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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 3:25 am    Post subject: KIG's Scouting Blog 2013 - - [Top 50 UDFA + VALUE Rankings] Reply with quote

KIG's Scouting Blog

The yearly edition of my scouting thread is here! I have been scouting heavily since the 2006 NFL Draft and have been posting my threads on FF for 5 years now. In terms of how I scout, I watch every single player that I scout and never go in blindly. If I post a scouting report, I have watched an extensive amount of footage on the player. I hope to give out draft grades, strengths, negatives, a big board, and a mock draft before the draft begins. So check in whenever you can and get an objective view point! Thanks for reading!

2008 Draft Thread
2009 Draft Thread
2010 Draft Thread
2012 Draft Thread

Prospect Profiles (2013): 94
Prospect Profiles (Total): 473

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Offensive Rankings

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QUARTERBACKS

1) Matt Barkley, USC
2) Mike Glennon, N.C. State
3) Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
4) Geno Smith, West Virginia
5) Tyler Bray, Tennessee
6) Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
7) E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State
8) Brad Sorensen, Southern Utah
9) Landry Jones, Oklahoma
10) Zac Dysert, Miami (OH)
11) Sean Renfree, Duke
12) Matt Scott, Arizona
13) Casey Brockman, Murray State
14) Mike Hermann, RPI
15) Ryan Griffin, Tulane
16) Colby Cameron, Louisiana Tech
17) Dalton Williams, Akron
18) Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt
19) Nathan Stanley, Southeast Louisiana
20) Peter Lalich, California (PA)
21) Dayne Crist, Kansas
22) Alex Carder, Western Michigan
23) Caleb TerBush, Purdue
24) Ryan Radcliff, Central Michigan
25) Matt Brown, Illinois State
26) Jeff Tuel, Washington State
27) Tino Sunseri, Pittsburgh
28) Kyle Padron, Eastern Washington
29) Robert Marve, Purdue
30) Ryan Aplin, Arkansas State
31) Matt McGloin, Penn State
32) Ross Dausin, Colorado State-Pueblo
33) Mitchell Gale, Abilene Christian
34) Kawaun Jakes, Western Kentucky
35) Ryan Katz, San Diego State
36) Clay Belton, Findlay
37) Ryan Osiecki, New Haven
38) Grant Enders, Towson
39) John Laub, Richmond
40) Andy Summerlin, Samford
41) Jimmy Coy, St. Xavier
42) Collin Klein, Kansas State
43) B.J. Daniels, South Florida
44) Colton Chapple, Harvard
45) Thomas Wilson, Elon
46) Mike Colvin, Lehigh
47) Anthony Mifsud, Hillsdale
48) Kevin Prince, UCLA
49) Nate Montana, West Virginia Wesleyan
50) Brandon Kelsey, Midwestern State

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RUNNINGBACKS

1) Eddie Lacy, Alabama
2) Giovani Bernard, North Carolina
3) Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt
4) Andre Ellington, Clemson
5) Kerwynn Williams, Utah State
6) Mike Gillislee, Florida
7) Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
8) Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State
9) Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State
10) Stepfan Taylor, Stanford
11) Montee Ball, Wisconsin
12) Jawan Jamison, Rutgers
13) Johnathan Franklin, UCLA
14) Christine Michael, Texas A&M
15) Kenjon Barner, Oregon
16) D.J. Harper, Boise State
17) Knile Davis, Arkansas
18) Miguel Maysonet, Stony Brook
19) Onterio McCalebb, Auburn
20) Ray Graham, Pittsburgh
21) George Winn, Cincinnati
22) Latavius Murray, Central Florida
23) Chris Thompson, Florida State
24) Robbie Rouse, Fresno State
25) Cierre Wood, Notre Dame
26) Theo Riddick, Notre Dame
27) Dennis Johnson, Arkansas
28) John White, Utah
29) Michael Ford, LSU
30) C.J. Anderson, California
31) Denodus O'Bryant, Lindenwood
32) Mike James, Miami
33) Spencer Ware, LSU
34) Kendial Lawrence, Missouri
35) Akeem Shavers, Purdue
36) Cameron Marshall, Arizona State
37) Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada
38) Isi Sofele, California
39) Montel Harris, Temple
40) Michael Cox, Massachusetts
41) Trabis Ward, Tennessee State
42) Wes Kitts, Austin Peay
43) Rex Burkhead, Nebraska
44) Matthew Tucker, TCU
45) Curtis McNeal, USC
46) Orwin Smith, Georgia Tech
47) Jerodis Williams, Furman
48) Larry Dawson, Kent State
49) Skyler Stoker, Ferris State
50) Marcus Sims, South Dakota

