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#15 DE, Cameron Jordan (6’4 280 lbs.) – California Golden Bears

Pass Rush Skills: Was a man amongst boys in college. Displays the power to overwhelm lineman at the point of attack, and the quickness to effectively work inside moves. Very disruptive. Has the most violent and active hands in the nation. Arm length is excellent. Gets in the backfield with a bevy of pass rushing moves. His most effective being the club, swim, and hook. Shows a nice counter spin back to the inside. Extremely athletic for his size. Isn’t a speed rusher. Despite his athleticism, he won’t threaten the edge with speed. Explosive off the snap. His hands and feet are moving before everyone else’s.

Versus the run: Played in 3-4 and 4-3 looks at Cal Berkeley. Has a wealth of experience playing 2 gaps. Very stout against the run. Is an immovable object at the point of attack. Has the strength to hold up against double teams. Plays with balance, leverage and exceptional technique. Keeps blockers at bay by extending his arms. Diagnosis the run quickly and sheds blockers immediately. Has the ability to make tackles, even with linemen draped on him. When asked to play 1 gap, he has enough burst to blow plays up in the backfield. Is a powerful tackler. Offers a nice thump upon contact. Plays with non-stop effort. Will chase down ball carriers and make plays from the back side.

Versatility: His ability to rush the passer as well as defend the run, which allows him to be scheme diverse. He can play the 5-technique in the 3-4, the 3-technique in Nickel situations in the 4-3, and power defensive end in the 4-3.

Instincts/Motor: Is beyond his years when it comes to awareness and instincts. Reads the run extremely well. Keeps his gap discipline and keeps contain to his side. One of the best motors in the nation. Plays through the whistle. Has no qualms about running down field to make a play from behind. Unrelenting when rushing the passer. Never quits after a failed move. Will continue to work linemen to get to the quarterback.

Intangibles: Was suspended for 2008 season opener after he was arrested for suspicion of DUI. Comes from strong bloodlines. His father, Steve Jordan, was a six-time Pro Bowl tight end during 13-year career with Vikings. 2010 1st Team All Pac-10. Teammates and coaches love him. Has a vibrant and sometimes goofy personality. Is a lunch pale type of worker.

Overall Stock: Cameron Jordan is one of my favorite players in the draft. His versatility will make him dangerous at the next level. Teams that are looking for a 3-down lineman, they’ll have to look no further than Jordan.  His best fit is in the 3-4 at the 5-technique. He has the girth to sit in his stance and shut down the run. I think he’ll get the nod over some defensive line players because of his ability to make plays in the backfield. On defense, the NFL is all about creating negative plays, and Jordan excels at that. This years draft is deep with defensive linemen, but Jordan has the ability to be a top 10 pick. If Jordan’s name is called in the top 10 picks, remember us for our prediction. 

NFL Comparison: Darnell Dockett

#11 DE, Adrian Clayborn (6’3 285 lbs.) – Iowa Hawkeyes

 

Pass Rush Skills: Not a quick twitch rusher, but possesses a tremendous amount of power. Uses his hands violently and gets offensive linemen on their heels. Has the ability to collapse the pocket from the 5 and 3 technique. Is not a natural bender. Cannot flatten out and bend the corner. Has above average speed for his size. Plays with a nastiness and mean streak. Is a violent tackler when he reaches the quarterback.

Versus the run: Very strong against the run. Can sit in his stance and anchor, even against double teams. Uses his hands to stack and shed blockers effectively. Lacks the athleticism to make plays from sideline to sideline. Has a good initial burst. Makes a ton of stops in the backfield. Needs to come out of his stance lower, and play with better leverage consistently. Technique tends to break down when fatigued.

Versatility: Scheme diverse. Is powerful enough to play the 3-technique in the 4-3 or the 5-technique in the 3-4. Not athletic enough to hold up in coverage.

Instincts/Motor: Sniffs out misdirections, delays, and screens well. Does a good job at setting the edge and funneling ball carriers back to the inside. Motor runs hot and cold. Needs to improve stamina. Technique breaks down, and he isn’t nearly as passionate when fatigued.

Intangibles: Pled guilty to disorderly conduct in March of 2010. Originally charged with assault causing bodily injury after allegedly punching a cab driver for honking at him in early 2009. Multi-year Team Captain.

