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NFL Draft 2011 – Scouting Report DE J.J. Watt – Notre Dame

NFL Draft 2011 – Scouting Report – DE J.J. Watt – Wisconsin
J.J Watt #99 - 6’5” 290 lbs. - Wisconsin - Sp. 4.85 Rating 91
Big athletic junior defender has the prototypical physical skills that NFL scouts seek in an edge rusher for either the 3-4 or 4-3 defensive sets. J.J. declared for the NFL Draft after a strong 2010 season that saw him make huge steps up as a pro prospect. He is a fine looking prospect who has the upside potential to become a complete NFL starter early in his career. He has a huge frame and carries 290 lbs. well without losing his speed or agility. He is a powerful athlete with excellent strength and initial quickness and movement skills for a player of his dimensions with the ability to match up with NFL tackles. He has a strong hand punch that needs some further development that gives him penetration early on the down. He has a good 1st step that allows him to gain an advantage on the snap, though he needs to improve his initial burst to get his shoulder past the tackle more consistently. He has the powerful burst that pressures a blocker to contain his initial move. He relies on power more than quickness to gain an advantage off the snap. His strength allows him to counter well underneath to the inside when his initial move is contained. He has a strong frame that delivers a powerful surge that enables him to strike an opponent and gain a quick advantage. He has improved his technique each of the two starting seasons at Wisconsin after beginning his career as a TE at Central Michigan. He may have as much upside potential as any defensive linemen in the class after such a limited playing career. Despite a raw prospect in many respects, he has the makeup to be an excellent pass rusher with some further development on his technique and initial reads. He has very good arm length with the frame and growth potential to add bulk to improve his fine power even further. He is a relentless defender who combines quickness and power to beat blockers in several ways. Despite being a young athlete at the position, he shows fast development and a nice LOD over his short Badger stay. His impact ability really emerged over his late career when he began to produce big plays on a weekly basis. He can strike an opponent and deliver a jarring punch that gains a quick advantage that allows him to beat a blocker as an edge rusher. He doubled his sack total as a senior in only his second year on the defensive side of the ball. He shows fine power with the physical presence to hold the POA and win most individual battles. He relies mainly on his power and swim move to beat blockers and needs to develop other moves like a hump, rip and club technique to succeed at the NFL level. He has the ability to anchor very well and projects to the end spot in both schemes. He is the ideal end for the end spot for the five-technique role in the 3-4 set where he has the rare athleticism and makeup to be a high level every down defender. He uses his arms well to keep blockers off his body when attacking and separates fairly well if his initial charge is contained. For a big athlete, he is an agile defender who will tackle in space and has the COD skills to redirect and make stops down the line. He shows good awareness, agility and balance to move down the LOS and stay clean with the burst to the ball to finish plays. He needs to improve his hand usage and overall strength to play up to his AA to take advantage of his skills and to make more big plays. He has good short area burst of speed to win early on the down and penetrate the backfield. Over the 2010 season, he earned 1st team Big Ten honors with 62 tackles, 21 TFL, 7 sacks and 8 PBU. Over his first season at Wisconsin in ‘09, he started all 13 games and registered 44 tackles with 15.5 TFL and 4.5 sacks. He makes many plays with his chase ability to pursue along the line. At times, he fails to stay alive on plays directed at him and needs to get stronger and read plays quicker to stack better at the POA. At the NFL Combine, he came in at over 6’5” and 290 lbs. with 34” arms. He ran a 4.91 time with 34 reps and added 37” VL and 10” BJ. He had excellent agility drills with a 4.21 short shuttle and a 6.88 three-cone times. He is an aggressive defender with a very good motor, technique and functional strength. He is an intriguing prospect with the skill set to be among the better prospects and similar to Aaron Smith in AA, body type and upside potential. Fast improving and rising prospect and an early two-way defender for the 3-4 set. Top 15 prospect with big NFL upside and early starting talent.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

NFL Draft 2014 – Scouting Report – Bennett Jackson – Notre Dame

Photo – CB Bennett Jackson – Notre Dame.

