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Check out my latest scouting report on Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker. It is posted on FootballNation.com and can be found by following the link here: http://www.footballnation.com/content/2013-nfl-draft-ot-dj-fluker-scouting-report/21966/

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The offensive board is complete for the time being and here is my crack at the defensive side of the ball. I will get a little bit more specific as the weeks come before the Draft. When the time comes I will break up players by 3-4 and 4-3 defenses, but right now I am still working on where they fit into each scheme.

Defensive Ends

51. Bjoern Werner, Florida State

2. Ziggy Ansah, BYU

3. Datone Jones, UCLA

4. Margus Hunt, SMU

5. Tank Carradine, Florida State

6. Damontre Moore, Texas A&M

7. Alex Okafor, Texas

8. Sam Montgomery, LSU

9. Cornelius Washington, Georgia

10. William Gholston, Michigan State

Defensive Tackles

21. Star Lotulelei, Utah- http://scoutingblitz.com/2013/02/20/scouting-report-star-lotulelei/

2. Sharrif Floyd, Florida

3. Sheldon Richardson, Missouri

4. Sylvester Williams, UNC

5. Jesse Williams, Alabama

6. Kawann Short, Purdue

7. John Jenkins, Georgia

8. Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern State

9. John Hankins, Ohio State

10. Montori Hughes, UT Martin

Outside Linebackers

61. Jarvis Jones, Georgia- http://scoutingblitz.com/2013/03/09/scouting-report-jarvis-jones/

2. Dion Jordan, Oregon

3. Barkevious Mingo, LSU

4. Trevardo Williams, UCONN

5. Arthur Brown, Kansas State

6. Khaseem Greene, Rutgers

7. Sio Moore, UCONN

8. Jamie Collins, Southern Mississippi

9. Zavier Gooden, Missouri

10. Chase Thomas, Stanford

Inside Linebackers

Ogletree_t6181. Alec Ogletree, Georgia

2. Mant’i Teo, Notre Dame

3. Kevin Minter, LSU

4. Kiko Alonso, Oregon

5. A.J. Klein, Iowa State

6. Kevin Reddick, UNC

7. Jon Bostic, Florida

8. Steve Beauharnais, Rutgers

9. Nico Johnson, Alabama

10. Michael Mauti, Penn State

Safeties

rn_g_kennyvaccaro_ms_6001. Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

2. Johnathan Cyprien, Florida International

3. Eric Reid, LSU

4. Matt Elam, Florida

5. Shawn Williams, Georgia

6. Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse

7. Bacarri Rambo, Georgia

8. D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina

9. Phillip Thomas, Fresno State

10. JJ Wilcox, Georgia Southern

Corner Backs

41. Dee Milliner, Alabama

2. Desmond Trufant, Washington

3. Xavier Rhodes, Florida State

4. Jordan Poyer, Oregon State

5. Blidi Wreh- Wilson, UCONN

6. Darius Slay, Mississippi State

7. B.W. Webb, William and Mary

8. Jamar Taylor, Boise State

9. Dwayne Gratz, UCONN

10. Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State

I have studied a lot of games over the last few months and have started to formulate my Top 10 by position. This is a moving piece of work and like my mock drafts, they will be updated right until the start of round one on April 25th. Take a look and feel free to comment. Keep updated on Twitter @scoutingblitz.

Quarterbacks

geno1. Geno Smith, West Virginia- http://scoutingblitz.com/2013/02/12/scouting-report-geno-smith/

2. Ryan Nassib, Syracuse

3. Mike Glennon, NC State

4. E.J. Manuel, Florida State

5. Matt Barkley, Southern Cal

6. Tyler Wilson, Arkansas

7. Matt Scott, Arizona

8. Zac Dysert, Miami (OH)

9. Tyler Bray, Tennessee

10. Landry Jones, Oklahoma

Running Backs

download (1)1. Eddie Lacy, Alabama

2. Montee Ball, Wisconsin

3. Giovani Bernard, UNC

4. Andre Ellington, Clemson

5. Kenjon Barner, Oregon- http://nfldraftdog.com/2013-nfl-draft/Kenjon-Barner.html 

6. Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina

7. Jawan Jamison, Rutgers

8. Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State

9. Mike Gillislee, Florida

10. Johnathan Franklin, UCLA

Wide Receivers

cp1. Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee

2. Tavon Austin, West Virginia-  http://scoutingblitz.com/2013/02/13/scouting-report-tavon-austin/

3. Keenan Allen, California

4. Justin Hunter, Tennessee

5. DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson

6. Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech

7. Aaron Dobson, Marshall

8. Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech

9. Chris Harper, Kansas State

10. Robert Woods, USC

Tight Ends

t eifertjpg1. Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame

2. Zach Ertz, Stanford

3. Gavin Escobar, San Diego State

4. Vance McDonald, Rice

5. Jordan Reed, Florida

6. Travis Kelce, Cincinnati

7. Dion Sims, Michigan State

8. Mychal Rivera, Tennessee

9. Nick Kasa, Colorado

10. Levine Toilolo, Stanford

Offensive Tackles

11. Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M- http://scoutingblitz.com/2013/02/14/scouting-report-luke-joeckel/

