Scouting Reports – 2012

Bernard Pierce scouting report

Bernard Pierce RB Temple #30
Ht: 6’0″
Wt: 218
 
Strengths:
Good overall size and strength. A strong, tough between-the-tackles runner. Strong legs allow him to consistently fight through arm tackles. Quick feet; surprisingly shifty in tight spaces for a guy his size. Has a nice spin move to avoid head-on collisions.
Weaknesses:
Not very explosive. Speed is very average. Doesn’t make guys miss; will take a pounding at the next level. Relies heavily on his spin move, to the point where it’s predictable. Rarely used as a receiver out of the backfield. Gives a solid effort as a blocker, but struggles with blitz recognition at times. Missed time with ankle injuries in 2010 and 2011. Missed time with a shoulder injury in 2009.
Comments:
Pierce has the size and strength to be effective in the NFL and could potentially develop into an adequate starter. However, there are serious concerns about his ability to stay healthy, which are compounded by his physical running style. Pierce definitely has some upside if healthy, but under no circumstances should he be drafted under the assumption that he will be a full-time feature back.
Videos:
2011 vs Wyoming (bowl game)
2011 vs Maryland 
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Kendall Wright scouting report

Kendall Wright WR Baylor #1
Ht: 5’10″

Wt: 190

 
Strengths:
Elite speed; can consistently stretch the field. A playmaker with the ball in his hands; quick and shifty; elusive in the open field. Does a nice job adjusting to poorly thrown balls. Experienced and efficient running a variety of routes; can stretch the field with his pure speed, but also uses quickness to get open on other shorter routes. Tough for his size; not afraid to go across the middle. Reliable hands and good technique; catches the ball away from his body and then brings it in. Good fundamentals as a runner; secures the ball. Elite all-around athlete; played basketball at Baylor as a freshman.
Weaknesses:
Slightly undersized; will struggle against more physical cornerbacks if jammed at the line of scrimmage. Played in a spread offense at Baylor which allowed him to frequently get open in space; rarely forced to make plays in traffic. Limited experience on special teams, where some teams may want to use him.
Comments:
Wright has the potential to be a game-changer on offense, the only question is his size. Fortunately for Wright, he’s entering the league at the right time. The NFL is continuing to become a more passing-friendly league, and undersized receivers such as Antonio Brown, Mike Wallace and DeSean Jackson are among the most feared receivers in the league. Wright has all the tools necessary to be in that class of receivers if he lands in the right system.
Videos:
2011 vs Washington (bowl game)
2011 vs Texas
2011 vs Oklahoma
2011 vs TCU 
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Mohamed Sanu scouting report

Mohamed Sanu WR Rutgers #
Ht: 6’2″

Wt: 215

Strengths:
Adequate height and overall size. A playmaker after the catch; does a nice job quickly securing the ball and taking off downfield. A tough receiver; can take a hit and keep moving. An impressive athlete; played quarterback in high school. Will make some acrobatic catches. Experienced lining up in the slot and on the outside; runs a lot of quick slants from the slot and makes plays after the catch.
Weaknesses:
Plays smaller than his listed height. Not the type of receiver that can consistently go up and fight for a ball in traffic. Wasn’t on the same page as his quarterback at times (e.g. ball lands before he turns to look for it); tough to know who’s to blame in those situations. Catches the ball with his body too often. Speed is average; may not be able to stretch the field at the next level.
Comments:
As good as Sanu was at Rutgers, he may have only scratched the surface of his potential. He has the size and athleticism to be a true No. 1 receiver, but Rutgers used him primarily in the slot, running a lot of quick slants. Due to shaky quarterback play, this was the most effective way for Rutgers to get the ball in the hands of their best offensive weapon. Sanu deserves credit for taking on a role that helped the team win, but it definitely hurt his development as a receiver. He’s too big and not quick enough to be an elite playmaker from the slot at the next level, although his experience in that role certainly helps. He’ll need time to develop, as he learns how to use his size to his advantage on the outside, but he has a ton of upside and Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano speaks highly of his work ethic.
Videos:
2011 vs Louisville
2011 vs Navy
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Alshon Jeffery scouting report

Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina #1
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 230

