Risers and Fallers
For the 2010 NFL Draft:
Welcome to Draft Dog's weekly column on the college football players that are either helping or hurting their draft stock throughout the college football season.
20 February 2010
The Senior Bowl and Shrine Game are behind us and all that's left is the NFL Scouting Combine and individual workouts. Here are a few risers:
C/G Maurkice Pouncey, (JR) Florida
Since Pouncey (6' 5" 318 lbs) declared for the draft, I went back and took a look at more of his game film and he looks like a potential great NFL player. Even though he is a little tall he plays with excellent knee bend and balance. He has 40 career starts over his three seasons and was the winner of the 2009 Rimington Trophy, presented to the best center in the nation. Maurkice also garnered recognition as a first-team All-American by Walter Camp, the FWAA, Sporting News and CBSSports.com. Both Maurkice and Mike received second-team All-America and first-team All-SEC recognition from the Associated Press. He blocking helped the Florida offense rank #1 in the SEC in 2009 with 457.9 yards per game, including 221.8 rushing yards per game.
WR Demaryius Thomas, (JR) Georgia Tech
Thomas (6' 3" 228 lbs) was seeing his stock rise after he reportedly ran a 4.38 forty, however he broke his ankle shortly after and will now miss the NFL Scouting Combine. He is still a talent and has amazing height/weight and speed ratio. In 2009 he led his team with 46 receptions and led the ACC with 1,154 yards receiving with a 25 yards per catch average. Yes these numbers aren't eye popping, but if you go look at film he was consistently wide open, but he didn't have a QB that could get him the ball. Not to mention the fact that Georgia Tech ran the ball on almost every play.
CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State
Wilson (5' 10" 188 lbs) looked fantastic at the Senior Bowl. In a normal year he would likely be a second or even third round NFL Draft prospect, but this is a very weak year for corners and Wilson has climbed into the #2 spot behind Florida's Joe Haden. Look for Wilson to keep this lofty draft grade because he should perform very well at the Scouting Combine. He could even end up as the fastest corner with sub 4.4 speed.
DT/DE Jared Odrick, Penn State
Odrick (6' 5" 298 lbs) is moving up the draft boards after an excellent Senior Bowl and due to his versatility. I look for an NFL team to use him as a defensive end in a 3-4 defense. He has perfect size and is quick and strong enough to anchor and rush the passer. I like him in the early second round as far as value however.
DE/OLB Jason Pierre-Paul, (JR) South Florida
What a phenomenal ride, he played one season at College of the Canyons, (located in Santa Clarita, Cal), then transferred to Fort Scott Community College in Kansas as a sophomore, then arrived at USF for his junior season. Pierre-Paul is a potential top 15 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Calling 2009 a break out season would be an understatement, but he finished with 45 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks and was named First Team All-American by Pro Football Weekly. After watching film I am also completely convinced that he can play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.