Thanks for the kind words.
Kremlinology part Three, Cornerback:
, Michigan: What Curran writes - plays a physical
, throwback style...reminiscent of Ty Law -- but a little stronger
...doesn’t try to get outside the system for flash plays...confident, intelligent leader
...commands respect...Speed, quickness and explosiveness
...Picking off 12 passes
in his Michigan career and showing great dependability as a punt returner
...The best corner
in this draft. What Curran quotes - exploited
by Ted Ginn Jr and Dwayne Jarrett.
- Analysis: 5'11 1/4" 193 4.4/40 gives Coach Woicik the base to build him up to Ty Law size, with greater speed, quickness, and strength. He does his job and doesn't gamble outside of the system, by working inside the system he collected 12 interceptions. Dependible PR
. There has been fuss over his final two games working against two gifted athletes, do two presumably bad games wipe out the track record?
- Summation: The perfect CB for a Belichick system, smart, fast, strong, coachable.
- Draft value: Should be the first CB taken.
, Arkansas: What Curran writes - Get a load
of the number...Tremendous speed and strength
and matches up well
with big receivers...Doesn’t have
...has room to improve
kind of corner...because
of his Combine workouts. What Curran quotes - Darrelle Revis is No. 2...very
aggressive and confident...very
and is slow locating the pass
...needs to improve
- Analysis: 5'9 7/8" 185 4.32/40 would look nice in the toolbox, "but," the team who takes him has their work cut out for them to develop this raw talent.
- Summation: Who is the man behind the shiny numbers? Boom/bust player.
- Draft value: A gamble? A better risk in the second.
, Pittsburgh: What Curran writes - physical
for the game and plays with confidence
player to challenge...Can get up...special teams value
against waterbug-type receivers...safe pick
and added value
. What Curran quotes - truly a shutdown corner
who was rarely challenged...Plays soft at times
some easy underneath receptions...needs to
stay mentally sharp.
- Analysis: 5'11 1/2" 204 4.4/40 with good quickness and strength. The word choice is very revealing and centers around one word, value. There are flaws in Revis' game, but it's coachable. He's not your first choice for slot coverage, but can manage if needed. If he gives up a play, it's underneath, he limits the big plays. The greatest worry is boredom.
- Summation: Value.
- Draft value: With Houston playing the shiny penny role, there is a chance for Revis to be overlooked and slide into Patriot range. Based on language, Curran's #1 CB.
, Fresno State: What Curran writes - bigger...exceptional
quickness and athleticism
...run with any...run support...Smart
and well regarded
by his coaches...uneven
finish...spent time on the bench
...Playing well against USC...dimensions
, character and potential...very intriguing
. What Curran quotes - plain bad
...senioritis...true shutdown corner at the top of his game...great upside
- Analysis: 6' 3/4" 203 4.4/40 and highly athletic. Athletic, the kid has the tool set every coach dreams about, but do dreams come true?
- Summation: Flashy, likeable kid who'll break your heart.
- Note: I'm being influenced by my own observations from seeing him against Oregon (where he got his bell rung) and in the Senior Bowl. NFL Network's draft guru and film junkie, Mike Mayock, pointed out that his junior year when his stock was sky high came while 2006 2nd rounder Richard Marshall covered the #1 WRs, leaving McCauley to cover the #2.
- Draft value: Late first day at best.
, Texas: What Curran wrote - Plays smart and hard
...a natural leader
against the run...good technique
punt returner...Didn’t drop any jaws
on double moves...hone
his footwork...played against excellent competition
the game and pressure...good player
- Analysis: 6' 1/2" 193 4.45/40 gives Coach Woicik a good foundation. He reads like a Patriot, nothing jaw dropping, just smart and hard. He may be a little two aggressive, but he's coachable and wants to do the best job.
- Summation: More of a gambler, but like Revis, a value.
- Note: I have not considered Ross a good prospect for the Pats, but if Curran's sources are Patriots' personnel folks, they really like this kid.
- Draft value: expected to fall to the late first within Patriot range.