Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Official 2019 Orange Mane Mock Draft DISCUSSION Thread

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Mat'hir Uth Gan
    replied
    Following the 2019 Orange Mane Mock Draft,

    the ARIZONA CARDINALS sign:

    DT TERRY BECKNER, MISSOURI


    Terry Beckner is #263 on my Top 300 Big Board.


    DT TERRY BECKNER MISSOURI

    Alabama (2018): Playing RDT in a 43 defense, NT in 34 looks. Mostly read and react so far, does a decent job getting hands up in passing lanes. Inside swim to beat the RG and get instant penetration, ran down the line chasing RB on sweep play, delivered big time hit to RB just as he tried to turn up the field for a textbook wrap up tackle. Everything about that looked really good. Not much of a stack and shed, read and react type. He generally just runs up to the block, then pushes off and steps back to read the play and redirect. Does not seem to be a stout NT type, prefers to have room to work and tries to run around blockers and shoot gaps when he can. Outside swim on LT’s down block attempt, ran to sideline on RB sweep, able to dive and push him out of bounds. I’m seeing solid athleticism for a DT. Entire line blocked down, beat the LG’s reach block attempt, shot the inside gap and stuffed the RB for minimal gain. Pushed back deep near the goal line a few yards by the LT and LG double team, but hunkered down enough that the RB ran into the backs of those blockers and was tackled after a three yard gain. That seems about right to me, not a stout NT type, but not a complete pushover either. A little curious about arm length, he tries to swat every pass that travels near him, but he never quite gets one. Decent hustle play, chased the run to the sideline down the field ten yards, and the RB kind of popped out of the pack, Beckner finished that idea with a hard tackle. Intelligent guy, read screen, tried his best to jump a mile high and swat down the ball, just missed. Nice recovery from cut block, almost back up immediately and got in on the tackle. Has had several plays where the OL just kind of pushes him off the line a little bit and walls him off. Does not beat double teams, doesn’t get destroyed, but if they want to move him, he moves. Decent tape, love his effort and how he attempts to swat every pass thrown. He’s a notch above being JAG. Not sure if that gets you drafted or not, but it should get you on an NFL roster. Definitely better when asked to attack and shoot gaps. Not a sack guy, not a run stuffer, kind of right in the middle where he can do both at a slightly above average level.

    Kentucky (2018): Playing LDT in a 43 defense, NT mostly in 34 looks, some DE. Driven off the line significantly by the RT on off tackle run. Nice swim move over the RG to get some penetration, good effort trying to chase the RB around on a broken play, nowhere near the athleticism to catch him. Stack and shed on OC, read the off tackle run, flowed over and helped clog it up. Pulled the RG, tried to reach block him with the RT, able to shoot the vacated gap, got stood up on his rush by the RB in pass pro, but enough pressure to flush the QB from the pocket. Ran a stunt around the outside, the RB pushed blocked him wide on the arc rush, Beckner circled all the way around and came crashing down at the QB who held the ball forever and was starting to scramble, big hit on the tackle. He consistently tackles people about as hard as I’ve seen for any position; he really tries to put a hurting on you. Swim move on the OC, shoved off the RG, and then stuffed the RB on inside draw for no gain. Nice mix of athleticism and strength on that play. Has a decent closing burst, nice job stacking up his block, spying the QB and reacting by bursting around the edge to force a completion when the QB started to roll outside. Nice job working through and around the outside shoulder of the RG for a pressure from the 34 NT position. Swim move over the OC, burst straight into the backfield, stuffed the RB for a five yard loss as he got the handoff. Beckner definitely has some juice and athleticism to his game. Does a good job reading screens and trying to get outside and impact them, lack of ability to run well in open space kind of hurts him there. Outside spin on RG to redirect off initial block and get separation. Rip move on RG to try and get some separation. Swim move over the RT playing at RE in a 34 defense, went right over him and then stuffed the RB near the goal line for a loss on 4th and 1. That might have just won the game. OL blocked down, RT tried to reach block, shot the gap vacated by the RG, helped stuff the RB. Missouri lost on the last play after a questionable penalty. Beckner did his part to win. I thought this was strong tape. He’s just a very solid well-rounded DT. Might be two notches above just a guy, thought he showed significantly more athleticism in this game, his swim move off the line is almost elite for a DT, it’s quick and he gets good penetration almost every time. Shows a second gear when closing in the tackle, which he always finishes aggressively. Think I might have sold him short, I like him.

    Florida (2018): Playing LDT in a 43 defense. Quick outside spin on the RG, no impact, but another sign he’s a decent athlete for the position, the spin looks fast and sudden. He just needed to get some lateral movement with it, kind of just spun in place. Beat the OC up the A gap, just quick off the ball for a pressure. Getting some double team attention from the RT and RG, getting shoved around a little bit. Outside swim on the RT who tried to down block him, that looked great, then sped down the line in backside pursuit before diving and tackling the RB for minimal gain. All of that was quick and athletic looking. Beat the OC with a swim for minor pressure. Nobody can stop this swim move. Pulled the RG, tried to kickout block him with the OC and a TE double team, Beckner too quick for the OC to get position and powered through the double team for a pressure and near sack. Showing off lots of spin moves in this game to redirect off initial block, starting to look pretty good. Good strength and effort just literally throwing the OC side to side as he worked up the middle on a QB pressure. Definitely gets moved a little too easily by double teams, but I’m starting to come around to the fact that he’s mostly a 3 technique disruptive type DT. They use him at NT, and he can play NT perfectly fine on some plays, but the consistency is not there and the overall stoutness is not there. He’s very consistent when asked to shoot gaps and disrupt though. He played the run heavily against Alabama, they’ve turned him loose a lot more in these last two games, and I’m thinking he might be one of the sleepers in this draft. Powered through the LG’s angle block, stuffed the QB on designed run. He was unblockable at times on this tape when unleashed on the pass rush with Missouri up big on UF in the second half.


    TLDR:
    Comes with an NFL caliber swim and spin move, flashed a decent rip move but should use that more often. Effort always great, good fundamental tackler, hits hard and always wraps up. Really like him shooting gaps inside, I would play him as a 43 3 tech, could see his appeal to 34 teams as a DE in certain styles of schemes, but he’s not overly stout against the run. I want him attacking like a Gerald McCoy type DT. He’s not on that level, but that’s the type of player he is. I think he’s one of the steals in this draft. (2nd round tape grade, then found out about all his previous knee surgeries and he went into the super talented but undraftable selection range. Poor Combine testing would have dropped him into the 3rd round regardless, but this was a guy that probably would have been on my Day 2 board minus the medical issues).

    Leave a comment:


  • Mat'hir Uth Gan
    replied
    Following the 2019 Orange Mane Mock Draft,

    the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS sign:

    WR PRESTON WILLIAMS, COLORADO STATE


    Preston Williams is #262 on my Top 300 Big Board.



    WR PRESTON WILLIAMS COLORADO STATE

    Arkansas (2018): Playing outside WR, some slot. Quick hitch play, five yard gain. LWR, press man, drag route, minimal gain was tackled on reception. RWR, screen, 10 yard gain up sideline. He’s fairly quick shooting up field once he gets the ball in his hands. Getting bullied a bit by CB Pulley with the jam and physical play, appears to be getting frustrated. LWR, zone, intermediate out route for 15 yards on the sideline. LWR, press man, Go route, nice jam and jumping outside by Pulley, Williams had a step but when QB threw more of a back shoulder type throw, CB was able to pick the ball off due to positioning. If the ball was thrown inside and not underthrown, good chance that’s a big play. QB is very scattershot on the short routes, Williams not showing much ability in the way of making difficult catches, that or he’s not willing to expose himself to big hits by the LBs. LWR, press man, Go route, hard two handed jam by the CB but that got them both off balance, Williams faster when they both recovered and started to race down the sideline, QB dropped it in the bucket, nice over the shoulder catch, held onto the ball even with the CB chopping it at the catch point, 30 yard gain. On replay, play got overturned, CB was able to chop it loose and ball moved when it hit the ground. I thought that play was a good rep for all involved. RWR, dig route, QB late on the throw, Williams unable to make catch in heavy traffic. LWR, zone, intermediate curl, 15 yard gain, held on despite big hit at catch point. Swing pass in flat, able to elude first tackler, 10 yard gain. He’s not bad in the open field, has some wiggle and speed. Decent effort blocking down field on long pass to another WR. RWR, zone, inside slant, 5 yard TD. Busted coverage on the play. RWR, press man, Go route, nice athletic high point reaching back over the CB for the 30 yard reception. RWR, press man, inside slant, extremely physical coverage by the CB, draped all over him the entire time, Williams still able to go up and make the reception, had to tip that ball with one hand to himself due to it being a little high as well. RWR, zone, intermediate dig route, 15 yards. RWR, press man, Go route, CB way too physical and literally impeded his route, easy PI call. RWR, press man, inside slant, impressive high point catch at back of end zone, looked like he may have gotten a toe down but they ruled it incomplete. Slot, zone, deep crosser, QB hit as he threw, Williams able to make sliding baseball catch on the low throw for 20 yards. Pretty strong tape, flashed good hands, a great catch radius, and solid speed and athleticism. Only concern was he could be bullied at times by physical coverage, especially outside and with the jam.

