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2012 S Rankings

April 13, 2012

Safety

Prototype in the NFL: Troy Polamalu

Best In Class

Best Frame: Antonio Allen                               Best Leader: Mark Barron

Best Run Stopper: Winston Guy                      Best Long Speed: Trent Robinson

Best Ball Skills: Tramain Thomas                     Best Hitter: Markelle Martin

Best Hips: Tavon Wilson                                   Best Instincts: Mark Barron

1. Mark BarronAlabama #4 6’1 213 Sr.

Comparison: Smaller, faster Darren Woodson

Background: Played in all 14 games as a true freshman in ’08. 1st team SEC and 3rd team All American in ’09. 1st team SEC in ’10 and 2nd team All American in ’10. 1st team SEC and 1st team All American in ’11.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

66

1

5

0

5

2

0

2010

75

2

3

1

6

3

0

2009

74

0.5

3.5

1

11

7

1

2008

16

1.5

1.5

0

0

0

0

Combine: Didn’t do any drills at the combine disappointingly but did measure the 2nd longest arms of the 58 DBs.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

6010

213

33.63

 

 

 

 

 

 

53.9

 

Notes: Had 75 tackles and 3 ints and was considered the MVP of the Alabama D by many. Tore his pectoral muscle against Auburn and will miss the bowl game. Surprisingly returned for the 2011 season even though he was the highest rated S in the draft. Wore black jersey (no contact) during spring game showing the team was still worried about his injury. Did have a 99 yd fumble recovery return for a TD in the game. Enters the 2011 season ranked #28 on my Big Board. In the 2011 Penn St. game he had a great play crashing the box extremely quickly and showing elite short area power as he avoided a WR block and 1 or 2 steps later planted the RB on his back with a big hit (0:10 1st), good coverage but still allowed first down completion on 3rd and 8 (5:35 2nd), very good speed on help for Menzies reading the play and hitting WR right after he caught it (13:30 3rd), outstanding hands and instincts to undercut WR Derek Moye’s post route for picture perfect jumping int with both hands (2:20 3rd), called for a questionable personal foul on a late hit that he tried to pull up on (10:06 4th), great job pulling off his man to nearly pick off the quick slant of another WR (3:22 4th). Once again showed why I think he is the best safety in the country as his ball skills are elite, his speed is above average, his hitting ability is above average, and everything you hear about him is that he is a leader and a consummate professional 9/19/11. In the 2011 LSU game #2 he was completely non-existent.

Tape: 2011 Alabama Spring Practice (sat out),Penn St.,Auburn,Florida, LSU #1, LSU #2

Overall: Barron is that rare player who has been the best at his position for multiple years before going pro. That consistency is probably the thing I like the most about him as I graded him as a 2nd rounder in ’09 and a 1st rounder in ’10 and ’11. He’s a guy who has no weaknesses as he’s good against the run, good in man coverage, good in zone coverage, has good instincts, has good ball skills, is a big hitter, is a leader, and is a professional. Unfortunately he lacks the elite speed of an Eric Berry or the elite size/speed ratio of a Sean Taylor so he isn’t deserving of a top 10 grade and he might settle into a career as only a very good starter. Yet he still gets a very high grade by me b/c he’s the rare player that has no holes and will be a 12 year starter for someone at a very high level. Their frames aren’t very similar but he reminds me of Darren Woodson in the way he leads his teammates and carries himself on and off the field with the comparison making even more sense as Woodson was never the best in the NFL at his position but a very good one for a long time. Mark should make a Pro Bowl or two but when comparing him to previous top safeties he comes up a bit short. I question whether he ever becomes a star but some team will take him in the first 15-25 picks and be happy with him as they can play him at SS or FS and watch him make plays for the next decade. A borderline star at a non-value position gives him a Top 20 grade as my #1 S 3/20/12.

2. Harrison Smith Notre Dame #3 6’1 7/8 213 Sr.

Comparison:

Background: Redshirted in ’07. 9/13 in ’08 (had 2 fake punts for 58 yds). 12/12 in ’09 (6 SS, 6 OLB). 13/13 in ’10 at SS earning ESPN All Bowl Team. 13/13 at SS in ’11.

Stats: Independent

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

90

0

3

1

10

0

0

2010

91

0

1

0

7

7

0

2009

69

0

6.5

1

5

0

0

2008

57

3.5

8.5

0

7

0

0

Combine: False start in 40 twice. Had a good 40 official time wise (4.57) but looked bad as he was everywhere and he definitely wasn’t running normal nearly falling down at the end trying to extend his head out to the finish line. High in backpedal and average on turn in backpedal, turn and run drill. Smooth for a safety in backpedal but basket caught ball on backpedalling corner route drill. Solid in backpedal and had nice highpoint of ball but did double catch it on backpedalling corner route drill. Good explosion on flat route drill. No drops in multi catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

6017

213

32.63

4.57

19

34

1002

4.12

6.63

95

 

                         

Notes: Had a great ’10 Sun Bowl vs. Miami with 3 ints (2 of them leaping ints) to go along with 4 ints during the regular season. Has very good size and mobility as well as elite production making him an intriguing prospect. Has a redshirt available if he wants it so he might return to school for a 5th year.  Enters the 2011 season ranked #34 on my Big Board. Returning for 2011 season. Named captain for the 2011 season with it being his 2nd straight selection. Facemask penalty chasing down WR but showing very good speed (3:35 1st), facemask penalty again on the very next play! (3:17 1st). In the 2011 Michigan game had a good tackle on QB Denard Robinson but he was closed off and didn’t have a full head of steam (9:50 3rd), poor adjustment on 30 yd underthrown jumpball vs. WR Junior Hemingway who got it despite double coverage (4:50 4th). In the 2011 USC game he had a big hit on WR Robert Woods after he spun off another tackler really laying a hit (8:00 1st), big hit on RB Mark Tyler after he got held up in pile, gave poor help to CB on deep post that nearly was TD as it was overthrown, huge hit on undersized RB Curtis McNeal as he crashed the box and hit him then flipped him over onto his back almost wrestling style (11:44 4th). He had a great game really lighting people up and flying around the field. In the 2011 Florida St. game I never once noticed him. 3rd round 1/17/12. Senior Bowl: Day 3: Tight cov but allowed out vs. TE Michael Egnew. In the 2011 Senior Bowl Game: Got start in game, never noticed him. Was solid though not that noticeable at the Senior Bowl. Out of the 6 safeties he was #1.

Tape: 2011: Spring Practice, South Florida,Michigan, USC,Florida St.

