Scouting Reports – 2012

Jarius Wright scouting report

Jarius Wright WR Arkansas #4
Ht: 5’10″

Wt: 176

 
Strengths:
Elite speed and quickness. Elusive in the open field. Runs crisp routes. A legitimate deep threat. Looks comfortable working the sideline. Does a great job adjusting on broken plays and coming back to the quarterback.  Does a nice job adjusting to poorly thrown balls. Impressive leaping ability allows him to be more effective in traffic down field than your typical undersized receiver. Seems to have strong awareness on the field; does a nice job finding soft spots in zone coverage. Experience lining up in the slot and out wide.
Weaknesses:
Has a tendency to catch with his body. Undersized; not a threat to break any tackles once he’s wrapped up. Limited effectiveness inside the red zone. Can be pushed around at the line of scrimmage. Missed time in 2011 with a knee injury.
Comments:
Wright is an explosive receiver with the speed and athleticism to stretch the field, or be an effective slot receiver on underneath routes. He does struggle to get off the line of scrimmage at times when matched up with more physical cornerbacks, but if he’s used in the slot this shouldn’t be a serious concern as he won’t see many nickel corners with the size to shut him down. He may lack the skills of a No. 1, but he can be a great complimentary piece in the right offense.
Videos:
2011 vs Texas A&M
2011 vs Mississippi State
2011 vs Vanderbilt 
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Bobby Massie scouting report

Bobby Massie OT Ole Miss #79
Ht: 6’6″

Wt: 316

 
Strengths:
Prototypical size. Decent mobility; has the athleticism to get to the second level. Strong, physical blocker. Strong upper body, has the strength to recover even when opponents gets into better leverage position. Does a nice job staying low despite his height. Good all-around fundamentals. Quick off the snap and has great footwork to be able to keep up with more athletic edge rushers.
Weaknesses:
May lack the strength to anchor against some of the more physical bull rushers at the next level. Primarily played right tackle at Ole Miss, and may be limited to that position in the pros. A bend-but-don’t break pass protector; gets the job done, but always seems to be cutting it close – may not hold up as often at the next level. Struggles to adjust to delayed blitzes; lacks the athleticism and agility to change direction on the fly. Only one full year of starting experience.
Comments:
Massie has the skills to be an adequate right tackle at the next level. However, while he does everything reasonably well, he lacks the elite skills in any one area project as anything more than an average starter. One thing teams will need answered this offseason from the Ole Miss coaches: why wasn’t Massie playing left tackle? Ole Miss senior left tackle Bradley Sowell was a below-average college lineman and there is no question Massie was better suited to play the position. Is there a red flag somewhere that we’re not aware of which forced them to play him on the right side?
Videos:
2011 vs Alabama 
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Mike Martin scouting report

Mike Martin DT Michigan #68
Ht: 6’1″

Wt: 307

 
Strengths:
Strong, physical lineman. Elite lower-body strength gives him the base to anchor at the point of attack against the run. A strong bull rusher; does an excellent job staying low and leveraging his way into the backfield. Impressive motor; drew a lot of double teams in college but always fought through the whistle. May have the strength to play nose tackle in a 3-4 system. Hard worker on and off the field. A team leader who is respected by coaches and teammates.
Weaknesses:
Limited athletically. Does not pose a threat as a pass rusher. Lacks the speed to make any plays in pursuit. Lack of height limits his ability to disrupt passing lanes. Missed time with a sprained ankle in 2011.
Comments:
Martin is limited in what he can do on the field, but he has the size and strength which you simply can’t teach. He isn’t as big as your prototypical nose tackle, and may be better suited for that role in a 4-3 than a 3-4 system, but he does have the strength to take on multiple blockers and eat up space in the middle of the line. His upside is definitely limited, but his skill set is a valuable one in certain defensive schemes.
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Andre Branch scouting report

Andre Branch DE Clemson #40
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 260

 
Strengths:
Prototypical size. Above-average speed for the position; can make some plays in pursuit. Shows good awareness on the field; keeps his eyes in the backfield and makes adjustments. Impressive motor; plays through the whistle and never gives up on a play. Does a nice job diagnosing run vs pass; isn’t overaggressive with his pass rush and is willing to hang back and let the play come to him. Impressive stamina; wears down offensive linemen throughout the course of the game and maintains his productivity deep into games. Some experience playing with his hand off the ground; may be considered at option at outside linebacker for some 3-4 teams.
Weaknesses:
Plays too upright at times; needs to stay low to improve the leverage in his bull rush. Pass rush skills are average; doesn’t have the explosion off the snap to consistently win off the edge and lacks the strength to consistently bull rush his way into the backfield. Stats are misleading; many of his sacks are hustle/coverage sacks – he fights hard and eventually wears down the blockers. Likes to go for the strip too often and will miss some would-be easy tackles.
Comments:
Branch lacks the explosion of an elite pass rusher, but he makes up for it with a balanced game. There are some minor things he needs to work on, but he’s fairly polished for a college defensive end. What’s most impressive is his willingness to play the run – so many college defensive ends want to pin their ears back and fly into the backfield on every play. Branch is willing to be patient and hang back when necessary, and does a nice job diagnosing when it is necessary. He is a prototypical 4-3 defensive end, but he does have enough athleticism to play linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. In a 3-4 system he would do well playing opposite a more explosive pass rusher so the attention isn’t always on him.
Videos:
2011 vs Virginia Tech
2011 vs Auburn
2010 vs South Florida 
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Rueben Randle scouting report

