Jonathan Martin Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 1 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Jonathan Martin"Jonathan Martin

Stanford

Ht. 6-6 Wt. 308

Pass Blocking:  Jonathan Martin possesses an athletic frame with natural bend and flexibility.  He’s not as athletic as some of the other top tackles in this draft and at times struggles with speed rushers.  His tendency to get overextended with his upper body makes his footwork a mess and kills him with edge speed.  His footwork is tremendously better in space and mirrors very well.  I worry about his ability to play the left side in the NFL because he struggles to stick with defenders on contact.  Solid leverage with natural bend versus power.  Martin was abused by Nick Perry of USC with his lightning quick first step.

Run Blocking:  Has a little mean streak to him in the run game.  Stays low off the ball and reach blocks as well as any tackle in this draft.  Good football IQ as he understands angles and can set the edge.  Good short area quickness on combo blocks and can get to the second level quickly.  One negative is that he is on the ground a lot in the run game which makes me believe he struggles with balance on contact. Read the rest of this entry » «Jonathan Martin Scouting Report»

Mike Adams Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 1 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Mike Adams"Mike Adams

Ohio St.

Ht. 6-7 Wt. 323

Pass Blocking:  Mike Adams is an athletic marvel at over 320 pounds.  He has vines for arms and a quickness that you would see from a sub 300 pound OT.  Most impressive is his ability to keep his base planted and knee bend.  Most taller tackles struggle with this but Adams excels.  He will need to work on avoiding bending at the waist in pass sets as he has a tendency to get upright before contact.  Excellent short area quickness in his shuffle.  Has really improved his hand placement in pass sets from 2010.  Can be beaten to the inside as he has a tendency to over set the edge (watch Illinois against Mercilus).  At the same time he handles Mercilus’ speed to the outside, unlike most I think he got the better of that matchup.

Run Blocking:  Good initial burst off the ball and plays with good pad level.  Excellent short area quickness when setting the edge and on reach blocks.  He is comfortable in space for a big man.  Keeps his hands inside and plays with power on the initial punch.  He is susceptible to getting overextended in space which causes him to miss some blocks at the second level.  He’s not overly powerful and needs to play under control in space. Read the rest of this entry » «Mike Adams Scouting Report»

Riley Reiff Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 1 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Riley Reiff"Riley Reiff

Iowa

Ht. 6-6 Wt. 300

Pass Blocking:  Riley Reiff is a very solid athlete and not a typical Iowa road-grader.  He is light on his feet with excellent footwork in mirroring defenders.  He has vines for arms that once locked onto defenders, it’s over.  His slide to the outside is as good as Kalil’s as he can get out quickly to stop the speed rush.  He will need work against the bull rush as he is too often found in the backfield against overly powerful DE’s.  Too many times for my liking he’s knocked off balance by stronger defenders.

Run Blocking:  Reiff walls off defenders in the run lanes on a consistent basis.  He uses his hands so well on runs and can engage and disengage defenders very quickly.  He gets to the second level as well as any tackle in this draft class.  He doesn’t drive block as well as you would like and sometimes gets caught watching the action downfield.  I would like to see him taking defenders out of plays rather than being content with just getting the block. Read the rest of this entry » «Riley Reiff Scouting Report»

Matt Kalil Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 1 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Matt Kalil"Matt Kalil

USC

Ht. 6-5 Wt. 295

Pass Blocking:  Matt Kalil is a natural LT that exhibits elite range off the edge.  He’s a natural knee bender with quick feet that he uses to mirror defenders.  He has a strong achor for a guy that played at under 300 pounds and has the frame to add a little weight without losing anything in terms of athleticism.  Kalil does need to work on keeping his head on a swivel as he has a tendency to stop his feet and lose late blitzers.  He does overcommit to edge speed which makes him susceptible to inside counter moves.

Run Blocking:  Kalil is an excellent move blocker that excels in open areas.  He can break down, pull, and get into the second level with ease and fights through traffic well. He is sticky through contact and usually wins once his hands are engaged.  He is excellent at walling off defenders and in the trap game.  I would like to see him lower his base through contact as he gets a little high which causes him to lose battles with stronger defenders. Read the rest of this entry » «Matt Kalil Scouting Report»

2012 NFL Mock Draft: Post Senior Bowl Edition

Posted by Brad On January - 31 - 201213 COMMENTS

**This version will not include any trades.  The trades took the focus off the actual picks and at this point it’s tough to accurately predict anything without free agency.  I have enacted a no trade clause until after the free agency period.  I will still make my picks based on my actual thoughts of where players end up in April.  Enjoy and offer solid feedback on your team’s pick.

