Scouting Reports – 2012

Eric Page scouting report

Eric Page WR Toldeo #12
Ht: 5’9″

Wt: 186

 
Strengths:
Explosive after the catch; dangerous runner with the ball in his hands. Has great vision as a runner. Does a nice job adjusting to the ball; shows great body control. Excellent route runner; makes up for his lack of elite speed by running crisp routes and taking advantage of defensive backs missteps. Extremely quick feel; very quick in his cuts, and can shake faster corners if they don’t give him enough space. Fairly reliable hands; good technique, catches away from his body and secures it quickly. Experienced and extremely productive returning kicks/punts. Very smart player on and off the field. Coaches speak very highly of him.
Weaknesses:
Takes a few steps longer to get up to full speed than the average receiver, and may not be a significant deep threat at the next level as a result. Will drop some passes he shouldn’t, likely a result of his relatively small hands because his technique is excellent. Undersized; will never be a prototypical No. 1 receiver. Level of competition is a concern.
Comments:
Page is limited by his size and modest speed, but he makes up for it by being extremely technically sound and doing all the little things well. He reminds me of Wes Welker in many ways. Like Welker, he’ll never beat someone with pure speed, but he can shake defenders with his quick moves and is a lethal threat after the catch due to his vision and toughness as a runner. He will likely fall to Day 3, but will be a steal for someone in the 4th round or beyond.
Videos:
2011 vs Northern Illinois
2011 vs Ball State 
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Jamell Fleming scouting report

Jamell Fleming CB Oklahoma #32
Ht: 5’11”

Wt: 206

 
Strengths:
Adequate height and good overall bulk. Fairly reliable tackler and fundamentally sound in run support; breaks quickly towards the backfield and sets the edge consistently. Occasionally used on blitzes. Good ball skills when he turns his head in time to see it coming. Decent athleticism; has the fluid hips and quick feet to turn and stay with receivers. Experience on special teams coverage.
Weaknesses:
Willing to step up and play press coverage, but lacks the quickness to excel in this area and his beat off the first step too often. Takes far too many missteps and will get grabby with receivers to try to recover, which will result in a lot of flags at the next level. Instincts are limited; has the athleticism to stay with receivers, but lacks the ability to anticipate and stay one step ahead. Speed is only average; lacks the ability to recover once he’s beat.Tries to mirror the receiver and does not turn to play the ball often enough.
Comments:
Fleming has the size and athleticism to play at the next level, but he’s still raw. Right now Fleming’s game is all about reacting to the receiver, which he has the skills to do, but he needs to improve his ability to anticipate. As a corner, especially one without truly elite athleticism, you have to try to stay one step ahead which Fleming is not capable of at this stage in his career. As a result, he’s a developmental prospect, but does have the raw physical tools necessary to improve.
Videos:
2011 vs Iowa 
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Dwight Bentley scouting report

Dwight Bentley CB Louisiana-Lafayette #5
Ht: 5’10”

Wt: 182

 
Strengths:
Decent all-around athlete. Very quick; has the smooth hips and quick feet necessary to stick with some of the smaller, faster receivers in the league; athleticism makes him a good fit at nickel corner to match up with smaller slot receivers. Does a decent job keeping his eyes on the quarterback. Willing to step up vs the run; surprisingly tough for a guy his size.
Weaknesses:
Undersized; lacks the height and bulk to matchup with more physical receivers. Adequate athleticism, but not enough to make up for his limited size. Willing to help vs the run, but tackling technique is shaky; simply too small to really be an effective tackler. Lacks great instincts; quick to bite on fakes. Relies too much on his athleticism and takes a lot of wasted steps which must be corrected before he sees significant playing time at the next level.
Comments:
Bentley is a decent athlete, but lacks the elite athleticism to make up for his lack of size. At this stage in his career he is very raw, and needs to work on his fundamentals before he’s ready to play a significant role at the next level. He trusts his athleticism too much, which was fine in the Sun Belt, but even less athletic receivers will be able to take advantage of his missteps at the next level. Overall, he clearly has the raw skills to play in the NFL, but he’s definitely a developmental prospect.
Videos:
2011 vs San Diego State 
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Casey Hayward scouting report

Casey Hayward CB Vanderbilt #19
Ht: 5’11”

Wt: 192

 
Strengths:
A good all-around athlete who looks fluid in both zone and man coverage. Looks very comfortable in zone coverage; does a great job reading the quarterback and is quick to adjust once the ball is in the air. Demonstrates solid all-around instincts. Isn’t afraid to play up at the line of scrimmage despite his lack of size. Quick to step up in run support. Good ball skills; does a nice job becoming the receiver once the ball is thrown. Plenty of experience against top competition. Has experience on special teams coverage.
Weaknesses:
Size is a concern; height is average and overall bulk is lacking. He doesn’t back down from tough assignments, but he may simply lack the size and strength to matchup with some of the more physical possession receivers at the next level. Willing to play the run, but rarely sheds solid blocks and may simply lack the strength to do so. Speed is only average, which hurts his ability to make up for his lack of size. Missed time in 2009 with migraine headaches.
Comments:
Hayward is a solid cornerback who does everything well, but lacks the measurables to project as anything more than an low-level starter at the next level. His lack of size and strength limits his upside, and it even impacted his role at Vanderbilt. For example, against South Carolina he was only lined up against Alshon Jeffery a handful of times and in the one jump-ball situation they got into, Hayward was called for a blatant pass interference penalty. He has value as a mid-round pick and could be a solid nickel corner, but don’t expect anything more than that.
Videos:
2011 vs South Carolina
2011 vs Arkansas
2011 vs Cincinnati 
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2012 1 Comment

Trumaine Johnson scouting report

Trumaine Johnson CB Montana #2
Ht: 6’2″

Wt: 204

 
Strengths:
Impressive size for a corner. Has the height to cause problems for possession receivers. Does a great job turning his body to locate and play the ball rather than simply mirror the receiver. Looks comfortable in zone coverage; does a nice job keeping his eyes on the quarterback. Very fluid in his backpedal. Quick to step up vs the run. Has the strength to easily shed weak blocks by receivers. Occasionally used as a pass rusher off the edge. Elite ball skills; recruited as a receiver.
Weaknesses:
Arrested for obstructing police officers in Oct, 2011; Johnson and a teammate were tasered when resisting arrest by police officers who responded to a late-night party. Suspended in 2009 for his role in a fight at a fraternity party. Missed time with a broken arm in 2009. Missed time with undisclosed injury in 2008. Level of competition is an obvious concern. Very willing to step up vs the run, but tackling technique is sloppy; does not consistently wrap-up the ball carrier and tends to either go for the big hit or swipe at the legs with his arms. Instincts are inconsistent; relies too much on his athleticism to allow him to make up for mistakes, which he won’t get away with at the next level.
Comments:
Johnson is an intriguing prospect due to his size and athleticism, but teams will need to check out his character and medical history. Two significant altercations and multiple injuries raise enough concerns to potentially drop him down a few rounds on some draft boards. On the field, he is definitely raw in his recognition skills, but has all the physical tools necessary to develop into a starter down the road.
Videos:
2011 vs Northern Iowa
2011 vs Central Arkansas
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2012 3 Comments