Scouting Reports – 2014

Calvin Pryor Scouting Report

Calvin Pryor S Louisville #25
Ht: 5’11”
Wt: 207

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Size/Athleticism: Well built for his size. Good blend of strength and speed. Can build momentum and dish out some big hits. Somewhat reckless with his hits and will need to tone it done to avoid fines at the next level.

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 and can explode when reacting to the throw. Still developing ability to read the quarterback and late to react too often at this stage of his career.

Ball skills: Tends to go for the hit rather than playing the ball. Has come down with a few acrobating interceptions and is capable of making athletic plays on the ball.

Run support: Great effort but takes inconsistent angles. Closes quickly and can deliver a big hit. Fairly reliable wrap-up tackler, but will miss some easy ones every so often.

Intangibles: Suspended one game in 2013 for violation of team rules.

Durability: No known issues, but modest size and reckless style raises some concern for long-term durability.

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Comments: Calvin Pryor is an intriguingly well-rounded prospect. He’s a natural free safety who can play the centerfield position and cover the deep portion of the field, but he’s also willing and able to step up to play the run. He’s a hard hitter and has a bit of a reputation as a headhunter, which he will need to tone down at the next level. He’s probably best suited to stick in his free safety role, but he’s shown enough ability against the run and in limited man coverage situations to have some potential as a strong safety as well.

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Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Scouting Report

Ha Ha Clinton Dix S Alabama #6
Ht: 6’1″
Wt: 208

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Size/Athleticism: Above average height for the position. Adequate overall build. Strong enough to bring down bigger ball carriers.

Coverage: Prototypical free safety. Frequently played the role of centerfielder in Alabama’s cover one sets. Does a nice job reading the quarterback and is capable of cover the deep portion of the field on his own when asked. Understands his assignments and rarely caught out of position. Rarely used in man coverage and inconsistent footwork when he did match up one on one. Easily forced into false steps, even against unathletic tight ends, when in man coverage.

Ball skills: Modest leaping ability. Shows inconsistent timing when going up to contest the pass in jump ball situations.

Run support: Diagnoses the run quickly and is quick to close. More of a pile-on tackler than a difference maker but is capable of plugging a hole and taking on a ball carrier head on. Inconsistent open field tackler. Does a nice job plugging holes at the line, but in the open field his footwork is slow and he whiffs on too many attempts. Takes proper angles.

Intangibles: Suspended for two games for taking a loan from a coach. Viewed as a quiet leader by the coaching staff.

Durability: No known issues.

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Comments: Clinton-Dix is capable of coming in and starting immediately at free safety. He’s a prototypical centerfield who covers a lot of ground and can read the quarterback to put himself in position to make a play. There are some questions about his ability in man coverage and he’s inconsistent against the run, but for a team looking to fill a specific hole, he can make an immediate difference.

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Andre Williams Scouting Report

Andre Williams RB Boston College #44
Ht: 5’11”
Wt: 230
40: 4.56

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Size/Athleticism: Well built. A tough between-the-tackles runner who can take a pounding. Adequate speed for the role he’ll play in an offense. Quick feet and shifty between the tackles.

Vision: Shows impressive vision between the tackles. Makes good decision in terms of when to put his head down and plow forward and when to bounce it outside.

Power: A true power runner. Can break tackles and also move the pile. When he lowers his pads, he’s tough to bring down and can run through defensive backs and smaller linebackers. Somewhat inconsistent with his pad level and stays too high sometimes.

Speed/Agility: Surprising speed and is capable of breaking off some longer runs once he gets to the open field. Shows a nice burst when he hits the hole. Quick footwork, but not enough to consistently make guys miss. He’s simply too big of a target to break free within tight spaces.

Passing Game: Used almost exclusively as a blocker on passing downs and did not catch a single pass in 2013. Poor awareness as a blocker. Late to react to blizting linebackers. Has potential to develop, but may be a liable in pass-pro early in career.

Intangibles: Took two year

Durability: Quite, hard working, leader by example. Praised by coaches for his work ethic.

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Comments: Williams is a power runner but has just enough agility and burst to project as a potential starter at the next level. He’s far from a can’t-miss prospect and has plenty of tread already taken off his tires, but he is worth a look in the third or fourth round. The biggest knock against him right now is his lack of production on passing downs, where he offers almost nothing as a receiver and has been a liability at times in pass protection. It’s enough of an issue that it may prevent him from earning a starting job.

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Terrance West Scouting Report

Terrance West RB Towson #28
Ht: 5’9″
Wt: 225

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Size/Athleticism: Well built. A bowling ball type who can push the pile. Decent athleticism with a quick burst in tight spaces.

Vision: Tends to put his head down and run straight ahead too often, especially against stronger opponents. Could develop more patience to allow things the develop in front of him.

Power: A downhill runner who appears to not trust his speed. Tries to run people over on the inside even when there is the potential for a lane on the outside. Keeps his legs moving and rarely gets stuffed. Does a nice job pushing the pile to pick up something if a running lane isn’t there. Below average ball security for a power running back (five fumbles as a junior).

Speed/Agility: A one-cut runner with limited ability to make guys miss. He can cut once to avoid contact from a lineman in the backfield, but he lacks the change-of-direction ability to put together multiple moves to break free. Lacks the speed to turn the corner and break off chunks of yardage.

Passing Game: Limited experience catching the ball out of the backfield but appears to have fairly soft hands. Small hands and short arms. Doesn’t provide a big target for the quarterback. Shows some pop as a blocker but lacks the strength to sustain.

Intangibles: Took two years off from football after high school. Making rare early jump to pros from FCS, but it’s a logical jump considering his age (23) and family situation (has a young son).

Durability: Missed four games with knee injury in 2012. 838 touches over last three seasons.

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Comments: West is a classic one-cut runner who can be a quality second option in an offense. However, he’s limited athletically and probably isn’t capable of carrying the load at the next level. He reminds me of Tim Hightower, who was a serviceable power runner for a few years but never develop the explosive ability to take his game to the next level.

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Tom Savage Scouting Report

Tom Savage QB Pittsburgh #7
Ht: 6’4″
Wt: 228

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Size/Athleticism: Prototypical height and overall build. Strong enough to stand in the pocket and take a hit.

Arm strength/Accuracy: Elite arm strength which stands out above most of the other prospects in this class. Adequate accuracy on short and intermediate routes but loses his accuracy on the deep ball. Has a nice touch on his passes at all levels.

Footwork/Release: Strong overall fundamentals. Looks comfortable moving around the pocket. Climbs the pocket smoothly. Consistent balanced throwing motion. Transfers weight smoothly and cleanly. Adequate athleticism. Capable of

Decision making: Comfortable standing in the pocket. Patient letting the play develop. Doesn’t often force throws downfield and is willing to check down with its all the defense gives him. Might check down a little too often and could probably benefit from take a few more chances. Has a tendency to lock on to a receiver. Makes some poor decisions under pressure and needs to know when to simply hang on to the ball and take a sack.

Intangibles: Transferred from Rutgers to Arizona to Pittsburgh. Already 24 years old with very little experience. Made progress during senior year despite limited supporting cast.

Durability: Suffered a concussion in 2013. Also battled a rib injury during senior year.

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Comments: Savage has obvious NFL tools but is still a developmental prospect. He played in 2009 at Rutgers but then barely saw the field until the 2013 season. He should not be viewed as a guy who can come in and start immediately, but it would be surprising if he doesn’t eventually find his way on to an NFL field. He definitely has starter potential and his success will be determined by how he develops the mental side of the game. All the physical tools are there, he simply needs to refine the decision-making process.

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