Since I have exhausted the current Lions reading material, it is time to put some more out there for others. Since some of you seemed to like the first five guys I came up with I decided to do some digging on five more guys that might be a good fit for the Lions.
Kai Forbath, K, UCLA
Forbath was a model of consistency, but his senior season has not gone as planned. While in 2009 Forbath was automatic from anything under 50 yards, in 2010 he has missed five field goal attempts between 40 and 49 yards. In fact, he has connected on just 13 field goals through the regular season. Once a lock as the best kicker in this class, Forbath suddenly is falling. He should still be one of the first three or four kickers drafted, but nobody is going to reach and take him before the seventh round anymore.
Production: Kai Forbath is a clutch kicker. He would have been the top kicker drafted in 2010 had he declared as a junior. Kai Forbath is that good of a kicker.
If Kai Forbath were a little bigger in size I'd compare him to Adam Vinateri and tell people to give Forbath a golden ticket to Canton. Still Forbath is a good kicker who should make the pro bowl for many seasons to come.
And just to give you all a little insight into the situation at UCLA last year I dug this up over at Ninersnation, our 49ers based sister site on SBNation. It is down in the comments section of this post. It was in response to the site admin asking the members if anyone had insight as to why Forbath had such a drop off during his senior year. It may also give some insight into other prospects of ours like Akeem Ayers and Rahim Moore.
UCLA alum, twenty five year (oh.... dating myself) season ticket holder.
Forbath was one of the ONLY consistent players (and I'm including Ayers and Moore) on the Bruins roster in ‘10. It was a weird year - this isn't Bruins nation so I won't bore you guys with the longer rap, I'll simply say it started with dissent among the coaching staff about personnel, then there were literally more injuries than I've ever seen (including the QB and the O line) and then they all seemed to melt down into a dispirited, demoralized mess. And that's where I think Forbath got hurt. His first three seasons I don't think I ever saw him miss (well he did, but you know what I mean). Last season, in addition to Neuheuisel having him make multiple attempts from around the 40 (meaning a lot of 45+ attempts), he was playing on one of the most dysfunctional squads ever, with a coach (love you Rick but it's true) who seemed to be losing it as often as not on the sidelines, and constantly being asked to be the dam keeping back the floodwaters by hitting a long one to create any sort of momentum. And even with all that, he was still a bright light on the team, and despite a few uncharacteristic misses, still seemed to hit a number of "oh god can we at least get a field goal here" kicks with the entire team and rose bowl holding its breath. Tough environment, he was tough in response. I leave the "do you draft a kicker" to others... do teams waste a draft pick on a kicker? I just know in my fantasy league drafts we laugh at anybody who takes a kicker in the early round or even middle rounds.
Denarius Moore, WR, Tennessee
Moore has some potential as a 3rd or 4th option at receiver. He's a good athlete with decent speed, which should allow him to earn a spot on a roster. If he can bulk up a little bit and learn to play a more physical brand of football he'll greatly improve his chances of seeing playing time.
Positives: Good speed, gets deep in a hurry and is a big-play threat... High school track star... Great hands, a natural at plucking the ball on the run and works the middle of the field well... Good route runner, cuts well at the top of the stem, finds soft spots in zone coverage... Adjusts well to poorly thrown balls, has good body control, can make the acrobatic catch, great ball skills... High character, a hard worker... Has long arms... Broke out as a senior, has a lot of positive momentum heading into the draft after a good combine performance.
Negatives: Not very big, has a big of a thin frame and measured in shorter than expected at the combine... Struggles against press coverage, takes too many false steps off the line of scrimmage... More of a straight-line runner, isn't a creative runner when the ball is in his hands... Flopped as a return man at Tennessee... Below-average run blocker, takes poor angles and has a weak build... Never put up big numbers in college... Can disappear in games, had five games with two or less catches in 2010... Takes too long for him to get to full speed.
Denarius Moore is a great sleeper in this years draft class. No one is talking about him but he deserves some praise. He's got the potential to be a lethal deep threat in the NFL and be a solid #2 receiver. He's a good route runner, has good hands and body control. He really should be a lot higher on boards. His hands are a little inconsistent but if you throw it up for him, chances are he'll come down with it.
A vertical route runner who has ability to accelerate away from defenders once he slips press and makes plays down the field. Still needs to add some polish to his game, but he has enough athleticism to work his way onto an NFL roster and fight for playing time as a sub-package/vertical threat down the line.
Kevin Rutland, CB, Misourri
Rutland looks like a fine NFL player. He is 6-0, lean and has very long arms. He has more than enough speed to keep up with just about anybody in the NFL, and teams finally noticed that after he ran a 4.46 at Missouri's pro day. However, he is labeled a tweener and most teams do not know if he should be a cornerback or a free safety in the NFL. Either way, his pro day performance could have catapulted him from a potential undrafted free agent into the fourth round.
His combine workout is here.
Pro Football Weekly scouring report video here.
