Scouting Reports – 2011

Denarius Moore scouting report

Denarius Moore WR Tennessee
Ht: 6’0″

Wt: 195

Strengths:
Impressive speed; a true deep threat. Averaged over 20 yards per reception in 2010. Made significant strides as a senior. A good all-around athlete. Solid hands; makes some acrobatic catches on occasion. Adequate height.
Weaknesses:
Not very strong; gets knocked off his routes too easily. Doesn’t do well when forced to make plays in traffic. Limited blocking ability. May be a one-year wonder; didn’t make a significant impact until his senior year. Didnt’ develop into a big-play threat until 2010. Struggles when matched up with more physical cornerback; gets taken out of games too easily.
Comments:
Moore has some potential as a 3rd or 4th option at receiver. He’s a good athlete with decent speed, which should allow him to earn a spot on a roster. If he can bulk up a little bit and learn to play a more physical brand of football he’ll greatly improve his chances of seeing playing time.
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Greg Salas scouting report

Greg Salas WR Hawaii
Ht: 6’1 “

Wt: 210

Strengths:
Good overall size and strength. Great hands. Reliable route runner. Extremely productive; over 3,000 yards in last two seasons combined. Willing to go across the middle.
Weaknesses:
Limited athletically. Doesn’t have great speed. Not very elusive. Isn’t a threat to pick up yards consistently after the catch. Doesn’t play as physical as his size would allow; gets pushed around at times at the line of scrimmage. Limited experience against top competition. Stats are inflated by Hawaii’s offensive scheme.
Comments:
Salas can thank Davone Bess when he gets drafted in the mid-rounds. Without Bess proving that a Hawaii receiver can play in the NFL it’s likely that Salas would be dismissed as a product of the system. While he lacks the speed to be an elite receiver, his size and very reliable hands should land him a similar role to Bess at the next level.
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Aldrick Robinson scouting report

Aldrick Robinson WR SMU
Ht: 5’10″

Wt: 185

Strengths:
Elite speed; a serious deep threat. Extremely productive in June Jones’ spread offense; averaged 20 yards per catch in 2010. A small, shifty runner who is tough to catch in the open field; a threat to make plays after the catch.
Weaknesses:
Suspended for two games in 2008 for violating team rules. Slightly undersized; isn’t a very physical receiver and can get pushed around at the line of scrimmage. Limited ability as a blocker.
Comments:
There is obviously reason to be skeptical of anyone who puts up big numbers in a June Jones offense, but Robinson will get a legitimate look at the next level due to his elite speed. His lack of size limits his upside somewhat, but every team needs someone capable of stretching the field. He could also be used as a return specialist.
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Vincent Brown scouting report

Vincent Brown WR San Diego State
Ht: 5’11″

Wt: 187

Strengths:
Four-year starter. Showed significant improvement throughout his career, capping it off with a stellar senior season. Very reliable hands. Runs hard with the ball; isn’t afraid of contact. Willing to go across the middle.
Weaknesses:
Lacks the speed to make up for his lack of height. Isn’t very elusive in the open field. Limited experience against top competition.
Comments:
Brown’s upside is limited by a lack of speed and height, but he’s a good route runner with great hands who should find a role in the NFL. He would be an ideal slot receiver in a west coast system.
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Kendric Burney scouting report

Kendric Burney CB North Carolina
Ht: 5’9″

Wt: 185

Strengths:
Impressive athlete; looks very fluid in coverage. A four-year starter who had a tremendously productive career at North Carolina. Great ball skills, 11 career interceptions. Plays faster than his timed speed.
Weaknesses:
Undersized; lacks the height that most teams look for in a starting cornerback. Will probably be limited to playing nickel corner at the next level. Very poor showing at the combine with a 4.72 in the forty. Followed that up with a 4.69 at his pro day – raises serious concerns about his speed.
Comments:
Burney looked like a potential 2nd or 3rd round pick as a junior in 2009 but was suspended for part of 2010 and was not nearly as productive once he returned. Additionally, he stock took a major hit this offseason due to his poor times in the forty. A 5’9″ cornerback can’t play in the NFL if he doesn’t have elite speed. That said, Burney plays much faster than he times and his production in college can’t be ignored. He will fall to the 4th round, if not later, but could prove to be a steal if he is able to regain his build upon his 2009 performance.
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Rashad Carmichael scouting report

