Devon Still Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 20 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Devon Still"Devon Still

Penn St.

Ht. 6-5 Wt. 310

 

Pass Rush:  Devon Still was a much more impressive pass rusher in 2011 than in years past.  He has a solid get off and burst for his size.  He fires off the ball low considering his 6’5 frame.  He flashes violent hands and can be overwhelming with the bull rush.  He showcases good lateral agility a very nice swim move.  The biggest problem with Still has been/is his inconsistent motor.  He appears to quit once he’s initially stopped.  He’s a more limited athlete than other first round DT’s which will probably limit his pass rushing abilities in the NFL.

 

Run Defense:  Still is a more than capable run defender.  He anchors well and if his pads are low, he wins.  He is excellent at stacking and shedding blockers.  He has good ball awareness and can get off the snap quickly and into run lanes.  He has the athleticism and lateral agility to play down the line but his motor is questionable.  I would like to see more effort on plays going away.  Because of his height he is susceptible to allowing blockers under his pads but when he wants he stays low.  For Still he could be a dominate run defender if he develops the motivation play in and play out. Read the rest of this entry » «Devon Still Scouting Report»

Brock Osweiler Film Breakdown

Posted by Brad On February - 20 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler will be analyzed to death over the course of the next two months.  It starts next week at the NFL Scouting Combine for the junior gunslinger and will continue on through his Pro Day.  Osweiler is a polarizing quarterback prospect that most felt should have stayed at ASU for his senior season.  Instead, the junior elected to test his wares in the 2012 QB class.

Osweiler has great size and athleticism but he lacks game experience.  At 6’7″ and 245 pounds he has all the physical tools to be a starter in the league.   After my initial scouting report on Osweiler, I was criticized for calling him a potential first rounder with a floor of the second round.  My defense for this prediction has been that Osweiler’s mechanics are flawed but correctable.  When Osweiler can set his feet and takes a proper stride he can throw with velocity and accuracy.  For a one-year starter, Osweiler showed a solid grasp of the ASU offense and what defenses are doing.  He rarely appears indecisive and most of his misses are caused by poor footwork.  In the following screenshots I will show you a couple of instances in which Osweiler throws with solid mechanics and another without.

 

 

"Brock Osweiler"

Osweiler wants Aaron Pflugrad up top and looks in his direction until he senses the outside pressure.

"Brock Osweiler"

Osweiler is forced to come off the deep out and scans back into the middle because of edge pressure by Nick Perry. He shows the ability to progress through his reads quickly and decisively.  He holds the ball until the last possible second to allow his second progression to cross the linebacker. Read the rest of this entry » «Brock Osweiler Film Breakdown»

Fletcher Cox Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 19 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Fletcher Cox"Fletcher Cox

Mississippi St.

Ht. 6-4 Wt. 295

 

Pass Rush:  Fletcher Cox is loaded with upside.  He has experience rushing the passer as a three and five technique.  He’s a tenacious pass rusher that sheds blocks with violent hands and his long arms.  He’s got an athletic build with vines for arms.  He’s explosive off the snap and can blow by blockers with his first step.  He is raw from a technique standpoint.  At times appears unorthodox and unsure but his non-stop motor carries him.  He gets too tall off the snap and through contact which forces him to lose leverage and balance.  He will need to add to his pass rush moves as he uses the bull rush extensively. Read the rest of this entry » «Fletcher Cox Scouting Report»

Jerel Worthy Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 19 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Jerel Worthy"Jerel Worthy

Michigan St.

Ht. 6-3 Wt. 310

 

Pass Rush:  Jerel Worthy is a pure three-technique in the 4-3.  He possesses above-average burst off the snap.  From a sheer physical standpoint Worthy has the abilities to be the most dominant pass rusher in this group of DT’s.  He possesses a great first step and shoots the gap as well as any DT in this draft.  I was impressed with this awareness as he was routinely the first player off the snap and in the opponents backfield.  Worthy appears to wear down in games and doesn’t have the conditioning to be consistently dominant.  It appears the more worn down he gets the less effective he becomes.  He has a tendency to pop upright off the snap as the game goes on.  I thought his best performances came against the top centers in the Big Ten.  Read the rest of this entry » «Jerel Worthy Scouting Report»

Michael Brockers Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 18 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Michael Brockers"Michael Brockers

LSU

Ht. 6-5 Wt. 300

 

Pass Rush:  Michael Brockers has elite first step quickness at the DT position.  He showcases the burst of elite inside pass rushers with the ability to shed blockers with his long arms.  He has the power to match his speed.  He only tallied 2 sacks in 2011 but was a consistent force in the backfield and passing lanes.  His natural athleticism and power are overwhelming for collegiate blockers.  That said, he will need to play with a lower pad level to be an effective NFL inside pass rusher.  He plays too high and allows blockers under his pads.

