The Bengals are at home, talented, healthy, and pissed. The Rams are
poorly-coached, their QB is a stiff who lost his job to Case freakin' Keenum,
their receivers are awful, their O-line is practice squad-quality, and
the only unit on their team that could be considered a strength at this
point (D-line) is banged up and lining up against a stout Cincy O-line.
The only way things could be worse is if...oh, I don't know...one of
their teammates was nearly murdered or something. What makes you think that Rams will rebound in this spot?
Todd Boeckman, QB, Ohio State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 243. Projected 40 Time: 4.76. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2009): FA. 10/12/08: Benched. A long shot to be drafted.
3/26/08: Todd Boeckman improved throughout the 2007 campaign but looked very mediocre against LSU in the national championship, going 15-of-26 for 208 yards, two touchdowns and two picks.
2007: A massive quarterback with a great arm, Todd Boeckman really proved himself by throwing for 257 yards and three scores at Penn State.
Marcus Freeman, OLB, Ohio State
Height: 6-0. Weight: 239. Projected 40 Time: 4.60. Combine 40 Time: 4.74. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.51. Benchx225: 30. Vertical: 37. Projected Round (2009): 3. 12/6/08: Voted to the All-Big Ten Second Team, Marcus Freeman finished the season with 76 tackles, nine TFL and 3.5 sacks.
5/16/08: Marcus Freeman had 95 tackles and 9.5 tackles for loss in 2007. He's great against both the run and the pass. Should be able to play multiple linebacker positions in the pros.
2007: Another top 2009 prospect who should wait a year.
Brian Hartline, WR, Ohio State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 195. Projected 40 Time: 4.53. Combine 40 Time: DNP. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.49. Vertical: . Broad: . Projected Round (2009): 7-FA. 1/15/09: I don't understand this. Why would Brian Hartline declare after such an awful year? He had just 21 receptions, 479 yards and four touchdowns as a junior.
7/26/08: Brian Hartline finished behind Brian Robiskie in receptions (52) and yards (694) as a sophomore. He's talented, but his mediocre 40 is going to hurt his draft stock.
Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
Height: 6-0. Weight: 204. Projected 40 Time: 4.40. Combine 40 Time: 4.55. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.53. Benchx225: 15. Vertical: . Projected Round (2009): Top 20 Pick. 2/25/09: One of a few cornerbacks criticized by Deion Sanders. Malcolm Jenkins' poor 40 only strengthens the speculation that he'll have to play free safety.
1/13/09: Thanks to outstanding play, three picks and 4.5 TFL, Malcolm Jenkins made the AP All-America First Team, and currently is the favorite to be the first corner taken off the board.
12/13/08: I'll be shocked if Malcolm Jenkins doesn't get drafted in the top 10, barring a poor combine. Jenkins has 54 tackles, 3.5 TFL and two blocked kicks.
James Laurinaitis, ILB, Ohio State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 244. Projected 40 Time: 4.64. Combine 40 Time: 4.82. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.70. Benchx225: 22. Vertical: . Projected Round (2009): 2-3. 2/24/09: Ouch. A 4.82? Looks like James Laurinaitis could be the next Big Ten linebacker to slip out of the first round (Paul Posluszny, Dan Connor).
12/7/08: The top pure 4-3 inside linebacker in this class, James Laurinaitis has 121 tackles, 5.5 TFL and four sacks as a senior. He was a first-team All-American.
5/11/08: James Laurinaitis probably would have been chosen seventh overall if he declared for the 2007 Draft. He has a shot to run a high 4.4 at the combine, which will blow everyone away.
2007: James Laurinaitis had two key interceptions at Washington.
Was the first sophomore to ever win the Nagurski Award (defensive player of the year). When looking at his production, it's not hard to figure out why. Laurinaitis recorded 115 tackles, five interceptions and four sacks in 2006.
Brian Robiskie, WR, Ohio State - Scouting Report
Height: 6-3. Weight: 209. Projected 40 Time: 4.48. Combine 40 Time: 4.49. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.52. Vertical: 37.5. Broad: . Projected Round (2009): 2-3. 1/4/09: Brian Robiskie's numbers faded with a rookie quarterback under center. He finished with 37 receptions, 419 yards and eight scores.
