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#43 OLB, Jeremy Beal (6’3 263 lbs.) – Oklahoma Sooners

Instincts/Recognition: Top notch instincts and play recognition. Is excellent at diagnosing run plays and attacking them. Quickly sheds blocks and locates the football. Keeps his responsibilities and does a good job of keeping contain on the backside. For a collegiate hybrid player, displays good route recognition when dropping into zone coverage.

Strength/Toughness: Is a workout warrior. Seems to play with more strength and leverage win lining up at outside linebacker as oppose to defensive end. Can hold his own against offensive linemen and tight ends, but needs to become stronger at the point of attack, especially when he is lined up play side. Could improve his anchoring and leverage versuses bigger linemen. Does a nice job of stacking and shedding. Arguably the toughest defender on the Sooners. Plays the game with some physicality. Not afraid to stick his nose in every play.

Range vs. Run: Not the fastest linebacker, but is athletic and quick enough to make plays from sideline to sideline. His play recognition allows him to play faster than his actual speed. Takes good angles, but can get beat to the edge by speedier running backs. Does a good job of extending his arms and stringing out plays to the sideline. Has the closing burst to chase down ball carriers.

Tackling: Uses his weight nicely and is a sure tackler. Wraps up ball carriers and delivers a solid pop upon contact.

3rd Down Capabilities: Quality pass rusher off the edge that shows a good combination of speed and power. Has some hip flexibility and shows the ability to flatten out and get after the quarterback, but isn’t consistent at flattening out. Has an arsenal of moves. His best being the hand slap and the outside in move. Gets off the ball quickly and does a good job at keeping linemen’s hands off of him. Gives non stop effort when pursuing the quarterback. Motor is always on and set to full throttle. Above average closing speed. Has experience in dropping into zone coverage. Is athletic enough to stick with some tight ends, but will provide a mismatch if faced with a slot receiver or running back.

Intangibles: Multi-year team captain. Is a studious film junky and gym rat. Leads his teammates more by example than by voice. A blue collar worker who possesses a blue collar work ethic. Durability isn’t a issue.

Overall Stock: Jeremy Beal is fortunate enough that coach Stoops played him at defensive end and outside linebacker. Instead of Beal having to go into the combine having to prove if he can stand up and hold up in coverage, all scouts have to do is put on the tape. He has an advantage over linebackers like Von Miller, Justin Houston, and Robert Quinn. While those three may be more explosive pass rushers, none of them have the coverage experience of Beal. I’d like to see Beal drop some of that defensive end weight to increase his speed, quickness, and explosion. Beal has also exemplified great consistency as a pass rusher over the past three years. Between his sophomore and senior year, Beal totaled  28 sacks, 53.5 tackles for loss, and 9 forced fumbles. He has all the tools to be a starting 3-4 rush or sam outside linebacker in the NFL. Teams that put an onus on work ethic and character, Beal will be high on their draft boards. There isn’t much not to like about Beal. All he has to do is be himself during the draft/combine process, and I see no reason why Beal won’t be a late 1st-2nd round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. 

NFL Comparison: Mario Haggan


#50 DT, Phil Taylor (6’3 351 lbs.) – Baylor Bears

Versus the Run: Very strong at the point of attack. Has solid strength in his upper and lower body. When fresh, he can sit and anchor his position, even against the double team. When fatigued, he tends to come out of his stance high and play with a high pad level, which results in him being moved off of his spot. When fatigued, he needs to do a better job of staying on his feet. Below average quickness and athleticism limit his capabilities of making plays outside of the tackle box. Needs to recognize the run, and disengage blockers better.

Pass Rush Skills: Not a very affective pass rusher. Is a two down player. Again, his pad level causes issues with him getting leverage on blockers. Can push the pocket with a powerful bull rush, when he plays with the correct leverage.

Quickness (hands/feet): Below average quickness with his hands and feet. Does have a powerful punch at the point of contact.

Toughness/Motor: Plays with a mean streak when not faigued. Motor is poor. Gets worn down too quickly and too often. All technique goes out the window once the tank is empty. Needs to get in better shape and conditioning.

Intangibles: Was suspended and dismissed from Penn State due to an undisclosed off the field issue and poor academics.

