Saturday, December 31, 2011
GLENN DORSEY: LSU, 6014 297 5.00. Two-year starter that was the most decorated defensive lineman in college football in 2007. Looks like a better fit in a 4-3 scheme than a nose tackle in a 3-4. Has the strength and explosion to two-gap. Plays with leverage and a strong use of hands and arms. Long arms and big hands to stack point of attack. Sudden to disengage block and find the ball. Strength to pull and jerk blocker. Stays on his feet after controlling opponent. Quick reactions. Reacts on the move and reacts to blocking angles. Unlocks his hips with force. Plays with good knee bend and balance. Competitive and instinctive athlete. Thick and powerful lower body. Clogs up the inside running lanes. Strong wrap tackler that doesn’t lose ground on contact. Ability to control opponent with effective hand use. Usually double teamed. Has the strength and the hand use to separate and leverage the point of attack. Plays with his body square and skates down the line of scrimmage. Keeps feet active. Sudden punch and hand placement controls the blocker. Explosive first step. Doesn’t get knocked off the ball. Quick change of direction. Aware to get into the throwing lane. Quick to back door blocker and make a play on quarterback. First round. (A-35 1/4, H-10, BP-27, 10-1.74).
Friday, December 30, 2011
MAURICE JONES-DREW: UCLA, 5066 207 4.42. Junior eligible. Three-year starter with exceptional return skills. Lionel James type size and explosiveness. All-purpose career yardage leader at UCLA. Low center of gravity. Good vision to make defenders miss. Shifty and elusive. Runs well in traffic. Agile. Makes you miss in the open field. Good cutting ability in tight quarters. Thick thighs and butt. Power in his legs. Weaves in and out of traffic effectively. Has a burst to turn the corner. A short stepper. Catches the ball in his hands on screens and swing passes. Third-down back and kick returner. Lack of height will keep him in the third or fourth round range. Good adjust to the ball. Quick upfield burst. Intelligent runner. Runs with his pads low. Can get run over as a blocker, but will give effort. Fumbles at times, possibly because of short arms and small hands. Productive. Third or fourth round. (A-28 1/8, H-8 1/4, SS-4.41, BP-18).
Thursday, December 29, 2011
JACOB TAMME: Kentucky, 6034 236 4.57. Three-year starter. Good athlete with excellent speed. Ball control tight end. Snappy off the ball. No holdup. Quick into routes. Former wide receiver that runs good patterns. Sudden in and out of breaks. Can separate from linebackers and safeties. Soft hands. Will reach and extend for the ball. Will lay out. Has the speed to split two deep coverage. Can make the overhead catch. Flexible and agile with good footwork. Lacks the upper and lower body strength to block big men. Not explosive, although he shows good feet. Positions and shadows linebackers on second level. Has some trouble adjusting on the move. Plays in the slot where he can create some mismatches. Productive with 56 catches, 619 yards, and 6 touchdowns. OSR:5/ 16. Seventh round/free agent. (A-32 1/8, H-9, BP-18, VJ-30).
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
OWEN DANIELS: Wisconsin, 6033 253 4.65. Started 10 games in his four year career. Durability may be a problem with two knee surgeries on his left knee. Has the speed to go down the seam and to run all the tight end diagonal routes. Runs effective linebacker control routes. Former quarterback that had a good Combine workout. Good hands to pluck the ball out away from his body. Runs good routes and can adjust on the run. Big target in the short and medium zones. Shows good strength to run after catch and break tackles. Needs more strength and hand use to control defender as a blocker. Not a smash mouth blocker. Will compete. Good effort player. A smart and heady tight end playing in a run-oriented offense. Fifth/ sixth round. (A-31 3/4, H-9 1/2, BP-23, VJ-34.5).
