Evaluating Shon Coleman, Germain Ifedi, &Taylor Decker

Shon Coleman, Auburn LT (JR)

Height – 6’6

Weight – 313

Strengths

  • Big, strong, and athletic.
  • Pass sets are so natural. Short, quick, balanced steps.
  • Very good with hands in pass pro. Has a strong/quick punch.
  • Does a very good job resetting.
  • Very calculated in run game, technique is very sound but also has tremendous power.
  • Great athlete in space. Moves effortlessly, especially for his size.

Weaknesses

  • Can be a little hesitant in run game, particularly targeting in 2nd level.

Overall Impression

I really struggled to find many weaknesses in his game. He is such a natural athlete and is an ideal LT. Great size, power, athleticism, and technique. So natural in pass pro and is able to handle both speed and power rushers with ease. He is physically dominant in the run game when he makes the decision. Has the potential to be a top 3 LT at the next level.

Grade

7.3 (Top 5-10 Pick)

 

Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M LT (JR)

Height – 6’6

Weight – 330

Strengths 

  • Tremendous size and very good strength.
  • Anchors very well against power rushers and shows good leg drive in run game.
  • Good length.

Weaknesses

  • Feet are pretty slow (they are not terrible for his size, but they are pretty slow).
  • Hand placement is bad. Arms get way too wide and he has no punch because of it.
  • Gets started way too early almost every snap (more than likely trying to compensated because of his slow feet against speed rushers on outside). This paired with his hand placement look to make him a penalty machine.

Overall Impression

His film this past year made him look like a mid round prospect. I know he is being talked about as a 1st or 2nd round talent (and he very well may go in that range), but his film this year just did not show that. Now, he has the measurables to become a much better player, but his feet will always be slow. I see him as a RT or G at the next level, but like him much better at G. Think if asked to play outside, speed rushers will eat his lunch consistently.

Grade

6.4 (3rd Round)

 

Taylor Decker, Ohio St. LT (SR)

Height – 6’7

Weight – 315

Strengths

  • Massive man, a lot of strength.
  • Very strong in run game. Shows great leg drive and always gets push.
  • Strong punch and hands. When he gets his hands on you it is tough to beat him.

Weaknesses

  • Waist bender. Really struggles to reset.
  • Feet are OK for his size, not great though (not exactly a weakness but not a strength).

Overall Impression

He doesn’t look like a 1st round pick to me (maybe late 1st).  He screams RT to me at the next level because of his run blocking ability and he is just OK in pass pro. Better suited to be able to handle power rush than quicker guys on the edge. He may be able to fill in here and there on the left side, but definitely looks like a RT to me.

Grade 

6.6 (2nd Round)

 

Evaluating Sheldon Day, Sheldon Rankins, & A’Shawn Robinson

Sheldon Day, Notre Dame DT (SR)

Height – 6’2

Weight – 291

Strengths

  • Explosive get off for his size.
  • Does a nice job with hand usage while rushing the passer.
  • Great motor, chases ball across field even when out of the play.
  • Showed versatility playing both inside and outside.

Weaknesses

  • Can get washed away in the run game at times, particularly while playing inside.
  • Not a great finisher. Too many times he is there to make a great play but end up just not finishing.

Overall Impression

He looks to flash explosive ability rushing the passer from inside. Played both edge and inside, but his size says 3 technique in 4-3 or 5 technique in 3-4. Probably has the athletic ability to be a LE in a 4-3 in base D and slide inside in passing situations. I think he has ability to hold up in run game, but will not be dominant there.

Grade

6.6 (1st/2nd Round)

 

Sheldon Rankins, Louisville DT (SR)

Height – 6’2

Weight – 303

Strengths

  • Very good hands, really active and violent.
  • Pushes pocket so well, very good bull rush.
  • Good quickness for size, shows a good spin move.
  • Holds up well in run game, is usually double teamed.

Weaknesses

  • Get off is just OK (wouldn’t say it is a true weakness but definitely not a strength).

Overall Impression

He looks like an absolute load to handle inside rushing the passer. He is violent with his hands and very active. He wins in many ways, both with power and with quickness. His motor is non-stop paired with great athleticism. Should not only be a force inside rushing the passer, but should also be able to hold up well in the run game.

