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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…)

Scouting Report: Da’Quan Bowers

Written by Ryan Lownes on March 7, 2011

Da’Quan Bowers

 

Position: DE School: Clemson Height: 6’3 3/8" Weight: 280 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.75 (est) All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 15 Pick

 

Summary

Few college players have to deal with the kind of expectations that awaited Da’Quan Bowers upon arriving at Clemson. It took him a couple years to figure it out and really come into his own as a college player, but he burst onto the national scene in explosive fashion this past year. Rarely will you find such a physically gifted player produce the way Bowers did this past year. An incredible Junior season has the former five-star recruit thinking Top 5 in the upcoming NFL Draft. What sets him apart is his ability to rush the passer and stop the run equally well; he projects as a three-down end with excellent versatility in 4-3 schemes.

 

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Scouting Report: Robert Quinn

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on March 7, 2011

Robert Quinn

 

Position: DE School: North Carolina Height: 6’4" Weight: 265 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.70 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 15 Pick

 

Summary

Quinn is a big “boom-bust” prospect in my opinion. Missing the 2010 season could be a huge bump in the road for him, but he has the natural athleticism and raw talent to make it as a NFL defensive end. His biggest asset is his explosiveness, which ranks among the top five in the entire 2011 NFL Draft. It allows him to make up for some of his deficiencies in the run game and allow him to compensate for his sluggishness off of the line. Although he appears to be a strong defensive end, he has the athleticism and good combination of size/speed to be an outside linebacker. There were several occasions where he dropped into coverage for (read more…)

Scouting Report: Von Miller

Written by Will Spencer on March 6, 2011

Von Miller

 

Position: OLB School: Texas A&M Height: 6’2 5/8" Weight: 246 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.53 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 10 Pick

 

Summary

Von Miller is arguably the best pass rusher in the 2011 Draft. Miller led the nation in sacks with 17 during his junior season, yet elected to return to the Aggies for his senior year. With an explosive first step and elite athleticism, Miller will start making his living in the NFL as a pass rush specialist. However, that doesn’t mean he won’t be used on all three downs. His senior season allowed him to officially make a switch to outside linebacker, giving him the opportunity to drop into coverage more often. Smart and dedicated, he’ll make any NFL team happy as a terror off the edge, and will more than likely blossom into a (read more…)

Scouting Report: Tyron Smith

Written by Chad Davis on March 5, 2011

Tyron Smith

 

Position: OT School: USC Height: 6’5" Weight: 307 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: – All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Early-Mid 1st Round

 

Summary

Tyron Smith is a long, athletic offensive tackle with a body in the Bruce Campbell mold. He has played almost his entire career at USC on the right said, but is a natural fit to slide to the left side in the NFL. Smith’s athleticism makes him a perfect fit in a zone blocking scheme, but he has the upside to play left tackle in most any offense. He is relatively inexperienced, extremely young (20) and recently pulled out of the NFL combine while still recovering from a knee injury, which was slightly disappointing. So there are a lot of issues that need to be ironed out with Smith. But he has the highest upside of any offensive (read more…)

Martez Wilson – Standing Tall and Strong

Written by Evan Davis Jr on March 3, 2011

One of the many overused sports-related catch phrases that are haphazardly thrown around is “mental toughness”. It’s used when an athlete needs a little something more to overcome adversities; when his/her body breaks down, the weather is unbearable or circumstances may point to defeat, “mental toughness” is employed to rise above these hardships. Most times, coddled and protected collegiate football players never get to experience hard times, so their mental toughness is never developed. When they are then thrown into a playoff game in a snowstorm, with a sore knee and asked to lead a 4th quarter comeback and fail, there are then called “mentally weak”.

 

Are they really? How can we grade someone on a test that we didn’t prepare them for?

 

Enter Martez Wilson. He stands tall not because he’s a lean 6’4″ 250lbs., but because he overcame a crippling injury, 2 surgeries, media assassination (read more…)

Scouting Report: Akeem Ayers

Written by Chad Davis on March 3, 2011

Akeem Ayers

 

Position: OLB School: UCLA Height: 6’2 1/2" Weight: 254 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: 4.80 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Mid-Late 1st Round

 

Summary

Akeem Ayers is a talented redshirt junior linebacker who has the versatility to play multiple positions. While he doesn’t excel in one single area, he is a solid all-around player. He has limited upside but with the potential to be a nice contributor right away in the league. His NFL combine numbers were a little weak (4.80 40-yard dash, 18 bench press reps, 7.49 three-cone drill) which confirms what is shown on field. He lacks true explosion as a pass rusher, lacks instincts in the running game, and needs to physically get stronger at his size. But after all that, what Ayers does well is make plays. He can get to the quarterback, cover well, and his (read more…)

Scouting Report: Cameron Jordan

Written by Chad Davis on February 28, 2011

Cameron Jordan

 

Position: DE School: California Height: 6’4 1/8" Weight: 287 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.78 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: None Draft Projection: Top 20

 

Summary

Cameron Jordan’s stock has been on the rise ever since the end of the college football season. He was dominant at the Senior Bowl when facing some of the top offensive tackles in this class, and has worked his way into potential top-10 consideration in the draft. His versatility is truly key as he should be able to play equally well in a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme, and on top of that he has the ability to play multiple positions on the line. Jordan’s game is well rounded yet he will not wow anyone with amazing stats. He is a do-it-all type player that understand the game of football and has the potential to be a Pro (read more…)

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…)

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