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WIDE RECEIVERS

1) Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
2) Terrance Williams, Baylor
3) Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech
4) Tavon Austin, West Virginia
5) Tavarres King, Georgia
6) DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
7) Justin Hunter, Tennessee
8) Keenan Allen, California
9) Ryan Swope, Texas A&M
10) Robert Woods, USC
11) Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech
12) Marcus Davis, Virginia Tech
13) Markus Wheaton, Oregon State
14) Aaron Dobson, Marshall
15) Tyrone Goard, Eastern Kentucky
16) Kenny Stills, Oklahoma
17) Corey Fuller, Virginia Tech
18) Jasper Collins, Mount Union
19) Stedman Bailey, West Virginia
20) Chris Harper, Kansas State
21) Marquise Goodwin, Texas
22) Jheranie Boyd, North Carolina
23) Josh Boyce, TCU
24) Ace Sanders, South Carolina
25) Josh Jarboe, Arkansas State
26) Marquess Wilson, Washington State
27) Chip Reaves, Troy
28) Marlon Brown, Georgia
29) Aaron Mellette, Elon
30) Conner Vernon, Duke
31) Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas
32) Erik Highsmith, North Carolina
33) Kevin Dorsey, Maryland
34) Brice Butler, San Diego State
35) Jaron Brown, Clemson
36) Ryan Spadola, Lehigh
37) Denard Robinson, Michigan
38) Omarius Hines, Florida
39) Brandon Kaufman, Eastern Washington
40) Xavier Boyce, Norfolk State
41) Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State
42) Keenan Davis, Iowa
43) Charles Johnson, Grand Valley State
44) Cordell Roberson, Stephen F. Austin
45) Reggie Dunn, Utah
46) Russell Shepard, LSU
47) Kenbrell Thompkins, Cincinnati
48) Josh Lenz, Iowa State
49) Jerry Johnson, UCLA
50) Sam McGuffie, Rice

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TIGHT ENDS

1) Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
2) Travis Kelce, Cincinnati
3) Zach Ertz, Stanford
4) Jordan Reed, Florida
5) Ryan Otten, San Jose State
6) Gavin Escobar, San Diego State
7) Nick Kasa, Colorado
8) Vance McDonald, Rice
9) Joseph Fauria, UCLA
10) Michael Williams, Alabama
11) Mike Shanahan, Pittsburgh
12) Justice Cunningham, South Carolina
13) Mychal Rivera, Tennessee
14) D.J. Jefferson, Rutgers
15) Dion Sims, Michigan State
16) Chris Gragg, Arkansas
17) Phillip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn
18) T.J. Knowles, Sacramento State
19) Levine Toilolo, Stanford
20) Luke Wilson, Rice
21) Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State
22) Demetrius Harris, Wisconsin-Whitewater
23) Jack Doyle, Western Kentucky
24) Matt Furstenberg, Maryland
25) Ben Cotton, Nebraska
26) B.J. Stewart, Cumberland
27) Lucas Reed, New Mexico
28) Josh Hill, Idaho State
29) Chris Harris, Elon
30) Ryan Griffin, Connecticut

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OFFENSIVE TACKLES

1) Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
2) Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
3) Terron Armstead, Arkansas Pine-Bluff
4) D.J. Fluker, Alabama
5) Lane Johnson, Oklahoma
6) David Quessenberry, San Jose State
7) David Bakhtiari, Colorado
8) Chris Faulk, LSU
9) Menelik Watson, Florida State
10) Jordan Mills, Louisiana Tech
11) Xavier Nixon, Florida
12) Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin
13) Oday Aboushi, Virginia
14) Reid Fragel, Ohio State
15) Emmett Cleary, Boston College
16) Brennan Williams, North Carolina
17) Rogers Gaines, Tennessee State
18) Vinston Painter, Virginia Tech
19) Mike Farrell, Penn State
20) Ryan Schraeder, Valdosta State
21) Jordan Devey, Memphis
22) Wade Jacobson, Washington State
23) Patrick Ford, Eastern Kentucky
24) Nick Becton, Virginia Tech
25) LaAdrian Waddle, Texas A&M
26) Luke Marquardt, Azusa Pacific
27) Braden Brown, BYU
28) Alec Savoie, McNeese State
29) Jason Weaver, Southern Miss
30) Martin Wallace, Temple

