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Atlanta Falcons 2014 Rookie Scouting Report: Tyler Starr

May 29th, 2014 2 comments
Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Tyler Starr

A breakdown of Atlanta Falcons’ 2014 NFL Draft seventh-round pick, former South Dakota edge-rusher Tyler Starr.

BIO

Height: 6’4″
Weight: 250
College: South Dakota
40 Time: 4.95 (Combine)
Three-Cone: 6.64 (Combine)

He was born on January 25, 1991 and attended George-Little Rock High School in George, Iowa.

He redshirted his first year at South Dakota, and then sat out the next year due an academic problem where he did not have enough credits. When he finally got on the field as a redshirt sophomore in 2011, he broke out with a 14-sack season while starting 11 games at defensive end. He also had 51 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, one pass breakup, seven forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He would earn first team All-Great West Conference honors that year. During his junior season he moved to outside linebacker where he started 10 of 11 games. He finished the season with 74 tackles, seven for loss, four sacks, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles and a blocked kick. He would earn second team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors and received one vote as one of 20 Buck Buchanan Award finalists (award given to top defensive player in FCS sub-division). He also earned MVFC honor roll, showing his academics had gotten in good standing. As a senior, he started 11 of 12 games at outside linebacker, recording 71 tackles, 15 for loss, nine sacks, one interception, four pass breakups and four forced fumbles. He placed ninth in voting for Buck Buchanan Award finalists, earned MVFC Defensive Player of the Year honors and was a first team all-conference selection. He was also named second team FCS All-American by the Associated Press. Starr finished his career tied for the school’s all-time lead in sacks with 27.

He participated in the East-West Shrine All-Star game at the end of the year, where he had an impressive week of practice. Known for his aggressive play, he was ejected during a game as a senior for a targeting penalty. He launched himself into Missouri State’s quarterback with the crown of his helmet. He also worked hard to improve his academics over course of his career, but had reputed bouts of immaturity at a young age that led to his struggles to get on the field until his third year at South Dakota.

Had an impressive Combine performance, as his three-cone time was the best posted by a true linebacker since 2006. Possesses 32.5-inch arms and 9.5-inch hands. He had a 32-inch vertical, 9-foot, 8-inch broad jump, and the fourth-fastest short shuttle of 4.15 seconds at the Combine.

2013 GAMES WATCHED

Date
Opponent
TFL
Stop
Sack
Press
Hit
FF
Miss Tkl
Key Blkd
Pen
Pen. Type
Sep-07Kansas012201210N/A
Nov-02Youngstown St.00.51401030N/A
Date
Opponent
Tgt
Rec.
Yds
YAC
TD
UC
YPT
INT
PD
Sep-07Kansas2153002.5001
Nov-02Youngstown St.1140161040.0001

SKILLS
The grading system is based on a 10-point scale: 1-pathetic, 2-poor, 3-weak, 4-below average, 5-average, 6-above average, 7-good, 8-very good, 9-excellent, 10-elite.

Speed (6.5) - Starr’s speed looks better on tape than his timed speed. He shows good ability in pursuit and can make plays by chasing down slower backs from the backside. Can collapse the edge quickly to get penetration and make stops in the backfield. Has good speed to run with tight ends down the seam when asked to don so. Clocked a 4.85-second 40 time at his pro day.

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Atlanta Falcons 2014 Rookie Scouting Report: Yawin Smallwood

May 28th, 2014 Comments off

Michael Ivins-US Presswire

Yawin Smallwood

A breakdown of Atlanta Falcons 2014 NFL Draft seventh-round pick, former Connecticut linebacker Yawin Smallwood.

BIO

Height: 6’2″
Weight: 246
College: Connecticut
40 Time: 5.01 (Combine)
Bench Press: 18 (Combine)

Yawin Alexander Smallwood was born on Christmas Day, 1991 and attended Doherty Memorial High in Worcester, Massachusetts. His first name, pronounced “Yah-win,” is a mash-up of his mother (Yasa) and father’s (Winston) first names.

