Tuesday, January 31, 2012
DWAYNE BOWE: LSU, 6022 221 4.57. Three-year starter that is productive. A competitor with size, athletic ability, and speed for the position. Long arms and big hands. Catches the ball in his hands, extended away from his body. Runs with power after the catch. Can get off the jam with strength and quickness. Is tough to reroute. Will block downfield. Stays squared up. Can mirror and wall off defender. Comes off the ball quickly. Will layout for a bad ball. Good body control and run after catch ability. Has the size and strength to break tackles. Tough and intense player. Picks up speed going downfield. Will double move a defensive back. Can burst in and out of his cuts. Inconsistent hands. Loses concentration and focus. Creates mismatches with his size and strength. Will catch the ball in a crowd. Good concentration to find the ball in the air and then go get it. Will layout for the low ball. Gets off the line with strength and lateral quickness. Physical player that will block and go across the middle. Can break tackles with lower body strength. Quick reactions to poorly thrown passes. Good ball adjustments. Catches the ball in his hands. Generally a consistent playmaker that rarely drops a catchable ball. Long strider that picks up speed as he goes down the field. More of a power receiver than an elusive one. First round. (A-34 1/4, H-9 5/8, SS-4.37, VJ-33).
Monday, January 30, 2012
EUGENE MONROE: Virginia, 6052 309 5.18. Three-year starter. Looks the part. Rangy, long-armed, and athletic. Plays with a good base as a run blocker and pass protector. Shuffles his feet and mirrors pass rusher effortlessly. Needs more upper and lower body strength. Can be bull rushed. Plays up in a two-point preset stance in both the run and pass plays. Can redirect and shift his weight quickly to cut off opponent. Good use of hands in pass pro – quick, explosive punch, and good hand placement. Plays with knee bend and is always in a football leverage position. Stays square and shadows pass rusher. Position, wall off run blocker. Smooth in his pulls. Good body control and lateral agility. Cuts off inside slant move. Can block the edge – a definite requirement for a left tackle. Plays with a good combination of quickness, agility, and balance. Was awarded the coveted Jacob’s Blocking Trophy by a vote of the Atlantic Coast Conference head coaches and defensive coordinators. Flashes explosiveness in his plays. Huge hands. Gifted pass protector. Runs his feet on contact. OSR:17/47. Early first round. (A-33 7/8, H-11 1/8, BP-23, 10-1.75).
Sunday, January 29, 2012
JOSEPH ADDAI: LSU, 5112 214 4.42. Started 18 games over five years. A slashing runner with rare speed. A burst to turn the corner. Thick hips and thighs. Tendency to run high. Strong and explosive back that breaks tackles. Sudden initial quickness with no hitch step. Has a burst to get up the field quickly after catch. Effective chip blocker. Stays on his feet in pass protection. Mirrors and slides his feet. Willing and effective blocker. Good lower body strength to run through tacklers and finish runs. Will contribute on special teams in kickoffs and coverage teams. Catches the ball away from his body. Good hands. Was a third down back in 2004. Has the speed and strength to be a feature back. Downhill runner that runs North and South. Covers up the ball in traffic. Graded out 2nd athletically at the Combine after Jerious Norwood. An impressive workout, including 18 reps with 225 pounds in the bench press. The most explosive 10 time of any back with 1.51 seconds over 10 yards. Good week of practice. Muffed a kickoff in the game. Second or third round. (A-31 3/8, H-9 1/2, SS-4.49, BP-18).
