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Measureables: Height: 6’7”  | Weight: 305 lbs.  | Position: Left Tackle

Pass Protection: Extremely tall and lean. Has 35 inch arms and 10 inch hands. Possesses good athleticism. Isn’t overly thick in the lower body. Will need to gain some extra girth there at the next level. Does a good job of extending his arms, locking out his elbows, keeping pass rushers off of his frame, and pushing them behind the quarterback. Has a tendency to drop his head upon contact, which leaves him susceptible to the swim move and push pull move. Has a good kick-slide, but it can be approved upon. Can sit down and anchor at the point of attack. Can also reset himself and anchor after initially being overwhelmed. Does a good job at handling both speed and power rushers. Foot work is not technically sound, but it is improving.

Run Blocking: More of a finesse offensive tackle than a power one. Will not overwhelm defenders with strength. Doesn’t show the ability to be able to drive defenders and eliminate them from the play. Is more about working his technique to create advantages for himself. Can swing his hips around and open up holes on the interior of the line and seal off the perimeter for outside runs. Keeps his hands inside and plays with good leverage and balance. Has the athleticism to reach the second level and get a body on defenders.

Awareness: Above average awareness. Knows who to attack when asked to make a block out in space. Needs to improve on keeping his head up, to recognize blitzes, stunts, and twists.

Toughness: Not the mauler type. Doesn’t posses a mean streak. Isn’t the strongest kid, but does a good job of working his technique and hanging in there against brawnier players.

Intangibles: Very solid character. Decided to major in Bio Chemistry instead of majoring in something easy to get by in college. Plans on doing cancer research once his NFL career is over. Plays with passion and heart. 2010 AP All-American Third Team.

Overall Stock: Right now, it’s a toss up as to who is the best offensive tackle in the 2011 NFL Draft. Each one of the top five guys has a claim for that title. Anthony Castonzo is an athletic guy that can come right into the NFL and start from day one. Im not certain it will be on the left side, but he can surely play the right side. He has all the tools to be a solid offensive tackle for 10 plus years. However, he does have some things to work on, such as footwork and head placement. His body also needs to do so more maturing. There is room for growth, and he’ll need at least 10 more pounds to be effective at the next level. Expect Castaozo to come off the board in round one. Only time will tell how high or low he goes. It all depends on his combine and offseason interviews. 

NFL Comparison: Charles Brown


#26 DE/OLB, Justin Houston (6’3 254 lbs.) – Georgia Bulldogs

Instincts/Recognition: Has experience playing outside linebacker and defensive end. Fairly good instincts verses the run. Does a good job at locating ball carriers after disengaging blockers. Is discipline in his run fits. Needs to improve on his pursuit angles. Is susceptible to delays and draws, because he gets too far upfield. Against the pass, his instincts are below average. Often displays a one track mind when rushing the passer, which causes him to fail at recognizing screen plays. Also lacks awareness in underneath coverage. He tends to take false steps which cause him to be out of place when the ball is thrown.

Strength/Toughness: Very strong in the upper body. Has the strength to get underneath linemen’s pads and walk them back into the quarterback. Plays the game with violent hands. Displays good lower body strength which allows him to anchor against the run. Is one of Georgia’s toughest players.

Range vs. Run: Has the speed and athleticism to play sideline to sideline. Holds up well against linemen by using his long arms to keep them at bay. Plays with good leverage and balance. Shows above average closing speed when pursuing ball carriers from the back the side. Does a good job at keeping contain to his side. Motor runs hot and cold. Will sometimes give up on plays that are not ran to his side. Will also jog around while in pursuit of balls carriers that have reached the second level and beyond.

Tackling: Solid tackler who wraps up well. Uses his upper body strength to lay a good pop on ball carriers. Rarely misses tackles in the open field. Will struggle on occasion to break down in space against shiftier ball carriers.

