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Meet and Greet: Brooks Reed

Written by Ryan Lownes on February 25, 2011

One player that is gaining momentum going into the draft process is Arizona defensive end, Brooks Reed. Ryan Lownes sits down with the pass rusher before the NFL Scouting Combine.

 

Lownes: What is your accurate height/weight? Reed: 6′ 1/2 260lbs

 

You’re an NFL scout with the task of breaking down Brooks Reed, what are the pros/cons? Pros: hard working, hard playing, instinctive, pass rusher Cons: undersized as a 4-3 DE, played limited stamd up backer is college

 

Since you stepped on campus at Arizona, in what area have you experienced the greatest improvement? My instinctiveness, speed, and strength.

 

Many are projecting you to make the switch from college Defensive End to NFL Linebacker. Why is this a good fit for you? In a 4-3 front, do you think you function well as a two-down Strong-side LB and third down edge-rusher at DE? I have prototypical size (read more…)

Scouting Report: Ryan Mallett

Written by Wes Stueve on February 25, 2011

Ryan Mallett

 

Position: QB School: Arkansas Height: 6’6 3/4" Weight: 253 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: – All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Late 1st – Early 2nd Round

 

Summary

Mallett possesses one of the strongest arms in all of football, and has nearly unlimited upside. However, the former Razorback is extremely raw and needs refining in many areas of his game. Bobby Petrino’s offensive scheme allowed Mallett to make many short, simple throws with few reads and Mallett will need to adjust to an NFL offense upon being drafted. With his enormous potential, Mallett could be a late first round pick, but character concerns and erratic accuracy will likely drop him into the second round.

 

Decision Making

In 2010, Mallett’s decision making struggled despite a relatively simple offensive scheme. At times he forced the ball into coverage too much and threw a (read more…)

Scouting Report: Mark Ingram

Written by Chris Lomas on February 24, 2011

Mark Ingram

 

Position: RB School: Alabama Height: 5’9 1/8" Weight: 215 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.62 All-Star Game: None Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 20 Pick

 

Summary

In 2009 Ingram was far and away the best back in the country in leading Alabama to the National Championship and garnering the Heisman Trophy for himself. 2010 however proved to be a different story for Ingram as he struggled missing the first 2 games of the season due to a knee injury and then battled a multitude of minor injuries and setbacks the rest of the campaign. While still thought by most to be the number #1 back coming into the draft his injury history and the fact that he appears often times beat up are causes for concern. Overall though, Ingram possesses elite vision, instincts, awareness and balance which will enable him to start at (read more…)

Scouting Report: Rahim Moore

Written by Chad Davis on February 24, 2011

Rahim Moore

 

Position: FS School: UCLA Height: 5’11 3/4" Weight: 202 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.62 All-Star Game: None Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

 

Summary

Rahim Moore used a breakout 2009 season to vault his way onto NFL Draft boards. A free safety with good size, Moore has ball skills that are unmatched in this class of safeties. His ball skills combined with great hands and great speed easily put Moore at the top of this class. A junior season which saw his interception total drop from 10 to just 1 has many scouts questioning whether Moore is a one-year wonder. While that remains to be seen, the skill set he possesses should quite easily land Moore in the 2nd round as the first safety taken.

 

Ball Skills

Moore’s ball skills are truly top notch. He has great hands (he played wide (read more…)

Scouting Report: AJ Green

Written by Ryan Lownes on February 18, 2011

AJ Green

 

Position: WR School: Georgia Height: 6’3 5/8" Weight: 211 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.50 All-Star Game: None Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 5 pick

 

Summary

It isn’t very often that a receiver comes along that is as smooth, dynamic, and as long as A.J. Green. After coming to Georgia as a highly touted recruit, Green paired with 2009 1st Overall pick Matthew Stafford to form an electric 1-2 combination. The Bulldogs weren’t shy using him as a freshman as he was featured in the deep, vertical passing game, across the middle of the field, and working the sidelines beyond the sticks. Though he came to school a bit raw, Green has obviously worked hard to become a crisp route-runner. He’s developed moves to beat the jam and he shows the elusiveness after the catch needed to create big plays from next to (read more…)

Why Has Everyone Forgotten Greg Little?

Written by Eric Samulski on February 17, 2011

He stands 6’3″ and weighs in at 220 pounds, but he has become largely invisible.

