Scouting C-USA: Memphis

The Tigers, a program that seemingly can't get over the hump, hoped to do so this year before recently suffering a major setback on defense. This program, noted for the quality defensive backs it has put into the league, won't be so lucky year on the field or in the War Room.

Memphis Tigers

Offensively the top prospect could be former quarterback turned receiver Travis Anglin, a nice sized athlete that can run. He offers a big target and keeps the play in bounds when the ball is in his hands, working to pick up positive yardage. Whether Anglin can make the transition to a full-time pass catcher will dictate if he's drafted. At the very worst he is a solid developmental prospect and someone to stash on the practice squad. Dante Brown is a nice sized interior runner with decent power and vision but lacks speed and may not be able to handle the duties as a feature runner at the next level. The man who took Anglin's job as the signal caller, Danny Wimprine, has some future potential.

The good news is Memphis has a potentially great future prospect in defensive tackle Albert Means, the much talked about junior whose recruiting experience put Alabama football on five years probation. The bad news is Means is academically ineligible to play in 2002 and will spend the season working to get his grades in order. Means is a massive interior lineman with terrific natural strength and also a good athlete that easily moves about the field. He is quick and defeats double teams but he is also lazy and content just clogging the middle with his bulk rather than working to make plays. Means career had a rocky start, though much of it was not his fault until this recent bump in the road and he is the kind of prospect that could be a top five pick if he turns it around, or end up at the other side of the spectrum as a late round choice if he doesn't quickly kick it into gear. Prop 48 prospect Tony Brown returns for a fifth season, which is good news. He is an athletic defensive end that has displayed the ability to rush the passer in the past. Keep an eye on Elijah Bell, a part-time safety that's displayed skills in the past.

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