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2012 Draft

Mark Barron    6011  213    Alabama

Combine - Forty: DNP | BP: DNP | VJ: DNP | BJ: DNP | 3C: DNP | 20Sh: DNP| 60Sh: DNP |  

Pro Day - Barron didn’t work out at the NFL Scouting Combine because of an injury. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.56 and 4.57 seconds. He had a 34-1/2-inch vertical and a 10-foot-2 broad jump, but didn’t do other drills. He had an excellent workout. He’s got very good hands and quick hips. Barron is a big, strong guy who moves around exceptionally well. Barron said he was at about “80 percent,” but worked out to show scouts where he was in his recovery from hernia surgery.  (Brooks)  - Barron will be a very good pro safety. He is smart and versatile, and can play deep in the middle or in the box. There is no problem with his ability to play in space. He could also play as a “big” nickel in sub packages. He is fast enough (unofficial 4.55 in the 40-yard dash) and has the tools to be a hybrid-type playmaker. He should go in the middle of the first round.

BRS (Gollin) - Keep an eye on him. A Walt Mitchell sleeper. Write-ups suggest an A-Dub clone. Cards failed to re-sign Considine.

Pro Football  Draft Guide – In-the-box thumper and on-field leader. Sure tackler who enjoys going downhill vs. the run.  Excellent instincts and knack for reading the QB’s eyes and driving to the football.

From - An imposing defender who screams "professional defensive back" from preparation to warm-ups to in-game productivity and presence. A stalwart who has the size and athletic ability to contribute right away in the NFL. Great range and ball skills to make big plays as well as a contributor in run support - using his size and instincts to be an active defender. Projected to be a top-50 pick.

Reads routes and fills well in run support and has the hands and reactions to make plays on the ball. Usually around the ball and uses his size and natural ability to make plays. A sure tackler who puts himself in great position to make plays with sound foot technique for his size. Transitions well in coverage and can cover a variety of offensive players in different positions. Comes downfield with a head of steam in the run game and can move fluidly to run down and cover fast receivers in the pass.

 But he does tend to get lazy with his backpedal and hesitates in transition due to his size, but this does not affect him often. Will launch into the ball carrier, which could expose him at the next level. While he may not step in and be an All-Pro, he has few weaknesses in his game.

ESPN (Scouts, Inc.) - More decisive in early-season than he was late in the season. But overall recognition skills are good. Another coach-on-the-field type. Diagnoses routes quickly in coverage.

Consistently gets an early break on the ball. Very effective reading QBs' eyes in zone and reading routes in man-to-man. Better short-area closing burst (especially when coming forward) than he does top-end speed. Struggles to recover if he gets out of position. Stiff in hips and a liability when asked to turn and run versus slot WR’s. Seemed to lose confidence late in the season.

Knows when to play the ball and when to play the body. Good instincts and takes quality angles to the ball. Hands are good for the position.

Plays under control. Diagnoses run quickly and fills hard in support. Adequate pop at POA. Overall tackling skills are good but not great. The more space he's in the less effective he becomes in run support. Top-end speed is decent at best.

Harrison Smith    6017   213   Notre Dame

Combine - Forty: 4.57 | BP: 19 | VJ: 34.0 | BJ: 122 | 3C: 6.63 | 20Sh: 4.12 | 60Sh: DNP |

Pro Day — Smith didn’t run and rested on what he did at the combine. Interestingly, he had seven interceptions in 2010 and none last year. He moves extremely well for a big guy. He’ll probably go between No. 33 and No. 45 at the draft.

Pro Football  Draft Guide – Heady, physical FS with decent range. Solidly built safety with good instincts & who will deliver a big hit. Limitations are in man coverage – a bit of a tweener (not great in the box/a bit stiff to turn & go).

From - An ultra-athletic, big and smart safety who is always involved, using his quickness, recognition and overall body control to react effectively to plays. While he has just adequate speed, he makes up for this deficiency with strong play recognition and anticipation, and is often in a position to make a play on the ball. Overall, he is a smart, athletic defender who should push to start early in a zone-heavy NFL scheme. Expect him to contend for a late first-round selection if his postseason workouts and interviews go well.

An athletic, smart FS who is strong and has great size for the position, and is as effective vs. the run as he is against the pass. A lengthy athlete with the range to match NFL speed across the defensive backfield. Extremely reliable and effective in run support, due to his ability to read and react to plays on a quick twitch off the snap. Very productive in college and rarely misses a tackle - a drag-down tackler who is always around the ball. Although he may have to catch and rarely delivers a blow, he is consistent. As a pass-defender, he’ll read the ball in the air and make plays all across the back end of the defense. Will read the quarterback well in zone and use his athletic ability to turn and run to make plays on the ball. A long-strider but can turn and ignite a quick burst to run down a receiver downfield and then utilize his length to make strong plays on the ball. If he is in position, he will come down with  the big interception.

He can struggle when covering man to man. Often finds himself in a poor position when the ball is thrown. Short area movements a concern, so he will be much better in a read-and-react zone defense in which he can rely on instincts and recognition more than athletic ability. While he shows up as a solid athlete in every other aspect of his game, his technique in man coverage will expose some inconsistencies in his footwork - he often relies too heavily on his recover ability and overall length to make plays on the ball. Though he is fluid, he can be beaten by quick-twitch and explosive movers.

ESPN (Scouts, Inc.) - Has solid football I.Q. and field awareness / constantly in sound position to make a play. Anticipates routes as well as the quarterbacks release to get an early bead on the ball. Adept at looking up crossers when aligned as a short-robber. Disciplined / rarely bites on play fakes. Makes a quick diagnosis and reaction in run support.

