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NFL Draft 2014 – Scouting Report WR Odell Beckham – LSU

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NFL Draft 2014 – Scouting Report – WR Odell Beckham - LSU

* Odell Beckham #3 - 5-11, 195 - LSU - Sp. 4.40 Rating 92
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Electrifying junior receiver/ returner completed a fine career for LSU, earning SEC honors several time over his career. Odell has been a consistently productive big play performer whether as a receiver, runner or return specialist. He combines explosive quickness and speed that allows him to make plays after the catch or returning kicks. He has shown consistent big play ability in those roles to make defenders miss or run away from them. Over his career, he has been a featured big play weapon for the pro style Tiger passing game that has featured several NFL receivers. He is an excellent all-purpose performer who has natural hands and running skills to fill a few key roles as a pro. He was a consistent playmaker in all roles and could earn the #3 job as a slot receiver as a rookie, in addition to both return duties. He has incredible natural hands who runs precise routes and is able to utilize his great suddenness to create space. He is both very quick and fast with the short area suddenness to create running room and hit an opening. He has top speed with the initial quickness to get into his routes nicely and the ability to make fast cuts at the break point and create consistent separation. He displays top AA and has a fine understanding of the passing game with the ability to adjust his routes and make the tough catch. He has the speed to get deep or take the short screen pass and make a big play using his natural running skills. Despite his marginal size, he displays the toughness and body control to make the difficult catch, take the big hit and hold on to the ball. He releases from the line quickly and fights thru the jam to get into his routes. After the catch, his top running ability makes things happen with his rare elusiveness to make defenders miss and speed to run away from tacklers. He is similar to Percy Harvin and Randall Cobb in speed, quickness, style and AA with big play talent to be a game to game difference maker.
The Numbers:As a junior, he started 13 games and had 59 catches for 1152 yards for a 19.5 average and 8 TDs. He won the 2013 Hornung Award as college football’s most versatile player for both his receiving and outstanding return skills. He led the SEC and ranking #2 in the nation in all-purpose yards with a 178.1 average. As a sophomore, he started 12 of 13 games and had 43 catches for 713 yards and 2 TDs. Over his career, he set the LSU record and finished No. 2 in SEC single-season history with 2,315 all-purpose yards as a junior in ’13. He started 34 of 39 games for three seasons and totaled 143 catches for 2340 yards and 12 TDs. Over his career, he had 2 punt returns for TDs in 2012 and had a career 9 yard average along with a 25 yard career average for kickoff returns. Over the 2013 season, he had 32 kickoff returns for 845 yards and a 26.4 average. At the NFL Combine, he ran 4.43 time with a 1.50 ten yard split. He did 7 reps. He had a 38.5” VL and a 10’2” BJ with a 3.94 short shuttle and 6.69 three cone in an excellent display of athleticism. He performed very well in the receiving drills.
The Skinny: Very explosive athlete with the ability to become an impact player as both a receiver and returner. He is a top athlete with the talent to provide early impact and game changing talent. He can be a slot receiver with the skill set to become a major matchup problem. His top open field running skills gives his club a dangerous weapon in a number of roles. Highly-developed athlete with the developed skills to be a much better pro than collegian. Pro Bowl returner to give an offense consistently good field position. Developed skill set to be a very good pro and he probably does not fall beyond the top 25 selections. Impact weapon with big play ability in a few roles.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

J.J Watt #99 - 6’5” 290 lbs. - Wisconsin - Sp. 4.85 Rating 91
Big athletic junior defender has the prototypical physical skills that NFL scouts seek in an edge rusher for either the 3-4 or 4-3 defensive sets. J.J. declared for the NFL Draft after a strong 2010 season that saw him make huge steps up as a pro prospect. He is a fine looking prospect who has the upside potential to become a complete NFL starter early in his career. He has a huge frame and carries 290 lbs. well without losing his speed or agility. He is a powerful athlete with excellent strength and initial quickness and movement skills for a player of his dimensions with the ability to match up with NFL tackles. He has a strong hand punch that needs some further development that gives him penetration early on the down. He has a good 1st step that allows him to gain an advantage on the snap, though he needs to improve his initial burst to get his shoulder past the tackle more consistently. He has the powerful burst that pressures a blocker to contain his initial move. He relies on power more than quickness to gain an advantage off the snap. His strength allows him to counter well underneath to the inside when his initial move is contained. He has a strong frame that delivers a powerful surge that enables him to strike an opponent and gain a quick advantage. He has improved his technique each of the two starting seasons at Wisconsin after beginning his career as a TE at Central Michigan. He may have as much upside potential as any defensive linemen in the class after such a limited playing career. Despite a raw prospect in many respects, he has the makeup to be an excellent pass rusher with some further development on his technique and initial reads. He has very good arm length with the frame and growth potential to add bulk to improve his fine power even further. He is a relentless defender who combines quickness and power to beat blockers in several ways. Despite being a young athlete at the position, he shows fast development and a nice LOD over his short Badger stay. His impact ability really emerged over his late career when he began to produce big plays on a weekly basis. He can strike an opponent and deliver a jarring punch that gains a quick advantage that allows him to beat a blocker as an edge rusher. He doubled his sack total as a senior in only his second year on the defensive side of the ball. He shows fine power with the physical presence to hold the POA and win most individual battles. He relies mainly on his power and swim move to beat blockers and needs to develop other moves like a hump, rip and club technique to succeed at the NFL level. He has the ability to anchor very well and projects to the end spot in both schemes. He is the ideal end for the end spot for the five-technique role in the 3-4 set where he has the rare athleticism and makeup to be a high level every down defender. He uses his arms well to keep blockers off his body when attacking and separates fairly well if his initial charge is contained. For a big athlete, he is an agile defender who will tackle in space and has the COD skills to redirect and make stops down the line. He shows good awareness, agility and balance to move down the LOS and stay clean with the burst to the ball to finish plays. He needs to improve his hand usage and overall strength to play up to his AA to take advantage of his skills and to make more big plays. He has good short area burst of speed to win early on the down and penetrate the backfield. Over the 2010 season, he earned 1st team Big Ten honors with 62 tackles, 21 TFL, 7 sacks and 8 PBU. Over his first season at Wisconsin in ‘09, he started all 13 games and registered 44 tackles with 15.5 TFL and 4.5 sacks. He makes many plays with his chase ability to pursue along the line. At times, he fails to stay alive on plays directed at him and needs to get stronger and read plays quicker to stack better at the POA. At the NFL Combine, he came in at over 6’5” and 290 lbs. with 34” arms. He ran a 4.91 time with 34 reps and added 37” VL and 10” BJ. He had excellent agility drills with a 4.21 short shuttle and a 6.88 three-cone times. He is an aggressive defender with a very good motor, technique and functional strength. He is an intriguing prospect with the skill set to be among the better prospects and similar to Aaron Smith in AA, body type and upside potential. Fast improving and rising prospect and an early two-way defender for the 3-4 set. Top 15 prospect with big NFL upside and early starting talent.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

