2001 DRAFT RECAP


Falcons 2003 Draft Picks

Round
Pick
Overall
Pos. Player
School
1 1 1 QB Michael Vick Virginia Tech
2 4 35 TE Alge Crumpler North Carolina
4 4 99 G Robert Garza Texas A&M-Kingsville
4 7 102 LB Matt Stewart Vanderbilt
5 5 136 WR Vinny Sutherland Purdue
6 4 167 DE Randy Garner Arkansas
7 15 215 S Corey Hall Appalachian State
7 19 219 G Kynan Forney Hawaii
7 26 226 DE Ron Flemons Texas A&M
7 36 236 WR Quentin McCord Kentucky

 


 

QB #7 - Michael Vick


Height: 6' Weight: 214 40 Time: 4.4
College: Virginia Tech

by PFW from NFL Draft 2001
Notes: Left-handed passer. Redshirted in 1998. Set the college football world on its ear as a second-year freshman, when he completed 90 of 152 passes for 1,840 yards, 12 touchdowns and five interceptions and carried the ball 108 times for 585 yards and eight scores. Named All-Big East while finishing third in the Heisman voting and leading Virginia Tech to a perfect regular season and the right to play Florida State in the Sugar Bowl. In that game, Vick's team came up short, but he was valiant in defeat, completing 15-29-225-1 and carrying the ball 23-97-1. Was in the running for the Heisman in 2000 until he suffered a high ankle sprain vs. Pittsburgh. Tried to play but was not effective in the Miami (Fla.) game and really struggled until the Gator Bowl, when he won game MVP honors. For the season, Vick completed 87-161-1,234-8-6 and ran 104-617-8. Positives: Natural leader who other players seem to gravitate to. Great competitor. Wants to be the best and wants to win. May have been the best pure athlete in the country the past two years. Has superior speed and quickness. Outstanding runner and scrambler with a great blend of speed, quickness, power and niftiness. Very difficult to sack. Must be kept inside the pocket because if he gets outside, he can run or throw for big yardage. Has a superquick, no-windup throwing motion and terrific arm strength. Arm is so strong he can throw with great velocity and great distance despite the fact he does not step into his throws. Has exceptional football instincts and vision. Can make the amazing pass or throw at any time. Will literally flick the ball with his wrist and throw a BB 15 yards or throw a perfect arched pass 59 yards down the field. Great improvisor. Can turn any broken play into a big play. A defensive coordinator's worst nightmare. Could develop into a true franchise player. Negatives: On the short side. Is just barely six feet tall. May have some trouble seeing from the pocket. Only played two years of college football and is not prepared for the NFL. May have a hard time going from everyone's hero in college to a multimillionaire player whom everyone seems to want a piece of. More of an option-running-type quarterback in college. Has undeveloped throwing mechanics and some bad habits. Does not always hold the ball up like he should. A lot of times, he throws without stepping into the throw, relying solely on pure arm strength. Never has had to do much in the way of reading coverages. Will make some bad decisions with the ball at times. Has small (eight-inch) hands, which could lead to problems holding on to the ball and gripping it in rainy or very cold weather. (Remember Dave Krieg?) Lacks patience. Generally does not go through his progressions and just bolts the pocket if his primary receiver is covered. At times holds on to the ball too long and seems confused. May not know how to really watch game films. Within two weeks of entering his name into the NFL draft pool, he changed agents and supporting cast, which may show instability and immaturity on his part. Summary: Is not ready for the NFL but may still be the first player picked because he is such a great and magical athlete and has such a remarkable combination of speed, running skills, football instincts, toughness and arm strength. By coming out this early, he has a far greater chance of never fully realizing his potential in the NFL. May be in a position where he has to play right away because of the type of money the top pick in the draft gets. Then the team that drafts him will probably have to just turn him loose and let him continue his schoolyard, spontaneous style of play without learning the correct way to maximize his throwing ability and read coverages. Click here to see Vick's college stats and a video
by Brian DeLucia at NFL Draft Digest
Vick is a very exceptional prospect due to outstanding tools and upside potential. He shows quick feet and sets up adequately in the pocket, but he needs just to refine his footwork. What he needs to work on is really eliminating wasted motion at times just before he sets up, but has made strides in that area at times. He does show quick feet to step up and avoid the rush. He holds the ball well in his setup and generally has a good release point, but his release point will drop a little at times. But what makes him such a prospect at this level is his arm strength. He shows the ability to easily drive the ball downfield and shows touch at times. In terms of accuracy, Vick needs work on becoming more consistent. He does show flashes of adequate accuracy both intermediately and downfield, but will be off the mark at times. Intermediately, he needs to place the ball in better position for the receiver though. On rollouts, he shows the ability to set up well and generally throws a good ball. Another area of the game he needs work on is reading the field. At this point, he really doesn't read the whole field well and tends to lock on to his primary receiver. This is where teams will need to be patient with him. But this was by design at Virginia Tech where he was told to make two reads and then run if he sees nothing. In terms of his feet as a runner, he displays good initial quickness and changes direction easily. He can make a lot of big plays with his ability to tuck the ball under and run. One area he needs work on though is protecting the ball better. Vick is far from a finished product, but he has all the tools to develop in the right system and with the right quarterback coach to work with his tools. In time, he should develop further as a passer because he works hard and is showing that he understands what it takes to get better. He has a chance to develop into a leader and a winner at the pro level, but it could take a little time. The biggest concern is that he has less than two years of reps and needs a lot more work on mechanics and learning to read the whole field. He will be lost if he plays right way, but he also will not see many reps sitting. Grades as a first round pick. Grade: 6.8+
by Mike Sherrane at the Falcons Roost
Vick is the best athlete to enter the draft as a quarterback. Most of the college QB athletes as good as Vick were considered prospects at other positions. Vick, a third year sophomore, should have remained in college for another season. I believe there were two major factors why Vick decided to come out. The first was that he decided playing for San Diego was better than playing for the expansion Houston Texans (who will likely have the first pick in the next two drafts). Another reason is that even as raw as he is as a QB, he is still better than the other QBs in this draft. Next year he would have competed with Drew Henson, Joey Harrington, Kurt Kittner, and David Garrard. These four QBs all project to be first round selections if they show progress next year. Vick has all the tools to be a great QB. But there are some things that he needs to learn at the NFL level. One of my concerns is that Vick has not looked for his secondary receiver while in the pocket. He has looked off his primary target (by watching one receiver, then looking to the primary receiver and delivering the ball), but he has not gone through his progressions before leaving the pocket. An NFL QB needs to do this and I would be more confident in his potential if he showed this ability in college. If he learns this, becomes more patient before running with the football, and develops better accuracy, Michael Vick will be the greatest QB in NFL history. If he doesn't develop these traits, he will be one of the most exciting QBs to play in the NFL. But he will be a good, not great QB.
by Rob Rang at Boomer's NFL Draft
