Posts Tagged ‘2011 NFL Draft’

Measureables: Height: 6’2”  | Weight: 203 lbs.  | Positions: Cornerback

Instincts/Recognition: Understands route running and body language extremely well, especially when in man coverage. Does a good job of playing the ball and not the receiver. In off zone, struggles to sometimes recognize when receivers are breaking off their routes. Needs to improve his anticipation. Against the run, he does a nice job at keeping his eyes in the backfield to diagnosis the play. Also, reads screen passes very well.

Cover Skills: Press man coverage is where he shines. Plays with physicality and has the size and length to effectively press receivers and re-route them. Understands leverage and position. Knows how to use his wing span to jam a receivers inside shoulder, to prevent them from executing inside routes. Shows good balance when fighting receivers in the 5-yard area.  Does a nice job of planting-and-closing on comeback routes, but could become even better if he stayed lower. Is adequate in off zone coverage. Footwork and balance tend to wane when not in press. Back pedals nicely, but could benefit from staying lower. Has good speed and foot quickness. Can stay in receivers hip pockets and that allows him to contest every ball thrown his way.

Ball Skills: Hands are good and improving. Does a nice job of playing the ball and not the receiver. On over the top routes, he whips his head around and locates the ball. Uses his long arms to deflect passes, and his hands to jar balls free. Has an innate ability to time his leaps and route jumping perfectly. Uses his size well on fade and post corner routes. Is not a ball hawking cornerback.

Run Support: Plays the run well, but needs to be more aggressive. Will sometimes wait for ball carriers to come to him or assume someone else will make the tackle, instead of attacking. Jogs around and lacks effort on occasion. Doesn’t fly to the ball, which allows ball carriers to get good yardage after first contact. Isn’t overly physical either. Does not show the strength necessary to deliver a good pop upon contact. Is more of a wrap-up-drag-down tackler. Despite his lack of physicality, he doesn’t miss many tackles. Even at his size, he has some issues with disengaging from receivers blocks. Needs to become more violent and aggressive with his hands.

Intangibles: Active in community service. Thought of as quiet and reserved. 2010 Jim Thorpe Award candidate. All-Big 12 First Team selection.

Overall Stock: Teams are intrigued by the size of Jimmy Smith. He has next level ability. Anytime a cornerback is 6ft plus, athletic, and excels at playing press man coverage, he will find himself in discussions of the first round. As it is now, not many people know about Smith. He is not a flashy kid. Doesn’t pick off a ton of passes and run them back for touchdowns, and he attended a mediocre football school. But, I guarantee people will soon know him. In the last two years, Smith has put up some crazy numbers that aren’t obvious to the casual fan. He has only allowed 11 competitions in the past two years, total. Those are insane numbers. In fact, those are Nnamdi-like numbers. Teams will put on the tape this offseason and see a potential shut down corner. He does have his flaws, but shut down corners are a rare breed, which means there’s a good chance Jimmy Smith comes off the board in the first round. With a strong combine, the skies the limit for this kid. 

NFL Comparison: Nnamdi Asomugha

Rahim Moore Scouting Report

Posted: January 26, 2011 by Jurdon Golden in Safeties
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Measurebles: Height: 6’1”  | Weight: 200lbs  | Position: Safety

Production: Superb production from Moore during his 3 years at UCLA. Displayed very good on field awareness with diagnoses of plays in the run and pass. Showed he could be a ball hawk at times with 10 interceptions in 2009, but only 4 combined during 2008 and 2010. Makes quick instinctive decisions when coming up to play the run, or when reading the quarterback in pass defense.

Height-Weight-Speed: Moore has an NFL ready body at 6’1 200lbs and has more than enough quickness and speed to play at the next level. One area that could be an issue is Moore’s long build he shows a bit of tightness in his hips, so quicker WRs may give him some trouble. He’ll be asked to guard some quicker shorter slot receivers, so twisting and turning hips as well as his changing direction will need to be worked on.

Durability: Missed no time during his 3 years at UCLA. Durability should not be an issue for this young man. Has the frame to withstand the punishment he’ll take and give out as an NFL safety. Known to be an extremely hard worker on the field as well as in the weight room, and maintains proper nutrition and diet.

Intangibles: Would like to see more of his ball hawk skills as he displayed in 2009 with the 10 interceptions, but overall Moore’s game is solid. He is smart safety that does not have any huge flaws in his game. He is more of technique tackler than bigger hitter, but will be able to make plays at the next level.

Overall Stock: Moore is considered the best Safety in this year’s draft. Primarily played a lot of zone in college, Moore will need some work on his man to man game. He has enough size and speed though to be able to play man effectively if needed.

