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Marcus Lattimore Declares For NFL Draft 2013
Photo – RB Marcus Lattimore – South Carolina
University of South Carolina junior running back Marcus Lattimore has elected to forego his final year of college eligibility and enter the 2013 NFL Draft, he announced today at a press conference at Williams-Brice Stadium.
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Ranked #1 Back thru November 2012
* Marcus Lattimore - South Carolina - 6’ 225
Powerful running back is one of the premier runners in the nation despite coming off a 2011 knee injury. He is off to a big 2012 season. He is set to be the workhorse runner in this balanced offense where he should get 20+ touches weekly. He has flashed a great burst of speed through the hole to break the big play while also showing powerful tackle breaking abilities that has allowed him to be an inside force. He has fine overall athleticism and shows good natural running skills both inside and outside. He has a powerful compact frame with good body lean and top quickness to punish a defense. He needs development as both a blocker and receiver to be ready for NFL starting duty. Unfortunately, he was injured in November that terminated his season. He opted to enter the NFL Draft 2013 in early December 2012.
A highly-regarded talent, Lattimore burst onto the scene quickly at the collegiate level. In just his second game for the Garnet & Black, the six-foot, 218-pounder rushed 37 times for 182 yards leading Carolina to a win over Georgia. It was the first of four 100-yard rushing games on the season and the first of three in his career against the Bulldogs. He later set the school single-game record with 40 carries for 212 yards at Florida, as the Gamecocks clinched their first SEC Eastern Division title. He finished his first campaign with 1,197 yards and 17 TDs, both freshman records at South Carolina. For his efforts, Lattimore was a unanimous choice for National Freshman of the Year. He was also the SEC Freshman of the Year and earned a spot on the first-team All-SEC unit.
The Duncan, S.C. product was headed toward a Heisman Trophy-type season in 2011. He logged three consecutive 100-yard rushing games to open the season, including a career-best 246-yard, three-touchdown effort in a win over Navy. His season ended prematurely when he suffered a left knee injury in the win at Mississippi State in game seven. He finished the season with 818 yards on 163 carries, an average of 5.0 yards per carry. Despite playing in just seven games, he still earned second-team All-SEC accolades and was a member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
Lattimore worked extremely hard in the off-season rehabilitating his knee and was ready to take the field when the 2012 season got underway. He quickly erased any doubts about his comeback with a 23-carry, 110-yard, two-touchdown effort in the season opening win at Vanderbilt, which earned him SEC Offensive Player of the Week accolades for the fourth time in his career. He logged three 100-yard rushing games in 2012, including back-to-back efforts at Kentucky and versus Georgia. He was on his way to another 100-yard game against Tennessee when he suffered a season-ending right knee injury. He was named honorable mention All-SEC by the Associated Press.
Lattimore leaves as one of the Gamecock all-time greats. He finished his career with 2,677 rushing yards, sixth on Carolina's all-time list. He is the school record-holder in both rushing touchdowns (38) and touchdowns scored (41). He ranks fourth in rushing attempts (555), third in points scored (246 - most among non-kickers) and tied for second in 100-yard rushing games (11).
Purdue's Short Accepts Invitation to Senior Bowl
Photo - DT Kawann Short - Purdue
Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short has accepted an invitation to the 2013 Senior Bowl to be played Jan. 26, in Mobile, Ala. Short's invitation marks the seventh straight year at least one former Boilermaker will take part in the annual game. The 2013 Senior Bowl is set to be played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and the game and all practices will be televised by NFL Network.
Draft Insiders' rates Short a top three defensive tackle prospect and currently a first round grade. He has been highly productive and durable throughout his long Big Ten career. He hopes to continue a long tradition of Purdue defensive linemen who have gone on to the NFL.
Short, who has started all 47 games of his Boilermaker career, enters the final two games of the 2012 regular season with 175 career total tackles, 46.5 tackles for loss, 17.5 sacks, 14 passes broken up and two interceptions. He is currently third amongst active Football Bowl Subdivision players in career tackles for loss and tied for 15th in career sacks. At Purdue he is eighth all-time in school history in TFLs and ninth in sacks. Through 10 games this season, Short leads the Big Ten in TFLs (13.0) and is tied for fourth in sacks (5.0).
