Scouting Reports – 2012

DeVier Posey scouting report

DeVier Posey WR Ohio State #8
Ht: 6’2″

Wt: 209

 
Strengths:
Good height and overall size. Impressive hands; capable of making the tough catch. Plucks the ball from the air at its highest point when possible. Tough runner after the catch; can make some guys miss and is willing to lower his shoulder into defenders. Does a great job adjusting to the ball in the air. Strong fundamentals; runs crisp routes. After missing most of 2011 season due to suspension, stepped in for final two games and was in midseason form – which shows he put in the time an effort to stay sharp.
Weaknesses:
Suspended for majority of 2011 season for taking improper benefits. Not very explosive off the line of scrimmage; takes time to get up to full speed. Solid in nearly all aspects of the game, but not elite anywhere. Blocking could improve; has the size and strength to more effective than he was in college.
Comments:
Posey was a forgotten prospect for much of the 2011 regular season, and was expected to take a significant step backwards due to his time missed. However, his strong performance down the stretch was impressive, and should put him back in the 2nd or 3rd round discussion for most teams. He lacks elite size or speed, which definitely limits his upside, but he has all the skills necessary to be an effective starter in the NFL.
Videos:
2010 vs Marshall, Miami, Arkansas 
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Ladarius Green scouting report

Ladarius Green TE Louisiana-Lafayette #89
Ht: 6’6″

Wt: 230

 
Strengths:
Prototypical height. Elite athlete for the position; essentially an over-sized receiver. Impressive speed; as dangerous as any tight end you’ll find after the catch. Does a nice job going up to get the ball in traffic; could be a matchup nightmare in the red zone at the next level. Good hands; does a nice job securing the ball away from his body and then bringing it in. Extremely productive throughout his college career. Gives a strong effort as a blocker; fundamentals are there and he excels against smaller defensive backs and linebackers.
Weaknesses:
Too skinny; will get tossed around by more physical linebackers at the next level. Absolutely must bulk up in order to become anything more than a situational receiver/tight end hybrid. Route running is sloppy at times; needs to be quicker and less deliberate. Missed time in 2009 with neck injury. Missed time in 2010 with ankle injury.
Comments:
Green isn’t your traditional tight end, but he fits perfectly into the changing landscape of the NFL offense. More teams are shifting from the Jason Witten/Jeremy Shockey type (big, physical, but slow) to the Jermichael Finley/Aaron Hernandez type (over-sized receiver). Green is still raw, and some teams may think he’s too skinny, but he definitely has a future as a playmaker at the next level. His ceiling is very high, and if he commits to getting bigger and stronger, while maintaining his athleticism, he can be an elite tight end. Even if he never develops into a full-time player due to his lack of size and blocking struggles, he will be a valuable weapon to have on the roster.
Videos:
2011 vs San Diego State (bowl game) 
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Michael Brockers scouting report

Michael Brockers DT LSU #90
Ht: 6’5″

Wt: 300

 
Strengths:
Prototypical height and overall size. Athletically gifted for his size. Experienced at tackle in a 4-3 system, but could also play end in 3-4. Does a nice job fighting through double teams. Strong interior pass rusher; only two sacks in 2011, but was consistently in the backfield pressuring the quarterback. Has a nice array of moves to shed blocks; relies heavily on spin move. Quick off the snap; builds momentum quickly. Does a nice job keeping his eyes in the backfield and tracking the ball carrier. Height and long arms allows him disrupt passing lanes.
Weaknesses:
Needs to learn to play with leverage; plays too upright at times, making it easier for offensive linemen to knock him off course, especially in run defense. Much more polished as a pass rusher than against the run at this stage in his career. Lacks the dominant size and strength to consistently hold up at the point of attack against the run.
Comments:
A few years ago Brockers would not have been as highly regarded, but we’re starting to see a new breed of interior linemen pop up around the NFL. It has become a pass-first league, and teams are tending to favor on interior linemen who can pressure the quarterback, even if they’re a liability against the run. This description fits Brockers perfectly. He’s an athletic big man with an impressive motor who should be able to make an immediate impact. He may never be a truly well-rounded lineman, but in the right system he can be a difference maker.
Videos:
2011 vs Georgia 
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Nick Perry scouting report

