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Draft Strategies

Written by Brandon Clark on February 14, 2010

What would you do?

You’re facing a defining situation. Whatever player you draft, has to be a star. Anything less than a star player will be a bust as the number one selection. This pick should define the look of a pitiful franchise and keep you from drafting in the top-5 next season, hopefully keep you out of the top-10. If you are one of the people with heavy input on this pick, then it could cost you your job in 3 years. This pick could turn out to be Jamarcus Russel. You can’t have that. You better not pass up on that player drafted late in the first that ends up better than everyone else (Ray Lewis, pick 26-1996), even though a Lb will probably never go first overall. How does your Big Board shake out? Is it strictly based off talent or is affected by need? Are (read more…)

Scouting Report: Greg Matthews

Written by Rob Engle on February 13, 2010

Greg Matthews

Position: WR School: Michigan Height: 6’3" Weight: 207 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: – Overall Grade: 5.31 Draft Projection: Late Round Pick

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 6 Speed 8 5 Quickness/Agility 10 6 Strength/Explosion 10 6.5 Athletic Ability 8 5 Durability 8 7.5 Character 6 5 Production/Experience 6 3.5 Toughness 8 6 Potential 10 5

Wide Receiver Specific Categories Category Max. Value Grade Route Running 10 6 Hands 10 7 Blocking 4 3 Short Routes 8 5.5 Deep Routes 8 5 Elusiveness/YAC 8 4

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Big receiver with a lot of experience. Still has potential because he was never really given a shot at Michigan do to shoddy QB play. Has decent hands and will make most catches. Good body control.

Weaknesses

Very raw and routes aren’t (read more…)

Scouting Report: Zoltan Mesko

Written by Rob Engle on February 13, 2010

Zoltan Mesko

Position: Punter School: Michigan Height: 6’4 1/2“ Weight: 240 lbs Class: RS Senior 40 time: – Overall Grade: 5.33 Draft Projection: Late Rounder

Kicker Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Punt Power 7 6 Punt Accuracy 7 6.5 Kickoffs 4 3.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Great size, even for a punter (not that it matters). Extremely accurate, and can still boot the ball with the best of them. Has a lot of experience as a punter, holder, and kickoff specialist. Most of his kickoffs (89%) went into the endzone. His name: who doesn’t like a guy named Zoltan?

Weaknesses

Punt power isn’t always consistent, but it’s definitely better than average. Should have made the extra 11% of his kickoffs in the end zone (joking).

Analysis

Has the best name in the draft, and isn’t too (read more…)

Scouting Report: Stevie Brown

Written by Rob Engle on February 13, 2010

Stevie Brown

Position: Safety School: Michigan Height: 6’0″ Weight: 211 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: – Overall Grade: 4.47 Draft Projection: UDFA

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5 Speed 8 4 Quickness/Agility 10 4.5 Strength/Explosion 10 6 Athletic Ability 8 4 Durability 8 7.5 Character 6 4 Production/Experience 6 4.5 Toughness 8 6 Potential 10 3.5

Defensive Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Ball Skills 10 6 Man Coverage 10 4.5 Zone Coverage 10 4.5 Tackling 6 4.5 Run Stopping 6 4.5 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 3 Physicality 6 4

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

A hard worker and good situational player. Brown probably won’t ever start in the NFL but he can be a great Special Teams player and possibly a nickel/dime back with a creative defensive coordinator. He made the transition from (read more…)

2010 Senior Bowl Photos – Game Day

Written by Will Spencer on February 7, 2010

*Photos by Mark Rutkowski*

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2010 Senior Bowl Photos – Friday

Written by Will Spencer on February 7, 2010

*Photos by Mark Rutkowski*

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Texas vs. The Nation practice reviews

Written by Will Spencer on February 6, 2010

Our friends at Draft Guys are providing outstanding coverage of the Texas vs. The Nation game LIVE from El Paso, Texas. Since we couldn’t make both the Senior Bowl and the TvN game, we’ll bring you some highlights of Draft Guys coverage of the practices and game. Wednesday’s practice was cut short by the weather, as the rain and wind were whipping around the field in El Paso. The players did not scrimmage as they usually do on Wednesday, so let’s review the week of practice from the Texas vs the Nation game.

