Scouting Reports – 2012

Leonard Johnson scouting report

Leonard Johnson CB Iowa State #23
Ht: 5’10”
Wt: 196
 
Strengths:
Physical corner who doesn’t back down from any assignment. Likes to play up at the line and does a great job jamming receivers at the line of scrimmage. Good all-around athlete; played quarterback in high school. Looks good in zone coverage; very patient and disciplined. Does a nice job getting his hands on the ball when in position to make a play. Has the size and strength to contribute in run support.
Weaknesses:
Needs to do a better job turning and locating the ball; has the skills to stay with a receiver, but consistently gets beat on jump balls because he’s too focused on mirroring the receiver and doesn’t turn to play the ball. Lack of height also hurts him in jump-ball situations. Run support is often just for show; gives just enough effort to get into the picture, but doesn’t consistently put forth the effort to shed blocks and make an impact play. Aggressive play leads to some penalties at times.
Comments:
If Johnson were two inches taller he may be a 1st-round pick, but his lack of height is just enough to drop him into the 2nd or 3rd round range. The one major concern I have with Johnson is his tendency to mirror the receiver until the last second. That, coupled with his physical style, is going to draw a lot of penalties in the NFL. However, it’s all about technique and it’s a very fixable issue.
Videos:
2011 vs Oklahoma State 
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A.J. Jenkins scouting report

A.J. Jenkins WR Illinois #8
Ht: 6’0″Wt: 190  
Strengths:
Impressive straight-line speed; can stretch the field at the next level. Fairly reliable hands; does a nice job catching away from his body and bringing it in. Impressive leaping ability; much better going up in traffic than you’d expect considering his size and build. Shows excellent body control along the sidelines. Efficient route runner; quick in his breaks and looks very fluid overall. Has the athleticism to make some acrobatic catches.
Weaknesses:
Needs to do a better job tracking the ball in the air; doesn’t always put himself in the best position to make plays. Not very physical; can get knocked off his route by more physical corners. A bit of a one-year wonder; didn’t really emerge as a playmaker until senior year. has struggled with drops in the past, but was more consistent as a senior. Clashed with Ron Zook at times; Zook didn’t like Jenkins tendency to showboat on the field – definitely raises some concerns about a “diva” complex.
Comments:
Jenkins lacks the prototypical size of a No. 1 receiver, but he does all the little things well to make up for his physical deficiencies. The key to Jenkins’ development will be his consistency. He made major strides his senior year, but his lapses in focus in the past will cause teams to worry about him as a one-year wonder who was simply motivated by an NFL contract. He is definitely a boom-or-bust prospect, but has the foundation to be an instant-impact player in the right system.
Videos:
2011 vs Northwestern
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Tommy Streeter scouting report

Tommy Streeter WR Miami FL #8
Ht: 6’5″

Wt: 219

 
Strengths:
Elite height. Built like a true No. 1 receiver. Adequate straight-line speed; will be able to stretch the field on occasion at the next level. Has the raw talent to develop into a No. 1 or 2 option.
Weaknesses:
Inconsistent hands; will drop some very easy passes. Traps the ball against his body far too often and generally displays shaky fundamentals when putting himself in position to make a catch. More fast than quick; isn’t very explosive or elusive in tight spaces; takes time to get up to full speed. Isn’t nearly as good in traffic as you’d expect considering his size; leaping ability is average and doesn’t do a consistent job timing his jumps to pluck ball at its highest point. Route running is slow and deliberate; lacks the quick, fluid hips to shake corners.
Comments:
Streeter has the size to catch your attention, and also the speed to stretch the field. However, his raw talent is all he has going for him right now. He lacks the hands to produce as a possession receiver and his timed speed is misleading. He can stretch the field, but his route running is sloppy and he lacks the quickness to shake man coverage. He is definitely worth a mid-to-late round pick due to his raw skills, and he may develop into a quality receiver, but he is also very likely to be over-drafted due to his potential.
Videos:
2011 vs Virginia 
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T.Y. Hilton scouting report

T.Y. Hilton WR Florida International #4
Ht: 5’10”

Wt: 183

 
Strengths:
Dangerous in the open field; extremely quick and elusive. Has the speed to consistently stretch the field. Efficient route runner; very quick in his breaks and can quickly shake defenders who lack the footwork to stay with him. Reliable hands. Gives a solid effort as a blocker. Explosive return specialist. Hard worker off the field; well respected by coaches and teammates.
Weaknesses:
Undersized; may struggle to shake press coverage at the next level. Level of competition is a minor concern; hasn’t seen corners with the same size/athleticism combination he’ll face at the next level.
Comments:
Hilton is a prototypical slot receiver who can make big plays with his quickness. He’ll struggle in certain matchups due to his lack of strength, but as a 3rd option he can be a dangerous weapon who can stretch the field and also draw some attention away from from the top receivers. He reminds me of former Rams receiver Az-Zahir Hakim, who excelled as the 3rd option alongside Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce.
Videos:
2011 vs Louisville
2011 vs Troy/Arkansas State 
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Kelechi Osemele scouting report

Kelechi Osemele OG Iowa State #72
Ht: 6’6″

Wt: 333

 
Strengths:
Elite size and strength. Physical blocker once he’s engaged. Has the potential to be a dominant interior run blocker. Four year starter, primarily playing left tackle. A team leader on the field. Gives a solid effort to get to the second level.
Weaknesses:
Lacks the athleticism to play left tackle in the pros. Quickness off the snap is a concern; kind of a slow, lumbering player who takes too long to get into his stance to excel at tackle. Lateral quickness is well below average for a tackle. Plays too high; needs to stay low if he’s going to hold his ground against physical bull rushers at the next level. Especially struggles to stay low as the play extends. Technique is extremely sloppy for a four-year starter. Panics when he starts to lose control of block and will get called for holding.
Comments:
Osemele’s size is very intriguing, but one should always be wary of a prospect with this much experience who still struggles with the fundamentals of the game. Moving to guard will minimize the issue with his quickness and athleticism, but his inability to stay low enough to hold his ground is a concern. Elite NFL interior pass rushers will feast on his tendency play high. He should not be viewed as an immediate starter, but does have the potential to develop into a physical run blocker down the road.
Videos:
2010 vs Oklahoma
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