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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:00 pm    Post subject: 2014 NFL Draft Thread: Scouting Reports & Discussion Reply with quote

I would like for this to be the next NFL Draft discussion thread, I will be posting Scouting Reports of players every other day. We can discuss them and discuss NFL Draft News. As Reports are updated I will be linking them in the front page and updating the position rankings and big board.

Big Board
Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (97/100)
Jake Matthews, Texas A&M (96/100)
Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh (92/100)
Khalil Mack, Buffalo (90/100)
Greg Robinson, Auburn (89/100)
Kony Ealy, Missouri (88/100)
Caraun Reid, Princeton (82/100)
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (77/100)
AJ McCarron, Alabama (62/100)

Quarterback
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (77/100)
AJ McCarron, Alabama (62/100)
Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
Blake Bortles, UCF
Derek Carr, Fresno State
Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois
Zach Mettenberger, LSU
Brett Smith, Wyoming
David Fales, San Jose State
Tajh Boyd, Clemson
Aaron Murray, Georgia
Connor Shaw, South Carolina
Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
Stephen Morris, Miami
Bryn Renner, North Carolina

Runningback
Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona
Tre Mason, Auburn
Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
Bishop Sankey, Washington
Jeremy Hill, LSU
Charles Sims, West Virgina
Devonta Freeman, Florida State
Lache Seastrunk, Baylor
Terrance West, Towson
Andre Williams, Boston College
Marion Grice, Arizona State
James Wilder, Florida State
James White, Wisconsin
Antonio Andrews, West Kentucky
Tyler Gaffney, Stanford

Wide Receiver
Sammy Watkins, Clemson
Mike Evans, Texas A&M
Marqise Lee, USC
Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State
Odell Beckham, LSU
Allen Robinson, Penn State
Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
Jarvis Landry, LSU
Davante Adams, Fresno State
Paul Richardson, Colorado
Martavis Bryant, Clemson
Robert Herron, Wyoming
Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin
Bruce Ellington, South Carolina

Tight End
Eric Ebron, North Carolina
Jace Amaro, Texas Tach
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
Troy Miklas, Notre Dame
CJ Fiedorowicz, Iowa
Arthur Lynch, Georgia
Crockett Gillmore, Colorado State
Marcel Jensen, Fresno State
Joe Don Duncan, Dixie State
Rob Blanchflower, Massachusetts
Richard Rodgers, California
Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin
Xavier Grimble, USC
Jordan Najvar, Baylor
AC Leonard, Tennessee State

Offensive Tackle
Jake Matthews, Texas A&M (96/100)
Greg Robinson, Auburn (89/100)
Taylor Lewan, Michigan
Zack Martin, Notre Dame
Cyrus Kouandijo, Alabama
Morgan Moses, Virginia
Antonio Richardson, Tennessee
Jack Mewhort, Ohio State
Joel Bitonio, Nevada
Billy Turner, North Dakota State
JaWuan James, Tennessee
James Hurts, North Carolina
Seantrel Henderson, Miami
Michael Schofield, Michigan
Justin Britt, Missouri

Offensive Guard
David Yankey, Stanford
Xavier Suía-Filo, UCLA
Cyril Richardson, Baylor
Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State
Dakota Dozier, Furman
Anthony Steen, Alabama
Brandon Thomas, Clemson
Chris Watt, Notre Dame
Jon Halapio, Florida
Brandon Linder, Miami
Russell Bodine, North Carolina
Kadeem Edwards, Tennessee State
John Urschel, Penn State
Spencer Long, Nebraska
Ryan Groy, Wisconsin

Center
Travis Swanson, Arkansas
Weston Richburg, Colorado, State
Bryan Stork, Florida State
Tyler Larsen, Utah State
Marcus Martin, USC
Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma
Corey Linsley, Ohio State
Matt Armstrong, Grand Valley State

Defensive End
Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (97/100)
Kony Ealy, Missouri (88/100)
Dee Ford, Auburn
Scott Crichton, Oregon State
Trent Murphy, Stanford
Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
Chris Smith, Arkansas
Marcus Smith, Louisville
Michael Sam, Missouri
Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State
Kareem Martin, North Carolina
Will Clarke, West Virginia
Josh Mauro, Stanford
James Gayle, Virginia Tech
Ed Stinson, Alabama

Defensive Tackle
Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh (92/100)
Caraun Reid, Princeton (82/100)
Louis Nix, Notre Dame
Timmy Jernigan, Florida State
RaShede Hageman, Minnesota
Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame
Will Sutton, Arizona State
DaQuan Jones, Penn State
Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina
Anthony Johnson, LSU
Dominique Easley, Florida
Ego Ferguson, LSU
Daniel McCullers, Tennessee
Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech
George Uko, USC

