In our first installment of stock watch this draft season, the National Football Post takes a look at three prospects who have either helped or hurt themselves with their performances in recent weeks.
Moving on up…
Will Barker: OT/OG Virginia, 6-7, 317
It’s not surprising that Barker has gone under the radar until this point. He’s a right tackle-only prospect who played on one of the poorer offenses this past season. However, coming from a university that has turned out its share of NFL-caliber starting tackles, Barker could be the next in line. As I said, he’s limited to the right side only at the next level, but he did showcase the ability at this year’s Texas vs. the Nation game to hold his own inside at guard. He’s a tough, nasty run blocker who can win at the point of attack while also showing the balance and length to hold his own in the pass game. Barker isn’t a guy who will get much love on draft day and isn’t an early round type of prospect, but I think he has a lot more value than prospects like Sam Young, Selvish Capers and Chris Marinelli. He’s someone who can not only make an NFL roster but eventually could be asked to start somewhere along a team’s offensive line.
Jonathan Crompton: QB, Tennessee, 6-3, 222
In a draft starved for quarterbacks with NFL-caliber skill sets, Crompton looks like one of the few in this year’s class who has the ability to make all the throws at the next level. He was by far one of the most impressive quarterbacks at this year’s postseason all-star games, spinning a clean football and showcasing impressive arm strength down the field. Coming into the 2009 season, there weren’t many people who thought Crompton could turn himself into an NFL-caliber quarterback, but after watching him improve his game dramatically after only one year under Lane Kiffin, one has to think there’s a ton of untapped potential in his game. He is still far from a finished product in the mental aspects of the game, but he has the physical abilities needed to play in the NFL. And in an uninspiring quarterback class, he could end up being a real gem down the road.
Junior Galette: OLB/DE, Stillman, 6-2, 244
Galette is a former Temple standout who registered 7