Stovall benefiting from the work of others

Updated: October 20, 2004, 9:54 AM ET
By Todd McShay | Scouts, Inc.
Note: With NFL draft preparation becoming a year-round activity, our scouts watch college football with an eye on the next level. This week they look at Florida State WR Chauncey Stovall and DT Travis Johnson; Tennessee OT Michael Munoz; UAB linebacker Zac Woodfin; and more, while also updating their top 32 draft prospects.

Florida State WR Chauncey Stovall is moving up the 2005 NFL draft board with a strong senior season. After six games, Stovall already has 22 receptions for 323 yards and four touchdowns.

He has improved his hands and has become a reliable target in the short-to-intermediate zones. Stovall has good size, strength and route running skills. However, those projecting him as a potential Day 1 prospect might be getting carried away.

When you watch film of how opponents are defending the Florida State offense, it's no wonder Stovall's production is so great. In order to slow FSU down, you must stop the run, which leads to teams cheating a safety up on almost every first and second down. Furthermore, opponents are "rolling" the other safety over to give extra help against WR Craphonso Thorpe – a first- or second-round prospect – which leads to a lot of one-on-one opportunities for Stovall.

Todd McShay

ESPN Senior Writer