NFL Draft '07: Scouting Missouri

Coming off a mildly disappointing campaign Mizzu now moves forward without record setting quarterback Brad Smith. The teams top NFL talent resides in the ranks of the underclassmen though a few senior defensive prospects could make their way into the middle rounds.

Junior tight end Martin Rucker has displayed flashes of big-time ability and comes off a breakout sophomore campaign. A natural pass catcher Rucker plays with terrific balance, body control and athleticism. Rucker must develop his blocking to become a complete player at the position but is on his way to being a highly ranked NFL prospect. Receiver Brad Ekwerekwu possesses excellent size and natural receiving skills. Using his large frame as an advantage, Ekwerekwu has the build of a possession receiver yet must produce on a consistent basis to have any real shot at the next level. Tackle Joel Clinger offers good size but is a marginal athlete effective only in confined quarters.

Defensive end Brian Smith is a terrific college pass-rusher yet undersized prospect likely to move to outside linebacker in the future. Fast off the edge, Smith also makes plays up-and-down the line of scrimmage. He looks like a good fit as a rush linebacker for 34 defense.  Solid forty-times leading up to April's draft could push him into the late part of the first day. Middle linebacker Dedrick Harrington comes off a breakout campaign and is a solid run stopper. Offering good size Harrington has potential as both a middle linebacker or on the inside of a 34 defense. Safety David Overstreet is another good run defender and the teams leading tackler. Best up field in a straight-line, Overstreet's playing style best fits a two-deep zone system.

Missouri Prospect List

Full Name Pos Year Number
Joel Clinger T 5Sr 74
Brad Ekwerekwu WR 4Sr 86
Dedrick Harrington ILB 5Sr 33
David Overstreet S 5Sr 8
Martin Rucker TE 4Jr 82
Brian Smith OLB 5Sr 39

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