2010 NFL Mock Draft: Arizona State Sun Devils
Arizona State has had the ability to produce some big name players on both sides of the ball heading into draft day within the past decade.
Since 2000, ASU contributed first round draft picks including Terrell Suggs, Levi Jones, Todd Heap, Adam Archuleta and numerous other picks in later rounds.
Although the Sun Devils will not have a strong presence in this year's draft, they still have some impressive players with the opportunity to be picked on day two or three.
Here is a look at the five Sun Devil players who are battling to get drafted next week.
5. Kyle Williams
Kyle Williams has been at ASU for all four years of his collegiate career, playing in 41 games and making 15 starts as a wide receiver and leading punt returner.
He is undersized for a WR at the next level (5'10",188) but makes up for it with his great top speed and ability to make crucial catches. Totaling 109 career receptions for 1,626 yards and 18 touchdowns, he is not a contender based solely on his stats.
Williams received an invite to the 2010 Combine where he showcased his speed in both the 40-yard dash (4.43 seconds) and 20-yard shuffle(4.19 seconds), being among the top performers.
He struggles setting defenders up, finding holes in zone coverage, and disguising his routes. With luck, his speed and agility will shadow these flaws in the draft. Williams will most likely go undrafted and sign as a free agent.
4. Travis Goethel
Travis Goethel has played a huge part of the Sun Devil defense in the past four years as a three-year starter at the linebacker position. As a versatile defender excelling in the run defense, he totaled 228 career tackles.
Goethel shows an intense determination to get to the ball at any cost and quick to react when plays unfold. While he excels in that element of his game, he does lack power on hits, speed, and quickness.
Goethel will likely be able to give depth to the linebacker position at the next level.
Projection: Seventh Round
3. Shawn Lauvao
Shawn Lauvao has been Arizona State's offensive anchor for the past three seasons. A very powerful offensive lineman with a stature of 6'3" and weighing in at 315 lbs., he has been ASU's most consistent and experienced guards among the struggling offensive line.
Shining at the Combine with a three-cone-drill of 7.56 seconds and a 20-yard shuffle time of 4.52 seconds, showing that agility and quickness comes with his big frame.
Having starting experience at guard, left tackle, and right tackle and currently being ranked as the number three offense guard for the 2010 draft gives him a great chance.
Projection: Fourth Round
2. Dexter Davis
Dexter Davis is one of the Sun Devil's most consistent defenders known primarily for his impressive pass rushing ability. Davis started all 50 games of his career as a defensive end, setting a school record for most starts. Davis departs ASU ranked third in school history for career sacks with 31.
His combination of size, strength, and toughness led him to be a dangerous defender along with his nice hand use against the pass. Davis' powerful initial jolt made it easy for him to pressure the QB off the edge.
Dexter Davis showed his extreme athleticism at the Combine recording a 4.64 40-yard dash time, the fastest among the defensive ends.
Projection: Sixth Round
1. Chris McGaha
Chris McGaha will go down in history as one of ASU's most successful and reliable wide receivers, recording 168 career receptions for 2,242 yards, ranking third in school history.
McGaha is known for having great hands, being able to catch the ball away from his body. On a regular basis he was seen in mid-air, body bended and twisted, arms reached out, catching the ball with his finger tips, making the impossible look easy.
Along with his catching ability, he knows how to separate from defenders by finding creative ways to get open.
His combination of size, agility, and body control will give him an edge in the draft.
Projection: Sixth Round