Pass Defense ~ Phenomenal in Man Coverage. Vaccaro possesses the serpentine Verticity of a CornerBack, and he's a strong, physical Defender in Man Coverage. Anybody who can shut down Tavon Austin is a Force to be reckoned with. He's an adept CenterFielder, as well, his remarkable Fluidity & Lateral Agilty overcoming mediocre Acceleration & Long Speed to produce pretty good Range. He'd likely be best in a Cover 2, mind you.
Run Defense ~ Vaccaro is troubling in Run Defense, however. He's an intelligent kid, but I have grave doubts about'is Spacial Diagnostic Acuity, because he often misdiagnoses the combination of Speed & Space, leading him, all too often, to attack UpField at a dangerously bad Angle. As the Last Line of Defense, this can of course prove immediately disastrous. As a Tackler, he's an hard Hitter, but his Wrapping needs a good deal of Work.
Kenny Vaccaro is a fascinating Prospect to project. His combination of Coverage skills and ferocious Run Defense is awesome, and you simply have to leave'm out there for all 3 Downs...but where??
He'd be an enormous Gamble as a classical Free Safety. His horrific Spacial Diagnostic Acuity make for a shaky Last Line of Defense, and would leave your Defense in constant danger of getting gashed for huge Plays & TouchDowns, not only in the Run Game, but even on short Passing Plays ~ Crossing Routes and such.
And his Wrapping ~ his Tackling Technique ~ is too raw for Strong Safety: He'd be missing Tackles constantly.
Seems to me that his best Fit is indeed as a Cover 2 Safety, provided his Partner has his back.
Funny thing is: He'd be perfect as the Free Gryphon in The Yankee 245, where he would simply let loose with'is freewheeling ways, and make an immense Impact as a phenomenal Slot Corner and as an explosive, ferocious Run Defender, all the while knowing that the Eagle ~ the Free Safety in The Yankee 245 ~ has his back.
Despite my grave reservations about'is Run Defense, I believe that Kenny Vaccaro will prove to be an Impact Player ~ provided that he's drafted for a Cover 2, mind you, otherwise his Team would be courting disaster!!
2 ~ OT Terron Armstead ~ Pine Bluff Golden Lions @ #75 ~ Steal!! Gave'm a 1st Round Ranking!!
Run Blocking ~ In a Power Scheme: Unremarkable. In a Zone Scheme: Astonishng Potential.
Pass Blocking ~ Ditto. Armstead is a phenomenal natural Athlete, and he's learning fast.
Terron Armstead is Raw, but the UpSide on this kid is ridiculous.
His Athleticism is flat out historic.
Raw, yes, and one presumes nothing of Life and Draft Picks.
But he is nothing less than a multiple All Pro Talent.
3 ~ DT John Jenkins ~ Georgia BullDogs @ #82 ~ Rich!! Gave'm a 5th Round Ranking!!
Launch Velocity ~ Poor.
Core Strength ~ Decent.
Drive Power ~ Adequate.
Combat ~ Mediocre. Inconsistent Hands.
Fluidity ~ Awful.
Lateral Agility ~ Not bad, actually.
Stamina ~ Weak. Good Motor, but Jenkins is beset with major Endurance issues, and often fades out dramatically.
John Jenkins is a fellow that I can't help but like, and as such I'll be rooting for'm...But in my view he's not much more than a Developmental Prospect: Tremendous Frame and an excellent Motor ~ and decent Athleticism for such a Big Guy, but dubious Core Strength & Drive Power: he plays Too High Too Often, and I think he's gonna struggle.
4 ~ QB Ryan Griffin ~ Tulane Green Wave ~ UFA ~ Phenomenal Steal!! Gave'm a 2nd Round Ranking!!
Motor > Outstanding. Took on a new Offense in'is Senior Year with the new Coaching staff and had'is best Year to date. Assistant Coach Mike Neu raved about'is Work Ethic, lauding both'is work in the Weight Room ~ Griffin's amassed 16 pounds of New Beef since last year ~ and in the Tape Study & Practice involved in the Challenges of the new System. As Coach Neu put it: "When nobody's watching is when you can tell who really wants to win."
Accuracy > Raw, but with excellent Potential. Griffin has a superior Arm, and one that could become exceptional with improved Mechanics. As it is, his Mechanics are pretty good, and he's got a real sweet Delivery on Short Routes. He needs Work on the Intermediate & DownField Routes, as both'is Timing & Accuracy are inconsistent.
Diagnostics > Mixed Bag, here, but with intriguing Potential. He makes mistakes in Diagnosis of the Field before'm, but he commands excellent Pocket Presence, and tremendous Processing Speed, rapidly reading his Progressions, and the combination of these two attributes inform me that his mistakes are those of Analysis, not Panic.
