Tag Archive: 2011 NFL Combine


Scouting Report:

DiMarco is a high effort player that should stick on a NFL roster as a back-up fullback and special teamer.

Positives: DiMarco is an effort blocker and he plays hard. He can line up at multiple positions and still be an effective blocker, offering versatility. Shows some pop on initial contact. DiMarco runs hard and seeks out contact when he has the ball in his hands. Shows soft hands out of the backfield for a fullback and will have to be accounted for in the NFL.

Negatives: Not a very athletic player and he doesn’t drive block well for a fullback. Doesn’t have great hands out of the backfield, but they are solid. Doesn’t seem to have very good vision as a runner, he just kind of slams into the offensive line which gives him a bit of value in short yardage situations but overall he isn’t overly effective when running the ball.

Overall: DiMarco offers some value as a blocker, runner and receiver. He is solid in all aspects but not special in any of them. He warrants some late round consideration and he could be coached up and contribute on special teams but I am not sure he will ever be a starter.

Projection: 7th round. I think he deserves to be drafted as a back-up fullback and as a special teamer but I don’t know how high his ceiling is. His effort should help him secure a spot on a roster or a practice squad though.

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

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

Thanks for reading!

–Tom

Scouting Report:

Havili is easily the most versatile fullback in this draft class.

Positives: Havili is a very athletic fullback and is a pretty incredible receiver for the position. He regularly runs wheel routes and other deep routes and makes catches and was consistently worked into the passing game when possible at USC. He shows some pretty good ability as a run blocker and while he may not dominate his man he gets a hat on his man and sustains pretty effectively. Shows some pop on contact. He runs hard when he gets the ball and runs with good pad level and drives his legs well. Has enough speed to get significant yardage after a catch in the flat if he is forgotten about.

Negatives: Could use some technique work as a blocker that would help him be more effective, but he can be coached up. Is sort of like a running back playing fullback so he still needs to learn the position a bit. He doesn’t have great upside because he is somewhat of a finished product as a runner and receiver, though he could stand to be coached up as a run and pass blocker.

Overall: Havili is easily the most versatile FB in this draft class and for a team that likes to run play action or pass the ball a lot he would make a very attractive mid-round pick because he is a reliable receiver out of the backfield. He can run the ball, block and catch the ball out of the backfield which makes him a pretty unique fullback, especially considering his pretty obvious athleticism for the position.

Projection: 3rd/4th round. Fullbacks aren’t in very heavy demand anymore so I would be surprised if he got picked in the 3rd round, but in the 4th round I think he will get some consideration.

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

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

Thanks for reading!

–Tom

Scouting Report:

Thomas is a finesse back trapped in a power back's body and that makes me very skeptical of him as a NFL prospect.

Positives: Has impressive size and strength for a running back. Has surprising speed for a man his size and shows solid burst to hit the hole. Shows some shiftiness and can be tough to get down in the open field at times. Runs patiently and will find cut-back lanes if you over-pursue against him. He catches the ball well out of the backfield and is so big that he matches up well in pass protection against just about anyone. Flashes a stiff arm at times.

Negatives: Thomas runs with poor pad level which is a problem for someone as tall as him. Despite his great size and strength he is very much a finesse runner, not a power runner. He doesn’t do well with contact, he doesn’t get a lot of yardage after contact, he doesn’t break tackles well and he doesn’t finish runs well.

Overall: Thomas is kind of a strange back because he has pretty good speed for his size but that is negated by the fact that he is a finesse runner and not a power back. His pad level and running style really concerns me because I don’t think he projects well to the NFL because he won’t be fast enough to outrun people and he’s not strong enough and tough enough to run people over, plus that just isn’t his running style. He might stick on a team and carve out a role for himself but I don’t think he will ever be an effective starter in the NFL.

Projection: 5th/6th round. He has limited upside and I don’t think he is going to get picked very high despite his impressive college production.

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

Speed: 3.0
Power: 2.0
Agility: 3.5
Vision: 3.0
Hands: 3.5
Blocking: 3.0

Thanks for reading!

–Tom

Scouting Report:

Powell doesn't have a huge upside as a running back but I would be surprised if he didn't end up having a productive career.

