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Prospect Comparison: Melvin Gordon vs. Todd Gurley

September 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

As the NFL moves more toward passing the football, the RB position is falling out of vogue. In the last two NFL Drafts, there has not been a RB drafted in the first round, but that should change for the 2015 NFL Draft. There are two contenders for the top RB spot at this point, both juniors, Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and Georgia’s Todd Gurley. These are two very different RBs, so NFL teams will have to make a decision on who to invest in.

Size:

The size difference between the two RBs is clear from the beginning. Todd Gurley is a hulking 6’1 226 pounds with hulking arms, legs, and trunk to run through opposing defenders. Melvin Gordon is not a slouch listed at 6’1 207 pounds, but he does not have near the bulk that Gurley does. Gordon has size that matches with a typical 3-down NFL RB, but Gurley has that special size that puts fear in opposing defenses.

Advantage: Todd Gurley

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Speed/Athleticism:

In a pure speed sense, Melvin Gordon would likely win in a foot race (being 20 pounds lighter than your opponent would do that,) but athletic ability puts this very close. Todd Gurley already has some big time documented speed to hang his hat on, running track for Team USA and completing the 7th fastest 60-meter hurdle time in UGA history (8.12 seconds). On the field, he has some good wiggle to him and cuts extremely well. His athleticism is recognizable and that dangerous combination of size and athletic ability make him an absolute monster. Melvin Gordon has the “shot out of a cannon” look after getting the snap and hits his third gear very quickly. In the open field, he is near impossible to catch up to. He also has the short range athletic ability to make him an athletic nightmare. Both players get pluses in this category, but Gordon has a bit more athletic versatility to him.

Advantage: Melvin Gordon

Elusiveness:

This is where both players diverge in style. Todd Gurley is elusive by using his size to his advantage. He is rarely brought down by one defender, and arm tackles seem to fall off of Gurley due to his footwork. Gurley has a balance of power and finesse that forces him to be a focus for defenses. Gordon’s play is the prototypical elusive player. He is big enough to take punishment, but seems to always be moving and wiggling so defenders don’t get a clean shot on him. He has the type of cutting ability of a LeSean McCoy that punishes bad angles or poor tackling technique. In a power run scheme, Gordon might falter, but Wisconsin has adjusted their scheme to him and he has shown that a ZBS or spread scheme would make him dangerous. I’ll take Gurley’s combination of power and elusiveness, but this is another area both players excel in.

Advantage: Todd Gurley

Vision:

One of the most important, and hardest to improve, elements of a RBs game is their vision to identify holes, cut back lanes, and open space to maximize their yardage. Both players still have to improve in this element of their game, but neither is deficient. Melvin Gordon has been used on a lot of one cut runs this season so far which requires good vision, and there has been improvement. He has a tendency to kick to the outside a bit too much and go for the big play, but he does identify defensive schemes and their weaknesses well. He can find running lanes when not apparent and often makes a big play due to his vision. Todd Gurley is solid, though he will often create lanes trusting his body and athletic ability vs. his vision. The Georgia offense this year has been made to put Gurley in space and may cover some vision questions. There are concerns Gurley could end up like Trent Richardson, a bit too tenuous, so Gordon gets the edge.

Advantage: Melvin Gordon

Health/Work Load:

Todd Gurley has had two years of a near full workload, and going on his third in 2014. As a sophomore in 2013, Gurley suffered an injury that brings up a red flag on his scouting report. Gurley suffered a thigh injury against Clemson in the opening game and missed most of his time due to an ankle injury sustained during the LSU game. Gurley’s running style often leaves him open to leg injuries, similar to someone like Darren McFadden. Gurley not only has a more upright running style, but he runs very straight legged, which leaves him open to big leg impacts on his ankles, knees, and thighs. Toss in that he will leave his college career with over 600 carries, and there is some fear about his health and previous workload. Gordon falls on the other end of the spectrum. He has stayed healthy, but has never carried a full load in college. Gordon only had 62 carries as a redshirt freshman, and he split early 50/50 with James White last season as a sophomore. This season, Corey Clement is lessening the load and there will be concerns about if Gordon can handle 3-down back duties and carries. Gordon gets the nod due to a clean bill of health, but there are question marks for both.