Ryan Griffin is an intriguing Prospect. He's made mistakes, but it's no secret that Systems can take Years to master. And when I consider that he played for a terrible Tulane Team that the new Coach, Curtis Johnson, is trying to turn around with a weak Offensive Line, no Running Game, and an awful Defense, it becomes pretty clear that young Griffin bore the entire Team on'is shoulders, all while trying to learn the thousands of details of a new System.
Not to make excuses for the kid: My objective is to understand, as best I can, the context of what I see and read. My Scouting Reports ~ as I call them ~ are based on a fraction of the information to which Professional Scouting Departments are privy, which means that I need to burn the Little Grey Cells ~ as Agatha Christie would say ~ at an intense and extended rate to attempt to divine and discern what I'm really looking at, here.
As such, I see some mistakes, yes: Errant Passes. Missed Open Receivers. Leading Receivers into ZoomSplats.
But I also see tremendous Pocket Presence: He's strong, he's steady, and he doesn't tend to Panic. When he feels Pressure ~ and it comes often behind that Line!! ~ his first instinct is to Climb the Pocket, as opposed to skittering away. And his eyes usually stay DownField. These are not things I would say about most Prospects in this Draft.
And I see Griffin often going to 2nd & 3rd Receivers, and appearing to Rapidly Read through Progressions in so doing. This strongly suggests that he is blessed with excellent Processing Speed, the most vital of all Attributes ~ even more so than Diagnostic Acuity or PinPoint Accuracy ~ for Success at The Next Level.
And when I put those two Attributes together, and I consider, also, the circumstances of an horrible Offense, an awful Defense, and an entirely new Coaching staff & Offensive System, I am strongly inclined to deduce that the mistakes that I see among the many, many wise decisions are the result not of Panic nor an incapacity to learn or perhaps to master an NFL Level System...but rather of being virtually the only NFL caliber Player on a bad Team, of spending nearly his entire Season playing against a Defense that knew he had to pass on almost every Down, and of being so far behind so often that chucking it DownField and taking Risks became necessary.
At the end of the day, based on Observation, the observations of others, and an healthy dose of Deduction ~ and believe me, for I have absolutely no problem and indeed take pleasure in admitting it: Deduction plays a significant part in every one of my Scouting Reports!! ~ I believe that Ryan Griffin brings the following to the table:
1 ~ A strong Arm that will produce tremendous Accuracy at all levels of the Field, once he's refined his Mechanics.
2 ~ Tremendous FootBall Intelligence ~ both outstanding Processing Speed and excellent Diagnostic Acuity.
3 ~ A tremendous Motor, a ferocious Work Ethic, and remarkable, adversity-forged Toughness.
Whether or not he ever gets the Opportunity that my Perception of'm warrants, we shall see.
5 ~ DT Glenn Foster ~ Illinois Fighting Illini ~ UFA ~ Outstanding Grab!! Gave'm a 5th Round Ranking.
Outstanding Pro Day Numbers Alert!!
Glenn Foster would've scored the best Vertical & Broad Jumps of all Grizzlies on both sides of the Ball had he been invited to the Combine...and even better than all the Defensive Ends, some of whom he has 40 or 45 Pounds on!!!
And he scored well, as well, in the Bench Press, 3 Cone, and Short Shuttle.
Needless to say, Foster commands diabolically spectacular Core Strength, Drive Power, and Launch Velocity!!
He is raw, of course, as all UFA's and most Prospects in general are, and I read that he looked a little stiff and slow to react in the Positional Drills...But I would certainly love to bring'm in, beef'm up a bit more, and then put'm to work with the greates Defensive Line Coaches we can find...and see what we have, here!!
New EngLand Patriots ~ B-
Buffalo Bills ~ A
Miami Dolphins ~ D
New York Jets ~ C
PittsBurgh Steelers ~ D-
CleveLand Browns ~ B+
Cincinnati Bengals ~ B+
Baltimore Ravens ~ A
OakLand Raiders ~ A+
San Diego Chargers ~ D
Kansas City Chiefs ~ B
Denver Broncos ~ D
Planet Hoosten ~ B+
JacksonVille Jaguars ~ B+
Tennessee Titans ~ C
Indianapolis Colts ~ A+
Philadelphia Eagles ~ D-
Washington RedSkins ~ B+
Dallas CowBoys ~ C
New York Giants ~ D
Detroit Lions ~ B+
Minnesota Vikings ~ F-
Chicago Bears ~ B
Green Bay Packers ~ A
Seattle SeaHawks ~ A
San Fransisco Miners ~ A+
Saint Louis Rams ~ A-
Arizona Cardinals ~ B
Atlanta Falcons ~ C+
Carolina Panthers ~ C-
New Orleans Saints ~ A-
Tampa Bay Buccaneers ~ C-