Aaron Donald Scouting Report

AARON DONALD – DT – PITTSBURGH

Aaron Donald

Strengths:

Rarely seen first step for a defensive tackle. Has the quickness to beat lineman right off the snap. Is a penetrating and very disruptive tackle. Has violent and quick hands and sheds blocks well. Has shown the ability to split double teams. Plays with great leverage and is naturally helped by his shorter stature. Generates good power and can be disruptive with a bull-rush. Tackles well.

Weaknesses:

Shorter and lighter than your typical defensive tackle. Will struggle with his anchor at times if he pops up too quickly. Is a very scheme specific player and is likely only a fit in the 4-3 in a one-gap system. Pursuit could be better.

Skills:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Pass Rush: 3.5
Strength: 3.0
Quickness: 5.0
Point of Attack: 3.0
Tackling: 3.5
Intangibles: 2.5

Verdict: Love him

Here’s a comparison I’ve heard that I actually agree with. Geno Atkins. Donald has a similar playing style to Atkins and both were doubted for their size. Both are also damn good football players. Atkins has since developed into the best defensive tackle in the league. Donald may or may not be on his level, but he is certainly a great player worth a 1st rounder.

Grade: 1st Round

Jason Pinkston Scouting Report

Jason Pinkston

Height: 6’3
Weight: 317
College: Pittsburgh
40 Time: 5.28
Class: Senior
Stock:
Projected: 4th-5th Round

Overview:

Jason Pinkston is a bit of a project but flashes the potential to be a very good tackle or guard at the next level. He is very strong and possesses long arms. Once he locks onto you it’s pretty much over. However, he doesn’t always do this. He needs to place his hands better and keep his feet moving. Too many times he either whiffs on blocks or bends at the waist which allows defenders to easily escape out of his grasp. He shows flashes but he has to get coached up to be more consistent in the pros.

Scouting Report:

Positives

– Solid frame with good bulk
– 3 year starter
– Very strong
– Has a great punch
– Able to move defenders back once he locks on
– Has long arms
– Has a solid knee bend
– Comfortable in pass protection
– Has reasonably good feet to deal with most rushers
– Shows flashes of dominance as a run blocker
– Looks good moving in space
– Can get to the 2nd level
– Capable cut blocker
– Can play right tackle and guard

Negatives

– Shorter than average
– Technique is sloppy
– Struggles to sustain his blocks
– Leans into his blocks too much and defenders can easily slip off
– Will struggle with speed rushers
– Stops his feet too many times
– Misses far too many assignments
– Some question his ability to play tackle in the NFL
– Doesn’t seem to go 100% on some plays

Skills:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Strength: 4.0
Pass Blocking: 3.0
Run Blocking: 3.5
Footwork: 2.5
Technique: 2.0
Mobility: 3.0
Mean Streak: 3.0
Pro Potential: 3.0

Jabaal Sheard Scouting Report

Jabaal Sheard

Height: 6’3
Weight: 264
College: Pittsburgh
40 Time: 4.68
Class: Senior
Stock:
Projected: 3rd Round

Stats

2010 – 52 tackles, 14.5 TFL, 9.0 sacks
2009 – 42 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 5.0 sacks
2008 – 45 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks
2007 – 3 tackles

Overview:

Jabaal Sheard is an interesting prospect to say the least. He has been productive in college but I wonder how productive he can be as a pass-rusher in the NFL. He played LDE in college but he would have trouble there in the NFL due to his lack of strength. He could easily be dominated against the run by stronger RT’s. On the flip side, he wouldn’t be a great RDE because he isn’t an explosive pass-rusher. He has a good first step but doesn’t have great edge speed and looks stiff. He will have a role in the NFL but I think the rumors about him being a 1st rounder are laughable.

Scouting Report:

Positives

– Solid size
– Productive
– 3 year starter
– Has a good first step
– Offers a nice variety of pass-rush moves
– Shows the ability to get low for his bull-rush
– Flashes a nice spin and swim move
– Terrific closing speed
– Does a good job of recognizing the quick pass and getting his hands up
– Explosive tackler
– Shows the ability to keep contain against the run
– Team leader
– Good character

Negatives

– Lacks strength at the POA
– Can get pushed around too easily in the run game
– Struggles against double teams
– Doesn’t have great edge speed
– Looks stiff and isn’t very flexible
– Needs to use his hands better to get off blocks
– Gets too upright and has to play with better leverage
– Too often does a poor job of timing the snap count
– Gives up on plays too early from the backside
– Previously arrested but wrongly assumed to have character concerns

Skills:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Strength: 2.5
Quickness: 3.0
Pass Rush: 3.0
Point Of Attack: 2.0
Recognition: 3.0
Motor: 2.5
Pro Potential: 2.5

Jonathan Baldwin Scouting Report

Jonathan Baldwin

Height: 6’4
Weight: 228
College: Pittsburgh
40 Time: 4.49
Class: Junior
Stock: Down
Projected: 2nd-3rd Round

Stats

2010 – 53 catches, 822 yards, 15.5 avg, 5 TD’s
2009 – 57 catches, 1111 yards, 19.5 avg, 8 TD’s
2008 – 18 catches, 404 yards, 22.4 avg, 3 TD’s

Overview:

Jonathan Baldwin has all of the talent in the world but he is shaping up to be a bust in the NFL. The thing that strikes me most about him is that he is very lazy. He is lazy in his route running, coming back to the ball and overall effort. He doesn’t have great quickness so he has trouble separating unless he rounds off his routes. It’s a lose-lose situation there and I don’t know how he’ll overcome this in the NFL. On top of that, he also comes with character concerns and he could be a headache in the locker room. He’s a developmental prospect at best who will need the perfect scenario to succeed in the NFL.

Scouting Report:

Positives

– Outstanding size
– Terrific athlete
– Has great straight line speed
– Good burst considering his size
– Does a good job of using his height to his advantage
– Has the ability to go up and get the ball
– Has big strong hands
– Tracks the ball well and can make the over-the-shoulder catch look easy
– Adjusts well to poorly thrown balls
– Shows good effort as a run blocker
– Able to engage and drive the defender back
– Would be a great redzone target
– Good bloodlines
– High potential

Negatives

– Poor route runner
– Rounds a lot of his cuts and gets lazy
– Lacks suddenness in his game
– Has very little short area quickness
– Won’t be much of a threat after the catch
– Struggles to separate in man coverage
– Tends to shy away from contact especially over the middle
– Does a poor job of attacking the ball
– Traps the ball against his chest to often
– Doesn’t come back to the ball and lets smaller CB’s be more physical with him
– Has a lot of character concerns
– Labelled as immature
– Publicly called out his team when declaring for the NFL Draft
– Has been charged for offenses in his past

Skills:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 3.0
Hands: 3.5
After Catch: 2.0
Body Control: 4.0
Range: 2.5
Pro Potential: 3.0

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