Three to watch from the Pac-10
Continuing to pick the brain of the talented crew at ESPN.com's College Blog Network, we turn to Pac-10 maven Ted Miller.
Now we look to Miller, who points to three players he doesn't expect to be drafted in the first three rounds but believes will turn out to be significant players at the next level.
Here are his selections and comments:
Nick Reed, DE-LB, Oregon: Reed doesn't have ideal size or speed, but any GM who looks at production first will have to be impressed with a guy who led the Pac-10 in sacks two consecutive seasons -- 25 over the past two years. Sure, he's a tweener, but in the right system he'll make plays. (NFLDraftScout.com rates Reed a sixth- or seventh-rounder.)
Fenuki Tupou, OL, Oregon: You've got to figure one of the nation's best running attacks can't be based on just one NFL-quality lineman, right? Tupou probably needs to move inside after playing tackle for the Ducks, but he's a physical guy with great size at 6-foot-5, 320 pounds. (NFLDraftScout.com rates Tupou as a fourth-rounder.)
Mike Thomas, WR, Arizona: Yes, Thomas is short. Just over 5-foot-7. He knows that. He's been told that at every level. But he's also been productive at every level, including as a four-year starter at Arizona where he twice earned All-Pac-10 honors and became the conference's all-time leader in career receptions. His strong performance at the Senior Bowl also should ease concerns. He's also a good return guy. (NFLDraftScout.com rates Thomas as a third- or fourth-rounder.)
Thanks to Ted for helping us out.