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Moneyball Update

November 12th, 2009 Comments off

Yes, it’s been almost a month since you’ve last seen any updates on Moneyball. It’s not dead. But work has picked up recently and I just haven’t had the time to really sit down for the 3+ hours in front of my computer to watch the games over again on’s Game Rewind in order to do the update. And when I have had the time, other activities that I deem more pressing have distracted me. Anyone that knows me personally, knows that time management has never been a strong suit of mine.

My workload should lighten up after Thanksgiving, but I’m hoping that I’ll get the chance to review the Bears and Cowboys game and get that posted before then. Hopefully after Thanksgiving, I’ll be able to try and get caught up before the season is over.

In the meantime, if you have a jones for some sort of review of the games, one of the posters in the FalcFans forums by the name of Emmitt has been posting his own reviews. You can read his reviews of the Bears, Cowboys, and Saints games on the forums.

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2009 FalcFans Draft Guide

April 22nd, 2009 Comments off

Our second draft guide has been published! Including Falcons team needs, mock drafts, draft boards and rankings, over 400 prospect profiles, and even a preview of the 2010 draft! You can view or download the file by clicking the following link:


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2008 Draft Tracker

April 26th, 2008 Comments off

Tracking all of th Falcons 2008 Draft picks…

Rnd Pick Ovr Notes Player Pos. Hgt. Wgt. 40 Time School
1 3 3   Matt Ryan QB 6-5 224 4.79 Boston College
1 21 21 from Washington Sam Baker OT 6-5 312 5.28 USC
2 6 37   Curtis Lofton ILB 6-0 238 4.69 Oklahoma
3 5 68   Chevis Jackson CB 6-0 192 4.64 LSU
3 21 84 from Washington Harry Douglas WR 5-11 176 4.33 Louisville
3 35 98 compensatory Thomas DeCoud S 6-2 196 4.57 California
5 3 138   Robert James OLB 5-11 219 4.70 Arizona State
5 19 154 from Washington Kroy Biermann DE 6-3 246 Montana
6 6 172   Thomas Brown RB 5-9 204 4.49 Georgia
7 5 212   Wilrey Fontenot CB 5-9 171 4.40 Arizona
7 25 232 from Pittsburgh Keith Zinger TE 6-4 252   LSU
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2008 Mock Draft Muncher

April 26th, 2008 Comments off

It’s never too early to start discussing the upcoming year’s draft. Here are the picks by many of the so-called draft gurus that dot the worldwide web. If you see a mock draft that is not on this list, by all means submit another one.

Site Pos. Player, School Last Updated On…
DallasMorning News DT Glenn Dorsey, LSU Apr. 26, 2008
ProFootball Weekly QB Matt Ryan, Boston College Apr. 26, 2008
Draft Tek DT Sedrick Ellis, USC Apr. 26, 2008
Walter Football DT Glenn Dorsey, LSU Apr. 26, 2008
Football’sFuture DT Glenn Dorsey, LSU Apr. 26, 2008
NFL DraftCountdown QB Matt Ryan, Boston College Apr. 25, 2008
DraftAce QB Matt Ryan, Boston College Apr. 25, 2008 DT Glenn Dorsey, LSU Apr. 25, 2008
CBS SportsLine DT Glenn Dorsey, LSU Apr. 25, 2008
FFToolbox DT Glenn Dorsey, LSU Apr. 25, 2008
Consensus Draft QB Matt Ryan, Boston College Apr. 25, 2008
Draft King DT Glenn Dorsey, LSU Apr. 25, 2008
Sports City QB Matt Ryan, LSU Apr. 25, 2008
Great Blue NorthReport DT Glenn Dorsey, LSU Apr. 25, 2008
WarRoom Report DT Glenn Dorsey, LSU Apr. 25, 2008
Draft BoardInsider DE Chris Long, Virginia Apr. 25, 2008
TheFootball Expert DT Glenn Dorsey, LSU Apr. 25, 2008
NFL Draft Blitz DT Glenn Dorsey, LSU Apr. 25, 2008
Saturdays 2 Sundays DT Glenn Dorsey, LSU Apr. 25, 2008
Draft Daddy DT Glenn Dorsey, LSU Apr. 24, 2008
NFLDraft Dog QB Matt Ryan, Boston College Apr. 22, 2008
Draft Notebook DT Glenn Dorsey, LSU Apr. 20, 2008
Heard’sFootball Report DT Glenn Dorsey, LSU Apr. 20, 2008
NFL Daily QB Matt Ryan, Boston College Apr. 17, 2008
Mocks Munched: 422
    Most Selected Players Overall

