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Jet's Rookie Safety Jamal Adams' Scouting Report - Draft Insiders

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Draft Insiders’ 2017 Yearbook - Jamal Adams Scouting Report
March, 2017

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Jamal Adams has started since day one in the NY Jets secondary and is showing impact ability despite his limited experience. At the NFL quarter pole, he has gained attention as a defensive rookie of the year.

Jamal Adams #33 - 6-0, 215, LSU - Sp. 4.45 Rating 93 - Hindu Theory: Landon Collins
Big, versatile, experienced true junior finished an excellent career, starting since late in his freshman season. Earned 1st team All-American and All-SEC in 2016 and 2nd team SEC honors in 2015. Fine physique and height with very long 33 3/8” arms and solid frame for either safety position. Physical defender played in 37 games with 26 starts. Terrific athlete and effective as either the box or high safety. His versatility strengthens his resume in the eyes of many scouts to climb up draft boards with strong pre-draft workouts. Very aggressive in pursuit and closes downhill hard. Displays the start/stop quickness to recover and change directions easily. Naturally smooth in coverage and closes to the ball well. Strong hands and flexibility to adjust to the ball and pick it off. With the increasing need in bigger safeties, he fits the role to handle tight ends in coverage or support the run at the line. Fine fluidity in the open-field with the ability to finish with bone crushing tackles. Good backpedal and flexible hips to open up and run with tight ends and backs. Smooth change of directions with the ability to close. Able to turn, run and recover when the ball is in the air. Reads routes well and dependable in coverage and seldom out of position. Can call defensive signals. Some experience over the slot receiver in sub packages with the ability to play bump and run well. Exceptional playing zone coverage with good eyes and capable of finishing with big hits. Covers tightly and will pinch down throwing lanes. Average to plant and drive on throws, though arrives with a physicality that forces turnovers. As a run defender, plays with a sense of urgency, taking precise pursuit angles to track high to low. Physical thumper when tackling and many stops drop ball carriers in their tracks. Carries out his assignments with a good football IQ and rarely takes a penalty. This defender has scheme versatility to matchup in a few roles. As a junior, he made 76 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 1 pick, 1 FF, 1 sack and 4 PBU, starting 12 games. Earned first team SEC honors. As a sophomore, he started 12 games and made 67 tackles, 5 TFL, 1 sack, 1 FF, 6 PBU and 4 picks and first team SEC honors. Over his three-year career, he made 209 tackles with 17.5 TFL, 15 PBU, 2 FF and 5 picks. At the NFL Combine, he came in just over 6’, 214 lbs. with 33 3/8” arms and 18 reps in the lifting. He ran 4.56 time with a 31.5” VL and 10’ BJ. He had a 4.13 shuttle and 6.96 three cone. He did well in the positional drills for an outstanding overall workout. At his pro day, he ran an improved 4.33 sprint time. Compares well to Landon Collins in size, AA along with his strengths and impact on a game. Displays good recovery speed for the next level and can be effective in either a man or zone scheme. He has the size/speed ratio to be an intriguing prospect with rookie starting time after a strong SEC career. Plug and play three down safety with impact. Maybe the safest selection in the entire draft. Shows the mental toughness to take on leadership roles. Probable top 10 pick off his talent, production and upside. Starter with a high ceiling in the right setting. Future Pro Bowler with early impact ability.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long-time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

Bengal's Rookie LB Carl Lawson - Scouting Report

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NFL Rookie Report – NFL Draft 2017
Bengal’s Linebacker Carl Lawson #58

Carl Lawson has provided impact despite limited reps in the Bengals' base defense. This season, he has totaled 2.5 sacks in limited action as a situational edge rusher. He was excellent value in the 4th round, after being considered a top 40 prospect prior to his knee injury. Look for him to play a bigger role through his rookie season.

Here is his Scouting Report for Draft Insiders' in March 2017 prior to the NFL Draft 2017.

