Tag:Mike Neal
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... 



Posted on: February 23, 2010 6:37 pm
This entry has been removed by the administrator.

Post Deleted by Administrator

This message has been removed by the administrator.

Posted on: January 30, 2010 8:36 pm
 

Senior Bowl a microcosm of draft -- DL dominates

All year long we've talked about the dominance of this year's defensive line crop and in the 2010 Senior Bowl that dominance came through. While offensive lines are often at a significant disadvantage in all-star games due to the lack of cohesion they've been able to establish, the fact that so different defensive linemen were able to make big plays in this game speaks to the relative talent on that side of the ball.

Consider that:
  • Michigan DE Brandon Graham won MVP honors with 5 tackles, 2 sacks, a TFL and a forced fumble.
  • Murray State DE Austen Lane scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery
  • Purdue DT Mike Neal, Troy DE Cameron Sheffield, Georgia DT Geno Atkins, Tennessee DT Dan Williams, Alabama DT Terrence Cody, and California DE Tyson Alualu all either posted a sack, a tackle for loss or both.
  • The DL likely to be drafted highest from the game, Penn State's Jared Odrick, and the DL that had likely improved his stock the most this week, Arkansas State DE Alex Carrington, did not record a sack or TFL, though each played well. 
We all know the talking heads are going to focus on the "skill positions" during draft coverage over the next few months.

The savvy draft fans out there know that the real talent in this draft, however, lies along the defensive line.
Posted on: September 15, 2009 6:43 pm
 

Draft Slant Lineup

One of the features I'm proudest that we have carried over from the original NFLDraftScout.com to our work here at CBS is The Draft Slant, a weekly PDF written by fellow Senior Analyst Chad Reuter and I.

What makes Draft Slant different from all of the other information I've seen available from a draft perspective is that it is updated weekly. I offer a Prospect of the Week based on the film review done of last weekend's games, as well as a Diamond in the Rough and Eight Others that jumped out at me during film work. Chad previews the coming week's action with detailed analysis as to who exactly to watch (and why).

The ten prospects that will be featured in this week's Draft Slant are:

Player of the Week: FS Taylor Mays, USC (awesome athlete, but some troubling mistakes against Ohio State)
Diamond in the Rough: OT Tony Washington, Abilene Christian (among the 5 best athletes among senior OTs)

Eight Others from the Film Room:

  1. OG Thomas Austin, Clemson (sound technician not so sound at critical moment against Georgia Tech)
  2. WR Jeremy Williams, Tulane (best senior WR few have heard of...)
  3. CB Perrish Cox, Oklahoma State (one of several Cowboys victimized in stunning Houston loss)
  4. OLB Rico McCoy, Tennessee (athletic enough to consider moving to safety?)
  5. QB Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan (product of the spread option or a legitimate Top 100 selection?)
  6. DT Mike Neal, Purdue (great strength and underrated burst has his stock rising)
  7. ILB Reggie Carter, UCLA (the leader of UCLA's defensive stand(s) in the victory at Tennessee)
  8. TE/H-Back/FB Garrett Graham, Wisconsin (another Chris Cooley?)
To view the extended notes from this week's issue (will be sent via email late Wed/early Thurs) or others, click here.
 
 
 
 
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com