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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…)


Scouting Report: Ryan Mallett

Written by Wes Stueve on February 25, 2011

Ryan Mallett

 

Position: QB School: Arkansas Height: 6’6 3/4" Weight: 253 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: – All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Late 1st – Early 2nd Round

 

Summary

Mallett possesses one of the strongest arms in all of football, and has nearly unlimited upside. However, the former Razorback is extremely raw and needs refining in many areas of his game. Bobby Petrino’s offensive scheme allowed Mallett to make many short, simple throws with few reads and Mallett will need to adjust to an NFL offense upon being drafted. With his enormous potential, Mallett could be a late first round pick, but character concerns and erratic accuracy will likely drop him into the second round.

 

Decision Making

In 2010, Mallett’s decision making struggled despite a relatively simple offensive scheme. At times he forced the ball into coverage too much and threw a (read more…)


Scouting Report: Mark Ingram

Written by Chris Lomas on February 24, 2011

Mark Ingram

 

Position: RB School: Alabama Height: 5’9 1/8" Weight: 215 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.62 All-Star Game: None Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 20 Pick

 

Summary

In 2009 Ingram was far and away the best back in the country in leading Alabama to the National Championship and garnering the Heisman Trophy for himself. 2010 however proved to be a different story for Ingram as he struggled missing the first 2 games of the season due to a knee injury and then battled a multitude of minor injuries and setbacks the rest of the campaign. While still thought by most to be the number #1 back coming into the draft his injury history and the fact that he appears often times beat up are causes for concern. Overall though, Ingram possesses elite vision, instincts, awareness and balance which will enable him to start at (read more…)


Scouting Report: Rahim Moore

Written by Chad Davis on February 24, 2011

Rahim Moore

 

Position: FS School: UCLA Height: 5’11 3/4" Weight: 202 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.62 All-Star Game: None Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

 

Summary

Rahim Moore used a breakout 2009 season to vault his way onto NFL Draft boards. A free safety with good size, Moore has ball skills that are unmatched in this class of safeties. His ball skills combined with great hands and great speed easily put Moore at the top of this class. A junior season which saw his interception total drop from 10 to just 1 has many scouts questioning whether Moore is a one-year wonder. While that remains to be seen, the skill set he possesses should quite easily land Moore in the 2nd round as the first safety taken.

 

Ball Skills

Moore’s ball skills are truly top notch. He has great hands (he played wide (read more…)


Scouting Report: AJ Green

Written by Ryan Lownes on February 18, 2011

AJ Green

 

Position: WR School: Georgia Height: 6’3 5/8" Weight: 211 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.50 All-Star Game: None Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 5 pick

 

Summary

It isn’t very often that a receiver comes along that is as smooth, dynamic, and as long as A.J. Green. After coming to Georgia as a highly touted recruit, Green paired with 2009 1st Overall pick Matthew Stafford to form an electric 1-2 combination. The Bulldogs weren’t shy using him as a freshman as he was featured in the deep, vertical passing game, across the middle of the field, and working the sidelines beyond the sticks. Though he came to school a bit raw, Green has obviously worked hard to become a crisp route-runner. He’s developed moves to beat the jam and he shows the elusiveness after the catch needed to create big plays from next to (read more…)


Why Has Everyone Forgotten Greg Little?

Written by Eric Samulski on February 17, 2011

He stands 6’3″ and weighs in at 220 pounds, but he has become largely invisible.

 

With all the chatter prior to this year’s NFL draft centering around the renewed dedication of Marvin Austin and the tremendous pass-rushing potential of Robert Quinn, there has been nothing more than a whisper in regards to their former teammate, Greg Little.

 

Before the black cloud of NCAA sanctions, suspensions and dismissals fell over the North Carolina football team, Greg Little was regarded as an influential piece of their championship hopeful team.

 

Although they had made their name on the defensive end, Little had been a force at wide receiver. He displayed soft hands, punishing blocking ability and unparalleled run after the catch skills on his way to 727 yards and five TDs in his junior campaign.

 

When the ruling came down in October that Little, along with teammates (read more…)


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