Scouting Reports – 2011

Nathan Enderle scouting report

Nathan Enderle QB Idaho
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 240

Strengths:
Prototypical size. Elite arm strength; can make any throw on the field. A four-year starter. Stands tall in the pocket, keeping his eyes downfield, even has pressure closes in on him. A tough quarterback; doesn’t shy away from taking a hit. Good mechanics; really looks the part of a NFL quarterback. Showed steady improvement throughout his career.
Weaknesses:
Struggles with accuracy; every so often he’ll uncork a throw that just sails on him. Does not put good touch on his passes. Needs to learn how to throw a more catchable ball. Limited mobility.
Comments:
At first glance Enderle looks like he belongs in the NFL, but the longer you watch the more apparent his lack of accuracy is. At times it looks like he doesn’t even know where the balls going as it leaves his hand. He has improved in this area throughout his career, but not enough to project him as an impact player at the next level. Someone will certainly give him a shot, the lack of accuracy will limit his ability to succeed in the NFL.
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Ben Chappell scouting report

Ben Chappell QB Indiana
Ht: 6’2″

Wt: 220

Strengths:
Adequate height and good overall size. Very productive player in a pass-first offense who made significant strides in senior year. Strong arm; can make just about any throw asked of him.
Weaknesses:
Inconsistent with his decision making; trusts his arm too much. Played in a system which inflated his statistics. Very inconsistent. When things start to unravel he falls apart quickly and appears to struggle to regain confidence.
Comments:
Chappell has the basic skills necessary to succeed in the NFL – a strong arm and decent accuracy. His inconsistent performance doesn’t instill much confidence, but he has the raw ability that should get him a look. His improved performance from his junior to senior year is a good sign. His best football could still be ahead.
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Adam Weber scouting report

Adam Weber QB Minnesota
Ht: 6’1″

Wt: 210

Strengths:
Four-year starter; one of the most productive players in program history. Shows good accuracy on throws of all distances. Generally a smart player; takes what’s given to him by the defense. Decent mobility; won’t take of running often but is capable of buying time with his feet.
Weaknesses:
Arm strength is very average. Below average height. Didn’t seem to improve dramatically throughout his career; a steady performer but never made the leap that was expected of him.
Comments:
Weber has the skills to play at the next level, but his upside is limited. His lack of height and arm strength are just two aspects of his game that may cause teams to dismiss him. In the right system (probably a west coast offense) he could develop into a decent player. He’s worth bringing into camp and possibly keeping around as a 3rd-string quarterback or on the practice squad.
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Tyrod Taylor scouting report

Tyrod Taylor QB Virginia Tech
Ht: 6’1″

Wt: 215

Strengths:
Three-year starter who excelled immediately; very productive college player. Impressive athleticism; could be viewed as a receiver or running back by some teams. Decent arm strength. Smart with the football; did a great job playing within the system at Virginia Tech (24-5 TD-Int ration in 2010).
Weaknesses:
Throwing motion needs a lot of work. Played in a system designed perfectly for his skill set; was not asked to make many deep throws. Accuracy on intermediate and deep routes is shaky.
Comments:
Taylor is an elite athlete, which means someone will give him a shot at the next level. However, he has a lot of work ahead of him if he wants to plays quarterback in the NFL. If a team views him as a quarterback, he will probably need two to three years of development before he’s ready to see any game action. His best chance to play at the next level will probably be at another position.
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T.J. Yates scouting report

T.J. Yates QB North Carolina
Ht: 6’3″

Wt: 219

Strengths:
Adequate height and overall size. Four-year starter; broke numerous school records. A very intelligent quarterback. Smart with the football; makes very few ill-advised throws. Shows excellent accuracy and short and intermediate routes. Adequate arm strength.
Weaknesses:
Missed five games with a broken ankle in 2008. Limited athletically, not a threat to make plays with his feet. Lacks accuracy on deeper throws – this is where most of his interceptions seem to come from. Very average across the board – does everything well, but nothing great. Already 23 years old.
Comments:
Yates is a fringe prospect with very little upside. However, he’s an intelligent player with enough ability to make a roster. He has the type of skill set that could allow him to carve out a nice career as a backup.
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Clint Boling scouting report

