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Chris Rainey scouting report

Chris Rainey RB Florida #1
Ht: 5’8″

Wt: 180

 
Strengths:
Elite speed and change-of-direction ability. A threat to take it the distance on any play. Experienced on special teams and could be a high pick based on his return ability alone. Experienced as a receiver out of the backfield and in the slot. Very efficient as a runner; doesn’t take many wasted steps and tends to continue moving forward rather than taking risks and losing yards. Fairly reliable hands and has good overall technique, catching the ball away from his body. More physical than you’d expect; willing to run between the tackles and occasionally used a lead blocker.
Weaknesses:
Vastly undersized; cannot be a feature back at the next level, will be limited to special teams duty and specially designed plays on offense. Does not have the size to be effective as a blocker at the next level. Willingness to play physical and take on much bigger defenders may lead to injury concerns in the future. Has struggled with ball security at times; a reckless runner who often carries the ball with one hand away from his body. Arrested for aggravated stalking for threatening his ex-girlfriend which led to five-game suspension in 2010. Missed time with ankle injury in 2011.
Comments:
Rainey has the potential to be a game-changer, but he is not an every-down player. His skills as a return specialist are undoubtedly his best asset, but in the right system he could see 5-10 touches per game as both a running back and receiver. He is a likely top 100 pick, but should only be considered by those teams with the overall depth to justify such a luxury pick.
Videos:
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Cyrus Gray scouting report

Cyrus Gray RB Texas A&M #32
Ht: 5’10″Wt: 206  
Strengths:
Adequate size and strength. Good vision when running between the tackles; takes what’s given to him and rarely makes poor decision about where to go with the ball. Willing to take on defenders by lowering his shoulder; plays bigger than his size. Reliable hands as a receiver; caught over 30 passes in each of past two seasons and has lined up in the slot on occasion. Experienced returning kicks. Plenty of experience against top competition; three-year starter. Team leader on and off the field; praised by coaches for his work ethic and leadership.
Weaknesses:
Lacks elite quickness and agility; doesn’t have the ability to consistently avoid tackles in the open field, but also lacks the physical running ability to break tackles. Very much a North/South runner, who lacks the size to be that type of back. Lacks the speed to bounce runs to the outside; often gets caught in the backfield when trying to make something happen off the edge when the inside gaps don’t open up. Physical running style could lead to injuries considering his modest size. Already has a lot of wear and tear on his body; over 700 career touches at A&M. Missed final two games of career with stress fracture in shoulder.
Comments:
Gray was a tremendously productive runner in college as the primary starter for three years at A&M, but lacks the physical tools to be a feature back in the pros. Due to his modest speed and agility Gray has been forced to be a North/South runner, which worked for him in college, but he lacks the strength to hold up in that role at the next level. He does have the skills to contribute, however, and his ability as a receiver and on special teams will allow for him to earn a roster spot as a backup or 3rd-string running back.
Videos:
2011 vs Kansas State
2011 vs SMU
2010 vs LSU 
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Brandon Washington scouting report

Brandon Washington OG Miami FL #72
Ht: 6’3″

Wt: 320

 
Strengths:
Prototypical size and strength. Impressive mobility for a guy who projects as an interior lineman; played left tackle in 2011. Has the skills be an asset when pulling/trapping from guard position. Impressive strength; has the ability to finish off a defender once he’s fully engaged in a block. Quick off the snap in run blocking situations; stays low and does a nice job driving his man back. Does a nice job keeping his head on a swivel in pass protection; shows good awareness and willingness to slide over and help guard when not engaged. Experience at guard and tackle; could be viewed as a right tackle by some teams.
Weaknesses:
Has a tendency to play off-balance and lunge at defenders. Fundamentals are shaky; needs to improve footwork which will, in turn, improve his overall balance. Plays too high at times which limits his effectiveness against the bull rush. Needs to improve his quickness of the snap; spends too much time on his heels as a result of defenders getting into him before he’s set. Has the mobility to get to second level, but needs to improve on the angles he takes; too often he gets to the second level only whiff on a block because he doesn’t put himself in position to make a play.
Comments:
Washington is classic guard/tackle ‘tweener who will probably play inside at the next level, but could be viewed as a right tackle by some organizations. As an interior lineman, his athleticism will be an asset. He has the speed/agility necessary to excel on trapping/pulling plays and has the overall athleticism to handle the more dangerous interior pass rushers at the next level. However, he’s still very raw and makes some basic technical mistakes. As a result, Washington should probably not be viewed as an option as an immediate starter, but does have value as a developmental prospect in the 3rd or 4th round.
Videos:
2011 vs Virginia
2011 vs North Carolina 
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Kevin Zeitler scouting report

