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Draft Sleepers- Offense

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  • Mark Morse
    With only four picks left in the 2006 NFL Draft, the Saints selected a rangy WR named Marques Colston from Hofstra, (Kyle Arrington’s school) which no longer
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 24, 2011
      With only four picks left in the 2006 NFL Draft, the Saints selected a rangy WR
      named Marques Colston from Hofstra, (Kyle Arrington’s school) which no longer
      even fields a football team.  In 2008 Denver selected Peyton Hillis in round 7.
      In 2009, picks 230, 231, and 232 were all afterthoughts on draft boards, but
      Moise Fokou, Jamarca Sanford, and Julian Edelman all have been key contributors
      for their teams.  Who can forget the story of the highly recruited #1 ranked
      prep player who played four inglorious years at Notre Dame and was an
      afterthought in the 2002 Draft until the seventh round, pick # 253 by your New
      England Patriots.  That would be David Givens.  Lets not even talk about the
      Brady 6 and the 199th selection in 2000.  It happens every year, there are some
      gems in that clutter at the end of the third day of the draft.  Here are some
      players that I think need to be looked at closer

      Eastern Washington RB Taiwan Jones surprised almost everyone when he declared as
      a junior for the draft, especially after missing time with injury this past
      year. He surprised some others when he ran in the 4.2s and 4.3s at his pro day.
      He has run for over 3000 yards the last two seasons.  He also posted a 40”
      Vertical and 11’ Broad Jump.  He has a history of injuries and a rep for getting
      in trouble.  I have also learned that he fumbled 17 times, which is one thing
      that Bill Belichick won’t tolerate.  
      USC Allen Bradford 5’ 11” 242 4.53 was the 2md leading rusher at USC last season
      averging 7.2 YPC (794 yds 5 TDs).  He ran for over 500 yds as a Junior as well
      as a key participant on ST.  He missed the first two games of the year with an
      ankle injury and finished his career with 212 yds vs UCLA. 

      Charles Clay burst on the scene as a true freshman 4 years ago with 69 catches
      for 1024 yards and 7 TD’s.  He ran for another 304 yards and 1 TD.  Nagging
      injuries as a Soph, limited him to 38 catches and 464 yards, 1 TD.  As a Junior
      there were other options at Tulsa and Clay only had 39 catches and 530 yard with
      5 TD’s.  As a Sr he had 43 rec for 526 yds and 7 TDs as well as 34 rushes for
      another 226 yards (6.6YPC).  He is a hard runner and plays that hybrid of FB, TB
      and TE.  He stands 6’3 weighing in at 253 and ran a 4.69.  He is a willing
      blocker and was a standout Special Teams performer.

      With the success of Indy’s Pierre Gacon, many scouts are looking more closely at
      D3 level prospects.  Most are concentrating on another Mount Union alum Cecil
      Shorts III.  I am going to highlight another D3 prospect from University of
      Wisconsin Stevens Point, Jared Jenkins.  Jenkins had 273 career receptions.  He
      has size at 6’ 2” 202 lbs.  He ran a 4.6 at the Wisconsin Pro Day.  He is also a
      D3 all American punter with 37 punts for a 42.8 average.  It doesn’t stop
      there.  He averaged 11 ppg for the UWSP D3 National Champion basketball team. 

      Aldrick Robinson WR SMU (5’ 10” 184 4.35 40, 40” Vert) can’t be overlooked
      despite his slight frame.  Anyone that has 1300 receiving yards in 2010, needs
      to be looked at closer.  His blazing speed is a huge factor.

      Jamorris Warren WR Central Missouri (6’1 197 4.57 40)  Blaine Gabbert is who
      scouts came to see at the Missouri Pro Day, but it was Warren who they were
      talking about when they left.  Some scouts had him clocked at under 4.5.  They
      were impressed by his uptick in production from 2009 with 22 – 264- 4 to 109 –
      1458 – 20 in 2010 …. Yes that’s not a misprint 20 TD’s in 2010.

      Last WR I will highlight is Andre Holmes from Hillsale college, a big player at
      6’ 4” 210.  He showed his 4.5 speed at the combine (ran 4.45 at Pro Day) and put
      up 104 -1368 -11 this past season.

      Jah Reid is a monster at 6’7” 327.  He was a combine invitee out of Central
      Florida.  A two time All Conference USA OT, he started 41 games at RT for UCF. 
      He started out as a 370 lb incoming freshman.
      David Mims Virginia Union 6’ 8” 331 5.35 he has an 86.8” wingspan with 37” long
      arms.  He also hoisted 29 reps at 225#.  The key here is that long armed players
      usually have trouble with the weightlifting.  He has played against weaker
      competition but a few years with the Dante School for Porkers should provide

      Willie Smith at East Carolina 6’5” 310 5.4 Starting LT for the last 27 games of
      his career,  Helped the Pirates set 20 new team offensive records (4,000+
      Passing yards, 60% completion rate) while help setting a team record of 1.2
      sacks a game and nationally ranked #7 in passing.  All Conference USA starting
      OT.  Interesting that Bama and I both list Smith as a possible late round player
      for the Pats. 

      Tulane’s Pete Hendrickson 6’ 8” 305   ran a 5.06 40, 4.62 SS and 7.28 3-cone
      drill.  These numbers from his Pro Day would have been top three at the
      combine.  He started 38 games for the Green Wave.   A project, that needs to get
      stronger, but has potential as a late round selection or UDFA.  
       Mark Morse
      Razor's Edge Tailgate Patriots Fangroup
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