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The Post-Tebow era at Florida

Written by Will Spencer on May 19, 2010

Our friends at College Football Geek continue to keep us updated on what’s going on in the college football world. Recently, they answered the question, “what is in store for Florida now that Tim Tebow is gone?” By Joe Arpasi – College Football Geek For the last three seasons, quarterback Tim Tebow has been the heart and soul of the Florida Gator offense. With Tebow off to the NFL, head coach Urban Meyer must find a new direction for the offense in 2010. What’s the Scoop? Florida spent the last three seasons with quarterback Tim Tebow at the helm of the offense. The focus during that time period was a power running game based out of the shotgun, along with an efficient passing attack. Tim Tebow is now playing for the Denver Broncos, and the Gators’ offense is going through a transition. Heading into the spring, it was understood (read more…)

AFC East Draft Grades

Written by Will Spencer on May 9, 2010

After taking some time to gather our bearings, we’re starting our official draft grades series. We’ll start with the AFC East, and work our way through every division in the NFL.

Buffalo Bills: C-

The Bills came into the draft with some serious holes. They were in dire need of a left tackle, a right tackle, and most likely, a quarterback. The Bills are also making the transition to a 3-4 defense, which will require new personnel. While Buffalo picked up some quality players, they overlooked their biggest need at left tackle. They drafted 2 offensive tackles (Ed Wang of Virginia Tech and Kyle Calloway of Iowa), but neither looks to have a career at left tackle. Buffalo hit their defensive line hard in the draft, adding Alex Carrington, who will play the 5 technique in their 3-4 defense and Torrell Troup, who is destined to be their (read more…)

Scouting Report: Dorin Dickerson

Written by Will Spencer on April 24, 2010

Dorin Dickerson

Position: TE School: Pittsburgh Height: 6’1 3/8" Weight: 226 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.48 Overall Grade: 5.68 Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round Fringe

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 2.5 Speed 8 7.5 Quickness/Agility 10 8.5 Strength/Explosion 10 8 Athletic Ability 8 7 Durability 8 7 Character 6 5 Production/Experience 6 2 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 6.5

Tight Ends Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Blocking 8 3.5 Hands 8 5.5 Route Running/Separation 8 5 Red Zone Threat 8 4.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Versatile player. Has the speed to stretch the seams. Big and physical. Will fight for position. Good after the catch as he fights for yards. Does a nice job of high-pointing the ball. Good burst and can create separation against linebackers. Athletic that should be able to (read more…)

Scouting Report: Jimmy Graham

Written by Will Spencer on April 24, 2010

Jimmy Graham

Position: TE School: Miami Height: 6’6 1/8" Weight: 260 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.53 Overall Grade: 5.71 Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round Fringe

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5.5 Speed 8 7.5 Quickness/Agility 10 8.5 Strength/Explosion 10 6 Athletic Ability 8 8 Durability 8 6 Character 6 5 Production/Experience 6 0.5 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 8.5

Tight Ends Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Blocking 8 2.5 Hands 8 4 Route Running/Separation 8 4.5 Red Zone Threat 8 6.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Very fast and athletic pass catcher that can stretch the defense. Should be able to find the seams and get behind linebackers in coverage at the next level. Overall athletic player with a lot of upside. Not afraid of working the middle of the field and won’t (read more…)

Scouting Report: Dennis Pitta

Written by Will Spencer on April 24, 2010

Dennis Pitta

Position: TE School: BYU Height: 6’4 1/2" Weight: 245 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.71 Overall Grade: 6.04 Draft Projection: Early 3rd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5 Speed 8 3 Quickness/Agility 10 6 Strength/Explosion 10 7 Athletic Ability 8 5 Durability 8 8 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 7

Tight Ends Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Blocking 8 5 Hands 8 8 Route Running/Separation 8 6.5 Red Zone Threat 8 6

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Quite possibly the best pass catching tight end in the draft. Snags the ball out of the air and is a very natural receiver. Solid route runner that has smooth acceleration and doesn’t lose speed in cuts. Not afraid of contact. Can work the middle of the (read more…)

Scouting Report: Eric Decker

Written by Rob Engle on April 24, 2010

Eric Decker

Position: WR School: Minnesota Height: 6’3 1/8“ Weight: 217 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: -.– Overall Grade: 6.25 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5.5 Speed 8 5.5 Quickness/Agility 10 8.5 Strength/Explosion 10 7 Athletic Ability 8 6 Durability 8 5 Character 6 5 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 5

