OK, this is not a mock or a predictive off-season (who the hell ever gets those right?) This is a wish list of flat out FOOTBALL PLAYERS that I think are going to make an impact for some team...it may as well be the NINERS.
1. Cody Grimm - LB/S - VaTech (6-1, 201)
Ok, this dude might be my favorite combine player ever. He actually measured in two inches TALLER than he was listed in school. He played LB in school, but will be a SS in the league. I see him as being a stronger Jim Leonard potentially. I REALLY like what I've seen from this cat. I never thought he would make it in the league because he's always been listed as a 5-11 linebacker. He measured in at 6-1 and ran 4.64 in the 40...I think he can play.
2. Armanti Edwards - QB/RS - AppState (5-11, 189)
Dude's a winner. I was interested to see him run WR drills at the combine, but it didn't happen...or they didn't show it. He can be an emergency QB, but also could be a Julian Edelman type project. I wouldn't bet against this kid.
3. Walter Thurmond III - CB - Oregon (5-11, 190)
Before he hurt his knee laster year, he was on his way to being a combine focus story...now he is a darkhorse. But the boy can ball.
4. Jammie Kirlew - DE/OLB - Indiana (6-1, 255)
A slightly less talented Brandon Graham clone. This cat has almost as many monstrous TFL's in the Big Ten as BGraham (52.5 to Graham's 56). Touted for his high football and book IQ, he played in the shadow of Greg Middleton. Not a foolproof pick, but I think a late round shot is deserving here.
3. Brandon Minor - RB - Michigan (6-1, 225)
Minor had some issues with fumbles (given he was playing with a fractured wrist), but he has definitely seen every style offense and thrived. He has never really played as a feature back or been healthy for a whole season, but something tells me he can be very versatile and determined runner who can probably be had after the draft.
[ Edited by TommyFrazier on Mar 4, 2010 at 08:44:08 ]