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Ole Miss Rebels vs Arkansas Razorbacks 10/15/2016

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Scouting Notes

Ole Miss Rebels vs Arkansas Razorbacks 10/15/2016

Ole Miss Rebels @ Arkansas Razorbacks

Saturday, October 15, 2016 @ 7:00 p.m.

Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Score: 30 Ole Miss – Arkansas 34

Notable Prospects Entering the Contest

OLE MISS OFFENSE

Chad Kelly, QB, Senior #10 (6’2” 224 lbs)\

He made some accurate short passes to hitches and slant patterns. Like on 3rd and 10, he threw a very accurate 8 yd. hitch route to the receiver’s outside shoulder. Another example is when he threw an accurate dig route despite pressure in his face. I was really impressed with his deep balls. He threw a beautiful pass to a go route which he placed right over the receiver’s shoulder where only he could catch it. Later in the game, he had nice touch on another deep corner route. His deep passes don’t have too much of an arch on them and they were very accurate. He was aware of the defense; during one play he noticed that there was no DB guarding the WR so he passed it to him for an easy catch and run. The offense he plays in is all about quick assessment of who is open and speedily getting the ball to them. I did not like when I saw him pat the ball right before he throws it because he shouldn’t give any indication to the defense; he has a habit of patting the ball. He has good speed to break the pocket and gain yards however, he is not looking to slide but rather get as many yards as possible; this attitude could get him in trouble in the NFL. Sometimes that mindset is good though, like when they lined up 10 yds. from the end zone and called a designed QB run and Kelly juked a defender to gain a td.  He did throw some inaccurate passes as well. Most notably, he hung a seam pass in the air so it was intercepted. I also did not like his command of the offense in crunch time 3rd and 4th quarter; it seemed that he played desperate and without much authority. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 6th-7th

Greg Little, T, Freshman #74 (6’5” 318 lbs)

He is just a freshman yet he showed some good skills that can be developed for the future. He uses his long arms when run blocking and he drives his legs after contact. In fact, he almost knocked the other team’s best D lineman backwards during a run play. In pass protection, he was staying in front of the rushers very well and dominating the blocks. He has a fast kick back and shuffle to stay in front of the rusher. However, he does not yet have enough power to sustain his blocks against a strong bull rush. I also saw him get beat around his edge on two consecutive plays, so he still has more to learn. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: NA too young

Evan Engram, TE, Senior #17 (6’3” 227 lbs)

I have already watched two of the top TEs in this class, Jake Butt from Michigan and OJ Howard from Alabama. However, after watching Evan Engram, I say he is the best TE in this class. I already knew, compared to the other TE’s in the class that he posed the biggest threat in the passing game but I questioned if he could block. While lined up in the slot during this game, he sprinted off the line to meet the safety 10 yds. away, broke down, and then quickly shuffled to stay in front of him throughout the block. During another play, he went across the formation and popped a LB with inside hand placement and decent power at the poa which allowed the QB to get past. He proved that he has the lower body strength to block DEs and hold his ground. After delivering a good initial strike to a DE, he also flipped his hips to gain leverage and fought throughout play to hold his ground. On another play where a run up the middle was called, he aligned behind the guard and ran up to the los to block the other team’s best D lineman with a good initial blow and he sustained it long enough to allow the RB to gain positive yards. He showed another fantastic block against a D lineman when he attacked him ferociously and drove his legs after contact to win the block. I no longer question his blocking. He runs routes like a WR; he is quick out of his breaks and he plants hard to fake the DB. When he ran a corner route, he powerfully planted at the top of his route to hesitate the safety and then used his speed to run past him to the corner. After he caught a short out route, he got up field and ran over a DB to continue in for the td. After he caught a different 5 yd. out, he quickly got his head and shoulders around to take on the oncoming DB who was trying to blindside him. He is extremely quick out of his breaks when running routes. He ran a seam route and caught the ball one handed. He is violent at the top of his routes to create separation if the defender is too close to him. He runs routes like a WR; when he ran a seam route he stuck inside to freeze the LB and then bent far inside after passing him to create a throwing lane for the QB. I was highly impressed with him and he is the best TE in this class. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: 1st; NFL comparison: Jordan Reed

Quincy Adeboyejo, WR, Senior #8 (6’3” 195 lbs)

He showed quickness and shiftiness when defeating bump coverage at the los. He decisively runs his routes. His hips are fluent and he has efficient feet work when running routes; such as when he ran a speed out, the route was fluent and he gave no indication that he was about to change direction. He also has decent hands such as when he had to stretch out as far as possible to catch a low pass. Later in the game, he  went up and powerfully snagged a jump ball. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 4th

