A Prospect A Day: Wide Receivers, Josh Doctson Scouting Report

Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

6’3 195 lbs.

Doctson

Watching his tape is an absolute pleasure. During this season, you’ll hear a lot of teams talking about finding guys that check off all the boxes and Doctson is absolutely one of those guys.

Just as impressive downfield as he is as a possession receiver over the middle, Doctson has the ability to chameleon into any role and be a meaningful contributor immediately at the next level. He can climb the ladder, plays the ball at its highest point beautifully, runs crafty routes and can out-physical just about any defensive back.

As if that weren’t enough, he’s also one of the best blockers I’ve ever evaluated. He sprung four touchdowns with his blocks on the tape I saw. He’s constantly hustling back to the play to contribute and clearly has a team-first mentality.

The only slight knock I have on him is he needs to gain more yards after the catch consistently. He doesn’t quite have the world class speed or freakish size either. But he will be a brilliant pro, no doubt. And the team that drafts him will have found a WR2 for the ages.

Hands: 18 out of 20

Doctson rarely drops a ball, and when he does, it’s usually while he’s several feet in the air or contorting his body in some way. He must work on being a more consistent hands-catcher as he lets some reach into his body.

Route Running: 16 out of 20

He doesn’t have the razor-sharp cuts of the great route runners, but makes up for it with a strong understanding of how to play his assignments like a fiddle. Still, better cutting would make creating separation easier.

Blocking: 15 out of 15

Simply spectacular in this regard. Doctson’s technique, effort and all-around effectiveness as a blocker make him stand out constantly on film.

Athleticism: 14 out of 15

He might have the best vertical in the class, he generates a ton of force from his legs. He’ll probably also run a solid 40, shows above-average acceleration and burst to go with average NFL speed.

Run after catch: 11 out of 15

The one part of his game he really needs to improve as a pro, Doctson is too content to fall forward for a couple of extra yards rather than maintain balance and fight for more.

Size: 7 out of 10

He’s clearly not fully grown into his frame, could use more weight in the midsection as he is extremely tapered.

Body Control: 5 out of 5

Shows ridiculous ability to contort himself, leap for high balls and maintain composure through contact.

TOTAL PROSPECT RATING: 86 out of 100

NFL Comparison: Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals

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Possessing similar frames, both dominate at the point of the catch, using savvy route-running and impressive athleticism to high-point the ball on deep throws. Both also possess the toughness and willingness to run a full route tree, including routes over the middle. As a bonus, both are standout blockers as well.

Mock Draft 1.0

1. Tennessee Titans: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

6’5 305 lbs.

Tunsil

Titans GM Jon Robinson said specifically that protecting his quarterback would be a priority this off-season. It would certainly help Mariota’s development if he wasn’t spending half his time on a professional field running for his life and the other half tasting turf.

2. Cleveland Browns: Carson Wentz, QB, ND State

6’5 232 lbs.

Wentz

New head coach Hue Jackson is taking a QB here, and it makes a lot of sense to bet on Wentz who has every trait teams could want in a franchise quarterback. Of course, the Browns better do something about that defense. Wentz is too much of a gamer not to turn into a pick machine if he feels the pressure to carry a game by himself.

https://sportsslants.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/a-prospect-a-day-quarterbacks-carson-wentz-scouting-report/

3. San Diego Chargers: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

6’6 287 lbs.

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Oregon Ducks defensive lineman DeForest Buckner (44) celebrates after bringing down a back behind the line. The No. 18 Oregon Ducks face the Oregon State Beavers in the Civil War at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 27, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)

Despite the Chargers having two superior prospects available in Ramsey and Bosa, they reach a bit for Buckner. GM Tom Telesco has proven unreliable in assembling a talented roster as of yet.

https://sportsslants.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/a-prospect-a-day-4-3-defensive-ends-deforest-buckner-scouting-report/

4. Dallas Cowboys: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State

6’1 202 lbs.

Ramsey

Nov 28, 2015; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive back Jalen Ramsey (8) against the Florida Gators during the first quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Word from Cowboys camp is Ramsey is their number one player overall so finding him at the 4 spot with a competent GM like Stephen Jones calling the shots, this is a no-brainer. They can mix and match Byron Jones and Jalen Ramsey as they please.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

6’6 276 lbs.

