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 Post subject: Rob Rang's 2006 Diamonds in the Rough
PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 9:05 pm 
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A few of these guys I could see the Falcons going after on Day 2.

2006 Diamonds in the Rough
Rob Rang
Senior Analyst
NFLDraftScout.com

April 3, 2006 - Whether in the first round or via sifting through the undrafted free agent pool, the ability to find "Diamonds in the Rough" is one aspect that separates the good NFL scouting departments from the great ones. Below is a list of players who for whatever reason haven't yet received the attention their physical abilities warrant. Some play for smaller schools or have struggled with injuries. Still others have simply been forced to wait for playing time. Quality prospects like Demarcus Ware (1st round), Matt Jones (1st round), Mike Patterson (1st round), Stanford Routt (2nd round), Vincent Jackson (2nd round), Courtney Roby (3rd round), Brandon Jacobs (4th round), and Junius Coston (5th round) were among the players listed last September in our “Diamonds in the Rough” article, seven months previous to the 2005 draft, itself.

This year, just look at the names of the players we predicted back in August would be skyrocketing up the draft board as the draft approached. Names like Jay Cutler, Jerious Norwood, Joe Klopfenstein, Todd Watkins, Daryn Colledge, Babatunde Oshinowo, Mark Anderson, Brian Iwuh, and even junior, Richard Marshall are a veritable "who's who" of "surprise" players in 2005-2006.

The scouting for the 2006 draft has already been done. That said, certain prospects still aren't getting the national acclaim they deserve. So, now that we've hit April, I'm updating the list one last time. The players listed below aren't intended to be a list of the "underrated." These are players expected to be drafted in the middle rounds or lower that I feel will ultimately prove to be quality NFL contributors.

Players are listed alphabetically.
Underclassmen are noted with an asterisk*

Quarterback:
1. Bruce Gradkowski, Toledo, 6-2, 217, 4.59
2. Erik Meyer, Eastern Washington, 6-1, 210, 4.67
3. DJ Shockley, Georgia, 6-1, 214, 4.56


Running Back:
1. De'Arrius Howard, Arkansas, 5-11, 229, 4.52
2. Cedric Humes, Virginia Tech, 6-1, 227, 4.62
3. *Demetrius Summers, South Carolina, 6-1, 207, 4.55*


Tight End:
1. Troy Bienemann, Washington State, 6-5, 256, 4.80 (LS)
2. Owen Daniels, Wisconsin, 6-4, 253, 4.65
3. Jai Lewis, George Mason, 6-6, 277, 4.75 (est.)
(Basketball player, viewed as some as possible DE, as well)


Wide Receiver:
1. Greg Jennings, Western Michigan, 5-11, 195, 4.51
2. Willie Reid, Florida State, 5-10, 188, 4.44
3. Travis Wilson, Oklahoma, 6-1, 208, 4.50


Offensive Line:
1. Paul McQuistan, Weber State, 6-6, 312, 5.05
2. Marvin Philip, California, 6-1, 307, 5.24
3. Guy Whimper, East Carolina, 6-5, 304, 4.96


Defensive Tackle:
1. Tony McDaniel, Tennessee, 6-7, 300, 5.15 (est.)*
2. Anthony Montgomery, Minnesota, 6-5, 310, 5.24
3. Steve Williams, Northwest Missouri State, 6-3, 300, 5.04


Defensive End:
1. Chris Gocong, Cal Poly, 6-2, 263, 4.70
2. Brandon Guillory, Louisiana-Monroe, 6-4, 252, 4.54
3. Jeremy Mincey, Florida, 6-3, 262, 4.79 (OLB)


Linebacker:
1. Jon Alston, Stanford, 6-1, 223, 4.40 (S)
2. David Dixon, Hutchinson Junior College, 6-2, 244, 4.45
3. Freddie Keiaho, San Diego State, 6-0, 232, 4.65


Cornerback:
1. Tim Jennings, Georgia, 5-08, 185, 4.32
2. Danieal Manning, Abilene Christian, 6-0, 210, 4.42*
3. David Pittman, Northwestern State (La), 5-11, 182, 4.44


Safety:
1. Antoine Bethea, Howard, 5-11, 203, 4.39
2. Terryl Fenton, Louisiana Lafayette, 6-1, 205, 4.48
3. Calvin Lowry, Penn State, 5-11, 200, 4.54

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