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2007 Draft Preview - the 9/23 edition...

Discussion in 'NFL Draft' started by SanDiegoRon, Sep 20, 2006.

  1. SanDiegoRon

    SanDiegoRon BoltTalker

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    It’s a Big Ten weekend… cuz no other matchups are worth a damn… although there is another CALVIN opportunity tomorrow night :D (9/21 Virginia @ Georgia Tech 4:30 pm PST ESPN)…


    Sat. 9/23/2006 - (31) Wisconsin (3-0, 83/24) @ (6) Michigan (3-0, 115/45) - 9:00 am PST ESPN - Yep, this ones always a war, and the last five games between the two have been decided by seven points or fewer... last year the Badgers beat the Wolverines in a classic 23-20 battle in Madison... however, a win in Ann Arbor would seem unlikely given Michigan’s total domination of ND last week…

    Wisconsin –
    The new starting receivers could be among UW's fastest ever, there is a good crop of pounding running backs and the line should be better with three legitimate All-Big Ten candidates returning... they are a tad green on the D-line, but have some speed at OLB and CB, and a couple of All-Big Ten caliber players at safety and ILB…

    Offensively, QB John Stocco is still trying to get in sync with his WRs, and he has not lit up the competition with only 3 TD’s in 3 games... they really need him to be “the guy” this week, and we’ll see if he’s capable of it… RB PJ Hill has been solid, averaging 100 yrds over 3 games with 5 TD’s, running behind that big O-line, but Michigan’s front 7 is a tad better than what they’ve played against to date… Defensively, they are playing like a Big Ten team and their strength is in the middle of the field… Mark Zalewski is a Big Ten ILB and SS Joe Stellmacher (named preseason All-Big 10) and FS Roderick Rogers have been making (perhaps too) many of the plays…

    So why this game… a matchup of future pros in Wisconsin OT Joe Thomas and Michigan DE LaMarr Woodley... this should be quite a battle... Is Thomas’ knee healed sufficiently to handle Woodleys’ speed off the edge…

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    Joe Thomas, LOT, 6-8 303 4.90 1, Wisconsin – the #1 rated OT by Scout.com and #5 overall OL by Scouts Inc, he thought about entering last years draft but tore an ACL in the Capital One Bowl (playing DE)... he combines long arms with brute strength, agility and speed (a 4.85 in the 40) to position himself as the top OT and Top 10 pick… he was projected by many to be the second tackle taken in the 06 NFL Draft behind Virginia's D'Brickashaw Ferguson… a former DE & TE, he has the athleticism and consistency teams are looking for in a first-round tackle… he excels in blocking for the run… has started 28 consecutive games…

    The “I saw him first” award goes to: Kraig Urbik, Soph., ROG/ROT, 6-6 326, Wisconsin – In 05, Second-team Freshman All-American according to The Sporting News and Rivals.com ... started all 13 games at right tackle, and now will move to right guard... He's a technically sound blocker who'll likely grow into a top pro prospect after getting a little experience on the inside...

    Mark Zalewski, ILB, 6-2 232, Wisconsin – In 05, 83 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 12.5 TFL… he has played in 38 games, including 25 starts… one of the team's best tacklers over the last two seasons with 138 stops… he's able to play either on the strongside or in the middle... he makes the calls as the leader of the defense… he’s on pace to reach 100 tackles this season, his second year in the middle… he’s currently tied for the team lead in tackles (25), with 2.5 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 INT and 1 PBU… he’s everywhere and is expected to be named All-Big Ten because of his phenomenal range…

    Joe Stellmacher, SS, 6-1 218, Wisconsin – ranked preseason #10 SS in the nation by The Sporting News, he’s a veteran leader on defense who has 29 games played and 11 starts to his credit... in 05, received Honorable mention All-Big Ten... played in 12 games (10 starts) at SS and finished second on the team with 90 tackles… he is the playmaker in the secondary, and currently is tied with Zalewski for the team lead in tackles with 25…


    Michigan – See 9/16/2006 Draft Preview…
    Boy, did they make a very loud statement in the national title hunt by embarrassing ND… winning the Big Ten may end up being the equivalent of the National Title (and yes, they do play Ohio State on 11/18)… Michigan now has the nation's #1 run defense and is living in the oppositions backfield with 12 sacks and 24 TFL… it’s gonna be a long day for Stocco & Hill…

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    Michigan has finally found a true number #1 WR in Mario Manningham, who was named Big Ten Player of the Week for his effort against ND (4/137 yards and 3 TDs)...
     
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    Sat. 9/23/2006 - (24) Penn State (2-1, 88/60) @ (1) Ohio State (3-0, 96/26) - 12:30 pm PST ABC - this shouldn’t even be close, but I know there are some Lions fans out there praying for a miracle…

    Penn State – See 9/9/2006 Draft Preview…
    They absolutely have to get QB Anthony Morelli more in tune with his receivers (1 TD pass in 2 games)... even with time to throw, he failed to complete close to half of his passes against Notre Dame, so he forced the running game to carry the load... that won’t work this week either…

    Ohio State – See 9/9/2006 Draft Preview…
    Does this team play up (Texas) and down (Cincinnati) to their competition… is this going to be a recurring theme all season long… they had better get some “eye of the tiger” cause Auburn, USC and new kid Michigan are gaining on them…

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    Ted Ginn Jr. and Anthony Gonzalez are continuing to kill teams…
     