Adequate top-end speed with the range to hold up as a half field defender. Makes a quick gather at the top of his back pedal and is at his best breaking forward. Does have some tightness in his hips and can lose momentum when having to make a sudden 180 degree turn. Can match up with TEs in man coverage but will have limitations against quicker slot receivers.

Instincts provide him with above-average play making ability. Takes solid angles to the point and is aggressive and strong playing the ball. Will climb the ladder and separate the ball from receiver. Above-average hand eye coordination but did not record an interception during the 2011 regular season after notching seven as junior in 2010.

Physical and aggressive in run support. Takes sound angles in pursuit. Closes quickly when running the alley with above-average body control to break down and secure the tackle. Solid POA skills when aligned near the box and discards blocks in a timely manner.

George Iloka   6035   225   Boise State

Combine - Forty: 4.66 | BP: 20 | VJ: 34.5 | BJ: 124 | 3C: 7.03 | 20Sh: 4.03 | 60Sh: 11.75 |  

Pro Day - Iloka kept all of his marks from the combine. Although he was solid in his workout, he didn’t turn any heads.

BRS (Gollin) - Visited Cardinal Hq.

Pro Football  Draft Guide – Long with good athleticism for size. Takes too many false steps and will struggle with route-recognition.  Takes time to reach full speed

From - Superb zone defender who understands how to diagnose and react to plays. QB of the secondary with the length to make plays and the speed to have range in zone. Should be a backup early on and contribute early on, and displays starting traits; third-round value.

Good at diagnosing a play and being in position in zone. Aligns very deep but has the speed to react and get involved when he needs to. Sticks his foot in the ground and commits once he makes a decision. Good body control to break down and tackle or leap & make a play on the ball once involved. Reliable interceptor when in front of it / comes down hard to meet running backs with physicality in run support.

 He can struggle when having to mirror in man. Doesn't give up deep plays because he plays so deep, but this could also be considered a negative in the NFL.

ESPN (Scouts, Inc.) - Above-average diagnostic skills. Plays with discipline and maintains strong position when aligned in zone coverage. Reads QB eyes well with good route-recognition and anticipation to get a quick break on the ball. Will deliver a violent hit and bring a physical presence down the middle of the field.

Above-average athlete with quick feet. But a bit high-cut and can struggle when having to change direction or execute a180 degree turn. At his best when breaking forward to make play on the ball. Has long strides and can cover a fair amount of pasture when aligned as a center fielder. Will have limitations when locked up in man coverage with quicker slot WR at the next level."

Adequate ball skills but not a big playmaker. Takes sound angles to the point and is aggressive attacking the ball. Has long arms to separate  ball from the receiver. Hands are solid /he can come down with routine pick. But he lacks elite body control to make acrobatic catch. Seems to have the size and leaping ability to hold up in one-on-one jump ball situations.

Makes a quick diagnosis in run support. Fills downhill with good determination. Good strength and adept at using hands to disengage from blocks. Must be more consistent with angles /he can come in too hot at times. Will leave feet on occasion which can lead to a missed tackle.

Brandon Taylor    5112   209    LSU

Combine - Forty: 4.58 | BP: DNP | VJ: 33.5 | BJ: 118 | 3C: 7.32 | 20Sh: 4.37 | 60Sh: DNP |

BRS (Gollin) - Visited Cardinal Hq.

Pro Football  Draft Guide – Tough,, intelligent high character leader. At his best going downhill (recognizes running lanes/wraps up well). More instinctive than athletic.

From - Hardworking safety with some small hitches in his play that affect his draft value. A physical safety who will likely be selected late based on his experience at a high level.

Physical -  enjoys getting in the mix to support the run. An effective box player who puts himself in good position as the eighth man. Highly productive and effective tackler who likes to throw his body around at receivers and let his presence be known. Can be dragged by bigger players at times, but rarely does he fall of a tackle.

Will struggle when covering in man, but was rarely been put in a position where he had to do so. Taylor had been able to play more freely to support the run and had little work in coverage.

ESPN (Scouts, Inc.) - Vocal leader who can be seen getting teammates aligned. Reads quarterback and can get early break on the ball but route recognition is just average and he’ll occasionally drift out of position. Some problems tracking the ball /can get caught out position in run support.

Faster than quick (average to above average range). “Centerfielder” experience/ more than capable of covering deep half. Times his contact well and can separate receivers from the ball. Fluid and fast enough to turn and run with some tight ends but more effective playing zone than  matching up in man coverage. Takes too long to transition out of breaks and not explosive enough to recover with any kind of consistency.

Average hand size / good focus when the ball is in the air but struggles to extend arms and pluck it out of the air. Ball explodes on him too much. Violent hands / looks to rip the ball out when chasing the ball carrier.

Aggressive and won't shy away from contact. Effective wrap-up tackler when he squares up and breaks down into sound position but he still misses too many tackles. Gets into trouble when he takes subpar angles and/or doesn't play under control in space. Drives legs through tackle but is not an explosive downhill striker. Lines up at linebacker depth but size and technique raise concerns about whether he can do so at the next level. While he doesn't shy away from contact, he’ll takes on blockers with shoulder instead of his hands and can get caught up in the wash.

Markelle Martin    6006   207    Oklahoma State

Combine - Forty: DNP | BP: 19 | VJ: DNP | BJ: DNP | 3C: DNP | 20Sh: DNP| 60Sh: DNP |  

Pro Day — He did not do anything because he had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee after the combine.

