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ThePudge
01-30-2010, 11:58 PM
I sat down and knocked a lot of my rankings out today, but have been working on these updates for the last two-three weeks. Not everything is perfect, but I would imagine things should start to fall in place after the NFL Combine. This post encompasses my new Big Board (Top 150), my new positional rankings, a couple scouting reports, and a brief post-season all-star game recap. Read what you'd like, ask questions, make arguments, tell me I'm wrong and lets talk some football. Enjoy!

- Post-Senior Bowl Draft Work -

Index
- Big Board Top 150
- 2010 Positional Rankings
----o Offense
----o Defense
- 2010 Post-Season All-Star Game Recap
----o Senior Bowl Winners/Losers
----o East West Shrine Winners/Losers
- Scouting Reports
----o Brandon Graham
----o Anthony Dixon
----o Toby Gerhart
----o Dez Bryant

Big Board - Top 150

1. Ndamukong Suh – DT – Nebraska
2. Gerald McCoy – DT – Oklahoma*
3. Dez Bryant – WR – Oklahoma State*
4. Eric Berry – S – Tennessee*
5. Rolando McClain – ILB – Alabama*
6. Jimmy Clausen – QB – Notre Dame*
7. Joe Haden – CB – Florida*
8. Russell Okung – OT – Oklahoma State
9. Brandon Graham – LB/DE – Michigan
10. Derrick Morgan – DE – Georgia Tech*
11. Anthony Davis – OT – Rutgers*
12. Sam Bradford – QB – Oklahoma*
13. Jason Pierre-Paul – DE/OLB – South Florida*
14. Bryan Bulaga – OT – Iowa*
15. C.J. Spiller – RB – Clemson
16. Jermaine Gresham – TE – Oklahoma
17. Dan Williams – NT – Tennessee
18. Sean Weatherspoon – OLB - Missouri
19. Mike Iupati – OG - Idaho
20. Trent Williams – OT – Oklahoma
21. Sergio Kindle – OLB – Texas
22. Earl Thomas – S – Texas*
23. Brian Price – DT – UCLA*
24. Taylor Mays – S – USC
25. Golden Tate – WR – Notre Dame*
26. Terrance “Mount” Cody – NT - Alabama
27. Arrelious Benn – WR – Illinois*
28. Jared Odrick – DT – Penn State
29. Jerry Hughes – DE/OLB – TCU
30. Perrish Cox – CB – Oklahoma State
31. Everson Griffen – DE/OLB – USC*
32. Rob Gronkowski – TE – Arizona*
33. Jahvid Best – RB – California*
34. Brandon LaFell – WR – LSU
35. Damian Williams – WR – USC*
36. Daryl Washington – LB - TCU
37. Maurkice Pouncey – C/OG – Florida*
38. Bruce Campbell – OT – Maryland*
39. Jonathan Dwyer – RB – Georgia Tech*
40. Carlos Dunlap – DE – Florida*
41. Kyle Wilson – CB – Boise State
42. Navorro Bowman – OLB – Penn State*
43. Mardy Gilyard – WR – Cincinnati
44. Demaryius Thomas – WR – Georgia Tech*
45. Kareem Jackson – CB – Alabama*
46. Arthur Jones – DT - Syracuse
47. Vladimir Ducasse – OG/OT - Massacusetts
48. Aaron Hernandez – TE/H-B – Florida*
49. Anthony Dixon – RB – Mississippi State
50. Donovan Warren – CB – Michigan*

51. Dexter McCluster – RB/WR - Mississippi
52. Morgan Burnett – S – Georgia Tech*
53. Alex Carrington – DE – Arkansas State
54. Eric Norwood – OLB – South Carolina
55. John Jerry – OG - Mississippi
56. Dominique Franks – CB – Oklahoma
57. Toby Gerhart – RB – Stanford
58. Lamarr Houston – DT – Texas
59. Brandon Spikes – ILB – Florida
60. Ricky Sapp – OLB/DE – Clemson
61. Patrick Robinson – CB – Florida State
62. Nate Allen – S – South Florida
63. Charles Brown – OT – USC
64. Geno Atkins – DT – Georgia
65. Chad Jones – S – LSU*
66. Koa Misi – LB – Utah
67. Anthony McCoy – TE – USC
68. Greg Hardy – DE – Mississippi
69. Amari Speivey – CB – Iowa*
70. Corey Wootton – DE - Northwestern
71. Colt McCoy – QB – Texas
72. Devin McCourty – CB – Rutgers
73. Eric Decker – WR – Minnesota
74. Roger Saffold – OG/OT – Indiana
75. Ed Dickson – TE – Oregon
76. Larry Asante – S – Nebraska
77. Brandon Ghee – CB – Wake Forest
78. Jacoby Ford – WR – Clemson
79. Ben Tate – RB - Auburn
80. Riley Cooper – WR – Florida
81. Mike Johnson – OG – Alabama
82. Montario Hardesty – RB - Tennessee
83. Jason Fox – OT – Miami
84. Sean Lee – ILB – Penn State
85. Darrell Stuckey – S – Kansas
86. Austen Lane – DE – Murray State
87. Matt Tennant – C – Boston College
88. Jordan Shipley – WR – Texas
89. Jon Asamoah – OG – Illinois
90. Andre Roberts – WR – The Citadel
91. Dezmon Briscoe – WR – Kansas*
92. Jerome Murphy – CB – South Florida
93. Jeremy Williams – WR - Tulane
94. Jimmy Graham – TE – Miami
95. Joe McKnight – RB – USC*
96. Dan LeFevour – QB – Central Michigan
97. Linval Joseph – DT – East Carolina*
98. Jason Worilds – DE/OLB – Virginia Tech*
99. Ryan Matthews – RB – Fresno State*
100. Myron Rolle – S – Florida State

101. Jevan Snead – QB – Mississippi*
102. Tyson Alualu – DT – California
103. Tim Tebow – QB – Florida
104. A.J. Edds – OLB – Iowa
105. Jermaine Cunningham – DE/OLB – Florida
106. Donald Butler – ILB - Washington
107. Mike Williams – WR – Syracuse*
108. Rennie Curran – OLB – Georgia*
109. Jarrett Brown – QB – West Virginia
110. Antonio Brown – WR – Central Michigan*
111. Reshad Jones – S – Georgia*
112. Garrett Graham – TE/H-B – Wisconsin
113. Pat Angerer – ILB – Iowa
114. Dekoda Watson – OLB – Florida State
115. Cam Thomas – NT – North Carolina
116. Major Wright – S – Florida*
117. Syd’Quan Thompson – CB – California
118. Roddrick Muckelroy – OLB – Texas
119. Chris Scott – OG/OT – Tennessee
120. J.D. Walton – C – Baylor
121. Stafon Johnson – RB – USC
122. Michael Hoomanawanui – TE – Illinois
123. John Skelton – QB – Fordham
124. D’Anthony Smith – DT – Louisiana Tech
125. Freddie Barnes – WR – Bowling Green
126. LeGarette Blount – RB - Oregon
127. Brandon Deadrick – DE – Alabama
128. Thaddeus Gibson – OLB – Ohio State*
129. Akwasi Owusu-Ansah – CB – Indiana U (PA)
130. Keith Toston – RB – Oklahoma State
131. Eric Olsen – C – Notre Dame
132. Levi Brown – QB – Troy
133. Alterraun Verner – CB – UCLA
134. Colin Peek – TE – Alabama
135. Javier Arenas – CB – Alabama
136. Lindsey Witten – DE/OLB – Connecticut
137. Chris Cook – DB – Virginia
138. Carlton Mitchell - WR - South Florida*
139. Tony Washington – OT – Abilene Christian
140. Zane Beadles – OG – Utah
141. Brandon Carter – OG – Texas Tech
142. Danario Alexander – WR – Missouri
143. Zac Robinson – QB – Oklahoma State
144. George Selvie – DE/OLB – South Florida
145. Trevard Lindley – CB – Kentucky
146. Brandon Lang – OLB - Troy
147. Mike Neal – DT – Purdue
148. Tony Pike – QB – Cincinnati
149. Jeff Owens – DT/NT – Georgia
150. Blair White – WR – Michigan State



2010 Positional Rankings

Offense

Quarterbacks
1. Jimmy Clausen – Notre Dame – Top 10 pick*
2. Sam Bradford – Oklahoma – Top 10 pick*
3. Colt McCoy – Texas – Late 2nd-Mid 3rd
4. Dan LeFevour – Central Michigan – Mid 3rd-Mid 5th
5. Jevan Snead – Mississippi – Early 3rd-Late 4th*
6. Tim Tebow – Florida – Late 2nd-Early 4th
7. Jarrett Brown – West Virginia – Mid 3rd-Mid 5th
8. John Skelton – Fordham – Early 4th-Early 6th
9. Levi Brown – Troy – Mid 4th-Early 6th
10. Zac Robinson – Oklahoma State – Early 5th-7th Round
11. Tony Pike – Cincinnati – Late 4th-7th Round
12. Matt Nichols – Eastern Washington – Late 5th-7th Round
13. Sean Canfield – Oregon State – 6th -UDFA
14. Mike Kafka – Northwestern – 6th-UDFA
15. Tim Hiller – Western Michigan – UDFA

Running Backs
1. C.J. Spiller – Clemson – Top 20 pick
2. Jahvid Best – California – Late 1st-Mid 2nd*
3. Jonathan Dwyer – Georgia Tech – 2nd Round*
4. Anthony Dixon – Mississippi State – 3rd Round
5. Dexter McCluster – Mississippi – Mid 2nd-Mid 3rd (WR)
6. Toby Gerhart – Stanford – Mid 2nd-Early 3rd
7. Ben Tate – Auburn – Mid 3rd-Early 4th
8. Montario Hardesty – Tennessee – Late 2nd-Late 3rd
9. Joe McKnight – USC – Late 3rd-Late 4th*
10. Ryan Matthews – Fresno State – Early 3rd-Late 4th*
11. Stafon Johnson – USC – Mid 4th-Late 5th
12. LeGarrette Blount – Oregon – Early 4th-Late 5th
13. Keith Toston – Oklahoma State – Late 4th-6th Round
14. Javarris James – Miami – Early 5th-7th Round
15. James Starks – Buffalo – 6th Round-UDFA

