Falcons 2004 Draft Recap

This is a collection of information on each Falcon draft pick that you can find on the internet. It is a collection from multiple on-line sources about each player, so that you know how each of the experts feel on each player.

Falcons 2004 Draft Picks

Pos. Player
CB DeAngelo Hall
Virginia Tech
WR Michael Jenkins
Ohio State
QB Matt Schaub
OLB Demorrio Williams
DT Chad Lavalais
Louisiana State
FS Etric Pruitt
Southern Mississippi
RB Quincy Wilson
West Virginia


DeAngelo Hall

property of Big East.org Height: 5-10
Weight: 197
School: Virginia Tech
40 Time: 4.37
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BIO: Two year starter that set several records as a return specialist. Defensive numbers as junior included 75/1/5, and averaged 14.5 yards on 30 punt returns, bringing two back for scores. Scored on returns of 58 and 60 yards last season against Syracuse, which was a conference record. Occasionally used at receiver last season and recorded 7/86/1. Sophomore totals included 45/4/12 with a 16-yard average on 22 punt returns, recording two touchdowns. Ran well at the Combine and set a tech football record with a 4.15 clocking in the forty during spring drills of 2003.
POSITIVES: Explosive prospect whose speed separates him from the rest of the pack. Quick back pedaling off the line, fluid in his hips and loses nothing transitioning to run with opponents. Easily stays step for step with receivers down the field or laterally. Possesses an explosive break on the pass, stays with opponents out from routes and flashes on the scene. Great range and recovery speed, which enables him to make up for mistakes. Explosive punt returner that is not only fast but elusive.
NEGATIVES: Likes to bait the quarterback, slow locating the pass in the air and has some hesitation to his game. Not physical defending the run and likes to hit rather than tackle.
ANALYSIS: With the speed to immediately impact the game at his disposal, Hall is a game-breaking threat anytime the ballís in his hands. Must polish his cover skills and rely on more than just his natural abilities but could be a very good cornerback in time and a rookie that immediately impacts a team returning punts.
PROJECTION: Early First Round
Rob Rang of West Coast Draft
Arguably the draft's top athlete. Combines spectacular speed with excellent agility and a solid frame for the position. Has been a difference-maker each year of his career for the Hokies, seeing action in every game of his career and starting the past twenty-two consecutively. Has been used as a multi-purpose threat over the past two seasons, as well, seeing action both as a punt returner and, on occasion, at wide receiver, as well. Started his career off with a bang when he intercepted a pass in his first game (Connecticut, 2001) and ended with a bang, as well, contributing 13 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 3 PBUs, and a dazzling 52 yard 4th quarter punt return for a touchdown against California in the Insight.com Bowl... Aggressive at the snap. Can play off, but is at his best up close in bump and run coverage. Gets a solid jam on the receiver and isn't afraid to physically challenge bigger opponents. Can turn and run with anyone in the sport. Has been timed as fast as 4.15 (indoor track) and routinely runs in the 4.3 range. Has great short area burst to go along with his spectacular speed - a trait that not every speedster boasts. Baits the quarterback by letting his receiver get a step or two on him, but usually recovers in time to either bat the pass away or make the interception. Does get beat, on occasion because of his aggressive nature. As mentioned, Hall is at his best in pure man to man coverage and isn't as dominant when asked to play in zone. Has good, but not great recognition skills and tends to freelance too much when playing in space. Isn't the most physical tackler in the world, especially when it comes to meeting blocks in run support, but is a very reliable open field tackler, just the same. Has proven to be a spectacular return specialist. Excellent agility and change of direction skills and sees the field well. Uses his blocks and isn't afraid of contact when the ball is in his hands. Has had some problems with fumbles in the past, though this became less and less of a problem as he matured into the return man role. Wasn't asked to return punts early on with Virginia Tech all-time leader Andre' Davis on the club, but assumed the role when Davis moved on to the NFL (Cleveland, 2nd round) and simply broke Davis' special teams marks (return yardage - 839, returned TDs - 5) in less than two full years of work... The concern with Hall, of course, is that he has been beaten by elite receivers. While he slowed Larry Fitzgerald for much of the 2nd half in the 2003 contest (Hall had been benched for the 1st half due to disciplinary reasons), he was burned repeatedly on Pittsburgh's game-winning 4th quarter drive and really struggled in the 2002 contests against Fitzgerald (105 yards, 3 TDs) and Andre Johnson (193 yards, 1 TD). The consensus among NFL teams is that Hall's footwork is a little sloppy, but can be corrected. Based on his pure upside, he is almost universally considered the top cornerback in a draft likely to see ten or more cornerbacks selected in the top 75...
Positives: Has a lean, angular frame with good muscle definition and exceptional speed Ö Compensates for a lack of ideal height with above-average leaping ability Ö Shows quick feet and a low pad level with proper footwork in his backpedal Ö Can plant and redirect in a hurry Ö Has an explosive closing burst and excels at reaching around and breaking up the pass Ö Has excellent long acceleration and speed Ö Reads the quarterback and receiver connection very fast and has the burst to make the play on the ball when working in the zone Ö Can really jump up and make plays on the high passes Ö Shows good timing and hand/eye coordination Ö Not really a killer in run support, but will come up and make the hard tackle near the line of scrimmage Ö Shows patience waiting for blocks to develop on returns, using his sudden burst and wiggle to break free in the open Ö Effective route runner who knows how to work his way back to the quarterback Ö Does a nice job of tracking the ball over his shoulder Ö Shows agility and balance when accelerating and certainly has the speed to recover Ö Very good at playing the receiver tight in man coverage, as it is easy for him to bail and stay with his man.
Negatives: Bites a little bit on play action and will get a little over-aggressive in his tackling, resulting in missed shots (see 2003 Pittsburgh game, where his over-pursuit resulted in three key receptions by Larry Fitzgerald in the fourth quarter game-winning scoring drive) Ö Generally keeps his body low through transition, but when he gets high in his stance, he tries to jump in his change of direction, resulting in wasted steps (when he loses a step in his turn, he can not always catch up) Ö Not a face-up, wrap-up tackler (likes to go low, throw a shoulder, grab and drag down) Ö Will take false steps, at times, when attempting to jam Ö Can make the tough catches as a receiver, but needs to show better concentration (will drop a few) Ö Needs to refine his zone awareness, as he does not always see things develop vs. combo routes Ö Needs to secure the ball better before heading upfield on returns (has had fumbling issues).
Drew Boylhart of The Huddle Report
Strengths: De Angelo is fast and quick. He changes direction with ease. Very good hip-flip. He is smart and is a playmaker. He has the abilities to be a shutdown corner in the NFL. Nice long arms to defend against bigger players. He loves a challenge. He is a nightmare on special teams. Excellent in the punt return game. He has the ability to affect the game plan of his opponents.
Needs to Improve: No sense in going through some sort of nonsense about attitude, techniques, yada, yada, yada. Yes, he needs to improve, and he will. He could be a better tackler (pick, pick, pick). Hopefully, he will mature in his actions on the field but if he doesn't, it's not something that is very likely to affect his draft status.
Bottom Line: There are just a few of these type of players that are shutdown players at their position and can throw fear into the heart of their opponents in the special teams game, too. This kid will impact in his first year with interceptions and run backs on special teams. He likes the big time and wears it well. He uses intimidation to mask his limitations as a cover corner. All the big ones do this. He is the closest thing coming out of the college game to D. Sanders that I have seen. Once drafted, he will have to prove that he is worthy of that comparison. Kansas City special teams player Dante Hall literally won five games for his team this year and affected the game plan of his opponents in all 16 games. With that type of success, other teams will be looking for their own choo-choo, like Dante. The fact that DeAngelo has the potential to be a shutdown corner would make me think that DeAngelo might be a pretty high draft choice. I hear collecting choo-chooís can be worth a lot of money.
Aaron Freeman of FalcFans
Pros: Has great speed and athleticism. Has nice hips and looks like a future shutdown corner. Plays well in zone coverage as well. Very willing run stopper and loves to come up and deliver hits. Excellent punt returner and can even contribute as a receiver on offense. Breaks hard and quickly on the football.
