Scouting Reports – 2011

Taiwan Jones scouting report

Taiwan Jones RB Eastern Washington
Ht: 6’0″

Wt: 194

Strengths:
Tremendously productive FCS running back. An explosive runner. Gets up to full speed quickly. Shows good vision and patience.
Weaknesses:
Extensive injury history. Missed time in high school with an ankle injury. Missed time in 2008 with a broken leg. Played through various injuries in 2009 (sports hernia, shoulder; hip flexor). Missed final two games of career with broken foot. Doesn’t have a great build for a NFL running back, would benefit from adding some weight. Level of competition is a concern. Enters draft following junior year; a rare and confusing decision for a FCS player.
Comments:
Jones dominated his level of competition in 2010 but his decision to enter the draft is very confusing. He lacks the raw talent of a starting running back in the NFL and his extensive injury history is a very serious concern. He has some value as a backup and potential return specialist, but his upside is limited.
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Roy Helu scouting report

Roy Helu RB Nebraska
Ht: 6’0″

Wt: 219

Strengths:
Prototypical size. A consistent runner who has shown the ability to be workhorse. Flashes the ability to to be a physical runner and shed tackles. Stays low to the ground and does a nice job lowering his shoulder. Some experience as a receiver out of the backfield.
Weaknesses:
Lots of wear and tear already; 582 touches over the past three seasons. Lacks elite breakaway speed. Doesn’t play up to his timed speed. Doesn’t have the agility to consistently make guys miss. Struggles as a blocker; gives a decent effort but just doesn’t have great technique. Inconsistent; looks like a physical runner on one play, then shies away from contact on another.
Comments:
Helu has the skill set of a solid backup at the next level. He has the size and enough speed to play in the NFL and be productive. He lacks the elite athleticism to project as a starter, but he’s a safe mid-round pick for a team looking for depth at running back.
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Daniel Thomas scouting report

Daniel Thomas RB Kansas State
Ht: 6’0″

Wt: 230

Strengths:
Big, physical, downhill runner. Tremendously productive in two years at Kansas State despite playing behind a weak offensive line. Doesn’t shy away from contact; capable of lowering his shoulder and running over defensive backs. Some experience as a receiver out of the backfield.
Weaknesses:
Runs too upright, invites too many hits and limits his ability to make guys miss. Barely even attempts to participate as a blocker. Speed is very average; won’t be a home-run hitter at the next level. Strictly a downhill runner; rarely bounces anything to the outside. Struggled academically throughout college; may have issues with NFL playbook.
Comments:
Thomas has the potential to be a workhorse running back, however, there are enough holes in his game that it would be difficult to take him before the 3rd or 4th round. Few running backs with his upright, downhill style make it at the next level. However, his size certainly makes him an intriguing prospect.
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James Brewer scouting report

James Brewer OT Indiana
Ht: 6’6″

Wt: 323

Strengths:
Elite size and strength. Showed steady improvement over the past two years and still has plenty of upside. Experience at right tackle and guard. Excels as a run blocker; impressive overall strength allows him to swallow up smaller defensive ends and linebackers.
Weaknesses:
Serious injury concerns; missed entire 2007 season with foot injury. Missed time 2008 with ankle injury. Limited experience; started playing football in senior year of high school in 2005 and then didn’t see the field consistently at Indiana until 2009. Limited athleticism. Struggles with footwork and body positioning; easily gets pulled out of position when trying to match up with speed rushers on the edge.
Comments:
Brewer’s lack of experience and improved performance in 2010 gives him some upside, however, he also can’t be counted on for much production early in his career. He has the potential to develop into a starter at right tackle or guard but it may take a year or two to develop him. The bottom line is there aren’t many players that enter the draft with his size and potential, so someone will take a chance on him and hope to coach him up.
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James Carpenter scouting report

James Carpenter OT Alabama
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 321

Strengths:
Fundamentally sound player who anchored Alabama’s line at left tackle for two years. Good footwork; decent quickness for his size. Strong lower body allows him to anchor against the bull rush.
Weaknesses:
Not a great athlete; probably limited to playing right tackle or guard in the pros. Not a dominant run blocker; fundamentally sound but doesn’t play with that mean streak that allows guys to really finish off blocks.
Comments:
Carpenter came to Alabama after spending two years at JUCO and was immediately inserted into the starting lineup at left tackle. He is battle tested and should be a safe mid-round pick. However, he isn’t a great athlete, doesn’t have dominant strength and as a result doesn’t have a lot of upside. He could prove be an adequate starter, but there isn’t much room to improve; he may already be playing his best football.
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Marcus Gilbert scouting report

