ge99 Posted April 18, 2008 Share Posted April 18, 2008 by Tommy Lawlor, http://www.scoutsnotebook.comOverrated & UnderratedJust because a guy is overrated does not mean he isn't a good player or won't pan out in the NFL. It simply means he's not worth the hype he's getting from some fans and the media. Just the same, underrated players have no guarantee that they will make it in the NFL. They are simply guys who are being overlooked. A lot of times this is because of the school they go to. Occasionally even players from good football schools get lost in the shuffle. Here is a list of overrated players:1. Chad Henne QB Michigan --- He s got size, experience and talent, but I do not see him as being nearly the prospect that others do. Chad really struggles with pressure. All QBs do to a certain extent, but Henne more so than others. Chad really needs a clean pocket to be effective. I do think he can be a starter in the NFL, but will need a good line and strong supporting cast. I don t see him as the kind of player who will elevate a team with his presence. I hear him talked about as an early 2nd round pick. I see him more as an early 4th. 2. Kenny Phillips SS Miami --- Good player, but not nearly the prospect that some make him out to be. Kenny never became a player the caliber of Sean Taylor or Brandon Meriweather. Those guys were very productive. Taylor was a freak in terms of size/speed/skill. Meriweather played some CB at the Senior Bowl and looked good. Kenny went to the Combine and looked awkward in drills. He s nothing special in coverage. He had 7 career picks& 5 came against Florida Intl and Duke, hardly football schools. Kenny can be a solid starter, but I don t see him ever being a star player or anything special. 3. Martin Rucker TE Missouri --- Extremely productive at Mizzou. Caught 203 passes in his career. He has some athletic ability. They actually lined him up at QB at times. Rucker almost never lined up tight to the formation at UM so his blocking was a question, but then he went to the Senior Bowl and did okay as a blocker. As much as I want to like this kid, there is just something weird about watching him play. He looks a bit stiff. Some people consider him a top 5 TE. I see him as a 5th round player. 4. Anthony Collins LT Kansas --- I see where some people have him going early in the 2nd round. Huh? Anthony played LT for one year at Kansas, and was up and down. He s not a natural pass protector. He s not some crazy good athlete. He came out as a Junior, so teams didn t get to see him at an all star game in a conventional offense. I think he is more of a RT or even a G. I could see someone taking a chance on him as early as the mid-3rd, but I don t see him as top 75 material, let alone top 40. 5. Justin King CB Penn State --- He ran a 4.31 at the Combine. That is literally his resume. Justin got some postseason honors for his 2007 play, but that was a complete joke. Anyone who watched the Indiana or Buffalo games saw King getting beaten left and right. He does have talent, but rarely plays up to that level. I would not spend a pick on him in the 1st or 2nd round, but teams do fall in love with speed. Here is a list of underrated players:1. Eddie Royal WR/RS Virginia Tech --- We have Eddie ranked as a top 50 prospect. I can t see him getting out of the 2nd round. And I keep hearing from other people that some see him as a 3rd or even 4th round player. Wow. Eddie didn t put up great numbers. Did you happen to notice Va Tech s QB play the last few years? Eddie went to the Senior Bowl and looked as good as any WR there. He went to the Combine and looked as good as any WR there. Add in his return ability and you have a player that people will regret passing on.2. Steve Slaton RB West Virginia --- He should not have come out early. Steve either got bad info or ignored good info. He s not a top 75 player. There isn t much reason to come out if you aren t up in that area. Still, people now act as if Steve is already an NFL bust. That is crazy. He had a great Sophomore year. His numbers came down in 2007, but he still ran for over 1,000 yards, averaged 5 yards per carry, and scored 18 TDs. Not bad for an off year. Steve has good vision, makes great cuts, and is a gifted receiver. One of the things that hurts him is that he plays better than he tests. Take a chance on him in the late 3rd or early 4th and you might find yourself a heck of a playmaker. 3. Jack Williams CB Kent --- Cover 2 teams should be drooling over this guy. Jack is a great tackler. Brandon Flowers has nothing on him. Prior to getting hurt, he was leading the MAC in tackles. He had 19 against Central Michigan. 19? Not bad for a CB. He can also cover. Jack had 13 career INTs. He s only 5 9, 180, but he had a terrific showing at his Pro Day. So you ve got an athletic corner who can hit, tackle, and cover. Those guys are not easy to find. 4. Martail Burnett DE Utah --- Athletic LDE. Had 15 TFLs, including 7 sacks, in 2007. Not the greatest pass rusher, but a disruptive player off the edge. At 6 3, 260 he s got an interesting frame. Martail could add weight and play LDE in the NFL. He s athletic enough to drop a few pounds and shift to LB, either in a 3-4 or 4-3. He s not just a workout warrior either. Put on the tape and you can see Martail s athleticism. Likely a late pick, but has potential. 5. Darrell Blackman RS/WR NC State --- I was not his biggest fan in the past. Darrell acted like a punk at times. He seemed to clean up his act under new coach Tom O Brien. The one thing that stayed constant was his production. Darrell had a solid year on punts and kickoffs. He ran back one KOR for a TD. He played in the Texas vs Nation all-star game and ran a KO back for a score. He almost busted another for a TD. He started his career at RB before moving to WR. Darrell is strictly a role player on offense, but he could step right in and handle the return duties for an NFL team. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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