Stephen Hill blew the doors off the combine.
Originally Posted by lklrlolnlilklsox
Arms: 33’ 3/8”
Forty: 4.30 & 4.31 (NFL says official time was 4.36)
Bench: 14 reps
Caught the ball well all day and ran the gauntlet strong also had a diving deep route. Mayock mentioned that he had not looked at his tape, but this guy could be screaming up the draft boards.
This guy looks different physically then everyone in the drills.
Stephen Hill, the physical ability is ridiculous and he caught the ball well and came out of the breaks well.
Michael Floyd, the 4.47 was a great run for him and caught the ball well.
Marvin Jones, good tests and caught the ball well.
Brian Quick, 4.5 is a good time and caught the ball more consistently.
Rueben Randle, did not run as well as I had hoped, but he caught the ball well in the drafts.
Kendall Wright, 4.61 has to be wrong, but he did look quick in the drills and caught the ball.
Justin Blackmon, sore hammy my ass and he did not catch is as well as I thought he would.
Mohammed Sanu, was slow and double caught a number of passes.
Alshon Jeffery, doesn't run , doesn't catch does he not know what is happening to his stock.
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To me it's a given that we take a DE/Pass Rusher if there's one to take. Great if Perry drops but if not is Ingram good enough to take at that spot. The NFP mocks have him ranked farther done the line as a 3-4 LB.
Originally Posted by lklrlolnlilklsox
And if Perry doesn't fall to us at #19 would you take Floyd or Glenn? Floyd's time was better than expected but Combine time a game speed are two different things. To me there are still questions surrounding the guy and he's unlikely to contribute much in his rookie year. Glenn on the other hand represents a chance to draft a dominant lineman who could play inside or out.
I realize that OG is not our biggest need right now but as I've said Spencer is only signed through 2012 and Garza through 2014. Even if CWill wraps up the LG spot we'll need to be looking for inside help by next year. Tough to pass a guy like Glenn up when we play four games a years against guys like Raji and Suh and will for the foreseeable future.
I'd much rather see us get Perry but if he doesn't fall and we pick at #19 in this case I have to go with Windy's thoughts and my own. You never pass up a potentially great lineman if he's sitting there. This offense still needs to be built from the inside out and I think we can get a vet to meet current needs and a WR in two who won't offer much less if any less than what Floyd does. JMO
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AS GOOD AS GONE (10)
Justin Blackmon*, WR, Oklahoma State: 6 feet, 207 pounds. Powerful intermediate to deep receiver who caught 111 passes in 2010 and 121 in '11. "He does not have the physical ability, size or strength that Dez Bryant has," said one scout, comparing Blackmon to his former collegiate teammate now with Dallas. "Dez Bryant is a freak. Blackmon is No. 1. Good player." Started 25 of 36 games, finishing with 252 receptions for 3,564 yards (14.1) and 40 TDs. "Only thing I would question is his height and how fast he is," another scout said. "He's very competitive. He's aggressive. He fights to the ball. Strong hands. Really strong after the catch."
Matt Kalil*, T, Southern California: 6-6½, 306. Two-year starter at LT. "He could be the second or third pick in the draft," one scout said. "He is very technically sound. Very athletic. He will need a little bit of strength in his lower body. He's an effortless pass blocker. He's not going to blow you away with power, but he's so good at just gaining position with quickness and just sustaining." His brother, Ryan, played for the Trojans and now plays for Carolina, where he is the NFL's highest-paid center. "I think he's overrated," another scout said. "I felt the same way about Sam Baker when he came out of there, too. He's like (Bryan) Bulaga but not as good. Bulaga is tough and strong and all that. This guy is not even strong. I don't know what the deal is with all these people saying how great he is."
Riley Reiff*, T, Iowa: 6-6, 313. Latest in a long line of offensive linemen developed by Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz. "Just another one of those Iowa guys," one scout said. "Solid. Probably more of a true tackle than (Robert) Gallery, who had to move to guard. More of a left tackle. He's young and still filling out his body. He can come in and play early." Three-year starter. "This guy can pass block better than Bulaga, and I like Bulaga a lot," another scout said. "Bulaga is more physical. That's the only thing."
