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Florida Gators vs Georgia Bulldogs 10/29/2016

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Scouting Notes

Florida Gators vs Georgia Bulldogs 10/29/2016

Florida Gators @ Georgia Bulldogs

EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

Saturday, October 29, 2016 @ 3:30 p. m.

Score: 24 Florida – Georgia 10

 Notable Prospects Entering the Contest

UF OFFENSE

Luke Del Rio, QB, Sophomore #14 (6’1” 211 lbs)

He did a decent job of managing the game. I say “manage the game” because where as he isn’t a flashy QB, he did things to keep the offense moving in critical times of the game. There were several plays that he stood tall in the pocket and worked through multiple reads to deliver the pass to the correct receiver. On a 3rd down, he took his 3 step drop back and delivered an on time and accurate pass to an open curl route. During another pass, he read through his progressions, saw the man coverage and wisely dumped it off to the shallow route runner to gain another first down. There were several throws, that he took what the defense gave him and dumped it off to his athletic teammates to allow them the opportunity to make a play. I liked when I saw him have no problem throwing the ball away in order to live to fight another day when no one was open and he was being hunted by D linemen. He throws the ball with average velocity behind it, but he has above average ball placement. On a throw to a wheel route, he threw the pass high, outside, and in a spot only the receiver could catch it. During multiple hitch throws, he put the ball on the outside shoulder of the WR to allow him to quickly turn up field after the catch. He made a few mistakes of not reading the safety robbing an over route and threw an interception. On another pass, he didn’t deliver the pass to a wide open flat receiver despite him being the first read on the play. His deep pass to a post route was way too high which forced the WR to come back and fight for the ball. He also did not show much mobility because there were at least 3 times he could not make a free rusher miss and was sacked. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: NA too young, need more film

 David Sharpe, LT, Junior #78 (6’6” 357 lbs)

The two things that make him a dangerous offensive lineman are that he is athletic and he has very long arms. His athleticism is shown in his light feet despite his big frame. I know from personal interaction that he is athletic enough to cross over the best of them in a pickup basketball game. His athleticism was on display during plays such as a RB screen pass where he speedily ran to the outside, shadowed the DB, got hands on and drove his feet to dominate the block. Whether it is in pass protection or run blocking, he attacks defensive linemen with his long arms. I have a problem with his striking power when pass blocking because although he hits the rusher with multiple strikes, they have the power of slaps rather than punches. He already has light feet when reacting to the rusher’s moves so if he begins to strike the rusher with more hand power, he will become an above average pass protector. He uses quick hands in pass protection when popping rushers and this could work in his favor if he learns to finish his strike with solid grasps to control the block. During several pass protection blocks, he only struck with one hand instead of waiting until the rusher came closer to him and then strike powerfully with both hands. Overall, his blocking was up and down throughout this game. When run blocking, he needs to increase his consistency of latching onto bocks. There were too many plays that the he had a good pop on the defender but the defender got away from him because he never got his hands inside and latched onto their shoulder pads. When an outside zone run was called, he popped the edge rusher with strong hands at the poa but never got his hands inside to latch on. Also, he has a tendency to lean forward after contact which makes him susceptible to losing his balance during the block if the defender moves laterally. I would like to see him keep more of a base, stay upright and maintain a square base while he drives the defender off of the ball instead of leaning forward. During an outside zone run he leaned too far forward so the rusher slid off of his block and made the tackle. Some plays he drove the rusher far off the ball such as on a 3rd down run play. During other plays he didn’t do as much such as not blocking anyone during a down block or not being quick enough to cross face the D lineman. However, when he did look good, he looked well above average. During an outside zone run, he fought through the entire play despite the rushers hands in his facemask. In pass protection, he has elite quickness to strike and adjust to the rusher’s movements. During a different outside zone run, he showed the speed to get outside of the defender continue running to keep outside leverage despite the defender lining up outside of him initially. Stock: down; Draft’s bargain round: stay another year

 Martez Ivey, OL, Sophomore #73, (6’5” 305 lbs)

