NEPD Editor: James Christensen
Sometimes stats can be misleading. You see a three-sack game on paper and you figure that the player was an absolute force. In the case of Kawann Short’s performance against the Ohio State Buckeyes, you’d be mistaken.
Read on about the 2013 NFL Draft prospects in this game or check out the multitude of games in our Scouting Notes Database.
#52 DT Jonathan Hankins
-Lining up mainly at DE, also some DT/NT.
-Strong initial punch, keeps himself clean.
-Loses ball, crashes down on running back and lets QB escape.
-Drops into zone on zone blitz call.
-Double teamed, hustles down the field to assist on tackle.
-Turned by guard and taken out of play.
-Explodes through contact and bowls over the guard into the backfield.
-Sheds block from RT, can’t wrap up on RB.
-Quick inside move, blows up quarterback – called for roughing.
-Stout anchor at the nose, double team couldn’t move him.
-Can’t be moved out of hole with one guy – clogs the middle and assists on tackle.
-OL got under his pads, knocked to the ground – injured on play, did not return.
#54 DE John Simon
-Lining up at DE and DT – variety of positions, standing up at times.
-Reading the plays very well, locates ball quickly.
-Quick off the ball, untouched on inside move and gets big hit on QB.
-Drops into coverage, plays the run/pass well on roll out.
-Can’t keep outside arm clean, loses contain and watches RB score.
-Times the snap perfectly, turns the corner well but QB steps up to avoid sack.
-Cleans up in the backfield for TFL, right spot at right time.
-Always active, never stops running around trying to make a play.
-Quick move around TE, wraps up RB near line of scrimmage.
-Instant recognition of screen play, assists on the tackle.
#6 LB Ettienne Sabino
-Lining up at MLB.
-Locates the ball quickly on option play, wraps up.
-Perfect angle, wraps up on WR after the catch.
-Hooked by center, taken out of play.
-Changes direction well, flies from sideline to sideline.
-Sheds fullback block, can’t wrap up RB’s feet.
-Sucked up on play fake, didn’t get enough depth on his drop.
-Again shrugs off FB’s block and assists on tackle.
#7 CB Travis Howard
-Playing outside corner – man and zone coverages being employed.
-Solid hit in run support, stood the RB up and tried for strip.
-Takes on FB and forces play back inside.
-Got on his heels, but recovered – a lot of contact.
-Over-aggressive with chuck down the field, loses man.
-On receiver’s back, disrupts catch – very physical.
-Makes tough open-field tackle, shoestring variety.
-Quickly recognizes reverse and forces play inside.
-Called for holding, broke up pass at the end of the play.
-Breakdown in coverage, two DB’s follow same guy in zone, leaves WR open.
-Weak tackle attempt on QB, tried to shoulder him down and gave up an extra yard or two.
#4 FS C.J. Barnett
-Lining up as deep safety and on kick coverages.
-Takes good angle to push WR out of bounds.
-Closes quickly on QB to make the tackle on read play.
-Poor angle, can’t attempt tackle on WR.
-Nice tackle on reverse, closed quickly and wrapped up.
-Comes up quickly from the deep safety position and wraps up on RB.
-Recognizes draw, flies up to make the tackle.
#19 SS Orhian Johnson
-Seeing occasional snaps at safety as well as some kick coverages.
-Very poor tackle attempt, over-pursued and flailed weakly at the RB.
-Tracks the ball well, makes a nice interception looking into the sun on badly overthrown ball.
#53 DT Garrett Goebel
-Lining up at DT, looks a bit undersized.
-Shows a nice anchor, disrupts zone read by pushing guard into backfield.
-In the backfield again, makes TFL – good strength on the interior.
-Draws holding penalty, flashed inside and held working to the outside.
-Misses tackle on tunnel screen, couldn’t change direction in space.
-Stout again inside, clogs up the hole and assists on tackle.
-Drives lineman back, combines on TFL – low pad level.
#11 TE Jake Stoneburner
-Playing both inline and split out.
-Nice combo block on Short, pushed him back five yards.
-Good concentration, nearly brings in circus catch after teammate deflected ball.
-Nice block down the field, springs RB for touchdown after catch.
-Seals DE, springs big run.
-Seals off the LB on consecutive plays, blocking well.
#44 FB Zach Boren
-Playing a true fullback, occasionally plays on the wing.
-Kicks out linebacker and creates a small hole.
-Doesn’t looks as comfortable pass blocking as he does going forward.
-A bit out of control, can’t change direction and falls down instead of getting the block.
-Takes on safety very well, good pad level.
-Lined up as wing back, can’t make tough catch on out route.
-No separation trying to run an out route against LB.
-Great kick out block, springs RB for big gain.
-Wins the battle of leverage on almost every block, gets low and keeps his balance.
Check out the Purdue prospects on Page Two.