WR Ryan Spadola (Lehigh) - 6'1 1/4, 204 lbs - http://insider.espn....32/ryan-spadola
Production - 2
2009: (4/0) 1 catch for 16 yards. 2010: (13/13) 78-1,130-14.5-92011: (12/12) 96-1,614-16.8-11 2012: (9/9) 57-851-14.9-4
Height-Weight-Speed - 2
Above-average height but shorter arms (30.6). Possesses a well-proportion and muscular fame with adequate bulk. Top-end speed is well above-average but not in the elite tier. Big hands (9.6).
Durability - 1
Missed two games and played several others below 100% after being diagnosed with mononucleosis. However, has not suffered any major injuries that we are currently aware of.
Intangibles - 2
Well respected by coaches and teammates. Elected as a team captain as a senior. Excellent work ethic. Accountable and handles his responsibilities on and off the field.
Separation Skills - 4
Average separation skills. Works to gain initial leverage but needs to continue developing his craft within his stem. Lacks a loose and flexible frame and shows some tightness getting in-and-out of lateral cuts. Does not explode out of cuts and will have issues consistently creating separation from man coverage. Did not play as fast as timed speed indicates on tape. Shows a more than adequate feel and can separate from zone coverage. Does a nice job of locating downfield seams. Lacks quick hands and feet and may have problems consistently gaining clean release at next level.
Ball Skills - 3
Average-to-below average in this area. Flashes ability to pluck on the run. However, hands are inconsistent and had several flat out drop on film study. Not overly flexible which can affect his body control adjusting to throws outside of strike zone. On the flip side, shows good focus and uses his frame well in traffic. Just marginal leaping ability to consistently win one-on-one jump ball situations.
Big Play Ability - 4
Gradually builds up speed. Shows enough top-end speed to occasionally get behind coverage but lacks an elite extra gear. Does not have exceptional athleticism and leaping ability to win one-on-one downfield battles at the next level. Quick feet as a runner but lacks elusiveness. Doesn't have the suddenness or quickness to consistently make defenders
miss. Will need a seam to pick up extra yards after the catch.
Competitiveness - 3
Willing to work the middle of the field. Will sacrifice body to elevate and make the catch knowing he is going to take a big hit. Displays quality effort as a run blocker and works to sustain blocks. Fights for yards after catch.
CB Mike Edwards (Hawaii) 5'9" 189 lbs: http://www.nfl.com/d...ards?id=2540185
Aggressive player, who is more physical with receivers than his size would indicate. Active hands throughout. Smooth hip transition, and the speed to turn and run with receivers down field. Does a very nice job of getting his head turned and timing his jumps. Impressive kick return ability.
Off-the field issues. Undersized, will he won't back down, he can be bullied by bigger wideouts. Doesn't have great technique in his press, can lose at the line of scrimmage. Can get beat based on starring down the quarterback. Inconsistent in driving on the football. Will occasionally get lost in zones.
Edwards is an aggressive corner, who despite not having ideal size, will be physical with wideouts. He has an impressive athletic skill set, but he is still a bit unrefined technique wise. An upside player, who can also contribute immediately as a kick returner.
Strengths: He has a non-stop motor. Excellent quickness and gets consistent pressure. Shows great penetration through
the line and easily beats slower linemen. Provides very good pass rush. Keeps his feet moving and stays low. Shows textbook technique. Terrific hand use. Stout at times; can stand up linemen and hold ground; but struggles against bigger guys. Does a good job flowing with the play and helping out with the tackle. Shows solid tackling ability; rarely misses tackles. Very athletic; even drops into coverage at times. Shows great hustle. Has good football I.Q.; recognizes plays quickly. Versatile guy, played both DE and DT. Excellent work ethic and intangibles. I see a lot of potential in him; his best days are ahead of him.
Weaknesses: Needs to add bulk. Struggles versus double teams and bigger linemen. When linemen get a hold of him, he does not disengage well. He is able to hold his ground at times but this is his biggest weakness. Needs to get stronger and bigger.
