Scouting Reports – 2011

Brian Rolle scouting report

Brian Rolle LB Ohio State
Ht: 5’10″

Wt: 229

Strengths:
Two-year starter who saw significant playing time on special teams early in his career. Experience at middle and weak-side linebacker in Ohio State classic 4-3 scheme. Impressive athleticism, quickness and speed. Looks very fluid in coverage. Has the skills necessary to be a special teams standout.
Weaknesses:
Vastly undersized. Lack of height is a definite concern. 3-4 teams will have no use for him and even in a 4-3 scheme he may be limited to the weak-side position.
Comments:
Rolle’s lack of size limits the number of teams that will be interested, which should cause him to fall in the third day of the draft. However, if he lands in the right scheme he could potentially develop into a starter. At worse, he will be a stud on special teams, making him well worth a 5th or 6th round selection.
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Terrell McClain scouting report

Terrell McClain DT South Florida
Ht: 6’2″

Wt: 297

Strengths:
Adequate size and strength. A very good athlete for an interior lineman. Consistently gets into the backfield. A hard hitter. Has a reputation as a hard worker, coaches have a lot of good things to say about him.
Weaknesses:
Inconsistent. Doesn’t appear to always play up to his potential. Gets swallowed up by more physical offensive linemen at times. May be better suited as a 3-4 end than inside in a 4-3 scheme.
Comments:
McClain has some upside as a penetrating tackle (think poor man’s Gerald McCoy) but he may struggle to earn a starting role if he doesn’t add some strength and improve his ability to hold up at the point of attack in the run game. As of right now he’s probably best suited to play in a 3-4 scheme, but he could certainly develop into a quality interior lineman in the 4-3 system with some work.
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Jeremy Beal scouting report

Jeremy Beal OLB Oklahoma
Ht: 6’2″

Wt: 261

Strengths:
Extremely productive three-year starter at Oklahoma. Plenty of experience against top competition. 29 career sacks, 10 career forced fumbles. A team leader on and off the field. Plays with a great motor.
Weaknesses:
Limited athletically. Speed is well below average, even for a defensive end. Does not have the speed or overall athleticism to match up with anyone in coverage. Will need to be used exclusively as a pass rusher which all but eliminates any chance of him starting at the next level.
Comments:
Beal is a classic example of a great college player who has simply maxed out his ability and may struggle to find a place at the next level. If it weren’t for his collegiate production, he wouldn’t even be in the discussion to get drafted, but it’s impossible to ignore the impact he had at Oklahoma.
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Lawrence Wilson scouting report

Lawrence Wilson LB Connecticut
Ht: 6’1″

Wt: 230

Strengths:
Extremely productive four-year starter. Always around the football; has great instincts. Does a nice job getting into the backfield; decent pass rusher considering his lack of elite size and strength. Reliable tackler. Very good ball skills for a linebacker; five career interceptions.
Weaknesses:
Does everything well, but nothing great. Doesn’t have the elite measurables that teams look for at the top of the draft. Speed is marginal. May be limited to playing weak-side linebacker in a 4-3 scheme.
Comments:
Wilson’s production at UConn was that of an early-round selection, but due to his lack of size, strength and speed he is likely to fall to the third day of the draft. In the mid-to-late rounds he could be a nice addition who will add depth, and potentially compete for a strong job in the right system.
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Chris Rucker scouting report

Chris Rucker CB Michigan State
Ht: 6’1″

Wt: 195

Strengths:
Great overall size. A physical cornerback. Plenty of experience against top competition; a three year starter. A willing run defender. Very reliable tackler for a cornerback. Decent speed.
Weaknesses:
Serious character concerns. Arrested and later suspended from team for his role in a fight in 2009. Also arrested on DUI charges. Lacks discipline on the field; takes too many chances and often gets caught out of position. Fundamentals are shaky; particularly for someone with 3+ years of experience as a starter.
Comments:
Rucker is a top-100 talent, but will fall to the end of the draft due to his character concerns. He generally was not well respected at Michigan State and NFL teams won’t be rushing to bring him into their locker room. That said, he clearly has NFL talent. Someone will roll the dice on him eventually, it’s just a matter of how far he falls first.
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Ras-I Dowling scouting report

