Archive for July, 2010

YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NFL Preview- S Rankings

  • Back in the 1970’s, the safety was simply not as important a position as it is today.  Safeties then were normally either washed up corners, or a slower cornerback.  Then Ronnie Lott came along and transformed the position to what it is today.  Here are the traits of an effective safety in the NFL.
  • Instincts- Anticipating a run or pass, knowing where the ball is at all times and beating the opponent to the spot.
  • Range- Playing the deep-halves and adjusting to vertical receivers, close in quickly, taking the proper angles, reading the quarterback’s eyes, man-up in the slot 1 on 1 and tracking down the running backs out of the backfield.
  • Tackling- The safety is the last line of defense so tackling is crucial, securing tackles in the open field, filling the alley in run-support, laying the lumber to intimidate receivers going over the middle.

FS Rankings

(Ed Reed)

  1. Ed Reed (9)
  2. Nick Collins (8)
  3. Brian Dawkins (8)
  4. Antoine Bethea (7.75)
  5. O.J. Atogwe (7.5)
  6. Antrell Rolle (7.5)
  7. Darren Sharper (7.5)
  8. Kerry Rhodes (7.5)
  9. LaRon Landry (7.25)
  10. Jairus Byrd (7.25)
  11. Louis Delmas (7.25)
  12. Eric Berry (7.25)
  13. Tanard Jackson (7.25)
  14. Michael Griffin (7.25)
  15. Thomas Decoud (7.25)
  16. Ryan Clark (7.25)
  17. Eric Weddle (7.25)
  18. Earl Thomas (7.25)
  19. Dashon Goldson (7.25)
  20. Charles Godfrey (7)
  21. Madieu Williams (7)
  22. Michael Huff (7)
  23. Reggie Nelson (7)
  24. Nate Allen (7)
  25. Brodney Pool (7)
  26. Chris Crocker (7)
  27. Eugene Wilson (7)
  28. James Sanders (7)
  29. Josh Bullocks (7)
  30. Alan Ball (6.75)
  31. T.J. Ward (6.75)
  32. Tyrone Culler (6.75)

SS Rankings

(Troy Polamalu)

  1. Troy Polamalu (9)
  2. Adrian Wilson (8.75)
  3. Bob Sanders (8)
  4. Brandon Meriweather (7.5)
  5. Yeremiah Bell (7.5)
  6. Bernard Pollard (7.5)
  7. Chris Hope (7.5)
  8. Quinton Mikell (7.25)
  9. Kenny Phillips (7.25)
  10. Dawan Landry (7.25)
  11. Jim Leonhard (7.25)
  12. Tyvon Branch (7)
  13. Roman Harper (7)
  14. Atari Bigby (7)
  15. George Wilson (7)
  16. Gerald Sensabaugh (7)
  17. Ko Simpson (7)
  18. Gerald Alexander (7)
  19. Erik Coleman (7)
  20. Jarrad Page (7)
  21. Michael Lewis (7)
  22. Tyrell Johnson (7)
  23. Abram Elam (7)
  24. Roy Williams (7)
  25. Jordan Babineaux (7)
  26. Renaldo Hill (7)
  27. Kevin Ellison (7)
  28. Sean Jones (7)
  29. Chris Harris (7)
  30. Reed Doughty (6.75)
  31. James Butler (6.75)
  32. Sherrod Martin (6.75)

YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NFL Preview- CB Rankings

  • With the spread offense taking off in the NFL, defensive backs have become a premium for every NFL team.  So what makes a good corner, let’s find out.
  • Ball Skills- Playing and attacking the football as much as a receiver would, having good hands and the ability to knock the ball away if you can’t catch it.
  • Instincts- Reading the routes of the receiver, keeping the quarterback in the corner of their eye and getting a jump on the ball.
  • Closing Speed- Some corners bait the quarterback into interceptions, closing speed is the key to get to the ball.  Taking a straight line to the ball, changing gears and not letting too much seperation.
  • Technique- Doing the basics well such as the the backpedel, jamming, tackling, flipping the hips and balancing the weight.