Wide Receivers
1. Dez Bryant – Oklahoma State – Top 10 pick*
2. Golden Tate – Notre Dame – Top 32 pick*
3. Arrelious Benn – Illinois – Top 32 pick*
4. Brandon LaFell – LSU – Late 1st-Early 2nd
5. Damian Williams – USC – Late 1st-Early 2nd*
6. Mardy Gilyard – Cincinnati – 2nd Round
7. Demaryius Thomas – Georgia Tech – Early-Mid 2nd*
8. Eric Decker – Minnesota – Late 2nd-Late 3rd
9. Jacoby Ford – Clemson – Late 2nd-Early 4th
10. Riley Cooper – Florida – 3rd Round
11. Jordan Shipley – Texas – Mid 3rd-Early 4th
12. Andre Roberts – Citadel – Mid 3rd-Mid 4th
13. Dezmon Briscoe – Kansas – Late 2nd-Early 4th*
14. Jeremy Williams – Tulane – Mid 3rd-Mid 4th
15. Mike Williams – Syracuse – Late 3rd-Late 4th*
16. Antonio Brown – Central Michigan – Late 3rd-Early 5th*
17. Freddie Barnes – Bowling Green – Mid 4th-Early 6th
18. Carlton Mitchell - South Florida - Early 4th-Early 6th*
19. Danario Alexander – Missouri – Mid 4th-Early 6th
20. Blair White – Michigan State – Late 4th-Mid 6th
21. Naaman Roosevelt – Buffalo – Early 5th-7th Round

Tight Ends
1. Jermaine Gresham – Oklahoma – Top 25 pick
2. Rob Gronkowski – Arizona – Late 1st-Early 2nd*
3. Aaron Hernandez – Florida – Mid 2nd-Early 3rd* (H-B)
4. Anthony McCoy – USC – Late 2nd-Late 3rd
5. Ed Dickson – Oregon – 3rd Round
6. Jimmy Graham – Miami – Mid 3rd-Early 4th
7. Garrett Graham – Wisconsin – Early 4th-Early 5th
8. Michael Hoomanawanui – Illinois – Mid 4th-Late 5th
9. Colin Peek – Alabama – Late 4th-Early 6th
10. Dennis Pitta – BYU – Early 5th-Mid 6th

Offensive Tackles
1. Russell Okung – Oklahoma State – Top 10 pick
2. Anthony Davis – Rutgers – Top 15 pick*
3. Bryan Bulaga – Iowa – Top 15 pick*
4. Trent Williams – Oklahoma – Top 20 pick (OG)
5. Bruce Campbell – Maryland – Top 25 pick*
6. Charles Brown – USC – Mid 2nd-Late 3rd
7. Jason Fox – Miami – 3rd Round
8. Chris Scott – Tennessee – Early 4th-Late 5th (OG)
9. Tony Washington – Abilene Christian – Mid 4th-7th Round
10. Kyle Calloway – Iowa – Early 5th-7th Round (OG)

Offensive Guards
1. Mike Iupati – Idaho – Top 25 pick
2. Vladimir Ducasse – Massachusetts – Mid 2nd-Early 3rd (OT)
3. John Jerry – Mississippi – Mid 2nd-Late 3rd
4. Roger Saffold – Indiana – Late 2nd-Early 4th (OT)
5. Mike Johnson – Alabama – Late 2nd-Early 4th
6. Jon Asamoah – Illinois – Early 3rd-Mid 4th
7. Zane Beadles – Utah – Late 4th-Early 6th
8. Brandon Carter – Texas Tech – Early 5th-Early 6th
9. Shawn Lauvao – Arizona State – Early 5th-7th Round
10. Sergio Render – Virginia Tech – Mid 5th-7th Round

Centers
1. Maurkice Pouncey – Florida – Early-Mid 2nd (OG)*
2. Matt Tennant – Boston College – Early 3rd-Early 4th
3. J.D. Walton – Baylor – Late 3rd-Early 5th
4. Eric Olsen – Notre Dame – Mid 4th-Early 6th
5. Ted Larsen – North Carolina State – 5th Round-UDFA

Defense

Defensive Ends
1. Derrick Morgan – Georgia Tech – Top 15 pick*
2. Jason Pierre-Paul – South Florida – Top 15 pick* (OLB)
3. Jerry Hughes – TCU – Late 1st-Mid 2nd (OLB)
4. Everson Griffen – USC – Top 32 pick* (OLB)
5. Carlos Dunlap – Florida – Late 1st-Mid 2nd*
6. Alex Carrington – Arkansas State – Mid 2nd-Early 3rd (3-4 DE)
7. Greg Hardy – Mississippi – Late 2nd-Mid 3rd
8. Corey Wootton – Northwestern – Mid 2nd-Mid 3rd (3-4 DE)
9. Austen Lane – Murray State – Mid 3rd-Early 5th
10. Jason Worilds – Virginia Tech – Early 4th-Early 5th* (OLB)
11. Jermaine Cunningham – Florida – Late 3rd-Early 5th (OLB)
12. Brandon Deadrick – Alabama – Mid 4th-Early 6th (3-4 DE)
13. Lindsey Witten – Connecticut – Late 4th-Early 6th (OLB)
14. George Selvie – South Florida – Early 5th-7th Round (OLB)
15. Jeff Fitzgerald – Kansas State – Mid 5th-7th Round

Defensive Tackles
1. Ndamukong Suh – Nebraska – Top 3 pick
2. Gerald McCoy – Oklahoma – Top 3 pick*
3. Dan Williams – Tennessee – Top 25 pick (NT)
4. Brian Price – UCLA – Top 25 pick*
5. Terrance “Mount” Cody – Alabama – Mid 1st-Mid 2nd (NT)
6. Jared Odrick – Penn State – Late 1st-Early 2nd
7. Arthur Jones – Syracuse – Early 2nd-Early 3rd
8. Lamarr Houston – Texas – Mid 2nd-Early 3rd
9. Geno Atkins – Georgia – Mid 2nd-Mid 3rd
10. Linval Joseph – East Carolina – Mid 3rd-Mid 4th*
11. Tyson Alualu – California – Mid 3rd-Late 4th
12. Cam Thomas – North Carolina – Early 4th-Mid 5th (NT)
13. D’Anthony Smith – Louisiana Tech – Early 4th-Mid 5th
14. Mike Neal – Purdue – Late 4th-Mid 6th
15. Jeff Owens – Georgia – Late 4th-7th Round (NT)

Outside Linebackers
1. Brandon Graham – Michigan – Top 20 pick (ILB/DE)
2. Sean Weatherspoon – Missouri – Top 25 pick
3. Sergio Kindle – Texas – Top 25 pick
4. Navorro Bowman – Penn State – Early 2nd-Early 3rd*
5. Eric Norwood – South Carolina – Mid 2nd-Mid 3rd
6. Ricky Sapp – Clemson – Early 2nd-Early 3rd (DE)
7. Koa Misi – Utah – Late 2nd-Mid 3rd
8. A.J. Edds – Iowa – Late 3rd-Late 4th
9. Rennie Curran – Georgia – Mid 3rd-Early 5th*
10. Dekoda Watson – Florida State – Late 3rd-Early 5th
11. Roddrick Muckelroy – Texas – Mid 4th-Early 5th
12. Thaddeus Gibson – Ohio State – Late 4th-Late 5th*
13. Brandon Lang – Troy – Early 5th-7th Round (DE)
14. Justin Cole – San Jose State – Early 5th-7th Round
15. Cameron Sheffield – Troy – Mid 5th-7th Round


Inside Linebackers
1. Rolando McClain – Alabama – Top 15 pick*
2. Daryl Washington – TCU – Second Round (OLB)
3. Brandon Spikes – Florida – Early 2nd-Mid 3rd
4. Sean Lee – Penn State – Early 3rd-Mid 4th
5. Donald Butler – Washington – Mid 3rd-Early 5th
6. Pat Angerer – Iowa – Late 3rd-Early 5th
7. Jamar Chaney – Mississippi State –Early 5th-6th Round
8. Daryl Sharpton – Miami – Mid 5th-7th Round
9. Micah Johnson – Kentucky – 6th-7th Round
10. Joe Pawalek – Baylor – 7th Round-UDFA

Cornerbacks
1. Joe Haden – Florida – Top 15 pick*
2. Perrish Cox – Oklahoma State – Late 1st-Early 2nd
3. Kyle Wilson – Boise State – Early-Mid 2nd
4. Kareem Jackson – Alabama – Second Round*
5. Donovan Warren – Michigan – Second Round*
6. Dominique Franks – Oklahoma – Mid 2nd-Early 3rd*
7. Patrick Robinson – Florida State – Mid 2nd-Early 3rd
8. Amari Spievey – Iowa – Late 2nd-Mid 3rd*
9. Devin McCourty – Rutgers – Late 2nd-Late 3rd
10. Brandon Ghee – Wake Forest – Early 3rd-Early 4th
11. Jerome Murphy – South Florida – Mid 3rd-Mid 4th
12. Syd’Quan Thompson – California – Early 4th-Early 5th
13. Akwasi Owusu-Ansah – Indiana U. (PA) – Late 4th-Late 5th
14. Alterraun Verner – UCLA – Late 4th-Early 6th
15. Javier Arenas – Alabama – Early 5th-7th Round
16. Chris Cook – Virginia – Late 4th-7th Round (FS)
17. Trevard Lindley – Kentucky – Early 5th-7th Round
18. Myron Lewis – Vanderbilt – Mid 5th-UDFA
19. Walter Thurmond III – Oregon – 6th Round-UDFA
20. Devin Ross – Arizona – 7th Round-UDFA

