2013 NFL Draft Scouting Notes: Wisconsin vs Utah State

Utah State

WR #4 Matt Austin (6’2”, 204)
–usually lined up outside on wide side of field
–nice change of speed move to get open on post route
–pancake block on bubble screen
–broke up INT on overthrown deep ball where defender stayed over the top easily on Austin
–got away with pass interference on his TD catch, pushed off to get separation. Made nice catch on the play though.
–could not get behind the coverage on a couple of later deep routes
–nice footwork on quick slant, unable to create after catch

Overall impression: Austin has good size and displayed strong hands, but he was unable to consistently separate from coverage. He has battled injuries as a 6th-year senior and it has taken away his burst. Nothing more than a bottom-of-roster possession receiver at the next level.

RB #25 Kerwyn Williams (5’8”, 189)
–shows a good sidestep move, accelerates quickly out of it for nice gain
–excellent hands on high screen pass
–lined up some as slot receiver
–nicely sells fake on option, allowed QB to get the edge on a run
–blew past LB on wheel route for TD, seized ball from air with his hands at full gallop
–likes to use a jump step as he turns the corner
–takes option handoff and gets to full speed right away but cannot run through arm tackle
–lacked balance when cutting on perimeter run, easily tackled

Overall impression: Quick, assertive runner with good hands that can also play some slot receiver. Really lacks power and failed to break tackles, but deserves a camp look as a 3rd down type back.

*C #58 Tyler Larsen (6’4”, 310)
–junior center
–quickly makes line calls
–no snapping errors
–stoned defender on delay blitz
–worked a combo block nicely that opened hole for good inside run
–got upfield well on option run, leveled safety in space
–got away with a hold when beaten by up-and-under move
–displayed natural knee bend and aggressively seized leverage on many option runs
–frequently played to the whistle and was the last Aggie to break contact

Overall impression: Could be a mid-round pick in 2014 with continued development for a zone blocking team that also values power.

S #36 McKade Brady (5’11”, 187)
–very quick to fill in run support
–likes to creep up to line, often moving forward at snap
–solid tackler with good form, always keeps head up and stays on his feet
–undercut tight end, read QB eyes and would have had INT if the ball wasn’t deflected in front of him
–turned back on QB and lost receiver inside break

Overall impression: Brady really jumped off the tape with his in-the-box run support and strong tackling. Looks pretty limited in coverage and doesn’t have great size, will have to earn it on special teams to stick as a reserve safety in the NFL. He reminds me some of Jon McGraw in his KSU days.

QB Chuckie Keaton is only in his 2nd year of eligibility but has some upside if he can clean up his long delivery. Good athlete with strong arm and excellent leadership worth keeping an eye on the next couple of years.

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