Scouting Reports – 2012

Amini Silatolu scouting report

Amini Silatolu OG Midwestern State #57
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 311

 
Strengths:
Prototypical size. A physical run blocker. Has the strength to finish off his blocks. Explodes off the snap and drives defenders back in the running game. Does a nice job staying low to hold his ground against the bull rush. Decent athleticism for an interior lineman; played left tackle in college; has the ability to get to the second level and move on pulling/trapping plays.
Weaknesses:
Level of competition is definitely a concern. Missed Senior Bowl with hamstring injury. Missed time with a knee injury in 2010. Measurables were very average at the combine; only 28 reps on bench press. Will be a liability in pass protection early in his career; struggled with blitz recognition skills in D-II and will certainly struggle in this area at the next level early on. Does not have the quick feet necessary to play tackle in the pros.
Comments:
Silatolu is a very difficult prospect to grade due to his lack of experience against top competition. Having missed the Senior Bowl, we really don’t have a good grasp on his ability to handle NFL-sized defensive linemen. He certainly appears to have the strength to hold his ground at the next level, but the jump from D-II to the NFL is not always an easy one to make.
Videos:
2011 vs Angelo State
2011 vs Texas A&M Kingsville 
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Billy Winn scouting report

Billy Winn DE Boise State #
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 294

 
Strengths:
Impressive size/athleticism combo. Consistently explodes off the snap. Does a great job staying low to leverage his way into the backfield. A scrappy player who consistently fights through traffic to get into the backfield and occasionally make plays in pursuit. Knows how to make himself small to slip past less mobile interior offensive linemen.  Has experience lining up at end in 3-4 sets and three-technique tackle in 4-3 sets.
Weaknesses:
Spends too much time on the ground; explodes off the snap and occasionally lets himself get caught off balance and is easily tossed aside by more physical interior linemen. Strength at the point of attack is marginal; gets stood up fairly consistently and may need to be taken off the field in certain run situations, especially if used as a 4-3 tackle. Lacks the strength to shed blocks once a lineman gets into his chest. Had foot surgery prior to 2008 season. Suffered ankle injury during 2011 offseason.
Comments:
Winn’s combination of size and athleticism is certainly intriguing, but he’s a classic end/tackle ‘tweener which may give teams pause before giving him a 2nd or 3rd round grade. In order to be a three-down player, his best bet would be to land in a 3-4 defense. However, he could be a potentially dangerous situational interior pass rusher as a three-technique tackle. He lacks the strength to play inside against the run, but he could be a valuable asset as part of a defensive line rotation.
Videos:
2011 vs Georgia 
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Trevor Guyton scouting report

Trevor Guyton DE California #92
Ht: 6’3″

Wt: 285

 
Strengths:
Impressive size and strength. Strong bull rush; does a nice job consistently staying low and using good leverage. Has the ability to be end an in a 3-4 or 4-3 system, and could be considered a pass rushing three-technique tackle by some teams. Has the lower body strength to anchor against the point of attack against the run. Coaches and teammates speak highly of his work ethic and leadership qualities.
Weaknesses:
Limited athleticism; not a consistent pass rush threat due to limited speed off the edge and explosion off the snap. Below average change-of-direction ability; once he gets moving, he lacks the balance and agility to quickly alter his course and isn’t a strong playmaker in pursuit as a result.
Comments:
What you see is what you get with Guyton. He’s is limited physically, and probably isn’t going to be a three-down lineman at the next level as a result. However, he does have the potential to be a quality situational lineman. In a deep rotation in a 4-3 system he could contribute as a right defensive end on run downs and then shift inside to tackle in passing situations.
Videos:
2011 vs Stanford
2010 vs Texas 
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Cam Johnson scouting report

Cam Johnson DE Virginia #56
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 268

 
Strengths:
Decent athlete. Explosive edge rusher. Does a nice job staying low as he explodes off the snap, making it difficult for taller tackles to get a hand on him. Strong fundamentals as a pass rusher; knows to stay active and not allow tackles to get into his chest. Some experience dropping into zone coverage. Has experience playing linebacker in 3-4 and end in 4-3 sets. Scrappy player who will fight through the whistle and has a strong motor. Very reliable wrap-up tackler.
Weaknesses:
Workout numbers don’t really show up on the field; plays slower than he tests. Below-average stop-and-start ability; takes a few steps to gain momentum. Lacks the strength to consistently shed blocks once he’s fully engaged. Limited during combine due to torn pectoral muscle. Fairly serious injury concerns; nothing major, but consistently banged up. Missed time in 2011 with leg injury. Underwent shoulder surgery in 2009 for torn labrum. Missed time with ankle injury in 2008.
Comments:
Johnson has the potential to be an effective pass rusher in either a 3-4 or 4-3 defense. He lacks the elite athleticism or strength to project as a can’t-miss prospect, but he does have starter potential if he refines some of the minor aspects of his game. Talent-wise he’s a 3rd/4th round prospect, but his consistent injuries may cause some teams to drop him further on their board.
Videos:
2011 vs Miami FL
2011 vs Georgia Tech 
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Jake Bequette scouting report

Jake Bequette DE Arkansas #91
Ht: 6’5″Wt: 274  
Strengths:
Prototypical size for 4-3 end. Has experience lining up at end in 3-4 and 4-3 sets and also with his hand off the ground. Consistently explodes off the line. Stays low and generates a strong bull rush. Strong motor; very active player who consistently gives a strong second effort once he appears to be stopped. Does a nice job sliding through holes on the interior line; shows great body control when he slows down and moves in a more deliberate manner.
Weaknesses:
Average agility and change-of-direction ability; can get into the backfield but won’t chase down many mobile quarterbacks. Needs to play with better balance; attempts to explode into the backfield with such force that he often gets knocked off balance with a quick punch from offensive tackles. Spends too much time on the ground; overaggressive nature allows him to get pushed around too easily by more physical tackles. Missed time with a hamstring injury in 2011
Comments:
Bequette has the physical tools, but needs to work on his technique and overall awareness on the field. His explosion off the snap is impressive, but he definitely benefits from the fact that he has a one-track mind on the field (to get into the backfield). If he played a more balanced role in Arkansas’ defense he likely would not stand out on film as often. While his ability to surge into the backfield can definitely be an asset, he is often caught out of position on screens and misdirection plays. With some quality coaching, he could develop into a starter but he probably isn’t an instant-impact rookie.
Videos:
2011 vs Ole Miss
2011 vs South Carolina
2010 vs Texas A&M 
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