Senior Bowl Targets – Defense

Another Defense Heavy Draft?

Thomas Dimitroff did what most experts and fans alike thought he would when he went heavy on the defensive side of the ball in the 2009 NFL Draft. However, many may not have thought he would spend 7 out of 8 draft picks on defense. Some may have considered last year’s draft a bust, when both 1st round pick Peria Jerry and 2nd round pick William Moore went down with season-ending injuries. Injuries certainly can’t be helped, but Dimitroff had to know that both were big injury risks and the gamble came up short when the two went down for the year. Jerry was playing well when he got injured in the second game, but Moore is still a complete unknown in the NFL.

Dimitroff saw some redemption in the latter part of the class when several players stepped up big, particularly at the end of the year. Chris Owens finally got a chance to start at cornerback and had a pretty outstanding year considering the amount of time he got to play and being a third round draft pick. He got burned a couple of times, but he looks to possibly be the starting cornerback for the Falcons for a while. Lawrence Sidbury Jr. played spot duty, but showed enough flashes to warrant a look at a starting position, even coming away with a sack and a touchdown. Garrett Reynolds got some snaps during the year, but not sure whether he’s starting material or not. Spencer Adkins played on special teams and made the roster outright over then 5th round pick Robert James. The steal of the draft may have been when TD selected local Georgia Tech product Vance Walker. Walker may not have had amazing stats, only racking up 13 tackles, but he started the last couple of games and played extremely well. Will the GM go defense heavy again? A look at some prospects on Saturday:

Scouting reports from draftcountdown.com and fftoolbox.com, two of the best draft websites available, so please check them out.

 Cornerback

After being ranked among the worst passing defenses in the NFL, the cornerback position was the highest need looking forward to the draft, but the strong play of Chris Owens and Brent Grimes at the end of the year allayed many fears. Some believe that they may even be the starting corners come this September.

Patrick Robinson – Florida State; 5’11/189/4.45 Forty Time; Strengths:

Outstanding athlete — Excellent speed and acceleration — Quick and agile — Super fluid hips and transitions well — Terrific feet — Closes in a hurry and has a burst to recover; Weaknesses:

Inconsistent — Concentration will wane — Questionable instincts and awareness — Is too aggressive at times — Not a violent hitter; Projected 1st Rounder

Perrish Cox – Oklahoma State; 6’0/198/4.45 Forty-Time; Perrish Cox is much more than a cornerback, but his ability to be a shutdown corner has him moving quickly up most draft boards. In 2009, Cox has become more of an impact player on defense, ranking fourth on the team in tackles and intercepting four passes through ten games. While Cox is a serviceable corner who can be a nickel or dime back in the NFL, it is his ability to return kicks and punts that make him worth a second or third round selection. (fftoolbox.com)

Jerome Murphy – South Florida; 6’1/185/4.5 Forty-Time; Murphy is shooting up most draft boards after finishing off his senior season with 77 tackles, four interceptions and a team high eight pass breakups. However, with players like Donovan Warren out of Michigan heading to the NFL early, Murphy is still probably a third round draft pick. If he can separate himself from the pack leading up to draft day, he could sneak into the second round (but he could just as easily fall back to the fourth round). (fftoolbox.com)

Brandon Ghee – Wake Forest; 6’0/190/4.45; Ghee will not be one of the first corners off the board, but he could turn into a solid cornerback in the NFL in time. Unless he has a great senior week and a nice showing at the NFL Combine, Ghee will likely be a mid-round selection. (fftoolbox.com)

Outside Linebacker

Many believe this may very well be the first round selection for the Falcons this year, and rightly so. While Lofton is one of the best in the biz, Nicholas had a good first year, and Peterson was a likely upgrade, a paltry 4 sacks from the linebacking corps combined won’t cut it. Peterson will be 34 years old this season.

