Friday, 2 October 2009

Reader's thoughts from Matt and Kyle

Thanks to everyone who emails in, always appreciated. Feel free to contact me on whenever you want to talk draft or simply contribute in the comment sections at the bottom of each blog post. I particularly enjoy getting mail with tips on who to look out for in college football, as well as reader's scouting reports. Two readers, Matt Rocha and Kyle Rancourt, recently got in touch with their views. I've published Matt's most recent scouting reports below, and here's a link to see what Kyle thought about Jevan Snead and Ole Miss last week.

Matt Rocha's scouting reports

DT Brian Price 6-2 295 lbs UCLA (JR) : Vs. Kansas St
Price continues to impress me. Once again he displayed great initial quickness. He does a great job of getting good leverage when coming out of his stance. He was held numerous times yet no holding penalties were called on the guys blocking him. Price is constantly in the back field pressuring the QB and disrupting running plays and does a good job of anticipating the snap. He has a effective rip move and does a good job shedding blocks and getting to ball carrier. He showed a better motor this week and was able to beat a double-team to collapse the pocket. Price lined up at DE a couple of times a looked good with his initial quickness. Showed a good spin move coming from the DE position which he has not shown before (at least from the 2 games I've scouted him). One knock on him is that he looks slow when having to chase down plays, at least slower than the average 295 lb DT. If he declares for the draft I think he will be rated as the 3rd best DT for teams running a 4-3 defense. Up to this point of the season he looks like he would be a great value if selected around the 25th pick in the first round of the draft.

RB Ben Tate 5-11 217 lbs Auburn
Good tough downhill runner. He keeps his legs churning when defenders are on him and by doing so he picks up additional yards. Looks decent in pass protection, willing to go head up with linebackers instead trying to just take out the linebackers legs. Good runner up the middle. Real tough runner but, he is not a shifty, and is not going to make many defenders miss. He would be a good value if the Seahawks were to get him in the 4th round of the draft.

West Virginia #7 RB Noel Devine 5-8 175 lbs (JR)
Fast, fast, fast. Patient runner, good vision to find cutback lane, incredible acceleration, outstanding speed. Good at making defenders miss with his agility. He ran through a couple defenders to score a TD, tough guy despite his size. Sidesteps penetrating defenders. He may only project as a kick returner or slot WR in the NFL due to his lack of size.

DT - Jeff Ownes 6-3 306 lbs Georgia : Vs Arkansas
Very good against the run, he was double-teamed a good portion of the game. Very good against the run but he does not offer much as a pass rusher. He may have more value to a team that runs a 3-4 defense as a DE.

S - Reshad Jones 6-2 212 lbs (JR) Georgia : Vs. Arkansas
He made 2 big hits to start off the game, one of which caused the WR to drop the ball and made another big hit on a WR causing him to drop the pass. On a goal line situation Jones stuffed the RB for no gain. He did a poor job of helping cover slot WR, WR got a TD reception in the end zone ( Jones had his eyes on the QB while he was running with the WR which enabled WR to get some separation on him). Looks a little slow (est. 4.65 40-yard dash). Big intimidating safety.

Players that were disappointing

CB Ras-I Dowling 6-2 200 lbs (JR) Virginia : Vs Southern Miss
He plays 8-10 yards off the WR. Doesn't back pedal instead he side shuffles (he did not back pedal the entire game). He broke up a pass when he came from his side of the field to the middle of the field to help anther CB to break up the play. Looks a little timid in run support, he struggles/poor effort to fight off WR blocks to get to ball carrier. I've seen him projected to be selected in the 2nd round (if he declares for the draft) , but I think he would benefit from coming back for his senior year.

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