Overall Stock: Adrian Clayborns stock was extremely high after the 2009 season. If he had come out, he was sure to be a top 10 pick. In 2010, Clayborn’s production decreased drastically. After racking up 11.5 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss in 2009, he only managed a meager 3.5 sacks and 7 tackles for loss in 2010. That lack of production is attributed to a few different things. Clayborn was often doubled teamed. Teams know the type of chaos he can cause, and they game planned around him. Also, Clayborn’s motor was not up to snuff this year. He looked lackadaisical at times and did a lot of jogging around. Clayborn’s stock is still relatively high, but only due to his performance in 2009. He will have to improve on his conditioning if he wants to maintain his first round grade. If Clayborn can stay motivated, he will be a monster in the NFL. 

NFL Comparison: Cullen Jenkins

 

#12 DE, Ryan Kerrigan (6’4 259 lbs.) – Purdue Boilermakers

Pass Rush Skills: Quick off the snap. Powerful and explosive rusher. Does not have elite speed, but shows a great deal of suddenness in short areas. Does a good job of getting underneath linemen and bending the corner.  Closing burst is amazing. Quarterbacks rarely get away once he gets around linemen. Has the ability to use leverage and strength to walk lineman back into the quarterback. Has the knack for causing the quarterback to fumble. Caused 11 fumbles in two years. Lacks the athleticism to quickly change directions and needs to work on counter moves.

Versus the run: Very effective against the run. Has the upper body strength to shed blockers, and the lower body strength to anchor. Does a good job at setting the edge and keeping contain to his side. Anticipates the snap count well and uses his quick first step to stop ball carriers for loses. Excellent closing speed allows him to chase down ball carriers from the backside. Could be more violent with his hands.

Versatility: Has the perfect size and pass rushing ability to convert to outside linebacker, but lacks the athleticism to hold up in man or zone coverage. At this point, he is strictly a defensive end.

Instincts/Motor: Solid instincts, especially against the run. Does a good job at staying true to his responsibilities. Is rarely fooled by misdirection or screen plays. Excellent feel for jarring the ball loose from quarterbacks when securing the sack. Motor runs hot at all times. Is relentless in his efforts against the run and pass. Makes a lot of plays off of hustle alone.

Intangibles: 2010 Team Captain, BIG Ten defensive player of the year, 1st Team AP All-American, and Walter Camp Football Foundation 1st Team All-American. Received the team’s Pit Bull Award for exemplifying and sustaining tenacity and intense play. Possesses a blue collar attitude and work ethic.

Overall Stock: Ryan Kerrigan has the size and pass rushing ability to play outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense. It is yet to be seen if he possesses the athleticism necessary to play standing up. Teams will have their eyes focused on Kerrigan during offseason workouts. If he can show that he is comfortable without his hand in the dirt, then he will for sure be snatched up by a 3-4 team in the draft. If not, he’ll most likely play the power defensive end position in the 4-3. Kerrigan is a menace off the edge. His motor wears linemen down over the course of a game. His combination of power and quick burst is too much to handle, and his knack for causing turnovers makes him very desirable to teams. There are a lot of teams in need of a pass rusher. Kerrigan will for sure come off the board in the first round. Depending on how much athleticism he shows at the combine and pro day will determine how high he goes. 

NFL Comparison: Jared Allen

 

Mike Pouncey Scouting Report

Posted: January 13, 2011 by Larry McDaniel Jr. in Centers, Guards, Prospects 11-20
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#16 OC/OG, Mike Pouncey (6’4 310 lbs.) – Florida Gators

Pass Protection: Excellent athleticism for his size. Is quite nimble and a natural knee bender. Shows above average mirroring skills. Gets out of his stance very quickly and displays a solid first punch. Is susceptible to the bull rush, but is very good at sinking his hips, extending his arms and recovering. Does a nice job at redirecting rushers and help blocking when he doesn’t have his own man to block.

Run Blocking: Quick first step and is explosive of the snap. Comes out of his stance with excellent leverage, and maintains that leverage for the duration of the block. Can get overwhelmed by bigger defensive tackles at time, but does a good job of never panicking and working his technique. Moves well in space and is very agile. Is an effective puller. Displays the ability to reach the second level and get his hands on linebackers. Does a good job at sustaining blocks, but needs to become consistent at finishing them.

Awareness: Excellent awareness. Has experience playing both guard and center, so he has a feel for both positions and knows the responsibilities of each. Knows his assignments and keys. Solid recognition of unsuspecting blitzers. Picks up twists and stunts, and passes off rushers well. Is the unquestioned leader of the Florida offensive line. Displays good communication between his fellow linemen and quarterback. Needs to improve his snapping mechanics. Had a lot of trouble early in the season, and a lot of balls hit the ground. His technique will improve with more practice time at center.

