NFL Draft '07: Scouting Penn State

After a banner campaign when the program played in a BCS game, Penn State will struggle trying to duplicate their performance of last year. Ironically the team could have more first day selections in the 2007 draft then they had last April.

Hands down the top offensive prospect is offensive lineman Levi Brown. A blocker we've ranked highly since his sophomore campaign, Brown is strong lineman who plays with leverage. Patient he's an outstanding position blocker who easily controls opponents at the point. While Brown plays left tackle for Penn State he lacks overall blocking range and adjustment which could ultimately force his move to the strong side or possibly into guard at the next level. Half back Tony Hunt is a hard working multi-dimensional player with top football intelligence.  Hunt does an excellent job setting up then following blocks and is also effective with blocking assignments in pass protection. Possessing marginal speed, he lacks a burst through the hole and does not beat defenders around the corner. In many ways he reminds us of former Nittany Lion Richie Anderson; a productive college player with marginal computer numbers who will somehow find a home at the next level. Lead blocker Brandon Snow is the powerful short yardage runner who must be more decisive with his blocking.

Defensively the team offers an array of prospects in front seven. Tackle Jay Alford has marginal size but is a heady, tough lineman upfront. Playing with good leverage, Alford quickly changes direction and makes plays out the flanks. Handled at the point, he could be used as a three-technique lineman or in a rotational four-man front. The team welcomes back Ed Johnson, a player who looked dominant in '04 then was dismissed from the squad last year. Johnson possesses solid size on the inside but must get back the prior playing form to truly be considered a draftable prospect. Opinions will be varied on linebacker Paul Posluszny. Intelligent with great instincts, Posluszny is very disciplined and consistently puts himself in position to make plays. Possessing just marginal size/speed numbers he has a limited range and struggles in coverage. We wholeheartedly disagree with some to believe he's a top 20 choice and feel Posluszny is a better fit in the early part of round two. Tim Shaw does not get a fraction of the notoriety his teammate does but is a solid prospect in his own right. Shaw also possesses a good head the action and stays with assignments. He is late round material.

Prospect List Penn State

Full Name Pos # Year
Jay Alford DT 13 4Sr
Levi Brown T 67 5Sr
Tony Hunt RB 28 4Sr
Ed Johnson DT 92 5Sr
Paul Posluszny OLB 31 4Sr
Tim Shaw ILB 20 5Sr
Brandon Snow FB 30 4Sr

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