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Scouting Report: Jimmy Smith

Written by Rob Engle on March 23, 2011

Jimmy Smith

 

Position: CB School: Colorado Height: 6’21/4" Weight: 211 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.46 All-Star Game: None Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 20 Pick

 

Summary

Jimmy Smith probably has the best natural cover skills of any of the cornerbacks in this draft, yet for some reason some think he would make a better fit at safety. Smith is abnormally tall for a corner, but in today’s NFL that’s something a lot of teams look for, especially when they have fluid hips to match. Smith’s character has been questioned this offseason, which could ultimately push him down further than his talent would suggest.

 

Ball Skills

Smith didn’t get much of a chance to showcase his ball skills, especially his senior season when he was barely tested by opposing offenses. He did play WR in high school and showcased good hands at the combine. (read more…)

Illinois Pro Day 2011

Written by Rob Engle on March 22, 2011

At the Illinois Pro Day, there were approximately 40 scouts and coaches in attendance (30 teams, Tampa Bay and Arizona were missing), including New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan. There were three top Junior prospects that people had their eyes on; RB Mikel Leshoure, LB Martez Wilson, and DT Corey Liuget. Unfortunately, all three of those guys decided to sit on their numbers from the combine. However, all of them went through positional drills run by the scouts.

 

Martez Wilson was the first to perform the drills. He was asked to show his coverage ability quite a bit, and ran a mock wheel route down the sideline – catching the ball over his shoulder several times (and dropping a few). He looked decent changing directions, but he did look be running very upright. His 4.28 and 7.04 in the 20-yard-shuttle and 3-cone drill at the combine are only (read more…)

Scouting Report: Blaine Gabbert

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on March 20, 2011

Blaine Gabbert

 

Position: QB School: Missouri Height: 6’4 3/8" Weight: 234 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.62 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Top 10 Pick

 

Summary

Although there are questions about his college offense and development as a quarterback in that offense, he has prototypical size and strength to go along with outstanding athleticism. He is one of the best pocket passers of the class and has all of the physical tools to get the job done at the NFL level. He possesses the athleticism to keep the defense honest and the arm to tear apart a secondary when he is on his game. A strong defense that can keep constant pressure will be his biggest enemy in the NFL, but with proper coaching and a talented offensive line, Gabbert shouldn’t have too much trouble overcoming this downfall in his game. With a (read more…)

Scouting Report: Corey Liuget

Written by Chad Davis on March 18, 2011

Corey Liuget

 

Position: DT School: Illinois Height: 6’2 1/8" Weight: 298 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.99 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Mid-Late 1st Round

 

Summary

Corey Liuget is an athletic, versatile, penetrating, physical defensive tackle who is climbing up draft boards as the day approaches. He played many different positions along the defensive line in his career at Illinois, which will make him a coveted prospect come draft day. His ability to be quick off the snap and violent at the point of attack makes him best fit as a 3-technique in a standard 4-3 defense, but there are some who think he can slide out to defensive end in a 3-4, and even play some two-gap nose tackle in that type of defensive front. While not a pass rush specialist, Liuget brings with him a balanced game and should be a (read more…)

West Virginia Pro Day 2011

Written by Will Spencer on March 18, 2011

After a long, early morning drive to Morgantown, I finally arrived at the Mountaineers indoor practice facility to cover their pro day event. The WVU pro day was interesting as it featured two of the shortest at their positions (Noel Devine and Jock Sanders) as well as one of the tallest at their position (Robert Sands). A talented member of the Mountaineers team that wasn’t able to participate was CB Brandon Hogan, who is still recovering from a torn ACL. A decent turn out of scouts were on hand for the event but I didn’t observe any notable NFL personnel watching the workouts.

 

NFL team scouts I observed at the event were: New York Giants, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, St. Louis Rams, Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers, New York Jets, New Orleans Saints (read more…)

Maryland Pro Day 2011

Written by Will Spencer on March 17, 2011

A smaller than usual crowd was on hand for the University of Maryland Pro Day event today and when I walked in, I caught a glimpse of a familiar face surrounded by an entourage. Was it the speedy WR Torrey Smith within the circle of onlookers? Nope. It was another speedy WR from Maryland; Darrius Heyward-Bey. DHB came back to cheer on some of his former team mates and maybe, just maybe, remember a time when his name was being mentioned as a top rated WR. Either way, NFL scouts paid no attention to the former Terp and current Raider and instead focused on the task at hand.

 

I observed representatives from the following teams today: Chicago Bears, New York Giants, Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Dallas (read more…)

Scouting Report: Ronald Johnson

Written by Evan Davis Jr on March 11, 2011

Ronald Johnson

 

Position: WR School: USC Height: 5’11 1/4" Weight: 199 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.46 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: No Draft Projection: 4th Round

 

Summary

Ronald Johnson makes plays. He is a tremendous athlete, yet raw enough in some areas to develop. His quickness and elusiveness are 2 of his many qualities, as he always found himself behind defenders and found open field. His offense relied on him for big plays and he always came through. As tough as he is speedy, he has no problem going over the middle and absorbing hits. The return game is where his value rises. As a punt returner he is dangerous; oftentimes being one block away from 6 points. He explodes through holes and easily finds open space. Upper body strength and route running are both areas of where he must improve, as he has (read more…)

Scouting Report: JJ Watt

Written by Rob Engle on March 11, 2011

JJ Watt

 

Position: DE School: Wisconsin Height: 6’5 3/8" Weight: 290 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.84 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 20 Pick

 

Summary

JJ Watt has seen his stock soar after he quietly dominated the combine. Most people assumed he was only an average athlete coming into the combine, and after the combine shot up most draftniks boards. He put together a fairly dominating season at DE for the Badgers, and had his best performances in big games. He is scheme versatile and has the length, strength, athleticism, and hand quickness and ability to disengage from blockers you look for in a 3-4 end, and also the pass rushing abilities of a 4-3 end. Watt ultimately looks to be one of the safer defensive picks in the draft.

 

Run Stopping

Watt is an above average run defender who uses (read more…)

Scouting Report: Shane Vereen

Written by Chad Davis on March 11, 2011

Shane Vereen

 

Position: RB School: California Height: 5’10" Weight: 210 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: 4.50 All-Star Game: None Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Third Round

 

Summary

Shane Vereen is a running back that is climbing higher up draft boards as draft day approaches. A well-rounded player, Vereen is quick, powerful, and uses his compact frame to his advantage. While not a burner, Vereen is fast enough to hit the edge when needed, and shows good elusiveness in the open field. Buried behind a long line of great running backs at Cal, he used the 2010 season as his major coming out party. He is a one cut and go runner, who’s best fit may be behind a zone blocking line. Vereen should easily be off the board by the end of round 3, and a jump into the 2nd round could be possible.

 

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Meet and Greet: Cameron Jordan

Written by Ryan Lownes on March 9, 2011

Lownes: Accurate height/weight, bench reps, and your 40 time from the recent Combine.

 

Jordan: 6’4 287, 25 reps at 225, 4.71 unofficial and 4.78 official.

 

You’re an NFL scout with the task of breaking down Cameron Jordan, what are the pros/cons?

 

Other than I’m quick out of my stance, I have long (35”) arms that I create leverage with by locking out on an Offensive Lineman creating a hard point at the end of the line.

 

Cons- If any, it would be that I need to further refine my technique of after extension while playing the run to not be too quick to shed blocks.

 

Since you stepped on campus at California, in what area(s) have you experienced the greatest improvement?

 

At Cal I’ve learned to multi task. Before I could focus on one thing at a time; I can text, walk, (read more…)

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