NFP Scouting Series: Georgia Tech
For the rest of the summer, the National Football Post will be breaking down every team in the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-A) to identify players who could warrant the most interest from NFL teams in the 2011 draft.
Therefore, today we take a look at the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
RB Anthony Allen: No. 18 (6-0 231)
A big, thickly built running back who is an absolute load to bring down in space. Runs hard in the open field and showcases the ability to get up to speed quickly and accelerate into daylight. However, while he does run well for a guy his size, he doesn’t exhibit a real second gear in the open field and isn’t going to outpace angles at the next level.
Has the ability to break a lot of tackles because of his size, power and overall angry running demeanor, as he keeps his legs chopping through contact. But, he runs too high once he gets into space and isn’t real shifty when asked to break down and make a defender miss. Was consistently asked to work from space in Georgia Tech’s triple- option attack where he could press big creases and accelerate toward daylight. However, he doesn’t seem to be real instinctive or shifty running between the tackles. Nevertheless, he will get the opportunity to carry the full load this season, and it will be interesting to see how his play holds up.
Impression: Possesses good size and physicality as a runner, but he doesn’t have the kind of big-play ability most of his highlights would indicate. Strikes me as more of a reserve-type power back in the NFL.
DE Anthony Egbuniwe: No. 41 (6-4, 252)
Possesses a thick frame and plays primarily from a four-point stance off the football. Gets off the snap count well for the most part, but has a tendency at times to take a false step initially out of his stance. Exhibits the initial burst to get into opposing linemen quickly. However, he displays really poor hand placement on contact, allowing opposing linemen to consistently get under his frame. Also struggles to play with any kind of leverage as a pass rusher, which really hinders his ability to maintain his balance when flattening out around the corner and/or trying to generate any kind of power from his lower half on his bull rush.
Flashes the ability to play off blocks in the run game and does a much better job when asked to defend perimeter runs. Has the athleticism to beat linemen to a spot, use his natural power to fight off a block and close on the play. But far too often he allows himself to get sealed/driven backward when run at because he struggles to keep his base down and extend his arms into contact. Is a good athlete, but lacks the type of elite quick-twitch ability to consistently make plays crashing down the line on runs away from his frame.
Impression: More of an athlete than football player at this stage who possesses an intriguing skill set and does flash some big-play ability. However, he really struggles to control blocks at the point in both the run and pass game, and as of now, he looks nothing more than a late-round guy to me.
S Dominique Reese: No. 26 (5-11, 201)
Showcases above average read and diagnose skills when asked to find the football in the run game, but fails to keep his head on a swivel and isn’t consistently aware of his surroundings. Has a tendency to get cut off from the action by downfield blockers and doesn’t do a good job of keeping himself clean through traffic. However, he always seems to be flowing toward the action and ends up around the football. Now, he isn’t a difference maker by any stretch and doesn’t make many plays attacking the line of scrimmage. But, he does do a nice job of helping to fill run lanes inside and isn’t afraid to stick his head into contact.
Showcases a good overall feel in the pass game and has the ability to locate the football quickly. However, seems to play at one speed and isn’t overly fluid when asked to quickly change directions and close on the football. Seems to drift in and out of his breaks.
Impression: Isn’t an impact guy by any stretch in any area of the game and is going to have a real tough time making an NFL roster.
CB Jerrard Tarrant: No. 37 (6-0, 204)
A tall, lean corner with good overall length for the position. However, he isn’t a real natural bender and lacks ideal flexibility when asked to sit into his stance in coverage. Has a tendency to pop too upright in his drop, struggles keeping his feet under him and wastes a lot of steps when asked to click and close on throws in front of him. Gives up far too many completions underneath as he surrenders too much ground and simply doesn’t have the kind of footwork needed to quickly re-direct and jump a route if the ball comes out on time.
Showcases some savvy when asked to play up closer to the line, as he identifies routes a lot better and has the length to disrupt the timing of receivers when working from a trail technique. Loves to go after the football after a completion and knows how to strip the ball and create turnovers. However, he struggles to consistently get a good punch on receivers off the line in press coverage. Gets caught flat-footed too often, lunging into his target and struggles to get his head around and track the football.
Impression: I like his size and length, but he lacks the footwork and overall balance to keep up with NFL receivers in man coverage at this stage. Also, lacks the ball skills needed to be effective in a cover-two scheme.
FS Mario Edwards: No. 33 (6-1, 216)
A big, well-built safety prospect who showcases decent straight-line speed for his size in pursuit, but not NFL-caliber free safety speed. Isn’t the most instinctive of defensive backs and really struggles to find the football quickly on any type of misdirection plays. Has a tendency to take himself out of the action and commit himself too quickly inside to the run game vs. play fakes.
Impression: Possesses good overall size for the position, but his lack of range in the secondary makes me think the only place you could play him is at strong safety in the NFL. However, he isn’t overly instinctive vs. the run and could struggle as an “in the box” guy as well.
CB Mario Butler: No. 2 (6-1, 182)
Another tall, lean corner who, although is a bit high in his drop, showcases good overall balance in his footwork, which allows him to cleanly change directions and quickly close on the football. Loves to use his long arms to be physical down the field with wideouts and looks comfortable when asked to play on an island. Showcases some physicality off the line in press man and does a nice job using his length to force defenders toward the sideline, using it as an extra defender. Possesses a good feel for the pass game and consistently is able to quickly get his head around and locate the ball vertically.
However, because of his high back -pedal, he will struggle to quickly get back up to speed when asked to turn and run and will lose a step down the field. But, he does possess a good feel in zone coverage, loves to keep his eyes in the backfield and does a nice job feeling the routes around him and closing on the throw.
Isn’t a real physical tackler and looks content at times to simply stay blocked.
Impression: He’s long and physical, and although he does play a bit high, the guy has the natural balance and body control to hold up in man coverage at the next level.
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