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Kelechi Osemele Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 4 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Kelechi Osemele"Kelechi Osemele

Iowa St.

Ht. 6-6 Wt. 347

Pass Blocking:  Kelechi Osemele will be aided by his time spent at tackle in college.  He’s a good athlete considering his size.  He has long arms and powerful hands that don’t allow defenders to shake him once they are engaged. He has a powerful anchor and sits in his stance well for his size.  Playing on the interior will alleviate some of the issues he has getting to the edge against speed.  He has a tendency to play high and get overextended when working his way to the edge against speed rushers.

Run Blocking:  I was disappointed by Osemele in the run game.  I expected him to be physically dominant at the point of attack but he wasn’t.  A ton of natural strength but he played soft as he was slow off the snap.  He gets lazy out of his stance and struggles to gain leverage in the run game.  Once engaged he is a pure drive blocker but will need to work on his technique off the ball.  He’s got sticky hands and sticks through contact.  He moves well and plays coordinated for his size. Read the rest of this entry » «Kelechi Osemele Scouting Report»

2012 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Rankings

Posted by Brad On February - 4 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Kendall Wright"

The 2012 NFL Draft is a deep class of wide receivers.  As I finished scouting reports on the 2012 WR’s, I quickly realized that I gave 36 receivers draftable grades.  Off the top of my head the most I remember was 30 in the past five years.

As always a reminder that the projected round means the round that I think they will be drafted.  The rankings of receivers is not based on the projected round but the grade I gave the receiver.  Without further adieu, here’s our 2012 NFL Draft wide receiver rankings: Read the rest of this entry » «2012 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Rankings»

David DeCastro Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 4 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, David DeCastro"David DeCastro

Stanford

Ht. 6-5 Wt. 310

Pass Blocking:  David DeCastro uses leverage and lateral agility to be an effective pass blocker.  He sits in his stance and is a natural knee bender.  Mirrors defenders with superior foot agility.  He extends his arm through contact and uses leverage to stay under the pads of defenders.  He is susceptible to the bull rush due to his lack of anchor strength but he re-sets as well as any guard in this draft.  His head is always on a swivel and wins matchups before the snap of the football with his awareness of blitzers.

Run Blocking:  DeCastro excels as a run blocker.  He played RG in Stanford’s power run scheme.  He has the quickest first step of any OL in this draft and is routinely the first off the ball.  Uses leverage really well and keeps a solid base under him through contact.  He excels in space, in the screen game or pulling, with his footwork and ability to break down.  He’s not a dominant drive blocker but has a nastiness about his game that will allow him to play to the whistle.  High effort guy that will give his all with each play. Read the rest of this entry » «David DeCastro Scouting Report»

Levy Adcock Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 3 - 20122 COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Levy Adcock"Levy Adcock

Oklahoma St.

Ht. 6-6 Wt. 322

Strengths:  Levy Adcock is a massive tackle/guard that has incredible strength.  He has a powerful base with incredible hand strength.  Once he is locked in with his hands he is tough to shake.  Impressive short area quickness that allows him to mirror defenders well.  Longs arms and extends them well into contact.  Impressive run blocker that can create a ton of surge off the ball.  Ideal run blocker in a power running scheme.  Does an excellent job getting into the second level and seal for a big man.  Impressed on tape by an almost 330 pound man cutting defenders in open space.  He breaks down well in space and drops his pad level to gain leverage down the field.  Impressive conditioning for a big man in OSU’s up-tempo offense. Read the rest of this entry » «Levy Adcock Scouting Report»

Mitchell Schwartz Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 3 - 20122 COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Mitchell Schwartz"Mitchell Schwartz

California

Ht. 6-6 Wt. 318

Strengths:  Excellent in the run game as he fires off the ball low and stays low through contact.  Strong lower body with surprising athleticism.  He is a good move blocker into the second level and on reach blocks.  He blocks through the whistle and will block his man into the sidelines if need be.  He’s athletic enough to get to the edge in pass protection and takes good angles.  Four year starter for Cal that is undervalued at this point. Read the rest of this entry » «Mitchell Schwartz Scouting Report»

James Brown Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 3 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, James Brown"James Brown

Troy

Ht. 6-4 Wt. 314

Pass Blocking:  Natural pass protector that needs coached up.  He can get to the edge quickly and mirrors defenders really well.  He is a natural bender that keeps his base low but doesn’t have the lower half strength to anchor.  I was impressed with his ability to re-anchor quickly after being knocked off balance.  Will need some work with his footwork but has a ton of upside as a pass protector in the NFL.

