NFL Draft '07: Scouting Louisville

With an explosive offense and a defense that can hold its own, Louisville will battle for the Big East championship and a BCS berth this year. Two players on offense carry an early round grade while their top defensive lineman could be one of the more underrated players at his position.

Running back Michael Bush is a big, physical runner with outstanding instincts. A punishing ball carrier, Bush is rarely brought down by the first defender and carries the pile for extra yardage. Also displaying top footwork for a big man, he set defenders up, makes them miss or bounces around piles to the outside. Possessing soft hands, Bush also adds the dimension of backfield receiver. Possessing outstanding size/speed numbers Bush would have been a top-twenty selection in next April's draft were it not for the devastating leg injury suffered on Sunday.  With a rod now inserted in his leg the big back has a decision to make; does he enter next April's draft or return for another season of college ball?  Quarterback Brian Brohm is a big-armed passer who easily gets the ball downfield. Displaying good deep accuracy Brohm lets receivers run to the long ball and possesses a sense of timing. Needing to brush up the finer points of his game Brohm also offers first round potential in the near future. Junior center Eric Wood is an explosive blocker who immediately engages defenders off the snap. Relatively athletic, he is also an intelligent lineman that will improve as he physically matures. Kurt Quarterman is a small area blocker and marginal athlete who'll be a free-agent choice next April. Running back Kolby Smith would start for most programs and has the desirable size/speed numbers for the next level. With the leg injury to Bush, he now has an opportunity to see increased playing time and improve his draft stock.

Defensive tackle Amobi Okoye is an explosive interior lineman who makes plays in any direction of the field. Rarely off his feet, he displays excellent first step quickness and has nice size in the middle of the line. Nate Harris is another defender whose game is characterized by explosion and quickness. A hard-working linebacker, Harris has limited size which will push him down draft boards.

Louisville Prospect List

Full Name Pos # Year
Brian Brohm QB 12 3Jr
Michael Bush RB 19 4Sr
Nate Harris ILB 10 4Sr
Amobi Okoye DT 91 4Sr
Kurt Quarterman G 76 5Sr
Kolby Smith RB 33 4Sr
Eric Wood C 77 3Jr

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