Andrew Luck*, QB, Stanford: 6-4, 234. "He's the best I've done (scouted)," said one scout with almost two decades of experience in personnel.
"He's got it all and can do it all. He has no flaws. Smart. Winner. Productive. Decisions. Runs the offense. Got nobody playing with him. The receivers were 5-9 and run 4.8. The defense has no athletes on it. He carried that team." Three-year starter with an NFL passer rating of 111.9. "He is a Matt Ryan-type player," another scout said. "He can't carry the team on his shoulders, but he's a really good manager. His arm isn't even close to Aaron Rodgers' and he doesn't have Aaron's feet. He's smart, competitive, tough. His teammates love him. The media has put so much pressure on this kid. It's unbelievable. They've basically anointed him Jesus Christ."
Robert Griffin*, QB, Baylor: 6-2½, 223. "He's phenomenal," one scout said. "He's going to need technique work and fundamentals. I have no problem about that. But you cannot lose the fact that he's got feet, touch downfield with accuracy, a strong arm. He's charismatic and smart as (expletive)." Played and started all four years, but had his '09 season cut short by a knee injury requiring reconstructive surgery. Finished with an NFL passer rating of 110.1. "He cannot play quarterback," another scout said. "He's just running around winging it. He has no idea how to play quarterback. He's got no vision. He's got no accuracy. No touch. Anything you look for in an NFL quarterback, he doesn't have it. You want him to run around and throw the ball and just keep running, he can do that. He's (Michael) Vick, but not as good a thrower."
Trent Richardson*, RB, Alabama: 5-11, 225. Backed up Mark Ingram for two seasons before exploding for 1,679 yards (5.9) and 21 TDs in 2011. "Two years ago when Ingram won the Heisman, people at Alabama laughed behind the scenes saying, 'Ingram isn't even the best player in his own backfield,' " one scout said. "And Ingram is a nice player. But Richardson is big-time. He is probably the most complete player in this draft. Every superlative that you could put on him he's got." Regarded as a mature person and a tremendous worker. "He immediately changes your team," another scout said. "From whatever it is to a tough team. Because he's a tough guy. He's the total package. Pass protects. Everything."
Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina: 6-5½, 284. Talented and versatile enough to play any D-line position in any scheme. "At the Senior Bowl nobody could (expletive) block him," one scout said. "He's such a smooth, fluid-moving guy. Sometimes it comes so easy to him, maybe he gets bored. He can do anything he wants." Production and effort appeared to wane as a senior. Labeled a "complete underachiever" in 2011 by another scout. "You want to like him, but I don't think he plays the run real well," a third scout said. "He will go in the first, but he scares me. There's a lot of things that I don't trust about those (North Carolina) guys."
Luke Kuechly*, ILB, Boston College: 6-3, 242. Three-year starter with whopping production (532 tackles, including 35½ for loss, and seven interceptions). "Kuechly has a natural nose for the ball," one scout said. "He can play all three downs." Compared by scouts to Paul Posluszny, Barrett Ruud and Sean Lee. Not as big as James Laurinaitis. "Tackle to tackle guy who can run a little bit and cover a little bit," another scout said. "He makes plays. He finds the ball. Just a solid, undersized kind of guy."
Morris Claiborne*, CB, Louisiana State: 6-0, 185. Seldom played as a true freshman, then intercepted five passes opposite Patrick Peterson in 2010 and picked six more in '11. "I think he's a good player but, man, I know a lot of top-10 corners that were better than him," one scout said. "I don't think he'll be a flop. He's got excellent ball skills and good speed. He's a solid cornerback in the NFL." Peterson's exceptional work on returns puts him above Claiborne. "He's athletic as hell," another scout said. "Sudden. Fast. Will hit."
Dre Kirkpatrick*, CB, Alabama: 6-2½, 190. Another two-year starter with three interceptions. "He's the toughest of all the corners coming out this year," one scout said. "Looks like he can run." Was arrested for marijuana possession in January, but the charge was dropped. "He's going to (expletive) you off because he's such a freelancer," another scout said. "That's kind of his persona. To do that you'd better be Deion Sanders. Claiborne's upside isn't as big as Kirkpatrick's. Claiborne is more well-rounded."
