Player, Pos, Team Height Weight Draft Grade
21 Zack Martin OG, Notre Dame 6'4" 305 A 6.8 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

Zack Martin – Offensive Tackle

Martin is a fifth-year senior and a four-year starter at left tackle. The very durable performer has not missed a start in those four years. Martin is not the biggest tackle in this year’s draft (estimated at 6042 – 310) but he is very athletic and strong. Some scouts will knock Martin and say he has short arms, but I was at the Notre Dame Pro Day last spring, and the scout who was doing the hand and arm measurements was not doing it correctly. If I recall, they measured his arms at just over 32”. When he goes to the Combine, they will be longer.

Martin is an efficient run and pass blocker. In the run game, he can get off the ball quickly and into his block. He is explosive on contact and drives his feet, enabling him to generate movement. He takes good angles to the second level and can adjust on the move. He is consistent with both angle and combo blocks. He will pull at times and has the speed and athleticism to play in space and make productive blocks. On passing downs, he usually plays from a two-point stance. He can set quickly, has quick hands, and a good punch. He plays with natural bend and can anchor. He shows good footwork and balance and, generally, does a good job mirroring his opponents. I have seen a few plays where he has trouble with wide speed but he is very effective as a pass blocker.

Martin reminds me of former New England tackle, Matt Light. They are just about the same size and very similar athletes coming out of college. There are some very talented junior tackles who may enter this Draft and if that is the case, I don’t see Martin going in the first round. He should be a very solid second round pick. Some will say he is more suited to play guard but I would start him out at tackle and let him prove he can’t play there. Martin is a very competitive player and can be a winning lineman in the NFL for years to come.

22 Timmy Jernigan DT, Florida State 6'2" 298 A 6.8 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

Timmy Jernigan - Defensive Tackle - Florida State Seminoles

Jernigan is one of the record 90+ underclassmen who have declared for the NFL Draft and just might be the best interior defensive linemen in the group. Jernigan is a third-year junior, with 2013 being his first year as a starter. Florida State uses a strict rotation with their defensive linemen and as a freshman and sophomore, Jernigan got significant playing time in that rotation. Though he wasn't a starter, Jernigan played a key role on defense during both of those aforementioned seasons.

Jernigan lines up mostly as a 0, 1 and 2 technique depending on FSU's defensive formation. I've seen a few plays where he lines up at outside linebacker as well. He is very productive in his role. This season, Jernigan finished with 68 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. In 2012, the defensive tackle amassed 46 total tackles as well as 8 TFLs and 1.5 sacks. He also has numerous quarterback pressures.

For an inside player who plays a lot of 0 and 1 technique, Jernigan is not very big. He is listed as being 6020 - 292, and while I'm sure the 292 is close to accurate, he may not quite be 6'2 when he gets to the Combine. Jernigan has a thick frame with good arm length. While he may not time that great in the 40 (5.0 estimate), he is extremely quick and I doubt too many defensive linemen with be faster for ten yards. Jernigan is explosively quick and athletic. He is light on his feet and changes direction easily. He has very good balance and excellent lateral movement, enabling him to clear his feet through trash.

Jernigan has very good snap reaction to go along with a quick first step. He has quick hands and a strong punch that allows him to control opponents. His hand use is very good and that, along with his first step quickness, makes is very difficult for opposing offensive linemen to get their hands on him. Jernigan is an alert, instinctive player who finds the ball and makes plays. He is a top run defender who gets penetration and is disruptive. While he shows he can 2 -gap, he is much better when playing in 1 gap defenses where his quickness comes into play. As a tackler and a pursuit player, Jernigan is excellent.

As a pass rusher, the now ex-Seminole is quick off the ball and, again, combined with his hand use, he makes it difficult for linemen to block him. He has the snap in his hips to bull rush and the quick feet and hands to be very effective with counter moves. He demonstrates a very good burst coming off blocks to close on the quarterback.

Overall, Jernigan can play in any scheme, but I feel he is best suited to play in a 4-3 one gap scheme. This type of scheme utilizes his traits. In a Lovie Smith defense, Jernigan would be an excellent 3-technique candidate. He is a quality "A" level player who could start as a rookie for most teams.

