Category: Tyrant Scouting

Malik Jefferson: LB Texas

When you look at Jefferson you see all of this hype around him as carry over from when he came in highly recruited. But the question is where do you see him dominate games on tape? It’s not on the tape yet. One NFC scouting director says. The scouting director does have a good point. If you look at all of the data to check on Jefferson’s production and the most glaring issue is his lack of tackles. Jefferson has good size and great athleticism with a good motor, but managed just 121 tackles over his first two seasons. He has as three games in his career with double-digit tackles, ( two of them so far in his Junior year) and his “impact” production (game-changing plays like tackles for loss, fumbles forced and recovered, INTs) is very modest.

On tape, Jefferson is lacking in instincts and anticipation, which could tell you why he has lower tackle numbers. The flip side of things Jefferson has 9 career sacks all of which coming in his first two seasons and if new defensive. We could see him become a dangerous blitzer if put in the right situation. Regardless, Jefferson does need for his production and impact to more closely match his talent and athleticism.

In the game against Maryland Jefferson made some nice plays and good tackles. He finished plays, showed a good motor, And showed good sideline to sideline speed. He finished the game with 9 total tackles. ( 5 Solo and 4 assisted tackles.) He did have some bad plays where he took the wrong angle and it allowed the runner to get 4 to 8 yards on the ground. Most of his bad angles were against option read plays.

I do think he needs a little more work reading the offense. But I like his tackling ability and that he doesn’t miss a lot of tackle. Shows good speed and ability to split 2 blockers.

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Bradley Chubb ( NC State EDGE ) Scouting Report

Chubb was the defensive leader for the 24th-ranked Wolfpack, who harassed reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson the entire night with the win over Louisville at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh. Chubb entered with 5 1/2 sacks on the season and the All-American added another as he blew past Louisville left tackle Geron Christian, a 6-6, 315-pound junior also considered an NFL prospect. That Thursday game drew plenty of NFL talent evaluators. Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, Washington vice president of player personnel Doug Williams, Panthers interim general manager Marty Hurney and Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas.

Chubb’s quickness also gives him the option of shooting the inside gap. He combines it with good snap awareness to give himself a step on the competition.His commitment to gaining inside hands helps him employ an effective power rush. He is able to fire off the ball, maintain leverage and push the blocker into the face of the quarterback. Chubb is a heady player who knows when to use what pass rush move.This is a two-way defender who plays the run with integrity. He uses his inside hands to keep clean and hold at the point of attack. Chubb does a good job stacking and shedding when the ball carrier is in his area.

He plays with a high motor and will chance the play several yards down field. This effort plays a role in his success as both a pass rusher and run defender.NC State has asked Chubb to drop into coverage from time to time. He didn’t look overwhelmed in this task, but it keeps from rushing the passer which is his best attribute. However, it’s nice for defensive coordinators to have options.Chubb is a top-flight prospect who should hear his named called early in the 2018 NFL Draft. His combination of natural talent and production is what evaluators look for in a defensive end prospect. He’s in the running to be the first pass rusher selected in the upcoming draft.

Chubb vs South Carolina 2017:

I noticed he moved from Left DE to Right DE. And the majority of the time when South Carolina ran the ball. It was away from Chubb. He was all over the field, He chased down a wide receiver forcing him to go out of bounds only getting to the line of scrimmage, He totaled 5 tackles, 2 for loss and 1 pass deflection. He should great hustle playing on the right side of the offensive line and having to run to the other side of the field to help make a tackle for no gain (If he doesn’t hustle that play could go for 10-15) The only negative play is when he missed a tackle behind the line and allowed the runner to get in the end-zone. Overall i’d give him a B+

Predicting Every Week 3 FCS Matchup

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South Dakota QB Chris Streveler will look to keep his hot streak rolling against a tough North Dakota squad.