PROBABLY GONE (10)
David DeCastro*, G, Stanford: 6-5, 316. Three-year starter. "He will start and play 12 years, make a couple Pro Bowls, that kind of guy," one scout said. "Everything you want in a guard, he's got it." Often compared to G Mike Iupati, the 49ers' first-round pick in 2010. "Iupati was more flexible, but they have the same demeanor," another scout said. "Try to grab you and kill you. He's stiff, smart and very tough. I would be hesitant taking him in the first because I don't think he can play tackle."
Peter Konz*, C, Wisconsin: 6-5, 314. Two scouts said he wasn't as good of a prospect as the Jets' Nick Mangold or the Steelers' Maurkice Pouncey. "He's a notch below those guys, but he's pretty good," one scout said. "He can pull and do all those things. He gun snaps. He's not a real physical guy. I shouldn't say that. He's good enough. But he doesn't blow people off the ball. He's probably more athletic than (Kevin) Zeitler. This kid can probably play guard, too." Three-year starter. Suffered a broken ankle late in the season and won't work out until pro day. "He moves OK, not great," another scout said. "He's not a first-round pick. He could probably start (immediately)." Added a third scout: "He's got good size, and that's rare right now. Good, solid player."
Melvin Ingram, DE-OLB, South Carolina: 6-1, 264. Played almost every D-line and LB position. "He's a little guy that's not explosive," one scout said. "I don't know where you play him. He's OK. He's not that good of an athlete." Played extensively off the bench for three seasons before starting as a senior. "If you line him up as an end in a 4-3 he's going to get blocked a lot," one scout said. "Outside backer in a 3-4 is probably the best starting point for him. He's got good temperament. He will bring something to your team from a toughness-intangible (standpoint). Is he an elite pass rusher? Absolutely not. Is he an elite run-down defender? Absolutely not. But he's a good football player who has to move around and play a bunch of different positions. A creative coach like (Bill) Belichick could do something with this guy." Finished with 21½ sacks.
Fletcher Cox*, DT, Mississippi State: 6-4, 298. Started two of his three seasons, finishing with 8½ sacks. "He's probably a pure 4-3 DT who can give you reps at DE," one scout said. "He's got the athletic ability to be a better pass rusher in the future than his numbers have indicated so far." Nicknamed "The Beast." Said another scout: "Guy can run all day. He's explosive, strong hands, good hips. He's country. He's hard. He looooves football."
Michael Brockers*, DT, Louisiana State: 6-7, 322. Played just two seasons before renouncing his final two years of eligibility. "Cox is a quicker-twitch guy than Brockers," one scout said. "Brockers can play 3-4 end or 4-3 DT. He's probably a little stouter against the run than Cox. Cox is probably a better athlete." Finished with two sacks. "He's a young kid and the light is just starting to go on," another scout said. "He hasn't even touched his ceiling yet. He's very powerful. He's a really good two-gapper. Occasionally, he's got a little bit of pass rush. Vonnie Holliday was a better athlete. This kid is bigger."
Dontari Poe*, NT, Memphis: 6-4, 346. Finished with five sacks in 35 games (30 starts). "He's probably the most athletic D-lineman in this draft over 300 pounds," one scout said. "He is phenomenally gifted with athleticism. He's not fat at all. Different level of competition. He has flashes of dominance. He's a well-spoken kid." Prototypical space-eater. "He has ability, OK?" another scout said. "I wouldn't say he can't move. You have to understand, that was a poor, poor team. That lad had very little help."
Devon Still, DT, Penn State: 6-5, 303. Built in imposing fashion a la Justin Harrell. "He has a lot of talent, but he's up and down," one scout said. "I don't understand that. I don't think it's lack of effort. He fits the 5-technique (DE in a 3-4), what you want them to look like." Two-year starter with 10½ sacks. Art Still, his uncle, was a Pro Bowl DE for Kansas City in the 1980s. "He's a flash player," another scout said. "But down in, down out, he's a developmental guy."