Bosa

Jags GM David Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley will be bowling people over to get this pick in. Joey Bosa will be an immediate infusion of talent paired with former first-rounder Dante Fowler Jr. They must address the secondary this off-season as well, but Bosa is too talented.

https://sportsslants.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/a-prospect-a-day-4-3-defensive-ends-joey-bosa-scouting-report/

6. Baltimore Ravens: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

5’11 192 lbs.

New Mexico State v Florida

GAINESVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 05: Vernon Hargreaves III #1 of the Florida Gators carries the ball for six yards acting as a receiver during the second quarter of the game against the New Mexico State Aggies at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 5, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Jimmy Smith is a slightly undersized corner who’s had success with the Ravens, so Newsome knows to target talent and traits over size. Of course the Ravens offense will continue to scare exactly no one until they get serious about bolstering that side of the ball.

7. San Francisco 49ers: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

6’5 304 lbs.

NCAA Football: Georgia Tech at Notre Dame

Sep 19, 2015; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley (78) prepares to block Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets linebacker Tyler Marcordes (35) at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports

Far be it from me to indicate GM Trent Baalke could make a good decision. Chip likes his tackles and Ronnie Stanley has all of the tools to thrive in his scheme.

8. Miami Dolphins: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

5’11 195 lbs.

Alexander

Brent Grimes is done. This is his replacement. The Dolphins are probably convinced that Suh is a long-term answer so they pass up the much more safe (and smart) option of A’Shawn Robinson here.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

6’3 270 lbs.

Shaq Lawson

Lawson is expected to shoot up the boards after an excellent combine workout. Perhaps the hype will be enough to tempt a silly franchise like Tampa Bay into taking him in the top ten.

https://sportsslants.wordpress.com/2016/01/15/a-prospect-a-day-4-3-defensive-ends-shaq-lawson-scouting-report/

10. New York Giants: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

6’1 245 lbs.

Myles Jack

UCLA linebacker Myles Jack in action against BYU during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. UCLA won 24-23. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

It’s time. They’ve tried to get by with Jasper Brinkley, Jon Beason and Uani Unga, to absolutely disastrous results. Unless the decision-makers are clinically insane, they address the position here with a prospect that’s drawing comparisons to Thomas Davis.

11. Chicago Bears: A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama

6’4 312 lbs.

Robinson

Last year, I had the Bears married to Danny Shelton, and they ignored their need. They still haven’t addressed the void left by Henry Melton. Robinson is a classic space-eater with surprising athleticism. He has all the traits to be dominant. Perhaps with their flashy receivers already in the fold, the Bears will turn to addressing their actual needs this off-season.

12. New Orleans Saints: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State

6’4 275 lbs.

Emmanuel Ogbah, Kyle Stouffer

Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah (38) attempts to move around Central Arkansas Kyle Stouffer (76) during an NCAA college football game between Central Arkansas and Oklahoma St in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

 

 

The more I break it down, the more this makes sense. Payton and Loomis must know that the entire defense struggles because of their lack of push up front. Ogbah will fit right into the locker room as a hard-worker with relentless motor. Knowing Pay/Loo though, I should be expecting something off-the-wall like safety or tackle here.

https://sportsslants.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/a-prospect-a-day-4-3-defensive-ends-emmanuel-ogbah/

13. Philadelphia Eagles: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

6’7 320 lbs.

Decker

Some team will fall in love with the potential of this big-bodied athletic prospect. He’s played on the big stage against some excellent pass rushers and held his own. It remains to be seen whether Coach Pederson is competent enough to put him in position to succeed though.

14. Oakland Raiders: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama

6’1 259 lbs.

Ragland

Reggie McKenzie, against all odds, has nailed his last couple of drafts as Raiders GM. He’ll recognize, eventually, that Curtis Lofton often is looking toward the sideline for instructions while in coverage. Ragland has the athleticism and instincts to grow into another in a long line of talented Alabama linebackers of the Saban era.

15. Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff, QB, Cal

6’4 215 lbs.

