Rob Engle

Rob Engle scouted privately starting in 2004. Rob participated in an internship with the Baltimore Ravens scouting department and is continuing his professional career by attending Miami University (Ohio) to obtain a degree in Strategic Communication. Rob is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America.


Scouting Report: Martez Wilson

April 21, 2011

Martez Wilson

 

Position: LB School: Illinois Height: 6’3 3/4" Weight: 250 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: 4.46 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Late 1st – Early 2nd Round

 

Summary

When Martez Wilson arrived at the scouting combine in February, people knew he was an athletic freak, but few people predicted the numbers he would put up. Wilson measured in at 6036 and 250 pounds – basically the perfect size for a linebacker. He also has freakishly long arms (34 5/8 inches) and ran a 4.46 40 yard dash, recorded a 36″ vertical jump and a 10″04″ broad jump. Finally, Wilsons’ 10-yard split was clocked in at 1.59 seconds. Sounds like a top 5 pick, right? Well, unfortunately, Wilson played out of position (MLB) in Illinois’ 4-3 defense – which didn’t showcase his athletic ability. I attribute Wilson’s biggest flaw (inconsistent playing speed) possibly (read more…)

Positional Value

April 8, 2011

So a few of the people I’ve talked to recently think that one of the reasons Cam Newton is the favorite for the #1 pick is because of the positional value of Quarterbacks. While I don’t agree with this methodology or see this as the reason he’s the favorite, it got me thinking about the order of importance for positions.

 

Everyone agrees quarterbacks are the most important position. What’s next? And is the order of importance displayed in recent draft history? Here’s how I saw it before I went to the numbers.

 

I’d rank the order of importance… 1. Quarterbacks 2. Tackles 3. Defensive Linemen/Outside Linebackers 4. Cornerbacks 5. Wide Receivers/Tight Ends 6. Running Backs 7. Inside Linebackers 8. Safeties 9. Offensive Guards/Centers 10. Kickers 11. Fullbacks 13. Punters

 

This is obviously up for debate, but that’s how I saw it. After quarterbacks, people generally talk about (read more…)

Rob Engle Player Rankngs – April 7th

April 7, 2011

These are my first published rankings of the 2011 season. I don’t like to create any rankings too early in the process because everything ends up changing around up until about a month before the draft, which is exactly where we are now.

 

What’s different about these rankings from most others you have seen is that I separated my top 32 prospects into six different “tiers”. The tiers are markers of different talent levels. For example, if both Marcel Dareus and Julio Jones were left on the board, because Dareus is in the 2nd tier and Jones in the 3rd, I’d select Dareus every time. If I were submitting this to an NFL team as a scout, each player would have a numerical value assigned to them (Usually on a 5-8 scale). The only situation where I wouldn’t stay true to my board is if I had a star (read more…)

Scouting Report: Jordan Todman

March 23, 2011

Jordan Todman

 

Position: RB School: Connecticut Height: 5’8 7/8" Weight: 203 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.40 All-Star Game: None Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Third Round

 

Summary

In today’s NFL, most teams use running back’s in a rotational way since it’s so hard for just one guy to carry the load for an extended period of time. In a way, this makes backs like Todman very valuable to NFL Teams. Todman is a smaller, shifty back with elite vision and quickness. He’ll find success in the NFL by being a change of pace back with big play potential.

 

Inside Runner

As an inside runner, Todman isn’t the best. He needs to have more patience and wait for a hole to open before he runs into the backs of his blockers. He isn’t quite strong enough to break the arm tackles of bigger defensive lineman.

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Scouting Report: Jimmy Smith

March 23, 2011

Jimmy Smith

 

Position: CB School: Colorado Height: 6’21/4" Weight: 211 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.46 All-Star Game: None Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 20 Pick

 

Summary

Jimmy Smith probably has the best natural cover skills of any of the cornerbacks in this draft, yet for some reason some think he would make a better fit at safety. Smith is abnormally tall for a corner, but in today’s NFL that’s something a lot of teams look for, especially when they have fluid hips to match. Smith’s character has been questioned this offseason, which could ultimately push him down further than his talent would suggest.

