Casey Matthews Middle Linebacker Oregon #55 Senior
Physical Ability: Casey Matthews possesses elite physical ability for a middle linebacker.
Durability: Matthews has great durability.
Learning Rate: Casey Matthews learns new plays pretty quickly on the defensive side of the football, but he does not learn plays as quickly as his older brother Clay Matthews.
Football IQ: I believe Casey Matthews Football IQ may be even greater than Clay Matthews. Clay Matthews is just a pass rusher as a rush linebacker in the 3-4. Casey Matthews is a pass rusher, run stuffer, and a zone coverage middle linebacker.
Awareness: The 4-3 middle linebacker position requires more awareness than any position on defense because you have to have excellent play recognition. Matthews can play the 4-3 or the 3-4 scheme.
Intangibles: Casey Matthews has great intangibles for a middle linebacker and he may be able to move to the outside in the 4-3 or the 3-4 because Casey Matthews intangibles and instincts to play recognition are that good.
Play Recognition: Casey Matthews is a very smart middle linebacker who can figure out opposing teams offensive plays. Has the 4-3 play recognition of an Urlacher and the 3-4 play recognition of a Ray Lewis.
Pass Rusher: Casey Matthews pass rushes the same way Clay pass rushes on film, but does not have the ten plus sack
Tackler: Casey Matthews is a top notch tackler had 120 tackles during his senior year of high school along with 10 sacks and 2 picks. During his senior year at Oregon he had 73 tackles, 3 sacks, and 3 interceptions.
Sack Artist: Matthews has the versatility to be a sack artist like Clay in the 4-3 or the 3-4, but has the play recognition skills of a Ray Lewis or a Patrick Willis type linebacker which is why he is better suited on the inside. He’s not a beast at getting to the quarterback like Clay and does not even deserve to be in the same league as Clay Matthews when it comes to sacking the quarterback, but he is productive enough to be a sack artist as a middle linebacker.
Run Stuffer: Casey Matthews is better at stuffing the run than Clay Matthews.
Zone Coverage Linebacker: Casey Matthews can drop back into zone coverage in the 3-4 and play the cover 2 scheme in the 4-3. Something that guys like Clay Matthews and James Harrison struggle in which is why Casey Matthews is more versatile and better suited on the inside due to his incredible ability to multitask so effectively while reading plays.
Explosive Motor: Casey Matthews has an explosive motor off snap counts and rush to the quarterback.
Hard Hitter: Casey Matthews hits defenders real hard like a physical middle linebacker. This may be a con with the new NFL rules, but for now this is a pro.
First Step Quickness: Casey Matthews has that first step quickness of the snap that most pass rushers have.
Will stop quarterbacks who scramble up the middle: Casey Matthews will stop quarterbacks who try to run up the middle flat in their tracks.
Can Force Fumbles: Casey Matthews lined up as a 3-4 rush linebacker on the right side in the national title and caused Cam Newton to fumble the football. Casey Matthews can create turnovers and force fumbles.
Can play any linebacker scheme: Matthews is best suited as a 4-3 middle linebacker with 3-4 middle linebacker as a secondary position, but he is good enough to start on the weak side or the strong side in the 4-3. In the 3-4 he can be a rush linebacker like Clay Matthews, but is better suited on the inside in the 3-4.
Production: Casey Matthews has elite production for a middle linebacker.
Potential: Matthews has the potential to be an AJ Hawk type linebacker for the next 10 to 12 years, but Matthews didn’t perform like AJ Hawk coming out of Ohio State.
Size: This is a very minor con because he is 6 foot 1 240. Most Middle linebackers are 6 foot 2 245, but he can play the 4-3 or the 3-4 so he compensates for this.
Aims for the quarterbacks Legs: When Casey Matthews sacks the quarterback he sometimes aims for the needs. He did this against Oregon State and struggled this year. Casey Matthews will get exposed if he tries this against Michael Vick or Ben Roethlisberger.