Overall Stock: There are a plethora of red flags surrounding Phil Taylor. He will have to answer questions about his dismissal from Penn State, his academics, and his weight. He doesn’t display a good motor, so teams will be weary about his dedication to football. Taylor will need to come into the combine in immaculate shape if he wants to come off the board in the first 96 picks. Taylor has the potential to be a starting nose tackle in the NFL, but he will need a lot of attention and development. He is still very raw. During his bowl game, Taylor was very unimpressive. He failed to make much of an impact in the trenches. With 15 teams running the 3-4 in the NFL, Taylor will have his fair amount of chances to go high in the draft. Nose tackles are hard to come by, and you can never have too many of them, but it all depends on how devoted Taylor is to his body and to the game. 

NFL Comparison: Kris Jenkins

#49 WR, Torrey Smith (6’0 200 lbs.) – Maryland Terrapins

Separation Skills/Route Running: Uses his speed and quickness to separate from defenders. Still developing as a route runner. With improvement, he could gain even more separation. Really excels at separating from defenders when running deep and crossing routes. Needs to be sharper in his cuts and breaks, He often rounds them off. Gets choppy feet when gearing down on comeback routes.

Ball Skills: Doesn’t possess the size of receivers ahead of him in this draft class, but that doesn’t stop him from meeting the ball at its highest point. Does a good job at timing his jumps perfectly and getting to the balls apex before the defender does. Has an explosive burst immediately after securing a catch. Is a reliable pass catcher, but isn’t a hands catcher. Catches a ton of balls with his forearms and body. Needs to trust and rely on his hands more than his body. Does a nice job adjusting his body to over/under throws. Shows good awareness and body control on sideline catches.

Big play ability: With acceleration and excellent top end speed, Smith makes a ton of plays all over the field. Has the ability to take a bubble screen or drag the distance, or catch the deep ball. Does well with the ball in his hands. Is an excellent return man. Can make defenders miss in open field with above average elusiveness. Is a smooth runner and makes it look effortless.

Competitiveness/ Toughness: Competes for every ball thrown his way. Breaks up potential interceptions. Some what of a cerebral player. Is not overly vocal. Doesn’t run many routes over the middle of the field. Seems to always avoid big contact. Not the type of player to put his head down and gain extra yards.

Intangibles: Named to the ALL-ACC First Team. Not the typical diva receiver. Good teammate. Has already graduated with a degree in criminal science. Quiet, modest and humble athlete.

Overall Stock: Torrey Smith has the unfortunate opportunity to follow behind former teammate Darrius Heyward-Bey. Smith has similar speed, and will be marked as a Heyward-Bey clone. That is not the case though. Smith is a fast football player. Heyward-Bey is a fast guy playing football. Don’t expect Smith to make the huge first round leap that Heyward-Bey did. The Raiders don’t have a first round pick, and teams will be very cautious. Unlike most speed receivers, Smith has some size to him, that allows him to play outside the hashes. If Smith can continue to develop, he’ll be a fringe first round selection. If he runs a 4.3 forty at the combine, teams picking in the back quarter of the draft may take a chance on him. Smith has the ability to come in and make plays right away. 

NFL Comparisons: Pierre Garcon and Roddy White

Rodney Hudson Scouting Report

Posted: January 7, 2011 by Larry McDaniel Jr. in Centers, Prospects 41-50
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#42 OC, Rodney Hudson (6’2 277 lbs.) – Florida State Seminoles


Pass Protection: Plays with good leverage. Sinks his hips and holds his point when bull rushed. Above average mirroring and sliding techniques. Has quick feet. Does not allow them to get stuck in the mud. Has tremendous balance and athleticism. Needs to get stronger and develop a better punch.

Run Blocking: Above average run blocker. Uses his legs well to drive back defenders. Likes to finish off blocks, and doesn’t stop until the whistle is blown. Has the athleticism and size to pull effectively. Knows how to play the game with leverage, and shows great technique with his hand placement. Very quick.

Awareness: Knows his assignments and keys. Communicates with teammates well. One of the best at picking up stunts. Knows how to pass off rushers. Head is always on a swivel, and that allows him to pick up delated blitzers.

Toughness: Very tough individual. Always looks to finish off every block. Does extremely well against players bigger than he is.

Intangibles: Team Captain and the leader of the offensive line. Coaches and teammates speak highly of him. Seems to be a great person.

Overall Stock: Some may say that Hudson is too small to play in the NFL. I think other wise. He has a ton of experience at multiple positions (center/guard), and is technically sound. He still has room on his frame to add more pounds. He fits perfectly in a zone running scheme, and is one of the top center prospects in the draft.  If he can continue to add on good weight, and show good size at the combine, I see no reason why he won’t be off the board in round two. 

NFL Comparison: Casey Weigmann