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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…)

Scouting Report: Dexter McCluster

Written by Will Spencer on April 23, 2010

Dexter McCluster

Position: RB School: Ole Miss Height: 5’8 3/4“ Weight: 172 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.56 Overall Grade: 6.21 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 2.5 Speed 8 7 Quickness/Agility 10 9.5 Strength/Explosion 10 6 Athletic Ability 8 7.5 Durability 8 4.5 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 6 Toughness 8 8 Potential 10 8

Running Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Between the tackles 8 4 Outside the tackles 8 7.5 Receiving 6 5 Ball carrying 8 4.5 Vision 10 9.5 Elusiveness 8 7.5 Pass Blocking 8 4 Leg Drive 8 5.5 Break Tackle 8 5.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Super quick athlete that is a terror every time he has the ball in his hand. Superb vision as a runner and is patient when blocks are (read more…)

Scouting Report: Ben Tate

Written by Will Spencer on April 23, 2010

Ben Tate

Position: RB School: Auburn Height: 5’11″ Weight: 220 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.44 Overall Grade: 6.11 Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round Fringe

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5.5 Speed 8 7 Quickness/Agility 10 8.5 Strength/Explosion 10 6 Athletic Ability 8 6.5 Durability 8 7.5 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 6.5 Potential 10 7.5

Running Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Between the tackles 8 5 Outside the tackles 8 7 Receiving 6 4 Ball carrying 8 4 Vision 10 7.5 Elusiveness 8 6 Pass Blocking 8 6 Leg Drive 8 5.5 Break Tackle 8 5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Very quick with excellent straight line speed. Ideal size and bulk. A downhill runner that hits the crease as soon as he sees it. Likes to bounce outside (read more…)

Scouting Report: T.J. Ward

Written by Rob Engle on April 23, 2010

T.J. Ward

Position: S School: Oregon Height: 5’10 1/2“ Weight: 211 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.59 Overall Grade: 5.88 Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round Fringe

Non-position specific categories

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

Defensive Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Ball Skills 10 3 Man Coverage 10 9 Zone Coverage 10 6.5 Tackling 6 5 Run Stopping 6 5 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 5.5 Physicality 6 5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Physical safety. Good size, but some teams probably wish he was a little taller. Has good hip rotation and when he came to Oregon they were going to put him at corner. Is excellent in man (read more…)

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