Saturday, January 28, 2012
CONNOR BARWIN: Cincinnati, 6035 256 4.60. Started one year at defensive end. Quick hands and feet. Long arms and big hands. Played tight end from 2005-2007. Our top rated athlete at two positions at the Combine - defensive end and tight end. An athletic work in progress. Because of the value of a pass rusher in the NFL, he is projected to line up on the defensive side of the ball. Explosive first step quickness. Plays square. Doesn’t get his shoulders turned. Looks like a natural outside linebacker. He played down in a four point stance. Stays on his feet. Can string out the blocker. Sheds quickly. Good speed and range. Takes smart angles. Good use of hands despite one year at the position. Plays low with good knee bend. Tough and physical in his play. Exceptional playing laterally. Shuffles his feet. Has quickness to slip blocks. Hits with a strong force and neutralizes. Hits with explosion. Knocks back sideways and back. Excellent body control. Can recover and regain balance. Intense in his play. Tenacious. Can defeat and ward off a block. Upfield burst on pass rush. Can flatten down line and make play with no wasted steps. Talented football player that is an exceptional athlete. Ascending player. 2008 stats: 53 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, 8 passes deflected. Was a power forward on the Bearcat basketball team. Caught 31 passes as a junior tight end. Edge speed:left 1.91, right 2.30. OSR:1/30. First/second round. (A-33 3/4, H-10, BP-21, 10-1.58).
Friday, January 27, 2012
By proscoutdan Posted at 6:51 AM
BJ RAJI: Boston College, 6014 334 5.15. Three-year starter. Big hands. Shorter arms than ideal. Strong inside presence with first step and lateral quickness. Power player with good athletic ability if he plays low. Wide bodied grass grabber with good balance. Bull rusher that can push the pocket. Tackle to tackle player that lacks the zest to pursue the ball. Lacks stamina and effort. A two gap tackle. Quick but has difficulty disengaging. Tried to power rush too often. Has nimble feet. Not hard to tie up. Slow to disengage and make the tackle. Can neutralize the block, but has inconsistent use of hands to separate from block. Lacks the ability to explode and unlock his hips with force. Flashes some punch, but lacks the ability to control his opponent with effective hand use. Makes his plays when he’s not blocked. Picks his spots to flash. Not a pass rusher. A high maintenance player that needs discipline. Not a self motivator. Will always struggle with his weight. A career underachiever that missed the 2007 season because he was academically ineligible. Did well in shorts the first two days of the Senior Bowl practices. He reverted back to his normal play in full gear during the Senior Bowl game. Boom or bust. OSR:5/ 20. First round. (A-32, H-10 3/8, BP-33, 10-1.72).
Thursday, January 26, 2012
CALVIN JOHNSON: Georgia Tech, 6050 239 4.40. Junior entry. Three-year starter. Rare combination of measurables, athletic ability, and intelligence. Functional speed to carry his pads. Can take a short pass all the way. Will be effective on inside or outside routes. Physical enough to break a tackle and deliver a blow into the defender. Has upper body strength. Body structure is rare with long arms and big hands to manage the football. Ball security when he gets hit. Natural catcher to catch the ball away from his body. Plucks the ball in a crowd. Big and physical. Goes up after the ball. Will reach and extend for the ball at the high point. Can make the deep overhead catch. Courage over the middle to reach and extend for the ball. Big target. Can adjust to a poorly thrown ball. Flexibility in his hips and plays with good knee bend. Can adjust to the flight of the ball. Can run after catch. Can break a tackle or make a defender miss. A size mismatch. At Tech he ran by defensive backs and still had to wait on the ball. Can be played at any receiver spot. No delay. Gets up field. Plays hard away from the ball. Very competitive. Outstanding concentration and focus. Can make the layout low ball catch. Can beat the bump with quickness or strength. Quickness out of break. Has an ease of movement in his patterns. Will drive back to the ball. Instinctive runner after catch. Finishes plays. Consistent performer. Aligns in several different alignments. Good memorization. Very durable. Mostly played in double coverage but still made plays. Top player in the draft. Future Pro Bowl player. First round. (A-36, H-9 3/4, SS-DNP, VJ-42.5).
