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Omar Bolden scouting report

Omar Bolden CB Arizona State #3
Ht: 5’10″

Wt: 202

 
Strengths:
Good overall build; fairly strong and can hold his own in press coverage. A solid all-around athlete.  Looks very fluid in his backpedal. Smooth hips to turn and run with receivers. Does a nice job turning to track the ball in the air. Shows the ability to read the quarterback and anticipate in zone coverage – good sign for his potential move to safety later in career. Willing to play the run. Fairly reliable tackler; shows good technique in most situations. Experienced returning kicks. Team leader on and off the field with plenty of experience against top competition.
Weaknesses:
Suffered a torn ACL in 2009 and again in 2011. Speed is average at best; may eventually need to switch to free safety as he slows down with age. Trusts his athleticism too much and will get sloppy at times. Below-average ball skillls; does a nice job turning his head to play the ball, but struggles to put himself in position to make plays and doesn’t come down with many interceptions that aren’t gift wrapped. Probably won’t return kicks at next level due to injury concerns and lack of speed. Does well tackling in tight spaces, but doesn’t make many plays in the open field.
Comments:
If not for the knee injuries, Bolden would probably be considered a 2nd or 3rd-round prospect. However, given his modest speed and the fact that he’s returning from a knee injury which caused him to miss the entire 2011 seasons, it’s tough to justify taking him before Day 3 of the draft. There’s a lot to like about his game when healthy, but the knee injuries raise some serious concerns about his ability to play at the next level. If he can stay healthy, however, he could make a solid nickel corner. He lacks elite speed, but he’s quick and smart and should be able to handle receivers in the slot, especially against west coast offenses.
Videos:
2010 vs California
2010 vs Oregon 

 

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Mitchell Schwartz scouting report

Mitchell Schwartz OT California #72
Ht: 6’5″

Wt: 318

 
Strengths:
Prototypical size. Decent athleticism; can get down field on screens. Once he’s set, generally shows strong fundamentals. Good hand placement on his blocks; can get into a defenders chest and consistently slow him down. Has played on left and right side of line, sometimes within the same game. A physical run blocker; does a nice job getting low and driving his man backwards.
Weaknesses:
Footwork is slow; struggles to stay with faster edge rushers. General field awareness is very average; struggles to pick up blitzes pre-snap. Gets happy feet when he’s left alone; doesn’t stay in his zone and will create space for delayed blitzes to slide inside. When presented with decisions on an overload blitz on his side, he hesitates and will sometimes whiff on everyone. Inconsistent getting low to anchor and will get pushed back into the pocket. Suffered a back injury in 2011.
Comments:
What you see is what you get with Schwartz. He’s technically sound and has enough athleticism to play at the next level (although probably on the right side). However, things start to go wrong when he has to think on his feet. He can be overwhelmed by delayed blitzes and overload blitzes and seems to lack the ability to anticipate and make quick decisions.
Videos:
2011 vs Stanford
2011 vs USC
2011 vs Texas 
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Andrew Datko scouting report

Andrew Datko OT Florida State #67
Ht: 6’6″

Wt: 315

 
Strengths:
Prototypical size. Four-year starter. Solid all-around fundamentals. Gets into position quickly out of his stance. Fairly quick feet and consistently shows good footwork; can slide outside to stay with athletic edge rushers. A mauler as a run blocker; stays low and can drive his man back. Decent athleticism; can get to the second level and can run on screens plays. A team leader; great communicator and clearly a leader on the field.
Weaknesses:
Serious injury concerns. Missed time in 2010 preseason with shoulder injury and again during the regular season. Underwent shoulder surgery prior to 2011 season. Re-injured shoulder during 2011 season and missed remainder of season and the combine due to surgery. Athleticism is adequate, but he will struggle with elite pass rushers at next level; probably best suited to play on the right side. Limited strength; makes up for is with solid fundamentals, but he will simply be overpowered by some of the game’s elite bull rushers.
Comments:
If healthy, Datko would be a very safe mid-round pick. While he lacks the elite measurables and athleticism, what you see is what you get. He’s technically sound and a hard worker and, at worst, will be a very reliable backup who potentially can play four positions on the line. However, the repeated shoulder injuries (to both shoulders at various points in his career) are a definite concern. Depends on his medical checkups, it’s possible he will receive some undraftable grades from teams.
Videos:
2011 vs Oklahoma 
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George Iloka scouting report

