6-4, 230, (U) 4.31, DB/LB/Sam, Rs-Jr–
I think you can argue that he is the best athlete in the Draft. He
certainly is the most unique athlete in the Draft. He has played LB
and Safety very well. But he also lined up on the line and covered
TE, WR, and RBs. I see him as a Safety, but he won the Butkus in
looks like the best OLB in this Draft, but often lines up at ILB or
the Mike and makes plays. “2019: Thorpe Award semifinalist …
first-team All-ACC selection entered bowl season credited with 65
tackles, (5.0 for loss), 2.0 sacks, five pass breakups and a
team-leading four interceptions in 496 snaps over 13 games (all
starts).” He really completed the Transition from jack of all
trades DB to Sam Linebacker this season.
will struggle when teams run the Option right at him. He was playing
OLB against A&M. Then he would line up at Cover One Safety. No a
lot of guys have the size to play the Sam and the speed to play
Cover One Safety. He has been reading things faster this season.
he is a linebacker? “It’s very fast for a linebacker, or
whatever you would call his position,” Dobbins
said about how Simmons plays on Tape. “He’s athletic. He’s going to be all
over the place and he’s going to make a few plays. It’ll be fun
to play against him.” He will also line up at Corner and cover
like a CB.
was named the ACC Defensive player of the year. “Let him rush the
passer. Let him cover a man one-on-one then spy a quarterback. Let
him play half field,” Clemson LB Coach James Skalski said.
“Hell, let him get out there and see if he can play a little bit
of corner. He can do it all. He’s a world-class athlete, and
he’s really figured out the football part.” He plays with
phenomenal speed to the ball.
mean, in four sentences in his Bio says it all. “1st-team All-ACC
selection … tied for team-lead with nine tackles vs. Georgia Tech,
sharing team defensive player of the week honors … recorded five
tackles and a pass breakup vs. No. 12 Texas A&M … led Clemson
with 11 tackles and a career-high 3.5 tackles for loss including 2.0
sacks at Syracuse, earning ACC Linebacker of the Week.” That shows
his astonishing versatility and production.
Athletic defender who transitioned from safety in 2017 to the starting nickel/sam linebacker position in 2018 and was eventually named the Butkus Award winner as the nation’s top linebacker in 2019 in only his second year at the position … enters 2019 bowl season credited with 239 tackles (26.5 for loss), 9.5 sacks, 19 pass breakups, three interceptions (including one returned for a touchdown), five forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 1,683 career snaps over 42 games (27 starts) … selected as a Preseason All-American for 2019 by Phil Steele (first-team) and Athlon
2019: Won the Butkus Award, becoming the first Clemson player in the award’s 35-year history to earn the honor presented annually to the nation’s top linebacker … Nagurski Trophy finalist … Bednarik Award finalist … Lott IMPACT Trophy finalist … Walter Camp Player of the Year semifinalist … ACC Defensive Player of the Year … first-team All-ACC selection.
#43 Chad Smith- 6-3, 240, Will/ILB, Gr-Sr –
He can line up on the Strongside and get across the field, punch off
a blocker and tackle the
RB on the weak. Good feet sliding back in coverage. Special team
maven his whole career at Clemson. He is likely to go on Day Three.
Bounce moving back in coverage.
speed to turn the corner to the RB from the ILB position. He plays a
lot of ILB, which allows Simmons to roam more. He will over pursue
to the weakside. Slide to the side nicely to stay in front of the
RB, and makes the tackle when he breaks through the line.
will step up to the line and blitz,
but is not very adept at that. However, he can shed the OLG, and
retreat back to the RB. Nice job faking the blitz, and then hopping
back to tackle the RB at the line on the screen. Very quick and
Key special teams contributor early in his career who earned a starting role as a fifth-year senior … Entered 2019 bowl season credited with 142 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, an interception, a pass breakup, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 797 snaps over 56 games (13 starts) in his
2019: Entered bowl season with 68 tackles (4.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 517 snaps across 13 games (all
#8 *A.J. Terrell-
6-1, 190, CB-
He is a terrific rusher. He will line up like an D-end and run the
arc to the QB and sacked Mond on 3rd down against A&M. I admit
that was very impressive. Terrell is another young DB who is more
likely to stay in school than declare. We will see if the trend of
Clemson defenders staying in school for their senior seasons
continues in this Draft. He is not going to play the run hard. Small
WR who looks like he is made of smart glue in coverage.
