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NFL Draft Preview – Shonn Greene

by Ryan Lester of Lester’s Legends

I continue my NFL Draft Previe with a look at Iowa RB Shonn Greene.  Shonn came out of nowhere after not playing in 2007 for academic reason and having 69 carries in 2005 & 2006.  He had 1850 yards and 20 TDs on 307 carries (6.0 ypg), and ran for over 100 yards every game this season and scored in all but one.  He was a beast down the stretch with 14 TDs in his last six games, including three in the Outback Bowl win over South Carolina.  

Greene is a thick back, measuring in at 5?11?, 235 Lbs.  His forty time at the Combine left plenty to be desired at 4.62, but he lowered it to 4.50 at his Pro Day.  He is pretty much a one-dimensional RB as he caught just eight passes last year.  He is capable of breaking tackles and is one of the better power runners in the draft.  He has good patience allowing the holes to develop.  I’m not sure he’s electric enough to be an every down back, but he should be good in short-yardage situations. Read more

NFL Draft Preview – Donald Brown

by Ryan Lester of Lester’s Legends

I continue to profile the NFL Draft RB prospects with UConn’s Donald Brown.  Brown more than matched his combined 2006 & 2007 production last year running for 2083 yards, which led the nation, on 367 carries (5.7 ypc) and 18 TDs.  He added 21 receptions out of the backfield for 125 yards.  He was a monster in the International Bowl running for 261 yards and a score on 29 carries in a 38-20 Win.  He also ran for 214 yards vs. Temple, 206 vs. Virginia, 190 vs. Louisville, and 189 vs. Pitt throughout the year.

Brown has decent NFL RB size at 5’10″, 210 Lbs and showed good speed (4.46) at the combine.  He has great vision and good football instincts with a decent amount of elusiveness.  He has the ability to break off a big play as well as catch the ball out of the backfield.  He won’t be an every down back initially, but he could work his way into that role.  One of his biggest calling cards will be the professionalism and sense of community that he will bring to an NFL franchise.  He is an extremely hard worker and fully believes in giving back to the community.  In today’s economy that will go along way for community relations.  Read more

NFL Draft Preview – LeSean McCoy

 by Ryan Lester of Lester’s Legends

We continue our NFL Draft Preview with a look at Pitt RB LeSean McCoy.  McCoy followed up a successful 2007 season (276 carries for 1328 yards, 14 TDs) with an even better 2008 campaign (308 yards for 1488 yards, 21 TDs).  He added 65 receptions for 549 yards and a score.  McCoy scored a TD in all but two games last year with six multiple TD games.  Unfortunately for Pitt fans, one of the games happened to be the heartbreaking 3-0 Loss to Oregon State in the Sun Bowl.  He scored in 8 of 12 games as a Freshman.

McCoy has a nice build (5?11?, 204 Lbs), but his forty time (4.50) wasn’t great.  He did not participate in the Combine because of the flu and did not set the world ablaze at his Pro Day.  According to Rob Rang, The SportsXchange, NFLDraftScout.com, “McCoy was stunningly unimpressive at his Pro Day, registering a 29-inch vertical jump that was matched or exceeded by every running back tested in Indianapolis and nearly half of the offensive linemen”.  Not exactly the explosive back NFL teams are looking for.  He is a hard tackle, has good hands, and is great at finding cutback lanes.  The knock on him though is his inability to run the ball inside effectively.  That, perhaps more than anything, is what will keep McCoy from being a first round selection. Read more

NFL Mock Draft – Version 1

by Eric Stashin & Matt Soltysiak

We are less then two weeks away from the NFL Draft, so let’s take a look at how we think things are going to pan out:

1. Detroit – OT, Jason Smith/Baylor. Most mock drafts have the Lions taking a QB with this pick.  While anything can happen, we’re not buying.  There are so many holes on that team and even Peyton Manning would struggle behind that offensive line.  They can get a QB next year

2. St. Louis – OT, Eugene Monroe/Virginia. The Rams find themselves with needs at left tackle and wide receiver.  While Crabtree could be tempting here, they need to replace Orlando Pace and protect their QB.

3. Kansas City – LB, Aaron Curry/Wake Forest. The Chiefs defense was near the bottom of the league last year, only one team giving up more yards.  Curry is possibly the most talented player in the draft.  He’ll make an immediate impact on the KC defense.

4. Seattle – QB, Matthew Stafford/Georgia. The addition of TJ Houshmandzadeh means the Seahawks can pass on a WR.  While most have the gunslinger going number one, we think he falls and Seattle can’t resist on grabbing their QB of the future.  This gives new head coach Jim Mora Jr. an opportunity for a smooth transition a year or two down the road.

5. Cleveland – WR, Michael Crabtree/Texas Tech. The Browns traded away Kellen Winslow Jr. and Donte Stallworth has legal issues.  Cleveland needs to add an offensive weapon and Michael Crabtree could make a great target for the Browns’ starting QB. Read more

NFL Draft Preview – Knowshon Moreno

by Ryan Lester of Lester’s Legends

Moreno was an absolute beast at Georgia running for 1336 yards on 248 carries (5.4 ypc) with 14 TDs as a Freshman and 1400 yards on 250 carries (5.8) with 16 TDs as a Sophomore.  He added 53 receptions for 645 yards and 2 TDs.

Knowshon has the perfect RB build (5?11?, 217 Lbs), but was surprisingly slower than expected at the Combine and in his Pro Day.  According to Rob Rang from The SportsXchange, NFLDraftScout.com ”He was stunningly disappointing at the combine, running in the 4.6s and posting the lowest vertical jump of any running back tested (25 inches), according to NFL.com. Moreno elected not to jump at his Pro Day and again was clocked in the 4.6s, despite weighing in seven pounds lighter.”  While he may lack explosive speed, he makes up for it with his instincts, vision, quickness and elusiveness.  Even though his measurables didn’t meet expectations, his track record at Georgia and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield should allow him to be a first round selection and an effective every down back in the NFL. Read more

NFL Draft Preview – Chris “Beanie” Wells

 by Ryan Lester of Lester’s Legends

Following up an NFL Rookie class that featured Matt Forte, Steve Slaton, Jonathan Stewart, and Kevin Smith is going to make most Draft Classes look bad.  One of the Running Backs that could hold his own is Ohio State’s Chris “Beanie” Wells. 
 
Wells is a big back (6?1?, 235 lbs) with decent speed.  He was clocked at a 4.59 forty time at the combine, but improved his stock during his Pro Day, according to Rob Rang, The SportsXchange, NFLDraftScout.com, when he showcased 4.38 straight-line speed.

Beanie is a physical back that gets better throughout the course of the game, wearing down his opponents.  The drawback to his physical style though are the nagging injuries he was plagued by at the Collegiate level.  He was able to play through most of those injuries, but it still is a cause for concern.  However, his size, speed, vision, and ability to shed tackles make him an ideal candidate to make the jump to the next level.

Beanie ran for 3382 yards on 585 carries (5.8 ypc) with 30 TDs.  He wasn’t much of a factor in the passing game (just 15 career receptions), but he did have a tendency to step up for big games. Read more