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

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Jeremiah Attaochu Scouting Report

JEREMIAH ATTAOCHU – LB – GEORGIA TECH

Georgia Tech's Jeremiah Attaochu (45)

Strengths:

Athletic linebacker with a lean frame and long arms. Fluid athlete. Has a great initial burst off the snap. Good speed-rush. Very disruptive pass-rusher. Consistently plays with great leverage allowing him to drive lineman back in the pocket despite his less than ideal size. Has the quickness to beat lineman with an outside-in move right off the snap. Shows great flexibility to bend around the edge. Stacks up well at the point of attack due to his leverage and ability to anchor. Has experience dropping into coverage and offers some scheme versatility.

Weaknesses:

Less than ideal size for an end so he’ll likely have to make the transition to linebacker in the pros. Is still raw in coverage and will need time to adjust. Lacks the strength and violent hands to consistently shed blocks. Struggles to free himself and make plays in the run game. Lacks polish to his pass-rush moves and will need to continue to improve these techniques.

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

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

Verdict: Love him

There’s not a lot of talk about Attaochu but he’s one of the best pass-rushers in this class. He is a very disruptive player even when he uses bad technique and isn’t quite sure what he’s doing. As he continues to improve I can definitely see him being a good all-around player. I envision him starting his career off much like Bruce Irvin as a strictly situational pass-rusher. Attaochu has the ability to convert to 3-4 OLB full time at the next level due to his athleticism.

Grade: 1st 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

Kony Ealy Scouting Report

KONY EALY – DE – MISSOURI

Kony EalyStrengths:

Well built defensive end prospect with great size and length. Good strength. Shows variability in his pass-rush moves. Has a nice bull-rush when playing with good leverage. Has great closing speed. Has some position versatility and experience lining up over the guard. Worthy of looks as a 3-4 end. High motor player.

Weaknesses:

Stiff and average athlete. Does not possess a great burst off the snap. Lacks a great speed-rush to threaten NFL caliber tackles around the edge. Often plays with poor leverage. Poor hand usage and struggles to shed blocks, which hinders his ability to play the run. Needs to continue to perfect his pass-rush moves.

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

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

Verdict: Meh

If it wasn’t for his good motor my verdict on him would likely be ‘hate him’. Ealy lacks upside because he’s a stiff athlete. He’s also raw and needs to improve his hand usage greatly before he can make an impact consistently in the NFL. I think he has a long road ahead of him and I see him more as someone who can be a solid starter but not an impact player.

Grade: 3rd Round

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