International Bowl: NFL Draft Prospects
RB Ray Rice (Nick Laham/Getty Images)
RB Ray Rice (Nick Laham/Getty Images)
NFL Draft Analyst, Scout.com
Posted Jan 5, 2008


Scout.com NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber takes a look at the players in Saturday's International Bowl on ESPN at noon (ET). Find out more about the players from Rutgers and Ball State who could land on the roster of your favorite NFL team in 2008.

No

Name

Pos

Hgt

Wt

Exp

Projection

1

Ray Rice

RB

5-9

205

Jr.

2nd Round

Notes: Rice is a tough runner that has quick feet, great vision, and the ability to break tackles. He's not the fastest back in the country, but Rice uses his strength and leverage to his advantage against the opposition. He’s a workhorse that can carry the load and lead his team to victory.

2

Courtney Greene

FS

6-2

210

Jr.

3rd Round

Notes: Greene is an instinctive defender that flies around the ball. He has a good burst and is aggressive against the run. He positions himself well to make a play and is a leader in the secondary.  He has good speed and range and makes tackles sideline-to-sideline. He has to work on his coverage skills and take better angles.

3

Jamaal Westerman

DE

6-3

260

Jr.

3rd Round

Notes: Westerman is an explosive defensive end with a quick first step. He plays with leverage and is able to beat a bigger opposition on the edge. He uses his hands effectively to get in the backfield to stop the opposition for a loss. He’s been a consistent performer who’s produced back-to-back eight sack seasons.

4

Pedro Sosa

OT

6-5

290

Sr.

4th – 5th Round

Notes: Sosa is an athletic, experienced offensive tackle who’s durable and reliable. He has good lateral movement and shields defenders well with a quick initial punch. He moves his feet well. He demonstrates a good drive off the line and gets a good push on the opposition. He’s been a major reason for Rutgers’ offensive success.

5

Tiquan Underwood

WR

6-2

180

Jr.

4th – 5th Round

Notes: Underwood has vastly improved his play and is a vertical threat. He has good size, quick feet and runs good routes. He has the ability to get vertical and make acrobatic receptions. He isn’t a physical receiver, but has sure hands and athleticism.

6

Mike Fladell

OG

6-8

320

Sr.

5th – 6th Round

Notes: Fladell is a strong interior lineman, who has great size. He has good strength and uses his long wingspan and quick hands to engage against the opposition. He has to bend his knees to gain leverage. He’s versatile and could move to tackle at the next level.

7

Jeremy Zuttah

OT

6-4

295

Sr.

5th – 6th Round

Notes: Zuttah is a physical tackle that has been consistent the last two seasons. He’s versatile and has played all positions on the O-Line, except center. He has quick feet and shields defenders well. He has good hand placement and rides defenders off their rush.

8

Eric Foster

DT

6-2

265

Sr.

6th Round

Notes: Foster is an undersized tackle that has a good motor. He has a quick first step and wedges between blockers. He plays with leverage and gets underneath the opposition to make plays in the backfield. He’s led Rutgers the last two seasons in the tackles for loss column, but durability is an issue.

9

Mike Teel

QB

6-4

220

Jr.

7th Round - UFA

Notes: Teel has nice size and a strong arm, but struggles with his accuracy. He’s still developing and is a player worth watching.

10

Jeremy Ito

K

5-11

190

Sr.

UFA

Notes: Ito has a strong leg and good accuracy, but he’s a bit streaky. He was perfect on PAT’s this season, but struggled from 40-yards and beyond; he was 3-of-9 from that distance.

11

Ron Girault

FS

5-11

200

Sr.

UFA

Notes: Girault is a leader in the secondary with good skills but limited range. He’s instinctive and can force turnovers, but will have to make his mark on special teams at the next level.

12

Brandon Renkart

OLB

6-3

230

Sr.

UFA

Notes: Renkart is a former safety playing his second year at linebacker. He has good instincts and awareness and plays with a high motor. He has average speed, but gives effort.

No

Name

Pos

Hgt

Wt

Exp

Projection

1

Darius Hill

TE

6-6

233

Jr.

2nd – 3rd Round

Notes: Hill is a big play tight end that can stretch the field. He has strong hands and good speed, but has to add bulk. He has a nice frame and is extremely athletic. He uses his body to shield away defenders and pulls down tough passes. He’s still developing and is a weapon over the middle, but he has to work on his blocking.

2

Dante Love

WR

5-10

176

Jr.

4th Round

Notes: Love is a sure-handed receiver that makes big plays in an offense. He’s not a big receiver and isn’t a burner, but he has soft hands and is reliable. He runs good routes, is slippery after the catch and has good quickness.

3

Bryant Haines

OLB

6-5

230

Jr.

5th – 6th Round

Notes: Haines is an instinctive player that has a nose for the ball. He has good size and is still getting stronger. He plays well at the line of scrimmage and defends the run well. He doesn’t have great range and has to work on his timing. He shows good awareness in coverage.

4

B.J. Hill

CB

5-7

180

Jr.

6th Round

Notes: Hill is a first year defender that played his first two seasons at running back. He’s a small corner who has tremendous athleticism. He has good instincts, awareness and playmaking ability. He’s the team leader in interceptions with five. If he was three or four inches taller, he’d be a third round pick.

5

Robert Brewster

OT

6-5

312

Jr.

6th Round

Notes: Brewster is an athletic lineman, who can play inside or outside. He’s physical and shields defenders from the QB. He moves well laterally and gets a good push against the opposition. He’s still developing and has upside.

6

Chris Miller

P

6-2

205

Jr.

7th Round - UFA

Notes: Miller has a strong leg and is accurate with his punts. He’s third in the nation with a 45.8 punting average and 22 of his 56 punts were downed inside the twenty.


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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