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Dallas talks to WR and another OT at senior bowl

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  1. Cowboy from New York

    Cowboy from New York Active Member

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    Silver Star digest is reporting that Cowboy scouts talked to WR Roddy White from Alabama-Birmingham University and offensive tackle Junius Coston from North Carolina A&T. The article me mentioned that these guys were "early to mid round prospects".
    Scout.com has White rated as the 10th WR in this draft but no mention of how he has done at senior bowl practices.
    Coston had no ranking in the article but it was said he had some good moments in practice. Although it also said he looked "off balance and not very strong".
    Not a glowing review for draft pick in any round.
  2. Cowboy from New York

    Cowboy from New York Active Member

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    Here is NFL draft countdown on Roddy White:


    Roddy White

    Official Bio College: U.A.B. Height: 6-2
    Position: Wide Receiver Weight: 205
    Class: Senior 40-Yard: 4.4
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Strengths: Has excellent speed and quickness...Has a decent size and frame...Very athletic and adjusts to the ball well...Physical player...Has good hands and uses them well...A threat to score at anytime...Does a nice job getting open...A big play threat and a playmaker.
    Weaknesses: Has been mostly just a deep threat in college and may be a bit....Needs to work on his route running...Isn't a great blocker...Doesn't really create after the catch...Probably not as big as his school lists him.
    Notes: A bit of a sleeper whose stock is on the rise...Has some impressive physical tools and his big play ability is exciting...Not a finished product but has been very productive and teams will love his playmaking ability.
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  3. Cowboy from New York

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    I couldnt find anything on Coston in the rankings area. Sorry.
  4. Rack Bauer

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    Mel Kiper had Roddy White going late in the first round in his first mock draft, I think. Either that or I read one of his chat transcripts where he said he expected White to be a first round pick.


    Thanks for the info.
  5. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    Junius Coston

    College: North Carolina A&T Height: 6-3
    Position: Center Weight: 305
    Class: Senior 40-Yard: 5.15

    SCOUTING REPORT

    Strengths:
    Has been a dominant player at his level...Great size and strength...Hard worker with the drive to improve...Quick and agile...Versatile.

    Weaknesses:
    Low level of competition is a major concern...Lacks experience...Needs a lot of work on his technique...Gets by on his physical tools at the Division I-AA level.

    Notes:
    A raw prospect with good tools and potential...One of the top sleepers in this draft.
  6. Nors

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    Believe he pulled a hammy and may be out this week. I have him rated #59 on my board. Solid second round prospect who might sniff late 1.
  7. lkelly

    lkelly Well-Known Member

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    From the Senior Bowl scales and measuring tape:


    Roddy White, U.A.B. 6011 204
  8. Yakuza Rich

    Yakuza Rich Well-Known Member

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    White is definitely a deep threat.

    Had 104 catches for 2,183 yards (21.0 yards per) and 20 TD’s in his last 2 years at UAB

    Finished with 100 yards or more in 8 of his last 10 games.

    It appears that Dallas is definitely interested in a fast WR in the first day of the draft, possibly in the first round.


    Rich………..
  9. InmanRoshi

    InmanRoshi Zone Scribe

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    White's Notes from Scouts Inc

    Editor's note: Practice notes will be updated daily and a final report will be completed on Friday, Jan. 29.
    Roddy White doesn't have elite height and needs to refine his route running skills. He also isn't a great threat after the catch. However, he has excellent speed and has developed into an explosive vertical threat in the passing game.
    White's draft stock is soaring after averaging 20.6 yards per catch as a senior. Now he needs to prove to NFL officials that he can provide big plays against much bigger, stronger and faster defensive backs than the ones he faced in C-USA.
    Editor's note: Practice notes will be updated daily and a final report will be completed on Friday, Jan. 29.
    Roddy White doesn't have elite height and needs to refine his route running skills. He also isn't a great threat after the catch. However, he has excellent speed and has developed into an explosive vertical threat in the passing game.
    White's draft stock is soaring after averaging 20.6 yards per catch as a senior. Now he needs to prove to NFL officials that he can provide big plays against much bigger, stronger and faster defensive backs than the ones he faced in C-USA.


