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Michigan Wolverines vs Michigan St. Spartans 10/29/2016

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Michigan Wolverines vs Michigan St. Spartans 10/29/2016

Michigan Wolverines @ Michigan St. Spartans

Saturday, October 29, 2016 @ 12:00 p. m.

Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Michigan

Score: 32 Michigan – Michigan St. 23


Wilton Speight, QB, Junior #3 (6’6” 243 lbs)

He has really good size that he uses to stand tall in the pocket. Also, his size allows him to shed off attempted tackles by D linemen and throw the ball away at the last second. However, he still underthrew some passes. Although he had good anticipation when he threw a corner route, he threw it behind the receiver which allowed the DB to catch up to the pass. During another pass to a corner route on the goal line, he didn’t put enough air on the pass to allow the WR to run up under the ball. Stock: down; Draft’s bargain round:

De’Veon Smith, RB, Senior #4 (5’11” 228 lbs )

He had a solid game running the ball. During several runs, he showed the ability to make some wide jump cuts. Also, he broke several tackles by just being tough and running through the tackle.  During one play, he ran through an arm tackle and then put his hand on the ground to keep his self-continuing forward. On the goal line, they gave him a pitch toss and he speedily got the sideline to outrun almost the entire defense and then he physically trucked the last defender, who was a LB, to get into the end zone. Even on a reverse play, he led around the corner and full speed cut down a DB that sprung the reverse runner. I don’t feel that he is an overly dominant RB, but he did show toughness and cut ability that every good RB needs. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 6th-undrafted

Erik Magnuson, RT, Senior #78 (6’6” 305 lbs)

He showed some physicality such as when he threw inside the other team’s best pass rusher during a boot leg pass. He has shown to be a good pass protector by using his long arms. I was concerned when he pulled multiple times but did not hit anyone each time he pulled. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: NA need more film

Mason Cole, C, Junior #52 (6’5” 305 lbs)

He is a great one on one pass protector. This was shown when he single handily blocked the NT. He attacks with inside hands and controls block because of his fluent lateral movement skills. Throughout blocks he looks sturdy. He has quick feet when moving up to the 2nd level and looks like he can shadow the defenders movements in space well.  He has good speed as well. This was evident when he raced to meet the OLB on a toss pitch despite the LB having initial leverage on the play. He can quickly auto flip his hips after contact during outside pitch/run plays. He does not block with an overly tenacious attitude. There were two plays that he looks very bad. The worst was when their best D lineman swam past him and sent him lunging forward. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: need more film

Ben Braden, LT, senior #71 (6’6” 335 lbs)

He struck the DE with tough hands and then continued striking tough until he put him on one knee. He does a really good job in pass protection because he is quick when moving laterally and he gives a strike each time the rusher changes direction. He looks aggressive when blocking and is borderline tenacious. During one play, despite the DB being far away from the run because he was backside, he still gave him a shove. He does not get very deep during his 1st step in kickback but he is staying in front of the pass rusher throughout the entire rush. Even when he didn’t move his feet enough to stay in front of the other team’s best pass rusher, he put his hand on the rusher’s shoulder and ran him 10 yds. behind the QB. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: NA need more film

Jake Butt, TE, Senior #88 (6’6” 250 lbs)

He has been consistently good all season. This was another game that he showed the skills to be a top rated TE in this class. He is not amazingly fast but he has more than enough speed to get open on routes. During one corner route, he outran the LB up the field before separating 3 yds. after the corner cut. His hips are fluent so he can promptly flip his hips and head around after cutting in his routes. Even when a DB was in press coverage against him, his hips were smooth enough to easily get off the line and get the DB hips turned. During a play where he ran a flat route, he converted the first down after he went up high and snagged the high pass although the defender was draped all over his body. During another 3rd down, he caught a shallow route and was hit immediately after the catch but he powerfully ran through the tackle in an attempt to gain the first down. His blocking was decent; during a reverse play, he peeled back and crack blocked a defender to spring the ball carrier around the edge. On the goal line, their offense had an outside run play called, and he blocked 2 defenders on the edge to spring the ball carrier into the end zone. During another toss pitch run, he moved up the LB and latched his hands onto the defender before running his feet throughout the entire play to dominant the block. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 3rd-4th

Amara Darboh, WR, Senior #82 (6’2” 215 lbs)

