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  • 2017 NFL Draft Round 4 #125: Rams select Samson Ebukam, LB, Eastern Washington

    SAMSON EBUKAM
    EASTERN WASHINGTON BIG SKY

    6'3"
    HEIGHT
    240LBS.
    WEIGHT

    OVERVIEW
    Nnamaka Samson Ebukam was born in Nigeria, but learned football early on in Portland, Oregon and excelled as a high school defensive end and tight end. Ebukam contributed as a true freshman, playing 15 games as a reserve (28 tackles, four for loss, three sacks). He was a second-team All-Big Sky selection as a hybrid linebacker/defensive end in 2014 (12 TFL, 7.5 sacks) and 2015 (7.5 TFL, four sacks). Samson was a team co-captain in his senior year, garnering third-team FCS All-American honors from the Associated Press with 15 tackles for loss and a team-leading 9.5 sacks.

    ANALYSIS
    STRENGTHS Explosive athlete with a background in basketball, javelin and shot-put in high school. Triggers out of his stance with quick-twitch as a rusher. Attacks the edge with plus burst and has the desire to keep working when he gets punched and controlled early. Wowed teams with a vertical leap of 39 inches and a sub 4.5 forty yard dash at his pro day. Plays with a suddenness when crashing down the line after ball carriers. Drawn to the play like a magnet. Lauded for intelligence and work ethic. Initial quickness creates disruption in run game. Chalked up 15 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles in 2016. Rangy with a willingness to pursue way down the field.

    WEAKNESSES Tends to play too frenetically at times. Will need to eliminate some of the wasted motion with his flailing arms and legs. Gets overly focused on blocker in front of him and will lose sight of ball carrier. Wins with raw athleticism over technique. Better hand usage must become a priority. Gets glued to blocks for too long and can be slow to disengage. One-speed pass rusher who doesn't generate as much speed to power as hoped. Lacks the size to play through redirect blocks. Needs to develop a more nuanced rush plan with workable counter moves for next level.

    DRAFT PROJECTION Round 5

    NFL COMPARISON Bryan Braman

    BOTTOM LINE Ebukam is a driven prospect with above average intelligence who is still in the process of matching his skill to his athletic ability. He lacks desired size and power to play with his hand in the ground and will have to move to an outside linebacker spot. Ebukam has a chance to get drafted on the third day and his speed, explosiveness, and motor could make him a special teams standout while a team works to develop him as a pass rusher.


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    2017 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Samson Ebukam; sometimes the unknown talent is worth a second look
    Every year there is a player or two who comes out of nowhere and proves worthy of recognition heading into the NFL Draft. This year it could be a man by the name of Samson Ebukam.
    by Nicholas.Martin@themicknartin Feb 14, 2017, 6:00am EST

    There are prospects every single year that seem to escape even the most well versed draft analysts out there. I’ll be honest, I had no clue who this player was until the NFLPA collegiate bowl. While watching that game, I kept noticing number 91 getting a lot of pressure, almost every snap, and eventually I learned who he was.

    Samson Ebukam seems to be that guy this year that not many know about, and I am here to introduce the public to this unknown edge defender from Eastern Washington.

    Without further ado, let’s dive in into this.

    Samson Ebukam, Edge defender, Eastern Washington
    Combine/pro day results and measurables (*Note these will be updated when available.)

    Height: 6-1, 3/10

    Weight: 248 LBs

    Age: 21

    Arm Length: 32, 3/8

    Hand Size: 9, 5/8

    40 yard dash: N/A

    Vertical jump: N/A

    Broad jump: N/A

    20 yard shuttle: N/A

    3-cone drill: N/A

    Overview:
    2016 Statistics

    Tackles: 71

    Tackles for loss: 14.5

    Sacks: 9.5

    Forced Fumbles: 2

    Samson Ebukam has quite an interesting background. Ebukam was born outside of the United States in Nigeria. He also has a very interesting story that ranges from being bullied, to soccer, throwing Javelin and how Eastern Washington felt they got a steal, according to this great article from their spokesman.

    Perhaps Ebukam thrives in space because he had so little as a child. One of seven children, he grew up in Nigeria, which is slightly larger than Texas but holds 188 million people.

    It holds them uncomfortably. Ebukam, who lived there until age nine, recalls the overcrowded markets in his home town. The schools were even worse, though he didn’t know it yet.

    But his father knew. Tobias Ebukam, a businessman, had seen enough of the United States to seek a better life for his family – whatever the cost. Settling in Portland, he scrimped and brought the rest of his family across the Atlantic child by child, a heart-wrenching project that lasted eight years.

    When Samson was six, his three older siblings departed for America. Three years later, Samson and the younger children made their way west – without their mother, Stella, because there wasn’t enough money.

    Even while Stella lived half a world away, “She was the glue that was holding it all together,” said Ebukam, who leaned on his mother via cell phone during the tough times in Oregon.

    There were many. Smart enough to be bumped up a grade in Nigeria, he was pushed back down in America because he didn’t speak English. His first four months in Portland were spent in front of a television.

    “I was watching movies, trying to repeat what they said,” said Ebukam, whose favorite flick was “Friday After Next.” He bought or borrowed any CD he could find, trying to catch up.

