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LSU's Morris Claiborne Heads Deep 2012 Cornerback Class - Draft Insiders' Scouting Report

Cornerback Morris Claiborne Ranks as Top Defensive Player in NFL Draft 2012

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1. Morris Claiborne #17 - 5’11” 185 lbs. - LSU - Sp. 4.50 Rating 94
Hindu Theory: Champ Bailey

Talented junior athlete declared for the NFL Draft after an outstanding 2011 season to complete an excellent career for the Tigers. Morris is an elite cornerback and the next premier defender from the Tigers’ elite program. He is one of the best prospects in this entire class and combines very good size and reach along with the top athleticism for the cornerback spot with rare matchup skills. He has the speed to run with burners and the size and strength to battle the big receivers, though his timed speed is at 4.50 or slightly lower. He is a big time playmaker with the ability to blanket receivers and make plays on the ball. He has made an impact starting on the corner since his sophomore season opposite Patrick Peterson. He completed a terrific career with a huge final performance that ranks him as the premier cover man over the past decade and a unique playmaker with shutdown corner skills. He earned 1st team SEC honors the past two seasons, grading out high weekly vs NFL caliber receivers. He displays very quick footwork and reactions with keen instincts and fine recovery speed that warrants a top five 1st round selection in April. He has the AA and development to compete for a rookie starting corner role after showing both a high level of development and a well-rounded skill set for the pro game. He has shown very good ball and coverage skills where he anticipates quickly and has the athleticism to beat receivers in routes to make plays. He has a muscular frame and will support the run and make stops, though he lacks pop as a tackler. He displays sudden speed and quickness to close on the ball and make plays. He has well developed natural coverage ability with the smooth hip flexibility, very quick footwork and the closing speed to plant and drive on the ball. He shows excellent awareness in coverage with the instincts and ability to read and react to routes with the AA to make plays on the ball. Over his career, he earned the shutdown label in a program that provided Patrick Peterson last spring to the draft and has sophomore Tyrann Mathieu ready to follow. He has experience in both man and zone coverage with top instincts and very good understanding of his responsibilities. He is a long agile cover man with the top field speed to recover in the deep game and quickness to break on the ball in the shorter patterns. In run support, he is a reliable tackler who will come up at the LOS and make tackles. He shows the ability to stay on his feet, get off blockers and finish plays. His good height and great arm length (33 ¼”) allows him to matchup well with big receivers in coverage and make plays on the ball. Despite his lean frame, he is rarely out muscled and has strong hands to maintain position with a high level of development for the bump and run technique. He is highly instinctive cover man who reads the QB and routes very well with the ability to quickly break on the ball and make the key breakup or turnover. He is very fast to read and diagnose in man situations that has allowed him to make big plays despite teams throwing away from him over his late career. As a junior, he started all 14 games and posted 51 tackles, 6 picks and 6 PBU, earning 1st team SEC honors. As a sophomore, he started 12 games and posted 37 tackles, 5 picks and 6 PBU, earning 2nd team SEC honors. Over his career, he started 26 of 33 games with 11 interceptions and 12 PBU. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at over 5’11” and 188 lbs. He ran 4.50 and 4.58 times and did not lift. He did a 34.5” VL and a 9’10” BJ with a 7.01 three cone and 4.12 short shuffle times that completed outstanding agility and positional drills. He also ran quick position drills, displaying fine footwork and smooth hip flexibility. He is similar to Champ Bailey in size, athleticism, playmaking abilities and overall level of development at similar stages of their careers. He graded out high facing SEC blue chip receivers annually. He has very quick feet and flexible hips, very good body control and quick COD skills at a high LOD. Blue chip corner with the very developed skill set for the position that could enable him to win a rookie starting job and eventually the Pro Bowl. Top 5 talent and highly developed cover man with early starting potential with shutdown ability to be among the best in the league. Clubs like the Bucs, Vikings and Rams interested.
Draft Projection: 1st Round - Top 5 Selection

Stanford Guard David DeCastro Heads Interior Line Class - Yearbook 2012 Player Scouting Report

