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NFL Draft: Scout's Notebook

This is NFL Draft Scout's Notebook, where Matt McGuire will list the notes he took while scouting players for the 2011 NFL Draft, 2012 NFL Draft and beyond.
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Posted Sept. 27, 2010

Alabama vs. Arkansas


Ryan Mallett

1st - 14:55 - Unchallenging throw to a WIDE-OPEN WR

1st - 14:23 - Another unchallenging throw to a WR where no Bama player is within 10 yards of him - these types of throws DO NOT impress me as a scout because every QB can throw to wide open WRs

1st - 12:02 - Drag route ... ball is behind WR and WR unable to get yards after catch ... inaccurate throw

1st - 6:13 - Horrendous footwork ... panicked under pressure and threw a bad ball to a covered WR ... should have escaped pocket and thrown ball away or run for yardage

1st - 5:00 - Footwork on drop back must be polished - too leggy and unpolished ... very nice velocity on deep out from far hash ... ball slightly off target (WR might have quit on route)

1st - 4:19 - Ball slightly off target again ... too high and WR has to adjust negating yards after catch ... good job stepping up to get throw off

1st - 3:04 - Throwing flat footed from pocket ... doesn't step into throw ... nice throw with good velocity

1st - 2:32 - Good job eluding blitz ... poor balance in pocket and makes terrible decision to throw ... should have been INT-d here ... no reason to make this throw when falling to ground

1st - 1:53 - Bad footwork in pocket and off balance ... ball is thrown too hard on a 6-yard dig route ... left foot steps out and this offsets throw ... ball behind WR ... very RAW passer ... I am still seeing a 3rd round pick on tape - not a 1st/2nd

2nd - 13:17 - Wide open WR here again and unchallenging throw ... big yards, but this just isn't something that impresses me as a scout. I want to see Mallett make big-time throws into tighter windows

2nd - 12:52 - Throws off back foot again, but ball has touch and accuracy on fade route

2nd - 11:39 - Stares down WR and throws a bad INT (in red zone on 3rd & G) ... horrendous decision to a WR who was obviously covered ... throws off back foot

2nd - 1:33 - Wide open TE on drag route ... easy throw, but nets 12 passing yards for you stat geeks out there that love numbers

2nd - 0:45 - Shows off arm strength here ... nice throw to WR in tight window vs. Tampa-2 defense ... Ball could have come out sooner so WR could have eluded safety

3rd - 9:14 - Bad accuracy here but gets completion ... ball was off target because his feet were flat footed and not in line with throw

4th - 14:31 - Fails to set feet and throws off back foot ... incomplete pass

4th - 4:53 - Horrendous decision ... throws to receiver who is double covered ... ball is overthrown ... INT ... statue in pocket and doesn't consider moving out to create throwing lane

4th - 3:13 - Ball is thrown way too hard on drag route and receiver doesn't catch it ... no reason for ball to be thrown this hard when receiver is 10 yards away

4th - 1:57 - Horrendous pocket awareness ... a complete statue ... great blocking out front, Mallett should have flushed out to the right and ran the football or created a passing lane ... instead completely overthrows TE and forces INT ... Mallett has zero mobility and this really hurts his chances in the NFL - because he will face a pass rush


Marcell Dareus

1st - 14:55 - Nice power off snap ... stays low and gets a push ... nice hand use

1st - 6:13 - Double teamed ... nice hands at POA to keep separation ... love his motor and competes ... too powerful and athletic for C/RG double team and gets penetration to notch QB hurry

1st - 6:06 - Loses leverage battle ... stays with play and hits RB

1st - 5:00 - Great instincts to get hand up as QB releases ball

1st - 2:23 - Nice power and bulls over RT ... misses tackle on sideline

2nd - 4:37 - Excellent, powerful hands here ... gets involved and nice hustle

2nd - 0:57 - Doesn't get good hand extension here ... fails to shed blocker and make tackle

3rd - 11:36 - Nice throw showing arm strength here over the middle

3rd - 0:38 - Fails to set edge and not quick off ball ... seems to have lost stamina in 2nd half (UPDATE: Injured)


Demarcus Love

1st - 14:23 - Bending at waist too much ... sluggish footwork

1st - 10:23 - Nice hand extension here, but too high with a narrow base and not the greatest balance ... not particularly light on feet

1st - 6:06 - Extremely fast in getting to 2nd level to block MIKE ... bends at waist, doesn't keep feet underneath, and loses balance to not sustain block ... out of control

1st - 5:00 - Shows more effort with technique here, but isn't very poised

1st - 3:43 - Nice job using angle to seal off Dareus ... base is too narrow still bending at waist too much


James Carpenter

1st - 12:53 - Lacks elite agility, footwork to meet DE initially at edge ... has to adjust and give up angle


Greg McElroy

1st - 12:53 - Very inaccurate throw on bubble screen and this should have been a pick-6

2nd - 7:25 - Nice throw on 3rd and 5 on the run to Maze on sideline ... had easier throw to Julio Jones for a 1st down ... should have checked down here for higher percentage throw.