CB Rankings

Darrelle Revis Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets breaks up a pass intended for Brandon Marshall #15 of the Denver Broncos on November 30, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Broncos defeated the Jets 34-17.

(Darrelle Revis)

  1. Darrelle Revis (9.25)
  2. Nnamdi Asomugha (9)
  3. Champ Bailey (8.5)
  4. Charles Woodson (8.25)
  5. Asante Samuel (8)
  6. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (8)
  7. Leon Hall (8)
  8. Terence Newman (8)
  9. Dunta Robinson (7.75)
  10. Antonio Cromartie (7.75)
  11. Mike Jenkins (7.75)
  12. Cortland Finnegan (7.75)
  13. Marcus Trufant (7.75)
  14. Brandon Flowers (7.75)
  15. Johnathan Joseph (7.5)
  16. Sheldon Brown (7.5)
  17. Aqib Talib (7.5)
  18. Antoine Winfield (7.5)
  19. Nate Clements (7.5)
  20. Vontae Davis (7.5)
  21. Corey Webster (7.5)
  22. Carlos Rogers (7.25)
  23. Rashean Mathis (7.25)
  24. Tracy Porter (7.25)
  25. Terrence McGee (7.25)
  26. DeAngelo Hall (7.25)
  27. Quentin Jammer (7.25)
  28. Leodis McKelvin (7.25)
  29. Leigh Bodden (7.25)
  30. Chris Gamble (7.25)
  31. Antoine Cason (7.25)
  32. Al Harris (7.25)
  33. Ike Taylor (7.25)
  34. Ronde Barber (7.25)
  35. Joe Haden (7.25)
  36. Andre Goodman (7.25)
  37. Richard Marshall (7.25)
  38. Charles Tillman (7.25)
  39. Jabari Greer (7.25)
  40. Chris Johnson (7)
  41. Kelvin Hayden (7)
  42. Derek Cox (7)
  43. Terrell Thomas (7)
  44. Ron Bartell (7)
  45. Shawntae Spencer (7)
  46. Josh Wilson (7)
  47. Shawn Springs (7)
  48. Kareem Jackson (7)
  49. LaDarius Webb (7)
  50. Zack Bowman (7)
  51. Dominique Foxworth (7)
  52. Bryant McFadden (7)
  53. Sean Smith (7)
  54. Chris Houston (7)
  55. Cedric Griffin (7)
  56. Ellis Hobbs (7)
  57. Brandon Carr (7)
  58. Brent Grimes (7)
  59. Glover Quinn (7)
  60. Jerraud Powers (7)
  61. Greg Toler (6.75)
  62. Ryan Mouton (6.75)
  63. Bradley Fletcher (6.75)
  64. Eric King (6.75)

Top 10 Nickel Corners

  1. Malcolm Jenkins (7)
  2. Tramon Williams (7)
  3. Eric Wright (7)
  4. Kyle Wilson (7)
  5. Alphonso Smith (7)
  6. Fabian Washington (7)
  7. Aaron Ross (7)
  8. Drayton Florence (7)
  9. Jacob Lacey (7)
  10. Orlando Scandrick (7)

Brown Dazzles in Debut

You know, I wanted to be clever with my title and entitle my 1st entry What Can Brown Do For You.  Well, I visited mlb.com, and it was already taken.  I guess my creativity skills are lacking.  I’ll tell you whose skills aren’t lacking, meet Domonic Brown.  Brown is the most coveted Phillies prospect since Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley.  Hamels debuted in 2006, Howard in 2004 and Utley in 2003. 

So everyone knows his Major League debut by now.  In his 1st Major League at-bat, he slugged a double off the top of the wall for his 1st RBI.  In the 6th inning Brown showcased his speed by easily scoring on a Carlos Ruiz double from 1st.  He finished the game 2-3 with 2 RBI’s and 2 R’s.     

For my 1st blog entry for this site, I wanted to enshrine you with a little story about my 1st encounter with the promising prospect.