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In an exceptionally deep group of cornerbacks, a number of prospects have slipped through the cracks over the long postseason scouting prospect. One prospect - Bennett Jackson of Notre Dame continues to rise up NFL team draft boards off an impressive late career including a strong NFL Combine performance. This corner draft class may be the deepest in recent memory and will supply 30+ draft selections over the three day NFL Draft. Many like Bennett Jackson can be the next diamonds who surprise fans and earn an NFL starting grade in time. Jackson is capable of coming into camp and winning a key role in the nickel and dime packages, in addition to being a special teams ace on coverage units and returner.

Rising Prospect
Bennett Jackson - CB - Notre Dame

Big agile senior corner had an excellent final season and postseason that sees his stock rising quickly entering the final days. He had a strong postseason and excellent Pro Day that has him rising into the middle rounds. He is considered a quality cover man that will be in high demand and probably a top 150 overall prospect. His excellent size/ speed numbers plus his fine grade on film backed up with a strong workout has pushed him up the charts quickly. He is adept at playing man situations with an excellent pedal and quick change of direction skills to mirror receivers. He is also a hitter who will tackle at the line and in the open field. He projects as a starter in the package coverages with some versatility to also play safety.

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Bennett Jackson #2 - 6-0, 195 - Notre Dame - Sp. 4.48 Rating 65

Lanky senior athlete is coming off an unheralded career for the Irish defense where he started every game over his final two seasons on the corner. Bennett is a lean rangy athlete with a long reach and quick reactions who will warrant consideration in the late rounds. He moves easily and can make a play on the ball with the ability to blanket receivers. He held up well vs a high level of competition, gaining valuable experience in big games. He displays good reactions with reliable ball skills and instincts. He is an above average athlete who graded out well on savvy and positioning to win in matchups. He can be a physical cover man and a reliable tackler at the line or in the open field, though some shoulder problems developed late in his career. He will come up to support the run and drop runners with the ability to get off blockers to finish and contain. In coverage, he can be physical and play the bump and run, though he has a little tightness in his hips and can lose something vs fast receivers. He matches up well vs big receivers where his speed and length allows him to blanket them and fight for the ball. He plays best in a scheme that allows him either to press at the line or plays off in cover two zone.

As a senior, he started 13 games and totaled 64 tackles with 5 TFL, 1 FF, 3 PBU and 2 interceptions. As a junior, he started 13 games and was credited with 65 tackles with 1.5 TFL, 4 PBU and 4 interceptions. As an underclassman, he was primarily a special teams performer as a kickoff returner and coverage man. At the NFL Combine, he measures in at just under 6’ and 195 lbs. with 31 3/8” arms. He ran a 4.51 with 13 reps and a 38” VL and 10’8” BJ with 6.75 three cone and 4.00 short shuttle. It was a very good workout. He fits into the nickel package role vs possession type receivers where his agility, height and instincts would allow him to compete and earn time. Good experienced corner with the talent to fill a few key roles – nickel and dime corner. He needs to work on his backpedal and open his hips quicker to retain coverage in transition. He lacks the burst to recover when beaten and needs deep support regularly. He needs to get stronger and better technically to utilize his skill set. Prospect with the tools to be a quality role performer with definite make it grade with starting talent to surprise. Fast rising middle round prospect and outstanding special teams performer. Probable starting gunner.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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NFL Draft 2013 - Bosie St's Jamar Taylor - Yearbook Scouting Report

