Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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Georgia Tech WR Darren Waller posted 4.46 and 4.54 forty times at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Checking in at 6-foot-6, 238 pounds, this athletic freak was expected to scorch the Indy turf and didn't disappoint. Waller finds himself in a similar predicament to Devin Funchess, though they aren't similar prospects; Waller is bigger and faster, but far more unpolished. Like Funchess, Waller doesn't really have a position. Waller's size and speed could make him a dangerous outside weapon, but he's unrefined and needs a ton of work as a receiver. He's a good blocker for a receiver, but blocking as an NFL tight end is quite different than pushing around ACC cornerbacks. Waller is a high-upside Day 3 lottery ticket.
Feb 21 - 11:04 PM

Georgia Tech WR Darren Waller is amenable to working out as either a WR or a TE.

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline passes along the report, mentioning that Waller is prepared to work out at either spot at both the combine and Georgia Tech's pro day. It's smart for Waller to take this stance. He was a jumbo receiver in the Yellow Jackets' triple-option offense, but Waller is an extremely raw pure pass catcher. The tools, though, are ridiculous. Measured 6-foot-6 5/8 and 242 pounds at the East-West Shrine game, Waller runs a 4.54 forty.
Feb 20 - 3:56 PM

Georgia Tech C/G Shaquille Mason was "arguably the most glaring snub" of the combine, opined CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Arguably the most glaring snub regardless of position, Mason played guard in Georgia Tech's triple-option offense, so it was tough to evaluate him," Brugler wrote. "But he showed the balance, power and movements to lead some to believe he has NFL starter potential at center." We're also shocked by Mason's exclusion. He has NFL talent, was highly productive in college, and has a skill set that requires closer examination. The 6-foot-1, 310-pounder, making the transition from guard to center, was a USA Today First-Team All-American in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 8 - 1:05 AM

Georgia Tech junior DL Adam Gotsis "looks to have a high ceiling," notes NFL.com.

The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Australia native remains raw; prior to moving to America, his on-field experience came primarily from playing Australian Rules Football. "He has good quickness for his size and has 21 tackles for loss in the past two seasons," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "He had little experience with 'American football' when he signed with Tech, but has been a quick study and never redshirted. He is an effective interior pass rusher and will be a three-year starter for the Yellow Jackets. Given his relative inexperience, he looks to have a high ceiling." CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote during the season that Gotsis "possesses the traits to warrant early round consideration."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 2 - 11:16 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper grades Georgia Tech senior OG Shaquille Mason as the No. 6 OG.

"Mason is another riser and, like any player coming out of Georgia Tech, will just need to continue to show he can be an effective pass-blocker," Kiper wrote. Many believe that Mason is going to be shifted to center in the NFL due to his boxy frame. A USA Today First-Team All-American in 2014, the 6-foot-1, 310-pounder was a dominant run blocker in the nation's No. 1 most efficient offense. Mason struggled in pass protection early in the week at the Senior Bowl, but showed improvement rapidly.
Jan 31 - 8:11 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Georgia Tech senior OG Shaquille Mason made an effective transition to a pro-style offense at the Senior Bowl.

"It was easy to see Mason's body control and quickness in Georgia Tech's triple-option offense, but it was near impossible to truly evaluate him until seeing him outside of that scheme," Brugler wrote. "This week in Mobile provided scouts that opportunity to judge his talent in a pro-style look and Mason didn't disappoint. He made the easy transition and even took some snaps at center, which might be his best NFL position." A USA Today First-Team All-American in 2014, the 6-foot-1, 310-pounder was a dominant run blocker in the nation's No. 1 most efficient offense. Mason struggled in pass protection early in the week at the Senior Bowl, but showed improvement rapidly.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 28 - 9:08 PM

NFL Media's Mike Mayock believes Georgia Tech senior OG Shaquille Mason made significant strides during Senior Bowl week.

"His first day of pass protection was poor as you might expect," Mayock said during the game. "But the next two days ... I think he might be a center in the NFL, but he competed his tail off on Wednesday and Thursday and I thought he showed everyone something. He learned quickly and adjusted on the fly." A USA Today First-Team All-American in 2014, Mason was a dominant run blocker in the nation's No. 1 most efficient offense. The 6-foot-1, 310-pounder was also named to the third-team AP All-American team, and the second-team All-American team by the Football Writers Association of America.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 27 - 9:02 PM

Georgia Tech senior OG Shaquille Mason "could project best to center at the next level" because of his "short frame, quickness and strength," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"After starring in the Yellow Jackets' run-heavy triple-option offense, scouts were eager to see how Mason would handle pass protection," Rang wrote. "He turned heads with his performance. While shorter than ideal at just 6-1 5/8, 310 pounds, Mason has very good lateral agility and balance, helping him mirror the South's most disruptive interior pass rushers." This past season, Mason was named a USA Today First-Team All-American, a third-team AP All-American, and a second-team All-American team by the Football Writers Association of America.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 27 - 4:05 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Georgia Tech senior OG Shaquille Mason will be a 'riser' at the Senior Bowl.

