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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
NY Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul - Scouting Report Draft Insiders’ 2010 Yearbook
This week we will post Draft Insiders.com Yearbook Scouting Reports of prominent players in the upcoming Super Bowl between 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.
Draft Insiders.com 2012 Yearbook - 300 Scouting Reports
Photo - DE Jason Pierre-Paul - NY Giants
1. Jason Pierre-Paul #90 - 6’5” 270 lbs. - South Florida - Sp. 4.70 Rating 92 - Hindu Theory: Jevon Kearse
Freakish athletic junior defender declared for the NFL Draft after only one season at the D1 level. Jason is one of the best athletes in this class and a rare physical specimen who runs very well and has the growth potential to get bigger. He is a big angular athlete who comes in at over 265 lbs. with the frame to carry over 270 lb. He has very long arms and the footwork of a linebacker with the speed to go sideline to sideline. He usually plays with good leverage and has the functional strength that enabled him to play several positions mainly on the strongside end position. His best pro position will initially be the weakside in the 4-3 set. He has good functional strength and uses his long arms to hold up at the point of attack well with the frame to get bigger and add muscle. He possesses the quickness to move down the line and pursue from the backside and projects to end and an early every down end in either a 4-3 or 3-4 set. He is quick on the snap with the size and AA to become an every down defender fairly early in his career. When he times the snap well, he can penetrate quickly into the backfield with the ability to close on the QB. He uses his long arms well to keep blockers off and has the ability with the power to separate and flatten out to the passer. He can hold the point of attack fairly well with the ability to locate the ball and stay alive on the play. He is still a very raw prospect after a one year college career, but a prospect with an incredible physical skill set for the NFL game. He can win late on the down to get to the passer or ball carrier. He moves down the line well and stays clean using his long arms to keep blocks away from his body. For a tall angular prospect, he has very good COD skills with the ability to recover easily. He can make tackles outside the box and pursues well to the ball carrier. He needs to further develop his hand usage and more pass rush moves to fully realize his blue chip talent, though he uses his strength well for a raw prospect. He needs overall technique work especially with his hands to show a more powerful punch. At times, he comes off the ball high that provides a big target for blockers. When he plays with leverage and a low pad level, he is very difficult to contain. He needs to get better use of his long reach to deflect more passes at the LOS and it is an essential part of upper body strength and technique development that is critical for him to play up to his athleticism. As a junior, he started only 7 games and posted 45 tackles with 16.5 TFL, 6.5 sacks, 2 FF and 3 PBU that earned him first team Big East honors. He played at two different JC colleges during the ’08 and ’07 seasons. At the NFL Combine, he ran 4.78 time, a 30.5” VJ, 9’7” BJ and did 19 reps. He can be an impact disruptive, big playmaker with great size and upside potential over a short time. He has developed a very good rip move to get past tackles with regularity, but needs development on his swim maneuver and additional move to have a complete game. He needs to learn more counter moves to combat double-teams and make plays when his initial move is contained. He is a bigger version of defender Jevon Kearse in speed, body type, AA and versatility to play end or up in both pro fronts. He may be similar to former #1 pick Jamaal Anderson in body type and LOD. This is a rare athlete with the talent to be a huge playmaker in a 4-3 set, though he is still developing and learning the game. Excellent top 20 prospect with starting talent once he settles into a scheme and refines his game. Blue chip developing prospect with great upside potential after further development.
