Chris Givens scouting report

Chris Givens WR Wake Forest #2
Ht: 5’11″Wt: 198  
Strengths:
Impressive straight-line speed; a legitimate deep threat. Strong start-and-stop ability allows him to juke out of some would-be tackles in the open field. Experienced returning kickoffs, where he may make the most impact at the next level.
Weaknesses:
Work ethic has been openly questioned by Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe; reportedly showed up out of shape in 2011 and was limited during preseason workouts as a result. Suffered two torn ACLs in high school during junior and senior year. Catches with his body too often, likely a result of his small hands which measured as the second smallest among receivers at the combine. Straight-line speed is impressive, but he lacks the agility to consistently make defenders miss in the open field. Does a poor job adjusting to the ball; needs to do a better job going up to pluck the ball out the air rather than waiting for it to come to him. Route running is adequate, but doesn’t make enough sharp cuts and relies too much on his pure speed.
Comments:
Givens is more track star than wide receiver. He clearly has the speed to stretch the field, but he is very raw in other aspects of the game and, given his work ethic, there’s little reason to expect him to develop further at the next level. As a general rule, if a guy doesn’t work hard in college, he’s not going to suddenly develop a work ethic once he starts collecting NFL paychecks.
Videos:
2011 vs Florida State
2011 vs Virginia Tech 
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Ryan Broyles scouting report

Ryan Broyles WR Oklahoma #85
Ht: 5’10″Wt: 192  
Strengths:
Good hands; catches away from his body and quickly secures the ball and turns upfield. Explosive runner with the ball in his hands. Shows good vision and has the agility to make guys miss in the open field. Does a nice job adjusting to the ball in the air. A good all-around athlete; great body control when going up for a pass in traffic. Plenty of experience in the slot. Frequently used on screens to take advantage of his ability after the catch.
Weaknesses:
Lacks the breakaway speed to be a serious deep threat. Limited height and very average leaping ability makes it tough to get him the ball downfield in traffic. An elusive runner, but not real tough; will go down quickly on contact and will even shy away from hits, going to the ground or out of bounds early. Can be thrown off his route fairly easily by more physical corners in press coverage. Probably limited to a slot receiver role at the next level. Arrested in 2007 for attempting to steal gasoline from a closed gas station. Missed time with a broken shoulder blade in 2009. Suffered a torn ACL in 2011.
Comments:
Broyles was an explosive playmaker at Oklahoma, but he doesn’t quite have the size or speed to be an elite prospect. The most concerning part of this game is the lack of physical play. Given his relatively modest speed, NFL corners won’t be shy about jamming him at the line of scrimmage which will hinder his ability to break free. However, he does have very good hands and is a polished runner after the catch, making him a potential weapon in the slot as a 3rd or 4th option.
Videos:
2011 vs Missouri
2011 vs Texas
2011 vs Kansas State 
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Eric Page scouting report

Eric Page WR Toldeo #12
Ht: 5’9″

Wt: 186

 
Strengths:
Explosive after the catch; dangerous runner with the ball in his hands. Has great vision as a runner. Does a nice job adjusting to the ball; shows great body control. Excellent route runner; makes up for his lack of elite speed by running crisp routes and taking advantage of defensive backs missteps. Extremely quick feel; very quick in his cuts, and can shake faster corners if they don’t give him enough space. Fairly reliable hands; good technique, catches away from his body and secures it quickly. Experienced and extremely productive returning kicks/punts. Very smart player on and off the field. Coaches speak very highly of him.
Weaknesses:
Takes a few steps longer to get up to full speed than the average receiver, and may not be a significant deep threat at the next level as a result. Will drop some passes he shouldn’t, likely a result of his relatively small hands because his technique is excellent. Undersized; will never be a prototypical No. 1 receiver. Level of competition is a concern.
Comments:
Page is limited by his size and modest speed, but he makes up for it by being extremely technically sound and doing all the little things well. He reminds me of Wes Welker in many ways. Like Welker, he’ll never beat someone with pure speed, but he can shake defenders with his quick moves and is a lethal threat after the catch due to his vision and toughness as a runner. He will likely fall to Day 3, but will be a steal for someone in the 4th round or beyond.
Videos:
2011 vs Northern Illinois
2011 vs Ball State 
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Jamell Fleming scouting report