PFW Scout's Candid Comments - "(Martin) is stiff. He has bad ball skills and limited instincts. He can't play in space. He might get in the second round  because he can run fast and he's a good kid, but I would not want him - not until the fourth."

Pro Football  Draft Guide – Best coverage safety in this draft. Quick first step, anticipates well and closes quickly when playing centerfield. Solid ball skills and can deliver a hit, but a bit shaky in run support (will sometimes fail to wrap up).

From - A fast safety who can run down receivers from all over the field. Can be exposed at times due to his average athletic ability, but has value due to his speed and all-around skills. A smooth athlete who has difficulty covering more quick-twitch players. Understands how to support in run but does not display the physicality to be an imposing defender. Always in position across the field, which - coupled with his speed - rarely allows him to get beat. There is, however, an absence of electricity in his play / projects to have late-round value based on his speed and productivity.

Brings speed to any defense / an obvious straight-line runner. He can get the defensive backfield lined up and reacts to plays well. Can recover when there is a busted coverage, and he has the skills to make a play on the ball once he gets there. Can bring down ball carriers down in run support, and understands how to play zone, although the two-high shell he played in college didn't give him much play or scheme differentiation. A fluid athlete who can run with receivers when tested deep, but better when running toward the play and not having to flip his hips.

Non-explosive player - plays more not to get beat. As a tackler, he’s more a catcher than an exploder. Limited when he plays guys one-on-one. Around the ball often, but rarely stepz in front of the ball for a big turnover.

ESPN (Scouts, Inc.) - Intense and aggressive defender. Above-average awareness and diagnostic skills. Skilled at keying on QBs eyes to get an early break on the ball. Solid route recognition and anticipation skills. Will take chances and can get caught out of position at times. Brings a physical presence with is his play and will deliver bit hit if given the opportunity.

Above-average athleticism and movement skills. Range is above-average / can cover a lot of land as a center fielder. Transitions quickly out of breaks with an explosive quick-twitched burst to make up ground with the ball in the air. Some tightness in hips, especially when he has to to make a sudden change of direction laterally. May have issues when asked to match up with quicker slot receivers in man coverage.

Closing burst, range and anticipation provide him with above-average playmaking ability. Aggressive attacking the ball and adept at getting his hands on throws while avoiding contact to warrant a pass interference flag. Has natural hands and can come down with pick outside of frame. "

Will deliver big hit, but needs a lot of refinement in this area. Angles are inconsistent. He can come in too hot and must do a better job of breaking down. Will drop head and leave feet which can lead to missed tackles. Good strength / wraps up when he gets into solid position.

Antonio Allen    6014   210    South Carolina

Combine - Forty: 4.67 | BP: 17 | VJ: 34.0 | BJ: 118 | 3C: 7.02 | 20Sh: 4.25 | 60Sh: 11.59 |

Pro Day — Allen ran the 40-yard dash in 4.59 and 4.63 seconds. He kept the rest of his numbers from the combine. He had a good pro-day workout.

PFW Scout's Candid Comments - "Plays like a LB. He makes a bunch of tackles in the box. He's a classic Tweener. He's going to need some reps - that's the concern if he stays at safety. He'll have to make his mark on special teams."

Pro Football Draft Guide – Good size and fluid athleticism. Can come up and play physical in the box. But also backpedals nicely for size.. Will occasionally take poor angles or fail to wrap up. Good upside in a weak class for safeties.

From - Experienced and versatile. Very active / plays the run extremely well. Didn't play the true safety position in college, but his athletic ability and tendency to be actively involved in every play in the box gives him value to teams looking to add run support. Somewhat limited in pass defense but has third-round value.

A superior run defender who played in close to the box. Good at shuffling and working over the top of linebackers, and then triggering a drive step to break on short passes or get after a runner outside. A very firm and reliable tackler in space. Can blanket-cover TEs out of press.

Not starting at a true safety position in college hurts his value. Struggles at times in transition and in a traditional backpedal and will need work here as he adapts to safety in the pros.

ESPN (Scouts, Inc.) - Recognition skills greatly improved during his junior season. Became a much more confident player down the stretch. Always seems to be around the football. Good awareness in zone coverage. Feels receivers crossing through his zone without needing to take his eyes off the QB.

Very good natural instincts and recognition skills in zone coverage. Skilled at jamming the slot receiver and disrupting his release. Stiff in his hips. Will lose a step when forced to flip his hips and run vertically. Adequate-to-good lateral quickness and top-end speed. Good but not elite closing burst when the ball is in the air. Can cover a deep-half of the field but can be exploited when asked to cover deep-third. Will have limitations in man-to-man coverage versus slot WR in the pros.

Not a huge playmaker when the ball is in the air. Will occasionally play the body rather than the ball. Gets in position and will knock the ball down but has not proven to be a ballhawk yet.

Played the 'Spur' position in college -- essentially a hybrid DS/OLB role so he has extensive experience playing near the line of scrimmage. Plays bigger than measurable indicate. Good at keeping blockers off his body and a determined run defender. Solid, square up tackler. Rarely fails to finish when in position to make the tackle. Natural instincts when turned loose on the blitz. Has a feel for where creases will open and attacks the LOS with confidence. "

Janzen Jackson    5114   188    McNeese State

Combine - Forty: 4.64 | BP: 9 | VJ: 36.5 | BJ: 125 | 3C: 6.90 | 20Sh: 4.15 | 60Sh: DNP |

PFW Scout's Candid Comments - "(Jackson) is a really talented athlete with great ball skills. If he did not have all the issues he does, we would be thinking about taking him in the second round. He has that kind of talent. They gave him every chance in the world to get it right at Tennessee and he couldn't."