10/19/08: The Terrell Pryor-to-Brian Robiskie connection looked promising at first, but Robiskie has registered two catches in each of the past three games against Wisconsin, Purdue and Michigan State. He hasn't gone over the 20-yard mark since Sept. 27.
5/22/08: Brian Robiskie had great production last year - 55 receptions, 935 yards, 11 touchdowns - but his mediocre 40 could keep him out of the first round.
Donald Washington, CB, Ohio State
Height: 6-0. Weight: 197. Projected 40 Time: 4.46. Combine 40 Time: 4.55. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.52. Benchx225: . Vertical: 45. Projected Round (2009): 6-7. 2/25/09: Donald Washington's 40 time is a bit surprising, based on his 45-inch vertical and 11-3 broad jump. Then again, no one ran well.
1/16/09: Declaring into a top-heavy class when you're a Day 2 prospect off a mediocre year isn't too smart. Donald Washington had just 22 tackles and a pick in 2008.
5/17/08: Primarily a nickel in 2007, Donald Washington was suspended for the national championship for violating team rules.
2007: Started nine games as a red-shirt freshman.
Chris Wells, RB, Ohio State - Scouting Report
Height: 6-1. Weight: 235. Projected 40 Time: 4.48. Combine 40 Time: 4.59. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.46. Benchx225: 25. Vertical: 33.5. Broad: 10-8. Projected Round (2009): Top 20 Pick. 2/23/09: Chris Wells somehow ran faster than Knowshon Moreno despite being 20 pounds heavier. Though some thought Wells could run a low 4.4, a 4.59 doesn't really hurt Wells' stock.
1/3/09: Despite playing just nine games, Chris Wells finished with 1,091 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. He caught just seven passes, however.
10/18/08: Chris Wells hasn't played as much as Ohio State fans would like this year, but he's still the projected No. 1 running back to go in the 2009 NFL Draft, slightly edging out Knowshon Moreno. Hey, when inept GMs and scouts watch Wells run a 4.4 at 235 pounds at the combine, they're going to crap their pants.
5/21/08: Chris Wells didn't disappoint in his first year as a full-time starter for the Buckeyes. Wells tallied 1,609 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns on a 5.9 clip. And don't blame him for the loss to LSU in the 2008 Final NCAA Postseason Exhibition Match; he rushed for 146 yards on 20 carries. Downside? Only five receptions in 2007.
2007: A 232-pound running back with 4.4 speed, Chris Wells averaged 5.5 yards per carry as a freshman, which was a higher mark than what Antonio Pittman maintained
(5.1). Wells, who gained 576 yards, will be the feature back now that Pittman has moved on to the NFL.
Victor Butler, DE/OLB, Oregon State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 248. Projected 40 Time: 4.60. Combine 40 Time: 4.84. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.72. Benchx225: 26. Vertical: 33. Projected Round (2009): 6. 1/10/09: Victor Butler had a monstrous senior campaign, finishing with 65 tackles, 21.5 TFL, 12 sacks and four forced fumbles.
Brandon Hughes, CB, Oregon State
Height: 5-10. Weight: 182. Projected 40 Time: 4.43. Combine 40 Time: 4.50. Pro Day 40 Time: DNP. Benchx225: . Vertical: 37. Projected Round (2009): 5-6. 2/25/09: Had a 4.50 40, which amazingly was one of the fastest "official" 40 times at the 2009 NFL Combine. Also had a 10-8 broad jump.
12/13/08: A member of the All-Pac 10 Second Team, Brandon Hughes totaled 34 tackles and a whopping 11 passes broken up in an outstanding senior season.
Keenan Lewis, CB, Oregon State
Height: 6-0. Weight: 208. Projected 40 Time: 4.46. Combine 40 Time: 4.54. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.49. Benchx225: 20. Vertical: 38.5. Projected Round (2009): 2-3. 12/13/08: Keenan Lewis registered three picks (one for a touchdown) and six passes broken up. Just an All-Pac 10 honorable mention.