Jamell Fleming CB Oklahoma #32
Ht: 5’11″

Wt: 206

 
Strengths:
Adequate height and good overall bulk. Fairly reliable tackler and fundamentally sound in run support; breaks quickly towards the backfield and sets the edge consistently. Occasionally used on blitzes. Good ball skills when he turns his head in time to see it coming. Decent athleticism; has the fluid hips and quick feet to turn and stay with receivers. Experience on special teams coverage.
Weaknesses:
Willing to step up and play press coverage, but lacks the quickness to excel in this area and his beat off the first step too often. Takes far too many missteps and will get grabby with receivers to try to recover, which will result in a lot of flags at the next level. Instincts are limited; has the athleticism to stay with receivers, but lacks the ability to anticipate and stay one step ahead. Speed is only average; lacks the ability to recover once he’s beat.Tries to mirror the receiver and does not turn to play the ball often enough.
Comments:
Fleming has the size and athleticism to play at the next level, but he’s still raw. Right now Fleming’s game is all about reacting to the receiver, which he has the skills to do, but he needs to improve his ability to anticipate. As a corner, especially one without truly elite athleticism, you have to try to stay one step ahead which Fleming is not capable of at this stage in his career. As a result, he’s a developmental prospect, but does have the raw physical tools necessary to improve.
Videos:
2011 vs Iowa 
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Dwight Bentley scouting report

Dwight Bentley CB Louisiana-Lafayette #5
Ht: 5’10″

Wt: 182

 
Strengths:
Decent all-around athlete. Very quick; has the smooth hips and quick feet necessary to stick with some of the smaller, faster receivers in the league; athleticism makes him a good fit at nickel corner to match up with smaller slot receivers. Does a decent job keeping his eyes on the quarterback. Willing to step up vs the run; surprisingly tough for a guy his size.
Weaknesses:
Undersized; lacks the height and bulk to matchup with more physical receivers. Adequate athleticism, but not enough to make up for his limited size. Willing to help vs the run, but tackling technique is shaky; simply too small to really be an effective tackler. Lacks great instincts; quick to bite on fakes. Relies too much on his athleticism and takes a lot of wasted steps which must be corrected before he sees significant playing time at the next level.
Comments:
Bentley is a decent athlete, but lacks the elite athleticism to make up for his lack of size. At this stage in his career he is very raw, and needs to work on his fundamentals before he’s ready to play a significant role at the next level. He trusts his athleticism too much, which was fine in the Sun Belt, but even less athletic receivers will be able to take advantage of his missteps at the next level. Overall, he clearly has the raw skills to play in the NFL, but he’s definitely a developmental prospect.
Videos:
2011 vs San Diego State 
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Draft Needs: Denver Broncos

Matt Peterson tracks the offseason needs of every team in the league. Today’s franchise, the Denver Broncos [full archive here].

Season Recap: Broncos fans enjoyed an exciting 2011 season led by Tim Tebow, who took a 1-4 team to 8-8, won the AFC West, and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. The Broncos seemed to be set moving forward with Tebow; until perhaps one of the greatest free agent Quarterbacks of all time became available. John Elway made some good moves in free agency and will look to the draft to surround Peyton Manning with more talent before the 2012 season kicks off.

Team Needs:
1. Defensive Tackle: As of now, the Broncos starters are Ty Warren and Kevin Vickerson-making defensive tackle the number one priority heading into the draft. Brodrick Bunkley, who played well in 2011, signed with the Saints, leaving very little depth at the position. The Broncos have solid edge rushers, but need to get more of a presence in the middle in order to free up Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller. Michael Brockers, Fletcher Cox, or Jerel Worthy would all be nice fits in round one.

2. Running back: Willis McGahee had a 1,000-yard season and made the Pro-Bowl, but wore down the stretch. The Broncos must equip Manning with a solid RB option to share the load with McGahee and Knowshown Moreno, who can’t seem to stay healthy. A player such as Lamar Miller, David Wilson, or Doug Martin could all be reasonable options in the first two rounds.

3. Linebacker: Joe Mays was resigned, but he is better fit as a depth player. Denver’s best linebacker, DJ Williams is suspended for the first six games. The Broncos should search for a LB who is capable of starting next year. A player such as Mychal Kendricks, Travis Lewis, or Kyle Wilber could be taken in rounds two or three.

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Draft Needs: Houston Texans

Matt Peterson tracks the offseason needs of every team in the league. Today’s franchise, the Houston Texans [full archive here].

Season Recap: The Texans were the most solid all-around team in 2011. The defense made a huge jump under coordinator Wade Phillips while switching to the 3-4, improving from 30th to 2nd in total yards allowed. Everything looked to be in place for a serious Super Bowl run, but the injury bug hit, and it hit very hard. First, All-Pro OLB Mario Williams was lost for the year after the 5th game. All-Pro WR Andre Johnson missed nine games. Pro-Bowl QB Matt Schaub was lost in week 10, forcing the Texans to start fifth-rounder and third-string QB T.J. Yates for the final six games. The Texans still managed to make the playoffs and win the first round, but simply didn’t have enough to get past the Ravens in the divisional round. Look for the Texans to come back healthy and dangerous in 2012.

