feature runner at the next
level. Effective in the open field
while also offering the skills to be a goal-line/short yardage back.
8- Joe Thomas/T/Wisconsin: Effective
pass blocking left tackle coming off a serious knee injury.
A possible top 15 selection in last April's draft had he not
suffered the injury and opted for the NFL.
9- Gaines Adams/DE/Clemson:
Terrific pass rusher who flashes ability dropped off the line
in space. Has potential as a
conventional defensive end or rush linebacker in a 3-4 defense.
10- LaRon Landry/S/LSU: Complete defensive back forceful
against the run and effective in coverage.
Sized well and a potential top 15 choice.
11- Jeff Samardzija/WR/Notre
Dame: King sized receiver whose game is on the upswing.
Controls the game while also breaking is open. Also has a career in
12- Leon Hall/CB/Michigan:
Shut down corner who makes a lot of plays on the ball.
Offers immediate starting potential at the next level.
13- Justin Blalock/T/Texas:
Classic right tackle with a great degree of athleticism.
Dominant blocker who destroys opponents, never giving up an inch of room.
14- LaMarr Woodley/DE/Michigan: Explosive defender effective in a three point stance or
standing up over tackle. Makes a
lot of plays up the field rushing the passer as well as out to the sidelines in
15- Sidney Rice*/WR/South Carolina: Game
breaking receiver slowly developing a complete game. Benefits under
Steve Spurrier's offensive system yet a legitimate big time prospect.
16- Drew Stanton/QB/Michigan State: Strong-armed
passer who effectively commands the Spartans west coast offense. Offers
potential in several different systems and could make a move up draft boards.
17- Darrelle Revis*/CB/Pittsburgh: Nice
sized corner who shuts down opponents on the college level. Offers great
upside and a player to watch.
18- Jason Hill/WR/Washington State: Game
controlling pass catcher with a solid combination of size and speed. The
"go-to guy" defenses cannot stop.
19- Frank Okam*/DT/Texas:
Large run stuffer on the inside who commands double teams yet holds the
point. Classic defensive tackle who'll also be given consideration on the
20- Antoine Cason*/CB/Arizona: Dynamite
cornerback with great upside. Needs to complete his game but potentially a
top-twelve pick in '07.
21- H.B. Blades/OLB/Pittsburgh: Versatile
linebacker with great bloodlines. Not flashy rather efficient and very
22- Marshawn Lynch*/RB/California: Explosive
ball carrier coming off a breakout season. Lacks the classic size yet a
versatile skill player who can be used in several different roles.
23- Brandon Meriweather/S/Miami-Fl: True
centerfield prospect with potential at cornerback. Lacks top safety size
yet offers solid cover skills and a
three down player at his position.
24- Dwayne Jarrett*/WR/USC: Matt
Leinart's favorite target the past two seasons. Possesses great size and
even better natural receiving skills. Fast forty-times could push him into
the top 15 next April should he jump to the NFL.
Justin Harrell/DT/Tennessee: A silent killer and unheralded defensive
lineman. A steady force for the Volunteers the past three years and offers
first round potential.