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Scouting Report: Jonathan Dwyer

Written by Rob Engle on April 5, 2010

Scouting Report: Jonathan Dwyer

Jonathan Dwyer

Position: RB School: Georgia Tech Height: 5’11 1/4" Weight: 229 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.68 Overall Grade: 6.26 Draft Projection: Mid-late 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 6 Speed 8 4.5 Quickness/Agility 10 5.5 Strength/Explosion 10 8.5 Athletic Ability 8 5.5 Durability 8 8 Character 6 5 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 6.5 Potential 10 8.5

Running Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Between the tackles 8 7.5 Outside the tackles 8 4 Receiving 6 3.5 Ball carrying 8 7.5 Vision 10 7.5 Elusiveness 8 6 Pass Blocking 8 5.5 Leg Drive 8 7.5 Break Tackle 8 7

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Dwyer has been an extremely productive back in the ACC for his entire career. He’s got great weight and bulk, with possibly the thickest legs in (read more…)


Scouting Report: Demaryius Thomas

Written by Rob Engle on April 5, 2010

Scouting Report: Demaryius Thomas

Demaryius Thomas

Position: WR School: Georgia Tech Height: 6’3 1/4" Weight: 224 lbs Class: RS Junior 40 time: -.– Overall Grade: 6.38 Draft Projection: Early 2nd round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 6 Speed 8 6.5 Quickness/Agility 10 4.5 Strength/Explosion 10 9.5 Athletic Ability 8 6.5 Durability 8 7 Character 6 5.5 Production/Experience 6 4.5 Toughness 8 7.5 Potential 10 10

Wide Receiver Specific Categories Category Max. Value Grade Route Running 10 4.5 Hands 10 9 Blocking 4 4 Short Routes 8 5 Deep Routes 8 7 Elusiveness/YAC 8 5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

A really big, physically imposing wide receiver. He’s got big, soft hands and he uses them well to catch away from his body. Has the most potential of any receiver in the draft because of his physical attributes. Although he (read more…)


Does size really matter?

Written by Josh Squires on April 5, 2010

Does size really matter?

By Josh Squires 4/3/10 With new decade, brings new fads. Running back by committee and wildcat are just a few of the styles teams are going to. However, none of these were quite like the craze of the large WR. Sure, in the past there were wideouts who were mismatches to any cornerback whom they faced. These days, tall cornerbacks don’t grow on trees and it’s rare to find one above 6 feet that can cover consistently. Despite that, the teams keep leaning towards drafting the larger wideouts. Ask most fans what they prefer and they will more commonly tell you they want the guy that can use his body to create a tough scenario for defenses to game plan against. While there’s nothing wrong with that, everyone is looking for their own Andre Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald. It’s very rare to find a player of their similar talent and (read more…)


The Hulk or Bruce Banner?

Written by Shane Hallam on April 5, 2010

The Hulk or Bruce Banner?

By Shane Hallam 4/3/10 Growing up with two older brothers, I had a lot of exposure to comic books and superheroes.  One of my favorites was always the Incredible Hulk, who was often depicted in cartoons and movies as the harmless, fearful Bruce Banner until his anger metamorphosed him into the ultimate physical machine, The Hulk.   So, what does this have to do with the draft?  Well, I hate the term “boom or bust.”  It makes it sounds like a guy will either be a Hall of Famer or flipping burgers at McDonalds.  More often than not, a guy will either end up a Pro Bowler or become an inconsistent spot starter.  Essentially, they either get to be a variation of the dynamic Hulk or timid Bruce Banner.  I am going to pick out one first day pick by position and explain to you who will show up as (read more…)


Tight Ends: Where’s the value?

Written by Shane Hallam on April 5, 2010

Tight Ends: Where’s the value?

By Shane Hallam – 4/3/10 Something I have discussed ad nauseam with draft experts, fans, and friends is the Tight End crop in this year’s draft class. The group as a whole is diverse, talented, and one of the best crops we have seen in years. I break down the class into four distinct groups: 1. Pass-Catchers: Guys who are purely there to catch balls and be match-up nightmares. No blocking for the group here. Players in this group are Aaron Hernandez, Dorin Dickerson, Jimmy Graham, Dennis Pitta, Garrett Graham, Ed Dickson, etc. 2. Blockers: Guys who will be the inline blockers that teams look for to contribute in run and pass blocking. Likely #2 TEs whose contributions go unseen by many fans. Players in this group are Michael Hoomanawanui, Colin Peek, Brody Eldridge, Nate Byham, etc. 3. Complete Package: Guys who can block as well as catch passes. Your (read more…)