    Florida (2018): Playing outside WR, a fair amount of slot as well. RWR, press man, Go route, solid high point reception on back shoulder throw for 20 yards. Slot, off man, quick out route, nice hands snag but tackled immediately. End around for 5 yards, speed is good not great, skinny, long legs. Slot, zone out route for 15 yards, was 3rd and long, so UF in a prevent. LWR, press man, curl route, 10 yard gain. Shovel pass, tackled for no gain, good penetration by defense. LWR, zone, out route, 5 yard gain. Slot, off man, out route, blanketed by LB Joseph on the play, ball went elsewhere. LWR, press man, Go route, had two steps on the CB and QB overthrew the ball. Williams has been bottled up almost the entire game, finally gets open deep with no safety help and they blow it. Slot, zone, curl route, slid down on catch for 10 yard gain. RWR, press man, sluggo route, able to get a step on the CB and past the safety, had him deep again for a TD and QB overthrew it again. QB has a good arm, but he has to hit these deep shots. Slot, zone, intermediate crossing route, 15 yard gain. Florida up big and letting CSU run clock late in this game. Slot, zone, crossing route, bounced off the first tackler, able to pick up 15 yards on the play. Getting a fair amount of garbage time stats against the backups. Playing hard though. LWR, press man, Go route, new QB laid it up soft and a little underthrown, Williams got both hands on it for the TD but then dropped it. Two things happened on this tape, the first is that Williams struggled to separate against the UF starting defensive backs, and the second is that the QB had very little time to sit in the pocket and throw deep or find open WRs until the scrubs came in. Most of Williams’ production in this game was in junk time. Played with good effort, but largely invisible while it mattered.

    Utah State (2018): Playing outside WR. LWR, bubble screen on 3rd and 3, able to power through the DBs to make the conversion. Effort early in this game in run blocking has been pretty lackluster, he’ll get in front of someone, but that’s about it. Slot, zone coverage, out route, ball came in pretty high, Williams tried to one hand it back to himself but deflected it in the air for an INT. LWR, off man, deep post, ball underthrown, Williams did a nice job of going up for the ball while shielding the CB, able to make 40 yard completion. Announcers making it a point to compliment Williams on his sharp route running even showing replays to do so. Key block on off tackle run on DB, pushed him down inside and RB ran right behind that block for the score. No technique to it, Williams just torpedoed the guy. Another nice block on the CB, sealing him inside on an outside sweep, RB able to get up the sideline for chunk gain. Williams has zero technique to his blocking, just using size and effort to make and hold the block just long enough to be effective. Effort much better now. Slot, scramble drill, nice one handed catch on the sideline but was out of bounds. Williams has some good hands, usually good for a one handed snag each game. RWR, press man, Go route, ball underthrown, Williams slowed down to come back to ball, CB just plowed into him for the PI. RWR, zone, intermediate out route, nice falling catch on the sideline with both feet in bounds for 10 yards. RWR, press man, inside slant, 10 yard TD. Nice job on that play of chopping down the CB’s jam and getting a good release inside. RWR, off man, post route, that looked like an amazing catch with both feet down in the very back of the end zone. Replay just made it look even better because he was held badly on the break and powered through that. One of the better catches I’ve seen from any WR doing these breakdowns. Hakeem Butler had the other standout reception for me. RWR, off man, out and up move up sideline on the last play of the game, time has expired, basically a hail mary and Williams able to come back underneath all the DBs and jump and high point the ball for the TD for the game winner. Great tape. Several excellent and athletic catches. Even more importantly, he flashed relatively solid run blocking ability and effort.


    TLDR:
    Overall, Williams is an outside field stretching WR with good speed and leaping ability, his hands are excellent as well. He’s functional in the running game, but not good. Made many clutch catches on these tapes, also runs extremely sharp routes. Mostly a complete WR. Has some off field baggage to sort through but an absolute stud on tape. The UF game is a little bit of a wet blanket though that when going against top athletes, he can be held in check. Enough smoke about off-field concerns to make him undraftable, but he'd probably be a 3rd-4th round guy depending on athleticism for me, maybe higher if he blows it up.

    Leave a comment:


  • Mat'hir Uth Gan
    replied
    Following the 2019 Orange Mane Mock Draft,

    the CINCINNATI BENGALS sign:

    WR FELTON DAVIS III, MICHIGAN STATE


    Felton Davis is #255 on my Top 300 Big Board.



    WR FELTON DAVIS MICHIGAN STATE

    Iowa (2017); Playing outside WR. LWR, zone, intermediate crossing route, wide open, 20 yard gain. LWR, zone, stop route, 5 yard gain, nice catch on that play, ball was about an inch off the ground and he scooped it right up. LWR, zone, inside slant, 10 yard gain. LWR, press man, inside slant, free release and easily stayed two steps ahead of the CB, 20 yard TD play. RWR, press man, comeback route, QB bounced the throw, great effort by Davis though, looked like he almost got his hands under it. I like this guy, he’s fast, runs good routes, and had good hands. Also, a very solid blocker in the run game. LWR, press man, faked an inside slant and tried to break into a corner fade, CB tackled him for the PI. LWR, press man, corner fade, 5 yard TD. Beat the CB that just tackled him by high pointing and reach back over him for the ball. Dude can play. LWR, press man, short crossing route, 5 yard gain for the first down. LWR, press man, Go route, had a step on the CB but ball overthrown, should have been a TD. RWR, press man, intermediate curl, 12 yard gain and 3rd and 11. Did an absolutely outstanding job of jump cutting around the jam at the line and getting right into his break. Phenomenal run blocking WR, one of the best in the draft. LWR, press man, back shoulder fade, nice sneaky push off, ball badly overthrown out of bounds. RWR, press man, Go route, failed to pick up the ball mid throw, probably had a TD if he did. RWR, press man, out route, nice falling hands catch for 15 yards. RWR, press man, inside slant, fast ball clanked off his hands incomplete. Thought this was good tape. He’s a stud as a blocker and route runner, shows good athleticism and hands despite the drop late. Was mostly unstoppable even when Iowa knew the ball was coming to him. They had multiple early round picks in that secondary as well.

    Northwestern (2018); Playing outside WR, some slot. LWR, zone, inside slant, 15 yard gain. RWR, zone, intermediate out route, 10 yard gain. Oh, he’s so good. RWR, press man, Go route up the seam, CB tried to jam him and Davis with an instant swim move to get free inside release. That was just so quick and fluid, CBs are going to be scared to try and jam him if he can react like that because they’ll miss and he’ll be flying down the field with his speed. Anyway, 30 yard gain on 3rd and 10 on that play. Slot, zone, inside slant, no problem catching the ball while taking a bit hit, even tried to fight through it for more yardage. LWR, zone, inside slant, 10 yard gain. LWR, off man, inside slant, 15 yard gain. Good concentration on that one, the LB drifted back to impact the throwing lane, Davis just plucked the ball and kept on going. The way he plays, his speed, his hands, even how he runs, it all reminds me of DeAndre Hopkins. End around for a 50 yard TD, dude is insane. Awesome cut inside, sliced by a few defenders and then just housed it with I’m guessing 4.4 speed. RWR, press man, corner fade, excellent job reach back over the CB in full stride and snatching the ball along with the CB’s arm for the 5 yard TD while getting both feet in bounds. This is one of the best WRs in this draft. He blew out his achilles mid-season, but he was probably on a 1st round trajectory. Looked unstoppable in 2017, looked unstoppable here as well. Northwestern doesn’t have the greatest talent though.

    Penn State (2018): Playing outside WR. LWR, zone, quick out route, 10 yard gain. RWR, zone, scramble drill, able to make 10 yard reception working back to the QB. Slot, zone, corner route, 20 yard TD on busted coverage. He did make an excellent toe tap catch right at the pylon though for the score. LWR, press bail, stop route, 5 yard gain on contested catch. RWR, press man, intermediate out route, 10 yard gain on 3rd and 10 at the sideline. Nice catch, beat CB Oruwariye, who dove for the INT and missed, on the play. Swing pass for minimal gain, threw it to the boundary side and Davis stepped out of bounds trying to turn up field. RWR, press man, dig route for 10 yards, beat Oruwariye again on that play. LWR, press man, Go route, 20 seconds left in the game, ran through Oruwariye’s jam, got outside release, Oru tried to race to recover, QB underthrew the fade, so while Oru is racing to catch up, Davis stops and cuts underneath him to snag the pass, broke Oru’s arm tackle attempt at the five yard line, and walked in for the game winning TD. That’s a pretty good CB that just could not hang with Davis in this game at times.


    TLDR:
    Overall, he’s DeAndre Hopkins, maybe bigger, maybe faster, but plays with a palpable intensity, catches everything, blocks like a boss, has good speed and athleticism, and is just one of the best WRs in this entire draft. The injury knocks him out for the rookie year and achilles can be tough to recover from, but recent medicine generally has WRs recovering just fine. This is a 1stround talent that is going to fall in this draft, interesting to see how far. Due to the injury and playing at Michigan State, I don’t even know how many people know about him. I had never heard of him before starting this film analysis. Now he’s one of my favorite WRs in this draft. (Davis was my absolute top undraftable player due to injury or off field concerns. I wanted to put him in the 4th round regardless, but an achilles is a very scary injury for a WR and I just couldn't justify it. I absolutely love this player. If he does recover 100%, I honestly think a team is getting DeAndre Hopkins, so somebody is going to get a steal).

    Leave a comment:


  • Mat'hir Uth Gan
    replied
    Following the 2019 Orange Mane Mock Draft,

    the NEW YORK JETS sign:

    K COLE TRACY, LSU


    Cole Tracy is #254 on my Top 300 Big Board.



    This was as simple as my favorite Kicker in Round 6 and my second favorite in Round 7. It looks like the NFL might have those two in reverse order, which would make Tracy a huge steal in UDFA. The reason Tracy is second for me is that he only had one year at LSU and was not used on kickoffs at all, which usually suggests he has limited leg strength. He did show good accuracy making a ton of field goals, but if he can only be used within 40 yards, that's not very enticing. Still, he's generally ranked as the #1 Kicker, so figured I should have him draftable.

    Leave a comment:


  • Mat'hir Uth Gan
    replied
    Following the 2019 Orange Mane Mock Draft,

    the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS sign:

    P MITCH WISNOWSKY, UTAH


    Mitch Wishnowsky is #253 on my Top 300 Big Board.



    This was as simple as putting my favorite Punter in Round 6 and my second favorite in Round 7. It looks like the NFL might have those two in reverse order, which could make Wishnowsky a huge steal in UDFA. His 2016 season where he average 47.7 Yards Per Punt across 64 punts was nuts. 2017 and 2018 saw him "drop" to 43.9 and 45.2 respectively, still excellent averages. One of the reasons I put Bailey over Wishnowsky was due to 2017 when Utah used Wishnowsky on kickoffs and he was absolutely awful with a 68% touchback rate on 65 kickoffs, Utah then did not use him in that role in 2018. So, he's strictly a punter, but potentially with the best upside in this draft. Depending on the team, they might care much more about that than Bailey's ability to be an effective kickoff guy as well. Maybe both punters go in the 6th round.