Kevin Zeitler OG Wisconsin #70
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 314

 
Strengths:
Prototypical size and strength. A physical run blocker who can drive defenders backwards. Quick off the snap; gets into position quickly and shows strong all-around fundamentals. Strong lower body allows him to anchor against the bull rush. Hard worker off the field; won team award for work in weight room in 2010.
Weaknesses:
Limited athleticism; struggles to get to the second level. Lumbers along and does not have the foot quickness to excel when pulling/trapping. Not polished in pass protection; gets into position quickly, but instincts and vision are lacking; struggles to adjust to delayed blitzes. Tends to play too upright in pass protection and will lunge at defenders at times. Struggles against more athletic interior linemen; lacks the overall quickness to adjust to pass rush moves of interior pass rushers. Suffered a sprained ankle in 2010.
Comments:
Zeitler has the size and skill set to excel as a power run blocker at the next level. He definitely has the skills to start, but may not be a great fit for every scheme due to his struggles in pass protection. His size/strength is an asset at times, but he could probably improve his mobility and quickness in pass protection by dropping a few pounds. If he doesn’t drop weight, then what you see is what you get – there is very little, from a fundamental/technical aspect, that Zeitler can do to improve his game.
Videos:
2011 vs Nebraska (Konz video, Zeitler is #70)
2011 vs Ohio State 
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2012 1 Comment

Jets targeting RB in draft?

The New York Jets have scheduled a pre-draft visit with Utah State running back Robert Turbin, a projected Day Two pick.

Running back is definitely not a glaring hole on the Jets roster, but with LaDainian Tomlinson hitting the free agent market and without another proven running back on the roster, the Jets may be willing to spend a high pick on Shonn Green’s new backup.

If the Jets are looking to bring someone in to share the load with Green, Turbin would make sense. Like Green, he’s a short but stocky power runner with just enough athleticism to break off some big runs. The combination of Green and Turbin, with Joe McKnight as the third option, would give the Jets a formidable backfield.

It could be worth keeping an eye on the Jets visits this offseason to gauge their interest in adding a running back. Bernard Pierce and Chris Polk could be some other options in the 3rd or 4th-round range that may fit the mold for which they’re looking to fill.

For more info, follow our Draft Visit Tracker, updated daily. 

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2012 NFL Draft, Jets Comments Off

2012 Draft Visit Tracker

In the weeks leading up to the draft, each team is permitted to invite 30 draft-eligible prospects to their team facilities for a “visit” (not a workout). During these visits teams conduct interviews and often will conduct medical examinations as well. Additionally, teams are permitted to host “workouts” for any players who attended college or live in the greater metro area of the team’s facilities [e.g. the Bengals can workout any player who attended Cincinnati or who lives in Cincinnati, even if he attended another school]. Players who receive the most visit invitations are often those with some type of off-field concern (character or medical)

Buffalo Bills
QB - Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
QB - Kirk Cousins, Michigan State
QB - Brock Osweiler, Arizona State
RB - Trent Richardson, Alabama
WR - Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
OT - Jonathan Martin, Stanford
DE - Bruce Irvin, West Virginia
DE - Andre Branch, Clemson
LB – Tank Carder, TCU
CB - Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama 