23 Johnny Manziel QB, Texas A&M 6'1" 200 A 6.8 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

One of the most talked about college football players of the last decade has been Texas A&M star quarterback Johnny Manziel. During the 2012 season, Manziel won the Heisman Trophy after throwing for 3,706 yards and 26 touchdowns with a completion percentage of 68.0 percent. For an encore, Manziel improved in almost every statistical category in 2013, passing for 4,114 yards and 37 touchdowns with a completion percentage of 69.9 percent. Moving forward, the Manziel conversation will now border on whether or not the Texas A&M standout is worthy of a first round selection come May.

I have watched nine tapes of Manziel from the last two seasons, three from 2012 and six from 2013. My conclusion is that Johnny Football is one hell of a player. Manziel lacks ideal quarterback size to play in the NFL, as he is listed at 6’1 – 210, but I’m not sure that is accurate. If I had to estimate, I’d say Manziel will measure 6004 -205 at February’s Combine. On tape, the dual-threat signal-caller looks as if he added 10-15 pounds between the 2012 and 2013 seasons. But that added weight cost him a bit of play speed. On 2012 tape I thought Manziel’s play speed was at worst 4.50. But in 2013 he looked closer to 4.60.

But while Manziel may have lost a little speed, it’s worth noting that he is still extremely quick and may have the quickest feet I have ever seen on a quarterback.

Manziel almost always lines up in the spread formation. There were only a handful of plays that I saw where he took a snap from under center. Texas A&M runs a read option offense and Manziel is excellent at running that particular scheme. He has a running back’s mentality when it comes to carrying the football and he is very elusive in the open field. He uses that quickness and elusiveness to keep plays alive on passing downs and is excellent at finding an open receiver and throwing with accuracy on the run. When Manziel is able to stay in the pocket, he has an excellent feel for pass rushers and does a very good job stepping up before his throws. He has a very compact, quick release and when he makes a decision, the ball is out of his hand almost instantly.

While in the pocket, Manziel is calm and poised and shows he can go through a progression. He demonstrates the ability to look off a receiver and then come back to him and is also good at finding open secondary receivers. The one thing I really like about Manziel is his accuracy and ball placement. He has a number of completions where he threads the needle and can get the ball into a tight spot. For the most part, Manziel’s decision making is very good and he rarely forces a ball. On the Manziel tape I viewed from 2013, I only saw two interceptions that I would consider poor throws. On each of those plays, Manziel was throwing on the run and failed to read the backside safety coming over. He had some interceptions where his receiver dropped the pass and the defender notched the INT before the ball hit the ground.

I wouldn’t say that Manziel has a canon for an arm, but his arm strength is solid enough. He can throw a tight ball with zip and can easily complete passes 45 - 50 yards down field. What makes Manziel so dangerous and what defenses have to account for is his ability to run if the pass isn’t there. Time after time the Aggies signal-caller opted to run, scrambling for ten or more yards.

Overall, Manziel is unique. He is not for everyone. The team that drafts him has to have a plan and play to his strengths. He is not nor will he ever be a conventional pro style drop back passer. While Manziel lacks ideal NFL quarterback size, there are top quarterbacks in the league that also possess less than ideal size. Drew Brees is list as being 6’0, but he isn’t. Russell Wilson is under 5’11. If I had to compare Manziel to another NFL quarterback I would say he is part Wilson, part Brees and part Brett Favre. It obviously remains to be seen if he will have the success of those players.

Manziel’s immaturity off the field is well documented and the team that drafts him has to be sure that he will buy into their program. The one thing I do know is that on game day, Manziel is as competitive a player as you will ever see. Scouts have told me that he has matured in the last year and his game preparation and leadership were much better in 2013 than in 2012. I think there is a lot of “special” to Manziel and he will be a very good NFL player. It would not surprise me to see him drafted in the top-five. He could very well be the first quarterback selected.

24 Dee Ford OLB, Auburn 6'2" 238 A 6.8x Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:
Size - 6021v - 252 v - 4.63e
Strong Points -Athlete, speed, use hands, pass rush, pursuit
Weak Points - Size for defensive end, consistency defending the run, shed run blocks, back problem
2013 Stats: 29 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks

Summation - Dee is a fifth-year senior and a two-year starter at defensive end for Auburn. He usually lines up on the left side. He plays in a rotation but still gets about 65% of the defensive snaps. Because of that rotation, his overall tackle count is low.

