Scouting Reports – 2012

Russell Wilson scouting report

Russell Wilson QB Wisconsin #16
Ht: 5’11″

Wt: 204

 
Strengths:
Extremely patient in the pocket. Remains calm, keeps his eyes downfield and stands tall even as the pocket is collapsing around him. Impressive athlete; former minor-league baseball player. Can buy time with his feet and is also a threat to take off running. Impressive accuracy on all throws. Arm strength isn’t elite, but has more than enough strength to make all the throws. Does a nice job on play action and pump fakes. Plenty of experience; four-year starter. Made smooth transition from N.C. State to Wisconsin and clearly picked up Badgers offense quickly and excelled from the start. Strong fundamentals; nice over-the-top throwing motion minimizes impact of his height.
Weaknesses:
Accuracy becomes shaky on the run; will miss some wide-open receivers when rolling outside the pocket (see first 2011 MSU game). Decision making typically strong, but does make some poor decisions under extreme pressure (took safety vs MSU by throwing ball away; also made uncharacteristic number of mistakes vs OSU, arguably best defense he faced in career). Undersized; a limited number of quarterbacks with his height excel at the next level.
Comments:
Wilson’s height definitely raises some concern, but if he were 6’4″ I believe he would be considered a solid mid-to-late 1st-round pick. While his height puts him at a disadvantage, he definitely has the tools (accuracy and athleticism) to overcome his short stature. While he may never develop into a starter, he should have a long career due to his composure on the field and his overall football intelligence. At worst, he should be a reliable backup, who may eventually develop into a starter. He compares favorably, both in terms of tools and measurables, to Seneca Wallace and should be able to put together a similar career.
Videos:
2011 vs Ohio State
2011 vs Michigan State 
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Kellen Moore scouting report

Kellen Moore QB Boise State #111
Ht: 6’0″

Wt: 197

 
Strengths:
Four-year starter with a solid grasp on the mental aspect of the game. A true team leader on the field who directs traffic well and makes solid decisions with the football. Decent athlete; looks good throwing on the run and able to maintain his accuracy.
Weaknesses:
Level of competition is a concern; talent gap between Boise State and it’s WAC opponents was so great that Moore simply wasn’t forced to consistently make tough decisions under pressure. Undersized; another aspect which was masked in college due to the time he was frequently given ample time in the pocket; will need to learn to make faster decisions at the next level without always having the ideal vantage point due to his lack of height. Arm strength is only average; can make all the throws, but lacks that extra zip to squeeze it into tight spaces which can sometimes separate quarterbacks at the next level. Throwing motion is slightly three-quarters which exacerbates the height issue. He’s already only 6’0″, but ball comes from the slot of guy who’s about 5’9″.
Comments:
Moore was one of the most dominant quarterbacks in recent college football history, but he lacks the basic skills necessary to play a significant role at the next level. His size disadvantage is part of the problem, but the real issue is that he lacks the tools to make up for that lack of size. He is not significantly smaller than Colt McCoy, who was a 3rd round selection and has found some measure of success in the NFL. However, he can’t even begin to compare to McCoy in terms of accuracy. Smaller quarterback, such as McCoy and Brees, absolutely must have elite accuracy in order to be considered legitimate prospects. McCoy has the accuracy, Brees has the accuracy and NFL-caliber decision-making skills, which is what sets him apart. At this stage of his career, Moore is lacking in both areas. Moore is a smart quarterback, and could provide some value in the locker room as a 3rd string quarterback, but his developmental upside is limited.
Videos:
2011 vs Georgia
2011 vs San Diego State 
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B.J. Coleman scouting report

B.J. Coleman QB Chattanooga #19
Ht: 6’3″

Wt: 232

 
Strengths:
Prototypical size. Strong arm; can easily make all the throws. Decent fundamentals when he’s not pressured. Tough player who can take a hit in the pocket.
Weaknesses:
Not a fluid athlete; looks very mechanical in all of his movements; throwing motion is technically sound, but looks very choppy and almost over-exaggerated at times. Accuracy is inconsistent, especially on deep routes. Sort of an awkward throwing motion; tends to throw from an open stance, especially when rushed. Also short-arms his throws when pressured. Noticeably flustered by pressure; dances in the pocket and loses his fundamentals. Tends to lock on to his primary target. Missed end of senior year with shoulder injury.
Comments:
Coleman has the raw physical tools to play at the next level, but he is purely a developmental prospect. He needs to become more comfortable and consistent in the pocket, and his accuracy must improve before he’s ready to set foot on an NFL field.
Videos:
2011 vs Nebraska
2010 vs Auburn 
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Taylor Thompson scouting report