  • Matt Ryan (chosen in 42.7% of all mock drafts)
  • Glenn Dorsey (16.8%)
  • Darren McFadden (16.4%)
  • Brian Brohm (13.7%)
  • Jake Long (3.8%)
    Most Selected Players in February Mocks

  • Matt Ryan (51.8%)
  • Darren McFadden (38.6%)
  • Glenn Dorsey (4.8%)
  • Jake Long (2.4%)
  • Brian Brohm (1.2%)
  • Ryan Clady (1.2%)
    Most Selected Players in March Mocks

  • Matt Ryan (56.5%)
  • Glenn Dorsey (19.4%)
  • Jake Long (9.7%)
  • Chris Long (4.8%)
  • Darren McFadden (4.8%)
  • Sedrick Ellis (3.2%)
    Most Selected Players in April Mocks

  • Glenn Dorsey (60.9%)
  • Matt Ryan (26.4%)
  • Jake Long (8.0%)
  • Chris Long (3.4%)
  • Sedrick Ellis (1.1%)
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2008 FalcFans Draft Guide

April 24th, 2008 Comments off

Our first ever attempt at publishing a draft guide and it’s all free. Complete with draft trade value charts, over 200 prospect scouting reports, a draft score sheet, and a breakdown of the Falcons team needs. This is in PDF format, which requires a PDF reader such as Adobe Reader. To download, right click and select “Save As…”

Complete Version ( 64 pages, 408 kb)

Or download it in chunks…

Part 1 ( 7 pages, 136 kb)
Includes Introduction, trade charts, team needs, and team pyramid

Part 2 ( 12 pages, 128 kb)
Includes draft board, QB, RB, and FB prospect profiles

Part 3 ( 15 pages, 116 kb)
Includes WR, TE, and OL prospect profiles

Part 4 ( 13 pages, 114 kb)
Includes DL and LB prospect profiles

Part 5 ( 9 pages 90 kb)
Includes DB and ST prospect profiles

Part 6 ( 8 pages, 68 kb)
Includes draft score sheet

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2008 Mock Draft Muncher

April 10th, 2008 Comments off

It’s never too early to start discussing the upcoming year’s draft. Here are the picks by many of the so-called draft gurus that dot the worldwide web.

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2007 Draft Recap: Daren Stone

May 2nd, 2007 Comments off

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Daren Stone

Height: 6-3
August 21, 1985
Hometown: Lockport, NY


40 Speed: 4.47
20 Yd: 2.54
10 Yd: 1.51
Bench: 15 reps
Vertical Jump: 39.5 inches
Broad Jump:
Short Shuttle: 4.44
3 Cone Drill: 7.13
Arm Length:
34 inches
Hand size: 9.75 inches

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by Scott WrightStrengths: Has excellent size and a big, solid frame…Outstanding leaper…Very athletic…An excellent tackler…Strong and physical…Decent ball skills…Intense and plays with a nasty demeanor…Good range…Has lots of special teams potential…Big upside.Weaknesses: Did not play against elite competition…Timed speed is only average…Does not have great instincts…He might be a bit of a ‘tweener…Has some minor character concerns…A workout warrior who does not always play up to his physical tools.Notes: Was born in Jamaica…May also project to linebacker depending on the team and scheme…Served one game suspensions twice during his college career…Sleeper and intriguing developmental guy…Nice measurables and definitely looks the part

Grade: Late Round / FA
by TFY Draft PreviewPOSITIVES: Strong, athletic defensive back best facing the action. Possesses a burst of closing speed, plays with a good degree of suddenness and a strong tackler who wraps up ball carriers. Diagnoses the action, quick in run support and intimidates anyone who comes near.NEGATIVES: Average lateral speed and does not show top sideline-to-sideline range. Struggles with his back to the ball and plays with very average fundamentals.ANALYSIS: An imposing figure in the secondary, Stone is a prototypical strong safety who must keep the action in front of him.

