The Insight Bowl, featuring the Oklahoma Sooners and Iowa Hawkeyes, certainly gave NFL Draft scouts some insight into the futures of some 2012 NFL Draft prospects.
#93 DL Mike Daniels
-Fantastic pad level aided by short stature. (6’0″)
-Playing DT – very quick first step, gets in on the OL’s body quickly.
-Penetrates quickly, makes big TFL.
-Fights through LG, makes the sack.
-Using hands very well, keeping OL’s hands off him.
-Ragdolls center – very low out of his stance – and dumps Jones again.
-Doubled on twist, so violent with his hands.
-Splits double team, sheds block, loses helmet, makes tackle.
-Daniels is a fringe Top-100 player that plays much bigger than his size. Love his game, but some NFL teams will shy away until day three at earliest.
#91 DE Broderick Binns
-Comes free, pressures QB on screen play.
-Strings out run play, playing stout at the LOS.
-Not exploding off the ball in pass rush.
-Poor rush skills so far – content to contain at this point.
-Comes back next play and shows a nice bull rush.
-Draws double team on deep pass.
-Drops into coverage, way too upright – didn’t look comfortable.
-Has batted down a ton of balls this year, tips another one and picks the ball off – great athleticism for a DE.
-Short DE (6’0″), but long arms.
-Binns is a developmental strong-side 3-4 OLB in my estimation – it will take a year or two, but I think he can make an impact for a patient team.
#28 CB Shaun Prater
-Way off of Stills, couldn’t stick with him out of his break.
-Big pop in run support.
-Gets crushed trying to contain, leads to TD run.
-Whiffs on open-field tackle, hustles back to support tackle.
-Blocked out of play by tiny WR.
-Athletic, but hasn’t had a great year from what I’ve seen. In such a deep CB class, I’ll be surprised to see Prater’s name called before the 4th round.
#77 OT Riley Reiff (Scouting Report)
-DL slips by him on inside move, was anticipating speed rush.
-Good positioning on outside run.
-Mirroring well against DL on outside rush.
-Good effort, makes tackle on interception.
-Playing low, rarely lets DL get under his pads.
-Pops DL in the chest when he jumps.
-Moves #53 out of the hole, decent quickness.
-Doesn’t recognize fire-zone, blocks air while man comes free.
-Has some help, but beaten outside by swim move.
-Huge push in run game, long levers and driving legs pancake the DL.
-Again, pushes back Alexander as if on skates – did that a lot in the game.
-DL got under him, Reiff strong enough to anchor and push to ground.
-Patient in pass-protection, stays balanced.
-Takes big pop from Alexander, but resets and anchors.
-DL got underneath him, pushes DL outside, unfortunately QB is flushed right into him.
-Reiff had an up and down night, still needs to add some upper-body strength. I see him as a top 15 pick and a player that will develop into an All-Pro LT within a couple of years.
#7 WR Marvin McNutt (Scouting Report)
-Big 1st down conversion on 3rd and 7.
-No separation against Fleming.
-Can’t make catch, ball thrown behind him.
-Not on same page with QB – ran the out, QB threw the stick – led to interception.
-Having a lot of trouble finding space or getting separation.
-Has struggled all year against physical press corners.
-Looked very slow on deep pass, QB threw a good ball.
-Absolutely locked up by Fleming.
-McNutt had a pretty ugly ending to the year, dominated by Nebraska’s Dennard and Oklahoma’s Fleming. Might have cost him a spot in the top 100.
#32 CB Jamell Fleming
-Willing to put in the effort supporting the run.
-Blanketed on McNutt in press man, might have been called for PI.
-Makes interception, read the QB rather than his man.
-Stride for stride with McNutt on deep route.
-Off the field, should have been covering McNutt on goal-line… runs on late.
-Blitzes from boundary corner, LB got there first.
-Showing great tackling skills.
-Sticking with his receivers easily.
-Phenomenal night against Marvin McNutt – showed his physicality, speed, and intensity. Could easily be a Top 50 prospect.
#28 LB Travis Lewis
-Playing ILB, still with bum toe.
-Slides off #86 when attempting sideline tackle, late recognizing TE release.
-Blown out of hole by TE on run blitz.
-Sheds block from Reiff, in on tackle.
-Sacks QB, a-gap blitz, solid tackle.
-Finds his responsibility in zone, wraps up.
-Evades cut-block, flows to the ball.
-Center gets his hands on him, can’t shed the block.
-Nothing new for Lewis – will excel in a Tampa-2 system.
#84 DE Frank Alexander
-Smart move turning inside, wasn’t going to get around Reiff.
-Drops in fire zone, makes deflection.
-Beats Reiff on swim move, picked up by OG.
-Pushed back 5 yards by Reiff on run play, happened a lot during the game.
-Stands up blocking TE, holds the edge.
-Decent game going against top OT – Alexander is someone that could surprise some people this spring.
#12 QB Landry Jones
-Finds checkdown, looked calm in pocket.
-Not used in the red-zone due to running QB.
-Sloppy screen play – really doesn’t like pressure.
-Jones doesn’t see rush coming up the middle, takes the sack.
-Throws off back foot, feeling the pressure now.
-High throw into tight window, nice catch on ball.
-Another slightly high throw, missed the connection.
-Perfect swing pass, hit him in stride.
-Under pressure, hits TE in stride on post.
-Pulls ball down, runs for 1st down and gets obliterated by DB. Good toughness by popping right back up.
-Puts touch pass on the mark, but thrown into double coverage.
-Calm in pocket, reads it out and finds checkdown.
-One read throw, puts it on the money – good zip.
-A bit hoppy in the pocket, but good placement on out route.
-Jones should stay for another season, but if he goes out, some team will fall in love with him within the first 30-40 picks.