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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…)


2 Round Mock Draft – March 23rd

Written by Shane Hallam on March 23, 2010

2 Round Mock Draft – March 23rd

Shane Hallam takes you through another mock draft and this time, it’s a two rounder. See who Shane thinks will rise or fall based on the Combine as well as Pro Days.

1. St. Louis Rams Sam Bradford – QB – Oklahoma

The NFL is a league centered around the Quarterback position. Think about what positions usually do high in drafts. Quarterbacks, Left Tackles to protect the Quarterback, and pass rushers who can pressure the Quarterback. Even if Ram’s GM Dunleavy has one of the amazingly talented DTs rated above Sam Bradford, it may be tough for him to pass on a QB with the profile of Sam Bradford. A Heisman Trophy winner with exceptional accuracy and a cerebral football mind, Bradford has the tools to be a successful NFL starter. Though there are questions about his ability to take hits and how he’ll hold up under pressure, (read more…)


Scouting Report: Maurkice Pouncey

Written by Will Spencer on March 22, 2010

Scouting Report: Maurkice Pouncey

Maurkice Pouncey

Position: C School: Florida Height: 6’4 1/8" Weight: 304 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 5.15 Overall Grade: 7.21 Draft Projection: First round

– Draft Breakdown Red Star Player

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 6 Speed 8 7 Quickness/Agility 10 8.5 Strength/Explosion 10 9 Athletic Ability 8 6 Durability 8 7.5 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 9.5

Offensive Lineman Specific Categories Category Max. Value Grade Pass Blocking 10 9 Run Blocking 10 9 Awareness 8 7.5 Hand Placement 6 5.5 Pulling/Trapping/Second Level 6 5 Footwork 8 8 Leverage 8 7

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Smart and instinctive blocker. Identifies blitzers well and does a nice job making the calls for the offensive line. Has experience playing both right guard and center but could play (read more…)


Scouting Report: Sean Weatherspoon

Written by Will Spencer on March 22, 2010

Scouting Report: Sean Weatherspoon

Sean Weatherspoon

Position: LB School: Missouri Height: 6’1 1/4" Weight: 239 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.68 Overall Grade: 7.25 Draft Projection: First Round

– Draft Breakdown Red Star Player

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5 Speed 8 7 Quickness/Agility 10 8.5 Strength/Explosion 10 9 Athletic Ability 8 7 Durability 8 7.5 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 6 Toughness 8 8 Potential 10 10

Linebacker Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 7 Coverage 8 7 Pass Rushing 8 5 Tackling 8 8 Instincts 8 7.5 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

An absolute tackle machine. Weatherspoon reads his keys well and flows to the ball effectively. Does a nice job wading through trash to get to the ball carrier. Reads blocks and fills holes very (read more…)


Scouting Report: Carlos Dunlap

Written by Will Spencer on March 22, 2010

Scouting Report: Carlos Dunlap

Carlos Dunlap

Position: DE School: Florida Height: 6’5 6/8" Weight: 277 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.71 Overall Grade: 6.61 Draft Projection: 1st/2nd round Fringe

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 6 Speed 8 6.5 Quickness/Agility 10 8 Strength/Explosion 10 9 Athletic Ability 8 6.5 Durability 8 8 Character 6 3 Production/Experience 6 4.5 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 9

Defensive Line Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 6 Pass Rushing 8 7.5 Awareness 8 4.5 Hand Placement 8 7

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Gets a great initial punch on the offensive lineman, using long arms (34 5/8″) to gain leverage. Quick first step and gets to the edge quickly. Has a nice bull rush and rip move that give offensive linemen fits. Lined up at both RDE and LDE at (read more…)


Scouting Report: Eric Norwood

Written by Rob Engle on March 22, 2010

Scouting Report: Eric Norwood

Eric Norwood

Position: LB School: South Carolina Height: 6’0 7/8" Weight: 245 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.68 Overall Grade: 6.06 Draft Projection: Late 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 4 Speed 8 6 Quickness/Agility 10 7.5 Strength/Explosion 10 8 Athletic Ability 8 6.5 Durability 8 7 Character 6 4.5 Production/Experience 6 5.5 Toughness 8 5.5 Potential 10 8