PROJECTION: Undrafted Free Agent

GRADE: 3.23 – Practice Squad
by NFLDraftScout.comPositives: Long-limbed athlete with a well-defined, muscular upper body, tight waist and minimal body fat (four percent) … Bit high cut, but has good thickness in his thighs and calves and room on his frame to carry at least another 10-15 pounds for a possible move to linebacker, without having the additional bulk affect his overall quickness … Very physical open-field tackler with the range to make plays along the perimeter … Flashes good explosion behind his hits and is an efficient wrap-up tackler … Shows the sudden burst to close on plays in front of him and is very physical with tight ends and backs in press coverage, using his hands to effectively re-route … Tough athlete who plays with pain … Has loose hips, but because he is high-cut, he struggles some in transitioning out of his backpedal … Shows very good ball skills, reacting instantly on screens and does a good job of understanding route progressions and combinations, handling the switch-off flawlessly … Has the hip flexibility to get back in the play when he over-pursues and does a fine job of timing his leaps in jump ball battles … Has an explosive burst shooting the gaps and, though he wasn’t used often on the blitz until his senior year, he shows the ability to shed blocks and penetrate quickly to pressure the pocket … Has good rip, swim and spin moves to surprise a lethargic offensive lineman and generate good backside pursuit … Takes proper angles to the ball and greatly improved his tackling ability in 2006, keeping his head up, arms extended and pads low to wrap and secure … Has natural hands for the interception and gets great elevation to attack the ball at its highest point … Very smooth dropping off in the zone … Has an explosive closing burst and hip snap turning on the ball … Understands run defense schemes and can mirror receivers down field … Quick to recover and adjust when the ball is in flight … Times the pass perfectly and consistently gets in front of the receiver to try and get a piece of the ball … Comes up hard to fill the lanes in run support … Extends his hands properly going up for the interception … Can strike, jolt and wrap-up the opponent with force … Smooth switching off in the zone and frequently makes the big hits in one-on-one situations … Plays with a cornerback’s quickness and a linebacker’s aggression … Very rare to see him caught out of position, as he won’t be fooled by play-action or pump fakes … Has enough strength to split double teams when playing inside the box.Negatives: Can get overaggressive at times, which takes him out of the play … Has problems dealing with the underneath pass, allowing too much cushion on the receiver … Gets too high in his stance (high-cut) and, despite good hip rotation, he gets off balance in his backpedal and looks sloppy coming out of his breaks, taking soft angle cuts … Has made good improvement timing his leaps in 2006, but in the past, he would tend to jump too early, resulting in big catches for the opponent (see 2005 Hofstra game) … Can play cornerback in a pinch, but because of backpedal issues, he loses mirror with the opponent running deep routes … Efficient wrap-up tackler, but will revert to ankle biting or taking a side, allowing the ball carrier to side-step the hit … Must keep his pads down in transition, as he tends to round his breaks when he doesn’t … Struggled a bit in the classroom and needs several reps to digest the plays … Will play with pain, but his play is greatly affected when he is hurt … Sometimes gives too much cushion to slot receivers, giving up the play underneath … Twice suspended by the staff for academic issues … Hits with good power, but his weight room totals are marginal (295-pound bench).Compares To: Stuard Schweigert, Oakland — Stone is a big, physical tackler with experience at all secondary positions … Like Scheigert, he hits like a linebacker and has outstanding range … He’s a bit high-cut and this causes problems transitioning out of his breaks … He is best playing in the zone rather than in man coverage, as he might have good timed speed, but will lose mirror covering receivers deep … He has a good feel for the ball, but might struggle grasping a complicated playbook … He showed improvement in 2006, but while he generates pop on contact, he is still an ankle biter with inconsistent tackle technique.

Draft Ace
by Ryan McCrystalStrengths: Great size. Smart player, shows good field awareness. Excels in zone coverage. Decent athletic ability. Great ball skills.Weaknesses: Lacks ideal speed. Hasn’t played against top competition. Character is a minor concern; was suspended in 2004 for missing class.Comments: Stone is an experienced player that understands the game of football. He doesn’t appear to have much room to improve, mainly because he lacks the speed to ever be truly dominant. He could become a decent backup at the next level. He projects as a mid round draft pick.

Consensus Draft ServicesOverview: Daren Stone may be the best pro prospect in the A-10 available for the 2007 NFL draft. First-team all-Atlantic-10 performer who played in the East-West Shrine Game and did very well at his Combone workout and at the pro day.Strengths: Heady, explosive player with great measurables for the position. Outstanding vertical leap (40+”), broad jump (11’5″), and good speed. Classic run-stuffing, blitzing strong safety, who moves around well in coverage. Leader of a solid mid-level IAA defensive team. Tons of “upside” with this cat.Weaknesses: Not yet a great pass defender. Must be paired with a great pass-defending FS if he is to ever start at the next level. Does not make nearly enough plays in the passing game. Not a blazer. Needs to add strength, but certainly has the frame to do so.

