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baronm 04-25-2005 12:32 PM

some notees on our pciks

Name: Jeffreson, Jason
Position: DT/NG
School: Wisconsin
Status: Senior
Number: 74
Height: 6'3
Weight: 307

A players play I feel that was overshadowed on Wisconsin's highly touted defensive line
He is a consistent player both in shutting down the run and run lanes, does not give much of a pass rush
Has the body for both the DT and NT positions, a wide body that has a bit of movement, at times requires a double team, has good strength against his man one on one, a load to block
Not that much of a athlete, but a football player, not really highly touted, but I feel will be on someones opening day roster in 2005
As far as his draft value, due to him being overshadowed and not gaining much interest, I would say the (6th RD) would be excellent value

Adrian McPherson, QB, Saints (5th round, No. 152 overall): His time in Tallahassee was short-lived, but he showed off great athleticism in the Arena league and at the combine. He could provide good competition for the erratic Aaron Brooks in camp and during the season. You think McPherson could do damage throwing long to Joe Horn

and five programs that don't
1. Nebraska: The Huskers' old-fashioned, home-bred system produced championship-caliber college players, but they didn't exactly translate into sought-after NFL prospects. Lately they haven't had much of either. It's benn seven years since their last first-round draft picks, Grant Wistrom and Jason Peter (star RB Ahman Green was a third-rounder that same year). New coach Bill Callahan's NFL background and pro-style offense should be more beneficial in that department, but after Callahan produced the school's first losing season in 40 years, it remains to be seen whether he'll last long enough to see the results

Position: DE
Class: Sr
School: Arizona St.
Conference: Pac-10
Ht., Wt.: 6-3, 280
40 Time: 5.06
Selected by: New Orleans Saints
Round 7, pick 18 (232 overall) Grading System

BIO: Three-year starter who.s won varying degrees of All-Conference honors since his sophomore campaign. Senior totals included 40/8.5/2 when he played defensive tackle, after 44/6/3 as a junior.

POSITIVES: Quick, explosive defensive lineman who could develop into a left end in the NFL. Gets off the snap with a great first step, bends his knees and plays with leverage. Displays good hand technique protecting himself, wedges inside of blocks and quickly gets to the action. Moves well laterally, displaying speed in pursuit. Used at defensive end during the Senior Bowl and displayed great speed off the edge.

NEGATIVES: Undersized and driven off the line by opponents. Marginal run defender.

ANALYSIS: An alert lineman and instinctive football player, Verdon offers decent upside for the next level. His combination of athleticism, explosion, and smarts could help him see action as a rookie in the NFL.

PROJECTION: Undrafted Free Agent

Jason Jefferson Grade: 3.55
Position: DT
Class: Sr
School: Wisconsin
Conference: Big Ten
Ht., Wt.: 6-1.5, 310
40 Time: 5.18
Selected by: New Orleans Saints
Round 6, pick 19 (193 overall) Grading System

BIO: Three-year starter who posted 25/4.5/3 as a senior.

POSITIVES: Well-built run stuffer who plugs the middle of the field. Explosive off the snap with a great first step, can change direction and relentless in pursuit of the play. Gets underneath opponents wedging through blocks, collapses outside defending the run, and plays with both balance and body control. Tenacious, works hard and displays good hand technique getting off blocks. Good closing burst of speed.

NEGATIVES: Lacks height, handled at the point by a single blocker or engulfed by opponents. Not light on his feet and limited skills rushing the passer.

ANALYSIS: A defensive lineman whose quickness gives him a decided advantage against opponents, Jefferson is a competitor always working to make the play. Has growth limitations, yet would be effective as a three-technique lineman or in a system that places him next to a wide-bodied tackle. Will slide into the draft's second day, but could very well turn out to be one of the better bargains this April.

PROJECTION: Late Third Round


Josh Bullocks Grade: 4.02
Position: S
Class: So
School: Nebraska
Conference: Big 12
Ht., Wt.: 6-0, 209
40 Time: 4.51
Selected by: New Orleans Saints
Round 2, pick 8 (40 overall) Grading System

BIO: Three-year starter who moved in with the first unit as a freshman. Posted 63/2/7 last season after 49/10/7 as a sophomore. Awarded All-Conference honors the past two years.

POSITIVES: Heady defensive back with outstanding ball skills. Diagnoses plays, keeps the action in front of him, and quickly locates the ball. Consistently puts himself in a position to make plays on the ball handler. Tough defending the run, flashes on the scene and seemingly comes out of nowhere to make a play on the ball. Displays top sideline-to-sideline range, quick to the flanks and possesses a burst of closing speed. Smooth transitioning to run with opponents and has a nice break on the throw. Excellent move on the ball and hands for the pick.

