Chat with Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench
Muench played four years of Division I-AA football before joining Scouts Inc. in 2002. He has evaluated both NFL and college football players but his current focus is on the NFL draft.
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Steve Muench (2:02 PM)
I hope everyone is doing well and ready to get in a little draft talk before the big game.
steve- lot of chatter coming from St. Louis is the Rams are targeting michael crabtree at #2 and trying to upgrade OL later in draft/free agency... Is he the BPA at that spot/ what is your take on his potential in the NFL aswide receiver?
Steve Muench (2:04 PM)
In terms of value Patrick I think Crabtree is clearly the best available player in the draft. He doesn't have elite speed but he's quick, strong and extremely athletic. As long as he can pick up the scheme, I think he's starter from day one.
Harry: Cedar Falls, Ia
who do feel the Detroit Lions will take first in the draft. And what other postions do they need to fill with their other picks?
Steve Muench (2:08 PM)
Crabtree is an option and so is Stafford. They could also stun us by taking OLB Aaron Curry or DT Bj. Raji because receiver, linebacker and defensive tackle are all needs that will have to be filled at some point.
Steve Muench (2:08 PM)
I no longer think Alabama OT Andre Smith is an option though. The more we see him on film the more we get concerned about his footwork and agility.
As you know, Pat White had a very nice Senior Bowl. In saying that, will he be a Brad Smith type player in the NFL, or can you see him making it big as a QB in the NFL?
Steve Muench (2:11 PM)
I don't think he's got much of a chance to play quarterback. While he played well at the Senior Bowl, he still loses the strike zone too much. More importantly, he's vastly undersized for a quarterback.
Todd McShay is talking about BJ Raji to the Seahawks at 4. Though the Hawks have perennial DT problems, isn't Crabtree the safer pick and more immediate impact?
Steve Muench (2:12 PM)
Crabtree is the safer pick but I'm not sure he'll still be available at that point.
C-diddy (Quincy, MA)
Steve -- love your work. The Pats need defense. Who from the Belichcick stable of coaches do you see having impact defenders that might fit their system? Specifically, Alabama, Virginia, Iowa, Fresno, etc.
Steve Muench (2:14 PM)
UVA OLB Clint Sintim is one possibility as is Iowa DE/DT Mitch King.
Zeke (Richmond, VA)
Steve, Who do you see as being the biggest "surprise" taken in the 1st round this year? I.E., who's gonna come out of nowhere to shock the draft?
Steve Muench (2:17 PM)
It's a long shot but Southern Miss TE Shawn Nelson is a name that comes to mind. Northern Illinois DE/OLB Larry English may be someone you have not heard of and he should go in the first round.
Chad (St. Paul)
Hi Steve. The Vikings should go right tackle or safety in the first round. However, it looks like the high caliber OTs will be gone...hmmm. Should they attempt to move up or just bite the bullet and take a safety? Thank you.
Steve Muench (2:20 PM)
In my opinion, Safety just isn't option in the first round unless you plan on playing Ohio State's Malcolm Jenkins there. Even if that's the case he'll be gone by pick 22 so if you can't a tackle trade out of that pick. The good news is I have heard that the tackle class starting with Smith is starting to slide down draft boards so the Vikings could end up with a quality tackle in the first round.
Steve do you think LeSean McCoy makes it into the first round? Everywhere I look he seems to just sneak in, but it seems like a lot of years running backs tend to fall a little from where they are projected.
Steve Muench (2:21 PM)
To me I think he needs to post a great 40-time at the combine to crack the first round.
Will Rey Maualuga be a top five pick?
Steve Muench (2:21 PM)
It's possible but I doubt it.
Joel Guymon Oklahoma [via mobile]
Which underclassmen will benefit from entering the draft early rather then have gone back to school?
Steve Muench (2:24 PM)
There's no definitive way to answer this question but Stafford is the first name that pops into my mind. With Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy staying in school, Stafford is competing with a one-year starter (sanchez) to be the No. 1 QB and scouts are weary of guys with limited experience.
I would like to see the Lions build the DL and the OL and get a FA QB for now your thoughts?
Steve Muench (2:26 PM)
I love the theory. The problem is I can't justify taking a offensive linemen or defensive linemen with the first overall pick with the possible exception of Raji.
How does the big running back from Liberty compare to the other top tier backs, and where do you see him going in the draft? Thanks
Steve Muench (2:29 PM)
He's a notch below backs like Moreno and Wells but I think he's a great value early on the second day. Though he doesn't have prototypical top-end speed Jennings is a powerful between-the-tackles runner.
Will J (Portland, OR)
Do you think we'll see a lot of players do like last year, and opt not to compete in many of the combine drills?
Steve Muench (2:31 PM)
Over the last couple of years, it seems like more and more players are opting not to participate in certain drills and this year several players chose not to participate in the Senior Bowl. With a few exceptions, I think not going to the Senior Bowl and/or skipping drills is a colossal mistake this year and here's why.
Steve Muench (2:33 PM)
There aren't many elite prospects in this year's draft so guys like Baylor's Jason Smith needs to go out there and show scouts why he should be taken ahead of say Virginia's Eugene Monroe.
Hey Steve besides Tyson Jackson are there any other DE comin out in this draft who would fit in a 3-4 scheme? Because I think Jackson may get drafted higher than some may believe.
