Tag Archive: 2011 NFL Combine


Scouting Report:

I think House will be a quality starting corner in the NFL. I like his ability in man coverage as well as his ball skills.

Positives: House has a good combination of size, speed and athletic ability. He has a lot of experience at cornerback as he was a four year starter and was very productive as a starter. He has good hips to turn and run with receivers and seems to have solid footwork. He is good in man coverage and likes to play press coverage and turns and runs well with receivers after he jams them. He closes on the ball well, plays the ball well in the air and has good ball skills as represented by his 37 pass break ups and 10 interceptions in his college career. He reads run well but doesn’t bit on play action and will come up and play the run.

Negatives: Could stand to improve his footwork a bit and doesn’t have a lot of experience in zone coverage. He doesn’t tackle very well and while he will support the run well he doesn’t often take good angles to the ball and doesn’t get off receiver blocks well. Will open his hips up prematurely which hurts his balance and needs to make sure he doesn’t stay handsy in coverage in the NFL because he is used to being able to maintain contain beyond five yards in college which will be a penalty in the NFL.

Overall: I like House as a prospect. He has good speed, he’s physical, he is good in man coverage and is solid in zone coverage from what I could see. He also has good ball skills and seems to have good instincts in coverage. I think he will be a good starting corner in the NFL, but I don’t think he will be a #1. I think he could be a good #2 that makes a lot of plays on the ball because he is challenged instead of the #1 corner on the roster.

Projection: 2nd round. House is a quality man coverage corner with good speed and ball skills which will make him a valuable commodity in the round two range.

Skills:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 4.0
Man Coverage: 4.0
Zone Coverage: 3.0
Tackling: 2.0
Ball Skills: 4.0

Thanks for reading!

–Tom

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Scouting Report:

Austin has a ton of potential but I don't think he will ever live up to it.

Positives: Has an incredible combination of size, strength and athletic ability. He is a freak athlete and has a ton of potential as a result of that athletic ability. He shows good hand usage, can fight off blocks and is borderline unblockable at times without a double team. He can bull rush his man into the backfield when he is being blocked one on one or he can use his great burst off the line of scrimmage to beat him initially with a swim or club move. He has a lot of potential to be a disruptive UT in the NFL and should be disruptive against the run and the pass.

Negatives: Austin’s attitude is going to be his biggest question mark. I have heard that he is arrogant and that isn’t hard to believe considering his considerable ability, but that doesn’t bode well for him continuing to improve and get coached up in the NFL. He doesn’t shed blocks very well and struggles to hold the point of attack when double teamed at times. At times he will wear down at the point of attack and get pushed off the ball, and his motor is inconsistent. When it is good he is extremely hard to block but when he throttles down he is considerably less effective. He also has character questions to answer as a result of his suspension for his entire senior season. He has a ton of potential but he never really lived up to it at UNC and I don’t think he will live up to it in the NFL either.

Overall: Austin is an athletic freak that is going to blow you away with his potential but you have to remember that he came out of high school and went to the college level with similar hype because of his natural ability and never really capitalized on it with a great/dominant season at UNC. He was good, sure, but he could have been a lot better. That makes me question his work ethic and desire to be great, and that makes me doubt that he will live up to his potential in the NFL despite better coaching and weight training.

Projection: 2nd round. Austin may have been suspended for a year but he has too much ability and potential for him to slide out of the top 60 picks in my opinion. I think he will go off the board in the mid-2nd range.

SKILLS:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Strength: 4.0
Point of Attack: 3.0
Quickness: 4.0
Pass Rush: 3.0
Motor: 2.0

Thanks for reading!

–Tom

Scouting Report:

Williams doesn't have a lot of upside as a TE but he can still be a solid contributor in the NFL.

Positives: Has solid size, athletic ability and impressive strength for the position. Has reliable hands and uses his size well to shield defenders the ball and is very reliable when catching the ball in traffic. He is very strong and that makes him very hard to take down in the open field and defenders often resort to extreme gang tackling to get him to the ground. Has some ability as a blocker because of his strength. Pretty saavy player and can find holes in the zone.

Negatives: Doesn’t have very good speed and burst, and that coupled with less than ideal height limits his potential as a tight end in the NFL. At times he will try too hard for yards after contact and will get the ball stripped when getting gang tackled when he should just go down. He doesn’t run very good routes and will struggle to create separation in the NFL.

