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Maryland Pro Day 2011

Written by Will Spencer on March 17, 2011

A smaller than usual crowd was on hand for the University of Maryland Pro Day event today and when I walked in, I caught a glimpse of a familiar face surrounded by an entourage. Was it the speedy WR Torrey Smith within the circle of onlookers? Nope. It was another speedy WR from Maryland; Darrius Heyward-Bey. DHB came back to cheer on some of his former team mates and maybe, just maybe, remember a time when his name was being mentioned as a top rated WR. Either way, NFL scouts paid no attention to the former Terp and current Raider and instead focused on the task at hand.

 

I observed representatives from the following teams today: Chicago Bears, New York Giants, Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Dallas (read more…)


Scouting Report: Ronald Johnson

Written by Evan Davis Jr on March 11, 2011

Ronald Johnson

 

Position: WR School: USC Height: 5’11 1/4" Weight: 199 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.46 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: No Draft Projection: 4th Round

 

Summary

Ronald Johnson makes plays. He is a tremendous athlete, yet raw enough in some areas to develop. His quickness and elusiveness are 2 of his many qualities, as he always found himself behind defenders and found open field. His offense relied on him for big plays and he always came through. As tough as he is speedy, he has no problem going over the middle and absorbing hits. The return game is where his value rises. As a punt returner he is dangerous; oftentimes being one block away from 6 points. He explodes through holes and easily finds open space. Upper body strength and route running are both areas of where he must improve, as he has (read more…)


Scouting Report: JJ Watt

Written by Rob Engle on March 11, 2011

JJ Watt

 

Position: DE School: Wisconsin Height: 6’5 3/8" Weight: 290 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.84 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 20 Pick

 

Summary

JJ Watt has seen his stock soar after he quietly dominated the combine. Most people assumed he was only an average athlete coming into the combine, and after the combine shot up most draftniks boards. He put together a fairly dominating season at DE for the Badgers, and had his best performances in big games. He is scheme versatile and has the length, strength, athleticism, and hand quickness and ability to disengage from blockers you look for in a 3-4 end, and also the pass rushing abilities of a 4-3 end. Watt ultimately looks to be one of the safer defensive picks in the draft.

 

Run Stopping

Watt is an above average run defender who uses (read more…)


Scouting Report: Shane Vereen

Written by Chad Davis on March 11, 2011

Shane Vereen

 

Position: RB School: California Height: 5’10" Weight: 210 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: 4.50 All-Star Game: None Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Third Round

 

Summary

Shane Vereen is a running back that is climbing higher up draft boards as draft day approaches. A well-rounded player, Vereen is quick, powerful, and uses his compact frame to his advantage. While not a burner, Vereen is fast enough to hit the edge when needed, and shows good elusiveness in the open field. Buried behind a long line of great running backs at Cal, he used the 2010 season as his major coming out party. He is a one cut and go runner, who’s best fit may be behind a zone blocking line. Vereen should easily be off the board by the end of round 3, and a jump into the 2nd round could be possible.

 

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Meet and Greet: Cameron Jordan

Written by Ryan Lownes on March 9, 2011

Lownes: Accurate height/weight, bench reps, and your 40 time from the recent Combine.

 

Jordan: 6’4 287, 25 reps at 225, 4.71 unofficial and 4.78 official.

 

You’re an NFL scout with the task of breaking down Cameron Jordan, what are the pros/cons?

 

Other than I’m quick out of my stance, I have long (35”) arms that I create leverage with by locking out on an Offensive Lineman creating a hard point at the end of the line.

 

Cons- If any, it would be that I need to further refine my technique of after extension while playing the run to not be too quick to shed blocks.

 

Since you stepped on campus at California, in what area(s) have you experienced the greatest improvement?

 

At Cal I’ve learned to multi task. Before I could focus on one thing at a time; I can text, walk, (read more…)


Scouting Report: Da’Quan Bowers

Written by Ryan Lownes on March 7, 2011

Da’Quan Bowers

 

Position: DE School: Clemson Height: 6’3 3/8" Weight: 280 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.75 (est) All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 15 Pick

 

Summary

Few college players have to deal with the kind of expectations that awaited Da’Quan Bowers upon arriving at Clemson. It took him a couple years to figure it out and really come into his own as a college player, but he burst onto the national scene in explosive fashion this past year. Rarely will you find such a physically gifted player produce the way Bowers did this past year. An incredible Junior season has the former five-star recruit thinking Top 5 in the upcoming NFL Draft. What sets him apart is his ability to rush the passer and stop the run equally well; he projects as a three-down end with excellent versatility in 4-3 schemes.

 

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Scouting Report: Robert Quinn

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on March 7, 2011

Robert Quinn

 

Position: DE School: North Carolina Height: 6’4" Weight: 265 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.70 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 15 Pick

 

Summary

Quinn is a big “boom-bust” prospect in my opinion. Missing the 2010 season could be a huge bump in the road for him, but he has the natural athleticism and raw talent to make it as a NFL defensive end. His biggest asset is his explosiveness, which ranks among the top five in the entire 2011 NFL Draft. It allows him to make up for some of his deficiencies in the run game and allow him to compensate for his sluggishness off of the line. Although he appears to be a strong defensive end, he has the athleticism and good combination of size/speed to be an outside linebacker. There were several occasions where he dropped into coverage for (read more…)


Scouting Report: Von Miller

Written by Will Spencer on March 6, 2011

Von Miller

 

Position: OLB School: Texas A&M Height: 6’2 5/8" Weight: 246 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.53 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 10 Pick

 

Summary

Von Miller is arguably the best pass rusher in the 2011 Draft. Miller led the nation in sacks with 17 during his junior season, yet elected to return to the Aggies for his senior year. With an explosive first step and elite athleticism, Miller will start making his living in the NFL as a pass rush specialist. However, that doesn’t mean he won’t be used on all three downs. His senior season allowed him to officially make a switch to outside linebacker, giving him the opportunity to drop into coverage more often. Smart and dedicated, he’ll make any NFL team happy as a terror off the edge, and will more than likely blossom into a (read more…)


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…)


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