Safeties
1. Eric Berry – Tennessee – Top 10 pick*
2. Earl Thomas – Texas – Top 32 pick*
3. Taylor Mays – USC – Top 25 pick
4. Morgan Burnett – Georgia Tech – Mid 2nd-Early 3rd*
5. Nate Allen – South Florida – Late 2nd-Mid 3rd
6. Chad Jones – LSU – Mid 2nd-Early 3rd*
7. Larry Asante – Nebraska – Early 3rd-Early 4th
8. Darrell Stuckey – Kansas – Mid 3rd-Late 4th
9. Myron Rolle – Florida State – Late 3rd-Late 5th
10. Reshad Jones – Georgia – Late 3rd-Early 5th*
11. Major Wright – Florida – Early 4th-Mid 5th*
12. T.J. Ward – Oregon – Early 5th-7th Round
13. Kam Chancellor – Virginia Tech – Late 4th-7th Round (OLB)
14. Kurt Coleman – Ohio State – Mid 5th-7th Round
15. Barry Church – Toledo – 6th Round-UDFA

- FBs/Specialists to come Pre-Combine*


2010 All-Star Game Recap

Senior Bowl Week

Senior Bowl Winners
1. Brandon Graham - LB/DE - Michigan
2. Kyle Wilson - CB - Boise State
3. Alex Carrington - DE - Arkansas State
4. Dan Williams - DT - Tennessee
5. Geno Atkins - DT - Georgia
6. Dexter McCluster - RB/WR - Mississippi
7. Jared Odrick - DT - Penn State
8. John Jerry - OG - Mississippi
9. Ben Tate - RB - Auburn
10. Devin McCourty - CB – Rutgers
11. Mike Iupati – OG - Idaho
12. Donald Butler - LB - Washington
13. Perrish Cox - CB - Oklahoma State
14. Myron Rolle - S - Florida State
15. Chris Cook – DB – Virginia
16. Dan LeFevour - QB - Central Michigan
17. Koa Misi - LB – Utah
18. Andre Roberts – WR – The Citadel
19. Brandon Ghee – CB – Wake Forest
20. A.J. Edds - LB - Iowa
21. Cam Thomas - NT - North Carolina
22. Jarrett Brown - QB - West Virginia
23. Jacoby Ford - WR – Clemson
24. Tyson Alualu – DT – California
25. Terrell Skinner – DB – Maryland

Senior Bowl Losers
1. Sean Canfield - QB - Oregon State
2. Taylor Price - WR - Ohio
3. Tony Pike - QB - Cincinnati
4. Danario Alexander - WR – Missouri
5. Zane Beadles – OG/OT - Utah
6. Brandon Lang - OLB/DE - Troy
7. Selvish Capers - OT - West Virginia
8. Javier Arenas - CB - Alabama
9. Ciron Black - OT - LSU
10. Tim Tebow - QB - Florida
11. Terrance "Mount" Cody - NT - Alabama (Weight)
12. O'Brien Schofield - OLB - Wisconsin (Injury)
13. Sam Young – OT – Notre Dame
14. Dorin Dickerson – WR/TE/H-B – Pittsburgh
15. Ted Larsen – C – North Carolina State

East-West Shrine Week

East-West Shrine Winners
1. Roger Saffold - OG/OT - Indiana
2. Freddie Barnes - WR - Bowling Green
3. Keith Toston - RB - Oklahoma State
4. Brandon Carter - OG - Texas Tech
5. Chris Scott - OG/OT - Tennessee
6. Matt Nichols - QB - Eastern Washington
7. Andrew Quarless - TE - Penn State
8. Torrell Troup - DT – UCF
9. Mike Kafka – QB - Northwestern
10. Marshall Newhouse - OT/OG - TCU
11. Doug Worthington - DT/DE - Ohio State
12. Emmanuel Sanders – WR – SMU
13. O’Brien Schofield – OLB – Wisconsin
14. Jordan Sisco – WR - Regina
15. Javarris James – RB - Miami

East-West Shrine Losers
1. Daryll Clark - QB - Penn State
2. Patrick Simonds - WR - Colgate
3. Joe Pawalek - ILB - Baylor
4. Reggie Stephens - OG - Iowa State
5. Todd Reesing – QB - Kansas
6. Cord Howard - OL - Georgia Tech
7. Cole Pemberton – OT – Colorado State
8. Andre Dixon – RB – Connecticut
9. Dennis Pitta – TE – BYU
10. Naaman Roosevelt – WR - Buffalo


Scouting Reports

1. Brandon Graham - LB/DE - Michigan
2. Anthony Dixon - RB - Mississippi State
3. Toby Gerhart - RB - Stanford
4. Dez Bryant - WR - Oklahoma State

Brandon Graham - LB/DE - Michigan
6'1 263 4.7 est. - 30.5" arms - 9 7/8" hands
#1 LB - #9 Overall

I think at the DE spot, even OLB in a 3-4, a long-limbed player is preferred. I said before, however, that I don't expect his short arms to hinder him inside in a 3-4, and to be honest, at OLB, I don't know that it would hold him back as a player as much as it would hold him back as a "prospect."

What we see so far are the most average attributes Graham possesses, his size measurements. I've always said I'm not crazy about the Woodley comparison, because I don't think Graham gets his due there. Brandon went into Michigan as the #1 Linebacker recruit in the country. He was presumed to have the physical skill-set, instincts, and ability to run in space to play ILB at an elite level. Now, the guy got very heavy his first few years and it became clear his role was going to be on the Defensive Line for the Wolverines.

Trying to block this guy without at least a Running Back or Tight End chipping is one of the toughest things I can think of. Graham is extremely explosive off the snap, has an eye for the football, and makes plays in the backfield (even against Big Ten OL that are 5 inches taller and 70 pounds heavier than him.) This guy plays up to competition and gave both Iowa (Bryan Bulaga) and Wisconsin (Gabe Carmini) fits. In Graham's three biggest Big 10 competition's (Ohio State-Iowa-Wisconsin), he totaled 27 Tackles 12.5 TFL 6 Sacks.

He's explosive, he uses his hands well, he has a variety of pass-rushing moves, and gets off blockers very well. What I need to see from him to verify the Top 15 label I have slapped on him, will be how he tests this week and at the Combine in space. He's tremendous at finding the football, is a team vocal leader, and has developed a great work ethic in practice and the weight room. Graham also possesses a non-stop motor, and uses leverage and core strength better than any DE in college football.

Most people don't know the reputation he possesses in the college world as a Workout Warrior. Graham is thick, he's chiseled, and he's going to make a splash in Indianapolis this year. He's a very explosive athlete on the field and off it, he should run a decent 40, should do well with his short-area quickness tests, and I'll come forward and say I 99% expect him over 30 bench reps, perhaps as high as 35 or so. His football character is flawless. Earlier in his college career, Graham had very questionable weight problems that put his career in doubt, though he did find a way to be successful at any weight at any position. Eventually, he slimmed back down and found his home at Defensive End. No DE or defensive player has been as good as he has the past two years in the Big Ten. He's smart, he leads vocally, and leads by example on and off the field. He has an intricate knowledge of the game and possesses elite intangibles for the defensive side of the ball.

He made OL much bigger than himself look silly this past week, and I almost predicted that months ago. He's a special talent and it should show on a national scale this week. Brandon Graham may have been lost in the Rich Rod era, which brought a negative media outlook toward the Michigan program, but he definitely was a guy that was game-planned against. A Top 15 talent in my mind, with no business getting out of the Top 20. NFL teams can be a bit superficial, so I understand that it's not a guarantee he'll go quite that high. Still, I am confident in my analysis in Graham and believe he'll be a Pro Bowl player at the next level at OLB or ILB (maybe line up on the edge on passing downs.)

Pros
o + Explosive off the snap and quick to the backfield
o + Finds the ball well in space and in traffic
o + Core Strength - has anchor strength and plenty of upper body power
o + Plays with very impressive leverage, capable of moving the biggest OL
o + Uses a variety of pass-rush moves and excels getting to the QB
o + Non-stop motor, never quits and is an intimidator on the front line
o + Tremendous work ethic on the field, in the weight-room, and in the film room
o + Football instincts and intangibles are top notch for a defensive player
o + Elite College Production, officially the Michigan MVP last two years
o + Thick, chiseled physique
o + Top vocal leader on the field
o + Very Durable, played in 47 games at Michigan

Cons
o - Height for the Defensive End position
o - Short arms
o - Inexperience at LB in college
o - Still a question how well he will be able to play in space
o - Raw in coverage
o - May be tougher for him to keep his weight down at 255-265 than some


Anthony Dixon – RB – Mississippi State
6’0 3/4 - 245 - 4.57 est. - 32 1/4" arm - 10" hand
#4 RB - #49 Overall

- Anthony Dixon is a Senior RB prospect, from a major conference, with big-time production, and underrated physical tools. In four years as Mississippi State’s starting tailback, Dixon accumulated for almost 4,000 yards on the ground. He’s a big, strong, back who likes to finish his runs and likes to get the bulk of his yards between the tackles. Still, some people don’t notice the occasional speed, burst, and agility Dixon possesses as well as vision, and a bit of elusiveness in the open field. He’s a patient, north-south, cutback runner who always falls forward. He has great balance as a runner and some background as a receiver out of the backfield with 56 career receptions.

Dixon played at a high level of competition in the SEC for four years, and capped off an impressive career with a tremendous Senior season. At 6’1 245, he likely won’t be seen as a speed back in the NFL. Though Dixon has shown a surprising knack for the big play, five runs of 40+ this year, his speed and burst will not be elite at the next level and compare to a Shonn Greene level (which evidently seems good enough.) He’ll show spurts of surprising athleticism at times and plays his best football in the second half. I think versatility as a crushing lead blocker and receiver out of the backfield really help his cause.

