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Personnel Points: Paulson impresses

The Oregon Ducks tight end had a career game against the Oregon State Beavers

Originally Published: November 28, 2011
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider
David PaulsonJim Z. Rider/US PresswireOregon tight end David Paulson could provide good value in the middle-to-late rounds.

Each week, Mel Kiper gives updates on another group of prospects who have caught his eye, some well-known, others well under the radar.

Kevin Zeitler, OL, Wisconsin Badgers

In Wisconsin's 45-7 victory over Penn State, running back Montee Ball had another impressive day (25 carries for 156 yards and four touchdowns). It marked the fourth straight game in which he has rushed for more than 155 yards. You don't have the type of season he has had without great play from the guys up front. The Badgers' offensive lineman who stood out to me was the 6-foot-4, 318-pound senior Zeitler.

A fixture at right guard since '09, Zeitler grades out as one of the top five senior prospects at the position. When pitted against the Nittany Lions' Devon Still, who is currently the top-ranked senior defensive tackle on my draft board, I thought Zeitler handled himself very well. Overall, Zeitler did a very nice job as a run-blocker, especially when it came to pulling, and he anchored well in pass protection.


Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU Tigers

In the last five years, the Tigers have had two defensive linemen selected within the first five picks of the NFL draft. In '08, Glenn Dorsey was the fifth overall pick by the Kansas City Chiefs. The following year, Kansas City selected Tyson Jackson with the third overall pick. The Tigers' next top-five pick along the front four could well end up being the 6-5, 240-pound Mingo. You could tell at the very beginning of the Arkansas game that the Razorbacks were going to have a tough time trying to neutralizing his charge.

Mel Kiper Jr.

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