Risers

These are players who helped their draft stock in El Paso. Ryan Perrilloux(QB – Jacksonville State, LSU transfer) is very athletic, but scouts loved the way he threw the football in practice. Perrilloux proved that he could scan the field while dropping back, and was very coachable during the week. He’s arguably the (read more…)

Texas vs. The Nation: Nation Roster

Written by Will Spencer on February 6, 2010

Quarterbacks Jonathon Crompton – Tennessee Tim Hiller – Western Michigan Rusty Smith – Florida Atlantic

Running backs Toney Baker – North Carolina State Dominique Lindsay – East Carolina Mike Rinfrette – Wake Forest Alfonso Smith – Kentucky Curtis Steele – Memphis Chris Zardas – UMass

Wide Receivers Marcus Easley – Connecticut Brett Hamlin – Buffalo Donald Jones – Youngstown State Scott Long – Louisville Preston Parker – North Alabama Juamorris Stewart – Southern

Tight Ends Dedrick Epps – Miami Jason Harmon – Florida Atlantic Steve Maneri – Temple

Offensive Linemen Eddie Adamski – Northern Illinois Will Barker – Virginia Zipp Duncan – Kentucky Tyler Eastman – Maine Derek Hardman – Eastern Kentucky Joe Hawley – UNLV Kyle Jolly – North Carolina Dennis Landolt – Penn State Jerail McCuler – North Carolina State Vladimir Richard – Tennessee Jared Veldheer – Hillsdale

Defensive Linemen Alex Daniels – (read more…)

Texas vs. The Nation: Texas Roster

Written by Will Spencer on February 6, 2010

Quarterbacks Levi Brown – Troy Thaddeus Lewis – Duke Ryan Perrilloux – Jacksonville State Running backs AJ Cooley – Shorter College Keithon Flemming – West Texas A&M Trindon Holliday – LSU Deji Karim – Southern Illinois Jamie McCoy – Texas A&M Dennis Morris – Louisiana Tech Wide Receivers David Gettis – Baylor Kevin Jurovich – San Jose State Zurial “Jeff” Moturi – UTEP David Nelson – Florida Jared Perry – Missouri Kelton Tindal – Newberry (SC) Stephen Williams – Toledo Tight Ends Clay Harbor – Missouri State Gerald Harris – Ole Miss Offensive Linemen Michael Aguayo – UTEP Chris Campbell – Eastern Illinois Erik Cook – New Mexico Ramon Harewood – Morehouse Nick Howell – USC Casey Knips – South Dakota State Andrew Lewis – Oklahoma State Kevin Matthews – Texas A&M Nic Richmond – TCU J’Marcus Webb – West Texas A&M Marlon Winn – Texas Tech Defensive Linemen Charles (read more…)

Senior Bowl Blog: Final Stock Report

Written by Will Spencer on February 6, 2010

After the full week of practices and the game, here’s a look at some of the folks that helped, or hurt their draft stock with their performance at the Senior Bowl.

 

Stock UP

 

Dexter McCluster – RB/WR – Ole Miss McCluster showed his versatility this week, returning kicks, lining up as a slot receiver, running back and even taking snaps from a Wild Cat formation. McCluster showed that he’s an explosive playmaker and his size isn’t as much of a concern as folks may have initially thought.

 

J.D. Walton – C – Baylor Walton did a tremendous job in line drills this week, holding his own against a strong group of interior defensive lineman like Terrence Cody and Dan Williams. Walton emerged as the top senior center in this draft, in my opinion.

 

Dan LeFevour – QB – Central Michigan The biggest question around LeFevour was (read more…)

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