Quite possibly the most phenomenal player in all of collegiate athletics... Is actually right handed, but throws the football southpaw... Can throw the ball accurately over seventy yards.... Throws a good, catchable ball... Throws incredibly hard, and has broken the fingers of several of his won players, as well as defenders trying to either intercept or simply bat down the ball... Has true three tier speed - deep speed, quickness, and explosion.... Demonstrates the quickness, as a runner, to juke the defender and give himself some daylight. However, he also has the rare explosion to be able to capitalize on that tiny bit of daylight, and burst right by the defender for long gains. Once in the open, Vick is gone. Has a calm, cool demeanor, and seems to be an incredible leader... Is only a redshirt sophomore... Obviously has played huge in the big game, as evidenced by his Fiesta Bowl performance against Florida State this past January... While some scouts only praise the majesty that seems to be Michael Vick, don't fool yourself, there are some questions about this kid as a future NFL QB... He tends to force the ball, at times, relying on his incredible arm strength... He can become too "run-happy," leaving the pocket before he has exhausted all of his receiving options... Also, Virginia Tech was stacked last seaosn, not only on defense, as is heavily publicized, but Vick was incredibly aided by now Jacksonville Jaguar tailback Shyrone Stith, as well... He has not shown a great understanding of the offense, and has had to run his way out of problems, when a simple check off audible could have possibly provided a bigger, and easier gain for the offense. Thus, while he is an incredible ahtlete, he is not necessarily as good of a true quarterback as say a Drew Brees, or even Carson Palmer. VICK WILL NEED SOLID QUARTERBACK COACHING TO FULLY SUCCEED IN THE NFL..... Finally, Vick is only 6'1 and 215 pounds... That would be considerably shorter and lighter than nearly every QB in the NFL... He would have some problems seeing over the gargantuan NFL linemen protecting him, and may find himself more susceptible to injuries once he encounters the greater quality of defenders in the NFL... All of this said, Michael Vick, last season, showcased the most incredible athleticism I've ever seen.... To say he is the #1 talent in this draft, or either of the next two (depending on when he chooses to declare) is to simply state fact.
by Brian Stevenson at Draft Notebook.com
HOMETOWN: Newport News, Virginia. BIRTH DATE: June 26, 1980. HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starter. Passed for 4846 yards and 43 touchdowns over career while adding 1048 yards and 18 touchdowns rushing. COLLEGE: Sociology major. Did not play in 1998. As a freshman, also averaged 5.4 yards/carry for 585 yards and 8 touchdowns. In the 2000 Sugar Bowl versus Florida State, completed 15 of 29 passes for 225 yards and 1 touchdown while averaging 4.2 yards/carry for 97 yards and a touchdown. Limited by injury late in season. As a sophomore, averaged 5.9 yards/carry for 617 yards and 8 touchdowns. Ran for 215 yards versus Boston College. STRENGTHS: Incredible athletic ability. Exciting. Explosive, has the ability to change a game at any time with his arm or feet. Shows leadership. Strong, squats 515#. Will be #1 overall selection! WEAKNESSES: Will need time to develop! Lacks prototype height. Southpaw.
by NFL War Room at The Sporting News
Arm strength: Has a rifle arm. Only a couple NFL quarterbacks have more arm strength. Can make all the throws, including the deep out, and can throw almost 70 yards in the air. Grade: 8.0. Accuracy/delivery: Is a concern. Displays just average accuracy. Will put some passes in spots it wouldn't seem possible, and others are way off the mark. Needs to tweak delivery and mechanics. Winds up a bit too much. Overall, has a smooth delivery. Will just have to continue to improve his consistency as a passer. Grade: 7.0. Field vision: Is the only other knock on Vick, but it is too early to tell. In the Virginia Tech system, was taught to look at two possible receivers then run. (Vick's running ability was just as important in the Tech offense as his throwing ability.) Has good "football smarts," and will improve and adjust to the complexities of the NFL passing game -- how long will those adjustments take? Grade: 6.9. Running ability: Immediately will be the No. 1 running QB threat in NFL. Runs like a wide receiver in the open field. Has tremendous quickness, change-of-direction skills, vision, patience and speed. Grade: 8.0. Pocket awareness: Running ability spills over into pocket awareness. Has the "sixth sense" all great quarterbacks have in the pocket (like Joe Montana and Dan Marino). Must learn to use elusiveness, like Philadelphia's Donovan McNabb, to buy extra time to find receivers downfield and not always take off running when under pressure. Grade: 8.0. Bottom line: Ready or not, it is difficult to disagree with a man's decision to leave college early when he knows he likely will be the No. 1 pick. Vick might not have won a national title at Virginia Tech, but he left his stamp on the game. In terms of his on- and off-the-field maturity, Vick still has some growing to do, but so do most quarterbacks when they enter the NFL. Vick has the arm and legs to be great; he must learn to do the little things. In terms of his size, there is nothing to be concerned with -- Vick is stocky, and his arms and hands are longer than a normal person his size. Vick could take a year before he understands the NFL passing schemes, but he will get by on pure athleticism in the meantime. When he matures, Vick could be the best of the "new, more athletic" group of quarterbacks that have entered the NFL the last few years. Dan Pompei analysis: Might be the best athlete to ever play the position. Possesses tremendous speed, elusiveness and running skills. Has a feel for the pass rush. Shows great arm strength. Is tough and powerfully built. Is a similar prospect to the Eagles' Donovan McNabb, but is faster and not as accurate. Is very raw, and is not ready to play. Tries to do too much at times. Has to learn to protect the ball. Hands are small. More Pompei QB rankings: Needs to work on accuracy. Is very raw, and is not ready to play in the NFL. Tries to do too much at times. Has to learn to protect the ball. Has small hands. Short.
by Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Preview
Stats & Bio: Third year sophomore who has only seen action for two seasons on the football field. Completed 54% of his passes for 1,234 yards with eight touchdowns and six picks, while carrying the ball 104 times for 617 yards, averaging 5.9 yards per carry with eight scores last season, though he was hampered by a sprained ankle during the second half of the season. All-Conference selection last year as he was the prior season when he broke onto the scene completing 59.2%/1,840/12/5 and rushed for 110/580/5.3/8 as a red-shirt freshman. Led Division I-A in passing efficiency when he set a freshman record with a 180.37 rating. Voted both Big East Offensive Player of the Year and Big East Rookie of the Year in '99. Owns single season school records for passing yards per completion (20.4), completion percentage (59.2%) and owns the second fastest 40 time in Virginia Tech history when he recorded a 4.25 during the spring of 2000. The Good: Quick and elusive signal caller who makes as many big plays with his legs as he does with his arm. Poised and patient in the pocket, quickly finds the open wide outs and leads receivers, letting them run to the ball. Throws with an over the top delivery, has a quick release and tremendous arm; zips the outs, drives the ball downfield and passes quickly get to the intended receiver. Shows a tremendous quality of being able to release his outs and time his throws so they get to receivers just as they are coming out of their breaks. Changes his angle of release to get the pass off, throws tight spirals and on the same page as his wide outs. Puts air under his deep passes, makes some magnificent throws and unstoppable when he is on his game. Also does a nice job buying time in the pocket and taking what the defense gives him, or going to the safe underneath wide outs if nothing is available down the field. Amazing runner with speed and quickness. Turns the corner and will flat run away from opponents while also showing moves reminiscent of a quick scat back when running between the tackles. Picks his way through the traffic, makes defenders miss and has a burst of speed. Tremendous leadership qualities. The Bad: Regressed as a passer during his sophomore season throwing with improper mechanics and forcing many of his balls. Does not set his feet in the pocket, holds the ball a bit long and does not always sense pressure. Throws off his back foot and as a result he often overshoots targets and is high of the mark. Must do a better job selling his play action passes and improving his fundamentals when throwing on the run. Could also improve his reads. The Skinny: A game breaking collegiate player who is far from polished or refined and may need several seasons at the next level to become a passer. Though a tremendous athlete with great upside potential, there is a lot of down side risk which is a dangerous intangible for a quarterback prospect. The team that drafts him will be making a huge investment but will have no guarantees. Early First Round
by Aaron Freeman at Pudge's 2001 Draft Preview
Vick has great arm strength. He has above average passing skills, meaning reading and decision-making abliities. His mobility is excellent. Although he may not be the most developed passer in the draft, his play-making skills are incredible. But his major drawback is his lack of experience. He has only 2 years of major college experience, and the last QB with that little experience was Akili Smith, and Smith has struggled much since arriving in the NFL. Vick is not likely to develop into an average starter until 3-5 years down the road. Most NFL quarterbacks take that long, but it's significantly a long time since Vick is the projected #1 pick in the draft, and usually those players are expected to perform in their 2nd years, along will all first round quarterbacks. Vick probably won't fall to the Falcons, but he would be a great pick if the Falcons took him. 1st round grade.
Click here to view Vick's profile at CBS SportsLine


