Posted on: March 27, 2010 11:53 am
Sometimes the small school prospects can get a bit lost in the shuffle of a busy Pro Day week. These are three players from relatively small schools, however, that are creating some buzz with scouts.
William and Mary pass rusher Adrian Tracy was the big name on campus -- so much so that I highlighted him back in November in our PDF Draft Slant -- but it was his former teammate, defensive tackle Sean Lissemore who impressed scouts at their recent Pro Day. The 6-3, 297 pounder was twice timed in the low 4.8s in the 40-yard dash, 4.27 in the short shuttle and a 7.57 in the 3-cone drill. He also showed good explosiveness with a 30" vertical jump, 9'3" broad jump and lifting the bar 26 times. Lissemore is hardly a workout warrior. He earned first team all-conference honors with 66 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and two interceptions as a senior. He also stood out at the Texas vs. Nation practices. Lissemore has already gained the interest of several clubs, having set up private visits with the Arizona, Atlanta, Jacksonville, both New York clubs, and Seattle.
Western Illinois cornerback Patrick Stoudamire, Jr. took advantage of another opportunity to work out for scouts at the Northern Illinois Pro Day Friday. Stoudamire, who earned first-team all Gateway conference honors each of the past three seasons and never gave up a touchdown reception, had previously helped his cause with a solid performance at the East-West Shrine game. He was among the highest rated prospects by NFLDraftScout.com who was not invited to the Combine. Friday, however, the 5-10, 207 pounder showed the speed (4.43), explosiveness (31.5" vertical) and fluidity in positional drills to warrant a late round selection. He's already scheduled several visits with clubs. The Cardinals, Bears, Colts and Saints seemed to be the most interested during his NIU workout.
Every year there is a D-III prospect that earns a late round selection or makes a club as an undrafted free agent. This year that prospect may be Christopher Newport running back Tunde Ogun .
Ogun burst onto the scene as a junior with 1,794 yards and 16 touchdowns, earning All-American honors. A partially torn meniscus suffered in the season-opener, however, limited Ogun to only 959 yards and 10 scores (in 10 games).
No one can say Ogun isn't dedicated to showing scouts what he can do. Not only did he play through the injury all season long, over the past month, he's traveled to three different Pro Day workouts. His best performance came Wednesday. Ogun, 6-0, 219 pounds was timed at 4.52 in the 40-yard dash, 4.24 in the short shuttle, 11.50 in the long shuttle and 6.92 in the 3-cone. He also posted a 30" vertical, 9'1" broad jump and lifted the bar 22 times.
Posted on: November 18, 2009 2:06 pm
I've used the blog as a way of advertising for NFLDraftScout.com's weekly PDF, Draft Slant, in the past. I've tried to list the players we were profiling each week so that "coach scouts" can read Chad Reuter's and my thoughts and compare notes based on the previous week's action of legitimate NFL prospects.
Scouting prospects across the country, week in and week out, is a laborious process. Every once in awhile, however, you see a prospect surprise you with his performance.
This week I'm especially excited about our Draft Slant feature, as two prospects popped off the film. As such, we'll be significantly changing their grades on NFLDraftScout.com. Watch around the web with the other draft-related websites. They'll be catching on soon enough.
I wish I could just copy and paste the mini-profiles I wrote for these two players here. That, however, wouldn't be fair to our loyal subscribers. What I can do is list the prospects we featured to let you make an educated guess as to who it is I (and scouts I've spoken to since) are talking about...
The ten seniors featured this week are:
Clemson DE/OLB - Ricky Sapp
Murray State DE - Austen Lane
South Florida DE - George Selvie
Oregon State QB - Sean Canfield
Pittsburgh QB - Bill Stull
Baylor C - JD Walton
Iowa TE - Tony Moeaki
Troy ILB - Boris Lee
Utah FS - Robert Johnson
East Carolina DT - Jay Ross
Those who'd like to purchase this single copy of Draft Slant can follow the link here.
Category: NFL Draft
Posted on: October 13, 2009 9:54 pm
I try to preview each week's issue of Draft Slant, NFLDraftScout.com's weekly PDF on this forum. I realize that for some of you, this is unnecessary, as you've ordered the entire series. For others, you may simply not care. I list the players we focused on per week for those readers who might be looking for certain prospects or who happened to watch similar games and want to compare notes with my fellow senior analyst Chad Reuter and I...
