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Monday, February 28, 2011

Daryl Washington, OLB Ourlads All-Rookie Team 2010

Daryl Washington was drafted in the 2nd round 47th overall
selection by the Arizona Cardinals.What Ourlads Guide to
the NFL Draft had to say about Washington:

Washington, Daryl Texas Christian 6016 230 4.65
One-year starter. Highly competitive undersized run defender
with long arms. Finds the ball quickly. Plays in a 4-2-5 defensive
scheme. Shows good overall athletic ability. Not great on his
initial read as he will false step at times. Leads with his hands
taking on blocks but is inconsistent to shed block. Tends to bend
at the waist, taking on block and lacks power to hold up. Will
get locked on occasionally and taken out of the play. At his best
in pursuit. Takes good angles and does a nice job on the backside
when the play is away. Good range in pursuit and can be sudden
in change of direction. Does a good job wading through the
traffic. Shows coverage tools and takes good drops and breaks
well on the ball. He recovers well and covers a lot of ground in
zone coverage. Can play short man coverage or run with a tight
end down the field. Keeps tempo laterally on wide running plays
and makes the tackle when the back turns up. Will shoulder
punch a back. Blows up the shuffle passes. Bounces outside
quickly to make a play. Stays square on inside running lanes but
lacks bulk to consistently hold his ground. Will contribute on all
special teams. A three-down linebacker if he gets stronger against
the run. Had 222 tackles in his career, 20 1/2 tackles for loss, 5
1/2 sacks, and 6 passes broken up. OSR:5/15. Third/fourth round.
(A-34 1/2, H-9 1/2, BP-17, SS-DNP).

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Cody Grimm SS Ourlads All-Rookie Team 2010

Cody Grimm was drafted with the Bucs 1st pick in the 7th round.
Selection #210 We wrote him as a Lber.Moved to SS.
What Ourlads Guide to the NFL Draft said about Grimm:

Grimm, Cody Virginia Tech 5107 203 4.61
One-year starter, but started for four years on special teams. A
playmaker that will start out as a core special teams player.
Physical with rare instincts. A pure football player with NFL
DNA - the son of former Redskins’ great, Russ Grimm. Always
around the ball. Not particularly big or fast, but a heat seeking
missile looking for his next collision. Natural ability to find the
ball. Has burst, quickness, and acceleration. Just when he looks
like he’s going to get beat in coverage, he slaps the ball away.
Nose for the ball in run support. Active and aggressive. Has a
fierce sense of competition. Mentally and physically tough. A
sure and consistent wrap up tackler. Not always pretty, but
efficient. Was graded 13th out of 61 linebackers that worked
out at the Combine. A special teams Pro Bowler waiting to
happen. Had 215 career tackles, 32 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, 7
passes broken up, and 9 forced fumbles. Had a 35.5 inch vertical
jump and a 9-9 broad jump. OSR:4/19. Seventh round/priority
free agent. (A-30 1/2, H-9 5/8, BP-11, SS-4.02).

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Koa Misi OLB Ourlads All-Rookie Team 2010

Koa Misi was drafted by the Miami Dolphins with the 40th
selection of the 2nd round. What Ourlads Guide to the NFL
Draft said about Misi:

Misi, Koa Utah 6026 251 4.76
Three-year starter. Junior college transfer from Santa Rosa,
CA. Conversion project to a right defensive end in a 3-4 scheme
that is extremely raw as a linebacker. Good athletic ability. He
struggled with reads and linebacker technique at the Senior Bowl.
He does not react well when the play is away and tends to float
instead of attacking downhill. Does not play well in space as he
is out of control and will over or under run the ball. He is
aggressive and plays hard, but lack of linebacker experience
causes some hesitation in read and react. Plays OK over a tight
end and attacks with his hands. Shows some shed ability but
tends to get caught on the edge and struggles to redirect into the
play. Will open up a running lane by not staying stout on a
block. Struggled with pass coverage as he lacks zone awareness.
Decent pass rush ability and showed an explosive first step as a
blitzer. Doesn’t stay blocked. One of five or six projections
that looked like they had a chance at the Combine to make the
move. Will contribute on all special teams coverage and return
units. Over career had 206 tackles, 26 broken up, 10 1/2 sacks,
and 6 forced fumbles. Had a 10-4 broad jump and 38-inch vertical
jump at the Combine. OSR:10/35. Third/fourth round. (A-32 1/
2, H-9 5/8, BP-DNP, SS-4.27).

Friday, February 25, 2011

Earl Thomas FS Ourlads All-Rookie Team 2010

Earl Thomas was drafted with the 14th pick in the 1st
round by the Seattle Seahawks. What Ourlads Guide to
the NFL Draft said about Thomas:
Thomas, Earl Texas 5102 208 4.48
Junior entry. Two-year starter with corner skills. Was a redshirt
in 2007. Ability to quickly key and diagnose. Anticipates
with quick reactions. Innate feel for secondary play. Competitive
and aggressive. Gets too wired up at times and will be out of
control. Misses tackles and takes bad angles to ball carrier. Willing to
force coming downhill as a run support safety. Gets caught up in traffic
at times. Cut tackles or whiffs. See Alabama game. Had 8 interceptions
in 2009. Several were thrown right at him if a receiver slipped or the
pass was off target. Loose hipped for smooth turns and acceleration.
Has closing and catch-up speed. Smothers slot receivers. Keeps position
on receiver. Will go for the strip. Has sideline to sideline range. Has an
edge burst to blitz and be disruptive. Can stick his foot in the ground and
drive on the ball. No false steps. Generally takes a direct line to the ball.
Has deep catch-up speed. Good hands to extend for the ball and can
adjust for a difficult interception. Knocks down several catchable balls.
Confident and daring. Will contribute on special teams. Positive
cockiness. Pro Bowl talent. Good athletic skills, but did not finish
several drills at the Combine by his choice. Had 21 reps on the bench
press and a 9-5 broad jump. Career tackles of 149, with 33 passes
broken up, 10 interceptions, and 5 caused fumbles. BTR:left 4.36, right
4.28. OSR:11/21. First round. (A-31 1/4, H-9 3/8, VJ-32, SS-DNP).

