Scouting Report: Stephen Paea

Written by Chad Davis on February 17, 2011

Stephen Paea


Position: DT School: Oregon State Height: 6’1 1/8" Weight: 303 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: — All-Star Game: Senior Bowl (DNP – injury) Team Captain: 2009 & 2010 Draft Projection: Late 1st – Early 2nd Round



Many people have started to slide Stephen Paea down draft boards due to an injury during Senior Bowl practice on the back of what people believe was a so-so senior season at Oregon State. I think this is a mistake. Paea faced constant double-teams in his senior season and still managed to win the Pac-10 defensive player of the year award and, perhaps even more impressively, the Morris trophy, an award given to the best defensive lineman in the Pac-10 as voted on by the conferences offensive lineman. Furthermore, Paea is relatively new to football having not played until his senior year in high school. His game (read more…)

Scouting Report: Adrian Clayborn

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on February 7, 2011

Adrian Clayborn


Position: DE School: Iowa Height: 6’2 5/8" Weight: 281 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.83 All-Star Game: none (SB invite) Team Captain: 2009 & 2010 Draft Projection: Late 1st – Early 2nd Round



Clayborn is a versatile player who could play defensive end in either a 3-4 or 4-3 defense, or defensive tackle in the 4-3, but is most suited for the 3-4. He dropped off during his senior year after a phenomenal junior year, so there is some concern as to what he can do once he gets into the NFL. He will be primarily a pass-rush threat in the NFL, but has the frame and strength to become a quality run stopper on the defensive front. If he can continue to improve on his strength and play with more technique and better fundamentals, he could become one of the better defensive (read more…)

Texas Vs. The Nation Roster 2011 – The Nation

Written by Will Spencer on February 6, 2011

Texas Vs. The Nation Roster 2011 – The Nation

Quarterbacks Nathan Enderle – Idaho Jeff Van Camp – Florida Atlantic TJ Yates – North Carolina


Running Backs Damien Berry – Miami Shaun Draughn – North Carolina Keith Payne – Virginia Ryan Taylor – North Carolina Richard Murphy – LSU


Wide Receivers Kris Durham – Georgia Andre Holmes – Hillsdale Joe Morgan – Walsh Owen Spencer – North Carolina State Jamar Newsome – Central Florida Jerrell Johnson-Koulianos – Iowa Jock Sanders – West Virginia


Tight Ends Andre Smith – Virginia Tech Daniel Hardy – Idaho Schuylar Oordt – Northern Iowa


Offensive Line Willie Smith – East Carolina DJ Young – Michigan State Josh Davis – Georgia Jarriel King – South Carolina Daniel Kilgore – Appalachian State Curt Porter – Jacksonville State Brad Thorson – Kansas Carl Johnson – Florida Peter Hendrickson – Tulane Zane Taylor – Utah


Defensive Ends Clay Nurse – Illinois Craig Marshall (read more…)

Texas Vs. The Nation Roster 2011 – Texas

Written by Will Spencer on February 6, 2011

Texas Vs. The Nation Roster 2011 – Texas

Quarterbacks Taylor Potts – Texas Tech Josh Portis – California (PA) Ryan Colburn – Fresno State


Running Backs Chad Spann – Northern Illinios Jay Finley – Baylor Mario Fannin – Auburn Robert Hughes – Notre Dame Bubba Bartlett – Carroll MT


Wide Receivers Kris Adams – UTEP Stephen Burton – West Texas A&M Denarius Moore – Tennessee Marcus Harris – Murray State Chris Matthews – Kentucky


Tight Ends Cameron Graham – Louisville Robert Housler – Florida Atlantic Stephen Skelton – Fordham


Offensive Line Isaiah Thompson – Houston Mike Person – Montana State Derek Newton – Arkansas State Chris Stewart – Notre Dame Trevis Turner – Abilene Christian Kevin Hughes – NE Louisiana Tim Barnes – Missouri Ray Dominguez – Arkansas Matt Allen – Texas A&M Byron Bell – New Mexico


Defensive Ends Ugo Chinasa – Oklahoma State Wayne Daniels – TCU Eddie Jones – Texas (read more…)

Scouting Report: Mason Foster

Written by Chad Davis on February 5, 2011

Mason Foster


Position: OLB School: Washington Height: 6’1 1/4" Weight: 245 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.75 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Late 1st – Early 2nd Round



Foster is a player that might not have been on the radar of many before the 2010 season, but after a great senior campaign and solid Senior Bowl performance, he is rapidly climbing up many draft boards. The versatile linebacker played and excelled at all three 4-3 linebacker positions in his career at Washington, but is best suited to be the weakside backer in a 4-3 scheme in the NFL. His natural instincts and tackling ability set him aside from others, and cover up for his relatively average physical attributes. I project him as a solid second round draft pick.