Short has additionally blocked eight kicks at Purdue, with his six field goal blocks marking the most by an individual in school history.
About the Senior Bowl
The Senior Bowl is college football's premier senior showcase event, annually featuring the nation's best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams coached by NFL coaching staffs. Senior Bowl practices and game week festivities are attended by more than 800 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from all 32 National Football League teams, making Mobile and the Senior Bowl the week-long host to a one-of-a-kind NFL Coaches Convention. For more information on the 2013 Senior Bowl please visit the bowl's website at www.seniorbowl.com.
NFL 2012 Draft - Bengals Draft Class Tops AFC
Photo – WR Mohamed Sanu - Rutgers
Cincinnati Bengals - Grade A
The Bengals addressed major need areas especially in the early rounds. They selected players with high grades at key need areas. From top to bottom, they landed the best overall draft class with as many as eight selections carrying eventual NFL starting grades. This class will supplement last year’s rookie class that supplied starting QB Andy Dalton and wideout AJ Green who were instrumental in the Bengals return to the playoffs.
On the 1st round, they chose CB Dre Kirkpatrick of Alabama, a very well developed defender who they hope becomes an immediate starter. He has been a big time defender in national title games and has the athleticism to start day one. With their second #1 pick, they traded back and chose OG Kevin Zeitler. He is a highly developed guard who can compete for an immediate starting spot. He is well rounded with strong drive blocking skills and has proven to be an anchor in pass protection on the inside. On the 2nd round, they were selected DT Devin Still, a tough interior defender who addresses a major need area. He displays nice athleticism and overall development to challenge for early starting time. He should be a fixture on the inside and see immediate time as a pass rusher. On the 3rd round, they chose WR Mohamed Sanu and DT Brandon Thompson. Sanu is a big receiver with fine hands and good run after the catch ability. He will help in three wideout sets early and has starting potential. Thompson is fine value here and is an explosive interior tackle who slipped in the process on some inconsistencies. He has starting potential and could form a fine inside tandem with Still. On the 4th round, they added TE Orson Charles, a mobile versatile athlete who projects to both the tight end and H back roles. He was excellent value here with the development to possibly start as an H back with a big camp.
On the 5th round, they added CB Shaun Prater, WR Marvin Jones and safety George Iloka. Prater is a savvy zone corner with strong tackling skills to help immediately and compete for starting time. Jones is an athletic receiver who will help their three and four wideout sets. Iloka is a big mobile defender who runs well to the ball and finishes with strong tackling. He can become a staple on coverage units to play in the nickel and dime packages. He has the talent to excel there and eventually start. In the 6th round, they added RB Dan Herron, a tough inside runner with sure hands as an outlet receiver. He is a productive back at a high level with some natural running skills to make this squad. He could surprise here with a big preseason.
Cincinnati 2012 NFL Draft Choices
1 - 17 Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
1 - 27 Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin
2 - 21 Devon Still, DT, Penn St.
3 - 20 Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
3 - 30 Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson
4 - 21 Orson Charles, TE, Georgia
5 - 21 Shaun Prater, CB, Iowa
5 - 31 Marvin Jones, WR, California
5 - 32 George Iloka, FS, Boise St.
6 - 21 Dan Herron, RB, Ohio St.