Strengths:
Elite size and strength; a matchup nightmare in the red zone. Excellent hands. Does a nice job going up and plucking the ball out of the air, never even giving defenders a chance to get their hands on it. Has the strength to fight through press coverage. Tough for most defensive backs to bring him down; does a nice job using the stiff arm to keep defenders at bay. Surprisingly elusive for his size. Occasionally will deliver a big hit as a blocker; has the ability to dominate in this area if he wants to put forth the effort.
Weaknesses:
Fundamentals are lacking in all aspects of the game; route running, blocking, etc. Lacks the speed to consistently get open down the field; won’t outrun many defensive backs. Poor effort as a blocker; has the ability to dominate, but doesn’t even pretend to be interested half the time. Needs to learn how to run with the football; carries it away from his body too often, putting him at risk for fumbles. Gets easily frustrated by physical cornerbacks who jam him at the line of scrimmage. Ejected from 2012 Capitol One Bowl for fighting with Nebraska’s Alfonzo Dennard. Missed spring practices in 2010 due to an “academic issue.”
Comments:
Jeffery has the skills to be an elite receiver at the next level, but there are some red flags that should give teams concern about his ability to reach his full potential. South Carolina coaches have publicly praised him for his work ethic and leadership ability, but when you look at his primary flaws it’s tough not to question their sincerity. Given his size, strength and athleticism, it’s tough to find a logical excuse for his struggles with basic fundamentals such as blocking and route running other than a lack of effort. If he wants to be great, there is no doubt that Jeffery can succeed at the next level, but NFL teams should do a great deal of homework on his motivation level before investing a high pick.
Videos:
2011 vs Nebraska (bowl game)
2011 vs Auburn
2011 vs Kentucky 
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Kirk Cousins scouting report

Kirk Cousins QB Michigan State #8
Ht: 6’3″

Wt: 205

Strengths:
Elite intangibles. A team leader that players rally around and coaches respect. Three-year team captain. Will be able to command an NFL huddle, even at a young age. Consistently came up big in clutch moments throughout his college career. Decent athleticism and mobility; capable of moving around in the backfield to buy time. Looks good throwing on the run; maintains his fundamentals and accuracy.
Weaknesses:
Does everything well, but nothing great. Arm strength is mediocre at best. Accuracy is acceptable, but somewhat inconsistent. Decision making needs to improve. Tries to force the ball into tight spaces too often; although this could be a product of playing without any receivers who have the ability to consistently separate from coverage.
Comments:
It’s tough to project Cousins as anything more than a career backup, but I also wouldn’t want to bet against him developing into a quality starter. Had he played at a top-tier program his late-game heroics, leadership and overall intangibles would have received Tebow-like coverage from the media. For a team looking for a quality backup quarterback and someone to be groomed to potentially start three or four years down the road, Cousins will be an attractive mid-round pick.
Videos:
2011 vs Ohio State
2010 vs Michigan
2010 vs Notre Dame 
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Ryan Tannehill scouting report

Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M #17
Ht: 6’4″
Wt: 220
 
Strengths:
Impressive overall size and strength. Decent mobility; can move around in the pocket to avoid pressure. Looks fairly athletic on roll outs. A threat to take off running when the play breaks down. Adequate accuracy on short and intermediate routes. Took a more active role in offense in senior year, adjusting more plays at line of scrimmage. Team leader on and off the field; well respected by teammates and coaches.
Weaknesses:
Tends to lock on to a receiver and force the ball into tight coverage. Needs be more patient and go through his progressions. Arm strength is adequate, but nothing special. Accuracy on the deep ball is inconsistent; struggles finding the right trajectory to drop it in over a receiver’s shoulder. Somewhat unorthodox throwing motion (sort of a three-quarters delivery angle); may not be a major issue, but takes away slightly from his height advantage and may contribute to his struggles on deep balls. Struggles under pressure; decision making becomes shaky and starts to rush his delivery which causes further issues with accuracy. Struggles hitting receivers on the move in stride.
Comments:
Tannehill has the skills to play at the next level and may be able to develop into a starter. He has the size, as well as adequate arm strength and accuracy. Additionally, he appears to have the work ethic and the intelligence necessary to master the intellectual aspect of the game. A team desperate for an upgrade at quarterback may reach for him in the late 1st or 2nd round and throw him into the fire. However, he should really sit and learn for a year or two. His inability to remain patient and read the whole field on a consistent basis will get him in trouble at the next level. Given some time to sit and learn an NFL offensel should allow him to become more comfortable hanging in the pocket longer and making better decisions with the football.
Videos:
2011 vs Northwestern (bowl game)
2011 vs Baylor
2011 vs Arkansas 

 

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Devon Still scouting report

Devon Still DT Penn State #71
Ht: 6’5″

Wt: 307

Strengths:
Prototypical height and overall size. A strong, physical player. Relies on his bull rush to get into the backfield, which often draws double teams. Long, strong arms are very active when he’s working as a pass rusher. Flashes the ability to dominate; very difficult to block in a one-on-one matchup when he wants to be. NFL bloodlines; cousins Art Still and Levon Kirkland played in the league.
Weaknesses:
Inconsistent. Gets pushed around too frequently, often by lesser talent. Gets tossed to the ground far too often for a guy his size. Struggles against the run; gets knocked back on his heels and fails to hold his ground at the point of attack. Limited athletically. Doesn’t make plays in pursuit. Isn’t always explosive off the snap. Inconsistent effort; perhaps a conditioning issue? Missed entire 2007 season with torn ACL. Benched for part of a game in 2010 for violation of team rules.
Comments:
Still has starter potential, and has even shown flashes of Pro Bowl ability, but he is far too inconsistent. He showed some improvement in 2010, but it still looks like he takes plays off – an indication of either an effort or conditioning issue. His lack of quickness and inconsistent explosion off the snap limits his effectiveness as a pass rusher, which makes his uninspired performance against the run that much more concerning. Still is definitely a boom-or-bust prospect.
Videos:
2011 vs Alabama
2011 vs Illinois 