 

Run Defense:  Brockers get some undue criticism for his play against the run.  I see a strong anchor that just needs to learn some gap responsibility which will come with good coaching and time in the NFL.  He’s a naturally powerful man with a thick lower half.  His length is a plus in the run game as well as he uses his hands and arm extension to keep blockers away from his body.  He shows good ball awareness but needs to maintain gap responsibility.  He gets caught out of assignment and up field too much.  He needs to extend his arms through contact, does a nice job into contact but doesn’t maintain. Read the rest of this entry » «Michael Brockers Scouting Report»

Nick Perry Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 18 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Nick Perry"Nick Perry

USC

Ht. 6-3 Wt. 250

 

Instincts/Recognition:  Nick Perry is another college DE that appears best suited to transition to 34 OLB.  He played with his hand in the dirt primarily at USC, so we don’t have a lot to go on in terms of instincts and recognition.  There were times at DE that he appeared slow to recognize play action and lost contain too often.  Read the rest of this entry » «Nick Perry Scouting Report»

Courtney Upshaw Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 18 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Courtney Upshaw"Courtney Upshaw

Alabama

Ht. 6-1 Wt. 272

 

Instincts/Recognition:  Courtney Upshaw was used all over the field at Alabama.  Its tough to grade him on instincts and recognition because of the multiple ways he was used.  Standing up, Upshaw did show the ability to find the football and excelled at sniffing out screens.  With his hand on the ground he was able to recognize play action and kept contain very well.  He wasn’t asked to drop into coverage a lot at Alabama, so it remains to be seen how well he’ll read the QB and move in zone.  In limited opportunities, Upshaw showed the ability to read the QB and make plays on the ball.  Read the rest of this entry » «Courtney Upshaw Scouting Report»

"Drew Brees"

Could we see a record number of franchise tags in 2012?

The daunted franchise tag has become a widely used tool for NFL teams to secure star players for one more year in the hopes of gaining leveraging power over the contract.  With the changes in the new collective bargaining agreement we could and should see a record number of players tagged as franchise players.  The new formula will considerably lower the monetary value assigned to positions.

In years past, the franchise tag was derived by averaging the top five salaries at a particular position from the previous season.  The new formula is determined as a percentage of the salary cap.  There is a really complicated formula but it breaks down into the fact that the franchise tags in 2012 will be considerably less than in previous seasons.

Here’s  a position by position breakdown of the values of the franchise tag:

Quarterback:  $14.4 million ($16.1 million in 2011 and $16.4 million in 2010)

Running back:    $7.7 million ($9.6 million in 2011 and $8.2 million in 2010)

Wide receiver:  $9.4 million ($11.4 million in 2011 and $9.4 million in 2010)

Tight end:  $5.4 million ($7.3 million in 2011 and $5.9 million in 2010)

Offensive line:  $9.4 million ($10.1 million in 2011 and $10.7 million in 2010)

Defensive end:  $10.6 million ($13 million in 2011 and $12.4 million in 2010)

Defensive tackle:  $7.9 million ($12.5 million in 2011 and $7 million in 2010)

Linebacker:  $8.8 million ($10.1 million in 2011 and $9.7 million in 2010)

Cornerback:  $10.6 million ($13.5 million in 2011 and $9.6 million in 2010)

Safety:  $6.2 million ($8.8 million in 2011 and $6.5 million in 2010) Read the rest of this entry » «2012 Offseason Primer: Making sense of the franchise tag and restricted free agency»

"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Ryan Tannehill"

Albert Breer broke some interesting news on Tannehill that may have some moving him on up in mock drafts

One of the most hotly debated issues on the minds of draft followers is who and where will the third quarterback fall in the 2012 NFL Draft.

The who appears to be becoming more clear.  NFL Network’s Albert Breer reported today some teams have a higher grade on Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill than they did for Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder last year.

Gabbert and Ponder went 10 and 12 respectively in the 2011 NFL Draft.  Ponder was considered a reach at 12 but most thought Gabbert was a top 10 pick.

Usually where’s there is smoke there is fire.  But come NFL Draft time it is a sign of a smokescreen.  The noise on Tannehill has been consistent on him being a top 15 pick and we are willing to settle into the fact that he could be gone in the first 15 picks come April.  I have been one of his harshest critics for his failure to manage games late in crunch time but there is no denying his arm talent.

The who will be the third quarterback off the board is probably answered at this point but where remains the question.

A Way Too Early NFL Stock Report

Posted by Brad On February - 17 - 20125 COMMENTS
"Cam Newton"

Is Carolina trending up or down?

With the NFL Draft and free agency still to come, it is far too early to predict which teams are going to be trending up and down the NFL power rankings.  That doesn’t stop fans from wondering and debating which team’s look promising next year and which ones should be expecting a drop off.  Based on some predictions on QB destinations here are my thoughts on a few teams going both ways.

 

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Indianapolis Colts

When you end your season at 2-14 and have the first overall pick in the draft, it is hard not to improve.  The Colts are going under a major overhaul in their front office, coaching staff, and personnel.  While this will lead to some early discomfort I think by the end of the season the Colts will start showing some promise.  I like the coaching staff that is being put together.  Chuck Pagano will improve the toughness of this team and implement a more diverse defense.  Bruce Arians is the perfect buffer to guide the development of Andrew Luck.  I think the draft and FA will help improve size and strength of the defense and provide some young talent on offense.  I wouldn’t count out a 5-11 season and have some dreamers believe 2013 could bring a postseason run. Read the rest of this entry » «A Way Too Early NFL Stock Report»