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: Muhammad Wilkerson

April 17, 2011

Muhammad Wilkerson

 

Position: DT School: Temple Height: 6’4 1/8" Weight: 315 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.96 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Mid – Late 1st Round

 

Summary

Muhammad Wilkerson is a long, athletic defensive lineman who has the versatility to play multiple positions on the defensive front. He has produced equally well as a 3-technique in a standard 4-3, and as a 5-technique when Temple switched to a 3-4 in 2010. Wilkerson’s ability to rush the passer (16.5 sacks the past two seasons) as well as make plays against the run (131 tackles in two years) has him rising up draft boards in recent months. His versatility will be key in the NFL, but his best fit seems to be at the 5-technique position due to his length, ability to penetrate and cause disruption, as well as consistently put pressure on the (read more…)

Scouting Report: Marcus Cannon

April 7, 2011

Marcus Cannon

 

Position: OT/G School: TCU Height: 6’5" Weight: 358 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 5.26 All-Star Game: None Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Mid 2nd Round

 

Summary

Marcus Cannon is a supremely athletic and strong offensive lineman, especially for a player of his size. A redshirt senior, Cannon has started 37 games in his career at TCU, 13 at left tackle and 24 at right. He has the versatility to play multiple positions on the offensive line, which will attract NFL teams. The key for Cannon will be finding his best fit at the next level. I believe he will get a shot to play right tackle, and best case scenario he becomes a solid prospect at that position. What’s great about Cannon, however, is I believe that if it doesn’t work out at right tackle he can become an elite guard in the NFL. (read more…)

Scouting Report: Mike Pouncey

April 5, 2011

Mike Pouncey

 

Position: OG/C School: Florida Height: 6’5" Weight: 303 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.12 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl(invite only) Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Late 1st Round

 

Summary

Mike Pouncey may get a lot of notoriety for being the twin brother of Maurkice (Pro Bowl center and 2010 1st round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers) but he is much more than just that. An extremely versatile, athletic interior offensive lineman, Mike has a more than good chance of being the second Pouncey in as many years to be a first round pick. Having played defensive line, offensive guard and center, Pouncey will likely settle in as a guard in the NFL. I’d be careful to compare Mike to his brother Maurkice, as Maurkice was unusually talented and highly effective as a rookie. Mike will struggle to live up to such expectations. But with quick (read more…)

Washington Pro Day – 2011

April 1, 2011

Today was the University of Washington pro day, where headliners Jake Locker and Mason Foster worked out along with offensive linemen Cody Habben and Ryan Tolar; defensive backs Nate Williams and Vonzell McDowell; linebacker Victor Aiyewa; wide receiver D’Andre Goodwin; and fullbacks/h-backs Austin Sylvester and Dorson Boyce.

 

Noticeable teams in attendance today were Seattle (Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider), Tennessee, Cleveland (Keith Gilbertson), Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Indianapolis (Bob Ferguson), New York Jets, Minnesota, Jacksonville and Detroit. There were possibly more teams in attendance, but with media on one side of the field, and teams on the other, it was difficult to tell. The biggest contingents were those of the Seahawks and the Tennessee Titans.

 

Before we get to Locker and Foster, here’s a quick wrap on a couple of the lesser-known guys.

 

LB-Victor Aiyewa looks every bit the part of an NFL linebacker physique-wise, but ran (read more…)

Scouting Report: Anthony Castonzo

March 30, 2011

Anthony Castonzo

 

Position: OT School: Boston College Height: 6’7" Weight: 311 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.23 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Mid 1st Round

 

Summary

Anthony Castonzo is an extremely solid all-around, experienced offensive tackle who will be ready to start right away in the NFL on the left side. He has played and started 54 games in his career at Boston College, including 40 starts as a left tackle. With that experience you will find that Castonzo is a technically sound player lacking any extremely major flaws. Lower body strength is an issue and will need to improve with time. A high school tight end, Castonzo is a fluid looking athlete on film and has natural knee and waist bend rare for a player of his height. Castonzo has all the talent to start at left tackle in the NFL, (read more…)

Chad Davis 1st Round Mock – March 26th

March 26, 2011

Carolina Panthers

We’re inside of 5 weeks away from the draft, so Chad Davis put together a quick, one round mock with some surprises. Who slipped into the first round in his newest mock? Continue reading to find out!

