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DE/DT Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame Scouting Report

April 14, 2014 in Scouting Reports

By Justin Partlow

Measureables: 6’6” 304 lbs

Strengths:

  • Impressive athlete who uses hands well
  • Shows high end upside with what is on the film
  • Shows natural power, and surprising speed for a big player
  • Projects to be a scheme diverse player in the NFL
  • Shows natural bend and ability to get around the edge

Weaknesses:

  • Doesn’t display good hand usage against opponent
  • Relies too much on speed to get around opponent
  • Poor technique leads to reliance on natural tools
  • Needs to commit to position and stick with it, tries to use moves that won’t work at certain positions
  • Injury past season has led to poor 2013 film, questioning ability
  • Needs to become more consistent in his game

Analysis:

Stephon Tuitt is one of the intriguing prospects, because of his ability to make big time plays, and project to an even better player than what is displayed on film. Tuitt shows a natural bend, but relies too much on his speed to be successful. Tuitt needs to work on his technique to reach the potential that he can fully reach.

Tuitt is a very good leader, and played through an injury in 2013. Stephon Tuitt should come off the board somewhere in the late round 1 to early round 2 range, and should be able to play early on in the NFL. While still somewhat of a project, Tuitt can at least provide a pass rush for a team needing more of a push up front. If Tuitt can put it all together, he can become one of the more impressive 3-4 DE types in the NFL with his speed and power that shows on film.

OT Morgan Moses, Sr, UVA Scouting Report

April 13, 2014 in Scouting Reports

Measureables: 6’6” 314 lbs

Strengths:

  • Dancing Bear” at OT who can play with anyone in college football
  • Shutdown top end rushers all season
  • Shows solid technique in run blocking and pass protection
  • Exhibits strong first punch against opponent
  • Impressive length for OT

Weaknesses:

  • Not a top end athlete who will wow during offseason
  • Rumored concerns about motivation, weight
  • Is a “body catcher” at OT, and will let opponent into frame
  • Can stand to improve footwork as he can get uncoordinated

Analysis:

Morgan Moses arrived at UVA after a long wait coming out of college. After playing at RT the past few years, Moses was given his shot to play LT after Oday Aboushi graduated after the 2012 season. Morgan Moses is a dancing bear in every way possible, and while not showing elite athleticism in shorts, while show the speed necessary to play OT in the NFL during drills

Moses has had some concerns arise about possible motivation, but has seemed to show that he has moved past them this year. Came back to UVA dedicated and has maintained weight and played at a high level. Look for Moses to come off the board in the early to mid-part of Round 2. 

OT Joel Bitonio, rSr, Nevada Scouting Report

April 9, 2014 in Scouting Reports

By Justin Partlow

Measureables: 6’4” 302 lbs

Strengths:

  • Very athletic OT, who matches up well against all players
  • Feisty player who plays until whistle blows
  • Refined technique player who reads plays well
  • Has shown ability to project well to multiple positions in NFL
  • Very good player who has shown success for extended period of time

Weaknesses:

  • Doesn’t possess ideal length to stick directly at OT
  • Concerns will arise over level of competition for Bitonio
  • Allows himself to get over-extended due to length issues
  • While feisty, still can get a bit lazy and get beaten off ball

Analysis:

Joel Bitonio was a bit of an unknown still to people, but after a very successful 2013 season, including a very good game against Florida State, has shown the ability to be a successful starter in the NFL. While Bitonio doesn’t produce the ideal length to remain at LT, he does provide the position versatility to play at the guard position or even move to the center position in NFL.

Bitonio provides NFL teams what is coveted highly right now, pass protection. Bitonio uses his high end athleticism to mirror and pass protect well, and will be successful in the NFL due to that. Bitonio due to his length, could see to slide a bit in the NFL Draft, but should come off the board somewhere in round 3.