Draft Projection: 1st Round
DraftInsiders.com 2011 All-Rookie Team
Photo - LB Aldon Smith - 49ers (Missouri)
Offensive Rookie of the Year - QB Cam Newton - Panthers
Defensive Rookie of the Year - LB Aldon Smith - 49ers
Aldon Smith - Scouting report from Draft Insiders' 2011 Yearbook below
2011 All-Rookie Team
Cam Newton - Panthers
DeMarco Murray - Cowboys
Mark Ingram - Saints
A.J. Green - Bengals
Julio Jones - Falcons
Kyle Rudolph - Vikings
Mike Pouncey - Dolphins
Stefen Wisniewski - Raiders
Danny Watkins – Eagles
Tyron Smith - Cowboys
Nate Solder - Patriots
J.J. Watt - Texans
Adrian Clayborn - Bucs
Marcell Dareus - Bills
Phil Taylor - Browns
Aldon Smith - 49ers
Von Miller - Broncos
Ryan Kerrigan - Redskins
Patrick Peterson - Cardinals
Jimmy Smith - Ravens
Joe Lefeged - Colts
Chris Harris - Broncos
Dan Bailey - Cowboys
Matt Bosher - Falcons
Patrick Peterson - Cardinals
Randall Cobb - Packers
Aldon Smith - scouting report from Draft Insiders' 2011 Yearbook
* Aldon Smith #85 - 6’5” 265 lbs. - Missouri - Sp. 4.75 Rating 92
Hindu Theory - Demarcus Ware
Imposing athletic junior defensive end declared for the NFL Draft after a career that featured numerous big plays on the outside the past two seasons. Aldon has freakish athletic ability and actually has the movement skills of a 240 lb. athlete rather than a 265 lb defender. He is coming off a strong short two-year career in the Big 12 where he earned first team honors each season. He is a blue chip athlete who runs very well and has developed into a terrific edge rusher that allowed him to make impact plays from his first season with the Tigers. He is a tall angular defender with very strong hands and the athleticism to play both up and down off the edge to fit either pro scheme. He is the rare defender in that he can be an impact defender both up as an attack linebacker or down as a weakside end in a 4-3 alignment. Most tweener types do not rank high in both schemes and most actually fail as pros in either or both defensive sets. He is a quick twitch defender with the initial burst of speed on the snap to be a major disruptive force off the edge. He plays with a high motor and combined with his excellent athleticism ranks him among the premier defenders in this blue chip crop of defensive linemen. He has a long wiry frame with surprising strength and good technique to be a consistent factor as a pass rusher, though he needs some hand development and overall strength work to realize his full potential. He has developed a sudden first step off the edge that wins early on the down where his explosive speed is difficult to contain. He has been a major force the past two seasons, showing big play ability along with very good football intelligence and instincts to be a consistent playmaker. Despite his incredible size, he is an athlete that fits the classic tweener role with equal ability to fit both schemes and perform at a high level. He has the talent to be an impact defender in both pro schemes that gives his club a very unique defender to change alignments often and on the clock to create many favorable mismatches. He is an excellent fit as an edge pass rusher in the 4-3 set where his quick feet and hands help him get up the field quickly and run the arc. Over his final season, he made 48 tackles, 10 TFL, 1 forced fumble, 2 PBU and 5.5 sacks, earning 1st team Big 12 honors while playing through a leg injury that cost him three games. In ’09, he started 11 of 13 games while recording 64 tackles with 19 TFL, 11.5 sacks, 1 FF, 1 FR and 5 PBU that earned him first team Big 12 honors. He displays the big play ability off the edge to attack the passer and be an early difference maker once he settles into the right position and scheme. He is best suited for the four-man front and weakside end spot where his combination of speed and power are ideal fits. He is a very good athlete that has natural pass rush ability that will warrant a probable top 12-15 selection. He shows further growth potential without losing his speed or his explosiveness to be an end in a 4-3 scheme. He has an athletic frame with the ability to carry 280 lbs. well that will help him to stack at the POA vs big tackles. He holds the edge well enough to stretch the play out with the top speed to make plays at the sidelines. He can have a hard time getting off blocks at the POA at times when over big tackles and needs additional hand technique development to improve his ability to separate. He has very quick and strong hands that get a powerful initial strike to gain a fast advantage with the long arms and reach to keep blockers off his body. He has the footwork to move laterally with the ability to change directions fast and counter inside. He has very good speed, showing the pursuit skills to make plays on the perimeter and the ability to drop in coverage despite limited experience in that role. He has the primary asset to be a difference maker in his ability is to get to the QB with the upside to be a major impact defender. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at over 6’4” and 263 lbs with 353/8” arms. He did 20 reps and ran a fine 4.82 time with a 34” VJ and a 9’10” BJ in a strong performance. He is similar to DeMarcus Ware and Willie McGinest in size, AA and upside potential. This is a blue chip prospect with Pro Bowl type skills, especially from a speed standpoint and functional strength numbers. With his hand on the ground, he may best resemble Ware and equally fast off the edge. Athlete with well-developed pass rushing skills and capable of being a pro impact performer. He will be a hot prospect for many teams, but especially clubs like the 49ers, Texans, Rams and Lions. He has excellent upside potential to become an early starter in a 4-3 set. Fast rising premier prospect with impact ability and early Pro Bowl talent.
Draft Projection: 1st Round