Scout Watch: NFC Team Stays Close To Home

The football universe is frantic about the start of the 2009 season and NFL organizations have already started planning for the 2010 NFL Draft.'s Chris Steuber has the latest and confirms that an NFC South team scouts a local school.

The University of Tulane is becoming a popular destination for scouts this summer, and has confirmed that New Orleans Saints scout Mike Baugh made the short ride over to Tulane to watch practice on Monday, August 17th.

Anderson is coming off of a season-ending injury and is determined to have a breakout '09 season.
AP/Bill Haber

Last week, also confirmed that the Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders attended practice and were there to observe the Green Wave’s top two prospects, wide receiver Jeremy Williams and running back Andre Anderson.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Williams is Tulane’s No. 1 prospect and the diamond that presents the most clarity to scouts. After starting the 2008 season off strong by catching 27 passes for 437 yards and five touchdowns in the first five games, Williams broke a bone in his right hand in the fifth game of the year against Army and missed the remainder of the season. A big play threat downfield, Williams is physical off the line and runs crisp intermediate routes that make him hard to defend. He reads coverages well and does a nice job of finding openings within the defense. He doesn’t possess elite speed, but he’s deceptively quick and agile and makes a lot of plays.

Injury also cut Anderson’s season short in ’08, as he suffered a shoulder injury during the seventh game of the year against Rice. Prior to his injury, Anderson had 174 carries for 864 yards and seven touchdowns; he also caught 25 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown. At 5-foot-11, 212 pounds, Anderson resembles Forte athletically and physically, but isn’t as highly touted as Forte was when he starred at Tulane. Anderson lacks top end speed, but he’s a strong runner between the tackles and has the quickness to get on the edge. He doesn’t go down on initial contact and fights for extra yards. As a receiver, he shows patience coming out of the backfield, sets up nicely to give the quarterback a target to throw to, and quickly turns up field using his vision and cutback ability. He’s a good short yardage runner and is dangerous in the redzone.

Williams is currently the ninth rated wide receiver (137th overall) and Anderson is the 20th rated running back (283rd overall) in’s 2010 NFL Draft Rankings.

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. Steuber’s features are published across the network and on If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at:

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