Motor City Bowl: NFL Draft Prospects

Wednesday night at 7:30 ET on ESPN, Purdue and Central Michigan square off in the Motor City Bowl, giving you a chance to check out some NFL Draft hopefuls who could land on your favorite team next year. Scout.com's Chris Steuber tells you who to keep an eye on as you watch the game.

No

Name

Pos

Hgt

Wt

Exp

Projection

1

Dustin Keller

TE

6-4

240

Sr.

2nd – 3rd Round

Notes: Keller is an athletic tight end with a great deal of potential. He's quick off the snap, delivers an initial punch against the opposition, moves well laterally to break off his block, and gets in an offensive position. He has good straight-line speed and is a threat downfield. He's a focused receiver that keeps his eyes on the ball before making a move. He has always been a good blocker, but he's really developed his game as a receiver over the last two seasons.

2

Dorien Bryant

WR

5-10

175

Sr.

3rd Round

Notes: Bryant is a quick, reliable receiver that's been productive throughout his career. He doesn't possess ideal size at the receiver position, but his ability to make plays is what makes him special. He has great hands, runs crisp routes and has a unique ability to find holes in a defense. He's quick off the line, instantly reaches his second gear and is able to get into the open field.

3

Cliff Avril

DE

6-3

251

Sr.

3rd – 4th Round

Notes: Avril is an instinctive, but undersized defensive end that plays with leverage. He's quick off the snap and makes a lot of plays in the backfield. He has quick feet and hands and is able to fight off blocks against bigger opponents. He finished the regular season with 14.5 tackles for a loss and six sacks.

4

Curtis Painter

QB

6-4

223

Jr.

4th – 5th Round

Notes: Painter is a nice-sized athlete with a strong arm. He stands tall in the pocket and has a quick release. He shows patience going through his reads and locates his primary target. He has to improve his accuracy and be more consistent to become a complete QB.

5

Sean Sester

OT

6-7

325

Jr.

4th – 5th Round

Notes: Sester is a tough, physical right tackle that plays with a mean streak. He shields defenders from getting around the end. He has good hand placement and blocking technique, while displaying above average lateral movement.

6

Terrell Vinson

CB

5-9

180

Sr.

4th – 5th Round

Notes: Heygood is a former running back recruit who's developed into an above average linebacker. He shows great instincts and is quick in pursuit. He's quick around the edge and makes plays in the backfield. He's still developing as a linebacker, but tied Cliff Avril for the team lead in tackles for loss with 14.5.

7

Anthony Heygood

OLB

6-2

230

Jr.

5th – 6th Round

Notes: Keglar is a tough, hardworking linebacker who flies around the ball and makes plays. He has good speed and great range. He's a very intelligent player that understands his assignment and produces on the field. He takes good angles, positions himself well, and wraps up the opposition. He's good in coverage and shows good instincts.

8

Stanford Keglar

OLB

6-2

247

Sr.

6th – 7th Round

Notes: Grimes is a big, physical interior lineman with limited lateral movement. He delivers a vicious initial punch, but struggles against quicker opponents. He uses his strength to his advantage, but has to develop better technique to succeed at the next level.

9

Jordan Grimes

OG

6-3

325

Sr.

7th Round

Notes: Scott is a former JUCO transfer that's developed into a solid defender. He takes good angles in coverage and is quick in pursuit. He plays well in the box and makes plays behind the line of scrimmage. He backpedals well and has soft hands that create turnovers.

10

Justin Scott

S

6-0

209

Sr.

7th Round - UFA

Notes: Scott is a former JUCO transfer that's developed into a solid defender. He takes good angles in coverage and is quick in pursuit. He plays well in the box and makes plays behind the line of scrimmage. He backpedals well and has soft hands that create turnovers.

11

Robbie Powell

C

6-5

307

Sr.

UFA

Notes: Powell is a versatile lineman that can play guard or center. He has limited lateral movement, but is strong at the point of attack. He uses his hands well, but struggles against quicker defenders.

12

Eugene Bright

DE

6-4

254

Sr.

UFA

Notes: Bright has intriguing physical tools, but has a questionable past. He plays with leverage, but doesn't possess top speed to get around the edge consistently.

No

Name

Pos

Hgt

Wt

Exp

Projection

1

Andrew Hartline

OT

6-5

297

Jr.

5th Round

Notes: Hartline is just a junior, but was the understudy of 2007 first round pick Joe Staley. Prior to this season, he played right tackle, opposite Staley, but moved to left tackle this season. He's quick off the snap and has excellent hand placement. He moves well laterally and shows significant improvement game to game.

2

Red Keith

LB

5-11

242

Sr.

7th Round

Notes: Keith is undersized, but plays with a high motor and intensity. He's quick to the point of attack and positions himself well to make positive plays. He drops well into coverage and recorded two interceptions this season. He led Central Michigan in tackles with 139, 6.5 for a loss.

3

Ike Brown

SS

5-11

203

Sr.

UFA

Notes: Brown started his career as a running back, moved to safety, and then linebacker. He has good instincts and plays hard. He's a developmental player that doesn't have a distinguished position. He played exclusively at linebacker this season and collected 100 tackles, 10.5 for a loss, and two sacks.

4

Steven Friend

DT

6-2

294

Sr.

UFA

Notes: Friend is a hard worker with limited abilities. He lacks explosion and quickness, but wedges himself between the opposition to defend the run.


A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999.


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