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
By proscoutdan Posted at 4:42 AM
JERMICHAEL FINLEY: Texas, 6044 243 4.85. Junior entry. One year starter. Started four games as a sophomore. Long arms. Made 45 catches in 2007 and scored 2 touchdowns. Angular build with fringe speed. Will fire fit and follow through as a blocker, but lacks the strength to get movement. Position screen off type blocker. Quick enough to hook defensive ends or outside linebackers. Had several drops against Texas A&M. Lost concentration and let ball into his body instead of catching the ball in his hands. Good body control. Rounds off patterns. Fluid but gathers to cut. Needs pattern development and learn how to separate. Tries to rely on his athletic ability. Struggles to adjust to balls not on target. Flashes above average skills, but is not consistent. At times looks like a third or fourth round talent, but most of the time a low round draft choice. Needed an additional year. Boom or bust to make a team. OSR:14/16. Sixth/seventh round. (A-34 3/8, H-9 1/4, BP-20, VJ-27.5).
Monday, December 26, 2011
GOSDER CHERILUS: Boston College, 6065 313 5.14. Four-year starter. Three-year starter at right tackle. Long arms and big hands to control defenders. Has a frame to carry more weight. Typical Boston College lineman – physical, tough, and competitive. Not always pretty, but effective in doing his job. Feet are more deliberate than quick because of his height. Long limbs. His average foot quickness is a concern in pass protection against speed pass rushers. Has the strength to stop a charge and anchor a bull rush. Can position and wall off in the run game. Can stun a defender and control him with his hands. Gets high at times on pull and fold blocks. Average to recover and redirect in pass pro. Came to the United States from Haiti when he was 14 years old. Probable starting right tackle on Sundays. Played left tackle in 2007 where he was out of position. Can bend his knees and demonstrates good flexibility. Needs work on edge speed and his ability to redirect against two move defenders. Can improve on punching target more than reaching in pass protection. Can be leveraged when he plays high. OSR:15/ 42. Late first/second round. (A-36 1/4, H-11 3/4, BP-24, 10-1.82).
Sunday, December 25, 2011
RYAN CLADY: Boise State, 6061 309 5.25. Junior entry. Three-year starter. Long arms. Plays in a natural knee bent position with a good athletic base. Will get high on pulls and miss his target at times, but stays on his feet. Can hit on the run. Sudden on backside cut off. Athletic enough to redirect and pick up twist stunt. Have seen him beat around the edge or beat inside. Athletic mirror and slide in pass protection. Can seal the linebackers on the log blocks. A knee bender with good flexibility. Seals inside on down blocks. Locks up rush end with hands and long arms. Plays on his feet. Takes good downfield angles. Can be dominant at stretches in a game. Smooth recovery and redirect. Good exchange on stunts. Can slip and seal linebacker in the run game. When he gets his hands on a pass rusher, it’s an immediate stalemate. Sudden to hook an edge defender on sweeps. Effective on long traps. Can read on the run. Solid on blitz pickup. Light on his feet. Total package. Did not work out at the Combine. Pro Day 3/3/08 workout numbers 31/VJ, 9/BJ, 4.71/SS, 7.10/3 cone. First round. (A-36 3/4, H-10, BP-24, 10-1.80).
Saturday, December 24, 2011
By proscoutdan Posted at 7:56 AM
MIKE JENKINS: South Florida, 5102 197 4.42. Three-year starter. Six career interceptions. Cut tackler, not a wrap up. Needs to improve footwork in man to man coverage. Good instincts, but has consistent breakdowns in technique. Plays corner like a safety, but doesn’t tackle as well. Flashes a closing burst. Can stick his foot in the ground and drive on the ball. Improved in supporting the run but still takes bad angles. Looks like a Cover-2 press corner that could also play off. His hip tightness is apparent in the BTR drill where the times should correlate with the athlete’s 40-yard time. Should contribute on special teams coverage. Has talent but is getting a free pass on numerous shortcomings that need to be addressed and improved upon. Consistency, mental toughness, coverage discipline, and attitude all need an adjustment. OSR:20/32. BTR:left 4.62, right 4.64. First/ second round. (A-32 1/8, H-9 1/4, SS-4.45, VJ-34).
