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2012 Specialists Rankings

April 18, 2012

Specialists

Prototype in the NFL: Shane Lechler

Best In Class

Best Punter: Drew Butler                                   Most Accurate Kicker: Randy Bullock

Best Run Blocker FB: Shawn Asiata                  Most Versatile FB: Shawn Asiata

Best Pass Catcher FB: Shawn Asiata                 Strongest Legged Kicker: Randy Bullock

FB

1. Shawn Asiata Utah 5’11 ¾ 248 Sr.

Comparison: Marcel Reese

Pro Day: 3/23/12

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

 5116

 248

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: In the 2011 Georgia Tech game he had a wide open 8 yd out for TD on misdirection, good +10 yd catch and run on dump off, great block on next play flipping LB over, pancake of LB on lead block, good wall block on sweep setting it up well, good low block on LB in hole cutting him down, elite cut block on DE (9:20 3rd), very good speed on 16 yd run-will be a dual threat FB (10:35 4th), 15 yd FB screen again showing speed, good 8 yd out on same misdirection play. He’s an outstanding blocker and has the size at 6’1 253 to hold up in the NFL but what makes him really interesting is his elite speed and hands for a guy his size. He will be a very good FB for a team and gets the highest rating I give for a FB: 4th round 1/4/12.

Tape: 2011: Georgia Tech

Overall: Shawn is a big, strong blocker who really gets after LBs and even DL with pancakes a regular occurrence on his game film. Yet what makes Asiata one of the better FBs I’ve ever graded isn’t that he’s a great blocker but that he reminds me of Marcell Reese with his elite hands and speed for a guy of his size. Fullbacks are a dying breed so I can’t give him any higher of a grade than what I’ve given him but he’s the complete package and one of the best FBs I’ve ever graded as he’s a bulldozer in the running game and surprisingly adept in the passing game. Guys his size shouldn’t move like he does and he gets the best grade I think I can honestly give a FB which is a 4th round grade as my #1 FB 4/12/12.

2. Rhett Ellison USC 6’4 7/8 251 Sr.

Combine: 1st team Pac 12 in 2011 as FB. Looked surprisingly agile in pad step drill with quick cut at the end. Just towers over everyone else in the RB group. Solid on arrow route drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6047

251

32.75

10.25

4.88

 

31.5

901

 

 

71

Tape: 2011:Minnesota, Notre Dame, Stanford

Overall: An extremely tall, long player who can play TE, H-back, or FB who shows good athleticism and strength for a player as long as he is. He was a player I noticed a few times while watching USC tape but was mainly used as a blocker as his long frame and good strength made him adept at it. He’s a bit of a tweener due to his height and TE might be his best fit long term but sometime will likely take him as a late round guy due to his immediate ability to play FB and his long term ability to play TE. 6th round as my #2 FB 4/15/12.

3. Bradie Ewing Wisconsin 5’11 ¾ 239 Sr.

Combine: Only had 14 reps on the bench which is very surprising. Positional blocker and solid pass catcher so not the big, huge hitter some are looking for.Wisconsin Special Teams Player of the Year in 2011. Very good ankles on inside run dummy drill-cuts like a RB. Very nice pluck on flare out route drill. Good hands again on arrow route drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

5116

239

31.38

10.38

4.76

14

36.5

1000

4.16

7.14

100

Notes: In the ’10 Rose Bowl vs. TCU had a nice 28 yd catch showing very good speed when he surprisingly ran a 9 route from his FB position (3:51 1st), allowed sack by S Colin Jones but was a bit of a coverage sack/stack and shed (4:07 2nd), and went after Tanner Brock right before whistle blew showing great hustle late in 4th Q (2:47 4th). Senior Bowl: Day 3: Solid speed vs. LB James Michael Johnson but bad hands dropping easy short in. In the 2011 Senior Bowl Game: Got the start at FB, good cut block on edge vs. DE Courtney Upshaw, easily run blocked LB Zach Brown in the hole, great job taking on aggressive hit of LB Keenan Robinson and holding on for strong block, no separation vs. LB Sean Spence who was dramatically faster than him on short out, solid hit on LB Emmanuel Acho but he disengaged for 5 yd tackle, spectacular 20 yd catch on wheel route as he had no separation vs. Brown but adjusted to underthrown ball for great play (10:12 4th), okay on 1 yd run up middle on 2nd and 1.

