2013 NFL Draft: Dallas Thomas Prospect Profile

Tennessee offensive lineman Dallas Thomas

Tennessee offensive lineman Dallas Thomas

Tennessee Offensive Tackle Dallas Thomas heads into the 2013 NFL Draft as one of Draft Insider’s top Offensive Tackle prospects to watch. Thomas is a Guard prospect as well after playing the entire season at Left Guard for the Volunteers. He posses great technique in his pass blocking and has good feet. Which ever team pulls the trigger on this smart football player should have them selves a player for years to come. Below is our detailed scouting report on Dallas Thomas.

Measurables:
– 6’5″ 310 lbs

Strengths:

First of all, I must say Dallas Thomas has one of the most beautiful pass sets I have ever seen in a live game. It looks exactly how coaches teach it on the field and on film. Dallas Thomas is flexible and shows good bend in his knees and hips. Thomas is a lean 310 pounds which is shown when he is out in the open and getting to the second level. And because he is lean he could be able to keep up with the speed rushers on the edge in the NFL. Thomas replaces his hands well while pass blocking and can defend the bull rush. He is a smart football player and understands that communication is a key factor in an offensive lines success. He is seen on film communicating pre snap with the other members of the line, making sure they have all their calls correct and have an ID on the Mike. Thomas would fit into a zone blocking scheme as he is not a premier drive blocker in the run game. He is versatile and can play both guard and tackle at a high level. Thomas played really well at Left Tackle against 2012 second round draft pick Courtney Upshaw in their 2011 match-up.

Weaknesses:

Although Thomas is flexible and has good bend in his hips, he doesn’t explode through them when firing out to run block. He is not a drive blocker, so he wouldn’t really fit into a power blocking scheme, especially if he played Guard. To be a difference maker on an NFL roster he would need to work and improve his lower body in the running game (feet, hips, and leg drive). Thomas struggles to sustain blocks, falling off late and allowing his defender to get in on the tackle or clog up the running lane and force the runner outside. He also has poor technique when he pulls. He turns his shoulders and has high pad level. Rather than having his shoulders squared up ready to take on any defender in case he doesn’t make it to his assigned man and staying low for more force on contact.

Projection:

Thomas is projected to be a 2nd-3rd round pick in April’s Draft.

 

Prospect Profile completed by:

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2013 NFL Draft: Barrett Jones Prospect Profile

Alabama center Barrett Jones

Alabama center Barrett Jones

Alabama all everything Offensive Lineman Barrett Jones heads into the 2013 NFL Draft as one of Draft Insider’s top interior Offensive Lineman prospects to watch. Barrett Jones is one of the most decorated and versatile lineman to enter the draft in a long time. Jones has played all five positions up front and played them all very well. He won the Outland Trophy in 2011 at Left Tackle and the Rimington Award this past season at Center. Jones is a better fit on the inside of the Offensive Line for the NFL. Below is our detailed scouting report on Barrett Jones.

Measurables:
– 6’4″ 305 lbs

Strengths:

Full disclosure, Barrett Jones is one of my favorite prospects in this years draft class. I really enjoy watching this young man play football. Jones is very versatile, he can play any position on the line and play it well. Jones is a smart player. You can often spot him making line calls and changes, and helping the quarterback with calls at the line. He also graduated in three years with a 4.0 GPA in Accounting. Jones is a very smooth football player, and that is not an easy thing to do in the trenches. When you watch him play he makes it look easy. He doesn’t rush anything, he goes into every snap with a plan and is patient. Jones is a drive blocker and can move defenders off the line of scrimmage. The Alabama Crimson Tide asked a lot out of Barrett Jones in his tenure there, and he answered every single one of them. He dominated some of the toughest competition week in and week out against high quality SEC opponents and players.

Weaknesses:

At first glance there really isn’t many flaws to Barrett Jones’ game. You really have to dig deep on this guy to find any flaw that really sticks out. When he gets to the second level he tends to lunge into the block, allowing defenders to slip off of the block or swipe his hands and get away. You can question Jones’ overall physical strength as he has struggled with the bull rush at times. But, that could also be related to his injury history, as he played through injuries most of his career. That is another question mark with Jones is his injuries. He is currently out with a Lisfranc Foot sprain. Which will sit him for 3 months and he will miss most, if not all of the pre draft activities. Jones also is not as talented of an athletes as some of the other prospects that are in this years NFL Draft.

