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NFL Draft 2010 Prospects - Week 8 Performances

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NFL Draft 2010 Prospects - Week 8
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Draft Insiders’ Digest –19th Season

Jimmy Clausen - Fast Rising Prospect
Photo - QB Jimmy Clausen - Notre Dame

QB Jimmy Clausen - Notre Dame
Talented junior passer has played brilliantly often this season, showing coolness and playmaking ability in weekly pressure situations. Clausen shows fast developing skills for this demanding position. He displays the talent to make all the throws with fine accuracy and timing, in addition to going through his progressions quickly. This prospect has the package NFL head coaches look for in a top flight starting QB, though there are certainly questions related to his readiness for the pro game. He has improved his accuracy in the intermediate game and the ability to pick up secondary receivers well with few mistakes for a young prospect. Though he is having a breakout season, he needs further development in all areas of lay. He will be tempted to consider entering the NFL Draft 2010, though his overall level of development would benefit from working with HC Charlie Weis for another season.

DE Jerry Hughes – Senior - Texas Christian
Explosive edge rusher has displayed impact ability over his MWC career and had another strong effort vs BYU in a key matchup. Hughes had only 4 tackles, but it did include 1 TFL with 1 sack and 1 FF. He commanded double team blocking throughout the huge TCU win. Over this season, he has 10.5 TFL with 9 sacks and 35 tackles and has been a major difference maker for this undefeated club. He relies on a very quick first step and good hand technique to separate from blockers with the upfield speed to sack the QB. He has the frame to fill out further to be an every down pro defender at end, though he also has the mobility to also play up in the 3-4 scheme. His ability to apply pressure off the edge will earn him invites to both the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine All-star classics this postseason.

RB C.J. Spiller – Senior - Clemson
Clemson running back/kick returner set a school record for all-purpose yards with 310 yards as the Tigers defeated ACC-rival and 10th -ranked Miami, 40-37, in overtime. For the game, Spiller had 81 yards rushing (14 carries), 104 yards receiving (6 catches) and 125 kickoff return yards. He scored two TDs – a 56-yard reception and a 90-yard kickoff return. He is a versatile major playmaker with the power to run inside and the speed and quickness to be very dangerous on the perimeter or return game. His versatility to fill so many roles will earn him a high grade in this running back class. He is a difference maker as a kickoff returner.

WR Terrance Toliver – Junior - LSU
Smooth junior receiver has been instrumental in the Tigers passing offense this season. He is a fast rising highly rated prospect who flashes impact ability at times despite some erratic QB play. He combines very good size, speed, agility and hands along with a fine level of development that will make him highly valuable for the pro game. He displays a well developed skill set for the position that has allowed him to make an impact at times over this season. He could be one of the top junior playmakers in this draft class with a consistent strong finish and he decides to turn pro.

LB Jesse Smith – Senior - Iowa St
Savvy senior linebacker recorded a game-high 12 tackles (7 solo), including two TFLs, as the Cyclones upset Big 12-rival Nebraska, 9-7. Smith also forced a fumble, broke up a pass, and made one interception as Iowa St earned its 1st win in Lincoln since 1977. He is a smart undersized Mike backer who flows nicely to the ball and finishes with sure tackling. Though not considered a highly regarded prospect he has been productive in many areas that should earn him a niche in the NFL game.

Denis Krusos - Editor
Pro Football Draft Network
www.profootballdraftnetwork.com

TE Andrew Quarless, Senior, Penn State
Quarless only caught 2 passes in Penn State’s 35-10 win at Michigan, but they were for 91 yards. He displayed excellent speed on his 60-yard touchdown catch and run shortly before the 1st half. Quarless is not the typical Penn State blocking tight end that does not run particularly well. He can run and get down the field and catch the ball. Quarless is a good-sized target (6’5” and 254 lbs) and continues to work on improving his blocking. He has 23 receptions for 315 yards (13.7 per) and a touchdown in 8 games this season.