feet moving backwards. He can stay in pedal for over 10-15 yards
smoothly. Likes to play off. Great job moving backwards while eyeing
the CB, and angling to stay with the WR. Snaps out of pedal and
burst forward when the WR breaks inside.
hips swiveling late when the WR tries to run past him. He does not
let WRs run past him. That is how he plays and how he uses his
technique. Great burst outside and forward when the WR break out
short. He can panic and bail, when the WR surprises him with a
strong inside move and goes deep, and still beat him to the ball.
he lines up in finesse press, he has some serious snap in his hips
to turn and run. Nice job using his feet to angle to side and cut
off the WR quick. He can really move and stay with the WR on the
double move. He plays on both sides, and can stay in pedal in off
amazingly deep on the QB’s left. A large reason are his elite hips
that snap back in a flash.
Entered 2019 bowl season credited with 94 career tackles (3.5 for loss), 17 pass breakups, six interceptions (returned for a total of 160 yards including a 44-yard touchdown) and two forced fumbles over 1,654 snaps in 42 games (28 starts) … started all 15 games in his first year as a starter in 2018, scoring the first points of the College Football Playoff National Championship on a pick-six … selected as a fourth-team Preseason All-American by Athlon for
2019: First-team All-ACC selection … entered bowl season credited with 26 tackles (0.5 for loss), four passes broken up, four pass breakups, two interceptions and a half-sack over 612 snaps in 13 games (all
#19 Tanner Muse- 6-2, 230, SS- He
moved back a little to accommodate Simmons, but he was really a
strong Safety before this season. Great job stepping up and covering
the Slot guy. He is another versatile athlete that can play more
than one position in the Clemson secondary (SS, FS, Nickel). He is
not the best Safety in this Draft, but he might be the most
They will line him up a FS, and
blitz him. He has s knack for getting to the line, on the Blitz, and
finding the ball carrier behind the line. It is tough for OLs to
block him when he times it right from so far back. Tough run
stuffer, who two OLs will try and block at the same time. You just
don’t see that a lot.
They like to line him up behind
twins on the QBs’ left, blitz one of the Corners, and have him
pick up the deep WR. They line him up all over the place, but all
most always on the Weakside, but at all three levels. Picks up the
TE late sometimes, but has the speed to get back into coverage. Then
he’ll drop into Cover One.
Veteran safety who entered 2019 bowl season with 229 career tackles (9.5 for loss), 15 passes broken up, 4.0 sacks, seven interceptions for 102 yards (including a 64-yard return for a touchdown), a forced fumble and a 63-yard fumble return for a touchdown in 1,748 snaps over 57 career games (37
2019: Thorpe Award semifinalist … first-team All-ACC selection entered bowl season credited with 65 tackles, (5.0 for loss), 2.0 sacks, five pass breakups and a team-leading four interceptions in 496 snaps over 13 games (all
#22 *Xavier Kelly- 6-4, 305, NT, Sr-Jr–
from defensive end to defensive tackle prior to the 2018 season and
entered 2019 bowl season credited with 26 tackles (2.5 for loss),
2.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 256 career snaps
over 28 games.
Entered bowl season credited with nine tackles, including a
half-sack, as well as two pass breakups and a fumble recovery in 87
snaps over 10 games … recorded two tackles and a fumble recovery
vs. Georgia Tech … added a tackle vs. Charlotte … registered two
tackles including a half-sack vs. Florida State … contributed
three tackles at Louisville … added a tackle vs. No. 22 Virginia
in the ACC Championship Game.
6-4, 210, WR, Clemson-
They will line him up in the Slot to get the D to cover him with a
Safety. He is so good at getting the inside shoulder, and when the
QB throws it high to his other shoulder he can leap up and do a 180
and snag it over the Safeties head. Incredible athlete and
adjustment to the ball in the air.
height and vert make him impossible to cover the alley-oop. “A
jump-ball guy,” Swinney
“[You go high and] go down the field and just throw it to him. He
had a lot to learn from a technical standpoint about the position.
He’s been such a joy to coach.” He seemed to finally get it
mentally late in the season.
finished with ten TDs in the final five games. “A great
accomplishment [compared] with those two guys,” Higgins said about
being compared to Hopkins and Watson. “In this receiver room, we
just go out there and play. [We] don’t worry about stats. If one
guy is doing good, go congratulate him and keep going.” He capped
the season with 9 catches for 182 and 3 TDs in the ACC Champ game.
can run a multiple patter. He ran and stopped to look back at the QB
and drew in the CB, and then broke back upfield and got open
20-yards down field. If the ball is near him he will go up and get
high over everyone. He has great concentration and can make the
quick adjustment to the ball in the air, as he did catching the ball
was tipped at the line in front of him.
