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: Tyron Smith

March 5, 2011

Tyron Smith

 

Position: OT School: USC Height: 6’5" Weight: 307 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: – All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Early-Mid 1st Round

 

Summary

Tyron Smith is a long, athletic offensive tackle with a body in the Bruce Campbell mold. He has played almost his entire career at USC on the right said, but is a natural fit to slide to the left side in the NFL. Smith’s athleticism makes him a perfect fit in a zone blocking scheme, but he has the upside to play left tackle in most any offense. He is relatively inexperienced, extremely young (20) and recently pulled out of the NFL combine while still recovering from a knee injury, which was slightly disappointing. So there are a lot of issues that need to be ironed out with Smith. But he has the highest upside of any offensive (read more…)

Two Round Mock Draft: March 5th

March 5, 2011

Carolina Panthers

1. Carolina Panthers Da’Quan Bowers – DE – Clemson 2. Denver Broncos Robert Quinn – DE – North Carolina 3. Buffalo Bills Cam Newton – QB – Auburn 4. Cincinnati Bengals Blaine Gabbert – QB – Missouri 5. Arizona Cardinals Von Miller – OLB – Texas A&M 6. Cleveland Browns AJ Green – WR – Georgia 7. San Francisco 49ers Patrick Peterson – CB – LSU 8. Tennessee Titans Jake Locker – QB – Washington 9. Dallas Cowboys Cameron Jordan – DE – California 10. Washington Redskins Nick Fairley – DT – Auburn 11. Houston Texans Prince Amukamara – CB – Nebraska 12. Minnesota Vikings Marcell Dareus – DT – Alabama 13. Detroit Lions Tyron Smith – OT – USC 14. St. Louis Rams Julio Jones – WR – Alabama 15. Miami Dolphins Mark Ingram – RB – Alabama 16. Jacksonville Jaguars Martez Wilson – LB – Illinois

 

Scouting Report: Akeem Ayers

March 3, 2011

Akeem Ayers

 

Position: OLB School: UCLA Height: 6’2 1/2" Weight: 254 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: 4.80 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Mid-Late 1st Round

 

Summary

Akeem Ayers is a talented redshirt junior linebacker who has the versatility to play multiple positions. While he doesn’t excel in one single area, he is a solid all-around player. He has limited upside but with the potential to be a nice contributor right away in the league. His NFL combine numbers were a little weak (4.80 40-yard dash, 18 bench press reps, 7.49 three-cone drill) which confirms what is shown on field. He lacks true explosion as a pass rusher, lacks instincts in the running game, and needs to physically get stronger at his size. But after all that, what Ayers does well is make plays. He can get to the quarterback, cover well, and his (read more…)

Scouting Report: Cameron Jordan

February 28, 2011

Cameron Jordan

 

Position: DE School: California Height: 6’4 1/8" Weight: 287 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.78 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: None Draft Projection: Top 20

 

Summary

Cameron Jordan’s stock has been on the rise ever since the end of the college football season. He was dominant at the Senior Bowl when facing some of the top offensive tackles in this class, and has worked his way into potential top-10 consideration in the draft. His versatility is truly key as he should be able to play equally well in a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme, and on top of that he has the ability to play multiple positions on the line. Jordan’s game is well rounded yet he will not wow anyone with amazing stats. He is a do-it-all type player that understand the game of football and has the potential to be a Pro (read more…)

Scouting Report: Rahim Moore

February 24, 2011

Rahim Moore

 

Position: FS School: UCLA Height: 5’11 3/4" Weight: 202 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.62 All-Star Game: None Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

 

Summary

Rahim Moore used a breakout 2009 season to vault his way onto NFL Draft boards. A free safety with good size, Moore has ball skills that are unmatched in this class of safeties. His ball skills combined with great hands and great speed easily put Moore at the top of this class. A junior season which saw his interception total drop from 10 to just 1 has many scouts questioning whether Moore is a one-year wonder. While that remains to be seen, the skill set he possesses should quite easily land Moore in the 2nd round as the first safety taken.