Friday, December 23, 2011
What Ourlads NFL Scouting Services said about D'QWELL JACKSON: Maryland, 6004 230 4.73. Three-year starter. Plays with good knee bend. Very instinctive. Every down linebacker with good feet. Explosive hitter that runs through the ball carrier. Takes the back door at times to run around blocks. Sideline to sideline player. Good agility in traffic. Works through blocks and makes plays. He plays square to the line of scrimmage. Downhill player that fills the running lanes. A fast twitch player with good lateral quickness. Slips blocks and can run. Gets hung up on big blockers at times. Athletic and productive, averaging over 13 tackles a game. Always around the ball. Can get out and run. Good field vision and burst on blitz. The team schemes him open to run free. First or second round. (A-30 3/4, H-9 1/8, BP-19, SS-4.37).
Thursday, December 22, 2011
KEITH RIVERS: Southern Cal, 6022 241 4.65. Three-year starter. Did not compete at the Combine. Pro day on 4/ 2/08. Long arms and big hands. Solid wrap up tackler. Can run sideline to sideline. Downhill player that doesn’t stay blocked. Physical player that can run and chase a play down from behind. Attacks the blockers with strength and power. Sheds well and can get to the ball. Good range in coverage and is an effective pass rusher. Has the speed to run with backs and tight ends in coverage. A three down linebacker. Good change of direction, but has some lower body stiffness. Vulnerable to play action at times, but can recover with his speed and toughness. Instinctive and aggressive in the run game. Can play over a tight end. Will punch and redirect. Good lateral quickness to work through traffic and make a play. Turns it loose on a blitz. Good hand strength to ward off blocks. First round. (A-33, H-11, BP-24, SS-DNP).
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
MATT FORTE: Tulane, 6013 217 4.52. Two-year starter. In addition he started nine games his first two years. Quick feet in the hole. Good tackle to tackle runner. Eyes take him to and through the hole quickly. Finishes his runs with strength. Big back that is strong and sudden with good balance. One cut runner. Gets the tough yards by dropping his shoulder into defender. Ball security is a question at times. A willing blocker, but is inconsistent on blitz pickup. Good change of direction. A good athlete that is always going forward. Good running instincts and skills. Caught 103 passes in four years. Very productive. Had 2127 yards in 2007 and 23 touchdowns. Lacks the speed and burst to turn the corner. Not a homerun threat but gets several 15-20 yard runs. Durable his senior year. Missed the last three games his junior year with a torn meniscus and PCL. Well built lower body. Competitive runner that runs hard and physical. Drives his legs on contact. OSR:2/ 33. Third/fourth round. (A-32 3/8, H-9 1/4, SS-4.26, BP-23).
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
LEODIS MCKELVIN: Troy, 5102 190 4.43. Three-year starter with good ball skills and a good change of direction. Can make the open field tackle. Quick and smooth pedal. Fluid in transition. Mirrors cuts instinctively. Supports the run aggressively. Hitter. Has return skills. Only two interceptions in four years. Disrupts timing of pass patterns. Sells out on run support. Will take out lead guard on sweep. Physical to take on lead fullbacks. Confident and patient in his play. Plays off coverage and reacts quickly to break up on the ball. Good anticipation. Needs more experience in press coverage. An ascending player that is athletic and fast. Good route recognition. Good ball skills and good footwork. His footwork will be different as a press corner than an off corner, but he learns quickly. Four career interceptions. Returns both kickoffs and punts. Has eight returns for touchdowns (7 punts, 1 KOR). Good lower body strength to break tackles on returns. A good competitor that leads by example. OSR:8/32. BTR:left 4.51, right 4.44. First round. (A-30 1/8, H-8 1/2, SS-4.12, VJ-33.5).
