NFL Draft '07: Scouting Texas Tech

NFL Draft '07: Scouting Texas Tech

After making a January 1 bowl appearance last season, the Red Raiders hope to again improve this year. For all their recent success Texas Tech has put just one player in the draft's first day since 1998. That trend will be broken this year.

While the Red Raider offensive scheme inflates the skills of pass catchers the team still possesses three outstanding receiver prospect starting with Jarrett Hicks. A nice sized wide out, Hicks uses his frame to shield away opponents and protect the ball. Offering the quarterback a nice target, Hicks makes the difficult reception with the ease. Mechanically sound, he sells routes and always works to become an available target. Fast 40-times prior to the draft could push him into the top sixty. Joel Filani has even better size than his teammate and is another who makes the difficult reception downfield. Filani shows terrific eye/hand coordination and has an outside shot to make his way into the draft's first day next year. Junior college transfer Robert Johnson is another well- sized pass catcher likely fall into the draft's second day. Guard Manny Ramirez is a mauler that gets movement from run blocks and easily controls opponents at the point of attack. A nasty blocker who keeps his head on the swivel, Ramirez lacks adjustment and is best in a small area. Ramirez offers outstanding size and could sneak into first day if he tests well prior to the draft.

The pickings on defense are slim though senior Keyunta Dawson will get looks late in the draft. An undersized yet speedy edge rusher, Dawson quickly changes direction making plays up and down the line of scrimmage. He has potential as a conventional defensive end or rush linebacker.

Texas Tech Prospect List

Full Name Pos Year Number
Keyunta Dawson DE 4Sr 96
Joel Filani WR 5Sr 8
Gabe Hall G 5Sr 78
Jarrett Hicks WR 5Sr 88
Robert Johnson WR 5Sr 9
Manny Ramirez G 5Sr 63

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