Summary: Spencer Nealy may be my favorite player in this draft. The DE turned DT really made a name for himself this year. I was scouting a lot of other players on Texas A&M and I kept seeing this #99 make plays; after about the 3rd or 4th impressive play, I paused the game and did some research on him. Nealy is not the biggest guy (he will need to add some weight and strength if he wants to play in the NFL) but his drive and determination are off the charts. Nealy is certainly a raw prospect who needs to work hard to improve his game, but I see uncapped potential in him. He’s a sleeper pick in this draft and I think he is going to be a great NFL player for a
2009: (14/8) 51-5-1 2010: (12/11) 60-12-02011: (13/13) 71-8-5 2012: (11/10) 75-4-2 Career: (2009-'11) 25.5 TFL
Height Weight Speed - 3
Slightly below average height but has long arms (32.7). Possesses adequate bulk. Ripped frame with wide shoulder and good muscle tone in legs. Top-end speed is slightly below average. Big mitts (10.2)
Durability - 1
Durability does not appear to be an issue as he has appeared in all 50 career games (42 starts) and has not suffered any significant injuries that we are currently aware of.
Intangibles - 3
Has dealt with a lot of adversity growing up. Mother was addicted to crack cocaine and not involved with his life. Father disappeared as well for much of his life. Extremely close with his half-brother Vondre Griffin who is currently awaiting a trial in New Jersey for criminal
homicide while claiming self-defense. Team captain as a senior. Leads by example. Member of the Cal AD Honor Roll 2011.A determined individual that uses his trials and tribulations growing up as motivation.
Instincts/Recognition - 3
Showed improvement with diagnosis skills as a senior. Does a nice job of keying quarterbacks' eyes to get a quick break on the ball when having middle of the field responsibilities. Still developing in terms of route recognition skills when locked up in man coverage. Played with more discipline this year and was not as overzealous against play fakes. Brings a physical presence to the middle part of the field and plays without a governor.
Covers Skills - 3
He is an adequate athlete with up to par movement skills. Appears natural and maintains good leverage with back pedal. Can turn and open quickly when getting off the hash. Does show some tightness when having to make a sudden 180 degree turn. Closing burst is adequate but lacks an elite extra gear to recover once caught in trail position. Will have some limitations if matched up in man coverage with quicker and more sudden slot WRs.
Ball Skills - 3
Ball skills are good but great. Flashes playmaking instincts but still has room for development. Takes quality angles to the point and tracks the ball well. Aggressive attacking the ball and shows ability to elevate and high point the ball. Displays natural hands and can secure most throws he can get both hands on.
Run Support - 2
Aggressive and very active in this area. Makes a quick diagnosis and closes quickly. Shows good strength to shed blocks and work through traffic near the box. Takes quality angles in pursuit. Shows good body control and does a nice job of breaking down to square up pads. Flashes ability to deliver a heavy shot. Will leave his feet and whiff on occasion.
TE Mike Shanahan (Pitt) 6'4" 241 lbs. - http://www.cbssports...7/mike-shanahan
While not as athletic as Devin Street, Shanahan is the most polished of Pitt's wideouts and offers the combination of size, strength and reliable hands and route-running to help as a traditional possession receiver in the NFL. Shanahan, a highly regarded prep basketball player, turned down scholarship offers on the hardwood to play football but one can see the skills he learned in hoops with the ways he positions himself against defenders, high-points passes and catches the ball cleanly with his hands.
Good height for the position. Gets his hands out in front to catch throws into his body. Has flexibility to grab passes thrown behind him or above his head. Shows a quick juke off the snap, works through or swims past linebackers using his hands to get into his route. Feet are quick enough in his routes to get free on out routes and double-moves against safeties. Runs strong after the catch and uses a stiff-arm to swat away would-be tacklers. Aggressive enough a blocker to lock up and sustain against defensive ends in pass protection when in balance. Comes off the ball strong and gives good effort in the run game, gets underneath pads of defenders playing high and uses his length to position ends out of the running lane. Displays some attitude to finish blocks when his opponents are on the ropes.
Combos to linebackers after crashing down on the end, unlike most college tight ends who stick on the first block.
Lacks elite athletic ability and speed. Must prove he can sink his hips and use his length to separate against man coverage from NFL defenders. Upper body strength just adequate as an in-line blocker, though he could still add bulk. Lunges towards smaller targets and will bend at the waist in his attempts to sustain instead of moving his feet. Inconsistent sustaining downfield blocks against linebackers and safeties.
The Eagles’ starting tight end has not accumulated tremendous production throughout his career. While this is definitely in part due to the offense he played in, he does not profile as a great receiver at the next level. However, he should be a solid pass catcher, who also possesses a strong blocking mentality.
DE Jacob McDonough (Iowa St.) 6'4 1/2 285 lbs: http://www.draftinsi...Jacob-McDonough
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after totals of 36 tackles/5.5 tackles for loss/2 sacks. Junior numbers included 34/4.5/2.