Nathan Enderle, QB, Idaho
Enderle's 6-5, 233 pound frame is what makes him a quality late round quarterback. However, 6-5 appears to be a little generous and 6-4 is probably more accurate, but either way Enderle has the size and experience to step into an NFL team and be a quality third quarterback right away.
If you're looking for a late-round sleeper QB prospect, Nathan Enderle is your guy. He had a great Junior season but followed it up with a poor Senior year. The talent on his team did drop off and Enderle was not able to get back on track. He has all of the tools to be a great NFL QB, he just needs to be coached up because his technique needs some work. I think if he was surrounded by better talent, he would be pretty successful.
3/15/11 - Idaho Pro day: Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz and Cincinnati Bengals quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese were among 10 talent evaluators on hand Friday for the University of Idaho’s pro day. They braved temperatures in the low 40s to watch quarterback Nathan Enderle and nine other NFL prospects work out on FieldTurf. Enderle, 6-foot-4 1/4 and 234 pounds, clocked 5.13 and 5.15 in the 40-yard dash, had a 25-inch vertical leap, 8-5 broad jump, 4.41 short shuttle and 7.08 three-cone drill. He did position drills with two quarterbacks coaches for about 30 minutes and had a pretty good workout. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
01/23/11 - EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME, TEN PLAYERS WHO LIKELY IMPROVED THEIR DRAFT STOCK: QB Nathan Enderle, Idaho: At 6-feet-5, 235 pounds, Enderle's height and big arm immediately stand out, especially in a game in which several of the other quarterbacks have only marginal size and zip. On Saturday, however, it wasn't Enderle's arm strength that impressed, but his touch. Though only credited as a 5-yard touchdown pass to Portland State tight end Julius Thomas, Enderle's second-quarter throw actually covered nearly 30 yards as he dropped deep, rolled slightly to his right and led Thomas to the left corner of the endzone. Seconds later Enderle proved his touch was no fluke with a similar soft toss to Thomas for a successful two-point conversion. In completing only 6 of 12 passes for 45 yards, the former Vandals' numbers were just OK. He outplayed the other quarterbacks in this game. - Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange/NFLDraftScout.com
Ricky Elmore, DE, Arizona
Elmore's draft stock is not very high because of his perceived lack of athletic ability. There are certainly pass rushers out there who are faster and stronger than Elmore, but he is a very underrated prospect who will be a steal if he falls to the fifth round like most people expect.
03/15/11 - Arizona Pro day: Even though Jacksonville used its first four selections in the 2010 draft addressing its front four, defensive line coach Joe Cullen worked out Arizona DE Ricky Elmore during the school’s pro day Saturday. Elmore put up 21.5 sacks over the past two seasons and met again with Cullen after the event, which was attended by 28 teams, including Browns LB coach Bill Davis. In total, 22 prospects were in attendance and performed outdoors, on FieldTurf. Elmore (6-4 5/8, 256) ran a 4.86 and 4.83 40, a 4.58 short shuttle and 7.29 three-cone. He had a 34 1/2 vertical and 9-7 broad jump. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
12/29/10 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Ricky Elmore leads the Pac-10 with 11 sacks, one season after finishing second with 10.5. He's a high-energy end who isn't a fearsome physical specimen, but he's quick and smart and plays with great technique. - The Sports Xchange
Elmore was a more productive college player than his teammate Brooks Reed, who could be a 1st-round pick. However, Elmore lacks Reed's athleticism which is what NFL teams are most concerned with. His postseason workout numbers are concerning, but he looks much more athletic on film that his workout numbers indicate. He won't be a great fit for every scheme but he could develop into a productive player in a 4-3 scheme, even if he's never a three-down lineman.
A natural pass rusher, Elmore has been productive in college. He plays hard and gets the most out of his ability. He didn't work out well at the combine, but he is a better football player than athlete. He might be best in a 3-4 as an outside linebacker.
This seems to sum up things for his recent history. Originally projected in the 5th round, poor combine numbers and the depth of the defensive end class this year seems to have pushed this guy into limbo and he may very well last until the 7th.
During the Wildcats' campus Pro Day workout Saturday, the pass rusher worked ouf for more than 28 scouts.
Elmore ran the 40-yard dash in 4.79 and 4.81 seconds, running 10-yard dashes of 1.65 and 1.65 seconds.
The 6-foot-4, 257-pounder registered a 9-7 broad jump and a 34 1/2 inch vertical leap.
Elmore did defensive line and linebacker drills for Jacksonville Jaguars defensive line coach Joe Cullen and had a lunch meeting with Cullen afterward.
Elmore led the Pac-10 Conference in sacks for the past two seasons, piling up 21 1/2 sacks over the past two years.
As a senior, Elmore registered 11 sacks to finish eighth in the nation.
He played in the East-West Shrine all-star game.
As a junior, Elmore posted 44 tackles, 11 1/2 for losses, 10 1/2 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Elmore interviewed with 20 teams at the NFL scouting combine.
Hope you all enjoyed the read and research. I know that I semi-cheated by putting a kicker and quarterback in there, but hey it is the seventh round and UDFA targets, you never know.