Scouting Reports – 2012

Brian Quick scouting report

Brian Quick WR Appalachian State #8
Ht: 6’4″Wt: 220  
Strengths:
Elite size and strength. Very good hands. Excellent body control; does a great job timing his jumps to pluck the ball at its highest point; also looks comfortable working the sideline. Runs hard after the catch; capable of breaking tackles of smaller defensive backs. Willing to go across the middle and doesn’t shy away from contact. Fairly strong blocker for a receiver, and has the size to continue to get better.
Weaknesses:
Lacks breakaway speed; probably won’t be able to stretch the field at the next level. Ball security could become an issue; often runs with the ball away from his body. Level of competition is a concern; hasn’t faced many cornerbacks that could match his skill level. Route running is inconsistent and effort doesn’t always appear to be there; wasn’t really forced to fight to get open very often at the FCS level. Suffered season-ending back injury in 2007.
Comments:
Quick is still fairly raw, and has never been tested against elite competition, but he has all the physical tools necessary to be a elite receiver at the next level. The biggest question mark is his lack of speed, but if he develops his route running he won’t have a problem getting open. He is far from a sure thing, and will probably have a minimal impact at first, but has enough upside to warrant a 2nd-round pick.
Videos:
2011 vs Elon
2011 vs Maine 
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Robert Turbin scouting report

Robert Turbin RB Utah State #6
Ht: 5’9″
Wt: 215
 
Strengths:
Small, compact build makes him tough to bring down. Adequate speed; can turn the corner and will break off some big runs. An explosive runner; gets to full speed quickly. Surprising agility for his size. Extremely productive when healthy; dominated his level of competition. Productive as a receiver out of the backfield; reliable hands. Hard worker off the field; came back from ACL injury as if he never missed a beat.
Weaknesses:
Missed entire 2010 season with torn ACL. Missed time in 2007 with a foot injury. Level of competition is a concern. Speed is very average; will break off some long runs, but isn’t very elusive in the open field. Isn’t as powerful as you’d expect; lacks the lower-body strength to really push the pile in short-yardage situations.
Comments:
Turbin is a tough prospect to judge. He lacks the measurables of an elite prospect, but it’s impossible to ignore his production on the field. However, he also was rarely tested against any of the nation’s top defenses. He’s definitely worth taking a flier on the mid rounds in hopes of developing him for the future.
Videos:
2011 vs San Jose State 
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Isaiah Pead scouting report

Isaiah Pead RB Cincinnati #23
Ht: 5’10″

Wt: 193

 
Strengths:
Decent quickness and change-of-direction ability. A shifty runner who can make himself small to squeeze through holes when running between the tackles. An effective receiver out of the backfield, with experience lining up wide. Above average straight-line speed; a threat to take it the distance whenever he’s in the open field.
Weaknesses:
Undersized. Not a very strong interior runner. Tends do go down easily on first contact; rarely lowers his shoulder in an effort to fight for more yardage. Tends to shy away from contact. Needs to do a better job with ball security. Gives a weak effort in pass protection. Slowed by knee injury in 2010.
Comments:
Pead is a tough prospect to grade. He has enough athleticism to be effective at the next level, but he lacks the elite quickness and agility to make up for his lack of size. He’s at his best when given space to run, but his tendency to hit the ground upon first contact is concerning. He could be an effective third-down back, however, there are better options available in almost every draft class. He’s a solid mid-round prospect, but just lacks that something extra to make him stand out.
Videos:
2011 vs Vanderbilt
2010 vs Oklahoma 
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Ronnie Hillman scouting report

Ronnie Hillman RB San Diego State #13
Ht: 5’10″Wt: 190  
Strengths:
Elite breakaway speed. Extremely elusive in the open field. Elite quickness and change-of-direction ability. Stop-and-start ability is impressive; gets up to full speed incredibly fast. Does an excellent job making himself small to squeeze through holes when running between the tackles. Appears to have great vision; usually quick to adjust when a hole closes and isn’t shy about improvising when the designed play breaks down. Excellent receiver out of the backfield, with some experience lining up wide.
Weaknesses:
Slightly undersized. Goes down quickly once wrapped up; won’t be able to consistently break tackles at the next level. Fumbles have been an issue at times; needs to do a better job of keeping the ball secured and not exposing himself to big hits as frequently. Occasionally indecisive in the backfield; will dance around looking for a hole, rather than simply taking what’s given to him. Gives a reasonable effort in pass protection, but doesn’t have the size or strength to be effective. Missed time with a sprained ankle in 2011. Only two years of experience (turned pro to provide for his two-year-old son).
Comments:
Hillman is a prototypical third-down back. He doesn’t have the size to carry the full load, but has all the tools necessary to excel as a backup in the right system. He would be a great fit for a team with a power running back looking to add a change-of-pace back to the system.
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Chris Polk scouting report

