Tag:Chad Jones
Posted on: August 15, 2010 1:03 pm

Ben Tate most critical rookie loss so far

The physical nature of the game means that there will always be injuries. Considering that they are making the greatest jump in talent of their lives, often the players most susceptible to injury are rookies.

Despite the hype of the draft, only a small portion of rookies are expected by their respective clubs to provide a true immediate and consistent impact.

The Houston Texans, however, were certainly hoping to gain exactly that from second round pick Ben Tate.

Unfortunately, after only his second carry of the game -- a 12 yard burst on the Texans' first drive of the second half -- Tate suffered a severe lower leg injury and had to be carted off the field.

The injury, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter) is believed to be a broken ankle , which would end Tate's season.

The Texans had hoped that Tate would solidify a running game that has struggled with inconsistency throughout the franchise's nine-year history. Veterans Arian Foster and Steve Slaton had most recently flashed in a starting role for Houston, but in investing the No. 58 overall choice in Tate, clearly Gary Kubiak and his staff were hoping the former Auburn star would provide some consistency to the position.

Unfortunately, there have already been some ugly injuries to highly-drafted rookies. The Ravens and Giants may have lost their second and third round picks, OLB Sergio Kindle and S Chad Jones for the year (and more) with scary off-field incidents. The Jaguars lost third round DT D'Anthony Smith to an Achilles tear. Tennessee lost undrafted free agent running back Stafon Johnson to an dislocated ankle just last night.

None of these players, however, were in Tate's position to compete for a prominent role immediately.
Posted on: March 15, 2010 5:43 pm
Edited on: March 16, 2010 12:58 pm

LSU Pro Day results, link to videos

LSU did a terrific job of highlighting their players accomplishments at their Pro Day earlier today. Not only are the official results of all 18 participants laid out on their site, they also provide links to several videos of the event -- broken due by specific drills.

The most notable results of the day came from running back Charles Scott, who measured in six pounds less today that he did at the Combine and it showed in his time in the 40-yard dash. Measuring in at 5-11 3/8, 232 pounds, Scott was twice timed at 4.53 seconds. He had been clocked in the low 4.7s on some scouts' watches in Indianapolis and was officially credited with a 4.67.

Keiland Williams, the "other" LSU back also was impressive, proving sufficiently recovered from ankle surgery to run the 40-yard dash in 4.51 and 4.52 seconds at 5-11, 231 pounds.  Williams had flashed as the starter after Scott went down with a collarbone. He broke his ankle against Ole Miss and leaves with only three starts to his credit, but played in 47 games for the Tigers. He is viewed as an intriguing late round prospect with some upside.

The official results, as listed by LSU's website are below. I've also provided a link to the here which have the results and links to the videos.

The asterisks denote results that occurred at the Combine.

2010 LSU Pro Day Scorecard (March 15 - LSU Football Operations Center)

  Name Pos Height/Weight Arm & Hand 40-Yard Bench Reps (225) Shuttle Runs (20/60) 3-Cone Drill Broad Jump Vertical Jump
84 Rahim Alem DE 6-2½/257
33 & 10
33¼ & 10¼* 





