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Joe Lefeged's draft stock

It would be nice to have more draft content now, but the ongoing NFL labor dispute is really putting a cramp on the flow of information right now. One bit of news is that Pro Football Weekly projects Lefeged to go in the fifth round this weekend. PFW annually surveys scouts around the NFL to build a loose projection of each player's stock. The latter part of the NFL draft is pretty much a crapshoot depending on each individual team's value board and roster needs, so most likely Lefeged will be picked at some point on day three. Rutgers fans still have fond memories of Lefeged breaking onto the field as freshman via Coach Schiano's package emphasizing blitzers coming out of the defensive backfield. He was a solid starter over the past few years. Maybe a few coverage mishaps in 2010, but that was really exacerbated as the front seven on defense wore down and wasn't able to generate enough of a pass rush to bail the secondary out on a consistent basis. Good guy though, and Lefeged also had a great 2010 as a kick returner. He possesses excellent straight line speed. Between KR duties, and Schiano's continued emphasis on blocking punts and kicks, Lefeged should not have much trouble sticking on a roster as a rookie special teamer. That's really a player's ticket into the NFL if they aren't going to be an immediate starter. Special teams coupled with good workout numbers make PFW's fifth round projection a realistic possibility. Most of the other Rutgers draft hopefuls will probably have to prove themselves as undrafted free agents, although players like Alex Silvestro should get decent chances to prove themselves on the next level. RU for the most part will take a step back though from the draft this year after producing several impressive hauls as of late. Rising seniors like Manny Abreu, Justin Francis, and David Rowe should be in heavier demand next spring

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