Carlos Hyde Scouting Report

CARLOS HYDE – RB – OHIO STATE

Carlos Hyde

Strengths:

Powerful build with good thickness. Runs with good balance and does a great job of keeping his feet moving on contact. The type of back that falls forward more often than not. Good north/south runner who can pick up tough yards. Shows the ability to catch away from his frame. Has the size to stand his ground as a pass-blocker.

Weaknesses:

Lacks explosiveness and he’s very much a 1 speed runner. Doesn’t have an impressive burst and takes longer than most to reach his top speed. Not shifty and lacks any lateral explosion. Lacks the speed to routinely turn the corner. Can be too hesitant at times and lacks the burst to escape closing defenders. Not experienced as a pass-catcher. Still needs a lot of work on blitz pick-ups. Suspended for 3 games as a senior.

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

Athleticism: 2.0
Power: 3.0
Vision: 2.5
Hands: 2.5
Blocking: 2.0
Intangibles: 2.0

Verdict: Hate him

There’s nothing special about Carlos Hyde and it speaks of a poor running back class if he’s near the top of most peoples rankings. He’s a tough inside runner who can be a workhorse at the next level. However, he won’t excel. For a team needing a quick starting option at running back he is ideal. However, I anticipate his prime to be short and his overall career to be average at best.

Grade: 4th Round

Ryan Shazier Scouting Report

RYAN SHAZIER – LB – OHIO STATE

Ryan Shazier

Strengths:

Great athlete with good size. Has an elite first step and burst. Displays sideline-to-sideline range. Does a good job of staying patient against the run and finding the ball-carrier. Flows down the line well and has the athleticism to elude blockers in space. A good tackler who drives his hips and delivers a pop with his hits. Has the athleticism to be a plus cover linebacker. Occasionally lines up with his hand on the ground to rush the passer. Is dangerous on blitzes due to his first step. Can line up at multiple spots across both 4-3 and 3-4 fronts.

Weaknesses:

Can be indecisive and takes too many false steps. Will routinely bite on play action fakes. Has difficulty shedding blocks and gets washed out too often against the run. Ends up on the ground a little more than you’d like. Still raw in coverage and looks uncomfortable covering down-field routes. Needs to do a better job of playing the ball rather than the man. Raw as a pass-rusher and often lacks control on his rushes.

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

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

Verdict: Meh

I’ve seen the Lavonte David comparison more than once and I think it’s off base. I had Lavonte David rated as a 1st rounder and was very impressed by his college tape. Shazier is much more raw than David and isn’t as quick. Regardless, Shazier does a lot of things right but he’s too raw for me to rate him highly. He needs work in coverage, needs to shed blocks better and he doesn’t strike me as an instinctual linebacker who has a good feel for things. He seems a step slow to react and it’s what sets guys like David apart. Shazier is likely to struggle early on but does have potential to develop into a quality starter.

Grade: 3rd Round

Bradley Roby Scouting Report

BRADLEY ROBY – CB – OHIO STATE

Bradley Roby

Strengths:

A tremendous athlete who has the speed and fluidity to develop into excellent corner. Routinely runs down plays and has a great burst towards the football. Great at playing the ball when the play is in front of him. Comes downhill and gets his hands in the way of the catch. Shows the ability to turn and run with any receiver in man coverage and can be aggressive in coverage. Very comfortable in zone and shows good awareness at times. Not afraid to make hard contact in the running game.

Weaknesses:

Had a poor year in 2013 when compared to 2012. Seemed to play with a much more passive mentality. Didn’t play the run as well and seemed content with letting his teammates make the play. Poor tackler who launches himself at ball-carriers too often leading to missed tackles. Can be slow to react to routes or the run game. Struggles to get off blocks. Has difficulty guarding bigger receivers who can effectively box him out. Slow at finding the football when he has to turn and run. Less comfortable in coverage the further he is down the field. Will occasionally get grabby when in man-to-man coverage. Was charged with disorderly conduct before the season and suspended 1 game. Was ejected for launching at a receiver against Iowa.

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

Athleticism: 4.5
Instincts: 2.5
Man Coverage: 2.5
Zone Coverage: 3.0
Run Support: 2.0
Ball Skills: 2.5
Intangibles: 2.0

Verdict: Meh

I can see why some can fall in love with Roby because of his physical skill-set. He is a tremendous athlete but lacks polish to his game. He has a lot of work to do to improve but ultimately, if he works hard at his craft, he can develop into a great corner. He’s a bit of a project and sometimes these project players never truly develop. He reminds me a lot of Chris Houston who came into the league with a tremendous physical make up but struggled in his first few years. Since then, Houston has developed his ball skills and ability to locate the football and has turned into a pretty solid corner for the Lions.

Grade: 2nd Round

Cameron Heyward Scouting Report

Cameron Heyward

Height: 6’5
Weight: 294
College: Ohio State
40 Time: 4.92
Class: Senior
Stock:
Projected: 1st-2nd Round

Stats

2010 – 48 tackles, 13.0 TFL, 2.5 sacks
2009 – 46 tackles, 10.0 TFL, 6.5 sacks
2008 – 36 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 3.0 sacks
2007 – 33 tackles, 10.0 TFL, 2.5 sacks

Overview:

Cameron Heyward is a perfect fit as a DE in the 3-4 scheme. He’s strong and holds up well at the point of attack. He’s not much of a pass-rusher and his technique needs work, but he can be a good player at the next level. He has to work at getting off blocks better because that’s a part of his game where he still struggles. He doesn’t dominate as you expect a 4 year starter who is a potential 1st round pick would.

Scouting Report:

Positives

– Prototypical 5 technique size
– 4 year starter, very experienced
– Has good quickness off the snap
– Great strength
– Holds up well at the point of attack
– Can stand up to double teams
– Does a good job of keeping one arm free to make the tackle
– Strong bull-rush
– Plays with good leverage
– Disruptive
– Can overpower lineman inside
– Explosive tackler
– Versatile
– Good motor
– Dad was Ironhead Heyward
– Team leader
– High character player

Negatives

– Struggles to get off blocks
– Has to use his hands better
– Not much of a pass-rusher
– Only has the bull rush
– Lacks good edge speed
– A bit stiff and won’t challenge lineman in the NFL on the edge
– Can over-pursue and take himself out of the play
– Instincts are pretty bad considering he’s a 4 year starter
– Has to play with better balance
– Has games where he disappears

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

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

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