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OFFENSIVE GUARDS

1) Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
2) Chance Warmack, Alabama
3) Dallas Thomas, Tennessee
4) Justin Pugh, Syracuse
5) Brian Winters, Kent State
6) Kyle Long, Oregon
7) Larry Warford, Kentucky
8) Alvin Bailey, Arkansas
9) Earl Watford, James Madison
10) Sam Brenner, Utah
11) Mark Jackson, Glenville State
12) Hugh Thornton, Illinois
13) Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech
14) Travis Bond, North Carolina
15) J.C. Tretter, Cornell
16) Jeff Baca, UCLA
17) Chris McDonald, Michigan State
18) Eric Herman, Ohio
19) Josh Kline, Kent State
20) Blaize Foltz, TCU
21) Patrick Omameh, Michigan
22) Manase Foketi, West Texas A&M
23) Jamaal Johnson-Webb, Alabama A&M
24) Ivory Wade, Baylor
25) Edmund Kugbila, Valdosta State

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CENTERS

1) Travis Frederick, Wisconsin
2) Khaled Holmes, USC
3) Dalton Freeman, Clemson
4) Brian Schwenke, California
5) Barrett Jones, Alabama
6) Matt Stankiewitch, Penn State
7) Mario Benavides, Louisville
8) Braxston Cave, Notre Dame
9) Eric Kush, California (PA)
10) Skyler Allen, Ohio
11) Graham Pocic, Illinois
12) Joe Madsen, West Virginia
13) Sam Robey, Florida
14) Tevita Stevens, Utah
15) Kyle Quinn, Arizona
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Defensive Rankings

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4-3 DEFENSIVE ENDS

1) Ezekiel Ansah, BYU
2) Alex Okafor, Texas
3) Bjoern Werner, Florida State
4) Damontre Moore, Texas A&M
5) Cornelius Carradine, Florida State
6) Datone Jones, UCLA
7) Devin Taylor, South Carolina
8) Cornelius Washington, Georgia
9) Quanterus Smith, Western Kentucky
10) Malliciah Goodman, Clemson
11) Lavar Edwards, LSU
12) Wes Horton, USC
13) David Bass, Missouri Western
14) Sam Montgomery, LSU
15) John Simon, Ohio State
16) Rufus Johnson, Tarleton State
17) Walter Stewart, Cincinnati
18) Marquis Jackson, Portland State
19) Glenn Foster, Illinois
20) Joe Kruger, Utah
21) Armonty Bryant, East Central (OK)
22) Tourek Williams, Florida International
23) Sean Progar, Northern Illinois
24) Mike Catapano, Princeton
25) Tremayne Scott, Ohio
26) Stansly Maponga, TCU
27) Leon Mackey, Texas Tech
28) Kentrell Harris, Virginia Union
29) Nigel Nicholas, Oklahoma State
30) Brandon Jenkins, Florida State

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4-3 DEFENSIVE TACKLES

1) Sheldon Richardson, Missouri
2) Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State
3) Sylvester Williams, North Carolina
4) Sharrif Floyd, Florida
5) Josh Boyd, Mississippi State
6) Bennie Logan, LSU
7) Cory Grissom, South Florida
8) Kawann Short, Purdue
9) Damion Square, Alabama
10) Everett Dawkins, Florida State
11) Akeem Spence, Illinois
12) Chris Jones, Bowling Green
13) Mike Purcell, Wyoming
14) Michael Brooks, East Carolina
15) Jordan Hill, Penn State
16) Anthony McCloud, Florida State
17) Jared Smith, New Hampshire
18) Aaron Davis, SMU
19) Brent Russell, Georgia Southern
20) Brandon Moore, Texas

