Scouting Reports – 2011

Virgil Green scouting report

Virgil Green TE Nevada
Ht: 6’3″

Wt: 250

Strengths:
Elite athleticism; runs like a wide receiver. Three-year starter. A threat to make plays after the catch; a rare ability for a tight end. Creates a very tough matchup for linebackers.
Weaknesses:
Fundamentals are lacking. Not a great route runner; rounds off his routes and just generally looks sloppy; likely a result of playing against many linebackers who simply lack the athleticism to keep pace with him. Lacks the height most teams look for in pass-catching tight ends. Blocking ability is limited; doesn’t have great lower body strength.
Comments:
Green’s athleticism is going to intrigue many offensive coordinators in the NFL, however, he is a work in progress. He’s an unpolished player who needs to be coached up before he’s ready to make an impact. His fundamentals and NFL-readiness are probably that of a 5th-7th rounder, but his athleticism will almost certainly allow him to come off the board in the 3rd or 4th round. He’s a developmental prospect, but definitely has the potential to be a weapon in the passing game.
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Kristofer O’Dowd scouting report

Kristofer O’Dowd C USC
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 304

Strengths:
A four-year starter. Prototypical size. Very sound fundamentally. Decent athleticism for an interior lineman.
Weaknesses:
Does everything well but is never dominant. Doesn’t finish off many blocks; doesn’t seem to play with a mean streak.
Comments:
O’Dowd is a decent prospect who could develop into a starter, but he lacks the elite qualities in any one area to project as a future star. He is a very solid player but lacks much upside. It’s possible that he’s already playing his best football and doesn’t have much room to improve. In the mid rounds, he’s a very safe pick, but don’t expect him to develop into a future All Pro.
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Jamie Harper scouting report

Jamie Harper RB Clemson
Ht: 5’11″

Wt: 230

Strengths:
Elite size. Very well built; can take a pounding. Strong legs make him tough to bring down. Adequate speed for his size. A solid receiver out of the backfield. Highly recruited player out of high school; tons of potential and still lots of upside.
Weaknesses:
Never lived up to his potential. Backed up C.J Spiller until 2010 and averaged just 3.9 yards per carry. Limited experience; only one season with over 100 carries (197 in 2010). Not a very elusive back; won’t make many guys miss in the open field.
Comments:
Harper has a ton of potential but he never showed it consistently in college. His size and decent speed and athleticism make him a candidate to be a true workhorse at the next level. However, he needs to make major strides before he’s ready to see significant playing time in the NFL. At worst, he should make for a very solid short-yardage back. His ability to pick up the tough yards, coupled with his receiving ability, could make him a good situational player.
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Ross Homan scouting report

Ross Homan OLB Ohio State
Ht: 6’1″

Wt: 240

Strengths:
A tough, physical player. Reliable tackler who also flashes the ability to deliver big hits. Experience lining up at all three linebacker positions in the 4-3 system, primarily at the mike and sam positions. Shows great instincts. A patient player who reads the play and rarely over-commits. Team leader on and off the field. NFL bloodlines; cousin of Bobby Hoying.
Weaknesses:
Missed almost entire 2007 season with turf toe. Limited athletically; a bit stiff and doesn’t have the skills to be great in coverage. Straight-line speed is decent, but his quickness and agility is marginal
Comments:
Homan’s lack of athleticism is really the only thing holding him back from being a top-50 pick. He’s a smart, tough player that coaches and teammates love to be around. His versatility and his intangibles will make him a solid backup at the next level.
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Chris Carter scouting report

Chris Carter OLB Fresno State
Ht: 6’1″

Wt: 245

Strengths:
Good overall size. Impressive strength. A tough guy who has played through injuries. Solid speed rusher off the edge; made major strides as a pass rusher in 2010. Decent speed; has shown the ability to chase down ball carriers.
Weaknesses:
Suffered a hand injury in 2009 but played through it. Primarily lined up at defensive end at Fresno State but is too small to be a traditional 4-3 end at the next level. Very limited experience dropping into coverage. Athleticism is marginal; straight-line speed is good, but agility is average at best which may limit his upside as a 4-3 linebacker who is relied up in coverage. Slightly shorter than most teams like 3-4 outside linebackers.
Comments:
Carter has the perfect skill set to transition to 3-4 outside linebacker at the next level. The only major downside to his draft stock is his lack of elite height and his inexperience at the position. He may not have the measurables and the elite athleticism of the top prospects at the positions, but he shows good instincts and consistent playmaking ability which should allow him to compete for a starting job at the next level.
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Josh Portis scouting report