Overall: Harrison Smith is the classic example of a solid player that every team in the NFL tries to convince themselves is a future star simply because there is such a lack of talent at the position in that specific draft. I do agree there is a pretty big dropoff from Smith to the #3 S in this draft class but history shows that the only teams that push a player up their board due to a scarcity at the position are teams that consistently underachieve. I like Smith as he’s tall, strong, has long arms, okay ball skills (more on that later) and is an underrated athlete. He’s underrated because he’s white and a white player in an NFL secondary is rarely seen but in 5 of the 6 drills (vertical was exception) he was in the top half among the 58 DBs at the Combine. Yet while I like him as a future solid starter at SS I highly doubt he has any Pro Bowl potential and am shocked that conversation now is about whether or not he sneaks into the late 1st round. In 3 of Harrison’s 4 seasons he had 0 interceptions. In numerous games of his I scouted he seemed to lack the pure speed to get over from his CF spot to help out his overmatched CBs. At the combine he officially ran a 4.57 40. These are not attributes of a playmaking 1st round safety at all! At the combine Mike Mayock said that his 40 time was pretty good. It wasn’t and only looks good in this safety class but let’s compare him to the 1st round safeties of the past 5 drafts for a second to see how he matches up. There have been 8 safeties taken in the first round the past 5 years (Berry, Thomas, Delma, Phillips, Landry, Griffen, Nelson, Merriweather). 1 of those safeties ran in the 4.3s (Landry), 6 of those safeties ran in the 4.4s, and 1 of those safeties (Delma) ran in the 4.5s. Before any Harrison supporters get their hopes up, Louis Delma’s 40 time was 4.51. So the slowest 40 time of any safety taken in the 1st round the past 5 years is dramatically faster than Harrison’s time yet we are supposed to buy that his 40 was a good time? I don’t as I think he’s a solid athlete but that’s it, solid. What’s worse though is that he would have needed to put up jaw dropping Combine numbers to warrant any 1st round consideration in my opinion because he’s a SS who might not have the versatility to play FS in a league that is slowly killing away the SS position. Also the fact that he went pickles 3 of his 4 years makes any reference to Smith as a ballhawk absolutely absurd. Take away one game, 2010 bowl game vs. Miami where he had 3 picks, and he averaged 1 pick a year for his career. I like Smith as he’s a tough, hard hitting SS with good range who has solid hands and solid athleticism. He will be a solid starting SS in the NFL. Yet nothing I just wrote the past two sentences would make me even consider spending a 1st rounder on the kid. Stars are drafted in the 1st round and solid starters are drafted in the 3rd round. Early 3rd round as my #2 S 3/10/12.

3. Antonio Allen SouthCarolina #26 6’1 ½ 210 Sr.

Background: Played the hybrid (spur) position WLB/SS. 2nd team SEC in 2011.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

88

1

9.5

4

2

3

1

2010

69

2.5

10.5

2

4

1

1

2009

35

0

0

0

2

0

0

2008

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Wild in backpedal, turn and run drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

6014

210

32.5

4.67

17

34

910

4.25

7.02

71.4

 

Notes: In the 2011 Georgia game had a nice int jumping route to pick six QB Aaron Murray-showed nice speed on long strides for the TD (1:55 3rd). Plays DB and LB at times for the team. In the 2011 Nebraska game he had good tackle in hole coming from edge, missed tackle in space vs. RB Rex Burkhead. He was very quiet in this game. Hesitatingly giving 7th round 1/21/12. Senior Bowl: Day 2: 1×1: Good long jam vs. WR Jeff Fuller getting him way behind on route for INC, small separation vs. TE Ledarius Green on out. Day 3: 1×1: Good strong jam on WR Joe Adams getting into his body and doing surprisingly well running with him on 9 route giving only small separation on ball thrown OOB anyways-very long arms. In the 2011 Senior Bowl Game: Got start in game, sucked in on play action allowing 8 yd out by TE Brian Linthicum but did look faster than him catching up to him quickly, raced up and barely missed huge hit on RB on inside run, looked extremely tight hipped trying to tackle WR Devier Posey in space-when play is in front of him I like him but he can get juked, strong tackle on RB Doug Martin after 12 yds in space, solid tackle in space on Martin-such a long safety. Out of the 6 S he was #3 and neck and neck with Iloka for #2 (Smith, Iloka).

Tape: 2011: Georgia, Senior Bowl Practices and Game

Overall: Allen is a long lean athlete who has been a very productive player the past two years (157 tackles, 20 TFL, 6 FF, 6 PBU, 4 INT, 2 TD) in the SEC. He plays the “spur” for the gamecocks which is a hybrid S/LB rover type and is perfectly fit for it. He is definitely a SS in the NFL and will struggle if given too many coverage responsibilities but surprised me with his ball skills and was very solid at the Senior Bowl. What excites me the most is that he makes plays whether it be FF, INT, or TFL and is one of the few players in this draft at the S position that combines athleticism and production. He won’t be able to play CF and can’t be left one on one against top level TEs but in a zone scheme or if brought up to play in the box he will be very good. He isn’t a future ball hawk but as a SS he has better speed and ball skills than many and his big hits, experience in the SEC, and penchant for the big play makes me intrigued. 3rd round as my #3 S 3/15/12.

4. Tramain Thomas Arkansas #5 5’11 ¾ 192 Sr.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

91

0

2.5

1

6

5

0

2010

83

0.5

5

4

5

4

0

2009

32

0

1

1

0

3

1

2008

28

0

2

0

2

0

0

Pro Day: 3/6/12

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

5116

192

 

4.51

10

38.5

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: In the ’10 Sugar Bowl vs. Ohio St. had a good pbu on 15 yd out showing great speed and leaping ability (9:01 1st), allowed 43 yd TD to DeVier Posey on a great catch-had very good coverage (2:00 2nd) and had huge FF on Dan Harron’s 4th and 1 dive over the pile (5:58 4th). In the 2011 Texas A&M game he showed his average speed unable to run up and tackle RB Christine Michael and then turning and unable to gain any ground on 48 yd TD (12:50 1st), good hard hit semi body slamming WR Jeff Fuller on 10 yd WR screen (10:40 1st), went right through Fuller’s block for easy TFL on Michael as he got handoff (2:05 1st), good flip of Michael on run but came +10 yds downfield (13:35 2nd). In the 2011 Tennessee game he had a spectacular jumping one handed int near sidelines that was reminiscent of Coryell Judy’s INT in the 2011 Cotton Bowl-said he didn’t get his foot down in bounds (14:54 2nd), great INT on the goal line jumping in front of open WR in middle of field after he came off his guy seeing the QBs eyes for pick at 1 yd line at the end of the half that helped set up the blowout (0:26 2nd), beat for +30 yd catch and run by WR Da’Rick Rogers unable to catch him showing inferior speed (10:00 3rd). 5th round 1/17/12. Moved him into the 3rd round after seeing his career numbers as he isn’t just a ballhawk (9 ints past two years) but is a tackling machine (174 tackles past 2 years) who causes turnovers with his hits as well (5 FF in past 2 years) 2/12/12. In the 2011 Kansas St. game (Cotton Bowl) he jumped for ball in coverage nearly getting it in his zone, missed tackle on short hitch getting juked for YAC, good tackle on 5 yd hitch coming off his WR to lay the wood-aggressive. A quiet game but he’s been noticeable on film most other games I’ve scouted of him. He showed better athleticism than I expected at Arkansas’ Pro Day with a 4.51 40 (call it a 4.60 adjusted-though Adams ran the exact time at combine and pro day with a 4.55) and a 38.5 vertical which would have tied him with Trenton Robinson and Sean Richardson for 2nd best among the 59 DBs at the Combine! He moves up a round with this performance as I already know he’s a playmaker and he just proved that he has legit NFL athleticism. 4th round 3/10/12.

