Ryan McCrystal

Demarcus Lawrence Scouting Report

Demarcus Lawrence DE Boise State #8
Ht: 6’3″
Wt: 251

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Size/Athleticism: Average height, but relatively long arms (33 3/4″) add to his length. Decent speed and overall quickness for a defensive lineman but modest athleticism for a linebacker.

Run Defense: Gives a great effort in pursuit. Does a nice job keeping offensive linemen from getting into his chest and shedding blocks quickly. Reliable wrap-up tackler.

Pass Rush: Quick first step and capable of winning with speed off the edge. Capable of lowering his shoulder and slipping past the line on the outside. Limited strength as a bull-rusher. Will occasionally get stonewalled by bigger offensive linemen and struggles to disengaged once they get into his pads.

Versatility: Primarily lines up on the line in the five-tech position, occasionally lining up wide in the seven-tech. Some experience playing with his hand off the ground. Limited experience dropping into coverage but shows enough athleticism to develop in that area. Participated in linebacker drills at the combine and looked relatively fluid.

Intangibles: JUCO transfer who was suspended three times in his two years at Boise State. Suspended on two separate occasions in 2012 for violation of team rules. Suspended again in 2013 for more undisclosed disciplinary issues.

Durability: No known issues.

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Comments: Lawrence was fairly productive at Boise State but he’s not a finished product and he’s hurt by the red flags raised due to a series of suspensions. While the exact transgressions are unknown, three suspensions during just two years at Boise State is certainly not a positive sign. As of right now, he’s more polished against the run and does a nice job shedding blocks and gives a great effort in pursuit. But he does have upside as a pass-rusher and may be viewed as a 3-4 outside linebacker.

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Trent Murphy Scouting Report

Trent Murphy DE Stanford #93
Ht: 6’5″
Wt: 250

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Size/Athleticism: Ideal size. Only 19 bench press reps at the combine, but his strength shows up on the field. Functional strength is greater than his weight room strength. Threw discus for the Stanford track team in 2011.

Run Defense: Shows great awareness on the field. Very disciplined and doesn’t overreact to play fakes. Quick to react and takes efficient angles. A strong wrap-up tackler. Range is average at best, but he gives a solid effort and takes efficient angles. Does a nice job fighting through the junk and will make an occasional play downfield simply with effort and putting himself in the right spot.

Pass Rush: Gives a relentless effort but lacks the strength or athleticism to consistently be productive. Strong, violent hands to disengage from blocks, but lacks the explosion to come back with a strong second effort. Pass-rush ability to much stronger from the linebacker position when he has an extra step to gain momentum. Does a nice job converting that momentum into power. Quick first step off the snap, but doesn’t have the agility to turn that into a combination of moves. Still needs to rely on power more than speed to fight past offensive linemen.

Versatility: Lined up all over the field for Stanford. Primarily played with his hand on the ground, both in 3-4 and 4-3 sets. But also lined up at linebacker in both sets, and occasionally dropped into zone coverage.

Intangibles: Team captain in 2013.

Durability: Missed majority of 2010 season with a leg injury but made 41 consecutive starts once he returned.

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Comments: Murphy gets the most out of his physical tools and may already be near his ceiling. He doesn’t really stand out in any one area, but has the ability to be a three-down lineman due to the well-rounded nature of his game. He may have the most upside as a 3-4 linebacker because his pass-rush is slightly more effective when he has the room to build some momentum, but he can play in any scheme.

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Dee Ford Scouting Report

Dee Ford DE Auburn #30
Ht: 6’2″
Wt: 252

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Size/Athleticism: Lacks ideal strength to be a well-rounded defender. Athleticism tests well but it doesn’t show up on the field. He’s more fast than quick.

Run Defense: Lacks the power to hold up at the point of attack. Easily swallowed up by bigger offensive linemen. Above average speed allows him to cover a lot of ground. Fast enough to make some plays in pursuit. Lacks awareness at times. Doesn’t do a great job keeping his eyes in the backfield and is often late to react. Takes inconsistent angles in pursuit.

Pass Rush: A pure speed rusher. Relies on winning off his first step, but his snap anticipation is inconsistent at best. Often the last lineman to react. A pure speed rusher and struggles to convert that speed to power. Once he’s locked up with an offensive lineman, he struggles to disengage. Shows a decent spin move at times.

Versatility: Occasionally used in coverage, both man and zone. Will sometimes rush the quarterback, but then slide off in man coverage with a running back swinging out into the flat. Has experience lining up with his hand on the ground and standing up.

