2011 NFL Draft

If a QB works out, but no one sees it, does it change his draft stock?

Cam Newton is hosting a workout today. Normally this would be a big deal, but Newton’s workout is only open to the media; no scouts are permitted to attend.

Newton is fooling no one with this media "workout"

That’s like me saying I’m going to write an awesome scouting report, but I’m only going to let my mom read it.

Like Newton’s draft stock, this workout is all hype and no substance. It’s a weak attempt to generate publicity and hopefully influence teams through their fans. Unfortunately for Newton, most NFL front office executives will see through this B.S.

In reality, this workout can only have a negative effect on his stock.

Yes, some teams will be willing to look past the stolen laptop and the issues with his dad and Mississippi State – but if anyone was on the fence about his character and the circus that surrounds him, this stunt could sway them the wrong way.

Cam Newton Scouting Report

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2011 NFL Draft 2 Comments

Players Boycotting NFL Scouting Combine?

On Friday the NFL Network reported that the players union was considering boycotting the NFL Scouting Combine, set to take place from Feb. 23 through March 1.

The only problem with that: none of the would-be participants are part of the players union.

The only chance the union has of making this happen would be by pressuring their agents into forcing their new clients to skip the workouts.

That puts the agents in a difficult position. The NFL Draft will happen, no matter what, so what agent in his right mind would tell his client to skip the combine? Even the elite players that chose to sit out of certain activities always show up in Indianapolis to go through the interview process and the medical check-ups.

Even if the agents asked their clients to skip the combine, nothing would stop the players from showing up anyway; and most would. This is their chance to prove their worth to their future employers. Too much is at stake to pass it up.

This is an interesting strategy by the players union, and it could blow up in their face. If nothing happens – which I highly doubt anything will – it will look like nothing more than a desperate attempt to gain an upper hand in a losing battle with the owners.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2011 NFL Draft 1 Comment

Bengals targeting a RB in the draft?

I’m still shocked that Jay Gruden – with nothing more than a part-time gig under his brother in Tampa on his NFL résumé – is the offensive coordinator of the Bengals. But there was a press conference yesterday, so I guess its really happening.

The biggest news from the conference was that Gruden will install a west coast offense. He also stressed running the ball:

We have to run the ball between the tackles. We have to be a physical team up front. We’re going to challenge our offensive line to be physical… I intend on pounding the ball.”

Those are interesting comments considering the Bengals ran the ball almost exclusively with Cedric Benson in 2010, who is now a 28-year-old free agent coming off a disappointing year.

This past year Benson carried the ball 321 times, becoming the 36th running back over the age of 27 with at least 300 carries in a season over the past two decades. Of the previous 35, only 13 times [by eight different RBs] has that player carried the ball at least 200 times while averaging at least 4.0 yards per attempt the following year – Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Curtis Martin, Tiki Barber, Ricky Watters, Thomas Jones, Jerome Bettis and Priest Holmes.

Even on his best day, Benson doesn’t compare anyone in that group. More than likely he goes the route of some of the other names on the list such as Lamar Smith, James Stewart, Terry Allen and Anthony Johnson.

With that in mind, the Bengals would be wise to target a running back in this year’s draft and Gruden’s comments lead me to believe they could already be considering their options.

There isn’t a running back worthy of a top-10 pick, although I wouldn’t put it past the Bengals front office (a.k.a. Mike Brown) to take Mark Ingram 4th overall.

However, it’s more likely they address this situation in the early 2nd round. It’s possible that Mikel LeShoure could fall to the 2nd day of the draft. LeShoure is a powerful between-the-tackles runner who would seem to fit perfectly into Gruden’s game plan.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2011 NFL Draft, Bengals Comments Off

Weslye Saunders ineligible for draft

Former South Carolina tight end Weslye Saunders has reportedly been ruled ineligible for the draft.

Saunders would have been a senior but was dismissed from the team, and apparently that means he needed to apply for special admission into the draft, which he and his agent did not do. He was reportedly kicked off the team for improper contact with an agent.

So what’s next for Saunders?

Honestly, I don’t know the answer to that question yet. I’m looking into it, but I haven’t found any precedence for this. My assumption is that he will now apply for admission into the supplemental draft, which will take place this summer.

Saunders was a highly-touted prospect entering this year and had the potential to come off the board as high as the 2nd round. He the size and strength to be a dominant blocker, and shows an ability to be effective as a receiver.

This setback to his career, however, derails any hope of cashing in early in the draft. Someone will likely take a chance on him in the supplemental draft, but likely will not spend anything higher than 5th-round pick.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2011 NFL Draft Comments Off

Mitch Mustain arrested

USC backup quarterback and DraftAce’s 16th-rated quarterback Mitch Mustain was arrested on Tuesday for selling prescription drugs.

Mustain's draft stock took a hit on Tuesday

NFL teams don’t usually rush to draft backup quarterbacks, but Mustain was different. He was Rivals 2nd-rated quarterback and 10th-rated overall prospect in 2006. He has all the raw tools necessary to play in the NFL, and it’s entirely possible that he was set to become the next Matt Cassel.

That plan could be derailed after Tuesday’s events.

A backup quarterback facing a felony conviction isn’t likely to be high on team’s draft boards. His arrest may have ended any chance he had of hearing his name called in April’s draft.

As long as he isn’t in prison somewhere, Mustain is likely to land in someone’s training camp. However, the longer his legal troubles drag out, the less likely a team is to give him a call.