 

TE #82 - Alge Crumpler


Height: 6'2" Weight: 264 40 time: 4.78
College: North Carolina

by PFW from NFL Draft 2001
Notes: Father and older brother, both named Carlester, were football stars at East Carolina. Brother was drafted in seventh round in 1994 draft by Seattle and made it as a tight end. A high school shot-put and discus champ, Alge has put the shot 54-71/2 and placed as high as second in the Atlantic Coast Conference track meet. In football, he caught one pass for four yards and made nine tackles on special teams as a freshman. In '97, he was a second-team All-ACC pick after catching 24-278 and four touchdowns. Redshirted in '98 after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus cartilage at the end of March. Came back to catch 20-191-0 in '99 and 23-287-1 in 2000 and won All-ACC honors both years. Positives: Fine athlete. Well-coordinated. Good natural strength and power. At times shows explosive qualities as a blocker. Comes off the ball quickly and can get into his blocks. Has good hands and can run after the catch. Has a pretty high upside if he works really hard. Looked to be in excellent shape at the combine and was the most impressive tight end who worked out by far. Negatives: On the short side. Lacks the tight, defined body teams expect him to have and looks almost a little flabby at times. Does not always seem to be playing with a great sense of urgency. Inconsistent blocker. Will drop a few passes. Has had major knee surgery. The tight end was not a big part of North Carolina's passing attack, and he did not always look like he was as well-conditioned as he should have been, but those are areas in which he can improve with work. Summary: Assuming his old knee injury is not a hang-up, Crumpler can be a really good pro if he wants it badly enough. He is the type who should be a better pro than college player because he was underutilized in college.
by Brian DeLucia of NFL Draft Digest
Crumpler is a little on the short side, but is a good athlete with good physical tools. He shows excellent quickness off the ball as a run blocker and delivers good initial pop. He uses his hands well and gets good push in the run game. He also gets out to the second level well and can make adjustments with his feet and will cut defenders in the open field. He doesn't always finish his drive blocks at times, but is definitely upgradebale because he shows strong legs. In pass protection, he shows good feet and has the body control to react cleanly to movement. In the passing game, he comes off the line hard to break jams. He shows good awareness in the passing game and shows the quickness to consistent get open in the intermediate area. While he doesn't have great speed, he can work downfield and produce in the seam. He has good hands and shows the ability to catch the ball naturally and can make adjustments. He also catches the ball aggressively in traffic and is not afraid to get hit. After the catch, he shows good enough feet to make things happen and can also break tackles with his strength. Overall, Crumpler has the ability to develop into a solid all-around starting tight end. He can help upgrade the run game and should be productive in the passing game. He takes an excellent approach to the game and is a player you can win with. He is a natural athlete who will make plays when needed and he also shows a good feel for the game. He is an excellent shot put and discus thrower in track. He comes from a good football family where his brother plays in the league and his dad used to play for the Bills. The knock on him at this point is that he missed the 1998 season with a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee. Grades as a second round pick. Grade: 6.4 Complete tight end.
by Rob Rang of Boomer's NFL Draft
Clearly the best tight end in the country (well, except for sophomore Jerramy Stevens of Washington, in my opinion...). Is a reliable pass catcher, goes over the middle, between the zones, gathers in the ball, and moves upfield forcefully. Takes the initiative to hit the end or linebacker who is trying to disrupt his route, and blow through them to get to his area... Rarely takes the brunt of the hit, preferring to be "hammer" and not the "nail." Has large hands for being 6'2. Does a good job of catching the ball with his hands, and not letting the ball get to his pads.... Plays with intelligence, sees when his quarterback is in trouble, and makes the proper adjustments... Has average speed.... Much shorter than the ideal tight end... Despite height, is a great blocker. Sets up nicely on the few passing plays he does not release, and is a force as a run blocker... Seals the outside better than most NFL tight ends... Have to like his consistency, as he has been a reliable player for several seasons now... Suffered a devastating knee injury in 1998 after bursting onto the scene as a sophomore in 1997... Came back and played well in 1999, and looks even better this season... Will obviously have to show that his knee is fully healed during individual testing... Brother, Carlester Crumpler, a tight end from East Carolina, was drafted originally by the Seattle Seahawks, and is currently a Minnesota Viking... Will undoubtedly drop a bit because of his height and rather pedestrian speed, but the rest of the package warrants a solid 2nd round choice...
by Brian Stevenson of Draft Notebook.com
HOMETOWN: Wilmington, North Carolina. BIRTH DATE: December 23, 1977. HIGH SCHOOL: Played TE and ILB. Lettered in football and track. COLLEGE: Communications major. Backup tight end as a freshman. Started 11 of 12 games as a sophomore. Suffered major knee injury (torn ACL and MCL) in spring practice and missed the 1998 season. Returned to starting lineup as a junior. Also throws shot put on the track team. Full name is Algernon Darius Crumpler. Father, Carlester, played for the Buffalo Bills and older brother, Carlester, played for Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings. STRENGTHS: Athletic. Effective inline blocker. Soft reliable hands. Runs well after the catch. Excellent character. WEAKNESSES: Lacks height. Has not been used much in Tar Heels offense
by NFL War Room of The Sporting News
Hands: Has natural, soft hands. Catches most everything near him. Can catch in a crowd, and does a nice job of using his hands to cradle the ball. Does a nice job catching balls thrown over his head. Shows good concentration. Grade: 7.3 Patterns: Has shown the ability to adjust against zone coverage. Uses his body well to get position. Is quick and athletic. Never really has been featured in passing game; has to prove he is a consistent route-runner. Grade: 7.0 Blocking: Is effective at the line and downfield. Has good strength, and uses his legs well. Blocks moving targets well, and works to get in position. Doesn't have great size, but still matches up well against bigger defenders. Sustains all blocks, but doesn't overpower anybody.Grade: 6.5 Release: Rarely has trouble getting off the line. Is a powerful player with good upper-body strength. Has enough quickness to get off the line against jamming linebackers. Grade: 7.0 Run after catch: Is tough to bring down after the catch. Is a big guy with a powerful running style and enough quickness to make would-be tacklers miss. Grade: 6.8 Bottom line: Crumpler is the complete package; he has the strength, speed and physical tools to be exceptional at the next level. He could slip to the second round because of some injury concerns, but with so many teams needing an all-purpose tight end, chances are he will be selected late in the first round. Crumpler isn't as tall as some coaches like, but it's hard to ignore his other tools. Dan Pompei analysis: The most complete tight end in the draft. He is a tenacious blocker, if not a powerful one. He has good quickness and real good hands. Competitive. Hasn't been thrown to a lot. His big brother is Carlester Crumpler, the former Vikings and Seahawks tight end. Has a reconstructed knee.
by Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Preview
Stats & Bio: Fifth year senior who has won All-Conference honors the past three years he's been on the football field. Finished his senior season catching 23 passes for 287 yards, averaging 12.5 yards per catch with one score. Totaled 20/191/9.6 as a junior his first season back from a knee injury which kept him out all of the '98 season. Had career bests of 24/278/11.6/4 as a sophomore when he broke into the starting lineup. Father and brother have both played in the NFL. The Good: Athletic tight end who is the complete package. As a blocker he is quick off the snap, strong at the point and sustains his blocks in running situations. Smooth with his footwork in pass protection, keeps his feet active and uses his arms well. Stays low, blocks with leverage and solid fundamentals. Fluid releasing off the line as a pass catcher, uses nice hand technique to stay off jams and has above average tight end speed. Finds the open spot on the field, adjusts well to the pass and scoops up the low throws or can get up vertically and grab the high ones. Makes plays down the field but also knows when to become the hot receiver and help out his quarterback. Reliable, consistent hands. The Bad: Truly can be a "go-to" tight end when he puts forth the effort, but not as dominant as he should be. Must turn up the intensity blocking and work to finish his blocks and become more active as a pass receiver. Not all his fault but his soft playing style does not help the situation. The Skinny: A prospect with late first round physical skills and mental abilities.
by Aaron Freeman from his 2001 Draft Preview
Crumpler is not the next Tony Gonzalez in terms of receiving ability, and is not the next Howard Cross as a blocker. But Crumpler does both abilities very well. He's probably a better blocker than receiver because of his bulk and strength. But he is a good receiver, with good hands and the ability to get open. If he runs fast in the 40 at the Combines or in other workouts, he may even move up into the late 1st round. His lack of great deep speed is what keeps him in the 2nd round. He looks like a good short and intermediate route runner. I'd look at him as a potential 40-catch tight end, depending on the system he's in. 2nd round grade.
Click here for Crumpler's profile at CBS SportsLine


