Syvelle Newton   WR   South Carolina 

STRENGTHS 

Syvelle is one of the most athletic wide receivers in this draft.  He shows excellent speed and strength and does an excellent job blocking from the receiver position.  He has very good hands, is fast enough to go deep and quick enough to break the legs off the CB defending him when he runs his underneath routes.  He can play more than one position and has done so for his college team to the degree that it has hurt his rating in this draft.  Syvelle has all the moves and strength to help a team the day after they draft him.  He shows excellent intelligence and mental strength to go along with his talent.  Syvelle plays the game with character, intelligence, passion and talent.  He has the potential to be a franchise WR for the team that drafts him. 

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Syvelle moved around so much and played so many different positions that the scouts will be afraid to recommend him too high for fear that he might be a ďjack of all trades, ace of noneĒ type of guy.  Iím here to tell you that is not the case.

 

TALENT BOARD ROUND: 1

Iím not going to downgrade a talented kid because he has played more than one position in his college career.  In fact, in most cases, I consider that a positive rather than a negative.  In most cases, it cuts down on the LTI because those kids are talented, smart and coachable.  Last year, I told all the members about Brandon Marshall picked by the Denver Broncos in the third round of the draft.  I told you that he had first round talent and would help a team right away.  This year Iím telling you about Syvelle, another player with first round talent that most likely will not be taken in the first round.  I would take this kid way before I would take the Jarrett kid from USC.  Syvelle has the same amount of talent, but is much further ahead on character, intelligence and passion.  So here we go again.  A perfect example of why we do things the way we do things here at THR.  Over the years, Rob and I have figured out that when it comes to the draft, the profile of a player has nothing to do with when a player will be taken in the draft.  We donít know why, but we do know that the two are now always connected.  Syvelle should be rated just as high as his teammate Sidney Rice.  He played in the same games and scouts saw the both of them play.  They saw them both run routes and catch the ball, block, run reverses and, in Syvelleís case, even play more than one position successfully.  Yet, no one seems to think that Syvelle and Sidney have equal talent to play and impact at the next level. All of this is because Syvelle played more than one position and Sidney did not!  What am I missing here?  What are they so afraid of, making a decision on a playerís talent?  Isnít that their job?   Am I the only one out here looking at film?

Drew Boylhart

February/2007