Saturday, January 23, 2010


Scouting KU and its future in the 2010 NFL Draft


Three former Kansas University football players — Kerry Meier, Todd Reesing and Darrell Stuckey — will suit up for the West in today’s East-West Shrine Bowl, set for 2 p.m. on ESPN2 (Sunflower Broadband channels 34 and 234). Another, Dezmon Briscoe, surely will hear his named called during the NFL Draft, which starts in 91 days.

One of the four, Reesing, won’t get drafted. Guess the order the other three will hear their names called and compare that to what Dan Shonka, director of the respected Ourlads Scouting Services, forecasts for the players.

Shonka absolutely loved Reesing as a college quarterback, but he believes even a huge day today wouldn’t be enough to get Reesing drafted.

“It’s too bad,” said Shonka, a former college assistant coach and NFL scout. “It kills you at times, but the reality of it is, look at what a great player Doug Flutie was, and he had a big-time gun on him and still nobody gave him a chance. He had to go Canada before he got a real chance in the NFL. Maybe the best thing would be for Reesing to go to Canada and say to heck with everyone down here. He has all the things you need except for the height and the big gun you need to throw into tight spots.”

Kerry Meier has a much better shot at getting drafted. Surprisingly, Shonka said it’s possible Meier could get bypassed and sign as a free agent.

“I think you’d be looking at him as a possession receiver, a slot receiver,” Shonka said. “Good size. Good hands. Pretty good athletic ability. The big thing is, Meier can catch the ball. What drives me nuts is, every Sunday you’ll see these good-looking receivers drop balls. Some receivers coach might say he’s not fast enough, but all he does is catch passes. He may get drafted late. With 53 juniors coming out, that bumps everybody down almost two rounds. We see Kerry as a seventh-rounder or a free-agent guy. But somebody might fall in love with him in a workout if he runs well. He catches the ball with his hands out in front, and to me that’s paramount. Most of the ones you see guys drop on Sunday are the ones that bounce off their chest.”

Safety Darrell Stuckey generously was listed as 6-foot-1 by Kansas. Is he too short to get drafted high?

“If he can jump and time his jump, nobody will worry about his height,” said Shonka, an assistant to Don Fambrough for one year at Kansas. “I like Darrell a lot. He’s our top-rated strong safety. He’s certainly an active safety. He doesn’t stay blocked long, and he runs right through guys making a tackle. Where will he be drafted? I’m going to say second or third round. This will all depend on how he runs at the (NFL) combine and working out for teams. If he runs well, I could see him going in the middle of the second round.”

Shonka said the stopwatch also will play a big part in determining Briscoe’s draft fate.

“He’ll be a slot receiver,” Shonka said. “People will salivate over his long arms and big hands. He’s got to be a little more conscientious about holding onto the ball. He won’t be a feature guy in the league. He’ll probably be a No. 2 or a No. 3 receiver. To put a round on him, you’re probably looking at the third round. If he runs fast, he might creep into the second.”


John Brown 11 years, 12 months ago

Good chance that the KC Chiefs will look at Meier considering their problems with dropped passes last year. Meier also has an arm and I would think that any quarterback would love having a receiver that knows his routes and will catch in tight situations.

Brad Avery 11 years, 12 months ago

The insidious irrelevancy of the 40-yard dash rears its ugly head again. Besides the ability to catch the ball, other things the "40" doesn't measure is the ability to read defenses, the ability to separate from the defender, the ability to run after the catch and toughness. There is no pass route I am aware of where the coach tells the receiver to run straight down the field for 40 yards as fast as you can because no one will be guarding you.

Robert Brock 11 years, 12 months ago

Does Reesing have a future in professional football? Canada? Arena?

KGphoto 11 years, 12 months ago

What I can't figure out is why some of these other receivers are supposedly so much better. Specifically Decker from Minnesota and Shipley for Texas. They are going to be #2 or #3 guys at the next level as well.

In my opinion Briscoe has the highest upside of these three. He can go up and make the spectacular catch, and his ability to break tackles and RAC is also better then either of these two.

Rob Zerwekh 11 years, 12 months ago

KU doesn't get much respect from the NFL. That will be displayed accordingly in the draft position of each player.

Stuckey - round 4/5 Briscoe - round 5/6 Meier - round 7/undrafted Reesing, Sharp, Kayl Anderson - undrafted but might get looks in minicamps

hawk316 11 years, 12 months ago

Mr. Keegan, thanks for a very informative and interesting article.

Eric Schneider 11 years, 12 months ago

I see Meier in the 5th or 6th round. The Wildcat is too big a part of the NFL now. That will raise his stock.

Dan Harris 11 years, 12 months ago

Have not seen anything on any of the websites but just talked to my Dad who still lives in Hutch and he said their was a report in the Hutch paper that Grissom has decided to go to OU. If that is true that is a HUGE loss for Gill and the Hawks.

Joseph Kuebel 11 years, 12 months ago

TheRob (anonymous) says... KU doesn't get much respect from the NFL. That will be displayed accordingly in the draft position of each player.

Stuckey - round 4/5 Briscoe - round 5/6 Meier - round 7/undrafted Reesing, Sharp, Kayl Anderson - undrafted but might get looks in minicamps

That's by far the dumbest quote I've heard all day...Aqib Talib drafted #21 overall in the 1st round by the Buccaneers a couple years back buddy?? According your claim with KU being disrespected in the NFL draft that means you think that Talib should have been drafted what? A top 5 pick??

What are you talking about? Please backup one statistic- PLEASE 1! - That says KU is disrespected and thats why they aren't going to be drafted high?

Are you kidding?

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