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Something in the water at Georgia Tech

Posted by Brad On February – 27 – 2012
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Stephen Hill"

Stephen Hill impressive in Indy

Georgia Tech has been a run-oriented team under Paul Johnson but you wouldn’t know it by the NFL talent that has been produced by the school lately.

Stephen Hill was the latest Georgia Tech wide receiver to blow scouts away with his physical gifts.  The 6’4″ 215 pound receiver tied for the fastest 40 time among the 2012 WR group.  Hill ran a 4.36, vertical leaped 39.5″ and caught the ball with consistency in drills.  Hill challenged Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd for the most impressive performance on Sunday.  Hill is the latest of Georgia Tech wide receivers that wowed with their physical gifts despite limited collegiate production.

Hill caught just 28 balls for 820 yards and five touchdowns.  At nearly 30 yards/reception, Hill proved to be a dangerous downfield threat in Paul Johnson’s run-oriented GT offense.  For some perspective, Demaryius Thomas, 2010 first round pick of Denver, averaged 25 yards/reception before entering the 2010 NFL Draft.  Thomas checked in at 6’3″ 225 pounds and ran a 4.38 40 at his pro day workout.  Impressive numbers but outdone by Hill on Sunday.

The grossest example of freakish athleticism from a Georgia Tech receiver comes at the hands of Calvin Johnson.  Johnson ran a 4.35 40 at 6’5″ 235 pounds.  Johnson was considered by many to be the top prospect in the 2007 NFL Draft that included Adrian Peterson and Joe Thomas.  He is arguably the most physically dominating receiver in the NFL and may be giving an August speech in Canton, Ohio after he decides to retire from the NFL.

Hill was considered to be a second-round pick by most prognosticators but had the upside to warrant a late-first round selection.  With Alshon Jeffery opting to not run in Indy and rumors of so, so interviews with teams he could continue his gradual slide down draft boards.  Jeffery loss could be Hill’s gain.  There will be a fairly large learning curve for Hill once he hits an NFL camp but you can’t teach what he has.

Cam Johnson Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February – 27 – 2012
"Cam Johnson"Cam Johnson


Ht. 6-4 Wt. 270


Pass Rush:  Cam Johnson has a solid first step but not elite.  He can get by blockers with his quickness.  He moves laterally well and has developed some pass rush moves in 2011.  Enough power to bull rush opponents and uses his hands well to fight off blockers.  He plays a little high and gets upright on contact.  He will need to work on staying low through contact in order to be an effective pass rusher in the NFL.


Against the run:  Johnson’s hands placement and ability to gain leverage on opponents in the run game is a major plus.  He is violent with his hands which makes it tough to get into his body.  He’s a slippery guy in the run game and has good awareness.  He plays a little high in run game as well and isn’t as explosive against the run as you would like. Read the rest of this entry » «Cam Johnson Scouting Report»

