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"Alec Ogletree"

Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

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"

Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE

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»

Pre-Combine 2013 NFL Draft Top 200 Prospects

Posted by Brad On February - 15 - 20138 COMMENTS
"Luke Joeckel"

Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

I’m about 90% complete with my scouting reports and all video review of the 2013 draft class. All this time off a full-time job has really helped out in a dire situation. In December I was worried I wouldn’t be completed with this class by the time the draft rolled around. I’m back and probably ahead of schedule. Throughout this process a couple things stood out to me.

First, this is a strong and deep draft class despite what you may be hearing elsewhere. I think you can find starters through the third round. Secondly, a couple position groups are really strong at the top. The tight end class could be historically good as it provides top end talent with starters deep into the draft. The defensive tackle class is very strong (3 in the top 10) at the top and fairly deep. And lastly, your guess is as good as mine on this quarterback class. I found it a near impossibility to rank them among the other positions.

I opted to release the rankings before the players worked out in Indianapolis as part of an experiment for myself as I’m attempting to see how much the Combine affects my rankings. Last year, I found I weighted it too strongly and it affected my rankings in a negative way. This season, I identified seventeen players in my top 100 that I had questions about certain evaluations that could be answered at the Combine. In my post-Combine rankings those seventeen will be the only ones to move up or down the board as it should remain pretty stagnant.

After the break check out our pre-Combine top 200 2013 NFL Draft prospects. Read the rest of this entry » «Pre-Combine 2013 NFL Draft Top 200 Prospects»

Chiefs interested in Nick Foles

Posted by Brad On February - 14 - 2013ADD COMMENTS
"Nick Foles"

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

In less than a week the Philadelphia Eagles have renegotiated the contract of Michael Vick and brought former Duck Dennis Dixon into the fold. The writing is on the wall for Nick Foles in Philadelphia.

Foles looked promising in relief of Vick. In seven contests, Foles threw for nearly 1,700 yards, 6 TD’s to 5 INT’s. That seems like so long ago as Andy Reid was terminated and Chip Kelly was brought in.

Clearly Foles isn’t a fit with Chip Kelly as he lacks any foot speed whatsoever. Foles statuesque presence in the pocket doesn’t bode well for his ability to make the defense defend all 11 on offense, a staple of Kelly’s offense. When the Eagles opted to restructure Vick’s contract it became more clear that Foles was most likely not the guy for Kelly, despite his insistence that they would battle it out in a full-fledged camp battle.

As I opined on Monday, it makes no sense for the Eagles to keep Foles in Philly as his trade market may never be hotter than it is presently. The most logical fit is with his old coach Andy Reid in Kansas City and we now have word on the street linking the two.

In a USA Today story, they cite a source close the Chiefs that has Andy Reid and the Chiefs interested in acquiring Foles should he become available.  NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah added fuel to Foles/Kansas City marriage by reporting that Andy Reid and Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson “were very high on Nick Foles and his future.”

The Chiefs hold the first overall pick and it’s becoming increasingly likely that the Chiefs have other plans with the pick than going with one of the quarterbacks. Adding Foles into the fold would certainly end any speculation of a quarterback at No. 1.

We will be keeping our eyes and ears on this situation as it’s likely to change the course of the draft dramatically.

"Mike Mayock"

Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

When NFL Draft analyst Mike Mayock talks draft we open up our ears to get a rare listen into one of the better draft analysts thoughts. With a week until the NFL Scouting Combine kicking off in Indianapolis, Mayock drops his first bit of knowledge since the late January’s Senior Bowl.

The podcast kicks off with Mayock at  the 15:20 mark and lasts for roughly a half hour. In it, Mayock gives his thoughts on the quarterback crop (ouch), his top player in the draft (Chance Warmack), Denard Robinson, and loads of other great tidbits on his initial take on this draft class.

After the break check out the link as it’s a must listen. Read the rest of this entry » «Rich Eisen Podcast talks 2013 NFL Draft with Mike Mayock»

Jonathan Cooper Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 14 - 20132 COMMENTS

"Jonathan Cooper"Jonathan Cooper I North Carolina I OG I 6025 I 307 I Senior

40 Time (E): 5.10

Overview: After taking a redshirt year in 2008, Jonathan Cooper has been a mainstay in the starting lineup at left guard for the Tar Heels. If not for shoulder surgery, Cooper may have entered the 2012 NFL Draft but decided to come back for his senior season to play for Larry Fedora. Fedora brought an up tempo, spread offense and Cooper probably played his best football which is saying a lot considering his sophomore and junior seasons. He’s a plus athlete that if he were 3” taller he would be a top five tackle in the draft.

