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: Miami DL Allen Bailey

August 8, 2010

At this time last year, the online draft community was agog over Carlos Dunlap. The Florida defensive end appeared to possess the ultimate combination of size, speed, and strength. Todd McShay had Dunlap going 6th overall in his initial 2010 mock draft, and Dunlap debuted at #3 overall on Kiper’s Big Board.

 

However, the ‘09 season exposed some of Dunlap’s limitations. He failed to get through the season without raising beet red character flags, displaying inconsistent effort and getting charged with a DUI. In addition, he played with too high a pad level, didn’t improve his technique, and failed to prove he could threaten the edge against good offensive tackles. As a result, his draft stock plummeted; the once highly-touted prospect slipped to the 2nd round.

 

This year, another freakish defensive lineman from the state of Florida is the subject of pre-season hype. But instead of (read more…)

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August 5, 2010

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August 3, 2010

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August 2, 2010

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July 20, 2010

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Tale of the Tape: Castonzo vs. USC

July 17, 2010

Recently, I took some time out of my not too busy schedule to re-watch the Emerald Bowl, which pitted Boston College against the program formerly known as Pete Carroll’s USC Almost immediately, my attention was drawn to the trenches. And after hitting the zoom button on my remote a couple times, I was able to get a good look at one of the top 2011 draft prospects, BC left tackle Anthony Castonzo.

Anthony Castonzo’s a 6’7″, 297 pound offensive lineman who possesses excellent length and impressive smarts. According to TFY Draft, Castonzo scored well on the pre-season Wonderlic test, and there’s been some talk that he could be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, a la Myron Rolle. What Castonzo lacks is great bulk. On tape, the BC tackle almost looks like a tall tight end, and his svelte build affects his game. At times, Castonzo struggles to maintain his base, (read more…)

Tale of the Tape: USC DT Jurrell Casey

July 17, 2010

As of late, many of the USC Trojans’ big name defenders have suffered major draft slides. Once touted as a future top ten pick, Rey Maualuga ended up dropping to the 2nd round. The hard-hitting, arthritic-hipped Taylor Mays suffered a similar fate, and freakish defensive end Everson Griffen slid all the way to the 4th frame.

 

For that reason, it’ll be particularly interesting to see where the now highly-touted Jurrell Casey’s stock ends up settling. The junior defensive tackle debuted at #34 overall on MockingTheDraft’s 2011 NFL Draft top 75, but based on what’s happened to recent USC prospects, he’ll either eclipse that ranking or freefall way below it.

 

And after watching tape of Casey against Stanford, Arizona, and Boston College, I can spot reasons why the USC defensive tackle could be a bigtime riser or an unfortunate draft day slider.

 

Initially, what stands out about Casey’s (read more…)

Tale of the Tape: Alabama LB Dont’a Hightower

July 17, 2010

Early last fall, Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower appear to be slobbernocking his way into national prominence. According to scout-turned twitter god-turned scout Daniel Jeremiah, people around the NFL were buzzing more about the true sophomore than the guy playing next to him, 2010 top ten pick Rolando McClain. It’s easy to see why: when the two linebackers played side by side, Hightower clearly was the more aggressive LB. Whether it was going in for the tackle after losing his helmet in the Virginia Tech game or using his nice closing burst to deliver some semi-late wallops to FIU’s QB, Hightower looked like the kind of linebacker who could intimidate opponents and take over games. And because Hightower had success both as a run stuffer and a pass rusher, he appeared to be one of the rare linebackers who could excel both inside and outside in a 3-4 defense. Unfortunately, a (read more…)

Tale of the Tape: Michigan State LB Greg Jones

July 17, 2010

After a very productive redshirt sophomore season, Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones briefly flirted with going pro. Instead, Jones opted to return to East Lansing, where he managed to post some amazing defensive numbers. Last fall, Jones notched 154 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, and 9 sacks. Those numbers reflect how tremendous Jones has been for the Spartans. It was no surprise when the Michigan State middle linebacker earned consensus first-team All-American honors. However, there’s good reason to question whether Jones will make it into the first round of next year’s draft.

The fiery leader of the Spartans’ defense, Jones possesses excellent instincts and an ever-churning motor. When he’s free to roam unobstructed by blockers, Jones does a nice job of flowing to the ball and uses his good straight-line acceleration to close. His great motor and good speed also make him a very good special teams player, as (read more…)

Tale of the Tape: Alabama Safety Mark Barron

July 17, 2010

On a defense filled with playmakers, Mark Barron managed to make a tremendous impact last fall. The first year starting sophomore notched 75 tackles (42 solo) and hauled in an uber-impressive seven interceptions. As a result, it’s no surprise that Barron has the potential to become a very good draft prospect. The Bama safety debuted at #26 overall on MockingTheDraft’s initial 2011 Top 75.

 

However, it’s yet to be seen whether Barron will rise into the “elite” category or simply remain an above average prospect.

 

At 6’2″, 210 lbs., Barron possesses great size and above average upper body strength. If he can get his mitts on the ball-carrier, Barron most likely will come up with the tackle. For the most part, Barron is a reliable open-field tackler, but his slightly stiff hips can lead to him getting juked in the open field. And though he hustles, the leggy (read more…)

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