Sean Weatherspoon – Missouri; 6’0/241/4.6; Strengths: Good size and bulk — Very athletic — Great speed — Has a burst and really closes in a hurry — Quick and agile — Solid instincts — Reliable tackler and a powerful hitter—Capable pass rusher and blitzer; Weaknesses: There isn’t a lot of violence in his game — Has some trouble taking on and shedding blockers — Can use his hands better (draftcountdown.com)

A.J. Edds – Iowa; 6’4/245/4.7 Forty-Time; A.J. Edds is yet another solid all around player from the University of Iowa. Like many that come out of the school, Edds doesn’t do anything that jumps out at you on film, but you just don’t see him making mistakes. A.J. Edds’ draft stock will rely heavily on the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine. As of now, Edds is likely a fifth round pick, but a solid offseason could change that drastically. (fftoolbox.com)

Norwood to Atlanta?

Eric Norwood – South Carolina; 6’1/252/4.7; Strengths: Good bulk with a stout frame — Strong and powerful — Outstanding blitzer / pass rusher — Good tackler — Nice range — Does a great job in pursuit — Plays with terrific leverage; Weaknesses: Shorter than you’d prefer — Average athleticism — Is not overly quick or fast — Does not match up well in coverage

Roddrick Muckleroy – Texas; 6’2/235/4.7 Forty-Time; 6-2 and 235 pounds, Muckelroy still projects to the NFL as an outside linebacker, but his versatility is becoming a big plus. He may not be the fastest or the strongest linebacker in the draft, but he simply makes plays and knows how to win. On a team that boasts plenty of NFL talent, it is Muckelroy who is emerging as the team’s leader on defense and that says a lot about his character.

Defensive End

This is a very interesting position to examine this year in the off-season. John Abraham had a less than stellar campaign after his Pro Bowl worthy 16.5 sack year in 2008. Seemingly, the Jamaal Anderson at defensive end experiment is over, sensing a permanent move to defensive tackle, clearing a path for either Kroy Biermann or Lawrence Sidbury Jr. to take the starting spot. Or do the Falcons go for a top-flight defensive end? Even though this class is not stocked.

Brandon Graham – Michigan; 6’3/260/4.75; Strengths: Good bulk — Aggressive with a non-stop motor — Very strong and powerful — Tough and physical — Does a great job in pursuit — Good tackler — Plays with excellent leverage Weaknesses: Doesn’t have the ideal height you look for — Short arms — Frame may be maxed out — Not a great athlete — Average speed, quickness and agility (draftcountdown.com)

Brandon Lang – Troy; 6’4/256/4.85 Forty-Time; Strengths: Terrific athlete — Has a rangy frame with long arms — Explosive with a burst — Plays faster than he times — Can bend off the edge and get around the corner — Does a great job in pursuit — Covers a lot of ground; Weaknesses: Doesn’t have the ideal bulk you look for — Needs to get stronger — An inconsistent tackler — Questionable instincts and awareness — Isn’t overly sudden off the snap–Not stout at the point of attack

Defensive Tackle

Likely will not pull the trigger on defensive tackles in the first round two years in a row, particularly with the advent of Vance Walker, Peria Jerry returning from injury, Babineaux locked into a long contract, and Jamaal Anderson’s likely move to defensive tackle. A big run stuffer in the later rounds might fit the bill.

Jeff Owens – Georgia; 6’3/304/5.0 Forty-Time; Owens had a slow start to the week but put it together on the money day of the Senior Bowl. He was explosive on Wednesday, showing spectacular speed off the line and consistently breaking double-team blocks. Owens gave scouts something to think about after what was a disappointing final season at Georgia. (si.com)

Cam Thomas – North Carolina; 6’4/331/5.1 Forty-Time; While the numbers may not be eye popping, Thomas is an experienced defensive tackle who has a great size. Most opposing offensive linemen have a difficult time moving his 6-3, 330 pound frame and that makes it very difficult to run against Thomas. Despite being so large, Thomas is surprisingly athletic and has good footwork. If he can learn to stay low at the point of attack, Thomas has all the tools to be a solid tackle at the next level. (fftoolbox.com)

Even though its an all-star game of sorts, this one can be a lot of fun to watch for several reasons. It issues in the official start to the NFL off-season and will go a long way to helping fans identify some players they may not be familiar with. Secondly, it helps give a barometer to which players may be on the rise and which ones take a slide towards the Scouting Combine in less than a month. Finally, its football, so you better enjoy it while it still lasts.

