Posted on: April 6, 2010 7:23 pm
Edited on: April 6, 2010 11:28 pm

Internet not enough? PDF Draft Guide available

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Posted on: March 27, 2010 11:53 am

Three small-schoolers help cause at Pro Day

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: February 28, 2010 9:41 am

There is no "official" time in the 40-yard dash

It is easy to be confused by the wide range of times being reported for players' 40-yard dash times. LSU's Trindon Holliday, for example, had been reported by some as having been timed as low as 4.22 seconds and as high as 4.34 seconds. Obviously a pretty significant disparity.

It's important to understand what happens to get the 40 times at the combine:

. Those who participate in the 40 actually run twice, and on each run they are timed by two hand-held stopwatches and one electronic timer (that is actually initiated by hand on the player's first movement.

. Combine data put together for NFL teams by National Scouting includes all six of those times for each player, but no single official time.

Team scouts and coaches have various approaches for getting the 40 time they use from those six timings. Some use averages. Some throw out slowest and fastest and then average the rest. Some ignore the whole thing and use a time taken by their own scout.

However, beware any 40-yard time that is labeled as "official" from the combine. In deference to the players, NFLDraftScout.com uses the best verifiable -- or listed -- time from the combine unless it is conspicuously skewed from the other times, which happens when a hand timer has an itchy trigger finger on the stopwatch. However, the times are usually well grouped.

Posted on: February 27, 2010 6:17 pm

Spiller won't do full workout, but will run

Clemson running back CJ Spiller will wait until his Pro Day to do most of the drills, but elected to participate in the bench press today (19 reps) and will run the 40-yard dash tomorrow.

Despite repeatedly being asked by the media during today's question and answer session, Spiller was unwilling to predict how fast he'd run.

However, his track history and explosive speed on the football field make it likely that he'll turn in one of the year's fastest times. Spiller finished second to former teammate Jacoby Ford (wide receiver) in the 100 meter dash during the ACC Championship. Spiller's personal best in the 100 meters was 10.22 seconds. He's has 21 touchdowns of 50 yards or more.

Spiller leaves Clemson as the ACC career leader with 7,588 all-purpose yards. He was the only FBS back to score at least one touchdown in every game this season and was the ACC Player of the Year.

He's NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated running back and a potential top ten selection.

Posted on: February 25, 2010 3:48 pm

Iupati - big, physical, aggressive -- why not DT?

Idaho's Mike Iupati, NFLDraftScout.com's top rated offensive guard for the past several months has the athletic ability and long reach to consider moving outside to tackle.

But, considering his massive frame, strength, aggression and quick feet, doesn't a move to the defensive side of the ball also possible?

"Big Mike" certainly thinks so:

"I really love defense," Iupati said during the interview session at the Combine. "That's my favorite passion of the game of football. I know I'm very physical and can hold up two gaps and take double teams, stuff like that. I always tried to push my [Idaho] coach to make me a defensive player because I know I am pretty good at that. But they like me at offensive line. It's kind of hard in college to play both ways. They did put me on the goal line (defense)."

Despite his passion and obvious physical attributes, Iupati has not been asked by any NFL scouts, thus far, about moving to the defensive side of the ball.

"I guess they think I'm good at guard and don't want to move me," he said.

Iupati is a talented guard prospect and considering his relative inexperience (started playing football in high school), it might be too much to try to switch him to a different position just as he is about to enter the pros. Should he struggle with the greater focus on technique that will be required for success in the NFL, however, a switch to the defensive side of the ball is a potential option to consider.
Posted on: November 23, 2009 12:04 am

Impressive East-West Shrine Roster So Far

With so much talent on the field at once, there is nothing quite like the all-star game circuit for scouts to gain an appreciation of the year's prospects. Only during these opportunities are small school prospects finally given the chance to prove their ability against the so-called power school talents. This year's game will be coached by former NFL head coaches Marty Schottenheimer and Romeo Crennel.

The East West Shrine Game has long been a favorite of mine. While I've enjoyed the several different venues the game has gone to since, the Shrine Game, to me, still means San Francisco, though I'm sure the game will do well this year in Orlando. The game, of course, is for a great cause -- the Shriners Hospitals for children. Those looking to donate to a great cause can do so by following this link.