Sunday, December 18, 2011
RAY RICE: Rutgers, 5080 199 4.46. Junior entry. Three-year starter. All-time leading rusher at Rutgers. Short, stocky compact runner. Good inside vision. Plays in a spread offense, but has experience in the I-formation. Keeps legs driving on contact. Good body lean with his chin over his toes. Low target to tackle. Leaks through holes. Slides to the hole. Good balance. Finishes runs. A north/south runner. Patient runner that cuts off blocks. Plays the best in an I-formation with a lead blocker. Runs downhill with one cut. Runs the isolation with cuts off his lead blocker. More power than elusive to make defenders miss. Runs with strength late in the game. Runs with his eyes and powerful legs. Will bounce the ball outside against lesser opponents that lack speed. Does a good job of setting up blocks. Can hop skip in the hole. Lacks game breaking speed. Fast enough and quick enough to play on Sunday. Not hard to tackle if you can get to his legs. Not an effective blocker in pass protection, lacks strength. Gets driven back. Durability will be a factor. Has carried the ball over 800 times in career over three years. OSR:7/33. Third/fourth round. (A-30 1/4, H-9 1/4, SS-4.24, BP-23).
Saturday, December 17, 2011
MATT RYAN: Boston College, 6046 228 4.94. Two-and-a-half year starter with a record of 24-7 from Exton, PA. Right handed passer. Has the size and arm strength for the position. Plays both in the shotgun and under center. Uses every receiver in offense - backs, tight end, and wide receivers. Usually five receivers are out on patterns. Awareness to throw check down passes to backs. Arm is strong enough to back pedal and still get good velocity on the ball when pocket breaks down. Keeps his eyes down the field. Good vision to locate secondary options. Can thread the ball into a tight and congested window for a completion. Demonstrates the ability to make plays out of the pocket. A better than average athlete that plays in a pro style ball control offense. Good leadership on and off the field. Polished in the pocket. Has a long but quick release. Somewhat of a wind-up. Must be careful not to force the ball into coverage. Threw 19 interceptions in 2007. Can side step a rush. Good enough mobility to make a good play out of bad one. When he decides to run, he runs hard and smart. Good intangibles. Competitive player that is tough and instinctive. Generally steps into his throws if no defender is in his lap. Does a good job of throwing the ball into the middle of the field. Good mechanics. Accurate both short and medium. Placement and timing is good. Was the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year with limited surrounding talent. Has performed in critical situations. Did not play in any All-Star games or work out at the Combine. OSR:11/17. First round. (A-32 5/8, H-9 1/2, SS-4.53, VJ-29).
Friday, December 16, 2011
CALAIS CAMPBELL: Miami, 6076 290 5.09. Junior entry. Two-year starter. Does not have elite edge speed. Long first step. Quicker rushing from the left (2.00) than the right side (2.16). Lacks bulk strength at the point of attack. Wiry strong. Backside chase player. Can be single blocked. Slender frame. Not a quick twitch defender but gives effort to finish the play. Workout on 2/29/08: 5.05/40, 4.60/SS, 7.21/3 cone. Edge speed:left 2.00, right 2.16. Had 50 tackles, 6 1/2 sacks, 12 1/2 tackles for loss in 2007. OSR:21/46. Second/third round. (A-35 3/4, H-9 1/2, BP-16, 10-1.73).
Thursday, December 15, 2011
BRIAN ORAKPO: Texas, 6030 263 4.66. Two-year starter. Long arms and good athletic ability. Displays good initial quickness and excellent agility as he adjusted well in space and in the pass rush. Smooth change of direction with sideline to sideline range. Flattens out well against the outside run. Has a tendency to get ridden out of the play. Inconsistent to bend and squeeze to the quarterback in the pass rush. Seems content to run up the field quickly and gets ridden out. Excels when he has a clear path to the quarterback. Can chase on ball away. Struggles when he does not beat the blocker off the snap. Needs to improve his hand use to defeat the block. A natural knee bender that can play low but has a tendency to stand up. Most of his production came when he was unblocked or against a tight end. He made only one play in the Fiesta Bowl. Has all the tools to star on Sunday, but needs technique work. Productive senior year with 42 tackles, including 19 tackles for loss and 11 1/2 sacks. He also forced 4 fumbles. Has an injury history. Edge speed:left 1.78, right 1.88. OSR:4/ 30. First round. (A-33 1/2, H-9 1/2, BP-31, 10-1.59).
