Holiday Bowl, Players to watch tonite

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  1. Texian

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    Holiday Bowl, ESPN, 8:00pm EST

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    Marshawn Lynch ( Jr.)
    RB 5'11", 217 -No Rating from Scouts Inc
    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/player/profile?playerId=163361

    Daymeion Hughes
    CB | (5'11", 188, 4.56) | CALIFORNIA
    Scouts Grade: 91 Strengths: Possesses adequate height. Is quicker than fast. Very fluid and smooth in his hips. Is a naturally gifted athlete with good instincts in coverage. He shows the quick feet and change-of-direction skills to match up one-on-one in the short-to-intermediate passing game. He gets in and out of his pedal quickly. Diagnoses plays effectively and will consistently get a good jump on the ball. He shows good short-area burst when breaking on the ball in front of him. His ball skills are outstanding. He knows when to play the ball vs. when to play the receiver. He also knows when to go for the pick vs. when to knock the ball down. He gives a good effort in run support and is a solid wrap-up (sometimes drag-down) tackler in space. He also has proven ability in blocking kicks and covering kicks on special teams.

    Brandon Mebane
    DT | (6'0", 298, 5.11) | CALIFORNIA
    Scouts Grade: 85 Strengths: Possesses adequate-to-good bulk. Fires off the ball quickly and with good leverage. Consistently gets good positioning and uses his strong hands and upper body to control offe4nsive linemen. He displays excellent awareness and finds the ball quickly. Shows good hand usage to disengage nad he makes a lot of plays in pursuit. His motor is non-stop. Displays good initial quickness and above average overall mobility for his size. Can hold his ground versus the run and also flashes the ability to penetrate and disrupt. Continues to improve his array of pass rush moves and he's relentless when turned loose on the quarterback.

    Weaknesses: Lacks ideal height and will have some trouble versus taller, bigger offensive linemen that are able to neutralize him by engulfing him. He is quick and agile, but lacks top-end speed. Does not show ideal athleticism and will not be as much of a playmaker in the NFL.

    Desmond Bishop
    ILB | (6'1", 240, 5.0) | CALIFORNIA
    Scouts Grade: 80 Strengths: Possesses good overall size. Is quicker than fast. Shows good instincts and a nose for the ball. Takes solid angles in pursuit. Is big and powerful enough to take on blockers in the phone booth. Fills hard versus the inside run and shows the power to blow up iso-blockers in the hole. He is a powerful tackler with good wrap-up skills in space. He plays with a high motor and a mean streak. Always seems to be around the football and is a playmaker versus the run. Makes his presence felt over the middle of the field in coverage. Shows adequate range in middle-zone coverage and will do a good job of playing the ball in front of him.

    Weaknesses: Lack of top-end speed is concerning. Seems to play faster on the field, but his timed-speed was marginal in the spring of 2006. Needs to play with more consistent leverage. Will lose his power when attempting to take blockers on too high. Needs to do a better job of protecting his legs in space. Takes some false steps versus the play-fake. Lacks ideal closing burst as a pass rusher and must how to get off of blocks once reached. Not a huge playmaker in the passing game. Lacks the fluid hips and top-end speed to turn and run versus faster running backs one-on-one in coverage. Also displays below average ball skills in coverage.


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    Courtney Lewis
    RB | (5'10", 196, 4.66) | TEXAS A&M
    Scouts Grade: 71 Strengths: Possesses adequate vision and has enough lateral mobility to exploit cutback lanes given the opportunity, Shows good initial burst, is quick enough to turn the corner and shows a second gear in the open field. Runs hard, possesses adequate-not-great size and flashes the ability to pick up yards after contact. Runs adequate routes, doesn't drop many passes that should catch and can be productive after the catch. Has some experience returning kickoffs and is capable of making an impact on special teams in the NFL.

    Weaknesses: Lacks ideal lower body strength, doesn't stay low to the ground and has problems picking up the tough yards in short yardage situations. Takes too long to read blocks, is indecisive and dances in the hole at times. Doesn't explode out of cuts, lacks ideal elusiveness and isn't going to make multiple defenders miss once in the open field. Missed two games with an ankle injury in 2005 and durability is a concern.

    Justin Warren
    ILB | (6'2", 242, 4.9) | TEXAS A&M
    Scouts Grade: 37 Strengths: A classic two-down run-stuffing middle linebacker prospect. Is tall and thickly built. He is instinctive in the running game. Reads plays quickly and does a good job with his pursuit angles. He shows the size and base to anchor at the point of attack when taking on blocks. He also is a solid wrap-up tackler in space. Displays good recognition skills and won't take a lot of false steps. Is capable of holding up in middle-zone coverage. Displays enough quickness and instincts to make plays on the ball in front of him.

