Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Overrated and underrated pro prospects
By ESPN.com staff ESPN.com
Matt Hayes of The Sporting News plays the underrated and overrated game with a few departing college players as they take their shot at pro football.
A couple of SEC players are on his list.
Jonathan Crompton threw for 2,800 yards his senior season, but he had 13 interceptions too.
With the NFL combine scheduled for Feb. 24, we're certain to get a few more "underrated/overrated" reports.
But Hayes has Tennessee quarterback Jonathan Crompton as his overrated quarterback and cites Crompton's accuracy problems and all the interceptions he threw during his career (22) as the big reason.
Crompton had no chance to be drafted before his senior season, but blossomed under Lane Kiffin and passed for 2,800 yards and 27 touchdowns in 2009. For what it's worth, Kiffin was adamant even before Crompton's senior season that he could go as high as the third or fourth round in the draft.
Two other SEC players who were bracketed into the underrated category by Hayes were Tennessee running back Montario Hardesty and Alabama offensive guard Mike Johnson.
Hardesty's a punishing runner with great moves. If he can stay healthy like he did during his senior season, he has a chance to be a very effective NFL runner. Johnson is one of those guys who'll play 12 years in the league. He's smart, tough, physical and plenty athletic for a guard.
Another guy I'd put on the underrated list from the SEC is Vanderbilt cornerback Myron Lewis.
I don't know when he' ll be drafted or what kind of time he'll run at the combine, but he's a big, physical corner who can cover and has great ball skills. His coaches at Vanderbilt felt like he was a better overall pro prospect than D.J. Moore, who went in the fourth round last year to the Chicago Bears.