Tag:Ciron Black
Posted on: September 18, 2010 12:05 pm

Five seniors I'll be scouting closely today

Each Saturday I list here five seniors I'll be scouting closely. Prospects in the past I've listed include Washington quarterback Jake Locker, Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder, San Jose State safety Duke Ihenacho, Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan and NFLDraftScout.com's current lead story , Florida center Mike Pouncey, among others.

Players I'm focusing on aren't necessarily the elite prospects, but those who have legitimate NFL hopes, are playing in an intriguing matchup and, of course, are being televised.

For those that would like to scout alongside me today, you can follow me on Twitter @RobRang.

These are the five seniors I'll be keying in on tday (and a brief explanation as to why)...

CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska : In the game I certainly believe to be the biggest matchup of the weekend, Amukamara has the task of controlling Washington quarterback Jake Locker's favorite target, junior wideout Jermaine Kearse. Kearse, the reigning Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week after catching nine passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns last week in a win over Syracuse. If Amukamara, who entered the year rated by NFL scouts as the elite senior prospect in the entire country , can force Locker to look elsewhere, the Huskers will have a great shot at defeating the Huskies in Seattle.

OT DeMarcus Love, Arkansas: Razorback quarterback Ryan Mallett has already generated plenty of Heisman and early NFL draft talk. If he is to continue to earn rave reviews, he'll need a strong effort from his blindside protector, Love, in Arkansas' SEC opener against Georgia, today. The contest is a particularly intriguing one as Georgia enters this game needing a win following last week's loss to South Carolina and presents Arkansas with matchup dilemmas, considering they now use a 3-4 alignment. How Love handles Georgia's speed off the edge will go a long way in scouts eyes of determining whether the second-year starting LT has the athleticism and recognition to remain here in the NFL.

ILB Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina: For all of the negativity going on around the North Carolina program right now, some might be surprised to learn that they're actually still playing football. The Tar Heels host Georgia Tech in one of the key conference matchups of the weekend. While his athletically superior Bruce Carter gets most of the headlines, Sturdivant is among the more instinctive linebackers in the country. How he reacts to Georgia Tech's triple option offense will go a long way in determining who wins this ACC showdown.

OT Jonathan Barksdale, LSU: Though the Bulldogs enter this game 1-1, I've been more impressed with them so far in the early season than I have the 2-0 and hosting Tigers. Barksdale will be in charge of protecting LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson against Pernell McPhee, an immediate impact (and all-conference) performer last year for Mississippi State. Barksdale, 6-6 and 320 pounds, played well at right tackle in the past, but with four-year starter Ciron Black attempting to find a niche in the NFL, it will be up to Barksdale to control the left tackle position this year.  

CB Johnny Patrick, Louisville: Patrick doesn't get a lot of recognition outside of Conference USA, but he boasts an underrated combination of size (5-11, 190), quick feet and speed (4.47). Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers gets most of the attention, but his older brother, wideout James, broke the school record last year with 2,328 all-purpose yards. Patrick is the Cardinals' most talented and experienced defensive back. He got nicked up last week against Eastern Kentucky, but is expected to play. This should make for an intriguing and nationally underrated showdown between two very good athletes. 
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: October 10, 2009 9:09 pm

Florida-LSU living up to the hype thus far

The physical battle in the trenches and the spectacular speed of Florida's skill position players against LSU's second level defenders have overtaken Tim Tebow as the primary areas to watch in this game.

Tebow, of course, is going to get all of the attention, but LSU's secondary is doing a great job so far of limiting his throwing options downfield and Florida is understandably hesitant to begin pounding the ball inside with their typically successful quarterback draws.

Two early mismatches thus far could prove key to deciding the winner of this game.

Junior defensive end Carlos Dunlap has the speed to beat left tackle Ciron Black off the edge and certainly has the burst to beat the Tigers' interior linemen, as he's been shuffled inside on mutliple occasions. This position versatility from the 6-6, 280 pound Dunlap not only will provide the Gators with a decided edge up front in the passing game, it could potentially boost his stock with NFL scouts. The risk, however, in moving Dunlap inside, is negating his burst and allowing LSU's shorter interior linemen opportunities to get into his chest and drive Dunlap off the ball.

Not surprisingly considering how evenly matched these teams are, the other mismatch is in LSU's favor. Wide receiver Brandon LaFell, NFLDraftScout.com's top rated prospect at the position, has been able to shake off tight coverage to already have 3 catches for 37 yards in this contest. Blessed with a similar combination of size, strength and run-after-catch ability as former Tiger Dwayne Bowe, LaFell has already made some big plays in this game, including a spectacular catch on 3rd down. A better throw by Jordan Jefferson would have given the Tigers a first down. LaFell, however, snatched the back half of the ball and if not for tight coverage by the Gators, easily would picked up the yardage.

Posted on: September 30, 2009 1:34 pm

Week 5 Draft Slant lineup

I turned in my film review of the 10 players I'll be highlighting in the Week Five issue of Draft Slant to my editors last night.

As I'll try to do each week, here is the list of the players I focused on:

Player of the Week: WR Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati: (Great open field player, but one concern obvious after Fresno State game)
Diamond in the Rough: RS LeRoy Vann, Florida A&M : (Dynamic return specialist with back to back 2 TD return games already in '09)

Eight Others Deserving Mention Based on Film Review:

RB Anthony Dixon, Mississippi State (bruising back should have had an opportunity to beat LSU)
TE Ed Dickson, Oregon (Did the Ducks intentionally "forget" about Dickson early in the season to exploit the Cal 3-4 scheme?)
OG Mitch Petrus, Arkansas (Former FB has great feet, aggression in getting to the 2nd level)
OT Ciron Black, LSU (think Flozell Adams)
OLB Eric Norwood, South Carolina (He may not have the prototypical size and speed, but neither did Tedy Bruschi)
DT Tyson Alualu, California (At least one Golden Bear showed up to play against Oregon)
RB/WR Dexter McCluster, Mississippi (Is he a RB? Is he a WR? Is he a legitimate NFL prospect?)
SS Cody Grimm, Virginia Tech (Lacks the size and straight-line speed, but his instincts and quickness are enough to get drafted)

I hope you'll consider checking out an issue of Draft Slant . I check every outlet for draft information you can imagine -- through NFL teams, on the Web, over the air-waves, etc. If the information inside our weekly PDF isn't better than anything else you've seen in a weekly Draft perspective, I'd be stunned.
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