Selections #9 Ernie Sims LB FSU BIO: Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors both seasons. Junior totals included 72/10/2.5 when he intercepted two passes and broke up four more. Sophomore numbers included a career-high 86 tackles. POSITIVES: Explosive linebacker who displays a complete game. Fast, quickly changes direction and flashes on the scene, forcing the action. Explosive collapsing from the outside making plays, fires up the field in run defense and gets depth on drops in coverage. Outstanding lateral movement skills and effective in pursuit. Instinctive and does a good job staying with assignments. NEGATIVES: Takes false steps to the action and is not efficient. Struggles with his back to the play. ANALYSIS: A three-down linebacker who plays bigger than his listed size, Sims has starting potential in a one-gap system. Needs to get accustomed to NFL size but should quickly find a starting spot at the next level. ____________________ #40 Daniel Bullocks S Nebraska Position: S Class: Sr School: Nebraska Conference: Big Twelve Ht., Wt.: 6-0.5, 212 40 Time: 4.41 Selected by: Detroit Lions Round 2, pick 8 (40 overall) Grading System BIO: All-Conference selection the past three years. Senior totals included 83/1/10 after 58/5/9 as a junior. POSITIVES: Hard-working, take-charge leader flying up draft boards. Effectively quarterbacks the secondary, sees the action and has a burst of closing speed to the play. Explodes up the field in run defense and sacrifices his body to make the tackle. Active in zone coverage and displays a good sense of timing. NEGATIVES: Struggles in man-to-man situations and does not display a decisive move to the ball. Not a technique tackler. Takes a lot of missteps and over-pursues the action. ANALYSIS: A consistent player at Nebraska, Bullocks turned in an outstanding performances at the Senior Bowl and the combine. Offers a good degree of upside and could be a first-team player in the NFL. ____________________ #74 RB Brian Calhoun Wisconsin Position: RB Class: Jr School: Wisconsin Conference: Big Ten Ht., Wt.: 5-9, 201 40 Time: 4.52 Selected by: Detroit Lions Round 3, pick 10 (74 overall) Grading System BIO: Former Colorado transfer awarded All-Conference honors as a junior after posting 348/1,636/22 on the ground with 53/571/2 catching the ball. Led Colorado as a sophomore with 810 rushing yards. POSITIVES: Shifty ball-handler with a variety of skills. Runs with a great degree of patience, follows blocks everywhere on the field and quickly gets through small openings. Runs low to the ground and gets lost behind blockers. Elusive and makes defenders miss. Works runs using an effective straight-arm to keep tacklers away. Seamless receiver out of the backfield who has soft, natural hands. Displays excellent first-step quickness and a burst of speed. NEGATIVES: Marginally strong carrying the ball and can be easily brought down at the point of attack. More of a one-speed back who does run to daylight. ANALYSIS: Productive handling the ball, Calhoun is perfectly suited as a third-down back/situational runner in the NFL. Could see spot duty as a starter, yet may never be the big-time feature runner he was in college. ____________________ #141 OT Jonathan Scott Texas Position: T Class: Sr School: Texas Conference: - Ht., Wt.: 6-6.5, 315 40 Time: 5.35 Selected by: Detroit Lions Round 5, pick 8 (141 overall) Grading System BIO: Four-year starter awarded All-Conference and All-American honors since his junior campaign. Played left tackle the past three seasons after starting on the right side as a freshman. POSITIVES: Nice-sized, athletic lineman with a high upside. Naturally strong, plays with good pad level and does not give up an inch of room. Makes effective use of angles and body positioning, sealing defenders from the action. Jolts opponents with good hand punch and rides them from the angle of attack. Flashes footwork in pass protection. NEGATIVES: Bends at the waist or leans on opponents. Lacks a nasty streak and does not finish blocks. Marginal run blocker. ANALYSIS: A self-motivated player, Scott has the underlying abilities to be a starter in the NFL. Must consistently play at a high level yet a solid top-60 choice. ____________________ #179 DB Dee McCann WVU Position: CB Class: Sr School: West Virginia Conference: Big East Ht., Wt.: 5-11, 196 40 Time: 4.57 Selected by: Detroit Lions Round 6, pick 10 (179 overall) Grading System BIO: Junior college transfer who became a full-time starter last season and posted 58/4/5. POSITIVES: Nice-sized cover corner with a developing game. Fluid flipping his hips, picks up assignments in zone and stays with opponents. Quickly closes to the action, shows a nice move to the ball and is aggressive in all aspects. Solid in run support and brings down larger ball carriers. NEGATIVES: Prefers to side-shuffle down the field. Lacks the quick plant and break to the throw because of poor technique. Lacks classic top-end speed. ANALYSIS: A developmental prospect, McCann has ability as a zone cornerback at the next level. Needs to polish his game and stay with basic techniques but offers upside. ____________________ #217 OG Fred Matua USC Position: OG Class: 4Jr School: USC Conference: Pacific-10 Ht., Wt.: 6-2.5, 306 40 Time: Selected by: Detroit Lions Round 7, pick 9 (217 overall) Grading System BIO: Three-year starter at right guard. All-Conference selection as a junior. POSITIVES: Explosive run-blocking lineman who is best in a small area. Quick off the snap, jolts opponents at the point then turns them off the line. Plays with a nasty disposition. Always looking for someone to hit and works well with teammates. NEGATIVES: Lacks footwork in space, does not block with balance and cannot redirect to linebackers on the second level. ANALYSIS: An arm wrestler who opens holes for the running game, Matua is a solid second-day pick who will flourish in a power running offense. ____________________ #247 (Compensatory pick) LB Anthony Cannon Tulane Position: ILB Class: Sr School: Tulane Conference: Conference USA Ht., Wt.: 5-11, 220 40 Time: 4.69 Selected by: Detroit Lions Round 7, pick 39 (247 overall) Grading System BIO: Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior and junior, leading the team in tackles. Numbers last season included 114/12.5/2.5 after a junior campaign of 107 tackles. POSITIVES: Tough linebacker with ability in a 34 defense. Quick up the field, fast to the sidelines and displays solid range. Effective in pursuit and flies around the football. Gets depth on drops, disciplined in coverage and displays a good head for the ball. NEGATIVES: Not strong at the point, has difficulty bringing opponents down on initial contact and can be swallowed up by blocks. Does not play under control and over-pursues the action. ANALYSIS: A high-motor defender, Cannon should be a special-teams ace at the next level and a back-up in a system which allows linebackers to freely flow to the action.