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Matthew Jones
12-30-2011, 07:48 AM
DL Quinton Coples, North Carolina (6'6", 285, 4.75)

2008: 8 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1 hurry

2009: 22 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 5 sacks, 2 hurries

2010: 59 tackles, 15.5 TFL, 10 sacks, 12 hurries, 2 forced fumbles

2011: 55 tackles, 15.0 TFL, 7.5 sacks, 7 hurries, 3 forced fumbles

Positives: Has experience lining up at left end, under tackle, and right end; projects to either 4-3 or 3-4 fronts. Tall with long limbs and has the frame to carry additional weight if needed. Uses his arms to keep blockers at a distance. Can bend the edge and double back to the quarterback effectively. Shows a surprising closing burst and is a threat to win the outside against offensive tackles. Can push the pocket with a strong bull rush and uses a variety of effective pass rush moves including swim and club moves. Wrap tackler who is very willing in run support. Gets his hands up when the ball is out. Has forced five fumbles over his career. Play recognition is a plus.

Negatives: Takes too many plays off and looked like he didn't want to get injured this season. Production is inconsistent; sacks come in bunches at times. Did not have quite the senior year many were expecting. Can be sealed off at times against the run and does now show the ability to consistently make plays against double-teams. May not have the bulk to two-gap effectively in the NFL.

Overall: Coples is not quite on the same level as Julius Peppers and Mario Williams in terms of athleticism but his uncanny blend of size, length, power, and athleticism should make him a difference-maker in the NFL. Questions about Coples' motor are legitimate and it appeared that he was concerned with preserving his draft stock in 2011. Coples is even bigger than New York Giants lineman Justin Tuck and could fill a similar role as a scheme-versatile defensive end who can slide inside to defensive tackle in order to create pressure up the middle on passing downs.

Grade: Top 10 pick

shylo3716
12-30-2011, 08:07 AM
Do you feel as though he is or will be better then Robert Quinn?

Matthew Jones
12-30-2011, 08:08 AM
DT Jerel Worthy, Michigan St.* (6'3", 305, 5.00)

2009: 37 tackles, 9 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 1 hurry

2010: 40 tackles, 8 TFL, 4 sacks, 2 hurries

2011: 26 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 3 hurries, 2 blocked kicks

Positives: Three-year starter and 2011 first-team All American. Versatile and can line up at either under tackle or nose tackle in 4-3 defenses; best fit is as a three-technique. Incredible quickness off the line of scrimmage for a man his size; unparalleled by other defensive tackles in the draft class. Can slip through double teams in order to create pressure. Bends the edge much more effectively than most defensive tackles. Uses both the bull rush and the swim move effectively in order to disrupt plays. Strength allows him to drive offensive linemen into the pocket. Active hand use allows him to shed blocks with ease. Very intelligent and acts like a coach on the field. Blocked two kicks this season.

Negatives: Had an underwhelming junior campaign in which he dealt with a number of nagging injuries; durability is a concern. Must improve his conditioning in order to stay on the field for a higher percentage of snaps. Sometimes has trouble locating the ballcarrier. Needs to improve his wrap tackling technique; misses too many tackles. Has a slightly top-heavy build. Could struggle to fit into a 3-4 defense.

Overall: Worthy came into the season as a potential top-ten pick and did not live up to that billing during his junior campaign; the increasing number of 3-4 defenses in the NFL could lead to him slipping into the late first or early second round. Projects as a disruptive presence inside for 4-3 defenses in the NFL and is often a handful for opposing offensive linemen. Combination of bulk, strength, and quickness is almost unfair; has Pro Bowl potential.

Grade: First round pick

Matthew Jones
12-30-2011, 08:12 AM
Do you feel as though he is or will be better then Robert Quinn?

Robert Quinn was a more dangerous edge rusher than Coples is and demonstrated a more consistent motor on the field. Coples has a stronger base than Quinn and the ability to slide inside to tackle is valuable. Keep in mind that Quinn missed the entire 2010 season prior to entering the draft and was a riskier projection to the NFL than Coples. Coples should end up with a grade very similar to Quinn's although the two players have very different games.

shylo3716
12-30-2011, 08:24 AM
Still & Poe reports please.

