Scouting Reports – 2012

Chris Rainey scouting report

Chris Rainey RB Florida #1
Ht: 5’8″

Wt: 180

 
Strengths:
Elite speed and change-of-direction ability. A threat to take it the distance on any play. Experienced on special teams and could be a high pick based on his return ability alone. Experienced as a receiver out of the backfield and in the slot. Very efficient as a runner; doesn’t take many wasted steps and tends to continue moving forward rather than taking risks and losing yards. Fairly reliable hands and has good overall technique, catching the ball away from his body. More physical than you’d expect; willing to run between the tackles and occasionally used a lead blocker.
Weaknesses:
Vastly undersized; cannot be a feature back at the next level, will be limited to special teams duty and specially designed plays on offense. Does not have the size to be effective as a blocker at the next level. Willingness to play physical and take on much bigger defenders may lead to injury concerns in the future. Has struggled with ball security at times; a reckless runner who often carries the ball with one hand away from his body. Arrested for aggravated stalking for threatening his ex-girlfriend which led to five-game suspension in 2010. Missed time with ankle injury in 2011.
Comments:
Rainey has the potential to be a game-changer, but he is not an every-down player. His skills as a return specialist are undoubtedly his best asset, but in the right system he could see 5-10 touches per game as both a running back and receiver. He is a likely top 100 pick, but should only be considered by those teams with the overall depth to justify such a luxury pick.
Videos:
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Cyrus Gray scouting report

Cyrus Gray RB Texas A&M #32
Ht: 5’10″Wt: 206  
Strengths:
Adequate size and strength. Good vision when running between the tackles; takes what’s given to him and rarely makes poor decision about where to go with the ball. Willing to take on defenders by lowering his shoulder; plays bigger than his size. Reliable hands as a receiver; caught over 30 passes in each of past two seasons and has lined up in the slot on occasion. Experienced returning kicks. Plenty of experience against top competition; three-year starter. Team leader on and off the field; praised by coaches for his work ethic and leadership.
Weaknesses:
Lacks elite quickness and agility; doesn’t have the ability to consistently avoid tackles in the open field, but also lacks the physical running ability to break tackles. Very much a North/South runner, who lacks the size to be that type of back. Lacks the speed to bounce runs to the outside; often gets caught in the backfield when trying to make something happen off the edge when the inside gaps don’t open up. Physical running style could lead to injuries considering his modest size. Already has a lot of wear and tear on his body; over 700 career touches at A&M. Missed final two games of career with stress fracture in shoulder.
Comments:
Gray was a tremendously productive runner in college as the primary starter for three years at A&M, but lacks the physical tools to be a feature back in the pros. Due to his modest speed and agility Gray has been forced to be a North/South runner, which worked for him in college, but he lacks the strength to hold up in that role at the next level. He does have the skills to contribute, however, and his ability as a receiver and on special teams will allow for him to earn a roster spot as a backup or 3rd-string running back.
Videos:
2011 vs Kansas State
2011 vs SMU
2010 vs LSU 
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Brandon Washington scouting report

Brandon Washington OG Miami FL #72
Ht: 6’3″

Wt: 320

 
Strengths:
Prototypical size and strength. Impressive mobility for a guy who projects as an interior lineman; played left tackle in 2011. Has the skills be an asset when pulling/trapping from guard position. Impressive strength; has the ability to finish off a defender once he’s fully engaged in a block. Quick off the snap in run blocking situations; stays low and does a nice job driving his man back. Does a nice job keeping his head on a swivel in pass protection; shows good awareness and willingness to slide over and help guard when not engaged. Experience at guard and tackle; could be viewed as a right tackle by some teams.
Weaknesses:
Has a tendency to play off-balance and lunge at defenders. Fundamentals are shaky; needs to improve footwork which will, in turn, improve his overall balance. Plays too high at times which limits his effectiveness against the bull rush. Needs to improve his quickness of the snap; spends too much time on his heels as a result of defenders getting into him before he’s set. Has the mobility to get to second level, but needs to improve on the angles he takes; too often he gets to the second level only whiff on a block because he doesn’t put himself in position to make a play.
Comments:
Washington is classic guard/tackle ‘tweener who will probably play inside at the next level, but could be viewed as a right tackle by some organizations. As an interior lineman, his athleticism will be an asset. He has the speed/agility necessary to excel on trapping/pulling plays and has the overall athleticism to handle the more dangerous interior pass rushers at the next level. However, he’s still very raw and makes some basic technical mistakes. As a result, Washington should probably not be viewed as an option as an immediate starter, but does have value as a developmental prospect in the 3rd or 4th round.
Videos:
2011 vs Virginia
2011 vs North Carolina 
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Kevin Zeitler scouting report

