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Taylor Lewan preseason scouting report

Posted by Brad On June - 27 - 2013
"Taylor Lewan"

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Taylor Lewan – Michigan

Height: 6074

Weight: 309

Age when drafted: 22

Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ

Position: LT

Collegiate Number: 77

Combine notables: N/A

Games Viewed: 2012 – Alabama, Notre Dame, Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State, South Carolina

BACKGROUND:

Taylor Lewan played three high school seasons at Cactus Shadows before transferring to AZ powerhouse Chaparral High School for his senior season. Lewan was a four-star prospect by all recruiting services and earned a bid to play in the Under Armour All-American game.

After redshirting in 2009, Lewan would make nine starts in 2010 as a redshirt freshman. Despite some issues with mental errors (false starts and personal foul penalties) Lewan’s ceiling was on display early in this career. 2011 was Lewan’s breakout season as he consistently rated as Michigan’s top offensive lineman and went on to earn 2nd team All-Big Ten honors. As a junior, Lewan took steps forward into being an elite tackle prospect and many thought he would enter the 2013 NFL Draft to challenge Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel to be one of the first OL off the board. Lewan opted to stay at UM for his senior season.

This spring, I got an up close and personal look at Lewan and walked away impressed. During my three days at Michigan, Lewan was routinely found getting extra work after practice. Two of the days, the offense ‘lost’ and were required extra conditioning time – Lewan finished first or near first in the lineman group during the conditioning and continued to work after practice was finished. Also noted was Lewan’s leadership with the OL and the team in general.

Lewan’s dad, Dave, was an offensive lineman for the University of Minnesota. Read the rest of this entry » «Taylor Lewan preseason scouting report»

Kyle Long Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On March - 19 - 2013
"Kyle Long"

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Kyle Long – Oregon

Height: 6061

Weight: 313

Age when drafted: 24

Hometown: Ivy, Virginia

Position: OT/OG

Collegiate Number: 74

Combine notables: 4.94 40 with 1.68 10 split, 28” vertical, 8’11” broad jump

Games Viewed: 2012 – USC, Arizona State, Stanford

BACKGROUND:

Kyle Long attended St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville, VA. He played baseball and football and was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 23rd round of the 2008 MLB Draft. Long didn’t sign with the White Sox instead choosing to play baseball at Florida State.

A DUI in January 2009 combined with academic struggles led to Long leaving Florida State. Long opted to return to home, get his life together and enrolled in Saddleback Junior College in Mission Viejo, CA. Long would return to the football field and played two years at Saddleback before enrolling at the University of Oregon. Long’s first season at Saddleback was spent at defensive end before settling in on the offensive line in year two. Long has one year of major college football under his belt at Oregon which will be the major knock on him entering the draft.

Long has pedigree in spades as his father is Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long and his brother was the No. 2 overall pick for the St. Louis Rams, Chris Long. Read the rest of this entry » «Kyle Long Scouting Report»

Terron Armstead Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 22 - 2013

"Terron Armstead"Terron Armstead I Arkansas Pine-Bluff I OT I 6047 I 304 I Senior

40 Time (E): 4.90

Overview: Terron Armstead won’t be a sleeper for long. He’s an incredible athlete for his size that has a left tackle skill set. The major problem for Armstead is that he lacks ideal size/length for a LT. Some teams may look at him as a swing tackle/guard. Armstead had D1 football offers but opted for Arkansas Pine-Bluff out of high school because of his ability to play football and participate in track and field. Armstead is an elite level shot putter as he’s chalked up 8 SWAC Championships in track and field. As good as he is on the track, his future in the NFL as Armstead is a prime candidate to rise into a day two prospect with his unique blend of athleticism and technique.

Pass Blocking: Armstead is an NFL ready pass protector. He has above-average feet with the ability to mirror quicker DE’s. Armstead was a standout at the East-West game and as a late invite to the Senior Bowl because of his ability to get to the edge and keep some of the elite edge rushers from pressuring. His balance is off the charts as you rarely see him overextend or on the ground. Armstead will need to add strength/mass to his frame as he can be beat with power. Struggled a bit by power ends that were able to bull rush and destroy his anchor. Anchor power needs improvement. Read the rest of this entry » «Terron Armstead Scouting Report»

Reid Fragel Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 16 - 2013
"Reid Fragel"

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Reid Fragel  – Ohio State University

Height: 6064

Weight: 306

Age when drafted: 22

Hometown: Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

Position: RT

Collegiate Number: 77

Games Viewed: 2012 – Cal, UAB, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Michigan

SIZE:

Despite reports of his height checking in at the 6’8” range, Fragel is just a shade under 6’7” which should be helpful when it comes draft evaluation time.  Fragel added 20 pounds of mass to his frame for his transition from TE to OT in 2012.  Fragel’s frame suggests that he could add another 10-15 pound without noticing any differences in athleticism.  It’s conceivable and advisable, at this point, that Fragel add another 10 pounds before the draft. Read the rest of this entry » «Reid Fragel Scouting Report»