Cons: Needs to a better job adjusting to the ball when in the air. Not a sound tackler. Sometimes give his opponents too much cushion.
NFL Forecast: He projects well both for man coverage and zone coverage, which is a big plus since most college corners only play well in one or the other. He's still a bit raw however, since he is getting by mostly on his superb athleticism. But he definitely has the potential to be a top shutdown guy. His ability to make plays on special teams and also contribute somewhat on offense are an added bonus for the NFL team that gets him. Although he's doubtful to get many reps on offense, he might be good for 3-5 plays that a savvy offensive coordinator can draw up. He's not a complete shutdown guy yet, but he plays well and tight and rarely gives up the big play. As he learns to refine his natural skills better he should develop into a top cornerback.
NFL Comparison: Deion Sanders.
Value: His athleticism pushes him into the Top 10, although his skills only merit Top 15 or 20 attention.
Joseph Coaty of Tha Pack
Positives: Has great speed and is a dangerous open-field runner with the ball in his hands. Has good agility and quickness. Has very good cover skills and is an improving player.
Negatives: Lacks ideal height for a cornerback. Was hard to monitor his progress in 2003 because opposing offenses didnít challenge him often.
Overall analysis: DeAngelo Hall is a true speedster who also has great athletic ability and very good coverage skills. Hall arrived at Virginia Tech in 2001 and played as a true freshman. He appeared in all 11 games despite breaking a bone in his hand early on in the season, and even started in 1 contest. Hall moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore and had a very good season, but missed 2 games with lower back pain. Hall had another good season as a junior, and was even able to contribute as a receiver on the offensive side of the ball. Over his college career Hall proved to be one of the most dangerous punt return men in the country, having returned 5 punts for touchdowns over the last two seasons. Hall is a true blazer that also has good athletic ability. He is very fluid in his movements, and has the hip flexibility to easily turn and run with receivers. And Hall has good cover skills, so good that he wasnít challenged very often in 2003. Easily the biggest knock on Hall is his lack of ideal height, although he is listed at 5-11 it is much more likely that he is actually around 5-10 Ω or perhaps a bit shorter. In summary, Hall is a solid prospect who will likely be a first round pick, and it would not surprise me if Hall eventually proved to be the best cornerback to come out of the 2004 NFL Draft.
Rob McCartney of Rob's Scouting
DeAngelo is a very good athlete that can play man to man all over the field. Even with his lack of ideal size/strength, he will be an asset in run support. What is his biggest negative? He doesnít have good ball skills and will struggle with the ball in the air. Evaluation of athletic potential: Phenomenal athlete who can return Punts with the best of them. He is simply one of the top athletes in the 2004 Draft. Does he make the big play? Yes, he has good hands and is a very good return man.
Scouting Report: To start, the junior who left Virginia Tech early could be the number 1 athlete in this class. DeAngelo has top speed and has shown versatility returning Punts, playing Wide Out as well as Virginia Techís shutdown corner. DeAngelo has a nice pedal as he remains at a nice pad level throughout. He shows fluid hips to go along with a nice pedal and has a solid burst coming out of his pedal and wonít allow many yards after the catch. Overall, DeAngelo has the quickness necessary to get out of his break and has the fluid hips to stick with his man. DeAngelo has a great acceleration whether jumping on a run play, or sticking with his man on the deep ball. He shouldnít have any problems sticking with even the fastest Wide Outís down the field at the next level. He is simply one of the best closers in the class. You canít question his instincts and reactions on the field, as a part-time receiver he shows the knowledge that allows him to jump routes. Again, with his exceptional athletic ability, he has the quickness to make a play if there is a false-step, or beat everyone to the ball if he calls it right. There have been some occasions where he has been beaten by play fakes and taking the run though. DeAngelo has solid hands, and if give the chance, he wonít drop the ball. He was good enough to be used at Wide Receiver on occasions and came up with several stellar plays. If the ball is thrown his way, there is always a chance he could take it the other way. At the Line of Scrimmage, DeAngelo is very physical. He has good ability to jam his man and keeps his hands very active and shows good hand quickness. With his backpedal, turn ability, physical style of play at the line and acceleration put together, DeAngelo is a solid man to man cover corner. He has been asked to play zone and has shown the speed and football instincts to be able to play a zone scheme. DeAngelo is surprisingly strong in run support as he is quick to help and will come up and hit you in the mouth. While he isnít the strongest player, he makes a solid effort to wrap his man and drive him back. He has the speed to make plays on runs away from him as he shows a good pursuit. In the open-field, DeAngelo will break down, use his leverage and make the play. His only glaring weaknesses at this stage is his ability to play the ball. He will lose the ball at times and will give up a jump ball as a result. However, he shows a good vertical leap and with the hands to make the play, he could easily improve. DeAngelo also has Punt Return experience and is the top Punt Returner on my field. He shows exceptional acceleration with the ball in his hands and can and will out run everyone on the field. He has good hands and very good quickness to go along with good judgment while the ball is in the air. Overall, DeAngelo is my #1 Cornerback as an early declaration. He has tremendous athletic ability and is a very exciting player. Solid, but not great man coverage ability and will help in run support better than most corners. He has a first round grade and it will stay that way. I would be tempted to put him in the top half of the draft, but he has been beaten at times at Virginia Tech because he does have problems locating the ball. From picks 20-32, DeAngelo will be a player receiving a lot of interest.
General: Very good speed, isnít the biggest Corner, but really has solid size. A top athlete in this draft and in the country. Very productive at Virginia Tech. Lower back spasms in 2002; missed last two games of season. Suspended for the first half of the Pittsburgh game for punching a Miami-Fl player. Is known for his cockiness on the field as he has been known to talk it up. This may work against him come draft day, but shouldnít become a large enough issue to shy away from him.
Dan Pompeii of The Sporting News
A smooth athlete who has a knack for making plays on the ball. Strong in man-to-man coverage. Comes out of breaks quickly. Shows outstanding return skills. Has experience as a receiver. Lacks ideal height and isn't as aggressive as he could be. Is continuing to develop.
Scott Porter of Draft Crazy
Positives: Hall is a very talented and athletically gifted cornerback. Also played some wide receiver in college. Has great ball skills. Known for his ball hawking and big play ability. A great return man. Has excellent speed. Hits well and tackles well. Always around the ball. Tough player who shows a physical style to his game. Reads the quarterback well. Gets his hands on a lot of passes. Turns his hips well and can run with any receiver in college one on one. Makes plays. Has had huge games against top notch opponents. Plays with confidence and has the ability to turn a game completely around. Great recovery speed.
Negatives: Would be nice if he could grown an inch. Tends to get flashy sometimes. Needs to hunker down and do his job on every play. Sometimes gambles and relies too much on his recovery speed to make up for it, which can hurt him sometimes.
Bottom Line: Hall declared for the NFL draft as a junior. He is ready to take the next step. He is likely a mid to late 1st round pick. Had he stayed another year, he could have been the top cornerback, but he is no doubt ready to make the jump to the next level. He should be able to come in right away and play, especially as a return man. A lot of teams will be interested throughout the first round in Hall's talent.
John Sheridan of Draft XChange
Pros: Blazing speed, reportedly ran a 4.19 in spring practice. Big play Cb with a flare for the dramatic. Electrifying return man. Strong against the run. Breaks on the pass well, excellent recovery speed. Good in transition & stays with the receiver.
Cons: Somewhat inconsistant and raw, over persues on occasion. needs to refine his skills. Could improve his footwork and stay in the backpedal longer. Must be quicker picking up the action mentally. said be somewhat cocky.
Game breaker both as a CB and on Special Teams. Blazing fast prospect but needs to refine his technique some. relying on his speed to recover allows him to sometimes gamble but sometimes causes him to overpersue against the run. Top 20 pick in 2004 could be top 5 in 2005 if he returns to the Hokies for the 2004 season. Showed his outstanding return skills on a national stage returning a punt for a TD during the Insight.com bowl.