Linebacker
Khalil Mack, Buffalo (90/100)
Anthony Barr, UCLA
CJ Mosley, Alabama
Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
Kyle Van Noy, BYU
Trevor Reilly, Utah
Telvin Smith, Florida State
Carl Bradford, Arizona State
Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut
Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia tech
Chris Borland, Wisconsin
Jordan Zumwalt, UCLA
Shayne Skov, Stanford
Christian Kirksey, Iowa
Christian Jones, Florida State

Cornerback
Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
Jason Verrett, TCU
Marcus Roberson, Florida
Bradley Roby, Ohio State
Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State
Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
Louchiez Purifoy, Florida
Pierre Desir, Lindenwood
Victor Hampton, South Carolina
Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska
Terrance Mitchell, Oregon
Keith McGill, Utah
EJ Gaines, Missouri
Ross Cockrell, Duke

Safety
Hasean Clinton-Dix, Alabama
Calvin Pryor, Louisville
Ed Reynolds, Stanford
Deone Bucannon, Washington State
Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois
Ahmad Dixon, Baylor
Terrence Brooks, Florida State
Dion Bailey, USC
Craig Loston, LSU
Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt
Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State
Marqueston Huff, Wyoming
Jamea Thomas, Georgia Tech
Aldean Darby, Arizona State
Dontae Johnson, North Carolina State

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Name: Kony Ealy
Age: 22
Position: Defensive End
College: Missouri
Height: 6í5
Weight: 275
Grade: 88/100 (Late 1st Round)
Credit: flyingmonkey30

Athletic Ability
For a man of his size, Ealy is an exceptional athlete. Ealy is very explosive in the lower half, and shows excellent closing burst. He is able to change directions quickly and efficiently. Ealy is earning athletic comparisons to another former Missouri player in Aldon Smith, although I think Smith was a bit more sudden and explosive. Ealyís athleticism is a large part of his game, and he is more athletic than his size indicates, but he is just a notch below ďeliteĒ in the athleticism department.

Competitiveness/Leadership
More often than not, Ealy looks to finish plays. He makes a lot of plays chasing down ball carriers from behind. Ealy has a very good motor, but sometimes gives up a little too quickly if he is stopped initially in the passing game. When he is on the field, he appears to give 100% on almost every play. Lines up all over the field depending on the situation. He primarily plays left end, but will move to the right, stand up in a two point stance, and even play inside on obvious passing downs. This versatility could help his draft stock as well.

Mental Alertness
From what I can tell, Ealy recognizes his assignments on most plays. The play action or zone reads can fool him. There were a few times where he made a poor read and it resulted in a big gain. Ealy does a pretty good job of getting his hands up in the passing lanes, and can force the quarterback to double clutch. He doesn't seem to make too many boneheaded mistakes.

Defense Against Run
Considering Ealyís size, I would like to see him hold his ground more against the run. When he gets low and extends his arms, he does a great job of controlling his gap or penetrating up field. Ealy does a good job of pursuing from the backside of the play. I think he needs to be more consistent when it comes to controlling his gap. He has a tendency to come off the line too high and lets linemen control him. Sometimes will get washed down field when his pad level rises. Does a good job of fighting through all the trash to find the ball carrier.

Tackling/Pursuit
This is a strength of Ealyís game. Ealy makes a lot of plays in pursuit of the ball carrier, in large part thanks to his athleticism, motor, and instincts. Generally speaking, Ealy is a sound wrap-up tackler. He breaks down in space and is able to contain the ball carrier. He has a tendency to leave his feet when making tackles too often, which could get him in trouble against shifty backs.

Use of Hands
While Ealy often relies on athleticism to beat linemen, he has flashed very quick and violent hands. His technique and hand placement is fairly inconsistent. However, if he wants to succeed at the next level, he needs to develop a few moves and improve his technique. I still give him a decent grade here because the upside is there; he just needs some coaching.

Pass Rush/Block Shed
At this current point in time, Ealy is an above average pass rusher, but the potential is there for him to be a 12-15 sack player. Ealy possesses the natural athleticism and strength to give offensive linemen fits, but he needs to develop some counter moves when linemen can get their hands on him. Has flashed the ability to shed blocks, but needs to do so more consistently. Has a quick first step, but average snap anticipation. With more experience, he could be very dangerous. He is able to rush the passer from multiple positions.

