CSU Rams in the NFL Draft

Apr 222004
Authors: Vince Blaser

Dexter Wynn

Position: DB/Return specialist

Height: 5-10

Weight: 175

Positives: Wynn said some scouts have told him he is the best

return man in the draft. Has shown great backward and lateral

movement and does not let receivers push off much in man coverage.

Shows good vision to get to the ball and good leaping ability.

Negatives: His height in not what NFL scouts are looking for in

a starting cornerback. His speed, listed as 4.53 in the 40-yard

dash by Sportsline.com, is also not top caliber. Lack of size could

hurt in tackling abilities at next level.

Outlook: Wynn’s size will knock him down to the mid- to late-

rounds to a team looking for special-teams steal. Wynn said he has

heard fourth to sixth round, which is right where many online sites

have him. SI.com has him late sixth round. He will have to make his

mark on special teams and would be a good nickel or dime back.

Bradlee Van Pelt

Position: QB

Height: 6-2

Weight: 225

Positives: Has clearly shown his leadership skills and

determination to be a quarterback in his years at CSU. He has the

ability to break tackles and make people miss and has improved his

throwing abilities.

Negatives: The No. 1 knock on Van Pelt has always been his

throwing ability. Despite improvement, his arm strength, accuracy

and tendency to run too often hamper his draft status. Poor time

(4.9) in the 40 at the combine won’t help either.

Outlook: Van Pelt has been projected anywhere from a fourth

round to a late round draft pick. SI.com projects Van Pelt late in

the fifth round and Yahoo Sports rates Van Pelt as the 11th best

quarterback in the draft. He is determined to play quarterback but

said he would consider switching positions in the NFL if it would

get him on the field.

Other Rams in the draft:

Chris Pittman

Position: WR

Height: 6-0

Weight: 192

Eric Hill

Position: WR

Height: 6-1

Weight: 194

Brian Save

Position: DT

Height: 6-2

Weight: 271

Andre Sommersell

Position: DE

Height: 6-3

Weight: 218

Eric Pauly

Position: LB

Height 6-2

Weight: 223

Drew Wood

Position: LB

Height: 6-2

Weight: 235

Rahsaan Sanders

Position: RB

Height: 6-0

Weight: 217

Outlook: Besides Van Pelt and Wynn, the six other Rams eligible

for the draft likely will be looking to sign free agent deals with

a team after the seven-round draft is over. Pittman said he may get

drafted in the sixth or seventh round, but all of the players will

have battle to make an NFL roster or practice squad in training

camp. Pauly has the size and skills to make an NFL team but has to

fully recover from a season-ending knee injury he suffered last

year. Yahoo Sports rated Wood as the 23rd best middle linebacker in

the draft.

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