Archive for March, 2011

Team Needs: San Diego Chargers

San Diego Chargers: Team Needs Rookie Review On The Clock Insider Podcast

2011 NFL Draft–

  • ILB – While it is believed that San Diego will retain Stephen Cooper, the chances of Kevin Burnett and Brandon Siler both re-signing appear unlikely. Even if the Chargers are able to retain one of the two, depth is going to be a huge concern if the team is unable to find some bodies to compete. The future of last year’s third round pick Donald Butler remains up in the air as he continues to rehab from a torn Achilles tendon. Utilizing a draft pick on this position again this year might be a wise decision.
  • OT – San Diego resolved their contract dispute with Marcus McNeill, which provides long-term stability for Rivers’ blindside, but an upgrade at right tackle would be in the team’s best

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Rookie Review: San Diego Chargers

San Diego Chargers: Team Needs Rookie Review On The Clock Insider Podcast

2010 NFL Draft Class–

(1-12) Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State: He didn’t come out of the gates as strongly as many expected him to. In addition to ball security issues caused by holding the ball too far from his body, Mathews must also learn how to be a more patient back. He has the tools to be a star if he simply follows his blocks to get through the first level.  The developing runner did make some strides during the last quarter of the season. From the sound of things, he’s working really hard to correct his flaws. Grade: C

(3-79) Donald Butler, ILB, Washington: Butler was enjoying a fine training camp before suffering a season-ending achilles tendon injury. He is an athletic defender who beats blockers more with his

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Pro Day: Teams Ask Moore To Play CB | UCLA

Underclassmen Rahim Moore and Akeem Ayers both took advantage of their pro days at UCLA. Moore chose not to run the 40-yard dash Tuesday and stood on his respectable combine times of 4.53 and 4.62 seconds.  It’s a little concerning that he didn’t attempt to improve the numbers, but the rest of his workout was very good, especially the drills.

While many view Rahim Moore as the top safety heading into April’s draft, he is projected as a second-round selection and there are teams that consider Texas cornerback Aaron Williams a better safety prospect. What makes this even more intriguing is the fact that Moore claims other NFL scouts have talked about him playing cornerback in their system, which isn’t out of the question.

Linebacker Akeem Ayers had to redo the 40-yard dash due to his abysmal times in Indianapolis and he ran an unofficial 4.76

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Alabama’s Dareus, Purdue’s Kerrigan visit with Bills

Add two defensive linemen, Alabama’s Marcell Dareus and Purdue’s Ryan Kerrigan, to the list of draft-eligible prospects visiting the Buffalo Bills.

Four top prospects in line to attend NFL draft next month

Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones and Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn have confirmed that they will attend next month’s NFL draft in New York.

Team Needs: New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints: Team Needs Rookie Review On The Clock Insider Podcast

2011 NFL Draft–

  • DE – The Saints weren’t as effective rushing the passer this year and whether or not that was due the loss of Charles Grant playing opposite Will Smith, the all pro player needs support along the front four if the Saints are going to get back to that disruptive form they showed in 2010. The addition of former Chicago Bear Alex Brown did not bring the kind of impact defensive coordinator Gregg Williams had anticipated, and playing Tony Hargrove out of position at end was also ineffective.
  • RB – With injuries to Pierre Thomas, Lynell Hamilton, Reggie Bush, Ladell Betts, and Chris Ivory, New Orleans literally ran out of running backs as the 2010 season wore on.  Ivory showed some promise late in the year but

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Rookie Review: New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints: Team Needs Rookie Review On The Clock Insider Podcast

2010 NFL Draft Class–

(1-32) Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State: He played a prominent role when starting corners Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter went down. Not only was he solid in reacting to balls in flight but he proved to be quite the tackler in space. His loose hips to turn and run with receivers give him loads of potential. Grade: B+

(2-64) Charles Brown, OT, USC: Although he was a healthy scratch for much of his rookie season, the former Trojan acquitted himself well in the preseason. The 297-pound lineman has long arms and dancer’s feet to slide with and mirror athletic pass rushers. It wouldn’t come as a shock if Brown supplanted the error-prone Jermon Bushrod at left tackle in 2011. Grade: B-

(3-95) Jimmy Graham,

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Pro Day: 20 Teams Attend Utah | Taylor Shines

Center/Guard prospect Zane Taylor might not have been the headliner before today’s pro day at Utah but he certainly is now.

Representatives and scouts of more than 20 NFL teams were in attendance when the interior lineman put up 41 bench reps of 225 pounds, besting his combine mark of 33 reps.  Bill Callahan, offensive line coach for the Jets, was also present to watch Taylor in action. His forty time of 5.41 seconds was also an improvement on his results from Indianapolis and he also turned in a very respectable 26.5 inch vertical leap.

Cornerback Brandon Burton also participated in drills and workouts, as he improved on his 4.50 forty yard dash time and looked smooth in drills.

Unfortunately it wasn’t all roses for the Utes, as defensive back Justin Taplin-Ross injured his left leg during a drill and had to be helped off

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Team Needs: Philadelphia Eagles

 

Philadelphia Eagles: Team Needs Rookie Review On The Clock Insider Podcast

2011 NFL Draft–

  • OT – The sight of Mike Vick scrambling is a scene the team would like to see less of in the future. It’s official: Winston Justice has become a liability with his postseason performances over the past two seasons. Occasional starter King Dunlap has been thrown into situations that he is t ill-equipped to handle. The left side is taken care of with Jason Peters coming off his fourth consecutive All Pro season, but shoring up that right side is a key factor to the Eagles improving.
  • OLB – No flash here. The quartet of Ernie Sims, Moise Fokou, Akeem Jordan and Kennan Clayton is rather ordinary. Sims is a free agent and it would be addition by subtraction if they let him walk.  Jordan

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Rookie Review: Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles: Team Needs Rookie Review On The Clock Insider Podcast

2010 NFL Draft Class–

(1-13) Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan: The undersized rush end was effective early on by showing his explosiveness off the edge, as well as using his forceful bull rush technique to wreak havoc on the opposition. However, the former Wolverine couldn’t sustain his good play due to shoulder and ankle injuries. Graham would later sustain a torn ACL. Grade: C+

(2-37) Nate Allen, FS, USF: It didn’t take long for the free safety to thrust himself into the starting lineup. He flashed great awareness and cornerback-like coverage skills as a rookie but he still tends to get sloppy in his technique and isn’t the big hitter that somebody like Brian Dawkins once was. Grade: B

(3-86) Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, DE, Washington: The quiet Hawaiian showed some pass-rush ability

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