@ChiefMN , actually Ford has shown flashes in his limited playing time, so I wouldn't rule him out, just yet, as he could blossom in year 3. And, I also wouldn't rule out Ramik Wilson or DJ Alexander (both can run and hit like a ton of bricks) as ILB candidates, either.
That said, I 'll always take an off-the edge pass-rusher, and not knowing if CB Sean Smith will be back, as well as Phillip Gaines status, I'd gladly take another CB, as well.
Reshard Langford, SS, Vanderbilt
Height: 6-2. Weight: 212. Projected 40 Time: 4.56. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.68. Benchx225: 17. Vertical: 38. Projected Round (2009): 7-FA. 12/14/08: Sort of a safety-linebacker tweener, Reshard Langford accumulated 67 tackles and three picks (one touchdown) this year.
2007: Reshard Langford, who started as a freshman in Vanderbilt, probably needs to drop his 40 time a bit. He had six picks going into the 2007 season.
D.J. Moore, CB, Vanderbilt
Height: 5-9. Weight: 184. Projected 40 Time: 4.41. Combine 40 Time: 4.58. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.57. Benchx225: . Vertical: 39.5. Projected Round (2009): 1-2. 2/25/09: That 4.58 needed to be better. D.J. Moore is only 5-9, 192, after all. At least he had a 39.5-inch vertical.
1/13/09: D.J. Moore, likely the third corner off the board, was an AP All-America second-teamer. Though he didn't take any returns back to the house, he maintained an impressive punt return average of 14.
12/13/08: Thanks to his five picks, 4.5 TFL and six passes broken up, D.J. Moore has qualified for the All-SEC First Team.
5/17/08: A member of the All-SEC team as a mere sophomore, D.J. Moore had six picks in 2007. He's also a dynamic kick returner.
George Smith, WR, Vanderbilt
Height: 6-3. Weight: 200. Projected 40 Time: 4.47. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.67. Vertical: 34.5. Broad: 10-4. Projected Round (2009): FA. 1/4/09: Not the way you want to end your collegiate career - George Smith had 13 receptions, 142 yards and no scores as a senior. He needs an incredible combine to bounce back.
10/19/08: George Smith has just four receptions on the year, as he's coming off foot surgery.
5/22/08: Registered 32 receptions, 397 yards and three touchdowns as a junior. Will be entering his third year as a starter in 2008.
Rudy Carpenter, QB, Arizona State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 217. Projected 40 Time: 4.80. Combine 40 Time: DNP. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.89. Hand Size: 8 5/8. Projected Round (2009): 7. 2/23/09: Measured with the smallest hands of any quarterback at the 2009 NFL Combine. Quarterbacks having small hands usually have fumbling problems.
12/20/08: An All-Pac 10 honorable mention; Rudy Carpenter had 16 touchdowns and nine picks.
10/12/08: Rudy Carpenter played well against Georgia, but he was just a combined 31-of-55, 291 yards, one touchdown and three picks against Cal and USC.
3/26/08: Rudy Carpenter puts up some nice stats - for the most part. He threw for 3,202 yards, 25 touchdowns and only 10 picks in 2007. So, what's the problem? Carpenter was sacked 54 times. The Sun Devils currently have the top center prospect in the 2008 Draft, so it's not like he had no protection.
Paul Fanaika, G, Arizona State
Height: 6-6. Weight: 327. Projected 40 Time: 5.40. Combine 40 Time: DNP. Pro Day 40 Time: 5.59. Benchx225: 16. Arm: . Projected Round (2009): FA. 2/21/09: Fifteen reps on the bench from a 327-pound guard? Not good.
1/8/09: Paul Fanaika is a very solid run-blocker, but he has major problems in pass protection. A late-round prospect at best.
5/25/08: Give credit to Paul Fanaika for dropping more than 20 pounds in the past year. An honorable mention on the All-Pac-10 team, Fanaika is a tremendous run-blocker who helped the team's two top backs gain more than five yards per carry.
Keegan Herring, RB, Arizona State
Height: 5-9. Weight: 203. Projected 40 Time: 4.39. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.47. Benchx225: 24. Vertical: 34.5. Broad: 10-3. Projected Round (2009): 7-FA. 10/18/08: Hamstring injuries have ruined Keegan Herring's season. He has carried the ball only 34 times in seven weeks.
5/21/08: Keegan Herring will make a nice scat back in the NFL. His 40 will be a major factor in determing where he's drafted. He better be prepared at the combine. Herring managed 815 rushing yards and five touchdowns in 2007.
Michael Jones, WR, Arizona State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 211. Projected 40 Time: 4.51. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.54. Vertical: 36.5. Broad: 10-7. Projected Round (2009): 5-6. 1/4/09: Michael Jones finished the season with 61 receptions, 744 yards and four touchdowns.
