Randall Cobb talking to the media before the 2011 NFL Combine (AP Photos)
In the NFL you play the game for one reason — to win a Super Bowl. With only two games left in the 2011-2012 NFL season most teams (all but two) are already looking towards next season to accomplish their goal of doing so. An early off-season is tough for a franchise because it means you didn’t complete your main objective and things have to change within your organization. This can mean a general manager change, a head coach change, or reevaluating the talent you are putting on the field. One thing is for sure, teams that draft well usually have the upper hand in competing for a championship. The NFL is a young mans game and typically teams who have veteran quarterbacks surrounded by a lot of youth and athleticism have the best chance to win. If your team is still competing in the playoffs you probably haven’t been paying attention to the draft aspect of football, but its currently in full swing. The East-West shrine game was held this past weekend, the Senior Bowl kicks off this weekend in Mobile, AL, and the NFL Combine starts on February 22nd. Although there were no Wildcats competing in these games they will have chance at the combine to further make an impression on teams. It also doesn’t mean they aren’t on team’s draft boards.
Wes Bunting of the National Football Post is one of the better collegiate scouts in the nation and he recently put out his big board. Here’s a look at his take on UK’s crop:
Bunting grades prospects on their overall ability and collegiate output. Here are his individual impressions of each Kentucky player.
Danny Trevathan: Impression: Runs well, generates a burst as a tackler and possesses natural athleticism. He is undersized and might be better suited for more of a cover two team, but needs to improve his feel in zone coverage if he hopes to ever be more than a special teams guy/reserve.
Winston Guy, Jr.: Impression: Still has some upside at the position, as he can tackle, displays solid range in space and above-average instincts in all areas of the game. Should be a heck of a special teams player early and looks like a guy who should fight for playing time.
Ronnie Sneed: A thick, tightly wound inside linebacker prospect who isn’t overly athletic sideline-to-sideline and plays slow. Doesn’t read and react very quickly to the football inside, lacks ideal instincts and struggles to anticipate plays. Impression: Possesses a thick build, but doesn’t standout in any area of the game in my mind to warrant a draft pick.
Randall Burden: Displays some natural fluidity to his game when asked to turn and run. Does a nice job cleanly opening up his hips, gets up to speed quickly and for the most part is a tough guy to get behind when he turns and runs. Impression: A tall, thin corner with some natural fluidity to turn and run on vertical routes. However, outside of that his game is too underwhelming to be considered a draftbale prospect.
Stuart Hines: Possesses average size, but doesn’t look real natural when asked to coil up into his stance, seems tight and doubles over at the waist. Allows himself to get upright off the snap. Isn’t real compact with his punch as he winds up into contact too often. Does do a nice job winning with his hands off the snap, can create leverage for himself initially and control blocks, but gets upright through the play and tends to lose power from his base.
Bunting doesn’t evaluate Tydlacka, but punters don’t typically get drafted anyway. Tydlacka was arguably the best player on this past team and with the success of Tim Masthay, the Trinty High grad should at least get a look in the NFL.
You can view Bunting’s draft board and his entire evaluation of UK’s players here.