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Film Review of 2014 Draft Class

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by dantheman41, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. dantheman41

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    Shamar Stephen (UConn) Scouting Report

    Positives
    : Does a nice job of using leverage to bull rush people. Plays with a lot of power. Has excellent size and length. Uses his hands well to get off blocks. Good player against the run and the pass. Nice array of pass rush moves.

    Negatives: Not an athletic, explosive player.

    How he could fit on this team: 1 tech

    Overall feeling: Wow pleasant surprise. Really liked the player, very disruptive for a man his size. Could be a nice find, but I am not sure he fits the mold of an up the field explosive player for this team. I would take him in the middle rounds if available.
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  2. dantheman41

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    Eathyn Manumaleauna (BYU) Scouting Report

    Positives
    : Very active, hard working player. Has a great deal of power. Excellent at shedding blocks in the running game. Excellent defending the run.

    Negatives: Cannot get off blocks rushing the passer. Generates little if any pass rush. Not an athlete. Not explosive or quick twitch. Not a play maker.

    How he could fit on this team: 1 tech, but he might be better suited at a nose tackle in a 3-4. Does his best work lining up over the center.

    Overall feeling: Decent player, not bad. Not worth getting excited about either. A solid, rotational guy in the NFL. There's a spot for him somewhere, but probably not on this team.
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  3. dantheman41

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    Christian Kirksey (Iowa) Scouting Report

    Positives
    : Always around the ball. Smooth moving athlete. Tracks the ball down really well. Very effective when used in coverage. Saw him even cover receivers across the field. Really fast player. Very aggressive player. Nice job getting off blocks.

    Negatives: Needs to put on a little weight, and spend some more time in weight room.

    How he could fit on this team: Weak side linebacker

    Overall feeling: This guy could be a steal. Really like him! I would love to see him compete with Bruce Carter for the starting gig. I think he has all the traits and characteristics to be good in the NFL.
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  5. tm1119

    tm1119 Well-Known Member

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    I'll leave this here since there isn't going to be much to review on him, but I really like Jordan Tripp from Montana as a mid round prospect. 4-3 LB seems to be very thin this year and he could be an interesting guy to take without investing a premium pick.

  6. dantheman41

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    Chris Borland (Wisconsin) Scouting Report

    Positives:
    Plays with a lot of power and strength. Excellent blitzer, and has a knack for getting to the QB. Real low center of gravity. Excellent motor. Very active. Smart football player. Always around the ball. Good in his drops in zone coverage.

    Negatives: Lacking ideal height. Don't see great side to side quickness. Does not have the athleticism, instincts or the side to side speed of Kuechly or Lee. Does not have the speed to cover drag or crossing routes. Gets way behind the receiver. Whiffs on a lot of ankle tackles.

    How he could fit on this team: Middle linebacker

    Overall feeling: Good football player. I don't love him as much as I thought I would. Lot of buzz on this kid. I wouldn't draft him in the first 2 rounds. More a 3 or 4th round guy to me. Don't see an ELITE player, but a solid player.
  7. dantheman41

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    CJ Mosley (Alabama) Scouting Report

    Positives
    : Excellent in space. Really good in coverage, saw him cover receivers and tight ends excellent. Always around the ball. Does excellent job of getting his hands on the ball in coverage. A smart football player and knows exactly where he needs to be. Excellent play recognition, knows exactly what QB is going to do before the snap. Excellent, violent tackler. When he sees it, hits it quick! Excellent straight line speed. Plays stronger and bigger then his size. Leader on the field.

    Negatives: Difficult time getting off blocks. Tends to get overmatched physically and thrown around a lot. Don't see great side to side speed, or catch up speed.

    How he could fit on this team: Could play either the mike or the weak side.

    Overall feeling: Like him a lot. Don't LOVE, but I think he is good in every area. Fundamentally sound, good against the run and in coverage. He is a play maker. I see him getting a lot of interceptions at the next level. Tends to get his hands on a lot of balls. I would be OK with them taking him in the 1st round. Would be an upgrade from Bruce Carter, better all around football player. Not nearly as gifted physically though.
  8. dantheman41

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    Shayne Skov (Stanford) Scouting Report

    Positives
    : Big, strong physical linebacker who can really move. Excellent tackler, always gets ball carrier on the ground. Really good size. Does a nice job of getting off blocks. High motor guy. Makes a lot of tackles. Really good side to side speed. Tracks and runs down ball carriers.

    Negatives: Did not see used in a coverage a lot, worries me.

    How he could fit on this team: I would play him either at Mike or Strong side linebacker in this scheme. Has the ability to play either.

    Overall feeling: Really really good football player. Really like this kid. Hard to find negative about him. Does everything really well. This kid deserves more hype then he's getting. What a pleasant surprise. I don't see a huge discrepancy between him and Mosley. Much better to me then Borland.
  9. tm1119

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    He definitely needs to be high on the board our 2nd round pick. He's the kiko Alonzo of this draft class. Very underrated mlb
  10. dantheman41

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    Yarwin Smallwood (UConn) Scouting Report

    Positives
    : Really excellent size and length. Nice job of using his long arms to get off blocks. Excellent straight line speed. His length really helps him in coverage. Hard to get the edge on him because of his combination of straight line speed and length.