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Mike Jenkins

property of Ohio State Buckeyes.com Height: 6-4
Weight: 218
School: Ohio State
40 Time: 4.38
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BIO: Three-year starter that caught 55/834/7 as a senior, also averaging 8.9 yards on 20 punt returns with another score. Posted career receiving numbers as a junior posting 61/1,076/6. Broke out as a sophomore with 49/988/3. Has a career average of 17.5 yards per reception at Ohio State.
POSITIVES: Athletic receiver that's made a big move up draft boards since January. Fluid releasing off the line of scrimmage, adequate route runner and settles into the open spot of the field. Always works to get separation, extends and displays excellent focus throughout the game. Good eye/hand coordination, timing and looks the pass in. Pulls the ball out of the air over the middle, tracks the deep pass and makes the difficult catch downfield with defenders draped on him.
NEGATIVES: A long strider with built up speed. Seemingly suffered from a case of senioritis last year and had an unusual amount of dropped passes.
ANALYSIS: More of a game controlling receiver that occasionally breaks the deep one, Jenkins has the abilities to be a No. 1 wide out at the next level. Must compete hard at all times the way he did at the Senior Bowl, physically mature but can be immediately productive at the next level.
PROJECTION: Late First Round
Rob Rang of West Coast Draft
Huge receiver that fits the mold of what many teams are looking for in today's specialized game. Has proven to be Ohio State's most consistent and reliable receiver over the past three seasons. His super height makes him tough to handle one on one for any cornerback and he is both a consistent route-runner and pass catcher. Lacks the top athleticism to be successful in every scheme. Can add some yards after the catch, as he shows a surprising ability to make many defenders miss in the open field, exceedingly rare for a player his size. In fact, Jenkins has proven to be Ohio State's most consistent and productive punt returner, a position which usually requires a great deal of athletic ability and agility. For the season he averaged 9.2 yards per return and scored on a 54 yard punt return vs. Iowa... Does have deceptive deep speed and will sneak a big play in every now and then. Despite his size, Jenkins isn't the dominant "fade" weapon one might expect. He has to learn to use his size more to his advantage, as he doesn't always catch the ball at its highest point, or use his strength to battle for position. To Jenkins credit, he hasn't had the benefit of great quarterback play over his career and has enjoyed a very good collegiate career despite consistent signal caller play or an offense built around the pass. Overall, I see Jenkins as a kid who in the right system could develop into a reliable possession receiver. Has strong hands and this ability was on display for everyone to see Senior Bowl week. Might have improved his draft status more than any player in Mobile over the one week of practice. While I acknowledge Jenkins' reliable possession receiver potential, I also feel that if placed into the wrong system and asked to do a great deal of long routes, Jenkins could struggle to find a niche. Simply put, I mistrust players who have struggled to post anything less than spectacular careers and then in one week emerge as legitimate 1st round prospects, as the mass media is reporting with Jenkins... Speed, of course, will have a great deal to do with Jenkins' final draft status...
Positives: Long and lean, with tight skin, big hands and long arms Ö Shows good initial quickness in his release Ö Long strider and adequate route runner with good vision and field awareness Ö Has the short-area burst needed to separate after the catch (especially on slants) Ö Shows natural hands to pluck the ball with arms extended and has the leaping ability to get to the pigskin at its high point Ö Very tough ó as he can take a hit and hold on to the ball Ö Tracks the ball in flight well, doing a nice job with over-the-shoulder grabs, showing the body flexibility to adjust to the ball Ö Gathers speed and can run away from defenders after the catch Ö Gives adequate blocking effort.
Negatives: More strong than fast Ö Despite his size and strength, he still struggles vs. press coverage in attempts to escape Ö Best working on slant routes, ó he does not possess the long speed needed to accelerate after the catch Ö More of a possession type ó he seems to labor getting off the line of scrimmage (takes a long time to get going) Ö He can run away from defenders once he is into his routes, but in stop-and-go action, he has to build up to high gear before separating Ö Has good field awareness, but needs to work his way back to the quarterback better Ö Tracks the ball well, but generally will get there late.
Drew Boylhart of The Huddle Report
Strengths: Michael is a tall player with good speed. He has good hands and runs good routes. Mike has the athletic talent to be an impact player.
Needs to improve: Michael needs toÖnow, let me thinkÖSHOW UP FOR EVERY GAME.
Bottom Line: I just watched the bowl game that Ohio St played. Then I went back to some other tapes of Michael. Would someone please tell me where this kid has been? I know someone is going to show me his stats. I know they are very impressive. Let me tell you. The concerns I have had for two years on this kid I have just thrown out the window -- or have I? Questionable hands, out the window. Route running, out the window. Run after the catch, out the window. Questionable leadership qualities and characterÖah, ah, ah, not so fast. Could this be his glaring fault? You can show me a highlight film of this kid that will make you think he is as good as Roy Williams WR from Texas (see profile) and maybe he is ñ without the speed. This kid is exactly why you CANNOT base a profile on just one game and the combines. Will he be a success? Only Karnack the Magnificent and Michael knows for sure. Is he a 1st rounder? You bet your girlfriendís big butt he is. Is he a ëboom or bustí player? You can bet your other girlfriendís big butt he is. Mike, I'll see you after you have signed a big contract for four years. You and your twin brother David Boston can spend all your money and get nothing in return.
Aaron Freeman of FalcFans
Pros: Has good hands and good body control. Runs good routes and does a good job using his size to get advantage over cornerbacks. He is also a capable punt returner.
Cons: Doesnít always play with passion and can play down to his competitionís level. Doesnít have great deep speed and puts very little effort in blocking.
NFL Forecast: Jenkins works well on the short and intermediate routes and should be capable going over the middle. If he played a little harder, he would definitely be of higher value, but he seemingly loafs it a bit. He should become a good No. 2 wideout on the next level, but needs to work a little harder in order to become a No. 1 receiver, although the talent is definitely there.
Value: Has first round talent, but questions about work ethic push him into the late second.
Joseph Coaty of Tha Pack
Positives: Possesses outstanding wide receiver size. Is a good athlete for a man of his size. Made some clutch catches in critical situations during his college career.
Negatives: Lacks top wide receiver speed. Is still somewhat raw in his techniques. Tends to round off his routes and will slow down when going into and out of his cuts.
Overall analysis: Michael Jenkins is a good wide receiver prospect who will attract a great deal of attention from NFL scouts because of his size. Jenkins saw his first action at Ohio State in 2000, but was only credited with playing 22 minutes during that season. He worked his way into a primary role in 2001 and finished the season with just under 1000 receiving yards, and then returned in 2002 and posted just over 1000 receiving yards. Statistically Jenkins didnít have as good of a season in 2003, but Ohio State suffered from an inconsistent offense and defenses were really allowed to key on him. Jenkins possesses outstanding height and knows how to use it to his advantage. He doesnít flash great speed on the field, but he runs much better than most big receivers. What really impressed me about this player was how he rose to the occasion and made clutch play after clutch play for the Buckeyes over the last two seasons. That being said, Jenkins still has room to improve his game. He must improve his route running and become more crisp when going into and out of his cuts. Jenkins is currently carrying a solid second round grade.
Rob McCartney of Rob's Scouting
What does he do best? Michael has very good hands and is always competing. What is his biggest negative? After the catch and in his routes, he doesnít show acceleration. Evaluation of athletic potential: Since he isnít the fastest player, it will be tough to work him deep but he has the hands and size to be a very good possession and red zone receiver. Does he make the big play? Yes, he wonít drop passes and he shows good leaping ability to make the tough catches in traffic.
Scouting Report: Michael isnít the most athletic receiver in this draft, but is the most NFL ready because of his size and hands. Michael is a bit slow getting into his routes, but has the size and ability to beat a jam if pressed. He also has the size and is just quick enough to get a step on his man inside. The biggest negative on Michael is his ability to accelerate. He is a long strider, but in his routes doesnít show a burst, but has the legs to get a few steps of separation. He has experience running deep routes, and especially short routes. Michael runs the defender up the field selling his route and then making his break. He is also a smart route runner always knowing where he needs to go to and getting to that spot. He wonít lose speed going into his routes and doesnít decelerate out of them; he is crisp running all routes. Michael has everything you look for that allows him to catch the ball very nicely. He has big hands, strong hands and quick hands. In the times that I saw him in his senior season I canít recall Michael dropping a pass. His size and hands allow him to make a number of plays in traffic over the middle and in jump ball situations. Over the middle, he uses his body to shield the defender nicely. In jump ball situations, Michael shows good leaping ability, timing and attacks the ball rather than waiting for it to come to him. After the catch, if Michael doesnít have any open field, he wonít do anything. When he catches the ball, he does turn right up field and wonít lose yardage. He can get to the chains, but doesnít have the speed and quickness to make a move. If he gets some open field, he has the long strides to move down the field. Michael is always playing hard and isnít afraid to go over the middle and take a hit. He shows good body control and adjusts well to balls. As a senior, Michael also returned punts showing good hands and ability to break tackles. But there isnít much to his game in terms of elusiveness and acceleration return punts. Overall, Michael is your typical possession receiver, but has some speed to move down field. He doesnít get great separation but has the long arms and hands to make plays in traffic. He is a hard working player with good character and very solid hands. An early second round selection.
General: A solid overall character with a good work ethic. Impressive size and speed for that size. Good athlete that played LB and DB in High School as well as being a track star. Is a durable player that puts up big numbers. Smart receiver.
Dan Pompeii of The Sporting News
Has unusual combination of height and speed. Has good receiving skills and body control. Runs good routes. Adjusts to the ball well and has good hands but is a little bit of a body catcher. Can catch and run. Works the sideline well. A finesse receiver who doesn't compete for the ball as much as scouts would like.
Richard Foster of Draft Crazy
Positives: Great size/speed combination for a receiver. A clutch receiver who makes his catches count with game winning scores or critical first down grabs. Has good hands and body control while adjusting to the ball in the air. Does a good job of slipping tackles and making something happen after the catch. Has size and strength to beat the jam off the line. Doesn't mind throwing a block downfield. Has experience returning punts.
Negatives: Plays in a run-first offense and doesn't get a lot of opportunities to showcase his talent. His route running needs some work; his cuts are neither crisp nor quick. Has small lapses in concentration where he'll look upfield before making the catch and drops the ball.
Bottom Line: Jenkins is one of the better senior receivers in this class and has a great size/speed combo. His lack of overwhelming productivity could make him slip a little bit. In the right situation with the right coaching staff, he could be a really big-time player. I expect him to go late in round one or early round two depending on who declares and how well he times.
John Sheridan of Draft XChange
Pros: One of the best-built receivers in the draft, nicely put together package. Excellent vertical leap, good hands and better than average speed.
Cons: Doesn't seem to play with the same interest when the heat turns up, can vanish altogether. Doesnít use his size as well as he should, much less physical than he should really be.
If Michael Clayton's 2003 season has improved his stock, Michael Jenkins is on the other side of the river. Jenkins was an integral part of OSU's 2002 championship team, but the Buckeyes' inconsistencies in 2003 have seen a reduction in his numbers. However, this could, and possibly should have been Jenkins' year to shine - with Maurice Clarette out of the equation, Jenkins had the chance to become OSU's top star. But he didn't take it. Again like Clayton (or rather in contrast to him), it's all about being a big-game player at this level, and whereas Clayton has been the man who has answered the bell when it mattered, Jenkins seems to have disappeared more often in the big games in 2003, a marked contrast to his junior year when he was there time after time at the critical moments in the Buckeyes' run to dethrone Miami. NFL scouts look at all aspects of a player though, and as such, Jenkins's status may be a bit of a mystery come April. In the 2003 preseason, he was rated as a definite first round pick, probably top 20, possibly top 15, and maybe even the #4 receiver in the draft. By now though, Lee Evans has unquestionably passed him, and Clayton may have even knocked him out of the position of the fifth best receiver prospect on the list, and possibly as the last receiver to go in the first round. Although Jenkins won't drop too far in the second round, there's a big monetary difference between the two rounds, and for him, the 2003 Fiesta Bowl may ultimately have more importance to him than the 2002 (BCS Championship) version. It will be his last chance to prove to Pro Scouts that he has the will and the tenacity to match his physical prowess.
Jeremy Osborne of NFL Future
Comparison: Ed McCaffery
Strengths: Great athlete has a ton of natural ability. Very fast player, good speed, good quickness, looks skinny but he has power as well and can go up and snatch balls out of the air. Good leaping ability, nice change of direction skills and has an awesome frame at 6-5 215. Is a really talented young man, has great hands, speed and size.
Weaknesses: The only negative in Jenkins game is I believe he is way too inconsistent. He should be dominating every game he plays with the kind of athletic skills and size he has, but he doesnít. Sometimes drops balls that he should catch with those huge hands. Jenkins is a fast kid but needs to work on his route running and concentration when the ball is in the air.
Summary: Athletically he could be as good as any wide receiver in the country, or at least near the top. I think he is underachieving. Things could change this year and if they do he will really help his stock. Will probably be a 1st to 2nd round pick regardless but if he wants to be great he should be little more passionate about what he is doing. If he gets a better work ethic overall he could be an awesome prospect. Michael Jenkins is a wonderful athlete but needs that swagger and competitiveness to be great .

