Scouting Reports – 2012

Jarius Wright scouting report

Jarius Wright WR Arkansas #4
Ht: 5’10”

Wt: 176

 
Strengths:
Elite speed and quickness. Elusive in the open field. Runs crisp routes. A legitimate deep threat. Looks comfortable working the sideline. Does a great job adjusting on broken plays and coming back to the quarterback.  Does a nice job adjusting to poorly thrown balls. Impressive leaping ability allows him to be more effective in traffic down field than your typical undersized receiver. Seems to have strong awareness on the field; does a nice job finding soft spots in zone coverage. Experience lining up in the slot and out wide.
Weaknesses:
Has a tendency to catch with his body. Undersized; not a threat to break any tackles once he’s wrapped up. Limited effectiveness inside the red zone. Can be pushed around at the line of scrimmage. Missed time in 2011 with a knee injury.
Comments:
Wright is an explosive receiver with the speed and athleticism to stretch the field, or be an effective slot receiver on underneath routes. He does struggle to get off the line of scrimmage at times when matched up with more physical cornerbacks, but if he’s used in the slot this shouldn’t be a serious concern as he won’t see many nickel corners with the size to shut him down. He may lack the skills of a No. 1, but he can be a great complimentary piece in the right offense.
Videos:
2011 vs Texas A&M
2011 vs Mississippi State
2011 vs Vanderbilt 
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Bobby Massie scouting report

Bobby Massie OT Ole Miss #79
Ht: 6’6″

Wt: 316

 
Strengths:
Prototypical size. Decent mobility; has the athleticism to get to the second level. Strong, physical blocker. Strong upper body, has the strength to recover even when opponents gets into better leverage position. Does a nice job staying low despite his height. Good all-around fundamentals. Quick off the snap and has great footwork to be able to keep up with more athletic edge rushers.
Weaknesses:
May lack the strength to anchor against some of the more physical bull rushers at the next level. Primarily played right tackle at Ole Miss, and may be limited to that position in the pros. A bend-but-don’t break pass protector; gets the job done, but always seems to be cutting it close – may not hold up as often at the next level. Struggles to adjust to delayed blitzes; lacks the athleticism and agility to change direction on the fly. Only one full year of starting experience.
Comments:
Massie has the skills to be an adequate right tackle at the next level. However, while he does everything reasonably well, he lacks the elite skills in any one area project as anything more than an average starter. One thing teams will need answered this offseason from the Ole Miss coaches: why wasn’t Massie playing left tackle? Ole Miss senior left tackle Bradley Sowell was a below-average college lineman and there is no question Massie was better suited to play the position. Is there a red flag somewhere that we’re not aware of which forced them to play him on the right side?
Videos:
2011 vs Alabama 
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Mike Martin scouting report

Mike Martin DT Michigan #68
Ht: 6’1″

Wt: 307

 
Strengths:
Strong, physical lineman. Elite lower-body strength gives him the base to anchor at the point of attack against the run. A strong bull rusher; does an excellent job staying low and leveraging his way into the backfield. Impressive motor; drew a lot of double teams in college but always fought through the whistle. May have the strength to play nose tackle in a 3-4 system. Hard worker on and off the field. A team leader who is respected by coaches and teammates.
Weaknesses:
Limited athletically. Does not pose a threat as a pass rusher. Lacks the speed to make any plays in pursuit. Lack of height limits his ability to disrupt passing lanes. Missed time with a sprained ankle in 2011.
Comments:
Martin is limited in what he can do on the field, but he has the size and strength which you simply can’t teach. He isn’t as big as your prototypical nose tackle, and may be better suited for that role in a 4-3 than a 3-4 system, but he does have the strength to take on multiple blockers and eat up space in the middle of the line. His upside is definitely limited, but his skill set is a valuable one in certain defensive schemes.
Videos:
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Andre Branch scouting report

Andre Branch DE Clemson #40
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 260

 
Strengths:
Prototypical size. Above-average speed for the position; can make some plays in pursuit. Shows good awareness on the field; keeps his eyes in the backfield and makes adjustments. Impressive motor; plays through the whistle and never gives up on a play. Does a nice job diagnosing run vs pass; isn’t overaggressive with his pass rush and is willing to hang back and let the play come to him. Impressive stamina; wears down offensive linemen throughout the course of the game and maintains his productivity deep into games. Some experience playing with his hand off the ground; may be considered at option at outside linebacker for some 3-4 teams.
Weaknesses:
Plays too upright at times; needs to stay low to improve the leverage in his bull rush. Pass rush skills are average; doesn’t have the explosion off the snap to consistently win off the edge and lacks the strength to consistently bull rush his way into the backfield. Stats are misleading; many of his sacks are hustle/coverage sacks – he fights hard and eventually wears down the blockers. Likes to go for the strip too often and will miss some would-be easy tackles.
Comments:
Branch lacks the explosion of an elite pass rusher, but he makes up for it with a balanced game. There are some minor things he needs to work on, but he’s fairly polished for a college defensive end. What’s most impressive is his willingness to play the run – so many college defensive ends want to pin their ears back and fly into the backfield on every play. Branch is willing to be patient and hang back when necessary, and does a nice job diagnosing when it is necessary. He is a prototypical 4-3 defensive end, but he does have enough athleticism to play linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. In a 3-4 system he would do well playing opposite a more explosive pass rusher so the attention isn’t always on him.
Videos:
2011 vs Virginia Tech
2011 vs Auburn
2010 vs South Florida 
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Rueben Randle scouting report

Rueben Randle WR LSU #2
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 208

 
Strengths:
Decent size. Strong hands; does a great job catching the ball away from his body and quickly securing it.  Consistent route runner. Relatively quick with his breaks and has deceptive speed; can get over the top if the defense isn’t paying close attention. Quick off the snap; gets up to full speed quickly. Has potential as a blocker.
Weaknesses:
Needs to do a better job using his body to shield defenders in tight coverage. Plays too soft for a guy his size; hesitates when he hears footsteps and will even give up on balls when he knows he’s going to get hit (see 2011 vs Miss. State). Physical defensive backs can get into his head. Not a strong runner after the catch; has the size to break tackles, but just doesn’t know how (or doesn’t want to put in the effort) to lower his shoulder and run with a purpose. Inconsistent effort as a blocker; needs to improve in this area to take full advantage of his size.
Comments:
Randle has the skill set to contribute at the next level, but he has never played up to his full potential. His best assets are his hands, and he can be an excellent possession receiver. However, he needs to become more physical in every aspect of his game. He has the size to take advantage of smaller defensive backs, but he just doesn’t seem interested in being that type of receiver. His lack of physical play, considering his relatively modest speed, is a red flag that definitely hurts his stock. While he could develop into a quality No. 2 receiver, he’s a definitely boom-or-bust prospect.
Videos:
2011 vs Auburn, Mississippi State
2011 vs Arkansas 
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