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Scouting Report: Hunter Lawrence

Written by Will Spencer on February 23, 2010

Hunter Lawrence

Position: K School: Texas Height: 6’0" Weight: 187 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: – Overall Grade: 4.75 Draft Projection: UDFA

Kicker Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Kick Power 7 5.5 Kick Accuracy 7 5.50 Kickoffs 4 3.25

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Above average accuracy. Missed only 2 field goals and no extra points in his junior season. Only missed 2 field goals below 40 yards. Does a nice job with kickoffs with ability to make directional kicks.

Weaknesses

Has never made a field goal of over 50 yards (0-1). Kicking power is only average for college and below average at the NFL level.

Analysis

Will probably not be drafted but will get several calls by NFL teams to have the chance to compete. Accurate short range kicker that could be a nice fill-in guy (read more…)

Scouting Report: Kareem Jackson

Written by Will Spencer on February 23, 2010

Kareem Jackson

Position: CB School: Alabama Height: 5’10 1/2" Weight: 196 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.48 Overall Grade: 6.91 Draft Projection: Late 1st Round

– Draft Breakdown Red Star Player

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 4.5 Speed 8 6.5 Quickness/Agility 10 8.5 Strength/Explosion 10 8 Athletic Ability 8 7 Durability 8 8 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 5.5 Toughness 8 8 Potential 10 9

Defensive Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Ball Skills 10 9 Man Coverage 10 9 Zone Coverage 10 8.5 Tackling 6 4 Run Stopping 6 4 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7 Physicality 6 5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Outstanding man coverage skills. Does a very nice job anticipating routes, showing good instincts for a cover corner. Better in man coverage than zone, but can play (read more…)

Scouting Report: Rolando McClain

Written by Will Spencer on February 23, 2010

Rolando McClain

Position: LB School: Alabama Height: 6’3 3/8" Weight: 254 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.68 Overall Grade: 7.34 Draft Projection: First Round

– Draft Breakdown Red Star Player

Non-position specific categories

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

Linebacker Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 7.5 Coverage 8 7 Pass Rushing 8 6 Tackling 8 7 Instincts 8 8 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Very good instincts. Reads and reacts quickly to the ball. Flows well to the outside. Outstanding lateral movement. Uses his hands well to keep blockers at bay and/or get off blocks. Sure tackler. Sniffs (read more…)

Scouting Report: Colin Peek

Written by Will Spencer on February 22, 2010

Colin Peek

Position: TE School: Alabama Height: 6’5 1/4" Weight: 254 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.93 Overall Grade: 5.57 Draft Projection: 4th Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5.5 Speed 8 4.5 Quickness/Agility 10 5.5 Strength/Explosion 10 6 Athletic Ability 8 5 Durability 8 6 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 3 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 7

Tight Ends Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Blocking 8 7 Hands 8 6 Route Running/Separation 8 4.5 Red Zone Threat 8 5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Solid blocking tight end. Gets a nice seal on outside runs. Good as a pass blocker in multiple tight end sets. Good leverage when blocking. Hands are reliable but nothing to right home about. Adequate route runner. Smart and hard working. Does a nice job blocking down field (read more…)

Scouting Report: Mike Johnson

Written by Will Spencer on February 22, 2010

Mike Johnson

Position: OG School: Alabama Height: 6’5 1/4“ Weight: 312 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.31 Overall Grade: 6.35 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

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

Offensive Lineman Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Pass Blocking 10 7.5 Run Blocking 10 8 Awareness 8 7 Hand Placement 6 5 Pulling/Trapping/Second Level 6 4.5 Footwork 8 6 Leverage 8 6.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Very versatile. Has started at every position on the offensive line except center. Plays with good leverage and is a powerful run blocker. Has a violent initial punch on the defensive lineman. Good footwork. Pulls well and gets out on screens (read more…)

Scouting Report: Leigh Tiffin

Written by Will Spencer on February 22, 2010

Leigh Tiffin

Position: K School: Alabama Height: 6’0 7/8" Weight: 209 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: – Overall Grade: 5.17 Draft Projection: Late Rounder / UDFA

Kicker Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Kick Power 7 6.25 Kick Accuracy 7 5.75 Kickoffs 4 3.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Very accomplished kicker at Alabama and was used a lot. Made several clutch kicks. All-time leading scorer in Alabama history. Above average accuracy, but sheer volume of kicks lowered numbers. Kickoff power is more than adequate. Kick power is well above average, nailing 5 out of 7 from over 50 yards in his career.