    Negatives: Not a real smooth, fluid athlete. Plays too upright. Does not always take the best angles. Falls for the fake a lot. Does not possess great quickness, or a great first step. Not a great form, wrap up tackler.

    How he could fit on this team: Middle linebacker

    Overall feeling: Good player with high upside, but not in love. Taking a smaller school player is always risky. Call me crazy but I like Skov better. Doesn't probably have the upside of Smallwood, but is a more sure thing.
  11. dantheman41

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    I am shocked how good this kid is. LOVED him.
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    I think Skov will be very popular with 3-4 teams looking for an ILB.

    Really wish Dallas was still one of them.
  13. xwalker

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    I don't get this assessment. He had 9.5 sacks this season. He looks good in the game footage that I've seen.
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    I don't understand this analysis either. I was surprised at how much he was in the backfield. Against the run, most teams appear to run away from him.

    I doubt if he is a Marinelli type DT, but he's about as quick and disruptive against the pass as any 330+ DT that I've seen.
  15. dantheman41

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    Sorry don't agree. Even scouts I talk to said he wasn't the player this year that he was in 2012. Maybe I should have watched 2012 tape but didn't see it this year
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  16. dantheman41

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    Don't see an explosive player.. Would expect a player lining up next to clowney to have those kinda numbers
    I watched 3 games on him. I look beyond the numbers. To me those numbers are expected for a player lining up next to Clowney all year. Clowney gets all the attention on him from opposing offenses.

    I may be wrong, I just was not at all impressed with him. Not a quick twitch guy at all. I invite you to watch a few games on him, and still tell me you really like him.
  17. dantheman41

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    By the way, I was trying to look for those salary cap numbers that you broke down in one of the forums... Can you tell me those numbers on how easily the cowboys can be over $10 million under the cap?
  18. xwalker

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    The following is based on:
    Restructure Romo, Carr, Witten and Lee.
    Cut Ware in March (a restructure would actually free up more, but push 11M into the future).
    Make Austin a June 1st cut.

    Total Active Contracts $102,379,487

    Dead Money $11,809,439

    Total Cap Hits $114,188,926

    Salary Cap with 2013 rollover $127,915,619

    Amount Available $13,726,693


    Contract # Player Cap Hit
    1 Tony Romo $11,737,000
    2 DeMarcus Ware $8,571,500
    3 Brandon Carr $7,139,500
    4 Jason Witten $5,378,250
    5 Miles Austin $2,749,400
    6 Sean Lee $3,684,000
    7 Orlando Scandrick $6,601,250
    8 Doug Free $6,520,000
    9 Morris Claiborne $4,435,773
    10 Kyle Orton $4,377,500
    11 Mackenzy Bernadeau $4,074,166
    12 Tyron Smith $3,976,031
    13 Dez Bryant $3,148,500
    14 Jermey Parnell $1,833,334
    15 Phil Costa $1,725,000
    16 Travis Frederick $1,561,370
    17 Bruce Carter $1,544,645
    18 Barry Church $1,500,000
    19 Justin Durant $1,450,000
    20 LP Ladouceur $1,005,000
    21 Gavin Escobar $956,931
    22 DeMarco Murray $946,094
    23 Tyrone Crawford $733,813
    24 Everette Brown $730,000
    25 Nick Hayden $730,000
    26 Corvey Irvin $730,000
    27 George Selvie $730,000
    28 Terrance Williams $684,868
    29 Dwayne Harris $682,515
    30 Kyle Wilber $679,805
    31 JJ Wilcox $661,517
    32 Matt Johnson $645,146
    33 Martez Wilson $645,000
    34 Frank Kearse $645,000
    35 Sterling Moore $645,000
    36 Tyler Clutts $645,000
    37 B.W. Webb $605,845
    38 James Hanna $596,213
    39 Cole Beasley $570,500
    40 Orie Lemon $570,000
    41 Lance Dunbar $570,000
    42 Darrion Weems $570,000
    43 Joseph Randle $542,220
    44 DeVonte Holloman $521,055
    45 Jakar Hamilton $504,333
    46 Ben Bass $500,747
    47 Jeff Heath $495,666
    48 Cameron Lawrence $495,000
    49 Ronald Leary $495,000
    50 Player #50 $420,000
    51 Player #51 $420,000
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  19. xwalker

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    Do you think I posted without watching the player? I've watched Quarles in multiple games.

    At DT is either going to get single blocked or double-teamed. Regardless of the DE, only 1 DT is going to get double-teamed. Quarles was beating the 1-on-1 blocking. If a player like Donald gets double-teamed in the NFL, he's not going to have much success. The primary concept in Marinelli's scheme is to get 1-on-1 blocking for the 3-tech which is where I would expect Quarles to play.
  20. dantheman41

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    Thanks for the numbers. I guess we will see who is right over time. I like others a ton better for this team

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