Scouting Reports – 2012

Jonathan Massaquoi scouting report

Jonathan Massaquoi OLB Troy #94
Ht: 6’2″

Wt: 250

 
Strengths:
Impressive motor; fights through the whistle and is very active throughout the play. Decent speed and athleticism for a linebacker; definitely looks the part of a 3-4 outside linebacker. Has the speed to make plays in pursuit. Does a nice job shedding blocks; has active hands to fight with more physical offensive tackles. Has a nice array of pass rush moves; rip move seems to be his go-to and is consistently effective.
Weaknesses:
Already 24 years old. Primarily lined up at defensive end in college, but likely will need to shift to linebacker in the NFL. Level of competition is a minor concern; played at JUCO before joining Troy. Explosion off the snap is inconsistent. Plays out of control at times; needs to do a better job of staying low to avoid being knocked off course with quick jabs from offensive linemen. Struggles at the point of attack; lacks the lower body strength to hold his ground against physical run blockers.
Comments:
Massaquoi is an good athlete, but unfortunately that works against him at times. He was too athletic for most offensive tackles in the Sun Belt, which has allowed him to develop some bad habits. He is extremely active, but gets carried away at times and plays out of control which make him susceptible to getting knocked down and taken out of the play. At this point Massaquoi is more of a project than a sure thing, but definitely has the skills to be an effective pass rusher at the next level. He may never be a three-down linebacker or lineman, but could be an asset as part of a rotation.
Videos:
2011 vs Western Kentucky
2011 vs Arkansas State
2010 season 
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Lavonte David scouting report

Lavonte David OLB Nebraska #4
Ht: 6’1″

Wt: 225

 
Strengths:
An impressive natural athlete. Looks very fluid in coverage; quick footwork and impressive change-of-direction ability for a linebacker. Plenty of experience dropping into man coverage. Has the speed and athleticism to stick with most running backs and tight ends. Occasionally lines up vs slot receivers. Above-average straight-line speed. Looks fluid dropping into zone coverage; does a nice job staying in his zone and tracking the quarterback’s eyes. Generally takes good angles in pursuit. Very reliable tackler. Experience lining up inside and outside in Nebraska 4-3 defense.
Weaknesses:
Undersized for some defensive schemes. Lack of height will hurt his ability to match up with some tight ends. Struggles to shed blocks consistently; swallowed up by offensive linemen and fullbacks once he’s engaged. Reliable tackler, but lacks the strength to consistently quickly bring ball carriers to the ground; often stands them up as others swarm to the ball to bring him down. Very little experience blitzing, but likely won’t be asked to blitz often in NFL either due to lack of size. Lacks the ball skills to be a playmaker in coverage.
Comments:
David is an elite coverage linebacker, however, he is a liability against the run. For that reason, he will receive a wide range of grades from teams based on how his skill set fits their system. His athleticism makes him a prototypical Tampa Two linebacker, and could be a star in that system. He could also make a transition to inside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, but may not be a three-down linebacker in that scheme due to his struggles against the run. Even if he is only a part-time player, he has enough value to warrant a 2nd-round pick. This is a pass-first league, so more often that not he’ll be an asset on the field.
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Alameda Ta’amu scouting report

Alameda Ta’amu DT Washington #74
Ht: 6’3″

Wt: 341

 
Strengths:
Prototypical build for a nose tackle; a true space eater. Strong bull rusher who requires the attention of multiple offensive linemen. Flashes the ability to explode off the snap. Surprising initial quickness.
Weaknesses:
Weight has been an issue throughout career; reportedly tipped the scales just shy of 400 pounds at times and consistently played around 350-360. Short and stumpy build; not a great athlete. Inconsistent explosion off the snap; possibly a conditioning issue. Slowed down too easily if he doesn’t get a good jump off the snap. Quickness is solid in short bursts, but he fails to sustain his activity for more than a moment or two. Doesn’t always play with good leverage, something which should come naturally given his relatively modest height. Takes up space, but does little else on most plays. Lacks the athleticism, speed and stamina to make plays in pursuit. Not a threat to consistently pressure the quarterback.
Comments:
Ta’amu has one thing you can’t coach: pure size. And that quality will likely land him a spot somewhere in the 2nd or 3rd round. However, his inconsistent play – very likely a result of poor conditioning – raises a red flag. As of right now, he is not capable of being effective for 30+ snaps and will wear down as the game progresses. However, in a part-time role he can be a dangerous weapon. The best situation for Ta’amu would be to land in a system where he can play in a rotation which will limit his snaps. When fresh, he’s tough to block, and could be an impact player coming off the bench in key situations.
Videos:
2011 vs Utah 
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Bobby Wagner scouting report

