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ARTICLE: Prospects HOT LIST...

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by HardHittingRoy31, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. HardHittingRoy31

    HardHittingRoy31 New Member

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    As anyone who follows the NFL Draft knows positive or negative momentum can play a big role in determining where a player is ultimately drafted. The following is a look at which players have that buzz at the moment as well as some who do not. Please keep in mind that this is just a weekly snapshot of football's hottest prospects and is not a replacement or an update to the positional rankings or mock draft. For example, a player could be #1 on this list but that might only mean he has gone from a 7th round pick to a 5th round pick. Here's the guys with helium:



    1. Joe Staley, OT, Central MichiganThere is no doubt that Joe Staley is one of the hottest prospects in the draft right now and while you certainly can't discount his talent and great Pro Day workout (he ran a 4.82 forty at 304 lbs.) a big part of the reason is simple circumstances at his position. Basically the supply is just not meeting the demand when it comes to the offensive tackle position and if you don't get one of the Big 3 of Joe Thomas, Levi Brown or Staley there is a chance you won't get a left tackle who can come in and contribute early on. Right now Staley is a lock for the Top 20-25 and depending on how things break down the Top 10 overall is not even out of the question.

    2. Trent Edwards, QB, StanfordThere is no denying the huge drop-off at the quarterback position after Brady Quinn and JaMarcus Russell but the gap just might be narrowing. Trent Edwards put on a show at his Pro Day workout and as a result it's looking more and more like he could be the 3rd signal caller chosen and maybe come off the board as early as the top of round two. Physically Edwards is the total package but he just didn't get to show it for a terrible Stanford team so if he can manage to stay healthy many feel he could be a starting quarterback in the NFL.

    3. Darrelle Revis, CB, PittsburghMany questioned his decision not to run at the Scouting Combine but in the end Darrelle Revis had the last laugh after he ran in the 4.3's at his Pro Day, eclipsing most expectations. Not only does Revis now appear to be a lock for the Top 20 overall but there is a chance that he could be the first cornerback drafted on April 29th. Physically there isn't much not to like about this guy and when you factor in his added value as a return man it's not hard to see why teams are so high on him. It may be time for Leon Hall to start getting worried.

    4. Justin Durant, OLB, HamptonEveryone seems to be focused on the names Willis, Beason, Timmons and Posluszny as the top linebackers in this draft and rightfully so but don't be surprised if Justin Durant is ultimately the next guy to come off the board. A speedy, athletic linebacker who could project inside or outside, do not be fooled by Durant's small school roots because he is definitely a player and there are a number of teams who have their eyes on him in the second round. In a relatively weak year for the linebacker position Durant just might be a hidden gem.

    5. Steve Smith, WR, USCIt would have been inconceivable a couple of months ago but there is now at least a chance that Steve Smith could be drafted ahead of his more highly-touted teammate Dwayne Jarrett. In the end I don't think that will happen but just the fact that it's even possible is amazing. Smith played second fiddle to Jarrett his entire college career but he has really come on as of late and thanks to some strong workouts he has potentially worked his way into the early portion of round two. He'll never be a true #1 but Smith looks like a solid #2.

    6. Small School Offensive TacklesIn recent years we have seen offensive linemen from small schools thrive in the pros, with Todd Herremans (Saginaw Valley St.) of the Eagles and Jahri Evans (Bloomsburg) of the Saints being prime examples. With a lack of top talent at offensive tackle this year we might see teams more inclined to take a chance on guys from lower levels of competition, with Allen Barbre of Missouri Southern St., Jacob Bender of Nicholls St. and Elliot Vallejo of Cal-Davis as the top candidates. Barbre could even be chosen as early as round three or four.

    7. Brandon Meriweather, S, Miami (FL)Were it not for some character and off-the-field concerns Brandon Meriweather might have been a mid-first round pick and maybe the second player chosen at his position but as it stands now he'll likely be a steal for someone in late round one or early round two. A true playmaker in the deep patrol who can even play a little cornerback in a pinch, Meriweather is the next in a long line of great Hurricane defensive backs and his stock is gaining momentum right now. There are always surprises on D-Day and he could go higher than you think.

