Scouting Report: Mikel Leshoure

Written by Chris Lomas on April 17, 2011

Mikel Leshoure


Position: RB School: Illinois Height: 5’11 5/8" Weight: 227 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.59 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: 2nd Round



Many consider Mikel Leshoure to be the back with the least amount of question marks coming into the draft and maybe the only back capable of carrying the entire rushing load for a team. Mikel had a breakout season in 2010 rushing for 1697 yards and 20 touchdowns seeming to only get stronger as the year went on. He had his best rushing performances in November when he went for 330 yards and 2 touchdowns against Northwestern and in the Texas Bowl taking home MVP honors and rushing for 184 yards and 3 touchdowns. At 5’115/8, 227 pounds Leshoure possesses terrific size, is wide hipped and thick throughout his frame. He shows superior strength in his lower half (read more…)

Player Spotlight: Syracuse RB Delone Carter

Written by Mario Clavel on April 12, 2011

Delone Carter

Why spend a first round pick on a running-back? Every year this question pops up and generates some interesting discussions in the draft community. The mainstream view is that you can find a very capable back in the mid to late round range who can be as productive as a first round prospect. Hard to argue with that since the top two rookies in rushing yards during last season (TB LeGarrette Blount and NO Chris Ivory) weren’t even drafted.


So here we are with a weak RB class where even the consensus top prospect at the position, Mark Ingram, has doubters who question whether he deserves to hear his name called on the first day of the draft. So why not talk about a mid round prospect who has a lot to offer to the running game of whatever team he falls to?Let’s talk about Syracuse RB Delone Carter.

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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

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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



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



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



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



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.



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



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…)

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