5-10, 215, #9 RB, Clemson- He
has that way of hopping through the line to find the crack to slash
through on short yardage. He will try to give a little chip on the
D-end off play action, but he needs more impact and not whiff.
He is terrific on screens. Which is important. His
weakness is that he is not a lot of help in the passing game, so
anything he can do to help his QB in the passing game is huge. Great
speed outside and turns the corner fast.
looked stronger and faster against A&M, he was breaking more
tackles with his legs. He has that great speed and flash so teams
are going to want to see a few other aspects to take him high, like
the work ethic to get stronger in the weight room. He does a good
job falling forward through contact.
#74 John Simpson-
6-4, 330, OLG, Sr- Very
strong. He can drive the DL up with one arm. Nice quicks to move
inside to hit the late blitzer and knock him down. Nice job getting
to the LB and sealing him inside. Great job doubling the DT, and
sliding off to hit the ILB.
They like to run behind him on
the Goalline. He can get to the blitzing LB and drive him out of the
hole, and around to the outside. He will lose his balance and fall
down sometimes. Good balance and smarts to shove off more than one
rusher moving backwards.
Offensive lineman who played both guard positions for
the Tigers in 2017 before earning the starting role
… entered 2019 bowl season having played 1,916 snaps over
48 games (27 starts) in his career … selected as a Preseason
All-American for 2019 by Phil Steele (first-team) and Athlon
Trophy semifinalist … first-team All-ACC selection … played 598
snaps in 12 games (all starts) prior to bowl season.
#73 Tremayne Anchrum- 6-2, 315, ORT-
is rising up the Charts. He could be a very early Day Three pick.
Powerful blocker in the run game. He can drive the DE back with such
power he bends back like a bow. His slide is very clunky, but he can
cover some ground. He will shuffle back as well. Needs to keep his
hands high and tight consistently. He will get high in slide and get
knocked back with speed to power. He has to get lower in slide and
move his feet more smoothly.
will get beat by a quick move inside, but then grab shirt from the
side and shove the DE to the ground. He will keep his hands too low
and wide sometimes. Terrific turning inside on play action and
shoving the DT back, and then shoving the LB nearly off his feet. He
might have the heaviest hands in this Draft. He has good feet. He
can power inside and drive the DE into the other DLs and collapse
the full-time starter at right tackle in 2018 … entered 2019 bowl
season having played 2,378 snaps over 53 games (35 starts) in his
All-ACC selection … played 704 snaps over 13 games (all starts)
prior to bowl season … played 48 snaps vs. Georgia Tech in
helping Clemson to its most rushing yards (411) in a season opener
#76 Sean Pollard- 6-5, 310, OC- Terrific
shotgun snapper. Consistent and quick snap. Nice power until he gets
a little high. Very quick feet moving backwards. He gets low and
wide when no one rushes his lane, and turns to the side and knocks
guys blocks off. He will move forward to hit the LB on play action
and stone him. Day Three OC who should stick.
in January 2016 and has started at both guard and tackle during his
Clemson career … entered 2019 bowl season having played 2,190
snaps over 53 games (36 starts) in his career.
Second-team All-ACC selection … played 588 snaps over 13 games
(all starts) prior to bowl season.
#59 Gage Cervenka-
6-3, 325, ORG, Gr-Sr- He is
very tough in a phonebooth. Excellent power blocker who can collapse
the DTs knees in run game. Nice job driving the DT who got him
inside of him, and drive him past the QB. He has some lightness on
his feet moving forward. He can move sideways in zone block quickly
He can struggle to sustain
blocks. Strong as an Ox. Terrific drive blocker. He has some
agility, to get up after he was tripped, and still block the ILB.
Not the niftiest moving backwards, but once he gets his hands on the
DL and headbutts him the rush is done. He can be a little slow on
stunt, but give a good hit and wins.
Redshirted as a defensive tackle before switching to
offensive line in August 2016 … served as the backup center during
the entire 2017 season before earning a starting role at guard (and
one spot start at center) in 2018 … entered 2019 bowl season
having played 1,346 snaps over 44 career games (21 starts) … one
of the strongest members of the team, setting the program position
record for bench press reps at 225 pounds (44) … in the 2019
offseason, received a 99 rating in ESPN’s PlayStation Player
Impact rating for the 2018 season, the highest in the nation.