 

C #70 - Robert Garza


Height: 6'2" Weight: 292 40 Time: 5.03
College: Texas A&M-Kingsville

by PFW of NFL Draft 2001
Notes: Lone Star Conference Offensive Newcomer of the Year in 1997. All-Conference in '98, '99 and 2000. Little All-American the past two years. Top weight man on the track team. Holds the school record in the shot and also excels in the discus. Has placed as high as second in the NCAA Division II track meet in the shot and has put the shot 60 feet. Positives: Great intangibles. Tough and tenacious. Smart. Competitive. Hard worker. Good athlete. Shows quick feet. Very strong for his size. Dominates on his level. Held his own at the Senior Bowl after showing great improvement with the pro coaching he got over the course of the practice week. Negatives: Lacks great natural size. Looks all pumped up at 295 and is not very tall. Lacks a really quick first step off the ball. Limited exposure to top competition. Summary: Dominates on his level and showed he can compete with the big boys at the Senior Bowl. Really helped himself with the week he spent in Mobile, Ala., and learned a great deal in one week.
by Brian DeLucia of NFL Draft Digest
Garza is a solid pivot prospect with good size. He shows good initial quickness off the ball, but needs to deliver more pop at the point of attack. Has quick hands and knows how to use them, but needs to work on becoming more aggressive with them. At this stage, he is more of a positional guy who doesn't drive defenders off the ball. He shows flashes of rolling his hips, but needs to become more consistent. He shows good quickness to get out to the second level and has the feet to make contact with a moving target. He shows quickness in pass protection and shows the feet and balance to mirror defenders. He is quick to use his hands and does a good job to wall off with his hands. Shows enough quickness to make adjustments to movement inside. Doesn't really get good separation with his arms, but shows the ability to improve in that area because he has adequate arms. Overall, I like Garza's potential because he shows good movement skills and can block out in space. He has the strength to become a much better in-line blocker if he works hard to improve his technique. Based on talks that I have had, he has the work ethic to succeed at this level. He also takes an excellent approach to the game and I feel he could develop into a leader on a winning team. Is an excellent discus and shot putter in track. Medically, his both ankles need to be checked out to make sure they are clean. Grades as a third or fourth round pick if he checks out clean. Grade: 5.7 Solid pivot man with upside.
by Rob Rang of Boomer's NFL Draft
Intelligent, strong, quick, and durable, Garza has positioned himself atop the center position, in my opinion. Despite the fact that he has played his career at relatively tiny Texas A&M Kingsville, Garza put on a clinic at both the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. At the Senior Bowl, Garza was pitted against top interior defensive lineman such as Georgia's Marcus Stroud, Stanford's Willie Howard, and Maryland's Kris Jenkins. Garza showcased excellent quickness in handling the ball, recognition of the defense and which defender he was accountable for, and outstanding quickness in aiding his teammates in double-team blocks. Garza shows excellent tenacity in his blocks, and is both fundamentally sound in his technique of attacking the defender, but uses excellent leverage, and is very strong. These same qualities are in constant display when Garza is run blocking... Simply a tough, determined center with rottweiler-like tenacity... Obviously, one has to exercise some caution when grading a player whose entire career has been performed against relatively inferior competition, but Garza's ability at both the Senior Bowl and Blue-Gray game, as well as his impressive speed (5.04) at the Combine and awesome strength (37 reps of 225 - 2001 Combine high) cause him to stand out, in my opinion. Likely will be drafted lower than Raiola, but is a better NFL prospect, in my opinion. A likely 2nd to 3rd round choice, who I see as effectively working the pivot of some NFL offensive line for quite some time.
by NFL Warroom of THe Sporting News
Strengths: Is an active and athletic player. Shows good initial burst out of his stance. Is more of a finesse player. Wins most matchups by taking the correct angles to the defender and using great technique. Has very good intangibles. Is a great leader, and has the smarts to make the line calls. Weaknesses: Needs to add some bulk and play with more consistency. Lacks explosive strength. Is not as aggressive as scouts would like, and tends to let the play come to him. Bottom line: Garza, also a shot-put and discus star, is a tremendous competitor. He is a great athlete with leadership ability but has trouble when matched up on big nose tackles. He does make up for limitations with great upper-body strength. Garza figures to be a fine NFL backup. Dan Pompei analysis: A scrapper with good upper-body strength. Proved to be very athletic at the combine, where he helped his draft stock. Smart and tough, but isn't a mauler. Similar player to Jeff Christy of the Bucs.
by Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Preview
Stats & Bio: Fourth year senior who has won All-Conference honors since he was a true freshman. Freshman of the Year in '97, Offensive Lineman of the Year the past two seasons and an All-League player since he was a sophomore. Also an NCAA shot-put champion. The Good: Tough, efficient lineman who has improved every season. Blocks with solid fundamentals bending his knees, staying square and using his whole body. Quick getting his hands up, strong at the point of attack and aggressive. Looks for someone to hit and really gets after his blocks. Quarterbacks the offensive line well, aware of his assignments and helps out line-mates. Strong; anchors well in pass protection while turning opponents out run blocking. Nice overall quickness and works hard. The Bad: Lacks body adjustment, plays a bit back on his heels and stiff. Also must extend his arms better as he'll do a bit of leaning. The Skinny: Sound lineman who should get better over the course of time and a solid prospect for the next level. Mid-third Round.
by Aaron Freeman from his 2001 Draft Preview
Garza is clearly this year's top senior prospect at center. He doesn't have great size, but unlike most college centers he isn't really undersized. He has power and quickness and likes to get upfield and make blocks. I wouldn't call him "super strong", but he has enough strength to be solid in the run game. You wouldn't want to leave him on an island in pass protection, but even a lot of NFL centers aren't good enough in that area either. 2nd round grade.
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LB #26 - Matt Stewart