"Like offensive skill players in Baylor's offense, it's tough to properly evaluate offensive line play in the Yellow Jackets triple option offense," Brugler wrote. "But Mason's balanced athleticism and mean streak routinely stood out at guard for Georgia Tech, making his transition to a pro-style scheme intriguing. Mason is currently flying under the radar, but I'll bet he's a 'riser' after Mobile." Mason pulled out of the Medal of Honor Bowl after getting promoted to the Senior Bowl. The 6-foot-1, 310-pounder was named a USA Today First-Team All-American, a third-team AP All-American, and a second-team All-American team by the Football Writers Association of America.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 20 - 12:08 AM

Georgia Tech WR Darren Waller is "a raw route-runner who doesn't separate well underneath," wrote ESPN's Steve Muench.

"Like [Devin] Gardner, he's not a great hand-fighter at this point, but he has the frame to box out defensive backs underneath and is already a dangerous vertical threat," Muench wrote. "He's made several over-the-shoulder catches, and he's frequently done it with defenders tugging on his jersey." In addition to less than ideal hand use, Waller is mechanical in and out of his breaks. There's no denying the tools, though. Measured 6-foot-6 5/8 and 242 pounds at the East-West Shrine game, Waller runs a 4.54 forty.
Jan 17 - 5:41 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler thinks Georgia Tech WR Darren Waller improved as a route runner throughout the week at the East-West Shrine game.

"Waller is tough to miss with his 6-foot-5 frame, but he was noticeably stiff and unpolished as a route runner earlier in the week," Brugler wrote. "However, he has done a nice job adjusting and applying the coaching he has received in St. Petersburg, showing consistent improvements each day with his route running. Waller isn't a player who will consistently separate, but with his size and straight-line speed, there is a role in the NFL for a player with his skill-set." Waller measured almost 6-foot-7 at the event, and weighed in at 242 pounds. He runs a 4.54 forty, which is silly. He isn't agile, quick, or technically proficient, though, so we wouldn't be surprised if he gets shifted to the 'move' tight end position.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 17 - 3:18 PM

Georgia Tech WR Darren Waller measured in at 6'6 5/8" and 242 lbs at the East-West Shrine game.

Waller also has 9 1/4" hands and 33 3/8" arms. We bet some teams look to make Waller a "move" tight end, meaning he could see a lot of time in the slot. Do not expect Waller to wow with quickness or agility or quickness. He looks laborious in his breaks and does not create separation that way. However, Waller plays to his strengths and will use his length/power to get off the line and his frame or length to make contested catches. He can definitely get vertical with long speed and ball tracking.
Jan 15 - 10:30 AM

NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein noted that scouts look for elite traits in prospects and Georgia Tech senior WR Darren Waller's size is an elite trait.

"His raw technique was evident during [Monday's] practice, playing too high in his breaks and struggling to sink his hips and dip his shoulder to accelerate in his routes," Brugler wrote. "Waller has some ankle stiffness and is forced to use multiple motions when attempting to sell patterns, tipping off defensive backs to his path. The size is intriguing, but his development this week will be important." Sources speaking with TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline at the event believe it's a "a definite possibility" that Waller "could make the move to tight end this summer." The 6-foot-5, 232-pound Waller, who blocked a bit in GTU's triple-option offense, runs a 4.54 forty.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 14 - 7:38 PM

Georgia Tech senior WR Darren Waller's "raw technique" has been "evident" during East-West Shrine practice, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Georgia Tech wide receiver Darren Waller certainly looks the part at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, using his size to be an easy target for the quarterbacks. But his raw technique was evident during practice, playing too high in his breaks and struggling to sink his hips and dip his shoulder to accelerate in his routes," Brugler wrote. The Georgia Tech prospect, whose usage was restricted in the Yellow Jackets' triple-option offense, is an athletic freak who runs a 4.54 forty. Brugler notes that Waller "has some ankle stiffness and is forced to use multiple motions when attempting to sell patterns, tipping off defensive backs to his path."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 14 - 4:00 PM

Sources speaking with TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline believe it's a "a definite possibility" that Georgia Tech senior WR Darren Waller "could make the move to tight end this summer."

We know the 6-foot-5, 232-pounder can block a bit, as he spent most of his career doing so in Georgia Tech's triple-option attack. Waller, who runs a 4.54 forty, is inconsistent as a receiver, but he would be a terrifying weapon as a tight end. Pauline wrote on Monday that Waller "dropped a lot of passes in drills" but "dominated" in one-on-one drills at East-West Shrine Game practice. "Physically beat down opponents," the analyst added.
Jan 13 - 7:46 PM


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