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"Bradley Roby"

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Bradley Roby – Ohio State

Height: 5011

Weight: 192

Age when drafted: 21

Hometown: Suwanee, GA

Position: CB

Collegiate Number: 1

Combine notables: N/A

Games Viewed: 2012 – Miami (OH), Cal, Michigan State, Penn State, Nebraska, Michigan

BACKGROUND:

Bradley Roby played his high school ball at Peachtree Ridge high school. After being a lightly recruited prospect with three-star evaluations from most major recruiting publications, Roby signed with the Buckeyes as a receiver/defensive back.

After redshirting in 2010, Roby emerged as a starter during his redshirt freshman season. Roby would pick off three passes in 2011 and emerge as the next in a long line of great OSU DB’s. Roby wouldn’t disappoint in 2012 as he finished with two interceptions and broke seventeen passes.

Roby contemplated entering the 2013 NFL Draft as a third-year sophomore but opted to return for his junior season. Roby has went on the record, saying 2013 would be his final in Columbus. Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft: Bradley Roby preseason scouting report»

Leon McFadden Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On April - 19 - 2013
"Leon McFadden"

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Leon McFadden – San Diego State

Height: 5095

Weight: 193

Age when drafted: 23

Hometown: Inglewood, CA

Position: CB

Collegiate Number: 2

Combine notables: 4.54 40 with 1.53 split, 34.5” vertical, 9’11” broad, 6.81 3-cone, 4.27 short shuttle

Games Viewed: 2012 – San Jose State, BYU, Boise State 2011 – TCU

BACKGROUND:

Leon McFadden played his high school ball at St. John Bosco Prep in Inglewood, California.

Leon committed to San Diego State over schools like BYU, Washington, and Utah State due to a promise to play wide receiver. McFadden was moved to the defensive backfield after a rash of injuries. McFadden never looked back as he played in 12 games that season. McFadden would go on to earn All-Mountain West honors the next three seasons, including First-Team All-Mountain West as a senior.

Athletics comes natural to Leon as his father played professional baseball for the Houston Astros organization. Read the rest of this entry » «Leon McFadden Scouting Report»

Logan Ryan Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On March - 26 - 2013
"Logan Ryan"

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Logan Ryan – Rutgers

Height: 5111

Weight: 191

Age when drafted: 22

Hometown: Berlin, NJ

Position: CB

Collegiate Number: 11

Combine notables: 4.56 40 with 1.50 split, 32.5” vertical, 9’8” broad, 6.69 3-cone, 4.06 short shuttle

Games Viewed: 2012 – Arkansas, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Connecticut 2011 – Iowa State

BACKGROUND:

Logan Ryan attended Eastern High School in Voorhees, New Jersey. At Eastern HS, Ryan earned All-State honors at quarterback and cornerback. He was a four-star recruit by Rivals.com.

Ryan redshirted in 2009 as a true freshman. He saw action in all 11 games as a redshirt sophomore making 9 tackles and 1 pass broken up. As a redshirt sophomore, Ryan emerged as one of the top corners in college football. He made 67 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions, and 14 pass break ups. Ryan continued his phenomenal play in 2012. He notched 94 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions, and 17 pass break ups. Read the rest of this entry » «Logan Ryan Scouting Report»

Jamar Taylor Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On March - 2 - 2013
"Jamar Taylor"

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Jamar Taylor I Boise St. I CB I 5015 I 192 I Senior

40 Time : 4.39

Overview: Jamar Taylor was a three-year starter for the Broncos. Taylor was primarily the boundary corner but Boise’s use of multiple coverages gives him valuable experience in all techniques. He’s a playmaker with the kind of attitude to challenge the best of what the NFL has to offer. He’s a vastly underrated corner that could challenge in the second wave of corners, after Dee Milliner, Xavier Rhodes, and Desmond Trufant. The major knock on Taylor was a lack of competition as he didn’t get challenged often and didn’t play against great receiver competition. That said, he was solid at the Senior Bowl and showed well at the Combine in testing and drills.

