Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Combine cheat sheets!
By Kevin Gemmell
Who doesn't love cheat sheets? They make life so much easier. And the folks at Scouts Inc. have the complete cheat sheet breakdown for the NFL combine.
Here's their look at the offensive side of the ball and how some of the players stack up in various categories.
- The quarterbacks are broken down by mental makeup, accuracy, release/arm strength and pocket mobility. In the accuracy category, Stanford's Andrew Luck, Arizona's Nick Foles and Arizona State's Brock Osweiler all rank favorably.
- The running backs are broken down by competitiveness, vision/patience, agility/acceleration, power/balance and passing-game skills. Oregon's LaMichael James checks in on the agility/acceleration list and Washington's Chris Polk gets high marks in the passing game.
- The offensive linemen are broken down by pass protection, run blocking, awareness and toughness. Scouts Inc. further breaks it down by the top three tackles, guards and centers. Not surprising to see USC tackle Matt Kalil and the Stanford pair of Jonathan Martin (tackle) and David DeCastro (guard) on most of the top threes.
- The wide receivers are broken down by separation skills, ball skills, big-play ability and competitiveness/toughness. Not much of a Pac-12 showing in their breakdowns. Only Arizona's Juron Criner appears in the ball skills category.
- The tight ends are broken down by separation skills, ball skills, big-play ability, competitiveness and blocking. Stanford tight end Coby Fleener ranks No. 1 or in the top three of all the categories except for blocking. Cal's Anthony Miller makes an appearance in the blocking category.