Miami Dolphins
QB - Brock Osweiler, Arizona State
RB – Zach Brown, Pittsburgh
RB – Travaris Cadet, Appalachian State
WR – Darius Reynolds, Iowa State
WR – Marvin McNutt, Iowa
WR - Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
WR - Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
TE – Adrien Robinson, Cincinnati
OT - Bobby Massie, Ole Miss
OG - Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State
OG – Desmond Wynn, Rutgers
OG - Brandon Brooks, Miami OH
C – Tyler Horn, Miami FL
DE - Quinton Coples, North Carolina
DE - Melvin Ingram, South Carolina
DE - Bruce Irvin, West Virginia
DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
LB - Lavonte David, Nebraska
LB – Korey Toomer, Idaho
CB - Trumain Johnson, Montana
CB – Antonio Fenelus, Wisconsin
CB – Chris Greenwood, Albion
CB - Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech
S – Brandon Taylor, LSU

New England Patriots
WR – Josh Bellamy, Louisville
DE - Nick Perry, USC
DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
LB - Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma
LB - Bruce Irvin, West Virginia
LB – Ryan Davis, Bethune-Cookman
CB – Ron Brooks, LSU
CB – Omar Bolden, Arizona State
S – Tony Dye, UCLA
S – Jordan Bernstine, Iowa

New York Jets
QB – Dan Di Lella, Albany
RB - Robert Turbin, Utah State
WR - Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
WR - Rueben Randle, LSU
WR - Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina
WR - Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers
WR – Chris Givens, Wake Forest
OT – Jeff Adams, Columbia
OT – Joe Long, Wayne State
OT - Bobby Massie, Ole Miss
OG – Robert Griffin, Baylor
OG – Ronald Leary, Memphis
C – Ben Jones, Georgia
DE - Chandler Jones, Syracuse
DE – Josue Ortiz, Harvard
DE - Melvin Ingram, South Carolina
DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
LB - Bruce Irvin, West Virginia
LB - Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma
LB - Zach Brown, North Carolina
LB – Cameron Collins, Oregon State
CB - Trumain Johnson, Montana
S - Harrison Smith, Notre Dame 
S – Josh Bush, Wake Forest
S – Jerron McMillan, Maine
S – Trevor Coston, Maine
S – Brandon Taylor, LSU
S – Chad Faulcon, Montclair State
P –  Brian Stahovich, San Diego State

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Baltimore Ravens
WR – Nelson Rosario, UCLA
WR - A.J. Jenkins, Illinois
C - Peter Konz, Wisconsin
C – Ben Jones, Georgia
DE - Cam Johnson, Virginia
LB - Mychal Kendricks, California
CB - Josh Robinson, Central Florida
CB – Ron Brooks, LSU
CB - Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama
CB – Buddy Jackson, Pittsburgh
S – Phillip Thomas, Syracuse

Cincinnati Bengals
RB - David Wilson, Virginia Tech
WR - Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
WR – Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers
WR – Devin Goda, Slippery Rock
WR – Marvin McNutt, Iowa
C – Ben Jones, Georgia
DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
LB – Korey Toomer, Idaho
LB - Luke Kuechly, Boston College

Cleveland Browns
QB - Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
QB - Kirk Cousins, Michigan State
QB - Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State
RB - Trent Richardson, Alabama
RB - Doug Martin, Boise State
RB - David Wilson, Virginia Tech
RB - Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati
WR - Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
WR - Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
TE - Ladarius Green, Louisana-Lafayette
OT - Jonathan Martin, Stanford
OT - Matt Kalil, USC
OT – Mitchell Schwartz, California
DE - Whitney Mercilus, Illinois
DE - Bruce Irvin, West Virginia
DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
CB - Morris Claiborne, LSU
P –  Brian Stahovich, San Diego State

Pittsburgh Steelers
RB - Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati
WR - T.Y. Hilton, Florida International
WR – Toney Clemons, Colorado
OT - Mike Adams, Ohio State
OT - Jonathan Martin, Stanford
OT - Bobby Massie, Ole Miss
OG - Brandon Brooks, Miami OH
DE – Akiem Hicks, Regina
DE – Derek Wolfe, Cincinnati
LB - Mychal Kendricks, California
LB – Jerrell Harris, Alabama
LB - Cam Johnson, Virginia
CB – Keith Tandy, West Virginia
LS – Zach Nolan, Stanford

