The number one prospect on this roster, Shawn Andrews, is perhaps the nation's
best offensive tackle prospect. Andrews looks and plays big; he’s a behemoth
that destroys opponents, driving them off the line run blocking or holding his
ground in pass protection. Yet at the same time Andrews displays decent footwork
and lateral slide in space. We do not feel this is the case of a college right
tackle that projects to the left side at the next level, rather a highly sought
after strongside blocker that could be an early pick next April if he leaves
for the draft. As Andrews has risen to the top of his position Cedric Cobbs has
gone in the other direction.
Just a few seasons ago Cobbs looked like the next franchise running back, a
ball carrier with power, speed and moves. But after shoulder injury and then
off-the-field incidents, Cobbs is not even listed as the team’s starter going
into the season. A naturally gifted runner with instincts, Cobbs has a very
smooth style. He displays flashes of his old self on occasion but limited
consistency. Even his coaches have complained in the past that he’s a
"soft player". Underachievers, especially at the skill positions, have
a way of not getting selected come draft time and that may be the case for Cobbs
unless the light goes on very soon.
Jason Peters is a tight end in an offensive lineman’s body. Strong at the
point, Peters is very effective as a blocker and not a bad pass catcher when
called upon. He needs to iron out the rough edges and will never be a tight end
that makes plays down the field but he could be a solid number two at his position.
George Wilson could be a number four receiver at the next level if the big
pass catcher improves his hands, while Richard Smith displays enough speed to get
consideration as a slot receiver.
Lead blocker Matt Peirce plays with a fullback's mentality but has limited
Left tackle Bo Lacy is a workman-like blocker who could backup in the NFL at
several positions, while Matt Jones is one of the more intriguing prospects on
this roster. Jones has pocket passer size and an NFL arm but is better carrying
the ball than passing it, as his accuracy and fundamentals leave a lot to be
desired. Even with that there is no discounting the way Jones wins football
games (last-second pass against LSU to secure the SEC West title) or keeps his
team in games (14 points in the last 6 minutes to tie Tennessee in Knoxville).
He needs to be schooled in proper passing techniques but is a solid
Defensively, both corners could move up significantly with solid senior
campaigns. At the top of his game Lawrence Richardson is a shut down cover-man
with excellent speed, explosion and ball skills. Lacking a physical nature,
Richardson gave up a lot of big plays last season, more than a highly ranked
Ahmad Carroll does not play to the same speed as Richardson but has decent
cover skills and is not afraid to mix it up.
Linebacker Tony Bua plays with a warrior's mentality and flies around
the field, sacrificing his body to make the tackle. Bua is small for linebacker
and could project to safety at the next level. He should be a demon on special