'06 NFL Draft Watch: Fresno State

'06 NFL Draft Watch: Fresno State

A team which usually starts off on fire then loses games in spurts, Fresno State will once again be in the hunt for the WAC title this year. A program which consistently places solid talent into the NFL, the program has as many as a dozen draftable prospects on the roster.

Scouting the WAC: Fresno State

Quarterback Paul Pinegar has been a productive signal-caller since his freshman campaign and offers solid pocket passer size.  Patient, Pinegar buys time for receivers and allows them to come free.  Selling all the ball fakes, he is an outstanding short yardage passer who consistently finds the open receiver on the field.  Lacking a big arm, the further downfield or out to the flanks Pinegar must throw the ball the wilder his tosses.  A late round prospect, he could fill the role of third signal caller at the next level.  The team offers a pair of running backs with contrasting styles.  Bryson Sumlin is an instinctive ball carrier with excellent vision.  Patient, he waits for blocks to develop and does not go down without a fight.  Sumlin offers marginal size\speed numbers and is rarely used as a receiver out of the backfield.  Teammate Wendell Mathis is more athletic and offers better physical skills.  Quick through the hole, Mathis displays a burst and follows blocks.  Not overly elusive, he is a straight-line runner who has been relegated to backup duty behind Sumlin.  Receiver Jermaine Jamison is a natural wide out with solid fundamentals.  Displaying a sense of timing as well as good eye\hand coordination, he consistently extends to make the reception away from his frame.  Not a true deep threat, Jamison is a potential fourth receiver at the next level.  The team has a trio of prospects on the offensive line starting with junior center Kyle Young.  Powerful at the point of attack, Young turns defenders off the ball then buries them into the ground.  Young is already highly rated by NFL scouts.  Should Young stay in school for another campaign he will be the number one center moving towards the 2007 draft.  Dartangon Shack is a solid short area blocker who plays with great explosion and seals defenders from the action.  Not a natural knee bender, Shack lacks blocking range and is a late round pick.  Junior tackle Chris Denman is an imposing blocker who easily controls opponents at the point of attack.  Fundamentally sound, he makes good use of angles and body positioning yet needs to physically mature and add bulk to his frame.

Defensively, the strength lies in the secondary though the top senior prospect plays up front.  Garrett McIntyre is a hard working lineman experienced at both tackle and end.  Quick off the snap, McIntyre wedges between blocks and plays with great explosion.  Undersized, he is handled at the point by single blocker and lacks lateral speed in pursuit.  Marginal size\speed numbers will depress his draft ranking yet the tenacity McIntyre plays with could help him garner a roster spot as a team's eighth defensive lineman.  Four defensive backs rate as NFL prospects, with a pair being seniors.  Safety Tyrone Culver is an athletic and hard-hitting defensive back who has a great burst of closing speed.  Best playing downhill, he would be an effective in a zone system at the next level.  Cornerback Raymond Washington would start for most programs yet resides on the second team due to Fresno State's depth.  Possessing excellent size\speed numbers, he is another aggressive defensive back with an excellent burst of closing speed. Sophomore Richard Marshall and junior Marcus McCauley are a pair of underclassmen cornerbacks with outstanding upside for the next level.

Fresno State Prospect List

Name Pos # Yr
Tyrone Culver S 36 5Sr
Chris Denman T 79 3Jr
Jermaine Jamison WR 6 5Sr
Adam Jennings WR 5 4Sr
Richard Marshall CB 24 3Jr
Wendell Mathis RB 22 5Sr
Marcus McCauley CB 17 3Jr
Garrett McIntyre DE 71 4Sr
Paul Pinegar QB 13 5Sr
Dartangon Shack G 50 5Sr
Bryson Sumlin RB 34 5Sr
Raymond Washington CB 29 5Sr
Kyle Young C 59 3Jr


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