|Player, Pos, Team||Height||Weight||Draft Grade|
|01||Jadeveon Clowney DE, South Carolina||6'5"||272||A||7.4c||Full Scouting Report|
Jadeveon Clowney - Defensive End - South Carolina
Many in the draft analyst community including myself have written up Clowney as one of the best players in America. Unfortunately, he did not live up to his reputation in this game.
The first thing that jumped out at me was that Clowney was not in game shape. In fairness, Clowney has missed a good portion of preseason practice with an undisclosed injury…it showed! After just a couple of series he looked exhausted. We saw flashes of what he can do but it was not a consistent down after down performance. I don’t know what the official stats were but I had Clowney down for 3 tackles, 1 assisted tackle and 2 quarterback pressures. Clowney was not as explosive off the ball as I have seen him in the past and he rarely used moves. He showed a bull rush a few times and used an arm over move often but I didn’t see counter moves more than a couple of times. Where he was best was in pursuit where he showed his speed and competitive nature. His lack of conditioning showed up in long series, though. He would start off some series playing hard but by the end of that series his effort slacked off. He seemed to pick and choose when he wanted to play hard.
Overall, I am not going to downgrade Clowney off of one average game because I have seen too much excellent tape from the last two years. Still, it’s a red flag so to speak.
|02||Sammy Watkins WR, Clemson||6'1"||205||A||7.2||Full Scouting Report|
Sammy Watkins - Wide Receiver
The best prospect Clemson has on the offensive side of the ball is receiver Sammy Watkins. He is a third year junior who according to many scouts and agents, may enter the draft. He has started since midway through his freshman year. He is Clemson's go-to receiver and is having a productive season to date. In four games he has 25 catches for 355 yards and two touchdowns. In two and a half seasons, he has caught 164 passes for over 2000 yards and 17 TDs.
Watkins has good size at 6'1 - 205 and is strong. He plays taller because of his long arms. To go along with his size, he has good athleticism and body control. He is fast (4.48 est.) with quick change of direction and is explosive. He can be very physical and does a good job competing for the ball in traffic.
Watkins is used often on quick bubble screens. He shows he can snatch the ball on these type of plays and consistently gets yards after the catch. He also runs slants, outs, comebacks and deep routes. He does a good job setting up defensive backs with double moves on the deeper routes. When running routes, he can sink his hips and get in and out of cuts quickly to gain separation. On comeback routes, he doesn't waste time chopping his feet. He can put his foot in the ground and burst back. He shows he can find the seams in zone. He usually shows very good hands and almost always tries to snatch the ball, but he will have an occasional concentration drop. He is a consistent runner after the catch showing instincts, moves, and power. He has the skills to turn a short pass into a long gain.
Watkins is still young and raw, but he has excellent talent. He will need to learn to run routes better at the NFL level and learn more types of routes. I like his physical play and big play ability. Because it is a stop watch driven position, how he runs in the spring may determine his draft position, but I have no doubt that once in the league Watkins will grow into a solid number 2 receiver. It may take a year to develop but there is a lot of upside.
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|03||Greg Robinson LT, Auburn||6'5"||320||A||7.2||Full Scouting Report|
Greg Robinson – Offensive Tackle
Robinson enrolled at Auburn in 2011. The former four-star recruit red-shirted in 2011 and started 11 games at left tackle in 2012. He has started every game at left tackle this season.
Robinson has great size at 6’5 – 320 with long arms. He has excellent athletic ability and runs well for such a big man. He plays with bend, is light on his feet, and has very good balance and overall body control. Auburn plays from a spread formation, and Robinson is almost always playing from a two-point stance. Still he has very good initial quickness and gets to his blocks quickly. Despite playing from a two-point stance Robinson stays low and is consistently able to get under his opponent. Not only is Robinson big, but he is also very strong and explosive. He consistently gets movement with his blocks, and it’s not unusual to see his opponent knocked back two or three yards on contact. He takes good angles on cutoff blocks and when getting out to linebackers. On bubble screens, Robinson can get in space and make productive blocks. He is very good at adjusting on the move.
In pass protection, Robinson sets quickly, plays with natural knee bend, and has the lateral quickness to stop wide speed. He also shows the balance and body control to redirect and move back to the inside. He does a good job with his hands, showing a strong punch and consistently keeping his hands inside. With his size, power, and bend, he easily anchors against college bull rushers.
