2012 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Chargers
After an injury-plagued start to his career at South Carolina, Ingram has been on fire the past two seasons despite playing on an extremely deep defensive line. The defensive end started just one game as a junior in 2010, but played in all 14 games and led the team with nine sacks. Ingram is also out front from his Gamecock teammates in both sacks (5.5) and tackles for loss (nine) through seven games this year. A senior who redshirted in 2008 due to a broken foot, Ingram also has two interceptions and a fumble recovery.
Ingram has decent size at 6'2'' and 276 pounds, but where he excels is the athleticism department. As shown by several incredible plays in 2011, the Hamlet, NC native is a top-notch athlete. He generally runs around a 4.80 in the 40-yard dash, but has been clocked as fast as 4.72 from that distance. His speed, though, is deceptive and offensive linemen probably think he can run a lot faster than his 40 times. Ingram has a quick first step and a great nose for the football, but he must improve his tackling and could add some bulk as he heads to the next level. While he looks like a third-round selection right now, Ingram could play his way into the second.... [Read More
Kendall Reyes of the UConn Huskies is a big defensive line prospect who could either play tackle in a 4-3 or an end in a 3-4 defense. He really does a great job holding his ground, anchoring the line and taking on blockers. With some additional bulk in his lower half, he could really power his way into becoming a more disruptive player.
Reyes does very well against the run. His technique and bulk are lacking, but he does a great job of holding the point of attack. He would be an ideal nose tackle for a 4-3 defense given his tenacity and instincts against the run. Given his height, he'll need to stay lower, use his pads to gain leverage and get underneath blockers. He is quick enough inside to fill running lanes and disrupt the flow of an offense in the trenches.
He lacks violent hand aggression and needs to get his body initiated with offensive lineman to get the early advantage. As a pass-rusher, he relies too much on power rushing and will need to develop some moves to get around linemen and not just through them. Reyes is quick enough to do more as a pass-rusher, he just lacks the experience to develop this aspect of his game.... [Read More
Green was one of the most productive tight ends in college football last season due to excellent speed and great hands.
Although he comes from the tiny Sun Belt Conference, Green has some serious potential. He ran a 4.53 in the 40-yard dash, one of the best times at this position. Some may describe him as raw, but it all depends on what teams want to do with him. As a blocker, he will need to add muscle and improve his fundamentals. As a receiver, there's a lot to like, more than enough to get by as a pass-catcher. Green could become a serious nightmare matchup on defense given his height, hands and speed. He's not perfect as a route runner but he is still learning after all.
Ultimately, don't be surprised if you see a team reach a little and grab him in the second round instead of waiting until the third. His ability to be a difference maker in the short field and occasionally attack safeties deep will entice someone to give Green a shot. He's a project in the long term though and it's important to remember that.... [Read More
David Molk did well to add some weight before entering the combine. He is an undersized center and the winner of the 2011 Rimington Trophy, an award that goes to the year's best center. It's more of a career award after he was a four-year starter for the Michigan Wolverines.
Molk is a stocky, compact player who will have to work to earn his keep in the NFL. He doesn't pick up the inside blitz very well. He's strong, but doesn't have any length. Bigger defensive tackles will be able to control him in the run game and he'll have to learn to stay low and win the battle of first contact.
He is a natural pull guard and for teams that stay in a lot of three receiver sets, Molk is someone worth considering. He's not the type of player who can go in and maul guys in-line. He's a little tight in his hips and plays upright. He moves okay laterally but he doesn't have a sudden burst in his movements. Molk will not be able to handle 3-4 nose tackles and will definitely need help on most every play.
Molk isn't versatile and may not be a great fit in most offenses.... [Read More
Michigan State Spartans running back Edwin Baker is a junior prospect who would be best served returning to school rather than throw his name into ring for the 2012 NFL Draft. With a compact, thick build at 5'9", Baker is a runner with above-average balance, good patience and can sometimes churn for extra yardage. Baker is built like Ray Rice, even though Baker is not necessarily the same contributor as a pass-receiver.
His speed is good and should run in the high 4.4s during the 40-yard dash. Too often, he is looking to dole out punishment rather than avoid it or minimize. This works in the Big 10 since the NFL-caliber players are spread thin. Michigan State's offense is led by quarterback Kirk Cousins. When teams draft a running back, you either want a game-changer who can break the big runs or a grinder. Baker is in that middle zone between both.
What will really set off his style of play is hitting the holes more aggressively. He seems to scan the gap assignment and pause for just a split second to assess what hole to hit. If he can cut down on that and accelerate into the second level, Baker could develop after a few seasons as a solid backup.
Baker projects as an un... [Read More