Dre Kirkpatrick (Junior, Alabama, 6-2, 195 lbs)
The first thing that pops out to an evaluator is his exceptionally long arms. Great for his position as his body might not be in the best pass defense but his arms can save him with the extra length. Alabama has continued to leave him on his own island allowing the safeties to be play makers rather than last opportunity nets. His closing ability as well as click and close ability are elite as he is constantly aware of the QB even in off man coverage. Great corner for press man coverage but will need experience and zone discipline to complete his game. Excellent instincts for not only coverage but football as he forces fumbles and protects the edge against the run. Deep speed might be questionable in the NFL.
Games Viewed: Penn St.
Projection: 5-15 (Overall)
Morris Claiborne (Junior, LSU, 6-0, 185 lbs)
Great tackling corner with good height but a little thin in the frame. Plays almost completely on the right side. Has extremely fast feet which allows him to turn with WR’s very well. Has the ability to be an elite zone corner because of his unusual college discipline and assignment awareness. Takes great angles towards ball carriers as well as closing on screen plays while playing off coverage. Does play high which is affecting his center of gravity causing him to lose balance occasionally. Will need to add upper body strength in order to press in the NFL as thin arms struggle with college WR’s. Hand fighting off blocks will also limit immediate contribution to the NFL if he does not add strength.
Games Viewed: Oregon
Projection: 10-25 (Overall)
Janorice Jenkins (Senior, Florida (2010 Season), 5-10, 180 lbs)
High energy CB who plays bigger than his frame suggests. Excellent at fighting off blocks which will allow defensive coordinators to blitz and put him in the box as a nickel corner. Loves to be in the face of a WR even though small frame doesn’t allow him to press effectively. Has played in many big games against NFL quality WR’s with good-great success. Can play man coverage on both sides as well as the slot WR allowing for great matchups. Risky player who makes big plays and gives up big plays. Possesses great speed to not allow WR’s over the top of him. Character needs investigation.
Games Viewed: LSU, Georgia, Alabama
Projection: 30-45 (Overall)
Landry Jones (Junior, Oklahoma, 6-4, 230 lbs)
Jones is a prototypical sized NFL quarterback with a solid arm and enough movement to throw out of the pocket. He is a bit of a long strider and therefore does not have the drop back ability of say Jay Cutler, but grades out well enough. Trusts his arm and can throw into tight windows with plenty of zip even in the mid to long range. Displays some understanding of quarterback transitioning as he does use voice infliction as well as time under the center and in shotgun/pistol. Accuracy is generally adequate but minor adjustments in lower body mechanics will be needed for NFL play as well as putting his WR’s in a position to make Y.A.C. One of the most worrisome characteristics of Jones’ play is his inability to complete passes under pressure. His accuracy percentage drops significantly when faced with a disruptive pass which he will face nearly weekly in the NFL.
Games Viewed: Texas Tech
Projection: 20-40 (Overall)
The Scouting Grade System that we use at NFL Draft Reports was originally developed by Bucko Kilroy, who worked in the NFL for over 40 years as a scout. Currently 10 different teams use a variation of Kilroy’s system and we believe it provides clear, concise and accurate grade points for our viewers. We have varied it to our liking in order to better compare similarly grading prospects as well as our personal preference as the NFL has changed dramatically and we are adjusting to it.