    Weaknesses: Lacks explosiveness. He is big and shows good lower body strength, but he lacks upper body power and lacks ferociousness as a tackler. More of a "thudder" than "striker" when it comes to his tackling. Below average speed and athletic ability. Does not show sideline-to-sideline range versus the run. Is high-cut and relatively stiff in his hips. Does not show the fluidity or speed to match up one-on-one consistently in the NFL. He has never been a huge playmaker in the passing game, either. Has some minor durability issues, including an undisclosed injury that caused him to miss one game in 2005 and slowed him in several others.
     
  2. threetoedpete

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    I'd be alot happier with Warren and Hughes if their forty numbers were better. But, they're football players. So I'm yeilding to beerlovers "look at the game tape" therory on them. Rathers, I'd rather go for the fenses with the Grand Valley state guy vs Warren. I'm worried that Hughes is a product of a good deffensive shceme.
     
  3. Errant Hothy

    Errant Hothy Hypermediocrity

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    Shouldn't Marshawn Lynch be on this list?

    I mean he's liekly to be the best palyer to take teh feild from either team, and is also likely to declare for teh draft.
     
  4. threetoedpete

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    I'd rather have the under achieving curled lipped Lorenzo after last night. Marshawn should be on the board at nine...we'll see. Kast loves the guy for sure. Can't have 'em all. We'll definately have to pick somebody. QB prospect , OL guy, Running back, after last year who knows. You're guess is as good as mine. Hollywood John has a source that says it won't be Deffense ? Which seems weird to me since Petie Faggins IS one of our starting corners. And ...at the nine as Vinny pointed out on the other thread, we should have our pick of the cornners. So What does all of that say...at this point your guess is as good as ours.
     
  5. kastofsna

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    yeah, lynch is definitely a guy to look at for houston. i like desmond bishop a lot, too.

    i loved daymeion hughes, but he looked really poor against steve smith in the USC game. his stock should be hurt by that, so maybe he'll be a good value pick for someone.
     
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    Yes Lynch should be on the list...give Texian a chance to fix it.
     
  7. Texian

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    OK I added Lynch, just wanted to see if ya'll were paying attention.
    ESPN, Scouts Inc has no rating for Lynch because he is a junior.
     
  8. Ryan

    Ryan THIS YEAR

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    shows what espn knows...courtney lewis has hardly played at all this year


    beat the hell outta cal!
     
  9. YoungTexanFan

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    Brandon Mebane is my DT sleeper pick.

    High motor with good size. Good strengh and can shed blockers. Explosive and relentless. Good moves. He can stop the run, but he can penetrate. He is like a very motivated and more talented TJ. Well, I guess he is the opposite of what TJ actually is.

    Beerlover has Okoye who should go round 1.
    YoungTexanFan has Mebane who should go round 2-3.
     
  10. rollinstone18

    rollinstone18 let it bleed

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    From what I've seen, I like this Bishop kid. Any clue what round he's projected to go in?
     
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    I am liking the California WR Jackson (is he even legible for the draft).


    PS. Why doesn't Lynch have his name on his jersey like the rest of his team?
     
  12. YoungTexanFan

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    Any updates on Mebane or Hughes? No cable TV here.
     
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    Darn he is only a Sophmore.
     
  14. JDizzle

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    Desmond Bishop is looking solid.
     
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    Linch is good, I had not seen him play before but he impreses me. He reminds me of Laurence Maroney. I think the Texans might take him if AD is gone.
     
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    He has, what round would you take him at?

    How about a all Cali Day 1

    1st round- Lynch
    2nd round- Hughes
    3rd round- Bishop
     
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    Ryan THIS YEAR

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    this is a painful game to wach as an aggie fan
     
  18. beerlover

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    you better sub out Bishop for Brandon Mebane otherwise YTF will flip :tearup:
     
  19. YoungTexanFan

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    lol. Won't flip. Just think he is going to be a surprise with the way he plays. He has a constant motor with very good skills. I like him but wouldn't be upset with Okoye beerlover.

    Do you want to wager a beer on who has a better rookie year?



    Also, how did Hughes and Mebane do in the game?
     
  20. JDizzle

    JDizzle I'm a dude

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    I'm not good at grading the draft. In fact I suck at it so I do not know where he's projected to go in the draft. But going off watching him tonight I do not think it's a stretch to say he'd be a definite upgrade over Greenwood and Orr. Excellent tackler and takes great angles. He doesn't look like the fastest guy on the field but he closes pretty quick and finishes the tackle ... unlike Greenwood who went to the Jay Foreman school of feet and jersey tackling.
     

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