George Iloka S Boise State #8
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 225

 
Strengths:
Impressive size. Good all-around athlete. Looks fluid in coverage considering his size. Has more than enough size and strength to further develop his tackling skills. Impressive leaping ability; can be an asset in coverage in the red zone.
Weaknesses:
Simply misses too many tackles. Doesn’t know how to wrap guys up and bring them to the ground; dives and swipes with his arms. Below-average ball skills; won’t come up with many interceptions. Doesn’t consistently track the ball and put himself into position to make plays. Clashed with coach Chris Petersen on multiple occasions early in his career, but coaching staff says he has matured.
Comments:
Considering his size and athleticism, Iloka is a very disappointing prospect. He has everything you can’t teach, but he doesn’t put it together on the field. There is plenty to like about him from a physical standpoint, and he definitely has the tools to develop into a starter at either free or strong safety, but he needs to improve in every aspect of his game. Iloka is boom-or-bust prospect who probably shouldn’t come off the board until the 3rd day of the draft.
Videos:
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Janzen Jackson scouting report

Janzen Jackson S McNeese State #12
Ht: 6’0″

Wt: 188

 
Strengths:
Impressive natural athlete. Great body control; can go up in traffic and make some acrobatic plays on the ball. Good hands for a defensive back; will come down with the interception when he’s in position. Hard hitter who can knock the ball loose. Has some experience at cornerback; very fluid in coverage for a safety; has the smooth athleticism necessary to stay with receivers. Strong leaping ability allows him to hold his own against taller receivers/tight ends in jump-ball situations.
Weaknesses:
Originally played at Tennessee; suspended in 2009 for violation of team rules. Left team briefly in 2011 but was later dismissed from team shortly before 2011 season began. Reportedly had “substance abuse” issues at Tennessee, but very little has been officially reported about his situation at Tennesse. Below average size and strength. Misses a lot of tackles; does not wrap guys up and loves to go for the big hit instead. Will be a liability in run support at the next level.
Comments:
It’s tough to grade Jackson without knowing the details behind his dismissal from Tennessee, which is something that NFL teams will be asking him about during interviews. In terms of his raw talent, he’s an intriguing prospect who could be an asset as a center fielder-type free safety. He lacks the speed to play corner, but he has the basic coverage skills and ball skills to excel in coverage as a free safety.
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Antonio Allen scouting report

Antonio Allen S South Carolina #26
Ht: 6’1″Wt: 201  
Strengths:
Does a nice job fighting through traffic considering his modest size. A scrappy player who won’t back down from bigger, more physical assignments. Decent ball skills; will come down with the interception when he’s in position. Experienced as pass rusher off the edge; speed makes him tough to block and will get into the backfield fairly frequently. High energy player who gives a solid effort on every play. A true sideline-to-sideline defender who makes a lot of plays in pursuit.
Weaknesses:
Frequently lined up at weak-side linebacker in college, but lacks the size to play anything but safety in the pros. Vision/awareness are very average; does not consistently keep his eye on the ball carrier and misses a lot of opportunities to make plays by reacting late. Limited experience in man coverage. Very much willing to play the run, but tackling technique is shaky. Not a wrap-up tackler; tends to swipe low with his arms or go for the big hit. Hesitates a lot in zone coverage and will bite on pump fakes. Delayed enrollment in school to focus on academics for a year at Hargrave Military Acadamy; also played limited role in freshman season to continue to focus on academics. Suffered concussion in 2009. Missed two games with hamstring injury in 2010. Missed time with “neck spasms” in 2011.
Comments:
Allen is very raw, but it’s tough to blame him for his deficiencies. South Carolina used him as a weak-side linebacker early in his career, and used him in a hybrid safety/linebacker role during his final seasons. As a result, he’s going to be a strong run defender for a safety, but his coverage skills need a lot of work. Most of the issues simply stem from a lack of experience, and he should improve with time. He’s a developmental prospect, but definitely has the basic skills necessary to develop into a solid contributor. Due to his intensity on the field, he should also be a strong special teams performer.
Videos:
2011 vs Nebraska
2011 vs Auburn
2011 vs East Carolina 
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Texans looking to upgrade secondary

The Houston Texans typically don’t use their pre-draft visits on highly rated players, so there’s usually very little we can learn from their list of visits. However, an interesting trend seems to be developing this year.

Of the Texans 10 visits/workouts we’ve learned of, six of the players are defensive backs (three corners, three safeties).

