Scouting the M-West: BYU

The Cougs looked like they were headed to an undefeated season last year until a few bumps in the road tripped them up late in the campaign. A lot of talent graduated or left for the draft leaving several question marks. We don't see any first day picks in '03, except for a single possible underclassman.

BYU Cougars

The offense has a pair of tackles that will get late round looks. Ben Archibald is a big, strong right side player that blocks with solid fundamentals and does a nice job in confined quarters. He's quick with his hands and blocks with his legs, easily controlling defenders once engaged at the point of attack. Archibald does not have the height you'd like in a right tackle but is a possible late round choice at guard. Dustin Rykert protects the blind side and like Archibald is strong at the pint and best in a smaller area, which makes a move to the right side very possible. BYU also has a pair of reliable and active targets in Reno Mahe and Andrew Ord. Mahe is an elusive receiver, constantly getting open and finding the soft spot in the defense, displaying solid receiving skills in all aspects of his game. Ord is similar but a little taller and not as elusive. Neither have the speed to stretch the defense and as a result will be pushed into the later rounds. Keep an eye on tight end Spencer Ned; a promising blocker and solid target in the short field.

Defensively, junior linebacker Paul Walkenhurst is a hard working run stuffer that can play the middle and possibly the. He displays a good nose for the ball, always looking to get involved in the action but has limited speed and quickness. One junior we really like, and a player with a high upside, is cornerback Jernaro Guilford. A nice sized cover-man, Guilford is technically sound and effective in either press or zone coverage. He displays a great break on the pass and closing speed, consistently deflecting away the ball. What really stands out to us is the field sense and overall ball awareness Guilford plays with; both are top notch. It is not at all inconceivable that with a good junior campaign Guilford enters the draft and gets selected during the first day.



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