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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

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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

Vikings' Wideout Stefon Diggs Scouting Report - Draft Insiders’ 2015 Yearbook

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WR Stefon Diggs Scouting Report -
Draft Insiders’ 2015 Yearbook - Frank Coyle

Stefon Diggs was selected in the 5th Round of the NFL Draft 2015 by the Minnesota Vikings – One of the Best Values in the entire draft class
Frank Coyle ranked him the highest rated offensive sleeper in last year’s class and a prospect with well developed talent to be an early contributor in three wideout sets.

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Stefon Diggs - Maryland - 6-0, 195 - Sp. 4.45 - Rating 82 / Hindu Theory: Andre Caldwell
Agile athletic junior wideout has been a playmaker in the Terps offense since starting during his true freshman season. Earned ACC and Big Ten honors each season. He is a well-developed quick receiver with soft hands and body control to become a solid NFL performer. Possesses deceptive speed to get deep and the quickness to get open and separate in coverage. Good run after the catch ability with elusiveness to take the short hitch pass the distance. Though he lacks elite speed to be considered a consistent deep threat, he has learned to set up defenders, relying on his sharp cutting ability and reads to create separation. He runs good routes and comes out of his cuts quickly, showing the ability to retain his speed very well and adjust to coverage. He can round his cuts on routes and needs further discipline in his patterns. Dangerous on hitch and screen patterns where his quickness and elusiveness gives him an advantage over defenders. Fine ball skills with the body control and hands to make the difficult catch over the middle or at the sidelines. Despite average size, he has a wiry strong frame, but must prove durable vs NFL caliber corners weekly. Must improve his overall strength, though shows the ability to beat the jam and battle for ball. As a runner, he has some tackle breaking ability along with good elusiveness and speed to break plays that helped him double as a sure handed punt returner. Fluid receiver with natural AA and the body control to adjust to the errant pass and catch outside the box. Over the middle, he shows toughness with the ability to go up and make plays. As a route runner, he retains his speed well at the break point to make sharp cuts. Shows good footwork at the sidelines to make the tough catch to move the chains.
The Numbers: As a junior, he caught 62 passes for 792 yards for a 12.8 average and 5 TDs while starting 10 games. He served a 1 game sportsmanlike suspension. He earned Big Ten honorable mention. As a sophomore, he started 7 games and had 34 catches for 587 yards with 3 TDs with a season ending broken fibula at midseason.
Over his three year career, he totaled 150 receptions for 2227 yards a 14.8 yard average 14 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’ and 195 lbs. and did not lift. He ran 4.46 time with a fast 1.53 ten yard split. He had a 35” VL and 9’9” BJ with a 4.32 short shuttle and 7.03 three cone.
The Skinny: Undervalued highly developed receiver with definite playmaking ability to be a weapon in three wideout sets immediately. He is similar to Andre Caldwell in body type, AA and development. Though he is not a legitimate deep threat, he can be sneaky quick and make big plays. With some development, he can surprise with the upside potential to start. Never lived up to the hype of a highly acclaimed recruit entering Maryland due to the lacked of a quality consistent passer. Great middle round value and a marginal top 100 prospect on my board, though could easily go later. Solid addition with the tools to start eventually in the right situation. One of the most underrated values in this entire class. Playmaker and excellent steal on early 3rd day.
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 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.

Panther's Josh Norman Scouting Report - Draft Insiders’ 2012 Yearbook

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CB Josh Norman Scouting Report - Draft Insiders’ 2012 Yearbook - Frank Coyle

Josh Norman was selected in the 5th Round of NFL Draft 2012 by the Panthers – Today he is one of the Top Five cornerbacks in the NFL