All-ACC selection … entered bowl season having played 635 snaps in
13 games (all starts).
#2 J.K Dobbins- 5-10, 217, RB,– I am 100% in on him in the top of
the 1st. But he does not have 4.3 speed. He might have 4.4 speed. He
might be able to squat 700-pounds. But he is not a 4.3 guy. However,
I am all in on him as the best RB in this Draft. Swift, Etienne, and
Taylor can suck it.
to the second level when Ohio State is trying to run out the clock.
It is amazing how he explodes through the hole moving to his left,
and then is suddenly going to the right for extra yards. Knows when
to go down and stay inbounds, to keep the clock running.
His legs are too
strong to believe. He can stay on his feet through contact with the
best of them. He didn’t have that last year. He is so much
improved this past season. He is the best RB in this Draft. Great
explosive hop outside to make more than one defender miss. He gets
better as the game goes on and does an amazing job pounding out the
everything you want in an RB, including smarts, eyes and work ethic.
Amazing cutback runner. Amazing balance, quicks, and feet to stay on
his feet after exploding back and losing his balance with his feet
machinegunning on the ground. Smart runner who knows when to reach
the ball out for the 1st.
Not afraid to
get low and impact the blitzer. But when he doesn’t grab shirt,
the big LBs can get past him. Great job in pass pro. He can pick up
the OLB blitzing and pancake him. Terrific leverage and balance
He just has such
a great feel for running with the ball in his hands. He seems to
make every right decision to get the extra yards, like leaping back
on the goal line to get Ohio State with in seven in the Big 12 Champ
Game against Wisconsin. He is such a smart runner. That move looked
simple and easy, but it was the perfect move at the perfect time.
#11 Austin Mack- 6-2, 215, WR– Great job getting open in the
Redzone, and is elusive enough after the catch to make three or four
guys miss inside the ten for the big time TD. Pats could use a guy
like him in the 2nd. No one in the FBS gets open in pattern more
than he does. No one is quicker turning while catching the ball to
run after the catch. He can make the CB fall down running a pattern
in the Endzone. Very strong in pattern and can take out the CB
grabbing him in pattern.
getting open in the Slot and can break a tackle and pick up a lot of
extra yards. Steady easy hands. His quicks and agility in pattern
get him open coming back, and then quickly bursting upfield for the
1st. He can make the big play at the big time. Nice one cut in open
field to make the first tackler miss. He has some clutch in him and
can get the 1st down on 3rd down consistently, like he did to set
the Ohio ST catch record.
#14 KJ Hill- 6’, 195, WR– Very productive Slot WR who had 177
reception the past three years. “I wasn’t here when he first got
here, but K.J. has just had production throughout his career, since
I’ve been here. He’s been clutch. Very-very productive,” OSU
OC Day said. “If you look at the guys, and he’s not the only
one, who have been in our program four or five years, you see a high
level of development. There’s a lot of reasons for it. But one is
because you’re going against great players every day.” He had a
career high 10 TD catches so far this season.
knows how to draw the flag in the endzone to get 1st and goal.
Amazing adjustment to the ball in the air. He lines up in the slot a
lot, and they like him to go deep. Terrific outside move to get open
going down the Seam.
He sure looks
like an option for the Pats on Day Two. “I know individually, the
stuff that people don’t see, I feel like I got better at as a
player. That was a good thing for the outcome of my last year
here,” Hill said. “I just feel like I did what I’m supposed to
do, that’s catch the ball. The ball comes my way, I’ve got to
catch it. And I did a good job with that, not even knowing I caught
a pass in every game since 2016.” That’s right, he has caught a
ball in every game since 2016.
Good blocker on
the 2nd level but could give more effort blocking. He is a grab and
look back at the play blocker. Nice job on WR screen making the
first guy miss. Nice release, and he really sprint out his patterns.
He has that knack for getting open on the 3rd level. Nice precise
routes on Out to get open for the 1st.
6-4, 199, WR,- He can be frustrating, but he is the most
dynamic WR with the ball in his hands after the catch. He can make
four guys miss in one run after the catch. Explosive and elusive
talent. He is just so frustrating as a prospect. He has that elite
ability to make the big play every time he touches the ball, but
doesn’t run patterns to get open consistently. He averaged three
catches a game.
