Scouting Reports – 2014

Stefon Diggs Scouting Report

Stefon Diggs WR Maryland #1
Ht: 6’0″
Wt: 190

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Overview: Diggs is a quick and shifty receiver who may remind some of Brandin Cooks from the 2014 draft class. He doesn’t quite have Cooks’ elite explosive ability but he could play a similar role in an offense. He’ll need to prove he’s fully healed from his broken leg and avoid a third straight season with a significant injury in 2014.

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Duke Johnson Scouting Report

Duke Johnson RB Miami FL #8
Ht: 5’9″
Wt: 196

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Overview: Johnson enters his junior year looking like a strong prospect as a change-of-pace back, but could elevate his status if he bulks up and stays healthy. Johnson struggles running between the tackles and often gets stopped cold and knocked backwards when hit. If he can add the weight to turn himself into more of a bowling ball rather than just a pure speed threat, he may emerge as a legitimate feature back prospect.

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Chris Borland Scouting Report

Chris Borland LB Wisconsin #44
Ht: 5’11”
Wt: 248


Size/Athleticism: Vastly undersized. Lacks the height and has incredibly short arms which limits his ability to shed blocks and impacts his tackling ability. Appears to play faster than his timed speed.

Run Defense: Closes quickly. Capable of delivering the big hit and jarring the ball loose. Can take a hit and hold his ground at the point of attack. Keeps his eyes in the backfield and quick to react. Speed isn’t great and limits his range but he somewhat makes up for it with quick reactions.

Pass Rush: Explosive in short bursts and can be disruptive. Lacks the strength to consistently shed blocks. Limited arm length severely hinders his ability to keep linemen from getting into his chest and locking on to him. Shows a nice spin move.

Coverage: Smooth in back pedal when dropping into coverage. Does a nice job reading the quarterback. Will be a liability in man coverage. Lacks the height to play with almost any tight end and lacks the quickness to contain running backs.

Intangibles: Team leader who can be the quarterback of the defens.

Durability: Missed one game in 2013 with a leg injury. Missed 2013 spring game due to injury. Missed two games with hamstring injury in 2012. Suffered season ending shoulder injury in 2010.


Comments: Borland does all the little things well, but can he hold up at the next level with his limited size? Not only does his size limited him on the field, but it also may be an issue in keeping him healthy. He’s missed significant time throughout his career and has seemingly battles nagging injuries throughout his time at Wisconsin. But he’s a smart player who is probably worth the risk based on the fact that he’s capable of being a reliable backup at the very worst.

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C.J. Mosley Scouting Report

C.J. Mosley LB Alabama #32
Ht: 6’2″
Wt: 234


Size/Athleticism: Prototypical build for the position. Below average speed. Lacks the explosiveness to get into the backfield consistently. Timed speed (4.63 at pro day) doesn’t quite show up on tape.

Run Defense: Decent range but struggles to diagnose. Bites on a lot of fakes and is often a step late to react. Really struggled in 2013 against Auburn’s option attack. Takes strong angles in pursuit. Does a nice job fighting through the junk to get to the ball carrier when he knows where he’s going. Strong anchor at the point of attack and sheds blocks quickly. Disciplined and rarely over pursues.

Pass Rush: Rarely used as a pass-rusher. Lacks the explosiveness to slip past the interior line consistently.

Coverage: Lacks ideal athleticism for coverage. Stiff hips. Disciplined and does a nice job reading the quarterback in zone. Closes quickly on underneath routes. Lacks the speed and agility to run with the elite tight ends and running backs. Bites on play action a lot, although it’s partially due to Alabama’s scheme which is designed to focus on stopping the run.

Intangibles: Quiet leader and well respected by coaches and teammates. Not your typical loud, vocal leader at inside linebacker. No issues off the field.

Durability: Missed two games with dislocated elbow in 2011. Dislocated hip in 2011. Underwent right shoulder surgery following 2012 season.


Comments: Mosley is a steady, physical inside linebacker who can excel against the power run game but he lacks the elite athleticism to play at a high level in today’s NFL. He’s capable of playing a starting role in certain schemes, but his modest range and inconsistent ability to diagnose, especially against play fakes and options, will hold him back.

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Jimmie Ward Scouting Report

Jimmie Ward S Northern Illinois #15
Ht: 5’11”
Wt: 207


Size/Athleticism: Good size/athleticism blend. Fast enough for man coverage but strong enough to play near the line against the run—the ideal blend for a strong safety.

Coverage: Used almost exclusively at free safety in zone coverage. Looked fluid and confident in limited man-to-man opportunities. Decent range but not elite. Fluid in his backpedal. Late to react and struggles to pick up the subtle movements of receivers that can give away their direction. Development still needed in man coverage. Quick-twitch athleticism is modest, causing him to struggle against elite slot receivers.

Ball skills: Does a great job reading the quarterback and breaking on the ball. Good hands with 11 career interceptions. A playmaker after the interception.

Run support: Quick to diagnose and closes quickly. Reliable wrap-up tackler. Lacks elite size and some runners will plow through him, but its rarely due to a lack of effort or poor technique.

Intangibles: Multiple reports exist about a lack of maturity but has never been suspended or in trouble with the law. It’s unclear if these issues have impact his status on the draft board of any teams.

Durability: Missed combine due to foot injury. Missed just one game in college and played in 55. Relatively small frame for the position does raise some minor concerns.


Comments: Ward reminds me of Quintin Mikell, whose ability to react and close quickly have made him a solid run defender despite modest size. Ward needs to continue to develop his man coverage skills in order to play strong safety in most schemes, but he has the tools to do so. He fits best at strong safety, which he played at NIU, but could transition to free safety if necessary.

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