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Pro Day 2012 Schedule Follows NFL Combine For Prospects

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Pro Day Schedule Follows NFL Combine

In a few weeks, every NFL team and scores of media members along with 328 college prospects will attend the NFL 2012 Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, In.

Photo - LB Courtney Upshaw - Alabama

The NFL Combine is scheduled from February 22-28. The Pro Day schedule will start only four days later when Missouri University will hold the first on campus workout for NFL prospects.

Pro Day workouts are held on campus at school facilities. The interview and medical testing components are addressed at the NFL Combine. The athletic drills, 40-yard dash, vertical leap, broad jump, bench press, 3-cone drill, etc. can take place at either event. It has become a chance for athletes not invited to the NFL Combine to show their talent in front of NFL personnel decision-makers.

Interestingly, the Pro Day dates for Stanford and Baylor are both scheduled for March 22nd with the top passers Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III both expected to perform. They are the top two QBs with Luck most likely the top overall selection and Griffin probably going in the top four or five overall choices. National champion Alabama's Pro Day was announced yesterday, as well.

Order for the 2012 Pro Day workouts. Additional dates can be added over the postseason.

March 1: Missouri
March 2: Cincinnati
March 5: Alabama-Birmingham, Hawaii, McNeese State
March 6: Alabama A&M, Arkansas, Auburn, California Lutheran, Clark, Georgia Tech, Rhode Island, Sacramento State, UCLA
March 7: Alabama, California, California-Davis, Colgate, Fordham, Fort Valley, Kent State, Louisville, Northern Colorado, Southern California, Texas A&M, UTEP, Wisconsin, Weber State
March 8: Buffalo, Clemson, Colorado, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio, Syracuse, Tulsa, Utah State, Washington, West Texas, Western Kentucky
March 9: Florida International, Montana, Northern Illinois, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Purdue, TCU, Troy
March 12: Air Force, Arkansas-Monticello, Central Michigan, Central Washington, Pittsburgh
March 13: Ball State, Florida, Kansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Marshall, Maryland, North Texas, Western Michigan
March 14: Bowling Green, Central Arkansas, Central Oklahoma, Florida State, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Tennessee Tech
March 15: Delaware State, Louisiana Tech, Michigan, UNLV, Nicholls State, Southern Illinois, Townson, Virginia, Virginia Tech, William & Mary
March 16: James Madison, Missouri State, Oregon State, Richmond, Temple, Tennessee, West Virginia
March 19: Arizona, Florida Atlantic, LSU, Southern, Wake Forest
March 20: Brown, Fresno State, Idaho, Iowa State, Louisiana-Lafayette, North Carolina, North Carolina A&T, South Florida, Texas, Tulane
March 21: Boston College, Nevada, North Carolina State, North Dakota State, Rutgers, San Diego State, San Jose State
March 22: Baylor, Boise State, East Carolina, Maine, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Stanford, Tennessee-Chattanooga
March 23: Jackson State, Missouri Western, N.C. Central, Southern Mississippi, Vanderbilt
March 24: Arizona State
March 27: Arkansas State, Coastal Carolina, Stephen F. Austin, Washburn
March 28: Central Florida, Connecticut, Northern Iowa, Pennsylvania, South Carolina
March 29: Brigham Young
April 4: SMU
April 6: McNeese St

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

First Round Mock Draft for the NFL Draft 2012

First Round Mock Draft for the NFL Draft 2012
Prior to the NFL Combine * Underclassmen
y - coin flip to determine order