Chris Polk RB Washington #1
Ht: 5’11″
Wt: 224
 
Strengths:
Prototypical size and strength. A tough between-the-tackles runner. Fairly quick for his size; can make guys miss in the open field. Quick feet; above average change-of-direction ability. Reliable receiver out of the backfield; knows how to find a soft spot in zone coverage and has soft hands. Adequate speed. Above-average blocking ability for a running back; clearly puts forth a solid effort and shows good fundamentals. Experience returning kicks.
Weaknesses:
Serious injury concerns. Suffered season-ending shoulder injury in 2008. Underwent a second surgery on shoulder in 2009. Underwent knee surgery prior to 2011 season. Has a very reckless running style in the open field; looks out of control and will inexplicably leap in the air at times, making himself susceptible to big hits and fumbles. Tends to run upright unless lowering shoulder into a defender. Doesn’t look to make guy miss; seems to be the type of runner who looks for contact. Doesn’t appear to have great vision when running between the tackles; picks a spot and goes full speed ahead, rarely adjusting until it’s too late. Doesn’t go down on first contact, but also doesn’t break as many tackles as you’d expect for his size.
Comments:
Polk clearly has the measurables of a feature back, but lacks the vision and all-around fundamentals to smoothly transition to the next level. In time, he could certainly develop into a quality running back, but he should not be viewed as someone who can come in and play a significant role from day one. It should be noted that he was not surrounded by much talent at Washington, and played through a coaching change, which could have stunted his development. He’s a candidate to blossom later than most running backs, but is far from a sure thing.
Videos:
2011 vs Colorado
2011 vs Nebraska 
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Daniel “Boom” Herron scouting report

Boom Heron RB Ohio State #1
Ht: 5’10″

Wt: 208

 
Strengths:
Strong, compact build. Low center of gravity and exceptional body control make him tough to bring down unless wrapped up; will easily run through weak arm tackles. Great vision; a patient runner, who hits his holes quickly. Has the speed to get to the outside. Elite change-of-direction quickness. An effective receiver out of the backfield; reliable hands. NFL bloodlines; brother David went undrafted in 2007 and has bounced around the league since.
Weaknesses:
Slightly undersized; strong for his size, but doesn’t have the frame to take a pounding. May not be able to carry the full load at the next level. Lacks the elite speed that teams often prefer in small backs. Suspended for taking improper benefits in 2011. Not asked to block often at Ohio State, and struggled when he was.
Comments:
Due to Herron’s marginal size and average speed he isn’t going to be a highly regarded prospect. But while Herron lacks the physical tools that catch your attention, he does all the small things well (except blocking). He will probably never be a feature back, but can be effective in a two-back system. He isn’t a great fit for teams that like to pound the ball up the middle, but he could excel with a team that spreads it out, creating more space for him to run. He has the potential to be an excellent mid-to-late round steal.
Videos:
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Jerel Worthy scouting report

Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State
Ht: 6’3″
Wt: 310
 
Strengths:
Prototypical size and strength. Elite quickness off the snap. Has the size to play any role on the interior line; strong enough to play nose tackle, although it would be a waste of his athleticism to stick him there. Will make some plays in pursuit. A vocal leader on and off the field.
Weaknesses:
Tends to focus too much on getting into the backfield; needs to do a better job of staying in his space and holding his ground at the point of attack against the run. Needs to improve his overall awareness and vision on the field; bites on fakes too often and loses track of the ball carrier. Doesn’t shed blocks as easily as you’d expect considering his size; if he doesn’t win with his explosion of the snap, he’s a very average performer. Stamina may be a concern; plays at an elite level in short bursts, but doesn’t maintain it throughout the game. Lets his emotions get the best of him at times and will play out of control which results in unnecessary penalties.
Comments:
Worthy flashes the ability to dominate at times, but he just doesn’t have the consistency to warrant a 1st-round pick. His conditioning is noticeably an issue, and something that will prevent him from being a three-down lineman at the next level. He does have the ability to be a difference maker however, and will have his fair share of highlight reel plays. That said, he’s also the type of guy who plays to the camera. He’s vocal, and does all the things that get you noticed on the field, but doesn’t do a lot of the little things that make an interior lineman truly great.
Videos:
2011 vs Georgia
2011 vs Wisconsin 
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Dontari Poe scouting report