On a somewhat related note, while searching for a link to the Mustain story I stumbled across some homer from the Modesto Press (is that even a legitimate newspaper?) who rated Mustain as the top quarterback in this year’s class. No where to be found on the list were Blaine Gabbert or Jake Locker. Oops.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2011 NFL Draft Comments Off

Blaine Gabbert could be headed to San Francisco

In each of my first two postseason mock drafts I’ve had Blaine Gabbert headed to the 49ers with the 7th overall selection. I’m not the only one, however, as its becoming a popular prediction in mock drafts popping up all over the internet.

As the Gabbert-to-San Fransisco speculation heats up, I thought I’d take some time to further explain my reasoning.

First, the Bills and Cardinals – who both need quarterbacks – would have to pass over Gabbert. Buffalo is the wild card here, because Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey were anything but predictable in their first draft together. Despite quarterback being their primary need, I just can’t see them reaching for Gabbert; especially considering how well Ryan Fitzpatrick performed this season.

As for the Cardinals, Ken Whisenhunt knows he is on a short leash and is likely to push hard for the team to sign or trade for a veteran (McNabb? Kolb?). He doesn’t have the final say, but they may be willing to appease him after GM Rod Graves’ hand-picked quarterback (Derek Anderson) was a monumental bust in 2010.

So if Gabbert is on the board, why would the 49ers take him?

One complaint I’ve heard (here’s an example from David Fucillo of Niners Nation) is that Gabbert is too much like Alex Smith, so why go down that road again?

While neither one played in a true pro-style offense in college, I don’t think it’s fair to compare the two. Urban Meyer’s system at Utah was sort of a spread-option scheme, and even more gimmicky than his system at Florida in an effort to make up for a lack of overall talent. Smith’s athleticism made him a great fit, but it also stunted his growth as a true drop-back passer.

Gary Pinkel’s offense at Missouri is more of a true spread offense. While he does take most of his snaps from the shotgun, he primarily stays in the pocket. These days, experience in the shotgun is less of a concern than ever before as more and more NFL offense include a high percentage of plays from the shotgun. There will be an adjustment for Gabbert, but he has a great reputation as a smart kid and a hard worker and I have no doubt that he can make this transition.

Another reason San Francisco can feel good about the possibility of taking Gabbert is the coaching staff. In his short coaching career Jim Harbaugh has done nothing if not help quarterbacks reach their highest potential. At San Diego he developed Josh Johnson into an elite FCS quarterback, which landed him in Tampa Bay where he started a few games prior to the start of the Josh Freeman era. And we’re all aware of what he did with Andrew Luck at Stanford.

Alex Smith never had the benefit of working with an offensive-minded head coach. Additionally, he was forced to transition through multiple offensive schemes due to the revolving door at offensive coordinator, including Jim Hostler, Norv Turner and Mike Martz. Looking back on it, Smith never really had a chance in San Francisco.

All things considered, I think San Francisco is the ideal landing place for Gabbert. The team needs a quarterback (desperately), they have the coaching staff in place to develop him and he has a strong reputation as a kid who is willing to put in the long hours necessary to become an elite quarterback.

I certainly understand the hesitation of fans. Gabbert isn’t Sam Bradford or Andrew Luck and no one expects him to come in and light it up from day one. But I think there are plenty of reasons to be excited about Gabbert’s future, especially if he lands in San Francisco.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2011 NFL Draft, 49ers 1 Comment

Mike Band’s First Round Big Board (Pre-Combine)

I prefer to use a tier system to sort the first round prospects based on value…

  • Tier ONE consists of the elite; first round locks. (VALUE: Would take in top 20)
  • Tier TWO prospects have first round abilities and high ceilings, but they are riskier than Tier ONE prospects.  (VALUE: Would not hesitate with a pick #25 to #45)
  • Tier THREE prospects have received first round hype from various outlets, however, I would not select a tier three prospect in the first round.  (VALUE: Stay away in the first round, consider in the 2nd)

TIER ONE (VALUE: Would take in top 20)

1. Da’Quan Bowers 4-3 DE, Clemson (6’4, 275, Junior)

Elite edge rusher with a complete game.  Has the athleticism and size to be considered a potential elite end in a 4-3 defense.  Has an array of passing rushing moves.  Can be effective with the bull rush.  Will put up double-digit sack numbers and contribute against the run.  May fit best as a strong-side end.  I’ll only pay #1 overall money to a QB, OT, or DE.

2. AJ Green WR, Georgia (6’4, 212, Junior)

Has All-Pro potential.  His long frame and athletic ability make him an elite option in the red zone.  Even at his size, he’s a fluid route runner with terrific hands.  He can work all levels of the field and will force defenses to game plan around him.  A true #1, X-receiver at the next level with low-bust potential.

3. Nick Fairley 4-3 DT, Auburn (6’5, 298, Junior)

Dominant as a junior and is a major reason why Auburn won a title.  He’s a terrific athlete and fits best as a 4-3 UT.  Has elite hand technique and short area quickness.  He’s usually the first lineman off the ball.  His ability to rush the quarterback rivals Ndamukong Suh.  He plays with a Warren Sapp-like mean streak, though there are questions about his character on-and-off the field.

4. Patrick Peterson CB, LSU (6’1, 212, Junior)

Has shutdown corner potential.  He’s a physical athlete with a rare blend of size, speed, instincts and tackling technique.  His long frame helps him match up with bigger receivers at all areas of the field.  He can play in both a zone and man coverage scheme and he has experience as a reliable return specialist.  Will be a top 5 pick.