Photo – OT Riley Reiff - Iowa

Team Player / Pos / School
1st Round

1 Indianapolis - 2-14 - * Andrew Luck - QB - Stanford
2 St. Louis - 2-14 - * Justin Blackmon - WR - Oklahoma St
3 Minnesota - 3-13 - * Matt Kalil - OT - Southern Cal
4 Cleveland - 4-12 - * Robert Griffin - QB - Baylor
5 Tampa Bay - 4-12 - * Morris Claiborne - CB - LSU
6 Washington - 5-11 - Michael Floyd - WR - Notre Dame
7 Jacksonville - 5-11 - Quinton Coples - DE - North Carolina
y 8/9 Miami - 6-10 - Courtney Upshaw - LB - Alabama
y 8/9 Carolina - 6-10 - Mark Barron - S - Alabama
10 Buffalo - 6-10 - * Riley Reiff - OT - Iowa
y 11/12 Kansas City - 7-9 - * Nick Perry - DE - Southern Cal
y 11/12 Seattle - 7-9 - * Luke Kuechly - LB- Boston College
13 Arizona - 8-8 - * Dre Kirkpatrick - CB - Alabama
14 Dallas - 8-8 - Alfonzo Dennard - CB - Nebraska
15 Philadelphia - 8-8 - Zach Brown - LB - North Carolina
16 NY Jets - 8-8 - * Trent Richardson - RB - Alabama
17 Cincinnati (Oakland) - 8-8 - Devon Still - DT - Penn St
18 San Diego - 8-8 - Melvin Ingram - DE/LB - South Carolina
19 Chicago - 8-8 - * Jonathan Martin - OT - Stanford
20 Tennessee - 9-7 - * Michael Brockers - DT - LSU
21 Cincinnati - 9-7 - * Lamar Miller - RB - Miami (Fl)
22 Cleveland (Atlanta) - 10-6 - * Fletcher Cox - DT - Mississippi St
23 Detroit -10-6 - Mike Adams - OT - Ohio St
24 Pittsburgh - 12-4 - Dont'a Hightower - LB - Alabama
25 Denver - 8-8 - Janoris Jenkins - CB - North Alabama
26 Houston - 10-6 - * Stephon Gilmore - CB - South Carolina
27 New England (New Orleans) - 13-3 - * Alshon Jeffery - WR - South Carolina
28 Green Bay - 15-1 - * David DeCastro - OG - Stanford
29 Baltimore - 12-4 - Cordy Glenn - OL - Georgia
30 San Francisco - 13-3 - Kendall Wright - WR - Baylor
31 New England - 13-3 - Chase Minnifield - CB - Virginia
32 NY Giants - 9-7 - * Peter Konz - OL - Wisconsin

GMen Win Super Bowl Behind Eli Manning's Late Dramatics - Manning's Scouting Report - Draft Insiders.com 2004 Yearbook

Photo – QB Eli Manning - NY Giants

The GMen beat the Patriots in a thrilling Super Bowl game behind another brilliant performance by QB Eli Manning. Manning lead the Giants to their second Super Bowl title in four years and in the process won his second Super Bowl MVP award.
Manning was hot the entire game especially in the Giant’s final drive that has become his trademark over his 8 year career. He has the uncanny ability to direct a critical late drive with the club behind and the clock and limited time outs pressuring the offense. Manning went 30 of 40 for 296 yards and 1 TD with no turnovers. He is one of only 11 starting QBs to win two Super Bowl titles. Eli is only one of five NFL QBs have won two Super Bowl MVP awards, Eli, Tom Brady, Terry Bradshaw, Bart Starr and Joe Montana (three MVPs).

Eli Manning was selected #1 over in the NFL Draft 2004 by the San Diego Chargers and was traded to the Giants who selected #4 overall. The Chargers proceeded to choose QB Philip Rivers, in addition to receiving a #3 pick and a future #1 pick from the Giants.

QB Eli Manning’s Scouting Report - Draft Insiders’ Digest 2004 Yearbook

Draft Insiders.com ranked Eli Manning as the #1 QB prospect in the NFL Draft 2004 with Ben Roethlisberger #2 and Philip Rivers #3 in the best class of premier QBs since the famous 1983 draft class that featured John Elway, Dan Marino and Jim Kelly.