He redshirted his first year at UConn, but as a redshirt freshman he started all 12 games at middle linebacker, a role he would not relinquish for the remainder of his career. His first year in the starting lineup, he was second on the team with 94 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He also had an interception and three pass breakups, a forced fumble and a pair of recoveries, one of which he scored on a 64-yard touchdown. As a sophomore, he started 12 games again and earned first team All-Big East honors. He led Huskies with 120 tackles, 15 for loss, four sacks, four pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one recovery. As a junior and team captain, he started 12 games with a team-leading 118 tackles, 9.5 for loss, four sacks, one interception returned 59 yards for a touchdown, nine pass breakups and two forced fumbles. As a junior, he earned All-AAC first team honors and was a semi-finalist for the Butkus Award, given to the nation’s top linebacker. He declared early for the draft following his final game due to his feeling that he was ready to make transition to NFL.

Was limited in his off-season workouts due to a strained hamstring he suffered while running his 40 at the Combine. Did not participate in his collegiate pro day a few weeks later.

2013 GAMES WATCHED

Date
Opponent
TFL
Stop
Sack
Press
Hit
FF
Missed Tkl
Key Blkd
Pen
Pen. Type
Sep-14Maryland040000210N/A
Sep-21Michigan12.51201200N/A
Nov-16SMU01.50100000N/A
Nov-23Temple021301110N/A
Nov-30Rutgers12.50210110N/A
Date
Opponent
Tgt
Rec.
Yds
YAC
TD
UC
YPT
INT
PD
Sep-14Maryland2000000.0002
Sep-21Michigan0000000.0001
Nov-16SMU32130004.3300
Nov-23Temple324119016.6710
Nov-30Rutgers2110500503
UC - Uncatchable pass

SKILLS
The grading system is based on a 10-point scale: 1-pathetic, 2-poor, 3-weak, 4-below average, 5-average, 6-above average, 7-good, 8-very good, 9-excellent, 10-elite.

Speed (3.0) - Struggles to cover ground in space with only adequate straight-line burst. Lack of closing speed will lead him to miss a couple of tackles and will struggle running with the quicker backs, tight ends and receivers at the next level. Doesn’t make very many plays outside the hashmarks unless he can flow freely to the ball due to lack of range. While his Combine 40 time is probably not a completely accurate reflection of his speed, I would estimate that fully healthy, his 40 time would probably be at best in the 4.85-4.9 range, which is still significantly slower than the NFL average for a linebacker: 4.75 seconds.

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Atlanta Falcons 2014 Rookie Scouting Report: Marquis Spruill

May 27th, 2014 2 comments

Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Marquis Spruill

A breakdown of the Atlanta Falcons 2014 fifth-round pick, former Syracuse linebacker Marquis Spruill.

BIO

Height: 6’1″
Weight: 231
College: Syracuse
40 Time: 4.53 (Campus)
Three-Cone: 7.33 (Campus)

He was born on May 14, 1991 in Newark, New Jersey and attended the adjacent Hillside (NJ) High School.

He did not receive any scholarship offers following high school and went to Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia. The following year he would enroll at Syracuse, where he would start 13 games at strong-side linebacker. He finished the year with 51 tackles, nine tackles for loss, two sacks and a pass breakup. He moved to middle linebacker as a sophomore, starting 11 of 12 games. He had 62 tackles, 8.5 for loss, three sacks, two pass breakups and a forced fumble. He would also earn 2nd team All-Big East honors. As a junior, he moved back to strong-side linebacker where he started 12 of 13 games, recorded 64 tackles, nine for loss, two sacks, and a pass breakup. He moved again to middle linebacker as a senior, starting all 13 games there but missing a bit of playing time late in the year due to a neck stinger. He finished with career-highs with 66 tackles, 14.5 for loss, 5.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. He would earn All-ACC honorable mention honors. He finished his career second in school history with 41 tackles for loss.

In December 2012 at the end of his junior season, he was arrested for disorderly conduct. He was involved in an altercation with police that saw him try to intervene at a party where he thought a teammate was going to get arrested.

A durable player that started 49 games and played in a total of 51 games. He took on more of a leadership role this past season alongside his role as team captain, becoming a stronger voice in the locker room at the linebacker position.

