Later Round CBs
Gerrick McPhearson, CB, Maryland
On McPhearson: Fifth-year senior who enters 2005 as the starter at field cornerback ... fastest player on the team and certainly one of the fastest, if not the fastest, in the ACC ... despite a strong junior season, still has not seemingly reached his potential ... named All-ACC in indoor track for his third-place finish at the 2005 ACC Indoor Championships ... school record-holder with a 6.73 in the 60-meter dash, breaking the mark of Renaldo Nehemiah ... an Iron Terp who also posted a 42-inch vertical jump, 365-pound bench press and 515-pound squat ... vertical jump is a Terp record for a defensive back and his 40 time of 4.21, posted this past spring, is the fastest ever by any Maryland player (regardless of position).
Personal: Gerrick McPhearson was born December 29, 1983 ... son of Kim and Gerrick McPhearson ... majoring in criminology and criminal justice ... father played defensive back at Boston College and with the New England Patriots ... brother, Derrick, is a freshman football player at the University of Illinois.
Like the sound of this one, also the family ties!
Harrison Smith, CB, California
A sure-tackling, speedy cornerback who made tremendous strides during the past two seasons, logging 22 starts over that period ... dependable cover man downfield, quick to limit yards after a catch ... an honorable mention All-Pac-10 honoree last year.
61 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack, 2 INTs, 10 PBU
Ranked second in the Pac-10 and seventh nationally in passes defended with 18 broken up (1.50 per game)
Derrick Martin*, CB, Wyoming
UW Last Season: Derrick Martin will be a leading All-America candidate in 2005. He ranked 14th in the nation in passes defended in 2004. Martin earned Second Team All-MWC honors as a sophomore in '04. He was named the National Defensive Player of the Week by the Bronko Nagurski Award Committee following his outstanding performance against Ole Miss on Sept. 25, 2004. Martin broke up an unheard of seven passes, made nine tackles and came away with a spectacular, diving interception in the end zone to thwart a potentially game-tying drive by the Rebels. The sophomore also earned Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors for his Ole Miss performance. Martin has received numerous 2005 preseason honors, including: being ranked as the No. 20 cornerback in the nation by the Sporting News; and being selected as an Honorable Mention All-American by Street & Smith's.
High School: Martin was one of the most sought after players in the State of Colorado his senior year. He earned All-Colorado and All-State Class 5A honors from The Denver Post his senior season. The All-Colorado team is the All-State team for all classifications. Martin was named the Most Valuable Player of the Denver Prep 5A league as a senior. A team captain, he was an outstanding quarterback and defensive back at Thomas Jefferson High School. As a senior, Martin completed 96 of 185 passes for 1,475 yards and 10 TDs. He carried the ball 138 times for 830 yards and three rushing touchdowns. Martin led his high school team to a 7-4 record as a junior and helped Thomas Jefferson advance to the quarterfinals of the 2001 state playoffs. His senior season, he guided T.J. to a 10-3 record and the 2002 state semifinals, before losing to eventual state champion Columbine. In four years on the T.J. football team, he earned four letters and helped T.J. compile a 38-10 record and win four City Championships. An all-around athlete, Martin was the starting point guard on his high school basketball team where he led the state in steals through much of his senior season. He earned All-City honors in basketball, was a three-year letterman and was a team captain. He also excelled on the track team. He ran career bests of 10.5 in the 100 meters, 22.3 in the 200 and 48.6 in the 400 meters. Martin was part of T.J.'s 4 x 100 meter relay team that placed sixth in the State Championships his junior year. Martin achieved honor roll all four years of high school. He was named a Mayor's Mile High Academic Scholar, and earned Renaissance Academic Scholar honors two years. He was also a class representative to the Thomas Jefferson High student council. His high school football coach was Dan Turnbull. Martin was also recruited by Colorado, Colorado State, Missouri, Oregon and Utah.
Ronnie Prude, CB, LSU
Very much like Randall Gay in physical attributes, and in terms of the way he has progressed at LSU.
Granted another year of eligibility by the NCAA ... Listed on the roster as a senior for the second straight year ... After coming up short in being a qualifier as a freshman, is now on pace to graduate, thus regaining another year of eligibility ... Expected to step in and start at one of the cornerback positions for the Tigers after being LSU's starting nickel back in 2004 ... Consistently one of the top performers on coverage units on special teams a year ago ... One of the most athletic players on the team ... Originally signed with the Tigers as a wide receiver ... Goes into final season with LSU with 60 career tackles and 2 interceptions in 39 games, 8 of which have been starts.
2005 : 54 tackles, 12 PBUs, tops on the team in ST tackles
Local boy, from UMass.
2005 Atlantic 10 First Team
2005 New England Football Writers All-Star Team
Senior captain is a strong candidate for Buck Buchanan Award for second year in a row as top defensive player in Division I-AA.
Decorated consensus Preseason First Team All-American by Sports Network, I-AA.org, Lindy's and Street & Smith's
Lindy's and Street & Smith's Preseason Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year
Rated Number 1 FS by I-AA.org and The Sports Network
Number 1 Small College Draft Projection by Draft.com and nfldraftscouting.com.
Atlantic 10 Preseason First Team after being A-10 Defensive Player of the Year in 2004.
Leads all active players in Division I-A/I-AA in career interceptions with 20, with four this season, the last coming at Delaware (11/5).
All-time career interception leader at UMass with 20. Record-setting 19th came vs. Northeastern, breaking the record held by Grady Fuller (1980-83) and Steve Rogers (1967-69).
Has started all 47 games of his career.
Stands fourth in career solo tackles at UMass with 253.
2004 : Reining First Team All-American, who has been named a preseason First Team All-American by numerous outlets ... Named captain for the 2005 season along with Serge Tikum and Colin Stoetzel
Year GP UT AT TT Sacks TFL Int PBU
2003 12/10 56 18 74 0-0 3-9 4-0 4
2004 9/9 45 7 52 0-0 3-14 0-0 3
2005 11/11 33 25 58 7.5-53 12-60 2-12 5
Totals 32/30 135 50 185 7.5-45 18-83 6-12 12
maybe not a superstar but a solid player in the middle rounds
We need some CB help!
This guys sounds talented, we have some extra picks in the 3rd., and 5th. rounds. I imagine BB and Pioli will be addressing this area in those rounds. This guy looks like a solid pick!
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