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Old 04-24-2012, 12:56 PM   #101
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Tavon Wilson, S, Illinois

Dates: 03/06/12
Height: 5116
Weight: 205
40 Yrd Dash: 4.52
20 Yrd Dash: 2.56
10 Yrd Dash: 1.60 225 Lb. Bench Reps: 17
Vertical Jump: 32
Broad Jump: 10'04"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.16
3-Cone Drill: 7.04James informed us several days ago of Mike Nolan's love affair with the "Big Nickel" formation, where a third safety is thrown into the mix. With this in mind, we'll take a look at another draft prospect who is on the Falcons visit list, Tavon Wilson.

Wilson spent four years at the University of Illinois, splitting his tenure between playing cornerback and safety. At 6'0", 205 lbs. he appears to have some decent power to him, something Nolan would be immediately drawn to.

He was known as a valuable leader for the Fighting Illini, and his college bio page says he was Illinois' honoree for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award in 2010. These are two qualities we've come to expect out of prospects The Comrade brings in.

In 2011 Wilson was one of the better defenders on a defense that only allowed 19.6 points per game, ranking No. 15 in the nation.

His coverage skills could use some work, which is why he's projected to go in Round 6-7, but he can be physical and doesn't seem to shy away from contact.

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Old 04-24-2012, 01:02 PM   #102
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Continuing with MY UDFAs.....

TE Josh Chichester: Louisville (6-8, 240)

A tall, angular wide receiver/tight end tweener prospect who plays all over the Louisville offense. Isn't a great self starter, and is more of a strider who looks like a guy who needs to play from a two-point stance in order to be effective catching the football at the next level. Is a strider who builds speed as he goes, has the ability to run vertically breaking routes, track the football and is coordinated when asked to adjust to the football. Extends his long arms well, and can contort his frame and come down with the catch. Displays natural body control around the sideline and can get his feet down and maintain focus through the play. Isn't a real natural plucker of the football though, and too often lets the ball get into his frame and likes to secure it against his chest.

Doesn't play real quick in tight areas. He does a nice job lowering his pad level once he gains a step in order to fight through contact, but really glides into his breaks on sharply breaking routes and needs to use his strider speed in order to separate. Can run away from backers if he has enough space, but there is no real second gear to his game. Has the size to win on the edge as a blocker, but doesn't strike me as a guy ever being capable of coiling up from a three-point stance and winning off the snap.

Impression: A tall, long armed strider who can run vertical routes, track the football from the inside and come down with the catch. However, looks like a tall H-back type guy only who is more of a one-trick pony, limiting his upside.

The first thing you will notice about Josh Chichester is his impressive size. He is listed at 6'8", 240 pounds. Chichester uses his size to his advantage in both the run and passing game. He presents a major mismatches for the defense.

Chichester isn't a great in-line blocker, but he is a willing blocker. He works hard to gain leverage, which isn't easy given his size. His long arms help him get into the body of the defender and get a push off the line.

In the passing game, Chichester uses his size to block out the defender and make the catch. He does a good job plucking the ball out of the air. While he doesn't have elite speed, he has more than enough to attack the seem.

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Patrick Witt, QB, Yale

Patrick Witt (QB)
Height: 6' - 4" Conference: Ivy League
Weight: 225 lbs Arm Length: 31 3/8"
College: Yale Hand Size: 9"

Overview

Witt has been a star at Yale ever since transferring from Nebraska early on in his career, and he has the size and accuracy to be serviceable at the next level. Witt is a smart player who was a good game manager of Yale's offense. He is extremely accurate, particularly on short throws, and has good athletic ability in his pass set. He has the footwork and throwing motion down to be productive at the next level. He is poised in the pocket and deals with pressure well. He is good to side step would-be rushers and reset to find his target in good time.
Strengths

Witt is a very accurate short-area passer who has displayed the traits to be a solid conductor of a West Coast offense. He has good drive on his ball and understands when to place touch on it to give his receivers a chance. He is poised in the pocket, and you can tell he is highly involved in the game; he has improved significantly from 2010 in understanding when to avoid pressure and how to be smart with the ball. His release and pass set all look NFL-ready.
Weaknesses

Witt has a history of throwing errant balls that could really hinder his development at the next level. The level of nervousness he displayed in the pocket when facing oncoming pressure was so blatant earlier in his career that teams may worry about him only being able to show a competent level of awareness for one year. He is a one-year wonder type player in a smaller conference who transferred early from a bigger program, and this could be concerning to teams if he doesn't back up his ability with a strong showing throughout the pre-draft process.

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Blake Gideon, SS/FS, Texas
Height: 6-0
Weight: 204
Speed: 4.64
Arm: 8 1/2
Hand: 30
Wingspan: 72 1/2
Birthdate: 06/25/1989
Hometown: De Leon, TX

Gideonís best trait as a player are his instincts. Gideon does a terrific job of reading offensive plays, and is usually around the play because he gets himself into position where he needs to be.

Gideon is a smart safety, and became a cerebral leader over the course of his four years on the Longhorns defense. His vision, intelligence and overall instinctiveness helped make Gideon a successful player who earned starting every game for four consecutive seasons.

Gideon certainly has no shortage of experience. By starting right away as a true freshman and never losing his starting position, Gideon earned a great deal of valuable experience on the field, which helped him become a leader of the Longhorns defense.

Gideonís 52 starts include four bowl games, one of which was a loss in the BCS National Championship Game. Gideon knows what it is like to play in big games, and has even made big plays to affect the outcome of such games.

While Gideon may not be ready to step onto an NFL defense, his playing experience will certainly help his chances of making a roster.

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Matt Daniels, SS, Duke

Name: Matt Daniels
College: Duke Number: 40
Height: 6-0 Weight: 212
Position: SS Pos2: FS
Class/Draft Year: Sr/2012
40 Time: 4.49 40 Low: 4.42 40 High: 4.59
Projected Round: 7-FA Stock: High: 5-6 Low: PFA
Rated number 9 out of 143 SS's

Super smart and extremely productive, Daniels has shown throughout his three years as a starter for Duke that he can be a playmaker from the safety spot. Although his man coverage skills are limited, he excels in stepping up against the run and has the intelligence to excel in zone coverage. In the NFL, Daniels will fit best in a zone coverage scheme that often has its strong safety play in the box. Although his athleticism is average at best and his physical tools are limited, his football IQ and instincts help him make up for his deficiencies. Daniels doesnít have a ton of upside, but he possesses plenty of skills that make him an interesting prospect.

Super smart and extremely productive, Daniels has shown throughout his three years as a starter for Duke that he can be a playmaker from the safety spot. Although his man coverage skills are limited, he excels in stepping up against the run and has the intelligence to excel in zone coverage. In the NFL, Daniels will fit best in a zone coverage scheme that often has its strong safety play in the box. Although his athleticism is average at best and his physical tools are limited, his football IQ and instincts help him make up for his deficiencies. Daniels doesnít have a ton of upside, but he possesses plenty of skills that make him an interesting prospect.

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