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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Dri Archer Scouting Report

Dri Archer RB/WR Kent State #1
Ht: 5’7″
Wt: 173

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Size/Athleticism: Vastly undersized. Lacks the bulk to project as an every-down player. Athleticism is off the charts. Has the type of speed and agility that scares defenses, as he can take it the distance on any play. Has some experience returning kicks and will almost certainly be asked to resume those duties in the NFL.

Vision: Vision between the tackles is decent, but he tends to take everything outside. Also has a tendency to push himself to full speed immediately, rather than remaining patient and letting things develop in front of him. Offense was designed to allow him to run outside, so it didn’t require a ton of adjustments other than to simply dodge the tacklers in front of him.

Power: He’ll break an occasional weak tackle attempt from a defensive back, because he’s short enough to generate some leverage, but he goes down on contact between the tackles. Ball security is a major issue. Partially may be attributed to his small hands, but he also has terrible technique. Tends to hold the ball away from his body and rarely protects it unless he’s running between the tackles.

Speed/Agility: Pure speed ranks among the game’s elite. Explosion is off the charts. He seemingly gets up to full speed the second he turns on the jets, but then has a second gear to leave defenders in his dust once he reaches the open field. Start and stop ability is special. You simply can’t contain him one on one in the open field.

Passing Game: Lined up as a receiver occasionally, more so during 2013 under new coaching staff. Small hands, but generally reliable on the short stuff when he’s open. Hands are more shaky down the field or when attempting to match a catch on the move. Uses his body too often and had some bad drops. Ideal weapon to use on screens. Offers almost no help in pass protection. Routes as a receiver are poor. Rounds off all his cuts. But his elite agility gives him tons of potential to develop in this area. Used a deep threat occasionally but can’t make contested catches—as long as there’s a safety over the top to contain him, he isn’t much of a threat because he won’t come down with the ball in traffic. As a deep threat, he’s more valuable as a decoy, because the safety has to be aware or else he will run away from the cornerback in man coverage.

Intangibles: Academically ineligible in 2011.

Durability: Suffered an ankle injury in 2012 and was slowed by the injury again for most of the 2013 season. Suffered a knee injury in 2012 bowl game. Lack of size and history of injuries raises a huge red flag in terms of his long term durability.

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Comments: Archer is a man without a position, because he’s too small to strictly play running back or receiver. But he has the rare talent to potentially to play a Dexter McCluster/Eric Metcalf role in the NFL. He’ll never be a guy who touches the ball 20 times per game, but can play a significant role in an offense because the defense always needs to be aware of his presence on the field. If healthy, his playmaking ability would legitimately put him in the conversation as a top 50 prospect, but because he was slowed by an ankle injury throughout the 2013 season it would be tough to justify such a high pick on a guy who will never be an every-down player. How he checks out medically at the combine and during pre-draft visits will play a significant role in his draft stock.

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