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Super Values in the NFL Draft 2

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Here are some more super values in the draft. The secret to any draft is how well the team does in the 3-7th rounds. Here are some more guys I think will be outstanding players picked lower in the draft.

Jamar Wall CB Texas Tech 5-10 204

Overall:

Walls has a rep for being inconsistent but has shown talent. The one question is his speed. Every time I have watched him, he has played well. He played very well in the East West game with 3 passes defended.

Strengths:

He has outstanding ball skills. Part of that comes from practicing against the TTk run and shoot. He has quick hands that can strip the ball away from the WR. Despite his size he can cover larger receivers and despite his speed he seldom takes a wrong step. He looks like he spends a lot of time in the film room because he seems to anticipate patterns well. Catch up speed is not as critical if you don’t ever get too badly beaten. He has the ability to breakdown and make a tackle and hits better than most CBs.

Weaknesses:

He can get over-aggressive and get called for a penalty more often than you would like. He also doesn’t attack the run like he should. That can be taught.

Bottom Line:

Walls will be a 5th round pick that just will be very hard to cut. He will be a good nickle back and may develop into a starter with more commitment to stopping the run.

 

Rahim Alem DE LSU 6-3 251

Overall:

Alem is one of the DE to OB prospects. He has decent speed and a solid motor. He will get some looks in part because he played well in the East West game.

Strengths:

His specialty is rushing the QB. He has multiple moves and a good punch. He is a knee bender that will get around an OT and take a sharp cut to the ball. He has an above average motor and seems to be causing trouble in the opponent’s backfield on every play. He has a quick first step.

In general he holds the point of attack fairly well but needs to contain the run to his outside a little better.

Weaknesses:

He plays the run on the way to the QB. That can make him miss some RBs. He will also over run plays to his side and lose contain.

Bottom Line:

Alem will be a special team star and will make a team. He should be gone by the middle of the 5th round but could work his way into the 4th.

 

James Ruffin DE Northern Iowa 6-3 266

Overall:

Ruffin started out as non-draftable. A good performance in the all-star games proved he could play with the top players from the big schools. Teams are starting to notice him.

Strengths:

Ruffin is a candidate for a 4-3 DE pass rush specialist but is not a good prospect for a OB conversion. He anchors the run to his side well but his main talent is rushing the passer. He finishes his pass rush and gets the sack. He has a good motor and will create enough pressure on the O line to get held to prevent him from the sack. He uses his arms well and causes the passer to move or throw the ball away. He can use leverage to get under the OT and get to the QB.

Weaknesses:

He is a pass rush specialist. In the later rounds, the good teams are looking for a player that can do one thing very well. That fits Ruffin perfectly. He is not a candidate for the OB because he lacks the speed and fluid hips to cover receivers. He also is going to have some trouble getting to the 280 range with his weight. He struggles to hold the point of attack against a run right at him. He also does not have as quick a first step as you would want.

His technique needs work. He is really green but has shown enough to be of interest to teams.

Bottom Line:

Ruffin may have worked his way into the 7th round or maybe even the 6th. If he is used right, he can be a nice addition to a team. He will give you everything he has. The only question is does he have enough pass rush to make a roster.

 

Doug Worthington DT Ohio State 6-5 292

Overall:

Despite playing a Ohio State, Worthington was not highly rated prior to the 09 season. Most scouts think of him as a plunger. But he can do more than that.

Strengths:

Worthington anchors against the run well. He uses his hands and strength well and is aggressive against the run. He has a decent first step and good moves to get around the O lineman to penetrate into the backfield. He attacks the run and is an above average tackler.

He is a better pass rusher than people expect. He gets leverage and can push a G or T back to the QB with a bull rush. He breaks down and if he doesn’t get the sack, he can cause it by getting doubled or pushing the QB into the arms of another defender.

He is capable of being a NT but is more valuable as a 3-4 DE. He tends to play his best in big games.

Weaknesses:

Like a lot of big players, he does not have a constant motor. He will take plays off. He is also not very athletic. He tends to play down to lesser competition. He tends to be a waist bender not a leg bender and runs a 4.96.

Bottom Line:

He is a rotational player that can make some plays in both the pass and the run. I believe in football or basketball, you never have enough good big guys. If the coaching staff can keep him focused and his motor going, he can help a team. He should be drafted late or be a priority free agent.

 

O’Brien Schofield OLB Wisconsin 6-2 221

Overall:

Schofield played DE at Wisconsin but is a OB conversion prospect. He played in the EW game at OB for the first time and was outstanding. He blew out a knee at the Senior Bowl practices. At the end of the season he was considered a 4th or 5th round prospect. But from his performance at OB in the EW Game, he had moved up into the 3rd round.

Strengths:

He proved by his play at the new position that he could pick up the D of the all star game quickly and had the athleticism to successfully make the change in positions. He showed he could cover the TE or RB out of the backfield effectively. He showed good hands by picking a pass off and returning it. He was able to cover in the short zone effectively.

He has always been solid against the run. He has the quickness and instincts to get outside the run and force it back into his help. He is an effective tackler. He is a high motor guy that is willing to do whatever is necessary. He also will contribute on special teams.

He is a good blitzer with a sense of timing to avoid blockers on a delayed blitz.

Weaknesses:

He did struggle to hold the point of attack against big O lines due to his size. Because of the timing of the injury, he will not be able to contribute in 2010. He also has no 40 time. He was projected to run a 4.63. If he does that well when he comes back he can be an effective OB.

