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Community Spotlight Mock: fenikz

Written by fenikz on April 12, 2011

Carolina Panthers

1. Carolina Panthers Marcell Dareus – DT – Alabama 2. Denver Broncos Patrick Peterson – CB – LSU 3. Buffalo Bills Cam Newton – QB – Auburn 4. Cincinnati Bengals Blaine Gabbert – QB – Missouri 5. Arizona Cardinals Von Miller – OLB – Texas A&M 6. Cleveland Browns AJ Green – WR – Georgia 7. San Francisco 49ers Robert Quinn – DE – North Carolina 8. Tennessee Titans Nick Fairley – DT – Auburn 9. Dallas Cowboys JJ Watt – DE – Wisconsin 10. Washington Redskins Julio Jones – WR – Alabama 11. Houston Texans Prince Amukamara – CB – Nebraska 12. Minnesota Vikings Da’Quan Bowers – DE – Clemson 13. Detroit Lions Tyron Smith – OT – USC 14. St. Louis Rams Aldon Smith – DE – Missouri 15. Miami Dolphins Mark Ingram – RB – Alabama 16. Jacksonville Jaguars Cameron Jordan – DE – California

 


Prospect Comparisons

Written by Eric Stoner on April 12, 2011

DB Message Board Name: yourfavestoner

 

Patrick Peterson – Charles Woodson

It’s tough to find a comparison for Peterson, as he’s one of the most physically imposing prospects at his position in the history of the draft. Former Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson was the last corner prospect to come close to Peterson’s ridiculous blend of size and athleticism at the position. The comparison comes from the roles in which they’re suited for in the NFL – especially in Woodson’s last two seasons in Green Bay. Peterson has some fluidity and technique issues, and is overly-reliant on his size and speed. A player with his rare blend of unique skills would probably be best utilized by moving him all around – matching him up with bigger split-ends in two receiver sets and using him as a rover-type nickleback in obvious passing situations.

 

Marcell Dareus – Sam Adams (read more…)


Scouting Report: Christian Ponder

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on April 10, 2011

Christian Ponder

 

Position: QB School: Florida State Height: 6’2" Weight: 229 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.65 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2009, 2010 Draft Projection: Early 2nd Round

 

Summary

Ponder may be one of the hardest quarterbacks in the 2011 draft class to figure out. He has tons of potential, a great blend of physical tools, and strong production throughout his career. However, there are a handful of question marks that soil his candidacy as one of the elite quarterbacks of the class. His decision making is questionable at times, his lack of arm strength gets him in trouble from time to time, he’s thrown more interceptions than some GMs would like to see, and he’s got durability concerns to top it all off. Overall, he’s a terrific prospect with a lot of upside. Unfortunately, there’s plenty of room for him to develop into (read more…)


Scouting Report: Jabaal Sheard

Written by Ryan Lownes on April 10, 2011

Jabaal Sheard

 

Position: DE School: Pittsburgh Height: 6’2 7/8" Weight: 263 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.69 All-Star Game: No Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Late 1st – Early 3rd Round

 

Summary

Jabaal Sheard is an explosive college end that will appeal to both 4-3 and 3-4 teams as a right end or rush linebacker. At Pittsburgh, he proved himself to be a productive pass rusher with variety and a strong motor. As purely a pass rusher, he ranks among this class’ best prospects. He may lack base strength to be an effective run stopper as a down lineman. Though many project him later, he may be drafted as high as the late first and should not get out of the second round.

 

Run Stopping

Playing the run is not a strong point in Jabaal Sheard’s game. He lacks anchor strength in the lower body (read more…)


Scouting Report: Ryan Williams

Written by Ryan Lownes on April 10, 2011

Ryan Williams

 

Position: RB School: Virginia Tech Height: 5’9 3/8" Weight: 212 lbs Class: RS-Sophomore 40 time: 4.61 All-Star Game: N/A Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Mid 2nd – Early 3rd Round

 

Summary

Ryan Williams is among this class’ most gifted ball carriers, but the difference between his 2009 and 2010 campaigns is night & day. As a redshirt freshman, he was one of the nation’s premier backs, showing a rare combination of instincts, burst, agility, and power. His sophomore campaign was derailed by a nagging hamstring injury and the last tape we’ve seen from him looks very different from the player that many grew to love. The talent and innate feel for the game that he possesses still ranks him among the best backs in the class. Expect Williams to come off the board as early as the middle of the second and I don’t (read more…)


