Cody Kessler Scouting Report

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Cody Kessler                           USC            Quarterback

HT   6-1         Weight 215

A highly touted quarterback prospect from Centennial High School in Bakersfield, California. He was an early enrollee at USC and saw game action as a holder as a red-shirt freshman. He is a three year starter and has amassed over 10,000 passing yards during his career.

Mechanics.Has a quick release and is able to reset and deliver the ball.

Pocket presence Shows the ability to step up in the  pocket or slide to buy time, able to use legs to extend play.  Does not seem aware at times of pressure or blitzes.

Decision Making At times stares down receiver and benefited from a lot of one read type plays and many screens, check downs and short passes. Can be very decisive and locate the open man. Shows good poise in the face of pressure and attempts to make positive yardage plays out of potential sacks. Makes sound decisions with the football and man times takes what the defense gives him.

Mobility He has the ability to extend plays at times, but lacks the ability to make plays with his legs. Very adept at using a side step move to elude defenders in the backfield and keep the play alive.

Arm Strength Does not put a ton of zip on the ball consistently,. Struggles to drive the ball into tight areas on intermediate and deep type throws. Can get the ball downfield but relies more on timing and touch than arm strength. NFL defenders will close on those routes and make a play on the ball.This is why he could struggle to make intermediate and deep throws in the NFL.

Accuracy Very adept at making short to intermediate throws. Shows good touch,anticipation, and timing on short to intermediate throws. Struggles with the deep ball at times.

Projection As a pro prospect he doesn’t have nearly the upside of many other qb’s in his draft class. He could be selected in the middle rounds of the NFL draft and develop as a backup and eventual spot starter.

Fantasy Outlook Cody Kessler was a tremendously productive college quarterback. His game doesn’t seem like it will translate all that well to the NFL style of play. He could develop down the road into a spot starter type player, but currently probably doesn’t deserve a lot of fantasy attention unless you are in a deep dynasty type league.

Connor Cook Scouting Report

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Connor Cook                          Michigan St                  Quarterback

HT  6-4          Weight 220

Mechanics Throws over the top. Shows the ability to plant his foot and drive the ball downfield. At times throws flatfooted and falls off of his back foot a bit.

Pocket presence Shows the ability to hang in the pocket and survey the field.  Works through progressions and isn’t afraid to take a hit and deliver the ball downfield. Doesn’t always step up in the pocket.  At times will drop eyes when pressured.Can use his legs to escape and buy some time, however doesn’t always feel the pressure coming.

Decision Making Shows the ability to take advantage of open spots on zone coverage and use pre-snap reads to deliver the ball decisively after he snap.  At times tries to force the ball into coverage or makes questionable decision s with the football,such as throwing late over the middle. At times stares down receivers and allows the defense the chance to jump the route or make a play on the ball.

Mobility Not a burner, shows the ability to roll-out and sprint to the edges to buy time to deliver the ball downfield. Isn’t going to win a track meet, does have some functional mobility to buy himself a split second more to make  a play with his arm.

Arm Strength Has enough of an arm to make all of the NFL throws. Can stretch the field vertically and fit the ball into tight windows on intermediate routes as well. Ball at times seems to wobble  a bit, doesn’t always have a tight spiral. Still able to zip ball into tight windows on short to intermediate routes.

Accuracy At times is erratic and ball tends to sail on throws especially those towards the sidelines. He can deliver accurate passes in stride with receivers. Flashes the ability to throw the ball on the move with accuracy, other times ball is low or behind receivers especially while under pressure.

Production a 3 year starter who has amassed almost 9000 yards in the air and over 70 touchdowns during his  highly decorated career with the Spartans. Has led Michigan State to 34 wins and just 4 losses as a starter.

Projection Connor Cook is pocket passing quarterback prospect. He shows enough mobility to roll and sprint out and with time deliver and accurate ball downfield. He displays enough arm strength to make NFL throws. Accuracy , especially under pressure has been inconsistent. Lower body mechanics such as falling off  to the side  as he throws and standing flat footed are partially to blame. His decision making is questionable at times and he doesn’t always correctly read linebacker coverage underneath. He is a second round type prospect who doesn’t appear to have a particularly high ceiling. With continued development he could become a solid starter in the league.

Fantasy Outlook Connor Cook will earn his points thru the air. He will get drafted high enough that he will be groomed to be a starter within the next few years. He probably won’t be much of a fantasy contributor as a rookie, but is a player to keep an eye on and to draft in dynasty type leagues.