Linebacker Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 4 Coverage 8 6 Pass Rushing 8 6.5 Tackling 8 5.5 Instincts 8 6.5 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 6

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Norwood is a long time starter for the Gamecocks and made more than 35 consecutive starts to end his career. He was extremely productive and made a lot of big plays over his college career. He lined up at several different (read more…)


Report from West Virginia Pro Day

Written by Rob Engle on March 21, 2010

Report from West Virginia Pro Day

3-18-10 By our count, there were 9 teams represented at the 2010 West Virginia pro day: the Steelers, Seahawks, Saints, Eagles, Texans, Browns, Panthers, Ravens and Vikings were all in attendance but there were also several unidentified scouts as well. The Browns sent three scouts to the pro day which might mean that the have considerable interest in a prospect that was there. The players that participated were OT Selvish Capers, WR’s Alric Arnett and Wes Lyons, QB Jarrett Brown, LB Ovid Goulbourne, CB’s Guesly Dervil, Kent Richardson, Nate Sowers, and Anthony Wood, and Punter Scott Kozlowski. There weren’t any big name scouts or coaches in attendance but there were still some impressive performances. WR Wes Lyons was the biggest surprise. At 6’8″ 231 pounds Wes is a mountain of a wideout. I clocked his 40 times at 4.61 and 4.67 and his short shuttle at 4.12 and 4.19 which (read more…)


Interview: Jamar Chaney

Written by Will Spencer on March 16, 2010

Interview: Jamar Chaney

 

One of the underrated prospects at inside linebacker this year is Jamar Chaney of Mississippi State. Not only was Jamar the defensive MVP of the Senior Bowl, but he recorded the fastest time of all the linebackers at the Combine at 4.54, but even he thinks he can run in the 4.4s. Chaney’s athleticism flashes on film and any linebacker that can play at a high level in the SEC deserves recognition. I had the chance to talk with Jamar about where NFL teams see him fitting in at the next level and what it is that motivates him when he’s on the field. Be sure to follow Jamar on Twitter @Jamar22Chaney.

 

Spencer: I haven’t had a chance to talk to you since the middle of the Senior Bowl. How do you feel about your performance down in Mobile?

 

Chaney: Just to get to play (read more…)


Interview: Sean Weatherspoon

Written by Will Spencer on March 15, 2010

Interview: Sean Weatherspoon

 

One of my absolute favorite draft prospects in this year’s class is Sean Weatherspoon, the linebacker from Missouri. I knew I liked “Spoon” from the games I had watched before the Senior Bowl, but it was there that I got to see first hand his abilities as a leader on and off the field. Sean isn’t afraid to speak his mind and he talked with me about how the North squad felt disrespected at the Senior Bowl, how he feels about those who chose not to compete at the Combine and what team made him stand up and sing for them in an interview! Needless to say, this was one of my favorite interviews I’ve had the pleasure of conducting. Be sure to follow Spoon on Twitter (while he still has it!) @SeanWSpoon12!

 

Spencer: We first met at the beginning of Senior Bowl week but haven’t (read more…)


Intersite Mock Draft – March 14th

Written by Will Spencer on March 15, 2010

Intersite Mock Draft – March 14th

Your favorite draft sites from across the internet all came together to conduct an intersite mock draft. See who the experts from the draftnik community think your team will take in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft!

1. St. Louis Rams Sam Bradford – QB – Oklahoma

St. Louis is basically an expansion team at this point (6 wins in 3 years). The safe choice would be to select the widely regarded best player in the draft, Ndamukong Suh. The Nebraska defensive tackle would help the Rams run defense (opponents averaged 4.4 yards per carry and rushed for 2,201 yards last season) and provide a push up the middle. However, this year’s draft is exceptionally deep at defensive tackle. St. Louis will be able to find help at DT in the 2nd and 3rd round. No position can energize and turnaround a franchise faster than (read more…)


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