Rashad Carmichael CB Virginia Tech
Ht: 5’10″

Wt: 190

Strengths:
Two-year starter at cornerback who also saw significant playing time as a freshman and sophomore. Very productive player in a solid defense at Virginia Tech. Solid ball skills; does a nice job getting his hands on the ball. 10 career interceptions. Experience on special teams coverage.
Weaknesses:
Slightly undersized. Does not have great overall bulk. Tackling technique and effort is poor; will be a liability against the run. Doesn’t have elite speed or athleticism.
Comments:
Carmichael was a solid collegiate cornerback but his upside is limited by very average athleticism and speed. He is probably best suited to play nickel cornerback at the next level. While he doesn’t have a lot of upside, he’s a fairly safe pick. You can be confident that you’re getting a player who knows how to make an impact and will provide some nice depth in the secondary.
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Marcus Gilchrest scouting report

Marcus Gilchrist CB Clemson
Ht: 5’10″

Wt: 195

Strengths:
Experience at free safety and cornerback. Decent speed. Experienced returning kicks. Does a nice job playing the run. Reliable tackler. A hard hitter; forced three fumbles in 2009.
Weaknesses:
Lacks elite ball skills; just one career interceptions. Does not always look fluid in coverage; inconsistent fundamentals. May be better suited to play safety in the NFL.
Comments:
Gilchrist will be one of the more popular mid-round prospects in the draft due to his versatility, but it doesn’t mean he has much upside. He lacks the speed and fluid athleticism to be a starting cornerback and he lacks the size and ball skills to be a quality free safety. He’s a ‘tweener and may not fit at either position.
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Buster Skrine scouting report

Buster Skrine CB Chattanooga
Ht: 5’10″

Wt: 185

Strengths:
Elite speed; can turn and run with any receiver. Great leaping ability. Does a nice job turning and reacting to the ball rather than strictly playing his man. Impressive leaping ability.
Weaknesses:
Limited experience against top receivers. Undersized; struggles when matched up with taller, more physical receivers.
Comments:
Skrine (pronounced “screen”) is an elite athlete who looks like a perfect fit as a nickel corner in the NFL. He has the athleticism to stay with anyone, but his lack of size and overall bulk limits his upside. He’s one of the better small-school prospects in this draft class and should be a solid mid-round pick.
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Schuylar Oordt scouting report

Schuylar Oordt TE Northern Iowa
Ht: 6’6″

Wt: 260

Strengths:
Impressive size. Elite athleticism for size. Creates a lot of matchup issues – too athletic for linebackers, too tall for defensive backs. Tons of untapped potential.
Weaknesses:
Limited experience, especially against top competition. Underutilized in UNI’s offense; never had more than 24 catches in a season. Tall and skinny; lacks the strength to be a great blocker.
Comments:
Oordt is an underrated player who wasn’t used much in Northern Iowa’s pistol offense. However, his size and athleticism could make him a steal in the late rounds of the draft. He runs like a wide receiver and could be a matchup nightmare for defenses at the next level. In the right scheme he could be a dangerous weapon. However, he definitely lacks the overall size and strength to be a quality blocker, which will limit his ability to stay on the field. He may only be a situational player, but there is definitely a spot for him in the NFL.
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Rob Housler scouting report

Rob Housler TE Florida Atlantic
Ht: 6’5″

Wt: 250

Strengths:
Prototypical size for a tight end. Impressive athleticism for his size. Surprising speed and overall quickness. A solid route runner who his improved dramatically in this area. Coming off a breakout senior year.
Weaknesses:
Limited experience; only one year a starter. Hasn’t faced a lot of top competition. Strength is marginal; struggles as a blocker at times. Struggles to fight through traffic at the line of scrimmage; can simply get out-physicaled by bigger linebackers and gets knocked off his route too easily.
Comments:
Housler struggled to see playing time early in his career at FAU which prompted him to redshirt in 2009 in hopes of earning a bigger role in the offense as a senior. The plan worked and he had a breakout year, developing into one of the more dangerous pass-catching tight ends in the country. He certainly looks the part; his size and athleticism make an ideal target in the passing game. However, he is still raw and has a long way to go before he’s ready to be an every-down player at the next level.
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