Tag:Rob Rang
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


Interested in buying this issue? You can purchase this one for 4.99 by clicking here. Back issues are also available for the same price.

Interested in buying the entire year's worth (16 issues). That is available for 39.99 and can be purchased here.

Posted on: September 2, 2010 5:20 pm
 

Want a free issue of Draft Slant, our weekly PDF?

I'm very proud of the work Chad Reuter and I do in producing NFLDraftScout.com's weekly PDF, Draft Slant.

This product, entering its third year of production, is typically on sale for 4.99 per issue or 39.99 for the yearly package (16 issues), but we're offering Week One for free.

Draft Slant offers an in-depth look at the top senior prospects around the country and features, specifically:

  • "The Hot Read" - scouting and college football insights by me.

  • The Stock Report - Players Moving Up and Down NFL Draft Boards

  • Diamond in the Rough - reviewing lesser-known prospects that scouts are not ignoring

  • Film Room Notes - scouting reports on various prospects by NFLDraftScout staff (per reader request, we've made this longer and more detailed this year) 

  • Previews for the Game of the Week and other top match-ups

  • Top 32 Prospects

  • Top Ten Prospects by Position (per reader request, we've included Heights/Weight/Speed #s per player this year)

  • Future Stars to Know Today



    I'm so sure that you'll appreciate the depth of Draft Slant that we're giving the first issue away for free this year.

    Click here if you'd like to purchase an issue, the entire series or just to check out the freebie!s

Posted on: August 27, 2010 1:15 pm
 

Allen Bradford losing reps, may not start opener

Some overrated college football and NFL draft analyst recently listed USC senior running back Allen Bradford among the Pac-10's top ten senior prospects for the 2010 draft.

While Bradford remains a noteworthy NFL prospect, his chances at improving his stock with scouts appear to be dwindling with the apparent news that he's been overtaken by redshirt junior Marc Tyler atop the Trojans' depth chart, at least according to Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times.

USC head coach Lane Kiffin wouldn't announce Tyler as the winner of the starting running back position, but did admit he's met with Bradford invididually prior to Tyler earning increased carries in recent practices, according to Arash Markazni of ESPNLosAngeles.com.

"I never put [Bradford] as a No. 1 guy," Kiffin said when asked why Bradford was now receiving less reps, despite entering the year atop the depth chart in USC's preseason media guide. "Maybe other people had him as the No. 1 guy but I said all along the competition was open. I did talk to [Bradford] two days ago because the reps had started to shift a little bit and I wanted him to know that before he came out here so there weren't any surprises. The competition is still open but we're going to give Marc more reps." Even if Tyler wins (and keeps) the starting job, Bradford will remain on the NFL radar. The powerfully built 5-11, 235 pound Bradford has proven to be an effective grinder between the tackles. He earned honorable mention all-conference honors last year with career-highs in rushing yards (668) and rushing touchdowns (8) despite splitting time with speedster Joe McKnight.

As Klein notes in his article, Bradford hasn't had much of an opportunity to impress Kiffin this summer. He's been nursing a sore left knee, which has kept him limited. Furthermore, Bradford's game lies with his physicality. With much of USC's practices held with a "no-tackle policy," Bradford hasn't been able to show off his ability to run through legitimate tackle attempts. 

The no-tackle policy carried over into yesterday's scrimmage. Tyler led the way with five attempts for the Trojans, but only averaged a yard per attempt in doing so. He did, however, score a touchdown (two yards). Bradford, on the other hand, only had two carries, but rushed for 17 yards, according to USC's official blog .

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.
Posted on: September 3, 2009 2:10 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2009 6:40 pm
 

NFLDraftScout Watchlist, Draft Slant Available

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.

The 2010 Watch List is a 91 page book we've squeezed into a PDF. It has full profiles on the top 99 senior prospects heading into the season and much, much more.

Draft Slant
is a weekly series we began last year and have brought back due to heavy customer interest. Essentially, we're acknowledging that fans would like to scout right alongside of us. In Draft Slant, we're providing a head's up on the top televised games of the upcoming week and a breakdown of ten legitimate NFL prospects we watched the week before. For this initial issue we focused on ten players who poppped off the tape from last year. Among the players featured this week are Florida ILB Brandon Spikes (Player of the Week) and Northern Iowa defensive end James Ruffin (Diamond in the Rough), as well as Clemson WR Jacoby Ford, East Carolina DE CJ Wilson, West Virginia OT Selvish Capers, and Oklahoma State CB Perrish Cox, among others. 


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The 2010 Draft Slant can be purchased for the entire year, which is comprised of at least 16 issues, or on a per issue basis.

NFL Draft Scout now offers a weekly newsletter that looks at the college football season through draft-colored glasses. Senior Analysts Rob Rang and Chad Reuter review prospects' play from past weeks, preview whom to watch in the coming weeks and reach out to their sources around the league to answer burning questions. Here's what you can expect in each issue of "Draft Slant":

  • "The Hot Read" - scouting and college football insights by Senior Analyst Rob Rang

  • Prospect of the Week - checking out a high-profile prospect making headlines

  • Diamond in the Rough - reviewing lesser-known prospects that scouts are not ignoring

  • Film Room Notes - scouting reports on various prospects by NFLDraftScout staff

  • Previews for the Game of the Week and other top match-ups

  • Top 64 Prospects

  • Top Ten Prospects by Position

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Posted on: August 23, 2009 1:48 pm
 

Rookie Impressions -- Josh Freeman, QB, Tampa Bay

Prior to Mark Sanchez's stunning Pro-Day performance, Kansas State junior Josh Freeman was viewed by many scouts as a better, safer prospect. Blessed with rare size and a strong arm, Freeman had earned comparisons throughout his career to other big-bodied, big-armed quarterbacks like Daunte Culpepper, Byron Leftwich and JaMarcus Russell. Freeman showed off that big arm and flashed some athleticism when visiting the Jacksonville Jaguars Saturday night.

