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.
Kevin White 6-3 210 Sr Wr West Virginia
He began his college career at Lackawanna Jr College. After two seasons he transferred to West Virginia. He had a breakout season as a senior for the Mountaineers ,catching over a hundred passes for over 1300 yards.
He has a tall,lean, athletic frame. He shows the ability to get off the line of scrimmage quickly. He can get off close and press coverage and has tremendous short area quickness. He can make quick moves after release and accelerate to top speed extremely quickly ,and blow by defenders. He can also use his short area quickness to set up the defender and gain seperation. He does a great job of selling the vertical route and then changing directions and making the comeback, dig, and out routes look easy. He is a very smooth athlete and route runner.
On deep passes he shows the ability to locate the ball, adjust, take some contact, and get the ball at it’s highest point. He shows very good body control and is able to make a play after the catch as well.
On short to intermediate routes he shows the ability to make the catch, slip a tackle, turn upfield, accelerate quickly and gain yards after the catch.
As a blocker he shows good effort and the ability to break down a defender, use his hands and proper technique and sustain the block on the edge to open up lanes.
Kevin White had a huge breakout season this year. He should destroy the combine in height, weight, speed, and agility drills. He has tremendous athleticism and potential. He is an all around wideout who not only stretches the field vertically, but can pick up chunks of yardage on short to intermediate routes and gain yards after the catch. He has the occasional dropped pass, but overall uses his hands to snatch the ball out of the air and make moves up field in stride. He is a big time prospect and should be one of the first wide receivers off the board.
Justin Hardy 6-1 188 Sr Wr East Carolina
He has had a highly productive career with the Pirates. He has topped the 1000 yard recovering mark each oft he last 3 seasons. He has caught over 100 passes each of the last 2 seasons as well.
He has a lean athletic frame. He shows the ability to got off the line and create separation on short to intermediate routes with his short area quickness. At times he rounds off routes a bit. He is able to make quick cuts and create separation in and out of his routes. He is able to find the soft spots in zone coverage as well. After the catch he is a threat to make a defender miss and gain yardage after the catch. He has very good acceleration and reaches top speed quickly. He can stretch the field as well, but doesn’t always get a lot of separation deep, he relies more on his ball skills and body control at times when stretching the field.
He has pretty reliable hands overall. He uses his hands to reach out and snag the ball out of the air no matter where it is thrown. He does a good job of coming back to the ball and shielding the defender with his body to make the play. He did drop a few routine type passes, but overall was very consistant.
He has tremendous ball skills. He has the ability to locate , adjust, and reel in the pass. He is able to do this with a defender draped al over him as well. He does not shy away from contact. He can adjust to balls outside of his frame and has a wide catch radius.
He is a good blocker for his position. He is a willing blocker on the edges and shows the abilit to block downfield and open up lanes. Needs to be a little more consistent with his blocking techniques.
He may not have the fastest 40 time Around, but his short area quickness and acceleration are very good. He is not afraid of going over the middle or making contact and shows good versatility as well. He is not going to post the fastest combine 40 time , but should perform very well At the Senior Bowl. Overall, he is a very good receiver prospect. He should come off the board somewhere in the 3rd round.