The Shrine Game always boasts an impressive crop of talent. This year's roster is as impressive as any in recent memory, with several potential first round prospects having already accepted invitations. The roster, not yet complete, is listed by the Shrine Game's official website as follows:

East Roster
Ali Villanuea Tight End Army
Dan Lefevour Quarterback Central Michigan University
Thomas Austin Offensive Guard  Clemson University 
Kavell Conner Inside Linebacker Clemson University 
Vince Oghobaase Defensive Tackle Duke University
Van  Eskridge  Free Safety East Carolina University 
John Skelton Quarterback Fordham University 
Akwasi Owusu-Ansah Cornerback Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Jamar Chaney Inside Linebacker Mississippi State University
Ted Larsen Center North Carolina State University
Willie  Young  Defensive End  North Carolina State University
Arthur Jones Defensive Tackle Syracuse University
Andre Roberts Wide Receiver The Citadel
Brandon Lang Defensive End Troy University
Cameron Sheffield Outside Linebacker Troy University
Andre Anderson  Running Back  Tulane University 
Mitch Petrus Offensive Guard University of Arkansas
Torell Troup Defensive Tackle University of Central Florida
Lindsey Witten Defensive End University of Connecticut
Jon Asamoah Offensive Guard University of Illinois
Michael Hoomanawanui Tight End University of Illinois
Terrell Skinner Free Safety University of Maryland
Darryl Sharpton Inside Linebacker University of Miami
Nate Byham Tight End University of Pittsburgh
Kion Wilson Inside Linebacker University of South Florida
Chris Scott Offensive Tackle University of Tennessee
O'Brien Schofield Outside Linebacker University of Wisconsin
Barry  Church  Strong Safety University of Toledo
Ed Wang Offensive Tackle Virginia Tech
Brandon Ghee Cornerback Wake Forest University

West Roster

Tony  Washington Offensive Tackle Abilene Christian University 
Chris Thomas Safety  Air Force Academy
Dexter Davis Outside Linebacker Arizona State University
Chris McGaha Wide Receiver Arizona State University
Joe Pawelek Inside Linebacker Baylor University
J.D. Walton Center Baylor University
Max Hall Quarterback Brigham Young University
Shelley Smith Offensive Guard Colorado State University
Seyi Ajirotutu Wide Receiver Fresno State University
Robert  Malone Punter Fresno State University
Lonyae Miller Running Back Fresno State University
Reggie Stephens Offensive Guard Iowa State University
Perrish Cox Cornerback Oklahoma State University
Zac Robinson Quarterback Oklahoma State University
Erik Lorig Defensive End Stanford University
Ekom  Udofia Defensive Tackle Stanford University
Jerry Hughes Outside Linebacker Texas Christian University
Daryl Washington Inside Linebacker Texas Christian University
Brandon Carter Offensive Guard Texas Tech University
Earl Mitchell Defensive Tackle University of Arizona
Devin Ross Cornerback University of Arizona
Tyson Alualu Defensive Tackle University of California, Berkeley
Mike Tepper Offensive Tackle University of California, Berkeley
Syd'Quan Thompson Cornerback University of California, Berkeley
Verran Tucker Wide Receiver University of California, Berkeley
Ryan Moya Fullback University of California, Los Angeles
Alterraun Verner Cornerback University of California, Los Angeles
Danario Alexander Wide Receiver University of Missouri
Larry Asante Strong Safety University of Nebraska
James Ruffin Defensive End University of Northern Iowa
Auston English Defensive End University of Oklahoma
TJ Ward Free Safety University of Oregon
Joshua Pinkard Free Safety University of Southern California
Zane Beadles Offensive Tackle University of Utah
Kenny Alfred  Center Washington State University 

Posted on: November 18, 2009 2:06 pm

This week's Slant features most underrated DE, QB

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.
Posted on: September 19, 2009 3:56 pm

Suh just short for superstar - sack on 3rd snap

Though Virginia Tech just punched in a touchdown on their opening drive (thanks largely to a 76 yard kickoff return by Dyrell Roberts) it didn't take Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh long to establish his presence, registering a sack of mobile quarterback Tyrod Taylor on the 3rd play from scrimmage.

Suh didn't break free initially or dominate his opponent with his strength on the play. In reality, the sack was the very definition of a coverage sack, as Taylor had plenty of time to find a target downfield. What Suh did demonstrate, however, was his trademark tenacity and hustle. One of the aspects scouts like so much about Suh -- and why the big defensive tackle ranks so securely as NFLDraftScout.com's #1 overall senior prospect -- is that he plays with such effort. He maintained his spot in the middle, battled with the blocker and then shed him as Taylor began to get antsy and step up in the pocket. The play (a loss of 3 yards) made it 3rd and 20 for the Hokies.

There isn't a defensive tackle in the country with Suh's ability. What makes him a future Top 5 pick, however, is that he plays up to his ability -- typically a major area of concern with any 300 pound defensive tackle.
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