With the 15th pick in 2011 Insidehoops NFL Mock Draft,
the Miami Dolphins select.....
Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 230 40: 4.53
I love his size. Plays with great power. Displays great agility and acceleration. Plays with a great burst for a back his size. Has good decision-making; when he sees the hole there is little hesitation and he shows off impressive explosiveness to get through the line. Surprisingly elusive for a bigger back. He is able to make quick cuts and start and stop immediately. Does not shy away from contact. Soft hands, can catch the football. Does a great job of pass blocking. Has good ball security. Reports of his improved his work ethic and maturity have really been evident this season. He is a playmaker.
He needs to be more consistent in keeping his feet moving when engaged. Vision is another thing that often stands out a little bit when I watch Mikel; it isn't his biggest weakness but this is something that I think could be improved. He does a good job of reading his blockers but he needs to look at the whole field when he is running. Sometimes it looks like he just reads the blockers right in front of him rather than see the whole field. He also often tries too hard for the home run play, rather than hit the hole for a 5 yard gain. Again, this is not the biggest concern for me, but he could improve in this area to become more consistent. He does not have elite speed for a running back (even though for his size it's great). He is a little inconsistent at running low; he needs to get lower when getting through the line.
Mikel Leshoure is an exciting player to watch. He is big, powerful, strong, and yet surprisingly elusive, fast and explosive. Add in his natural instincts and you've got a special running back. Leshoure is living up to the hype this season; he went over 1000 yards, has 11 TDs and 14 receptions. He also did this behind an average offensive line and a young QB. Mikel Leshoure is quickly becoming one of my favorite players in the country and he has all the potential in the world. He has improved in key areas from last season and I believe that his best football is ahead of him.
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With the 16th pick in the 2011 InsideHoops NFL Mock Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select, Akeem Ayers, Linebacker, UCLA.
**Thanks to nflgridirongang.com for this mini scouting report
Played both defensive end and outside linebacker at UCLA; took an equal amount of snaps at both spots. Has good measurables and his overall skill set translates well to a 3-4 OLB, 4-3 OLB, and 4-3 end. His wide and solid frame allows for additional weight if necessary. Good initial quickness off the snap to win the corner in his pass rush from the end position; bends the edge and flattens down smoothly to close- a consistent threat to get to the quarterback. Shows the strength to jolt tight ends off the snap and contain the edge in run support.
A 3-down linebacker who played a lot of underneath coverage; gets good depth in his drop and keeps focused on his read & keys. Reacts quickly to the short throws in front of him. Shows the athleticism, size, and hips to cover tight ends down the seam at the next level. Physical player who steps up to fill the gap in run support and takes on blockers. Good speed and can get to the sideline from between the hashes. Physical, wrap-up tackler. Disciplined and stays true to his assignment; knows when to release in pursuit of ball carrier and when to stay home. Played both the weak and strongside linebacker spot.
Instincts are only adequate in run support. Slow to pick-up the misdirection and will be caught on his heels against play-action. Loses technique and tries too often to muscle through blocks or traffic. Lets blockers get inside of him while his eyes are still on the backfield; doesnt disengage from blocks with quickness and consistent technique. Pursuit angles are inconsistent, can misjudge and be late to the opposite side when a clear lane was available.
With the 17th pick in the draft, the NE Patriots select:
Nate Solder OT, Colorado
Scouting report by Walter Football:
# Size and length
# Athletic former blocking tight end
# Good lateral movement
# Able to mirror defender
# Work ethic
# Height can be a liability
# Can be beaten by speed rushers
# Still needs to add more weight
# Initial punch lacks strength
# Not a great anchor
Summary: Nate Solder is cashing in on a poor class of tackles. He has room to grow and develop as a dominant NFL tackle. His journey began as a blocking tight end and he has already added about 70 pounds in his years at Boulder. He will need to add more and has to overcome the challenges his height presents when it comes to knee bending and getting beaten inside.
Player Comparison: Tony Boselli. Mike Mayock drew this comparison while covering the Senior Bowl so let's go with it. Assuming Solder can continue bulking up, he certainly has the potential to be the dominant force Boselli was with the Jaguars before injuries derailed his career.
