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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"

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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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"NFL Scouting Combine"

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The annual scouting combine has become an entity of its own with all the coverage, media hype, and fan reaction. For the evaluators it’s a chance to see if your film thoughts are confirmed up close and personal. Nothing more, nothing less.

Teams have learned from past mistakes and will rarely change an opinion based on someone’s workout. I have fielded a ton of emails since the release of my latest rankings. Most of the questions have surrounded my statement that I was paying close attention to 17 draft prospects in Indianapolis. Everyone wants to know what 17 I’ll be watching and why I’ll be watching. The answer is simple…There’s a handful of guys that I want to confirm what I see in terms of speed, change of direction, or footwork. There’s another handful that I have limited tape on and want to see what type of athlete they are.

Outside those aspects I look forward to measurements to see how people have taken feedback and whether they are capable of making adjustments. It speaks to work ethic and character. We know that NFL teams evaluate interviews and medicals. Since we don’t have access to information (except for the occasional leak) we can’t judge on that.

Here’s a look at the defensive preview of the event. For those dying to know what 17 players I will be watching, it’s likely that they will be included in my offensive and defensive previews. Read the rest of this entry » «2013 NFL Scouting Combine: Previewing the Defense»

FRX Play the Draft

Posted by Brad On February - 19 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

 

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"Jawan Jamison"

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The annual scouting combine has become an entity of its own with all the coverage, media hype, and fan reaction. For the evaluators it’s a chance to see if your film thoughts are confirmed up close and personal. Nothing more, nothing less.

Teams have learned from past mistakes and will rarely change an opinion based on someone’s workout. I have fielded a ton of emails since the release of my latest rankings. Most of the questions have surrounded my statement that I was paying close attention to 17 draft prospects in Indianapolis. Everyone wants to know what 17 I’ll be watching and why I’ll be watching. The answer is simple…There’s a handful of guys that I want to confirm what I see in terms of speed, change of direction, or footwork. There’s another handful that I have limited tape on and want to see what type of athlete they are.

Outside those aspects I look forward to measurements to see how people have taken feedback and whether they are capable of making adjustments. It speaks to work ethic and character. We know that NFL teams evaluate interviews and medicals. Since we don’t have access to information (except for the occasional leak) we can’t judge on that.

Here’s a look at the offensive preview of the event. For those dying to know what 17 players I will be watching, it’s likely that they will be included in my offensive and defensive previews.

Quarterbacks

If we’ve heard it once, we’ll hear a million times; the 2013 class lacks Robert Griffin, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson and maybe even Ryan Tannehill. We will be beat over the head with this fact for the next 65 days.

Thus far the news of the combine for the quarterbacks has been that Geno Smith and many of the top quarterbacks will throw at the event. Something that isn’t the trend as of late. With the lack of a top guy, these guys will be looking to get a leg up in any way possible. With the exception of Matt Barkley and Zac Dysert we should have an opportunity to compare and contrast this class.

Who we’ll be watching

Tyler Bray is the physical prototype of a dropback passer. At 6-foot-5, 215 pounds Bray possesses arguably the best arm in the draft. There is no one questioning his arm talent but questionable character and maturity have plagued Bray throughout his career at Tennessee.

Bray is off to a solid start according to Ty Detmer, who has been working with Bray leading up to the draft has described him as “humble” and “coachable”.

Bray’s interview session will be as important as any quarterback in attendance. He has been an interesting interview in the past and will be grilled on his off-the-field indiscretions and handling of NFL terminology and concepts.

I don’t doubt that Bray will wow with his arm talents but his accuracy is questionable at best. He will need to spot-on during the throwing portions. Bray has first round tools but the many questions with him will have him slotted in anywhere from the 3rd to 5th round range. He’s not ready to start next season but could be stashed away as a long-term project for a vertical passing team. Appears really well suited for the Cardinals or Browns passing attacks. Read the rest of this entry » «2013 NFL Scouting Combine: Previewing the Offense»

2013 NFL Mock Draft – Combine Week Mock Draft

Posted by Brad On February - 18 - 201331 COMMENTS
"Dion Jordan"

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1. Kansas City Chiefs – Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

Nick FolesAlex SmithMatt Flynn. Who knows if any of these guys will be the quarterback of the Chiefs during the upcoming season. What we do know is that it won’t/can’t be Matt Cassel or Brady Quinn. Everyone and their Mike Mayock believe that the Chiefs shouldn’t take a quarterback in this slot. I’m not disagreeing with the value of the pick but sometimes necessity outweighs the value.

