Scouting Reports – 2012

Mark Barron scouting report

Mark Barron S Alabama #4
Ht: 6’1″

Wt: 220

Strengths:
Impressive size and strength. Plays a hybrid position for Alabama, lining up all over the field. Used in a variety of roles and has shown the ability to be an incredibly versatile player. Experienced lining up as a free and strong safety, and also lining up closer to the line of scrimmage, essentially acting as an extra linebacker. Has the speed and strength to be effective when blitzing. Hard hitter; has the ability to jar the ball lose. Decent ball skills. Does a great job reading the quarterback and putting himself in position to make a play when in the role of a centerfielder. Height gives him an advantage over most safeties when lined up close to the line of scrimmage, allowing him to see into the backfield; does a great job keeping his eyes on the ball carrier and putting himself in position to make plays.
Weaknesses:
Inconsistent tackler; overagressive at times, going for the big hit rather than the wrap-up tackle. Speed is adequate, but nothing special; will struggle with some man coverage assignments at the next level. Missed time in 2010 with a torn pectoral muscle. Arrested in 2010 for “hindering prosecution” for his role in a car accident.
Comments:
Barron is the cream of the crop at safety in this year’s class. When watching Alabama’s defense, Barron’s versatility immediately stands out, as he lines up all over the field. His experience as a leader in Nick Saban’s defense will make him an attractive late 1st or early 2nd-round option for teams looking to fill an immediate hole at strong safety. His lack of elite athleticism puts him a tier below recent top draft picks such as Eric Berry and Earl Thomas, but he still projects as a quality starter with Pro Bowl potential.
Videos:
2011 vs LSU

 

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Vinny Curry scouting report

Vinny Curry DE Marshall #99
Ht: 6’3″

Wt: 260

Strengths:
Adequate height. Good overall size. A smart, patient player. Does a great job playing to the situation; rarely hurts himself by being overaggressive in his effort to get into the backfield, a common flaw among college ends. Has the ability to be a realiable three-down lineman. Effective pass rusher with a variety of moves. Has the quick burst to be an effective speed rusher, but also the strength to use the bull rush on occasion. Experienced lining up at end in 3-4 and 4-3 formations. Has been productive in his few opportunities against elite competition (great game vs Ohio State in 2010). Could potentially play linebacker in a 3-4 system.
Weaknesses:
Athleticism is marginal; will struggle dropping into coverage if moved to linebacker. Marginal speed. May not be a consistent pass-rush threat at the next level. Lacks the speed to make plays in pursuit, but does put forth the effort. Level of competition is a minor concern; hasn’t proven himself against top opponents week after week.
Comments:
Curry lacks the measurables to be considered an elite prospect, but he has a well-rounded skill set which should make him an effective starter at the next level. He’s probably best suited to play with his hand on the ground in a 4-3 system, but 3-4 teams will likely consider him an option at linebacker.
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Brandon Thompson scouting report

Brandon Thompson DT Clemson # 98
Ht: 6’2″

Wt: 310

Strengths:
A tough, physical player with an impressive motor. Does a great job of staying low and using leverage to his advantage. A strong bull rusher who often draws doubles teams. Uses lack of height to his advantage against taller offensive linemen. Elite quickness off the snap; explodes forward, generating momentum which is difficult for any offensive linemen to slow without help. A decent athlete for his size; will make some plays in pursuit. Plays to the whistle; quick to get up when knocked down. Effort definitely stands out on the field. Has the strength to potentially play nose tackle.
Weaknesses:
Lacks elite size; slightly shorter than most defensive tackles. Limited ability as a pass rusher; lacks an array of pass rush moves to fight his way into the backfield if he doesn’t beat his man off the snap. Lacks the dominant strength to win many double-team matchups; typically more of a space-eater than a difference maker.
Comments:
Thompson lacks the elite measurables of a top prospect at his position, but has the skills necessary to be a starter at the next level. He’s an intelligent player, on and off the field, and has a reputation as a hard worker who plays with an impressive motor on field.
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Chase Minnifield scouting report

Chase Minnifield CB Virginia #13
Ht: 6’0″

Wt: 185

Strengths:
Adequate height. Decent strength for his size. A physical corner; willing to play press coverage, even against bigger, more physically imposing receivers. A real asset in run support; consistently makes plays in the backfield and used on blitzes on occassion. A smart player who is rarely caught out of position. Elite athleticism; shows good body control and does a nice job playing the ball rather than strictly reacting to receiver. Good ball skills. NFL bloodlines; father Frank was a four-tme Pro Bowler with the Browns in late 1980s.
Weaknesses:
Slightly undersized; would benefit from adding some weight. Hasn’t faced much top competition; only a two-year starter in the ACC where he hasn’t been tested against many elite receivers. Has a tendancey to play too tall at times; will hurt his ability to stay with quicker receivers at the next level.
Comments:
Minnifield lacks the elite measurables (size, speed) but he has been a consistent playmaker over the past two years at Virginia. His upside may be somewhat limited, but he’s a fairly safe bet to develop into a quality nickel corner, at worst. He’s an intelligent player, and coming from a NFL family certainly helps in that regard. He should be able to contribute in some capacity from day one.
Videos:
2011 vs Miami
2011 vs Georgia Tech
2010 vs USC

