Scouting Reports – 2012

Daniel “Boom” Herron scouting report

Boom Heron RB Ohio State #1
Ht: 5’10”

Wt: 208

 
Strengths:
Strong, compact build. Low center of gravity and exceptional body control make him tough to bring down unless wrapped up; will easily run through weak arm tackles. Great vision; a patient runner, who hits his holes quickly. Has the speed to get to the outside. Elite change-of-direction quickness. An effective receiver out of the backfield; reliable hands. NFL bloodlines; brother David went undrafted in 2007 and has bounced around the league since.
Weaknesses:
Slightly undersized; strong for his size, but doesn’t have the frame to take a pounding. May not be able to carry the full load at the next level. Lacks the elite speed that teams often prefer in small backs. Suspended for taking improper benefits in 2011. Not asked to block often at Ohio State, and struggled when he was.
Comments:
Due to Herron’s marginal size and average speed he isn’t going to be a highly regarded prospect. But while Herron lacks the physical tools that catch your attention, he does all the small things well (except blocking). He will probably never be a feature back, but can be effective in a two-back system. He isn’t a great fit for teams that like to pound the ball up the middle, but he could excel with a team that spreads it out, creating more space for him to run. He has the potential to be an excellent mid-to-late round steal.
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Jerel Worthy scouting report

Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State
Ht: 6’3″
Wt: 310
 
Strengths:
Prototypical size and strength. Elite quickness off the snap. Has the size to play any role on the interior line; strong enough to play nose tackle, although it would be a waste of his athleticism to stick him there. Will make some plays in pursuit. A vocal leader on and off the field.
Weaknesses:
Tends to focus too much on getting into the backfield; needs to do a better job of staying in his space and holding his ground at the point of attack against the run. Needs to improve his overall awareness and vision on the field; bites on fakes too often and loses track of the ball carrier. Doesn’t shed blocks as easily as you’d expect considering his size; if he doesn’t win with his explosion of the snap, he’s a very average performer. Stamina may be a concern; plays at an elite level in short bursts, but doesn’t maintain it throughout the game. Lets his emotions get the best of him at times and will play out of control which results in unnecessary penalties.
Comments:
Worthy flashes the ability to dominate at times, but he just doesn’t have the consistency to warrant a 1st-round pick. His conditioning is noticeably an issue, and something that will prevent him from being a three-down lineman at the next level. He does have the ability to be a difference maker however, and will have his fair share of highlight reel plays. That said, he’s also the type of guy who plays to the camera. He’s vocal, and does all the things that get you noticed on the field, but doesn’t do a lot of the little things that make an interior lineman truly great.
Videos:
2011 vs Georgia
2011 vs Wisconsin 
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Dontari Poe scouting report

Dontari Poe DT Memphis #74
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 330

 
Strengths:
Elite size and strength. Built like a prototypical nose tackle. Surprising athleticism for his size. Will make more plays in pursuit that you’d expect from a nose tackle. Strong lower body allows him to hold his ground against double teams. Impressive motor; has the ability to get back up after being knocked down and continue fighting – a rare quality for a guy his size. Appears to have excellent stamina.
Weaknesses:
Not a threat to get after the quarterback. Mixes in some moves (swim, rip) but primarily relies on pure strength to fight his way into the backfield, which won’t work as consistently at the next level. Hasn’t been tested consistently against top competition.
Comments:
Players of Poe’s size are limited in terms of upside, but they’re extremely valuable due to the scarcity of prospects with his size, strength and athleticism. He compares favorably to Phil Taylor, but lacks some of Taylor’s ability as a pass rusher. At the next level Poe will likely be a pure space eater who doesn’t show up on any highlight reels, but any 3-4 team looking for an upgrade at nose tackle should have him high on their wish list.
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Fletcher Cox scouting report

Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State #94
Ht: 6’4″
Wt: 295
 
Strengths:
Prototypical size and athleticism for a penetrating three-technique tackle. Quick off the snap. Does a nice job keeping his eyes in the backfield and making adjustments. Has the speed to make plays in pursuit. Plays with a motor that never quits. Extremely active hands, and keeps his legs driving at all times. Has experience lining up at various spots on the line; has played tackle in a 4-3, and also end in 3-4 sets. Used at nose tackle on occasion. Also has some experience dropping into zone coverage. Dominant on special teams; three career blocked kicks. Three year starter.
Weaknesses:
Tends to be overaggressive at times; somewhat one-dimensional as a pass rusher, leaving him susceptible at the point of attack against the run. Does not have an array of pass rush moves; relies almost exclusively on the bull rush. Suspended for one game in 2011 for violating team rules.
Comments:
It’s tough to find players with Cox’s size and athleticism, which will make him a highly sought after prospect. He lacks the strength and discipline to be consistently effective against the run, but in today’s world of pass-first offenses, more and more teams are allowing at least one of their defensive tackles to almost exclusively pin their ears back and get after the quarterback on every snap. In a 4-3 defense, Cox could fill a role similar to Ndamukong Suh’s in Detroit. He also has the physical tools necessary to shift outside to end in a 3-4 scheme.
Videos:
2011 vs Wake Forest 
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Doug Martin scouting report

Doug Martin RB Boise State #22
Ht: 5’9″

Wt: 220

Strengths:
Small, compact build makes him tough to bring down. Impressive athlete; played safety/linebacker early in his career. Exceptional balance and body control; if not wrapped up, will quickly regroup after a hit and keep plowing ahead. Effective as a receiver out of the backfield; relatively reliable hands. Hits his holes with a burst; gets up to full speed quickly. A shifty runner with exceptionally quick feet. Plenty of experience on special teams, in coverage and on returns. Experienced returning kicks; shows great vision on special teams.
Weaknesses:
Doesn’t go down on first contact, but also doesn’t have the size to break tackles once he’s wrapped up. Lack of height hurts him in the passing game; easily covered up by taller linebackers if he isn’t able to shed them quickly. Will trust his speed/athleticism too much at times, and lose yardage while trying to extend a play. Open-field speed is adequate, but not a consistent threat to take it the distance.
Comments:
Martin, who was nicknamed “Muscle Hamster” by teammates, is built like a bowling ball and fits into the Maurice Jones-Drew or Ray Rice mold. His lack of size will scare off some teams, and likely knocks him out of the 1st-round on most draft boards, but he legitimately has the combination of strength, speed and vision that should allow him to excel as a starting running back at the next level.
Videos:
2011 vs Arizona State (bowl game)
2011 vs New Mexico 
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