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Rishaw Johnson Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February – 9 – 2012
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Rishaw Johnson"Rishaw Johnson

California (PA)

Ht. 6-4 Wt. 308

Pass Blocking:  Rishaw Johnson has some natural strength with a strong punch and heavy, sticky hands through contact.  He’s a definite work in progress in pass protection.  He isn’t a natural sitting in his stance and pops upright on contact.  His feet go dead too often on contact and has a tendency to end up in the QB’s lap.  He’s a got a strong lower body but it doesn’t show on film.  Needs a ton of work from the technique standpoint in pass protection. Read the rest of this entry » «Rishaw Johnson Scouting Report»

Tony Bergstrom Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 9 - 2012
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Tony Bergstrom"Tony Bergstrom


Ht. 6-5 Wt. 315

Pass Blocking:  Tony Bergstrom was impressive from a technical standpoint in the pass game.  His hand placement is solid and has heavy hands.  He creates some pop on the initial punch and wins a lot of matchups with his hands.  He has good size and can anchor on contact.  He’s was quick to re-set once he was blown back.  Doesn’t have enough athleticism to play tackle in the NFL.  He struggles to get to the edge to keep up with NFL speed rushers which should push him inside.  His height could be a problem as he has a tendency to get upright into contact.  His feet get too wide and overextends too often.  He’s a bit of waist bender. Read the rest of this entry » «Tony Bergstrom Scouting Report»

Lucas Nix Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 9 - 2012
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Lucas Nix"Lucas Nix


Ht. 6-6 Wt. 310

Pass Blocking:  Lucas Nix split his time at Pitt between guard and tackle.  He doesn’t possess the range to play tackle in the NFL.  He is good in tight spaces with solid lateral agility for his size.  He mirrors defenders well but needs to initiate contact rather than being a catcher.  He re-sets well after being blown back and is gritty enough to keep the QB clean.  Excellent knee bend and may be one of the top athletes at the guard position.  He has a tendency to overextend into contact and needs to play more balanced.  He’s not as sticky through contact as you would like. Read the rest of this entry » «Lucas Nix Scouting Report»

Kevin Zeitler Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 8 - 2012
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Kevin Zeitler"Kevin Zeitler


Ht. 6-4 Wt. 315

Pass Blocking:  Kevin Zeitler has some natural strength that allows for a solid base and anchor strength.  Excels with his hands on defenders and is clearly more comfortable while engaged.  He is seasoned and keeps his head on a swivel, recognizing blitzes quickly.  Zeitler is a bit slow off the snap and allows defenders into his body before he is prepared.  He’s a limited athlete that doesn’t have a ton of lateral agility so he struggles to mirror defenders. Read the rest of this entry » «Kevin Zeitler Scouting Report»

Brandon Brooks Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 7 - 2012
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Brandon Brooks"Brandon Brooks

Miami (Ohio)

Ht. 6-5 Wt. 343

Pass Blocking:  Brooks is a naturally strong athlete that is exceptional anchoring in the pass game.  The combination of length and strength allow him to win most of the leverage battles.  He has strong hands that allow him to be sticky on contact.  He’s tough to shake once he gets his arms extended and his hands inside the defenders chest plate.  He doesn’t have great range which probably makes him best suited to play on the interior.  His footwork in his slide needs a ton of work (crosses feet and gets off balance).  He has a tendency to lunge into contact rather keeping his base and sliding with his feet.

Run Blocking:  Brooks has a naturally strong build that allows him to push defenders where he wants.  He has long arms and is sticky through contact.  Keeps his pad level down and engages through the whistle.  He’s not an explosive athlete by any means but doesn’t need to be with his strength.  He’s not going to excel as a move blocker as he really struggles to break down in space.  Read the rest of this entry » «Brandon Brooks Scouting Report»

Brandon Washington Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 7 - 2012
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Brandon Washington"Brandon Washington


Ht. 6-4 Wt. 320

Pass Blocking:  His experience playing tackle in the ACC should help him at his more natural position of guard in the NFL.  He’s got some natural athleticism as he’s a knee bender that sinks his hips well into contact.  He has plenty of range off the edge which is leading me to believe he could play RT in the NFL.  Mirrors defenders well with excellent balance and coordination.  He does rely on his natural athleticism to get him into position too often in the pass game and forgets the technical side of playing the position.  This leads to poor leverage and overextension on the edge making him susceptible to inside counter moves.  He gets a little sloppy with his footwork in a hurry and crosses his feet.  He needs to work on his punch and hand placement at the next level.