Dontari Poe DT Memphis #74
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 330

 
Strengths:
Elite size and strength. Built like a prototypical nose tackle. Surprising athleticism for his size. Will make more plays in pursuit that you’d expect from a nose tackle. Strong lower body allows him to hold his ground against double teams. Impressive motor; has the ability to get back up after being knocked down and continue fighting – a rare quality for a guy his size. Appears to have excellent stamina.
Weaknesses:
Not a threat to get after the quarterback. Mixes in some moves (swim, rip) but primarily relies on pure strength to fight his way into the backfield, which won’t work as consistently at the next level. Hasn’t been tested consistently against top competition.
Comments:
Players of Poe’s size are limited in terms of upside, but they’re extremely valuable due to the scarcity of prospects with his size, strength and athleticism. He compares favorably to Phil Taylor, but lacks some of Taylor’s ability as a pass rusher. At the next level Poe will likely be a pure space eater who doesn’t show up on any highlight reels, but any 3-4 team looking for an upgrade at nose tackle should have him high on their wish list.
Videos:
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Fletcher Cox scouting report

Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State #94
Ht: 6’4″
Wt: 295
 
Strengths:
Prototypical size and athleticism for a penetrating three-technique tackle. Quick off the snap. Does a nice job keeping his eyes in the backfield and making adjustments. Has the speed to make plays in pursuit. Plays with a motor that never quits. Extremely active hands, and keeps his legs driving at all times. Has experience lining up at various spots on the line; has played tackle in a 4-3, and also end in 3-4 sets. Used at nose tackle on occasion. Also has some experience dropping into zone coverage. Dominant on special teams; three career blocked kicks. Three year starter.
Weaknesses:
Tends to be overaggressive at times; somewhat one-dimensional as a pass rusher, leaving him susceptible at the point of attack against the run. Does not have an array of pass rush moves; relies almost exclusively on the bull rush. Suspended for one game in 2011 for violating team rules.
Comments:
It’s tough to find players with Cox’s size and athleticism, which will make him a highly sought after prospect. He lacks the strength and discipline to be consistently effective against the run, but in today’s world of pass-first offenses, more and more teams are allowing at least one of their defensive tackles to almost exclusively pin their ears back and get after the quarterback on every snap. In a 4-3 defense, Cox could fill a role similar to Ndamukong Suh’s in Detroit. He also has the physical tools necessary to shift outside to end in a 3-4 scheme.
Videos:
2011 vs Wake Forest 
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Doug Martin scouting report

Doug Martin RB Boise State #22
Ht: 5’9″

Wt: 220

Strengths:
Small, compact build makes him tough to bring down. Impressive athlete; played safety/linebacker early in his career. Exceptional balance and body control; if not wrapped up, will quickly regroup after a hit and keep plowing ahead. Effective as a receiver out of the backfield; relatively reliable hands. Hits his holes with a burst; gets up to full speed quickly. A shifty runner with exceptionally quick feet. Plenty of experience on special teams, in coverage and on returns. Experienced returning kicks; shows great vision on special teams.
Weaknesses:
Doesn’t go down on first contact, but also doesn’t have the size to break tackles once he’s wrapped up. Lack of height hurts him in the passing game; easily covered up by taller linebackers if he isn’t able to shed them quickly. Will trust his speed/athleticism too much at times, and lose yardage while trying to extend a play. Open-field speed is adequate, but not a consistent threat to take it the distance.
Comments:
Martin, who was nicknamed “Muscle Hamster” by teammates, is built like a bowling ball and fits into the Maurice Jones-Drew or Ray Rice mold. His lack of size will scare off some teams, and likely knocks him out of the 1st-round on most draft boards, but he legitimately has the combination of strength, speed and vision that should allow him to excel as a starting running back at the next level.
Videos:
2011 vs Arizona State (bowl game)
2011 vs New Mexico 
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