Tape: 2011:Texas A&M, LSU,Kansas St. (Cotton Bowl)

Overall: Tramain this entire process has been moving up and down from the 3rd to the 5th round. He doesn’t have great speed and it’s noticeable on film so I at times move him down for that but then I realize the guys he can’t catch (Christine Michael, Da’Rick Rogers) are future 1st or 2nd rounders so I soften on him. Also the kid is a bonafide playmaker, which is rare in this safety class, with 174 tackles, 5 FF, and 9 INTs the past two years in the best conference in the country. It still shocks me that he’s flying so far under the radar that he wasn’t even invited to the Combine yet it didn’t matter as he surprised me again showing better overall athleticism than I expected with a vertical jump of ’38.5 that would have put him 2nd out of 59 DBs at the Combine! With his last performance he bounces back up into the 3rd round one last time and sticks there as his production, experience, ball skills, and overall athleticism should make him one of the bigger steals of this draft. Late 3rd round as my #4 S 3/10/12.

5. Markelle Martin Oklahoma St. #10 6’1 207 Sr.

Stats: Big 12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

74

0

5

2

11

0

0

2010

55

0

2

0

10

3

1

2009

46

0

0

0

11

0

0

2008

4

0

0

0

4

0

0

Combine: Never saw him in any drills-no reason given.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

6010

207

32

 

19

 

 

 

 

56.3

 

Notes: In the ’10 Valero Bowl vs. Arizona had the biggest hit I saw all bowl season on a defenseless RB check down pass-flagged b/c he led with his head (7:05 1st), had nice pbu on a route in middle of field (3:28 1st), jumped a shallow route and had a pick 6 on a 61 yard return-was very instinctive (12:45 2nd), and had horse-collar penalty but did show great speed crashing the box on off tackle play (4:34 2nd). In the 2011 Arizona game had a solid breakdown tackle in space on WR in the falt (2:48 1st), nice hit on WR to cleanup after his defender (5:15 2nd), good pbu getting one hand in front of WR at the last second to breakup short pass (10:20 3rd). In the 2011 Texas A&M game he came up with helmet stickers to honor deceased wife of assistant coach, had a nice tackle on RB Cyrus Gray for 2 yds coming hard from safety spot (5:10 2nd), huge hit at the end of the 25 yd catch vs. WR Ryan Swopes knocking his breath out (13:30 4th). In the 2011 Oklahoma game he missed RB Dominique Franks in flat allowing +10 yds YAC, solid YAC showing good instincts to see the off tackle left and meet him at edge, great instincts leaving his WR to drop back and deflect ball on 10 yd curl, missed tackle in hole on a very nice jump cut, he is a tall, fast, strong safety but is very stiff and is very much the type that needs to be going downhill to the action to be effective. 3rd round 1/17/12. Senior Bowl: Day 2: 1×1: No separation on out by TE Ledarius Green cutting it and getting pbu. Day 3: 1×1: Poor hips getting turned badly on good route by TE Deangelo Pederson for catch. 11×11: Good cov vs. RB Chris Rainey on dump off nearly getting pbu and would be quick tackle if for real, great coverage on one on one coverage vs. WR Dwight Jones giving no separation on 9 route for INC. In the 2011 Senior Bowl Game: Got start in game, run blocked easily by WR Brian Quick, lined up at LB basically as team was bleeding clock and made very nice TFL shooting through hole and getting shifty RB Isaiah Pead (4:00 4th).

Tape: 2011:Arizona,Texas A&M,Iowa St.,Oklahoma,Texas, Baylor, Stanford

Overall: Martin has been a fun player to watch the past few years and it will be interesting to see how he transitions to the NFL game. I can’t say it’ll be seamless as he has tight hips, average speed, and is much better at knocking a pass down than catching it yet he clearly is one of the more talented safeties in this draft and has been very productive the past two years. His ball skills are poor as he only has 3 career INTs but his instincts and burst are actually very good as seen by his 21 PBUs the past two years so he has a unique combination. I still doubt he ever will be a legit playmaker in the secondary but he has a good understanding of the passing game and often times I saw him leave his player to make a play on someone else’s. For a guy who is a big hitter and an in the box type safety he is better than most in coverage and I expect him to be a capable starter, albeit one who rarely gets more than a few INTs per year. He won’t be a playmaker but he should be a solid starter who makes the occasional big play and won’t be as big of a liability in coverage as some might think. Late 3rd round as my #5 S 3/13/12.

6. Winston Guy Kentucky #21 6’0 7/8 218 Sr.

Comparison: Shorter Robert Sands

Background: Father Winston Sr. played football at Kentucky also. 11/13 at FS in ’09. Suspended for 1st series of season opener in 2010 for violation of team rules. 2nd team SEC in 2011.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

120

1.5

14

1

2

2

0

2010

105

0

4

0

2

3

0

2009

60

1

2

0

5

0

0

2008

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Pretty raw in backpedal, turn and run drill. Messed up first time then a bit out of control 2nd time on backpedalling corner route drill but ended with very nice extended hands catch. Didn’t do measurable due to a sore groin he got a week before the Combine. Seems a little fishy to me as he also declined the Senior Bowl and some wonder if he’s trying to hide the fact that he’s slow and poor in coverage.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

6007

218

33

4.7

 

 

 

 

 

55.3

 

Notes: Had 98 tackles and 3 ints in 2010 in the regular season. Has an NFL type body with great height for a safety. Has braids coming out of his helmet. Well defined body that will be very good in run support.  Reminds me in body type and style of play of Robert Sands of West Virginia. In the ’10 Compass Bowl vs. Pittsburgh he had a nice pbu on a loft pass against a TE (8:37 1st). In the 2011 Western Kentucky game he was a bit of a punk throwing star RB Bobby Rainey down after the whistle (8:15 1st), big hit on QB with blitz (2:26 1st), nice diving int on a deflected ball that bounced up in the air (7:40 2nd), burst off edge blowing up run play for TFL (4:59 2nd), and great stack and shed making tackle on Rainey (4:22 2nd). 4th round 1/17/12.