Jared Goff, Dylan Wynn

California quarterback Jared Goff (16) scrambles out of the pocket from Oregon State defensive end Dylan Wynn (45) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

The Rams are ecstatic to see Goff here and snag him without a second thought. But perhaps that second thought should have been that they already signed Kirk Cousins in free agency (I jest).

https://sportsslants.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/a-prospect-a-day-quarterbacks-jared-goff-scouting-report/

16. Detroit Lions: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

6’6 325 lbs.

Conklin

The Lions need to invest in whoever is behind center or that offense will never reach its potential. While we’re on the subject. Man, that Lions offense is going to suck.

17. Atlanta Falcons: Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

6’4 231 lbs.

Floyd

Dan Quinn has proven to be obsessed with his side of the ball as a head coach. Plus, the Falcons still don’t have a pass rush. Leonard Floyd is another swing at bat for GM Dimitroff and company. Pairing him with Beasley could make for a potent combination in a few years.

18. Indiannapolis Colts: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indianna

6’5 301 lbs.

Spriggs

This is a case where the Colts would probably like to trade back, but in my inspired trade-free mock draft, they stay put and grab the next best offensive lineman available. Protecting Andrew Luck must be priority number one for Grigson and company unless they want more comedy routines in week 17 (Ryan Lindley and Josh Freeman split starting duties, it’s like the beginning of a “walks into a bar” joke)

19. Buffalo Bills: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

6’1 304 lbs.

Louisville Football v Memphis

Sheldon Rankins (98), Fumble

Rumblings that Dareus is looking to leave point to Rex Ryan’s continual inability to control a 53-man roster. Instead of booting him like they should, the Bills decision makers allow him to commit nepotism while also replacing a proven talent with a relatively unknown rookie. Poor Bills, they’ll never make the playoffs. On the bright side, Rankins shows a lot of potential. He might even be on the level of the greats (like Dareus) one day.

20. New York Jets: Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State

6’3 301 lbs.

Whitehair

In his first season as coach of the Jets, Todd Bowles impressed with a simplistic west-coast passing game to go along with a power running attack and a suffocating defense. I love me some old-school football and Whitehair projects as a road-grading guard for Ivory (or Powell… Stacy… Ridley… umm) that also has the quickness to hold up in pass-protection.

21. Washington Redskins: Robert Nkemdiche, DE/DT, Ole Miss

6’4 296 lbs.

Nkemdiche

Second-year GM Scot McCloughan established a formula for building from the trenches. Last year, he shored up the O-line with Brandon Scherff. This year, he should follow suit on the defensive side with a blue-chip talent like Nkemdiche. Here’s hoping this basket case doesn’t end up doing the worm during a Monday Night Football game. Looking at you, Haynesworth.

https://sportsslants.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/robert-nkemdiche-dt-scouting-report/

22. Houston Texans: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

6’7 245 lbs.

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The Texans stay put and take a talented prospect here in Lynch. He’s not ready to start right away, but he can’t be much worse than Hoyer was in that playoff game… right DeAndre Hopkins?

https://sportsslants.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/a-prospect-a-day-quarterbacks-paxton-lynch-scouting-report/

23. Minnesota Vikings: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

6’2 210 lbs.

Treadwell

The Vikings need another receiver with the word being that Mike Wallace wants out. Big surprise. And Cordarelle Patterson still isn’t progressing. Big surprise? That leaves Stefon Diggs and Charles Johnson. I’m not quite inspired with that corps. Of course, Treadwell is not the best receiver in this class, but landing with an accurate passer like Bridgewater should help considering his inability to separate from even college corners.

https://sportsslants.wordpress.com/2016/02/14/a-prospect-a-day-wide-receivers-laquon-treadwell-scouting-report/

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor

6’2 310 lbs.

Billings

The Bengals are constantly refueling their defense, it’s one of the reasons they have one of the most complete rosters in the NFL. Billings is 20 years old and figures to blow up the combine. Snagging him here is a steal. On an unrelated note: Does anyone else have an annual pity party for the Bengals during Wild Card Weekend?

25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

6’1 200 lbs.

Apple

Too long the Steelers have ignored upgrading this position. It’s time and they know it. Their secondary was a big reason they lost a lot of games last season. Apple is a rising prospect with ideal size who has big-game experience. You’ll be hearing that a lot during the rest of this mock draft.

26. Seattle Seahawks: Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State

6’2 228 lbs.