I think Anthony Dixon projects as a Second-Third Round pick for a team looking to add a tough, north-south runner that can do a bit of everything. I have him graded a bit higher than he's likely to go (Mid Second Round Grade), though he's one of those guys that just has 'it' for me. His NFL role most likely will be as a part of a two or three back rotation, though I think he’s a sleeper to become an every-down feature back at the next level. A personal favorite of mine since the very first game he played in college, opening night against South Carolina.

Positives
o + Production at an elite level of competition
o + Size and strong build at 6'0 3/4 245 with long arms and big hands
o + Balance, very strong in his lower and upper body
o + Power, runs with authority, finishes runs and falls forward
o + Vision, works as a one cut runner and finds small creases well
o + Experience, 4 year starter in the SEC
o + Runs with patience and reads his blocks well
o + Accelerates out of cuts and contact at a good level for 6'1 245
o + Surprisingly nimble feet and elusiveness
o + Is a surprisingly natural receiver
o + Shows tremendous drive and power as a lead blocker

Negatives
o – Lack of elite NFL speed
o – Lacks elite acceleration and burst
o – Wear and Tear questions?
o – Will often run high
o – Minor attitude/work ethic questions


Toby Gerhart - RB - Stanford
6'1e 235e 4.55e
#6 RB - #57 Overall

I like the guy, I thought he was the most deserving Heisman Trophy candidate, I think he'll be a good NFL player, and I think if you put him in a situation where he's taking 20-25 carries a game, then he can be a 1000-1200 yard back. The problem is, current NFL trends don't point to Gerhart getting that chance to be an every down feature back. No matter who you are, it's tough not to question Toby's ability to break the big run and it's tough not to question his ability as a receiver out of the backfield.

I think he's a high round selection, a Running Back prospect first and foremost, and if he lands in the right situation, I fully believe he's a player who should enjoy a high level of personal success in the NFL and a guy who will make his team very happy. That said, I don't see him as an elite combination of size, speed, agility, strength, and character. He certainly has his strengths, and they are NFL friendly strengths; however, there's some evidence out there, both statistically and obtained by film study, to question his ability to be an every down back at this new faster, tougher, more cerebral level.

There's plenty to like about the Stanford Senior. Gerhart was the best running back in college football a year ago, and it's no secret how he gets his work done. This is a back meant for between the tackles, with a violent temperament and running style. The upper and lower body strength Gerhart shows off on a down to down basis, and amount of endurance and relentlessness he shows through the 4th quarter, is real testament to his athleticism. What stands out most about Toby is his exceptional balance. Whether while making a cut, at a stationary position, or running with a full head of steam, he's just a tough guy to get on the ground. At full speed, Gerhart uses vision to find small cutback lanes and creases in the defense, never goes down at first contact, and will fight for extra yards, finishing every run. His feel for the position and ability to think on the move are what have me convinced he'll be a solid NFL player at the Running Back position.

The biggest obstacle I see for Gerhart, as a first round draft prospect would be current NFL trends which lean toward a two or three back scheme, keeping legs fresh and getting different skill-sets on the field. For runners with a deficiency in physicality/power/balance, this scheme can go a long way to mask some faults, allowing a player to succeed at a high level, and the same could be said of players with average burst/speed/receiving experience. I don't see Toby as a game-breaker. For a back considered elite and complete by many, he didn't hit many home runs with only 2 runs of over 40 yards during his 2009 campaign. Now, he doesn't have to be, no one says that's his only option at the next level.

A lack of great acceleration/burst, a lack of a true second gear and breakaway speed, a lack elusiveness in the open field, and inexperience as a receiver may point to a different role in the NFL than every down, feature back. I'm not saying FB, I'm not saying H-B, I'm saying I expect a team with a stable of backs to add Gerhart as a missing piece. This could be the Chiefs to complement their young back Jamaal Charles, perhaps the Eagles to provide a change of pace to LeSean McCoy/Brian Westbrook, or maybe the Texans to add some muscle along side Steve Slaton. These are all examples, and I feel like he'd really flourish in a role like that. A one-cut ZBS scheme would be ideal for a runner with the decisiveness and vision Gerhart possesses.

I would say I view Toby Gerhart as a Mid 2nd-Early 3rd Round value at this point. We still have the Combine to go, and we'll get plenty of info there. By draft day, we could be looking at a different stock of course.

Pros
o + Exceptional Balance
o + Surprising Vision and feel for the RB position
o + Tremendous Power with excellent upper and lower body strength
o + Terrific Production vs. top competition
o + Ability to carry the load
o + Decisive North-South back
o + Wears on defenses, doesn't slow down in the 4th Quarter
o + Very athletic, could play two sports professionally
o + Excellent football character; Smart with a tireless work ethic

Cons
o - Not overly elusive, doesn't make a lot of guys miss in the open field
o - Lacks a true second gear and home-run speed
o - Doesn't have an explosive burst, average acceleration
o - Struggles to accelerate out of hard cuts and contact
o - Unproven out of the backfield as a receiver
o - Has a very upright running style, doesn't change his pad level fluidly in and out of cuts and contact
o - Minor durability questions after missing 2007 season due to knee injury


Dez Bryant - WR - Oklahoma State
6'1 3/4e 215e 4.45e
#1 WR - #3 Overall

The main thing that stands out about Dez Bryant is that he's quicker, faster, and more explosive than most think. Everyone knew he was a beast a year ago. His stats, which he accumulated in a more pro-style offense where the running game was a big part are extremely impressive. The guy had 87 rec for 1480 yds (17.0 avg) and 19 Td's; in addition to being the nation's best receiver, he was also an explosive punt returner with a 15.3 avg and 2 Td's.

Not many talk about Bryant as a Punt Returner, but that's where you really get to see how good his feet are, how quick he is to accelerate, and his deep speed. He's a sudden player as well, capable of getting separation on comeback routes and out routes. He has elite body control, and is a big, physical guy who makes plays in traffic, and has no fear of going over the middle. He's got strong hands, goes up and gets balls, and creates for himself after the catch and runs hard.

Some question his physical tools, but I'd imagine he'll wind up measuring in at about 6'1 3/4 or so 215, and I expect he'll run somewhere around 4.45, perhaps even a bit faster (I just think the guy has excellent explosion and game speed.) Bryat has long arms and tremendous leaping ability so he plays bigger than his height. The biggest knock against him is his suspension off the field, and the lack of college experience he has on the field. Also, due to inexperience there is some concern that he may be raw as a route-runner.

The more I think about it, the more I see it, Dez Bryant is an elite WR prospect deserving a Top 5 selection in April. He doesn't have all that big a college track record to look at, but in 2008-09 he showcased elite talent, and flashed that same ability in three games this season. Behind Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy, I think Dez Bryant is the best NFL prospect in this class. I'm not saying he'll be Andre Johnson, I'm not saying he's Larry Fitzgerald, but I don't think he has to be exactly one of those guys to succeed. I think Bryant will be an impact player right away at the next level, and should be a star receiver in the NFL.

Pros
o+ Explosive; Gets to top speed quickly and is sudden off the snap
o+ Elite Leaping Ability, excels at going up and getting the ball
o+ Body Control, is able to control himself very well in the air
o+ Hands, catches the ball away from his body with big, strong hands
o+ Size, at a chiseled, well-built, and long 6'1 3/4 215
o+ Ability to create after the catch, explosive, physical, and fast
o+ Deep Speed, has great vertical speed and really separates after the catch
o+ Great feet, surprisingly nimble feet make him great in phone-booth
o+ Makes tough catches in traffic, is tough over the middle and runs hard
o+ Production, unbelievable output when on the field
o+ Vertical Threat
o+ Experience as a Punt Returner

Cons
o- Sat out most of 2009-10 season
o- Has a lot to prove physically at the NFL Combine
o- Only one year of major production; inexperienced
o- Raw route-runner, will need to see extra reps
o- Minor character concerns

princefielder28
01-31-2010, 12:02 AM
just glancing over, great work Pudge!

ThePudge
01-31-2010, 12:04 AM
just glancing over, great work Pudge!

Of course. No one's going to finish reading this in one sitting. Use the index, find what you're interested in and let me know what you think. A lot of words for one post.

BPhilb
01-31-2010, 12:09 AM
Agreed. Great work and a fun read.

FUNBUNCHER
01-31-2010, 12:32 AM
Wow Pudge....

Incredible!

superpack84
01-31-2010, 12:47 AM
Really nice work Pudge's.

TACKLE
01-31-2010, 01:00 AM
I've been looking forward to these for a while now. You really went above and beyond.

SenorGato
01-31-2010, 02:53 AM
Completely agreed on Graham and Bryant...sums up my thoughts on them exactly.

Gerhart looks like a possible Shonn Greene candidate.

D-Unit
01-31-2010, 03:20 AM
Love the effort involved. That's a lot to digest, but I did skim through it. One of the best posts of the year.

nofalcons10
01-31-2010, 03:28 AM
danario alexander
george selvie
D'anthony smith
dezmon briscoe
linval joseph
anthony mccoy

should be higher than you have them. before and after the combine i'm thinking they're all at least second round picks.

ThePudge
01-31-2010, 03:45 AM
danario alexander
george selvie
D'anthony smith
dezmon briscoe
linval joseph
anthony mccoy

should be higher than you have them. before and after the combine i'm thinking they're all at least second round picks.

I expected someone to raise a question about Alexander. The fact is, I don't think the Combine helps his stock much as compared to other receivers in this class he's not very quick, sudden, and is a bit too tight in the hips. Alexander's isn't slow, but I don't see how he will get separation at the next level at more than a #4 WR level, maybe #3. He has serious injury questions also and some things are going to be examined heavily at the Combine. Expect Danario's medical exam to be one of those marked down on scouts' lists as one to watch. In the end, I just don't think he end up too high in this draft but we'll see things a bit more clearly in February.