Dont'a Hightower*, ILB-OLB, Alabama: 6-2, 265. Played ILB in the Crimson Tide's base 3-4 but often put his hand down and rushed on passing downs. "Does he flash big-time plays?" one scout said. "Yeah, he does. Does he dominate like a guy 6-3, 265 should? Not on a consistent basis." Blew out his knee in Game 4 of 2009 and, according to some scouts, has yet to play back to his old form. "He's got the ability of the guy the Raiders took (Rolando McClain)," another scout said. "Some people don't know how tough he is. The knock on him is if he really inserts. But he is strong. I've seen him take his hand and just stand up guards." He tried to power rush tackles and ended up with five sacks. "He's capable of playing outside (linebacker)," a third scout said. "He can do anything you ask him to do."
Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama: 6-1½, 272. Projects as an OLB in a 3-4 or a strong-side LB in a 4-3. "The only reason Upshaw could go ahead of Ingram is because Upshaw actually played up and down and Ingram played all over the place," one scout said. "I don't think Upshaw was really outstanding in the Senior Bowl. I thought he was just ordinary. He's very physical, but he gets cut a lot. That's because he's stiff." Two-year starter with 16½ sacks. "(People) think he's Cornelius Bennett and he's not," another scout said. "He's a good, tough, nasty college football player that I think will get blocked a lot in the NFL." Scored just 9 on the 50-question Wonderlic intelligence test. "He's just a tough (expletive)," a third scout said. "He's really not a burn the edge guy. He is not fast. He's built like a fire hydrant. Maybe a 3-4 team will take him in the first."
Mark Barron, S, Alabama: 6-1½, 223. Three-year starter. "He's a plug-in and play starting safety from Day One," one scout said. "Of all the Alabama guys, Trent Richardson and Mark Barron are the two most dependable guys. You know what you're getting. There is no question about it. He can play deep safety and down in the box as a dime cover guy on the tight end or back out of the backfield. He's a good blitzer and good in run support." Finished with 12 interceptions. "For a big, tall guy he can break down," another scout said. "He's not Troy Polamalu. There's 25 guys in this draft better than Barron."
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Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor: 5-10, 196. Four-year starter. "Fast, explosive," one scout said. "He's a dynamic guy with the ball in his hands. More explosive than Greg Jennings. Not as fluid." Finished with 302 catches for 4,004 (13.3) and 30 TDs.
Rueben Randle*, WR, Louisiana State: 6-3, 210. Deep threat on the weak side. "He didn't have Matt Flynn or JaMarcus Russell throwing to him," one scout said. "He had Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee. He's a very good athlete trapped in a very poor passing attack." Finished with just 97 catches for 1,634 (16.8) and 13 TDs. "Huge upside," another scout said. "He really came on this year. He's a faster guy."
Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame: 6-3, 220. "He's a tall guy and makes plays," one scout said. "He won't run extremely well." Four-year starter with 271 catches for 3,686 (13.6) and 37 TDs. Involved in three alcohol-related incidents that worries some teams. "He drank, he got popped and he's remorseful now," another scout said. "I don't think it will happen again. When you talk to him you like the kid."
Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State: 6-3½, 220. Three-year starter with 202 catches for 3,418 (16.9) and 31 TDs. "He made a lot of big-time catches for App State," one scout said. "He's a big guy who will catch. There's only one problem I have. When he played against Florida and Georgia he didn't do anything." Also scored just 8 on the Wonderlic test.
Alshon Jeffery*, WR, South Carolina: 6-3, 216. Highly effective in the red zone. "Excellent hands and just an outstanding athlete," one scout said. "Big and physical. He will be a definite No. 2 and he has No. 1 potential." Finished with 183 catches for 3,042 (16.6) and 23 TDs. "He plays the game really hard, but he doesn't do anything else hard," another scout said. "He thinks he's entitled. I don't think he trains well."
Mohamed Sanu*, WR, Rutgers: 6-2, 211. Versatile receiver who plays faster than he times. Showed up at the combine 15 pounds lighter than expected, pleasing some scouts. "Great hands," one scout said. "He's a strong run after the catch guy. He will run fast enough." Three-year starter with 210 catches for 2,263 (10.8) and 12 TDs.
Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford: 6-6, 247. Probably the best of a weak class of tight ends. "He's Todd Heap," one scout said. "He will run 4.51. He's awesome. He could go late first or early second. He has a history of back issues that must be checked." Four-year player with 96 catches for 1,543 (16.1) and 18 TDs. "More of an athlete," another scout said. "Not a blocker. Straight line. Got great hands. He wasn't even the best (tight end) on their team."