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3-4 DEFENSIVE ENDS

1) Star Lotulelei, Utah
2) Margus Hunt, SMU
3) William Gholston, Michigan State
4) Lawrence Okoye, N/A
5) William Campbell, Michigan
6) Nick Williams, Samford
7) Abry Jones, Georgia
8) Quinton Dial, Alabama
9) David King, Oklahoma
10) Kapron Lewis-Moore, Notre Dame
11) Dave Kruger, Utah
12) Earl Okine, Florida
13) Craig Roh, Michigan
14) Jeremy Coleman, TCU
15) Scott Vallone, Rutgers
16) A.J. Francis, Maryland
17) Baker Steinkuhler, Nebraska
18) Darrington Sentimore, Tennessee
19) Stacy McGee, Oklahoma
20) Izaan Cross, Georgia Tech

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3-4 NOSE TACKLES

1) John Jenkins, Georgia
2) Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern
3) Jesse Williams, Alabama
4) Montori Hughes, Tennessee-Martin
5) T.J. Barnes, Georgia Tech
6) Kwame Geathers, Georgia
7) Bryon Jerideau, South Carolina
8) Darius Smith, Miami
9) Dewayne Cherington, Mississippi State
10) Anthony Rashad White, Michigan State
11) Gilbert Pena, Mississippi
12) Stefan Charles, Regina
13) Jose Jose, Central Florida
14) Raheem Stanley, New Haven
15) Johnathan Billups, Jackson State

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3-4 OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS

1) Jamie Collins, Southern Miss
2) Dion Jordan, Oregon
3) Barkevious Mingo, LSU
4) Jarvis Jones, Georgia
5) Trevardo Williams, Connecticut
6) Travis Johnson, San Jose State
7) Corey Lemonier, Auburn
8) Michael Buchanan, Illinois
9) Travis Long, Washington State
10) Ty Powell, Harding
11) Troy Davis, Central Florida
12) Shane McCardell, Mississippi
13) Ridge Wilson, West Alabama
14) T.J. Fatinikun, Toledo
15) John Youboty, Temple

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4-3 OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS

1) Sio Moore, Connecticut
2) Khaseem Greene, Rutgers
2) Arthur Brown, Kansas State
4) Alec Ogletree, Georgia
5) Zaviar Gooden, Missouri
6) Jelani Jenkins, Florida
7) Chase Thomas, Stanford
8) Sean Porter, Texas A&M
9) Lerentee McCray, Florida
10) DeVonte Holloman, South Carolina
11) Eric Martin, Nebraska
12) Etienne Sabino, Ohio State
13) Jon Bostic, Florida
14) Jake Johnson, South Alabama
15) Gerald Hodges, Penn State
16) Jeremiah Green, Nevada
17) Jake Knott, Iowa State
18) Nathan Williams, Ohio State
19) Steven Means, Buffalo
20) Michael Mauti, Penn State
21) Phillip Steward, Houston
22) Herman Lathers, Tennessee
23) Keanon Cooper, Minnesota
24) Brandon Magee, Arizona State
25) Alonzo Highsmith, Arkansas
26) Ramon Buchanan, Miami
27) Alex Elkins, Oklahoma State
28) Brandon Copeland, Pennsylvania
29) Paipai Falemalu, Hawaii
30) Jarell Childs, Kansas State

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INSIDE LINEBACKERS

1) Kevin Minter, LSU
2) Kevin Reddick, North Carolina
3) Mant'i Teo, Notre Dame
4) Keith Pough, Howard
5) A.J. Klein, Iowa State
6) Jonathan Stewart, Texas A&M
7) Jeremy Kimbrough, Appalachian State
8) Kiko Alonso, Oregon
9) Bruce Taylor, Virginia Tech
10) Taylor Reed, SMU
11) Tom Wort, Oklahoma
12) Kenny Demens, Michigan
13) Christian Robinson, Georgia
14) Nico Johnson, Alabama
15) Billy Boyko, Lehigh