Misses Tackles: Casey Matthews has a habit of missing tackles which is probably why he is considered a 4th to 6th round pick.
My take on Casey Matthews. I believe Casey Matthews will be a superstar in the NFL, but he will fall in the draft because most of the early picks are set. Plus he misses tackles and struggles against teams with dual threat quarterbacks who scramble to the outside. Matthews has missed tackles on running plays too, but posted monster stats. Casey Matthews is very versatile and is capable of multitasking as a linebacker.
Kemba Walker PG Connecticut
Physical Ability: Kemba Walker is a very physical point guard prospect, but point guards are not as physical as power forwards or center.
Durability: Kemba Walker rarely gets injured.
Size: Kemba Walker has good size for a point guard at 6 foot 1 172 pounds.
Learning Rate: Walker learns new plays for converting baskets at a real fast rate.
Basketball IQ: Walker has played basketball his entire life and has a great understanding for the game of basketball.
Awareness: Kemba Walker has the offensive awareness to recognize shooting areas and the defensive awareness to contain point guards.
Intangibles: Kemba Walker has great intangibles when it comes to executing shots as a basketball player.
Shooting Accuracy: Kemba Walker has the shooting accuracy to hit short range, medium range, or long range shots.
Converts Layups: Kemba Walker is great at picking mismatches and converting easy layups.
Free Throw Shooter: Walker is an effective free throw shooter.
Production Kemba Walker provided elite production for a Connecticut Huskies team that carried a lot of momentum from the Big East Tournament winning out to the NCAA Tournament where Connecticut won the Tournament.
Potential: Kemba Walker has the potential to be an effective point guard.
Field Goal Percentage: Point Guards shoot in the 45 percent field goal range and Walker managed to shoot 40 percent from the line.
My thought s on Kemba Walker. Next to Derrick Williams Irving, and Kanter, Walker may be the best NBA Prospect. Kemba Walker can be an all star, but he has to improve his field goal percentage.
Biography Marvin Austin Defensive Tackle North Carolina #9 Senior
Physical Ability: Marvin Austin has great physical ability as a pass rusher.
Durability: Austin has great, but not elite durability.
Size: Austin has the perfect size for a 4-3 defensive tackle.
Learning Rate: Learns new pass rushing and run stuffing schemes right away.
Football IQ: Austin is a really smart football player who can execute his assignments on game day by watching film.
Awareness: Marvin Austin displays outstanding play recognition skills when trying to read offensive plays.
Motor: Marvin Austin displays an explosive motor and outstanding footwork for a defensive lineman when you watch him on film.
Production: Marvin Austin provided top notch production whenever he didn’t get suspended for off the field issues.
Potential: Marvin Austin has the potential to be a pro bowl defensive tackle if he can stay out of trouble.
Intangibles: His pass rushing and run stuffing moves looked lackluster when watching him on film, but he learns new plays quickly.
Could be a product of Robert Quinn’s success: If Robert Quinn was so good Marvin Austin may be a product of Quinn’s success.
Character Concerns: Marvin Austin has major character concerns entering the NFL and Austin has to address these character issues if he wants to succeed.
My thoughts on Marvin Austin. Austin should succeed as long he stays out of trouble, but its never easy to evaluate prospects with character issues. Austin looked awesome at his pro day and he has the work ethic that a guy like Ryan Mallett or DaQuan Bowers lacks so I think Austin will succeed.
Name: Dougie Hamilton
Age: 17 years old.
Shooting Power: Hamilton’s shooting power is even better than Ryan Storme’s shooting power.
Durability: Hamilton is a very tough hockey player.
Size: I’m not sure if size should be a pro or a con here because the average hockey player is 5 foot 11 175 pounds and Hamilton is 6 foot 3 180 pounds. Most defenseman should be in the 200 pound range, but I’m giving Hamilton the benefit of the doubt here.
Learning Rate: Hamilton learns new offensive and defensive plays pretty quickly.
Hockey IQ: Hamilton studies a lot of film. He understands how hockey is supposed to be played.