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18th Pick.... Chargers select ALLEN BAILEY... DE, Miami
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 285 | 40-Time: 4.75
Excellent size with a cut, muscular physique and long arms
A fantastic athlete with great short-area quickness
Very good speed and has the ability to close in a hurry
Weight room standout with outstanding strength and power
Extremely versatile, both positionally and schematically
Terrific bull rusher and can manhandle blockers
Stout at the point of attack versus the run
Reliable tackler and will deliver a big hit
Tenacious with superb range and a non-stop motor
Knows how to utilize leverage and uses hands well
Hard worker and is very committed to the game
Productive and makes a lot of impact plays behind the line
Substantial experience against top-notch competition
Still has a ton of untapped potential
Awfully raw both technically and mentally
Questionable instincts and awareness
Often late off the snap and lacks an explosive burst
Average agility and change of direction skills
Lacks a varied repertoire of pass rush moves
Has some trouble getting off of blocks
Minor durability concerns
Might be a classic 'tweener
Was a 2½-year starter for the Hurricanes --- Hails from Hog Hammock, Georgia, an island town with a population of less than 100 --- Once killed an alligator with a shovel --- Boasts just 8% body fat, power cleans 375 pounds with a bench press max of 420 pounds and a vertical leap of 38½ inches --- Began college career as a linebacker and played mostly on special teams as a true freshman in '07 --- Saw extensive action at both defensive end and defensive tackle while at "The U" --- Missed time in high school with a back injury and suffered a torn pectoral muscle in 2008 --- Named 1st Team All-ACC in 2009 and 2nd Team All-ACC in 2010 --- Could project to either left defensive end or the three-technique defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme and the five-technique defensive end in a 3-4 front --- Workout Warrior with a freakish blend of size, speed and strength --- Still developing and as a result isn't as consistently dominant as his impressive physical tools would suggest he should be --- Doesn't necessarily stand out in any one specific area but does everything well --- An extremely intriguing prospect who will be a highly coveted commodity on Draft Day due to his rare measurables, tantalizing upside and extraordinary versatility.
This might be a reach... but Bailey looks like a beast... could fall to the early second round, and I'm not sure how he will play in a 3-4, but DE is one of San Diego's biggest needs.
We have a few big needs to address in the following order:
O-Line (pretty much all positions), RB, DT, Safety
Anthony Costanzo, LT, Boston College, 6′7 295
Strengths: Costanzo is a high effort player who consistently shows good overall technique. Has sound fundamentals, well coached, and uses technique to gain leverage on opponents in the run game. Works to get inside hand placement and plays with consistent knee bend, playing balanced and disciplined. Ideal height and arm length for the position. He will extend arms at the snap and jolt oppenent with heavy hands. Puts himself in proper position to handle outside speed rush; good initial kick out in release to get depth in his pass protection. Shows enough quickness to consistently get to the second level and neutralize linebackers and safeties. Can pull and trap effectively to open running lanes inside with above-adequate quickness. Has enough foot quickness to re-direct on double moves in pass protection. Tough. Plays to the whistle. Good lateral quickness to angle block. Consistently plays over his pads.
Needs Improvement: Athleticism is only above-adequate. Won’t be able to drive opponents off the line of scrimmage with the same consistency unless size and strength improve. Not extremely quick off the snap, can be buckled back against athetic opponents with a good combination of quickness and strength; may always have trouble with elite edge rushers. Shows some trouble handling a quick initial inside move which may lead to holding calls and a loss of leverage. Will have trouble adjusting quickly in space against some NFL linebackers. Size and bulk must improve to be elite.
Bottom Line: A four year starter at Boston College, Anthony Costanzo is a coach’s dream and won’t make many bad decisions along the offensive line. He’s smart and is quick to recognize what an opponent hopes to do against him; very aware of stunts and loops. Costanzo’s effort will never be questioned as he’s a high character player in this regard, but isn’t extremely physical, nor does he play with a mean streak. Overall strength and athleticism won’t allow him to be the dominant player he was at times during his career at Boston College, and must improve to become an elite tackle in the NFL. Foot quickness isn’t impressive, but neither a detriment to his overall game. I feel Costanzo’s commitment to sound technique, along with his football intelligence will allow him to grow into a quality starting left tackle in the NFL, but he may need to begin his career at right tackle. Anthony Costanzo is the most technique savvy tackle in this draft class and won’t be available long once the selections start.
With the 20th pick in the NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Bucs select Ryan Kerrigan
My analysis: This was a very tough choice for me. Watt, Kerrigan or Clayborn all would have worked here but at this point in time, I like Kerry the best. He is not the greatest athlete but he is a high-character guy with fantastic intangibles and he had a monstrous senior year. He has the ability to rush the passer and is decent at run support as well. While his ceiling is not that high, I think he is a pretty safe pick and will make an immediate impact on the line. He should excel in a 4-3 help recreate the once feared Bucs line.
Plus, Morris and Dom love the kid. I trust them so he's the pick.
