Josh Norris

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Wednesday, January 01, 2014


Gator Bowl: Georgia vs. Nebraska, Noon on ESPN2


Georgia


Senior TE Arthur Lynch


- Inline tight end that is even asked to stay in for pass protection. Many of his blocks are double teams when crashing down, but fails to generate consistent power after first contact. Mainly a short to intermediate receiver, but can win down the seam or on some inside breaking routes.


Nebraska


Senior CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste


- An extremely long and athletic corner, but he lacks a physical nature to his game. Does line up in press situations frequently, but tends to lack the intensity to use those tools effectively. That length might impact his game the most when trailing receivers a disrupting in the catch point in those instances.


Redshirt sophomore DE Randy Gregory


- Typically lining up as a right defensive end. Long stride off the snap with explosion, likes to find contact through his hands and extend. Can keep blocker on skates with leg drive. Displays bend and athleticism to win around the edge. Likely a right defensive end, but has the frame to add more mass.


Junior RB Ameer Abdullah


Senior WR Quincy Enunwa



Capital One Bowl: South Carolina vs. Wisconsin, 1:00 on ABC




Outback Bowl: Iowa vs. LSU, 1:00 on ESPN


Iowa


Junior LT Brandon Scherff


- Stated he intends to stay in school for another season. Scherff is a bruising run blocker who bullies defenders in the open field. Strong hands and displays athleticism, but flashes of tripping over himself after getting jolted on first contact. Waist bending flashes are there as well.


Senior TE C.J. Fiedorowicz


- I am a big fan of Fiedorowicz, but also realistic. He is a willing blocker but is somewhat limited as a receiver. He wins in the curl to flat areas and does not offer much of a threat after the catch. Should have a long career as a role player.


Senior LB James Morris


- Run and chase player. Has a chance to “rise” during the draft process at all star games.

LSU


Junior DT Ego Ferguson (will not play)


Junior WR Jarvis Landry


- Goes up and gets it at the highest point. Will win in tight coverage by creating a sliver of separation at the last moments. Good straight-line speed. The combination makes him a very good downfield receiver. Seen plenty of time in the slot, but could also be an outside target that can make a home in the intermediate to downfield levels.


Junior WR Odell Beckham Jr.


- Beckham Jr. is an awesome prospect. His frame is similar to slot receivers, but he has the explosive style and strength to play on the outside as well. Can create separation with quickness but will also win at the catch point with vertical, strong hands, and extension. Expect a top-50 selection to be in his future.


Redshirt sophomore RB Jeremy Hill


- I don't love Hill as much as others. There are some real fluid movements and flashes of power, but for his style I see him taken down on first contact far too often. he does tend to fall foward, which helps. Beat writers expect him to declare after the bowl game.


Junior LT La’El Collins


- An absolute bully on the field. Loves drive blocking when given a shoulder or double teaming when left open on the outside. Doesn’t luge too often in pass protection. Can win despite poor pad level. Finds his punching range and keeps arms extending once gaining a latch to control. Currently playing left tackle. With there being little difference between the left and right side he could play either.


Junior DT Anthony Johnson


- Loves crashing with his shoulder on initial contact. Typically playing the three technique, but I question if he can generate push on a consistent basis, resetting the line of scrimmage a few yards deep in the backfield. Do wonder if he is asked to attack certain gaps because of the shoulder move. Also lines up at the one technique. Will be interesting to see where he plays with Ferguson out.


Senior LB Lamin Barrow


Senior S Craig Loston



Rose Bowl: Michigan State vs. Stanford, 5:00 on ESPN




Fiesta Bowl: Baylor vs. UCF, 8:30 on ESPN


Baylor


Senior WR Tevin Reese


- Wins vertically thanks to speed. Not a physical type but if he gets a free release or gains a step on a route in man to man coverage, watchs out. First game back from injury.


Senior G Cyril Richardson


- Mammoth blocker with experience at tackle. Doubt he cracks the top-32, but that does not take away form his talent. Should showcase is mauling styling at the Senior Bowl, but real question will be with lateral quickness to mirror opponents.


Junior QB Bryce Petty


- Has stated he is returning for his senior season, but better combines good velocity with great placement, hitting receivers at every level of the field instride to pick up a large amount of yards after the catch. He has struggled under duress when asked to move off his spot, but that might not happen too much in this game. Petty does run the ball on occasion as well.


Junior RB Lache Seastrunk


- Outstanding straight-line speed but has improved his game in tight spaces. Vision was previously questioned since Seastrunk always wanted to take runs to the house, however, no there is more patience. He has an argument to be the first runner off the board in May.


Junior WR Antwan Goodley


- Big, powerful receiver with inconsistencies at the catch point.


Redshirt sophomore DE Shawn Oakman


A very good first step for his size. Finds contact through his hands, which is abnormal for a former tight end and basketball player. Loves to press and drive to opposition’s chest, keeping them on skates. Once getting depth in the pocket, he sheds and swarms for a tackle in the backfield. Since we have so few exposures on Oakman, this is a tough question. He’s mainly playing on the edge this season, but he could shine in tight situations in a five and sub-package three technique role.


Senior S Ahmad Dixon


- COuld be the hybrid safety/linebacker the NFL is looking for. Best when keeping things in front of him but does not mind making contact with receivers on crossing routes. Can be a head hunter at times.



UCF


Redshirt junior QB Blake Bortles


- The buzz is growing, but I am not certain he will be a quality starter in the NFL. Has the size NFL teams want, and I think that somehow is playing a major factor. Luck-ish in terms of throwing with more touch than velocity, but has lost some zip on his throws since last year. Not sure why. I like him, but do not love Bortles right now. Will draw Roethlisberger comparisons as well thanks to strong movement in the pocket. I actually think there are some footwork issues he needs to work on. Bortles does lift the talent around him, however.


Redshirt junior RB Storm Johnson


- Miami transfer. big bodied glider who does flash lowering a shoulder to finish off runs. Would not be surprised if he declares.


Redshirt junior LT Torrian Wilson


- Likely moving in to guard at the next level. Has lower body athleticism and can bend to absorb, but gets jolted on first contact too often. 




Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .
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