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Rolando McClain, IB Ourlads All-Rookie Team 2010

Rolando McClain was drafted in the 1st round, 8th selection.
What Ourlads'Guide to the NFL Draft said about McClain:

McClain, Rolando Alabama 6033 254 4.72
Junior entry. Three-year starter. Alabama’s defensive
quarterback. Big inside linebacker that played in a 3-4 scheme
but could play “Mike” in a 4-3. Understands the defense. Keeps
leverage on the ball without over running the play on outside
runs. Turns the play back inside. Plays square to the line of
scrimmage and scrapes quickly to the off tackle holes. Quick
recognition and reaction to run/pass. Nose for the ball. Reacts
immediately to keys, play action, and misdirection. Good football
aptitude. Calls the signals and makes the adjustments. Experience
in man to man coverage. Can handle tight ends and backs in
coverage. Can play the ball with timing and has the position to
recover. Can blitz off the edge. Quick take off, use of hands,
speed, quicks, and the ability to burst off the edge. Tough and
hard nosed. Takes on the guard. Can see over the guard. Has
good height. Passion for football. Good work ethic and
communication skills. Did not work out at the Combine by his
choice. First round. (A-33, H-9 3/8, BP-24, SS-4.45).

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sean Weatherspoon LB Ourlads All-Rookie Team 2010

Sean Weatherspoon was drafted in the 1st round by the Atlanta Falcons.
What Ourlads Guide to the NFL Draft said about Weatherspoon:

Weatherspoon, Sean Missouri 6012 239 4.67
Three-year starter that got some playing time as a freshman.
An outstanding athlete that can run and play sideline to sideline.
Productive with 392 tackles, 42 1/2 tackles for loss, and 12 1/
2 sacks. Also has had 17 pass breakups and 4 interceptions,
returning two for touchdowns. Mentally and physically tough.
He is instinctive, smart, and competitive. Explosive run through
target type hitter. Wrap tackler in the open field. A three-down
linebacker that is versatile enough to play inside or outside in
any scheme. Plays square to the line of scrimmage. Can play
coverage or blitz from a variety of positions. Has a burst to the
ball carrier. Intense and focused. Plays with good knee bend and
shoots his hands to get under and leverage the offensive lineman.
Rarely gets caught up in traffic. Very active in pursuit. Has some
power but is not the best taking on a block. Lacks great shed
ability as he will get locked on a block at times. When he “sees
it” he shows good downhill ability and generally takes good
angles. A little stiff in transition and while he has good change
of direction, he will get hung up occasionally. Has ability in
coverage, takes good drops, and for the most part reacts well to
the throw. Out of position at times, but will recover with good
pursuit. Shows good pass rush ability. Quick first step and can
adjust working upfield. Has a burst in the pass rush and can be a
quality blitzer. Can run and chase, but has some stiffness and
inconsistency in his play. Enthusiastic and talks a lot. OSR:3/
19. First/second round. (A-31 1/4, H-10 1/4, BP-34, SS-4.39).

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

T.J.Ward SS Ourlads All-Rookie Team 2010

T.J.Ward was drafted in the 2nd round by the Cleveland Browns.
What Ourlads Guide to the NFL Draft said about Ward:

Ward, TJ Oregon 5104 211 4.59
Two-year starter. Physical run support safety with good range.
Quick to read his keys to diagnose run or pass. Has coverage
savvy and smarts. Big hitter. Will not avoid contact. Can break
up a pass reception with a big hit. Thick and quick in his build
and play. Competitive with good body control. Has experience
at corner, free, and strong safety positions. Gets upfield to
force the point quickly. Can neutralize the lead blocker and
shed. Plays on his feet. Has a choppy pedal, but is OK in his
turns. Keeps position on his man. Will struggle with downfield
speed match-ups. Takes good support and pursuit angles. Will
miss a few tackles on a big hit and no wrap at times. Will
contribute on all special teams coverage units. Has an injury history.
Has 193 career tackles, 13 passes broken up, 3 interceptions, and
5 forced fumbles. BTR:left 4.60, right 4.45. OSR:12/21. Third/
fourth round. (A-30 3/4, H-9 1/2, VJ-34, SS-4.12

Monday, February 21, 2011

Pat Angerer IB Ourlads All-Rookie Team 2010

Pat Angerer was drafted in the 2nd round by the Indianapolis Colts.
What Ourlads Guide to the NFL Draft said about Angerer:

Angerer, Patrick Iowa 5114 235 4.76
Two-year starter. Disciplined and instinctive. Quick to read,
diagnose, and react. Good football intelligence. Active sideline
to sideline player. Always around the ball. Works to finish the
play. Demonstrates speed to the perimeter. Fills the inside running
lanes quickly and aggressively. Counters blocks well. Understands
leverage. Flashes a shoulder punch to neutralize blocks. Shed,
locates, and fills and hits. Uses hands to keep blocks off body.
Stays on his feet. Takes smart angles. Hustles all out and has the
speed to get there. Plays with a good base and keeps blockers
away from his body. Gets clean separation. Hits with explosion.
Can shock a ball carrier. Plays mostly zone pass coverage. Only
plays man to man on rare occasion. Collision player that will
contribute on special teams. Competitive and plays with a passion.
One of the nation’s leading tacklers with 145 stops. OSR:6/15.
Fourth/fifth round. (A-30 1/2, H-9 1/8, BP-26, SS-4.32).

Brandon Spikes IB Ourlads All-Rookie Team 2010

Brandon Spikes was the third of three selections drafted in
the 2nd round by the New England Patriots. What Ourlads Guide
to the NFL Draft said about Spikes:

Spikes, Brandon Florida 6027 249 5.00
Three-year starter with good instincts and the tools to star on
Sunday. Collision tackler that is always around the ball.
Opponent’s game plan for him is to try and wall him off and cut
him. Had four interceptions, returning two for touchdowns in
2008. Runs through ball carrier when tackling. Active in both
the run game and pass coverage. Can run with backs in man to
man coverage. Quick to break up on the ball in front of him.
Scrapes quickly to the outside and cuts off the backs’ angles.
Works his way through traffic and can hold his ground on plays
directly at him. Tough, aggressive, and competitive. Plays with
knee bend and has the quickness to shuffle and make plays
parallel to the line of scrimmage. Strong enough to tackle the
ball carrier and the blocker. Productive with 307 tackles over
the past three years. Football smart with good work ethic and a
passion for the game. Long arms and big hands to control the
blockers. His ability to read and react quickly makes up for his
lack of track speed. Has had several tipped passes in his career
because of his savvy to get into the throwing lane. A strong
vocal leader. Did not work out at the Combine. First/second round. (A-
33 3/8, H-10, BP-DNP, SS-DNP).