NFL Draft 2013 – Jamar Taylor of Boise St -
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CB Jamar Taylor #5 - Boise State - 5’11” 190 - Speed 4.40 - Hindu Theory: DeAngelo Hall
Fast athletic senior corner completed his career starting three seasons while earning MWC honors his final two seasons. Jamar had a strong performance over the 2012 season and postseason as one of the nation’s premier cover defenders. He started in the BSU program since his sophomore season with 34 starts out of 47 games. He flashed well-developed talent over that period with consistency in both run and pass defense. He has developed into one of the nation’s premier cover men which earned an invitation to the Senior Bowl where he had a strong week. He is a good athlete with adequate size and outstanding natural cover skills including excellent speed and quickness to match up with fast NFL caliber receivers. He has a strong compact frame with the skill set to play early as a pro. He is a quick twitch corner with very good footwork, fine closing speed and sound instincts to start in any scheme with some development. He breaks on the ball very quickly with the catch up speed to make up for mistakes if he doesn’t surrender too much ground early on the down. He has natural movement skills with the ability to flip his hips and quickly come out of his breaks with a smooth transition. He can mirror receivers well in man situations and has the flexibility to plant and drive on the ball. His suddenness, quickness and COD skills allow him to gamble and make plays. He is a well-developed prospect who performed at a high level and showed the natural athleticism to man the NFL corner position. He gets fooled by double moves in coverage and needs reps and discipline in all the basics of the position. He has a fine low backpedal with the burst out of it to close quickly and break up passes. He has keen instincts in zone coverage with fine awareness and the ability to trust his eyes to react to the ball or routes. Despite his smallish frame, he can be a reliable tackler in run support and shows the ability to come up with improving tackling technique. In the open field, he can be a reliable tackler and breaks down well in space. As a senior, he started all 13 games and made 51 tackles with 4 picks, 3 FF and 9 PBU, earning 1st team MWC honors. As a junior, he started 9 of 9 games, missing four games due to a broken leg. He made 27 tackles with 2 picks and 6 PBU in a solid overall effort. As a sophomore, he started all 12 games and had 35 tackles, 3 FF, no interceptions and 2 PBU in a good performance. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’10” and 193 lbs. He ran 4.39 and 4.46 times with a fast 1.55 time in the 1st ten yards. He also added a 35” VJ and a 10’7” BJ. He did 22 reps with a 4.06 in the short shuttle and a 6.82 in three cone with good overall positional drills. As a corner, he has good recovery speed and has definite NFL starting ability with the toughness and coverage skills to be an every down defender and possibly as a rookie. He is disciplined consistently in zone coverage and has good initial play recognition to win a full time starting job. His high level of development indicates he can either start or play the nickel corner role immediately. He is similar to DeAngelo Hall in size, AA and in overall development. Rising well developed corner who is one of the best pure cover man in this class. Probable early 2nd day selection with the physical package to develop into an early starter. Rising top 60 prospect with highly developed skill set to be rookie starter. Clubs like the Dolphins, Steelers and Packers are interested in 2nd round. Solid early starter with high level.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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NFL Draft 2013 Update - Wideout Robert Woods of Southern Cal - Draft Insiders' Yearbook Scouting Report -

NFL Draft 2013 - Wideout Robert Woods of USC -
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Robert Woods of Southern Cal is one of the fast rising prospects in this NFL Draft class after an excellent workout at the Trojans pro day a few weeks ago. Woods has been a top 75 prospects since declaring for the NFL Draft 2013 in January, but his high level of development in the finer points of receiving has impressed clubs. His ability to play both outside and in the slot with the refined route running to be an immediate factor in three wideout sets. He has outstanding hands and the ability to adjust to the ball with keen instincts to read coverage and make adjustments in his routes and come back to the ball.

He has risen into the early second round off a fine workout and excellent career production with the possibility to being a surprise late first round selection. Several playoff teams, namely the Patriots, Packers, 49ers and Ravens have him high on their late first round/early 2nd round list. He could be the 3rd receiver off the board after Cordarrelle Patterson and Tavon Austin, both who are expected to be mid first round selections.

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Robert Woods #2 - Southern Cal - 6’ 200 - Sp. 4.50
Hindu Theory: Steve Smith