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Matt Schaub

property of Virginia Sports.com Height: 6-5
Weight: 237
School: Virginia
40 Time: 4.99
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BIO: Posted passing numbers of 69.7 percent/2,952/18/10 as a senior with an efficiency rating of 141.03, even though he suffered an injury to his passing shoulder during the first game of the season. ACC Offensive Player of the Year as a junior after starting 14 games and throwing for 68.9 percent/2,976/28/7. Started six games under center as a sophomore and compiled 58.3 percent/1,524/10/8.
POSITIVES: Competitive signal-caller best in the short or intermediate passing game. Quickly sets up on the pocket, patient and buys time. Good field awareness, knows where his receivers are on the field and takes a hit in order to get the pass off. Zips the ball into the seam, accurate on the crossing patterns and puts touch on throws when necessary.
NEGATIVES: Cannot escape the rush or make throws on the move. Lacks the pinpoint pass placement and loses accuracy the further out to the flanks he is asked to throw the ball. Lacks a big league arm and not accurate with the deep pass.
ANALYSIS: An efficient signal-caller that plays within himself, Schaub has a nice feel for the position and makes good decisions in the pocket. Has limitations but should fit in nicely as a third-stringer.
PROJECTION: Late Fifth Round
Rob Rang of West Coast Draft
Schaub came out of virtually nowhere in 2002 to have one of the great seasons in ACC history. He then followed that up with another very impressive 2003 season and is now one of the higher ranked quarterback prospects in the country. Though he played in every game in 2001, he only started five of the contests and only once finished the game he started (before being pulled for ineffectiveness). The 2002 season didn't look much better at first. Schaub didn't start the first game and only saw the field in the second game because of the ineffectiveness of the starter (Marques Hagans). The rest of the season, however, was literally history. Schaub went on to complete 69% of his passes for 2,976 yards and a spectacular 28-7 ratio. He was recognized as the ACC Offensive Player of the Year for his exploits. Schaub had to overcome an early season shoulder injury in 2003, but finished the season with very respectable numbers once again - (2708 yards, 60% completion rate, 17-9 ratio). Despite the fact that Schaub has proven to be a very effective quarterback at this level, he is a significant lower rated passer than the "elite three" (Manning, Roethlisberger, Losman) of this draft. While he does possess super size for the position and obviously is an efficient passer, Schaub lacks the big arm and mobility. His passes flutter in the air - the deeper the pass the worse the flutter. For being so efficient, Schaub surprisingly locks on to receivers a bit and allows the defender time to get into position to make the play. His greatest characteristic, and the one that will likely make him successful at the next level, is his accuracy. There might not be a more accurate quarterback in the land - at least in the short to medium range level. Virginia head coach Al Groh, formerly the head coach for the New York Jets, has coached this kid into being an effective ball control passer. While he won't break any records at the next level, clubs looking for a quarterback who can effectively move the chains and manage the clock will strongly consider Schaub...
Positives: Has a tall frame with adequate muscle thickness, a big bubble with thick thighs and long, thick calves Ö Shows adequate quickness in his retreat from under center, showing balance standing tall in the pocket Ö Throws with an over-the-top motion and shows good quickness through his delivery Ö More effective throwing the short- and medium-route tosses Ö Good decision maker who will throw the ball away rather than force it into traffic Ö Has adequate poise in the pocket and will sacrifice his body and take the hit when his receivers are covered Ö Good leader and hard worker who is well-respected by his teammates Ö Shows touch and accuracy on his short balls and the ability to stick the pigskin into tight areas (knows when to fire the ball and put touch on passes) Ö Has a good feel for pressure, knowing when to step up or roll out of the pocket Ö Is improving his timing and anticipation skills to make sure he hits his receivers in their stride Ö Takes control in the huddle and will speak up when he needs to Ö Shows quick hands and catches the ball well while serving as the holder for extra points and field goals.
Negatives: Has good quickness, but will get "happy feet" at times and will tuck the ball away too early (will stand tall in the pocket, but needs to show more patience when running as ball security {fumbles} have been a problem) Ö Shows marginal arm strength in his long-ball attempts, lacking the ideal zip needed on his passes to be effective with the deep throws Ö Has an effective overhead delivery, but seems to drop to a three-quarter when pressured, causing him to rush the ball at times Ö His long tosses tend to sail on him the farther he has to throw it Ö Has improved his ability to scan the field, but will revert to locking on to his primary target, failing to locate other receivers (will also check down too early) Ö Will lose accuracy on his throws when forced to pass on the move Ö Despite his size, he has limited weight-room numbers (225-pound bench press).
Drew Boylhart of The Huddle Report
Strengths: Matt has good size for the QB position and a very good arm. He is a pocket passer that moves well in the pocket. Matt makes quick decisions with the ball and in his senior year, had a 70% completion percentage. Matt has good leadership qualities.
Needs to Improve: Matt is still learning the QB position. He needs to learn a ton of things. Reading defenses, speed of the NFL game, quicker release, aw hellÖa whole bunch of stuff. Matt just needs to get better in all phases of his game.
Bottom Line: Remember, the most important skills for the QB position that cannot be taught are natural arm strength and mental toughness. Matt has both -- a big time arm and great mental toughness. If Matt doesn't have a big ego that gets in the way of taking direction, he is a lock for a good developmental starting QB prospect. Mattís play on the field leads me to believe that a big ego is not a problem for him. He interacts on the sideline with his coaches and teammates in a very professional manner. Matt strikes me as the type of personality that is just waiting to learn. If he is drafted by a team with a strong QB coach, he could develop very fast. In my opinion, he is a prospect that should be a starting NFL QB, not just a back up. He is another one of the many QBís in this draft that normally would be a 4th or 5th rounder, but if his interviews are good, he could be picked sometime on the first day of this draft. Matt Schaub reminds me of Tom Brady. He has a strong arm, good demeanor, great size, mental toughness, good accuracy and is liked by his teammates and coaches. I like to call him One-Eyed Matt because - now that I think about it - I donít have a clue why I like to call him One-Eyed Matt. I just like to call him that.
Aaron Freeman of FalcFans
Pros: Has good arm strength and will deliver accurate passes. Has some mobility to avoid the rush and has a good feel for the pocket.
Cons: His arm strength is not very effective when trying to throw the deep passes.
NFL Forecast: I really like Schaub since he is an accurate passer, but mostly on the short and intermediate routes. He looks like he could be an effective starter in the West Coast offense. He's not an overwhelming passer, but he is quietly consistent and seems like the type you want in the game when it's on the line in the fourth quarter. I think he'll be an above average quarterback that won't ever be one of the elite passers in the league, but should be a capable and reliable starter.
Value: Fourth Round. He has enough skills to sneak into the late third round.
Joseph Coaty of Tha Pack
Positives: Possesses good size for a quarterback. Smart player who understands how to play the game of football. Showed dramatic improvement during his junior season.
Negatives: Is only an average athlete. Has marginal arm strength. Will not present a running threat in the NFL.
Overall analysis: Matt Schaub was barely on the radar of NFL scouts entering the 2002 college season, but that quickly changed as Schaub emerged as one of the better quarterbacks in the nation. By seasonís end, Schaub was named the ACC offensive player of the year by several publications. It was a long journey for Schaub, as he had split time at quarterback in 2001 and was strictly a backup before that. But all that changed in 2002, as Schaub claimed the starting job and finished the year with an impressive 28/7 touchdown to interception ratio. Schaub looked to have a big senior season, but got off to a rough start when he suffered a shoulder injury in the teamís opening game that ended up sidelining him for the remainder of that game as well as the next two. Schaub returned and played well, but was unable to duplicate the peformance he turned in as a junior. Schaub does not have great physical skills, but heís an extremely intelligent player who understands how to play the position. He rarely makes mistakes, and has turned in some clutch performances for the Cavaliers. However, he lacks top arm-strength and is not very effective when having to make the longer throws. He is not a mobile quarterback, and will not make many positive plays with his legs. Overall Schaub is a decent quarterback prospect who should be drafted in the early day two area of the 2004 NFL Draft.
Rob McCartney of Rob's Scouting
What does he do best? Matt is a very intelligent player that is a tough, leader who sees the field nicely. Playing in a pro style offense at Virginia will certainly help Matt in the long run as well. What is his biggest negative? Matt isnít able to much avoid a rush let alone run with the ball. He can also only roll to his right and make a throw. Evaluation of athletic potential: He certainly isnít a top athlete, but makes up for it with his smarts. Does he make the big play? No, he is a player that wonít turn the ball over and depends on his receivers to make plays after the catch.
Scouting Report: Matt has all the makings of a great backup Quarterback, but has the smarts and leadership ability that will push him for a #1 job some day. He has a good set up in the pocket getting into his drop quickly and always steps towards his target. His delivery is awkward as well as he has a 2:30 release. His delivery is elongated and his release of the ball is average at best. Matt doesnít throw a great ball either as it is very rare to see a tight spiral coming from his hand. He has average overall arm strength and will never impress with his arm. Matt can get throw the out route but it takes a lot of effort. Matt has impressive short accuracy leading his receiver and putting good touch on them. He has good intermediate accuracy as well, but on his deep passes, Matt loses a lot his accuracy. He has the arm strength to get the ball there, but doesnít have the feel for the deep ball. He also shows good touch and knows how much to take off of short throws and also has a good feel for passes on the short to intermediate levels. Matt has good field vision as he sees all levels of the field, including the backside. He is smart enough to be able to make adjustments at the line of scrimmage, but will force some throws on occasion. Matt will struggle to make a lot of reads though. If he needs to find a third option, Matt will lose his poise and begin to force throws. He is an average ball handler, but has experience in play action. In the pocket, he is average feeling the rush, but really struggles to avoid a rush. Matt will force a lot of throws which lead to most, if not all of his incomplete throws. He is smart when he runs, but has minimal athletic ability and really struggles to create with his feet. While throwing on the move, Matt never rolls to his left. When he goes to his right, he shows good accuracy and technique. Overall, Matt doesnít have a good arm or athletic ability, but he is a smart player that sees the field well and is able to lead his receivers. A fourth round selection is certainly not out of the question if a Quarterback is a need, but Matt has fifth round talent but you know what you are getting.
General: Missed two games in 2003 to a shoulder injury. Good height and weight, but lacks speed and athletic ability. Tough, competitive kid with a good head on his shoulders. Gets the job done but nothing flashy.
Dan Pompeii of The Sporting News
Is big, strong and accurate. Is efficient on short passes. Makes good decisions. Reads and reacts quickly. Has a nice touch on short passes and can make downfield throws. Movement skills are average. Is somewhat inconsistent.
Richard Foster of Draft Crazy
Positives: Has the size you want in an NFL QB. Strong enough arm to make all the necessary throws at the next level. Can move around in the pocket to avoid the rush; has nice pocket awareness. Has a nice touch on the deep ball. Does a nice job of going through his progressions. Doesn't throw a lot of interceptions. Natural leader.
Negatives: Doesn't have a lot of accuracy on the underneath passes. Had a disappointing senior season after a great junior campaign. Sometimes forces the ball when nothing is there. Is not a threat to take off and run when a play breaks down.
Bottom Line: Schaub had a great junior year, but seemed to have a sub par senior season after the graduation of his top receiver. He suffered a shoulder injury early in the 2003 season, but it seemed alright by the end of the year. He has all the tools to be a very good NFL QB, but needs to work on his short to intermediate accuracy. He's not a threat to scramble, but he can sidestep the rush and deliver the ball downfield. As of now, I'd project him as a late day one to early day two pick.
John Sheridan of Draft XChange
Pros: Good Arm Strength, Great Size, Very Smart
Cons: Still could work on accuracy
Matt Schaub was the ACC player of the year last year and this season he played nearly as well, although the touchdown numbers werenít nearly as good. Virignia still has a very explosive offense and its because of Matt Schaub. Schaub has great size for a quarterback at 6í5, 240 pounds and while not mobile, it takes a lot to take him down. He has very good arm strength and is one of the smartest, most prepared quarterbacks in the draft. In previous years, he may have been the most prepared quarterback in the draft, but both Manning and Roethlisberger are very poised. Schaub is also very accurate and has smooth mechanics. Phillip Rivers received all the hype in the ACC, but Matt Schaub is the better quarterback. 2002 was his breakthrough season and heís only going to get better. He has a very good head on his shoulders and will be a very quality pick in the 2nd to 3rd round. The true weakness is just how he will react to the speed and pressure of the NFL game. Other then that he has the tools to become a solid quarterback

