Scouting the SEC: Kentucky

Only a few years ago Kentucky seemed to be a program on the rise and offered the first pick of the entire draft. My how times have changed; after brutal NCAA sanctions handcuffed the team its' been a straight downward spiral for the pigskiners at UK. Slowly the pro-prospects coming from Lexington have been dwindling and they may not have a single choice next April.

Kentucky Wildcats

Quarterback Jared Lorenzen, the "hefty lefty", made a nice comeback late last season after being sent to the bench at the beginning of the campaign and displayed improved vision, decision-making and accuracy when returning to the line-up. Lorenzen has the physical skills to play at the next level but must develop his mental abilities and fundamentals as never really finishes his throws and has terrible footwork; he steps out of his throws, throws off his backfoot and at times it seems he's doing the two step while releasing the ball but rarely does he firmly set his feet or throw over the top foot, all which adversely effects his accuracy. Most importantly, Lorenzen must keep his weight in check as he tends to balloon up towards the 300-pound mark and no one will take a chance on a signal caller that big. Artose Pinner has the size and skill to be a solid interior runner at the next level but needs to prove he can handle the load on the college level and be the "go-to guy". In that vane he needs a big senior campaign. Junior wide out Derek Abney is consistent, reliable and smart but lacks the size/speed numbers to be anything other than a late round pick.

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