    Leave a comment:


  • Mat'hir Uth Gan
    replied
    Following the 2019 Orange Mane Mock Draft,

    the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS sign:

    FB ALEC INGOLD, WISCONSIN


    Alec Ingold is #252 on my Top 300 Big Board.


    Never got around to the Fullbacks for tape review. Ingold appears to be the top FB prospect in this draft. Might go much higher than this, I really know nothing about him, just figured I should have the top FB as a draftable prospect on my board.

    Leave a comment:


  • Mat'hir Uth Gan
    replied
    Following the 2019 Orange Mane Mock Draft,

    the WASHINGTON REDSKINS sign:

    QB EASTON STICK, NORTH DAKOTA STATE


    Easton Stick is #249 on my Top 300 Big Board.


    QB EASTON STICK NORTH DAKOTA STATE

    North Alabama (2018): Playing under center and shotgun. Mobility looks solid, poor throw under duress on roll out across his body. Arm talent looks average, put some nice zip on a ball outside the numbers that the WR dropped (that turned out to be his most impressive pass this game). Not sure about his hand size, the ball looks like a watermelon when he holds it. Nice, quick release, mechanics in general look very polished. Lots of play action in this scheme, looks very comfortable. Fifteen yard out route from the slot for a TD, WR was able to get up the sideline. Accuracy is good, not great. Has been a little off on his throws down the middle. Really nice pass on scramble play across his body for a long chunk gain, WR was left wide open. Flashed some moves on QB draw for a TD, showed some wiggle and put a spin on the LB to juke him. Not impressed with the accuracy in this game, he’s gotten close enough to the WRs to be caught, but the actual ball placement has been off, even on some easy passes like screens. His average arm strength is probably to blame in some instances. This was the only Division 1 team he faced this year, had one of his more lackluster performances. Would have been close to under 100 yards passing if not for the one busted coverage. Some of that is the scheme, they just don’t throw a lot.

    South Dakota State (2018): Playing under center and shotgun. This is probably the best team he faced this season. Tried to hit an arrow stop route from the slot outside at the numbers, didn’t step into the throw, ball short hopped the WR. Average arm. If he’s going to throw outside, he has to step into the throw with his full body weight. Had a nice playaction bomb to the WR on a Go route up the sideline, but he moon balled it and the safety was able to drift over and swat it away. Again, arm strength. Another Go route up the opposite sideline, ball a little underthrown, main issue was he had to moon ball it again which gave the CB more than enough time to recover and swat it away. Had this issue with his deep throws in the North Alabama game, except in that game the WRs were left uncovered so it didn’t matter as much. It’s glaring here. And yet another Go route up the sideline, this time he laid it in there perfectly, though still a moon ball, he just threw it much earlier. Would say accuracy on these deep shots has largely been excellent. Deep back shoulder throw in the end zone that probably should have been caught, was contested but looked to hit WR in hands. Great accuracy on a crossing route for 25 yard TD, tight space, put right on the money in stride. Solid athlete when scrambling, has some moves and can make people miss in open field. Playaction pass, easy 20 yard TD to TE on seam route, left uncovered. Generally throws to his first read, occasionally goes through his progressions. Excellent zip on 30 yard skinny post the WR housed for a TD. Kind of your typical QB that can fire the ball in there when he has a clean pocket and can really step into the throw. That’s more mechanics and torque than arm talent. Arm is still very much average. He’s scrambling a lot in this game, soft fumble on run up middle. INT on outside comeback route where he just really locked on to his first read and CB jumped the route. He decides where he’s throwing the ball during the huddle at times I think. Noticeably trying to throw the ball hard now, he’s sailing a lot of his passes, accuracy has gone down the tubes. Has been much better against zone than man coverage so far. Designed draw for short TD run. Took a lot of sacks and scrambled a lot in this game. DL was pretty relentless. He’s ok, reminds me of Kyla Lauletta, who I thought would go undrafted but ended up taken in the 3rd round. I like the athleticism, but weak to average armed QBs don’t do it for me, too many limitations. In the right scheme though, those can be masked, but then why draft system QBs high?

    Eastern Washington (2018): Playing under center and shotgun. Decent athlete, scrambled to avoid rush, upended and landed on top of his head. Ouch. Lots of run plays early. Accurate on the short stuff, arm strength is ok. Go route up sideline, overthrown just a tad. Lots of RPOs. Does a good job scanning the field and going through reads. Tough guy, pretty fearless when he runs with the ball. QB draw up the middle untouched for a ten yard TD. Later on, after a lot of runs and some short throws, he scored on another 10 yard QB run, this time a designed sweep. He keeps the ball a lot on the RPOs, and he’s taking some huge hits and getting bent like Gumby, almost got his leg ripped off on one of them. Accuracy off a little bit when under pressure and flushed from pocket. Accuracy a little shaky altogether, missed a simple intermediate slant while sitting in a perfect pocket. Don’t see that too often. Came back to the same pass the first play of the second half and he got picked off, the CB jumped the route, I think the blame is more on the WR for not shielding the ball, but throwing it was a bad decision as well. Awesome touch pass on a scramble drill for a 20 yard TD, kind of wove his RB to turn up the field and lofted it to him right at the pylon. Very nice improv play and throw. 85 yard TD on Go route (50 in the air) deep up sideline while taking a big hit. He rolled out, ran into the throw, and really wound up to heave it, that’s probably about as far as he can throw it. Nice accuracy on it though. Total moon ball, but the WR had torched the CB and there was no safety, so no worries. The fact he knew he was going to get smashed and still took the time to wind up and let it rip was impressive as well. Not as impressive on the INT he threw on the next drive, was under a little pressure, tried to throw an intermediate out while on the run, ball was behind the WR and picked off. His arm is good enough for the NFL, but he’s going to struggle outside the numbers because the DBs drive on the ball and the coverage is going to be tight. Did complete an intermediate out route in the 4th quarter to the far hash, coverage extremely tight, but the accuracy was perfect. Definitely has the talent, needs to be more consistent. Key 10 minute drive in the 4th to ice the game, lots of runs, but had some key short curl route throws and the aforementioned out route. Continued to keep the ball and run a lot, mostly stuffed though, but did eat clock. 50 yard TD run out of the wishbone within the last two minutes of the game to truly ice it. Just went up the middle untouched, has good speed in the open field. Ran for 120 yards and 3 TDs in this game, threw for 200 and 2 TDs. Dominating performance, though most of his runs he was just untouched and the defense non-existent. Still, he can take advantage of an opening for sure.

    TLDR:
    Overall, he has enticing athleticism for the position and love his toughness and grit. Accuracy is hit or miss, but mostly solid. Arm is on the weaker side of average, but it’s good enough for the type of system he would be asked to run in the NFL, which would be a quick hitting spread attack. Not my style of QB, but he can play.

    Leave a comment:


  • Mat'hir Uth Gan
    replied
    Following the 2019 Orange Mane Mock Draft,

    the CINCINNATI BENGALS sign:

    LB DESHAUN DAVIS, AUBURN


    Deshaun Davis is #246 on my Top 300 Big Board.


    LB DESHAUN DAVIS AUBURN

    LSU (2018): Playing LB in base nickel defense, MLB in 43 looks. Blitz around left end, able to jump and swat down QB pass. Dropped in zone, decent hit on WR at catch point on crossing route. Read, react, stuffed RB on off tackle run for a loss. Lowered head and whiffed on tackle on RB at goal line, RB able to plunge in for short TD. Walled off by LG on outside run. Solid job working through the LT’s block at second level, able to roll off and get involved in tackle on RB for no gain. No problem with coming up and slamming into OGs at the line, does a good job of choosing to run around them instead when chasing through the middle of the defense. Surprising how many ILBs just run into the OGs no matter what and block themselves. So far, he doesn’t do that. Strong tackler, will generally wrap up when chasing laterally, but when coming downhill, he really brings some thunder. Saw the QB starting to scramble outside the pocket, showed good forward burst charging up and getting the sack. Smashed into TE in the hole, stacked him up, fell off the block and tackled RB for short gain. Very physical player, excellent as a box LB. Used quite a bit in pass drops, haven’t really seen anything to move him off of the average range there. Big QB hit on blitz, kind of weaved through the OL unblocked, able to put a shot on the QB as he threw. This dude is a baller, reminds me of Al Wilson. A little short and stocky but seems athletic enough to be effective in all facets and is tough as nails. Is a legitimate scary hitter, he brings the wood. Charged up from zone when QB started to roll out, able to jump and swat pass. He gets up pretty high. Again, really impressed with this tape. He’s doing it all, now just need to see him make some plays in coverage. Ran right through the TE as lead blocker on designed QB run, then stuffed the QB for a loss on 3rd down and forced a punt. That was just flawless. Solid effort in zone dropped, jumped a mile high to try and swat the ball but QB dropped it just over his reach to the WR on crossing route. That was pretty good though, it took a perfect pass. Blitz up middle, trucked the RB, big pressure on QB. Slammed into RT, actually knocked him back, as soon as he redirected from that the TE blasted him for a pancake. Nice reaction to QB scramble, altered his angle and hit the QB so hard he did a gymnast twist. Read, react, stuff on RB on inside run. This was almost perfect tape for an ILB. I’m not sure he has sideline to sideline range, that’s the big question, athleticism. But as a box LB that can chip in with zone drops, he’s phenomenal.

