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Scouting Report: Eric Norwood

Written by Rob Engle on March 22, 2010

Eric Norwood

Position: LB School: South Carolina Height: 6’0 7/8" Weight: 245 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.68 Overall Grade: 6.06 Draft Projection: Late 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 4 Speed 8 6 Quickness/Agility 10 7.5 Strength/Explosion 10 8 Athletic Ability 8 6.5 Durability 8 7 Character 6 4.5 Production/Experience 6 5.5 Toughness 8 5.5 Potential 10 8

Linebacker Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 4 Coverage 8 6 Pass Rushing 8 6.5 Tackling 8 5.5 Instincts 8 6.5 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 6

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Norwood is a long time starter for the Gamecocks and made more than 35 consecutive starts to end his career. He was extremely productive and made a lot of big plays over his college career. He lined up at several different (read more…)

Report from West Virginia Pro Day

Written by Rob Engle on March 21, 2010

3-18-10 By our count, there were 9 teams represented at the 2010 West Virginia pro day: the Steelers, Seahawks, Saints, Eagles, Texans, Browns, Panthers, Ravens and Vikings were all in attendance but there were also several unidentified scouts as well. The Browns sent three scouts to the pro day which might mean that the have considerable interest in a prospect that was there. The players that participated were OT Selvish Capers, WR’s Alric Arnett and Wes Lyons, QB Jarrett Brown, LB Ovid Goulbourne, CB’s Guesly Dervil, Kent Richardson, Nate Sowers, and Anthony Wood, and Punter Scott Kozlowski. There weren’t any big name scouts or coaches in attendance but there were still some impressive performances. WR Wes Lyons was the biggest surprise. At 6’8″ 231 pounds Wes is a mountain of a wideout. I clocked his 40 times at 4.61 and 4.67 and his short shuttle at 4.12 and 4.19 which (read more…)

Interview: Jamar Chaney

Written by Will Spencer on March 16, 2010

 

One of the underrated prospects at inside linebacker this year is Jamar Chaney of Mississippi State. Not only was Jamar the defensive MVP of the Senior Bowl, but he recorded the fastest time of all the linebackers at the Combine at 4.54, but even he thinks he can run in the 4.4s. Chaney’s athleticism flashes on film and any linebacker that can play at a high level in the SEC deserves recognition. I had the chance to talk with Jamar about where NFL teams see him fitting in at the next level and what it is that motivates him when he’s on the field. Be sure to follow Jamar on Twitter @Jamar22Chaney.

 

Spencer: I haven’t had a chance to talk to you since the middle of the Senior Bowl. How do you feel about your performance down in Mobile?

 

Chaney: Just to get to play (read more…)

Interview: Sean Weatherspoon

Written by Will Spencer on March 15, 2010

 

One of my absolute favorite draft prospects in this year’s class is Sean Weatherspoon, the linebacker from Missouri. I knew I liked “Spoon” from the games I had watched before the Senior Bowl, but it was there that I got to see first hand his abilities as a leader on and off the field. Sean isn’t afraid to speak his mind and he talked with me about how the North squad felt disrespected at the Senior Bowl, how he feels about those who chose not to compete at the Combine and what team made him stand up and sing for them in an interview! Needless to say, this was one of my favorite interviews I’ve had the pleasure of conducting. Be sure to follow Spoon on Twitter (while he still has it!) @SeanWSpoon12!

 

Spencer: We first met at the beginning of Senior Bowl week but haven’t (read more…)

Scouting Report: Reshad Jones

Written by Rob Engle on March 13, 2010

Reshad Jones

Position: S School: Georgia Height: 6’1 1/4" Weight: 214 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: 4.56 Overall Grade: 5.82 Draft Projection: 3rd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5.5 Speed 8 7 Quickness/Agility 10 6.5 Strength/Explosion 10 8 Athletic Ability 8 6.5 Durability 8 7 Character 6 4 Production/Experience 6 4.5 Toughness 8 6 Potential 10 8.5

Defensive Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Ball Skills 10 7 Man Coverage 10 3.5 Zone Coverage 10 6.5 Tackling 6 5 Run Stopping 6 5 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 3.5 Physicality 6 5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Jones is a real physical specimen at safety. He is a big hitter and a presence in the defensive backfield. Has decent ball skills and production. Has everything you look for in a Safety prospect from an (read more…)