NFL comparisons:  Ed Reed, Nate Allen

Mikel Leshoure Scouting Report

Posted: January 26, 2011 by Larry McDaniel Jr. in Running Backs
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Measurebles: Height: 6’0”  | Weight: 227  | Position: Running Back

Competitiveness: Very tough and well put together kid. Runs with a chip on his shoulder. Rarely shies away from contact or runs out of bounds. Makes himself compact and will lower his head and push the pile, and will also lower his head in the open field and run threw defenders. Plays with a lot of fire and passion.

Vision/Patience: Big running backs usually don’t have patience, but that is not the case for Leshoure. His vision is extraordinary. He’s able to find creases, big or small. Has the ability to see the cut back lanes. Plays with a lot of patience. Allows his blockers to get their bodies on defenders, and allows holes to develop. Also shows extraordinary vision in the open field. Does a good job of making defenders pay when they take poor angles.

Agility/Acceleration: Very agile and light on his feet. Has some shake and bake and wiggle to his game. Can cut on the dime and leave tacklers in mud. Always makes the first defender miss. Possesses two gears. Can explode through the hole and reach the second level consistently. Top end speed is average. Will break off long runs and get caught from behind on occasion.

Power/Balance: Runs the ball powerfully. Doesn’t go down easily. Usually takes more than one defender to bring him down. Shows excellent balance, especially during contact. Bounces off of tacklers often, and keeps going. Will run upright at times, but knows when to bend his knees and play with leverage.

Passing Game: Excellent in the passing game. Sells the screen well. Can come out the backfield on swings and wheels and make a play. Does a nice job of picking up blitzers when asked to stay in and protect.

Intangibles: 2010 College Football Performance Awards Running Back. 2010 AP All-American Second Team. 2010 First Team All-Big Ten selection. Second in the nation in rushing yards and touchdowns. Suspended for September 2009 matchup against Illinois State for violating team rules. Suffered broken jaw in 2008 and lost 17 pounds. Reportedly it was due to a fight with teammate Jeff Cumberland.

Overall Stock: Mikel Leshoure was highly impressive in 2010. His combination of size and agility made him dangerous every time he touched the ball. His numbers are slightly deceiving. He had the luxury of playing in an option read offense where holes were larger than normal, due to defenders having to worry about the quarterback running. Nonetheless, Leshoure is an excellent talent. With his play in 2010, he has worked his way into late first-second round consideration. He is currently ranked as the second best running back, behind Heisman Award winner, Mark Ingram. He isn’t the fastest guy, so teams will pay close attention to his forty-yard dash at the NFL Combine. If he can put up an acceptable number, he won’t last long in the draft. Leshoure is some what of an unknown to the average football fan. I think fans will soon know who Leshoure is. 

NFL Comparison: Arian Foster

On the eve of the 2011 NFL Playoffs, I thought I would explore something that most don’t. At the end of the regular season, everyone talks about the teams picking in the top ten of the draft, and rightfully so. Teams picking that high have nothing to look forward too besides the draft. They are usually the teams in need of a major talent upgrade. On today, I want to take a look at the bottom 12 teams. Let’s take a peek at what their team needs are and what players in the draft could fill them.

AFC TEAMS:

1. Kansas City Chiefs – The Chiefs are enjoying somewhat of a resurgence. They’re are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2006. Even after a huge turnaround, holes still remain on the roster.  They need players opposite of Tamba Hali and Dwayne Bowe, and Mike Vrabel, Casey Weigman, and Brian Waters are getting old.

Team Needs: SOLB, NT, WR, OC, ILB, OT
Players: Akeem Ayers, Jermey Beal, Jerrell Powe, Sione Fua, Justin Blackmon, Julio Jones, Stefen Wisniewski, Kris O’Dowd, Mason Foster, Nate Irving, Derek Sherrod, Tyron Smith

2. Baltimore Ravens – The Ravens are one of the more consistent teams in the NFL. No matter who goes in and out of the lineup, they still find a way to succeed. Nonethless, they have a few positions that need to be solidified if they want to make a championship run.

Team Needs: CB, OT, OG, WR, OLB
Players: Jimmy Smith, Aaron Williams, Gabe Carimi, Nate Solder, Mike Pouncey, Benjamin Ijalana, Michael Floyd, Torrey Smith, Justin Houston, Von Miller

3. New York Jets: The Jets defense just doesn’t seem the same this year. They put up great numbers, but they did not impose their will on other teams, like they did last year. They need a shot of talent in the front seven.