    Georgia (2018): Playing LB in base nickel, MLB in 43, a handful of snaps at SLB. Chopped down by RB on inside blitz. Showing willingness to slam into OGs early on at the line, infact, he’s kind of just lowering his head and ramming the interior OL wall that Georgia makes, that’s full kamikaze. Probably should never go full kamikaze. Walled off inside by LG. LG looks to be pushing 400 lbs. Nice job knifing through the line, showed good patience, and able to tackle the RB for a big loss down near goal line. Effort play where he just worked through the line and tackled the QB on scramble attempt for another loss. Two plays in a row. Nice job in middle zone reading the RB on a curl route up the slot, covered that, QB had to go elsewhere. Athleticism still a question mark, but intelligence and awareness look good. Solid job reading RB screen, swim move to get past the OC leading the screen, then the OC shoved him down from behind, no call though. Becoming clear that Davis is very slow, his lateral chase speed is borderline molasses. That means he’s a box LB only, going to hurt his draft value. His tape is excellent in that role, but those guys don’t go too high. Blitz up the A gap near goal line, able to squeeze through and tackle QB immediately on what looked like a designed run. Doubt he got a sack for that, but same effect. Shot the outside gap on the 400lb LG, about to make play and LG tackled him. Again, no flag. Blitz up middle untouched against wildcat, unable to pivot and change direction at full speed to chase after RB. Missed tackle on off tackle run, RB just able to step through diving arm tackle attempt. Read, react, stuff RB on inside run. Love Davis as a downhill hammer in the run game. Able to drag RB down on off tackle run he bounced outside, that looked to be at least decent athleticism to make that play. Really need Combine times for him, if he’s even remotely a capable athlete, he’s going to be pretty high on my board. That was the best he’s looked in lateral pursuit. Walled off by the OC at the second level on long inside TD run. Not as dynamic as the LSU tape. Georgia’s big OL and powerful run game overwhelmed him at times, but it has done that against every LB so far. Most of the time he played very well, smashed into the much bigger OGs and gummed up the holes, made some solid wrap up tackles on the RBs. Had a couple nice reps with his zone drops. Biggest thing from this tape though is that it looks like he might be a poor athlete, possibly a 5.0 40 type guy. He’s great as a downhill ILB against the run and he’s not bad in zone drops, but that degree of poor athleticism would absolutely sink his draft stock.

    Alabama (2018): Playing ILB in base nickel. First play, rolled off the OG and got trucked by the RB, able to tackle him though. Consistently does a good job of getting his hands up and attempting to impact throwing lanes. Stacked up the LG on off tackle run, teammates able to tackle RB for short gain. Able to get to the sideline and cut off jet sweep to WR for a 5 yard gain. He definitely only has half field range and speed, and that’s pushing it. Read, react, tackle RB on inside run for short gain. Does a good job with swim moves and generally avoiding the OGs at the second level. Much better at that than most ILBs in this draft. Nowhere near the speed of whatever RB Jacobs runs. Delayed blitz, QB pressure and forced him to throw the ball away. Has had a few blitz attempts so far, most are blocked at the line. Blitz up A gap, big pressure, forced QB to throw it away. Not very fluid in coverage on TE, kind of just turned his back and face guarded him, luckily QB went elsewhere. Read, react, big TFL on RB. Did a nice job of cutting inside the LG at the second level. I wish every ILB would learn to avoid the OGs like Davis does when flowing to the ball. He can’t do it every time, but does it a lot. That, and solid instincts, helps make up for any lack of athleticism. Stacked up TE in hole, bottled up RB, teammates tackled for no gain. Having some issues with the RBs when they suddenly bounce the run outside, a lot of the time he is in the process of making a diving tackle attempt and then comes up short. Mostly solid tape, did his job as an inside LB against the run, did his job when asked to drop in zone. Solid job on blitzes as well, got pressure on roughly half of them. Not sure he really did anything above and beyond his job though. Just solid tape against a top offense.


    TLDR:
    What I know Davis can be is a two thumper at ILB, I thought his tape was good enough where he’s not a liability in the passing game when dropping in zone and on blitzes, so I believe he is a legit three down LB. The big problem is his limited range and athleticism. Instincts and intelligent play make up for some of it, but every game you see him struggle with quickness and speed around the edge. On the positive side, he’s good against the OGs, he doesn’t need protection, so I think he can play ILB in a 34 or 43 defense regardless of scheme. His athleticism is going to dictate where he gets drafted (Wasn't good). The LSU tape was borderline first round quality, the others less so, but still rock solid. I’m going to give him a wide range on his draft grade and tailor it down directly related to all his measurables. Even if he bombs the Combine, he’s definitely going to be draftable for me (This is a good ILB, the issue is that he tested poorly in both straight line speed and agility, he's probably just a two down thumper and that doesn't have much value, but he is a good one).


    Leave a comment:


  • Mat'hir Uth Gan
    replied
    Following the 2019 Orange Mane Mock Draft,

    the NEW YORK JETS sign:

    S ZEDRICK WOODS, MISSISSIPPI


    Zedrick Woods is #245 on my Top 300 Big Board.


    S ZEDRICK WOODS MISSISSIPPI

    LSU (2018): Playing cover two. Woods is a pretty big dude, rocked up, looks more like a LB out there juking around than a DB. Using him in the box early, getting into it with the OGs. I mean, he looks like a LB. A little muscle bound and stiff when quickly shifting directions, he’s not very fluid in space. His feet are good though, he never stops moving his feet. Press man on slot WR, decent coverage on dig route. Press man on slot, intermediate slant, solid transition and ran in his hip pocket. He’s definitely a good athlete in a straight line. Press man on TE near goal line, awesome jam, TE couldn’t even get off the line and into his route. TE able to get on him at second level, Woods with a rip move that literally threw the TE into the dirt and then tried to tackle the RB on inside goal line plunge. This guy plays like a LB, he’s physical and a bully. I love him in the box. Cover two, a little late getting over on deep comeback route on the sideline, ball almost completed for big gain but WR butterfingered it. Getting a feel for Woods now, he’s a straight line guy, once he has to start chasing laterally or really change directions, he loses all of his speed and athleticism. In a straight line, he’s a bullet. It shows up the most when he’s playing at safety depth and comes up in the run game, if the RB cuts at all or bounces the run, Woods has to almost stop completely and change his angle. He’s a man though in the box, he grabs these RBs and throws them down. I would fatten him up and play him at ILB. He’s listed at 210, that means 15-20 lbs, he can carry that and still be plenty fast enough. Even if he just stays at 210, I think I would play him at nickel LB, he’s strong and tough, does not play like a normal safety. Nice heads up play and coordination to scoop up a fumble bouncing around. LSU just running clock up the middle, Woods with tackle after tackle. He’s not a run up and missile hitter like some big safeties, he likes to run up, bear hug, and grapple tackle. That’s why I keep saying he’s a LB, none of this looks like the other safeties, they come charging in and dive at legs or throw a shoulder, they have no interest going against 230lb RB high. That’s all Woods does, and he wins doing it. He’s got some wheels, not quite able to chase down the LSU QB on a long TD scramble, but he definitely has an extra gear he flipped towards the end. Yeah, so, initial impression of Woods is that I like him in the box against the run, and I like him in man coverage on TEs, especially in press man where he can use his jam. Where I don’t like Woods as much is back at deep safety, he doesn’t change direction well coming forward or chasing laterally. And while he’s a plus against the run when lined up in the box, he becomes a liability when back deep. Same thing as in coverage, plus when lined up on the TE at the line, more of a liability when off man deep because he doesn’t react and change directions well coming forward. I think that makes him unlikely to be good on special teams as well despite the obvious athleticism and toughness.

    Alabama (2018): Playing cover two. Rolled him to single high on the snap, off tackle run up sideline for a 35 yard TD, Woods not able to reverse direction and chase down the RB at all, Harris looked faster on that run. Woods is on the punt coverage team, he get down the field pretty quickly in his straight line. Press man in slot on TE, good jam, nice job turning and running with TE on seam route. Showed blitz at the line, they tried to drop him into some type of zone at the snap, the outside slot WR ran a straight seam route that Woods immediately tried to cover, the CB that dropped in deep zone fell completely asleep at the wheel, so Woods kept running with the WR all way to the end zone on an 80 yard TD. Now, Jeudy is blazing fast, Woods was with him step for step the entire way, he just had a late start since he was up at the line showing blitz the entire time. I’m going to say Woods might have elite straight line speed, not sure why he couldn’t catch up to Harris earlier unless Harris is that fast as well. So, you see athleticism like that, and then Woods sucks for two plays in a row on the next series. First, he’s in Cover two, a Go route up sideline, he’s late and has nowhere near the range to impact his half of the field. That should be easy mode for someone with the speed he just showed. And then, he followed that up by coming up from Cover two, the QB scramble around the end and up the sideline, Woods gives lateral chase all the way to the sideline, slows down for whatever reason, and the QB just keeps running right on by him. I don’t think Woods knows how to play safety or in space. He’s not good. In the box, good. Out of the box, bad. No instincts, none. Cover two, off tackle run from the 15 yard line heading towards the end zone, instead of coming up in run support, Woods takes an angle to cut the RB off on the sideline in the back of the end zone. Seriously, WTF. He has to have the IQ of Forrest Gump. Up at LB depth in the box, read, react, tackle on RB on inside run to limit gain. He’s mad about something, pointing and yelling at his teammate on the field. Cover two, RB chugging up the middle towards the end zone, Woods sets his angle, comes charging up, misses the RB and clobbers his own teammate instead. He ducked his head and threw a shoulder that time, it looked awful. Solid job reading QB run around the edge down near goal line and getting over and forcing Tua out of bounds prior to the end zone. Wasn’t in the game much late in this blow out. This was bad tape. He doesn’t know how to play safety, there were effort questions, he takes bad angles, just tough to watch. He flashed with his speed at times, but he always does that. Was used almost exclusively in zone well off the ball, mostly cover two and cover one, and it was just bad.

