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

Phil Taylor Scouting Report

Phil Taylor

Height: 6’3
Weight: 334
College: Baylor
40 Time: 5.09
Class: Senior
Stock: Down
Projected: 1st-2nd Round

Stats

2010 – 62 tackles, 7.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks
2009 – 25 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks
2008 – No stats
2007 – 20 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 3.0 sacks

Overview:

Phil Taylor is a rare prospect because he has prototypical 3-4 NT size and strength but he also displays great athleticism for such a big man. He can dominate interior lineman 1 on 1 simply because he over-powers them. However, he has some technique issues. He doesn’t get off blocks too well and he plays with poor leverage at times. This allows guards to redirect him and seal him off in the run game. He also struggles to get off double teams and he is too often driven back by them. He’s also got some injury issues that have plagued him in the past.

Scouting Report:

Positives

– Excellent size and strength
– Prototypical 3-4 NT build
– Can out-muscle guards 1 on 1
– Is tough to move around against the run with one blocker
– Has a solid bull rush
– Flashes a nice swim move as well
– Has great quickness for his size
– Nice footwork
– Has good range and looks comfortable in space
– Does a good job of keeping 1 arm free to make the tackle
– Solid motor
– High potential as a NT
– Tough to find players like him

Negatives

– Struggles against double teams
– Lacks good hand usage to disengage from blocks
– Too often plays with poor leverage
– Disappointing to see him get redirected as much as he does in the running game
– Not much of a pass-rushing threat
– Has had problems with his weight in the past
– Fatigue is an issue late in games and he will take some plays off
– Was dismissed from Penn State for academic issues and getting into a fight
– Has had a lot of injuries in the past
– High risk player

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

Strength: 4.0
Point Of Attack: 3.0
Quickness: 3.0
Pass Rush: 2.0
Motor: 2.5
Pro Potential: 3.5

Christian Ballard Scouting Report

Christian Ballard

Height: 6’4
Weight: 283
College: Iowa
40 Time: 4.75
Class: Senior
Stock: Down
Projected: 3rd-4th Round

Stats

2010 – 42 tackles, 5.0 TFL, 3.0 sacks
2009 – 54 tackles, 9.0 TFL, 5.5 sacks
2008 – 41 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1.0 sack
2007 – 15 tackles, 4.0 TFL, 2.5 sacks

Overview:

Christian Ballard has heard his name mentioned as a possible surprise 1st round pick. I actually thought he could be one as well. However, after watching some tape of him it would be a mistake for any team to take him so early. He lacks strength and hes very weak at the point of attack. He gets pushed around inside too often and he is inconsistent getting off blocks. I really question where he’ll be able to play. He wouldn’t fit well as a 4-3 end because he not a good pass-rusher. He doesn’t really fit at 3-4 end either because he’s weak and he’ll be constantly over matched especially if the scheme calls for him to occupy blockers. I don’t know where he fits and he’s too big of a question mark to select early in the draft.

Scouting Report:

Positives

– Great size, ideal for 3-4 scheme
– 3 year starter
– Pretty athletic, especially when playing inside against slower guards
– Moves well in space
– Shows the ability to shed blocks with his hands
– Good at penetrating and making stops in the back field
– Has flashed a swim and spin move
– Good tackler inside
– Has played all over the line at Iowa
– Versatile
– Team player

Negatives

– Lacks strength
– Weak at the point of attack
– Struggles mightily against double teams
– Doesn’t use his hand well to disengage and needs to be more consistent doing so
– Plays too high
– Lacks a great first step
– Offers very little as a pass-rusher
– Has no counter pass-rush moves
– Loses track of the ball on some plays
– Tweener with no true position
– May not be a perfect fit anywhere on the line

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

Strength: 2.5
Quickness: 2.5
Pass Rush: 2.0
Point Of Attack: 2.0
Recognition: 2.5
Motor: 2.5
Pro Potential: 2.0

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