Posted on: September 26, 2011 3:44 pm

Florida State CB Reid arrested, jailed

Florida State junior cornerback and return extraordinaire Greg Reid is in trouble with the police.

According to a report from the AP, Reid was arrested at 2:30 am this morning by Tallahassee police on charges of resisting arrest and perjury. Reid was attempting to hide a friend who was looking to evade police after having been stopped earlier.

The Tallahassee Democrat is reporting that Reid was jailed in lieu of a $500 bond. It also reports that Reid's lawyer, Tim Jansen, believes that Reid shouldn't have been arrested in the first place.

Reid was suspended for the Seminoles second game of the 2011 season (Charleston Southern) for breaking unspecified team rules. He was held out of the Seminoles loss to the Clemson Tigers this past weekend due to a knee bruise suffered the week earlier in a loss to Oklahoma.

The Seminoles certainly could have used the playmaking Reid on the field Saturday against the suddenly pass-happy Clemson Tigers. Sophomore quarterback Tajh Boyd completed 62.2% of his passes for 344 yards and three touchdowns in the big conference win.

When healthy and focused, Reid is among the better cover corners in the country. Last season he earned Honorable Mention All-ACC honors with three interceptions. Reid also enjoyed one of the greatest single-game performances of the year against South Carolina in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. Playing in front of his father, Reid posted four tackles, two forced fumbles, and four pass breakups. The 5-08, 186 pound Reid laid out South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore with an explosive, clean hit that ended the SEC star's night early. Though Alshon Jeffery was officially credited with nine catches for 130 yards, Reid more than held his own against the big receiver. He also contributed 71 yards as a returner.

Any extended loss of Reid could be a critical loss to a Seminoles team that is suddenly swooning. The arrest certainly won't do Reid, a true junior some thought might be looking ahead to the 2012 draft, any favors with pro scouts, either.

Reid is currently graded by NFLDraftScout.com as a 3rd round prospect and is rated as our No. 11 cornerback for the 2013 draft class. 

Posted on: August 18, 2011 7:20 pm

Montel Harris undergoes surprise knee surgery

Boston College running back Montel Harris -- the ACC's Preseason Offensive Player of the Year -- underwent arthroscopic knee surgery this morning and is tentatively scheduled to miss the next three to four weeks, according to head coach Frank Spaziani.

Harris earned First Team all-conference honors last year when he rushed for 1,243 yards and eight touchdowns despite missing the final two games of the year due to a torn left meniscus.

Harris hurt his knee against Virginia on November 20 and had surgery soon after to repair it. His recovery time then was also expected to be three to four weeks, but he missed the Eagles' bowl game against Nevada January 9, approximately seven weeks later after pulling a nerve in the back of his left leg while stretching out the knee.

Harris complained that the knee "didn't feel right" following practice earlier this week and sought a medical opinion. The decision was then made for him to undergo a second surgery.

Steve Conroy of The Boston Herald was on hand to catch comments from Spaziani.

“I was very concerned about Montel in January. And I was very concerned about him in spring ball. I was feeling a little bit better when he was feeling better and I was telling you guys he looked like his old self. Now I’m very concerned again. And I feel bad for him, because he’s concerned, obviously,” said Spaziani.

It is a tough break for Harris, who at 5-09 and 200 pounds, will always have to answer questions about his ability to withstand punishment. Scouts will be sure to note that prior to the original knee injury, Harris has shown great toughness and dependability over his career -- as well as potentially record-breaking production.

An immediate standout for the Eagles, Harris broke the school's record for most rushing yards by a freshman (900 yards) and enters his senior campaign needing only 126 yards to eclipse the Boston College record for the most in a career (currently held by Derrick Knight with 3,726). Considering the fact that he's rushed for 3,600 yards in his career, Harris is also on pace to break the ACC record for most career yards. He needs 1,002 yards to catch former NC State standout Ted Brown, who set the bar at 4,602 yards back in 1978.

Harris is currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 6 rated senior running back prospect for the 2012 draft and the 14th rated running back, overall.
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Posted on: June 28, 2011 11:19 am

QB Wilson may bring Badgers roses, but not scouts

The Wisconsin Badgers officially signed former North Carolina State standout quarterback Russell Wilson yesterday.

The two-time All-ACC pick was released from his committment to the Wolfpack after he elected to focus on his baseball career. Apparently Wilson, the Colorado Rockies' fourth round pick last summer, hasn't been happy with his development with the Class A Asheville Tourists, where he's played second base and hit a disappointing .228. Because of the fact that he graduated during his four years at NC State, Wilson has one more year of football eligibility remaining and will take graduate classes at Wisconsin. The Badgers and reigning BCS champs Auburn were considered the two favorites to land Wilson, who led the ACC with 3,563 passing yards last season.

