Forget The 08 Tape, Look At 07 For These Guys

By PFC Writer Bill Smith


QB Mark Sanchez USC—What?  He didn’t play much in 07!  That’s right.  Watch John David Booty try to play QB.  Now tell me if Sanchez is so good why couldn’t he beat this guy out for 2 years?  Booty was a 5th round pick by Minnesota and that was a gift.  I always doubt a one year wonder at QB.  Does the name  Akili Smith ring a bell?  He was an All American 1 year starter that played in the Pac 10.  Buyer beware.  If you are going to go for a 1 year wonder, look at Louisville Hunter Cantwell.  At least he sat behind an NFL quality QB.

QB Brian Hoyer Michigan St.–Hoyer did not adjust well to the change in offense and struggled in 08.  Last season he suffered more drops than the stock market.  But in 07 he was very sharp and had better receivers.  He is a QB that can throw 50+ times if necessary and once he gets in the grove, he is accurate with short and medium balls and can put the air under a long pass if necessary.  He has above average arm strength.  He is not ready now but is a perfect developmental QB.

QB Todd Boeckman Ohio State—
Boeckman was a victim of bad pass blocking and a worse protection scheme.  In 07, he showed himself to be a drop back passer with touch, decent arm strength and above average accuracy on short and medium passes.  He will be a free agent or a late 7th pick but given time to develop on a cab squad, he can be a solid backup or a part time starter.  He has the advantage of a lot of experience under center.  Not many QBs have that experience with the proliferation of the spread offense in college.

RB Bennie Wells Ohio State—He was hurt early in the second half of the first game of the year and never fully recovered.  He is faster than he has run and is the best back in the draft.  Watch him in 07 and you see a guy that cuts better, has a jump cut to get to a small hole and hits anything in front of him like a semi.  He also had a lot better blocking in 07 than 08.

RB Marlon Lucky Nebraska—
Lucky wasn’t in 08.  He was hurt early then ended up splitting time in a new offensive system.  But in 07 he was quick with excellent vision to the hole and a jump step to get there.  He looked 100 percent in the East West game.

RB/FB/Earth mover Jorvorskie Lane Texas A&M—
Look at his 06 and 07 tape ONLY if you can keep him away from fast food.  When he played at 260-265 he was a force with surprising speed and a vicious blocker.  In 08 he played at 285 and received his own zip code from the US Post Office.


DE Tyson Jackson LSU—
Jackson played OK in 08.  But in 07 he had a lot more talent around him.  He was not constantly double teamed and made a lot more plays.  He was unstoppable.  Had he come out last season, he would have been a top 10 choice.  07 is the real TJ not 08.  He is one of the few guys with pass rush ability that is a legitimate 3-4 end.  Tackles playing end can’t provide that.

LB James Laurinaitis Ohio State
—Nobody on the OSU D had as good a season as they did last year.  The D was on the field a lot more because the offense was not moving the ball as well as it had in 07.  Laurinaitis was a top 10 prospect last year but stayed to try to win a national championship.  When the team was blown out by USC, the team deflated.  That is part of why JL played better in 07.  Another reason was that he was targeted by the opponent O line.  He did not have the same level of protection from big linemen as he had in 07.  Take him and enjoy a solid pro for years to come and a steal in the second round.

LB Rey Maualuga USC—
If you saw USC vs. Oregon State, you would wonder if Rey was draftable.  He disappeared.  Look at the 2008 Rose Bowl game against Illinois and you will wonder why he isn’t the first pick.  Look at almost any tape and you see the real Rey.  What caused his lack of production 08 is a mystery.  USC makes the Pentagon look talkative.  But whatever caused the 08 reduction in productivity, don’t worry about it.  Take him, wind him up and let him fly to the ball.

S William Moore Missouri—
Moore struggled with injuries and a tougher schedule in 08.  He didn’t make the plays that made him a top safety coming into the 08 season.  Instead of being the first safety picked, he will go in the 2nd or 3rd round and some team will be very glad they took a chance.

That’s what I think.  Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent.  He is a senior writer for  and edits  He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library/Contemporary/Author.cfm?AuthorID=1003 and edits

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