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: 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.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_kX-cfzjjw

 

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.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3HKsYCCXGk

 

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.

Jabaal Sheard vs. Miami (2010) vs . Miami (2010)

November 24, 2010

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

November 7, 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…)

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