Carl Lawson #55 - 6-2, 260, Auburn - Sp. 4.65 Rating 88 - Hindu Theory: DeMarcus Lawrence
Explosive edge rusher returned to his former level of play with an outstanding 2016 performance for the Tigers, earning SEC first team honors. Compact athletic frame with an excellent first step, fine functional strength and good footwork to win off the edge with speed or power. Plays both down and up and moves well along the line, combining speed, quickness and change of direction skills. Short arms are a concern, though he plays with fine leverage and uses his power well to jar blockers and keeps them off his body to separate. Developed good play recognition instincts with experience, using his first step to gain a fast advantage. With developed hand and arm technique, he improved his moves to counter and overcome his tweener size. Solid 260 lbs. frame with little growth potential. Needs to be technically sound to win vs NFL tackles. Must counter quicker and develop additional moves to beat tackles with outside move or ability to counter back underneath. Late in his career, made definite improvement in run support to become a full-time defender with the ability to sink his hips and anchor. With improved strength and better recognition skills, he can develop into a full time weakside end. Natural leverage defender comes off the ball with rare quickness to gain a fast advantage. Quick big strong hands (10 3/8”) can jolt a blocker, but must use it more often and especially throughout the down. Strong outside pass rusher wins mainly on speed, though he can win with deceptive power and ability to counter inside. Strong lower body gives him a burst to accelerate through the arc and finish. Plays with a very good pad level that takes advantage of his powerful frame to be disruptive within a short area. As a pass rusher, he has the initial speed to bend the edge and get his shoulder past blockers and translate into power to win late. Needs to develop further hand use both in his initial punch and his ability to add more moves. Shows a fine rip maneuver that he uses well, but must develop better overall moves. Most effective with his hand on the ground on the weakside in a standard 4-3 front. Though some clubs feel he is better suited for the attack backer role in a 3-4. Truly diverse athlete with the skill set to play both, though needs a creative DC to utilize his talent. Returned to play a full schedule in 2016 after missing time to two surgeries, 2014 season with an ACL injury and half the 2015 season with a hip injury. Struggles in reverse in coverage beyond the short zone. As a junior, he started 13 games with 30 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 1 FF and 9 sacks, earning 1st team SEC honors. As a sophomore, he started 7 of 7 games and made 17 tackles with 3 TFL and 1 sack. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’2” and 261 lbs. He ran a 4.67 time with a 9’6” BJ, 33” VL and 35 reps with a 4.19 shuttle and 7.46 three cone in a good overall performance. He is similar to DeMarcus Lawrence in body type, AA and positional versatility. Brings impact ability, pressuring the QB with the ability to run the arc and finish. May be only a situational pass rusher initially, though one who can become a difference maker. Skill set fits a starter with further development in both technique and strength. His value will be his big play ability and production. 1st round bubble prospect with big play ability, though serious durability concerns. Talented defender with the skills to carve a niche as a top situational rusher and eventually a probable starter in the right setting. Marginal top 30-40 prospect with big play ability and fine intangibles.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round

NFL Rookie Report – Kansas City Chief’s Running back Kareem Hunt

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NFL Rookie Report – NFL Draft 2017
Chief’s Running back Kareem Hunt

Yearbook Published early April 2017

One of the impact rookies to hit the NFL this season is the Chief’s running Kareem Hunt. He has been instrumental in the Kansas City fast 2-0 start. Last March prior to the NFL Draft 2017, Draft Insiders’ ranked Hunt the most underrated back in the deep and talented running back class.

In just two games, he has carried 30 times for 229 yards for an amazing 7.6 yards per attempt and 3 TDs plus 8 receptions for 126 yards for a 15.8 yard average and 2 TDs. He is the first rookie in NFL history to score 3 rushing TDs and 2 receiving scores in his first two games. He has given the Chiefs a huge boost that has been vital for the fast start of veteran QB Alex Smith. Chiefs traded up in 1st round for QB Patrick Mahomes last April. Smith has responded to the challenge with an incredible 78% completion rate for 5TDs and no interceptions for 618 yards.

Hunt’s presence has been the boost to this offense that was subpar in 2016 as the NFL’s 20th overall offense. Hunt is a complete back and three down performer that gives HC Andy Reid many options on his play calling. Hunt is one of the early leaders for Offensive Rookie of the Year.

