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Posted on: October 14, 2010 1:49 pm
 

Notre Dame TE Kyle Rudolph to undergo surgery Fri

Notre Dame junior tight end Kyle Rudolph will undergo season-ending surgery Friday to repair his hamstring.

The surgery is a significant one. Rudolph, who had been gutting it out by playing through a pulled hamstring originally injured over the summer, had the tendons in his right leg snap, separating the muscle from the bone against Pittsburgh, Saturday.

Though only a junior, Rudolph is widely considered to be among the top eligible tight end prospect in the country. The injury and resulting surgery, however, could put a damper on any plans that the 6-6, 260 pounder had on entering the NFL draft after this season. Rudolph's rehabilitation is expected to last six months, meaning that he may not be able to fully workout for scouts prior to the draft.

As alarming as that might be for scouts, Rudolph's ability to impact the game stands out on film. It should also be noted that the two tight ends selected highest in last year's draft -- Jermaine Gresham and Rob Gronkowski -- each missed the entire 2009 season prior to being selected with the No. 21 and No. 42 overall picks of last April's draft, by the Bengals and Patriots, respectively.

Should he elect to leave school early for the draft, scouts have plenty of film on Rudolph. A standout since taking over for John Carlson (now a starter for the Seattle Seahawks), was on pace to shatter his previous career highs in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns.
Through six games this year, Rudolph had caught 28 passes for 328 yards and three touchdowns.

He has caught 90 passes for 1,032 yards and eight touchdowns for his career.


Posted on: March 9, 2010 5:44 pm
 

Top prospects do little at OU Pro Day

There was a lot of hype surrounding the Oklahoma Pro Day -- enough that representatives from nearly every team showed up (including a handful of head coaches and front office executives. In fact, 31 of the NFL's 32 teams were present. Only the Raiders weren't represented.

As it turned out, however, most of them could have stayed home as the top prospects didn't do much of anything to alter their grades.

According to scouts I spoke to who attended the workout:

Quarterback Sam Bradford , as I reported yesterday, did not attend the Pro Day.

Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (6-4, 298) and tight end Jermaine Gresham (6-5, 259) were measured, but did not participate in any drills. Both measured in a few pounds different today than they had at the Combine (McCoy was 295, Gresham was 261, respectively). Offensive tackle Trent Williams also elected to stand on most of his Combine results, but did participate in the short shuttle (4.4) and 3-cone drill (7.4).

Gresham may have helped his cause with a "solid showing" in receiving and blocking drills.

Another potential first round pick -- cornerback Dominique Franks , a 5-11, 191 pound junior -- bettered his Combine time in the 40-yard from 4.52 seconds to times varying from 4.44-4.50, according to scouts in attendance.

The two players who may have helped themselves the most were players not invited to the Combine and thereby forced to take advantage of the high number of scouts attending.

Offensive guard Brian Simmons was not invited to the Combine, but perhaps should have been -- especially considering the relatively weak crop of talent at the position this year. Simmons measured in at 6-4 1/4, 315 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash between 5.19-5.26. He was timed at 4.75 in the short shuttle, 7.61 in the 3-cone and posted a 28" vertical jump and a 8-10" broad jump.

Nose guard DeMarcus Granger (6-1, 320) may have helped his cause by showing off his strength. He posted a Pro Day-high 32 reps of 225 pounds. 


Posted on: February 24, 2010 7:26 pm
 

Top 100 players with questionable medical grades

The Scouting Combine -- at least the workout portion of it -- has become the most overrated aspect of the NFL Draft process.

The Combine was originally designed to provide scouts with an efficient way to do medical testing of the 300+ best prospects in the draft. During the 90s, teams began to focus more and more attention on the results of the athletic drills, resulting in some of the biggest busts in league history, including the infamous Mike Mamula. With pre-combine facilities training prospects to excel in these drills -- and not football -- teams are now learning to revert their attention back to where it belongs -- on the film.

I posted a blog earlier about five players who I believe will struggle in certain aspects of the drills and/or measurement portion of the Combine. This wasn't meant to say these players will be busts in the NFL, but that they could see their stock slip a bit this week.

In reality, the players who are likeliest to fall significantly on draft day will be the ones who come up with medical or off-field concerns that are discovered there.

There are several potential Top 100 prospects whose final grades will hinge on their medical grades.

QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma (shoulder)
OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa (thyroid condition)
OLB/DE Ricky Sapp, Clemson (knee)
QB Colt McCoy, Texas (shoulder)
TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma (knee)
RB Jahvid Best, Cal (concussions)
DE Corey Wootton, Northwestern (knee)
TE Rob Gronkowski, Arizona (back)
QB Tony Pike, Cincinnati (forearm)
ILB Sean Lee, Penn State (knee)
DE Greg Hardy, Mississippi (knees, foot)
OT Jason Fox, Miami (knee)



Posted on: February 24, 2010 10:44 am
 

Five Who Will Disappoint in Indy

Everyone has thoughts on the players who will help themselves with a strong performance at the Combine. In reality, after a month and a half of preparation, many of these athletes are in the best shape of their lives.

That said, there will be disappointments this week. Predicting them is always difficult, but I'm going to try to do so anyway.

Here are my 5 potential Combine Busts (and why):

QB Jevan Snead, Ole Miss: Snead and the rest of the quarterbacks have a nice opportunity to impress scouts this week considering that most of the top-rated quarterbacks won't be throwing. Snead has struggled with accuracy throughout his career, however, and has an unfortunate history of struggling in high pressure situations.

WR Dezmon Briscoe, Kansas: Briscoe has good speed for his lanky frame (6-3, 200), but I question if he doesn't look faster on film due to Kansas' spread offense that often got him the ball in stride. Battling questions about his work ethic, Briscoe, with a subpar performance, could get lost in the shuffle of mid round receivers.

TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma: Like Briscoe, Gresham has generated much of his success due to the fact that he's played out of the spread offense. He certainly has run away from his share of defenders for the Sooners, suggesting that he might be faster on the field than he is for the stopwatch. I do not believe, however, that he'll impress in the 40-yard dash; potentially tightening up an already competitive race with Arizona's Rob Gronkowski and Florida's Aaron Hernandez to be the first tight end selected this year.

OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma: I expect Williams to surprise scouts with how well he'll work out, but insiders tell me he'll also measure in considerably smaller than the 6-5, 330 pounds he was listed by Oklahoma. We saw Florida State pass rusher Everett Brown slip into the second round last year largely due to his coming in smaller than expected. I don't expect to see Williams slip that far, but if he measures in at 6-3 (as some have predicted), some teams will consider him too short to play tackle.

ILB Pat Angerer, Iowa: Angerer relies on his instincts and physicality to get the job done at inside linebacker. He's reportedly been timed in the mid 4.5s at 235 pounds. If he runs that fast, I (and more importantly) scouts would be surprised. Some are projecting him to be much closer to the 4.7s.






Posted on: February 21, 2010 12:29 pm
 

Gronkowski will only lift at Combine

Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski is one of the real unknowns of the 2010 draft after missing the entire 2009 season due to a back injury and subsequent surgery.

According to Gronkowksi, interviewed last night on Sirius Radio with Howard Balzer, it seems that scouts will have to wait a bit longer to see him perform. Gronkowski is choosing to participate in the bench press only and will save all other drills for his Pro Day (tentatively scheduled for March 12).

Considering that the injury in question was his back, Gronkowski's decision to lift seems odd. Some will presume it as proof that Gronkowski feels he is healthy enough to perform all of the drills, but is electing to buy himself some more time to run the all-important 40-yard dash and go through pass-catching and route-running drills.

Of course, the biggest test Gronkowski has to answer at the Combine, he'll still undergo - proving through the exhaustive medical screening that he is, in fact, 100%.

Despite having only two seasons under his belt, the 20-year old Gronkowski is Arizona's all-time leading tight end in various categories, including the single-game, single-season, and career leader in receptions (75), receiving yards (1,197) and touchdowns (16).


When healthy, Gronkowski is the 2010 draft's best all-around tight end prospect and worthy of a first round pick. Considering the injury questions with Oklahoma's Jermaine Gresham and the size limitations of Florida's Aaron Hernandez, Gronkowski has a chance to be the first tight end selected this year. Depending on the scheme, each of these three players may be the top-rated tight end on NFL boards.
Posted on: January 14, 2010 10:32 pm
 

TE Gronkowski expected to leave early

Arizona junior tight end Rob Gronkowski, who missed the entire 2009 season after undergoing surgery on a herniated disk and nerve damage in his lower back in September, has scheduled a press conference for Friday morning and is expected to announce that he's entering his name in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Though he doesn't have Jermaine Gresham's big name, the 6-6, 265 pound Gronkowski could compete with the former Oklahoma star at the top of tight end rankings if he can prove he's healthy. According to sources, Gronkowski flew on January 6th to Marina del Rey, California to meet with the doctor who performed the surgery on and has since been running and working out in preparation for next season.

Whether next season is with the Wildcats or the NFL, of course, only Gronkowski knows, at this time.

Considering that his older brother, senior H-back Chris Gronkowski will be leaving after this season and the relatively weak class of tight ends, scouts expect the 2008 first-team all-Pac-10 choice to leave early -- assuming he feels secure in the health of his back.