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Lamarr Houston DT Ourlads All-Rookie Team 2010

Lamarr Houston was drafted in the 2nd round by the Oakland Raiders.
What Ourlads Guide to the NFL Draft said about Houston:

Houston, Lamarr Texas 6026 302 4.89
Three-year starter. Inside three technique player. Must get
penetration with first step quickness or gets washed down. Does
have a sudden move to split the blockers. Plays with a good
tempo. Must work to bend and stay low. The Longhorns used
him as a fullback on the goal-line. He is a former high school
running back. Long arms and big hands. Gained 30 pounds of
good weight over the past two years to help him take up space
between the tackles. A team captain that plays the game at a
high and productive tempo. Disruptive with pressures, tackles
for loss, passes batted down, and sacks. Excellent snap reactions
to beat the blocker across the line. Good hand use. Can disengage
blocker and find the ball. Uses his strength and technique versus
drive block and double team. Lateral shuffle to get to the ball
through traffic. Stays on his feet. Has power and activity in his
legs. Over his career had 129 tackles, 40 1/2 tackles for loss,
and 15 sacks. Edge speed:left 1.88, right 2.03. OSR:6/20. Second/
third round. (A-33, H-10, BP-30, 10-1.72).

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Jared Veldheer OT Ourlads All-Rookie Team 2010

Jared Veldheer was drafted by the Oakland Raiders with the
69th selection in the 3rd round.What Ourlads Guide to the
NFL Draft said about Veldheer:

Veldheer, Jared Hillsdale 6081 312 5.09
Four-year starter that is very athletic and competitive. Plays
with good knee bend. Slides his feet in pass protection. Strong
two arm extension. Maintains balance when sliding with
defenders. Has the physical tools, but needs technique refinement.
Played in the Texas vs. Nation All-Star game and did not look
out of place for a Division II player. Struggled with edge speed
early in the game, but improved his footwork as he adjusted to
the speed of the game. Big hands and good arm length.
Dominated his competition in college. Effective in both the
run game and as a pass protector. Generally lined up against pass
rushers that were 6-8 inches shorter than him and had some
waist bend at times, but never overextended and went to the
ground. Never gave up a sack in college. Good body control and
balance. Gets depth and keeps pass rushers wide and up the field.
Mentally tough and consistent. Has the ability to quick position
a defender with base leverage. Good effort on the second level.
Good lateral agility. Was our second rated offensive lineman
athletically at the Combine. Had 9-5/BJ, 33.5/VJ, 4.52/SS, and
7.43/3 cone. Has all the tools to play on Sunday. OSR:2/40.
Second/third round. (A-33, H-10 1/4, BP-32, 10-1.72).

JD Walton, OC, Ourlads All-Rookie Team 2010

JD Walton was drafted by the Denver Broncos 80th selection in
the 3rd round.What Ourlads'Guide to the NFL Draft said about Walton:

Walton, JD Baylor 6025 300 5.23
A three-year starter that transferred from Arizona State. Has
done both the shotgun snap in the spread and conventional
snap to the quarterback under center. Position/wall off type
blocker. Creates inside running lanes by turning the down
defender. Solid on the block back or “choke” block. Plays on his
feet. Good agility and balance in close quarters. Plays with a
good base and works to finish his blocks. Will drop his head at
times in pass protection but generally slides and adjusts his
mirror to wall off defender. Good hand quickness to lock out and
position hands on the breast plate and get push on his target.
Strong and crafty, but needs to be more consistent with his
ability to recover and anchor in pass protection. Good arm
length for position. Can improve his lower body strength to anchor
a bull rush. Generally plays with good knee bend. Consistent, tough,
smart, and has outstanding leadership qualities. OSR: 27/40. Third/
fourth round. (A-33 3/8, H-9 1/4, BP-24, 10-1.79).

Friday, February 18, 2011

Tyson Alualu, DT, Ourlads' All-Rookie Team 2010

Tyson Alualu was the 10th pick in the 1st round
by Jacksonville.What Ourlads'Guide to the NFL
Draft said about Alualu:

Alualu, Tyson California 6022 291 4.96
Three-year starter. Power player with a thick lower body. A top
effort, every down disruptive player that will punch and spin.
Plays with explosiveness and leverage. Naturally strong. Shorter
than ideal to play a 5-technique end in a 3-4 scheme. May be a
one gap under tackle. Good body control. Stays on his feet. Keeps
his balance. Uses a quick arm over move. Reads the play quickly.
Good instincts. Disruptive. Forces hurries and pressures the
quarterback. Good use of hands and feet. Physical tackler. Finishes
the play. Performance not potential. Has 156 career tackles, 26
tackles for loss, 16 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles. Had a 35.5 vertical
jump. Edge speed:left 2.02, right 2.16. OSR:26/35 for defensive
ends. Third/fourth round. (A-33, H-10, BP-21, 10-1.70).

Gerald McCoy DT Ourlads All-Rookie Team 2010

Gerald McCoy was drafted by the Tampa Bay Bucs with
the 3rd pick of the 1st round. What Ourlads Guide to
the NFL Draft said about McCoy:

McCoy, Gerald Oklahoma 6041 295 5.11
Junior entry. Three-year starter. Cat-like quickness. When cut
he bounces up and demonstrates outstanding athletic ability to
get down the line and into pursuit. Good agility and body control.
Uses a spin move to get off block and out of trouble. Inconsistent
to fight pressure. Must escape on first move or can get walled
off. Is generally “all in” on his first explosive gap penetration.
He relies on his quickness to push the play deep. He plays within
the scheme of the defense. Many times he takes himself out of
a play because he can be single blocked. Good ability to disengage
blocker and find the ball. Long arms and big hands. Question
instincts at times, especially when fooled on screen passes when
he takes the bait. His strength is more of a one gap penetrator
as an under tackle in a four man front. Plays with good hip flex
and knee bend, but gets rolled out if he gets too high. Plays
quick, but not always strong. McCoy’s productivity over his
career is not as good as several linemen that will be drafted after
him. Edge speed:left 2.09, right 2.30. OSR:10/20. First round.
(A-33 3/4, H-10 1/4, BP-23, 10-1.75).

Thursday, February 17, 2011

LeGarrette Blount, RB Ourlads' All-Rookie Team 2010

LeGarrette Blount signed as a free agent with the
Tennessee Titans & was placed on the practice squad.
He was claimed by Tampa Bay and rushed for over 1000
yards in his rookie year. What Ourlads'Guide to the
NFL Draft said about Blount:

Blount, LeGarrette Oregon 6004 241 4.72
Had zero starts for the Ducks. Physical running back that plays
in a spread offense. Strong runner that has good speed and is not
easy to bring down. More of an upright runner that can get
downhill with good vision and running instincts. Determined
straight ahead runner. A goal-line type back that can muscle his
way into the end zone. Gains yards after initial contact. Gives
effort and finishes his runs with power. An aggressive back that
doesn’t shy away from contact. Flashes some shiftiness in the
open field. Athletic enough to hurdle low cutting defensive backs.
Had 17 touchdowns in 2008, alternating with Jeremiah Johnson.
A junior college transfer, he was suspended in February 2009 for
missing conditioning workouts and academic class work. Was
suspended from 9/4/09 to late November after fight in Boise
State game. A high maintenance back with talent. OSR:19/28.
Third/fourth round. (A-33 1/2, H-10, BP-19, SS-4.50).