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Draft Insiders’ 2017 Yearbook – Kareem Hunt Scouting Report

Kareem Hunt #3 - 5-10, 215, Toledo - Sp. 4.60
Hindu Theory: Doug Martin

Honest, no nonsense runner was the bell cow over his long Rockets’ career earning MAC honors his final three seasons. Set new Toledo single season and career rushing marks after starting since his freshman season. Thick runner with strong lower body to run through tacklers. Shows fine vision, natural running skills and quickness through the hole to get to the 2nd level and use his deceptive speed. Physical power runner uses his strong frame and fine strength to run inside and be an effective goal line back. Maintains a low center of gravity and runs behind his pads very well. Displays fine vision, shows good patience, letting his blocks develop, then hits it up in there with power. When he sees an opening, he makes quick decisions and shows no hesitation to trust his eyes. Fights and scraps for every possible yard and isn't easy to get on the ground. More than just a battering ram though. Shows lateral quickness to get outside and move to the 2nd and 3rd levels. Easily will change directions multiple times on some runs. Understands pass-protection responsibilities, sees where the blitz is coming from and will step up and strike a linebacker. Needs some hand technique work to be ready for 3rd down situations.
The Numbers: For his career, gained 4945 yards on 782 rushing attempts, 6.3 average, 44 TDs, plus 73 receptions for 555 yards and 1 TD. As a senior, he ran for 1474 yards for a 5.6 yard average and 10 TDs. Added 41 receptions for 403 yards and 1 TD. His best performance came as a sophomore when he rushed for 1631 yards on 205 carries and an 8 yard average with 16 TDs. Added 9 receptions for 39 yards. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’10” and 216 lbs. He ran a 4.62 time with 18 reps, a 36.5” VL and a 9’11” BJ. He not did perform the agility drills.
The Skinny: Versatile power runner has proven to be a tough workhorse. Good size and power with adequate speed and quickness to run between the tackles. Quality short yardage performer with power to get into the end zone. Underrated talent probably goes in the top 100 prospects where he could turn out to be major steal. Good early middle round addition with starting potential and a fine 1A type.
Draft Projection: 3rd Round

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long-time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

NFL Draft 2017 - QB Deshaun Watson Yearbook Scouting Report

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QB Deshaun Watson Yearbook Scouting Report

QB Deshaun Watson has been one of the more talked about prospects this offseason after directing the Clemson Tigers to the national championship in January with an outstanding performance. Watson decided to forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft in January. He opted not to play in the Senior Bowl in order to prepare for the NFL Draft and his private workout schedule with teams. He has worked out weekly over the past few months with multiple clubs, showing his ability to learn their offense and translate that knowledge to the field. Playing in a spread offense makes it a difficult transition to come into an All-Star week of practices and game situations and play in a pro offense under center. Some QB prospects have struggled making that adjustment in a new environment with such a short period of preparation time. Watson's individual workouts will reflect his ability to absorb a new offense and go on the White board and show his ability to understand, retain and make adjustments while playing under center

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QB Deshaun Watson - Draft Insiders' Yearbook Scouting Report

* Deshaun Watson #4 - 6-2, 220, Clemson - Sp. 4.65
Hindu Theory: Robert Griffin III

Athletic junior completed an excellent short career with a national title game where he won the MVP award. Over his final two seasons, he led the Tigers to back to back national championship games as a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist. Lean athletic frame with good arm, quick feet and sound decision making. Amazing toughness and leadership that shined on the big stage of national and ACC title games. Continued to improve over his career, taking huge steps with impressive performances at the NFL Combine. Highly productive and athletic with the mental makeup to succeed in the NFL. Excellent mobility and knows when to pull the ball down with the ability to make yardage in key situations. Fine arm with the ability to fit throws into tight windows with good touch on the deep passes. Top athleticism to run away from defenders even defensive backs. Skilled at fighting off defenders and evading pressure while keeping his eyes downfield. Excellent field presence with a quick release and accuracy, whether in the pocket or on the move. Nice touch for lofting passes over defenders down the seam, or to backs and receivers on quick swing or outlet passes. His scrambling ability places pressure on defenses and is a legitimate threat for big plays whether by throwing or running. Some NFL basics such as taking the snap from under center and scanning downfield while dropping back are things where he is still in the developmental stage. Still can lock on to his primary receiver and at times too reliant on his first read which can turn into mistakes. Savvy mobile athlete and able to make all the NFL throws with a fairly quick delivery for a long-armed prospect. High release point helps him complete a high percentage of passes. Shows the ability to go through his progressions quickly with the smarts to consistently make proper decisions. Needs to spread the ball around, showing more awareness of coverage and looking off defenders. He has improved his accuracy with the touch to deliver the intermediate and short passes consistently well with fast improving accuracy in the deep game. Knows how to lead a receiver with the right amount of touch on the ball as well as when to power the throw. Shows good speed to make plays outside the pocket with the mobility to move in the pocket and create throwing lanes. With extensive big game experience, he developed fine intangibles related to toughness, leadership and poise under pressure in clutch situations.
The Numbers: As a junior, he started 15 games and completed 388 of 579 passes for a 67% rate for 4593 yards with 41 TDs and 17 picks that earned AAC first team honors. Completed his career with a Vince Young like performance in their national title victory. As a sophomore, he started all 15 games and completed 333 passes of 491 attempts for a 68% rate for 4109 yards with 35 TDs and 13 picks. Similar to QB RG3 and Tyrod Taylor in size, mobility and AA and a high level of development. At the NFL Combine, he came at 6’2” and 221 lbs. with 9 3/4” hands and 33” arms. He ran a 4.66 time and added a 32.5” VL and 9’11” BJ with a 4.31 shuttle and an impressive 6.95 three cone times. At the Clemson pro day, he performed very well in drills. Set up quickly with good footwork in the pocket to move laterally and create passing lanes. Excellent on deep throws plus nice overall accuracy.
The Skinny: Prospect with a good work ethic to get the most of his fine AA. His level of development under center is a concern and faces a critical learning curve. Good field awareness and a top football IQ that should accelerate his progress within a pro offense. Continually improved over his career especially over his final season. Technically sound to set up and plant and drive the ball down the field with an above average arm and good fundamentals. Relies on a quick release and the touch to drop the ball into holes in coverage. Talented 1st round bubble pick with definite starting potential after gaining experience and learning a system. Savvy experienced passer and good fit for the Browns and Redskins. Excellent intangibles to make a difference and a fine mature leader.
Draft Projection: 1st-2nd Round

