Scouting Reports – 2012

Jared Crick scouting report

Jared Crick DT Nebraska #94
Ht: 6’4″Wt: 279  
Strengths:
Impressive athleticism for an interior lineman. Fast enough to chase the quarterback out of the pocket and make some plays in pursuit. Flashes the ability to explode off the snap. Consistently uses athleticism to frustrate bigger, slower interior offensive linemen. Impressive motor; never quits on a play and will chase the ball carrier further downfield than your typical interior lineman. Displays a nice array of pass rush moves and is capable of getting into the backfield even when he doesn’t win off the snap. Strong wrap-up tackler who will deliver some big hits on occasion. Team leader on and off the field.
Weaknesses:
A classic ‘tweener; smaller than your average tackle, but not athletic enough to play end. Value may be limited to playing end in 3-4 schemes. Really struggles at the point of attack in the run game; simply lacks the strength to hold his ground. May not be a three-down player in every scheme. Suffered knee injury in 2011 offseason.
Comments:
Crick is a really tough prospect to grade because each team will view him differently. I would not be shocked if some 4-3 teams viewed him as a Day 3 pick due to his struggles at the point of attack, but some 3-4 teams may view him as a fringe 1st-rounder. As a result, his success at the next level will be contingent on landing in an organization that is willing to work to design a role for him which fits his best attributes. Even if he is only part of a rotation at the next level, his effort and work ethic should allow him to develop into a solid contributor.
Videos:
2011 vs Washington
2010 vs Oklahoma
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Kendall Reyes scouting report

Kendall Reyes DT Connecituct #99
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 299

 
Strengths:
Prototypical height and decent overall size. Does a great job staying low and using good leverage. Surprisingly athletic; can get into the backfield and will even make some plays in pursuit. Impressive motor; never quits on a play. Stamina appears to be excellent for an interior lineman; chases ball carriers down the field more than your average defensive tackle. Definitely has the skills to play a three-technique in a 4-3 scheme or end in a 3-4. Team leader on and off the field; team captain in both junior and senior year.
Weaknesses:
Explosion off the snap is inconsistent; gets into the backfield with his bull rush, but rarely explodes into the backfield to really disrupt a play from the get-go. Explosion may not be enough to impress 4-3 teams looking for penetrating three-technique, but lacks size/strength to play nose tackle role. Suffered ankle injury in 2008.
Comments:
Reyes is the type of player who does everything well, but doesn’t really stand out in any one areas. There’s not a lot to criticize about his game, but that can be viewed as both a positive and a negative. On the positive side, he’s NFL ready and would be a relatively safe draft pick. On the down side, he may have maxed-out his potential. He’s a low risk option in the 2nd or 3rd round, but his upside is definitely low end for players who will come off the board in that range.
Videos:
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Mychal Kendricks scouting report

Mychal Kendricks ILB California #30
Ht: 5’11”

Wt: 240

 
Strengths:
Tough player who does a nice job fighting through traffic at the line of scrimmage. Does a nice job making himself small to slip through holes at the line and get into the backfield. Experience lining up at inside and weak-side linebacker. Very reliable wrap-up tackler. Quick off the snap; reasonably effective as a pass rusher despite lack of size due to his speed and ability to stay low and small. High-energy player; never gives up on a play and can be seen chasing guys all over the field.
Weaknesses:
Instincts in zone coverage need work; gets antsy and doesn’t always remain patient and stay in his zone. Lack of height limits his effectiveness in coverage vs most NFL tight ends. More fast than quick; great straight-line speed but change-of-direction ability is only average. May be too stiff to really excel in coverage.
Comments:
Kendricks may receive a wide range of grades due to his lack of height. In the right system he can be an effective starter, but his skill set won’t necessarily translate to every scheme. He’s at his best when attacking the ball carrier and being used to blitz. While he has the athleticism to hold his own in coverage, his height will make him a liability against many NFL tight ends. Some 4-3 teams may also view him as an option at weak-side linebacker.
Videos:
2011 vs Stanford
2011 vs USC
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Josh Robinson scouting report

Josh Robinson CB Central Florida #20
Ht: 5’10”

Wt: 199

 
Strengths:
Elite speed and overall athleticism. Looks very fluid in his backpedal; quick hips allow him to easily turn and stay step-for-step with receivers. Reasonably solid tackler when he puts in the effort. Has the build to improve tackling with better effort. Does a nice job keeping turning to play the ball. Impressive leaping ability helps make up for lack of height in jump-ball situations. Looks good in zone coverage; does a nice job staying in his zone and keeping eyes on quarterback. Experienced returning kicks.
Weaknesses:
Tends give a significant cushion to receivers; does not appear to enjoy mixing it up at the line of scrimmage. Not a very physical corner; relies on speed and athleticism. Shies away from contact in run support; only halfheartedly makes an effort to collapse on the ball carrier. Has had some issues fumbling on kick/punt returns.
Comments:
Robinson is an elite athlete, but he relies too much on his pure speed and agility. The elite corners at the next level are capable of playing physical when necessary, even if they don’t prefer that type of matchup, and Robinson has yet to demonstrate the ability to excel in press coverage. That said, Robinson does have the raw athleticism which you can’t teach, which makes him an intriguing prospect. He could be a valuable asset who may excel in certain matchups against some of the elite deep threats in the league.
Videos:
2010 vs Georgia (A.J. Green) 
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Brandon Boykin scouting report

Brandon Boykin CB Georgia #2
Ht: 5’10”

Wt: 183

 
Strengths:
Experienced return specialist; may be a top 100 pick based on this quality alone. Strong tackler, especially for a defensive back his size. Great vision when dropping back in coverage; keeps his eyes on quarterback and is quick to adjust. Smart player who trusts his instincts. Plenty of experience against elite competition and has held his own vs guys such as Alshon Jeffery and Rueben Randle. Strong ball skills; will come down with the interception when he’s in position. A team leader on and off the field.
Weaknesses:
Undersized; lacks the height and overall build to match up with taller, more physical receivers. May be limited to nickel packages, covering smaller slot receivers. Willing to help out against the run, but rarely makes plays unless he has a clear path the ball carrier; simply lacks the size and strength to shed blocks and fight through traffic.
Comments:
If not for the lack of size, Boykin would be a 1st-round lock. but while he’s been a successful college corner, it is impossible to overlook his physical limitations. He has the skills to be a very good nickel corner and return specialist, but the limited value of these positions means his draft position will not match up with his collegiate success.
Videos:
2011 vs Michigan State 
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