Advantage: Melvin Gordon

Pass Catching

With Melvin Gordon’s physical make-up, there would be an expectation that is an excellent pass catcher, but that is not the case. He has combined for 3 catches so far in his college career and does not appear to be a big part of the passing game this season for Wisconsin. Todd Gurley on the other hand has been active in the screen and short passing game. He has good, soft hands, and doesn’t use his body to cradle passes. Gurley could be a real threat getting the ball in space.

Advantage: Todd Gurley

Pass Blocking:

Both runners are solid pass blockers at this point in their careers. Gurley’s size and balance makes him a formidable blocker. Gordon stands in tall, but has had his issues with blocking Des who have come free. Gurley is a slightly better blocker but it is not a deficiency of either players

Advantage: Todd Gurley

This is a tougher comparison than most think. The obvious answer is Gurley with his size, speed, athleticism, and pass catching. The other hand is the health issues and running style with Gurley that are not apparent with Gordon. It will be a close battle, but ultimately Gurley will go higher due to his “physical freak” nature, though picking Gordon might be a safer option to have an explosive RB free from injuries.

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NFL Draft Preview: Georgia vs. South Carolina

September 11, 2014 in Prospect Reports

Georgia vs. South Carolina 

The SEC has been an NFL factory for years now, and there will be plenty of teams to preview in coming weeks from the conference. This week, the big match-up of Georgia vs. South Carolina boasts two teams that lost some major talent that was drafted in 2014. Georgia losing All-American QB Aaron Murray has brought a change to their offense while South Carolina losing stud DE Jadeveon Clowney has appeared to hinder them defensively. There are plenty of prospects to know and track in this one.

Running Backs:

The highlight of this game are the top RBs for each squad. Both are potential first round picks and almost definitely Top 100 picks that will declare early for the NFL Draft.

 

Todd Gurley, Georgia

Gurley is the cream of the crop at RB and might be the best RB prospect since Trent Richardson. The combination of his 6’1 226 pound frame with light nimble feet and very good speed to boot puts him in the upper echelon of college RBs. Georgia has utilized him in a number of ways, both between the tackles, outside the tackles, and even as a receiver (he had 37 receptions as a sophomore). There have only been a handful of plays in his career that one defender has tackled Todd Gurley one on one as his power and quickness make him an incredibly difficult to bring down. The only major fear about Gurley is his health as he not only has an upright running style but very straight-legged style. Shots to the leg can often lead to knee and ankle injuries. He could easily be a Top 15 pick if he stays healthy this season and could have an Adrian Peterson type impact on the NFL.

 

Mike Davis, South Carolina

Playing on South Carolina, Mike Davis is often overlooked but is one of the most balanced RBs in the entire country. At 5’9 223 pounds, Davis has the bulk to hold up between the tackles but his skillset works more outside running as a homerun threat. He can catch, block, and brings a lot of endurance to the position (he had over 200 carries last year). Last year again Georgia was Mike Davis’ breakout game, averaging over 9 yards a carry and racking up 198 yards rushing and receiving. He might be the workout warrior that others in the RB class will be, but has shown through his production that can be an every down NFL back. There is potential for the first round, but Davis likely falls into the 2nd day if he declares for the 2015 NFL Draft.

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Offensive Line:

The offensive line is a strength for both teams, especially South Carolina, and will produce some NFL talent not only for the 2015 NFL Draft but in the future.

 

AJ Cann, OG, South Carolina

Cann will compete to be the top senior guard off the board in the 2015 Draft. He has started every game of his career except one, and is littered with honors from All-SEC to team captain to being consistently listed on the SEC Honor Roll. A pure left guard, Cann has very good athleticism for a player at 311 pounds. He plays with excellent leverage, even when pulling, that often can blowup opposing defensive linemen and linebackers, putting them on the ground. Cann doesn’t always flash when watching a game, but when he is studied, he rarely shows a lot of faults. Not so much a mauler, and there might be limited upside on his push in the run game in a power scheme, but he could be a 10-year NFL veteran if matched with the right offensive scheme. Cann is likely a 2nd day pick due to a lower ceiling, but sneaking into the 1st round is not out of the question by any means.

 

Corey Robinson, OT, South Carolina

South Carolina’s left tackle Corey Robinson is one of the first players that stand out when watching the Gamecocks play. At 6’8 344 pounds, Robinson towers over most defensive linemen and uses that to his advantage. Robinson’s career trajectory has been interesting, almost moved to defensive tackle as a redshirt freshman, but he has shown massive improvement every single year as a left tackle, including the start to this season. He not only brings the power you’d expect form someone his size, but great acceleration and awareness off of the snap. He usually gets his hands on his man first and shuffles his feet well for his size. He is not elite, especially in pass protection, but he could be a 2nd round pick with left tackle, right tackle, or offensive guard NFL potential.