All in all, he has good lower body strength, blocks with squatty base and does a good job of not getting pushed back after contact. During one run, he drove the rusher off the ball 2-3 yds. He also showed enough speed and athleticism to run with faster moving defenders. Against a pass rush, he ran the rusher so far up field that he ended up hip to hip with the tackle that was also blocking an edge rusher. In pass protection, there were several plays that he dominated the block because he shot his hands inside, latched on, and then moved with short/choppy steps to stay in front of the rusher. During a different run play, he helped his team mate on the 1st level and then peeled up to the 2nd level to square up the block, deliver a good pop inside the chest of the LB, and drove his legs after the pop. Even during a block where he had to cross face, he quickly got his head across and steadily drove the rusher back.  I liked his awareness off the defense; during a goal line run, he quickly moved to pick up a LB blitz up the middle and then used the rusher’s momentum against himself to pancake him in the backfield. Sometimes he can lean too far forward after contact which limits his power in the block and makes him vulnerable against quicker defenders. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: too young  

 Antonio Callaway, WR, Sophomore #81 (5’1” 197 lbs)

His release at the los vs bump coverage was way too quick for a DB to get hands on him. During one release, he quickly faked inside and then laterally moved outside wide enough so that the DB couldn’t get hands on him. He also has the lower body power and agility to suddenly stop after selling a go route. Such as when he ran a hitch route, he ran full speed up field to get the DBs hips turned and then easily stopped within 2 small steps. After he caught the pass, he tightly turned so that he could get up field as fast as possible. Even when he ran a speed in route, he gave no indication that he was going to change direction at the top of the route and smoothly moved inside. After he caught the ball on the run, he immediately looked to juke the first defender. He also has long speed, as shown when he beat a DB by 2 yards on a post route. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: NA too young

 Cyontai Lewis, TE, Sophomore #80 (6’4” 231 lbs)

I was glad to see him show viewers how good a player he is because I believe he could be a top TE in when he is draft eligible. Although he has a lean frame, he makes up for it when run blocking with toughness, grit, and want to. When cross face blocking, he steps down and then rips through to get leverage on the play. There weren’t many reps that he didn’t have the quickness to get leverage on a cross face block.  During another run play, he drove the DE out of the play by popping him with a good hit at the poa, latching his hands inside, and then running his feet through the entire play.  When he led up on a jet sweep, he drove the DB 5 yds. backwards to secure the td. During a different outside zone run, he began by shuffling laterally until the defender showed up and after contact he ran his feet and fought through the entire play to maintain inside hand placement and control of the block. There were several run plays where he drove his legs after contact and drove DE, Bellamy, off of the ball. During one run play, he handled Bellamy one on one by shooting his hands inside, flipping his hips so that his butt was to the hole and fighting through the entire play; he fought so hard that he frustrated the opponent. He also is an above average passing threat. During a play where he ran a wheel route, he caught a difficult pass by jumping up high, turning in the air and got his foot down in bounds while securing the catch. During a 3rd down, he caught a shallow route and then slung the tackler off of his back to run for another 15 yds. for the td. I also liked that he quickly hopped off the ground after he hit it and ran over to help his ball carrier team mate up; these are indicators that his head is in the game. I did see something that he needs to work on. He needs to work on aggressively and effectively cutting the end man on the line when he is tasked with running across the formation after the ball is snapped. I don’t know if he doesn’t like cutting but each time he was tasked with this assignment, he didn’t attack with the same tenaciousness as the other blocks. In fact, sometimes his assignment made the tackle. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: NA too young  

GEORGIA DEFENSE

 Davin Bellamy, DE, Junior #17 (6’5” 240 lbs)

Against one run play, he executed a tough and physical club move to burst through the inside gap. There were plays were it seemed like he literally fought to get through the blocker and disrupt the play. Against an outside sweep run, he held outside leverage and forced the ball carrier inside. There was also a play that he threw Cyontai Lewis to the ground when the ball carrier bounced it to his gap. It was concerning when he allowed Brandon Powell (5’9” 184 lbs.) to cut him off and not allow him to squeeze down on a run play. He is mostly a run stopper that can provide some late pass rushing pressure. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: stay another year

 Natrez Patrick, LB, Sophomore #6 (6’3” 238 lbs)

He showed flashes of being a good LB. He attacked the los and physically struck the offensive linemen to burst through and tackle the RB. On another play, he drove through the TE’s block to assist on the tackle. I liked when I saw him get very low and powerfully meet the TE in the hole before shedding the block and making the tackle.  There were several sweep plays that he flowed with the play and made the tackle on the ball carrier for minimal gains. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: NA too young

