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"Tajh Boyd"

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Tajh Boyd – Clemson

Height: 6010

Weight: 225

Age when drafted: 23

Hometown: Hampton, VA

Position: QB

Collegiate Number: 10

Combine notables: N/A

Games Viewed: 2012 – Duke, NC State, Virginia Tech, Florida State, LSU 2011 – South Carolina, West Virginia

BACKGROUND:

Tajh Boyd attended Phoebus High School in Hampton, Virginia. Boyd was a consensus top-100 player in high school that chose Clemson over Ohio State and Oregon.

Boyd redshirted in 2009 as a freshman and was relegated to the backup role due to the presence of Kyle Parker. Boyd took quite a few snaps (139) in 2010 despite backing up Parker.

Boyd would take over the full-time starter duties in 2011 when Parker was taken 26th overall in the MLB Draft. Boyd proved to be anything but a de-facto starter. Boyd finished the season with 3,828 yards and 33 passing touchdowns and took Clemson to the Orange Bowl.  Despite terrific numbers and a historic season for Clemson, Boyd struggled down the stretch as he gained weight and looked out of shape in Clemson’s up-tempo offense.

Boyd heard the criticism from his struggles down the stretch and set out to prove critics wrong during his junior season. Boyd’s improvement in 2012 was more than noticeable and had some believing he would be the top quarterback taken in the 2013 NFL Draft. Boyd, instead, opted to stay at Clemson for his senior season with the hopes of improving on some of the downsides to his game. Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft: Tajh Boyd preseason scouting report»

"Teddy Bridgewater"

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Teddy Bridgewater – Louisville

Height: 6030

Weight: 218

Age when drafted: 21

Hometown: Miami, FL

Position: QB

Collegiate Number: 5

Combine notables: N/A

Games Viewed: 2012 – North Carolina, South Florida, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Florida 2011 – West Virginia

BACKGROUND:

Teddy Bridgewater played his high school football at famed Miami Northwestern High School, which has churned out NFL players for over a decade. Bridgewater took the QB reigns as a sophomore from Jacory Harris. He was the 6th rated dual-threat QB in the 2011 recruiting class and had offers from most major schools.

After initially committing to the Miami Hurricanes, Bridgewater switched to Charlie Strong and Louisville shortly after Randy Shannon was let go from Miami.

Bridgewater would take over as starter for Louisville in the fourth game of his true freshman season. He would not look back in a season in which he was named Big East Freshman of the Year after throwing for over 2,000 yards and 14 TD’s. As expected, Bridgewater struggled some with decision-making in his freshman season which led to 12 picks.

Bridgewater was officially on the national map following a freshman season that had many buzzing about his future potential. As an encore, Bridgewater would improve on his numbers and overall game as a sophomore.

Bridgewater was a spread quarterback at Miami Northwestern that primarily played out of the shotgun. He would transition to a more pro-style offense at Louisville where he played under center most of the time. It was clear in Bridgewater’s sophomore campaign that he was much more comfortable in the offense and under center running play action and throwing on the move and from traditional drops.

Bridgewater would lead the Cardinals to a Sugar Bowl win over Florida in this sophomore campaign. A season that would see him throw for 3,718 yards, 27 touchdowns, and throw just 8 interceptions. Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft: Teddy Bridgewater preseason scouting report»

"David Fales"

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David Fales – San Jose State

Height: 6030

Weight: 221

Age when drafted: 23

Hometown: Salinas, CA

Position: QB

Collegiate Number: 10

Combine notables: N/A

Games Viewed: 2012 – Stanford, Utah State, BYU, Bowling Green

BACKGROUND:

David Fales played his high school football at Palma High School in Salinas, California. Fales was a two-time all-league selection but drew very little attention from colleges. The University of Nevada came calling for Fales and he accepted a scholarship to play there after the 2008 season.

Fales would see no game action in 2009 at Nevada sitting behind Colin Kaepernick. Fales would transfer from Nevada after he realized he was going to be asked to be much more of a running quarterback. Fales would leave Nevada following the 2009 season for Monterey Peninsula College. In two seasons at Monterey Fales threw for over 4,500 yards and 37 TD’s. After a summer at the University of Wyoming, Fales went back to Monterey for the fall of 2011.

San Jose State found themselves in a predicament following Tate Forcier leaving the program in 2011. In December 2011, Fales signed a letter of intent to play at San Jose State for the 2012 season.

Fales won the starting job in 2012 and went on to have a phenomenal junior season which included a Military Bowl game win over Bowling Green. Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft: David Fales preseason scouting report»

How high is too high for EJ Manuel?

Posted by Brad On March - 7 - 2013
"EJ Manuel"

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The NFL is a copycat league and teams will be looking to play catch up with innovative offenses like San Francisco’s, Seattle’s, and Washington’s. As we know it starts and usually ends with quarterback play. Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, and Robert Griffin (to name a few) have the offensive innovators of the world drooling over the future possibilities of the NFL game.

This year’s quarterback crop lacks the top end talent that was present in 2012 and gets the knock of being a poor quarterback draft. Poor may be the wrong term to use when talking about the 2013 crop. I prefer to use ‘incomplete’ when talking about the class as a whole.