Until the Chiefs actually sign/trade for a quarterback I will be mocking Geno Smith at this spot.

Check out what Chiefs GM John Dorsey had to say about the top of the 2013 QB class…it doesn’t bode well for my selection.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

I was pleasantly surprised by the reaction of Dion Jordan to the Jaguars pick. I figured Jags fans would go nuts on that one but the feedback is pretty good which means they are being well schooled on Gus Bradley and his brand of defense. That said, the reality is that Jason Babin may be a one year rental at the LEO spot and Lotulelei is a big body, versatile defender that is more a sure a thing than Jordan is. They would be wise to play it safe with Star and let Babin work in as the LEO for a season.

3. Oakland Raiders – Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri                                              

I keep landing with Richardson to Oakland. You won’t find a more disruptive DT in this draft class. Richardson’s motor runs extra hot and he could be just what the doctor ordered in Oakland. The Raiders lack playmakers in their front seven and Richardson gives them an immediate impact type player.

4. Philadelphia Eagles – Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

Last week we were in a real bind with Joeckel and Star on the board for the taking. With Star off the board this week it makes this pick a fairly easy one with the draft’s top player available. Drafting Joeckel allows the Eagles to move Todd Heremans inside, killing two birds with one stone. Read the rest of this entry » «2013 NFL Mock Draft – Combine Week Mock Draft»

"Alec Ogletree"

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Alec Ogletree was expected to blow the roof off Indianapolis at next week’s Scouting Combine. That still may be the case but it could be his off-the-field issues that garner the headlines.

For an NFL Draft prospect there’s never a good time to get into legal trouble but it’s really bad timing to get caught up in legal action before the biggest interview in your life.

Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree was arrested on DUI charges according to his agent Pat Dye Jr. Dye issued the following statement to Mike Florio of Pro Football:

Last weekend, my client Alec Ogletree was pulled over for speeding and a lane violation in Arizona. After the officers smelled alcohol, they conducted tests and also cited him with DUI. Although Alec regrets the situation terribly, he is thankful that there was no accident and that no one was hurt. Because this matter is still pending, we cannot comment further publicly at this time. Read the rest of this entry » «Off-the-field concerns still plaguing Georgia LB Alec Ogletree»

Sharrif Floyd Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 16 - 2013ADD COMMENTS
"Sharrif Floyd"

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Sharrif Floyd I Florida I DT I 6030 I 305 I Junior

40 Time (E): 4.85

Overview: Sharrif Floyd is one of the more intriguing prospects in the draft. Without going into Floyd’s backstory, it’s one you’ll hear many times over leading up to the draft. Floyd has played 3T and 5T at Florida and will be looked at for both positions by NFL teams. He’s a disruptive force that is capable of taking over games from the interior. He possesses the most explosive athleticism of any DT in this class, which is saying a lot given Sheldon Richardson’s presence. Floyd isn’t a perfect prospect but his upside is through the roof and could have him coming off the board in the top 10 picks. The team drafting Floyd will have to look at the potential/upside as he wasn’t a consistently dominant player at UF.

Pass Rush: Floyd has the upside to be a dominant pass rushing three-technique or five-technique in the NFL. He has an explosive first step with a non-stop motor that will lead to effort sacks at the next level. He beats his opponent in the first two steps most of the time but has a nice swim move to counter with when he doesn’t win off the snap. His motor doesn’t quit as he has the ability to push the pocket and chase the QB down from the backside. Floyd will have to develop his hand usage at the next level if he wants to max out his pass rush potential. He will have to stay lower in the NFL as he won’t be able to win with just speed.   Read the rest of this entry » «Sharrif Floyd Scouting Report»

Reid Fragel Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 16 - 2013ADD COMMENTS
"Reid Fragel"

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Reid Fragel  – Ohio State University

Height: 6064

Weight: 306

Age when drafted: 22

Hometown: Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

Position: RT

Collegiate Number: 77

Games Viewed: 2012 – Cal, UAB, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Michigan

SIZE:

Despite reports of his height checking in at the 6’8” range, Fragel is just a shade under 6’7” which should be helpful when it comes draft evaluation time.  Fragel added 20 pounds of mass to his frame for his transition from TE to OT in 2012.  Fragel’s frame suggests that he could add another 10-15 pound without noticing any differences in athleticism.  It’s conceivable and advisable, at this point, that Fragel add another 10 pounds before the draft. Read the rest of this entry » «Reid Fragel Scouting Report»