Defensive Back Combine Results

Posted by Brad On February – 26 – 2012

NameSchoolHeightWeightArmHandBench40 TimeVertical Broad3 Cone
Antonio AllenSouth Carolina601421032 1/29 3/8174.67349’10”7.02
Mark BarronAlabama601021333 5/89 1/2DNPDNPDNP
Dwight BentleyLouisiana-Lafayette511518230 1/48134.4331.59’6″6.99
Justin BethelPresbyterian600620032 3/89 3/4194.5839.510’11”6.79
R.J. BlantonNotre Dame600620831 1/49 1/8124.70349’8″6.71
Omar BoldenArizona St.6010202 31 1/28 7/825DNPDNPDNP
Brandon BoykinGeorgia509018231 1/29 3/8DNPDNPDNP
Ron BrooksLSU510019030 5/89124.373810′DNP
Charles BrownNorth Carolina509020228 7/89184.6335.59’6″6.94
Sean CattouseCalifornia6021211339 1/24.74349’6″6.99
Morris ClaiborneLSU511118833 1/48 1/24.5034.59’10”7.01
Alfonzo DennardNebraska5100204309 1/24.553710’1″DNP
Antonio FenelusWisconsin507719031 1/49 1/2204.68329’1″6.80
Jamell FlemingOklahoma510520631 1/49 1/2234.533410’5″6.71
Terrance FrederickTexas A&M510118731 1/89 1/8164.543510’1″6.59
Stephon GilmoreSouth Carolina6004190319 1/4154.403610’03”6.61
Winston GuyKentucky60072183394.70DNPDNPDNP
Mike HarrisFlorida St.510218832 1/49144.68369’9″6.79
Cliff HarrisOregon511117530 1/88 7/84.64369’10”6.81
Casey HaywardVanderbilt5113192194.57349’11”6.76
Jayron HosleyVirginia Tech511017830 7/88 7/8114.47DNPDNPDNP
Delano HowellStanford510721031 1/49 1/4214.653310′6.97
Duke IhenachoSan Jose St.600121332 3/49 1/4204.683510’2″6.78
George IlokaBoise St.603522534 1/29 5/8204.6634.510’4″7.03
Asa JacksonCal Poly510019129 1/89194.4934.59’10”6.97
Janzen JacksonMcNeese St.5114188319 3/894.6436.510’5″6.90
Janoris JenkinsNorth Alabama5100193328 1/44.4633.510’1″6.95
Leonard JohnsonIowa St.509719628 3/48154.713210′6.96
Trumaine JohnsonMontana601720433 1/49 3/8194.6135.510’2″7.20
J.J. JonesWayne St.50941944.56DNPDNPDNP
Coryell JudieTexas A&M511519430 1/48 3/44.483710’6″7.33
Dre KirkpatrickAlabama601518630 5/89 1/24.513510′DNP
D’Anton LynnPenn St.511720629 3/48 1/2174.7731.59’3″DNP
Markelle MartinOklahoma St.6006207329 1/419DNPDNPDNPDNP
Kelcie McCrayArkansas St.601620232 1/48 7/8124.5430.510’2″7.00
Jerron McMillanMaine511120330 5/89 3/8174.5636.510′6.69
De’Quan MenzieAlabama5106202308 5/84.74339’8″DNP
Chase MinnifieldVirginia510018331 1/299DNPDNPDNPDNP
Charles MitchellMississippi St.510620230 1/49 1/2194.633710’7″6.93
Josh NormanCoastal Carolina600219732 3/49 1/4144.663310’4″7.09
Micah PellerinHampton600319431 3/49 5/8144.61339’8″DNP
Eddie PleasantOregon5101211319 1/4224.6333.59’8″7.12
Chaz PowellPenn St.600320330 1/89 3/8174.533310’01”6.84
Shaun PraterIowa510019030 3/48 1/214DNPDNPDNPDNP
De’Andre PresleyAppalachian St.509718530 1/48 5/884.64329’6″7.19
Cyhi QuarlesWake Forest6014213329 3/8194.6232.59’11”7.21
Antwuan ReedPittsburgh5096188309 3/8144.6336.510’4″DNP
Sean RichardsonVanderbilt602421632 5/89 1/8224.5238.510’8″7.01
Josh RobinsonCentral Florida510119931 1/49 1/4174.3338.511’1″6.55
Trenton RobinsonMichigan St.510019531 1/29 3/4154.523510’5″DNP
Coty SensabughClemson5112189319154.423710’2″6.60
Harrison SmithNotre Dame601721332 5/810 1/4194.573410’2″6.63
Ryan SteedFurman510419532 5/89 1/8124.683410’1″6.94
Brandon TaylorLSU511220931 1/49 1/24.5833.59’10”7.32
Johnny ThomasOklahoma St.510320632 1/29 3/4204.6335.510’3″7.01
Phillip Thomas Syracuse510519832 1/810 1/2144.743310’2″DNP
Christian ThompsonSouth Carolina St.600221131 1/28 3/8184.5031.510’2″7.33
Trevin WadeArizona510319230 3/48 5/8184.5934.59’8″6.87
Corey WhiteSamford511420631 5/89 3/8154.5537.510’6″6.72