5/17/08: Keenan Lewis has started 34 of 37 games at Oregon State going into his senior year. He picked off three passes in 2007.
Slade Norris, OLB, Oregon State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 232. Projected 40 Time: 4.63. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.65. Benchx225: . Vertical: . Broad: . Projected Round (2009): FA. 12/6/08: At his size, nothing more than a situational pass rusher in the NFL. Slade Norris has a whopping 17 TFL and nine sacks to go along with his 52 tackles.
Sammie Stroughter, WR, Oregon State
Height: 5-9. Weight: 189. Projected 40 Time: 4.43. Combine 40 Time: 4.55. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.45. Vertical: 30. Broad: . Projected Round (2009): 6-7. 1/4/09: Like Deon Butler, a skilled receiver who needs to overcome size issues. Sammie Stroughter finished his senior year with 64 receptions, 952 yards and seven scores.
10/19/08: An undersized, but a quick and productive receiver, Sammie Stroughter has 38 catches, 496 yards and four touchdowns on the year.
Tim Jamison, DE, Michigan
Height: 6-2. Weight: 256. Projected 40 Time: 4.75. Combine 40 Time: 5.09. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.92. Benchx225: 21. Vertical: . Projected Round (2009): 7. 2/24/09: After weighing 10 pounds lighter than he should have, Tim Jamison ran .3 slower than projected. Ouch.
2/22/09: Tim Jamison logs in at a disappointing 256; Michigan had him around 265.
1/9/09: An All-Big Ten honorable mention, Tim Jamison notched 10.5 TFL and 5.5 sacks in 2008.
11/16/08: Tim Jamison has just three sacks in 10 games this year. Major disappointment.
5/7/08: Tim Jamison had 5.5 sacks as a junior, giving him 14.5 for his career (I previously said he had 14.5 as a junior; I was looking at his career numbers instead). He's very athletic and should be a force in the 4-3 or 3-4. He needs to work on staying healthy though.
2007: Part of Michigan's defense that suddenly can't stop anyone. Tim Jamison had five sacks as a sophomore.
Will Johnson, Michigan
Height: 6-5. Weight: 290. Projected 40 Time: 4.88. Pro Day 40 Time: 5.07. Benchx225: 47! Vertical: 27.5. Projected Round (2009): 4-5. 1/10/09: Meager numbers again for Will Johnson, who recorded three TFL and two sacks as a senior.
5/9/08: Started 12 games in 2007, accumulating 50 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
2007: Appeared in 13 games as a sophomore but collected only seven tackles. Will Johnson will have a more prominent role with Alan Branch gone.
Terrance Taylor, Michigan
Height: 6-0. Weight: 306. Projected 40 Time: 5.11. Combine 40 Time: 5.24. Pro Day 40 Time: 5.08. Benchx225: 37. Vertical: . Projected Round (2009): 4-5. 11/23/08: Once a possible first-round prospect, Terrance Taylor hasn't done much this year since blocking an extra point early in the season.
5/9/08: Terrance Taylor had 4.5 career sacks, but his bread and butter (and lots of butter at that) is stopping the run, though you probably knew that just by looking at his size.
2007: With Alan Branch and LaMarr Woodley gone, offensive coordinators will focus on stopping Terrance Taylor. If he's dominant this season, he may come out.
There aren't too many 310-pound tackles who are close to breaking 5.0 in the 40.
Anthony Heygood, OLB, Purdue
Height: 6-0. Weight: 225. Projected 40 Time: 4.64. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.67. Benchx225: 18. Vertical: 33.5. Projected Round (2009): 6-7. 12/6/08: Anthony Heygood wasn't as productive as a senior, but was still effective; Heygood had 114 tackles and six TFL.
5/16/08: Though he's new to the linebacker position - he played running back and special teams prior to 2006 - Anthony Heygood is one of the premier weakside linebackers in the 2009 draft class. One of the top tacklers in the Big Ten last season, Heygood looks to become yet another great Purdue linebacker to transition into the NFL.
2007: A tackling machine and a speedy linebacker, Anthony Heygood will skyrocket up this list if he runs a 4.4 at the Combine.