Dee was given a medical red shirt in 2011 after injuring his back in the third game and missing the rest of the season. At the Combine, the medical people advised Dee not to work out because of a back issue. The severity of that problem will ultimately determine where Dee gets drafted.

As a player, Ford is a pass rusher first. He is very quick off the ball, with an explosive first step. He stays low and knows how to use his hands. He has the snap and power through his hips to bull-rush and the quick feet, body control, and flexibility to be effective with moves and countermoves. He shows an excellent burst off of blocks to close to the quarterback. He consistently shows he can dip his shoulder and get under a blocker.

Ford can be inconsistent against the run. He lacks natural size and bulk, and at times, can be slow to get off the blocks of big lineman. He is instinctive and quick to find the ball but can be over powered. He is better when he uses his athleticism to slip blocks and run to the ball. As a pursuit player, he is very good because he consistently takes good angles, is a top competitor, and has speed.

Ford will be best as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL. He has played on his feet in the past and has shown he can drop into coverage. Playing that position, he can still use his pass-rushing skills to his advantage. There are some 4-3 clubs that will like him, but I don't think he can be an every-down player playing as a 4-3 defensive end. He just won't be able to hold up versus the run at a top level.

Going forward, the main concern is his back issue. If it is something serious, it could have a negative effective on his draft status. If he does need surgery, that may not be a bad thing. Depending on the problem, it may be an 8 -10 week rehab, and he would be ready well before the start of training camp.

Grade - 6.7 A

25 Ra'Shede Hageman DT, Minnesota 6'5" 302 A 6.8 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

Ra’Shede Hageman – Defensive Tackle
If you only had one tape to look at on Hageman, the game you would want to see is Nebraska. He showed dominating ability in that game with a sack and two tackles for loss. The problem is, he doesn’t play every game like the Nebraska game. I viewed five games of this player (Penn State, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Northwestern, and Iowa) and I saw up-and-down play in each game.

Hageman is a fifth-year senior and a three-year starter. He plays in a strict rotation playing about 55% of the defensive snaps. He usually plays as a one-technique but will also play at the three-technique position.

He is listed at being 6’6 – 315. He is an adequate athlete and a bit tight in the knees and hips. He can have a tendency to play tall. When he bends his knees and stays low, he is much more effective. He has good straight-line quickness and adequate speed. I would estimate he will run in the 5.10-5.15 area.

He shows good initial quickness, and when he stays low, he can be explosive. He has good instincts and awareness on the field and finds the ball. He doesn’t have top hand use and can be slow to shed at times, but because of his strength, he can also be tough to move. His play is average when taking on double team blocks. It's frustrating watching him as there are plays when he gets off the ball, sheds a block quickly, and makes the play, but then, other plays, he is a non-factor. You don’t see down after down consistency. He flashes pursuit ability and takes good angles but, again, not on a consistent basis. As a pass rusher, he can be a very good bull rusher when he wants to. I have seen plays where he jolts his opponent with a hand punch and drives him back to the QB. He also flashes quick hands and counter moves. The problem is there are too many plays where he is stuck at the line of scrimmage.

There is no question that this player has talent. While not a great athlete, he has the traits to be a starter in the NFL. He has to play lower more often and play with intensity on a more consistent basis. He has the talent to be drafted in the late second to third round, but his inconsistent effort and production may drop him down a round.

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26 Brandin Cooks WR, Oregon State 5'10" 186 A 6.8 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:
Size - 5010e - 188e - 4.45e

Strong Points - Very productive, hands, routes, run after catch, has returned kicks

Weak Points - Lacks ideal size

Summation - Cooks is a third-year junior who entered the Draft as an underclassmen. He was one of the most productive receivers in the country for the 2013 season with 128 receptions for 1730 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also ran for 217 yards on 32 carries.

Cooks is not the biggest receiver. He is listed as being 5010 - 188 and may not be that big. He is an excellent athlete with speed and very good body control. I would estimate his play speed as being in the 4.45 area. He has very good quickness, instant change of direction, and can stop and start as quickly as any player I have ever seen.

