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Posted by Brad On February - 19 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

 

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"Jawan Jamison"

Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

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"

Scott Olmos-US PRESSWIRE

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"

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»