1. Eli Manning #10 - 6'5" 225 lbs. - Mississippi - Sp. 4.8 - Rating 95
Hindu Theory: Peyton Manning

Talented senior passer completed an outstanding career in the SEC, earning numerous honors over his final season. Eli comes from a long family of pro QBs, including his brother Peyton the current NFL MVP and father Archie a Pro-Bowl performer from the ‘70s. Eli followed his fathers’ footsteps by attending Old Miss and shattered his dad’s passing records over the course of his career. This fifth year senior will challenge for the first overall selection in the NFL Draft ’04 whether the Chargers retain the pick or trade it. He has been one of the premier players in college football this past few seasons consistently putting up big numbers against a high level of competition. Over his first three starting seasons, he has developed nicely in all aspects of play and hopes to follow in his brother’s footsteps as the first overall selection in April. He developed nicely under the tutelage of head coach David Cutcliffe who ironically coached Peyton at Tennessee during the ‘90s as offensive coordinator/QB coach. Over his five-year career at Old Miss, he made excellent progress in the finer aspects of the position, which is so critical in the development of a young passer. He is a good athlete with a strong arm, fine intangibles and good mobility to avoid the rush and run with the ball. He sets up smoothly, displaying excellent footwork and the ability to quickly read coverage. He has a fine delivery that is quick to release the ball and wastes little motion. He throws a tight spiral, combining both velocity and accuracy that allows receivers to catch the ball in stride and make plays after the catch. He is a well-developed passer who combines the athletic ability with the intangibles and maturity necessary to succeed in the NFL. He is a sturdy well-built athlete with quick feet that allow him to setup fast in three, five and seven step drops. He delivers the ball with outstanding timing and precision, displaying the ability to make the consistently sound decision and reads in coverage. His basic mechanics are very sound and he has learned to set his feet firmly before passing the ball with a good follow through. He is a fine ball handler and has learned to work the play action exceptionally well. He runs well for a QB of his size and can make a critical play as a runner, though he is not a great scrambler. He has shown both poise and courage in the pocket with the ability to hang in ‘til the final moment and allow his receiver to break open. He has developed quick decision-making to go with the athletic talent to run or throw in or outside the pocket. As a passer, he has an outstanding arm with the strength to make all the throws and he has progressed in each aspect of that game. He uses the pump fake well and shows a fast trigger that allows him to bait cover men on the first move and then lay it out on a deeper throw. He can fire the quick out, seam or slant pass, in addition to the ability to use exceptional touch to make the fade, screen and deep plays work well. He throws the fade well, giving his receiver a chance to make a play on the ball. On the deep pass, he has progressed and learned to put just the right touch on his passes to allow his receiver to run under the ball. On the slant and crossing patterns, he displays a quick release with the zip, accuracy and timing to hit receivers in stride. Though not a great athlete, he is a self-made athlete who has worked hard in all areas of play to get the most out of his fine talent. He has developed a strong work ethic, nice intangibles and instincts through experience and following the advice of his dad, brother and coaches. He has excellent pocket presence and feels backside pressure quickly with the ability to make sound decisions to minimize negative plays. He uses his quick feet to avoid the pass rush with the toughness to fight off tacklers using his good strength and mobility to move outside the pocket and make plays. He throws fairly well on the move, displaying the ability to retain his accuracy and hit the open receiver. He made great strides over his career of reading defenses and has learned to pick up secondary receivers and find the best match up. As a senior, he was very impressive, displaying a strong, live arm with the touch and accuracy to make all the important throws. He has developed the courage, leadership and poise to lead an NFL offense. With five years to develop his talent, he has matured well in areas of football instincts and overall intangibles. He combines fine athletic talent with those intangibles to make him one of the most developed and refined QB prospects of recent years.
The Numbers: He completed a terrific career with another big season that included throwing for 3341 yards on 253 completions of 410 attempts for 62% completion rate with 27 TDs and 9 interceptions. Along the way, he set several new SEC career passing records. As a junior, he threw for 3401 yards with 279 completions on 481attempts for a 58% completion rate and 21 TDs and 15 interceptions. As a sophomore, he threw for 2948 yards with 31 TDs on a 63% completion rate and 9 interceptions. As a freshman, he did not start one game and saw action in only six games with only a total of 33 thrown with just 16 completions and no TDs. Over his final three seasons, he was a model of consistency against a talented level of defensive competition.
The Skinny: Talented well-developed passer with all the skills to succeed early in his NFL career. His level of development is very high and he is the type of passer who could start as a rookie in the right setting. His ability to make the proper read consistently and get the ball to the hot receiver while under heavy pressure will help his cause to become a first year starter. He goes through his progressions very well and his ability to pick up secondary receivers should allow him to compete for the starting job immediately. He is the most likely first overall selection in April by the Chargers who have struggled mainly because of inconsistency at the QB position. They should retain this pick and add a franchise caliber passer after making poor decisions on both Ryan Leaf and Michael Vick over recent drafts. At the combine, he did not workout. He has the talent to become an NFL star, if he gets into the right situation that allows him to succeed early in his career and does not ask him to carry an offense. This guy reminds me of Peyton Manning when he stands in the pocket and makes decisions. Both were self-made athletes who spent extensive time on the other aspects of the position like film work, weight room development and understanding the system and game plan on a weekly basis.
Draft Projection: 1st Round - First Overall Pick