Freeman was the team's starting quarterback out of half-time, playing the majority of the 3rd quarter against the Jaguars second and third team defense. He finished 3 of 5 for 47 yards and led Tampa to a touchdown in his initial drive. The touchdown, which came with Tampa leading 17-14, came via Freeman's legs. Taking the snap and making his progressions, Freeman sensed backside pressure. He stepped up and slid left out of pocket and recognized that the Jaguars' defense had flooded right, opening up an avenue. Freeman only showed average speed and balance when rumbling for the 28 yard score, but read the defense and his blocks accurately on the play.


Josh Freeman, QB, Tampa Bay #5
Developing footwork from under center. Gains good depth, but still appears a bit unsure of his steps. Threw at least one pass without his feet set. Struggled, at times, with high throws downfield and to the flat as a result.
Best passes came on timing routes.
Hit undrafted free agent Mario Urrutia on his two most impressive passes of the night -- a deep out and a quick slant -- placing the ball accurately and swiftly on each. Good zip for the intermediate areas. Seemed meek in the huddle, but flashed good poise in the pocket, consistently stepping up as he felt it collapsing. Developing comfort and coaches' trust to audible. Went to check down options and seemed relatively comfortable reading the defense for his experience. 
Posted on: August 17, 2009 10:35 pm
 

Rookie Impressions -- Everette Brown

The Carolina Panthers traded their first round pick in next April's draft to the San Francisco 49ers for the right to select Florida State pass rusher Everette Brown 43rd overall. The All-American registered 21.5 tackles for loss, including an ACC-leading 13.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles for the Seminoles as a junior. Officially listed by the Seminoles at 6-4, 252 pounds, Brown turned up a stunning 2.5 inches shorter at only 6-1 (1/2), which led to his drop out of the first round.

Brown was flip-flopped between left and right defensive end for the Panthers on Monday Night Football against the New Yotk Giants. Some of his more spirited battles came against fellow rookie William Beatty (Connecticut), also drafted in the second round. Brown's sack of Andre Woodson, arguably his best play of the night, was against Beatty.

Everette Brown, Carolina Panthers DE #91 -- Looks even smaller than his Combine measurements. Discouraging inconsistency in his get-off at the snap. Flashed the good burst he'd shown in college, but relied on guessing the snap count too often tonight. Was even occasionally the last on the line reacting to the snap. Had to beat tackle with his initial burst, as he lacked the strength to push the pocket consistently with his bull rush. Lack of upper body explosiveness limits his effectivess in all areas. Good lateral agility to re-direct, but has to get by cleanly, as bigger tackles can simply push him off his route due to his lack of size, strength. Quick hands to get into the tackle's chest. Flashes the strength to pull the tackle down and swim over the top of him. Flashed suddenness to accelerate with the ball-carrier in view. Only marginal strength to pull down the quarterback. Spinning, drag-down tackle for his sack of Woodson in the 3rd quarter.

With offenses having to account for Julius Peppers, Brown has an opportunity to enjoy immediate success. Though his overall play Monday night was a bit disappointing and Brown's lack of prototypical size and strength limits his ability to be an every-down defender, his burst, long arms and closing speed should still make him one of the more successful rookie pass rushers this season.
Posted on: August 16, 2009 6:36 pm
 

Rookie Impressions -- Nick Reed

Seattle Seahawk defensive end Nick Reed is a classic example of a highly productive collegiate prospect falling on draft day because of a lack of ideal size and speed. Few, if any, defensive ends across the country can match Reed's career numbers. The owner of the University of Oregon's career sacks (29.5) and tackles for loss (51.5) -- which each rank fourth in Pac-10 history -- Reed earned first-team all-conference honors as a junior and senior. The epitome of consistency, Reed recorded at least one sack in 23 of his 26 career starts. The Ducks listed Reed at 6-3, 245 pounds, but scouts knew better and despite his eye-popping production, wasn't even invited to the Combine. Measuring in at a shade over 6-0, and 247 pounds, Reed fell all the way to 247th pick overall, where Seattle, the team closest in proximity to seeing him on a regular basis, decided to take a chance. Reed, playing exclusively at right defensive end (though he dropped into zone blitz coverage, on occasion) registered 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, and an interception. His primary competition was San Diego reserve left tackle L.J. Shelton, an 11 year veteran with 127 career starts.

Nick Reed, Seattle Seahawks, DE, #98: Good initial quickness off the snap to push the tackle's shoulder. Fast enough off the edge to turn the tackle and scoot past him with either a good second burst, or quick re-direct back inside. Active, accurate hands to slap away the tackle's attempts to grab hold of him. Lacks the strength to break free if captured, though he doesn't stop working to gain his release. Rare effort in pursuit laterally and downfield. Used a speed rush outside against  Shelton to record his sack. Most impressive play may have been his interception. Initially attempted a speed rush, but when countered effectively by Shelton, Reed focused his attention on Charger reserve quarterback Charlie Whitehurst and read screen pass. Reed released from Shelton, slipped laterally toward the running back and was in perfect position to snatch Whitehurst's toss. Though instinctive and quick enough laterally to maintain his containment responsibilities in the running game, Reed's current size and strength is just too much of a liability to see consistent playing time in the base scheme. As a weapon during obvious passing downs, however, Reed proved that his consistent ability to make plays behind the line scrimmage did not end in college.  
 
 
 
 
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