Tape: 2011: Western Kentucky 2010:Pittsburgh

Overall: Guy is another example of a dying breed type as an in the box SS who does his job very well but is going to the NFL and will soon find that “his job” isn’t much in demand anymore. Luckily I did notice solid movement skills from him, including a great diving INT on a deflected pass in the Western Kentucky game, so he might be a little more versatile than some think he is. He’ll join a team as a backup SS, special teams ace, and 3rd down LB who will then either sink or swim based on how he improves his cover skills. Everyone knows that he’s arguably the best run stopping safety in this draft class but it’s a secondary skill now compared to defending the pass and there just isn’t much film on Guy proving or disproving that he can hold up in that area. His saving grace in my opinion is that he easily could add another 10 lbs of muscle and move to LB if he doesn’t work out as he’s strong, physical, and very feisty so that shift would work well. I left him at safety for now though b/c he didn’t bulk himself up during the pre-Combine process and he does have 5 INTs the past 2 years. A team should give him 1 year to develop his cover skills and if considered futile he can start adding weight next offseason and move to LB. Either way he should be on an NFL field fairly soon b/c his production was elite in the SEC the past 2 years. 4th round as my #6 S 3/11/12.

7. Tavon Wilson Illinois # 6’0 205 Sr.

Background: 0/11 in ’08 as a true freshman at backup CB. 12/12 in ’09 as a CB. 13/13 in ’10 as a safety earning honorable mention Big Ten. 

Stats: Big Ten

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

81

1

6.5

1

6

1

0

2010

48

0

2

0

8

1

0

2009

74

0

3.5

0

7

1

0

2008

11

0

0.5

0

1

0

0

Pro Day: 3/6/12

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

HGT

6000

205

 

4.53

17

32

1004

4.16

7.04

 

 

Notes: A tall, well built CB who could move to safety due to his tackling ability and size. Is one of their better cover guys and one of their leading tacklers. Has a very smooth backpedal but plays off so I question his speed. Had a PI on aggressive pbu near goal line, allowed 4 yd TD in zone going inside to cover a slant and too late to react to short out from RB-solid speed trying to get out there so more of a recognition deal, allowed 8 yds on 0 route but FF on tackle with it going out of bounds for no TO. In the 2011 Wisconsin game he had a great tackle from CB spot on RB Montee Ball who bounced it outside and was one on one-he hit him hard and pushed him back until the whistle blew (7:06 3rd), poor tackle from S spot trying weak arm tackle and Ball running through it for additional 25 yds setting up TD. In the 2011 UCLA game he had perfect coverage on 9 route vs. WR Nelson Rosario for pbu, great TFL shooting inside hole on run play like a safety hitting RB hard (10:42 2nd), beat on 16 yd fade TD by Taylor Embree-very tough catch so not bad coverage, no separation on 20 yd throw in middle of field for INC, good TFL on read option QB keeper dragging him down for 5 yd loss. 5th round 1/4/12. I moved him officially to S after he ran a 4.53 40 at his pro day along with a 4.16 shuttle and 7.04 3 cone. This year’s safety class is very weak and those numbers are more in line with a safety than a CB. 4th round 3/8/12.

Tape: 2011:Purdue,Wisconsin, UCLA

Overall: Wilson is a tweener FS, CB who I moved to FS after he had a mediocre pro day and because I think he will get drafted as a safety this year earlier than if he was a CB. At 6’0 205 he definitely has the size to handle safety in the NFL and started 13 games in 2010 there so he has experience at both spots. I’m a big fan of Wilson’s because he’s tough, physical, and seems to understand the game. Any CB who has +70 tackles twice in his career (’09 and ’11) has to be pretty physical and I think safety might be a better fit logically for him as he goes more for the big hit or knock down than INT (only 3 career INTs). This lack of big play ability hurts his stock though as I don’t see him ever becoming a +5 INT guy which most teams prefer but I think that whoever drafts him will be pleasantly surprised to find his overall athleticism and game instincts better than the round he’s taken in. I have a much higher grade on him than others because he’s a very smart player that I expect to succeed at the next level. He won’t be a playmaker but he’ll be a solid starter for a long time for someone. 4th round as my #7 S 3/10/12.

8. Trenton Robinson Michigan St. #39 5’10 1/8 199 Sr.

Stats: Big 10

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

80

0

2

0

2

4

0

2010

76

0

0

0

8

4

0

2009

67

0

0

0

2

1

0

2008

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: High in backpedal but solid in turn in backpedal, turn and run drill. Has a face similar to Roy Williams (OU). Raw in backpedal and missed ball overrunning it on backpedalling corner route drill. Solid explosion and comfortable big hands on catch on flat route drill. Dropped ball in multi catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

5101

199

31.25

4.52

17

38.5

1005

4.15

 

76.1

 

Notes: Honorable mention Big 10 in 2011. In the 2011 Michigan game he had very good coverage on 20 yd cross vs. WR Kelvin Grady getting inside WR at the last second for pbu (6:28 3rd), nice blitz batting ball at LOS, good hit on TE coming across the middle knocking down a guy +30 lbs heavier than him, elite speed for a safety hitting WR out of bounds after tracking WR Jeremy Gallon down on pure run down sideline (4:35 4th). He didn’t make very many plays but his speed and size are very evident. He is definitely an NFL caliber safety but I can’t make an initial grading without seeing him more 10/21/11. Tentatively giving him 3rd round grade 12/17/11. In the 2011 Georgia game he had good speed to get to 0 route and wrapped up well despite going so fast-many just fly right by play, poor job as CF but good speed catching WR Tavarres King on 9 route-very obvious speed but poor help (1:35 1st), beat badly on 80 yd TD by WR Tavarres King giving 5 yd separation at least after lining up with him in man cov biting on post corner which moved to post (3:10 2nd), great speed crashing down getting tackle for no gain on edge run-speed on film is very noticeable (7:42 3rd), strong hit on RB in hole for no gain when O backed up at their goal line, good speed getting over to WR on 9 route but didn’t make play on ball so King  grabbed it right next to him and cut back middle for +40 yd gain. He again showed great speed and physicality with his athleticism popping out on film but seems to have major issues playing CF and reacting to a ball in the air. It drops him from the 3rd to the 5th as I need my safeties to be able to cover and play the ball in the air 1/19/12.  Senior Bowl: Day 1: Missed tackle in space vs. RB Isaiah Pead who had a nice jumpcut inside. In the 2011 Senior Bowl Game: Got start in game, good cov on wheel route vs. RB Alfred Morris then was quick to pounce on fumble for TO, good cov vs. TE Brad Smelley but ball underthrown on out and up giving tough completion, very bad missed tackle by S crashing box on inside run and not even touching the RB who didn’t even really make a move (5:45 1st), very good speed nearly catching WR Joe Adams down sideline-has great size/speed ratio. Out of the 6 safeties he was last at #6 but very near all of the rest as no one really separated themselves too much (Smith, Iloka, Allen, Martin, Taylor).