Kevin Zeitler OG Wisconsin #70
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 314

 
Strengths:
Prototypical size and strength. A physical run blocker who can drive defenders backwards. Quick off the snap; gets into position quickly and shows strong all-around fundamentals. Strong lower body allows him to anchor against the bull rush. Hard worker off the field; won team award for work in weight room in 2010.
Weaknesses:
Limited athleticism; struggles to get to the second level. Lumbers along and does not have the foot quickness to excel when pulling/trapping. Not polished in pass protection; gets into position quickly, but instincts and vision are lacking; struggles to adjust to delayed blitzes. Tends to play too upright in pass protection and will lunge at defenders at times. Struggles against more athletic interior linemen; lacks the overall quickness to adjust to pass rush moves of interior pass rushers. Suffered a sprained ankle in 2010.
Comments:
Zeitler has the size and skill set to excel as a power run blocker at the next level. He definitely has the skills to start, but may not be a great fit for every scheme due to his struggles in pass protection. His size/strength is an asset at times, but he could probably improve his mobility and quickness in pass protection by dropping a few pounds. If he doesn’t drop weight, then what you see is what you get – there is very little, from a fundamental/technical aspect, that Zeitler can do to improve his game.
Videos:
2011 vs Nebraska (Konz video, Zeitler is #70)
2011 vs Ohio State 
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Marvin Jones scouting report

Marvin Jones WR California #1
Ht: 6’2″

Wt: 199

 
Strengths:
Adequate height and strong overall build. Shows great body control along the sideline. Does a nice job adjusting to poorly thrown balls. Gives a reasonable effort as a blocker; has the size to improve in this area. Excellent route runner on short and intermediate routes; does a nice job against zone coverage finding soft spots. Very reliable hands; catches away from his body and quickly secures it. Does a nice job going up and plucking ball at it’s highest point. Looks very comfortable in jump-ball situations; will come down with some athletic catches in traffic. Playmaker after the catch; good vision and is quick on his feet.
Weaknesses:
Struggles to separate over the top. Route running could use some work on deep routes; has a tendency to take too many steps before making his move which adds just enough time that it can disrupt timing and/or allow defense to recover/get into better position. Blocking technique could use some work; puts in the effort, but tends to block with just his arms, doesn’t always get his body into it, which means he tends to just slow guys down rather than finish them off. More quick than fast; straight-line speed is very average. Missed time with sprained knee in 2008. Suffered knee injury during Senior Bowl.
Comments:
Jones is limited in terms of his physical tools (lack of elite speed and explosiveness) but he is very polished and can excel at the next level in the right system. His strong route running on underneath routes and his reliable hands make him a prototypical West Coast offense receiver. He’ll probably never be a No. 1, but could definitely establish himself as a solid second option and could even contribute in a substantial role as a rookie.
Videos:
2011 vs Stanford
2011 vs Texas 
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Jared Crick scouting report

Jared Crick DT Nebraska #94
Ht: 6’4″Wt: 279  
Strengths:
Impressive athleticism for an interior lineman. Fast enough to chase the quarterback out of the pocket and make some plays in pursuit. Flashes the ability to explode off the snap. Consistently uses athleticism to frustrate bigger, slower interior offensive linemen. Impressive motor; never quits on a play and will chase the ball carrier further downfield than your typical interior lineman. Displays a nice array of pass rush moves and is capable of getting into the backfield even when he doesn’t win off the snap. Strong wrap-up tackler who will deliver some big hits on occasion. Team leader on and off the field.
Weaknesses:
A classic ‘tweener; smaller than your average tackle, but not athletic enough to play end. Value may be limited to playing end in 3-4 schemes. Really struggles at the point of attack in the run game; simply lacks the strength to hold his ground. May not be a three-down player in every scheme. Suffered knee injury in 2011 offseason.
Comments:
Crick is a really tough prospect to grade because each team will view him differently. I would not be shocked if some 4-3 teams viewed him as a Day 3 pick due to his struggles at the point of attack, but some 3-4 teams may view him as a fringe 1st-rounder. As a result, his success at the next level will be contingent on landing in an organization that is willing to work to design a role for him which fits his best attributes. Even if he is only part of a rotation at the next level, his effort and work ethic should allow him to develop into a solid contributor.
Videos:
2011 vs Washington
2010 vs Oklahoma
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Kendall Reyes scouting report

Kendall Reyes DT Connecituct #99
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 299