Taylor Thompson TE SMU #8
Ht: 6’6″

Wt: 259

 
Strengths:
Impressive size/speed combination. Workout numbers at pro day were very impressive for his size: 37 inch vertical, 4.55 forty, 4.38 shuttle. 38th-ranked TE prospect by Rivals.com coming out of high school.
Weaknesses:
Never played tight end in college. Converted to defensive end after arriving at SMU.
Comments:
Thompson was a late-round defensive end prospect, but has drawn interest from teams as a tight end. It’s difficult to project his future given his lack of playing time, but he has the measurables to be a force. As we’ve seen in recent years, experience is definitely not necessary to make an impact at tight end, and Thompson has reportedly looked good in workouts. Given his size and workout numbers, he’s definitely worth a flier in the mid rounds.
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Trenton Robinson scouting report

Trenton Robinson S Michigan State #39
Ht: 5’10″

Wt: 195

 
Strengths:
Plays the centerfield position well. Does a nice job reading the quarterback in zone coverage. Capable of staying with tight ends in man coverage; decent leaping ability makes up for height disadvantage. Experience in man coverage vs receivers also, but at his best in zone. Willing to help out against the run; decent tackling fundamentals. Can deliver some big hits. Well respected by teammates and coaches. Has a reputation for being a hard worker off the field.
Weaknesses:
Slightly undersized, both in terms of height and bulk. Below average tackling skills; very much willing to step up vs the run, but just doesn’t have the size to wrap up the ball carrier; running backs will bounce off his tackle attempts, even when technique is fairly solid. Typically plays off in man coverage; lacks the speed to play up, risking getting beat deep, but lacks the burst to close quickly to prevent quick underneath routes.
Comments:
Robinson is a true free safety who has the potential to start at the next level. However, his lack of size and average speed/quickness limits his upside. His grade will likely vary greatly from team to team based on their defensive scheme. Robinson is at his best when playing the deep safety role, primarily in zone coverage. If that’s the type of player you’re looking for, and you’re willing to overlook his limited contributions against the run, then he could be a solid 3rd/4th round pick.
Videos:
2011 vs Wisconsin
2011 vs Wisconsin (Big Ten champ game)
2011 vs Minnesota 
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Jeff Allen scouting report

Jeff Allen OT Illinois #71
Ht: 6’4″Wt: 307  
Strengths:
Strong, physical run blocker; able to get low and drive his man back. Strong lower body allows him to anchor against the bull rush. Experienced at left and right tackle, often lining up on both sides of the line during the same game. Will have decent to above-average quickness for the position if moved inside to guard. Four-year starter.
Weaknesses:
Limited athleticism. Lacks the foot quickness to play left tackle, and may ultimately be best suited to play guard. Field awareness appears to be lacking; seems to lose track of the play at times and ends up taking himself out of the play when he could attempt to get downfield and pick up another block. Does not have a great overall build and weight/conditioning could prove to be an issue as he gets older. Despite experience, still makes a lot of rookie mistakes (penalties, lack of awareness).
Comments:
Allen is a decent mid-round prospect as a right tackle or guard. He can play at the next level, but what you see is what you get. There’s limited room for growth as a tackle due to his average athleticism. However, if he continues to improve his strength he could develop into a quality starting guard.
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Donald Stephenson scouting report