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long-time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 25 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

New York Giants' Sterling Shepard 2016 Scouting Report – Draft Insiders’ Yearbook

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Giants' Sterling Shepard 2016 Scouting Report –
Draft Insiders’ Yearbook Report

Sterling Shepard was chosen in the 2nd round by NY Giants with the 40th overall selection. During his rookie 2016 season, he started in all 16 games. He had 65 receptions for 683 yards and 8 TDs with 6 of them over 20 yards. He won the #2 role opposite Pro Bowl receiver Odell Beckham in camp. He is expected to play an even bigger role in the Giants' offense next season.

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NFL Draft Review 2016- June, 2016
On the 2nd round, the Giants chose wideout Sterling Shepard, a quick fast receiver with excellent hands and run after the catch abilities. He is a perfect fit here with playmakers needed opposite Odell Beckham, especially with vet Victor Cruz still unproven after missing 26 games with injuries. Shepard is highly developed playmaker who can step in immediately and provide an impact. He was an excellent addition who addressed a high pressing need with only marginal depth on the unit. Frank Coyle

Giants' Sterling Shepard 2016 Scouting Report –
Draft Insiders’ Yearbook Report

Sterling Shepard #3 - 5-10, 195 - Oklahoma - Sp. 4.35 Rating 85
Hindu Theory: Antonio Brown

Tough, talented senior was an all around go-to receiver for the Sooners usually lining up in the slot. Second generation Sooner, as his late father, Derrick Shepard played wide receiver there in the 1980s. His father was a good player, but Sterling has a chance to be an elite pro, after being one the top wide receivers in school history. Semifinalist for Biletnikoff Award, named 1st Team All-American by DraftInsiders.com and ESPN.com as well as 2nd Team All-American by CBS Sports. Also earned an invite to the Senior Bowl, where he earned Practice Player of the Week award among wide receivers. Displays outstanding initial quickness off the line at the snap. Reaches top speed in a flash. Makes crisp, sharp cuts without gearing down or needing to adjust speed. Able to run every route expected of wide receivers with fine precision. Outstanding hands. Able to pluck the ball away from the frame of his body. Fine leaping ability and is able to extend and high point the ball. Contorts his body in midair to adjust to errant passes with apparent ease. Also readily gets down low to scoop in passes at shoe top level. Fearless working across the middle in heavy traffic. Often able to make those catches and still avoid a big hit. Deceptive deep speed. Able to use subtle moves or changes of speed to separate and get over the top of a defender in a flash. Offers a significant level of experience as a punt returner, though was not overly dynamic in that role. Lateral and initial quickness makes it a risky proposition to cover him in press. More quick than he is blazing fast, and somewhat smaller than ideal.
The Numbers:
As a senior, he caught 86 passes for 1288 yards for a 15 average and 11 TDs while starting 13 games and earning first team Big 12 honors. As a junior, he started all 12 games and had 51 catches for 970 yards with 5 TDs with Big 12 honors. Over his career, he totaled 233 receptions for 3482 yards a 14.9 yard average and 6 TDs. Also ran the ball 17 times for 120 yards and 1 score. Returned 30 punts for his career, for 221 yards, no scores and a 7.3 average. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’10” and 194 lbs. and did 20 reps. He ran 4.43 time with a fast 1.55 ten yard split. He had a 41” VL and 10’3” BJ with a 4.35 short shuttle and 7.0 three cone. He was quick and explosive in the positional drills.
The Skinny:
Undervalued highly developed receiver with definite playmaking ability to be a weapon in three wideout sets immediately. He is similar to Antonio Brown in speed, quickness, body type, AA and development. Though he is pure deep threat, he can be sneaky quick and make big plays. With some development, he can start with early time in three wideout sets. Rising top 60 prospect. Could easily go as early as the 2nd round. Solid addition with the tools to start as a rookie in the right situation. Underrated value and playmaker to be a nice steal on mid-2nd day.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Bear’s Jordan Howard 2016 Draft Insiders’ Yearbook Scouting Report

