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Evaluating the 40 yard dash

Written by Shane Hallam on February 21, 2010

Evaluating the 40 yard dash

One of the most debated aspects of the predraft process is the 40 yard dash. At the NFL draft combine starting on February 27th, over 300 prospects will run on the track at Lucas Oil Stadium to show off their straight line speed. The result will be a sharp increase in numerous stocks and a decline in others. Why do two runs in February completely change the perception of three to four years of tape? The utilization of the 40 yard dash has come under much criticism in recent years of how scouts and General Managers utilize a number to choose one player over another who has been more productive throughout his college career. That being said, there are definite ways to analyze 40 times to learn more about prospects. How does a 40 yard dash help scouts? The most important aspect of the 40 is that it places all (read more…)


Scouting Report: Chris Hall

Written by Will Spencer on February 19, 2010

Scouting Report: Chris Hall

Chris Hall

Position: C School: Texas Height: 6’4" Weight: 295 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: – Overall Grade: 5.09 Draft Projection: Late Round / UDFA

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 4.5 Speed 8 4 Quickness/Agility 10 5.5 Strength/Explosion 10 5 Athletic Ability 8 4 Durability 8 7 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 5

Offensive Lineman Specific Categories Category Max. Value Grade Pass Blocking 10 5.5 Run Blocking 10 5.5 Awareness 8 5 Hand Placement 6 4 Pulling/Trapping/Second Level 6 4.5 Footwork 8 5 Leverage 8 4

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Experience at all 5 positions on the offensive line. Does a nice job getting to the 2nd level. Takes good angles on blocks. Decent footwork. Keeps his head on a swivel, showing adequate awareness. Average height/weight.

Weaknesses (read more…)


Scouting Report: Adam Ulatoski

Written by Will Spencer on February 19, 2010

Scouting Report: Adam Ulatoski

Adam Ulatoski

Position: OT School: Texas Height: 6’5 1/2" Weight: 300 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.48 Overall Grade: 5.38 Draft Projection: 5th Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5 Speed 8 4 Quickness/Agility 10 5 Strength/Explosion 10 5.5 Athletic Ability 8 4 Durability 8 5 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 7

Offensive Lineman Specific Categories Category Max. Value Grade Pass Blocking 10 6.5 Run Blocking 10 7 Awareness 8 6 Hand Placement 6 4.5 Pulling/Trapping/Second Level 6 4 Footwork 8 4.5 Leverage 8 5.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Good size with long arms. Plays with a nice, wide base. Adequate hand placement. Average awareness level. Experience at both right and left tackle, but footwork suggests right tackle is best fit for NFL. When locked on a pass (read more…)


Scouting Report: Jordan Shipley

Written by Will Spencer on February 19, 2010

Scouting Report: Jordan Shipley

Jordan Shipley

Position: WR School: Texas Height: 5’11 1/4" Weight: 193 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.60 Overall Grade: 5.81 Draft Projection: 3rd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 4 Speed 8 5 Quickness/Agility 10 7 Strength/Explosion 10 6 Athletic Ability 8 6.5 Durability 8 5 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 4.5 Toughness 8 8 Potential 10 6.5

Wide Receiver Specific Categories Category Max. Value Grade Route Running 10 7 Hands 10 7.5 Blocking 4 3 Short Routes 8 8 Deep Routes 8 3 Elusiveness/YAC 8 6

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

An excellent short route runner. Works the middle of the field very well and isn’t afraid of the contact that comes with it. Good body control and maintains balance when stretching for catches. Lined up mostly in the slot at Texas, which is (read more…)


Scouting Report: Colt McCoy

Written by Will Spencer on February 18, 2010

Scouting Report: Colt McCoy

Colt McCoy

Position: QB School: Texas Height: 6’1 1/8" Weight: 216 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.79 Overall Grade: 6.48 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 3 Speed 8 5.5 Quickness/Agility 10 7 Strength/Explosion 10 5.5 Athletic Ability 8 6 Durability 8 8 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 6 Toughness 8 8 Potential 10 9

Quarterback Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Decision Making 10 8 Arm Strength 7 4 Accuracy 10 8.5 Mechanics/Footwork 7 4.5 Mobility 6 4.5 Release Quickness 8 7

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

A 4 year starter in one of the top programs in the nation. Production is through the roof. Quick release. Short, underneath and intermediate throws are very accurate. Ideal for a west coast offense. Solid mobility. Knows when to scramble and flashes athletic (read more…)