Wide Receiver Specific Categories Category Max. Value Grade Route Running 10 9 Hands 10 9.5 Blocking 4 3.5 Short Routes 8 7.5 Deep Routes 8 6 Elusiveness/YAC 8 5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Great size, bulk, and muscle definition. Precise route runner. Very strong and can drag people after the catch. Extremely smart and had the highest Wonderlic score at the combine with a 43. Really fights for the ball in the air. Great possession player. (read more…)

Scouting Report: Linval Joseph

Written by Rob Engle on April 23, 2010

Linval Joseph

Position: DT School: East Carolina Height: 6’4 1/2“ Weight: 328 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 5.10 Overall Grade: 6.35 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 6 Speed 8 4 Quickness/Agility 10 5 Strength/Explosion 10 9.5 Athletic Ability 8 4 Durability 8 7 Character 6 5 Production/Experience 6 4.5 Toughness 8 6 Potential 10 9.5

Defensive Line Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 6 Pass Rushing 8 5.5 Awareness 8 4 Hand Placement 8 6.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Great size and length – especially for a 3-4 end. A lot of functional strength. Shoots out of his stance and has the power to knock people back. Can beat double teams. Good hand placement and plays with good leverage. Equally good pass rusher and run stuffer. (read more…)

Scouting Report: Thaddeus Gibson

Written by Will Spencer on April 23, 2010

Thaddeus Gibson

Position: OLB School: Ohio State Height: 6’2″ Weight: 243 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: 4.78 Overall Grade: 6.06 Draft Projection: Late 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5 Speed 8 5 Quickness/Agility 10 7 Strength/Explosion 10 8 Athletic Ability 8 6 Durability 8 7.5 Character 6 5 Production/Experience 6 4 Toughness 8 8 Potential 10 8.5

Linebacker Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 5.5 Coverage 8 4 Pass Rushing 8 5.5 Tackling 8 6 Instincts 8 6 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 6

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Very versatile defender. Projects very well to a 3-4 outside linebacker. Has experience starting at both defensive end and outside linebacker. Uses his hands well to keep blockers at bay while flowing to the ball. Excellent instincts. Solid tackler. Explosive first step (read more…)

Scouting Report: Mike Williams

Written by Rob Engle on April 23, 2010

Mike Williams

Position: WR School: Syracuse Height: 6’1 1/2“ Weight: 221 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: 4.59 Overall Grade: 5.94 Draft Projection: 3rd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5 Speed 8 5 Quickness/Agility 10 5.5 Strength/Explosion 10 8.5 Athletic Ability 8 6.5 Durability 8 7 Character 6 0.5 Production/Experience 6 3 Toughness 8 6.5 Potential 10 9

Wide Receiver Specific Categories Category Max. Value Grade Route Running 10 8.5 Hands 10 9 Blocking 4 3 Short Routes 8 7 Deep Routes 8 75 Elusiveness/YAC 8 4

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Very good size and bulk for a WR, which is one of the first things you look at in a guys ability to potential be your #1. Big, soft, natural hands catcher who almost never lets the ball into his body. Great route (read more…)

Scouting Report: John Jerry

Written by Will Spencer on April 23, 2010

John Jerry

Position: OG School: Ole Miss Height: 6’5 3/8“ Weight: 328 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.20 Overall Grade: 6.26 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 6 Speed 8 5.5 Quickness/Agility 10 6 Strength/Explosion 10 8.5 Athletic Ability 8 5 Durability 8 8 Character 6 5.5 Production/Experience 6 6 Toughness 8 7.5 Potential 10 7.5

Offensive Lineman Specific Categories Category Max. Value Grade Pass Blocking 10 7.5 Run Blocking 10 7 Awareness 8 6 Hand Placement 6 5 Pulling/Trapping/Second Level 6 4 Footwork 8 5.5 Leverage 8 6

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Excellent height/weight combo. Strong and locks long arms onto defenders (34″). Fires off the ball at the snap. Can completely man-handle smaller defensive lineman. Finishes blocks. Loves the pancake blocks. Handles most one on one bull rushers with (read more…)

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