"Tavon Austin"

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Chris Johnson is safe for a couple more days and maybe another season. But it was a close one. The day kicked off with Tavon Austin blazing an unofficial 4.25 40 (4.34 officially) before I had my first cup of coffee. Marquise Goodwin of Texas was expected to run fast and he did. He tied Austin with an unofficial 4.25 which turned into the fastest official time of the day at 4.27.

Group five of the WR’s were highlighted by Ryan Swope’s official 4.34 40 time, which came as a bit of a surprise. Swope was expected to run in the 4.4 range but showed that he has legit speed to go with solid size. Swope really helped himself today and should have solidified himself as a solid second day pick.

The running back group was marked by more fast 40 times. Onterio McCalebb went unofficially at 4.21 but his official time came in at a pedestrian 4.34. McCalebb may have a future as a returner but his size will limit his ability to carry the ball in the NFL. Most impressive of the RB’s was Knile Davis. Davis blazed the 40 at 4.37 for a guy that checked in at 227 pounds and repped 225 31 times. Davis is a workout warrior that if he can stay healthy he could be a steal in the draft. Unfortunately his collegiate career at Arkansas was marked by injuries.

Geno Smith gave himself a “C” but that was his well rehearsed response. Smith had a solid day but did miss on some gimme throws. Smith ran a better than expected 4.59 40 time. He looked much more explosive which will only help his draft stock. He may not be in play for the Chiefs at No. 1 but he shouldn’t fall far down the draft board. Read the rest of this entry » «Day five of the Combine marked by fast 40’s and Star’s heart»

Day Two Scouting Combine Live Blog

Posted by Brad On February - 24 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

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We will be live blogging Sunday’s offensive skill players performing on the field

Quarterbacks Group 4

MarQueis Gray clocked the top time on the first go around at 4.69. Gray is considered a TE by NFL teams and that’s a solid time for TE at 6032 240 pounds

Colby Cameron outdoes Gray’s 40 time on the second trip with a 4.66. Cameron is an underrated athlete that will have to show improved arm strength, he was deadly accurate at La Tech.

Wide Receivers Group 4

Group 5 will be on the track next. Tavon Austin is up first. 4.25 for Austin. Blazed it. Just helped himself out while teammate Stedman Bailey ran a pedestrian 4.57.

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Virginia Tech duo Marcus Davis (4.40) and Corey Fuller (4.38) is impressive. Didn’t think either would go that fast.

Goodwin is up. Torches the track at 4.25, ties with Tavon.

DeAndre Hopkins is battling for the number two receiver off the board. A couple of false starts. Runs 4.50…good time for him.

Nice time for Tavarres King (4.43)

Tavon Round 2 – 4.31. What a disappointment.

Stedman Bailey improves to 4.5 flat. I’m with Mayock on this kid. Good, smart receiver.

Josh Boyce of TCU is one to watch. Short but not small and proving he has the wheels. Two hand times of 4.38.

Goodwin back on the track. Focused…looks like a sprinter because he is. 4.29. Two sub-4.3 40’s.

4.41 for Justin Hunter on 2nd attempt. As expected, fast.

Click here to continue reading our live blog. If you have questions, leave them in the comments section. Read the rest of this entry » «Day Two Scouting Combine Live Blog»

"Geno Smith"

Sunday is meant to be a day of rest. Not in the NFL and this Sunday is no exception as the quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers take to the field for their workouts.

This may be the most anticipated day of any on the NFL Scouting Combine schedule as we get to see  the offensive skill guys compete. This year there are plenty of storylines to follow. Adding to the intrigue of the day is the uncertainty at the quarterback position. With everyone but Matt Barkley participating in full workouts it should make for a very interesting Sunday. Let’s take a look at some of the headlines of Sunday’s on the field workouts.

It’s all about the quarterbacks

Geno Smith is going to be one of the most heavily scrutinized prospects in the draft leading up to April 25th. He’s the only real possibility to intrigue the Kansas City Chiefs at number one overall but major question marks surround his game. Smith skipped the Senior Bowl, drawing criticism about his competitive juices. Smith will have an opportunity to distance himself from the rest of the quarterback class on Sunday as all but Matt Barkley will be throwing.

