3rdStone’s NFL Draft Skill Player Breakdown
Graham Harrell, QB, 6’2″ 223, Texas Tech = Very smart player with great leadership qualities. Reads coverages well, and gets rid of the ball fast. Has good touch on medium to short balls, but does not have a howitzer that gives the same touch on the deep out. Works well in a moving pocket and makes good decisions. May get drafted on the first day. I think he will make teams that pass on him regret their decision.
Jason Boltus, QB, 6’3″ 225, Hartwick = Very good athlete who has an above average arm. Has a long delivery and can lock onto one receiver too long. Needs to improve his footwork and accuracy. Will get a look in someones camp, but probably as a free agent.
Curtis Painter, QB, 6’3″ 225, Purdue = Has a big arm, and all the tools to be an NFL QB. Not particularly fast nor nimble. Lacks awareness when pressure is applied, and tends to lock onto primary receivers. Did not progress much in college, but will get a look in a camp somewhere because of his obvious tools.
Rhett Bomar, QB, 6’2″ 225, Sam Houston State = Decent arm and athleticism. Has a quick release, but tends to take too long to get rid of the ball. Can force passes, and has a lot of self confidence. Might get a flier in the late rounds by a team in need.
Chase Holbrook, QB, 6’4″ 242, New Mexico State = Big and tough. Able to play hurt. Has a good arm, but needs to work on his release point and footwork. Needs to prove he can take snaps from under center. Does not throw a great deep ball. May not get drafted.
Tom Brandstater, QB, 6’5″ 220, Fresno State = Possible sleeper. Has good size, mobility, arm strength, and touch. Not a scrambler, and doesn’t throw a great deep ball. Has good play action fakes, but tends to try to rely too much on finesse. Might be worth having as a project to see how he develops. Late rounds type.
Drew Willy, QB, 6’3″ 215, Buffalo = Four year starter in college. Confident and does not rattle easily. A good scrambler with above average speed. Tends to drop his arm when passing, and does not posses a gun. Has a long delivery that will need tinkering. Has the ability to be an backup NFL QB. Might not get drafted.
Nathan Brown, QB, 6’1″ 219, Central Arkansas = Smart player with good accuracy. Reads well, and rarely makes mistakes. Leader type who excelled at the Senior Bowl. Decent mobility and arm strength, but his release point is low for a guy his height. A project a team may be willing to groom.
Josh Freeman, QB, 6’6″ 248, Kansas = Has the size and arm strength. An intriguing project who needs to improve his footwork. Sometimes hesitates to pull the trigger, leading to missed opportunities. Must improve his ball handling, and to stop forcing throws. Doesn’t have great pocket presence. Some teams love his size and upside. Could be a first day draft choice.
Matthew Stafford, QB, 6’2″ 225, Georgia = Has a very strong arm. Good, though inconsistent, footwork. A team leader who plays with a chip on his shoulder, which has him tending to force throws at times. Has better than average speed and decent awareness in the pocket. A tough guy who will need a little refinement on his throwing motion. A first day draft pick.
Brian Hoyer, QB, 6’2″ 215, Michigan State = Has good footwork and sets up well to throw the ball. Reads defenses well, but tends to stare down his receiver. Can be very good and very bad in the same series. May not get drafted.
Nate Davis, QB, 6’1″ 226, Ball State = Has all the tools. Mobile with a good arm. Can make all the passes, though he holds the football differently by not touching the laces. He has the same knock Joe Flacco had last year : that he comes from a spread offense that inflates stats and only worked out of the shotgun. He will be amongst the first QB’s drafted, so he will have to prove the critics wrong like Flacco did.
Hunter Cantwell, QB, 6’4″ 235, Louisville = A project with limited starts in college. Has the size and arm, and is a willing hard worker. May be the kind a team can stash at #3 or the practice squad to see how he develops. May not get drafted.
Pat White, QB, 6′ 197, West Virginia = Will either have to play WR in the NFL or try the CFL. Not big, so there is a question on how much punishment he can take. Has great speed and might even have to try to return kicks to find a roster spot. May get drafted late because of his excellent athleticism.