Enjoy……………

267 comments Add your comment

Sarah B

January 28th, 2010
11:21 pm

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 28th, 2010
11:31 pm

Nice job D3.
Just got back from Mobile. I have a Falcons Insider column for Sunday’s paper. Spoke with Dimitroff at length. He gave up some interesting inights about the draft.

–DOL

Nookah

January 28th, 2010
11:32 pm

Greetings Cagers!!!

Sarah B, girl you haven’t changed a bit, always up late. How you doin’ girl? I dedicated a “Nesta” song to you on the last blog….Don’ worry about a thing……that’s what will happen with the Falcons…..cause every little thing’s gonna be all right!!

I’ll go read your clip now. However, all I want for Christmas is Norwood or Witherspoon.

Go Falcons!!!

Nuff respect everytime!!!

Nookah

January 28th, 2010
11:34 pm

DOL, we appreciate the cameo. D3’s been doing a good job but you are the root my brother, you have given rise to the branch!!!

Go Falcons!!

Box

January 28th, 2010
11:58 pm

Nookah,
From D3’s assessment of both, I would choose Spoon over Norwood.

Sarah B

January 29th, 2010
12:02 am

Well, we are blessed by a visit from DOL… You were an excellent teacher DOL – Thank you from the “Cage”. Kick the Riff Raff off your blogs, see what happens…

Sarah B

January 29th, 2010
12:03 am

Hey Nookah & Box!

kdk

January 29th, 2010
12:04 am

ROLANDO MCCLAIN!!!!!!!

Box

January 29th, 2010
12:16 am

DOL,
Glad to see you keeping in touch. When might you share the insights about which you and Thomas spoke?

darrell starks

January 29th, 2010
12:39 am

We need more picks.
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!

Sarah B

January 29th, 2010
1:13 am

Nookah I reupped my season tickets tonight so let’s hope “every little things gonna be alright”

Night All!

Ed

January 29th, 2010
1:37 am

Great stuff D3…let me add one player at CB to take a look at, Kyle Wilson, Boise State. He has done so well at the Senior Bowl this week (per Bill Huber…the facts are that Wilson was arguably the best cornerback in practice this week. He got better as the week went on, capping it with an almost-spotless performance during a lengthy red-zone period on Thursday. Wilson didn’t give up a catch and broke up at least three passes. While some cornerbacks struggle with turning and finding the ball, Wilson does it with his ease.) than Don Banks Sports Illustrated has the Falcons picking him in the first round.

BT

January 29th, 2010
6:04 am

Nice Job, D3.

DOL, Looking foward to your column.

JJ

January 29th, 2010
6:46 am

Great read D3, spoon, bulaga, spoon, bulaga, spolaga. I’d be happy with either.

