Juron Criner Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On January - 26 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Juron Criner"Juron Criner

Arizona

Ht. 6-4 Wt. 215

Strengths:  Juron Criner is a big, strong receiver that is a powerful route runner.  He’s a savvy route runner that plays faster than his timed speed.  His initial quickness off the line of scrimmage is impressive for a bigger receiver.  Solid change of direction skills and does a nice job of selling sharply breaking routes.  He uses his big frame to box out defenders and shows good body control.  He wins more than he loses when the ball is in the air due to his size.  Has big, strong hands that allow him to make circus catches.  Large catching radius with arm length and hand size.  He’s above-average downfield blocker.  Great body control on adjustment to the ball.

Weaknesses:  Criner doesn’t have the suddenness to make people miss in the open field and isn’t particularly quick in a short area.  He gets jammed too often at the line of scrimmage for someone his size.  Puts the ball on the ground too often mostly due to lapses in concentration.  He does round off routes and needs to be more patient in the progression of the route.

Bottom Line:  Juron Criner is a tough kid that played following an appendectomy.  He’s got an all around solid skill set but lacks the explosion to be a top pick in April’s draft.  He’s a physical receiver that will create bad matchups for small corners in the NFL.  I think he’s a guy that could develop into a starter in the league down the road. 

Draft Projection:  3-4.

T.Y. Hilton Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On January - 25 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, T.Y. Hilton"T.Y Hilton

Florida International

Ht. 5-10 Wt. 184

Strengths:  Hilton’s speed jumps out on tape.  He can beat defenders vertically in a flash.  He is a shifty athlete with a ton of short area quickness which makes him dangerous in the open field.  He gets in and out of cuts crisply and quickly.  He gets to top speed quickly and has the change of direction to make defenders miss.  He has the added value as a dynamic punt and kick returner.

Weaknesses:  Hilton’s hands are disappointing as he has a tendency to catch the ball with his body.  Too many passes hit the grass with Hilton.  His route running is in need of some work as he too often relies on his speed to run past defenders.  For someone as quick as Hilton you would expect him to get off the line without problem.  He doesn’t and looks lethargic at times off the line.  He struggles against press man coverage as he frequently has to re-route. Read the rest of this entry » «T.Y. Hilton Scouting Report»

Jarius Wright Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On January - 25 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Jarius Wright"Jarius Wright

Arkansas

Ht. 5-9 Wt. 176

Strengths:  Jarius Wright has speed to burn.  He was impressive in 2011 in his ability to play inside and outside inArkansas pro-style offense.  Wright is likely a slot receiver in the NFL that shows a toughness over the middle and track speed down the seam.  He tracks the football vertically as well as anyone and can get behind the defense in a hurry.  He showed the toughness to take a shot and hang onto the football on many occasions.  He is a savvy route runner that reads coverage very well.  Ideal slot receiver in the NFL as he’ll be able to recognize coverage at the line and make adjustments.  His short area quickness make him a danger in the open field as he has the burst to make defenders miss.

Weaknesses:  Wright’s small frame is not conducive for getting off the line well.  It shows on tape as he struggles to get off the jam and has to re-route on outside release.  Concerns with the many catches that he traps against his chest.  He doesn’t drop many but I would like to see him catch with his hands more.  Read the rest of this entry » «Jarius Wright Scouting Report»

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»