Matthew Jones
12-30-2011, 08:26 AM
DL Jared Crick, Nebraska (6'4", 285, 4.80)

2008: 2 tackles

2009: 73 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 9.5 sacks, 14 hurries, 1 blocked kick

2010: 70 tackles, 14.5 TFL, 9.5 sacks, 7 hurries, 1 forced fumble

2011: 22 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1 sack, 1 hurry, 1 blocked kick

Positives: Height and long arms make him a possible fit as a left end in a 4-3 defense or a one-gap defensive end in a 3-4 defense; played defensive tackle and defensive end during his college career. Hand use allows him to shed blocks and make plays against both the pass and run. Gets out of his stance quickly in order to put pressure on the offensive line. Closes on the quarterback fast and racked up the sacks during his college career. Pursuit and range are better than expected; outstanding motor and plays through the whistle. Scrapes down the line in and works his way through trash well. Capable speed rusher who also uses a swim move and an outside spin move effectively. Produced even after Ndamukong Suh entered the NFL. Play recognition and ball awareness are excellent. Extremely high character.

Negatives: Lacks the bulk to anchor against double teams and can be neutralized by two blockers. Would need to add a significant amount of weight in order to play in a two-gap defensive scheme; lack of bulk could also prevent him from playing defensive tackle in 4-3 defenses aside from on obvious passing downs. Senior campaign was ended early by a triceps tear and will be scrutinized by team doctors.

Overall: Crick is similar to 2011 first round pick J.J. Watt but does not have the bulk and anchor that Watt did. He was considered a first-round lock before suffering his injury but could still end up being drafted on the first day if he checks out medically at the Combine. Lack of bulk will not allow him to find a spot on every team's draft board and does not have the highest ceiling but should be a long-term starter in the NFL.

Grade: First or second round pick

Matthew Jones
12-30-2011, 08:40 AM
DT Devon Still, Penn St. (6'4", 310, 5.05)

2009: 19 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 2 sacks

2010: 39 tackles, 10 TFL, 4 sacks

2011: 55 tackles, 17 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 1 hurry, 1 forced fumble

Positives: Height and bulk is ideal for a defensive tackle and makes him a potential fit as a 3-4 defensive end. Arm length is more than adequate. Burst off of the line is impressive and can knife through gaps in order to create pressure. Change of direction ability allows him to finish off quarterbacks in the backfield. At his best when he is attacking on slants. Should be athletic enough to execute stunts in the NFL. Has had a lot of success using swim and rip moves and tries a bull rush and pin move at times as well. Has experience playing to both the left and right of the center. Made his senior season his best and was one of the NCAA's top defensive tackles in 2011.

Negatives: Much more projectable as a 4-3 defensive tackle than at defensive end in a 3-4 defense. Must improve hand use; gets stuck on too many blocks. Anchor is somewhat lacking and is not unmovable when run at. Balance must be improved; sometimes gets caught bending at the waist and ends up on the ground more often than he should. Motor did not come on until his senior season and mental toughness has been called into question. Tore his ACL and MCL in 2007 and broke his ankle in 2008; durability is a flag.

Overall: Still's grade will largely depend on his medical results and interviews; teams must determine whether or not he will be able to stay healthy in the NFL and whether the consistency and maturity he demonstrated during his senior season mean he's grown up or if he was playing for a big payday. Has a high ceiling but probably won't draw too much interest from teams in 3-4 defenses; much better fit as a 4-3 defensive tackle. Could end up being a valuable pass rusher in the NFL but leaves something to be desired as a run defender.

Grade: Second round pick

thenewfeature06
12-30-2011, 08:51 AM
He is a player that needs the right situation to succeed in my book, I don't think he is HIGHLY motivated yet if he was to go to a team with rich leadership and such he could turn into something special.. it just needs to click.