2013 GAMES WATCHED

Date
Opponent
TFL
Stop
Sack
Press
Hit
Missed Tkl
Key Blkd
Pen
Pen. Type
Aug-31Penn State02110120N/A
Oct-05Clemson13120110N/A
Nov-16Florida State00002010N/A
Dec-27Minnesota00110001roughing QB
Date
Opponent
Tgt
Rec.
Yds
YAC
TD
UC
YPT
INT
PD
Aug-31Penn State1153005.0000
Oct-05Clemson0000000.0000
Nov-16Florida State1192009.0000
Dec-27Minnesota0000000.0000
UC - Uncatchable pass

SKILLS
The grading system is based on a 10-point scale: 1-pathetic, 2-poor, 3-weak, 4-below average, 5-average, 6-above average, 7-good, 8-very good, 9-excellent, 10-elite.

Speed (7.5) - In a straight line, he covers a lot of ground with good closing burst on the ballcarrier. He has good range in pursuit and is able to chase down ballcarriers with the potential to go sideline to sideline.

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Atlanta Falcons 2014 Rookie Scouting Report: Ricardo Allen

May 26th, 2014 Comments off

Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Ricardo Allen

A breakdown of the Atlanta Falcons 2014 fifth-round selection, former Purdue cornerback Ricardo Allen.

BIO

Height: 5’9″
Weight: 187
College: Purdue
40 Time: 4.61 (Combine)
Three-Cone: 6.90 (Campus)

Ricardo Jamal Allen was born on December 18, 1991 and attended Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Florida.

He immediately earned playing time as a true freshman at Purdue with 12 starts as a freshman. He recorded 73 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack, three interceptions and four pass breakups. Two of his interceptions went back for scores, helping him earn second team All-Big Ten honors. He followed that up with honorable mention honors as a sophomore, starting 13 games with 81 tackles, three for loss, 3 interceptions, four pass breakups and a blocked field goal. He had another interception returned for a touchdown that year as well. He would once again be considered an all-conference honorable mention player as a junior with 11 starts in 13 appearances. He finished that year with 45 tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack, one interception returned for a touchdown and four pass breakups. As a senior he started all 12 games with 53 tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack, six interceptions, three pass breakups and a forced fumble. He also earned second team All-Big Ten honors for the second time in his career. During his career at Purdue, he also returned a pair of punts for a combined 32 yards. He finished his career second in school history with 13 career interceptions and tied for Big Ten record with four interceptions returned for a touchdown.

Noted as a hard working, football-first player that was without a doubt the best defensive player on Purdue’s defense last year. He played in East-West Shrine All-Star Game this past January and fared relatively well. Also had an impressive 37-inch vertical at his pro day.

2013 GAMES WATCHED

Date
Opponent
TFL
Stop
FF
Press
Miss Tkl
Key Blkd
Pen
Pen. Type
Sep-14Notre Dame11.500100N/A
Sep-21Wisconsin0000110N/A
Nov-02Ohio State0001000N/A
Date
Opponent
Tgt
Rec.
Yds
YAC
TD
UC
YPT
INT
PD
Sep-14Notre Dame32109441136.3301
Sep-21Wisconsin31120004.0010
Nov-02Ohio State2120101.0010
UC- Uncatchable Pass

SKILLS
The grading system is based on a 10-point scale: 1-pathetic, 2-poor, 3-weak, 4-below average, 5-average, 6-above average, 7-good, 8-very good, 9-excellent, 10-elite.

Speed (5.5) – Allen is by no means a blazer and will have difficulty keeping up with the fastest NFL receivers, but his speed is more than a capable of making him a competitive player at the next level. He can get beat on the deep pass, but less due to being slow rather because his technique can be shoddy when trying to turn and run.

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Atlanta Falcons 2014 Rookie Scouting Report: Prince Shembo

May 22nd, 2014 Comments off

Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Prince Shembo

A breakdown of the Atlanta Falcons 2014 fourth-round draft pick, former Notre Dame outside linebacker Prince Shembo.

BIO

Height: 6’1″
Weight: 253
College: Notre Dame
40 Time: 4.71 (Combine)
Three-Cone: 7.29 (Combine)

He was born on Christmas Eve, 1991 and attended Ardrey Kell High In Charlotte, North Carolina. His father is a Congolese national that emigrated to the U.S. in 1986.