CBrass

January 29th, 2010
8:31 am

WR

January 29th, 2010
8:56 am

D3, very good post regarding defense, I too would be happy with Spoon or Bulaga, but here’s a name to throwout for some conversation. Taylor Mays, USC. I know, I know, the Falcons don’t need another Safety but watching his games while at USC, I decided to take a look at his physical makeup and a light bulb popped on. Mays is as big if not bigger then both of the Falcons current OLBs, at 6′3 230-234, plus he has been clocked at 40 speeds faster then some of the best CB’s, as low as 4.28 and high as 4.58. Now as for the comparison to the OLBs’, Thomas Davis was a Safety at UGA, he’s not a weakside backer for Carolina, imagine the Falcons drafting Mays and putting him at weakside LB. He has the speed to make plays all over the field, with his height, speed and coverage ability, the Falcons wouldn’t have to commit safeties or extra CBs when using a LB on tightends which is what most teams do. Mays range was questioned at times as a free safety, but that would not be a problem at LB because he would focusing on covering RBs out of the backfield, or TEs, plus he could be awesome when the Falcons are dropping into a zone. Coverting him to LB would probably be the biggest problem, but with Peterson back for one more season he could learn from a smart veteran while being a impact sub on third downs, officially taking over the position by the end of the season or in 2011. One of the best LBs I’ve seen in this generation utilized in a 4-3 defense was Derrick Brooks, Mays has his type of skill set and mentality, plus he’s bigger.

darrell starks

January 29th, 2010
9:21 am

LAST YEAR I SAY DRAFT BRIAN CUSHING AND SEAN SMITH AND WE DRAFTED NEITHER AND BOTH HAD OUT STANDING SEASON.
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

January 29th, 2010
9:27 am

This year i say draft patrick robinson, damian william.
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!

WR

January 29th, 2010
9:31 am

Quick correction to 8:56am post, “not a weakside backer Carolina”, should be he is a weakside LB for Carolina.

headmofo

January 29th, 2010
10:55 am

TD needs to move down in this draft so we can acquire more players. There will be players in the 2nd and third rounds that will allow us to continue to build the team. If we are able to move down in the draft we can still acquire a top corner and defensive end. If we don’t move down we will have one first round pick and no second round selection. Other than corner and defensive end we really don’t have a lot of glaring needs. This is the perfect draft to build the team for years to come.

TD….. move down this year save the cap space just in case we have to snag a player or two in Free Agency.

Nookah

January 29th, 2010
12:20 pm

WR, I liked your 8:56 post. I rally did not think of him that way but you have proposed a very interesting suggestion. That is why I love this blog!!!!

Go Falcons!!!

Nuff respect everytime!!!

Nookah

January 29th, 2010
12:22 pm

Did I miss an “e” from r_ally? I guess I did but that may be really what the Falcons will do next year….RALLY!!!!!

Go Falcons!!!

Nuff respect everytime!!!

CBrass

January 29th, 2010
3:28 pm

D3

January 29th, 2010
3:48 pm

Great Best D@mn Day of the Work-Week Cagers! – Don’t think I’ve been this excited about a Senior Bowl in my life, and I have one reason to thank: you all with your awesome analysis! Great, great convo’s here in the Cage.

Preference – As many know by now, I want us to draft our OLB of the future this year. On initial basis I like the ‘Spoon (along with Seminole and many others), but if he is either gone or “not high enough on TD’s draft board” I would love to add Sergio Kindle or Rolando McClain. Many say that Kindle is too much of a risk as a ‘tweener and that McClain is a pure 3-4 ILB, but I say hogwash, if you can play football, and you’re as fast, talented, and quick as these guys are, a position change is not out of the question. That being said, if these guys don’t pan out in TD’s mind, I will be happy with best OT available or trading down to pick up a second round pick (just think about what a great position the Patriots are in this year?).

DOL – You da man. Learned from the best and that’s you! Love the synergy we got going on. Not sure any other Atlanta sports beat writer and their fan blogger have the same 1-2 punch.

Nookah – The Cage just has such a better feel when the Nesta King is in the house. I want ‘Spoon too, but if for some reason we go O-Tackle first, and if there’s anyway we could get Norwood, I would shoot off fireworks. Not sure Norwood’s dropping past the 2nd round, but you never know.

Box – Definitely Spoon over Norwood, IHMO.

kdk – Would love to see McClain in red and black and I believe he could definitely play outside backer, unlike many experts. He’s fast enough and smart enough, and definitely aggressive enough.

darrell starks – Well, we do have multiple picks, but they’re going to be the 4th round and after, and we know TD can mine talent after the 4th (Sidbury Jr., V.Walker, Spencer Adkins, Garrett Reynolds, Biermann), but hopefully he’ll figure out some way to get a 2nd rounder.

