April 07, 2016 - Greg Gabriel
Three Non-Combine Sleepers for the Draft
Every year it’s the same situation. 335 players get invited to the Scouting Combine, 255 players get drafted and out of those 255 player there are always about 30 to 35 players who did get invited to Indy get drafted. This year will be no exception and some of the non-Combine guys could get drafted as high as the third or fourth round. The following are three players who fit the mold of the non-Combine player whose college production and Pro Day warrant being drafted. Jordan Canzeri – RB – Iowa Size – 5080 – 194 – 4.43 Strong Points – Quick, fast and explosive. Had 183 carries for 984 yards and 12 TD’s. Also had 20 receptions for 208 yards and 1 TD. Had 2073 career rushing yards. Quick to the hole with good vision/instincts. Runs low, has power on contact and consistently gets yards after first contact. Is a quick cutter with a burst when he finds day light. Has the speed to break long runs. Quick footed and can make defenders miss both inside and in space. Lacks size but willing as a blocker and will face up. Good hands and receiving ability. May be able to return kickoffs. Weak Points – Short and lacks Ideal size but he should be able to get to 200. As a receiver he is used mostly on screens and check downs, will have to develop his route running skills. Can’t be an every down back at his size. Summation – In 2013 and 2014, Canzeri played as part of a running back rotation. This past season he became the bell cow and put up very good numbers. Canzeri is short, but he is strong and powerful. Had a great Pro Day, running 4.43, a 6.55 3-cone, 34.5” VJ and 20 reps of 225. He played in a pro-style offense and is quick to the hole and a very good decision maker. He runs low, has the strength to break tackles and get yards after contact. He is alert with very good instincts. He shows he can make a cut in the hole or cutback to find a seam. Has the speed to go the distance if the opening is there. As a receiver, he has good hands and adjusts to the ball. He is used mainly as a check down type or on screens and swings. He gets upfield quickly after the catch. Shows a strong willingness to block, is alert to pick up blitzes and shows he will face up pass rusher. He is very tough and competitive. Might be able to be used as a kickoff returner. Overall, I see him as a role player/complimentary back who should also produce on special teams. A solid late round selection. Roy Robertson-Harris – Edge – UTEP Size – 6060 – 260 – 4.80 Strong Points – Productive player at a mid-major conference. Tall with long arms, has the frame to carry 275 easily and maybe more. Athletic with good body control, runs well, has good change of direction and balance. Plays both down and on his feet. Quick to react. Makes plays, flashes as a pass rusher. Competitive and his motor keeps running. Can be quick off blocks. Weak Points – As good as he is, he still has just scratched the surface. Needs to lean better technique. Gets himself out of position at times. Summation – A fifth year senior who wasn’t invited to the Combine. He is tall with a muscular lean frame and has the ability to easily get better. Has played both on his feet and down but plays the majority of the time with his hand in the dirt. Quick off the ball, can get tall at times but he has long arms and knows how to play with leverage. Needs to further develop his technique but has some “wow” plays. He is athletic quick and explosive. Shows good pass rush talent and can close off of blocks to the quarterback. Shows consistent ability versus the run, can hold the point, shed and get to ball. Good lateral agility, can clear piles and get to the play. Has dropped some but still doesn’t look comfortable. His best fit is as a 4-3 defensive end but has the traits to play OLB in a 3-4. Will go through a learning curve as far as learning how to drop and play in zone. May never be a starter but can play in a rotation after a period of adjustment. Tyrone Holmes – Edge – Montana Size – 6024v – 253v – 4.62v Strong Points – Good size, speed and overall athleticism for an edge player. Dominated FCS level of competition with 18 sacks in 2015 and 34 sacks for his career. Very explosive player. Has a quick first step. Shows he can put counter moves together and can close to the QB. Aggressive player and a strong tackler. Weak Points – Plays at a lower level of comp. Still raw. Has a tendency to get tall at times. Has to further develop his hand use and moves. Does not have a lot of experience in coverage. Summation – Tyrone was not a Combine invitee, but gathered a lot of attention by putting up some outstanding numbers at his pro day, Ran 4.62, did 28 reps of 225, had a 37.5” vertical jump and a 7.12 3-cone. This was all done outside in only 50 degree weather. He has totally dominated FCS competition as a pass rusher but he is still a bit raw. Needs to play with a lower pad level and learn to use his hands better. Explosive pass rushers are hard to find and this guy has the natural traits to work with. It will not be a surprise if he comes off the board in the third or early fourth round. A player on the come.