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Interview: Kent Richardson

Written by Rob Engle on April 3, 2010

Interview: Kent Richardson

 

Draft Breakdown was able to get out to the West Virginia Pro Day this year, and a player that caught our attention was cornerback Kent Richardson. Kent had a great workout and spent some time talking to NFL scouts afterwards. With his physical skill set, he’s certainly someone that needs to be on the radar of all NFL Draft followers. Rob Engle took a few minutes to talk with Kent about his career at WVU.

 

Engle: Hey Kent, thanks for taking the time to do this interview. What did you study at West Virginia?

 

Richardson: I studied Marketing.

 

Engle: What is your accurate height, weight, 40 time and bench press?

 

Richardson: My accurate height is 5’11 3/4, bench press is 435 and 20 reps at 225, and my 40 is a 4.46.

 

Engle: Who is the best player you’ve ever played against?

 

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Scouting Report: Joe Haden

Written by Will Spencer on March 23, 2010

Scouting Report: Joe Haden

Joe Haden

Position: CB School: Florida Height: 5’10 3/4" Weight: 193 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.58 Overall Grade: 7.29 Draft Projection: First Round

– Draft Breakdown Red Star Player

Non-position specific categories

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

Defensive Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Ball Skills 10 9 Man Coverage 10 9.5 Zone Coverage 10 8 Tackling 6 5.5 Run Stopping 6 5.5 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7.5 Physicality 6 5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Excellent in man coverage with elite ball skills. Also very solid in zone coverage. Flips his hips well. Fluid in change of direction while losing little to no (read more…)

Scouting Report: Maurkice Pouncey

Written by Will Spencer on March 22, 2010

Scouting Report: Maurkice Pouncey

Maurkice Pouncey

Position: C School: Florida Height: 6’4 1/8" Weight: 304 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 5.15 Overall Grade: 7.21 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 9 Athletic Ability 8 6 Durability 8 7.5 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 9.5

Offensive Lineman Specific Categories Category Max. Value Grade Pass Blocking 10 9 Run Blocking 10 9 Awareness 8 7.5 Hand Placement 6 5.5 Pulling/Trapping/Second Level 6 5 Footwork 8 8 Leverage 8 7

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Smart and instinctive blocker. Identifies blitzers well and does a nice job making the calls for the offensive line. Has experience playing both right guard and center but could play (read more…)

Scouting Report: Sean Weatherspoon

Written by Will Spencer on March 22, 2010

Scouting Report: Sean Weatherspoon

Sean Weatherspoon

Position: LB School: Missouri Height: 6’1 1/4" Weight: 239 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.68 Overall Grade: 7.25 Draft Projection: First Round

– Draft Breakdown Red Star Player

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5 Speed 8 7 Quickness/Agility 10 8.5 Strength/Explosion 10 9 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 Coverage 8 7 Pass Rushing 8 5 Tackling 8 8 Instincts 8 7.5 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

An absolute tackle machine. Weatherspoon reads his keys well and flows to the ball effectively. Does a nice job wading through trash to get to the ball carrier. Reads blocks and fills holes very (read more…)

Scouting Report: Eric Norwood

Written by Rob Engle on March 22, 2010

Scouting Report: Eric Norwood

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

Report from West Virginia Pro Day

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

Interview: Jamar Chaney

 

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

Interview: Sean Weatherspoon

 

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

Scouting Report: Reshad Jones

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

Scouting Report: Rennie Curran

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…)

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