Voted a third-team All-American in 2008 after he caught 47 passes for 672 yards and 10 touchdowns despite missing the first three games due to illness (mono), Gronkowski entered the 2009 season on the John Mackey Award watchlist. With only two seasons under his belt, he's Arizona's all-time leading tight end in various categories, including the single game, single season, and career leader in receptions (75), receiving yards (1,197) and touchdowns (16).

Blessed with great size, good athleticism and soft hands, he's a true threat on short and intermediate routes and a better blocker than most give him credit for.

Completely healthy, he'd likely earn a first round grade from teams. Considering that seriousness of his back injury and resulting surgery, however, teams could be hesitant to use a first round pick on him. That said, in a class with only one other true headliner at tight end -- and, of course, Gresham is coming off his own surgery -- and a series of specialists (receiver specialists Aaron Hernandez, Ed Dickson and blocking specialist Anthony McCoy), a spot among the Top 50 certainly seems possible.


Posted on: January 4, 2010 10:42 pm
 

Florida TE Aaron Hernandez going pro

Florida junior tight end Aaron Hernandez is telling teammates that he's leaving school and heading to the NFL draft.

The Mackey Award winner as the nation's top tight end, Hernandez caught 68 passes for 850 yards and 6 TDs this season, including a game-high 9 grabs for 111 yards and score against Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl. 

With his size and Florida's scheme not going to change, Hernandez had little to gain by returning for his senior season. In fact, he could have seen a significant loss in numbers with Tim Tebow moving on. One of the knocks on Tebow is that he too often relied on the reliable Hernandez underneath.

Listed at a generous 6-2, 250 pounds Hernandez doesn't have the size to fit every NFL scheme. He lacks the size and strength to be an effective inline blocker, but is a matchup nightmare due to his agility and soft hands. He fits best as an H-back, similar to how the Washington Redskins have used Chris Cooley in the past.

Despite his lack of size and strength, Hernandez had little choice but to take advantage of a position that many feel is among the worst of the draft. Oklahoma's Jermaine Gresham is a high first round talent, but is, of course, recovering from the knee surgery that ended his senior season before it even began. USC's Anthony McCoy is a terrific blocker in the mold of 2009 first round pick Brandon Pettigrew, but lacks the speed to challenge defenses and is slipping down boards amid concerns about his reliability. McCoy has twice been suspended due to academics.

He projects as a second to third round pick at this point in the draft. Oklahoma's Jermaine Gresham, who is, of course, recovering from knee surgery, might be the only tight end with a significantly higher grade from most clubs than Hernandez.

The second Florida junior has decided to turn pro early. If all indications via scouts, media and Florida teammates are correct, cornerback Joe Haden and tight end Aaron Hernandez won't have to wait long for other Gators to join them.

For more coverage on Hernandez and other Florida information, click here .
Posted on: September 30, 2009 11:40 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2009 11:45 pm
 

Gresham, Thurmond despite injury, entering draft

Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham and Oregon cornerback Walter Thurmond III are not letting their season-ending knee injuries keep them from exploring their NFL options. Both, in fact, have elected to enter the 2010 draft rather than apply for a medical hardship and return to college next season, the schools announced Wednesday.

Gresham, given a first round grade by the NFL Advisory Committee, suffered a knee injury in the week prior to the Oklahoma's opener against BYU. He underwent surgery to repair torn cartilage soon thereafter and is expected to be fully recovered in time for the Combine.

A strong performance in workouts and clean medical grades from team doctors will likely keep Gresham in the first round. There is no doubt that when healthy, he is the elite tight end prospect eligible for the 2010 draft.

Thurmond's injury has received considerably less national attention. The pre-season All-American was a four-year starter and leaves Oregon with a school-record five touchdown returns for his career. A playmaking cornerback and return specialist, Thurmond had already returned each for a score this season, returning a punt for a score against Utah and an interception for a touchdown against Purdue. Thurmond was injured returning the opening kickoff this past weekend against Cal. He considered leaving Oregon early with fellow defensive backs Patrick Chung and Jairus Byrd (each of whom were selected in the 2nd round) after earning a third round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee.

Thurmond's injury is also much more serious than the cartilage tear suffered by Gresham. Thurmond tore the anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee.

The severity of Thurmond's injury is certain to create doubt with NFL teams as to his draft status. Even with intense rehabilitation, Thurmond won't realistically be ready to workout for scouts prior to next April's draft.

When healthy, Thurmond has proven himself to be among the nation's best cover corners and worthy of Top 100 consideration. His greatest asset, however, has always been his pure athleticism.

If unable to prove this ability in pre-draft workouts, however, Thurmond is likely to slip into the late rounds or perhaps even out of the draft entirely.


 
 
 
 
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