Slimm's 2012 Underrated Junior Prospects (including draft eligible underclassmen)

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  1. TedSlimmJr

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    I'm going to start off with a kid who's long, lean, and has an extremely bright future ahead of him in the NFL, should he decide to come out early after this season. At 6'6", 250 pounds, Devin Taylor has the ideal frame and length to man the RDE spot in a 4-3.... reminds me a little bit of a young Jason Taylor.

    He had 7.5 sacks, to go with 13 TFL's last year in Ellis Johnson's attacking style defense. He's going to have the #1 recruit in the country (Jadeveon Clowney) playing opposite of him at the other DE spot this year.... another 6'6", 250 pound athletic beast.

    Teams are going to have their hands full blocking these two ends, along with defensive tackle Melvin Ingram (9 sacks last year).

    I look for Spurrier to have South Carolina in the SEC title game again this year... they're absolutely loaded with talent everywhere... on both sides of the ball.








    Devin Taylor vs. Alabama & Georgia:




    [video=youtube;caMRfFsBOVY]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caMRfFsBOVY[/video]









    Devin Taylor vs. Kentucky & Auburn:




    [video=youtube;2GF1WejUYsA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GF1WejUYsA[/video]
     
  2. TedSlimmJr

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    Jonathan Massaquoi is a "local" kid who's playing right down the road here at Troy University, and racked up 13.5 sacks along with 20.5 TFL's as a redshirt sophomore last season. Normally, I would think a kid like this tends to get overlooked due to playing in the Sun Belt Conference....but that's never the case at Troy.

    Scouts are well aware of the talent that has come out of Troy over the years, and especially at defensive end (Demarcus Ware, Osi Umenyiora, Leodis McKelvin, Jerrel Jernigan, Cameron Sheffield, etc.) If he comes out early, it's because he had another monster season, and obviously got some good news from the NFL Draft Advisory Committee....


    Massaquoi is also the cousin of Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, and Browns wide receiver Mohammed Massaquoi.







    Massaquoi vs. Ohio:




    [video=youtube;dWq3tOuFVMU]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWq3tOuFVMU[/video]
     
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    looks like a guy who with that big butt can carry another 15 lbs of good weight and be a 4-3 end...plays like a 4-3 end to me...don't know how he fares at the poa vs the run though
     
  4. TedSlimmJr

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    Ronnell Lewis is another kid who falls squarely into the "hybrid" category. Too small to play defensive end in the NFL at 6'2", 240...but an ideal fit at OLB in a 3-4 for a team that runs a system like the Packers or Steelers.

    This kid really jumps out at me on film with his athletic ability, even though his doesn't have the eye popping production (yet) of some other prospects I've looked at. If he continues to improve, and manages to double his production this season as a Junior, I think he has 1st round potential.





    Ronnell Lewis vs. Nebraska:




    [video=youtube;liV5727zYNk]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liV5727zYNk[/video]
     
  5. TedSlimmJr

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    The defensive line classes seem to get deeper and more talented every year to me. It wasn't like this 15-20 years ago.

    Donte Paige-Moss wasn't quite able to match Robert Quinn's outstanding production from the defensive end position for the Tarheels last year (remember, Quinn was ineligible) but Paige-Moss was still able to fill in quite adequately for Robert Quinn.... notching 7 sacks and 13.5 TFL's in his first season as a starter.

    He's very similar to Robert Quinn in stature at 6'4", 260 pounds, but probably falls a tad short of the freakish athletic ability of Quinn. Either way, Paige-Moss is a key cog on another stellar defensive line unit for UNC that includes Seniors Quinton Coples and Tydreke Powell.






