Scouting is a 12-month process with minimal time off. Though the college season is still two months away and the 2007 draft another 10 months in the offing, here's a quick breakdown on the top-25 draft-eligible prospects. One of them could very well end up a member of the Vikings, so it's never too early to starting at the NFL prospects of the future.
1-Brady Quinn/QB/Notre Dame: NFL-style passer showing great progress the past two seasons.
Offers tremendous physical skills and learning the pro-system deal under Irish
coach Charlie Weiss.
2- Adrian Peterson*/RB/Oklahoma:
ball carrier offering a great combination of power, instincts and style.
Top-five selection next April if he stays healthy and declares for the
3- Calvin Johnson*/WR/Georgia Tech: Powerful
receiver with natural pass-catching skills.
A great red-zone threat who possesses tremendous size and soft hands.
4-Ted Ginn Jr*/WR/Ohio St: Game-breaking receiver who also
impacts the game as a return specialist. Reminds
people of former Buckeye Joey Galloway.
5- Brian Brohm*/QB/Louisville: Large
pocket passer with the physical skills and mental make-up to start in the NFL.
Needs time to complete his game but a high pick in the future.
6- Quentin Moses/DE/Georgia: Speedy
edge rusher who terrorizes quarterbacks off the corner.
Classic 4-3 right defensive end.
7- Michael Bush/RB/Louisville: Big
interior ball-carrier who offers the skills to be a feature runner at the next
level. Effective in the open field
while also offering the skills to be a goal-line/short-yardage back.
8- Joe Thomas/T/Wisconsin: Effective
pass-blocking left tackle coming off a serious knee injury.
A possible top-15 selection in last April's draft had he not
suffered the injury and opted for the NFL.
9- Gaines Adams/DE/Clemson:
Terrific pass rusher who flashes ability dropped off the line
in space. Has potential as a
conventional defensive end or rush linebacker in a 3-4 defense.
10- LaRon Landry/S/LSU: Complete defensive back forceful
against the run and effective in coverage.
Sized well and a potential top-15 choice.
11- Jeff Samardzija/WR/Notre
Dame: King-sized receiver whose game is on the upswing.
Controls the game while also breaking in the open. Also has a career in
12- Leon Hall/CB/Michigan:
Shutdown corner who makes a lot of plays on the ball.
Offers immediate starting potential at the next level.
13- Justin Blalock/T/Texas:
Classic right tackle with a great degree of athleticism.
Dominant blocker who destroys opponents, never giving up an inch of room.
14- LaMarr Woodley/DE/Michigan: Explosive defender effective in a three-point stance or
standing up over tackle. Makes a
lot of plays up the field rushing the passer as well as out to the sidelines in
15- Sidney Rice*/WR/South Carolina: Game-breaking receiver slowly developing a complete game. Benefits under
Steve Spurrier's offensive system, yet a legitimate big-time prospect.
16- Drew Stanton/QB/Michigan State: Strong-armed
passer who effectively commands the Spartans' West Coast offense. Offers
potential in several different systems and could make a move up draft boards.
17- Darrelle Revis*/CB/Pittsburgh: Nice-sized corner who shuts down opponents on the college level. Offers great
upside and a player to watch.
18- Jason Hill/WR/Washington State: Game-controlling pass catcher with a solid combination of size and speed. The
"go-to guy" defenses cannot stop.
19- Frank Okam*/DT/Texas:
Large run stuffer on the inside who commands double teams yet holds the
point. Classic defensive tackle who'll also be given consideration on the
20- Antoine Cason*/CB/Arizona: Dynamite
cornerback with great upside. Needs to complete his game but potentially a
top-12 pick in '07.
21- H.B. Blades/OLB/Pittsburgh: Versatile
linebacker with great bloodlines. Not flashy; rather efficient and very
22- Marshawn Lynch*/RB/California: Explosive
ball carrier coming off a breakout season. Lacks the classic size, yet a
versatile skill player who can be used in several different roles.
23- Brandon Meriweather/S/Miami-Fl: True
centerfield prospect with potential at cornerback. Lacks top safety size,
yet offers solid cover skills and a
three-down player at his position.
24- Dwayne Jarrett*/WR/USC: Matt
Leinart's favorite target the past two seasons. Possesses great size and
even better natural receiving skills. Fast 40 times could push him into
the top 15 next April should he jump to the NFL.
Justin Harrell/DT/Tennessee: A silent killer and unheralded defensive
lineman. A steady force for the Volunteers the past three years and offers