Maurice Smith, DB, Senior #2 (6’0” 195 lbs)

He did not make as many plays as the last game I scouted. However, he did once again show some of the same tendencies that could make him a viable option in the NFL. Against an offense in jumbo formation and running an outside run play, he used his hands and a long arm extension to hold up on the edge of the los. During another run play his way, he attacked the WR trying to block him with a powerful strike to send him backwards and then moved to tackle the ball carrier. On a play where he blitzed off the edge, he rapidly closed the gap to the QB and then finished the sack. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 3rd

 Dominick Sanders, S, Junior #24 (6’0” 193 lbs)  

Against a sweep run, he flew up to meet the RB at the los; although he face masked during the tackle, I still liked the speed with which he attacked the run. He showed that same closing speed when he squared up another jet sweep runner to tackle for a loss.  He intercepted a pass in this game by using great instincts and understanding route concepts.  During the boot leg play, he initially dropped back to cover deep half but he recognized the over route approaching underneath and drove on it to intercept the pass. He also had soft hands to cleanly intercept the ball while running toward it at full speed. However, he was easily beat by a TE who ran a wheel route. Later in the game, he was beat on a speed in; he did not show great drive quickness in reaction to the WR’s cut inside. He also missed a tackle on a TE running a shallow route who continued forward for a td. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: undrafted

UF DEFENSE

Caleb Brantley, DL

At times, he showed immense burst off the snap, quick hands and hips to penetrate the line. When the offense was in the low red zone, he used his hands to throw the blocker to the side and penetrate the run play. When the offense was backed up in their own end zone, he caused penetration again with a very fast swim move coupled with a quick lateral side step and flipping his hips to the side. He is really fast when flipping his hips sideways to split the linemen. His lateral quickness was on display another play when a blocker lined up inside of him yet he still swiftly got inside of the blocker and dipped his shoulder to penetrate the backfield and disrupt the RB’s run lane. When an O lineman tried to down block on him, he quickly shot the gap and made the tackle for a loss. He needs to watch out though because sometimes he penetrates too far into the backfield and ends up completely out of the play. His hand fighting is not violent; he uses more finesse technique and I would classify his hand swipes more as slaps. When he is against a double team, he basically gives up and hopes that the QB scrambles toward him. Overall, he can be a penetrating force by bursting off the snap quickly and twisting his hips through the line. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: NA more film needed

 Joey Ivie, DL, Senior #91 (6’3” 301 lbs)

His game is centered on his upper body power. Against a run play up the middle, he held his position on the line by getting inside hand placement and then he violently threw the D lineman to the side. I also saw some lateral agility, when he knocked the blockers hands down while simultaneously stepping to the side to get around him and into the backfield. He needs to watch out though because he stepped pretty wide and the RB would have had a big hole to run through if he would have been close to the hole at the time. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: NA more film needed

 Jabari Zuniga, DL, Freshman #92 (6’3” 245 lbs)

Although he is a young player, he shows the makings to be a very good pass rusher for the future because he hustles, physically attacks the linemen, and has natural pass rushing ability. Even when he faced two blockers, he attacked them physically. He consistently showed quick, efficient moves to get past the O lineman. Some examples are, he used the swim move, and he chopped down on the lineman’s hands as he rushed the outside edge. He hustled and speedily tracked down the ball carrier. He tackled the ball carrier before he got started during two plays: once when he freely rushed off the edge and a second when he lined up in a wide 9 alignment (very wide). Another play he was left unblocked because the offense quickly handed the ball off to the jet sweep runner but he quickly reacted to the hand off and slung down the ball carrier in the backfield. The very next play, he bull rushed the lineman, got underneath his pads with inside hand placement to continually move the lineman backward during the play and force the QB to scramble. When a run came his way, he physically bull rushed through the outside blocker and continued to move toward the ball even after a teammate wrapped the ball carrier up. Even when he had backside contain, he squeezed down the line so fast it was almost as if he was closer than backside. He speedily rushed the outside edge of the blocking tackle, knocked down his hands and automatically transitioned into an efficient rip move to flatten the edge and grab the QB. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: NA too young

Alex Anzalone, LB, Junior #34 (6’3” 241 lbs)

