Quarterback Perry Patterson is a large pocket passer with an NFL arm.
Zipping the outs, Patterson has no problem getting the ball downfield and easily
makes the pass on the move. Better suited for a vertical offense, he is out of
place in Syracuse’s west coast system and struggled mightily as a junior.
He does offer good upside and must be watched.
The top NFL prospect from Syracuse comes in the form of cornerback Tanard Jackson. A terrific athlete, Jackson easily runs downfield with opponents
and consistently puts himself in a position to break up passes. Jackson is
fundamentally sound and at the same time does a great job diagnosing the action.
A good senior campaign will throw him into the initial 45-selections. Linebacker
Kelvin Smith is a hard-working linebacker who fires up field in run
defense or shows speed making plays to the flanks. Efficient he takes
good angles to the action and wraps-up tackling. Smith works hard but is
slightly undersized and out of position at middle linebacker. He will get middle
round consideration at one of the outside linebacker spots. Jerry Mackey never developed at linebacker as most thought and while he displays
good head for the ball he is inefficient, takes a lot of extra steps and
wastes motion. Also undersized, he gets caught up in the trash and is free agent
material. Chris Thorner is a hard-working interior lineman with good
first step quickness but a straight-line player and marginal athlete.
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