Agile athletic junior wideout completed an outstanding career that ranks him with the top performers in school history. Robert is a quick savvy receiver with fine athletic ability and the development to become an NFL playmaker. He has good size, speed and agility that combined with his toughness and savvy with the ability to run the full route tree. He has good speed, hands and the pass catching abilities to start early in his pro career. He moves well with the quickness off the line to get into his routes in fine shape and the ability to cut at the break point and separate from coverage. He is an athlete who fights through the jam successfully and rarely gets pushed off his route. He has been a consistent performer who hopes to follow the long USC legacy of fine NFL receivers. His production fell with an injury to starting QB Matt Barkley late last season. He uses his angular frame well to shield off defenders and has shown the ability to go over the middle and make the tough catch. He works the sidelines well, showing the ability to extend and make the difficult catch and stay in bounds with fine footwork and hands. He has the separation speed to get deep, though rarely used in the vertical game over his late career with sophomore sensation Marquise Lee their prime deep threat. He has the ability to track the ball and make good adjustments, using his fine body control and leaping skills to catch the ball at the highest point. In this class, he is one of the more athletic and experienced wideouts who shows the skill set to be a good pro within a short time. He has quick feet and excellent jumping ability to make a play in a crowd and be a dangerous red zone player. In his route running, he gets to top speed in good shape and maintains it with the ability to change speeds and separate. He catches the ball well and is a good runner after the catch. He is an athlete who has the package that scouts seek in a starter with reliable hands, good running skills and the quick moves and acceleration to make plays. He has learned to set up corners better with experience, but needs to develop changes of speed to be up to NFL standards. He has good body control with the ability to easily adjust to the ball in flight and make the difficult catch. He has the deceptive speed to separate in the deep game with the concentration to track the ball well.
The Numbers: As a junior, he started all 13 games and caught 76 passes for 846 yards, an 11.1 average and 11 TDs in the erratic USC offense. As a sophomore, he caught 111 passes for 1292 yards, an 11.6 yard average and 15 TDs, earning 1st team Pac-12 honors. Over his career, he caught 252 passes for 2930 yards, an 11.5 yard average and 32 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in just over 6’ and 201 lbs. He ran 4.51 and 4.54 times with a 33.5” VL, a 9’9” BJ and did 14 reps. He had ordinary agility drills of 4.47 short shuttle and 7.15 three-cone times.
The Skinny: Athlete with the ability to become a solid possession receiver within a short time. He is a quality prospect with the skill set to become an early starter and all the physical tools necessary to become a good #2 type receiver. He has the burst of deceptive speed to get behind the secondary, though is more a tough go to intermediate receiver. Athletic receiver with the talent to be a playmaker with the skills to make a difference in the right setting. In the mold of former Trojan wideout Steve Smith in size, speed, AA and LOD. Incredibly, he has fallen off an average type 2012 production and will most likely be selected in the late 2nd day. Clubs like the Chargers, Dolphins, Jaguars and Seahawks interested.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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NFL Draft 2013 - Dion Jordan of Oregon - Draft Insiders' Yearbook Scouting Report

NFL Draft 2013 Dion Jordan of Oregon -
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Dion Jordan - LB/DE - Oregon
One of the premier defenders in the NFL Draft 2013, DE/LB Dion Jordan will be one of the top selections in the first round. Dion declared for the NFL Draft after another strong performance. He is one of the unique prospects in this draft class with the versatility to be a truly scheme diverse defender who can play both up and down on the outside. He is the type of impact defender that offenses will have to game plan to stop with his ability to move around a front seven and be highly effective in a number of positions. He is very similar to former Pro Bowler Jason Taylor in size, athleteicsim and diversity to be a major pass rusher. His presence allows his defense to play different fronts with equal effectiveness.

He was limited his offseason due to minor shoulder issues, though he still should hear his name called in the top 6-8 overall prospects in two weeks. Clubs like the Cardinals, Browns, Jets and Lions are giving him strong consideration at the top of the first round.

Photo – Dion Jordan - LB/DE - Oregon

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DE/LB Dion Jordan #96 - Oregon - 6’6“250 - Speed 4.60
Hindu Theory: Jason Taylor