Tape: 2011:Michigan,Iowa, Georgia, Senior Bowl Practices and Game

Overall: Robinson is a guy that I am not a huge fan of but I’m sure will be drafted pretty high this year and possibly play a long time for someone. He has a very good size/speed ratio and his combine numbers border on elite with a great 40 (4.52), great vertical (38.5), and very good broad jump (10’5) yet every time I watch him play I notice his speed but then also mention how he takes poor angles to the ball, misses tackles, gets beat for TDs, and drops sure INTs. He seems like the guy that too often has the million dollar move but the 10 cent shot and I was surprised by the fact that he has 8 INTs the past 2 years. He is terrible in CF due to his poor  recognition skills and will need to play a lot of man coverage. This is his one saving grace as he would be a good fit for a team needing a safety who can play good man coverage on TEs. He looked good in that capacity at the Senior Bowl and it takes away the need to read and react which he doesn’t do well. In the end Robinson is just too talented to not be drafted higher than this but I suspect he’ll be the guy coaches for years keep saying “this’ll be his year” and again he has only 2 INTs. A solid starter but has a lot of holes to his game and not a playmaker. 4th round as my #8 S 3/13/12.

9. Brandon Taylor LSU #18 5’11 ¼ 209 Sr.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

71

1

7.5

0

5

2

0

2010

44

0

4

0

5

0

0

2009

41

0

1

0

4

2

0

2008

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Solid 40 time (4.58). Slow and high in backpedal but solid in turn in backpedal, turn and run drill-better than I expected. Good backpedal and solid catch on backpedalling corner route drill. Okay in turn and solid extended hands catch in wheel route drill. Quick and explosive on flat route drill. No drops in multi catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

5112

209

31.25

4.58

 

33.5

910

4.37

7.32

56

 

Notes: In the 2011 Oregon game showed good speed catching RB LaMichael James from behind saving 1st down (8:05 2nd). In the 2011 Florida game had an incredibly easy int basket catching it almost like a punt as the QB threw it +10 yds too far on post (12:05 2nd), big hit on RB Chris Rainey coming up from S spot (4:31 3rd), good coverage on 15 yd out getting pbu to force punt-doesn’t have great speed though as seen on the replay as his instincts were good but he still barely made it in time (3:25 3rd), beat by a few steps on 9 route by WR Jordan Reed yet ball underthrown allowing pbu. 4th round 1/17/12. Senior Bowl: Day 2: 1×1: Gave separation to TE Brad Smelley on short in but worse was the YAC as the separation increased showing that he is clearly inferior speed wise to Smelley. 11×11: Had hit of the day in game play. Day 3: 1×1: Gave cushion and showed only average burst vs. TE Ladarius Green’s in route, solid coverage on out vs. Smelley who had small separation but caught diving ball. 11×11: Slow to get to 9 route near hash marks as CF-would have been long TD if ball in stride to WR. Awarded the #18 which is special at LSU. In the 2011 Senior Bowl Game: Great job playing CF getting INT on post that shouldn’t have been thrown (3:30 1st).

Tape: 2011: Oregon, Mississippi St., Florida, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Georgia, Alabama 1, Alabama 2  

Overall: Taylor is a prospect that isn’t that talented but could be more successful than more celebrated types (George Iloka, Markelle Martin, Antonio Allen) because he’s less of a liability in coverage and appears to have a better feel for the CF role than others in this year’s draft.Brandon has never wowed me in the past 2 years of watching him but he’s always been consistent. He’s a big hitter with solid run support skills and underrated speed. He isn’t an elite athlete like Trenton Robinson or a long, lithe athlete like Iloka or Allen but he’s more versatile than those two and much more instinctive than Robinson.Brandon is another safety, this draft has a slew of them, that isn’t likely to be a playmaker but should settle in nicely as a capable starter. He isn’t as big or long as some of the others yet his experience playing for the best D in the country the past few years, solid speed, and ability to play the CF role makes him an underrated prospect. 4th round as my #9 S 3/13/12.

10. Trumaine JohnsonMontana #2 6’1 7/8 204 Sr.

Combine: Had a crazy size/speed ratio of nearly 6’2 200 with 33 ¼ arms and ran a 4.61 40. Very high and tight in backpedal, turn and run drill. A bit everywhere in turns but a great leaping high pointed catch on backpedalling corner route drill-maybe best catch yet.  Good catch again on backpedalling corner route drill-very good ball skills. Okay in T step drill but dropped ball. Good extended hands catch-definitely not a CB. Dropped ball in multi catch drill and had another go over his head-not his fault but is his fault for not trying too hard on it.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

6017

204

33.25

4.61

19

35.5

1002

4.15

7.2

87.7

 

Notes: 1st team Big Sky in 2009-2011. FCS All American in 2010 and 2011. Is a tall, lithe CB who definitely has an NFL look to him. In the 2011 Sam Houston St. game he was beat on a 20 yd TD by WR who got open on scramble drill (1:47 1st), missed badly on juke by RB Tim Flanders in space allowing an additional 10 yds. Had league high 14 passes defensed with 2 INTs in 2011. Officially moved him to safety after the combine.

Tape: 2011:Sam Houston St.

Overall: He’s a raw, small school kid who has a very intriguing size/speed ratio with long arms, good explosion, and good strength yet has average long speed and short area quickness. Some are keeping him at CB due to his long arms and experience playing there but his backpedal looked horrible at the Combine and his quickness drills (17th in shuttle and 36th in 3 cone among 58 DBs) and 40 time (4.61-29th) turned me off. It wouldn’t shock me to see him develop into a capable press corner if given time to develop and put in the right system but my money is on him as a FS who can cover TEs. That’s what really gets me excited about the kid as with 19 reps on the bench he clearly has the strength to match them and his 33 inch arms could make him tough to separate from. He’s extremely raw and I wouldn’t expect him on the field at least until year 2, possibly year 3, but he has starting talent. 5th round as my #10 S 3/10/12.

11. Matt Daniels Duke #40 6’0 1/8 215 Sr.

Comparison: Barry Church

Stats: ACC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

126

0

4

1

14

2

0

2010

93

0

6

3

7

1

0

2009

83

0.5

3

3

5

0

0

2008

22

0

0

0

0

1

0

Combine:

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

6001

215

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: 1st team ACC in 2011. In the 2011 East-West Shrine Game he had an elite tackle on 8 yd out vs. WR Tyler Shoemaker showing only solid burst to ball but a huge hit once there (1:05 1st), beat bad on 0 route vs. WR Devon Wylie but not totally his fault as it was a ridiculous cut, solid tackle on TE but average speed from CF spot-definitely a SS not a FS, good speed getting over for help on 9 route from CF. In the 2011 East-West Shrine game he looked like one of the best ones out of the 8 Ss at #1. 6th round and definitely an in the box type which is a dying breed. Reminds me a little of Barry Church 1/27/12.

Tape: 2011: East-West Shrine Game

Overall: Matt Daniels is a dying breed as a big hitting, slower moving SS. He’s racked up spectacular tackling numbers the past 3 years finishing 3rd in the country this year  in tackles for non linebackers yet those qualities are so 1990’s. Now the NFL looks for long, lean athletes who can still hit people going across the middle but can just as easily make a play on the ball from their centerfield spot or move down on a TE or slot receiver and handle them one on one. I question whether Daniels has the speed to be a true centerfielder and know he doesn’t have the speed to play one on one against WRs or top TEs. Yet he does have 3 INTs and 21 PBUs (9th in the nation in PBUs in 2011) the past two years so it’s unfair to call him just a stick in the mud. In the right scheme where he doesn’t have to cover a lot of ground Daniels should be successful in coverage as he shows legit ball skills but just doesn’t seem to have the 4.5 speed to get there all the time. At worst he’s a backup SS and special teams ace but in a cover 2 scheme he might be able to develop into a starter. 5th round as my #11 S 3/10/12.

