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: April 27, 2007, 10:04:27 PM

I would like to share some analysis of three '07 sleeper prospects - ILB Johnny Baldwin, DT Trey Lewis, and DE Edgar Jones...

All three prospects fit the Tampa-2 mold and would be had in the later rounds of the draft, rounds 5 through 7 nd would be great value picks as the all fill needs while having great upside to boot.

Edgar Jones
Hometown - Rayville, LA
Team - Southeast Missouri State Redhawks
Pos/Class - DE/Senior
Height - 6'5"
Weight - 250

Br. Jump

33 Gms
109 Tackles
73 Solo
24 Loss
16 Sacks
1 FF
0 FR
6 Pbu
0 Int
0 Td
For the Bucs, depth at defensive end was a concern heading into the off-season. It was made even more unsettling by drama surrounding Dewayne Whites departure to the Lions, With no legitimate alternatives. Therefore, one can reasonably assume Tampa Bay thoroughly explored this year's DE class.With Simone Rice exiting stage left after the 2007 season or as a draft day trade. My hope is that the team canvassed the entire country and came across DE Edgar Jones out of Southeast Missouri State.

In Jones, a former tight end and all-state basketball star in high school, you have a fantastic athlete and natural pass rusher. Despite his height, he's able to play with terrific leverage and shows a great lean around the corner in consistently beating tackles off the edge. He demonstrates solid strength at the point of attack and holds his ground against the run. With his long arms, he drives blockers into the QB with a nice bullrush and has enough power to toss them aside.

Jones also displays good change-of-direction skills and the Redhawks often dropped him into short zone coverage. In pursuit, he is absolutely relentless and plays to the whistle. On the downside, Jones is still somewhat raw in terms of his technique and must expand his repertoire of pass rush moves. He must also improve his lower body strength if he's to consistently be a factor vs. the run in the NFL.

Jones enters the league as a 2006 Buck Buchanan Award finalist and first team AP All-American. At 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, he gives NFL clubs the versatility they seek in today's increasingly complicated schemes. He has the size and strength to play DE in a 4-3 and the athleticism to move to outside linebacker in a three-man front. As a Buc, Jones would provide instant depth and contribute immediately as a situational pass rusher. Overall, he'd equip the Bucs with a good developmental prospect who has the upside and physical potential to eventually become an impact starter.

Trey Lewis
Hometown - Topeka, KS
Team - Washburn Ichabods
Pos/Class - DT/Senior
Height - 6'3"
Weight - 318

40  5.14
Vert  30.5
Bench 21
Br. Jump 9-0
46 Gms
160 Tackles
71 Solo
23 Loss
10 Sacks
3 FF
2 FR
2 Pbu
0 Int
0 Td
A perennial position of weakness, d-tackle continues to hinder Tampa Bays return to the defensive dominance it enjoyed during the late1990's an early 2000's. A series of crippling failures in both the draft and free agency over the last five years have left the team still in search of that one player capable of being a presence in the middle. The Bucs will undoubtedly entertain first-day options here but this year's DT class features solid day-two prospects that can contribute right away on a rotational basis and work their way into a starting role. One player I really like in that aspect is DT Trey Lewis from Washburn.

Lewis A three-time All-MIAA (Mid-America Intercollegiate Association) selection, 2006 MIAA defensive MVP and AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) 1st-team All-American, Lewis is well decorated and has been a force in the middle of the Ichabods' defense for the last two years. He's powerfully built and plays with great quickness, agility and leverage. Using his outstanding lower body strength, Lewis consistently drives linemen off the ball and collapses the pocket. He uses his hands well to shed blocks, spilt double teams and get over cut blocks. He also has an innate feel for playing the run and flows to the ball nicely.

Lewis' motor is nonstop. He plays with great passion and fire. He's is more of a run plugger and play-disruptor than a one-gap penetrator but does a good job of pressuring quarterbacks. At times, Lewis gets too high in his stance and ends up being controlled by larger blockers. He also didn't face elite competition at the Div-II level and will have to hone his technique to excel in the pros. He’ll certainly be helped there by his high coachability, top intangibles, and eagerness to improve.

He might not have the prettiest mug but Lewis features a nice looking all-around game and has intriguing upside as a defensive tackle. He'll draw interest from teams in need of a consistent plugger up front that can occupy blockers as well as stuff the run and put some heat on signal-callers. The Bucs inked Kenny Smith, Kevin Carter in free agency but the team will need more bodies. Chris Hovan, a free agent find a few years back needs help,Ellis Wymms is most likely a goner. Therefore, with the staff eyeing smart, tough, aggressive young players in the draft -- Trey Lewis easily fits the bill and would be a great acquisition for Tampa Bay.

Johnny Baldwin
Hometown - Bessemer, AL
Team - Alabama A&M Bulldogs
Pos/Class - LB/Senior
Height - 6'2"
Weight - 232

Br. Jump

45 games
361 tacles
162 solo
35 loss
13.5 sacks
8 FF
2 FR
4 Pbu
3 Int
1 Td
The Bucs just lost starting ILB Shelton Quarles and are need of a backup to groom. He is instinctive, aggressive, and athletic which should infuse the Bucs tampa-2 scheme with the playmaking ability it requires from the linebacker position. However, while not an urgency, depth is a concern as Ruud is arguably one or two seasons away from being able to test free agency and a replacement has yet to be earmarked. Enter Alabama A&M's Johnny Baldwin.

For the last three seasons, Baldwin has been the heart of the SWAC's (Southwestern Athletic Conference) most dominant defense. He features excellent sideline-to-sideline range. He's instinctive and plays with an exceptional suddenness and burst. He makes his reads quickly and shoots gaps in a flash. He takes good angles to the ballcarrier and uses sound technique when tackling. In pass coverage, Baldwin gets good depth on his drops and does an effective job shadowing backs and tight ends.

In the Bulldogs' pressure-heavy scheme, Baldwin blitzed often from his mike backer spot and exhibited good timing and speed when closing on the quarterback. He easily possesses the size, athleticism, and intangibles to play any linebacker position. However, at the next level, he'll need to work on shedding blocks more consistently and getting through traffic to make plays.

A three-time All-SWAC selection, Baldwin departs AAMU after triumphantly capping his stellar Bulldog career with a SWAC Championship title in 2006. He now imports to the NFL his highly versatile skillset and natural leadership skills. Baldwin is an ideal cover-2 linebacker and it’s no surprise that the Bucs have expressed an interest in him. With no current backup, adding a promising talent like Baldwin to the roster would help stabilize the position and give the Bucs a potential successor to Barrett Ruud if he should leave in a few years.



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#1 : April 27, 2007, 10:26:10 PM

Good work man. Enjoyed your informative post, and I'm now looking for these guys tommorow. I'll holla back.

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#2 : April 27, 2007, 10:28:08 PM

Very nice post.
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