Scouting Reports – 2012

Dwayne Allen scouting report

Dwayne Allen TE Clemson #83
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 255

 
Strengths:
Adequate size. Impressive body control; does a great job going up in traffic and coming down with the ball. Shows great control along the sidelines. Excellent route runner; knows how to lose defenders with crisp cuts to make up for his lack of elite athleticism. Tough runner after the catch; willing to lower his shoulder to pick up the extra yards. Works well in tight spaces; knows how to get open and present the quarterback with a target. Soft hands; catches the ball away from his body and secures it quickly. Above average blocker, especially for a guy who’s known more as a receiver.
Weaknesses:
Speed is very average; lacks the ability to stretch the field. Overall athleticism is average; not very quick or explosive. Lacks the size to dominate as a blocker, especially against bigger defensive ends.
Comments:
While Allen lacks the elite athleticism of some of today’s top pass-catching tight ends, he is one of the most well-rounded prospects to enter the draft at his position in recent years. He won’t be a game-changer at the next level, but he clearly has the skills to contribute as a receiver and his blocking skills will allow him to be a reliable three-down tight end.
Videos:
2011 vs Auburn, FSU, Virginia Tech 
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Coby Fleener scouting report

Coby Fleener TE Stanford #82
Ht: 6’6″

Wt: 245

 
Strengths:
Prototypical size. Experience lining up as a traditional tight end and at receiver. Above-average straight-line speed. Gives a solid effort as a blocker. Does a nice job finding the soft spot in zone coverage and giving a large target for the quarterback. Dangerous runner after the catch; size and athleticism makes him tough to bring down. Very reliable hands; catches the ball away from his body and secures it quickly. Does a nice job grabbing the ball at its high point in jump-ball situations. Shows good body control along the sidelines.
Weaknesses:
Route running could use some work; slow and deliberate in his breaks. Has adequate speed, but quickness and agility are lacking. Lacks the suddenness in his movements to lose defenders. Holds his ground blocking outside linebackers, but struggles to hold off more physical defensive ends. Struggles to get low enough to have the leverage necessary to excel as a blocker.
Comments:
Fleener’s rare size/speed combination makes him an interesting prospect, however, he may not be the same dangerous weapon in the passing game at the next level. Fleener preyed on some weak secondaries in college, and he will struggle when matched up with more physically gifted safeties and linebackers in the NFL. His lack of quick-twitch athleticism will be exposed at the next level, limiting the routes on which he can consistently break free. He can still be an effective receiver, but his game at the next level will look different than it did in college. Depending on the system in which he lands, he may not be a three-down player due to his marginal blocking ability.
Videos:
2011 vs Notre Dame
2010 vs Virginia Tech 
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Zebrie Sanders scouting report

Zebrie Sanders OT Florida State #77
Ht: 6’5″

Wt: 308

 
Strengths:
Adequate height and overall size. Impressive athleticism and quickness; easily gets to the second level and can get down the field on screens, draws, etc. Quick feet allows him to stay with more athletic pass rushers. Clearly has the raw skills necessary to play left tackle. Excellent awareness on the field; keeps his head on a swivel and is quick to pick up blitzes. Hard worker off the field and an excellent student; an accomplished violin player. Four-year starter.
Weaknesses:
Doesn’t have a strong base; will get pushed around by more physical bull rushers in one-on-one matchups. Fundamentals are inconsistent; relies on athleticism and will get beat by more technically sound pass rushers. Lacks the power to finish off his blocks; sort of a bend-but-don’t-break style in pass protection. Has a tendency to lunge for his man and spends too much time on the ground.
Comments:
Sanders is adequate in just about every aspect of the game, but he lacks that something extra to bump him up to the next level as a prospect. He has the athleticism of a left tackle, but probably isn’t ready to step into a starting role right away. It’s tough to find players with his athleticism and size, which will bump him up on draft boards higher than his performance would otherwise dictate. In time, he could develop into an adequate starter, but if he’s thrown into the fire too early it could be detrimental to his long-term development.
Videos:
2011 vs Miami  
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Stephon Gilmore scouting report

Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina #5
Ht: 6’1″Wt: 193  
Strengths:
Impressive height and decent overall size. Adequate athleticism; especially for his size. has enough speed to stick with most receivers. Capable of delivering the big hit. Can be an asset in run support when he puts in the effort. Does a nice job tracking the ball in flight. Good hands; will come down with the interception when he’s in position. Coaches praise his work ethic and leadership.
Weaknesses:
Slow to react to run plays at times; seems to pick and chose when he wants to get involved. In consistent tackling; goes for the big hit too often and isn’t a reliable wrap-up tackler; prefers to lower his shoulder rather than square up the ball carrier. Struggles to shed blocks, even from receivers. Gets sloppy in coverage at times; relies too much on his athleticism and seems to trust his speed more than he should. Speed is very average. Struggles with a lot of the minor aspects of coverage, such as putting himself in position to get his hands on the ball.
Comments:
Gilmore is intriguing due to his size and athleticism, and the fact that there simply aren’t many prospects with his measurables. However, he has a lot of work to do before he’s ready to be an impact player at the next level. He clearly has the potential to be a starter, but he’s very inconsistent with his fundamentals at this stage in his career. What’s most concerning is his inconsistent effort against the run. Due to his size, this is one area when could make himself standout above other corners, but far too often he’s hesitant to really get physical. Due to his size and average speed some teams may consider him a free safety.
Videos:
2011 vs Nebraska 
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Dont’a Hightower scouting report

Dont’a Hightower ILB Alabma #30
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 260

 
Strengths:
Elite size and strength. A physical defender who has the strength to shed blocks. A reliable wrap-up tackler, but also has the ability to deliver the hard hit. Displays great discipline; does a nice job keeping his eyes in the backfield and staying in his zone. A team leader on the field; does a great job making sure his teammates are in position. Experienced lining up all over the field; has played inside and outside linebacker in the 3-4 base defense, and also with his hand on the ground in some 4-3 sets.
Weaknesses:
Suffered torn ACL and MCL in 2009. Knows where to be in coverage, but lacks the athleticism to be effective. Below-average speed for his position; will struggle to match up with athletic tight ends and running backs in man coverage at the next level. Limited explosiveness and agility; won’t be a consistent pass-rusher if lined up on the outside.
Comments:
Hightower is an intriguing versatile prospect who can play inside or outside in a 3-4 scheme, and could potentially play defensive end in a 4-3 system. However, while the versatility is nice, it also makes him a bit of a ‘tweener. He lacks the explosiveness to be a consistent pass rusher if lined up on the outside, but also lacks the quick-twitch athleticism to be consistent dropping into coverage if lined up on the inside. It would be interesting to see if his quickness and speed improved if he dropped down to about 245-250 pounds.
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