Matthew Jones
12-30-2011, 08:55 AM
DT Dontari Poe, Memphis* (6'5", 350, 5.35)

2009: 27 tackles, 7 TFL, 2 sacks, 3 forced fumbles

2010: 41 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 2 sacks, 3 hurries

2011: 33 tackles, 8 TFL, 1 sack, 5 hurries, 1 forced fumble

Positives: Massive prospect who is considered a workout warrior with impressive strength. Can demand double teams due to his sheer size. Arm length is impressive. Carries his weight well and does not look flabby. Has lined up at defensive tackle and defensive end and could potentially project to defensive tackle, nose tackle, or five-technique in the NFL. More athletic than expected and has unusual quickness and range. Does a nice job of wrapping up ballcarriers and doesn't let many runners get away. Has a reputation for being mature and hard-working; respected in the locker room. Ceiling is through the roof.

Negatives: Technique is a mess and could disengage from blockers much better than he does. Height often works against him; comes out of his stance too high and is driven off the ball much more often than he should be. Balance is lackluster for a nose tackle prospect and might be a more natural fit in a 4-3 defense or as an oversized five-technique. Does not make many plays against double-team blocks. Never especially productive in college and does not stand out like he should against a low level of competition. Very raw and lacks polish. Does not generate consistent pressure or bat down many passes.

Overall: Poe seems like a top nose tackle prospect on paper but his ability to line up there in 3-4 defenses is questionable due to his lack of leverage and balance. Whoever drafts him will be placing a lot of faith in their coaching staff to unlock his considerable potential but the bust factor is very high as well. Has the mental tools to suggest his potential is attainable and will probably be overdrafted as a result of his rare size and strength. There aren't many high draft picks that come to mind who have been as unproductive as Poe. Could end up being a stud but is nowhere near as NFL-ready as recent nose tackle prospects such as Alameda Ta'amu and Phil Taylor.

Grade: Second or third round

FUNBUNCHER
12-30-2011, 08:55 AM
He'll be drafted based on the UNC hype (Peppers/Quinn) and measurables.
He was never a top 10 type player in college.

I see a slightly more productive Jamaal Anderson to be honest.
Coples doesn't have the game film to justify his lofty ranking which is always a red flag to me.

Matthew Jones
12-30-2011, 09:08 AM
DT Fletcher Cox, Mississippi St.* (6'4", 295, 4.95)

2009: 29 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2 hurries

2010: 29 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 4 hurries, 1 forced fumble, 2 blocked kicks

2011: 49 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 4 sacks, 3 hurries, 1 forced fumble, 1 blocked kick

Positives: Tall with long arms and an impressive, muscular build. Size and athleticism make him a fit as a 4-3 defensive tackle or one-gap defensive in a 3-4 defense. Strength really stands out and can dominate offensive linemen with his bull rush. Quick and athletic with enough change-of-direction ability to pick up sacks. Nonstop motor and will chase backs to the sideline. Disrupts running lanes and forces backs to choose another hole. Very aggressive and plays the game with physicality and a mean streak; talks a lot of trash on the field. Blocked three kicks in college and has some special teams value. Just beginning to scratch the surface of his potential.

Negatives: Anchor is still a bit lacking and especially struggles against double team blocks; a non-factor against two offensive linemen. Leverage can be an issue and lack of balance is readily apparent; frequently found on the ground. Often breaks through to the backfield only to miss a tackle. Probably not a fit for 3-4 defenses that ask their defensive ends to occupy two gaps and take on double teams. Was unproductive in college until 2011 and has only been a starter for two seasons.

Overall: Has a very high ceiling but his draft stock is largely based on the potential afforded by his build, strength, and athleticism. Playing demeanor and aggression are impressive and could be an intimidating presence on an NFL defensive line who offers some schematic versatility between 4-3 and 3-4 fronts. Has a long way to go in terms of playing technique but most of his issues can be addressed through coaching and some teams will fall in love with him. Best fit in the NFL would be as a defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense.

