Ryan Lownes

Ryan is currently an undergraduate student at Ohio University pursuing a degree in Sport Management. He has been attending the NFL Draft in New York City since 2005 and has aspirations of a career in scouting. He is currently a draft writer and analyst on the Draft Breakdown team, posting his latest rankings, mock drafts, scouting reports, and more. Be sure to follow Ryan on twitter for year-round NFL Draft analysis.


Scouting Report: Greg Little

April 7, 2011

Greg Little

 

Position: WR School: North Carolina Height: 6’2 1/2" Weight: 231 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.53 All-Star Game: No Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Late 2nd – Early 4th Round

 

Summary

Greg Little is among this draft class’ most physically gifted receiver. Despite below average college production at the position, he appeared to be a player poised for a big breakout before a suspension took his Senior season away. It remains to be seen whether he will learn from his past mistakes and mature as a person. Regardless, Little has the talent to make an impact early at the next level, likely in the short to intermediate passing game. He has the ability to develop into an upper-echelon receiver in the NFL but so much depends on his decision making and his standing with his coaches.

 

Route Running/Separation

As a converted tailback, Little (read more…)

Scouting Report: Titus Young

April 7, 2011

Titus Young

 

Position: WR School: Boise State Height: 5’11 3/8" Weight: 174 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.53 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Late 2nd – Early 3rd Round

 

Summary

Titus Young is a very good split-prospect that excels stretching the field vertically. After two extremely productive seasons for the Broncos, he appears to be capable of contributing readily as a receiver and kick returner at the next level. He has been one of the stars of the draft process, with an excellent week at the Senior Bowl and a Pro Day that drew rave reviews from media members and NFL personnel. One of this draft’s most fluid movers, he shows the quickness, agility, and speed to be a threat all over the field. Concerns over his character and physicality will push Young down the board, but he should still find a (read more…)

Scouting Report: Patrick Peterson

April 4, 2011

Patrick Peterson

 

Position: CB School: LSU Height: 6’01/4" Weight: 219 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.34 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 10 Pick

 

Summary

Patrick Peterson will undoubtedly be a player who inspires debate over the worth of a Cornerback in today’s NFL. He is an elite physical specimen in the secondary, with size and incredible natural athleticism. The 2010 Thorpe Award winner competed against the nation’s best receivers, displaying the physicality and ball skills that will translate quickly to the next level. Some even consider him to be this draft’s top talent. The notion of a Cornerback going in the first three picks is often disputed by history, but many feel the position’s value is on the rise due to an increasingly pass-happy game. While he may not make history as the first corner to go first overall, Peterson appears a (read more…)

Scouting Report: Cam Newton

April 4, 2011

Cam Newton

 

Position: QB School: Auburn Height: 6’5" Weight: 248 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.56 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 5 Pick

 

Summary

Perhaps the most widely discussed prospect in the 2011 NFL Draft, Cam Newton will be drafted with the hopes of becoming a franchise passer. His one year of starting experience was one of the most dramatic in recent memory, as he led his Auburn team to a National Championship victory amidst serious NCAA allegations. He burst on to the scene as a tremendous physical talent who soon began carving SEC defenses with his legs and arm. His efforts in only one season made him the landslide winner in the Heisman Trophy race. A subject of much criticism, Newton has held up well, displaying remarkable mental toughness. On draft day, expect him off the board very early. While he (read more…)

Three Round Mock Draft – March 13th

March 13, 2011

Carolina Panthers

 

 

1. Carolina Panthers Cam Newton – QB – Auburn 

The decision-making process behind the first overall pick could last up to the day of the draft for Carolina. The list of needs for the Panthers is a long one that includes several key positions such as: Defensive End, Defensive Tackle, Cornerback, and Wide Receiver. The team’s Achilles heel a year last season, however, was the play at the Quarterback position. Jimmy Clausen did not prove himself enough to deter the Panthers from taking the top QB on their board. Even after a disappointing Combine performance, Cameron Newton has the upside to be a franchise signal-caller. His college resume is a small but highly decorated one and his physical tools are unparalleled. He’ll need some time to develop, but Newton offers the franchise a true face and unique talent moving forward. Carolina may decide that Cam is too risky (read more…)

Meet and Greet: Cameron Jordan

March 9, 2011

Lownes: Accurate height/weight, bench reps, and your 40 time from the recent Combine.