David DeCastro Heads Interior Line Class
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1. David DeCastro #52 - 6’5” 315 lbs. - Stanford - Sp. 5.30 - Rating 91 Hindu Theory: Steve Hutchinson
Physical aggressive junior guard has started all 39 games, earning Pac 12 first team honors later in his career. David is a hard-nosed physical blocker who started inside, grading out very high in all aspects of play that should earn him a mid first round selection in April. He is an aggressive blocker who combines fine athleticism, sound technique, very good functional strength and the toughness the position demands. He is a powerfully built guard with well-developed agility and footwork to carry out all the assignments. He plays with very sound leverage and shows a strong leg drive and a forceful hand punch to grade out high consistently. He has adequate arm length that allows him to get into a defender quickly and steer him out of the hole. He displays the tenacity and aggressiveness to win vs pro caliber defenders and uses his fine technique to play with leverage. He is a relentless player who goes hard from snap to whistle the entire game. His strong leg drive creates consistent movement blocking at the POA where he can direct, wall off and sustain well inline with the ability to be effective on short pulls. He is cut in the mold of a tough aggressive NFL guard very much like Steve Hutchinson who has gone on to have a Pro Bowl career. He has the nasty demeanor that scouts seek in a starting lineman and the footwork and functional strength to carry out all the assignments. He comes out of his stance quickly with sound positioning and a fast strong hand punch that gains early control by jarring a defender. He is a physical blocker who locks on with strong hands and moves his feet to control a defender with the ability to finish well. He is very quick and efficient when pulling with the ability to adjust and get good fits when blocking on the 2nd level. As a pass blocker, he slides easily with the ability to mirror and adjust to secondary rush moves. He anchors well vs the bull rush with top functional strength and agility to sustain his blocks well. He works hard to finish and shows the nasty demeanor of an early starting NFL guard. At times, he can play high with a narrow base that negates his power and slips off blocks. He needs to play technically sound and within himself to be highly effective. As a drive blocker, he is a tough physical competitor that gets into his blocks quickly, relying on his strong hands to control a defender and good leg drive to get movement. He has good functional strength to handle the big 300 lb.+ tackles he will face weekly with the ability to flip his hips and seal with good power to finish each block. He shows the ability to pick up stunts and blitzes quickly. At the NFL Combine, he came in at just under 6’5” and 316 lbs. with 32 3/4” arm length. He ran a 5.32 time with 34 reps and did a 29.5” VL and an 8’2” BJ. He had very impressive agility and positional drills. Over his career, he graded out very well vs top competition with the ability to learn quickly and adjust to game type situations. He has the look of a very likely rookie starting guard in the right setting. Physical durable blue-collar lineman with fine AA and very good technique and fine intangibles. Blue chip guard with the skill set and intangibles to start as a rookie. Talented highly developed prospect with definite top 12-15 value and future Pro Bowl guard who will get strong consideration by Chiefs and Cowboys.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

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NFL 2012 Mock Draft - First Round
Round One - Everyone Gets Two Right - Maybe

1 Indianapolis Colts - * Andrew Luck - QB - Stanford
2 Washington (St. Louis) - * Robert Griffin - QB - Baylor
3 Minnesota - * Matt Kalil - OT - Southern Cal
4 Cleveland –* Trent Richardson - RB - Alabama
5 Tampa Bay - * Morris Claiborne - CB - LSU
6 St. Louis (Washington) - * Justin Blackmon - WR - Oklahoma St
7 Jacksonville - Michael Floyd - WR - Notre Dame
8 Miami - Ryan Tannehill - QB - Texas A&M
9 Carolina - Quinton Coples - DE - North Carolina
10 Buffalo - * Riley Reiff - OT - Iowa
11 Kansas City - * David DeCastro - OG - Stanford
12 Seattle – * Michael Brockers - DT - LSU
13 Arizona – * Fletcher Cox - DT - Mississippi St
14 Dallas - Mark Barron - S - Alabama
15 Philadelphia - * Luke Kuechly - LB - Boston College
16 New York Jets - Mike Adams - OT - Ohio St
17 Cincinnati (Oakland) - * Nick Perry - DE - Southern Cal
18 San Diego - Melvin Ingram - LB - South Carolina
19 Chicago - * Dre Kirkpatrick - CB - Alabama
20 Tennessee - * Dontari Poe - DT - Memphis
21 Cincinnati - * Stephon Gilmore - CB - South Carolina
22 Cleveland (Atlanta) - Kendall Wright - WR - Baylor
23 Detroit - Janoris Jenkins - CB - North Alabama
24 Pittsburgh - * Jonathan Martin - OT - Stanford
25 Denver - * Jerel Worthy - DT - Michigan St
26 Houston – * Dont'a Hightower - LB - Alabama
27 New England (New Orleans) - Doug Martin - RB - Boise St
28 Green Bay - Andre Branch - LB - Clemson
29 Baltimore - * Stephen Hill - WR - Georgia Tech
30 San Fran - Devon Still - DT - Penn St
31 New England - Courtney Upshaw - LB - Alabama
32 N.Y. Giants - * Lamar Miller - RB - Miami (Fl)

