Scouting Report: Gabe Carimi

Written by Chad Davis on March 25, 2011

Gabe Carimi


Position: OT School: Wisconsin Height: 6’7" Weight: 314 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 5.27 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Mid 1st Round



Gabe Carimi is another in a line of solid offensive lineman produced by the University of Wisconsin. Taking over for Joe Thomas in 2007, Carimi has played in and started 49 games in the past 4 seasons. Carimi, the 2010 Outland Trophy winner, possesses ideal size and the type of work ethic and drive NFL teams look for. The consensus around the draft community is that he will ultimately be a right tackle in the NFL. While that could be the case, I may be in the minority in thinking he can play left tackle at the next level if he improves his footwork and his anchor strength. Carimi should hear his name called somewhere in the (read more…)

Scouting Report: Randall Cobb

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on March 25, 2011

Randall Cobb


Position: WR School: Kentucky Height: 5’10 1/4" Weight: 191 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.50 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Late 2nd — Early 3rd Round



Although he may not be the prototypical NFL wide receiver, a player with his spark and ferocity is hard to ignore. At Kentucky, he was electrifying for the Wildcat’s offense and excelled at being their go-to guy when it was crunch time. His open-field elusiveness is off the charts and he excels at making something out of nothing. To go along with all of that, his versatility is outstanding, as he played three different positions (WR, RB, QB) during his time at Kentucky. With tons of production and a skill set that doesn’t come around very often, Cobb will find a new home sooner rather than later. I project that he will be taken (read more…)

Scouting Report: Marcell Dareus

Written by Will Spencer on March 25, 2011

Marcell Dareus


Position: DT School: Alabama Height: 6’3 1/8" Weight: 319 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.93 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 5 Pick



Disruptive is the first word that comes to mind when watching Dareus play. Dareus possesses ideal size and weight for the defensive tackle position and he’s surprisingly nimble for a man his size. His first step isn’t as quick as other prospects but he’s relentless after the snap. Dareus has a knack for making plays when it matters most and playing in Alabama’s 3-4 defense gives him an added bonus of versatility that other prospects don’t have. He is probably best suited to play as a 1-gap DT but his combination of size and strength along with his experience in the 3-4 make him a potential 5-technique defensive end in the NFL. Dareus could potentially be the (read more…)

Scouting Report: Johnny Patrick

Written by Aaron Aloysius on March 25, 2011

Johnny Patrick


Position: CB School: Louisville Height: 5’105/8" Weight: 191 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.59 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Early 4th Round



Like many other players in the Louisville program, Patrick significantly improved his play last fall. The tough, aggressive corner became more of a ball-hawk while continuing to be strong against the run. Though teams will appreciate his growth as a player, his tight hips and deficiencies in man coverage could limit his effectiveness at the next level. He may appeal primarily to teams that play a lot of zone coverage. Despite a disappointing slow 40 at the Combine, Patrick has the upside to become a starting corner in the league, but he needs to refine his overall game. Additionally, his arrest last summer could prove to be an issue for some teams.


Ball Skills

Patrick significantly (read more…)

Scouting Report: Derek Sherrod

Written by Chad Davis on March 25, 2011

Derek Sherrod


Position: OT School: Mississippi State Height: 6’5 3/8" Weight: 321 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.20 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Late 1st Round



Derek Sherrod is a versatile, experienced offensive tackle with 47 career games played including 35 starts. He has played with a great level of consistency in his career at Mississippi State, and his high character personality and attitude earned him team captain in 2010. If he continues to develop and improve, and all indications are he is a hard working and willing learner, Sherrod could be one of the better offensive tackles in this class. He has the versatility to play on the right or left side, but projects best as a starting left tackle in the NFL.


