Reading these articles 3 players intrigue me. Jaquizz Rogers, Ryan Kerrigan and Justin Blackmon.Purdue sometimes send quality def ends and linebackers to the NFL and maybe Kerrigan is the next in line? Rogers might be the answer as speed back but is he durable? Blackmon could be the answer opposite Roddy. Anyway food for thought reading these articles.
Posted By Scott Wright
Could Oklahoma State have a wide receiver selected in the first round of the NFL Draft for the second year in a row? It’s very possible.
Coming into this season most football fans didn’t even know who Justin Blackmon was, which is understandable considering he only caught twenty balls as a redshirt freshman last year. However, Blackmon has been nothing short of a revelation in 2010. Not only has Blackmon picked right up where Dez Bryant left off but he is actually proving to be even more statistically prolific than his former teammate. The nations leading receiver, in just nine games Blackmon has already compiled 84 receptions for 1,430 yards (17.0 average) and 16 touchdowns. It’s not like Blackmon is doing all that damage against a bunch of also-rans either. In a highly anticipated matchup against Nebraska last month Blackmon torched a dominant Cornhusker defense and cornerback Prince Amukamara, who is going to be a Top 10 overall pick, for 157 yards and 2 touchdowns. Then a few weeks later against Texas and the best group of corners in the country Blackmon racked up 9 catches for 145 yards and 1 touchdown. You better believe scouts took notice of those two standout performances against elite competition. Blackmon isn’t quite as big as Bryant but he checks in at a solid 6-1 and 205 pounds. When it comes to timed speed Blackmon isn’t going to set the track on fire in pre-draft workouts, reportedly running in the mid-4.5 range, but he is extremely athletic and when the pads are strapped on he is more than fast enough. Just ask his opponents. A sure-handed target with outstanding ball skills and body control, Blackmon is also a polished route runner despite his relatively limited experience. Perhaps the most impressive thing about Blackmon is his aggressive on-field demeanor and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more physical wideout in the college game. Unfortunately Blackmon, like Bryant, has an off-the-field issue that could negatively affect his draft stock. On October 26th the 20-year-old Blackmon was pulled over for driving 92 mph in a 60 mph zone and arrested on a misdemeanor DUI complaint. That incident earned Blackmon a one game suspension and while it may have been an aberration NFL decision makers will surely want to find out more about his character / maturity level. Still, it looks as though Blackmon will go down as yet another in a long line of great Okie St. wideouts, joining the likes Hart Lee Dykes, Rashaun Woods and the aforementioned Bryant who were all first round picks in the NFL Draft.
Just a couple of months ago it was basically considered a foregone conclusion that Pittsburgh’s Jonathan Baldwin and Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd would be the next wide receivers off the board after Georgia’s A.J. Green and Alabama’s Julio Jones. However, if Blackmon opts to go pro as a draft-eligible redshirt sophomore he could very well end up being the third wideout selected in the 2011 NFL Draft. Maybe in the Top 20 overall.
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NFL Scout Road Trip: Week 11
Posted By Shane P. Hallam
With some big time NFL Draft prospects playing this weekend, plenty of NFL teams will be sending scouts and players to these games, already beginning analysis for the 2011 Draft. Friend of the site, Chris Steuber of NFLDraftScout.com (@chrissteuber), is keeping tabs on these so we can see what teams are viewing which prospects. I will break down the top prospects in each game and let you know which teams are going!
Iowa State vs. Colorado
The General Manager of the Kansas City Chiefs (Scott Pioli,) and a scout from the Miami Dolphins will attend.
Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado – Smith has the ability of a possible lock down corner. Though he may not have the upside of others, he is squarely in the second round due to his blend of size and speed. The Chiefs or Dolphins could use depth in the secondary.
Jalil Brown, CB, Colorado – If there is one word to describe Jalil Brown it is physical. Brown works in a way most college corners don’t, jamming wideouts at the line and knocking them off their routes. Brown may not run the fastest forty or have the biggest vertical, but he plays the game how it must be played to survive in the NFL.
Kelechi Osemele, OG, Iowa State – Osemele is only a junior and will most likely stay in school for another year, but he is manning the left tackle spot for a very good Iowa State offensive line and going a terrific job. Osemele may have to kick inside to guard in the pros due to some footwork and athleticism questions, but he is a powerful force who has done well against tougher competition. Osemele is an underrated prospect and solid all around player who would be a perfect fit for either KC or Miami.
Michigan vs. Purdue
Scouts from the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions, and Green Bay Packers will attend.
Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue – Kerrigan isn’t getting much press this season due to the horrendous play of Purdue, but he has major pro potential. A fringe first round talent, Kerrigan has a knack for getting to the quarterback, already with 7.5 sacks this season. His beast fit would come in a 4-3 defense like Chicago or Detroit.