He showed natural instinct and hustle throughout the game. On one play he blitzed up the middle and still made it to the outside to assist on the tackle. He flowed to the ball carrier no matter where he was. During another run play, he finessed his way around the blockers and used his hands on the ground to stay up after getting into the backfield. During a play where he rushed off the edge, he initially attacked the RB pass protectors outside shoulder but then spun back to tackle the QB who stepped up in the pocket. He attacked the blockers with tough hands so that he could defend both sides of the blocker.  He hit the jet sweep runner who faked the hand off with an absolute vicious hit to send him flying to the ground. Against another jet sweep, this time they did hand it off, he showed enough speed to get to the sideline and make the tackle. He does not have elite speed to cover sideline to sideline but his quick assessment of the offense puts him in position more times than not. I did not like the amount of grabbing he did on a WR who was running across the field. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: 4th

 Jarrad Davis, LB, Senior #40 (6’2” 238 lbs)

He played in this game despite not being fully healthy and it was obvious that he wasn’t fully healthy. For instance, whereas usually he plays with reckless abandon, he chopped his feet after getting through the line. When he covered a shallow route runner, he could barely keep up and was obviously not as explosive as his usual self. Still, he attacked blockers with vicious hits at the poa. He also fought through blocks to continue moving toward the ball carrier in case his teammates missed the tackle. He even showed a glimpse into his usual play when he shot through the crease in the line and tackled the RB in the backfield. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 2nd with potential to go 1st

 Teez Tabor, DB

He did not have the opportunity to make many plays in this game. However, he is a playmaker and showed this trait when he blitzed off the edge and rapidly closed in to sack the QB. I think that he would be best utilized in the NFL as a slot DB or as an outside corner that plays mostly zone. My thinking is based on the way that he plays with his instincts. He is at his best when he can sit back, review the offensive play, and bait the QB before he jumps the pass. He studies film a lot so he understands the offence’s wide receiver route concepts. In press coverage he can be susceptible to being cross faced because he gets impatient at the line and he takes too high of an angle after the release when he doesn’t trust his speed. In the NFL, he will be really good if he is put in the right position; slot DB so he can wreak havoc in multiple ways or off corner so he can read and react quickly. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 1st

 Quincy Wilson, DB, Junior #6 (6’1” 213 lbs)

He is the exact opposite of Teez Tabor. He is best suited as a man press cover corner. Although his agility is not as fluent as Tabor’s, he is getting a lot better at flipping his hips in reaction to the WR’s cuts. His biggest asset is his size; he is big, strong, and has long arms. He needs to use his size at the los as long as possible. He also has good speed to turn and run with the WR when they get off the line. His drop step and drive on routes is not as fast as an elite corner but he can be effective if put in the right position; that is as a bump and run man corner. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: would like to see another year of consistency

 Duke Dawson, DB, Junior #7 (5’10” 208 lbs)

I was glad to see that the viewers are beginning to see what I knew for a while; and that is that he is the best pure coverage corner on the team. He has a really quick drop step before driving on routes. He has quick feet and fluent hips to react to any WR cut within a route. He likes to take away any space between him and the receiver. Therefore he is aggressive and confident in bump coverage, and he squats on short passes when in off coverage. During this game, he showed a play where he stayed square to the los for as long as possible before driving on the slant and getting a hand in to deflect the pass. Later he drove on a flat route to deflect the pass. Later he squatted on a sit route to force an incomplete pass. Late in the game, he drove on another short route to deflect the pass. He has the prototypical nickel DB size and has also shown the ability to come up and deliver tough tackles.  Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: 5th but stay another year to really boost stock

 Marcus Maye, S, Senior #20 (6’0” 216 lbs)

He is going to be a good in the box safety in the NFL. During this game, there were several plays where he ran in to the chaos just to stick his head into the tackle. He showed consistency filling the hole and finishing the tackle. During a different run play where his teammates had the ball carrier in an embrace, he ran up to boom the RB down after the RB tried to continue moving forward. Against a jet sweep that ran toward him, he used his hands to maintain distance between him and the WR trying to block him and then he shed the block at the last second to tackle the ball carrier with one arm. Although he has too much coverage ability for a TE to get open on him, he still needs to improve his high coverage skills.  In this game against a WR, he drove on a one step fake to the corner and was 3-4 yds. behind the WR when the WR ran to the post. On another play while in cover 2, he drove on a seam route that bended inside but left the outside go route wide open for an easy “hole shot” completion. Unfortunately, he plays with one speed and doesn’t have the speed to recover if beaten. However, he can be a really effective in the box safety because he doesn’t miss a lot of tackles, has the power and agility to handle O linemen, and he has the coverage skills to lock down TE’s. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 2-3rd depending on team need