Awareness: Has the offensive awareness and defensive awareness that you look for in a two way defender.
Intangibles: Hamilton can become an offensive defender on one side or a defensive defender who covers well. You cannot coach a player with those intangibles.
Shooting Accuracy: Hamilton has the same shooting accuracy that Strome has.
Can shoot from anywhere: Hamilton can shoot from anywhere.
Production: Hamilton provides top notch production for a defenseman.
Potential: Hamilton should start out on line 3 in the NHL, but he could move up to line 2 in two years, and be a all star line one defenseman in 5 years.
Deking: Hamilton struggles to deke and throw defenders off their game.
My thoughts on Dougie Hamilton. While Hamilton is not NHL ready just yet he will be pretty quickly. Besides Deking he’s nearly a complete player with no flaws in his game, but everyone has things they need to work on and improve.
Name: Ryan Strome
Age: 17 years old
Shooting Power: Ryan Storme has deadly shooting power on the wrist shot or the slap shot.
Durability: Storme is a tough player who rarely gets injured.
Learning Rate: Storme learns new plays quickly by listening to his coaches and watching film of hockey games like a gym rat.
Hockey IQ: Storme’s played hockey his whole life and has a great comprehension on how to play the game properly.
Awareness: Ryan Storme has the offensive awareness to recognize plays by shooting or passing the puck well. He can look at all his options and make the proper progressions when passing the puck which is something Jonathan Huberdeau needs to work on at this point. Even though defensive awareness is one of his weak points right now it can become a strength because his teammate Dougie Hamilton is one of the top defenseman in this draft plus Storme can learn to improve his defensive game by watching Hamilton.
Intangibles: Ryan Storme has very consistent intangibles in terms of shooting or passing. I think next to Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Storme may be the most consistent center in the NHL.
Shooting Accuracy: Ryan Storme can shoot with pinpoint accuracy the same way Drew Brees can throw a football with pinpoint accuracy.
Can shoot anywhere on the ice: Storme can shoot the puck from short, medium, or long distance.
Playmaker: Ryan Storme is a playmaker who sets up goals, but has the ability to score goals also.
Production: Ryan Storme has been great for the Niagara Ice Dogs this season. He tallied 106 points for Niagara this season.
Potential: Storme has line 1 potential. Right now I believe he should play on line 3 if he goes to the NHL right away, he could move up to line 2 in two years, and in 5 years this could be a line 1 player.
Size: Storme is 5 foot 11 160 pounds which is a concern, but a very minor concern.
My thoughts on Ryan Storme. I watched Storme on film and I can clearly see why people in the comments page criticized me back in February for only putting him 25th on my draft board. Here’s my apology to those fans of Ryan Storme. If I’m an NHL Scout for the Florida Panthers, I have a top 8 penalty killing unit returning, and I have Voukoun at goalie I make the case to take Ryan Storme because I need offense and I could see Strome having a better career than Huberdeau or Couturier in the long run. I’m even tempted to put this guy ahead of Gabriel Landeskog on my NHL Draft Board, but that is crazy. Odds are Colorado will take Landeskog 2nd if they don’t take Larsson so I take Storme here. I could even make a case that Storme is the best center in the draft, but Nugent Hopkins is more NHL ready and his field vision when passing the puck is being compared to Wayne Gretzky so that’s the tiebreaker as to why Nugent Hopkins is the #1 center in the 2011 NHL Draft slightly ahead of Ryan Nugent Hopkins.
Name: Jonathan Huberdeau
Age: 17 years old
Team: Saint. Johns
Shooting Power: Jonathan Huberdeau has great shooting power entering the NHL.
Durability: Huberdeau is a tough tenacious hockey player who rarely gets injured.
Learning Rate: Learns new plays quickly. Huberdeau will think of a way to score if he is one on one or he will pass if he cannot shoot the puck and someone is open.
Hockey IQ: Huberdeau has very good vision on the ice and will pass to the first guy he sees open when passing the puck.
