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Scouting Report: Nick Fairley

Written by Will Spencer on April 5, 2011

Nick Fairley

 

Position: DT School: Auburn Height: 6’3 7/8" Weight: 291 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: 4.87 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 10 Pick

 

Summary

You’d be hard pressed to find a more dominant interior defensive player in all of college football last year than Nick Fairley. The Auburn defensive tackle lined up against some very talented offensive lines in the SEC and was able to consistently make his presence felt. The problem is, Fairley only showed this kind of dominance in one year, which lead many to question if he is a ‘one year wonder.’ When you put on the film, Fairley pops right off the screen with his play. He consistently pressures the quarterback and set up shop in the backfield of just about every team he faced. It’s rare to find someone that is as big as Fairley that (read more…)

Scouting Report: Patrick Peterson

Written by Ryan Lownes on 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

Written by Ryan Lownes on 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…)

Scouting Report: Justin Houston

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on April 4, 2011

Justin Houston

 

Position: OLB School: Georgia Height: 6’2 7/8" Weight: 270 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: 4.62 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Mid-Late 1st Round

 

Summary

One of the defensive players with the most upside in this year’s class, Houston has turned a lot of heads since deciding to forego his senior year and enter the NFL. After spending his first two years as a defensive end for the Bulldogs, he spent the 2010 season standing up as an outside linebacker and proved he could be just as effective from there. He has a tremendous burst off of the line of scrimmage and possesses a great combination of speed and strength to work his way past offensive lineman. Although he may be raw, he has the athleticism and skill set to be effective in coverage as well, which makes him a viable option (read more…)

Da’Quan Bowers Pro Day – 2011

Written by Will Spencer on April 4, 2011

After much anticipation, Clemson DE Da’Quan Bowers worked out for NFL scouts and personnel inside of Clemson’s Memorial Stadium. Bowers tore his right medial meniscus in week 10 of the college football season and after having surgery, was unable to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine or Clemson’s regular pro day event on March 10th. After early projections had Bowers going as high as the #1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, expectations were high.

 

Bowers took the field in front of a large group of NFL scouts and personnel, including Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff, Bills General Manager Buddy Nix, Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt, Cleveland Browns defensive line coach Dwaine Board, Dolphins pass rush coach Bryan Cox and scouts from the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, St. (read more…)

North Carolina Pro Day – 2011

Written by Will Spencer on April 1, 2011

In what was possibly one of the biggest pro days in the 2011 NFL Draft, NFL personnel and tons of media gathered at The University of North Carolina today. Several players were participating today but the big names were defensive end Robert Quinn, defensive tackle Marvin Austin, wide receiver Greg Little, cornerback Kendric Burney, linebacker Quan Sturdivant and quarterback TJ Yates. Amidst the action were several high profile faces: Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt, Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith, Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Marinelli, Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano, Cincinnati Bengals defensive line coach Jay Hayes, Cleveland Browns linebackers coach Bill Davis and New York Giants linebackers coach Jim Herrmann. Teams that I saw represented (read more…)

Draft Breakdown Debate: Ryan Lownes vs. Rob Engle

Written by Will Spencer on April 1, 2011

1. Which player will be the Carolina Panthers’ First Overall Pick?

 

RYAN: I have said it since January; I expect the Panthers will wind up taking Cam Newton with that first pick. They will surely consider Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert and Alabama Defensive Tackle Marcell Dareus, but in the end I believe the Heisman Trophy winner holds the edge. After taking Jimmy Clausen with their first pick (Second Round) a year ago, many will believe the Quarterback position already has its’ young heir. Unfortunately, the Notre Dame product proved himself to be mentally weak, ineffective as a passer, and he appears unlikely to have convinced the new coaching staff. A common misconception is that Clausen was a big investment for GM Marty Hurney, but in reality, he makes far less than $1 million a year. Additionally, the team publicly declared they would replace him if Andrew Luck were to enter this years’ draft.

 

So (read more…)

Scouting Report: Allen Bailey

Written by Aaron Aloysius on April 1, 2011

Allen Bailey

 

Position: DE School: Miami Height: 6’3" Weight: 285 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.71 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: 3rd Round

 

Summary

Many hoped that 2010 would be the year Allen Bailey finally took his game to the next level. Unfortunately, the Miami defensive lineman continued to struggle with his quickness of the snap and failed to improve his mediocre hand play. Lining up at defensive end, Bailey couldn’t threaten the edge as a pass rusher and showed marginal change of direction ability, suggesting that his overall athleticism may have been oversold. Nevertheless, Bailey is very explosive for a player his size, as well as exceptionally strong. Consequently, teams may become convinced that they can smooth over the rough edges of his game. Recent Miami products Calais Campbell and Antonio Dixon have become much better players in the NFL (read more…)

Washington Pro Day – 2011

Written by Chad Davis on April 1, 2011

Today was the University of Washington pro day, where headliners Jake Locker and Mason Foster worked out along with offensive linemen Cody Habben and Ryan Tolar; defensive backs Nate Williams and Vonzell McDowell; linebacker Victor Aiyewa; wide receiver D’Andre Goodwin; and fullbacks/h-backs Austin Sylvester and Dorson Boyce.

 

Noticeable teams in attendance today were Seattle (Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider), Tennessee, Cleveland (Keith Gilbertson), Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Indianapolis (Bob Ferguson), New York Jets, Minnesota, Jacksonville and Detroit. There were possibly more teams in attendance, but with media on one side of the field, and teams on the other, it was difficult to tell. The biggest contingents were those of the Seahawks and the Tennessee Titans.

 

Before we get to Locker and Foster, here’s a quick wrap on a couple of the lesser-known guys.

 

LB-Victor Aiyewa looks every bit the part of an NFL linebacker physique-wise, but ran (read more…)

Scouting Report: Anthony Castonzo

Written by Chad Davis on March 30, 2011

Anthony Castonzo

 

Position: OT School: Boston College Height: 6’7" Weight: 311 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.23 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Mid 1st Round

 

Summary

Anthony Castonzo is an extremely solid all-around, experienced offensive tackle who will be ready to start right away in the NFL on the left side. He has played and started 54 games in his career at Boston College, including 40 starts as a left tackle. With that experience you will find that Castonzo is a technically sound player lacking any extremely major flaws. Lower body strength is an issue and will need to improve with time. A high school tight end, Castonzo is a fluid looking athlete on film and has natural knee and waist bend rare for a player of his height. Castonzo has all the talent to start at left tackle in the NFL, (read more…)

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