Projection: With a great E-W Shrine Game week of practice,a solid Combine and even better pro day, Daren should go anywhere from round 4 to round 6.

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2007 Draft Recap: Jason Snelling

May 2nd, 2007 Comments off
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Jason Snelling

Height: 5-11
December 29, 1983
Hometown: Chester, VA


40 Speed: 4.79
20 Yd: 2.73
10 Yd: 1.62
Bench: 15 reps
Vertical Jump: 30 inches
Broad Jump:
Short Shuttle: 4.38
3 Cone Drill: 7.06
Arm Length:
32.5 inches
Hand size: 9 inches

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by Scott WrightStrengths: Strong, powerful and runs hard…Breaks a lot of tackles…Versatile…Great hands as a receiver…Instinctive and a natural runner with nice vision…Gives good effort as a blocker…Hard worker with terrific intangibles…Has special teams potential.Weaknesses: May not have a true pro position…Has some health and durability concerns…His timed speed is below average…Not very elusive…Needs to add weight and bulk up…Is not a dominating lead blocker…He just isn’t overly physical or aggressive.Notes: Brother, T.J., played football at VMI…Suffers from epilepsy…Played running back as a senior…A classic ‘tweener who is too small to be a fullback and is not fast or shifty enough to be a running back…Has the talent to play at the next level but the question is where?…Solid backup and maybe even more in the right situation.Grade: Late Round / FA
by TFY Draft PreviewPOSITIVES: Well-built backfield prospect with marginal upside for the next level. Aggressive carrying the ball or blocking, picks up assignments and works hard until the whistle blows. Strong at the point and removes defenders from the action at fullback.NEGATIVES: Stiff, lumbers about the field and has difficulty cutting back against the grain. Does not possess the speed to get around the corner.ANALYSIS: A versatile college player, Snelling lacks the size to be a true lead blocker and the ball-handling skills to be a feature back. Offers possibilities as a short-yardage runner, and his pass-catching skills provide added value.PROJECTION: Undrafted Free Agent

GRADE: 3.24 — Practice Squad
by NFLDraftScout.comPositives: Shows good definition in his arms and chest, having dropped close to 15 pounds since 2005 … Has a tight abdomen and hips, good bubble and thickness in his thighs and calves … Displays good forward body lean and the proper pad level to drag defenders for extra yardage … Shows good quickness building to top speed with the agility to redirect through the inside holes … Feels that he should get the ball in crunch time and has had good success producing in that area, converting more than 60 percent of his third-down plays during his career (15 of 27 running, 5 of 10 receiving), as he had big plays that set up 26 touchdown drives and 15 more that ended in field goals among his 246 touches … Also a superb coverage defender, known for getting downfield to break up the wedge on kickoff returns and down punts near the goal line with the punt coverage unit … Has a quick first step into the holes, keeping his pad level down and body leaning forward to gain positive yardage … His low center-of-gravity prevents defenders from getting underneath to cut down his legs … Has the body mechanics, solid first step and enough acceleration to run over the middle linebacker as a lead blocker, and shows good stride to get to his point of contact … Has the natural knee bend to sink and uncoil as a blocker, doing a very good job in maintaining body control … Strong downhill runner with the balance and leg drive to break tackles … Doesn’t show much hip wiggle, but does have a good feel for the cutback lanes, as he runs hard, giving a solid effort to move through the trash … Demonstrates a good feel for reading his blockers and will get the hard yards up the middle when he keeps his shoulders squared … With his power, he is better off taking the ball up the gut rather than try to generate a second gear needed to elude and take the ball to the house on the outside … If Snelling gets his pads down and legs churning before hitting the line, he is a load to bring down in one-on-one situations … Runs the swing and stop routes with very good effectiveness and has excellent ability after the catch … Has the kick slide to neutralize bull rushers and the upper-body strength to punch and sustain on his blocks … Bruising lead blocker who does a fine job adjusting to targets when blocking in space … Explosive contact seeker who plays with good aggression … Quick to get down, break up the wedge, wrap and secure as a tackler on the kickoff coverage unit … He also has the vision and feel to get down the field to down punts near the goal line.Negatives: Has some hip stiffness bouncing out wide, but has the leg drive to break tackles … Doesn’t have the breakaway speed to take the ball long distances, but can power his way into the open when breaking the initial tackle … Has a functional initial burst, but doesn’t have the second gear to break free from the pile in the open … Better served running between tackles, as he doesn’t show the wiggle or second gear to take the ball to the house on the outside … Had some ball security issues in 2005, leaving it a bit exposed in one hand when running into the second level, but has made mechanical adjustments (now holds the ball on a better angle, much like Tike Barber did with the Giants the past few years) … Sometimes lets the ball absorb into his body when working underneath, but uses his frame well to shield defenders from the ball … Better served when he can catch the ball in stride rather than looking it in over his outside shoulder.

