Scouting Reports – 2014

Morgan Moses Scouting Report

Morgan Moses OT Virginia #78
Ht: 6’6″
Wt: 314

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Size/Athleticism: Prototypical height. Long arms. Could benefit from adding some strength, especially in the lower body. Athleticism is adequate but not at the elite level of the game’s best left tackles.

Pass Protection: Gets beat off the snap a lot against faster edge-rushers and has to recover. He doesn’t shut down  Does a nice job using the pass-rushers momentum to his advantage and directing them away. Impressive initial punch and can throw a small edge-rusher off his path with one pop. Seems to lack ideal lower body strength and it shows up in his struggles against the bull rush. Plays too upright at takes and gets knock off balance by the bull rushers who gain leverage on him.

Run Blocking: Mobility is average adequate but he doesn’t always move with a purpose. He has the speed to get to the second level, but gets lost in space and doesn’t always take the angles necessary to meet his assignments. Gets the job done but isn’t a mauler in the run game. Lacks the power to drive defenders backward and finish them off. Typically quick off the snap and gets into position to initially win the battle, but will lose balance and slide off his blocks.

Intangibles: Struggled with weight issues in college.

Durability: Three-year starter. Missed one game in 2012 with an undisclosed injury.

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Comments: Moses has the tools to start at the next level but he’s inconsistent and doesn’t dominate as often as you’d like to see for a guy of his size at the college level. There seems to be a combination of lack of power and lack of a desire to dominate, which could really hold him back at the next level. His issues with controlling his weight in college also raise some concern about his work ethic, although he seemed to have this under control in 2013.

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Cyrus Kouandjio Scouting Report

Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama #
Ht: 6’7″
Wt: 322

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Size/Athleticism: Prototypical size. Has the size and strength to overwhelm defensive lineman. Athleticism is a notch below elite, but he’s well

Pass Protection: Lacks elite agility but is quick off the snap and looks fluid sliding outside to stay with quicker edge-rushers. Extremely long arms and elite upper body strengths allows him to recover when a faster edge-rushers gets a step on him off the snap. His length and strength allows him to win even when’s not able to get into ideal position. Has a tendency to overextend and will fall off balance at times. Dominant against bull rushers and would be an elite prospect as a guard if a team wanted to move him inside.

Run Blocking: A bulldozer in the run game. Stays low off the snap and uses great leverage to drive defenders backward and finishes off a high percentage of his blocks. Capable of getting to the second level although he doesn’t always take great angles and occasionally finds himself lost in space.

Intangibles: Nothing positive or negative of note.

Durability: Suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2011. Underwent shoulder surgery prior to 2013 season. Knee injury reportedly raised concern among teams at the combine, which has been refuted by his agent. Dr. James Andrews sent report to all 32 teams regarding his knee, saying that he is fine.

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Comments: After the combine, the biggest concern with Kouandjio was his healthy by Dr. James Andrews has addressed that in a memo to all 32 teams and it now appears to be a non-issue. Kouandjio lacks the elite athleticism that many left tackles possess in the league today but he has shown steady improvement in his fundamentals throughout his career. His physical style of play will make him more attractive to certain teams, but can succeed in any system. All of biggest flaws relate to mobility and athleticism, and if it doesn’t work out at tackle he should be able to shift inside to guard and be an elite talent.

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Jake Matthews Scouting Report

Jeff Matthews OT Texas A&M #75
Ht: 6’6″
Wt: 308

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Size/Athleticism: Looks the part of an NFL left tackle. Strength is a little underwhelming. Only 24 reps on the bench press at the combine and that lack of power shows in his play. Moderate athleticism, but definitely a notch below the elite left tackles that can slide out and mirror the league’s best pass-rushers.

Pass Protection: Very polished in terms of his fundamentals when he has time. If a pass-rusher doesn’t challenge him with speed off the edge or throw him off balance immediately, he gets into position and generally will hold his ground. However, he’s sort of a bend-but-don’t-break lineman. He holds his ground most of the time, but he’ll get walked back a few steps and rarely finishes anyone off. Struggles with balance at times. Doesn’t always stay low enough to play with leverage and gets knocked back on his heels too often. Does a nice job diagnosing the defense and making late adjustments based on delayed blitzes, etc.

Run Blocking: Capable of getting to the second level but quickness and agility are limited and doesn’t always get to his assignment. Has a tendency to get lost in space and takes too long to pick a direction. Doesn’t have the power to finish guys off. Technically sound and clearly has a strong grasp of his assignments. Does a nice job using  his assignment’s momentum to direct him away from the designed direction of the play.

