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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…)


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…)


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