College Football 2009 NFP Scouting Series: Maryland

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College Football 2009 NFP Scouting Series: Maryland
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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 Maryland Terrapins possess a really intriguing group of NFL prospects and certainly have the talent to compete for an ACC title this season.

 

Offense

Chris Turner: No. 10, QB, 6'4", 220 Pounds

A tall, well-built quarterback who displays a high delivery point and good arm strength. Does a nice job remaining balanced in the pocket and consistently strides into throws. The ball really seems to jump out of his hands quickly, and although he doesn’t possess a great arm, he has the ability to make all the throws at the next level. Showcases good toughness and isn’t afraid to stare down the barrel off the shotgun and hang in the pocket.

However, he needs to speed up his decision-making process. Completes a high percentage of his first-read passes but struggles to consistently go through his progressions. Has a tendency to get caught only scanning one side of the field. Does a nice job occasionally looking off defenders, but consistently comes back to his original side. Will stare down receivers at times and force the ball into coverage.

Possesses above-average accuracy but has a tendency to throw high and/or behind receivers when not in rhythm. However, when he has a chance to plant his back foot and stride into his attempts, he routinely completes NFL-caliber throws. Makes a lot of calls at the line and is a smart kid who can audible his way out of a play. Showcases clean footwork from center and does a nice job quickly getting set in the pocket.

Impression: Possesses the skill set to play at the next level and has experience making NFL-caliber throws every week. Needs to speed up his decision making and become a more consistent performer, but there’s no reason why this guy can’t develop into an NFL player.

 

Da’Rel Scott: No. 23, RB, 5'11", 200 Pounds

A physical runner who displays good body control and initial burst out of his breaks. Isn’t overly elusive or quick, but possesses an impressive combination of power and agility and consistently breaks/steps through tackles in the open field. Is very patient at the line of scrimmage and does a nice job allowing his blockers to set up in front of him before exploding toward daylight. Showcases good straight-line speed in the open field and has the ability to consistently reach the edge. Can separate from defenders in space, but isn’t an all-out burner. Has a tendency to get upright and will stiffen up the farther he gets down the field.

More of a slashing north/south type of back who exhibits the vision to see a hole, plant his foot and attack up field. Runs with a consistent pad level and good balance, pumps his legs through contact. Has an ability to wear down opposing defenses.

Impression: Isn’t a dynamic back, but looks very natural running between the tackles. Has the ability to start for an NFL team, and his running style reminds me a bit of 49ers third-round pick Glen Coffee.

 

Cory Jackson: No. 38, FB, 6'1", 245 Pounds

Displays impressive body control for his size and possesses the athleticism to routinely reach targets away from his frame. Does a nice job getting his hands inside defenders on contact and pumping his legs through the play. However, he isn’t overly physical when asked to take on linebackers in the hole, struggles getting lower than his opponent and can be stalemated on contact.

Exhibits good coordination as a receiver out of the backfield and does a nice job adjusting to the football. Isn’t much of a threat in the open field but knows how to push the pile as a short-yardage runner.

Impression: Displays natural athleticism for his size and does a nice job taking proper angles in the run game. However, he doesn’t really stand out in any area and isn’t a dominant lead blocker.

 

Bruce Campbell: No. 74, OT, 6'7", 310 Pounds

A natural bender who really sits into his stance well and has an ability to anchor vs. the bull-rush. Keeps his base down through his initial kick-step and does a nice job dropping his pad level on contact. Is really patient in pass protection and trusts his athleticism. Shows good lateral mobility and possesses the quickness to consistently reach the corner vs. speed rushers. Redirects well in space and has the length to keep defenders off his frame. However, he has a tendency to get a bit upright and narrow in the base when sliding his feet on contact and will fall off blocks on the counter move. Needs to do a better job locking onto defenders at the point of attack. Isn’t a consistent Velcro player in pass protection.

Has a tendency to get a bit high off the ball in the run game and can be overwhelmed on contact. Possesses the athleticism to turn opposing linemen away from the play, but struggles to consistently generate movement as an in-line guy.

Impression: Possesses an impressive set of physical and athletic tools and has the ability to develop into a starting left tackle at the next level.

 

Defense

Nolan Carroll: No. 14, CB, 6'0", 202 Pounds

An intriguing size/speed corner but is still raw and looks like a much better athlete than an overall defensive back at this stage. Lacks ideal footwork off the line and has a tendency to open his hips prematurely and sidesaddle his way down the field. Struggles keeping his feet under him and can be slow to get out of his breaks. Displays good range when asked to track the ball in zone coverage, but he isn’t real instinctive and doesn’t put himself in position to make many plays.

Impression: A gifted size/speed guy who possesses some upside, but is raw with his footwork and doesn’t consistently make plays on the football. However, he could be a guy who really comes on as a senior if the light goes on.

 

Anthony Wiseman: No. 6, CB, 5'9", 185 Pounds

A tough little corner who isn’t afraid to be physical off the line. Possesses good initial lateral quickness and does a nice job shuffling his feet and getting his hands into the bodies of receivers. Lacks an ideal punch, but remains balanced in his lower half and can consistently disrupt routes.

Showcases good footwork and balance when asked to get out of his breaks and possesses the coordination to get his hands on a lot of balls.

Impression: An intriguing little corner who isn’t afraid to mix it up and possesses good ball awareness in coverage. Looks like a guy who will end up getting overlooked because of his size but could fight for a roster spot as a slot guy.

 

Terrell Skinner: No. 1, S, 6'3", 216 Pounds

A tall, long-armed safety who displays good ball skills (a former wide receiver) and looks natural adjusting to the throw. Exhibits impressive body control and fluidity in coverage for his size, although he has a tendency to get too high and struggles really bursting out of his breaks. Is more of a strider who plays at one speed and lacks the instincts to consistently put himself in position to make plays on the ball.

Doesn’t play as physical as his size would indicate and struggles generating much power from his lower half on contact. Lacks ideal awareness when attacking the football downhill and has a tendency to get hung up by blocks and/or end up on the ground. However, he possesses a long wingspan and showcases good range when wrapping up ball carriers.

Impression: A real hybrid who has some ball skills and natural athleticism, but I can’t see him holding up at either safety spot in the NFL.

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