Monday, April 23, 2012
McShay's All-Satellite team: AFC North ties
By Jamison Hensley
ESPN's Todd McShay revealed his fourth annual All-Satellite team, which focuses on the five players in this draft class who are the most dangerous in space. McShay has linked three of these players to AFC North teams. It's an Insider piece, but here's the ones with division ties:
Kendall Wright, Baylor wide receiver
McShay's analysis: What really jumps out about Wright, especially when comparing him to other receiver prospects is his explosiveness off the line of scrimmage and when turning upfield after the catch. He goes from 0 to 60 faster than anyone in the class.
Hensley's comment: McShay writes that the Browns could take Wright early in the second round. I wouldn't rule him out of the first round. The Browns or the Bengals could show interest in him with their second first-round picks.
Lamar Miller, Miami running back
McShay's analysis: Miller doesn't have the wiggle or make-you-miss skills of the other guys on this list, but he gets it done with impressive acceleration and top-end speed. Miller's 4.4-second 40 was the best among running backs at the combine, and the thing you notice on tape is his ability to plant his foot, then explode out of cuts.
Hensley's comment: McShay sees Miller as a late second-round pick who could get selected by the Ravens. This definitely could happen because Baltimore needs a backup after Ricky Williams' retirement. Plus, the Ravens might need to start thinking of the future if they are unable to re-sign Rice.
Chris Rainey, Florida wide receiver/running back
McShay's analysis: Rainey's burst and change-of-direction skills are remarkable on tape, and he backed that up with a 3.93-second short shuttle at the NFL combine. His open-field running skills are undeniable with his ability to explode in any direction, then change direction in a heartbeat. Every time he gets the ball in his hands, it's a Code Red for the defense.
Hensley's comment: McShay has Rainey going on Day 3 (fourth round or later) and lists the Bengals among the teams interested in him. Rainey's lack of size means an offensive coordinator has to be creative in using him. He would be an intriguing weapon for Jay Gruden, who could use some more speed at running back and wide receiver.