Carolina’s Dilemma: Picking First In A Weak Draft

Written by Ryan Lownes on February 2, 2011



This year the first pick in the NFL Draft belongs to the Carolina Panthers. The team formally announced that they wanted Stanford Quarterback Andrew Luck with this top selection, but when he went back to school someone made a lot of money. The John Fox era is over in Carolina, enter former Chargers Defensive Coordinator Ron Rivera. With a laundry list of needs, the Panthers could use an upgrade at almost every position. It’s up to Rivera to decide what he’s got in young Jimmy Clausen and where the first overall pick would be used. Like the Miami Dolphins in the 2008 NFL Draft, there’s no obvious #1 and no prospect in this class screams “can’t miss.”


There are many comparisons to be drawn between Carolina’s situation this season and the decision that Miami faced just three years ago. That 2008 Draft lacked a sure-fire top (read more…)

Scouting Report: Jake Locker

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on January 31, 2011

Jake Locker


Position: QB School: Washington Height: 6’2 1/2" Weight: 231 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.59 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2009 & 2010 Draft Projection: Mid-Late 1st Round



Locker is an über-talented player who has all of the physical tools to be an elite NFL quarterback. There are a few areas of his game that need some major adjustment, but you can’t overlook all of the potential that he possesses and his prototypical NFL arm. With some work on his accuracy, decision making, and disregard for his body, Locker could make some NFL team much better next year. He’s got a bright future ahead of him. I project that he will be a mid-to-late first round draft pick.


Decision Making

This is scouts’ second-biggest concern when it comes to Locker. He has plenty of tools to work with in his arsenal, (read more…)

Senior Bowl Game Notes

Written by Evan Davis Jr on January 30, 2011

After a long week of practicing, interviewing and tailgating, the actual game came upon us. I predicted a North win, as they had a much better defense throughout the week of practices, with the South’s QBs proving ineffective. So with a whole lotta southern sunshine and down south cooking, two planes flew over Ladd-Peebles Stadium and we finally had kickoff.




Stephean Paea, DL, Oregon State – Knee injury Edmund Gates, WR, Abilene Christian – Hamstring injury Gabe Carimi, OL, Wisconsin – Ankle injury Ahmad Black, DB, Florida – Illness Quinton Carter, DB, Oklahoma – Undisclosed injury



*Leonard Hankerson showed his versatility everywhere; offensive MVP with 5 catches for 100 yards and 1 TD and also covered punts and kickoffs. *Von Miller may be the best pure athlete here and should not stay long on the board. *Danny Watkins was very effective and looked (read more…)

Senior Bowl Week Day 5

Written by Evan Davis Jr on January 28, 2011

College football’s Friday practices are entirely “walked-through”, in shorts and tees. As there was nothing to do but sit in this ‘Bama sun, here’s my list of Surprises and Disappointments from both teams.





Honorable Mention

Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami Seemingly coming out of nowhere, Hankerson made a believer out of all by week’s end. His reliable hands and precise routes made him a favorite target of the QBs. And just when you thought that all he could do was go deep, he impressively beat double teams and found open spaces in zone today. Add in great focus and you have a real winner.


5.Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M What an athlete. A perfect mix of speed and strength; very effective pass rushing moves too. Excellent, quick feet gave linemen a lot of trouble on the line. Looked very good in space as well. Very active (read more…)

Senior Bowl Week Day 4

Written by Evan Davis Jr on January 27, 2011

Today’s practices were in helmets and shorts, so not a lot of work being done; so minimal scouting was done, as well.





QB Ricky Stanzi continues to underimpress. His ball is still floating on the intermediate routes, causing his receivers to wait for it.


QB Colin Kaepernick is still having accuracy issues in the 2 minute offense drill. Big wind up had DBs breaking on him quickly and making plays.


FB Owen Marecic is able to use his quick feet to get into 5 and 6 holes on dives…very impressive.


RBs – Da’Rel Scott doesn’t look too comfortable in pass routes and catching the ball. May be his stiff footwork being highlighted in another area. Needs to be more aggressive on the draw.


Roy Helu Jr. had an awesome day. He showcased what you need to in helmets and shorts – (read more…)

Senior Bowl Week Day 3

Written by Evan Davis Jr on January 26, 2011



Outstanding Performances


WRs – It was the Titus Young show. Excellent practice; showcased his sharp cuts and acceleration out of them as well as his precise patterns. He never dropped a ball and was badly beating DBs on short, medium and deep routes all practice


Austin Pettis performed very well. He ran great routes and really utilized his quick feet and moves.


Dwayne Harris’ athleticism had him catching balls behind him or way above him, in and out of traffic. Great toolbox, here.


RBs – Roy Helu Jr. had the best Comeback Practice. He was surprisingly tough in blocking and blitz pick-up drills and displayed how fluid and smooth a runner he is. Also showed a great nose for holes and green.


Kendall Hunter put in an excellent effort at the pass blocking and blitz pick-up drills, as well as showcasing his great (read more…)

Senior Bowl Week Day 2

Written by Evan Davis Jr on January 25, 2011



DE Cameron Jordan was absolutely dominating. His hand speed and quickness was way too much for the linemen he came up against. In close he’s unstoppable; out in space, he has issues. Still not totally sold on him. I look forward to seeing him progress through the week.


TE Big Mike McNeil was a star today – great speed, toughness and hands.


Lawrence Wilson looked very stiff in the hips and awkward when he had to open up.


OL Nate Solder put on a clinic this morning. He showed good speed and technique as he pulled and blocked on sweeps and tosses. Very strong and mean in 1-on-1s.


Not so positive, was how LB Greg Jones looked in space; pretty lost.


WR Vincent Brown put on a performance that will have him flying up draft boards. Great hands, crisp (read more…)

Senior Bowl Weigh-in Results – South

Written by Evan Davis Jr on January 25, 2011



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Senior Bowl Weigh-in Results – North

Written by Evan Davis Jr on January 25, 2011



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Senior Bowl Week Day 1

Written by Evan Davis Jr on January 24, 2011

Senior Bowl Week Day 1



Both teams practiced in helmets and shoulder pads. As the NFL Network’s Mike Maylock has said, “everyone looks good in shorts”. I agree.


Check tomorrow when the real practices begin…


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