In the Starting Line-up
Join Date: Feb 2006
Some Deep Sleepers
Here are a few defensive players with rd 6 and below projections on NFL draftscout that may have starting potential in the NFL:
CB Terence Wheatley: Alot of people like him and he'll probably go in rd 4 now. So he no longer really qualifies for this list. Visiting the Pats this week.
CB Isiah Gardner, Maryland: An elite athlete at a big school with good production.
CB Marcus Walker, Oklahoma: Shoulder problems. Had a stellar junior campaign with 3 INTs and 9 PBU. Honorable mention all big 12 two years in a row.
FS Darnell Terrell, Missouri: Has good hands, speed, size, leaping ability.
FS David Roach, TCU: super athlete.
3-4, 4-3 OLB Hilee Taylor, NC: 4.6 speed, led tarheels with 10.5 sacks, 16 TFLs.
4-3 OLB Larry Grant: only OSU d-player to shine in National title game. Outplayed Laurinitis. Had 5 sacks, 9.5 TFLs in his only year a sa full time starter. ran a 6.9 3-cone.
4-3 OLB Marcus Richardson, Troy: Played well at Hula Bowl, great quickness (6.7 3-cone), power (36' VJ) speed (4.6 40).
3-4, 4-3 OLB Curtis Gatewood, Vandy: elite athletic tools, played out of position in college at DE. Tough SEC player. Good special teams candidate who could transition to back up 3-4 OLB or drop weight and play 4-3 OLB.
ILB Jameel McClain, Syracuse: Huge powerful plugger with decent quickness. Played DE as a junior and had 9.5 sacks.
ILB Danny Lansanah, UConn: Big powerful player. Had a 39" VJ, a 4.7 40 and a 4.17 3-cone at 245 lbs. Also had 4 INTs, 14 TFLs and 3 PBU as a senior. 4 INTs as a junior, 2 INTs as soph, so he can make plays.
DT Teraz McCray, Miami: good production as a senior for a DT, with 6 sacks and 10.5 TFLs. Good athlete for a 296 lber, with a 5.06 40, 27 reps and a 29'' VJ- all better results than GLENN DORSEY. As a comparison, Dorsey ran a 5.12, had 27 reps and a 25.5 VJ at 297 lbs. Dorsey had 7 sacks and 12.5 TFLs.
Even Longer shots worth a look:
CB Terrell Vinson, Purdue: led the Big 10 in PBU. 5 Ints, 13 PBU his senior season. Small, 4.5 speed and a 38'' VJ. No info on his agility drills, so I'm guessing here, but worth a look because he is very aggressive playing the run. Very tough.
DT, 3-4 DE Barry Booker, VT: Solid production for a big program (4 sacks, 10.5 TFLs, 2 FF). Decent speed (5.06), lower body strength (30.5") for a 6'4'' 285 lber. Short arms are a concern, needs to gain strength. A project pick. Maybe better as a 1 gap penetrator (24 QB pressures).
DE/DT: Ervin Baldwin, Michigan State: had 8.5 sacks, 18.5 TFL as a senior juco transfer. Failed to impress at Texas vs Nation all star game. But has very long arms, big hands, decent speed and tenacity. Played NT in dime sits for MSU, interior pass rusher. At 6'2'' 270 is a good inside pass rusher, can play the undertackle. Worth a look based on college production alone.
Last edited by PonyExpress; 04-13-2008 at 07:26 PM..