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CORNERBACKS

1) Dee Milliner, Alabama
2) Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
3) Dwayne Gratz, Connecticut
4) Robert Alford, Southeast Louisiana
5) Johnathan Banks, Mississippi State
6) Darius Slay, Mississippi State
7) D.J. Hayden, Houston
8) Jamar Taylor, Boise State
9) Leon McFadden, San Diego State
10) Desmond Trufant, Washington
11) Jordan Poyer, Oregon State
12) Dax Swanson, Sam Houston State
13) B.W. Webb, William & Mary
14) Tyrann Mathieu, LSU
15) Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut
16) David Amerson, N.C. State
17) Terry Hawthorne, Illinois
18) Sanders Commings, Georgia
19) Rod Sweeting, Georgia Tech
20) Kahlid Wooten, Nevada
21) Tharold Simon, LSU
22) Marcus Cromartie, Wisconsin
23) Demontre Hurst, Oklahoma
24) Rashaan Melvin, Northern Illinois
25) Logan Ryan, Rutgers
26) Marc Anthony, California
27) Micah Hyde, Iowa
28) Will Davis, Utah State
29) Branden Smith, Georgia
30) Kayvon Webster, South Florida
31) Demetrius McCray, Appalachian State
32) Nigel Malone, Kansas State
33) Steve Williams, California
34) Mitchell White, Michigan State
35) Robert Steeples, Memphis
36) Chibuikem Okoro, Wake Forest
37) Nickell Roby, USC
38) Johnny Adams, Michigan State
39) Justin Green, Illinois
40) Aaron Hester, UCLA

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FREE SAFETIES

1) Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International
2) Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
3) Phillip Thomas, Fresno State
4) D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina
5) Eric Reid, LSU
6) Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma
7) Jakar Hamilton, South Carolina State
8) T.J. McDonald, USC
9) Josh Evans, Florida
10) Rontez Miles, California (PA)
11) John Boyett, Oregon
12) Darren Thellen, Massachusetts
13) Daimion Stafford, Nebraska
14) Freddy Young, New Mexico
15) Melvin White, Louisiana-Lafayette
16) Travis Howard, Ohio State
17) Ray Polk, Colorado
18) A.J. Bouye, Central Florida
19) Bradley McDougald, Kansas
20) Jarred Holley, Pittsburgh

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STRONG SAFETIES

1) Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse
2) Bacarri Rambo, Georgia
3) Matt Elam, Florida
4) Cooper Taylor, Richmond
5) J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern
6) Drew Frey, Cincinnati
7) Shawn Williams, Georgia
8) Kemal Ishmael, Central Florida
9) Duke Williams, Nevada
10) Dexter McCoil, Tulsa
11) Jawanza Starling, USC
12) Don Jones, Arkansas State
13) Robert Lester, Alabama
14) Earl Wolff, N.C. State
15) Kenny Tate, Maryland
16) Ray Ray Armstrong, Miami
17) Duron Harmon, Rutgers
18) Zeke Motta, Notre Dame
19) Dominick LeGrande, Marshall
20) Jordan Kovacs, Michigan
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Glad you're doing another one, KIG.

I've followed each of your threads since your '08 one, and found all of them to be very informative and well put together.

I will most definitely be following along on this thread this year.
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9/2/12 - First Weekend of College Football


South Carolina @ Vanderbilt

SPOTLIGHT: Devin Taylor, DE, 6'7" 267 pounds

In my opinion, Taylor is somewhat of a one trick pony right now. Although he does have the ability to get to the quarterback, I do not think that his pass rushing skill set is something that stands out. He is somewhat stiff and lacks the explosive moves off the edge to become a naturally gifted pass rusher, but if he works on some inside moves, he could be a successful pass rusher. Still, that is a large area that needs work with him. However, against the run, Taylor is great. From what I saw in this game, he was disengaging from blocks, making tackles, and also showed awareness. On run to the outside, he was keeping contain and forcing the run to come back inside where the linebackers were there to make plays. And when the run was inside, Taylor was moving to where the ball was and making tackles. So in that aspect, I believe that Taylor is somewhat of a one-trick pony right now and has a very long way to go before becoming a legitimate threat off the edge. He will also need to have a more consistent motor if he wants to be a three down player at the next level. Schematically, I can see him joining a team who needs help on the strongside of a 4-3. Also, he possesses the strength to be moved inside on passing downs similar to what Steve Spagnuolo likes to do.

Draft Grade: Late 2nd Round


D.J. Swearinger, S, 5'11" 210 pounds

I hadn't seen him play all that much before this, but it really opened up my eyes to the type of player he is. Swearinger was all over the field and showed the ability to play multiple positions for the Game Cocks. Although he is not known for his coverage, he looks vastly improved in this area. He did a nice job lining up in the slot in one-on-one coverage and also had nice awareness in the cover 2. With that said, he still lacks some mental parts of the game including play awareness and technique. But I think that this kid could factor in to being a nice player for somebody if he continues to progress.

