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Posted on: September 22, 2010 1:57 pm
 

NFL Draft Prospects Update -- CBS video

Though the season is only a few weeks in, we know that there are plenty of ravenous NFL draft fans out there.

Earlier today I discussed with Lauren Shehadi the quarterbacks headlining NFL teams' draft boards. Our conversation began with Jake Locker and his struggles against Nebraska, but we also talked about Florida State's Christian Ponder, two talented underclassmen passers that are certainly piquing the interest of scouts, as well as two rising senior prospects to keep an eye on.

The video was recorded and is already available to watch. Just make sure after clicking the link that you go to Video Channels--NFL--NFL Draft Prospect Update 9/22. 

To watch the video click here.  

Posted on: September 20, 2010 1:26 pm
 

Player of the Week -- Clemson S DeAndre McDaniel

One might just assume I'm a rabid Auburn Tigers fan, as for the second week in a row I'm picking a senior prospect whose team the Tigers beat as my Player of the Week.

Last week I highlighted the play of Mississippi State offensive tackle Derek Sherrod. This week the honor goes to Clemson safety DeAndre McDaniel .

Some will argue that "Player of the Week" is a misnomer. I don't pretend that I've already scouted every prospect throughout the country and that my choice (McDaniel, in this case) was unquestionably the best. It isn't that McDaniel was so dominant that he deserves attention over, say, Kansas State running back Daniel Thomas (who rushed for another 181 yards in the undefeated Wildcats thrilling win over Iowa State) or Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick (who finished with 329 all-purpose yards and five TDs in an impressive win over Cal). However, part of the coverage that we, at NFLDraftScout.com, have provided to our readers as part of our Draft Slant feature, is a Player of the Week. In picking one out each week, I tend to focus on Top 50 senior prospects for this honor and adhere to certain guidelines in terms of the level of competition the player faced.

In a game with plenty deserving acknowledgement, McDaniel was the most consistently impressive. McDaniel, who lined up deep in coverage as well as coming up in a hybrid linebacker role, finished with six tackles, and two passes defensed, including a textbook high-point interception in the second quarter that led to Clemson's second touchdown of the game and a seemingly unsurmountable 17-0 lead. Though the Tigers eventually came back to win this contest, McDaniel's play stood out. It wasn't just McDaniels' numbers that caught my eye, but the versatility and timing with which he recorded them.

Player of the Week, along with The Diamond in the Rough (small school prospect), used to be features of Draft Slant . This PDF file can be purchased as an individual issue or one can purchase the entire year (16 issues). Or, if you just want to see an example, you can download this free sample of Week One here .

We thought that the Player of the Week and Diamond in the Rough deserved more acknowledgement, however, and thus, every Monday, I'll post my picks for each award.

Player of the Week - September 18, 2010
S DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson 6-0 / 215 / 4.54 -- opponent: Auburn

Versatile defender capable of impacting the game in various ways. Good range and vision to play in the deep middle. Reads the quarterback's eyes and gets a jump on the ball. Showed terrific ball skills, timing and leaping ability to high-point his interception in the second quarter. The interception was McDaniel's first of 2010 - but he led the ACC with eight pick-offs last year. McDaniel's aggression does mean that he'll occasionally take a false step towards the line of scrimmage and can be victimized by good play-action. He was not beaten in this game, however. A bit shorter than scouts would prefer for the position, McDaniel has a well-built frame and looked comfortable near the line of scrimmage. He scrapes well, showing the lateral agility, balance and vision to avoid blockers. His instincts and comfort inside were on display in the 4th quarter when he sniffed out a receiver end-around and dropped wideout Terrell Zachary for a 7-yard loss. The play came at a perfect time for Clemson, as the team, after surrendering 24 consecutive points, had just scored to tie the game. McDaniel demonstrated reliable open field tackling skills throughout the game. He breaks down well in space to handle smaller, quicker athletes and can provide a much more explosive pop than he's generally given credit for. His lack of top power was exposed a bit with a strong effort from Auburn 5-10, 240 pound back to get a 4th quarter first down. McDaniel took on Smith too high and was surprised by Smith's power. Though he certainly wasn't bowled over, McDaniel did struggle to make the stop. In the NFL McDaniel will have to learn to tackle with greater balance and leverage for this mistake not to be repeated. Considering the consistency with which he played Saturday night, however, the one play (Auburn punted moments later) certainly wasn't a drawback. McDaniel's versatility and consistency, in fact, secured his place as the top all-around senior safety in the country -- at least in my eyes.

Posted on: September 15, 2010 2:14 pm
 

Pitt DE Romeus to undergo back surgery Thursday

Pittsburgh defensive end Greg Romeus will undergo surgery Thursday to repair a disk in his lower back.

Head coach Dave Wannestadt, in a statement, said that he hoped to have Romeus back by the end of the season. It is unclear as to when Romeus originally hurt his back. He played, albeit ineffectively, in the season-opening loss to Utah. Romeus did not play last week against New Hampshire.

