De’Anthony Thomas will be a polarizing prospect as the 2014 NFL Draft season unfolds. Some will see him as a dynamic offensive weapon that lacks a true, natural position. Others will express confidence in his ability to be a running back in the NFL, and there will be a collection of analysts that view him strictly as a slot WR.
Thomas was the top athlete in the 2011 high school class (Rivals), and brought a sprinter’s speed to the Oregon Ducks’ backfield. He made an immediate impact as a freshman, earning the Pac-12 Co-Offensive Freshman of the Year award.
Thomas’s 2013 season has been impacted by a nagging ankle injury (causing him to miss several games) and his production has dipped as a result. That said, Thomas still has rare athletic traits that will trump the box score during the evaluation process.
Averaging 7.8 yards per carry for a season’s worth of work is very impressive. But doing it back-to-back years is bordering insane. And that’s exactly what RS Junior Lache Seastrunk has managed to do for the Baylor Bears in 2012 and 2013.
An Oregon transfer, Seastrunk was recognized by almost every major scouting outlet as one of the premier high school running backs in the Country. Since transferring to Baylor, he’s totaled 1,994 yards and 18 TDs during his two years as a starting running back with the afore-mentioned, mind-blowing 7.8 yards per carry (on 257 carries!).
Seastrunk was on pace to top his impressive 2012 season before a groin injury sidelined him. However, he appears to be healthy again and is likely to declare for the 2014 NFL Draft.
Marion Grice, the all-purpose running back for the Arizona State Sun Devils, is finishing his 2013 senior season on crutches, but his body of work over the last two years has placed him in the race to be one of the first backs selected in next May’s NFL Draft.
The JUCO transfer has enjoyed a stellar season, totaling 996 yards rushing, 438 yards receiving, and 20 total TDs. He’s also displayed his ability in the return game on his 21 kickoff returns this year.
The following is FRG Scouting’s take on Marion Grice as we approach the 2013 NFL Draft. Continue reading …
The 2013 college football season is a month old, and with four games being in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to start taking a look at players who are making a steady climb up the 2014 NFL Draft Board.
Obviously, it’s early and things are still very fluid. But the following three draft-eligible prospects are guys that are playing better than I had expected OR have emerged from the shadows and placed their names squarely on the draft community’s radar. Continue reading …
During the 2013 NFL Draft process, I was critical of Kyle Long and his chances for immediate success on the NFL level. In fact, I gave Long a late-4th, early-5th round grade, so I was stunned when the Chicago Bears decided to use the 20th pick in the first round on the Oregon Duck offensive guard.
Long quickly became one of the star rookies of the preseason, as the game appeared to come naturally for the 6’6″, 311 pound son of Hall of Fame great, Howie Long. I immediately acknowledged the potential error in judgment on Long, but as is the case with any incoming NFL rookie, a few seasons are needed to accurately evaluate your “evaluation.” Continue reading …
Tajh Boyd might be the most enigmatic quarterback prospect who’s entered his senior season with the kind of praise and expectations he has received. There are a few special traits he brings to the table as a quarterback. There are also a few traits that, without development, will not allow him to be a highly successful quarterback at the NFL level.
In order to get a grasp on what Tajh Boyd is as a prospect, I’ve studied all 11 of his 2012 games against BCS competition as well as his 2013 season opener against Georgia and focused on specific skills (or lack thereof) that showed up on a consistent basis. These are the traits that, come hell or high water, Boyd will exhibit. Some of the negative aspects of his game can and likely will be improved on once he’s placed in an NFL setting. As of right now though, this is who he is as a quarterback prospect. There are a lot of inconsistencies to Tajh Boyd, but these are the things that you can count on. Continue reading …