Draft Grade: Mid 3rd Round


SLEEPER: Andre Hal, CB, 6'0" 185 pounds

This kid is a junior but his play stood out to me. Not only does Hal play cornerback, but also carries the kick returning duties. On one particular kickoff, Hal showed very good speed and vision down the left side. I was pleased with his feet in regards to playing the cornerback position as well. Although I don't know all that much about him, this could be a kid to watch moving forward if you want to check out any Vanderbilt games.


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OTHER NOTES

I thought that Jordan Matthews (WR, Vanderbilt) looked good in this game. One part of his game that I noticed is that his speed is a little bit better than advertised. He had some really nice receptions over the middle as well, which makes me think that he is a possession type of guy who isn't afraid of getting hit. One negative about him however, is that his hands are not top notch.

A final thought... It is going to be a long year for the South Carolina offense. Although they have THE best running back in the nation, their offensive line leaves a lot to be desired. When Connor Shaw was going back to pass, there was constant pressure from a Vandy team with no real big sack specialists. I think that Shaw is in for a tough year.
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coors wrote:
Glad you're doing another one, KIG.

I've followed each of your threads since your '08 one, and found all of them to be very informative and well put together.

I will most definitely be following along on this thread this year.


Thanks man. Thanks for being loyal too, I remember from way back. Laughing
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9/2/12 - The Big Game.. Sort Of.


Michigan @ Alabama

SPOTLIGHT: Dee Milliner, CB, 6'1" 198 pounds

If you want to talk about a guy who really put himself into a good position to start off the year, Milliner is your man. Standing in at 6'1" and weighing almost 200 pounds, Milliner has the perfect size for a cornerback. Although he isn't the most physical corner in the world, he does have physicality. And even though he isn't the fastest corner in the world, he does have speed & agility as well. The scary part about him though, is the fact that this guy is way beyond his years when it comes down to playing the game. For example, there were multiple times in the game where Denard Robinson threw the ball Milliner's way. Being the player that he is, Milliner was able to locate the football in the air and make a play on it. This is a skill that is vital to a corner's success, and he is already extremely good at it. His awareness on the field is tremendous. And another good thing is that he is good in run support and is willing. Now, he did get beat for a touchdown late in this game, but all of his positives kind of mask that. Playing the boundary corner tonight, we also did not get to see him in a lot of space, but I'm sure his range is fine. His ball skills are already top notch.

Draft Grade: Top 25


D.J. Fluker, OT, 6'6" 335 pounds

Fluker is a big man, and that is an understatement. But for a man of his size, I would like to see him get a little bit nastier. I know it is only the first game of the year, but I did not see a dominating performance on the right side. I did see a very good performance though. One thing Fluker does do very well is use his extremely strong base to endure contact. You simply do not see anybody win when they use a bull rush against him. He also did a nice job re-directing guys off the line of scrimmage when run blocking. On the negative side, Fluker does have some problems with his backpedal and getting back there fast enough. Foot speed will always be an issue. Also, he gets a little bit too high at times which causes him to lose a bit of leverage. I would love to see him in a power running scheme though (he would thrive).

Draft Grade: Late 1st


Taylor Lewan, OT, 6'7" 310 pounds

This was not his night. Even though he has the physical attributes that are rare from an offensive tackle, he still has a lot of work to do. I believe he was penalized on three or four separate occasions including a couple false start penalties. Also, his run blocking left a lot to be desired in terms of finding the correct man and really being a dominant guy. His pass blocking is good, but he has trouble with letting guys get around the edge. Hopefully, he can bounce back next week.

Draft Grade: Early 2nd

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OTHER NOTES

Chance Warmack (OG, Alabama) solidified himself as a legitimate first round prospect in this game. The Michigan defensive front seven had no chance, and this man was a big reason why. Terrific run blocker.

Nico Johnson (LB, Alabama) doesn't look like anything special to me quite honestly. Really thrives off having a great defensive line to work with.

Craig Roh (DE/DT, Michigan) doesn't look like a guy I will be talking about too much. Overrated from the start of the year and will likely decline as the season goes on.

