NFL Draft '07: Scouting Oregon

A program which constantly overachieves, the Ducks must overcome the loss of several top players from both sides of the ball. Presently a handful of NFL-prospects on the roster could be late round picks next April.

Enoka Lucas is an explosive blocker on the pivot who helps out teammates and plays with terrific intelligence. Effective with the shotgun snap, Lucas stays square and plays with solid fundamentals. Lacking footwork, adjustment and skill in motion, Lucas is a marginal athlete best in a small area. James Finley takes over as the teams go to receiver and the senior prospect offers solid size/speed numbers. Lost in the shuffle last season, Finley has the tools to move into the draft's first day if he has a big campaign this year. Dante Rosario has switched between tight end and fullback the past three seasons. Athletic, Rosario could be an effective fullback at the next level if he makes blocking a priority. Oregon offers a pair of underclassmen quarterbacks who must be watched. Dennis Dixon has a live arm and also makes plays with his legs. Offering good upside, he must polish his game to have any shot of being a draft pick. Brady Leaf is a lot like his older brother, former first round pick Ryan Leaf. Just like the first-round bust the younger Leaf sibling has outstanding pocket passer size, a strong arm and the physical skills to play at the next level.

Defensively the teams strength lies in the backfield. Free safety J.D. Nelson offers outstanding size/speed numbers and is a disciplined defender who works well with cornerbacks. A big time hitter in centerfield, Nelson has a good burst of closing speed and could fit in as a conventional strong safety at the next level. Junior Patrick Chung plays more of a freelance/rover position and the sophomore has definite potential for the NFL.

Oregon Prospect List

Full Name Pos # Year
Patrick Chung S 15 3So
Dennis Dixon QB 10 3Jr
Brady Leaf QB 16 4Jr
Enoka Lucas C 55 5Sr
J.D. Nelson S 28 4Sr
Dante Rosario FB 44 4Sr


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