Juniors on defense waiting for NFL draft grades
Juniors on defense waiting for NFL draft grades Reply
Just talked to a couple NFL sources of mine who had some interesting thoughts on the draft grades that should arrive next week for the Texas juniors who have submitted a draft evaluation request to the NFL.
CB Aaron Williams – One source said he thinks Williams will receive a draft grade of second round from the committee of NFL scouts trying to project where Williams will go.
The source said, however, that if Williams can run in the 4.4s, he’ll be a top 15 pick.
“I think Williams goes in the first round no matter what the draft grade is because he’s a big corner who can cover,” the soruce said. “Aaron didn’t do himself any favors this season with so many dropped interceptions. There are some serious questions about his ball skills. But if he runs 4.4, he’s a Top 15 pick because of his size.”
LB Keenan Robinson - Robinson and his father have indicated Keenan will be back for his senior season in 2011. But the source I talked to said Robinson could change his mind if his draft grade comes back second round.
The source said scouts love Robinson’s motor and his speed for his size (245), and the source said Robinson probably gets drafted in the second round, even if his grade comes back third round – as long as Robinson performs well at the combine.
Robinson could change his mind and bolt for the NFL if he gets enough good feedback, a source said.
DT Kheeston Randall - Sources say Randall has indicated that he’s also willing to look at jumping early to the NFL, although an NFL source said that would be the wrong decision.
“He’s a fourth or fifth-round pick based on what he’s shown so far,” the source said. “He’s not even on the radar of NFL teams right now.”
MY TAKE: Will Muschamp does a good job of getting information to his juniors about where they are projected to be drafted and what they need to work on.
If the morale of the program appears bleak to these players, that could influence their decision.
Muschamp’s been out on the road recruiting, but his biggest piece of recruiting could be convincing the aforementioned juniors that they can increase their stock by coming back in 2011.