Scouting C-USA: East Carolina

ECU now begins the post David Garrard-era while also losing a lot of production with the graduation of Leonard Henry. This program has offered several solid middle frame choices throughout the years; players many are not familiar with who end up sticking around the league for years and having productive careers. If things pan out that trend may continue in '03.

East Carolina Pirates

Offensively the player that could make a big move up boards with a productive senior campaign and good pre-draft workouts is Richard Alston. A nice sized wide out that gets separation and displays the ability to break the deep one on occasion, Alston is a consistent pass catcher very effective after the catch. A tough player that extends over the middle in a crowd to make the catch, he is one to watch. Junior lineman Brian Rimpf has a good amount of upside, though it may not be at the left tackle position he currently resides at. Big and strong; Rimpf is effective in confined quarters and displays good knowledge of the game and is a solid middle frame pick in ‘04. Wide out Torey Morris will get a few looks but must pick up the tempo of his game if he's going to get any draft consideration.

Defensively several prospects, both senior and junior, possess high upsides and are athletes that could be early draft choices should they become football players. Damane Duckett, a basketball player on ECU's round-ball team, has flashed tremendous talent at times from his defensive end position not only rushing the passer but stopping the run and making plays to the flanks. Only a junior Duckett has size, size potential and could be a force if he continues to progress on the football field. Mate Ja'Warren Blair is another with good size and a head for the game but is not nearly the athlete of Duckett. Still; he could be attractive for a team looking to develop a left defensive end. Outside linebacker John Williamson is fierce, fast and explosive but a little late reacting to the action. He may have a place as a back-up and special teams player. Lastly, junior Travis Heath moves into a starting role at safety and is an imposing looking defensive back. Heath, hard-hitting is devastating against the run but must now display the abilities to get the job done when the ball is in the air. Taking all into consideration, size/speed/athleticism, he is one to keep on the radar screen.



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