 

Projection:

Jones is projected to be a mid to late second round pick in April’s Draft.

 

 

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2013 NFL Draft: Brennan Williams Prospect Profile

North Carolina offensive tackle Brennan Williams

North Carolina offensive tackle Brennan Williams

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North Carolina Offensive Tackle Brennan Williams heads into the 2013 NFL Draft as one of Draft Insider’s top Offensive Tackle prospects to watch. Williams is an big tackle with a good motor. Williams was not full time starter until last year, and had a season ending injury in Week 8 of this season. Below is our detailed scouting report on Brennan Williams.

 

Measurables:
– 6’7″ 315 lbs

 

Strengths:
When you turn on the film of the Tar Heels to watch their Right Tackle Brennan Williams, you instantly notice how big he is. He has the body of a All Pro NFL Offensive Tackle. He has long arms and legs, and uses them both in his pass protection. He uses his long legs to get a good distance on his initial kick in his kick slide. He also use his long arms to attack the defender and keep the defender off of his body. Williams is also seen on tape playing hard, and to the echo of the whistle. You can teach technique, scheme and make a guy faster and stronger. But the one thing you cannot teach a man to do is play hard. Williams has tons of potential because he is big and plays hard. NFL teams can make him into the tackle they want by grooming him into their system, knowing he will give it his all on the field.
Weaknesses:
Brennan Williams has a huge frame that could be used to dominate in both run and pass blocking. Although throughout watching him on film you don’t typically see him doing either. When he comes off the ball and engages with his defender at the line of scrimmage he doesn’t explode through him, he doesn’t use his lower body and feet. In order to gain movement with your blocks you need to use your lower body strength. He relies to heavily on his head and upper body strength to try and get movement.  Williams, like most of the taller lineman plays high, which if he were to get his pad level down I am sure it would help him in moving defenders off of the line of scrimmage. Williams also lacks elite lateral quickness and has sluggish feet. Which both hinder him from being an great pass protector. When you watch a big offensive lineman you want to see athleticism. The only time you want to see them on the ground is when they have just cut blocked someone, or they are finishing off a pancake block. With Williams, you see him on the ground a lot all by himself, getting his feet caught up in the trenches, falling off of a block, or missing at the second level. When getting to the league, NFL teams must work on his feet, lower body strength and lower body movements.
Projection:

Williams is projected to be a 5th-6th round pick in April’s Draft.
Prospect Profile completed by:
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2013 NFL Draft: Andre Ellington Prospect Profile

Clemson running back Andre Ellington

Clemson running back Andre Ellington

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Clemson running back Andre Ellington is an intriguing 2013 NFL Draft prospect. Ellington played 4 years in Clemson, and has never averaged less than 5.1 yards/carry. He had planned to participate in the Senior Bowl, but he had sustained a hamstring injury during practice and subsequently had to withdraw from it. He is explosive, and very fun to watch. Below is a preliminary scouting report on Andre Ellington.

 

 

Measurable:  5 ft 10 in  195 lbs

 

 

Strengths: The first thought that jumps out at me when watching Ellington is ‘dynamic runner’. Ellington has a smooth style of running, which is possible due to his amazing balance. He is an evasive runner, and even during his sophomore year, he was able to take advantage of this balance. An example of this is in the 2010 Georgia Tech game, where Andre fakes out the LB, despite the large hole already created by his Oline. This helps him gain additional yards. He does not lose much speed when doing a cut back. Ellington shows good lowering of his pads when engaging his opponent, and always falls forward for extra yards. Furthermore, he shows a variety of skills, and utilized them well, including stiff arm, spin moves, and cut backs. His greatest asset is his speed. Ellington has good quickness before the LOS, and shows great open field long speed as well. Andre will win against DBs when he reaches the secondary. Ellington does not rely on cut blocks in pass pro. Often times you’ll see him engage pass rushers head on, which may not always be a good thing (explained in weakness section), but he can still buy the QB enough time. His pass pro skills improved every year. Andre knows how to hold the ball close to his body, and does an adequate job running with the football. Lastly, Ellington is a good receiver, but this skill is underutilized. Ellington has room to grow to become an every down back.