Man Coverage: Taylor’s experience in off man and press man will pay dividends come draft day. He’s at this best when he’s physical at the line of scrimmage but that’s not taking away from his ability to play in off man. Taylor has excellent strength and redirects receivers with physicality. His arm length is usually a concern for press coverage but his technique made up for it and I think he has a future in heavy press coverage. He’s smooth in his backpedal and drives on the ball when it’s in the air as well as anyone in the draft. He has great straight line speed and flips his hips fairly well. Taylor’s aggressive nature makes him susceptible to double moves. He has a tendency to jump routes and relies on his recovery speed to make up for his over-aggression. Read the rest of this entry » «Jamar Taylor Scouting Report»

Robert Alford Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 9 - 2013

Robert Alford I Southeastern Louisiana I CB I 5097 I 186 I Senior

"Robert Alford"

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40 Time (E): 4.45

Overview: It’s likely that if you didn’t hear of Robert Alford before the Senior Bowl that you are well aware that this small school prospect is a big time prospect. He’s a natural athlete with the man to man coverage skills to be selected early on day two of the draft. He played mostly on the outside (left corner) but moved inside against four receiver looks. With limited access to tape (Northwestern State, McNeese St) its difficult to get a good feel for overall game but we saw enough after his time in Mobile to comprise this scouting report. He will be a 25-year old rookie which is a little old for a first year player but it shouldn’t be a major deterrent for taking Alford early in the draft.

Man Coverage: Excels in off-man coverage and with his back to the ball. Very loose hips as evidenced by his ability to flip his hips and run with speed. Solid backpedal with pad level and hips maintaining balance. Plays on the balls of feet and won’t catch him flat footed. Quick twitch athlete as evidenced by his ability to break on inside or outside routes. When the ball is in the air, Alford excels as he is a former WR. It’s evident with his ability to track the ball with his eyes and natural hands. In press coverage, he has solid jam technique with strong hands, good pop, and the ability to recover quickly. Read the rest of this entry » «Robert Alford Scouting Report»

Johnthan Banks Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 9 - 2013

Johnthan Banks I Mississippi St. I CB I 6012 I 185 I Senior

"Johnthan Banks"

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40 Time (E): 4.50

Overview: It’s hard to find a more experienced starter at the CB position than Johnthan Banks. Banks has almost four years of starting experience in Starkville against SEC competition. He played safety as a freshman before converting full time to a starting CB for Mississippi St. He’s a long, lean athlete that teams rarely challenged because of his ball skills. He lined up a lot into the boundary with teammate Darius Slay playing as a field corner. Many draft analysts have Banks as a first round pick but I have questions about certain aspects of his game that have led me to grade him out as a second round prospect.

Man Coverage: Banks has the length to play with bigger receivers at the next level. He shows excellent technique in his backpedal with the ability to plant and drive on the ball. He shows very good ball skills and excels when the ball is in the air. I have concerns with Banks in man coverage against speed. His backpedal is too high, flips his hips well, but I think he can be beat by vertical speed. A lot of wasted movement with his feet in the transition from backpedal to break. Don’t love him in press situations as he struggles with the transition from jam to running with the receiver. For such a long limbed athlete I expected more pop and carry from him but didn’t see it with any sort of frequency. Read the rest of this entry » «Johnthan Banks Scouting Report»

Dee Milliner Film Study

Posted by Brad On January - 6 - 2013

"Dee Milliner"

The 2013 NFL Draft will be without a Patrick Peterson type impact cornerback. That said, there’s a pretty good one that could wind up a top ten pick.

Each year, it seems Alabama is putting cornerbacks into the NFL Draft. This year they may be sending the best one of the bunch. Dee Milliner was a part-time starter for Alabama last season as they featured Dre Kirkpatrick and DeQuan Menzie. I’m not one to question Nick Saban but it appeared, at times, that Milliner was clearly the superior corner to Menzie and quite possibly better than Kirkpatrick. Tennessee decided to test Milliner in 2011 and quickly realized he wasn’t the one. Even so, Milliner needed to come into 2012 and prove he was a capable full-time starter that was capable of locking down opponents No. 1 receiver week in and week out. Milliner was up to the task.

At 6-foot-1, 198 pounds Milliner possesses next level size to matchup with the bigger receivers in the NFL. He’s a physical corner that excels in press coverage and in run support. Alabama throws a lot of coverages at their players and Milliner was solid in all techniques. The biggest surprise in Milliner’s game was his read-and-react skills, see Michigan tape. I was impressed with his instincts as he appeared to be a veteran corner this season.

While I don’t believe Milliner is a Patrick Peterson type prospect, lacks the pure athleticism, he is a solid choice at the top of the draft. Here’s a look at some of the skills that set Milliner apart from other 2013 cornerbacks.

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