Scouting Reports – 2011

Ugo Chinasa scouting report

Ugo Chinasa DE Oklahoma State
Ht: 6’5″

Wt: 264

Strengths:
Impressive athlete for the position. Quick off the snap. Experienced playing both end and linebacker; could be a candidate to play 3-4 linebacker. Tons of potential as a pass rusher; flashes the ability to be dominant.
Weaknesses:
Incredibly inconsistent, possibly due to a lack of effort. Never lived up to his full potential and is coming off a very disappointing senior year. Limited experience dropping into coverage; may lack the athleticism to be an effective three-down outside linebacker.
Comments:
Chinasa has moments where he looks like a 1st-round talent, but then he’ll disappear for a stretch. If he could ever maintain a consistent performance, he could prove to be a steal. But there’s also a chance that he regresses once he’s handed an NFL contract. He’s a boom or bust prospect, and probably isn’t worth taking a chance on until the late rounds.
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Lazarius Levingston scouting report

Lazarius Levingston DE LSU
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 292

Strengths:
Elite size and strength. Experience at both end and tackle; prototypical skill set for a 3-4 end. Shows decent athleticism for someone nearing 300 pounds. Strong lower body makes him an asset against the run; holds his ground against bigger offensive linemen.
Weaknesses:
Not a threat to generate much of a pass rush. Slightly undersized for an interior linemen. Missed time with a knee injury in 2010. Part of a rotation for much of his career.
Comments:
Levingston doesn’t have a ton of upside, unless you’re a team specifically looking to add depth at 3-4 defensive end in the late rounds of the draft. Despite limited production in college he’ll get drafted somewhere because there simply aren’t many players that fit into the 3-4 scheme. There’s not a lot to be excited about, but he benefits from the simply laws of supply and demand.
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D’Aundre Reed scouting report

D’Aundre Reed DE Arizona
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 260

Strengths:
Prototypical height and build. Impressive upper body strength. Shows a nice bull rush but has the athleticism to be a speed rusher off the edge as well. Physically looks the part and has a lot of untapped potential.
Weaknesses:
Never a full time starter; stuck behind Brooks Reed and Ricky Elmore. Limited production while playing as part of a rotation. Not as effective against the run; needs to develop more lower-body strength to anchor at the point of attach in run defense.
Comments:
It’s hard to get excited about a guy who only started one game as a senior, but Reed is a special case. Both guys who were starting ahead of him should come off the board in the top 150 picks and Reed simply got lost in the shuffle. He has the raw physical tools to be an impact player in the NFL and could be the type of guy that far exceeds his college production once he’s given a chance in an NFL system.
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Josh Thomas scouting report

Josh Thomas CB Buffalo
Ht: 5’10″

Wt: 190

Strengths:
A natural athlete with decent speed and quickness. Can run with most receiver. Does a nice job tracking the ball in the air and getting his hands up to make plays. Starter for the majority of his four seasons at Buffalo. A willing run defender.
Weaknesses:
Only two career interceptions. Undersized; lacks height and bulk. Despite a solid effort, he’ll struggle to bring down bigger running backs and receivers at the next level. Has a tendency to be overaggressive; teams didn’t shy away from throwing at him because he was known to give up some big plays.
Comments:
As a player with limited physical tools, Thomas needs to cut down on the mistakes in order to play at the next level. He has NFL skills, he just needs to be more disciplined on the field. He’s worth a late-round selection and should be able to contribute as a third or fourth option at cornerback immediately.
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Brandon Hogan scouting report

Brandon Hogan CB West Virginia
Ht: 5’10″

Wt: 192

Strengths:
Well built and strong for size. Elite athletic tools. Decent overall speed and quickness. Great ball skills; a converted wide receiver. Experienced on kick/punt returns. A hard hitter for a cornerback and a reasonably reliable tackler. Could potential play some free safety in the pros. A tough all-around player.
Weaknesses:
Serious character concerns – enough to remove him from some draft boards. Arrested for a DUI and arrested again just three weeks later for driving with a suspended licence. Was suspended indefinitely after the incident but was later reinstated. Also cited for disorderly conduct in a separate incident 2010. Missed parts of spring practices in 2010 due to academic issues. Suffered a torn ACL in December, potentially limiting his availability for the 2011 season.
Comments:
Hogan has legitimate starter potential but far too many concerns to warrant a selection before the 6th or 7th round. If he is able to stay healthy and out of trouble he has plenty of upside, but some teams may simply believe he isn’t worth the trouble.
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Anthony Gaitor scouting report