5. Aldon Smith 3-4 OLB, Missouri (6’4, 258, Junior)

Played defensive end at Missouri and dominated off the edge.  Has the athleticism and freakish ability to stand up as an edge rusher.  He’s a rangy player and a fearless tackler with a non-stop motor.  Could run in the 4.5′s at the combine and cement himself as the next unblockable 3-4 linebacker.

6. Marcell Dareus 3-4 DE/4-3 DT, Alabama (6’3, 309, Junior)

The top 3-4 DE in this class.  Dareus is a wide-bodied, stout space eater who has the strength and power to demand consistent double-teams.  He’s not an elite pass rusher, but his lower body strength and heavy hands make him an elite bull rusher.  He has the potential to kick inside in passing situations as a true 3-down lineman.  He’s scheme diverse and could fit inside in a 4-3 alignment.

7. Von Miller 3-4 OLB, Texas A&M (6’3, 237, Senior Bowl)

Fast edge rusher who will immediately contribute in passing situations.  He dominated Senior Bowl practices with elite burst and range.  He played the WILL role in Texas A&M’s 3-4 front racking up 32.5 career sacks and 50.5 career TFL.   He’s the most athletic 3-4 linebacker in this class, though he’ll need to get stronger against the run.

8. Prince Amukamara CB, Nebraska (6’0, 205, DNP Senior Bowl)

One of the main contributors for Nebraska’s top pass defense.   True man corner with great instincts and route recognition.  Has solid size/speed combination and is rarely beat deep. One of the best corners at playing the football; picked off five passes as a junior and was rarely tested as a senior.

9. Blaine Gabbert QB, Missouri (6’5, 235, Junior)

Where he excels: live arm; above average accuracy; footwork; and leadership qualities.  Where he needs work: needs to show he can work under center; that he can stay tall and handle pressure in the pocket; show that he can work through multiple progressions.  He’s a potential elite west coast signal caller with first round abilities, but questions  about his game will keep him out of the top 5.

10. Cameron Jordan 3-4 DE, California (6’4, 287, Senior Bowl)

Nearly unblockable during Senior Bowl workouts.  Has elite hand technique and showcases an array of pass rushing moves.  Has a strong and powerful club and will fit best as a 3-4 DE who can kick inside in passing downs.  He’s a better pass rusher than Dareus (6th) but not as stout against the run.  Played the 3-4 DE role at California and was a 4-year starter.

11. Julio Jones WR, Alabama (6’4, 220, Junior)

Physically gifted receiver in the mold of Terrell Owens (without the attitude).  Strong and physical route runner with reliable hands and great down-field body control.  He’ll have success early in his career because of his ability to get off jams at the line.  He’s the best blocker among receivers.

12. Gabe Carimi OT, Wisconsin (6’7, 315, Senior Bowl)

May lack the lateral footwork to be an elite LT, but he’s an incredibly safe option to have success at right tackle or guard if needed.  For a team that runs a power running scheme, Carimi will instantly boost the ground game.  His long arms, strength at the point of attack, and excellent balance makes me believe he’ll fit at LT with coaching.

13. Mark Ingram RB, Alabama (5’10, 215, Junior)

He has the mold of a true featured pro-back: Patient feet, excellent vision, and elite lateral quickness.  He may lack big-play speed, but his mix of power and feet will keep Ingram over the 1,000-yard plateau early in his career.  He’s a pro-ready back who can carry the full workload and catch passes out of the backfield.

14. Adrian Clayborn 3-4 DE/4-3 DE, (6’3, 286, DNP Senior Bowl)

Elite hand technique at the point of attack.  He’s scheme diverse and can play all three-downs at the next level.  He’s stout and physical at the point of attack and has experience inside and outside.   Deceptively athletic and a true playmaker.  High motor guy.

15. Cam Newton QB, Auburn (6’6, 250, Junior)

The biggest enigma of the draft; he has no true NFL comparison.  He has the feet of Vince Young and the arm strength of Ben Roethlisberger.  His playmaking potential is matched by no one in this class.  He has elite size and will move the chains with his feet and his arm.  He’s a game plan-headache who will need to show that he can work in a multiple-progression offense.  He’s a top 15 pick with a high ceiling and a low floor.  Someone will pull the trigger early.

TIER TWO (VALUE: Would not hesitate with pick #25 to #45)

1. Jimmy Smith CB, Colorado (6’2, 205, DNP Senior Bowl)

Athletic freak with top size/speed combo among corners.  Surrendered only 11 receptions in two seasons, though he was rarely targeted. Could run sub-4.45 at 6’2.

2. JJ Watt 3-4 DE/4-3 DE, Wisconsin (6’6, 292, Junior)

Relentless motor off the edge.  Not extremely athletic but built perfectly for the 3-4 defensive end role.  He’s a true three-down end with leadership qualities.

3. Derek Sherrod OT, Mississippi State (6’5, 312, Senior Bowl)

True LT prospect with great feet.  Must improve leverage, but he has the athleticism to succeed as a pass blocker.  Could fit best in a zone-blocking scheme.

4. Akeem Ayers 3-4 OLB, UCLA (6’4, 255, Junior)

Has experience in UCLA’s 3-4 defense; played the SAM role.  Excellent form tackler with elite tools.  He can stop the run, drop back in coverage, and make plays behind the line of scrimmage.  Lack of elite pass rushing skills push him out of the top 20.