Mark Sanchez, QB, 6’2″ 227, USC = Raw prospect with little experience. Good athlete with an acceptable arm. Reads and reacts quickly. Good vision and goes through his progressions nicely. Can be wildly erratic and inconsistent. May have been masked by his very athletic team mates. A hit or miss prospect who will be drafted on the first day.
John Parker Wilson, QB, 6’2″ 219, Alabama = Proven winner in college who has a nice touch on his passes. A good scrambler, but lacks the size and gun. Tends to lock onto receivers and force passes. Can lollipop the ball when under pressure. Will have to get a tryout after the draft.
Chase Daniel, QB, 6′ 218, Missouri = Tough and a leader. Has above average accuracy and exhibits a good touch. Fairly mobile and fast. Might not have an NFL arm, and could be too short for the next level. He probably will not get drafted and have to prove himself in training camp.
Stephen McGee, QB, 6’3″ 225, Texas A & M = Could be a sleeper. Only played 3 games last year after running an option offense the previous two seasons. Very good athlete who is tough and has a good arm. Has been catching scouts attention since the East West Shrine Game. Really raw, but a team may be willing to stash him at #3 or on a practice squad to see how he develops.
Rudy Carpenter, QB, 6’2″ 218, Arizona State = Tough, cocky, and ultra competitive. Has good touch on his passes and doesn’t get rattled when the pocket collapses. Student of the game, but does not posses a big arm. Has the ability to be a backup in the NFL. May get drafted late.
Cullen Harper, QB, 6’3″ 225, Clemson = Decent, but not very strong, arm. Has nice touch. Long delivery and a tendency to stare at his primary receiver. Had a bad senior year that had his draft stock fall. Tough player who is savvy. May not get drafted.
Mike Reilly, QB, 6’3″ 214, Eastern Washington = Good athlete who has decent touch on short passes. Has good scrambling ability. Very smart player whose arm strength came into question after a sub par East West Shrine Game showing. May not get drafted.
Knowshon Moreno, HB, 5’11″ 217, Georgia = Hits the hole quick. Very strong, and uses a stiff arm well. Very tough and never gives up. A hard runner and blocker. Has very good hands and is elusive with decent speed. Can be too much of a showboat at times, and isn’t really built to be “the man” over the course of a 16 game year. His heart and desire may prove otherwise. A first round draft pick.
Bernard Scott, HB, 5’10″ 200, Abilene Christian = Won the Harlon Hill Award last year. An excellent athlete who was ultra productive in college. Has great vision, as well as the ability to burst through small holes quickly. Is a superior receiver and route runner, making his stock even higher on draft boards. Will need to work on his pass blocking and ball handling skills. Has character issues that may drop him further in the draft. Could be special. A possible first day draft selection.
Kahlil Bell, HB, 5’11 212, UCLA = Injury prone type who looks for contact. Has good athleticism, but lacks vision and breakaway speed. Doesn’t always square his shoulders and can get lost. Can catch the ball well, and has fierce determination. Might get drafted late, and could help someone if healthy.
Glen Coffee, HB, 6′ 209, Alabama = Has good vision and hands. Extremely confidant in his abilities. Looks for contact, but tends to go down upon finding it. Works hard and is always in the weight room. Has to learn to run less erect to make it in the next level. Could get tabbed late in the draft.
Javon Ringer, 5’9″ 208, Michigan State = Runs well inside and is able to power through arm tackles. Nice receiving skills. Has a bad right knee, which flared up again after carrying the ball a whopping 390 times for the Spartans last year. Needs to get stronger because he is not a speed merchant. Needs to improve his pass blocking. May get drafted in the second day.
Kory Sheets, HB, 5’11″ 208, Purdue = Good speed and quickness. Experienced pass receiver and has great vision. Can return kicks and is very durable. Needs to get stronger, especially in the legs. Must improve his pass blocking. Has character issues. Might end up being special. A possible first day selection.