 

David Andrews, C, Georgia

Andrews is the prototypical great college player who won’t be much of an NFL prospect. He has started 27 games in his first three years and figures to start every game at center this season. He is undersized at only 294 pounds and doesn’t have the athleticism to make up for the lack of bulk. He uses his hands well and is pretty solid in pass protection as a whole, but his lack of push in the run game will likely lead to a downgrade in his NFL evaluation. His backside anchor can be quite poor against very good talent, but he seems to find a way to hold his own with help. Andrews should be drafted based on his college resume, but as a late round pick who could be a back up Center or Guard. He will have his hands full this week with JT Surratt and a good game could go a long way to helping his stock.

 

Defensive Line:

J.T. Surratt, DT, South Carolina

Surratt is the only returning starter on the South Carolina defensive line and has played the Nose Tackle role of their defense for most of his career. He isn’t the mammoth NT that many think of, only listed at 310 pounds, but he is very stout and fits with the NFL trend to smaller, quicker noses in 4-3 and hybrid defenses. He has great upper and lower body strength and was a big reason for Kelcy Quarles success last year and Surratt often occupied two gaps, allowing Quarles to get to the QB. He has stepped up and become a leader on the defense and is good at doing the job assigned to him on each given play. Every so often, Surratt flashes athletic ability and he has a high ceiling if used correctly. The game against Georgia and center David Andrews will be very telling of how Surratt will handle the NFL. With a big game, he should put himself in the midrounds with potential to go higher.

 

Linebacker:

Ramik Wilson, LB, Georgia

Wilson burst onto the scene last year leading the SEC in tackles with 133 from the Inside Backer position on Georgia’s defense. Wilson’s lateral agility is apparent from the first snap. He finds ways to shed blocks with his quickness and moves into gaps very fast. He goes sideline to sideline well and often is a thorn in the side of the opponents run game. Wilson’s experience in a 3-4 defense also gives him plenty of versatility in the NFL, allowing him to play ILB in a 3-4 or kick to OLB in a 4-3 defense. Wilson has some experience in coverage, but isn’t a strength as TEs and slot WRs provide a mismatch against him. Going up against a RB like Mike Davis, Wilson could prove he can handle NFL RBs and move himself into 2nd day consideration with a good game this week.

 

Cornerback:

Damian Swann, Georgia

Swann has a storied college career, but his NFL prospects may not be as promising. He is listed well at 5’11 but is likely to come in shorter. Being only 180 pounds, there will be a concern if he can go up against top NFL WRs at 6’2 or 6’3. Despite his size, Swann does tackle well, but his coverage abilities will be questioned due to his hip flexibility and turn and run ability. Swann is a name that will be high on the public mind due to college profile but will fall to the late rounds of the draft.

 

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Prospect Comparison: Marcus Mariota vs. Jameis Winston

September 9, 2014 in Prospect Reports

The college football world was taken by storm by Jameis Winston, a redshirt freshman who has now won the Heisman trophy and National Championship. But before Winston came into the public eye, scouts were excited by the potential of Oregon QB Marcus Mariota. As the two vie to be the #1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, teams will be comparing the two players to choose their future franchise quarterback.

 

Size:

Both players have the ideal height to succeed at the QB position in the NFL, being listed at 6’4. Even if both come a bit under their listed height, they are more than adequate to succeed at the NFL level. In terms of their frame, Jameis Winston is built well. His muscular upper body bodes well for fundamental strength when going toe to toe with defenders and though his legs are a little thin, his lower trunk can take punishment and hold up. Marcus Mariota is on the slight side, despite being listed at 219 points. There is some fear with his running ability that he could be susceptible to injury. Mariota’s pencil thin leg muscles stand out as a weakness. Bulking up a little could qualm some fear about Mariota and how his frame will hold up in the NFL.