Positives: Has good size and strength. Runs hard. Has pretty good burst to hit the hole. Shows pretty good vision as a runner and has good feet. He runs with good pad level and balance which makes him hard to tackle at times as he has strong legs and consistently drives them for extra yardage after contact. He shows that he can catch the ball out of the flat and likes to initiate contact when he gets outside or when he gets to the second level. He can run you over and attack you in the open field or he can use some of his shiftiness to make you miss in the flat.

Negatives: Powell isn’t a very explosive back and he won’t be ripping off huge runs consistently in the NFL because of his lack of shiftiness as a runner and he doesn’t have great straight line speed. He doesn’t run well when he is forced outside of the tackles and doesn’t have the speed to get the corner consistently in the NFL. Doesn’t offer much as a pass blocker in the backfield.

Overall: Powell can be a quality feature back in the right offense. He runs with good power and shows pretty good burst and vision which makes him a pretty good running back prospect. He won’t ever be an elite runner because of his lack of great straight line speed and he isn’t that well rounded yet but I would be surprised if he didn’t end up being a pretty productive NFL running back.

Projection: 4th round. I think this is where Powell will start to get some consideration, especially for teams that run offenses that need more powerful runners.

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

Speed: 3.0
Power: 3.5
Agility: 3.0
Vision: 3.0
Hands: 3.0
Blocking: 2.0

Thanks for reading!

–Tom

Scouting Report:

Lewis has some potential as a 3rd down back but he doesn't have a lot of upside.

Positives: Burst onto the scene as a freshman and has pretty good speed and burst for the position. He shows some impressive elusiveness in the open field and plays with good balance. He has some shiftiness to him along with good balance. He runs patiently and has good vision to find lanes and cut back lanes to run through. Shows some ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.

Negatives: Lewis doesn’t run with much power at all. Doesn’t have good leg drive and won’t get a lot of yardage after contact and doesn’t run through arm tackles effectively. His footwork is not very impressive and he will take false steps and dance in the backfield while looking for room to run. He needs to improve his ball security as well as improve his pass protection.

Overall: Lewis has some potential to be an effective back in the NFL but I don’t think he has the size, strength or power to be a feature running back. He will have to be a 3rd down back in the NFL and that limits his value. The fact that he doesn’t have great game-breaking speed also brings his value down. He needs to improve his ball security and his pass protection before he is going to get a lot of consistent playing time as well.

Projection: 5th/6th round. He could be a very good value this late if he pans out, but he might have some durability question marks and he isn’t going to be a very explosive runner in the NFL so his upside is somewhat limited as a 3rd down back.

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

Speed: 3.0
Power: 1.5
Agility: 4.0
Vision: 3.5
Hands: 3.5
Blocking: 2.0

Thanks for reading!

–Tom

Scouting Report:

Delone Carter has the potential to be a steal if he gets drafted in the 3rd or 4th round. I think he has feature back potential.

Positives: Good size and very well built, great strength and leg drive for his size. He has pretty good burst and speed and runs with good pad level. He runs very tough and hard, especially for a guy his size. He churns his feet after contact and consistently gets yards after initial contact. He attacks defenders in the open field and runs through tackles effectively because he gets low and has strong legs. He has pretty good vision and runs patiently as he waits for his blocks to set up. He also showed much better hands than I expected in Orlando, so much so that I jokingly asked him in an interview why they didn’t throw him the ball more when he was there.

Negatives: He has some character concerns as he has had academic issues in the past and was suspended for a one punch fight, supposedly stemming from a snow-ball fight. He needs work as a pass protector and he will have some durability questions because of his size. He doesn’t have great speed to rip off huge runs in the NFL and won’t get the edge nearly as often in the NFL as he did in college.

Overall: I really like Delone Carter’s game and I think he could be an absolute steal in the mid-rounds. I think he can be a starter in the right offense, though I don’t think he would be a great fit for a man scheme as a feature back. He has good burst, speed, vision and he runs very hard and I love that. He really impressed me as a runner against Kansas State in their bowl game and he carried that momentum to the East-West Shrine game practice field. I think Carter has steal written all over him, so it will be interesting to see if he pans out. Hopefully he doesn’t have any off-field issues and he develops into a quality NFL starter.

Projection: 4th round. He won’t go high as other smaller backs because he might have some questions about off-field issues and he doesn’t have game-breaking speed but teams will sleep on him because of his size and I think he will surprise a lot of people with his production in the NFL.

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

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

Thanks for reading!

–Tom

Scouting Report:

Todman has explosive speed and quickness but I don't think he runs hard enough to be a starter in the NFL.