Robinson is a very talented, and with being only a third year player, is still young. As good as he is, he still has upside as he gains experience. He should easily be drafted in the first half of the first round and will start early for the team that drafts him. Like many rookie offensive linemen, don’t be surprised if he starts off on the right side once he gets to the NFL. As he gains confidence and experience, he wil be moved back to the left side.
|04||Khalil Mack OLB, Buffalo||6'2"||244||A||7.1||Full Scouting Report|
Kahlil Mack – Linebacker – Buffalo
Going into the game Mack was not the highest-rated prospect in the game, but after his performance he came out as the best. The 6-3, 248-pound linebacker registered 6 tackles, 1 assist, 2 sacks, 2 QB pressures and an interception that he returned for 45 yards and a touchdown (he also had a 3rd sack called back as mentioned above). Mack has been a dominant player in the Mid-American Conference for 2 years and yesterday he showed the nation how good he is.
He can be a dominant pass rusher as well as a consistent run stopper and pass defender. He has great size to play linebacker to go along with very good speed and overall athleticism. He is strong and explosive, a top competitor and is a very quick reactor. He played so well in the first half that Ohio State adjusted its blocking so he would get constantly doubled or chipped.
I have seen Mack play 3 times while in the last 2 years and going into the season I thought he may have a chance to be a 2nd round pick. That thinking now has to be adjusted. If he continues to play like he did against Ohio State he could very well be a first round pick. Mack is a perfect fit to play OLB in a 3-4 but he can also be a Sam linebacker in a 4-3 and be used as a DE in passing situations. This is a very talented player who is no longer under the radar.
|05||Taylor Lewan LT, Michigan||6'7"||302||A||7.1||Full Scouting Report|
Taylor Lewan – Offensive Tackle
Lewan is a fifth year senior and a four year starter. He has been a left tackle his entire career. Taylor flirted with entering the 2013 draft and had he done so he would have been a certain top 4 pick. Seeing that the first two picks were also offensive tackles, Lewan may very well have been the top pick a year ago. I saw Lewan and Eric Fisher one day apart last fall and at the time I thought Lewan was the better player. Despite his lofty rating, he still decided to come back and play a fifth year at Michigan. To date, he has done nothing to hurt his draft status.
Lewan has gotten bigger every year and is playing at about 315 now. He is a tall guy at about 6’7 but is also very athletic. He has a natural ability to bend, has quick feet and can change direction very well. He plays in a multi offense and usually plays out of a 3-point stance. He shows very good initial quickness and comes out of his stance low. He is a strong and explosive on contact and has the power to get movement with his run blocks. He easily gets to the second level and can adjust on the move. He is a physical player who looks to finish and has a bit of “nasty” in his play. In pass protection he can set quickly and easily mirrors opponents. I like that he is very patient in pass protection and seldom gives his opponent an opening. He stays square and can slide his feet and recover. He plays with bend and can anchor versus a bull rush. He has a strong quick punch and knows how to keep his hands inside. He doesn’t pull that often, but when he does he can get in front of a back and adjust on the move to make a productive block.
Overall, I thought Lewan was the top tackle I saw last year and if he continues to play like he has so far this year he will probably be the first offensive lineman drafted. His main competition should be Texas A&M’s Jake Mathews who I will cover soon.
|06||Jake Matthews RT, Texas A&M||6'5"||305||A||7.0||Full Scouting Report|
Jake Matthews – Tackle
Jake is a fourth year senior and a four year starter at tackle. He played right tackle his entire career until moving to left tackle in the spring when Luke Joeckel left for the NFL. Matthews is the son of NFL Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews and is one steady football player. He has a classic NFL tackle build at about 6’5" – 310 with the frame to carry 320 if he desired. He is even cut with long arms. Playing in a fast paced spread offense he is in excellent condition.
He usually lines up in a 2 point stance. The only time I have seen him get into a 3 point stance is when they line up in a short yardage situation. Regardless of the stance he is in, he gets off the ball very quickly and stays low. He is a natural bender who is always in good football position. He is very athletic with a very good base and outstanding balance. In the run game, he is strong and explosive on contact and consistently gets movement. He easily gets to the second level and has no problem adjusting to movement. He is used to pull a lot and shows he can play in space like an athletic guard. In pass protection he sets quickly and is very patient. He is alert to stunts and blitzes and he is consistent. He shows very good mirror ability and reacts to moves very well. He has the lateral agility to stop wide speed and anchors as well as any tackle I have ever seen. Matthews is an excellent technician with very good hand use. He has a strong punch and excellent hand placement. Matthews is an excellent prospect. Having reviewed Lewan from Michigan last week, I would rate Matthews higher. The advantage Matthews has over Lewan is Jake is a better athlete and has experience at both right and left tackle. I feel Matthews can play any position on the offensive line except center. Both Lewan and Matthews are better prospects than Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel last year and will be drafted very high. They may not be drafted as high, though, because there will be highly rated quarterbacks in this class.
|07||Teddy Bridgewater QB, Louisville||6'3"||218||A||6.9||Full Scouting Report|
With only one quarterback being drafted in the first round of last April's NFL Draft, it will be interesting to see how the top college quarterbacks play this fall. There are a number of good college QBs this year but how high they are rated by NFL scouts remains to be seen.