A highly touted recruit out of high school, he played in 13 games as a reserve freshman at Notre Dame. He made 15 tackles, five tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and had a forced fumble that season. As a sophomore, he started eight games in 12 total appearances, recording 31 tackles, 3.5 for loss and two sacks. As a junior, he became a permanent starter, starting all 13 games. He had career-highs of 51 tackles, 10.5 for loss and 7.5 sacks. He also broke up a pass and had a fumble recovery, while leading the team with 12 hurries. As a senior, he once again started 13 games, finishing the year with 48 tackles, 5.5 for loss, 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble. He once again led the team with 17 quarterback hurries on his way to earn FBS All-Independent team honorable mention honors. He played both linebacker and defensive end for the Irish in their 3-4 scheme and would be more accurately dubbed an “edge-rusher” in their scheme.

As a freshman, had an encounter with an female undergrad student at St. Mary’s College, in which he was accused of sexual assault. The alleged victim would commit suicide 10 days later, and no charges were ever filed against Shembo. There have been accusations that Notre Dame was very negligent in their investigation. More information on the matter can be found at this link as well as it was discussed in a recent FalcFans podcast.

Tested relatively well at the Combine, with an impressive 38.5-inch vertical jump and 10-feet, 2-inch broad jump. Also has 33 1/8″ arms and 10.5″ hands, which is good for a player at his height.

2013 GAMES WATCHED

Date
Opponent
TFL
Stop
Sack
Pressure
Hit
Miss Tkl
Key Blkd
Sep-14Purdue02.502000
Sep-28Oklahoma0000100
Oct-05Arizona State0032000

SKILLS
The grading system is based on a 10-point scale: 1-pathetic, 2-poor, 3-weak, 4-below average, 5-average, 6-above average, 7-good, 8-very good, 9-excellent, 10-elite.

Speed (5.0) - Displays average speed when put in space that is more than adequate for the collegiate level, but will struggle to make the same plays in pursuit at the next level. Not a guy you want matched up in coverage against a quick back or tight end and doesn’t have ideal range for a linebacker.

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Atlanta Falcons 2014 Rookie Scouting Report: Devonta Freeman

May 21st, 2014 Comments off
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Devonta Freeman

A breakdown of the Atlanta Falcons 2014 fourth-round selection, former Florida State running back Devonta Freeman.

BIO

Height: 5’8″
Weight: 206
College: Florida State
40 Time: 4.58 (Combine)
Three-Cone: 7.11 (Combine)

He was born on March 15, 1992 in Miami, Florida where he attended Miami Central High. Comes from a rough background, surrounded by crime and violence as a youth and was able to use drive to excel at football to help rise above it. Coached in Pop Warner football by Luther Campbell a.k.a. “Uncle Luke,” lead rapper in group 2 Live Crew.

As a true freshman at Florida State, he started the final seven games of the season and led the team in rushing with 579 yards on 120 carries (4.8 avg) and eight touchdowns. He had twice as many carries as the next tailback that season. Also caught 15 passes for 111 yards (7.4 avg). Began sophomore year again as a reserve player but would eventually start the final four games. Would once again lead team in rushing with 660 yards on 111 carries (5.9 avg) and eight scores. Only had one more carry and 20 more yards as the next tailback on roster (James Wilder, Jr.). Also had 10 receptions for 86 yards (8.6 avg) that season. As a junior, took over lead tailback duties full-time and started all 14 games. His 1,016 rushing yards led the team and also became first Florida State tailback since Warrick Dunn in 1996 to rush for over 1,000 yards. His 173 carries as a junior was also more than the next two backs combined. Averaged 5.9 yards per carry and had 14 touchdowns, along with 22 receptions for 278 yards (12.6 avg) and another touchdown. Earned first team All-ACC honors as a junior.

Noted for his work ethic, which allowed him to receive the majority of reps during his career despite not being considered the most talented running back on the roster.

2013 GAMES WATCHED

Date
Opponent
Att.
Yds
YAC
TD
Out SR
In SR
Fum
Oct-19Clemson218830180%31%0
Oct-26N.C. State129225263%75%0
Dec-07Duke189119138%44%1
Jan-06Auburn117318133%40%0
YAC - Yards After First Contact; Out SR - Outside Runs Success Rate; In SR - Inside Runs Success Rate
Date
Opponent
Tgt
Rec
Yds
YAC
TD
UC
Oct-19Clemson1111900
Oct-26N.C. State11302900
Dec-07Duke11222700
Jan-06Auburn33211700
YAC - Yards After Catch; UC - Uncatchable Passes

SKILLS
The grading system is based on a 10-point scale: 1-pathetic, 2-poor, 3-weak, 4-below average, 5-average, 6-above average, 7-good, 8-very good, 9-excellent, 10-elite.

