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Scouting Report: Jabaal Sheard

Written by Ryan Lownes on April 10, 2011

Jabaal Sheard

 

Position: DE School: Pittsburgh Height: 6’2 7/8" Weight: 263 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.69 All-Star Game: No Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Late 1st – Early 3rd Round

 

Summary

Jabaal Sheard is an explosive college end that will appeal to both 4-3 and 3-4 teams as a right end or rush linebacker. At Pittsburgh, he proved himself to be a productive pass rusher with variety and a strong motor. As purely a pass rusher, he ranks among this class’ best prospects. He may lack base strength to be an effective run stopper as a down lineman. Though many project him later, he may be drafted as high as the late first and should not get out of the second round.

 

Run Stopping

Playing the run is not a strong point in Jabaal Sheard’s game. He lacks anchor strength in the lower body (read more…)

Scouting Report: Ryan Williams

Written by Ryan Lownes on April 10, 2011

Ryan Williams

 

Position: RB School: Virginia Tech Height: 5’9 3/8" Weight: 212 lbs Class: RS-Sophomore 40 time: 4.61 All-Star Game: N/A Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Mid 2nd – Early 3rd Round

 

Summary

Ryan Williams is among this class’ most gifted ball carriers, but the difference between his 2009 and 2010 campaigns is night & day. As a redshirt freshman, he was one of the nation’s premier backs, showing a rare combination of instincts, burst, agility, and power. His sophomore campaign was derailed by a nagging hamstring injury and the last tape we’ve seen from him looks very different from the player that many grew to love. The talent and innate feel for the game that he possesses still ranks him among the best backs in the class. Expect Williams to come off the board as early as the middle of the second and I don’t (read more…)

Scouting Report: Luke Stocker

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on April 10, 2011

Luke Stocker

 

Position: TE School: Tennessee Height: 6’4 3/4" Weight: 258 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.79 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Late 2nd – Early 3rd Round

 

Summary

With a prototypical tight end frame, great intelligence and work ethic, and an outstanding mix of skills, there’s no reason that Stocker can’t become a difference maker in the NFL. Although he never produced eye-popping numbers at Tennessee, an offense that relies heavily on the tight end in the passing game would be finding a real gem by drafting this guy. He has tremendous hands but hinders himself with poor route running. If he can work on his route running and blocking, he has what it takes to be a productive starter in the NFL. I project him to be a late second/early third round pick.

 

Blocking

Stocker’s blocking still needs lots (read more…)

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

Positional Value

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…)

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