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 Louisville Cardinals finished with a record of 1-6 in the Big East last season and once again seem to be short on NFL-caliber talent.
Joe Tronzo: No. 48, FB, 5-11, 248
Possesses good awareness as a lead blocker and finds his assignment quickly in the run game.
However, he looks stiff and rigid in the open field and gets too upright on contact. Consistently overextends into blocks and struggles breaking down in space when trying to hit a moving target. Displays good power in his upper body but isn’t much of a Velcro player and is shed instantly in space.
Looks much more comfortable when asked to block in a phone booth and showcases good natural power at the point of attack. Lowers his pad level into defenders and drives his legs well through the contact. However, he lacks the balance to consistently stay on his blocks.
Isn’t much of a factor in the pass game and struggles getting into his routes quickly. Rumbles down the field and is wound very tightly. Lacks fluidity and doesn’t possesses the ability to consistently adjust to the football.
Impression: A limited athlete who struggles getting into blocks and staying on defenders through contact. Is easily avoided in space and isn’t much of a factor in the pass game. Doesn’t have much to offer an NFL team.
Doug Beaumont: No. 27, WR, 5-9, 178
A small, slippery receiver who displays good short-area quickness but has a frail frame and can be manhandled off the line. Struggles fighting through any kind of press coverage and/or bump down the field and can be easily taken out of his routes. Is a feisty blocker, but is more of a nuisance than a factor in the run game and is eventually rag dolled out of plays.
Possesses a good first step off the snap and gets into his routes quickly when he has a free release. Does a nice job dropping his pad level and exhibits a good burst out of his breaks. Has the ability to run away from coverage and gets up to speed very quickly in the open field. Possesses a second gear to his game and demonstrates the deep speed to threaten defenders vertically.
However, he’s a sloppy route runner who has a tendency to chop his feet and slow down before his break. Is very impatient and doesn’t do a good job selling his routes as a receiver, consistently shows his routes prematurely.
Impression: An undersized target who displays some natural burst and explosion to his game but struggles fighting through coverage and isn’t a real polished route runner. Needs to mature physically over the next two seasons to have a shot at making an NFL roster.
Jon Dempsey: No. 38, ILB, 6-0, 241
A short, flexible athlete who aggressively attacks the action in front of him and possesses the range to play sideline to sideline. Does a nice job closing on the ball when working pursuit and uses his short-area quickness to slip would-be blockers in space.
However, he lacks the power to take on opposing linemen in the hole and can be easily washed away from the play. Doesn’t exhibit proper technique when asked to take on blocks inside and is easily ridden wide of the ball.
Lacks great instincts when reading his run/pass keys and has a tendency to take false steps at the line of scrimmage. Gets swallowed up easily vs. the run game and struggles shedding blocks and fighting his way toward the football.
Will second-guess himself when trying to decipher information and consistently gets caught in no-man’s land vs. the pass. However, he’s a solid wrap-up tackler who showcases good body control in space and knows how to consistently get the ball carrier to the ground.
Redirects quickly on plays around him and exhibits decent range in zone coverage.
Impression: A thick, athletic defender who displays decent fluidity and athleticism in space. But he isn’t real instinctive and lacks the type of power you want to see from a middle linebacker when asked to take on blocks inside.
Richard Raglin: No. 2, FS, 6-1, 198
Does a nice job staying patient and compact in his back-pedal when asked to slide over the slot in man coverage. However, he struggles transitioning out of his breaks and flipping his hips down the field.
Gets too high with his footwork and lacks the fluidity to cleanly change directions in the pass game. Struggles keeping his feet under him and is slow to plant and drive on the football; tends to drift down the field in coverage. Isn’t real instinctive in the pass game and will bite on play fakes and stop moving his feet, which allows big gaps to open up behind him.
Plays at one speed and lacks great range when asked to close on the ball in pursuit. Is really animated in his pre-snap movements, but tends to lose focus of the play at hand. Doesn’t display much power as a tackler and isn’t real aggressive when asked to attack the line of scrimmage. However, he takes decent angles toward the football and does a nice job consistently trying to wrap up and finish tackles.
Impression: Isn’t physically impressive in any area of the game and lacks the instincts to make up for it. Doesn’t look like a capable safety at the next level and lacks the athletic upside to be given a shot on special teams.
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