As we all know, I’m a Geno Smith fan and think he could fall into an ideal scenario as his value seems to have taken a hit. Likewise, I’m intrigued by many in this class. None more so than Florida State’s EJ Manuel.

Manuel possesses ideal size at almost 6-foot-5, 237 pounds. His size/speed combination have some drawing Cam Newton comparisons. Clearly, he’s not Cam Newton but the question is how far off is he?

Manuel struggles with decision-making. His career at FSU was largely disappointing (given the enormous expectations). That disappointment deals a great bit with sporadic decision-making with the ball. He has fluctuated between highly touted prospect to almost losing his starting gig to losing his spot and back to starter. His inability to hold down the fort after showing so much promise is concerning and deserves a further look.

Manuel drew the praise of the national media during his week in Mobile. He looked to be the most consistent quarterback of the week. The Senior Bowl was a set up for success for Manuel as defenses were limited in coverages and blitzes. In a clean pocket with base coverage reads, Manuel is a star. The problem is that things aren’t going to slow down for Manuel at the next level. Instead the kitchen sink will be thrown at him in terms of coverage and blitz packages. Read the rest of this entry » «How high is too high for EJ Manuel?»

Zac Dysert Film Study

Posted by Brad On January - 24 - 2013

Zac Dysert is struggling to get things going on a consistent level in Mobile. On the biggest stage, with his competition breathing down his neck, Dysert hasn’t taken full advantage of this enormous opportunity.

This comes to my utter surprise as Dysert has made a career of showing up on the biggest stage. Dysert was fantastic in a loss to Ohio State this season. I counted seven dropped balls in the contest, some of which were drops in crunch time or in big spots. That pretty much sums up Dysert’s career at Miami of Ohio. He was 20-27 against Boise State. As a true freshman, he threw at a 70 percent clip against a Cincinnati team that finished eighth in the country.

Dysert had three coordinators in his four seasons. He was a relative no-name from Ada, Ohio that has emerged from Ben Roethlisberger’s huge shadow to break all of Big Ben’s passing records. If you’re looking for an experienced starter, look no further than Dysert. Outside of Matt Barkley, you won’t find a more seasoned quarterback in the draft. He’s played in a slew of offensive schemes, sometimes with a hodgepodge of offensive principles. In 2012, Dysert had little to no help from the running game, a porous offensive line, and very few legitimate weapons.

There’s no doubt that Dysert has the skill set to compete for a starting gig at the next level. There’s also a lot to be frustrated with in Dysert. A four-year starter should have a grasp on simple defensive concepts. Dysert, often, will make mistakes against very simple concepts. It’s maddening to watch him play outstanding and miss a hang corner to throw a pick six. Just about every collegiate quarterback could be criticized for locking onto their first read, but Dysert does it with regularity. It leads to batted balls and costly picks.

I will look at all the aspects of Dysert’s game, both negative and positive with a conclusion at the end that may surprise.

ARM STRENGTH/BALL PLACEMENT

Zac Dysert doesn’t possess the arm strength of Mike Glennon or Ryan Nassib. That said, he can make every throw on the field. The Miami offense was based on the quick passing game this season, so its a rarity to see Dysert making the deep out from the opposite hash. Don Treadwell spent much of the season hiding an atrocious offensive line, particularly the interior. They used a lot of west coast principles to get the ball out quick. It doesn’t allow for much evaluation of Dysert’s arm strength, but it can be seen when Dysert is on the roll, which Treadwell did often this season. When you have a porous offensive line, you throw quick or move the pocket. Miami did plenty of both this season and we look at a play where Dysert is backed up in his endzone and they roll him out. A dangerous play but it’s a real opportunity to see the arm talent that Dysert possesses. Ohio State is in a quarters look with the free safety getting nosey in the backfield.

"Zac Dysert"

Dysert can’t set his feet with Jonathan Hankins bearing down on him. Dysert could check this one down into the flats (87) but he decides to take his shot as they won’t come often against Ohio State with his receivers. Dysert has to make a great throw with Brad Roby’s closing speed and the free safety working back over the top. This is a great example of Dysert throwing his receiver open and showing plus arm strength. Read the rest of this entry » «Zac Dysert Film Study»

Ryan Nassib Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On January - 16 - 2013

Ryan Nassib I 6020 I 229 I QB I Senior I Syracuse

"Ryan Nassib"

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

40 Time (E): 4.70

All Star Game Appearance: Senior Bowl

Overview: Maybe no one in the country did more for their draft stock than Ryan Nassib this season. Nassib was completely off the radar screen during the preseason, considered by many (including myself) to be a late round developmental prospect. Because of my geographic area, I frequently see Nassib on a week in, week out basis. I have seen him grow from year to year with 2012 being his finest. The maturation process for Nassib suggests he will be a guy that constantly works at his game. He was very raw in 2010 as his accuracy was questionable to say the least. His marked improvement in this area, and most areas, bode well for him as an NFL signal caller. Nassib may be the top overall QB from a physical tools standpoint in this draft. At 6-foot-2, 229 pounds with above average arm strength and surprisingly good athletic tools, he will draw some looks early in the draft. However, there are some concerns with Nassib’s game that need answered before teams think about spending a top twenty pick. Read the rest of this entry » «Ryan Nassib Scouting Report»

