Strengths: Productive college player...Has good size and a solid frame...Smart player with tremendous instincts...Is a ballhawk with a knack for making the big play...A team leader and coach in the secondary...Intangibles are top notch.Weaknesses: Does not have great speed...Athleticism is only average...Not very quick or explosive...Is not a big hitter...Lacks range and doesn't change directions well...Will struggle to keep up with better athletes in coverage at the next level.Notes: A classic overachiever who gets the most out of his ability due to hard work...It is easy to find things not to like about this guy from a physical standpoint but then you watch the film and admire him...A potential backup and special teams player.
Strengths: Is a terrific playmaker as a centerfielder type FS. Has excellent instincts and recognition skills. Gets a great jump on most plays. Shows the ability to read the quarterbacks' eyes and has a very good feel for tendencies. Takes great angles to the ball in the air. Has very good size, long arms and decent leaping ability to challenge for the jump-ball. His hands and overall ball skills are outstanding. He is mostly a drag-down tackler in the running game. Will do an adequate job as a last-line-of-defense type in that facet of the game.
Weaknesses: Is not physical or tough enough. Does not attack the run as hard as he should. Lacks power and overall strength for a player his size. Is a drag-down tackler that won't show a lot of power or pop at the POA. Lacks good speed and will struggle to cover as much ground in the NFL as he does in college. Is not nearly as effective in man-coverage as he is in zone. Does not show much potential as a special teams player in the NFL. Lacks versatility.
Overall: Meeuwsen redshirted in 2000. He saw considerable time and flashed a lot of potential from 2001-'02 but a shoulder (2001) and sprained knee (2002) injuries slowed him down. He started all 13 games as a junior in 2003 and finished with 52 total tackles, 1.5 TFL, six INT's and four PBU. Meeuwsen also started all 12 games and finished with 72 tackles, five TFL, four INT's and nine PBU. Meeuwsen has very good size and was an absolute playmaker in the passing game as a centerfielder at the free safety position in college. He had 18 career interceptions and was only a fulltime starter for two of those four seasons. However, while he has a very good build; Meeuwsen is not overly physical or aggressive in run support. Furthermore, his marginal speed really thwarts his NFL potential as a centerfielder-type at the next level. Meeuwsen might get some late attention in the 2005 draft as a possible sub-package defensive back that can play in certain obvious passing situations, but he might not have enough versatility, toughness or speed to make it at the next level.
I forgot to mention this when I posted in the other Meeuwsen thread: this is another player Saban saw first hand. Remember, LSU hosted Oregon St in last season's opener and basically fluked a victory when the OSU kicker botched 3 extra points, including one that would have sent the game into a second OT.