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
JARED COOK: South Carolina, 6046 246 4.51. Junior entry. Started 15 games in three years. More athletic than football player. Needs to improve his blocking and receiving techniques. Long arms and big hands and a frame to gain bulk weight to increase his blocking strength. Former wide receiver. A vertical option from the slot or tight end position. Flashes a burst after catch. Never seemed to get into a playing rhythm with the erratic quarterback play. Lacks consistency in his game. More of a finesse type blocker. Lacks the inline functional strength to control ends and linebackers. Majored in short and underneath routes where he did not have to consistently separate from a defender. Struggled to adjust to an off target pass. Question football instincts, savvy, and intensity. A good athlete that needs developmental time. Was put on the bench in the Clemson game for a backup tight end. May struggle to learn a complex offensive scheme. Caught 37 passes for 573 yards in 2008. OSR:2/18. Fourth/ fifth round. (A-35 3/4, H-10 1/4, BP-23, VJ-41).
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
ROY MILLER: Texas, 6012 310 4.95. One-year starter. Was in player rotation for three years. Blue collar, high effort player with good athletic ability. Works to finish plays. Quick first step combined with good upper body strength. Good technique player that is always around the ball. Plays low and with leverage. Intense and competitive. Will finish long and short pursuit. Can grab grass and stack a double team. Lacks the ideal girth for a nose tackle. Best fit will be an inside 4- 3 tackle. Good short area quickness. Makes several second effort plays. Has 138 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, and 10 sacks in his career. Good initial quickness. Off on snap. Is always in the right place at the right time. Similar to the Ravens’ Kelly Gregg. OSR:4/ 20. Fifth/sixth round. (A-32 3/4, H-9 7/8, BP-36, 10-1.72).
Monday, December 12, 2011
JAMES LAURINAITIS: Ohio State, 6017 244 4.80. Three-year starter. An instinctive three down linebacker that is a good technician. Nose for the ball. Plays square to the line of scrimmage. Good lateral quickness to shuffle through traffic. Downhill player that breaks down and wraps up the ball carrier. Good use of hands to bench press blocker down and escape to make the tackle. Breaks up quickly on a ball thrown in front of him. Will throw his body around to make a tackle. Effective high tackler on the goal line. Bends his knees and plays with leverage. Plays with a good base and the quickness to slip blocks. Generally keeps blockers away from his body. Gets under the blocker. Good open field tackler. Can run with tight ends. Made 18 tackles in the 2008 national championship game against LSU. Sudden to read and react. Explosive hitter. Consistent tackler. Productive and active. Intense. Physically and mentally tough. Loves contact. Focused and smart. Reads quarterback and reacts very well in coverage. Has route awareness. Can play short man coverage. Can run man to man with most tight ends and fullbacks. An athletic blitzer with good instincts to time blitz. Big hands. Shorter arms than ideal. Can use more overall body strength. Sudden change of direction. Two-time team captain. Had 366 tackles, 24 1/2 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, and 9 interceptions in career. OSR:6/ 12. First/second round. (A-31 5/8, H-10, BP-22, SS-4.25).
Sunday, December 11, 2011
By proscoutdan Posted at 2:18 AM
DEON BUTLER: Penn State, 5103 182 4.35. Four-year starter. Rare speed gives him a chance. Good athletic ability. Elusive darter that can stop and start on a dime. Catches the ball in his hands. Needs to get stronger to get off press coverage. Gets rerouted and banged around. Tough and physical for his size. Will compete. Needs work on patterns but bends his knees well coming in and out of his breaks. Stays low. Balance after contact. Can gain speed after break and force separation with the defensive backs. Has the speed to run deep. Didn’t play as fast as 4.35. May have trouble carrying his pads. Has open field instincts. Concentrates on the ball in a crowd. Caught 47 passes for 810 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2008. OSR:17/38. Fourth/fifth round. (A-31, H-9 1/4, VJ-34.5, SS-4.49).