Taylor Lewan Scouting Report

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Taylor Lewan

Sr Left Tackle Michigan

6-8 315

Bio http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/taylor_lewan_471585.html

 

run blocking:

Ÿcomes off the ball quickly

Ÿ intitiates contact with the defender and uses hands to do so

Ÿexcels at getting to the second level and using his long arms and powerful build to drive defenders

Ÿcan turn and seal defenders

Ÿshowed enough foot quickness and athletic ability to be effective at pulling

Ÿgood overall effort and motor

Ÿ due to occassionaly playing high ,doesn’t always use his lower body stregnth to drive defenders

Ÿat times is unable to sustain proper technigue and posture throughout the block

 

pass blocking

Ÿshows good overall awareness on the line

Ÿrecognizes edge blitz and is able to slide and protect edge

Ÿunderstands where the quarterback is and adjusts his blocking to suite the play

Ÿhe is able to get set quickly after the snap of the ball

Ÿdoes a good job of initiating contact with his hands and using his long arms to lock into defender

Ÿplays with a good base and is able to mirror defenders

Ÿhas active hands and flashes the ability to have a powerful hand punch

Ÿshows good overall strength and the ability to recover if initially beaten

Ÿat times he will play a little flat footed and not stay on his toes

Ÿoccasionally reaches or lunges resulting in him going off balance and limits the effectiveness of his  block

Ÿoccasionally will overset  to the outside, leaving him susceptible to inside moves

 

He has shown improvement from his junior year to his senior year. He is showing better posture and knee bend in pass protection. One thing that jumped out at me was that he was very athletic for his size. He shows the ability to get downfield on screen plays and running plays. He displays the ability to quickly get off the line and use his hands to engage the pass rusher and use his long arms and strength the keep them at bay.  His footwork and base in pass protection are very good. Overall he projects to be a quality left tackle at the next level. With continued improvement and consistency with his technique he could develop into a pro bowl caliber tackle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nick Harwell Scouting Report

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Nick Harwell WR Kansas

He played wide receiver at Elkins High School (TX). In 2009 attended Air Force Academy Prep School.  In 2010 as a true freshman he caught 64 passes for 871 yards.  In 2011 the sophomore made team 97 receptions for 1,425 yards and 9 touchdowns.  This past season he caught 68 passes for 870 yards. He is a 2 time all MAC team selection.

He demonstrates reliable and consistent hands. Rarely drops a pass. He especially shows the ability to adjust to balls thrown low and make the reception.

Not afraid to go over the middle on short/intermediate routes. He is able to make receptions in traffic.  He shows the ability in man coverage to use feet and short route running abilities to get open.

He ran a lot of screens and underneath routes during his time at Miami OH. He was also effective running post and corner routes as well. On several occasions he was able to stretch the field on deep throws. Some of those big plays could be attributed to busted coverage. He has adequate speed, but may have trouble getting separation deep versus NFL defensive backs.

He shows good overall awareness. He works back to the quarterback and recognizes where he is on the field.

Although not the fastest or quickest receiver around, he is able to make initial defenders miss after the catch.  He does a good job of catching the ball and turning up field immediately.

At around 6 feet tall and 190 pounds he has adequate size of an NFL receiver. He has an athletic compact frame. He at times goes does easily after first contact.

He had tremendous production on the field during his three years starring for the Redhawks.  He is very adept at making catches in traffic, displays good awareness, and very reliable hands. He has adequate speed and is able to gain chunks of yardage versus zone coverage.  He excels with short and intermediate routes and shows good toughness by going over the middle and being able to absorb big hits and maintains possession of the ball while going to the ground.   He missed some time last year with an ankle injury. He was dismissed form Miami Oh this spring and transferred to Kansas.  He would be eligible to play immediately if he completes his undergraduate degree this summer under the graduate transfer rule. At the very least he projects to be a productive possession type receiver who excels at short to intermediate routes and catches just about anything thrown his way.

Cody Hoffman Scouting Report

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Cody Hoffman Sr WR BYU

He played wide receiver at Del Norte High School before signing with BYU.   In 2009 he redshirted as a true freshman. In 2010 as a red shirt freshman he started in 10 games at wide receiver for the Cougars he made 42 receptions for 527 yards and 7 touchdowns. The red shirt sophomore caught 61 passes for 943 yards and 10 touchdowns,. In addition he racked up ___yards as a return man.  This past season he made 100 receptions for 1,248 yards and 11 touchdowns. He topped the one hundred yard receiving mark in 8 games.

He has a tall, lean, athletic frame. Being in the 6’3” range he provides match up problems. He uses his frame well to shield defenders. He is able to make the catch and absorb the hit, while maintaining possession of the ball

He is a very reliable hands catcher of the football. He rarely will drop a pass. He demonstrates the ability to adjust to balls outside of his frame. He does a great job of finding the ball in the air and making a play on it. This is one of his greatest strengths. He utilizes his size, leaping ability, and strong hands to make difficult catches down the field. He is not afraid of making catches in traffic or over the middle.

He is a very savvy route runner. He has quick feet and is able to sell double moves and uses a variety of subtle hesitation moves as well. He is a good overall route runner who has run a variety of routes in his time at BYU. He also utilizes his hands at times to create additional separation. Although not a burner he has adequate speed for the position.