Lee

The Seahawks have built such an impressive roster by snagging impressive athletes that fit in their scheme. Darron Lee is a potential fit as a Jack linebacker to replace Bruce Irvin, who’s leaving in free agency. In addition to impressive measurables, he’s ready for prime-time due to his big-game experience.

27. Green Bay Packers: Noah Spence, LB, Eastern Kentucky

6’2 254 lbs.

Spence

The Packers have been trying to generate a pass rush with over-the-hill vet Julius Peppers. It was fun (and funny) while it lasted. But unless they want to continue to waste Rodgers’ prime years, they’d better get serious about building a defense from the ground up.

28. Kansas City Chiefs: Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame

6’3 229 lbs.

Notre Dame v Arizona State

TEMPE, AZ – NOVEMBER 08: Quarterback Taylor Kelly #10 of the Arizona State Sun Devils rushes the football against linebacker Jaylon Smith #9 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the college football game at Sun Devil Stadium on November 8, 2014 in Tempe, Arizona. The Sun Devils defeated the Fighting Irish 55-31. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

A perfect replacement for the departing great Derrick Johnson, once Smith is ready to go, he’ll headline a fearsome defensive unit that should only get better in the coming years. Andy Reid and John Dorsey are building a potential powerhouse.

29. Arizona Cardinals: Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas

6’5 253 lbs.

Henry

Jermaine Gresham was, inexplicably, unused in Arians’ offense. However, a play-maker like Henry should allow Carson Palmer to be that much more potent. He can also add some juice to the emerging running game.

30. Carolina Panthers: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

6’0 225 lbs.

Elliott

Ohio State plays Indiana at Ohio Stadium on Saturday, November 22, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio.

Do the Panthers ever recognize or draft for their needs? Not since they double-dipped for Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short in the first and second rounds respectively. Still, you can’t argue with Gettleman’s strategy here. Elliott is a game changer at running back. Him and Cam Newton in the same backfield would give defensive coordinators absolute fits. Also big-game experience blah blah blah.

https://sportsslants.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/a-prospect-a-day-running-backs-ezekiel-elliott-scouting-report/

31. Denver Broncos: Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech

6’3 325 lbs.

Butler

Elway wants to hold onto Malik Jackson, but it seems like Jackson might chase the money. Proven to have adequate eye-sight and cognitive abilities, Elway recognizes his team was special due to defense and continues to refuel with an impressive talent from a small school who has been shooting up boards.

 

A Prospect A Day: Wide Receivers, Corey Coleman Scouting Report

Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

5’10 190 lbs.

Coleman

Baylor receiver Corey Coleman (1) brings in the catch amongst a West Virginia defender during the first quarter of a NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 at McLane Stadium in Waco, TX. Baylor won 62-38.

OVERVIEW

Coleman is a diminutive, explosive playmaker with solid route running and at-times spectacular hands.

His blocking and outside receiving ability are both limited by his size, however he is still winning to go up for jump balls and inside on both runs and crossing routes.

He’s also a strong runner out of the backfield, lining up as a running back, rushing off tackle and counters; true running back plays.

His greatest asset, however, is his deep-ball tracking ability. He can run right by defenders and under deep throws with little apparent effort.

He must learn how to use his athleticism more on tight coverage and be able to use the elusiveness he showed against West Virginia to realize his full potential.

Receiver Breakdown:

Hands: 18 out of 20

He’s a gifted hands catcher who rarely has focus drops and often comes up with effortless catches downfield. His main problem is when he has to reach for balls outside his catch radius.

Route Running: 16 out of 20

Most of his routes are crisp, but he doesn’t run a full route tree due to the Baylor offense limiting his opportunities.

Blocking: 11 out of 15

His size limits his effectiveness, he also lacks consistent effort when the play is away from him, even walking and stopping entirely while a play is still going.

Athleticism: 13 out of 15

His speed and agility are off the charts. His jumping ability looks solid, not spectacular.

Run after catch: 15 out of 15

He can take short passes to the house and almost always finds positive yards after the catch. His play against West Virginia in this regard was transcendent

Size: 3 out of 10

Not only is he small and short, it limits his effectiveness noticeably. It clearly keeps him from being in the conversation for best prospect in this draft.

Body Control: 5 out of 5

His ability to dip in and out of cuts and maintain balance is eye-opening, to say the least.