Brandon Ore, HB, 5’11″ 214, West Liberty State = Quick cutback style with decent vision. Has good receiving skills. Has character and injury concerns from his past. Must hold onto the football better. Will probably get a look as an undrafted free agent.
Rashard Jennings, HB, 6’1″ 231, Liberty = A developing talent with good power hitting the hole. Isn’t a speed merchant, but has deceptive speed and gets to the line fast. Has soft hands and is a decent receiver. Needs to improve his blocking, as well as his ball placement when running. Could get a look later in the draft due to his possible upside.
Brannan Southerland, FB, 6′ 242, Georgia = Missed the first seven games last year with a broken foot. A very good run blocker and is very strong. Uses technique to open holes. Not a great receiver. Did not look as good upon his return last year, so he may not get drafted until late.
Marlon Lucky, HB, 5’11″ 216, Nebraska = An above average receiver who has some decent speed. Able to wait for the hole to develop before hitting it. Not a speed burner, and has marginal quickness. Might not get drafted.
Cedric Peerman, HB, 5’10″ 216, Virginia = Team player who plays with excellent effort. Has good speed and runs with power. Has good receiving skills. Has had fumble and injury issues. Has a good chance to make a team and add depth. A second day draft pick candidate.
James Davis, HB, 5’11″ 218, Clemson = Very quick runner who can cut on a dime. Goes down easily after first contact at times. Marginal receiving and pass blocking skills that will need to improve. Can be explosive on the edges especially. Should get looks from the second round on.
Andre Brown, HB, 6′ 224, NC State = Never carried the ball more than 175 times in college, so as fresh legs. Shows good desire, especially in short yardage. Good pass blocker and receiver. Runs too upright, and is not very fast. Has a issue with his left foot. Might get a peek on the second day.
Jason Cook, FB, 5’11″ 244, Mississippi = Excellent lead blocker who is smart and never quits on a play. Has good receiving skills, but wasn’t used much in college. Will get notice because he one of the few quality FB’s in the draft.
Shonn Greene, HB, 5’11″ 227, Iowa = Had one big year in college. Strong back who leans forward into the hole with good vision. Has quick feet and is an above average pass blocker. Does not have much mileage on his legs. Was not used much in the passing game. Has decent, but not breakaway, speed. Will get drafted in the first day.
Arian Foster, HB, 6’1″ 215, Tennessee = Slashing runner with above average receiving skills. Good strength and an high effort blocker. Has nice speed, but is not a home run hitter. Has been dinged up with injury and fumbling issues in college. Solid back who could fill a depth chart with someone. Second day type of draft pick.
Tyrell Sutton, HB, 5’8″ 211, Northwestern = Runs hard and low between the tackles. Has great hands out of the backfield. An effort blocker often negated by his size. A tough guy, but has been injury prone in college. Might get tried as kick returner. May get drafted late in the second day.
Javarris Williams, RB, 5’10 223, Tennessee State = Solid build and has good vision and quickness. Decent receiver and pass blocker. Does not have elite speed, so may have to put on more weight and try to play FB in the NFL. Might not get drafted.
Donald Brown, HB, 5’10″ 210, Connecticut = Ran for over 2,000 yards last year. Has a low center of gravity and balance, is shifty, and has good speed. Good receiver, but needs to work on pass blocking. Is not a big back, so there is a question on how much of a workload he can handle in the NFL. His desire, though, is unquestioned. Will be gone by the end of the second round.
Chris Ogbonnaya, HB, 6′ 220, Texas = Only carried the ball 139 times in college, so is very raw. Runs too upright, and has average speed. Never gives up, and has leadership abilities. Has fantastic pass receiving skills, so there is a chance he can be a 3rd down type or even an undersized H-Back. He should add depth on some team. A second day type of pick.
Gartrell Johnson, RB, 5’10″ 219, Colorado State = Could be moved to FB in the pros. Strong runner who is not easy to bring down. Has excellent hands, and only fumbled once in over 300 carries. Is a good blocker, and is determined. Not very fast or quick, and only has one year of starters experience. Could get looks from the mid-rounds on.