RB Noel Devine, Junior, West Virginia
The West Virginia junior running back exploded against Connecticut for 178 yards on 23 carries (7.7 per). His 56-yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter helped clinch the 28-24 win over an emotional Huskies team. Devine went outside and used his terrific speed to make big plays. He possesses great balance and is tough to knock off his feet with his low center of gravity. Devine added a 13-yard reception against Connecticut and can catch the ball. He is one of college football’s most exciting players and will garner significant interest in the 2010 NFL Draft should he choose to declare early.

LB Daryl Washington, Senior, TCU
TCU remained undefeated with a resounding 38-7 victory at BYU. The Horned Frogs’ defense was too quick and fast for QB Max Hall and the BYU offense. Washington had 9 tackles and snagged an interception (his 2nd of the season). Washington’s speed fits well in TCU’s 4-2-5 defense and he has the range to cover backs and tight ends in pass coverage. He is undersized for an NFL linebacker, but packs a wallop for his size. BYU gained only 110 yards on the ground (3.0 per carry) and Hall finished 18-28 for 162 yards (5.8 per attempt) with 1 touchdown pass. Washington’s athleticism and versatility should make him an attractive special teams contributor at the next level.

LB Navorro Bowman, Junior, Penn State
Penn State’s defense dismantled Michigan in a 35-10 rout. Bowman has rounded into form after returning recently from a groin injury. He led Penn State with 11 tackles (1 tackle for loss) and also had an interception, a fumble recovery and a sack. The Wolverines were held to a season-low in yards gained (250) and points scored. Bowman plays with tremendous speed, instincts and aggressiveness. It is extremely difficult to run outside on Bowman and he does not shy away from taking on blocks. He is a do-everything linebacker with a very bright future. PFDN considers Bowman to be the Nittany Lions’ best player the past two years. Bowman is a junior, but he is expected to graduate in December. He should be a 1st round draft choice should he decide to enter the 2010 NFL Draft.

QB Tony Pike, Senior, Cincinnati
Pike did not play in the Bearcats’ 41-10 rout of Louisville. Pike had surgery (2nd straight year) on his left (non-throwing) forearm. He had a plate inserted in the same forearm last year and it was dislodged on a sack against South Florida. Zach Collaros, a sophomore, stepped right in and completed 15 passes in 17 attempts for 253 yards (14.9 yards per attempt), 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. Pike is tall, but skinny and NFL teams have to be concerned about how much punishment he could take in the pocket. Cincinnati’s head coach, Brian Kelly, has done a masterful job since taking over the program in December of 2006. His offense did not miss a beat with Pike on the sideline. This will cause many to wonder how much of Pike’s success stems from Brian Kelly’s imaginative offense.

Dez Bryant Suspended By NCAA Until 2010 Season

Dez Bryant Suspended By NCAA Until 2010 Season

Photo - Dez Bryant - Oklahoma St

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has informed Oklahoma State University tonight that junior wide receiver Dez Bryant will remain suspended for one calendar year. He will be eligible to return to game action in September of 2010.
OSU is appealing the decision to the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee and could learn that committee’s decision as early as next week. OSU officials will have no further comment on the matter until the appeal process is complete
Bryant is one of the top prospects at the receiver position for the NFL 2010 Draft. The junior wideout was ruled ineligible for violating an NCAA bylaw. The powerful 6’2” 215 lb. receiver was ruled ineligible earlier this month by the school after he reportedly lied to the NCAA officials about a visit and workout at the home of former NFL star defender Deion Sanders earlier this fall. Bryant is a blue chip prospect for the NFL and is coming off a huge sophomore performance last season when he had 87 receptions with 19 TDs for over 1,500 yards while averaging over 17 yards per catch. We ranked him in the Top 20 Prospects for the NFL Draft 2010 with Top 10 potential if he declares for the pro game this January.
The NCAA interviewed Bryant twice earlier this year about allegations at which time he denied that he had visited Sanders. That was proven false, but the fact that he lied to the NCAA is a violation that led to the suspension. Oklahoma St University has already begun the process of applying to the NCAA on his behalf for reinstatement. This incident does not involve anyone associated with the OSU football or athletic department staffs, any employee of the university, alumni, donors, or any third-party affiliated with OSU.

I will have exclusive updates on this matter that will be part of the October Newsletter out later this week.