12. Trent Hunter Texas A&M #1 5’9 5/8 192 Sr.

Stats: Big 12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

80

2

3.5

1

8

2

0

2010

62

0

1.5

1

0

2

0

2009

95

0

1.5

0

3

0

0

2008

65

0

2

0

1

3

0

Pro Day: 3/7/12

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

5095

192

 

 

 

35.5

1000

 

6.86

 

 

Notes: Honorable Mention Big 12 in ’08 as a freshman and freshman all American in a few outlets. 13/13 at SS in ’09 earning 2nd team Big 12. 12/13 in ’10 earning Honorable Mention Big 12. Honorable Mention Big 12 in ’11. In the ’10 Cotton Bowl vs. LSU crashed the box on QB run showing good speed yet below average strength on a somewhat weak hit (8:43 1st), missed tackle on Spencer Ware’s spin move when he crashed the box and was in perfect position allowing a 24 yd run (13:24 2nd), very weak TFL on leg drag tackle vs Steven Ridley (12:55 2nd). In the 2011 SMU game had an easy int on overthrown ball that he returned about 30 yards (8:32 1st), and had another easy int that was knocked down at the last second by his own teammate who didn’t see him (6:43 3rd). High School teammate of Terrence Frederick who he got a scholarship for by convincing the coaches he was good. In the 2011 Oklahoma St. game had a strip on KR coming at the same time he was hit to force fumble that OSU recovered (13:50 1st), good tackle on RB Joseph Randle in space avoiding WR block to make the play (10:15 1st), and a nice hit on RB Jeremy Smith on 3rd and 1 for TFL to force FG (8:20 4th). In the 2011 Arkansas game had a big hit on WR Jarius Wright on shallow cross for 3 yds on 3rd and 7 (14:14 1st), huge play leveling WR Joe Adams in end zone causing a drop that was a TD (3:16 2nd), good coverage on TE Chris Gragg but went for pbu and missed allowing big play behind him (8;30 3rd), big hit on Jarius Wright’s 31 yd catch that almost knocked it loose (4:00 4th). 5th round 1/17/12. Hunter drops to the 6th round after he measured 5’9 192 which is CB not S dimensions 3/10/12.

Tape: 2011: SMU, Oklahoma St., Arkansas, Idaho, Texas Tech, Baylor, Iowa St., Kansas St., Texas, Northwestern 2010: LSU (Cotton Bowl)

Overall: Trent surprisingly wasn’t invited to the Combine which means there’s a good chance he isn’t drafting. Yet having watched +20 games of his the past 2 years I would say that would be a mistake as he has been one of the most consistent playmakers for his team and looks like he could become an average starting safety at the next level. He’s undersized for the safety position (5’9 5/8 192) but it’s hard to argue that a safety with +300 career tackles will be a liability against the run. He’s been a consistent 4 year starter with 62 or more tackles all four years, Honorable Mention Big 12 honors or better all four years, and 2 or more INTs 3 of his 4 years. He will start as a solid special teamer and backup safety but in a few years he could develop into an average starter at either SS or FS. He won’t be anything special but he’ll be a reliable tackler, make the occasional big hit, and get his team a few turnovers every year. He’s a glue guy and I think there’s a good chance he’s in the NFL 5 years from now. Late 5th rounder as my #12 S 3/10/12.

13. Nick Sukay Penn St. #1 6’0 7/8 211 Sr.

Stats: Big 10

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

66

0

0.5

1

8

3

0

2010

29

0

0

1

0

3

0

2009

41

0

0

0

11

2

0

2008

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Pro Day: 3/14/12

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

6007

211

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: Tore his pectoral muscle early in the 2010 season and missed the majority of it. 2nd team Big Ten in 2011. In the 2011 Alabama game had a good attempt at an interception on a skinny post vs. Marquis Maze but Alabama got the completion despite cutting underneath the route and getting his hands on the ball (2:37 1st), leveled WR after his LB tipped the ball (4:00 2nd), missed RB Trent Richardson in the hole allowing him an easy 13 yd TD to seal their win (6:15 4th). 7th round 1/17/12. In the 2011 East-West Shrine Game he got start at S, solid hit on 9 yd inside run, good burst to ball on 8 yd out vs. WR Tyler Shoemaker but INC b/c ball batted at LOS, looked faster than opposing safety Aaron Henry attacking run play, great job playing CF getting over to sideline 9 route and undercutting it for nice INT-ball being underthrown helped (5:55 4th), average speed on inside run barely getting to RB in time to trip him up-half a second away from missing him completely. In the 2011 East-West Shrine game he looked like one of the best ones out of the 8 Ss at #3 (Daniels, Ihenaho). 6th round 1/27/12.

Tape: 2011:Alabama, East-West Shrine Game

Overall: Sukay is a classic over achieving gym rat type who gets the most out of his abilities and seems to consistently make plays despite not being the biggest or fastest. Some scouts talked about bulking him up to play WLB but I actually think he has enough athleticism to stay at safety and has starting potential if put in a system that plays zone and halves the field for each safety. His ball skills (8 career INTs) were on display at the East-West Shrine game when he made an INT from CF getting over in time to help the CB out. The ball was underthrown making the play easier than it normally would be but I also think his best system wouldn’t have him playing a true CF and in that scenario he would have ample time to get over to make a play on the ball anyways. He’ll be a hard worker, professional, good special teams player, make the occasional big hit, and make the plays the system puts him in position for. Looking back at his final two full seasons of work it’s obvious he’s a playmaker as he had 19 PBUs and 5 INTs in that span. He shouldn’t be the first guy off the bus but he could surprise some people with how good he can be in the NFL. Late 5th round and my #13 S 3/10/12.

14. Eddie Whitley Virginia Tech #15 6’0 ½ 184 Sr.

Stats: ACC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

83

0

1

1

4

2

0

2010

80

0

4

2

6

2

0

2009

18

0

1

0

2

0

0

2008

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

Pro Day: Pro Day 3/15/12.    

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

6004

184

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: 1/13 at FS in ’09. 10/13 at FS in ’10. Never noticed him in the 2011 Georgia Tech game. In the 2011 Michigan game he had good coverage but still allowed 12 yd slant tackling WR immediately after missing with swipe at pass, good speed and strength coming from far away tackling TE for no gain on quick out, great speed going for INT from centerfield spot but poor decision as he missed allowing long 9 route TD to put team down 7-6 at half (0:55 2nd), good instincts cutting in front for jumping INT that he just barely missed for pbu. He surprised me in how fast and aggressive he was making me definitely take notice of him as an NFL talent. He was invisible in the previous Va Tech game I scouted so I will need to see more to determine his grade. INC 1/5/12. Tentatively giving him 5th round grade 1/17/12.  

