Areas Covered: ILB-DT-OG-CB-C-WR-RB
I know I cant have both….Weatherspoon and Odrick so here is my choice..
1-Sean Weatherspoon ILB
Height: 6'1" Weight: 239 lbs.
40 Yard Dash:4.68
Bench Press: 34 rep
Weatherspoon is an excellent combination of size, strength and athleticism for the position. He is a tough hard-nosed linebacker that plays with a great motor. Weatherspoon is a solid tackler but not a thumper in this area. He runs well and shows good range in pursuit as well as in coverage. Weatherspoon leverages the ball well with good angles and proper body positioning. He uses his hands well to ward off blockers and maintain gap responsibility. Weatherspoon is an intelligent linebacker that possesses great intangibles that along with physical attributes which should make him a productive player as a rookie.
2-Corey Wootten DT
Height: 6'6" Weight: 270 lbs.
Corey is an outstanding combination of size and strength for the position. His production is down from previous seasons and much of that can be attributed to a knee injury sustained in the Alamo Bowl at the end of last season. He is a decent athlete but not an explosive player off the edge. His lateral agility and change of direction hinders his playmaking ability in space. Corey does defend the run well and can anchor effectively to hold the point. He utilizes quick hands and long arms to control blockers but needs to expand his pass rush package to be effective at the next level. Wootton's measurables, instincts and toughness makes him an interesting prospect for most defensive fronts. He wasn't nearly as effective as previous seasons and knee concerns will be closely scrutinized going into the 2010 Draft.
3-Jon Asamoah OG
Height: 6'4" Weight: 305 lbs
Asamoah is a three year starter for the Illini and has the foot agility, body control, and intelligence to play on either side of the center. He is exceptionally quick into his blocks and has the ability to make reach blocks on opponents playing on his edge. He is a good knee bender but will allow his pads to get a bit high at times and will overextend at times causing him to struggle when having to recover and right himself against good counter moves. He is more finesse than powerful or explosive but does show good lower body strength to hunker down and stop the bull rush.
4-Akwasi Owusu-Ansah CB
Height: 6'0" Weight: 207 lbs.
40 Yards Dash; 4.47
Owusu-Ansah is an outstanding player at the division II level that will need to make the transition to the talent in the NFL. He is an athletic defender that can play as a rolled up corner in cover two or possible a safety in the box. Owusu-Ansah has excellent instincts and ball skills to maintain leverage as a run defender as well as making plays in the passing game. He is as solid rap tackler and can contribute on coverage units (special teams) as well as being an excellent return specialist at this level. Owusu-Ansah is a prospect that may take a year or two to make the jump to the next level but has the raw athleticism, attitude and measurables to develop into a solid NFL player.
5-J.D. Walton C
Height: 6'3" Weight: 300 lbs
Versus Suh and McCoy he held his own. Holding both to 3 tackles each.
6-Daryll Clark WR Penn State
Height: 6'2" Weight: 235 lbs.
I think if Clark is willing, he could turn into a pretty descent WR. He has great size, speed, athleticism, and the toughness to possibly make that transition. And what heck…can he do any worse than Limas Sweed?
From Clarks own mouth… "I've always been a whatever-it-takes type player. If that's how they view it, that's how they take it," Clark said.
7-Stafon Johnson RB USD
Height: 5'11" Weight: 214 lbs.
I think in the right system he could turn into possibly a Mewelde Moore type. He can run inside, outside, and can catch the ball. And I think early on he will be above average on special teams.
Johnson had some tough luck this past season as he missed all but the first four games of the 2008 season after dropping the bar on his throat while lifting weights. He does a lot of things well but nothing really great. He runs with good vision and does a good job of pressing the hole and heading upfield with a decent burst. He runs hard and can take some hits and stay on his feet to gain positive yards after initial contact. He has a good chance of sticking with a team and developing into a quality backup.