Ras-I Dowling CB Virginia
Ht: 6’1″

Wt: 194

Strengths:
Great size. Plenty of experience. A fundamentally sound player. Looks very good in zone coverage; shows the ability to potentially switch to safety in the pros. Gives a solid effort in run support. Well respected by coaches and teammates. Team captain in 2010.
Weaknesses:
Lacks elite speed; may struggle to run with some of the faster receivers in the pros. Isn’t very quick; will struggle to keep pace with smaller, more agile receivers. May be better suited as a safety at the next level. Some injury concerns; missed most of 2010 season with a broken ankle.
Comments:
Dowling entered 2010 with high expectations but injuries derailed his senior year. He is talented, but I had concerns about his speed and athleticism entering the year, and a broken ankle certainly doesn’t help matters. He’s worth a look at cornerback, but may ultimately have to play safety.
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Alex Green scouting report

Alex Green RB Hawaii
Ht: 6’0″

Wt: 225

Strengths:
Prototypical size for a workhorse running back at the next level. Extremely productive down the stretch in 2010 once Hawaii finally committed to him as their go-to running back. Surprising quickness for his size. Looks good as a receiver out of the backfield; reliable hands.
Weaknesses:
Extremely limited experience. JUCO transfer who didn’t become a full-time player at Hawaii until the second half of his senior year. Never had more than 19 carries in a game at Hawaii. Comes from a spread offense which created plenty of open running lanes; limited experience running between the tackles and picking up tough yardage.
Comments:
Green is one of the most intriguing late-round options at running back. Down the stretch in 2010 he really looked like he had a bright future in the pros, but prior to October he was barely on the NFL radar screen. How much of his success was a result of Hawaii’s system? He could be a player just scratching the surface of his potential, or he could be a fluke who will quickly fade in the NFL.
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Stephen Schilling scouting report

Stephen Schilling OG Michigan
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 308

Strengths:
A four-year starter. Plays with a mean streak; a nasty run blocker who is capable of driving his man into the ground. Elite athletic ability for in interior lineman; forced to block on a the move a lot in Michigan’s offensive scheme. Has a reputation as a hard worker and a team leader.
Weaknesses:
Does everything well but nothing great. Doesn’t have overpowering size and strength. Strength seems to be mostly in his upper body; struggles against more physical bull rushers at times. May not have the skills to be great pass protector at the next level. Hasn’t played in an NFL blocking scheme.
Comments:
Schilling has the potential to be an adequate starter at the next level. He doesn’t really stand out in any one area, but he is a steady player with plenty of experience against top competition. He should be able to contribute immediately and could be a great value pick in the middle rounds of the draft.
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Shiloh Keo scouting report

Shiloh Keo S Idaho
Ht: 5’11″

Wt: 220

Strengths:
Good overall size and strength. Excels in run support; plays like an extra linebacker. Plenty of experience on special teams. Two-time team captain. A hard hitter; makes receivers think twice about going across the middle. Decent ball skills.
Weaknesses:
Limited athletically; will struggle in coverage at the next level. Doesn’t have the speed to stick with many tight ends or running backs. Missed most of 2008 season due to shoulder surgery. Arrested in 2009 on misdemeanor battery charges.
Comments:
Keo was one of the better defensive players in the WAC over the past few seasons, but he just doesn’t have the athleticism to be an impact player at the next level. His experience on special teams, however, will be valuable and someone should give him a shot in the late rounds of the draft.
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Jermale Hines scouting report

Jermale Hines S Ohio State
Ht: 6’1″

Wt: 220

Strengths:
Elite size and strength. Built like a prototypical strong safety. Excels in run support. Shows decent closing speed. A hard hitter and also a reliable tackler. Experience at free and strong safety. Plenty of experience on special teams.
Weaknesses:
Limited experience and ability in coverage. Saw fairly consistent playing time, but was part of a rotation so he was rarely starting and on the field for an entire game.
Comments:
Hines lacks the elite athleticism and coverage skills to project as a starter, but his ability to contribute in run support and on special teams should make him a safe pick in the mid-to-late rounds. His upside may be limited, but he definitely has a future in the league.
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