Overall
This grade actually reflects fairly accurately how I felt about Ealy when I initially watched him. To be honest, I currently do not see the top ten prospects that some people are seeing. I do, however, view Ealy as a fringe first round pick based on talent alone. His upside pushes him into the top twenty in my opinion. I think if Ealy can improve his technique and hand usage, he can be a fantastic pass rusher on either side of the line. But at this point in time, I have trouble agreeing with the top ten talk.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you feel because of the help has had along the DL during his time at Missouri that he will have a greater challenge at the next level dealing with more consistently competent players?

Also, how does he do when he is re-directed on a chip by the TE or RB?
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Texas_OutLaw7 wrote:
Do you feel because of the help has had along the DL during his time at Missouri that he will have a greater challenge at the next level dealing with more consistently competent players?

Also, how does he do when he is re-directed on a chip by the TE or RB?


I think that, hopefully, the talent along the line at the NFL level will be competent as well. I don't think its a big deal really.

As for the second question, he has some trouble with it from what I saw. It slows him down and he doesn't have that "relentlessness" to get to the quarterback when stopped on initial contact. However, he really brought pressure when he was kicked inside. He's still pretty raw IMO
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flyingmonkey30 wrote:
Texas_OutLaw7 wrote:
Do you feel because of the help has had along the DL during his time at Missouri that he will have a greater challenge at the next level dealing with more consistently competent players?

Also, how does he do when he is re-directed on a chip by the TE or RB?


I think that, hopefully, the talent along the line at the NFL level will be competent as well. I don't think its a big deal really.

As for the second question, he has some trouble with it from what I saw. It slows him down and he doesn't have that "relentlessness" to get to the quarterback when stopped on initial contact. However, he really brought pressure when he was kicked inside. He's still pretty raw IMO

I don't believe he was helped by the talent around him, but I do believe what will affect him is his strength and ability to play against the run. Overall, I believe right now that Ealy is a pure pass rusher, that can only benefit from added strength.

I agree with what FM said as well because I did not see the relentlessness that is needed at the defensive end position to be effective at the next level. I specifically remember watching the Florida game at which he was stopped by their LT most of the game and stone walled, and at times he was blocked one on one against the TE and was stopped as well.
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I agree with what FM said as well because I did not see the relentlessness that is needed at the defensive end position to be effective at the next level. I specifically remember watching the Florida game at which he was stopped by their LT most of the game and stone walled, and at times he was blocked one on one against the TE and was stopped as well.


This is discouraging. Especially since Florida was ravaged by injuries on the line.
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Texas_OutLaw7 wrote:
JWingate wrote:
I agree with what FM said as well because I did not see the relentlessness that is needed at the defensive end position to be effective at the next level. I specifically remember watching the Florida game at which he was stopped by their LT most of the game and stone walled, and at times he was blocked one on one against the TE and was stopped as well.


This is discouraging. Especially since Florida was ravaged by injuries on the line.

He was the type of player who if you get control of him early, he will give up throughout.
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Texas_OutLaw7 wrote:
JWingate wrote:
I agree with what FM said as well because I did not see the relentlessness that is needed at the defensive end position to be effective at the next level. I specifically remember watching the Florida game at which he was stopped by their LT most of the game and stone walled, and at times he was blocked one on one against the TE and was stopped as well.


This is discouraging. Especially since Florida was ravaged by injuries on the line.


The thing about Ealy is he has so much potential. Its not his motor that holds him back I think. He isn't "relentless" in getting to the QB, but he chases down plays from the backside. Kind of runs hot and cold, but you see more of the hot side
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flyingmonkey30 wrote:
Texas_OutLaw7 wrote:
JWingate wrote:
I agree with what FM said as well because I did not see the relentlessness that is needed at the defensive end position to be effective at the next level. I specifically remember watching the Florida game at which he was stopped by their LT most of the game and stone walled, and at times he was blocked one on one against the TE and was stopped as well.


This is discouraging. Especially since Florida was ravaged by injuries on the line.


The thing about Ealy is he has so much potential. Its not his motor that holds him back I think. He isn't "relentless" in getting to the QB, but he chases down plays from the backside. Kind of runs hot and cold, but you see more of the hot side

That is true. He does not put fourth the extra effort to beat to block if you control him early in the play essentially (that is what I meant to say prior). He will fly around the field if unblocked, but once you block him it is like he kinda stops trying to beat the blocker or says ok you got me, I will try next time.
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I think the lack of a second effort is due to his lack of technique. He really doesn't know what to do out there and he needs a lot of coaching. He is also stiff which limits his options.
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Ealy or Ford if you choose a DE at 16/17?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SHSTE92 wrote:
Ealy or Ford if you choose a DE at 16/17?

