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2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Georgia WR Riley Ridley

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Riley Ridley

Height: 6’2

Weight: 200 lbs

13 career touchdowns, including 9 in 2018. 1,026 receiving yards on 70 receptions. Named as one of Georgia’s Most Improved Offensive Players. ESPN.com Four-Star recruit

     

What I Like:

Route Running

This is a terrific route by Riley Ridley. He’s not facing tight coverage on this play, so he must use his above average ability to cut in and out of routes, as well as his above average ability to read the defender and predict his next move. Ridley cuts towards the sideline, waits for the defender to bite, and then cuts back towards the end zone to high point the ball for the touchdown.

      

What I Dislike:

Blocking Effort

Ridley displays average at best ability to block defenders. On this play, even though the quarterback is able to run for the first down, Ridley appears lost and unengaged with the defender. Rather than holding his block and giving the quarterback an opportunity at the end zone, they’re forced to settle for a new set of downs instead.

     

Fighting For Yards

I love Riley Ridley’s awareness and effort on this play. He uses his above average footwork to create separation on the route. From there, Ridley shows high awareness that he didn’t touch the ground and continues on to fight for the additional yards, and more importantly, the first down.

      

Overall Breakdown

Possesses above average route running to create separation from the defender and give his quarterback the perfect window for the pass. Displays an excellent catch radius and an excellent ability to high point the ball for the catch. Shows a terrific ability to fight for yards and has an excellent second gear. Has a poor blocking effort that will bite him at the next level.

      

Draft Round Prediction

Third Round

Riley Ridley is an above average wide receiver, but has flaws in his game. Has ideal size for the position, so an excellent performance at the NFL Combine could boost his stock. Look for Ridley to come off the board to a team that needs an outside receiver to stretch the field.

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2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Alabama RB Josh Jacobs

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Josh Jacobs

Height: 5’10

Weight: 216 lbs

2018 SEC Championship MVP. Fifteen total touchdowns in 2018 as a Junior, including one on special teams. Four-Star Prospect.

     

What I Like:

Quick Mental Processing

On this play, Josh Jacobs displays tremendous ability to process the play and find the open hole for a first down. Jacobs shows excellent ability to manipulate coverage through shoulders, hips, and footwork.

    

What I Dislike:

Pass Protection

Josh Jacobs shows average ability in pass protection. On this play, Jacobs is off-balance and whiffs on the block entirely. Must show more patience and improved mechanics to initiate block and give the quarterback a clean pocket to throw from.

    

Receiving Ability

This particular play is more of a rarity from Josh Jacobs as he’s usually in the flats or on a quick curl route in front of the quarterback. Jacobs displays excellent ability on this play to track the ball and make the catch. Shows excellent balance after the catch as he breaks the tackle for the touchdown.

    

Overall Breakdown

Displays tremendous ability to make quick reads and cut up the field. Powerful runner that shows excellent ability to get north and south. Shows excellent ability as a receiver. Displays excellent balance to recover after a missed tackle. Jacobs has average ability in pass protection situations. Must play with more balance and engage the pass rush.

    

Draft Round Prediction

First Round

Josh Jacobs is an excellent one-cut style running back that looks for contact. Coupled with his receiving ability, Jacobs is a prospect that can have an immediate impact on an NFL roster.

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2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray

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Kyler Murray

Height: 5’10

Weight: 195 lbs

2018 Heisman Trophy. 2018 Davey O’Brien Award. 2018 Walter Camp Player Of The Year Award Finalist. 2018 First-Team All-American by AP and FWAA. 2018 Big-12 Offensive Player Of The Year. Consensus Five-Star Recruit.

     

What I Like:

Arm Accuracy

Kyler Murray shows an excellent ability to place this ball where only the receiver can make a play on it. Displays an above average ability to throw with anticipation and throw the receiver open.

     

What I Dislike:

Pocket Poise

Kyler Murray displays average pocket poise, especially on this 3rd and long play. Must show more awareness in the pocket to succeed at the next level, especially for someone with his pocket escapability.

     

Acceleration

Kyler Murray displays a stellar ability to escape the pocket and run for extra yardage. Shows above average ability to read the field and pick the right running lanes. On this play, Murray makes several great reads and shows excellent acceleration to run up the field for the touchdown.

     

Overall Breakdown

Kyler Murray displays excellent arm accuracy to place the football where only his receiver can make a play on it. Also shows excellent ability to throw a receiver open and anticipate the route. Has a stellar ability to escape the pocket and run for additional yards. Shows above average ability to read the field and find running lanes. Murray shows average pocket poise ability. Must improve his awareness inside the pocket and trust his instincts at the next level. May struggle to pickup complex defenses at the next level.

    

Draft Round Prediction

First-to-Second Round

Kyler Murray has an offer to play professional baseball for Oakland Athletics, which could influence his decision. I don’t believe that Murray will slip past the 15th pick, but he hasn’t announced that he will commit to the NFL. A team could use Kyler Murray much like the Baltimore Ravens have used Lamar Jackson.

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2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Michigan DE Rashan Gary

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Rashan Gary

Height: 6’5

Weight: 283 lbs

Two-Time First-Team All-Big Ten Honoree by Coaches. Two-Time Second-Team All-Big Ten Honoree by Media. Two-Time Second-Team All-Big Ten by AP. 2017 Richard Katcher Award. Two-Time All-Big Ten Academic Honoree. Consensus Five-Star Prospect.

      

What I Like:

Tenacity

I love the effort by Rashan Gary here. He displays excellent ability to sniff out the play and identify the ball carrier. From there, he keys on him and attacks over an offensive lineman.

    

What I Dislike:

Mental Processing

On this play, I just wish Rashan Gary could have processed and keyed the ball quicker than he did. As a result, the quarterback is able to pickup 5 yards to make it a manageable 2nd and 5.

       

Instincts

Rashan Gary displays above average instincts on this play. Gary is able to get leverage on the tackle with nice hand placement, while keeping one hand free. Once the window is open, Gary breaks off to attack the quarterback. Rashan Gary doesn’t get the sack on this play, but he certainly contributed to it.

    

Overall Breakdown

Rashan Gary is a tremendous edge player that is pro-ready. Displays excellent tenacity and effort to attack the ball carrier and complete the tackle. Shows above average instincts to manipulate defenders and find a way into the pocket. Needs to process plays quicker and trust his instincts more often.

     

Draft Round Prediction

Top-Ten Selection

I have Rashan Gary listed as my best overall 4-3 true defensive end. From what I’ve seen on film, I don’t see his skillset translating to a 3-4 defense, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a few teams try him out in private workouts.

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