 

Ball Skills

Moore’s ball skills are truly top notch. He has great hands (he played wide (read more…)

Scouting Report: Stephen Paea

February 17, 2011

Stephen Paea

 

Position: DT School: Oregon State Height: 6’1 1/8" Weight: 303 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: – All-Star Game: Senior Bowl (DNP – injury) Team Captain: 2009 & 2010 Draft Projection: Late 1st – Early 2nd Round

 

Summary

Many people have started to slide Stephen Paea down draft boards due to an injury during Senior Bowl practice on the back of what people believe was a so-so senior season at Oregon State. I think this is a mistake. Paea faced constant double-teams in his senior season and still managed to win the Pac-10 defensive player of the year award and, perhaps even more impressively, the Morris trophy, an award given to the best defensive lineman in the Pac-10 as voted on by the conferences offensive lineman. Furthermore, Paea is relatively new to football having not played until his senior year in high school. His game (read more…)

Will a Rookie Wage Scale Change the Way Teams Draft?

February 5, 2011

When a collective bargaining agreement is finally agreed upon by the players and owner one thing will be for sure: There will be a new rookie wage scale in place. The odds are it will be structured similarly to the NBA model, where players are paid a set amount based on where they are drafted. The question remains though if a wage scale will affect the way that teams draft.

 

Up until now the general consensus has been that there are really only four positions worthy of the number one overall pick: quarterback, offensive tackle, defensive tackle, and defensive end. Since 1960 the breakdown of number one overall picks is as follows: 20 QB’s, 12 RB’s (none since 1995, Ki-Jana Carter), 7 DE’s, 6 DT’s, 4 WR’s (none since 1996, Keyshawn Johnson), 4 OT’s, and 3 LB’s (none since 1988, Aundray Bruce). The 12 running backs are particularly surprising (read more…)

Scouting Report: Mason Foster

February 5, 2011

Mason Foster

 

Position: OLB School: Washington Height: 6’1 1/4" Weight: 245 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.75 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Late 1st – Early 2nd Round

 

Summary

Foster is a player that might not have been on the radar of many before the 2010 season, but after a great senior campaign and solid Senior Bowl performance, he is rapidly climbing up many draft boards. The versatile linebacker played and excelled at all three 4-3 linebacker positions in his career at Washington, but is best suited to be the weakside backer in a 4-3 scheme in the NFL. His natural instincts and tackling ability set him aside from others, and cover up for his relatively average physical attributes. I project him as a solid second round draft pick.

 

Run Stopping

Foster is the type of player that you will (read more…)

Rookie Reviews: Week 17

January 5, 2011

Ryan Mathews—RB—San Diego Chargers Mathews had his best day on Sunday, in what has been an otherwise disappointing year. But he showed in the win versus Denver what everybody saw when he was drafted in the 1st round from Fresno State. With 26 carries for 120 yards and 3 touchdowns, Mathews showed he has the ability to be a star in the NFL. I just worry that his best performance comes in the final game of the season versus a very bad Broncos team. Fluke or opportunity? I guess the Chargers coaching staff is going to have to decide that.

 

Carlos Dunlap—DE—Cincinnati Bengals Dunlap continued his sack explosion on Sunday with another 1.5, capping off an amazing streak in which he compiled a sack in 6 straight games, and 7 of 8. The 2nd round pick from Florida finished the season with a total of 9.5 (read more…)

Rookie Reviews: Week 16

December 29, 2010

Joe Haden—CB—Cleveland Browns Frankly I’m a little surprised that Haden was not selected to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday. Not that the players selected as starters weren’t deserving, including fellow rookie Devin McCourty, but that Haden was all the way down as a 4th alternate is a little shocking. Haden put together a stat-sheet-filling day this past week versus Baltimore with 5 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble and 1 interception. The 1st round pick from Florida is now tied for 2nd in the NFL with 6 interceptions, and tied for 1st amongst rookies with McCourty. His 17 passes defended are good for 5th in the league. It was probably disappointing for Haden and Browns fans that he was not selected to the Pro Bowl, but he shouldn’t worry too much as I see many trips to the game in his future.

 

Andre Roberts—WR—Arizona Cardinals The (read more…)

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