He caught two passes with one hand: one was on a comeback route and another was during a deep go route. Each time, he did well to look the ball all the way into his tuck. He also caught a curl route and deep post route in this game. He was wide open when he caught the deep post but he feel to the ground to catch the ball; in my opinion, he didn’t have to go to the ground to catch it. I liked when he noticed the zone coverage, and hesitated on the LB to get him to commit before he crossed his face to give the QB an optimal angle to throw to. He wasn’t overly impressive in his route running but he made several plays in this game, especially catching tough passes. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: 6th-undrafted


Chris Wormley, DE, Senior #43 (6’6” 302 lbs)

His game is to attack with his hands and bull rush the blockers. This part of his game is pretty effective because he gets hands on early at the contact point and he has the lower body power to drive through blockers. During a run play, he attacked the edge blocker with powerful extension to push him backwards and then worked his way inside to get a hand on the ball carrier. After he diagnoses where the ball carrier is running, he has a powerful rip move that he executes to get through the blocker. I would not classify him as an overly dominant pass rusher because he doesn’t have variety of pass rushing moves that he uses. He is not fast off the edge but rather uses his powerful bull rush; he can win with a 1 arm or 2 arm bull rush. Even during one stunt, he attacked the guard with his shoulder pad and basically laid in the blocker’s arms. On another play, he had the offensive tackle in a full sprint to protect his high outside edge shoulder, yet Wormley still did not have the agility to suddenly stop  and throw the blocker by. I did not like his hustle when tracking the ball carrier; in fact, he looked sluggish and big when trying to run far. If he does not win with the bull rush then his rush is basically done. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 5th-7th

Ryan Glasgow, DT, Senior #96 (64” 299 lbs)

I really like his power at the poa. With his power, he drove the guard backwards and into the RB. I also like his burst out of his four down position. He is the first to get hands on at contact, and his burst allows him to quickly convert into a powerful strike at the poa. During one play, he put an O lineman on his butt without exerting much effort. On a goal line play, he used his strong hands at the poa and flowed laterally to the opposite side of the line to assist on the tackle. I saw him execute a violent club move against the guard to send him to the ground. I would have liked to see him do moves like this more often. He used his hands against cut blockers and even when he did go down, he rapidly got back up in pursuit of the ball carrier. Although he attacks at the poa with great power and lean, he loses sight of the ball with his attack so he needs the ball carrier to run right in his gap in order to make the play. On a few plays he was blown off the ball backwards or down inside against down blocks. I was especially disappointed when he was driven down on a 4th and short situational play. He really depends on his strength but does not incorporate much hand fighting technique in the trenches. Stock: down; Draft’s bargain round: 5th-6th

Maurice Hurst, DT, Senior #73 (6’2” 282 lbs)

He has a tremendous burst off the snap. During one play where the blocker in front of him pulled so the center was going to down block on him, he caused great penetration up the middle because he was too explosive off the snap for the down block to get to him. His explosion off the snap quickly turns into power. During one play, he shoved the down blocker into the backfield. During another play where he went against a down blocker, he almost tackled the RB 3 yds. in the backfield because he beat the down blocker to the spot. During a 4th and short situation, he got penetration and forced the RB to run through an alternate hole and get stuffed.  During a goal line situation, he blew up the blocker, who got out of his stance slowly, and made the tackle in the back field. I also liked when I saw him combine his great burst with a fast swim move to get into the backfield. He is all about penetration, not running down the los to track down wide running plays. His explosion and penetration could get him in trouble because he gets so far up field that if he does not make the tackle the RB will have a huge lane to run through. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: 3rd

Taco Charlton, DE, Senior #33 (6’6” 272 lbs)

I wasn’t expecting to watch him in this game but he kept showing really good rushing skills and bringing the heat each play so I had to take him into account. When pass rushing, he uses his hands swiftly so as to not allow the blocker to get hands on him. During one rush, he literally grabbed the blockers hands so that he couldn’t touch him; the move ended up throwing the blocker off balance. He smoothly executed his hand swipes against the original lineman and then quickly converted to a rip move against the RB pass protector; neither of which could get hands on him for long. He was even effective when he bull rushed the blocker. During one play, he put the blocker on his butt despite only using 1 arm. I also saw him execute a smooth spin move while in the trenches against the guard. He attacks TE blockers with thunderous blows; against one TE blocker he blew him up with his shoulder pad and continued moving inside to make the tackle in the backfield. During another run, he attacked the edge blocker with extremely long arms and then violently threw him backwards once he saw the RB running his was before wrapping up the ball carrier in a full embrace for the tackle. His hands were quick and instinctual when going against cut blockers. He swiftly threw them into the ground and then put his hands on the ground to stay up and continue to pressure the QB.  A problem I had with him was that he continued to give up outside leverage. Whether the blocker was head up on him or pulling around the edge, he continued to peek inside and give up outside leverage. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: NA need more film