Josh Portis QB California (PA)
Ht: 6’3″

Wt: 211

Strengths:
Impressive athlete; a threat to take off running. Showed a steady improvement in final two years. Very productive at the D-II level; 69 TD-16 int over past two seasons. Strong arm; can make every throw on the field. Team captain in junior and senior year. NFL bloodlines; cousin of Clinton Portis. Has the size and speed to switch to receiver if necessary.
Weaknesses:
Some character concerns that teams will need to look into. Suspended for 2007 season while at Maryland for cheating on a quiz. Arrested in 2010 for using a stolen credit card. Bounced around from Florida to Maryland to Cal (PA); hasn’t had time to develop in one system. Will need to adjust to an NFL offense at the next level; primarily played out of the shotgun in college in a fairly simplistic scheme at Cal (PA). In limited time against top competition at Florida and Maryland he struggled with decision making; got flustered quickly when the pocket closed around him.
Comments:
Portis is a talented athlete who was highly recruited out of high school. He clearly has the raw talent to play at the next level, but he’s a developmental prospect and teams will need to look into some concerns before investing in him. For one, playing at three schools raises a red flag. It could be a case of a kid just looking for playing time, but teams will want to do their homework on that. Also, in media interviews Portis has passed the bulk of the blame in the credit card incident to others. If this is true, then it becomes a non-issue. If not, it raises further concerns about his maturity. Those are questions that only NFL teams can answer based on their interviews with him behind closed doors.
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K.J. Wright scouting report

K.J Wright OLB Mississippi State
Ht: 6’3″

Wt: 245

Strengths:
Plenty of experience against top competition. Three-year starter who also saw significant playing time as a freshman. Prototypical size for strong-side linebacker in a 4-3 scheme. Plays much faster than his timed speed. Team captain.
Weaknesses:
Lacks elite upper body strength; struggles to shed blockers and can get pushed around too easily at times. Limited ability as a pass rusher; doesn’t have the quickness off the snap to get into the backfield consistently. Coverage ability is average at best; has the speed, but lacks the fluidity to stay with more athletic tight ends and running backs.
Comments:
Wright is a decent mid-round prospect who could be a quality backup at the next level. He lacks the elite physical tools to project as a starter, but has the size and enough speed to offer something in a reserve role. He also has the skills set which should make him a quality special teams player, which will help him hold down a job in the NFL. He isn’t anything special as a prospect, but you could do a lot worse in the mid-rounds if you need to add depth at linebacker.
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Mason Foster scouting report

Mason Foster OLB Washington
Ht: 6’1″

Wt: 245

Strengths:
Three-year starter; one of the few bright spots on a weak Washington defense. An instinctive player; always around the football. Does a nice job seeing the play develop and putting himself in position to make a play. A decent pass rusher off the edge. Showed a steady improvement throughout his career. Hard hitter who will force some fumbles.
Weaknesses:
Lacks ideal height for an outside linebacker. Looks sloppy in coverage; footwork is poor and he lacks the fluid hips to turn and run with more athletic tight ends. Athleticism is nothing special.
Comments:
Foster’s skill set is best suited for a 3-4 system, however, he lacks the size (mainly the height) that teams would prefer in that scheme. As a result, he may be a rare ‘tweener that doesn’t quite fit in either system. He may ultimately wind up playing inside in a 3-4 scheme where teams will be better equipped to mask his lack of elite pass rushing and coverage skills and utilize his instincts and sideline-to-sideline play-making ability.
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Thomas Keiser scouting report

Thomas Keiser OLB Stanford
Ht: 6’5″

Wt: 244

Strengths:
Good overall size and strength. Experience at both linebacker and defensive end. Decent athleticism. Plays faster than his timed speed; good initial quickness off the snap. Showed a steady improvement and his best football is likely still ahead.
Weaknesses:
Limited experience dropping into coverage. Only saw significant playing time for two years; made questionable decision to turn pro following junior year. Suffered a pulled hamstring during his pro day.
Comments:
Keiser may lack the elite athleticism to be a starter at the next level but he has shown enough as a pass rusher to draw interest from teams looking to add depth at 3-4 linebacker. As a situational pass rusher he could be an immediate contributor. In order to see more playing time down the road, however, he’ll need to improve his ability to drop into coverage.
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Will Rackley scouting report

Will Rackley OG Lehigh
Ht: 6’3″

Wt: 309

Strengths:
Dominant left tackle at Lehigh; four-year starter. Good overall size and strength. Excels as a run blocker. Strong lower body allows him to drive defenders backward. Does a nice job anchoring against the bull rush.
Weaknesses:
Hasn’t faced elite competition. A position change is necessary; lacks the athleticism to play left tackle in the pros, and probably would struggle at right tackle as well. Not a very explosive player; doesn’t deliver a strong initial pop.
Comments:
Players like Rackley that come from lower divisions and require a position change are difficult to project. In time, he could develop into a great interior linemen but he will probably be a bit of a project. While he definitely has upside, he has too many question marks to take until the late 3rd round, if not later.
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