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Demorrio Williams

property of Huskers Illustrated Height: 6-0
Weight: 232
School: Nebraska
40 Time: 4.56
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BIO: Two-year starter who posted 128/21/11 as a senior after 92/6/1 the prior year.
POSITIVES: Explosive linebacker slowly turning into a complete defender. Quick in all aspects of his game, forceful on the blitz yet displays great range with the ability to make plays in space. Fast to the flanks, gets depth on pass drops and plays with balance. Immediately alters his angle of attack, wedges between blocks and gets to the action. Adequate skills over pass-catchers in the slot.
NEGATIVES: Slow to shed once engaged at the point. Not instinctive or quick to react in pass coverage.
ANALYSIS: A linebacker prospect that makes a lot of athletic plays on the field, Williams has displayed a steady path of progression the past two years. Mainly used up in the box at Nebraska, must learn to consistently make good decisions in space but offers the underlying skills to eventually start for an NFL team.
PROJECTION: Mid Second Round
Rob Rang of West Coast Draft
Spectacular collegiate linebacker whose lack of size will hurt his chances come draft day and his chances at NFL success. Weighed in at the Combine at the 232 pounds I've listed him here as but played at Nebraska and the Senior Bowl much closer to 210 pounds. That said, Williams ran a 4.51 at 232 pounds at the Combine, however, and thus there is reason for optimism that he can handle the sudden weight change... Came to Nebraska after a very successful tour of duty with Kilgore Junior College (Texas) and has been a difference-maker ever since. Started 11 games for the Huskers in his first year in the program - an accomplishment in itself. Finished the season with 92 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and a sack... Improved his numbers and level of play dramatically this past season. Finished with 122 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, and 9 sacks and the numbers only tell half the story. Williams not only proved to be Nebraska's most consistent performer, but arguably its most dynamic. Though Williams lack size, he doesn't lack aggression or athletic ability. As talented as nearly any linebacker on this list, Williams' improvement is what stands out with NFL scouts. In 2002, Williams got by with his pure athletic ability. This past season, Williams improved his hand play, showed considerably better instincts, and was used more often as a pass rusher - taking advantage of his natural pass rush skills. As you might expect for a player his size, Williams struggles a bit at the point of attack and will try to get around blocks with his athletic ability rather than face up to blockers. That said, he uses his hands well and can fight when backed in to a corner. He has the quickness to stick with any receiver out of the backfield, though he struggles a bit with bigger receivers. Perhaps the most impressive aspect about Williams' game is his ability to break down in space and make the tackle. While he isn't the most physically imposing linebacker on this list, he is a fearless hitter and terrific open field tackler. This ability was nowhere more evident than when Williams physically challenged the 250+ Greg Jones on one play and then caught scat back Shaud Williams for a loss on the next during a heavily contested Senior Bowl scrimmage.
Positives: Has a slender, but developing frame, with good muscle structure, and defined chest, thighs, calves and arms Ö Sees the "big picture," immediately reading and reacting to the ball Ö Does a good job of shedding the tight end to penetrate off the edge and has improved his hand jolt, which he uses effectively to stack at the point of attack Ö Has the speed to chase down plays on the outside, showing good form and tackling force to stalk, wrap and secure Ö Has superb lateral agility, getting through traffic quickly to make plays in the backfield Ö Has the hip flexibility and quick feet to turn out of his backpedal and keep track of the ball in flight Ö Allows little cushion underneath and has the acceleration to recover when beaten Ö Settles in and reacts quickly to the receivers in the short zone Ö Best when blitzing from the outside, as few lineman can recover quick enough to defeat his edge speed Ö Takes well to hard coaching Ö Despite his size, he can step up and stack with power Ö Above-average negative yardage tackler who takes proper angles, especially when coming from behind.
Negatives: Size limitations cause him to get bounced around a bit when trying to fill the rush lanes inside (needs space to operate, as he will get clogged up inside) Ö Strikes with power, but is more of a drag-down tackler than a smash-mouth, physical type of tackler Ö Shows good timing going up for the pass, but does not have natural hands for the interception (hands are also smaller than ideal ñ 8º-inches).
Drew Boylhart of The Huddle Report
Strengths: Strong, fast, quick, a leader, and a playmaker. Because heís a little short, he will be downgraded, but this kid is a player. You want him on your team. He has great open field tackling abilities. His instincts are excellent. He is as quick in the passing game as he is in the running game. He will demoralize offensive players all game long.
Needs to Improve: He has to grow. He needs lifts in his spikes so the scouts can think past their own noses. I guess the thinking is that if he was two inches taller, he would be a better player. My question is, how much better can an impact player be if he is already an impact player?
Bottom Line: Demorrio Williams will be an impact player that makes the players around him better. Because he is only 6í0î, he is going to be downgraded. Let me tell you, this kid is just as good as Jonathan Vilma of Miami. He can do it all on the field and I believe if you want to use him at any one of the LB positions, he will more than get the job done. Nebraska used him on the weak side, so the scouts just think itís the only position he can play. They are wrong. Demorrio came into the combine at 6í0î 232lbs and ran between a 4.45 and a 4.55. So, letís add it all up. A play-making LB that is a great open field tackler, shows leadership skills and LB skills as good as the best LB in this draft and everybody rates him as a third or fourth rounder. Not me. Demorrio, on my list, is a bubble player. A late first to early second rounder, but thatís just crazy profile guy talking. Just to give you a hintÖin 2004, Demorrio had 128 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, 1 interception. Vilma is 6í1î 230 4.50sp- 127tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 1 sack and 0 interceptions. Now stats really donít tell the true story of how good a player will be, but you get my point. If he goes to the combine and his skills are equal to the best LB, then all thatís left are his football instincts. Demorrio (DAMN-GOOD) Williams.
Aaron Freeman of FalcFans
Pros: Has good speed and makes plays in pursuit. Shows good edge speed and effective as a pass rusher. Shows he is effective in zone coverage. Sound tackler that will make stops in the open field.
Cons: Small and undersized and struggles at the point of attack. Will get engulfed by blockers and can't shed. Needs work and overall polish.
NFL Forecast: You like Williams because of his speed and ability as a pass rusher. He's raw, but shows good ability in coverage. Right now he's only proven effective in zone coverage, but has the speed and quickness you like as a potential solid player in man coverage. He's small, but should be a good weakside guy in space. His experience on the defensive line makes him a little better at handling blockers, but it is still a major weakness.
Value: Has good enough upside to merit a late third round selection, but a bit of a project that pushes him into round four.
Joseph Coaty of Tha Pack
Positives: Has a great combination of intelligence and aggressiveness. Is a pretty good athlete who is more quick than fast. Had a tremendous senior season. Weighed 230 pounds at the Indianapolis Combine.
Negatives: Has likely played at a lighter weight. Will likely be limited to weak-side linebacker or possibly safety at the next level. Played in a system that really freed him up and allowed him to make plays.
Overall analysis: Demorrio Williams is an excellent football player who might end up at weak side linebacker or at safety in the NFL. Williams attended Kilgore Junior College prior to arriving at Nebraska in 2002. Williams quickly earned a starting spot at linebacker in 2002, and finished the year with 11 starting assignments. He was the teamís starting weak side linebacker in 2003 and made as many big plays as any linebacker in the country. Williams lacks great size, but he is a heck of a player on the football field. He doesnít have top speed for a player with his size, but he has great quickness and routinely shows explosive qualities. He is also very intelligent and plays an aggressive style of football. Williams weighed in at 230 pounds at the Indianapolis Combine, but itís likely that he has played in the 210 to 215 pound range. If Williams cannot maintain a 230-pound weight, he may be asked to move to safety in the NFL. It is also worth noting Nebraskaís defense freed Williams up and allowed him to make plays, and therefore the stat sheet may make Williams look like a better player than he is. Nonetheless, Williams did have a good senior season and NFL teams interested in a weak side linebacker will take a long look at this player. Williams currently carries an early day two grade, and could develop into a good NFL player if a team successfully finds a way to fit him into their defense.
Dan Pompeii of The Sporting News
An explosive 'backer who can run. Played last season at about 210 pounds. High-effort player. Hits the hole hard and has a nice burst to the ballcarrier. Shows instincts and tackles well. Has some pass-rush skills. Needs to improve in coverage.
Ryan Claussen of Draft Crazy
Positives: Demorrio is an outstanding athlete. He is almost impossible to block in space due to his speed and quickness. He sheds blocks extremely well. He has had an outstanding senior season to go along with his very good junior year at Nebraska. He tackles well and flows to the ball, playing sideline to sideline. He closes extremely quickly on the ball carrier. Demorrio lines up at defensive end on some third downs to rush the quarterback and sometimes seems unblockable for some slower tackles because of his quickness. He pursues very well.
Negatives: Demorrio really lacks NFL size for a linebacker. Some have even projected him as an NFL safety. He sometimes runs into some trouble when you run right at him. He can be overpowered, and needs to do a better job of holding the point of contact. He will need to get stronger if he wants to play linebacker in the NFL.
Bottom Line: Demorrio is so well respected by his teammates he was the first JUCO transfer to ever be named a captain for the blackshirt defense. He has really helped his draft status by having a huge senior season. Look for this guy to continue to climb draft boards and go around the 5th round.
John Sheridan of Draft XChange
Pros: Williams is an aggressive player who reads and reacts well, has good diagnostics, is tough and relentless, has a nose for the ball, quick first step, above average speed, and good agility and range.
Cons: Size is a major concern with limited bulk and strength, which allows him to be dominated by big blockers. Needs to improve his coverage skills. Needs to improve back-peddle techniques.
Somewhat of a tweener, like many of the under-sized prospects in this LB class, and may be best converted to the safety position unless he can add the bulk/mass/strength needed to play LB in the NFL.
Jeremy Osborne of NFL Future
Strengths: Williams is a great outside linebacker prospect. He has NFL speed, size and strength. He can flat out run and is not just a finesse player, has great toughness and is a very competitive and passionate football player. Good in open space and knows how to tackle. Is a solid pass rusher as well and is a good pass rusher because of his awesome speed. Demorrio could easily be a 1st or 2nd round pick if he plays up to his potential this season at Nebraska.
Weaknesses: He is some what tight when tackling, doesnít have great length and sometimes misses tackles because he doesnít square up. Will lay his body on the line anytime if needed and I like that. He needs to work on his overall consistency when tackling and it would not hurt him to put on 10-20 lbs before draft time rolls around.
Summary: Has all the abilities, can rush the passer, is a very good tackler that is tough, aggressive and very competitive. Williams is also a surprisingly solid pass defender at times and has shown the ability to play over the tight end. Williams is a great looking outside linebacker prospect and again if he plays up to his abilities this season he could be a very high draft choice. Love the mentality he has for the game and is a very intense competitor.