Final Top 50 Pro Prospects - NFL 2012 Draft
Photo – QB Andrew Luck - Stanford
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Top 50 Pro Prospects - Final Value Board -
April 26th * underclassmen
1 * Andrew Luck - QB - Stanford
2 * Trent Richardson - RB - Alabama
3 * Morris Claiborne - CB - LSU
4 * Matt Kalil - OT - USC
5 * Robert Griffin III - QB - Baylor
6 * Justin Blackmon - WR - Oklahoma St
7 * Fletcher Cox - DT - Mississippi St
8 * Michael Brockers - DT - LSU
9 * David DeCastro - OG - Stanford
10 * Luke Kuechly - LB - Boston College
11 * Riley Reiff - OT - Iowa
12 * Nick Perry - DE - USC
13 * Dontari Poe - DT - Memphis
14 * Dre Kirkpatrick - CB - Alabama
15 Michael Floyd - WR - Notre Dame
16 Ryan Tannehill - QB - Texas A&M
17 Quinton Coples - DE - North Carolina
18 Mark Barron - S - Alabama
19 * Stephon Gilmore - CB - South Carolina
20 Andre Branch - DE/LB - Clemson
21 * Dont'a Hightower - LB - Alabama
22 * Jerel Worthy - DT - Michigan St
23 Shea McClellin - LB - Boise St
24 * Bobby Massie - OT - Mississippi
25 Courtney Upshaw - LB - Alabama
26 Melvin Ingram - LB - South Carolina
27 Devon Still - DT - Penn St
28 Doug Martin - RB - Boise St
29 Coby Fleener - TE - Stanford
30 * Stephen Hill - WR - Georgia Tech
31 Harrison Smith - S - Notre Dame
32 * Chandler Jones - DE - Syracuse
33 * Jonathan Martin - OT - Stanford
34 * Lamar Miller - RB - Miami
35 Cordy Glenn - OL - Georgia
36 * Whitney Mercilus - DE - Illinois
37 * Peter Konz - OL - Wisconsin
38 Kendall Wright - WR - Baylor
39 Brandon Boykin - CB - Georgia
40 * Rueben Randle - WR - LSU
41 Bruce Irvin - LB - West Virginia
42 Brandon Thompson - DT - Clemson
43 * Alshon Jeffery - WR - South Carolina
44 Janoris Jenkins - CB - North Alabama
45 Mychal Kendricks - LB - California
46 Kendall Reyes - DT - UConn
47 Brandon Weeden - QB - Oklahoma St
48 * Josh Robinson - CB - Central Florida
49 Zach Brown - LB - North Carolina
50 Jared Crick - DL - Nebraska
Cornerback Morris Claiborne Ranks as Top Defensive Player in NFL Draft 2012
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Photo – CB Morris Claiborne - LSU
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1. Morris Claiborne #17 - 5’11” 185 lbs. - LSU - Sp. 4.50 Rating 94
Hindu Theory: Champ Bailey
Talented junior athlete declared for the NFL Draft after an outstanding 2011 season to complete an excellent career for the Tigers. Morris is an elite cornerback and the next premier defender from the Tigers’ elite program. He is one of the best prospects in this entire class and combines very good size and reach along with the top athleticism for the cornerback spot with rare matchup skills. He has the speed to run with burners and the size and strength to battle the big receivers, though his timed speed is at 4.50 or slightly lower. He is a big time playmaker with the ability to blanket receivers and make plays on the ball. He has made an impact starting on the corner since his sophomore season opposite Patrick Peterson. He completed a terrific career with a huge final performance that ranks him as the premier cover man over the past decade and a unique playmaker with shutdown corner skills. He earned 1st team SEC honors the past two seasons, grading out high weekly vs NFL caliber receivers. He displays very quick footwork and reactions with keen instincts and fine recovery speed that warrants a top five 1st round selection in April. He has the AA and development to compete for a rookie starting corner role after showing both a high level of development and a well-rounded skill set for the pro game. He has shown very good ball and coverage skills where he anticipates quickly and has the athleticism to beat receivers in routes to make plays. He has a muscular frame and will support the run and make stops, though he lacks pop as a tackler. He displays sudden speed and quickness to close on the ball and make plays. He has well developed natural coverage ability with the smooth hip flexibility, very quick footwork and the closing speed to plant and drive on the ball. He shows excellent awareness in coverage with the instincts and ability to read and react to routes with the AA to make plays on the ball. Over his career, he earned the shutdown label in a program that provided Patrick Peterson last spring to the draft and has sophomore Tyrann Mathieu ready to follow. He has experience in both man and zone coverage with top instincts and very good understanding of his responsibilities. He is a long agile cover man with the top field speed to recover in the deep game and quickness to break on the ball in the shorter patterns. In run support, he is a reliable tackler who will come up at the LOS and make tackles. He shows the ability to stay on his feet, get off blockers and finish plays. His good height and great arm length (33 ¼”) allows him to matchup well with big receivers in coverage and make plays on the ball. Despite his lean frame, he is rarely out muscled and has strong hands to maintain position with a high level of development for the bump and run technique. He is highly instinctive cover man who reads the QB and routes very well with the ability to quickly break on the ball and make the key breakup or turnover. He is very fast to read and diagnose in man situations that has allowed him to make big plays despite teams throwing away from him over his late career. As a junior, he started all 14 games and posted 51 tackles, 6 picks and 6 PBU, earning 1st team SEC honors. As a sophomore, he started 12 games and posted 37 tackles, 5 picks and 6 PBU, earning 2nd team SEC honors. Over his career, he started 26 of 33 games with 11 interceptions and 12 PBU. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at over 5’11” and 188 lbs. He ran 4.50 and 4.58 times and did not lift. He did a 34.5” VL and a 9’10” BJ with a 7.01 three cone and 4.12 short shuffle times that completed outstanding agility and positional drills. He also ran quick position drills, displaying fine footwork and smooth hip flexibility. He is similar to Champ Bailey in size, athleticism, playmaking abilities and overall level of development at similar stages of their careers. He graded out high facing SEC blue chip receivers annually. He has very quick feet and flexible hips, very good body control and quick COD skills at a high LOD. Blue chip corner with the very developed skill set for the position that could enable him to win a rookie starting job and eventually the Pro Bowl. Top 5 talent and highly developed cover man with early starting potential with shutdown ability to be among the best in the league. Clubs like the Bucs, Vikings and Rams interested.
