Scouting Reports – 2011

Da’Norris Searcy scouting report

Da’Norris Searcy S North Carolina
Ht: 5’11″

Wt: 223

Strengths:
Elite size and strength. A devastating hitter. Shows surprising quickness for his size; has developed into a decent coverage safety. Has some experience at linebacker; could be viewed as a weak-side linebacker by some 4-3 teams. Some experience as a pass rusher.
Weaknesses:
Overaggressive. Loves to go for the big hit and will miss some tackles as a result. Coverage skills have improved, but he’ll struggle with more athletic tight ends and running backs at the next level. Suspended for first three games of 2010 season for his role in UNC’s academic scandal.
Comments:
Searcy was a late bloomer at UNC, who didn’t really become an impact player until his senior year. His size is intriguing and some teams who value run support ability from their strong safety will be very interested in services. He’s a candidate to come off the board much higher than expected because his skill set is rare and some team may be looking for his specific abilities.
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Joe Lefeged scouting report

Joe Lefeged S Rutgers
Ht: 6’0″

Wt: 210

Strengths:
Three-year starter who also saw significant playing time a freshman. High school linebacker who was converted to strong safety. A reliable tackler and a hard hitter. Extremely productive collegiate player. Experienced as kick returner.
Weaknesses:
Limited ability in coverage; looks stiff and lacks the speed to stay with more athletic tight ends. Doesn’t show great ball skills; only two career interceptions. Plays like an undersized linebacker more than a safety. Poor instincts in zone coverage; does not do a great job of reading the quarterback and getting into position to make plays.
Comments:
Lefeged had a great career at Rutgers, but his lack of coverage skills may limit his upside at the next level. His skill set will be viewed differently by each team. In some schemes his ability to contribute against the run will be valued, while other teams will shy away due to his lack of coverage skills. In the right system, he has the potential to develop into a quality starter.
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Nate Williams scouting report

Nate Williams S Washington
Ht: 6’0″

Wt: 210

Strengths:
Good overall size and strength. Three-year starter at strong safety. Very reliable tackler. Showed a steady improvement throughout his career; one of the few bright spots on a very weak Washington defense.
Weaknesses:
Not much of an athlete. Struggles in coverage. Doesn’t have great ball skills (just one career interceptions). Basically a smaller linebacker in the secondary.
Comments:
Williams lack of speed and athleticism limits his upside but he should be a quality backup and could develop into a special teams star. Most likely, he isn’t a future starter but should be able to make a roster and is worth a late-round pick.
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Eugene Clifford scouting report

Eugene Clifford S Tennessee State
Ht: 6’2″

Wt: 200

Strengths:
Impressive size and strength. Elite athlete. A tough, physical player. A hard hitter but also a reliable wrap-up tackler. Decent ball skills.
Weaknesses:
Fairly serious character concerns. Suspended multiple times while at Ohio State. Arrested for assault in 2008, which led to him transferring to Tennessee State. Limited experience against top competition, although he did play as a true freshman at Ohio State.
Comments:
Clifford was highly recruited out of high school and appeared to have a bright future at Ohio State, but only lasted one year in Columbus. After transferring to Tennessee State he made an immediate impact and was one of the better defensive players at that level of play. He is a character risk, but has enough talent to be well worth the risk in the late rounds.
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Chris Conte scouting report

Chris Conte S California
Ht: 6’2″

Wt: 200

Strengths:
Rare height for the position. Decent overall size and strength. Former cornerback with decent coverage skills. Fairly reliable tackler; gives a solid effort and technique is consistent.
Weaknesses:
Limited ball skills; only two career interceptions. Still learning the safety position. Did not become a full time starter until 2010; only 17 career starts.
Comments:
Conte showed a good amount of potential in 2010, his first as a starter at Cal. The biggest concern is his ball skills. Your free safety is supposed to be a ball hawk and Conte hasn’t shown that ability to this point in his career. Overall he seems like a safe pick in the mid-to-late rounds and should have no problem earning a spot on a roster as a reserve defensive back and special teams contributor.
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Jaiquawn Jarrett scouting report