The Huddle Report
by Drew BoylhartSTRENGTHS: Jason played tailback for his college team this last year, but for the next level, he is a fullback and a damn good one at that. In fact, in this draft, he might be the best pure fullback because he can do a little bit of everything. He does a good job running between the tackles to get the tough yards, is an excellent lead blocker and shows great lateral agility to switch and pick up blitzing linemen when blocking in the passing game. He shows decent hands coming out of the backfield as well as the intelligence to handle this multi–task position that, because of its complexities, has become a lost art in the pro football world. Jason reminds me a lot of Tom Rathman (former FB San Francisco 49er’s). He is not the runner that Tom was, but he has all the other talents equal to Rathman and in the right offense, could become a core player for the team that drafts him.NEEDS TO IMPROVE: The biggest problem for Jason is that he was playing a position this year that he does not have athletic talent to play. This caused him to be inconsistent in his game and most teams looking at him as a RB are thinking that he is back-up material. I think he is a starting FB that will be a leader on special teams and in the locker room. Of course everyone is going to tell you that he is too short to be a fullback, but as you know, that is a crock. All of this might make Jason a free agent pick up after the draft.OVERALL: Jason is the type of player who will become a core special teams player and help his offense to make those third and short yards that every offense needs to be a winning football team. He will keep the chains moving for your offense either by making the yardage or making the block that allows someone else to make the yardage. He looks like he is a good kid that is liked by his teammates and coaches and will do anything to get on the field and help his team win. I’m hoping that he understands that for the next level, RB is not the position for him. Jason could do some damage in the running game in a zone blocking scheme. However, the truth is, as an every-down RB, he would only average 60-70 yds a game and that is just not going to do it at the next level. He just does not have the elusiveness, vision or change of gear speed needed to handle the RB position at the next level. As a change-up back who can be kept fresh, he will be very hard to stop around the goal line and in getting those tough third and short yards. In this draft, there are some fullbacks with as much talent as Jason, but there are none that are better. As you know by now, I do not consider Brian Leonard a fullback, so this makes Jason on my personal list as the top fullback in this draft. Here is the rub – Jason is listed as a Running Back and Brian is listed as a Fullback! You have to admit, I’ve got some set on me! I bet there is not another scout, GM or draft analyst that has the guts to tell you that both of these players for the next level should be listed opposite of what they are listed right now!TALENT BOARD ROUND: 5

On The Clock DraftJason Snelling is a versatile player who had three years of experience at fullback before becoming Virginia’s featured back as a senior. He has good instincts and is a powerful, north-south runner who does most of his damage between the tackles. He is a very good short yardage back who has the strength to break tackles and gain additional yardage. He is a solid lead blocker and has above average hands as a receiver out of the backfield. Snelling is a bit of a running back/fullback “tweener”. He lacks great size for a fullback and he is a solid but unspectacular lead blocker. As a runner, Snelling lacks the speed to get to the edge and turn the corner. He isn’t a very elusive runner in the open field and he won’t break many long runs. Durability could be a cause for concern with Snelling. He only had one season in college where he saw action in every game (2005). He took a redshirt in 2003 when he had a sprained shoulder. In 2004 he missed 5 games due to a sprained ankle and he missed the Wyoming game as a senior with another ankle sprain. Snelling is a versatile player who can run, block, and catch. He should be a second day pick in the 2007 NFL draft.