Overall: Williams is a solid TE prospect but I don’t think he will ever be a great receiver or blocker, he will just be solid in both departments in the NFL. That limits his value and while he can improve his hands and blocking fundamentals I don’t think he will be able to create consistent separation and will have to make a lot of tough catches in traffic as a receiver.

Projection: 4th round. He has some ability and he has the potential to be a solid starter but his upside is limited and I don’t think he will be a pro-bowler at the position by any means.

Skills:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 3.0
Hands: 3.5
Blocking: 2.5
Body Control: 3.5
Range: 2.5

Thanks for reading!

–Tom

Scouting Report:

Stocker has good hands to make tough catches and offers quality blocking, but needs to improve his concentration.

Positives: Has impressive size and uses his size to his advantage as a receiver. Has good hands to make catches away from his body and has made a number of tough catches where he had to fully extend in the games that I have seen of him. He is physical as a blocker and as a runner after the catch and is tough to bring down after he makes the catch which gives him value as a YAC man at TE. He sustains his blocks well as an in-line blocker and has the size and strength to get some push and wall off defenders.

Negatives: He has good hands and can make tough catches but he drops catchable passes which speaks to a concentration issue. He likes to get YAC by turning upfield after he catches the ball and sometimes he will start to make a move before he has completed the catch, so he needs to concentrate better on completing the catch. He doesn’t have great speed and quickness to he won’t be able to challenge that effectively down the seam and might struggle to create separation in the NFL.

Overall: Stocker is a pretty well rounded prospect because he can catch the ball effectively (even if his concentration is a slight issue) and block pretty effectively. He won’t be a pro-bowler at the position but I think he can be an effective weapon as a pass catcher and blocker as long as he is a secondary option, not a primary target for his team.

Projection: 3rd/4th round. It depends on how some teams grade out all of the TE’s but teams will be intrigued by his size, hands and ability to block pretty effectively. He could very well go in the 3rd round because of his well-roundedness as a prospect.

SKILLS:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 3.0
Hands: 3.0
Blocking: 3.5
Body Control: 3.5
Range: 3.0

Thanks for reading!

–Tom

Scouting Report:

Young has great speed and playmaking potential but he needs to improve his concentration to be a dangerous slot receiver.

Positives: Has solid size and very impressive speed and quickness. He will be a very good vertical threat in the NFL because his acceleration and straight line speed are very impressive. Young has good hands and can make diving catches and adjusts to the ball well in the air, also tracks the ball well when he threatens defenses deep. He has the speed and quickness to make people miss in the open field and does a good job of finding a seam to run through when he has the ball in his hands as a receiver or as a kick returner. He has good vision and when he finds room to run he has the speed to break the play wide open and take it the distance. He runs pretty good routes thanks to his great burst and quickness.

Negatives: He is a smaller guy and needs to add weight to his frame because I have questions about his long term durability and I don’t think he will be able to go over the middle consistently in the NFL at his current size. He will body catch at times, especially in traffic, and could stand to improve his concentration to make sure he doesn’t drop catchable passes. There are some questions about his maturity and attitude and he has been arrested previously. He also doesn’t seem to have great balance as a runner and that will make it hard for him to consistently beat jams at the line of scrimmage as well as absorb contact when running after the catch.

Overall: Young has a lot of big play ability as a receiver and as a return man, he just needs to be more consistent with his concentration, especially in traffic. It will be interesting to see how hard he works to improve as a NFL receiver because if he is mature and has a good work ethic he could be a very dangerous slot receiver in the NFL. But if he doesn’t work hard then he will be just an impressive athlete with good speed who only contributes intermittently as a #3 or #4 wide receiver. I think he has good potential to have a consistent impact as a receiver but he has some things he needs to work in order for that to happen.

Projection: 3rd round. For a while he was being talked up as a first or second round pick but I have maintained that I thought he was a 3rd rounder for a while now. He has definite ability but he isn’t that well rounded and I don’t think he will be that effective playing as an outside receiver. However, in the 3rd round picking up a guy with his deep speed and play-making ability is a good value.

Skills:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 4.0
Hands: 3.0
After Catch: 4.0
Body Control: 3.0
Range: 3.5

Thanks for reading!

–Tom

Scouting Report:

Brown has the potential to be a solid #2 receiver in the NFL but he might struggle to create consistent separation against more athletic defenders.

