May 9, 2007

NFL dreams? UT juniors are mostly question marks

There are projections and then there are guesses. When trying to project the long-term NFL draft prospects for some of the young talent on campus, it usually takes a little bit of both. After breaking down the senior class on Monday, will now take a look at the potential NFL players from the junior class.

Obviously, there might be some players that aren't included on the list that will eventually emerge as potential pro prospects, but we're trying to base these projections on the information that we currently know.


First Day

Starting tailback - Jamaal Charles

Overview: Forget about everything that Charles has or hasn't done in his career thus far for the Longhorns. The bottom line is that Charles has the type of game-breaking physical tools that you won't find in five other college players in the country. Although he'll likely never be an every down running back in the NFL, Charles' speed and big play potential will be an eye-opener for NFL teams. For those that still have doubts, just know that Charles might be the fastest player in the entire NFL Draft for 2009. Ultimately, Charles is going to have to prove a lot to the NFL people before he's taken on the first day of the draft, but the flashes are there.

Starting right guard - Cedric Dockery

Overview: Because he was surrounded by so many high-profile upper-classmen last season, Dockery's strong performances were mostly overshadowed, but he was playing at a very high level for a sophomore making his first round of starts. If he can come back all the way from his knee injury, Dockery's size, strength and athleticism are going to make him an attractive pro prospect. Not many kids with a 6-foot-4, 320-pound frame that start three years for Texas are going to go unnoticed by NFL scouts. Also, the fact that his brother is a successful NFL player will raise his stock in the eyes of everyone in the league.

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