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Scouting Report: Kyle Rudolph

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on February 4, 2011

Kyle Rudolph

 

Position: TE School: Notre Dame Height: 6’6 1/8" Weight: 259 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: – All-Star Game: None Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Late 1st – Early 2nd Round

 

Summary

Rudolph could turn into one of the most productive tight ends the NFL has seen in recent years if he can stay healthy and continue to improve on some of his fundamentals. During the 2010 season, he was on pace to have career-highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns before getting injured and missing the last six games of the season. He has shown glimpses of brilliance, but will need to be more consistent in all facets of his game in order to live up to his potential. With a very well-rounded style of play, Rudolph shouldn’t have too much trouble adapting to and conquering the NFL. His consistency is coachable, so hopes are (read more…)

Make Me Bad? Allen Bailey and the Hurricanes’ Coaching Staff

Written by Aaron Aloysius on February 3, 2011

Make Me Bad? Allen Bailey and the Hurricanes’ Coaching Staff

Last August, I wrote an article on Allen Bailey, detailing my concerns about certain weaknesses in his game. For one, the big physical freak was very slow off the snap, routinely being the last guy on the line to get out of his stance.

 

Also, Bailey struggled to threaten the edge as a pass rusher, so he was forced to rely heavily on his bull rush. With his physical strength, Bailey managed to walk back offensive linemen, but he lacked the quick hands to disengage in time to get to the quarterback. As a result, he was nothing more than an average pass rusher.

 

You can see some of Bailey’s issues in this ’09 clip of him against Wake Forest. While impressive when he had an open lane to crush the QB, Bailey’s poor hand play also led to many lost opportunities.

 

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Those struggles (read more…)

Tale of the Tape: Phil Taylor vs Oklahoma

Written by Aaron Aloysius on February 3, 2011

Like previous Tale of the Tape subject Titus Young, Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor boosted his stock with an impressive Senior Bowl week. The mammoth 6’3″, 337-pound prospect exhibited plenty of strength and a surprising amount of athleticism. Some even have speculated that those impressive physical tools could push Taylor all the way up to the first round.

 

Taylor’s recent stock surge is quite an accomplishment for a player who once appeared to be on the way to wrecking his football career. He started his college career at Penn State, but off the field issues led to his dismissal from the team. Taylor transferred to Baylor but had an underwhelming ’09 season, appearing out of shape and displaying inconsistent technique.

 

However, Taylor recommitted himself to developing his game last summer, dropping close to twenty pounds of excess weight. Also, he became a better overall football (read more…)

Scouting Report: Colin Kaepernick

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on February 2, 2011

Colin Kaepernick

 

Position: QB School: Nevada Height: 6’4 5/8" Weight: 233 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.53 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: 2rd Round

 

Summary

Kaepernick could easily be one of the most unheralded, NFL-caliber quarterbacks to come out of college football in a long time. He was one of the most statistically successful quarterbacks in NCAA history and helped bring the Nevada football program to prominence. With an outstanding mixture of athleticism and passing abilities, he has proven himself to be a rare, dynamic specimen whose stock has sky-rocketed after his impressive performance at the Senior Bowl. He has plenty to offer to NFL teams and is extremely coachable, so turning him into a pro-style quarterback shouldn’t be too tedious of a task. If he can stay healthy and build on all of the tools that he developed at Nevada, he could (read more…)

Carolina’s Dilemma: Picking First In A Weak Draft

Written by Ryan Lownes on February 2, 2011

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This year the first pick in the NFL Draft belongs to the Carolina Panthers. The team formally announced that they wanted Stanford Quarterback Andrew Luck with this top selection, but when he went back to school someone made a lot of money. The John Fox era is over in Carolina, enter former Chargers Defensive Coordinator Ron Rivera. With a laundry list of needs, the Panthers could use an upgrade at almost every position. It’s up to Rivera to decide what he’s got in young Jimmy Clausen and where the first overall pick would be used. Like the Miami Dolphins in the 2008 NFL Draft, there’s no obvious #1 and no prospect in this class screams “can’t miss.”