Pass Blocking: Coming into my evaluation all I heard about Cooper was he was a better run blocker than pass protector. It’s proof positive of why you evaluate with your eyes and not your ears. I came away impressed with most all aspects of Cooper’s ability as a pass protector. Great instincts in pass protection in working with the center and tackle. Easily slides off and keeps his eyes downfield as he’s able to pick stunts and twists on the interior. Solid base strength with the ability to anchor against power. His lateral agility is through the roof for a 310 pound man with the ability to mirror like a left tackle. Keeps a low base with great, flexible hips. Re-anchors well on rare occasion that he is blown backwards in the pass game. Read the rest of this entry » «Jonathan Cooper Scouting Report»

"Bjoern Werner"

Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE

As a whole, there may not be a more talented class in the draft than the defensive end group. The problem is that we will eliminate some of the top options (Dion Jordan, Barkevious Mingo) due to scheme fit. Today we look at the 4-3 ends and 3-4 five-techniques. Because of that you won’t see some of the top names as they will be listed in our linebacker rankings instead.

Even with the likes of Dion Jordan and Barkevious Mingo out of the rankings, this class packs some top end punch. Bjoern Werner is the headliner of the group as he brings a unique blend of size, strength, and speed to pair with loads of upside. While we are talking of Werner it’s a good time to mention Cornellius Carradine. The former JUCO star broke out as a senior before tearing up his knee late in the season. Carradine is an impressive package that if healthy could have challenged as a top twenty pick despite being a bit of a one-year wonder in big time college football.

Damontre Moore is a bit of a tweener and we almost chose to keep him out of the 4-3 end rankings but I think he’s truly a guy that could play either. Moore is hard not to like when you watch his motor constantly running but he lacks elite burst to be considered a top five pick in April’s draft. I can’t see him falling that far down the first round but I don’t expect him to be a top 10 pick as so many have opined.

This class is filled with late round sleeper prospects. David Bass is difficult to call a sleeper at this point but he could wind up a steal of the draft if he lasts instead day three. The talk of the East-West Shrine Game was the skill set that Princeton’s Mike Catapano brings to the table. He’s still battling for national recognition but he could be a guy that hears his name called earlier than anyone expected.

After the break check out our 4-3 defensive end rankings. Read the rest of this entry » «2013 NFL Draft: Rankings the 4-3 Defensive Ends and 5-Techniques»

Clean bill of health for Jarvis Jones

Posted by Brad On February - 12 - 20131 COMMENT
"Jarvis Jones"

Kevin Liles-US PRESSWIRE

The health of Jarvis Jones’ spinal condition has been one of the hotter topic of the pre-draft season. Early today, I opined that it would be a headline coming out of next week’s Scouting Combine. It appears we won’t have to wait until next week to hear some positive news on the issue.

To be clear, this doesn’t put Jones in the clear as teams will independently check Jones out from head to toe by their own doctors. As Brandt said, Jones is potentially a top 10 pick with a narrowing of the spinal canal so you can guarantee this isn’t the last we hear of this issue.

Jones will have more fish to fry at next week’s event as he will be looking to prove that he has the athleticism and measurements to measure up to his draft billing. Concerns run rampant of Jones height, arm length, and straight line speed.

There is no questioning the massive production of Jarvis Jones over the course of his career at Georgia. While he may not meet height, weight, speed molds for a Von Miller-esque pass rusher, Jones brings a loads of production in the SEC over the course of two seasons. Jones has experience as a 3-4 OLB at Georgia but his best fit at the next level may be on the strongside in a 4-3.

Jones could be considered amongst the top three picks as Jacksonville and Oakland could use some help in terms of pass rush. Things get interesting after that with Philadelphia, Detroit, and Cleveland picking as all three teams could be fits for Jones. I think Detroit is one to watch as he brings what they are needing in spades.

While Brandt’s news is certainly good for Jones he has the last major hurdle next week in Indianapolis as teams will be keeping a watchful eye on his measurements and athleticism. If Jones can pass those tests, the sky is the limit. If he doesn’t your guess is as good as mine on where he lands in April.

Stedman Bailey Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 12 - 20131 COMMENT

Stedman Bailey I West Virginia I WR I 5010 I 191 I Junior

"Stedman Bailey"

Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

40 Time (E): 4.48

Overview: How one gets overlooked with the numbers posted by Stedman Bailey is beyond me. Bailey was overshadowed by Tavon Austin and Geno Smith at WVU despite his enormous production. In the same way, Bailey has went relatively unnoticed in the pre-draft process and it’s likely that he won’t garner much media attention as he isn’t likely to blow anyone away with his height/weight/speed at the Combine. What Bailey lacks from a physical tools standpoint he more than makes up for with his overall ability as a pass catcher. I have been on record banging the table for this guy as a first round prospect and I will continue until he actually is.

Size/Speed: At 5-foot-10, Bailey isn’t going to jump off the page with his size despite having a solid build. Bailey could check in at the 195 pound mark in Indy and looks all of that. He plays physical in the run game and has outstanding body control to make up for his lack of size and leaping ability. Bailey won’t record an eye popping 40 time but he has no problem getting behind the defense. He has a knack of altering speeds in and out of breaks which is second to none in this draft. Plays with a suddenness to his game despite not being an explosive athlete. Read the rest of this entry » «Stedman Bailey Scouting Report»

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