Ed – Yeah, meant to add him on there just forgot or didn’t get around to it. Would not be happy taking any cornerback in the first round other than Haden and that ain’t happenin’. If we traded back to get a second rounder I could see it, but otherwise no CB worth it.

WR – Always count on you to think outside the box. That sounds great, and I’m all for it, but not sure he’ll be there by #19. Someone will take him even if they may not “need” one. Similar to us taking William Moore when we had Coleman and DeCoud. Speaking of, we might see William Moore in some Nickel and Dime Packages where either he or DeCoud moves to Cornerback.

More later Cagers……..Until then, be safe and have a great start to the weekend!

GO D@MN FALCONS!!!!!!!!!

Unca' Bob

January 29th, 2010
3:52 pm

CBrass,

Just got back from there. Did you open the links posted by his brother?

Sarah B

January 29th, 2010
3:57 pm

CBrass

January 29th, 2010
4:05 pm

Unca’ Bob,

Talking about his highlight vid? If so yes I did.

falcons

January 29th, 2010
7:02 pm

MCCLAIN ALL DAY!!!!

Unca' Bob

January 29th, 2010
8:52 pm

I have full faith and trust in the Process. The braintrust in charge will bring us a winning team that will thrive for years.

Unca' Bob

January 29th, 2010
8:57 pm

CBrass,

Yes, that was what I was speaking of.

CBrass

January 29th, 2010
9:08 pm

Unca’ Bob,

He’s very good at getting his head around to locate the ball while it’s in the air.

SeminoleWarrior

January 29th, 2010
9:24 pm

Good evening Cage Family…

D3, my brother, OUTSTANDING picture to lead of this discussion. That Mizzou Tiger is one bad dude.

And look at the number of Cagers that are seeing the light. I love it!!

All together now Cage…say it with me. SPOON, SPOON, SPOON, SPOON.

This young man is the REAL deal at the OLB position. He can hit hard, he has speed, he can cover, and he is a very well-mannered young man. Most important, especially to TD, he IS a leader. The Falcons can not miss with Weatherspoon at 19. Do it, TD. Just do it!!

SeminoleWarrior

January 29th, 2010
9:25 pm

Spoon is my NUMBER ONE choice but in all fairness, I would not have an issue with the selection of my main man UnCa Bob’s choice, Eric Norwood. He too is a very effective player that would upgrade the WLB slot for the Falcons while also adding the versatility that Smitty like.
So in fairness, a little love to Norwood BUT the heart is with ‘Spoon.

SeminoleWarrior

January 29th, 2010
9:31 pm

There is no DT that would be left on the board for us to choose after Suh, McCoy, and Williams. The guys that would be left (Owens, etc.) are all very similiar to dudes we already have on the roster. No need to waste the pick if we simple are choosing a 2010 model when we have low miles on our 2009 editions.

If cornerback is the selection, it has to be either, IMHO, Wilson or the kid from Rutgers, McCourty. Both have been very impressive and both fill the pedigree that TD is searching for.

SeminoleWarrior

January 29th, 2010
9:33 pm

WR, nice logic with the possible Mays selection. I can follow the point my brother. Respectfully though, I am leading the Spoon committee. Go ahead and draft the young stud, plug him in, and let him go.

SeminoleWarrior

January 29th, 2010
9:34 pm

With the possibility of a work stoppage in 2011, it may be critical to get a young lion (Weatherspoon or Norwood) the experience sooner rather than later.

SeminoleWarrior

January 29th, 2010
9:40 pm

DO Led, I have to agree with D3.

You are the GRANDFATHER/GODFATHER of this. It was you that afforded us the initial forum.

