Okay, I just watched 3 Boise State games (vs. Idaho, Fresno State, and Nevada).
QB Kellen Moore, Boise State (Junior)
Okay, I've become a fan of Kellen Moore. The player he reminds me the most of is Drew Brees. I'll put him toe to toe with any QB in the country as far as what it takes from the neck up to play in the pros. HIs accuracy, awareness, anticipation, and recognition are second to none. And I mean that, NONE. Andrew Luck could learn some things from him. But all his struggles will be physical at the next level, and I can't underestimate that they will be some serious obstacles to overcome. His lack of size (6-0/185) hurts him a lot, and he's going to have to put on 20+ pounds of muscle before he's at a level where you think he can take an NFL punishment. BUt he's helped by the fact that like Brees, he has very good pocket mobility, able to step up and find throwing lanes. His arm strength is another obstacle. It's not bad, but it's just not good and at this point I would say that it's a shade below that of Chad Pennington. Like Pennington, he's going to struggle throwing down the field in the pros. He's good at the deep balls in college because he throws it up high and his guys can just run under it when they are in single coverage, but he won't have those opportunities too many times in the pros. But I think if he can get into a situation where he can sit and learn in an offense, and have the time to work on his arm strength and bulk up, then he should have a long NFL career.
QB Nathan Enderle, Idaho
Enderle you could say is the opposite of Moore in that he has the size and arm that NFL scouts love, but very little of the smarts. He stares down his receivers, doesn't throw with great accuracy or anticipation, and really struggles when you force him to move in the pocket. If a team can stash him on the bench for a couple of years, he might have the tools to be a competent No. 2 guy, but he shows none of the cerebral qualities one would expect to see in a four-year starter which suggests his intangibles and intelligence are on the very low end.
QB Colin Kaepernick, Nevada
He's got great combo of size, arm, and athleticism. And he's a great college player, but I'm not sure it translates to the pros. He just doesn't make great decisions. He's a player I've watched since his freshman year, and while he's better, it's not night and day difference in terms of his decision making. If you can confine him to the pocket, and prevent him from using his legs you can force him into some mistakes. I think he's a guy that I would probably advise him that his future is probably better to return to baseball than playing pro football.
QB Ryan Colburn, Fresno State
He has nice size (6-3/220), but the southpaw has limited arm strength. His mobility is decent which probably allows him to make more plays than his accuracy, anticipation, etc. should allow him. He's a guy that outside a slim hope at a practice squad spot if he impresses a team with his work ethic he has a very limited future in the NFL and probably is better off trying his hand in the CFL.
WR Titus Young, Boise State
A nice prospect, but I think is a bit overrated at this point. He's 170 pounds and plays like he's 170 pounds, meaning he's going to be small at the next level. 3rd tier CBs have little trouble tackling him when they can actually hit him. But that's not that easy to do because of his speed and burst. And while he shines as a deep threat at Boise State, I don't think he's going to be nearly as effective in the pros because of his so-so ball skills and lack of ideal height. In order to get the separation to make the deep grab, you often see him pushing off downfield and he doesn't attack the ball in the air. He has nice hands, but not great hands. He's a guy that I think can be a stud kickoff returner at the next level and a nice No. 3 option, but I don't see him as the dynamic offensive weapon that some see him as.
TE Virgil Green, Nevada
I'll be curious to see what Green measures at the Combine. He's listed at 6-5/240, but I wouldn't be surprised at all if he winds up measuring 6-2/228. He looks very small and it's why I think he'll be limited in the pros. Maybe if the Colts get their hands on him, he can be a decent No. 2 TE, but I think for most teams he'll be a No. 3 guy that works at H-back. Good hands, nice speed, and gives effort as a blocker, but not a guy that I think can create matchup problems as a receiver or as a blocker.
OG Nate Potter, Boise State (Junior)
He plays LT for Boise State, but won't be able to stick there in the pros. Just has too slow feet, struggles adjusting in space, and doesn't have a good enough punch on the edge to handle speed. In all three of the games, he struggled against the speed rushes of the opponents. He can move inside in a zone-blocking scheme. He's a nice run blocker that if he can add some more bulk he could be a solid interior guy. At the least he should be a good reserve/stopgap starter. I would compare him to former BSU LT Daryn Colledge in terms of his NFL prospects.
OG John Bender, Nevada
He's huge (6-8/325), but might be too big for his own good. He doesn't play with great pop as a run blocker, and takes too much effort to deliver a punch. Needs to improve his hand placement in a short area, and probably gets by because he's so big. Not very athletic and it shows in pass protection. Has some ability to develop as a backup OG in a zone-blocking scheme.
DE Ryan Winterswyk, Boise State
If he can bulk up some (6-4/270), he has a future in a 3-4 scheme at DE. But even then, he'll just be a rotational guy. He fits well in Boise State, but lacks the burst and speed off the corner to impact as a pass rusher and gets by because of his motor. He also got some work in the Fresno State game as a TE in a goalline situation. And there's a chance that his future may be there as a blocking TE, as he did a nice job getting leverage.
OLB Dontay Moch, Nevada
Has a very explosive first step off the corner to think he can impact as a situational pass rusher as a 4-3 DE. But he's undersized (6-1/235), and will need to bulk up quite a bit to get by there. And even so, he'll be very limited as a role player. Could be a good role player like Robert Mathis. As a LB prospect is where his best potential lies as an every down player, but I think he's more of a straight-line guy than a guy that can show the hips and range to drop off into coverage. His awareness, recognition, and ability to take on blocks are lacking.
OLB Chris Carter, Fresno State
I think I like him a bit more than Moch and they have similar size. He's not as explosive as Moch, but he has a very good first step. I think he's a bit more active and physical vs. the run, although he gets pushed around quite a bit. But I think his motor is better. I think his learning curve to play OLB is probably lower, although he has less potential to play DE than Moch.
CB Brandyn Thompson, Boise State
He looked very good vs. Idaho, but got beat quite a bit vs. Nevada. I think he's a guy that projects well in the zone, but may be limited in man because he doesn't have ideal awareness, instincts, or burst to match up. He's willing in run support, but he's undersized there (5-10/180) and will miss more stops than he makes. I think he can stick as a nickel corner, but unless he has Brent Grimes work ethic, he's not going to be more than that.
S Jeron Johnson, Boise State
He's a tough player that I like, but he'll be limited at the next level, at least initially. He's small (5-10/195) and it shows in run support. He'll throw his weight around, but he's not a great tackler when it comes to breaking down, wrapping up and making open field stops. He shows nice ball skills to play centerfield in coverage, so he has potential to develop there, although he doesn't have the ideal speed and range you want to see in an impact FS. But he can stick right away because he is a very good special teams player. I would say he's a blend of Thomas DeCoud and Erik Coleman.
SS Shiloh Keo, Idaho
Shows the size and toughness you like as an enforcer in the secondary. But he'll give up some plays in coverage, but flashes enough there where you think he wouldn't be bad covering the tight end over the middle. A good athlete that has good speed. He should at the least be a good backup SS if he can shine on special teams, but may not have the coverage ability you like in a starter.
K Kyle Brotzman, Boise State
His misses vs. Nevada withstanding, he's not a great kicker prospect. His accuracy is good, but not great. And his FG range even indoors goes only up to 50 yards. If he can't hit the clutch kicks either, then he'll be hard-pressed to stick in the pros. If he can hang around for a few summers, I think he could be a decent stopgap kicker for some team during the season, but lacks the skills to think he can really stick long-term.
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