At 5-11 and 190 pounds, Wilson's best chance at a pro future might be with baseball. Despite his lack of preferred size for the NFL, however, Wilson is a terrific college quarterback. His statistics and wins against rival North Carolina (3-0 in his career) are impressive, but don't due him justice. Elusive, intelligent and possessing a strong enough arm to take advantage of Wisconsin's aerial targets -- including Nick Toon -- NFLDraftScout.com's No. 4 rated senior wideout for the 2012 draft, Wilson could be a coup for Bret Bielema and his staff. In three seasons as the Wolfpacks' starting quarterback, Wilson threw for 8,545 yards and a nearly 3-1 TD to INT ratio (76 touchdowns with 26 interceptions). In 13 games last season, Wilson completed 58.4% of his passes for 3,563 yards with 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He also rushed for 435 yards and nine touchdowns last season.

Wilson's lack of size won't bring NFL scouts crawling out of the woodwork this fall as much as his success on the field might lead one to believe. For the Badgers, however, who were struggling in the spring to find a replacement for Scott Tolzien, Wilson could be the perfect addition. In fact, his addition to the team could make Wisconsin the favorite to repeat as the Big Ten representative in the Rose Bowl.

At this point, Wilson is graded as an undrafted free agent prospect and is NFLDraftScout.com's No. 23 rated senior quarterback in the 2012 draft. 
Posted on: September 27, 2010 6:00 pm

NC State ILB Nate Irving Prospect of the Week

Stop me if you've heard this before -- an award winning ACC linebacker, having overcome life-threatening ailments, makes a triumphant return to the field.

Much has been written about Boston College's Mark Herzlich, who, of course, is back to starring at strongside linebacker after Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, robbed him of the 2009 season.

Much less has been written about NC State inside linebacker Nate Irving, who missed the entire 2009 season after suffering through a horrific car accident that left him with a collapsed lung and broken leg, among other injuries.

Irving looked back to his former self with a dominating performance at Georgia Tech, Saturday. Irving was acknowledged today with the Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week for his 16 tackle, 4.5 tackle for loss, two sack performance in the team's 48-25 victory.

Some will argue that "Player of the Week" is a misnomer. I don't pretend that I've already scouted every prospect throughout the country and that my choice (Irving, in this case) was unquestionably the best.

However, part of the coverage that we, at NFLDraftScout.com, have provided to our readers as part of our Draft Slant feature, is a Player of the Week. In picking one out each week, I tend to focus on Top 50 senior prospects for this honor and adhere to certain guidelines in terms of the level of competition the player faced.

Player of the Week, along with The Diamond in the Rough (small school prospect), used to be features of Draft Slant . This PDF file can be purchased as an individual issue or one can purchase the entire year (16 issues). Or, if you just want to see an example, you can download this free sample of Week One here .

We thought that the Player of the Week and Diamond in the Rough deserved more acknowledgement, however, and thus, every Monday, I'll post my picks for each award.

Player of the Week - September 25, 2010
ILB Nate Irving, NC State 6-1 / 235 / 4.68 -- opponent: Georgia Tech

Irving's instincts, agility and physicality were all on display in the impressive defensive showing against the Yellow Jackets' triple option offense. Irving stoned B-back Anthony Allen on Georgia Tech's second offensive play from scrimmage and it was a scene that would be replayed over and over throughout the contest. On the play, Irving dipped his shoulder to avoid the oncoming block from the center to take on the 6-0, 232 pound Allen in the hole. For being an undersized linebacker, Irving plays with terrific explosiveness reminiscent of former Florida State standout (and current Philadelphia Eagle) Ernie Sims. Like Sims, Irving has good speed to beat the back to the edge and to catch ball-carriers in pursuit. He is clearly comfortable playing in the middle, locating the football quickly despite his lack of preferred size for the position. Irving's explosive burst is also evident when Irving is allowed to rush the passer. Irving was simply too quick for Georgia Tech's offensive line on multiple occasions, Saturday. This despite the fact that the Yellow Jackets feature smaller and generally more athletic offensive linemen than most teams. The concern with Irving is that he is very aggressive and will attack the line of scrimmage, presenting big play opportunities for the offense when he reads incorrectly. Irving flashes an physical pop when forced to take on blockers, but prefers to elude them, showing good flexibility and agility in doing so. Unlike many athetic linebackers, Irving doesn't rely on just his athleticism. He shows good hand technique, including a swim move to avoid blockers, which he used on several occasions when rushing the passer. Irving rarely blitzed, but burst upfield when he saw that 'Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt was beginning to get happy feet after scanning the field for a receiver. An explosive hitter, scouts would nonetheless like to see Irving wrap up ball-carriers more securely. At times, the athletic linebacker likes to lead with his shoulder. This resulted in some big pops Saturday, but NFL runners will be able to shrug off some of his hits.
Posted on: September 16, 2010 5:59 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2010 9:12 pm

NC State ILB Nate Irving one to watch tonight

There are several noteworthy senior prospects who will be on the field tonight when Cincinnati travels to North Carolina State.