After the catch he immediately turns up field and looks to gain additional yards. He can be difficult for defensive backs to bring down and shows good effort after initial contact. He also has been a return man during his time with the Cougars.

He has average speed doesn’t have great acceleration, but has enough speed to be successfully at the NFL level.

At times he seemed to struggle getting off of press coverage or physical defensive backs. This is an area he can improve in as a senior.

He is a willing blocker on the edge. At times he is a bit inconsistent with his hand placement, which results in not being able to sustain blocks.

Overall, I was very impressed with Cody Hoffman’s overall skill set. He has good size, adequate speed, and tremendous ball skills.  He is definitely a player to keep an eye on this college football season.

Zach Mettenberger Scouting Report

 

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Zach Mettenberger LSU
Rs Sr QB 6-5 220

A highly touted prep quarterback while starring at Oconee County High School. He signed with Georgia and spent one season in Athens. He transferred to Butler Community College where he threw for 2,678 yards and 32 touchdowns. He transferred in 2011 and played in 5 games for the Tigers. This past season the redshirt junior started 13 games. He threw for 2,609 yards and 12 touchdowns while completing 59% of his passes.

Strengths
• good size frame and height, could even add a little more weight to his frame
• good overall arm strength, can stretch the field
• flashes the ability to drive the ball into tight spots on the field
• he can hang in the pocket and take a hit
• has enough mobility able to roll out and bootleg
• can use his legs to buy a little extra time
• keeps eyes down field when pocket breaks down
• he has pretty good overall footwork
• shows the ability to step up in the pocket and deliver a pass down field
• has taken snaps from under center as well as from the shotgun formation
• He does flash the ability to put the ball in between the corner and safety down the field.
• is very effective vs zone coverage on short to intermediate throws
• shows the ability to recognize one on match ups, doesn’t always complete the pass due to accuracy and ball placement issues

Weaknesses
• at times the holds the ball too long
• although he can buy a little bit of time with his legs , he is not a running threat and has average overall mobility
• he struggles to recognize blitzes
• inconsistent overall ball placement and accuracy at times
• really struggles at times with intermediate and deep ball accuracy down the field, the ball has a tendency to sail a bit
• has a bit of a long slow delivery
• He needs to improve overall touch. At times he will drill a pass when he needs to put a little air under it for his receiver, at times he will take a little velocity off of a ball when he needs to drill it into a tight spot with maximum velocity.
Zach Mettenberger has the size, arm strength, and toughness to be an NFL starter. He is inconsistent at times with his accuracy and ball placement. He is an intriguing prospect. He needs to make quicker decisions and get more adept at recognizing and adjusting to blitzes. With continued improvement as a Senior, Mettenberger could rise up NFL draft boards quite a bit.

Derek Carr Scouting Report

Derek Carr 6-3 215

 Sr Quarterback Fresno St

He was a highly touted quarterback derekcarrrecruit out of Bakersfield Christian.  He played sparingly as a true freshman and redshirted in 2010.  He has started every game for the Bulldogs the last two seasons.

In 2011 the redshirt sophomore completed 63 percent of his passes in route to throwing for 3,544 yards and 26 touchdowns. He eclipsed 300 yards passing in a game 4 times.

This past season he racked up over 4 thousand yards passing while completing 67 percent of his passes. He threw 37 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions on the year.  On the year he threw for 300 yards or more six times. He was recognized as the 2012 Mountain West Conference offense Player of the Year.

Strengths                    

  • He has a good sized frame for an NFL quarterback. He can still fill out his frame a little bit in the future.
  • He has very good overall arm strength.
  • He features an over the top throwing motion
  • He quickly sets after receiving the snap
  • Although not a burner, is a good enough athlete that he can elude pressure and make plays on the run.
  • He is able to use pump fakes to manipulate the defense.
  • Shows the ability to use great touch on intermediate and deep throws.
  • He can make every necessary NFL throw
  • He shows good accuracy on short and intermediate throws.
  • He gives his receivers a shot make plays downfield even if the ball isn’t thrown perfectly

Weaknesses

  • At times he doesn’t set his feet and throws a bit flatfooted.
  • Pressure tends to effect his accuracy, this is largely due to footwork issues
  • Although he does recognize the blitz in front of him, at times he doesn’t not feel pressure from behind.
  • At times his deep ball tends to hang up at times, mostly due to footwork mechanics.
  • Occasionally he will try to make a play and throws late across his body into the middle of the field.

He is an intriguing Senior Quarterback prospect, who possesses a good skill set to be a successful quarterback at the NFL level. He does need to improve a bit in his pocket awareness and climb the pocket when under pressure. In addition he needs to work on his footwork as he delivers the ball from the pocket. His combination of size, arm strength, mobility, accuracy and touch makes him one of the better senior quarterback prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft.