Thursday, December 18, 2014

NDT Scouting 2015 NFL Draft Evaluation - Virginia EDGE Eli Harold

This week's public projection goes to Virginia EDGE Defender Eli Harold.   Harold recently declared for the 2015 NFL Draft via his Twitter account.  The Virginia DE was one half of an extremely versatile pass rushing duo for the Cavaliers this year and his 7 sacks on the season were second behind teammates Max Valles and Senior LB Henry Coley.  Harold combined excellent quick twitch ability with an explosive first step to get after ACC QBs all year long.  If you have any requests for next week, you can contact me at the information included in footer below!

*DISCLAIMER* - There are variables of this evaluation that are subject to change! Harold's athletic metrics (and all athletic metrics at this point) are based on available estimates/baselines through websites specified in each report.  They will be amended in February at the NFL Combine or even later for Pro Day results, as well as weigh in results.  

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

NDT Scouting 2015 NFL Draft Evaluation - Oregon State Quarterback Sean Mannion

This week's public projection goes to Oregon State QB Sean Mannion.  Mannion, the son of a HS football coach, has started at least 8 games in every season with the Beavers.  Mannion's shortest season was his Sophomore campaign, where arthroscopic knee surgery cut his season short.  Mannion is a three time captain for the Beavers.  If you have any requests for next week, you can contact me at the information included in footer below!

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

NDT Scouting 2015 NFL Draft Evaluation - Minnesota RB David Cobb

This week's public projection goes to Minnesota RB David Cobb.  Cobb, a two year starter for the Golden Gophers, has set the Minnesota single season rushing record in 2014 with his current total of 1,548 yards and counting.  Along with Maxx Williams, Cobb has been the focal point of an offense that has helped Minnesota quickly ascend the ranks of the B1G Conference to be a formidable opponent come bowl season.  If you have any requests for next week, you can contact me at the information included in footer below!

*DISCLAIMER* - There are variables of this evaluation that are subject to change! Cobb's athletic metrics (and all athletic metrics at this point) are based on available estimates/baselines from www.nfldraftscout.com.  They will be amended in February at the NFL Combine or even later for Pro Day results.  In addition, this report is operating under the assumption that Cobb starts in Minnesota's remaining bowl game and his production is projected for the bowl game based on his to date per game averages. 

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NDT Scouting 2015 NFL Draft Evaluation - Nebraska Running Back Ameer Abdullah

This week's public projection goes to Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah.  Abdullah, a 2 year captain at Nebraska, recently moved into second place on the B1G Conference All Time All-Purpose Yardage list behind Wisconsin Heisman winner Ron Dayne and is the active FBS leader in rushing yards, all purpose yards, yards from scrimmage and career 100 yard games (20).  If you have any requests for next week, you can contact me at the information included in footer below!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

NDT Scouting 2015 NFL Draft Evaluation - Louisville EDGE Defender Lorenzo Mauldin

This week's public projection goes to Louisville EDGE Defender Lorenzo Mauldin.  It was announced over the past week that Mauldin is among the individuals who accepted an invitation to play in the 2015 Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL.  If you have any requests for next week, you can contact me at the information included in footer below!

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

NDT Scouting 2015 NFL Draft Evaluation - Colorado State OT Tyler 'Ty' Sambrailo

This week's public projection goes to Colorado State OT Tyler 'Ty' Sambrailo.  Over the last two weeks, I've submitted two Off Ball Linebackers (Hayes Pullard and Denzel Perryman); this week it's time to move over to the offensive side of the football.  If you have any requests for next week, you can contact me at the information included in footer below!

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Monday, November 3, 2014

11.1.14 - Wisconsin (37) @ Rutgers (0) - Prospect Summary

Saturday's contest between Wisconsin and Rutgers was a fun experience.  Low 40's, steady rain and the occasional gust of wind had my teeth chattering about 50 steps from the car; but hey, that's B1G football personified, is it not?! This contest didn't quite feature the same caliber of NFL talents as some of the other match ups in college football but it did feature a number of players who were marked for interest (as well as one in particular who got my attention throughout the game).

Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon (#25) was as good as advertised on Saturday running the football.  Gordon has been a pleasant surprise this year to me in regard to his yards after contact; he has (and did on Saturday) done a much better job sustaining his leg drive upon contact after a spotty 2013.  Gordon doesn't run with an imposing pad level, but he does absorb hits better and sustain forward drive on runs better this season.  Gordon missed a few definitive cuts for chunks of 6-10 yards in favor of trying to break big gains and being limited to shorter gains; but that's part of the process with a home run hitter like Gordon.  His 51 yard touchdown run in the 3rd quarter was every bit of a home run; pressing the line of scrimmage left before overpursuit by the Rutgers defense opened a massive cut back to the right.  Seeing the last wave of Rutgers defenders wash past him on the line of scrimmage, you KNEW he was gone.  Even on a slick field it was Gordon's lightning speed that made the difference, scary to think he'd be even faster on a dry field.  Gordon is a player that still hasn't been terribly involved in the passing game and the Wisconsin backfield rotation limits opportunities as is.  Gordon was targeted twice on Saturday, the first being a drop on a check down and the second a deep wheel route while Wisconsin was up 30-0 and provided the Badgers with quite a scare as Gordon was shaken up on the play, originally coming down with the catch before the play was reviewed and subsequently overturned.  Gordon had appeared to relieve some of those questions regarding his 3 down prospects with an early 4 reception game this year, but in the 6 games since that performance he has just another 4 receptions...so his ability to contribute there remains to be seen.  But the Badgers had no intention to utilize him there on Saturday, so by and large it remains a question mark.  I think Gordon projects well into a zone blocking system where he can press the boundary and cut through lanes as they present themselves (similarly to his 1st TD run of the day; a zone stretch that resulted in a missed tackle in the hole and pay dirt.)

On the other side, Rutgers TE Tyler Kroft (#86) is only a junior (like Gordon) but a much more difficult study and one I wouldn't be surprised to see declare at the end of the season.  Kroft's performance was much better than the 1 reception for 8 yards the box score gives him credit for...and it's just the latest example of why you don't make conclusions based on the stat report.  Kroft regularly worked Wisconsin linebackers in coverage, getting on top of them in a hurry and subtly bumping them on his break.  But Rutgers QB Gary Nova refused to get him the football (in part to poor pass protection and also in part to Nova's lack of field vision).  I counted 4 open windows to throw to Kroft working the middle of the field in the 1st Quarter alone, to no avail.  I like Kroft as an inline complimentary TE as things stand now; I don't see the fluidity in space or the imposing ability to collapse the POA in the run game to suggest he's going to be an every down TE.  He does engage well in blocks, but he doesn't sustain consistently and as a result defenders are able to pull off of his blocks without terrible amounts of exertion.  Much more of a receiver than a blocker, Kroft shows enough ability to suggest he'll be contributing on passing downs to an NFL team in the future.  With the struggles of the Scarlet Knights in their transition to the B1G Conference and the issues they're currently having offensively, I can't say I'd be too surprised if this year was Kroft's last at the collegiate level.

The rain held back Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo (#4) in similar fashion; it was an ugly affair trying to pass the football.  Carroo has become a popular name with some explosive plays this season and had posted over 400 receiving yards in his previous 4 contests...but there was little for me to take away from his performance on a slick, wet field on Saturday.

The surprising name for me was Rutgers Defensive Lineman Darius Hamilton (#91).  Hamilton was an absolute monster at the line of scrimmage for much of the game; consistently providing penetration and shedding blocks to provide tough sledding for Gordon early on in the game.  Hamilton, it should be noted, is listed as a DL because despite a listed weight of 255; he's playing mostly on the interior of the line.  I was impressed with Hamilton's lateral agility and block shedding...but one person I spoke with whom had some familiarity with the program said Hamilton has expressed an interest at staying as an interior defensive lineman.  That may fly in the B1G Conference, but if Hamilton's aspirations are to play interior gaps long term he's going to have a hell of a time adding weight and sustaining his current level of agility.  In the long run I think Hamilton's best bet is going to be on the edge; he's certainly a good enough athlete to succeed there.  He's got great short area quickness and is built thick.