Grade

6.8 (Solid 1st Round)

 

A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama DT (JR)

Height – 6’4

Weight – 320

Strengths

  • Very stout in the run game.
  • Plays with great pad level and leverage.
  • Very disciplined player, plays sound football.
  • Does nice job with arm extension to disengage blocks.
  • Shows good bull rush when he decides to go.
  • Has a nose for the football (which is weird for his position).

Weaknesses

  • Doesn’t look to have a great get off or be super “twitchy”, but there are some plays that show unreal coordination and athleticism for his size (kind of hard to figure out).
  • Effort when out of play may be in question

Overall Impression

He flashes a couple of times a game in a way that is very unique. He is just a good football player that plays with good leverage and strength. His athleticism is hard to figure out because most plays he doesn’t look like an elite athlete of any sort, but one or two plays a game he will make a play that shows unreal athleticism. Will always be a plus player in run game. Probably won’t provide a ton rushing passer, but can collapse the pocket.

Grade

6.7 (1st/2nd Round)

 

Evaluating Alex Collins, Paul Perkins, and Kenneth Dixon

Alex Collins, Arkansas RB (JR)

Height- 5’11

Weight – 215

Strengths

  • Extremely good vision.
  • Uncanny ability to sift through traffic in the hole, finds creases out of nothing a ton.
  • Good feet. Feet are always chopping and he does a nice job putting his foot in the ground and getting upfield.
  • Solid burst and acceleration, able to hit home run in open field.
  • Runs with good lean and is always gaining positive yardage.
  • Tough to bring down, usually requires gang tackling

Weaknesses

  • Needs work in pass pro. Technique is not good.
  • Not much tape of catching ball out of backfield. Was not a factor in passing game.

Overall Impression

Overall, he looks like a very good early down back with unique vision and ability to sift through traffic. Has the size to carry the load and is a tough physical runner. I think he would be excellent in zone blocking scheme, which would maximize his strengths. Will need to show ability to catch football naturally and ability to pass protect before he can become an every down back.

Grade

6.5 (2nd/3rd Round)

 

Paul Perkins, UCLA RB (RS JR)

Height – 5’10

Weight – 210

Strengths

  • Outstanding feet. Cuts on a dime and continuously puts defenders on skates.
  • Does a great job setting defenders up.
  • Runs with very good lean and power for his size.
  • Good hands out of the backfield.
  • Good vision in  open field, good field awareness.

Weaknesses

  • Bounces runs outside too much.
  • Pass protection needs work. Not sure if he has frame to be consistently good there.

Overall Impression

I think he can be a great space player at next level. He could probably handle the load every down, but would also be great COP (change of pace) back getting 12 or so touches a game. Has pretty special COD (change of direction), will make defenders look silly a few times a game.

Grade

6.5 (2nd/3rd Round)

 

Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech RB (SR)

Height – 5’10

Weight – 215

Strengths

  • Very good burst and acceleration.
  • Quick feet, can cut on a dime.
  • Does a very good job getting north/south.
  • Can run behind pads and get tough yards when he needs to.
  • Extremely patient runner.
  • Good hands out of backfield.

Weaknesses

  • Pass pro. Not terrible there, just goes for cut block far too often. Would love to see him square up more often.
  • Doesn’t break a ton of tackles, more shifty than powerful.

Overall Impression

What I would call a very “nice” back. Can play all 3 downs and has quite a bit of explosiveness. I see him as a nice 3rd down back early on in career with the ability to be a guy that carries the full workload.

Grade

6.5 ( 2nd/3rd Round)

 

The reason I grouped these 3 evaluations together is because as you can see, I have them graded very similarly. They are 3 of my favorite (not necessarily highest graded) RB’s in this draft. I probably prefer Perkins of the bunch, but all 3 are exciting backs to me.

 

 

Grading Scale

Before my first evaluation post, I think it is only fair to share my grading scale. I use the same grading scale as nationalfootballpost.com. The grading scale is as follows, per NFP:

A 6.6 and higher – a player you would draft in the first 2 rounds
B 6.4 – 6.6 – A player you would draft in the third and fourth rounds
C 6.3 – 6.4 – a Player you would draft in rounds five thru seven.
D 6.1 – 6.2 – a free agent
R 4.9 – reject

9.9 – 8.0 – A franchise player in the NFL with NO holes. Has to be able to carry a team at a premium position (QB, Pass Rusher). Has to be a consistently dominant player at the college level and will continue that play in the NFL. Will make a team better and take them to the next level. Has few if any flaws and multiple rare traits. You are lucky to see a player like this once in every 5 drafts.