Mike Martin, DT, Michigan – Martin is the one major playmaker on Michigan’s defense. Though likely to stay in school, some of these teams may be looking to get an early peek at a player who plays hard and requires double teams on run and pass plays. He would be an excellent fit in Indianapolis or Chicago down the line.
Jonas Mouton, LB, Michigan – Mouton isn’t a great player or an early round prospect, but his pedigree and tenacity could get him drafted. With 89 tackles this season, Mouton has played clean-up for the Wolverines defense. He also isn’t terrible in pass coverage and should an excellent special teams player all four could look at.
San Diego State vs. TCU
Scouts from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings will attend.
Marcus Cannon, OG, TCU – Cannon is an extremely versatile offensive lineman who can play tackle or guard and is a likely late first round or early second round pick. Cannon’s blend of size and athleticism has led some scouts to fall in love with him. The Redskins, Panthers, or Vikings could all use a massive blocker such as Cannon.
Andy Dalton, QB, TCU – Dalton profiles as a back-up quarterback at the next level. Without elite arm strength or measureables, there isn’t much upside, but Dalton has won a ton of games and is a natural leader. Developmental type for the Redskins or Vikings.
Wayne Daniels, DE, TCU – This guy is a big reason why T.C.U. has one of the best defenses in the entire country and is in the National Championship hunt. Daniels is excellent against the run, using bull rushes and strength to knock around opposing offensive linemen. He is a nice late round rotational defensive end for that purpose and could be a good fit in either Carolina or Jacksonville as a situational pass rusher.
Texas A&M vs. Baylor
Scouts from the Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, and Minnesota Vikings will attend.
Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M – Von Miller was slowed by injuries earlier this season but he has had an uptick in his draft stock with a few great games. Miller is a perfect fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker due to his experience there and superb pass rushing ability. He doesn’t give you much else though. Could be a fit in Arizona or New England.
Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor – Taylor is a late round nose tackle possibility for 4-3 and 3-4 teams alike. Though he doesn’t rack up stats or even get penetration, Taylor is a load in the middle and has been quite a driving force for Baylor’s success on defense.
Utah vs. Notre Dame
Scouts from the San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, and New York Jets will attend.
Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame – Floyd is only a junior, but he has been viewed as a potential first round pick since very early in his college career. Floyd has dealt with injury issues at times, but when completely healthy with a quarterback who can get him the ball, he has been phenomenal. With the Jaguars struggles on offense and Indianapolis’ injuries, Floyd could realistically get a long look from both franchises.
Brandon Burton, CB, Utah – After struggling against TCU, Burton needs a bounce back game against Floyd. Burton isn’t well known nationally, but if he declares early, he easily could be a first round pick. Clean technique, solid size and athleticism, and amazing instincts describe Burton, although toughness may be an issue. Burton would be an excellent fit in Jacksonville or San Francisco with their secondary struggles.
Washington State vs. Oregon State
Scouts from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Diego Chargers, and New Orleans Saints will attend.
Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State – Stephen Paea hasn’t had the big year most were expecting, but he still can be a very good penetrating 4-3 under tackle. Paea gets a decent push and has the wiggle to get through interior linemen and penetrate. Paea is just a very solid all around player that a team like New Orleans could definitely use.
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State – Rodgers is an electrifying jitterbug of a runner. Although very small in stature, Rodgers can catch the ball, return, and be lined up all over the field to create mismatches. Rodgers probably won’t declare for the draft this year, but if so, he is the type of electrifying playmaker a team like Tampa could use.
South Carolina vs. Florida
Scouts from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Giants, Green Bay Packers, and Houston Texans will attend.
Janoris Jenkins, CB, Florida – Jenkins is only a junior, but he is a huge playmaker in the secondary. He can get beat by sound technicians at receiver, but if someone plays sloppy or a pass is errant, Jenkins will take advantage with a big play. Houston would love to have him opposite of Kareem Jackson, and he could also fit in Green Bay too.
Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida – Pouncey’s brother Maurkice has played extremely well for Pittsburgh this season, and though he is not the same type of prospect, Mike could also be an early round pick in the NFL Draft. Pouncey is struggling at center this year and is probably best suited for the guard position. Pouncey needs some refinement in terms of his technique, but overall, he profiles as a potential starter a the next level. In reality, any of the teams at this game could be looking at Pouncey on Draft Day.
Cliff Matthews, DE, South Carolina – A hard working player, Matthews is a quick defensive end with big upside. He has never quite put it together and may even end up moving to 3-4 outside linebacker. He would be a solid fit for the Packers or Texans.
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