Meet the Raiders 7th Round Pick David Bass

The Raiders select David Bass in the 7th round

The Raiders select David Bass in the 7th round

Overview

Just like every year, a few small schoolers break onto the scene and perform very well on an equal playing field. Bass is one of these prospects, as he was the most consistent pass rusher at the East-West Shrine game. The senior broke two records during his final year at Missouri Western State breaking the school’s career sack (39.5) and consecutive starts (50). When asked the one word to describe himself, Bass answered “beast”.

Bass immediately started as a freshman in all 12 games, finishing with 47 tackles, 9.5 for loss and 6.5 sacks. In 2010, Bass put up similar numbers in the same 12 starts, with 47 tackles, 10.5 for loss, and eight sacks. His production only went up, with 14.5 sacks in 12 starts as a junior on 20 tackles for loss. Bass’ 14 starts in 2012 were a career high and tallied 11.5 sacks.

 

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Meet the Chargers 7th Round Pick Brad Sorensen

The Chargers select Brad Sorensen in the 7th round

The Chargers select Brad Sorensen in the 7th round

Overview

Sorensen has had his fair share of experiences since completing his high school career in California, having already watched three of his brothers go off to play college football. He served a two-year Mormon mission in Spain, and then earned first-team all-Foothill Conference honors at San Bernardino Valley College (2,280 yards, 17 touchdowns, four interceptions) in 2008. He attempted to get playing time as a walk-on at BYU, but he redshirted the 2009 season and realized he would have a different time seeing the field with the signal-caller talent already there.

So he transferred to Southern Utah in January 2010, and won the starting job in spring practice. He completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,163 yards and 21 touchdowns, earning first-team All-Great West Conference honors. Sorensen bested that accolade as a junior, winning the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year award with similar statistical results (67.8 percent completion rate, 3,143 yards, 17 touchdowns). The team went 6-5 in both seasons with Sorensen at the helm. As a senior, Sorensen completed 273 passes out of 439 attempts (62.2 percent) and threw for 23 touchdowns to 10 interceptions.

Analysis

Strengths

Looks like an NFL pocket passer, usually leading the wide-open passing offense from a shotgun look. Uses his above-average arm strength to throw darts to the typical hitch and out routes to move the team along, though he flashes an ability to change his arm angles and unload a bullet if pressure is coming. Patient waiting for the deep dig to open up, and can fit the ball into tight windows on the sideline as well as over the middle. Throttles down that cannon arm, showing some touch on fades or when trying to throw over the top of a defender to lead his man downfield. Bullish runner, even acting as a lead blocker near the goal line on occasion, and can move out of the pocket and deliver the ball when needed.

Weaknesses

Not an exceptional athlete, won’t elude or run over NFL defenders. His decisions under pressure aren’t always what coaches like to see; trusts his arm too much, which leads to turnovers (his interceptions increased from six in 2010 to 11 in 2011). Hasn’t faced a lot of top-level competition in his career.

NFL Comparison

John Skelton

Bottom Line

An older prospects who served a Mormon mission after high school, Sorensen played one year of junior college before walking on at BYU, then transferring to SUU when it looked like his playing time in Provo would be limited. The 2011 Great West Offensive Player of the Year has the NFL size and arm to earn himself a late-round grade as a he fights for a spot on a team.

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Meet the Raiders 7th Round Pick Brice Butler

The Raiders select Brice Butler in the 7th round

The Raiders select Brice Butler in the 7th round

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Meet the Chiefs 7th Round Pick Mike Catapano

The Chiefs select Mike Catapano in the 7th round

The Chiefs select Mike Catapano in the 7th round

Overview

At Princeton’s pro day, Catapano ran the 40-yard dash in 4.75 seconds on each attempt. He had a 37 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-8 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.31 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.09 seconds. Catapano threw the bar up 33 times on the bench press (225 pounds).

 

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Meet the Raiders 6th Round Compensatory Pick Stacy McGee

The Raiders select Stacy McGee for their 6th round comp. pick

The Raiders select Stacy McGee for their 6th round comp. pick

Overview

McGee hasn’t reminded scouts of former Sooners first-round picks Tommie Harris (taken 14th overall by the Chicago Bears in 2004) and Gerald McCoy (third, Tampa Bay, 2010) by exploding into opponents’ backfield to put up huge statistics throughout the past four years in Norman. But he does possess the physical attributes NFL teams covet in their defensive linemen.

Despite being ranked among the top 15 defensive tackle high school prospects in the country out of Muskogee, Oklahoma, McGee could not beat out veterans in the middle to make an impact as a redshirt freshman (one tackle in two games played). That changed in 2010, as he earned 11 starts and played in every game (26 tackles, 3.5 for loss). He was arrested for marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession after being pulled over in February 2011, however, which led to an opening-week suspension that fall. He started just three games, playing in the team’s final 12 games, earning 26 tackles, 3.5 for loss, and the first 1.5 sacks of his career. In his senior season, McGee spent the first six games of the season suspended for violating university rules in the preseason. He participated in six games on the season, making 14 tackles (2.5 for loss) and contributing one sack. He was arrested for driving under the influence and with a suspended license before the team’s bowl game.

Analysis

Strengths

Athletic build and good foot speed for a penetrating three-technique tackle or five-technique end. Gets upfield with a long and quick first step when attacking a gap. Chases ballcarriers towards the sideline and downfield to help out teammates if needed, as well as keep his feet while engaged to work down the line on run plays. Flashes the ability to keep his eyes in the backfield and shed to grab running backs coming through the hole.

Weaknesses

Lack of production throughout career. Multiple off the field incidents; suspensions. Doesn’t use his hands enough. Won’t finish plays after initial surge. Has been frequently rotated in order to maximize freshness. Needs to show more power.

NFL Comparison

Ryan McBean

Bottom Line

McGee has all the physical attributes to be a contributor as a 4-3 defensive tackle or 3-4 defensive end. However, between a lack of production throughout his career, multiple off the field incidents, and suspensions, he is unlikely to be drafted.

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Meet the Chiefs 6th Round Compensatory Pick Braden Wilson

The Chiefs select Braden Wilson with their 6th round comp. pick

The Chiefs select Braden Wilson with their 6th round comp. pick

Overview

In high school, Wilson was a two-way player, who started at both at running back and defensive end. He eventually went on to be a Kansas Top 11 selection and First Team KFBCA All-State selection in 2007. In addition to his football prowess, Wilson was also an all-league basketball player and state qualifier in the discus and long jump.

Wilson redshirted in 2008, before seeing action in all 12 of the games the Wildcats played in 2009. He earned four starts on the season. In 2010, Wilson spent his time blocking for current Miami Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas. Wilson played in all 13 games and logged 11 starts. His blocking helped Thomas to ninth in the nation in rushing yards and tops in the Big 12. Wilson himself contributed one rushing touchdown. In 2011, Wilson played in every game, and had five carries for 15 yards. He also caught two passes for 14 yards. This past season, Wilson played in all 13 games, and had six carries for 13 yards and a touchdown. He also caught five passes for 34 yards.

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Meet the Raiders 6th Round Pick Latavius Murray

The Raiders select Latavius Murray in the 6th round

The Raiders select Latavius Murray in the 6th round

Overview

At Central Florida’s pro day, Murray ran the 40-yard dash in 4.40 and 4.38 seconds. He had a 10-foot-4 broad jump and a 36-inch vertical jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.36 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.81 seconds. He also performed 22 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press.

 

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Meet the Raiders 6th Round Pick Mychal Rivera

The Raiders select Mychal Rivera in the 6th round

The Raiders select Mychal Rivera in the 6th round

Overview

Rivera was part of Oregon’s typical group of California signees in 2008, earning high marks as a tight end prospect nationally out of Valencia’s Birmingham High School. But after redshirting his first year, he found himself buried on the depth chart behind future NFL players Ed Dickson, Dion Jordan (now an outstanding defensive prospect for the Ducks) and David Paulson. Two transfers later, Rivera himself is looking like a potential contributor on Sunday using his athleticism and strong hands.

Instead of sitting out a season transferring from Oregon to another FBS program, he played for the successful College of the Canyons JUCO program (32 receptions, 316 yards, three touchdowns) in 2009. He picked Tennessee as his next home out of a range of suitors, and played all 13 games for the Volunteers (managing 11 receptions for 112 yards) as a sophomore back-up to another NFL-caliber performer in Luke Stocker. Finally getting his chance to start in 2011, he lined up with the first team in all 12 games, covering 344 yards and scoring once on his 29 catches. This year, as a senior, Rivera caught 36 passes for 562 yards and five touchdowns.