Nick Perry DE USC #8
Ht: 6’3″

Wt: 250

 
Strengths:
Adequate size and strength. Explosive off the snap. Has a powerful rip move that, when coupled with his speed off the edge, makes him a dangerous pass rusher. Decent athleticism for his size; able to change direction relatively quickly. Strong lower body, able to generate a decent bull rush. Does a nice job keeping his eyes in the backfield and making adjustments. Has played with his hand off the ground on occasion, and dropped back into zone coverage at times. Had some of his best games vs top opponents, most notably against Stanford (vs Jonathan Martin).
Weaknesses:
Somewhat overaggressive at times; goes full speed ahead into the backfield on most plays, putting him at risk of getting beat when opponents run the ball to his side. Struggles to shed blocks once he’s engaged; needs to win off the snap to be effective. Suffered a knee injury in 2010 preseason. Missed time in 2010 with ankle injury and was hampered by the injury all season. Missed time in 2009 with bruised knee.
Comments:
Perry is the premier pass rusher in this year’s draft class, and has the skill set to be an effective three-down lineman. His only major flaw is the fact that he gets a little pass-rush happy at times, and he lacks the elite athleticism necessary to make up for those types of mistakes. As he improves his discipline on the field he should become a more well-rounded lineman, but you can expect to see him make an impact as a pass rusher immediately.
Videos:
2011 vs Stanford
2011 vs Arizona
2011 vs Utah
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Jayron Hosley scouting report

Jayron Hosley CB Virginia Tech #20
Ht: 5’10″Wt: 175  
Strengths:
Elite athleticism. A big time playmaker with great hands; led nation in interceptions in 2010. Tough for his size; willing to play close to the line of scrimmage and mix it up against bigger receivers. Elite awareness and vision in zone coverage; does a great job reading the quarterback and is smart about when he breaks on the ball; aggressive, but doesn’t take too many ill-advised risks. Does an exception job playing the ball rather than the receiver whenever possible. Gives a reasonable effort in run support considering his size. Experienced returning kicks and punts.
Weaknesses:
Undersized. Not a wrap-up tackler; lacks the strength and overall size to make a significant difference in run support. Tends to shy away from mixing it up with interior linemen when stepping up against the run; likes to stay on the edge. Doesn’t always take great angles in pursuit. Suffered a concussion in 2011. Also played through a hamstring injury in 2011. Takes too many risks on special teams; needs to recognize when the play is dead.
Comments:
If not for his lack of size, Hosley would be 1st-round lock. He’s an aggressive playmaker who has all the skills necessary to be a quality cover corner at the next level. However, his size is an issue, and may limit his effectiveness against certain receivers at the next level. While Hosley can start in the NFL, it’s tough to envision someone with his size as a true No. 1 cornerback. He has the skills to matchup against the smaller No. 1s in the league (e.g. Mike Wallace), but has little hope of slowing down the likes of Calvin Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald.
Videos:
2011 vs Clemson
2010 vs N.C. State
2010 vs UNC and Stanford (bowl game) 
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Nick Foles scouting report

