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Thursday, July 23, 2009

NFP: Looking At State's Potential NFL Prospects

Bleacher Report's National Football Post is going through every FBS team to identify players that might get drafted/make it at the next level. Here's State's breakdown.

A sample:
Jamell Eugene: No. 29, RB, 5'9", 196

An undersized back who displays natural instincts as a runner. Does a nice job making quick, decisive reads at the line of scrimmage, lowing his pad level, and taking what the defense gives him.

Showcases good balance and footwork when asked to change directions and knows how to make a man miss in space. However, he lacks burst out of his breaks and isn’t much of a threat in the open field. Plays at one speed and is considered more quick than fast.

Does a nice job breaking tackles for his size, but lacks the power to carry the load inside.

Impression: Displays some natural running ability, but doesn’t possess the speed or power to offer much upside at the next level.
Now, a couple of things:
1. This is content on the Bleacher Report. You or I could've written it, so it's important to keep that in mind.
2. It was written by a gentleman by the name of Wes Bunting (which sounds like the bastard child of Wes Durham and John Bunting). Here's Bunting's bio:
Wes Bunting, the National Football Post’s director of college scouting, has been monitoring the college football scene since 2002.

He completed a football GM and scouting course from Sports Management Worldwide, studying under Marc Trestman and Russ Lande, and has published scouting reports for NFLSmackdown.com, Scout.com and NFLDraftscout.com. He’s a member of the Football Writers Association of America.
Not too shabby, but I did think it was interesting that he learned how to scout prospects by none other than offensive wunderkind Marc Trestman. If you just picked up your salt shaker, I don't blame you.

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