Scouting Reports – 2012

Antonio Allen scouting report

Antonio Allen S South Carolina #26
Ht: 6’1″Wt: 201  
Strengths:
Does a nice job fighting through traffic considering his modest size. A scrappy player who won’t back down from bigger, more physical assignments. Decent ball skills; will come down with the interception when he’s in position. Experienced as pass rusher off the edge; speed makes him tough to block and will get into the backfield fairly frequently. High energy player who gives a solid effort on every play. A true sideline-to-sideline defender who makes a lot of plays in pursuit.
Weaknesses:
Frequently lined up at weak-side linebacker in college, but lacks the size to play anything but safety in the pros. Vision/awareness are very average; does not consistently keep his eye on the ball carrier and misses a lot of opportunities to make plays by reacting late. Limited experience in man coverage. Very much willing to play the run, but tackling technique is shaky. Not a wrap-up tackler; tends to swipe low with his arms or go for the big hit. Hesitates a lot in zone coverage and will bite on pump fakes. Delayed enrollment in school to focus on academics for a year at Hargrave Military Acadamy; also played limited role in freshman season to continue to focus on academics. Suffered concussion in 2009. Missed two games with hamstring injury in 2010. Missed time with “neck spasms” in 2011.
Comments:
Allen is very raw, but it’s tough to blame him for his deficiencies. South Carolina used him as a weak-side linebacker early in his career, and used him in a hybrid safety/linebacker role during his final seasons. As a result, he’s going to be a strong run defender for a safety, but his coverage skills need a lot of work. Most of the issues simply stem from a lack of experience, and he should improve with time. He’s a developmental prospect, but definitely has the basic skills necessary to develop into a solid contributor. Due to his intensity on the field, he should also be a strong special teams performer.
Videos:
2011 vs Nebraska
2011 vs Auburn
2011 vs East Carolina 
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DaJohn Harris scouting report

DaJohn Harris DT USC #98
Ht: 6’3″

Wt: 306

 
Strengths:
Surprisingly quick for his size. Has experience lining up at end and tackle in 4-3 sets, but will play tackle in the pros. Does a nice job getting his arms up into passing lanes. Enough speed to put pressure on the quarterback when he’s able to chase him from the pocket. Has a strong swim move that allows him to slide into the backfield with consistency. A much better interior pass rusher than you’d expect given his measurables. Plays with an impressive intensity. Effort is definitely one of his better attribute; could be a dangerous playmaker once he improves fundamentals and channels that effort in a more efficient way.
Weaknesses:
Limited athleticism; gives a nice effort in pursuit, but won’t make a ton of plays. Inconsistent explosion off the snap will limit his effectiveness as a pass rusher at next level. Fundamentals are shaky at ties; will play too high and lose his leverage, which especially hurts him at point of attack vs the run. While he has an impressive motor, he does tend to wear down late in games and will lose his fundamentals. Missed time due to academic issues in 2008.
Comments:
Harris is somewhat sloppy and doesn’t exactly look like the most polished player on the field, but he has the ability to be a disruptive force on the interior line. If he dedicates himself to improving his technique and his conditioning, he could end up being a nice steal in the mid-to-late rounds of the draft.
Videos:
2011 vs Utah
2011 vs California 
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Derek Wolfe scouting report

Derek Wolfe DT Cincinnati #95
Ht: 6’5″Wt: 295  
Strengths:
Adequate size and strength. Does a nice job staying low to hold his ground at the point of attack against the run. Does a nice job as a bull rusher considering his average size; strong legs allow him to continue to push his was into the backfield even when the offensive lineman gets into good position. Primarily lined up at three-technique tackle in 4-3 sets, but does have some experience at end in 3-4 sets.
Weaknesses:
Spends a ton of time on the ground; dives at the ball carrier too often, taking himself out of the play completely rather than attempting to make a play in pursuit. Lacks the speed (and possibly the stamina?) to make any plays in pursuit; rarely takes off down the field after the ball carrier. Gives a strong pass-rush effort on initial burst, but seems to lose steam quicker than most other interior pass rushers. Appears to wear down throughout the course of the game.
Comments:
Wolfe is a sort of a tackle/end ‘tweener. 4-3 teams will view him as a three-technique tackle, but he lacks the athleticism and ability to consistently pressure the quarterback that most teams prefer at that position these days. As a result, he may be better suited as a 3-4 end, where he’ll be able to hold his ground against the run and won’t be expected to pressure the quarterback as often.
Videos:
2011 vs Vanderbilt
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Travis Lewis scouting report

Travis Lewis OLB Oklahoma #28
Ht: 6’1″

Wt: 246

 
Strengths:
Decent overall build. Adequate strength. Very reliable wrap-up tackler; can also deliver some big hits. Does a decent job in zone coverage; very patient, stays in his space and keeps his eye on the quarterback. Strong field awareness in every aspect of the game. A team leader on the field; smart football player who knows where to be and helps put teammates in position as well. Four-year starter.
Weaknesses:
Speed is a definite concern; lacks the straight-line speed to be a sideline-to-sideline defender at the next level. Agility in tight spaces is mediocre at best; not a consistent pass rush threat due to his lack of athleticism/speed/strength. Stiff hips hurt his ability to stick with tight ends in man coverage. Very physical in coverage in an effort to mask his lack of speed; can be an asset, but may lead to penalties if he doesn’t tone it down in the NFL. Missed one game in 2011 with broken toe.
Comments:
Lewis is somewhat limited in terms of his physical tools, but his intangibles and experience should allow him to find a role at the next level. At worst, he should be a solid backup and special teams contributor.
Videos:
2010 vs Iowa State
2010 vs UConn
2010 vs Florida State, Missouri, Nebraska 
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Brandon Brooks scouting report

Brandon Brooks OG Miami OH #56
Ht: 6’5″Wt: 353  
Strengths:
Impressive size and strength. Has the ability to dominate a matchup when focused. Does a great job anchoring against the bull rush; strong lower body makes him tough to move. Impressive upper body strength; can toss around small defensive linemen. Decent athleticism for his size; could potentially play right tackle if he stays in shape and loses some weight. Intelligent off the field; graduated with degree in psychology in Dec. 2011.
Weaknesses:
Weight may be an issue; has struggled to keep his weight down and has played at up to 375 pounds in the past. Seems to lack focus at times; rarely dominates as easily has he should considering his size and the level of competition he was frequently facing. Should have been more of a force in the MAC, but seems to lack the intensity necessary to play at a consistently high level. Lack of intensity on the field, coupled with his weight issues, raises concerns about his work ethic and his dedication to the game. Teams will need to question him on his desire to improve and should question his college coaches as well.
Comments:
Brooks certainly has the raw physical tools to the play at the next level, but there are definitely some things to be concerned about. It always raises a red flag when a player who possesses the physical tools to dominate at a lower level of competition seems to play down to the level of his opponents. When a player struggles to keep his weight under control and play at a consistent level in college, it is often tough to motivate that player once he’s collecting an NFL paycheck.
Videos:
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