Matt Barkley Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On December - 17 - 2012

Matt Barkley I 6020 I 228 I QB I Senior I University of Southern California

"Matt Barkley"

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40 Time (E): 4.85

All Star Game Appearance: Senior Bowl (tentative)

Overview: Anytime a prospect comes into the season with as much hype as Matt Barkley had, you can expect him to be tore apart. Barkley had a rough year and was exposed with all the faults that were already present. Reality is that Barkley was never worthy of the top pick and isa flawed prospect.  He was last season and remains the same this year.  For those arguing he was a top five pick last year, that wasn’t going to happen unless a team was desperate.  He is what he is. A rhythm thrower best suited in a quick, west-coast passing game.

Arm Strength: Some of the criticism over Barkley’s arm strength or lack thereof is a little farfetched for me.  Barkley is capable of driving the ball downfield. He struggles when he is forced to move the pocket. His arm strength greatly decreases on the run and won’t make plays in the vertical passing game on the move. When Barkley sets his feet in a clean pocket, I don’t see an NFL throw that he can’t make.  Get him on roll action or flushing the pocket and it’s a different story. Read the rest of this entry » «Matt Barkley Scouting Report»

Mike Glennon Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On December - 15 - 2012
"Mike Glennon"

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Mike Glennon I 6067 I 232 I QB I Senior I North Carolina State

40 Time (E): 5.05

All Star Game Appearance: Senior Bowl (tentative)

Arm Strength: Mike Glennon possesses the strongest arm of any 2013 QB.  There isn’t a throw Glennon can’t make on the field.  What I love most about Glennon is that despite the big arm he isn’t always looking to jam it into tight windows.  Quarterbacks with big arms often look to throw into windows that aren’t there and become overconfident in their arm strength.  Glennon, at times, isn’t trustworthy enough of his arm.  His ability to push the ball vertically will draw serious attention come evaluation time. Read the rest of this entry » «Mike Glennon Scouting Report»

Geno Smith Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On December - 14 - 2012
"Geno Smith"

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Geno Smith I 6030 I 216 I QB I Senior I West Virginia

40 Time (E): 4.70

All Star Game Appearance: Senior Bowl (Invitation)

Arm Strength: Smith has plenty of arm strength and making all the throws in an NFL route tree will present little problems for him.  Smith made a living this season fitting the ball into tight windows down the field.  Throws an excellent deep ball with plenty of velocity to fit it against two high safeties.  There are times that Smith forces the balls into tight spots and forces turnovers.

Accuracy: Geno Smith progressed each season at WVU in terms of accuracy.  His deep ball accuracy is a thing of beauty.  Where he runs into troubles is in the short passing game.  Smith has a tendency to not put enough touch on balls close to the LOS and causes his completion percentage to drop.  Medium to long accuracy is solid but will need work in the quick passing game to improve accuracy.

Throwing Mechanics:  One of the top facets of Smith’s game in his ability to throw at multiple arm angles.  This is an underrated skill at the next level.  QB’s have to be able to adjust their arm angle or pass rushers will bat a ton of balls down (See: Brandon Weeden).  He possesses a nice, compact throwing motion that allows for a catchable ball.  He is a natural athlete that shows up in his feet during the throwing motion.  He’s a natural knee bender that allows for a balanced setup to throwing the ball.  It’s tough finding negative aspects about Smith’s mechanics. Read the rest of this entry » «Geno Smith Scouting Report»

Tyler Wilson Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On December - 13 - 2012

Over sixty 2013 NFL Draft prospect scouting reports are completed and ready to release.  It’s just a matter of transferring the notes to the website, which is the most tedious task.  But between now and April, sixty (possibly more) will be available to you for your viewing.  Here’s our Tyler Wilson scouting report.

"Tyler Wilson"

Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

Tyler Wilson I 6020 I 218 I QB I Senior I Arkansas

40 Time (E): 4.75

All Star Game Appearance: Senior Bowl

Arm Strength: Wilson gets a lot of credit for his arm strength.  While he can make all the throws he doesn’t possess an extremely strong arm.  It would be considered above-average but he’s not an elite arm strength guy.  That said, he can make all the throws at the next level and definitely won’t be downgraded due to arm strength.  Wilson gets himself into trouble trying to fit the ball into tighter windows than his arm will allow.

Accuracy: Tyler Wilson’s accuracy is spotty.  His accuracy issues come down the field and the problem is a double-edged sword.  First, Wilson has been consistently pressured this season causing him to develop poor mechanics from the feet up.  Second, he has had a tendency to throw of his back foot throughout college.  In 2011, when he was very solid overall, he missed due to balance issues.  Wilson should benefit from a QB coach during the pre-draft process and needs a strong Senior Bowl performance to prove he has the accuracy to be a top pick. Read the rest of this entry » «Tyler Wilson Scouting Report»

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