NEGATIVES: Best when the action is in front of him. Lacks prototypical safety size.

ANALYSIS: A secondary prospect with an outstanding feel for coverage, Bullocks is a natural center fielder who can be used in a variety of systems. The ability to make plays against the pass will get him considerable playing time as a rookie in the NFL.

PROJECTION: Late First Round wth???


Position: WR
Class: Sr
School: California
Conference: Pac-10
Ht., Wt.: 6-2.5, 217
40 Time: 4.55
Selected by: New Orleans Saints
Round 4, pick 17 (118 overall) Grading System

BIO: Posted 14/414/5 as a senior after 12/256/1 the prior year. Played in four games last season before tearing an ACL in his knee and has battled through a collection injuries in college which include ankle, groin and hamstring ailments.

POSITIVES: Good-sized wideout productive on the football field. Smart, follows the quarterback across the field and works to make himself an available target. Fluid releasing off the line of scrimmage, makes the reception in stride and possesses soft hands. Displays quickness running routes and extends to catch the pass away from his frame. Adequate blocker down the field.

NEGATIVES: Lacks the speed to take it deep or beat defenders down the field. Marginally productive and has missed extensive playing time because of the injuries.

ANALYSIS: After finally starting a season 100 percent healthy and getting off to a fast start, Lyman was once again hit by the injury bug last year. Possesses good pass-catching qualities yet durability remains a major issue. Worked out well at the combine, but is still a medical risk.

PROJECTION: Mid Sixth Round


Alfred Fincher Grade: 3.46
Position: ILB
Class: Sr
School: Connecticut
Conference: Big East
Ht., Wt.: 6-1.5, 238
40 Time: 4.74
Selected by: New Orleans Saints
Round 3, pick 18 (82 overall) Grading System

BIO: Three-year starter and All-Conference selection last season after leading Connecticut in tackles, posting 140/12/2, also intercepting two passes and breaking up seven more. Totaled 115 tackles and 11 tackles for loss as a junior.

POSITIVES: Fast-rising, middle linebacker who excels in run defense. Forceful up the field, displays good footwork sliding into the correct gaps, then wraps up at the point of attack. Works to get off blocks, pursues laterally with speed, and chases to get involved in the action. Consistently does a good job reading the action and positioning himself to make a play on the ball. Active and chases hard to get involved.

NEGATIVES: Slowed through the trash and not strong at the point. Does not always play under control or show great efficiency. Average skills in coverage.

ANALYSIS: A fast-rising defender who continually improved on the college level, Fincher has garnered middle-round consideration with his performances the past six months. Best as a run stuffing-reserve linebacker.

PROJECTION: Mid Fifth Round


Adrian McPherson Grade: 3.84
Position: QB
Class: 4Jr
School: Florida St.
Conference: ACC
Ht., Wt.: 6-3.5, 218
40 Time: 4.55
Selected by: New Orleans Saints
Round 5, pick 16 (152 overall) Grading System

BIO: Played with the Indiana Firebirds last season in the Arena League completing 59.9 percent/3,297/61/5. Played in nine games at Florida State during the '02 campaign and finished with numbers of 51.6 percent/1,017/12/1. Dismissed from the FSU program in November of that year after being found guilty of forging and cashing a stolen check. Later brought up on misdemeanor charges of gambling, a trial which ended in a hung jury.

POSITIVES: Naturally gifted athlete with an abundant amount of upside potential. Possesses a live arm, zips the outs or easily drives the ball downfield. Displays a good sense of timing, hits receivers in stride yet also puts touch on passes when necessary. Sized well and has the ability to make plays with his legs.

NEGATIVES: Short arms his throwing motion and delivers the ball with a three-quarters delivery. Marginal experience playing against top competition on a regulation football field.

ANALYSIS: A prospect with top athletic skills and football abilities, McPherson could end up as the steal in this year's draft. Seemingly overcame his off the field problems from the past and has matured as an individual. Needs time, patience and repetition but could offer huge results for a team willing to put forth the effort.

PROJECTION: Mid Second Round

Danno 04-25-2005 01:29 PM

some notees on our pciks

PROJECTION: Late First Round wth???
Well according to Scouts Inc he was the 2nd rated safety (3 way tie for #1 actually) available in the draft.
I\'m not crazy about the pick, but he wouldn\'t have been there in the 3rd or 4th.

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