Scout.com has confirmed that representatives from the Arizona Cardinals, New York Giants, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, who will send their Pro Personnel Coordinator Doug Whaley, and San Francisco 49ers will be in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon to scout the Buffalo, Temple game.
There are some good players featured in this contest; players that will likely be drafted in the mid-to-late rounds, but there is one player who could ascend into Day One of the 2010 draft, Buffalo wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt. At 6-foot, 191 pounds, Roosevelt is a sure-handed receiver who doesn’t possess elite speed, but has the quickness to be effective in the open field. He gets a fluid release off the line, runs crisp routes and separates from the opposition. He’s a reliable target that makes himself available to the quarterback over the middle and downfield. He does a nice job of catching the ball away from his body and makes tough receptions in traffic. Roosevelt has been a big play threat this season for the Bulls; in the first three games he has 20 receptions for 325 yards and three touchdowns. He’s currently the 5th rated wide receiver by Scout.com.
Unfortunately for Buffalo and the scouts in attendance, running back James Starks is out for the season after he suffered a labral tear in his shoulder. A fifth year senior, Starks is out of eligibility and it’s likely that he will enter the 2010 draft instead of petitioning to the NCAA for a sixth year. The labral tear will sideline Starks for up to six months and there’s a chance he will be ready for the Scouting Combine in February. At 6-foot-2, 218 pounds, Starks had a breakout ’08 season where he had 272 carries for 1,333 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Over the last few seasons, Temple has produced some intriguing prospects. And this year, even though they don’t have a top-level prospect, they do have some good mid-to-late round players that will generate interest. Temple’s top overall prospect is junior safety Jaiquawn Jarrett; a 6-foot-2, 195-pound playmaker, who’s currently tied for second on the team in tackles with 12. The two senior players receiving the most attention are defensive tackle Andre Neblett and safety Dominique Harris.
At 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, Harris is an instinctive defender who delivers punishing hits. He’s viewed as a tweener, who could potentially play linebacker at the next level. So far this season, Harris also has 12 tackles and has recorded a sack. The 6-foot-2, 300-pound Neblett is an athletic interior presence who offers versatility to a team at the next level. He can lineup at DE in a 3-4 or at DT in a 4-3. As quick as he is off the line, he doesn’t get in the backfield consistently and isn’t a huge threat as a pass rusher. In two games this season, Neblett has just two tackles, one for a loss.
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