AFC East: Toby Gerhart

Video: McShay talks risers and fallers

April, 19, 2010

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay shares the latest buzz with three days remaining until the start of the NFL draft.

McShay takes a look at the notable risers and fallers, noting he's hearing the Buffalo Bills will draft Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen with the ninth pick and might be moving on Texas quarterback Colt McCoy in the late first or early second round, and the New England Patriots are a fine possibility for Stanford running back Toby Gerhart in the second round.

Toby Gerhart a Belichick-style runner

April, 12, 2010
PM ET has been posting footage of the draft party it recently sponsored for New England Patriots season-ticket holders.

In this clip, the panel (analysts Tedy Bruschi and Todd McShay, reporter Mike Reiss and Patriots Football Weekly assistant editor Andy Hart) discusses what types of players will be available in the second round. The Patriots own four picks inside the first 53 selections.

McShay's short list of possibilities includes Texas Christian outside linebacker Jerry Hughes, Clemson outside linebacker Ricky Sapp and Utah outside linebacker Koa Misi, Brigham Young tight end Dennis Pitta and Iowa cornerback Amari Spievey.

Reiss mentions Notre Dame receiver Golden Tate and North Carolina defensive tackle Cam Thomas.

Hart's candidates include USC receiver Damian Williams and Miami tight end Jimmy Graham.

But Bruschi elicited applause when he explained a position nobody else mentioned.

"A position where a lot of people and a lot of fans watching the Patriots fans have grown impatient is running back," Bruschi said. "A lot of people have seen sort of the developmental process of Laurence Maroney. It seems like it's gone on for a long time.

"I know a lot of you have been frustrated with him, and I know Laurence. He's a hard worker. He does a lot of things right. But you've got to go by what you see on the film, and he's struggled at times."

Bruschi likes what he has seen from Heisman Trophy finalist Toby Gerhart of Stanford and considers him the type of hard-charging back Bill Belichick prefers.

"He's a guy that runs hard," Bruschi said. "The way Bill likes to see running backs run is 'Get yardage. Just get what you can get and then get out. So run straight up the field.' This is what this kid is.

"You see him running through guys, straight up the field, north-south. Get the yards. Stop dancing and then here we go: second-and-2, second-and-1. That's what everybody wants."


Which Heisman finalist for your team?

December, 12, 2009
When you watch the highlights during the buildup for Saturday night's Heisman Trophy presentation, do you find yourself daydreaming about how a particular finalist will look in your favorite team's uniform?

Here are the finalists in the order I would vote for them:

  • Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska defensive tackle
  • Colt McCoy, Texas quarterback
  • Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
  • Tim Tebow, Florida quarterback
  • Toby Gerhart, Stanford running back

As a reference for how realistic it will be for your team to get any of the above prospects -- Suh won't be landing in the AFC East without a trade -- take a look at the projected draft order for the 20 non-playoff teams based on AccuScore's latest forecasts for each team's win total (prior to Thursday night's game).

The New England Patriots' draft position isn't listed because they're projected to win the AFC East, and new rules slot the teams on when they're eliminated from the postseason.

1. St. Louis Rams

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

3. Detroit Lions

4. Cleveland Browns

5. Kansas City Chiefs

6. Washington Redskins

7. Buffalo Bills

8. Oakland Raiders

9. Carolina Panthers (traded pick to San Francisco 49ers)

10. Seattle Seahawks

11. Chicago Bears (traded pick to Denver Broncos in Jay Cutler deal)

12. San Francisco 49ers

13. Houston Texans

14. Tennessee Titans

15. New York Jets

16. Miami Dolphins

17. Atlanta Falcons

18. Jacksonville Jaguars

19. Pittsburgh Steelers

20. New York Giants