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.  The Indy coaching staff is taking shape with former Baltimore DC Chuck Pagano assuming HC duties and Bruce Arians taking over as OC.

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.  There is some hype building that Luck may be the clear cut top dog in Indy and Peyton may graciously be shown the door.  Either way, we could see a mass exodus of former Colt greats.

 

St. Louis Rams:  Matt Kalil, OT, USC

Scouting Report

2012 NFL Draft Strategy:  The Rams were a flat out mess this season.  They couldn’t do much of anything right and towards the end of the season looked like the worst team in the NFL.  Their offensive line was  a major disappointment this season and in particular former first round pick Jason Smith at LT.  The Rams could be investing the No. 2 pick in "2012 NFL Draft prospect, Matt Kalil"another LT just three seasons removed from Smith’s selection.  He was that bad.  If Brandon Lloyd leaves town via free agency, the cupboard is bare again at WR.  They invested some mid-round picks into average receivers in 2011 but need a true No. 1.  Aside from that they will look to improve a horrific defense.  Jeff Fisher will inherit a team that can’t stop the run and needs help at DT, OLB, FS, and CB…to name a few.

2012 NFL Mock Draft Selection:  St. Louis’ offensive line was atrocious in 2011 and Jeff Fisher made it clear that they will protect their franchise QB this season.  With the addition of Kalil, the Rams can move Roger Saffold to RT and Jason Smith inside or to the bench.  The Rams No. 2 spot will be a hotbed for trade action.

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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:  Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

Gilmore is a solid fit in Chuck Pagano’s defense and fills a major need.  Gilmore is a great value at 34 in our 2012 NFL Mock Draft.

35.  Minnesota Vikings:  Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers

No LT’s available, so the Vikings go with a weapon for Christian Ponder.  Sanu has solid hands and is as versatile as any WR in the draft.  The Vikings will have a ton of options with Sanu and Harvin.

36.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia

Boykin looked like the best CB in Mobile but will be nursing a minor break in his leg.

37.  Cleveland Browns:  Doug Martin, RB, Boise St.

All offense for the Browns thus far.  Martin is a perfect fit in this offense as he can run, catch, and block.

38.  Jacksonville Jaguars:  Jamell Fleming, CB, Oklahoma

The Jags secondary was in shambles at the end of 2011, so they will look early for replacements. Read the rest of this entry » «2012 NFL Mock Draft: Post Senior Bowl Round Two»

Adding to the Team

Posted by Brad On January - 30 - 20121 COMMENT

NFL’s Future is looking at making some additions to our writing team.  Michael and I have officially become overwhelmed with the amount of work it takes to produce great content.  We are looking for a couple of NFL Draft fans that have some writing skills.  While we don’t pride ourselves on our superior writing skills, proper grammar/spelling is a must.  Other than that, it’s all about the knowledge.  As a part of the NFL’s Future team you will join the USA Today Sports Media Group network of sites which has opened up opportunities for Michael and I to be published in USA Today publications, such as the 2011 Sports Yearbook and 2012 NFL Draft Guide.  The positions are unpaid to begin but could lead to options of being a paid editor down the road.  If you are interested, email me at bradc@nflsfuture.com with a couple of writing samples or links to some of your work.

2012 NFL Draft Running Back Rankings

Posted by Brad On January - 30 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Trent Richardson"

Richardson is hands down the top back in the 2012 NFL Draft but the battle for No. 2 is getting heated

RankNameCollegeHeightWeightProjected Round
1Trent Richardson Scouting ReportAlabama50942281
2Doug Martin Scouting ReportBoise St.50902232
3Lamar Miller Scouting ReportMiami51032121-2
4David Wilson Scouting ReportVirginia Tech50962062
5Bernard Pierce Scouting ReportTemple51162182-3
6Isaiah Pead Scouting ReportCincinnati50971972-3
7Ronnie HillmanSan Diego St.50912003-4
8Chris Polk Scouting ReportWashington51062152
9LaMichael James Scouting ReportOregon50811943
10Tauren PooleTennessee50952054
11Robert Turbin Scouting ReportUtah St.50952224
12Chris RaineyFlorida50831803-4
13Brandon BoldenOle Miss51102226
14Terrance Ganaway Scouting ReportBaylor51142394-5
15Lennon CreerLouisiana Tech51112195-6
16Vick Ballard Scouting ReportMississippi St.51012194-5
17Dan HerronOhio St.50952035-6
18Cyrus Gray Scouting ReportTexas A&M51022065-6
19Bobby RaineyWestern Kentucky50902056-7
20Edwin BakerMichigan St.50812046

