College Football 2009 NFP Scouting Series: Washington State
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 Washington State Cougars finished with a record of 1-8 in the Pac-10 last season, however, they feature a pair of talented prospects on the offensive side who have the potential to make NFL rosters in the coming years.
Kenny Alfred: No. 69, C, 6'2", 300 Pounds
An impressive athlete who fires off the ball quickly and does a great job reaching targets away from his frame. Possesses coordinated footwork and looks comfortable extending his arms into blocks and getting his feet around opposing linemen.
Exhibits good balance and footwork in the pass game and consistently keeps his head on a swivel. Does a nice job cleanly redirecting and working in tandem with his guards, but can be slow to recognize stunts and blitzes inside. Moves his hands and feet in sync and knows how to maintain the upper hand through contact. However, he consistently allows himself to get jolted at the point of attack and needs to do a better job keeping his base down in pass protection. Even so, he does a nice job gathering himself after the initial surge and regaining leverage inside.
Snaps and steps quickly in the run game and consistently does a nice job sealing defenders away from the ball. Isn’t overly physical at the point of attack, but possesses the athletic ability to chip at the line and reach targets at the second level. Looks natural when asked get down the field, although he will occasionally overextend into blocks and get slipped on contact.
Impression: A good athlete who doesn’t give up much penetration inside and looks natural on the move in the run game. Needs to learn to play with a lower base in pass protection, but possesses the skill set to eventually mature into a starting-caliber lineman at the next level.
Jeshua Anderson: No. 85, WR, 6'2", 188 Pounds
A tall, thin receiver who displays impressive explosion for his size. Showcases the ability to get behind corners and threaten defenses vertically. However, he’s more of a strider who exhibits only a decent first step off the snap, but really picks up speed the farther downfield he goes.
Does a nice job remaining balanced as a route runner and changing his route angle while running at full speed. Exhibits good body control and is an impressive start-and-stop athlete; has the ability to stop on a dime and cleanly work back toward the throw.
Adjusts well to the football down the field, but doesn’t consistently high point the play in coverage. Has a tendency to drift away from the throw and isn’t real physical when asked to fight through defenders.
Possesses a funky stance off the line, which really takes away from his lateral quickness when trying to beat press coverage. Is still developing as a route runner and struggles changing directions at full speed. Has a tendency to gear down and gather himself before getting out of his breaks.
Impression: A track star at Washington State who exhibits impressive size/speed numbers and possesses a lot of upside to his game. Has the potential to grow into an NFL-caliber wideout, but he needs to continue to get stronger and develop as a route runner.
Kevin Kooyman: No. 93, DE, 6'5", 246 Pounds
Lacks explosion off the edge and isn’t any kind of a threat to reach the corner. Uses his hands well on the outside and does a nice job extending his arms and keeping blockers from consistently getting into his frame. However, he lacks the ability to drop his pad level on the counter move and plays too upright to fight through blocks. Has a good motor and works hard in pursuit, but lacks the closing range to get after the ball. Plays way too high in the run game and consistently allows offensive tackles to get under his pads; is easily washed away from the football.
Impression: A lacking athlete who doesn’t possess the physical skill set to play at the next level.
Chima Nwachukwu: No. 21, FS, 5'11", 201 Pounds
Does a decent job deciphering his run/pass keys and possesses some natural power as a tackler when working in pursuit. However, he doesn’t consistently take proper angles toward the play and lacks ideal technique as a tackler. Has a tendency to slip off ball carriers because he struggles to wrap up around the legs and doesn’t generate much power from his lower half.
Isn’t real instinctive in coverage and struggles seeing routes develop in front of him. Lacks ideal footwork in his back-pedal and consistently hitches in his drop. Plays too high and is slow to get out of his breaks when asked to click and close on throws in front of him. However, he displays above-average straight line-speed and has some range when working in pursuit. Always seems to be around the ball, but rarely makes a play.
Impression: A decent straight-line athlete with some natural power as a tackler. However, he’s raw in his drop, isn’t a very sound wrap-up tackler and lacks ideal instincts. Needs to continue to develop over the next two years to have a chance.
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