Mostly agree with your rankings; with the optimism bias from being a cardinals fan personally, I'd argue you could make a 1 star increase at each position, but their current rankings are also fair. I very much disagree with the 1 star ranking at special teams however, as we have a pro bowl gunner in Justin Bethel being joined by some high upside athletes in the kick coverage team and kick return game. Probably the best coverage unit in the game, which coupled with a punter who is below average (don't think he's as bad as stats show- his hangtime is rediculous, and it seems the staff went with him for this reason. I'd choose a distance leg with our coverage team, butI digress). In short, I'd say 3 stars is fair. A perfectly average special teams unit, whose only limitation really seems to be Drew Butler's distance and the uncertainty of a new long snapper (but both seem pretty reliable this far)
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Posted Oct. 18, 2009
Charles Brown's Stock on the Rise
For WalterFootball.com addicts, you would know (if you remember my preseason Big Board) that I was very high on the play of Southern California left tackle Charles Brown.
Brown has been nothing but impressive this season. Looking at his body mass (6-5, 292 pounds), most draftniks would assume without watching any gametape that he is a finesse left tackle.
This is what most draftniks do - they stereotype prospects' skill sets based off of body mass and 40 times.
Don't do that with Charles Brown. Keep in mind though that I am not saying he doesn't need to gain weight because he clearly needs to if he wants to start at left tackle in the NFL.
Brown finishes his blocks very well. He has that mauler mentality, but he has it in a somewhat small body.
His feet are the best in the nation outside of Oklahoma State's Russell Okung's. He has very nice agility, athleticism and awareness in pass protection.
Because of his highly impressive performance against California, I bumped up Brown to a 4-star grade. He kept Tyson Alualu in check for four quarters and showed nice consistency and focus.
The question remains: Will NFL scouts see Jordan Gross (6-5, 300, No. 8 overall) or William Beatty (6-6, 307, No. 60 overall). An offensive tackle hasn't been drafted in the first round below 300 pounds in the past decade.
Brown has the talent of a first-round draft pick, but the question remains if he can gain the upper body strength and weight to be drafted in the first round next April.
I think we will find out a lot about Brown's draft stock at the Senior Bowl weigh-in in late January, which I will be attending with my partner-in-crime Chad Powers, a moderator on the WalterFootball.com forums.
If Brown can weigh in over 305 pounds and carry the weight well during Senior Bowl week, he will be on his way to first-round status. However, if he is below 300 and plays poorly in Senior Bowl week, he will be a definite second-rounder.