Tape: 2011:Nebraska,Ohio St.,Oregon, Senior Bowl Practices and Game

Overall: Bradie is a FB with very good hands and better speed than most fullbacks yet isn’t my favorite player b/c he’s only an average blocker and that’s the bread and butter for FBs. He reminds me a little of Charles Clay in last year’s draft in that he has very good receiving skills that might make a team overlook his average blocking but Clay was much quicker and more of a YAC threat than Ewing so the comparison isn’t dead on. Bradie did surprise me with an elite set of measurables at the Combine with an average 40 (4.76) but very good explosion (36.5 vert, 10’0 broad) and quickness (4.16 shuttle, 7.14 3 cone) for a guy his size. In a passing offense that still wants a solid blocker for their occasional run plays Ewing makes a lot of sense but for a run oriented team or a team that only uses a FB in short yardage situations he doesn’t fit due to his average blocking skills. 7th round as my #3 FB who is scheme specific due to his abilities in the passing game and his inferior blocking skills compared to most fullbacks 4/12/12. 

The Rest:

Evan Rodriguez Temple #88 6’3 250 Sr. Is a TE for the team. Has the frame to add weight which would allow him to be even stronger on his blocks. Has a mean lookin profile pic. In the 2011 Wyoming game he had a 40 yd catch and run on seam route showing solid speed (10:00 1st), very nice block in space on LB pushing him back hard, good block of CB on edge 5 yds downfield showing tenacity and good technique, solid move block leading on run, good speed on 13 yd catch and run off just a short out as he outran the LB for most of the yards. In the 2011 East-West Shrine Game he had poor cut block, good quickness off line vs. TE, jammed by LB Josh Kaddu at LOS ruining route, beat LB Steven Johnson on seam route but ball too high for INC, good initial block on Kaddu on edge but then tossed aside showing inferior strength. Out of the 8 TEs at East-West Shrine Game he was #6 (Harkey, Bryan, Figgins, Ford, Paulson). Free Agent 1/22/12. Transferred fromWest Virginia. Combine: Solid on tip toe drill. Good in over the shoulder drill. Caught 5 of 7 balls in gauntlet drill with ease but dropped the other two which made him tied for worst so a little strange. Good catch in stride on corner route drill. Free Agent 2/27/12.

James Stampley LSU #35 Sr. Former walk on who played center in high school. In the 2011 Mississippi St. game had a nice block in space against safety flipping him over as he went low (11:10 3rd). Camp invite 4/15/12.

K

1. Randy Bullock Texas A&M Sr.

Stats: Big 12

Year

FGM

FGA

PCT

2011

29

33

87.9

2010

16

21

76.2

2009

12

19

63.2

2008

6

7

85.7

Notes: Has a big pot belly on him. Was 55 for 57 on extra points in 2011. Won Lou Groza award as the best FG kicker in the nation. 10th in the nation in 2011 for touchback % at 33.3%. 10-10 on FG 1-30 yds and showed a strong leg to keep that accuracy going from 30-39 (6-7), 40-49 (12-14), and even was 1-2 on +50 yd FGs.

Overall: Bullock had a drafteable season for a  kicker in 2011 but his previous 3 years were average to bad so while he showed he has NFL talent it’s likely he is either a late round guy or a free agent. Both Dan Bailey and Kai Forbath had higher grades on my board last year and went undrafted so it’s like Bullock makes it to an NFL camp as a free agent and will have to battle for a roster spot. Free Agent 4/15/12.

2. Blair Walsh Georgia #57 Sr.

Stats: SEC

Year

FGM

FGA

PCT

2011

21

35

60

2010

20

23

87

2009

20

22

90.9

2008

15

23

65.2

Notes: One of 3 finalists for Lou Groza award in 2009 and 2010. In the 2011 Boise St. game he attempted a 54 yd that was good for 60 if not for slightly right-also was straight as an arrow. Only missed 1 extra point in 185 career attempts. 18th in nation in 2011 for touchback % at 27.94%.

Overall: Walsh is similar to Forbath last year in that they came into their Senior year as very highly touted kickers who were coming off back to back great seasons and were positioning themselves as mid round picks. Yet just like Forbath, Walsh’s wheels fell off this year as he was horrible missing 14 FGs at a 60% clip which was worse than even his freshman season. Walsh has the talent to bounce back and be a long term kicker for an NFL team but he doesn’t get a drafteable grade and is lower than Bullock because I want no part of kickers coming off bad seasons. A kicker in a funk is a kicker I don’t want on my team. Free Agent who is very boom/bust but had a 4th round grade going into 2011 4/15/12.