DT Fletcher Cox #1 Prospect in Talented Defensive Line Class

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Photo - DT Fletcher Cox - Mississippi St.

Our top rated defensive linemen this year is Fletcher Cox of Mississippi St. in an outstanding tackle group. Cox has been our #1 tackle for the three technique position and the #1 end for the five technique spot since the day he declared in January 2012. There has been no movement at the top of the defensive line here with Cox remaining our #1 blue chip prospect at two critical positions for both NFL front lines. He fits all 32 NFL defensive fronts and is a top 10 value here who probably is selected in the top 15 overall choices.

DT Fletcher Cox – Draft Insiders’ Yearbook Scouting Report - NFL Draft 2012

1. Fletcher Cox #94 - 6’4” 300 lbs. - Mississippi St. - Sp. 4.8 - Rating 93
Hindu Theory: Darnell Dockett

Explosive junior tackle completed an outstanding career that earned him SEC honors his final two seasons. Fletcher was instrumental in the Bulldogs tough defense that ranked high in the SEC, a conference that features many of the nation’s best defensive prospects. He was a dominant performer who elevated every other defender’s play up a level and did this despite facing regular double team blocking. He had a short three year stay in the SEC with improvement annually especially his final performance. He is a big athlete with fine overall size and great arm length that gives him a nice advantage on the interior. He displayed dominant talent last fall with rare explosiveness on the snap and the power to finish. He is a tough quick tackle who has been a force in the middle, displaying an explosive burst to gain a huge advantage which required double team blocking regularly over his late career. He is an athletic defender who has played both tackle and end as a collegian and projects to both the tackle spot in the 4-3 set and the five technique end spot in a three man front. He can move around to present favorable mismatches along the line with an equally high level of play. Though he lined up inside mainly at tackle in a four man front, the experience at different positions helped develop him into the most versatile lineman in this class. Though, he is not a good fit for the nose tackle spot, he has developed all the other techniques especially best suited for the inside three technique position. He has a big athletic angular body with rare quickness, functional strength and footwork that enables him to be a force as a pass rusher and a run support defender. Late in his career, he displayed consistent big play ability that changed games and finished with 25 TFL and 9 sacks despite double-teaming regularly. He made fast improvement in his technique in general and his hand usage by facing special attention weekly on the inside. He is a natural three-technique tackle who has a thick and powerful frame with top playing strength and great explosive quickness to be very disruptive in the tackle box and push the pocket. He has a very good motor and has shown advanced technique especially strong hands that allowed him to use his talent the fullest. He has a developed strong hand punch that strikes blockers and allows him to counter with a combination of quickness and power to maintain an advantage. He shows consistency with his punch and counters quickly with power to win late on the down. He has outstanding quickness to shoot gaps with the closing burst of speed to make impact plays in the backfield. He has good range and can flatten down the line and make plays at the sidelines. He stacks, sheds and quickly locates the ball with incredible short area speed to finish and make big plays. He shows top functional strength, flexibility and stoutness at the POA with sound leverage. As a junior, he made 12 starts and posted 56 tackles with 14.5 TFL, 5 sacks, 1 FR and 1 FF while earning 1st team SEC honors. As a sophomore, he made 29 tackles with 6.5 TFL and 2.5 sacks while starting 11 of 12 games. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’4” 298 lbs. and 34.5” arms. He ran a super 4.79 time with 30 reps, 26” VL and 8’7” BJ and good agility drills of 4.53 short shuttle and 7.07 three cone. He is similar to Darnell Dockett in size, AA and versatility, in addition to their rare combination of quickness and power. He is at a similar LOD to that Pro Bowl defender at the same stage, though he has more upside potential. He responded with a big final season that established him as a blue chip NFL prospect. This is a unique defender who is capable of being a difference maker with early impact ability on either front line. Athletic tackle with the skill set to become a rookie starter after being battle tested in the tough SEC where he showed dominant talent vs NFL caliber linemen. Top 10 value with mid round prospect overall. The most NFL ready defensive linemen in this class and capable of being an immediate impact starter. Clubs like the Dolphins, Bengals and Seahawks are highly interested in the top half of 1st round. Athletic defender with impact ability and future Pro Bowl regular.
Draft Projection: 1st Round - Top 15 Pick

