NFP Scouting Series: Washington State

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 Washington State Cougars.

Offense

OG Zack Williams: No. 54 (6-3, 305)
Possesses only average size for the position. Lacks a great first step off the snap in the run game and struggles to quickly get into his target. Allows his pad level to get upright off the ball, fails to generate consistent leverage and isn’t going to move anyone as an in-line guy. Is much better when asked to get out in space and reach a moving target. Puts himself in position to seal his man, but lacks ideal body control and consistently seems to lunge into blocks and will fall off quickly on contact.

Is a bit of a waist bender in pass protection and consistently gets caught overextending into punches in order to keep defenders off his frame. Displays below average lateral quickness, struggles to mirror in space and isn’t real heavy handed. Is easily disengaged from in any kind of space.

Impression: A decent straight-line athlete on the move, but fails to break down on contact and lacks the body control to hold up in any area of the game at the next level.

OL Micah Hannam: No. 76 (6-4, 285)
An undersized, yet pretty good athlete who showcases natural coordination in pass protection. However, he is really raw technically. Fails to sit into his stance and maintain balance on his initial kick-slide, looks more comfortable just back-pedaling off the line of scrimmage. Likes to get into opposing linemen initially off the snap, but allows his pad level to get too high into blocks, doesn’t sit into his base at all and plays really short armed. Now, he does display the ability to move laterally though blocks and mirror a bit in space. But, lacks power in his lower half, struggles to anchor on contact and isn’t real heavy handed.

Doesn’t exhibit the power needed in the run game to drive defenders off the football and isn’t the type of athlete you would expect in space. Lumbers into the second level and struggles to break down and hit a moving target. Doesn’t look real instinctive in this area either.

Impression: A seasoned vet who displays some athleticism in the pass game, but seems like too much of a project at this stage to warrant a spot on an NFL practice squad.

Defense

DE Kevin Kooyman: No. 93 (6-5, 254)
Lacks explosion off the edge and isn’t any kind of a threat to reach the corner. Uses his hands well on the outside and does a nice job extending his arms and keeping blockers from consistently getting into his frame. However, he lacks the ability to drop his pad level on the counter move and plays too upright to fight through blocks. Has a good motor and works hard in pursuit, but lacks the closing range to make plays on the ball carrier from the backside. Plays way too high in the run game and consistently allows offensive linemen to get under his pads and is easily washed away from the football.

Impression: A lacking athlete who doesn’t possess the physical skill set to play at the next level.

DB Chima Nwachukwu: No. 21 (5-10, 200)
Does a decent job deciphering his run/pass keys and possesses some natural power as a tackler when working in pursuit. However, he doesn’t consistently take proper angles toward the play and struggles to break down on contact. Has a tendency to slip/bounce off ball carriers easily and doesn’t generate much power from his lower half.

Isn’t real instinctive in coverage and struggles to feel routes develop in front of him. Lacks ideal footwork in his back-pedal and consistently hitches in his drop. Plays too high and is slow to get out of his breaks when asked to click and close on throws in front of him. Lacks ideal top-end speed and range when asked to work sideline-to-sideline and isn’t a guy who will ever make many plays on the football.

Impression: Possesses a decent natural skill set. However, he’s raw in his drop, isn’t a very sound wrap-up tackler and lacks ideal instincts. Doesn’t strike me as a guy who can win in any area of the game at the next level.

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