I actually like Quinton Dial (DE, Alabama) better than I like Damion Square (DE, Alabama). I feel like Dial's game projects to the pros a little bit better than Square's. Plus I like Dial's pass rushing ability just a bit more.
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9/2/12 - Friday Night Lights Pt. I


N.C. State @ Tennessee

SPOTLIGHT: David Amerson, CB, 6'2" 194 pounds

Talk about a guy having a bad week. I don't think it could get any worse than this. Although Amerson is looked at as a top corner prospect moving forward, he definitely has some major flaws in his game. First of all, I want to comment about his speed. Amerson was beaten multiple times deep down the field for touchdowns (once by Patterson, once by Rogers). Now neither of these guys are superior in terms of speed, so maybe Amerson is more of a 4.6 guy instead of 4.5 guy. Also, it should be brought to your attention that Amerson does NOT play press coverage in any N.C. State packages. I would like to see this because he has a perfect frame to do so, with long arms and a pretty strong lower body. Now, I won't be quick to judge based on one performance, but I will be watching his game closely the rest of the year. Maybe he will return to being the player he was last year with tremendous ball skills and ability to sniff out where the QB is throwing the football.

Draft Grade: INC


Tyler Bray, QB, 6'5" 215 pounds

He definitely looks the part with a huge arm and good measurables. But mechanically I can't help but think what a mess he is. His throwing motion is almost 3/4ths and his release is not the quickest. Also, his footwork needs fine tuning especially considering he is not very athletic. So deep down beneath all the good things he does (huge arm, good accuracy when "hot", intermediate throws) there are some negatives. I would like to see Bray stop floating the ball as well. He seems to have a knack for throwing the ball 10 feet over his receivers head.

Draft Grade: Late 2nd


Dallas Thomas, OG/OT, 6'5" 310

I loved what I saw from him tonight both in pass and run blocking. As a run blocker, Thomas is very smart and understands defensive schemes/ where to attack them. His combination of athleticism & strength also gives him the ability to pull or stay inside and push defenders out of the way. In terms of leverage, Thomas is superb at getting lower than the opponent. I actually like him at left guard, but I believe he can play any position on the line and be successful. As a left tackle, he would be a solid player.

Draft Grade: Mid 1st

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Justin Hunter (WR, Tennessee) has wheels and has the ability to be a big play receiver. He also seems to be off-balance too much of the time as well. I would like to see him tighten up his game and really work on the fundamentals a bit more. He has a ton of talent, now just work on the small things and he will be a good option in the draft.

Two corners who stood out in the game were Prentiss Wagner (CB, Tennessee) and also Eric Gordon (CB, Tennessee). Wagner is the more gifted player physically, but Gordon has a knack for the football that will always be needed for a professional team. Gordon seems like a scrappy kid that would make a phenomenal special teams player. Wagner looks like a mid round type of guy.

Darrington Sentimore (DE, Tennessee) is awful as is Earl Wolff (S, N.C. State)

Looking into the future, Rodman Noel (LB, N.C. State) is a guy who intrigues me a bit. Looks to be a versatile player with Joker capabilities.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Following this thread and look for your grade on Bray to rise through out the year
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SPOTLIGHT: David Amerson, CB, 6'2" 194 pounds

Talk about a guy having a bad week. I don't think it could get any worse than this. Although Amerson is looked at as a top corner prospect moving forward, he definitely has some major flaws in his game. First of all, I want to comment about his speed. Amerson was beaten multiple times deep down the field for touchdowns (once by Patterson, once by Rogers). Now neither of these guys are superior in terms of speed, so maybe Amerson is more of a 4.6 guy instead of 4.5 guy. Also, it should be brought to your attention that Amerson does NOT play press coverage in any N.C. State packages. I would like to see this because he has a perfect frame to do so, with long arms and a pretty strong lower body. Now, I won't be quick to judge based on one performance, but I will be watching his game closely the rest of the year. Maybe he will return to being the player he was last year with tremendous ball skills and ability to sniff out where the QB is throwing the football.

Draft Grade: INC


The more I think about it, the more confident I am he'll end up at FS in the NFL. He has the size for it and his amazing ball skills should translate well to a position where he'd be able to have the same type of freedom he's been given at NC State.
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willy_law wrote:
Following this thread and look for your grade on Bray to rise through out the year


If I can see improvement in accuracy I'll definitely have him moving up my board.

james.mcmurry13 wrote:
The more I think about it, the more confident I am he'll end up at FS in the NFL. He has the size for it and his amazing ball skills should translate well to a position where he'd be able to have the same type of freedom he's been given at NC State.