5. Muhammad Wilkerson 3-4 DE, Temple (6’5, 305, Junior)

Added 50 lbs since freshman year.  Dominant and versatile player who has the ability to play inside and outside.  Long arms and heavy hands make him an ideal fit to play 3-4 DE.  Should explode at the combine.

6. Aaron Williams CB, Texas (6’1, 195, Junior)

Physical corner, works well in press.  One of the top tackling corners in this class.  Has long arms, fluid hips and C.O.D skills to work well in a Tampa-2 scheme.  The combine will sort him out between the end of the first and early second.

7. Kelvin Sheppard ILB, LSU (6’2, 250, Senior Bowl)

Safest non-top 20 pick in the draft.  Tackling machine with great range for his size.  Always around the football.  Pro-ready to make the defensive calls.  A true leader on-and-off the field.  Size and athleticism to play in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense.

8. Robert Quinn DE, North Carolina (6’5, 268, Junior)

Sat out 2010 season because of a NCAA-benefit infraction.  Based on sophomore tape, he’s a tier one player, but there are obvious red flags.  Long arms and various pass rushing moves make him an immediate situational pass rusher.  Has the body to add bulk.

9. Ryan Kerrigan DE, Purdue (6’3, 255, Senior Bowl)

Elite burst off the line.  More quick than fast.  Limited athletically and may not be able to stand up in a 3-4 defense.  Will have to add bulk to his frame to stay at 4-3 end.  Motor and production are tops in the class. (55.5 career TFL, 31.5 career sacks)

10. Titus Young WR, Boise State (5’11, 174, Senior Bowl)

Has the potential to run in the 4.3′s at the combine.  Elite route runner who finds ways to get open with lateral quickness and body control.  Can work every level of the field and will contribute as a return specialist.  Could be a 1st round pick based on the production of similar receivers DeSean Jackson and Mike Wallace.

11. Danny Watkins OG, Baylor (6’3, 312, Senior Bowl)

Arguably had the best Senior Bowl performance of any participant.  Strong, physical, heavy hands and stout balance.  Has all the tools to succeed at the next level.  Will be 27 next fall which could push him out of the first round.

12. Brandon Harris CB, Miami (5’11, 195, Junior)

More than likely will break 4.40 at the combine.  Elite short area quickness and above average ball skills will make him a hot commodity for a team that runs a lot of man coverage.

TIER THREE (VALUE: Stay away in 1st Round, consider in 2nd)

1. Nate Solder OT, Colorado (6’8, 314, Senior Bowl)

Has the tools but is still a project.  Lacks proper technique but he is athletic.  A project–early 2nd round–left tackle.

2. Stephen Paea DT, Oregon State (6’1, 295, DNP Senior Bowl)

Recently underwent surgery on his knee.  Paea was supposed to breakout at the combine and now there’s a good chance he won’t workout.  His pro day will be important.

3. Mike Pouncey G/C, Florida (6’4, 310, DNP Senior Bowl)

Not nearly as good as his brother, Maurkice, who played well at center for the Steelers as a rookie.  He’s a 2nd round pick with position versatility.

4. Jake Locker QB, Washington (6’2, 228, Senior Bowl)

Did nothing to prove the critics of his lack of accuracy during Senior Bowl workouts.  Far too inconsistent for a first round grade, though he does have the leadership skills that teams covet.

5. Anthony Castonzo OT, Boston College (6’7, 305, Senior Bowl)

Lacks the nimble feet to work at LT.  Has proper technique but struggles with speed.  Was seen mostly at guard last week at the Senior Bowl.

6. Cameron Heyward 3-4 DE, Ohio State (6’5, 288, DNP Senior Bowl)

Injured in bowl game and required surgery on his elbow.  Has the tools and strength but this is not the first time he’s been injured.

7. Justin Houston 3-4 OLB, Georgia (6’3, 258, Junior)

Edge rusher with speed, but I don’t believe he has the array of moves to succeed at the next level.

8. Ryan Mallett QB, Akransas (6’6, 238, Junior)

Many questions have come up about his character on-and-off the field.  There have always been questions about his footwork and decision making.  Though, arm strength is best in the class.

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Posted on by Mike Band in 2011 NFL Draft 2 Comments

The Cam Newton circus continues

When I first heard about Cam Newton‘s February 10 workout I questioned the motivation behind the early workout. Shortly thereafter, we learned that not only was it an extremely early workout, but it would only be open to the media.

If you’re going to hold a workout and restrict access, usually scouts and coaches – your future employers – are not the ones you leave on the outside looking in.

Is Newton capable of answering the tough questions that await him at the combine?

This latest stunt is just the next in a long line of questionable decisions by Newton – or Newton’s dad as the case may be – and it’s going to cause scouts to ask lots of question.

Cecil Newton won’t be in the room with Cam at the combine when teams are asking him the tough questions. Some teams will poke and prod and try to push his buttons, probably asking some ridiculous questions regarding his relationship with his father. Teams want to know the truth about the money situation, the truth about the stolen laptop, the motivation behind the media-only workout and probably about lots of other seemingly trivial things in his life.

If “Team Newton” thinks Cam is a 1st-round lock, and this workout is just to generate publicity and increase his marketability, they are sorely mistaken. Nothing is guaranteed.

