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ALL STAR GAME OBSERVATIONS
by Jay Goldberg

HULA BOWL PLAYERS THAT POPPED

Bernard
Morris
Marshall QB An excellent athlete who is a good runner (488 yards in 2007), Bernard showed that he can throw as well, both in the pocket and on the move.  He displayed excellent movement in the pocket and was tough to catch.  He is an excellent day two developmental pick.  I like this kid.
YEAR CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2007 253 398 3149 63.6 7.91 80 17 10 34 139.10

 

Kevin
O'connell
San Diego State QB O'Connell, for a tall kid (6'6"), moves well and, in fact, looked more comfortable throwing on the run than in the pocket.  He showed excellent feet in the pocket and ran for 408 yards his senior season.  He started slow but came on strong in the second half., He showed enough skills to be an intriguing developmental prospect.
YEAR CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2007 257 439 3063 58.5 6.98 97 15 8 30 124.78

 

Kalvin
McCrae
Ohio RB McCrae caught the ball well, and showed quickness to the outside.  He did not run as well inside, but could be an effective change-of-pace, third-down back.
YEAR ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 294 1434 4.9 65 19 29 275 9.5 49 1 0 0

 

Jalen
Parmele
Toledo RB Parmele showed he can run between the tackles and has the ability to make people miss, bounce to the outside, and pick up chunks of yards.  Depending upon his workout, he could be a nice sleeper in the draft.
YEAR ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 276 1511 5.5 54 14 17 157 9.2 28 1 0 0

 

Andre
Collender
Boston College RB Collender didn't get many chances, but ran hard and looked good.  He left me wanting to see more, and that is a good thing.
YEAR ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 218 989 4.5 69 9 76 720 9.5 52 4 0 0

 

Yvenson
Bernard
Oregon State RB Bernard looked the best of the West running backs.  He has the look of a solid NFL backup.  He showed a good compliment of skills (catch, inside, outside).
YEAR ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 275 1214 4.4 54 13 36 179 5.0 21 1 0 0

 

Jabari
Arthur
Akron WR Athur looked great, possibly the best offensive player in the game.  He made some very nice catches, showed YAC, toughness, and excellent hands (despite a late drop).  If he has a good workout, he could be a sleeper in the draft.
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 86 1171 13.6 51 10 4 3 0.8 6 0 0 0

 

Robert
Jordan
California WR Jordan showed excellent hands, good moves, and the ability to make plays.  He will need to add weight to take the next step to the NFL, but showed he has the tools.
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 47 689 14.7 52 3 1 4 4.0 4 0 0 0

 

Bruce
Hocker
Duquesne WR Hocker made a couple of nice catches and appears to be a tough kid with good hands.  I'm looking forward to see how well he works out.
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 54 668 12.4 52 9 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0

 

Darrell
Strong
Pittsburgh TE Strong showed good hands (he did drop one ball), and the ability to get open.  He is a big target.
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 29 328 11.3 28 3 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0

 

Adam
Bishop
Nevada TE Bishop won't show up big time in the box score but he made a couple of marvelous catches.  I wanted to see more.
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 14 223 15.9 56 7 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0

 

Jason
Shirley
Fresno State DT
NT
Shirley is a monster of a kid who stuffed the run.  He has some off field issues and was suspended during the 2007 season and only played 3 games.  If he erases off the field concerns, he could be a nice sleeper.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TFL INT PD
2007 7 1.5 0 3 0 0

 

J. T.
Mapu
Tennessee DT Mapu was active in the game against the run, and had a sack. 
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TFL INT PD
2007 22 1 0 7 0 0

 

Brian
Johnston
Gardner-Webb DE Johnston has good size and showed good pass rushing skills and good pursuit.  The step-up in competition did not effect him.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TFL INT PD
2007 74 6 22 24 0 NA

 

Angelo
Craig
Cinncinnati DE
OLB
Craig played both end and linebacker in the game.  He started his college career as a linebacker and was moved to end.  His NFL future will be at outside linebacker in a 3-4.  He showed very good pass rushing skills in the game and also played the run well.  I'm looking forward to his workout.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 43 3 11 8 0 2

 

Marcus
Howard
Georgia DE
OLB
Howard displayed good pass rushing skills showing both speed and strength.  He will be a pass rushing OLB in the NFL.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 41 10.5 1 12 0 3

 

Jordan
Dizon
Colorado OLB
ILB
Dizon showed the ability to be a tackle-hound in the NFL.  He also had some big-time hits.  He looked very good.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 162 4 4 11 2 3

 

Justin
McKinney
Kansas State CB
KR
McKinney played well in coverage and had an interception.  He looked good in the game.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 51 0 0 1 3 9

 

Jerald
Lawson
Oregon State CB
S
KR
Lawson had a great game!  He played well in coverage, was a terror covering kicks on special teams, and showed good return skills.  He is definitely a sleeper in the draft.  He will be a valuable bench player in the NFL.  He even blocked a kick in 2007.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 20 0 0 0 1 0

 

Myron
Newberry
Hawaii CB
PR
Newberry showed excellent ball skills and good cover skills.  If he was bigger he could be a first day prospect.  He showed the skills, however, to cover the smaller receivers in the league.  He could be a solid dime back.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 53 1 0 1 4 10

 

Haruki
Nakamura
Cinncinati FS
PR
Nakamura played a very good game.  He was force against both the pass and the run, and had an interception off a tipped ball.  I am looking forward to his workout, if he shows good speed he could be a nice sleeper.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 95 1.5 0 6 4 4