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Florida State Seminoles vs Miami Hurricanes 10/08/2016

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Scouting Notes

Florida State Seminoles vs Miami Hurricanes 10/08/2016

Florida State Seminoles @ Miami Hurricanes

Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Saturday, October 08, 2016 @ 8:00 p. m.

Score: 20 FSU – Miami 19

Notable Prospects Entering the Contest


Michael Pinckney, LB, Freshman #56 (6’1” 220 lbs)

He is part of a freshman LB triplet that will be dominating for the next few years. In the first few plays of the game, he made a diving tackle on Dalvin Cook to trip him up. He attacked a tunnel screen fast but bounced off of the WR at the poa, later he used the same instincts to read the QB eyes and bat down a pass while in zone coverage and he also flowed with the offensive line to meet the RB in the hole to make solid tackles. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: N/A too young

Shaq Quarterman, LB, Freshman #55 (6’1” 240 lbs)

He is the alpha of the freshman LB triplet because he plays with amazing physicality and strength. In the first few plays of the game, he attacked a lineman with a vicious shoulder pad hit and later in the game he hit top tier lineman, Roderick Johnson so hard that Johnson’s head snapped backwards.  He continued his physicality throughout the game; he folded the QB’s body when he tackled him on a roll out and on another play he powerfully ripped past the guard when he blitzed up the middle. When he was tracking the ball he used his forearm to hold off the blockers and did really well not to allow lineman to effectively move up to the 2nd level on him. He sometimes used his shoulder to deliver the big hit to the blocker but that allowed the ball carrier to run past. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: N/A too young

Rashawn Jenkins, DB, Senior #26 (6’2” 210 lbs)

He is a passionate, exciting, and “smack talking” type of player.  After he had a hard hit on Dalvin Cook during a tackle, he stood on top of Cook and talked smack. He continued on to play well; he quickly drove on two WR routes to hit him as soon as the WR touched it and popped the ball into the air. When he assigned to execute a late blitz, he timed it well and took the opportunity to smash the QB. He showed some good characteristics but I did not sense elite play making ability. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 5th

Corn Elder, DB, Senior #29 (5’10” 180 lbs)

  • He is listed as one of the captains of the team and I can see why after seeing him all over the field in this game. He has elite speed and he uses it to the fullest. He ran down Dalvin Cook to prevent a td after he broke loose. When defending against a pass, he initially covered the flats but then dropped back a little once he read the routes and ended up in a full length dive deflecting the pass thrown to a corner route. He also set the edge in run defense; he knifed through Dalvin Cook’s legs to tackle him during a play where a corner blitz was called, and against a bubble screen he kept fantastic outside leverage and a low base against 2 men blocking him. I was very impressed by his game and will watch more film on him. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: 2nd depending on future film


Dalvin Cook, RB, Junior #4 (5’11” 213 lbs)

His acceleration is extremely fast; he can run through a hole before I blink. He showcased his speed when separated from the chasing safety after he caught a wheel route. Most impressive is his ability to stay upright and keep his feet moving after a shoulder tackle by the defender. During one explosive run, he kept his feet moving and bounced off tackles. Although he broke big gains on 2 plays where he stayed upright after contact, it seemed as though he was bounding into defenders almost every run. He was indecisive on 3rd down and short and ended up running right into a D lineman that penetrated. He attacked an edge blitz by a LB very softly and on a safety blitz, I don’t know if he saw the safety blitz, but he did not pick up the safety blitz. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 2nd

Roderick Johnson, LT, Junior #77 (6’7” 311 lbs)

I get excited about Johnson because he has great athleticism and fast feet. He has shown that he can drop back in pass protection very fluently and fast. He moves well to the 2nd level to block LBs and he can keep his balance when suddenly changing direction to shadow the rusher in pass protection. He showed strength when he executed a powerful down block that knocked the rusher 1 gap inside and during another outside zone run play he drove his feet after contact to keep the rusher from getting leverage to the ball carrier. I appreciated his awareness to pick up a corner blitz. However, he does need to improve on some of his technique skills. For instance, he did get beat around his outside edge in this game because he put his hand on the rusher’s back instead of extending his arms for the final push on the rusher’s shoulder pad. Other examples were shown when he run blocks; instead of staying upright after contact and relying on his fast feet to stay in front, he will lean forward at the poa which allows the rusher the opportunity to sling him around. I think that he is an athletic tackle and will be an eventual success in the NFL but will need time to refine his technique. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 1st– 2nd depending on team need

Kareem Are, LG, Senior #72 (6’6” 325 lbs)

I love his power at the poa. He throws his entire body into the block and he has powerful hand strikes. I also liked that every chance he gets he will quickly flip his hips after contact to completely shield the rusher away from the ball carrier. I was concerned when I saw him get bullied by Quarterman’s strength during a blitz up the middle. Also, while in pass protection he was pushed back a little but he eventually regained his balance and control of the block. He uses arm extension much more while in pass protection than when run blocking.  Because he tends to get close to the block when run blocking, if he cannot get leverage on the block then the rusher will most likely defeat him to the ball carrier. I did not like his overall speed when pulling and feel that more athletic rushers will be able to run around his pull blocks. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 4th

