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)
Larry English, DE/OLB, Northern Illinois
Height: 6-3. Weight: 251. Projected 40 Time: 4.70. Combine 40 Time: 4.90. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.70. Benchx225: 36. Vertical: . Projected Round (2009): 1-2. 2/25/09: Turns out Larry English is actually 255; not 274. With that in mind, his 40 was pretty disappointing, though the same can be said about almost everyone who attended the 2009 NFL Combine.
2/22/09: I'm not sure if this is a typo, but Larry English was listed at 6-2, 274. He was supposed to be 254. Hopefully this will be cleared up soon.
1/9/09: Larry English finished his senior campaign with 14.5 TFL, eight sacks and three forced fumbles.
11/16/08: Larry English is not going to match the 10.5 sacks he had in 2007. He has 4.5 sacks through nine games.
5/7/2008: Despite being the only talented defensive lineman on Northern Illinois' front, Larry English still managed 10.5 sacks, giving him 22.5 the past two years. I don't care whom you're playing - numbers like that can't be ignored. Look for English to shoot up draft boards like fellow MAC end Jason Jones did in April.
2007: Larry English recorded 12 sacks as a sophomore.
Derek Pegues, FS, Mississippi State
Height: 5-10. Weight: 199. Projected 40 Time: 4.45. Combine 40 Time: 4.64. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.54. Benchx225: 23. Vertical: . Projected Round (2009): 3-4. 12/14/08: A member of the All-SEC Second Team, Derek Pegues collected 50 tackles, six passes broken up and two picks.
5/19/08: Doubling as a return man, Derek Pegues managed 50 tackles and five interceptions in 2007.
2007: Derek Pegues is a lightning-quick jack of all trades; he can play cornerback, free safety and kick returner. He started every game as a sophomore and picked off four passes.
Jamayel Smith, WR, Mississippi State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 186. Projected 40 Time: 4.42. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.50. Vertical: 39. Broad: 10-2. Projected Round (2009): FA. 10/19/08: Jamayel Smith has only eight receptions on the year. Way to step up in your senior year.
5/22/08: Jamayel Smith may have just caught 33 passes for 510 yards in 2007, but look past that. Check out his performance against Arkansas in mid-November: 10 catches, 208 yards and two scores. A sign of things to come?
Phillip Hunt, DE/OLB, Houston
Height: 6-1. Weight: 244. Projected 40 Time: 4.65. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.75. Benchx225: 14. Vertical: 41.5. Projected Round (2009): 3-4. 1/9/09: A pretty obvious choice as an All-Conference USA first-teamer, Phillip Hunt registered 18.5 TFL and 14 sacks this season.
11/16/08: One of the hottest defenders in the nation this year, Phillip Hunt has 13.5 TFL and 10 sacks in nine games.
Sebastian Vollmer, OT, Houston
Height: 6-8. Weight: 312. Projected 40 Time: 5.29. Pro Day 40 Time: 5.13. Benchx225: 32. Projected Round (2009): 4-5.
Domonique Johnson, CB, Jackson State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 188. Projected 40 Time: 4.34. Combine 40 Time: 4.55. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.52. Benchx225: . Vertical: . Projected Round (2009): 5. 2/25/09: Yet another poor 40. Something tells me Domonique Johnson will run close to a 4.3 at his Pro Day.
1/13/09: Was an AP Division 1-AA All-America First Team selection. If it weren't for Al Davis, Domonique Johnson would probably be a fourth-round prospect. Johnson will be at the Senior Bowl.
12/13/08: Attention, Al Davis! This man runs a low 4.3! Draft him now!
5/17/08: Let's see... very tall (6-2), very fast (4.34 40) and very annoying to opposing quarterbacks (five picks). Domonique Johnson transferred from Missouri to Jackson State for undisclosed reasons, so that's keeping me from putting him any higher on this list.
Lee Robinson, OLB, Alcorn State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 249. Projected 40 Time: 4.63. Combine 40 Time: 4.78. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.78. Benchx225: . Vertical: . Projected Round (2009): 6. 1/10/09: An All-SWAC First Team qualifier, Lee Robinson compiled 111 tackles, 10.5 TFL and three picks in 2008.
12/6/08: One of the top players in the SWAC who will hopefully get the chance to showcase himself at the Combine.
Josh Mauga, ILB, Nevada
Height: 6-2. Weight: 246. Projected 40 Time: 4.61. Combine 40 Time: DNP. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.61. Benchx225: . Vertical: 32.5. Projected Round (2009): 7-FA. 1/10/09: Josh Mauga tore his chest and needs surgery prior to the combine. Terrible timing.
12/7/08: Although he missed some time with a chest injury, Josh Mauga collected 7.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks and a pick-six as a senior.
5/11/08: Despite playing just eight games as a junior, Josh Mauga recorded 82 tackles and three pass break-ups. He missed the other games because of a minor knee injury.
Marko Mitchell, WR, Nevada
Height: 6-4. Weight: 213. Projected 40 Time: 4.45. Combine 40 Time: 4.46. Pro Day 40 Time: DNP. Vertical: 32.5. Broad: 10-3. Projected Round (2009): 5-6. 1/4/09: Marko Mitchell finished with solid numbers as a senior, collecting 57 catches, 1,011 yards and nine touchdowns.
2007: Despite starting just eight games, Marko Mitchell recorded 53 receptions, 1,129 yards and eight touchdowns in 2007. His yards per catch (21.3) was good for second in the nation. Mitchell also has a nice 40 at his size.
Terrance Knighton, DT, Temple
Height: 6-3. Weight: 317. Projected 40 Time: 5.18. Combine 40 Time: 5.18. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.93. Benchx225: 21. Vertical: 29. Projected Round (2009): 4-5. 3/29/09: It's appears very likely that Terrance Knighton will be drafted in the middle rounds. He shed four pounds between his Combine and Pro Day, and managed to run a very impressive 4.93.
Don Carey, Norfolk State
Height: 5-11. Weight: 192. Projected 40 Time: 4.47. Combine 40 Time: 4.54. Pro Day 40 Time: DNP. Benchx225: . Vertical: 32.5. Projected Round (2009): FA.