NFL Draft '07: Scouting Arizona State

As has been the case for the last decade, Arizona State is expected to compete in a minor bowl game this season and offers several senior prospects for the middle and late rounds of next April's NFL draft.

In a wild twist of events, Sam Keller, a potential middle round choice in next April's draft, abruptly left the program after being named as the number two quarterback for ASU, and promptly transferred to Nebraska earlier this week. A big-armed passer, Keller has a quick delivery and can drive the ball downfield. Needing to improve his overall fundamentals, poor decision-making lead to Keller's benching and subsequent departure. Redshirt sophomore Rudy Carpenter takes over behind center and the play making signal caller is a solid college quarterback with average NFL skills. Tackle Andrew Carnahan is a massive blocker who anchors at the point of attack. Better in a small area, a good senior campaign could push Carnahan into late part of the first day. Stephen Berg is another nice sized blocker best in a small area. A good senior campaign might help push Berg into final rounds of the draft. Junior tight end Zach Miller is already drawing comparisons to former first round selection Todd Heap. An outstanding pass catcher, Miller consistently makes the difficult catch in traffic. Needing to add bulk to his frame, Miller must improve his blocking to become a complete tight end but offers top 45 potential in the future. Backup tight end Jamaal Lewis is a solid prospect in his own right and has an opportunity to be a practice squad player. Terry Richardson now becomes the "go-to" receiver for the offense. He is another with late round/free agent potential as of now.

Defensively all the Sun Devil prospects are late round choices. Jordan Hill is an explosive interior lineman who goes very hard. Possessing a great first step, Hill lacks size and growth potential but could be used as a rotational lineman. Kyle Caldwell is another smallish player who flashes pass rush abilities and could back up for a conventional system. Safety Zach Catanese is a solid run defender and offers terrific size/speed numbers from his safety position. Struggling with his back to the ball, Catanese looks best suited for a two-deep zone system. Don't forget the return of Loren Howard, the former pass-rushing extraordinaire who transferred from Northwestern just prior to last season.

Arizona State Prospect List

Full Name Pos # Year
Stephen Berg G 66 5Sr
Kyle Caldwell DE 50 4Sr
Andrew Carnahan T 52 5Sr
Rudy Carpenter QB 12 3So
Zach Catanese S 5 4Sr
Jordan Hill DT 1 5Sr
Loren Howard DE 66 5Sr
Sam Kellar QB N 5Sr
Jamaal Lewis TE 82 5Sr
Zach Miller TE N 3Jr
Terry Richardson WR 17 5Sr

RANKING THE PAC TEN NFL PROSPECTS


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