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Houston Texans
WR – Mario Lewis, Grambling
OT - Jonathan Martin, Stanford
DT – Ronnie Cameron, Old Dominion
LB - Mychal Kendricks, California
CB – Ron Brooks, LSU
CB – Jeremy Lane, Northwestern State
CB – Lionel Smith, Texas A&M
S - Tavon Wilson, Illinois
S – George Iloka, Boise State
S – Kelcie McCray, Arkansas State
K – Randy Bullock, Texas A&M

Indianapolis Colts
QB - Andrew Luck, Stanford
TE – Adrien Robinson, Cincinnati
DE – Tim Fugger, Vanderbilt
DE – Matt Conrath, Virginia
CB – Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama
S - Tavon Wilson, Illinois

Jacksonville Jaguars
WR - A.J. Jenkins, Illinois
TE – Adrien Robinson, Cincinnati
TE – Matt Veldman, North Dakota State
OG – Ronald Leary, Memphis
DE – Nick Perry, USC
DE – Tyrone Crawford, Boise State
DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
DT – Ronnie Cameron, Old Dominion
LB – Ryan Davis, Bethune-Cookman
LB – Tahir Whitehead, Temple
CB – Chris Greenwood, Albion
CB - Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech
CB - Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama  
S – Chad Faulcon, Montclair State

Tennessee Titans
RB - Trent Richardson, Alabama
WR - Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
WR - Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina
WR - Kendall Wright, Baylor
WR – Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech
C – Gino Gradkowski, Delaware
C - Peter Konz, Wisconsin
DE – Tim Fugger, Vanderbilt
DE – Ernest Owusu, California
DE - Melvin Ingram, South Carolina
DE - Bruce Irvin, West Virginia
DT - Josh Chapman, Alabama
DT - Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State
DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
LB – Zach Brown, North Carolina
LB – Bobby Wagner, Utah State
LB - Luke Kuechly, Boston College
CB – Chris Greenwood, Albion
CB – Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina
CB - Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt
CB - Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama 
S – Sean Richardson, Vanderbilt

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Denver Broncos
QB - Brock Osweiler, Arizona State
RB - Robert Turbin, Utah State
OT – Levy Adcock, Oklahoma State
OG – Austin Wuebbles, Missouri

Kansas City Chiefs
QB - Brock Osweiler, Arizona State
QB - Kirk Cousins, Michigan State
QB - Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
RB - Doug Martin, Boise State
RB – Cyrus Gray, Texas A&M
WR - Juron Criner, Arizona
WR - A.J. Jenkins, Illinois
WR – Marvin McNutt, Iowa
TE – James Hanna, Oklahoma
OT - Mitchell Schwartz, California
C – Ben Jones, Georgia
DE - Bruce Irvin, West Virginia
DT – Drew Nowak, Western Michigan
DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
CB - Trumain Johnson, Montana
S – Brandon Taylor, LSU

Oakland Raiders
RB – Derrick Coleman, UCLA
WR – Devin Goda, Slippery Rock
WR – Derek Carrier, Beloit
TE – Andre Hardy, Cal-State Fullerton
OT – Steven Baker, East Carolina
DE – Claude Davis, South Florida
DT - Josh Chapman, Alabama
LB – Alex Hoffman-Ellis, Washington State
LB – Kaelin Burnett, Nevada
LB – Sammy Brown, Houston
S – Jordan Bernstine, Iowa

San Diego Chargers
DE – Donavan Robinson, Jackson State
DT – Ronnie Cameron, Old Dominion
LB - Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma
S – D.J. Capbell, California
S – Tavon Wilson, Illinois

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Dallas Cowboys
QB – Nathan Dick, Central Arkansas
RB - Cyrus Gray, Texas A&M
RB - Doug Martin, Boise State
WR – Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M
OG - David DeCastro, Stanford
OG - Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin
OG - Cordy Glenn, Georgia
OG – Ronald Leary, Memphis
OG - Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State
C - Peter Konz, Wisconsin
DT - Dontari Poe, Memphis
DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
LB – Tank Carder, TCU
LB – Korey Toomer, Idaho
LB - Courntey Upshaw, Alabama
LB - Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma
CB - Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama 
CB – Ron Brooks, LSU
CB - Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt
CB – Chris Greenwood, Albion
CB – Lionel Smith, Texas A&M
S – Mark Barron, Alabama
S – D.J. Campbell, California
S - Harrison Smith, Notre Dame 