Draft Projection: 1st Round - Top 5 Selection
David DeCastro Heads Interior Line Class
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Photo – OL David DeCastro - Stanford
1. David DeCastro #52 - 6’5” 315 lbs. - Stanford - Sp. 5.30 - Rating 91 Hindu Theory: Steve Hutchinson
Physical aggressive junior guard has started all 39 games, earning Pac 12 first team honors later in his career. David is a hard-nosed physical blocker who started inside, grading out very high in all aspects of play that should earn him a mid first round selection in April. He is an aggressive blocker who combines fine athleticism, sound technique, very good functional strength and the toughness the position demands. He is a powerfully built guard with well-developed agility and footwork to carry out all the assignments. He plays with very sound leverage and shows a strong leg drive and a forceful hand punch to grade out high consistently. He has adequate arm length that allows him to get into a defender quickly and steer him out of the hole. He displays the tenacity and aggressiveness to win vs pro caliber defenders and uses his fine technique to play with leverage. He is a relentless player who goes hard from snap to whistle the entire game. His strong leg drive creates consistent movement blocking at the POA where he can direct, wall off and sustain well inline with the ability to be effective on short pulls. He is cut in the mold of a tough aggressive NFL guard very much like Steve Hutchinson who has gone on to have a Pro Bowl career. He has the nasty demeanor that scouts seek in a starting lineman and the footwork and functional strength to carry out all the assignments. He comes out of his stance quickly with sound positioning and a fast strong hand punch that gains early control by jarring a defender. He is a physical blocker who locks on with strong hands and moves his feet to control a defender with the ability to finish well. He is very quick and efficient when pulling with the ability to adjust and get good fits when blocking on the 2nd level. As a pass blocker, he slides easily with the ability to mirror and adjust to secondary rush moves. He anchors well vs the bull rush with top functional strength and agility to sustain his blocks well. He works hard to finish and shows the nasty demeanor of an early starting NFL guard. At times, he can play high with a narrow base that negates his power and slips off blocks. He needs to play technically sound and within himself to be highly effective. As a drive blocker, he is a tough physical competitor that gets into his blocks quickly, relying on his strong hands to control a defender and good leg drive to get movement. He has good functional strength to handle the big 300 lb.+ tackles he will face weekly with the ability to flip his hips and seal with good power to finish each block. He shows the ability to pick up stunts and blitzes quickly. At the NFL Combine, he came in at just under 6’5” and 316 lbs. with 32 3/4” arm length. He ran a 5.32 time with 34 reps and did a 29.5” VL and an 8’2” BJ. He had very impressive agility and positional drills. Over his career, he graded out very well vs top competition with the ability to learn quickly and adjust to game type situations. He has the look of a very likely rookie starting guard in the right setting. Physical durable blue-collar lineman with fine AA and very good technique and fine intangibles. Blue chip guard with the skill set and intangibles to start as a rookie. Talented highly developed prospect with definite top 12-15 value and future Pro Bowl guard who will get strong consideration by Chiefs and Cowboys.