None of the prospects will be 1st-round picks, with the highest rated player likely being Boise State safety George Iloka, but it’s likely more than just coincidence that the Texans are studying up on so many defensive backs.

Given this trend, and the Texans recent struggles with their secondary, it’s hard to imagine them not addressing the position at some point on draft day. And while none of the reported visits will be 1st-round targets, it’s worth considering the possibility that they may address that need early in the draft, possibly with strong safety Mark Barron in the 1st round.

For more info, follow our Draft Visit Tracker, updated daily. 

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DaJohn Harris scouting report

DaJohn Harris DT USC #98
Ht: 6’3″

Wt: 306

 
Strengths:
Surprisingly quick for his size. Has experience lining up at end and tackle in 4-3 sets, but will play tackle in the pros. Does a nice job getting his arms up into passing lanes. Enough speed to put pressure on the quarterback when he’s able to chase him from the pocket. Has a strong swim move that allows him to slide into the backfield with consistency. A much better interior pass rusher than you’d expect given his measurables. Plays with an impressive intensity. Effort is definitely one of his better attribute; could be a dangerous playmaker once he improves fundamentals and channels that effort in a more efficient way.
Weaknesses:
Limited athleticism; gives a nice effort in pursuit, but won’t make a ton of plays. Inconsistent explosion off the snap will limit his effectiveness as a pass rusher at next level. Fundamentals are shaky at ties; will play too high and lose his leverage, which especially hurts him at point of attack vs the run. While he has an impressive motor, he does tend to wear down late in games and will lose his fundamentals. Missed time due to academic issues in 2008.
Comments:
Harris is somewhat sloppy and doesn’t exactly look like the most polished player on the field, but he has the ability to be a disruptive force on the interior line. If he dedicates himself to improving his technique and his conditioning, he could end up being a nice steal in the mid-to-late rounds of the draft.
Videos:
2011 vs Utah
2011 vs California 
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Derek Wolfe scouting report

Derek Wolfe DT Cincinnati #95
Ht: 6’5″Wt: 295  
Strengths:
Adequate size and strength. Does a nice job staying low to hold his ground at the point of attack against the run. Does a nice job as a bull rusher considering his average size; strong legs allow him to continue to push his was into the backfield even when the offensive lineman gets into good position. Primarily lined up at three-technique tackle in 4-3 sets, but does have some experience at end in 3-4 sets.
Weaknesses:
Spends a ton of time on the ground; dives at the ball carrier too often, taking himself out of the play completely rather than attempting to make a play in pursuit. Lacks the speed (and possibly the stamina?) to make any plays in pursuit; rarely takes off down the field after the ball carrier. Gives a strong pass-rush effort on initial burst, but seems to lose steam quicker than most other interior pass rushers. Appears to wear down throughout the course of the game.
Comments:
Wolfe is a sort of a tackle/end ‘tweener. 4-3 teams will view him as a three-technique tackle, but he lacks the athleticism and ability to consistently pressure the quarterback that most teams prefer at that position these days. As a result, he may be better suited as a 3-4 end, where he’ll be able to hold his ground against the run and won’t be expected to pressure the quarterback as often.
Videos:
2011 vs Vanderbilt
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Travis Lewis scouting report

Travis Lewis OLB Oklahoma #28
Ht: 6’1″

Wt: 246

 
Strengths:
Decent overall build. Adequate strength. Very reliable wrap-up tackler; can also deliver some big hits. Does a decent job in zone coverage; very patient, stays in his space and keeps his eye on the quarterback. Strong field awareness in every aspect of the game. A team leader on the field; smart football player who knows where to be and helps put teammates in position as well. Four-year starter.
Weaknesses:
Speed is a definite concern; lacks the straight-line speed to be a sideline-to-sideline defender at the next level. Agility in tight spaces is mediocre at best; not a consistent pass rush threat due to his lack of athleticism/speed/strength. Stiff hips hurt his ability to stick with tight ends in man coverage. Very physical in coverage in an effort to mask his lack of speed; can be an asset, but may lead to penalties if he doesn’t tone it down in the NFL. Missed one game in 2011 with broken toe.
Comments:
Lewis is somewhat limited in terms of his physical tools, but his intangibles and experience should allow him to find a role at the next level. At worst, he should be a solid backup and special teams contributor.
Videos:
2010 vs Iowa State
2010 vs UConn
2010 vs Florida State, Missouri, Nebraska 
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