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
MARCUS THOMAS: Florida, 6026 314 4.96. Three-year starter that was suspended for violating substance abuse policy. He was later dismissed from the team permanently. Explosive and powerful upfield push. Gets penetration and knocks off power running game. Always around the ball. Plays with a high motor. Can stack a double team and hold the point of attack. Strong enough to clog up the middle in the running game and pushes the pocket in the passing game. Keeps feet alive until the whistle blows. Takes good angles. An active face up tackle. Thick butt and legs. Tough on the edge of a blocker. Plays low. Good initial quickness. Makes plays. Plays under his pads and with leverage. Intense and relentless. Sudden on twist stunts. Has long arms. Off field red flags. Gained 5-7 pounds after he was dismissed from team. Played in the Texas versus Nation All-Star game on February 2, 2007. Weighed in at 303. The top defensive interior player heading into the fall. Athletic and skilled. Had an outstanding junior year and came back to increase his draft stock. Draft status will be determined by each team. Before the dismissal he was described as a team player and a great young man. A tough kid that is a self starter. High risk and high reward player. Many questions need to be answered. Second round. (A-33 3/4, H-9 1/4, BP-27, 10-DNP).
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
ANTHONY SPENCER: Purdue, 6027 261 4.73. Three-year starter. Good athletic ability and playing speed. Excellent acceleration off the ball. Redirects very well and plays with good leverage and knee bend. Can defeat the blocker with good hand use. Controls and separates. Can stuff and shed. Has the feet to move and disengage. Using a low pad level he can walk offensive tackle back to the quarterback. Can turn and bend and be a factor in short and long pursuit. Relentless. Takes good angles. More than just a pass rusher. Can play the run with strength and explosion. Effective against wide running plays. Clears his feet. Can’t be hooked or pinned inside. Can play in space. Has some raw edges. Needs technique refinement and a consistent inside move rushing the passer. Natural outside 3-4 rush linebacker. Can also play in a 4-3 scheme. All teams use a little of everything. Plays the right and left side equally as well. Has played with his hand on the ground. Will use a series of speed and rip moves to rush the passer. Productive senior year. An ascending player that plays hard. A good athlete that can run and chase on plays away. First/second round. (A-33 1/2, H-9 7/8, BP-30, 10-1.68).
Monday, January 23, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
By proscoutdan Posted at 12:12 AM
JERMAINE GRESHAM: 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 title game 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).
Saturday, January 21, 2012
DEVIN HESTER: Miami, 5105 190 4.43. Junior eligible. An athlete that can return and has experience as a corner and wide receiver. His speed and versatility are his strengths. Has a burst after he catches the ball. Every part of his game is inconsistent because he is a jack of all trades and a master of none. He has fringe size as a receiver or corner. As a receiver his patterns were raw. Question focus on the ball. As good a returner as he was two years ago, his decisions and ability to catch the ball were inconsistent. Can turn and run as a corner, but his techniques and skills were off. Many times players with rare speed go in the third or fourth round. This is where he could fit if not lower. A man without a position. (A-31 1/8, H-8, SS-4.20, VJ-38).
Friday, January 20, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
KYLE WILLIAMS: LSU, 6012 299 5.12. Three-year starter. Good effort player that gets stuck and tied up on the block. Battler that won’t give up. Quick off the ball. Holds his ground. Flashes some inside pass rush ability. Short arms. One gap pentrator. Keeps his hands moving. Struggles to redirect inside in traffic. Can slip a block. Question functional strength at times. Strong in weight room. Played as a cocked nose tackle and has first step quickness. Has an upfield burst after shed. Plays with a narrow stance. Can collapse and fight upfield while he’s double-teamed. Rotates. Keeps his hands and feet moving. Has some upper and lower body tightness. Fourth/fifth round. (A-30 5/8, H-9 5/8, BP-32, 10-1.79).