Scouting Report: Roddrick Muckelroy

Written by Will Spencer on February 18, 2010

Scouting Report: Roddrick Muckelroy

Roddrick Muckelroy

Position: LB School: Texas Height: 6’1 3/4" Weight: 246 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.77 Overall Grade: 6.03 Draft Projection: 2nd/3rd Round Fringe

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5 Speed 8 5.5 Quickness/Agility 10 7.5 Strength/Explosion 10 7.5 Athletic Ability 8 5.5 Durability 8 5.5 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 4.5 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 7.5

Linebacker Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 6 Coverage 8 5 Pass Rushing 8 4 Tackling 8 6.5 Instincts 8 7 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 6.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Instinctive linebacker that can sniff out run plays, specifically draws and screens. When he gets square with the ball carrier, he can deliver a nice pop. Effective open field tackler when in position. Flows well to the outside, showing good lateral movement. (read more…)


Scouting Report: Lamarr Houston

Written by Will Spencer on February 18, 2010

Scouting Report: Lamarr Houston

Lamarr Houston

Position: DT School: Texas Height: 6’2 3/4" Weight: 305 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.85 Overall Grade: 6.39 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5 Speed 8 6.5 Quickness/Agility 10 7.5 Strength/Explosion 10 8 Athletic Ability 8 6.5 Durability 8 7 Character 6 4.5 Production/Experience 6 4.5 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 8

Defensive Line Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 6 Pass Rushing 8 6.5 Awareness 8 6 Hand Placement 8 6.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Very quick first step and gets upfield fast. Shoots the gap effectively and disrupts the play. Can collapse the pocket and gets a good push on the blocker. Strong at the point of attack and seems to have a strong lower body. Plays with a wide base. Does (read more…)


Scouting Report: Sergio Kindle

Written by Will Spencer on February 17, 2010

Scouting Report: Sergio Kindle

Sergio Kindle

Position: OLB/DE School: Texas Height: 6’2 7/8" Weight: 250 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.71 Overall Grade: 6.81 Draft Projection: 1st/2nd Round Fringe

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5 Speed 8 6.5 Quickness/Agility 10 8 Strength/Explosion 10 8.5 Athletic Ability 8 7 Durability 8 7 Character 6 3.5 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 8 Potential 10 10

Linebacker Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 7 Coverage 8 5.5 Pass Rushing 8 7.5 Tackling 8 7.5 Instincts 8 6 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Very versatile defender. Texas lined Kindle up at numerous positions; RDE, LDE and OLB. Kindle also rushed the passer from a 3 point stance, 2 point stance and even a 4 point stance at times. Kindle was used in coverage as a (read more…)


Scouting Report: Earl Thomas

Written by Will Spencer on February 17, 2010

Scouting Report: Earl Thomas

Earl Thomas

Position: Safety School: Texas Height: 5’10 1/4" Weight: 208 lbs Class: RS Sophomore 40 time: 4.49 Overall Grade: 7.12 Draft Projection: First Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 4.5 Speed 8 7 Quickness/Agility 10 9 Strength/Explosion 10 8 Athletic Ability 8 8 Durability 8 8 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 8 Potential 10 9.5

Defensive Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Ball Skills 10 9 Man Coverage 10 9 Zone Coverage 10 9.5 Tackling 6 4 Run Stopping 6 4 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7.5 Physicality 6 5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Reacts quickly to the ball once it’s in the air or on the ground. Reads the quarterback’s eyes while in coverage and has a knack for jumping routes. Anticipates when a receiver is about to make (read more…)


Interview: Patrick Robinson

Written by Will Spencer on February 15, 2010

Interview: Patrick Robinson

 

Robinson is a bit of an enigma for scouts. On tape, there are games where he is absolutely dominant. Other times, he can disappear. Robinson came into the Senior Bowl as possibly the 2nd rated corner on most folks board, but I’m not sure if he lived up to those expectations. Patrick took some of his time out to sit down and talk with me during Senior Bowl week about what his favorite coverage is and what receiver gave him the toughest time in practice.

 

Spencer: How’s your Senior Bowl experience been so far?

 

Robinson: It’s been good. It’s been fun so far.

 

Spencer: Was this something that you knew right away you’d play in if you were invited?

 

Robinson: Oh yeah. I knew right away.

 

Spencer: What is it about the Senior Bowl that is so appealing to you?

 

Robinson: It’s (read more…)


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