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.


Mark Herzlich vs. Clemson (2010) vs . Clemson (2010)

November 7, 2010

Mark Herzlich vs. Clemson (2010) vs . Clemson  (2010)

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2 Round “Way Too Early” Mock Draft 5.0

October 8, 2010

Aaron Aloysius takes you through the first two-round mock of our "Way Too Early" series.

1. Buffalo Bills Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford*

The end of the Captain Checkdown experiment has only further highlighted the Bills’ need for a franchise QB. The team may flirt with drafting an elite receiver (AJ Green) or pass rusher (Robert Quinn), but — like in the last two drafts — the first pick ultimately will be used on a franchise QB. The two most likely candidates are Jake Locker and Andrew Luck. While Locker more closely resembles the type of athletic QB Chan Gailey prefers, questions about his accuracy and pocket presence could damage his draft stock. And while Luck isn’t an athlete on Locker’s level, the Stanford QB is far from a statue, and his combination of physical tools, smarts, and leadership qualities make him an ideal #1 overall (read more…)

Risers and Sliders: Week Five

October 7, 2010

Risers

Leonard Hankerson WR Miami Coming into the season, very few draft analysts had Hankerson rated highly; the folks at National Scouting gave the Miami wideout a 5th to 7th round grade. However, Hankerson’s quieted many of his critics with a strong start to the 2010 season, including a 147 yard, 3 touchdown performance against Clemson. Though he lacks elite speed, Hankerson has enough quicks to separate from defensive backs and out-muscle them to the ball. Both qualities showed up in the Clemson game, but it was his ability to make the tough grab in traffic that was the most important part of his day. On his last TD reception, Hankerson plucked the ball away from his body, then took a hit without coughing up the pigskin. Hankerson’s been drop-prone in the past, so it’s important that he prove to scouts that he’ll be a reliable receiver at the (read more…)

Risers and Sliders: Week Four

September 29, 2010

Risers

Nate Irving LB NC State On Saturday, Irving proved to any remaining doubters that he’s fully recovered from the car accident that took away his ‘09 season. The explosive linebacker delivered an epic performance, notching 16 tackles, 4.5 TFL, and two sacks. Irving made an impact even when he wasn’t polishing his stat line, quickly moving downhill to disrupt Georgia Tech’s option attack. On a few plays, Irving did overpursue and take poor angles, but those plays could soon disappear. At his point, Irving looks like a guy getting used to driving a faster car; once he gets used to going full speed, he should he able to play under control and be the consistent impact player he was back in ‘08. Cameron Jordan DE Cal Last year, Jordan had a very productive season (8 sacks, 9.5 TFL), but teammate Tyson Alualu received most of the glory, as (read more…)

Risers And Sliders: Week Three

September 21, 2010

Risers

Brooks Reed DE Arizona In a very good display of his pass rush ability, Reed had highly-touted sophomore tackle Riley Reiff back on his heels all night. The Arizona defensive end generated good push on contact while also showcasing his speed off the edge, beating Reiff around the corner for a very nice sack. A former fullback, Reed plays with a lot of ferocity and a tremendous motor, as was seen on Iowa’s final drive. When an Iowa back tried to meet him head-on in blitz pickup, Reed plowed his way through the poor RB and notched his second sack of the game. At a shade below 6’3” and 255 lbs., Reed doesn’t possess great size, nor is he a special athlete. However, his ever-churning motor and good speed off the edge should appeal to many teams, especially one that run a 3-4 defense. Because of his (read more…)

“Way too early” first round mock draft 2.0

September 14, 2010

The college football and professional football seasons are in full swing. What a better way to celebrate than with a new mock draft? While there were certainly some surprising wins and losses during the week one games, the season is still young. Aaron Aloysius takes you through the second installment of our “Way too early” mock draft series.

1. Buffalo Bills Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford*

If the Bills are picking #1 overall, the Captain Checkdown project will have reached a calamitous end. The team may flirt with drafting an elite receiver (AJ Green) or pass rusher (Robert Quinn), but — like in the last two drafts — the first pick ultimately will be used on a franchise QB. The two most likely candidates are Jake Locker and Andrew Luck. While Locker more closely resembles the type of athletic QB Chan Gailey prefers, questions about (read more…)

Player Profile: Anthony Castonzo

August 31, 2010

Anthony Castonzo

 

Position: OT School: Boston College Height: 6’7" Weight: 308 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.20 All-Star Game: — Team Captain: — Overall Grade: -.– Draft Projection: —

 

Non-position specific categories

 

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 – Speed 8 – Quickness/Agility 10 – Strength/Explosion 10 – Athletic Ability 8 – Durability 8 – Character 6 – Production/Experience 6 – Toughness 8 – Potential 10 –

 

Offensive Lineman Specific Categories Category Max. Value Grade Pass Blocking 10 – Run Blocking 10 – Awareness 8 – Hand Placement 6 – Pulling/Trapping/Second Level 6 – Footwork 8 – Leverage 8 –

 

Explanation of Player Grading System

 

The Breakdown

Anthony Castonzo is a three-year starter who began his college career as a 260-pound right tackle. Since then, the long-limbed offensive lineman has packed on close to forty pounds and has successfully made (read more…)

Da’Rel Scott vs. Cal (2009) vs . Cal (2009)

August 21, 2010

Da’Rel Scott vs. Cal (2009) vs . Cal  (2009)

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Rookie Report: Eagles vs. Bengals

August 21, 2010

As the pre-season nears its midpoint, rookies are beginning to make strong cases for regular season snaps. Fortunately for the Eagles and Bengals, some of their early round rookies already have established that they deserve consideration for starting gigs. Based on their play in the team’s second pre-season game, several of the Eagles’ defensive rookies appear to be ready for significant roles. The team’s top two 2010 picks, defensive end Brandon Graham and safety Nate Allen, already look like NFL starters. Graham made an impact as a pass rusher, getting around the rotund Andre Smith for a sack. On another play, the defensive end delivered a hit on the quarterback. But Graham was even more impressive as a run defender: he dominated offensive linemen at the point of attack, a few times plowing his way into the backfield. Because of his lack of prototypical length, many draft analysts weren’t convinced (read more…)

Rookie UDFA Revelations

August 20, 2010

This week, Giants undrafted rookie receiver Victor Cruz caught the attention of football fans everywhere, catching everything on his way to 145 receiving yards and three touchdowns. As the Monday Night Football crew oohed and awed, fans of other teams lamented that their squads hadn’t stumbled upon a special UDFA find. However, Cruz isn’t the only rookie undrafted free agent who’s made a strong first impression. In fact, several UDFAs have made bigger impacts than their drafted counterparts. Cruz isn’t the only undrafted receiver to receive early plaudits. Arizona wideout Stephen Williams has drawn plenty of praise and put himself in position to contribute this fall. With Larry Fitzgerald out with a knee injury, Williams is getting reps with the first team offense; he’s clearly outplayed 3rd round receiver Andre Roberts, who’s been plagued with drops. Arizona’s first pre-season game gave a small taste of why Williams is an intriguing (read more…)

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