Saturday, December 10, 2011
MICHAEL CRABTREE: Texas Tech 6013 215 4.55 Underclassman. Red-shirt sophomore. Two-year starter. Long arms. Natural athletic receiver. Came to Tech as a receiver projection after playing quarterback and running back in high school. Featured receiver in a wide open spread pass-happy offense. Lined up all over as a slot, Z (flanker), running back, and X (split end). Outstanding suction cup hands, strong and soft. Will extend and pluck the ball. Has a strong upper body. Puts his hands up at the last second to catch the deep balls over his shoulder. Makes the tough catch, low balls and off target throws. Excellent ball adjustments. Good concentration and focus. Accelerates out of his break and creates space. Plays fast. Can carry his pads. Sudden off the ball. Eats up the cushion. Quick ball reactions. Reads and understands coverages. Good vision, body control, and hand placement. Has good timing and leaping ability. Goes up after the ball on fade passes. Doesn’t wait on the ball. Usually played in off coverage, but has the strength and footwork to get off press coverage. Athletic after catch, good speed, quickness, instincts, and production with the ball in his hands. Explosive in his play. Freezes defensive backs with his double moves. Rare body control in the air when making a catch. Competitive. Does major damage on slant routes when he gets inside corner. Was a man playing with boys on his routes in college, but must run sharper patterns to be an elite NFL receiver. Excellent field awareness and of sideline boundaries. Gets open short or long. Competitive in a combative environment over the middle. Blocking is inconsistent. When he is willing, he is very aggressive and productive. To be mentioned in the same breath as Fitzgerald, Bolden, Irvin, Steve Smith, Andre Johnson, and the elite receivers in the league, he will need to take more pride in his blocking. Two-time Biletnikoff Award winner. After his red-shirt freshman year he caught an incredible 231 passes for 3127 yards and 41 touchdowns. Projects to be the next high maintenance receiver to take the league by storm. Did not work out at Combine due to left foot fracture. First round. (A-34 1/4, H-9 1/4, VJ-DNP, SS-DNP).
Friday, December 9, 2011
LOUIS VASQUEZ: Texas Tech, 6046 333 5.40. Three-year starter. Plays left guard. Long arms and big hands. Played in a preset two point pass protection and run blocking stance at Tech. Aggressive pass protection and run blocker. Inconsistent to move and slide his feet in pass protection. Will waist bend instead of moving his feet. Thick lower body. Can anchor a bull rush charge. Needs work as a base drive blocker because he never gets in a three point stance. Plays high because he’s always in a preset pass stance. Will struggle against a defensive tackle that plays low. Wall off position blocker in the run game. He also plays with a wide four foot split from center and tackle. Has talent but has unique scheme requirements to overcome. OSR:34/ 47. Fifth/sixth round. (A-34 3/4, H-10 3/8, BP-39, 10-1.78).
Thursday, December 8, 2011
ZIGGY HOOD: Missouri, 6027 300 4.85. Three-year starter. Long arms. Very good athletic ability. Explosive first step quickness. Sudden punch and spin move. Must work to bend his knees to stay low. Tendency to play high. Works to finish the play. Can stuff the inside run and pushes the pocket on passing downs. Good use of hands to slap down the blockers hands. Plays hard. Not easy to tie up on a reach block. Disruptive. Can be an effective penetrating upfield pass rusher type. Has strength in his arms and shoulders. Has physical and mental toughness. Loves the weight room. Takes pride in his position. Gives second effort in his play. Works to finish the play. Sudden move on movement. Has instincts and playing awareness. Plays with good technique but must work to play low on a consistent basis. OSR:1/20. Second round. (A-33 3/4, H-9 5/8, BP-34, 10-1.70).
