Scouting the Alamo Bowl for NFL Talent

December 30, 4:30 PM EST, ESPN: A terrific Big Ten-Big 12 match-up rocks the Alamo Dome. And though both teams had a disappointing season there is plenty of NFL talent in this game. A number of top prospects from both sides of the ball will be on the field at any one time as we count ten potential first day picks.

Texas vs. Iowa
ESPN, 4:30 P.M.


Name Pos # Yr Rnd Comments
Scott Chandler TE 87 4Sr 4/5 Terrific pass catching tight end deficient as a blocker.  Combine 40-times are critical.
Calvin Davis WR 22 5Sr FA

Mike Elgin C 54 5Sr 7th Tough, small area blocker who played well at center this season after moving over from guard.
Kenny Iwebema DE 92 4Jr 1/2 Athletic pass rusher who creates havoc off the edge or pursuing from the backside.
Mike Jones G 76 4Sr 7th College tackle who projects to guard.  Very reliable possessing the mental tools and attitude to play in the NFL.
Mike Klinkenborg ILB 40 4Jr 5/6 First year starter coming off a breakout campaign.  Terrific run defender who nicely fits on the inside of a 3-4.
Miguel Merrick S 15 5Sr 7th Athletic safety that has shown continual improvement.  Produces on special teams.
Edmond Miles OLB 27 5Sr FA Undersized linebacker best in the box.
Marcus Paschal S 25 5Sr FA Run defending safety with marginal ball skills in coverage.  
Drew Tate QB 5 4Sr FA Undersized passer best on the move.  CFL candidate.
Marshal Yanda G 73 4Sr 6/7 First year starter who looked very good at times last season.  A bit small and may be better off at guard.  Solid developmental prospect.
Albert Young RB 21 4Jr 3rd Well rounded ball carrier best between the tackle.


Name Pos # Yr Rnd Comments
Justin Blalock T 63 5Sr 2nd Stout run blocker who also displays skills in pass protection.  Can be used at strong-side tackle or guard.
Tarell Brown CB 5 4Sr 2/3 Terrific shut-down cover corner who will be downgraded because of off-the-field concerns.
Tim Crowder DE 80 4Sr 2/3 Explosive college defensive end who works hard.  Offers solid growth potential.
Michael Griffin S 27 4Sr 2/3 Athletic safety with a complete game.  Prone to an occasional lapse but for the most part consistently making positive plays.
Tony Hills T 79 3Jr 1/2
Well sized tackle with a huge amount of upside.
Frank Okam DT 97 3Jr 1/2 Dominant interior player who controls the line when focused on the task at hand.  Has a tendency to disappear for stretches.
Billy Pittman WR 5 4Jr 3/4 Explosive wide out who flashes game breaking skills.  Coming off a disappointing campaign.
Brian Robison DE 39 5Sr 4/5 Intelligent prospect with outstanding computer numbers.  Lacks bulk and playing strength.  Could be effective rotating up front in a number of schemes.
Aaron Ross CB 31 4Sr 1/2 Developing cornerback who also impacts the game as a return specialist.
Lyle Sendlein C 62 5Sr FA Explosive blocker on the pivot best in confined quarters.
Kasey Studdard G 64 5Sr 6/7 Hard-working, small area blocker very strong at the point.
Limas Sweed WR 93 4Jr 1/2 Game controlling wide out with great size.
Neale Tweedie TE 87 5Sr FA Blocking tight end who could be a number three at his position.
Selvin Young RB 22 5Sr 4/5 Underrated ball carrier coming off an solid campaign.  Never got the opportunity to be a true number one back and best in a rotational system in the NFL.


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