Week 3 Matchups

Predicted winners denoted with (+)

Samford vs Georgia (+)

Mercer vs Auburn (+)

Delaware State vs West Virginia (+)

San Diego vs Princeton (+)

Furman vs NC State (+)

Bryant (+) vs Brown

Yale vs Lehigh (+)

Jacksonville (+) vs Walsh

Marist (+) vs Georgetown

Harvard (+) vs Rhode Island

Fordham vs Eastern Washington (+)

Ohio Dominican vs Penn (+)

Wagner (+) vs Columbia

Duquesne (+) vs Dayton

Citadel (+) vs ETSU

New Hampshire (+) vs Holycross

Central Conn. State vs Youngstown State (+)

Northern Colorado vs Colorado (+)

Howard vs Richmond (+)

Valparaiso (+) vs Trinity Int’l

John C. Smith vs South Carolina State (+)

Illinois State (+) vs Eastern Illinois

Murray State (+) vs Missouri State

VMI (+) vs Robert Morris

Tennessee Tech vs Ball State (+)

North Dakota vs South Dakota (+)

Savannah State vs Montana (+)

Morgan State vs Rutgers (+)

Cornell vs Delaware (+)

Norfolk State vs James Madison (+)

UC Davis vs Portland State (+)

Western Carolina (+) vs Gardner-Webb

Florida A&M vs Tennessee State (+)

Lafayette vs Villanova (+)

Colgate (+) vs Buffalo

Livingstone vs Hampton (+)

Bucknell vs William & Mary (+)

North Carolina A&T (+) vs Charlotte

Indiana State vs Liberty (+)

Sacred Heart vs Stony Brook (+)

UT-Martin (+) vs UT-Chattanooga

Dartmouth (+) vs Stetson

Charleston Southern (+) vs Elon

Bethune-Cookman vs Florida Atlantic (+)

Taylor University vs Butler (+)

Towson vs St. Francis (Pa) (+)

Idaho State vs Nevada (+)

Morehead State vs Austin Peay (+)

Alabama A&M vs South Alabama (+)

Drake vs South Dakota State (+)

Lamar (+) vs Northwestern State

Southeastern La. vs Central Arkansas (+)

Guilford vs Davidson (+)

Monmouth (+) vs Albany

Southern vs UTSA (+)

Southern Illinois (+) vs SEMO

Prairie View A&M vs Nicholls State (+)

Incarnate Word vs Stephen F. Austin (+)

Campbell vs Presbyterian (+)

Jackson State vs Grambling State (+)

McNeese vs Alcorn State (+)

Ark.-Pine Bluff vs Arkansas State (+)

Houston Baptist vs Abiliene Christian (+)

Northern Iowa (+) vs Southern Utah

Kennesaw State (+) vs Alabama State

Weber State (+) vs Sacramento State

2017 Small School Draft: Top 20 Results

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Bears TE Adam Shaheen

Summary

Taking a look at our top 20 players from last year’s pre-draft, small school big board. And our results are in.

 

11 players made the final 53 man rosters on their team

1 player retired with an opportunity to play, to pursue a coaching career

1 player is designated as a non football injury and eligible to return Week 8

2 players ended their season on IR

5 players waived by their team

 

 

The Prospects

1. Derek Rivers (Youngstown State EDGE) *drafted 3rd Rd 83rd overall to the New England Patriots–Season Ending IR (ACL)

2. Adam Shaheen (Division II Ashland TE) *drafted 2nd Rd 45th overall to the Chicago Bears–Made the 53 Man Roster

3. Julien Davenport (Bucknell OT) *drafted 4th Rd 130th overall to the Houston Texans–Made the 53 Man Roster

4. Cooper Kupp (Eastern Washington WR) *drafted 3rd Rd 69th overall to the LA Rams–Made the 53 Man Roster

5. Tanoh Kpassagnon (Villanova DE) *drafted 2nd Rd 59th overall to the Kansas City Chiefs–Made the 53 Man Roster

6. Jordan Morgan (Division II Kutztown OG) *drafted 5th Rd 147th overall to the Chicago Bears–Season Ending IR (Shoulder)

7. Corey Levin (UT Chattanooga OG) *drafted 6th Rd 217th overall to the Tennessee Titans–Made the 53 Man Roster

8. Lorenzo Jerome (Saint Francis FS) *Signed as UDFA with San Francisco 49ers–Made the 53 Man Roster

9. Brendan Langley (Lamar CB) *drafted 3rd Rd 101st overall to the Denver Broncos–Made the 53 Man Roster

10. Jessamen Dunker (Tennessee State OG) *Signed as UDFA with the NY Giants–Waived by the Giants

11. Ezra Robinson (Tennessee State CB) *Signed as UDFA with the Jacksonville Jaguars–Waived by the Jaguars

12. Javancy Jones (Jackson State LB) *Signed as UDFA with the Arizona Cardinals–Retired to pursue a coaching career

13. Chad Williams (Grambling State WR) * drafted 3rd Rd 98th overall to the Arizona Cardinals–Made the 53 Man Roster

14. Keionta Davis (UT Chattanooga)*Signed as UDFA with the New England Patriots–Designated non football injury and eligible to return in 8 weeks