Jabrill peppers, LB/DB, Junior #5 (6’1” 205 lbs)

His game is about quickness and instincts. A perfect example of this was displayed against a sweep run with a blocker approaching him from his outside, he shot the inside shoulder of the blocker and powered through to sling him off and continue to tackle the ball carrier. He feels the game, uses his instincts and reacts quickly to what he sees. During a 4th and short run play, he shot the crease and made the tackle in the back field. He speedily read the RB screen and ran up to defend which forced the QB to throw the ball in the dirt. While lined up as an OLB during a goal line situation, he shot the inside gap and made the tackle on the RB in the backfield. During a play where no on touched him, he quickly filled the hole and finished the tackle on the RB. During a 4th down situation, he was tasked with spying the QB so he speedily attacked the QB as soon as he hinted at scrambling. I do not agree with people that say he should be a hybrid or an OLB in the NFL because I do not see him exert the aggression that it will take to be affective. When a FB led through the hole, he finessed the block with his hands instead of attacking to blow up the run. He was thrown to the ground when he tried to run into the los during a goal line run. During two plays against a backside block from a TE, he did not use his quickness to get around the block but rather, he accepted the blocker’s push. Against a different run while he was lined up as an OLB, he was swallowed up and taken out of the play by the lineman run blocking. Even on a play where he used his shoulder pad to run through a blocker and make the tackle on ball carrier after a 5 yd. gain, I did not sense the tenacity or aggression that it will take to be a hybrid safety in NFL. When a linemen pulled outside to block him, he took the easy way out and cut the lineman down which created a huge lane for the RB. He also runs the wild cat offense which was effective. During one play on the goal line, he scored a td by out running the defense to the pylon. During a different play, he quickly spun to avoid being tackled in backfield. Plays like these show that he is an athlete. I feel he is best suited as a roam around safety that uses his instincts to create chaos and make plays. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 2nd; NFL comparison: Tyrann Mathieu

Jourdan Lewis, DB, Senior #26 (5’11” 186 lbs)

It looks like he may have good speed in coverage. Also, he could have good tackling skills because during a 4th down goal line situation, the offense ran a sweep and he came up to make a solid tackle on the edge.  However, when in coverage, his first reaction to a WR’s cut move is to grab him. Throughout the game he showed way too much contact. In fact, in the game he was called on at least 3 pass interference calls and could have been called for more. He reached out his arm to stop the TE from crossing his face during a route. Against a WR running a post route, he extended his arm to keep his hand on the WR’s hip. Against a whip inside route, he grabbed the WR again. I questioned his toughness during a reverse play when he took the easy way and cut down an O lineman pulling outside which created an even larger crease for the ball carrier.  I think he has better skills than he showed this game but he needs to get past his initial reaction of grabbing a WR. Stock: down; Draft’s bargain round: NA need more film


Malik McDowell, NT, Junior #4 (6’6” 276 lbs)

He was a huge disappointment in this game. He did not get any pass rush all game. Even when he swiped the tackle’s hands away, he didn’t convert to speed but rather almost waited for the tackle to recover. During a bootleg pass, he was shoved inside and gave up effort once he realized the QB still had the ball on the roll out. He made one tackle during mop up time and tried to celebrate like he was making a substantial play. Stock: down; Draft’s bargain round: NA need more film

Riley Bullough, LB, Senior #30 (6’2” 227 lbs)

He plays with effort and fully trusts his instincts. As soon as he thinks he knows where the ball is going, he will attack in a full sprint. This is great when he is right because he usually flies past the blockers but it is bad when going against misdirection because he ends up on the wrong side of the field. During a run up the middle, he shot the gap, quickly flipped his hips and upper body to avoid the blocker, and got a hand on the ball carrier but he did not finish the tackle. On the goal line, he attacked the los fast and made the tackle on the FB in the backfield. During another run, he filled the hole fast and made a solid tackle on the RB. Against a sweep play, he sprinted to the sideline and used his hands to push down a blocker along the way. However, he does not have good speed; he was outrun to the pylon on a sweep play, and he couldn’t keep up with the TE deep route. He also has some difficulty getting off blockers when they engage him. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: undrafted


LJ Scott, RB, Sophomore #3 (6’1” 230 lbs)