Pass Blocking

Sherrod possesses good arm length (35 3/8”) and a great initial first step (read more…)

Scouting Report: Torrey Smith

Written by Aaron Aloysius on March 24, 2011

Torrey Smith


Position: WR School: Maryland Height: 6’0 7/8" Weight: 204 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: 4.41 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Early 2nd Round



A burner with exceptional speed, Torrey Smith tortures defensive backs with his ability to beat them downfield. He actually plays faster than the 4.41 40 time, getting separation on vertical routes and racing past coverage units as a kick returner. As a speedy Maryland product, Smith draws comparisons to disappointing Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, but they aren’t all that similar. With his inconsistent hands and below average route running, Smith does struggle some in the areas that Heyward-Bey is woefully deficient in, but Smith’s weaknesses are far less pronounced. More importantly, he has the drive and work ethic to refine the rougher aspects of his game. If he does, he could be a very good #2 receiver (read more…)

Gil’s Greatness Grades 2011: Quarterbacks

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on March 23, 2011

Well it’s pretty obvious, at least in my opinion, that there is no clear-cut head of this quarterback class. There are, however, several prospects who have the potential to be quality starters in the NFL. Each prospect seems to have a glaring hole or two that, if improved upon, could be the difference between a franchise quarterback and career backup.


1. Blaine Gabbert, Missouri: Despite several question marks, Gabbert definitely has the skills to get the job done effectively and efficiently at the next level. Sure, he doesn’t have a rocket for an arm and he spent the last couple of years working out of a spread offense, but all of the physical and mental tools are present. Add in some outstanding athleticism, and you’ve got a pretty well-rounded quarterback who could definitely be a difference-maker for an offense that is looking for a young (read more…)

Scouting Report: Jordan Todman

Written by Rob Engle on March 23, 2011

Jordan Todman


Position: RB School: Connecticut Height: 5’8 7/8" Weight: 203 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.40 All-Star Game: None Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Third Round



In today’s NFL, most teams use running back’s in a rotational way since it’s so hard for just one guy to carry the load for an extended period of time. In a way, this makes backs like Todman very valuable to NFL Teams. Todman is a smaller, shifty back with elite vision and quickness. He’ll find success in the NFL by being a change of pace back with big play potential.


Inside Runner

As an inside runner, Todman isn’t the best. He needs to have more patience and wait for a hole to open before he runs into the backs of his blockers. He isn’t quite strong enough to break the arm tackles of bigger defensive lineman.

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Scouting Report: Jimmy Smith

Written by Rob Engle on March 23, 2011

Jimmy Smith


Position: CB School: Colorado Height: 6’21/4" Weight: 211 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.46 All-Star Game: None Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 20 Pick



Jimmy Smith probably has the best natural cover skills of any of the cornerbacks in this draft, yet for some reason some think he would make a better fit at safety. Smith is abnormally tall for a corner, but in today’s NFL that’s something a lot of teams look for, especially when they have fluid hips to match. Smith’s character has been questioned this offseason, which could ultimately push him down further than his talent would suggest.


Ball Skills

Smith didn’t get much of a chance to showcase his ball skills, especially his senior season when he was barely tested by opposing offenses. He did play WR in high school and showcased good hands at the combine. (read more…)

Illinois Pro Day 2011

Written by Rob Engle on March 22, 2011

At the Illinois Pro Day, there were approximately 40 scouts and coaches in attendance (30 teams, Tampa Bay and Arizona were missing), including New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan. There were three top Junior prospects that people had their eyes on; RB Mikel Leshoure, LB Martez Wilson, and DT Corey Liuget. Unfortunately, all three of those guys decided to sit on their numbers from the combine. However, all of them went through positional drills run by the scouts.


Martez Wilson was the first to perform the drills. He was asked to show his coverage ability quite a bit, and ran a mock wheel route down the sideline – catching the ball over his shoulder several times (and dropping a few). He looked decent changing directions, but he did look be running very upright. His 4.28 and 7.04 in the 20-yard-shuttle and 3-cone drill at the combine are only (read more…)

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