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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Steelers Andre Frazier Position: OLB Class: Sr School: Cincinnati Conference: C-USA Ht., Wt.: 6-4.5, 234 40 Time: 4.73 BIO: All-Conference selection the past two seasons posting 37/11/5 as a junior and 56/10.5/7 the prior year. Moved into the starting lineup ...

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Old 09-03-2006, 09:21 AM   #11
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Andre Frazier
Position: OLB
Class: Sr
School: Cincinnati
Conference: C-USA
Ht., Wt.: 6-4.5, 234
40 Time: 4.73

BIO: All-Conference selection the past two seasons posting 37/11/5 as a junior and 56/10.5/7 the prior year. Moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore.

POSITIVES: Undersized yet explosive collegiate defensive end who projects to linebacker at the next level. Quick off the snap, keeps his pads low to the ground and drives up the field. Plays with excellent balance, body control and works hard until the whistle blows. Displays effective hand technique getting around opponents, rushes the edge with speed and redirects to the action. Rarely off his feet and moves laterally to string plays to the flanks. Good head for the ball and immediately diagnoses the action.

NEGATIVES: Handled at the point by a single blocker or moved off the line. Has difficulty shedding blocks by opposing tight ends.

ANALYSIS: An athletic prospect who lined up in a three point stance in college, Frazier projects well to outside linebacker in a 34 defense. Displays both the instincts and athletic abilities to play in space and has long range potential.

PROJECTION: Mid Fifth Round

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Position: DT
Class: Sr
School: Memphis
Conference: C-USA
Ht., Wt.: 6'3, 295
40 Time: 4.97

Selected by Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 7, pick 11 (212 overall)
BIO: Three year starter who posted 82/10/4 as a senior also intercepting 1 pass and breaking up 8 more.

POSITIVES: Nice-sized, athletic two-gap lineman that is one of the hidden gems in this year's draft. Breaks down well, quick changing direction and makes plays up and down the line of scrimmage. Adjusts off the initial block, stays on his feet and displays a burst of speed getting to the play. Good run defender, effective in pursuit and a tough prospect that likes to mix it up and get involved in the action. Naturally strong, displays the ability to defeat blocks and effectively uses hand technique to keep opponents away.

NEGATIVES: Must bend his knees and learn to play with leverage. Lacks balance, ducks his head and not explosive in any aspect. Slow locating the action.

ANALYSIS: Taylor is a prototypical two-gap lineman that can also play in a variety of defensive schemes. Offers a good amount of upside potential and is a terrific athlete for a 310 pound lineman. It would not be a
surprise to see him go in the middle rounds of April's draft, or to find Taylor on a final roster next September.

Dustin Fox
Position: CB
Class: Sr
School: Ohio St.
Conference: Big Ten
Ht., Wt.: 5-11, 191
40 Time: 4.52
Selected by: Minnesota Vikings
Round 3, pick 16 (80 overall) Grading System

BIO: Three-year starter who posted 28/0/3 in nine games of an abbreviated senior campaign when he was sidelined with an arm injury. All-Conference selection as a junior after tallying 77/3/9. Experienced at both cornerback and safety and productive on special teams.

POSITIVES: Tough, feisty defensive back with a good head for the position. Alert, displays good ball awareness and immediately locates the pass in the air. Leads the defensive secondary, hard working and takes on bigger opponents defending screen passes. Positions himself to make a play on the ball and does a nice job reading receivers' eyes.

NEGATIVES: Quick out of his backpedal and prefers to side shuffle down the field. Marginal playing speed and struggles staying downfield with opponents. Consistently playing catch-up.

ANALYSIS: An instinctive prospect with solid size/speed numbers and excellent intangibles, Fox is coming off a disappointing senior campaign. And though it was marred by injury, scouts still wonder about his potential for the next level. Previously displayed himself as a potential first-day pick but now a late-round choice who will fight to see action as a nickel back in the NFL.

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OG Tony Palmer

Gil Brandt is reporting that Palmer is indeed 6’2� and hence TFG declares the issue with Palmer’s height settled. Missouri OG Tony Palmer is the best run blocker available in the 2006 NFL Draft at any position. While Georgia’s Max Jean-Gilles was impressive when the Dawgs played South Carolina during the regular season, Palmer’s performance against that same Gamecock defense in the Independence Bowl solidified TFG’s take here. Tony Palmer simply plays with outstanding power, and his low center of gravity is part of the reason why. Palmer is also very quick and mobile in short areas (despite what Brandt is reporting about his 40 time). Palmer can pull and trap as well as any OG prospect TFG has ever observed. While TFG does not have a lot of Missouri tape from 2005, TFG has focused on Palmer before, especially during the 2004 season. Against Nebraska in 2005, TFG hoped to see Palmer match up against the Huskers’ fine DT duo of Smith and Adams, both ranked prospects by the guru consensus. What is on the Nebraska tape is quite revealing. Nebraska mostly chose to not line-up anyone on Palmer, preferring to attack the less experienced portion of the Mizzou OL. Hence, watching the Nebraska game provided little insight into Tony Palmer other than the fact that the Nebraska defensive strategy was to not engage Palmer. Why serve up a defender who is just going to get blown back? Not only is Tony Palmer highly experienced and decorated against top competition, but he is also apparently a kid of high character. Indeed, Palmer plays the piano for his church, indicating a level of athleticism rarely demonstrated by the giants of the game of football. Given how strong his hands appear on the football field, TFG is amazed that Palmer’s fingers actually fit on individual piano keys. Well, if he needs a nickname, “The Piano� certainly fits, because Tony Palmer looks like and plays football like a piano, and when Palmer pancakes defenders, the sound of slamming both hands on the keyboard is probably close to the sound in the defender’s helmet.

TFG believes Tony Palmer is the complete OG package and grades out as a value late in the Second Round. Palmer is a devastating run blocker and an accomplished pass blocker. Durable and experienced against top competition, First Team All Big 12 OG Tony Palmer is getting a very raw deal from the guru consensus so far. Chalk this one up to the obsession with height, as if height is really that advantageous for interior linemen in the first place. Tony Palmer has everything TFG looks for in a Draft prospect, and will likely be one of the best values when and if he gets Drafted

Tim McGarigle
Position: ILB
Class: Sr
School: Northwestern
Conference: Big Ten
Ht., Wt.: 6-0.5, 242
40 Time: 4.79
Selected by: St. Louis Rams
Round 7, pick 13 (221 overall) Grading System

BIO: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors since his sophomore campaign. Led the team in tackles as a senior with 156/7/2. Junior totals included 151 tackles after 140 the prior year.

POSITIVES: Active run-defender best in the box. Immediately diagnoses the action and flies around the football, sacrificing his body in order to make the tackle. Intelligent yet tough. Fires up the field and displays excellent tackling technique. Flashes skill in zone coverage.

NEGATIVES: Lacks top sideline-to-sideline range as well as speed in pursuit. Swallowed up at the point or taken from the action by opposing fullbacks.

ANALYSIS: A two-down defender with a great head for the ball, McGarigle has starting potential at inside linebacker for a 34 defense.

PROJECTION: Mid Fifth Round

Tim Sandidge
DT Sandidge (6-1 1/8, 310) ran his 40s in 5.11 and 5.03 seconds. He also ran the short shuttle in 4.59 and the three-cone drill in 7.36. In addition, he had a 30½-inch vertical jump, an 8-foot-5 broad jump and 20 lifts.

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DT Remi Ayodele
July 27, 2006

The Baltimore Ravens added more depth to their defensive line Thursday by signing Remi Ayodele, general manager Ozzie Newsome announced.

Ayodele, a 6-2, 300-pound defensive tackle from the University of Oklahoma, was most recently on the New England Patriots' roster after signing as an undrafted rookie free agent this past May. He was waived from the team on June 16.

During his collegiate career with the Sooners, Ayodele posted 22 tackles (nine for loss), four sacks and one fumble recovery. After transferring from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in 2004, he started two games for the Sooners his junior season and five contests during his senior campaign.

His brother, Akin, a linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars the past four seasons, is currently with the Dallas Cowboys.

