|Greg Salas WR Hawaii|
|Ht: 6’1 “
|Good overall size and strength. Great hands. Reliable route runner. Extremely productive; over 3,000 yards in last two seasons combined. Willing to go across the middle.|
|Limited athletically. Doesn’t have great speed. Not very elusive. Isn’t a threat to pick up yards consistently after the catch. Doesn’t play as physical as his size would allow; gets pushed around at times at the line of scrimmage. Limited experience against top competition. Stats are inflated by Hawaii’s offensive scheme.|
|Salas can thank Davone Bess when he gets drafted in the mid-rounds. Without Bess proving that a Hawaii receiver can play in the NFL it’s likely that Salas would be dismissed as a product of the system. While he lacks the speed to be an elite receiver, his size and very reliable hands should land him a similar role to Bess at the next level.|
Andy Dalton - QB – TCU
Opinions of Dalton vary greatly. Some feel as though he is a fringe 1st-rounder, others believe he is a late-round prospect. How he performs this week could sway a lot of scouts one way or the other. He wasn’t always consistent at TCU, and the fact that he wasn’t being tested against elite defenses on a weekly basis raises some concerns. Going head-to-head with the top prospects in the nation will help us get a better idea of how he really stacks up.
Gabe Carimi – OT – Wisconsin
I’m not convinced that Carimi can play left tackle. He held his own against players such as Adrian Clayborn and Cameron Heyward, but neither of those guys is an elite pass rusher. I need to see him match up against faster edge rushers before I would be willing to consider him a left tackle.
Casey Matthews – ILB – Oregon
Like his older brother, Casey is never the best athlete on the field, but what he lacks in talent he makes up for in effort. Just as Clay rose up the draft boards in 2009, I expect Casey to do the same this offseason. This week will be his best opportunity to separate himself from some of the others in a relatively week class for inside linebackers.
Jake Locker – QB – Washington
Locker’s senior year was a letdown, and this is his best chance to prove his doubters wrong. Locker’s apologists point to his supporting cast as an excuse for his performance. Well, no such excuse can be made this week. He is the most talented of the senior quarterbacks and if he can’t outperform guys like Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick, be prepared for his stock to plummet.
Greg Salas – WR – Hawaii
I like Salas a lot; he has good size and great hands and was tremendously productive at Hawaii. However, everyone is always skeptical of someone who puts up big numbers in Hawaii’s offense. This is a very weak class of senior receivers, and Salas has a chance to make a name for himself this week.
Bilal Powell – RB – Louisville
Scouts have very little film on which to grade Powell. He saw limited playing time until his senior year. However, he is a bruising downhill runner and could be a standout this week in Mobile. If he emerges as one of the top senior running backs, he could raise his stock to the 2nd or 3rd round range. However, if he struggles his stock will fall fast.
If you’re looking for future NFL stars you’re going to be disappointed tonight. Hawaii has struggled to develop the same talent as during the June Jones era and Tulsa has never produced many NFL stars. There are few players worth keeping an eye on though.
* The top prospect in the game is Hawaii wide receiver Greg Salas. I won’t blame you if you’re a little skeptical about Salas initially. Hawaii receivers often put up gaudy stats and fail to produce in the NFL. However, I believe Salas has what it takes to produce at the next level. He doesn’t have breakaway speed but he has great hands and is an efficient route runner. He could be a mid-round pick who contributes immediately.
* Another offensive player worth keeping an eye on is Hawaii running back Alex Green. His size (6’2″, 230 lbs) is hard to ignore and he is quietly having a huge year for the Warriors, averaging 8.8 yards per carry. He reminds me of Jaguars fullback Greg Jones, who played running back during his days at Florida State. He won’t be drafted as high as Jones, but has a chance to carve out a similar NFL career if he continues to develop.
* The only potential 2011 draftee on Tulsa is fullback Charles Clay. He’s a prototypical blocking fullback who can also carry the ball when asked. He has legitimate NFL potential, but the fullback position is dying out so there’s no guarantee he’ll hear his name called. Still, this is his chance to shine. Teams looking for a fullback will have their eyes on both Clay and Green in this game.