 

There are many comparisons to be drawn between Carolina’s situation this season and the decision that Miami faced just three years ago. That 2008 Draft lacked a sure-fire top (read more…)

Scouting Report: Jake Locker

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on January 31, 2011

Jake Locker

 

Position: QB School: Washington Height: 6’2 1/2" Weight: 231 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.59 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2009 & 2010 Draft Projection: Mid-Late 1st Round

 

Summary

Locker is an über-talented player who has all of the physical tools to be an elite NFL quarterback. There are a few areas of his game that need some major adjustment, but you can’t overlook all of the potential that he possesses and his prototypical NFL arm. With some work on his accuracy, decision making, and disregard for his body, Locker could make some NFL team much better next year. He’s got a bright future ahead of him. I project that he will be a mid-to-late first round draft pick.

 

Decision Making

This is scouts’ second-biggest concern when it comes to Locker. He has plenty of tools to work with in his arsenal, (read more…)

Senior Bowl Game Notes

Written by Evan Davis Jr on January 30, 2011

After a long week of practicing, interviewing and tailgating, the actual game came upon us. I predicted a North win, as they had a much better defense throughout the week of practices, with the South’s QBs proving ineffective. So with a whole lotta southern sunshine and down south cooking, two planes flew over Ladd-Peebles Stadium and we finally had kickoff.

 

GAMEDAY SCRATCHES

 

Stephean Paea, DL, Oregon State – Knee injury Edmund Gates, WR, Abilene Christian – Hamstring injury Gabe Carimi, OL, Wisconsin – Ankle injury Ahmad Black, DB, Florida – Illness Quinton Carter, DB, Oklahoma – Undisclosed injury

 

BIGGEST WINNERS

*Leonard Hankerson showed his versatility everywhere; offensive MVP with 5 catches for 100 yards and 1 TD and also covered punts and kickoffs. *Von Miller may be the best pure athlete here and should not stay long on the board. *Danny Watkins was very effective and looked (read more…)

Senior Bowl Week Day 5

Written by Evan Davis Jr on January 28, 2011

College football’s Friday practices are entirely “walked-through”, in shorts and tees. As there was nothing to do but sit in this ‘Bama sun, here’s my list of Surprises and Disappointments from both teams.

 

 

Surprises

 

Honorable Mention

Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami Seemingly coming out of nowhere, Hankerson made a believer out of all by week’s end. His reliable hands and precise routes made him a favorite target of the QBs. And just when you thought that all he could do was go deep, he impressively beat double teams and found open spaces in zone today. Add in great focus and you have a real winner.

 

5.Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M What an athlete. A perfect mix of speed and strength; very effective pass rushing moves too. Excellent, quick feet gave linemen a lot of trouble on the line. Looked very good in space as well. Very active (read more…)

Senior Bowl Week Day 4

Written by Evan Davis Jr on January 27, 2011

Today’s practices were in helmets and shorts, so not a lot of work being done; so minimal scouting was done, as well.

 

 

NORTH

 

QB Ricky Stanzi continues to underimpress. His ball is still floating on the intermediate routes, causing his receivers to wait for it.

 

QB Colin Kaepernick is still having accuracy issues in the 2 minute offense drill. Big wind up had DBs breaking on him quickly and making plays.

 

FB Owen Marecic is able to use his quick feet to get into 5 and 6 holes on dives…very impressive.

 

RBs – Da’Rel Scott doesn’t look too comfortable in pass routes and catching the ball. May be his stiff footwork being highlighted in another area. Needs to be more aggressive on the draw.

 

Roy Helu Jr. had an awesome day. He showcased what you need to in helmets and shorts – (read more…)

Senior Bowl Week Day 3

Written by Evan Davis Jr on January 26, 2011

NORTH

 

Outstanding Performances

 

WRs – It was the Titus Young show. Excellent practice; showcased his sharp cuts and acceleration out of them as well as his precise patterns. He never dropped a ball and was badly beating DBs on short, medium and deep routes all practice

 

Austin Pettis performed very well. He ran great routes and really utilized his quick feet and moves.

 

Dwayne Harris’ athleticism had him catching balls behind him or way above him, in and out of traffic. Great toolbox, here.

 

RBs – Roy Helu Jr. had the best Comeback Practice. He was surprisingly tough in blocking and blitz pick-up drills and displayed how fluid and smooth a runner he is. Also showed a great nose for holes and green.

 

Kendall Hunter put in an excellent effort at the pass blocking and blitz pick-up drills, as well as showcasing his great (read more…)

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