Sugar Bowl: NFL Draft Prospects

QB Colt Brennan (AP Photo/R. Zilberman)

Quarterback Colt Brennan leads Hawaii against Georgia in the Sugar Bowl on Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. (ET) on FOX. Scout.com's Chris Steuber points out the players you should watch from each squad that could land on your favorite NFL team's roster in 2008.

No

Name

Pos

Hgt

Wt

Exp

Projection

1

Colt Brennan

QB

6-3

201

Sr.

2nd Round

Notes: Brennan is a consistent quarterback that delivers the ball with pinpoint accuracy. He’s a leader that commands an offense and instills confidence in the players around him. He goes through his progressions and displays poise in the pocket. He has a strong arm and a quick release. He shows good mobility, but won’t hurt a defense with his legs. He primarily works out of the shotgun in a run and shoot offense, which doesn’t translate well to the NFL and may hurt his draft status.

2

Davone Bess

WR

5-10

190

Jr.

2nd – 3rd Round

Notes: Bess isn't the biggest player or the fastest, but he gets a smooth release off the line and possesses quick feet and excellent hands. He's a shifty player in and out of his routes and is slippery after the catch, making him difficult to get on the ground. He's a versatile receiver who can play inside or outside. He has great vertical speed and a knack for the spectacular. Bess also contributes on special teams as a punt returner.

3

Adam Leonard

LB

6-0

236

Jr.

4th Round

Notes: Leonard is a tremendously skilled all-around player who’s instinctive against the run and shows good awareness in coverage. He has a solid burst and is aggressive at the point of attack. He has good range and is a sure tackler.

4

Solomon Elimimian

OLB

6-0

218

Jr.

4th – 5th Round

Notes: Elimimian is an undersized outside linebacker who’s a tackling machine. He’s a rangy player that reads the action well and attacks the opposition. He lacks overall size, but he’s a competitor who plays with a high motor.

5

Ryan Grice-Mullen

WR

5-11

180

Jr.

5th Round

Notes: Grice-Mullen is a rangy receiver with reliable hands. He gets a good release off the line and is quick in and out of his cuts. He’s extremely athletic and makes highlight reel receptions. He’s tough over the middle and isn’t afraid of contact. He has good, not elite, speed, but has the ability to get vertical.

6

Jason Rivers

WR

6-2

189

Sr.

5th – 6th Round

Notes: Rivers is a tall, physical receiver that possesses soft hands. He has good speed and runs crisp routes. He’s quick across the middle and displays toughness hauling in receptions in a crowd. He has the ability to get vertical and make acrobatic catches.

7

Dan Kelley

K

6-3

212

Jr.

7th Round

Notes: Kelly is an accurate kicker with good range and consistency. He has good size and a strong leg. He’s focused and delivers in the clutch. Kelly was 2-of-2 from 50-plus yards this season.

8

Hercules Satele

OG

6-2

293

Sr.

7th Round - UFA

Notes: Satele is a physical interior lineman who’s always aware of his surroundings. He has a solid base and uses his hands well against the opposition. He keeps his head on a swivel and works well with his teammates. Satele’s related to Samson Satele, who was a second round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins last year.

No

Name

Pos

Hgt

Wt

Exp

Projection

1

Jeff Owens

DT

6-3

298

Jr.

2nd – 3rd Round

Notes: Owens is a solid run defender that makes plays in the backfield. He has a quick first step and plays with leverage. He wedges between blockers and locates the ballcarrier. He’s still developing and will only get better with another year at Georgia.

2

Dannell Ellerbe

OLB

6-1

232

Jr.

3rd – 4th Round

Notes: Elllerbe is an instinctive, aggressive linebacker with playmaking potential. He’s a versatile defender who can play all three-linebacker positions. He led Georgia in tackles with 85 and also contributed 11 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks.

3

Brannan Southerland

FB

6-0

240

Jr.

4th – 5th Round

Notes: Southerland is a physical blocker that leads the way for Georgia’s rushing attack. He has good size and holds his ground against the opposition. He has adequate hands and can be an offensive option out of the backfield.

4

Kelin Johnson

S

6-1

200

Sr.

5th Round

Notes: Johnson is a steady defender who leads by example. He defends the run well and is good in coverage. He displays good awareness and instincts and led Georgia with four interceptions this season. 

5

Brandon Coutu

K

6-0

188

Sr.

5th Round

Notes: Coutu is a solid kicker with good range. He’s deadly inside the forty, but struggles from long distance. He’s consistent converting PAT’s.

6

Marcus Howard

DE

6-2

250

Sr.

5th – 6th Round

Notes: Howard is an undersized DE with good pass rushing skills. He has good speed and range. He takes good angles in pursuit and makes plays in the backfield. He’s improved against the run and translates well as an outside linebacker at the next level.

7

C.J. Byrd

S

6-2

193

Jr.

5th – 6th Round

Notes: Byrd is an outstanding athlete with good upside. He has great size, but doesn’t have elite speed. He moves well laterally and is good in pursuit. He’s versatile and can play safety or corner.

8

Thomas Brown

RB

5-8

200

Sr.

6th Round

Notes: Brown is a speedy, shifty player who’s best used as a situational runner. He has great quickness and vision. He’s elusive in the open field and is patient. He lacks size, and durability is a concern.

9

Mikey Henderson

WR

5-9

156

Sr.

6th Round

Notes: Henderson is a small, but explosive offensive weapon. He has elite speed and is a dynamic punt returner. He has good hands, quickness and is explosive in the open field. He lacks size and durability is a concern.

10

Fernando Velasco

C

6-4

318

Sr.

7th Round

Notes: Velasco is a smart, instinctive interior lineman. He moves well laterally and holds his ground in the trenches. He has to play lower to gain leverage.

11

Kregg Lumpkin

RB

6-1

222

Sr.

UFA

Notes: Lumpkin is a physical runner with average speed. He has good hands and vision. He suffered a left knee injury this season that required surgery. 

12

Thomas Flowers

CB

5-10

186

Sr.

UFA

Notes: Flowers is a good backup defensive back with some playmaking ability. He shows a willingness to defend the run.

13

Brandon Miller

MLB

6-4

257

Sr.

UFA

Notes: Miller is a big, physical linebacker that has limited athleticism. He lacks speed and range.


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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