Preseason Draft Scouting Report: Offense (cont.)
Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State* -- Blackmon toyed with the idea of entering the 2011 Draft but decided to return for his junior season. It could pay off big the dynamic, game-controlling receiver who has an appetite for the big play. Another blockbuster campaign will solidify Blackmon as a top eight pick in the 2012 draft, almost 10 slots better than his projected position in last April's event.
Michael Floyd, Notre Dame* -- Floyd also made a last-minute decision to return for another season on the college field. He's a large, possession receiver who does the little things well. Off-field issues will red flag Floyd, as he's experienced three run-ins with the law over alcohol since 2009, most recently receiving a citation for a DUI last March. At the top of his game, Floyd is a reliable pass catcher and offers first-round skills.
Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina* -- Jeffery has a flare for the dramatic on the field and is consistently making receptions featured on highlight tapes. He has the skills to be a number one wideout in the NFL if he continues to improve and focus on football.
Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas* -- He mixes elements of the initial three receivers on this list and adds a game-breaking quality. He's reliable running underneath routes and can out-race defenders and take it the distance down the flanks. This big-time talent should only improve with experience.
Michael Egnew, Missouri -- He's the only tight end to grace this list and stands head and shoulders above all else at the position. A natural pass catcher, he consistently creates mismatches in the secondary. He has all the abilities needed to start in the NFL.
Chris Owusu, Stanford: -- Owusu has been one of Andrew Luck's favorite targets the past two seasons. He runs good routes and consistently finds ways to get open. He's not afraid to go over the middle of the field to make the difficult catch. He possesses enough ability to develop into a second receiver at the NFL level.
Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M -- A big-bodied possession receiver, he has improved his game significantly the past two years. He's tall enough to win out for the jump ball, strong enough to defeat opponents in battles and should be an awesome red-zone threat in the NFL.
Sleeper: Russell Shepard, LSU -- Shepard is a home-run-hitting receiver who's developing an all-around game. He displays solid hands on the shorter routes and easily beats defenders in a foot race down the flanks. Shepard comes with a high upside and could be ready for a breakout season.
Overrated: DeVier Posey, Ohio State --Until he learns to do the little things well, such as run precise routes and consistently catch the pass with his hands, Posey will never meet the potential NFL scouts believe he possesses.
Matt Kalil, USC* -- Kalil is the next great offensive line prospect that USC will send to the NFL. He's big, strong and plays smart football. Kalil's pass protections skills were good enough to keep Tyron Smith, the 10th pick in last April's draft, on the right side of the Trojans line. Kalil will remind many of former USC great Tony Boselli. The underclassman projects as a top 10 pick.
Jonathan Martin, Stanford* -- Martin is another top underclassman tackle prospect from the Pac-12. He does a solid job protecting Andrew Luck's blind side. Martin is a terrific athlete, yet to this point not as good a football player when compared to Kalil.
Cordy Glenn, Georgia -- Glenn came close to entering last April's draft, yet made the proper decision by returning to Georgia for another season. He's a large, powerful offensive guard who will get a chance to try his hand at tackle this season. A successful campaign in 2011 will almost assure Glenn of being a top 40 selection next April.
Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina* -- Cooper ranks as the best zone-blocking prospect on this list. He's athletic, moves well and stands out as a run blocker and pass protector.
Ryan Miller, Colorado -- The Colorado senior is a throwback lineman who plays an aggressive style of football and rarely, if ever, gives up an inch to opponents. He's as mean as they come and has the strength to back up his style of play.
Riley Reiff, Iowa* -- He's a terrific left tackle and, though not in the class of former Hawkeye Bryan Bulaga, Reiff offers legitimate starting potential at the next level.
Matt Reynolds, BYU -- Reynolds backtracked on his plans to enter last April's draft after struggling with a shoulder injury throughout his junior season. At the top of his game he's a dominant pass protector on the left side. He also also gets results run blocking.
Sleeper: Marcel Jones, Nebraska -- Jones struggled with injuries in 2010 and only occasionally saw action on the talent-laden Cornhusker line. Yet he looked like a star in the making during his sophomore season of 2009. Jones can line up at tackle or guard.
Overrated: David Molk, Michigan -- Molk is considered the top center in the country by a number of scouts, yet in our opinion there are better senior centers in his conference. .
* Denotes underclassmen