 

ILB Chris Borland, rSr, Wisconsin Scouting Report

March 29, 2014 in Scouting Reports

By Justin Partlow

Measureables: 6’0” 248 lbs

Strengths:

  • Highly productive LB for Wisconsin, has made calls for defense
  • Aggressive player who plays at one speed each game
  • Fills holes well and will make plays in run game
  • Able to play in coverage, shows speed to play with others
  • Plays very disciplined, won’t see Borland out of position

Weaknesses:

  • Height will become a problem for Borland in NFL, will struggle in coverage against bigger players
  • Shows adequate speed, but not a burner limiting him to a 3-4 scheme in many aspects
  • Needs to improve his sideline-to-sideline ability in coverage or run defense
  • Small arm length leads to issues stacking and shedding from blockers

Analysis:

One of the better ILB prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft, Chris Borland has shown the ability to be a high impact player in college football. While not the biggest player on the field, Chris Borland is someone who can be a successful player despite his size issues. Borland is a leader in all facets of the game, and will prove himself from day one with his high motor and ability to recognize and react well to plays

Borland’s height and length will lead to many issues in pass coverage and in the run game, but his instincts seem to be able to mask it up well. Teams will have to take Borland out in pass coverage, or become creative as teams will look to target him against bigger TE’s and faster RB’s out of the backfield. Due to those question marks about his game, look for Borland to slide into the 3rd round range and have an ability to start early on as a two down player, with the possibility of being a full three down player. 

2014 NFL Draft: OLB Anthony Barr Scouting Report

December 10, 2013 in Scouting Reports

OLB Anthony Barr, Sr, UCLA

           Anthony Barr

Measurables: 6’4” 245 lbs

Strengths:

  • Impact Pass rusher, has 19.5 sacks since the start of the 2012 season
  • Has a good first step and the speed to get around top offensive tackles
  • Plays the run well and holds the edge
  • Good instincts and always seems to be around the play
  • Great effort player, doesn’t give up on plays
  • Plays with good leverage can get low and make it tough on the lineman
  • Good all-around athletic ability to change direction or run down ball carriers
  • Has played on a very well coached UCLA defense
  • Has fared well against some high octane offenses in the Pac-12

 

Weaknesses:

  • Limited defensive experience. Was a running back until 2012 and is still pretty raw with some nuances of the position.
  • Doesn’t use hands well to disengage from offensive linemen or to keep them from getting into his body.
  • Doesn’t have as much experience in coverage and could be a liability
  • Can fall for misdirection at times
  • May not be a full time starter year one similar to Aldon Smith
  • Could struggle in a 4-3 based system

 

Analysis:

Before 2012 Anthony Barr was a running back and special teamer, but the UCLA coaching staff moved him to linebacker where his career took off. Instead of starting in the Bruin’s backfield, Barr has been living in opponent’s backfields for these past two years. He is so athletically gifted with great speed off the edge, and has the potential to be an elite pass rusher. He’s still a bit more on the raw side so it could take a year or two to be at his full potential, but he could still have a major impact as a pass rusher in the meantime. Barr could surpass Clowney as the top defensive player taken and is a lock to go in the top 10 and possibly top 5 picks.

 

 

2014 NFL Draft: DE Jadeveon Clowney

December 10, 2013 in Scouting Reports

DE Jadeveon Clowney, Jr, South Carolina

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Measurables: 6’5” 275 lbs

 

Strengths:

  • Great Frame and size, has the ability to add more weight if need be or drop a little if asked.
  • Explosive first step and great timing off the snap, can get into opposing linemen before they have a chance to anchor.
  • Very productive first two seasons at South Carolina, lived in opponents backfield as a sophomore.
  • Commands double teams and extra attention, will cause an offense to game plan around him, limiting what they can do.
  • Can win with both power and speed, making him very tough to block
  • Will shed blockers and win the leverage game as well
  • Has elite potential to be an elite pass rusher at the next level.
  • Strong run defender and can hold up at the point of attack

Weaknesses:

  • Desire has been questioned this year
  • Has given up on too many plays, even when he could still make somewhat of an impact
  • Has taken himself out of games and sat out a game despite being cleared by the medical staff.
  • Hasn’t been as productive this season when he has played
  • Can get a little streaky at times, needs to play with more consistency

 

Analysis:

Clowney has been a favorite for the number one overall pick in this draft since he was a senior in High School. Clowney was the undisputed number 1 prospect coming out of High School and it was thought that after three years he would be a top pick in the draft. After his first two seasons Clowney looked to be on track for the top overall pick in the draft. He exploded in his sophomore season, and looked to be every bit the elite defensive end everyone thought he could be.