Florida Holds Top Spot in Polls

Florida Maintains Top Ranking

Team of the Week – Texas Christian
Player of the Week – C.J. Spiller - Clemson

Photo – Runner C.J. Spiller - Clemson

Team / Ranking

1. Florida (7-0) – Gators face a huge test with Georgia this week.

2. Alabama (8-0) – Tide just got by a fired up Tennessee club.

3. Texas (7-0) – Longhorns drilled an overmatched Missouri team.

4. USC (6-1) – Trojans are ready for huge matchup at Oregon this week.

5. Cincinnati (7-0) - Bearcats continue to impress even without QB Tony Pike.

6. LSU (6-1) – Tigers took care of Auburn and get ready for big stretch of SEC games to finish the season.

7. Texas Christian (7-0) – TCU pounded a good BYU club and could continue to climb the charts.

8. Boise St (7-0) - Broncos weak schedule will hurt their ranking despite perfect record.

9. Oregon (6-1) – Ducks are looking to ambush Southern Cal this Saturday in game of the week.

10. Iowa (8-0) – Hawkeyes have learned how to win the close games.

11. Georgia Tech (7-1) – Georgia Tech drilled Virginia in last one and continue to impress and move up the charts.

12. Penn St (7-1) – Nittany Lions won big test at Michigan last week.

13. Virginia Tech (5-2) – Tech coming off bye week with Thursday night matchup vs North Carolina up next.

14. Oklahoma St (6-1) – Cowboys offense is smoking and they get Texas at home this week.

15. Pittsburgh (7-1)- Panthers won another key Big East showdown vs South Florida and play out the schedule on their home turf.

16. Miami (5-2) - Canes got shocked by Clemson last week

17. Ohio St (6-2) – Buckeyes bombed Minnesota to get back in the win column.

18. Houston (6-1) - Cougars are walking through their weak CUSA schedule.

19. Utah (6-1) - Utes continue to win, setting up a few critical MWC games in November.

20. South Carolina (6-2) – SC gets a huge test at Tennessee this week.

21.West Virginia (6-1) - WV is heading for key late season Big East matchups with Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.

22. Mississippi (5-2) - Ole Miss are looking to finish strong after early season disappointments.

23. Oklahoma (4-3) – Sooners back in Top 25 and hope to run the table
with an important Big 12 schedule remaining.

24. Notre Dame (5-2) – The Irish are playing everyone tough and could challenge for a 10 win season with a strong finish.

25. Arizona (5-2) - Wildcats can rise further with a few critical Pac 10 games on the remaining schedule.

Frank Coyle is a longtime Member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for the Super 16 College Team Polls throughout the season that will present Grantland Rice award to the national champion in January 2010. He is also a voter for Players of the Week and for the FWAA All-American teams at the conclusion of each season.

NFL Power Rankings – Week 6

Giants Face Saints in NFC Clash

Photo – Saints' QB Drew Brees

Rank / Team

1. New York Giants (5-0)
The Giants face a huge test traveling to New Orleans this week.

2. Indianapolis Colts (5-0)
Colts get a bye week after crushing the Titans in last victory.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (3-1)
Eagles get the horrible Raiders in Oakland this Sunday.

4. Minnesota Vikings (5-0)
The Vikings’ hope to ride Brett Favre’s hot hand with tough Ravens coming to town.

5. New Orleans Saints (5-0)
The Saints face a huge test with GMen coming to the Crescent City.

6. New England Patriots (3-2)
Patriots lost a tough one in overtime vs the Broncos last week.

7. Baltimore Ravens (3-2)
Ravens face a pivotal matchup with Vikings after coming off back to back losses.

8. Chicago Bears (3-1)
Bears face a key NFC clash traveling to Atlanta this week.

9. Denver Broncos (5-0)
The Broncos won a huge game vs Patriots that gives them momentum facing key West battle with Chargers this week.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2)
Steelers looking to a run here after a slow start.

11. Cincinnati Bengals (4-1)
The Bengals are for real with Carson Palmer at the controls.

12. New York Jets (3-2)
Jets get the Bills at home and need to terminate two game losing streak.

13. San Francisco 49ers (3-2)
The 49ers get their bye week before starting a tough stretch of games.

14. San Diego Chargers (2-2)
Chargers face a pivotal AFC West contest with Broncos coming to town for Monday nite matchup.