 
Strengths:
Prototypical height and decent overall size. Does a great job staying low and using good leverage. Surprisingly athletic; can get into the backfield and will even make some plays in pursuit. Impressive motor; never quits on a play. Stamina appears to be excellent for an interior lineman; chases ball carriers down the field more than your average defensive tackle. Definitely has the skills to play a three-technique in a 4-3 scheme or end in a 3-4. Team leader on and off the field; team captain in both junior and senior year.
Weaknesses:
Explosion off the snap is inconsistent; gets into the backfield with his bull rush, but rarely explodes into the backfield to really disrupt a play from the get-go. Explosion may not be enough to impress 4-3 teams looking for penetrating three-technique, but lacks size/strength to play nose tackle role. Suffered ankle injury in 2008.
Comments:
Reyes is the type of player who does everything well, but doesn’t really stand out in any one areas. There’s not a lot to criticize about his game, but that can be viewed as both a positive and a negative. On the positive side, he’s NFL ready and would be a relatively safe draft pick. On the down side, he may have maxed-out his potential. He’s a low risk option in the 2nd or 3rd round, but his upside is definitely low end for players who will come off the board in that range.
Videos:
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Mychal Kendricks scouting report

Mychal Kendricks ILB California #30
Ht: 5’11″

Wt: 240

 
Strengths:
Tough player who does a nice job fighting through traffic at the line of scrimmage. Does a nice job making himself small to slip through holes at the line and get into the backfield. Experience lining up at inside and weak-side linebacker. Very reliable wrap-up tackler. Quick off the snap; reasonably effective as a pass rusher despite lack of size due to his speed and ability to stay low and small. High-energy player; never gives up on a play and can be seen chasing guys all over the field.
Weaknesses:
Instincts in zone coverage need work; gets antsy and doesn’t always remain patient and stay in his zone. Lack of height limits his effectiveness in coverage vs most NFL tight ends. More fast than quick; great straight-line speed but change-of-direction ability is only average. May be too stiff to really excel in coverage.
Comments:
Kendricks may receive a wide range of grades due to his lack of height. In the right system he can be an effective starter, but his skill set won’t necessarily translate to every scheme. He’s at his best when attacking the ball carrier and being used to blitz. While he has the athleticism to hold his own in coverage, his height will make him a liability against many NFL tight ends. Some 4-3 teams may also view him as an option at weak-side linebacker.
Videos:
2011 vs Stanford
2011 vs USC
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Josh Robinson scouting report

Josh Robinson CB Central Florida #20
Ht: 5’10″

Wt: 199

 
Strengths:
Elite speed and overall athleticism. Looks very fluid in his backpedal; quick hips allow him to easily turn and stay step-for-step with receivers. Reasonably solid tackler when he puts in the effort. Has the build to improve tackling with better effort. Does a nice job keeping turning to play the ball. Impressive leaping ability helps make up for lack of height in jump-ball situations. Looks good in zone coverage; does a nice job staying in his zone and keeping eyes on quarterback. Experienced returning kicks.
Weaknesses:
Tends give a significant cushion to receivers; does not appear to enjoy mixing it up at the line of scrimmage. Not a very physical corner; relies on speed and athleticism. Shies away from contact in run support; only halfheartedly makes an effort to collapse on the ball carrier. Has had some issues fumbling on kick/punt returns.
Comments:
Robinson is an elite athlete, but he relies too much on his pure speed and agility. The elite corners at the next level are capable of playing physical when necessary, even if they don’t prefer that type of matchup, and Robinson has yet to demonstrate the ability to excel in press coverage. That said, Robinson does have the raw athleticism which you can’t teach, which makes him an intriguing prospect. He could be a valuable asset who may excel in certain matchups against some of the elite deep threats in the league.
Videos:
2010 vs Georgia (A.J. Green) 
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Brandon Boykin scouting report

Brandon Boykin CB Georgia #2
Ht: 5’10″

Wt: 183

 
Strengths:
Experienced return specialist; may be a top 100 pick based on this quality alone. Strong tackler, especially for a defensive back his size. Great vision when dropping back in coverage; keeps his eyes on quarterback and is quick to adjust. Smart player who trusts his instincts. Plenty of experience against elite competition and has held his own vs guys such as Alshon Jeffery and Rueben Randle. Strong ball skills; will come down with the interception when he’s in position. A team leader on and off the field.
Weaknesses:
Undersized; lacks the height and overall build to match up with taller, more physical receivers. May be limited to nickel packages, covering smaller slot receivers. Willing to help out against the run, but rarely makes plays unless he has a clear path the ball carrier; simply lacks the size and strength to shed blocks and fight through traffic.
Comments:
If not for the lack of size, Boykin would be a 1st-round lock. but while he’s been a successful college corner, it is impossible to overlook his physical limitations. He has the skills to be a very good nickel corner and return specialist, but the limited value of these positions means his draft position will not match up with his collegiate success.
Videos:
2011 vs Michigan State 
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