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Mock draft v 3.1--Post Combine Edition


Well guys most of the hype of the NFL scouting combine has died down and the draft boards are as jumbled as ever.  While some draft prospect's saw their stock shoot up over the weekend (Julio Jones, Prince Amukamara), others may have slipt a bit (Cameron Newton, Akeem Ayers, AJ Green). 

Here's my attempt to sort it all out for the Vikings.   

12.  Robert Quinn, DE/OLB, North Carolina

Height: 6-4. Weight: 265.
Combine 40 Time: 4.67.
Benchx225: 22. Vertical: 34. Arm: 34.
There is no denying Quinn's elite talent. He's a flexible, coordinated athlete with a tremendous first step and speed off the edge.  There is some talk about Quinn being in the discussion for the #1 overall pick.  But I think with Julio Jones' Combine performance and Tyron Smith weighing in over 300, Quinn just might get bumped out of the top 10. 

Robert Quinn's situation at North Carolina is a little different than that of some of the other players who were kicked off of the team after an investigation by the NCAA into whether some players received benefits from agents. Quinn is just a junior and, while he is considered permanently suspended by the NCAA, Quinn has time to appeal the ruling. However, Quinn is a great talent and he could just declare for the draft and put the collegiate world behind him.

Quinn certainly has enough potential and talent to be a first round draft pick. As a sophomore he nearly took home the Atlantic Coast Conference's Defensive Player of the Year honors, but fell just short of Georgia Tech's Derrick Morgan. Quinn totaled 52 tackles, 19.0 tackles-for-loss, 11.0 sacks and 15 quarterback hurries. There is little doubt that Quinn would have continued to put up great numbers had he played this season.

What stands between Quinn and the first round of the NFL Draft is interviews with NFL personnel leading up to April. Quinn is a physical specimen who has the size, strength and speed to be a great defensive end. It is unlikely that he will lose those skills by sitting out a season.

2/8 Update: If Quinn has continued to hit the weight room he should be a first round draft pick…and a high one at that. Quinn's weakness has also been his strength at the point of attack and he has really had a year to get ready for the NFL Combine and prove to everybody that he is still the explosive athlete that he was in 2009.

 

43.  Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh

Height: 6-4. Weight: 228.
Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
Combine 40 Time: 4.45.
Vertical: 42. Broad: 10-9. Hand: 10 1/8.
Projecte (2011): 1-2.
2/28/11: Jonathan Baldwin ran a great 40 (4.45) considering his massive frame (6-4, 228). He also posted a 42-inch vertical and a 10-foot-9 broad jump. Concerns remain about Baldwin's attitude, but there's no questioning his physical ability.

Strengths:

  • Prototypical size and length
  • Focuses and doesn't drop many passes
  • Great body control and athleticism
  • Knows how to use frame and shield corners
  • Attacks ball at its apex
  • Terrific hands and plucks the football
  • Reliable and consistent
  • Red zone terror
  • Physical runner; doesn't go down easy
  • Fearless over the middle
  • Gets a lot of Y.A.C.
  • Nice hand-eye coordination
  • Shows awareness as a receiver
  • Long strider
  • No. 1 receiver potential at next level
  • Elite catch radius
  • Good run blocker

    Weaknesses:
  • Route running needs improvement
  • Not a huge vertical threat
  • Speed is above average, but nothing special
  • Lacks a special second gear to be a home run threat
  • A little sluggish coming in/out of breaks

    Summary: Baldwin brings enough to the table to be viewed as a No. 1 receiver in the NFL, but I don't see him being an elite receiver because he seems to lack the speed and route running (unless this develops in time). Baldwin is a consistent possession receiver who moves the chains and is a difficult cover due to his size and talent. I have a first-round grade on Baldwin going into the 2011 season and his name should be called in the top 30 picks when it's all said and done.

    Player Comparison: Brandon Marshall. Marshall has slightly better speed than Baldwin, but both are fearless, consistent possession receivers.

  • 105.  K.J. Wright, OLB, Mississippi State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 246. 
    Combine 40 Time: 4.70.
    Benchx225: 20. Vertical: 32. Arm: 34 7/8.

    Wright was a three-year stater at Mississippi State and a consistent leader of the defense. He finished second on the team in tackles each of the last two seasons, making 47 solo and 98 total in 2010. Wright also was third on the team with eight tackles for loss, second with three sacks, second with nine passes defensed, second with nine pass breakups, second with four quarterback hurries, and he also recorded a sack and a fumble recovery.

    Standing at 6'3'' and 246 pounds, Wright boasts an impressive combination of size and speed, as he has been clocked as fast a 4.59 in the 40-yard dash. His pass-coverage skills are beyond stellar for a linebacker. He also has some of the longest arms at his position, and his wing-span helps him both against the pass and in making tackles. Wright is also more than capable of getting to the quarterback and he will have to do that especially in third-down situations. However, Wright must improve his fundamentals--especially in the tackling department--in order to become a star at the next level.