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Josh Norman #24 - 6’ 195 lbs. - Coastal Carolina Sp. 4.55 Rating 78 Hindu Theory: Kelvin Hayden
Agile tall senior corner had a fine career in the Big South starting the past three seasons, earning honors over that period. Josh has good athletic skills and high production that earned him invitations to the East-West and Senior Bowl All-star games and the NFL Combine. He is a high cut athlete who moves easily and has the skill set to become a starting NFL cover man. He is a well-developed athlete at just over 6’ and 195 lbs., and will benefit from an NFL weight-training program. He moves well with quick feet and smooth flexible hips to turn and cover in the deep game and close on the ball to make plays. He displayed playmaking ability as a cover corner over his career that saw him total 35 PBU and 13 interceptions. He is not as physical or disciplined as scouts want in a prospect, but he has an intriguing skill set for the corner and shows fine man matchup talent. He has good size, speed, quickness, agility and ball instincts to become a quality NFL corner with more development and consistency. He needs development in his basic technique and his initial reads to fully realize his talent that ranks him among the top small college prospects despite some inconsistencies. He has the fine athletic ability that allows him to matchup in coverage with the premier receivers. Over his career, he showed the speed to run stride for stride with the top receivers from the lower level of competition relying on his physical size and leaping ability to battle for the ball. He has the combination of size, speed, quickness and agility with the ability to read routes and make sound decisions. His instincts are good, though he needs some development in his reads and adjustments especially when to gamble and when to play with sound positioning in coverage. He is quick on the underneath patterns when he reads well using his speed to break on the ball. He has smooth movement skills for a bigger corner and performs positional drills at a level of smaller athletes. He has the hip flexibility and footwork to make an easy transition with the speed to run with receivers stride for stride. His fine height and reach allow him to win matchups with big receivers and win. He has rare corner size and reach with good movement skills to play tight man coverage. In his back pedal, he is usually smooth, fluid and shows the ability to sink his hips despite his height that allows him to break quickly on the ball. His initial reads are usually sound and his good ball skills led many teams to throw away from him since his sophomore season. He has good COD skills and is supple for a big defender with quick anticipation skills when he reads the route properly. That allows him to use his AA and leaping ability to make plays where he displays very good body control and is fluid coming out his breaks. He has the ability to recover with the good speed that scouts look for in a starting corner with the quick feet in his pedal, explosion out of his plant and the ability to drive and close. In zone coverage, he is raw in some respects and needs development and may need some time before feeling comfortable in that scheme, though it might be the best fit for him. He shows good play recognition ability with the closing burst to make up for mistakes with developing ball skills. His range and catch up speed are good with the burst of speed to recover nicely. He uses his long arms well to deflect passes and can match up, combining the leaping and agility skills. As a tackler, he is not a physical hitter and is more a drag down defender who needs definite strength development to improve in this key area. He has to prove more physical to earn a starting corner role. He is similar to Kelvin Hayden in size, agility, speed, and LOD. His likeness to Hayden is very similar physical skill set to become a good corner and probably an eventual starter. At the NFL Combine, he came in just over 6’ and 197 lbs. He ran a disappointing 4.66 forty with a 1.52 time in the ten yard split. He did 13 reps with a 33” VJ and 10’4” BJ. As a senior, he started 10 of 11 games and had 62 tackles with 2 FF, 12 PBU and 2 picks that earned Big South honors. As a junior, he started 11 of 12 games and had 56 tackles with 1 FF, 9 PBU and 1 pick that earned Big South honors. As a sophomore, he started 11 games and made 43 tackles with 7 PBU and 8 picks. He can be a gambling aggressive cover man who can bite on double moves and needs better overall discipline. He has adequate recovery speed to match up vs. top receivers but the size to battle the big wideouts consistently. Rising top 100 prospect on my board with fine overall talent with further upside. He was considered a middle round prospect entering the All-star postseason where he drew raves at the East-West practices that earned him a Senior Bowl invitation. Figures in the 3rd round area with clubs like the Falcons, Raiders and Cards interested. Fast rising developing corner with a big upside to be solid starter in time.
Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round

Rams' Todd Gurley Scouting Report - Draft Insiders' 2015 Yearbook

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Note: In the NFL Draft 2015, Todd Gurley was selected #10 overall in the first round by the St. Louis Rams. He is currently having a huge rookie season in his first action since his fall 2014 knee injury. He is the leading candidate for Rookie Offensive Player of the Year.

Draft Insiders’ Yearbook Scouting Report - March 2015

* Todd Gurley #3- Georgia - 6-1, 225 - Sp. 4.50 - Rating 90 - Hindu Theory: Adrian Peterson
Huge powerful speedy tailback is one of the most gifted runners to come along over the past decade. His career was cut short in 2014 by a torn ACL, that along with a four game suspension limited him to just six games last fall. Over that time, he still gained a pretty amazing 911 yards at 7.4 a pop and scored 9 TDs. Possesses an NFL body with a well-developed muscular frame. He has the natural ability to drop his pads and square up when attacking the line and seamlessly bounces off would be tacklers. Shows natural balance as a runner with the power and determination to be difficult to slow down, very seldom taken down by the first tackler. Reads his initial blocks very well. Shows a feel for finding daylight. 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. runner. Able to string multiple moves together, including wicked jump cuts that can leave tacklers flailing at air. Uses his fine speed and long strides to eat up yards in a hurry. Large, natural glue-like hands as a receiver out of the backfield and is a willing, alert blocker in pass protection. Very uncommon combination of speed and power with huge pro upside when healthy. Extremely strong lower body and maintains 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. Extremely tough to tackle from an angle. Presses line very well to set up cut-back opportunities. Able to decisively get downhill, showing fine knee bend and forward lean. Effectively slips through some very small holes and explode out the other side. Shows quick, tight footwork getting to the second level. Can sink his hips and explode through a tackler or side-step and hit the throttle, which causes 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 every run. In 2014, an outstanding 61.9% of his rushing yards came after contact. Strong hands and carries ball securely close to his body. Just fumbled three times in 510 carries. He is 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 senior, he started the first 6 games and rushed for 911 yards on 123 carries for a 7.4 average and 9 TDs. He added 12 receptions for 57 yards before the four game suspension and then the ACL injury terminated his season. For the 2013 season, he rushed for 989 yards on 165 attempts for 6 yard average and 10 TDs. He added 37 receptions for 441 yards and 6 TDs. As a freshman in 2012, he had his best season and rushed for 1385 yards on 222 carries for a 6.2 average and 17 TDs, starting 14 games. He added 16 receptions for 117 yards. Over his career, he rushed for 3285 yards on 510 attempts for a fine 6.4 average and 36 TDs plus totaled 65 receptions for 615 yards and 6 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’1” and 222 lbs. and did 17 reps, but did not run or participate in the leaping and agility drills or positional drills due to rehabbing ACL injury.
The Skinny: Physical downhill thumper with the talent to be an immediate feature back. As a blocker, he shows quick reactions and toughness to face up with defenders and use his strong frame and agility. He can be his own blocker and runs both inside and outside. His receiving skills have developed nicely with reps, though he must continue to improve in that role. He has the natural running skills to be a difference maker and is similar to Adrian Peterson or former Pro bowl back Jamil Lewis in size, running style and big play abilities. Excellent early round addition with top ten talent and the skill set to be an impact player and core weapon. Top kickoff returner. Top 25 prospect with talent to be the best back in years once healthy.
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 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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