ARKANSAS DEFENSE

Deatrich Wise Jr., DL, Senior #48

He was by far the teams’ best defensive player. He attacks the blocker with long arms after initial contact which he uses to diagnose the play, bull rush, or throw the blocker to a side. During one play, he used his long arms and physicality to snag the O lineman downward into the dirt. During another play, he drove back the blocker with a 1 arm bull rush to pressure the QB which caused a duck throw. He caused pressure all game with his bull rush because he is very powerful at the poa; he sent one RB pass protector flying backwards. On another play, after the initial rush move didn’t work; he grabbed the blocker’s shoulders and violently threw him to the side to get a path toward the QB and cause pressure. He was constantly sending blockers into a back pedal with his bull rush; even if he doesn’t win during his initial pass rush move, his upper body power keeps him moving through the block and toward the QB. His downfall is that he is not fast when retracing the ball; he was too slow to recover when he was the read on a read option play and the QB ran right outside of him. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: 4th-5th

OLE MISS DEFENSE

Marquis Haynes, DE, Junior #10 (6’3” 220 lbs)

He showed his best self in the 4th quarter when the game was on the line. That version of him was very impressive. He showed fantastic speed off the snap when rushing the outside edge of the blocker. He also showed cod ability when he suddenly stopped and spun back to make the tackle on the QB. Before the 4th quarter however, he was not providing any pass rush what so ever; he couldn’t get the blocker’s hands off of him when pass rushing so he gained no ground and gave the QB way too much time to throw deep passes. Even against an outside zone run play, he did not keep his outside arm free which allowed the O lineman to gain leverage and run him 2 yds. down field. Stock: down; Draft’s bargain round: NA need more film

DeMarquis Gates, LB, Junior #3 (6’2” 211 lbs)

During a run play, he attacked the lineman fast and cut him down to allow the other LB to make the tackle. On a blitz up the middle, he closed on the QB fast and finished the sack. During a toss on the goal line, he overran the pitch man who cut back on him. On several plays, he seemed content with running past the ball carrier as the blocker stayed on his back and ran him past the ball carrier. He would attack the ball carrier fast but get in a bad position relative to the blocker and usually ended up getting drove into the ground as the ball carrier ran past. While defending against a RB screen, he attacked the blocker’s side and ended up getting drove into the ground; I would have rather him not attack a side of the blocker but attack him head up to defend both ways and wait for reinforcements.

ARKANSAS OFFENSE

Austin Allen, QB, Junior #8

I am very impressed and intrigued with this prospect. He has great patience in the pocket and he throws beautiful passes with high velocity and good accuracy. He proved that he will patiently step up in the pocket despite it slowly collapsing around him and still deliver a catchable pass. During one play, a rusher was pulling on his facemask and yet he still delivered an accurate pass to the dig route runner. On another play, he literally ran up in the pocket to avoid rushers but kept his eyes downfield and threw a pass just before crossing the los. He quickly reads the defense. During one play where the LB blitzed, he analyzed it fast and threw the ball to the receiver who was replacing the blitzing LB. I was impressed with the QB’s awareness; he threw the ball out of bounds when there was no one to throw it to because he understood the offense was already in field goal position. He throws a fantastic deep ball. He threw a deep post with great accuracy and velocity and then threw another post in the red zone with perfect ball placement and timing. When he threw the post for a td in the red zone, he read the safeties of the defense and threw the ball to the opposite receiver the safety covered.  The only time his ball lacked some velocity was when he threw “speed out” passes to the opposite numbers; this makes me think his arm still has more power to gain. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: this year 4th, next year potential 1st round

Dan Skipper, LT, Senior #70

His main asset is his body frame and strong upper body. He has enough strength to throw rushers aside with one hand. I did not like that he constantly blocked rushers with wide arms and grabbed their shoulder pads; because of his wide arms, the rusher pushed inside his chest and pushed him back into the QB.  He has long arms, but he doesn’t use them effectively because of his wide hand placement. He has the power to overpower defenders if he gets hands on, especially when down blocking. I did not like that he constantly was lunging forward toward the rusher. Many times the rusher sent him lunging forward into air. He had a tendency to lean forward after contact which made him susceptible to snags from the rushers. Stock: down; Draft’s bargain round: 7th-undrafted

Brian Wallace, RT, Sophomore #60 (6’6” 335 lbs)

He is extremely explosive off the snap. He can explode out of his stance and easily cross face rushers. He combined this with a powerful initial strike, inside hand placement, and drive after his initial strike. During one play, he drove a D lineman straight onto his back. He dominated when pass protecting and run blocking. He moved his feet quickly and struck into the chest of rushers. Although, he did not have a very deep kickback on his first step, he had the speed to run with fast rushers that attack him wide around his outside edge. He showed awareness to pick up late LB blitz. He showed a competitive attitude as well; he stared down a D lineman after he threw him to the ground.  Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: NA too young

Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Senior #83

He runs better than the average TE. So much so, they split him as a WR to run over routes. He showed that he is physical at the top of his routes if the defender is close in coverage; he also was physical off the los vs bump coverage. He has good feet to stay in front of defenders when run blocking. He didn’t latch his hands onto the block very well though. He also executed multiple down blocks very effectively to spring explosive runs. He could be a valuable late round addition to an NFL team. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 6th-undrafted

PLAYERS THAT FLASHED

Devway Whaley, RB, Freshman #21 (5’11” 216 lbs.) for Arkansas

He has a stride that reminds me of Darren McFadden. When he ran an outside zone run he showed good speed to get to sideline. He had the power to shake off a tackler in the backfield and then stopped his momentum from going out of bounds to get up field. On another play, he spun forward after contact to gain a first down. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: NA more film needed

Rawleigh Williams III, RB, Sophomore #22 (5’10” 223 lbs) for Arkansas

He ran hard throughout the game. He identified the holes quickly and was explosive through the holes. When he ran an outside zone run, he exploded through the hole to gain an explosive play.  Later in the game, he showed that he can identify the cut back hole and get to it. Even when he was shifting through the holes in the los, he ran shifty like, almost like he was running through bag drills. He rarely was tackled by the 1st defender that touched him because he gets low pad level and keeps moving forward. He usually ended up slipping through the tackle. When he received a pitch on the goal line, he sensed that the oncoming tackler was going to overrun the tackle so he cut back across the defender’s body and walked in for a td. He naturally broke tackles; defenders would slide off of his back as he juked through the hole. When he was in a pile up, he kept his feet moving and continued to drive the pile forward for another 3 yds. after contact. On 3rd and short, although he was hit behind the los, he didn’t go down after 1st contact and continued forward to gain the first down. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: NA too young

Dominque Reed, WR, Senior #3 (6’3” 175 lbs) for Arkansas

He burned a DB on a post route for a td. He showed good speed throughout the entire route and hesitated the DB with a quick stick at the top of the route. He caught another pass that was a little low but he looked it all the way in to secure the catch. He naturally juked move and attempted to split two oncoming tacklers after he caught a now screen. He dropped two passes after running dig routes. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: NA more film needed

Issac Gross, DT, Senior #94 (6’1” 262 lbs) for Ole Miss

He was explosive off the snap and he was really fast when he tracked the ball carrier.  I liked when I saw him deliver a hard hit to an O lineman. He continued to show strength to throw linemen out of his way even if he had to do it with one arm. He knocked a pulling lineman on his butt after he exploded off of the snap and then converted to power when he hit the lineman. He took a long time to defeat a backside cut block which made him 1 step behind the ball carrier who ran an explosive play.  Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: NA more film needed

BEST PLAYERS

 

FORGETTABLE PERFORMANCES

Brooks Ellis, LB, Senior #51

I am iffy about how well he did in this game. In two consecutive plays, he made the play by filling the hole and using his hands to shed the blocks. He made some good tackles but then he did other things that were costly to the team. He had fantastic coverage on a WR down the mof. He stayed in a loaded stance and reacted to each move the WR made and then he got hands on him once the WR committed to ride him down field. He bent over and guided a batted pass into his hands after it was batted up. He likes to shoot the inside crease against outside runs/pitches. However, he did not have the speed to shoot the inside crease and still make the tackle on the ball carrier but rather he would end up in chase mode. He was too high at the poa vs a TE block so he couldn’t shed the tackle in time. He has an inefficient drop step when defending the quick Engram and then he continued on the play to miss the tackle while Engram continued for a td. I felt that he allowed another td when he was slow and hesitate following a toss on the goal line. His hesitancy made him be one step behind and drove into the end zone while trying to tackle the RB. He hesitated at again when hitting the QB in the pocket despite having a clear path to the QB which allowed the QB time to get the pass off. He lost sight of a TE who ran a wheel route. His lack of lateral explosion allowed the ball carrier to juke, cut back on him several times. Stock: down; Draft’s bargain round: NA more film needed

Damore’ea Stringfellow, WR, Junior #3 (6’2” 219 lbs)

There are some talks about his talents. In this game, I liked when he aggressively sprinted back to the QB after running a curl route. Immediately after catching, he naturally cut inside to cross the body of the LB who was sprinting out to him. He caught another curl route. I was disappointed by his 4th quarter play because he dropped two passes. Stock: down; Draft’s bargain round: NA more film needed

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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