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
DAWAN LANDRY: Georgia Tech, 6007 220 4.69. Three-year starter. Big safety with good hands. Physical in run support. Better in zone coverage. Smooth footwork and good ball skills. Competitive strong safety that takes good support angles. Quick to break up on ball in front of him. Willing to force and contain the run. A hitter that has the strength to play off blocks and tackle. Productive. High motor, good effort player. Better in the run game but can run with tight ends and backs. Better than average range. Fills the running lanes and has a knack to time a blitz. Disruptive player in the run game. Fifth/sixth round. (A-31, H-9 5/ 8, SS-4.28, VJ-37.5).
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
CURTIS LOFTON: Oklahoma, 6000 246 4.84. Junior entry. One-and-a-half year starter. Does not have a long body of work. He finished last out of the inside linebackers that worked out at the Combine. Doesn’t appear to be an elite prospect athletically, but was productive with 157 tackles. Lacks a burst to close on the ball carrier. Played in a 4-2 scheme at Oklahoma. Inconsistent angles to ball carrier but will finish pursuit. Will get stuck on blocks and is inconsistent to disengage a blocker quickly. Looks the part physically with a thick lower body. Lacks top end speed and is inconsistent to time his blitzes. Tough and productive. OSR:11/11 and 47/52 of all linebackers. Third/fourth round. (A-31 5/ 8, H-9 1/2, BP-23, SS-4.57).
Monday, January 16, 2012
DEUCE LUTUI: Southern Cal, 6035 334 5.44. Two-year starter. Junior college transfer. More mobility since he lost 40 pounds. Thick, wide-body with big hands. Fringe athletic ability. Can anchor in pass protection and drive down a defender. Effective on second level and cross field blocks. Played right guard in Senior Bowl and left guard at Southern Cal. Road grader that has good mobility and balance for a big man. A power player that is explosive on down blocks. Can stun you with his punch at times. Aggressive off snap. Good cut off blocker. Must sustain longer to be effective consistently. Strong legs and sure hands to steer or turn the defensive tackle. Plays with a base. Is not on the ground. Pulls and runs aggressively. Can adjust to a moving target. Good contact and follow through. Third round choice. (A-32 1/4, H-10 3/8, BP-26, 10-1.87).
Sunday, January 15, 2012
FRED DAVIS: Southern Cal, 6030 255 4.85. Two-year starter. Fluid in pass routes. Can line up as a slot or wide receiver to create size mismatches. Tough to cover for linebackers and safeties. Wall off position blocker. Plays with good balance. Will put pressure on cover two teams. Long arms. Can make the tough catch and catch the ball outside his frame. Concentrates on ball in a crowd. Will compete. Understands and recognizes coverages. Will sit down in a void area. Experience as a wing and an H-back. Catches the ball in his soft hands. Can take a hit. Question concentration at times coming off the ball late. Inconsistent on release. Can get jammed. Routes are not always sharp. Receiver only at this point. Needs to get a nastier attitude as a blocker. Inconsistent to finish block. 62 catches, 881 yards, 8 touchdowns. Did not workout at the Combine. Second/third round. (A-33 3/4, H-9 5/8, BP-24, VJ-DNP).
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
AQIB TALIB: Kansas, 6006 202 4.49. Junior entry. Three-year starter. Good short area quickness, ball skills, and hands. Thirteen career interceptions. Rangy build with long arms. Good athlete with hip flexibility and a fluid turning motion. Instinctive corner that will gamble and overplay a receiver at times. Can be feast or famine - an interception or a big play by a receiver. Also has done spot duty as a receiver and caught five touchdown passes over his career. When he gets beat, he lacks a great recovery burst. Has been beaten deep, but the ball was dropped by receivers or they went for touchdowns. Generally a good tackler in the open field. Will break down and wrap up. Not a killer. Solid when everything is in front of him. Run support, short ball control passer. Plays a soft coverage with a big cushion. Will creep up and blitz off the corner effectively. Smart and heady. Quick to read and react. Drives hard on the ball in front of him. Will contribute as a punt returner on special teams. Needs more strength to reroute receivers in press coverage. OSR:7/32. BTR:left 4.41, right 4.45. First/second round. (A-33, H-9 3/8, SS-4.24, VJ-38).