 

With all the chatter prior to this year’s NFL draft centering around the renewed dedication of Marvin Austin and the tremendous pass-rushing potential of Robert Quinn, there has been nothing more than a whisper in regards to their former teammate, Greg Little.

 

Before the black cloud of NCAA sanctions, suspensions and dismissals fell over the North Carolina football team, Greg Little was regarded as an influential piece of their championship hopeful team.

 

Although they had made their name on the defensive end, Little had been a force at wide receiver. He displayed soft hands, punishing blocking ability and unparalleled run after the catch skills on his way to 727 yards and five TDs in his junior campaign.

 

When the ruling came down in October that Little, along with teammates (read more…)

Two Brothers Bound For Greatness

Written by Matt Deem on February 17, 2011

Brothers in pro sports are not incredibly rare, but twin brothers in pro sports are. Mike and Maurkice Pouncey fit into that rare category. Born on July 24th, 1989 in Ardmore, Oklahoma these two brothers have made a name for themselves in just 22 short years.

 

Mike and Maurkice played high school football in the state of Florida for Lakeland High, anchoring the line that led to three straight Florida Class 5A titles and two straight USA Today National Championships. After graduation, they took their talents to the University of Florida.

 

Both earned playing time as true freshman. Maurkice started 11 games at right guard earning freshman first team All-American and was on the All-SEC freshman team. Mike started out playing on the offensive line but was moved to the defensive line where he started 4 games, finishing with 8 tackles and 1 interception, the interception (read more…)

Scouting Report: Stephen Paea

Written by Chad Davis on February 17, 2011

Stephen Paea

 

Position: DT School: Oregon State Height: 6’1 1/8" Weight: 303 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: – All-Star Game: Senior Bowl (DNP – injury) Team Captain: 2009 & 2010 Draft Projection: Late 1st – Early 2nd Round

 

Summary

Many people have started to slide Stephen Paea down draft boards due to an injury during Senior Bowl practice on the back of what people believe was a so-so senior season at Oregon State. I think this is a mistake. Paea faced constant double-teams in his senior season and still managed to win the Pac-10 defensive player of the year award and, perhaps even more impressively, the Morris trophy, an award given to the best defensive lineman in the Pac-10 as voted on by the conferences offensive lineman. Furthermore, Paea is relatively new to football having not played until his senior year in high school. His game (read more…)

Scouting Report: Adrian Clayborn

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on February 7, 2011

Adrian Clayborn

 

Position: DE School: Iowa Height: 6’2 5/8" Weight: 281 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.83 All-Star Game: none (SB invite) Team Captain: 2009 & 2010 Draft Projection: Late 1st – Early 2nd Round

 

Summary

Clayborn is a versatile player who could play defensive end in either a 3-4 or 4-3 defense, or defensive tackle in the 4-3, but is most suited for the 3-4. He dropped off during his senior year after a phenomenal junior year, so there is some concern as to what he can do once he gets into the NFL. He will be primarily a pass-rush threat in the NFL, but has the frame and strength to become a quality run stopper on the defensive front. If he can continue to improve on his strength and play with more technique and better fundamentals, he could become one of the better defensive (read more…)

Texas Vs. The Nation Roster 2011 – The Nation

Written by Will Spencer on February 6, 2011

Quarterbacks Nathan Enderle – Idaho Jeff Van Camp – Florida Atlantic TJ Yates – North Carolina

 

Running Backs Damien Berry – Miami Shaun Draughn – North Carolina Keith Payne – Virginia Ryan Taylor – North Carolina Richard Murphy – LSU

 

Wide Receivers Kris Durham – Georgia Andre Holmes – Hillsdale Joe Morgan – Walsh Owen Spencer – North Carolina State Jamar Newsome – Central Florida Jerrell Johnson-Koulianos – Iowa Jock Sanders – West Virginia

 

Tight Ends Andre Smith – Virginia Tech Daniel Hardy – Idaho Schuylar Oordt – Northern Iowa

 

Offensive Line Willie Smith – East Carolina DJ Young – Michigan State Josh Davis – Georgia Jarriel King – South Carolina Daniel Kilgore – Appalachian State Curt Porter – Jacksonville State Brad Thorson – Kansas Carl Johnson – Florida Peter Hendrickson – Tulane Zane Taylor – Utah

 

Defensive Ends Clay Nurse – Illinois Craig Marshall (read more…)

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