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Photo - #30 RB Todd Gurley - Rams

Note: In the NFL Draft 2015, Todd Gurley was selected #10 overall in the first round by the St. Louis Rams. He is currently having a huge rookie season in his first action since his fall 2014 knee injury. He is the leading candidate for Rookie Offensive Player of the Year.

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* Todd Gurley #3- Georgia - 6-1, 225 - Sp. 4.50 - Rating 90 - Hindu Theory: Adrian Peterson
Huge powerful speedy tailback is one of the most gifted runners to come along over the past decade. His career was cut short in 2014 by a torn ACL, that along with a four game suspension limited him to just six games last fall. Over that time, he still gained a pretty amazing 911 yards at 7.4 a pop and scored 9 TDs. Possesses an NFL body with a well-developed muscular frame. He has the natural ability to drop his pads and square up when attacking the line and seamlessly bounces off would be tacklers. Shows natural balance as a runner with the power and determination to be difficult to slow down, very seldom taken down by the first tackler. Reads his initial blocks very well. Shows a feel for finding daylight. Powers through creases with authority and the speed to stick-and-go with an extreme burst out of his cuts. Shows the ability to juke and shift his weight very well, especially for a 225 lb. runner. Able to string multiple moves together, including wicked jump cuts that can leave tacklers flailing at air. Uses his fine speed and long strides to eat up yards in a hurry. Large, natural glue-like hands as a receiver out of the backfield and is a willing, alert blocker in pass protection. Very uncommon combination of speed and power with huge pro upside when healthy. Extremely strong lower body and maintains balance well after contact. Appears to effortlessly run through attempted arm tackles. His speed makes him a threat to score from anywhere on the field. Extremely tough to tackle from an angle. Presses line very well to set up cut-back opportunities. Able to decisively get downhill, showing fine knee bend and forward lean. Effectively slips through some very small holes and explode out the other side. Shows quick, tight footwork getting to the second level. Can sink his hips and explode through a tackler or side-step and hit the throttle, which causes safeties to hesitate when coming downhill. Able to turn speed into power between tackles or when turning the corner. Seldom looks to go out of bounds and works to finish every run. In 2014, an outstanding 61.9% of his rushing yards came after contact. Strong hands and carries ball securely close to his body. Just fumbled three times in 510 carries. He is highly developed as a receiver to be an immediate three down feature back combining excellent hands and explosive big play ability after the catch. As a blocker, he will face up with linebackers, but needs hand technique development to be a finished complete feature back.
The Numbers: As a senior, he started the first 6 games and rushed for 911 yards on 123 carries for a 7.4 average and 9 TDs. He added 12 receptions for 57 yards before the four game suspension and then the ACL injury terminated his season. For the 2013 season, he rushed for 989 yards on 165 attempts for 6 yard average and 10 TDs. He added 37 receptions for 441 yards and 6 TDs. As a freshman in 2012, he had his best season and rushed for 1385 yards on 222 carries for a 6.2 average and 17 TDs, starting 14 games. He added 16 receptions for 117 yards. Over his career, he rushed for 3285 yards on 510 attempts for a fine 6.4 average and 36 TDs plus totaled 65 receptions for 615 yards and 6 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’1” and 222 lbs. and did 17 reps, but did not run or participate in the leaping and agility drills or positional drills due to rehabbing ACL injury.
The Skinny: Physical downhill thumper with the talent to be an immediate feature back. As a blocker, he shows quick reactions and toughness to face up with defenders and use his strong frame and agility. He can be his own blocker and runs both inside and outside. His receiving skills have developed nicely with reps, though he must continue to improve in that role. He has the natural running skills to be a difference maker and is similar to Adrian Peterson or former Pro bowl back Jamil Lewis in size, running style and big play abilities. Excellent early round addition with top ten talent and the skill set to be an impact player and core weapon. Top kickoff returner. Top 25 prospect with talent to be the best back in years once healthy.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He 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.

NFL Draft 2015 - La'el Collins Scouting Report


NFL Draft 2015 - La'el Collins Scouting Report

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1. La'el Collins #70 - LSU - 6-4, 305 - Sp. 5.10
Hindu Theory: Branden Albert - Rating 90

Reliable veteran 3 year starter for the Tigers at both left guard and left tackle. Agile versatile blocker displayed fine talent over his SEC career, starting 38 of his 45 games. Possesses the skill set to handle either position very well at the next level. Square blocky build makes him appear shorter though more than adequate. While not the ideal height for left tackle at just less than 6'5, he makes up for it with long arms and nimble feet. Has fine core strength and well-distributed natural power throughout his body. All around effective blocker at either position. Extremely quick off the snap. Other than the center, he consistently beats the rest of the line at the snap. Able to stay low, use good leverage and hip snap. Consistently drives his man off the line in the run game, creating huge lanes for the Tigers’ running backs. Also very quick off the ball when pass blocking. Sets up quickly and uses those long arms to prevent speed rushers from running the arc on him. Very agile and quick in his kick slide. Possesses fine hand strength and will usually lock on and control a defender. Intimidating player with a real mean streak. Very aggressive and will look to dominate and bury his opponent. Collins doesn't back down from anyone, and if he does get beat on a play, will come back with even more determination on the next one. Well coached in all aspects of line play and very technically sound as both a pass and run blocker. Mentally tough. Some scouts feel he's not athletic enough to remain at left tackle in the pros, but that's not a consensus. Change of direction ability is not ideal for left tackle at the next level. Though has enough of an overall plus skill set that he could remain there in the right setting. As a pro, he could line up at either tackle or guard with his first look probably inside. He has ideal size for the inside with fine overall strength especially in the lower unit to be a complete prospect. Shuffles easily to mirror outside rushers with the ability to wall off and keep them from the QB. Sometimes will lunge and get off balance when reacting to counter moves. Shows the balance and lateral agility to recover and win. He graded out fairly well vs the quality Senior Bowl edge rushers. Should be able to step in and start at left guard at least very early in his rookie training camp. At the NFL Combine, he checked in with a reach of 33 1/4”. He ran a 5.02 time with a 27” VJ and a 9’ BJ. He did 21 reps with 4.63 shuttle and 7.70 three cone agility drills. It was a good workout where he displayed the skill set for early starting duty. Probable rookie starter with Pro Bowl talent. Top 15-20 prospect with the versatility to excel at either guard or tackle.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