Going into the 2013 season the names we hear most are Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville, AJ McCarron of Alabama, Aaron Murray of Georgia and David Fales of San Jose State. Today we will break down Bridgewater.
Like Manziel, Bridgewater is an underclassman who may enter the draft early. He is a 3rd-year junior and started as both a freshman and sophomore. In high school the Miami Northwestern product was rated as a 4-star player. He had offers from the likes of Florida, LSU, Miami and Tennessee. He chose Louisville and became a starter his first year.
US PRESSWIRETeddy Bridgewater is tough and competitive.
His numbers as a freshman were average but he showed big-play ability. He completed 191 of 296 passes for 2,129 yards. He threw 14 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions while leading Louisville to a 7-6 record. In 2012 he showed great improvement. He completed 287 of 419 passes for 3,718 yards. His completion percentage was 68.5% and he threw 27 TDs to only 8 interceptions. Louisville's record improved to 11-2 including a big win vs. Florida in the Sugar Bowl.
Louisville plays in a multi-set offense with Bridgewater playing from both under center and in the spread. Bridgewater is a tall, lean athlete with very good athleticism and good play speed. He looks like he runs in the 4.65 range. He has very long arms which leads to a bit of a long delivery. When playing from under center, he sets up quickly. He has quick feet and shows excellent maneuverability in the pocket. He has a very good feel for pass rushers and does a nice job stepping up in the pocket. His athleticism allows him to keep plays alive and when a throw isn't there he will run showing good run skills.
Bridgewater shows poise and has very good ability to read the field and find an open receiver. You can consistently see him going through a progression and has to read the whole field. Like I said above, he has a bit of a long delivery with a small hitch at the top of his release. Still, he can get the ball out of his hand fairly quickly. He throws a tight ball and has excellent arm strength. His accuracy is very good to go along with good ball placement. At Louisville he has some large windows in which to complete passes and at times he has a completion where the ball placement could be better. He doesn't force throws and is a good decision maker. He can make all the throws an NFL QB needs to make.
I like his toughness and competitiveness. He makes big plays when they are needed. In the Rutgers game he was playing with an injured left wrist and ankle yet still brought Louisville back from behind in the 4th quarter and a big road win.
As good as Bridgewater was in 2012, I expect him to be much improved in 2013. The more playing time he gets the better he will be. He is still very young and won't turn 21 until November. If he enters the draft he should easily be a first-round pick next year and depending on his play, maybe a Top 5 or Top 3 type. At 6-3 and 195 he looks to have the frame to fill out to 215-220. While he does not have the size of Cam Newton, he possesses some similar attributes.
This player has a chance to be a very good NFL player. At the end of the season we will take another look and see just how much he has improved.
|08||Anthony Barr OLB, UCLA||6'3"||238||A||6.9||Full Scouting Report|
Anthony Barr – Outside linebacker
Barr is a 4th year senior from Los Angeles. He was a former four-star recruit who was recruited as a running back. His first two years at UCLA, he played the running back position as well as the F-Back position, which was a cross between running back and move TE. In 2012, he was moved to outside linebacker and his career took off. In his first year on the defensive side of the ball, he had 13.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss. As a junior he was an unknown commodity. This year, teams are scheming to slow down his pass rush skills. Still he has four sacks and 11 tackles for loss through six games.
Barr has great size (6’4 – 248) to go along with very good athleticism and play speed (4.55). He has a long frame and plays with very good strength and power. For a player who has only been on the defensive side of the ball for less than two seasons, he has very good instincts. He is a quick reactor and is consistently around the ball. In the run game, he shows strength at the point and has the quick hands to shed blocks. He plays the inside and outside run equally well and is also a very good pursuit player. He makes a number of plays coming from the backside. As a pass rusher, he is almost always coming from a 2-point stance. In 2012, he faced many one-on-one situations and won many of those battles to get a sack or pressure. This year, he is being double-teamed far more, and he is showing improvement, getting away from double team blocks. When in a one-on-one situation, it can be very difficult for a blocker to get hands on him. He has an explosive first step, uses his hands well, and knows how to use moves. He has the power to bull rush and push his opponent back toward the QB. When he slips a block, he shows an excellent burst off the block to close.
