'07 NFL Draft: Weekend in Review

Another outstanding weekend of college games which provided some terrific performances by top NFL prospects. Others were not so lucky and are watching their draft stock plummet.

With Drew Stanton of Michigan State dropping down draft boards, Troy Smith of Ohio State has been moving in the opposite direction.  On pace for his best season yet, the athletic Buckeye passer is completing 68% of his throws and averaging well over 200-yards through the air every game.  Most impressive has been Smith's decision making as he has reduced his errant tosses.  Evidence of this is Smith's touchdown-to-interception ration of 17-to-2 this season.  

Another Buckeye moving up draft boards is defensive lineman Quinn Pitcock.  A force last week in Ohio State's manhandling of Michigan State, Pitcock totaled four tackles while also registering a pair of sacks and two more tackles for loss.  The versatility to be used as a tackle in a conventional alignment of as a two-gap lineman only adds to his allure.

Anthony Spencer of Purdue is another Big Ten defender making a huge charge up draft boards.  Coming into the season with a late round grade Spencer presently leads the Big Ten in tackle for loss and sacks.

Kenny Irons of Auburn scored points with scouts after showing a lot of toughness this weekend.  Even after hurting his ankle in the second quarter Irons was a big contributor in Auburn's upset victory over the second ranked Florida Gators.  

The 2006 center class is looking as though it will offer a lot of quality up top.  With an offensive averaging almost 36-points a game, Oregon is one of the nation's most prolific.  It all starts up front with the line and it's leader, Enoka Lucas.  A dominator in the middle, Lucas has taken his play to another level and improved his draft stock this year.

On of college football's top five passers, Houston's Kevin Kolb is on pace to finish the season with 3500-passing yards.  Kolb is completing 68% of his throws with 17 touchdowns and just one interception.

The Pittsburgh Panthers continue to impress on the field and in the notebooks of NFL scouts.  Quarterback Tyler Palko has really found his groove settling down in a more pro-style offense this year.  Palko has really improved his accuracy and has moved from free agent prospect to middle round pick.

Another Pitt prospect making a northward move up draft boards is linebacker Clint Session.  Taking a back seat to H.B. Blades for the most part, Session has significantly raised his level of play this year.  As a result he is another free agent prospect likely to receive late round consideration.

A pair of physically gifted ball carriers are letting big opportunities slip through their hands. 

At 5'-11"/215 pounds with 4.55 speed, Kolby Smith graded out as a fifth round pick coming into the season, even though he played behind Michael Bush on the Louisville depth chart.  Once Bush went down in the first game of the season Smith had a golden opportunity to prove he was more than a good athlete trying to play football.  And while the early signs were promising Smith has yet to fully capitalize on the situation.  Never grabbing hold of the starting job, Smith has watched his production and playing time slip the past month.

The other running back falling far short of expectation is Thomas Clayton of Kansas State.  A big ball carrier with an ego to match his size, Clayton has suffered from suspension and fumbles this season.  Like Smith his playing time has been significantly reduced.

Another skill player who has not lived up to expectations is receiver Matt Trannon of Michigan State. A former player on the schools basketball team, the big bodied wide out offers tremendous size at 6-feet-6-inches and 230 pounds yet for such an imposing target he is rarely involved in the passing game. Since hauling in 14 receptions during the second game of the season Trannon has totaled just seven cathces and no touchdowns in games against Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and Michigan.

D'Juan Woods is yet another wide out dropping down draft boards at the speed of light.  After showing tremendous potential as a sophomore then turning in a productive junior campaign, Woods game has severly regressed.  With only 13 receptions this year he has been a major disappointment.

The activities of Brandon Merriweather during the brawl between FIU and UM this weekend is sure to hurt his draft stock. 

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