Positives: Brown has solid size and he has good quickness for a receiver. He has very good hands and catches passes well away from his body without letting them get into his pads. He has good concentration, adjusts well to the ball in the air even if it is underthrown and plays the ball well in the air. Offers some elusiveness as a receiver once he makes the catch and can make guys miss in the open field. Runs very good routes and has good quickness and burst to help him create separation. Has a good feel for the position as a receiver because he is very experienced and was very productive in college.

Negatives: Does not have impressive size or straight line speed for the position and will not be much of a deep threat in the NFL. He will likely be a possession receiver in the NFL and may struggle to create consistent separation even though he has a good burst and quickness despite his poor straight line speed.

Overall: Brown is a very reliable pass catcher who may not project perfectly to the NFL due to his unimpressive straight line speed but I think his hands and burst will serve him well enough that he will be a relatively effective receiver in the NFL. I don’t think he will be a great #2, but his ceiling is that of a pretty good/solid #2 and if not that I think he will be a solid contributor as a #3 or #4 receiver despite his lack of deep speed.

Projection: 3rd/4th round. Brown has good ability but his upside is limited because of his lack of straight line speed.

SKILLS
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 2.5
Hands: 4.0
After Catch: 3.0
Body Control: 3.5
Range: 3.0

Thanks for reading!

–Tom

Scouting Report:

Greg Little has a lot of potential to be an effective #2 in the NFL but he needs to improve his fundamentals before he will begin to reach his potential.

Positives: Little has a great combination of size and athletic ability. He attacks the ball well in the air and high points passes and gives great effort on jump balls. He is a very impressive athlete and he has some speed to challenge downfield on deep passes. He has reliable hands especially for a player who doesn’t have a ton of experience at wide receiver. After the catch he is very effective because he runs and attacks defenders like a running back which is a position he played at North Carolina at one point. He is tough and will make catches in traffic, also uses his large frame effectively to shield defenders from the ball. He is surprisingly elusive in the open field for a big guy and will make guys miss in one on one situations and has a nice stiff arm to help with that. Also gives pretty good effort as a blocker and plays to the whistle whether he has the ball or not, and has some nastiness to him which I really like.

Negatives: He probably won’t be blowing by NFL corners on deep passes and will probably be more of a possession receiver in the NFL. He isn’t very decisive when running after the catch at times when he could be more physical to gain yardage after the catch. He can catch the ball with his hands away with his body but he lets the passes get into his pads too much. He also needs to work on his route running because he has the burst to get in and out of his breaks effectively but he just doesn’t run crisp routes at this point in time. He is relatively raw as a receiver because he doesn’t have a lot of experience at the position so he probably needs to improve his awareness and his route running once he gets to the NFL.

Overall: Little has a lot of potential because of his limited experience at the position and because of his impressive size and athleticism. He has strong hands and catches the ball effectively in the air but he just needs to polish up his fundamentals and improve his route running and he can be an effective receiver in the NFL. He has the potential to be a very good #2 in the NFL but I’m not sure he will ever be a #1 type of receiver. He offers a lot of intriguing ability because of the physicality he plays with as a receiver, a runner and as a blocker. It will be interesting to see if he pans out as a quality receiver in the NFL because I really enjoyed watching him at UNC. It was a shame he wasn’t able to play his Senior season, and he might have character concerns as a result of that but I don’t think they are significant enough to derail his career. That’s just my opinion though and I obviously don’t know that for sure.

Projection: 2nd/3rd round. Some teams will probably be worried about him because of his character concerns and might drop him a bit on their draft boards but even though he wasn’t able to play during his senior season I think he warrants serious consideration in the late 2nd round and would be a good value just about anywhere in round three.

SKILLS
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 3.5
Hands: 3.5
After Catch: 4.0
Body Control: 3.5
Range: 3.5

Thanks for reading!

–Tom

Scouting Report:

Baldwin has a lot of upside as a receiver but I don't think he will ever reach it unless he improves his effort level considerably.

Positives: Baldwin has a great combination of size and athleticism. He has reliable hands and he adjusts to the ball in the air as well as any receiver in this draft. He uses his size well to shield defenders from the ball and attacks the ball in the air to high point it before the defender can make a play on it. He doesn’t have great straight line speed but because of his long legs and strides he can get behind a defense once he gets going. Because of his size he has some potential as a blocker and could be dominant in this area if he was coached up. Also because of his size he is a serious red zone threat because of his size and leaping ability.