    Auburn (2018): Playing cover two. Up at LB depth in the slot, toss sweep to RB, Woods ran through the slot WR and pushed RB out of bounds after short gain. Charged up from safety depth on 3rd and 3, inside run, somehow took a bad angle and RB able to break through his arm tackle attempt. He keeps tackling these RBs high, he’s going to get hurt, about got his neck broken off filling the hole that time. Poor effort play, came in hard on an inside blitz, ran a RB screen, the RB took forever juking and weaving around the inside of the field, Woods never even tried to chase down the play, he quit as soon as the screen was thrown. His effort is very up and down, sometimes he goes all out, and sometimes he shuts it down like this time and on the Tua scramble at the sideline last game. Woods has some skills you could possibly mold, but this is not the type of football player that will be on my personal board. He’s just not good enough to get away with being this lazy. Solid job charging up from cover two on QB rollout, pressure made Stidham tuck it and run for minimal gain. Solid wrap up tackle on RB on inside run, did his bear hug high tackle thing again. Up at LB depth, read, react, and stuff on off tackle run. I do like him in the box. At least when he’s giving his full effort. Cover two, jet sweep to his side, saw it and could have easily ran over and helped tackle it, instead he trots around as the WR works down the sideline right in front of him for the TD. If I was his teammate, I would punch him in the nuts for his lack of effort. Zero ability to cut and react to a RB making moves in the open field, this tub of butter that runs the ball for Auburn just embarrassed him on a long TD run. And he did it again the next series, this time just for a 30 yard gain. The amazing move the RB keeps putting on Woods to make it so Woods can’t react and tackle him is simply changing direction and slanting away once Woods is roughly ten yards away. Each time he does that, Woods slows down to a stop, takes a bad angle, and the RB just waltzes right past him. It’s bad.


    TLDR:
    He can’t play safety, at least not off the ball. In the box, he’s not bad, needs to learn to tackle lower, but he holds his own there. I think he has subpackage potential as a nickel LB that covers TEs and can help against the run. Whatever you do, never play him at safety. If an offensive player has ten yards of space to make Woods miss, he will. He doesn’t know how to play safety, there were effort questions, he takes bad angles, just tough to watch. He flashed with his speed at times, but he always does that. Was used almost exclusively in zone well off the ball, mostly cover two and cover one, and it was just bad. (Awesome speed at Combine, should be a special teams guy at worst, just worry about the returner juking him and making all that athleticism pointless).

    Leave a comment:


  • Mat'hir Uth Gan
    replied
    Following the 2019 Orange Mane Mock Draft,

    the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS sign:

    DE JOHNATHAN LEDBETTER, GEORGIA


    Johnathan Ledbetter is #241 on my Top 300 Big Board.



    DE JONATHAN LEDBETTER GEORGIA

    LSU (2018): Playing DE. Starting the game at RE in a 34 defense. Very stout against the run, grappler type, holds the OL up and clogs lanes, did just that to the LT on the first play of the game, stood him up right in the hole and the RB ran into his back and was stuffed. No stats on that play, but he wrecked it. Run up the middle, LT did a nice job walling Ledbetter from the play. This has been kind of a stalemate so far, the OGs and OTs can’t move him, and he can’t really power through them. LT was moving him a little with a drive block, Ledbetter did an outside swim to disengage and made the tackle on the RB on inside run. Fundamentally sound playing the option, breaks down and get inbetween the QB and the RB, forcing the play back inside. That’s kind of who he is, very fundamentally sound, but doesn’t make a lot of plays, just funnels the ball carrier to his LBs the way he’s taught. Blew up the RG on a screen play and knocked him into the RB which goofed up the timing of the entire thing. Off tackle run, took the LG and shoved him into the hole, RB ran into that LG and Ledbetter helped finish off the tackle. Announcers commenting on how hard it is to get to the edge against Georgia. A lot of that is Ledbetter. Nice rip move to disengage from the LT and stuff the QB on a scramble attempt. You could see him stack him up, read the play, react with the rip, and finish off the QB. Not great chasing in space, had a chance at the QB, but got too much shake and bake and never came close. Usually put near the edge in goal line looks, does a good job submarining for penetration. Nice job shooting his hands and pushing off a cut block attempt, then he flowed down the line and stuffed the RB when he tried to cut up field. Elite run defense play. Shot the inside gap on the LT, able to stuff the run. Stack and shed on LG, shoved him right into the hole, RB runs into his back, Ledbetter helps on tackle. Like the third time that has repeated. Left unblocked on back side, RB danced a little too long, able to chase him down from behind for minimal gain. Nice stack and shed on LT at goal line, play was a short burst off the LT, but he clogged it up and made the RB go wide to the pylon. Too bad rest of the team couldn’t take advantage. Looks like an elite defender against the run, not much of a pass rush guy, but can pop an occasional sack off the bull rush. Plays much bigger and more stout than a 280lb guy should.

    Florida (2018): Playing DE. Starting at RDE in a 43 defense, can already tell this is a hustle guy. Doing well with contain, tried to fall back under the RTs block to dive and tackle the RB going off tackle but came up a little short. Looks like a pro as a power end, run first type player. Does a decent job fighting against double teams and holding the edge. Does a nice job reading the play while holding contain, as soon as he reads pass, he redirects around the RT and tries to put pressure on the QB. Seems to process the play fairly quickly and decisively adjust his plan of attack for that play. Continues to do a great job on outside contain, but also continues to just come up short when trying to fall back inside and make a play on the RB. Seems to be more stout and powerful than athletic. Has done a nice job of stacking the LT Ivey up at the line, Ledbetter doesn’t get moved out of his area very often. Stunt inside, ran straight into the OC and was stopped cold. He’s not a pass rushing guy, there’s almost no quickness here. Decent job running laterally and tackling the RB on pitch option. Alternates job between holding contain and clogging blockers so the OLBs can come off the edge. Definitely a team player type, can’t get stats playing like that, but he makes everyone around him better. Beat the LG for a QB hit, guy held it pretty long and he just bull rushed through the inside gap. Definitely a hustle guy, runs to the ball every play, even when it’s a screen to the far side of the field. Another big QB hit, he brings the thunder for sure, but this was the same thing as earlier. QB held the ball a long time trying to go deep, he powered through the LG, this time the outside gap and eventually just worked through and ran at the QB. Moved him to the left side late when the Gators had to pass to try and catch up, mainly goes to the bull rush when he’s turned loose to pass rush, that didn’t work on the RT Taylor. Tried an inside swim against the RT, dude just caught it midway and shut him down. Played about half the snaps in this game, Georgia does a heavy DL rotation. Looks to be a 43 Strong Side End, or perhaps could play 5 Tech in a 34. Either way, not much of a pass rushing threat, but very solid in the run game.

    Alabama (2018); Playing DE. Starting off the game at RE in a 34 defense. Stacked up the TE and shoved him into the hole on off tackle run, allowed LB to make the stuff. Blew up the pulling RG and knocked him back but not enough to clog the hole, RB made a nice quick cut inside for a decent gain. That was original supposed to go around the edge, Ledbetter put a hard stop to that plan. Left him unblocked on quick screen, almost got to the QB. He’s not quick or fast, but he’s far from an immobile slug as well. He can run in a straight line well enough to make some plays, doesn’t change direction quickly or very well though. Inside spin on the RT, shut down easily, just too slow and telegraphs the move. Big hit on the QB that should have led to an INT. On that play he tried to slice inside LT Williams, but that was shut down, the problem was the QB held the ball really long, Williams let him go thinking the ball was out, it was not, and he forced a bad throw while smashing Tua. CB inexplicably dropped the gift INT. Double team with the LT and TE able to move him and wall him off from off tackle run. He’s largely struggled a bit with Williams in this game, Williams keeps getting position on him off the snap and surprisingly Ledbetter isn’t able to owerpower him so far. Rip move to disengage from LG, put big hit on QB forcing incompletion. He has some straight line closing speed. Might be a better athlete than I thought, maybe the scheme hides it by asking him to not get after the QB very often and just play run defense. Ran through the lead block by one RB to help stuff the other RB. Tried a straight bull rush on the LT, bent him back a little, but largely was stymied. QB pressure by just working and grinding the inside gap of the LG, QB held the ball a long time allowing him to get back there. Ledbetter is a high effort player though, he never slows down. Has tried an arc rush against the RT several times, he just has no pass rushing ability around the edge. Bull rush on the LT for a QB hit, finally won with his power against Williams. Also managed to force Williams to step on Tua’s ankle on that play, Tua in a lot of pain and out of the game. Left unblocked on backside, ran down the line and stuffed the RB for no gain. Mostly the same thing as the other games, primarily a run defender that is very stout. Makes a lot of plays that lead to the players around him getting stats while he does not. Flashed a little more speed in this game than I thought he had, but still looks hopeless as any type of edge rusher. Might fit best as a 5 tech on a 34 defense, only spot in a 43 defense would be as strong side end, but would probably come out on passing downs. Really solid player, but the NFL tends to not value run stuffers nearly as high as pass rushers. His draft value and my ranking is going to reflect that.


    TLDR:
    Looks like an elite defender against the run, not much of a pass rush guy, but can pop an occasional sack off the bull rush. Plays much bigger and more stout than a 280lb guy should. Looks to be a 43 Strong Side End, or perhaps could play 5 Tech in a 34. Either way, not much of a pass rushing threat, but very solid in the run game. Flashed a little more speed in this game (Alabama) than I thought he had, but still looks hopeless as any type of edge rusher. Might fit best as a 5 tech on a 34 defense, only spot in a 43 defense would be as strong side end, but would probably come out on passing downs. Really solid player, but the NFL tends to not value run stuffers nearly as high as pass rushers. His draft value and my ranking is going to reflect that.

    Leave a comment:


  • Mat'hir Uth Gan
    replied
    Following the 2019 Orange Mane Mock Draft,

    the NEW YORK JETS sign:

    S DARIUS WEST, KENTUCKY


    Darius West is #240 on my Top 300 Big Board.