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bryan Bulaga OT Ourlads All-Rookie Team 2010

Brian Bulaga drafted by Green Bay in the 1st round, 23rd pick.Started
at right tackle in the Super Bowl. What Ourlads'Guide to the
NFL Draft said about Bulaga:

Bulaga, Bryan Iowa 6053 314 5.26
Junior entry. Three-year starter with good athletic ability.
Technically a very sound and patient left tackle. Big-10
Offensive Lineman of the Year. Plays square with a good base.
Good lateral quickness to cut off and secure defenders away
from the play. Smooth footwork in pass protection. Hands are
up. Maintains width in the pocket to protect the quarterback.
Effortless on twist stunts making the switch. Can redirect with
natural body control. Shows attitude and aggression to engage
initial contact with base, balance, and knee bend. Has an explosive
six-inch punch to control opponent. Mirrors rusher. Quick react
and recover to blitz pickup. Can wheel defender out of the hole.
In the Georgia Tech game against probable first round pick, Derrick
Morgan, Bulaga maintained good position on a spin move and
maintained contact. Has the size, strength, balance, and base to
anchor against power as long as he drops his weight and maintains
his knee bend. Takes good steps and angles to cut off the second
level sealing linebackers and creating seams for the backs to run
through. Buries defensive tackles in the run game. Plays in a pro
style zone blocking offense that puts him ahead of the NFL blocking
learning curve. Can play any of the guard or tackle positions.
OSR:18/40. First round. (A-33 1/4, H-9 1/4, BP-26, 10-1.78).

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

John Conner Fullback Ourlads'All-Rookie Team 2010

John Conner was drafted in the 5th round by the New York Jets.
What Ourlads Guide to the NFL Draft said about Conner:

Conner, John Kentucky 5111 246 4.71
Started 26 games for the Wildcats. Consistent lead blocker in an
I-formation. Thick upper and lower body. Runs his feet on
contact. Takes pride in his blocking. A classic short-necked
blocker that is physical kicking out or sealing an off tackle
defender. Explosive leading the way on inside isolation plays.
Road grader on the outside, blocking the perimeter in the lead
option. Third guard. Blocks well on all levels. Collision football
player. Not a negative yard rusher. Hammers the ball up inside
between the tackles. Has toughs and courage. Productive in his
role. Carried the ball 54 times for 247 yards averaging 4.6 yards
per carry in his career. He has four rushing touchdowns, caught
25 passes for 193 yards, and 4 touchdowns. Functional receiver
when called upon. Effective in pass pro. Will step up to take on
blitz. Has a special teams demeanor and mentality. A good athlete
that can adjust on the run. OSR:17/28. Fourth/fifth round. (A-
32, H-8 1/2, BP-24, SS-4.36).

Monday, February 14, 2011

Trent Williams OT Ourlads' All-Rookie Team 2010

Trent Williams was the 4th pick in the 2010 Draft by
the Washington Redskins.What Ourlads' Guide to the
NFL Draft said about Williams:

Williams, Trent Oklahoma 6045 315 4.85
Four-year starting experience. Played right tackle in 2008, but
was featured as a left tackle in 2009. He also played center
against Stanford in the Sun Bowl. Plays in a spread offense at
times in a two-point preset stance. Can extend his arms and
lock out to punch and force separation. Can sit down and stop
a charge. Plays with a good base. Mirrors his man with good
head position, quickness, and balance in pass protection. Effective
to seal on down blocks. Has the ability to redirect with natural
body control. Can cut edge rusher quickly on flat passes. More
of an angular body build lacking the thickness in the lower body.
Athletic in space with the ability to adjust and sustain his target
on the move. Stays balanced with good knee bend. Improved his
ability to wall off high motor double move edge pass rushers.
Long torso tackle that can lock on a pass rusher and redirect
him. Good feet, change of direction, and knee bend. Controls
linebackers on the second level. Worked to finish his blocks
better in 2009. Instilled more intensity and violence in his game.
Can play any of the five positions along the offensive line. He did
the short shotgun snaps, but is tall for the position. One of the top
three most athletic linemen in the 2010 draft. Has the tools but
will he maintain his new found intensity on the next level? OSR:3/
40. First round. (A-34 1/4, H-9 3/4, BP-23, 10-1.73).

Jacoby Ford WR Ourlads' All-Rookie Team 2010

Jacoby Ford was drafted in the 4th round by the Oakland Raiders.
What Ourlads'Guide to the NFL Draft said about Ford:

Ford, Jacoby Clemson 5087 186 4.25
Two-and-a-half year starter. Rare vertical speed with sudden
quickness. Can make the overhead catch. Early during the Senior
Bowl practices he played high in and out of his breaks, not
dropping his weight. A hand catcher. Needs route refinement.
Catches mostly horizontal routes in the spread offense. Gets up
the field quickly after the slip screens, etc. Small target. Needs
to improve his route running and learn the nuances of vertical
routes. Appears to struggle carrying his pads. Doesn’t look 4.25 on
the field. Can be dangerous in space, but is not particularly elusive.
Better than average hands that will drop passes crossing over the
middle. Has skills as a punt returner. In 2009 he had 56 catches for
779 yards, 13.9 yards per catch, and 6 touchdowns. OSR:6/37.
Fourth/fifth round. (A-29 1/4, H-8 7/8, VJ-33 1/2, SS-4.47).

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Aaron Hernandez TE Ourlads' All-Rookie Team 2010

Aaron Hernandez was drafted in the 4th round by the New England
Patriots.What Ourlads Guide to the NFL Draft said about Hernandez:

Hernandez, Aaron Florida 6023 245 4.60
Junior entry. Two-year starter with outstanding hands. Can snatch
and pluck the ball. Will reach out away from body to extend and
make the fingertip catch. Good adjust to the flight of the ball.
Holds the ball on contact. Athletic after catch. Good open field
instincts, acceleration, and stop and go quickness. Can turn a
short reception into a long gain. Plays fast. Runs sharp routes.
Cuts with the ability to separate. Has some fake and cut ability.
Fluid in his movement. Has good contact balance. Good
concentration in traffic. Catches “Utah” passes and has a burst
up the field. Will catch the ball inside where traffic is heavy.
Not an inline blocker. Question willingness and toughness.
However, he flashes ability to block and seal on the edge and
downfield at times. His best blocking efforts are on the perimeter.
A “Dallas Clark type” tight end. Made 68 catches, averaging
12.5 yards per catch, including 5 touchdowns. Won the Mackey
award in 2009. Did not work out at the Combine. Second/third
round. (A-32 1/4, H-9 3/4, BP-30, VJ-33).

