The 2014 NFL Draft will present NFL general managers with a nice collection of defensive end prospects, starting with Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina.) And while Clowney will receive most, if not all, of the pre-Draft attention, there are several other intriguing defensive ends that will potentially be available next May.
This edition of the FRG Scouting First Look series will focus on Kony Ealy, the junior defensive end for the Missouri Tigers. Continue reading …
In this installment of the 2014 NFL Draft “First Look” series, FRG Scouting decided to breakdown the game of the mammoth defensive tackle prospect from the University of Tennessee, Daniel McCullers.
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.
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.
·A tough, physical, downhill runner that finishes runs hard and always falls forward.
·Consistently breaks tackles and fights for extra yardage.
·Has the leg drive to move a pile.
·Shows good patience and jump cut ability to get into the hole quickly.
·Shows quick feet and elusiveness for a bigger back.
·Leaves defenders hugging air with a terrific spin move.
·Can shake defenders one-on-one.
·Has the ability to run it between the tackles and speed to bounce to the outside.
·Adequate hands can pick up yards after the catch.
·Should have fresh legs, as he wasn’t over worked at Alabama.
·Runs upright at times, putting himself at risk.
·Ball security is an issue but he seems to be improving.
·Drops balls that should be caught, needs to look the ball in.
·Tends to get tripped up coming through the line of scrimmage more than he should.
·A willing blocker but poor technique.Likes to lead with this shoulder instead of getting square with a solid base.
·Toe injury in 2011 lead to off-season turf toe surgery.
·Minor ankle injury in 2012
Coming off a monster game int he BCS championship against Notre Dame, the time was right for this junior to head to the NFL. Waiting for his turn at Alabama behind former first round picks Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson,Lacy was able to prove his worth this season.Running behind one of the best offensive lines in recent history (see: Chance Warmack, D.J. Fluker, and Barrett Jones) Lacy rushed for over 1300 yards and 17 TD’s.
Lacy has the build of an NFL feature back. A nice combination of size and speed combined with a bruising running style will have him ranked at or near the top of most running back boards.Although he is listed at 220lbs, expect him to measure out at the combine around 230lbs or more.
Lacy, without question, has the talent to come off the board late in the first round. Expect Lacy to excel at goal line and short yardage carries early in his career, developing into a featured back sooner than later.
In this installment of the FRG Scouting Series, I decided to take a look at Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn. Lemonier entered the 2012 College Football season with a lot of hype following a 2011 campaign that saw the Junior from Hialeah, Florida register 9.5 sacks and a team-high 13.5 tackles for loss (good for 8th in the SEC). Lemonier is widely regarded as a one of the best 10 Defensive Ends available for the 2013 Draft.
The following is FRG’s breakdown of Corey Lemonier’s game and projection to the NFL:
Lemonier is listed at 6’4, 246lbs. He’s a chiseled athlete whose work ethic in the gym is obvious. However, Lemonier presents as a player that is a little light in the legs and the rear. I’m concerned that his frame suggests a lacking lower-body strength that is needed to anchor down against bigger, stronger NFL offensive linemen. I question whether Lemonier has the body-type to add weight; he’s extremely muscular. It’s not as easy as one might expect.
Lemonier has plus length for the position. He has a long frame, especially his arms. In order to have a fighter’s chance as a pass rusher in the NFL, you need to have long arms. Lemonier has them. With proper coaching, he should able to learn how to use his length to his advantage and consistently gain the leverage advantage against opposing linemen.
In my estimation, Lemonier will have to add anywhere from 10-15 lbs to compliment his skill-set on the next level. Continue reading …