Speed (6.0) – Possesses good speed but is not going to run away from many NFL-level starters at linebacker and in the defensive backfield. Not a threat to take it the distance every time he touches the ball, but when he can get space is able to cover ground quickly and generate big plays from time to time.

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Atlanta Falcons 2014 Rookie Scouting Report: Dezmen Southward

May 16th, 2014 Comments off
Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Dezmen Southward

A breakdown of the Atlanta Falcons’ third-round pick, Wisconsin safety Dezmen Southward.

BIO

Height: 6′
Weight: 211
College: Wisconsin
40 Time: 4.40 (Campus)
Three-Cone: 6.50 (Campus)

He was born on October 1, 1990 and attended St. Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Played only one year of high school football as a senior, but his team was named National Champs that year. Same defensive backfield produced fellow 2014 draft prospects, Lamarcus Joyner and Marcus Roberson, both of whom were juniors on that team. He spent first three years playing basketball and track and field. His stepfather, Eli Rasheed, is a former defensive lineman at Indiana University and is currently a defensive line coach at Toledo University.

He redshirted during his freshman year at Wisconsin and played in 13 games as a reserve as a sophomore, recording eight tackles. Earned three starts as a sophomore at strong safety in 14 appearances, tallying 35 tackles, two pass breakups and a pair of forced fumbles. Earned starting spot at free safety as a junior, starting a total of 14 games. He had 69 tackles, eight tackles for loss, one interception, four pass breakups and a forced fumble. Started 13 games as a senior with 40 tackles, 3.5 for loss, one interception, 5 breakups, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Finished his career with a school-record 54 games played and also started 28 consecutive games, indicative of his durability. Earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors both as a junior and senior.

Competed in spring of 2013 at Wisconsin in 100 meters and 4×100 relay due to injuries to other sprints.

Noted for intelligence, scoring a 31 on his Wonderlic where the average for a safety is 19. Was medically excluded from Combine due to wrist and spine injuries, although he was later cleared and fully participated at his pro day. Measured a 42-inch vertical at the pro day, indicative of his basketball background.

2013 GAMES WATCHED

Date
Opponent
TFL
Stop
FF
Press
Miss Tkl
Pen
Pen. Type
Sep-14Arizona State010001personal foul
Sep-28Ohio State00.50030N/A
Nov-02Iowa1.511110N/A
Nov-23Minnesota000010N/A
Jan-01South Carolina000100N/A

Date
Opponent
Tgt
Rec.
Yds
YAC
TD
UC
YPT
INT
PD
Sep-14Arizona State7473140110.4311
Sep-28Ohio State2110100.5000
Nov-02Iowa3140001.3301
Nov-23Minnesota2104010.0000
Jan-01South Carolina449951024.7500

UC – indicates an uncatchable pass.

SKILLS
The grading system is based on a 10-point scale: 1-pathetic, 2-poor, 3-weak, 4-below average, 5-average, 6-above average, 7-good, 8-very good, 9-excellent, 10-elite.

Speed (9.0) - Has excellent speed, timing well at Wisconsin’s pro day and also being clocked at 10.97 seconds in 100 meters during the spring of 2013. Plays to that speed and has the ability to run very well in a straight line. Shows good burst upfield to defend the run out on the edge and can run with receivers on vertical routes.
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Atlanta Falcons 2014 Rookie Scouting Report: Ra’Shede Hageman

May 15th, 2014 1 comment
David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Ra’Shede Hageman

A breakdown of the Atlanta Falcons’ 2014 second-round pick, Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman.

BIO

Note: Before proceeding, I think you should take the time and opportunity to read an excellent feature on Hageman done by SB Nation’s John Rosengren from last November. I based a lot of my assessments about Hageman’s character based off the information I read in Rosengren’s piece as well as other available sources online. I have not met Hageman, and therefore some of these assessments are unfair on my part without such face-to-face interation. But nonetheless, in efforts to providing the best available online content revolving around the Atlanta Falcons, I would be remiss if I did not consider it.

