by Tommy Lawlor – ScoutsNotebook.com
It is a shame that South Carolina TE Weslye Saunders is likely to be in trouble with the NCAA. He is a real talented player. Saunders is a big guy at 6’5, 270. His school bio says he is 6’6, 273. Either way, dude is big. He is nimble for that size. He runs well and has good agility. He has soft hands and is a talented receiver. He made an acrobatic catch for a TD against Joe Haden of Florida last year. I hope Saunders isn’t done for the year. Talented prospect that I’d like to see on the field this year.
DE Justin Trattou goes from backup and role player to starter this year. He’s 6’4, 255. That’s a good frame for a DE. Interestingly, UF put him at DT in their Nickel on a regular basis. He showed ability as an inside rusher. I didn’t see much in the way of explosion off the edge. He’s only got 7 career sacks. 2010 will be a huge season for Justin if he wants to make it in the NFL.
Ole Miss DT Jerrell Powe is a massive man. He lists at 6’2, 320. Powe is the kind of run-stuffer that some teams will love. He can play NT in the 3-4 or DT in the 4-3. He can be quick off the ball. but isn’t very athletic. Ole Miss takes him off the field on passing downs. Powe is there to clog running lanes. He plays with good leverage and has enough power to drive blockers backward. He did have 12 TFLs last year, but 7 of them came vs small schools.
We still don’t know the status of Alabama DE Marcell Dareus. He’s caught up in the Marvin Austin/NCAA situation. I don’t think he’s going to be in major trouble, but could miss a game or two. Dareus is an interesting player. He was mainly a backup last year, but is very talented and should be an impact player this year. Heck, he was somewhat of an impact player last year. Dareus is the guy who knocked Colt McCoy out of the title game. He is 6’4, 306. He’s athletic enough to be a 3-4 DE and strong enough to be a 4-3 DT.
One of the most interesting players in the SEC is Kentucky’s Randall Cobb. He is only a Junior this year, but is a player to watch. Last year he ran for 10 TDs, but only had 94 carries. He caught 39 passes (4 TDs). He returned a punt for a TD. He averaged 27 yds per KOR.
Florida’s Mike Pouncey played G last year. He was hoping to start at C this year, but might begin the year at RT. That move would only be for a couple of games due to injuries to the projected starters. Pouncey is a good player, but I don’t see him as being in the same class as his brother. We’ll see what he does this year.
Georgia WR Kris Durham missed last year after having shoulder surgery. He’s only got 32 career catches. But the Senior is 6’5, 209 and you don’t easily find receivers with that kind of size and some talent. Durham hopes to be more of a factor in his final year at UGA. NFL teams will be interested in him as a role player.