Rob Gronkowski TE Ourlads All-Rookie Team 2010

Rob Gronkowski was drafted the first of two selections
in the 2nd Round by the New England Patriots.What Ourlads
Guide to the NFL Draft said about Gronkowski:

Gronkowski, Rob Arizona 6062 264 4.70
Two-year starter. Did not play in the 2009 season after back
surgery for a herniated disc. Big red zone target with long arms.
Productive inline blocker that stayed on his feet and worked
low to high. Good initial contact to secure the point. He did it
all - wall off, drive block, down block, double team, angle cut,
stick and stay. Excellent arm length to control and tie up
defender. Soft hands with the ability to make the tough catch.
Athletic after catch. Determined runner. Fights for extra yards.
Breaks tackles. Secures the ball after catch. Has the ability to
quick set in pass protection. Shows above average ability to
change direction and redirect. Intense and aggressive in pass
protection. Comes off hard on release. Did not run a variety of
patterns in their offense. Was hurt by the lack of a consistent
passing quarterback. Excellent receiving short and works the
underneath areas. Has the foot quickness to get open. Caught
47 passes for 14.2 yards per reception and 10 touchdowns in
2008. Career: 75 catches, 1197 yards, 16.0 yards per catch, 16
touchdowns. Did not workout at Combine due to back surgery.
First/second round. (A-34 1/4, H-10 3/4, BP-23, VJ-33.5).

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Jermaine Gresham TE Ourlads' All-Rookie Team 2010

Jermaine Gresham was drafted in the 1st round by the Cincinnati
Bengals. What Ourlads Guide to the NFL Draft said about Gresham:

Gresham, Jermaine Oklahoma 6052 261 4.72
Productive two-and-a-half year starter that caught 66 passes
for 950 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2008. Plays his best in big
games with 8 catches for 82 yards in the Big 12 championship
game along with 8 catches and two touchdowns in the BCS titlegame
against Florida. A hand catcher that can catch the ball in
traffic and in close quarters. Good upfield acceleration after catch.
Can make the first tackler miss at times or run through them.
Lines up in the slot, out wide, and in the traditional tight end area.
Can make the tough over shoulder catch. Can separate in man to
man coverage. Competitive player with explosiveness. Blocks
with good balance. A knee bender that stays on blocks. Plays better
against the best opponents. A match up nightmare for most safeties
and nickel corners. Tore knee ligaments in camp before the 2009
season and did not play in any games. Good functional speed to run
deep routes. Can split cover-two and go up after the ball. Good
body control. More than a one speed player. Knows how to
separate. Finds and sits down in the open area vs. zone coverage.
OSR:5/13. First round. (A-34 3/4, H-9 5/8, BP-20, VJ-35).

Friday, February 11, 2011

Jordan Shipley WR Ourlads' All-Rookie Team 2010

Jordan Shipley was drafted in the 3rd Round by Cincinnati.
What Ourlads' Guide to the NFL Draft said about Shipley:

Shipley, Jordan Texas 5112 193 4.61
Three-year starter. Received a sixth year from the NCAA after
red-shirting in 2004 because of left knee surgery. Missed all 12
games in 2005 due to a right hamstring injury. Possesses
outstanding natural hands and is a skilled route runner. Returned
a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown against Oklahoma in 2008.
Makes the tough catch and can adjust to a poorly thrown ball.
Holds the ball on contact. Good agility and body control. Forces
separation with the defensive back. Good open field instincts
after he catches the ball. Competitive receiver that is consistent
without the ball. Good effort as an inline blocker. Plays fast.
Can make the deep overhead catch. A clutch receiver that has
Wes Welker type quickness from the slot. Makes plays and is
sneaky fast to get behind speedy corners. Can separate with his
quick feet in short areas. Knows where the holes are in zone
coverage. Good focus and concentration. Productive. Smart
enough to be moved to different positions in a variety of
formations. Holder on field goals and PATs. Averaged 12.8 yards
on 116 receptions for 1485 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2009.
Will contribute on all special teams. Third/fourth round. (A-30
1/2, H-9 1/4, VJ-36.5, SS-4.22).

Dez Bryant WR/RS Ourlads All-Rookie Team 2010

Dez Bryant was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1st Round.
Bryant gave the Cowboy fans a sample of his big play ability.
What Ourlads'Guide to the NFL Draft said about Bryant:

Bryant, Dez Oklahoma State 6014 224 4.52
Junior entry. Started 19 games over career. Played in three
games in 2009 after being suspended by the NCAA for lying to
investigators about a visit with former NFL great Deion Sanders.
Plays in a read option spread offense. Lines up at the X-split
end or Z-slot position. Generally double covered by a safety and
a corner. A big receiver that gets open. Tough versus single
coverage. Will reach and extend to pluck the ball. Has the
strength to go up and come down with the pass. Quick in and out
of breaks. Has long arms and good sized hands to provide a big
target for his quarterback. Has suction cup hands to make the
difficult catch. Can catch the low hard pass, over the shoulder,
and ball behind or any other off target throw. Plays fast with the
speed to go deep. Can adjust to the ball in flight. No hold up on
release. Usually played with a big cushion. Athletic after catch.
Productive with the ball in his hands. Explosive playmaker.
Smooth and athletic route runner. Quick to close the cushion.
Forces separation with the defensive back. Has good vision and
focus as a vertical threat. Gets to top speed quickly. Competitive
in close quarters. Shows aggressiveness. Will cradle the ball as
needed on crossers and dig routes. Has an explosive upfield burst
after catch. The spread offense gets skilled players in space.
Half-hearted effort as a blocker. He will flash blocking skills on
rare occasions or just get in the offensive backs’ way. His last
full season was 2008. Has 87 catches averaging 17 yards per
catch and 19 touchdowns. Averaged 17.9 yards and had two
punt returns for touchdowns. Needs to take more pride in his
route running. Will lose concentration and have some easy
drops at times. Has a learning disability but no problems learning
football. Did not work out at the Combine. At his pro day he
had a 7.21/3 cone and 11-1 broad jump. First round. (A-34, H-
9 3/4, VJ-38, SS-4.48).

