Friday, April 15, 2011

ESPN's Todd McShay's latest on NFL Draft

From ESPN -

Conference Call Replay with ESPN NFL Draft Analyst Todd McShay

ESPN conducted a NFL Draft media conference call Thursday, April 14, with Scouts Inc. director of college football scouting Todd McShay who discussed a number of this year’s prospects. ESPN will provide live gavel-to-gavel coverage of the 2011 NFL Draft from Radio City Music Hall in New York April 28-30. Select comments:

On Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green and his wonderlic scores…
“From everything I’m told it is not an issue. He hasn’t tested well in anything. For an elite receiver the 40-yard dash is not exceptional. Some of the results at the combine weren’t exceptional like the wonderlic test. But when you study him on film, he’s as savvy and football intelligent as any receiver in this class. I still think if it’s not No. 4 to Cincinnati, he should be off the board by No. 6 to the Cleveland Browns.”  

On the 2011 quarterback class…
“There are a lot of good quarterbacks in this class but not many great ones. I think when you start to look at it, there’s Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, then there’s a drop off. Then it’s kind ofpick your poison.’”

On Stanford fullback Owen Marecic…
“It’s hard not to like this guy when you watch him…It’s easy to understand why. He’s six feet tall, 248 pounds. Not very fast, but he is tough as nails. He loves the game. He’s going to fight through injury. He’s accountable on and off the field. He’s the leader that you’re looking for and a throwback type of player. Fullbacks are a dying breed in the NFL and only a certain amount of teams even care about having them on the roster or using them at all. Marecic can catch the ball and he can block well enough that I think he can come off the board in the late rounds and hang around the league for several years.”

On Fresno State offensive lineman Andrew Jackson…
“I like his potential, but he’s had a lot of durability issues. Knee injury in 2009, a back injury in the offseason of 2009, and played just four games in 2010 because of an ankle injury. You’re talking about a guy that has had a lot of injuries in the last couple of years. But I see the explosive power in a short area and ability to get into position. And he’s smart. He knows his assignments; he’s technically sound and very consistent. If he can kick the injury bug, I think he could be one of the Day 3 real surprises of this year’s Draft.” 

On the NFL Lockout and how it will affect incoming Draft picks…
“Teams may be more inclined to reach for need because they’re nervous that they’re not going to be able to get the players in free agency that they want. The other train of thought is the opposite…this year just go out and draft the best players. When it’s over you take a look at your roster and then attack free agency accordingly...Once the draft is over it becomes very strange. Not being able to sign these guys. Not being able to coach these guys. Not having them in for OTA’s, bringing them in and getting them accustomed to the playbook and all those sorts of things. That’s going to hurt all of these rookies and all these teams counting on rookies contributing.”

On the type of situation that would be best for Cam Newton…
“You look at most of the teams and, if they’re drafting in the top 10, the majority of them need someone that can come in and play right now. And, I would argue maybe that, that’s not the best case for Cam Newton, but it’s inevitable. With that being inevitable you start looking at places that can run the football and do good things around him and have the right coaching staff in place…I think Carolina, if they can pull the trigger, will be a good fit.”

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