Marcus Mailei, FB, 6′ 248, Weber State = Good blocker with a bulldog mentality. Locks onto his assignment and opens the hole. Decent hands, but not very elusive after the catch. Might have to make it on special teams and work his way onto the offense. Late round pick type.
Beanie Wells, HB, 6’1″ 235, Ohio State = Has the size and strength to be the guy. Has shown toughness in an injury plagued collegiate career. Wasn’t used much as a receiver, so questions about his ability there will have to be answered. Could be big in the pros, or fade out fast because he has yet to prove he can stay healthy. A first round draft pick.
Ian Johnson, HB, 5’11″ 212, Boise State = Has excellent vision and builds up to top speed quickly. Has good power, but tends to run too high. Slashing style of runner who is a raw receiving threat. Not a burner, and has been injury prone in college. A second day type of pick.
Mike Goodson, HB, 6′ 208, Texas A & M = Home run hitter each time he touches the ball. Blazing fast with excellent moves. Not an every down type, and had nagging injuries in college. Best suited as a 3rd down back and return specialist. Must get his attitude straightened, as he has issues with two different coaching staffs in college. Could be special if he truly wants to be. Might get tabbed in the second day.
LeSean McCoy, HB, 5’10″ 198, Pittsburgh = Very fast with the ability to stop and go. Very quick hitting the hole and has great vision. Willing to take on, and run thru, opponents. Great balance inside. Fantastic hands and a hard worker. Not a big man, so would best be used as a change of pace back and on passing downs. Must improve his pass blocking. Should be a first round, or early second round, draft pick.
Jeremiah Johnson, HB, 5’9″ 209, Oregon = Has good speed and soft hands. Able to return kickoffs. Runs low and strong, but has a tendency to be indecisive on hitting a hole. Has a possible upside that may make him enticing to teams. A mid-round prospect.
Tony Fiammetta, FB, 6′ 245, Syracuse = Strong and an above average run blocker. Has good receiving skills, but is not very elusive. Decent in pass protection. Might get drafted on the second day.
P.J. Hill, HB, 5’10″ 222, Wisconsin = Runs hard inside and is a good pass blocker. Little used in the Badger passing game. Not fast and runs too high. Has been injury prone in college. Might get drafted late.
Anthony Kimble, HB, 6′ 216, Stanford = Former WR who may be best suited as a 3rd down back and kick returner. Decent pass blocker, and displays patience and nice leg drive when running. Could help a team needing a pass catching back. Second day draft pick type.
Quinn Johnson, FB, 6’1″ 246, LSU = Raw prospect who is a good lead blocker, but needs to improve his technique. Has little experience as a receiver. Can help on special teams. May not get drafted.
Darrius Hayward – Bey, WR, 6’2″ 210, Maryland = Freakish athlete who is the fastest WR in the draft this year. A premier deep threat who is also willing to go over the middle. Not a good blocker, and needs a lot of work on his pass route running and pass catching ability. A probable first round draft pick.
Hakeem Nicks, WR, 6’1″ 212, North Carolina = Has excellent hands and is very strong. Able to make the circus catch. Good blocker who never quits on a play. Could be a big time star in the NFL. Not a burner, but uses his body well. Possible first round draft pick.
Percy Harvin, WR, 5’11″ 192, Florida = Strong and athletic. Has good speed and vision. Has teams considering him a RB to use on 3rd downs and kick returns. Tough player very willing to go over the middle. Not built like a typical WR of today, and has had some injury issues. Might be a first round draft pick.
Ramses Barden, WR, 6’6″ 226, Cal Poly = Tall kid still learning the game. Has good wing span and strong hands. Did not play much against big time competition, and gets tackled easily. Not too fast or quick, but is a long strider. Worth a late round pick to see if he can help in the red zone because of his height.
Nate Swift, WR, 6’1″ 203, Nebraska = Has good hands and runs well after the catch. A decent blocker. Needs to get stronger and more aggressive catching the ball. Flinches over the middle. A second day type of draft prospect.
