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Scouting Report: Jonathan Baldwin

Written by Ryan Lownes on April 10, 2011

Jonathan Baldwin

 

Position: WR School: Pittsburgh Height: 6’4 3/8" Weight: 228 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.50 All-Star Game: N/A Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Mid-2nd to 3rd Round

 

Summary

Jonathan Baldwin is a physically gifted receiver with a rare combination of height, weight, and speed. Despite elite physical tools, he is very raw and unpolished. He figures to be a project at split-end that could take two to three years to really grasp the finer points of the game. His college career was plagued by inconsistency at the Quarterback position and immaturity on Baldwin’s part. There is reason to believe that he may never figure it out. He may possess this class’ best triangle numbers at the position, but it is likely he falls somewhere between the middle of the second round and the late third.

 

Route Running/Separation

The number one area in which (read more…)

Positional Value

Written by Rob Engle on 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…)

Scouting Report: Marcus Cannon

Written by Chad Davis on April 7, 2011

Marcus Cannon

 

Position: OT/G School: TCU Height: 6’5" Weight: 358 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 5.26 All-Star Game: None Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Mid 2nd Round

 

Summary

Marcus Cannon is a supremely athletic and strong offensive lineman, especially for a player of his size. A redshirt senior, Cannon has started 37 games in his career at TCU, 13 at left tackle and 24 at right. He has the versatility to play multiple positions on the offensive line, which will attract NFL teams. The key for Cannon will be finding his best fit at the next level. I believe he will get a shot to play right tackle, and best case scenario he becomes a solid prospect at that position. What’s great about Cannon, however, is I believe that if it doesn’t work out at right tackle he can become an elite guard in the NFL. (read more…)

Scouting Report: Phil Taylor

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on 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

 

Summary

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: Greg Little

Written by Ryan Lownes on 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

Written by Ryan Lownes on 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…)

Meet and Greet: Pittsburgh RB Dion Lewis

Written by Matt Deem on April 5, 2011

At first glance Lewis might not look like the prototypical NFL running back, but that is nothing new to his ears. Coming out of high school, he was the 20th ranked running back in the country, with only three offers; Tulane, Miami (OH), and Pitt. Entering his freshman year at Pitt, he had big shoes to fill with LeSean McCoy leaving for the NFL draft. That hole was filled quickly when Dion started the opening game of the 2009 season with 129 yards, two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown against Youngstown State. He followed that up with 9 more games of at least 100 yards rushing including 159 yards in the Meineke Car Care Bowl against North Carolina. I had an eye witness account to his best game that year in the final game of the regular season against Cincinnati where he had 47 rushes for 194 yards and (read more…)

Scouting Report: Mike Pouncey

Written by Chad Davis on April 5, 2011

Mike Pouncey

 

Position: OG/C School: Florida Height: 6’5" Weight: 303 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.12 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl(invite only) Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Late 1st Round

 

Summary

Mike Pouncey may get a lot of notoriety for being the twin brother of Maurkice (Pro Bowl center and 2010 1st round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers) but he is much more than just that. An extremely versatile, athletic interior offensive lineman, Mike has a more than good chance of being the second Pouncey in as many years to be a first round pick. Having played defensive line, offensive guard and center, Pouncey will likely settle in as a guard in the NFL. I’d be careful to compare Mike to his brother Maurkice, as Maurkice was unusually talented and highly effective as a rookie. Mike will struggle to live up to such expectations. But with quick (read more…)

Scouting Report: Ryan Kerrigan

Written by Will Spencer on April 5, 2011

Ryan Kerrigan

 

Position: DE School: Purdue Height: 6’3 7/8" Weight: 267 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.71 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Late 1st Round

 

Summary

Kerrigan is exactly the type of football player that every defensive coach wants on their team. Consistent in all aspects of his game, Kerrigan has shown to be a hard worker on and off the field. For two years, Kerrigan ranked near the top of the nation in sacks, forced fumbles and tackles for a loss. The production is hard to ignore but Kerrigan hasn’t been exactly a ‘game-changing’ player. He may be the type of player that is very good at everything, but great at nothing, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Kerrigan is a high motor, high effort guy that is willing to do whatever his team needs him to do. I believe he (read more…)

Scouting Report: Julio Jones

Written by Will Spencer on April 5, 2011

Julio Jones

 

Position: WR School: Alabama Height: 6’2 3/4" Weight: 220 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.39 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 10 Pick

 

Summary

The argument of Julio Jones vs. AJ Green has been going on since the end of the college football season and quite frankly, it comes down to a matter of preference and team need. Jones is the complete package and has all the tools to become a Pro Bowl receiver in the NFL. Big, physical, excellent leaping ability and has a knack for making plays. Jones also surprised everyone with the a 4.39 40 yard dash at the Scouting Combine, which really boosted his draft stock. Jones has been compared to Anquan Boldin and his physical style of play warrants it. While he may not be as elusive as AJ Green, Julio Jones will still make whichever (read more…)

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