Sunday, February 24, 2008

Prospects on the rise and decline at combine

-Courtesy of Frank Coyle -

Prospects on the Rise

TE Dustin Keller – Purdue
Athletic smaller tight end had a huge workout and most impressive showing on Day 1. He ran 4.53 and 4.54 times and had an exceptional 38” vertical leap with a solid 26 reps @ 225 lbs. He displayed sure hands and the ability to adjust to the ball. He was on our Top 100 value board prior to the Combine and could move up further at the close of this critical event.

TE Brad Cottam – Tennessee
Huge prospect missed most of the ’07 season but he continues to impress in the postseason. He came in at 6’7” and 271 lbs., ran a fine 4.68 time and did 24 reps in the lifting.

OT Jake Long – Michigan
The top offensive linemen in this year’s class solidified a top 5-10 selection. He came in at 6’7” and 313 lbs. and did a combine best thus far 37 reps @ 225 lbs. He ran a 5.17 and 5,27 times and solidified a top 5-10 selection.

OT Chris Williams – Vanderbilt
Just like the first day of the Senior Bowl, this guy stood out on Day 1 in Indy. He is a massive tackle who checked in at 6’6” and 315 lbs. He ran very good 5.07 and 5.18 times and looked nimble in the agility drills, though he did only 21 reps.

OL Jeremy Zuttah – Rutgers
College right tackle ran an impressive 4.99 forty time with a fine 10 yard split time. He was 2nd among OL with 35 reps in the lifting and looked mobile in the agility drills to help his draft status.

Prospects on the Decline

TE John Carlson – Notre Dame
Athletic tight end missed Senior Bowl with an illness. In the spring drills, he ran a disappointing 4.96 and 4.89 times at just under 6’5” and 251 lbs. He did only 20 reps but caught the ball well in the receiving drills

TE Jermichael Finley - Texas
Young junior tight end checked in at 6’4” and 243 lbs. He ran a disappointing 4.82 time and only 20 reps that makes his Texas pro day critical to his final grade. He looked good in the vertical leap and receiving drills and has intriguing upside but must run better for an early draft grade.

OT Jeff Otah – Pittsburgh
Massive left tackle is not the type of linemen to shine in athletic drills. He ran a poor 5.56 time at 332 lbs with 27 reps in the lifting. His agility drills were only adequate and leaves questions about his readiness to play early as a pro. He may have cost himself a 1st round grade.

OT Barry Richardson - Clemson
Huge tackle checked in over 6’6” and 325 lbs. He ran a poor 5.47 time and did only reps. He is a waist bender who continues to fall in the charts.

OT Pedro Sosa - Rutgers
Athletic smallish tackle ran a disappointing 5.5 forty time and did only 19 reps in the lifting which hurts his draft grade significantly.

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