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Report from Rutgers Pro Day

Written by Will Spencer on March 11, 2010

Report from Rutgers Pro Day

3-10-10 By my count, 23 NFL teams were represented at the Rutgers pro day event including; Raiders, Saints, Ravens, Colts, Browns, Jaguars, Eagles, Redskins, Chiefs, Seahawks, Bucs, Vikings, Packers, Chargers, Giants, Patriots, Jets, Bears, Dolphins, 49ers, Falcons, Texans and Bills. The Baltimore Ravens seemed to bring the biggest names as Director of College Scouting Joe Hortiz and defensive backs coach Chuck Pagano were in attendance. The Eagles also sent their defensive backs coach and former Bills head coach, Dick Jauron. OT and possible top 10 pick, Anthony Davis, decided NOT to work out today as he “wasn’t feeling well” and apparently had a hamstring issue. Scouts were not happy. CB Devin McCourty decided to stand on his Combine numbers and did not participate in any timed events. However, McCourty did participate in position drills. More on that in a minute. Damaso Munoz, the undersized strong side linebacker, may have been (read more…)


Combine Blog: Tuesday

Written by Will Spencer on March 3, 2010

Combine Blog: Tuesday

News and notes from the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine: Tuesday, March 2nd

 

— Controversy filled the air at the Combine this week regarding 40 times. Unofficially, USC S Taylor Mays tied the Combine record of 4.24 in the 40, only to find that his official time was 4.43. According to several sources, most scouts had Mays 40 time somewhere in the low 4.3s. Mays still looked stiff in coverage drills and many continue to question whether or not his best fit is at OLB in the NFL.

 

— Rutgers CB Devin McCourty continued to help himself today and is rising fast in the cornerback rankings. McCourty ran a 4.48 40 yard dash and looked smooth and natural in the position drills.

 

— Boise State CB Kyle Wilson did not participate in any drills due to a hamstring injury.

 

— I fully expected a faster time from (read more…)


Combine Blog: Monday

Written by Will Spencer on March 1, 2010

Combine Blog: Monday

News and notes from the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine: Monday, March 1st

 

— Alabama LB Rolando McClain didn’t participate in any drills today. He is reportedly suffering from a hamstring injury.

 

— After running the 40 yard dash (4.72 official), Michigan DE/OLB Brandon Graham tweeked his hamstring and was unable to participate in position drills.

 

— TCU DE Jerry Hughes helped himself today by running a 4.69 40 yard dash. Hughes opted out of the Senior Bowl and Brandon Graham vaulted himself in front of Hughes in most rankings.

 

— Jason Pierre-Paul, the physical freak out of South Florida, is still climbing draft boards. Though he only put up 19 reps on the bench press, he ran a nice 40 time at 4.64 and looked smooth in the position drills.

 

— Florida ILB Brandon Spikes decided to not participate in the 40 yard dash, (read more…)


Combine Blog: Sunday

Written by Will Spencer on February 28, 2010

Combine Blog: Sunday

News and notes from the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine: Sunday, February 28th

 

— Clemson WR Jacoby Ford ran an official 4.28 40 today.

 

— Syracuse WR Mike Williams looked rusty in the gauntlet drills today and has a lot to answer about his character to NFL teams. He’s reportedly been saying that he did not quit the team, but no further clarification was given.

 

— West Virginia QB Jarrett Brown opened some eyes today with his athleticism. He posted a 4.54 40 time.

 

— Though LeFevour didn’t throw today, he ran well in the 40, putting up a 4.66 official time. He seems very mobile on tape and displayed that at the Senior Bowl.

 

— Tulane WR Jeremy Williams looked the most comfortable in gauntlet drills today. He was very fluid and catches the ball naturally.

 

— Tim Tebow showed his athletic ability today. (read more…)


Combine Blog: Saturday

Written by Will Spencer on February 27, 2010

Combine Blog: Saturday

News and notes from the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine: Saturday, February 27th

 

— Not known as a “strong” guy, BYU TE Dennis Pitta put up 27 reps on the bench press today, finishing 2nd among all tight ends.

 

— Oklahoma OT Trent Williams ran his 40 today with unofficial times of 4.82 and 4.91, which is very fast for a man his size.

 

— Alabama NT Terrence “Mount” Cody weighed in today at 354 pounds. That’s down 16 from his 370 lbs weigh in at the Senior Bowl. He’s getting there but just dropping that weight shows improvement and will get scouts’ attention.