3rd Down Capabilities: A dynamic edge rusher that is multifaceted. He can use his speed to bend the corner or his strength to bull rush linemen and collapse the pocket. Gets off the ball extremely well with an explosive first step. Motor runs hot when rushing the passer. Has the closing speed to chase down mobile quarterbacks. Is a menace when rushing the passer. Causes a lot of mistakes and turnovers because of the pressure that he gets. Wasn’t asked to drop into coverage much. Played the majority of third downs with his hand in the dirt. He did get an interception against Georgia Tech, but is still a liability in pass coverage at this point.

Intangibles: Was suspended by the team for two games in 2009 for violating team rules. 2010 Team Captain. Very fiery player that leads his teammates by example as well as vocals.

Overall Stock: Justin Houston finished the season second in sacks in the SEC. With his change from defensive end to outside linebacker in the 3-4, he saw he production go way up. Houston is the definition of a hybrid player. He can either play the rush outside linebacker position in the 3-4 or defensive end in the 4-3. There aren’t many dynamic pass rushers in the 2011 draft, and with half of the league needing to upgrade their pass rush, don’t expect Houston to be on the board in the second round. With his speed and explosion, he can make an immediate impact. 

NFL Comparison: Terrell Suggs

Cam Newton Scouting Report

Posted: January 10, 2011 by Larry McDaniel Jr. in Prospects 21-30, Quarterbacks
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#28 QB, Cam Newton (6’6 248 lbs.) – Auburn Tigers

Toughness/Leadership: Tough, tough quarterback. Not afraid to put his head down and pick up first downs. Will stand in the pocket with pressure in his face a deliver the ball. Hasn’t missed a game due to injury. Displays excellent leadership qualities. Keeps a cool head and calm demeanor. Plays the game with a jubilation. Keeps his teammates and coaches loose with his smile and care freeness. Has led the Tigers to victories on 5 separate occasions after being down or tied in the forth quarter, including a twenty four point comeback against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Intelligence/Decision Making: Plays in the spread offense. Runs a lot of option read plays. Knows when to hand the ball off and when to keep it. Isn’t asked to read coverages a lot, but shows the ability to read them on occasion. Throws a lot of bubble screens and quarterback draw play action fakes. Makes good reads in the passing game. Almost always hits the open receiver. Makes quick and snappy decisions to run the ball when holes appears.

Accuracy: Led the nation in quarterback rating with 188.15. Completed 67.1 percent of his passes in 2010. Is very accurate. Allows receivers to get yards after catch, by hitting them in stride. Consistently hits on deep balls, and shows good touch on them. Doesn’t throw many outs, slants, and comebacks, so those throws are a question mark at this point. Sometimes throws off balance which causes some inaccuracies.

Release/Arm Strength: Throws the ball using a 3/4 release point. Flings the ball effortlessly. Has an extremely strong arm.

Pocket Mobility/Mobility: Has the knack for avoiding pressure while in the pocket. Does a good job of side stepping and sliding his feet when faced with oncoming rushers. Needs to work on reestablishing his balance and foot work after escaping the rush. Really excels at running with the football. Has the speed to outrun defenders, and the size to run over defenders. Always falls forward. Has some elusiveness to his game. Can make tacklers miss in the open field. Is unstoppable in short yardage situations.

Intangibles: While attending the University of Florida, Newton was arrested for theft of a laptop. The laptop was found in his possession, and was temporairly suspended. Newtown withdrew from the University of Florida during the Fall semester of 2008. In 2010, Newton was accused of attempted soliciting of thousands of dollars from Mississippi State University. Newton’s father took full responsibility for the money inquisitions. Won the 2010 Heisman award. Named to the 1st Team AP All-American. Is loved by his teammates and coaching staff. Shows extraordinary leadership and poise, even through the difficult times of the NCAA investigations.