Pro Football  Draft Guide – Character red flags. Lanky fluid FS who can cover ground and also play some corner. Worth the risk as a developmental pick in a weak safety class.

From - Early-entry junior who transferred to McNeese after two years starting at Tennessee (he left because of a fallout with the staff). An electric athlete who could make an immediate impression at the next level. Sudden, quick twitched and fast enough to cover the deep half of the field against the SEC's best receivers. An undeniable athlete who could contribute early at both the corner and safety position. Has third-round value with a strong opportunity to move up the boards.

Impressive explosive athlete. Changes directions with ease and can move fluidly in his backpedal from both an erect position at safety and a more traditional drop at corner. A versatile defensive back with all the traits to be an impact player from any position. As a safety, he has incredible range to recover and good instincts when breaking on the ball and delivering blows on ballcarriers. As a corner, he mirrors well and uses his arm length to keep receivers close to him.

He’ll  need to improve his tackling technique, - he can fall off at times trying to deliver a big blow. Has worked at both the safety and corner positions and could be a bit undersized at safety to help in run support.

ESPN (Scouts, Inc.) - Has natural football instincts and is confident in his abilities. Makes a quick diagnosis and generally puts himself in solid initial position to make play. Reads quarterbacks eyes well and can get a quick break on the ball. Will occasionally free-lance - which can get him into trouble and caught out of position Good play making instincts but is not at Eric Berry level.

Loose hipped which makes for a quick transition when getting off the hash. Reaches top-end speed quickly out of breaks with a very good closing burst to cover a lot pasture when the ball is in the air. Can hold up as a half-field defender with more than adequate range when lined up as a center fielder. Has an extra gear and can recover once caught in trail technique. Has enough fluidity and top-end speed to hold up when asked to match up in man coverage against TEs but will have limitations against quicker slot wide receivers.

Overall ball skills are strong. Angles a bit inconsistent to the point when the ball is in the air. But he, does a nice job of turning, locating and playing the ball. Diplays playmaking ability and can come down with tough interception outside of frame. Can create with the ball in his hand. Will sometimes look to make big hit instead of making a play on the ball.

Active and willing to put body on the line in run support. Makes a quick diagnosis with a quick closing burst running the alleys. Can struggle to quickly disengage from blocks when aligned near the box. Lacks elite strength as a tackler but does a solid job of breaking down, bringing his feet and wrapping up to get ball carriers to the ground. Will strike and deliver a violent hit when he’s able to line up a ball carrier.

Trent Robinson    5096   195    Michigan State

Combine - Forty: 4.52 | BP: 15 | VJ: 35.0 | BJ: 125 | 3C: DNP | 20Sh: 4.15 | 60Sh: DNP |  

Pro Day - He ran 4.42 and 4.43 in the 40. He had a 4.28 short shuttle and 7.08 cone drill. He looked good in position drills, showing really good feet. There’s some question if he can be a cornerback in the NFL. He came to college as a corner and was moved to safety.

PFW Scout's Candid Comments - "Robinson has tunnel vision. He's straight-line fast. I wanted to make him a cornerback, but I don't know if he can do it. I think he will be  a No. 3 or No. 4 safety and a really good special teams player. He is one of the tougher (evaluations) I have done.

Pro Football  Draft Guide Good size/speed prospect who plays with enough physicality to hold up. Long arms & decent fluidity but lacks great closing speed and too inclined to take false steps in zone coverage

From - Came on strong in his senior year. A solid all-around player who has good COD  to cover players deep and who can also come up physically to make plays in run support. A fourth- or fifth-round value.

Can cover well/ mirrors tight ends well in-phase. Trusts his footwork and makes good plays once diagnosing them. Good hips to turn and run with wideouts and the speed to stay with them. Has the body control to turn when running with a wideout and make an athletic play on the ball. Good in run support / will get to runners and move the pile backward. Aggressive in all phases / reliable when healthy.

He can misread plays at times and although physical, will occasionally fall off tackles. If working in the box, bigger linemen can get their hands on him and engulf. Has a history of injuries.

ESPN (Scouts, Inc.) - Above average route recognition skills when facing LOS/ can get can early break in the ball. Above average at locating the ball - quickly sniffs out play action. But can be overaggressive at times and vulnerable to double moves. Inconsistent discipline /will let receivers get behind him when has deep coverage responsibilities.

Experienced lining up over slot receivers and fast enough to run with them, but there are concerns about whether he can match up at the next level. Quick footed but average hip fluidity. Allows too much separation coming out of breaks. But has above average recovery speed. Closes quickly and limits production after the catch when receivers make plays in front of him. Will deliver the big hit. Fast enough to cover deep half and can hold up in centerfielder role when footwork and read are sound.

"Traps the ball against frame too often but has big hands for size and doesn't drop many passes he gets hands on. Ball security after the pick is an issue. While he times jumps well, his arms are on the shorter side for a safety prospect and frame will hinder his ability to compete for jump balls.

Downhill run stopper who doesn't shy away from contact and can slip blocks. Above average range and effort in pursuit. Squares and wraps up when he can break down into sound tackling position but he’s not strong enough to drag down bigger runners with arm tackles. Not big enough to play at linebacker depth at the next level. Will take inconsistent angles and get caught out of position at times. Tunnel vision -  gets blindsided by receivers blocking down.

