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Senior Bowl Preview

Written by Will Spencer on January 17, 2010

Senior Bowl Preview

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

Final declared underclassmen list

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

Shrine Game Preview

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

Scouting Report: Ndamukong Suh

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…)

Scouting Report: Brandon Graham

Written by Rob Engle on January 10, 2010

Scouting Report: Brandon Graham

Brandon Graham

Position: DE/OLB School: Michigan Height: 6’1 3/8" Weight: 268 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.72 Overall Grade: 6.94 Draft Projection: First round

– Draft Breakdown Red Star Player

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 4 Speed 8 6.5 Quickness/Agility 10 8 Strength/Explosion 10 9.5 Athletic Ability 8 6.5 Durability 8 7.5 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 6 Toughness 8 8 Potential 10 9.5

Linebacker Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 7.5 Coverage 8 4.5 Pass Rushing 8 8 Tackling 8 7.5 Instincts 8 6 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 6

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Very disruptive pass rusher. Usually occupied two blockers and can beat double teams. Very strong, especially in the lower body, and will break through double teams. Was very good in run support for the Wolverines (read more…)

Scouting Report: Brandon Spikes

Written by Will Spencer on January 10, 2010

Scouting Report: Brandon Spikes

Brandon Spikes

Position: ILB School: Florida Height: 6’2 7/8" Weight: 249 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.01 Overall Grade: 6.03 Draft Projection: Late 2nd round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 6 Speed 8 3 Quickness/Agility 10 6.5 Strength/Explosion 10 8.5 Athletic Ability 8 6 Durability 8 7 Character 6 3 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 7.5 Potential 10 8

Linebacker Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 7 Coverage 8 5 Pass Rushing 8 6 Tackling 8 6.5 Instincts 8 7 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 4.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Shows good instincts for an inside linebacker and does a good job with play recognition. Excellent in run support and can usually read blockers to see where the ball carrier will be going. Solid ability to flow to the ball when the (read more…)

Scouting Report: Tim Tebow

Written by Will Spencer on January 8, 2010

Scouting Report: Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow

Position: QB School: Florida Height: 6’2 3/4" Weight: 236 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.72 Overall Grade: 6.19 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5 Speed 8 6 Quickness/Agility 10 7.5 Strength/Explosion 10 7.5 Athletic Ability 8 7 Durability 8 8 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 6 Toughness 8 8 Potential 10 8

Quarterback Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Decision Making 10 5.5 Arm Strength 7 3.5 Accuracy 10 5.5 Mechanics/Footwork 7 3 Mobility 6 5 Release Quickness 8 4.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

The intangibles that Tebow brings to the table are second to none. An outstanding competitor that knows what it takes to win. Tebow is durable, tough and unafraid of contact. Very thick build, which has helped with the many hits he has taken (read more…)

Scouting Report: CJ Spiller

Written by Will Spencer on January 1, 2010

Scouting Report: CJ Spiller

C.J. Spiller

Position: RB School: Clemson Height: 5’10 5/8" Weight: 196 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.37 Overall Grade: 7.11 Draft Projection: 1st round

– Draft Breakdown Red Star Player

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 4.5 Speed 8 8 Quickness/Agility 10 9.5 Strength/Explosion 10 8 Athletic Ability 8 8 Durability 8 8 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 6 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 9

Running Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Between the tackles 8 5 Outside the tackles 8 7.5 Receiving 6 5.5 Ball carrying 8 7.5 Vision 10 10 Elusiveness 8 8 Pass Blocking 8 6 Leg Drive 8 5.5 Break Tackle 8 6

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

An unusually shifty and quick running back. Spiller can hit the outside against most defenders and uses his quickness to (read more…)

Scouting Report: Taylor Mays

Written by Will Spencer on January 1, 2010

Scouting Report: Taylor Mays

Taylor Mays

Position: Safety School: USC Height: 6’3 1/8" Weight: 230 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.31 Overall Grade: 6.74 Draft Projection: 1st/2nd round Fringe

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 6 Speed 8 8 Quickness/Agility 10 9 Strength/Explosion 10 9.5 Athletic Ability 8 8 Durability 8 8 Character 6 5 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 7.5 Potential 10 10

Defensive Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Ball Skills 10 5.5 Man Coverage 10 6.5 Zone Coverage 10 7 Tackling 6 4.5 Run Stopping 6 4.5 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 5 Physicality 6 5.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Displays rare combination of size and speed. Mays has the range to cover the field like a pro free safety but the size and physicality to hit like a strong safety. Does a good job breaking (read more…)

Brian Price to enter NFL Draft

Written by Will Spencer on December 30, 2009

Brian Price to enter NFL Draft

Brian Price

DT – UCLA Junior 6’2″ 300 lbs

According to College Football Talk, UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price will be declaring for the NFL Draft. After the Bruins bowl victory over Temple, Price told reporters his intentions to declare for the draft. Price became a hot name in the draft community this season as his combination of size and speed make him a disruptive force in the trenches. Price led the nation with 22 tackles for a loss and was named the Pac-10 defensive player of the year. We have Price listed as a sure-fire first round draft pick and would normally go much higher in the draft if it wasn’t for the incredible talent at the defensive tackle position in this year’s NFL Draft. Price has the tools to go anywhere from the late teens to mid-twenties in the first round.

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