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Scouting Report: Leonard Hankerson

Written by Chad Davis on April 26, 2011

Leonard Hankerson

 

Position: WR School: Miami Height: 6’1 1/2" Weight: 209 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.43 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

 

Summary

Leonard Hankerson finally lived up to his potential as a senior after being a highly touted recruit out of high school. With an excellent size/speed ratio, Hankerson began his ascent on draft boards after a fairly dominating Senior Bowl week, culminating with 5 catches for 100 yards and a touchdown in the game. He possesses great leaping ability and the ability to make the amazing catch. A hard worker, Hankerson has worked diligently to improve his game and has gotten better every single year. NFL teams will love his make-up as he is a high character and mature player who was voted a team captain in 2010. He should be drafted somewhere in the second round and (read more…)

Scouting Report: Christian Ballard

Written by Aaron Aloysius on April 26, 2011

Christian Ballard

 

Position: DT School: Iowa Height: 6’3 3/4" Weight: 283 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.75 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl (invite only) Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Late 2nd Round

 

Summary

A high-upside prospect with impressive physical tools, Christian Ballard appears to have only begun to scratch the surface of his potential. Because he was given the task at Iowa of oscillating between defensive end and tackle, he was never able to master either position. However, he showed plenty of explosiveness lining up at both spots. As a result, the team that drafts Ballard will have to decide how they want to mold the still-developing defensive lineman: he could continue to drop weight and become an effective three down 4-3 base end, bulk up and turn into a super-quick three technique, or improve his strength in order to becomes a solid 3-4 defensive end. Alternatively, (read more…)

Scouting Report: Clint Boling

Written by Chad Davis on April 26, 2011

Clint Boling

 

Position: OG School: Georgia Height: 6’4 5/8" Weight: 308 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.25 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

 

Summary

Clint Boling is an experienced 4year starter who has the versatility to play multiple positions on the offensive line. He has made 49 career starts at Georgia, including 20 at left tackle, 11 at right tackle, and 18 at right guard. In the NFL he will most likely be a full-time guard, but that type of versatility makes him an attractive commodity. Boling has an outstanding work ethic, and is well respected by teammates who named him an offensive captain for the 2010 season. He also won the team’s Leon Farmer Award for dedication to the strength and conditioning program. He is a well-rounded player who has great technique and good functional strength. Boling should be drafted (read more…)

CJ Gable – The Best Kept Secret

Written by Evan Davis Jr on April 25, 2011

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How strong do you have to be to be a RB in FBS? How tough must you be to attend a school that produced Heisman trophy award winners, OJ Simpson and Marcus Allen? If that wasn’t enough, how determined do you have to be to overcome an early injury, mid–career coaching change and sanctions that will prevent you from playing in possibly 2 bowl games?

 

Tough as nails, stubborn as an ox and as skilled as CJ Gable.

 

Gable sat with me after working out with his old team. Instead of wallowing in his own distraught from the lack of media recognition, or stewing in the uncertainty with the NFL labor talks, Gable continues to go to work. He continues to practice with his former team as they prepare for their Spring game.

 

“I’m training everyday”, he explained after both a field and weight (read more…)

Scouting Report: Brooks Reed

Written by Will Spencer on April 22, 2011

Brooks Reed

 

Position: DE School: Arizona Height: 6’2 1/2" Weight: 263 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.65 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Early 2nd Round

 

Summary

Brooks Reed is a name that has generated a lot of buzz around the draft community. Seemingly coming from out of nowhere, Reed has been mentioned as a late 1st round pick and has drawn comparisons to Clay Matthews. Frankly, I disagree in both cases. From everything I can see, Reed is someone that you’d love to have on your team but I don’t see anything elite in his play that would make me give him a first round grade. He’s a high motor guy but doesn’t have a tremendous amount of production or consistency in his time at Arizona. However, his ability to play 3-4 rush linebacker in the NFL will bump his grade up (read more…)

Scouting Report: Martez Wilson

Written by Rob Engle on 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…)

Scouting Report: Andy Dalton

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on April 21, 2011

Andy Dalton

 

Position: QB School: TCU Height: 6’2" Weight: 215 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.87 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2009, 2010 Draft Projection: Early-Mid 2nd Round

 

Summary

If you want a proven winner who’s had his fair share of success at the college level, look no further than Andy Dalton. With a great head on his shoulders and an outstanding arm attached to them as well, he’s a more than capable NFL quarterback who could be one of the most NFL-ready to come out of this year’s draft. He spent his college years throwing out of the shotgun, so he will need some work with his reads, but he has the arm to make all of the NFL throws and has proven that he’s able to step into an offense right away due to his maturity and ability to learn on the fly. (read more…)

Scouting Report: Sam Acho

Written by Chad Davis on April 21, 2011

Sam Acho

 

Position: DE School: Texas Height: 6’1 5/8" Weight: 262 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.68 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

 

Summary

Sam Acho is an undersized defensive end that makes plays with effort and hustle. After dominating Senior Bowl practices against some well-respected offensive linemen in this class, Acho continued his performance during the game with a sack, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble. His performance earned him the Most Outstanding Defensive Player award for the South team and opened the eyes of scouts who question his ability to be a full-time defensive end in the NFL. A ‘tweener’ by every definition of the word, Acho will ideally need to add bulk if he is to play the 5-technique position in the NFL that he played in college. He may get some looks as a rush (read more…)

Scouting Report: Cameron Heyward

Written by Will Spencer on April 17, 2011

Cameron Heyward

 

Position: DE School: Ohio State Height: 6’4 5/8" Weight: 294 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.95 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl (invite only) Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Late 1st Round

 

Summary

Cameron Heyward is one of the rare players in this draft that I would refer to as a “safe bet.” Sure, it’s easy to look at Heyward and say he possesses a solid combination of size, speed and strength, or point out his bloodlines, character and work ethic. At the end of the day, Cameron Heyward will be drafted due to the versatility he’ll be able to provide an NFL team. Ohio State did a terrific job of moving Heyward across the defensive line. In fact, Heyward lined up at both defensive tackle and both defensive end spots in a 4-3 alignment as well as lining up at both 5-technique defensive end spots (read more…)

Scouting Report: Danny Watkins

Written by Chad Davis on April 17, 2011

Danny Watkins

 

Position: OG School: Baylor Height: 6’3 3/8" Weight: 310 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.40 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: No Draft Projection: 2nd Round

 

Summary

Danny Watkins is a tough, physical, aggressive offensive lineman and former firefighter who has only played football for 4 years. He played left tackle in college, but projects as a guard in the NFL mainly due to lack of length, height and the necessary quickness needed to play outside at the next level. Watkins displays amazing technique for a player with as little experience as he has, which points to his amazing work ethic and passion for the game. He has never missed a game, is mature, and gives great effort on the field. A big concern with Watkins will be his age, as he will be 26 years old when the NFL season starts, and he (read more…)

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