Top 100 prospects for 2011: Part 3
In day three of our 2011 draft preview, we’ll take a look at the next group on our top-100 board. Here are the NFP’s prospects ranked 21-40:
21. OC Kristofer O’Dowd, USC (6-5, 300)
A technically sound center who displays good bend and natural fluidity inside. Expect him to bounce back in a big way after an injury-riddled junior season.
22. OG Stephen Schilling, Michigan (6-5, 304)
Was kicked inside to guard as a junior and possesses the athleticism and body control to get out to the second level in the run game as well as stick to blocks in pass protection.
23. OC Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State (6-3, 298)
A seasoned interior lineman who understands leverage, uses his hands well and does a nice job sticking to blocks through contact. Struggled a bit at times last year after making the move from guard to center but should be one of the top center prospects in the nation.
24. OL Jason Pinkston, Pittsburgh (6-4, 305)
A thick well-built offensive lineman who looks a lot broader and plays a lot stronger at the point than his body would indicate. I don’t think he has the range to play on the blind side in the NFL, but he projects as an intriguing potential guard prospect.
25. LB Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina (6-2, 235)
Showcases impressive closing speed once he locates the football and should make plenty of plays in pursuit in 2010. However, he isn’t the quickest to decipher information inside and is better suited to the outside at the next level.
26. OT Anthony Castonzo, Boston College (6-7, 295)
Possesses a long, lean-looking body but has the athleticism to reach the corner and mirror in space. However, he needs to add more girth/strength to his overall frame since he struggles to handle any kind of power.
27. DE Sam Acho, Texas (6-3, 260)
A productive pass rusher who showcases a nice blend of burst, power and suddenness on contact. Uses his hands well to shed blocks and looks to be the next in line of potential highly drafted Texas pass rushers.
28. CB Kendric Burney, North Carolina (5-9, 190)
Showcases not only good body control and balance when asked to turn and run but does a great job locating the ball and going up to make a play. Projects as a starting-caliber cornerback on the outside at the next level.
29. OL Orlando Franklin, Miami (6-7, 318)
He’ll make the move to offensive tackle this season after playing his first three years at left guard. Possesses impressive body control for a lineman his size with the power to overwhelm at the point of attack in the run game.
30. ILB Greg Jones, Michigan State (6-1, 224)
Not only displays impressive range and body control to slip blocks and make plays away from his frame, but he also does a nice job dropping his pad level and playing with natural leverage inside. Lacks ideal size but has a real feel for the game and is an absolute tackling machine.
31. OG Rodney Hudson, Florida State (6-2, 285)
Is a bit undersized for the position, but he’s a natural bender who plays with consistent leverage and the point of attack and looks fluid moving his feet through contact. Won’t fit into every NFL offense, but he’d be ideal in a zone-blocking scheme.
32. DE Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma (6-3, 260)
Exhibits impressive range when asked to run sideline to sideline and showcases a good first step off the edge. Plays with more power than given credit for and projects as a potential starting caliber 3-4 rush linebacker.
33. CB Rashad Carmichael, Virginia Tech (5-11, 190)
Possesses a nice-sized frame for the position and has the ability to be physical off the line and turn and run. Does a nice job finding the football quickly and looks like the next Virginia Tech defensive back to make his way into the NFL.
34. TE Weslye Saunders, South Carolina (6-5, 280)
A massive tight end prospect who runs surprisingly well for his size and showcases the body control to go up and get the football. Plus, he has the frame to handle himself with his hand on the ground and looks like a very capable “on the line Y” at the next level.
35. OG John Moffitt, Wisconsin (6-5, 320)
A thickly built interior lineman who does a nice job creating space in the run game, and once he gets his hands on you, the battle is over.
36. FS Chris Culliver, South Carolina (6-0, 190)
Showcases an impressive blend of body control, balance and ball skills when asked to play in man coverage, as well as the range to ball-hawk in the deep half. Just needs to continue to improve his ability to quickly read and react.
37. NT Phil Taylor, Baylor (6-4, 355)
Don’t expect him to look comfortable playing in space vs. Big 12 offenses. However, he’s a powerful two-gapping-type nose who can eat up blocks and anchor at the point of attack. Could end up being a much better pro than he’s been in college.
38. DL Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson (6-4, 310)
Possesses a great-looking frame with a really impressive first step for his size. He will struggle to consistently find the football inside and shed blocks, but he offers the versatility to play in 4-3 and 3-4 defenses.
39. RB Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State (5-8, 200)
Showcases impressive patience, vision and cutback ability in between the tackles with the body control to make a man miss at the drop of a hat. Might be a bit undersized, but he runs with a low pad level. If he can stay healthy, Hunter looks poised for a big year.
40. CB Curtis Brown, Texas (6-0,180)
Displays a real feel for the pass game and does a nice job being physical with receivers down the field and undercutting routes. Is still a bit raw with his footwork and has a tendency to open up his hips too early, but he looks comfortable in man.
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