    8. Justin Harrell, DT, TennesseeHeading into the 2006 season most had Justin Harrell pegged as the top senior defensive tackle prospect in the nation, ahead of Amobi Okoye, but unfortunately he tore his biceps and missed all but three games this past year. Harrell's stock has been on the rise as of late though and he might be emerging as the #3 tackle available and a potential late first round pick. You have to believe his toughness and team-first attitude will help him as well after he put off surgery for a week and played in pain to try and help the Vols beat Florida.

    9. John Beck, QB, B.Y.U.Most feel the race to be the third signal caller chosen is between Trent Edwards, Drew Stanton and Kevin Kolb but many around the league are starting to throw John Beck's name into the conversation as well and he just might end up being a Day One pick before all is said and done. A productive passer coming off a big senior campaign, Beck has great intangibles and just enough physical tools to make scouts think he could at least be an excellent backup in the pros and maybe even a starter in the right situation. He is quietly moving up.

    10. Jackie Battle, FB, HoustonThe biggest winner on the Pro Day circuit this year might have been Jackie Battle, who ran a 4.42 forty at 6-2 and 235lbs. recently. A classic fullback / running back 'tweener who might not have an ideal position, Battle isn't just a workout warrior because he was pretty productive in college and even scored 15 touchdowns as a senior. He won't go real high but thanks to his workout Battle has gone from an undrafted afterthought to an intriguing late round type and he could be the third fullback chosen after Brian Leonard and Le'Ron McClain.

    The Not-So-Hot List Michael Bush, RB, LouisvilleThis is turning out to be a sad story. Michael Bush actually wanted to come out following his junior season but when he saw so many other top underclassmen at his position bolting he went back to school. That looked to be a good decision as he was projected to be the top senior running back for 2007, a first round pick and a leading contender for the Heisman Trophy. Unfortunately for Bush he broke his leg in the first game of the year and missed the rest of the season but despite having a redshirt year available to him he opted to take a pass and head to the NFL. There was talk that he could still be a 2nd or 3rd round pick if he showed he was healthy prior to Draft Day but it was just recently announced that he had to have a second surgery to have a rod inserted into that leg and that he wouldn't be ready for action for another couple of months. At this point it looks like Bush is going to fall to Day Two, where he could be a major steal for someone. Good luck Mike!
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  2. GloryDaysRBack

    GloryDaysRBack Well-Known Member

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    how would everyone feel if dallas traded down from 22 to say 25-27 and picked up an extra 3rd rounder and drafted Brandon Meriweather? I believe it was Mayock who has Meriweather as his #2 rated safety and as this article states he could definitely end up being a steal.....Does he have any character issues outside of that crazy fight?
  3. MarionBarberThe4th

    MarionBarberThe4th Well-Known Member

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    Someones going to take Bush earlier than people think.

    Maybe someone who can wait on him or who doesnt have to over work him.

    Maybe Giants, Eagles, Broncos, Seahawks, Cardinals
  4. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    After what the Broncos did with Clarrett, I believe just about anything.
  5. dannyboy

    dannyboy Member Zone Supporter

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    If Revis/Ross/Bowe is gone then I would trade back for Blalock CB/WR in the second round
  6. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Don't forget the Falcons. Since his college coach is not the HC in Atlanta.
  7. DezBRomo9

    DezBRomo9 Not enough blitzing.. Zone Supporter

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    Which would be a dumb move, they already have money spent on Dunn and just draft Norwood last year, and Norwood showed some very good skills.
  8. tomson75

    tomson75 Brain Dead Shill

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    Many people have brought up Leonard as an option for us at FB or H-back. I'm content to let Fasano take this job (I like Hoyte too, but he can block and that's it), but adding a late round guy can't hurt.

    What about this guy? Anyone know anything about him? Bulk him up 10 lbs or so...could be someone to think about. 4.42 forty? Damn. Badarse name too...
  9. stasheroo

    stasheroo Well-Known Member

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    I think it would be a nice move for the Cowboys to take a chance on Bush on Day 2 if he's still there. A 5th rounder would be a steal for a player of his talents. Even if you missed on him and he couldn't recover, could that be any worse than using a 4th rounder on Skyler Green? or a 3rd rounder on Stephen Peterman? or a 2nd rounder on Jacob Rogers?