Tape: 2011: Georgia Tech, Michigan 2010: Stanford

Overall: Eddie is a guy that has good numbers (163 tackles, 5 TFL, 3 FF, 10 PBUs, and 4 INTs the past two years) and good speed per my film study but who isn’t being mentioned by any scouts and wasn’t invited to the Combine. I still like him as he was fast and instinctive on film and his production at a top level program speaks for itself but the vibe I’m getting right now is that he won’t be drafted. Without further film study I can’t conclusively say he’s a big time sleeper so he settles in as a 6th rounder who I tentatively say is a diamond in the rough but who I also admit won’t likely be drafted. 6th round as my #14 S 3/14/12.

15. Eddie PleasantOregon #11 5’10 1/8 211 Sr.

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

61

1

2

0

8

3

0

2010

65

2

5

0

2

0

0

2009

54

4.5

8

0

4

1

0

2008

16

0

0

1

0

0

0

Combine: Didn’t see him in any position drills-maybe with LB group?

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

5101

211

31

4.63

22

33.5

908

4.28

7.12

60.3

 

Notes: Former LB who moved to safety. Redshirted in 2007. Arrested for reckless driving in ’08 getting 75 stitches in car accident-other car not hurt. Was backup LB that year. Starter for 11 games in ’09. 13/13 in ’10 as rover (LB/S). 1st team Pac-12 in ’11. Had 2 ints vs. Washington in 2011. In the 2011 Stanford game I noticed his very solid coverage skills on an out vs. a TE, had a big hit on RB Taylor on outside run leveling a power run (0:11 1st). In the 2011 UCLA game (Pac-12 Championship) he had very tight coverage on TE for INC that they called PI on which I disagree. Team captain in 2011. In the 2011 Wisconsin game (Rose Bowl) he had a very good blitz off edge going right past RT Josh Oglesby for pressure-missed in kill zone, solid shed of TE downfield making tackle on scrambling QB. A quiet game for him but I like him and think he’s drafteable as a late round guy. 6th round 1/11/12.

Tape: 2011: Washington, Stanford, UCLA,Wisconsin (Rose Bowl)

Overall: Eddie’s a converted LB who shows very good speed for a conversion type and intrigues me as a SS. He has good speed, very nice instincts, and really improved in coverage this year going from career numbers of 6 PBUs and 1 INT going into his senior year and having 8 PBUs and 3 INTs just this year. He’s still raw and his combine numbers disappointed me as I expected a more explosive athlete but I liked what I saw on film and think he could become a solid starter down the road for a team at SS if given time. 6th round as my #15 S.

16. Sean CattouseCal #11 6’2 1/8 211 Sr.

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

76

1

3.5

0

2

2

0

2010

59

1

1

0

7

1

0

2009

37

0

2

0

3

1

0

2008

13

0

0.5

0

5

3

0

Combine: Was one of the tallest, heaviest, and longest armed players in the DB group. Former QB. Honorable mention Pac 12 in 2011. Solid in backpedal, turn and run drill. Really liked his backpedal and high pointed catch on backpedalling corner route drill-maybe best safety yet. Okay on flat route drill. Dropped 2 balls on in multi catch drill-only one so far to do that.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

6021

211

33

4.74

 

34

906

4.15

6.99

69.5

 

Notes: A tall, thin LB looking type. In the 2011 Stanford game I noticed good coverage on a TE in the 2nd Q, a solid hit knocking RB out of bounds coming from across the field, and good coverage but still would have been beat for 50 yd TD to TE if he hadn’t dropped the perfect pass (14:55 4th), tight coverage vs. TE Fleener but allowing 12 yd cross as again there was a perfect throw. In the2011 Arizona St. game he had great coverage on 9 route vs. WR yet still allowed 35 yd TD as it was a perfectly thrown back shoulder toss, good blitz ruining play but unable to take down QB in kill zone, had a nice hit showing good speed to hit WR as he caught it across the middle causing INC. In the 2011Texas game he had an okay tackle 10 yds downfield on RB.

Tape: 2011:Stanford,Arizona St.

Overall: I noticed him on tape with good coverage and some nice hitting in both games I saw him in. He then solidified my initial observations by having one of the most underrated Combine performances as he was outstanding in the position drills. Too many GMs will probably focus on his very poor 4.74 40 yet he was in the top half of the DBs group in the quickness drills, showed good ball skills high pointing the ball numerous times, and was very smooth in his backpedal. He’s definitely a mixed bag of skills but if used correctly I think he could be a solid player for someone. Late 6th round and my #16 S 3/10/12.

17. Duke Ihenaho San Jose St. #2 6’0 1/8 213 Sr.

Stats: WAC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

73

0

4

2

6

1

0

2010

8

0

1

1

1

0

0

2009

89

0

2.5

2

6

1

0

2008

66

0

5.5

1

6

5

2

2007

32

0

2

1

4

0

0

Combine: Very high and slow in backpedal, turn and run drill. Okay in turns then very good in extended hands catch on backpedalling corner route drill. Okay in turns but weak on catch doing basket catch on backpedalling corner route drill. All arms and legs and a bit raw but nice catch on low and away ball in wheel route drill. Solid explosion and nice low catch on flat route drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

6001

213

32.75

4.68

20

35

1002

4.22

6.78

87.2

 

Notes: 1st team WAC in 2011.  In the 2011 East-West Shrine Game he got start at S, was easily blocked by TE in space allowing 15 yd run at him, very strong push of OG when crashing box, very good hands and reaction as weird bounce went to him and he caught INT returning it 15 yds and showing speed (0:30 2nd). In the 2011 East-West Shrine game he looked like one of the best ones out of the 8 Ss at #2 (Daniels). 6th round 1/27/12.

Tape: 2011: East-West Shrine Game

Overall: Duke is another smaller school player who has a lot of playing experience and had a good postseason to show he can make it to the next level. His combine numbers are very solid, though show he is definitely a SS, and continues the momentum he built at the East-West Shrine Game where he looked strong, fast and proved to have solid ball skills when he had an interception of a deflection. He’s another late round project type but he has NFL caliber skills so he could be heard from in a few years. 7th round as my #17 S 3/10/12.

18. Sean Richardson Vanderbilt #21 6’2 ½ 216 Sr.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

63

2

6.5

0

3

1

0

2010

99

1.5

7

0

5

0

0

2009

84

0

4.5

1

2

0

0

2008

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Looked fast in his 40 both eyeball and official time (4.52). Definitely is a SS type as he’s just massive and looks stiff. Okay in backpedal, turn and run drill. A little jerky but solid in backpedal then missed ball with it going over his head on backpedalling corner route drill-catchable. Okay in backpedal but again missed ball and barely even read it right going too far on backpedalling corner route drill-red flag as he has very poor ball skills.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

6024

216

32.63

4.52

22

38.5

1008

4.44

7.01

100

 

Notes: 35 starts in 3 seasons.

