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Updated Oct. 06, 2010 @ 7:27 p.m.
By Matt Feminis

"It's not hard," Rutgers junior WR Kenny Britt told the New York Daily News. "You catch three, four balls a game, 16 games, that's 60 catches. Average 15 yards a catch, that's right around 1,000 yards." Plus, he already knows the real NFL dollars are in the second contract. All this wisdom from a guy who isn't shy about showing frustration when the ball doesn't come his way and says he wasn't challenged by any cornerbacks in the Big East. To some, Britt is a diva. To others, an intense competitor. Therein lies the rub — character concerns giving some teams pause despite Britt's football comparisons to Terrell Owens and Brandon Marshall.

DB depth doesn't parallel WRs
Britt is part of a group of receivers considered to be very deep. That is not the case for the defensive backs class, however. While several receivers figure to go in the first round, evaluators don't see many future No. 1 corners or playmaking safeties. Further, the job description for pro DBs has changed, altering the evaluation.

Jenkins inspires comfort
For all the money and man-hours dedicated to evaluating prospects, the reality is even the NFL people have their fingers crossed when it comes to some high-risk draft picks. Ohio State CB Malcolm Jenkins is not considered one of those players, however. Despite lacking ideal timed speed, Jenkins is considered a safe selection and a good bet to reach his potential.

Moore: 2007 not a fluke
At the other end of the comfort spectrum is Missouri S William Moore, whose outstanding junior season prompted evaluators to consider him a first-round talent. He regressed in 2008, however, and now opinions vary. Will the team that drafts him get the interception-producing 2007 version of William Moore or the senior version who showed instinctive deficiencies and poor tackling at times. Perhaps the finished product is somewhere in between, but Moore — who says a foot injury affected his mobility last fall — is determined to prove his junior season was no aberration.

UCONN's Brown for real
According to Connecticut head coach Randy Edsall, NFL people would come to him after interviewing junior RB Donald Brown and ask, "Wow, is he for real?" After a superproductive season in which Brown  ran for 2,083 yards, evaluators found out he's equally impressive off the field.

Durability, versatility key for Wood
Once you get past his  resemblance to Thurman Murman, Louisville center Eric Wood's football resume speaks for itself. A four-year starter, Wood was highly respected not only for outstanding play, but his durability, toughness and leadership. After showing versatility at the Senior Bowl, he solidified his standing as one of the better interior blockers in this year's draft.

Colts president Bill Polian does not mince words when it comes to evaluation, a process he believes is both scientific and artistic. . .and nothing more. "'Gut' should never come into play in evaluation,” says Polian.


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