Scouting Reports – 2012

Bernard Pierce scouting report

Bernard Pierce RB Temple #30
Ht: 6’0″
Wt: 218
 
Strengths:
Good overall size and strength. A strong, tough between-the-tackles runner. Strong legs allow him to consistently fight through arm tackles. Quick feet; surprisingly shifty in tight spaces for a guy his size. Has a nice spin move to avoid head-on collisions.
Weaknesses:
Not very explosive. Speed is very average. Doesn’t make guys miss; will take a pounding at the next level. Relies heavily on his spin move, to the point where it’s predictable. Rarely used as a receiver out of the backfield. Gives a solid effort as a blocker, but struggles with blitz recognition at times. Missed time with ankle injuries in 2010 and 2011. Missed time with a shoulder injury in 2009.
Comments:
Pierce has the size and strength to be effective in the NFL and could potentially develop into an adequate starter. However, there are serious concerns about his ability to stay healthy, which are compounded by his physical running style. Pierce definitely has some upside if healthy, but under no circumstances should he be drafted under the assumption that he will be a full-time feature back.
Videos:
2011 vs Wyoming (bowl game)
2011 vs Maryland 
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Kendall Wright scouting report

Kendall Wright WR Baylor #1
Ht: 5’10”

Wt: 190

 
Strengths:
Elite speed; can consistently stretch the field. A playmaker with the ball in his hands; quick and shifty; elusive in the open field. Does a nice job adjusting to poorly thrown balls. Experienced and efficient running a variety of routes; can stretch the field with his pure speed, but also uses quickness to get open on other shorter routes. Tough for his size; not afraid to go across the middle. Reliable hands and good technique; catches the ball away from his body and then brings it in. Good fundamentals as a runner; secures the ball. Elite all-around athlete; played basketball at Baylor as a freshman.
Weaknesses:
Slightly undersized; will struggle against more physical cornerbacks if jammed at the line of scrimmage. Played in a spread offense at Baylor which allowed him to frequently get open in space; rarely forced to make plays in traffic. Limited experience on special teams, where some teams may want to use him.
Comments:
Wright has the potential to be a game-changer on offense, the only question is his size. Fortunately for Wright, he’s entering the league at the right time. The NFL is continuing to become a more passing-friendly league, and undersized receivers such as Antonio Brown, Mike Wallace and DeSean Jackson are among the most feared receivers in the league. Wright has all the tools necessary to be in that class of receivers if he lands in the right system.
Videos:
2011 vs Washington (bowl game)
2011 vs Texas
2011 vs Oklahoma
2011 vs TCU 
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Mohamed Sanu scouting report

Mohamed Sanu WR Rutgers #
Ht: 6’2″

Wt: 215

Strengths:
Adequate height and overall size. A playmaker after the catch; does a nice job quickly securing the ball and taking off downfield. A tough receiver; can take a hit and keep moving. An impressive athlete; played quarterback in high school. Will make some acrobatic catches. Experienced lining up in the slot and on the outside; runs a lot of quick slants from the slot and makes plays after the catch.
Weaknesses:
Plays smaller than his listed height. Not the type of receiver that can consistently go up and fight for a ball in traffic. Wasn’t on the same page as his quarterback at times (e.g. ball lands before he turns to look for it); tough to know who’s to blame in those situations. Catches the ball with his body too often. Speed is average; may not be able to stretch the field at the next level.
Comments:
As good as Sanu was at Rutgers, he may have only scratched the surface of his potential. He has the size and athleticism to be a true No. 1 receiver, but Rutgers used him primarily in the slot, running a lot of quick slants. Due to shaky quarterback play, this was the most effective way for Rutgers to get the ball in the hands of their best offensive weapon. Sanu deserves credit for taking on a role that helped the team win, but it definitely hurt his development as a receiver. He’s too big and not quick enough to be an elite playmaker from the slot at the next level, although his experience in that role certainly helps. He’ll need time to develop, as he learns how to use his size to his advantage on the outside, but he has a ton of upside and Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano speaks highly of his work ethic.
Videos:
2011 vs Louisville
2011 vs Navy
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Alshon Jeffery scouting report

Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina #1
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 230

Strengths:
Elite size and strength; a matchup nightmare in the red zone. Excellent hands. Does a nice job going up and plucking the ball out of the air, never even giving defenders a chance to get their hands on it. Has the strength to fight through press coverage. Tough for most defensive backs to bring him down; does a nice job using the stiff arm to keep defenders at bay. Surprisingly elusive for his size. Occasionally will deliver a big hit as a blocker; has the ability to dominate in this area if he wants to put forth the effort.
Weaknesses:
Fundamentals are lacking in all aspects of the game; route running, blocking, etc. Lacks the speed to consistently get open down the field; won’t outrun many defensive backs. Poor effort as a blocker; has the ability to dominate, but doesn’t even pretend to be interested half the time. Needs to learn how to run with the football; carries it away from his body too often, putting him at risk for fumbles. Gets easily frustrated by physical cornerbacks who jam him at the line of scrimmage. Ejected from 2012 Capitol One Bowl for fighting with Nebraska’s Alfonzo Dennard. Missed spring practices in 2010 due to an “academic issue.”
Comments:
Jeffery has the skills to be an elite receiver at the next level, but there are some red flags that should give teams concern about his ability to reach his full potential. South Carolina coaches have publicly praised him for his work ethic and leadership ability, but when you look at his primary flaws it’s tough not to question their sincerity. Given his size, strength and athleticism, it’s tough to find a logical excuse for his struggles with basic fundamentals such as blocking and route running other than a lack of effort. If he wants to be great, there is no doubt that Jeffery can succeed at the next level, but NFL teams should do a great deal of homework on his motivation level before investing a high pick.
Videos:
2011 vs Nebraska (bowl game)
2011 vs Auburn
2011 vs Kentucky 
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Kirk Cousins scouting report

Kirk Cousins QB Michigan State #8
Ht: 6’3″

Wt: 205

Strengths:
Elite intangibles. A team leader that players rally around and coaches respect. Three-year team captain. Will be able to command an NFL huddle, even at a young age. Consistently came up big in clutch moments throughout his college career. Decent athleticism and mobility; capable of moving around in the backfield to buy time. Looks good throwing on the run; maintains his fundamentals and accuracy.
Weaknesses:
Does everything well, but nothing great. Arm strength is mediocre at best. Accuracy is acceptable, but somewhat inconsistent. Decision making needs to improve. Tries to force the ball into tight spaces too often; although this could be a product of playing without any receivers who have the ability to consistently separate from coverage.
Comments:
It’s tough to project Cousins as anything more than a career backup, but I also wouldn’t want to bet against him developing into a quality starter. Had he played at a top-tier program his late-game heroics, leadership and overall intangibles would have received Tebow-like coverage from the media. For a team looking for a quality backup quarterback and someone to be groomed to potentially start three or four years down the road, Cousins will be an attractive mid-round pick.
Videos:
2011 vs Ohio State
2010 vs Michigan
2010 vs Notre Dame 
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