In the Oregon State offense, he isn't required to run a lot of different routes, but he does run very good routes. He can cut very quickly and easily gains separation. His ability to cut multiple times in a route and stay under control is rare. He is used mostly on bubble screens, comebacks, crossing routes, and go routes. He has very good hands and easily adjusts to the ball in the air. He consistently catches the ball away from his body.

Despite his lack of top size, he is fearless in traffic and very competitive going after the ball. After the catch, he has excellent run skills. He is an instinctive runner who can make multiple defenders miss in space. With his burst and speed, he is a threat to turn any short catch into a long gain. As a blocker, he is willing but not consistently effective. As a freshman, Cooks returned kickoffs and averaged better than 22 yards per return. He returned punts this year for a six yard average.

Brandin Cooks is a very exciting receiver to watch. He is quick, fast, elusive, and competitive. I see no reason why he wouldn't step in and start as a rookie in the right situation. Big receivers are in vogue in the NFL right now but Cooks has a special skill set. He will be best off as a slot receiver and should put up big numbers once he gets accustomed to the NFL game. I see no reason why he wouldn't be a top return guy, also. His size may keep him out of the first round but he will be long gone before the midway part of the second round.

27 Jason Verrett CB, TCU 5'10" 182 A 6.8 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

I haven’t written up to many defensive backs in this series, and one player who I get a number of requests to write up is TCU’s Jason Verrett. Here are my thoughts.

Jason Verrett – TCU

Jason is a fourth-year senior and a junior college transfer. He played his junior college ball at Santa Rosa Junior College in California. In high school, he was producitve as both a running back and defensive back.
Verrett enrolled at TCU in 2012 and became a starting corner right off the bat. He has played both the left and right sides in their scheme. Jason does not have ideal size, he is listed at 5010 – 176 but scouts tell me he’s closer to 5’9 – 170. Despite his size limitations, he is a very tough kid who loves to play and he is a playmaker. This season, he had 63 total tackles and six interceptions to go along with 16 pass breakups.
When watching tape, you see Jason line up in press, off, and zone coverage. He is a very good athlete with quick feet, loose hips, and speed. He should time in the 4.45 range at the combine. As I stated above, he lacks ideal size but he plays bigger because he is so competitive. He has a fearless mentality on the field. When in press cover, he shows a good jam and has the speed and quickness to “mirror” receivers through all different types of routes. He has very good body control and change of direction and this helps when covering double moves or multi move routes. He keeps good position and does a good job looking back to find the ball.
In both off and zone coverage, he keeps good positioning and is both instinctive and aware. He can read things quickly and seldom gets caught out of position. Because of his quickness, he moves very well in transition. He has no wasted steps and can close. He ball reactions are very good and he has excellent hands. Verrett is a very good run support corner, he reacts quickly to the run, can slip or shed blocks and is a good tackler. He tries to play a physical game. 

Except for size, Verret has the tools and mental makeup to be a good corner in the league. What will hurt him on draft day is his size. Many teams will not draft corners under 5’10 and that’s what Verrett is. With his speed and quickness I see him as a nickel corner. He can do a great job lined up on many of the quick small slot receivers we see in the NFL. If he has to line up outside and matchup against some of the bigger receivers in the league, he will be at a huge disadvantage. While his play on tape says he should be a first round pick, his size says he will go in the second.

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28 Bradley Roby CB, Ohio State 5'11" 193 A 6.8 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

Size – 5110e – 195e – 4.39e

Strong Points – Good corner size, very good athlete with excellent speed, back pedal and turn, transition, man cover, zone cover, off coverage, run support

Weak Points – Needs to tackle better

2013 stats - 69 total tackles, three interceptions. 13 PBUs

Summation – Roby is a fourth-year junior and a three-year starter for Ohio State. He usually lines up on the short side of the field. He has been a consistently productive player for Ohio State and has eight career interceptions. 

At about 5’11 – 195, he has good corner size. With his long arms, he can play taller than he is. He is a very good athlete with quick feet, loose hips, a quick turn, and the suddenness needed to play corner in the NFL. In the OSU defensive scheme, you see him play man, off, and zone. So you get a good feel for his abilities.