Grade: First or second round

Matthew Jones
12-30-2011, 09:27 AM
DT Brandon Thompson, Clemson (6'2", 310, 5.05)

2008: 16 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 2 hurries, 1 forced fumble

2009: 27 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 4 hurries

2010: 41 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 1 sack, 3 hurries, 1 blocked kick

2011: 45 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 2 hurries, 1 forced fumble

Positives: Bull rush is second to none; drives offensive linemen into the backfield like they were blocking sleds. Outstanding strength makes him almost impossible to handle with single blocking. Quickness off the snap is impressive and often forces runners to find a new running lane. Can slip through gaps in blocking schemes and disrupts plays regularly. Already has the bulk to anchor against the run and shows range against both the run and the pass. Has a very stout build. Fundamentally sound wrap-tackler who is also willing to make big hits on ballcarriers. Versatility to play either tackle spot in a 4-3 and potentially defensive end in a 3-4. Extensive starting experience.

Negatives: Not quite as tall as most teams like their five-techniques. Does not have a varied repertoire of pass rush moves and could improve his ability to rush the passer; swim move leaves something to be desired. Struggles to disengage and make plays when he is double-teamed. Arms are shorter than ideal and could improve hand use. Does not have quite the same upside as some of the other defensive tackles in the draft class. Never recorded very many sacks or tackles for loss in college.

Overall: Thompson is the safest defensive tackle in the class and deserves to go in the top twenty picks. He should be an appealing option for a number of different defensive schemes due to his bulk and strength. Thompson is a very established run defender and his pass rush skills are somewhat underrated. Can dictate opposing blocking schemes because of his impressive quickness and insanely effective bull rush. Has one of the top anchors in the draft class with a very thick build. Fits as either an under tackle or nose tackle in a 4-3 defense and is worth considering as a defensive end in both one or two-gap 3-4 fronts.

Grade: First round pick

shylo3716
12-30-2011, 09:37 AM
Are these your reports?

Matthew Jones
12-30-2011, 09:44 AM
DT Alameda Ta'amu, Washington (6'3", 337, 5.20)

2008: 21 tackles

2009: 19 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks

2010: 39 tackles, 5 TFL, 1.5 sacks

2011: 30 tackles, 7 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 1 hurry

Positives: Really stands out on film due to his sheer size and strength. Big and strong enough to anchor against double team blocks and fits as a nose tackle in the 4-3 as well as one and two-gap 3-4 defenses. Effective bull-rusher who can drive single blockers into the backfield. Has much more range than a typical nose tackle prospect and will chase ballcarriers all the way out to the sidelines. Active in pursuit and showcases a strong motor. Very nimble for a man his size. Strong tackling fundamentals and can also lay the wood when needed. Ta'amu's athleticism has allowed Washington to line him up as a 3-4 defensive end at times as well. Team captain.

Negatives: Not quite the anchor against the run that he should be given his size and needs to improve his balance a bit. Does not offer too much as a pass rusher and probably will not record very many sacks in the NFL; must develop and utilize a wider variety of moves in order to get to the quarterback. Arms might not be quite as long as desired and does not shed blocks as well as he should. Does not bat down many passes.

Overall: One of the top nose tackle prospects in recent memory; Ta'amu can fit as a nose tackle in any defensive scheme and possibly even as a defensive end in a two-gap 3-4 defense. His motor, range, and pursuit are very impressive considering his size and at times he looks like the next Haloti Ngata. Allowing Ta'amu to slide out of the top fifteen or so picks would be a mistake considering how rare it is to find a nose tackle prospect with his combination of size, strength, and athleticism. Has a polished game which is easily projectable to the NFL and should be a starter as a rookie.

Grade: First round pick

Matthew Jones
12-30-2011, 09:45 AM
Are these your reports?

Of course! Why do you ask?

keylime_5
12-30-2011, 09:59 AM
more likely to go in the top 10 picks than 2nd round though.

killxswitch
12-30-2011, 10:02 AM
I'd love for Still to fall to the 2nd but I have my doubts.

Matthew Jones
12-30-2011, 10:03 AM
DT Josh Chapman, Alabama (6'1", 310, 5.05)

2007: 1 tackle
2008: 16 tackles, 4 TFL, 1 hurry
2009: 17 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks
2010: 31 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 sack
2011: 22 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 sack

Positives: Anchor is very impressive; plays with a low center of gravity and can hold his ground against both single and double teams. Has the bulk to play nose tackle in any defensive front. Bull rush is effective and can disrupt running lanes and create pressure up the middle against the pass. Fundamentally sound wrap tackler. Has heavy hands which can jolt defenders off balance. Keeps his legs moving and gets good leverage. Plays with an impressive motor and does not tire as easily as most nose tackle prospects. Willing in pursuit and has more range than expected. Was coached by Nick Saban at Alabama and has experience in both three and four-man fronts. Work ethic is impressive.

