Chad Davis

Chad Davis is an avid draft fan who has been writing and evaluating for Draft Breakdown since September of 2010. A native of the Pacific Northwest, he is a Seattle Seahawks season ticket holder, and part-time contributor to the Seahawks blog www.fieldgulls.com. He is a member of the Football Writers Association of America.


Scouting Report: Riley Reiff

February 5, 2012

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Riley Reiff

 

 

Position: OT School: Iowa Height: 6’6″ Weight: 300 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: N/A All-Star Game: N/A Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top Fifteen Pick

 

Summary

 

Riley Reiff is another in a long line of top-caliber offensive lineman from the University of Iowa. Like the others before him, Reiff is a blue-collar blocker who is fundamentally sound, hard working, and plays with the aggressiveness that most NFL scouts drool over. While there are some flaws in his game, Reiff strikes me as a day-one starter in the NFL, and should be able to man the left tackle position for a team for many years. Playing at a premium position so many teams crave, Reiff should hear his name called within the first 15 picks in the NFL Draft.

 

Pass Blocking

 

Reiff is technically solid in pass protection, using his natural (read more…)

Scouting Report: Jonathan Martin

December 17, 2011

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Jonathan Martin

 

Position: OT School: Stanford Height: 6’6″ Weight: 304 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: N/A All-Star Game: N/A Team Captain: No Draft Projection: 1st Round

 

Summary

 

Jonathan Martin is an excellent, experienced all-around left tackle who has been tasked with protecting Andrew Luck’s blindside, as well as the hopes of many moribund NFL franchises, for the past three seasons. While perhaps not quite the athlete of top-10 pick Matt Kalil, Martin is above-average physically and looks completely natural and comfortable playing left tackle. While I hate to use the term “finesse” for any offensive lineman, Martin’s game is more about agility, technique, and quickness than power. If he decides to declare, Martin should hear his name called in the top-20 picks of the NFL Draft.

 

Pass Blocking

 

Martin is solid in pass pro, using excellent anticipation and quickness off the snap to (read more…)

Scouting Report: David DeCastro

December 2, 2011

David DeCastro

David DeCastro

 

Position: OG School: Stanford Height: 6’5″ Weight: 310 lbs Class: Redshirt Junior 40 time: – All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 15 Pick

 

Summary

 

DeCastro is a smart, technically sound guard who has been an integral part of Stanford’s dominant power rushing attack for three years. While not overly impressive physically, DeCastro beats his opponents consistently by being fundamentally sound, consistent with effort, and taking advantage of his natural flexibility to gain leverage advantages. He is a master at pulling and trapping, and opens holes in the running game with a seek-and-destroy attitude. One of the top guards I have watched on tape, DeCastro is worthy of top-15 consideration in the 2012 draft.  

Pass Blocking

 

DeCastro is solid in pass protection, helping keep all-world QB Andrew Luck safe for the (read more…)

Pac-12 Mid-season Awards

October 25, 2011

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Player of the Year: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

This is as easy a choice as there is in the country. Through seven games, Luck has thrown for 1888 yards and 20 touchdowns to just 3 interceptions. His team is 7-0, and to top it all off, Luck may be the most hyped draft prospect in history, as displayed by the national “Suck 4 Luck” campaigning going on in NFL cities around the country. Rarely do I consider any prospect as a “sure-fire” star, but Luck is as close as anyone can come to earning that praise. A certain shoo-in to be invited to the Heisman Trophy ceremony, Luck will run away with this Pac-12 award, barring injury. Honorable mentions: Matt Barkley, QB, USC; LaMichael James, RB, Oregon; Keith Price, QB, Washington; Robert Woods, WR, USC.

 

Coach of the Year: David Shaw, Stanford

Really, this honor comes to Shaw (read more…)

2012 NFL Mock Draft

September 2, 2011

1. Cincinnati Bengals 

 

Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford*

 

If the Bengals are picking here, the Andy Dalton experiment has gone horribly wrong (as expected), and they can smile and select the best college QB since Peyton Manning. Luck has all-pro type ability and potential. 2. Miami Dolphins 

 

Matt Barkley – QB – USC*

 

See above and insert Chad Henne. Look, we all know this is a QB driven league and the Dolphins need one in the worst way. Barkley has great tools and should put together a huge season in So. Cal if he stays healthy. 3. Carolina Panthers 

 