Outside of Smith, there is a full blown fight among the quarterbacks behind Geno Smith to be taken in the first round of April’s draft. This is widely considered a weak quarterback class at the top and the reality is that we could see one quarterback taken on Thursday. Mike Glennon, Tyler Wilson, Ryan Nassib, and Matt Barkley may be second round talents but as we know quarterbacks get bumped up draft boards due to positional value. Which one of these guys will take a step forward and create some separation in this draft class? Read the rest of this entry » «2013 NFL Scouting Combine: Skill guys take to the field»

2013 NFL Scouting Combine: Day Four Review

Posted by Brad On February - 23 - 2013ADD COMMENTS
"Manti Te'o"

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Day four was the first day of on-the-field drills and we saw some freakish performances from big men. In addition to the offensive line and tights ends working on the field, the defensive line and linebackers got measured up and the quarterbacks, running backs, and receivers got under the bench.

The first day of on the field drills always brings a level of excitement that has been building over the previous months. This, for me, signals the reality that draft season is officially underway. We take a look at some items that stuck out today as eye popping in a good or bad way for us.

The Freak Show

I highlighted Arkansas Pine-Bluff OT Terron Armstead in a scouting report yesterday as I glorified his athletic ability. Not in a million years did I think that he run 4.71 (officially). In addition to blazing the 40, Armstead led all lineman in the vertical at 34.5″. That’s right, 34.5″ inches at 306 pounds. Four TE’s topped 34.5″. It’s incredible the type of athlete that Armstead is. The great thing is that you can see Armstead’s freakish athletic talents translate to the field. I said in my scouting report that he could work his way into the second day of the draft and I believe he wrapped that up today. Some team will be licking their chops to get their hands on Armstead. Read the rest of this entry » «2013 NFL Scouting Combine: Day Four Review»

Kenny Vaccaro Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 23 - 20132 COMMENTS
"Kenny Vaccaro"

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40 Time (E): 4.55

Overview: Kenny Vaccaro epitomizes today’s NFL safety. With NFL defenses relying so much on the versatility of interchangeable pieces there’s no greater example than the safety position. Kenny Vaccaro is a true interchangeable prospect with the ability to play traditional strong or free safety roles and can cover the slot in sub packages. It’s this versatility that should have his name called on day one of the draft. Vaccaro was a guy that I wasn’t high on coming into the 2012 season but he impressed in several performances, making me a believer. Most impressive was his ability to neutralize Tavon Austin of West Virginia.

Man Coverage: The separation point between Vaccaro and other top safeties is his ability to cover the slot. Vaccaro can put the straps on the best of what was offered in the slot. His ability to press with strength and redirection skills are rare for a safety prospect. His hands are fantastic as he strikes first and directly to the chest plate. After release, Vaccaro redirects and runs with the receiver with better than average speed at the position. He gets downgraded for perceived lack of speed but watch the WVU game when he tracks down Tavon Austin from behind. I don’t see many examples of him not being able to run vertically with faster receivers. Shows excellent ball/spatial awareness. Not a great playmaker in coverage with average to below average ball skills. Read the rest of this entry » «Kenny Vaccaro Scouting Report»

Terron Armstead Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 22 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

"Terron Armstead"Terron Armstead I Arkansas Pine-Bluff I OT I 6047 I 304 I Senior

40 Time (E): 4.90

Overview: Terron Armstead won’t be a sleeper for long. He’s an incredible athlete for his size that has a left tackle skill set. The major problem for Armstead is that he lacks ideal size/length for a LT. Some teams may look at him as a swing tackle/guard. Armstead had D1 football offers but opted for Arkansas Pine-Bluff out of high school because of his ability to play football and participate in track and field. Armstead is an elite level shot putter as he’s chalked up 8 SWAC Championships in track and field. As good as he is on the track, his future in the NFL as Armstead is a prime candidate to rise into a day two prospect with his unique blend of athleticism and technique.

Pass Blocking: Armstead is an NFL ready pass protector. He has above-average feet with the ability to mirror quicker DE’s. Armstead was a standout at the East-West game and as a late invite to the Senior Bowl because of his ability to get to the edge and keep some of the elite edge rushers from pressuring. His balance is off the charts as you rarely see him overextend or on the ground. Armstead will need to add strength/mass to his frame as he can be beat with power. Struggled a bit by power ends that were able to bull rush and destroy his anchor. Anchor power needs improvement. Read the rest of this entry » «Terron Armstead Scouting Report»

"Adrian Peterson"

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Raise your hand if you’re tired of reading the same ‘ole team needs articles out there (hand raised). We are opting for a different angle on the team needs. Teams evaluations of needs involve so much more than just saying we need a starter here. They are looking at the depth chart as a more long-term projection.

How’s our backup? How’s our backups contract? Do we have a developmental guy at a certain position?