Scouting Report: Rennie Curran

Written by Rob Engle on March 13, 2010

Rennie Curran

Position: LB School: Georgia Height: 5’10 5/8" Weight: 235 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.72 Overall Grade: 5.84 Draft Projection: 3rd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 1 Speed 8 7.5 Quickness/Agility 10 9 Strength/Explosion 10 4 Athletic Ability 8 6.5 Durability 8 7 Character 6 5 Production/Experience 6 5.5 Toughness 8 5.5 Potential 10 8

Linebacker Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 5.5 Coverage 8 6.5 Pass Rushing 8 2 Tackling 8 7 Instincts 8 7 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 6.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

An extremely athletic and productive LB for the Georgia Bulldogs, Curran made a name for himself as a tackling machine. He is extremely fluid and quick to the ball. He has tremendous instincts and is always around the ball to make a big (read more…)

Scouting Report: Jeff Owens

Written by Rob Engle on March 13, 2010

Jeff Owens

Position: DT School: Georgia Height: 6’1" Weight: 304 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.96 Overall Grade: 5.27 Draft Projection: Late Rounder

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 3 Speed 8 5.5 Quickness/Agility 10 6.5 Strength/Explosion 10 6.5 Athletic Ability 8 4.5 Durability 8 5 Character 6 5.5 Production/Experience 6 4.5 Toughness 8 5.5 Potential 10 6

Defensive Line Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 3.5 Pass Rushing 8 5.5 Awareness 8 4 Hand Placement 8 4

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Owens is a long-time contributor to a great Georgia defense. He made a lot of plays in his tenure as starting DT in their 4-3 defense. He is a typical ‘jack-of-all-trades’ type of player where he does everything well but isn’t particularly great in one area. He anchors well (read more…)

Scouting Report: Geno Atkins

Written by Rob Engle on March 13, 2010

Geno Atkins

Position: DT School: Georgia Height: 6’1 3/8" Weight: 293 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.78 Overall Grade: 6.00 Draft Projection: 2nd/3rd Round Fringe

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 4 Speed 8 6 Quickness/Agility 10 8.5 Strength/Explosion 10 7.5 Athletic Ability 8 6 Durability 8 8 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 5.5 Potential 10 7.5

Defensive Line Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 3.5 Pass Rushing 8 6 Awareness 8 4.5 Hand Placement 8 6

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Atkins is a tremendously quick 1-gap DT, which means he can only play in a 4-3 offense. He is pretty strong with heavy hands and can knock an OL off balance. He had a ton of QB pressures and really collapsed the pocket well and made a (read more…)

Scouting Report: Joe Cox

Written by Rob Engle on March 13, 2010

Joe Cox

Position: QB School: Georgia Height: 6’1" Weight: 200 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: – Overall Grade: 4.97 Draft Projection: UDFA

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 2.5 Speed 8 5 Quickness/Agility 10 8 Strength/Explosion 10 5 Athletic Ability 8 6 Durability 8 5.5 Character 6 5 Production/Experience 6 2.5 Toughness 8 5.5 Potential 10 4

Quarterback Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Decision Making 10 5.5 Arm Strength 7 5 Accuracy 10 5.5 Mechanics/Footwork 7 4 Mobility 6 4.5 Release Quickness 8 6

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Cox is pretty nimble for a QB. He doesn’t gain much by rushing but he moves around the pocket pretty well. His pocket presence is pretty good but if the pass rush starts to get to him he can have some happy feet. Is a (read more…)

Report from Rutgers Pro Day

Written by Will Spencer on March 11, 2010

3-10-10 By my count, 23 NFL teams were represented at the Rutgers pro day event including; Raiders, Saints, Ravens, Colts, Browns, Jaguars, Eagles, Redskins, Chiefs, Seahawks, Bucs, Vikings, Packers, Chargers, Giants, Patriots, Jets, Bears, Dolphins, 49ers, Falcons, Texans and Bills. The Baltimore Ravens seemed to bring the biggest names as Director of College Scouting Joe Hortiz and defensive backs coach Chuck Pagano were in attendance. The Eagles also sent their defensive backs coach and former Bills head coach, Dick Jauron. OT and possible top 10 pick, Anthony Davis, decided NOT to work out today as he “wasn’t feeling well” and apparently had a hamstring issue. Scouts were not happy. CB Devin McCourty decided to stand on his Combine numbers and did not participate in any timed events. However, McCourty did participate in position drills. More on that in a minute. Damaso Munoz, the undersized strong side linebacker, may have been (read more…)

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