New York Giants
QB – Dan Di Lella, Albany
QB – Matt Simms, Tennessee
WR - Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers
WR – Devon Wylie, Fresno State
DE – Ryan Davis, Bethune-Cookman
DE – Josue Ortiz, Harvard
DT – Ronnie Cameron, Old Dominion
LB – Korey Toomer, Idaho
LB – Tahir Whitehead, Temple
CB – Omar Bolden, Arizona State
S – Jerron McMillan, Maine

Philadelphia Eagles
QB - Kirk Cousins, Michigan State
QB - Nick Foles, Arizona
QB - Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
WR - Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
C – Gino Gradkowski, Delaware
C – Ben Jones, Georgia
DT – Ronnie Cameron, Old Dominion
DT - Dontari Poe, Memphis
DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
CB - Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama
CB – Omar Bolden, Arizona State
CB - Trumain Johnson, Montana
S – Jordan Bernstine, Iowa
S – Janzen Jackson, McNeese State

Washington Redskins
OT – Donald Stephenson, Oklahoma
DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
CB – Keith Tandy, West Virginia
S – Phillip Thomas, Syracuse
S – Kelcie McCray, Arkansas State

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Chicago Bears
WR - Kendall Wright, Baylor
WR - Rueben Randle, LSU
TE – Adrien Robinson, Cincinnati
OT – Ronald Leary, Memphis
DE – Tim Fugger, Vanderbilt
DE - Bruce Irvin, West Virginia
CB – Keith Tandy, West Virginia
CB - Trumain Johnson, Montana

Detroit Lions
RB - LaMichael James, Oregon
RB - Derrick Coleman, UCLA
OT - Mike Adams, Ohio State
OT - Jonathan Martin, Stanford
OG - Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State
OG - Brandon Brooks, Miami OH
OG - Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State
DE - Braylon Broughton, TCU
DE - Whitney Mercilus, Illinois
DE – Tyrone Crawford, Boise State
LB – Kaelin Burnett, Nevada
CB – Josh Norman, Coastal Carolina
CB - Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama 

Green Bay Packers
TE – Adrien Robinson, Cincinnati
C – Chris Anzevino, Kent State
C – Gino Gradkowski, Delaware
DT – Drew Nowak, Western Michigan
LB - Bobby Wagner, Utah State

Minnesota Vikings
WR - Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
WR - Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina
WR - Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
TE – James Hanna, Oklahoma
OT - Jonathan Martin, Stanford
OT - Matt Kalil, USC
OT – Tom Compton, South Dakota State
OG – Amini Solatolu, Midwestern State
CB - Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama 
CB - Trumain Johnson, Montana
CB – Ron Brooks, LSU
CB – Lionel Smith, Texas A&M
CB - Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt
CB - Morris Claiborne, LSU
S – D.J. Campbell, California
K – Greg Zuerlein, Missouri Western

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Atlanta Falcons
RB - David Wilson, Virginia Tech
WR – Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
TE - Ladarius Green, Louisana-Lafayette
TE – Adrien Robinson, Cincinnati
OT - Donald Stephenson, Oklahoma
OT – Mitchell Scwartz, California
OT – Dennis Kelly, Purdue
OG - Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State
C – Ben Jones, Georgia
C – Gino Gradkowski, Delaware
DE - Melvin Ingram, South Carolina
DE - Andre Branch, Clemson
DE – Tim Fugger, Vanderbilt
DE – Kournei Brown, Clemson
DT – Brandon Thompson, Clemson
DT - Josh Chapman, Alabama
LB - Mychal Kendricks, California
CB - Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt
CB - Trumain Johnson, Montana
S - Tavon Wilson, Illinois

