2008 NFL Draft Underclassmen Part III

Jan 18, 2008

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Here is is a look at the rest of the underclassmen that declared for the NFL draft.

DeShaun Jackson, WR, Cal
He’s a little light (6’0″, 178″), but he can run like the wind (4.32 forty).  He caught 65 pasess for 762 yards and 6 TDs.  He could help immediately as a return man, having returned a PAC-10 record six punts for scores in his collegiate career.  He was solid as a freshman (38 catches, 601 yards, 7 TDs) and had his finest season as a sophomore (59, 1060, 9).  His best game this year came in an upset victory over Oregon that saw him catch 11 passes for 161 yards and a pair of scores.  He’s projected to go in the first round.

Felix Jones, RB, Arkansas
Felix Jones gets a chance to step out of McFadden’s shadows.  He’s put together nicely (6’0″, 200 lbs) and really fast (4.39).  Jones ran for 626, 1168, and 1162 yards in his three seasons at Arkansas while splitting carries.  His yards per carry were outstanding at 6.3, 7.6, and 8.7.  He improved to 11 TDs in his Junior year.

Malcolm Kelley, WR, Oklahoma
Malcom is a big target (6’4″, 218 lbs), but he’s not the quickest ( 4.54).  His numbers slipped a little in 2007 from 62, 993, 10 to 49, 821, 9.  He started the season off with a bang grabbing 14 passes for 301 yards and 7 TDs in the first three weeks, but tailed off after that.  Nonetheless, he still will likely be an first or second round selection. 

Xavier Lee, QB, Florida State
Xavier was asked to switch to TE.  Instead, he opted to turn pro.  Lee has good size (6’4″, 232 lbs) and decent speed (4.64).  He hasn’t shown much at FSU never reaching 1000 passing yards, 8 TDs, or a 54% completion rate in a season.  He’ll likely be asked to make a position switch in the NLF if he’s given a chance.
Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan
Mario doesn’t have great size (6’0″, 185 lbs) or speed (4.48).  He is coming off a solid year though that saw him catch 72 passes for 1174 yards and 12 TDs.  Strung together five straight 100+ yard games while they were in the heart of the Big 10 season.

Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas
McFadden is the type of player that makes you drool.  He’s got great size (6’2″, 210 lbs) and good speed (4.42). He’s been very productive running for 1113 yards, 11 TDs; 1647 yards, 14 TDs; and 1830 yards, 16 TDs.  He even caught 21 passes this year.  He blew up South Carolina to the tune of 321 yards.  Some minor character issues have popped up recently, but it may just be a kid being a kid.

Michael Oher, LT, Mississippi
Oher has good size (6’5″, 325 lbs).  He started 34 straight games for Ole Miss.  Oher was the subject of Michael Lewis’ book The Blind Side, which is about the evolution of the Left Tackle position.

Chico Rachal, G, USC
Chico is a big Guard (6’5″, 315 lbs) that is entering the NFL, in part, because his mother is battling a stomach tumor.  Injury concerns will likely make him a late round pick at best.

Steve Slaton, RB, West Virginia
Slaton has decent size (5’10″, 195 lbs) and good speed (4.42).  He’s had three solid season at West Virginia running for 1128 yards, 5.5 ypc, 17 TDs;1744 yards, 7.0 ypc, 16 TDs; 1051 yards, 5.0 ypc, 17 TDs.  He also caught 27 & 26 passes the past two years.

Taj Smith, WR, Syracuse
Smith was a big play threat averaging 18.7 yards per catch in his two seasons.  He had four 100+ yard games including a four catch, 173 yard, 2 TD game against Louisville.  He doesn’t have great size (6’1″, 185″) , but has decent speed ( 4.42).

Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon
Jonathan is a bruiser at 5’11, 235 with decent speed (4.48) for his size.  He built on last year’s success (981 yards, 5.4 ypc, 10 TDs, 20 receptions) to put up an amazing Junion season (1722 yards, 6.2 ypc, 11 TDs, 22 receptions).  He had a pair of 250+ yard games, including 253 in the Sun Bowl against South Florida.

Vernon Gholston, DE, Ohio State
Gholston has good size (6’4, 258 lbs) and speed (4.67).  He’s a beast that had 13 sacks last year.  Four of them came against Wisconsin.  He’s a playmaker on D, and will likely be a first roudn pick.

Letroy Guion, DT, Florida State
Letroy is listed at 6’4″, 295 lbs.  He had 31 tackles this year.  I don’t see him being drafted.

Justin King, DB, Penn State
Justin King is very speedy (4.38).  He’s listed at 6’0″,186.  He had 49 tackles and 2 INTs for the Nittany Lions.  He’ll likely be an early mid-round pick that starts out on special teams. 

Curtis Lofton, LB, Oklahoma
Lofton is listed at 6’0″, 238 lbs.  He doesn’t run exceptionally fast (4.73).  He makes plays though, recording 157 tackles, including a school record nine double-digit tackle games, for the Sooners.  He also intercepted three passes and forced four fumbles.

Phillip Merling, DE, Clemson
Phillip is listed at 6’5″, 273 lbs and runs a 4.73 forty.  He had 78 tackles (17 for a loss) and 7 sacks.  He helped anchor a Top 10 defense at Clemson.

DaJuan Morgan, S North Carolina State
DaJuan has good size (6’1″, 205 lbs) and speed (4.50) for a safety.  He’s not afraid to mix up up, leading the Wolfpack with 97 tackles.  He picked off three passes and broke up 13 more.  He brings some flair to the position with his celebratory dances.  He’ll likely be a mid-round pick.

Lamar Myles, LB, Louisville
Myles is listed at 6’0″, 220 lbs.  He’s a little small for the NFL. He’s got decent speed though (4.59) and a nose for the football (128 tackles, including 22 vs. Kentucky).  He forced three fumbles and had 8 tackles for a loss.  His best shot at the NFL is via Special Teams.

Reggie Smith, CB, Oklahoma
Reggie is 6’1″, 198 lbs and runs a 4.57 forty.  He had 78 tackles despite missing the Fiesta Bowl with a toe injury.  He picked off three passes and recovered a fumble.  He can return kicks as well.

*Heights, Weights, and Forty times from NFL Draft Scout

Branden Albert, G, Virginia
Adrian Arrington, WR, Michigan 
James Banks, WR, Carson-Newman
Earl Bennett, WR, Vanderbilt
Martellus Bennett, TE, Texas A&M
Davone Bess, WR, Hawaii 
Jamaal Charles, RB, Texas
Ryan Clady, OT, Boise State
Anthony Collins, LT Kansas
James Davis, RB, Clemson
Franklin Dunbar, OT, Middle Tennessee State
Jermichael Finley, TE, Texas 
Ryan Grice-Mullen, WR, Hawaii
James Hardy, WR, Indiana
Rashard Mendenhall, RB Illinois 
Bobby Reid, QB, Oklahoma State
Darius Reynaud, WR, West Virginia
Ray Rice, RB, Rutgers
Kevin Smith, RB, UCF
Devin Thomas, WR, Michigan State
Mario Urrutia, WR, Louisville

Joe Burnett, CB, Central Florida
Calais Campbell, DE, Miami
Johnny Dingle, DE, West Virginia
Brandon Flowers, CB, Virginia Tech
Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida
Geno Hayes, LB, Florida State
Erin Henderson, LB, Maryland
Jack Ikegwuonu, CB, Wisconsin
Jerod Mayo, LB, Tennessee
Alphonso Moran, DT, Kansas State
Kenny Phillips, S, Miami
Orlando Scandrick, CB, Boise State
Pat Sims, DT, Auburn
Aqib Talib, CB, Kansas

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