Just when you
count him out as a prospect he makes a high snag and is great
running after the catch. But he is not consistent enough to play in
the NFL. He has to find a way to run consistent patterns to get
open. Great job catching it short and making three defenders have to
tackle him. If he could just put it together mentally running
patterns, he has so many elite physical gifts. He is a1st Round
talent who will be a Day Three pick. He was OSU’s 4th WR last
#75 Thayer Munford- 6-6, 310, OLT- When he gets beat outside, he
bends down low and grabs the fast rusher to slow him. It is odd, but
effective. He can stay wit the OLB spinning inside and knock him off
his feet from the side. He has some more agility than I thought. The
OSU O-line was getting it’s asses kicked by Wisconsin in the Champ
game, except for Mumford. He was solid on the QB’s blindside.
I think it all comes down too can he play OLT in the NFL. I
think he can. But he is right on the line. He wins, but he doesn’t
win pretty. Sometimes that make shim look like he can’t do it in
the NFL. But really, all OLs win ugly. There are very few ORTs who
win pretty moving backwards, and those are the best ever guys. So
yes, I think he is an NFL OLT.
#73 Jonah Jackson- 6-4, 305, OC/OLG- He can get to the 2nd level and
block the LB. He started at OLG against Wisconsin. Nice power
hitting the DL and turning him outside on runs to the other side. He
has some nice leverage and hands. He can squeeze through the DL, and
get to the ILB grab him and pancake him at the point. Nice job
pulling around the OLT and punching the OLB off balance to his is QB
a lane in the Option. He has some nice heaviness in his hands.
turning and bailing when he grabs the quick rusher and ride him past
the QB. Great job getting his hands on the big DT and pushing as he
moves laterally, and then reengaging when he spins back, and ride
him out of the rush to the other side. He will be valuable to an NFL
because he can snap the ball, and play OG.
#76 Branden Bowen- 6-7, 325, ORT/ORG- He played both positions against
Wisconsin in the Champ game (RT-RG). Great in pass pro inside at
ORG. He has such nice power getting either shoulder, and pushing the
DL to the other side. No trouble stepping inside and blocking the
big 5-Tech in pass pro. Great job blocking through the 5-tech, and
getting outside to block the OLB. He plays too high, but holds his
6-5, 265, EDGE- He is the
second best player in this Draft behind Joe Borrow. Great second
step that is like a hop after the initial skip. It is really tough
to stop that skip, with his great hands destroying the blockers
arms. Amazing how he can beat the OT on almost every play. And get
pressure as the QB throws. He struggled to find the QB against
Wisconsin, but he was finding Taylor when he ran into his area.
started out doubling him with the in pass pro. They ran play action
at him to slow his rush. He does a good job playing the run first.
When you play action the RB to his side it will slow him. Great
fighting inside on runs to the other side. Great power in his hands
to knock the OLT off balance backward in the rush. Amazing power in
He has such
underrated strength. Amazing power to push OLT back with his hand,
then shed and grab the RB with one hand and smash him to the ground.
Wisconsin was doubling him with a bailing OG in the 4th. He is
underrated in the run game. HE finds the RB in runs up the middle.
HE made the play of the game in the Champ game by exploding outside
on the edge, and tackling the sprinter/RB Taylor outside in space on
4th down to end the game. Great-great player.
step that is like a skip after the initial hop. It is really tough
to stop that skip, with his great hands destroying the blockers
arms. Amazing how he can beat the OT on almost every play. And get
pressure as the QB throws. He struggled to find the QB against
Wisconsin, but he was finding Taylor when he ran into his area.
Wisconsin started out
doubling him in pass pro. They ran play action at him to slow his
rush. He does a good job playing the run first. When you play action
the RB to his side it will slow him. Great fighting inside on runs
to the other side. Great power in his hands to knock the OLT off
balance backward in the rush. Amazing power in the rush.
#3 David Arnette-
6’ 195, CB, Rs-Sr- Good tackler
when his man catches it infront of him. Great job finding the RB in
traffic on the 2nd level. Locked on Corner, who when laser focused
can stick to his man like glue. Great speed running with WR, while
is body is turned, and not in straight sprinter mode. He has great
speed running with his upper body at different angles to see what he
needs to see.
