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.


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…)

Shrine Game 2011 Roster: West team

January 17, 2011

Listed below is the current roster for the WEST squad in the 2011 East-West Shrine Game. Roster is current as of January 16th. Updates to this page will be made as changes to the roster happen throughout the week. Check back often!

 

14 Cortez Allen CB Citadel 95 Dan Bailey PK Oklahoma State 88 Brandon Bair DT Oregon 77 Joseph Barksdale OT LSU 42 Nicholas Bellore ILB Central Michigan 80 Armon Binns WR Cincinnati 84 Jordan Cameron TE USC 43 Chris Carter OLB Fresno State 85 David Carter DT UCLA 47 Patrick DiMarco FB South Carolina 44 Ricky Elmore DE Arizona 10 Nathan Enderle QB Idaho 78 Adam Grant OT Arizona 25 Alex Green RB Hawaii 86 Virgil Green II TE Nevada 38 Trevor Hankins P Arizona State 69 Andrew Jackson OG Fresno State 54 Ben Jacobs ILB Fresno State 22 Jeron Johnson SS Boise State 1 Jerrod Johnson (read more…)

Shrine Game 2011 Roster: East team

January 17, 2011

Listed below is the current roster for the EAST squad in the 2011 East-West Shrine Game. Roster is current as of January 16th. Updates to this page will be made as changes to the roster happen throughout the week. Check back often!

 

85 Kyle Adams TE Purdue 95 Pierre Allen DE Nebraska 77 David Arkin OG Missouri State 99 Marvin Austin DT North Carolina 6 Perry Baker WR Fairmont State 72 Ryan Bartholomew C Syracuse 70 JC Brignone C Mississippi State 71 Bryant Browning OG Ohio State 14 Mario Butler CB Georgia Tech 34 Wes Byrum K Auburn 12 Delone Carter RB Syracuse 28 Graig Cooper RB Miami 51 Akem Dent ILB Georgia 17 Patrick Devlin QB Delaware 4 Ricky Dobbs QB Navy 19 Ryan Donahue P Iowa 82 Charles Gantt TE Michigan State 43 Eric Gordon SS Michigan State 61 Christian Hairston OT Clemson 7 Jermale Hines SS (read more…)

Tale of the Tape: Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert

January 7, 2011

Tale of the Tape: Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert

Ever since his impressive Insight Bowl performance, Blaine Gabbert has been the talk of the draft community. And rightfully so: the 6’5″, 235-pound signal caller possesses ideal size, a rocket arm, and enough mobility to make plays outside the pocket. Now that Andrew Luck’s opted to stay in school, the Missouri QB has a shot at being the first quarterback to come off the board this April.

 

Coming out of a spread offense, Gabbert lacks experience taking snaps from under center, and his pocket presence can be shaky. But those exceptional physical tools stand out on tape, as they did in Mizzou’s season opener against Illinois.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5nGYHLeB2g

 

NFL teams will have to determine during the interview process whether Gabbert has the smarts and work effort necessary to become a quality NFL quarterback. However, there’s little doubt that he possesses top-shelf tools and a very high ceiling.

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January 7, 2011

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The Champs Sports Bowl in Review

December 29, 2010

Some notes on how the top prospects fared in last night’s bowl game:

 

– West Virginia defensive tackle Chris Neild may not be selected until late on Day 3, but he showed last night why he’ll end up being a valuable reserve for the team that takes him. At 6’1 5/8″, 307 lbs., Neild isn’t a mammoth run-plugger, but he does a very good job of using his big mitts to control blockers. In the game, he repeatedly displayed the ability to disengage from his man, move laterally, and bring down the ballcarrier. When he played too high, as happened on a few occasions, Neild did get washed out of the play by double teams. But as long as he stays low, Neild can be a deceptively stout interior lineman, using great technique to make up for his lack of super size. In fact, his stout play could get (read more…)

Tale of the Tape: Ryan Broyles vs Colorado

December 27, 2010

Tale of the Tape: Ryan Broyles vs Colorado

Oklahoma wideout Ryan Broyles posted incredible numbers this fall, hauling in 118 passes for 1,452 yards and 13 touchdowns. And Broyles made amassing those numbers look easy, effortlessly hauling in over the shoulder grabs and gliding past defensive backs.

 

Broyles’ impressive skills were on full display in the Colorado game, in which the Sooner lit up the scoreboard with three touchdown catches.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SV38YcmdkPI

 

Broyles lacks great size and won’t blaze the turf in Indy, but his quickness, awareness, and strong hands should earn the underclassman a spot in the 2nd round. With a better than expected 40 time, Broyles very well could make his way into the first frame.

Tale of the Tape: Corey Liuget vs Ohio State

December 26, 2010

Tale of the Tape: Corey Liuget vs Ohio State

Corey Liuget dropped thirty pounds before the season, and the positive effects were easily noticeable on the field. The newly-svelte 6’3″, 285-pound defensive tackle looked explosive penetrating into opposing teams’ backfields and displayed an impressive motor making plays in pursuit.

 

The junior notched 58 tackles, 10 TFL, 3.5 sacks and 10 QB hurries, earning himself second-team All-Big Ten honors. In impressive outings like the one against Ohio State, Liuget showed why he’ll be a highly coveted draft prospect, either in 2011 or ’12.

 

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According to a recent report, Liuget is leaning towards entering the draft. His gap-penetrating ability could make him a top 60 selection for a 4-3 squad, most likely one that runs a Tampa 2.

 

A Bad Night for Jimmy Clausen

December 24, 2010

With their 27-3 loss to the Steelers, the Carolina Panthers moved one step closer to securing the first pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. The ultimate consolation prize for an awful season, the #1 pick would be a big boon for the Panthers, but it also would be a crushing blow to Jimmy Clausen’s young career. Despite being the team’s top pick in 2010, Clausen now appears to be on the verge of losing his chance to be the team’s QB of the future.

 

Initially, there was a sharp discord between draft analysts on who was the better quarterback prospect, Sam Bradford or Jimmy Clausen. Only in the final months before the draft did it become clear that NFL decisionmakers were extremely high on Sam Bradford and not nearly as sanguine about Jimmy Clausen. By contrast, it’s been clear for a while now that Stanford QB Andrew Luck is (read more…)

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