I agree that McCoy could very well be drafted by the end of the 2nd. It all depends on who needs Tight Ends.

Dezmon Briscoe is a guy that just doesn't jump out at me. He's a solid athlete, and was a productive player in college. He has size, above average speed, body control, and displays good hands. Still, I have serious questions about Dezmon's feet and his ability to run routes and get separation at the next level. He's not a great creator after the catch and is more of a north-south guy with not a whole lot of wiggle. He may be a bit low on my board now, but I'm really waiting to see what happens with him at the Combine in his tests and interviews.

I don't think there is any way Selvie gets himself back in the 2nd Round picture. He had a very average week in Mobile to go along with a rather average performance the last two seasons. There is no question Selvie possesses some ability as a pass-rusher, and a good amount of length as a 4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB. Still, he's not consistently explosive, isn't particularly strong, and may not be fast enough or good enough in space to make the transition to Linebacker. I think Selvie will be a Day Three Pick (4th-7th Round).

nofalcons10
01-31-2010, 04:42 AM
I expected someone to raise a question about Alexander. The fact is, I don't think the Combine helps his stock much as compared to other receivers in this class he's not very quick, sudden, and is a bit too tight in the hips. Alexander's isn't slow, but I don't see how he will get separation at the next level at more than a #4 WR level, maybe #3. He has serious injury questions also and some things are going to be examined heavily at the Combine. Expect Danario's medical exam to be one of those marked down on scouts' lists as one to watch. In the end, I just don't think he end up too high in this draft but we'll see things a bit more clearly in February.

I agree that McCoy could very well be drafted by the end of the 2nd. It all depends on who needs Tight Ends.

Dezmon Briscoe is a guy that just doesn't jump out at me. He's a solid athlete, and was a productive player in college. He has size, above average speed, body control, and displays good hands. Still, I have serious questions about Dezmon's feet and his ability to run routes and get separation at the next level. He's not a great creator after the catch and is more of a north-south guy with not a whole lot of wiggle. He may be a bit low on my board now, but I'm really waiting to see what happens with him at the Combine in his tests and interviews.

I don't think there is any way Selvie gets himself back in the 2nd Round picture. He had a very average week in Mobile to go along with a rather average performance the last two seasons. There is no question Selvie possesses some ability as a pass-rusher, and a good amount of length as a 4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB. Still, he's not consistently explosive, isn't particularly strong, and may not be fast enough or good enough in space to make the transition to Linebacker. I think Selvie will be a Day Three Pick (4th-7th Round).

to the point about alexander and separation, i have to say that being a saints fan and having watched marques colston the past four years and having observed terrell owens' development in san fran early in his career i believe that alexander's ability to compete for jump balls is underrated and he has very good body control across the middle of the field and can even compete for deep passes against smaller corners like terrell owens. i've seen this kid go up for 10-15 yarders like colston and just come down with the ball everytime. he runs the stop-and-go and post routes alot like terrell owens and his drag routes and slants are as good as larry fitzgerald's.

i've seen elements of all three wideouts in this kid that makes him very special. alot of folks note that when he gets in open space he is never caught from behind. colston is a one-speed guy but alexander accelerates better like fitzgerald.

i've been studying him since october as a possible compliment to colston for drew brees. he'll

most of the traits i'm describing happens after 2:00. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTDP19DFQjk

-the colston like catches at 2:54 against osu and texas
http://www.nfl.com/videos/new-orleans-saints/09000d5d815c570c

-the fitzgerald and owens like catches against K-state http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6Ys0iEpz8A
-the stop-and-go against Kansas deep and the open-field speed on the slant
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbbaDcyR0-4


briscoe reminds me alot of chad johnson as a prospect. almost identical in size and speed and ability and i believe more college production.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bz6V06jEbnk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKUKMxvUvYw&feature=related


george selvie is a long-armed prospect (34" arms) and is very underrated against the run. he finished his career with 69.5 career tackles for a loss.
for the saints sake i do hope you are right and he falls to the 4th round. i'd be ecstatic to take him there.

nofalcons10
01-31-2010, 05:10 AM
i forgot to mention that slower guys like colston and johnson get open alot due to pump-fakes, play-action passes and double-moves in addition to height and leaping ability.

another guy you may want to keep an eye on is joe webb (6'3 223 35"arms) reportedly looked good in practice. may wind up being a 3rd rounder.

UKfan
01-31-2010, 05:35 AM
Not sure about Iupati in your Senior Bowl winners, I didn't think he looked that great in the game personally, and I don't think the practices can make up for that.

underscore
01-31-2010, 05:43 AM
No Andrew Quarless in your TE ratings?

brasho
01-31-2010, 08:16 AM
Good work, Pudge. You apparently aren't a fan of Alualu like I am. I thought he was a winner during Senior Bowl week and I think he'll be a productive pro.

One small mistake.... You listed Sean Weatherspoon as from Wake Forest and not Missouri, no doubt because he does closely resemble Wake Forest's top 5 pick LB, Aaron Curry, from last season.

Also, I've got a name you absolutely have to add to your winners and losers lists.

Zane Beadles of Utah showed he lacks the strength to play inside or outside.... I also thought Jimmy Graham of Miami showed he was worthy of a draft pick. Also, I'm a UVa fan and I was impressed with CB Chris Cook. Going into the week I didn't think he belonged in Mobile, but I thought he really showed he belonged and could be a fantastic cover-2 CB.

superman8456
01-31-2010, 09:32 AM
Brandon Spikes at #59 is questionable. Its even more questionable when Daryl Washington is ahead of him.

Love the rankings though.

devinhester=R.O.Y 2006
01-31-2010, 09:34 AM
Pudge,

First off great work! This was an awesome read.

Second, I was wondering why you didn't have Mike Kafka as a winner from the East-West Shrine game. He was offensive MVP and looked very solid. What are your thoughts on Kafka?

YAYareaRB
01-31-2010, 10:00 AM
Good stuff.. IMO, though, Peek, both Grahams, and Hoomawanui can't even touch Pitta.

phlysac
01-31-2010, 10:44 AM
Great write-up Pudge.

I would add...

East-West Shrine big winner - O'Brien Schofield
Senior Bowl biggest loser - O'Brien Schofield

Truly sad.

RyanBraun8
01-31-2010, 10:47 AM
Awesome job Pudge!

The only real differences of what I'd have would be: (In bold are the ones I think are higher)
OT
4. Bruce Campbell
5. Trent Williams
- Campbell is a future LT and a much better athlete than Williams. Trent will be limited to RT or as you noted maybe guard.

DT
3. Dan Williams
4. Terrence Cody
5. Brian Price
I can see the arguement that Williams has jump ahead of Cody and not problem with that but I think Cody is still ahead of Price. Also you put Cody as a loser in the senior bowl and the fact is beside for the weight he had a really strong week and game. He is a dream 3-4 NT. Not matter what he will always eat up at least 2 guys. Hopefully once a team gets there hands on him they help trim a little weight and get down to 340-350.

RB
6.Toby Gerhart
7.LeGarrett Blount (Early to Late 3rd)
8. Ben Tate

S
2. Taylor Mays
3. Earl Thomas
6. Chad Jones
7. Myron Rolle (late 2nd-Mid 3rd)
8. Larry Asante

But beside for those few things I agree with most. I was surprised that you dropped Gilyard down from where you had him your last rankings (2 I think) down to 6th. I think that is the spot 6 for him. He may sneak infront of LeFall and/or Williams by draft time.

EDIT: Oh I also agree that Pitta should be higher than where he is. Forgot to put that down. I think he is a 3rd to 4th round pick after Dickerson. Jimmy Graham is just so raw right now. He needs a lot of coaching and time before he can fully translate his skills.

brasho
01-31-2010, 10:54 AM
Ryan: I think it totally depends on what you want from a DT to say Cody is better than Price. SUre, at this moment, Cody is a better NT than Price, but there is very little chance that Price eats himself out of the league in the next 4-6 seasons... there is a legit chance for COdy to do that and for that reason and the fact that Price fits more schemes than Cody and there are far more teams likely to take a chance on a gy like Price than a boom or bust like Cody, says that Price is ahead of Cody, and so should Williams, Odrick, and a few others that don't have serious question marks.

JRTPlaya21
01-31-2010, 10:58 AM
Never fails me Pudge. Great work.

Bengals78
01-31-2010, 11:07 AM
Just one question: Why so low on Reshad?

LizardState
01-31-2010, 11:15 AM
Great work & congrats to Pudge.

Somebody had to cowboy up & do it, finally it's done: Snead ranked ahead of Tebow. B/C it's the truth.

Both had subpar seasons in terms of living up to their expectations, but Tebow was exposed as the improvisational H-back QB round peg in the square hole of playing QB under center in a pro style offense. If anybody should have sat out the Senior Bowl, it's Tebow, he looked beyond disappointing awful out there.

DaBrowns41
01-31-2010, 11:20 AM
I may or may not have read the entire thing in one sitting. Great stuff, first of all. It's easy to see you've done your homework, and it looks good.

I'll go over some things that I disagree with (not very much) later.

kennyb
01-31-2010, 11:32 AM
You forgot a guy namd Vince Oghobasse. Or maybe you didn't forget, but I was surprisedd not to see him there.

Texas Homer
01-31-2010, 11:50 AM
Good stuff Pudge.

I'm just curious, but would you have Jordan Shipley higher on your list if it weren't for his age and past injury issues?

Here are Shipley's stats from the last couple of seasons:
2009 116 catches 1485 yds. and 13 TD's. 2 Punts returned for TD's.
2008 89 catches 1060 yds. and 11 TD's. 1 Punt and 1 KO for a TD.


