Alamo Bowl: NFL Draft Prospects

LB Dan Connor (AP Photo/J.D. Cavrich)

Penn State and Texas A&M will face each other in the Alamo Bowl on Saturday night at 8:00 on ESPN. Scout.com's Chris Steuber points out the players to watch who could land on your favorite team's NFL roster next April.

No

Name

Pos

Hgt

Wt

Exp

Projection

1

Dan Connor

LB

6-3

233

Sr.

1st – 2nd Round

Notes: Connor is an instinctive linebacker that plays with a great deal of intensity. He diagnoses the action quickly and positions himself to make a play. He has good speed, sheds blocks and creates havoc in the backfield. He finished the regular season with 136 tackles, 14 for a loss, 6.5 sacks and an interception.

2

Justin King

CB

6-0

186

Jr.

2nd Round

Notes: King is an athletic cornerback with shutdown ability, but lacks focus. He has good size and speed and has the ability to blanket a receiver all game long. He positions himself well in coverage and has great closing speed. He anticipates the action well and displays great timing defending the pass. He’s not a physical corner and doesn’t challenge receivers very often; he tends to play off the line and try to entice the quarterback to challenge his quickness. He has a solid burst to the ball, but will give up big plays due to his over aggressive nature.

3

Sean Lee

LB

6-2

232

Jr.

2nd Round

Notes: Lee is an instinctive, hardnosed linebacker that makes plays all over the field. He plays well at the line of scrimmage and is a sure tackler. He has good awareness and plays well in coverage. He’s only a junior, but he’s another solid linebacker from Penn State.

4

Derrick Williams

WR

6-0

203

Jr.

3rd Round

Notes: Williams is an elusive, playmaking receiver. He’s not a tall receiver, but he’s solidly built and has good strength. He has good hands and is dynamic in the open field. He has great vision and also stars as a punt returner.

5

A.Q. Shipley

C

6-1

293

Jr.

3rd – 4th Round

Notes: Shipley is a fundamentally sound interior lineman that’s highly intelligent. He’s quick off the snap and holds his ground against a bigger opposition. He sets with a wide base and uses his hands effectively. He is a two-year starter that will only get better.

6

Deon Butler

WR

5-10

168

Jr.

5th Round

Notes: Butler is a good possession receiver that has the ability to break free in the open field. He has good hands, runs solid routes, but has to become more physical. He’s a small receiver that is very athletic. He plays well in spurts, but fades as the game progresses.

7

Lydell Sargent

CB

5-10

186

Jr.

5th Round

Notes: Sargent is a quick CB that has playmaking potential. He’s a physical defender that isn’t afraid of contact. He has fluid hips and transitions well in coverage. He displays good awareness and has a good burst to the ball.

8

Anthony Scirrotto

FS

6-0

195

Jr.

5th Round

Notes: Scirrotto is an instinctive defender who plays with a high motor. He’s always around the action looking to make a play. He takes good angles in pursuit and positions himself well. He has a good burst and takes good angles in coverage. He has good hands and displays playmaking ability.

9

Rodney Kinlaw

RB

5-9

201

Sr.

6th Round

Notes: Kinlaw is a small, but versatile back that is effective out of the backfield. He has good speed, quick feet and a knack for gaining tough yards. He runs with good balance and is able to get through small creases. He has soft hands and is a viable receiving option out of the backfield.

10

Anthony Morelli

QB

6-4

232

Sr.

7th Round

Notes: Morelli has a lot of potential, but has been plagued by inconsistency. He has great size and an above average arm, but has to improve his accuracy. He shows good poise in the pocket, but as soon as he feels pressure he forces throws.

11

Jordan Norwood

WR

5-10

172

Jr.

7th Round

Notes: Norwood is a small receiver with a lot of potential. He has to be more disciplined in his route running and display more focus. He has good hands and speed and can stretch the field. He’s still developing and will have a chance to shine with another year at Penn State.

12

Tyrell Sales

OLB

6-2

237

Jr.

UFA

Notes: Sales is an athletic linebacker that’s shown good potential. He’s overshadowed by Connor and Lee, but has a chance to shine next season with Connor in the NFL.

No

Name

Pos

Hgt

Wt

Exp

Projection

1

Martellus Bennett

TE

6-7

255

Jr.

2nd Round

Notes: Bennett is an athletic tight end who plays like a receiver. He has great size, hands and athleticism that make him a unique target for a quarterback. He gets a quick release off the line and finds openings over the middle. He can stretch the field and is a big play threat. Bennett is a dangerous weapon in the redzone.

2

Joseph Bryant

DT

6-5

322

Sr.

2nd – 3rd Round

Notes: Bryant can impact this game with his penetration up the middle. He’s a balanced interior lineman that can defend the run or rush the passer. He has quick feet and has a good burst off the line. He’s able to shed blocks, has a nose for the ball, and makes plays in the backfield. He uses his strength effectively and rarely gets knocked off his feet. He has good quickness for a player of his size and can really disrupt a quarterback’s flow with his wingspan.

3

Stephen McGee

QB

6-3

220

Jr.

3rd – 4th Round

Notes: McGee is a dynamic quarterback at the collegiate level who can impact a game through the air or on the ground. He has great size, poise and mobility. He has a strong arm, but struggles with accuracy. He’s extremely elusive and is a threat anytime he has the ball.

4

Chris Harrington

DE

6-5

268

Sr.

3rd – 4th Round

Notes: Harrington is a physical defensive lineman that plays with a high motor. He has good size and plays with leverage. He defends the run well and shows good quickness. He displays good instincts and makes plays in the backfield. He’s a solid all around defender.

5

Cody Wallace

C

6-4

296

Sr.

4th Round

Notes: Wallace is a tough, durable blocker that controls the line of scrimmage. He’s a smart, heady leader that understands his assignments. He has excellent hand placement and controls the flow up front. He’s a hard worker and plays the game with a lot of passion. He has good lateral movement and positions himself well in front of a bigger opposition.

6

Jorvorskie Lane

RB

6-0

268

Jr.

4th – 5th Round

Notes: Lane is a punishing north/south runner that gets tough yards. He doesn’t posses elite speed, but he has quick feet and can move a pile. He keeps his legs moving and is tough to bring down. He’s a touchdown machine, scoring 19 in 2006 and 16 this season.

7

Kirk Elder

OT

6-5

308

Sr.

6th Round

Notes: Elder is a durable and consistent lineman. He’s a versatile lineman that can play inside or outside. He has quick feet, good lateral movement and uses hands effectively to shield defenders. He’s a leader and a savvy veteran.

8

Corey Clark

OT

6-6

326

Sr.

6th – 7th Round

Notes: Clark is a big, physical tackle who has a lot of experience. He mauls the opposition with his strength and displays good technique. He moves well for a man of his size and knocks defenders off their rush. He is a reliable and durable player that plays with passion.

9

Misi Tupe

LB

5-10

254

Sr.

UFA

Notes: Tupe is a former JUCO standout who’s been a consistent player for the Aggies. He’s an undersized linebacker that’s been very productive. He has good instincts and tackling ability.

10

Kerry Franks

WR

5-11

192

Sr.

UFA

Notes: Franks is a versatile player that can be used all over the field. He has good speed and hands. He’s a third or fourth receiver in an offense and is a solid return specialist.

11

Henry Smith

DT

6-3

315

Sr.

UFA

Notes: Smith is a fringe interior lineman with limited mobility. He has good strength and has the ability to make plays in the backfield.

12

Marquis Carpenter

CB

6-0

172

Sr.

UFA

Notes: Carpenter has good size and average speed, but has shown good playmaking skills this season.


A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999.

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