Frank Coyle Chat on NFL Draft 2012 Prospects At PackerChatters.com

Our guest host tonight is Frank Coyle. Frank is a nationally known pro football scout who publishes Draft Insiders' Digest. In it's 21st season, DraftInsiders.com is a website and publication dedicated to the year round coverage of NFL and NCAA Football. Frank covers the NFL Draft and Free agency extensively with a veteran scouting staff that provides insightful information on players and team potential in the coming seasons.

Frank will answer submitted Draft questions not only about how the Packers but for all NFL Teams. Have a question now? Questions were submitted on February 1st in a Chat that night.

We are ready to take your draft questions for Frank Coyle. Note: For those that cannot make the Live Chat as many questions as you want may be submitted now preceding the start of the Live Chat tonight at 9:00pm ET, 8:00pm CT. Our Chat is 'moderated' meaning we will be putting your questions up in random so as many fans get a turn.

Welcome everyone.
DraftInsiders.com Happy to be with Packer Chatters again
Frank Coyle
www.draftinsiders.com

Welcome back Frank to PackerChatters Live Draft Chat. Frank let us know when you are ready and we will start the questions from the fans with us tonight. Tonight's Chat as usual will run approximately 1 hour. We will try and get to all the questions in this short time frame.

[Comment From BubbaOneBubbaOne: ]
Frank, TE's and RB's took advantage of Hawk and Bishop in the passing game. Which cover ILB's could TT draft in round 3 or after? BTW- a coach who was at Ohio St when Hawk was there said at the Senior Bowl that Hawk is too big, agree?

Frank
ILB is an average group. A guy who would get early consideration would be
Dont'a Hightower of Alabama in the late first round. He is NFL ready.
Middle round guys with coverage ability would be Jerry Franklin of Arkansas
He would have limitations in the Packers scheme as a regular

[Comment From Bob C.Bob C.: ]
What players improved their stock at the Senior Bowl and who's dropped? Thanks Frank.

Frank
TT has done a great job and value buying is always the wisest.
Picking #28 creates a multiple of situations that you must prepare for.
Trading up is always expensive.
BPA always wins in the long term. I think the Packers are looking at DB early and
often. TT usually stays with his value board. That's why Packers are always in the Super Bowl hunt. I also like DL and an edge rusher opposit Matthews is critical.

[Comment From packerboypackerboy: ]
What three players do you think the Packers have on their radar at 28 ? Also, can Zach Brown play ROLB in Capers D ?

Frank
I say Packers needs are CB, OLB
Zach Brown is not a great fit for the 3-4 front. He is a terrific athlete but not over 235 lbs. Edge rushers are lean this year. Packers may address secondary at #28
CBs like Gilmore, Boykin. Maybe a safety like Martin
Point being Packers secondary was suspect in 2011 Woodson is entering 15th season and Collins must prove healthy. Clubs need 6 starting DB in today's NFL game.

Comment From Bob C.
What players improved their stock at the Senior Bowl and who's dropped? Thanks Frank.

Frank
I think players like CB Brandon Boykin, Shaun Prater & Leonard Johnson helped themseleves
I think a player like LB Melvin Ingram would be a great fit in GB
He has played both up and down on the edge and makes plays. He figures in latter first round. He had an impressive Senior Bowl
Another good fit for GB would be DL Jared Crick of Nebraska. He would be a great addition at DE in this front

[Comment From MadtorkMadtork: ]
Where is the most defensive talent late in round 1? OLB, 3/4-DE or DB?