Quinten Lawrence, WR, 6′ 184, McNeese State = Very fast. Missed most of his senior year due an injury that will require checking. Strong for his size, but needs to improve his blocking. Might be a slot WR in the NFL, and be asked to return kicks. Could go anywhere from the third round on.
Kevin Ogletree, WR, 6’1″ 196, Virginia = Possible sleeper. Has good hands and uses his body well to separate from defenders. Must get stronger and improve his route running. Not fast, but might be an effective possession receiver at the next level. A second day type of draft selection.
Sammie Stroughter, WR, 5’9″ 189, Oregon State = Quick and strong. Runs well with the ball in his hands, and is an excellent kick returner. Has good body control and goes over the middle with toughness. Has concentration issues. Does not have elite speed. May get drafted from the mid-rounds on because of his return skills.
Brian Hartline, WR, 6’2″ 195, Ohio State = Runs good routes and has sound hands. Scrappy player who can help on special team coverages. Not very fast or quick. May not get drafted.
Brooks Foster, WR, 6’1″ 211, North Carolina = Was a member of the Tarheels 2005 championship basketball team. Has long arms and good agility. Is strong and blocks well. Runs hard after the catch, but is not a burner. Drops too many passes, and has a bad knee that has been troubling him as of late. May not get drafted.
Kenny Britt, WR, 6’3″ 21, Rutgers = Has good feet, and runs above average routes. Runs well after the catch with power. Has long arms with big hands. Has steadily moved up the draft board after deciding to go pro after his junior year. Has concentration issues and drops too many balls. Not a burner. Might go in the first round.
Brandon Gibson, WR, 6′ 210, Washington = Has good size and strength. Good blocker and is tough. Not a speed burner, and has had moments of dropped passes. Runs good routes and hustles. Will get looked at mid-round on.
Louis Murphy, WR, 6’2″ 203, Florida = Fast with long arms. Runs well after the catch. Not a physical player, so is prone to fumbling. Needs to work on his blocking. May get a look on the second day.
Greg Orton, WR, 6’3″ 207, Purdue = Possession type who runs good routes and has soft hands. Can block well, and is fearless over the middle. Not fast or quick. Might be able to contribute in the right system. A later rounds type of selection.
Aaron Kelly, WR, 6’5″ 204, Clemson = Agile and exceptional leaper. Has decent hands. Has experience returning kicks, but can shy away from contact. Needs to get stronger. Could be a red zone option. May get drafted late.
Lydell Sargeant, WR, 5’9″ 190, Penn State = Has good, but not great speed. Has decent hands. Not a great blocker. May get a look as a return specialist. Might not get drafted.
Brennan Marion, WR, 5’11″ 187, Tulsa = Very quick player with good vision and hands. Will go over the middle. Not a good blocker. Thin body and must get stronger. Has a knee injury that requires checking. May get drafted late.
Darius Passmore, WR, 6′ 188, Marshall = Poised with good speed and understands the intricacies of his position. Has a rare second gear that has NFL teams noticing. Very quick, and runs routes well. Needs to get stronger and improve his blocking. Should be drafted in the first day.
Jerry Maclin, WR, 6′ 198, Missouri = Very fast and athletic. Excellent return specialist. Jumps very high and is a good blocker. High energy with maximum effort. Needs to work on his route running. Had a very bad knee injury in 2006 that will be checked by teams. Will get drafted in the first or second rounds.
Jaison Williams, WR, 6’4″ 237, Oregon = Has good size and length. Underachiever who does not block well, and has below average hands. Plays lackadaisically. Will have to get a tryout after the draft.
Austin Collie, WR, 6’1″ 200, BYU = Faster on the field than he is timed. Quick off the snap, strong, and has good hands. Runs excellent routes, but is not a deep threat. Will have to prove he can step up in the NFL. Might get tabbed late in the draft.
Deon Butler, WR, 5’10″ 182, Penn State = Four year starter in college who runs sound routes. Has very good hands. Small frame and without exceptional speed. Not a great blocker. Would be best used in the slot. Might be a late round selection.
