Ryan McCrystal

Jordan Poyer scouting report

Jordan Poyer CB Oregon State #14
Ht: 6’0″
Wt: 191

Size/Athleticism: Adequate height and overall size. Combine performance was about as bad as it gets for a cornerback. He struggled to show the speed and explosiveness necessary to play the position. However, on the field he appears to possess at least average athleticism, if not more. It’s tough to determine the reasons for the poor combine showing, but it could be attributed to a 2012 knee injury.

Coverage: Very polished in both man and zone coverage. He does a great job keeping his eye on the quarterback whenever possible and adjusting to the ball in the air. He makes up for his modest athleticism by limiting his false steps and not biting on subtle moves. He’s willing to get physical at the line of scrimmage. He can’t play press against every receiver, because he gives up a good amount of size in certain matchups, but he will take on bigger, stronger receivers and win.

Ball skills: Focuses on the quarterback and reacts quickly. Turns and tracks the ball in the air and puts himself in position to make plays. 11 interceptions over the last two season were due primarily to his ability to turn himself into the receiver. He’s not very physical when it comes to fighting for the football. If he’s beat out for the best position to attack the ball, he’ll lose every time. Wouldn’t trust him in the red zone with a taller possession receiver in most situations.

Run support: Not real enthusiastic about mixing it up near the line of scrimmage, but he consistently takes correct angles and puts himself in position to clean up the mess if the ball carrier gets to him. He makes himself the last line of defense, and does a decent job, but he very rarely steps in a blows up a play. He’s a reluctant playmaker who has the ability, but not the desire to excel in this area.

Intangibles: Captain in 2012.

Durability: Suffered a knee injury in 2012.

Comments: Poyer lacks elite upside, but he is incredibly polished and ready to contribute immediately. He can step in as a starter as the No. 2 corner from day one. He may never rise above that on the depth chart because of his physical limitations, but at least you know what you’re getting with him. I also like that he seems to know who he is as a cornerback. He isn’t overaggressive and seems to consistently take the right approach to each matchup. A young corner with a realistic image of his physical skills is a rarity.

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Zac Dysert scouting report

Zac Dysert QB Miami OH #4
Ht: 6’3″
Wt: 231

Size/Athleticism: Adequate height. Strong overall build; he’s built to take a hit. Surprisingly athletic. He doesn’t move around a lot, but when he does need to buy some time with his feet he can move reasonably well.

Arm strength/Accuracy: Above average arm strength. He can make all the throws and he’s confident enough to take chances down the field. Maintains his arm strength on the run and when he’s pressured an unable to step into a throw. Needs to improve his touch on certain passes. He has a tendency to fire the ball at his receives from short distances. Accuracy is inconsistent. He can definitely make all the throws, but he’s hit or miss. Even on shorter passes, he misses some open receivers for no apparent reason.

Footwork/Release: Had a tendency to rush his delivery at times, even when it’s unnecessary. He short arms some throws, which leads to some of his accuracy issues.

Decision making: Extremely confident in his ability, but it’s mostly warranted. He takes risks down the field, and it does lead to some interceptions, but it’s a preferable approach to a college quarterback who relies heavily on shorter routes and checks down too often. It’s easier to teach someone to be more conservative than make someone more confident. Even though he makes some mistakes down the field, it’s rarely from a poor read. His accuracy gets him into some trouble, but the decision making skills are fine.

Intangibles: Spoke to an opposing coach about Dysert who said he’s “not a great leader. Appeared to argue and not get along with teammates. Not sure how mentally tough or football smart he is.”

Durability: Unable to work out at combine due to hamstring injury.

Comments: Dysert is an interesting prospect. He has the physical tools but his inconsistent accuracy is somewhat concerning. I like the way he takes risks down the field. He isn’t afraid to challenge the defense and he seems to do a nice job of reading what unfolds in front of him. It’s tough to improve accuracy, so his ceiling is somewhat limited, but he should be an adequate backup and spot starter at the very worst.

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Landry Jones scouting report

Landry Jones QB Oklahoma #12
Ht: 6’2″
Wt: 225

Size/Athleticism: Prototypical height and overall built. Below average athleticism. He looks awkward trying to avoid pressure and doesn’t move well within the pocket.

Arm strength/Accuracy: All his physical traits are adequate, but nothing special. He can make every throw on the field but he does not have the elite zip on his passes than can make a quarterback stand out. His accuracy is fairly consistent, but it breaks down when he needs to rush his delivery or make throws with the pocket collapsing when e can’t step into his throw.

Footwork/Release: Give him time, and everything goes smoothly. But once the pocket starts to collapse he panics, and he does so far more often than a quarterback with his experience should. His ability to maintain his fundamentals under pressure never really developed, despite plenty of experience. Struggles moving within the pocket. He just doesn’t have the athleticism to move smoothly in tight spaces while keeping his eyes downfield.