6-3, 285, DT, Rs-Sr- He can rush
from the inside. Nice shoulder punch Swim that can take him to the
QB for the sack. Surprisingly quick get off and leads with his
hands. Switches sides a lot. Not a lot of power in rush. He can get
up field when he takes a shoulder with his initial burst. He can get
pressure when he use his hands to free up his shirt and has a nice
swim to the QB.
Plays too high
sometimes. Needs lower move like a Dip and a Rip. Mostly uses leg
drive to try and power the OG back. Looses balance too much because
he gets high to fast after his nice blast off. Team will double him.
He will fight through the double, and does a good job occupying
blockers. He could slide into Day 3.
Overview: He’s a versatile, 5th-year senior
who has manned both the defensive tackle and D-end positions during
his career and will focus his efforts at tackle for the 2019 season.
Played in 32 games. He tallied 15 tackles on the season last year,
with 2 TFLs totaling 15 yards. He has 33 career tackles, 7 TFLs and
3 quarterback sacks. Got a sack for minus-7 yards in the Rose Bowl
6-4, 310, DT, Rs-Sr,- He is a big guy, who can use his
hands to shed blockers with some consistency. He doesn’t have that
knack for hitting the quarterback, but he causes a lot of disruption
to the O-line. Nice inside power on Rip angling to the RB going
outside. He has some agility, he can shove the cut blocker into the
turf, recover his feet, and go and tackle the RB short of the
He is a run
first guy who will go to the RB every time on the Option. He has
some slipperiness and got in a Sack against Indiana. He powered the
OC back into the QB, and was able to grab and jump in on a Chase
Young Sack. Good two-gapper who can stack and shed at the Point.
They more talent on their defense than any team I have ever seen,
and he got important minutes and produced a little.
Big D-end who
can get upfield fast, and then cut back to sack the QB. Nice run
stuffer on Dives. Nice power to drive the OLG into the QB as he
throws, and force him to make a bad throw. Nice job holding the
point off play action, and then shedding the blockers when he sees
the QB kept it. He is a Day Three DT, who could slip into Day Two
with a great off season.
DT, 6-1, 285, Sr– He has some giddy-up. Big guy
who can turn and run with some good quicks and speed for a DL. He is
built like a 3-Tech. He is an all out all the time guy, who flies
around the field. Tough inside fighter who over relies on his
powerful legs. He needs to use learn to use his hands much better.
He could be a good one in the NFL if he can learn to attack the
blocker with his hands and not just explosive leg strength.
When he uses his
hands he can be a wrecking ball right in the middle of the lime. He
was great against Michigan. He made blockers miss. He used his hands
to shed blockers. He split blockers with his explosion. He unleashed
a Swim on the OC for a Sack. He stacked and shed for a TFL. He
looked like a Day Two DT.
He always seems
to pop the OL infront of him back, and then gets his quick feet
digging. Needs to play with arms extended more. Would love to see a
dip, rip, or swim off his initial burst. His teammate love him. He
hustles all over the field. He has short arms. Short and squat. He
has use his hands better if he wants to play in the NFL, and that is
Harrison- 6-3, 240, LB,- He does a terrific job sliding
sideways to stay in front of the RB. He can beat the ORT to the
corner, and run through him to the RB in the flat. He is a guy who
sees, and can get to the ball carrier. Nice speed to get outside and
tackle the WR on the bubble screen.
He gets fooled
by the Option, as he has RB first responsibility. He is a Mike, but
he will line up outside like a Sam or Will sometimes. He super
aggressive charging into the line on Runs. He can slam into he OL,
and shove him off, and grab the RB on the other side of him. It is
amazing how many tackles he gets in on, with an OL twice his size
trying to grab him.
He will take bad
angles when they motion the TE other side. Nice run blister. He can
find the RB in the hole and knock him backwards. Great speed and
aggression into the hole. Good finesse blitzer off the edge. Gets to
the RB short on short yardage.
#32 Tuf Borland-
6-3, 240, LB,- Terrific
job hitting the RB on Dives. He can attack forward so aggressively
that he gets held by the OC, and still makes the tackle. He has some
clutch in him, and can make the big tackle at the big time. He a
good not great season this year. Garnering 52 tackles with a Sack
and an INT. He sis not have a great season. He is a Day Three
LB/Special teamer. He is a great hand fighter, who has studied
Karata is a four time black bet.
