Scouting Reports – 2012

DeVier Posey scouting report

DeVier Posey WR Ohio State #8
Ht: 6’2″

Wt: 209

 
Strengths:
Good height and overall size. Impressive hands; capable of making the tough catch. Plucks the ball from the air at its highest point when possible. Tough runner after the catch; can make some guys miss and is willing to lower his shoulder into defenders. Does a great job adjusting to the ball in the air. Strong fundamentals; runs crisp routes. After missing most of 2011 season due to suspension, stepped in for final two games and was in midseason form – which shows he put in the time an effort to stay sharp.
Weaknesses:
Suspended for majority of 2011 season for taking improper benefits. Not very explosive off the line of scrimmage; takes time to get up to full speed. Solid in nearly all aspects of the game, but not elite anywhere. Blocking could improve; has the size and strength to more effective than he was in college.
Comments:
Posey was a forgotten prospect for much of the 2011 regular season, and was expected to take a significant step backwards due to his time missed. However, his strong performance down the stretch was impressive, and should put him back in the 2nd or 3rd round discussion for most teams. He lacks elite size or speed, which definitely limits his upside, but he has all the skills necessary to be an effective starter in the NFL.
Videos:
2010 vs Marshall, Miami, Arkansas 
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Ladarius Green scouting report

Ladarius Green TE Louisiana-Lafayette #89
Ht: 6’6″

Wt: 230

 
Strengths:
Prototypical height. Elite athlete for the position; essentially an over-sized receiver. Impressive speed; as dangerous as any tight end you’ll find after the catch. Does a nice job going up to get the ball in traffic; could be a matchup nightmare in the red zone at the next level. Good hands; does a nice job securing the ball away from his body and then bringing it in. Extremely productive throughout his college career. Gives a strong effort as a blocker; fundamentals are there and he excels against smaller defensive backs and linebackers.
Weaknesses:
Too skinny; will get tossed around by more physical linebackers at the next level. Absolutely must bulk up in order to become anything more than a situational receiver/tight end hybrid. Route running is sloppy at times; needs to be quicker and less deliberate. Missed time in 2009 with neck injury. Missed time in 2010 with ankle injury.
Comments:
Green isn’t your traditional tight end, but he fits perfectly into the changing landscape of the NFL offense. More teams are shifting from the Jason Witten/Jeremy Shockey type (big, physical, but slow) to the Jermichael Finley/Aaron Hernandez type (over-sized receiver). Green is still raw, and some teams may think he’s too skinny, but he definitely has a future as a playmaker at the next level. His ceiling is very high, and if he commits to getting bigger and stronger, while maintaining his athleticism, he can be an elite tight end. Even if he never develops into a full-time player due to his lack of size and blocking struggles, he will be a valuable weapon to have on the roster.
Videos:
2011 vs San Diego State (bowl game) 
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Michael Brockers scouting report

Michael Brockers DT LSU #90
Ht: 6’5″

Wt: 300

 
Strengths:
Prototypical height and overall size. Athletically gifted for his size. Experienced at tackle in a 4-3 system, but could also play end in 3-4. Does a nice job fighting through double teams. Strong interior pass rusher; only two sacks in 2011, but was consistently in the backfield pressuring the quarterback. Has a nice array of moves to shed blocks; relies heavily on spin move. Quick off the snap; builds momentum quickly. Does a nice job keeping his eyes in the backfield and tracking the ball carrier. Height and long arms allows him disrupt passing lanes.
Weaknesses:
Needs to learn to play with leverage; plays too upright at times, making it easier for offensive linemen to knock him off course, especially in run defense. Much more polished as a pass rusher than against the run at this stage in his career. Lacks the dominant size and strength to consistently hold up at the point of attack against the run.
Comments:
A few years ago Brockers would not have been as highly regarded, but we’re starting to see a new breed of interior linemen pop up around the NFL. It has become a pass-first league, and teams are tending to favor on interior linemen who can pressure the quarterback, even if they’re a liability against the run. This description fits Brockers perfectly. He’s an athletic big man with an impressive motor who should be able to make an immediate impact. He may never be a truly well-rounded lineman, but in the right system he can be a difference maker.
Videos:
2011 vs Georgia 
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Nick Perry scouting report

Nick Perry DE USC #8
Ht: 6’3″

Wt: 250

 
Strengths:
Adequate size and strength. Explosive off the snap. Has a powerful rip move that, when coupled with his speed off the edge, makes him a dangerous pass rusher. Decent athleticism for his size; able to change direction relatively quickly. Strong lower body, able to generate a decent bull rush. Does a nice job keeping his eyes in the backfield and making adjustments. Has played with his hand off the ground on occasion, and dropped back into zone coverage at times. Had some of his best games vs top opponents, most notably against Stanford (vs Jonathan Martin).
Weaknesses:
Somewhat overaggressive at times; goes full speed ahead into the backfield on most plays, putting him at risk of getting beat when opponents run the ball to his side. Struggles to shed blocks once he’s engaged; needs to win off the snap to be effective. Suffered a knee injury in 2010 preseason. Missed time in 2010 with ankle injury and was hampered by the injury all season. Missed time in 2009 with bruised knee.
Comments:
Perry is the premier pass rusher in this year’s draft class, and has the skill set to be an effective three-down lineman. His only major flaw is the fact that he gets a little pass-rush happy at times, and he lacks the elite athleticism necessary to make up for those types of mistakes. As he improves his discipline on the field he should become a more well-rounded lineman, but you can expect to see him make an impact as a pass rusher immediately.
Videos:
2011 vs Stanford
2011 vs Arizona
2011 vs Utah
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Jayron Hosley scouting report

Jayron Hosley CB Virginia Tech #20
Ht: 5’10″Wt: 175  
Strengths:
Elite athleticism. A big time playmaker with great hands; led nation in interceptions in 2010. Tough for his size; willing to play close to the line of scrimmage and mix it up against bigger receivers. Elite awareness and vision in zone coverage; does a great job reading the quarterback and is smart about when he breaks on the ball; aggressive, but doesn’t take too many ill-advised risks. Does an exception job playing the ball rather than the receiver whenever possible. Gives a reasonable effort in run support considering his size. Experienced returning kicks and punts.
Weaknesses:
Undersized. Not a wrap-up tackler; lacks the strength and overall size to make a significant difference in run support. Tends to shy away from mixing it up with interior linemen when stepping up against the run; likes to stay on the edge. Doesn’t always take great angles in pursuit. Suffered a concussion in 2011. Also played through a hamstring injury in 2011. Takes too many risks on special teams; needs to recognize when the play is dead.
Comments:
If not for his lack of size, Hosley would be 1st-round lock. He’s an aggressive playmaker who has all the skills necessary to be a quality cover corner at the next level. However, his size is an issue, and may limit his effectiveness against certain receivers at the next level. While Hosley can start in the NFL, it’s tough to envision someone with his size as a true No. 1 cornerback. He has the skills to matchup against the smaller No. 1s in the league (e.g. Mike Wallace), but has little hope of slowing down the likes of Calvin Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald.
Videos:
2011 vs Clemson
2010 vs N.C. State
2010 vs UNC and Stanford (bowl game) 
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