Linebacker Combine Results

Posted by Brad On February – 26 – 2012

NameSchoolHeightWeightArmBench40 Time10 Yd SplitVerticalBroad3 ConeShort Shuttle
Emmanuel AchoTexas601023833244.751.5233.59’10”DNPDNP
Ryan BakerLSU511023231304.881.56349’5″7.214.35
Nigel BradhamFlorida St.601724133 3/4244.643710’1″7.184.37
Zach BrownNorth Carolina601224433 1/4DNP4.501.5233.59’8″DNPDNP
Vontaze BurfictArizona St.601324831 1/4DNP5.091.71308’8″DNPDNP
Miles BurrisSan Diego St.602024631 7/83137.510’1″DNPDNP
Tank CarderTCU602023631 1/2194.691.5634.510’1″6.894.18
Audie ColeNC State604124632 3/4154.81359’6″6.964.29
Lavonte DavidNebraska600523331 3/4194.6536.59’11”7.284.22
Demario DavisArkansas St.602023532324.611.5638.510’4″7.194.28
Darius FlemingNotre Dame601524533274.7733.59’6″7.034.28
Chris GalippoUSC601424130 1/2194.8726.58’11”6.904.10
Najee GoodeWest Virginia600024431 7/8DNP4.6435.59’9″DNPDNP
Dont’a HightowerAlabama602226532 5/8DNP4.6832DNPDNPDNP
Steven JohnsonKansas601123932 3/8164.781.563710’4″7.344.37
James Michael-JohnsonNevada600424132 7/8234.781.56369’5″7.344.38
Josh KadduOregon603023933 3/820DNP349’11”DNPDNP
Mychal KendricksCalifornia5111244.4739.510’7″DNP4.19
Luke KuechlyBoston College6032242274.583810’3″6.924.12
Travis LewisOklahoma601025332 1/2224.883610’2″DNPDNP
Shawn LoiseauMerrimack600024632 3/4194.8532.59’1″DNPDNP
Terrell ManningNC State602123732 1/4224.7932.59’4″7.184.43
Brandon MarshallNevada601324233 3/4284.8130.59′7.054.09
Caleb McSurdyMontana601224530 7/8264.97309’2″7.264.28
Tyler NielsenIowa603323831 3/4214.74DNPDNP7.274.31
Keenan RobinsonTexas603124233274.7935.510′DNPDNP
Sean SpenceMiami511023131 1/2124.711.5933.59’11”7.464.28
Nathan StuparPenn St.601524131 3/8214.781.77319’8″6.844.28
Danny TrevathanKentucky600023732 1/218DNP31.59’3DNPDNP
Courtney UpshawAlabama60202723222DNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
Bobby WagnerUtah St.DNPDNPDNPDNP
Tahir WhiteheadTemple601023332 3/8214.701.523710’4″7.144.37
Kyle WilberWake Forest603624933 1/4254.8633.59’9″7.114.31

