Matt Rocha is a reader of the blog with an eye for scouting, here's his latest thoughts on some of the prospects he's been watching recently.
Craig Cooper (RB, Miami) 6-0 202 lbs (JR) : VS. Georgia Tech
He got more carries as a RB than the Florida St game. Very shifty/make you miss type of runner. Good hands. Looked good running between the tackles for a speed guy, he was able to run through arm tackles to get a few extra yards. I like that he is not afraid to run between the tackles, I assumed since he is a speed guy that he would bounce to the outside the majority of the time (which Reggie Bush tends to do and is the reason why he is not an every down back). Looked good in the 4th quarter; I was very impressed with one particular play where he ran between the tackles, patiently followed his blockers then went on to lower his shoulder breaking two tackles, and got a first down on a 3rd & 13 play. He is a patient runner. Might be comparable to Chris Johnson of the Titans as a RB and comparable to Devin Hester as a KR/PR. Looks like he runs a low 4.3 40-yard dash. He took a big hit from the safety and got right back up, which shows his toughness. He is playing like a top-15 pick. If he declares for the draft he might be my favorite RB (Cooper, C.J.Spiller, then J. Best).
Brian Price (DT, UCLA) 6-2 295 lbs (JR)
Very good quickness. He got a 2 sacks vs. Tennessee Did not hustle after QB when QB rolled out of the pocket. Below average for a DT when in pursuit of ball carriers. Good swim move. He hit the QB a few different times (just a half second away from sacks). He gets consistent pressure on the QB. Good against the run. He tossed aside o-lineman of few different times to tackle ball carrier. Blew up a few running plays with his penetration into the backfield. Up to this point he looks like he could be a low 1st round pick.
Demaryius Thomas (WR, Georgia Tech) 6-3 229 lbs (JR)
Considered the next Calvin Johnson at Georgia Tech.Vs. Miami he did a great job of coming back to the ball on a under thrown pass and jumped up and caught the ball at the highest point of his jump. Good acceleration especially for such a big WR and he has good speed (looks to have 4.45 40-yard dash speed). He caught the ball in stride over his shoulder with his hands and went on to score a TD; other WR’s may have turned their whole body around to make the catch without gaining more yards after the catch. If he comes out this year he could be a top-10 pick even though he will not have the numbers to warrant in, mainly due to the triple option that he is in and his QB is a average to below average passer. He dropped one pass over his shoulder, he would have scored a TD had he caught it.
Dan Williams (DT, Tennessee) 6-3 327 lbs
Looks like a force at DT. Outstanding vs. the run. Very good pursuit for a big guy. Great at fighting off o-lineman to make tackles on RB’s. It looked like he was in on every tackle vs. the run (vs. UCLA). Very high motor, never takes a play off.
Montario Hardesty (DT, Tennessee) 6-0 215 lbs
Decent agility to make people miss in the backfield. Runs through arm tackles. Good vision. He runs with good power, he ran over a CB. Keeps his legs churning for extra yards when in a pile of bodies. He picks up a lot of yards after initial contact.Kansas WR - #10 Kerry Meier 6-3 220 lbs : Former QB, 1,000 receiving yards in 2008. He had a long pass on a WR option pass, strong arm. Very intriguing prospect due to his production, size, and decent speed.Kansas WR - #80 Desmond Briscoe 6-3 200 lbs (JR) : 1,200 receiving yards in 2008. Average acceleration off the line. He does not look fast (looks like a 4.6 40-yard dash guy). It looks like he runs good routes. Very good hands. He is good at getting yards after the catch. Over 150 yards vs. UTEP (Kansas runs the spread offenses).
Jake Sharp (RB, Kansas) - 5-10 195 lbs
Very quick acceleration and great speed. 5.2 career average per carry. Good agility to make people miss. Receiving threat out of the backfield. Good leg drive for a small RB to break a few tackles.
Maxwell Onyegbule (DE/DT, Kansas) 6-5 265 lbs
He played some 3-technique and has a good first step for a DT. 2 sacks vs. UTEP. Needs to develop more pass rush moves. Tipped a pass from the LDE. Good hustle player. Versatile player.
Justin Thornton (LB/CB Kansas) 6-1 213 (JR)
Eleven PBU’s in 2008 as a CB. He got an interception off a tipped pass vs. UTEP. Decent change of direction for his size as a CB. He played a lot as a nickel LB/rover and blitzed from this position. When lined up as a CB he plays 8 yards off of the WR. Very versatile player. He is used like William Moore was used last year at Missouri.
Raheem Moore (FS, UCLA) 6-1 188 lbs (Soph)
Five Int’s in first two games of the season. Has more speed than Eric Berry and outplayed him when he played against Tennessee. He had 3 Int’s vs. Tennessee, although one of them was called back due to d-lineman being offside. South Carolina TE - #88 Weslye Saunders 6-5 280 lbs : Defenders have a difficult time bring him down due to his size. Not fast or quick for a TE, he is just a huge target. He lines up out wide a lot.
Weslye Saunders 6-5 (TE, South Carolina) 280 lbs
Defenders have a difficult time bring him down due to his size. Not fast or quick for a TE, he is just a huge target. He lines up out wide a lot.
Dennis Rogan (CB, Tennessee) 5-10 180 lbs
Good hitter for a CB. He got a sack on a CB blitz against UCLA. Used a few different times to blitz and does it well. He caused a fumble. Good in run support. He recorded a safety against UCLA.
Richard Samuel (RB, Georgia) 6-2 222 lbs (Soph)
Great at running with his pads low which helps him run over and bounce off defenders.
Allen Bailey (DT, Miami) 6-4 290 lbs (JR)
Former LB, then DE, now 3-technique DT but small waist for his size. Week 1 he was getting double teamed a lot vs. Florida St. Bailey is a hustle guy, never quits. Has a swim move. Does a good job of driving back o-lineman. Got a sack by getting good penetration into the backfield. Gets consistent penetration. VS. Georgia Tech - He looks good against the run the way he is able to shed o-lineman to make a tackle.
Darrell Stuckey (SS, Kansas) 6-1 205 lbs
Five Int’s in 2008. Missed a tackle and the WR continued on for a 75 yard TD. Looks to have average speed for a safety.
Morgan Burnett (FS, Georgia Tech) 6-1 200 lbs (JR)
Missed four tackles, looks slow. Does not have good range for a safety.
Eric Berry (SS, Tennessee) 5-11 203 lbs (JR)
One missed tackle and one of his tackles was broken. Plays in the box a lot. Good quickness. Blitzes QB a lot. Unable to bring down QB on a blitz. He does not look as fast as I was expecting (looks like maybe a 4.55 40-yard dash kind of speed). Comparing Berry and Taylor Mays, Mays looks considerably faster. He made one big hit. He does not look to have a great burst of speed when blitzing.
Javarris James (RB, Miami) 6-0 215 lbs : VS. Georgia Tech
Vision/ability to find a hole is questionable. I liked him in week 1 but he was disappointing vs. Georgia Tech.
Byron Evans (FS, Georgia) 5-11 194 lbs
I really like the way he played in week one but VS. South Carolina he looked like a different player. - He missed a couple of tackles. He did not stand out or look like a draftable player.