 

Ball Skills

Smith didn’t get much of a chance to showcase his ball skills, especially his senior season when he was barely tested by opposing offenses. He did play WR in high school and showcased good hands at the combine. (read more…)

Illinois Pro Day 2011

March 22, 2011

At the Illinois Pro Day, there were approximately 40 scouts and coaches in attendance (30 teams, Tampa Bay and Arizona were missing), including New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan. There were three top Junior prospects that people had their eyes on; RB Mikel Leshoure, LB Martez Wilson, and DT Corey Liuget. Unfortunately, all three of those guys decided to sit on their numbers from the combine. However, all of them went through positional drills run by the scouts.

 

Martez Wilson was the first to perform the drills. He was asked to show his coverage ability quite a bit, and ran a mock wheel route down the sideline – catching the ball over his shoulder several times (and dropping a few). He looked decent changing directions, but he did look be running very upright. His 4.28 and 7.04 in the 20-yard-shuttle and 3-cone drill at the combine are only (read more…)

Scouting Report: JJ Watt

March 11, 2011

JJ Watt

 

Position: DE School: Wisconsin Height: 6’5 3/8" Weight: 290 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.84 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 20 Pick

 

Summary

JJ Watt has seen his stock soar after he quietly dominated the combine. Most people assumed he was only an average athlete coming into the combine, and after the combine shot up most draftniks boards. He put together a fairly dominating season at DE for the Badgers, and had his best performances in big games. He is scheme versatile and has the length, strength, athleticism, and hand quickness and ability to disengage from blockers you look for in a 3-4 end, and also the pass rushing abilities of a 4-3 end. Watt ultimately looks to be one of the safer defensive picks in the draft.

 

Run Stopping

Watt is an above average run defender who uses (read more…)

Scouting Report: Prince Amukamara

March 6, 2011

Prince Amukamara

 

Position: CB School: Nebraska Height: 6’0" Weight: 206 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.43 All-Star Game: None Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Top 10 Pick

 

Summary

Prince Amukamara came into his senior campaign at Nebraska ranked as one of the top defensive backs in football. Although he didn’t record an interception this year, he was only thrown at 52 times the entire year (and only 18th of those were completed, 35%). Amukamara is a physical cornerback with a lot of upside that will likely see himself selected in the first 10 picks of the draft. There are some who think he would be more successful at safety, but we think his best fit is at corner.

 

Ball Skills

Prince’s ball skills have been questioned as he didn’t record an interception in the 2010 season. This probably has more to due with a lack (read more…)

Player Profile: Case Keenum

October 6, 2010

Case Keenum

 

Position: QB School: Houston Height: 6’2" Weight: 210 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.95 All-Star Game: — Team Captain: 2009 Overall Grade: -.– Draft Projection: —

 

Non-position specific categories

 

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 – Speed 8 – Quickness/Agility 10 – Strength/Explosion 10 – Athletic Ability 8 – Durability 8 – Character 6 – Production/Experience 6 – Toughness 8 – Potential 10 –

 

Quarterback Specific Categories

 

Category Max. Value Grade Decision Making 10 – Arm Strength 7 – Accuracy 10 – Mechanics/Footwork 7 – Mobility 6 – Release Quickness 8 –

 

Explanation of Player Grading System

 

The Breakdown

Keenum was on pace to set several NCAA all-time passing records before he tore his ACL only 3 games into the 2010 football season. Keenum was a redshirt senior in 2010, so it’s doubtful that he will apply (read more…)

Scouting Report: Eric Decker

April 24, 2010

Eric Decker

Position: WR School: Minnesota Height: 6’3 1/8“ Weight: 217 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: -.– Overall Grade: 6.25 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5.5 Speed 8 5.5 Quickness/Agility 10 8.5 Strength/Explosion 10 7 Athletic Ability 8 6 Durability 8 5 Character 6 5 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 5

Wide Receiver Specific Categories Category Max. Value Grade Route Running 10 9 Hands 10 9.5 Blocking 4 3.5 Short Routes 8 7.5 Deep Routes 8 6 Elusiveness/YAC 8 5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Great size, bulk, and muscle definition. Precise route runner. Very strong and can drag people after the catch. Extremely smart and had the highest Wonderlic score at the combine with a 43. Really fights for the ball in the air. Great possession player. (read more…)

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