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Casey Hayward scouting report

Casey Hayward CB Vanderbilt #19
Ht: 5’11″

Wt: 192

 
Strengths:
A good all-around athlete who looks fluid in both zone and man coverage. Looks very comfortable in zone coverage; does a great job reading the quarterback and is quick to adjust once the ball is in the air. Demonstrates solid all-around instincts. Isn’t afraid to play up at the line of scrimmage despite his lack of size. Quick to step up in run support. Good ball skills; does a nice job becoming the receiver once the ball is thrown. Plenty of experience against top competition. Has experience on special teams coverage.
Weaknesses:
Size is a concern; height is average and overall bulk is lacking. He doesn’t back down from tough assignments, but he may simply lack the size and strength to matchup with some of the more physical possession receivers at the next level. Willing to play the run, but rarely sheds solid blocks and may simply lack the strength to do so. Speed is only average, which hurts his ability to make up for his lack of size. Missed time in 2009 with migraine headaches.
Comments:
Hayward is a solid cornerback who does everything well, but lacks the measurables to project as anything more than an low-level starter at the next level. His lack of size and strength limits his upside, and it even impacted his role at Vanderbilt. For example, against South Carolina he was only lined up against Alshon Jeffery a handful of times and in the one jump-ball situation they got into, Hayward was called for a blatant pass interference penalty. He has value as a mid-round pick and could be a solid nickel corner, but don’t expect anything more than that.
Videos:
2011 vs South Carolina
2011 vs Arkansas
2011 vs Cincinnati 
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Trumaine Johnson scouting report

Trumaine Johnson CB Montana #2
Ht: 6’2″

Wt: 204

 
Strengths:
Impressive size for a corner. Has the height to cause problems for possession receivers. Does a great job turning his body to locate and play the ball rather than simply mirror the receiver. Looks comfortable in zone coverage; does a nice job keeping his eyes on the quarterback. Very fluid in his backpedal. Quick to step up vs the run. Has the strength to easily shed weak blocks by receivers. Occasionally used as a pass rusher off the edge. Elite ball skills; recruited as a receiver.
Weaknesses:
Arrested for obstructing police officers in Oct, 2011; Johnson and a teammate were tasered when resisting arrest by police officers who responded to a late-night party. Suspended in 2009 for his role in a fight at a fraternity party. Missed time with a broken arm in 2009. Missed time with undisclosed injury in 2008. Level of competition is an obvious concern. Very willing to step up vs the run, but tackling technique is sloppy; does not consistently wrap-up the ball carrier and tends to either go for the big hit or swipe at the legs with his arms. Instincts are inconsistent; relies too much on his athleticism to allow him to make up for mistakes, which he won’t get away with at the next level.
Comments:
Johnson is an intriguing prospect due to his size and athleticism, but teams will need to check out his character and medical history. Two significant altercations and multiple injuries raise enough concerns to potentially drop him down a few rounds on some draft boards. On the field, he is definitely raw in his recognition skills, but has all the physical tools necessary to develop into a starter down the road.
Videos:
2011 vs Northern Iowa
2011 vs Central Arkansas
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Jaguars show interest in cornerbacks

The Jacksonville Jaguars have already upgraded their secondary with the addition of Aaron Ross, but they may not be done yet.

Hosley would be a nice fit in Jacksonville

The Jaguars have scheduled visits with Dre Kirkpatrick and Jayron Hosley, both potential 1st-round picks. It seems unlikely that the Jaguars would target a corner with the 7th overall selection, but they could be interested in trading down. If the Jaguars can find a trade partner, Kirkpatrick may be available somewhere in the 12-20 range and could be a nice addition to their secondary.

However, Hosley may actually be a better fit for the Jaguars, as his skill set makes him better suited to play the nickel corner role. If he’s on the board in the 2nd round, the Jags could pull the trigger, giving them a significantly deeper secondary than a season ago.

