Going against the norm, there are no single standouts on offense. Instead of
numbers at the skill positions, two linemen and a tight end head the crew of
pro prospects. Ben Troupe played through an injury-plagued season as a junior
yet is a complete tight end that dominates as a blocker and displays surprising
pass catching skills at the top of his game. He’s not one to make plays down the
field but could be a better version of Erron Kinney, who’s had success with the
Max Starks is a big-bodied, powerful lineman who made the move from
right to left tackle last year. While Starks did an admirable job for the
Gators, his home in the NFL is on the strongside and he’ll be playing right
guard as a senior. A big campaign and solid pre-draft workouts could move him
into the top forty-five.
Guard Shannon Snell likes to talk a lot but also backs
it up with solid play. A dominant run blocker, he’s best in confined quarters
and can only be used in a limited number of blocking schemes.
Ran Carthon takes
over the ball handling duties and, though a nice back on the college level, has
no outstanding single skill for the pro game. He’s neither strong for the inside
nor fast enough to run outside of tackle.
Carlos Perez could catch on as a
fourth receiver at the next level.
On defense the talent is not much better. Senior Bobby McRay is a solid pass
rusher but a tall, angular lineman that has trouble against the run. He looks to
have some growth potential, which must be met.
Matt Farrior was a productive
linebacker for Florida until injury slowed him last season. A good campaign in
’03 could get him an invite to the Senior Bowl and from there he could make some
Were there one prospect that could break into the early part of round one
it would be corner Keiwan Ratliff, a player that will also see plenty of action
at receiver this year. Ratliff is a solid cover corner, best backed-off the line
and a defensive back with good ball skills.
Safety Guss Scott has a good head for
the position and always makes positive plays but is neither explosive nor shows
the top playing speed. Defensive tackle Mo Mitchell has a good degree of