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A.J. Jenkins Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On January - 25 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, A.J. Jenkins"A.J. Jenkins

Illinois

Ht. 6-0 Wt. 192

Strengths:  Jenkins is a master at finding soft spots in coverage.  I love his football IQ as he finds ways to get open and shows a route running savvy that is rare.  He has very good speed that could lend itself to being a vertical threat in the NFL.  He is a hands catcher that doesn’t often put the ball on the ground.  He has very good body control on the sidelines and in the air.  His speed make him dangerous in the open field and on crossing patterns as he’s able to run away from man coverage.  He could be a dangerous receiver in the West Coast offense working the crossing routes.

Weaknesses:  Jenkins is a savvy route runner but lacks the refinement in technique.  He runs through breaks rather than selling them as he relies on his straight-line speed.  Doesn’t often face press man coverage which could be an issue in the NFL with a thinner frame.  Strength at the line will need to be test in the pre-draft process. Read the rest of this entry » «A.J. Jenkins Scouting Report»

B.J. Cunningham Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On January - 25 - 20121 COMMENT
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, B.J. Cunningham"B.J. Cunningham

Michigan State

Ht. 6-1 Wt. 209

Strengths:  B.J. Cunningham was a highly productive starter for MSU.  He has a nice frame that lends itself to being a physical target in the NFL.  His physicality is evident after the catch and when the ball is in the air.  He has a good feel for the game and it shows in his work underneath coverage.  He works well out of the slot particularly in the vertical game.  He’s a natural hands catcher that plucks the ball out of the air with tenacity.  He’s a strong route runner that is hard to jam at the line of scrimmage.

Weaknesses:  Cunningham lacks the explosion, burst, and top end speed to be a top receiver in the draft.  He lumbers at the line of scrimmage in press man situations as he lacks the short area quickness to get by the press.  He isn’t going to run by many NFL CB’s as he takes a long time to get to full speed.  While he’s a natural hands catcher, balls do get inside on him which usually results in the ball on the ground.

Bottom Line:  Teams looking for a dynamic outside receiver should look elsewhere.  Cunningham is a crafty, physical receiver that could be successful working the underneath routes from the slot.  Cunningham is undervalued and over analyzed but the productivity is there.  I like him more than most. 

Draft Projection:  B.J. Cunningham probably goes in the 4th-5th round but he is a 3rd rounder for me.

Devon Wylie Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On January - 25 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Devon Wylie"Devon Wylie

Fresno State

Ht. 5-9 Wt. 186

Strengths:  Devon Wylie is an interesting slot receiver that could be a guy that hits the radar earlier than expected in April.  He’s a compact receiver that has a ton of short area quickness and shows some burst to be explosive in the open field.  He has a good feel for the game and football IQ that allows him to pick apart zone coverage underneath.  He gets in and out breaks quickly and gets up to top speed in a flash.  He is a natural hands catcher that rarely puts the ball on the ground.  He has value on special teams as a returner and gunner immediately in the NFL.

Weaknesses:  He will be limited by his size in the NFL and the fact that he has missed some time due to injuries.  His durability will be a concern and may keep him out of the first three rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft.  He struggles a bit getting off press coverage and prefers to run around rather than through contact. Read the rest of this entry » «Devon Wylie Scouting Report»

Marvin McNutt Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On January - 25 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Marvin McNutt"Marvin McNutt

Iowa

Ht. 6-3 Wt. 213

Strengths:  McNutt is a tall, long armed receiver that excels when the ball is in the air.  He has impressive short area quickness for his size and a high football IQ.  The former QB reads the defense well and knows when to sit in zone coverage.  He has deceptive speed but won’t time well in the 40.  More a long strider that will be defenders vertically if they sleep on him.  He’s a savvy route runner and shows solid patience in the development of routes.  He has strong hands and is tough to jam at the line of scrimmage with his above-average strength at the position.  Also excels as a downfield blocker.