Intangibles: Huberdeau has the shooting and passing intangibles of a two way forward.
Two Way Forward: Huberdeau is a two way forward with playmaking ability.
Tough Scrappy Player: Huberdeau is a tough scrappy player and he will pick fights with the opposing team.
Athleticism: Jonathan Huberdeau has top notch athleticism for a hockey player his age. Huberdeau is very flashy and can skate anywhere on the ice.
Production: Huberdeau gives your hockey team top notch production.
Potential: Huberdeau has proven he has line 1 potential based on what he did with the Saint John Sea Dogs this season producing 105 points while winning the QMJHL playoffs and the 2011 Memorial Cup.
Physical Ability: Huberdeau lacks the physical ability to execute checks.
Size: Huberdeau is 6 foot 1 155 pounds.
Awareness: Huberdeau has the quick learning rate and the hockey IQ to understand the coaches plays, but I feel like Awareness is an area of improvement. Look at the offensive awareness. I think Huberdeau needs to be more consistent when it comes to winning face offs. When he cannot shoot he passes to the first guy he sees open. He won’t have that luxury in the NHL because he will face tougher defenders and it will be harder to pass the puck because rather than there being 3 players open in the QMJHL. There is usually only 2 players open in the AHL, and only one player open in the NHL when reading progressions and making passes unless the defense isn’t doing there job. When you pass the puck you have to read progressions when passing the puck the same way quarterbacks read progressions when throwing the football. You watch him on film and notice that most of his shots he scores are near the crease of the net. I’m not saying it will be impossible for him to score, but he won’t get those kind of shots handed to him in the NHL. The NHL is a completely different game. In terms of defensive awareness he struggles to stay on his man and is only focused on stealing the puck without using a body check.
My thoughts on Jonathan Huberdeau. This is a player who may succeed, but I’m not jumping on the Huberdeau bandwagon yet. He has a brighter future than Sean Couturier in terms of comparing the top 5 prospects careers. I think the most successful to least successful among the 2011 potential top 5 picks will be in this order with Larsson at #1 with one Stanley Cup, Nugent Hopkins at #2 with one Stanley Cup, Landeskog at #3 being in the league for 10 years, Huberdeau as a boom or bust prospect at #4, and Couturier at #5 as a complete bust. Jonathan Huberdeau has to go to a team where he can be a premium line 3 type center the way Jordan Staal is a premium line 3 center. The New York Islanders have to get someone behind John Tavares on line 1 and Josh Bailey on line 2 so I can see Huberdeau working out with the Islanders. Right now the Islanders are the favorite to land Huberdeau at #5 which means Huberdeau should have a very promising career.
Biography Stephen Paea Defensive Tackle #54 Oregon State Senior Redshirt
Physical Ability: Paea has the physical ability that you look for in a defensive lineman in terms of muscle fat with biceps and has the upper body strength of a beast. Paea did a mind boggling 49 repetitions of 225 pounds bench pressing at the 2011 NFL Combine.
Size: Paea has the size of a 4-3 defensive tackle or a nose tackle in the 3-4 scheme. He was as big as 6 foot 1 327 pounds at one point and currently weights 6 foot 1 303 pounds. Paea may have to move to 3-4 end unless he puts some weight on, but I’m not counting that out as a possibility at this point.
Learning Rate: Paea does not learn new plays right away, but he learns new schemes and plays really quickly. It takes him 2 games to learn 100 plays in your teams playbook and it takes Paea 5 games to master the plays he’s learned through gameplay and practice.
Football IQ: Paea watches a lot of film and has a great understanding for tthe game in terms of football IQ.
Run Stuffer: Paea’s strongest trait is his ability to stuff the run.
Production: Stephen Paea is a very productive player who should provide a defensive impact for the team that drafts him regardless of what his stats say.
Potential: Paea has potential to be a pro bowl defensive lineman in this draft.
Durability: If you play Paea every down he is going to have durability issues. Paea will be a good starter, but your going to need to rotate him out of the lineup now and then.