Eric Fisher Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On January - 8 - 2013

Eric Fisher I Central Michigan I OT I 6070 I 305 I Senior

Eric Fisher

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40 Time (E): 5.10

Overview: Eric Fisher is going to draw comparisons to former Chippewa Joe Staley. Rightfully so. Fisher and Staley have many of the same attributes and could be selected in the same range. Staley was taken with the 28th pick in the 2007 NFL Draft and frankly I would be shocked if Fisher made it anywhere near the 28th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Fisher came to CMU as a 6’7, 260 tackle prospect that was lightly recruited (2 D1 scholarship offers). Many thought Fisher would take time to develop into someone capable of starting but that couldn’t be further from the truth. He’s a three-year starter with a good grasp of the game and schemes.

Pass Blocking: Fisher is an NFL ready pass protector. He’s a natural athlete that is a dancing bear. His footwork, kick slide are as good as they come His ability to mirror defenders off the edge is excellent. Fisher re-sets really well after initial burst from the defender. His huge frame and vines for arms are evident in pass protection. It takes defenders a long time to get by him with his long arms and nimble feet. The one area that Fisher struggles in pretty consistently is lowering his pad level. Dwight Freeney-esque pass rushers will give him problems if Fisher can’t learn to lower his base and pad level.

Run Blocking: I was taken back with Fisher’s ability in the run game. I expected him to be a dominate pass protector but expected to see more struggles in the run game. I was pleasantly surprised. Fisher is so good in space that CMU pulls him quite frequently. He was stronger at the point of contact than I anticipated and remains sticky through contact. Fisher’s understanding of angles and positioning are second to none in this draft, better so than Luke Joeckel or Taylor Lewan. He will need to work on sinking his hips at the next level as his pad level is often too high. He could stand to add some bulk and strength to improve as a drive blocker.

Technique: Fisher isn’t a complete prospect in terms of technique but he isn’t far off. The biggest struggle for Fisher is his height/leverage. He’s tall and allows defenders under his pads, sometimes losing leverage battles. He also struggles drive blocking because he doesn’t sink his hips consistently. He has excellent hands and once he locks on he’s sticky through contact.

Size/Strength/Athleticism: Fisher has nice size at almost 6-foot-7 and 305 pounds. He has vines for arms. Concerns with him keeping weight on his frame are a thing of the past as he’s played at over 300 pounds for two seasons. Fisher isn’t a mauler but has consistently gotten stronger at CMU. With an NFL offseason under his belt, Fisher will get stronger. He may be one of the most athletically gifted tackles in this class. He’s solid in space and gets to the second level very quickly. His kick slide is a thing of beauty.

Bottom Line: Eric Fisher is going to challenge Luke Joeckel on a lot of team’s boards. There’s no doubt that his tape, Senior Bowl week, and Combine performance warrants that consideration. He could be in play with the first overall pick in the draft and I can’t see him falling past No. 7 to Arizona. Overall, he’s a better prospect than Staley was coming out of Central Michigan and the upside is there for Fisher to be a much better pro than Staley as well.

Eric Fisher Film Study

Posted by Brad On November - 7 - 2012

Joe Staley was drafted 28th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.  Staley was an All Pro in 2011 and made the 2012 Pro Bowl team.  Staley, like Fisher, is a former Chippewa of Central Michigan University.

The obvious comparisons between Staley and Fisher just don’t cut it.  Staley was viewed as a finesse tackle prospect with superb athleticism for the position.  As good as of an athlete as Staley was/is, Fisher may be even better.  Fisher came into CMU as a 6’7″, 260 tackle that looked as if he would need time to develop.  That couldn’t have been further from the truth.  Fisher has been an impact player for the Chippewa’s since stepping foot on campus.  His struggles to keep weight on his enormous frame appear to be a thing of the past with Fisher checking in at 305 mark this offseason.

With athletic tackles being taken high in recent drafts (see Tyron Smith/Nate Solder), Fisher is viewed by many in the scouting community as someone that could emerge as a top 15 pick come April’s draft.  We will put this assessment to the test in a film study session featuring Central Michigan versus Iowa.  Iowa’s defensive line is down from year’s past but they still present challenges from an athletic standpoint. Fisher lines up across from Dominic Alvis a junior defensive end for most of the day.  This is an absolutely dominating performance as Fisher graded out extremely high as he has for most of the season.

Here’s a look at just how dominating Fisher was in this contest and why he is viewed as the top senior tackle prospect and potential top 15 pick in April’s draft. "Eric Fisher"At all of 6’7″ Fisher is expected to struggle in space with athletic linebackers, safeties, and corners.  It’s always tough for taller tackles to break down to block smaller defenders.  On this play, Fisher is asked to pull and attack the outside linebacker that has come down as a hanger on the play. Read the rest of this entry » «Eric Fisher Film Study»

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