Weaknesses:  McNutt is a slow twitch athlete that is high cut and tight in the hips.  He rounds off a lot of routes and doesn’t have great burst out of his breaks.  He is not going to be a guy that separates on sharp breaking routes.  Too often he allows the ball inside on him which results in drops.  He struggled mightily with DB’s that could match his physicality.  Read the rest of this entry » «Marvin McNutt Scouting Report»

Dwight Jones Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On January - 25 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Dwight Jones"Dwight Jones

North Carolina

Ht. 6-4 Wt. 225

Hands:  Dwight Jones should be a top pick with his combination of size/athleticism.  His hands often fail him which could and should send him plummeting down draft boards.  He’s a body catcher that is prone to drops.  He can’t be counted on to catch the football in tight spots or down the stretch of games.  He can find the ball down the field and does an excellent job of high pointing it to make big plays.

Route Running:  Jones is a physical route runner that needs to work on his awareness of coverage.  Too often he misses openings in the zone and overruns plays or just flat runs himself out of the play because of bad eyes.  He doesn’t run crisply into or out of breaks and in general needs some refinement in this area.  He does a nice job of selling his routes and double moves. Read the rest of this entry » «Dwight Jones Scouting Report»

Indianapolis Colts : Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

Scouting Report

2012 NFL Draft Strategy:  After a 2-14 season, the Colts have needs all over the field.  The first pick is a virtual lock, so I won’t bother addressing the QB position.  Their top needs look to be in the defensive backfield at CB and the SS position.  With Jerraud Powers and Antoine Bethea the only core players amongst the DB’s it will be imperative that the Colts find some help in this area.  With Jeff Saturday exploring retirement the center position could become a major need area especially if they have a rookie QB under center (even if it is Andrew Luck).  The Colts will have to "2012 NFL Draft prospect, Andrew Luck"monitor free agency very carefully as they have a ton of expiring contracts.  With both Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon as potential free agents, they could be looking for WR help somewhere along the way.  Look for the Colts to address the guard spot at some point and it may be early if someone falls to them.

2012 NFL Mock Draft Selection:  Whatever Jim Irsay decides to do with Peyton Manning will matter zilch for this selection.  Andrew Luck will be the pick and they won’t hear any trade offers.  Rob Lowe may have the inside info but it won’t matter come April because Andrew Luck will be the new face of this franchise as hard as that is to deal with.

 

Washington Redskins (trade w/STL) :  Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

Scouting Report

"2012 NFL Draft"2012 NFL Draft Strategy:  John Beck and Rex Grossman didn’t exactly pan out.  The Shanahan’s have to find a franchise QB.  Either through free agency, trade, or the draft or it’s their jobs.  Dan Snyder is going to lose his patience with his ultra-expensive coach if he keeps running bums out at QB position because of his ego.  Shanny will have to set ego aside and go get a QB.  They are prime to trade up for RGIII.  Aside from QB they need a WR, LG, and RT on offense.

"2012 NFL Draft prospect Robert Griffin III"

On defense they were much improved.  That said, they have holes at ILB, CB, and need depth on the defensive line.  Folks in Washington have to feel pretty good about the core of this defense.

2012 NFL Mock Draft Selection:  Robert Griffin III is a special talent and I don’t see him making it to Cleveland.  For that purpose I decided to include trades in this mock.  While he may not appear to be a fit in Shanny’s offense there is no way they could look past his talent.  In the end, RGIII does enough to impress that Washington will have a hard time not moving up.  He’s good enough that he will remain at No. 2 in all future versions of our 2012 NFL Mock Draft. Read the rest of this entry » «2012 NFL Mock Draft : The best damn mock in the land»

2012 NFL Mock Draft: Round 2

Posted by Brad On January - 24 - 201215 COMMENTS

33.  St. Louis Rams:  Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan St.

Worthy can be dominant at the point of attack but needs to work on his conditioning.  The Rams were 31st against the rush in 2011 and can’t repeat that stat next season.  Fred Robbins and Gary Gibson aren’t the answer up front.

34.  Indianapolis Colts:  Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia

Brandon Boykin had a spectacular senior season and will ride that wave into the early stages of day two.

35.  Minnesota Vikings:  Vontaze Burfict, ILB, Arizona St.

The Vikings need a stalwart in the middle of their defense and Burfict has the tools to be elite.

36.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina

Tampacan’t pass on the talent of Zach Brown.  They will have to find a CB in free agency.  Getting TR and Zach Brown is a good deal.

37.  Cleveland Browns:  Zebrie Sanders, T, Florida St.

The Browns offensive line was a mess this season.  Tony Pashos can’t stay healthy and even when he does he’s not that effective.

