Carl Bradford Scouting Report

CARL BRADFORD – LB – ARIZONA STATE

Carl Bradford

Strengths:

Versatile player who has spent time at end and linebacker. A smooth athlete with a decent first step. Flashes the ability to beat lineman with speed by crossing their face and getting penetration. Has the athleticism to convert to linebacker full time in the pros. Already has some experience dropping into coverage.

Weaknesses:

Decent first step but not one to consistently threaten lineman. Only average speed around the edge. Is undersized and lacks strength. Struggles to shed blocks both in the run and pass game. Has short arms. Often pushed around in the run game and offers very little if he is initially blocked. Lacks pass-rush moves and is often stonewalled. Will need to switch to linebacker full-time and will take time to adjust. Was previously benched for getting into an altercation with his teammates on the sideline.

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

Athleticism: 3.0
Instincts: 2.0
Point of Attack: 1.5
Coverage: 2.0
Pass Rush: 2.0
Tackling: 2.0
Intangibles: 2.0

Verdict: Hate him

An overrated prospect in my opinion who will struggle to find a role in the NFL. He’s small and doesn’t stand out as neither a pass-rusher nor a run defender. He’s also played the majority of his snaps with his hand in the dirt and will definitely need to make the switch to linebacker in the NFL. However, I question whether he has the instincts and tackling ability to be a capable starter.

Grade: 6th Round

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Trent Murphy Scouting Report

TRENT MURPHY – DE – STANFORD

Trent Murphy

Strengths:

Tall with long arms. Flashes the ability to use his hands well. Is able to extend and keep lineman off his body. Does a good job of shedding against the run. Has a solid variety of pass-rush moves. Does a pretty good job of keeping his pads low despite his height. Has experience lining up at multiple positions and has rushed from both 2 and 3 point stances. Has experience dropping back into coverage as well.

Weaknesses:

A stiff and linear athlete who has limited upside as a pass-rusher. Sometimes looks like he’s moving in slow motion. Lacks flexibility around the edge. Doesn’t possess a great first step. Lacks strength throughout his lower body. Looks awkward and stiff in coverage and would struggle at linebacker in the pros.

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

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

Verdict: Meh

Trent Murphy is one of the most awkward defensive ends I’ve watched because it’s rare to see someone so tall and light play so much in a stand-up role. I think his upside as a pass-rusher is limited but I think there is some potential for him as a run defender. I like the way he extends and gets off blocks and he tackles well. However, he’s more of a mid-round pick than a borderline 1st rounder.

Grade: 4th Round

Marcus Smith Scouting Report

MARCUS SMITH – LB – LOUISVILLE

Marcus Smith

Strengths:

Quick twitch athlete with a borderline elite first step. Can beat lineman right off the snap. Has great closing speed. Displays the speed necessary to win around the edge. Flashes a dirty spin move. Has experience rushing from all over the defensive line and from 2 and 3 point stances. Above average athlete who will get looks in the 3-4.

Weaknesses:

A bit linear and lacks the flexibility to bend around the edge. Routinely runs around the quarterback because of flexibility issues. Athletic but a bit tight hipped which will hurt his transition to linebacker. Lacks strength and his weak bull-rush is evidence of this. Doesn’t hold up well at the point of attack and also has a tendency to run himself out of plays. Needs to use his hands better to shed blocks and continue to increase his pass-rush arsenal as he’s mainly just a speed-rusher at the moment.

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

Athleticism: 4.0
Instincts: 2.5
Point of Attack: 2.0
Coverage: 2.0
Pass Rush: 3.5
Tackling: 3.0
Intangibles: 2.5

Verdict: Meh

Marcus Smith has a great first step and is an above average athlete for the position but his lack of lateral agility and flexibility hurts his overall potential. He will have to make the transition to linebacker because of his lack of strength but he’s tight hipped and it will hurt him in coverage. I think he has a spot as a situational pass-rusher but I have doubts he’ll ever develop into a great all-around player.

Grade: 3rd Round

Scott Crichton Scouting Report

SCOTT CRICHTON – DE – OREGON STATE

Scott Crichton

Strengths:

A stout end who might have the ability to play in the 4-3 and 3-4. Has great strength. Flashes violent hands to disengage. Decent get-off for his size. Has a powerful bull-rush when he keeps his pad level low. Is difficult to move off the line of scrimmage when he anchors down. Can be lined up at multiple positions on the defensive line.

Weaknesses:

Not a great athlete and thus his upside as a pass-rusher is limited. Lacks suddenness or great speed to threaten the edge. Needs to continue to work on shedding blocks and developing pass-rush moves. Pops upright almost right off the snap and loses the leverage battle which negates his powerful lower body. Needs to finish and make the tackle more consistently. Ultimately, might be a tweener who can play multiple positions but won’t excel at one specifically.

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

Pass Rush: 2.5
Strength: 3.5
Quickness: 2.0
Point of Attack: 2.5
Tackling: 2.5
Intangibles: 2.5

Verdict: Meh

Crichton is an OK all-around defensive end but he doesn’t excel in one area. He does have good strength but it’s often useless because he loses the leverage battle. He needs to be developed but his upside is limited. He should get some looks from some 3-4 teams as an end and that may ultimately be his best spot despite being undersized for the position at the moment.

Grade: 4th Round

Michael Sam Scouting Report

MICHAEL SAM – DE – MISSOURI

Michael Sam

Strengths:

Good athlete with an excellent burst off the snap. Flashes dangerous speed around the edge on speed rushes. Does a good job of beating lineman to the edge and using a rip move to get by. Quick first step allows him to get penetration against the run and blow up plays in the backfield. Has a good motor.

Weaknesses:

Needs to get stronger and develop more pass-rush moves. Struggles to fight off blocks when initially stopped and lacks the heavy hands to separate. Will rush himself out of the play at times. Tight hipped and would have a tough time transitioning to a stand-up role.

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

Pass Rush: 3.5
Strength: 2.0
Quickness: 3.5
Point of Attack: 2.0
Tackling: 2.5
Intangibles: 3.0

Verdict: Love him

Michael Sam is not as highly regarded as his teammate Kony Ealy but it should be the other way around in my opinion. Sam is a much more dangerous pass-rusher and has the potential to develop into an impact player in the NFL. Strength and hand usage can be taught but a quick first step you either have or you don’t. He has to season up a little bit but the potential is there.

Grade: 2nd Round

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