Barr is used in coverage some and shows good cover skills. He has a very quick drop and has the loose hips to turn and run. He plays under control and can transition easily. Barr is best suited to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. Some 4-3 clubs will try and bulk him up a bit and play defensive end while other 4-3 teams would play him at Sam on base downs and defensive end on passing downs. As I have said many times, quality pass rushers are hard to find and have great value. Because of his pass rush skills, Barr easily has top 10 value and maybe even top 5.
|09||C.J. Mosley ILB, Alabama||6'2"||232||A||6.9||Full Scouting Report|
C.J. Mosley – Linebacker
Mosley lines up as an inside linebacker in Alabama’s base 3-4. He is a 4th year senior and while he wasn’t listed as a full time starter his first two years, he got significant playing time and was among the Tides leading tacklers both years. At about 6’2 – 240 with long arms, Mosley has all the tools to be a top NFL linebacker. He possesses very good overall athleticism with speed, flexibility, change of direction and body control. To go along with his size he has very good play strength.
Mosley is alert and instinctive. He is a quick reactor who is consistently around the ball. He is proficient defending the run, in pass coverage, and rushing the passer. He shows his strength and power at the point by shedding quickly and is an explosive, aggressive tackler. He has the speed and range to stop both the inside and outside run and moves easily through trash. Many linebackers are used strictly in zone coverage, but that is not the case with Mosley. He is often put in man situations versus running backs and tight ends and does an excellent job. He can drop, pedal, and turn as well as any linebacker in football. He can react to the ball in the air and has good hands. While not used much as a pass rusher, he is effective when used. He knows how to use his speed and has the hand use to get rid of blocks.
The beauty of a player like Mosley is that he can play in any scheme. He is a fit to play inside in a 3-4, and he has the traits and athleticism to play any of the three linebacker positions in a 4-3. When Oakland drafted Rolando McClain in the first round a few years ago, they thought they were getting a tough smash mouth inside player. It turned out he was more of a finesse player. Mosley, on the other hand, might not have McClain’s size but he is a much more physical player. He should easily be a first round pick.
|10||Marqise Lee WR, USC||6'0"||195||A||6.9||Full Scouting Report|
The college football season gets going in a little over three weeks, and one of the most explosive and exciting players we will get to see is USC's junior receiver Marqise Lee.
Last year as a true sophomore, he caught 118 passes for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also returned 30 kickoffs for a 28.5 yard average and 1 score.
Lee grew up in Inglewood, CA, and attended Junipero Serra High School where he starred in both football and track. He was rated as a 4-star recruit and was offered mainly by Pac-12 schools but did receive offers from Michigan, LSU, Miami and Florida as well. He came in and started as a freshman and caught 73 passes for 1,143 yards and 11 touchdowns.
ICONMarqise Lee caught 118 passes for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2012.
On tape Lee looks bigger than his listed 6-foot, 195-pound frame. The reason being he has extremely long arms. He may be 6-foot but he plays 6-3 or 6-4 because of his arm length.
He has great play speed and looks to be a 4.40-type. Along with his excellent top-end speed he has very good body control and leaping ability. Besides playing football at USC, Lee also participates in track as a long jumper with a personal best of 25 feet. When Lee decides to go to the NFL (from what I hear, that will be next year) it will be interesting to watch him perform the long and vertical jumps at the Combine. I would think he would be in the 11 foot range with the long jump and 40" area with his vertical.
Lee is used in a variety of ways by USC. He is split out wide as an X or Z, lines up in the slot and also as a running back. He runs a lot of bubble screens and is also used on outs, comebacks, slants and go routes. While he is an exceptional athlete he is an average to good route runner. He doesn't run what I would call disciplined routes but he can still break down and get in and out of a cut very quickly.
He separates easily. He has very good hands and shows the ability to snatch the ball. Because of his athleticism and body control he makes some highlight film type catches. He tracks the ball very well, and with his flexibility can easily catch balls that are behind him or up high. With his burst he can get to passes that look as though they may be overthrown.
After the catch he is a highlight film waiting to happen. He is very quick and sudden with excellent change of direction. He has the ability to make defenders miss both in tight and in the open and can easily turn a short out or comeback route into a long gain. He has very good strength and shows the ability to break tackles and get yardage after first contact. His run instincts are equal to a top running back.
There are many wide receivers who have big play ability but they aren't physical players. That is not the case with Lee. He is one of the better blocking receivers you will see. There have been numerous times in the tape I watched where he makes the key block to open up a running lane. He isn't a "shadow" blocker either...he gets after it and tries to put his opponent on the ground. This is a very competitive football player in all phases of the game.
As a kickoff returner he is NFL-ready right now. He is patient to set up and follow blocks and then burst when there is a seam. Once in the open he is tough to catch and has the speed to outrun opponents with an angle.
Overall, Lee could be considered a bit "raw" because he is not a polished route runner but few have his natural traits. He has everything that is needed to be a top receiver at the NFL level. His speed, hands, run instincts and playmaking ability are all at an elite level. I expect that when we see him play this year he will show vast improvement over last year and that has to be scary for USC opponents. If he improves the way I feel he will, he easily has top 10 pick potential in next year's draft.