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    Nolan Nawrocki's take on Clowney, Manziel, Evans, and others

    Johnny Manziel leads most controversial prospects in NFL draft
    By Nolan Nawrocki
    Published: Feb. 17, 2014 at 02:31 p.m.
    Updated: Feb. 17, 2014 at 02:57 p.m.

    Editor's note: NFL Media draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki doesn't stop at the game tape as he evaluates draft prospects. Just as NFL teams do, Nawrocki delves into character as he gathers information from sources at the pro and college level before constructing comprehensive scouting reports that include each player's positives, negatives and bottom line. The following is a list of 10 prospects in this year's draft, including Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney, that could be red-flagged by teams as their behavior on and off the field is investigated by scouts, with a portion of Nawrocki's take on each. Full scouting reports by Nawrocki, who previously wrote scouting reports as a Senior Editor with Pro Football Weekly, on this year's prospects are available here.


    Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel
    Nawrocki's take: Suspect intangibles -- not a leader by example or known to inspire by his words. Carries a sense of entitlement and prima-donna arrogance seeking out the bright lights of Hollywood. Is known to party too much and is drawn to all the trappings of the game. ... Has defied the odds and proven to be a great college-system quarterback, but still must prove he is willing to work to be great, adjust his hard-partying, Hollywood lifestyle and be able to inspire his teammates by more than his playmaking ability.

    South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney
    Nawrocki's take: Lacks discipline on and off the field and has had to be managed closely since he arrived on campus. Needs to learn what it means to be a pro. Plays in spurts and is too much of a flash player -- does not consistently dominate like he could. Is still immature and finding his way -- too much of a follower.

    Oregon TE Colt Lyerla
    Nawrocki's take: Overly emotional and prone to outbursts following a dysfunctional childhood that offered little direction and much confusion related to a divorce. Not a disciplined team player. ... Has overcome a lot of adversity stemming back to his youth and defied the odds to become an impactful performer. Talent grades could garner interest in the second round, but past history could easily knock him down several rounds and off many draft boards.

    South Carolina CB Victor Hampton
    Nawrocki's take: Character will require careful evaluation -- has been troubled by a number of off-field issues dating back to high school, when he attended four different schools. Has had issues with anger management, emotional outbursts and team suspensions. Will be targeted for unsportsmanlike conduct penalties given tendency to talk and taunt. ... Size and physicality will appeal to teams, though character concerns will cloud his draft status and could knock him off some draft boards. Will require close monitoring and has bust potential.

    LSU RB Jeremy Hill
    Nawrocki's take: Character, maturity and stability must be investigated thoroughly -- has two criminal incidents on his record and is on probation until July, 2015. ... Big, thickly built, athletic slasher with an overinflated sense of his abilities and character red flags, which could cause some teams to shy away.

    Alabama OLB Adrian Hubbard
    Nawrocki's take: Has a quirky personality, inflated opinion of his ability and carries a sense of entitlement that could be difficult to manage and require a patient positional coach. ... Has starter traits, but has yet to reach the impact level he thinks he makes.

    Texas WR Mike Davis
    Nawrocki's take: Inadequate on-field body language and temperament -- is usually at the back of the line in practice drills and does not exhibit urgency in his play or leadership traits in the locker room. ... Displays starter-caliber physical traits, yet his playing demeanor and approach turn off many evaluators and could force his draft status to sink.

    Florida DE Ronald Powell
    Nawrocki's take: Had his tires pumped since high school -- entitlement was an issue as a young player and his personality could rub some people the wrong way. ... Has developmental value as a stand-up rush linebacker, but must dedicate himself to the craft and realize he's no longer the big man on campus.

    Western Kentucky DB Jonathan Dowling
    Nawrocki's take: Talks too much and shows off-putting body language. Questionable mental toughness. Thinks he's better than he is. Character, maturity and coachability should be looked into.

    Alabama State RB Isaiah Crowell
    Nawrocki's take: Beats to the tune of his own drummer. Extremely immature and has a history of off-field issues. Can be difficult to coach.


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    Re: Nolan Nawrocki's take on Clowney, Manziel, Evans, and others

    Only player I really was interested in for the Rams was Hubbard. Thought he could be a good OLB with some work for a mid round pick. Interesting reads though.

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    Nawrocki seems to have made a name for himself by ripping prospects. Last year it was Geno Smith. A few years ago it was Cam Newton.
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    Re: Nolan Nawrocki's take on Clowney, Manziel, Evans, and others

    Nolan Nawrocki = Negative Nancy.
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    Re: Nolan Nawrocki's take on Clowney, Manziel, Evans, and others

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick;486319
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    By Nolan Nawrocki
    Published: Feb. 17, 2014 at 02:31 p.m.
    Updated: Feb. 17, 2014 at 02:57 p.m.

    South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney
    Nawrocki's take:

    1. and 1a. Lacks discipline on and off the field

    2. and has had to be managed closely since he arrived on campus.

    3. Needs to learn what it means to be a pro.

    4. Plays in spurts and is too much of a flash player -- does not consistently dominate like he could.

    5. Is still immature and finding his way --

    5a. too much of a follower.

    1. I suppose a couple of speeding tickets qualify as a lack of discipline, but do you think anybody will care once you tear up the combine? Probably not.

    1a. As for on the field, once you knock the snot out of somebody those things don't seem to matter as much.

    No JaDaveon, we can easily replace a helmet, but you've got to make sure the head stays attached to the body.

    2. The Rams have that monitoring thing down pat, so no worries there. See Janoris Jenkins if you have any further questions.

    3. Why, I don't think I've ever met a kid coming out of college that didn't need to learn what it means to be a pro.

    Yes JaDaveon, that was a pretty stupid assertion.

    You know what I think?

    I think some of these guys are just to smart for their own good.

    Way to go genius....

    4. Well geezzzz....Good thing you'll have 10 other guys out there with you. And heck, if you're lucky, maybe one of them will make an occassional tackle or two.

    Yes JaDaveon, your teammates get paid too, but I don't want you worrying about that. Remember what I told you, I want you to focus on those flash plays. Those are the ones that everybody remembers and puts you in the pro-bowl.

    5. Yes it's true that nearly everyone in the world your age is a bit immature. So I wouldn't worry too much about that.

    Heck son, I'm still trying to find my way.

    5a. And finally, if you're drafted by the Rams, you just make sure you follow Robert Quinn right into their record books.

    That's all for now.

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    Re: Nolan Nawrocki's take on Clowney, Manziel, Evans, and others

    This guy is such a joke in the draft community it's actually kinda funny.


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    Re: Nolan Nawrocki's take on Clowney, Manziel, Evans, and others

    Dudes a joke; whether he's right or wrong it's sickening to see a grown man trash a bunch of 20 year olds and call it "scouting". He needs to keep the psychoanalysis to a minimum and focus more on their true character and work ethic. Can't believe the NFL would allow him to write this crap and then put it out on the internet for everybody to see.
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    Re: Nolan Nawrocki's take on Clowney, Manziel, Evans, and others

    Dudes a joke; whether he's right or wrong it's sickening to see a grown man trash a bunch of 20 year olds and call it "scouting".
    Not too sure I would call him a "grown man". He appears to be in his 20s, himself. His comments scream immaturity, jealousy and bitterness. I believe the guy was a former college football player who never had a pro career.
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    Re: Nolan Nawrocki's take on Clowney, Manziel, Evans, and others

    Quote Originally Posted by RockinRam View Post
    Nolan Nawrocki = Negative Nancy.
    LOL. Sure sounds like one!

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