Marcus Gilbert OT Florida
Ht: 6’6″

Wt: 330

Strengths:
Prototypical height. Impressive size and strength; carries his weight well. Decent athleticism for his size. A dominant run blocker. A mauler who consistently finishes off blocks. Experience at guard and tackle. A three-year starter.
Weaknesses:
Lacks elite quickness. Footwork is adequate, but not quick. Will struggle with speed rushers at the next level. Will be limited to playing right tackle and some teams may view him strictly as a guard. Plays too upright at times and tends to get back on his heels in pass protection.
Comments:
Gilbert has the skills necessary to be a starting right tackle at the next level. He is NFL ready as a run blocker and has potential to develop into an adequate pass protector. His upside is limited because he lacks elite athleticism, but he should be serviceable.
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Greg Romeus scouting report

Greg Romeus DE Pittsburgh
Ht: 6’5″

Wt: 264

Strengths:
Prototypical size and strength. Has flashed the ability to be a dominant well-rounded defensive end at times; entered 2010 season with 1st-round expectations. Decent athleticism for his size. Quick off the snap and does a nice job as a speed rusher off the edge. Strong enough to bull rush his way into the backfield against some weaker offensive tackles. Does a nice job getting hands up into passing lanes; keeps his eye on the quarterback and does a nice job reading and reacting.
Weaknesses:
Very serious injury concerns. Missed most of 2010 season after undergoing back surgery in September. Once he returned he suffered a torn ACL which ended his season. Both injuries could severely limit his ability to be as explosive as he was in 2008 and 2009. Struggles against the run; needs to improve lower-body strength to hold up against stronger offensive linemen.
Comments:
Romeus didn’t play football until his senior year of high school, so expectations were high entering 2010 after he began to reach his potential with an eight-sack season as a junior. If not for two devastating injuries he may have been a 1st-round pick. At this point, it would be hard to justify taking Romeus before the 4th round simply because there are so many question marks about his health. If he returns to form he could prove to be a steal, but that looks like a big “if” at this point.
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Markus White scouting report

Markus White DE Florida State
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 266

Strengths:
Quick off the snap. Does a nice job staying low making him a tough matchup for taller offensive tackles. An impressive edge rusher. Shows a steady improvement in his two years as a starter at Florida State. Plays with an intense motor.
Weaknesses:
Limited strength. Lacks the ability to consistently shed blocks. A liability against the run; teams consistently ran his direction and he was often helpless. Doesn’t have great speed; won’t make many plays in pursuit. 24 years old.
Comments:
White has potential but may struggle to find a role at the next level. He really struggles against the run, simply lacking the strength to hold his ground against more physical run-blocking tackles. He’s at his best when rushing off the edge but he lacks the elite athleticism and speed that team’s look for in situational pass rushers. His initial impact may be minimal, but he has the raw potential to develop into a contributor if he improves his strength and overall performance against the run.
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Pernell McPhee scouting report

Pernell McPhee DE Mississippi State
Ht: 6’3″

Wt: 280

Strengths:
Impressive size and strength. Has the ability to play end in any scheme and may be able to play tackle in a 4-3 system. Shows a nice array of pass rush moves and uses the bull rush effectively as well. Strong lower body allows him to hold his ground at the point of attack.
Weaknesses:
Limited athletically; won’t be a great pass rusher at the next level (only seven sacks in two years at Miss. State). Not very explosive off the snap; won’t beat many NFL tackles with his speed. Limited experience against top competition; transferred to Mississippi as a junior after spending two years in JUCO.
Comments:
McPhee is probably best suited to play end in a 3-4 scheme, where he has the potential to develop into a starter. He lacks the explosive athleticism to be an impact pass rusher, which will probably limit interest from 4-3 teams unless they view him as a tackle. Due to his ability to play various positions in different schemes, expect teams to have a wide range of grades on him.
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Ricky Elmore scouting report

Ricky Elmore DE Arizona
Ht: 6’5″

Wt: 255

Strengths:
Three-year starter. Good quickness off the snap. Flashes the ability to be a dominant edge rusher; 21.5 sacks over past two seasons. Better athlete than his workout numbers indicate.
Weaknesses:
Sort of a linebacker/end ‘tweener. Doesn’t have the size that most teams like in their defensive ends, but lacks the athleticism to play linebacker. Struggles to hold his ground at the point of attack against the run. May be limited to being a situational pass rusher at the next level.
Comments:
Elmore was a more productive college player than his teammate Brooks Reed, who could be a 1st-round pick. However, Elmore lacks Reed’s athleticism which is what NFL teams are most concerned with. His postseason workout numbers are concerning, but he looks much more athletic on film that his workout numbers indicate. He won’t be a great fit for every scheme but he could develop into a productive player in a 4-3 scheme, even if he’s never a three-down lineman.
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