Thursday, January 12, 2012
CHRIS LONG: Virginia, 6033 274 4.79. Three-year starter with big hands and explosive edge quickness. Has the quickness to counter all blocks. Gets a great jump on the ball. Has quick hands. High motor quick twitch player. Instinctive, is in the right place at the right time. Demonstrates the ability to explode and unlock hips with force. Strength to control the point of attack against the run. Finishes pursuit. Gets through traffic and runs the play down. Smart, competitive, and athletic. Son of Hall of Famer, Howie Long. Good use of hand quickness, extension, placement, and punch. Can control the blocker with his hands. Good chase player. Takes proper downfield angles. Doesn’t stay blocked. Disengages to get in on tackle. Plays with a good base and leverage. Usually double teamed. Gets his hands up on pass rush. Has the awareness to get into the throwing lane. Persistent, gets the offensive tackle on skates with leverage. Smooth on twist stunt. Plays with a low pad level. Can either stand up or put his hand down to be effective. Moved around the defensive line where he played end or tackle. Will play outside on the next level or he will get worn down as a tackle. Mentally and physically tough. Good leadership skills. Functional playing strength. An every down player that could play outside on first two downs and play down side on third down. Has a series of moves. A physical tackler. Can turn speed to power. Disruptive player. OSR:5/31. Edge speed:left 1.87, right 2.00. First round. (A-32 5/8, H-10, BP-DNP, 10-1.57).
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
JACOB HESTER: LSU, 5105 226 4.63. Two-year starter. Solid in all phases of his game. Power runner with good vision. Finishes runs. Will face up or cut block as a lead blocker. Runs hard between the tackles. Always going forward. Gashing/ slashing type running style. Good running instincts and skills. Drives legs on contact. Sure hands and concentration. Catches a ball in the crowd and gets yards after contact. Will contribute on special teams. Tough, strong, and physical short-yardage back. Sudden change of direction. Competitor with great effort. Durable, smart, and versatile. OSR:15/33. Fourth/fifth round. (A-31, H-10 1/2, SS-4.25, BP-23).
Monday, January 9, 2012
By proscoutdan Posted at 8:40 AM
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RASHARD MENDENHALL: Illinois, 5101 225 4.45. Junior entry. One year starter. Playing time covered three years. Good vision and cut back ability. Team runs the spread option offense. Good blocker on blitz pickup. Can run the outside rusher by the quarterback. Inconsistent anchor. Will get driven back at times. Runs hard. Good balance on his hit and spin move. Catches ball control passes in his hands. Good adjust to bad passes. Runs with strength and power. Can run away from defenders. In their offensive scheme, he gets the edge by the option. Bender/weaver type runner down the field. Explosive through the hole to burst up the field. Excellent inside vision and running instincts. Drives legs on contact. Not easy to bring down. Strong lower body. OSR:5/33. First round. (A-31 3/8, H-10 7/8, SS-4.21, BP-26).
Sunday, January 8, 2012
TREVOR LAWS: Notre Dame, 6006 304 5.10. Three-year starter. Will need to play inside because of his lack of height. Plays like his hair is on fire. Good initial quickness. Long arms and stout at the point. Plays with leverage. Best position is a 4-3 tackle that is on the move. Impressive and productive during Senior Bowl week. Explosive quickness. Tough to block a moving target. Good use of hands. Plays with leverage. A disruptive player that makes plays. Fast twitch. Doesn’t stay blocked. Takes good angles. Can run plays down from behind. Talk about productive - as a defensive lineman, he made 112 tackles, 8 for loss, and 4 sacks. There are linebackers in this draft that lack that type of productivity. Instinctive to feel blocking schemes. Competitive and works to finish the play. Impressive upper body strength. OSR:22/46 of all defensive linemen. Edge speed:left 1.88, right 2.19. Third/fourth round. (A- 33 3/8, H-9 3/4, BP-35, 10-1.75).