REMI AYODELE No. 77 Defensive Tackle ? Rookie

6-2, 300, Oklahoma

HS: South Grand Prix (Grand Prix, TX)

Born: 4/22/1983

Joined Ravens: Undrafted Rookie Free Agent

Remi Ayodele (pronounced rem-EE A-o-dell) signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted rookie free agent on July 26, 2006?A quick and wide-bodied defender who has experience lining up at end as well?Played for 2 seasons with the Oklahoma Sooners, where he started 7 games and posted 22 total tackles (9 for loss), 4 sacks and 1 FR?As a senior in 2005, he started the first 3 games on the season and in the Texas Tech and Oklahoma State contests...One of his best games came when he tallied 2 TFLs against the Red Raiders...Of his 11 stops on the season, 6 were TFLs...His junior year, Ayodele had 3 sacks, 2 of which occured versus Houston...He played extensively as part of OU's DT rotation, making 2 starts on the season...Originally enrolled at Purdue out of high school, but transfered to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M...While at A&M, he helped his team to a 21-3 record in 2 seasons...He posted 50 tackles, 3 sacks and recovered 1 fumble in 2003...Played his prep career at South Grand Prix HS (Grand Prix, TX)...At Oklahoma, he majored in sociology...His brother, Akin, is currently a linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys...Name is pronounced rem-EE ay-DELL?Full name: Remilekun Ayodele.
Athleticism close to Dvoracek's. Possible seventh round.

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Harrison Smith
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By: Robert Davis

In 2004, Harrison Smith made a name for himself. Prior to his junior season, he was solid, but really did not make too many plays. Things changed as a junior when he finished the season with 31 tackles to go along with 18 pass breakups. Smith wasn't as big of a factor on the ball this year, but he was more active all over the field. He finished his senior season with 61 tackles, three for loss, one sack, and two interceptions.

Smith has excellent size for the corner position. He is tall and lanky, and can match up with bigger receivers well. He will not back down from any receiver, and loves to get in your face and hit you. Whether he's back in coverage, or coming up to support the run, he is always around the action. He comes to the ball to make plays instead of letting things happen.

Harrison may be a tweener at the next level. He has played corner, but may lack the standout athleticism and speed to project there at the next level. He has the frame and toughness to play safety, but does not have enough experience there. As a safety, he will also need to bulk up more to be more prepared for the physical style of play. Even though he has broken up a lot of passes, he has not come up with very many interceptions in his career, and that is a worry.

Harrison Smith may have some doubt around what position he is best suited for at the next level. If he can test out well athletically, teams will give him first crack at corner because of his size at that position. If not, he still has a chance to make it as a safety. He could be a very good free safety at the next level if given time to adjust to the position. With his aggressiveness and size, he will find a place in the NFL.


DL Marcus Parker
Position: DT/NG Number: 90
School: New Mexico Height: 6'2
Status: Declared Weight: 269

This is a player at the defensive tackle/ nose guard position that shows good production
This is a defensive lineman that excels at jumping gaps in the run game, and creating disruption for opposing teams running plays, he is a player that plays with the intensity and determination to beat his man on every play
He is quick off the snap of the ball and at engaging first with the player across from him, where he gains the leverage war, and with excellent hand and spin moves making life miserable for opponents attempting to block him
Add in his active and agile style of play he exhorts against his opponent makes him that much more difficult to block, his enthusiasm, intensity and passion for the game shows through on the field of play
He reminds me of current NFL defensive lineman "Warren Sapp", in his stature and his style of play with his quickness on the field as described above, he may not quite have his weight but he has all the other traits he brings on the field
He will need to gain more weight and strength to withstand the pounding he will have to endure inside the interior of the line, battling players consistently weighing over 300lbs, along with it improving his stoutness against the run, which he will have to at the next level

Marcus Parker Grade: 2.85
Position: DT
Class: Sr
School: New Mexico
Conference: Mountain West
Ht., Wt.: 6-1.5, 270
40 Time: 5.13
Grading System

BIO: Two-year starter who also saw action with the first team as a sophomore. Senior numbers included 24/8/5.

