'07 NFL Draft: Weekend in Review
Aaron Ross (Will Gallagher/Inside Texas)

Posted Nov 6, 2006


A weekend which saw several games with closer then expected results also gave us many outstanding performances. A number of cornerbacks played well and are watching their draft stock move north as is one small school tight end.

Tyrone Moss finally saw extensive playing time for the Hurricanes and responded well.  Moss  totaled 103-yards on 14 carries in the loss to Virginia Tech, though much of it came on a 50-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.  Moss, a projected second round pick at seasons start, has only carried the ball 53 times this season after being suspended for the opening game and losing his starting job to Javarris James.  With James suffering a hip pointer the highly rated Moss may get more playing time this weekend against Maryland.

Saturday also marked the return of receiver Ryan Moore, who had been suspended indefinitely after legal problems.  Another Hurricane senior who came into the season with a second round grade, Moore led all Miami pass catchers with two-receptions for 19-yards.

Delaware tight end Ben Patrick is moving up draft boards.  The senior leads the Blue Hens with 53-receptions while also posting 527-yards and four scores.  The athletic Patrick offers a good degree of upside as he has better-than-average playing speed combine with excellent size.  His name may be familiar to many as Patrick played at Duke before transferring prior to the season.  In a dismal draft for senior tight ends Patrick could slide into the late part of the first day with good workouts next March.

Tennessee receiver Robert Meachem continues to look sharp.  Meachem totaled five receptions for 121-yards and two scores in the loss against LSU.  What made his effort all the more impressive were both his scoring catches came from the arm of back-up quarterback Jonathan Crompton, who replaced an injured Erik Ainge.  Rumblings are beginning to be heard that Meacham may jump to the NFL after the season.

Sidney Rice looked like a man amongst boys after South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier inserted Blake Mitchell into the line-up at quarterback.  Mitchell had been suspended in four of the Gamecocks five games for violations.  Rice was unstoppable late in the contest, making several important receptions during USC's failed comeback against Arkansas.  Rice is another underclassman receiver from the SEC who has a big decision to make about his future.

Staying in the SEC, a pair of defenders have really stood out and are getting plenty of attention from NFL scouts.  

There is a lot of thought in the scouting community that LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, only a junior, is a better NFL prospect than his predecessors, Claude Wroten and Kyle Williams, both selected in last April's draft.    Dorsey has been a terror this season when so many other big-named SEC defensive linemen have disappointed.  Should he enter the draft Dorsey will be selected during the first day.

Mississippi State linebacker Quinton Culberson is making a move up draft boards.  Culberson has been a tackling machine this season but often gets overlooked due to the coverage given his cross-state rival, Patrick Willis.  A natural fit at inside linebacker, Culberson could fit into the late part of the draft's first day if he runs well during workouts.

A pair of cornerbacks are on the rise starting with Josh Wilson from Maryland. 

Possessing solid size and outstanding speed, Wilson has taken his game to another level this year and really improved his cover skills.  Factor in he's been devastating all season long returning kicks and Wilson is likely to move into the top sixty choices next April. 

Longhorn corner Aaron Ross is another coverman on the rise.  Improving his defensive skills through the season, Ross has also been effective returning punts.



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