15. Green Bay Packers (2-2)
Packers rested with a key stretch of NFC games on the schedule.

16. Atlanta Falcons (3-1)
Falcons get Sunday night matchup with Bears in an important NFC matchup.

17. Dallas Cowboys (3-2)
Cowboys win in overtime and get this bye week to get Tony Romo right.

18. Arizona Cardinals (2-2)
Cardinals Kurt Warner is capable of beating any team in the league.

19. Miami Dolphins (2-3)
Dolphins won a key AFC East game over Jets and get their bye week to make playoff run.

20. Washington Redskins (2-3)
Skins have backed themselves into the corner with every game critical for any playoff hopes.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3)
Jags were blown out by Seahawks last week and face a critical soft schedule over next month.

22. Houston Texans (2-3)
Texans find ways to lose close games and need to step up over an upcoming stretch of tough games.

23. Seattle Seahawks (2-3)
Seahawks face another critical contest with Falcons coming to town this week.

24. Carolina Panthers (1-3)
Panthers get first win over Skins and look to build on it with Bucs and Bills on deck.

25. Buffalo Bills (1-4)
Bills lost to Browns at home 6-3. That says it all.

26. Tennessee Titans (0-5)
Titans are struggling to get their first win and travel to New England this week.

27. Cleveland Browns (1-4)
Browns get their first win over Bills and face their divisional rival the Steelers this week.

28. Oakland Raiders (1-4)
The Raiders are simply awful and possibly the worst club in the league.

29. Kansas City Chiefs (0-5)
Chiefs will be lucky to win five games this season.

30. St. Louis Rams (0-5)
The Rams have a chance to win going to Jacksonville this Sunday.

31. Detroit Lions (1-4)
Lions might join UFL before the season is over.

32. Tampa Bay Bucs (0-5)
The Bucs might gut this team in postseason with a major rebuilding job in order.

NFL Draft 2010 Prospects - Week 6

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and ProFootballDraftNetwork.com
are collaborating on a weekly article (posted every Wednesday during the college football regular season) to review the prior weeks most notable performances from a 2010 NFL Draft perspective.

Pro Prospects - Week 6

Photo – LB Brandon Spikes – Florida

Frank Coyle - www.draftinsiders.com
Draft Insiders’ Digest –19th Season

LB Brandon Spikes – Senior - Florida
Aggressive senior defender had a dominant performance vs LSU that was instrumental in the Gators victory. Against LSU, he registered a game-high 11 tackles including 3 sacks while limiting the Tigers to just 162 yards and 1 field goal. He is a very physical defender with a quick first step and the power to gain a fast advantage to defeat blocking angles. He showed the physical talent to make plays both inside and outside consistently with the burst speed and quickness to make big plays. He has the ability to rush the passer and also drop in coverage at 250 lbs. He has the rare size/ speed combination that allows him to be an every down defender and capable of playing in either pro scheme and virtually any position in those sets.

QB Jevan Snead – Junior - Mississippi
Talented junior passer played poorly in Ole Miss’s loss to Alabama Saturday. Jevan played tight throughout the contest and threw the ball very erratic consistently. This game was a key chance for him to showcase his skills against the highly regarded tough Tide defense. The Ole Miss starter has let strong pass rushes from the Tide and South Carolina over recent weeks effect him throwing the ball. He was inaccurate once again vs Bama and what was most disturbing was that he was off target in his short throws throughout the game. Currently, he is not ready to consider entering the NFL Draft and in need of further reps at this critical position.

RB Jonathan Dwyer – Junior - Georgia Tech
Big physical junior running back had another strong performance in the Tech win over Florida St. He is a powerfully built back who has performed well in the ACC, displaying very strong inside running with the burst of speed to break big plays. Against FSU, he carried only 14 times but produced 102 yards and 2 TDs. He uses his powerful big frame as a battering ram to run over defenders, though he has the lateral quickness and speed that allows him to move through holes fast and break into the second level. He has outstanding size with very good speed and quickness that will keep him from the top tier of backs. He is an honest runner with natural skills that will draw much attention over what is probably his final season.