Total Prospect Rating: 81/100

NFL Comparison: Golden Tate, WR, Lions

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With the hands, route running and quickness to dominate from the slot, Coleman compares favorably to Tate who has made a living in the NFL burning defenses both deep and after the catch on underneath routes. Both have also proven to be effective runners out of the backfield, though Coleman is probably already more gifted in this aspect.

A Prospect A Day: Wide Receivers, Michael Thomas Scouting Report

Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State

6’3 210 lbs

Thomas

OVERVIEW

Thomas is the classic example of wasted potential. He’s a true NFL receiver with dominant traits who has the ability to run a full route tree and the savvy and athleticism to dominate against both man and zone.

However, he was criminally underused in the Ohio State offense by quarterbacks incapable of putting him in favorable positions consistently. It’s very clear that defenses respected his immense ability as he constantly drew flags and double coverage.

Still, there are a couple of knocks on Thomas’ game: he has uneven hands, especially on contested balls and he doesn’t seem to have the demeanor or swagger of a number one receiver.

He’s also an extremely skilled blocker.

RECEIVER BREAKDOWN

Hands: 14 out of 20

Thomas shows the ability to catch nearly any ball when he’s coming back to it. When running away from the ball, he shows much more inconsistency. While he’s willing to fight through contact. He doesn’t use his superior frame and athleticism nearly well enough to go up and snag contested balls.

Route Running: 17 out of 20

His route running isn’t quite razor-sharp, but it’s adequate to create separation and he shows the ability to read zones and sit in the soft spots to make a QB-friendly target.

Blocking: 14 out of 15

Thomas consistently shines in blocking situations, springing runners for big gains several times per game. He shows incredible latching ability and awareness to disengage at the right time. He’s, however, not quite aggressive enough if the play is shifting away from him.

Athleticism: 14 out of 15

I fully expect Thomas to be among the leaders at the position at the combine. He clearly has excellent long-speed and agility. Though he doesn’t use it often, he also has excellent jumping ability. The main problem is he doesn’t often use these traits to dominate competition like one would expect.

Run after catch: 14 out of 15

Look no further than a hitch Thomas took to the house against Rutgers. He slid between two defenders and delivered a punishing stiff-arm to spring free for the touchdown. On that play, he showed all the major traits: speed, power and vision, which will allow him to dominate on the next level with the ball in his hands.

Size: 9 out of 10

He’s big and tall, ideal for his position, though he could stand to add a bit more weight in his legs, he looks a little bit lanky at times.

Body Control: 3 out of 5

Though he shows strong ability to break tackles with proper pad level through contact, he’s not able to contort his body in ways that allow him to win on downfield throws.

TOTAL PROSPECT RATING: 85 out of 100

NFL Comparison: Julio Jones, WR, Falcons

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He may be one of the best receivers in the league, but Thomas has nearly an identical frame with the same combination of athleticism, strength, savvy and crisp route-running that has made Jones such a matchup nightmare. Thomas must improve his hands and ability to win the contested catch, but could have a Jones-like impact.

A Prospect A Day: Wide Receivers: Laquon Treadwell Scouting Report

Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

6’2 210 lbs.

Treadwell

OVERVIEW

The single greatest weapon Treadwell has in his arsenal is his ability to win 50-50 balls. He not only does this effectively and consistently, he often makes the extreme look routine and mundane. He can also high point the ball better than most college corners.

While he is not a spectacular athlete by the NFL’s lofty standards, he should test well at the combine. He carries his pads and frame impressively, allowing abnormal body control when going up for contested catches.

Treadwell is a somewhat lazy route runner, not making precise cuts. This stymies his ability to create separation. He also struggles with proper form in blocking, though he is incredibly aggressive and willing in that area of his game.

The biggest thing he can do at the next level to improve is to study: his awareness of defensive concepts is clearly lacking as he can constantly be seen taking himself out of the play in zone coverages, rather than sitting in the soft spots. He’s an absolute mismatch for most corners in man coverage though and demands extra defensive attention constantly.

He has the demeanor and confidence required of a number one receiver to go along with solid size.

RECEIVER BREAKDOWN

Hands: 17 out of 20

While Treadwell made some ridiculous catches on tape, and only had one true drop, he missed on some difficult but catchable balls. One that really stood out was a slightly overthrown deep ball late in a 2015 blowout by Florida.