Fast athletic junior defender declared for the NFL Draft after a big 2012 performance that earned first team Pac-12 honors. Dion is one of the best athletes in this class and a physical specimen that has only two seasons starting at the collegiate level. He runs well for a long angular athlete who comes in at 248 lbs. with very long arms (33 7/8”) and the footwork of a linebacker with the speed to get up the field. He usually plays with good leverage and has the functional strength to play several positions, though he is best suited for the weak side end in the 4-3. He has good functional strength and uses his long arms well to keep blockers off his body and separate. He possesses excellent edge quickness to get after the passer with the ability to bend the corner and make big plays. His speed allows him to go down the line and pursue from the backside to make tackles. He is very quick on the snap with hand use and footwork to win early on the down and use his great reach to force turnovers. He has the athleticism to change directions and counter inside where he shows a nice burst to the passer. He can penetrate very quickly off the edge with the closing burst to make the big play. When he uses his long arms well to keep blockers off him, he shows the quickness to separate and flatten out to the passer. He needs work to hold the POA better, though he has performed fairly well with the ability to locate the ball and stay alive on the play. He is still a raw prospect after only two starting seasons, but this is a prospect with the physical skill set to be a special defender in the right setting. He can win late on the down and moves along the line well to stay clean. He is an athlete with good COD skills and the ability to recover, though he needs to read properly initially or he can put himself out of position at times. He needs further development of his hand usage and more pass rush moves to fully realize his blue chip talent. He has elite speed, but needs overall technique work especially with his hands to show more powerful rip and hump moves. He needs to get better use of his long reach to deflect more passes at the LOS with essential development of his technique. As a junior, he started all 12 games and posted 44 tackles with 10.5 TFL, 5 sacks and 1 FF that earned 1st team Pac-12 honors. As a sophomore, he started 12 of 14 games and posted 42 tackles with 13 TFL and 7.5 sacks that earned 2nd team Pac-12 honors. At the NFL Combine, he came in over 6’6” and 248 lbs. He ran a 4.60 time, a 32.5” VJ, 10’2” BJ and did not lift. He posted a 4.32 short shuttle and a 7.02 three cone for good agility drills. He can be a disruptive playmaker with incredible upside potential. As a pass rusher, he has the developed fast first step that only the elite rushers possess. He is similar to Jason Taylor in speed, body type and overall AA. He needs development on his swim maneuver and extra moves to have a complete game. He needs to learn more counter moves to combat double-teams and make plays when his initial move is contained. He can be a major impact defender with the talent to be a playmaker, though he must prove his shoulder injury is fully healed. Excellent top 10 prospect with early starting talent on the weak side. Blue chip prospect with great upside potential with some development.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

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Super Bowl - Patriot’s TE Aaron Hernandez - Scouting Report Draft Insiders.com 2010 Yearbook

Patriot’s TE Aaron Hernandez - Scouting Report Draft Insiders’ 2010 Yearbook

This week we will post Draft Insiders,com Yearbook Scouting Reports of prominent players in the upcoming Super Bowl from the Giants and Patriots. Both front offices have done excellent jobs in evaluation college talent and meet for the second time in the Super Bowl in five years.

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Aaron Hernandez #81 - 6’2” 245 lbs. - Florida - Sp. 4.70 Rating 82
Hindu Theory: Owen Daniels

Mobile athletic junior tight end has been a fine starter in the Gators potent offense providing Tim Tebow with a top weapon for their high-powered attack. Aaron declared for the NFL Draft after another strong performance especially as a receiver. He displays well-developed receiving skills over his short stay with a very good understanding to the passing game and the ability to read coverage and make adjustments. He is a mobile athlete with marginal size, though well-developed receiving skills that includes hands, footwork and COD ability that will earn him early pro playing time as an H-back. He is a competitive hardworking tight end who moves well and is a very effective getting off the line and into his routes. He has natural pass catching skills that earned him consensus SEC honors over his final two seasons. He has the ability to produce clutch plays with a keen understanding of coverage and the ability to make adjustments. He has the athleticism to block on the move with the technique and agility to sustain the block the full play. As an inline performer, he fails to get a strong push at the LOS and relies on finesse to neutralize an opponent. He lacks the pop to drive a big backer off the line and may struggle early in certain tight end sets mainly as an inline performer. As a receiver, he is a very good pass catcher who made fast progress over his career. He moves well into his patterns and runs good routes with the ability to fight off the jam and get into his pattern and create separation. He has developed sound reads in coverage and gives a strong effort to get open with the ability to compete for the ball in a crowd. Over his career, he caught the ball well with fine hands, separation and nice run after the catch ability. He does well working against zones where he reads coverage quickly and settles into openings nicely. Though he is not a powerful inline blocker, he is quick off the snap and will get his hands on an opponent to wall off a defender with the toughness to sustain relying on fairly good footwork. He is a mobile player that should make the grade as a top-flight early H-back performer, but needs to add more muscle to his frame and show better use of technique to be an accomplished inline blocker and complete player.
The Numbers: Over the 2009 season, he caught 68 passes for 850 yards with 5 TDs and a 12.5 yard average while starting every game. He earned SEC honors for the second time. As a sophomore, he led the team with 34 receptions for 381 yards and 5 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he did not workout due to minor injury. He checked in at 245 lbs and over 6’2”. At Florida pro day, he ran in the high 4.5 times with one watch having him at 4.56. He also had 30 reps in the lifting. He also had good positional drills with crisp routes while showing fine hands.
The Skinny:Highly developed receiving skills and a keen understanding of the passing game. He has the ability to get open consistently to be a factor in a pro passing game. As a blocker, he is efficient and can use his mobility and good technique to make good initial contact. Good top 100 pick with highly developed physical tools to become a key role performer. He is the type with the talent to flourish in a system like the Colts, Chargers or Dolphins.
Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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Super Bowl - NY Giants WR Hakeem Nicks - Scouting Report Draft Insiders’ 2009 Yearbook