Like I said, good stuff. It was a enjoyable read.

prock
01-31-2010, 12:17 PM
good **** pudge. probably the best post ive ever seen on this site. love me some eric decker, and im glad you do too.

ThePudge
01-31-2010, 01:30 PM
Great write-up Pudge.

I would add...

East-West Shrine big winner - O'Brien Schofield
Senior Bowl biggest loser - O'Brien Schofield

Truly sad.

I did really consider doing that, still since his fall was due to injury I didn't put him on either list. I think it'd be misleading in a way if I put him as a big winner at the Shrine Game (though he showed a lot that week.)

As for other suggestions for winners, these guys were all in consideration:

- Mike Kafka had a great game in the East-West shrine meeting, but had a largely up and down week of practice. I don't know if he proved to anyone he is capable physically or intangibly to start at QB in the NFL.
- Chris Cook was on the list at one point, but I took him out for Jarrett Brown. Cook definitely saw his stock rise in Mobile and is a very interesting prospect looking ahead to February.
- Jimmy Graham is where I've had him for a bit now. He showed speed, surprising agility, the ability to go up and get the ball, and impressive body control. He's a 3rd-4th Rounder to me, but I expected to see all those things out of Graham this past week. He also showed how raw he remains as a blocker, route-runner, and football player. Upside though.
- Zane Beadles definitely lost himself some money, as he won't be seen as a OT/OG, but rather a pure Guard prospect. I expected to see this and already had ranked him accordingly, so it didn't shake too much up for me. His name could easily fit on to that loser's list.
- Tyson Alualu had a good Senior Bowl and was left off the winners list for the simple purpose of making more room on the list. Alualu is quick, he's powerful, and he could find himself starting in the NFL. Right now, I like Mid 3rd-Late 4th. Definitely helped his case in Mobile.


Some random responses:
- Sean Weatherspoon - Wake Forest was simply a typo, more due to team colors than last years' Aaron Curry.
- Vince Oghobaase had an average year and hasn't taken the oppoprunities provided (Senior Bowl/Shrine Game) to redeem himself. Oghobaase is likely the first player off that DT list and will appear in my next rankings.
- Reshad Jones is a guy with decent physical ability, but I worry about his instincts, feel for the deep safety position, and ability to be a ballhawk at the next level. A guy with a lot of potential, but a Combine workout I'm very interested in. I want to see how good his feet are and how well he can get upfield in read and react situations.
- Andrew Quarless was the last guy off my Tight End rankings. I don't have any extreme problem with him over Dennis Pitta however, and that may be the case by draft day. A big winner of the East-West Shrine week, who displays NFL athleticism, is very coachable, and is a natural receiver.
- Mike Iupati was listed as a winner after his weigh-in (6'5 1/4 325 with 35" arms), and after he showed he definitely belongs, during the week of practice. He may not have the feet or instincts of a Tackle, but Iupati is the top Guard prospect to come along in quite some time and he was able to generate a lot of first round buzz in Mobile.


-I'm completely open to discussion on the Brandon Spikes-Daryl Washington battle for the #2 ILB. I greatly prefer the athleticism, fluidity, and coverage ability that Washington brings to the table.

ThePudge
01-31-2010, 10:40 PM
Good stuff Pudge.

I'm just curious, but would you have Jordan Shipley higher on your list if it weren't for his age and past injury issues?

Here are Shipley's stats from the last couple of seasons:
2009 116 catches 1485 yds. and 13 TD's. 2 Punts returned for TD's.
2008 89 catches 1060 yds. and 11 TD's. 1 Punt and 1 KO for a TD.


Like I said, good stuff. It was a enjoyable read.

Jordan Shipley suffers a little drop on my board due to his age and durability questions. He's very willing to go over the middle and work in the slot, but doesn't exactly have a thick build and injuries are a concern. I see Shipley as a slightly older (24), less explosive/fast version of Ohio State product Anthony Gonzalez. A stacked draft knocks Shipley half a round or so further than where I'd normally expect him. There's a chance he goes out and has a great Combine and bumps up his stock, but currently I see him finding a home somewhere in the Mid 3rd or so.

Paranoidmoonduck
02-01-2010, 01:33 AM
Pudge, you provide the best member content. Good work.

ThePudge
02-01-2010, 05:00 AM
Awesome job Pudge!

The only real differences of what I'd have would be: (In bold are the ones I think are higher)
OT
4. Bruce Campbell
5. Trent Williams
- Campbell is a future LT and a much better athlete than Williams. Trent will be limited to RT or as you noted maybe guard.

DT
3. Dan Williams
4. Terrence Cody
5. Brian Price
I can see the arguement that Williams has jump ahead of Cody and not problem with that but I think Cody is still ahead of Price. Also you put Cody as a loser in the senior bowl and the fact is beside for the weight he had a really strong week and game. He is a dream 3-4 NT. Not matter what he will always eat up at least 2 guys. Hopefully once a team gets there hands on him they help trim a little weight and get down to 340-350.

RB
6.Toby Gerhart
7.LeGarrett Blount (Early to Late 3rd)
8. Ben Tate

S
2. Taylor Mays
3. Earl Thomas
6. Chad Jones
7. Myron Rolle (late 2nd-Mid 3rd)
8. Larry Asante

But beside for those few things I agree with most. I was surprised that you dropped Gilyard down from where you had him your last rankings (2 I think) down to 6th. I think that is the spot 6 for him. He may sneak infront of LeFall and/or Williams by draft time.

EDIT: Oh I also agree that Pitta should be higher than where he is. Forgot to put that down. I think he is a 3rd to 4th round pick after Dickerson. Jimmy Graham is just so raw right now. He needs a lot of coaching and time before he can fully translate his skills.

I appreciate the feedback man. I'll start with the Dennis Pitta ranking, which YAYareaRB also commented on. Pitta is a natural receiver with terrific hands, concentration, and route-running ability. I don't know if he's a good enough athlete to put in the slot, or a good enough blocker to throw on the line though. He has a lot to learn as a blocker and will need to add some bulk, he's going to be older than the average rookie (already 24), and may not be athletic or fast enough to make a huge impact as a receiver at the next level. I'm eager to see how he'll perform in short-area quickness tests, speed tests, and tests such as the vertical leap and bench press. A very good college player that could slip on draft day. I don't think Dorin Dickerson has the size (6'1 1/4 222) or athletic ability to stick at TE or WR. Jimmy Graham is raw, but he has a lot to like in terms of athleticism, size, and ball skills. He's a project, but he has enormous upside as a 3rd-4th Round pick.

With the Offensive Tackle Rankings, I don't think Campbell is near what Trent Williams is as a player today. With Trent Williams, I know I get a guy who's going to at least be a solid starter somewhere on the line whether it be Right Tackle, or one of the Guard spots. Don't downplay the importance of the Right Tackle position and the effect a guy like Michael Oher or Phil Loadholt can have. Bruce Campbell is still very raw as a player and was plagued by inconsistency and technical errors. His technique and footwork is poor right now, but he has a big body, can move, and should test through the roof. I think Campbell could be drafted ahead of Williams, by a team looking for a Left Tackle, but I don't think he's a better player or NFL prospect. Campbell's as boom-or-bust as Carlos Dunlap is, where Williams is an experienced, thick, fairly athletic, versatile guy who I guarantee will find his way into a starting lineup.

I'm not quite that high on LeGarrette Blount yet, as I really don't see him as any more then a one-trick pony at this point. He can run up the middle with a whole lot of power. I don't think his lower body is built to endure the punishment of 20 carries a game, I think he's a bit too tight, and I do think his character questions could hurt his stock a bit. He's not a big-play threat to me, but is a guy I'd draft to take 5-10 carries a game as a change-of-pace back.

Terrance Cody needs to trim himself down, then we can talk about him moving up. I wasn't too disappointed in his 370 weight, as I expected right around there, but he definitely looked sloppy and has to use this opportunity to show coaches that he is committed to staying in shape. If Cody's under 355 by the Combine, I'll be happy and be able to say he's a First Round Pick. He's a unique two-down, two-gap Nose Tackle that functions as an immovable object in the middle. Right now, Brian Price is being overshadowed by Gerald McCoy and Ndamukong Suh. Price dominated the Pac-10 in the same manner that Suh and McCoy in the Big XII. Price lived in opponents backfields, plays with great strength & leverage, is very quick, pushes the pocket well & gets after the Quarterback, and also is one of the better run stopping 4-3 UT prospects to come out in awhile. Price is a Top 20 player in most drafts, and shouldn't drop out of the first round.

I'm really waiting to see what information about Myron Rolle at the Combine. Talk about him will obviously heat up after putting himself back on the scene with phenomenal character and a great week in Mobile. He proved his dedication to football last week, and really impressed a lot of people. Now, I'm going to step back and watch where this starts to go in February and at the Combine. For now I have to see what interviews turn up a little less than a month from now.

I love Mardy Gilyard, I just don't see him as a #1 WR at the next level. For a guy that made some huge, explosive plays in college, he's not all that fast (4.48e) and he may not be big, or physical enough to go over the middle. During the Senior Bowl Week he had some lapses of concentration and some drops over the middle in anticipation of contact. I think durability has to be questioned. I see a good #2 wideout and Kick Returner.

Shere Khan
02-01-2010, 08:10 AM
Very informative posts, Pudge.

This guy makes me proud to be a Bengals fan.

Have you ever considered a career in scouting/player analysis?
You seem perfectly tailored to pursue that field.

ThePudge
02-01-2010, 08:56 AM
Very informative posts, Pudge.

This guy makes me proud to be a Bengals fan.

Have you ever considered a career in scouting/player analysis?
You seem perfectly tailored to pursue that field.