Positives: Has a good combination of size, speed and quickness. He really impressed me with his burst and straight line speed. Has more than enough speed to get the corner and can rip off long runs once he hits the second level. He has good feet and lateral burst to make defenders miss and to make cuts when running. He seems to have solid vision and runs with good pad level even for a smaller running back. Shows some leg drive even though he is more of a speed back and flashes a stiff arm. Pretty good receiver out of the backfield.

Negatives: Todman won’t be able to be an every down running back in the NFL, he just doesn’t have the size or the power. He can run through arm tackles but struggles to gain yardage after more legitimate contact. He has had his share of struggles in short yardage as a result of this and he needs work in pass protection. He tries to bounce a lot of runs outside which will be an issue in the NFL even though he has good speed.

Overall: Todman strikes me as a potentially valuable 3rd down back in the NFL but I don’t think he will ever be a starter. He just doesn’t seem durable enough and he isn’t dependable enough in short yardage situations because of his lack of size, strength and power as a runner. He should be a pretty valuable 3rd down back though because of his speed, quickness and ability as a receiver out of the backfield. But because he doesn’t have the ceiling of a starter that hurts his value.

Projection: 3rd/4th round. He is more talented than this but unless you are strictly looking for a 3rd down back he won’t be very high on your board and that makes him a potential good value pick in these mid-rounds. It will be interesting to see where he goes relative to other guys who might have futures as starters in the NFL.

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

Speed: 4.0
Power: 1.5
Agility: 4.0
Vision: 3.0
Hands: 3.0
Blocking: 2.0

Thanks for reading!

–Tom

Scouting Report:

Rodgers will get slept on because of his small stature but he will end up being one of the best running backs in this draft class.

Positives: While ‘Quizz is very undersized he is well built for a running back and has very strong legs which give him impressive leg drive for such a small back. He has great footwork, vision and runs patiently. He also demonstrates great balance and lateral burst which helps him make great cuts once he finds cut-back lanes which makes him hard to stop. Despite his size he runs effectively between the tackles and his leg drive helps him finish runs well. He catches the ball well out of the backfield and has demonstrated solid ability as a pass blocker and will block downfield when he gets the opportunity to. He runs hard and tough and fights hard for extra yardage and runs through arm tackles well because he runs with good pad level in addition to his small size.

Negatives: His size is obviously a question mark for him and durability has to be a concern for a back his size but he is well built so I don’t think that will be a serious issue. You have to wonder if he will be able to carry the load in the NFL as the feature back, but if he was in a two-back backfield that concern would be alleviated. He doesn’t have good straight line speed so he will have issues outrunning defenders to get the edge or to rip off big chunks of yardage once he hits the second level despite his great quickness and shiftiness in the open field.

Overall: I am a huge fan of ‘Quizz and I think that in the right system he could be a very effective starter. He would probably have to be in a zone blocking scheme or a pass heavy offense and I think it would be ideal if he split carries because he wouldn’t wear down and he wouldn’t have as many durability questions. The Packers would be a great team for him to go to, but I also think he could be a very nice complementary runner for a team like the Falcons that need a guy with burst and pass catching ability out of the backfield. I just don’t think he could be our primary guy in our man blocking scheme. A lot of people will doubt ‘Quizz because of his size but he has so much ability as a runner that I don’t think there is any way that he doesn’t become a productive running back in the NFL. If he was two or three inches taller I think he could very well be a first round pick.

Projection: 3rd round. I would pick him in the 2nd round in all honesty but I think he will get serious consideration in the 3rd round range. He might last until the late 3rd or maybe even into the 4th depending on how the RB’s that might be graded higher than him come off the board, but if you get him in the mid-3rd or later I think you are getting fantastic value for a great running back.

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

Speed: 3.5
Power: 3.0
Agility: 5.0
Vision: 4.5
Hands: 4.0
Blocking: 3.0

Thanks for reading!

–Tom

Scouting Report:

Hunter has the potential to be a quality NFL starting RB if he lands in the right offense.

Positives: Hunter is very well built for a smaller back and I have noticed that short running backs who are well built tend to have quality NFL careers. He really re-emerged as a great running back this year on Oklahoma State’s dynamic offense and his ability to consistently gain quality yardage in the running game is what opened up the offense. He has great burst, impressive footwork, great vision and he is very shifty as a runner without dancing in the backfield. He is short but still runs with good pad level and runs patiently and lets his blocks set up in front of him and then makes one cut and is gone. He doesn’t dance in the backfield and waste steps. He can run through arm tackles and shows consistent ability to catch passes out of the backfield. Shows some ability as a pass blocker.