    Paige-Moss vs. Tennessee:




    [video=youtube;L63QHiPn52g]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L63QHiPn52g&feature=player_embedded[/video]







    Paige-Moss vs. Virginia Tech:




    [video=youtube;QmaLtMFwN04]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmaLtMFwN04[/video]









    Paige Moss vs. N.C. State & Florida St.:




    [video=youtube;4KTn9mPOiAA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KTn9mPOiAA[/video]
     
  6. TedSlimmJr

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    I'd venture to guess that Dontari Poe is one of the least known defensive tackles in the entire country playing at Memphis, but this kid has the talent to be playing nose tackle on just about any defensive line in the SEC.

    I doubt he comes out early this year, but just in case he does... he's a 6'5", 350 pound monster who possesses some pretty unique attributes.

    He needs to be coached up a little more, but would come in pretty handy being groomed for a year or two behind Paul Solia for a team like Miami.


    He's big #74 right in the middle for Memphis....




    Dontari Poe vs. UTEP:




    [video=youtube;JLM8lOj0MrU]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLM8lOj0MrU&feature=player_embedded[/video]
     
  7. TedSlimmJr

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    Speaking of big guys that can move, there isn't one in the country on the defensive line with more upside and athletic ability than Jerel Worthy.


    This kid is incredibly quick off the ball, and appears to understand leverage. The only problem I see with him is that he needs to use his hands better to gain control of his counterpart...

    Legitimate talent and upside with 1st round ability if he reaches his potential... perhaps even top 20 potential.






    Jerel Worthy vs. Wisconsin:




    [video=youtube;1ErZOVCeeIQ]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ErZOVCeeIQ[/video]
     
  8. TedSlimmJr

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    I think most college football folks are fairly aware of Peter Konz and what a fabulous center he is for the Wisconsin Badgers. The Big-10 has the two best center prospects in the country as far as I'm concerned with Konz and Mike Brewster...

    (I guess this one's for you hoops.... I know you love this kid)

    They just don't get much better than this guy right here... watch and enjoy.





    Peter Konz vs. TCU:





    [video=youtube;szc_lifemDE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szc_lifemDE&feature=player_embedded[/video]
     
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    This guy right here is a big reason why Andrew Luck is able to stand back there and pick apart defenses. Jonathan Martin isn't the best left tackle in the draft if he comes out (that would be Matt Kalil in my opinion) but Martin is plenty good enough.

    Martin has pretty decent feet, but lacks the punch to really stun defenders. He tends to let defenders close the hip gap on him because he can't "sit" and punch... doesn't anchor against the rush as well as he should. Needs to get stronger...

    Good player, but I need to see more from him as a Junior to give him a high grade....





    Jonathan Martin vs. Arizona:




    [video=youtube;x-M4PhXj3Gc]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-M4PhXj3Gc[/video]
     
  10. TedSlimmJr

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    Anyone that likes Tank Carder, can't help but like this kid right here... Shayne Skov is a patriot missile in pads...

    He's a tad bigger than Carder, and the performances Skov put on towards the end of the season were some of the best in the entire country from a linebacker, especially his Orange Bowl performance against Virginia Tech. This is a kid who I think is very much subject to come out early....






    Shayne Skov vs. Notre Dame:




    [video=youtube;ieo_ansbJmA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieo_ansbJmA&feature=related[/video]








    Shayne Skov vs. USC, Arizona & Oregon:




    [video=youtube;tO1tR_VTIOk]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tO1tR_VTIOk[/video]








    Shayne Skov vs. Virginia Tech:




    [video=youtube;amQU1TPoj1g]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amQU1TPoj1g&feature=player_embedded[/video]
     
  11. TedSlimmJr

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    Now this kid is one of the most underrated defenders in the country.... If you want to see what a tackling machine looks like, look no further than this guy right here...


    Luke Kuechly is on pace to set the NCAA record for tackles if he keeps producing at the rate he has his first two seasons at Boston College. He's always been a fantastic tackler and stout against the run, but he's beginning to become more versatile as he improves his pass coverage. Needs to continue to add a little bulk this season as a Junior... then I think he's well on his way to NFL starter in the middle of someone's 4-3 defense.