I reside in Yardley, Pa.  I am 10 minutes away from Waterfront Park where the Trenton Thunder play (Double-A affiliate of the Yankees)  Whenever the Reading Phillies come to town, my brother and I are there.  The scheduling has to accommodate us.  The games must occur during summer time as we both attended college. (I was at Temple, my brother Alex at Penn State)  We took a glance at the schedule, and we circled August 11-13.  There’s 2 players we wanted to see, Kyle Drabek and Domonic Brown.  Unfortunately, Drabek wasn’t scheduled to start during the series.  Our focus turned to Domonic Brown.     

(Waterfront Park)

So we went to the August 12th confrontation between Reading and Trenton.  There wasn’t any reasoning behind the date, but we did receive an Austin Jackson holographic picture. Vance Worley started for Reading.  Worley recently just got called up to the Phillies for a cup of coffee.  We sat down in our seats, about 5 rows up from the 3rd baseline.  Thanks for the seats Jim ;). 

Alex will always remember this game because he caught a foul ball.  Early on in the game a towering pop-up came our way.  We were like, holy goodness this ball is coming our way.  Alex, like a shark jumped into the aisle to retrieve his prize.  The scene reminded me of the childhood game 5,000.  This is a game where you have a quarterback throwing to a crowd of about 5-10 people.  The quarterback would shout numbers and whoever caught the ball would receive that amount.  The 1st player to accumulate 5,000 points or more would win.  In this instance, the Trenton batter called the number 5,000.  Alex, in the crowd of about 6, used his frame to box out and snatch the ball after it bounced once off the coping.  His foul ball catch was the worst thing that could’ve happened to me.  I wanted to concentrate on the game and Brown, but after he caught that ball he suddenly jumped into an annoying bragging mode.  His catch came in the 3rd inning, so for 6 innings I had to listen to his nonsense.  I really wanted to put a muzzle on his face.

Anyway, let’s get back to Brown.  The 1st thing everyone comments about Brown is his batting stance and frame.  He holds his hands so far above his head.  I always say, he’s young, let him do his thing.  That’s something a batting coach can work with him as he gets older.  Just like an ugly basketball shot like Peja Stojakovic’s, as long as it works don’t fix it.  As for his build, he’s 6′5 200 lbs.  He definetely needs to add a bit of muscle, but he generates so much torque with his hips he can knock it out of the park.

(Domonic Brown)

After the Trenton game, I came away so impressed with Domonic.  I remember telling my brother that he was a future MVP in the Bigs.  He batted 3rd that night.  Even a year later, I remember this game so vividly. 

1st At-Bat

Top of the 1st, 2 outs, Bases Empty-  They say Brown is a five-tool player.  He showcases a few of those tools in his 1st plate appearance.   He turns on a fastball and laces a pee in the gap for a double.  The other tool scouts rave about Brown is his base-running.  Let me tell you first hand, this guy can gallop.  He’s not slow.  He possesses such long strides that he literally glides on the dirt.  I swear, Domonic Brown can walk on water.

2nd At-Bat

Top of the 3rd, 1 out, Men 1st and 2nd- Brown showcases his contact here.  He takes a pitch the opposite way and lines it in front of the left-fielder.  The base-runner from 2nd scores. 

3rd At-Bat

Top of the 5th, 1 out, Man on 1st-  Brown grounds into a force out, but he avoids the double-play.  He then shows a little more speed by stealing 2nd base. 

4th At-Bat

Top of the 8th, 0 outs, Bases Empty- Leading off, Brown lines out to right.  He makes good contact, but the ball hung in the air and into the glove of the right-fielder for the out.

Dominic Brown finished the game 2-4 with an RBI and a SB.  He was by far the best player on the field that night.  The Phillies lost the game 3-2, but I didn’t care.  Alex got his foul ball, and I got my 1st blog entry.  Last night’s MLB debut was 11 months in the making for me, and Brown did not dissapoint.

YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NFL Preview- ILB Rankings

  • The tackle machines are next.  So what makes a good inside linebacker?
  • Instincts- This is all about recognition, reading the keys, diagnose the play and get going before the snap of the football.  See the whole field, make the calls and adjustments, and recognize personnel.
  • Tackling- Obviously to play the inside linebacker position you must be able to tackle.  To secure a tackle, the linebacker must hit coming up, keep the shoulders square, agility, balance and wrap up and run through the ball-carrier.  Take the correct angle and get downhill quickly.
  • Leadership- The inside linebackers are the quarterbacks of the defense.  They raise the intensity on the field and set the tempo of the defense.  Rallying up the defense and encourage them in 3rd down situations.

4-3 MLB

(DeMeco Ryans)

  1. DeMeco Ryans (8.25)
  2. Jon Beason (8.25)
  3. Jonathan Vilma (8)
  4. Brian Urlacher (8)
  5. Lofa Tatupu (7.75)
  6. Curtis Lofton (7.5)
  7. Stewart Bradley (7.25)
  8. Gary Brackett (7.25)
  9. James Laurinaitis (7.25)
  10. Kirk Morrison (7.25)
  11. E.J. Henderson (7)
  12. Rolando McClain (7)
  13. Barrett Ruud (7)
  14. Dhani Jones (7)
  15. Stephen Tulloch (7)
  16. DeAndre Levy (7)
  17. Jonathan Goff (6.75)

3-4 RILB

(Patrick Willis)

  1. Patrick Willis (9)
  2. David Harris (8)
  3. Nick Barnett (7.5)
  4. D’Qwell Jackson (7.5)
  5. D.J. Williams (7.25)
  6. Paul Posluszny (7.25)
  7. Lawrence Timmons (7.25)
  8. Keith Brooking (7)
  9. Channing Crowder (7)
  10. Rocky MckIntosh (7)
  11. Kevin Burnett (7)
  12. Dannell Ellerbe (7)
  13. Gerald Hayes (7)
  14. Gary Guyton (6.75)
  15. Corey Mays (6.75)

3-4 LILB

(Jerod Mayo)

  1. Jerod Mayo (8)
  2. Ray Lewis (8)
  3. Karlos Dansby (8)
  4. London Fletcher (7.5)
  5. Bart Scott (7.5)
  6. A.J. Hawk (7.25)
  7. Bradie James (7)
  8. Andra Davis (7)
  9. Stephen Cooper (7)
  10. James Farrior (7)
  11. Takeo Spikes (7)
  12. Paris Lenon (7)
  13. Clark Hagan (7)
  14. Demorrio Williams (7)
  15. Scott Fujita (7)

YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NFL Preview- OLB Rankings

  • With 15 teams going with the 3-4 defense this year, outside linebackers continue to be scouted differently.  With the NFL becoming more spread oriented, teams want their outside linebackers to be fast.  Height is not looked down upon as it used to.  There are differences between the weak and strong side linebackers.  I will get into that now.
  • Athleticism On the 4-3 weak-side, the outside linebacker must be able to do a bit of everything; rush, cover in man or zone, blitz, take on blocks and tackle.  You must be good in space.  On the strong-side, the OLB must be able to  stop the run, and take on the tight end by jamming.  In the 3-4, the linebackers play more like another defensive end.  The traits include rushing the passer and being able to stay low.
  • Read and React– I used to be a baseball umpire as a youth, and I was always told to keep my eye on the ball at all times.  It’s the same concept here; find the ball, read play-action, misdirection, when to run or just simply drop in coverage.
  • Range– Speed to get to a ball carrier and chase them down from sideline to sideline.  Operation in space.

4-3 ROLB

(Lance Briggs)

  1. Lance Briggs (8.25)
  2. Thomas Davis (7.5)
  3. Ernie Sims (7.5)
  4. Keith Rivers (7.25)
  5. Mike Peterson (7.25)
  6. Clint Session (7.25)
  7. Leroy Hill (7.25)
  8. Geno Hayes (7.25)
  9. Michael Boley (7)
  10. Justin Durant (7)
  11. Gerald McRath (7)
  12. Scott Shanle (7)
  13. Trevor Scott (7)
  14. Ben Leber (7)
  15. Zac Diles (7)
  16. Zack Follet (6.75)
  17. David Vobora (6.75)