    136. Clint Boling, OG Georgia

    Height: 6-5. Weight: 310.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.09.
    Benchx225: . Arm: 33 1/4.

    One of the more experienced players in this year's draft class, Boling started all four years at Georgia, splitting time at offensive tackle and guard. He will likely line up at guard at the next level, as he makes up for a relative lack of quickness with amazing strength. Boling can be a dominant run blocker, and the Bulldogs ran the ball well in 2010 despite having a bad season overall. They gained 1,854 yards and 455 carries; Washaun Ealey averaged 5.2 yards per carry and Caleb King gained 5.4 yards per run.

    Boling has always looked like a third or fourth round selection, but he possibly secured himself a place in the third round with his performance at the Senior Bowl. From Scouts, Inc. after the weekend's proceedings: "Boling has shown good inline power and nice awareness all week, especially in the open field where he has done a great job of adjusting on the move to cover up targets. He's made himself some money this week." Look for him in the third round of the upcoming draft, and a second-round selection is not out of the question if he continues to impress at the NFL Combine.

     

    147.  Ricky Stanzi, QB, Iowa -
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 223.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.93.
    Hand: 10 1/4.
    1/30/11 : Ricky Stanzi had a poor weak of practice, but really shined in the second half of the Senior Bowl. He had a breath-taking drive where he impressively split the cornerback and safety on one throw. Stanzi also showed great leadership on the sidelines, calling the team together when the South established a 17-0 lead.

    Strengths:

  • Outstanding leader, team captain
  • Experienced starter
  • Operated under center in pro system
  • Intelligent, mature and confident
  • Hard worker who strives to succeed
  • Size coveted at NFL level
  • Mobility outside of the pocket
  • Accurate passer on the run
  • Comfortable going through progressions
  • Been in big games and clutch situations
  • Good arm strength for NFL throws

    Weaknesses:
  • Footwork issues in pocket
  • Forces throws into spots he should not
  • Loses accuracy beyond short routes
  • Inconsistent decision making
  • Lost more close games than won
  • Questionable pocket presence

    Summary: Ricky Stanzi entered the national spotlight in 2009 when Iowa started 9-0. In the final game of that opening run against Indiana, he threw interceptions on all four of the team's third quarter possessions, but shook it off to direct four touchdown drives in the fourth quarter. He was injured during a loss the next week against Northwestern that started a stretch where Iowa went 8-6. He did finish his career in style by recording a win over Blaine Gabbert's Missouri team in the Insight Bowl. The team drafting him knows what they are getting, which is probably a safe backup with the potential to start down the road.

    Player Comparison: Curtis Painter. Their draft stock arc is quite different (Painter was once touted as a potential first-rounder) but the fellow Big Ten signal-callers have an almost identical frame. Other similarities include arm strength and a tendency to lock on to receivers. If the Colts give up on their three year plan for the development of Painter (this being the third season) they might draft Stanzi assuming the price tag is not too high.

  • 167.  Jaiquawn Jarrett, FS, Temple

    Height: 6-0. Weight: 198.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.61.
    Pro Day 40 Time: .
    Benchx225: 14. Vertical: 30. Arm: 32 1/4.
    10/9/10: Jarrett is a thumper at strong safety with great instincts - he's a competitor, but he lacks range in pass protection and has below-average speed.

    5/14/10: As a member of the All-MAC First Team, Jaiquawn Jarrett collected 76 tackles, seven pass break-ups and three picks in 2009.

     Jaiquawn Jarrett has not just been around to see the Temple Owls turn around their football program, he has been a huge part of their success. In 2007 the Owls were coming off of a 1-11 season and a bunch of freshmen were forced into action. Jarrett was one of the defensive players who made it clear that Temple would not finish 1-11 again any time soon. Jarrett started a half dozen games as a freshman and was already using his size and speed to make some big hits. Jarrett started every game as a sophomore, tallying a team high 88 tackles and adding three interceptions and three fumble recoveries. Once again as a junior, Jarrett was a full-time starter and put up very similar numbers to his sophomore season.

    Jarrett has been flying under the radar for most of his career, but Temple reached a bowl game for the first time since 1979 during the 2009 campaign and Jarrett finally started getting some recognition. In 2010 Temple started off the season with some shaky defensive efforts, but a solid showing against Penn State put Jarrett's name back in the spotlight.

    204.  Julius Thomas, TE, Portland State
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 246.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.63.
    Benchx225: 16. Vertical: 35.5.
    2/27/11: The next basketball player turned stud tight end? Julius Thomas looked very natural at the Combine, making receptions with ease during the drills. Thomas (6-5, 246) ran a 4.63 40 and notched a 35.5-inch vertical.


    Scouting reports courtesy of walterfootball.com and fftoolbox.com

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