Route Running: 12 out of 20

He must improve this facet of his game to be a truly elite prospect. He doesn’t often look like he cares to try to create separation and will be feasted on by the NFL’s feistier corners for this.

Blocking: 13 out of 15

He’s brilliantly effective as a blocker downfield, though he lacks the short area quickness to handle blocking when the corner is in press coverage. He’s extremely aggressive and will often block right through the whistle. He has a good understanding of when to disengage and switch his man as well.

Athleticism: 13 out of 15

He’s a phenomenal athlete when all factors are taken into account. He can do pretty much anything asked of him on a football field, outrun or jump over defenses and even has the ability to rush and throw when called upon. He just won’t put up numbers that dazzle at the combine.

Run after catch: 14 out of 15

He has both the elusiveness and power to be an absolute nightmare in the open field. While he doesn’t often convert short throws to touchdowns, he’s almost never taken down for no gain after the catch and that speaks volumes to his ability.

Size: 8 out of 10

His frame is strong and compact, but in an era of big, tall receivers, he’s not quite the physical freak teams covet.

Body Control: 5 out of 5

His ability to twist and contort himself to make a catch pops on tape constantly.

TOTAL PROSPECT RATING: 82 out of 100

NFL Comparison: Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars

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The breakout star for the Jags represents the pinnacle of Treadwell’s potential. Both are strong athletes with great hands who need improvement in route running and rely on muscle and ability to battle defensive backs.

 

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A Prospect A Day: Running Backs, Kenneth Dixon Scouting Report

Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech

6’0 216 lbs.

Dixon

OVERVIEW

Dixon is a stout, savvy and well-built runner that got better with every year of experience at Tech. He really emerged in 2015 when Driskel came over to start from Florida since prior to that, Dixon was the only offensive weapon for Tech.

Dixon, as a runner, prefers to get up-field quickly and take the first lane he finds. Once in the secondary, he becomes a little more creative and uses the field laterally. He has a brilliant spin move and a solid stiff arm to go with a wiggly juke.

Where Dixon really shines though is in the receiving game. He’s the best pure receiving back among the top prospects. He runs a full route tree with crisp precision and makes, at times, ridiculous catches. He’s a natural catcher and has exceptional sideline awareness.

He also has a great feel for setting up blocks and bouncing off tackles in the open field. He set the FBS record for most touchdowns in a career by a running back with 87.

RUSHING

Speed: 2 out of 5

Dixon is a rumbler, he makes his money with speed in the open field and does not possess great burst. His top-end speed is mostly average though and it could limit runs at the next level.

Power: 3 out of 5

He lowers his shoulder with the best of them and runs with great pad level, but he doesn’t seek out contact.

Field Vision: 12 out of 15

His vision is strong once he reaches the open field but struggles at the line of scrimmage. This is also why he’s incredibly effective as a pass catcher.

Balance: 7 out of 10

Dixon is able to keep his feet through contact but has no plays that really stand out and make you notice on tape.

Break Tackle: 6 out of 10

While he sometimes bounces off tacklers and runs through contact, he’s easily taken down in the open field with good form one-on-one.

Moves: 5 out of 5

He has an impressive spin move to go with a devastating stiff arm. He works in the hurdle and constantly uses a short juke to get in between defenders.

Run blocking: 3 out of 5

He has a natural feel for run blocking and has the body for it, but Driskel didn’t take off much for the Tech offense.

RECEIVING

Route running: 5 out of 5

Dixon runs a full route tree with elite-receiver-prospect precision.

Hands: 10 out of 10

With 33 catches in his senior year, including some absurd one-handed grabs and not a drop on tape, he looks as sure-handed as they come.

Run after catch: 5 out of 5

His 14.1 average per catch is absolutely absurd and his seven receiving touchdowns on just 33 catches mean that he scored 21% of the time he caught the ball. Almost one in every four catches was a score. Ridiculous.

Blocking: 4 out of 5

He plays like a natural and could probably be a tight end with his abilities as a run blocker. He stays away from perfect just by a lack of plays to review.

PASS PROTECTION

Technique: 5 out of 5

Dixon is highly aggressive and stout at the point of attack. He loves hitting pass rushers and keeping them down and often takes an extra pop on them at the end of the play.