Football’s Future
by Robert DavisSnelling had an immediate impact as a freshman in 2002. He ran for just 38 yards on nine carries, but had a career high 31 receptions for 314 yards and four touchdowns. He redshirted in 2003, and was limited by injuries in 2004. As a junior, he bounced back and ran for 325 yards and three touchdowns, and added 19 catches for 140 yards out of the backfield. Snelling took more of a featured rusher role in 2006, rushing for 772 yards and seven touchdowns, while hauling in 29 receptions for 282 yards . Jason Snelling is an excellent all around fullback prospect. He can do it all: run, block, and catch. He was a solid lead blocker his first three years in the program, but emerged as a legitimate rushing threat as a senior. As a fullback, he has the power and speed to be a threat running the ball. His best asset may be his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. Snelling will be a multi purpose threat out of the backfield. As a fullback, there is not a great deal to dislike about Snelling. He is not a dominating lead blocker, and he may not be a real playmaker with the ball in his hands, but that really is nitpicking. Outside of Brian Leonard, there isn’t a better fullback in the draft. He may not be a difference maker or have one true standout ability, but Snelling could be a very solid fullback in the NFL.
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2007 Draft Recap: Laurent Robinson

May 2nd, 2007 Comments off

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Laurent Robinson

Height: 6-2
Illinois State
May 20, 1985
Hometown: Rockledge, FL


40 Speed: 4.38
20 Yd: 2.50
10 Yd: 1.46
Bench: 19 reps
Vertical Jump: 39 inches
Broad Jump:
Short Shuttle: 4.28
3 Cone Drill: 6.83
Arm Length:
32.25 inches
Hand size: 9 inches

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by Scott WrightStrengths: Good size…Timed speed is more than adequate…Runs real good routes and he just knows how to get open…Athletic and quick…A good leaper…Great ball skills and body control…Catches the ball well…A vertical threat…Was quite productive.Weaknesses: Did not play against elite competition and will have to make a big transition…Did not have a great senior campaign…Not very strong or physical and his toughness has been questioned…Sub par blocker…Fumbler…Won’t do much after the catch.Notes: First name is pronounced: “loor-RAUNT”…He stepped up and had excellent games against Iowa St. in 2005 (6 rec. for 177 yds. and 2 TD) and Kansas St. in 2006 (9 rec. for 77 yds.)…A legitimate talent and one of the top small-schoolers available.

Grade: Mid-Rounder
by TFY Draft PreviewPOSITIVES: Productive, big-play receiver hobbled with an ankle injury for most of his senior campaign. Quickly releases off the line, immediately gets to top speed and makes the reception in stride. Extends to catch the ball away from his frame.NEGATIVES: Lacks the true second gear and top-end speed. Not a physically strong receiver. Comes up short with his blocking assignments.ANALYSIS: Physically built to be a fourth receiver at the next level, Robinson shows a lot of natural skills catching the ball. Must regain his prior form off the ankle injury from last season but worth considering in the late rounds.

PROJECTION: Early Sixth Round

GRADE: 3.44 — Fence Player
by NFLDraftScout.comPositives: Has a lean, angular frame that is built for speed, showing good chest muscle definition with a tapered waist, good shoulder width, tight abdomen, developed thighs and calves … Has excellent body flexibility and hip snap, dropping his weight and keeping his pads down to accelerate instantly coming out of his cuts … Has fine balance in his running stride, executing crisp plant-and-drive skills to get in and out of his breaks … Possesses the speed to challenge the deep secondary and the body control to make adjustments through his routes … Smart, instinctive runner and also does well in the classroom … Picks up plays quickly and is alert to coverages, doing a nice job of finding the soft spot in the zone to settle in … Regarded by the staff the team’s “most trustworthy” player, as he works hard in the training and film rooms, showing good self-starting ability … Capable of getting to the ball in a crowd and there is no flinch to him, even when he knows the defense is about to drill him … Has the ability to accelerate into his routes instantly and shows good urgency in and out of his cuts … Demonstrates a crisp running style and does a nice job adjusting his body to get to the underneath throws … His speed lets him drive off the coverage and come back for the easy yards … Takes short, pitter-patter steps to accelerate off the line of scrimmage, and has the explosion to gain on the cornerback and eat the cushion in attempts to challenge deep … Can sink and slip through traffic due to his lateral agility and is very alert of the sidelines, doing a nice job of keeping his feet in bounds … Displays the body control to sink his hips to get better separation in-and-out of his cuts and does a very good job of finding the soft spot and settling in vs. zone coverage … Whether working underneath or attacking the deep zone, Robinson’s hip snap and ability to ride up the defensive back lets him gain immediate separation after the catch … Shows the nimbleness to maintain balance and turn instantly to head up field after the catch … Maintains good focus when looking the ball in, and does not hesitate to get vertical to make the play … Best when contorting his body and looking the ball in over his shoulder on deep routes … Has developed good hand mechanics to extend for the ball away from the frame … Will sometimes revert to body catching, but has the timing and snatch ability to get to the ball at its high point … Needs to add some more bulk and strength, but has that second gear and burst to leave defenders grabbing at air … Has no problem competing with the opponent after contact, and has the balance and leg drive to stay up after taking the initial hit.Negatives: Has functional playing power, but will need to upgrade in this area to prevent from being rerouted by the more physical pro defensive backs … Earlier in his career, Robinson did not utilize his explosiveness with consistency in attempts to get a clean release off the snap … Could use some more bulk to escape the jam, but has more than enough quickness to escape and get back on the stem … Demonstrates sure hands to lovk the ball in, but must be more conscious of securing the ball before heading upfield … Shows better consistency getting into his routes than earlier in his career (used to take some soft angle cuts) … Still learning how to vary his speed, but has shown improvement each week, as he no longer out-runs the ball and is smart enough to uncover and has the burst to go downfield in a flash … More of a pester-type of blocker than one who will face up at the line of scrimmage.Compares To: Laveranues Coles, New York Jets … Like Coles, Robinson has that explosive running stride and acceleration to separate after the catch. Both are fearless catching in a crowd and show great sideline awareness, body control and loose hips to turn a short catch into a big play.