Negatives: Not the tallest prospect and arm length is shorter than ideal; can allow blockers to get too close at times. Does not have the athleticism to offer much as a pass rusher in the NFL and will probably end up being a two-down run stuffer who comes off the field on passing downs and in sub packages. Ceiling is not especially high and will probably never be an impact player. Probably will not be valued as highly by 4-3 defenses and lacks the athleticism to appeal to one-gap 3-4 defenses as a defensive end. Was surrounded by studs in college. Conditioning will have to be closely monitored once Chapman receives an NFL paycheck. Slightly overaged as a redshirt senior.

Overall: Chapman is a safe prospect with a relatively low ceiling but his ability to play nose tackle should ensure a place in the first two rounds of the draft. His arm length will probably prevent him from being an elite defender but he can defend the run in a one or two-gap defense. Chapman's range and hustle could even lead to some looks a two-gap 3-4 defensive end for teams who are willing to overlook his lack of value as a pass rusher in order to add a quality run defender.

Grade: Second round pick

Matthew Jones
12-30-2011, 10:05 AM
I'd love for Still to fall to the 2nd but I have my doubts.

At this point he looks like he'll probably fall in the 20-40 range depending on how he checks out medically and in interviews. Still should receive a very wide range of grades from NFL teams due to his multiple flags and great 2011 season.

JHL6719
12-30-2011, 10:13 AM
Will all these players stats be updated after their bowl games in these scouting reports?

keylime_5
12-30-2011, 10:15 AM
he had a good 2010 season as well. phenomenal player this year. He's the top DT in a mediocre DT class, and teams always take all the top DTs early in the draft b/c they are hard to find. He should go in the 10-20 range, but I think there is a decent chance he can sneak into the top 10 with a good senior bowl and workout season.

Matthew Jones
12-30-2011, 10:26 AM
DT Kendall Reyes, Connecticut (6'4", 295, 4.95)

2008: 20 tackles, 3 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble

2009: 37 tackles, 6 TFL, 3 sacks, 1 hurry, 1 forced fumble

2010: 39 tackles, 10 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 2 hurries, 1 forced fumble, 2 interceptions

2011: 46 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 3 hurries

Positives: Has a prototypical build for a 3-4 defensive end with height, bulk, and length. Reyes has been used as an under tackle and nose tackle in 4-3 fronts as well as at nose tackle and five-technique in 3-4 fronts; Connecticut's coaching staff has even let him rush out of a two-point stance. Has an excellent anchor and can shed blocks well due to his long arms and hand use. Holds up very well against double team blocks. Has a strong bull rush and can drive defenders into the backfield. Gets his hands up against the pass. Can pressure gaps and slip through gaps. Quick when closing to the ball and is an effective wrap tackler. Has extensive starting experience and is a team captain. Durable and very respected due to his strong work ethic.

Negatives: Lack of elite pass-rush ability will most likely restrict Reyes to a role as either a 4-3 nose tackle or 3-4 defensive end in the NFL. Pass rush inventory could be upgraded. Does not have the bulk to play nose tackle in 3-4 defenses despite lining up there often in college. Sometimes has trouble locating the ball and can be caught out of position. Could end up measuring in smaller than expected at the Combine. Connecticut prospects have traditionally failed to find success in the NFL.

Overall: Has the character and intangibles that GMs love and has been wisely showcased in a wide variety of different roles during his time at Connecticut. Awareness and recognition need work but offers value in both 4-3 and 3-4 fronts at multiple spots and has a well-rounded game with a very projectable game. Needs to show up at the Combine at 6'4", 295 in order to solidify a spot in the second round but is a prospect whose stock should climb as the draft nears. Questions about the track record of Connecticut's football program will hurt his draft position but Reyes should be able to develop into a starter in the NFL and is one of the most versatile defensive linemen in the draft.