Run Blocking:  Brandon Washington excels on the move and has excellent range in the run game.  He can get out and pull and does an excellent job breaking down in space.  I was a little disappointed that he didn’t show much burst off the snap.  He’s athletic enough that you expect him to win off the ball.  He pops straight up too often and another area where he needs work from a technical standpoint. Read the rest of this entry » «Brandon Washington Scouting Report»

Amini Silatolu Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 4 - 2012
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Amini Silatolu"Amini Silatolu

Midwestern St.

Ht. 6-3 Wt. 324

Pass Blocking:  Amini Silatolu played LT asMidwestern St. but looks to be a guard in the NFL.  He’s got a solid base and sits low in it up to contact.  He does rise up on contact and loses leverage battles but can be worked on.  He’s got sticky hands that are tough to shake for defenders.  Good but not great range on the edge that sometimes leads to him lunging into contact.  At guard, he could excel without having to play the edge.  He extends his arms into contact and throws a solid punch on contact.

Run Blocking:  Outside of David DeCastro, Silatolu may be the top run blocker in the guard group.  He drives through his hips into contact and finishes blocks with a tenacity.  He’s a drive blocker that could excel in a power running scheme.  He has good range and is a better move blocker than I initially thought.  He sees his target and hits it, sometimes lunging into contact which will have to be corrected.  Fell in love with Silatolu while watching him block 10-15 yards downfield until the whistle blew.  I think he’s NFL ready as a run blocker.  Read the rest of this entry » «Amini Silatolu Scouting Report»

Kelechi Osemele Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 4 - 2012
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Kelechi Osemele"Kelechi Osemele

Iowa St.

Ht. 6-6 Wt. 347

Pass Blocking:  Kelechi Osemele will be aided by his time spent at tackle in college.  He’s a good athlete considering his size.  He has long arms and powerful hands that don’t allow defenders to shake him once they are engaged. He has a powerful anchor and sits in his stance well for his size.  Playing on the interior will alleviate some of the issues he has getting to the edge against speed.  He has a tendency to play high and get overextended when working his way to the edge against speed rushers.

Run Blocking:  I was disappointed by Osemele in the run game.  I expected him to be physically dominant at the point of attack but he wasn’t.  A ton of natural strength but he played soft as he was slow off the snap.  He gets lazy out of his stance and struggles to gain leverage in the run game.  Once engaged he is a pure drive blocker but will need to work on his technique off the ball.  He’s got sticky hands and sticks through contact.  He moves well and plays coordinated for his size. Read the rest of this entry » «Kelechi Osemele Scouting Report»

David DeCastro Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 4 - 2012
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, David DeCastro"David DeCastro


Ht. 6-5 Wt. 310

Pass Blocking:  David DeCastro uses leverage and lateral agility to be an effective pass blocker.  He sits in his stance and is a natural knee bender.  Mirrors defenders with superior foot agility.  He extends his arm through contact and uses leverage to stay under the pads of defenders.  He is susceptible to the bull rush due to his lack of anchor strength but he re-sets as well as any guard in this draft.  His head is always on a swivel and wins matchups before the snap of the football with his awareness of blitzers.

Run Blocking:  DeCastro excels as a run blocker.  He played RG in Stanford’s power run scheme.  He has the quickest first step of any OL in this draft and is routinely the first off the ball.  Uses leverage really well and keeps a solid base under him through contact.  He excels in space, in the screen game or pulling, with his footwork and ability to break down.  He’s not a dominant drive blocker but has a nastiness about his game that will allow him to play to the whistle.  High effort guy that will give his all with each play. Read the rest of this entry » «David DeCastro Scouting Report»

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