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This was also 2015

Written by Chris Hatcher on April 27, 2017

This was also 2015

Listed as 2016. I watched it and kept hearing 2015 names, and then confirmed what I thought I had remembered correctly: Butt’s injury last year.


Rasul Douglas

Written by Ray Valenitn on January 30, 2017

Rasul Douglas

Douglas shows better-than-normal play speed on tape. Which is impressive given his size of (6’2, 200). He is bigger than the prototypical corner back.

Douglas displays perfect body control on the turn in press man. He has some really loose hips and understands how to use the sideline to his advantage (0:10).

However, Douglas needs to play with more toughness, especially against the run. He seemed to want no part of Mixon the ball carrier around the goal line (2:12). That won’t go over easy in a NFL locker room. Also, he must do a better job of setting the edge for the defense (0:48) by using his inside shoulder on the full back to box the play back inside to his help. Instead he tried to use his hands on the full back and allowed the ball carrier to go outside. He tends to get caught on blocks more than (read more…)


Cooper Kupp

Written by Ray Valenitn on January 29, 2017

Cooper Kupp

Kupp has the prototypical quickness and speed for the wide receiver position. He demonstrates the necessary quickness to get off the line and into the shorter routes, and the speed to get long gains after the catch.

Kupp looks to be a precise route runner, but I didn’t see to much bend at the top of his route stems as this is a technique he may need to learn in order to create separation against NFL defensive backs. Cookie cuter routes won’t always work in the NFL.

Kupp demonstrates good concentration for the catch. He routinely makes the contested catch in traffic and quickly tucks the ball away from defenders. He does a good job of tracking the ball with his eyes all the way into his hands.

Kupp possesses sure hands for the reception.  He is a hands catcher and very seldom lets the ball get to his body. (read more…)


O.J. Howard

Written by Ray Valenitn on January 29, 2017

O.J. Howard

Howard has the prototype size for the tight end position (6’6, 250). With the frame to add five to ten more pounds if needed.

He has superior quickness for the TE position. You can consistently see him get up to the second level on blocks. He also demonstrated the ability to pull on power sweep plays and turn the corner and get out and stay out in front of the runner. Howard also possesses the ability to eat up the yards after catch in a hurry. You can really see his speed on display in the horizontal passing game and routes out into the flat.

Howard has a good grasp of the required blocking technique needed to play in line of the formation in the NFL. He displays loose hips when turning and sealing off the defender when engaged on a block as he does a really nice job of (read more…)


Eddie Vanderdoes

Written by Ray Valenitn on January 28, 2017

Eddie Vanderdoes

Vanderdoes looks more of a two gap NT/DE in a 3-4 defense. Against Texas he showed the play strength needed two anchor down against the double team combination block (1:54). In that game he also flashed a quick arm over move verses the guard and then used power to bull rush the center to the ground and get to the quarterback (0:46).

Vanderdoes Showed good football intelligence during the Stanford tape by using a variety of pass rush techniques. When studying the tape you can really see that he has refined his hand fighting and even added a spin move that he incorporates to get off the block.

Vanderdoes only shows adequate play speed on tape. He appears a bit heavy footed which is why he would be better suited to play in a 3-4 defensive system. If he were to be in a 4-3 front he would most likely be (read more…)


Desmond King

Written by Ray Valenitn on January 28, 2017

Desmond King

Desmond King displays better-than-normal-play speed for the strong safety position. While King does a nice job of staying on top of the receiver he will occasionally let the receiver beat him by a step in press man.

This is due to the fact that he does not have perfect body control on the turn in trail technique do to a little hip tightness. On tape King looks better on the turn when he is playing off the receiver as oppose to pressing the receiver at the line. Off man coverage allows King the time to turn his hips and get in better position to run with the receiver down the field in coverage.

King has some good toughness to his game. He is consistently willing to stick his nose in a pile and seems not to mind contact at all. He also returns punts and kicks so you know he (read more…)


Sidney Jones

Written by Ray Valenitn on January 27, 2017

Sidney Jones

Jones shows to be an outstanding coverage cornerback on the outside. On tape he shows to have better-than-normal-play-speed for his position. He displays perfect body control with nice loose hips on the turn in press trail technique verses Oregon ’16 (0:42),(0:50) and continued through out the rest of the 2016 tape to be able to consistently play with a high level of body control on the turn. He even showed the ability during the Colorado ’16 tape to stay on top of the receiver in press trail and use the sideline to his advantage (1:40), and will also use this technique in off man cover 3 zone. Jones is a very sticky corner in press man to man coverage. Verses Oregon Jones showed good toughness by being a willing and aggressive enough to come down quickly in the box in run support (1:10). The one question you would have is how many (read more…)


Daeshon Hall

Written by Ray Valenitn on January 23, 2017

Daeshon Hall

Daeshon Hall has prototypical size for a defensive end in a 4-3 defense (6-6, 265). He played right defensive end for the Aggies and teamed up with Myles Garrett to form a tough duo for college offenses to deal with. Hall is aggressive in pursuit but is still a raw football player.

Hall plays with good strength at the point of attack. Verses South Carolina he showed the ability to stack then shed the blocker off of his body to make the tackle on the ball carrier (1:46). He has showed the ability to bull rush the tackle back to the quarterback during pass rush situations.

Hall needs to improve on his playing intelligence via recognition skills. This is the area that is holding him back from being a more consistent player. On tape verses South Carolina he was seen to have trouble diagnosing the reverse run option more than (read more…)


Solid Player

Written by Reggie on January 21, 2017

Solid Player

I really like this kid and wish there were more videos to watch. He has decent speed, body control, and bend when speed rushing. Shows athletism to cover a TE. Played all over the line and explodes on stunts and can be disruptive. Uses good leverage and technique to shed blockers.

Sometimes he loses the ball carrier. At time the ball carrier would run right by him. Again, wish there were more videos to look at.

He was team captain, and wants to go to Law School. Smart kid. I want him on the Cowboys in 2nd round!


Loving the TOUGHness

Written by Reggie on January 21, 2017

Loving the TOUGHness

The more I watch him the more I like his toughness. He is not an easy back to take down. He runs mean and it is fun to watch him throw defenders off of him. He can shuffle in and out of holes while keeping pads square. He shows he can be an asset in pass game with his natural hands and ability to make guys miss in open field. Watch this clip when he stops on a dime (gives you 9 cents in change) and makes a defender fall. Has great balance. Does not have the blazing speed but at 225lbs I think he can be a 25+ carry back.

My projection: 3rd round the is a deep RB class.


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