Bottom Line:

Because of the injury he will likely not be drafted. However, he should be signed and put on IR for 2010. He will be like a free early 3rd round pick in 2011 IF there is football then.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Next Wednesday at Noon on Cleveland Sports Radio we will have a live mock draft. Be sure to join us.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for
and edits https://fryingpansports.com. He is a regular contributor on Cleveland Sports Radio http://www.sportstalkcleveland.com/ Monday afternoons at 1 Eastern. He has also published several novels on

and edits .

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Who stood out at the East West Shrine game?

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For this article I ignored the potential draft position of the players and rated their performance on the field on game day. Let me say up front that I do not agree with the “experts” that watch the practices and leave on game day. In my years of coaching, I have seen a lot of guys that looked like Tarzan in practice but when the pressure was on in a game they played like Jane.

Blair White WR Michigan State 14 points (4th round)

Blair gets open, has very good hands, and can adjust to bad balls (because he has had so much experience with bad QBs). He was a 4th or 5th projection before the EW game but with a very solid game he has moved into the 4th. The one question about him is speed. He is projected to run a 4.52. At 6-1 200 lbs, that is just OK. If he gets under 4.5 he could get into the 3rd.

Rahim Alem DE Louisiana State 13 pts (3rd)

Alem is 6-3 and 262. That is too light for a starting DE in the pros. He doesn’t really look like he can put on another 30 pounds and keep his speed. He is expected to run a 4.7 40 and depends on that speed to be effective. He could be a pass rush specialist at the next level. He had 2 hurries and caused an interception in the game. He needs work to develop something other than a one move outside rush.

Freddie Barnes WR Bowling Green State 13 pts (5th)

Barnes is one of my favorite value picks. He is only 6′ and 206 and runs a slow 4.58. But he is the prototype slot receiver. Ask Tom Brady how valuable WR Welker is to his offense! Barnes is a high motor guy that will block for the run, get open on short routes, catch the ball in a crowd and will be a pain to any D trying to cover him. He was one of the few weapons at BG and still drove Ds nuts.

James Ruffin DE Northern Iowa 13 pts (5th)

Ruffin is another too light DE. But at 6-4 he has the ability to add bulk and be a starting DE. He played really well and got a hurry and a sack. He also caused a penalty and got a couple of other pass rushes. He is not good at anchoring against the run but more bulk will help. He could be a value pick in the 5th and could go higher if he puts on some good weight and still runs a 4.75-4.8 40.

O’Brien Schofield OB Wisconsin 10 pts (3rd prior to injury)

Schofield reportedly tore his ACL which is a real shame. He had never played LB until the EW game but picked up the position very quickly. He got an interception, had the speed to get wide to stretch out the run, and covered receivers well. Given the injury, he will fall to the 7th round or may not be drafted. He will be an outstanding value for someone but not until 2011.

Andrew Quarless TE Penn State 9pts (6th)

This is a very deep TE draft. As a result, Quarless may drop to the 6th. He is a decent blocker but a good receiver. He gets open, and had 3 nice catches in the game including a TD. He is 6-5 248 and should be able to run a 4.7 40. He will be a nice 2nd TE and does well on special teams.

Doug Worthington DT Ohio State 9pts (7th)

Worthington was a mainstay of the Buckeye D. He had a solid EW game as well. He was doubled a number of times, got half a sack in my grading, and was solid in rushing the passer. He is decent against the run but at 275 could add some weight to get better.

Lindsey Witten DE Connecticut 8pts (4th)

Witten was one of the higher rated players at the EW game. But he is another of the underweight DEs in college. At 264 he needs weight to be a potential starter. But he uses his speed (4.7) to get to the QB. He may not be able to add the weight and keep the speed. At 6-4 he could be a LB conversion as well.

Jamar Wall CB Texas Tech 8pts (5th)

Wall will give you a great play then screw up badly. He scored 14 points with 3 excellent pass breakups but lost points with bad coverage and a penalty. At 5-10 with 4.5 speed, he is going to have to improve his coverage skills to make a team. He will contribute on special teams but will be a risk to draft even in the 5th round.

Reggie Carter IB UCLA 8pts (5th/6th)

Carter is a high motor guy with good instincts and the ability to stop the run. At 243 he will likely end up outside and should be OK there if he runs the 4.7 that he is expected to do at the Combine. He covers receivers fairly well and can contribute on special teams.

Alric Arnett WR West Virginia 8pts (6th)

Drafting a WR from a running team is always a little risky. But Arnett may be the exception. He has decent speed (4.49) good hands and can catch the bad pass. The question is can he get open regularly? He looked good in the game.

Greg Hardy DE Mississippi 8pts (1st or 2nd)

Hardy led the SEC in sacks and came into the game with a low 1st early 2nd round evaluation. I was not that impressed in this game. He played a lot better against Florida and Georgia. He got a sack, and had 2 other nice plays but allowed himself to get caught up in the wash too often against the run. He is an outstanding athlete but didn’t make enough plays in the game. He is going to have to add some weight to be a regular. But that could hurt his speed. At an expected 4.58 in the 40, he need his speed. He too may be a LB conversion prospect but taking a conversion that high is a huge risk.

Stevenson Sylvester OB Utah 8pts (FA)

Sylvester really popped early then disappeared. He attacks the run with great instincts, but he is too small and too slow but showed a great motor early. I have not yet decided how I feel about him but I will let you know when I get deeper into player evaluation.

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That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits https://fryingpansports.com. He is a regular contributor on Cleveland Sports Radio http://www.sportstalkcleveland.com/ Monday morning at 11. He has also published several novels on

and edits .

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