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Timmy Jernigan Scouting Report

TIMMY JERNIGAN – DT – FLORIDA STATE

Timmy Jernigan

Strengths:

Nimble tackle who moves well. Is quicker than most and occasionally beats lineman off the snap with his quickness. Can get penetration in the run game. Displays violent use of hands and upper body strength necessary to shed blocks. Shows good pursuit and will chase ball-carriers down-field. Tackles well and delivers a pop when he hits.

Weaknesses:

Doesn’t have great quickness and lacks a burst off the snap. Gets caught hand fighting too much and still needs to work on using his hands better to shed. Occasionally gets too high and he struggles to anchor. Needs to continue to add strength through his lower body. Doesn’t offer much as a pass-rusher and lacks a repertoire of moves. If he doesn’t win right off the snap he rarely impacts the play. Best suited in a 4-3 defense in a 1-gap scheme.

Skills:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Pass Rush: 1.5
Strength: 2.5
Quickness: 3.5
Point of Attack: 3.0
Tackling: 4.0
Intangibles: 3.0

Verdict: Meh

Timmy Jernigan still needs some seasoning but he has a lot of the tools necessary to be successful. He can be a starter from day one although he likely won’t be more than average until he develops further. I think he can have success in a 1-gap scheme where he can win with his quickness and penetrate into the back-field. Size and playing style is similar to that of Jonathan Babineaux.

Grade: 2nd Round

Aaron Donald Scouting Report

AARON DONALD – DT – PITTSBURGH

Aaron Donald

Strengths:

Rarely seen first step for a defensive tackle. Has the quickness to beat lineman right off the snap. Is a penetrating and very disruptive tackle. Has violent and quick hands and sheds blocks well. Has shown the ability to split double teams. Plays with great leverage and is naturally helped by his shorter stature. Generates good power and can be disruptive with a bull-rush. Tackles well.

Weaknesses:

Shorter and lighter than your typical defensive tackle. Will struggle with his anchor at times if he pops up too quickly. Is a very scheme specific player and is likely only a fit in the 4-3 in a one-gap system. Pursuit could be better.

Skills:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Pass Rush: 3.5
Strength: 3.0
Quickness: 5.0
Point of Attack: 3.0
Tackling: 3.5
Intangibles: 2.5

Verdict: Love him

Here’s a comparison I’ve heard that I actually agree with. Geno Atkins. Donald has a similar playing style to Atkins and both were doubted for their size. Both are also damn good football players. Atkins has since developed into the best defensive tackle in the league. Donald may or may not be on his level, but he is certainly a great player worth a 1st rounder.

Grade: 1st Round

Louis Nix III Scouting Report

LOUIS NIX III – DT – NOTRE DAME

Louis Nix III

Strengths:

Massive size with great strength. At the very least occupies space and blockers. Moves fairly well for his size. Is difficult to move around when he keeps his pad level low. Is able to beat weaker lineman with his strength. Flashes a great bull-rush and is able to push the pocket. Shows flashes of using his hands well to shed.

Weaknesses:

Plays too tall and often negates his strength. Is pushed around by stronger lineman that can get under his pads. Struggles against double teams. Doesn’t have the quickness to beat lineman and is limited to making plays in a short area. Struggles to get off blocks and doesn’t use his hands well enough. Offers little as a pass-rusher. Has had issues maintaining his weight more than once. Has questions about the durability of his knee going forward.

Skills:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Pass Rush: 1.5
Strength: 4.0
Quickness: 2.0
Point of Attack: 2.5
Tackling: 3.0
Intangibles: 2.0

Verdict: Hate him

I get that he’s a nose tackle and isn’t supposed to make plays but Nix is so average to me. I don’t see an elite lineman who can stand up to doubles routinely or make impact plays against the run. Combine that with his history of weight issues and a bad knee and I see a low-floor with limited upside. I’ve seen B.J. Raji comparisons but maybe his ex-teammate Ron Brace is the closer comparison.

Grade: 3rd Round

Kevin Pierre-Louis Scouting Report

KEVIN PIERRE-LOUIS – LB – BOSTON COLLEGE

Kevin Pierre-Louis

Strengths:

Very athletic linebacker. Has sideline-to-sideline range. Quick first step. Smooth and displays above average flexibility for the position. Has the lateral quickness to dance around blockers in space. Safe and sound tackler who wraps-up well. Versatile and goes from lining up in a 3 point stance to covering slot receivers. Has upside both as a blitzer and in coverage.

Weaknesses:

A bit undersized and lacks strength to his game. Struggles to take on and shed blocks and gets pushed around too much against the run. Doesn’t seem to have great instincts and awareness of what is going around him. Tends to run into blockers and doesn’t use his hands well to avoid cut-blocks. Weak tackler who is usually dragged by the ball-carrier before bringing them down. Has had some trouble with nagging injuries.

Skills:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Athleticism: 4.0
Instincts: 2.0
Point of Attack: 2.0
Coverage: 2.5
Pass Rush: 2.0
Tackling: 2.5
Intangibles: 3.0

Verdict: Meh

Kevin Pierre-Louis is an interesting prospect because he has a great athletic base to work with. He’s a bit undersized and he’s definitely most comfortable in space. He’s right on the cusp of being a starter in the NFL but I think with the right coaching he can improve a lot. The upside is there, although I don’t think he’ll ever be much more than a serviceable starter.

Grade: 4th Round

Chris Borland Scouting Report

CHRIS BORLAND – LB – WISCONSIN

Chris Borland

Strengths:

A stout linebacker who is quicker than fast. Plays fast in small areas. Displays good urgency when attacking the line of scrimmage. Does a good job of avoiding blockers and generally flows through bodies well. Versatile and has experience at all linebacker positions. Used as an end/pass-rusher on occasion. Is able to beat lineman with his quickness on blitzes. Has an impressive spin move.

Weaknesses:

Lacks strength. Undersized with short arms. Struggles to take on and shed blocks. Prefers to run around blocks and this will put him out of position and he lacks the speed to recover. Gets pushed around too much by lineman in space. Weak tackler. Plays out of control and misses far too many tackles. Lacks sideline-to-sideline range and is better suited playing on the outside in space. Can be late in finding the football and, once again, lacks the speed to recover. Lacks the overall athleticism necessary to be a great coverage linebacker.

Skills:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Athleticism: 2.5
Instincts: 2.5
Point of Attack: 2.0
Coverage: 2.0
Pass Rush: 2.5
Tackling: 2.0
Intangibles: 2.5

Verdict: Hate him

Chris Borland has received a lot of hype this off-season and has been a bit of a riser. I’ve even seen comparisons to Zach Thomas… Not sure if serious. Maybe it’s just me but it’s hard to be impressed by a linebacker prospect who isn’t even a sound tackler. His game overall is very average and he does not do one thing exceptionally well. People will point to his motor but I have seen him take his fair share of plays off just like everyone else. I just don’t see Borland ever becoming a stud linebacker in the NFL.

Grade: 4th Round

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