Part of Wannestadt's statement acknowledged that the surgery “is the best option for Greg, personally and athletically.”

Romeus, 6-5 and 268 pounds, is a signficant loss to the Panthers. Lining up opposite Jabaal Sheard, himself a legitimate NFL pass rush prospect, Romeus earned Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors last season with 43 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks, three forced fumbles, an interception and a blocked PAT.

Regardless of if Romeus is able to return to the field for the Panthers this season, his final draft status will ultimately hinge on the medical grades given by team doctors at the Scouting Combine.

When healthy, Romeus has proven to be among the country's better pass rush prospects.

Prior to the season Romeus had been graded by NFLDraftScout.com as a potential first round prospect. I had him going to the Seattle Seahawks with the sixth overall pick in my initial 2011 mock draft (which featured only seniors).



Posted on: September 8, 2010 1:06 pm
 

New issue of Draft Slant ready

Subscribers of NFLDraftScout.com's weekly PDF file on the latest happenings in the world of college football and the NFL draft will be receiving their first premium issue of Draft Slant today.

Because the material is premium content, I'm not at liberty to give you all of the details. I can point out that we continue to offer last week's initial issue for free.

If you liked the content in the free issue, you'll love the greater detail in this week's (and future) articles.

Draft Slant was originally my idea. The basic premise behind it is that many of you are watching the same games as my fellow Senior Analyst Chad Reuter and I. We thought, why not write up reviews of some of the top players in the games we're all watching as a way for you to compare notes with us? We offer much, much more in Draft Slant than these reviews, but they were the centerpiece of my original idea. If these reviews aren't the most timely and accurate weekly updates you've seen, I want to know about it.  

In this week's premium issue, we detailed the following six senior prospects and how they faired in their first game of the year: 

Florida OC Mike Pouncey
Ohio State DE Cameron Heyward
Kansas State RB Daniel Thomas
East Carolina OT Willie Smith
Virginia Tech CB Rashad Carmichael
Pittsburgh OT Jason Pinkston


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Posted on: September 7, 2010 12:58 pm
 

Diamond in the Rough -- Jax St. OL Curt Porter

As I mentioned in my last post, we thought that the Player of the Week and Diamond in the Rough deserved more acknowledgement than they received in the past as part of our Draft Slant coverage. Thus, each Monday/ (in this case Tuesday), I'll post the name and rationale for those players here on the blog.

Player of the Week, along with The Diamond in the Rough (small school prospect), used to be features of Draft Slant. This PDF file can be purchased as an individual issue or one can purchase the entire year (16 issues). Or, if you just want to see an example, you can download this free sample of Week One here.

Jacksonville State offensive lineman Curt Ponder jumped off the screen with his play Saturday in the Gamecocks upset over Ole Miss. As you can read below, he is very deserving to be my first Diamond in the Rough for the 2010-11 season.

Diamond in the Rough -- September 4, 2010
OL Curt Porter - Jacksonville State 6-7 / 315 / 5.20
-- opponent Mississippi
 
Jacksonville State's win at Ole Miss Saturday brought back memories of Appalachian State's win at Michigan three years ago...and with it, an exciting scouting opportunity.  Appalachian State's win helped spark NFL interest into quarterback Armanti Edwards (Carolina, No. 89 overall, 2010), wide receiver Dexter Jackson (Tampa Bay, No. 58 overall, 2008) and safety Corey Lynch (Cincinnati, No. 177, 2008), among others. Similarly, NFL scouts will carefully pore over the Ole Miss-Jacksonville State game film to see which of the JSU Gamecocks were most responsible for their stunning 49-48 double-overtime victory. What scouts will find is that Porter, who earned Second-Team All-OVC honors last year at left tackle, was as valuable as anyone. Struggling with injuries along their offensive line, Porter, with all 22 of his career starts coming at left tackle, was asked to slide over and slow down Ole Miss' Jerrell Powe, the Rebels' 6-2, 330 pound All-American candidate. Powe was limited to only two tackles, including a one-yard tackle for loss. Porter, 6-7 and 315 pounds, alternated between left and right guard, played with surprising leverage and power considering his long frame. Porter also demonstrated the balance and foot quickness you'd expect from an all-conference left tackle, mirroring the pass rush of Ole Miss defenders. Perhaps most surprising was the comfort with which he and his teammates reacted to stunts and twists by the Rebel defensive linemen in the second half. Whether Porter moves back outside to left tackle or stays inside at guard the rest of the season, NFL scouts will certainly be keeping an eye on him.
Posted on: September 7, 2010 12:52 pm
 

Player of the Week -- Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan

Earlier in the week I listed five senior prospects I was going to be focusing on for the opening weekend of college football action. Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan was among them, but quite honestly, I did not expect to list him here as the Prospect of the Week.