Draft Projection: 1st Round
DT Fletcher Cox – Draft Insiders’ Scouting Report - NFL Draft 2012 Yearbook
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Photo - DT Fletcher Cox - Mississippi St.
Our top rated defensive linemen this year is Fletcher Cox of Mississippi St. in an outstanding tackle group. Cox has been our #1 tackle for the three technique position and the #1 end for the five technique spot since the day he declared in January 2012. There has been no movement at the top of the defensive line here with Cox remaining our #1 blue chip prospect at two critical positions for both NFL front lines. He fits all 32 NFL defensive fronts and is a top 10 value here who probably is selected in the top 15 overall choices.
DT Fletcher Cox – Draft Insiders’ Yearbook Scouting Report - NFL Draft 2012
1. Fletcher Cox #94 - 6’4” 300 lbs. - Mississippi St. - Sp. 4.8 - Rating 93
Hindu Theory: Darnell Dockett
Explosive junior tackle completed an outstanding career that earned him SEC honors his final two seasons. Fletcher was instrumental in the Bulldogs tough defense that ranked high in the SEC, a conference that features many of the nation’s best defensive prospects. He was a dominant performer who elevated every other defender’s play up a level and did this despite facing regular double team blocking. He had a short three year stay in the SEC with improvement annually especially his final performance. He is a big athlete with fine overall size and great arm length that gives him a nice advantage on the interior. He displayed dominant talent last fall with rare explosiveness on the snap and the power to finish. He is a tough quick tackle who has been a force in the middle, displaying an explosive burst to gain a huge advantage which required double team blocking regularly over his late career. He is an athletic defender who has played both tackle and end as a collegian and projects to both the tackle spot in the 4-3 set and the five technique end spot in a three man front. He can move around to present favorable mismatches along the line with an equally high level of play. Though he lined up inside mainly at tackle in a four man front, the experience at different positions helped develop him into the most versatile lineman in this class. Though, he is not a good fit for the nose tackle spot, he has developed all the other techniques especially best suited for the inside three technique position. He has a big athletic angular body with rare quickness, functional strength and footwork that enables him to be a force as a pass rusher and a run support defender. Late in his career, he displayed consistent big play ability that changed games and finished with 25 TFL and 9 sacks despite double-teaming regularly. He made fast improvement in his technique in general and his hand usage by facing special attention weekly on the inside. He is a natural three-technique tackle who has a thick and powerful frame with top playing strength and great explosive quickness to be very disruptive in the tackle box and push the pocket. He has a very good motor and has shown advanced technique especially strong hands that allowed him to use his talent the fullest. He has a developed strong hand punch that strikes blockers and allows him to counter with a combination of quickness and power to maintain an advantage. He shows consistency with his punch and counters quickly with power to win late on the down. He has outstanding quickness to shoot gaps with the closing burst of speed to make impact plays in the backfield. He has good range and can flatten down the line and make plays at the sidelines. He stacks, sheds and quickly locates the ball with incredible short area speed to finish and make big plays. He shows top functional strength, flexibility and stoutness at the POA with sound leverage. As a junior, he made 12 starts and posted 56 tackles with 14.5 TFL, 5 sacks, 1 FR and 1 FF while earning 1st team SEC honors. As a sophomore, he made 29 tackles with 6.5 TFL and 2.5 sacks while starting 11 of 12 games. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’4” 298 lbs. and 34.5” arms. He ran a super 4.79 time with 30 reps, 26” VL and 8’7” BJ and good agility drills of 4.53 short shuttle and 7.07 three cone. He is similar to Darnell Dockett in size, AA and versatility, in addition to their rare combination of quickness and power. He is at a similar LOD to that Pro Bowl defender at the same stage, though he has more upside potential. He responded with a big final season that established him as a blue chip NFL prospect. This is a unique defender who is capable of being a difference maker with early impact ability on either front line. Athletic tackle with the skill set to become a rookie starter after being battle tested in the tough SEC where he showed dominant talent vs NFL caliber linemen. Top 10 value with mid round prospect overall. The most NFL ready defensive linemen in this class and capable of being an immediate impact starter. Clubs like the Dolphins, Bengals and Seahawks are highly interested in the top half of 1st round. Athletic defender with impact ability and future Pro Bowl regular.
Draft Projection: 1st Round - Top 15 Pick