Other analysis: Strengths:
- Good size with a nice frame and growth potential
- More quick than fast but has a burst to close
- Able to get around the edge and run the arch
- Strong, powerful and an outstanding bull rusher
- Has a wide array of moves in pass rush repertoire
- Competitive and relentless with a non-stop motor
- Good range and does a great job in pursuit
- Reliable tackler who can deliver the big hit
- More than holds his own versus the run
- Displays violent hands and uses them well
- Shows the ability to disengage from blockers
- Smart with terrific instincts and awareness
- Utilizes proper technique and understands leverage
- Super tough and will play through pain / injuries
- Productive with a knack for making impact plays
- Superb leadership qualities and amazing work ethic
- Offers some positional and schematic versatility
- Lots of quality experience and a great pedigree
- Not a smooth athlete or overly explosive
- Average speed, agility and change of direction
- Ability to play on feet in space is a question mark
- May lack fluid hips and is unproven in coverage
- Some minor durability and health concerns
- Overall upside might be relatively limited
- May be a bit of a positional 'tweener
Cheifs select Gabe Carimi Offensive Tackle | Wisconsin
Height: 6-7 | Weight: 327 | 40-Time: 5.30
Prototypical size with long arms and large hands
Solid in pass pro with nimble feet to slide / mirror
Fairly stout at point and gets good push in run game
Decent strength and delivers a violent initial punch
Polished technician with great hand use and footwork
Intelligent with excellent instincts and awareness
Very tough and willingly plays through pain / injuries
Mature, hard working and is respected by teammates
A ton of experience against top-notch competition
Merely average athleticism, agility and balance
Issues with speed and struggles to protect edge
Not a knee bender, plays tall and leverage suffers
Will too often gets caught reaching and leaning
Falls off of blocks and does not sustain very well
Has some trouble in space and at the second level
Is not a finisher and may lack a killer instinct
A history of injuries and durability is a concern
Last name is pronounced "kuh-REE-mee" --- A four-year starter and team captain for the Badgers --- Named 1st Team All-Big Ten in 2009 and 2010 --- 1st Team All-American in 2010 --- Won the 2010 Outland Trophy as the nation's top interior lineman --- The Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2010 --- A civil and environmental engineering major who was named Academic All-Big Ten four straight years --- Very committed to Jewish faith and fasts during Yom Kippur --- Missed three games with a right knee injury in 2008 --- Missed half of fall camp in 2009 with a right knee injury --- Suffered left shoulder (AC joint) injury in 2009 --- Actually replaced Joe Thomas, the #3 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, at left tackle in Madison --- Overrated blocker with all the tools to be a starter at the next level but is not the elite blindside protector and early first rounder that some have made him out to be
Looks like the Cheifs biggest need is RT or WR.... and there are no good WR's left to pick this high in the draft.
Indy's needed to fix the OT position for at least 2 years now, and now that Ryan Diem's started to well, suck, it's even more glaring. Sherrod's got above average athleticism for an OT that can get upfield into the second level. Not really elite at any specific ability but well rounded in both the pass and run game. He's most likely the last 1st round grade OT left in this mock draft and therefore the automatic pick for me. He needs to get bigger and stronger but Manning's made Charlie Johnson look decent at LT because he gets rid of the ball so quickly, Sherrod wouldn't need to be giving him 4+ seconds to be successful. Similar to Roger Saffold from IU last year, nothing exceptional but you can immediately plug him in and experience and upgrade. Plug him at an LOT and slide Charlie Johnson into LG and it's a big upgrade on the left side of the line over the parade of late round/undrafted young guys the Colts have been trotting out there the last few years.
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CB Jimmy Smith from Colorado. I dont see Eagles being able to land Aso even tho they'll explore the option. And with so many OTs taken the Eagles could go OG in Pouncey who has the ability to play both guard/center spots for your interior OL which the Eagles could use. However there is a prospect I think the Eagles could get in the 2nd maybe 3rd rd that could be solid. That said Jimmy Smith is getting quite a buzz with his size and abilities. I'm rolling with him as the pick for the Birds. Big physical CB opposite Asante Samuel.
Also fits a need and could end up great value depending how he fares in the combine.
Frankly pretty surprised to see him on the board at 24. Reggie Bush is a FA (I think) and while he's not really a RB, him potentially leaving creates a clear hole in the backfield. Pierre Thomas is also a FA, another hole, leaving them with just undrafted second year Chris Ivory. You want to walk into next season with Chris Ivory as you only RB?
I'm going out of town the rest of the week, so, if we get to the Seahawks pick before I get back, someone else can do the Seahawks th erst of the draft.