There are plenty of questions surrounding Newton’s character and teams will ask tough questions in Indianapolis. If they aren’t satisfied with the answers he will fall, and if he does, his stay in the NFL could be short lived – just ask Jimmy Clausen about that.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2011 NFL Draft Comments Off

Official NFL Combine List

Player School Group # Camp # Pos
Adams, Darvin Auburn 4 WO1 WR
Baldwin, Jon Pittsburgh 4 WO2 WR
Binns, Armon Cincinnati 4 WO3 WR
Brown, Deandre Southern Mississippi 4 WO4 WR
Brown, Vince San Diego St 4 WO5 WR
Burton, Stephen West Texas A&M 4 WO6 WR
Cobb, Randall Kentucky 4 WO7 WR
Dell, Mark Michigan St 4 WO8 WR
Doss, Tandon Indiana 4 WO9 WR
Gates, Edmond Abilene Christian 4 WO10 WR
Green, A.J. Georgia 4 WO11 WR
Gurley, Tori South Carolina 4 WO12 WR
Hamler, Jamel Fresno St 4 WO13 WR
Hankerson, Leonard Miami-Fl 4 WO14 WR
Harris, Dwayne East Carolina 4 WO15 WR
Holmes, Andre Hillsdale 4 WO16 WR
Jean, Lestar Florida Atlantic 4 WO17 WR
Jernigan, Jerrel Troy 4 WO18 WR
Johnson, Ronald Southern California 4 WO19 WR
Jones, Julio Alabama 4 WO20 WR
Kerley, Jeremy Texas Christian 4 WO21 WR
Little, Greg North Carolina 4 WO22 WR
Lockette, Ricardo Fort Valley St 4 WO23 WR
Maehl, Jeff Oregon 5 WO24 WR
Moore, Denarius Tennessee 5 WO25 WR
Morgan, Joe Walsh 5 WO26 WR
Murdock, O.J. Fort Hays St 5 WO27 WR
Newsome, Jamar Central Florida 5 WO28 WR
Paul, Niles Nebraska 5 WO29 WR
Pettis, Austin Boise St 5 WO30 WR
Pilares, Kealoha Hawaii 5 WO31 WR
Robinson, Al Smu 5 WO32 WR
Salas, Gregory Hawaii 5 WO33 WR
Sampson, Demarco San Diego St 5 WO34 WR
Sanders, Jock West Virginia 5 WO35 WR
Sanzenbacher, Dane Ohio St 5 WO36 WR
Shorts, Cecil Mt Union 5 WO37 WR
Smith, Torrey Maryland 5 WO39 WR
Smith, Keith Purdue 5 WO38 WR
Spencer, Owen North Carolina St 5 WO40 WR
Toliver, Terrence Louisiana St 5 WO41 WR
Turner, Terrance Indiana 5 WO42 WR
Whalen, Ryan Stanford 5 WO43 WR
Williams, Marshall Wake Forest 5 WO44 WR
Young, Jimmy Texas Christian 5 WO45 WR
Young, Titus Boise St 5 WO46 WR
Cameron, Jordan Southern California 3 TE1 TE
Gantt, Charlie Michigan St 3 TE3 TE
Graham, Cameron Louisville 3 TE4 TE
Green, Virgil Nevada 3 TE5 TE
Hardy, Daniel Idaho 3 TE6 TE
Housler, Rob Florida Atlantic 3 TE7 TE
Kendricks, Lance Wisconsin 3 TE8 TE
Oordt, Schuylar Northern Iowa 3 TE9 TE
Pianalto, Zack North Carolina 3 TE10 TE
Reisner, Allen Iowa 3 TE11 TE
Rudolph, Kyle Notre Dame 3 TE12 TE
Smith, Lee Marshall 3 TE13 TE
Stocker, Luke Tennessee 3 TE14 TE
Thomas, Julius Portland St 3 TE15 TE
Williams, D.J. Arkansas 3 TE16 TE
Black, Ahmad Florida 10 DB3 SS
Hines, Jermale Ohio St 10 DB23 SS
Johnson, Jeron Boise St 10 DB27 SS
Keo, Shiloh Idaho 10 DB28 SS
Lefeged, Joe Rutgers 11 DB29 SS
McDaniel, Deandre Clemson 11 DB33 SS
Sash, Tyler Iowa 11 DB42 SS
Searcy, Da’Norris North Carolina 11 DB43 SS
Sims, David Iowa St 11 DB45 SS
Williams, Nate Washington 11 DB55 SS
Colburn, Ryan Fresno St 4 QB1 QB
Dalton, Andy Texas Christian 4 QB2 QB
Devlin, Pat Delaware 4 QB3 QB
Enderle, Nathan Idaho 4 QB4 QB
Gabbert, Blaine Missouri 4 QB5 QB
Johnson, Jerrod Texas A&M 4 QB6 QB
Kaepernick, Colin Nevada 4 QB7 QB
Locker, Jake Washington 4 QB8 QB
Mallett, Ryan Arkansas 4 QB9 QB
McElroy, Greg Alabama 5 QB10 QB
Newton, Cam Auburn 5 QB11 QB
Ponder, Christian Florida St 5 QB12 QB
Portis, Josh Cal U-Penn 5 QB13 QB
Stanzi, Ricky Iowa 5 QB14 QB
Taylor, Tyrod Virginia Tech 5 QB15 QB
Tolzien, Scott Wisconsin 5 QB16 QB
Van Camp, Jeff Florida Atlantic 5 QB17 QB
Yates, T.J. North Carolina 5 QB18 QB
Bosher, Matt Miami-Fl 1 PK2 P
Donahue, Ryan Iowa 1 PK3 P
Forrest, Reid Washington St 1 PK5 P
Henry, Chas Florida 1 PK7 P
Bailey, Dan Oklahoma St 1 PK1 K
Forbath, Kai Ucla 1 PK4 K
Henery, Alex Nebraska 1 PK6 K
Jasper, Josh Louisiana St 1 PK8 K
Rogers, Jake Cincinnati 1 PK9 K
Arkin, David Missouri St 1 OL1 OT
Barksdale, Joe Louisiana St 1 OL2 OT
Boling, Clint Georgia 1 OL4 OT
Brewer, James Indiana 1 OL6 OT
Cannon, Marcus Texas Christian 1 OL7 OT
Carimi, Gabe Wisconsin 1 OL8 OT