NFL Draft 2014 – Scouting Report WR Odell Beckham – LSU


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

* Odell Beckham #3 - 5-11, 195 - LSU - Sp. 4.40 Rating 92
Hindu Theory: Percy Harvin

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.


NFL Draft 2013 Update - Wideout Robert Woods of Southern Cal - Draft Insiders' Yearbook Scouting Report -

NFL Draft 2013 - Wideout Robert Woods of USC -
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Robert Woods of Southern Cal is one of the fast rising prospects in this NFL Draft class after an excellent workout at the Trojans pro day a few weeks ago. Woods has been a top 75 prospects since declaring for the NFL Draft 2013 in January, but his high level of development in the finer points of receiving has impressed clubs. His ability to play both outside and in the slot with the refined route running to be an immediate factor in three wideout sets. He has outstanding hands and the ability to adjust to the ball with keen instincts to read coverage and make adjustments in his routes and come back to the ball.

He has risen into the early second round off a fine workout and excellent career production with the possibility to being a surprise late first round selection. Several playoff teams, namely the Patriots, Packers, 49ers and Ravens have him high on their late first round/early 2nd round list. He could be the 3rd receiver off the board after Cordarrelle Patterson and Tavon Austin, both who are expected to be mid first round selections.

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Robert Woods #2 - Southern Cal - 6’ 200 - Sp. 4.50
Hindu Theory: Steve Smith

Agile athletic junior wideout completed an outstanding career that ranks him with the top performers in school history. Robert is a quick savvy receiver with fine athletic ability and the development to become an NFL playmaker. He has good size, speed and agility that combined with his toughness and savvy with the ability to run the full route tree. He has good speed, hands and the pass catching abilities to start early in his pro career. He moves well with the quickness off the line to get into his routes in fine shape and the ability to cut at the break point and separate from coverage. He is an athlete who fights through the jam successfully and rarely gets pushed off his route. He has been a consistent performer who hopes to follow the long USC legacy of fine NFL receivers. His production fell with an injury to starting QB Matt Barkley late last season. He uses his angular frame well to shield off defenders and has shown the ability to go over the middle and make the tough catch. He works the sidelines well, showing the ability to extend and make the difficult catch and stay in bounds with fine footwork and hands. He has the separation speed to get deep, though rarely used in the vertical game over his late career with sophomore sensation Marquise Lee their prime deep threat. He has the ability to track the ball and make good adjustments, using his fine body control and leaping skills to catch the ball at the highest point. In this class, he is one of the more athletic and experienced wideouts who shows the skill set to be a good pro within a short time. He has quick feet and excellent jumping ability to make a play in a crowd and be a dangerous red zone player. In his route running, he gets to top speed in good shape and maintains it with the ability to change speeds and separate. He catches the ball well and is a good runner after the catch. He is an athlete who has the package that scouts seek in a starter with reliable hands, good running skills and the quick moves and acceleration to make plays. He has learned to set up corners better with experience, but needs to develop changes of speed to be up to NFL standards. He has good body control with the ability to easily adjust to the ball in flight and make the difficult catch. He has the deceptive speed to separate in the deep game with the concentration to track the ball well.
The Numbers: As a junior, he started all 13 games and caught 76 passes for 846 yards, an 11.1 average and 11 TDs in the erratic USC offense. As a sophomore, he caught 111 passes for 1292 yards, an 11.6 yard average and 15 TDs, earning 1st team Pac-12 honors. Over his career, he caught 252 passes for 2930 yards, an 11.5 yard average and 32 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in just over 6’ and 201 lbs. He ran 4.51 and 4.54 times with a 33.5” VL, a 9’9” BJ and did 14 reps. He had ordinary agility drills of 4.47 short shuttle and 7.15 three-cone times.
The Skinny: Athlete with the ability to become a solid possession receiver within a short time. He is a quality prospect with the skill set to become an early starter and all the physical tools necessary to become a good #2 type receiver. He has the burst of deceptive speed to get behind the secondary, though is more a tough go to intermediate receiver. Athletic receiver with the talent to be a playmaker with the skills to make a difference in the right setting. In the mold of former Trojan wideout Steve Smith in size, speed, AA and LOD. Incredibly, he has fallen off an average type 2012 production and will most likely be selected in the late 2nd day. Clubs like the Chargers, Dolphins, Jaguars and Seahawks interested.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round

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 18 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.



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