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 Temple Owls saw a bit of a resurgence last year and are now starting to put together a decent group of potential NFL prospects on their roster. Expect them to continue to build on their five-win season from a year ago.
Steve Maneri: No. 86, TE/OL, 6-6, 275
A tall, long-armed tight end who carries his weight well and does a nice job quickly getting into opposing linemen in the run game. Displays average flexibility in his stance, but keeps his base down into blocks and works his legs well through contact.
Plays with impressive leverage for his size and has the lower body strength to walk defenders off the ball. Looks very coordinated extending his arms into blocks and delivering a compact punch on the outside.
Possesses natural coordination and body control when asked to reach a defender at the second level and does a nice job breaking down in space and quickly getting his feet around the target.
However, he isn’t real explosive out of his stance in the pass game and takes a while to get into routes. Strides his way down the field and lacks any kind of burst. Isn’t a real sudden route runner and has a tendency to lean into his breaks when changing directions.
Showcases a good feel for the underneath pass game and does a nice job using his body to box out linebackers from the play, but he isn’t real sure-handed and struggles reeling in the football on contact.
Impression: A big, coordinated tight end prospect who grades out well as a blocker and might even be a guy who could add about 30 pounds to his frame and make his way to offensive tackle at the next level.
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Andre Neblett: No. 98, DT, 6-2, 292
Displays above-average flexibility and quickness off the snap, but lacks physicality on contact. Is consistently jolted away from the play in the run game and struggles anchoring inside at the point of attack. Lacks the length or power to stack and shed inside, and once opposing linemen get into his frame the battle is over. Has a tendency to get too high on slide-down blocks and is consistently washed away from plays down the line.
Does a nice job keeping his pad level down initially on his pass rush and displays good lateral quickness off the ball. Uses his hands well to slip blocks on contact and has the burst to get across the face of opposing linemen. However, he has a tendency to get too high once he gains a step and can get pushed past the play.
Impression: A good athlete who has the ability to create some pressure inside. However, he lacks much power at the point of attack and struggles once an opposing lineman gets his hands on him. Looks like a borderline roster guy in a one-gap scheme.
Jamal Schulters: No. 27, CB, 5-10, 190
His first couple of steps in his drop are a bit long and choppy, but eventually he sits into his backpedal and showcases decent footwork down the field. Displays good straight-line speed for the position and showcases the range to track the football in man coverage.
However, he has a tendency to open his hips too early in his drop and lacks the footwork to cleanly redirect out of his breaks. Is forced to consistently bail out of his backpedal and turn his back to the play in order to regain balance when receivers snap off routes down the field.
Is very aggressive in man coverage and does a nice job being physical underneath and jumping passes in front of him. However, he has a tendency to get overextended with his footwork and can be targeted on the double-move. Lacks the fluidity to quickly flip his hips when he bites and is slow to regain balance and get back up to top-end speed.
Possesses a decent feel in zone coverage and does a nice job closing quickly on plays in front of him. However, he isn’t overly instinctive reading his run/pass keys and is slow to find the football. Isn’t a real secure wrap-up tackler and struggles taking proper angles after giving up a completion.
Impression: Looks a bit overrated. He possesses NFL-caliber size/speed numbers, and his athletic ability stands out on the Temple defense, but he’s very raw with his footwork and has a long way to go before being ready to compete in an NFL training camp.
Jaiquawn Jarrett: No. 16, FS, 6-2, 197
A physical, wrap-up tackler who takes good angles toward the football and explodes through his hips on contact. Processes information quickly and consistently is able to get good jumps on the play by reading the quarterback’s eyes. Displays impressive instincts in all areas of his game, but he isn’t overly explosive out of his breaks and lacks the closing speed to consistently finish on plays in front of him.
Exhibits smooth footwork in his drop and does a nice job keeping his feet under him and changing directions cleanly. Showcases good fluidity and consistently is able to keep his base down and flip his hips when asked to run sideline to sideline. Demonstrates good ball skills in coverage and possesses the body control to adjust to passes down the field.
Impression: A promising defensive back who displays good flexibility and balance in coverage. Is a physical tackler with good size and definitely has the potential to develop into an NFL-caliber safety.
Dominique Harris: No. 21, SS, 6-2, 215
A big, well-built safety, but is stiff in his drop and struggles keeping his pad level down in coverage. Plays top-heavy and lacks the balance or flexibility to quickly get out of his breaks. Has a tendency to chop his feet when asked to change directions and consistently has to gather himself before getting after the football. Isn’t much of a straight-line athlete and lacks severe the range in coverage.
However, he possesses a long wingspan and natural power on contact. Does a nice job extending his arms into blocks and keeping himself clean at the line of scrimmage. Is a physical tackler who loves to attack downhill, but lacks body control in space.
Struggles taking proper angles toward the ball and has a tendency to overrun plays. Isn’t real instinctive and is slow to read his run/pass keys in the secondary. Rarely gets a good jump on the football and always seems to be arriving late to the play.
Impression: Has a nice-sized frame with some natural power on contact, but is too stiff and will be a big liability in coverage at the next level.
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