NFL Draft Reports Grading Scale
Grade Description Draft Stock
8.5 – 9.0 Pro Bowl Caliber Top 15
8.0 – 8.4 Productive Starter 1st Round
7.5 – 7.9 Starter/Productive Starter Top of the 2nd Round
7.0 – 7.4 Starter End of the 2nd Round
6.5 – 6.9 Starter/Starter With Time Top of the 3rd Round
6.0 – 6.4 Eventual Start/Good Backup End of 3rd Round
5.5 – 5.9 Quality Backup/ST 4th Round
5.0 – 5.4 Backup/ST/Project 5th Round
4.5 – 4.9 Special Teams/Projects 6th Round
4.0 – 4.4 Projects 7th Round
3.5 – 3.9 Free Agents Undrafted
NFL Draft Reports Individual Grade Scale
9.0 Rare Quality – Only a few players achieve this in every draft class
8.5 Elite Talent – Defines few qualities in players with top 10 talent
6.5 Very Good
5.5 Inconsistent – But has potential
1 – 3.5 Poor – Not NFL quality
Name: Mike Pouncey
Position: Offensive Guard
Height: 6’4 E
Weight: 310 E
Strength: 7.0 Pouncey has tremendous upper body strength and good lower body strength. In addition, his already potent natural strength is enhanced by his ability to sink his pads and win the leverage battle.
Athletic Ability: 7.5 Pouncey is a great athlete for a guard of his size, and while he could use better balance when pulling (trips too often), his ability to get outside from the C position is impressive. Good explosion for a guard, has no problem getting to the second level in running game.
Run Blocking: 7.5 While Pouncey does not have dominant leg drive, he is still an excellent run blocker due to his all-around strength, athleticism, and attitude. Capable of landing reach blocks on NFL defenders, understands how to execute combo blocks, and use of strength+leverage allows him to send an unusually high number of defenders to the turf.
Pass Blocking: 8.0 I had to make myself keep this below an 8.5. Great consistency as a protector. Very tough to disengage from, keeps his feet moving, plays with leverage, and naturally athletic. Does more than shield QB, provides space in pocket to step up.
Motor/Attitude (on field): 7.5 Definitely has some nastiness. Plays through the whistle. Plays with emotion and finishes blocks. Rarely loafs.
Initial Quicks: 7.5 Centers are always at a disadvantage and it’s tough to know how that will translate to guard, so this grade is a tad conservative. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a serious strength at G, as Pouncey is very quick into his set as a center.
Playbook Understanding/Blitz Pickup: 7.0 Florida’s offensive line is a mess, which doesn’t reflect well on the C (Pouncey). However, it’s almost never Pouncey making the mental errors, and it was his first year at Center.
Blocking 2nd Level: 7.0 Can get better. It’s already quite good, but Pouncey doesn’t always sustain his block on the LB and can end up dipping his head (coachable). Good footwork when pulling and naturally athletic. Potential to be an 8.0 with a bit of coaching.
Combo Blocking: 7.5 Very effective whether it’s a true double team to open space or whether he is working to the 2nd level.
Leverage: 7.0 Pouncey already plays with good leverage on most plays, and if he can improve his consistency he could raise this grade. Naturally capable, but inconsistent with his knee bend.
Hand Use: 7.5 Most OL need a lot of work here, and Pouncey certainly could improve, but he gives a powerful jolt and doesn’t overextend.
Character: 7.5 From all accounts, Pouncey is a high-effort guy with good personal character. Nastiness on field is another plus. Twin brother Maurkice Pouncey was a 2010 Steeler 1st round choice.
Summary: Pouncey grows on you the more you watch him. While he has plenty of strength and is a solid drive-blocker, his real talent is using his upper-body strength and athleticism to seal defenders. His pass protection is excellent and while every rookie can improve, he looks as good as any interior prospect I’ve seen. Took over starting center job for his brother and there were serious growing pains, which were less of an issue (but still present) as the season progressed. Struggled with snaps and the UF OL was a huge mess all season, which is why I wouldn’t bet on his growth as a C, but he still brings an ability to provide depth at C (worst case) while playing G at a very high level. I expect Pouncey to go in the first round, start within a season (could start right away), and play at a very high level.
Final Grade: 8.3
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On another note, thing are starting to heat up here. The last post may say Nov. 20th, but we (particularly Vince) have been adding short player intros on tons of players (because we edit existing posts, it doesn’t look like we’re doing anything but I promise that is not the case) and we’re just now getting ready to introduce full player reports (Mike Pouncey will be up shortly). I hope you enjoy them, and as always feel free to leave comments – I try to check and respond to comments daily if at all possible.
