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Shrine Game Analysis

Written by Will Spencer on January 24, 2010

What started off as a snooze fest ended up with an exciting final quarter in the 2010 East-West Shrine Game. What made it even better was that ESPN was kind enough to cut off the first part of the game with the end of a 2nd tier college basketball game. All we missed was an outstanding interception by O’Brien Schofield, who just happens to be making the transition from defensive end to outside linebacker. Not a big deal…right? The 85th Annual East-West Shrine game was led by former NFL head coaches Romeo Crennell (East) and Marty Schotenheimer (West). Even former NFL receiver Kennan McCardell came in to coach the receivers for the West squad. The game itself was uneventful until the 4th quarter, when BYU quarterback Max Hall drove the West team down for a go ahead touchdown, only to see the East team, led by Northwestern quarterback Mike Kafka, (read more…)

Scouting Report: Eric Berry

Written by Will Spencer on January 24, 2010

Eric Berry

Position: Safety School: Tennessee Height: 5’11 5/8“ Weight: 211 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.47 Overall Grade: 7.74 Draft Projection: Top 10 Pick

– Draft Breakdown Red Star Player

Non-position specific categories

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

Defensive Back Specific Categories

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

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Berry is the complete package. Elite ball skills and play recognition. Does a good job of reading the quarterback’s eyes and jumping routes. Great instincts. Outstanding range, covering (read more…)

Senior Bowl Blog: Sunday

Written by Will Spencer on January 24, 2010

After arriving at the hotel much later than expected (thanks to Thrifty car rentals and their super quick service….), I am officially checked in. Here are a few notes about what’s going on today.

 

First, I had the pleasure of sharing the same flight with Mike Mayock of NFL Network, Chris Steuber of Scout.com, as well as a multitude of NFL Scouts. There was also a late addition to the Senior Bowl roster on the plane; Wisconsin DE/OLB O’Brien Schofield. Schofield had just played in the East-West Shrine Game and had a solid performance. I had a chance to speak with Schofield and we plan on doing a full interview later. Just some tidbits though, Schofield feels that he can beat any one on one block, he’d like to lay a hit on Tebow this week if possible, and that several other players from the Shrine Game were invited (read more…)

Shrine Game Report: Wednesday

Written by Will Spencer on January 21, 2010

While we can’t be at both the Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl, we’ll still keep you up to date with the most important information from the week’s practices. Our friends at Draft Guys are providing excellent coverage of the practices, and we’ll bring you highlights of their daily reports.

East Practice

Javarris James (Miami) was money when the East was working near the goal line. His vision, quickness to cutback, and agility are top notch and he scored two touchdowns today. The moves weren’t ankle-breaking, but very subtle to open things up against oncoming defensive ends. James ran with a good pad level today, and was ready for contact when going through the hole. He can glide through a hole, stutter to get away from defenders, or just lower his shoulder. Freddie Barnes (Bowling Green) continued to show off his strong hands during Wednesday’s practice. The wide (read more…)

Shrine Game Report: Tuesday

Written by Will Spencer on January 20, 2010

While we can’t be at both the Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl, we’ll still keep you up to date with the most important information from the week’s practices. Our friends at Draft Guys are providing excellent coverage of the practices, and we’ll bring you highlights of their daily reports.

East Practice

Daryll Clark (Penn State) has to work on his footwork when dropping back to pass. His feet are off when he has to play fake, and it messes up his rhythm when throwing. I do like his natural throwing motion and high release point. He consistently releases the football at the same spot on nearly every throw. Like yesterday, most of his passes came out hot and low, so they were away from defenders. Andre Anderson (Tulane) looked better today than he did yesterday. I like the patience he showed in waiting for his blocks to (read more…)

Shrine Game Report: Monday

Written by Will Spencer on January 19, 2010

While we can’t be at both the Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl, we’ll still keep you up to date with the most important information from the week’s practices. Our friends at Draft Guys are providing excellent coverage of the practices, and we’ll bring you highlights of their daily reports.