Team Needs: OLB, NT, DE
Players: Justin Houston, Von Miller, Phil Taylor, Kendrick Ellis, JJ Watt, Cameron Heyward

4. Indianapolis Colts: Bill Polian does a great job at building a team and keeping it relevant. However, he hasn’t done such a great job as of late with bringing in offensive line talent. Peyton has been hit more this year, than any other. The run defense was also average in 2010.

Team Needs: OT, OG, DT
Players: Derek Sherrod, Tyron Smith, Stefen Wisniewski, Mike Pouncey, Marvin Austin, Drake Nevis

5. Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers suffered through a lot of injuries on the offensive line in 2010. Their roster is full of depth everywhere but their offensive line. I fully expect them to address some of those needs in the draft. They also could bolster their secondary and look to bring in Casey Hamptons future replacement.

Team Needs: OT, OG, CB, NT
Players: Gabe Carimi, Nate Solder, Mike Pouncey, Benjamin Ijalana, Jimmy Smith, Aaron Williams, Jerrell Powe, Sione Fua

6. New England Patriots: The Patriots needs are mainly on defense. They lack consistency in rushing the passer, and they can afford to become stouter at the point of attack. The one need I see on offense is center. The entire AFC East runs the 3-4, so the center needs to be able to handle big nose tackles. Dan Koppen is getting pretty old.

Team Needs: OLB, DE, OC
Players: Ryan Kerrigan, Robert Quinn, Marcell Dareus, JJ Watt, Stefen Wisniewski, Kris O’Dowd

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Call me crazy but I didn’t think there was anyway that Andrew Luck, Travis Lewis, and Ryan Broyles would go back to school. I mean, all three have received great grades in regards to the draft. Andrew Luck would have been the sure fire number one pick. I guess it goes to show you that education is more important to some people. Still, you have to wonder what’s going through these players minds. In all likeliness, there will be a rookie salary cap in the 2012 NFL Draft. Millions of dollars will be lost. Also, there’s always the possibility of not playing to expectations or getting injured. Look at Matt Leinart. He won the Heisman and National Championship in 2004. He didn’t strike the iron while it was hot, went back to school the following year, and lost millions of dollars in the following draft. He went from being considered the first overall pick, to being picked 10th overall. All is not bad though. Getting your education is great. It shows kids that there is more to life than football and money. When there is no more football, what do you have left? Your education. Kudos to Andrew Luck, Travis Lewis, and Ryan Broyles on their decision. Hopefully all works out well.

Alright, so I have a special treat for you guys. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to do a Q&A with National Football Post writer, Wes Bunting. I asked him a few questions about the 2011 NFL Draft and about some of the players in it. Check it out and I hope you enjoy!

Q: The perception out there is that the 2011 NFL Draft is extremely weak. Is that indeed the case? Where is this draft class strong, and where is it weak?
A: No, I mean ill say the senior class is weak overall, but I think because of that we’re going to see a ton of juniors come out. I think that will really streghtnen it up. It’ll make the seniors more of the depth part of the draft. I’d say it’s deep at the wide receiver position, at the cornerback position and defensive line position. And I’d say it’s relatively weak in the fact that there’s no real blue chip guys. Tyron Smith from USC could be the one, but at offensive tackle there’s not a real blue chip guy. Linebacker, it looks pretty weak. Running back, outside of Mark Ingram and Mikel Leshour it doesn’t look like there’s too many guys that can come in and carry the load.

Q: With half of the teams in the NFL running the 3-4, who are the best prospects that fit that scheme? Particularly outside linebacker and nose tackle.
A: Oh that’s a good question. I think Robert Quinn, hes up there. Even though he hasn’t played all year I think he’s one of the best guys. Von Miller from Texas A&M and Justin Houston. I think they are the three guys that have the ability to consistently fire off the edge, flatten out around the corner and make plays on the quarterback. Those are the top three guys right now. Some nose tackles, I think Phil Taylor from Baylor, he’s a former Penn State guy. He has the potential to play inside. He just needs to learn to play with a little bit better pad level. He’s a big guy. Jerrell Powe, he has the ability to eat up blocks inside. Kendrick Ellis from Hampton could be that guy. Those are probably the three guys I would choose. Oh, and Sione Fua from Stanford, he’s another one.

Q: Who are some guys that no one is talking about? Players that once they reach the NFL, will make an impact and name for themselves.
A: Some guys I like, Steven Friday the pass rusher from Virginia Tech. Im a big fan of his game. Curtis Marsh, the cornerback from Utah State. He’s a guy I like a lot. Pat Delvin from Deleware, he’s the quarterback there, he’s a guy I like a lot. Those are the three guys that I am higher on than most id say.