2. Eric Fisher, Central Michigan

3. Lane Johnson, Oklahoma

4. D.J. Fluker, Alabama

5. Terron Armstead, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

6. David Quessenberry, San Jose State

7. Justin Pugh, Syracuse

8. Jordan Mills, Louisiana Tech

9. Oday Aboushi, Virginia

10. Menelik Watson, Florida State

Offensive Guards

101. Chance Warmack, Alabama- http://scoutingblitz.com/2013/02/16/scouting-report-chance-warmack/

2. Johnathan Cooper, UNC

3. Larry Warford, Kentucky

4. Kyle Long, Oregon

5. Dallas Thomas, Tennessee

6. Brian Winters, Kent State

7. Alvin Bailey, Arkansas

8. Hugh Thornton, Illinois

9. Travis Bond, UNC

10. Jeff Baca, UCLA

Centers

Barrett_Jones_Alabama_D1AAAofYr1. Barrett Jones, Alabama

2. Travis Frederick, Wisconsin

3. Khaled Holmes, USC

4. Brian Schwenke, California

5. Braxton Cave, Notre Dame

6. Joe Madsen, West Virginia

7. T.J. Johnson, South Carolina

8. Lamar Mady, Youngstown State

9. Matt Stankiewitch, Penn State

10. P.J. Longeran, LSU

Jarvis Jones, Georgia

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Scouting Report

Position: Outside Linebacker

Class: Red-shirt Junior

Size: 6’2 245 lbs.

Strengths: Jones is one of the premier pass rusher’s in the 2013 draft. He possesses the versatility to play in coverage as well as rush the passer when called upon to do so. Has scheme versatility in the sense that he could play the SAM linebacker in a 4-3 and be able to cover tight ends, or he could play the hybrid defensive end/OLB that so many teams now covet. His game is reminiscent of the Von Miller type player if you will. Jones was extremely productive in his career and isn’t an athlete that you are looking at come out of the draft like Ziggy Ansah of BYU who is being evaluated on what he COULD DO in the NFL. In Jones you are getting the NCAA sacks leader from 2012 and a pass rusher who has sacked the quarterback 28 times in 26 games against elite competition  Jones is nasty on the field and plays with that raw emotion you look for in your linebackers. He was voted team captain and is a natural leader. On the field, besides his sack production, he is extremely quick in his first step and in his coverage skills. He has that fluid motion skill set you look for in an outside linebacker. If you watch the SEC championship game against LSU, he is all over the field making plays in pass coverage and behind the line of scrimmage. He makes some of the most explosive hits I have ever seen and is a real punishing tackler, separating a lot of players from the ball. He had seven forced fumbles in 2012 alone. Jones plays with great instincts and you can tell he is a smart football player that takes coaching well and studies his opponents.

Weaknesses: First thing you have to put on Jones as his weakness is the medical issues he has faced and will continue to face. Jones played his freshman year for the Southern California Trojans and contributed early. He hurt his neck in the end of the season and could not get cleared from Spring ball by team doctors with his diagnosis of Spinal Stenosis. He transferred to Georgia who cleared him and he dominated in the elite SEC. However, with the millions of dollars invested in players now, teams are weary to take a player who may, down the road, have a major problem. This medical issue is real and he needs good reports from teams’ medical evaluations.  With that being said, Jones also has some other weaknesses that can be seen on film study. Jones is not a small player by any means, but he looks to be “maxed out” in his size and strength. He just doesn’t seem to have the frame to get any bigger and he will struggle to take on blocks and consistently take a pounding from NFL blockers. He already has troubles taking on blocks at the point of attack and will struggle to disengage on his blocks. Jones isn’t necessarily weak at a certain area of his game, but he will also need to improve on his coverage skills but he is not far off.

Overall Impression: His production has to speak for itself. We are talking about a player in Jarvis Jones who was All American and the nation’s sack leader from the best conference  If not for his medical issues he would be in the top 5 picks of the 2013 draft. No questions. However, the medical history will scare some NFL teams and Jones could see his name slip a little further into round one than he wanted. Jones is an explosive pass rusher though and those players DO NOT stay on the board for long. Jones is the most polished and explosive option as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme and over half the teams in the NFL employ that type of scheme as their main defense. So you can do the math. Jones will not be available long and should hear his name called in the top 15 picks.

Projected Draft Status: Picks 5-10 of the first round

Over the last to days we have had a lot going on with news coming out of NFL Draft prospect camps. Usually when it is this late into the process or close to he Combine, it isn’t the most positive news. Below are three noteworthy stories involving potential 1st round picks in the upcoming NFL Draft:

download (1)-Alabama running back Eddie Lacy will NOT work out as Adam Schefter of ESPN has reported that he has a slight tear in his hamstring. He reportedly injured the hamstring practicing the 40 yard dash. It is ironic that the most sought after running back that personnel people and Draft analysts wanted to see run his 40 yard dash, now cannot participate  Lacy will aim for his Alabama Pro Day on March 13th to run. Largely considered the most NFL ready running back in the Draft class, Lacy will hopefully have no setbacks in his recovery and can show scouts what he can do before the NFL Draft in April.