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
JEREMY MACLIN: Missouri, 6001 198 4.45. Underclassman entry. Red-shirt sophomore. Two-year starter. An electric playmaker with great body control. Can be described as a human highlight film. Complete player. Moved around to disguise him in offense. Plays both sides, inside and outside receiver. Natural catcher. Will extend to catch the ball away from his frame. Doesn’t appear to have any blind spots. Catches the ball over his head and over either shoulder with ease. Makes the circus type catch. Shows a burst off the line to get upfield and separate. Quick out of break. Has the ability to get to a poorly thrown ball. Will need work on deep inside breaking patterns. Snatches the ball on slants and gets upfield. Fluid when running routes off motion. Comes back to the ball. Good adjustments to the ball. Bends his knees and has good hip flexibility. Will jump and make a play over a defender. Natural running after catch. Has open field instincts and elusiveness. Gets to full speed in two strides. Makes the clutch catch in crunch time. Consistent performer that has been productive against good teams. Led the NCAA Division I in all-purpose yardage in 2007 and 2008. Has scored 22 touchdowns receiving, 6 touchdowns rushing, and 5 touchdowns in returns (3 punt and 2 kickoff). Has an injury history that includes a 2006 knee surgery. A natural athlete. OSR:16/38. First round. (A-32 1/4, H-9 1/4, VJ-35.5, SS-4.25)
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
SHONN GREENE: Iowa, 5104 227 4.66. Junior entry. One-year starter. Greene concluded his career with the best season by an Iowa running back, setting records for yards (1850), touchdowns (20), and tied for the season record in points (120). Doak Walker Award winner. Rushed for over 100 yards in all 13 games. Academically ineligible in 2007. Runs with his eyes. Gets yards after first contact. Can give and take a hit. Finishes his runs with strength, vision, balance, and power. Determined runner. Hard for one defender to tackle him. Stays square to the line of scrimmage. Downhill one cut zone runner. Good body lean and running instincts. Pushes the pile. Good leg drive. Good patience in zone block. Sifts through and finds the open area. Presses the hole. Naturally strong to wear defenses down. Workhorse type back that brings it every down. A North- South battering ram that gets yards after first contact. Uses his power and momentum going forward as a goal line runner. Not shy about looking for contact. Runs with a low center of gravity and a low pad level. Thick lower body. Improved every phase of his game through the year after the one year layoff. Runs out of the ‘I’ formation, spread, and one back sets. Not an outside threat or elusive. Hands are below average, catching the ball out of the backfield at this time. Spent a year at Milford Academy prep school and always struggles with academics. OSR:18/29. Second round. (A-31 3/4, H-8 1/2, BP-19, SS-4.40).
Sunday, December 4, 2011
HAKEEM NICKS: North Carolina, 6006 212 4.51. Junior entry. Three-year starter. Outstanding hands. Long arms and big hands for the position. Productive. Set 14 school records in three years, including the first receiver to break the 1000 yard receiving barrier. He averaged 18 yards in his 68 catches in 2008. Twelve went for touchdowns. Everything is caught in his reliable and consistent hands. Attacks the football with his strong hands. A good athlete with elite ball skills. Reaches and extends for the ball. He doesn’t wait on it. Physical enough to break a tackle and deliver a blow in to the defender. Will use a stiff arm to ward off tackler. Excellent route runner. Sells the route with his eyes. Can drive off his man and set him up. Good footwork and body balance. Can gather and cut. Makes the acrobatic catch (see West Virginia game). Good body control. Makes the over shoulder catch in the post corner look smooth and routine. OSR:20/38. First/second round. (A-33 1/2, H-10 1/2, VJ-36, SS-4.43).