Weaknesses

Kickoffs don’t get into the endzone as often as you’d like. Room for improvement with accuracy.

Analysis

Tiffin has a tremendous amount of experience coming from Alabama. In the touch SEC, a solid field (read more…)

Evaluating the 40 yard dash

Written by Shane Hallam on February 21, 2010

One of the most debated aspects of the predraft process is the 40 yard dash. At the NFL draft combine starting on February 27th, over 300 prospects will run on the track at Lucas Oil Stadium to show off their straight line speed. The result will be a sharp increase in numerous stocks and a decline in others. Why do two runs in February completely change the perception of three to four years of tape? The utilization of the 40 yard dash has come under much criticism in recent years of how scouts and General Managers utilize a number to choose one player over another who has been more productive throughout his college career. That being said, there are definite ways to analyze 40 times to learn more about prospects. How does a 40 yard dash help scouts? The most important aspect of the 40 is that it places all (read more…)

Scouting Report: Chris Hall

Written by Will Spencer on February 19, 2010

Chris Hall

Position: C School: Texas Height: 6’4" Weight: 295 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: – Overall Grade: 5.09 Draft Projection: Late Round / UDFA

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 4.5 Speed 8 4 Quickness/Agility 10 5.5 Strength/Explosion 10 5 Athletic Ability 8 4 Durability 8 7 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 5

Offensive Lineman Specific Categories Category Max. Value Grade Pass Blocking 10 5.5 Run Blocking 10 5.5 Awareness 8 5 Hand Placement 6 4 Pulling/Trapping/Second Level 6 4.5 Footwork 8 5 Leverage 8 4

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Experience at all 5 positions on the offensive line. Does a nice job getting to the 2nd level. Takes good angles on blocks. Decent footwork. Keeps his head on a swivel, showing adequate awareness. Average height/weight.

Weaknesses (read more…)

Scouting Report: Adam Ulatoski

Written by Will Spencer on February 19, 2010

Adam Ulatoski

Position: OT School: Texas Height: 6’5 1/2" Weight: 300 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.48 Overall Grade: 5.38 Draft Projection: 5th Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5 Speed 8 4 Quickness/Agility 10 5 Strength/Explosion 10 5.5 Athletic Ability 8 4 Durability 8 5 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 7

Offensive Lineman Specific Categories Category Max. Value Grade Pass Blocking 10 6.5 Run Blocking 10 7 Awareness 8 6 Hand Placement 6 4.5 Pulling/Trapping/Second Level 6 4 Footwork 8 4.5 Leverage 8 5.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Good size with long arms. Plays with a nice, wide base. Adequate hand placement. Average awareness level. Experience at both right and left tackle, but footwork suggests right tackle is best fit for NFL. When locked on a pass (read more…)

Scouting Report: Jordan Shipley

Written by Will Spencer on February 19, 2010

Jordan Shipley

Position: WR School: Texas Height: 5’11 1/4" Weight: 193 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.60 Overall Grade: 5.81 Draft Projection: 3rd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 4 Speed 8 5 Quickness/Agility 10 7 Strength/Explosion 10 6 Athletic Ability 8 6.5 Durability 8 5 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 4.5 Toughness 8 8 Potential 10 6.5

Wide Receiver Specific Categories Category Max. Value Grade Route Running 10 7 Hands 10 7.5 Blocking 4 3 Short Routes 8 8 Deep Routes 8 3 Elusiveness/YAC 8 6

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

An excellent short route runner. Works the middle of the field very well and isn’t afraid of the contact that comes with it. Good body control and maintains balance when stretching for catches. Lined up mostly in the slot at Texas, which is (read more…)

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