POSITIVES: Under-sized defensive lineman who can be used at nose tackle or in a three-technique position. Quick off the snap, fluid changing direction and rarely off his feet. Plays with terrific pad level getting leverage on opponents and explosive shooting gaps upfield. Makes plays down the line of scrimmage displaying the ability to pursue laterally to the flanks.

NEGATIVES: Stymied at the point or swallowed up by a single blocker. Marginal growth potential.

ANALYSIS: Playing well at the end of his senior campaign, Parker could find a home as a backup.

Lynn McGruder
Position: Defensive Tackle
College: Oklahoma
Height: 6-2
Weight: 302
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.

McGruder is a wide-body type with above-average playing strength, but marginal playing speed and quickness. He is best working inside the box; he seems to fade away when having to pursue distances. He struggles with his change of direction and will not make many plays along the sidelines. He has the overall tools for the defensive tackle position, but doesn't know how to put it all together and compete consistently. He is strong enough to create problems at the line of scrimmage, showing a very combative nature taking on double teams, but needs to improve in his hand usage and do a better job of keeping blockers off his chest.

Working in-line, McGruder is an effective tackler who wraps up and holds on to the ball carrier well. He has a short-area burst and is able to locate the ball, but gets too narrow in his base to generate explosion to get an edge on a blocker. He is better when playing the shaded nose; he shows good knee bend and balance to plug holes at the line.

He does a good job of reacting to blocking pressure. While he does not have the quickness to spin off blocks, he has the strength to throw and jerk his opponent. However, when he gets too high in his pads, he can be positioned and neutralized. He is not as effective to sit and anchor in a two-gap scheme, but will battle and hold his ground against double-teams.

McGruder does not do a good job of keeping his feet and hustling after the ball on the move. He is not an effective pass rusher due to a lack of foot speed, but he does throw a lot of moves on the blocker (rip, hump, spin, counter). While he does play hard on every snap, the lack of production is evident. If only he had more speed, he could be a nice Day 2 draft find. With his size, strength and work ethics, he could be a good camp project.

5.3 in the 40-yard dash … 450-pound bench press … 335-pound power clean … 28½-inch vertical jump … 32 1/8-inch arm length … 9 3/8-inch hands

Kelly Butler
Position: Offensive Tackle
College: Purdue
Height: 6-7
Weight: 334
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Mich.

The massive drive blocker decided to test his skills in the National Football League after starting 38 games over the last three years for the Boilermakers … After redshirting in 2000 due to a shoulder injury, he earned team Newcomer of the Year honors and was a member of The Sporting News' Freshman All-Big Ten Conference squad in 2001 … A model of consistency, he graded 80 percent or better for blocking consistency in each of his final 26 games.
Positives: Has a thick upper body and chest, with big arms, wide hips and butt and thick thighs and calves … Shows adequate quickness in his feet and hands (good overall quick twitch movements) … Has good pop and explosion off the line and on contact with the defender … Effective drive blocker with the ability to drive, steer and pin block thanks to his above-average knee bend … Will set, extend and punch with his hands to gain inside position in pass protection … Takes well to hard coaching and understands what it takes to make himself better in the weight room … Has very good foot agility to kick step and slide laterally … Can pick up stunts with ease if the offensive guard does not get in his way.
Negatives: Massive athlete, but could use better muscle definition … Better working at the point of attack, as he does not have the long speed to pull and accelerate into the second level … Gets marginal production when trying to finish his trap blocks or turn upfield … Not considered to be left tackle material (played right side throughout college career), as he struggles to adjust in space and get in position to cut off or wall off the linebackers on the edge … Has good lateral movement and ability, but sometimes will overextend, preventing him from sliding or recovering when trying to change direction.

5.47 in the 40-yard dash … 400-pound bench press … 33 7/8-inch arm length.

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Montavious Stanley
Position: DT
Class: Sr
School: Louisville
Conference: Big East
Ht., Wt.: 6-2, 313
40 Time: 5.21
Selected by: Dallas Cowboys
Round 6, pick 13 (182 overall) Grading System

BIO: Three-year starter and All-Conference selection as a senior after posting 48/10/5.5.

POSITIVES: Athletic interior lineman who flashes ability. Displays terrific first-step quickness, plays with outstanding pad level and is tough to move off the point. Forceful up the field and commands double-team blocks. Makes plays laterally and has closing burst of speed.