Overview: Tuf Borland has played in every
game the past 2 seasons, 28. Missed 2018 after injuring an Achilles
tendon injury. He worked on rehab throughout the summer months and
by fall camp he was seeing action to the point he was named a
captain of the team. His playing time increased as the season
progressed and he ended up starting 11 games, finishing 3rd on the
team with 67 tackles. His 9 TFLs were 3rd on the team as a 4th-year
Okudah- 6-1, 200, CB- He is the
smoothest at the line in finesse press and can barely move and stop
the WRs quick footed release. “His work ethic [is his most
impressive trait]. You know he’s an exceptional athlete. He’s
got size (and) speed. He’s got great feet. He loves football, and
he practices hard every single day,” Co-DC
Jeff Hafley said. and then continued. “What separates him from
other people is his mindset, and that’s what the great ones have.
That’s what he does. He works.” He is the elite CB in this
He is a true
shut down CB. “He’s done a good job of taking on the technique
that Jeff is teaching him and embracing that,” OSU HC Ryan Day
said. “I think the big thing for Jeff (Okudah) is, where are we
going to go as we get into the middle of the season?” He will go
top five in this Draft.
Elite feet with
an elite knack for sticking with the WR’s pattern, like he knows
what the pattern he is running. “Me and coach Hafley, we’ve had
a really good relationship from when he came in. I think he just got
me to open up more as a leader,” Okudah
said. “He got me to expand my skillset, taught me some of the
nuances of the position. I think Coach Hafley. He's just been
so positive for my career.” He clearly took a step or two up
#24 Shaun Wade-
6-1, 194, CB- Wade is getting a lot love of love in the
Draft now. He is rising up the chart and will not get out of the
2nd. He is
aggressive QB. Likes to play off and peak into the backfield. Nice
job blocking release of WR, but then will grab him. Good blitzer who
can knock the RB off his feet in the hole.
He has been
relegated to the 3rd Corner/Nickel role. Which becomes a bigger and
bigger role each year as more and more teams become a 3-wide or
4-wide as their base defense. He will block the TE when in 2-WRs
sets and not let him off the line. Very quick moving through traffic
to run with the slot WR across the field.
He will give up
space early, but has great recovery speed to close quick. He’ll
give up a step when he miss the jam, but again he recovers quick and
shuts down the WR. He will give up throws underneath as he give up
space early in the pattern to throw into, but not late in the
pattern. He needs to work on his pedal and technique moving back off
He is better in
off than Press, but like to play a lot of finesse press, and then
find his man and grab him as they run down field. He grabs shirt too
much on the 2nd level.
He can fight
through the pulling guard to outside and tackle the RB at the
numbers on the line.. Not a lot of CBs can do that. Very strong for
his size. He can set the edge against the TE. Not a good run
defender at all. He locks onto the WR and miss the run, and he is
not a fierce tackler.
Fuller- 6-2, 205. FS, Jr– He is
there Cover One Safety. He let’s the other DBs get aggressive at
the line as he protects their backs. He gets outside fast on throws
deep down the sideline.
whole vibe as a team has been great,” Fuller
said. “I’ve just been having so much fun playing football.
That’s really the main reason why I wanted to come back, just
trying to leave a legacy here and have fun playing the game.”
#25 *Brendon White- 6-2, 215, SS,- He will fall back when Fuller
attacks forward. He plays the “Bullet” position, which is an
aggressive SS/LB position made up for him. So he has essentially
been playing linebacker for OSU this season. He had surgery this
past off season. He only played special teams in the first 8 games.
He finally got a start against Nebraska.
They had to make
up a new position for him to play. “It’s a versatile position. I
can play the safety spot and I can come down and play the run with
the [LBs]. I’m trying right now to learn the position as fast as
possible and help my team out to win,” White
said. “They said the bullet position is more like a bigger
safety. “I’m probably one of the big safeties that we have, so
that type of position is why they picked that for me.” He can’t
play the Strong Safety anymore because of the undisclosed injury.
So he is playing
up, and out of position, as an LB still recovering from the
undisclosed injury that took some of his speed. “It’s definitely
frustrating sometimes, but at the end of the day you have to know
why you’re here,” White
said. “You’re here to win games, and whether I need to play
or I’m not playing I’m still here to help my brothers win games
and be there for them. We always talk about the brotherhood of
trust. If I’m worried about not playing, then I’m being selfish
and not caring about the team, putting the team first. In order for
us to win, I can’t be selfish. I have to put the team first and
respect the brotherhood and respect my plays and snaps.” It is
shame, because he was a star in the Bowl last year and his future
was so bright that he gotta wear shades.