 

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LaMichael James scouting report

LaMichael James RB Oregon #21
Ht: 5’9″Wt: 185
Strengths:
Elite speed and overall quickness. Exceptional change-of-direction ability. Always a threat to take it the distance. Consistently makes defenders miss; rarely brought down by one man once he’s in the open field. Willing to go between the tackles despite lack of size. Effective receiver out of the backfield; relatively good hands. Gives a decent effort when asked to block. Some experience returning punts.
Weaknesses:
Vastly undersized. Does not have the build to hold up as a full time starter at the next level. Doesn’t have the strength to shed tackles; once he’s wrapped, he’s down. Has a somewhat reckless running style; doesn’t have great body control once he’s moving at full speed. Skill set doesn’t match what NFL teams want from their feature back. Limited experience on special teams; only 16 career kick/punt returns. Arrested on domestic violence charge in 2010. Missed two games with dislocated right elbow in 2011. Injured left elbow in 2011 regular-season finale. Suffered knee injury in 2010.
Comments:
James was an explosive collegiate running back, but he will likely be relegated to the role of specialist in the NFL. There’s always room on an NFL roster for a player who can take it to the house on any given play, but his lack of size and strength limits the situations in which he can useful in an NFL offense.  The best recent comparison for James may be Jerome Harrison, who lit up the Pac-10 in 2005 with the Washington State Cougars, but has only been marginally effective in the NFL. In the right offense he can still be a weapon, but will never be the go-to guy.
Videos:
2011 vs LSU
2011 vs Arizona 

 

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Dre Kirkpatrick scouting report

Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama #21
Ht: 6’2″
Wt: 190
Strengths:
Impressive height. Good overall size and strength. Elite athleticism; has the speed and quickness to stick with any receiver. An aggressive, physical cornerback. Willing to step up and help out against the run. Does a great job keeping his eyes on the quarterback as much as possible and quickly adjusts to help out when play does not go his direction. A pesky cornerback; not strong enough to really throw anyone off their route, but does just enough to disrupt the play. Appears to really agitate receivers with his style of play.
Weaknesses:
Tackling technique is severely lacking; very rarely wraps up the ball carrier; goes for the big hit almost every time and whiffs fairly often. Fundamentals are shaky; relies on pure athleticism, which will get him into trouble at the next level. Quick to leave his man to aid in run support, making him susceptible to fakes. Needs to become an all-around smarter and more disciplined football player. Academic issues delayed his arrival at Alabama, but has remained eligible through his college career. Arrested for marijuana possession in January, 2012.
Comments:
Kirkpatrick has elite physical tools and has been tremendously productive for one of the nation’s premier college defenses. However, he is still extremely raw and needs to develop his fundamentals in all aspects of the game. His lack of discipline is somewhat concerning considering he plays for a coach (Nick Saban) who is a stickler for smart, controlled play on the field. Has Kirkpatrick been receptive to coaching? It’s a question teams will need to ask of those who worked with him in college.
Videos:
2011 vs Penn State
2011 vs Arkansas
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Lamar Miller scouting report

Lamar Miller RB Miami FL #6
Ht: 5’11″

Wt: 215

 
Strengths:
Small, compact build makes him tough to bring down. Strong lower body allows him to fight through arm tackles with ease. Patient runner; does a nice job following his blockers and allowing holes to develop. Above average breakaway speed. Hits holes with a burst. Impressive quickness and great body control; changes direction quickly and can reach top speed in a quick burst. Effective receiver out of the backfield; good hands. Some experience returning kicks.
Weaknesses:
Has a tendancy to be too patient at times; dances too much in the backfield waiting for his hole, which won’t fly at the next level. Not a power runner; can fight through weak tackles, but once he’s wrapped up, he’s going down. Effort as a blocker is lacking; whiffs on far too many attempts. Missed time in 2010 with a shoulder injury. Suffered another shoulder injury in 2011 vs Kansas State, but did not miss any time.
Comments:
Miller has all the tools necessary to be an effective starter at the next level. However, he fails to stand out in any one area, which limits his upside to an extent. He’s the type of running back who can be extremely effective, potentially even Pro Bowl caliber, if surrounded with the right supporting cast, but isn’t the type who can carry a team. In past years he may have been considered a legitimate 1st-round prospect, however, the position has been devalued in recent years. As a result, he could fall to the 2nd round, but should still be viewed as starter material.
Videos:
2011 vs Ohio State
2011 vs Virginia Tech
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