NEGATIVES: Needs to improve his hand technique and do a better job of protecting himself. Does not consistently play at a high level.

ANALYSIS: A good-sized defensive tackle, Stanley possesses the tools to play at the next level. Must work harder and give consistent effort to reach the potential NFL scouts believe he possesses.

PROJECTION: Late Third Round

Rob Petitti
Position: Offensive Tackle
College: Pittsburgh
Height: 6-6
Weight: 347
Hometown: Rumson, N.J.

Positives: Has a large, thick frame with good overall muscle development, but could stand to lose some body fat … Has thick arms, broad chest and shoulders, softness around the midsection, good bubble and outstanding leg thickness … Easily retains plays … Strong at the point of attack and shows good feet working near the line … Does a good job of sealing off and turning his man when working the corner … Hard to bring down thanks to his wide base, and while he may not move as well in the open, he has enough speed to get to the corner to neutralize the edge rusher … Shows good balance and will punch with authority … Plays with some nastiness and will look to finish blocks … Displays good knee bend and shows awareness to help inside on stunts or twists … Generates good pop on contact with his strong hands … Has the ability to pull and keep his feet on the move, which could see him shift to guard … Despite his size, he shows good acceleration getting to the second level and adjusting to the linebacker's movement while keeping his feet … Has a very strong anchor with good kick-slide agility and the foot quickness to mirror in pass protection … Has the quickness to recover when beaten … Can explode into his blocks and knows how to use his size and strength to move defenders out … Very competitive and will play hurt.

Negatives: Has had a running battle controlling his weight, which causes him to get "dead legs" when having to move into the second level late in games … Solid, durable prospect, but is not the type that will excel in one area … Needs to improve his lower-body strength to be capable of working effectively on the move … Can generate a very strong hand punch, but tends to get a little too wide with his hands, which lets defenders get into his chest to rock him back … His lack of foot speed could see him shift to right tackle at the pro level, but his solid pulling ability also makes him a guard candidate … Will struggle at times against a good edge rush, but does flash some quickness to run his feet and wash the defender by the quarterback … Has the tools to be a solid blocker, but he needs to improve his foot quickness … When run blocking, he fails to show his power sometimes, getting overextended as he lunges to make the play … Waist bender with good tenacity as a pass protector, but when he exposes his chest, he can be neutralized and thrown to the side … Slow out of his stance at times and this causes him to fail to gain initial advantage.

5.25 in the 40-yard dash … 400-pound bench press … 560-pound squat … 21 percent body fat … 34¾-inch arm length … 10-inch hands
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Micheal Spurlock.
5-10. 214.

Coaches are hesitant to single out any rookie based on minicamp, because no one is wearing pads and there is no hitting.

But it's hard to ignore the performance of receiver Michael Spurlock, a free agent from Mississippi. A quarterback in college, Spurlock has looked smooth at receiver, and his quickness and speed are apparent.

If he's going to play a role this year, it will be as a punt and kick returner. No one can be sure Spurlock can fill that job until the preseason, but Green likes his chances.

"We knew he was a good athlete," Green said. "He's kind of a playmaker that we've been looking for."

MINICAMP MAYHEM: It's too early to say the team has finally found a threat at punt returner, but there are indications that rookie Micheal Spurlock could fill that role. A quarterback in college at Mississippi, Spurlock has looked smooth make the transition to receiver. He runs crisp routes and has good hands. With his quickness and speed, Spurlock should be able to excel at returning punts. . . .

Todd Watkins
Position: WR
Class: Sr
School: Brigham Young
Conference: Mountain West
Ht., Wt.: 6-2.5, 202
40 Time: 4.45
Selected by: Arizona Cardinals
Round 7, pick 10 (218 overall) Grading System

BIO: Junior college transfer who totaled 49/678/9 as a senior after numbers of 52/1,042/6 in .04 when he was named an All-Conference performer.

POSITIVES: Explosive, game-breaking receiver coming off a disappointing senior campaign. Quickly releases off the line of scrimmage, displays sharpness running routes and comes back to the ball out of breaks. Effectively makes the reception away from his frame then quickly transitions after the catch. Has the speed to consistently beat defenders deep. Runs well laterally, making the reception in stride.