    Luke Kuechly vs. Clemson:




    [video=youtube;YQchsQlvJZg]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQchsQlvJZg[/video]









    Luke Kuechly vs. Nevada:




    [video=youtube;Iz1g1K-wPqo]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz1g1K-wPqo&feature=related[/video]
     
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    hey slimm...did you put these cuts together yourself???
     
  13. TedSlimmJr

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    Clemson isn't necessarily known for producing quality NFL talent at the tight end position, but Dwayne Allen is probably the best tight end I've seen in a Clemson uniform since Bennie Cunningham back in the 70's..

    He's a terrific, and fundamentally sound blocker for a kid who's just now going into his Junior season. Not to mention a nice weapon to have in the passing game. He passes my eyeball test for the tight end position rather comfortably.





    Dwayne Allen vs. Boston College:




    [video=youtube;kLGLyVVS6yw]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLGLyVVS6yw[/video]
     
  14. TedSlimmJr

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    Some of 'em, mainly the SEC games... I have a guy who does a lot of them for me to get around to all the conferences in order to get a look at the numerous quality prospects. Every conference has talent somewhere...
     
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    bravo my friend...bravo
     
  16. TedSlimmJr

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    Jayron Hosley led the country in interceptions last year as a sophomore with 9 picks... and he's an extremely talented cover corner. He probably won't match that total again as a Junior because he's going to play more boundary corner in Bud Foster's defense this year which requires more man-to-man coverage.

    Teams are probably going to test the other side of the field more often and avoid Hosley. Bud Foster's DB's usually don't come out early, but you never know...






    Jayron Hosley vs. North Carolina & Stanford:




    [video=youtube;kXscUAHMqj8]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXscUAHMqj8[/video]
     
  17. TedSlimmJr

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    Speed....





    Kenjon Barner vs. Oregon St. & Tennessee:




    [video=youtube;WyYjEdtH7rY]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyYjEdtH7rY&feature=player_embedded[/video]
     
  18. TedSlimmJr

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    Speed.....






    Tavon Austin vs. Maryland:




    [video=youtube;3a7DK5HeTRM]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3a7DK5HeTRM&feature=player_embedded[/video]
     
  19. TedSlimmJr

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    Speed....






    Andre Ellington vs. Georgia Tech:




    [video=youtube;BgUsrBlT5m0]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgUsrBlT5m0[/video]








    Andre Ellington vs. Miami:




    [video=youtube;ee-AbtuaXc0]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ee-AbtuaXc0&feature=player_embedded[/video]
     
  20. TedSlimmJr

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    ...and more speed...






    Onterio McCalebb vs. Arkansas, Alabama, LSU, & Georgia:




    [video=youtube;W3yrYCZ6Bt8]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3yrYCZ6Bt8&feature=player_embedded[/video]
     
  21. TedSlimmJr

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    Moving on from scat backs to legitimate franchise caliber running backs, Chris Polk is a phenomenal talent. He'll run over you, through you, by you and past you... however you want to do it is fine with him.

    He belongs in the category with the elite underclassmen running backs in the 2012 draft class... including Trent Richardson and Knile Davis. Polk is that kind of talent..





    Chris Polk vs. Nebraska:




    [video=youtube;FTOlBDIC8tM]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTOlBDIC8tM[/video]
     
  22. TedSlimmJr

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    Speaking of Knile Davis, I'm dipping into the draft eligible redshirt sophomores here. Two words sum up Knile Davis for me... Total package.


    He led the SEC in rushing with over 1,300 yards despite not even being Arkansas' feature tailback until almost the end of October last year. When he became the feature back for the Razorbacks, he dominated. Plain and simple. He got better every week, and he could be gone after this year...






    Knile Davis vs. Ohio St.:




    [video=youtube;KU7ATqM7HnA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KU7ATqM7HnA[/video]
     
  23. TedSlimmJr

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    Cameron Marshall is perhaps the most under the radar underclassmen back that has the talent to get it done on Sundays. Legit 4.45 speed at around 215 pounds.