Rueben Randle WR LSU #2
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 208

 
Strengths:
Decent size. Strong hands; does a great job catching the ball away from his body and quickly securing it.  Consistent route runner. Relatively quick with his breaks and has deceptive speed; can get over the top if the defense isn’t paying close attention. Quick off the snap; gets up to full speed quickly. Has potential as a blocker.
Weaknesses:
Needs to do a better job using his body to shield defenders in tight coverage. Plays too soft for a guy his size; hesitates when he hears footsteps and will even give up on balls when he knows he’s going to get hit (see 2011 vs Miss. State). Physical defensive backs can get into his head. Not a strong runner after the catch; has the size to break tackles, but just doesn’t know how (or doesn’t want to put in the effort) to lower his shoulder and run with a purpose. Inconsistent effort as a blocker; needs to improve in this area to take full advantage of his size.
Comments:
Randle has the skill set to contribute at the next level, but he has never played up to his full potential. His best assets are his hands, and he can be an excellent possession receiver. However, he needs to become more physical in every aspect of his game. He has the size to take advantage of smaller defensive backs, but he just doesn’t seem interested in being that type of receiver. His lack of physical play, considering his relatively modest speed, is a red flag that definitely hurts his stock. While he could develop into a quality No. 2 receiver, he’s a definitely boom-or-bust prospect.
Videos:
2011 vs Auburn, Mississippi State
2011 vs Arkansas 
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Mike Adams scouting report

Mike Adams OT Ohio State #75
Ht: 6’7″

Wt: 323

 
Strengths:
Elite size and strength. Prototypical left tackle. Has the size to engulf most defensive ends. An impressive natural athlete for the position. Strong fundamentals in pass protection. Has a nice study base to anchor against the bull rush. Quick out of his stance. Has excellent footwork and can easily slide outside with athletic edge rushers. Has the ability to easily get to the second level and beyond. Strong upper body allows him to get a good pop on smaller pass rushers, often tossing them aside with a quick jab. Has the size to dominate as a run blocker; does a nice job staying low despite his impressive height. Showed a steady improvement throughout his career.
Weaknesses:
Lacks the killer instinct; seems to be content to keep pass rushers at bay without ever finishing them off. Awareness is suspect; doesn’t always know what to do when not engaged immediately off the snap; needs to do a better job identifying when to slide over to help left guard when there isn’t an immediate threat on the outside. Suspended for five games for his role in Ohio State tattoo scandal. Suspended for two games in 2009 after being arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia; charges were late dropped. Suffered season-ending foot injury in 2008. Had shoulder surgery during 2008 offseason. Missed time in 2009 after undergoing knee surgery.
Comments:
In terms of his performance, there’s very little not to love about Adams game. Physically he has everything you could ask for in a left tackle, and he is generally fundamentally sound as well. The major flaw in his game, however, is the mental aspect. He simply doesn’t play like he wants to be great. He has the size to be a dominant force but he rarely finishes off his blocks, instead elected to do just enough to keep his man at bay. He consistently gets the job done, but you have to wonder what is holding him back from taking his game to the next level.
Videos:
2011 vs Illinois (video is of Mike Brewster, Adams is #75)
2011 vs Michigan 
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Nigel Bradham scouting report

Nigel Bradham OLB Florida State #13
Ht: 6’3″Wt: 237  
Strengths:
Prototypical size. Usually shows good awareness and vision on the field; does a nice job keeping his eyes in the backfield and/or on the ball carrier. Does a nice job fighting through traffic at the line of scrimmage; excels at making himself small to slip through holes in offensive line. Patient and seems to have good instincts; rarely over-pursues; takes good angles. Does a nice job staying low to take on blocks. Coaches speak highly of his work ethic.
Weaknesses:
Still learning where he needs to be on the field; what looks like patient play is sometimes just him being unsure of where he should attack. Better moving forward than going sideline-to-sideline. Laterally quickness is marginal and often gets caught taking missteps which slow him down and allow offensive linemen to get to him. Inconsistent in man coverage; lacks the fluid agility to stick with more athletic tight ends and running backs. Needs to improve consistency and ability to keep his head in the game; occasionally gets wrapped up in a block which he should be able to shed, but appears to focus more on winning the block than disengaging and attacking the ball carrier. Inconsistent tackling; will deliver the big hits, but needs to do a better job wrapping up the ball carrier; he has the size to excel in this area of the game. Needs to improve his lower-body strength to help hold his ground at the point of attack against the run.
Comments:
Bradham has the size to be an effective run stopper at the next level, and could excel as a 3-4 outside linebacker. He’s slightly undersized for the position, but is extremely well built and stronger than his listed weight would indicate. However, he is still raw and needs time to develop before he’ll be ready to make an impact. If he dedicates himself to improve the mental aspect of his game, he could develop into a starter two or three years down the road.
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Terrell Manning scouting report