This year he’s taken a step back as his commitment has been questioned. While it is frustrating to see him take off plays and not give 100% effort, these questions shouldn’t keep Clowney out of the top half of the first round and likely the top 10. At another position it could be a bigger issue, but plenty of top defensive ends have had effort question marks when they came out.

 

 

2014 NFL Draft Scouting Report: WR Sammy Watkins

December 4, 2013 in Scouting Reports, Uncategorized

WR Sammy Watkins, Jr, Clemson

           sammywatkins

Measurables: 6’1” 205 lbs

 

Strengths:

  • Very smooth in and out of his breaks, doesn’t lose a lot of speed as he cuts
  • Good frame, plays with a lot of balance and power for his size
  • Has great top end speed and quickly accelerates to reach it
  • Is incredibly dangerous with the ball in his hands and picks up a lot of his yardage after the catch.
  • Good route runner who can create separation
  • Great hands, if he has a shot at a ball he typically brings it in
  • Really wide catch radius, and can elevate to go get a football
  • Can help in the return game or with a variety of runs

 

Weaknesses:

  • Can get sloppy with his route running at times
  • Had a down sophomore year after an impressive freshman season
  • Can struggle to get off the jam at times
  • Has had some off the field issues and was suspended for two games in 2012

 

Analysis:

Watkins has big time playmaking ability, not just as a receiver but anytime the ball is in his hands. The Tigers have used Watkins in a variety of ways to do just that. Watkins has incredible open field potential and can be a deadly weapon in the screen game. From a speed, fluidity, elusiveness factor, Watkins is at the top of what you are looking for in a wide receiver. He’s also got good hands and great vision after the catch.

Despite his promise, Watkins does come with some concerns. He had some off the field issues in 2012 which cost him two games. Also Watkins can round off routes at times allowing defenders to catch up to him from the separation he created. He needs to do a better job getting off press coverage quickly as it will be one thing that gets more intense at the next level.

Overall Watkins looks like a lock to come out and be the first receiver taken in the draft, likely within the first 10 picks.

2014 NFL Draft Scouting Report: OT Jake Matthews

December 3, 2013 in Scouting Reports

OT Jake Matthews, Sr, Texas A&M

 

Measurables: 6’5” 310 lbs             jakematthews   

 

Strengths:

  • Son of Bruce Matthews, and looks to be as gifted as his father
  • Three and a half year starter, at both right and left tackle
  • A better prospect than former teammate Luke Joeckel who went 2nd overall last year
  • Good footwork and quickness to get to the edge
  • Has played in both pro style and spread attacks at the collegiate level
  • Is very strong in the run game as he is physical enough to bury defenders
  • Plays with good leverage and a strong anchor
  • Excellent pass protector who has a good feel for the game
  • Great punch to keep defenders off balance
  • Has excelled versus SEC defenses, including a number of NFL caliber pass rushers these past two seasons

 

Weaknesses:

  • Doesn’t have as much feet quickness as most elite left tackle prospects
  • Needs to be more quick to the 2nd level at times
  • Consistency has been an issue at times

 

Analysis:

Matthews not only brings excellent bloodlines to the table but will have started for over 3 ½ years, the last two of which have been in the ultra-tough SEC. He’s faced off versus numerous NFL caliber ends and linebackers and has passed with flying colors.

Matthews is a physical specimen, who grades out well in every area you look for in a lineman. If he gets his hands on a defender the play is basically over, as he can manhandle most opponents.

The one slight concern some have with him is he doesn’t have the quickest feet on par with other top tackles. While you may get him with a speed rush every now and then, it’s not a big enough concern for teams to drop Matthews down their boards at all.

He’s probably a better run blocker than pass blocker, but that more speaks to how elite he is in run blocking than a negative towards his pass blocking. Matthews has a firm anchor and uses a strong hand punch to knock defenders off their path to the quarterback.

Matthews is one of the most pro ready prospects in this draft. Not only does he have an extremely high ceiling, but his floor is high as well. He’s one of the safest picks a team can make this upcoming May and he should hear his name called in the top 5 picks.