Effectiveness: 5 out of 5

He gave up no sacks on tape and only once was a rusher close, he never missed a block either.

Potential: 10 out of 10

His size, skill set and aggression suggest he will be able to handle the better rushers in the NFL.

Total Prospect Rating: 82/100

NFL Comparison: Fred Jackson, RB, Seahawks

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Makes his money in the NFL as a versatile receiving threat. Both are incredible in the open field, and effective enough between the tackles to work as starters when called upon. Dixon might be even better than Jackson when all is said and done.

A Prospect A Day: Running Backs, Devontae Booker Scouting Report

Devontae Booker, RB, Utah

5’11 212 lbs

Assigntment 4

Utah Utes running back Devontae Booker (23) runs the ball into the end zone for a touchdown during the third quarter. The No. 5 Oregon Ducks play the No. 20 Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 8, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Booker lacks elite running characteristics and tends to prefer running north-south to lateral movement. He does possess a devastating spin and shows adequate elusiveness in the open field.

His speed is only slightly above average but he does a fantastic job bursting through a crease for the maximum gain on a given play. He’ll need a strong offensive line at the next level since he isn’t much of a creator behind the line of scrimmage.

He has strong natural ability as a receiver out of the backfield that should keep him on the field for most offensive plays. He looks like an adequate runner, but perhaps a 1b option, if not a backup altogether.

He probably needs to put on some more weight to get more goal-to-go opportunities. His touchdown numbers were comparatively low versus the other top prospects at the position.

RUSHING

Speed: 4 out of 5

Booker replaces a lack of elite top-end speed with a strong burst and suddenness to his game that allows him to slide through even the smallest creases, and if a team’s secondary is even a step slow, he has enough speed to turn a run into the secondary into a touchdown like he did twice against Arizona State in 2015.

Power: 3 out of 5

He runs with plenty of aggressiveness, but it’s not his main weapon as a runner, preferring to slide by potential tacklers versus seeking out contact.

Field Vision: 12 out of 15

Booker uses an elite understanding of blocks at the line of scrimmage to rarely get stuffed but struggles at times once he gets past the first wave.

Balance: 9 out of 10

Booker’s balance is special, and at times it looks like it might be the best in the draft. He’s constantly picking up extra yards while stumbling facedown to the ground.

Break Tackle: 7 out of 10

He’s a strong runner, but again power isn’t the main part of his gain, and because of this, wrangling him around the ankles isn’t as difficult as it would be if he squared up into contact.

Moves: 4 out of 5

Booker has the best spin move in the class and uses it brilliantly and constantly. He also has a strong juke to go with the occasional hurdles and stiff arms.

Run blocking: 4 out of 5

This wasn’t a huge part of his game, but he did show some strong ability, especially in games which Kendall Thompson started.

RECEIVING

Route running: 4 out of 5

Booker actually has some diversity to his route-running game and is quite decisive and accurate.

Hands: 9 out of 10

There were no drops on tape, and he managed a few one-handers as well, this is only imperfect because he had under 40 catches in 2015.

Run after catch: 5 out of 5

He had an average of over 8 yards a catch and showed some good ability in the open field. Especially notable, his longest reception in the game was only less than 10 yards once and in seven of his ten games played in 2015 he had a reception of 20 yards or more.

Blocking: 3 out of 5

He didn’t see much action in this capacity on tape, but he never showed any sign of taking plays off so it’s likely if the play were to shift to his side, he’d throw some effective blocks.

PASS PROTECTION

Technique: 4 out of 5

A bit undersized, Booker can get overtaken by powerful rushers but makes up for it with good foot and hand usage and a solid cut block.

Effectiveness: 3 out of 5

Booker has trouble committing and that gets his QB in trouble sometimes, but when he properly identifies his assignment, he doesn’t typically give ground.

Potential: 9 out of 10

If Booker works on his assignments, he should have no big issues blocking at the next level.

TOTAL PROSPECT RATING: 80/100

NFL Comparison: Pierre Thomas, RB, Redskins

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Both have excellent balance and burst to maximize short gains and the feel and hands in the open field to be magnificent screen backs. Thomas has made a living being a jack-of-all-trades in the pros and I think Booker will do the same since his running ability by itself isn’t quite elite.