 

Weakness: A major criticism of Ellington is his lack of functional strength. That is apparent in watching Ellington. Andre does not possess a strong body, and more often than not will get taken down on first contact, therefore, as @Draftinsider noted, don’t expect a high Yards after Contact. This problem is mitigated by his balance, where he sometimes is able to escape a tackle. However, in the pros it will be much harder to escape from a tackler. Andre Ellington also gets pushed back by bigger LBs on pass pro, and he appears indecisive when to perform a cut block. Early in his collegiate career, Ellington would fumble the ball despite good ball handling techniques. The lack of ball security will haunt him at the next level. Durability will be a major concern early on in his professional career.

 

Injury History: Hamstring (2013), Minor Ankle Surgery (2012), Turf Toe (2010), Knee Surgery for torn cartilage (2010)

Projections: Ellington could be taken as early as mid-2nd round or as late as fourth round, depending on his performance at the Combine and recovery from his hamstring injury.

 

 

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2013 NFL Draft: Terron Armstead Prospect Profile

Arkansas Pine-Bluff Offensive Guard Terron Armstead

Arkansas Pine-Bluff Offensive Guard Terron Armstead

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Arkansas-Pine Bluff Offensive Guard Terron Armstead heads into the 2013 NFL Draft as one of Draft Insider’s top Offensive Guard prospects to watch. Armstead played left tackle in college but will most likely be asked to move inside to play Guard in the NFL to use his gifted combination of size and quick feet to its highest potential. Potential is a good word to use while evaluating Armstead, he is big, athletic and could blossom into a quality pro one day. Below you will see our preliminary scouting report on Terron Armstead.
Measurables:
– 6’5″ 305 lbs
Strengths:
One of the things you notice and notice often when watching Armstead on film is how athletic he is. He shows great speed and quickness when pulling. Armstead is said to have sub 5.0 40 speed. Which is always a feat for 300 pounder. He also gets to the second level with ease, slipping underneath a defensive end, or chipping a 3 technique and using his speed to get to a linebacker at the next level. Some coaches try and try to teach lineman ways to get to the second level without getting caught up in the traffic of the trenches, some never get it. Armstead’s feet on film are a sight as well, he puts them up and down quickly which reduces the time a defender has to get him off balance or knock him off track (the reason he doesn’t get washed down while getting to the second level). Armstead’s potential is through the roof, with a NFL body frame, athleticism and strength many teams could get him in their system, teach it to him, plug him into it and watch him grow into a pretty good pro player.  
Weaknesses:
Armstead needs to work on his technique in pass protection. He likes to turn his hips and shoulder in his pass set which leaves him vulnerable to the inside move. It didn’t cost him as much in college because his athleticism was able to make up for the bad technique. Also while pass protecting I saw another bad habit of Armstead’s, he shoots his hands too low on his punch. Although he has a strong punch and a good firm grip when he connects, the low punch made him unbalanced while protecting. In the SWAC he wasn’t exposed by it like he will if he does it on Sunday’s. Armstead’s level of competition he played in college is also a question mark. Although the SWAC has had its share of talented players it is hard to gauge how good each and every player he played against is. He is seen on film at times mauling defenders 10-12 yards down field.
Projection:
Armstead is projected to be a 5th round pick in April’s Draft.
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2013 NFL Draft: Larry Warford Prospect Profile

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Kentucky Offensive Guard Larry Warford heads into the 2013 NFL Draft as my third rated Offensive Guard prospect. Warford is very experienced and is coming off of a stellar week at the Senior Bowl this January. Warford is big and has very good feet for a man his size. It shouldn’t take him long to be in a NFL starting lineup. Below you will see our preliminary scouting report on Larry Warford.

