College Previews: 10/9 Night Games




(1st/2nd-Round) #54 DT Stephen Paea, 6-1, 310 pounds, 4.95 seconds in the 40-yard dash, Redshirt-Senior.So far this year in four games, he has 16 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and a forced fumble.He was All-Pac 10 Conference first team in ’09, Paea is a disruptive forced on the interior of the Beavers defense with 84 tackles, 19.5 TFL and eight sacks in two seasons. He’s twice been selected as a co-captain of his team, after arriving in Corvalis following a pair of JUCO seasons. He’s a very talented athlete with a 500-pound bench press and a vertical jump of 30 inches. A native of Tonga, he was born in New Zealand and his dream was to play professional rugby. Paea is considered the No. 2 NFL prospect in the Pac-10 behind Washington QB Jake Locker. His last name is pronounced pie-uh.

(2nd-Round) #1 RB Jacquizz Rodgers, 5-6, 188 pounds, 4.49 seconds, Junior.

This year in four games, Rodgers has run for 398 yards and six TDs, and caught eight passes for 38 yards and a TD. In ’08 he was the Pac-10 Offensive MVP, the first freshman to win that honor in conference history. Younger brother of OSU WR James Rodgers, he ran for 1,440 yards last year with 21 rushing TDs. Last year he was one of the few players in the country that scored touchdowns rushing, receiving and passing. His first name is pronounced juh-quizz.

(4th-Round) #8 WR James Rodgers, 5-7, 188 pounds, 4.43 seconds, Senior.

The return game is where Rodgers has really had a nice season for the Beavers. The older of the two Rodgers brothers, James is averaging 22 yards on punt returns with a TD and 29.4 yards on kickoff returns. He’s also caught nine passes for 113 yards and a TD. Another All-Pac 10 Conference first teamer in ’09 with a school record 91 catches. He also set an Oregon State record in ’09 with 2,328 all-purpose yards, including 303 against Oregon. Out of Houston, Rodgers is expected to graduate in December.


(1st-Round) #8 QB Nick Foles, 6-4 ½, 245 pounds, 4.95 pounds, Redshirt-Junior.

So far this season, Foles has led Arizona to a 4-0 record and he’s made the offense a factor on a team that’s been built on defense the last few years. He’s completed 102 of 137 passes (74.5 percent), with six TD passes and four interceptions. Against Iowa, he led the Wildcats to an upset over the Hawkeyes, completing 28 of 39 passes for 303 yards and two TDs. He was the first QB in 29 games to throw for 300 yards against Iowa’s defense. Foles completed five of six passes for 76 yards on the game winning drive, including the four-yard TD pass. He played in one game in ’07 at Michigan State before transferring and sitting out the ’08 season. Out of Westlake High School in Austin, TX, where he broke all of the school records held by Drew Brees. Right now he needs this year and next year to maximize his draft value. Playing out of a spread offense is going to have some teams concerned about his ability to transition to the pros, but he’s got prototypical size and good athletic skills.

(4th-Round) #42 DE Brooks Reed, 6-2 ½, 262 pounds, 4.73 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

Reed was an H-Back when he arrived in Tucson, but moved to defense during the 2007 season, where he was a big contributor on special teams. In the next two seasons he became a major player on the Wildcats defense, with the exception of three games in ’09 when he suffered from a ankle injury. Last year, he had 8.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. The season before, he had eight sacks. In 36 games, he has 83 total tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 13 sacks and four forced fumbles.

(6th-Round) #78 OT Adam Grant, 6-6, 325 pounds, 5.38 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

Moving over to left tackle this year from the right side, Grant has played well. He went head-to-head vs. Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn in an Arizona victory. Last season he started 13 games at right tackle, after battling various injuries throughout his early career. In ’08 it was a hand injury. In ’07 and ’06 it was knee injuries. Grant arrived on campus as a tight end. A sixth-year player who got an extra season of eligibility due to knee injuries, he will be 26 before the start of the 2011 NFL season.



(2nd-Round) #90 DT Nick Fairley, 6-4, 298 pounds, 4.93 seconds, Junior.

Fairley is currently leading the SEC in sacks with five and tackles for loss with 11.5. He also has 22 total tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception for the Tigers defense. He had seven tackles and a sack against Clemson. He spent two years at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi, playing only in 2008. Fairley then moved on to Auburn where he’s played in 18 games, with 6.5 sacks, 50 total tackles and 15 tackles for loss.

(3rd-Round) #17 ILB Josh Bynes, 6-1¾, 235 pounds, 4.78 seconds, Senior.

Earlier this year, Bynes was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week in an overtime victory against Clemson, when he had 11 total tackles and a pass deflection. Against South Carolina, he had six tackles, a fumble recovery and a fourth-quarter interception. He has played 35 games with the Tigers, and has 198 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, five interceptions and two forced fumbles. Bynes has played the MLB spot in the Auburn defense this year.

(2nd-Round) #2 QB Cam Newton, 6-5 ½, 250 pounds, 4.54 seconds, Redshirt-Junior.

Newton was once the backup to Tim Tebow at Florida, where he spent two years. In ’08 he played in the season opener, but then took a redshirt season. Later that year, he was arrested for stealing a laptop computer. An investigation showed he did not steal the laptop, but bought it from the person who did. He moved on to Blinn College in Texas where he led the Buccaneers to a national championship last season.. He signed with Auburn and became the starting QB. In a victory over South Carolina, Newton was involved in five touchdowns. He ran for 176 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns and completed 16 of 21 passes for 158 yards and two more TDs. Right now he’s one of the most productive offensive players in the SEC.


(2nd-Round) #18 WR Randall Cobb, 5-10¾, 191 pounds, 4.46 seconds, Junior.

Cobb was named first-team All-SEC last year and was Kentucky’s MVP and most outstanding offensive player. The Tennessee native has played wide receiver, quarterback, punt returner and kickoff returner. He’s played QB in Wildcat type situations (he throws left handed) and he also holds for FGs and PATs. Against Ole Miss last week, Cobb had 267 all-purpose yards, with six catches for 108 yards and a TD. He also had five punt returns and three kickoff returns. He also threw a pass. In five games, he’s run for 121 yards on 13 carries, caught 25 passes for 335 yards and three TDs, and he’s thrown a pair of TD passes. He’s averaging 20.9 yards on kickoff returns and 12.2 yards on punt returns. Over his 27-game career, he’s scored 29 times and thrown four TD passes. He’s a Dexter McCluster like player.

(5th-Round) #20 RB Derrick Locke, 5-8¾, 182 pounds, 4.36 seconds, Senior.

Coming out of Hugo High School in Oklahoma, he arrived on campus on a track and field scholarship where he was a long jumper. But Locke asked to play football and he was a sensation immediately, finishing his freshman season as the team’s No. 2 rusher and he’s only gone up from there. The only thing that’s stopped him was a knee injury in ’08 that cost him five games. In 37 games with the Wildcats, he has 4,314 all-purpose yards and 24 touchdowns. This year he’s run for over 100 yards in four of the five games, including 166 yards against Akron. Locke has 2,274 career rushing yards, 743 career receiving yards and 1,247 career kickoff return yards.

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