Time for more reading material. We have run out of mocks, we are done estimating how many wins and losses the Lions will have based on the recently released schedule. Now it is time to find that 7th round gem or UDFA rookie, that is if there ever is a free agency period this year, that can make an impact on the 2011 Lions. Sure this will be an exercise in futility, and we are more likely to not have a single one of these guys on the the roster come game one, but at least it gives us something to read that has more relevance than the aforementioned mocks and win predictions.
Kris Durham, WR, Georgia
"This is kid is faster than people think," a league source told National Football Post. "He runs good routes. He's a great possession receiver and you can't teach size. I think he'll do well if he's given the right opportunity."
The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder caught 32 passes for 659 yards and three touchdowns last season for the Bulldogs, playing opposite star wide receiver A.J. Green.
He caught four passes for 112 yards and a touchdown against Vanderbilt, five passes for 101 yards against Arkansas and three receptions for 90 yards against Georgia Tech, including a career-long 66-yard catch.
Durham missed the 2009 season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Overlooked and somewhat forgotten about in Athens, Kris Durham has spent the better part of his career playing in the shadow of arguably the best WR in the country in AJ Green. Earlier this season when Green was suspended due to a jersey sale violation, Durham had a chance to show the SEC and the scouts just what he could do when given the opportunity. He proved to talent evaluators that not only does he have the talent to play at the next level but that he may only just be beginning to tap into his true potential.
How he looked coming out of high school (only posted to show he is smart and is faster than some people claim)
Wt: 186 lbs
40: 4.54 secs
Bench Max: 265
Squat Max: 385
Vertical: 31 inches
Anthony Allen, RB/FB, Georgia Tech
Height & Weight: 6-0 - 229 lbs.
NFL Combine Results
40-Yard Dash 4.59
Bench press 24
Vertical jump 41.5
Three-cone drill 6.79
20-yard shuttle 4.06
Allen is a bruising back who can run through just about anybody. He does not have break away speed, but that is not the type of rusher he will be in the NFL. Allen is the type of player who can handle the load week in and week out and he is one of the better power backs in this class.
This is a big, versatile back with power. Allen is an ideal third down player because he can block and he catches well. He also is being considered as a fullback. He does not have top speed.
Strengths: Allen has a thick build for the position and is a good athlete with a short burst of acceleration through the hole as an inside runner. Offers excellent vision, body lean and balance as a power runner. Is a strong, physical finisher who breaks tackles. Does a decent job as a lead blocker on quarterback scrambles and in pass protection. Has strong receiving skills and is durable. Performed well at the Scouting Combine and his pro day, boosting his stock and raising
Weaknesses: Played in a triple-option offense in college, so his role does not translate to either the running back or fullback position. Lacks breakaway speed and big-play ability as a runner and receiver. His ball security is questionable.
Bottom line: Allen started for two years at Georgia Tech after transferring from Louisville. He has excellent inside running skills to become either a short-yardage/goal-line back or a fullback in a West Coast offense. His receiving skills add some value to a player who should be a late-round pick.
Deunta Williams, S, North Carolina
2/8 Update: After finishing off his senior season strong, Williams broke his left leg during North Carolina's Music City Bowl victory over Tennessee. While Williams' strong point is his instincts and intelligence, how well he recovers prior to the draft will play a huge role in his draft stock. If he can stay healthy, Williams could be a second round draft pick. If not, he could slip all the way down to the third day of the draft.
Deunta Williams was one of those North Carolina players who's Senior season was killed by the NCAA's suspension, as he was suspended for 4 games, and the whole teams season was disjointed, adversely affecting him. Williams came into the year as an elite safety prospect with 12 Interceptions in his first 3 years, as he has always displayed great instincts and ball skills. He is solid in both man and zone coverage, as he has excellent range, good closing speed, and reads and diagnoses plays very quickly. While Williams is a thumper, and loves to deliver the big hit, he needs to improve in run support. He is almost always in the correct position, but he doesn't break down well in the open field, and doesn't have the strength to make many 1-on-1 tackles. He is also very aggressive, and often too aggressive as he will sometimes get caught with his hand in the cookie jar going for the big play. He just needs to polish up his game, and if he can do that, and add some muscle he will be a steal, and a become a much better player than people think. He could go anywhere from late round 2, to early in the 4th.
Impressive size/athleticism combination. A good all-around athlete; came to UNC as a receiver but switched to safety in the fall of his freshman year and was immediately named a starter. A four-year starter with 46 career starts under his belt. Gives a solid effort in run support. Reliable tackler. Good ball skills (12 career interceptions). Weaknesses: Suspended for the first four games of 2010 season for his involvement in North Carolina's academic scandal. Suffered a broken leg in final collegiate game. Rarely asked to line up in man coverage and does not look fluid when doing so. Will struggle when lined up against receivers and athletic tight ends at the next level. Comments: Williams is one of the more physically gifted safeties in this year's class, however his injury in the Motor City Bowl significantly hurts his stock as teams will not be able to see him workout at full strength prior to the draft. He primarily lined up at free safety at North Carolina, but may be better suited to play strong safety in the pros. His experience and production throughout his career makes him a fairly safe pick. He's a safe bet to develop into a reliable backup, but also has the upside of a potential future starter.
Keith Williams, OG, Nebraska
At 6-5 and 310 pounds, Williams has the size and strength to play in the NFL. He is not the quickest offensive lineman around, but he is strong enough to push away most interior lineman. Unfortunately for Williams, he is probably not even the best guard on Nebraska. Ricky Henry has taken away some of the attention from him and now Williams has to separate himself during pre-draft workouts if he hopes to be higher than a sixth or seventh round selection.
A tough, nasty Nebraska offensive lineman who can create movement in the run game. Plays a bit too straight-legged in the pass game, but has snap through the hips off the football and should be able to make a roster as a rookie and at worst provide some depth inside.
Mike Mohamed, ILB, California
Mohamed may lack some of the physical skills of some other inside linebackers, but he is a smart player and has plenty of size and quickness. Few can match his instincts and Mohamed will always be around the ball no matter what level he is playing at...and he will get a good chance to play at the next level.
Strengths: Productive three-year starter who also played as a freshman. Good overall size. Has the height to match up well with tight ends in coverage. A smart football player; rarely caught out of position. Patient; waits for plays to develop before committing to an angle.
Weaknesses: Athleticism is nothing special. Once a lineman locks onto him he struggles to shed blocks. Won't be productive at getting into the backfield consistently.
Comments: Mohamed doesn't do anything great, but he also has very few glaring flaws. Given his inability to consistently get into the backfield I think he's better suited to play inside in a 4-3 scheme. He just lacks the athleticism to be consistently productive in a 3-4 scheme. He's a solid player but the upside is limited. He'll probably never be a Pro Bowl linebacker, but should definitely be a productive backup and special teams contributor and may sneak into a starting lineup down the road.
Mohamed was a productive college player in part because of good instincts. He isn't the fastest or biggest hitter, but he is around the ball a lot. He is a reliable player with top intangibles. Mohamed is suited best for a defense that protects the linebackers.
Well I have at least occupied my time for a while here, football ADD satisfied, I hope you enjoyed the info / read.