Winston Guy    6007   218    Kentucky

Combine - Forty: 4.70 | BP: DNP | VJ: DNP | BJ: DNP | 3C: DNP | 20Sh: DNP| 60Sh: DNP |

Pro Football  Draft Guide – Played corner and both safety spots. Good downhill (aggressively attacks vs. run). Could carry a bit more weight on frame. Decent quickness and closing burst but is slow to react in zone & too tight-hipped to play man.

From - A defensive jack of all trades - played corner as a freshman before moving to safety for his second and third years, and ultimately ended up at outside linebacker. Projects as a safety in the NFL with the special-teams ability to contribute early; late-round value.

Excellent in run support, makes a lot of plays off the edge and could be an effective sub-package zone blitzer in his pro career. Drag-down tackler, but usually in position and good with pre-snap reads. Has the savvy and athletic ability to start at various positions.

Will struggle early in zone coverage and recovering on deep balls. Played last year as a LB, and there will be obvious hitches in his technique and transition when aligning 10-15 yards deep as a safety. Lacks instincts vs. the pass and has trouble recognizing when a ball is thrown and then triggering his feet to get there.

ESPN (Scouts, Inc.) - Solid instincts but still room for improvement. Makes a quick diagnosis and reacts to the ball in a timely manner. But can be overaggressive at times and needs to show more discipline recognizing play action or misdirection. Plays with good intensity and with confidence. "

Adequate overall movement skills. Does have some tightness in hips when he has to make sudden change of direction. But displays quick feet and a quick short-area burst out of breaks. Overall range is solid /he can hold up as a center fielder if need be. Able to match up with most TEs in man coverage but will have limitations working against quicker slot WRs at the next level.

Locates the ball and takes good angles tracking it. Hands are adequate /he can pull in routine interception. But he lacks elite playmaking skills to pull in tough catch outside of the frame.

Run support is an area of strength. Makes a quick diagnosis and is aggressive. Has the size and strength to align near the box. Angles are sound but he can come in too hot and leave feet on which, in turn, leads to missed open-field tackles. Will deliver violent strike when able to line up target.

Eddie Pleasant    5101   211    Oregon

Combine - Forty: 4.63 | BP: 22 | VJ: 33.5 | BJ: 116 | 3C: 7.12 | 20Sh: 4.28 | 60Sh: DNP |

Pro Football  Draft Guide – No write up

From - May struggle in pass defense but is good in run support and has been a productive tackler. His high level of play and productivity make him a late-round option.

Productive when moving towards the play and working near the LOS. A reliable tackler who can bring guys down and break down as a last option in space. Has hip fluidity but struggles with his footwork at times. A solid hitter who brings good size to the back end of the defense. Has the tackling ability and temperament to contribute on special teams.

But he can struggle at times in pass coverage. Better reacting in zone coverage than covering over a TE man to man. Better at using his size to smother a TE early in the play than he is staying with him for long periods of time in space.

ESPN (Scouts, Inc.) - Above-average awareness and diagnostic skills. Maintains strong position which allows him to limit yards after the catch. Good field awareness for crossers coming in and out of his area. Will gamble and can get overzealous at times especially against play or pump fakes. Anticipation and route recognition are adequate there’s still room for development. Instinctive as a run defender / makes a quick diagnosis. Tough and plays with good effort.

A short-strider seeming quicker than fast. Can flip hips and quickly transition off the hash. But shows some tightness when he has to make a sudden 180 degree turn. At his best with the ball in front of him and breaking forward. Closing burst is adequate but he lacks that extra gear to recover once caught out of position. Can hold up as a half fielder but lack of long speed limits him in middle of the field responsibilities. Has enough fluidity to match up with most TEs in man coverage but will have trouble limiting separation against quicker slot receivers. "

Adequate to above-average ball skills. Takes good angle to the point. Skilled at playing the ball without drawing a pass interference flag. Tracks the ball well and with natural hands that can pull in routine interceptions. But he lacks elite playmaking ability due to limited range and marginal height/length.

Active in run support and not afraid to get his jersey dirty. Fills downhill quickly and aggressively once he recognizes run. Angles are a bit inconsistent. Good body control and generally a reliable tackler in space. Fundamentally sound as a tackler / wraps up upon contact. Will deliver a solid shot on ball carriers when he is able to line them up.

Sean Cattouse 6-2 206 Ca   6021   211   California

Combine - Forty: 4.74 | BP: DNP | VJ: 34.0 | BJ: 114 | 3C: 6.99 | 20Sh: 4.15 | 60Sh: DNP | 

Pro Day - Cattouse had a 4.68 40-yard dash, 36-inch vertical jump, 10-4 broad jump, 4.12 short shuttle and 6.91 three-cone drill.

Pro Football  Draft Guide – Fluid athlete with very good size. Can turn and run in coverage and has good straight-line speed. Plays a bit high. Willing but not very powerful in run support

From - May not be a big name on the national scale – has played both SS and FS  but is more efficient when working closer to the LOS. Not the greatest run defender but good in man coverage; a former corner and looks comfortable running with TEs. Fits an emerging matchup challenge requiring defenses to handle big, fast pass-catching TE’s.  With his frame and coverage skills, he has fifth-round value.

A good man-cover guy playing the safety position given his athletic ability, footwork, and time spent playing corner. Good close to the line and running with tight ends. A decent reactor but once he makes a decision he has shown the range to run down plays and make plays on the ball. Although he struggles as a tackler at times, he is a tough player working within the box.

Struggles at times to diagnose plays. Once he makes decisions, he is a good player, but he has made those decisions late and not very often as a senior. Even though he is a physical player he doesn't wrap and secure tackles well enough. Better playing in close and doesn't quite have the speed to cover a deep half of the field at the next level.