Toughness: Is a physical player that plays with attitude. Has a passion for the game and it shows in his play and demeanor.

Intangibles: The twin brother of Steelers 2010 1st round pick, Maurkice Pouncey. Rose to the challenge when his brother left for the draft. Became the leader of the offensive line and a 2010 team captain. Spoke out against Florida’s incoming freshmen, calling them cocky and telling them to shut their mouths and just bring it on Saturdays. Coaches and players rave about his character on and off the field. Is known for his jubilee personality.

Overall Stock: With Maurkice Pouncey entering the draft one year before his brother, and having an all pro year, Mike Pounceys stock is sky rocketing. Pouncey has the same tools as his brother and is capable of coming in and starting from day one. Pouncey is one of the more versatile linemen in the draft. He can play in a power or zone scheme. He can also play guard or center, and at a high level. As it sits now, Pouncey may be the only inline blocker to come off the board in the first round. He is head and shoulders above the rest. 

NFL Comparison: Maurkice Pouncey

 

 

#19 QB, Jake Locker (6’3 229 lbs.) – Washington Huskies


Toughness/Leadership: Locker displayed true leadership and extreme toughness throughout his years at Washington. Played in a run heavy offense with minimal weapons at the skill position. The best plays usually came when Locker carried the ball. Had a thumb injury that ended his 2008 season. Played all four years, showing his commitment to the university, even after being drafted twice to the MLB’s, and was said to be the number one prospect in the 2010 draft. Locker has a fire to him and is a fierce competitor. He rallies guys and gets them pumped up. Teammates and coaches truly respect him. Shows no quarries about staying in the pocket, even when faced with heavy pressure. Can take a hit, as well as deliver one.

Intelligence/Decision Making: Decision-making can be questionable at times, especially when looking to throw the ball deep down the field. Did make a lot of progress in his junior and senior year with checking the ball down or running with it. He will force the occasional throw, but again that has improved over the years.

Accuracy: Excels in short to medium routes. Has good touch and timing on comebacks, curls, checks down, and screens. Needs to improve accuracy and touch on his deep ball. This will most certainly improve with better talent around him.

Release/Arm Strength: This category is where locker receives excellent marks. He has a quick release and plenty of arm strength to make all the necessary throws at the next level. Carries the ball high and does not expose it to outside rushers.

Pocket Mobility: Being a top tier athlete in both baseball and football, Locker has great athleticism in and out of the pocket. Will be able to sidestep defenders, break tackles, and extend plays with his legs.

Intangibles: Drafted into the MLB’s twice. Scored a 22 on a preseason wonderlic test. No off the field issues. Well liked and respected by the community, teammates and coaches.

Overall Stock: Locker suffered through a painful 2010 season at Washington. With a lack of talent, both at receiver and offensive line, he found himself either being the lone playmaker, or running for his life. There were many games where Washington’s offensive line consistently crumbled after the snap, not giving Locker enough time to go through progressions and get the ball out. Scouts will look at Locker’s 08’ and 09’ tape to get a true understanding of his skills. During Locker’s bowl game, a lack of playmakers and poor offensive line play reared its ugly head. Locker remained poised, and led the Huskies to a victory, with his legs. It was a great representation of Locker’s leadership and competitiveness. With the news of Stanford quarterback, Andrew Luck staying in school, Locker now becomes a top commodity in the draft. I full expect him to come off the board within the first 15 picks. With a solid combine and pro day, Locker could easily move into the top 7-10 picks. Keep an eye on the San Francisco 49ers. They just signed Harbaugh. Harbaugh knows Locker, and likes his quarterbacks mobile. 

NFL comparisons: John Elway, Ben Rothlesberger, and Jay Cutler

#18, Akeem Ayers (6’4 250 lbs.) – UCLA Bruins

 

Instincts/Recognition: Not a very instinctual athlete when lining up at inside linebacker. Tends to think a lot on the field, which causes some timid reactions at times. Not the type of linebacker to read a play and attack it downhill. Often waits for ball carriers to come to him. When lining up at outside linebacker, does a good job of recognizing the run. Isn’t fooled often on delays or misdirection plays. Recognizes route combinations when playing in zone coverage. Is sometimes late to react to play actions or screen plays.

Strength/Toughness: Ayers is tall and lean. Isn’t overly powerful at the point of attack. Doesn’t consistently wrap up. Uses his shoulders to make tackles too often. Ball carriers can break free from his grasp. When he does secure the tackle, he is more of a pull down tackler than a lift and drive your hips tackler. Does take on lead blockers and lineman extremely well. Is never afraid to stick his nose in the action.