Scouting Report: Luke Stocker

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on April 10, 2011

Luke Stocker

 

Position: TE School: Tennessee Height: 6’4 3/4" Weight: 258 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.79 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Late 2nd – Early 3rd Round

 

Summary

With a prototypical tight end frame, great intelligence and work ethic, and an outstanding mix of skills, there’s no reason that Stocker can’t become a difference maker in the NFL. Although he never produced eye-popping numbers at Tennessee, an offense that relies heavily on the tight end in the passing game would be finding a real gem by drafting this guy. He has tremendous hands but hinders himself with poor route running. If he can work on his route running and blocking, he has what it takes to be a productive starter in the NFL. I project him to be a late second/early third round pick.

 

Blocking

Stocker’s blocking still needs lots (read more…)


Scouting Report: Jonathan Baldwin

Written by Ryan Lownes on April 10, 2011

Jonathan Baldwin

 

Position: WR School: Pittsburgh Height: 6’4 3/8" Weight: 228 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.50 All-Star Game: N/A Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Mid-2nd to 3rd Round

 

Summary

Jonathan Baldwin is a physically gifted receiver with a rare combination of height, weight, and speed. Despite elite physical tools, he is very raw and unpolished. He figures to be a project at split-end that could take two to three years to really grasp the finer points of the game. His college career was plagued by inconsistency at the Quarterback position and immaturity on Baldwin’s part. There is reason to believe that he may never figure it out. He may possess this class’ best triangle numbers at the position, but it is likely he falls somewhere between the middle of the second round and the late third.

 

Route Running/Separation

The number one area in which (read more…)


Positional Value

Written by Rob Engle on April 8, 2011

Positional Value

So a few of the people I’ve talked to recently think that one of the reasons Cam Newton is the favorite for the #1 pick is because of the positional value of Quarterbacks. While I don’t agree with this methodology or see this as the reason he’s the favorite, it got me thinking about the order of importance for positions.

 

Everyone agrees quarterbacks are the most important position. What’s next? And is the order of importance displayed in recent draft history? Here’s how I saw it before I went to the numbers.

 

I’d rank the order of importance… 1. Quarterbacks 2. Tackles 3. Defensive Linemen/Outside Linebackers 4. Cornerbacks 5. Wide Receivers/Tight Ends 6. Running Backs 7. Inside Linebackers 8. Safeties 9. Offensive Guards/Centers 10. Kickers 11. Fullbacks 13. Punters

 

This is obviously up for debate, but that’s how I saw it. After quarterbacks, people generally talk about (read more…)


Scouting Report: Marcus Cannon

Written by Chad Davis on April 7, 2011

Marcus Cannon

 

Position: OT/G School: TCU Height: 6’5" Weight: 358 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 5.26 All-Star Game: None Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Mid 2nd Round

 

Summary

Marcus Cannon is a supremely athletic and strong offensive lineman, especially for a player of his size. A redshirt senior, Cannon has started 37 games in his career at TCU, 13 at left tackle and 24 at right. He has the versatility to play multiple positions on the offensive line, which will attract NFL teams. The key for Cannon will be finding his best fit at the next level. I believe he will get a shot to play right tackle, and best case scenario he becomes a solid prospect at that position. What’s great about Cannon, however, is I believe that if it doesn’t work out at right tackle he can become an elite guard in the NFL. (read more…)


Scouting Report: Phil Taylor

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on April 7, 2011

Phil Taylor

 

Position: DT School: Baylor Height: 6’3 1/4" Weight: 334 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 5.14 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Late 1st Round

 

Summary

Arguably one of the top nose tackle prospects in this year’s draft, Taylor has seen a huge rise in his stock since tearing up opposing offensive linemen at the Senior Bowl. Despite some character issues, this 334 pound monster in the middle is a rare physical specimen who should be able to make an immediate impact in the NFL if he can learn to play with more consistency. He is a fridge on the defensive line who gobbles up double-teams as well as runners who come within his reach. There are some questions as to his effort off of the field, which showed in numerous 2010 games in which he seemed gassed as the game went (read more…)


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