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PSU_dropout43
03-26-2011, 02:55 PM
Wes Bunting -

• Talked to an NFL scout this week who said his team currently has a free agent grade on Florida safety Ahmad Black. The scout notes that “it’s tough to draft a small, slow guy at any position.”

• I keep hearing from team sources that medical concerns are still very real with Illinois LB Martez Wilson, which could cause him to slide on draft day.

• NFL scouts have told me they have been turned off by Kansas State RB Daniel Thomas and his inability to show up to meetings, as he consistently reschedules. Questionable accountability is the phrase that keeps popping up.

• One name who seems to be building a lot of traction is Illinois DT Corey Liuget. He’s said to be making his way up into the first half of round one and is a guy who the Rams are said to have a lot of interest in.

• Talked to two scouts this week after the Georgia pro day concerning DE Justin Houston. One said he thinks the guy is a lock to go in the top half of the first round because of his size/speed numbers. The other compared his rise to Robert Ayers(notes) a couple years ago and said he doesn’t think he’s anything more than a 2nd/3rd round prospect.

• Southern Cal OT Tyron Smith is said to be at the top of the wish list for the Dallas Cowboys at pick nine. Everyone I have talked with is expecting a massive pro day from him and thinks he could seal his top-10 fate with a strong performance.

• A lot of the 3-4 teams at the end of round one are said to have a lot of interest in Temple DL Muhammad Wilkerson. Hearing there is especially a lot of interest coming from Baltimore.

• Talked to a scout who said the draft stock of Oregon State RB Jacquizz Rodgers took a bit of a hit after running in the 4.6 range at the NFL Combine, all while standing at 5-6. The scout still said he likes him, but again referenced that it’s tough to take a guy high who is small and doesn’t run real well.

• Another undersized prospect whose stock seems to be down is West Virginia’s Jock Sanders, citing that there are off the field concerns and that he doesn’t run real well either.

• From everyone I’ve talked with this week, there seems to be a growing belief that there are actually some legs to the Patriots-Chargers potential first-round trade involving the Pats 28th overall pick.

PSU_dropout43
03-26-2011, 03:10 PM
March 19, 2011


• From all accounts the reports we are getting back on Alabama DL Marcell Dareus have been good. There haven’t been any real concerns about his weight and as of now he seems like one of the cleaner “top-tier” prospects in the draft.

• The same can’t be said about Auburn DT Nick Fairley. Immaturity issues are the one real negative that keep popping up on his front, potentially keeping him out of the top five.




• Talked to a scout earlier in the week who said don’t be shocked at all if Texas A&M OLB Von Miller or LSU CB Patrick Peterson ends up being the first overall pick. Said both players are gifted athletes and don’t have any baggage attached to their names.

• The more scouts dig, the more I am finding they are turned off on Auburn QB Cam Newton. Citing that he’s a me first guy and has some real character flaws behind the scenes. One scout said he handles himself flawlessly in front of the camera, but when they are off he’s not the same guy.

• Miami LB Colin McCarthy has been removed from a number of team’s draft boards due to medical concerns with his shoulders.

• The more we dig into the character concerns on Colorado CB Jimmy Smith the more negatives that keep coming up. According to an NFL scout Smith is said to have some major character concerns. The majority of the scouts I have talked with think he’s a smart enough kid, but all said he’s a huge risk once he gets into the league.

• A number of coaches throughout the NFL have been turned off by the overall way Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert has handled himself this post-season. They did not like the fact he didn’t workout at the NFL Combine and cited his overall demeanor and body language as turnoffs. The more info I gather on Gabbert the less I feel like he’s being endorsed as a high first round pick. He could end up being the one quarterback to slide a lot further than many think come April.

• Talked to a scout who was in attendance at the Purdue pro day who was really down on Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan, saying that he isn’t a real gifted athlete and is simply too stiff to be viewed as a first round pick. However, another scout I talked with said you simply can’t overlook the guy’s motor and production, and he will be a very good player in the NFL. Overall, I’m finding that there are a ton of different options on Kerrigan at this time.

• After discussing the QB class with a scout this week, he said the one big tiebreakers for all of the top five QB’s could end up being their Wonderlic scores. He said NFL decision makers love to use it as a tool to differentiate QB’s who have close grades. And in a year where the top five are all very similar, it could be more important in separating the class than ever.

• QB Wonderlic scores…
Blaine Gabbert, Missouri: 42
Christian Ponder, Florida State: 35
Ryan Mallett, Arkansas: 26
Cam Newton, Auburn: 21
Jake Locker, Washington: 20

MaxAMillion
03-27-2011, 11:11 AM
I pray the Ravens take Wilkerson because that will mean they passed on Sherrod (another player that they have a lot of interest in)

hawaiiansteel
04-05-2011, 08:15 PM
Brian Baldinger: "I have a man crush on Cameron Heyward. He's coachable. Team leader. Team captain. He can play inside. Can play at 315.

I know for a fact if Cameron Heyward's there at 26, the Ravens are not passing him up."

http://walterfootball.com/pathtothedraft2011_0404.php

Shawn
04-06-2011, 02:00 PM
Brian Baldinger: "I have a man crush on Cameron Heyward. He's coachable. Team leader. Team captain. He can play inside. Can play at 315.

I know for a fact if Cameron Heyward's there at 26, the Ravens are not passing him up."

http://walterfootball.com/pathtothedraft2011_0404.php

And trust me when I say this, we don't want to face Heyward.

Oviedo
04-06-2011, 02:20 PM
I'd be OK with both Wilkerson and Heyward being gone at #31. Not interested in either of them.

steelblood
04-06-2011, 03:30 PM
How many players are the Ravens taking in the first round?

Shawn
04-06-2011, 04:13 PM
I'd be OK with both Wilkerson and Heyward being gone at #31. Not interested in either of them.

I'm interested in both. I think both will be prime time players at the next level.

Chadman
04-06-2011, 06:04 PM
Wilkerson + Cody + Ngata = Worlds heaviest 3 man front.

Wilkerson doesn't fit the Tomlin/Colbert "Big School - Big Production" mantra, so quite happy for another team to nab him.

Now, if Corey Luiget was to fall....

focosteeler
04-06-2011, 06:32 PM
Wilkerson + Cody + Ngata = Worlds heaviest 3 man front.

Wilkerson doesn't fit the Tomlin/Colbert "Big School - Big Production" mantra, so quite happy for another team to nab him.

Now, if Corey Luiget was to fall....

Could you imagine if phil taylor went to them :shock:

Chadman
04-06-2011, 07:00 PM
Wilkerson + Cody + Ngata = Worlds heaviest 3 man front.

Wilkerson doesn't fit the Tomlin/Colbert "Big School - Big Production" mantra, so quite happy for another team to nab him.

Now, if Corey Luiget was to fall....

Could you imagine if phil taylor went to them :shock:

Well, at the least- you couldn't accuse them of having quickness in the front 3...