D3 aligned himself with the best, YOU, and here we (the Cage fam) are, rolling with a passion. My hat is off to both of you brothers…one hell of a job well done!!

SeminoleWarrior

January 29th, 2010
9:42 pm

Breaking right…catch you all on the other side. God Bless!!

ONER NATION…FALCON NATION!!!

Box

January 29th, 2010
10:35 pm

Box

January 29th, 2010
11:57 pm

Sarah B

January 30th, 2010
12:00 am

Nooooo!!!! Box. Say it ain’t so. Well he can move in here with me.

Box

January 30th, 2010
12:02 am

Sarah B.
Can’t see him giving back 5 mill.

Box

January 30th, 2010
12:09 am

Sarah,
The NFLPA would be proud of your efforts to support aging football veterans.lol

Sarah B

January 30th, 2010
12:10 am

Box – right now I wouldn’t give back $5. And now that the 2nd Mora experiment is over they may not suck next year. Here’s to much more Kerney!!!

Sarah B

January 30th, 2010
12:11 am

Box I’ll always support our Veterans!

Box

January 30th, 2010
2:44 am

What about Amari Spievey from Iowa? Some say he is the most physical CB at the Senior Bowl. We need someone to bring it. Trade down our #1, package it with our #3 and a #7,to get two number 2’s. I mention only one #3, since we cannot trade compensatory picks. We yield two possible impact players.IMHO.

D3

January 30th, 2010
10:19 am

Great Best Day of the Week A.M. Cagers! – Hope all of you are enjoying your weekend as all the football is finally drawing to a close :sad: , but we are in full swing of our off-season talk and the Scouting Combines and Free Agency will be right around the corner. We’ll know a little bit more about where TD might be going after the Combine, but we’ll really know after Free Agency starts and we re-up or let go a few guys (Dahl, Clabo, Booker, etc).

Not as Bad @ CB – I may run the risk of being called an eternal optimist and wearing rose colored glasses, but I don’t think we’re as bad off at cornerback as many of us believe (including myself in the until the end). Chris Owens and Brent Grimes played really, really well at the end of the year. Owens might as well be penciled in, IMO, because he only got better when he finally took one of the starting positions. He had a few hiccups, but not many for a third round draft pick. And Grimes has finally proven to be a legit corner in the NFL (and proven many doubters wrong in the process, including me). He may not be the tallest, but his effort and intensity is unparalleled. He tied for 5th with 6 ints, in limited starts, and only 2 CB’s had more picks (Asante Samuel, Charles Woodson) not bad company.

CB Depth – Speaking of the cornerbacks on our depth chart, there’s some talent there as well. While Houston should not be starting on the outside anymore, he still has a lot of talent, quickness, and speed to use and is stull very young. He could be a big asset in the nickel, but I get the sinking feeling that Coach Smith and Co. will plug him back in at starting CB next year (which will be an outrage). Also, we’ll have Tye Hill (who showed flashes, was a 1st round pick, and we gave a 7th rounder for), and Chevis Jackson (who digressed some after an impressive rookie campaign). Doubtful we re-sign Brian Williams due to his terrible injury and we only inked him for a one-year deal. Why draft a CB in the first round not named Haden, which carries huge risk, and we already have a pretty deep pool of D-Backs? Not to mention the fact that William Moore will be adding excellent depth as a 3rd safety, backing up two good ones already on the roster. A CB in the 3rd or 4th round will give the same advantage (particularly with TD’s ability to mine CB talent). Final Question: would Kyle Wilson, Donovan Warren, Patrick Robinson, or Perrish Cox make an immediate impact next year? That much better than Grimes or Owens? JMHO.