Yeah I can definitely see that with Amerson. He has a knack for the ball when it is in the air, but he doesn't seem to have the speed to keep up with quicker receivers.
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SPOTLIGHT: David Amerson, CB, 6'2" 194 pounds

Talk about a guy having a bad week. I don't think it could get any worse than this. Although Amerson is looked at as a top corner prospect moving forward, he definitely has some major flaws in his game. First of all, I want to comment about his speed. Amerson was beaten multiple times deep down the field for touchdowns (once by Patterson, once by Rogers). Now neither of these guys are superior in terms of speed, so maybe Amerson is more of a 4.6 guy instead of 4.5 guy. Also, it should be brought to your attention that Amerson does NOT play press coverage in any N.C. State packages. I would like to see this because he has a perfect frame to do so, with long arms and a pretty strong lower body. Now, I won't be quick to judge based on one performance, but I will be watching his game closely the rest of the year. Maybe he will return to being the player he was last year with tremendous ball skills and ability to sniff out where the QB is throwing the football.

Draft Grade: INC


The more I think about it, the more confident I am he'll end up at FS in the NFL. He has the size for it and his amazing ball skills should translate well to a position where he'd be able to have the same type of freedom he's been given at NC State.


Was going to say the same thing. I have never seen NFL Corner in Amerson. I like him as mid-late first round value as a safety, but you are not going to get any tape on him as a safety, so there is a lot of projection, but from what I have seen the range and ball skills are there.
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james.mcmurry13 wrote:
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SPOTLIGHT: David Amerson, CB, 6'2" 194 pounds

Talk about a guy having a bad week. I don't think it could get any worse than this. Although Amerson is looked at as a top corner prospect moving forward, he definitely has some major flaws in his game. First of all, I want to comment about his speed. Amerson was beaten multiple times deep down the field for touchdowns (once by Patterson, once by Rogers). Now neither of these guys are superior in terms of speed, so maybe Amerson is more of a 4.6 guy instead of 4.5 guy. Also, it should be brought to your attention that Amerson does NOT play press coverage in any N.C. State packages. I would like to see this because he has a perfect frame to do so, with long arms and a pretty strong lower body. Now, I won't be quick to judge based on one performance, but I will be watching his game closely the rest of the year. Maybe he will return to being the player he was last year with tremendous ball skills and ability to sniff out where the QB is throwing the football.

Draft Grade: INC


The more I think about it, the more confident I am he'll end up at FS in the NFL. He has the size for it and his amazing ball skills should translate well to a position where he'd be able to have the same type of freedom he's been given at NC State.


Was going to say the same thing. I have never seen NFL Corner in Amerson. I like him as mid-late first round value as a safety, but you are not going to get any tape on him as a safety, so there is a lot of projection, but from what I have seen the range and ball skills are there.


Yeah, my secret hope is that his stock drops to the point that he'll stay in school for his senior year, not sure if that will happen. I think he'll be in the 15-25 range. When all is said and done.
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This is great. Keep it up man!
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keepnitgangsta1 wrote:
SPOTLIGHT: David Amerson, CB, 6'2" 194 pounds

Talk about a guy having a bad week. I don't think it could get any worse than this. Although Amerson is looked at as a top corner prospect moving forward, he definitely has some major flaws in his game. First of all, I want to comment about his speed. Amerson was beaten multiple times deep down the field for touchdowns (once by Patterson, once by Rogers). Now neither of these guys are superior in terms of speed, so maybe Amerson is more of a 4.6 guy instead of 4.5 guy. Also, it should be brought to your attention that Amerson does NOT play press coverage in any N.C. State packages. I would like to see this because he has a perfect frame to do so, with long arms and a pretty strong lower body. Now, I won't be quick to judge based on one performance, but I will be watching his game closely the rest of the year. Maybe he will return to being the player he was last year with tremendous ball skills and ability to sniff out where the QB is throwing the football.

Draft Grade: INC


You say he's slow (which he is), but then you say you want to see him in press coverage? That makes absolutely no sense to me. Unless he's got the perfect technique, his "perfect frame" isn't going to go to much use. He's a pure zone corner if he's playing corner at the next level, but more than likely he's going to need to make the transition to free safety to find success.
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