Donald Stephenson OT Oklahoma #
Ht: 6’6″

Wt: 316

 
Strengths:
Prototypical height and overall size. Impressive athleticism; ranked among top offensive linemen in all speed/agility drills at the combine. Definitely has the foot quickness to play left tackle. More than enough speed to get to the second level and to get downfield on screens. Nasty run blocker who plays with a mean streak. Does a nice job staying low and using leverage to anchor against the bull rush, an underrated skill for a tackle with his height. Strong upper body; can deliver a nice punch to smaller pass rusher to throw them off balance.
Weaknesses:
Suspended for entire 2009 season due to academics. Somewhat limited experience; only two years as a starter. Susceptible to double moves by more athletic pass rushers; tends to over-commit inside or outside depending on the defenders first step. Quickness off the snap is inconsistent; struggles to slide outside in time to get into position to slow down faster edge rushers.
Comments:
Stephenson is an intriguing prospect due to his size and athleticism. He has the raw skills necessary to play left tackle, which could allow him to come off the board earlier than his production would indicate. His best quality right now may be the intensity with which he plays. If that effort translates to a strong work ethic off the field, there’s reason to believe he could develop into a decent starter.
Videos:
2011 vs Texas
2011 vs FSU 
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Ryan Steed scouting report

Ryan Steed CB Furman #1
Ht: 5’11″

Wt: 195

 
Strengths:
Adequate height and overall size. Long arms and big hands, especially considering his height; allows him to be a playmaker in coverage. Decent speed, enough to stick with most receivers at the next level. Team captain as junior and senior; well respected by coaches and teammates for his leadership on and off the field. Has the ability to hold his own in press coverage against more physical receivers. Had a strong showing at the Senior Bowl.
Weaknesses:
Level of competition is a definite concern; was rarely tested, especially on deep routes, over the past two seasons. Did not test well at combine; 40 time was much slower than expected and his vertical was below average – raises some concerns that he looked better on film due to competition level.
Comments:
Steed appears to have the basic physical tools necessary to play at the next level, but it’s tough to judge a non FBS player who did not test well at the combine. While there’s a lot to like about Steed, it is definitely possible that he has maxed out his potential and he will struggle to adjust to the speed and physicality of the NFL. He’s worth a 4th or 5th-round pick, but should be considered a boom-or-bust prospect.
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Ron Brooks scouting report

Ron Brooks CB LSU #13
Ht: 5’10″

Wt: 190

 
Strengths:
Elite athleticism. Has the speed to stick with any receiver in the game. Frequently used to blitz off the edge and shows impressive closing speed. Experienced lining up out wide and over the slot. Experienced on special teams coverage. Fairly reliable tackler; doesn’t always wrap up but gives a solid effort considering his size. Selflessly played a reserve role behind Patrick Peterson, Morris Claiborne and Tyrann Mathieu, despite having the skills to start for most programs.
Weaknesses:
Limited experience matching up against top receivers; primarily played a backup role in college. Height is only average. Much more comfortable in man coverage than in zone. Gets impatient in zone coverage; doesn’t always keep his eyes on the quarterback and is slow to react at times. Willing to tackle quarterbacks and receivers, but seems to shy away from contact when going after more physically-imposing running back.
Comments:
Brooks appears to have all the tools necessary to play at the next level, but he really hasn’t been tested. Primarily playing the role of the nickel corner – and being used to blitz far more than your average cornerback – he hasn’t been forced to battle with many future NFL receivers. There’s a lot to like about his potential, but since we’ve seen so little of him he definitely qualifies as a boom-or-bust prospect.
Videos:
2011 vs Ole Miss, Arkansas 
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Josh Norman scouting report

Josh Normal CB Coastal Carolina #24
Ht: 6’0″Wt: 197  
Strengths:
Adequate height and overall size. Great ball skills; can go up and make plays in traffic. A good natural athlete; shows great body control turning to locate the ball and make a play. Looks very good in press coverage; has the strength to physical with receivers at the line of scrimmage and won’t back down from tough assignments. Decent tackling skills for a cornerback.
Weaknesses:
Relies heavily on his raw athleticism; takes a lot of missteps and doesn’t appear to have great anticipation/recognition skills. Will be picked apart by efficient route runners at the next level. Recovery speed is average at best; may struggle with elite deep threats at the next level. Competition level is a minor concern. Arrested in 2009 for driving with a suspended licence. Reportedly isn’t always interested in listening to coaching and may need to mature before he’ll be capable of realizing his full potential.
Comments:
Norman has the size and athleticism to develop into a quality starting cornerback, but he’s too raw to warrant a high pick. He should draw interest from teams willing to invest a 3rd/4th round pick and take the time to develop him over the next two to three years. Given his modest speed and his playmaking ability as a ballhawk, some teams may view him as a potential free safety.
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