Johnny Knox, WR, 6′ 185, Abilene Christian = Quick player with excellent hands. Jumps well, and has good moves with the ball in his hands. Has returned kicks. Has good, but not great, speed. Could get stronger in the legs, and work on his ball handling. A hard worker who may be drafted on the second day.
Mohammed Massaquoi, WR, 6’2″ 210, Georgia = Long arms and decent speed. Good frame, and can even add more weight. Runs well after the catch, and really matured his senior year. Does not have great hands, and has concentration issues. May not get drafted.
Tiquan Underwood, WR, 6’1″ 187, Rutgers = Has good speed, and can get deep. Has good hands, but is not a willing receiver over the middle. Can get jammed easily. Will have to make a team as a kick returner, special teams player, and extra receiver in multiple sets. Might not get drafted.
Jordan Norwood, WR, 5’11″ 179, Penn State = A slot receiver type. Has decent speed and hands. Might be able to be an NFL return specialist. Not very strong. Will get looks late in the draft.
Brian Robiskie, WR, 6’3″ 209, Ohio State = Son of long time NFL WR/ Coach Terry. Has long arms, good hands, and body control. Is aware of where he is on the field. Has experience returning kicks. Not a burner, and needs to improve his blocking. Plays with a chip on his shoulder, but can lose his temper at times. A mid-rounds on type of prospect.
Kenny McKinley, WR, 6′ 189, South Carolina = Quick and runs excellent routes. Has very good hands and runs well with the ball. Not very big, and seems scared to go over the middle. Not a good blocker, and does not posses top end speed. May not get drafted.
Brandon Tate, WR, 6′ 183, North Carolina = Quick player who has improved his route running yearly. Has good hands and body control. Adept with the ball on his hands, and is excellent returning kicks. Blew out his ACL and MCL 5 months ago, so his health will be a question. Might not get drafted due to the injury.
Derrick Williams, WR, 6′ 194, Penn State = Strong and fast. A good blocker and runs precise routes. Sometimes takes his eye off the ball, and was under utilized in college. Can return punts with sure hands. Will have to prove his can step up to the next level, put has a good character. Will get considered from the mid-rounds on.
Michael Crabtree, WR,6’1″ 215, Texas Tech = Two time Biletnikoff Award winner. Has fantastic hands and catches virtually everything thrown in his direction. Smooth route runner who is hard to bring down after the catch. Not a speed merchant, so must stop carrying the ball like a loaf of bread in open spaces. Needs to work on his blocking, but is a team player who does what is needed to win. Should be the first WR drafted, even with his current foot injury.
David Richmond, WR, 6’2″ 197, San Jose State = Very raw prospect who is a good athlete. Has only played football four years. Has good body control, and runs well after the catch. Not a burner, but has good speed. Needs to work on every facet of his game. Might not get drafted, but is the kind a team may stash on the developmental squad because of his upside.
Andrew Means, WR, 6’1″ 214, Indiana = Good athlete. Runs strong after the catch, but is not a speed merchant. Plays minor league baseball for the Reds. Will have to stick on a roster via special teams. May not get drafted.
Juaquin Iglesias, WR, 6’1″ 210, Oklahoma = Solid hands and precise route running with quickness. Has good vision, and runs well with the ball. Tough player who will go over the middle, and has kick return experience. Not a deep threat due to average speed. Might work best in the slot, but his determination makes his upside unknown. A possible first day selection.
Demetrius Byrd, WR, 6′ 199, LSU = A flier with a knack for making the circus catch. Has good hands, and is tough enough to go after the ball in crowds. Skinny player who doesn’t build up top speed immediately. Not a physical type on the line of scrimmage, and isn’t a sound blocker. Needs to improve strength. Will be considered on the second day.
Mike Walker, WR, 6′ 199, Mississippi = A project with very good speed. Has experience as a kick returner. Can catch the ball with his body too much, and needs to work on his route running. Has a big upside, so he may help a team down the road. A second day type of draft pick.