    I think he's in for a big Junior season...






    Cameron Marshall vs. Washington:





    [video=youtube;QFOovWa-EuE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFOovWa-EuE&feature=player_embedded[/video]






    Cameron Marshall vs. UCLA:




    [video=youtube;jbfFdVaFg6M]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbfFdVaFg6M&feature=player_embedded[/video]
     
  24. TedSlimmJr

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    If I were going to make a list of the top 5 athletes in college football, Robert Griffin would be on it. I think it's 50/50 as to whether or not he comes out early, even with another huge season as a Junior, but this is an EXTREMELY high character kid who has his head screwed on straight. Griffin set Baylor's school record for passing yards last season as a sophomore with 3,500 yards.. one of the best dual threat quarterbacks in the country.


    THIS is the type of kid you want to roll the dice on as a quarterback prospect, I'll bet you dollars to doughnuts that he's a better pro than Terrelle Pryor... no matter what position they end up playing in the NFL...






    Robert Griffin vs. Wake Forest:




    [video=youtube;myAMiNYTstk]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myAMiNYTstk[/video]









    Robert Griffin vs. Illinois:




    [video=youtube;wlcptXDg5ic]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlcptXDg5ic[/video]
     
  25. TedSlimmJr

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    Perhaps the most under-the-radar, potential big-time quarterback prospect in the country is Tyler Wilson. His only significant action came last year against Auburn after Ryan Mallett had to leave the game with an injury.

    Needless to say, it was one of the most impressive 2 quarter or so passing performances I've seen by a college quarterback since I watched Frank Reich lead Maryland to a 42-40 win over the Miami Hurricanes after being down 31-0 at halftime. Obviously Arkansas wasn't able to come back and beat Auburn, but you get the point...

    I doubt Wilson comes out early after only one season as a starter for Petrino, but the point is it'll be interesting to watch how he progresses during his first season as a full time starter facing SEC defenses. The kid has the tools.... as you'll see here....







    Tyler Wilson vs. Auburn:




    [video=youtube;0BlUNnThoTQ]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BlUNnThoTQ[/video]
     
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    I saved the best for last...

    David DeCastro was the best interior offensive lineman in the country last season, and it wasn't even close in my opinion... he just wasn't eligible for the draft, this year he is...

    John Hannah was the best offensive lineman I've ever seen play, and I'm convinced this kid has John Hannah type qualities. This is the best interior offensive lineman to play college football since Steve Hutchinson. DeCastro is almost...flawless.

    I can't wait to watch him play more this season... you'd have to go back a long ways to find an interior offensive lineman I'd give a higher grade to...







    (Focus on RG #52):





    [video=youtube;CiYmq5Wgn4M]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiYmq5Wgn4M[/video]
     
  27. TedSlimmJr

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    I'll round out my underrated Junior prospects here....





    Quarterbacks:


    Geno Smith - West Virginia

    Jeff Tuel - Washington St.





    Running Backs:

    Edwin Baker - Michigan St.

    David Wilson - Virginia Tech

    Robert Turbin - Utah St.

    Bernard Pierce - Temple

    Ray Graham - Pittsburgh

    Montee Ball - Wisconsin

    Lamar Miller - Miami

    Chris Thompson - Florida St.

    Jonathan Franklin - UCLA

    D.J. Monroe - Texas

    Warren Norman - Vanderbilt





    Wide Receivers:


    Ryan Swope - Texas A&M

    Mark Harrison - Rutgers

    Mohamed Sanu - Rutgers

    Chad Bumphis - Mississippi St.





    Tight Ends:


    Tyler Eifert - Notre Dame

    Ryan Griffin - UCONN

    Phillip Lutzenkirchen - Auburn (H-back)





    Offensive Tackles:


    Bobbie Massey - Ole Miss

    Ricky Wagner - Wisconsin

    Lane Taylor - Oklahoma St.