 

— Pitt TE Dorin Dickerson ran a blazing 4.40 40 yard dash today, leading all tight ends. Behind Dickerson were Miami’s Jimmy Graham (4.57) and BYU’s Dennis Pitta (4.62).

 

— Texas DE/OLB Sergio Kindle measured in at 6’2 7’8″ 250 lbs, which (read more…)


Combine Blog: Friday

Written by Will Spencer on February 26, 2010

Combine Blog: Friday

News and notes from the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine: Friday, February 26th

 

— Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen measured in at 6’2 1/2″ 222 lbs, ending the speculation that he could measure in shorter than expected.

 

— Former NFL GM Charlie Casserly told members of the media that he’s polled about half of NFL teams in regards to Bradford vs. Clausen. The result? They all have Bradford rated above Clausen.

 

— Lots of talks today about the future of the league in 2011. Looks like the 2010 year will be uncapped and the future of the 2011 season is still in the air.

 

— Kansas State return specialist Brandon Banks measured in at 5’7″ and 149 lbs. That’s right….149 lbs.

 

— Illinois G Jon Asomoah spoke to the media about Penn State DT Jared Odrick. “I watched him on film, but you don’t get the (read more…)


Combine Blog: Thursday

Written by Will Spencer on February 25, 2010

Combine Blog: Thursday

News and notes from the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine: Thursday, February 25th

 

— Word around the horn is that Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen is going to measure in smaller than his listed size of 6’2″.

 

— LSU return specialist Trindon Holliday, who is only 5’5″, says he plans on breaking Chris Johnson’s Combine 40 time record of 4.24, hoping to run a 4.23.

 

— Expect Florida State CB Patrick Robinson to put up one of the fastest 40 times among defensive backs. However, speed was never a concerns for Robinson….technique is.

 

— USC OT Charles Brown can breathe a sigh of relief after weighing in at 303 lbs. Scouts were concerned that he would weigh in below 300 and would need to add more bulk before the NFL season. This shows that Brown can add weight, and will probably add a few more pounds of (read more…)


Scouting Report: Lorenzo Washington

Written by Will Spencer on February 25, 2010

Scouting Report: Lorenzo Washington

Lorenzo Washington

Position: DE School: Alabama Height: 6’4" Weight: 291 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.14 Overall Grade: 4.71 Draft Projection: UDFA

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 4.5 Speed 8 3.5 Quickness/Agility 10 4 Strength/Explosion 10 7 Athletic Ability 8 3 Durability 8 8 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 4 Toughness 8 6 Potential 10 5

Defensive Line Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 4 Pass Rushing 8 3 Awareness 8 4 Hand Placement 8 4

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Plays with strength and can collapse the pocket. Good tackler when given the opportunity. Average motor for a big man. Hard to move once he establishes leverage. Does an adequate job of using his hands when engaging blockers. Has shown the ability to shed blockers in one on one situations. (read more…)


Scouting Report: Justin Woodall

Written by Will Spencer on February 25, 2010

Scouting Report: Justin Woodall

Justin Woodall

Position: S School: Alabama Height: 6’1 1/4" Weight: 223 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.62 Overall Grade: 4.88 Draft Projection: UDFA

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5.5 Speed 8 4 Quickness/Agility 10 5.5 Strength/Explosion 10 5 Athletic Ability 8 5 Durability 8 7.5 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 3 Toughness 8 6.5 Potential 10 5

Defensive Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Ball Skills 10 5 Man Coverage 10 3.5 Zone Coverage 10 5 Tackling 6 5 Run Stopping 6 3.5 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 3 Physicality 6 5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Good height and weight for position. Adequate range and speed. Does a nice job in run support. Plays best when closer to the line and is a sure tackler. Average awareness. Has soft hands and adequate ball skills. (read more…)


Scouting Report: Brandon Deaderick

Written by Will Spencer on February 25, 2010

Scouting Report: Brandon Deaderick

Brandon Deaderick

Position: DT School: Alabama Height: 6’3 7/8" Weight: 314 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: – Overall Grade: 5.68 Draft Projection: 4th Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 4.5 Speed 8 3.5 Quickness/Agility 10 5 Strength/Explosion 10 6 Athletic Ability 8 4 Durability 8 7.5 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 4.5 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 7

Defensive Line Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 5.5 Pass Rushing 8 4.5 Awareness 8 6.5 Hand Placement 8 6

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Played defensive end for Alabama’s 3-4 scheme. Hard to move once he establishes leverage. Solid awareness and good hand placement. Average initial punch and has sound gap responsibility. Plays with a good motor. Gets his hands up when the quarterback throws the ball. Locks out his arms on (read more…)


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