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Scouting Report: AJ Green

Written by Ryan Lownes on February 18, 2011

AJ Green

 

Position: WR School: Georgia Height: 6’3 5/8" Weight: 211 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.50 All-Star Game: None Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 5 pick

 

Summary

It isn’t very often that a receiver comes along that is as smooth, dynamic, and as long as A.J. Green. After coming to Georgia as a highly touted recruit, Green paired with 2009 1st Overall pick Matthew Stafford to form an electric 1-2 combination. The Bulldogs weren’t shy using him as a freshman as he was featured in the deep, vertical passing game, across the middle of the field, and working the sidelines beyond the sticks. Though he came to school a bit raw, Green has obviously worked hard to become a crisp route-runner. He’s developed moves to beat the jam and he shows the elusiveness after the catch needed to create big plays from next to (read more…)

Brooks Reed: Not A Household Name…Yet

Written by Ryan Lownes on February 17, 2011

Every year around February or March, a player rises from virtual anonymity and works his way into the first round mix of the NFL Draft. It becomes clear that fans at home were sleeping on an NFL caliber talent early in the process. In 2009 it was Clay Matthews that started an ascension up the boards after the season, in 2010 it was California’s Tyson Alualu. Who in the 2011 class will shock fans and draftniks by going higher than projected? I introduce to you: Arizona defensive end/linebacker Brooks Reed.

 

In college, Reed functioned as defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. He enjoyed success throughout his career at Arizona as a speed rusher off the right side; however, at 6’2 ½ 257, he lacks the size necessary to hold down a starting end spot at the next level. For many players, the size and speed jump in the NFL (read more…)

Why Has Everyone Forgotten Greg Little?

Written by Eric Samulski on February 17, 2011

He stands 6’3″ and weighs in at 220 pounds, but he has become largely invisible.

 

With all the chatter prior to this year’s NFL draft centering around the renewed dedication of Marvin Austin and the tremendous pass-rushing potential of Robert Quinn, there has been nothing more than a whisper in regards to their former teammate, Greg Little.

 

Before the black cloud of NCAA sanctions, suspensions and dismissals fell over the North Carolina football team, Greg Little was regarded as an influential piece of their championship hopeful team.

 

Although they had made their name on the defensive end, Little had been a force at wide receiver. He displayed soft hands, punishing blocking ability and unparalleled run after the catch skills on his way to 727 yards and five TDs in his junior campaign.

 

When the ruling came down in October that Little, along with teammates (read more…)

Two Brothers Bound For Greatness

Written by Matt Deem on February 17, 2011

Brothers in pro sports are not incredibly rare, but twin brothers in pro sports are. Mike and Maurkice Pouncey fit into that rare category. Born on July 24th, 1989 in Ardmore, Oklahoma these two brothers have made a name for themselves in just 22 short years.

 

Mike and Maurkice played high school football in the state of Florida for Lakeland High, anchoring the line that led to three straight Florida Class 5A titles and two straight USA Today National Championships. After graduation, they took their talents to the University of Florida.

 

Both earned playing time as true freshman. Maurkice started 11 games at right guard earning freshman first team All-American and was on the All-SEC freshman team. Mike started out playing on the offensive line but was moved to the defensive line where he started 4 games, finishing with 8 tackles and 1 interception, the interception (read more…)

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

 

Summary

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…)

New Prospect Video: Three Weeks of Justin Houston

Written by Aaron Aloysius on February 13, 2011

New Prospect Video: Three Weeks of Justin Houston

Georgia pass rusher Justin Houston had a breakout junior season, notching 11 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss. He was very productive in the Bulldogs’ new 3-4 defense, leading many to conclude that he’ll soon be a disruptive 3-4 outside backer in the big leagues.

 

However, the tape shows that Houston may need more development before he’ll be effective in that role.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiwuZT5hXlg

 

Though Houston began the transition to playing with his hand up, he looked much more comfortable and explosive playing with his hand in the dirt. From a three-point stance, Houston displays an excellent first step; from a two-point, he’s less capable of running the arc around offensive tackles. His limited repertoire of rush moves further amplifies the issue.

 

As a result, Houston may be more effective early on as a nickel rusher. In fact, a 4-3 team could be interested in having him (read more…)

Justin Houston

Written by Aaron Aloysius on February 12, 2011

Nick Fairley

Written by Aaron Aloysius on February 10, 2011

Twitter Live Mock Draft February 10th

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on February 9, 2011

So I’m doing a live mock draft on my twitter account @GilAlcarazIV at about 5 PST tonight, Thursday, February 10. Come join in on the fun and let your voice be heard! I’m taking votes for each pick in order, and the player that receives the most votes will be the pick for that team. Here is the order and who has been picked up to this point. Get on Twitter tonight and send me your thoughts.

 

Update! I’ve decided that it may be better for us to let everyone in on a time that we’re going to do this and maybe we can start over, with more participants and some better decisions (i.e. Jonathan Baldwin at 14). So either leave a comment on here or shoot me a tweet on my Twitter page on what you think is best and we’ll go from there. The tentative time (read more…)

AJ Green

Written by Aaron Aloysius on February 9, 2011

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