    Jason Kons - Air Force





    Offensive Guards:


    Brandon Washington - Miami





    Centers:

    Ben Habern - Oklahoma

    Graham Pocic - Illinois

    T.J. Johnson - South Carolina






    Defensive Ends:


    Olivier Vernon - Miami (If he played every game like he did against Georgia Tech 2 years ago, he'd be a 1st round pick)

    Nick Perry - USC

    Brad Madison - Missouri





    Defensive Tackles:


    Fletcher Cox - Mississippi St. (This kid is a freak)






    Linebackers:


    Jake Knott - Iowa St.

    Travis Brown - Fresno St.

    Tenarius Wright - Arkansas





    Cornerbacks:


    Corey Broomfield - Mississippi St.

    T'Sharvan Bell - Auburn

    C.J. Wilson - N.C. State

    Josh Robinson - UCF





    Safeties:


    Vaughn Telemaque - Miami

    Robert Lester - Alabama

    John Boyett - Oregon
     
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    Here's a little bit of Mark Harrison... big receiver at 6'3", 230 pounds, who can get down the field. Has little bit of Brandon Marshall type attributes in him...

    Not as good of a prospect as Kenny Britt was coming out of Rutgers a couple years ago, but probably better OFF the field...






    Mark Harrison vs. South Florida:




    [video=youtube;NywkiSC4xPU]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NywkiSC4xPU[/video]
     
  29. TedSlimmJr

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    I would be extremely surprised if Aaron Murray decides to enter the 2012 Draft, but you just never know with these kids. He'll only be a redshirt sophomore this season, but he's eligible...

    Did I mention that this kid is Drew Brees 2.0?








    Aaron Murray vs. Auburn:




    [video=youtube;eXDQCtxto3A]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXDQCtxto3A&feature-player_embedded[/video]
     
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    I watched this game last year and was really impressed with Murray. Kids got balls of steal and great touch.
     
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    I really like Murray's ability to escape pressure.
     
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    Jonathon Massaquai is a stud. I noticed him last year when I was checking out Mario Addision. If he has another year like he did last year then he won't be underrated for long.
     
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    Wow great find with the Ellington Kid!!!!! I'd never even heard of him. He has game breaking potential.

    I live in Portland so I've seen a lot of Barner and he's no Lamichael James but who is? He could still be a change of pace guy in the league where I think James could handle 15+ carries splitting time with a bigger back.
     
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    The Dawgs are my team so obviously I love Aaron Murray. But what a lot of people may not know is that there was a guy named Zach Mettenburger who was not as highly recruited that came in the same year as Murray. The reason I bring him up is because I thought that Mettenburger looked better than Murray. He was kicked off the team because he did some really stupid stuff and he deserved the punishment. This year he has a chance to be the starter for LSU. Jordan Jefferson is inconsistent at best. Mettenburger's biggest strength is his cannon of an arm but he has good mobility and he's aggressive. A gunslinger with the arm to back up the mentality.

    You can see the arm strength in the video below, it's only 50 yards through the air but it's effortless and on the money:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gANxEBv330A&feature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xz235yyct1g
     
  35. MP-Omnis

    MP-Omnis Larry King, Antique Bandwagon

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    Yeah my cousin is a Stanford alum, so I went to the Orange Bowl and was like WHO IS THAT GUY?! Skov is a beast, man. He can be one of those guys that might not be the best in the NFL, but will be in on every play.
     
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    he got kicked off the team for drinking underage and showing his fake id, thats a little extreme if you ask me.
     
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    WVDolphan A True Fan

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    So youre saying if we win a few games, this kid is ours. Nice. We may not lose enough to pick 1st overall and get Kalil, but at least we could have a shot at a kid who blocks for Andrew Luck. And we all know its the LT that makes or breaks your QB. Drafting one of these two kids sets us up at RT for quite a while. A couple of more seasons and our OL will be set.
     
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    David DeCastro will be our first round pick if ****** is here.
     

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