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Chad Lavalais

property of LSU Sports.net Height: 6-1
Weight: 293
School: LSU
40 Time: 5.09
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BIO: Three-year starter who broke out as a senior with numbers of 61/16/7. Named SEC Defensive Player of the Year in ë03 and placed on several all- American teams. Junior numbers included 66/8.5/2.
POSITIVES: Hard-working inside plugger that took his game to another level as a senior. Possesses good first-step quickness, plays with excellent lean and gets leverage on opponents. Stays low, fights with his hands and keeps coming. Gets a good amount of momentum going, has a closing burst of speed and redirects to the action. Strong at the point and quickly locates the ball. Plays hurt and gets off the field to make a tackle.
NEGATIVES: More of a straight-line defender who lacks lateral movement skills. Has only a short area burst of speed.
ANALYSIS: Known as a defender that plays every snap as though it were his last, Lavalais went from a late-round draft pick into the top 45 selections with his play last season. Could be effective either on the nose or in the three-technique and his intensity should rub off on teammates.
PROJECTION: Early Fourth Round
Rob Rang of West Coast Draft
Significantly underrated player whose phenomenal 2003 season only tell half the story. Could easily drop further than he should because teams spend so much time worrying about fractions of an inch in height, age, or the player's ability to transfer their ability to different schemes. Obviously lacks the height most teams are looking for in an interior tackle. Makes his living off of his incredible burst off the snap, agility, and in his textbook hand-play. Took two years off after high school after he failed to pass his ACT test and elected to work as a prison security guard rather than work his way through junior college. Was still recruited by LSU during his two year hiatus and eventually, through dedication and tutoring, passed the test (will be a 25 year old rookie). The rest, as the saying goes, is history. Has averaged nearly 60 tackles a year over his past three campaigns and has seen his tackles for loss numbers increase from 5 to 9 to 15 and his sacks jump from 1 to 2 to 7... Was placed into a one-gap scheme at LSU that very much took advantage of his quickness off the snap and allowed him to wreak havoc - earning him SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors and leading his team to a share of the National Championship. Simply quicker off the ball than his opponent. Uses his hands very well to battle the offensive linemen and keep him on the defensive, rather than the other way around as is usually the case. Keeps his feet moving and utilizes his natural leverage advantage extraordinarily well. Can slip inside the play and destroy it before it even starts and pursues down the line very well too. The concern with Lavalais, of course, is that he lacks the upper body strength and size to hold up in the two gap defense - one employed more consistently by most teams throughout the league. Despite Lavalais' quickness, there is the perception among many teams that he isn't strong enough to hold up particularly well as a nose guard either, so his options are limited. His time away from the game has caused him to lose a couple of his best seasons to be sure, but his work ethic and professionalism will make him a key contributor earlier than many of the other, "better" players on this list. If placed in the right system, Lavalais could be a star.
Positives: Has thick, wide shoulders with adequate arm muscle definition Ö Shows a very quick first step off the ball, doing a fine job of reading and reacting to the play, especially the screen pass Ö Has the strength to punish blockers at the point of attack and is very stout vs. the run, using his bulk and power to split the double team Ö Has made steady improvement in regards to hand usage (gets them up quicker than in the past) Ö Has a crisp short step to slide out laterally, showing all-out hustle in pursuit Ö Secure wrap-up tackler working in the box Ö Has a sharp interior spin move to come off his blocks and push the pocket Ö Shows the acceleration needed to pressure the quarterback and a quick swim move to slip past blocks.
Negatives: Needs to keep his weight in check (has noticeable excess fat around his mid-section) and has to dedicate himself to a better offseason training regimen to help add muscle tone Ö May be limited to nose tackle at the pro level, as he lacks the size to be a 3-tech defensive tackle Ö Has a good initial step, but later in the game, he looks tired and slow getting off the ball Ö Has to keep his pad level lower to prevent from being ridden out of the play Ö Struggles to come off blocks when he does not use his hands to gain separation Ö Also must do a better job of protecting his legs Ö Looks a little too top-heavy and has tightness in his lower body, losing body control and balance when trying to work in space (will lose his feet working in trash and spend time on the ground).
Drew Boylhart of The Huddle Report
Strengths: Chad is super quick in his pass rush. He is very good in the 1-gap technique used for the passing game. He can be used right away to add to the pass rush of a team as he grows.
Needs to Improve: At this stage Chad is good (for college ball) in the run game or 2-gap system but for the pros, he must get stronger in his upper and lower body and must learn to use his hands better. He does not have good lateral movement and this is the real reason he will have trouble in the pros defending against the run.
Bottom Line: Chad will always be better in the passing game than in the running game. He just likes doing it better. He can be a good run stuffer if he works really hard, but the reality is that rushing the passer is the lifeblood of this kidís game. He is like a vampire looking for blood on the eve of all hallows. He loves to tackle someone, anyone behind the line of scrimmage. It doesn't matter to him who it is as long as he gets them behind the line. ATTENTION all offensive coordinators in the NFL. Do not, I say do not, run a reverse against this kid when he is on the field. He will swoop down on the poor pitiful person you use for this play and leave him on the field lifeless and without any color in his face. I call him Chad (The Count) Lavalais. He is a vampire and will suck the blood from your passing game.
Aaron Freeman of FalcFans
Pros: Has good first step and good explosion off the line to get penetration. Does a good job shedding blockers using his arms and his good upper body strength. Can make plays in pursuit.
Cons: Doesn't get great leverage at the point of attack versus the run and can be engulfed by blockers. He's a bit stiff and doesn't have a lot of quickness or agility.
NFL Forecast: He's only an adequate run stopper now, but should get better due to his strength. He's a one gap guy, but could possibly play end in a two-gap system. He'll be a good overachieving complementary tackle, but probably won't be a top guy on the next level. As a one-gap tackle he should be able to be a capable pass rushing threat capable of 5-8 sacks per year. He's more a disruptor than a pure pass rusher however.
Value: Third round. Quality player that has potential to be a capable run stopper coupled with good pass-rushing skills.
Joseph Coaty of Tha Pack
Positives: Is very strong and is much more powerful than his size might indicate. Is quick off the ball and does a nice job getting into the offensive backfield. Had a great senior season.
Negatives: Lacks ideal bulk for an interior defensive lineman. Needs to be more consistent in keeping his pad level down. Is over-aged.
Overall analysis: Chad Lavalais entered the 2003 season as a solid day two prospect, but has really helped his draft stock with a tremendous senior year. Lavalais was a great high school player but did not qualify academically out of high school, and it took him 2 years to get his academics in order. He arrived at Louisiana State in 2000 and saw immediate action as a true freshman, playing in 11 games and earning a starting assignment in 3 of those contests. He earned a starting position in 2001 and has remained in that role ever since. Lavalais displayed potential throughout his college career, but really had a breakthrough season as a senior. Lavalais isnít the biggest interior defensive lineman around, but he is very strong for his size and is much more powerful than one would think. He also has very good quickness and is the type of player who will spend a great deal of time in the opponentís backfield. However, even though he is strong he does lack size for the position, which raises questions about how successful he can be as an NFL player. And even though he has improved in his techniques, he still will occasionally get his pad level too high. And one other thing that must be noted, since Lavalais wasnít able to play in 1998 and 1999 he will enter the NFL as a 25-year old rookie. Lavalais currently carries a third round grade
Dan Pompeii of The Sporting News
Good short-area player with quick feet. A one-gap penetrator who needs the right system to be effective. Relent-less but not real strong at the point.
Ryan Claussen of Draft Crazy
Positives: Chad has good quickness and a great motor. He plays with a low pad level and is quick off the ball. He's a smart player and a good leader. He plays with a lot of passion. He has real good feet. He's got a really good work ethic. He doesn't give up on plays. He plays with good technique. He's got really good hands. Chad has good strength.
Negatives: He's older than the average college senior. He took a few years off of football. He is a borderline finesse defensive tackle. He needs to do a little better job shutting down the running game. He gets an outstanding pass rush but needs to show that he is a physical player capable of keeping the offensive lineman from reaching the next level.
Bottom Line: Chad is a really good defensive lineman. He could go anywhere in the first three rounds. His draft status depends a lot on the underclassmen that declare.
John Sheridan of Draft XChange
Pros: Chad is a blue-collar, gritty, tough competitor who has a great work ethic and motor. He excels against the run and will always give it everything he has. He has excellent athleticism and attitude to deveop his fine upside potential.
Cons: Chad took some time off after HS and as a result is a 25-year-old rookie. He has developed fine but still needs work on some techniques. He is more of a run stopper than a pass rusher. Not a highlight reel player, just darn good!
I do not think Chad will garner the highlight reels as much as many of the other DTs in this years draft but he has been quietly one of the most dependable, game in, game out, productive DTs coming out of college this year in a program that had excellent success against major competition. When you play in the trenches it is not always the guy who shows up in the photos with the 2 or 3 big plays in the game and a nice clean uniform who is the MVP of the teamís defensive unit, sometimes it is the guy who is covered in mud and blood from head to foot and gives it his maximum effort on every play of every game played. I think Chad is one of these dependable workman defensive linemen who will be a valuable asset to any defensive unit needing to shore up their defense against the run.
Jeremy Osborne of NFL Future
Strengths: Chad is a flat out play maker at defensive tackle. Has unreal ability to make plays in a variety of ways. Whether itís running down a ball carrier 10 yards down field, or getting a hand up and batting a ball down or just getting a consistent pass rush. Is a very athletic kid for his size and I love his passion and intensity for the game of football. He loves to play and wants to win.
Weaknesses: I get the impression that he is a finesse defensive tackle. He does not have a pit bull mentality. Not saying he is not a strong player because he is, but I don't know if he is as physically tough as most defensive tackle. He is a finesse player and that does help him in pass rushing because he is agile and can get around blockers, has a knack for getting penetration into the offensive line.
Summary: Lavalais is the complete package, great combination of size, athletic ability, and competitiveness. Is a very passionate player and provides great leadership as well on the field. Might not be a blue chip defensive tackle prospect because of his lack of pure strength and toughness but he is a very solid prospect. With a productive season this year he could maybe break into the 1st round, in terms of playmaking skills he already is a first round pick.