Carolina Panthers
WR - Kendall Wright, Baylor
WR - Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
WR - Rueben Randle, LSU
WR - Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
WR – Joe Adams, Arkansas
OT – Ronald Leary, Memphis
OG - Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State
DE - Chandler Jones, Syracuse
DE - Quinton Coples, North Carolina
DE - Bruce Irvin, West Virginia
DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
DT - Dontari Poe, Memphis
DT - Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State
DT - Jerel Worthy, Michigan State
LB - Luke Kuechly, Boston College
CB - Morris Claiborne, LSU
CB - Trumain Johnson, Montana
S – George Iloka, Boise State
S – Kelcie McCray, Arkansas State

New Orleans Saints
TE - Ladarius Green, Louisana-Lafayette
TE – Adrien Robinson, Cincinnati
OG – Rishaw Johnson, California (PA)
DE – Donavan Robinson, Jackson State
CB – Lionel Smith, Texas A&M

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
RB - David Wilson, Virginia Tech
RB - Trent Richardson, Alabama
WR – Josh Bellamy, Louisville
WR - Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
TE - Ladarius Green, Louisana-Lafayette
DE - Quinton Coples, North Carolina
DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
LB – Tank Carder, TCU
LB – Korey Toomer, Idaho
CB - Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama
CB - Morris Claiborne, LSU
CB – Ron Brooks, LSU
S - Tavon Wilson, Illinois

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Arizona Cardinals
WR - Juron Criner, Arizona
WR - Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
OT - Jonathan Martin, Stanford
OT – Dennis Kelly, Purdue
DE – Matt Conrath, Virginia
DT – Ronnie Cameron, Old Dominion
LB – Ryan Davis, Bethune-Cookman
CB – Chris Greenwood, Albion
CB – Omar Bolden, Arizona State
CB - Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech
S – George Iloka, Boise State
S - Tavon Wilson, Illinois

St. Louis Rams
RB - Trent Richardson, Alabama
RB - Doug Martin, Boise State
WR - Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
WR - Rueben Randle, LSU
WR - Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
OT - Matt Kalil, USC
OT – Ronald Leary, Memphis
OG - Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State
C – Ben Jones, Georgia
DT – Alameda Ta’amu, Washington
DT - Jerel Worthy, Michigan State
DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
LB - Mychal Kendricks, California
CB - Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama 
CB - Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama
CB - Dwight Bentley, La-Lafayette 

San Francisco 49ers
RB - Robert Turbin, Utah State
RB - David Wilson, Virginia Tech
WR - Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
WR - Rueben Randle, LSU
WR - A.J. Jenkins, Illinois
C - Chris Anzevino, Kent State
LB – D.J. Holt, California
CB – Jeremy Lane, Northwestern State
S – Jordan Bernstine, Iowa

Seattle Seahawks
RB – Derrick Coleman, UCLA
WR – Josh Bellamy, Louisville
WR – Derek Carrier, Beloit
TE – Adrien Robinson, Cincinnati
DE – Matt Conrath, Virginia
DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
LB – Korey Toomer, Idaho
CB – Ron Brooks, LSU
CB – Donnie Fletcher, Boston College
S – George Iloka, Boise State

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2012 NFL Draft 16 Comments

Lions looking to beef up offensive line through draft

The Detroit Lions are looking to improve their offensive line this offseason, and will apparently be looking for help from their incoming rookie class.

The Lions have already hosted three offensive linemen – Mike Adams, Kelechi Osemele and Brandon Brooks – for pre-draft visits.

Are the Lions targeting Mike Adams?

It’s worth noting that all three players tip the scales at a minimum of 320 pounds, indicating the Lions may be looking to beef up their line in an effort to improve their run blocking efforts, which ranked 22nd in the league according to Pro Football Focus in 2011.

Adams, who played left tackle at Ohio State, is a potential 1st-round target and could be their replacement for free agent Jeff Backus.

Osemele and Brooks are both projected to play guard at the next level, although it’s worth noting that Osemele did play left tackle at Iowa State.

For more info, follow our Draft Visit Tracker, updated daily. 

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Panthers showing interest in defensive linemen

The Carolina Panthers have been busy preparing for the NFL Draft, already hosting at least three players for pre-draft visits.

