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BASN NFL Draft Preview: Offensive Lineman
By Tony McClean
Updated: April 25, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Ct. — For the fourth consecutive season, BASN will use the services of Shannon Kneeland, the president of “Diamonds In The Rough”, the nation’s only scouting service that yearly evaluates the best black college football talent available for the NFL Draft.
Over the next three days, we’ll take a look the best HBCU players using Kneeland and his staff’s individual player evaluations. Today, we look at the best available offensive lineman.
Walter Stith, North Carolina A&T
Stith transferred to N.C. A&T in 2005 after spending three years at Western Michigan. He started his collegiate career as a 265-pound tight end and ended it as a 6-foot-8, 320-pound lineman. While at WMU, he helped the Broncos rack up more than 4,000 yards of offense. Last season, he finished the season with nine pancake blocks and had an average grade, which was based on assignment and execution, of 87 percent. Athletic lineman with great footwork and plays with good arm extension while blocking.
Jonathan Banks, Grambling State
The 6-foot-8, 360-pounder helped anchor the line for one of the more potent offenses in the country. The GSU offense was first in the conference in scoring offense (44.1 ppg), passing offense (371.3 ypg) and total offense (500.7 ypg). Banks was also a Sports Network preseason first team Division I-AA All-America selection. He was also ranked as the number two Division I-AA offensive tackle prospect in the country by The Sports Network. A huge kid with a big frame, but needs to lose a little more weight and work on run blocking skills.
Albert Stinson, Jackson State
The Birmingham native had a solid senior season as the starting left tackle for the Tigers. The 6-foot-5, 335-pounder was a Second Team All-SWAC Preseason selection in 2005. Is described as a mauler-type player that is very aggressive. Has shown good footwork and excellent technique when blocking down field. Maintains and stays with his blocks until the whistle blows. Needs to play a bit lower to get good balance while blocking.
Johnny Santiago, Bethune Cookman
A Second Team All-MEAC selection in 2005, the 6-foot-6, 332-pounder from Daytona Beach has been a mainstay on the Wildcats’ offensive line for the last three seasons. During tenure at BCC, Santiago has consistently graded out in the high 90′s. Scouts have been impressed with his size and agility on both pass and run blocking.
Richard Burch, Mississippi Valley State
The 6-foot-5, 320-pound tackle has been a dominant player for the Delta Devils since transferring from Mississippi State two seasons ago. An All-SWAC selection in 2005, Burch has had some off-field issues (accused of selling marijuana) in Starksville that led to his transfer. It may be a red flag for some teams. However while at MVSU, Burch has kept a very low profile. His stock rose slightly after performing well in the Las Vegas All-American Classic in January.
TOMMORROW: Defensive lineman and linebackers.