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Sean Spence scouting report

Sean Spence LB Miami FL #31
Ht: 5’11″

Wt: 231

 
Strengths:
Smart, hard-working player. Put in a lot of work in the weight room to bulk up throughout his college career. Hard hitter; has the ability to jar the ball loose. High-energy player who gives his full effort on every play. Decent athleticism for a linebacker.
Weaknesses:
Vastly undersized; lacks the height and overall bulk that most teams want in their linebackers. Even some 4-3 teams may view him as too small to play weak-side linebacker. Lacks the fluid athleticism to transition to safety. Plays out of control at times; flies all over the field, but often takes poor angles to the ball carrier. Can’t shed a block to save his life; ineffective at the point of attack against the run, especially when lined up right at the line of scrimmage. Needs to do a better job keeping his eyes in the backfield; often late to react to misdirection plays. Suspended for one game in 2011 for receiving improper benefits.
Comments:
Spence was a productive college linebacker, but there may not be a position for him in the NFL. He’s too small to play anything but weak-side linebacker in a 4-3 scheme and he isn’t quite athletic enough to transition to strong safety. Even if someone likes his ability as a weak-side linebacker, he isn’t a three-down linebacker. He’ll be limited to a backup role and playing on special teams.
Videos:
2011 vs Kansas State, Florida State 
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Ronnell Lewis scouting report

Ronnell Lewis OLB Oklahoma #56
Ht: 6’2″

Wt: 253

 
Strengths:
Extremely versatile player with experience at strong-side linebacker and defensive end. Explosive pass rusher; quick off the snap and does a great job staying low to blow past taller offensive tackles, especially when lining up with his hand on the ground. Reliable wrap-up tackler who can also deliver the big hit. Has the speed to make plays in pursuit and generally takes good angles and displays decent anticipation/instincts. Worth ethic praised by coaches and teammates; nicknamed “The Hammer” for his intense play.
Weaknesses:
Versatility is an asset, but it also means he lacks experience at any one position. Struggles at the point of attack, especially with his hand on the ground; lacks the strength but could also improve his technique – tends to play back on his heels and does not use good leverage to hold his ground. Used almost exclusively as a pass rusher in passing situations. Limited experience in coverage, and may lack the fluid athleticism necessary to stay with tight ends/running backs in man coverage at the next level.
Comments:
Lewis is a tough prospect to grade because of the way in which Oklahoma used him. He primarily lined up with his hand on the ground, but he won’t be a three-down lineman at the next level. His best chance to stay on the field at the next level will be as a 3-4 outside linebacker, where he can be used almost exclusively as a pass rusher and his deficiencies against the run can be masked slightly by having more room to move before becoming engaged in a block. He could come off the board anywhere from the late 1st to the late 3rd round, it really all depends on how each teams thinks he can transition into their system because he won’t be playing the same role he was in at Oklahoma.
Videos:
2011 vs Texas 
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Michael Egnew scouting report

Michael Egnew TE Missouri #82
Ht: 6’5″

Wt: 252

 
Strengths:
Prototypical size. Reliable hands; consistently catches the ball away from his body. Secures the ball quickly and turns to get up field. Tough runner with the ball in his hands; willing to lower his shoulder into a defender to pick up the extra yardage. Strong route runner; does a great job finding the soft spot and giving his quarterback a target. Shows good body control when going up in traffic. Experience lining up in the slot. Some experience carrying the ball on reverses.
Weaknesses:
Lacks the explosive athleticism to be a deep threat; reasonably fast once he’s up to full speed, but doesn’t explode off the line, or have the quickness to shake man coverage. Limited experience as a blocker; essentially used as an extra receiver and rarely used as an inline blocker. Suffered a sprained ankle which required surgery in 2009.
Comments:
Egnew was essentially a wide receiver at Missouri and, as a result, he’s not ready to be a three-down tight end at the next level. However, he does have the size and athleticism to be an asset in the passing game. His impact at the next level will depend on the system he lands in, but he could make an immediate impact somewhere in a Jimmy Graham-type role where he’s used almost exclusively as a route runner.
Videos:
2011 vs Kansas State 
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McCrystal’s updated mock draft

1. Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford - Scouting Report
The Colts rebuilding process is fully underway, and it’s hard not to feel sorry for Andrew Luck. While I fully believe Luck be the centerpiece of this franchise for the next 10-15 years, it’s going to take some time before they can be considered legitimate contenders. With so few weapons around him, Luck is in for a very long and potentially painful rookie year.

2. Washington Redskins - Robert Griffin III – QB – Baylor - Scouting Report
[from Rams] As much as I like Robert Griffin, I do think the Redskins gave up too much. What makes Griffin special is his athleticism, his potential and his work ethic – which leads us to believe he will eventually develop into an elite pro quarterback. But he isn’t there yet, and isn’t even all that close. I expect Griffin to be among the game’s best in three to five years, but with so little talent around him and no meaningful picks with which to add talent, he’s going to struggle early on.