Intangibles: Hard worker. Added over 40 pounds during his college career.

Durability: Did not participate at combined due to a spine injury. Missed time in 2012 due to an abdominal injury. Suffered a herniated disk in 2011 which ended his season. Missed a game with an undisclosed injury in 2010.

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Comments: What you see is what you get with Ford. He’s a pure speed rusher and certainly capable of making an impact at the next level but he probably isn’t going to be a three-down lineman. His stock may also be affected by his significant injury history. Even if the injuries are unrelated and don’t pose a risk of reoccurring, it’s tough to ignore the fact that he’s been injured nearly every year of his career. He should ultimately land in the top 50, even if it’s only to be used as a situational pass-rusher.

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Kony Ealy Scouting Report

Kony Ealy DE Missouri #47
Ht: 6’4″
Wt: 273

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Size/Athleticism: Good blend of size, speed and all-around athleticism. Doesn’t have elite strength and frame doesn’t provide much room for growth.

Run Defense: A true playmaker against the run. Does a great job disengaging from blocks and fighting through the junk to pursue the ball carrier. Takes efficient angles and is fast enough to make some plays down the field in pursuit.

Pass Rush: Limited power, and can get stonewalled by stronger offensive linemen when trying to use his bull rush. But he has violent hands and is capable of disengaging to pursue an alternate angle. Tends to over-pursue and will get directed upfield beyond the pocket by savvy offensive tackles capable of matching his quickness off the snap. Does a nice job keeping his eyes on the quarterback and reacting to rollouts. Needs to develop an array of moves so that he doesn’t have to rely so heavily on his pure speed.

Versatility: Occasionally lined up at tackle, but lacks the power to excel in this role at the next level. At his best when lined up wide to give him space to gain momentum and choose angles as a pass-rusher. May be best suited standing up as a 3-4 linebacker.

Intangibles: Has a reputation as a leader on and off the field. Coaches and teammates speak highly of him.

Durability: No known issues.

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Comments: Ealy isn’t an elite pass-rusher, which will be a significant knock against him in the eyes of some talent evaluators given the pass-heavy nature of today’s game. But he is extremely well rounded and a clear three-down lineman who can play immediately. His ability to make plays in pursuit will be considered a strong asset in certain schemes. His grades will range for each team, but he is worthy of first-round consideration if it’s a good scheme fit.

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Jadeveon Clowney Scouting Report

Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina #7
Ht: 6’5″
Wt: 266

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Size/Athleticism: The prototypical defensive end in every way. Ideal height and length. Exceptional blend of power and agility. Has the speed to run down quarterbacks and ball carriers.

Run Defense: A very underrated aspect of his game. Impressive closing speed for his size. Shows good awareness and takes correct angles in pursuit. Does a nice job fighting through traffic to chase down the ball carrier. Despite his pass-rush abilities, he doesn’t explode into the backfield on every play like some overzealous young edge rushers—he’s patient and willing to hesitate off the snap to remain in position to stop the run.

Pass Rush: Elite potential, but somewhat inconsistent. Explosive first step, which is where he typically wins. He’s a speed rusher first, but definitely has a power component to his game. Can deliver a devastating punch to knock an offensive lineman on his heels, especially with a step or two of momentum. Rarely stonewalled by offensive linemen. Even when he’s engaged and controlled, he’s powerful enough to walk them back into the pocket. Does a great job keeping an eye on the quarterback and adjusting to his movements and getting his arms up into passing lanes.

Versatility: Has some experience lining up inside at tackle and even a few snaps at linebacker, dropping into zone coverage.

Intangibles: Work ethic isn’t ideal which has been well documented and confirmed by comments from Steve Spurrier. Cited for speeding (once over 100 mph) twice during 2013 offseason, but has no other legal issues. Characters concerns all stem from his work ethic and a perception that he lacks the motivation to be elite.

Durability: Questionable injury history. Sat out a game in 2013 with bruised ribs despite being cleared medically, which raised some concerns about his willingness to play through pain and definitely frustrated his South Carolina coaches. Missed two games in his career with a nagging foot injury (reportedly bone spurs) which has bothered him since 2012.

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Comments: Clowney is a special athlete with the raw tools to develop into a Hall of Famer. Assuming he stays healthy, the only thing that can come between him and greatness is himself. If he wants to put in the work and stays motivated, he will be a force in the NFL. That said, when college players lack motivation they very rarely change once they’re earning millions of dollars. It’s probably safe to assume that Clowney will never reach his full potential, but even 80% of Clowney’s full potential is probably still worthy of a top-10 pick.

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