Anthony Gaitor CB Florida International
Ht: 5’10″

Wt: 175

Strengths:
Impressive athlete with the speed to run with anyone. Extremely quick. Fluid hips and great footwork allow him to mirror receivers. Good ball skills; 11 career interceptions. Four-year starter. Surprisingly aggressive in run support considering his size; can only get better as he adds weight.
Weaknesses:
Vastly undersized; rail thin and needs to add a good 15-20 pounds of muscle if he’s going to be an impact player at the next level. Will probably be limited to playing in nickel packages. Tackling ability is marginal at best. Hasn’t faced elite competition.
Comments:
Gaitor has the athleticism to play at the next level, but his skill set blends in with 10-15 others in this draft class who will be limited to playing nickel corner in the pros. If he bulks up he has some upside, but he’ll need to put in some serious effort in an NFL weight training program before he starts to look the part.
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D.J. Young scouting report

D.J. Young OT Michigan State
Ht: 6’5″

Wt: 307

Strengths:
Prototypical height and overall build for a tackle. Productive two-year starter at both left and right tackle. Solid overall strength. A nasty run blocker; potentially carrying over from his experience as a defensive tackle. Still learning the position and has some upside.
Weaknesses:
Only two years of experience at offensive tackle on the D-I level. Originally went to Bowling Green and played two years at defensive tackle before transferring to a JUCO and finally to Michigan State as a junior. Fundamentals are still shaky.
Comments:
Young will offer very little in the short team but he showed enough in two years at Michigan State to make him a decent sleeper in the late rounds. Given time to develop he could become a solid backup with the skills necessary to play just about anywhere on the offensive line. Depending on what a team is looking for, his inexperience will work against him in some war rooms and in his favor in others.
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Ryan Whalen scouting report

Ryan Whalen WR Stanford
Ht: 6’1″

Wt: 202

Strengths:
Above average size and strength. A decent athlete. Does a nice job adjusting the ball in the air. Adequate leaping ability; looks good going up for the ball in traffic. Strong enough to fight through press coverage. A very good blocker for a receiver. Polished route runner.
Weaknesses:
Limited speed; plays more like a tight end than a receiver at times. Will struggle to separate from NFL cornerbacks.
Comments:
Whalen was a productive college receiver but simply lacks the speed to be an impact player at the next level. However, he is fairly polished for a college receiver and has the size to play on special teams. He should be able to win a job as a 4th or 5th receiver, but his upside is limited beyond that.
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DeMarcus Van Dyke scouting report

DeMarcus Van Dyke CB Miami FL
Ht: 6’1″

Wt: 176

Strengths:
Elite speed; can turn and run with any receiver. Also ran track at Miami. Good height for the position. Experience on the outside and at the nickel spot.
Weaknesses:
Limited production in college; was never a full-time starter. Vastly undersized; has a slim build that will severely limit his tackling ability in the NFL. Doesn’t put in much effort in run support; not a wrap-up tackler.
Comments:
Van Dyke’s speed caught everyone’s attention at the combine and some view him as a potential day two pick. However, I have concerns about his frame and his overall lack of physical play. His speed is certainly an intriguing asset, but he needs to hit the weights hard before he’s ready to be a significant contributor at the next level.
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Cortez Allen scouting report

Cortez Allen CB Citadel
Ht: 6’1″

Wt: 197

Strengths:
Impressive size. A physical corner. A reliable tackler for a cornerback and is willing to help out against the run. Team captain.
Weaknesses:
Below average speed; will struggle to stay with some of the smaller, faster receivers at the next level which limits his value. May be viewed as a free safety by some teams. Level of competition is a concern.
Comments:
Allen was a productive cornerback at The Citadel, but his lack of speed is a concern. It wasn’t an issue against lower-level competition, but it remains to be seen if he can make smooth transition to the NFL. Despite those concerns, his size should keep his stock afloat because he could always make the move to safety if he struggles at cornerback.
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