Tape: 2011:Cincinnati

Overall: Richardson is a player that I never really noticed when I watched Vanderbilt this season but couldn’t help but notice at the Combine when he had the best workout of any of the 59 DBs. He was 2nd in height, 3rd in weight, 3rd in reps, 2nd in vertical, 3rd in broad, and a surprising 14th in the 40 showing himself to be big, tall, explosive SS with very underrated speed. Now a team will need to figure out what to do with him as he only has 1 career INT and his quickness drills were below average so a move to WLB might be in the cards. I’m leaving him for now at safety where he can join a team as a backup SS, play elite special teams, and sub in on running downs. I’m still unsure exactly what to do with him but his Combine was elite and his SEC production as a tackler was very good so I bet some team will figure it out. 7th round as my #18 S 3/10/12.

19. Christian Thompson South Carolina St. #33 6’0 ¼ 211 Sr.

Combine: Surprisingly good in his backpedal (on his toes) and a solid turn in backpedal, turn and run drill. Went wrong way in drill despite being one of the last to do it? Then messed up the drill again. 3rd time he looked bad in backpedal but caught ball on backpedalling corner route drill-had so much success in last drill and threw it all away. Dramatically better in backpedal (no mess ups either) but double caught ball on backpedalling corner route drill. Okay in wheel route drill. One of the worst on flat route drill-multiple extra steps and dropped ball.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

6002

211

31.5

4.5

18

31.5

1002

4.13

7.33

76.6

 

Notes: 2nd team MEAC in 2011. Nicknamed CT scan “because that’s what you need after he hits you.” In the 2011 East-West Shrine Game he got start at S, no separation vs. WR Tyler Shoemaker on 9 route, very poor run support on inside run being so out of position that he couldn’t even touch him as he ran by for 9 yd TD. In the 2011 East-West Shrine game he looked like one of the middles ones out of the 8 Ss at #5 (Daniels, Ihenaho, Sukay, Henry). Free Agent 1/27/12.

Tape: 2011: East-West Shrine Game

Overall: Christian has an interesting blend of size and speed as strong safeties who are 211 lbs are supposed to run 4.50 in the 40. He also looked pretty good in certain position drillswhich is more remarkable when he didn’t even know how to do other drills showing scouts that he wasn’t studying up for the Combine and any positives were purely natural talent. He’s a very raw kid who will need probably two years on the back end of a roster before competing for the starting job but I saw some NFL caliber tools a DB coach would like to work with. 7th round as my #19 S 3/10/12.

20. Johnny Thomas Oklahoma St. #12 5’10 3/8 206 Sr.  

Stats: Big 12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2010

63

0

0

2

5

3

1

2009

25

0

0

0

1

0

0

2008

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Messed up drill and had to re-do then showing tight hips and basket catch on ball on backpedalling corner route drill. Solid in hips and catch on backpedalling corner route drill-good explosion. Good explosion but poor hips yet had a great one handed catch in wheel route drill. Solid on flat route drill. 1 drop in multi catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

5103

206

32.5

4.63

20

35.5

1003

4.25

7.01

77.1

 

Notes: In the ’10 Valero Bowl vs. Arizona had a very good hit on a Juron Criner short catch (2nd Q), had a great int when he had perfect deep coverage and stole the deep goal line jump ball (8:20 2nd). Missed entire season due to academics yet surprisingly declared for NFL Draft meaning he’s either an impatient kid or his grades haven’t improved and he wouldn’t have been able to play in 2012 either.

Tape: 2011: None as suspended all year

Overall: Thomas was a mid to late round safety going into the 2011 season. He flashed very impressive ball skills but didn’t seem incredibly fast or big so that was basically all he was hanging his hat on. Then he got suspended for the entire season, due to academic issues, and declared for the NFL Draft. It seems like a huge red flag to me that he couldn’t get his grades right and come back next year as he only had one season of any real substance for scouts to go on. If there is a learning disability with the kid it’s a red flag of a different kind but one I might be more comfortable with yet it appears to me from the outside looking in that he just was lazy and then took the lazy way out of the problem caused by being lazy. He has NFL talent but with such limited playing experience, probable work ethic issues, and only above average physical skills he gets a late round flier type grade at best. 7th round as my #20 S 3/10/12.

21. Tysyn Hartman Kansas St. #2 6’2 5/8 208 Sr.

Stats: Big 12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

69

0

1.5

1

0

3

0

2010

86

0

1

1

1

2

0

2009

54

0

0

1

6

5

0

2008

49

0

0

0

0

0

0

Pro Day: 3/14

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

6025

208

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: Redshirted in ’07. Father Kerry Henderson played RB for the Jets briefly. 8/12 in ’08 as a freshman. Honorable mention Big 12 in ’09. 12/13 in ’10 and was team captain. Team captain again ’11 earning 2nd team Big 12. In the 2011 Baylor game had a tackle on WR screen FF but was more WR fault than his hit (6:40 2nd), just blown past by WR Kendall Wright for 34 yd TD on 9 route-not even 5 yds in vicinity (3:40 3rd). A top student athlete. In the 2011 Arkansas game (Cotton Bowl) he had solid hit on RB in hole crashing box, 6 yd tackle on run up middle, average speed in pursuit of RB Dennis Johnson on other side of field then missed tackle, very nice hit shooting hole on goal line run to get TFL putting his helmet on RB’s helmet (10:00 2nd), poor help on 45 yd TD on 9 route, beat on post route by WR Joe Adams showing inferior quickness but ball slightly underthrown allowing him to recover, surprised me with his speed, and get hand on ball-good wingspan (1:25 2nd), very good TFL crashing box and getting through traffic to stick RB as he tried to go outside (11:05 3rd), laid on ground awhile after big collision with Johnson-didn’t return. He’s a dramatically inferior prospect than teammate Ty Zimmerman as he has inferior speed and most noticeably inferior ball skills. He looks like a tall, smaller safety with solid speed, the frame to get bigger, and average ball skills. Does have good strength and makes plays in the box. 7th round 1/15/12.

Tape: 2011:Baylor,Arkansas

Overall: Hartman’s a fringe prospect who has 10 INTs and +200 tackles the past 3 years but isn’t nearly the playmaker those numbers portray him to be. He struggles getting over in time from his safety spot to help his CBs and in both the Baylor game and the Arkansas game was a big reason the D gave up long TD passes. Yet he’s long and lean at 208 lbs making it very possible that he could continue to add weight and become a bigger hitter than he already is. Also he’s got good DNA (father player briefly in the NFL), he’s one of the top scholar athletes in the country, a two time captain, and a player that does have good hands and a knack at making plays that his athleticism allows him to make. It’s unlikely he sticks on an NFL roster too long but I could see him staying a few years as a backup SS who a team  doesn’t have to worry about. If given enough time he might be able to bulk up enough to also be a 3rd down coverage LB. 7th round just barely making a drafteable grade as my #21 S 3/11/12. 

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