NY Giants WR Hakeem Nicks - Scouting Report - Draft Insiders.com 2009 Yearbook

This week we will post Draft Insiders Yearbook Scouting Reports of prominent players in the upcoming Super Bowl from the Giants and Patriots. Both front offices have done excellent jobs in evaluation college talent and meet for the second time in the Super Bowl in five years.

Photo – WR Hakeem Nicks - NY Giants

Hakeem Nicks #88 - 6’1” 210 lbs. - North Carolina - Sp. 4.50 - Rating 90
Hindu Theory: Terrell Owens

Physical athletic junior receiver combines all the skills to become a premier NFL playmaker within a short time. Hakeem is a big athletic receiver who declared this January after a strong finish to his college career. His receiving exploits over his late career made a human highlight film. He had a dominant performance in the NC bowl loss to West Virginia in the Meineke Bowl. He combines very good size with excellent hands and the speed, quickness and strength to beat a defense in a number of ways. His ability to run after the catch with the speed to break the play has enabled him to be both a deep threat and a terrific intermediate receiver. He has been the go-to receiver in the talented NC passing offense that probably gets three receivers selected in the NFL Draft ‘09. He is very good at getting off the line, combining quickness and power to fight off the jam and get into his routes easily. He is rarely forced off his pattern with the agility to drop his weight well to make crisp cuts and ability to retain his good speed. He reads coverage well and knows the situation and where the markers are to make the key first down. He works the end zone and sidelines very well, displaying outstanding body control and the leaping ability to make the acrobatic catch. He has a very big receiving radius that allows him to make the toughest catch look routine. He is very tough in jump ball situations where his height and leaping skills give him a considerable advantage whether facing single or double coverage. He closes the cornerback’s cushion quickly and can come out of his breaks with good speed. He is a big athlete who has excellent strength and toughness to fight off tacklers and break the underneath-pass for a long gain. It usually takes more than one tackler to bring him down. His fine cutting skills allow him to change directions quickly and maintain top speed despite his big frame. After the catch, he is dangerous, showing acceleration and the burst of speed to run away from defenders. He is a physical blocker who helps his team’s ground game by his presence and he can wall off and seal the edge, in addition to overpowering a defender. As a runner, he has the explosiveness to take the simple slip screen or hitch pass for a long gain, combining the fast acceleration with good long distance speed.
The Numbers: As a junior, he caught 68 passes for 1222 yards and 12 TDs for a fine 18 yard average that earned him ACC honors. As a sophomore, he caught 74 passes for 958 yards and 5 TDs while starting 11 of 12 games. During his true freshman season, he started all 11 games and made 39 catches for 660 yards and 4 TDs for an impressive 16 yard average per catch. At the NFL Combine, he checked at just under 6’1” and 212 lbs. and ran 4.51 and 4.52 times. He did a 36” VL, but pulled a hamstring and stopped the workout.
The Skinny: Young physical go-to receiver, with the AA and level of development to be a major addition to a pro offense. He has well developed receiving skills and a keen sense of coverage and openings in the secondary to get open. He has the ability to stretch the field and draw double coverage consistently that opens up opportunities for other receivers. He is reminiscent of the big receivers in the game like the Cowboys’ Terrell Owens in size, speed and running style. He is capable of fitting into any type of offense and should compete for a starting job immediately. Special playmaker with the well rounded talent to provide both a deep threat and a very tough possession receiver for the passing game. He has athletic ability to be an immediate difference maker in the right setting. Big game performer with the package to give an offense a difference maker in the passing game. The Giants, Rams and Jaguars interested in the late 1st/ early 2nd round.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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Super Bowl - Patriots' TE Rob Gronkowski - Scouting Report Draft Insiders’ 2010 Yearbook

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski - Scouting Report Draft Insiders’ 2010 Yearbook

This week we will post Draft Insiders Yearbook Scouting Reports of prominent players in the upcoming Super Bowl from the Giants and Patriots. Both front offices have done excellent jobs in evaluation college talent and meet for the second time in the Super Bowl in five years.
Below is Rob Gronkowski’s Yearbook scouting report when we ranked him the #1 TE prospect in the nation.