Frank
I say DB. I am not impressed with OLB ers this year for the 3-4 scheme.
It is also one of the riskiest positions in the game. I love the CB class and feel there are 6 safeties that should go in the top 100-125 that carry solid grades.
The CB class is talented and deep. I think it will be the #1 position drafted this year again and probably the most in the first round, Top 50 and top 100 selections.

[Comment From packerboypackerboy: ]
Have you heard any news on the health of Jared Crick ? If healthy I believe he could be a STUD in the Packer D. Could the Packers get him in round 2 ? THANKS

Frank
Crick had only an average final season He was nicked up
In addition, he is a tall angular lineman who is better on the outside in a
five technique spot at end in the 3-4 front. He has the versatility to kick inside for 4 man fronts as a pass rusher. He would be a great fit for the Packers
Currently, he figures to go in the late first / early 2nd round. if healthy
His NFL Combine performance is huge.

[Comment From RedtRedt: ]
Which of these guys will most likely be available with #28; Upshaw, Barron, Ingram & Perry. Also, what rounds for Shea Mclellin, j. Crick, LaMichael James & Chris Rainey, thanks.

Frank
Barron is a top 15-20 selection.
Upshaw is well respected and probably a top 20 guy.
Ingram and Perry probably go beyond top 20. I think the 3-4 clubs like Ingram best while DE Perry is best suited for weakside end in a 4-3 front.
LB Shea McClellin is a possible 3rd round selection. Best at OLB in 3-4 scheme.
Good fit in GB
Crick late first /early 2nd RB James is 2nd-3rd round according to workout and health. Chris Rainey is a 3rd day guy 4th-5th round area.

[Comment From Uncle JoshUncle Josh: ]
Should the Packers overpay for an over-30 Scott Wells or draft Peter Konz at 28(if available)?

Frank
Wells has done well for Packers. He is only 31 years old. I say they resign him.
Konz is the #1 center and figures late first /early 2nd. Teams like Ravens, Patriots and possibly Packers would be nice fits.

[Comment From bobbob: ]
Good evening. my question tonight for frank is this. given the glaring weakness at the safety position with n.collins being lost what are your thoughts on m.martin(ok st), a.allen(s.car), and h.smith(n.d.).i've seen allen a bunch and think he's a nice player. i haven't seen the other 2. do you think they can fit the packer's system and what rounds do you see them going in. thanks a lot.

Frank
Safety is a key spot in GB
Martin and Allen are more strong safeties Both hit and tackle.
Coverage is OK
Harrison Smith is a kid I like. He shows better coverage skills than most safeties
He probably goes in the 3rd round area. The safety spot is not as deep as corner and has become critical with all the nickel and dime packages. Safeties who can cover are gold.
Aaron Henry of Wisconsin is a prospect to watch especially his ability to run and his positional workout. I think this kid could surprise.

[Comment From John KayJohn Kay: ]
Frank, most of us fans focus on the physical side yet it's probably less than half the equation. TT takes into account character, football IQ, drive, etc. Which defensive players projected to go in the first few rounds will TT dismiss out of hand b/c of these issues?

Frank
I think football IQ is so critical. Players that are hungry is vital to a locker room
Things happen over the course of the season and players that can reach down and play thru problems, injuries and never lose sight of the goal are the guys you must find in the scouting process.
DE Coples had a great Senior bowl but suspect senior season
That's a red flag even though he could go in the top ten selections.
One thing to consider is that the process is ongoing.
NFL Combine will answer many questions via interviews.
DE Branch of Clemson has top talent but inconsistent motor.

[Comment From Jacob LJacob L: ]
If a ILB is BPA do you think Tedy may take one? A player that can cover will free up the Safetys to ball hawk and OLB to blitz. Hawk could be upgraded, do you agree?

Frank
Hawk is an average starter. That's why I think a player on the GB short list
is LB Dont;a Hightower of Alabama. Great fit here. Physical and an every down defender.
The BC backer Luke Kuechly is a top 15 guy.
James-Michael Johnson of Nevada is a name to remember. Good ILB for 3-4 set.