 

Measurables:– 6’3″ 333 lbs

 

Strengths:

Larry Warford is a big and athletic Guard prospect. He posses good feet and is agile for a 333lb man. Warford is experienced, he played and played well every week of his career against elite competition. He held Missouri’s stud defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson in check this year, along with Florida State’s soon to be top-15 pick Sharif Floyd. And to top it all off, Warford went down to Mobile for this years Senior Bowl and had the week of his life. He was the only lineman that could stop Georgia’s Defensive Tackle John Jenkins all week. Warford has tremendous lower body strength which helps him defend the bull rush.

 

Weaknesses:

I noticed on some of Warford’s film that he doesn’t lock his hands when he shoots them on run blocks as consistently as he should. Which results in the defender shedding him as a blocker and being able to pursue the ball. Warford’s conditioning level is a question mark as well, NFL teams are going to ask him to drop a few pounds and to stay in shape through out his career. Warford tends to play high especially late in games or drives, which can be directly related to his conditioning level. With improving his pad level it could also benefit him in his pass blocking, as he sometimes gets off balance while protecting the pocket. He posses the strength to not get beat while off balance, but you have to know that will not always be the case in the NFL.

 

 

Projection:

Warford is projected as a late first or early to mid-second round draft pick.

 

 

 

 

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2013 NFL Draft: Jonathan Cooper Prospect Profile

jcooperAs we inch closer to the 2013 NFL Draft with each passing day, DraftInsider continues to provide top quality prospect profiles, along with in depth scouting reports and mock drafts. DraftInsider has acquired a team of veteran scouts to bring you the most unique NFL Draft coverage you have, and will ever see. We look forward to bringing you the best in the business.

North Carolina Offensive Guard Jonathan Cooper heads into the 2013 NFL Draft as my second rated Offensive Guard prospect. Cooper is a top 10 talent but unfortunately he plays a position where there are not many taken in the top 10. Cooper is athletic and explosive off of the ball. Below you will see our preliminary scouting report on Jonathan Cooper.

Measurables:– 6’3″ 295 lbs

Strengths:

Cooper immediately jumps off of the screen with his athleticism for a 295lb guy. He moves like a tight end when he pulls on a block. Along with his athleticism he posses a good and strong punch in his pass blocking. He times the punch perfectly and shoots his hands firmly and directly on the defenders breast plates for the win consistently. As mentioned before, Cooper pulls a lot because he is athletic and fast enough to get there. Cooper is explosive when he gets to the next level. Upon arrival he comes through his hips when he cuts or connects with a linebacker. This college All-American has the potential to be a very good run blocker in the NFL with his athletic make up and strong lower body he can blow defenders off of the ball consistently.

Weaknesses:

Cooper is just 295lbs, in order to anchor down and move people off of the line of scrimmage, it would be easier for Cooper if he would gain 5-10lbs of healthy weight. Cooper also to me doesn’t seem to have the overall nasty streak that #1 ranked Offensive Guard Chance Warmack does. While I regard Warmack as a “tough type” Guard, I classify Cooper as a “Finesse” Guard. Which in the trenches that word is sometimes viewed as a bad thing, I don’t mean it that way. It means he can play well in space and is extremely athletic. When Cooper pulls, at the point of attack at times he doesn’t accelerate through the block, he “catches”. He needs to continue to churn his feet and use his lower body strength to deliver the blow and win, rather than getting a stale mate.

Projection:

Cooper is projected to be a middle to late 1st round Draft pick.

 

 

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2013 NFL Draft: Chance Warmack Prospect Profile