DeAndre McDaniels (Senior, Clemson, 6-1, 210 lbs)
A Strong Safety who shows the power and pad level to deliver big hits. Great frame combined with well above average athleticism. Can be stiff in the hips and will struggle with coverage requiring him to match up with his back to the quarterback (tight man or deep coverage). Far more productive when is able to close on the ball and watch the play develop. Flashes the ability to make great run support plays determining angles, formed tackles as well as quickly identifying the play. Not a high energy safety displaying inconsistencies lowering his value on the field. Will have to be more aggressive whistle-to-whistle. McDaniels is not playing up to his potential in college right now and will be exploited in the NFL.. Can develop in coverage but I don’t believe he will ever be great if he is turned around trying to match an assignment step for step. Discipline/instincts are highly questionable: out of place in deep coverage on multiple occasions, can bite very hard on play action.
Games Viewed: North Carolina, Florida St.
Projection: 60-80 (Overall)
Mark Ingram (Junior, Alabama, 5’10 215)
Low-cut runner with good frame for his height. Short-strider who has above-average quickness and average speed for an NFL starter. Can turn the corner on a lax defense or with good blocking. Excellent vision to find the crease and exploit it, my only complaint is that when there is no crease inside Ingram sometimes sells himself short and goes inside for 2 despite opportunities off-tackle. Has excellent creativity 1v1, with his strength, balance, and elusiveness he has a variety of ways to beat the defender in space. Consistently falls forward for extra yardage. Good hands and blocking in limited observations. Ingram’s combination of balance and vision makes him a very productive inside runner when there is blocking, and I think he will continue to bring that quality to the NFL. However, the lack of elite speed hinders his ability to create on the outside without good blocking. I think Ingram could be an excellent NFL RB if he has an offensive line capable of generating a crease consistently, but he is not the rare back capable of fixing a bad running game by himself.
Games Viewed: LSU, Florida
Projection: 10-30 (First Round)
Ryan Williams (Sophomore, Virginia Tech, 5-10, 210 lbs)
A physically smaller but well proportioned running back who runs with a low pad level and shows the toughness to get extra yards. Some of the best acceleration I have seen from a back: able to start and stop on a dime. Possess elite balance enabling him to make very impressive lateral cuts. Great flexibility in his lower body. Willing to put his nose into a defender’s chest in pass pro but small frame will limit his effectiveness. Will be a threat in the passing games as he has good hands for a back. Occasionally struggles to find a hole and explode through it. Routes will need improvement as he lacks the effort to create separation on a consistent basis. Will lack the power to run over defenders but still an inside threat. Overall a fairly complete back for his young age. Injuries are a concern as he has struggled to stay healthy. *Note: Plays in a three back system. I believe there are two things worth thinking about: 1) Why doesn’t he win out for more playing time? 2) He does not have the wear and tear that some senior feature backs might have coming out of college.
Games Viewed: Florida St.
Projection: 16-32 (Overall)
DeMarco Murray (Senior, Oklahoma, 6-0, 215 lbs)
Great frame with the mentality to compete in the NFL. Does a good job keeping his feet moving after contact fighting for extra yardage. Demands a lot of attention as a receiving threat as he has experience lining up out wide running short routes in Oklahoma’s offense. Great effort in pass pro and physical enough to be successful. Shows elite vision and patients. Very dangerous in space as he often makes the first defender miss. Converts a ton of first downs both on the ground and in the air. Excellent at finding the soft spot in defenses as a check down back. Lacks explosion in acceleration. Fluid athlete who is a long strider without much of a lateral threat because he doesn’t change direction quickly. Tends to run high although at contact he usually lowers his pads. Lacks a true punch as a runner.
Games Viewed: Oklahoma St.
Projection: 33-64 (Overall)