Terrell Manning LB N.C. State #35
Ht: 6’3″Wt: 233  
Strengths:
An explosive athlete. Excellent closing speed, and gets up to full speed quickly. Good instincts; quick to diagnose run/pass and adjust accordingly. A true playmaker who is all over the field. Strong edge rusher; has the speed to line up off line of scrimmage and disguise his blitzes; too quick for most offensive tackles to step out and block. Does a really nice job avoiding blocks from running backs/fullbacks with quick footwork in tight spaces. Start-and-stop ability is impressive. Has the skills to play middle or weak-side linebacker in a 4-3 scheme; could play inside in a 3-4. Smart player; involved in getting the defense set.
Weaknesses:
Plays a little too reckless at times; his athleticism is an asset, but he needs to tone it down just a bit and become more disciplined. Doesn’t always takes the best angle in pursuit; trusts his speed a little more than he should. Won’t be able to make up for mistakes with speed/athleticism as often at next level. Tackling is sloppy at times; needs to do a better job squaring up the ball carrier and wrapping him up. Missed two games due to left knee surgery in 2011.
Comments:
Manning is slightly undersized, but his athleticism more than makes up for what he lacks in pure strength. What stands out most about Manning, aside from his speed, is his ability to use his athleticism to shed blocks at an impressive rate for a guy his size. He may not be a great fit for every scheme, but he should be high on the draft boards of those teams which favor athleticism at the linebacker position.
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Keenan Robinson scouting report

Keenan Robinson OLB Texas #1
Ht: 6’3″Wt: 240  
Strengths:
Prototypical size and strength. Impressive straight-line speed; can make plays in pursuit. Has the raw athleticism and speed to cover a wide zone when dropping back vs pass. Has the tools to improve in coverage with coaching. Closes quickly on the quarterback when rushing off the edge. Does a nice job making himself small to squeeze through tight spaces when blitzing up the middle. Impressive motor; stays active even when getting pushed around by more physical blockers. Experience lining up at inside and outside linebacker in Texas’ 4-3 defense.
Weaknesses:
Lacks great instincts; too often caught out of position. Slow to react to quarterback in coverage; doesn’t do a great job of following the quarterback’s eyes when dropping back. Struggles with his all-around awareness in zone coverage; inconsistent putting himself in position to make plays, loses track of receivers in his zone far too often. More fast than quick; lacks the agility to stick with some of the more athletic tight ends and running backs in coverage. Needs to do a better job picking his angles in pursuit; has the speed, but lacks the change-of-direction ability to make up for mistakes. Inconsistent shedding blocks, especially considering his size. Plays too high vs the run, allowing blockers to easily stand him up and take him out of play.
Comments:
Robinson has the measurables and the raw athleticism to play at the next level, but he’s still developing the instincts needed to be effective. He has enough upside to warrant a mid-round pick, however, he should be brought along slowly and not thrown into the fire. If he dedicates himself to improving the mental aspect of his game, he could prove to be a steal.
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Bruce Irvin scouting report

Bruce Irvin OLB West Virginia #11
Ht: 6’2″
Wt: 245
 
Strengths:
Prototypical size/athleticism for a 3-4 outside linebacker. Impressive explosion off the snap; has the potential to be a dangerous edge rusher. Surprisingly strong and physical in short bursts. Does a nice job staying low and using leverage to bull rush against much bigger offensive tackles. Has worked hard to get to this point in his career.
Weaknesses:
Primarily lined up at defensive end in college, but lacks the size and strength to stay there in the NFL. Too aggressive; over-pursues at times; attempts to anticipate the snap count and will jump offsides. Frequently taken off the field in rushing situations; lacks the strength, especially the lower-body strength, to hold up at the point of attack. Likely will not be a three-down player at the next level. Still very raw; limited experience against top competition.
Comments:
Irvin is an interesting story. He did not graduate from high school, but earned his GED, walked on at a JUCO and eventually enrolled at WVU. While he lacks the ability to be an every-down player, at least early in his career, he does have the potential to make an impact as a situational pass rusher. Given his size and athleticism, he would fit best at outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.
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