North Carolina Pro Day – 2011

Written by Will Spencer on April 1, 2011

In what was possibly one of the biggest pro days in the 2011 NFL Draft, NFL personnel and tons of media gathered at The University of North Carolina today. Several players were participating today but the big names were defensive end Robert Quinn, defensive tackle Marvin Austin, wide receiver Greg Little, cornerback Kendric Burney, linebacker Quan Sturdivant and quarterback TJ Yates. Amidst the action were several high profile faces: Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt, Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith, Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Marinelli, Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano, Cincinnati Bengals defensive line coach Jay Hayes, Cleveland Browns linebackers coach Bill Davis and New York Giants linebackers coach Jim Herrmann. Teams that I saw represented (read more…)

Draft Breakdown Debate: Ryan Lownes vs. Rob Engle

Written by Will Spencer on April 1, 2011

1. Which player will be the Carolina Panthers’ First Overall Pick?


RYAN: I have said it since January; I expect the Panthers will wind up taking Cam Newton with that first pick. They will surely consider Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert and Alabama Defensive Tackle Marcell Dareus, but in the end I believe the Heisman Trophy winner holds the edge. After taking Jimmy Clausen with their first pick (Second Round) a year ago, many will believe the Quarterback position already has its’ young heir. Unfortunately, the Notre Dame product proved himself to be mentally weak, ineffective as a passer, and he appears unlikely to have convinced the new coaching staff. A common misconception is that Clausen was a big investment for GM Marty Hurney, but in reality, he makes far less than $1 million a year. Additionally, the team publicly declared they would replace him if Andrew Luck were to enter this years’ draft.


So (read more…)

Scouting Report: Allen Bailey

Written by Aaron Aloysius on April 1, 2011

Allen Bailey


Position: DE School: Miami Height: 6’3" Weight: 285 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.71 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: 3rd Round



Many hoped that 2010 would be the year Allen Bailey finally took his game to the next level. Unfortunately, the Miami defensive lineman continued to struggle with his quickness of the snap and failed to improve his mediocre hand play. Lining up at defensive end, Bailey couldn’t threaten the edge as a pass rusher and showed marginal change of direction ability, suggesting that his overall athleticism may have been oversold. Nevertheless, Bailey is very explosive for a player his size, as well as exceptionally strong. Consequently, teams may become convinced that they can smooth over the rough edges of his game. Recent Miami products Calais Campbell and Antonio Dixon have become much better players in the NFL (read more…)

Washington Pro Day – 2011

Written by Chad Davis on April 1, 2011

Today was the University of Washington pro day, where headliners Jake Locker and Mason Foster worked out along with offensive linemen Cody Habben and Ryan Tolar; defensive backs Nate Williams and Vonzell McDowell; linebacker Victor Aiyewa; wide receiver D’Andre Goodwin; and fullbacks/h-backs Austin Sylvester and Dorson Boyce.


Noticeable teams in attendance today were Seattle (Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider), Tennessee, Cleveland (Keith Gilbertson), Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Indianapolis (Bob Ferguson), New York Jets, Minnesota, Jacksonville and Detroit. There were possibly more teams in attendance, but with media on one side of the field, and teams on the other, it was difficult to tell. The biggest contingents were those of the Seahawks and the Tennessee Titans.


Before we get to Locker and Foster, here’s a quick wrap on a couple of the lesser-known guys.


LB-Victor Aiyewa looks every bit the part of an NFL linebacker physique-wise, but ran (read more…)

Scouting Report: Anthony Castonzo

Written by Chad Davis on March 30, 2011

Anthony Castonzo


Position: OT School: Boston College Height: 6’7" Weight: 311 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.23 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Mid 1st Round



Anthony Castonzo is an extremely solid all-around, experienced offensive tackle who will be ready to start right away in the NFL on the left side. He has played and started 54 games in his career at Boston College, including 40 starts as a left tackle. With that experience you will find that Castonzo is a technically sound player lacking any extremely major flaws. Lower body strength is an issue and will need to improve with time. A high school tight end, Castonzo is a fluid looking athlete on film and has natural knee and waist bend rare for a player of his height. Castonzo has all the talent to start at left tackle in the NFL, (read more…)

Ronald Johnson – New & Improved

Written by Evan Davis Jr on March 29, 2011

One can’t open a magazine, skim a website or watch the daily news, and not hear of another celebrity having to “re-invent him/herself”. This usually comes after a movie that bombs, an album that does the same, or even upon release from rehab. Stars have to almost go through a “re-birth”; urging the public to forget what it already knows and accept a new direction.


