Chat with Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench
Muench played four years of Division I-AA football before joining Scouts Inc. in 2002. He has evaluated both NFL and college football players but his current focus is on the NFL draft.
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Paul (Albany, OR)
Steve, do you show any Oregon State guys in the first day of the draft? Levitre? Stroughter? Stroughter can be a punt returner while learning the NFL tools of the trade at the wide receiver position. Definitely not afraid to go over the middle and make a tough catch. Your thoughts? Thanks.
Steve Muench (2:01 PM)
I hope everyone is doing well and ready for the Bowl season.
Steve Muench (2:03 PM)
Paul I don't think either one of them goes in the top two rounds. I do think that Stroughter will go early on the second day. He has the potential to develop into an effective return man and productive slot receiver.
Steve, do you think Donald Brown made the right decision to go back to UConn? It seems his stock is as high as it can be. Your thoughts?
Steve Muench (2:05 PM)
There's no right answer here. His stock may be as high as it's going to be but only time will tell. Personally, I don't think a player should leave school early unless he feels good about going in the top two rounds and I don't see Brown going that early.
BJ (Des Moines, IA)
What are the least desirable coaching position in each of the 6 major conferences?
It's obviously tougher for a school like Duke to recruit than it is for Florida but this is kind of a trick question,
If you are an up and coming coach at a mid-level school and a team like Iowa State call it would be an excellent opportunity to prove you can coach in the Big 12. If you are an established coach like Carroll and you decide for some reason you want to coach at Washington your ability to recruit and get the school as well boosters to make bigger investments in the program you immediately improve that program.
Tom Savage ;Baltimore,MD
What cover-corners do you like long term ?
I like Malcolm Jenkins but i think he'll be a better safety than corner. I also don't think there is a great deal of elite talent at corner this year but Illinois' Vontae Davis could develop into a shutdown corner.
Any chance the Lions take Aaron Curry with the number 1 pick?
Always a chance but I doubt it.
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WHAT IS JMU'S EUGENE HOLLOMAN DRAFT CHANCES
At this point. he looks like a rookie free agent but he could get drafted late.
Eric (Venice, CA)
Hey Steve, Do you think Taylor Mays will be a Top 15 pick or the first Saftey taken in the Draft? (These are the 2 things that make Pete Carroll sugests that Jr's should go into the draft)Thanks.
I think he has an excellent chance to be the first safety to come off the board.
How much coaching do you think Paterno really does? I've heard he is just a figure head with an awesome coaching staff.
Define coaching. I hope that doesn't sound like I'm trying to be wise b/c I mean it. I have heard the same rumors as you but the school just signed him to an extension, he's coming off a great year in my opinion and he's a great recruiting tool in my opinion.
Do you think Drew Willy is going to be a backup in the NFL, or can he be a legit starter?
Steve Muench (2:18 PM)
He could develop into a starter b/c he has a strong enough arm and good size. The learning curve is going to be steep coming out of Buffalo though.
If Percy Harvin can stay healthy, do you see him being everything that Reggie Bush was supposed to be in the NFL, and more (direct snaps)?
Steve Muench (2:21 PM)
I'll be blunt at the risk of sounding cold. Undersized collegiate players who burn defenses with speed and elusiveness scare me. The reason is the speed of NFL defenses effectively shrink the field so these players don't tear off as many long runs and they take more big hits. Remember Peter Warrick at FSU? He'd make so many guys miss after the catch but he couldn't do it at the NFL level.
BYU won 3 more games than Arizona in a tougher division IMO. Why are they dogs?
Steve Muench (2:24 PM)
I think some of that has to deal with Arizona's playing in its first bowl in a long time. A BYU team that had BCS aspirations earlier this year could very well come out flat.
What are the Jets draft needs? A year ago we would have said RB, but now Thomas Jones is a Pro Bowler, and the best RB in the AFC, so where do you think they go?
Steve Muench (2:26 PM)
Yeah I think receiver is the top need right now but you may want to buckle up for the Brett Favre retirement roller coaster ride. If he leaves, they need a quarterback in a BIG way.
Joe , Akron Ohio
The Zips took Buffalo to 3 OTs...Ball State destroyed the Zips...Was Buffalo beating Ball State in the MAC championship one of the biggest chokes for a Division 1 football team?...also if Love never got hurt you think Ball State could made a BCS
Steve Muench (2:28 PM)
I don't think you can use the word choke. I think they underestimated an underrated Buffalo team and made too many mistakes. I also think that losing Love hurt them in a big way. Hey, I thought that I heard that QB Nate Davis was sick in that game. Is that right? If so that likely played a role especially on the dropped snap fumble Buffalo took to the house.
Steve what do you think of Tim Tebows nfl future?
Steve Muench (2:31 PM)
Mike I got skewered last week for saying he could develop into an excellent tight end with a skill set comparable to Dallas Clark's in time. I also think that he could play quarterback but it may take two years for him to get comfortable with a pro style offense. Ideally, any team that drafts him to play quarterback has a veteran quarterback willing to take Tebow under his wing.
Joe, St. Louis MO
Do the Chiefs take Bradford or a pass rusher?
Steve Muench (2:32 PM)
I'd take Bradford over a pass rusher.
Darryl (Oakland, CA)
Steve, Am I right when I say Alex Mack is the best center prospect to come into the NFL draft in the last decade (even though he isn't a collegiate All American). That guy is a beast!
Steve Muench (2:33 PM)
He's head and shoulders above everyone else in his class but don't forget about guys like Nick Mangold and Ryan Kalil.
Steve Muench (2:34 PM)
I'm getting a lot of love/hate comments on Tebow right now. I don't want to spend too much time on it b/c it dominated the conversation last week but this one caught my eye.