We ranked each position on each team to form our team needs. This is equal parts math and evaluation. A formula was created that rewarded points for defining worth of a player. With 7 points being the highest value, marking an elite, franchise player. Sad to say but 0 points is attributed to a player with no value on the roster. Think roster fill-in with no real developmental attributes.

We are not evaluating just the starters but a team’s two and three deep. We will start with the running backs from worst to first.

**Special thanks to ourlads.com for their great updates on teams depth charts. Free agents are in blue.

32. Pittsburgh Steelers

Jonathan Dwyer, Rashard Mendenhall, Isaac Redman, Baron Batch

It’s hard to imagine the Steelers without a feature back but that is the reality in Pittsburgh. Jon Dwyer is capable but not going to cut it on a team with Super Bowl hopes. Rashard Mendenhall is a free agent and wore out his welcome with this organization. Redman gave the Steelers tough carries but isn’t capable of starting and is an average back-up. Baron Batch has stuck around the league with the Steelers but not a guy that they will look to develop over the long haul. Read the rest of this entry » «Assessing the running back needs by evaluating the depth charts»

Jarvis Jones skipping Combine

Posted by Brad On February - 21 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported this afternoon that Georgia LB Jarvis Jones will not workout at this week’s Combine, instead focusing on Georgia’s March 21 pro day.

Teams will look negatively on Jones’ decision as no medical reason was given for his absence from workouts. Matt Barkley, who had a legitimate injury, was ripped by media for electing to not throw at the Combine.

Jones stock was riding high after reports that he cleared a general medical exam. This is frustrating news for a guy that needed to workout as many are questioning his overall athleticism to be an impact rush linebacker at the next level. Jones’ decision to skip the Combine workout will only add fuel to that fire as speculation will continue to fester and build surrounding his athleticism.

In not-so related news Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner will undergo shoulder surgery after the Combine to repair a torn labrum. Unlike Jones, Milliner will compete at the Combine despite having a legitimate injury. In case you can’t tell I’m not a fan of Jones’ decision and whoever helped him along in this decision-making process should be fired immediately for this abysmal advice.

"Matt Ryan"

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Raise your hand if you’re tired of reading the same ‘ole team needs articles out there (hand raised). We are opting for a different angle on the team needs. Teams evaluations of needs involve so much more than just saying we need a starter here. They are looking at the depth chart as a more long-term projection.

How’s our backup? How’s our backups contract? Do we have a developmental guy at a certain position?

We ranked each position on each team to form our team needs. This is equal parts math and evaluation. A formula was created that rewarded points for defining worth of a player. With 7 points being the highest value, marking an elite, franchise player. Sad to say but 0 points is attributed to a player with no value on the roster. Think roster fill-in with no real developmental attributes.

We are not evaluating just the starters but a team’s two and three deep. We will start with the quarterbacks from worst to first.

**Special thanks to ourlads.com for their great updates on teams depth charts. Free agents are in blue.

32. Kansas City Chiefs

Brady Quinn, Matt Cassel, Ricky Stanzi, Alex Tanney

Brady Quinn is an UFA and Matt Cassel isn’t likely to be around. Ricky Stanzi and Alex Tanney offer very little in terms of long-term developmental prospects. This roster is completely devoid of a starter, backup, and developmental guy. Read the rest of this entry » «Assessing the quarterback draft needs by evaluating the depth charts»

"Keenan Allen"

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

The list of 333 participants is dwindling with some of the top names opting to pull out of the event due to injury.

The latest announcement came from J.T. Johnson that his client, Keenan Allen will not participate in this week’s Combine in Indianapolis. Allen missed the final three games due to a PCL tear in his left knee. Allen’s knee has experienced some swelling during training for the Combine causing him to hold off until his Pro Day to show scouts how he’s rehabbed from the knee injury.

Allen was a highly productive wide receiver in college despite an inept passing game for much of his career at Cal. The knock on Allen’s game is his long speed. There’s no doubts that many, including myself, were highly intrigued by Allen’s 40 time. We will have to wait until Allen opts to run in April at a separate pro day.

Purdue DT Kawann Short announced this week that he would be unable to workout at this week’s Combine or his March 1 pro day. Short cited a hamstring injury as the reason for his having to pull out of the event. He will hold a separate pro day on March 25 on the Purdue campus.

The consensus top running back, Eddie Lacy won’t be participating in Indianapolis. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported this week that Lacy would have to pull out of the event due to a small tear around his hamstring. Lacy does hope to be a full participate at Alabama’s pro day on March 13.

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