NEGATIVES: Not effective as a downfield blocker. Loses focus, takes his eyes off the ball and occasionally drops the easy reception. Not always on the same page as his quarterback.

ANALYSIS: Productive his only two seasons on a big college level, Watkins has big-play ability and the potential to develop into a No. 2 receiver in the NFL.

PROJECTION: Mid Fifth Round

Tyler King
Position: DT
Class: Sr
School: Connecticut
Conference: Big East
Ht., Wt.: 6-5.5, 271
40 Time: 4.91

BIO: Moved into the starting lineup as a redshirt freshman. Second-team All-Conference selection as a senior after posting 31/10/2.5 in six games. Missed half the season after breaking his leg. Junior totals included 73/16.5/9.

POSITIVES: Athletic defensive lineman with good upside for the next level. Gets leverage on opponents, quick off the snap and displays lower-body strength. Moves well laterally, plays with balance and rarely off his feet. Tough, yet at the same time an intelligent defender who reads the action.

NEGATIVES: Not strong and ridden from his angle of attack by tight ends. Lacks explosion and suddenness.

ANALYSIS: A prospect who tests well and has shown great intensity in the past, King offers potential at several defensive line positions. Can play the all-important left end spot, or may ultimately grow into a tackle. Solid middle-round choice who could be developed for the future.

PROJECTION: Late Third Round

Darrell Hunter
Position: CB
Class: 4Sr
School: Miami (OH)
Conference: Mid-American
Ht., Wt.: 6-0, 206
40 Time: 4.48

BIO: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors past two seasons. Senior totals included 41/2/3 after 30/2/4 the prior year.

POSITIVES: Physically gifted prospect with tremendous size/speed numbers. Fluid backpedaling in reverse, smooth flipping his hips and effectively transitions to run with opponents. Physical, slows receivers with jams and bumps throughout the route. Displays both closing and recovery speed, easily running with opponents anywhere on the field. Adjusts in midair to defend the throw and displays good hands for the pick.

NEGATIVES: Prefers to knock down rather than wrap up ball handlers. Not instinctive, late reacting to receivers. moves and is slow locating the ball. Quickly leaves his backpedal.

ANALYSIS: Needing to transfer his athletic abilities onto the football field, Hunter must improve in his overall game. Athletically grades out as a first-day choice but a late-rounder on film.

PROJECTION: Late Sixth Round
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Jereme Perry
(6-foot, 190)
Underdog Perry earns a shot
By Zac Jackson, Staff Writer
May 11, 2006

Jereme Perry spent almost six years at Eastern Michigan, started only a handful of games, was tried at four different positions and almost lost his life in a post-surgical incident in 2002.

Now, he's in the NFL.

Score one for the underdog.

Perry is one of eight tryout players from last weekend's rookie minicamp to earn a contract with the Browns and a shot at making the NFL dream a reality. Perry's next step comes Tuesday May 16, when he and the rest of the Browns rookies are eligible to report for full-time workouts and June practice sessions.

Perry knows he faces an uphill fight for a roster spot with the Browns as a backup cornerback and special teams player, but he's in a familiar position. He started and ended his college career as a cornerback but was tried at safety, running back and outside linebacker in between. He always stood out on special teams, but made just two starts as a junior and one as a senior for a team that finished near the bottom of the Mid-American Conference.

The NFL has taken a liking to gifted MAC quarterbacks, but backup cornerbacks?

"I've always had confidence in my abilities," Perry said. "But I did sort of wonder if I'd get a shot in the NFL. There's not a lot of game tape on me."

Perry (6-foot, 190) made NFL scouts take notice last spring, when he clocked 40-yard dash times of 4.31 and 4.36 at Eastern Michigan's junior timing day. He played well enough on special teams and displayed enough athleticism last fall to stay on the NFL radar screen.

The Browns were watching. Perry was on special teams quality control coach Marwan Maalouf's list of players to work out this spring, and Maalouf recommended that Perry be given a look.

The Browns then invited Perry to try out last weekend..........

