Gil Alcaraz IV

Gil is the owner of the Minnesota Vikings blog, The Viking Den, and an editorial writer for Lakers Nation. Having followed the NFL Draft for years, Gil has had a knack for naming some of the big surprise players to make it in the NFL. Gil is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America.

Scouting Report: Phil Taylor

April 7, 2011

Phil Taylor


Position: DT School: Baylor Height: 6’3 1/4" Weight: 334 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 5.14 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Late 1st Round



Arguably one of the top nose tackle prospects in this year’s draft, Taylor has seen a huge rise in his stock since tearing up opposing offensive linemen at the Senior Bowl. Despite some character issues, this 334 pound monster in the middle is a rare physical specimen who should be able to make an immediate impact in the NFL if he can learn to play with more consistency. He is a fridge on the defensive line who gobbles up double-teams as well as runners who come within his reach. There are some questions as to his effort off of the field, which showed in numerous 2010 games in which he seemed gassed as the game went (read more…)

Scouting Report: Justin Houston

April 4, 2011

Justin Houston


Position: OLB School: Georgia Height: 6’2 7/8" Weight: 270 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: 4.62 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Mid-Late 1st Round



One of the defensive players with the most upside in this year’s class, Houston has turned a lot of heads since deciding to forego his senior year and enter the NFL. After spending his first two years as a defensive end for the Bulldogs, he spent the 2010 season standing up as an outside linebacker and proved he could be just as effective from there. He has a tremendous burst off of the line of scrimmage and possesses a great combination of speed and strength to work his way past offensive lineman. Although he may be raw, he has the athleticism and skill set to be effective in coverage as well, which makes him a viable option (read more…)

Scouting Report: Randall Cobb

March 25, 2011

Randall Cobb


Position: WR School: Kentucky Height: 5’10 1/4" Weight: 191 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.50 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Late 2nd — Early 3rd Round



Although he may not be the prototypical NFL wide receiver, a player with his spark and ferocity is hard to ignore. At Kentucky, he was electrifying for the Wildcat’s offense and excelled at being their go-to guy when it was crunch time. His open-field elusiveness is off the charts and he excels at making something out of nothing. To go along with all of that, his versatility is outstanding, as he played three different positions (WR, RB, QB) during his time at Kentucky. With tons of production and a skill set that doesn’t come around very often, Cobb will find a new home sooner rather than later. I project that he will be taken (read more…)

Gil’s Greatness Grades 2011: Quarterbacks

March 23, 2011

Well it’s pretty obvious, at least in my opinion, that there is no clear-cut head of this quarterback class. There are, however, several prospects who have the potential to be quality starters in the NFL. Each prospect seems to have a glaring hole or two that, if improved upon, could be the difference between a franchise quarterback and career backup.


1. Blaine Gabbert, Missouri: Despite several question marks, Gabbert definitely has the skills to get the job done effectively and efficiently at the next level. Sure, he doesn’t have a rocket for an arm and he spent the last couple of years working out of a spread offense, but all of the physical and mental tools are present. Add in some outstanding athleticism, and you’ve got a pretty well-rounded quarterback who could definitely be a difference-maker for an offense that is looking for a young (read more…)

Scouting Report: Blaine Gabbert

March 20, 2011

Blaine Gabbert


Position: QB School: Missouri Height: 6’4 3/8" Weight: 234 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.62 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Top 10 Pick



Although there are questions about his college offense and development as a quarterback in that offense, he has prototypical size and strength to go along with outstanding athleticism. He is one of the best pocket passers of the class and has all of the physical tools to get the job done at the NFL level. He possesses the athleticism to keep the defense honest and the arm to tear apart a secondary when he is on his game. A strong defense that can keep constant pressure will be his biggest enemy in the NFL, but with proper coaching and a talented offensive line, Gabbert shouldn’t have too much trouble overcoming this downfall in his game. With a (read more…)

Scouting Report: Robert Quinn

March 7, 2011

Robert Quinn


Position: DE School: North Carolina Height: 6’4" Weight: 265 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.70 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 15 Pick