Height: 6'3" Weight: 232 40 Time: 4.75
College: Vanderbilt

by PFW of NFL Draft 2001
Notes: Contributed as a true freshman in 1997 by snapping on field goals and punts and covering kicks. Has started every game the past three years. Had 65 tackles, including 11 for loss and two sacks in 1998. Led the team in sacks and was second in tackles for loss in 1999, when he had 88 tackles, 17 for loss, 6Ω sacks and also broke up three passes. Led the team in tackles in 2000 with 108, including 12Ω tackles for loss and 6Ω sacks. Also had three interceptions in 2000. Positives: Good intangibles. Smart, tough and willing. Good athlete. Moves around well. Has good hands and surprising agility in pass coverage. Shows some pass rush coming off the edge. Has improved a great deal overall. Got bigger, stronger and better every year. Not nearly as stiff as he once was. Could become an NFL-caliber long-snapper if he really works on it. Negatives: Tall, thin frame. Is still a little stiff in his hips and has a hard time breaking down and bending his knees enough to get under the blocker's pads. As a result, his play strength can be off. Summary: Has really improved every year and is growing into a player. Still may look better in workouts than in games, but he is maturing into a better and niftier athlete than he was.
by Brian DeLucia of NFL Draft Digest
He has a good frame, but lacks good speed and quickness. He shows good effort on the field, but is strictly a pursuit player at this stage. He has trouble making reads and is a second behind to react. He has a lot of trouble at the point of attack. He basically has zero instincts when trying to take on blockers because he is upright and doesn't know how to use his hands. He struggles in coverage because he has marginal awareness and is stiff hips. Grade: 4.9
by NFL Warroom of THe Sporting News
Strengths: Is an accomplished long-snapper. Has good height and a solid frame. Has good overall athletic ability. Moves well for his size. Has decent speed and quickness. Shows impressive ability to diagnose plays quickly. Weaknesses: Needs to add more bulk. Needs to improve change-of-direction skills. Struggles when dropping into pass coverage. Lacks the strength to shed blockers in the running game. Bottom line: Stewart will not have much of an impact as a linebacker. His best attribute is his ability as a long-snapper, which will land him a roster spot. He has an outside shot of getting drafted and getting a look at linebacker but will see most of his time on special teams. Dan Pompei analysis: Is a lean, athletic linebacker who is at his best in open space. Needs to become more physical. Long-snapping ability is a plus. Player Bio by STATS, Inc.: As a linebacker, Stewart is a good long-snapper. Tall, thin, and not tremendously fast, he will have a few obstacles to overcome on his way to the NFL. He has had problems in pass coverage and shedding blockers but gets to the correct spot most of the time. He probably will be a late-round pick because of his ability to play two positions.
by Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Preview
Stats & Bio: Fourth-year senior who has also seen extensive duty as a long snapper. Has started every game the past three seasons and led the team in tackles last season with 108, tackles for loss with 12.5, and sacks with 6.5. Also broke up four passes. 69/17/7/0/2 as a junior after 65 tackles during his sophomore campaign. The Good: Intelligent linebacker who makes a lot of plays in the opponents backfield. Shows some initial quickness and a good first step to the play, has a nose for the ball, and collapses outside in to defend the run. Takes good angles to the ball carrier, will chase opponents, and wraps up when tackling, bringing opponents down on initial contact. Holds his ground against blocks, gets force moving up the field, and mentally alert quickly recognizing or snuffing out opponents plays. The Bad: Disciplined in pass coverage but does not show the great range or get depth on his pass drops. The Skinny: Improved over the course of his collegiate career and the fact that he can long snap should keep him in the league for a long time to come. Late fifth round.
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WR #14 - Vinny Sutherland