Height: 6’6″
Weight: 310
College: Minnesota
40 Time: 5.02
Bench Press: 32

His name is pronounced “Ruh-SHEED HAYG-men” although he was born Ra’Shede Knox on August 2, 1990. He was in foster care system until age 7 before he and his younger brother, Xavier, were adopted by Eric and Jill Hageman. He attended Washburn High in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

As a redshirt freshman, he played in eight games as a backup, ending the season with five tackles. He was suspended for the final four games that year due to academic issues. He returned as a sophomore to appear in 13 games as a backup, with 13 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble. The following spring he was arrested while trying to break up a bar fight and was charged with disorderly conduct, although the charges were eventually dropped. The ensuing fall, he earned starting position with 12 starts. He had 35 tackles, 7.5 for loss, six sacks, one forced fumble and a pair of pass breakups. As a senior, he was voted a captain and Team MVP and started all 13 games at defensive tackle. He finished the season with 38 tackles, 13 for loss, two sacks, one interception, eight pass breakups and two blocked kicks.

Possesses impressive wingspan with 34.25-inch arms and 10.25-inch hands.

2013 GAMES WATCHED

Date
Opponent
TFL
Sack
Hit
Pressure
Run Stop
PD
Key Blkd
Pen
Pen Type
Sep-28Iowa00212110N/A
Nov-09Penn State00000100N/A
Nov-23Wisconsin20000.5000N/A
Dec-27Syracuse20120001personal foul

SKILLS
The grading system is based on a 10-point scale: 1-pathetic, 2-poor, 3-weak, 4-below average, 5-average, 6-above average, 7-good, 8-very good, 9-excellent, 10-elite.

Strength (9.0) – He wins largely with strength and power alone, possessing an abundance of both. That allows him to be a mismatch for most collegiate guards and tackles when put on an island. Forced him to draw more double teams as a senior because of it. He has a thick frame, but has the potential and capacity to get bigger and stronger. Did 32 bench reps at the Combine.

Point of Attack (5.5) – Has the strength to hold the point of attack and anchor, keeping blockers off his linebackers. But does not know how to use his hands to disengage from blocks to get off them to make the play. Struggles to beat double teams because of his inability to shed blocks. Is more of a penetrative interior player that doesn’t have ideal quickness and burst to reliably penetrate. When he does anchor and make a play at the point, it’s usually when he’s clogging the middle with his body rather than actually defeating block and wrapping up a ballcarrier. Read more…

Atlanta Falcons 2014 Rookie Scouting Report: Jake Matthews

May 10th, 2014 Comments off
Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Jake Matthews

Here’s my breakdown of the Atlanta Falcons top 2014 NFL Draft selection, offensive tackle Jake Matthews.

BIO

Height: 6’5″
Weight: 308
College: Texas A&M
40 Time: 5.07 seconds (Combine)
Bench Press: 24 reps (Combine)

Matthews hails from a football-rich family with practically every male member having NFL experience for three generations. Grandfather Clay Matthews Sr. played defensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers (1950-55). His father, Bruce, played offensive line for Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans from 1983-2001 and was inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007. His uncle, Clay Matthews Jr., played linebacker for Cleveland Browns (1978-93) and Falcons (1994-96). Brother, Kevin played center for Titans from 2010-13. Cousin, Clay III, plays linebacker with Green Bay Packers since 2009. Cousin, Casey, plays linebacker for Philadelphia Eagles since 2011. Has a younger brother, Mike, that is currently at Texas A&M.

Matthews is a three-year starter that spent the beginning of his career playing right tackle before moving to left tackle as a senior. He started the final seven games of his true freshman year at right tackle, playing opposite 2013 first-round pick Luke Joeckel. Started every game as a sophomore and junior at right tackle (26 total). Moved to left side upon Joeckel’s departure in 2013, and started 13 games there. He earned All-SEC honors as a junior and senior, and was an honorable mention candidate for All-Big 12 as a sophomore. He was a finalist for the Outland Trophy as a senior, and won the Bobby Bowden Award that same year. That award honors players for their high performance on the field, in the classroom and community.

Full name is Jacob Matthews, and was born on February 11, 1992. He attended Elkins High in Missouri City, Texas.