Advantage: Jameis Winston

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Arm Strength: 

Putting zip on the football to get to the receiver quickly is the most important aspect of arm strength. Both quarterbacks put a very good spin on the ball with potential to rifle it to their wideouts. Mariota drives the ball well, though when throwing outside the hash marks (excluding screens,) his balls can float a little bit and could provide NFL defenses with a window to make a play. Marcus Mariota’s game has been based on an uptempo west coast style, so we have not seen the down field arm strength very often from him, but when called upon he has been able to step up with the deep ball. Jameis Winston has similar issues at times, but when all is going right, he has some of the best arm strength in the country. He drills balls into short spaces, especially in the red zone and even toward the sideline, and they get their before the defense can react. Winston can get it down the field well, but will need work to refine that. Both players have some arm strength weaknesses, but nothing that is a red flag. Both have good strength for the NFL, but Winston gets a slight edge for better sideline zip.

Advantage: Jameis Winston

 

Accuracy & Ball Placement:

Accuracy is Marcus Mariota’s bread and butter. With tons of experience in an offense that places a major emphasis on ball placement and yardage after the catch, Mariota puts the ball not only in a position for his receiver to catch it, but continue running without slowing down. He has rare accuracy and ball placement that many NFL quarterbacks dream of. Down the field, Mariota has a limited sample size but the results give promise for positive play action and deep throwing accuracy. Jameis Winston is still a work in progress. His fundamentals often lead to balls being a little too high or a little too low. Though still catchable, this flaw could be detrimental in the NFL. Winston’s deep accuracy has been spot on for some games and way off for others. There is a lot of potential still there for Winston if he develops, but he is not there yet in placing the ball.

Advantage: Marcus Mariota

 

Fundamentals:

Footwork and release are key to success in the NFL and very few quarterbacks can succeed at the next level if they cannot be fixed. Neither QB is perfect in these aspects, but Marcus Mariota plays almost exclusively out of the shotgun so it becomes very difficult to interpret his footwork from center. In a spread offense as Oregon is, he does very well planting his foot and driving the ball on throws. Even under pressure, he will take a firm grasp of the ground with his plant foot to increase power and accuracy. His release point and wrist positioning is excellent. Jameis Winston need improvement in both areas. He has instances of throwing off of his back foot and jittering his feet while looking downfield. This often leads to inaccuracies. He also has a strange release and release point, though it seems to work for him. This could be a hindrance in the NFL, but doesn’t appear to affect him (similar to Phillip Rivers). Both QBs keep their eyes downfield when reading the defense and seem to have extraordinary football IQs. Jameis Winston does have the pro offense experience, but Marcus Mariota appears further along.

Advantage: Marcus Mariota

 

Athleticism:

Both players are very athletic and will have the ability to hurt defenses with their feet as well as their arms. Mariota has used read option plays and QB draws a ton in college with good results. Jameis Winston has shown the ability to take off and run both designed and not for huge plays to give his team a boost. This is a strength of both players with little advantage over each other, though considering Winston’s size, he will be very tough to bring down.

Advantage: Jameis Winston

 

Intangibles: 

Both players are documented as good leaders for their teams and have the support of their fellow players. Marcus Mariota has an impeccable record off the field and by all accounts has a high character. Jameis Winston has had some bad press of late between being accused of sexual assault (which he was not charged,) and walking out of a Publix super market without paying for crab legs he had on him. Though this bad press will likely be talked about a lot, it does not affect the intangibles grade of Winston much. But this type of concern gives Mariota the advantage.

Advantage: Marcus Mariota

 

Both players will be competing to be the top quarterback drafted in the 2015 NFL Draft (if both declare early,) and rightfully so with their success and talent. Marcus Mariota has the edge at this point in the year, but that could easily change if Jameis Winston shows improvement in his fundamentals and accuracy.  Both of those issues are very correctable and NFL coaching could easily turn both of these players into studs. Marcus Mariota is a bit more polished, but Jameis Winston might have more upside with his frame and arm.

 

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September 2, 2014 in On The Clock

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On the Clock NFL Draft Data Updated & Big Announcement!

August 11, 2014 in On The Clock

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2015 NFL Draft Preview: Wide Receivers

July 17, 2014 in Scouting Reports

By Staff Writer Justin Partlow:

 

With the NFL now more than ever a passing league, teams are looking to find that next wide receiver that can provide a spark and be someone that other teams don’t have. With last year’s class, we saw an overall effort that was unmatched in previous years. Never before have we seen so many talented players get drafted that in most years go earlier than they did. With the 2015 class though it’ll be another strong class, but it’ll be tough to ever see another class as we did in 2014. With talented top end guys, teams will be looking to add them earlier than later this year and take advantage of the skill that is there. Below I’ll take a look at three guys who I think will be the ones to watch in the 2015 class.