7.9 – 7.0 – Same as above but at a non premium position. QB’s and pass rushers can be is this level but are not quite as good as an 8.0 or better player. Would be a player you would consider in the top 10 – 12 in any draft.

6.9 – 6.8 – A player who is not quite as talented as a 7.0. Should start early in his career perhaps as a rookie depending on need. Had the potential to ascend into a Pro Bowl type player. Will be one of the better players on your team. Has multiple traits for the position. Can be dominant at times. A top 20 – 22 pick in a Strong Draft.

6.7 – 6.6 – A very good college player who should develop into a solid and consistent NFL player after a period of adjustment. Will eventually start and help a championship team win on a consistent basis. A late first or top half of the second round player. You win BECAUSE of this type of player

6.5 – Same as above but to a lesser degree. Will need a little more time to develop but should become a solid starter. Will be a quality backup his first and maybe his second year depending on a teams needs and strengths but could start earlier if a top team is weak at the position. A late second to third round pick. You win WITH this type of player.

6.4 – A solid college player who has traits to succeed at the next level. He may ultimately become a 6.5 or better player and become a starter. You view this player as a solid backup type. Provides good depth for a championship team and should be able to play in a rotation. A backup with staying power.

6.3 – Will become a good backup type in the NFL. Will never be a starter but will help you if he needs to play. Is a contributor. May eventually work himself into a starters position in time but mostly seen as a backup. If he is a starter he is someone you are looking to replace. You would want to draft this player.

6.2 – A player you would not draft. Still he has the traits to compete for a roster spot or a practice squad spot while in camp. A very solid camp player.

6.1 – Same as above but to a lesser degree.

 

Like mentioned in my previous post, I do not grade a player unless I have seen a minimum of 3 games on them. I will take notes from each game, grade each critical factor for that player (each position has different critical factors), and then will put together a report on the player which will include my final grade. All of my film cutups I get straight from draftbreakdown.com

 

Inaugural Post!

Hey guys I am excited to get this thing started and have a platform to share my reports, thoughts, and mocks on the NFL draft. Before I do I just wanted to kind of explain a little about myself and what to expect from this blog.

A background about myself: I am 27 years old and happily married to the love of my life. I graduated in 2011 with my degree in Sport Management, which sounds great for someone that loves sports right? Only problem is I had no clue what I wanted to do with my degree until I graduated (not a good idea).

I played football from the time I was 10 years old all the way through high school. Was a captain on my high school team. I could have gone and played division III football, but instead chose to play college baseball as I thought my chances of having a longer career in that sport were greater. In hindsight, I wish I would have went and played college ball when I had the chance. It would make it much easier to get where I want to get right now and would have been a great opportunity to form much needed connections.

Full disclosure: I am not and have not been in any way affiliated with an NFL organization, so I do not have professional experience in a scouting department. Evaluating players has been my absolute passion for awhile. I would one day love to become either a scout for an NFL organization or an NFL draft analyst in the media, but for now this is purely a hobby. It is a hobby that started in college, but my love for it just continues to grow. Since graduating college in 2011 I have evaluated over 100 NFL draft prospects in each of the last 4 draft classes, purely just for the love of doing it (100 plus may not seem like a ton, but hard to do much more with a full time job).

Each year has given me a great deal of knowledge and I learn so much with every new draft class. I have read as many books on the topic as I can, taken online scouting courses, and follow every scouting guy there is in the media to try and gain as much knowledge about it as I can.

Another disclosure: I am not a professional writer and did not go to school for it. I feel I am adequate enough for this platform, but will continue to work on it and get better. I am all for constructive criticism, either with my writing or my player evaluations.  I was reluctant to try this, but I have decided to give the blog thing a try and just kind of see where it goes from there.

With all of that said, everything else from here on out will be football related. I will probably start with random player evaluations for prospects in the 2016 draft class. I get all of my game footage from draftbreakdown.com and will watch at least 3 games on a player before a full breakdown. If I can only find a few games on a player, I will just jot down notes but cannot make a complete evaluation of a player.

I look forward to this process this year and sharing/discussing some NFL draft!