GEORGIA OFFENSE

Nick Chubb, RB, Junior, #24 (5’10” 228 lbs)

He was held to minimum yds. in this game, yet he still showed a smooth jump cut through the line and around the D linemen who penetrated. He showed a consistent jump cut after he received the handoff; to the point his jump cut was almost automatic after the handoff and he seemed indecisive as the game went on. He has really powerful lower body. His power was on display on plays like when he kept moving forward after contact to gain an additional 3 yds. He gets downhill fast and slices through the hole. One of the hesitations about him I have is his pass blocking ability. This was on display during a play when he totally whiffed on a pass protection block against a DE who continued to pressure the QB. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 1st

 Sony Michel, RB, Junior, #1 (5’11” 222 lbs)

He is my number 1 sleeper RB.  He attacks pass protection physically and rarely misses his block. He stopped the strong DB, Quincy Wilson, dead in his tracks when he was blitzing off the edge. There were several plays where he successfully cut blocked through the free rushing DE. For example, he ran across the formation after the snap and cut block the DE to make him jump into the air.  He’ll even help the offensive tackle in pass protection because he’ll run up and give a blow to the rusher. When the LB Alex Anzalone tried to stop his path on a wheel route, he struck Anzalone with a physical blow and threw him onto the ground. I like his controlled aggression and fight. When running the ball, he hit the hole right away; one play he sliced through the hole right off of the pulling blocker’s butt. He is also a threat in the passing game. On 3rd down, he caught a dump off pass and raced to the outside before trucking Quincy Wilson to gain the first down. I have confidence in him, so much so, that I said out loud when he caught the pass that “he is going to find a way to get this first. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 2nd-3rd

 Isaiah Wynn, LG, Junior #77 (6’2” 280 lbs)

He is another offensive lineman that I have scouted multiple times and each game he impresses me. He easily maneuvers through space when he pulls. During one pull block, he easily got in position to squarely hit the DB. He is also very solid in pass protection; always striking with inside hand placement and maintains a sturdy base. When he was against Caleb Brantley one on one, he kept a wide base, shot his hands inside the rusher’s breast plate, latched his hands on and dominated the block. There were several pass blocking plays where he dominated the block and didn’t allow the rusher to move anywhere. Even when a rusher blindsided him and almost put him on his butt, he quickly regained his balance and continued to block. He is also very powerful after contact to drive defenders off the ball. When the offense was backed up in their own end zone, he down blocked on a rusher and ran him to the other side of the offensive line. During another run play, he initially helped on the first level and then moved up to block the LB, and did a great job latching his hands inside so that the LB could not get off of the block. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 1st-2nd

FLASH PLAYERS

 Cece Jefferson, DL, Sophomore #96 (6’1” 261 lbs)

He flashed because there were several plays that he moved quickly against the blocker to create disruption. One play he quickly shot the inside of the blocker and tackled the RB at the los. Another play, he quickly snagged the blocker and then closed on the QB to create pressure. He showed a fast bull rush and then hand fought with the blocker to get off and create another pressure on the QB. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: NA too young

 Roquan Smith, LB, Sophomore #3 (6’1” 225 lbs)

He didn’t make many splash plays but he did show a tendency to effectively flow with the run plays and then either shoot the crease or run the RB out of bounds. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: NA too young

BEST PLAYERS ON THE FIELD

Cyontai Lewis, TE, Sophomore #80 (6’4” 231 lbs)

Duke Dawson, DB, Junior #7 (5’10” 208 lbs)

Alex Anzalone, LB, Junior #34 (6’3” 241 lbs)

FORGETTABLE PERFORMANCES

Lorenzo Carter, OLB, Junior #7 (6’6” 242 lbs)

No pass rush and no impact on the game. Stock: down; Draft’s bargain round: undrafted

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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