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Top 200 ranked seniors
15-Marcus Trufant/CB/Washington State
162-Jason Gesser/QB/Washington State
165-Mike Bush/WR/Washington State
From the top 200 Senior prospects listed by NFL Draft Blitz (http://www.nfldraftblitz.com/top200seniors.htm)
Andre Woolfolk/CB/Oklahoma (http://www.nfldraftblitz.com/srcbprofiles.htm)
(6-1, 195, estimated 4.47 40 time)
2001 Season Stats: 9 games, 19 tackles, 1 interception, 2 passes broken up, 1 forced fumble /// 6 catches, 134 receiving yards, 0 receiving touchdowns
Positives: Has great size for a cornerback. Appears to be a pretty good athlete and should have enough quickness and agility to play cornerback in the NFL. Has played very well on the defensive side of the ball and has considerable upside potential.
Negatives: Lacks experience and really needs a lot of additional work learning the fundamentals of being a defensive back. Has had numerous nagging injuries with his legs and has missed several games because of those injuries.
Overall analysis: Woolfolk is one of the more interesting players available in the 2003 NFL draft. As a freshman Woolfolk was a wide receiver, but as a sophomore he saw some time on the defensive side of the ball. Eventually Woolfolk saw more and more time as a defensive back, and now he is basically a full time cornerback. Woolfolk has played extremely well as a defensive back when considering his limited time at the position. He has great size, very good athletic ability and, as an ex-wide receiver, has exceptional ball skills for a defensive back. He also has very good upside potential and will likely get nothing but better once he gains additional experience. However, his lack of experience has to be of some concern. Also, he has missed games during his freshman, junior and senior seasons with various knee and ankle sprains. But when considering his upside potential, Woolfolk has an excellent chance to become a first round selection once the 2003 NFL draft arrives.
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Marcus Trufant/CB/Washington State (http://www.nfldraftblitz.com/srcbprofiles.htm)
(6-0, 190, estimated 4.44 40 time)
2001 Season Stats: 7 games, 37 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions, 7 passes broken up, 1 fumble recovery, 1 forced fumble /// 7 punt returns, 6.7-yard punt return average, 0 punt return touchdowns
Positives: Possesses good size for a corner. Has good quickness and agility. Is an excellent cover man who seems to have a great feel for playing the position.
Negatives: Needs to do a better job of recognizing the ball in the air and should make more plays on the ball than he does. Is a good athlete, but not a top athlete like most of the NFL’s better cornerbacks.
Overall analysis: Trufant is a very good cornerback prospect that continues to rise up most draft boards. Trufant’s ability was obvious early in his college career, as he moved into the starting lineup halfway through his freshman season. Other than missing a few games with a broken hand as a junior, Trufant has been a model of consistency on the football field. Trufant is a good athlete, but he’s not a great one. But he does have a good enough combination of speed, quickness and athleticism to eventually compete for a starting job at the next level. But more importantly, Trufant is a solid cover man that seems to have an excellent feel for playing the position. Trufant’s solid college performance, combined with his physical package of skills, should be good enough to get him drafted in the second round of the 2003 NFL draft. And if he works out better than expected once the season ends, he has an outside shot of being picked in round one.
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Jason Gesser/QB/Washington State (http://www.nfldraftblitz.com/srqbprofiles.htm)
(6-1, 200, estimated 4.87 40 time)
2002 Season Stats: 12 games, 219 completions/368 attempts, 3169 passing yards, 27 passing touchdowns/11 interceptions /// 47 carries, -69 rushing yards, 0 rushing touchdowns
2001 Season Stats: 12 games, 199 completions/375 attempts, 3010 passing yards, 26 passing touchdowns/13 interceptions /// 86 carries, 101 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns
Positives: Is a good touch passer who generally has good accuracy. Possesses a great set of intangibles. Very resourceful and finds a way to get things done on the football field. Is a team leader.
Negatives: Is average to below average as far as physical attributes go. Has very limited arm-strength. Is not as big and tall as an NFL scout would like.
Overall analysis: When looking strictly at the computer numbers, Gesser is a player that an NFL scout would quickly dismiss as a future NFL quarterback. However, when a player has had the level of success that Gesser has enjoyed it’s impossible to dismiss him as a prospect. Gesser does not have ideal size or arm-strength. But Gesser is a very intelligent player who knows how to maximize his talents. He is also very tough and has very good leadership qualities. His lack of physical skills certainly limits his upside potential, but with his college resume it’s likely that Gesser will be a later round pick once the 2003 NFL draft arrives.
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Mike Bush/WR/Washington State (http://www.nfldraftblitz.com/srwrprofiles.htm)
(6-6, 210, estimated 4.70 40 time)
2002 Season Stats: 12 games, 48 catches, 691 receiving yards, 6 receiving touchdowns
2001 Season Stats: 12 games, 46 catches, 959 receiving yards, 10 receiving touchdowns /// 1 carry, 8 rushing yards, 0 rushing touchdowns
Positives: Has great height for a wide receiver. Does an excellent job in “jump-ball” situations. Has been an effective college player and still has room to improve.
Negatives: Lacks top speed. Is slow in and out of his cuts and is not a very good route runner. Still appears pretty raw and needs a lot of work on the fundamentals of playing the wide receiver position.
Overall analysis: Bush came to Washington State as a basketball player and didn’t play college football until the 2001 season. Bush was a good basketball player, and ended his college career with 77 starts and over 1000 points. Bush became an instant smash when joining the football team, totaling 10 touchdowns and nearly 1000 yards in the 2001 season. Bush’s greatest asset is his height and his ball skills, he does an excellent job of going over the defensive back and taking the ball away. But Bush is not very fast; in fact, he’s not a very good NFL prospect if you judge him strictly by his 40-yard dash time. Once reaching the next level, Bush must become a much better route runner in order to get himself open. Right now Bush is grading out in the mid day two area, and if he is to be drafted any higher he will have to post a better than expect 40-yard dash time during his individual workout
Trent Smith-Oklahoma (http://www.nfldraftblitz.com/srteprofiles.htm)
(6-5, 230, estimated 4.70 40 time)
2002 Season Stats: 13 games, 41 catches, 358 receiving yards, 5 receiving touchdowns
2001 Season Stats: 12 games, 61 catches, 564 receiving yards, 6 receiving touchdowns
Positives: Great pass-catcher. Has good hands, is an excellent route runner and can find the open areas of the football field. Can create mismatches with his excellent combination of height, speed and quickness.
Negatives: Undersized, does not have a tight end build and will need to get a lot bigger and stronger. Not used much as a blocker in college.
Overall analysis: When is comes to skills as a receiver, Smith easily ranks as one of the top tight ends in the country. Smith has been a very effective weapon for Oklahoma’s passing game over the last few seasons. Smith has great size, speed, and represents a complete mismatch at the college level. However, he currently does not have the size to be an NFL tight end and doesn’t appear to have a frame that would allow him to add more weight. As a result, Smith looks to be an H-back when projecting him to the next level. If utilized correctly in the NFL, he has a chance to become a quality professional player. But considering he only fits into a specialized role, it’s unlikely he’ll be a higher round pick in the 2003 NFL draft. Currently Smith carries a mid to late day two grade.
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