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Etric Pruitt

property of Southern Miss.com Height: 6-0
Weight: 197
School: Southern Miss
40 Time: 4.57
Sports Illustrated by TFY Draft Preview
BIO: Two-year all-conference selection who finished with 132/3/10 as a senior after junior totals of 139/6/13.
POSITIVES: Competitive defensive back with a well-rounded game. Quick diagnosing the action, immediately locates the ball and very instinctive. Explosive moving up the field, takes good angles to the action and stacks well against the run. At the same time, he's disciplined and does a solid job covering center field, displays range and a closing burst of speed.
NEGATIVES: Only average man-to-man coverage skills. Lacks the top playing strength and ability to defeat blocks. Misreads the ball in the air.
ANALYSIS: Pruitt has been a solid collegian from the get-go and is a complete safety that should slide into the first day of April's draft then see action as a rookie in the NFL.
PROJECTION: Mid Third Round
Rob Rang of West Coast Draft
Highly productive, slightly undersized athlete who has enjoyed playing in a scheme perfectly suited to his talents. Southern Miss' defense is designed to funnel the action to the middle, allowing middle linebacker Rod Davis and FS Pruitt to enjoy some phenomenal numbers. In his three years as the starter, Pruitt has done just that - averaging over one hundred tackles a season, as well as 5 tackles for loss, 10 passes broken up, and 4 interceptions. Has earned all C-USA honors after each of his three starting campaigns and added All-American honors after this season. Highly aggressive player. Sees the ball and goes and gets it. No wasted motion at all. Plays like a middle linebacker seeing the slow developing draw play - runs downhill all the time, appearing on the field to be much faster than his forty time. Has a smooth hip turn and can run with receivers. Has good range across the entire field and shows the quick burst to close on the ball that all great defensive backs have. That said, Pruitt is considerably better playing with the ball in front of him, which is why I feel he may prove to be a better strong safety than free safety at the next level despite all of his starts being at free at Southern Miss. Classic wrap-up tackler that looks to punish the ball carrier. Generates some explosiveness in him when he makes the tackle and can knock back the bigger man. Seems to have a flair for the dramatic, displaying an ability to make the spectacular play throughout his career. Finished among the school's historical leaders in interceptions (11), forced fumbles (5), fumble recoveries (5), pass breakups (29), and blocked kicks (6)... Came to the Senior Bowl and proved that he could handle the change in defensive scheme and was not simply a product of the defense. Sure, Pruitt is slightly undersized, but he has frame to add some weight and not lose any quickness and is such a physical player you forget that he is only 190 pounds... Due to his less than spectacular size to speed ratio I do expect Pruitt to end up as a mid to even latter pick, but this is a kid who knows how to play the game
Positives: Has thick muscle definition, with good arm length, wide shoulders, high sprinter-type calves and the frame that can carry additional weight Ö Active run supporter who plays faster than his timed speed Ö Quick to read and diagnose plays Ö Will get physical and uses his hands effectively to re-route receivers in man coverage Ö Has the speed to close coming out of his backpedal and is quick in his plant-and-drive Ö Plays the zone with good vision, showing fluid change-of-direction agility and the ability to get to the deep half of the field Ö Has the burst needed to close on plays in front of him Ö Has above-average range and catch-up speed Ö Physical tackler who plays at the proper pad level, wasting no steps when redirecting to wrap and secure ball carriers on the corner Ö Has the instincts and tackling ability to be a force on special teams, doing a nice job of timing his leaps to block the kick Ö Shows good lower body explosion when delivering the tackle.
Negatives: Struggles playing the ball in the air, doing a poor job of getting his head turned around or tracking the ball in over his shoulders Ö Will misplay the ball when he spends too much time peeking into the backfield (fooled on play action) Ö Will compete for the ball in traffic, but lacks natural hands to consistently make the interception Ö Hits with force, but most of his power is generated from his leg drive (needs to add more upper body strength).
Drew Boylhart of The Huddle Report
Strengths: Etric knows how to tackle. He might be one of the best tackling DB's in this draft. He has good speed and burst and instincts in the run game. He is a leader by his play on the field and will be an asset to the team that drafts him.
Needs to Improve: Etric is more of a zone DB in the passing game, although he should be able to shut down a TE. He is locked a little in the hips, but not enough for teams to pass on him.
Bottom Line: When you see this kid tackle, you just jump up and scream- that's what Iím talking about! Head up, wrap up, squeeze and drive! He just does it right every time. I'll take this kid any time over Stewart (Quack Up) Schweigart (see profile). He is not the best cover guy I have ever seen and so what, neither is John Lynch. He should be a first day pick and not get any further than the 2nd round. He is a little small but he plays big. Draft this kid even if you don't need a safety. You won't be sorry. He will pry you loose from the ball and make your head twirl like Linda Blair in the Exorcist.
Aaron Freeman of FalcFans
Pros: Has great closing speed on the football and likes to mix it up. Best when allowed to get upfield and chase football. Plays well on special teams.
Cons: Doesn't do well when he plays close to the line of scrimmage. Will bite on play fakes too often. Doesn't have quickness for man coverage.
NFL Forecast: He looks like a quality free safety. He is physical versus the run, but he's no strong safety. But his deficiencies in coverage hurt him as a free safety prospect. He even struggles to cover tight ends. His biggest flaw in coverage is not a lack of speed, but he keys too much on the quarterback rather than maintaining his responsibilities. This can allow him to get a jump on the ball as a centerfielder, but it also can leave his corners out to dry. He's not overly big or strong, but plays hard and fast which is going to attract him to a lot of teams. But is too small to play strong safety and is uncomfortable playing up in the box. He should become an excellent dime safety on the next level, but really needs to work in coverage if he wants to become a starter.
Value: Fourth round. Good speed and toughness, but lacking in coverage.
Joseph Coaty of Tha Pack
Positives: Is a very productive player. Is a solid tackler. Is instinctive and always seems to be around the ball. Possesses great leadership skills.
Negatives: Only possesses average size and speed. Good in zone coverage but lacks man-to-man coverage ability.
Overall analysis: Etric Pruitt is a very good football player who has been one of the most productive safeties in college football over the last three seasons. Pruitt redshirted at Southern Mississippi in 1999, and played in 10 games (1 start) as a redshirt freshman in 2000. He moved into the starting lineup in 2001 and remained in that role since that time. Pruitt is only average from a size, speed and athletic perspective, but he grades much higher when it comes to competing on the gridiron. Pruitt is a very instinctive and productive player. He always seems to be around the ball and is a very good tackler. He also makes more than his share of big plays. He reads and reacts very well, and is very effective in making plays on the ball when in zone coverage. Also, Pruitt is a great team leader and a very intelligent individual, having already earned one degree and is working towards a second degree. However, his size and athletic ability are only average, and he is not the type of safety who can successfully match up in man-to-man coverage with a better wide receiver. Pruitt currently carries a late day one/early day two grade, and it would not surprise me to see him eventually become a very good NFL player.
Rob McCartney of Rob's Scouting
What does he do best? He plays the complete game showing good coverage ability and assists in run support. What is his biggest negative? When matched against a 3rd receiver he doesnít show good man coverage ability, but he can hang with him. Evaluation of athletic potential: He could be a Nickel back in a pinch, but just a Free Safety. Does he make the big play? Yes, he has good ball skills and is always helping the run game.
Scouting Report: I really enjoyed watching Etric this season as he plays with a lot of heart and desire. He had some experience this season playing both man and zone coverage schemes. His man coverage is average, but can easily be improved with some more time. He shows a natural hip turn, but is more of a zone cover guy as he shows good range and smarts. Etric shows a solid burst to the ball and at times will come out of nowhere to make a play. He is a true leader of the secondary as he sees the ball very well and seldom makes a wrong read. He tracks the ball nicely and is quick to recognize run v. pass. Etric has made quite a few interceptions, but he will catch it with his body, rather that pluck it with his hands. However, Etric didnít drop a pass in the games I viewed. In run support, he isnít at all afraid to mix it up. He will play right up there with the Backerís and will take on the Offensive Line when they reach him. Etric was one of the top Safeties in run support in this class. He also is a sure tackler as he breaks down in the open field and shows good form wrapping his man and driving him back. Overall, Etric is just what you look for in a Safety. He is a true leader with good vision and reaction skills. He can man up, or play a zone as he shows good range. In run support he steps and hits you in the mouth. While he has had a 3rd round film grade, I wouldnít hesitate to select Etric in the second round.
General: Very smart player who had graduated before the end of his Senior season. He gives a great effort and is very tough. Slim build, but not too bad for his long build. Good speed and average strength. Durable player with no notable injuries.
Dan Pompeii of The Sporting News
An aggressive player who flies around the field. Makes plays in the box and gets to the ballcarrier. Tackling is sloppy at times. Has range, but his coverage skills are limited.
Ryan Claussen of Draft Crazy
Positives: Etric is one of the top tackling safeties in the draft. He shows good instincts, desire, and toughness. Etric is a hard hitting safety. Had a productive career at Southern Mississippi. Etric is strong in zone coverage. He's experienced and a leader. Etric reads and reacts well when the ball is in the air. He's a smart player who knows the game. A well-rounded player who should be able to contribute on special teams immediately. Etric is real good in run support.
Negatives: Etric doesn't have great size. He also doesn't have great top-end speed. Needs improvement in his man-on-man coverage skills. Etric is a little overshadowed by Rod Davis and even Greg Brooks in the Southern Mississippi defense.
Bottom Line: Etric is a smart player. He's a great tackler and is excellent in run support. Etric could contribute immediately in the NFL as a nickel/dime back and on special teams. I think Etric is one of the most underrated players in the draft. Look for Etric to go late day one or early day two.
John Sheridan of Draft XChange
Pros: Etricís main strength is run support. He is one of the better safeties in this area in this years draft class. He has good zone coverage skills and is a well rounded player who should be an excellent special teams contributor.
Cons: His main weakness is obviously size and speed. Has made up for it with great effort and attitude but really needs to improve his quicks, bulk up a bit, and work on his man-to-man coverage skills where he is quite weak.
Big play maker who is excels at tackling. He has average size, probably needs to add 10 pounds to be an everyday player in the NFL. Pruitt is a very instinctive and productive safety, despite having average speed. Good in zone coverage but cannot handle man-to-man coverage vs. wideouts.