WR Jordan Shipley – Senior - Texas
Quick senior wideout had a career game vs Colorado while showing big play ability as both a receiver ad return specialist. On offense, he finished the game with 11 catches for 147 yards and a TD. In addition, his 273 all-purpose yards in the game are a career high. He also registered a 74-yard punt return TD. He has caught at least 10 passes in each of the last three games. He shows excellent hands and route running with the quickness to get into his routes and the speed to break big plays. He is also a dangerous return specialist that will enhance his value in the April draft. He is highly developed with natural receiving skills and fine route running ability that makes him one of the more developed playmakers in this class.

LB Rico McCoy – Senior - Tennessee
Mobile senior defender has been a mainstay in the Vols defense since early in his career, seeing time on both the outside backer and special teams roles. He had an impact performance vs Georgia when he made a 9 tackles, 1 PBU and 1 QB hurry. He is a very mobile, instinctive linebacker who flows to the ball and gets through traffic well with the speed and sure tackling ability to finish with strong stops. His size and mobility will limit him to playing outside in the base 4-3 set. He has the makeup of a top special teams performer.

Denis Krusos - Editor
Pro Football Draft Network
www.profootballdraftnetwork.com

DE Brandon Graham, Senior, Michigan
The powerful Michigan defensive end was a disruptive force against a talented and well-coached Iowa offensive line. Graham tallied 9 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks in the Wolverines’ 30-28 loss at Iowa. He plays with terrific leverage and uses his hands violently to disengage from blockers. Michigan’s top defensive player is stout against the run and helped limit Iowa to only 83 yards rushing on 34 attempts (2.4 per). Graham is a shade under six foot one and will be heavily scrutinized at the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine to gauge how well he may convert to outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. Graham played against Iowa with his usual determination. He has the lower body strength and quickness to play defensive end in the NFL despite his lack of ideal height.

RB Ben Tate, Senior, Auburn
The Tigers’ leading rusher continued his strong play this season with a career-day against Arkansas. Tate rushed for 184 yards on 22 carries (8.4 per) in Auburn’s 44-23 defeat to Arkansas. His two touchdowns (including a 60-yard run) in the 3rd quarter fueled an Auburn comeback that ultimately fell short. Tate has a sturdy-build and does not go down easily. He runs with heart and can also return kick-offs and is working on being a better outlet in the passing game.

DT Dan Williams, Senior, Tennessee
The Vols won an important game (45-17) against Georgia. The win bolsters the new coaching staff and the defense played a significant role. Williams led the defensive line with 5 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and 2 quarterback pressures. Georgia was limited to only 241 yards of total offense. The Bulldogs’ offense scored a mere 3 points and never entered the redzone. Williams has excellent size and moves pretty well for a 320-pound defensive tackle. He did a fine job of clogging the interior on running plays and getting a push up the middle on passes.

LB Perry Riley, Senior, LSU
Riley has helped his 2010 NFL Draft stock with a productive season to date. LSU lost a defensive battle with Florida by a score of 13-3, but Riley’s skills were on full display. He was extremely active with 12 tackles, 1/2 tackle for a loss, 2 passes broken up and 1 quarterback pressure. He displayed excellent range when he helped force Florida’s, Brandon James, out of bounds short of a 1st down on a 4th down play. Riley took good angles to the ball and clearly had the speed and quickness to match-up against a team known for its speed. He also comes in under control when tackling and can deliver some jarring hits.

WR Brandon LaFell, Senior, LSU
LSU’s offense struggled all game against Florida’s top-ranked defense. LaFell caught only 4 passes for 44 yards (11.0 per). His biggest play was a 26-yard catch and run over the middle against the Gators’ 3rd corner. LaFell dropped a pass late in the game and overall did not deliver the big play. LSU had trouble protecting their quarterback, which contributed to the anemic passing attack. The Tigers needed their star receiver to make a man miss or break a tackle. He was unable to make such a play on this day.

