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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2005 2:04 am 
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Tuesday
Dec. 27
5:00 pm ET
ESPN Champs Sports Bowl Orlando, FL
Florida Citrus Bowl
Clemson
vs.
Colorado

-This will be an excellent starter for Falcons draft scouts as one of the premier Db's will be on display for Clemson. Tye Hill, CB Clemson, is an electric cover corner with burner speed who could find himself in the first round with a good combine. Charlie Whitehurst is also of interest as we may consider picking him up should we deal Schaub.



Tuesday
Dec. 27
8:30 pm ET
ESPN Insight Bowl Phoenix, AZ
Bank One Ballpark

Arizona State
vs.
Rutgers

The main attraction here will be Derek Hagans, the WR from ASU. He is projected as a first round pick & could be worth a look if you have nothing better to do. I think this is also Rutgers' first bowl game in 40+ years or so as well.


Wednesday
Dec. 28
4:30 pm ET
ESPN MPC Computers Bowl Boise, ID
Bronco Stadium

Boise State
vs.
Boston College

The big draw here will be BC's wealth of high round talent. Mathias Kiwanuka is rated as a top 10 pick as a 6'7" pass rushing DE out of BC, which we all know about. Jeremy Trueblood is the Tackle for BC that is slated to go in the first or second round and should get extra attention from us in case he does slip to the second round. Will Blackmon is the talented corner for BC that benefits from Kiwi's all world pass rushing skills.


Wednesday
Dec. 28
8:00 pm ET
ESPN MasterCard
Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX
Alamodome

Michigan
vs.
Nebraska

One guy who caught my eye with Michigan as a possible replacement for Brady Smith is Patrick Massey, a 6'8" 280lb. co-captain defensive lineman for Michigan. While not the most explosive player in the world, he has great size, could be had later in the draft, and would immediately anchor our run D from that RDE position Brady Smith has left vacant. Gabe Watson is possibly the best DT in this draft class and anchors Michigan's tough D-line. LaMarr Woodley is another guy to keep your eye on as a possible pass rushing specialist.


Thursday
Dec. 29
4:30 pm ET
ESPN Emerald Bowl San Francisco, CA
SBC Park

Georgia Tech
vs.
Utah

Tech has some quality players on their highly rated D including Eric Henderson. the highly touted DE has been slowed by injuries this year but showed up big time in some big games. He has Tamba Hali type talent, but has had an off year dur to the injuries. He could be a huge steal for someone in the 3rd of 4th round. Reuben Houston has been in trouble off the field this year, but was a highly rated DB before that happened. He probably would not pass the Falcon Filter, but he is worth keeping an eye on. Tech has some other good players that could go in the late rounds like Chris Reis & Dawan Landry, the Senior Safeties for GT. Chris Reis is an interesting story as he was a standout high school player locally for Roswell High and could be another Keith Brooking type of pick, only we could pull him very late I would think. He played LB last year & moved to Safety this year, but at 215lbs. he would need to add some size to play LB.



Thursday
Dec. 29
8:00 pm ET
ESPN Pacific Life
Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA
Qualcomm Stadium

Oklahoma
vs.
Oregon

Hey this is a big one for east coast fans who are interested in big time linemen. Haloti Ngata could be the best D lineman to come out of the college ranks in years. At 6'5" & 350+lbs, this guy is a monster but moves like a DE from many accounts. Oklahoma usually sports a quality O line but I believe they were pretty young this year, so Ngata may have the chance to really shine in this game. If you're a fan of line play, and haven't seen this guy since Oregon games are not regularly televised here, then I suggest you check this guy out. Davin Joseph looks to be the guy who will have to try to handle Ngata. Joseph is the Senior Guard for Oklahoma that is highly rated as a top 5 guard in this draft class by many, but he will definitely have his hands full with Haloti. This will be trench warfare at it's finest. Demetrius Williams, WR Oregon, looks to be the big playmaker for Oregon in this game & could provide the sparks on the edges. Oklahoma will counter him with WR Travis Wilson, a solid Senior WR that could have a big day if Joseph handles Ngata.


Friday
Dec. 30
12:00 pm ET
ESPN Gaylords Hotels
Music City Bowl Nashville, TN
The Coliseum

Minnesota
vs.
Virginia

This will be a big game for Falcons fans as they could be watching the future of their vaunted running attack. Laurence Maroney is a deadly runner, a thoroughbred assassin with good size & great speed who has broke a ton of big runs in his glorified collegiate career. If he fell to Atlanta in the first, the common belief is they would not pass him up. Along with Maroney, look for D'Brickashaw Ferguson, widely regarded as a top 3 or 5 pick at LT, Ahmad Books, a huge & fast MLB projected as a top 15 pick, who both play for Virginia. Another important player for us Falcon fans to watch is Greg Eslinger and Mark Setterstrom, the great Center & Guard for Minnesota who have been responsible for opening holes for one of the best running attacks in the nation the past couple of years. Either one could end up in Atlanta next year to fill a huge gap in our O-line, of which there are many.