East Practice

John Skelton (Fordham) Skelton has the prototypical size for an NFL QB that scouts just love. However, he is a project and showed why early and often today at practice. First the good—I liked the way that he was listening intently to everything the coaching staff was telling him. He seems like a very coachable kid as he would also listen to the playcall in the huddle even when he wasn’t taking the snap. Skelton set up in the pocket nicely, and has great field vision because of his size. Now for the bad—his delivery was (read more…)

Senior Bowl Preview

Written by Will Spencer on January 17, 2010

In just over a week, the best senior draft prospects in the country will gather in Mobile, Alabama to participate in the 2010 Under Armour Senior Bowl. The Senior Bowl is regarded as the official start to the draft season and representatives of all thirty-two NFL teams will be present to see the talent on display. While some NFL teams value the Senior Bowl more than others, it is no doubt that the majority of the players invited to this game will be putting on NFL uniforms a few months later.

 

This year’s Senior Bowl class might be the best in recent years, mostly due to the defensive line and pass rushers that will participate. The 2010 NFL Draft class is deep with talent that knows how to rush the quarterback and control the line of scrimmage and those of us who are lucky enough to attend Senior Bowl (read more…)

Final declared underclassmen list

Written by Will Spencer on January 17, 2010

Friday, January 15th was the final day for underclassmen to declare for the NFL Draft. Some thought that Washington QB Jake Locker would change his mind and decide to declare. However, the deadline came and went. Here’s a final list of what underclassmen declared for the NFL Draft. We’ll be adding all of these players to our rankings in the coming days. Quarterbacks Sam Bradford – Oklahoma Jimmy Clausen – Notre Dame Jevan Snead – Ole Miss

Running Backs Toney Baker – North Carolina State Jahvid Best – California Jonathan Dwyer – Georgia Tech Darius Marshall – Marshall Ryan Mathews – Fresno State Joe McKnight – USC Shawnbrey McNeal – SMU

Wide Receivers Chris Bell – Norfolk State Arrelious Benn – Illinois Dezmon Briscoe – Kansas Antonio Brown – Central Michigan Dez Bryant – Oklahoma State Mico McSwain – North Alabama Carlton Mitchell – South Florida Golden Tate (read more…)

Shrine Game Preview

Written by Will Spencer on January 15, 2010

Every year in January, draft season officially kicks off with the start of the college all-star games. The first of the two major all-star games is the East-West Shrine game. While the premier talent usually plays at the Under Armour Senior Bowl, the Shrine Game still has a lot to offer.

This season, there are a few notable players on the Shrine Game rosters that didn’t receive invitations to the Senior Bowl, which is leaving some scratching their heads. The most notable of these players is Ole Miss defensive end Greg Hardy. Coming into the season, Hardy was highly regarded as the top senior defensive end in the nation. With a season ending injury, he plummeted down draft boards. Hardy certainly has the talent to hold his own amoung the best in the country, but he’ll have to settle for the Shrine Game at first. If he takes advantage (read more…)

Scouting Report: Ndamukong Suh

Written by Will Spencer on January 10, 2010

Ndamukong Suh

Position: DT School: Nebraska Height: 6’3 7/8" Weight: 307 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 5.04 Overall Grade: 7.86 Draft Projection: Top 3 Pick

– Draft Breakdown Red Star Player

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 6 Speed 8 8 Quickness/Agility 10 10 Strength/Explosion 10 10 Athletic Ability 8 8 Durability 8 7 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 6 Toughness 8 8 Potential 10 10

Defensive Line Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 8 Pass Rushing 8 8 Awareness 8 7.5 Hand Placement 8 7.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

This category could just say “everything” and it would be accurate. Suh is an amazing player with equal abilities to defend the run and rush the passer. Suh was even used to drop into coverage at times with Nebraska, (read more…)

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