    Monday (1/24/05): It's obviously tough to evaluate a player on one day of practice, especially without full pads. However, while White clearly has explosive speed and is a vertical threat in the passing game, he did not impress us with his route running. He looks a lot more comfortable on the outside and he seems to round off a lot of his short-to-intermediate routes. With full pads on and in more intense drills on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday it will be interesting to see if White responds better.

    Tuesday (1/25/05): White had a good overall day of practice. He's a hard worker with a lot of upside. His speed becomes very apparent when he's able to run by some top cornerbacks such as Eric Green (Virginia Tech), Bryant McFadden (Florida State) and Corey Webster (LSU). White has good body control and above average hands. He still needs to improve his short-to-intermediate route running skills but that should come with time. What impresses us most is his second-burst to track down the deep ball in the air.
  10. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    The Huddle Report:

    Roddy White
    Strengths:
    Roddy has good size and strength for his position. He catches the ball with his hands and will fight for the ball when it’s in the air. He runs good routes for his level of play and uses his body to get position to make the catch. Roddy has very good run after the catch ability and is difficult to bring down in the open field. He has the strength and quickness to counter a jam at the line. Roddy has good instincts and he has the potential to be a #1 WR for the team that drafts him because he is smart and has good athletic ability.

    Needs to Improve:
    First, Roddy has to learn not to challenge coaches in the middle of a game because he disagrees with a coaching decision. Then, Roddy has to learn to run routes much better than he runs them now. There is no doubt that Roddy needs to mature and realize that he is not yet as good a WR as he thinks he is.

    Bottom Line:
    The question is, does Roddy want to be a #1 WR for the team that drafts him or will he be satisfied with the money and responsibility of a #2 WR? If you take him in the 2nd round, he will have time to discover this and the team that drafts him should get a pretty good WR while he decides. If you take Roddy in the first round, you just might be putting him into a situation mentally that he cannot handle and you could get burned. I know Roddy wants to win and that’s very important, but does he realize how much hard work is ahead of him to become a #1 WR in the NFL? I think at this point, he thinks he knows, but I think he is in for a shock. Roddy has the talent and if he is taken in the 2nd or 3rd round, I think that will be good. If you take him in the 1st you had better do your homework and bring him along slowly because he has excellent potential, but the pressure could bury him. It is pressure that he has no idea is coming his way and at this point, I believe he is not ready for.


    NFL Draft Blitz:
    Roddy White
    School: Alabama-Birmingham
    Position: Wide Receiver
    Class: Senior
    Height: 6'0"
    Weight: 204lbs
    Birthday: 11/2/81
    40 Time: 4.41 (estimated)

    Positives:
    White is a tall target with very good speed. Although he goes through the occasional dropsies, White usually display solid hands and catches it away from his body. He has good leaping ability, and times his jump well to snatch the ball at its highest point. White displays could ability after the catch, though he isn't Mark Clayton when it comes to moves. As an athlete, White has good balance and flexibility.

    Weaknesses:
    As mentioned above, White will go through lapses in concentration and will drop a ball or two. His routes are lazy - he needs to be sharper coming in and out of his cuts. Playing in the C-USA has limited the number of good corners White faces, so he's been able to do damage against shorter, less athletic corners. He will disappear in big games against top competition, such as Florida State and Georgia.

    Overall Analysis:
    Roddy White entered his senior season carrying a solid day two grade, but a strong performance in 2004 may get White picked on the first day of the draft. White played as a true freshman in 2001, and posted solid statistics as a sophomore in 2002. He had a breakthrough season as a junior, catching 39 passes for 844 yards (a 21.6-yard per catch average) and 7 touchdowns. White earned national recognition as a senior, hauling in 65 passes for 1339 yards (a 20.6-yard per catch average) and 13 touchdowns during the regular season. White has a top size/speed combination. He has good height, is put together well, and has legitimate NFL deep speed. He also has pretty good hands and can adjust and make the tough catch. White still needs additional work at running routes and should be a better blocker than he currently is. But overall, White has great upside potential and is likely to get nothing but better. White looks like a lock to be a day one pick, and might even be able to crack the bottom portion of round one if he turns in a top individual workout.

    Reminds You Of:
    Tyrone Calico, Tennessee Titans

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