Bobby Wagner ILB Utah State #9
Ht: 6’0″Wt: 235  
Strengths:
Above-average athleticism. Extremely quick off the snap. Did not blitz often in college, but flashed impressive explosion when he did. Speed and lack of size makes him a dangerous situational pass rusher; tough for taller offensive tackles to stay low enough to get him engaged. Looks good in zone coverage; stays in his space and keeps his eyes in the backfield. Physical at the line of scrimmage in man coverage; does a nice job getting hands on tight ends and slowing them down. Reliable wrap-up tackler. Experience lining up at all three linebacker positions in a 4-3 scheme (primarily strong-side linebacker). Team captain in junior and senior year. Four-year starter.
Weaknesses:
Size will concern some teams; won’t be a great fit for every defensive scheme. Lacks the strength to consistently shed blocks once he’s engaged. Reliable tackler, but sometimes lacks the strength and explosion to bring the ball carrier to the ground without help. Inconsistent with the angles he takes in pursuit, and often relies on his speed to make up for mistakes. Limited experience against top competition.
Comments:
Wagner has the skills to start at the next level, but he’s not a great fit for every system. His lack of size limits the number of teams which will have an interest, as most schemes in today’s NFL favor size/strength over pure athleticism and speed. Wagner’s biggest issue is in run defense, where he really struggles at the point of attack. For this reason, he may actually be best suited to play inside in either a 3-4 or 4-3 system, which will give him more space and limit the instances where he’s engaged at the point of attack against the run.
Videos:
2011 vs Auburn
2011 vs Nevada 
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Orson Charles scouting report

Orson Charles TE Georgia #7
Ht: 6’3″

Wt: 242

 
Strengths:
Quick off the snap. Does a nice job fighting through press coverage; quick enough to shake more physical linebackers in coverage. Reliable hands; can make the tough catch in traffic. Does a really nice job staying low and using good leverage on his blocks. Plenty of experience against top competition; three year starter.
Weaknesses:
Lacks the strength to excel as a blocker; will get desperate and hold when he starts to lose control of a block. Somewhat reckless running with the football; needs to do a better job securing the football and staying low and driving his legs to fight through tackles. More quick than fast; can shake free in tight spaces but won’t be a threat to consistently stretch the field at the next level.
Comments:
Charles has the skills to be effective at the next level, but doesn’t stand out in any one area which limits his upside. He is a reliable receiver, but may lack the height to truly be a difference maker in that area of the game. There are relatively few pass-catching tight ends listed at 6’3″ or shorter, and Charles lacks the blocking skills to make up for what he lacks as a receiver. He should be a solid backup, and could be a nice 3rd or 4th round luxury pick for a team in need of another weapon, but he likely will never be a feared pass catcher.
Videos:
2011 vs Georgia Tech 
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Dwayne Allen scouting report

Dwayne Allen TE Clemson #83
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 255

 
Strengths:
Adequate size. Impressive body control; does a great job going up in traffic and coming down with the ball. Shows great control along the sidelines. Excellent route runner; knows how to lose defenders with crisp cuts to make up for his lack of elite athleticism. Tough runner after the catch; willing to lower his shoulder to pick up the extra yards. Works well in tight spaces; knows how to get open and present the quarterback with a target. Soft hands; catches the ball away from his body and secures it quickly. Above average blocker, especially for a guy who’s known more as a receiver.
Weaknesses:
Speed is very average; lacks the ability to stretch the field. Overall athleticism is average; not very quick or explosive. Lacks the size to dominate as a blocker, especially against bigger defensive ends.
Comments:
While Allen lacks the elite athleticism of some of today’s top pass-catching tight ends, he is one of the most well-rounded prospects to enter the draft at his position in recent years. He won’t be a game-changer at the next level, but he clearly has the skills to contribute as a receiver and his blocking skills will allow him to be a reliable three-down tight end.
Videos:
2011 vs Auburn, FSU, Virginia Tech 
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Coby Fleener scouting report

Coby Fleener TE Stanford #82
Ht: 6’6″

Wt: 245

 
Strengths:
Prototypical size. Experience lining up as a traditional tight end and at receiver. Above-average straight-line speed. Gives a solid effort as a blocker. Does a nice job finding the soft spot in zone coverage and giving a large target for the quarterback. Dangerous runner after the catch; size and athleticism makes him tough to bring down. Very reliable hands; catches the ball away from his body and secures it quickly. Does a nice job grabbing the ball at its high point in jump-ball situations. Shows good body control along the sidelines.
Weaknesses:
Route running could use some work; slow and deliberate in his breaks. Has adequate speed, but quickness and agility are lacking. Lacks the suddenness in his movements to lose defenders. Holds his ground blocking outside linebackers, but struggles to hold off more physical defensive ends. Struggles to get low enough to have the leverage necessary to excel as a blocker.
Comments:
Fleener’s rare size/speed combination makes him an interesting prospect, however, he may not be the same dangerous weapon in the passing game at the next level. Fleener preyed on some weak secondaries in college, and he will struggle when matched up with more physically gifted safeties and linebackers in the NFL. His lack of quick-twitch athleticism will be exposed at the next level, limiting the routes on which he can consistently break free. He can still be an effective receiver, but his game at the next level will look different than it did in college. Depending on the system in which he lands, he may not be a three-down player due to his marginal blocking ability.
Videos:
2011 vs Notre Dame
2010 vs Virginia Tech 
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Zebrie Sanders scouting report

