NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Loyko
This film room breakdown is going to be much more a feature on the Stanford players than the Washington State players.
In my preview I expressed my fondness of Wazzou QB Marshall Lobbestaell; however he didn’t get much playing time due to the return of QB Jeff Tuel.
While Stanford is having a tremendous year, they are in a dangerous spot as a program. It appears there will be a mass exodus after this season with as many as 5-6 underclassmen declaring for the draft. On top of that, no matter how many underclassmen return, this program will take a major step back without Mr. Luck.
The hype surrounding the kid is real. He is the best QB prospect to enter the draft since Peyton Manning. Does that mean he is going to be an NFL superstar right away? No, not necessarily, but he has all the fundamentals to be very good very quick.
- As fundamentally sound as any QB I have seen at the college level
- Smooth, poised, confident in the pocket.
- Extremely smart kid, who understands the game, the coverage’s, and play calling
- Love the way he drives the ball down field
- Utilizes all his receivers, isn’t afraid to check down, will go thru his progressions and doesn’t make many mistakes. (Did throw an INT on first possession of the game)
- His accuracy is elite, separates him from other prospects, and puts the ball wherever he wants to.
- His mobility is a plus, able to move around and throw on the run. Not particularly fast, but for a QB his athleticism will allow him to evade pressure
- 1st overall pick, no matter what team picks 1st. (I actually think the Rams would try to trade Sam Bradford if they landed the #1 pick)
Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford -
Martin is one of the best OT prospects in this year’s draft. While I prefer Matt Kalil over him, the argument could be made that he is better. If he decides to declare in the spring he will go top 15 and possibly as high as the top 6.
- Uses his hands extremely well, gets great extension to keep the rusher away from his body
- Very impressed with his run blocking, stays low with very good hip bend, he is consistently driving his man down field
- Like the other Stanford players, he is an intelligent player, works hard, and is a team leader
- A very good blend of size and athleticism. Doesn’t have the feet of a Nate Solder, but is strong and quicker off the ball
- Prototypical LT prospect due to his combination of run blocking and pass blocking skills
David DeCastro, OG, Stanford –
When Andrew Luck steps under center for the first time in the NFL, his offensive line in all likelihood will be worse than his line at Stanford. DeCastro is another underclassman, who if he decides to enter will be a lock for the first round. He has shot up draft boards this year, with his dominate play all season.
- Plays like a throwback player, mean and nasty
- I focused on him the entire first quarter and he was absolutely dominating which ever defender was over him, sometime pushing him 10 yards down field, other times washing him down the line and driving him into the ground
- Fires off the ball, takes good angles, and stays low.
- Bets his defender to the spot, allowing him to get a good seal and spring the RB
- Not as big or as athletic as the Pouncey brothers, but he is more fundamentally sound
- Top 20 pick if he enters the draft this year
Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford –
Fleener is one of three very talented TE’s that Stanford deploys. He runs like a WR and has very good hands. Fleener is a new breed tight end, tall and fast, looks like a big WR. Stanford utilizes him in a variety of different ways. I like his ability to run short routes, but also can get over the top of the defense.
Fleener will have to get strong in order to be a factor in the run game at the next level. With no TE prospect really standing out as can’t miss this year, Fleener has a chance to be the first or second TE selected in April.