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 July 18, 2010
Penn State vs. Michigan State
99 Jerel Worthy
8 Kirk Cousins
43 Eric Gordon
53 Greg Jones
83 Charlie Gantt
Royster - solid speed but can turn edge...runs w/ high pad level
needs to run with more aggressv.
Gantt - good blocker
Jones - solid speed to close...doesn't look elite so far
Run blitz in A-gap, works through trash for excellent TFL ...
cat-like athleticism...very good agility and speed
Cousins: very good arm strength...ropes the football...solid accuracy