Photo - TE Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots

1. Rob Gronkowski #48- 6’6” 265 lbs. - Arizona
Sp. 4.65 / Rating 90 - Hindu Theory: Todd Heap

Huge athletically gifted junior tight end is one of the fastest rising prospects in this class despite missing the ’09 season. Rob has performed very well over his short two year starting stay in the Pac 10 where he earned conference honors both seasons. He put up some incredible numbers over that period especially as a receiver in the red zone. He presents an imposing athlete for the position with a combination of rare size and athleticism to become a complete pro performer. He is a fast developing prospect with the blocking ability, hands, speed and run after the catch ability to become a major addition to a pro offense with some further development. As a receiver, he made fast progress over his career learning the finer points of the position such as route running and reading coverage. He has incredible size with a frame over 6’6” and he actually looks thin at 265 lbs. His size and agility makes him a very difficult matchup with fine movement skills and the hands to snatch the ball. As a receiver, he shows natural talent catching the ball, releasing off the line and route running to be ready for pro starting time. Over his two seasons, he caught 16 TDs without an NFL caliber starting passer. As an inline blocker, he shows dominant talent often with the ability to handle defensive ends in single assignments and the quickness and footwork to fire out and move linebackers out of the hole. He can seal the edge very well with the long arms of a tackle to sustain and the footwork to handle counter moves. He has outstanding upside potential and the AA to be a complete NFL performer with Pro Bowl skills. He has very good speed to get into the deep seam and give an offense an excellent weapon with the rare size to cause major coverage problems. He has natural talent to succeed and the work ethic to become a special NFL player. Despite his late career injury, he has rehabbed diligently through hard work and the intangibles necessary to be a top flight NFL performer. Currently he has only touched the surface of his natural abilities with the receiving skills to become an impact weapon that defensive coordinators need to give special attention to weekly. He is a very difficult receiver to match up with and his size and reach make him almost impossible to cover in single assignments. His ability as a red zone receiver has barely been touched and his combination of size, speed and natural receiving skills gives an attack a weapon and a difference maker. He is a smooth good-looking athlete with a huge frame, very good muscle tone and definite growth potential throughout. He has big hands, well-developed upper body strength that should allow him to grade out higher as an inline blocker with further technique and strength work. His body type suggests growth potential and further upside in that role to the 270 lb+. range. As a blocker, his game film has earned him very high grades with the ability to sustain and get movement. He graded out very high, handling Pac 10 defensive ends as an underclassman. He is an agile athlete with very good functional strength and playing speed that translates well to the field and allows him to fill all the roles. He can deliver a strong hand punch with the ability to get a very good push at the POT. He retains his blocks well with the ability to move his feet and counter to secondary moves and finish well. On the 2nd level, he is a strong blocker with the agility and the reach to fit easily on linebackers. As a receiver, he can defeat the press at the line, making good use of his hands to get out into his routes with the ability to accelerate. He has sure hands and shows a big receiving radius with fine body control and the ability to get great extension to adjust to the pass. He works well in the short zones and can use his body to adjust to the ball when it is in the air. He relies on speed and power to get into the open field with the ability to break tackles.
The Numbers: He sat out the ’09 season due to an injury. As a sophomore, he started 9 of 10 games and caught 47 passes for 672 yards for a 14.3 yard average and 10 TDs which earned him first team Pac 10 honors. As a freshman, he caught 28 passes for 525 yards and 6 TDs for an impressive 18.8 yard average that earned him 1st team Pac 10. He is similar to former #1 pick Todd Heap in size, AA and big play potential. At the NFL Combine, he did not workout recovering from back surgery.
The Skinny: Big agile athlete with the talent to be a special player with development. He can be a complete player and dominant blocker within a short time and capable of becoming a huge factor in a team’s passing game. He has an awesome physical package with high production vs top competition. Top flight NFL performer in the right offense and excellent addition for the Ravens, Browns or Saints. Prospect that would have been a top 15 pick if healthy and played in ’09. Marginal top 40 prospect and big time talent who is a player you want to have going forward.
Draft Projection: 1st-2nd Round

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