Wednesday, February 26, 2014

NFL draft preview FSU S Terrence Brooks

Checked on some tape ( Pitt, NC State, Clemson )on Terrence Brooks from FSU. This guy is a good player. Has the range and instinct to play centerfield. Reacts great to the ball in the air. Good enough tackler with speed to run guys down.

Not a big guy (5110 198) nor a physical presence. Dropped a couple picks as well.

I see Brooks as an early starter for teams looking for a true FS. Grade 6.5 3rd round.

Monday, February 24, 2014

NFL Draft Preview Safeties

Calvin Pryor Louisville 6.9 Solid starter

Superior athlete. Great range on the run and pass. Can play in the box, deep half and middle. Will bring it and make great collisions.

Misses a lot of tackles, takes bad angles and blows coverages. He reminds me of a big Louis Delmas. Some team will love this guy. I do not think the Lions should take him at 10.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Alabama 6.9 Solid Starter

Good athlete with range. Can cover slots, rb and TE man to man. Good position tackler. In the right place.

Not a physical presence. Will lose jump balls (see Texas A&M). Value at 20-30.

Deone Bucannon Washington State 6.5 solid rotational starter

Physical player. Runs the alley. Can match up with TE. Have some range at FS.

Misses tackles (See Oregon). Lacks instincts against the pass. Most comfortable in the box.

Ahmad Dixon Baylor 6.3 Rotational player

Strong. Good tackler. Plays hard.

Stiff, not a coverage guy. Lacks ball skills. WIll play on special teams

Isaiah Lewis MSU 6.2 Contributor possibile starter

Smart, will tackle. Has a presence in the middle of the field.

Little in the way of ball skills. Will get beat deep. Good special teams player.

Craig Loston LSU 6.4

Looks the part. Can run. Has range in center field. Good hands

Does not make a lot of plays, Lacks instincts. Has ability.

Ed Reynolds Stanford 6.2 Contributor possible starter

Good tackler. Always in the right spot. Controls the traffic in the secondary.

Little range (See the Rose Bowl). Gets lost with the ball in the air. Little help to corners.

Jimmie Ward Northern Illinois 6.7 Solid rotational player

Good range against the pass. Can cover in the slot. Good tackler vs. the run. Good hands.

Small.  I like this guy. Has value at around Pick # 40.

Sean Parker Washington 5.9 special teams guy with value at position

Solid tackler, In the right place. Good football player.

Not a impact player. Lacks NFL Size and Speed. Will make a team

Avery Patterson Oregon 5.8 Special Teams guy.

Tackles, can cover in the slot. Makes a lot plays.

Small even for a CB. Will make a team. I root for this guy.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Detroit Lions part ways with 5 Free agents, sign one

Martin Mayhew said Friday the Lions would pursue the following free agents:

Rocky McIntosh
16 games 15 tackles

David Akers
16 games
42/43 XP 19/23 FG
John Wendling
64 Games 4 Starts
97 tackles
Dylan Gandy
78 games 5 Starts
Israel Idonije
15 games
11 tackles 0.5 sacks
Mayhew said the Lions would sign the following ERFA

Kris Durham
20 games 16 Starts
46 Rec 615 yards 3td
Jeremy Ross
5 rec 59 yards 1 td
15 KOR 440 yards 1 td
15 PR 243 yards 1 td
Lions sign Isa Abdul-Quddus. He was claimed by the Lions on waivers from the Saints. He was slated to be a RFA.

Here is a tribute:

Isa Abdul-Quddus
42 games 74 tackles 2 int in New Orleans

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Detroit Lions terminate S Louis Delmas

Lions let go of Safety Louis Delmas. This move saves the Lions around $6.5 million on the cap. Louis struggled with injury since Thanksgiving of 2011. He hurt his knee vs. the Pack and never was the same. He barely practiced during either season. He took bad angles and blew a lot coverages. He never meshed with Quin or Mathis.

Here is a Tribute:

329 tackles 6 int 5 sacks
22 Passes defensed
in 65 starts

To guys from WMU
2009 draft
2nd round pick in 2009 out of WMU
Good Luck Louis

Detroit Lions waive Nate Burleson

Detroit Lions waive WR Nate Burleson. This move saves the Lions about $5.5 Million in cap space.
Nate struggled with injuries. In 2012 he broke his leg vs. the Bears and a the pizza incident in 2013. He had 39 catches out of 52 targets with 5 drops in 2013. 19 out his receptions resulted in 1st downs. When he returned from the broken arm in 2013, he was not the player he once was. He struggled to gain separation and had key drops.

Here is a tribute:

194 receptions 2084 yards 12 td 3 Fumbles lost
in 45 games for Detroit

2 injuries limited Nate in 2012,2013

Mega with Nate
Good Luck Nate

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Darqueze Dennard vs. Justin Gilbert

Broke down some film on top,CB prospects MSU CB Darqueze Dennard and OK State CB Justin Gilbert.

Dennard  ( Michigan, Stanford, Norte Dame, Nebraska, Minnesota)
Compact, well built player. Strong with his arms. Will get called for a lot of penalties in the NFL. Struggles playing the ball in the air. I see him as a solid CB in the NFL. I rate 6.8 at this point. Starter  in his rookie year.

Gilbert (Missouri, Texas, TCU)
Long, lean athlete. A little choppy in press man but makes up for it with a quick break. Superior ball skills. Plays the ball like a receiver. Great hands. I love this guy. It is early but this guy is high on my board. I rate him 7. Impact starter in the NFL. Could be a great return man as well.


Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Texas A&M, Mississippi State)

Free safety for Saban. Played a lot of center field. Good man cover guy. Can run the alley in run support. However, does not bring a physical presence. Had a nightmare game vs, A&M. Evans out jumped him and he missed Johnny football in the open field twice. Showed good range but not great instinct. I rate 6.7 starter late in rookie year. I still need to do some work on him.