Height: 5'8" Weight: 188 40 Time: 4.45
College: Purdue

by PFW of NFL Draft 2001
Notes: High school and collegiate sprinter. Finished second in the Big Ten indoor 60-meter dash in 1999. Was eighth in the 100 meters outdoors. Played in every game and started three as a freshman in '97, when he caught 34 passes for 357 yards and two touchdowns, ran with the ball 13 times for 111 yards and two touchdowns and returned 15 punts 147 yards. Started once but played in every game in '98. Caught 31-301-3, ran 9-58-0 and returned punts 10-82-0. Started every game in '99. Caught 39-698-7, carried the ball 18-163-0 and returned punts 18-296-2. Despite being suspended for the 2000 opener for disciplinary reasons (did not pick up his books on time), caught 65-926-11, carried 10-52-1, returned punts 16-159-0 and returned kickoffs 20-467-0. Was named first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches. Positives: Very tough and feisty. Can return kickoffs and punts. Good quickness, speed and acceleration. Gets open and makes plays. Is very effective running the bubble screen. Negatives: Lacks height. Can be tough to find down the field. Free spirit who sometimes forgets where the weightroom is. Will do some dumb things on and off the field and is not very reliable. Was arrested once for suspicion of public intoxication and disorderly conduct on top of the previously mentioned suspension. May be too high-strung. Can't seem to sit still for a minute and acts like he has ants in his pants. Summary: A lot like former Iowa star Tim Dwight, but Sutherland does not play quite as quick or fast or seem to have Dwight's acceleration and speed. Will need to tone down his act. Is not gifted enough if he is going to be a problem
by Brian DeLucia of NFL Draft Digest
Sutherland is a small, but feisty guy who makes plays. Although he is small, he is quick enough to beat the jam off the line of scrimmage. He shows an excellent feel for finding openings and setting up defenders in the passing game. He knows how to run routes and displays the quickness out of his breaks to separate from defenders. He shows the ability to catch the ball away from his frame with his good hands. Intermediately, he has a good feel for the game. He knows how to get open and shows the toughness to make plays in traffic. He also can get deep with his speed, but will not be a natural deep threat at the pro level due to his size. He knows how to get positioning and makes good adjustments to the ball. Sutherland also can help as a return man. He shows good initial quickness as a kick and punt returner. While he is a little stiff, he has good vision and is instinctive enough to hit openings in coverage. He is a very dedicated guy who runs with a high motor. He works very hard and really takes pride in himself and the team. Is also a track runner in college. Could help a team as a third receiver who can make a lot happen with the ball in his hands a few times a game and as a solid return man. Grades as a fourth to fifith round pick. Grade: 5.3 Feisty playmaker.
by NFL Warroom of THe Sporting News
Strengths: Is a great competitor. Is a slot receiver with great speed and quickness. Shows an exceptional second gear. Plays under control. Is quick in and out of cuts, and runs sharp routes. Has good hands. Also can return punts. Weaknesses: Size is biggest drawback. Might be too short to start in NFL. Might be better suited as a third-down back or a return specialist. Bottom line: He clearly is undersized but is a playmaker nonetheless. Sutherland is lightening quick with great hands and a feel for the passing game. He never will be a No. 1 receiver, but his quickness should allow Sutherland to excel as a slot receiver and return specialist in the NFL. Dan Pompei analysis: Is a small, stocky receiver in the Tim Dwight mold. Has good play speed, and is shifty. Is explosive and tough. Has been highly productive. Is a jitterbug-style return man. Player Bio by STATS, Inc.: A versatile offensive performer, Vinny Sutherland has used a solid work ethic to excel as a receiver, punt returner, and kick returner. Making no less than 30 receptions each of his first three seasons, Sutherland emerged in 1999 as a big play threat on special teams, returning two punts for touchdowns. Posting the best numbers of his career last year, the senior paced the team with 65 catches for 926 yards, with 11 scores. Sutherland's main disadvantage is his size. He is undersized for a receiver, and may not have the same success he experienced at Purdue against NFL defensive backs. A dedicated performer who has not let his limitations hinder him thus far, his quickness and tenacity, especially on special teams, should get him a look at a pro camp.
by Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Preview
Stats & Bio: Fourth year senior who is also a track and field sprint champion. Had a career year as a senior when he caught 65 passes for 926 yards, averaging 14.2 yards per catch with 11 touchdowns. Also averaged 9.9 yards on 16 punt returns, 23.4 yards on 20 kick returns and 5.2 yards on ten rushing attempts while adding one score. Caught 39/698/17.9/7 as a junior when he averaged 16.4 yards on 18 punt returns, including two scores and rushed for 163 yards on the ground. Also caught 34 passes as a true freshman when he made a big impact. The Good: Big play receiver with game breaking speed. Excellent route runner who is quick in and out of his breaks, comes back to the ball and elusive running after the catch. Has great acceleration, changes gears in the open field but also shows cutting ability when trying to avoid defenders. Extends his hands, catches the ball away from his body and does a good job timing and anticipating the deep reception. Uses his body to shield away opponents, will extend or lay out over the middle to make the difficult reception and continually looking to turn it up the field and pick up positive yardage after the catch. The Bad: Lacks the strong hands, can not pluck the errant throw out of the air and at times does not show the great body adjustment when running full tilt and trying to catch the deep pass. Small, not strong at the point and out-muscled by opponents. The Skinny: His ability to quickly change the tide of a game with either a long pass reception or big return should overcome his lack of height. Late Third Round.
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DE #1 - Randy Garner


Height: 6'3" Weight: 273 40 Time: 4.9
College: Arkansas

by PFW of NFL Draft 2001
Notes: Four-sport athlete in high school who excelled in football and basketball. Red-shirted as an outside linebacker in 1996 and lettered in '97, when he had 33 tackles, four tackles for loss and two passes broken up. Moved to defensive end in '98 and started there the past three years. Had 52 tackles in both '98 and '99. Also had 10 tackles for loss in '98 and 13 tackles for loss and 5Ω sacks in '99, when he picked off his first pass. Had to sit out the 2000 opener for violating the NCAA's extra-benefits rule. Also had some injury problems and never really seemed to get untracked. Finished the year with 27 tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks in nine games. Positives: Quick off the edge. Has a really good takeoff. Has the speed to get up the field. Can be disruptive and make plays behind the line of scrimmage. Hustles and chases in pursuit. Negatives: Lacks functional football strength. Can't escape when the blockers get their hands on him and gets shoved out of his pass-rush path too easily. Has a really hard time shedding blocks and will get knocked around at times when teams run at him. Does not do a good job of using his hands and arms to shed blocks. Does not have any really good pass-rush moves if he can't run by a blocker. Had a disappointing senior season. Summary: Has to improve his functional football strength and learn how to use his hands and arms better to be effective on the next level.
by Brian DeLucia of NFL Draft Digest
Garner has a high upside as a pass rusher due to his good upfield quickness. He comes off the ball quickly, but needs a better feel of making adjustments and locating the ball. He does not show the natural bend that must pass rushers possess. Also shows good closing speed to the quarterback at times. Could develop into a nice pass rusher if he develops some moves as he works with pro coaches. He will struggle to make plays against the run. Is not strong enough and fails to use his hands well enough to get off blocks although he will flash with his hands at times. He also needs to improve his lateral quickness with his feet to help him get off blockers quicker. Plays best when he can make a play laterally within a few feet rather than heads up. Doesn't show much range laterally, but shows some effort. He needs to play with a little better knee bend as he bends at the waist too often. One positive is that he will show some awareness on the field. He also has the ability to drop into short coverage. Overall, he has good upside due to his tools, but needs a lot of technical work before helping a team as a pass rusher. If he develops some moves to make adjustments, he'll give a team at least a solid rotation player. Has fairly good work habits, but I would like to see him play a little bit more aggressively on the field on a consistent level. Needs to spend time in the weight room refining his strength. Began his career at outside linebacker after being a high school fullback. Was a solid basketball and discus guy in high school. Grades as a third to fourth rounder. Grade: 5.3
by NFL Warroom of The Sporting News
Player Bio by STATS, Inc.: Despite a disappointing senior season, Garner hopes to draw some attention come draft day. Emerging at defensive end in 1997 as a freshman, he made 33 tackles, broke up two passes and caused two fumbles. Starting every game in '98, Garner upped his tackle total to 52, including 10 behind the line. Showing the ability to be an effective pass rusher in '99 as a junior, he led the Razorbacks with 5 1/2 sacks and made 52 tackles. Hoping to continue his solid play in 2000, Garner only managed 27 tackles and two sacks. While he has shown excellent speed and pass-rushing ability, he needs to develop more consistency to have a shot at the NFL. He has good size and, if he shows more focus, might find a spot on an NFL squad.
by Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Preview
Stats & Bio: Fifth year senior who started his collegiate career at outside linebacker. Played in nine games last season, recording 27 tackles with three tackles for loss and two sacks. Had career highs of 52/13/6 as a junior while also recording an interception. Has started every game he has dressed for the past three years. The Good: Athletic lineman who shows the ability to make plays up the field. Quick off the snap, plays with forward lean and gets leverage on the opponent. Keeps his feet moving forward, works his hands to get off blocks and redirects off the initial hit well. Shows a nice change of direction, moves well laterally and makes plays up and down the line of scrimmage. Used as a stand up end over tackle in certain instances last year to take advantage of his edge rushing speed. The Bad: Bulked up prior to his senior season and had difficulty carrying the weight. Not strong at the point, slow shedding blocks and rather easily moved out of his pass rush angles. The Skinny: May need a bit more time to mature physically but a pass rusher who should get better in time. Early to mid Fifth Round.
by Aaron Freeman from his 2001 Draft Preview
Very likely the Falcons will want him, since he is the "disciple" of current DL coach Bill Johnson. Looks like he could be a pretty good left end. Likes to use his hands, and has some decent edge speed. Is not particularly strong, so may struggle early on at left end. But if he can add strength, and keep his speed, he should be a nice player to have. Doesn't have huge upside, but should be a quality player. 5th round grade.
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S #24 - Corey Hall