ESPN (Scouts, Inc.) - Average overall diagnostic skills. Good anticipation and route recognition which can allow him to get an early break on the ball. But he can get overzealous and caught out of position. Must show more discipline in zone coverage especially when QB is able to extend play. Brings a physical presence down the middle of the field and often delivers violent strike. Recognizes and reacts quickly to the run.

Seems a bit high cut with some tightness with his movement skills. Can open hips and run with receivers down field, but can lose momentum when he has to make sudden change of direction laterally. Will have limitations matching up in man coverage with slot WRs at the next level. Can hold up as a half field defender but range is average if lined up as a centerfielder.

Takes good angles to the point, but can do a better job of locating and being more aggressive playing the ball. Can pull in routine interception but lacks body control and upper-echelon playmaking ability. Has the size to hold up in one-on-one jump ball situation. "

Active and willing in run support. Ample experience lining up near the box. Skilled at wading through traffic but needs to be more consistent with angles in pursuit. Solid tackler but there’s room for improvement. Will leave feet which can lead to missed tackles.

Josh Robinson   5101   199   Central Florida
Combine - Forty: 4.33 | BP: 17 | VJ: 38.5 | BJ: 133 | 3C: 6.55 | 20Sh: 3.97 | 60Sh: 11.65 |

Pro Day - Stood out with his performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, attracted representatives from 18 teams to the pro day at Central Florida on Thursday. Robinson had one of the better workouts that’s ever taken place at the combine, running a 4.33-second 40-yard dash. His workout Thursday was good, but not quite as good as his combine showing. Robinson didn’t seem to have as much quickness or explosiveness as he did in Indianapolis. I still think he’s going to be taken in the middle of the second round or early in the third in April’s draft.

BRS (Gollin) - Doesn't cover well enough to easily translate to corner. Has tackling issues which might limit his desirability at safety. But dang it! He does run a 4.33. If he can be coached up, he may be best suited as a slot-safety/corner combo guy. (Note - 4/5/12 - Mayock now has him in his Top 5 corners).

Pro Football  Draft Guide Zone corner with speed and ball skills Fast, athletic cover corner with long arms and good vertical leap to make up for lack of size. A bit raw. Changes directions well. Projects as a potential starter in a zone or off-man scheme..

From - Good ball skills and athletic ability. Prototypical size and speed and special-teams value. Will need to run well in the pre-draft process (Ed Note - he certainly did) to stand out from countless other defensive back prospects; fifth-round value.

Has superb zone skills. Aside from length, where he is only average, he has all the traits sought after in a zone corner. Not as polished in man, but can run with receivers in the open field and will likely run in the 4.4 range at the combine. A reliable tackler in run support.

Has struggled at times playing man coverage. Will hesitate at times when diagnosing throws or trying to read his man's hips, and may be too prone to jump routes which could be a risk at the next level. Struggles to make plays in run support after shedding his man, and will need to be more assertive in that area of his game.

 Blake Gideon  6005 205    Texas  
Pro Day - Forty: 4.60 | Ten: 1.59 | Twenty: 2.68 | BP: 14 | VJ: 35½  | BJ: 9-9 | Sh Sh: 4.06 | 3C: 706 |

BRS (Gollin) - ASFNer, DuckJake (who hails from Texas) had less-than-glowing words about Gideon (Something to the effect that he was the worst tackler on the Longhorn squad and couldn't tackle a middle school receiver). In the 1Q of the East-West game, he missed a tackle and gambled (& missed) trying to jump a seam pass to the TE.

Walter Mitchell (posting on ASFN) - 276 ts, 10 ints, 20 pbus, 2 sacks for his career at Texas. Had a tough senior year---especially versus Baylor where he had his worst game at the worst time. Runs a 4.6---and has decent size. Needs to be more physical and instinctive, both of which are tough to teach. But who knows---maybe fellow Longhorn Sam Acho will be able to press the right buttons with him. - Positives: Hard-hitting, run-defending safety who sells out to defend screen passes or run plays and sacrifices his body to make the tackle. Keeps the action in front of him, flashes skill in zone coverage and shows a solid break to the ball out of his plant. Squares into ballcarriers and wraps up.

Negatives: Lacks top range and is late getting to the flanks or outside the numbers in coverage. Marginal closing speed. Drag-down tackler.

Analysis: Gideon lacks speed and athleticism for the next level but is a competitive defender who does whatever?s necessary to make plays. He comes with a special teams mentality, which will be his best opportunity at the next level.

Draft Scout Snapshot: 2010: Started all 12 games at safety ... earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from the league's coaches ... named a team captain for the season ... tied for third on the team with 68 tackles (42 solo), co-leader with two INTs … also had four PBU, one sack, three TFL, one forced fumble and one blocked punt ... registered seven tackles (six solo) and one INT at Texas Tech. 2009: Started 14 games at safety … tabbed honorable mention All-Big 12 by the Associated Press and league's coaches … notched 62 tackles (35 solo), two TFL, six INTs, five PBU and a fumble recovery … notched two tackles, a TFL, a fumble recovery and an INT at Oklahoma State … posted an INT, two tackles and a PBU in the Big 12 Championship game versus No. 21 Nebraska. 2008: Started all 13 games at safety as a true freshman … tabbed second-team Freshman All-America by College Football News … named honorable mention All-Big 12 by the league's coaches … twice tabbed the team's Most Productive Defensive Performer … third on the team in tackles with 64 (41 solo) to go along with seven PBU, eight pressures, a TFL and a forced fumble … notched eight tackles and a PBU versus No. 1 Oklahoma.