Jeremy Childs, WR, 6′ 200, Boise State = Has excellent hands and body control. Not afraid to go over the middle and keeps his eye on the ball. Intelligent route runner who is aware of where he is on the field. Not blazing fast, so could add more weight and be a strong possession type. Will get looked at from the third round on.
Patrick Turner, WR, 6’5″ 223, USC = Late bloomer who came on in his senior year. Has huge hands and long arms. Runs good routes with decent quickness. Able to get the jump ball. Needs to get stronger in running with the ball, separating from jams, and blocking. Not real fast. Might get drafted on the second day.
Marko Mitchell, WR, 6’4″ 218, Nevada = Has long arms and soft hands. Has decent hands, but can drop too many balls. Good blocker, but must get stronger. A project coming from an offense where he wasn’t utilized to his full potential. May not get drafted.
Jarrett Dillard, WR, 5’10″ 191, Rice = Has very long arms, and is a prototype NFL slot receiver. Has good awareness and is able to find soft spots in the seam. Runs precise routes, but is not a speed merchant. Does not have fantastic hands, but was highly productive in college. Will get looks from the mid-round on.
Manuel Johnson, WR, 5’11″ 189, Oklahoma = A leader who runs good pass routes and displays soft hands. Likes to go over the middle, and is a decent blocker. Not exceptionally fast, and needs to add more muscle. Could get a look n the second day.
Dominique Edison, WR, 6’2″ 204, Stephen F Austin = Fast player who can jump high to get the ball. Has good hands and body control. Decent blocker who will have to prove he can handle the physicality of the NFL. Will have to add muscle to his lower frame. Will get a look on the second day.
Quan Cosby, WR, 5’9″ 196, Texas = A 26 year old rookie who is quick and runs good routes. Leaps very high and has superb body control. Good return specialist who never gives up. Might fit in the NFL best as a slot receiver and special teams player. Could get selected on the drafts second day.
Mike Thomas, WR, 5’9″ 195, Arizona = The all time reception leader in Pac-10 history is fast and runs excellent routes. Blessed with great hands and fearless over the middle. Has kick return experience, which he may also do in the pros. A slot WR due to his height. Must improve his concentration on receptions. A first day draft selection type.
Travis Beckum, TE, 6’3″ 243, Wisconsin = An H-Back type with good speed. Showed improvement yearly, but has battled injuries to his leg and shoulders. Decent blocker, but not the type on TE who will be able to line up next to the OT. Has the ability to make a difficult catch, but tends to take too many passes in his body. Will help the right team with the right system. Should go on the second day.
Richard Quinn, TE, 6’4″ 264, North Carolina = Hardly used as a receiver in college, but is an excellent blocker on running plays. Not very quick, but has good hands. He may not be used much in the passing game in the pros either, but can stick on a team needing a solid blocking TE. Might not get drafted.
Davon Drew, TE, 6’4″ 256, East Carolina = H-Back type who is able to line up in the slot. Runs good routes and is bullish with the ball in his hands. Good receiving skills, but needs to improve his blocking. High effort player who might get drafted on the second day.
Brandon Pettigrew, TE, 6’5″ 263, Oklahoma State = Excellent blocker who thrives on making contact. Has good athleticism and runs hard after making a catch. Very raw, but has a huge upside. Might make an impact right away. Should be one of the first TE’s drafted.
Kory Sperry, TE, 6’5″ 238, Colorado = Missed most of last year due to a knee injury. Lined up all over Colorado’s offense. Has very good speed and leaping ability. Has special hands and body control. Needs to gain more muscle and improve his blocking ability. Could be used as an H-Back or in the slot. A first day draft selection.
Marquez Branson, TE, 6’2″ 247, Central Arkansas = H-Back or FB type. Good blocker with above average speed. Has big hands, and a long wing span. Good receiver who will need to add bulk if he stays at TE. Possible first day draft choice.