Can he keep his weight in check: Paea weighed as much as 327 pounds at one point and weighed as low as 288 pounds at one point. Paea is 6 foot 1 303 pounds and some scouts believe he has the size for a nose tackle.
Not an every down player: When you evaluate 4-3 defensive tackles you want an every down player. I don’t believe Paea is an every down defensive tackle.
2 down nose tackle: I think Paea is a two down nose tackle and may even start out as a rotational nose tackle if he puts on the weight to be a nose tackle.
Won’t succeed as a 3-4 end: Paea will struggle if he is forced to move to the 3-4 end position.
Intangibles: Stephen Paea does a good job block shedding, but his intangibles in terms of rip moves, swim moves, bull rushing, and beating offensive lineman off the snap need major improvement which is why Stephen Paea’s intangibles are a work in progress.
My thoughts on Stephen Paea. Even though Stephen Paea has the potential to be a pro bowl defensive tackle he needs to improve his ability as a pass rusher. I believe Stephen Paea will be limited by his ability to rush the quarterback at the next level.
Since I’m transferring to Slippery Rock in the fall I’m going to write a scouting report on Slipepry Rock center Brandon Fusco. Here are some pros and cons with Brandon Fusco.
Biography Brandon Fusco Center Slippery Rock #74 Senior
Physical Ability Fusco managed to bench press 26 repetitions of 225 pounds.
Durability: Fusco has elite durability and rarely gets injured.
Size: Fusco has elite size for a center at 6 foot 4 306 pounds.
Learning Rate: Fusco learns new plays quickly and should translate his skills to the next level.
Football IQ: Is smart enough to recognize blitz schemes. The question now becomes how does he react to those schemes.
Awareness: Despite playing for a small school team like Slippery Rock Fusco is a very sharp prospect in terms of studying plays and being a gym rat.
Intangibles: Has elite intangibles for an offensive lineman.
Pass Blocker: Fusco can give your quarterback lots of time in the pocket.
Run Blocker: Fusco’s run blocking allows the running back to gain 7 to 9 yards a carry as long as the rest of the offensive line executes their assignments along with the running back using his ball carrier vision to read the run blocking lanes.
Footwork: Fusco has that Maurkice Pouncy or Nick Mangold technique in terms of footwork to push defenders back when run blocking.
Multiple Position Player: Fusco can play anywhere on the offensive line just like Maurkice Pouncey. Like Pouncey, Fusco can play center, guard, or offensive tackle. You cannot say the same things about Mike Pouncey. Mike Pouncey is best suited at right guard and struggled at center while he played right tackle in high school while Maurkice was the teams left tackle.
Production: Brandon Fusco provides elite production and should be a consistent player at the next level.
Potential: I think Fusco has pro bowl potential and will be a Matt Birk type of center in the 5th or 6th round.
Zone Blocking: Fusco needs to work on his zone blocking.
Pass Blocking Footwork Technique: Fusco struggles to drop back when pass blocking off the snap. Fusco needs to work on this if he wants to avoid getting beat off the snap in the NFL.
Didn’t play against top notch competition: Fusco went to Slippery Rock and did not play against top notch competition which is a major disadvantage for him.
My take on Brandon Fusco. Fusco has a chance to be the next Matt Birk at center, but he needs to improve his zone blocking and his pass blocking footwork if he wants to succeed. I think Fusco will succeed, but he has to improve his technique when dropping back to pass block off the snap.
Kyle Rudolph Tight End Notre Dame #9 Junior
Physical Ability: Kyle Rudolph has elite physical ability for a tight end.
Size: Kyle Rudolph has excellent size for a tight end.
Learning Rate: Rudolph learns new plays for blocking or route running right away.
Football IQ: When it comes to being an academic scholar and studying film on gametape Kyle Rudolph has the football IQ academically and athletically.
Awareness: Rudolph does a great job of recognizing how a defender is going to react and uses that to his advantage when route running.