NFL Draft 2014 – Scouting Report – Bennett Jackson – Notre Dame

Photo – CB Bennett Jackson – Notre Dame.

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In an exceptionally deep group of cornerbacks, a number of prospects have slipped through the cracks over the long postseason scouting prospect. One prospect - Bennett Jackson of Notre Dame continues to rise up NFL team draft boards off an impressive late career including a strong NFL Combine performance. This corner draft class may be the deepest in recent memory and will supply 30+ draft selections over the three day NFL Draft. Many like Bennett Jackson can be the next diamonds who surprise fans and earn an NFL starting grade in time. Jackson is capable of coming into camp and winning a key role in the nickel and dime packages, in addition to being a special teams ace on coverage units and returner.

Rising Prospect
Bennett Jackson - CB - Notre Dame

Big agile senior corner had an excellent final season and postseason that sees his stock rising quickly entering the final days. He had a strong postseason and excellent Pro Day that has him rising into the middle rounds. He is considered a quality cover man that will be in high demand and probably a top 150 overall prospect. His excellent size/ speed numbers plus his fine grade on film backed up with a strong workout has pushed him up the charts quickly. He is adept at playing man situations with an excellent pedal and quick change of direction skills to mirror receivers. He is also a hitter who will tackle at the line and in the open field. He projects as a starter in the package coverages with some versatility to also play safety.

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Bennett Jackson #2 - 6-0, 195 - Notre Dame - Sp. 4.48 Rating 65

Lanky senior athlete is coming off an unheralded career for the Irish defense where he started every game over his final two seasons on the corner. Bennett is a lean rangy athlete with a long reach and quick reactions who will warrant consideration in the late rounds. He moves easily and can make a play on the ball with the ability to blanket receivers. He held up well vs a high level of competition, gaining valuable experience in big games. He displays good reactions with reliable ball skills and instincts. He is an above average athlete who graded out well on savvy and positioning to win in matchups. He can be a physical cover man and a reliable tackler at the line or in the open field, though some shoulder problems developed late in his career. He will come up to support the run and drop runners with the ability to get off blockers to finish and contain. In coverage, he can be physical and play the bump and run, though he has a little tightness in his hips and can lose something vs fast receivers. He matches up well vs big receivers where his speed and length allows him to blanket them and fight for the ball. He plays best in a scheme that allows him either to press at the line or plays off in cover two zone.

As a senior, he started 13 games and totaled 64 tackles with 5 TFL, 1 FF, 3 PBU and 2 interceptions. As a junior, he started 13 games and was credited with 65 tackles with 1.5 TFL, 4 PBU and 4 interceptions. As an underclassman, he was primarily a special teams performer as a kickoff returner and coverage man. At the NFL Combine, he measures in at just under 6’ and 195 lbs. with 31 3/8” arms. He ran a 4.51 with 13 reps and a 38” VL and 10’8” BJ with 6.75 three cone and 4.00 short shuttle. It was a very good workout. He fits into the nickel package role vs possession type receivers where his agility, height and instincts would allow him to compete and earn time. Good experienced corner with the talent to fill a few key roles – nickel and dime corner. He needs to work on his backpedal and open his hips quicker to retain coverage in transition. He lacks the burst to recover when beaten and needs deep support regularly. He needs to get stronger and better technically to utilize his skill set. Prospect with the tools to be a quality role performer with definite make it grade with starting talent to surprise. Fast rising middle round prospect and outstanding special teams performer. Probable starting gunner.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.