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Quincy Wilson

property of Big East.org Height: 5-9
Weight: 225
School: West Virginia
40 Time: 4.62
Sports Illustrated by TFY Draft Preview
BIO: Became a full-time starter last season and responded with rushing numbers of 282/1,380/12 and 15/95/1 as a receiver. Top reserve to Avon Cobourne as a junior, yet rushed for 140/901/6 with 8 receptions. Father is former Chicago Bears linebacker Otis Wilson.
POSITIVES: Tough inside runner that showed himself to be a heavy-duty ball carrier last season. Patient, follows blocks and runs with good vision. Bounces outside and avoids piles if nothing's available, quickly finding the running lanes. Displays good first-step quickness and has a slight burst through the hole. Powerful lower body, quick regaining balance off initial contact and breaks several tackles gaining the tough yardage. Works his runs and takes the important handoffs late in a game. Competitive and significantly improved both his run and pass-blocking last season.
NEGATIVES: More of a straight-line runner that cannot quickly cut it back or turn the corner. Has only a short area burst of speed and cannot run to daylight. Lacks the soft natural hands out of the backfield.
ANALYSIS: Known as a player that leads by example, Wilson was a main cog in West Virginia's Big East championship last season. A tough runner that should easily handle the short yardage duties in the NFL, expect Wilson to slip through the cracks in April and then turn into a late-round gem.
PROJECTION: Mid Fourth Round
Rob Rang of West Coast Draft
Short, thick, powerful running back who lacks the size to be a high draft pick but will likely prove to be a steal at the next level. Has emerged over the past two seasons to become one of the more consistent, albeit underrated backs in the entire country. Rushed for 901 yards as a junior and bumped that up to 1,380 yards this past season. Runs with a low center of gravity, which allows him to keep his balance and bounce off of tackles. Lacks height, but not size and he is one of the more solidly built prospects in the draft. Left Shrine Game scouts gawking at his muscled frame during the weigh-ins. Lacks the breakaway speed you'd like to have in a "smaller" back, but can gain yardage in chunks and does everything else very well. Sees the hole nicely and gets through it with some burst. Can make defenders miss in the open field, but runs through more than you'd expect because of his surprising power. Has proven to be an effective receiver out of the backfield over his career, catching more and more passes each season. The big question mark with Wilson is speed. Wilson may not have the speed to the outside that teams are looking for, and thus, might be relegated to being an interior, tough yardage runner. At the Shrine Game Wilson, though he was solid, wasn't so impressive to have answered a great deal of the questions surrounding his game. Wilson has been a fairly durable player, playing in each game of the past two seasons. His only missed time was for an ACL tear back in 2000. Not a player who will be drafted early. In fact, for all of Wilson's success and apparent upside, there are some who feel he is more a product of Rich Rodriguez's system and excellent offensive line coaching. That said, I feel this kid has the toughness and physicality to surprise at the next level and could prove to be a legitimate starting option. The son of former Chicago Bear linebacker, Otis Wilson...
Positives: Has a stout, solid build with well defined muscles throughout and very thick thighs Ö Has enough quickness to attack the holes coming out of his stance Ö Shows good field vision and instincts for finding the running lanes Ö Maintains balance and keeps his feet moving through the holes, running with adequate strength to finish his runs forward Ö Shows power when he runs at a low pad level, driving his legs through contact Ö Has the vision to find the cutback seams Ö Short stepper, but gets to top speed with steady acceleration Ö Alert runner who makes timely cuts Ö Shows adequate speed in his pass routes, enough to gain separation after the catch Ö As a blocker, he has the instincts to pick up the blitz Ö Very effective tackler on the special team coverage unit, operating at the wing and as a gunner Ö Leader by example who gets the respect of his teammates Ö Has a good stutter-step when changing directions to compensate for a lack of explosion Ö Will finish his runs aggressively and shows the balance to stay upright after taking the initial hit.
Negatives: Ball security was a big issue when he was inserted into the starting lineup, (11 fumbles, seven turnovers in 2003) Ö Lacks great explosion to get out on the edge and turn it up racing around the corner Ö Lacks great shake ability, but has the strength needed to power through tackles Ö Not a natural hands catcher, but is dependable in the short-area passing game Ö His blocking effort is inconsistent, as he fails to sustain and finish blocks Ö Will have concentration lapses, resulting in costly fumbles Ö Does not have the lateral agility to make tacklers miss.
Drew Boylhart of The Huddle Report
Strengths: Quincy has very good upper and lower body strength for his position. He is a solid back and although he is small in height, his body style is solid. This would lead me to believe that injuries will not be a problem. Quincy runs with his knees high and this, along with his small stature and muscular body, makes him very hard to tackle.
Needs to Improve: Right now, Quincy has not developed the running back skills that he needs in the NFL. He lacks good lateral movement and vision in the hole and the speed to turn the corner at the next level. Quincy benefits by being more powerful than his opponents and from the lack of good tackling techniques at the college level.
Bottom Line: It is very hard to say that Quincy will have, or show, the ability to impact at the next level like he did in college. Yes, he can run over players and break tackles, but thatís not what itís all about in the NFL or every team would just put the biggest guy on the team at the RB position. He has a long way to go in learning how to set up blocks, hesitating to find a hole, cutting in the hole with quickness, the use of good vision. In addition, he needs to work on catching the ball out of the backfield, picking up blitzing LBís etc, etc. His lack of true speed makes it necessary to learn all of these skills and right now, he doesnít show that he has them. If he learns all these skills, he could be a back similar to Travis Henry- but Travis had these skills already when he came out of college.
Aaron Freeman of FalcFans
Pros: Has decent speed and good power to run through tacklers. Because of lack of height runs with low center of gravity and good balance.
Cons: His speed is not great, and he won't be able to outrun a lot of people on the next level. He won't make a lot of people miss in the open field. Lacking as a receiver.
NFL Forecast: He looks like a nice option as an inside guy. I don't think he'll be a feature back, but a quality complementary type that gets his yards inside and on short-yardage situations. He's going to make it to the next level, but it's questionable if he'll ever be more than a situational backup.
Value: Sixth Round. Lacks upside to be a starter, so he's not worth much more than this
Joseph Coaty of Tha Pack
Positives: Has a good running back build. Tough inside runner who is deceptively fast. Has been very productive college player.
Negatives: Lacks top end speed and will probably not break many long runs in the NFL. Operates in a spread offense, which opens up running lanes and may make him look better than he really is. Suffered a major knee injury (ACL) in 2000.
Overall analysis: Quincy Wilson entered the 2003 season as a marginal prospect, but has seen his stock steadily rise while having a great senior year. Quincy is the son of former Chicago Bear linebacker Otis Wilson. Quincy arrived at West Virginia in 1999 and saw action in a reserve role as a freshman. Wilson missed the 2000 season and received a medical redshirt after suffering an ACL injury. He returned and was a backup in 2001 and 2002, and finally got his opportunity to start in 2003. Wilson had a great senior year, rushing for over 1300 yards while leading West Virginia to a 6-1 conference record. Wilson has good, but not great, running back skills. He has good size but only decent speed to compliment that size. However, he is deceptively fast once he gets a head of steam going. He is also a tough inside runner who can break tackles and will fall forward on contact. But in terms of speed and quickness Wilson only rates as average, and will probably not be a player who breaks long runs to the outside once he is in the NFL. And it also must be noted that Wilson plays in a spread offense, which may make him look better than he really is. Wilson currently carries a solid mid day two grade.
Dan Pompeii of The Sporting News
A strong, tough back with vision. Is a grinder who runs hard. Has low center of gravity and is difficult to take down. Is more dependable and solid than special. Has average speed.
Ryan Claussen of Draft Crazy
Positives: Quincy is a real strong running back. He has good hands out of the backfield and is solid in pass protection. He really runs with passion. He delivers punishment. He will lower his shoulder and deliver a blow on his opponents. Has real good speed. He has above average quickness. He breaks almost all arm tackles. Tremendous vision and balance. He has real quick feet.
Negatives: Quincy is a little undersized to be a prototypical NFL running back. He also fumbles a little more than what you would like from your workhorse back. He needs to show consistency. He plays real well in big games, but needs to be equally as productive in games that don't mean as much. He doesn't have a ton of moves; he is a north south runner who doesn't try to make many miss.
Bottom Line: Quincy is a productive runner. His father Otis was a linebacker for the Chicago Bears. Because Quincy lacks ideal size, it will cause his draft stock to fall. Look for Quincy to go in the late rounds, probably near round 6.
John Sheridan of Draft XChange
Pros: Has excellent power and will break arm tackles, moves the pile, keeps feet moving, powerful and punishing running back. Has excellent balance, vision, good hands as a receiver, quick feet, and powerful strong lower body.
Cons: Not elusive, will run you over but not make you miss, no break-away speed, estimated times are slow, durability is questioned do to a history of knee troubles, has limited upside do to being shorter than scouts like and being slow.
Plays more like a FB in a RBs body. I see where some of the experts are thinking his best chance of success in the NFL would be to add additional bulk and convert to FB to better suit his style of running however, I am not sure that is the answer for him either. I see Quincy, if he makes an NFL roster, being more of a goal line short yardage RB but definitely not a starter. He has good skills but will always be somewhat limited by his lack of speed and being only 5'10", not ideal for a starting NFL RB. Has good attitude and could be a good special teamer. To add to the concerns of scouts and GMs is the fact that he had a knee injury, a torn ACL, in 2000 and had to reshirt for a year. He had an excellent senior season so one would think it is an issue behind him however, he will have to pass the rigorous examinations of the NFLís medicals at the combine to dispel the concerns.

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