Alabama Crimson Tide Offensive Guard Chance Warmack

Alabama Crimson Tide Offensive Guard Chance Warmack

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We are proud to announce Zack Spears has joined DraftInsider. Zack played Offensive Line at Iowa State, and with his first hand knowledge of the college game, as well as his experience as a lineman, we feel Zack will do extremely good things in his new role as Head Scout: Offensive and Defensive Lines. Follow Zack on twitter @Zacklopedia
Alabama Offensive Guard Chance Warmack heads into the 2013 NFL Draft as my top rated Offensive Guard prospect. Warmack is as good as they come at run blocking, while possesing overpowering strength that he uses to dominate defenders.  Below you will see our finalized scouting report on Chance Warmack.
Measurables:
– 6’3″ 320 lbs
Strengths:
Warmack has a nasty streak to him that all NFL executives and coaches love from a lineman. Warmack has great strength, when watching him play he uses his lower body strength as an anchor to stop the pass rush, and has a steam roller to plow over defenders in the running game. He is an absolute punishing, tough run blocker. That combined with his strength makes him an NFL ready prospect right now. Warmack also fires off the ball and gets a tremendous push at the line of scrimmage, opening running lanes immediately. He is always spotted on film with great pad level and firing a good punch with perfect hand placement in pass pro. Chance will be a perfect fit for a power blocking scheme based offense. 
Weaknesses:
After reading the above “Strengths” part, you may be asking, ‘Well, what can’t this guy do?” Although Warmack is the top rated Offensive Guard in this years draft class, like everyone else there are weaknesses to his game.  He could do a lot for himself by losing some weight and getting quicker to help him play in space while blocking at the second level, pulling, or out on a screen play. Also, because of his limited ability to play in space it makes him not a good fit in a zone blocking scheme, where he will be asked to block more in the open space. You tend to see some of the more athletic lineman excel in that scheme. Because he lacks quickness, he gets beat on some speed pass rush moves. Warmack’s conditioning is a weakness to me too, he seems to get tired on long drives and not finish blocks when he is tired. He could be dominating defenders late in games and drives every single play if he didn’t have to take a play or part of a play off to rest. Which is an easy fix with a little weight loss and top of the line conditioning which will be at his finger tips in the National Football League. 
Projection:
Warmack is projected to the be a top 15 overall pick in April’s Draft.
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2013 NFL Draft: Defensive Tackle Rankings

star_lotulelei_300_250As Draft Insider takes you closer to the NFL Draft with each passing day, we will continue to provide you with positional rankings, scouting reports, and mock drafts leading you up to the first pick in April. Today we take a look at the 2013 Defensive Tackle Class. We have ranked the top fifteen defensive tackle prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft.

 

1) Star Lotulelei Utah

2) Johnathan Hankins Ohio State

3) Sheldon Richardson Missouri

4) Kawaan Short Purdue

5) Sharrif Floyd Florida

6) Jonathan Jenkins Georgia

7) Sylvester Williams North Carolina

8) Jesse Williams Alabama

9) Jordan Hill Penn State

10) Bennie Logan LSU 

11) Cassius Marsh UCLA

12) Akeem Spence Illinois

13) Daniel McCullers Tennessee

14) Montori Hughes Tennessee-Martin

15) Joe Vellano Maryland

 

Notes: We will be releasing individual scouting reports for each player throughout the pre-draft process. Also, all rankings done by Draft Insider are subject to change up to and before the actual NFL Draft. No rankings are finalized unless noted otherwise.

 

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2013 NFL Draft: Top 25 Running Backs

Virginia Tech v North CarolinaThe running back position has become one of the most important positions in the NFL with the recent success of the read option, and spread offense. Running backs are being utilized in ways never seen before all across the league. From splitting out wide as a receiver, to being the option man on a pitch play, running backs are becoming more versatile, and more valuable by the minute. Today we rank the Top 25 running backs int the 2013 NFL Draft.

Note: All prospect position rankings are subject to change throughout the course of the pre-draft process as we head towards the combine and individual pro days.

1. Giovani Bernard North Carolina

2. Eddie Lacy Alabama

3. Joseph Randle Oklahoma State

4. Andre Ellington Clemson

5. Montee Ball Wisconsin

6. Johnathan Franklin UCLA

7. Le’Veon Bell Michigan State

8. Jawan Jamison Rutgers

9. Kenjon Barner Oregon 

10. Mike Gillislee Florida

11. Stepfan Taylor Stanford

12. Christine Michael Texas A&M

13. Ray Graham Pittsburgh

14. Knile Davis Arkansas

15. Michael Ford LSU

16. Kerwynn Williams Utah State

17. Montel Harris Temple

18. Theo Riddick Notre Dame

19. Stefphon Jefferson Nevada

20. Marcus Lattimore South Carolina

21. Spencer Ware LSU

22. Cierre Wood Notre Dame

23. Robbie Rouse Fresno State

24. D.J. Harper Boise State

25. Chris Thompson Florida State

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