This year I wrote the player rankings and evaluations for the USA Today 2012 NFL Draft magazine. It's on newsstands now and available online here. Leading up to the draft, I'll be reprinting some of my quick reports here.
Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati
Ht: 5'10, Wt: 197 pounds
Strengths: Pead had good acceleration when planting his foot in the ground and bursting up field. Shows off excellent agility to stop and cut without a wasted motion. When he’s past the line, Pead can often beat defenders on an angle. Maintains good balance on contact. Receiving skill makes him a good third down option.Caught 87 passes for 721 yards at Cincinnati.
Weaknesses: Gets too reliant on getting outside the tackle box and isn't fast enough to always get to the corner first. Not an especially strong runner. Pead needs to carry the ball higher so it doesn't get knocked out. Will need to add considerable strength at the next level. Less-than-ideal as a blocker, but he gives good effort.