I'm only 20, so I'm in the process. I'm in college now for a Sport Management degree, my focus is going to be scouting and talent evaluation. I definitely hope to pursue a career is scouting or analyzing players/the draft. For now, college is just a bunch of BS classes but I'm thinking about doing a little web design class and mobile communication class to help me make things look prettier. I'm hoping to continue to get better and more thorough with my work each year.

It all started with being a Bengals fan.

ToldLikeItIs
02-01-2010, 09:59 AM
Calloway won't last until the 4th.

Thunder&Lightning
02-01-2010, 01:51 PM
ThePudge, the legend

Shere Khan
02-02-2010, 10:45 AM
I'm only 20, so I'm in the process. I'm in college now for a Sport Management degree, my focus is going to be scouting and talent evaluation. I definitely hope to pursue a career is scouting or analyzing players/the draft. For now, college is just a bunch of BS classes but I'm thinking about doing a little web design class and mobile communication class to help me make things look prettier. I'm hoping to continue to get better and more thorough with my work each year.

It all started with being a Bengals fan.

Good luck with that.
Maybe you can be one of the lucky chosen few that Mike Brown employs to be a talent scout.
I'll be rooting for you.

lod01
02-02-2010, 11:53 AM
Did Joique Bell announce his retirement because I don't even see his name mentioned.

ThePudge
02-02-2010, 11:59 AM
Did Joique Bell announce his retirement because I don't even see his name mentioned.

Once I expand the rankings Bell will be one of the first people on this list. He could fairly be listed as one of the Senior Bowl week winners, my list is just pretty small there. He definitely helped his cause, and he ranks 16th at Running Back for me. Just off.

rockio42
02-02-2010, 12:18 PM
Amazingly nice right up Pudge, obviously I disgree with some stuff but the amount of work is just awesome

p.s. Weatherspoon is from Missouri..not Wake Forest

ThePudge
02-02-2010, 12:24 PM
Amazingly nice right up Pudge, obviously I disgree with some stuff but the amount of work is just awesome

p.s. Weatherspoon is from Missouri..not Wake Forest

Thought I fixed that typo, but I guess not. Weatherspoon's one of the 2010 guys I watched most in 2008-09, and I'm a huge fan. I typed all of what you see in one sitting (I was in the zone) and never double-checked it. Also, disagreements and different opinions are what make the NFL Draft as unpredictable year to year. After all, I don't expect that many GMs would have jumped on Michael Mitchell in the Mid-Second.

CC.SD
02-02-2010, 01:04 PM
Thought I fixed that typo, but I guess not. Weatherspoon's one of the 2010 guys I watched most in 2008-09, and I'm a huge fan. I typed all of what you see in one sitting (I was in the zone) and never double-checked it. Also, disagreements and different opinions are what make the NFL Draft as unpredictable year to year. After all, I don't expect that many GMs would have jumped on Michael Mitchell in the Mid-Second.

Is it really fair to hold the rest of the league accountable for the actions of Al Davis? He is how I would define 'outlier.'

superman8456
02-02-2010, 04:55 PM
-I'm completely open to discussion on the Brandon Spikes-Daryl Washington battle for the #2 ILB. I greatly prefer the athleticism, fluidity, and coverage ability that Washington brings to the table.

I just feel like Spikes is more of a complete LB and provides more versatility. Something the NFL scouts love is versatility. Spikes is extremely effective against the run, has experience rushing the passer and does a good job at it, and isnt the best in coverage, but its not bad enough where he wont be able to play all 3 downs. I would go far enough to say that Spikes coverage ability is underrated. Spikes also brings scheme versatility to the table.

Spikes is a big dude as well, at 6'3 255. He plays extremely physical and has held down the MLB spot for one of the best defensives in college football. Granted, there are many other playmakers on that defense, so you cant give him all the credit.

ThePudge
02-02-2010, 09:18 PM
I just feel like Spikes is more of a complete LB and provides more versatility. Something the NFL scouts love is versatility. Spikes is extremely effective against the run, has experience rushing the passer and does a good job at it, and isnt the best in coverage, but its not bad enough where he wont be able to play all 3 downs. I would go far enough to say that Spikes coverage ability is underrated. Spikes also brings scheme versatility to the table.

Spikes is a big dude as well, at 6'3 255. He plays extremely physical and has held down the MLB spot for one of the best defensives in college football. Granted, there are many other playmakers on that defense, so you cant give him all the credit.

I agree that NFL scouts/coaches love versatility, being able to do a lot on the field and maybe even play a couple different positions is going to make you a valuable commodity. Where I disagree is that Spikes is more versatile than Daryl Washington.

Washington is perhaps the most athletic backer in this class, has tremendous hips, and is the most fluid & advanced coverage linebacker in this class by far. He's a well-built 6'1 3/4 226 with the potential to carry 10-15 more pounds without losing that agility. He moves extremely well in space, but also has a good nose for the football, takes good angles, and can get upfield in a hurry. He's a powerful hitter as well, capable of delivering highlight tackles. His instincts and intelligence (along with that athleticism and coverage ability), give him the versatility to project at MLB or WLB in a 4-3 scheme, but I wouldn't be surprised if 4-3 teams thought of Washington as a guy that can play every LB position (SAM included.) I compare Daryl to 2005 Safety prospect Thomas Davis. By draft day, I could see him in the First Round.

- Brandon Spikes is getting pretty low on my board and I feel that's going to require an explanation. Right now, Spikes strikes me as an average athlete and a good football player. He didn't have the strongest season this year for the Gators after being hyped as a perhaps the nation's top linebacker. In 2009, Spikes didn't make as many plays (the big plays and the little plays), showed he struggled to change direction and run in space, and finished with only 3.5 TFL in the run game, disappointing considering his reputation.

He'll play tall, he'll play tight, he doesn't play sideline to sideline like an elite linebacker, and his acceleration can leave something to be desired. I think Spikes' is just a very average NFL athlete. He struggles to change directions in space coming downfield and moving laterally. He's not as physical to engage as some make him out to be, as often times he will take himself out of a play by not running through blockers, but around them. There is concern out there about his weight room strength and functional strength. With his long arms and build, I'd keep an eye on Brandon Spikes, as I'm not sure he'll put that bar up more than 17-20 times. This isn't a big deal, but it's something to keep in the corner of your eye when considering the transition from college to NFL.

He's a smart player with complete knowledge of his system and of zone coverage schemes defensively. In the NFL though, he will struggle sinking his hips and running with more athletic Tight Ends than he sees on a day to day basis in college. His instincts rank as some of the best in the country, and he more often than not, takes good angles to the ball. I think he'll make a good 3-4 ILB playing in front of a large, disruptive NT. He's at his best when he's set lose to find the ball, and can get a free lane. He can be a big-time hitter when he lines up his target, but he does play tight in the hips and is often eluded.

I love Spikes' instincts, his size, his ability to carry out assignments in zone coverage, his experience rushing the passer (from the middle and outside), and I love the energy he brings to a defense. Still, I worry about his ability in space, I have major concerns about his hips and feet, his leverage in the run game, his overall strength, and I wonder how his game will adjust facing to the speed of the NFL. Ultimately, I could see Spikes' size (6026e 253e 4.8e) and pass-rushing ability landing him a spot at OLB in a 3-4 scheme, though I can't say I like the idea of him in man coverage at OLB in a 4-3. I don't think he has the ability in space, nor does he possess the hips to be a MLB in a "40" front either. His best case scenario will be inside in a 3-4, getting some freedom behind a big two-gap NT or on the outside in a 3-4 being turned loose to rush the passer. For now, I don't see Spikes in the first round and I think Early 3rd may be more likely than sneaking into that stacked opening round. I'd realistically expect Mid-Late 2nd as of right now... a somewhat overrated prospect to me.

thetedginnshow
02-02-2010, 09:28 PM
Jordan Shipley suffers a little drop on my board due to his age and durability questions. He's very willing to go over the middle and work in the slot, but doesn't exactly have a thick build and injuries are a concern. I see Shipley as a slightly older (24), less explosive/fast version of Ohio State product Anthony Gonzalez. A stacked draft knocks Shipley half a round or so further than where I'd normally expect him. There's a chance he goes out and has a great Combine and bumps up his stock, but currently I see him finding a home somewhere in the Mid 3rd or so.

I see Shipley going somewhere around the same time, but I think he's definitely more explosive than Gonzo. I didn't really think Gonzo was explosive at all, and he never seemed as fast on the field as he timed. That's to me anyway. If it wasn't for him being so old, I'd be very confident in thinking Shipley would be a steal of the draft.

ThePudge
02-02-2010, 09:36 PM
I see Shipley going somewhere around the same time, but I think he's definitely more explosive than Gonzo. I didn't really think Gonzo was explosive at all, and he never seemed as fast on the field as he timed. That's to me anyway. If it wasn't for him being so old, I'd be very confident in thinking Shipley would be a steal of the draft.

I have to respectfully disagree about Gonzo. Many from OSU expected him under 4.4 and 4.44 was kind of a disappointment. Gonzalez was explosive once he touched the ball, he was smooth, he accelerated in and out cuts, he had good feet, and he had a high top speed. I'll agree that it was much more subtle than say Ted Ginn, but OSU fans knew he really was a fantastic athlete. I think he's slightly more explosive than Shipley, and I thought he seemed a bit more built physically for work over the middle of the field (though he also has a slender build.) Shipley could, very well, be one of the big steals in the draft depending where his stock is at come April.

thetedginnshow
02-02-2010, 11:38 PM
I have to respectfully disagree about Gonzo. Many from OSU expected him under 4.4 and 4.44 was kind of a disappointment. Gonzalez was explosive once he touched the ball, he was smooth, he accelerated in and out cuts, he had good feet, and he had a high top speed. I'll agree that it was much more subtle than say Ted Ginn, but OSU fans knew he really was a fantastic athlete. I think he's slightly more explosive than Shipley, and I thought he seemed a bit more built physically for work over the middle of the field (though he also has a slender build.) Shipley could, very well, be one of the big steals in the draft depending where his stock is at come April.