Quinn is a big “boom-bust” prospect in my opinion. Missing the 2010 season could be a huge bump in the road for him, but he has the natural athleticism and raw talent to make it as a NFL defensive end. His biggest asset is his explosiveness, which ranks among the top five in the entire 2011 NFL Draft. It allows him to make up for some of his deficiencies in the run game and allow him to compensate for his sluggishness off of the line. Although he appears to be a strong defensive end, he has the athleticism and good combination of size/speed to be an outside linebacker. There were several occasions where he dropped into coverage for (read more…)

NFL Combine 7 Round Mock Draft

March 1, 2011

Carolina Panthers

With the NFL Scouting Combine almost finished up, Gil Alcaraz spent HOURS putting together a massive, seven round mock draft. See who Gil believes your team will take this year in the 2011 NFL Draft!


1. Carolina Panthers Da’Quan Bowers – DE – Clemson 2. Denver Broncos Patrick Peterson – CB – LSU 3. Buffalo Bills Cam Newton – QB – Auburn 4. Cincinnati Bengals Nick Fairley – DT – Auburn 5. Arizona Cardinals Von Miller – OLB – Texas A&M 6. Cleveland Browns AJ Green – WR – Georgia 7. San Francisco 49ers Robert Quinn – DE/OLB – North Carolina 8. Tennessee Titans Blaine Gabbert – QB – Missouri 9. Dallas Cowboys Cameron Jordan – DE – California 10. Washington Redskins Marcell Dareus – DT – Alabama 11. Houston Texans Prince Amukamara – CB – Nebraska 12. Minnesota Vikings Aldon Smith – DE – Missouri 13. Detroit Lions (read more…)

Twitter Live Mock Draft February 10th

February 9, 2011

So I’m doing a live mock draft on my twitter account @GilAlcarazIV at about 5 PST tonight, Thursday, February 10. Come join in on the fun and let your voice be heard! I’m taking votes for each pick in order, and the player that receives the most votes will be the pick for that team. Here is the order and who has been picked up to this point. Get on Twitter tonight and send me your thoughts.


Update! I’ve decided that it may be better for us to let everyone in on a time that we’re going to do this and maybe we can start over, with more participants and some better decisions (i.e. Jonathan Baldwin at 14). So either leave a comment on here or shoot me a tweet on my Twitter page on what you think is best and we’ll go from there. The tentative time (read more…)

Scouting Report: Adrian Clayborn

February 7, 2011

Adrian Clayborn


Position: DE School: Iowa Height: 6’2 5/8" Weight: 281 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.83 All-Star Game: none (SB invite) Team Captain: 2009 & 2010 Draft Projection: Late 1st – Early 2nd Round



Clayborn is a versatile player who could play defensive end in either a 3-4 or 4-3 defense, or defensive tackle in the 4-3, but is most suited for the 3-4. He dropped off during his senior year after a phenomenal junior year, so there is some concern as to what he can do once he gets into the NFL. He will be primarily a pass-rush threat in the NFL, but has the frame and strength to become a quality run stopper on the defensive front. If he can continue to improve on his strength and play with more technique and better fundamentals, he could become one of the better defensive (read more…)

Scouting Report: Kyle Rudolph

February 4, 2011

Kyle Rudolph


Position: TE School: Notre Dame Height: 6’6 1/8" Weight: 259 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: – All-Star Game: None Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Late 1st – Early 2nd Round



Rudolph could turn into one of the most productive tight ends the NFL has seen in recent years if he can stay healthy and continue to improve on some of his fundamentals. During the 2010 season, he was on pace to have career-highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns before getting injured and missing the last six games of the season. He has shown glimpses of brilliance, but will need to be more consistent in all facets of his game in order to live up to his potential. With a very well-rounded style of play, Rudolph shouldn’t have too much trouble adapting to and conquering the NFL. His consistency is coachable, so hopes are (read more…)

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