WhenSMU guard Josh LeRibeus was introduced to the world as the newest member of the Washington Redskins, the name sounded familiar. Even I've checked out a bunch of mocks, not that. No, not in my research as a potential third or fourth round selection.Then it hit me: in his final mock draft, ESPN's Todd McShayprojected LeRibeus to the Redskins...in the 6th round. Eh, that's fine; lots of opinions out there and one man's trash is another man's treasure (no, I'm not calling LeRibeus trash, stop it.). But it just got me curious to see what others thought of the 6-foot-3, 312 pounder. Presented without analysis...National Football Post: LeRibeus not listed among the top 25 guard prospects (I checked; not listed as tackle or center either)Rob Rang, CBSSports: Projected as a 3-4 rounder. Analysis..."He sat out the 2010 season due to academic issues before returning in 2011 and again earning honorable mention all-conference accolades. He has only average athleticism overall, but LeRibeus is a scrappy player whose real value is as a versatile interior lineman who can play multiple positions. He also earned back the trust of the coaching staff by dropping around 70 pounds and showing up in much better shape for his senior season."Pro Football Weekly: The 6-foot-3, 312-pounderranked 26th among guards. Analysis...Positives: Functional run blocker gets in the way and works to position and sustain. Good weight-room strength and 20-yard short-shuttle time (4.67 seconds). Tough competitor. Negatives: Stiff, try-hard, limited athlete. Is tightly wound. Plodder. Has a dumpy-looking physique. Appears stiff in space. Struggles to adjust to movement in pass protection. Hand use is inconsistent shows little pop or power in his hands. Not explosive. Summary: Tough, competitive, try-hard, bump-and-steer blocker with potential to be tried as a center. Emerged with a solid senior season and has a chance to develop."
Draft pundits not loving LeRibeus
April 28, 2012, 3:04 am