If those were my choices at 16/17 I would trade back if possible.
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TVScout wrote:
I think the lack of a second effort is due to his lack of technique. He really doesn't know what to do out there and he needs a lot of coaching. He is also stiff which limits his options.


I agree with this. He doesn't have any counter moves. Looks to try to win off athleticism and quickness.

SHSTE, personally I would take Ealy
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Name: Greg Robinson
Age: 21
College: Auburn
Height: 6í5
Weight: 320
Grade: 89/100 (Late 1st round)

Athletic Ability
Is strength an athletic ability? If you consider it one then he is off the charts, but he is pretty stiff in the hips and I do not see the ability to open up his hips within he kick step which can make him lose his defender on the corner, if it wasnít for his powerful punch he would probably be considered a bad college left tackle. I believe that with some training that Robinson has the ability to work on his athleticism because it is easy to see that he has potential to have a little wiggle in his hips.

Competitiveness/Leadership
Robinson is very competitive and it is very evident on film as he will get into it with players after the play if he is in a intense battle with them and if he was to make a mistake and allow the player to make the play he gets very upset at himself. I could see him being a great leader by example, almost like a DeMarcus Ware type leader. He has a mean streak that I like to see out of offensive lineman.

Mental Alertness
This is tough for me because I want to say he is a very alert blocker because he is often going from one block to the other stopping a defender from getting in on the play, but I often catch him not blocking the outside defender when there isnít someone to block him and allowing that defender to run free. I am not sure if this is a scheme issue, but I am sure it is a problem with Robinson. Overall I would say that Robinson is pretty elite, but I question his football IQ.

Technique/Footwork
Greg Robinson has very good technique by getting great hand placement in his blocks and the ability to get great position on his blocker, with the ability to get to the next defender. I would like to see him clean up the footwork though just to refine it and become a better blocker from one to the next. He stays low coming out of his stance and plays with very good leverage.

Run Blocking
This is by far the most attractive feature of Robinson; he is a dominant force in the running game often blowing up the defender he is facing and them moving onto the next victim. He has great hand placement and a great punch when attacking the defender and is rarely caught out of position during a running play. Within the scheme there is a lot of down blocking with the fullback picking up the block of the outside defender. Robinson might not be the most athletic player but he has the athletic ability to go from one block to the next flawlessly, yet there are time you will see Robinson whiff on his second block after tacking out the defender. You will never see a problem with his first player engaged, but there was one play that I remember where Robinson got blown backwards and on his back, yet it still turned out to be a decent block for him. I would like to see him work on his ability to get a better connection with his second defender and work on his footwork when disengaging the first defender.

Pass Blocking
I am concerned about Robinsonís ability to blocked speed rushers on the edge. Greg Robinsonís kick step is not very good; as it is more of a shuffle it is also very slow. He is able to make up for his ability to stop rushers by his powerful punch and arm length. When watching film I noticed that he often instead of using true technique for pass blocking on the outside, he is found down blocking on a normal passing play. He is also caught not blocking the outside rusher and caught getting the man on the outside. I am not sure whether or not this is a scheme/blocking scheme but I am not sure of his ability to pass block due to these facts. The only issue is that you barely see him pass rush because the Auburn Tigers are a very run heavy team.

Overall
I really like what I see from Robinson as a player, but I am not seeing the hype of being one of the best LTís in the draft. I question his ability to have an effective quickstep in the NFL to be the great LT that people are seeing him to be. One of the critiques on Tyron Smith was that he did have a very good quick step yet he had great recovery and had shown very good athletic ability; I do not see this from Robinson and I truly do not see Robinson as an elite Left Tackle, I believe he can play the position but he would need to sit for some time and learn the position and be trained on the technique of an effective quickstep. I believe the best position to play Robinson would be at guard, if he was to be in last years draft he would be the top rated guard in the draft and I believe he could be very similar to Larry Allen, but he might not be as quick and agile as Allen. Also another thing to note is his weight looks to be carried well and he looks very solid, but he also looks like a very big man. He is the guy you would want first coming off of your bus. I would very easily take Robinson and have him play for the Dallas Cowboys for years upon years at Right Guard and possibly Right Tackle if needed.

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I was very happy when he declared. I would love him as our RT of the future. We could cut Free next year while he gets his feat wet this year.
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