Carpenter, James Alabama 1 OL9 OT
Castonzo, Anthony Boston Col 1 OL10 OT
Chisolm, Garrett South Carolina 1 OL11 OT
Davis, Josh Georgia 1 OL12 OT
Dominguez, Ray Arkansas 1 OL13 OT
Franklin, Orlando Miami-Fl 1 OL14 OT
Gilbert, Marcus Florida 1 OL16 OT
Grant, Adam Arizona 1 OL17 OT
Hairston, Chris Clemson 1 OL18 OT
Hix, Kyle Texas 1 OL20 OT
Hughes, Kevin Southeastern Louisiana 1 OL22 OT
Ijalana, Ben Villanova 2 OL25 OT
Kilgore, Daniel Appalachian St 2 OL29 OT
King, Jarriel South Carolina 2 OL30 OT
Lapham, Rich Boston Col 2 OL31 OT
Love, Demarcus Arkansas 2 OL33 OT
Newton, Derek Arkansas St 2 OL35 OT
Person, Mike Montana St 2 OL37 OT
Pinkston, Jason Pittsburgh 2 OL38 OT
Rackley, Will Lehigh 2 OL40 OT
Reid, Jah Central Florida 2 OL41 OT
Sherrod, Derek Mississippi St 2 OL44 OT
Smith, Tyron Southern California 2 OL45 OT
Smith, Willie East Carolina 2 OL46 OT
Solder, Nate Colorado 2 OL47 OT
Watkins, Danny Baylor 2 OL51 OT
Ziemba, Lee Auburn 2 OL55 OT
Allen, Anthony Georgia Tech 6 RB1 RB
Allen, Armando Notre Dame 6 RB2 RB
Asiata, Matthew Utah 6 RB3 RB
Berry, Damien Miami-Fl 6 RB4 RB
Bradford, Allen Southern California 6 RB5 RB
Carter, Delone Syracuse 6 RB6 RB
Clay, John Wisconsin 6 RB8 RB
Cooper, Graig Miami-Fl 6 RB9 RB
Devine, Noel West Virginia 6 RB10 RB
Draughn, Shaun North Carolina 6 RB11 RB
Evans, Darren Virginia Tech 6 RB12 RB
Fannin, Mario Auburn 6 RB13 RB
Green, Alexander Hawaii 6 RB14 RB
Harper, Jamie Clemson 6 RB15 RB
Helu, Roy Nebraska 6 RB17 RB
Hunter, Kendall Oklahoma St 6 RB18 RB
Ingram, Mark Alabama 6 RB20 RB
Jones, Taiwan Eastern Washington 6 RB21 RB
Leshoure, Mikel Illinois 6 RB22 RB
Lewis, Dion Pittsburgh 6 RB23 RB
Locke, Derrick Kentucky 6 RB24 RB
Murray, Demarco Oklahoma 6 RB26 RB
Powell, Bilal Louisville 6 RB27 RB
Ridley, Stevan Louisiana St 6 RB28 RB
Rodgers, Jacquizz Oregon St 6 RB29 RB
Royster, Evan Penn St 6 RB30 RB
Saine, Brandon Ohio St 6 RB31 RB
Scott, Da’Rel Maryland 6 RB32 RB
Taua, Vai Nevada 6 RB34 RB
Thomas, Daniel Kansas St 6 RB35 RB
Todman, Jordan Connecticut 6 RB36 RB
Vereen, Shane California 6 RB37 RB
White, Johnny North Carolina 6 RB38 RB
Williams, Ryan Virginia Tech 6 RB39 RB
Boren, Justin Ohio St 1 OL5 OG
Henry, Ricky Nebraska 1 OL19 OG
Hudson, Rodney Florida St 1 OL21 OG
Hurd, Zach Connecticut 1 OL23 OG
Hurt, Maurice Florida 2 OL24 OG
Jackson, Andrew Fresno St 2 OL26 OG
Johnson, Carl Florida 2 OL27 OG
Moffitt, John Wisconsin 2 OL34 OG
Schilling, Steve Michigan 2 OL42 OG
Schlauderaff, Caleb Utah 2 OL43 OG
Thompson, Isaiah Houston 2 OL49 OG
Vandervelde, Julian Iowa 2 OL50 OG
Williams, Keith Nebraska 2 OL52 OG
Wisniewski, Stefen Penn St 2 OL54 OG
Bartholomew, Ryan Syracuse 1 OL3 OC
Fusco, Brandon Slippery Rock 1 OL15 OC
Kelce, Jason Cincinnati 2 OL28 OC
Linnenkohl, Alex Oregon St 2 OL32 OC
O’Dowd, Kris Southern California 2 OL36 OC
Pouncey, Mike Florida 2 OL39 OC
Taylor, Zane Utah 2 OL48 OC
Williams, Zack Washington St 2 OL53 OC
Ayers, Akeem Ucla 9 LB1 OLB
Carter, Bruce North Carolina 9 LB3 OLB
Foster, Mason Washington 9 LB5 OLB
Gomes, Dejon Nebraska 10 DB19 OLB
Hagg, Eric Nebraska 10 DB20 OLB
Herzlich, Mark Boston Col 9 LB6 OLB
Hogue, Doug Syracuse 9 LB7 OLB
Houston, Justin Georgia 9 LB9 OLB
Hunter, Jeremiha Iowa 9 LB10 OLB
Irving, Nate North Carolina St 9 LB11 OLB
Lutrus, Scott Connecticut 9 LB16 OLB
Miller, Von Texas A&M 9 LB19 OLB
Moten, Adrian Maryland 9 LB21 OLB
Mouton, Jonas Michigan 9 LB22 OLB
Rolle, Brian Ohio St 9 LB23 OLB
Smith, D.J. Appalachian St 9 LB25 OLB
Thomas, J.T West Virginia 9 LB28 OLB
Wilson, Lawrence Connecticut 9 LB30 OLB
Wilson, Martez Illinois 9 LB31 OLB
Wright, K.J. Mississippi St 9 LB32 OLB
Fua, Sione Stanford 7 DL20 NT
Neild, Chris West Virginia 8 DL36 NT
Powe, Jerrell Mississippi 8 DL41 NT
Williams, Ian Notre Dame 8 DL56 NT
Aiken, Danny Virginia 1 ST1 LS
Bellore, Nick Central Michigan 9 LB2 ILB
Dent, Akeem Georgia 9 LB4 ILB
Homan, Ross Ohio St 9 LB8 ILB
Jones, Greg Michigan St 9 LB12 ILB
Joseph, Elijah Temple 9 LB13 ILB
Lemon, Orie Oklahoma St 9 LB14 ILB
Lloyd, Greg Connecticut 9 LB15 ILB