Steve Muench (2:34 PM)
He's by far the best fit in that scheme as far as the defensive end prospects go but I don't think that will be enough for him to slip into the first half of the first round.
THere is NO WAY the Lions take Crabtree with the #1. This city would burn their HQ to the ground if they took one more WR high.
Steve Muench (2:36 PM)
What happens if they pass on him and he is as good as advertised? You can't poor decisions in the past prevent you from making sound decisions in the present.
Where do you see Donald Brown being drafted? How about Cleveland in round 2?
Steve Muench (2:39 PM)
I broke down the film we have on Brown yesterday and I couldn't be more impressed with his vision and patience. He has great instincts and he's also pretty quick. Unfortunately, I also think he's an overachiever who lacks elite power and speed. I'm also concerned about his ability to contribute to the passing attack at this point so I gave him a third round grade.
I know that everything agrees Aaron Curry is a top 5 pick but is there any chance that other factors (team need, workout) could drop him to the Pats slot? Im sure Belichick would take him
Steve Muench (2:40 PM)
I think you're right about the Pat taking him but I don't think he slips to 23
HotLocks (North Falmouth, Cape Cod)
What's your take on the Cassel/Brady QB situation next season? Tough to get any real read on reports about Brady's progress and all indications seemingly point to the Pats franchising Cassel. If the Pats franchise Cassel, what do you believe he is worth as fas as trade value is concerned, 1st rounder? Conditional 2nd? 2nd & 3rd? Would you target teams that have high draft picks or focus on teams that might be open to trading a LB for Cassel? Thanks for your thoughts.
Steve Muench (2:42 PM)
I think they want and should get at least a first round pick for Cassell. As far as teams they may target, I think they get on the phone and shop him around as much as possible so you can get the best possible deal.
Bubbles (The Fun Hut)
Steve, who are some 2nd tier OT prospects who could be considered in the 2nd - 4th rounds?
Steve Muench (2:44 PM)
Oklahoma's Phil Loadholt, Arizona's Eben Britton and Houston's Sebastian Vollmer are a few names that come to mind.
Is Patrick Chung a SS or FS? And also was it a wise move for Taylor Mays to stay in school? Will he be a top five candidate in 2010 NFL Draft?
Steve Muench (2:46 PM)
Chung is a strong safety in my book and only time will tell with Mays though I think a player almost always helps himself by staying in school.
How about a Bears question. Any chance if Sanchez slips a little that the Bears trade up? If not,is Bey or Nicks a legitimate pick at 18? Thanks
Steve Muench (2:48 PM)
I think Sanchez is too much of a risk to warrant trading up to get him. In addition, the two receivers are reaches that early. However, Harvin or possibly Maclin could be there and both are good values there.
Sneaky Joe (lurking in the Shadows)
Steve, everyone has been talking up B.J. Raji since the senior bowl and i understand why. But to me Peria Jerry looked just as impressive, what part of round 1 do you see this underrated player going?
Steve Muench (2:51 PM)
I'm not sure I'd slap the underrated tag on Jerry just yet. We have him going about 2/3 of the way through the first round. Now I do take some issue with the just as impressive as Raji comment. Remember, Jerry weighs around 290 pounds while Raji is in the 340-pound range.
Is there any chance the Titans trade up to get Harvin or Maclin? I know that they normally stay put or trade down, but these two guys have the kind of game-breaking ability that Chris Johnson gave them this year.
Steve Muench (2:53 PM)
I get your point and I could see them taking one of these guys if they slip but I don't see them trading up to get either one of them.
Nubbs ( Big Rock Road, MN)
Quinn Johnson looked good at the Senior Bowl, would it be crazy for a team to consider him in the 4th round?
Steve Muench (2:56 PM)
Johnson is a human battering ram as a lead blocker but he's relatively one-dimensional so I think he the fourth is too early. he's a better value in the sixth or seventh round.
STEVE - Raging debate here need your help. Lebron James decides to give up bball this month and enter the NFL draft. Where does he go? Keep in mind, he's 6'9, 275 pounds, runs a 4.4 40, great leaper, body control, agility, coordination, strong hands. Was a stud HS wide receiver.
Steve Muench (3:01 PM)
I'll bite. if James is as popular as he is now, it's pretty much a no brainer that he goes in the first. After all, he'll sell a ton of jerseys and tix. But let's assume he's just another prospect. I take him no earlier than the third and the only reason I take him that early is he's a specimen. On the flip side, you are talking about a guy who hasn't played football since high school and as we all as he played the position there college football is a big jump let alone the NFL. He's going to need time to learn how to run routes, read defenses and learn player tendencies. That doesn't come overnight.
At least a 1st round pick for Cassell? Please stop the insanity!! He had a decent season playing with two of the best receivers in football. Any team thta trades more than a 2nd rounder for this guy should fire their GM.
Steve Muench (3:06 PM)
Really? I think you need to take another look at the Schaub deal from a couple of years ago. Even if you think Houston made a poor decision making that trade, it'll give you some perspective as to what teams are willing to give up for a quarterback that's shown flashes at the NFL level. And as much attention as Schaub drew from other teams there will be even more interest in Cassell.
Steve Muench (3:08 PM)
That's it for this week and sorry about the delayed responses today. My computer is acting up but let's get back on track next Friday. Take care.