WR Devante Parker Louisville

For my money, Parker was one of the premier WR’s in all of college football and I was personally surprised when he decided to return to school. Parker though was smart, in 2015 he has the chance to be the top WR drafted and in 2014 he was going to be competing with 2-3 other guys in that same range. Parker is a freak athlete who has the vertical jump that can make WR coaches drool. Many times on film I watched Parker make a catch that was unreal, yet he just made it look like it was nothing. Parker with another strong year as is expected by him in the Bobby Petrino offense, then he could cement himself as the top overall WR. Teams will want him for all of his qualities he possesses, and it’s obvious the potential is really high with Parker.

WR Jaelen Strong Arizona State

Strong was the newcomer onto the scene that blew up and made everyone take notice of him. What separates Strong from many others in this class is the catch radius that he possesses. Many times Strong makes the almost impossible catches look like they are nothing more than normal. What makes Strong a viable target in the NFL is his ability to make the back shoulder catches that are almost as money of a play in the NFL as there is. Strong needs to refine his route running as he does look sloppy at the top of his routes at times, but as is the case with many of the top guys they all have their own warts in ways that need to be improved upon. Look for Strong to have another “strong” year and cement himself into that first round discussion.

WR Stefon Diggs Maryland

A bit of a wildcard pick here, but I’ve always been one to look for that guy who could have the breakout year before it truly does happen. Stefon Diggs for me will be that guy this year. A former 5-star recruit out of HS, Diggs burst onto the scene with a solid first year, and was on his way to a dynamic year last year until an injury sidelined him. Diggs isn’t the biggest player, but at the same time he’s also a dynamic threat when he has the ball in his hands. Diggs has shown ability to be a jackknife at WR and will play as a slot WR, split out wide and be used all over the field. The injury concerns haven’t left with Diggs, but at the same time he’s been someone who’s more of a durable guy instead of constantly injured. Look for Diggs to really breakout onto the national scene this year and get people to notice just how good of a player he is. Diggs with a strong year could go into the last first round, but also could be a very solid and effective 2nd round pick.

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2015 NFL Draft Preview: Running Backs

July 5, 2014 in Draft Reports

By: Justin Partlow

 

Taking a look at the next position in my draft preview series is the running back position. Traditionally the running back position was a strong suit, until the two back system came into play and many teams went away from drafting those backs early on in exchange for two guys later who could provide the same production. Fortunately for fans of running backs, the 2015 class looks to have a group of guys who can break the mold and become stars in the NFL. We’ve seen the running back class move into obscurity, but now it’s got it chance to move right back into the forefront of the NFL Draft. Below I’ll take a look at three guys who I think could have big impact years in college and be top end guys in the NFL.

RB Todd Gurley Georgia

For what it’s worth, I think of Todd Gurley as one of the top running backs in college football and would easily be a top 10 pick if he were to declare at the end of this year. Gurley is everything you want in a running back and then some. With his ridiculous power, ability to break away and get touchdowns and his surprisingly soft hands, he’s a dynamic threat in every sense of the game. Gurley though does have a bit of concern as he’s had some nagging injuries in college, but it doesn’t look to be a forefront issue when he reaches the NFL. The injuries though will be something to keep an eye on as he plays this upcoming year and if he has any more of those nagging issues. Gurley though is the perfect blend of speed, strength, and agility that teams want at RB, and should see himself go in the top 10 and at worst the top 15 picks come next draft.

RB Melvin Gordon Wisconsin

Another favorite of mine and how he plays the game, Melvin Gordon reminds me a little of Jamaal Charles at RB, but obviously not the same player as Charles has shown to be one of the top 3 RB’s in the NFL. Gordon is a dynamic player, he gets the ball in his hands and he’s already a threat to take it to the house every time. The issue though with Gordon is his hands, as he’s not shown enough in the passing game to be a reliable threat and that will cause some concern with teams. Gordon though is a great fit for teams who are moving more for that spread NFL offense that takes advantage of speed in all ways. Gordon will need to show teams better pass catching, but if he does he could cement himself as the 2nd RB off the board.

RB Duke Johnson Miami

Another guy who burst onto the scene as a RB, Duke Johnson was easily the heart and soul of the Miami offense until he suffered an injury last year and missed significant time. When Johnson went down, it was obvious how different the Miami offense was without him. Johnson is very good at getting into the open field and making plays with his feet. Johnson can take a small gain into something more with his vision, but that vision at times does cause him to have negative plays. Johnson though is someone to watch as he comes back from the injury. He may not be the highest rated guy compared to others like TJ Yeldon(who I believe is overrated), but Johnson will see his stock rise if he comes back healthy and shows what he can do.