Negatives: Baldwin isn’t a good route runner and he doesn’t have much burst in and out of his breaks to create separation which will hinder him in the NFL. He seems to have coasted on his athleticism too much as a route runner and while that may have worked in college it will not work as well in the NFL even if he is an impressive athletic specimen. He is something of a possession receiver and won’t get you much yardage after he makes the catch despite his size and pretty good straight line speed. He isn’t as physical of a player as you might expect at his size, not being as domineering as a blocker or as a runner with the ball as you’d like to see from a man his size. His effort level is inconsistent as a receiver and a blocker and at times seemed to have a bit of an attitude problem, and clearly expressed frustration with the QB situation after the season which some teams might see as a red flag.

Overall: Baldwin has a lot of physical gifts but I wonder how hard he is willing to work to improve his route running and whether or not he is going to give full effort in the NFL. He can be an effective possession receiver if he can improve his route running and he should be a deep ball threat in the same vein as Larry Fitzgerald if he can give a more consistent effort on jump balls. Additionally he could be very effective in the red zone for that same reason. He just has to give more of an effort, work harder and improve his fundamentals. That makes him a very intriguing guy because if he works on his route running, his hands, his effort level and his blocking technique he could be a very good receiver, potentially a #1 guy. But if he doesn’t he is just going to be a big, athletic possession receiver with an inconsistent effort level who will be lucky to be a #2 in the NFL. So he is a boom/bust guy in my opinion and I tend to stay away from those guys unless they have a pretty good motor or work ethic, and I don’t think Baldwin does.

Projection: 2nd round. He is too talented to fall out of the 2nd round and he will probably go in the top 40-45 selections but I would shy away from him there. Later in the 2nd he’d be worth a shot potentially but I don’t think he will ever reach his immense potential unless he goes to a receiver coach who will really push him without causing him to tune him out.

SKILLS
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 3.0
Hands: 3.5
After Catch: 2.0
Body Control: 4.0
Range: 3.0

Thanks for reading!

–Tom

Scouting Report:

Sherman is going to be a solid blocker and receiver at FB in the NFL.

Positives: Good size and athletic ability. Shows good initial pop as a blocker. Adjusts well in space and moves well to pick up blockers on the move. Is physical and likes contact, not afraid to take on a larger defender as a blocker or ball carrier. Catches the ball very smoothly out of the backfield and has some ability to gain yardage after the catch thanks to his running style and leg drive.

Negatives: Offers very little as a runner and doesn’t have much burst or vision to find running room when he gets a hand off.

Overall: Sherman may not be an elite fullback but he blocks effectively and catches the ball effectively. He should be a pretty solid lead blocker in the NFL and will catch the ball well out of the backfield and can get yards after the catch. The problem is that he isn’t effective running the ball out of the backfield which hurts his value because he isn’t as well rounded as a couple other fullbacks in this class.

Projection: 5th round. Fullbacks aren’t in very high demand and I could see him being a solid value here.

SKILLS
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 2.5
Power: 3.5
Hands: 4.0
Vision: 3.0
Blocking: 4.0

Scouting Report:

Marecic is an old school football player and should be an effective lead blocker and special teamer in the NFL.

Positives: Marecic is just a tough, old-school football player. He played both ways at Stanford lining up at fullback and linebacker. He will be a fullback in the NFL, but being a linebacker in college will make him even more valuable as a special teamer. He is an effective run blocker and he provides a good pop on contact and is an effective lead blocker. He runs hard with good leg drive when he gets the ball and gets good yards after contact consistently. Attacks defenders in the open field and likes to initiate contact. Shows some ability as a receiver out of the backfield. Very reliable wrap-up tackler.

Negatives: Doesn’t move well enough in space to stick at linebacker, and that also hurts him when blocking on the outside when on offense. Not a serious threat as a runner or receiver and doesn’t draw a lot of attention to himself as a ball carrier. Just not athletic enough to stick at linebacker.

Overall: Marecic projects as a very effective lead blocker in the NFL but he doesn’t offer much of anything as a runner or receiver which limits his value. However, he has the potential to be a very good special teamer because of his effort, work ethic and experience tackling from his days at linebacker.

Projection: 4th/5th round. He may not be versatile as a fullback but he is versatile as a football player and someone will be intrigued by his lead blocking and value as a special teamer in this range.

SKILLS
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 2.5
Power: 4.0
Hands: 2.5
Vision: 3.5
Blocking: 4.0

Thanks for reading!

–Tom