QB Robert Griffin III – Draft Insiders’ Yearbook Scouting Report

Robert Griffin III – Draft Insiders’ Yearbook Scouting Report

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Robert Griffin III #10 - 6’2” 220 lbs. - Baylor - Sp. 4.45 Rating 91
Hindu Theory - Donovan McNabb

Athletic slick throwing junior passer completed an incredible season for the Bears, leading them to national recognition during a Heisman Trophy winning year. Robert is an elite athlete who shined at the NFL Combine displaying top athleticism for the position. Over his short career, he improved significantly each season, combining smarts, intangibles with the athleticism to be a top flight NFL starter. He had an amazing 2011 performance where he won virtually every major award that influenced his decision to turn pro. As a prospect, he made fast progress and overall developmental while starting every game the past two years since an ACL injury ended his 2009 season early. He has the elite package scouts seek in a top flight pro prospect – strong arm, fast, smart and tough. He really looks the part as an NFL starting QB, instinctive, strong arm, incredible scrambling ability and the great fire to succeed. He is capable of making all the throws and standing tall in the pocket. He has improved his accuracy, decision-making and command of the offense with playing experience that raised his level of play annually. He can drive the ball down the field when given the proper time in the pocket. His QB efficiency ranked among the nation’s best the past two years. He has improved on his passing accuracy that gets the ball into tight windows where playing experience. His mobility is amazing and allowed him to make big plays both in and outside the pocket. He is a rare scrambler with excellent foot speed and lateral quickness that combined with keen instincts and vision allows him to make big plays. As a runner, he has the cutting skills of a scatback and shows great vision and decision making. He knows where the chains are and when to get out of bounds. He throws well on the move where his accuracy remains high. He has the physical package to become an early potential pro starter, though he still needs to refine his overall game in all areas of play. He has a lean frame and needs to add muscle to hold up vs the NFL type pass rushers he will face weekly. He shows the strength to fight off defensive linemen regularly and make a big play out of a broken play and he did it often over the course of a game. He will warrant an early 1st round selection off rare athleticism and intangibles, though his lack of experience on the finer points leaves concerns about his overall readiness for the NFL. He is coming off an excellent junior season when he matured in all areas especially showing the intangibles to lead an offense and handle pressure in championship caliber games. He must learn to hang in the pocket and go through his progressions quicker to continue to make the big throw when under heavy pressure. He sits in the pocket often while under a pass rush and retains his poise well to give his receivers time to make their moves in coverage. At times, he relies on his incredible scrambling ability too early on the play which limits his development to pick up secondary receivers that is a must to be a successful NFL starter. As a passer, he has a three quarters delivery and good footwork for a quick setup that allows him to deliver the ball with accuracy and timing. He is very adept throwing the deep ball where he combines touch, accuracy and velocity very well. He is still a young passer who needs work on overall defense recognition and decision-making. He needs to learn to look off the free safety more consistently and eliminate turnovers. He must learn to look for secondary receivers with more patience in the pocket. At times, he forces too many passes into heavy coverage, attempting to do too much or misreading coverage. He has a good arm to make all the throws, though he needs work on his intermediate throws where his accuracy and timing needs development. He has a compact delivery and is able to release the ball quickly. His overall accuracy is excellent which allows receivers to make plays after the reception.
The Numbers: As a junior, he threw for 4293 yards with 291 completions of 402 attempts for 37 TD passes and just 6 picks. He completed 72% of his passes, significant improvement over his earlier career. He rarely made mistakes when throwing on the move. As a sophomore, he threw for 3501 yards with 304 completions of 454 attempts for 22 TD passes and 8 picks. He completed 67% of his passes. At the NFL Combine, he came in at over 6’2” and 223 lbs. He ran 4.41 and 4.44 times with a blazing 1.52 ten year split time. He added a fine 39” VL and 10’ BJ. At his Baylor pro day, he threw the ball very well and ran through his drills nicely displaying a fine arm and great mobility. He is similar to former top prospect Donovan McNabb in size, AA and upside potential.
The Skinny: Fast developing young QB with all the physical and mental talent to become a premier NFL passer in time. Scouts rave about his athletic ability, leadership and character. He will command a top two selection with the Redskins paying a huge ransom for the 2nd overall pick. He is the type that needs to be in a setting where he can compete for the starting job early and get comfortable in a system. He still needs development both physically and mentally to hold up to the rigors of the NFL. Top flight NFL starter with the skills to really benefit from the tutelage of HC Mike Shanahan. Excellent talent with the complete skill set to become the face of a franchise.
Draft Projection: 1st Round - Top Two selection