Bears Report -
Blake Gideon is a 6’1″ 205 lb safety out of the University of Texas. Gideon racked up 10 interceptions, 2.0 sacks and two forced fumbles during his four seasons at UT. He started all 52 games during his career at the safety position making 276 tackles. His 52 consecutive starts rank second most all-time at Texas. He was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection in each of his four seasons. He made 66 tackles, 1.0 sack and two interceptions this past season as a senior. As a junior, he made 68 tackles, two interceptions, 1.0 sack and one forced fumble during that season. In 2009, as a sophomore he was able to rack up 49 tackles and reel in six interceptions. He had an interception against Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game. He started all 13 games as a true freshman and was named second-team Freshman All-America. He finished third on the team in tackles with 64 to go along with 8 pass breakups and one forced fumble.

I had a chance to catch up with Blake this past week and he talked about his favorite game at Texas, his biggest strength and weakness, what excites him the most about the upcoming NFL Draft and much more.

Q: What did you think of playing in the East-West Shrine game? Did you enjoy the national attention?
A: I think it was a very good experience. It helps with gaining exposure. Also, it helps talking to scouts and what not.

Q: What game last season in your senior year at Texas did you think you perform the best? Which game was your favorite in your time at Texas?
A: I would have to say against Iowa State I had a pretty good game. Also, Baylor and Oklahoma State as well. My favorite game was the BCS National Championship game during my sophomore season.

Q: You reeled in six interceptions in your sophomore season, including an interception in the BCS National Championship Game against Alabama. Talk about that season and why you think you were able to add so many interceptions.
A: First off I was playing next to All-American Earl Thomas. That certainly made my job a lot easier that season.

Q: What was it like going against Baylor’s stars, QB Robert Griffin III and WR Kendall Wright last season?
A: Robert Griffin III is a talented guy for sure. He has so many weapons around him. He has the athletic ability and arm talent. Their going to score a lot of points and get a lot of yards because of it. We had a good plan going in and it just showed how good they really were.

Q: NFL draft analysts are calling you a possible “sleeper” pick. Where do you think you rank among the safeties in the 2012 NFL Draft?
A: I don’t know, I don’t spend too much time evaluating other people. I know I’m going to get a shot somewhere and that’s really all I can hope for. I’m going to make the most of it of opportunity. I’ve heard everything from the 4th-7th round. A lot can happen leading up to the draft.

Q: I heard you met with the Chicago Bears at the Texas pro day? How did that meeting go and who did you get to talk to?
It went well, I had a chance to talk to head coach [Lovie] Smith. It was a good experience and I think that would it be a blessing to play in what is traditionally a great defense. I would play for any of the 32 teams in the NFL, I really don’t care. I know someone is going to give me an opportunity, I just got to make the most of it.

Q: How was it to see coach Lovie Smith talk to your dad at the Texas pro day?
A: It was a weird thing. He had coached his son. Coach Smith being a Texas boy and all they talked about the Texas stuff. My dad talked to him a bit about me and what I can bring to the game as a player. The talks they had together were only a good sign.

Q: What do you feel is your biggest strength? How about your biggest weakness?
A: I think I’m a physical player and I embrace that part of the game. That’s what made me start playing football back in seventh grade. I enjoy being a student of the game and I really love it. My goal is to be critical and honest with myself each and everyday. My weakness is redefined every season, last season I wanted to get better with my mobility in the open field.

Q: Who is the person that you credit to getting you to this point?
A: My dad. He has been there from the start. He’s trained me into the person I am and he’s taught me to be a man of faith.

Q: Which NFL player do you most compare yourself to on the field?
A: I’ve heard this from scouts, Jim Leonhard. Just the way he diagnoses the game and how feels out the field.

Q: In terms of off the field and personality, what will an NFL franchise be getting with Blake Gideon?
A: Off the field I’ve always taken football as my number one priority. Football is my job and nothing is going to be done to jeopardize that. That won’t change any time soon. I have my head on right for the most part and I don’t think anyone has told me anything different.

Q: What does your pregame warmup consist of?
A: I like to do a little more than most guys. I make sure I’m almost tired before the game, then take energy shots so I can have a sugar rush before the kickoff.

Q: What artists/songs are typically part of your warmup playlist?
A: Lil Wayne or Drake. Any of that kind of stuff before the game.

Q: What is a fact that some people may not know about you?
A: That I can do pretty much any kind of country dance just being from Texas. I’d have to contribute that to my mom, when I was a little kid she teached me to waltz.

Q: Do you have a nickname that your teammates and friends call you? How did that come about?
A: My nickname in high school and college was “slim.” My dad was my head coach in high school and the older guys made fun of my dad because he was bigger. So they called him slim, and the nickname kind of went down to me. I’m sure it will stay with me now that I told you.

Q: Are you a big social media guy?
A: No, not at all. I probably haven’t used it within the past year. It will probably be something I use once every few weeks once I’m drafted.

Q: What about the draft are you most excited about?
A: The uncertainty is the most exciting part. I know I’m going to end up somewhere. Just not knowing which team out of the 32 teams I’m going to end up with. My family as well wants to know where I’m going to end up.

 James Nixon      5116      178   Temple
Pro Day -  Forty: 4.31 |  Ten: 1.43  |  Twenty: 2.50  |  BP: 14  | VJ: 37  | BJ: 10-3  |  Sh Sh: 4.00  |  3C: 6.54  |

BRS (Gollin) - More of a smurf guy, but versatile and with blinding speed (Seems pretty evident that the Cards are looking for something explosive - especially in their kickoff return game). He's one of a number of UDFA's with something to prove and a back story that needs some explanation (Nixon left school in September, but not for disciplinary reasons and no one we know is sure why.