The Panthers have reportedly met with defensive tackle Michael Brockers and defensive ends Chandler Jones and Quinton Coples. Both Coples and Brockers are likely 1st rounders, who the Panthers may consider at No. 9.

Are the Panthers targeting Brockers?

Based on the Panthers’ perceived weakness at defensive tackle, Brockers has frequently been popping up in connection with the team in mock drafts. However, the Panthers invested two 3rd-round picks in Sione Fua and Terrell McClain a season ago. Brockers is a penetrating three-technique, who would likely bump McClain from the starting lineup if he were to join the Panthers.

Defensive end was expected by many to be further down the Panthers list of needs, but their apparent interest in Coples and Jones may indicate otherwise.

Coples, a possible top-10 pick, is a true three-down lineman (when he wants to be) and would be a nice compliment to Charles Johnson. Jones, on the other hand, is more of a pure pass rusher and likely would be used as a part of rotation with Johnson and Greg Hardy.

For more info, follow our Draft Visit Tracker, updated daily. 

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Marvin Jones scouting report

Marvin Jones WR California #1
Ht: 6’2″

Wt: 199

 
Strengths:
Adequate height and strong overall build. Shows great body control along the sideline. Does a nice job adjusting to poorly thrown balls. Gives a reasonable effort as a blocker; has the size to improve in this area. Excellent route runner on short and intermediate routes; does a nice job against zone coverage finding soft spots. Very reliable hands; catches away from his body and quickly secures it. Does a nice job going up and plucking ball at it’s highest point. Looks very comfortable in jump-ball situations; will come down with some athletic catches in traffic. Playmaker after the catch; good vision and is quick on his feet.
Weaknesses:
Struggles to separate over the top. Route running could use some work on deep routes; has a tendency to take too many steps before making his move which adds just enough time that it can disrupt timing and/or allow defense to recover/get into better position. Blocking technique could use some work; puts in the effort, but tends to block with just his arms, doesn’t always get his body into it, which means he tends to just slow guys down rather than finish them off. More quick than fast; straight-line speed is very average. Missed time with sprained knee in 2008. Suffered knee injury during Senior Bowl.
Comments:
Jones is limited in terms of his physical tools (lack of elite speed and explosiveness) but he is very polished and can excel at the next level in the right system. His strong route running on underneath routes and his reliable hands make him a prototypical West Coast offense receiver. He’ll probably never be a No. 1, but could definitely establish himself as a solid second option and could even contribute in a substantial role as a rookie.
Videos:
2011 vs Stanford
2011 vs Texas 
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Jared Crick scouting report

Jared Crick DT Nebraska #94
Ht: 6’4″Wt: 279  
Strengths:
Impressive athleticism for an interior lineman. Fast enough to chase the quarterback out of the pocket and make some plays in pursuit. Flashes the ability to explode off the snap. Consistently uses athleticism to frustrate bigger, slower interior offensive linemen. Impressive motor; never quits on a play and will chase the ball carrier further downfield than your typical interior lineman. Displays a nice array of pass rush moves and is capable of getting into the backfield even when he doesn’t win off the snap. Strong wrap-up tackler who will deliver some big hits on occasion. Team leader on and off the field.
Weaknesses:
A classic ‘tweener; smaller than your average tackle, but not athletic enough to play end. Value may be limited to playing end in 3-4 schemes. Really struggles at the point of attack in the run game; simply lacks the strength to hold his ground. May not be a three-down player in every scheme. Suffered knee injury in 2011 offseason.
Comments:
Crick is a really tough prospect to grade because each team will view him differently. I would not be shocked if some 4-3 teams viewed him as a Day 3 pick due to his struggles at the point of attack, but some 3-4 teams may view him as a fringe 1st-rounder. As a result, his success at the next level will be contingent on landing in an organization that is willing to work to design a role for him which fits his best attributes. Even if he is only part of a rotation at the next level, his effort and work ethic should allow him to develop into a solid contributor.
Videos:
2011 vs Washington
2010 vs Oklahoma
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2012 Comments Off