Florida #1 With Huge Victory over LSU

Gators Make Statement in Victory

Photo – Tim Tebow & Teammates

Team of Week - Florida

Team / Rank
1. Florida (5-0) – Gators got it done vs LSU behind a gutting Tim Tebow.
2. Alabama (6-0) – Tide crushed Old Miss on the road in an impressive victory.
3. Texas (5-0) – Longhorns shake off rust vs Colorado and ready for Red River classic.
4. Virginia Tech (5-1) – Tech face a tough stretch of ACC games.
5. LSU (5-1) – Tigers came up short vs Florida with struggling QB.
6. Boise St (5-0) - Broncos coming off bye week for ESPN Wed night matchup with Tulsa.
7. USC (4-1) – Trojans are well rested for visit to South Bend.
8. Ohio St (5-1) – Buckeyes drilled a good Wisconsin team last Saturday.
9. Miami (4-1) – Canes could run the table the rest of the schedule.
10. Texas Christian (5-0) – TCU is headed for clash with BYU in two weeks.
11. Cincinnati (5-0) - Bearcats are well rested for key Thursday night game with South Florida.
12. Oregon (5-1) – Ducks pointing to USC clash at end of month.
13. Iowa (6-0) – Hawkeyes are winning the close games.
14. Kansas (5-0) - Jayhawks facing the acid test in Big 12 over next month.
15. Nebraska (4-1) – Huskers are run a string of Big 12 games over next several weeks.
16. Penn St (5-1) – Nittany Lions walling through soft early schedule.
17. Oklahoma (3-2) – Sooners will have Sam Bradford back this week for Texas clash.
18. BYU (5-1) – Cougars might not get tested until Texas Christian content late this month.
19. South Florida (5-0) – Cincinnati comes to town in key Big East matchup with title implications.
20. Oklahoma St (4-1) – Cowboys get a major test with Missouri coming in this week.
21. Georgia Tech (5-1) –Tech faces major test with Virginia Tech visiting this week in key ACC clash.
22. South Carolina (5-1) – SC will face their toughest test of the year going to Alabama for matchup with hot Crimson Tide club.
23. Wisconsin (5-1)- Badgers wore down vs Ohio St and face big test with Iowa coming in this Saturday.
24. Notre Dame (4-1) – Irish get their biggest challenge with Southern Cal coming to South Bend.
25. Houston (4-1) – Cougars coasting through a soft schedule.

Frank Coyle is a longtime Member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for the Super 16 College Team Polls throughout the season that will present Grantland Rice award to the national champion in January 2010. He is also a voter for Players of the Week and for the FWAA All-American teams at the conclusion of each season.

NFL Draft 2010 Prospects - Week 5

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Pro Prospects - Week 5

Photo –RB Noel Devine - West Virginia

Frank Coyle - www.draftinsiders.com
Draft Insiders’ Digest –19th Season

RB Noel Devine - West Virginia
Short explosive junior running back had a strong performance in the WV win over Colorado when he ran for a career-high 220 yards with a TD on 22 carries. He scored the game’s opening TD on a 77-yard run – the second longest rushing TD of his career. In the first half, he rushed for 142 yards on only eight carries. This season, he has scored 6 TDs in just 4 games that probably commands special attention from defenses going forward. He is a compact back who has performed well in a number of roles in the WV attack, filling a Wildcat spot in their offense. He is very explosive through the hole with the lateral quickness and surprising strength that allows him to move through holes fast with the power to break tackles. His lack of size is a major concern, but his speed, quickness and natural running skills make him one of the top playmakers in college football.

RB John Clay – Wisconsin
Big physical third year sophomore running back had a strong performance in the UW win over Minnesota. He is a huge powerfully built back who has performed well since the ’08 season, He is very strong inside runner where he uses his imposing big frame as a battering ram. He has the lateral quickness and strength allows him to move through holes fast with the power to break tackles. He has outstanding size with good speed and quickness that will keep him from the top tier of backs. He is an honest runner with natural skills that will draw much attention over his final season. His early ’09 season fumbling problems were a concern but his recent performance has dispelled those concerns. After a relatively slow start, he is now leading the Big Ten in rushing with 112 carries for 582 yards.