Height: 6'3" Weight: 198 40 Time: 4.51
College: Appalachian State

by PFW of NFL Draft 2001
Notes: State of Georgia triple-jump champion in high school and was second in the long jump. Has started since midway through his freshman year. Was a safety until 2000, when he was moved to cornerback. Led the team in tackles with 115 and tied for the team lead in picks with five, while winning All-Southern Conference honors in '99. Also was one of six finalists for the Buck Buchanan Award as the best defensive player in NCAA Division I-AA in '99. Won I-AA All-America honors in 2000, when, as a cornerback, he had 68 stops, 10 passes broken up and three interceptions (stats include playoffs). Positives: Good height and range for a free safety. Jumps well. Has done a good job as a safety in the past. Was very impressive in the '99 Auburn game. Negatives: Really struggled as a corner in 2000 and seemed to forget how to tackle. Does not take good angles to the ball as a safety and misses too many tackles. Inconsistent toughness. Long-strider who lacks initial quickness and change of direction. A little stiff. Has a hard time turning his hips quickly. Summary: Played much better as a safety than as a corner. Could have a chance as a free safety if he improves his tackling and hitting.
by Brian DeLucia of NFL Draft Digest
He is a rangy athlete who can cover some ground with his speed and athletic ability, but he is raw. He tends to be a little stiff at times in pass coverage and lacks the burst to make up for his sloppy footwork at times. He also will lose his cushion at times. In zone coverage, he doesn't make the quickest reads on the ball and will be a step or two late to react on the ball. In run support, he is willing to support, but he has just adequate pop and doesn't always breakdown well in open space. He could develop into a contributor at the pro level, but needs to have a more consistent grasp of the game. Grade: 5.2
by NFL Warroom of The Sporting News
Strengths: Has all the intangibles. Has long arms and a rangy build, which allow him to make plays on the ball. Also has great leaping ability, and displays a nose for the ball. Gets in on a lot of tackles, and always seems to be in the mix. Weaknesses: Isn't a real physical guy. Is a bit unpolished, and can get lost in coverage. Tends to get turned around, and will lose his receiver on occasion. Sometimes plays overconfident, and finds himself out of position. Needs to learn the position and be more responsible. Bottom line: The fact Hall hails from a Division I-AA school could hurt his stock. He also is very raw, and that will affect his status. Nevertheless, Hall, who is a physical specimen, should result in a late-round selection by a team willing to wait on his development. Player Bio by STATS, Inc.: Hall is a giant in the secondary. Standing at 6-3, he will have a height advantage on most wide receivers and also possesses above-average speed. He has primarily played safety but might be tried at corner. He has been a starter since the better part of his freshman year. He is a willing tackler and has led the Mountaineers in tackles, but scouts do not recognize his hitting abilities as a strength. He also does not tend to play as fast as his 40-yard time would indicate. He has been a dominant defensive player at Appalachian State, but NFL teams need to determine whether it was his physical abilities being far and above everyone else -- or does he truly have the skills to play at the next level.
by Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Preview
Stats & Bio: Fourth year senior who has been an All-Conference selection the past two years and finished last season with 54 tackles, two tackles for loss, while intercepting three passes and breaking up ten more. 115/5/7 as a junior and 84/3/9 the prior season when he broke into the starting lineup on a fulltime basis. The Good: Nice sized, athletic defensive back that shows great range and has a nose for the football. Disciplined in pass coverage, moves well laterally and takes nice angles to the play. Above average instincts, shows a burst of closing speed and has some cover skills. The Bad: A bit hesitant and not always quick in the head, really not physical nor as dominant as he could be. Did not make a lot of plays as a senior or have the year that was expected of him. The Skinny: Athletically, a prospect who could compete with almost any safety in this draft with his abilities to cover the pass but must mentally decide to do it if he's to be successful. Early Sixth Round.
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G #62 - Kynan Forney