Jonathan Martin*, T, Stanford: 6-5, 312. Comparable athletically to Matt Kalil and Riley Reiff, according to one scout. "Smart and competitive," the scout said. "Definitely has to get stronger. The guy from USC (Nick Perry) wore him out. That's what bothers me." Three-year starter at LT in a pro offense. "He's a project," another scout said. "He's big and has some short-area athletic ability. But he's not strong, not tough, doesn't give very good effort. He gets beat a lot."
Bobby Massie*, T, Mississippi: 6-6, 316. Surprised some teams by declaring a year early. "Nobody went to Ole Miss to watch Bobby Massie this year," one scout said. "Nobody knows who he is, but he's going to rise up the charts. He played right tackle there but he has good feet and could end up being a left tackle." Started 29 of 37 games. "Massie isn't as physical as Derek Sherrod, but he's a pretty good pass blocker," another scout said. "There's something missing. He's not a killer. That bothers me a little bit, but I do like his ability."
Mike Adams, T, Ohio State: 6-7, 323. Played just nine games his first two seasons because of injuries and then sat out first five games of 2011 on an NCAA suspension. "He has first-round ability, but I don't trust him," one scout said. "He's got talent and is immense, but he really isn't strong." Gargantuan hands (11 inches). "He played left tackle and can be a right tackle," another scout said. "He actually can play guard. He's got upside." Scouts have major reservations about his character.
Amini Silatolu, G, Midwestern State: 6-4, 311. Junior-college player who ended up having to play two years at Division II Midwestern State, located in Wichita Falls, Texas. "He's one of the most intriguing guys at the position," one scout said. "Dominating at his level. Talented. Big. Flexible." Compared by one scout to Larry Allen, who played at Sonoma State (Calif.) before building a Hall of Fame career for Dallas. "Yeah, but I wouldn't say he's as physical as Larry Allen was," the scout said. "Probably not the brightest bulb on the tree, but he's a pretty good player. Now he's blocking
Division II guys, not Division I guys. And then he was supposed to play in the Senior Bowl but didn't." Quiet, withdrawn personality.
Cordy Glenn, G-T, Georgia: 6-5½, 345. Four-year starter. "He's not a left tackle," one scout said. "But he may be the first guard to go. If you watch him at guard, once guys get on him they don't get off. Inside, he does have feet." Doesn't always play hard. "I think he can play tackle, but there is no way I'd draft him in the first or second round," another scout said. "He has ability but he's got to watch his weight. He's got talent, but in the Senior Bowl I thought he looked bad at guard. He waist-bends."
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M: 6-4, 221. Played under coaches Mike Sherman and Tom Rossley, starting 25 of 49 games after being redshirted as a freshman. "He's got some flashes of brilliance," said one scout. "His arm is average. He made stupid decisions in critical situations that hurt him." Aggies blew leads in all six defeats this season and then the coaches were fired. "He killed himself with all those late-game collapses," another scout said. "A lot of it wasn't his fault, but you want him to win those games to cement himself. But he's got ability."
David Wilson*, RB, Virginia Tech: 5-10, 206. Three-year player with just 16 starts in 40 games. "He's a tough, downhill guy who weighs 200 pounds," one scout said. "He can catch. He's not afraid to block, but who's he going to block? I just worry about his size and durability. He's had the pleasure of playing in back of two other backs last year so he didn't get beat up all the time." Rushed for 953 yards in his first two seasons before exploding for 1,709 in 2011.
Whitney Mercilus*, DE, Illinois: 6-4, 261. Didn't become a starter until 2011 and then broke out with 16 sacks. "He's a teaser," one scout said. "I don't know why he came out. He looks like a 4-3 DE to me. He doesn't do anything special." Trying to provide for his Haitian immigrant parents. "I think there's a degree of stiffness that will limit him," another scout said. "He's got the measurables and production. I just want to see him move like an athlete."
