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In this installment of the First Look series, I decided to take a look at Notre Dame’s star defensive tackle, Louis Nix. Both Will Sutton (ASU) and Daniel McCullers (Tennessee) were recently reviewed by FRG Scouting, and after breaking down Nix’s game, it’s pretty clear that the 2014 NFL Draft will have some top-tier defensive tackles amongst the pool of prospects.
Let’s take a look at Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame:
Standing 6’8″ tall and weighing 360 lbs, McCullers is one of the physically biggest prospects (regardless of position) for the 2014 NFL Draft. After playing JUCO ball for Georgia Military Academy in 2010 and 2011, McCullers became an instant impact player for the Volunteers in 2012, playing in all 12 games and starting seven. He led all Tennessee defensive linemen in tackles (39) and managed to record one sack.
Below is FRG Scouting’s “First Look” at Daniel McCullers: Continue reading
The FRG Scouting 2014 NFL Draft ”First Look” series has focused on quarterbacks through its first nine installments. Rather than look at yet another quarterback, I decided to leave it up to my Twitter followers as to who the next prospect covered in the “First Look” series would be. While there were a lot of good responses, the one player that had more than a few requests was Will Sutton, the defensive tackle from Arizona State University.
Sutton surprised many analysts by returning for the 2013 season. He had a monster year in 2012, totaling 13 sacks and 24.5 tackles for loss. He would have been a viable first-round defensive tackle prospect.
After taking a look at his game, I think he made the right call when he decided to go back to school for another season at Arizona State. Continue reading
The first five installments of FRG Scouting’s “First Look” series have focused on quarterbacks, and we’ll be sticking to that theme with a sneak peek at Aaron Murray, the experienced and highly decorated starter for the Georgia Bulldogs.
Murray was a heavily recruited high school player after a successful career at Plant High School in Tampa, Florida. Murray led the Panthers to two state titles in three years, including his senior season in which he suffered a major leg injury. Scout.com rated Murray as the No. 3 quarterback prospect in the nation, and after all was said and done, 53 programs offered him a scholarship. Murray verbally committed to the Bulldogs (Florida and UCLA were in his final three) in the Spring of 2008, and has been the Georgia starter since the 2010 season.
Murray has started 41 games for the Bulldogs since 2010. He’s attempted 1,391 passes and has completed 61.5% for 10,091 yards and 95 TDs (compared to 32 Ints). Murray was named second team All-SEC in 2011.
Entering the 2012 college football season, many analysts viewed Thomas as the next Cam Newton-type prospect. And why wouldn’t they? He was coming off an impressive 2011 campaign –his first as a starting quarterback– that saw him throw for more than 3,000 yards and a nearly 2:1 TD to Int ratio. He completed almost 60% of his passes and was on an upward projection.
Then the 2012 season started.
Thomas regressed as a player while underperforming in every statistical category (compared to 2011). The Hokies ended the year with an underwhelming 7-6 record, and the once-hyped potential No. 1 overall pick had little to no choice but to return to school for another year of experience.