|Player, Pos, Team||Height||Weight||Draft Grade|
|21||T.J. Jones WR, Notre Dame||5'11"||190||B||6.4||Full Scouting Report|
T.J. Jones – Wide Receiver
Jones is a fourth-year senior and has been a starter since midway through his freshman year. Jones is a player who has shown improvement every year and has become Notre Dame’s most consistent receiver this year. Going into this week’s Bowl game, Jones has 65 catches for 1042 yards and nine TDs. For his career, he has 176 catches and 19 TDs. He is the primary punt returner, averaging just under nine yards per return.
Jones doesn’t have great size. He will measure about 5114 – 195. He is athletic with deceptive speed. While not a burner, he will time in the 4.48 – 4.50 area. He has quick feet, a burst, and good overall body control allowing him to run good routes and make quick cuts to get separation. I like that he has become a much more consistent player this year. He is productive as both a short and deep receiver and has shown the toughness to compete for the ball in traffic. He has good hands and shows the body flexibility to adjust to poorly thrown balls. After the catch, he is a quick, elusive runner who can consistently get extra yards.
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|22||Kevin Norwood WR, Alabama||6'1"||205||B||6.4||Full Scouting Report|
Kevin Norwood – Wide Receiver
Kevin is a 5th year senior and a two year starter. Alabama doesn’t have a true number 1 receiver so they rotate a number of receivers and Norwood plays in the rotation. In this game, he was thrown to 3 times and had 3 catches for 52 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown came on a go route with the ball thrown to his back shoulder. He made an excellent adjustment to the ball to make the grab at the goal line.
Norwood has good size at about 6’2 – 195. He is a very good athlete with great body control. He plays fast (4.5 range) and can get separation when he makes a cut. He has good hands and, like I said about the TD pass, can adjust to the ball. After the catch he is quick to turn up field and shows good run skills. On run downs he shows a good willingness to block.
This is a talented player, but at this time, I don’t have a good feel for him. I will need more tape to see how he plays the rest of the season. With that said, my initial impression is that he is a solid mid-round type, but I may be understating that.
Kenny Ball – Wide Receiver
Just as with Norwood, I didn’t get a lot of exposure of this player in the Texas A&M game. He did not start and did not play that much. Through his career, he has been a part-time starter, and going into this season he only had 36 career catches and 4 touchdowns. He was only thrown to only once in this game but he made the catch on a bubble screen and took it 51 yards for a score. That is his only catch this season. I do know that he is fast and athletic, but I need to see more before I can give him an accurate and fair grade.
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|23||Mike Davis WR, Texas||6'2"||195||C||6.4||Stats|
|24||Jalen Saunders WR, Oklahoma||5'9"||160||C||6.4||Stats|
|25||Michael Campanaro WR, Wake Forest||5'11"||195||C||6.4||Stats|
|26||Jeff Janis WR, Saginaw Valley||6'2"||205||C||6.4||Stats|
|27||Ryan Grant WR, Tulane||6'1"||192||C||6.4||Stats|
|28||Matt Hazel WR, Coastal Carolina||6'2"||190||C||6.4||Stats|
|29||Jeremy Gallon WR, Michigan||5'8"||187||C||6.4||Full Scouting Report|
Jeremy Gallon – Wide Receiver
Gallon is a fifth year senior and a 2 year starter. He may be small in stature (5’8 – 185), but he sure played big in this game. He finished the game with 8 catches for 184 yards and 3 touchdowns. He just about beat the Irish by himself. While not big, he is strong and has very good athleticism. He displays excellent change of direction and overall body control. He is both quick and fast and can cut on a dime. He shows very good route running ability and consistently gets separation when he makes a cut. He can uncover versus both man and zone. In this game he showed excellent hands while also adjusting to the ball to make some great catches. He always catches the ball in his hands showing the ability to snatch the ball. Despite his small size he is not afraid to compete for the ball in traffic and come up with it. He is very good as a runner after the catch showing top run instincts and strength. With his quick feet he can easily make a defender miss.
US PresswireDoes Jeremy Gallon have what it takes to succeed in the NFL?
Gallon has been used as a returner also. I didn’t get an opportunity to evaluate that part of his game. His career stats are good but not the type of stats that a return man on an NFL team would have. Because he lacks ideal size, Gallon will probably be a slot receiver in the NFL. With his quickness, hands, and explosiveness he may be a club's third receiver before the end of his rookie year. While he doesn’t have the skill set of a Tavon Austin, this is a good ball player. Will probably get drafted in the third round area.
|30||L'Damian Washington WR, Missouri||6'3"||200||C||6.4||Full Scouting Report|
L’Damian Washington – Wide Receiver
To date, Washington leads Missouri receivers in pass reception yardage. To date, he has caught 36 passes for 680 yards and nine TDs. The fifth year senior is a two year starter and has shown improvement every year. He has excellent size at about 6’4 – 200. He has a long, lean frame and moves around like a 6’0 guy. He is both quick and fast. He has good body control and has play speed in the 4.50 range. What also helps his value is his role as gunner on the punt team.
As a route runner, Washington is still raw. While he is athletic and can make sharp cuts, he is a raw route runner. In the Missouri offense, the receivers don’t run a lot of different routes. Washington runs a lot of streaks, crossing routes, bubble screens, and comebacks. I don’t think I have seen a double move route. While he can make sharp cuts, he often rounds his cuts and isn’t precise. He has good hands, and he shows the courage to compete for the ball in traffic. He has a burst to go after deep balls and adjusts well to the ball. After the catch, he has good run skills showing quickness and the ability to make the first man miss.
Washington is still raw in relation to other prospects, but he has talent. He needs to improve his route running skills and needs to add some bulk. His play on special teams shows he has some toughness, and that will help get him on the field early while he is still learning. Right now, I see him as a mid-round type, but the arrow is definitely going up.
Marcus Lucas – Wide Receiver
There are going to be other scouts that like Lucas more than I do. He is productive in the Missouri offense, but that’s not hard in that style of offense. The fourth year senior has excellent size at about 6’5 – 220, but I don’t see real good top end speed. He plays like a 4.6 – 4.65 guy. While he has straight line quicks, he is not real nifty and can be slow getting in and out of cuts. He has good jumping ability to go up and get the ball, but he also has concentration problems. In the games viewed, I saw four dropped balls, all of which should have been caught. As big as he is, I did not see a real physical guy. He flashes physical play, but I did not see it down after down. In their offense, he is used mainly as a short to medium range receiver. He is seldom used to stretch the field. He is also used a lot on bubble screen type throws, and while he usually will catch the ball, his run after skills are average at best.
I see Lucas marginal draftable player. He could get picked late (if he runs well), but more than likely will be a priority free agent. His size is his best strong point. He needs to improve all other areas of his game.
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