2012 Senior Bowl Wrap Up: The Defense

Posted by Brad On January - 30 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Alameda Ta'amu"

Alameda Ta'amu may have stopped his draft stock from falling with a strong week in Mobile

The week that we in the draft world have affectionately known as ‘Senior Bowl week’ is in the books for 2012.  Many have a tendency to put too much stock into this week and forget that these players have a bunch of film to fall back on–positive or negative.  The actual game means so little that most NFL personnel head out of Mobile on Wednesday night.  That said, this game has served as a springboard for past participants to future prosperity (Phillip Rivers).  Here’s a look at a position by position breakdown of what we saw during the week on defense.

Defensive Line

The South defensive line was the more dominant of the two on paper but the North came to play in the actual game.

For the North, a couple of guys really stood out from the other.  Alameda Ta’amu, Mike Martin, Derek Wolfe, and Kendall Reyes battled it out all week to take home top North honors.  Ta’amu needed a good week after a senior season that was fairly inconsistent.  He didn’t disappoint this week as he looked quick and more balanced than he did all season.  Mike Martin may have been the North’s most dominant DL.  He showed off his wrestling background with his use of inside leverage.  Martin impressed with the use of counter moves once he was initially stopped.  If you can make money in this setting, Martin did.  Derek Wolfe showed off his lateral agility all week and in the game.  He may be best suited as a five-technique in the NFL with his movement abilities.  Really solid week for Wolfe and he may make some check out more film on him…I will be.  Kendall Reyes was another guy that needed some solid film after a relatively disappointing senior season.  Reyes showed a powerful burst off the ball and more strength than I had seen on tape.  Billy Winn was non-existent this week and may have caused a little slide for himself.  He was inconsistent on tape and showed the same this week.  The North DE’s were well represented by Cam Johnson (listed as a LB) and Vinny Curry.  Johnson looked more natural as a 4-3 end this week and showed the quickness to wreak havoc on tackles.  I was impressed with his pass rush moves as well and think he will look good as a DE in the 4-3.  Curry showed off his non-stop motor on his way to dominating one-on-one drills.  Curry solidified himself as a 2nd round pick this week.  Jack Crawford was average at best and didn’t show the burst of the other ends on this squad.

The South team was loaded at DE with Courtney Upshaw, Quinton Coples, Melvin Ingram, and Malik Jackson.  All four looked really solid this week.  Upshaw is the most explosive of the bunch but Ingram wasn’t far behind.  Both will be gone by the middle of round one.  Quinton Coples was unblockable at times this week but wasn’t consistently dominant.  He played very average in the game and during team drills but excelled in the one-on-one’s.  I’m at a loss with Coples as far as a grade.  He’s a first rounder but I’m not sure that I could take him in the top-10.  Malik Jackson came from nowhere to really impress.  He isn’t the caliber of Upshaw or Coples but he could be a mid-round steal.  Jackson isn’t a 10 sack/season guy but he can pressure the QB and hold up against the run.  The DT’s on the South were paced by Brandon Thompson and Jaye Howard.  Thompson isn’t spectacular but he does everything fairly well.  I thought it was a strong week which culminated in a solid showing in the game.  Howard is eerily quick for a DT but doesn’t hold gap responsibility well.  He excelled in one-on-one’s but didn’t look as good in team drills.  That said, he looks to be a guy that could be a situational pass rusher inside early in his career.  Tony Jerod-Edie had a good week and may have opened some eyes.  Tydreke Powell and Kheeston Randall didn’t look good which is a continuation of their senior season’s.  They will both be drafted but it could be later than expected.

Biggest winner of the defensive line group:  Mike Martin – Martin was impressive this week and could have earned himself a little extra coin with his performance.

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Kevin Koger Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On January - 29 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Kevin Koger"Kevin Koger

Michigan

Ht. 6-4 Wt. 258

Strengths:  Koger is an big target that can go up and get the football in traffic.  He has long arms that uses to extend in jump ball situations.  Solid hands and is a natural plucker that rarely catches with his body.  He has a strong frame that should lend itself to being a good blocker in the NFL when he grasps technique.

Weaknesses:  Koger was a highly recruited TE out of high school that fell into the wrong system.  He’s raw from a technique standpoint as a blocker.  He will need to learn to sink his hips and gain balance on contact.  He isn’t real sudden and doesn’t possess great speed.  Needs to work get in and out of breaks as he has a tendency to run through them rather than sell.  Read the rest of this entry » «Kevin Koger Scouting Report»