15. Roderick Henderson (Alabama State NT) *Signed as UDFA with the Tennessee Titans–Waived by the Titans

16. Javarious Leamon (South Carolina State OT) *Signed as UDFA with the NY Jets–Waived by the Jets

17. Kendrick Bourne (Eastern Washington WR) *Signed as UDFA with the San Francisco 49ers–Made the 53 Man Roster

18. Samson Ebukam (Eastern Washington EDGE) *drafted 4th Rd 125th overall to the LA Rams–Made the 53 Man Roster

19. Jylan Ware (Alabama State OT) *drafted 7th Rd 231st overall to the Oakland Raiders–Made the 53 Man Roster

20. Ethan Cooper (Division II IUP OG) *Signed as UDFA with the Pittsburgh Steelers–Waived by the Steelers

Just 26 days until training camp begins..

The Dallas Cowboys released their training camp scheduled on Monday.

Training camp for the 2017 NFL season will begin on Monday, July 24, 2017 in Oxnard, California.   Camp will kick-off with an opening ceremony, followed by the Cowboy cheerleaders posing for pictures and autographs for fans.

This year the Cowboys will face off against the Arizona Cardinals in the annual Hall of Fame game on August 3rd, 2017.   The NFL allows both the Cowboys and Cardinals a few extra practice sessions for participating in the game.

For the Cowboy fans that have an interest in attending training camp in Oxnard.   The Cowboys official camp residence will be at the following:

Hotel Marriott Residence Inn
2101 West Vineyard Ave.
Oxnard, California

A few notes:

  • The schedule below is tentative and may be changed at a later date.   Prior to the official start of training camp, rookies and younger players will practice July 19-21 in Frisco before moving onto Oxnard.
  • There will be 16 practices in California, with the last practice being on August 17th.
  • Following the Cowboys preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts on August 19th, the Cowboys will move to Frisco, Texas and resume training camp on August 21st.   They will conclude camp on August 29th before heading to Houston for their final preseason game.
  • Personnel news:   Cowboy safety Byron Jones, in an interview with the NFL Network, claimed that Cowboys 2nd year LB Jaylon Smith is “100% healthy”.   That is amazing news for Cowboy fans, as Smith was considered to be a Top 10 talent in the 2016 NFL draft before injuring his knee in Notre Dame’s bowl game against Ohio State.

Dallas Cowboys 2017 training camp schedule:

*Times are subject to change.

July 24th – Opening Ceremony, Cheerleader performance and autograph session, practice begins at 3:45 pm.   Autographs are subject to availability.

July 25 – 3:45 pm

July 26 – 3:45 pm

July 27 – 10:45 am

July 29 – 3:45 pm

July 30 – 3:45 pm

July 31 – 3:45 pm

August 1 – 10:45 am

August 7 – 3:45 pm

August 8 – 3:45 pm

August 9 – 3:45 pm

August 10 – 10:45 am

August 14 – 3:45 pm

August 15 – 3:45 pm

August 16 – 3:45 pm

August 17 – 10:45 am

Cincinnati Bengals Post draft analysis: Offensive Line

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Bodine looks to be a leader on an offensive line depleted by Free Agency. (Photo credit to NFL.com)

The Bengals opened eyes around the league during the 2017 draft going with speedster WR John Ross, Washington in the 1st round and knockout specialist RB Joe Mixon, Oklahoma in the 2nd round. These picks, while exciting, failed to address a glaring need that is the offensive line. It will prove difficult to get our playmakers “the damn ball” without adequate and capable blocking for the runningbacks and Andy Dalton.

The Bengals only utilized one draft pick in the 5th round, JJ Dielman out of Utah. An area that needed the most help, gets nearly none in the 2017 draft.

Of the five current projected starters, only two have over 15 career starts, Russell Bodine and Clint Boling. The bench does have experience though with Andre Smith returning to the team after a season with the Vikings and Eric Winston, who is a rotational player.

The Offensive Line took a major hit in free agency when both LT Andrew Whitworth and RG Keving Zeitler chose to pursue other options.

