NFL Draft '07: Scouting Stanford

A new stadium and a successful coach entering his second year with the program has justifiably increased expectations for Stanford this year. The team has one of the better quarterbacks in the nation few are paying attention to.

A well sized passer with an NFL arm, Trent Edwards showed flashes of big-time ability early in college and started to pull the pieces together last season. Accurate with good pass placement, Edwards possesses a quick release and displays velocity on all his throws. Suffering with injuries due to the pounding taken behind Stanford's porous offensive line, durability is a question for Edwards. Yet with Walt Harris mentoring the passer don't be surprised if a big campaign this year pushes Edwards into the top 60-selections. Receiver Mark Bradford has been a consistent pass catcher at Stanford the past three seasons. Possessing terrific size/speed numbers Bradford must significantly increase his productivity as a senior to move into the middle rounds. Evan Moore is another king sized wide out who is a terrific red zone target. A possession wide out that could ultimately move inside to tight end, Moore comes off a hip injury which shelved him last year and must get back the prior playing form. If he does he has first day talent.  Tight end Matt Traverso is another who possesses outstanding computer numbers. Seemingly on an upward swing, a good senior campaign could push Traverso into the late rounds.

Graduation sapped the available talent on defense and only a single senior stands as a draftable prospect. Michael Okwo is a small but explosive at linebacker and plays with a good degree of athleticism. Flashing ability the past two seasons, Okwo missed significant time last year with an ankle injury. Consistency and productivity as a senior will get him late round consideration next April.

Stanford Prospect List   

Full Name Pos # Year
Mark Bradford WR 4 4Sr
Trent Edwards QB 5 5Sr
Evan Moore WR 8 4Sr
Michael Okwo ILB 55 4Sr
Matt Traverso TE 87 5Sr



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