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

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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

Corey Liuget Scouting Report

Corey Liuget

Height: 6’2
Weight: 303
College: Illinois
40 Time: 4.97
Class: Junior
Stock:
Projected: 1st-2nd Round

Stats

2010 – 63 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks
2009 – 36 tackles, 8.0 TFL, 2.5 sacks
2008 – 26 tackles, 5.0 TFL, 1.5 sacks

Overview:

Corey Liuget is an interesting DT prospect that is getting 1st round consideration. He’s very strong and was productive at Illinois. He plays the game with a lot of tenacity and he is very violent in the trenches. However, he is very raw. He doesn’t have a lot of starts under his belt and his technique needs a ton of work. He struggles to get off blocks, he has poor instincts and he doesn’t have many pass-rush moves. All of this can be coached up and he can be a disruptive UT but he will need a lot of work before he can make an impact in the NFL.

Scouting Report:

Positives

– Has nice size
– Good athlete
– Productive
– Has a good first step
– Strong player with a good anchor
– Tough to push around in the run game
– Very violent inside
– Can beat interior lineman with his quickness and strength
– Has a strong bull rush
– Good tackler
– Moves well for his size
– Has a lot of potential as a 4-3 UT
– Scheme versatile, has played DE in a 3 man front
– Outstanding motor and effort
– Great leader

Negatives

– Inexperienced, started only 6 games before his Junior season
– Needs to get off blocks better, too often just rams around with no real purpose
– Struggles against double teams
– Has to improve his hand usage
– Needs to develop more pass-rushing moves
– Poor instincts and awareness
– Drops his head and runs himself out of the play too often
– Plays with inconsistent leverage and gets too high out of his stance
– A project player, will have to be coached up before making an impact

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

Strength: 4.0
Point Of Attack: 2.5
Quickness: 3.0
Pass Rush: 2.5
Motor: 4.5
Pro Potential: 3.5

Cameron Jordan Scouting Report

Cameron Jordan

Height: 6’4
Weight: 287
College: California
40 Time: 4.74
Class: Senior
Stock:
Projected: 1st Round

Stats

2010 – 61 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks
2009 – 48 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 8.0 sacks
2008 – 47 tackles, 11.0 TFL, 4.0 sacks
2007 – 18 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 1.0 sack

Overview:

Cameron Jordan made a name for himself at the Senior Bowl where his athleticism and motor we’re put on display. Jordan’s a great player because he can play in both the 4-3 and the 3-4 which adds a lot of value. He can be a good 4-3 DE, but I think he can excel as a 3-4 DE. He’s got great strength and quickness for his size and he’s violent inside. He needs to clean up his technique a little bit more, but he has the potential to be a great player.

Scouting Report:

Positives

– Great size
– Fluid athlete
– 3 year starter
– Productive
– Great quickness off the snap
– Able to beat interior lineman with burst off the snap
– Violent hands
– Does a good job of shedding blocks
– Great lateral agility
– Has a nice variety of pass-rush moves
– Strong upper and lower body
– Rarely driven back by OL
– Does a great job of shooting gaps and getting into the backfield
– Great against the run, flowing well to the ball
– Scheme versatile, can play in a 3-4 and 4-3
– Great bloodlines, his dad was a 6 time pro-bowler at TE
– Hard worker
– Great motor
– Leader

Negatives

– Doesn’t have the ideal quickness to play DE in a 4-3
– Needs to be more consistent getting off blocks
– Gets too high at times which neutralizes his rush
– Has to do a better job of protecting his legs against cut blocks
– Lowers his head at times which hinders his visibility running himself out of the play
– Needs to do a better job of wrapping up and not leaving his feet to tackle
– Best fit as a 5 technique in the 3-4
– Suspended 1 game in 2008 season forĀ suspicionĀ of DUI, has been clean since

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

Strength: 4.0
Quickness: 3.5
Pass Rush: 3.0
Point Of Attack: 4.0
Recognition: 4.0
Motor: 4.0
Pro Potential: 4.0

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