Scouting Report: Derrick Morgan

Written by Rob Engle on April 4, 2010

Scouting Report: Derrick Morgan

Derrick Morgan

Position: DE School: Georgia Tech Height: 6’3" Weight: 266 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.72 Overall Grade: 7.50 Draft Projection: Top 10 Pick

– Draft Breakdown Red Star Player

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5 Speed 8 6.5 Quickness/Agility 10 8 Strength/Explosion 10 7.5 Athletic Ability 8 6.5 Durability 8 8 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 5.5 Toughness 8 6.5 Potential 10 9.5

Defensive Line Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 6.5 Pass Rushing 8 7.5 Awareness 8 7.5 Hand Placement 8 7

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Morgan has great size, speed, quickness, and power which are all extremely important attributes for a pass rusher in the NFL. A lot of experience starting on Georgia Tech’s defensive line and has played in all but one (read more…)


Scouting Report: Darian Stewart

Written by Rob Engle on April 3, 2010

Scouting Report: Darian Stewart

Darian Stewart

Position: S School: South Carolina Height: 5’11" Weight: 213 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.51 Overall Grade: 5.03 Draft Projection: Late Rounder

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 4 Speed 8 5 Quickness/Agility 10 5.5 Strength/Explosion 10 6 Athletic Ability 8 6 Durability 8 7.5 Character 6 4.5 Production/Experience 6 4.5 Toughness 8 6 Potential 10 6

Defensive Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Ball Skills 10 3.5 Man Coverage 10 4 Zone Coverage 10 6 Tackling 6 4.5 Run Stopping 6 4.5 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 3 Physicality 6 5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

A big, physical safety with a lot of experience in a prestigious conference (SEC). He’s a good tackler and can hit like a linebacker. He’s got good straight line speed. Very solid in run support. Really looks (read more…)


Interview: Kent Richardson

Written by Rob Engle on April 3, 2010

Interview: Kent Richardson

 

Draft Breakdown was able to get out to the West Virginia Pro Day this year, and a player that caught our attention was cornerback Kent Richardson. Kent had a great workout and spent some time talking to NFL scouts afterwards. With his physical skill set, he’s certainly someone that needs to be on the radar of all NFL Draft followers. Rob Engle took a few minutes to talk with Kent about his career at WVU.

 

Engle: Hey Kent, thanks for taking the time to do this interview. What did you study at West Virginia?

 

Richardson: I studied Marketing.

 

Engle: What is your accurate height, weight, 40 time and bench press?

 

Richardson: My accurate height is 5’11 3/4, bench press is 435 and 20 reps at 225, and my 40 is a 4.46.

 

Engle: Who is the best player you’ve ever played against?

 

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Report from UConn Pro Day

Written by Will Spencer on March 25, 2010

Report from UConn Pro Day

3-25-10 A cool and windy day made it nice to be indoors at Connecticut’s new indoor practice facility. By my count, there were 21 teams present at the event, including the Bears, Browns, Bucs, Chargers, Chiefs, Colts, Dolphins, Eagles, Falcons, Giants, Jaguars, Jets, Lions, Packers, Panthers, Patriots, Raiders, Ravens, Saints, Seahawks and Titans. Teams that sent multiple scouts to the workout were the Jets (3), Panthers (2) and Seahawks (2), which could mean they have an interest in a particular player. The Hartford Colonials of the UFL were also represented by 4 scouts and their head coach, Chris Palmer. Players that participated in the event were Desi Cullen (P), Brandon Dillon (DT), Andre Dixon (RB), Marcus Easley (WR), Mike Hicks (OT), Brad Kanuch (WR), Robert McClain (CB), Dan Ryan (OT), Robert Vaughn (S) and Lindsay Witten (DE). The workout also included 2 UConn players that graduated in the previous year, (read more…)


Scouting Report: Joe Haden

Written by Will Spencer on March 23, 2010

Scouting Report: Joe Haden

Joe Haden

Position: CB School: Florida Height: 5’10 3/4" Weight: 193 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.58 Overall Grade: 7.29 Draft Projection: First Round

– Draft Breakdown Red Star Player

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5 Speed 8 6.5 Quickness/Agility 10 9 Strength/Explosion 10 9 Athletic Ability 8 7.5 Durability 8 7.5 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 5.5 Toughness 8 8 Potential 10 10

Defensive Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Ball Skills 10 9 Man Coverage 10 9.5 Zone Coverage 10 8 Tackling 6 5.5 Run Stopping 6 5.5 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7.5 Physicality 6 5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Excellent in man coverage with elite ball skills. Also very solid in zone coverage. Flips his hips well. Fluid in change of direction while losing little to no (read more…)


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