 

1. Carolina Panthers Cam Newton – QB – Auburn 

I’ve been reluctant to put Newton in this spot, but it’s becoming more evident that Carolina will take a QB here. Despite the question marks, Newton has the highest upside of any QB in the class. 2. Denver Broncos Marcell Dareus – DT – Alabama 

With questions regarding Nick Fairley’s attitude and work ethic becoming more evident, Dareus has quietly slid to the top of the defensive tackle class. Denver takes maybe the most sure player in the draft. 3. Buffalo Bills Blaine Gabbert – QB – Missouri 

Fitzpatrick is ok, and Buffalo could decide to wait until next year for a (read more…)

Scouting Report: Gabe Carimi

March 25, 2011

Gabe Carimi

 

Position: OT School: Wisconsin Height: 6’7" Weight: 314 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 5.27 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Mid 1st Round

 

Summary

Gabe Carimi is another in a line of solid offensive lineman produced by the University of Wisconsin. Taking over for Joe Thomas in 2007, Carimi has played in and started 49 games in the past 4 seasons. Carimi, the 2010 Outland Trophy winner, possesses ideal size and the type of work ethic and drive NFL teams look for. The consensus around the draft community is that he will ultimately be a right tackle in the NFL. While that could be the case, I may be in the minority in thinking he can play left tackle at the next level if he improves his footwork and his anchor strength. Carimi should hear his name called somewhere in the (read more…)

Scouting Report: Derek Sherrod

March 25, 2011

Derek Sherrod

 

Position: OT School: Mississippi State Height: 6’5 3/8" Weight: 321 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.20 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Late 1st Round

 

Summary

Derek Sherrod is a versatile, experienced offensive tackle with 47 career games played including 35 starts. He has played with a great level of consistency in his career at Mississippi State, and his high character personality and attitude earned him team captain in 2010. If he continues to develop and improve, and all indications are he is a hard working and willing learner, Sherrod could be one of the better offensive tackles in this class. He has the versatility to play on the right or left side, but projects best as a starting left tackle in the NFL.

 

Pass Blocking

Sherrod possesses good arm length (35 3/8”) and a great initial first step (read more…)

Scouting Report: Corey Liuget

March 18, 2011

Corey Liuget

 

Position: DT School: Illinois Height: 6’2 1/8" Weight: 298 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.99 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Mid-Late 1st Round

 

Summary

Corey Liuget is an athletic, versatile, penetrating, physical defensive tackle who is climbing up draft boards as the day approaches. He played many different positions along the defensive line in his career at Illinois, which will make him a coveted prospect come draft day. His ability to be quick off the snap and violent at the point of attack makes him best fit as a 3-technique in a standard 4-3 defense, but there are some who think he can slide out to defensive end in a 3-4, and even play some two-gap nose tackle in that type of defensive front. While not a pass rush specialist, Liuget brings with him a balanced game and should be a (read more…)

Scouting Report: Shane Vereen

March 11, 2011

Shane Vereen

 

Position: RB School: California Height: 5’10" Weight: 210 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: 4.50 All-Star Game: None Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Third Round

 

Summary

Shane Vereen is a running back that is climbing higher up draft boards as draft day approaches. A well-rounded player, Vereen is quick, powerful, and uses his compact frame to his advantage. While not a burner, Vereen is fast enough to hit the edge when needed, and shows good elusiveness in the open field. Buried behind a long line of great running backs at Cal, he used the 2010 season as his major coming out party. He is a one cut and go runner, who’s best fit may be behind a zone blocking line. Vereen should easily be off the board by the end of round 3, and a jump into the 2nd round could be possible.

 

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