Range vs. Run: Is a natural athlete with the gift of speed and quickness. Doesn’t use his speed often enough. Can play sideline to sideline. When lining up at outside linebacker, he does a great job at stringing out plays, and forcing backs to either go out of bounds or cut back into traffic. Has long arms and uses them quite well. Keeps them extended when blockers attempt to engage. Scraps the line of scrimmage well, even with linemen attached to him. Does well at wading through traffic and finding ball carriers. Is sometimes undisciplined when it comes to keeping contain on the backside. Motor runs hot and cold.

Pass Rush: Doesn’t have a bevy of pass rushing moves, but can get to the quarterback. Long arms help him fend off offensive tackles. Uses his speed and explosiveness quite nicely when rushing the passer. Must learn to use his hands a little bit more. Also, must learn how to counter offensive linemen. Doesn’t possess adequate power to man handle linemen with a bull rush or inside move. Excels at getting his hands up to deflect passes. In fact, in 2009 he intercepted two passes he deflected at the line of scrimmage and returned them both for touchdowns.

3rd Down Capabilities: Ayers is very versatile. Has experience playing defensive end, outside linebacker, and inside linebacker. At any given point he can line up at one of the above mentioned positions. On third downs he can drop in to underneath zone coverage, rush the passer, or man up on a tight end. Does a good job with underneath coverage, but man coverage is a little suspect.

Intangibles: Multi-year team captain. 2010 3rd Team AP All-American.

Overall Stock: Akeem Ayers is one of the more versatile players in the 2011 draft. Unlike most college linebackers, Ayers produces numbers in every stat box. In his sophomore and junior year, he racked up a total of 141 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, 9 sacks, 6 interceptions, and 4 forced fumbles. So as you can see, he is definitely a playmaker. There are still questions about what position he’ll play in the NFL. He has the tools to play any one of the four linebacker positions in a 3-4. I tend to think he is best suited as a  sam outside linebacker. When he lines up as an outside linebacker, his athletic abilities really shine. He becomes more dynamic and tends to be more decisive. If he does get placed on the inside, he’ll need to learn to use his speed at all times. Become more physical at the point of attack, and be more aggressive. Ayers grades out high, and one of the fifth-teen 3-4 teams will take him In the 1st round. 

NFL Comparison: Shaun Phillips


#14 WR, Julio Jones (6’4 211 lbs.) – Alabama Crimson Tide

Separation Skills/Route Running: In a very large 6’4 211 lbs. frame, Jones shows above average speed for a WR of his size. Showed enough in fact to return kicks and take two end-arounds for touchdowns, including a 39 yard touchdown in his recent bowl game. Comes from a pro-style offense and can run every route in the tree. Will need time to perfect those routes, but that should not be a problem considering his work ethic. Performs well on the outside as well as in the slot.

Ball Skills: I wouldn’t give Julio the nod above Justin Blackmon for best ball skills in the draft, but he is definitely close to the top. Uses his large frame well to shield defenders and snags the ball out the air with his hands, not letting it get into his body. Inconsistent hands during his freshman and sophomore year, but dedicated himself during the spring and came into his junior year sure handed.

Big play ability: Jones gaudy measurables make him a threat to make big plays anywhere on the field. During his career at Alabama, he proved this much. I don’t expect him to have the big play ability of a Mike Wallace or Desean Jackson in the NFL, but to be able to be more like a Larry Fitzgerald, using his size and hands to make his presence on the field felt. His big plays might come more from yac and running through defenders as oppose to running by them.

Competitiveness/Toughness: Extremely physical receiver. Not only down the field, but also off the snap of the ball. Even at the next level, cornerbacks will not find it easy jamming Jones at the line of scrimmage. Has worked hard at putting on muscle and has an NFL ready body. Would not say he has the highest motor out there, but is definitely no slouch. One of his biggest skills is his ability to block down the field for other receivers and running backs. Very competitive, especially when facing top tier cornerbacks. Jones went against top rank cornerback prospect Patrick Peterson and accumulated 10 catches for 89 yards and 1 touchdown.

Intangibles: No big characters issues surrounding Jones. Had a broken wrist during the 2009 season, but was able to work his way back and have an excellent 2010 campaign. Very Vocal on the field, and like any receiver, is always wanting the ball thrown his direction.

Overall Stock: One of the most anticipated receivers to ever come out of high school. Will most likely be gone in the early 1st round, and is expected to make an immediate impact.

NFL comparison: Larry Fitzgerald and Marques Colston