Scouting Reports – 2011

Justin Rogers scouting report

Justin Rogers CB Richmond
Ht: 6’0″

Wt: 180

Strengths:
Extremely productive FCS cornerback. Elite playmaker with 12 career interceptions, including seven as a sophomore in 2008. An aggressive defender, who does a nice job reading the quarterback.
Weaknesses:
Trusts his athleticism too much which will get him into trouble at the next level. Undersized; lacks the bulk to play press coverage and will probably be limited to playing nickel corner as a result.
Comments:
Rogers is your typical undersized, athletic cover corner who will be limited to playing in the nickel role at the next level. He has NFL ability, but players with his skills are easy to come by. He’s a good athlete, but just doesn’t do anything to really make himself stand out. He has some upside if he’s able to bulk up, but will still probably fall to the late rounds.
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Chykie Brown scouting report

Chykie Brown CB Texas
Ht: 5’11″

Wt: 190

Strengths:
Decent strength for a cornerback; well built. Plays a physical brand of football. Isn’t afraid to mix it up at the line of scrimmage, even with bigger receiver. Willing to help out in run support.
Weaknesses:
Missed time in 2008 with a sprained ankle. Missed time in 2010 with a broken arm. Below average ball skills; only two career interceptions. Speed is average at best; doesn’t appear to play up to his timed speed.
Comments:
First name pronouced “shockey”, as in Jeremy Shockey. Brown gets overlooked, due to sharing the field with Aaron Williams and Curtis Brown, but he too has an NFL future. His injury history and his lack of production are concerning, but he clearly has NFL skills and should be able to find a role at the next level.
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Josh Bynes scouting report

Josh Bynes ILB Auburn
Ht: 6’1″

Wt: 240

Strengths:
Three-year starter. Underrated coverage linebacker. Plays faster than his timed speed and is fluid enough to turn and run with most tight ends and running backs. Good ball skills; seven career interceptions. The type of linebacker that simply finds ways to put himself in position to make plays. A leader on the field.
Weaknesses:
Does everything well but nothing great. May be a player that has already maxed out his potential.
Comments:
Bynes projects as a backup at the next level, mainly because he simply lacks the elite physical tools to develop into anything more. That said, he is fundamentally sound and a smart football player making him ideal for a backup/special teams role. He won’t be a high pick, but he’ll find a way to make an impact in the league.
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Nate Irving scouting report

Nate Irving ILB N.C. State
Ht: 6’1″

Wt: 240

Strengths:
Starter for the majority of his three healthy years at N.C. State. Plays faster than his timed speed; a good sideline-to-sideline defender. Explosive off the snap, does a great job getting into the backfield. Isn’t a powerful pass rusher, but does a nice job making himself small and slipping through holes in the line (21.5 tackles for loss in 2010).
Weaknesses:
Missed entire 2009 season due to injuries suffered in a car accident. Coverage skills are lacking. Doesn’t have the fluid athleticism to stick with elite pass-catching tight ends and running backs. Instincts in zone coverage aren’t great.
Comments:
If not for missing the entire 2009 season, Irving could have established himself as a 1st or 2nd round pick by now. His 2010 season was impressive, but there are still some holes in game. He shows a lot of potential and is worth a mid-round pick. If he improves his coverage skills he could develop into a solid starter at inside or strong-side linebacker.
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Akeem Dent scouting report

Akeem Dent ILB Georgia
Ht: 6’1″

Wt: 242

Strengths:
Experience in both a 4-3 and 3-4 scheme. Emerged as a playmaker in 2010, his first as a starter in defensive coordinator Todd Grantham’s 3-4 scheme. Has the frame to add weight. Decent athlete; looks fairly fluid in coverage and shows the necessary ability to improve in that area.
Weaknesses:
Limited experience; just one year a starter. Has a slim build and may need to bulk up before he’s ready to be an every-down player at the next level.
Comments:
Dent came from nowhere to emerge as one of the top inside linebacker prospects in the draft in 2010. One-year wonders are often a concern, but Dent is a different story. Transitioning from the 4-3 scheme to the 3-4 system ran by Grantham (a former NFL coordinator) indicates something may have finally clicked as he found the right niche for his skills. The body of work isn’t there to warrant a high selection, but Dent could be an ascending talent with his best football still years ahead of him.
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Mario Harvey scouting report