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    Sat. 9/23/2006 - (12) Notre Dame (2-1, 76/74) @ (30) Michigan State (3-0, 117/60) - 5:00 pm PST ABC - The Shootout - Stanton v Quinn… the game marks the 70th meeting between the schools and 40th anniversary of the 1966 "Game of the Century" between the second-ranked Spartans and top-ranked Irish that ended in a 10-10 tie... the Spartans will wear throwback decals on its helmet… but, I guess the biggest story line is whether ND will lose again... MSU is 17-6 in September, and 4-16 during November…


    Notre Dame – See 9/2 Draft Preview…
    I guess their secondary finally got exposed... and it could get an “X” rating exposure today... a blowout like the Michigan game was expected, although I thought it’d be Calvin Johnson not Mario Manningham… a team finally threw deep and often against the Domers suspect corners and it turned into instant rout… Now the luster and mystique is gone and they face an “Air Coryell” team, a team that beat them last year in South Bend by scoring 40+… as good as Quinn is, he showed signs of stress and became average when he was under any sort of pressure... do you think NFL scouts were watching???

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    Where did they go last week???



    Michigan State –
    They beat ND last year and now they get them at home… You think they’ll be Jacked Up!!!… QB Drew Stanton is going to earn his draft slot today, one way or the other… Offensively, Stanton leads an array of skill players with veteran receivers and a group of running backs that have a combination of speed and power... last week he was able to lead the team with his arm and legs converting 11 of 15 3rd downs… Defensively, no real standouts, but they know now what they must do defensively, to keep away from getting blown out…

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    Drew Stanton – does he become a Heisman candidate today... he would be already if he played for a top ten team...

    Drew Stanton, QB, 6-3 230, Michigan State - he has tons of experience with 33 games behind center… coming into the season: 4,717 career passing yards, 1,067 rushing yards, and has been among the nation's most efficient passers… In 05, 236-354, 3,077 yds, 67%, 22 TD, 12 INT, plus 121 carries, 338 yds, 2.8 ypc and 4 TD… If he avoids the injury problems that haunted him in 03 and 04, he will be the type of player who’ll carry this team to a major bowl... when he's on, there are few better and with his combination of size, accuracy, running skills, and experience, he's the total package... some say he’s reminiscent of a really mobile Jim Kelly, a QB AJ knows something about… in addition to leading the team in passing, he’s currently second on the team in rushing with 193 yrds, a 6.3 ypc and 3 TDs…

    Matt Trannon, WR, 6-6 235 4.70 3, Michigan State – In 05, 40 catches, 573 yds, 14.3 ypc and 4 TDs… a former basketball player, he intends to concentrate on becoming an NFL caliber receiver... he has the size, the athleticism, and the speed to blossom into a star, but he has to be more consistent... he tore up Notre Dame for 136 yards and 2 TDs last year… currently leading the team in receptions, second in yards with 2 TDs…

    The O-side “I saw him first” award goes to: Javon Ringer, Soph., RB, 5-9 198, Michigan State – a real burner with 4.4.speed and a little bit of power, he can strike from anywhere on the field and also be effective at time between the tackles. …. In 05, 12 carries, 817 yds, 6.7 ypc, 5 TD, plus 19 catches, 138 yds for 7.3 ypc… he’s currently leading the team in rushing with 356 yrds, a 7.7 ypc and 1 TD…

    Jerramy Scott, WR, 5-10 186, Michigan State – In 05, 49 carries, 722 yds, 14.7 ypc, and 4 TDs… he’s a slot receiver who they try to get in space… he grew into more of a playmaker last season after being used mostly as a possession receiver early in his career… he's a small, quick receiver can be used as a runner as well as a deep threat... He led the team in receiving last season, playing his biggest games against Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State... he can also be used as a kickoff returner...

    Mike Gyetvai, Jr., LOT, 6-7 307, Michigan State - a talented regular to the line, he will move from right to left tackle to utilize his strength as the line's best pass protector… has impressed coaches with his physical and mental toughness… he’s looking like an All-Big Ten caliber performer this spring... he can be an imposing force on either side...

    Kyle Cook, C/LOG, 6-3 295, Michigan State - able to play center or guard, he is one of the line's more versatile blockers… a 2 yr starter on the left side, he’s known for his pancakes... he has moved to Center to take advantage of his experience and line calls…

    The D-side “I saw him first” award goes to: Otis Wiley, Soph., FS, 6-2 209, Michigan State – with multiple SuperPrep credentials, he is currently leading the team in multiple defensive categories including tackles with 26, 4 TFLs, 1 sack, 4 PBU and 1 forced fumble… he’ll be the focus of attention today…

    Clifton Ryan, DE/DT, 6-2 302, Michigan State – In 05, 34 tackles, 3 sacks, 4 TFL, 3 QBHs… they’ve moved him from DE to DT to also create some semblance of an interior pass rush… on obvious running downs, he'll move back to the strongside to beef up the run defense… currently leads the team in QBHs with 5…

    Brandon Fields, P, 6-6 265 7, Michigan State - rated #3 by Scout.com, in 05, 40 punts, 1,664 yds, 41.6 yards per kick, 11 inside the 20… was one of the nation's best punters as a sophomore, but he often outkicked his coverage... he has NFL potential and could easily be a threat for the Ray Guy Award... currently averaging 49.2 ypk with a long of 63 and 2 inside the 20…


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    I sure hope the local ABC affiliate shows this one instead of the very average USC/Arizona game – I’ll be bummed… hell, the Boston College/NC State game on ESPN2 will be more exciting than watching SC pummel the zonies…
     

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