Grade: Second round pick

shylo3716
12-30-2011, 10:26 AM
Of course! Why do you ask?

Love the time and effort you put into these

Matthew Jones
12-30-2011, 10:44 AM
DT Billy Winn, Boise St. (6'3", 300, 4.90)

2008: 27 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 2 hurries, 1 forced fumble

2009: 44 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 6 sacks, 1 hurry

2010: 29 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 1 hurry, 2 forced fumbles

2011: 33 tackles, 8 TFL, 3 sacks

Positives: Has the build to fit as a defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense or as a defensive end in 3-4 fronts; impressive musculature. Boise St. has utilized Winn as a defensive tackle, nose tackle, defensive end, and rushed him out of a two-point stance in order to showcase his athleticism. Could cover enough to work in a defense predicated on the zone blitz. Very quick off the snap and gets his pad level low in order to shoot gaps and create pressure against both the pass and run. Can be very disruptive when he is on his game. Uses a variety of pass rush moves and is very advanced relative to other prospects. Has enough strength to factor in against the run. Bull rush and hand use are impressive and can shed blockers well.

Negatives: Can be neutralized by double team blocks. Should weigh in under 300 lbs. at the Combine. Did not enjoy an especially productive senior season and at times it appeared he was not giving maximum effort. Will be more limited in the NFL than he was in college; does not have the strength to play nose tackle or the athleticism to stand up as an outside linebacker in the NFL. Will face minor durability questions after getting knicked up a bit in college. Could struggle to fit into a two-gap 3-4 defense.

Overall: Winn was considered a potential first-round pick coming into the season but did not play up to expectations and his draft stock will suffer as a result. His schematic versatility should enable him to find a spot in the top two rounds of the draft but teams will have to make sure he stays motivated in order to see a return on their investment. Both 4-3 and 3-4 teams will be interested in Winn's services, but he will most likely end up as a defensive end in a one-gap 3-4 front with the ability to slide inside and play defensive tackle on passing downs.

Grade: Second round pick

Matthew Jones
12-30-2011, 10:44 AM
Love the time and effort you put into these

Thanks man; really appreciate it.

Matthew Jones
12-30-2011, 10:45 AM
Will all these players stats be updated after their bowl games in these scouting reports?

Sure, I'll go through again although it's possible to find statistics on a number of sites. I like to use cfbstats.com.

Matthew Jones
12-30-2011, 10:56 AM
All of these scouting reports have been posted in my positional rankings thread:

http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=50087

Matthew Jones
12-30-2011, 10:56 AM
All of these scouting reports have been posted in my positional rankings thread:

http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=50087

Matthew Jones
12-30-2011, 11:03 AM
All of these scouting reports have been posted in my positional rankings thread:

http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=50087

Matthew Jones
12-30-2011, 11:03 AM
All of these scouting reports have been posted in my positional rankings thread:

http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=50087

Matthew Jones
12-30-2011, 11:06 AM
All of these scouting reports have been posted in my positional rankings thread:

http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=50087

Matthew Jones
12-30-2011, 11:09 AM
All of these scouting reports have been posted in my positional rankings thread:

http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=50087

Babylon
12-30-2011, 11:14 AM
Not a good bowl game for Alameda, really struggled to get off blocks and control the middle of that line that was absolutely gashed against Baylor.

Abaddon
12-30-2011, 11:16 AM
One game doesn't make a player...but I wonder how much one game, one that bad, can break a player. Dude's stock had to take a hit.

jsagan77
12-30-2011, 12:00 PM
He's been beaten badly in pretty much every game I've watched this year. I can't imagine NFL teams will touch him until the 3-4th rounds.

Babylon
12-30-2011, 05:37 PM
One game doesn't make a player...but I wonder how much one game, one that bad, can break a player. Dude's stock had to take a hit.

His best ball was played down the stretch last season as was the whole Husky defense. This year i thought Ta'amu looked sluggish and frankly less than totally inspired. I think he can be a solid rotational guy but anyone of the mind that he could be in the B.J. Raji class is going to be dissapointed.