I compare his running style to Le’veon Bell. He runs high and slashes through holes. He is not a very shifty runner yet he is still elusive. This was evident when he tried to juke a safety but was tackled because his jukes were slow and obvious. He does not have incredible speed yet he still has more than enough to get to the edge. On 3rd and 8, he executed a great shake at the top of a 5 yd. out to create separation from the LB, catch the pass, stiff arm the oncoming LB and convert the first down. He quickly side stepped the defender rushing off the edge, ran for 10 more yds. before stiff arming the next tackler. He has an aggressive mindset when running; he wants to be fed the ball and is confident with the ball in his hands. He has the speed to hit the edge and I like that he will execute a vicious stiff arm at the end of his runs to whoever the oncoming tackler is. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: need more film but at this point 5th-7th

Brian Allen, RG, Junior #65 (6’2” 304 lbs)

He had a solid game blocking and showed that he is a solid blocker and can move laterally very well. He is very good at flipping his hips immediately after contact to sustain leverage on the block. Although he had wide arms when he hit the LB, he flipped his upper body to get leverage on the run. He speedily helped his teammate on the 1st level and then got up to the LB, which he hit with outside arms again, but also hit him squarely, with a good pop and then immediately flipped hips to get leverage and drive the LB away. He was very effective when he pulled. During one run, he pulled up the middle and hit the LB squarely to allow the RB to run right off his butt. He showed another great pull to the outside to hit the DB and distract him enough to allow the RB to run off his butt for an explosive run. When he had to double team a rusher, he drove him to his butt. He showed a great base in pass protecting and most importantly he had good awareness against stunts. He easily picked up a stunt on 3rd down and wasn’t distracted by the DT who tried to distract him from the DE stunting inside. He showed some bad plays as well, mainly due to his wide arms at poa. During one run, he tried to down block but instead was shoved back because his arms were so out of place that they slid over the rusher’s shoulder pads. Against Glasgow, he was shoved right into the RB in the backfield. Overall, he had a very good game and looks to be a solid prospect. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: NA need more film

Josiah Price, TE, Senior #82 (6’4” 248 lbs)

I liked when I saw him not give up on backside blocks and take the opportunity to bully DBs. Even when he was beat by Peppers at the end of the backside block, he raced over and delivered a final blow that sent Peppers flying. When he was used as a backside offensive tackle in an unbalanced formation, he used inside hand placement to hold up the DE, Wormley and not give up any ground. He made a critical block on the goal line when he moved up to the safety and blocked him with only 1 arm to gain outside leverage and then continued to run his feet and the block into the end zone to allow the RB to score. He caught the ball with his hands on multiple receptions. After one catch, he showed more fight when he broke the attempted foot tackle and continued to convert the 1st down. To catch another pass, he went down low, got his hands underneath the short pass, and scooped the pass up to bring in the catch. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: NA need more film

R.J. Shelton, WR, Senior #12 (5’1” 202 lbs)

He didn’t have many opportunities to make plays in this game. However there were a couple plays that stood out. During one pass to the middle of the field, he climbed the ladder and snagged the jump ball away from the safeties. Later in the game, he caught a pass in the flat before making 2 men miss by stiff arming one and then suddenly stepping backwards on the  2nd defender. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: NA more film needed


Darian Hicks, DB, Senior #2 (5’11” 184 lbs) for MSU

He showed flashes because wasn’t fooled by a trick play and intercepted the pass thrown across the field to a wheel route runner.  Later in the game on 3rd down, he had tight coverage on the TE despite the TE going up high and snagging the pass.  He also had good coverage on a corner route runner but he never got his head around so he was called for the pass interference. He showed the ability to be close in coverage and be around the ball, now he has to finish the plays. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: NA need more film

Delano Hill, S, Senior #44 (6’1” 215 lbs) for Michigan

All game he was coming up and making solid tackles including several where he was the last defender available to make the tackle. For instance, against a reverse, he was the last defender to beat and yet he still tackled the ball carrier one on one. Against a read option, he quickly recognized the play, flew up to initially defend the pitch man but then quickly changed direction and smashed the QB. He provided great pressure when he blitzed off the edge against a roll out. During 4th down situation, he physically blitzed, lowered his shoulder and dipped through the lineman’s block. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: NA need more film


LJ Scott, RB, Sophomore #3 (6’1” 230 lbs) for MSU

Jabrill peppers, LB/DB, Junior #5 (6’1” 205 lbs) for Michigan

Maurice Hurst, DT, Senior #73 (6’2” 282 lbs) for Michigan

Ben Braden, LT, senior #71 (6’6” 335 lbs) for Michigan


Malik McDowell, NT, Junior #4 (6’6” 276 lbs)

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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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