Defensive Linemen Combine Results

Posted by Brad On February – 26 – 2012

NameSchoolHeightWeightArmsBench40 Time10 Yd SplitBroad3 ConeShuttleVertical
Chas AlecxihPittsburgh604029833 3/8195.418’3″7.744.6225.5
Frank AlexanderOklahoma604027035DNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
Jake BequetteArkansas604527432DNP4.821.729’5″6.904.0734
Jamie BlatnickOklahoma St.603126331 1/2284.901.729’4″7.224.2028
Andre BranchClemson604225934DNP4.701.5610′7.194.2532.5
Michael BrockersLSU605032235195.361.778’9″7.464.8126.5
Josh ChampmanAlabama601031632DNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
Quinton CoplesNorth Carolina605328433 1/4254.781.639’1″7.574.7831.5
Fletcher CoxMississippi St.604029834 1/2304.791.638’7″7.074.5326
Jack CrawfordPenn St.605027433 1/2DNP4.851.709’5″7.154.2533
Tyrone CrawfordBoise St.604127533 3/4284.891.629’8″7.094.4433
Jared CrickNebraska604227932DNP4.991.698’8″7.474.4031
Vinny CurryMarshall603126632 3/4DNP4.981.689’2″6.904.4032
Mike DanielsIowa600029132 1/2DNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
Loni FangupoBYU600632332 3/4365.188’3″7.944.6231.5
Marcus ForstonMiami601230133355.178’9″7.644.7928
Justin FrancisRutgers602026833 7/823DNP9’1″7.054.3532
Trevor GuytonCalifornia602528533DNP5.078’9″7.454.5331
Dom HamiltonMissouri604631333 1/8315.54DNP7.824.78DNP
Akiem HicksRegina604531835 1/8265.239′7.754.8631.5
Jaye HowardFlorida603030133244.821.728’10”7.324.4727.5
John HughesCincinnati602030933 7/828DNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
Melvin IngramSouth Carolina601426431 1/4284.791.659’1″6.834.1834.5
Bruce IrvinWest Virginia603024533 3/8234.501.5410’3″6.704.0333.5
Malik JacksonTennessee604628433 3/4254.911.698’9″7.384.4128
Jamaar JarrettArizona St.604626532 3/4215.029’6″DNP4.3430
Cam JohnsonVirginia603426833 1/2DNP4.811.668’9″7.204.3835
Chandler JonesSyracuse605326635 1/2224.8710′7.074.4135
Markus KuhnNC State604629932 1/2284.899’4″7.434.2834.5
Ronnell LewisOklahoma601625332 1/2364.681.659’4″7.094.4031
Brandon LindseyPittsburgh602025432 5/8234.931.669’9″7.364.2833
Mike MartinMichigan601330632 1/4364.881.699’5″7.194.2533.5
Jonathan MassaquoiTroy602126434 1/8204.891.6410′7.384.5333.5
Shea McClellinBoise St.603326032 3/4194.631.579’10”7.074.3331.5
Vaughn MeatogaHawaii601129433275.001.589′7.14.2130
Whitney MercilusIllinios603526133 7/8274.681.569’10”7.174.5332
Rennie MooreClemson603026832 3/4215.121.629’1″DNP4.5330.5
Donte Paige-MossNorth Carolina60302683326DNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
Nick PerryUSC603627133354.641.5610’4″7.254.6638.5
Dontari PoeMemphis603634632444.981.688’9″7.904.5629.5
Tydreke PowellNorth Carolina602031132 1/2295.368’3″7.314.6229.5
Kheeston RandallTexas605029333 3/4285.009’3″7.494.8434
Kendall ReyesConnecticut604129933 1/4364.959’5″7.434.5334.5
Travian RobertsonSouth Carolina604130232 1/4305.328’6″DNPDNP26
Brett RoyNevada602527532 3/4325.079′7.314.6230.5
Derrick ShelbyUtah602726633 1/2264.969’8″7.094.5035.5
Jacquies SmithMissouri602525332214.819’2″7.254.3131.5
Scott SolomonRice603026231 5/8345.0010’4″7.174.2535
Devon StillPenn St.604730333 1/4265.081.77DNPDNPDNP29.5
J.R. SweezyNC State604629834215.011.849’5″7.404.4136
Alameda Ta’amuWashington602434832355.371.788’7″DNPDNP26
Brandon ThompsonClemson602031433 1/235DNP8’4″7.974.7131
Christian TupouUSC602028932305.427’8″8.074.8724
Deangelo TysonGeorgia602031533 7/8DNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
Olivier VernonMiami602126133314.8010’2″7.394.5034.5
Billy WinnBoise St.603629432 1/2245.001.708’11”7.374.4427
Derek WolfeCincinnati605129533 1/4335.011.709′7.264.4433.5
Jerel WorthyMichigan St.602330833DNP5.081.648’11”7.604.5628.5

Redskins rumored to be all in on Robert Griffin III

Posted by Brad On February – 26 – 2012

As Robert Griffin III was doing as expected at the NFL Scouting Combine, rumors began swirling of the Redskins offering a king’s ransom for the services of the Baylor quarterback.

The original tweet appears to have come from Philadelphia Sports Talk host, Howard Eskin.


The St. Louis Rams hold the 2nd pick in April’s draft and would have to jump at the opportunity to obtain the haul that Eskin has been proposed by his sources.  The Redskins and Browns appear to be heavy favorites for the 2nd pick.  The Browns could offer some combination involving the 4th and 22nd pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.  With the Browns appearing to be clear cut leaders in the RGIII sweepstakes, it may take Eskin’s proposed offer to lure the Rams to do the deal with Washington.

The rumored offer would far exceed the Jimmy Johnson trade value chart value but we are talking about Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins.  After watching the combination of Rex Grossman and John Beck man the quarterback spot in 2011, they are desperate.  This is definitely one that will only become more intriguing as we head into free agency.


Robert Griffin III and Stephen Hill impressive in 40

Posted by Brad On February – 26 – 2012
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Stephen Hill"

Hill impressive with an unofficial 4.3 40 time

Day two of the on field workouts in Indianapolis are underway and starting with a bang.

The talk of the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine has been early impressions on the impressive Baylor QB, Robert Griffin III.  RGIII didn’t disappoint this morning blazing an unofficial 4.38 40 yard dash time.  Griffin has had a near perfect showing in Indy as he was an impressive interview, measured in at 6-2 3/8 and 223 pounds, and ran the fastest unofficial 40 time for a QB in this year’s group.  Once the official time becomes official, he will have likely run the second fastest QB time since Michael Vick ran 4.33 in 2000.