Matthews, Casey Oregon 9 LB17 ILB
McCarthy, Colin Miami-Fl 9 LB18 ILB
Mohamed, Mike California 9 LB20 ILB
Sheppard, Kelvin Louisiana St 9 LB24 ILB
Smith, Derrell Syracuse 9 LB26 ILB
Sturdivant, Quan North Carolina 9 LB27 ILB
White, Chris Mississippi St 9 LB29 ILB
Clay, Charles Tulsa 3 TE2 TE
Carter, Quinton Oklahoma 10 DB12 FS
Conte, Chris California 10 DB14 FS
Hill, Will Florida 10 DB22 FS
Jarrett, Jaiquawn Temple 10 DB26 FS
Legree, Mark Appalachian St 11 DB30 FS
Moore, Rahim Ucla 11 DB35 FS
Sands, Robert West Virginia 11 DB41 FS
Tarrant, Jerrard Georgia Tech 11 DB48 FS
Williams, Deunta North Carolina 11 DB54 FS
Chapas, Shaun Georgia 6 RB7 FB
Havili, Stanley Southern California 6 RB16 FB
Hynoski, Henry Pittsburgh 6 RB19 FB
Marecic, Owen Stanford 6 RB25 FB
Sherman, Anthony Connecticut 6 RB33 FB
Ajiboye, Ladi South Carolina 7 DL2 DT
Austin, Marvin North Carolina 7 DL4 DT
Bair, Brandon Oregon 7 DL6 DT
Ballard, Christian Iowa 7 DL7 DT
Casey, Jurrell Southern California 7 DL11 DT
Ellis, Kenrick Hampton 7 DL17 DT
Fairley, Nick Auburn 7 DL19 DT
Graves, John Virginia Tech 7 DL21 DT
Guy, Lawrence Arizona St 7 DL22 DT
Jenkins, Jarvis Clemson 7 DL24 DT
Klug, Karl Iowa 7 DL27 DT
Levingston, Pep Louisiana St 7 DL28 DT
Liuget, Corey Illinois 7 DL29 DT
McClain, Terrell South Florida 8 DL32 DT
Nevis, Drake Louisiana St 8 DL37 DT
Paea, Stephen Oregon St 8 DL39 DT
Parker, Martin Richmond 8 DL40 DT
Siliga, Sealver Utah 8 DL47 DT
Taylor, Adrian Oklahoma 8 DL49 DT
Taylor, Phil Baylor 8 DL50 DT
Thornton, Cedric Southern Arkansas 8 DL51 DT
Whitlock, Colby Texas Tech 8 DL54 DT
Wilkerson, Muhammad Temple 8 DL55 DT
Acho, Sam Texas 7 DL1 DE
Allen, Pierre Nebraska 7 DL3 DE
Bailey, Allen Miami-Fl 7 DL5 DE
Beal, Jeremy Oklahoma 7 DL8 DE
Bowers, Da’Quan Clemson 7 DL9 DE
Carter, Chris Fresno St 7 DL10 DE
Chinasa, Ugo Oklahoma St 7 DL12 DE
Clayborn, Adrian Iowa 7 DL13 DE
Daniels, Wayne Texas Christian 7 DL14 DE
Dareus, Marcell Alabama 7 DL15 DE
Dobbs, Demarcus Georgia 7 DL16 DE
Elmore, Ricky Arizona 7 DL18 DE
Heyward, Cam Ohio St 7 DL23 DE
Jordan, Cameron California 7 DL25 DE
Kerrigan, Ryan Purdue 7 DL26 DE
Lockett, Kentrell Mississippi 8 DL30 DE
Matthews, Cliff South Carolina 8 DL31 DE
McPhee, Pernell Mississippi St 8 DL33 DE
Miller, Bruce Central Florida 8 DL34 DE
Moch, Dontay Nevada 8 DL35 DE
Ozougwu, Cheta Rice 8 DL38 DE
Quinn, Robert North Carolina 8 DL42 DE
Reed, Brooks Arizona 8 DL43 DE
Reed, D’Aundre Arizona 8 DL44 DE
Romeus, Greg Pittsburgh 8 DL45 DE
Sheard, Jabaal Pittsburgh 8 DL46 DE
Smith, Aldon Missouri 8 DL48 DE
Watt, J.J. Wisconsin 8 DL52 DE
White, Markus Florida St 8 DL53 DE
Winterswyk, Ryan Boise St 8 DL57 DE
Allen, Cortez Citadel 10 DB1 CB
Amukamara, Prince Nebraska 10 DB2 CB
Brinkley, Niles Wisconsin 10 DB4 CB
Brown, Chykie Texas 10 DB5 CB
Brown, Curtis Texas 10 DB6 CB
Brown, Jalil Colorado 10 DB7 CB
Burney, Kendric North Carolina 10 DB8 CB
Burton, Brandon Utah 10 DB9 CB
Butler, Mario Georgia Tech 10 DB10 CB
Carmichael, Rashad Virginia Tech 10 DB11 CB
Chekwa, Chimdi Ohio St 10 DB13 CB
Cuff, Vance Georgia 10 DB15 CB
Culliver, Chris South Carolina 10 DB16 CB
Dowling, Ras-I Virginia 10 DB17 CB
Gilchrist, Marcus Clemson 10 DB18 CB
Harris, Brandon Miami-Fl 10 DB21 CB
Hogan, Brandon West Virginia 10 DB24 CB
House, Davon New Mexico St 10 DB25 CB
Marsh, Curtis Utah St 11 DB31 CB
Maxwell, Byron Clemson 11 DB32 CB
McGee, Andrew Oklahoma St 11 DB34 CB
Patrick, Johnny Louisville 11 DB36 CB
Peterson, Patrick Louisiana St 11 DB37 CB
Rogers, Justin Richmond 11 DB38 CB
Rucker, Chris Michigan St 11 DB39 CB
Rutland, Kevin Missouri 11 DB40 CB
Sherman, Richard Stanford 11 DB44 CB
Skrine, Buster Tennessee-Chatt 11 DB46 CB
Smith, Jimmy Colorado 11 DB47 CB
Thomas, Josh Buffalo 11 DB49 CB
Thompson, Brandyn Boise St 11 DB50 CB
Torrence, Devon Ohio St 11 DB51 CB
Van Dyke, Demarcus Miami-Fl 11 DB52 CB
Williams, Aaron Texas 11 DB53 CB
Wright, Shareece Southern California 11 DB56 CB
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Is Jake Locker still a 1st-round pick?