NFL Draft 2012 - Compensatory Picks -15 Teams Add Selections

NFL Draft 2012 - Compensatory Picks

A total of 32 compensatory choices in the 2012 NFL Draft have been awarded to 15 teams, the NFL announced Monday

Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four. The 32 compensatory choices announced today will supplement the 221 choices in the seven rounds of the NFL Draft 2012 set for April 26-28.
The compensatory picks are positioned within the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.

Three clubs this year (Atlanta, San Diego and Buffalo) will each receive a compensatory pick even though they did not suffer a net loss of compensatory free agents last year. Under the formula, the compensatory free agents lost by these clubs were ranked higher than the ones they signed (by a specified point differential based upon salary and performance).

Thirty compensatory picks were awarded to clubs based upon the compensatory pick formula. By rule, two additional choices were awarded at the end of the draft to the St. Louis and Indianapolis based upon the 2012 draft selection order.

NFL Draft 2012 - Compensatory Picks
Rounds 3 thru 7
Round / Pick / Overall Pick

Round 3
3 33/95 Oakland

Round 4
4 33/128 Minnesota
4 34/129 Oakland
4 35/130 Baltimore
4 36/131 N.Y. Giants
4 37/132 Green Bay
4 38/133 Green Bay
4 39/134 Minnesota
4 40/135 Dallas

Round 5
5 33/168 Oakland
5 34/169 Baltimore
5 35/170 Indianapolis

Round 6
6 33/202 N.Y. Jets
6 34/203 N.Y. Jets
6 35/204 Cleveland
6 36/205 Cleveland
6 37/206 Indianapolis
6 38/207 Carolina

Round 7
7 33/240 Pittsburgh
7 34/241 Green Bay
7 35/242 N.Y. Jets
7 36/243 Green Bay
7 37/244 N.Y. Jets
7 38/245 Cleveland
7 39/246 Pittsburgh
7 40/247 Cleveland
7 41/248 Pittsburgh
7 42/249 Atlanta
7 43/250 San Diego
7 44/251 Buffalo
7 45/252 St. Louis
7 46/253 Indianapolis

NFL Draft 2012 - Podcast - Manning, Tebow & Pro Prospects


NFL Draft Podcast - Tebow and Pro Prospects for 2012

This is a link to a Podcast from Tuesday night - March 20th that Frank Coyle was a guest analyst on the site Draft Countdown produced by Scott Wright, the founder and owner.

We covered topics like Peyton Manning, Tim Tebow, Free agency and of course the prospects for the NFL Draft 2012.

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