3. Danny Hrapmann Southern Mississippi Sr. Has an All-American leg and connected on 26 of 30 FG attempts this fall, including 8 for 11 from outside the 40-yard line and 2 of 3 50 yards or longer in 2010. In 2011 he had a poor year (23 for 34 at 67.6%) but I’m still very intrigued with him as he also punted for the team being used 10 times for an average of 46.6 yards which would have placed him 5th in the nation if he had enough punts to qualify! I’m obsessed with Quinn Sharp due to his dual abilities as a kicker and punter and think Hrapmann is a poor man’s version of Sharp. He had a down year accuracy wise but was very good in 2010 and if he could regain his accuracy as a kicker a team could have a dual punter/kicker saving a roster spot. Free Agent who I am very intrigued with 4/15/12.

4. Derek Dimke Illinois Sr.

Stats: Big 10

Year

FGM

FGA

PCT

2011

10

12

83.3

2010

24

29

82.8

2009

5

5

100

2008

0

0

0

Notes: Was 6-8 from 40-49 yards including a 43 yarder in the ’10 Texas Bowl vs. Baylor that was as straight a kick as you can have. It looked very much NFL caliber and had the distance to be good for at least 50 yards. Was 17th in the nation in touchback percentage in 2011 with 28.07%. Dimke only missed 2 FGs in 2011 but one was a big miss as his 43 yd as time expired vs.Penn St. cost his team the victory.

Overall: Dimke is a little used kicker who has NFL range and 3 straight seasons with 80% accuracy or higher which shows impressive consistency year to year. Yet with only 46 career field goal attempts he just doesn’t have enough track record for NFL coaches and is likely to be only added as a 2nd kicker to give token competition to a veteran. Camp invite 4/15/12.

The Rest

Dave Teggart Connecticut Sr. Had an average overall season (22-28 for 78.6%) yet he was 4-4 on +50 yd FGs and attempted 18 FGs from +40 yds, both of which led the nation. He’s a big legged kicker who is hurt by average accuracy (of his 14 FGA from 40-49 he was only 8-14) and the fact that he didn’t even kickoff for his team. Camp invite 4/15/12.

 

P

1. Drew Butler Georgia 6’2 202 Sr.

Stats: Big 10

Year

Punt Avg

Long

2011

44.2

62

2010

44.5

59

2009

48.1

75

2008

35.7

40

Notes: Ray Guy award winner in 2009, finalist in 2010. In 2009 he led the nation in average (48.8-at time of award, ended at 48.1 after bowl game) and placed 17 punts inside the 20 yd line. In the 2011 Boise St. game he had a booming, very high 51 yd punt out of his end zone for very little gain as the coverage was excellent due to his hang time (13:30 1st), another great punt with PR hit immediately due to hang time, good punt forcing fair catch inside 10 yd line. Has one of the best legs I’ve ever scouted though I’ll admit punters aren’t really my specialty.

Overall: Drew ended his career on a bit of a down note lowering his punt average in back to back seasons after his stellar 2009 campaign that culminated in him winning the Ray Guy Award. Yet unlike his teammate Blair Walsh, Butler’s “down” season was still pretty good and his overall career shows the consistency and versatility he has as a punter. He has a strong leg, is accurate, and his most impressive characteristic is his consistency as he was one of the best punters in the nation for 3 straight years. I no longer think he has the best leg I’ve ever scouted, like I said early this season, but I do think he’ll be a day 1 starter for some team and be very good for quite awhile. 6th round as my #1 punter who will be very good but might not be Pro Bowler level good 4/15/12.

2. Shawn Powell Florida St. Sr.

Stats: ACC

Year

Punt Avg

Long

2011

47.0

69

2010

44.3

66

2009

41.6

64

2008

41.1

56

Overall: Shawn led the nation in average per punt with 47.0 and is on this list solely due to that one elite stat. I never saw him punt and he was never a finalist for the Ray Guy Award. Free Agent 4/15/12.

The Rest:

Ryan Tydlacka Kentucky #9 Sr. Had a 73 yd punt in 2010 vs. Ole Miss. In the 2011 Western Kentucky game he had a 59 yard punt (9:45 2nd), great 49 punt pinning WK inside 5 yard line (10:22 3rd).

Marquette King In the 2011 NFLPA Game he put on a show booming a 65 yd punt that still had enough hangtime to force a fair catch! (14:30 4th).

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