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Bear’s Jordan Howard Scouting Report – Draft Insiders’ Yearbook
– Howard was chosen in the 5th round by Chicago with the 150th overall selection.

During his rookie 2016 season, he has played in 7 games with 5 starts. He has 99 rushing attempts for 505 yards and a fine 5.1 average per carry and 2 TDs. He added 18 receptions for 177 yards and 1 TD and 0 fumbles.

Last week vs Vikings in the Bears huge 20-10 win, he carried 26 times for 153 yards, an impressive 5.9 yard average and 1 TD. He added 4 catches for 49 yards. It was his third 100 yard rushing game in just five starting assignments. He is a core weapon on the Bears offense going forward.

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NFL Draft Review 2016- June, 2016
With their #5 pick, they added running back Jordan Howard, a physical thumper who can be a workhorse runner. He gives this attack a critical physical presence for late in the game and in cold weather. He could see ample time this season at a pressing need position. He is one of the best third day additions in the entire draft process. Top ten rookie impact players and late steal for fantasy leagues. Frank Coyle

Jordan Howard #8 - 6-0, 230 - Indiana - Sp. 4.55 - Rating 75
Physical big-play north-south runner is moving on to the next level after an outstanding junior season for the Hoosiers. Shows thick frame and muscle definition throughout his body. As a runner, he has a physical style and uses his fine body strength to lower his shoulder and power into defenders and run through arm tackle attempts. Tough, aggressive finisher who seems to usually fall forward as he is tackled, for extra yards. Short stride allows him to change directions easily with the burst to accelerate to top speed very quickly. Shows fine long speed to run away from defenders and hit many big plays. Fine balance and the ability to change speeds and directions. His run vision is a definite plus and properly reads blocks, see the holes and keep his pads square to the line. As a pass catcher, he shows soft reliable hands whether making the reception in space or close quarters. Aggressive and effective in pass protection to sustain his blocks. Durability and toughness are big pluses, as he's been able to play through minor injuries. Faced a lot of eight-man fronts and was still able to be very effective. Definitely the main weapon in a balanced offense. Shows fine endurance and wants the ball in big situations. Once he got through the initial contact, he was a potential home run on any given play. One of the top three-down backs in the class with his ability as a receiver and in pass protection.
The Numbers: As a junior, he started 9 games and rushed for 1213 yards on 196 carries for a 6.2 yard average and 9TDs. He caught 11 passes for 106 yards and 1 TD. As a sophomore, he rushed for 1587 yards on 306 carries for a 5. average and 13 TDs. He caught 9 passes for 72 yards and 1 TD. Over his career, he rushed for over 3600 yards on 647 carries for a 5.7 yard average with 24 rushing TDs and 24 catches with 3 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’ and 230 lbs. He did not run. He did 16 reps with a 34” VL, a 10’2” BJ and adequate positional drills.
The Skinny: Tough back with well-rounded skills to be an NFL feature runner. He is a natural runner who has proven to be a tough workhorse back with strong lower unit and speed to change games. Smooth runner with the ability to shift gears, follow blockers and break plays. Combines the size, speed, quickness and power to run between the tackles and get outside. Well-rounded back with enough quickness to make the corner and the burst to make plays. Durable talent probably goes in the top 100 prospects and capable of being a high quality feature back similar to Andre Williams in size, style and power. Fine 2nd day addition with starting talent.
Draft Projection: 4th Round

