NFL Draft '07: Scouting Florida

Bringing back a strong unit with talent on both sides of the ball, Florida should make a run at the SEC Eastern title this season. The team offers an array of next level prospects and possesses a dozen players with NFL potential.

Offensively the focus will be on quarterback Chris Leak, a terrific athlete with marginal signal caller intangibles. Driving passes down the field, Leak puts the ball in front of receivers and throws with touch when necessary. A quick footed runner, he can also pick up yardage with his legs when necessary. Leak's game is raw and he must improve his overall accuracy, pass placement and decision-making. Measuring at just over 5-feet-11-inches he also lacks the desirable height for NFL passer. Presently we rate him as a late round selection. Size/speed numbers are not a problem for DeShawn Wynn, a dominant ball carrier who takes over games when focused. Wynn almost always breaks the first tackle yet at the same time shows a slashing style and the ability to get around the corner. Not considered a prospect with great work ethic, he is player that plays in spurts. A big senior campaign coupled with good reports from the Florida Gator coaching staff could push him into the top 45 selections. Receiver Dallas Baker is a tall pass catcher who offers reliable hands. Consistently finding the open spot on the field Baker exposes himself for the difficult reception and comes away with the tough grab. Lacking the speed beat defenders deep he is more a possession wide out and third receiver at the next level. Junior Andre Caldwell returns after missing most of last season with injury. Flashing abilities Caldwell offers big-time NFL skill but needs more consistency and productivity. Another underclassmen pass catcher to watch is tight end Tate Casey. A natural receiver with soft hands and the ability to pull the pass from the air, Casey is reliable and a solid intermediate range target. Effective as a position blocker, he offers good upside for the next level.

Tackle Marcus Thomas is a defender we've been high on the past two years. Explosive off the snap, Thomas possesses excellent first step quickness and makes plays in every direction of the field. Lacking bulk, he will be handled on the inside but offers first day potential as a three-technique lineman or a possible two- gap player. Ray McDonald returns from a pair of knee surgeries and previously showed himself to be disruptive force on the front line. Possessing marginal size/speed numbers, McDonald is a medical risk and likely to be a late round choice next year. Linebacker Earl Everett offers outstanding size/speed numbers and plays to them on the field. Displaying range in pass coverage Everett runs well laterally and is effective in space. He could be a first day pick as a weak side linebacker. Junior middle linebacker Brandon Siler is a forceful run defender effective in the box. Playing with a lot of explosion, he needs to fine-tune his overall game but is another potential first day pick in the future.

Florida Prospect List

Full Name Pos # Year
Dallas Baker WR 81 5Sr
Andre Caldwell WR 5 4Jr
Tate Casey TE 84 3Jr
Earl Everett OLB 30 4Sr
Chris Leak QB 12 4Sr
Ray McDonald DE 95 5Sr
Brandon Siler OLB 40 3So
Marcus Thomas DT 44 4Sr
Deshawn Wynn RB 21 5Sr



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