4-3 LOLB

(Aaron Curry)

  1. Aaron Curry (8)
  2. Brian Cushing (8)
  3. Chad Greenway (7.5)
  4. Julian Peterson (7.5)
  5. Daryl Smith (7.25)
  6. Kamerion Wimbley (7.25)
  7. Rey Maualuga (7.25)
  8. Stephen Nicholas (7)
  9. David Thornton (7)
  10. Quincy Black (7)
  11. Dan Connor (7)
  12. Clint Sintim (7)
  13. Pisa Tinoisamoa (7)
  14. Dan Wheeler (7)
  15. Nail Diggs (7)
  16. Moise Fokou (6.75)
  17. Jo-Lann Dunbar (6.75)

3-4 ROLB

(DeMarcus Ware)

  1. DeMarcus Ware (9)
  2. James Harrison (8.75)
  3. Terrell Suggs (8.25)
  4. Shawne Merriman (8)
  5. Elvis Dumervil (8)
  6. Tamba Hali (7.5)
  7. Clay Matthews (7.5)
  8. Calvin Pace (7.25)
  9. Joey Porter (7.25)
  10. Andre Carter (7.25)
  11. Aaron Schobel (7.25)
  12. Parys Haralson (7.25)
  13. Cameron Wake (7)
  14. Matt Roth (7)
  15. Tully Banta-Cain (7) 

3-4 LOLB

(LaMarr Woodley)

  1. LaMarr Woodley (8.5)
  2. Brian Orakpo (8)
  3. Shaun Phillips (7.5)
  4. Anthony Spencer (7.25)
  5. Jarrett Johnson (7.25)
  6. Manny Lawson (7.25)
  7. Jason Taylor (7.25)
  8. Mike Vrabel (7)
  9. Robert Ayers (7)
  10. Chris Kelsay (7)
  11. Clark Hagans (7)
  12. Brad Jones (7)
  13. Pierre Woods (7)
  14. Charlie Anderson (7)
  15. Chris Gocong (6.75)

YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NFL Preview- DT Rankings

  • The space eaters on the inside of the defensive line are next to be profiled.  Here’s what I look at in a defensive tackle.
  • Strength- Being able to maintain position in running lanes, neutralize blocks and hold ground, leverage, and splitting the double team.
  • Quickness- Having quick feet is essential for slanting and twisting to shoot the gaps and create penetration.  Reaction and hands are vital to flatten down the line of scrimmage.
  • Toughness- Especially for a 3-4 NT who gets double teamed and beat up all game, you have to be able to get up.  Must play with that mean streak.

4-3 RDT

 

(Kevin Williams)

  1. Kevin Williams (9)
  2. Sedrick Ellis (7.5)
  3. Tony Brown (7.5)
  4. Broderick Bunkley (7.5)
  5. Chris Canty (7.25)
  6. Amobi Okoye (7.25)
  7. Jonathan Babineaux (7.25)
  8. Gerald McCoy (7.25)
  9. Tank Johnson (7)
  10. Corey Williams (7)
  11. Anthony Adams (7)
  12. Clifton Ryan (7)
  13. Tank Tyler (7)
  14. Colin Cole (7)
  15. Tyson Alualu (7)
  16. Daniel Muir (7)
  17. Lamarr Houston (6.75)

4-3 LDT

(Tommie Harris)

  1. Tommie Harris (8)
  2. Pat Williams (8)
  3. Ndamukong Suh (7.5)
  4. Domata Peko (7.5)
  5. Peria Jerry (7.25)
  6. Mike Patterson (7.25)
  7. Terrance Knighton (7.25)
  8. Tommy Kelly (7.25)
  9. Jason Jones (7)
  10. Barry Cofield (7)
  11. Shaun Cody (7)
  12. Brian Price (7)
  13. Louis Leonard (7)
  14. Brandon MeBane (7)
  15. Antonio Johnson (7)
  16. Fred Robbins (7)
  17. Remi Ayodele (7)

3-4 NT

(Vince Wilfork)