Analysis

Strengths

Solid move-the-chains receiver with the required toughness for the position. Good hands and flexibility to bring in passes on the run and continue over the middle or downfield. Extends his arms, and catches the ball off his frame. Has strider’s speed to threaten the seam. Runs tough and will stiff-arm oncoming defenders after the catch. Flashes athleticism to leap defenders and flexibility to avoid linebackers on crossers. Gives good effort as an in-line blocker, moves his feet, extends his strong arms, and usually gets his hands on his target’s numbers. Willing to sustain throughout the play against ends or linebackers, also against second-level targets from a stand-up position. Also does his job when lined up as a lead blocker in the backfield.

Weaknesses

Needs to add more mass to hold up at the point of attack as a blocker. Straight-line speed and explosion off the line are also average, might not separate from NFL linebackers consistentlyl. Lateral quickness is also average, can be out-quicked on the edge to allow his man into the play, ends up on the ground at times when blocking on the move from the backfield.

NFL Comparison

Dante Rosario

Bottom Line

Rivera originally signed with Oregon out of high school, but the Ducks’ depth at tight end caused him to transfer to a junior college for one year before arriving in Knoxville. After one season behind Luke Stocker, he began really using his hands and athleticism to help the Volunteers in 2011 and 2012. Rivera fits the current trend of teams searching for pass-catching tight ends able to take advantage of coverage mismatches, so he might earn late-round grades come April.

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Meet the Chargers 6th Round Pick Tourek Williams

The Chargers select Tourek Williams in the 6th round

The Chargers select Tourek Williams in the 6th round

Overview

Williams has proven himself to be a quick learner on the football field. He didn’t start playing until his freshman year of high school, and then switched from offensive tackle and tight end to defensive end halfway through his senior campaign, even as a lean 228-pounder—playing well enough to earn looks from up-and-coming programs like FIU. His natural athleticism has remained as he’s gained 40 pounds in college.

He actually transferred from Miami’s Carol City High School to Norland for his junior and senior seasons before staying in town to matriculate to FIU. Williams played all 12 games as a true freshman, starting one and accounting for 28 tackles, five for loss, and a sack, as well as two blocked kicks. Williams then earned second-team All-Sun Belt honors in 2010 (46 tackles, 13.5 for loss, six sacks) and again realized that accolade in his second year as a full-time starter as a junior (32 stops, 13 for loss, 4.5 sacks, four pass break-ups). As a senior this year, Williams racked up 46 tackles (14.5 for loss), 6.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. His play had him selected to the 2012 All-Sun Belt Conference first-team.

Analysis

Strengths

Takes upfield angle with a strong burst. Eats up ground in a hurry, and closes quickly on the ball carrier. Loves to take the inside lane while pass rushing, evades blocker with a lateral move and closes on the quarterback in just two steps. Showcases a variety of pass rushing moves. Sets up his blockers well. Is occasionally asked to drop into coverage. Moves very well laterally, beats the running back to the edge on an option run. Big plays come from speed around the edge or splitting B gap with quick move. Shows the potential to hold the edge well against the run, outside arm free while strafing the line of scrimmage to force back inside. Has a solid motor and comes to hit.

Weaknesses

Short arms. Unable to lock his arms out and create space between himself and the blocker. Not a very strong punch, not overly violent with his hands. Does not deal with cut blocks well, no use of hands on low blocks, loses footing and goes to the ground with forward momentum. Plays with an open target due to high pad level. Doesn’t have great snap awareness, or a great first step. Movements are not fluid on ambiguous downs, appears indecisive. Plays too tight and small when left unblocked on the edge. Not strong or technical enough to be a reliable run defender. Pursues well down the line, but noticably loses speed when asked to chase longer. Gets lost in zone coverage, struggles to turn and find receivers.

NFL Comparison

Willie Young

Bottom Line

This Miami native didn’t play football until high school, and started lining up at defensive end during his senior season (after transferring from Carol City to Norland for the last two years of secondary education). Staying in his hometown to play for the up-and-coming FIU program proved to be a very good move, as Sun Belt coaches named him an all-conference selection the past three years. He has good speed around the edge, and great short area burst, but he has short arms, and doesn’t use his hands all that well. As of right now, he best projects as a situational pass rushing 4-3 defensive end.

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Meet the Broncos 6th Round Pick Vinston Painter

The Broncos select Vinston Painter in the 6th round

The Broncos select Vinston Painter in the 6th round

Overview

Painter, who is the cousin of Virginia Tech receiver Randall Dunn, earned first-team All-Tidewater and first-team All-Eastern District honors on the offensive line as both a junior and senior at Maury High. He was also was second-team all-district as a defensive tackle. Painter actually began his Virginia Tech career at defensive tackle, as he worked there during the fall of his redshirt season, before he moved to offense for spring practice.

 

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