Aaron Aloysius

Aaron began closely following the draft in 2005. Since then, he’s overcome an Al Davis-like obsession with workout numbers, instead focusing on the qualities and traits visible on prospects’ tape.


Tale of the Tape: Phil Taylor vs Oklahoma

February 3, 2011

Like previous Tale of the Tape subject Titus Young, Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor boosted his stock with an impressive Senior Bowl week. The mammoth 6’3″, 337-pound prospect exhibited plenty of strength and a surprising amount of athleticism. Some even have speculated that those impressive physical tools could push Taylor all the way up to the first round.

 

Taylor’s recent stock surge is quite an accomplishment for a player who once appeared to be on the way to wrecking his football career. He started his college career at Penn State, but off the field issues led to his dismissal from the team. Taylor transferred to Baylor but had an underwhelming ’09 season, appearing out of shape and displaying inconsistent technique.

 

However, Taylor recommitted himself to developing his game last summer, dropping close to twenty pounds of excess weight. Also, he became a better overall football (read more…)

Nathan Enderle vs. Louisiana Tech (2010) vs . Louisiana Tech (2010)

February 2, 2011

Nathan Enderle vs. Louisiana Tech (2010) vs . Louisiana Tech  (2010)

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How To Keep Scouting During Draft Season

February 1, 2011

For die-hard draftniks, most of the scouting legwork occurs during the fall. And for understandable reasons: watching the games is more exciting when the outcome of live action is yet to be determined. Also, even the most expensive DVR has data storage limitations: by mid-season, the device is bursting at the seams with college matchups.

 

However, that doesn’t mean that the official January-through-April draft season has to be bereft of film-watching. There are multiple websites that provide excellent opportunities to see more of the top draft prospects and figure out who’s worthy of your team’s top pick.

 

Perhaps the best resource for watching games online is ESPN3.com. The site features many of the games ESPN broadcasted in the fall, including some games that were on ESPNU, which isn’t included on some cable packages. Unfortunately, video quality can vary significantly based on Internet connection speed, but the action’s (read more…)

Vincent Brown vs. Utah (2010) vs . Utah (2010)

February 1, 2011

Vincent Brown vs. Utah (2010) vs . Utah  (2010)

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Tale of the Tape: Titus Young

January 31, 2011

Tale of the Tape: Titus Young

Last week, the draft community was agog over Boise receiver Titus Young. The 5’11 1/4″, 174-pound wideout showed off his special explosiveness, gaining separation against many of the cornerbacks assembled in Mobile.

 

Young’s standout play at the Senior Bowl practices has him moving up draft boards: there’s now talk that he’s established himself as the top-rated senior receiver on team’s boards.

 

However, Young’s Senior Bowl week wasn’t perfect. Whether dropping a couple passes in practice or failing to bring in an inaccurate Jake Locker throw in the game, Young displayed less than exceptional hands. His college tape indicates that his hands aren’t an extremely disconcerting problem, but they may be enough of an issue to keep him out of the first round.

 

Both Young’s explosiveness and somewhat inconsistent hands were on display in the game against Nevada. He ran the top off of the Wolfpack defense, juked (read more…)

Shrine Game – Risers and Sliders

January 24, 2011

Risers

 

Marvin Austin DT North Carolina

 

Like Greg Hardy last year, Austin’s a high-touted prospect who appeared to be a strong candidate to receive a Senior Bowl invite. However, the UNC defensive tackle ended up being passed over by the folks in Mobile, possibly because his college coaching staff didn’t give him a strong recommendation.

 

Austin, who was suspended by the coaching staff before the NCAA declare him ineligible, has a reputation for being inconsistent on the field and not a hard worker off of it. The Shrine Game was a big test for him; fortunately, he managed to impress scouts, showing up in shape and dominating during practice. While Austin still needs to improve his technique, he beat interior lineman with both speed and strength, displaying an impressive skill set that will appeal to many NFL teams.

 

David Carter DT UCLA

 

Carter’s another (read more…)

Shrine Game 2011 Risers Video

January 23, 2011

Shrine Game 2011 Risers Video

Which players helped themselves the most during the East-West Shrine Game? The list includes many names. Instead of reading another Shrine Game article, we’re giving you the Shrine Game Risers…..is video form. See highlights of the players that helped their stock the most during Shrine Game week!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15sdGElfXGk

 

Scouting the Scouts

January 18, 2011

Arizona Cardinals

Here’s a list of some of the prospects teams showed interest in on Tuesday:

Arizona Cardinals Atlanta Falcons David Carter

Jordan Cameron

Ryan Whalen

Jordan Cameron Cleveland Browns Dallas Cowboys Bruce Miller

Caleb Schlauderaff

Eric Gordon

Jeffrey Maehl Houston Texans Kansas City Chiefs Cheta Ozougwu

Mike Smith

Bryant Browning

Eric Gordon

Scott Tolzien New England Patriots New Orleans Saints Cheta Ozougwu Terrell McClain New York Giants Philadelphia Eagles Eric Gordon Evan Royster San Diego Chargers Seattle Seahawks Alex Linnenkehl

Gregory Lloyd II

Randall Hunt St. Louis Rams Tennessee Titans Marvin Austin

Terrell McClain

Chris Carter

David Arkin

 

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Shrine Game, Day Two Notes

January 18, 2011

After watching a ballroom dance on Monday, scouts finally got to see players practice outside in what were close to ideal conditions. And some prospects played at close to an ideal level, especially two lesser known defensive tackles.

 

In the morning, USF product Terrell McClain dominated against the East squad offensive linemen. He displayed very good quickness in one on one drills, and he was similarly disruptive in 11 on 11s. While not as physically gifted as fellow East squader Marvin Austin, McClain stood out more often during practice

 

However, McClain’s play was outmatched later in the day by UCLA defensive tackle David Carter. In 1 on 1s, Carter was simply unblockable, surging past a series of offensive guards. At 6’4 1/2″, 297 lbs., Carter possesses excellent length and a quick first step: those qualities could make him a nice fit either as a 3-4 end or a (read more…)

Shrine Game, Day One Notes

January 17, 2011

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Unfortunately, a thunderstorm forced the first day of Shrine Game practices inside, and players didn’t don pads for what was a very bizarre practice in the Rosen Plaza Hotel’s ballroom. Instead of bracing to be hit by linebackers, wide receivers did their best to avoid crashing head-first into walls, and errant sideline throws made some of the assembled scouts feel like they were playing a game of dodgeball with the Shrine Game QBs.

 

As a result, the practice didn’t provide a great deal of useful scouting info, but there were some noteworthy strong showings and, alternatively, less than sterling starts for the game’s participants.

 

Coming off a year-long suspension, North Carolina defensive tackle Marvin Austin did well for himself by showing up at a solid 312 lbs. He didn’t look slow or out of shape in practice, where the big man made a sizable impact. In 11 (read more…)

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