2015 NFL Draft Preview: Quarterbacks

July 3, 2014 in Draft Reports

 

By: Justin Partlow

 

The offseason is one of the most critical times of the year especially for NFL scouting departments as they line up the names to watch for the upcoming season. With another very good QB class at the top, look for the 2015 class to generate some early buzz and have it sustain throughout the year. The questions will arise as always with each prospect, but the 2015 class will have a solid overall group even if it’s not as deep as the 2014 class. Below I’ll take a look at three guys to watch the upcoming year at the QB position regardless of them being a senior or not.

 

QB Marcus Mariota Oregon

Marcus Mariota was thought to be one of the first picks in the 2014 class if he were to declare, but over time it seemed as if he wanted to return. Once it officially happened, Mariota has his sight set on becoming the top pick in the 2015 draft. Mariota is everything you want in more of the “new age” QB’s that are in the NFL. Mariota has a strong arm, and has pretty good accuracy. Mariota is extremely mobile, but uses his feet only to help his cause instead of just running to run. As my good friend and mentor Ben Allbright has brought up though with Mariota, he doesn’t make many of those tough throws you want to see on film, which does cause some pause and concern. Mariota is a top end talent, the question comes down to how much does that system help hide his flaws and what he does? 2014 will be a big college year for Mariota, and if he passes it then he could very well find himself entrenched into the #1 pick slot.

 

QB Brett Hundley UCLA

Another guy who at one time was considered to leave for the NFL Draft, Brett Hundley is a gifted athlete who is very raw still at the QB position. Similar to Mariota, Hundley is someone who has the arm strength you want and the athleticism needed to be one of the new age QB’s, but his rawness shows up on film time and time again. Many times on film it seemed as if Hundley would look only at the first or second read then run. While he can get away with that in college because of his gifted ability, teams will target him in NFL and make sure that he has to throw the ball and not use his legs. Hundley is another guy to watch because you want to see him make that next leap this year, but if he doesn’t then he could become one of the more puzzling draft prospects with how raw he still would be

 

QB Bryce Petty Baylor

Finishing off the guys to watch is someone I really enjoying watching in Bryce Petty. Petty took over this year after Baylor had a great string of years from RG3, then Nick Florence. Petty is another one of the guys who really breaks the mold of what was expected out of an Art Briles QB. Petty isn’t a great athlete, but he can still get yards and make plays with his feet. Petty has an above average arm, but doesn’t always have the best speed behind his passes from what I’ve seen. Petty has the chance to become a starting QB in the NFL, but with the Art Briles offense there will be concerns about how he can do after teams saw the struggles of RG3 in his 2nd year. Petty could be that guy that has the biggest rise of all QB’s in 2014, it’ll mightily depend on his ability to take that leap and limit the reservations that teams would have on him.

 

REDSKINS DRAFT RECAP 2014

May 22, 2014 in Draft Grades, Draft Reports

by PIGSKIN PAUL

This was the final year of draft purgatory for the REDSKINS because of the RG3 trade in 2012. So when reviewing this draft we have to keep in mind that RG3 is a part of it. If fully healthy GRIFFIN is a Franchise QB about ready to come into his own under the new coaching staff of JAY GRUDEN. And thanks to the EAGLES, the REDSKINS had Christmas in April with their signing of WR/DESEAN JACKSON.

Now on to the meat and potatoes of their DRAFT.

 

 

Round 2 Pick 47       TRENT MURPHY/DE/LB/STANFORD

6’5       250 4.86/40   It certainly seemed like the Redskins were channeling their RYAN KERRIGAN-luv with this selection. MURPHY looks to be very similar to KERRIGAN, who has developed more than many felt he would coming into the League. The best comparison that I have heard for MURPHY is that he comes to the pro game with the same skill set/potential as MIKE VRABEL. His numbers from the Combine are fairly mediocre, but when you watch him play he’s nothing short of productive. He played with his hand both up and down for the stout Stanford D and produced 23.5 TFL & 15 sacks in 2013. My guess is he’s the replacement for BRIAN ORAKPO who may want way too much money long term for the Redskins tastes going forward. Was a team Captain.

PP rank #67.