Draft Ace
by Ryan McCrystalStrengths: Good natural athlete. Elite speed. An explosive receiver that is a threat to score anytime he has the ball. A tough player that will get physical and take hits. Reads the ball very well.Weaknesses: Missed time in 2006 with an ankle injury. Doesn’t have experience against top competition.Comments: Holds the Gateway Conference record for single season receiving yards (1,465 in 2005). An extremely productive player at his level competition. He impressed scouts with his forty time at the combine. He may go off the board as high as the third round.

Consensus Draft ServicesOverview: Without a doubt, Laurent is one of the best receivers not playing IA football. He has been a Walter Payton award finalist and one of the most productive receivers in IAA for the past three seasons.Strengths: Good size. Very fluid athlete. Runs with a smooth, gliding style that deceives D-backs. Can snatch the ball in traffic. Capable of the highlight grab. Great production at this level. Tough and fearless.Weaknesses: Needs to get stronger. Can be shoved around in the first five yards. Not a burner.

Projection: A guy with his hands and production deserves to be a 7th rounder at worst, but you never know how the NFL will react to the level of competition issue.

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2007 Draft Recap: Stephen Nicholas

May 2nd, 2007 Comments off


Stephen Nicholas

Height: 6-1
Weight: 232
College: South Florida
Birthday: May 1, 1983
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL


40 Speed: 4.64
20 Yd: 2.68
10 Yd: 1.58
Bench: 29 reps
Vertical Jump: 33.5 inches
Broad Jump: 9’2″
Short Shuttle: 4.45
3 Cone Drill: 7.29

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by Scott WrightStrengths: Good athlete…Adequate timed speed and quickness and has a burst…Real solid tackler…Pretty instinctive…Versatile and could project to either the weakside or the strongside…Aggressive and has a motor that never stops…Plays with a nasty demeanor…Strong…Excellent pass rusher…Has a lot of experience…Productive.Weaknesses: Undersized…Does not do a great job of shedding blocks…Doesn’t play quite as fast as he times…Did not always play against top-notch competition…Has tight hips and is just ordinary in pass coverage…Does not change directions very well.Notes: Was a four-year starter…Didn’t always get a lot of national attention but was a real gem for the Bulls…Has most of the physical tools you look for other than bulk and rates very high on the intangibles scale as well…Somewhat underrated and he could be the type of guy who’s a Day Two steal and really surprises everyone.Grade: Mid-Rounder
by TFY Draft PreviewPOSITIVES: Instinctive linebacker who constantly makes positive plays. Diagnoses the action, picks up assignments and remains alert. Effectively uses his hands to protect himself, scrapes well in the box and strings plays laterally. Covers a good amount of area on the field.NEGATIVES: Undersized, is slow to shed blocks and can be taken from the action by opposing tight ends. Has tackles broken.ANALYSIS: A hard-working defender who constantly plays at a high level, Nicholas offers starting potential in a one-gap system or on the weak side.PROJECTION: Late Fourth Round