Demarcus Walker, DE, Senior #44 (6’4” 280 lbs)

In the NFL he will be prepared to play any position along the D line because he moved from DE to DT interchangeably. He did well against the run; squeezing down on the los and forcing the RB to run into his arms and on another play he maintained outside leverage and threw the blocker aside to tackle the RB once he bounced it outside. He showed that he has a very fast and swift swim move. He used the swim move multiple times to cause penetration. Most notably when in critical times of the game he stepped. For instance, in the 4th quarter and on 3rd down he tackled the RB in the backfield, and later in the 4th he bulldozed his way to blocking an extra point field goal. Despite showing a great moment in big moments, throughout the game he did not show much of a motor because he was not getting off of blocks when pass rushing and he did not track the ball well. He either cannot consistently run with his weight or he was dog tired but a lot of the times he would jog when tracking the ball. An example of his moments of un-athleticism was shown when he had to jump in the air and fall on the ground after being cut block by a RB pass protector. I feel that he will have to be used in situational packages for an NFL team. Stock: down; Draft’s bargain round: 5th

Derwin James, S, Sophomore #3 (6’3” 211 lbs)

Was injured and out for the game but he was still being a leader by encouraging his teammates and staying engaged. Coaches say that he may be best leader they’ve ever experienced. We already know that he is a top prospect but his leadership qualities will make him an even more coveted prospect. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: 1st


Brad Kaaya, QB, Junior #15 (6’4” 215 lbs)

He had a few good throws in the game such as a couple dig routes and one really good throw to the back corner of the end zone late in the 4th quarter. Other than those throws, the play calling was pretty conservative; running the ball, and quick slant or bubble passes. He threw several low passes. Most concerning was his lack of pocket mobility. It seemed like whenever a rusher came close to him, it ended up in a sack. I never saw him dodge a tackle or side step a rusher who penetrated the line. As a young QB in the NFL, he will have to avoid pass rushers who have gotten past the O linemen. He needs to stay in college another year and work on his pocket feet work. Stock: down; Draft’s bargain round: 6th-undrafted

David Njoku, TE, Junior #86 (6’4” 245 lbs)

He only had a couple catches in this game but I could see that he has powerful yet soft hands when catching. I also liked his long, strong stiff arm when running after the catch.  Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: N/A more film needed

Stacy Coley, WR, Senior #3 (6’1” 195 lbs)

He is a smooth route runner. He had fluent hips when he ran a dig route and never gave an indication that he was changing direction at the top of his route. Also, against bump coverage, he easily sold the go route and then crossed the DB’s face to get inside leverage on the route. Late in the 4th he fully concentrated on a pass in the back corner of the end zone to catch a td. He was not very good at blocking. Multiple times he let the DB get past him and obstruct the ball carrier’s path. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: N/A more film needed


Derrick Nnadi, DT, Junior #91 (6’1” 312 lbs) for FSU

He flashed for a few plays by using his strength to cause penetration. On one play he clubbed the blocker’s shoulder to get past and make the tackle on the RB. He used that same strength to push back on the lineman, collapse the pocket, and sack the QB. He moved laterally down the los to dive tackle the RB. On 3rd down, late in the 4th quarter he penetrated the line again and tackled the RB in the backfield. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: N/A more film needed

Jaquan Johnson, DB, Sophomore #4 (5’11” 190 lbs) for Miami

He had some good plays. He defended the flat route runner on a roll out and didn’t allow the QB to have target to pass to. During another pass play while in zone coverage, he read the QB eyes and jumped the route to catch an interception. He showed speed to cover a wide area and the physicality to make solid tackles. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: N/A

Kendrick Norton, DT, Sophomore #7 (6’3” 305 lbs) for Miami

He showed that he has the strength to get tremendous push back on the offensive lineman. He uses his long arms at the poa to get great extension and he also fights through the trenches to make tackles on the RB for minimal gains. He didn’t show much pass rushing ability but I like his ability to maintain his gap control vs run plays. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: N/A

Chad Thomas, DT, Junior #9 (6’6” 265 lbs) for Miami

He didn’t make a lot of plays but I am going to continue to keep my eye on him because he rushed the edge decently and seems close to becoming very good. He almost sacked the QB twice and had to settle for the QB hurry. He needs more flexibility in his upper body to turn the corner. In the 4th quarter, he got another gear and started to fly around the field even more. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: N/A

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Roger Dixon Jr

Roger is a native of Orlando, FL. After excelling in DII football his first 2 seasons, he fulfilled his lifelong dream of playing on the Florida Gators football team, where he was named Special Teams Player of the Year and Team Captain. He earned his degree in Economics from UF's Warrington College of Business. Roger brings a passion for football and unique perspective of what it takes to be successful in football at the highest level.

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