Run Stopping

Foster is the type of player that you will (read more…)

Is It Time To Stop Apologizing For Jake Locker?

Written by Eric Samulski on February 4, 2011

He has nobody to throw to.


He has no time to scan the field.


He’s still has so much room to improve.


There are hundreds of similar excuses for why Washington QB Jake Locker has so far been unable to capitalize on his incredible promise.


Over the last season draft analysts, announcers and college football fans across the nation have raked their brains trying to find ways to continuously defend the strong-armed signal caller who was once regarded as the number one prospect in the nation.


Amidst all the clamor to stick up for the senior, there is one lines of thinking that hasn’t gotten enough attention: maybe he just isn’t as good as everybody thought.


Sure, Jake Locker has tremendous tools. He has a strong arm, an NFL body, unquestioned leadership skills and tremendous mobility. But the NFL has proved year after year (read more…)

Scouting Report: Kyle Rudolph

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on February 4, 2011

Kyle Rudolph


Position: TE School: Notre Dame Height: 6’6 1/8" Weight: 259 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: — All-Star Game: None Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Late 1st – Early 2nd Round



Rudolph could turn into one of the most productive tight ends the NFL has seen in recent years if he can stay healthy and continue to improve on some of his fundamentals. During the 2010 season, he was on pace to have career-highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns before getting injured and missing the last six games of the season. He has shown glimpses of brilliance, but will need to be more consistent in all facets of his game in order to live up to his potential. With a very well-rounded style of play, Rudolph shouldn’t have too much trouble adapting to and conquering the NFL. His consistency is coachable, so hopes are (read more…)

Make Me Bad? Allen Bailey and the Hurricanes’ Coaching Staff

Written by Aaron Aloysius on February 3, 2011

Make Me Bad? Allen Bailey and the Hurricanes’ Coaching Staff

Last August, I wrote an article on Allen Bailey, detailing my concerns about certain weaknesses in his game. For one, the big physical freak was very slow off the snap, routinely being the last guy on the line to get out of his stance.


Also, Bailey struggled to threaten the edge as a pass rusher, so he was forced to rely heavily on his bull rush. With his physical strength, Bailey managed to walk back offensive linemen, but he lacked the quick hands to disengage in time to get to the quarterback. As a result, he was nothing more than an average pass rusher.


You can see some of Bailey’s issues in this ’09 clip of him against Wake Forest. While impressive when he had an open lane to crush the QB, Bailey’s poor hand play also led to many lost opportunities.




Those struggles (read more…)

Tale of the Tape: Phil Taylor vs Oklahoma

Written by Aaron Aloysius on February 3, 2011

Tale of the Tape: Phil Taylor vs Oklahoma

Like previous Tale of the Tape subject Titus Young, Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor boosted his stock with an impressive Senior Bowl week. The mammoth 6’3″, 337-pound prospect exhibited plenty of strength and a surprising amount of athleticism. Some even have speculated that those impressive physical tools could push Taylor all the way up to the first round.


Taylor’s recent stock surge is quite an accomplishment for a player who once appeared to be on the way to wrecking his football career. He started his college career at Penn State, but off the field issues led to his dismissal from the team. Taylor transferred to Baylor but had an underwhelming ’09 season, appearing out of shape and displaying inconsistent technique.


However, Taylor recommitted himself to developing his game last summer, dropping close to twenty pounds of excess weight. Also, he became a better overall football (read more…)

Scouting Report: Colin Kaepernick

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on February 2, 2011

Colin Kaepernick


Position: QB School: Nevada Height: 6’4 5/8" Weight: 233 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.53 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: 2rd Round



Kaepernick could easily be one of the most unheralded, NFL-caliber quarterbacks to come out of college football in a long time. He was one of the most statistically successful quarterbacks in NCAA history and helped bring the Nevada football program to prominence. With an outstanding mixture of athleticism and passing abilities, he has proven himself to be a rare, dynamic specimen whose stock has sky-rocketed after his impressive performance at the Senior Bowl. He has plenty to offer to NFL teams and is extremely coachable, so turning him into a pro-style quarterback shouldn’t be too tedious of a task. If he can stay healthy and build on all of the tools that he developed at Nevada, he could (read more…)

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