 

Jordan: 6’4 287, 25 reps at 225, 4.71 unofficial and 4.78 official.

 

You’re an NFL scout with the task of breaking down Cameron Jordan, what are the pros/cons?

 

Other than I’m quick out of my stance, I have long (35”) arms that I create leverage with by locking out on an Offensive Lineman creating a hard point at the end of the line.

 

Cons- If any, it would be that I need to further refine my technique of after extension while playing the run to not be too quick to shed blocks.

 

Since you stepped on campus at California, in what area(s) have you experienced the greatest improvement?

 

At Cal I’ve learned to multi task. Before I could focus on one thing at a time; I can text, walk, (read more…)

Scouting Report: Da’Quan Bowers

March 7, 2011

Da’Quan Bowers

 

Position: DE School: Clemson Height: 6’3 3/8" Weight: 280 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.75 (est) All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 15 Pick

 

Summary

Few college players have to deal with the kind of expectations that awaited Da’Quan Bowers upon arriving at Clemson. It took him a couple years to figure it out and really come into his own as a college player, but he burst onto the national scene in explosive fashion this past year. Rarely will you find such a physically gifted player produce the way Bowers did this past year. An incredible Junior season has the former five-star recruit thinking Top 5 in the upcoming NFL Draft. What sets him apart is his ability to rush the passer and stop the run equally well; he projects as a three-down end with excellent versatility in 4-3 schemes.

 

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Meet and Greet: Brooks Reed

February 25, 2011

One player that is gaining momentum going into the draft process is Arizona defensive end, Brooks Reed. Ryan Lownes sits down with the pass rusher before the NFL Scouting Combine.

 

Lownes: What is your accurate height/weight? Reed: 6′ 1/2 260lbs

 

You’re an NFL scout with the task of breaking down Brooks Reed, what are the pros/cons? Pros: hard working, hard playing, instinctive, pass rusher Cons: undersized as a 4-3 DE, played limited stamd up backer is college

 

Since you stepped on campus at Arizona, in what area have you experienced the greatest improvement? My instinctiveness, speed, and strength.

 

Many are projecting you to make the switch from college Defensive End to NFL Linebacker. Why is this a good fit for you? In a 4-3 front, do you think you function well as a two-down Strong-side LB and third down edge-rusher at DE? I have prototypical size (read more…)

Scouting Report: AJ Green

February 18, 2011

AJ Green

 

Position: WR School: Georgia Height: 6’3 5/8" Weight: 211 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.50 All-Star Game: None Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 5 pick

 

Summary

It isn’t very often that a receiver comes along that is as smooth, dynamic, and as long as A.J. Green. After coming to Georgia as a highly touted recruit, Green paired with 2009 1st Overall pick Matthew Stafford to form an electric 1-2 combination. The Bulldogs weren’t shy using him as a freshman as he was featured in the deep, vertical passing game, across the middle of the field, and working the sidelines beyond the sticks. Though he came to school a bit raw, Green has obviously worked hard to become a crisp route-runner. He’s developed moves to beat the jam and he shows the elusiveness after the catch needed to create big plays from next to (read more…)

Brooks Reed: Not A Household Name…Yet

February 17, 2011

Every year around February or March, a player rises from virtual anonymity and works his way into the first round mix of the NFL Draft. It becomes clear that fans at home were sleeping on an NFL caliber talent early in the process. In 2009 it was Clay Matthews that started an ascension up the boards after the season, in 2010 it was California’s Tyson Alualu. Who in the 2011 class will shock fans and draftniks by going higher than projected? I introduce to you: Arizona defensive end/linebacker Brooks Reed.

 

In college, Reed functioned as defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. He enjoyed success throughout his career at Arizona as a speed rusher off the right side; however, at 6’2 ½ 257, he lacks the size necessary to hold down a starting end spot at the next level. For many players, the size and speed jump in the NFL (read more…)

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