Negatives: Has had injury concerns in the past and durability is a question mark with him, especially if he is a feature back. Sometimes he allows his blocks to set up for too long instead of attacking and getting what he can, preferring to wait for a seam to form for him to cut towards. He doesn’t have the straight line speed to consistently rip off huge chunks of yardage if he hits the second level, and he doesn’t have much in the way of power outside of running through arm tackles. Has had some fumble issues and could stand to improve his ball security and his pass blocking.

Overall: I really like Hunter as a prospect. He has some things he needs to work on, but ball security and pass blocking are both very coachable. I love his burst, his vision and his footwork as a running back and those are three integral skills for being an effective running back in the NFL. I think he can be a very effective running back in the right offense, especially a pass-happy offense. I think a team like the Patriots, Colts or Packers could really take their respective offenses to the next level with him as their starter because of his ability to consistently gain yardage on the ground as well as catch passes out of the backfield. And once he comes around as a pass blocker he could very well be an every down running back in those offenses assuming he can stay healthy. That makes him very valuable.

Projection: 2nd round. He might make it to the 3rd round depending on how much the running backs in this class slide but I think he has a great chance to come off in the late 2nd round because of all the teams that could use a talented running back who can catch the ball out of the backfield.

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

Speed: 3.5
Power: 2.0
Agility: 4.0
Vision: 4.0
Hands: 3.5
Blocking: 3.0

Thanks for reading!

–Tom

Scouting Report:

Devlin has the potential to be a solid NFL starter, but he needs a year or two of development before he will be ready to start.

Positives: Solid size, arm strength and good accuracy. He showed good progress taking snaps from under center when he was down in Orlando which speaks to a pretty good work ethic. He has enough arm strength to make it in the NFL in that it is adequate but nothing special. He usually throws a clean ball but that was not always the case in Orlando as he was still getting used to throwing from under center. He does have good mechanics overall though as he has a quick, fluid release. His accuracy is good, not great but it is definitely good enough to pass effectively in the NFL. Flashes the ability to go through his progressions and can throw his receivers open and leads them effectively. Has good touch on his throws. Shows some feel in the pocket to buy time without leaving the pocket and can find throwing lanes when doing so.

Negatives: He struggled in Orlando when he was taking snaps from under center which is natural for a guy transitioning from a spread offense that operates almost exclusively out of the shotgun to a pro style offense that requires drops from under center. His footwork could use work as he will not step into throws at times and doesn’t reset his feet very well after he has to move or buy more time. He does not deal with pressure well and struggles in the face of it and makes poor decisions when pressured. Devlin doesn’t have the arm strength, accuracy and intangibles to make you think that he can be a franchise QB and he won’t be able to come in and start right away because he will need coaching up before he will be ready to take snaps from under center consistently.

Overall: Devlin’s ceiling is being a solid/good NFL starter but I don’t think he will ever be a very good starter at QB in the NFL. He has enough arm strength and good accuracy which will allow him to be a quality NFL starter if he survives the transition to a pro style offense and becomes comfortable in his offensive system, but his issues in the face of pressure concern me. He holds onto the ball too long, makes poor decisions and doesn’t make decisive decisions in the face of pressure and I don’t think you can learn how to do that at the NFL level very easily. If he is a starter on a team with a good offensive line he could have some success, but I don’t know that he will ever be a perennial playoff winner unless he becomes more comfortable and decisive in the face of pressure. That will be his undoing as a starting QB, but he can still be a productive starting quarterback if he is given time to develop before he enters the game as a starter. He has ability but he needs to be coached up before he becomes a starter.

Projection: 3rd/4th round. He could go in the early-mid 3rd round because this QB class is thin and a lot of QB’s will get over-drafted but if the run on QB’s ends with him still on the board he could be in for a bit of a slide. But for a team that needs an intriguing developmental QB Devlin is about as good as it gets in this draft class and in this range he definitely warrants consideration.

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

Arm Strength: 3.0
Accuracy: 3.5
Mobility: 2.0
Decision Making: 3.0
Mechanics: 3.0
Pocket Awareness: 2.5
Intangibles: 3.0

Thanks for reading!

–Tom