Pros: A good short-area blocker with nice vision and toughness. Picks up his assignments and has enough pop to deliver the blow. Shows good intelligence.
Cons: Not as powerful as his size would merit, and doesn't offer much besides his blocking ability.
Overview: He's a good physical lead blocker that will work well in a short area scheme that likes him to lead the runner through the hole up the middle. Missed 2006 season with broken leg, and limited to only 3 games as a senior due to broken thumb. Had 25 career rushes and only 2 receptions at Wisconsin. Played at nearly 270 pounds this past season.
NFL Forecast: Pressley could be a solid physical lead blocker in the Lorenzo Neal mold. I'm not predicting he'll be as good as Neal has been over the years, but he has that sort of size, power, and intelligence combination. He's a big guy that is not as physically dominating as you'd expect from a player his size, but he should get better with time. He'll never be a star, but is one of the reasons why P.J. Hill was so productive at Wisconsin. Special teams will be a big part of the equation of whether he can stick early on.
ATL Forecast: Pressley fits the physical mold that the Falcons would probably like in the backfield to team with Turner. He's not as versatile as Snelling is, so his biggest obstacle will be how well he performs on special teams. If he does well there, he'll be worth developing. Otherwise, he can push Snelling, but probably not to a degree that merits a roster change.
Value: I wouldn't draft him, but it wouldn't be crazy if a team snatched him up late in the seventh.
Scouting Reports of running backs and fullbacks in the 2009 draft.
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