Decision making: When given time, he’s patient and can read defenses. However, under pressure he panics and makes quick decisions without seeing the field.

Intangibles: Four-year starter but showed minimal development.

Durability: Extremely durable throughout his career. No known issues.

Comments: Jones is exceedingly average in every aspect of his game. He meets all the basic minimal requirements and may even have slightly above average arm talent. However, his lack of development in college is really concerning. He just never took his game to the next level, primarily due to his inability to handle pressure. When he stands in a clean pocket, he can look like a Hall of Famer, but as soon as the defense starts to bring consistent pressure his game begins to break down. He’s probably a career backup who may be able to start here and there. He reminds me a lot of Kelly Holcomb, who had moments where he looked great as a starter but in the long run his struggles with pressure and reading defenses hindered his growth.

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Tyler Bray scouting report

Tyler Bray QB Tennessee #8
Ht: 6’6″
Wt: 232

Size/Athleticism: Elite height. Athleticism is very average. He’s not a threat to take off running but he can buy some time by moving within the pocket.

Arm strength/Accuracy: Above average arm strength. He can make every throw and has nice zip on his passes to fit the ball into tight windows. However, he’s wildly inaccurate. He uncorks a handful of horrific throws every game, many of which lead to turnovers.

Footwork/Release: Has an awkward almost sidearm delivery somewhat similar to Philip Rivers or Bernie Kosar. Doesn’t have a quick release and winds up on every throw. Decent footwork within the pocket. He can step up and maneuver in tight spaces and doesn’t panic when the pocket begins to collapse. He’ll stand tall and complete the throw even when facing a hit.

Decision making: He’s confused by different looks on defense. He locks onto his receivers and doesn’t quickly identify defensive adjustments post-snap such as dropping linebackers. Trusts his arm too much. He can fire the ball into tight spots, but he’s too aggressive. Really struggles to read defenses. He throws right into the arms of defenders so often, it almost appears as though he focuses solely on his receivers.

Intangibles: Involved in a number of off-field incidents (wreckless driving of jet skis, throwing bottles). All are relatively minor, but demonstrate a pattern of immature behavior – not exactly a quality you want in your potential franchise quarterback. Three-year starter in the SEC, but would have benefited from sticking around for his senior year.

Durability: Missed five games with a thumb injury in 2011.

Comments: Bray’s talent is certainly intriguing but he showed very little improvement throughout his career and was a consistent under-performer throughout his career despite being surrounded by NFL talent. Despite the talent, an underachieving quarterback with off-field concerns is not someone I want to gamble on before the third day of the draft. He may be a 2nd or 3rd round pick by desperate team, but I wouldn’t touch him until the late rounds.

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Matt Scott scouting report

Matt Scott QB Arizona #10
Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 213

Size/Athleticism: Adequate height, but it is an issue at times. Gets a fair number of balls batted down at the line of scrimmage. Above average athleticism, but needs to learn how to use it.  He makes a lot of plays out of the pocket, but only when it’s designed.

Arm strength/Accuracy: Arm isn’t elite but definitely strong enough. When he has room to step into the throw, he can make any throw on the field. However, he does lack the elite strength to make the same throws when off-balance or on the run. Overall, his accuracy percentage is solid, but when he misses, he’s way off the mark. Especially when under pressure, he uncorks some wild throws which will undoubtedly lead to more interceptions at the next level.

Footwork/Release: When given time, everything about his mechanics is fine. But when he’s pressured, or even when he thinks he’s about to be pressured, his mechanics break down. He definitely knows the proper footwork and mechanics, but he simply panics too often. He rushes his delivery and throws from an open or unbalanced stance far too often.

Decision making: He’s easily flustered by pressure, and when a team is bringing consistent pressure he starts to hear phantom footsteps and rushes his delivery. Compared to the public perception of Rich Rodriguez offense, Arizona’s scheme in 2012 was a fairly close resemblance of what we’re seeing in the NFL these days. Scott was asked to make a variety of throws and demonstrated an adequate ability to read the defense pre- and post-snap. His biggest issue in decision making is an inability to focus on pass-rushers and his receivers down the field. He often stands in the pocket too long, and when does he leaves the pocket he doesn’t keep his eyes downfield consistently. It seems to simply be an issue with multitasking – something which comes with experience.

Intangibles: Only 17 career starts; backed up Nick Foles until his senior year.

Durability: Missed a game in 2012 with a concussion. But he’s a tough player who took a pounding in 2012 behind a porous offensive line.

Comments: Scott is an intriguing developmental prospect as a potential read-option quarterback. Physically, he’s a shorter version of Colin Kaepernick and could potentially develop into that type of quarterback in the right system. However, he is definitely raw due to his limited experience and is not capable of stepping into a starting role in 2013. He should be viewed strictly as a Day 3 developmental prospect.

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