January 24, 2007

Scouts talk A&M players in upcoming NFL Draft

With the conclusion of the college football season and only the Super Bowl remaining for the NFL, many professional teams have started their scouting for the April draft in earnest. With 19 seniors and one junior eligible to be drafted, scouts are looking to see what talent Texas A&M might be able to add to their respective franchises.

Recently, scouts from one NFC team and one AFC team gave their opinions - both positive and negative - about some of A&M's players and where they may end up being taken in the draft. Both cautioned that a great deal can change after the NFL combine in Indianapolis and A&M's pro day, but they gave initial opinions in uncompromising terms.

Among the players drawing NFL interest:

Justin Warren, LB

Pros: NFL size; nose for the ball, respectable speed and agility, ability to pick up multiple schemes
Cons: Occasionally slow to diagnose run/pass, possible slow first step; middle or outside LB?
Comments: Warren (6'3", 237) looks like an NFL linebacker at the very least. He's been consistent at A&M, but hasn't been a guy teams scheme to avoid - maybe that's because of the systems he's played in. He's a sure tackler and gets to the ball. Being aggressive in the Shrine game helped him.
When he'll go: Could be a first day pick if he does well in Indianapolis and the pro day. He will almost certainly be drafted.

Melvin Bullitt, DB

Pros: Very intelligent, adaptable. Quick to recognize plays; solid hitter and tackler
Cons: Doesn't have great speed for a DB or size for a LB. Questions about coverage skills
Comments: Not a guy who will blow you away, but he's a very quick study. He's got a good pedigree (father Jerry played for the Washington Redskins), which can't hurt. He's not afraid to hit someone and his ability to pick up plays could offset some of his perceived lack of foot speed.
He played on special teams at the Shrine game and that's a good thing for him to do. Showing versatility will increase his chances of making the final cut.
When he'll go: Probable second-day pick; certain to land in someone's training camp.

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