Nick Foles QB Arizona #8
Ht: 6’5″

Wt: 240

 
Strengths:
Elite height. Decent athleticism for his size; can avoid pass rushing ends and tackles relatively consistently. Looks good throwing on the run. Strong fundamentally; no significant flaws in throwing motion. Quick release. Above average accuracy on short and intermediate routes. Does a nice job going through his progressions; not afraid to check down. Made significant improvement in decision making from junior to senior year; cut down on number of times he forces the ball into tight coverage.
Weaknesses:
Quick release is a plus, but also has a tendency to rush when pressured; leads to poor decisions and inaccurate throws. Gets happy feet when pressured consistently; needs to learn to remain calm and patient, even when offensive line is struggling. Kind of an awkward athlete; reasonably mobile, but takes a lot of false steps and just doesn’t look fluid moving around in the pocket. One-year wonder? Very inconsistent until second-half of senior year.
Comments:
Assessing Foles’ NFL future is extremely difficult due to his Jekyll and Hyde routine. At times, Foles looks lost; at other times he flashes NFL starter ability. However, it wasn’t until relatively late in his senior year that he began to show any consistency. This could be a great sign, indicating that his best football is still ahead of him. Or it could be a fluke; nothing more than a string of good games, to be followed up in the future by a string of mediocre performances. Given his size, decent athleticism and improvement late in his career he definitely deserves a shot at the next level. However, his late-season performance in 2011 will likely lead to a lot of hype, and he simply doesn’t have the body of work to warrant the praise.
Videos:
2011 vs Arizona State (great example of the good Foles)
2011 vs Oklahoma State (great example of the shaky, inconsistent Foles)
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Vontaze Burfict scouting report

Vontaze Burfict ILB Arizona State #7
Ht: 6’3″Wt: 250  
Strengths:
Prototypical size and strength. Strong, fundamentally sound tackler. Has the ability to deliver the big hit and knock the ball loose. Impressive speed and athleticism for his size; when he takes the correct angle, he can close on the ball carrier in a flash and deliver a big hit. Tons of upside if he can harness his aggression and improve his awareness and discipline on the field.
Weaknesses:
Extremely overaggressive to the point where it became a major issue; routinely flagged for late hits. Football intelligence is lacking; struggles to diagnose misdirection plays and frequently over-commits in the wrong direction. Does a poor job keeping his eyes in the backfield and adjusting to the play when blitzing. Struggles dropping into coverage; taken off the field in many obvious passing situations when not being used to blitz. Headbutted Oregon State quarterback Ryan Katz in 2010. Failed drug test at combine.
Comments:
Burfict has been a big-time playmaker since arriving on campus in 2009. Unfortunately, he has shown little improvement in that span. When casually watching Arizona State, Burfict immediately jumps out because he’s all over the field and always around the football. A close look, however, reveals his poor instincts and complete lack of discipline. His reputations as a dirty player is well know and, even if his late hits don’t come with ill-intentions, he’s still consistently putting his team in bad situations due to the penalties he racks up. At worst, he’s flat-out dirty; at best, he’s just plain stupid. Either way, Burfict is often a detriment to his team. He has the raw talent of a fringe 1st-rounder, but has yet to show the maturity on or off the field to warrant that status. Given his serious character concerns, it would be difficult to justify spending even a late round pick. Unless he grows up fast, he’ll be nothing but a headache for the coaching staff, and his play on the field won’t make it worthwhile.
Videos:
2011 vs USC
2011 vs Illinois
2011 vs Oregon
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Janoris Jenkins scouting report

Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama #1
Ht: 5’10″

Wt: 182

 
Strengths:
Impressive athlete. Has the speed to stick with any receiver. Elite quickness and change-of-direction ability – has true “cover corner” skills. Gives a solid effort in run support; decent tackler for his size. Not afraid to match up against bigger receivers, and will occasionally step up and try to jam them at the line of scrimmage. Looks comfortable in zone coverage; does a nice job staying in his zone, while keeping his eyes on the quarterback. Occasionally used on corner blitzes while at Florida. A pesky cornerback; gets in receivers faces, lots of unnecessary shoving after it’s clear the play isn’t going his direction – so long as he keeps it under control, this is an asset. Played through a shoulder injury in 2010. Playmaker on special teams; one of top return specialists in this year’s class. Plenty of experience against top competition (37 starts at Florida).
Weaknesses:
Significant character issues. Arrested in 2009 for his role in a fight. Arrested twice in 2010 for marijuana possession (in a span of four months). Kicked off team (at Florida) after most recent arrest and enrolled at North Alabama. Ejected from a game in 2011 for throwing a punch. Slightly undersized; can get pushed around by some bigger receivers. Impulsive on the field; can play solid fundamental football at times, but takes too many big risks. Tackling technique could improve, but the effort is there. Easily blocked by most receivers in the run game. Missed 2010 bowl game with shoulder injury.
Comments:
In terms of raw talent, Jenkins is a legitimate 1st-round pick, and could even be viewed as a potential top-10 prospect. However, his off-field issues severely limit his draft stock, and he will likely be removed from many draft boards. Given his long list of transgressions, which continued to an extent at North Alabama, spending a 1st-round pick on Jenkins would be a huge risk. That said, his character concerns are not significantly worse than Jimmy Smith, who was selected in the 1st round by the Ravens in 2011. He’s the type of prospect that bad teams should steer clear of, but he may be worth the risk to a contender.
Videos:
2010 vs Georgia, Alabama (A.J. Green, Julio Jones)
2011 highlights (North Alabama) 
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Riley Reiff scouting report

Riley Reiff OT Iowa #77
Ht: 6’6″

Wt: 300

 
Strengths:
Prototypical height and overall size. Solid fundamentals; does a nice job staying low and using leverage to hold his ground against more physical defensive linemen. Strong lower body allows him to hold his ground against the bull rush. Excellent footwork; uses quick feet to recover when beat off the snap. Nasty run blocker; stays low and consistently drives his man back. Decent athleticism; has the ability to get to the second level. Strong hands/arms; does a nice job fighting off pass rushers with his upper body.
Weaknesses:
Quickness off the snap could be improved; when he gets beat, it’s often by a faster edge rusher who’s past him before he’s even able to get into his stance – may be viewed as a right tackle by some teams for this reason. Looks much more confident as a run blocker; more assertive in run blocking; seems hesitant and less comfortable dropping into pass protection. Not asked to move around much in Iowa’s offense; limited experience on screens, pulling, trapping, etc. Arrested in 2008 for public in intoxication and avoiding arrest; stopped by police while undressing in an alley and proceeded to lead them on a 20-minute chase on foot.
Comments:
Reiff has all the physical tools necessary to start at the next level, potentially at left tackle. The only thing holding him back from elite prospect status is his somewhat limited athleticism, which will probably cause some teams to view him as a right tackle. Regardless of where he ends up on the line, he should be plugged into a starting role immediately and left there for the next decade.
Videos:
2011 vs Oklahoma (bowl game)
2011 vs Nebraska 
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David Wilson scouting report

David Wilson RB Virginia Tech #4
Ht: 5’10″

Wt: 205

 
Strengths:
Well built for his size. Surprisingly tough to bring down. Great vision; does a nice job squeezing through tight holes between the tackles. Quick feet and impressive athletic ability; tough for defenders to tee him up for a big hit. Experienced as a receiver out of the backfield; good hands. Has experience returning kickoffs. Steady production throughout his career.
Weaknesses:
Slightly undersized; may struggle with a feature back workload at the next level. Sometimes tries to do too much; needs to be more decisive – pick a hole and hit it hard. Generally ineffective as a blocker; can slow some guys down, but doesn’t stonewall anyone and will occasionally completely whiff. Yards-per-attempt average is somewhat misleading; he’ll rip off a 12 yard run, then get stuffed in the backfield on the next play – isn’t consistently picking up 5 yards per touch.
Comments:
Wilson definitely has the skill set to be an effective third-down back at the next level, and may be able to play a more significant role in the right system. I would hesitate to bring him aboard with the intent of making him a feature back, but he could be effective in a two-back system in which he gets 10-15 carries per game.
Videos:
2011 vs Wake Forest
2011 vs Clemson 
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