  1. Vince Wilfork (8)
  2. Jay Ratliff (8)
  3. Kris Jenkins (8)
  4. Shaun Rogers (7.75)
  5. Casey Hampton (7.75)
  6. Jamal Williams (7.5)
  7. Ryan Pickett (7.25)
  8. Kelly Gregg (7.25)
  9. Aubrayo Franklin (7.25)
  10. Kyle Williams (7)
  11. Maake Kemoeatu (7)
  12. Ogemdi Nwagbuo (7)
  13. Dan Williams (7)
  14. Paul Soliai (7)
  15. Ron Edwards (6.75)

YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NFL Preview- DE Rankings

  • There are differences between your typical 4-3 DE and 3-4 DE.  Overall, here’s what I look for in a prototypical defensive end in the NFL.
  • Athleticism Stay low to the ground to get around the edge, incorporating different moves to get to the quarterback, quickness to move laterally from sideline to sideline and being able to drop in coverage.
  • Moves–  Edge rushers normally have a go to move whether it’s the swim move, head slap, spin move, dip, forearm shiver, club etc.  A good defensive end will use a couple of different moves to set up the offensive tackle and get to the quarterback.
  • Timing- Timing the snap of the ball and using a long first step sets up the offensive tackle for the rest of the play. 
  • Strength- To be able to stop the run, more on the left side, they must maintain leverage, clog running lanes and hold their own against double-teams.  3-4 de’s must be able to stack the point of attack and free-up linebackers.

4-3 RDE

(Jared Allen)

  1. Jared Allen (9)
  2. Dwight Freeney (9)
  3. Mario Williams (8.75)
  4. Julius Peppers (8.5)
  5. Trent Cole (8)
  6. Will Smith (7.75)
  7. John Abraham (7.5)
  8. Antwan Odom (7.5)
  9. Mathias Kiwanuka (7.25)
  10. Kyle Van Den Bosch (7.25)
  11. Aaron Kampman (7.25)
  12. Chris Long (7.25)
  13. Matt Shaughnessy (7)
  14. Everrette Brown (7)
  15. Lawrence Jackson (7)
  16. Derrick Morgan (7)
  17. Stylez White (7)

4-3 LDE

(Justin Tuck)

  1. Justin Tuck (8)
  2. Robert Mathis (8)
  3. Richard Seymour (8)
  4. Ray Edwards (7.5)
  5. Antonio Smith (7.25)
  6. Alex Brown (7.25)
  7. Derrick Harvey (7)
  8. Robert Geathers (7)
  9. Darryl Tapp (7)
  10. Cliff Avril (7)
  11. Tyler Brayton (7)
  12. William Hayes (7)
  13. Jamaal Anderson (7)
  14. Mark Anderson (7)
  15. Chris Clemons (7)
  16. James Hall (7)
  17. Tim Crowder (7)

3-4 RDE

(Darnell Dockett)

  1. Darnell Dockett (8.5)
  2. Albert Haynesworth (8)
  3. Luis Castillo (7.5)
  4. Justin Smith (7.5)
  5. Cullen Jenkins (7.25)
  6. Glen Dorsey (7.25)
  7. Phillip Merling (7.25)
  8. Igor Olshansky (7.25)
  9. Cory Redding (7)
  10. Brett Kiesel (7)
  11. Mike DeVito (7)
  12. Robaire Smith (7)
  13. Jarvis Green (7)
  14. Damione Lewis (6.75)
  15. Dwan Edwards (6.75)

3-4 LDE

(Haloti Ngata)

  1. Haloti Ngata (8.75)
  2. Ty Warren (8)
  3. Shaun Ellis (7.75)
  4. Aaron Smith (7.5)
  5. Calais Campbell (7.5)
  6. Jaqcues Cesaire (7.25)
  7. Tyson Jackson (7.25)
  8. Marcus Stroud (7.25)
  9. Kenyon Coleman (7)
  10. Marcus Spears (7)
  11. Isaac Sopoaga (7)
  12. Kendall Langford (7)
  13. Phillip Daniels (7)
  14. Justin Banaan (7)
  15. Jarius Wynn (6.75)