    S DARIUS WEST KENTUCKY

    Texas AM (2018): Playing solid mix of single high and cover two, some snaps at LB depth in zone. Deep in his cover two drop, QB with a terrible sailed pass, West seemed initially focused on coming up to smash the WR and was a little diagnosing the errant pass and unable to make the INT. Decent job coming up on inside run to make the tackle prior to first down, a little soft on the tackle though. Nice job in Cover two of covering the TE on a corner route, was in position to make a play if the LB also wasn’t in perfect position and knocked the ball away first. Solid wrap up tackle on RB in open space to save a potential TD run and limit a big play. Walked up from deep safety spot, read inside run, ran up and stuffed RB for short gain. Lined up at LB depth, read, react, wrap up tackle on off tackle run. Good awareness to snag a deflected ball that pretty much popped up right to him for an INT, decent return on the play. Pretty lax chasing the TE down the field from his shallow zone drop, yeah it wasn’t his guy, but he could have easily caught him and tackled him. Seemed like he assumed someone else would instead and nobody did. Great job snatching up a fumble on a nice short hop bounce and returning it for a TD. Johnny-on-the-spot in this game. Easy tackle on RB up the middle on draw on 3rd and long. Mostly reliable tackling in the run game UNTIL it really mattered in overtime where the RB trucked him to score a 10 yard TD for the win. West is a passive tackler, meaning he comes up and tries to wrap up the RB or fall on him. He’s the type that will hold him up and stop his momentum so the refs blow the whistle rather than tackle. Hesitant to call him soft, but he doesn’t have a killer instinct to deliver big hits. And that’s what happened at the end of the game. All game he has gone up to RB Williams and gently wrapped or tackled him, he did it again, except this time Williams was determined to score no matter what. Mixed bag overall for tape. Spent most of the game back and forth between deep cover one and cover two formations. Showed well in his limited snaps up in the box. Would say he looked best against the run despite the easy tackles and getting trucked to lose the game. Just wasn’t tested in the passing game.

    Missouri (2018); Playing a mix of single high and cover two, generally way deep the entire game, had a few snaps up at LB depth. Screen pass to WR in the flat, West charged up from his Cover Two spot to make the tackle along the sideline. Cover two, outside WR ran an intermediate slant which turned into a crossing route as the QB bought some time in the pocket, at the tail end of that he crossed into West’s zone and West came up on the coverage. WR had a step or two at most on West head toward the sideline, perfect throw from the QB, and WR able to catch the ball and turn up the sideline for a 40 yard TD. West missed on his diving tackle attempt at the catch point. However a flag wiped out the play. Not for me. Came up in run support on off tackle run, dove at RBs legs and missed the tackle, RB just kind of spun off of him. Going to tip the cap to the RB on that move. Got a personal foul call for tossing the ball at the QB after a short running play. Charged up from Cover two spot to help tackle RB on off tackle run. Mostly cover two in this game, but when they do go single high, West seems to be the safety of choice to man that spot. Not always though, sometimes West comes up to play run support and Edwards gets some reps deep. Cover three, had middle zone, followed the TE on a crossing route, pretty much roasted by the TE but he dropped the ball, would have been a big gain. I have some concerns about West’s speed. Inside run, RB coming full speed at West down the field, West literally jumped out of his way and tried to ole tackle him like a matador. Massive chicken **** move. Kind of effective though as he yanked him down by the neck or horse collar, but no flag. I want to see my safety square up and tackle that guy straight up. Crockett is big, but not that big. Excellent job reading corner fade to the TE, broke on the pass and aggressively swatted it away. That was perfectly done. Almost drew a PI for taunting the Missouri bench. West seems to have problems with self-control, second time now this game. Jogged up and blitzed off the edge on 3rd and 1, able to dive and tackle RB on back side pursuit for no gain and forced a punt. Nice play. Tape overall was spotty, had some splash plays that stood out, both good and bad. Had the two penalties, or one PF penalty and a second one that should have been called. Seems ok in zone coverage, but average at best in any type of man coverage situations. Speed and athleticism are legit concerns. With how passive he was in the run game against Texas AM, to watch him ole the Missouri RB coming right at him, that just makes me really dislike him in the run game, he’s a liability there. So, if he’s an average speed zone limited cover safety that is a liability in the run game, he’s not going to be in much demand come draft time.

    Georgia (2018): Playing cover two. Off man coverage on the TE near the goal line, crossing route, able beat West for the 5 yard TD. Coverage wasn’t awful, but TE easily had a step or two on him. I think it’s just an athleticism thing with West, I don’t think he’s a good athlete. Cover two, able to come over and help knock the outside WR out of bounds on intermediate corner route after the catch. Up at LB depth, WR caught quick sideline route and turned up field, West with the heads up play to head over and knock him out of bounds. Could have been a long gain. Charged up from single high on off tackle run, RB cut back inside, West took a horrible angle, not even close to the RB. After the last two games, I have serious doubts he even wants to participate in the run game. Reminds me a little bit of Holliman from a few years back. Solid hit on the RB as he was already going down at the line, but at this point, I’ll take any physicality West can show me. Except the refs called him for targeting, which it kind of was, and ejected him from the game. Too bad, happened early in the third quarter. Doesn’t matter though, Georgia would get up big and just run clock the rest of the way. That would have gone badly for West, no doubt about it.


    TLDR:
    Overall, I think it’s pretty clear West is athletically limited (Whoops), but due to a lack of physicality and willingness in the run game, he’s not much of a box safety prospect. That leaves him as a zone safety that might be stretching it to ask him to play halves against NFL caliber speed. He did flash at times in zone and shows good instincts and awareness, just lacks the athleticism to really make him enticing. In man coverage, he always gets beat, not badly, but by several steps and that is all it takes. Combine testing will be crucial, his tape is not good. I don’t view him as fast enough or physical enough to play special teams. (So, probably the most surprising workout number this entire pre-draft process for anybody was West running a 4.39 at the Combine. On tape he's slow, which means it has to be instincts and reaction time because clearly he can scoot in a straight line when he knows when and where to go. With his combination of size and speed though, I think he gets drafted and coached up as a developmental guy. Planet theory applies to DBs as well).

    Leave a comment:


  • Mat'hir Uth Gan
    replied
    Following the 2019 Orange Mane Mock Draft,

    the OAKLAND RAIDERS sign:

    WR CODY THOMPSON, TOLEDO


    Cody Thompson is #239 on my Top 300 Big Board.


    WR CODY THOMPSON TOLEDO

    Miami (2018): Playing outside and slot WR. RWR, press man, intermediate dig route, blanketed by CB, ball went elsewhere. Does a good job chopping arms when trying to get off the jam, physical, violent. I like it. Slot, zone, dig route, QB went elsewhere. Having some trouble separating quickly from the DBs. Good effort trying to block in run and screen game. LWR, off man, short crossing route, 15 yard gain with some YAC. Speed looked solid in the open field, good toughness finishing the play hard. Slot, off man, out route, 15 yard gain. Showed excellent short area quickness and change of direction on that catch, juked two DBs in a very tight space. He’s a pretty big guy, but he’s quick and twitchy. Definitely getting the quicker than fast label. LWR, zone, crossing route, 5 yard gain. Essentially in the two minute drill before half, Miami letting them complete it short in front of the DBs. Slot, zone, inside slant, open for a TD, but QB hit another WR for the score instead. In between these notes on particular plays, I’m watching Thompson get moved around inside and out along with his routes and effectiveness. I don’t like him as an outside WR at all, he’s slow off the ball and can’t separate, especially on vertical routes. In the slot, he’s a different animal, his quickness and cutting ability gets him open quickly and his size allows him to deal with physical press DBs as well as shield the DB off from the ball on these quick hitting routes. There’s some talent here, but it looks ugly when he lines up outside. RWR, press man, curl route, CB able to slice inside and jump the route for the INT. Not sure if he needs to be drafted, doesn’t look like a great athlete, speed is build up, but I’m intrigued in him as a potential slot possession guy.

    Fresno State (2018): Playing outside and slot WR. This is actually going to be my third game, was going to do Central Michigan and those talented CBs, but I feel like I know what Thompson is and there is a short, easy cut up available with a couple later round defensive guys I want a peek at here as well. LWR, off man, outside curl route, wide open at the sticks but QB decided to scramble for minimal gain instead. LWR, zone, intermediate slant, 15 yard gain, tackled immediately. LWR, zone, curl route, CB jumped it and should have had the INT, but had it clang off his hands. Thompson telegraphed that one a little bit and CB was staring at the QB as well. Continues to be a slightly above average blocker in the run game, generally just tries to wall someone off and give them a shove. Really nice block in run game on off tackle run, helped spring the RB for a nice gain. Just a ton of read option offense so far in this game, Thompson is basically open at any time out wide on his little hitch routes, but the QB just keeps on running with the ball. Zone, post route, safety had him blanketed, pass incomplete. RWR, zone, out and up route, wide open up sideline, QB overthrew him. That out and up route was a thing of beauty, completely broke the CB’s ankles. Really enjoy his quickness on his sharp breaks. Backup QB was pretty crappy, run first guy, scattershot accuracy. Not going to work too well with a precise possession WR. Thompson continued to make me think he’s very difficult to cover when making sharp breaking routes. An out and up is one of the few vertical routes that falls into that concept, but he ran it like a pro.

    Northern Illinois (2018): Playing outside and slot WR. Slot, off man, out route, nice sliding Ed McCaffrey style catch for 10 yards to convert a 3rd down. Decent blocking on WR screen, he’s not a great blocker, but he’ll get in front and try and hold it for a bit. Slot, press man, dig route, Thompson was being stupid and hopping around like a rabbit on his route trying to confuse the DB I guess, all it did was confuse his QB who threw the ball when he wasn’t looking. Hope I never have to see that happen again. WR screen from slot, flashed a spin move, 5 yard gain. LWR, press man, inside slant, ball a tad high and Thompson not able to make leaping catch. That didn’t look like he got very high in the air on the jump at all. Other, more athletic WRs probably snag that. RWR, press man, corner fade, ball overthrown, or more accurately ball nicely put in bounds by the back pylon, Thompson just lacked the speed to get there. No second burst tucked away either. Slot, off man, post route, DB knocked ball away at catch point. RWR, press man, inside slant, easy 10 yard conversion on 3rd down. Outside WR screen, minimal gain. Slot, zone coverage, corner route, rocked by the safety at catch point, pass incomplete. LWR, zone, comeback route, unable to make relatively easy diving catch. Slot, zone coverage, intermediate slant, nice hands catch in between two DBs for 20 yards. LWR, off man, intermediate out route, 15 yard gain. That was a nice hands catch where he made it a point to get both feet down at the sideline, legit NFL catch. RWR, press man, post route, DB was in his hip pocket and ball overthrown. I don’t like him on vertical routes, he doesn’t separate, not even from scrubs. Slot, press man, dig route, QB threw a missile that went right through his hands incomplete. RWR, press man, inside slant, 5 yard gain on 3rd and two. He was held on that break too and just powered through it to make a sliding catch. That’s what he is, a short yardage, quick, horizontal route possession WR. That’s generally not the type of WR that is in massive demand on draft day. RWR, press man, out and up, able to make catch and spin out of tackle, decent YAC up sideline for 30 yards. RWR, press man, corner fade, couldn’t get off CB’s jam that time. Kind of the same old, same old.