Saturday, December 3, 2011
MALCOLM JENKINS: Ohio State, 6001 204 4.55. Three-and-a-half year starter that has the ability to close suddenly or make up speed. Good recoverability. Can stick his foot in the ground and drive on the ball. Loose hips, smooth and fluid in transition. Can run a back down from behind. Quick to read and react. Thinks on his feet. Quick reactions to play off blocks and make a play. Can turn and run with speed vertical receivers. Keeps position on the receiver and has good leaping ability and timing to make a play on the ball. Willing to support the run. Plays off blocks without getting bounced around. Productive playmaker when tested. Big corner with long arms. Team captain. Good athletic ability. Versatile. Can also play safety. Ball clubs are looking for safeties with corner skills and he fits the bill. He is also comfortable in press coverage to reroute receivers with his long arms. 2008 stats: 57 tackles, 9 pass breakups, 3 interceptions, and 11 career interceptions. Consistent performer over his career. BTR:left 4.50, right 4.56. OSR:8/32. First round. (A-34 1/2, H-9 1/4, VJ-33, SS-4.08).
Friday, December 2, 2011
By proscoutdan Posted at 10:04 AM
Jackson, Desean California 5096 169 4.40 Junior entry. Three-year starter with rare foot quickness. Has instant and immediate burst and acceleration. Dangerous in the jail break screens, hitches, and underneath routes to slip a tackle and take it the distance. Cal tries to get him the ball in a variety of ways. Will reach and extend for an off target pass. Will run reverses to put pressure on the defense. Elusive and speedy. Dependable hands. Quick in and out of routes. Should contribute as a punt returner if he can stay healthy. Not a blocker, tries to get in the way but is not willing. Lacks strength to break tackles or stay on course. Explosive in the open field. Can be routed because of his slender build. Will struggle with cover two press coverage on the next level. Needs route refinement on NFL caliber patterns. Is far from a finished product. Has a load of natural talent but may be in the tub or on injured reserve for much of his career. Durability, strength, and the ability to carry his pads will always be a question. Appears to be injured after every catch. Is he mentally and physically tough? Talent warrants high grade. OSR:18/52. First/second round. (A-29 3/4, H-9 3/8, SS-4.19, VJ-34).
PATRICK CHUNG: Oregon, 5112 212 4.53. Four year starter. Productive on coverage special teams. Has some punt and kickoff return skills to bring to the table. Physically and mentally tough and competitive, willing to hit. Quick to read and react. Suddenness in his body. Good tackler. Physical take on guy. Uses his hands effectively to shed a block and stay on his feet and make a play in the open field. Can go nose to nose to jam a third receiver. Plays with good strength and balance. Doesn’t lunge or overextend. Versatile to play either strong or free safety. Has the feet to play man to man coverage. Good stop and go quickness. Smooth in his turns. Good lateral quickness and change of direction. Positive cockiness. Good ball skills and feet. Aggressive in press coverage. Short area quickness. Competitive. Mentally and physically tough. Can play press coverage with balance and strength. Fourth on the all-time Oregon tackling charts. BTR:left 4.70, right 4.76. OSR:13/ 24. Second round. (A-31 1/2, H-9, VJ-34, SS-4.24).
Thursday, December 1, 2011
PERCY HARVIN: Florida, 5111 192 4.41. Junior entry. Two-and-a-half years as a starter. Big play utility athlete. Playmaker with rare speed. Built like a running back. Outstanding running skills and vision after catch. A hand catcher with soft hands to snatch the ball. Natural receiving skills. Has the feet to get his body in position to catch the ball. Can catch high, low, and behind. Runs a limited amount of patterns. Will need development on all the downfield routes. Has an upfield burst and strong leg drive. Used on counters and reverses. Threat as a runner. Can make people miss. Flashes blocking ability. Usually has his hands on the ball. Excellent leaper. Can catch a ball in a crowd. Will run crossers over the middle. Can take a hit and hold on to ball. No holdup on the line. Quick acceleration and footwork. Has the moves to elude. Has football intelligence. Most ball clubs want a receiver over six feet unless they are special. Harvin will only limit a great career by his decisions on and off the field. May have to be drafted by a team with a strong locker room. High maintenance player that has a problem with authority. Has an injury history including ankle, neck, hamstring, and heel problems. OSR:12/38. First/second round. (A-31 5/8, H-9 3/8, VJ-37.5, SS-DNP).