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Friday, January 6, 2012
NICK MANGOLD: Ohio State, 6035 300 5.05. Three-year starter. An explosive punch that stuns defender. Good technique player that has hand strength and quickness. Gets his hands inside defenders and locks on. A knee bender with excellent body control and balance. One of the best centers our staff has observed at the Senior Bowl. Experience in both shotgun and conventional offense. Good mobility to pull around and seal. Maintains position on defender. Quick to reach and cut on a sweep. Good balance. Stays engaged and locked on defender. Good footwork and angles to second level. Effective use of hands. Crafty player. Smart and alert. Makes all the calls. Effective job of helping guards inside to control the defensive rush. Played both in power and zone schemes. First round ability. (A-31 7/8, H-10 3/8, BP-24, 10-1.76)
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
JEROD MAYO: Tennessee, 6012 242 4.57. Junior entry. Two-year starter. Productive. Made 140 tackles his junior year. Good athlete that can run sideline to sideline. Plays with good focus and intensity. Works through traffic and attacks downhill to make a play. Uses his body as a weapon to make a tackle. Keeps leverage and tempo on the ball carrier to take away the cutback lanes. Good athlete that fills the running lanes. Always around the ball. Explosive hitter in the secondary. Has experience at both inside and outside linebacker. Effective on delayed blitz. Good timing. Can run with tight ends and backs in coverage. Makes plays all over the field. Should help a team on special teams coverage. May have some red flags and a medical history. OSR:2/11 as an IB, 11/52 for all linebackers. Second/third round. (A-32 7/8, H-9 1/4, BP-22, SS-4.30).
Monday, January 2, 2012
CHAD GREENWAY: Iowa, 6024 242 4.76. Three-year starter. Good combination of power, speed, and athletic ability. Best coverage linebacker at Senior Bowl. Can cover backs, tight ends, and wide receivers in the slot. Good change of direction. Always around the ball. Every-down player. Good coverage on special teams. An athletic and rangy linebacker with sideline-tosideline speed. A physical player that runs through his tackles. A collision player with good lateral quickness. Can either run through the line or run the hump. Makes the play. Versatile enough to match up on the slot receiver as he did against Florida’s Chad Jackson and run with them man-to-man. Iowa is generally a zone team and Greenway is a solid zone player that breaks up quickly on plays in front of him. Instinctive. A disruptive player that is explosive and makes plays. Plays with reckless abandon. Has a tendency to play high, but can get under a blocker. Good knee bend. He does a good job of finding receiver inside with his hands. Keeps blockers off his legs and finishes play. Combine workout was average. Worked out well at Iowa’s pro day. First round pick. (A-31 1/4, H-9 1/8, BP-16, SS-4.22).
Sunday, January 1, 2012
By proscoutdan Posted at 1:28 AM
JAKE LONG: Michigan, 6070 313 5.25. A four-year starter that is a physical player who shows quickness, power, and a mauler mentality. Plays with a good base in the run and passing games. Can maintain his power angles in the lower body with little crossover. Drops his hips in pass protection and demonstrates the ability to anchor against power rushers. Has good reach to his kick on pass protection. Better in closed quarters than in the open field. Limited pulling ability. Will struggle with edge speed at times. Michigan mostly slides and gap protects, so you don’t see him singled up a lot. He always has inside help on the slide and outside on gap protection. Could be a feature right tackle like Jon Jansen but will struggle on the left side. Needs to improve his pass protection punch. Will waist bend and overextend at times. Good quickness for his size on backside scoop blocks. Michigan asks their tackles to move lateral and expand defenders. He does a good job with this technique. Long arms. Shows patience in pass protection. Good short area quickness and hand strength. Footwork improved in 2007. Good body control. Plays with good balance. Not as athletic as Joe Thomas, but is very consistent. Hard worker that should be a top tackle for a long time. Excellent Combine workout. OSR:1/42. Early first round. (A-35 3/4, H-11, BP-37, 10-1.76).