10/19/08: Michael Jones has been more consistent this season, catching at least four passes in all but one game. He's on pace for 60 receptions and 854 yards. He's only been to the end zone once, however.
5/22/08: Michael Jones was pretty inconsistent last year, but he came on in the final game of the year. Jones had eight receptions, 107 yards and two touchdowns against Texas in the Pacific Life Holiday postseason exhibition match.
Troy Nolan, SS/FS, Arizona State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 205. Projected 40 Time: 4.56. Combine 40 Time: 4.62. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.58. Benchx225: 15. Vertical: 31.5. Projected Round (2009): 4-5. 12/14/08: Troy Nolan registered 64 tackles, six passes broken up, four interceptions and two pick-sixes as a senior. Not bad. Nolan's efforts earned him a spot on the All-Pac 10 Second Team.
5/19/08: Troy Nolan finished the 2007 season with six picks. He also had 64 tackles and seven pass breakups. He's best at strong safety, but can play either safety position.
2007: I'd like to see Troy Nolan either add more mass or drop his 40. He has five picks going into the Oregon game.
Pannel Egboh, DE, Stanford
Height: 6-6. Weight: 277. Projected 40 Time: 4.82. Combine 40 Time: 4.96. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.86. Benchx225: 26. Vertical: 35. Projected Round (2009): 5-6. 1/9/09: Pannel Egboh had 4.5 TFL and 1.5 sacks in 12 games as a senior. A sprained knee in the middle of the season limited his production.
5/7/2008: A potential left end or a 3-4 lineman at the next level, Pannel Egboh had six sacks in 2007. More impressively, he has 24 consecutive starts as of this writing.
Alex Fletcher, C, Stanford
Height: 6-2. Weight: 299. Projected 40 Time: 5.20. Combine 40 Time: 5.37. Benchx225: 31. Arm: 32 1/8. Projected Round (2009): 7-FA. 1/8/09: Made the All-Pac 10 Second Team after transitioning to center this season.
5/25/08: Though Alex Fletcher thrived at guard last season, he'll be moving to center in 2008.
2007: Suffered with a back injury in 2006. Can play all three of the interior line positions.
Ramses Barden, WR, Cal Poly-SLO
Height: 6-6. Weight: 227. Projected 40 Time: 4.55. Combine 40 Time: 4.57. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.51. Vertical: . Broad: 10-2. Projected Round (2009): 3-4. 3/22/09: Ramses Barden worked out extremely well at his Pro Day, running an unofficial 4.4. He improved his stock after a mediocre Combine.
1/4/09: Thanks to his impressive side, Ramses Barden had 67 receptions, 1,257 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior.
10/19/08: The only Mustang of note, Ramses Barden has at least 131 yards and a touchdown in every game this season.
5/22/08: And I thought a 42-catch, 824-yard campaign was impressive. Ramses Barden smashed his 2006 numbers, collecting 57 receptions, 1,467 yards and 18 touchdowns last year. I don't care where you play - that's downright impressive.
Andrew Means, WR, Indiana
Height: 6-1. Weight: 213. Projected 40 Time: 4.60. Combine 40 Time: 4.48. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.36. Vertical: . Broad: . Projected Round (2009): 4-5. 3/22/09: Andrew Means turned some heads with a 4.36 at his Pro Day. Was the Combine surface really that much slower?
Marcus Thigpen, RB/KR, Indiana
Height: 5-9. Weight: 185. Projected 40 Time: 4.37. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.47. Benchx225: 21. Vertical: 35. Broad: 10-6. Projected Round (2009): 7-FA. 1/3/09: Marcus Thigpen failed to return a kickoff for a touchdown in 2008, maintaining an average of 22.5 yards per return.
5/21/08: Marcus Thigpen's not listed this high for his skills as a running back (568 yards, three touchdowns). Instead, he's a fifth-round prospect because he's one of the top kick returners in the nation.
Cornelius Lewis, OT, Tennessee State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 336. Projected 40 Time: 5.20. Combine 40 Time: 5.21. Pro Day 40 Time: DNP. Benchx225: 31. Arm: 33 1/2. Projected Round (2009): 4-5. 1/6/09: A transfer from Florida State, Cornelius Lewis qualified for the All-OVC First Team.
Cecil Newton, C, Tennessee State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 300. Projected 40 Time: 5.15. Pro Day 40 Time: 5.13. Benchx225: 25. Projected Round (2009): 4-5. 1/8/09: A four-year starter and a qualifier for the All-OVC First Team. Tennessee State was renowned for running the ball effectively in 2008.
5/26/08: A third-year starter on Tennessee State's offensive front.