Team Needs:
1. Wide Receiver: Andre Johnson is one of the best WR’s in the game, but there isn’t much of a threat next to him. It’s time for the Texans to fix this problem and go out and grab a legit number two option. Houston should target Kendall Wright, Stephen Hill, Rueben Randle, or Mohamed Sanu in round one.

2. Offensive Guard: Mike Brisiel signed with Oakland and 2011 starter Wade Smith is not that good. The Texans have to find at least one new starter at the guard position. Kevin Zeitler would fit in the zone-blocking scheme and could be had at pick 26.

3. Inside Linebacker: DeMeco Ryans wasn’t a good fit in the 3-4 and was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles. Brain Cushing is entrenched at one ILB spot, leaving a question mark at the other. I don’t believe Darryl Sharpton is worthy of a starting job; he is better suited as special teams, depth type player. If the Texans pass on acquiring a WR in the first round, a player like Dont’a Hightower comes to mind. Hightower would complete the Texans defense for years to come.

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Casey Hayward scouting report

Casey Hayward CB Vanderbilt #19
Ht: 5’11″

Wt: 192

 
Strengths:
A good all-around athlete who looks fluid in both zone and man coverage. Looks very comfortable in zone coverage; does a great job reading the quarterback and is quick to adjust once the ball is in the air. Demonstrates solid all-around instincts. Isn’t afraid to play up at the line of scrimmage despite his lack of size. Quick to step up in run support. Good ball skills; does a nice job becoming the receiver once the ball is thrown. Plenty of experience against top competition. Has experience on special teams coverage.
Weaknesses:
Size is a concern; height is average and overall bulk is lacking. He doesn’t back down from tough assignments, but he may simply lack the size and strength to matchup with some of the more physical possession receivers at the next level. Willing to play the run, but rarely sheds solid blocks and may simply lack the strength to do so. Speed is only average, which hurts his ability to make up for his lack of size. Missed time in 2009 with migraine headaches.
Comments:
Hayward is a solid cornerback who does everything well, but lacks the measurables to project as anything more than an low-level starter at the next level. His lack of size and strength limits his upside, and it even impacted his role at Vanderbilt. For example, against South Carolina he was only lined up against Alshon Jeffery a handful of times and in the one jump-ball situation they got into, Hayward was called for a blatant pass interference penalty. He has value as a mid-round pick and could be a solid nickel corner, but don’t expect anything more than that.
Videos:
2011 vs South Carolina
2011 vs Arkansas
2011 vs Cincinnati 
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Trumaine Johnson scouting report

Trumaine Johnson CB Montana #2
Ht: 6’2″

Wt: 204

 
Strengths:
Impressive size for a corner. Has the height to cause problems for possession receivers. Does a great job turning his body to locate and play the ball rather than simply mirror the receiver. Looks comfortable in zone coverage; does a nice job keeping his eyes on the quarterback. Very fluid in his backpedal. Quick to step up vs the run. Has the strength to easily shed weak blocks by receivers. Occasionally used as a pass rusher off the edge. Elite ball skills; recruited as a receiver.
Weaknesses:
Arrested for obstructing police officers in Oct, 2011; Johnson and a teammate were tasered when resisting arrest by police officers who responded to a late-night party. Suspended in 2009 for his role in a fight at a fraternity party. Missed time with a broken arm in 2009. Missed time with undisclosed injury in 2008. Level of competition is an obvious concern. Very willing to step up vs the run, but tackling technique is sloppy; does not consistently wrap-up the ball carrier and tends to either go for the big hit or swipe at the legs with his arms. Instincts are inconsistent; relies too much on his athleticism to allow him to make up for mistakes, which he won’t get away with at the next level.
Comments:
Johnson is an intriguing prospect due to his size and athleticism, but teams will need to check out his character and medical history. Two significant altercations and multiple injuries raise enough concerns to potentially drop him down a few rounds on some draft boards. On the field, he is definitely raw in his recognition skills, but has all the physical tools necessary to develop into a starter down the road.
Videos:
2011 vs Northern Iowa
2011 vs Central Arkansas
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Jaguars show interest in cornerbacks

The Jacksonville Jaguars have already upgraded their secondary with the addition of Aaron Ross, but they may not be done yet.

Hosley would be a nice fit in Jacksonville

The Jaguars have scheduled visits with Dre Kirkpatrick and Jayron Hosley, both potential 1st-round picks. It seems unlikely that the Jaguars would target a corner with the 7th overall selection, but they could be interested in trading down. If the Jaguars can find a trade partner, Kirkpatrick may be available somewhere in the 12-20 range and could be a nice addition to their secondary.

However, Hosley may actually be a better fit for the Jaguars, as his skill set makes him better suited to play the nickel corner role. If he’s on the board in the 2nd round, the Jags could pull the trigger, giving them a significantly deeper secondary than a season ago.

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