Matthew Jones
12-30-2011, 10:00 PM
DE Melvin Ingram, South Carolina (6'2" 275, 4.80)

2007: 17 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack

2008: DNP

2009: 16 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 sack, 1 hurry

2010: 28 tackles, 11 TFL, 9 sacks, 1 hurry, 1 forced fumble

2011: 44 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 8.5 sacks, 6 hurries, 2 INT

Positives: Very athletic and fluid for a man his size. Has experience playing both end spots as well as at defensive tackle and rushed extensively out of a two-point stance. Scored a touchdown this season on a fake punt run and scored three touchdowns overall in 2011. Uses a variety of different pass rush moves; at his best when bull rushing and has a very effective interior spin move when lined up at defensive tackle. Supports the run effectively and does a nice job of shedding blockers; plays with good leverage. Strong fundamental tackler who wraps up ballcarriers and does not miss many opportunities. Motor and aggressiveness are both there. Played at various weights from 250 pounds to 295 pounds during his college career depending on his role. Has two years of quality production playing in the S.E.C.

Negatives: Height is less than ideal and does not have long arms; may struggle to cover taller tight ends. Many of Ingram's sacks are hustle plays made on a second effort. Does not have excellent quickness off the snap and is not often the first person off of the defensive line. Spent much of his college career as part of a rotation due to the Gamecocks' depth at defensive end alongside Cliff Matthews, Devin Taylor, and Jadaveon Clowney. Broken foot caused him to miss the entire 2008 season. Conditioning could be called into question due to fluctuating weight.

Overall: Ingram's versatility and athleticism will remind teams of Adalius Thomas; a creative defensive coordinator can use Ingram in a variety of different ways in order to put pressure on opposing offenses. Ingram is a polished prospect who has performed a number of different roles on film which translate to the NFL. Compliments his power with surprising athleticism and is one of the most well-rounded pass rushers in the draft class. Ability to stay on the field for all three downs is a major plus and should lead to Ingram being selected at some point during the mid-to-late first round.

Grade: First round pick

Matthew Jones
12-30-2011, 10:16 PM
DE Nick Perry, Southern California* (6'3, 250, 4.65)

2009: 25 tackles, 10 TFL, 9 sacks

2010: 25 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles

2011: 54 tackles, 13 TFL, 8.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles

Positives: Has the height and build of a 3-4 outside linebacker as well as a great deal of experience rushing out of a two-point stance. Possesses a strong burst off of the line of scrimmage and is powerful on initial contact. Makes effective use of the speed rush. Can control blockers with long arms; sets the edge and anchors very well in the run game. Plays with leverage and balance. Has an active motor against both the run and the pass and showcases strong range. Bats down a lot of passes at the line of scrimmage and stripped the ball five times over his college career. Was able to contribute during each of his three seasons at USC. Dominated Stanford LT Jonathan Martin in 2011.

Negatives: Does not have elite ability to bend the edge and is somewhat stiff for a 3-4 outside linebacker; could improve his ability to make tackles in space. Would benefit from arriving at the Combine weighing more than his projected weight of 250 pounds in order to draw more attention from teams running 4-3 defenses. Does not have a wide variety of pass rush moves; relies primarily on the speed rush and the bull rush.

Overall: Perry has some work to do before he can develop into a top pass rusher but has the physical tools to be selected in the first round of the draft; height and length are both intriguing qualities. His ability to defend against the run and do the little things makes him an appealing option for teams playing in both 3-4 and 4-3 fronts; best fit should be at outside linebacker in the pros. Capable of making plays with speed as well as with strength but needs to develop additional pass rush moves and could stand to add a bit of bulk to his frame. USC has a strong track record when it comes to producing front seven players.

Grade: First round pick

killxswitch
12-30-2011, 11:16 PM
I love that you did so many DTs first. It is hard to find good scouting reports on the big uglies sometimes.

Matthew Jones
12-31-2011, 10:50 AM
I love that you did so many DTs first. It is hard to find good scouting reports on the big uglies sometimes.

Thanks! Trying to finish up my top ten defensive ends next. Whitney Mercilus, Ronnell Lewis, and Vinny Curry should all be finished today.

