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1=Kyle Rudolph*

The Notre Dame product might be the most pro-ready junior tight end the NFL has seen in years. Standing at 6’6” and tipping the scales at 265 pounds Rudolph is the absolute prototype for a three-down, inline tight end—if teams were to build a tight end from scratch, those would be the measurements they would input. Combine that with his unique athleticism, superb instincts, great motor, natural gigantic hands, his ability to process information, and the fact that he is a great teammate and it’s easy to see why this young man has been on the radar of pro scouts since his freshman year in South Bend. From a purely athletic standpoint Rudolph moves exceedingly well for a man his size. His light feet, smooth hips, and great burst give him rare separation ability, as well as surprising wiggle in the open field. What makes Rudolph such a complete prospect at the tight end position is his ability to run block. His natural strength and explosive hips allow him to not only be a deft run blocker, but excel in pass protection as well. While Rudolph has good short-area quickness and light feet his long speed is not elite for a tight end, which limits his potential. What this means is that Rudolph’s route tree in the NFL is likely going to be limited to about 20 yards down the field, as he will offer little as a deep threat. Rudolph also has injury concerns, which mostly stem from his style of play and his recent off-season shoulder injury. Comparing him to last year’s top tight end at the same stage in their development, Rudolph is more balanced than Jermaine Gresham but lacks the former Sooner’s upside. Nevertheless, if the tight end has a healthy and productive junior year then there is an excellent possibility of him being both a first round pick and the first tight end taken in the 2011 NFL draft.

2=Sam Acho

Sam Acho VS Nebraska


A team leader and captain, Acho is one of the smartest players in college football both on and off the field—he boasts a 3.6 GPA. He knows how to get to the quarterback and seems to always sniff out the football—Acho had four fumble recoveries last season. He also displayed the versatility to play some defensive tackle as well. Overall, a great character player.

3=Stevan Ridley

Ridley has decided to forgo his final year of eligibility at LSU and enter this year’s NFL Draft, as was announced on his Facebook page Thursday. The Mississippi native was an offensive leader for the Tigers and was named first team All-SEC in 2010 with 1,147 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns on 249 carries. Ridley lacks breakaway speed but he has good vision/patience to see the lanes before they open up and he has great moves in the open field for a 226 pounder. He’s a player that will be an effective contributor in a committee approach at the next level

4=Mark Dell

Natural receiver coming off a terrific campaign. Lays out for the tough reception and shows good eye/hand coordination. Possible number three at the next level.Clearly a talent, shows flashes of John Tayloresque ability, long, lithe and with, sneaky, build up speed and good hands.He can high-point the ball, snatch it from outside the frame of his body, take a good whack and come down with the ball. He is an improving route runner and is learning to set up a defender with his moves

5=Brandon Hogan

Hogan started his collegiate career as a wide receiver and caught 12 passes for 67 yards during his freshman campaign.

Hogan took his pass catching ability to the Mountaineers' secondary during his sophomore campaign and has been a starting cornerback pretty much ever since. As a sophomore Hogan was a surprisingly good tackler and ranked sixth on the team in that department. Hogan kept up his impressive numbers as a junior in 2009 and was an All-Big East first-team selection by the coaches for his efforts; that year he tallied 74 tackles, 11 pass breakups and 12 passes defended.

6=JT Thomas

Linebacker J.T. Thomas is an undersized one-gap linebacker best in pursuit. He shows the ability to go sideline-to-sideline but is really only effective as a chase and run linebacker that needs a free shot at the ball carrier.Instinctive, always around the ball. Leader, should have breakout senior campaign.

7=Davonte Shannon

Physical, athletic safety with great instincts...only UB player to twice be named to All-MAC First Team...has had consecutive 100+ tackle seasons.1st Team All-MAC in '07, '08 and '09;led the nation's freshman in tackles in '07; 121 tackles with 7 BUs in '08; led team with 97 tackles and 8.5 TFLs with 2 INTs and 3 BUs... high school teammate of highly-recruited Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor.Football, politics and leadership are three of the many words that describe the football team’s senior free safety, Davonte Shannon. Shannon is the only player in school history to have been named to the All-Mid-American Conference First Team three times, and is currently ranks sixth in school history with 341 career tackles. The 6-foot-2-inch hard-hitting safety is also the first Bull in the football program’s Division I FBS era to be named the College Football Insider Preseason All-American Team after earning the honor prior to the start of this season. But what really makes Buffalo’s top National Football League prospect special is his ability to be a leader in the locker room and mentor on the field. “I always considered myself a leader in the way I play,” Shannon said. “It was important to me to become more of a leader in the instance of being able to communicate with my players and get the extra effort out of them.

1 Kyle Rudolph TE... Replacement or Understudy Depends on Gonzo's decision

2 Sam Acho DE ... Improve the pass rush

3 Stevan ridley RB.. Great Number 2 too turner similar run style, bruiser with better vision an agility

4 Mark dell WR...Could be a solid # 3 ,,, after white an jenkins the WR core looks pretty weak ,, HD coming off an injury has been MIA during games , Meier coming off an injury dont know what he can do yet & Finn will be 35 next year

5 brandon hogan DB... with brian williams injuries an age Hogan could battle for nickel back with owens & franks

6 JT Thomas LB ... peterson 34 & wire 32 years of age Thomas would help the LB depth an Special teams

7 Davonte Shannon... Can play SS & FS an Special teams

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