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Super Bowl - NY Giants WR Hakeem Nicks - Scouting Report Draft Insiders’ 2009 Yearbook

NY Giants WR Hakeem Nicks - Scouting Report - Draft Insiders.com 2009 Yearbook

This week we will post Draft Insiders Yearbook Scouting Reports of prominent players in the upcoming Super Bowl from the Giants and Patriots. Both front offices have done excellent jobs in evaluation college talent and meet for the second time in the Super Bowl in five years.

Photo – WR Hakeem Nicks - NY Giants

Hakeem Nicks #88 - 6’1” 210 lbs. - North Carolina - Sp. 4.50 - Rating 90
Hindu Theory: Terrell Owens

Physical athletic junior receiver combines all the skills to become a premier NFL playmaker within a short time. Hakeem is a big athletic receiver who declared this January after a strong finish to his college career. His receiving exploits over his late career made a human highlight film. He had a dominant performance in the NC bowl loss to West Virginia in the Meineke Bowl. He combines very good size with excellent hands and the speed, quickness and strength to beat a defense in a number of ways. His ability to run after the catch with the speed to break the play has enabled him to be both a deep threat and a terrific intermediate receiver. He has been the go-to receiver in the talented NC passing offense that probably gets three receivers selected in the NFL Draft ‘09. He is very good at getting off the line, combining quickness and power to fight off the jam and get into his routes easily. He is rarely forced off his pattern with the agility to drop his weight well to make crisp cuts and ability to retain his good speed. He reads coverage well and knows the situation and where the markers are to make the key first down. He works the end zone and sidelines very well, displaying outstanding body control and the leaping ability to make the acrobatic catch. He has a very big receiving radius that allows him to make the toughest catch look routine. He is very tough in jump ball situations where his height and leaping skills give him a considerable advantage whether facing single or double coverage. He closes the cornerback’s cushion quickly and can come out of his breaks with good speed. He is a big athlete who has excellent strength and toughness to fight off tacklers and break the underneath-pass for a long gain. It usually takes more than one tackler to bring him down. His fine cutting skills allow him to change directions quickly and maintain top speed despite his big frame. After the catch, he is dangerous, showing acceleration and the burst of speed to run away from defenders. He is a physical blocker who helps his team’s ground game by his presence and he can wall off and seal the edge, in addition to overpowering a defender. As a runner, he has the explosiveness to take the simple slip screen or hitch pass for a long gain, combining the fast acceleration with good long distance speed.
The Numbers: As a junior, he caught 68 passes for 1222 yards and 12 TDs for a fine 18 yard average that earned him ACC honors. As a sophomore, he caught 74 passes for 958 yards and 5 TDs while starting 11 of 12 games. During his true freshman season, he started all 11 games and made 39 catches for 660 yards and 4 TDs for an impressive 16 yard average per catch. At the NFL Combine, he checked at just under 6’1” and 212 lbs. and ran 4.51 and 4.52 times. He did a 36” VL, but pulled a hamstring and stopped the workout.
The Skinny: Young physical go-to receiver, with the AA and level of development to be a major addition to a pro offense. He has well developed receiving skills and a keen sense of coverage and openings in the secondary to get open. He has the ability to stretch the field and draw double coverage consistently that opens up opportunities for other receivers. He is reminiscent of the big receivers in the game like the Cowboys’ Terrell Owens in size, speed and running style. He is capable of fitting into any type of offense and should compete for a starting job immediately. Special playmaker with the well rounded talent to provide both a deep threat and a very tough possession receiver for the passing game. He has athletic ability to be an immediate difference maker in the right setting. Big game performer with the package to give an offense a difference maker in the passing game. The Giants, Rams and Jaguars interested in the late 1st/ early 2nd round.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Super Bowl - Patriots' TE Rob Gronkowski - Scouting Report Draft Insiders’ 2010 Yearbook

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski - Scouting Report Draft Insiders’ 2010 Yearbook

This week we will post Draft Insiders Yearbook Scouting Reports of prominent players in the upcoming Super Bowl from the Giants and Patriots. Both front offices have done excellent jobs in evaluation college talent and meet for the second time in the Super Bowl in five years.
Below is Rob Gronkowski’s Yearbook scouting report when we ranked him the #1 TE prospect in the nation.