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Tony Moeaki TE Ourlads' All-Rookie Team 2010

Tony Moeaki was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs with their
second of two 3rd round picks.What Ourlads' Guide to the NFL
Draft said about Moeaki:

Moeaki, Tony Iowa 6030 245 4.71
Started 15 games over his career. A sure handed reliable hand
catcher. Rarely drops a ball. A complete tight end with good
athletic ability. Can adjust to the high throw behind him. Good
run after catch on tight end screens. Holds ball on contact. In
the Orange Bowl he took a short pass in the flat and ran 54
yards. Has some lower body strength to break tackles. A
productive and willing inline blocker. Plays with balance and a
good base. Secures the point of attack. Wall off, stick and stay
blocker. Plays with knee bend and good footwork. Long arms to
lock out and play with leverage. Gets body in position to block
linebackers. Breaks down well to position and slide his feet.
Durability concerns will determine his draft status. OSR:8/13.
Fourth/fifth round. (A-33 1/4, H-10 1/8, BP-18, VJ-34).

Rodger Saffold OT Ourlads' All-Rookie Team 2010

Rodger Saffold was drafted in the 2nd Round by the St. Louis Rams.He started all 16 games at left tackle allowing 2009 1st Round selection Jason Smith to move to right tackle. What Ourlads' Guide to the NFL Draft said about Saffold:

Rodger Saffold, Indiana 6044 312 5.22
Three-and-a-half year starter. Nickname should be Baskin
Robbins because he can satisfy so many tastes. Can play one of
four positions of either guard or tackle. Plays with a good base
as a run blocker and pass protector. Shuffles his feet and mirrors
edge pass rushers. Quick to redirect. Strong week of practice for
the East-West Shrine game. The most dominant offensive
lineman on either team. Played left tackle in a spread offensive
scheme for the Hoosiers and lined up in a two point preset
stance. A good athlete with long arms. Has the foot quickness
and body control to handle speed rushers. Did a good job in the
Wisconsin game to handle speed rusher O’Brien Schofield and
his spin moves. Is alert picking up the blitz or line stunts.
Maintains good foot balance. Had some good battles with Iowa’s
Adrian Clayborn. A power and two move player. Saffold is a better
pass protector at this point than a smash mouth run blocker simply
because he wasn’t asked to do it. A position wall off run blocker
with good lateral quickness. Smart and bright-eyed. At the Combine
had 9-2/BJ, 29.5/VJ, 4.68/SS, and 7.43/3 cone. OSR:16/40. Second
round. (A-33 1/4, H-9 1/4, BP-27, 10-1.80).

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Anthony Davis OT Ourlads' All-Rookie Team 2010

Anthony Davis was drafted in the first round by the 49ers.
Improved his maturity and footwork during the year where
he started every game. What Ourlads' Guide to the NFL Draft
said about Davis:

Davis, Anthony Rutgers 6050 323 5.37
Junior entry. Three-year starter. Long arms and big hands for
the position. Has the lateral quickness to hook a defensive
tackle and set the edge. Powerful on down blocks. A better than
average athlete for the tackle position. Can stay square and
shadow the edge pass rusher. Can quick set and redirect with
natural body control. OK on a “Tex” stunt. Patient on switch.
Locks out and controls his opponent in pass protection. Has a
bounce in his step. Pulls around and can block on the move
although he does get high. Generally plays too high without proper
knee bend. Will lose his feet when he’s just trying to get push up
front. Needs technique work in pass protection. His body gets out
of control at times on the second level. Gets leveraged back and
put on skates every time he gets up on his toes in pass pro. More
of a pusher than a popper. Plays in both a two-point and threepoint
stance. Has the talent. Needs the technique. OSR:24/40.
First/second round. (A-34, H-10 1/8, BP-21, 10-1.85).

Mike Iupati OG Ourlads' All-Rookie Team 2010

Mike Iupati was drafted in the first round by the 49ers. He did not miss a start in the preseason or regular season games.What Ourlads' Guide to the NFL Draft said about Iupati:

Iupati, Mike Idaho 6052 331 5.31
Three-year starter at left guard. Wide athletic body. A powerful
man that plays with a good base. Has an ornery and competitive
streak. Can drop his butt and anchor a charging defender. His
natural position is left guard. Will need developmental time to
play the other three line slots not including center. Controls the
defender with his hands. Athletic in pass protection. He does have a tendency to lobster grab a defender with his hands outside
the frame and hold. Needs technique work in his overall game. A
dominant physical player that has a good change of direction.
Exhibits an explosive punch then locks out and drives the down
defender. A mauler that gets push. The team runs behind him. Runs
his feet on contact. Explosive on short pulls and fold blocks. Stays
on his feet. Doesn’t go to the ground. Must work to bend his knees.
Can get high at times. Long arms and big hands help him keep
position on the pass rusher. Light feet in pass pro for a big man.
OSR:21/40. First round. (A-35, H-10 3/8, BP-27, 10-1.86).

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Mike Williams WR Ourlads All Rookie Team 2010

Mike Williams displayed an impressive skill set as a starter from day one and along with QB Josh Freeman led the Bucs to a 10-6 record. He was drafted in the 4th round. What Ourlads Guide to the NFL Draft said about Williams:

Williams, Mike Syracuse 6014 221 4.55
Two-year starter. Quit the team after seven games in 2009. An
enigma with talent. A hand catcher with decent arm length.
Plays big. Aggressive to the ball in the air. Big target on crossing
routes. Good receiving skills. Soft and dependable hands. A
possession receiver, not a deep vertical threat. Snatches the
quick passes out of the air and gets up the field. Good run after
catch ability. Did not play with any consistent passers in his
career. Can make the off target catch. Needs pattern refinement,
but plays with an ease of movement. Has the size, hands, and
talent to play on Sunday but has more questions than answers
for his career. Off field red flags need to be cleared up. High
maintenance receiver. Missed the 2008 season with academic
issues. It’s anybody’s guess where he will be drafted, if at all, after
his checkered college career. In 2009 he had 49 catches, 746 yards,
15.2 average, and 6 touchdowns. Career marks include 133 catches,
2044 yards, 15.4 average, and 20 touchdowns. OSR:21/37. Fourth/
fifth round. (A-32 1/2, H-9 1/4, VJ-33.5, SS-4.32).