 

 

2014 NFL Draft Scouting Report: QB Johnny Manziel

December 3, 2013 in Scouting Reports

QB Johnny Manziel, rSo, Texas A&M

 

Measurables: 6’1” 210 lbs    johnnymanziel2

 

Strengths:

  • Incredible two year production, won the Heisman as a redshirt Freshman and has had a great second year.
  • Has succeeded in the toughest conference in college football and plays well even in losses.
  • Great dual threat ability, extremely dangerous when running with the football.
  • Has a knack for making clutch and amazing plays.
  • Incredible escapability, extremely tough to sack.
  • Has spent considerable time working with noted QB coach George Whitfield
  • Has a good arm that is more than capable of making any throw asked of him.
  • Has done a better job reading defenses this season and progressing through his reads
  • Can show nice accuracy and touch even when on the run

 

Weaknesses:

  • Smaller quarterback, may be under 6’0” when he gets measured at the combine
  • Too often he forces throws and believes he’s invincible, will struggle some if he doesn’t correct that against NFL caliber defenses.
  • Takes a lot of hits, Manziel needs to do a better job of protecting himself, both in the pocket and when on the run.
  • Mechanics are sloppy, and he will throw off balance and across his body at times
  • Maturity is a big issue, has had plenty of issues at Texas A&M
  • Struggled with the Heisman spotlight, could struggle going to an NFL team with the pressure and media attention.
  • Been in a spread option attack, not a strong fit for a traditional offense

Analysis:

Manziel is a lightning rod of a prospect. Those who love him point to his incredible numbers and athletic ability, while those who question him point to his size, attitude and risky decision making. Manziel’s NFL prospects are somewhere in between, but they probably tend to fall closer to the people who love him category.

Despite his lack of size, Manziel has big hands, which allows him to still have a lot of ball control. Russell Wilson is similarly short, but with big hands. The attitude issue is serious because he has to be ready to be a leader at a much more high pressure situation. Many an NFL career has failed due to a player not being able to cut it under those circumstances. Though it’s a concern, Manziel has proven time and again that those issues won’t impact him. Despite all the pressure off the field this offseason, Manziel has looked great this season.

He’s a bit riskier than your typical top quarterback prospect, but he keeps coming up clutch for the Aggies making it tough to discount him. He likely won’t be the first quarterback selected, but he’s a first round pick and should be among the top 15 selections.

 

2014 NFL Draft Scouting Report – QB Teddy Bridgewater

December 3, 2013 in Scouting Reports

QB Teddy Bridgewater- Jr, Louisville

 

Measurables:  6’3” 196 lbs    bridgewater

 

Strengths:

  • Three year starter with plenty of game experience
  • Shows strong leadership on the field
  • Accurate passer, willing to throw against tight coverage
  • Strong arm, maybe not a great strength but good enough to be a complete passer
  • Can read defenses well and find the holes in the zone
  • Rhythm passer, will make you pay if he starts getting hot.
  • Good footwork and weight transfer on his throws for the most part
  • Mobile quarterback who can buy time in the pocket or pick up short yardage on the ground.
  • Has come up big against some of Louisville's toughest opponents including a bowl win over the Florida Gators.

 

Weaknesses:

  • Physical build is more on the lower end for quarterbacks, doesn’t have a particularly large frame to add much weight and may come in shorter than 6’3”
  • Durability is a concern, particularly due to the slighter build. He’s taken a lot of hits early in his career.
  • Has played more in a spread attack, will need time to develop in a more traditional offense
  • While he’s got good functioning mobility, he isn’t a real dual threat guy
  • Has been inconsistent and struggled against some of his weaker competition

 

Analysis:

Bridgewater was considered the front runner to be the top quarterback selected in this draft, but has faced stiff competition recently from Mariota. Bridgewater is a three year starter who’s put up very impressive numbers and has shown to have all the arm talent necessary to be a franchise quarterback in the NFL.

 

Despite that, there are some small things that people do question. His size and frame are on the lower end of top quarterbacks and he’s not really a dual threat guy like some smaller quarterbacks in the league.

Durability is also an issue especially given the smaller frame. Can he hold up to the pounding of a 16 game season? Another slight concern with Bridgewater is his level of competition. Playing in the down Big East and now the AAC Conference, the level of competition Bridgewater has faced is definitely down and his supporting cast has been fairly strong. The fact that he’s had some mediocre games despite the inferior competition does give some pause.

Most of the issues seem to be pretty nitpicky and really shouldn’t impact Bridgewater’s draft stock. It may bump him down a pick or two at worst, but he’s a lock for a top 3 selection come May.