Scouting the M-West: SDSU

Never coming close to expectations during the Ted Tollner era, SDSU now hopes Tom Craft can right the ship. This program has put impact players into the NFL through the draft whether it be Marshall Faulk a decade ago or most recently Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila but there is no player that approaches that stature next April.

San Diego State Aztec

Offensively receiver JR Tolver is a nice sized wide out that flashes the ability to make big receptions down the field and is also equally effective on the underneath patterns. Tolver is prone to the occasional lapse in concentration, resulting in more than a fair share of drops, and does not posses the top end speed to stretch the defense in any usually manner. A big senior season could push him into the early part of day two; otherwise he's a free agent. Center Johnathan Ingram is explosive on the pivot and has slowly progressed as both a run or pass blocker. He's a late round pick at best but does have an outside shot to make it at the next level. Lastly, signal caller Lon Sheriff is a nice size pocket passer with above average arm strength but his accuracy and fundamentals are not sound. Sheriff may not even start this season and will not be drafted, though he should get invited to a camp next summer.

As first reported by the TFY Draft Preview from last January's Senior Bowl, defensive lineman Akbar Gbaja-Biamila received a sixth season of eligibility and looks to set himself up with a big campaign in '03. Younger brother to former Aztec Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, Akbar has the size the Green Bay sack-master does not and is as good an athlete but nowhere near the quickness or explosion of his big-brother and has yet to prove he is the football player his brother at this point in their careers. Yet a solid senior campaign and good pre-draft workouts will push him into the middle frames. Another Aztec defender that could make a move into the early-or-middle frames is corner Ricky Sharpe. A nice size cover-man with solid techniques, Sharpe flourishes backed off the line of scrimmage and easily stays with opposing receivers around the field. Sharpe has both the physical and mental skills to be successful at the next level but must really start to put it together, turn up the intensity and become the force he is capable of or Sharpe will slide down draft boards.



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