Maurkice Pouncey OC Ourlads All-Rookie Team 2010

Maurkice Pouncey was drafted by the Steelers with the 18th pick of the first round. He did not disappoint as he earned a Pro Bowl spot after a being the first center drafted by the Steelers since 1937. He was unable to play in the Super Bowl due to a high ankle spain he suffered in the AFC Championship game vs the Jets. What Ourlads Guide to the NFL Draft said about Pouncey:

Pouncey, Maurkice Florida 6044 304 5.27
Junior entry. Three-year starter that is a good athlete and plays
with a good base. Exhibits impact, pop, and surge. Gets some
movement on short yardage and goal-line run plays. A knee
bender with leg drive. Has the ability to regain body control and
balance in pass pro. Plays with attitude and aggression. Can
shadow pass rushers. Quick to react and recover to blitz pickup.
Light feet and works to finish. Has the ability to quick position
a defender with base leverage to run his feet on contact in the
run game. Functional play strength and balance. Power in his
hips and legs. Can block a moving target on pulls. Good lateral
agility and quickness. Rimingon Award winner in 2009. In a nutshell,
he is smart, tough, motivated, and has a passion for the game. OSR:
34/40. First/Second round. (A-32 1/2, H-10, BP-26, 10-1.80).

Monday, February 7, 2011

Eric Berry SS Ourlads All Rookie Team 2010

Eric Berry was drafted at pick number five in the first round by the Kansas City Chiefs He also made the Pro Bowl as an alternate after a strong rookie season. What Ourlads Guide to the NFL Draft said about Berry:

Berry, Eric Tennessee 5115 211 4.45
Junior entry. Three-year starter. A safety with corner skills. Versatile
enough to play either free or strong safety and interchange
responsibilities and has the hip flexibility, foot quickness, change
of direction, and recoverability to play corner. Good intelligence.
Can learn and retain coverage schemes, awareness to recognize and
analyze offensive set tendencies, and react quickly to keys. Can
make calls and communicate coverages vocally. Has a fierce sense
of competition. Plays with confidence and poise. Mentally tough
and durable. Good concentration and a high reaction IQ. Reads the
eyes of the quarterback. Good leadership qualities. Has long arms
and extraordinary leaping ability. Impact hitter that is always around
the ball. Alley player on run support. Ability to stay on his feet and
play off blockers. Lined up as a safety or as a linebacker/hybrid in
the Tampa-2 system in 2009 and excelled. Active and aggressive.
Has tackling courage - heavy hitter. Did a better job in 2009 of
wrapping up as a tackler instead of just exploding on the ball
carrier. Slipped off a few tackles if he went high. Total package of
measurables, athletic ability, physical ability, intelligence, instincts,
intangibles, and leadership qualities. Will contribute on all special
teams. One of the top three players in the 2010 draft. Second in
NCAA history with 494 interception return yards. SEC Defensive
Player of the Year as a sophomore. Jim Thorpe Award winner as
the nation’s top defensive back. BTR:left 4.09, right 4.10. Had 19
reps of 225 and 6.80 on the 3-cone. OSR:2/21. First round/Top 5 pick. (A-33
1/4, H-9 5/8, VJ-43, SS-4.23).

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Nate Allen FS Ourlads All-Rookie Team 2010

Nate Allen was a second round draft choice by the Eagles: What Ourlads Guide to the NFL Draft said about Allen:

Allen, Nate South Florida 6005 205 4.50
Three-year starter. Instinctive, smart, athletic, and smooth.
Can stick his foot in the ground and drive on the ball. Has the size
and the range to be productive in run support. Good hands and ball
skills. Plays the ball at the high point. Will break up a potential
completion with a big hit. A former high school quarterback who
was moved to safety. A coach on the field. Gets players lined up.
High character player that is articulate and coachable. Good body
control. No wasted motion. Good ball reactions and awareness in
zone coverage. Soft hands to adjust for difficult interception. Knocks
down catchable balls. Confident in his play. Will contribute on
special teams coverage units. The top tackler for the Bulls. Had
226 tackles in his career, 12 passes broken up, 9 interceptions, and
2 forced fumbles. Did not work out at the Combine because of left
quad pull. Second round. (A-31, H-9 3/8, VJ-DNP, SS-DNP).

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Devin McCourty DC Ourlads All Rookie Team 2010

Devin McCourty had an outstanding rookie year and may have won the NFL Rookie of the Year honors if Ndamukong Suh did not have such a dominating season.What Ourlads Guide to the NFL Draft said about McCourty:

McCourty, Devin Rutgers 5108 193 4.47
Three-year starter. Good athletic ability and finish speed. Fluid
hips. Can turn and run. Active in run support. Can stick his foot
in the ground and drive quickly on the ball in front of him.
Shorter than ideal, but can leap and has good timing. Plays
smart and aggressive. Good recognition and reaction to run/
pass. Instinctive with good anticipation. Thinks on his feet and
can make quick adjustments. Quick reactions to play off blocks
and wrap tackle. Productive in his play. Has 245 career tackles.
Has only 4 interceptions though, so question his ball skills at
times. Good foot quickness and burst. Consistent, durable, and
reliable in his play. Will contribute on all special teams. Had
seven blocked kicks and plays a gunner on punt coverage. He
also returned a kickoff for a touchdown against Connecticut.
Twin brother Jason plays for the Tennessee Titans. Stats in
2009 include 80 tackles, 7 1/2 tackles for loss, 1 interception,
and 10 passes broken up. BTR:left 4.50, right 4.59. OSR:4/29.
First/second round. (A-32, H-9, VJ-36, SS-4.07

Friday, February 4, 2011

Jahvid Best RB Ourlads All-Rookie Team 2010

Jahvid Best was named to the All-Rookie team after a strong start. He was the first rookie in NFL history to rush for 75 yards,have 150 yards receiving, and score three touchdowns in one game. A turf toe injury hindered him much of the year but he looks to have a bright future.What Ourlads NFL Draft Guide said about Best:

Best, Jahvid California 5101 199 4.38
Junior entry. Two-year starter. An explosive and talented back
with quick reactions. Smooth North/South runner that finishes
his runs. Plays fast. Sudden into the hole and demonstrates
unique running skills and instincts. Has a natural feel for running
the ball. Good vision. Has the ability to create positive yardage
on poorly blocked plays. Patient to the hole and lets the block
set up. Gives the defender a leg then takes it away. Can plant and
cut without the loss of speed. Can dip in and burst outside. Has
a thick lower body and good contact balance. Good hit and spin
move. Rare cut back ability and speed. Runs the zone read out of
the I-formation. Also runs plays out of the spread formation. A
difference maker that gets to the second level with instant
acceleration. Good agility in traffic. Always going forward.
Slippery. Not easy to tackle. Good hands to catch all pass routes.
Good eye/hand coordination. Durability is a question mark because
of an annual pattern of missing some games with injury. Led the
country in rushing with 1580 yards in 2008. Career stats are 364
rushes for 2668 yards, 7.3 yards per carry, and 29 touchdowns. He
also caught 62 passes for 533 yards and 6 touchdowns. OSR:3/28.
First/second round. (A-31 3/4, H-9, BP-18, SS-4.16).

