chris baker dt, Everette Pedescleaux, DL, Ronald Talley, DE, Delaware:

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  1. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    Three former big school defensive linemen that hope to be selected in the 2009 draft from F.C.S. schools:

    Chris Baker, DT, Hampton: Penn State transfer, due to off-field, who was dominant for Hampton as a junior, collecting 68 tackles (15 TFL's) and 8.5 sacks for the Pirates last season, despite frequently being double teamed. At 6' 2" and 300 pounds, he projects as a pro defensive tackle, but he lined up at defensive end some for Hampton. Would've probably been projected as a 2nd or 3rd pick had he stayed for his senior year, but as it stands now he's being projected in the 4th to 6th round range by N.F.L. scouts. Very strong, works hard and plays with a mean streak. We would not be surprised if he became an excellent N.F.L. player, in the right situation.

    Everette Pedescleaux, DL, Northern Iowa: Could be a player who's draft stock steadily rises as draft weekend approaches. Is listed by his school at 6' 6" and 305 pounds, which means he has the the size to play defensive tackle in the 4-3 base. He's also agile enough to project as a defensive end in the 3-4 scheme. Is a transfer from the University of Minnesota, with a basketball background, who initially hoped to have a N.B.A. career, but has really gotten serious about football in recent years and scouts have noticed, particularly after he registered 63 tackles (12.5 TFL's) and 6.5 sacks as a senior. Reminds us quite a bit of Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Fred Evans, who began his college career at Illinois and then transferred to F.C.S. power Texas State. They are similar in terms of size, agility and raw potential. We don't want to make a projection for Pedescleaux yet, but he's a player we'll monitor closely as the process moves forward.

    Ronald Talley, DE, Delaware: Very highly recruited coming out of the high school ranks. Was a starter for a brief period of time at Notre Dame as a freshman in 2005, but left during the 2006 season for reasons that are not really clear to us -- wanted more playing time and didn't feel he was used properly by N.D.'s coaches? When he left we assumed he'd be an instant star for the Hens, much like Duke transfer Shawn Johnson (2004 Raiders draft pick) was earlier in the decade. But that really did not happen, as Talley only collected 6.5 sacks and 13.5 TFL's during his last two seasons combined. Thanks to his size and athletic ability, however, we think he'll get a long look from N.F.L. scouts. But as things stand currently, we'd be surprised if he was drafted.


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