Whitworth, a 3-time pro bowler, was the heart and soul of the OL unit. He was a class act on and off the field. It will be nearly impossible to replace what Whitworth meant to this team. It is believed the Bengals decided to move on from him to give the young guys a chance to start. It’s a decision they will most likely regret due to Zeitler also leaving via free agency.

Zeitler was a different story. The Bengals believed they could afford and wanted to re-sign him. The issue was the Cleveland Browns backed up the Brinks truck to Zeitler’s front door with a 5-year/$60 million deal the Bengals could not match.

The Bengals would have pursued Whitworth more, if they had known Zeitler would be leaving.

 

The outcome:

Whitworth agreed to a 3-year/$36 million deal with the Los Angeles Rams and the Bengals are now without their best two Offensive Lineman from last year.

 

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With the 53rd overall pick in 2015, the Bengals selected Jake Fisher out of Oregon.

This years options:

We will start at Offensive Tackle, where I believe will become the biggest cause for concern throughout the course of the season.

 

Left Tackle

Jake Fisher

A 3rd-year, 2nd-round selection out of Oregon is currently penciled in to fill the void left by Whitworth. Fisher only has 4 career starts under his belt in two years of service. Fisher will be expected to provide much needed blindside protection from the get go to Dalton. I believe Fisher will actually turn out to be a bright spot on this young OL, but it will take some time for him to get going.

Andre Smith

A 9th-year player out of Alabama is situated to provide a backup role, but could be used more if the young guys slips up early. Smith spent a year with the Vikings before returning to the Bengals this season. It was a year to forget as Smith gave up 2.5 sacks in just 4 games played before landing on the Injured Reserve. Look for Smith to have serious playing time by mid season due to poor performance from one of the starters.

 

Right Tackle

Cedric Ogbuehi

A 3rd-year, 1st-round selection out of Texas A&M is back in line for a starting spot on the right side this year after being benched towards the end of the season last year due to poor performance. Ogbuehi gave up 7.5 sacks and 40 total QB pressures in 12 starts before being benched for Fisher. Ogbuehi has been disappointing and this position worries me the most on an Offensive Line that has many worries. I look for Smith to replace Ogbuehi as the starting RT by mid season.

Eric Winston

The 12-year veteran, players union president, is a quality bench filler. Winston has not performed well enough when given extensive playing time, but can be efficient enough to fill in for a game or two while a starter is out with an injury. Look for Winston to fill the same role this season unless one of the undrafted FA’s impresses enough to put his job in jeopardy.

The Offensive Guard position has one spot solidified, but questions remain about the overall depth of the position.

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Former Georgia standout, Clint Boling, will also be a part of the veteran leadership that looks to hold this young offensive line together.

Left Guard

Clint Boling

A 7th year guard with 77 starts under his belt. Boling is the most steady member of the 2017 OL unit. Boling is not flashy, but continues to get the job done well enough. Boling did give up 5 sacks last year, but he should rebound this year to become the leader of this Offensive Line.

Trey Hopkins

A 3rd year backup, with 1 game of experience, who will need to fight to make the roster.

Right Guard

Christian Westerman

Westerman is a 2nd year guard out of Arizona State. The Bengals may choose to move Smith to Guard if Westerman is not ready yet. He only had one game of experience last year. He will need to show he is ready for a full-time gig.

Alex Redmond

Another 2nd year guy, that spent last season on the practice squad. He will most likely wind up back on the practice squad this year.

Center

Russell Bodine

A 4th year starter out of UNC, Bodine has not missed a start since entering the league. That does not mean he has played well for all of those starts. He struggled more than usual last year giving up 4.5 sacks. Bodine will need to better as the Bengals drafted a Center, JJ Dielman, in the 5th round of this years draft.

JJ Dielman

Dielman is a rookie from Utah, he was selected in the 5th round. He will push Bodine for playing all year.

TJ Johnson

A 4th year backup with only 1 career start, he will need to improve to secure a roster spot.

Undrafted Free Agency signees

-Landon Lechler, OT, North Dakota State. I believe the 6’8” Lechler has a strong chance to make the team out of training camp. A good training camp for Lechler could push underwhelming starters, Fisher and Ogbuehi for playing time.

-Dustin Stanton, OG, Oregon State

-Kent Perkins, OT, Texas.

Overall, the Cincinnati Bengals will be an improved team in 2017, but the Offensive Line unit will need to be much better than expected if this team has any plans, other than vacation, come playoff time.

 

-Jim Watkins