 

 

images (1)-Southern California quarterback Matt  Barkley probably had the most to prove by throwing at the Combine, but reports are that his injured shoulder is not going to allow him to do so. Barkley will still go through interview processes and medial evaluations  which will be huge for him, and there is no news out there if he will run his 40 or do any other drills. Barkley is falling down a lot of draft boards and this will only further strengthen the “Barkley haters” voices around the blogs. No matter how you slice it, Barkley at some point needs to make an appearance to scouts in which he shows that his arm/shoulder is not in need of any more medical procedures. A lot of his draft stock is now weighing heavily on his medical exams at the Combine.

 

 

images-Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree was/is widely considered a first round draft pick on many boards. Ogletree was not without his character concerns as it is, but he did nothing to help his case by getting pulled over for DUI in Arizona recently. The former Georgia Bulldog was cited in a misdemeanor theft that he missed a  game for in 2010, and missed four games in 2011 for what was reported as punishment for failed drug tests. No matter how you slice it, every single NFL team will be on high alert when researching Ogletree’s past and why he continues to struggle staying out of trouble. He will have a LOT riding on his personal interviews and how he responds to the criticism he has and will receive from this incident.

Chance Warmack, Alabama

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Scouting Report

Position: Offensive Line

Class: Senior

Size: 6’3 320 lbs.

Strengths: Warmack is one of the stronger players in this offensive line group and it translates to the field. He led an awesome Alabama offensive line (possibly three first rounder’s this year) in pancake blocks with 37. He plays with a mean streak and is very violent in his hand punch and his finish. He is a rugged “throw back” player who would fit best as a guard in a Power running game, not so much a zone blocking scheme. Warmack has great feet for a big man, not that he is super fast by any means, and he can use great instincts and movement skills to take proper footwork and angles on his blocks. You can’t question his durability, as he has 39 career starts at left guard for the best football program in the nation, facing the best competition in the nation on a weekly basis. Warmack run blocks and pass blocks with fluidity and technique. Rarely does he get beat, and he always finished plays with authority. His biggest strength is his unbelievable anchor. If a defender rushes down the middle of Warmack, or bull rushes him so to speak, he has the leg strength and core power to anchor down and not give up any ground. He engulfs people, using his huge hands and long arms to stop people in their tracks. Doesn’t just block defenders he moves them off the ball and creates a new line of scrimmage or he will jolt blitzers and stop them cold. Warmack has the size, strength and athleticism you look for in an offensive lineman. During film study of Warmack I noticed how incredibly smart and heady he was on the field. He does a great job on blitz pick up and coming off on linebackers at the right depth and time. He is a very capable puller and kick out blocker and can get out in space on screens to make blocks on the perimeter. Close as a sure thing at guard that I have seen in a long time. He is the best run blocker in this draft.

Weaknesses: For as good as Warmack is in my mind, studying film can still help you find holes in a prospect’s game. Warmack is strong and he knows it and sometimes will rely on his brute force to try and move people. He succeeded at the college level, albeit against elite talent, but he will not be able to just punch and hold off defenders in the NFL the way he has done his whole career. Warmack will stop his feet on contact, a byproduct of relying on strength, and let defenders get up field or underneath him on zone steps. His feet are not bad, but one of the things he has to work on is always taking the proper footwork for the proper assignment called and let his natural abilities take over from there. He was not called for a lot of penalties in college; however I see a future problem with holding calls for Warmack. He has to punch inside defenders and not grab, as he does at times. It will be something that is easily fixed by NFL coaching, but it is something that will take time. When Warmack gets tired, he is more of a waist bender than knee bender and he will get caught lunging on defenders. Sometimes he will end up on the ground more than you would like and he has issues at times with playing way too high. I think this just leads to a concern you probably have to have with all lineman, can he keep his weight in check. Warmack is a big guy and he has to keep his weight down to 320 or 330 to keep his quick feet intact. I look forward to seeing what his weight is at the combine.

Overall Impression: This is my number one guard in this year’s class. I like him better then David DeCastro of last year’s class, who was a first round pick. Warmack was groomed in a NFL training ground of a college at Alabama. He played the best competition for the best team and was successful. Put the tape on and you will grasp for straws on things he needs to get better at. Is he perfect? No. But he is a plug and play guard on any offensive line in the league. Warmack will give you ten plus years and make numerous Pro Bowls in the process. He is more of a fit in a power scheme and not a zone running style, but I think that isn’t a deterring factor that teams will have in taking him. I have been a fan of the guy all year long and nothing stops me from my impression that he shouldn’t last past pick 11 in this year’s draft. The kid is that good and what I love about him is that he embraces everything about offensive line play. He wants to demoralize his opponent and play with authority. Nowhere in his game is the diva attitude and I think he makes a club better from Day One.

Projected Draft Status: Picks 10-15 of the First Round