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College Football 2009 NFP Scouting Series: Memphis Tigers

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College Football 2009 NFP Scouting Series: Memphis Tigers
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This summer, the National Football Post is breaking down every team in the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-A) to identify players who might warrant interest from NFL teams in the 2010 draft.

The Memphis Tigers feature a talented group of skill position prospects on the offensive side of the ball and once again should be in the thick of things in Conference USA this season.

 

Offense

Arkelon Hall: No. 8, QB, 6-3, 225

A thickly built quarterback with the athleticism and quickness to create plays on the move. Is a dual run/pass threat who does a nice job setting his feet, keeping his eyes down the field and manufacturing some big plays outside the pocket.

Displays a low delivery point and consistently drops his elbow to more of a sidearm motion. Is slow to decipher information and doesn’t do a good job scanning the entire field and going through his progressions. Lacks timing in the pass game and consistently is late with his throws, causing him to be inaccurate with the ball underneath. Showcases nice touch down the field and throws a very catchable deep ball. However, he possesses a below-average arm and struggles throwing receivers open outside the numbers.

Impression: Lacks the tools needed to warrant much interest from scouts as a “QB-only” prospect.

 

Curtis Steele: No. 26, RB, 6-0, 185

A taller, high-cut back with a thin lower body and not much power in his base. Exhibits decent straight-line speed and has the ability to reach the corner but isn’t overly elusive in space. Demonstrates good patience in the open field and possesses the footwork to slash his way through defenders and run toward daylight. Is a balanced athlete who does a nice job stepping through tackles, staying on his feet and fighting for additional yards after contact. Exhibits good quickness on his jump-cut and consistently cuts against the grain and accelerates toward the second level. However, he doesn’t look as comfortable at the line of scrimmage and has a tendency to force plays outside.

Isn’t a back who’s going to grind out tough yards inside, as his feet seem to stop moving on contact. Does a nice job lowering his pad level when changing directions, but gets too upright when running at full speed and subjects himself to some big hits when trying to separate from defenders.

Impression: A thin back with decent speed, but is too high-cut and doesn’t do anything well enough to warrant much NFL consideration.

 

Carlos Singleton: No. 89, WR, 6-7, 220

An extremely long target with legs that go on for days. Lacks explosion out of his stance and slowly strides into his routes. However, he displays impressive short-area quickness for his size and does a nice job remaining balanced and keeping his feet under him when changing directions. Gets choppy before his breaks, but runs sharp routes and uses his body well to shield defenders. Has an understanding of the pass game and does a nice job working his way into soft spots underneath.

Plays at one speed and isn’t ever going to run by a defensive back down the field, but is an obvious jump-ball threat who can make plays vertically due to his ability to high point the football. Displays good coordination and timing and looks like a power forward skying for a rebound when he goes up to get the football. But he needs to continue to get stronger; has a tendency to get knocked off balance by physical defensive backs in some jump-ball situations.

Impression: Lacks the explosion and speed to consistently separate at the next level, but because of his size and coordination, he should find his way onto an NFL depth chart as a sub package receiver. Reminds me a bit of 2004 sixth-round pick Clarence Moore.

 

Duke Calhoun: No. 22, WR, 6-3, 198

Another tall, lanky wideout who displays decent body control and fluidity when asked to change directions. Isn’t a sharp route runner, but possesses the balance to cleanly get out of his breaks at full speed. Exhibits a second gear but isn’t a real quick starter; however, he has the length to stride past defenders down the field. Tracks the ball well and has the straight-line speed to make plays vertically. Showcases some intriguing short-area quickness underneath, but lets the ball get into his body too much and struggles consistently catching the football.

Isn’t a real patient receiver and needs to do a better job setting up cornerbacks and selling his routes. Consistently jumps out of his breaks early, which allows defenders to easily recognize his routes. Isn’t a real instinctive wideout and lacks some timing in the pass game.

Impression: Has a long frame with good straight-line speed, but isn’t a natural pass catcher. Has some tools, but is a project at the next level.

 

Defense

Greg Terrell: No. 94, DE, 6-4, 255

A good-looking athlete who possesses the burst and range to chase the ball down the line and close on plays away from his frame. Lacks ideal base strength and can be stonewalled at the point of attack. Has a tendency to get a bit upright when engaging into blocks and struggles winning battles on contact.

Lacks flexibility out of his stance and doesn’t showcase much burst off the edge. Struggles dipping his shoulder around the corner and doesn’t extend his arms or use his hands well to shed blocks.

However, he does display good body control and suddenness in space. Is at his best cleanly changing directions and sidestepping blocks on the outside. Has an ability to sidestep blockers in the run game as well, but isn’t overly physical at the point of attack and doesn’t make many plays behind the line of scrimmage.

Impression: Possesses a good-looking frame with some intriguing straight-line speed, but lacks burst off the ball and physicality at the point of attack.


Be sure to check out the rest of my breakdowns at NationalFootballPost.com.

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