WR Golden Tate – Notre Dame
Quick junior receiver had a career game vs Washington with 9 receptions for 244 receiving yards and an important touchdowns. He was instrumental in the Irish overtime win and displayed fast improving skills at this position. Tate combines natural receiving skills with fine size for the position to become a well rounded pro starter. He has the speed to stretch the field and run after the catch ability to pressure a defense. He had a few touches earlier in the season, but his recent performance looked like a major breakout effort in a pro style passing attack.

DE Greg Romeus - Pittsburgh
Huge athletic edge rusher has displayed excellent ability over his Pitt career. He had a strong effort in the Louisville win with 5 tackles and 3.5 sacks. He makes big plays off the edge, relying on his long reach and quick first step and technique to separate from blockers. He has the power to overwhelm blockers with the upfield speed to pressure the QB with the wingspan to deflect passes. His ability to apply pressure off the edge has drawn rave notice from scouts and he will be watched closely over his junior season.

LB Rolando McClain - Alabama
Aggressive junior defender had a dominant performance vs Kentucky that was instrumental in the Tide victory. Against Kentucky, he registered a game-high 12 tackles (eight unassisted) picked off a pass, forced a fumble and recorded a pass deflection in Alabama's 38-20 victory. His forced fumble led to a 45-yard touchdown return that gave the Crimson Tide a 21-6 halftime lead. Then, his 21-yard interception return on the 1st possession of the third quarter set up another TD. He is a very physical defender with a quick first step and the power to gain a fast advantage to defeat blocking angles. He showed the physical talent to make plays inside consistently and the speed and quickness to make plays at the sidelines. His ability to run very well and drop in coverage at 250 lbs. allows him to be an every down special defender and capable of playing in either pro scheme.

Denis Krusos - Editor
Pro Football Draft Network
www.profootballdraftnetwork.com

TE Garrett Graham, Senior, Wisconsin
Graham led the Badgers in receiving with 7 catches for 68 yards (9.7 per) in Wisconsin’s 31-28 victory over Minnesota. He helped keep drives alive with his reliable hands and fine route-running. The underrated aspect of Graham’s game is his blocking. He is undersized (6’ 3 ½” and 247 lbs) for an NFL tight end, but that does not stop him from being tenacious as a blocker. Graham did a solid job in the blocking department against Minnesota and contributed to Wisconsin rushing for 295 yards in the game.

OT Chris Marinelli, Senior, Stanford
Stanford defeated UCLA 24-16 for their first win over the Bruins since 2003. Their attack again featured a balanced offense (174 yards rushing and 198 yards passing) that wears down opponents. Marinelli is a tough offensive tackle who had a strong game run and pass blocking. The Cardinal offensive line has been a big part of their success (4-1) this year. Marinelli can play more than one position on the line and that will help his chances at the next level.

S Nate Allen, Senior, South Florida
USF forced 7 turnovers against Syracuse in a 34-20 win. The opportunistic defense was spearheaded by their ballhawking safety, Nate Allen. He led the Bulls with 8 tackles and a pair of interceptions. Allen breaks on the ball extremely well and it is dangerous throwing the ball down the middle against him. His stock is rising because a safety that can make a play on the ball is valuable in the NFL.

RB C.J. Spiller, Senior, Clemson
Spiller continues to show this year that he is a big play waiting to happen. Maryland defeated Clemson 24-21, but Spiller had a 92-yard kick-off return for a touchdown and rushed for 72 yards on 18 carries (4.0 per). His kick-off return for a touchdown was dazzling. He has the balance, speed, quickness and moves to take any hand-off, kick or reception for a score. Spiller may not be an every down back in the NFL, but he will be a versatile weapon and a match-up problem for defenses.

CB Chris Hawkins, Senior, LSU
Hawkins had some problems covering Georgia’s talented sophomore receiver, A.J. Green in LSU’s 20-13 win. The Bulldogs’ top wideout was too big, strong and athletic for Hawkins at times. Green’s 16-yard touchdown catch over Hawkins revealed his superior size, jumping ability and the strength in his hands to snatch the ball away from the LSU defender. Hawkins will face receivers in the NFL with a similar skill-set to Green’s. The LSU corner looks more like he will be better in zone coverage in the pros. Hawkins will have to work on getting stronger and being more physical.

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