Clint Boling OG Georgia
Ht: 6’5″

Wt: 308

Strengths:
Four-year starter with experience at guard and tackle. A smart, technically sound player with great fundamentals.
Weaknesses:
Limited athleticism; will probably be limited to playing guard in the pros. Doesn’t have dominant strength; got pushed around at times by more physical defensive linemen. Needs to improve lower body strength if he’s going to play guard in the pros; struggles with the bull rush too frequently.
Comments:
Boling is a very safe mid-round pick who should be a reliable and versatile backup at the next level. His upside is limited, but he’s ready to contribute immediately. He isn’t a future All Pro, but he should have a long career as a backup/spot starter.
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Orlando Franklin scouting report

Orlando Franklin OG Miami FL
Ht: 6’6″

Wt: 316

Strengths:
Impressive size and strength. Strong lower body allows him to anchor against the bull rush. Experience at both guard and tackle. Above average athleticism for an interior lineman. Capable of getting to the second level at times.
Weaknesses:
Guard/tackle ‘tweener; struggled when lined up at left tackle in college. Will be limited to right tackle or guard in the pros. Failed to live up to expectations; a slow developing player who has yet to maximize his potential. Still makes rookie mistakes and gets caught out of position frequently despite starting 35 career games.
Comments:
Franklin has the raw skills necessary to start in the NFL, but he has failed to show the consistency to warrant a high pick. His versatility will be attractive if he falls into the mid rounds, but someone may fall in love with his raw potential and take him much higher than he deserves to go. He’s a boom or bust prospect, but I’m leaning towards expecting a bust.
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Mario Fannin scouting report

Mario Fannin RB Auburn
Ht: 5’10″

Wt: 231

Strengths:
Impressive size and strength. Elite straight-line speed (4.38 forty at combine). Plenty of experience as a receiver; had more receptions than rushing attempts in 2009. A good all-around athlete; played quarterback in high school. A versatile player who would make an ideal backup at the next level. Experienced on kickoff returns.
Weaknesses:
Never carried the full load in college; only 233 career rushing attempts. Already 23 years old. Suffered a dislocated shoulder in 2008. Suffered an ankle injury in 2009.
Comments:
Fannin caught the attention of everyone at the combine when he ran a sub-4.4 forty, a truly impressive time for a 230-pound running back. His athleticism is obvious, which is intriguing when coupled with his impressive size. However, it’s tough to judge a player who was never a full-time starter in college. Fannin clearly has the potential to be a productive player at the next level, but it’s tough to project him as anything more than a backup. His versatility as runner, receiver and return specialist makes him an attractive option in the late rounds and he should have no problem making an NFL roster.
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Dion Lewis scouting report

Dion Lewis RB Pittsburgh
Ht: 5’7″

Wt: 190

Strengths:
A tough runner for his size. A quick, shifty runner who can make guys miss in the open field. Shows good vision in the backfield. Hits holes with a burst and gets up to full speed quickly. Effective as a receiver out of the backfield. Extremely productive in two years as the starter at Pitt.
Weaknesses:
Vastly undersized. Few running backs of his stature find success in the NFL. Suffered a shoulder injury in 2010 which caused him to miss some time and lingered throughout the year. Straight line speed is only average – you’d like to see more breakaway speed from a guy of his size. Overworked the past two seasons – 596 career touches in just two years of college ball.
Comments:
Lewis is an interesting prospect. He burst onto the scene as a redshirt freshman with 1,799 yards in 2009 but took a step back in 2010. Coming off a somewhat disappointing year he enters the draft as a redshirt sophomore despite having a lot left to prove at the college level. There is definitely a chance that he develops into the next Maurice Jones-Drew, but he lacks Jones’ speed and overall strength at this point in his career. He’s a developmental prospect that could turn into a steal, but probably isn’t worth the risk until day three of the draft.
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Bilal Powell scouting report

Bilal Powell RB Louisville
Ht: 5’10″

Wt: 207

Strengths:
Impressive size; very well built. Has a sturdy frame capable of taking hits and bouncing off tackles. Strong legs allow him to push the pile. Only a one-year starter, so plenty of tread left on the tires. Some experience as a receiver out of the backfield. Shows potential as a pass protector. Experienced as a return specialist and on special teams coverage.
Weaknesses:
Didn’t make much of an impact until senior year; is he a one-year wonder? Not an elusive runner; lacks the quick feet to make guys miss.
Comments:
Powell is a tough player to fully evaluate because of his lack of starting experience. At times in his senior year he flashed the skills necessary to be an impact player at the next level, however, he is still inconsistent. He clearly has NFL size and strength, which should land him a job as backup somewhere. While his limited experience raises some questions it also means there could be room to grow, giving him enough upside to warrant a mid-round selection.
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