Overall Stock: Cam Newton has the athletic ability to make scouts drool, but he is a raw quarterback. He lacks experience in a conventional pro-style offense, performing 3-5-7 step drops, and reading coverages. Newton will need a lot of work on his foot work. Sometimes he fails to set his feet when throwing. Newton will have a lot to prove come the NFL combine. He must spend the time bewtween the National Championship game and the combine, redefining his mechanics. He is going to have to show that he can accurately throw every route in the route tree. There is no doubt that he is a first round talent. It’s just a matter of how high or low will he come off the board. A case can be made for him to go as high as number three, or as low as number twenty five. The ball is in Newton’s court. He must show scouts over the next few months that he is a NFL quarterback. 

NFL Comparison: Vince Young and Ben Roethlisberger


#30 QB, Ryan Mallett (6’7 238 lbs.) – Arkansas Razorbacks

Toughness/Leadership: A very tough and competitive guy on and off the field. A vocal leader that takes commands of the huddle, and has the ability to will his team to victories. A pure pocket passer that will stare down the gun barrel and take the hit in order to make the play. Shows leadership in big games, but some of his numbers don’t reflect this. Needs to work on his facial expressions and emotions. Can read his feelings just by looking at his body language and face.

Intelligence/Decision Making: Very intelligent quarterback with lots of experience in the pro-style system. Will look defenders off. Use his check downs, and throws the ball to the open receiver. Does have the tendency to try to force some balls into tight windows because of his arm strength. Looks for the big play too often. Has an incredible arm and is a true believer in it. Makes his poorest decisions when faced with pressure. Tends to throw interceptions when the pocket isn’t clean.

Accuracy: Needs to improve on his accuracy tremendously if he wants to succeed at the next level, specifically on the move accuracy. Has a below average completion percentage compared to other quarterbacks. Has the ability to fit balls into tight windows, with what some would argue is the strongest arm in the draft. Also displays excellent touch and pinpoint accuracy on fades, corner routes and deep balls. Accuracy takes a nose dive when he is faced with pressure. Bad foot work leads to bad throws. He doesn’t do a good job of resetting his feet after being moved off of his initial spot. Needs to do a better job of hitting receivers in stride and allowing them to run after the catch.

Release/Arm Strength: Has a very natural over the top delivery, paired with his 6’7 frame. Makes it very difficult for linemen to bat balls down. Has the strongest arm of any quarterback in the draft. Release is a bit slow, but should not be a huge problem with work and repetition at the next level.

Pocket Mobility: Does not possess any athleticism outside of the pocket. In the pocket he side steps well, while keeping his eyes down field. Has a hard time running away from defenders due to a lack of speed. Extending plays ability is below average.

Intangibles: Leader on and off the field. Does a lot of community work. There are questions about off the field issues and attitude problems.

Overall Stock: Mallett does possess the size, the arm strength, and touch to make it at the next level. Question marks rose when Michigan coaches said Mallett left with an attitude and on bad terms. Also, many scouts question whether he has enough athleticism to be effective in the NFL. If Mallett has a hard time escaping and making plays when faced with NCAA pressure, how will he fare when the best of the best are relentlessly pursuing him all game, in the NFL? Mallett had a good season. His stock is up, but it is down. With Stanford Quarterback, Andrew Luck staying at school, Mallet moves up in the ranks. But, after his bowl game performance, the world got to see all of his flaws. 

NFL comparisons: Drew Bledsoe and Byron Leftwich

#23, Mark Ingram (5’10 215 lbs.) – Alabama Crimson Tide


Competitiveness: Strong, quick, decisive runner that hits the hole quickly. Can run through you, and past you as well. A very powerful back that does not shy away from contact, and looks to stay in bounds and finish every run with authority. Always falls forward after contact. Is tough to bring down, and usually requires more than one defender to do so. Gets stronger as the quarters go on. Suffered a knee injury prior to the 2010 season, but didn’t let that keep him off the field.

Vision/Patience: Displays excellent vision behind a large and stout, run dominating offensive line. Does not just burst through the first hole that appears. Remains patient and waits for blocks to take place. This allows him to get to the second level quite often. Show great peripheral vision, and knows when to make the appropriate cut backs to turn a small run into a big one.