    The upside to drafting Bush could be huge and weould give the team another option with regards to Julius Jones being a free agent next year.

    Even if Bush had to "redshirt" he entire '07 season, having a 21st round talent waiting in the wings for '08 sounds good to me.
  10. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    I am betting that Denver will grab him in the 3rd rd. If they did it with Clarett, they will do it here- and this guy has a lot more going for him then CLarett did.
  11. lkelly

    lkelly Well-Known Member

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    How many more years do you think Dunn has? I would not be shocked if this was his last season. The team will need another back very soon.
  12. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    Well, I know that there have been one or two others on the board who have liked Staley. I had hoped that Staley would drop to the second round but that's never going to happen now. I'd hoped he would stay on the down low, so to speak. Of course, that never happens in the NFL anymore.

    I will be honest with you, I hope that Staley is our pick at 22 if we stay there. He's a guy that I think could really help us down the road. If we can get him, then it's not such a big think when Adams contract runs out and we are forced to address it. I have always hatted the fact that we paid pretty good money for Adams to be just OK, IMO. Staley could be a guy that develops into our future franchise LT. Allows us to also maybe make a move with Adams to Guard or RT if we need to. I just like this player a lot. I hope he is our pick.
  13. dbair1967

    dbair1967 Arch Defender

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    I dont like spending 1st rd picks on OL's anyway (which means I have been happy with our picks for a long time) and I surely wouldnt like spending the 22nd pick of the draft on a guy who isnt ready to play now, wont play this yr at all and is really more of a projection because of some guady workout numbers than for his play on the field...this is not a good draft for offensive tackles and if not for that, nobody would be discussing Staley in the first rd

    WR or CB would be my target if we stay at 22

    David
  14. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    You have been happy with our drafting for years? OK, well, I have not been. If you look at our line, we have Adams, whom we drafted with a second round pick I believe, we have Kosier who we had to sign as an FA, we have Gurode who we used a second round pick on, I believe, we have signed Leonard Davis, FA, to a big contract to replace the other big contract FA we had previously in Rivera and lastly, we signed Columbo as an FA to play RT. Basically, we have drafted two OLs that we can say have been succesful for us in 11 years. Now, you may be happy with this type of production but I am not.

    I can agree with you on the distaste for drafting guys who are not going to have impact for us immediatly in the first round but then I ask you, who are we going to draft that will have impact in there first year? I don't see that guy at any position at 22.

    Lastly, I would ask you how you quantify Staley as being lifted in the draft because of his work out and not his play? In fact, Staley played very well against the compatition he had. I will grant you that it was not D1 but then, lots of guys on the OL don't play D1. I don't think you can make the case that it's only his work out that has vaulted him. He has played well at Central Michigan. I think there are three quality OTs in this draft that carry first round grades. I think it drops off after that but I do believe all of these players are worthy of 1st rd grades. Thomas is graded out equal to D'Brickshaw last year, who was as good a LT prospect as has come out in years. Some teams like Levi better then Thomas because he is stronger and more physical. Staley is considered to be a better athlete then either one of the other two. I think I'd have to see more proof of your statement in regards to these three as not being worthy of a 1st rd grade before I could agree with that statement.
  15. stasheroo

    stasheroo Well-Known Member

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    This isn't a great draft for CB either.

    And considering the current roster, what rookie draft pick would start?

    It's fine to have criticisms of Staley, but not starting this year isn't one of them.

    And I would rather draft a quality LT this year and give him a season to 'learn the ropes' rather than losing Adams next season with no capable replacement.

    If the team feels McQuistan can be that guy, fine. But if there's any doubts, I would like to address a key position like LT will the best player available.
  16. dbair1967

    dbair1967 Arch Defender

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  17. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    stasheroo Well-Known Member

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  19. jay cee

    jay cee Active Member

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    Not only that, but they need a power back as an added dimension to their running game.

    I'm hoping the Eagles don't take him, that is the type of back that could put them over the top.
  20. Danny White

    Danny White Winter is Coming

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    He took a shot at a guy once too... although it may have been a case of self-defense.

    Given the league-wide focus on player conduct, I'd avoid this guy unless he really drops.

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