In man, he has a good jam and shows the quickness and speed needed to mirror receivers. He can stay with his opponent through moves with his excellent body control. When playing in off and zone, he anticipates well and consistently keeps good position. He has very good awareness and can play the ball well. His ability to plant and drive is excellent. Roby has very good ball skills and can track the ball either in front of him or when his back is to the ball.

There are many corners who are not very good run support players. That is not the case with Roby. He reacts quickly to the run and is aggressive. He can shed well and is a hitter. My only concern is that he doesn’t consistently wrap and will miss some tackles.

Roby has all of the tools to be a very good NFL corner. He just may time as one of the fastest at the combine. I don’t see any reason why he can’t play in any scheme, and he should be a starter his rookie year. He has the talent to eventually be a club’s number one corner

Grade A 6.7 

29 Calvin Pryor FS, Louisville 6'2" 208 A 6.8 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

Calvin Pryor – Safety

Pryor is a third-year junior and has been starting since his freshman year. He is a big, physical safety who loves to hit and throw his body around. His estimated size is 6’2 -210, and he has very good play speed. I would estimate his speed at 4.48. To go along with size and speed, Pryor is a very good athlete. He can change direction, plays with bend, and has a smooth turn. He shows he has a quick and low back pedal and can come out of his pedal and break on the ball without wasted steps.

Depending on the defense called, Pryor can be lined up both deep or near the line of scrimmage. He is an instinctive, quick reacting player who almost always seems to be in the right position. He is very good in run support, reacting quickly and being physical. He comes up and does a very good job getting rid of blocks and is an excellent tackler. He is one of the more explosive tacklers I have seen this year. Pryor is a top competitor who consistently chases the ball and always takes good angles.

In coverage, you don’t see him in man coverage much, but he is a very good zone player who does an excellent job picking up receivers crossing into his zone. He has excellent range to get to the sideline and help out over the top. His awareness is usually very good, but I did see him blow a coverage in one game where he was late reacting to a receiver breaking deep. Other than that play, his reactions have been good. While you don’t see him play man-to-man coverage, he has the tools to be a very good man-cover player. You see his hips and turn ability while in zone.

Pryor is one of the better safeties I have seen this year. He has the tools to be a top NFL safety and can play either strong or free. He has excellent size and can be a violent hitter. I see him as a starter his rookie year. A very solid “A” level player who should be drafted high.

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30 Gabe Jackson OG, Mississippi St 6'3" 335 A 6.8 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

Gabe Jackson – Guard – Mississippi State

Size – 6033v – 339v – 5.20est

Strong Points – Huge man, very strong and explosive, run block, pass block, uses hands, anchor, athlete

Weak Points – Can look tentative in space when pulling 

Summation – Gabe is a fifth-year senior and a four-year starter for the Bulldogs, He lines up at left guard. He is a huge man at 6033 – 339 with good arm length (33”). Despite his size, Jackson is very athletic and moves well in space. With his size, he is not only strong but very explosive. 

Jackson always plays from a left handed three-point stance and has really good snap reaction. He gets to his blocks quickly and is very explosive on contact. I saw a number of run blocks where the knees of his opponent buckled when contact was made. Jackson stays low with his run blocks and keeps his feet moving. He can consistently gain ground with his run blocks. Big guys can often struggle getting to the second level. That is not the case with Jackson. He takes good angles out to linebackers and can adjust on the move. If there is a flaw in his game, it’s with pulls. He seems hesitant at times on who to hit and needs to adjust his footwork. Still, you see enough good things to know that he shouldn’t have a problem pulling in the NFL.
Jackson is a very consistent pass protector. He sets quickly and has a strong punch. He can play with bend and has the quick feet to slide, recover, and mirror his opponent. With his size, power, and bend, he has excellent anchor ability and never gets pushed back. He has good posture when pass blocking and stays square to the line.

Jackson is a very talented lineman. If there is a lineman other than a tackle who has a chance to be drafted in the first round this year, it's Jackson. He is the best interior lineman I have done, to date, this year. He should start for most teams as a rookie and be a productive pro.

Grade – 6.7 A

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