An equally impressive performance has been that of Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill.  Hill played in the run-oriented GT offense which had some questioning his transition to an NFL passing attack. They won’t be questioning his speed.  Hill blazed an unofficial 4.30 40 time with an even more impressive 1.20 10 yard split.  Hill was beginning to pick up steam in NFL Draft circles because of his size and upside.  With few reps coming in college, Hill needed a strong Combine performance.  At 6’4″ 215 pounds Hill impressed indeed.

10 Year WR Case Study: How does it affect this year?

Posted by Rob Stanley On February – 26 – 2012
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Joe Adams"

Could the past 10 years give us insight on the direction of finding quality receivers in the 2012 NFL Draft?

This article goes back and details the successful and failed picks at the Wide Receiver position from 2001-2010 in the NFL Draft, and relates it to the current 2012 NFL Draft to see how it could affect this current Draft.

The idea for this article came about because of the perceived depth of this upcoming 2012 NFL Draft at the WR position. Not only are there a number of potential 1st Round Prospects (Justin Blackmon, Kendall Wright, Michael Floyd and Alshon Jeffrey), but there are also a number of players after Round 1 that could make a real impact in their rookie seasons and beyond. With the depth in the 2nd, 3rd and even 4th rounds this year, it got me thinking of past drafts and where the best value may be at the receiver position. So with that in mind, I went back to each draft from 2001 to 2010 and recorded each player that I believed to be a successful pick in each round of each draft. The results could be a little bit subjective, with no real strict formula to separate successful from unsuccessful. But for the most part the results do the job they are intended to, and help to detail the value each round presents at WR over the past 10 years. The 2011 Draft is not included in the study because it is too early to tell on the successes and failures of that draft.

Results of the Study: Read the rest of this entry » «10 Year WR Case Study: How does it affect this year?»

Chandler Jones Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February – 25 – 2012
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Chandler Jones"Chandler Jones


Ht. 6-5 Wt. 265


Pass Rush:  Chandler Jones is a tall, lean guy with the body to fill out without losing speed.  He is raw but the abilities are there as a pass rusher.  He doesn’t have elite get off but enough to get the edge on most NFL tackles.  As I said, he’s raw so there’s a ton of downside to his game.  First and foremost, he plays high and drops his head into contact.  When I say high, it’s all 6’5 high.  He has to learn to drop his pad level because he’s not strong enough to rely on his bull rush against NFL OT’s.  He doesn’t move well laterally and really struggled in tight spaces.


Against the run:  Jones can stack and shed blocks.  He uses his long arms to extend into contact and shows solid hand placement.  His combination of length and strength makes it tough for blockers to stay engaged.  Once again, he struggles to keep his pads down.  He is a tall target and needs to work on lowering his base.  He struggles to anchor because of his length despite being a naturally strong athlete. Read the rest of this entry » «Chandler Jones Scouting Report»

RGIII Stealing the Show

Posted by Brad On February – 25 – 2012
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Robert Griffin III"

RGIII is on fire in Indy

Robert Griffin III hasn’t thrown, nor will he throw a pass at the NFL Scouting Combine yet he’s Indy’s big winner thus far.

The guy that won over the college football world with his magnetic personality, other-worldly play,  and superhero socks has won NFL media and presumably NFL teams in his first day in Indy.

Griffin started the day with proving that he has the measurables of an elite quarterback.  Grifffin checked in at 6-2 3/8 and 223 pounds.  After many questioned whether Griffin would break the 6-2 mark, he surpassed those expectations.  Griffin would continue to impress when he stepped to the podium to take on the media.

Andrew Luck may be a once-in-a-lifetime quarterback prospect but Griffin is hot on his heels.  What was once thought of as an impossibility is becoming a near reality.  Luck was viewed as the clear cut No. 1 pick but Griffin’s presence is causing some to question whether he doesn’t have what it takes to overtake Luck in the minds of NFL talent evaluators.

While it’s the longest of long shots for Griffin to overtake Luck as the top prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft he has certainly cemented himself as the No. 2 pick in April’s draft. Outside of Ben Dogra (Griffin’s agent) the most excited party in Indy has to the St. Louis Rams who hold the 2nd pick.  The price of that pick could be on a steady rise.

Griffin has stole the show and has many questioning whether we could have two once-in-a-lifetime quarterbacks in the 2012 NFL Draft.

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