GRADE: 3.53 — Future Starter
by NFLDraftScout.comPositives: Has a thick frame with good upper-body muscle tone, thick thighs and calves … Active in pursuit, doing a nice job of flowing down the line to string plays wide … Plays with solid effort and is best when keeping the action in front of him (lacks range) … More of a collision-type tackler, but he does show good pop on contact … Is quick to close when he locates the ball … Attacks blockers with adequate aggression and has improved his hands usage to take on and re-route tight ends in the short area … Has the vision to track the ball in flight, but gets more deflections than interceptions due to a lack of natural hands … Uses his upper-body power to drag down opposing ball carriers and is a physical face-up hitter … Bit of a liability covering on extended routes, but has the ability to cover in the short area … Has a sharp closing burst on the play-side … Breaks down properly in the open when runners change direction and has the quickness to catch backs from behind … Goes low in his stance, generating good leg thrust to drive the opponent back on his heels … Efficient blitzer who slips through blocks to provide constant pressure on the pocket … Plays with good aggression and is always looking for the ball when working through trash … Has a good concept for taking angles in backside pursuit … Needs to improve his backpedal mechanics, but shows crisp cutting agility out of his breaks.Negatives: Gets suckered out of position at times, having problems with misdirection … Lacks the size you look for on the perimeter and might not have the read-and-diagnose ability to call defensive signals as a middle linebacker … Short arms when offensive linemen lock on to him, struggling to shed … Too stiff in his hips to redirect or change direction easily … For some reason, he will stop his legs once a blocker latches on to him, quickly getting taken out of the play … Can be engulfed by larger blockers and struggles to press the taller and more physical tight ends … Better flowing to the play-side than from behind … Does not have natural hands for the interception … Poor space tackler (better in close quarters), as he will revert to ducking his head upon contact … Gets too high in his stance when backpedaling and fails to open his hips properly to turn and go … Has a marginal feel for routes and hesitates before dropping into the throwing lane … Good blitzer, but will get caught up in inside trash.Compares To: KEVIN BENTLEY-Seattle … Nicholas can play all three linebacker positions, but outside of his blitzing, there are quite a few liabilities in his game. He is slow to read keys and doesn’t have the size, bulk or overall strength to simply punish ball carriers. He might be a better fit inside, but he does a marginal job of locating the ball quickly enough to impact on the play. He is too light to play on the line, but late in the draft, his pass-rushing skills could make for a nice pickup, but only as a situational player.

Football’s Future
by Robert DavisThree games into his true freshman season, Nicholas suffered an ankle injury and ended up taking a medical redshirt for the season. He returned a year later, earning freshman AA status after finishing the year with 46 tackles, 11 for loss, and 5.5 sacks. As a sophomore, he had 97 tackles, 11 for loss on the year. Nicholas became more of a playmaker as a junior, finishing the year with 79 tackles, 15.5 for loss, and seven sacks on the year. He closed out his Bull career with a career high 102 tackles, 15 for loss, 7.5 sacks, and two interceptions. Nicholas is a talented, all around linebacker prospect. He is a good athlete, that has good quickness and speed on the field. He reads plays well in front of him, and quickly flies towards the football. He has great closing speed, and shows the ability to run plays down sideline to sideline and rush the passer. He is aggressive, and is not afraid to take on bigger players. Nicholas lacks ideal height and bulk for a linebacker, which may limit him to the weakside position. He can be overpowered at the point of attack, and may be too small to match up with tight ends in coverage. Nicholas has played both will and sam linebacker spots, but projects better on the weakside because of his size. With his speed and aggressiveness, he could be a big playmaker and special teams demon in a few years.

Draft Ace
by Ryan McCrystalStrengths: Good athlete. Shows good awareness on the field. Decent quickness despite poor timed speed. Hard hitter. Reliable tackler. Plays with a nasty attitude and appears to always be going full speed ahead.Weaknesses: Lacks ideal size and speed. Below average in coverage, a one dimensional linebacker.Comments: Nicholas has the skills to be a solid backup at the next level, but not much more. His lack of size limits the number of teams that will be interested in him. He projects as a late round selection.

Consensus Draft Services Overview: A speed guy who plays fast and makes a ton of tackles. Mid-major program may hold him out of the spotlight, but he is climbing.Strengths: Extremely fast, smooth and productive. Plays smart. Takes great angles. Fights to get to the ball. Pursues very well. Leadership. Makes sacrifices to get better and make plays. Very athletic. Hard worker and team player. Works hard in pass defense.Weaknesses: Not very big. Can be engulfed on the second level. Gets washed out of some plays. Struggles getting through dense traffic. Will never be an elite pass defender.Projection: Has first day ability, but may go as late as the 5th round because of size and lack of visibility.

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