Matthew Jones
12-31-2011, 11:18 AM
DE Whitney Mercilus, Illinois* (6'3", 265, 4.70)

2009: 8 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 sack

2010: 16 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack, 2 hurries, 2 forced fumbles

2011: 52 tackles, 19.5 TFL, 14.5 sacks, 6 hurries, 9 forced fumbles

Positives: Has prototypical size and length for a pass rusher. Plays both left and right end and has slid inside to defensive tackle on obvious passing downs. Has the athleticism to win the battle to the edge and can bend back to the quarterback; strong closing burst. Forced nine fumbles in 2011 and does a nice job of separating the quarterback from the ball with his chop. Can scrape down the line and make tackles while engaged by blockers. Does a nice job of maintaining backside contain and has some experience in short zone coverage. Uses a spin move with some effectiveness. Frequently drew double team blocks by opposing offensive lines. Broke out during the 2011 season and put together one of the most impressive seasons of any collegiate defensive lineman.

Negatives: Has trouble disengaging from blockers. Can be fooled at times and does not always locate the ball quickly against the run. Does not play with as much explosion as he should and takes some plays off; range leaves something to be desired. Must develop a more varied arsenal of pass rush moves; relies heavily on his bull rush and spin moves. More natural fit for defensive end than outside linebacker. Only has one year of collegiate production.

Overall: Mercilus has clear physical tools and his impressive size, length, and bulk will earn him a spot in the first round of the draft; teams running both 4-3 and 3-4 defenses will consider him although his best fit is as a 4-3 defensive end. The team which drafts him must base their evaluation of Mercilus off of only one year of film. Mercilus is not quite the athletic freak that draft predecessors Jason Pierre-Paul and Aldon Smith were but is a similarly low floor, high ceiling gamble who has the potential to develop into a feared pass rusher in either defensive scheme.

Grade: First or second round pick

Babylon
12-31-2011, 12:07 PM
DE Nick Perry, Southern California* (6'3, 250, 4.65)

2009: 25 tackles, 10 TFL, 9 sacks

2010: 25 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles

2011: 54 tackles, 13 TFL, 8.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles

Positives: Has the height and build of a 3-4 outside linebacker as well as a great deal of experience rushing out of a two-point stance. Possesses a strong burst off of the line of scrimmage and is powerful on initial contact. Makes effective use of the speed rush. Can control blockers with long arms; sets the edge and anchors very well in the run game. Plays with leverage and balance. Has an active motor against both the run and the pass and showcases strong range. Bats down a lot of passes at the line of scrimmage and stripped the ball five times over his college career. Was able to contribute during each of his three seasons at USC. Dominated Stanford LT Jonathan Martin in 2011.

Negatives: Does not have elite ability to bend the edge and is somewhat stiff for a 3-4 outside linebacker; could improve his ability to make tackles in space. Would benefit from arriving at the Combine weighing more than his projected weight of 250 pounds in order to draw more attention from teams running 4-3 defenses. Does not have a wide variety of pass rush moves; relies primarily on the speed rush and the bull rush.

Overall: Perry has some work to do before he can develop into a top pass rusher but has the physical tools to be selected in the first round of the draft; height and length are both intriguing qualities. His ability to defend against the run and do the little things makes him an appealing option for teams playing in both 3-4 and 4-3 fronts; best fit should be at outside linebacker in the pros. Capable of making plays with speed as well as with strength but needs to develop additional pass rush moves and could stand to add a bit of bulk to his frame. USC has a strong track record when it comes to producing front seven players.

Grade: First round pick



Agree. His future is definitely as a 3-4 OLB. Should come in a little heavier than that 250lb and i expect a combine that should open some eyes. There was another end there a couple of years back that turned out pretty well for the Packers as a 3-4 guy. I really, really like this guy in that late first round area. Nice writeup.

Leon Sandcastle
01-01-2012, 11:34 AM
Great write ups Raven of Prophecy. Any thoughts on Jake Bequette?

Matthew Jones
01-01-2012, 01:54 PM
Great write ups Raven of Prophecy. Any thoughts on Jake Bequette?

More review is needed before an accurate scouting report can be given on Bequette but from a cursory evaluation he looks like a third or fourth round pick.