Some will argue that "Player of the Week" is a misnomer. I don't pretend that I've already scouted every prospect throughout the country and that my choice (Kerrigan, in this case) was the best. It isn't that Kerrigan was so dominant that he deserves attention over, say, Christian Ponder (who threw four touchdowns in only a half of action) or Boise State wideout Austin Pettis (who blocked a kick and caught two touchdowns, including the game-winner, over Virginia Tech). However, part of the coverage that we, at NFLDraftScout.com, have provided to our readers as part of our Draft Slant feature, is a Player of the Week. In picking one out each week, I tend to focus on Top 50 prospects for this honor and adhere to certain guidelines in terms of the level of competition the player faced.

Player of the Week, along with The Diamond in the Rough (small school prospect), used to be features of Draft Slant. This PDF file can be purchased as an individual issue or one can purchase the entire year (16 issues). Or, if you just want to see an example, you can download this free sample of Week One here.

We thought that the Player of the Week and Diamond in the Rough deserved more acknowledgement, however, and thus, each Monday/ (in this case Tuesday), I'll post the name and rationale for those players here on the blog.

Player of the Week - September 4, 2010
DE Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue 6-4 / 263 / 4.82 -- opponent: Notre Dame

With Brian Kelly bringing an even higher tempo offense to Notre Dame than Charlie Weis' there was reason to think Kerrigan, who finished 3rd in the country last year with 13 sacks, might be contained. Instead, he led the Boilermakers with 7 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble. Kerrigan lined up most of the game at his typical left defensive end position in the 4-3 alignment, but he was also moved to the right side. From either spot, he was consistently pushing the pocket. Kerrigan has good burst off the snap and accelerates throughout his rush. He doesn't have elite flexibility, but can dip his shoulder, rip through the tackle's out-stretched arms, and turn the corner. Good hand technique, overall. Quick hands and good hand-eye coordination to knock the ball away. Forced 7 fumbles in 2010 and, despite still being blocked by RT, knocked the ball out of Notre Dame QB Dayne Crist's hand for a fumble in the first quarter. Good size and leg drive for the bull rush. At least effective upper body strength, but can get locked up. With greater explosiveness, he could improve his club, hip toss techniques. Works hard to keep contain and generally has enough size and strength to set the edge. Lacks the bulk and power to consistently hold up to double-teams, however.  Instinctive. Locates the ball quickly and pursues with passion.
Posted on: September 2, 2010 5:20 pm
 

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Posted on: August 30, 2010 11:25 am
 

2010 class looks worth the hype so far

We told you prior to the draft the 2010 crop of talent looked like one of the best in a long time . Once the underclassmen came on board, the class was being compared by some to the famous 1983 group that included Hall of Famers John Elway, Eric Dickerson, Bruce Mathews, Jim Kelly, Dan Marino and Darrell Green.

Comparing this class to the 1983 crew is, of course, vastly premature.
 
At least throughout the weeks of preseason, however, the class looks every bit as good as advertised.

Most years, by this time, we've already identified a half dozen or so highly drafted rookies who are struggling to acclimate to the pros. Sure, Colt McCoy isn't setting the world on fire, but we should have known to expect that a bit considering that he slipped into the 3rd round. Most of the players drafted in the first round are already establishing themselves as either immediate starters or quality backups... exactly what first-round picks are supposed to do.
Think of the top ten this year. Sam Bradford, Ndamukong Suh, Gerald McCoy, Trent Williams, Eric Berry, Russell Okung, Joe Haden, Rolando McClain, C.J. Spiller and even surprise top ten choice Tyson Alualu have shown flashes of brilliance for their respective teams, already.

The first round picks that have struggled have mostly been due to injuries. Tim Tebow, Demaryius Thomas, Derrick Morgan, etc. have reportedly looked good when practicing, but various injuries have, thus far, slowed their advancement.

Exciting middle, late round and even undrafted free agents have emerged already .

But don't just take my word for it. Check out the stats.

Rookie Anthony Dixon, San Francisco's 6th round pick and the No. 173 player taken overall leads the NFL with 220 rushing yards. 

Rookie Victor Cruz, an undrafted free agent for the Giants, leads the league with 251 receiving yards, as well as receiving touchdowns (4). The only player in the league with as many as three TDs? Another rookie. Patriots' tight end Rob Gronkowski, a second round pick taken No. 42 overall.

So, offensively the rookies are doing well. What about the defense, you ask?

Thanks for asking.

Rookie Pat Angerer, the Colts' second round pick and the No. 63 player taken overall leads the NFL with 24 tackles.

Defensive tackle Geno Atkins, a fourth round pick taken at No. 120, leads the league with 4.5 sacks.

I can hear the dispute already. Yeah, rookies see a lot of playing time, and therefore more opportunities to post numbers in the preseason.

True. But the facts remain the same.

This 2010 class of rookies has a chance to be special.

 
 
 
 
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