Alshon Jeffery – WR – South Carolina*

 

Coples could be an option here, but I see Carolina doing everything to give Cam Newton as much talent around him as possible. The 6’4″ 230 lb. Jeffery is a physical specimen who has the stats to back up (read more…)

2011 Pac-12 Senior Prospect Watch List

May 9, 2011

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QB—Nick Foles—Senior—6’5”, 240 lbs.—Big, strong-armed quarterback who can make all the NFL throws. Has some mobility and decision making issues. WR—Juron Criner—Senior—6’4”, 215 lbs.—Unbelievable size/speed combo, Criner will be one of the best receivers in the country in 2011. CB—Trevin Wade—Senior—5’11”, 192 lbs.—Good size and great ball skills, Wade has already piled up 10 interceptions in his career, and returned 2 for touchdowns. RB—Keola Antolin—Senior—5’8”, 195 lbs.—Antolin should see more carries after the graduation of Nic Grigsby. He’s small but has great speed and elusiveness.

 

Arizona State

CB—Omar Bolden—Senior—5’10”, 195 lbs.—Dual-threat corner and kick returner. Bolden is an experienced, well-rounded player. He missed almost all of 2009 with a knee injury DE—James Brooks—Senior—6’5”, 279 lbs.—Excellent size and athleticism, Brooks needs to have a breakout senior season after producing just average numbers thus far in this career. DE—Jamaar Jarrett—Senior—6’5”, 260 lbs.—Another end with great size, Jarrett was an honorable (read more…)

Scouting Report: Leonard Hankerson

April 26, 2011

Leonard Hankerson

 

Position: WR School: Miami Height: 6’1 1/2" Weight: 209 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.43 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

 

Summary

Leonard Hankerson finally lived up to his potential as a senior after being a highly touted recruit out of high school. With an excellent size/speed ratio, Hankerson began his ascent on draft boards after a fairly dominating Senior Bowl week, culminating with 5 catches for 100 yards and a touchdown in the game. He possesses great leaping ability and the ability to make the amazing catch. A hard worker, Hankerson has worked diligently to improve his game and has gotten better every single year. NFL teams will love his make-up as he is a high character and mature player who was voted a team captain in 2010. He should be drafted somewhere in the second round and (read more…)

Scouting Report: Clint Boling

April 26, 2011

Clint Boling

 

Position: OG School: Georgia Height: 6’4 5/8" Weight: 308 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.25 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

 

Summary

Clint Boling is an experienced 4year starter who has the versatility to play multiple positions on the offensive line. He has made 49 career starts at Georgia, including 20 at left tackle, 11 at right tackle, and 18 at right guard. In the NFL he will most likely be a full-time guard, but that type of versatility makes him an attractive commodity. Boling has an outstanding work ethic, and is well respected by teammates who named him an offensive captain for the 2010 season. He also won the team’s Leon Farmer Award for dedication to the strength and conditioning program. He is a well-rounded player who has great technique and good functional strength. Boling should be drafted (read more…)

Scouting Report: Sam Acho

April 21, 2011

Sam Acho

 

Position: DE School: Texas Height: 6’1 5/8" Weight: 262 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.68 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

 

Summary

Sam Acho is an undersized defensive end that makes plays with effort and hustle. After dominating Senior Bowl practices against some well-respected offensive linemen in this class, Acho continued his performance during the game with a sack, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble. His performance earned him the Most Outstanding Defensive Player award for the South team and opened the eyes of scouts who question his ability to be a full-time defensive end in the NFL. A ‘tweener’ by every definition of the word, Acho will ideally need to add bulk if he is to play the 5-technique position in the NFL that he played in college. He may get some looks as a rush (read more…)

Scouting Report: Danny Watkins

April 17, 2011

Danny Watkins

 

Position: OG School: Baylor Height: 6’3 3/8" Weight: 310 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.40 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: No Draft Projection: 2nd Round

 

Summary

Danny Watkins is a tough, physical, aggressive offensive lineman and former firefighter who has only played football for 4 years. He played left tackle in college, but projects as a guard in the NFL mainly due to lack of length, height and the necessary quickness needed to play outside at the next level. Watkins displays amazing technique for a player with as little experience as he has, which points to his amazing work ethic and passion for the game. He has never missed a game, is mature, and gives great effort on the field. A big concern with Watkins will be his age, as he will be 26 years old when the NFL season starts, and he (read more…)

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