Scouting Reports – 2012

Jeff Allen scouting report

Jeff Allen OT Illinois #71
Ht: 6’4″Wt: 307  
Strengths:
Strong, physical run blocker; able to get low and drive his man back. Strong lower body allows him to anchor against the bull rush. Experienced at left and right tackle, often lining up on both sides of the line during the same game. Will have decent to above-average quickness for the position if moved inside to guard. Four-year starter.
Weaknesses:
Limited athleticism. Lacks the foot quickness to play left tackle, and may ultimately be best suited to play guard. Field awareness appears to be lacking; seems to lose track of the play at times and ends up taking himself out of the play when he could attempt to get downfield and pick up another block. Does not have a great overall build and weight/conditioning could prove to be an issue as he gets older. Despite experience, still makes a lot of rookie mistakes (penalties, lack of awareness).
Comments:
Allen is a decent mid-round prospect as a right tackle or guard. He can play at the next level, but what you see is what you get. There’s limited room for growth as a tackle due to his average athleticism. However, if he continues to improve his strength he could develop into a quality starting guard.
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Donald Stephenson scouting report

Donald Stephenson OT Oklahoma #
Ht: 6’6″

Wt: 316

 
Strengths:
Prototypical height and overall size. Impressive athleticism; ranked among top offensive linemen in all speed/agility drills at the combine. Definitely has the foot quickness to play left tackle. More than enough speed to get to the second level and to get downfield on screens. Nasty run blocker who plays with a mean streak. Does a nice job staying low and using leverage to anchor against the bull rush, an underrated skill for a tackle with his height. Strong upper body; can deliver a nice punch to smaller pass rusher to throw them off balance.
Weaknesses:
Suspended for entire 2009 season due to academics. Somewhat limited experience; only two years as a starter. Susceptible to double moves by more athletic pass rushers; tends to over-commit inside or outside depending on the defenders first step. Quickness off the snap is inconsistent; struggles to slide outside in time to get into position to slow down faster edge rushers.
Comments:
Stephenson is an intriguing prospect due to his size and athleticism. He has the raw skills necessary to play left tackle, which could allow him to come off the board earlier than his production would indicate. His best quality right now may be the intensity with which he plays. If that effort translates to a strong work ethic off the field, there’s reason to believe he could develop into a decent starter.
Videos:
2011 vs Texas
2011 vs FSU 
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Ryan Steed scouting report

Ryan Steed CB Furman #1
Ht: 5’11”

Wt: 195

 
Strengths:
Adequate height and overall size. Long arms and big hands, especially considering his height; allows him to be a playmaker in coverage. Decent speed, enough to stick with most receivers at the next level. Team captain as junior and senior; well respected by coaches and teammates for his leadership on and off the field. Has the ability to hold his own in press coverage against more physical receivers. Had a strong showing at the Senior Bowl.
Weaknesses:
Level of competition is a definite concern; was rarely tested, especially on deep routes, over the past two seasons. Did not test well at combine; 40 time was much slower than expected and his vertical was below average – raises some concerns that he looked better on film due to competition level.
Comments:
Steed appears to have the basic physical tools necessary to play at the next level, but it’s tough to judge a non FBS player who did not test well at the combine. While there’s a lot to like about Steed, it is definitely possible that he has maxed out his potential and he will struggle to adjust to the speed and physicality of the NFL. He’s worth a 4th or 5th-round pick, but should be considered a boom-or-bust prospect.
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Ron Brooks scouting report

Ron Brooks CB LSU #13
Ht: 5’10”

Wt: 190

 
Strengths:
Elite athleticism. Has the speed to stick with any receiver in the game. Frequently used to blitz off the edge and shows impressive closing speed. Experienced lining up out wide and over the slot. Experienced on special teams coverage. Fairly reliable tackler; doesn’t always wrap up but gives a solid effort considering his size. Selflessly played a reserve role behind Patrick Peterson, Morris Claiborne and Tyrann Mathieu, despite having the skills to start for most programs.
Weaknesses:
Limited experience matching up against top receivers; primarily played a backup role in college. Height is only average. Much more comfortable in man coverage than in zone. Gets impatient in zone coverage; doesn’t always keep his eyes on the quarterback and is slow to react at times. Willing to tackle quarterbacks and receivers, but seems to shy away from contact when going after more physically-imposing running back.
Comments:
Brooks appears to have all the tools necessary to play at the next level, but he really hasn’t been tested. Primarily playing the role of the nickel corner – and being used to blitz far more than your average cornerback – he hasn’t been forced to battle with many future NFL receivers. There’s a lot to like about his potential, but since we’ve seen so little of him he definitely qualifies as a boom-or-bust prospect.
Videos:
2011 vs Ole Miss, Arkansas 
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Josh Norman scouting report

Josh Normal CB Coastal Carolina #24
Ht: 6’0″Wt: 197  
Strengths:
Adequate height and overall size. Great ball skills; can go up and make plays in traffic. A good natural athlete; shows great body control turning to locate the ball and make a play. Looks very good in press coverage; has the strength to physical with receivers at the line of scrimmage and won’t back down from tough assignments. Decent tackling skills for a cornerback.
Weaknesses:
Relies heavily on his raw athleticism; takes a lot of missteps and doesn’t appear to have great anticipation/recognition skills. Will be picked apart by efficient route runners at the next level. Recovery speed is average at best; may struggle with elite deep threats at the next level. Competition level is a minor concern. Arrested in 2009 for driving with a suspended licence. Reportedly isn’t always interested in listening to coaching and may need to mature before he’ll be capable of realizing his full potential.
Comments:
Norman has the size and athleticism to develop into a quality starting cornerback, but he’s too raw to warrant a high pick. He should draw interest from teams willing to invest a 3rd/4th round pick and take the time to develop him over the next two to three years. Given his modest speed and his playmaking ability as a ballhawk, some teams may view him as a potential free safety.
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