Friday
Dec. 30
2 pm ET
CBS Vitalis
Sun Bowl El Paso, TX
Sun Bowl

Northwestern
vs.
UCLA

This could be an entertaining game as both teams are capable of exploding on offense. Mercedes Lewis is considered the best TE prospect in this draft class & looks to drive himself up the first round with a big performance in this game. Barry Coefield, DT Northwestern, will look to apply pressure to Drew Olson to keep him from hitting Lewis downfield and will look to stop the elusive UCLA RB, Maurice Drew from breaking loose in the running game. Keep an eye on Freshman RB, Tyrell Sutton, who gave NW a huge boost this year in their big upset wins. Senior QB Brett Basanez is a dangerous leader for the NW offense & could have a massive game against the suspect UCLA D.


Friday
Dec. 30
3:30 pm ET
ESPN Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA
Independence Stadium

Missouri
vs.
South Carolina

This one right here is going to be a must watch for Falcons fans. All-American Ko Simpson headlines a destructive defense that could flat out embarass Missouri. I have said it anytime someone asked me, but Ko Simpson is the best DB in the nation. He has been dominant the last 2 years in the SEC and is the kind of Safety that makes everyone around him better. Mario has benefitted greatly having this guy play centerfield behind them the last couple of years, and his 2004 Feshman All american & 2005 AP All American make him a rare player at the Safety position that could end up being better than Ed Reed.


Friday
Dec. 30
7:30 pm ET
ESPN Chick-fil-A
Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA
Georgia Dome

Louisiana State
vs.
Miami FL

This is one of the big ones. I ask that Falcons fans keep an eye on Marcus Maxey. A good sized corner with reported 4.25 speed, Marcus Maxey eared Devin Hester's starting job with better speed & technique and could be the answer for our other nickel problem &, eventually, start opposite D.Hall. Kelly Jennings is Miami's other corner & is also an excellent cover guy, but I see more upside in Maxey. LaRon Landry is a possibility for Atlanta. I have him as a late 2nd or 3rd round pick, but a good showing against Miami will greatly raise his stock after being flat out embarassed by UGA & DJ Shockley. Other noteables are Claude Wroten, Eric Winston, and a number of other players on each team. There are very few teams with more talented starters than these 2, so it is a must watch for any draft scout..


Saturday
Dec. 31
11:00 am ET
ESPN2 Meineke Car Care Bowl Charlotte, NC
Bank of America Stadium

North Carolina State
vs.
South Florida

One name Falcons fans and one name only here, Manny Lawson. The guy plays LB for NC State, but he could easily translate into a great DE at the next level with his 6'5" frame and crazy 4.4 speed, he looks to be a Peppers type of athlete. Mario Williams is a giant DE that is somewhat reminiscent of Bruce Smith. Solid against the run & dangerous when going after the QB. I reall feel for Missouri QB, Brad Smith.






*****It's late & the rest of the bowls are New Year's bowls & such, so they will take much longer, so I will finish them up tomorrow.

Looking like a lot of fun,
Derek


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 Post subject: Good analysis Incomparable
PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2005 2:30 am 
Good job on the analysis,took awhile to write up.I definitely will be watching the south carolina game,minnesota game and michigan. Should be a number of players to watch.Eric Henderson of Georgia Tech I think can be a steal when healhty can rush the passer.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 6:13 pm 
To say Reuben Houston was in trouple off the field is a vast understatement. The kid was caught with about 100lbs of pot in his car. Its a damn shame because I have watched since he was a Stars Mill Panther (HS) and the kid play a bit. Also have I missed something because last I heard he was kicked off the team.

Also another game to watch is the Florida/Iowa Outback Bowl game. Iowa always has a couple of linemen to watch and Florida has two players to watch, Mike Degory, C, and Marcus Thomas, DT (*Jr.). Both could help us out a lot. Mike is a very experienced stater who seems to fit our system and Thomas has a huge upside. The kid turned it on these last few weeks and has become a dominate force on the inside. He is 6-2 305lbs beast, he has great speed and explosiveness and since gaining 20lbs this year he has become stout run defender. He is a little bit of a character and thats not a bad thing, after gaining the weight he nicknamed his new belly "Scoop" and he gives "Scoop" half credit for all of his sacks this year. Watch for #44 (Thomas) and #68 (Degory).


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Yes, the style of offense Iowa runs usually means their OL fit well into our kind of scheme. Gallery would have been an excellent pickup for us in '04, but there was no way he would fall to #8, and the Falcons were smart not to trade up to get him, considering we could still get a very good player like DeLo Hall or Will Smith (my choice) at #8.

One Iowa OL that sounds like he might fit well here is Senior LT Lee Gray. But from what I hear, Gray missed this entire year with injury (so I doubt he'll be in the Bowl game). If he loses his ineligibility, he'll come out. He's a former D-lineman, and as an Iowa guy, it should mean he can play somewhat. I'd look for him as a 7th/undrafted prospect. Not a guy that is going to immediately upgrade the position, but a nice developmental type that can possibly add depth.

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