Throughout his career the Jake Locker apologists have pointed to his lack of surrounding talent as an excuse for his poor performances on the field.

As I said once the Senior Bowl rosters were announced, and other agreed, with players like Titus Young and Austin Pettis on his team there’s no more built-in excuse. He needed to have a big week to justify all the hype.

Locker's stock continues to fall

So with his big week in Mobile wrapped up, is Locker still a 1st-round pick?

The answer should be a resounding no, but that doesn’t mean he can’t still sneak into the latter half of the round.

Nothing Locker did this week made him look like a 1st-round pick. He showed off his athleticism, but his accuracy – the single most important quality in a quarterback – was average at best.

What I find most concerning about Locker is the fact that he doesn’t have any obvious flaws other than accuracy. He’s a hard worker, he has a strong arm and mechanics are solid. With all that in place, I think coaches will have difficulty improving his accuracy.

Take Tim Tebow as an counterexample. Tebow’s accuracy was often shaky, but his mechanics were awful in college. It was easy to see why a coach would look at him and see the potential. He had the work ethic and athleticism necessary to give a coach, such as Josh McDaniels, reason to believe that he could develop Tebow into a quality NFL starting quarterback.

I think it’s harder to see that potential in Locker because it’s harder to identify something that needs to be fixed.

As for his 1st-round status, I now believe it’s unlikely that anyone looking to fill an immediate hole at quarterback would take a chance on Locker. He will struggle mightily if inserted into a starting role in 2011.

However, a team with a veteran already in place may be willing to take a chance on him in the late 1st round. The Patriots may be the most likely team to take that chance.

It was rumored that Bill Belichick had a strong interest in Tim Tebow last year. Locker has many of the same qualities as Tebow, and Belichick could be intrigued by the possibility of developing him as Tom Brady’s eventual replacement. With six picks in the top 100, the Patriots could easily justify spending one on a developmental player such as Locker while still having enough picks remaining to fill their needs.


Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2011 NFL Draft, Patriots 2 Comments