Agility/Acceleration: Has above average speed for a back of his size. Possesses a bruiser mentality, but when in open field, shows the ability to run away from defenders. Agility is also above average. Lateral quickness allows him to make instant cuts and can plant his cleat and stop on the dime.

Power/Balance: Shows great balance and body control. Runs well behind his pads. Stays low and maintains leverage prior to contact. Get’s stronger as the game goes on, and wears defenses down with his physicality.

Passing Game: Is a reliable option out the backfield. Caught 53 passes for 616 yards, and 4 touchdowns in his last two seasons. Those numbers don’t jump off the page, but they do when you realize that Alabama’s offense is run oriented.  Gets to his check down spots quick. Shows good patience on screen plays, effectively allowing his offensive lineman to get into position. Also is an explosive blocker in the backfield.

Intangibles: The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner and the first in Alabama history. Derrick Thomas award winner for community outreach. Shows great leadership. Is Alabama’s feature running back, but often splits carriers with Trent Richardson. Never complains about his work load and is a team first guy. Comes from good bloodlines. Father, Mark Ingram Sr. was an NFL star in the 1990’s. Mark Sr. is now in prison for money laundering and fraud. This hasn’t been a distraction to Ingram, but it has motivated him to do good on and off the field.

Overall Stock: Ingram will be the first running back off the board in a relatively weak running back class. Comes from a pro-style offense and has experience carrying the ball 20+ times a game. Teams will do their due diligence when it comes to his health. Hampered by a knee injury in 2010, his stock has dropped a little since his outstanding 2009 Heisman campaign. If all checks out, expect him to go in the middle of the 1st round. 

NFL Comparisons: A bigger Ahmad Bradshaw and Emmitt Smith

#21 DE, JJ Watt (6’6 292 lbs.) – Wisconsin Badgers


Pass Rush Skills: Provides a headache for offensive tackles off the edge when it comes to power. Possesses four excellent pass rush moves (rip, swim, hook, bull rush) and has the ability to counter against tackles when they decide to take away a certain move. Has decent speed, but not elite. A move to defensive end in the 3-4 is all but certain to happen once he reaches the NFL. Shows an initial burst once the ball is snapped. If pushed behind the quarterback, he continues in pursuit until the play is over. Gains good leverage on his bull rush. Shows the ability to change directions quickly when faking a outside move. Not real flexible in the hips. Wont consistently bend the corner and flatten out. Gets his hands on a lot of balls when he does not reach the quarterback.

Versus the run: Lower body strength makes him very stout against the run. Has long arms and uses them often. Instead of allowing lineman to get into his body, he extends his arms, and reads the play. Not pushed off the point of attack very often. His strength allows him to engage blockers and shed them immediately. Does get fooled occasionally on misdirection and option read plays. Plays with violent hands and uses them frequently. Does a good job of sealing the edge. Has the motor to chase down plays from behind.

Versatility: Slightly versatile. Can play the power defensive end in the 4-3, 3 technique defensive tackle on passing downs, and defensive end in the 3-4. Has almost no experience dropping in to coverage.

Instincts/Motor: Watt’s number one attribute is his motor. He is relentless and goes until the whistle is blown. Gets a couple sacks off of hustle alone. By the forth quarterback, lineman are worn out from his nonstop efforts. Instincts are good and still improving. Is able to recognize screens and quarterback rollouts. Still has some work to do on reading misdirection plays.

Intangibles: Blue collar worker. Leads by example on the field, in the gym, and off the field. Well respected by coaches and teammates. Won the 2010 Lott Impact trophy.

Overall Stock: JJ Watt may have played his last game for the Badgers, in the Rose Bowl. After having an outstanding season, he is more than likely going to enter the 2011 draft. With a strong combine, Watt can make a push to be taken in the first round. The draft is deep with defensive line players, but with the increasing number of teams switching to the 3-4 in the NFL, don’t be suprised if Watt is taken in the top 20 picks. 

NFL Comparison: Justin Smith and Aaron Smith