Nick Perry*, DE, Southern California: 6-3, 271. Played with his hand down for the Trojans unlike Clay Matthews, who almost always played standing up. Some scouts think he can play LB and others don't. "He's an undersized 4-3 DE," one scout said. "He's not as powerful as Trent Cole. He tries to finesse his way around guys." Two-year starter with 21½ sacks. "He wore out Stanford's junior left tackle (Jonathan Martin)," another scout said. "He and Clay Matthews didn't play the same way. He's tall and linear built. Yeah, he can rush the passer."
Jared Crick, DE, Nebraska: 6-4, 279. Three-year starter who was lost for the season in Game 5 last fall with a torn pectoral muscle. "All about football," one scout said. "War daddy. Tough guy. Good enough athlete to play 5-technique (3-4 DE). Strong hands. Plays with pride. He's got some stiffness, but he's got enough flexibility to squeeze and control and go laterally and make plays." Finished with 20 sacks. "He does have a lot of sacks but he got a lot of them when (Ndamukong) Suh was there," another scout said. "He does play hard, I'll tell you what. This guy chases the ball all the time."
Vinny Curry, DE-OLB, Marshall: 6-3, 266.Three-year starter with 26½ sacks. "Very, very talented football player," one scout said. "He may have a chance to stand up and be an outside linebacker. He's tough. The guy plays hard." Moved around rather well at the Senior Bowl when the coaches gave him a chance to play standing up.
Jerel Worthy*, DT, Michigan State: 6-2, 308. Often compared to DT Phil Taylor, who went 21st to Cleveland last year and had a successful rookie season. "He's got a ton of ability," one scout said. "He could be first round without any question. You just worry about guys that have ability and play lazy for most of their career. Because when they make money they're usually not very good. He's that kind of guy." Three-year starter with 12 sacks. "I didn't want to like the guy," another scout said. "But you know what? Guy's a pretty good player. He needs to be more consistent, but when he turns it up he can rush the passer."
Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson: 6-2, 314. Three-year starter with 4½ sacks. "Short and square," one scout said. "Fits the 4-3 as a DT. I thought he was OK, not great. Kind of a meat and potatoes interior player." Hails from a program that seems to worry a lot of personnel people. "Those Clemson guys don't translate to the NFL very good," another scout said. "They just don't play well in the NFL."
Kendall Reyes, DT, Connecticut: 6-4, 299. Probably best-suited to play 3-technique in a 4-3. Just doesn't seem stout enough to resist the run as a 3-4 DE. "He's more of a run-around guy," one scout said. "He's a better athlete than Brandon Thompson, but Thompson is stronger. He's got great ability, but he's soft. He can't fight through adversity. When (expletive) gets tough, he can't finish it out." Started 41 of 49 games, finishing with 11½ sacks. "He's such an underachiever," another scout said. "He doesn't play up to his ability, but it's there. I think he gets overdrafted because of it."
Alameda Ta'amu, NT, Washington: 6-2½, 348. Made himself a lot of money with a terrific week at the Senior Bowl. "You can't single-block him," one scout said. "He's athletic for his size." Started 42 of 50 games, finishing with 7½ sacks. "He's very much like Paul Soliai of the Dolphins," another scout said. "He is a true space-eater. He didn't play like that (the Senior Bowl) all year. He did have a good Senior Bowl, he really did. He's got a big (expletive) and great big thick thighs on him."
Andre Branch, OLB, Clemson: 6-4, 259. Displayed major improvement as a senior when he posted 10½ of his 17½ sacks. "He's another teaser," one scout said. "He's got ability. But he's a lot of fluff is what I think." Seems capable of playing in 3-4 or 4-3 schemes. "Clemson always (expletive) me up," another scout said. "I don't trust those guys there."
Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina: 6-1, 244. Has run 40 yards in 4.45 seconds, making him the speediest LB in the draft. "Unbelievably talented player," one scout said. "Can run like the wind. Underachiever. Those guys shut it down this year. Those guys are treated with kid gloves down there." Didn't become a full-time starter until 2011 when he had 13½ tackles for loss, 5½ sacks and three interceptions. "In the Senior Bowl he was physical," another scout said. "That's the first time I ever saw that. He (usually) runs around blocks."
Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama: 5-10, 191. Three-year starter at Florida (eight interceptions) before being kicked out of school for drug and other transgressions. "It's pretty hard to get kicked out of Florida," one scout said. "That should be your first red flag. Then your second should be that he got kicked out of a game at North Alabama. Your third red flag, he's not hanging out with good people." Surfaced at North Alabama, where coach Terry Bowden collects transfers. "He's a very smooth athlete," another scout said. "Easy first round if he stays at Florida and does what he's supposed to do. You're drafting an Asante Samuel type that can catch the ball, play off coverage, smooth and fluid athlete. He hasn't proved much."
Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska: 5-10, 203. "He can press and play off," one scout said. "He needs to get a little stronger. He plays the game fast. He's got consistent speed. He doesn't hand-eye track like athletes do." Three-year starter with only four interceptions. "He can do everything, but he's short," another scout said. "I have a hard time with that."
Stephon Gilmore*, CB, South Carolina: 6-1, 195. Started all 39 games of his three-year career, intercepting eight passes. "He looks good," one scout said. "Wish he was a little better tackler. I got a few questions about him, but I'd take him over Jenkins without even a blink." Mentored by Sheldon Brown, a cornerback for Philadelphia and Cleveland. "Good size, very good athlete and can cover," another scout said. "He didn't have a great year this year, but he's a definite second if not first round."
Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia: 6-0, 187. His father, Frank, was a rugged little press CB for the Browns for nine years. "Other than Claiborne he's probably the smartest of all of them as far as instincts and awareness," one scout said. "I scouted his dad. He could possibly go first round. Depends how he runs." Played extensively for four seasons and intercepted 13 passes. "He's a consummate professional," another scout said. "He's an ideal Cover 2 corner. He kind of plays the game like his dad did. Speed, or lack thereof, will be his issue."
Cliff Harris*, CB, ex-Oregon: 5-10, 180. Kicked off the team in early December after being cited for marijuana possession. He already had been suspended at the time of his arrest. "He's at the combine and he will run 4.4," one scout said. "He may have the best ball-tracking skills of anybody in the draft. He's very gifted athletically. Very gifted punt returner. He's a very talented football player, but he's just freaking immature."
Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame: 6-1½, 212. "He represents the leprechaun in the shiny gold helmet," one scout said. "His dad is a plastic surgeon. He's pretty good." Started mostly at LB for two years before starting the final two years at safety. "He's tough and very smart," another scout said. "He will be a little limited in some coverages. Late third round at best."
Packers draft outlook - JSOnline
4.45 hand time looked right. I was expecting a 4.5 from him because he isn't a speed burner, he makes his name off quickness and extreme burst in and out of his breaks.
Originally Posted by WindyCity
INDIANAPOLIS _ It is the most unlikely of things, but Georgia Tech may be turning into Wide Receiver U.
Of course, Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions leads the way, followed by Demaryius Thomas of the Broncos, who developed a rapport with Tim Tebow this year in Denver.
Now, another Tech wideout made a splash at the NFL Combine as receiver Stephen Hill ran a 4.30 unofficial time in the 40-yard dash, an amazing time for a receiver who stands 6-4 and weighs 215 pounds.
The oddest part, of course, is that the Yellow Jackets run a version of the option and rarely through more than 10 passes a game a lot of the time. Nonetheless, Hill's stock likely rose quite a bit on Sunday in a draft that is stocked at the receiver position.
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Stephen Hill/WR/Georgia Tech: Hill is proving he's the next big-time receiver prospect to come from the Georgia Tech program. He was super fast in the morning, moving his 215-pound frame to 40 times in the mid 4.3-second range. His broad jump of 11 feet, 1 inch was just three inches shy of the combine record. During the pass-catching segment Hill displayed terrific eye/hand coordination and consistently caught the ball with his hands as scouts demanded. Hill's route running was better than expected and he showed terrific balance in all his movements. His performance at the combine pushes Hill into the early part of Round 2.
I wonder if DeCastro would fall far enough in the first for us to trade back into it. I'm sure the Patriots would always take a 1st next year for one this year...
Also, I saw Michael Floyd ran a 4.42. The Tribune says it may push him into being the 2nd wr taken. If he is, I don't see that much of a fall after Blackmon, as someone in the top 10 will overreach for a WR...