 

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Alfonzo Dennard scouting report

Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska #15
Ht: 5’10″Wt: 205
Strengths:
Strong for his size; good overall build. Does a nice job turning and getting into position to make plays on the ball. Above-average straight-line speed; has the speed to make up for mistakes. Willing to mix it up at the line of scrimmage with bigger receivers. Plays a surprisingly physical brand of football for a cornerback of his size.
Weaknesses:
Undersized; lacks the height most teams like in their top corners. Struggles to match up with receivers in press coverage; takes too many false steps and easily gets beat – often makes up for mistakes with speed, but that won’t always be possible at the next level. More fast than quick. Not a very enthusiastic tackler; tackles with his arms and tends to shy away from head-on collisions. Ball skills are lacking; does a nice job making plays on the ball but rarely comes down with the interception. Serious injury concerns. Missed time with a shoulder injury in 2009. Missed time with a concussion in 2010. Missed three games with pulled leg muscle in 2011.
Comments:
Dennard was a productive college cornerback, but failed to take his game to a new level as a senior. He has the skills to play at the next level and potentially compete for a starting job down the road, but he lacks the skills necessary to make an immediate impact.
Videos:

 

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Cordy Glenn scouting report

Cordy Glenn OG Georgia #71
Ht: 6’5″

Wt: 350

 
Strengths:
Elite size and strength. Four-year starter with experience at both guard and tackle; could potentially play right tackle in the pros if necessary. A dominant run blocker; does a great job getting low and driving his man back. Excels in short-yardage situations. Adequate athleticism for an interior lineman; can occasionally get to the second level. Strong lower body gives him a sturdy base to hold his ground against the bull rush. A durable player who hasn’t missed any time.
Weaknesses:
Played out of position at left tackle as a senior and struggled for much of the year. Lacks the quick feet necessary to play tackle in the pros. Has a tendency to get too upright in pass protection, especially if he isn’t engaged immediately, and is suceptiable to delayed blitzes.
Comments:
Georgia didn’t do Glenn any favors by having him shift to left tackle, but he tooks his lumps and showed some improvement throughout the year. He clearly lacks the athleticism to play left tackle in the pros, and probably shouldn’t be playing on the right side either. However, his massive frame makes him an ideal interior lineman, especially for a power-running team. If his skill set fills a specific whole a team is looking to fill, he could sneak into the 1st round.
Videos:
2011 vs Boise State (left tackle)
2010 season (guard) 

 

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Robert Griffin scouting report

Robert Griffin QB Baylor #10
Ht: 6’2″

Wt: 220

 
Strengths:
Adequate height. Good overall size; has the strength to take a hit and get back up. Elite arm strength. Has a nice, quick release. Has the touch that all elite quarterbacks possess; knows how to throw a catchable football, and knows when he needs to fire it in there. When he sets his feet, accuracy is adequate. Above-average accuracy on deep balls. An elite playmaker with his feet, but rarely gives up on a play too early. A patient pocket passer; willing to stand in and take a hit. Top intangibles; coaches and teammates all speak highly of his leadership qualities. Intelligent on and off the field.
Weaknesses:
Somewhat wreckless with the football, especially when he’s on the run. Mechanics tend to break down when he’s on the run. Needs to do a better job setting his feet before he throws. Missed majority of 2009 season with a torn ACL. Suffered concussion vs Texas Tech in 2011. Plays in a spread offense; will need to learn a new playbook at the next level.
Comments:
Griffin is a rare prospect. He possesses the athleticism of a Michael Vick or Cam Newton, but is already more developed as a pocket passer than any previous quarterback to enter the draft with his athleticism. Perhaps the most impressive quality he possesses is the way in which he stands in the pocket despite pressure around him (see 2011 Oklahoma game) – this is a rare quality for a young quarterback with the ability to make plays with his feet and bodes well for his future in the NFL. Additionally, he has the intangbiles and intelligence (on and off field) that teams look for in a quarterback – something which many previous elite athletic quarterbacks (Vick, Newton, Vince Young) have lacked. He is still raw, and will require patience as he develops, but he has all the skills necessary to develop into a game-changing quarterback.
Videos:
2011 vs Oklahoma
2011 vs Rice
2011 vs TCU
2011 vs Missouri
2011 vs Texas A&M
2011 vs Texas 
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Michael Floyd scouting report

Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame #3
Ht: 6’3″Wt: 230
Strengths:
Prototypical height for a No. 1 receiver. Elite overall size and strength. A tough, physical receiver. Willing to go across the middle. Shows great body control. Does a nice job using his body to shield defenders. Excels at adjusting to the ball in the air; able to go up and pluck the ball out of the air. Decent leaping ability. A tough matchup for smaller DBs, especially in the red zone. Surprisingly effective running after the catch; a tough runner who isn’t afraid of contact. Coming off a strong senior year.
Weaknesses:
Speed is limited; won’t shake many corners at the next level and will have to fight for every catch – but he has the size and strength to do so. Blocking needs to improve; has the size to be effective but is inconsistent. Serious character concerns; arrested three times for alcohol related offenses, including a drunken driving arrest prior to senior year. Missed time with a knee injury in 2008. Missed majority of 2009 season with broken collarbone.
Comments:
Floyd has the physical tools to be a No. 1 receiver at the next level, but there are serious off-field concerns. His repeated alcohol-related arrests raise a serious red flag that will need to be investigated thoroughly before a team spends a 1st or 2nd round pick on him. Additionally, he suffered two significant injuries which each caused him to miss multiple games. For a player lacking speed already, the knee injury raises more red flags. Entering his senior year there were legitimate question marks about him being a viable top-50 pick, but he answered those concerns with a strong senior year. If teams are comfortable with the injury situation and off-field issues, he is definitely 1st-round material. He reminds me of Anquan Boldin in terms of his efficient route running and tough, physical play which makes up for a lack of elite speed.
Videos:
2011 vs Stanford
2011 vs South Florida

2010 vs Miami FL (bowl game)
2009 vs Michigan 

 

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Matt Barkley scouting report

Matt Barkley QB USC #7
Ht: 6’2″
Wt: 220
Strengths:
Adequate height; good overall size and strength. Adequate arm strength; can make all the necessary throws. Patient in the pocket; does a nice job going through is progressions. Has a nice touch on his throws; knows when to take something off and when he needs to fire it in there. Generally a good decision maker. Smooth delivery and a very quick release. Three years of experience in a pro-style offense. Team leader on the field; teammates and coaches all seem to respect his leadership.
Weaknesses:
Limited mobility; won’t make plays with his feet. Accuracy is adequate, but not elite. Arm strength is nothing special, but shouldn’t be a major concern. Does not look good throwing on the run; fundamentals break down and his accuracy is erratic. Has caused some controversies off the field (e.g. called Vontaze Burfict a dirty player); needs to learn when to keep his mouth shut when speaking to media.
Comments:
Barkley lacks the elite tools (mainly accuracy) to be in a category with Andrew Luck, but he has everything he needs to succeed as a starter at the next level. I would be surprised if he ever reached the Brady/Manning/Brees level of success, but he has what it takes to be in that next tier with guys like Cutler/Rivers. Some of his comments made off the field raise a red flag about his ego, and should cause teams to ask some tough questions of him and USC’s coaching staff to learn about who he is as a person. But assuming no further red flags are raised, this should be a minor issue that can be attributed to immaturity.
Videos:
2011 vs UCLA
2011 vs Oregon

2011 vs Arizona 
2011 vs Arizona State
2011 vs Minnesota
2011 vs California
2011 vs Washington
2011 vs Colorado
2010 vs Stanford 

 

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Dwight Jones scouting report

Dwight Jones WR North Carolina #83
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 207

Strengths:
Ideal height and good overall bulk. Has the strength to easily fight through press coverage at the line of scrimmage. Decent speed for his size. Does a nice job using his body to shield himself from defenders. Shows good hands when he remembers to catch the ball away from his body. Adjusts to poorly thrown balls; has bailed his quarterback out on multiple occasions. A tough runner with the football; looks to make plays after the catch and is willing and able to take a hit and keep moving. Experienced lining up wide and in slot. Runs a lot of short curl routes where he’s essentially used like a tight end, taking advantage of his size and ability to shield defenders.
Weaknesses:
Traps the ball against his body too often and it has led to some drops; needs to use his hands more. Leaping ability is mediocre, which takes away from his height advantage to an extent. Still developing as a route runner; needs to improve in this area to make up for lack of breakaway speed. Had knee surgery in 2009 and appeared in just five games that season.
Comments:
As a tall, physical, possession receiver from UNC, comparisons to Hakeem Nicks are inevitable. However, Jones lacks Nicks’ exceptional hands which have been key to his success in the NFL. Jones has the potential to be a No. 1 receiver at the next level, however, he is not a finished product. He’ll need to improve upon his fundamentals – fine-tuning his route running, catching more with his hands – before he’ll excel in the NFL. There’s a lot to like about Jones, but he’s far from a sure thing.
Videos:
2011 vs Virginia Tech
2011 vs Louisville
2011 vs Georgia Tech 
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