2013 GAMES WATCHED

Date
Opponent
2nd Lev
Pull
Cut
Screen
Key Blk
Miss Blk
Sack
Hit
Press
Pen
Pen Type
Sep-14Alabama2/31/12/20/0100120N/A
Sep-28at Arkansas5/90/01/10/0210011holding
Oct-12at Ole Miss1/10/01/10/0310021holding
Nov-23at LSU1/20/00/00/0000021ill. block
Nov-30at Missouri5/100/03/30/1010051holding
2nd Lev (second level), Pull (pulling), Cut (cut blocking) and Screen indicate how often he was able to hit his blocking assignments in those situations.

 

SKILLS
The grading system is based on a 10-point scale: 1-pathetic, 2-poor, 3-weak, 4-below average, 5-average, 6-above average, 7-good, 8-very good, 9-excellent, 10-elite.

Strength (6.0) - Shows decent strength but certainly has the potential to get much stronger. Measuring in at 308 pounds at the Combine, that’s about seven pounds lighter than the NFL average. Could potentially add another 10-15 pounds to his frame easily, particularly to improve his upper body strength. Rarely dominates opposing players with his strength alone. He lifted 225 pounds 24 times at the Combine, which is adequate for a tackle of his caliber.
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Scouting Report: Osi Umenyiora

June 19th, 2013 Comments off
Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Osi Umenyiora

Last week, I broke down Falcons free agent pickup in running back Steven Jackson. This week it’s time to look at the team’s other big off-season addition in defensive end Osi Umenyiora.

Umenyiora has big shoes to fill, because most are expecting him to take the mantle from John Abraham as the team’s top and most feared pass rusher. Abraham gave the Falcons six and a half excellent seasons, logging 68.5 sacks, which tops their all-time list among official stats. Claude Humphrey, unofficially has 94.5 career sacks in a Falcons uniform, but his career ended before sacks became an official stat in 1982.

Umenyiora is coming off a down year in New York with only 6 sacks, tying his career low since he became a starter in 2004. But the Falcons are optimistic that he can have a resurgence with a change in scenery, particularly given that Atlanta is the place that Osi calls home in the off-season. Similar to Abraham, a native of South Carolina, after moving down from the Big Apple, playing in front of friends and family was perhaps a factor in his success.

But first we should take a look at Osi’s skillset. Here’s my breakdown, with a grading system based on a ten-point scale: 1-pathetic, 2-poor, 3-weak, 4-below average, 5-average, 6-above average, 7-good, 8-very good, 9-excellent, 10-elite.

SKILLS

Strength: 5.5 – He knows how to convert speed to power in order to bull rush off the edge. He shows the ability to use that power move to work the unsuspecting tackle back into the quarterback. But he’s not overly strong and struggles to disengage from blocks, particularly in the run game. His lack of strength shows when he is facing bigger tackles that are also technically sound.

Quickness: 7.5 – Osi still possesses a good first step off the edge that is maximized when he can line up in wider techniques. When he can pin his ears back, he is a formidable speed rusher off the edge that does most of his damage that way. But he no longer has the explosive burst he once did and isn’t a threat to beat the better tackles in the league purely with his speed.

Pass Rush: 8.0 – He makes his money as a pass rusher that has an array of moves to get to the quarterback. As mentioned before, he shows he can bull rush from time to time. He also has showcased an inside counter move, which is often a spin. It’s not quite on par with say Dwight Freeney, but it can be effective from time to time. He’s at his most comfortable rushing the quarterback when his ears are pinned back and he can go out and hunt using his edge speed.

Point of Attack: 5.0 – Umenyiora is not particularly strong or good at the point of attack. While he can be effective using his hands to disengage from tight ends and make stops there, most of his plays against the run come in pursuit and out in space. He’s not a guy you want trying to hold or set the edge when teams run at him, because he rarely makes plays there.

Recognition: 6.0 – At times he seems to be a bit too dialed in trying to get upfield and will misread some plays, such as draws and screens. He has enough athleticism to drop into coverage and be effective in the flat and able to keep things in front of him, but he doesn’t have quite the experience or awareness to think he’d be very effective doing that to a large degree.

Motor: 5.5 – Osi’s motor seems to run hot and cold at times. There are times when he’s dialed in and he’s running all over the field, and there are other times where you see him jogging quite a bit and seems disinterested, especially when he’s asked to try and play the run a lot. It’s not to suggest his motor is poor, it’s just that he’s not going to be relentless and is more willing to pick and choose his spots.

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