Gator Man, Florida
Does Tebow comeback?..pass up on the money? Try to win that second Heisman he got screwed out of this year? Or does he try to leave and become another NFL bust like non drafted White?
Steve Muench (2:36 PM)
First off, everyone has a right to their opinion but I think the right player won the Heisman, Secondly, it seems like you think he's a lock to be a bust despite your admiration for him. Interesting.
Bernard (Princeton, NJ)
Tell Darryl in Oakland that AQ Shopley might have a say as to who is the best center in the country this year.
Steve Muench (2:38 PM)
Shipley had a strong year but I don't think he's not as complete player as Mack.
Who will be the first Jr. taken off of the board?
Steve Muench (2:38 PM)
IF he comes out. Alabama OT Andre Smith and there's a chance Detroit takes him with the No. 1 pick.
Zack, South Carolina
Will the curse of the heisman stop Bradford and his Sooners from beating the Gators.
Steve Muench (2:40 PM)
If Florida wins, it will be because it outplayed and/or out coached Oklahoma. I don't believe in curses.
Is Graham Harrell just another one of those Texas Tech QB's that is great in college but horrible in the NFL, or can you see this guy making it big in the NFL?
Steve Muench (2:42 PM)
Steiny what's up? You are all over the place right now. I think Harrell has a real chance to make it in the NFL. He has a much stronger arm than I thought coming into the year and while the scheme admittedly simplifies his reads he flat out made better decisions this year.
Big Ten RB with the best NFL future: Ringer, Wells, Royster or Greene?
Steve Muench (2:43 PM)
I think it goes Greene, Wells, Ringer and then Royster.
Matt (Cedar Falls, IA)
Steve - What is the best Non-BCS bowl this year?
Steve Muench (2:45 PM)
It's got to be Boise State against TCU in the Poinsettia bowl. A potent and versatile Boise State offense going against an unforgiving TCU defense.
Steve, do you think it is fair to see Alabama or Penn State would be ranked #1 in the AP and Harris Poll if they were undefeated right now? Just wondering how Utah, with nearly identical strength of schedule as those two teams, can be ranked so low.
Steve Muench (2:47 PM)
WE NEED A PLAYOFF. All I can tell you Jeff is the BCS system is functional but it leaves a lot to be desired.
Joe (Akron Ohio)
Huge Bucks fan pulling for them big time, but Texas should be playing for the National Championship and now we got to play them and i'm sure they will try to take there anger out on every OSU player..Any chance?..Im thinking Wells needs a huge game to pull this off. It could happen and if it did how big of a shock would this be around college football nation
Steve Muench (2:49 PM)
Terrelle Pryor is the key. He needs to throw the ball well against an average Texas secondary and he has to extend drives with his feet. Considering the Longhorns' speed up front that won't be easy but I think that he at least gives Ohio State a chance.
Any chance Graham Harrell get taken in the first round?
Steve Muench (2:49 PM)
Again always a chance but I really doubt it.
Nick (Kalamazoo, Mi)
I disagree about Andre Smith. The Lions have a solid if unspectacular LT in Backus and are severely lacking at the QB spot....the pick should be Bradford or Stafford, without question.
Steve Muench (2:52 PM)
Great point and thanks for chiming in. I think that Bradford would be an excellent pick there (Stafford's been a little too erratic to take him that early) but consider this. Backus turns 32 in September of next year and OT Jake Long has been outstanding for Miami this year. What about Detroit a free agent QB (Maybe Matt Cassell?) and drafting Smith?
Do you think Sam Bradford will be able to adjust to NFL defenses (i.e. can he be successful when he does not have all day to throw)?
Steve Muench (2:56 PM)
Pressure affects all quarterbacks. It's how much it affects them that matters. Texas did a good job of keeping Bradford off balance and he threw two picks in that game. The thing is he also threw five touchdowns and completed 71.8% of his passes. And the Sooners running game was nonexistent against the Longhorns. Bradford will be just fine.
Is there a particular knock on Royster that you would have him last in terms of NFL potential of the Big 10 backs? He averages more than 6.5 ypc, he sets up his blocks extremely effectively and is therefore very effective between the tackles, and has more of a burst than it appears. Is there something you don't think will translate to the NFL, or do you just think the other big 10 backs are destine for good to great NFL careers?
Steve Muench (2:57 PM)
Definitely the latter. Royster is a player but so are the other three and I had to stop and think about it.
Nick (Kalamazoo, Mi)
If Detroit does sign Cassell or anyone else then they need to trade down and focus at a position of greater need than LT...look at Taylor Mays, or a defensive lineman. Smith is an upgrade but any of the other options are bigger upgrades, in my opinion.
Steve Muench (3:01 PM)
Detroit needs to improve its dismal offense and Smith is the best way to do it if you don't take Bradford. If you want Mays then trade back because he's a big reach that early. No defensive lineman projects as a top five pick either so the best value-need combo is Smith in my book.
Steve Muench (3:02 PM)
That is if they don't take Bradford who would also be a sound pick.
Jim (Miami, FL)
From everything I read/hear about Taylor Mays, he sounds exactly like Sean Taylor out of college. Is that a fair comparison?
Steve Muench (3:06 PM)
I really like Taylor Mays and he's a big hitter so I get it. But Sean Taylor was remarkable. He has the perfect skill set, he didn't know how to play less than full throttle and he was a very smart football player. Mays has a long way to go before he should be mentioned in that company. Again not a knock on Mayes.
Steve Muench (3:07 PM)
That's it for this week. Take care and on a personal note want to wish the Richmond Spiders good luck in the FCS game tonight. It should be a fun one to watch.
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