This week's Draft Slant features:
Oklahoma State OT Russell Okung as the Player of the Week (moments of brilliance, struggle against Big 12's leading pass rusher)
Eastern Washington TE Nathan Overbay as the Diamond in the Rough (soft hands, questions about speed, blocking ability)
The eight others earning writeups include:
Florida State OLB Dekoda Watson (Michael Boulware, Tommy Polley clone?)
Connecticut DE Lindsey Witten (7 sacks in first two games a mirage?)
West Virginia QB Jarrett Brown (Pro-style QB only needs more time?)
Alabama OG Mike Johnson (Powerful blocker emerging with Andre Smith now in the NFL)
Arizona CB Devin Ross (Athletic cover corner capable of moving into Top 64?)
LSU DE Rahim Alem (Lack of big plays called out in loss to Florida)
TCU ILB Daryl Washington (Surprising physicality, instincts at ILB, but does he have the size to remain there?)
Fresno State WR Seyi Ajirotutu (Second coming of Legedu Naanee?)
Those interested in ordering a single issue or the entire series of Draft Slant can click here .
Posted on: September 26, 2009 6:18 pm
One of the missing elements of Oregon's offense over the first 3 games of the season had been big-play tight end Ed Dickson. The Cal Golden Bears, however, must be wishing Dickson hadn't discovered his game today, as the second-team All-Pac-10 pick has been unstoppable this afternoon, racking up 11 catches for 148 yards and 3 touchdowns with over 2 minutes still to go in the 3rd quarter.
Dickson has been used on a variety of routes, showcasing his unique blend of size (6-3, 245), strength, agility and speed. Blessed with soft hands and good vision in the open field, Dickson has caught everything thrown his direction and quickly turned upfield for positive yardage. His latest touchdown came off a screen, in which Dickson turned, caught the quick pass and read his blocks correctly to scoot free into the open field for a 36 yard score.
With his play today, Dickson certainly deserves consideration for Player of the Week honors in our fifth edition of the 2009-2010 Draft Slant, our weekly PDF on sale now .
Among the other early favorites to be included are:
Cincinnati WR Mardy Gilyard (Potential Player of the Week)
Cincinnati QB Tony Pike
Virginia Tech OG Sergio Render
Mississippi State RB Anthony Dixon
LSU DE Rahim Alem
LSU WR Brandon LaFell (potential Player of the Week)
Cal DT Tyson Alaalu
Alabama DT Terrance Cody
Alabama OG Mike Johnson
Arkansas OG Mitch Petrus
Michigan DE Brandon Graham
Category: NFL Draft
Tags: Cal, Cincinnati WR Mardy Gilyard (Potential Player of the Week) Cincinnati QB Tony Pike Virginia Tech OG Sergio Render Mississippi State RB Anthony Dixon LSU DE Rahim Alem LSU WR Brandon LaFell (potential Player of the Week) Cal DT Tyson Alaalu Alabama DT Terr, Draft Slant, Ed Dickson, Oregon Ducks
Posted on: September 7, 2009 12:41 pm
For those needing a fix of football on Labor Day, there are two games today in which the NFL scouts certainly will be paying attention.
Cincinnati visits Rutgers in a Big East battle at 4pm (EST). Miami visits Florida State in an ACC clash at 8 pm (EST). Both games will be televised by ESPN.
While the Miami/Florida State contest is certain to get more hype, the Cincinnati/Rutgers contest offers just as much, if not more for scouts to watch. Certainly the most intriguing one on one battle should come from this contest as Cincinnati's Mardy Gilyard (6-0, 187, #1), NFLDraftScout.com's #2 rated senior wideout is expected to be shadowed by Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty (5-11, 190, #21).
The more impressive of the two will make this week's issue of Draft Slant, NFLDraftScout.com's weekly PDF that highlights ten of the more intriguing NFL prospects from the previous week's action, as well as much more.
For more information about Draft Slant, follow the link below.
Posted on: September 3, 2009 2:10 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2009 6:40 pm
For those NFL Draft and college football fans looking to gain an immediate edge on their peers, two of NFLDraftScout.com's premier PDF files are ready for immediate download.
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