Thursday, February 3, 2011

NDAMUKONG SUH DT voted Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year

Ndamukong Suh was Ourlads' top player heading into the 2010 Draft. He was the Ourlads' Defensive Rookie of the Year and voted to 2010 All-Pro team. What we said about the most dominant player in the college game:

Suh, Ndamukong Nebraska 6037 307 5.05
Three-year starter that led the team in tackles. His last name is
pronounced “Sue.” His first name, Ndamukong, means “house
of spears.” Plays left defensive tackle. Has long arms and a big
thick body. Explosive strength at the point of attack.
Exceptional use of hands and arms. Can two gap. Can’t be single
blocked. Strong hands to control the blocker. Doesn’t stay
blocked. Quick to shed. Sudden punch and separation. Has the
strength to pull and jerk. Quick arm over moves. Has a bag of
tricks to rush the passer. Usually double teamed and chipped. A
good athlete that can push the pocket and defeat the blocker.
Has two interceptions for touchdowns and has caught a
touchdown pass after lining up at fullback. Instinctive with
quick reactions. Can feel pressure and react on the run.
Outstanding balance and agility. A wrap up tackler in the open
field when dropping on a zone blitz. Keeps leverage on the ball.
A playmaker that dominates his competition. Plays hard the
whole game. Explosive first step quickness. A disruptive player
that makes several “hustle” plays. Has a feel for the game.
Plays with passion and intensity. Focused on the job at hand.
Plays on the line of scrimmage going forward. Doesn’t get
driven back. Drives through the ball carrier on contact. Sudden
to penetrate inside gaps on slant and angle moves. Can collapse
the pocket with strength and leverage. A strong power rusher
when he brings it up the middle. Unlocks his hips with force.
Can stack any run play at him. Was a one man wrecking crew in
the Texas game. Extraordinary production as a defensive tackle.
In 2009 he had 85 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, and 12 sacks.
Over his career he had 189 tackles, 53 for loss, and 24 sacks.
Edge speed:left 1.99, right 1.86. OSR:2/20. First round. (A-33
1/2, H-10 1/4, BP-32, 10-1.72).

TOTAL 66 49 17 10.0 0 3 1 20 -- 20 0 1 1

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

SAM BRADFORD QB Ourlads"Offensive Rookie of the Year"

Sam Bradford had a strong rookie year and almost launched the Rams into the NFC West division title. What Ourlads Guide to the NFL Draft said about Bradford:

Bradford, Sam Oklahoma 6042 236 4.73
Junior entry. Started 31 games. Heisman trophy winner in 2008.
Takes both the shotgun and conventional snap. Extremely
accurate and consistent to keep receivers on their routes. Can
hit receivers on patterns with few adjustments. In 2008 with
four seniors and Trent Williams he excelled with a clean pocket.
In 2009 with four new linemen he injured his right shoulder
twice. Demonstrates a quick delivery. Snaps the ball out with no
wasted motion. A classic drop back quarterback. Stands tall in
the pocket. The ball is placed where only the receiver can get at
it. Throws several timing routes. Plays on his toes. Throws a
catchable ball with good touch. Keeps his eyes scanning down
the field. Receivers are generally wide open. Makes good
decisions. Will throw the ball away when under pressure. Was
accurate versus Florida when under pressure in BCS 2009
Championship game. Controls the tempo of the game. Looks
at sideline for play or goes no huddle. Timing and rhythm type
passer. Accurate even when backing up with pressure up the
middle. Flicks ball out quickly to backs. Excels in play action
passes and boot legs. Their offense is like basketball on grass.
Fumbled the ball after hit by Orakpo in Texas game in 2008.
Throws a number of horizontal type spread formation routes,
jailbreak screens, etc. Can laser in the skinny post. Uses his eyes
to move the safeties and will pump fake on the deep routes. Not
elusive. Has some vision and feel when scrambling. Knows how
to slide. Wears a left knee brace and had surgery on his right
shoulder and missed all but three games in 2009. Has better than
average arm strength with touch to throw over the linebackers.
Good anticipation and feel for the throw. Durability is a major
question mark despite a 20-pound weight gain. A confident and
consistent performer that is a good leader with strong intangibles.
In 2008 threw for 4720 yards, 67.9% completion rate, 50
touchdowns, and only 8 interceptions. Did not workout at the
Combine. First round. (A-34 3/8, H-9 1/2, SS-4.44, VJ-32).

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Ryan Mathews RB Ourlads All-Rookie Team 2010

Ryan Mathews was hindered by a high ankle sprain most of the year but gave a sample of what he is capable of late in the season.What Ourlads Guide to the NFL Draft said about Mathews:

Mathews, Ryan Fresno State 5115 218 4.48
Junior entry. Started 16 games over career. An upright runner
with good contact balance. A between the tackles physical runner
with a strong lower body. Plays in both the I-formation and
spread looks. Has the speed to bounce the ball outside for positive
yards. Big game against Boise State, rushing for 234 yards and
scoring 3 touchdowns. A one cut downhill zone runner that
follows his blockers. Presses the hole, runs behind his pads, and
is rarely tackled by the first defender. Plays fast. Likes to launch
and fly into the end zone from the 3-yard line on in. Not a
creative runner, but a power back that is a hardnosed slasher.
Has only 19 career catches, but was productive with 268 yards
and 2 touchdowns. A good athlete that gives effort as a pass
protector. Nation’s leading rusher with 1808 yards, averaging
6.6 yards per carry and 19 touchdowns. OSR:6/28. First/second
round. (A-31, H-9 1/4, BP-19, SS-4.32).

Joe Haden DC Ourlads All Rookie Team 2010

Joe Haden improved weekly during the 2010 season and by years
end played like a veteran.What Ourlads Guide to the NFL Draft
said about Haden:

Haden, Joe Florida 5106 193 4.45
Junior entry. Three-year starter that looks fast and plays fast.
Ran a pedestrian time at the Combine but came back with a 4.45
on Florida’s pro day. Confident and challenges receivers.
Competitive playmaker. Consistent wrap tackler. Well built with
long arms. Good functional strength. Can walk up nose to nose
with any of the receivers the Gators faced. Has loose hips and
quick feet. Has smooth turns with acceleration and catch up
speed. Keeps position on receiver. Will battle for ball. Goes for
the strip. Tough minded and accepts a challenge. Does not shy
away from contact. Good body control and ball skills. Career
marks include 218 tackles, 34 passes broken up, 8 interceptions,
and 3 forced fumbles. BTR:left 4.41, right 4.43. OSR:19/29.
First round. (A-32 3/4, H-9 1/2, VJ-35, SS-4.35).