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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»

Jordan White Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On January - 23 - 20121 COMMENT
Jordan White

Western Michigan

Ht. 6-0 Wt. 214

Hands:  Jordan White has a tremendous pair of hands.  A pure hands catcher that plucks balls out of the air.  It’s a rarity for White to allow the football into his body.  He is fearless over the middle and hangs onto the football despite vicious contact.  He has great in-air body control and attacks the football as well as anyone.  He wants it more than the other guy.

Route Running:  White understands all the aspects of playing the WR position.  He excels at finding openings in zone coverage and creates space between him and the defender as well as anyone not named Justin Blackmon in this draft.  He does have a tendency to round off his cuts and will need to shore that up as he doesn’t have the straight-line speed to fall back on.

After the Catch:  White has a solid frame at almost 215 pounds so he doesn’t shy away from contact.  He does struggle because of a lack of elite burst to find a ton of yards after the catch.  His size and thick lower body make him a tough tackle in the open field.  Read the rest of this entry » «Jordan White Scouting Report»

Rueben Randle Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On January - 22 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect Rueben Randle"Rueben Randle

LSU

Ht. 6-4 Wt. 208

Hands:  Randle is an above-average catcher of the football and will only get better with more reps.  He is great at catching the deep ball and going up and snatching the ball out of the air.  For the most part, he’s a hands catcher and doesn’t let the ball get inside on him often.  Haven’t seen many drops in two years worth of film.

Route Running:  Randle’s route running sums him up as a wide receiver.  It’s under development.  He looked a lot better from 2010 to 2011 in this area which is a promising sign.  Mostly was used in the vertical game but uses his head well to set up double moves and is becoming more savvy in this area.  He has a solid understanding of defenses (probably from his days as a QB) and does a good job of finding holes in zone coverage.  Read the rest of this entry » «Rueben Randle Scouting Report»

2012 Senior Bowl: Ten to watch on offense

Posted by Brad On January - 22 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect Doug Martin"

Martin could vault himself into the second RB slot behind Trent Richardson with a strong week

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 on the offense of both squads:

Doug Martin, RB, Boise St.

It’s no secret that I like Martin…a lot.  After Trent Richardson there is a traffic jam of running backs vying to be the second back taken in the 2012 NFL Draft.  Two of these players will be on display in the Senior Bowl (Chris Polk and Martin).  Martin is short but thick in the lower body.  He lacks elite quickness but could prove this week that he has enough to be a starter in the NFL.  I think he’s the most complete back in the draft outside of Trent Richardson and he will look to prove that this week.  With a solid week Martin could move to the second slot amongst a very good RB class.

Amini Silatolu, G, Midwestern St.

Silatolu is a 6’3 322 pound guard prospect that has dominated competition at Midwestern St.  Due to the lack of tape available on Silatolu we will be paying close attention to him.  I was fortunate to catch a game against Abilene Christian this season in which Silatolu was dominant.  He’s bull strong with surprising athleticism for a guy over 320 pounds.  The Senior Bowl will give Silatolu a chance to prove he can play with top competition.  He’s a late 2nd round prospect for us right now and I think he shows why this week. Read the rest of this entry » «2012 Senior Bowl: Ten to watch on offense»

Nick Toon Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On January - 22 - 20121 COMMENT
"2012 NFL Draft prospect Nick Toon"Nick Toon

Wisconsin

Ht. 6-2 Wt. 220

Hands:  Turn on Wisconsin game tape and you won’t see Nick Toon drop many balls in his career.  He catches most anything he can get his hands on.  He has a solid frame with long arm allowing for a large catching radius.  He very rarely allows the ball to get inside his frame and is a pure hands catcher.  Very solid fundamentals catching the football.

Route Running:  Disappointing route runner.  I expected him to be great because his dad was a fantastic route runner.  His lack of short area burst is evident getting in and out of breaks.  He is has a longer stride that doesn’t allow him to be sudden enough to create a lot separation.  He is fundamentally sound in terms of the actual route tree.  He uses his head to set up double moves very well.  Read the rest of this entry » «Nick Toon Scouting Report»

Philbin and Flynn in South Beach?

The Miami Dolphins selected former Packer OC Joe Philbin to be the team’s tenth coach in the franchise’s storied history.  Philbin served in the offensive coordinator role for the Packers since 2007 and has been with the team since 2003.  However it should be noted that Philbin didn’t call the plays in Green Bay as that role was filled by Mike McCarthy but is credited for the development of the system and more importantly, the quarterback(s).

Philbin is expected to run the West Coast offense in Miami and may look to a familiar face to spearhead his system.  Philbin’s hiring has to give the Dolphins an edge in signing highly sought after free agent quarterback Matt Flynn.  Flynn is/was Aaron Rodgers backup in Green Bay but has sparked the interest of every quarterback-needy franchise in the NFL after successes in fill-in roles.  Most notably was his 480 yard, 6 TD performance on New Year’s Day against the division foe Detroit Lions.   The 480 yards and 6 TD’s were franchise records for a franchise that has boasted some pretty good quarterbacks (Aaron Rodgers, Brett Favre, Bart Starr, you get the drift).  His completion percentage in that game:  70.5%. Read the rest of this entry » «The impact of the Joe Philbin hiring on the 2012 NFL Draft»

Mohamed Sanu Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On January - 22 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
Mohamed Sanu

Rutgers

Ht. 6-1 Wt. 218

Hands:  Sanu has big, strong hands and snatches the ball out of the air well.  Drops only come when he allows the ball into his body which doesn’t happen often.  He’s one of the more reliable targets of the top level receivers in this draft.  He has long arms which allow for a giant catching radius.

Route Running:  Sanu has played the WR position for two full seasons.  You would expect him to be further behind most in terms of route running, but he’s not.  He will have to refine some technique issues in terms of route running in the NFL but has good enough instincts and football IQ to make a quick adjustment.  He’s certainly not the best route runner in this draft but I don’t see it being a negative for NFL teams as most will come with experience. Read the rest of this entry » «Mohamed Sanu Scouting Report»

DeVier Posey Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On January - 21 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect DeVier Posey"DeVier Posey

Ohio State

Ht. 6-2 Wt. 212

Hands:  DeVier Posey’s biggest downfall is his inconsistent hands.  He allows the ball to get to his body too often and loses concentration more often than he should.  He does catch the ball well in traffic and doesn’t appear to duck contact over the middle.  He excels in the vertical game as he catches the ball at it’s highest point and can adjust in midair with the best of them.

Route Running:  Posey is one of the top route runners in the 2012 NFL Draft.  He is quick in and out of breaks.  He is a savvy route runner that finds openings in zone and instinctively knows when to sit down in coverage.  The crispness of his routes suggests a solid work ethic as he’s well beyond his years in this area.  Read the rest of this entry » «DeVier Posey Scouting Report»

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