Scouting Reports – 2012

Brian Quick scouting report

Brian Quick WR Appalachian State #8
Ht: 6’4″Wt: 220  
Strengths:
Elite size and strength. Very good hands. Excellent body control; does a great job timing his jumps to pluck the ball at its highest point; also looks comfortable working the sideline. Runs hard after the catch; capable of breaking tackles of smaller defensive backs. Willing to go across the middle and doesn’t shy away from contact. Fairly strong blocker for a receiver, and has the size to continue to get better.
Weaknesses:
Lacks breakaway speed; probably won’t be able to stretch the field at the next level. Ball security could become an issue; often runs with the ball away from his body. Level of competition is a concern; hasn’t faced many cornerbacks that could match his skill level. Route running is inconsistent and effort doesn’t always appear to be there; wasn’t really forced to fight to get open very often at the FCS level. Suffered season-ending back injury in 2007.
Comments:
Quick is still fairly raw, and has never been tested against elite competition, but he has all the physical tools necessary to be a elite receiver at the next level. The biggest question mark is his lack of speed, but if he develops his route running he won’t have a problem getting open. He is far from a sure thing, and will probably have a minimal impact at first, but has enough upside to warrant a 2nd-round pick.
Videos:
2011 vs Elon
2011 vs Maine 
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Robert Turbin scouting report

Robert Turbin RB Utah State #6
Ht: 5’9″
Wt: 215
 
Strengths:
Small, compact build makes him tough to bring down. Adequate speed; can turn the corner and will break off some big runs. An explosive runner; gets to full speed quickly. Surprising agility for his size. Extremely productive when healthy; dominated his level of competition. Productive as a receiver out of the backfield; reliable hands. Hard worker off the field; came back from ACL injury as if he never missed a beat.
Weaknesses:
Missed entire 2010 season with torn ACL. Missed time in 2007 with a foot injury. Level of competition is a concern. Speed is very average; will break off some long runs, but isn’t very elusive in the open field. Isn’t as powerful as you’d expect; lacks the lower-body strength to really push the pile in short-yardage situations.
Comments:
Turbin is a tough prospect to judge. He lacks the measurables of an elite prospect, but it’s impossible to ignore his production on the field. However, he also was rarely tested against any of the nation’s top defenses. He’s definitely worth taking a flier on the mid rounds in hopes of developing him for the future.
Videos:
2011 vs San Jose State 
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Isaiah Pead scouting report

Isaiah Pead RB Cincinnati #23
Ht: 5’10”

Wt: 193

 
Strengths:
Decent quickness and change-of-direction ability. A shifty runner who can make himself small to squeeze through holes when running between the tackles. An effective receiver out of the backfield, with experience lining up wide. Above average straight-line speed; a threat to take it the distance whenever he’s in the open field.
Weaknesses:
Undersized. Not a very strong interior runner. Tends do go down easily on first contact; rarely lowers his shoulder in an effort to fight for more yardage. Tends to shy away from contact. Needs to do a better job with ball security. Gives a weak effort in pass protection. Slowed by knee injury in 2010.
Comments:
Pead is a tough prospect to grade. He has enough athleticism to be effective at the next level, but he lacks the elite quickness and agility to make up for his lack of size. He’s at his best when given space to run, but his tendency to hit the ground upon first contact is concerning. He could be an effective third-down back, however, there are better options available in almost every draft class. He’s a solid mid-round prospect, but just lacks that something extra to make him stand out.
Videos:
2011 vs Vanderbilt
2010 vs Oklahoma 
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Ronnie Hillman scouting report

Ronnie Hillman RB San Diego State #13
Ht: 5’10″Wt: 190  
Strengths:
Elite breakaway speed. Extremely elusive in the open field. Elite quickness and change-of-direction ability. Stop-and-start ability is impressive; gets up to full speed incredibly fast. Does an excellent job making himself small to squeeze through holes when running between the tackles. Appears to have great vision; usually quick to adjust when a hole closes and isn’t shy about improvising when the designed play breaks down. Excellent receiver out of the backfield, with some experience lining up wide.
Weaknesses:
Slightly undersized. Goes down quickly once wrapped up; won’t be able to consistently break tackles at the next level. Fumbles have been an issue at times; needs to do a better job of keeping the ball secured and not exposing himself to big hits as frequently. Occasionally indecisive in the backfield; will dance around looking for a hole, rather than simply taking what’s given to him. Gives a reasonable effort in pass protection, but doesn’t have the size or strength to be effective. Missed time with a sprained ankle in 2011. Only two years of experience (turned pro to provide for his two-year-old son).
Comments:
Hillman is a prototypical third-down back. He doesn’t have the size to carry the full load, but has all the tools necessary to excel as a backup in the right system. He would be a great fit for a team with a power running back looking to add a change-of-pace back to the system.
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Chris Polk scouting report

Chris Polk RB Washington #1
Ht: 5’11”
Wt: 224
 
Strengths:
Prototypical size and strength. A tough between-the-tackles runner. Fairly quick for his size; can make guys miss in the open field. Quick feet; above average change-of-direction ability. Reliable receiver out of the backfield; knows how to find a soft spot in zone coverage and has soft hands. Adequate speed. Above-average blocking ability for a running back; clearly puts forth a solid effort and shows good fundamentals. Experience returning kicks.
Weaknesses:
Serious injury concerns. Suffered season-ending shoulder injury in 2008. Underwent a second surgery on shoulder in 2009. Underwent knee surgery prior to 2011 season. Has a very reckless running style in the open field; looks out of control and will inexplicably leap in the air at times, making himself susceptible to big hits and fumbles. Tends to run upright unless lowering shoulder into a defender. Doesn’t look to make guy miss; seems to be the type of runner who looks for contact. Doesn’t appear to have great vision when running between the tackles; picks a spot and goes full speed ahead, rarely adjusting until it’s too late. Doesn’t go down on first contact, but also doesn’t break as many tackles as you’d expect for his size.
Comments:
Polk clearly has the measurables of a feature back, but lacks the vision and all-around fundamentals to smoothly transition to the next level. In time, he could certainly develop into a quality running back, but he should not be viewed as someone who can come in and play a significant role from day one. It should be noted that he was not surrounded by much talent at Washington, and played through a coaching change, which could have stunted his development. He’s a candidate to blossom later than most running backs, but is far from a sure thing.
Videos:
2011 vs Colorado
2011 vs Nebraska 
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