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

Draft Insiders' Yearbook Scouting Report - RB Ezekiel Elliott

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Draft Insiders' Yearbook Scouting Report and Review of RB Ezekiel Elliott Chosen #4th overall by the Dallas Cowboys

NFL Draft Review 2016 - June 2016
The Cowboys drafted running back Ezekiel Elliott in the first round after both top QBs went off the board with the first two selections. Elliott is a terrific fit here and capable of being the biggest impact rookie in the entire class. He is a complete back and highly developed to step in immediately. With starting veteran Darren McFadden out with a dislocated elbow, Elliott gets a chance this preseason to claim the job and never look back. He gives this offense an impact runner that can lengthen Tony Romo’s career with a more balanced attack. He has the makings of an instant star in Dallas and a great selection. - Frank Coyle

Draft Insiders' Yearbook 2016 - March 2016
1. * Ezekiel Elliott #15 - 6-0, 225 - Ohio St - Sp. 4.45 Rating 92
Hindu Theory:Jamal Lewis

Explosive powerful junior is one of the most gifted backs over the past decade. His short career included several major performances on a big stage including the national title game as a freshman. Possesses an NFL body with a well-developed muscular frame with the natural ability to drop his pads and square up when attacking the line. Shows the burst to make the corner consistently and go the distance. Cutting skills of a smaller back with the power to break and bounces off tacklers. Shows natural vision and balance as a runner with the power and toughness to consistently get the most of each attempt. Reads his initial blocks very well and shows a feel for finding daylight and the speed to hit the opening and break plays. Powers through creases with authority and the speed to stick-and-go with an extreme burst out of his cuts. Shows the ability to juke and shift his weight very well, especially for a 225 lb. back. Able to string multiple moves together, including jump cuts that can leave tacklers flatfooted. Natural soft hands as a receiver out of the backfield and capable of a big play once he catches the ball. Needs route running work and is still raw in that area. Physical and willing blocker in pass protection. Rare combination of speed and power with early impact as a pro feature runner. Very strong lower body with good straight arm move and can maintain balance well after contact. Appears to effortlessly run through attempted arm tackles. His speed makes him a threat to score from anywhere on the field and he did over his career. Extremely tough to tackle from an angle. Presses line very well to set up cut-back opportunities. Able to decisively get downhill, showing fine bend and forward lean and effectively slips through small holes and explode out. Shows quick, tight footwork for a big back and gets to the second level effortlessly. Can sink his hips and explode through a tackler or burst through an opening, causing safeties to hesitate when coming downhill. Able to turn speed into power between tackles or when turning the corner. Seldom looks to go out of bounds and works to finish. Strong hands and carries ball securely close to his body. Highly developed as a receiver to be an immediate three down feature back, combining excellent hands and explosive big play ability after the catch. As a blocker, he will face up with linebackers, but needs hand technique development to be a finished complete feature back.
The Numbers: As a junior, he started the 13 games and rushed for 1821 yards on 289 carries for a 6.3 average and 23 TDs. He added 27 receptions for 206 yards that earned 1st team Big Ten honors including Offensive Player of the Year. For the 2014 season, he rushed for 1878 yards on 273 attempts for 6.9 yard average and 18 TDs. He added 28 receptions for 220 yards. As a freshman in 2013, he backed up future #2 pick Carlos Hyde. He rushed for 262 yards on just 30 carries for an 8.7 average and 2 TDs and added 3 receptions for 23 yards. Over his career, he rushed for 3961 yards on 592 attempts for a fine 6.7 average and 43 TDs plus totaled 58 receptions for 449 yards and 1 TD. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’ and 225 lbs. and ran a 4.45 time with a 1.58 ten yard split. He did not lift. He did a 32.5” VL and a 9’10” BJ. He was impressive in the positional drills.
The Skinny: Fast physical downhill thumper with the talent to be an immediate feature back. He can be his own blocker and runs both equally well. His receiving skills have developed nicely with reps, though he must continue to improve in that role. As a blocker, he shows quick reactions and toughness to face up with defenders and use his strong frame and agility. Natural running skills to be a difference maker and is similar to former feature back Jamal Lewis in size, running style and big play abilities. Very well rounded back and excellent early round addition with the skill set to be a rookie impact player and core weapon. Top 10 prospect with talent to be among the leagues’ best backs within a short time.
Draft Projection: 1st Round - Top Ten

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

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