Photo - TE Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots

1. Rob Gronkowski #48- 6’6” 265 lbs. - Arizona
Sp. 4.65 / Rating 90 - Hindu Theory: Todd Heap

Huge athletically gifted junior tight end is one of the fastest rising prospects in this class despite missing the ’09 season. Rob has performed very well over his short two year starting stay in the Pac 10 where he earned conference honors both seasons. He put up some incredible numbers over that period especially as a receiver in the red zone. He presents an imposing athlete for the position with a combination of rare size and athleticism to become a complete pro performer. He is a fast developing prospect with the blocking ability, hands, speed and run after the catch ability to become a major addition to a pro offense with some further development. As a receiver, he made fast progress over his career learning the finer points of the position such as route running and reading coverage. He has incredible size with a frame over 6’6” and he actually looks thin at 265 lbs. His size and agility makes him a very difficult matchup with fine movement skills and the hands to snatch the ball. As a receiver, he shows natural talent catching the ball, releasing off the line and route running to be ready for pro starting time. Over his two seasons, he caught 16 TDs without an NFL caliber starting passer. As an inline blocker, he shows dominant talent often with the ability to handle defensive ends in single assignments and the quickness and footwork to fire out and move linebackers out of the hole. He can seal the edge very well with the long arms of a tackle to sustain and the footwork to handle counter moves. He has outstanding upside potential and the AA to be a complete NFL performer with Pro Bowl skills. He has very good speed to get into the deep seam and give an offense an excellent weapon with the rare size to cause major coverage problems. He has natural talent to succeed and the work ethic to become a special NFL player. Despite his late career injury, he has rehabbed diligently through hard work and the intangibles necessary to be a top flight NFL performer. Currently he has only touched the surface of his natural abilities with the receiving skills to become an impact weapon that defensive coordinators need to give special attention to weekly. He is a very difficult receiver to match up with and his size and reach make him almost impossible to cover in single assignments. His ability as a red zone receiver has barely been touched and his combination of size, speed and natural receiving skills gives an attack a weapon and a difference maker. He is a smooth good-looking athlete with a huge frame, very good muscle tone and definite growth potential throughout. He has big hands, well-developed upper body strength that should allow him to grade out higher as an inline blocker with further technique and strength work. His body type suggests growth potential and further upside in that role to the 270 lb+. range. As a blocker, his game film has earned him very high grades with the ability to sustain and get movement. He graded out very high, handling Pac 10 defensive ends as an underclassman. He is an agile athlete with very good functional strength and playing speed that translates well to the field and allows him to fill all the roles. He can deliver a strong hand punch with the ability to get a very good push at the POT. He retains his blocks well with the ability to move his feet and counter to secondary moves and finish well. On the 2nd level, he is a strong blocker with the agility and the reach to fit easily on linebackers. As a receiver, he can defeat the press at the line, making good use of his hands to get out into his routes with the ability to accelerate. He has sure hands and shows a big receiving radius with fine body control and the ability to get great extension to adjust to the pass. He works well in the short zones and can use his body to adjust to the ball when it is in the air. He relies on speed and power to get into the open field with the ability to break tackles.
The Numbers: He sat out the ’09 season due to an injury. As a sophomore, he started 9 of 10 games and caught 47 passes for 672 yards for a 14.3 yard average and 10 TDs which earned him first team Pac 10 honors. As a freshman, he caught 28 passes for 525 yards and 6 TDs for an impressive 18.8 yard average that earned him 1st team Pac 10. He is similar to former #1 pick Todd Heap in size, AA and big play potential. At the NFL Combine, he did not workout recovering from back surgery.
The Skinny: Big agile athlete with the talent to be a special player with development. He can be a complete player and dominant blocker within a short time and capable of becoming a huge factor in a team’s passing game. He has an awesome physical package with high production vs top competition. Top flight NFL performer in the right offense and excellent addition for the Ravens, Browns or Saints. Prospect that would have been a top 15 pick if healthy and played in ’09. Marginal top 40 prospect and big time talent who is a player you want to have going forward.
Draft Projection: 1st-2nd Round

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