Alex Magee, DT, Purdue
Height: 6-3. Weight: 298. Projected 40 Time: 4.90. Combine 40 Time: 5.05. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.82. Benchx225: 30. Vertical: 29.5. Projected Round (2009): 3. 11/23/08: A candidate for either the 4-3 or 3-4, Alex Magee has six TFL and 3.5 sacks this season.
5/9/08: Started every game in 2007, and recorded 38 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss.
Greg Orton, Purdue
Height: 6-3. Weight: 207. Projected 40 Time: 4.54. Combine 40 Time: 4.62. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.61. Vertical: 38. Broad: 10-5. Projected Round (2009): 7-FA. 1/4/09: Greg Orton finished the season with 69 receptions, 720 yards and five scores.
10/19/08: The production is there (503 yards in seven games).
5/22/08: A mediocre 40 hurts Greg Orton, who had 67 receptions for 752 yards and three touchdowns in 2007.
Nate Ness, FS, Arizona
Height: 6-0. Weight: 193. Projected 40 Time: 4.54. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.46. Benchx225: 17. Vertical: 36. Projected Round (2009): 6-7. 12/14/08: Not so much the interception machine anymore, Nate Ness picked off two passes as a senior, returning one for a touchdown. He also broke up seven passes.
5/19/08: An interception machine - Nate Ness had 19 interceptions, 10 of which were returned for touchdowns in junior college. He picked off five passes in his first six games with Arizona.
2007: Nate Ness, a safety who has three interceptions through nine weeks in 2007, returned 10 interceptions for touchdowns in junior college. He needs to drop into the 4.4s to be considered a first-day selection.
Mike Thomas, WR, Arizona
Height: 5-8. Weight: 195. Projected 40 Time: 4.45. Combine 40 Time: 4.40. Pro Day 40 Time: DNP. Vertical: 40.5. Broad: 10-6. Projected Round (2009): 4-5. 1/4/09: Mike Thomas had 75 receptions, 834 yards and four touchdowns as a senior. More importantly for his stock, he had two punt returns for scores.
10/19/08: After a solid start, Mike Thomas' production has dropped in Pac-10 play.
5/22/08: If it weren't for Mike Thomas' height... Thomas, a kick returner with a solid 40, caught 83 passes for 1,038 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2007. His 5-9 frame hurts his draft stock.
Willie Tuitama, QB, Arizona
Height: 6-3. Weight: 211. Projected 40 Time: 4.88. Pro Day 40 Time: 5.01.
Projected Round (2009): 7-FA. 12/20/08: Completing 64.6 percent of his passes, Willie Tuitama managed 2,763 yards, 21 scores and eight interceptions.
10/12/08: Willie Tuitama isn't pro material, but he'll garner some draft consideration because he's having a great senior season.
3/26/08: Put up solid numbers as a junior (3,683 yards, 28 touchdowns, 12 picks) and only had one really bad game (at Oregon State). Even against USC, Willie Tuitama managed to complete 30-of-43 attempts for 233 yards.
Taurus Johnson, WR, South Florida
Height: 6-0. Weight: 206. Projected 40 Time: 4.53. Combine 40 Time: 4.47. Pro Day 40 Time: DNP. Vertical: 35.5. Broad: 10-1. Projected Round (2009): FA.
Tyrone McKenzie, OLB, South Florida
Height: 6-2. Weight: 243. Projected 40 Time: 4.59. Combine 40 Time: 4.80. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.78. Benchx225: 27. Vertical: 32.5. Projected Round (2009): 3. 2/24/09: Not a good run for Tyrone McKenzie.
1/10/09: Look for Tyrone McKenzie, an All-Big East first-teamer, in the Senior Bowl.
12/6/08: A year after setting the school's all-time tackle record, Tyrone McKenzie had "only" 94 tackles and 11 TFL.
5/16/08: Tyrone McKenzie set the all-time South Florida record in tackles last year with 121, though he had 129 as a sophomore at Iowa State.
2007: A transfer from Iowa State, Tyrone McKenzie was a member of the All-Big XII second team in 2006.