D3

January 30th, 2010
11:33 am

Some Thursday Observations from Scott Wright, president of DraftCountdown.com (the premiere draft website IMHO), check it out if you haven’t yet………… http://www.draftcountdown.com

One of the highlights of the Senior Bowl week is the chance to see ‘tweeners get work at other positions. Today South Florida’s George Selvie, Auburn’s Antonio Coleman, both Brandon Lang and Cameron Sheffield of Troy and Georgia’s Geno Atkins were taken aside and put through some linebacker drills. It would be wrong to form any definite opinions about their ability to potentially transition to the new position based on five minutes of evidence. However, my initial impression was that Selvie looked the most natural, followed by Lang, then Coleman and Sheffield. As for Atkins, let’s just say he did the linebacker drills like a defensive tackle.

• After not seeing much from South Florida’s Nate Allen this week for one reason or another he did jump out at me today. Allen showed the ability to stay low in his backpedal and, as expected, displayed soft hands.

• As a return man Ole Miss’ Dexter McCluster catches the ball very cleanly. I was also amazed at how quick he is. It’s like watching a waterbug out there on the field. Nobody at this game goes from zero to sixty faster than McCluster.

• Florida St. CB Patrick Robinson had a nice day. In 7-on-7’s Robinson intercepted a tipped pass from Zac Robinson that was intended for Joe Webb. In 11-on-11’s Robinson gave up a reception to Riley Cooper but immediately stripped the ball.

• Florida WR Riley Cooper is having a great week and he flashed on a number of occasions again today. At one point Cooper went low to dig a Tim Tebow pass out of the dirt and later he made a fantastic shoestring catch in the endzone off a deflected pass. Cooper also made a ton of receptions in 11-on-11’s

• South Florida CB Jerome Murphy looked very smooth and fluid. However, awareness may be an issue as he failed to turn around or even attempt to locate the ball on a fade route in 11-on-11’s.

• Georgia DT Geno Atkins once again displayed his ability to penetrate in 11-on-11’s when he burst into the backfield and flushed Tim Tebow out of the pocket. I was also extremely impressed with the range to the sidelines Atkins showed.

Speaking of Geno Atkins from UGA (and likely Rennie Curran and Reshad Jones), he will likely go down as another great talent that was pissed away by Willie Martinez. Dannel Ellerbe was starting for the Ravens in the playoffs at OLB for godsake. Hard to believe Richt kept him as long as he did.

• USC RB Stafon Johnson looked smooth and natural. A coach was overheard telling Johnson to slow down and show patience on counter and misdirection plays.

• Auburn RB Ben Tate showed soft hands when catching passes.

• Oklahoma State CB Perrish Cox displayed excellent awareness and ball skills, making yet another play on the ball at today’s practice. He is a playmaker

D3

January 30th, 2010
12:14 pm

1st Round Draft Pick Corners Since 2002

2002
-Quentin Jammer (5th) – Legit starting corner
-Phillip Buchanon (17th) – Been released and bounced around (Oak, TB, Det)
-Lito Sheppard (26th) – Made Pro-Bowl, but was expendable by Eagles, benched this playoffs
-Mike Rumph (27th) – Out of football since 2007

2003
-Terrence Newman (5th) – Legit starting corner, made Pro Bowl
-Andre Woolfork (28th) – Out of football since 2007
-Sammy Davis (29th) – Didn’t get picked up by any team last year
-Nnamdi Asomugha (30th) – Beyond legit, one of the best CB’s in the game

2004
-Deangelo Hall (8th) – Enough said
-Dunta Robinson (10th) – Legit starting CB
-Ahmad Carroll (25th) – Lost starting job after 2nd year, started 1 game since; been w/ 3 diff teams
-Chris Gamble (28th) – Legit starting CB;

2005
-Pacman Jones (6th) – Enough said
-Antrel Rolle (8th) – Legit DB, but moved to FS
-Carlos Rogers (9th) – Legit CB
-Fabian Washington (23rd) – Up and down career, lost starting job in Oak; Reprised in Balt
-Marlin Jackson (29th) – Only played in 11 games since 2007, starting 7 of them

2006 to present to come……….

BT

January 30th, 2010
12:35 pm

Good stuff, D3