    TLDR:
    Overall, I like Thompson as a short area, twitchy slot in a bigger body. Don’t like him outside, can’t separate vertically, but on any type of sharp breaking route, very few CBs can probably stick with him. I think he can be a productive big slot WR that runs precision routes in the short and intermediate areas of the field, while occasionally popping off an out and up down the sideline. Hands and routes are NFL caliber. If he has any brains and can pick up an offense, he can help out right away in the slot. Broke his leg last year, appears completely healed.

    Leave a comment:


  • Mat'hir Uth Gan
    replied
    Following the 2019 Orange Mane Mock Draft,

    the CLEVELAND BROWNS sign:

    OT PAUL ADAMS, MISSOURI


    Paul Adams is #238 on my Top 300 Big Board.



    OT PAUL ADAMS MISSOURI

    Alabama (2018): Playing RT. He looks ok. More of a positional blocker, average at best athlete for the position. Getting overpowered a bit by this defense, but that’s not abnormal for any O-lineman against Alabama. His kickslide is average to slightly above, has a little quickness to it and gets decent depth. Doesn’t really look very smooth or athletic overall, definitely labors to get into position, just not a natural athletic OT. Covers solid ground, but looks like he could struggle with initial burst and speed off the edge. Alabama really only tried him a few times this game to various results, but he was never straight up beaten. He’s getting no movement on Davis in the run game, he’s not much of a power blocker. His best blocks have been downblocking on an already engaged DT. Whiffed on his cut block attempt, DL swatted down ball. Not enough athleticism to get out and lead a sweep, he’s a lumbering type. Pure RT only, which decreases value. Not sure if he’s strong enough to play inside. He’s not a terrible RT, might be just a guy though. Does do a solid job mirroring inside spin move. A couple false start penalties in this one. Has generally played solid overall, hasn’t been beaten around the edge, has been decent with his positional blocking. Biggest area of concern is that he’s been overpowered at times. Nice kickout block on DE on off tackle run, he won that rep. Hasn’t had a lot of 1v1 reps in this game where he trying to just beat the guy across from him in the run game, two stand out and he won one and lost one. Probably has looked better in pass pro in this game, but Alabama hasn’t really tried to rush the arc extensively at all. Minimal run blocking effectiveness here. Initial reaction is to compare him to Zach Crabtree who did not get drafted.

    Kentucky (2018): Playing RT. Decent kickslide, does cover quite a bit of ground with it. Looking decent in pass pro. Winning his reps against Josh Allen early in this game on the arc rush. Beaten by Allen on inside rush, he’s over setting a little bit against the arc, Allen just sliced inside for a near sack. Bullrushed back into the QB for a pressure. Definitely needs to work on strength and being more stout, he’s more of a finesse type RT that is better in pass pro than the run game. Solid effort walling off the DT on an off tackle short TD run. Beaten by Allen on arc rush for a pressure, got enough of him to keep him from the sack. He’s doing ok, he just doesn’t have the athleticism to keep up every time. He’s doing a good job with his positional blocks and turning the DL and walling them from the play. This tape is making me think he could be an effective OG inside as well. He’s done a good job really grappling with the DL and twisting them, he’s also shown some ability to pull, though it’s limited. His weakness is a straight bull rush and power, but that might be more lower body than upper body, which is fixable in the weight room. Can get yanked around by a rip move. Beaten around arc by Allen for a sack, gave him a slight inside deke and then just went around him outside. He played alright, he’s clearly not an elite talent at RT, just doesn’t have the fluidity or feet to dominate a talented edge rusher. I thought he did flash some traits that would allow him to be effective as a RG, mainly that he’s a fairly effective grappler and hand fighter to get position on his D-lineman. Athletically, he’s doesn’t appear to have the feet desired for any NFL OL position, he’s on the fringe. If he tests well, he probably gets drafted.

    Florida (2018): Playing RT. Getting a little bit of movement in the run game with his down blocking, he kind of gets a slight angle on the DL and pushes him out of the play. Does a good job with the initial grappling to get that slight angle. Solid job in pass pro protecting against arc rush. Showing some degree of athleticism by getting out to the second level on the LB. Not great out in space, not fluid, even for his size, so struggles leading sweeps or blocking for screens. Beaten on pure speed rush around the arc for QB pressure. He’s kind of oversetting outside as well, curious to see if he gets beaten on any type of outside in or pure inside pass rush. Has looked great on combo blocks where he peels off to hit the LB at the second level and wall him from the running lane. Does a poor job with cut blocks, has to lunge big time for reach blocks, he lacks fluidity and quickness, even for an OT. Beaten on outside in move for pressure, caught flat-footed and almost had no reaction. Had a pretty dominant game here with his run blocking, Missouri ran the clock late in the blow out and he looked good moving the DE and walling off LBs. This was a smaller, more athletic defense and I didn’t see him overpowered in this game. He definitely struggled against the quickness at times though.



    TLDR:
    I’ve started to like him a little more each game I did, and I think he’s draftable as a RT, but he lacks the athleticism to ever be a stud at the position. I do think he can also slide inside to OG due to his grappling and positional ability, which stabilizes his value. I started off comparing him to Crabtree, I think he’s better and more fluid than he was. A better comparison might be Cole Madison, who retired after being drafted, but was drafted in the 5thRound area based on his tape. Regardless, he needs to work on his strength and leverage against power. Ceiling is probably as a reserve O-lineman, is just too limited athletically to handle NFL speed, at least on the outside.

    Leave a comment:


  • Mat'hir Uth Gan
    replied
    Following the 2019 Orange Mane Mock Draft,

    the NEW YORK JETS sign:

    LB ANDREW VAN GINKEL, WISCONSIN


    Andrew Van Ginkel is #235 on my Top 300 Big Board.



    OLB ANDREW VAN GINKEL WISCONSIN

    Penn State (2018): Playing mostly LDE in 43 defense, also 34 OLB at times. Lined up next to the NT showing blitz, looped around the outside untouched to help with QB sack. Speed looks ok, not great. Pancaked by TE trying to slice underneath on off tackle run the other direction. Very pedestrian looking so far, mostly playing on the edge as essentially a two point DE. He’s too small and skinny for that, needs to be lined up wide or put in space. Decent job shooting the inside gap on the RT, ultimately got pancaked for his efforts, but he gummed up the running lane and teammates tackled RB for no gain. Tried an outside in redirect on the RT, complete with bear swipe, got pancaked for his efforts. This poor guy is just playing out of position, effort is good though, he’s like Rocky, keeps getting back up. RT down blocked, TE could reach block him as AVG shot the inside gap and wrapped up the RB for a minimal gain. Same exact thing, except this time down near the goal line. And did it a third time, except this time the RB was ready for it and leapt over the top of him for the short TD. Dropped in zone a few times, mostly ineffective. A little bit of a long, loping stride, not that fast. Outside in redirect with inside spin to beat the RT for a pressure. Pancake by RT on QB draw. This pains me to watch at times, he just keeps getting flattened. Inside spin on RT for a pressure, that was pretty nice. Pancaked by LT, just could get off the block and eventually got put down. Decent effort chasing RB down field, eventually pushed him out of bounds to save a TD. That wasn’t speed, the RB was stopping and juking people along the way. Not comfortable dropping in zone, doesn’t float well, when he stops to start sliding the other direction it’s not smooth, he stumbled in his transition here. Tried to block him with the pulling RG on off tackle run, that was way too easy to zip around him and stuff the RB. Pancaked by RG, but as he was on his back able to reach up and grab the RBs ankle on inside run to help bring him down. Spent most of the game playing DE out of position, he looks like a 230lb guy, so that went about as you’d expect in terms of sheer number of pancakes. He’s Rocky though, kept getting up and taking the punishment, even making some tackles as he was getting knocked around. Biggest issue is figuring out where to play him. I didn’t like him so much dropping in zone, he looks uncomfortable as a space LB. He’s too small for the line. Might end up being a special teams guy.

    Minnesota (2018); Playing LDE in 43 defense, some OLB in 34. Dropped in zone coverage over slot WR, that actually look ok, QB went elsewhere. Showed a pretty impressive vertical jumping up and swatting down ball at the line, almost able to pick it off on the rebound. Generally struggling pretty badly against the RT, getting walled off inside on running plays and handled easily on pass rush downs. I don’t like how he is being used, he’s too small to keep pounding as a traditional DE. Able to slice inside the RT for a minor QB pressure, ball came out quick, shows decent quickness though to redirect. Is getting some reps as a 34 OLB where he does drop and play in space, his instincts against the run are not good. He has to see it before he reacts, takes a lot of false steps and you can see him second guessing just about everything. Beat the RT through the inside gape to wrap up RB for a loss. He’s been consistent in each game so far with being able to shoot the gap with his quickness. Downblocked and caved in by the TE on a 4th and 1 play. Another 4th and 1 play, this time the RT drove him way off the line. AVG weighs like 230lbs, this isn’t really a surprise or his fault. Missed tackle in space on WR screen, read it well, just unable to make play. Solid outside contain, RB tried to bounce it that way, AVG wrapped him up for minimal gain. Zone drop, literally was eye balling the slot who ran a slot behind him, just didn’t get enough depth and shows poor ability to flow with receiver while in zone, ball thrown right past his head and complete for key first down. AVG KNEW ahead of time where that ball was going and even the route the WR was running, he just doesn’t have the feel for playing in space. Minnesota with the beat down in this game and ran clock late with inside runs, AVG is pretty much a liability in the running game as a DE. Thought this tape was pretty damning of his ability to play as a space LB, he just doesn’t have the feel for it, either against the run or the pass. This is a man with no real position, but he gives 100% effort, is a solid wrap up tackler, is tough and shows good quickness, and appears to be a solid athlete. His best chance while he tries to develop into an off ball OLB is special teams. If he tests well, and he probably will, this could be a player drafted purely for kick coverages. He does play on coverages for Wisconsin.

