April 28, 2008

All-Undrafted Team: Looking for a job

The NFL Draft has come and gone.

There were 252 selections over the two-day period, but several college standouts never heard their names called.

In fact, one could put together a solid team from among the players who weren't drafted over the weekend. So, we did just that. Here's a look:

QB Paul Smith, Tulsa
He's undersized (6 feet 1), but he threw for 5,065 yards and 47 touchdowns as a senior. He also ran for 13 TDs.
RB Yvenson Bernard , Oregon State
He was an ultra-productive back for the Beavers, but a lack of size and breakaway speed kept him from being drafted.
RB Dantrell Savage , Oklahoma State
He's a burner with big-play potential, but he lacks size and strength.
WR Davone Bess , Hawaii
Despite posting huge numbers with the Warriors, he's considered a "system" receiver. His lack of elite speed hurts, as well.
WR Adarius Bowman , Oklahoma State
He was productive on the field, but had a horrible postseason, including an awful performance at the Combine. His latest off-the-field issue clearly was the last straw.
TE Dorien Bryant , Purdue
Like Bess, he's considered a "system" receiver. He lacks size and doesn't possess breakaway speed.
OT Pedro Sosa , Rutgers
He's a bit undersized (6-4/300) to play tackle in the pros (he might get a shot at guard). Sosa also has been bothered by injuries and had knee surgery in March.
OT Eric Young , Tennessee
Young is another who may be a bit undersized (6-4/308) for tackle in the NFL, and he could get a free-agent shot at guard. His biggest problem is showing he's over a severe leg injury that caused him to miss more than half of the 2007 season.
OG Robert Felton , Arkansas
He's a powerful run blocker, but he's not all that athletic and needs help in pass-blocking. On the plus side, he has played all five line positions. That versatility will help him stick as a free agent.
OG Adam Kraus , Michigan
A two-time All-Big Ten player and a three-year starter, but he was overrated a bit in college. He needs to add bulk and strength. He isn't all that athletic.
OC Fernando Velasco , Georgia
Was the leader of a young Bulldogs offensive line last season, a line that helped paved the way to an 11-win season. But he's considered a raw prospect at center, and his lack of athleticism doesn't help, either.
K Art Carmody , Louisville
Extremely accurate but lacks a strong leg. Probably wouldn't be used to kick off in the NFL.
DE Bryan Mattison , Iowa
He was a three-year starter for a solid defense in the Big Ten, but though he has a great motor and is productive, he might be a half-step slow and lacks ideal size (a bit under 6-3).
DT Eric Foster , Rutgers
A second-team All-American as a senior, his lack of height (he's 6-2) is a big concern whether he stays at tackle or moves outside to end.
DE Darrell Robertson , Georgia Tech
It's surprising he wasn't drafted. He has good quickness and can run sideline-to-sideline, but he's a bit small (245 pounds) and can be overpowered when teams run right at him.
LB Vince Hall , Virginia Tech
A solid player who has good instincts, a great motor and packs a wallop. But he's undersized and doesn't run all that well.
LB Erin Henderson , Maryland
Extremely productive with good size. He's aggressive and plays with a mean streak. But he's considered a half-step slow, isn't a great athlete and has had injury problems.
LB Ali Highsmith , LSU
A three-year starter for some mighty fine defenses, Highsmith plays hard and can move. But he's too short for some teams, has trouble shedding blocks and isn't that instinctive.
LB J Leman , Illinois
Productive four-year player for the Illini and a great team leader. Has adequate size, too. But he lacks speed, isn't a great athlete and has suspect coverage skills.
CB Marcus Walker , Oklahoma
Played a lot of football for the Sooners and has good size and speed. But he has poor hands and lacks instincts.
CB Jonathan Zenon, LSU
Zenon produced as a Tiger and has good size and other attributes. Alas, the one attribute he's missing is speed. Still, he could stick as a dime back and/or a special-teams player.
S Marcus Griffin, Texas
The first-team All-Big 12 honoree was productive for the Longhorns but he lacks ideal size (he's a shade under 6-0), doesn't have great speed and isn't all that athletic.
S Jamie Silva, Boston College
He was superb as a senior, earning numerous All-America honors, but he's slow and isn't a great athlete.
P Brett Kern , Toledo
He was second in the nation as a senior, averaging 46.1 yards per boot. The only knock may be that he was inconsistent before 2007


QB: Sam Keller, Nebraska; Anthony Morelli, Penn State

RB: Anthony Alridge, Houston; Rafael Little, Kentucky; Tony Temple, Missouri

WR: Todd Blythe, Iowa State; Ryan Grice-Mullen, Hawaii; DJ Hall, Alabama; Maurice Purify, Nebraska; Darius Reynaud, West Virginia; Jason Rivers, Hawaii

OL: Andrew Crummey, Maryland; Drew Miller, Florida; Drew Radovich, USC; Matt Spanos, USC; Shannon Tevaga, UCLA

DL: Tommy Blake, TCU; Johnny Dingle, West Virginia; Keilen Dykes, West Virginia; Wallace Gilberry, Alabama; Derek Lokey, Texas; Chase Ortiz, TCU

LB: Jo-Lonn Dunbar, Boston College; Gary Guyton, Georgia Tech; Ben Moffitt, USF; Lamar Myles, Louisville; Wesley Woodyard, Kentucky

CB: Simeon Castille, Alabama; Michael Grant, Arkansas

S: Jamar Adams, Michigan; Jonathan Hefney, Tennessee; Dennis Keyes, UCLA; David Roach, TCU

K: Alexis Serna, Oregon State

P: Andrew Larson, California


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