Nick Speegle
Position: Outside Linebacker
College: New Mexico
Height: 6-5
Weight: 242
Hometown: Albuquerque, N.M.

Analysis | Injury Report | Agility | High School | Personal\

The heir apparent to former Lobos great Brian Urlacher, Speegle more than lived up to those lofty expectations during his career at New Mexico. This is a player with an imposing physique and excellent speed and closing burst.
Speegle was a first-team all-state defensive end and second-team all-state tight end as a senior at La Cueva (N.M.) High School. He recorded 50 tackles and six sacks on defense and made 15 catches for 260 yards and three touchdowns as a senior. The three-year letterman for coach Mark Henry, who is now UNM's associate head track coach, Speegle led the team to a 10-1 record in 1999, losing to Roswell in the first round of the state playoffs. He ran the 110-meter high hurdles in track, competing under current UNM head track coach Matt Henry, brother of his football coach, and finished third in the hurdles at the state meet as a senior.

Speegle started four of 11 games as a freshman at New Mexico in 2001, posting 56 tackles (41 solo) with two sacks and five stops for losses. He added 89 tackles (50 solo) with five sacks and 11 stops behind the line of scrimmage to earn All-Mountain West Conference honorable mention in 2002.

In 2003, he was an All-MWC choice while posting 80 tackles (45 solo), 2½ sacks, 10 stops for loss and an interception. He followed with 92 tackles (47 solo), 1½ sacks and 12½ stops for loss as a senior. In 50 games with the Lobos, Speegle started 43 times. He recorded 317 tackles (183 solo) with 11 sacks for minus-80 yards, 38½ stops for losses of 139 yards and 14 quarterback pressures. He caused four fumbles, recovered another, intercepted two passes for 25 yards in returns and deflected 13 passes.

In the classroom, Speegle graduated in May of 2004 with a degree in general management. He posted a 3.97 cumulative GPA, earning just three B grades during his undergraduate career. He played his senior year as a graduate student, pursuing his Masters in Sports Administration. Speegle is a two-time first team academic all-district selection, two-time MWC Scholar-Athlete Award winner and also an Academic All-MWC honoree all four years. He was rewarded for his community service by being named to the 2004 American Football Coaches Association national Good Works Team.

Asked to comment on Speegle, UNM head coach Rocky Long said, "He's not real flashy, so he doesn't always get the recognition that he deserves, but Speegle always knows what to do, he does it full speed and he makes a lot of plays for us, which is what I think football players are supposed to do. He's a total team guy. All that matters to him is that he plays well and our team plays well."

Positives: Has a perfect blend of durability, toughness, quickness and power … Plays with reckless abandon, hitting everything in sight … Has fluid backpedal skills dropping off in the zone, showing good hip turn and the quickness to make the cut-off … Displays good hand usage sticking with the tight ends in the short area, getting proper separation while controlling and locking on … Goes low and drives hard with his legs to rock the opponent back … Has natural explosiveness when closing and a natural explosion behind his tackles … Has the vision and anticipation skills to mirror receivers' moves in man coverage … Gets an excellent jump on the ball and is very aware of his assignments within the zone … Glides out smoothly and shows impressive lateral agility in pursuit … His hip flexibility and body control are evident in his ability to quickly drop back in pass coverage … Shows urgency getting to the quarterback on the blitz and the creativity to knife his way through the pile to collapse the pocket … Avid film studier who is highly regarded by teammates and coaches … Takes great pride in his work habits and is completely focused on improving his talents.
Negatives: A little tall in his stance for a linebacker and could possibly shift to defensive end … Sometimes gets too tough and reckless in pursuit, overrunning the plays … Has to maintain better hand contact with the blocker to escape low blocks … Little bit too high in his backpedal, causing for a choppy motion on his breaks … Will struggle to pick off passes, as he lacks natural hands.
4.5 in the 40-yard dash (against 10-15 mph winds) … 390-pound bench press … Bench pressed 225 pounds 18 times … 465-pound squat … 333-power clean … 4.4 20-yard shuttle … 7.16 three-cone drill … 38½-inch vertical jump … 10-foot-3 broad jump … 32-inch arm length … 8½-inch hands.
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