Walter Mitchell (posting on ASFN) -
This kid is another blazer...runs a 4.35. Not sure why but he didn't play at Temple this past year---it wasn't for discipline reasons, but maybe the coaching change had something to do with it. Watching his 2010 tape---man, the kid flies and he does not play shy in the least. Will have a lot to prove.
nfldraftscouts -

- Dangerous senior KR James Nixon is no longer on the team. The speedster's departure wasn't because of disciplinary reasons. Nixon, who would have been a senior, returned 24 kickoffs for 561 yards (23.4 yards per return) last season. His longest kickoff return went for 51 yards. While Nixon's explosive will be missed, Maurice Jones, Matt Brown, Joe Jones and Kee-ayre Griffin are all possible return men for the Owls. - The Sports Xchange
09/13/10 - DB/WR/KR James Nixon is versatile as a pair of khakis. Listed as a cornerback on the depth chart, Nixon played on defense, as a wide receiver for the offense, and as a kickoff returner for special teams vs. Central Michigan.
Donyae Coleman  5095    183    New Mexico State
Pro Day -  Forty: 4.48 |  Ten: 1.53  |  Twenty: 2.60  |  BP: 11  | VJ: 35½  | BJ: 10-5  |  Sh Sh: 4.27  |  3C: 7.20  |

BRS (Gollin) - A bit short. Nice speed. Makes things happen (6 picks, 3 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries). Gotta like those 7 double-digit tackle games (shows he's not afraid to mix it up).

nfldraftscouts -
12/07/11 - ...has been selected All-WAC Conference First Team for 2011...Coleman (Lynwood, Calif.) led the Aggies in tackles with 133 in 2011, while leading the team and the league in interceptions with six. Coleman also led the league in fumble recoveries with three, while tallying seven pass break-ups and three forced fumbles. On the season, Coleman had seven double-digit tackle games, including two games with 23 tackles or more. - New Mexico State football
09/23/11 - ... S Donyae Coleman had his second interception of the season on Sept. 17 vs. UTEP and added 10 tackles. He's starting to take charge as the leader in the NMSU secondary.... - The Sports Xchange
09/23/11 - Through three games, NMSU has four interceptions (S Donyae Coleman has two of them) and is tied for 18th in the nation among FBS schools in that category..... - The Sports Xchange
09/23/11 - SS Donyae Coleman had his second interception of the season on Sept. 17 vs. UTEP. The senior hadn't had an interception before this season. He also picked off a pass in the Sept. 3 opening loss vs. Ohio. - The Sports Xchange
09/09/11 - The Aggies defense looked OK at times in the secondary thanks in large part to SS Donyae Coleman with two takeaways. But it was apparent the trenches aren't a bright spot and last year's general lack of a pass rush hasn't been improved. ...SS Donyae Coleman is being looked to this year to fill the leadership role in the secondary left by the departure of fourth-round NFL Draft pick CB Davon House....he made a pretty definitive statement with a team-high 14 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery. He'll look for more of the same this week at Minnesota. - The Sports Xchange
 Eddie Elder     5-9½   185    Arizona State 
Pro Day - Forty: 4.66 | Ten: 1.67 | Twenty: 2.74 | BP: 13 | VJ: 30½| BJ: 9-4 | Sh Sh: 4.72 | 3C: 7.31 |

BRS (Gollin) -
Try-out guy. Nice size, decent stats. Willing ball skills, slow reflexes, questionable ball-skills. Might be better suited as a zone-corner.

Walter Mitchell (posting on ASFN) - 2011 stats: 66 t 1 int, 4 pbu, 1 ff---in 2010: 64 t and a 30 yd, int versus Andrew Luck. Watching him on tape, he throws his body into his hits, sometimes a little high, but on the edge he cuts WRs and RBs down under the knees and is good at it. Shows good range and is quick to the ball in run support. Feisty---plays with attitude. Apparently he's being brought in for a tryout. - Positives: Undersized safety who plays with an aggressive style. Displays good range on the field, fast out to the flanks and makes plays outside the numbers. Goes after ballcarriers and delivers some tough hits. Solid special teams? player who gets down the field on coverage units to make the tackle.

Negatives: Easily disrupted by blocks or taken from the action by receivers. Possesses poor ball skills and makes a lot of plays late. Does not consistently take proper angles to the action and gets caught out of position.

Analysis: Elder possesses marginal physical skills but gives top effort. He could flourish in a zone system but must make his mark on special teams, which is something he did well in college.

PFW -  Also lettered in baseball as a California prep. Originally signed with Oregon but had to attend the College of San Mateo (Calif.) because of grade issues. Played two seasons for San Mateo, posting 47 tackles, three pass breakups and six interceptions with two tackles for loss and half a tackle for loss in 10 games in ’08. In ’09, earned first-team Junior College All-America honors and was named the Defensive Player of the Year for California junior colleges after recording 52-2-7 with half a tackle for loss and one forced fumble. Committed to Arizona but was denied admission because of a bad grade and decided to enroll in Arizona State. Started 9-of-12 games at safety in ’10 and tallied 64-3-2 with 5 1/2 tackles for loss and one sack. Missed spring practice in ’11 after having left shoulder surgery (slight tear of labrum and floating bone chips) in early January. In the fall, started 11-of-13 games played and totaled 66-4-1 with one forced fumle at free safety.


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