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2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: LSU LB Devin White

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Devin White

Height: 6’1

Weight: 240 lbs

Starter at linebacker for two years at LSU. 2018 Butkus Award winner (Top Linebacker). Two-time First-Team All-SEC player. Two seasons of 120+ solo tackles, including 8.5 career sacks. Originally recruited to LSU as a fullback (listed as #1 per Rivals), before converting to linebacker.

What I Like:

High Motor

Has a rare ability to stay with a play and not give up. Fights through traffic to stick with his target. Shows ability to take an optimum route to attack and engage the ball carrier.

What I Dislike:

Open-Field Tackling

While breaking down his film, I noticed several times where Devin White plays ahead of himself and will overshoot the ball carrier or just miss altogether. Needs to trust his instincts and attack the ball. However, his other abilities, such as his high motor, allow him to recover and re-engage the ball carrier.

Pass Coverage

Displays a rare ability to change direction while in coverage and attack the ball. Plays with an above average ability to rotate hips and engage the ball. Shows an above average ability to track and stay with the defender downfield. His above average athletic ability allows for him to display a quick change of direction to stay with a receiver.

Overall Breakdown

Devin White is a solid linebacker that has an above average athletic ability that allows him to penetrate the pocket and disrupt the quarterback. White displays above average ability to hang with a receiver in pass coverage and put himself in position. Shows average ability to stop the run. White needs to develop further as a linebacker and refine his mechanics.

Draft Round Projection

Mid-to-Late First Round

I have Devin White slated to come off the draft board in the 20’s. Positional drills at his Pro Day and at the NFL Combine will be key. Needs to shore up his mechanics and open-field tackling. That being said, Devin White is an NFL-ready prospect that will fit in the inside of an NFL linebacking core.

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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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