Intangibles: Rudolph has the intangibles of a pass catching tight end who can block well. He has soft hands, he can run routes well, and he is a consistent playmaker at the tight end position.
Speed: Rudolph has good speed and agility when watching him on film plus he has runs with power while running to catch the football.
Route Running: Rudolph is a fluid route runner who can follow a quarterback’s instructions.
Soft Hands: Rudolph has the soft hands that you look for in a pass catching receiver.
Spectacular Catcher: Rudolph is a spectacular catcher who can make a catch while barely keeping both feet in bounds, Rudolph can make diving catches, or he can make a one handed catch.
Blocker: Rudolph can be an very effective blocker as a tight end.
Jumping: Rudolph can jump high in the air to make a tough catch.
Toughness: Kyle Rudolph is a very tough and tenacious tight end who plays even when he gets injured.
Production: Rudolph was the first 5 star recruit tight end coming out of high school. Kyle Rudolph is a very productive tight end when he is healthy.
Potential: Kyle Rudolph has pro bowl potential when it comes to being a quality tight end.
Durability: Kyle Rudolph had trouble staying healthy at Notre Dame and has major durability concerns.
Explosive First Step Burst: Kyle Rudolph needs to improve his first step burst when trying to beat defenders in press coverage. If he cannot beat defenders in press coverage by using his hands to run a route he will have to switch on the fly to a pass blocking tight end.
Catching In Traffic: Rudolph needs to improve with catching the football in traffic when outside linebackers have him contained in zone coverage or while a safety is playing him man to man with some bump and run press coverage while delivering a hard hit.
My thoughts on Kyle Rudolph. Kyle Rudolph can be a game changing tight end with the proper coaching and the proper medical staff. Rudolph does have some things he needs to work on, but what NFL prospect doens’t have a few minor flaws here and there entering the draft? Kyle Rudolph has the potential to be effective and Kyle Rudolph will have a very productive NFL career as long as he can avoid injuries and stay on the field.
Arm Strength: Archie Bradley has a cannon for an arm in terms of pitching.
Size: Bradley is now 6 foot 5 230 and he was 6 foot 2 170 pounds entering high school his freshman year.
Learning Rate: Bradley can learn new pitches and where to pitch when it comes to learning which areas of the strike zone to throw near.
Baseball IQ: Archie Bradley has a good baseball IQ and a good football IQ for an athlete. He understands the similarities between baseball and football playing the quarterback position.
Awareness: Bradley knows what pitches work best for him and Bradley knows how to execute those pitches properly.
Intangibles: Bradley has a variety of pitches with good pitching ranges. There not just basic pitches they are complex pitches that are very difficult to execute also.
2 Seam Fast Ball: Bradley has a 2 seam fast ball that is in the 93 to 95 miles per hour range.
4 Seam Fast Ball: Bradley throws a 98 mile per hour 4 seamer. That may be his strike out pitch because it is so fast.
Change Up: Bradley has a change up that goes 82 miles per hour.
Knuckle Curve: Bradley has this goofy knuckle curveball that is spiky and fast. It goes 82 through 85 miles per hour.
Production: Bradley got to the state championship as a freshman.
Potential: Archie Bradley has great potential to be an MLB Pitcher, but being a high school prospect there are lower odds of him reaching that potential since college prospects usually have more success than players coming out of high school.
Durability: Bradley should be an All Pro as long as he stays healthy, but I believe durability may be a concern because his arm is going to wear down over time because a lot of his pitches are really fast plus you don’t know how that knuckle curve ball will affect his arm strength and pitching mechanics in the long run.
Experience: Bradley needs to gain experience against top notch competition. He played high school baseball in Oklahoma and has produced since his freshman year, but I feel like he needs at least a year of collegiate experience along with some time in the farm system.
My take on Archie Bradley. Bradley has the tools to succeed along with amazing speed on his pitches, but he is a work in progress who will need some time in the Minors, but he should be up sometime in 2013 if everything checks out smoothly for Archie Bradley.