Scouting Reports – 2012

Sean Spence scouting report

Sean Spence LB Miami FL #31
Ht: 5’11”

Wt: 231

 
Strengths:
Smart, hard-working player. Put in a lot of work in the weight room to bulk up throughout his college career. Hard hitter; has the ability to jar the ball loose. High-energy player who gives his full effort on every play. Decent athleticism for a linebacker.
Weaknesses:
Vastly undersized; lacks the height and overall bulk that most teams want in their linebackers. Even some 4-3 teams may view him as too small to play weak-side linebacker. Lacks the fluid athleticism to transition to safety. Plays out of control at times; flies all over the field, but often takes poor angles to the ball carrier. Can’t shed a block to save his life; ineffective at the point of attack against the run, especially when lined up right at the line of scrimmage. Needs to do a better job keeping his eyes in the backfield; often late to react to misdirection plays. Suspended for one game in 2011 for receiving improper benefits.
Comments:
Spence was a productive college linebacker, but there may not be a position for him in the NFL. He’s too small to play anything but weak-side linebacker in a 4-3 scheme and he isn’t quite athletic enough to transition to strong safety. Even if someone likes his ability as a weak-side linebacker, he isn’t a three-down linebacker. He’ll be limited to a backup role and playing on special teams.
Videos:
2011 vs Kansas State, Florida State 
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Ronnell Lewis scouting report

Ronnell Lewis OLB Oklahoma #56
Ht: 6’2″

Wt: 253

 
Strengths:
Extremely versatile player with experience at strong-side linebacker and defensive end. Explosive pass rusher; quick off the snap and does a great job staying low to blow past taller offensive tackles, especially when lining up with his hand on the ground. Reliable wrap-up tackler who can also deliver the big hit. Has the speed to make plays in pursuit and generally takes good angles and displays decent anticipation/instincts. Worth ethic praised by coaches and teammates; nicknamed “The Hammer” for his intense play.
Weaknesses:
Versatility is an asset, but it also means he lacks experience at any one position. Struggles at the point of attack, especially with his hand on the ground; lacks the strength but could also improve his technique – tends to play back on his heels and does not use good leverage to hold his ground. Used almost exclusively as a pass rusher in passing situations. Limited experience in coverage, and may lack the fluid athleticism necessary to stay with tight ends/running backs in man coverage at the next level.
Comments:
Lewis is a tough prospect to grade because of the way in which Oklahoma used him. He primarily lined up with his hand on the ground, but he won’t be a three-down lineman at the next level. His best chance to stay on the field at the next level will be as a 3-4 outside linebacker, where he can be used almost exclusively as a pass rusher and his deficiencies against the run can be masked slightly by having more room to move before becoming engaged in a block. He could come off the board anywhere from the late 1st to the late 3rd round, it really all depends on how each teams thinks he can transition into their system because he won’t be playing the same role he was in at Oklahoma.
Videos:
2011 vs Texas 
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Michael Egnew scouting report

Michael Egnew TE Missouri #82
Ht: 6’5″

Wt: 252

 
Strengths:
Prototypical size. Reliable hands; consistently catches the ball away from his body. Secures the ball quickly and turns to get up field. Tough runner with the ball in his hands; willing to lower his shoulder into a defender to pick up the extra yardage. Strong route runner; does a great job finding the soft spot and giving his quarterback a target. Shows good body control when going up in traffic. Experience lining up in the slot. Some experience carrying the ball on reverses.
Weaknesses:
Lacks the explosive athleticism to be a deep threat; reasonably fast once he’s up to full speed, but doesn’t explode off the line, or have the quickness to shake man coverage. Limited experience as a blocker; essentially used as an extra receiver and rarely used as an inline blocker. Suffered a sprained ankle which required surgery in 2009.
Comments:
Egnew was essentially a wide receiver at Missouri and, as a result, he’s not ready to be a three-down tight end at the next level. However, he does have the size and athleticism to be an asset in the passing game. His impact at the next level will depend on the system he lands in, but he could make an immediate impact somewhere in a Jimmy Graham-type role where he’s used almost exclusively as a route runner.
Videos:
2011 vs Kansas State 
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Adonis Thomas scouting report

Adonis Thomas RB Toledo #24
Ht: 5’10”

Wt: 185

 
Strengths:
Incredibly shifty runner; does a great job making himself small to slip through holes at the line of scrimmage. Very tough to bring down in the open field; quick feet and exceptional stop-and-start ability. A patient runner with great vision; anticipates holes opening and hits them with an impressive burst. Excellent receiver out of the backfield; great hands and explosive after the catch (30+ catches and 10+ yards per rec in each of past two seasons). Has experience taking direct snaps. Did not return kicks/punts in college but has the skill set to handle those duties at the next level.
Weaknesses:
Undersized. Teams would probably be more comfortable about his ability to handle an NFL workload if he added 5-10 pounds of muscle. Missed time with a broken arm in 2011. Lacks the special teams experience that you’d like from a back with his skill set. Will occasionally dance too much in the backfield in effort to break big run instead of settling for modest gain. Lacks the strength to offer much as a blocker. Limited experience against top competition.
Comments:
Thomas is underrated due to his lack of size and the fact that he played in the MAC, but he has obvious NFL talent. He is every bit as explosive as the more well-known LaMichael James, but what gives him an edge over James is his vision and body control. Thomas is a impressively polished runner has the instincts and vision to run between the tackles, but the explosiveness and speed to be a home run hitter as well. Thomas hasn’t faced many elite opponents, but he proved himself to be a legitimate threat in Toledo’s near-upset of Ohio State in 2011.
Videos:
2011 vs NIU 
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Tauren Poole scouting report

Tauren Poole RB Tennessee #28
Ht: 5’10”

Wt: 205

 
Strengths:
Adequate overall size and strength. Best asset is his vision. Anticipates holes opening and looks very comfortable and instinctive running between the tackles. Adequate straight-line speed; will break off some big runs. Very fundamentally sounds; good hands as a receiver, excellent ball security as a runner. Gives a solid effort as a blocker; not real strong, but willing to get low and makes some plays. Some experience working as a lead blocker as well. Experience on special teams coverage. Excelled academically in college.
Weaknesses:
Lacks elite measurables; not fast or quick enough to really be big-play threat, but not powerful enough to be a true North/South runner. Needs to do a better job keeping his legs churning; goes down on first contact too often. Takes too many risks; change-of-direction ability is decent but he trusts it too much and he’ll get caught in the backfield trying to make plays that just aren’t there for him.
Comments:
What you see is what you get with Poole. He doesn’t do anything exceptionally well, but he’s capable of doing it all. His upside is limited and he’ll probably never be a starter at the next level, but he should develop into an adequate backup. He’s a safe mid-round pick who should be able to earn a roster spot as a 3rd running back and will also contribute on special teams.
Videos:
2010 vs Alabama 
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