2nd - 6:53 - Pitiful throw on WR screen

2nd - 6:01 - Horrible throw and bad field vision on INT ... can't play in NFL

2nd - 2:02 - Completely stared down wide open WR here ... huge INT ... not a very intelligent QB


Don'ta Hightower

1st - 12:35 - Takes VERY poor angle to football ... should have had TFL here or 1-yard gain ... overpursues and bad football IQ

1st - 11:24 - Loafing around ... slow to hit gap ... invisible and inactive

1st - 10:50 - Sluggish/passive ... lets ballcarrier come to him instead of attacking gap ... lumbering around with bad motor

1st - 4:53 - Doesn't hit gap ... gets blocked at 2nd level ... NON-COMPETITIVE

4th - 5:55 - Lacks range ... fails to make impact ... no speed or hustle


Courtney Upshaw 1st - 12:35 - Nice hustle in pursuit and makes tackle from backside

1st - 10:50 - Tough, physical ... takes on Love here and holds ground ... gets invovled with tackle


Mark Barron

1st - 9:02 - Fights through block and makes HUGE hit on receiver .. really violent hit

1st - 4:19 - off man coverage ... flips hips around too early and has to adjust ... uses speed to recover and makes bit hit on WR to jar ball loose to sideline

2nd - 0:57 - Bad instincts ... dropping back in coverage and not reading play (run all the way) ... Poor tackling technique

2nd - 0:26 - Bad instincts or run blitz here??? Takes outside edge and gives up running lane in C-gap


Mark Ingram

1st - 14:00 - Difficult to do here, but Ingram lacks elite burst to get to corner before tight running lane closes

1st - 6:34 - Nice job following his LG trap block ... shows ability to plant foot and explode ... not the fastest back, but shows terrific balance on this play by staying in bounds

2nd - 10:01 - Not the greatest vision here ... could have kicked it outside for a big gain


D.J. Williams

1st - 3:04 - Very nice hands on catch, but terrible ball security and exposes it when running through traffic ... fumbles

2nd - 1:33 - Shows a little athleticism in open field ... better ball security here


Trent Richardson

1st - 1:04 - Fails to maintain low pad level when running to sideline and gets knocked over ... could have had lower center of gravity here to absorb hit

2nd - 13:51 - Legs go dead on contact

2nd - 8:45 - Legs go dead on contact vs. a 227 pound LBer ... not a physical runner ...

2nd - 8:02 - Soft and doesn't run with authority ... not a very competitive football player

2nd - 6:48 - Nice elusiveness and makes first man miss ... runs with better physicality here ... lowers shoulders to engage contact


Julio Jones

1st - 0:37 - Nice flag route and doesn't tip it off but could have ran lower to come out of break more sharply ... good body control to adjust ... not a natural hands catcher here and uses body to maintain possession

3rd - 3:26 - Should have caught this football ... was held, but had a chance to make this play and didn't ... marginal focus






NFL Draft: Scout's Notebook Entries:

NFL Draft: Scout's Notebook Week 9
Andrew Luck vs. Jake Locker - 11/4

NFL Draft: Scout's Notebook Week 7
Texas vs. Nebraska - 10/20

NFL Draft: Scout's Notebook Week 5
Alabama vs. Florida - 10/8
Miami vs. Clemson - 10/7
Jake Locker vs. USC - 10/6
Mikel Leshoure vs. Ohio State - 10/6

NFL Draft: Scout's Notebook Week 4
Oregon State vs. Boise State - 9/29
Notre Dame vs. Stanford - 9/28
Alabama vs. Arkansas - 9/27
Miami vs. Pittsburgh - 9/25

NFL Draft: Scout's Notebook Week 3
Iowa vs. Arizona - 9/23
Florida State vs. BYU - 9/22
Arizona State vs. Wisconsin - 9/22
Washington vs. Nebraska - 9/21
Stanford vs. Wake Forest - 9/21
Arkansas vs. Georgia - 9/20
California vs. Nevada - 9/18

NFL Draft: Scout's Notebook Week 2
Iowa vs. Iowa State - 9/18
Alabama vs. Penn State - 9/16
Stanford vs. UCLA - 9/14
Washington vs. Syracuse - 9/14
Ohio State vs. Miami - 9/14
Auburn vs. Mississippi State - 9/11
Temple vs. Central Michigan - 9/11

NFL Draft: Scout's Notebook Week 1
Lawrence Guy vs. Portland State - 9/10
Jake Locker vs. BYU - 9/9
LSU vs. North Carolina - 9/9
Ohio State vs. Marshall - 9/7
Oregon State vs. TCU - 9/6
Adrian Clayborn vs. Eastern Illinois - 9/6
Florida State vs. Samford - 9/6
USC vs. Hawaii - 9/5
Pittsburgh vs. Utah - 9/5
Ryan Mallett vs. East Carolina - 7/23
Andrew Luck vs. Notre Dame - 7/22
2010 National Championship - 7/18
Arkansas vs. LSU - 7/18
Penn State vs. LSU - 7/18
Matt Reynolds vs. Oklahoma - 7/18
Nebraska vs. Texas - 7/18
Penn State vs. Michigan State - 7/18
Texas vs. Oklahoma - 7/18
Oklahoma vs. BYU - 7/18
Wisconsin - 7/18
Ohio State vs. Oregon - 7/18
Wisconsin vs. Purdue - 7/18
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