Mario Harvey ILB Marshall
Ht: 5’11″

Wt: 257

Strengths:
Three-year starter. A team leader with top intangibles. Plays with a motor that never dies; a classic overachiever that gets the most out of his ability. A hard hitter, but still a reliable tackler. Shows great instincts; always around the football. Experience at inside and outside linebacker.
Weaknesses:
Lacks ideal height. Some teams may scratch him off their board simply because he lacks the measurables they’re looking for. Not an elite athlete; looks a bit stiff in coverage. Does not play up to his timed speed (4.46 at pro day).
Comments:
Harvey is a very safe option in the middle rounds of the draft. With his skill set and work ethic is going to be a solid backup and special teams player at worst. However, his limited athleticism and lack of elite size may prevent him from being much more. His versatility is also an added bonus.
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Courtney Smith scouting report

Courntey Smith WR South Alabama
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 220

Strengths:
Elite size and overall build. Decent route running ability in shorter routes. Knows how to use his body to shield defenders.
Weaknesses:
Limited experience against top competition. Lacks the speed to be a deep threat. Hands are inconsistent. Didn’t dominate lower level competition like someone with his size should. Some character concerns; transferred from UAB to Southeast Louisiana to South Alabama due to various off-field and academic issues.
Comments:
You can’t teach size, which is why Smith will get a serious look from the NFL. However, his inability to remain with one program and his lack of experience against top competition will limit the willingness of teams to take a chance. While he lacks elite speed, he definitely has the potential to develop into a quality possession receiver.
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Tori Gurley scouting report

Tori Gurley WR South Carolina
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 216

Strengths:
Ideal height. Long arms and big hands. Definitely looks the part of an NFL receiver. A tough runner after the catch; will break some tackles.Willing to go across the middle.
Weaknesses:
Unreliable hands; uses poor technique and uses his chest to cushion the ball too often. Limited experience; only a redshirt sophomore with 75 career catches. Already 23 years old. Lacks the speed to be a deep threat.
Comments:
Gurley definitely has potential based on his size, but he is still very raw. He lacks the production that you’d like to see from a prospect, but you can’t teach size so he will get drafted late. Given two to three years to develop he could become an impact possession receiver, but it will take some work.
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Stephen Burton scouting report

Stephen Burton WR West Texas A&M
Ht: 6’1″

Wt: 221

Strengths:
Good overall build. Fairly strong for a receiver. Good route runner; very fluid for his size. Very reliable hands. A tough runner after the catch; played running back in high school. Some experience returning kicks.
Weaknesses:
Limited experience against top competition; JUCO transfer. Hasn’t been tested in press coverage due to size – something he’ll see more of in NFL and will need to adjust. Frame is filled out; needs to be sure he stays in shape so as to not lose a step. Speed is average at best; not a deep threat.
Comments:
Burton is one of the top small-school sleepers in this year’s draft. He has the skills to be a reliable possession receiver and could potentially develop into a No. 2 option. Level of competition is definitely a concern, however, and he may take a few years to reach his full potential.
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Dwayne Harris scouting report

Dwayne Harris WR East Carolina
Ht: 5’10″

Wt: 203

Strengths:
Productive receiver who improved steadily throughout his career. Very reliable hands. A tough player who is willing to go across the middle. Looks good running after the catch; a tough runner who will break some tackles.
Weaknesses:
Undersized. Lacks ideal height and overall bulk. Needs to improve strength in order to fight off press coverage. Lacks breakaway speed; not much of a deep threat.
Comments:
Harris is a good route runner with reliable hands who should find his way onto a NFL roster. However, his relatively lack of size or speed limits his upside. He’s a safe late-round pick, but will probably never be anything more than 4th or 5th option.
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