Zebrie Sanders OT Florida State #77
Ht: 6’5″

Wt: 308

 
Strengths:
Adequate height and overall size. Impressive athleticism and quickness; easily gets to the second level and can get down the field on screens, draws, etc. Quick feet allows him to stay with more athletic pass rushers. Clearly has the raw skills necessary to play left tackle. Excellent awareness on the field; keeps his head on a swivel and is quick to pick up blitzes. Hard worker off the field and an excellent student; an accomplished violin player. Four-year starter.
Weaknesses:
Doesn’t have a strong base; will get pushed around by more physical bull rushers in one-on-one matchups. Fundamentals are inconsistent; relies on athleticism and will get beat by more technically sound pass rushers. Lacks the power to finish off his blocks; sort of a bend-but-don’t-break style in pass protection. Has a tendency to lunge for his man and spends too much time on the ground.
Comments:
Sanders is adequate in just about every aspect of the game, but he lacks that something extra to bump him up to the next level as a prospect. He has the athleticism of a left tackle, but probably isn’t ready to step into a starting role right away. It’s tough to find players with his athleticism and size, which will bump him up on draft boards higher than his performance would otherwise dictate. In time, he could develop into an adequate starter, but if he’s thrown into the fire too early it could be detrimental to his long-term development.
Videos:
2011 vs Miami  
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Stephon Gilmore scouting report

Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina #5
Ht: 6’1″Wt: 193  
Strengths:
Impressive height and decent overall size. Adequate athleticism; especially for his size. has enough speed to stick with most receivers. Capable of delivering the big hit. Can be an asset in run support when he puts in the effort. Does a nice job tracking the ball in flight. Good hands; will come down with the interception when he’s in position. Coaches praise his work ethic and leadership.
Weaknesses:
Slow to react to run plays at times; seems to pick and chose when he wants to get involved. In consistent tackling; goes for the big hit too often and isn’t a reliable wrap-up tackler; prefers to lower his shoulder rather than square up the ball carrier. Struggles to shed blocks, even from receivers. Gets sloppy in coverage at times; relies too much on his athleticism and seems to trust his speed more than he should. Speed is very average. Struggles with a lot of the minor aspects of coverage, such as putting himself in position to get his hands on the ball.
Comments:
Gilmore is intriguing due to his size and athleticism, and the fact that there simply aren’t many prospects with his measurables. However, he has a lot of work to do before he’s ready to be an impact player at the next level. He clearly has the potential to be a starter, but he’s very inconsistent with his fundamentals at this stage in his career. What’s most concerning is his inconsistent effort against the run. Due to his size, this is one area when could make himself standout above other corners, but far too often he’s hesitant to really get physical. Due to his size and average speed some teams may consider him a free safety.
Videos:
2011 vs Nebraska 
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Dont’a Hightower scouting report

Dont’a Hightower ILB Alabma #30
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 260

 
Strengths:
Elite size and strength. A physical defender who has the strength to shed blocks. A reliable wrap-up tackler, but also has the ability to deliver the hard hit. Displays great discipline; does a nice job keeping his eyes in the backfield and staying in his zone. A team leader on the field; does a great job making sure his teammates are in position. Experienced lining up all over the field; has played inside and outside linebacker in the 3-4 base defense, and also with his hand on the ground in some 4-3 sets.
Weaknesses:
Suffered torn ACL and MCL in 2009. Knows where to be in coverage, but lacks the athleticism to be effective. Below-average speed for his position; will struggle to match up with athletic tight ends and running backs in man coverage at the next level. Limited explosiveness and agility; won’t be a consistent pass-rusher if lined up on the outside.
Comments:
Hightower is an intriguing versatile prospect who can play inside or outside in a 3-4 scheme, and could potentially play defensive end in a 4-3 system. However, while the versatility is nice, it also makes him a bit of a ‘tweener. He lacks the explosiveness to be a consistent pass rusher if lined up on the outside, but also lacks the quick-twitch athleticism to be consistent dropping into coverage if lined up on the inside. It would be interesting to see if his quickness and speed improved if he dropped down to about 245-250 pounds.
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