Scouting Report: Blaine Gabbert

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on March 20, 2011

Blaine Gabbert


Position: QB School: Missouri Height: 6’4 3/8" Weight: 234 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.62 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Top 10 Pick



Although there are questions about his college offense and development as a quarterback in that offense, he has prototypical size and strength to go along with outstanding athleticism. He is one of the best pocket passers of the class and has all of the physical tools to get the job done at the NFL level. He possesses the athleticism to keep the defense honest and the arm to tear apart a secondary when he is on his game. A strong defense that can keep constant pressure will be his biggest enemy in the NFL, but with proper coaching and a talented offensive line, Gabbert shouldn’t have too much trouble overcoming this downfall in his game. With a (read more…)

Scouting Report: Corey Liuget

Written by Chad Davis on March 18, 2011

Corey Liuget


Position: DT School: Illinois Height: 6’2 1/8" Weight: 298 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.99 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Mid-Late 1st Round



Corey Liuget is an athletic, versatile, penetrating, physical defensive tackle who is climbing up draft boards as the day approaches. He played many different positions along the defensive line in his career at Illinois, which will make him a coveted prospect come draft day. His ability to be quick off the snap and violent at the point of attack makes him best fit as a 3-technique in a standard 4-3 defense, but there are some who think he can slide out to defensive end in a 3-4, and even play some two-gap nose tackle in that type of defensive front. While not a pass rush specialist, Liuget brings with him a balanced game and should be a (read more…)

West Virginia Pro Day 2011

Written by Will Spencer on March 18, 2011

After a long, early morning drive to Morgantown, I finally arrived at the Mountaineers indoor practice facility to cover their pro day event. The WVU pro day was interesting as it featured two of the shortest at their positions (Noel Devine and Jock Sanders) as well as one of the tallest at their position (Robert Sands). A talented member of the Mountaineers team that wasn’t able to participate was CB Brandon Hogan, who is still recovering from a torn ACL. A decent turn out of scouts were on hand for the event but I didn’t observe any notable NFL personnel watching the workouts.


NFL team scouts I observed at the event were: New York Giants, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, St. Louis Rams, Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers, New York Jets, New Orleans Saints (read more…)

Maryland Pro Day 2011

Written by Will Spencer on March 17, 2011

A smaller than usual crowd was on hand for the University of Maryland Pro Day event today and when I walked in, I caught a glimpse of a familiar face surrounded by an entourage. Was it the speedy WR Torrey Smith within the circle of onlookers? Nope. It was another speedy WR from Maryland; Darrius Heyward-Bey. DHB came back to cheer on some of his former team mates and maybe, just maybe, remember a time when his name was being mentioned as a top rated WR. Either way, NFL scouts paid no attention to the former Terp and current Raider and instead focused on the task at hand.


I observed representatives from the following teams today: Chicago Bears, New York Giants, Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Dallas (read more…)

Scouting Report: Ronald Johnson

Written by Evan Davis Jr on March 11, 2011

Ronald Johnson


Position: WR School: USC Height: 5’11 1/4" Weight: 199 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.46 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: No Draft Projection: 4th Round



Ronald Johnson makes plays. He is a tremendous athlete, yet raw enough in some areas to develop. His quickness and elusiveness are 2 of his many qualities, as he always found himself behind defenders and found open field. His offense relied on him for big plays and he always came through. As tough as he is speedy, he has no problem going over the middle and absorbing hits. The return game is where his value rises. As a punt returner he is dangerous; oftentimes being one block away from 6 points. He explodes through holes and easily finds open space. Upper body strength and route running are both areas of where he must improve, as he has (read more…)

Scouting Report: JJ Watt

Written by Rob Engle on March 11, 2011

JJ Watt


Position: DE School: Wisconsin Height: 6’5 3/8" Weight: 290 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.84 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 20 Pick



JJ Watt has seen his stock soar after he quietly dominated the combine. Most people assumed he was only an average athlete coming into the combine, and after the combine shot up most draftniks boards. He put together a fairly dominating season at DE for the Badgers, and had his best performances in big games. He is scheme versatile and has the length, strength, athleticism, and hand quickness and ability to disengage from blockers you look for in a 3-4 end, and also the pass rushing abilities of a 4-3 end. Watt ultimately looks to be one of the safer defensive picks in the draft.


Run Stopping

Watt is an above average run defender who uses (read more…)

Scouting Report: Shane Vereen

Written by Chad Davis on March 11, 2011

Shane Vereen


Position: RB School: California Height: 5’10" Weight: 210 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: 4.50 All-Star Game: None Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Third Round



Shane Vereen is a running back that is climbing higher up draft boards as draft day approaches. A well-rounded player, Vereen is quick, powerful, and uses his compact frame to his advantage. While not a burner, Vereen is fast enough to hit the edge when needed, and shows good elusiveness in the open field. Buried behind a long line of great running backs at Cal, he used the 2010 season as his major coming out party. He is a one cut and go runner, who’s best fit may be behind a zone blocking line. Vereen should easily be off the board by the end of round 3, and a jump into the 2nd round could be possible.


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Meet and Greet: Cameron Jordan

Written by Ryan Lownes on March 9, 2011

Lownes: Accurate height/weight, bench reps, and your 40 time from the recent Combine.


Jordan: 6’4 287, 25 reps at 225, 4.71 unofficial and 4.78 official.


You’re an NFL scout with the task of breaking down Cameron Jordan, what are the pros/cons?


Other than I’m quick out of my stance, I have long (35”) arms that I create leverage with by locking out on an Offensive Lineman creating a hard point at the end of the line.


Cons- If any, it would be that I need to further refine my technique of after extension while playing the run to not be too quick to shed blocks.


Since you stepped on campus at California, in what area(s) have you experienced the greatest improvement?


At Cal I’ve learned to multi task. Before I could focus on one thing at a time; I can text, walk, (read more…)

Scouting Report: Da’Quan Bowers

Written by Ryan Lownes on March 7, 2011

Da’Quan Bowers


Position: DE School: Clemson Height: 6’3 3/8" Weight: 280 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.75 (est) All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 15 Pick



Few college players have to deal with the kind of expectations that awaited Da’Quan Bowers upon arriving at Clemson. It took him a couple years to figure it out and really come into his own as a college player, but he burst onto the national scene in explosive fashion this past year. Rarely will you find such a physically gifted player produce the way Bowers did this past year. An incredible Junior season has the former five-star recruit thinking Top 5 in the upcoming NFL Draft. What sets him apart is his ability to rush the passer and stop the run equally well; he projects as a three-down end with excellent versatility in 4-3 schemes.


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Scouting Report: Robert Quinn

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on March 7, 2011

Robert Quinn


Position: DE School: North Carolina Height: 6’4" Weight: 265 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.70 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 15 Pick



Quinn is a big “boom-bust” prospect in my opinion. Missing the 2010 season could be a huge bump in the road for him, but he has the natural athleticism and raw talent to make it as a NFL defensive end. His biggest asset is his explosiveness, which ranks among the top five in the entire 2011 NFL Draft. It allows him to make up for some of his deficiencies in the run game and allow him to compensate for his sluggishness off of the line. Although he appears to be a strong defensive end, he has the athleticism and good combination of size/speed to be an outside linebacker. There were several occasions where he dropped into coverage for (read more…)

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