 

 

Round 3 Pick 66       MORGAN MOSES/OT/VIRGINIA

6’6       315              5.35/40              Was a little disappointing at the Senior Bowl. He played/practiced way too upright and was beaten regularly to the outside by speedy pass rushing DE in Mobile. Then he went to the Combine and really posted some disappointing numbers. But his productivity in college, as well as 35.375” long arms still make him a solid developmental pick. MOSES will be highly motivated to prove teams were wrong in passing on him until Round 3. His slipping was great luck for Old DC. MOSES has starting potential and should accept coaching.

PP Rank #48.

 

 

Round 3 Pick 78       SPENCER LONG/OG/NEBRASKA

6’5 320   Lost most of his 2013 season to injury. We can assume he is progressing well medically for him to go this high. He’s a throwback to the HOGS of old. Operates primarily on strength and power. Was originally a walk-on at Nebraska. Has big strong hands (10.750”), with 33.125” arm length. Those are well above average for an Interior OL. He’s country strong and aggressive. Could move into the starting lineup soon. Another team Captain.

PP Rank #198.

 

 

Round 4 Pick 102       BASHAUD BREELAND/CB/CLEMSON

5’11       197   4.62/40              An aggressive press-Corner who has decent ball skills and is a willing, effective tackler. Still has developmental skill work to do, including improving his ball awareness once the ball is in the air. He has a knack for separating people from the ball ala PEANUT TILLMAN. Expect him to contribute in sub-packages right away and fight for a starting job as early as 2015. A very good value pick in Round 4.

PP Rank #78. 

 

Round 5 Pick 142       RYAN GRANT/WR/TULANE

6’0       200       4.64/40    Only lack of pure speed kept this guy out of the Top 100. He had 70+ catches in both 2012 & 2013. He has hands that measure 9.675” and he uses them to catch the ball away from his body. He gets open deep despite a lack of top end speed and locates the ball well. He has the potential to be a productive No. 3/4 receiver in the NFL. Could beat out some underperforming receivers like HANKERSON for a roster spot, especially if he can help out on Special Teams.

 PP Rank #206.

 

Round 6 Pick 186       LACHE SEASTRUNK/RB/BAYLOR

5’9       200 4.51/40   Was thought originally to be a Top 100 player, but his workout numbers were a bit disappointing to personnel people. He does have some burst and quickness in his running, but at times he dances too long picking his running hole. He should make a nice compliment to Alfred Morris and could give ROYSTER a battle for the No. 3 RB slot. Solid value pick with potential to upgrade the overall RB group.

PP Rank #104

 

 

Round 7 Pick 217       TED BOLSER/TE/INDIANA

6’5       255       4.79/40              BOLSER provides something that the ‘Skins are short of… full sized, inline blocking TE. He demonstrated during Shrine Week that he is athletic enough to compete at the highest level both as a blocker and as a short/middle-of-the-field receiver. The team is hoping he can be a better all-around version of LOGAN PAULSEN. With a RB like MORRIS, BOLSER’s blocking in the Red Zone could be a welcome addition to the offensive arsenal. Was a tri-Captain for the Hoosiers.

PP Rank #257.

 

 

 

Round 7 Pick 228       ZACH HOCKER/K/ARKANSAS

6’0       190          At first blush this might seem like a questionable selection. But perhaps his versatility & potential have Salary Cap appeal to the organization over the long haul. HOCKER was able to reach the end zone with 68% of his kick-offs last season. He has also seen double duty as a K and P during his collegiate career. He has good leg strength and looks like he might be able to bulk up a tad and improve his overall accuracy. At the Shrine venue I asked him if his punting career was over. He hedged his answer by saying he intended to go to the Combine as a K, but if he had a bad day he would ask to be allowed to punt. We may have to wait until Training Camp to understand the big picture with him.

 

 

Considering the lack of a First Round pick this was a pretty solid effort. Long term they may have gotten two starting OL out of this Draft. MURPHY may ease the potential cap loss of ORAKPO, or KERRIGAN. BREELAND, BOLSER, SEASTRUNK & GRANT could all be upgrades at positions of need. The only area I see a deficiency is a lack of upgrading team speed with this group. As a group these players would rank below average in NFL level speed and quickness.

 

I don’t give out grades for team drafts any more, but if I did this one would certainly be above average! Combine these 8 players with the VFA group that was signed earlier and the overall REDSKINS roster has been significantly upgraded in my opinion.