Being in LA, it’s commonplace for actors, singers, talk show hosts being forced to do this, but rarely does an athlete have to. Such is the case in USC’s WR, Ronald Johnson. He went from being a highly recruited high school All-American to virtually forgotten in just 4 years. Yet, he has battled and fought through frustrations and injuries, to being a player that everyone must watch for come USC’s Pro Day and NFL Draft in April. Rojo is in the midst of re-inventing (read more…)

Scouting Report: Aldon Smith

Written by Aaron Aloysius on March 27, 2011

Aldon Smith


Position: DE School: Missouri Height: 6’4 1/4" Weight: 263 lbs Class: RS-Sophomore 40 time: 4.74 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Mid 1st Round



Aldon Smith opted to declare after a difficult and somewhat disappointing redshirt sophomore season. The long and lean pass rusher suffered a fractured fibula, which kept him out of a few games and forced him to play through pain. That said, the toughness he showed should earn him plaudits from NFL decision-makers, who’ll also appreciate his 35 3/8” vines for arms, strong hands, and good 1st step. While he hasn’t proven that he can consistently bend the edge as a pass rusher, Smith has shown the ability to beat offensive tackles both inside and out, and he does plenty of damage when he kicks inside on passing downs. Add in his unrefined but promising coverage skills, (read more…)

Scouting Report: Gabe Carimi

Written by Chad Davis on March 25, 2011

Gabe Carimi


Position: OT School: Wisconsin Height: 6’7" Weight: 314 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 5.27 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Mid 1st Round



Gabe Carimi is another in a line of solid offensive lineman produced by the University of Wisconsin. Taking over for Joe Thomas in 2007, Carimi has played in and started 49 games in the past 4 seasons. Carimi, the 2010 Outland Trophy winner, possesses ideal size and the type of work ethic and drive NFL teams look for. The consensus around the draft community is that he will ultimately be a right tackle in the NFL. While that could be the case, I may be in the minority in thinking he can play left tackle at the next level if he improves his footwork and his anchor strength. Carimi should hear his name called somewhere in the (read more…)

Scouting Report: Randall Cobb

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on March 25, 2011

Randall Cobb


Position: WR School: Kentucky Height: 5’10 1/4" Weight: 191 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.50 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Late 2nd — Early 3rd Round



Although he may not be the prototypical NFL wide receiver, a player with his spark and ferocity is hard to ignore. At Kentucky, he was electrifying for the Wildcat’s offense and excelled at being their go-to guy when it was crunch time. His open-field elusiveness is off the charts and he excels at making something out of nothing. To go along with all of that, his versatility is outstanding, as he played three different positions (WR, RB, QB) during his time at Kentucky. With tons of production and a skill set that doesn’t come around very often, Cobb will find a new home sooner rather than later. I project that he will be taken (read more…)

Scouting Report: Marcell Dareus

Written by Will Spencer on March 25, 2011

Marcell Dareus


Position: DT School: Alabama Height: 6’3 1/8" Weight: 319 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.93 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 5 Pick



Disruptive is the first word that comes to mind when watching Dareus play. Dareus possesses ideal size and weight for the defensive tackle position and he’s surprisingly nimble for a man his size. His first step isn’t as quick as other prospects but he’s relentless after the snap. Dareus has a knack for making plays when it matters most and playing in Alabama’s 3-4 defense gives him an added bonus of versatility that other prospects don’t have. He is probably best suited to play as a 1-gap DT but his combination of size and strength along with his experience in the 3-4 make him a potential 5-technique defensive end in the NFL. Dareus could potentially be the (read more…)

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