Q: So here’s a good one for you. Who are your personal favorite players in this years draft, and why?
A: Personal favorites, hmmm. You hit me with a good one there. Maybe Danny Watkins from Baylor. He’s a guy that I really like. He has a great story. 26 year old comedian, former rugby and hockey player. Three years of football experience. He also was a fire fighter in Kelowna. He’s really blossomed into a really nice player. Drake Nevis from LSU. I like him a lot. Just because he plays the game with such bad intentions. He’s an angry player. And I gotta give love to the fullbacks. I love Marecic from Stanford. Im a big fan of Anthony Sherman from Connecticut. I like those two full backs.

Q: I’m a Chiefs fan, so I have to sneak in a question for Chiefs Nation. The other day I tweeted you and asked who are the best players for the Chiefs in the draft. You responded with JJ Watt, Akeem Ayers, and Marcell Dareus. Why those three? What would they bring to the Chiefs?
A: Well Watt and Dareus they’re the guys u can put at the 5 technique. They can hold the point of attack and they make everyone around them better. Akeem Ayers is a guy who gives you some versatility. He can play inside but I think he gives you the ability to rush off the edge as a pass rusher and create negative plays, so that if you’re a 3-4 defense, it’s really great to create negative plays and get into nickel situations and rush the passer. Plus Watt and Dareus have the ability to kick inside to the 3 technique in nickel situations and rush the passer.

Alright folks, there you have it. Some great answers by Mr. Bunting on the 2011 NFL Draft. Everyone, make sure to swing by Wes Bunting’s column, The Scouting Department. There is a lot of great content there. Also be sure to follow him on twitter at @WesBunting.

On the eve of the 2011 NFL Playoffs, I thought I would explore something that most don’t. At the end of the regular season, everyone talks about the teams picking in the top ten of the draft, and rightfully so. Teams picking that high have nothing to look forward too besides the draft. They are usually the teams in need of a major talent upgrade. On today, I want to take a look at the bottom 12 teams. Let’s take a peek at what their team needs are and what players in the draft could fill them.

NFC TEAMS:

1. Seattle Seahawks – The Seahawks got in the playoffs by the hair on their chin. Making the playoffs cost them 10+ draft spots. They could have easily been picking towards the top of the draft, and had a relatively good shot at picking up their biggest need, quarterback. Hopefully one is still on the board when they pick at 21. They could also use a receiver, defensive tackle to help out Chris Clemons and Raheem Brock, offensive guard and tackle.

Team Needs: QB, WR, DT, OG, OT
Players: Blaine Gabbert, Ryan Mallett, Justin Blackmon, Jonathan Baldwin, Drake Nevis, Corey Liuget, Mike Pouncey, Benjamin Ijalana, Tyron Smith, Derek Sherrod.

2. New Orleans Saints – The Saints seem to suffer a ton of injuries every year. First they need to hire a new strength and conditioning trainer. Second, they could use upgrades at DT, OLB, and RB. Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory are injury prone, and Reggie Bush cost too much.

Team Needs: DT, OLB, RB
Players: Drake Nevis, Corey Liuget, Akeem Ayers, Bruce Carter, Mikel Leshour, Shane Vereen

3. Green Bay Packers: First and foremost, the Green Bay Packers must find a running game. The offense is too one dimensional right now. They also could use someone opposite of Clay Matthews, a new OT and a new 5 technique to play along side of BJ Raji.

Team Needs: RB, OLB, OT, DE
Players: Mark Ingram, Mikel Leshour, Justin Houston, Von Miller, Gabe Carimi, Anthony Castanzo, JJ Watt, Muhammed Wilkerson

4. Philadelphia Eagles: Mission number one is to protect Michael Vick. Mission number two is to bolster the secondary. Mission number three is to add to the linebacking core.

Team Needs: OG, CB, OLB
Players: Mike Pouncey, Benjamin Iajalana. Janoris Jenkins, Aaron Williams, Akeem Ayers, Bruce Carter.

5. Chicago Bears: Now that the bears have figured out that running the ball is ket, maybe they’ll finally get some offensive line talent. Jay Cutler and the receivers got it done this year, but they could use a bonafide number one receiver.

Team Needs: OT, WR
Players: Jonathan Baldwin, Michael Floyd, Gabe Carimi, Matt Reynolds

6. Atlanta Falcons: I never would of expected the Atlanta Falcons to preform the way they did this year. I’m pulling for them. Im a huge Tony Gonzalez fan, and I like what Thomas Dimitroff is doing. To continue their success into 2011, they need to add a pass rusher opposite of John Abraham, play making safety, and another receiver for Matt Ryan.

Team Needs: DE, S, WR
Players: Cameron Jordan, Allen Bailey, Rahim Moore, Robert Sands, Jonathan Baldwin, Michael Floyd

 

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