Ryan McCrystal

Stephen Morris scouting report

Stephen Morris QB Miami #17
Ht: 6’2″
Wt: 218


Size/Athleticism: Adequate height. Build has improved during career, but he still has a slender build which heightens injury concerns. Didn’t run much in college, but frequently asked to roll out. Shows decent mobility in the pocket and overall athleticism should definitely be considered an asset. He’s not a read-option quarterback, but he’s athletic enough to play in an offense which mixes in a few plays.

Arm strength/Accuracy: Arm strength is among the best in this year’s draft class. Has the arm to make any throw that will be asked of him at the next level. Accuracy is a serious concern. His ball placement is inconsistent and at least a few times per game he’ll uncork a wildly inaccurate throw which leads to some drive-killing interceptions. He also struggles with the touch on his passes. He needs to know when to take something off the fastball to make his balls more catchable. Accuracy further deteriorates when he’s on the run.

Footwork/Release: Quick feet and he moves well within the pocket. He’s quick to release the ball and generally shows solid all around fundamentals. Under pressure is when his fundamentals start to break down. Too often he’ll attempt throws from an open stance. Mechanics on the run are fairly steady, so long as he has room to operate. Tends to get too creative with his footwork and even jumping when throwing under pressure.

Decision making: Like many strong-armed quarterbacks, he thinks he can do a lot more than he can. He’ll try to squeeze the ball into tight spaces and, due to his accuracy issues, it leads to devastating mistakes. Goes through his progressions, but seems to panic after a certain point and will force throws into coverage. Frequently has miscommunications with his receivers – it’s tough to know who was at fault on any individual play, but it’s noteworthy since it happens with multiple players. At the very least, it’s partially Morris’ job to make sure his receivers know where to go.

Intangibles: Team captain in 2012 and 2013. Two year starter. Showed minimal development from junior to senior year.

Durability: Played through an ankle injury early in senior year. Underwent back surgery prior to junior year.


Comments: Morris has the skills which catch your attention at first glance (arm strength, mobility) but the whole package leaves a lot to be desired. His habit of uncorking wild throws and trusting his accuracy a bit too much is a deadly combination which leads to costly turnovers. His issues with accuracy don’t stem from obvious mechanical flaws, which doesn’t bode well for his future NFL coaching staff’s attempts at fixing the issues. Someone will gamble on him based on his arm but there are too many flaws to warrant a high selection.

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Jordan Matthews scouting report

Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt #87
Ht: 6’3″
Wt: 205


Size/Athleticism: Height is an asset. Speed isn’t special but it must be respected. He’ll get open over the top on occasion but most of damage done after the catch. Doesn’t make a lot of guys miss, but once he’s in the open field he can pick up chunks of yardage. Inconsistent effort as a blocker, but has the ability to be an asset when he wants to be.

Separation Skills: He lacks the speed to consistently get open over the top, but he’s quick in his breaks and does a nice job creating space on short and intermediate routes. He lacks elite athleticism to shake tight coverage consistently, and he doesn’t know how to use his size to his advantage. As a result, the elite, physical corners at the next level will easily take him out of a game.

Ball Skills: Inconsistent effort going up to high-point the football. Needs to be more assertive and attack the ball in tight coverage. He appears to do a nice job tracking the deep ball, but is very passive when it comes to actually making the catch. Lets the ball come to him, rather than going up and making a play. Drop rate is a concern. Seems to lose focus and lets far too many balls bounce of his hands.

Intangibles: Cousin of Jerry Rice.

Durability: Remained healthy throughout his career.


Comments: Matthews reminds me of Keenan Allen in some ways. Like Allen, he has plus size but doesn’t know how to use it yet. Unfortunately, Matthews isn’t blessed with Allen’s raw athleticism and speed, and will need to develop in a few areas before he’s ready to make an impact. Matthews has the potential to be a quality No. 2 receiver, but he needs to learn how to make plays against tight coverage. He’s too passive in his approach at this stage of his career, and veteran corners will take advantage of that weakness. Issues with drops also raise a red flag about his focus on the field.

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Sammy Watkins scouting report

Sammy Watkins WR Clemson #2
Ht: 6’1″
Wt: 205


Size/Athleticism: Average height and decent overall build for his size. Turns into a running back with the ball in his hands. A tough runner who can break some tackles. Straight line speed is decent, but his strength is his ability to make guys miss in the open field. Used almost exclusively on screen passes and runs while at Clemson. The overwhelming majority of his yards came after the catch.

Separation Skills: Tough to judge his separation skills because he was so rarely asked to use them in Clemson’s offense. He has the straight-line speed to get over the top of the defense, but he experience with route beyond screens and go routes is extremely limited.

Ball Skills: Another skill that’s tough to grade because of limited experience. On short, uncontested routes Watkins displays very reliable hands. He’s shown nothing to raise any red flags in this area. However, it’s worth noting that he was rarely asked to make any plays in traffic. Even when targeted downfield it was almost exclusively on fly routes and he made a very small handful of contested catches. He does, however, demonstrate the ability to go up and pluck the ball at its high point – there have been few instances of it, but the fact that he’s attempting it despite limited game opportunities is an encouraging sign for development.

Intangibles: Suspended for beginning of 2012 season due to marijuana possession arrest.

