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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…)

Scouting Report: Muhammad Wilkerson

Written by Chad Davis on April 17, 2011

Muhammad Wilkerson

 

Position: DT School: Temple Height: 6’4 1/8" Weight: 315 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.96 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Mid – Late 1st Round

 

Summary

Muhammad Wilkerson is a long, athletic defensive lineman who has the versatility to play multiple positions on the defensive front. He has produced equally well as a 3-technique in a standard 4-3, and as a 5-technique when Temple switched to a 3-4 in 2010. Wilkerson’s ability to rush the passer (16.5 sacks the past two seasons) as well as make plays against the run (131 tackles in two years) has him rising up draft boards in recent months. His versatility will be key in the NFL, but his best fit seems to be at the 5-technique position due to his length, ability to penetrate and cause disruption, as well as consistently put pressure on the (read more…)

Scouting Report: Kendall Hunter

Written by Ryan Lownes on April 17, 2011

Kendall Hunter

 

Position: RB School: Oklahoma State Height: 5’7 1/4" Weight: 200 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.53 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Mid 2nd – Mid 3rd Round

 

Summary

Few backs in this highly touted draft class were as productive as Kendall Hunter was through his career at Oklahoma State. During his two years as a full-time starter, he ran for well over 3,000 yards and racked up 32 touchdowns on the ground. What he lacks in size, he makes up for with excellent balance, quickness, and running instincts. Durability was a problem in college, so the common feeling is that he would operate most effectively paired with a bigger running back in a two back system. His feel for the game, agility, and work ethic should make him a very solid pro. On draft day, expect Hunter to fit in (read more…)

Scouting Report: Mikel Leshoure

Written by Chris Lomas on April 17, 2011

Mikel Leshoure

 

Position: RB School: Illinois Height: 5’11 5/8" Weight: 227 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.59 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: 2nd Round

 

Summary

Many consider Mikel Leshoure to be the back with the least amount of question marks coming into the draft and maybe the only back capable of carrying the entire rushing load for a team. Mikel had a breakout season in 2010 rushing for 1697 yards and 20 touchdowns seeming to only get stronger as the year went on. He had his best rushing performances in November when he went for 330 yards and 2 touchdowns against Northwestern and in the Texas Bowl taking home MVP honors and rushing for 184 yards and 3 touchdowns. At 5’115/8, 227 pounds Leshoure possesses terrific size, is wide hipped and thick throughout his frame. He shows superior strength in his lower half (read more…)

Player Spotlight: Syracuse RB Delone Carter

Written by Mario Clavel on April 12, 2011

Delone Carter

Why spend a first round pick on a running-back? Every year this question pops up and generates some interesting discussions in the draft community. The mainstream view is that you can find a very capable back in the mid to late round range who can be as productive as a first round prospect. Hard to argue with that since the top two rookies in rushing yards during last season (TB LeGarrette Blount and NO Chris Ivory) weren’t even drafted.

 

So here we are with a weak RB class where even the consensus top prospect at the position, Mark Ingram, has doubters who question whether he deserves to hear his name called on the first day of the draft. So why not talk about a mid round prospect who has a lot to offer to the running game of whatever team he falls to?Let’s talk about Syracuse RB Delone Carter.

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Community Spotlight Mock: fenikz

Written by fenikz on April 12, 2011

Carolina Panthers

1. Carolina Panthers Marcell Dareus – DT – Alabama 2. Denver Broncos Patrick Peterson – CB – LSU 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 Robert Quinn – DE – North Carolina 8. Tennessee Titans Nick Fairley – DT – Auburn 9. Dallas Cowboys JJ Watt – DE – Wisconsin 10. Washington Redskins Julio Jones – WR – Alabama 11. Houston Texans Prince Amukamara – CB – Nebraska 12. Minnesota Vikings Da’Quan Bowers – DE – Clemson 13. Detroit Lions Tyron Smith – OT – USC 14. St. Louis Rams Aldon Smith – DE – Missouri 15. Miami Dolphins Mark Ingram – RB – Alabama 16. Jacksonville Jaguars Cameron Jordan – DE – California

 

Prospect Comparisons

Written by Eric Stoner on April 12, 2011

DB Message Board Name: yourfavestoner

 

Patrick Peterson – Charles Woodson

It’s tough to find a comparison for Peterson, as he’s one of the most physically imposing prospects at his position in the history of the draft. Former Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson was the last corner prospect to come close to Peterson’s ridiculous blend of size and athleticism at the position. The comparison comes from the roles in which they’re suited for in the NFL – especially in Woodson’s last two seasons in Green Bay. Peterson has some fluidity and technique issues, and is overly-reliant on his size and speed. A player with his rare blend of unique skills would probably be best utilized by moving him all around – matching him up with bigger split-ends in two receiver sets and using him as a rover-type nickleback in obvious passing situations.

 

Marcell Dareus – Sam Adams (read more…)

Scouting Report: Christian Ponder

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on April 10, 2011

Christian Ponder

 

Position: QB School: Florida State Height: 6’2" Weight: 229 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.65 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2009, 2010 Draft Projection: Early 2nd Round

 

Summary

Ponder may be one of the hardest quarterbacks in the 2011 draft class to figure out. He has tons of potential, a great blend of physical tools, and strong production throughout his career. However, there are a handful of question marks that soil his candidacy as one of the elite quarterbacks of the class. His decision making is questionable at times, his lack of arm strength gets him in trouble from time to time, he’s thrown more interceptions than some GMs would like to see, and he’s got durability concerns to top it all off. Overall, he’s a terrific prospect with a lot of upside. Unfortunately, there’s plenty of room for him to develop into (read more…)

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