I'm giving Seattle a QB that I think will be bust
Based on their regular season record the Seahawks should be picking in the Top 10 overall, but they are slotted this low because they limped into the playoffs by winning a division crown in the lowly NFC West. It’s clear that injury-prone Matt Hasselbeck, who will turn 36-years-old next season, is on his last legs and Charlie Whitehurst, a.k.a. “Clipboard Jesus”, did little to ensue confidence that he is the long-term solution under center. Washington’s Jake Locker didn’t have the type of big senior campaign that most were expecting and as a result his draft stock has taken a hit. In fact, some have even speculated that Locker could drop to the second round. However, I still believe that Locker’s elite blend of physical tools and intangibles, plus all of the teams in need of a quarterback, will ultimately lead to him coming off the board in the first round and perhaps even a lot earlier than this. Nobody will have a better feel for Locker than Pete Carroll, who not only coached against him when he was at Southern Cal but can also call up Washington head coach and former protιgι Steve Sarkisian to get the inside scoop. It wouldn’t hurt from a public relations standpoint to bring in a local high school and college hero to be the face of the franchise either. If they don’t go with a quarterback look for Seattle to turn their attention over to the defensive line, where they need some reinforcements at both tackle and end.
He bulked up some at the combine making me think he can be effective in a 4-3. Still, I was torn between Houston and going WR. The Falcons have no legit #2 and really need some more weapons around Ryan. But JA55 is not going to be there forever and Bierman was somewhat of a disappointment last year so he's the pick. Great value as well.
40-Time: (NFL Scouting Combine Time Feb. 23 - Mar. 1 to be added)
Justin Houston's specialty is getting to the quarterback, and he's pretty damn good at it. Watching him, what jumps out is just how fast he is. He's exceptionally quick and gets out of his stance in an instant. He gets an excellent jump off of the snap which gives him an immediate advantage when rushing the passer or trying to get into the backfield to redirect the ball carrier or make the tackle.
He finished his junior season in 2010 with 10 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss, second in the SEC in both categories. He's been rather consistent over the last two seasons, recording 7.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss as a sophomore in 2009 despite missing the first two games due to suspension and another due to injury. He also returned a fumble 18 yards for a score against Georgia Tech in the 2010 regular season finale, further demonstrating his athleticism.
He wraps up when he tackles to ensure that he brings his man to the ground rather than just hitting the player and hoping he falls down. He has good strength that he can use to defend the run from either a 4-3 defensive end spot or the 3-4 outside linebacker position. He plays with a high motor on every play to wear down offensive linemen as the game drags on into the fourth quarter. He's good in pursuit and can locate the ball quickly and effectively to help make the play.
One area in which Houston could use some work, or at least some experience, is dropping back in coverage. He recorded two passes defended last season and his lone interception came on a pass that was thrown almost directly at him. Not that he'll be relied upon to rack up pass defense statistics or pick off passes on a regular basis, but seeing him put into coverage situations a bit more would be nice to ensure that he can handle the load as an every down linebacker.
Houston would benefit from working on his hand movements to shed blocks and get past defenders. He should also work on adding moves to his pass rush arsenal to keep defenders guessing and so they do not zero in on defending against one particular move.
The New England Patriots select Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State
# Strengths: Prototypical size for 5-technique
# Has length with strong musculature
# Strong at point of attack
# Sets the edge in the run game
# Heavy hands
# Gets terrific arm extension to control linemen
# Flashes dominance
# Shows ability to take on double teams
# Tends to stay low to ground
# Good instincts; sniffs plays out and disrupts
# Tons of experience at multiple positions on DL (DT, DE, 5-tech)
# Strong work ethic
# Nice initial pop
# Highly inconsistent and can take some games off (not plays - whole games)
# Doesn't always play as big as he is
# Motor runs hot and cold
# Not a fluid athlete; a little stiff
# Average speed
# Lacks a pass rush repertoire
# Doesn't make much of an impact rushing the quarterback
# Below average production
Summary: I don't think a player's stock has fallen on my board over the summer more than Heyward's. I went into the summer expecting to see a first-round pick on tape, and instead I now see a second-rounder. He gets dominated by inferior competition and should be more dominant on a more consistent basis when you factor in his size, strength and talent.
Heyward's best fit by far at the next level is the 5-technique position (3-4 DE), and I just don't see him being an impact pass rusher at 4-3 left defensive end. Heyward needs to step up in his senior year if he wants to be a top 25 pick. As I mentioned previously, Heyward is starting the 2011 season with a second-round grade on my board.