Durability: Knocked out of 2012 bowl game with an injury. Knocked out of 2012 Maryland game with a leg injury.


Comments: There’s no denying Watkins’ elite talent, but don’t be fooled by his college success. As dominant as he was at times, his game doesn’t translate perfectly to the NFL. In four games I charted, 57 percent of Watkins’ targets were at or behind the line of scrimmage. While he frequently turned these into gains of 10 or more yards, he won’t be running against the Ohio State or Maryland defenses next year. The bright side for Watkins is that he has the size and athleticism to develop his downfield ability. His route running is extremely raw, but he has all the tools necessary for a coach to mold him into a more well-rounded receiver. Don’t expect him to light it up as a rookie (expect something more along the lines of Cordarrelle Patterson type rookie season) but his long term potential is borderline elite. That said, there’s also a chance that he’s the next Peter Warrick. If he doesn’t put in the work necessary to improve, he’ll plateau as a middle of the road slot receiver.

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Marion Grice scouting report

Marion Grice RB Arizona State #1
Ht: 6’0″
Wt: 207


Size/Athleticism: Adequate measurables and above-average athleticism. Capable of making guys miss in the open field. A decent receiver out of the backfield.

Vision: Vision is adequate but nothing special. He’s basically a one-cut runner. If he has room, he’ll make the first guy miss but doesn’t seem to consistently see the whole field. He maneuvers around the guys directly in front of him, but fails to see the play developing and where the holes will be opening/closing.

Power: Inside running ability falls well short of expectations based on his measurables. He doesn’t break tackles and doesn’t consistently push the pile. Once contact is made, you can bet on him going down almost immediately. The few missed tackles he forces are almost exclusively in the open field when he has the space to juke a defender. He lacks the ability (or maybe simply the desire) to be a short-yardage back.

Speed/Agility: Straight-line speed is adequate but he isn’t a serious home run threat. He has the quick footwork to makes some nice cuts and force missed tackles in the open field but he isn’t the type of shifty runner that can slip through tights holes at the line of scrimmage. His big runs are almost exclusively on the outside, or when hr runs untouched up the middle.

Passing Game: Contributes as a receiver out of the backfield. He runs crisp routes and knows how to get open in the flat as a check down option. He’ll drop some passes and struggles to go up and fight for the ball when challenged, but he shows potential to improve. He gives a decent effort in pass protection, but he’s very inconsistent with his technique. He does a poor job of staying low and using leverage to slow down pass-rushers and often gets easily tossed aside.

Intangibles: Junior college transfer with two years of experience at the D-I level. Starting running back in both years at Arizona State.

Durability: No known issues.


Comments: Grice has some potential as a third-down back but he lacks the power to be a feature back in the NFL. He has a nice combination of size and athleticism, but he plays like a guy who is 5’10”, 190 pounds rather than his actual measurables. In the short term, Grice is little more than a decent backup option but his potential to develop may elevate his stock slightly in the eyes of some teams.

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2nd Round Mock Draft

33. Jaguars – Tank Carradine – DE – Florida State – Scouting Report

34. 49ers – Jesse Williams – DT – Alabama – Scouting Report

35. Eagles – Margus Hunt – DE – SMU – Scouting Report

36. Lions – Jamar Taylor – CB – Boise State – Scouting Report

37. Bengals – Eddie Lacy – RB – Alabama – Scouting Report

38. Cardinals – Menelik Watson – OT – Florida State – Scouting Report

39. Jets – Ryan Nassib – QB – Syracuse – Scouting Report

40. Titans – Justin Hunter – WR – Tennessee – Scouting Report

41. Bills – Arthur Brown – LB – Kansas State – Scouting Report

42. Raiders – Geno Smith – QB – West Virginia – Scouting Report

43. Buccaneers – Zach Ertz – TE – Stanford – Scouting Report

44. Panthers – Johnthan Banks – CB – Mississippi State – Scouting Report

45. Chargers – Darius Slay – CB – Mississippi State – Scouting Report

46. Bills – Keenan Allen – WR – California – Scouting Report

47. Cowboys – D.J. Swearinger – FS – South Carolina – Scouting Report

48. Steelers – Jonathan Cyprien – SS – Florida State – Scouting Report

49. Giants – Kawann Short – DT – Purdue – Scouting Report

50. Bears – Kevin Minter – LB – LSU – Scouting Report

51. Redskins – Manti Te’o – LB – Notre Dame – Scouting Report

52. Patriots – Brian Winters – OG – Kent State – Scouting Report

53. Bengals – Johnathan Hankins – DT – Ohio State – Scouting Report

54. Dolphins – Blidi Wreh-Wilson – CB – Connecticut – Scouting Report

55. Packers – Montee Ball – RB – Wisconsin – Scouting Report

56. Seahawks – Terron Armstead – OT – Arkansas-Pine Bluff – Scouting Report

57. Texans – Matt Barkley – QB – USC – Scouting Report

58. Broncos – Johnathan Franklin – RB – UCLA – Scouting Report

59. Patriots – Cornelius Washington – LB – Georgia – Scouting Report

60. Falcons – Gavin Escobar – TE – San Diego State – Scouting Report

61. 49ers – Markus Wheaton – WR – Oregon State – Scouting Report

62. Ravens – Aaron Dobson – WR – Marshall – Scouting Report

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