Senior Bearcats' pass catchers Armon Binns and Ben Guidugli will certainly get a great deal of the attention, but it will be a player on the other side of the line of scrimmage that I -- and many NFL scouts -- will be keying in on.

North Carolina State inside linebacker Nate Irving appeared to be on the fast track to stardom in 2008. Despite missing a handful of games due to a nagging leg injury, Irving earned Honorable Mention All-ACC honors with 84 tackles and a school-record (for linebackers) four interceptions. 

A horrific car accident, however, robbed Irving of his 2009 season and he's struggled so far this year in his quest to regain his all-star status. 

Through the first two games, in fact, Irving has only three tackles. Those stops came last week against Central Florida, as Irving was surprisingly held without a tackle in the season opener against Western Carolina. 

When healthy, Irving, 6-1, 235 pounds, has demonstrated a legitimate NFL combination of speed, explosive hitting ability and range in coverage. 

The defending Big East champion Bearcats are not the explosive offense this year they were last -- considering the loss of quarterback Tony Pike and wideout Mardy Gilyard -- but they still spread the field well, as evidenced by the 40 points they put up last week against Indiana State. 

It will be interesting to see how Irving does in this contest. Scouts and those close to the NC State program are certainly pulling for him. The injuries he suffered in the accident (collapsed lung, compound fracture in his leg, broken rib, separated shoulder) were enough to end the career for most players. Irving not only has come back, he's doing it while explaining his progress in a weekly journal for NC State's Technician Online.

If he is to re-emerge as a legitimate pro prospect, however, Irving will need strong performances in high profile games just like the one tonight.  

Count me among those rooting for him...

The game begins at 7:30 pm EST and will be televised by ESPN.

Posted on: August 21, 2010 2:40 pm

Best to temper expectations for Herzlich/Cooper

The advances in medicine, technology and rehabilitation of athletes has grown exponentially over the past ten years. So much so, that it is often easy to expect too much too soon of athletes recovering from severe injury.

I'm as guilty of it as anyone. I placed Boston College outside linebacker Mark Herzlich in my initial 2011 first round mock draft * before he'd taken a single snap following his successful recovery from Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

Herzlich and Miami running back Graig Cooper -- who is attempting to play this season despite suffering a torn ACL in his right knee only six months ago in the Champs Sports Bowl -- are inspirational stories. Their dedication and spectacular talent make them two of the easiest players in the country to root for.

Herzlich, as has been widely reported , is already struggling in his return to the field. It isn't the cancer -- he recently underwent tests to confirm the cancer is gone and passed -- but a fractured right foot that is now the problem. It had been incorrectly reported elsewhere that Herzlich's broken foot was somehow connected to the cancer that had been discovered in his left leg. That isn't the case his mother, Sandy, told Steve Conroy of BostonHerald.com. 

Conroy quotes Herzlich's mother as saying, "The two (the cancer and the broken foot) are completely unrelated."

Still, the broken foot has kept Herzlich off the field. He hopes to return to the practice field the week before Boston College opens their season against Weber State September 4. The Eagles coaches will no doubt be anxious to reward Herzlich for his dedication with early playing time, but it simply isn't realistic to think he is going to step onto the field and immediately revert back to the form that helped him capture the 2008 ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Similarly, it isn't fair to assume that Miami's Cooper will have the same speed and agility this year that he'd shown throughout his impressive career with the Hurricanes. While Cooper has remained adament that he plans to play in every game this season, Miami coaches are still easing him into practice. Cooper, according to reports , has seen time on the practice field, but is limited to drills and has not participated in any true scrimmaging.

Prior to their injuries, these two ACC stars would have ranked among NFLDraftScout.com's top 32 seniors for the 2011 draft. Perhaps they'll prove - with time - worthy of that grade again.

But for now, let's simply acknowledge the spectacular recovery each has already shown and be sure that our expectations for their play in 2010 is realistic.

* One editor's note on my initial 2011 mock draft linked to above. While the date on the article says July 12, in actuality I wrote this within 48 hours of the conclusion of the 2010 draft. With significantly more scouting completed since that time, there are plenty of updates that will soon be made.
Posted on: April 22, 2010 9:22 pm

Derrick Morgan's slip among the early surprises

With roughly half of the draft finished and three collegiate defensive ends off the board, the most surprising development might be that Georgia Tech defensive end Derrick Morgan, characterized to me by various teams to be the "safest" of this year's class, slipped to the Tennessee Titans at No. 16.

The ACC Defensive Player of the Year registered 12.5 sacks for the Yellow Jackets, improving significantly each of his three seasons at Georgia Tech after signing as a highly touted prep prospect.

Morgan, however, was shut down in a highly anticipated matchup against Iowa's Bryan Bulaga in the bowl game, which could have left a bad taste in the mouth of scouts considering it was his last his performance.

He fills a clear need with the Tennessee Titans, who missed having an impact defensive lineman following Albert Haynesworth's free agency defection.

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