91 Charles Alexander DT 6-3⅛/298
33¾ & 10¾  
35 & 10⅜*
5.35/5.40   4.90/--   9-7 33

71 Ciron Black OT 6-4⅛/327
32¾ & 10¼
33 & 10⅛*
4.93/-- 8.04 7-7

24 Harry Coleman LB 6-1½/212
31 & 9¼
32½ & 9¾*
  6.90   9-10

54 Jacob Cutrera LB 6-3⅛/238 29¾ & 9½ 4.63/4.62 18 4.42/11.81 7.20 9-10 35

18 Richard Dickson TE 6-2½/249 31½ & 10 4.85/4.92 14 4.45/-- 7.56  8-6 28½

40 Orlando Gunn RB 5-6/178 28¼ & 9¾ 5.04/4.98   4.34/12.29 7.28 7-10 27

29  Chris Hawkins CB 6-0½/186
31½ & 9¾
32 & 9⅞*
--/11.67    9-11 36½

8 Trindon Holliday KR 5-5¼/165
27½ & 8¼

28 R.J. Jackson WR 5-11½/208 33¼ & 9  4.63/4.58 19 4.44/11.47 6.59   9-0 35½

3 Chad Jones FS 6-2¼/225
32 & 8¾
32½ & 9*
4.13/--   9-7 --

1 Brandon LaFell WR 6-2½/211
32 & 9
32¾ & 8¾*
11 --/11.43 --

44 Danny McCray S 6-0½/214  31½ & 9¾   4.47/4.46 23 4.28/11.18 6.70 9-9 34

86 Chris Mitchell WR 5-11⅞/189 31 & 9½ 4.42/4.46 12  4.21/11.27 6.76 9-11 37½

56 Perry Riley LB 6-1/235
31¾ & 9¾
32½ & 9½*
4.64* 17   --

32 Charles Scott RB 5-11⅜/232
32½ & 9¾
33 & 9½*
17  --/11.92 --

5 Keiland Williams RB 5-11¼/231
29¼ & 9
30 & 8¾*
4.52/4.51 16     -- 32

97 Al Woods DT 6-3½/307
34¾ & 11¼
36 & 11*
23     9-0

Posted on: February 23, 2010 6:49 pm

Combine Surprise Team

Everyone knows that CJ Spiller is going to run well and that Ndamukong Suh is strong. For other standouts, my fellow Senior Analyst Chad Reuter did a nice job of previewing the Combine here.

I wanted to pass along a few of my thoughts, as well.

My Combine Surprise Team list isn't designed to predict which players will post the fastest times in the 40-yard dash (Jacoby Ford) per position or lift the 225 pound bar (Mike Neal) the most times.

It is, instead, a peek ahead to prospects I feel will boost their stock due to all-around strong performances at the Combine.

QB - Zac Robinson, Oklahoma State: Better athleticism than most think and he'll impress with his accuracy
RB - Lonyae Miller, Fresno State: Don't be surprised if Ryan Mathews' backup runs better than most of the other backs tested.
TE - Andrew Quarless: Speed and vertical jump will surprise. Has to catch the ball cleanly.
WR - Taylor Price, Ohio: Watch this kid run his way into the second round.
OT - Selvish Capers, West Virginia: Capers may have struggled in Mobile, but the former TE's athleticism will be on display this week. 
OG -  Marshall Newhouse, TCU: Amongst a relatively unathletic group, Newhouse, a former LT, could stand out.
C -  Matt Tennant, Boston College: Like guards, the 2010 center class doesn't possess many standout athletes, but Tennant's light feet should impress.

DE -  Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida: At 6-6, 260 pounds, Pierre-Paul can backflip his way onto a gymnastics team . How that translates into sacking the quarterback I don't know, but it does speak to his unique athleticism.
(Okay, so Pierre-Paul isn't really much of a surprise. I just wanted an excuse to put up the youtube video. Here is another defensive end to keep an eye on)
DE - Kevin Basped, Nevada: For a kid with his lanky (6-6, 240) frame, Basped is going to surprise people with his strength.
DT - Mike Neal, Purdue: Remember the old Bill Parcells NFL video, "This is why you lift all them weights..." ? Neal does. 
ILB - Donald Butler, Washington: Among the more athletic linebackers no one is talking about.
OLB - Simoni Lawrence, Minnesota: The scouts know about undersized OLBs Rennie Curran, Dekoda Watson and Harry Coleman. They'll know Lawrence's name after this week too. 
CB - Joshua Moore, Kansas State: Nationally underrated corner jumps into primetime this week. 
S - Chad Jones, LSU: I've spoken to scouts who feel Jones is one of the ten best all-around athletes in the draft. Hefty praise considering Jones measures in around 6-3, 230... 

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Posted on: February 2, 2010 11:13 am

SEC's Jones and Jones stand out on film

I've been focusing on writing player profiles for in advance of the Combine for NFLDraftScout.com and the upcoming issue of Lindy's NFL Draft Preview. This week I've been working on the safeties and two juniors from the SEC have stood out.

LSU's Chad Jones is an extremely athletic prospect who sources tell me could "shock the world" when he works out. Characterized by some close to the LSU program as the team's best athlete (remember, this team features Trindon Holliday...), scouts feel that he, while a bit unpolished, could ultimately rank as one of the top safeties from this exceptional class. He had became a full-time starter in 2009, but is being characterized by some as big enough to play linebacker and athletic to even see time at cornerback. He's also proven to be quite the pitcher, as this video proves .

His namesake, Georgia's Reshad Jones, is a similarly gifted athlete. An extremely highly touted prep prospect out of the state of Georgia, Jones quickly developed into a standout and unlike his LSU counterpart, leaves having started each of the past three years. Unfortunately, he is most known by some for his missed tackle that led Georgia Tech defeating the Bulldogs two years ago. Since, he's developed into a surer open field tackler and has always demonstrated very good ball skills.

With all of the attention being heaped upon All-Americans Eric Berry, Taylor Mays and Earl Thomas, these two haven't earned the attention from the media that they'll be soon be getting from NFL scouts.
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