Positive: Hard-working, instinctive defensive tackle with marginal upside. Fires off the snap with a terrific first step, keeps his feet moving on contact, and works hard to get to the action. Slides down the line laterally or gets off blocks to make plays on the ball. Works his hands, displays good lower body strength, and holds his ground.
Negative: Does not always play with good pad level and washed from the action. Average skills in pursuit. Not a natural pass rusher.
Analysis: McDonough is a high-effort player who gets the most from his ability. He possesses the frame and skill to develop into a backup tackle at the next level.
C Dalton Freeman (Clemson) 6'5" 285 lbs
. - http://www.nfl.com/d...eman?id=2539216
Durable, intelligent player in the pivot. Good positional blocker with foot work to assist one guard and move over to the other. Also reaches linebackers on zone plays and runs between the tackles with some short-area quickness, will extend his arms to send them out of the play if they try to out-quick him. Moves his feet to sustain through the whistle. Plays with some sneaky power in in short-yardage situations, as well.
He’ll need to show NFL coaches that he has the necessary strength and athleticism to get the job done at the next level. Bends at the waist to sustain or lunge at targets at times and plays upright, losing leverage battles against bull rushes and even hard-charging blitzers. Resorts to cut blocks against blitzers he is capable of stoning at the line.
The son of a high school coach and former ACC offensive lineman, Freeman plays with the intelligence and tenacity expected of a finalist for the Rimington Trophy given to the nation’s top center. He’ll need to prove he can stand up to stronger, quicker veteran defensive tackles before teams consider taking him in the top half of the draft – but I wouldn’t doubt his ability to earn a living in the pivot.
WR Antavious Wilson (Marshall) 6'1" 196 lbs. - http://move1.nationa...ml&player=44775
STRENGTHS - Wilson is well put together wide receiver that has really good ability to turn and get up the field with the ball in his hands. He is a good north/south runner and does a good job of getting yardage after the catch, not because of his speed but because he takes what the defense gives him. Wilson is a victim of poor QB play and scheme at Marshall. Wilson is a very good route-runner as evidenced by the skinny post he ran for a touchdown against Tulsa. He makes good adjustments to the ball and uses his body to block out defenders. Wilson is a very willing blocker, he will engage and push his man down the field or sometimes he will just shield with his body and keep a tackler away from the ball carrier. Wilson is physical player willing to mix it up.
WEAKNESSES - Wilson lacks short area quickness and struggles to separate from defenders who attack him with the press at the LOS. Wilson lines up primarily on the right side of the field as a "Z" receiver in Marshall's offense. Wilson does not have great hands because he lets the ball get too far into his body. He will drop the ball when he is trying to pluck it off of his frame because he looks more comfortable catching it with his body. Wilson looks stuck from a positional perspective as he isn't quick enough to play in the slot and he may not be strong enough to play outside in the NFL. He has a maxed out frame and he won't get bigger because of limited growth potential. Wilson is not returning punts and is not helping out on special teams.
SUMMARY - Antavious Wilson plays outside receiver for the Marshall Thundering Herd. He always lines up on the right side of the field and plays the "Z" position. Wilson has good size and at 200 pounds, he won't get any bigger going forward. He is most effective against zone and off-man coverage. Wilson is a solid wide receiver but he lacks explosion athletically and struggles with a lack of short area quickness. He shows strong ability to adjust to the ball in the air, but his hands are suspect because he doesn't pluck the ball away from his frame. He allows the ball to get into his body and it causes him to drop the ball. He looks to be an above average route runner and will find little areas to beat defenses. He lacks pure speed any doesn't have the explosion in his game to threaten the defense vertically. He looks to be a possession type player who will work underneath the defense and the boundary. He does a nice job of running through arm tackles but is not a player that will break a tackle and take the ball the distance. He looks like a workhorse instead of a racehorse. Wilson does a very nice job blocking down the field and it looks to be a strength of his game, as Marshall likes to run the ball to his side. He uses his body and long arms well to stay on his blocks. At the end of the day, he is stuck playing outside as a "Z" receiver because he isn't quick enough to play in the slot and he isn't big or explosive enough to play the "X". Wilson warrants fifth-round consideration because of his smarts, ability to turn up the field and the way he helps the running game with his blocking. He will need to add value on special teams to make it in the NFL.
Here are some scouting reports. Enjoy. I'm going to keep posting them as I find them.
Edited by gsnts725, 27 April 2013 - 10:34 PM.