    Miami (2018); Playing OLB in 34 defense. First play, got blocked easily by LT, but jumped to try and impact passing lane, QB had to wait for AVG to get out of his throwing lane, this allowed the DB time to drive and jump the route for an INT. Nice play that won’t show up in a box score. Read option keeper by QB, AVG bit down way too hard on inside run, QB zipped right around him for a huge chunk gain. AVG with decent speed chasing him down the field. Pancaked by the TE on off tackle run. Able to redirect off initial block by RT and get around the edge on a speed rush for a QB pressure. This is mostly a guy that has average to above average athleticism but wins at times on sheer hustle and effort. Continues to look pretty uncomfortable in zone, his feet and short range athleticism are not great. He’s a long strider, so when he’s not in position to stretch out his legs and he’s just shuffling around, he looks like a very average athlete and lacks any semblance of fluidity. Unblocked on inside draw, RB ran right into him, AVG able to punch the ball out for a fumble. Solid job running out on RB screen in flat and making tackle for minimal gain. TD saving tackle on punt coverage team, had to run laterally across the field but just able to knock the returner out of bounds to limit the big return. Solid job stacking up the TE on off tackle run, made RB bounce outside and then strung him out for teammates to tackle for a loss. Struggling a little bit with the read option misdirection play, AVG crashes down inside almost every time and the QB keeps beating him outside. Bull rush on LT for a pressure. Several more zone drops, had one where he did flow with the slot on a shallow cross that looked competent. This was good tape overall though, made a difference in this game on defense and on special teams that the stats won’t truly show.


    TLDR:
    Overall, AVG is a developmental off ball LB that was used out of position as a DE the vast majority of the time. Has solid athleticism, but is a long strider and struggles at times dropping in zone coverage. When playing at the line, he can win with quickness shooting gaps and sheer effort at times, but is mostly just hammered and buried by the OL and TEs. Has immediate value as a special teams player with plus tackling skills and unrivaled fortitude and tenacity.

    Leave a comment:


  • Mat'hir Uth Gan
    replied
    Following the 2019 Orange Mane Mock Draft,

    the NEW YORK GIANTS sign:

    OT YOSUAH NIJMAN, VIRGINIA TECH


    Yosuah Nijman is #234 on my Top 300 Big Board.




    OT YOSUAH NIJMAN VIRGINIA TECH

    FSU (2018): Playing RT. Big guy, really heavy feet, he’s a stomper as he tries to get in position to make his blocks. Nice outside seal on DE Aime on off tackle run. Struggles a bit with his balance getting into his pass set, he does a back pedal thing and he almost tripped that time. Beaten inside by DE Burns, RG helped pick him up. Nijman is really immobile, he just kinds of sets up in pass pro and the DEs keep zipping around him. QB is getting the ball out quick, so it’s fine, but I haven’t see too many OTs play like this. His feet are awful, tried to shuffle to block arc rush and almost tripped again. His size and length is pretty much how he’s winning at this point. Not sure if he’s new to the position or what, but it definitely appears that way. Stacked up by DT Wilson in the hole, RB ran up his back for minimal gain. Pulled around the LG, solid outside seal on LB on inside run. Had to tackle DE Robinson on arc rush, Nijman’s kickslide is slow and thunderous, his feet are incredibly slow. He mauls people like a bear, literally, arms all wide, bear hugs, flails about. If someone told me this FSU game is his first time ever playing OT, I’d believe it. He’s such a mountain of a man though that he’s kind of getting by with just mauling people. Does not appear to possess a kickslide at all, with Barnes, he’s pretty much just turning and running at times to try and hold the arc. Alright, saw a kickslide, or what counts as one, it’s short, feet are very spread out, chops them a little bit. Fairly certain he pretty much just Undertaker style choke slammed the DE Robinson. DB beat him around the edge for a would be sack, another guy got him first, just ran around him and actually powered through the outside shoulder. Caught lunging by Burns on inside draw, Burns just sliced inside and stuffed the RB. Have to give Nijman credit, he’s been able to shuffle his way to enough depth to prevent Barns from getting around the arc. It’s definitely not smooth or pretty, but it’s working some of the time. Twist by the DT for a pressure, but Nijman able to ultimately push him wide. Showed pretty good athleticism running with the WR on a long TD run off a short dig route, he was hauling down the field, even hurdled a defender on the ground at one point. Initial impression is that this is a giant ball of clay. Feel like he was more effective than he should have been.

    Boston College (2018): Playing RT. His feet are still all over the place, DE sliced inside and that got Nijman off balance, DT looped around him outside on a stunt, he had zero ability to transition back and block the DT, luckily QB threw the pass almost immediately. DE Ray able to kind of power through him for a sack, the blame on that lies more with the QB essentially running straight into the DE though. So what Nijman does well is he has good quickness off the snap to get into his initial set and from there he uses his massive size and length to control the defenders. There’s a little bit of Orlando Brown at play here in just he’s big, and he doesn’t always move a lot. The difference is that Nijman has some athleticism to him, he kind of has to build it up a little though, even when he’s trying to slide or shuffle, that initial step is slow and heavy, from there it gets progressively quicker. Nice one handed punch on DE Allen, kind of stunned him in pass pro. Allen able to beat him pretty easily on the arc rush but pulled up when he saw it was a screen the other direction. Allen beat him clean on an outside speed rush again, this time Nijman basically had to hold him to keep him from the sack, no flag though. Tried to ask him to reach block on Allen, that didn’t work at all, Allen shot right through inside gap and into the backfield. It’s hilarious that he has to literally back pedal like a CB at times trying to get into his pass pro set and protect the arc on speed rushes. Not all reps are bad, absolutely stoned Allen in pass pro, mirrored him up and kept him centered. Beaten by Allen on speed rush around the edge for a QB pressure, QB stepped up and scrambled away to avoid sack. Beaten inside by Ray for a QB pressure, just gave him an outside stab step, slapped down his hands, and sliced through inside gap. Nice mirror on Allen, he tried essentially the same move and Nijman stuffed it. Allen with inside spin, Nijman mirrored it and blocked it perfectly. Allen beat him around the edge again for a QB pressure, flushed QB from pocket and took off scrambling. Very up and down tape, not as successful as the FSU tape, seemed to struggle a lot more with Allen on the arc rush than Burns, which makes zero sense, but it’s what happened. This guy is a literal colossal project, his footwork is disastrous and needs to be completely rebuilt.

    Miami (2018): Playing RT. QB with read option keeper, DT Willis just kind of ran through Nijman’s block and stuffed him for a loss. DE Garvin ole’d him on a lunge block attempt, went right around him outside but play went other direction. Not a great start so far. Solid job walling off the back side pursuit on an inside screen play that went for a 10 yard TD. Kind of just sat there as DT Odenigbo shot the inside gap and went right by him. A little too passive with his pass pro against the DE, let him pinch him to the QB a bit much for a pressure, QB threw ball away. Appears to alternate series with another RT, always good to do at least one full game because the cut ups, while convenient, don’t always tell the entire story. Ho-hum cut block attempt on DE, not really that effective, seems like he could be a decent cut blocker though. Beaten clean by Garvin on a straight speed rush, would have been a sack but the other DE beat him to the QB. Lunge block on inside draw, whiffed as the DT ole’d him. Nice inside seal on DT Willis on 10 yard off tackle TD run. Unable to get inside seal on DE on bubble screen to the slot, DE ran out and made the tackle. Solid rep where he rode Garvin wide in pass pro, Garvin tried to chop his arms down, did not work. Caught lunging again by the DE, just zips right around him. I don’t know if Nijman does anything fundamentally sound. His feet are better in this game than earlier in the season though. Did not see DB blitzing from the slot, failed to pick him up, QB got blasted. I like that Nijman is using an actual kickslide now instead of that weird back pedal thing he was doing against FSU and BC. His feet look improved, he’s showing actual quickness and depth at times. Downblock on DE for a pancake. He hasn’t had a lot of pancakes on these tapes, fairly surprising, he looks pretty strong. Decent job against the DE trying to redirect and slice back inside, the RG was helping him to double team on the play, so that helped most of all. Not quick enough to reach block on the DT, shot inside and stuffed the RB for a loss. 3rd and 1 play late, the freshman DT Silvera absolutely trucked him on a bull rush and blew up the RB while stepping on Nijman’s carcass. That was late in the 4th, Nijman hurt his knee on that play and came out of the game. He probably played a good 80% of the snaps, only subbed out two series, one in each half, and then the last few plays of the final drive. On one hand, I thought this was his best tape, he looked much cleaner with his mechanics and feet. On the other hand, he got destroyed most of the game by the Miami front, so the results weren’t good.


    TLDR:
    Overall, Nijman is a developmental RT, he appears to have made some strides with his mechanics throughout the season, he was beyond awful early on, often employing a CB style backpedal to get into his pass sets instead of a kickslide. By the Miami game, he had remedied that and largely looked like a normal RT. Problem was playing with cleaner mechanics, he got his ass handed to him. Of course he struggled in the BC game playing like a wild grizzly bear as well. Has the size you look for, strength looks good, athleticism isn’t bad, but his feet are really heavy and he’s a stomper, though not nearly as bad in the Miami game. For the most part he’s a big ball of clay that probably won’t be ready to play in the NFL any time soon.
    Last edited by Mat'hir Uth Gan; 04-18-2019, 07:27 AM.

    Leave a comment:

Working...
X