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: 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.




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.




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.




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…)

Tale of the Tape: Martez Wilson vs Ohio State

December 23, 2010

Tale of the Tape: Martez Wilson vs Ohio State

After missing most of ’09 due to a neck injury, Martez Wilson came back strong with a very impressive season. The Illini linebacker consistently turned heads with his ability to make plays downhill, both as a run stuffer and an effective blitzer.


Those skills were on full display in Wilson’s 9 tackle, 1 sack, 2 TFL performance against Ohio State.




Wilson’s great size (6’4″, 250 lbs.) and good athleticism make him a solid fit for a variety of defensive schemes, both as an inside and outside LB. His versatility could fit him into the top 60 picks of the 2011 Draft, should the 4th year junior decide he’s ready to take his talents to the NFL.

The MAACO Bowl in Review

December 23, 2010

The MAACO Bowl featured an entertaining matchup between Boise’s pair of talented senior wideouts and Utah’s Brandon Burton, a junior cornerback who looked like he could use another year of seasoning before going pro.


Boise’s Titus Young and Austin Pettis showcased the qualities that make them solid early to mid-round draft prospects. Unsurprisingly, the small but speedy Young showed off his jets. Though his six catch, 64 yard stat line isn’t overly impressive, he repeatedly displayed the ability to separate from Burton and Utah’s other defensive backs. He also hauled in what would have been a 12 yard touchdown reception, but the referees ruled that he didn’t get a foot inbounds. While scoring the TD would have been a nice final bullet on Young’s resume, the ten TDs and over 1200 total yards he amassed this season already established that Young can be a legit big play guy.


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Tale of the Tape: Nate Solder vs Oklahoma

December 22, 2010

Tale of the Tape: Nate Solder vs Oklahoma

On paper, Nate Solder looks like the perfect left tackle prospect. The Colorado OT has an impressive 6’8″, 300+ pound frame, and he reportedly runs a sub-5 second 40. In addition, Solder brings ideal smarts to the position: last May, the big man graduated with a 3.51 GPA.


Solder’s combination of smarts and exceptional athleticism will intrigue NFL teams, but his play hasn’t always matched his A+ attributes. Last year, he often looked like a C+ player, including in a poor effort against Mizzou. And this season started on a particularly ugly note, with Solder repeatedly getting beat around the edge by Cal’s speed rushers.


To his credit, Solder did bounce back after a bad September. Instead of his stock tanking, many think he’s shown enough improvement to warrant being taken in the first round, perhaps even in the first 15 picks.


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Prospect Video: Tyron Smith vs. Cal

December 21, 2010

Prospect Video: Tyron Smith vs. Cal

Last week, USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith became one of the first underclassmen to declare for the 2011 NFL Draft.


Smith is a bit undersized, but the freakish athlete should be able to pack on some weight before wowing everyone at the Combine. The bigger question is whether the raw offensive tackle has shown enough on tape to convince teams he can become an elite offensive tackle.




Smith (#70) played right tackle at USC, but NFL teams will project him to the uber-important left tackle spot. Pay especially close attention when Smith is matched up against defensive end Cameron Jordan (#97) — both could end up being top 15 picks in April.

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