Haha. See, I don't really think Ginn was that explosive either, so maybe my definition of what "explosive" is is just a little different.

In any case, even though I don't agree with any of the rankings, really nice job putting all of that work in.

ChiFan24
02-04-2010, 03:34 AM
I'm kind of at a loss to find something I disagree with. I feel like you should be getting paid for this.

ThePudge
02-04-2010, 11:52 AM
Thanks for all the thanks, let me know if there's any questions/doubts. ****, tell me I'm wrong and I'll do my best to explain my angle.

I added a little beef to both the Senior Bowl and East/West Recaps, it went from 20-10 and 10-5 to 25-15 and 15-10. So basically I added five additional players to everything. Some coincide with players that narrowly missed the list before and people called out, and others are a bit more random.

GaMeTiMe
02-04-2010, 12:05 PM
Great work..I just wanted to acknowledge Taylor Price's absense, didn't see it addressed so far in the thread.

ThePudge
02-04-2010, 05:36 PM
Great work..I just wanted to acknowledge Taylor Price's absense, didn't see it addressed so far in the thread.

Taylor Price would actually struggle to find a place in my Top 25 WRs. I think he's a 7th Round-UDFA despite impressive speed and triangle numbers. Price never had exposure top top competition at OU, and showed very inconsistent hands at the Senior Bowl. I have serious doubts about Price making plays in traffic, and his body isn't built to absorb the contact that comes along with being a versatile well-rounded WR. I see him as a #4-#5 WR at the next level, comparable to Greg Lewis.

ThePudge
02-04-2010, 08:06 PM
I finished a couple new Scouting Reports. Tony Pike, QB, Cincinnati and Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida.

Tony Pike – QB - Cincinnati
6’5 5/8 212 4.84e – 34 ” Arm – 9 ” Hand
#10 Quarterback - #147 Overall – Late 4th-7th Round

I think there's a lot to like about Tony Pike in terms of height, poise, ability to throw on the move, and arm strength; however, I think his game may not translate to the pro game all too well. For starters, Pike played in a spread-style offense that allowed him to make the majority of his reads before the snap. As any system like this, the primary target is identified right away and the offense is relied upon to spread out the defense and make it an easy throw for Pike. That's the problem really, it's just too many simple reads and easy throws, almost like a dumbed down version of Oklahoma's offense with Sam Bradford. Too often it seems that Pike is simply the middle man between the Center and receiver, not playing with the responsibility or pressures of a Pro-Style QB.

Pike has an arm, and superb touch, but I'm not often impressed the zip he puts on his short to intermediate routes and wonder if he can make those throws as effectively in the NFL as he has in college. He is definitely capable there, but typically the more effort you see going into his velocity, the more his balls tend to flutter and his accuracy tends to suffer. In Brian Kelly’s spread offense it was not often we saw Pike squeeze a ball into a tight spot. When he goes deep, it's to take advantage of single coverage and it’s clear he’s not as comfortable with Safety help over the top. He displays a lot of touch on these long throws and often hits receivers in stride & puts balls over their shoulder. He throws well on the move, and displays subtle ecapability. He’s capable of putting balls downfield while rolling out and he can release with a tight spiral. Mechanically, his throwing motion is good, quick, and high but his footwork is very raw and I fear he’ll really struggle to get in a rhythm under center.

His week in Mobile for the Senior Bowl was one that didn’t do him any favors. He struggled with consistency both in his footwork and in his passing. Pike didn’t display a tremendous command on the ball, and had passes come out wobbly all week. I just don’t think taking snaps under center, dropping back, setting his feet, and releasing comes natural to him and I think he really struggled to find a rhythm passing. Though Pike appeared poised and comfortable in his spread offense, he had real accuracy troubles in practice and suffered from a laundry list of mishaps: botched snaps, hanging passes, and wobbly throws. It’s clear he needs time in a new system and needs to work hard on developing strong timing with his receivers. While that may be true for all Quarterbacks, it would appear Pike’s learning/development curve is especially high. He didn’t get better as the week went on, and might be nothing more than a project.

Another cause for concern for Tony Pike would be his weight and durability. In Mobile, Pike measured as the tallest Quarterback (by over two inches), and while that no doubt is beneficial for seeing the field, he also weighed in at only 212 pounds. He possesses a frail body that may not be ready for NFL punishment, and he wasn’t exactly an iron man in college. Pike had a series of forearm injuries in his two seasons as the Bearcat starter, and he has a very skinny lower body. I’m also worried he’ll never get his chance as he’ll be a 24 year old rookie and I consider his learning curve high.

The Combine will be a big test for Pike, as he’ll need to test out medically, and show that his accuracy, touch, and timing is in order. I’m particularly interested to watch him in drills, drop back and fire the 10-15 yard out, as I would consider it his biggest challenge. He has the arm strength, height, touch, and ability throw on the move, so there’s upside and some potential. Still, I see Pike ending up between the 5th and 7th Round, though with a big Combine, he could move up of course.

Pros
+ Height, at 6’5 5/8, sees the field well
+ Has the arm strength to make every throw, can put the ball 60-70 yards downfield
+ Displays touch on short-intermediate throws and deep balls
+ Throws well on the move, doesn’t hurt his accuracy and his arm strength shows
+ Has surprising escapability from the pocket, isn’t just a statue
+ A hard-worker who puts in the time with his playbook and receivers
+ Productive as a starter and a good teammate

Cons
- Little experience under center, will need to re-work much of his game
- Very frail build, thin upper body and lower body
- Raw footwork, very inexperienced taking snaps from Center
- Very average zip on short-intermediate passes and has a hard time when rushed
- Durability is a concern, struggled with forearm injuries in 08’ and 09’
- Primarily made pre-snap reads, and dealt with single coverage
- Inconsistent accuracy, struggles finding a rhythm under-center
- Occasionally puts too much air on his deep balls
- Timing, which was a strength of Kelly’s scheme, will need to adjust under-center
- Will be 24 years old by the time of the draft
- Inexperienced as a starter and leader, only two years starting, never a full year


Brandon Spikes - Linebacker - Florida
6'2 3/4e 254e 4.8e
#3 ILB - #59 Overall - Early 2nd-Mid 3rd

Brandon Spikes strikes me as an average athlete and a good football player. He didn't have the strongest season this year for the Gators after being hyped as a perhaps the nation's top linebacker. In 2009, Spikes didn't make as many plays (the big plays and the little plays), showed he struggled to change direction and run in space, and finished with only 3.5 TFL in the run game, disappointing considering his reputation. Now, he struggled with injuries most of the year, so I'll give him some leeway. Still, it's tough to ignore the player's Senior season that exposed him a bit more so than James Laurinaitis and Rey Maualuga before him.

He'll play tall, he'll play tight, he doesn't play sideline to sideline like an elite linebacker, and his acceleration can leave something to be desired. I think Spikes' is just a very average NFL athlete. He struggles to change directions in space coming downfield and moving laterally. He's not as physical to engage as some make him out to be, as often times he will take himself out of a play by not running through blockers, but around them. There is concern out there about his weight room strength and functional strength. With his long arms and build, I'd keep an eye on Brandon Spikes, as I'm not sure he'll put that bar up more than 17-20 times. This isn't a big deal, but it's something to keep in the corner of your eye when considering the transition from college to NFL.

He's a smart player with complete knowledge of his system and of zone coverage schemes defensively. In the NFL though, he will struggle sinking his hips and running with more athletic Tight Ends than he sees on a day to day basis in college. His instincts rank as some of the best in the country, and he more often than not, takes good angles to the ball. I think he'll make a good 3-4 ILB playing in front of a large, disruptive NT. He's at his best when he's set lose to find the ball, and can get a free lane. He can be a big-time hitter when he lines up his target, but he does play tight in the hips and is often eluded.

I love Spikes' instincts, his size, his ability to carry out assignments in zone coverage, his experience rushing the passer (from the middle and outside), and I love the energy he brings to a defense. Still, I worry about his ability in space, I have major concerns about his hips and feet, his leverage in the run game, his overall strength, and I wonder how his game will adjust facing to the speed of the NFL. Ultimately, I could see Spikes' size (6026e 254e 4.8e) and pass-rushing ability landing him a spot at OLB in a 3-4 scheme, though I can't say I like the idea of him in man coverage at OLB in a 4-3. I don't think he has the ability in space, nor does he possess the hips to be a MLB in a "40" front either. His best case scenario will be inside in a 3-4, getting some freedom behind a big two-gap NT or on the outside in a 3-4 being turned loose to rush the passer. For now, I don't see Spikes in the first round and I think Early 3rd may be more likely than sneaking into that stacked opening round. I'd realistically expect Mid-Late 2nd as of right now... a somewhat overrated prospect to me.

Pros
+ Plays with terrific energy
+ Is a team vocal leader and will play hurt for his teammates
+ Has great football instincts and a high football IQ
+ Good size, (6026e 254e) with long arms and some muscle tone
+ Displays good awareness in zone coverage, gets hands up in throwing lanes
+ Rushes the passer well and has experience off the edge
+ Is a powerful tackler, can deliver big hits and lays the lumber moving downhill
+ Productive, well-decorated college career
+ Is active around the ball, a natural playmaker and a fan favorite
+ Might have the versatility to play both ILB and OLB in a 3-4 scheme

Cons
- Plays tight in the hips
- Doesn't change direction well, can be easily eluded in space
- Struggles in man coverage, plays high and tight
- Is not particularly fast, may not be able to play sideline-sideline in the NFL
- Lacks elite upper body strength and doesn't use his hands to move players
- Doesn't have particularly nimble feet, and isn't as agile as you'd like from a MLB
- Has minor durability concerns
- Had a down year in 2009 and didn't play up to expectations
- Has very minor character concerns, may be a bit immature
- May be lost in a 4-3 scheme