Intangibles: Comes from the most successful NFL family in league history. Son of Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews. Cousin of Packers linebacker Clay Matthews.

Durability: Extremely durable. 45 consecutive starts.

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Comments: Matthews is among the most technically sound linemen to enter the draft in recent years, but he’s somewhat limited in terms of his physical tools. He’s built to be more of a power blocker than a finesse lineman, but he lacks the strength to dominate. He may have already maxed out his potential, giving him very little upside. If he’s already playing at or near his peak, he’s still a quality starter in the NFL but clearly below the elite level.

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Greg Robinson Scouting Report

Greg Robinson OT Auburn #73
Ht: 6’5″
Wt: 332

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Size/Athleticism: Doesn’t quite have the height of many elite left tackles, but he more than makes up for it with a blend of strength and athleticism. Moves exceptionally well for his size and makes some downfield blocks that you just don’t see from players with his body type.

Pass Protection: Shockingly quick feet for a lineman with his size and general body build. Quick out of his stance off the snap. Slides outside effortlessly and is rarely beat off the snap by edge-rushers. Initial punch is devastating and can knock an edge-rusher off his path even when he’s beat off the snap. Upper body strength is impressive and he can handle smaller pass rushers even when he’s beat and slightly off balance. Plays with impressive balance and rarely lunges as defenders unless it’s a necessary last-ditch effort. Due to Auburn’s offensive scheme, doesn’t have a ton of experience in pass-protection with the quarterback standing in the pocket. Still learning how to diagnose and adjust to defensive shifts and delayed blitzes.

Run Blocking: An absolute mauler as a run blocker. Gets low and uses his raw strength and great leverage to easy direct defensive lineman any way he wants and often drives them to the ground. He does more than just open up holes, he finishes off his assignment. His ability to get to the second level is impressive for a man of his size. He doesn’t just get to the second level, he does so quickly and efficiently. Shows a strong understanding of his assignment on each player and rarely gets caught out of position when blocking on the move.

Intangibles: Did not play offensive line until his junior year of high school, giving him five years of experience at the position. Third-year sophomore.

Durability: No known issues.

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Comments: Robinson is a truly special prospect who not only excels in every aspect of the game but has the ability to dominate. There are absolutely no glaring flaws in his game and his only real weakness is limited experience. The rate at which he has developed, and the strides he showed from his sophomore to junior year, give plenty of reason to believe he will continue to grow as a player and play at a high level for a long time. With his raw talent and successes thus far, the only thing that can prevent him from being an elite player at the next level would be injuries or a serious drop off in his work ethic.

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Storm Johnson Scouting Report

Storm Johnson RB Central Florida #8
Ht: 6’0″
Wt: 209

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Size/Athleticism: Average size and strength. Doesn’t really stand out in any area in terms of his physical tools, but he meets all the minimum requirements.

Vision: Capable of maneuvering his way through traffic between the tackles, but he’s quick to bounce it to the outside. Played in sort of a gimmicky offense at UCF, at least in terms of their rushing attack, and benefitted from a lot of reverses and fake-reverses to confuse the defense.

Power: Doesn’t run between the tackles all that often—he’s quick to give up and bounce it outside. When he’s got momentum, he’ll fall forward a fair percentage of the time but he doesn’t break  a ton of tackles and he doesn’t have the strong legs to really push the pile. He’s very much reliant on his blockers to create for him between the tackles.

Speed/Agility: Hits the hole with a nice burst. Has the speed to take it the distance, but he’ll get caught from behind occasionally. Lacks the elite burst and the agility to runaround unblocked defenders closing off the edge, which sometimes resulted in some negative plays when tried to bounce it outside. Basically a one-cut runner. He’ll make a most and then try to just turn on the jets, but he isn’t fast enough to have a ton of success with this method. Tends to run upright, which leads to a lack of balance and makes him susceptible to being knocked down without even a wrap-up tackle or a solid hit.

Passing Game: Limited experience in the passing game. Hands are shaky and he made some bad drops. Pass protection is a liability, but it appear to improve as the season went on so there’s reason to hope he’s willing and able to grow in this area.

Intangibles: Only one year of experience as the feature back. Transferred from Miami FL after 2010 season.

Durability: No known issues.

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Comments: Johnson is a fairly well balanced back with a blend of size and speed. Unfortunately, he just doesn’t stand out in any one area. Teams generally prefer to target running backs that can do one thing well—either power or speed—and Johnson just doesn’t really have either. But he has enough to both to warrant a look late in the draft and could be a successful backup if improves his vision and willingness to work between the tackles. With his current approach of bouncing everything outside, he just won’t find success against the athletic linebackers of the NFL.

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