38.  Jacksonville Jaguars:  Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina

The Jags get a weapon for Blaine Gabbert in round two after passing in round one. Read the rest of this entry » «2012 NFL Mock Draft: Round 2»

Stephen Hill Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On January - 23 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect Stephen Hill"Stephen Hill

Georgia Tech

Ht. 6-5 Wt. 206

Strengths:  Stephen Hill may be the ultimate upside/high ceiling guy at the position.  He’s got the size and athletic ability to be special.  He’s a playmaker that can make circus catches (see viral youtube video on sideline route).  His ability to go up and grab the ball at the highest point is bordering on unreal.  He has good speed for his size but not great straight line speed.  Athletic ability is through the roof and can run after the catch.  Most impressive is what he can with the ball in space for his size.  He’s a guy that you throw it out to and watch him work.  Averaged over 30 yards/catch this season in limited targets and has good hands.

Weaknesses:  The Georgia Tech offense isn’t exactly conducive to producing NFL receivers although two top receivers have come out of that program in the last four years (Calvin Johnson ’07 and Demaryius Thomas ’10).  He will need time to develop into an NFL route runner and may be further behind than Thomas was at this stage of his career.  He doesn’t have elite speed but it’s good enough considering his frame.  Just doesn’t have the reps or production to warrant a top pick.

Bottom Line:  Hill has one the highest ceilings of this deep WR class.  Georgia Tech has produced a couple good ones lately in Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas.  Hill is much closer to Thomas than Johnson and I don’t think he’s as refined as Thomas at similar stages in their career.  He’s an impressive athlete that makes big plays in limited opportunities. 

Draft Projection:  Stephen Hill is probably a third round pick at this point but he could rise to the second round come April.  He could go early two with a solid showing at the Combine.

Brian Quick Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On January - 23 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
Brian Quick

Appalachian St.

Ht. 6-5 Wt. 222

Hands:  For a guy with limited time playing the sport he has soft hands and does a nice job of keeping the ball out of his chest.  He has a huge wingspan which equates to a giant catching radius.  His ability to high point the ball and out leap defenders.

Route Running:  Quick is a competent route runner but runs mostly vertically in Appalachian State’s offense.  His limited route tree in college may equate to a lot of time spent on learning NFL route systems through much of training camp.  New to the game, he doesn’t yet possess the football IQ to be effective against zone coverage and hasn’t developed instincts to find openings as he relies on his physical gifts to win matchups.

After the Catch:  Quick is a big target that doesn’t have top level agility or speed.  At Appalachian he was able to make people miss in the open field and generally was effective after the catch.  In the NFL he may struggle a little early on but has a big enough body that he could create tackling nightmares in the open field.  Despite not having great speed he gets open downfield with consistency and is a big play threat.  Read the rest of this entry » «Brian Quick Scouting Report»

2012 Senior Bowl: Ten to watch on defense

Posted by Brad On January - 23 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Quinton Coples"

Coples has a lot to prove this week at the Senior Bowl

The 2012 Senior Bowl has officially begun.  Today players will meet with their respective coaches, go through physicals, and get equipment.  It’s the beginning of the pre-draft process and can make or break their draft status.  This week of practice is one of the most important weeks for prospects to either solidify themselves or move up or down team’s boards.  The interview process for these future NFL players has began, so we take a look at who we’ll be watching as the week progresses for a multitude of reasons.  Here’s a look at ten defensive players from both squads:

Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

Coples has taken some criticism for his lack of production during the 2011 season relative to his numbers from 2010.  More importantly, there are some concerns with his motor and work ethic.  This week will be huge for a player that was once considered the top defensive prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft.  The grades on Coples varies from top 5 to top 30 player.  He will have a chance this week to move himself back into the forefront of everyone’s mind when they are thinking of 2012 defensive prospects.

Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia

Boykin is getting the rap of being more of an athlete than a pure corner.  Part of that is true, but we think he has the makings of a very good corner because of his athleticism.  Boykin will have to prove he can cover from a technique standpoint in Mobile.  He relies on his recovery speed too often and will have to show that he has what it takes to earn our 2nd round grade.  Read the rest of this entry » «2012 Senior Bowl: Ten to watch on defense»

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