Height: 6'2" Weight: 300 40 Time:
College: Hawaii

by PFW of NFL Draft 2001
Notes: Trinity Valley Community College transfer. Played in every game for Hawaii in 1998 and started five times. Redshirted after having two offseason shoulder surgeries in '99. Came back to start in 2000 and may have been Hawaii's best offensive lineman. Has played both tackle and guard at Hawaii. Positives: Supertough and competitive. Non-stop-motor player who will hit up until the whistle. Really came on in 2000. Has good foot movement. Uses hands and arms well. Has quick, strong hands and does a good job of punching. Knows how to pass block. Played in a pro-style passing offense. Negatives: Too short to be a tackle and a little short for guard. Is a good, but not dominating, player. Has had a lot of injury problems. Summary: On the short side, but he is a warrior and a pretty good athlete who can move his feet and use his hands. Could be a pretty high pick if - and this is a big if - he gets a clean bill of health in regard to his prior injury problems.
by Brian DeLucia of NFL Draft Digest
He is stout, but has adequate overall size. He shows good initial quickness off the ball, but has just adequate initial pop in the run game. He doesn't get any movement because he struggles to get leverage and doesn't roll his hips. He must really work on finishing better, especially with his lower body. He does show the ability to pull due to his quickness and ability to get out in open space. In pass protection, he doesn't set up very well with his feet and shows not hip sink to gain leverage. He also over-extends and doesn't use his hands very well. Due to this, he will struggle to anchor and can expect to be bull-rushed. Grades as a mid to late round pick. Grade: 5.2
by NFL Warroom of The Sporting News
Strengths: Has nice quickness and mobility, and plays smart. Elevates the play of those around him. Off-field presence impresses scouts and coaches. Weaknesses: Is undersized and tends to get bowled over at the point of attack. Limited strength hurts his ability to sustain blocks and drive guys down the field. Seems to have reached potential. Still is barely above average. Bottom line: Forney had a solid 2000 season and, as a result, rose on several draft boards. However, he lacks the bulk to matchup right now and he must become a better overall run blocker, because he's destined to play right tackle. Dan Pompei analysis: Athletic player who runs well on pulls. Stays on his feet. Isn't real explosive and needs to improve strength. Had a good senior season. Could be moved to guard. Player Bio by STATS, Inc.: A smart player who makes good use of his quickness and mobility, Forney elevates the play of his teammates and is a model citizen in the locker room. What will hurt him come draft day is his lack of strength and size; he can't really drive defenders downfield, and has trouble standing his ground and sustaining blocks. Must bulk up and improve his run blocking skills.
by Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Preview
Stats & Bio: Junior college transfer who was an All-Conference selection last year at right tackle. Red-shirted in '99 after starting five games at both guard and tackle the prior year. The Good: Fundamentally sound lineman who has shown great improvement the past year. Bends his knees, blocks with a wide base, and gets leverage on opponents. Quickly gets his hands up, stays square, and keeps defenders in front of him. Can shuffle and slide his feet in pass protection, pull or move from the backside, and shows good body control. The Bad: Works his blocks but lacks the great ball awareness and a bit rusty mentally. Must improve his overall body strength as he lacks arm punch, does not get much movement from his blocks, nor does he ride opponents out. The Skinny: Room for improvement is there as he went from a non-factor to a prospect in less than four months. Mid Seventh Round.
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DE #99 - Ron Flemons


Height: 6'5" Weight: 255 40 Time: 4.9
College: Texas A&M

by PFW of NFL Draft 2001
Notes: Very young. Was playing for more than a month before he turned 18 in 1997. Played in every game in '97 and had nine tackles and one tackle for loss. Started all but two games in '98 (missed one game with a shoulder injury) and had 54-3 and a sack. Played in every game and started eight in '99, but had only 12-3-0. Started all but one game in 2000 after Rocky Bernard injured his knee last August and had 33-2-1. Positives: Tall with growth potential and long arms. Has the frame to carry 30 more pounds when he matures. Runs well. Active in pursuit. Negatives: Lacks bulk strength and power. Is not strong enough to play head-up on a 300-pound tackle. Gets pushed around too much. Is not much of a pass rusher at this point. Lacks moves as a pass rusher and has a hard time getting near the quarterback. Summary: Raw, developmental type who needs to really hit the weights hard.
by Brian DeLucia of NFL Draft Digest
He has good speed and a frame to work with, but he needs a lot of work. He lacks the quickness to be a natural pass rusher. He mainly relies on good effort to get upfield. He will also get out-sized in the run game, but he will battle in-line although he is just not strong enough at this point. He will need a lot of strength and bulk development before he sticks anywhere. He relies on his motor than skills. Grade: 4.7
by NFL Warroom of The Sporting News
Player Bio by STATS, Inc.: Despite an inconsistent career at Texas A&M, Flemons' skills as a defensive end have the drawn the attention of pro scouts. After seeing limited action as a freshman, Flemons posted impressive numbers in 1998 -- 54 tackles, three of a loss. However, the potential he exhibited in his sophomore season went unfulfilled in his last two years. Managing to collect a total of only 50 tackles during his junior and senior seasons, he was not much of a factor. While he has decent size and speed, he lacks focus and concentration. He seems to have the athleticism and agility to compete in the NFL, but he needs to be far more productive and consistent to have any shot of making an NFL squad.
by Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Preview
Stats & Bio: Fourth-year senior who has started all but a handful of games since his sophomore campaign. Finishes the season with 38 tackles, seven tackles for loss and two sacks, after only 12/3/0 the prior year. Posted a career best 54 tackles as a sophomore, adding three tackles for loss and one sack. The Good: Undersized but athletic pass rusher who is still developing his football skills. Breaks down well playing with excellent forward lean, agile and moves well laterally. Fast getting to the flanks to make a play or pursuing the ball carrier from the backside. Keeps his pads low throughout, stays on his feet and quick changing his angle of attack while showing a closing burst of speed. The Bad: Lacks the great first step off the snap, not strong at the point of attack, and driven off the line by opponents. Lacks bulk and does not make many plays on the field. The Skinny: Has the potential to get bigger as he matures and can hopefully transfer that on to the football field. Free agent.
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WR #25 - Quentin McCord


Height: 5'10" Weight: 195 40 Time: 4.47
College: Kentucky

by PFW of NFL Draft 2001
Notes: Played in 10 games and started six as a true freshman in 1996 and caught 12 passes for 122 yards. Was not enrolled in school in '97. Missed two-plus games with a bad ankle and only started three times in '98. Caught 37-435 and three touchdowns and carried twice for 118 yards and one touchdown, including an 80-yard end-around in '98. Missed two-plus games with a foot injury in '99, when he caught 18-387-6. Had his best year in 2000, when he caught 45-799-6. Positives: Good athlete with speed. Shows some ability to run after the catch. Came on as a senior. Negatives: Spent a lot of his career coming off the bench. Can be somewhat inconsistent catching the ball. Has small hands. Summary: His speed will give him a chance to compete for a job in the NFL.
by Brian DeLucia of NFL Draft Digest
McCord has ordinary size, but shows good speed. He is mainly a speed guy who relies on this phase of his game to get by on the field. He has had limited reps throughout most of his career, but has some tools to develop into a better pro than college player. He needs to work on gaining a better feel as a route runner although he does his the quickness have the feet and quickness to develop in this area and separate from coverage. He is adequate catching the ball, but needs to develop more reps with his ball skills. He may never develop into a natural pass catcher at the pro level because his hands are extremely small. He has also been plagued by minor leg injuries at times throughout his career. Grade: 4.8
by Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Preview
Stats & Bio: Fifth year senior who totaled a career high 45 receptions for 799 yards, averaging 17.8 yards per catch with six scores last year. Junior totals were 18/387/21.5/6 in nine games, after 37/435/11.8/3 the prior year. The Good: Nice sized receiver with good measurables who's never seemed to have taken the next step up. Cognizant wide-out who is on the same page as his quarterback, comes back to the ball, timing and anticipating his receptions well. Stays low out of his breaks, extends over the middle to make the grab and quick transitioning to run after the catch. The Bad: Uses his body to shield away opponents but all to often cradles the pass or lets the ball get inside of him, doing too much body catching. Slowed by opponents jams and has difficulty getting separation or making the catch when battling bigger defenders. The Skinny: Has never completely put it together as a football player. Free Agent.
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