Dan Gronkowski, TE, 6’6″ 256, Maryland = Could be next in a long line of Terps TE’s in the NFL. Excellent run blocker and a reliable receiver. Not very fast nor athletic, but gives a big target. Could be a blocking type used in short passing attempts. Will get looked at on the drafts second day because he is very strong.
Jared Cook, TE, 6’5″ 246, South Carolina = Blazing fast and can jump out of the stadium. Freakish athlete who will need to refine his pass route running and blocking. Can make the spectacular catch, yet drop the easy one. Needs to hone his focus. Will be drafted on the first day.
Bear Pascoe, TE, 6’5 251, Fresno State = An intriguing prospect. Strong with the ball, but not exceptionally fast. Improving blocker who needs more work on his technique. Uses his body well, but is a former QB still learning the position. An old school type who can add depth to some team possibly. Will get a look on the second day of the draft.
Jared Bronson, TE, 6’4″ 253, Central Washington = Good athlete with nice size and speed. Sound receiver who needs to improve his blocking technique and leg strength. Should go in day two.
Cornelius Ingram, TE, 6’4″ 245, Florida = Missed last season due to a knee injury, so there is a concern on how much he will be the same guy as before. Had long arms and soft hands. Quick and used his body well. Tough over the middle, and a decent blocker. Not very fast, but able to line up in the slot. If he has recovered 100%, he can be special. Teams may draft him in the mid-rounds gambling on his full return.
John Phillips, TE, 6’5″ 251, Virginia = Smart player with good hands. Has the ability to recognize the soft spots in defenses. An effort blocker, but not very quick. Needs to bulk up more to be an NFL TE who provides good blocking. Not fast enough to be much of a passing threat. Will get a look after the draft.
James Casey, TE, 6’3″ 246, Rice = Excellent athlete who is a former QB and pro baseball player. Might have a tough time finding an NFL position. His athleticism could have him at TE, FB, or H-Back. Can line up anywhere and produce. Has good hands and is deceptively fast. Looks to run through opponents after the catch. Could be special in the right system. Will have people looking at him in the second day.
Anthony Hill, TE, 6’5″ 262, NC State = Strong with long arms and soft hands. Good blocker. Not very quick or fast, and had a bad knee injury in 2007 that needs to be looked at. May get drafted on the second day.
David Johnson, TE, 6’2″ 260, Arkansas State = Might be a FB or H-Back in the NFL. Has very good speed and decent hands. A willing blocker with excellent leg strength and good footwork, but must improve his hand play. Has experience on special teams. A second day type of selection.
Eddie Williams, TE, 6’1″ 239, Idaho = Has FB size, but is not a good blocker. Can play in the slot, but does not have NFL spped to do so at the next level. Has very good hands. Plays special teams well, so that may be his best shot at sticking. Will have to get a tryout after the draft.
Shawn Nelson, TE, 6’5″ 240, Souther Mississippi = Long arms and has decent hands. Has good speed. Needs to add weight and improve his blocking. Showed little progression through college, so his ceiling may not be too high. A free agent type.
Chase Coffman, TE, 6’6″ 244, Missouri = Won the Mackey Award last year, and his dad was an NFL TE. Has very good hands and runs sharp routes. Uses his body well, and runs hard after the catch. Had injuries to his foot last year, so will have to be checked out. Will have to prove he can block out of a three point stance. Could be the first TE drafted.
Rob Myers, TE, 6’3″ 243, Utah State = Former WR who is an H-Back prospect. Has very good speed and quickness. Decent blocker. Must get bigger and improve his catching technique. Has been injury prone in college. Second day type of prospect.
Cameron Morrah, TE, 6’3″ 244, Cal = Has good hands and long arms. Pretty quick and displays above average speed. Has soft hands, but drops too many easy balls. Must get bigger and stronger, as well as improve his blocking ability. Second day type of draft pick.
Brian Mandeville, TE, 6’6″ 254, Northeastern = Runs good routes and displays good hands with long arms. Able to sit in the soft spots of the zone. Should gain more weight. Not a burner, so will have to prove he can block in the NFL to make it. May not get drafted.