3. Minnesota Vikings - Matt Kalil – OT – USC - Scouting Report
The Vikings may entertain the possibility of trading this pick but if they stay put Kalil is too valuable to pass up. Their offensive line has been depleted by the release of Steve Hutchinson and Anthony Herrera, and if they want to keep Christian Ponder on his feet in 2012, then adding a star at left tackle is a must. Read more

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Patriots showing interest in cornerbacks

The New England Patriots lack of depth in the secondary forced them to turn to a couple of receivers to play on the defensive side of the ball this past season, so it should come as no surprise that the team is doing its homework on some cornerback prospects for the upcoming draft.

The Patriots may be willing to roll the dice on the injury-plagued Bolden.

Most mock drafts have linked the Patriots to a cornerback (or two) with their four 1st and 2nd round picks. But since they’re looking for depth more than just one playmaker, they don’t necessarily need to spend a high pick on the position.

The Patriots have reportedly scheduled pre-draft visits with LSU cornerback Ron Brooks and Omar Bolden of Arizona State.

Both prospects should come off the board no earlier than the 3rd round, but could each compete for playing time immediately in the Patriots secondary.

Bolden could be of particular interest to the Patriots, who aren’t afraid to gamble on prospects with high upside. Bolden’s stock has fallen considerably after missing most of the 2008 and all of the 2011 season with injuries. But when healthy, Bolden, who was a starter since his freshman year at Arizona State, has shown legitimate starter potential.

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Adonis Thomas scouting report

Adonis Thomas RB Toledo #24
Ht: 5’10″

Wt: 185

 
Strengths:
Incredibly shifty runner; does a great job making himself small to slip through holes at the line of scrimmage. Very tough to bring down in the open field; quick feet and exceptional stop-and-start ability. A patient runner with great vision; anticipates holes opening and hits them with an impressive burst. Excellent receiver out of the backfield; great hands and explosive after the catch (30+ catches and 10+ yards per rec in each of past two seasons). Has experience taking direct snaps. Did not return kicks/punts in college but has the skill set to handle those duties at the next level.
Weaknesses:
Undersized. Teams would probably be more comfortable about his ability to handle an NFL workload if he added 5-10 pounds of muscle. Missed time with a broken arm in 2011. Lacks the special teams experience that you’d like from a back with his skill set. Will occasionally dance too much in the backfield in effort to break big run instead of settling for modest gain. Lacks the strength to offer much as a blocker. Limited experience against top competition.
Comments:
Thomas is underrated due to his lack of size and the fact that he played in the MAC, but he has obvious NFL talent. He is every bit as explosive as the more well-known LaMichael James, but what gives him an edge over James is his vision and body control. Thomas is a impressively polished runner has the instincts and vision to run between the tackles, but the explosiveness and speed to be a home run hitter as well. Thomas hasn’t faced many elite opponents, but he proved himself to be a legitimate threat in Toledo’s near-upset of Ohio State in 2011.
Videos:
2011 vs NIU 
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Tauren Poole scouting report

Tauren Poole RB Tennessee #28
Ht: 5’10″

Wt: 205

 
Strengths:
Adequate overall size and strength. Best asset is his vision. Anticipates holes opening and looks very comfortable and instinctive running between the tackles. Adequate straight-line speed; will break off some big runs. Very fundamentally sounds; good hands as a receiver, excellent ball security as a runner. Gives a solid effort as a blocker; not real strong, but willing to get low and makes some plays. Some experience working as a lead blocker as well. Experience on special teams coverage. Excelled academically in college.
Weaknesses:
Lacks elite measurables; not fast or quick enough to really be big-play threat, but not powerful enough to be a true North/South runner. Needs to do a better job keeping his legs churning; goes down on first contact too often. Takes too many risks; change-of-direction ability is decent but he trusts it too much and he’ll get caught in the backfield trying to make plays that just aren’t there for him.
Comments:
What you see is what you get with Poole. He doesn’t do anything exceptionally well, but he’s capable of doing it all. His upside is limited and he’ll probably never be a starter at the next level, but he should develop into an adequate backup. He’s a safe mid-round pick who should be able to earn a roster spot as a 3rd running back and will also contribute on special teams.
Videos:
2010 vs Alabama 
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