Run Blocking:  Excels as a move blocker and gets to the second level well.  His lack of leverage kills him in the run game.  He can’t get the necessary push because of his high pad level.  His short area quickness is evident in the run game as he has some burst on the move.  He does well once engaged with his long arms and powerful hands but still needs to work on pad level.  Read the rest of this entry » «James Brown Scouting Report»

"TEST Football Academy"The NFL Combine has become an entity of its own.  A sporting spectacle that features world class athletes on the pressure packed stage of Lucas Oil Stadium.  The athletes that are chosen to participate embark on a whirlwind tour of events that culminates in the most important interview of their lifetimes.

The amount of training and preparation that goes into this event for each athlete is mind numbing.  Recently, I had a chance to sit down with the CEO of TEST Football Academy, Brian Martin to discuss the preparation of their athletes.

TEST Football Academy has recently partnered with the Parisi Speed School to train football players at all levels.  The primary focus of TEST is training collegiate athletes that are about to embark on professional playing careers.  TEST has worked with some of the biggest names in the NFL, including Patrick Peterson, Joe Flacco, Ryan Clady, and James Laurinaitis.  With multiple locations in metro New York City and South Florida they help prepare NFL veterans and future draft picks prepare for the grueling life that is known as the NFL. Read the rest of this entry » «Interview with TEST Football Academy CEO Brian Martin»

Nate Potter Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 3 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Nate Potter"Nate Potter

Boise St.

Ht. 6-6 Wt. 300

Pass Blocking:  Potter is a natural bender with above-average athleticism.  Sits low in his base with excellent range off the edge.  Good kick slide and solid technique with his hands.  He holds defenders through contact.  Worry about him against power.  He is narrow through the hips on doesn’t generate enough power from his lower body.  He looked a bit stronger in the lower half in 2011 but still needs to add girth through the base to hold up against NFL bull rushers.

Run Blocking:  Plus athlete that works his way to the second level with ease.  Good reach blocker and is excellent pulling from the backside.  He isn’t a great drive blocker and may be a better fit in the ZBS because of lack of lower body strength.  He is tough to shake once his hands are engaged.  Read the rest of this entry » «Nate Potter Scouting Report»

Jeff Allen Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 3 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Jeff Allen"Jeff Allen

Illinois

Ht. 6-4 Wt. 313

Pass Blocking:  Jeff Allen plays with excellent leverage in pass protection.  He plays low and keeps a nice solid base through contact.  While he doesn’t look athletic he may surprise.  He can slide and mirror fairly well.  He is coordinated and is tough to knock off balance because of a strong base.  He catches defenders too often and doesn’t use his hands well through contact.  He can be prone to losing defenders, most often inside, due to poor hand placement.

Run Blocking:  Allen keeps his lower center of gravity and base down as a run blocker.  He is quick off the snap and gets to the second level and reach blocks with relative ease.  He does lose leverage on contact a lot.  Plays high into contact and loses battles in the run game because of it.  I was a little disappointed because I expected him to play with more power in the run game and it didn’t show.  He’s more of a finesse guy which doesn’t suit him.  Read the rest of this entry » «Jeff Allen Scouting Report»

Matt McCants Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 2 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Matt McCants"Matt McCants

UAB

Ht. 6-6 Wt. 309

Pass Blocking:  Matt McCants is a physically impressive specimen with vines for arms.  He exhibits solid footwork and lateral quickness to get to the edge.  Has the skills in terms of footwork to play the left side in the NFL.  Excels mirroring defenders in space and through contact.  Uses his hands well in pass pro and punches with power.  McCants has the frame to add weight which he needs to consider.  Struggles with powerful ends as he’s susceptible to the bull rush.  Needs some work in the lower body.  Doesn’t re-anchor well after getting pushed back.

Run Blocking:  McCants is a good athlete that excels when asked to pull or get to the second level.  An above-average move blocker with superior coordination in space.  Needs some work in terms of leverage as he has a tendency to stand up through contact.  He isn’t a drive blocker because of the lack of lower body strength but could develop with added bulk.  Read the rest of this entry » «Matt McCants Scouting Report»

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