Jaiquawn Jarrett S Temple
Ht: 6’0″

Wt: 200

Strengths:
Starter for 3.5 years. Good overall size. A very smart player; always seems to be in position to make a play. Patient in zone coverage; doesn’t bite early on make fakes. Good ball skills; 9 career interceptions. Puts in a good effort against the run.
Weaknesses:
Limited strength; tackling technique is decent but he’ll struggle to bring down bigger running backs and tight ends. Hasn’t been tested against elite competition.
Comments:
Jarrett is a solid option in the middle rounds of the draft. He’ll be limited to playing free safety in the pros due to his lack of elite size and strength, but he should provide quality depth in the secondary and on special teams.
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Curt Porter scouting report

Curt Porter OT Jacksonville State
Ht: 6’7″

Wt: 308

Strengths:
Prototypical size. A versatile player; experience at tackle, guard and center; primarily played left tackle.
Weaknesses:
Limited athletically. Probably will be forced to play guard or right tackle in the pros. Doesn’t have overpowering strength.
Comments:
Porter made a name for himself in Jacksonville State’s win over Ole Miss in 2010. While primarily playing left tackle, the Gamecocks moved him to guard where he looked very good lined up opposite nose tackle Jerrell Powe. His upside is severely limited by his lack of athleticism, but his versatility and experience along the line is a bonus that should land him a job as a backup somewhere.
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Chris Hairston scouting report

Chris Hairston OT Clemson
Ht: 6’6″

Wt: 326

Strengths:
Three-year starter at left tackle. Elite size and strength. A physical run blocker. Flashes starter-quality fundamentals and dominance at times.
Weaknesses:
Limited athleticism. Lacks the lateral movement necessary to play left tackle and may even struggle on the right side. Knows good fundamentals, but gets sloppy at times. Conditioning may be an issue; he doesn’t have the body of someone who is in great shape and his fundamentals noticeably break down on long drives and on individual plays that get extended.
Comments:
Hairston has some potential, but he needs to be more consistent. At this point he’s sort of the collegiate version of Flozell Adams – a guy who clearly has the ability to be a star, but simply has moments where he seems to give up and lose focus. If he’s willing to lost some weight in an effort gain mobility and better stamina he could develop into a late-round steal, but I would be too concerned about his conditioning to take him before the 6th or 7th round.
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Cliff Matthews scouting report

Cliff Matthews DE South Carolina
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 257

Strengths:
Adequate size. A decent athlete; plays faster than his timed speed. Quick off the snap and shows the ability to get into the backfield fairly consistently. Team captain.
Weaknesses:
May lack the passion to excel in the NFL; chose not to respond to his invitation to the East-West Shrine game – a very questionable decision which raises a big red flag. Missed time with a shoulder injury in 2009. Lacks an array of pass rush moves; relies on his speed which is average at best by NFL standards.
Comments:
Matthews has NFL potential, but teams will definitely want to know more about his decision to skip the East-West Shrine Game. Aside from an injury or family situation, there really isn’t a good reason not to showcase your talents in front of scouts, coaches and executives from all 32 teams. Depending on how he responded in interviews, I would not be shocked if some teams removed him from their draft board as a result. Based purely on talent, he has the potential to be a solid backup lineman and may be able to transition to linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.
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Brandon Bair scouting report

Brandon Bair DE Oregon
Ht: 6’6″

Wt: 275

Strengths:
Elite size; looks like a prototypical 3-4 defensive end. Capable of playing tackle in a 4-3 scheme. Decent athleticism; a converted tight end. Made significant strides in 2010, nearly doubling his tackle-for-loss total. A mature player who spend two years on a church mission; married with a daughter.
Weaknesses:
Already 26 years old; upside is limited as a result. Lacks the strong based to excel against the run. Doesn’t have the elite athleticism to be much of a pass rusher at the next level; only five career sacks in college.
Comments:
Bair could be a nice addition in the mid rounds for a team looking for someone capable of providing depth immediately. However, some teams may simply steer clear because of his age. At 26 years old there’s very little room for him to improve.
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