    Meanwhile, the schoolyard bullying followed him from Nigeria. Scrawny when he left his homeland, he appeared even more vulnerable to American kids. “I was in a lot of fights,” Ebukam recalled.

    The bullying stopped in the eighth grade, thanks to a growth spurt that also opened up the world of sports. Until then, “football” was the game they played back in Nigeria, 11-a-side kicking a ball.

    Ebukam played soccer with more abandon than grace, racking up so many red cards that he was invited to try American football.

    By the end of his career, he’d played most positions on offense and special teams: running back, fullback, tight end and returned punts and kickoffs. On defense he was a natural at end “because I could play free and not worry about the rules and be more physical,” he said.

    At David Douglas High, he was a state runner-up in the shot put and javelin, but flew under the football recruiting radar. Eastern coaches spotted him at a summer camp, offering him a scholarship.

    “We felt like we maybe got a little bit of a steal in recruiting, “because he was one of those guys who could have gone to a higher level,” EWU coach Beau Baldwin said.

    Ebukam’s only other offer came from Portland State.

    “But when I came here for a visit, I said there’s no way I’m going to PSU,” Ebukam said with a smile.
    According to that same article from the spokesman, Ebukam has a tremendous work ethic.

    “He came in here with a lot of tools,” Baldwin said. “But he takes every offseason and every summer and works to keep getting better mentally and physically.”

    “He’s become that difference-maker because of the extra things he does,” Baldwin said.
    No doubt because of his work ethic, Ebukam was a 2016 first team All American as voted by coaches in the FCS. He was also a member of the Big Sky All academic team every year, pretty impressive for somebody who couldn’t even speak English when he came to America. He also finished 6th all time among Eastern Washington's sack leaders with 24.

    Ebukam is tremendous talent on the field, who this season played somewhat of hybrid role between LB and DE (essentially a 3-4 OLB). Ebukam, for his listed size, looks quite built for being only 248 LBs.

    What immediately sticks out about him is his tremendous ability to dip and bend nice and tight around the edge, while also being able to flatten to the QB. Of course his get off of the snap is pretty explosive too. What really helps him though is the natural leverage he has because of how low to the ground he’s built, often offensive tackles can’t get their hands on him without holding him. Ebukam has also shown flashes of good technical hand usage but what really stuck out was his motor.

    A lot of times his motor is running hot a lot of the game. He’ll chase down plays he has no business making and he’ll finish plays. He shows signs of developing a pretty good spin move as well.

    When it comes to how he works in space, Ebukam can make tackles in space and has shown the ability to effectively drop back into coverage. He also shows flashes of being able to set the edge against the run.

    However, Ebukam is a bit undersized and can get engulfed sometimes against the run, particularly due to his undisciplined mentality against the run. Often times I see him shoot inside and lose outside contain, allowing some decent sized runs to come through on his side. His get off is also a bit inconsistent which is very reminiscent of Yannick Ngakoue from last year’s draft. He also struggles to really generate power, often looking a bit more like a finesse/speed rusher. He also plays in FCS which he’ll no doubt get knocked for his lack of competition.

    So let’s take a closer look at Ebukam.

    Positives: Explosion, Dip and Bend
    These are three key elements that help define Ebukam and his style of pass rush. His explosion off the line can be inconsistent but when he gets a really explosive get off, it’s a sight to behold.


    This is a really nice get off at the line but what is really impressive is the bend and flexibility he shows as he dips and flattens to the QB. This really is a flat out speed rush and we’ll look at it frame by frame by his first, third and fifth step.




    Now look where he is by his third step. The offensive tackle has his butt facing away from the QB and then by the fifth step he clears past the shoulder. The reason he’s able to get the sack though is because he shows the flexibility to be able to keep his balance as he dips, bends, tightly turns the corner and flattens to the QB.

    Textbook example of why a good burst and ability to bend are such wanted traits in an edge defender.

    His ability to bend is really a great asset and by far one of his biggest signatures as a pass rusher. It often resulted in many offensive tackles having to blatantly hold him so he didn’t kill the QB.

    These are the kind of plays that the boxscore doesn’t tell you about. The offensive tackle from my novice mind looks to be in a good position but the problem is that Ebukam does a nice job of putting his shoulder into the tackle and showcasing a nice rip move that may have led to a sack if he was not held on the play.

    A big reason why he was able to pull this off was no just his bend but it was his natural leverage due to his height. The offensive tackle couldn’t really get his hands on him and when he did it was outside the shoulder pads and Ebukam had already won the edge.

    Positives: Relentless pursuit
    I talk a lot about the intricacies of pass rush and the ability to bend around the edge but motor is something you should never overlook in a front seven player. Ebukam in particular is absolutely relentless with his pursuit. When he sees a chance to make a play, he goes right after it.


    This play isn’t even to his side of the field but he sees the ball carrier and even though there are defenders on that side, he doesn’t wait for someone else to make a play, he makes the play.

    This is important because it measures a prospects on field character at the least and how much desire he has to make a play.

    Positives: Developing hand usage and counter moves
    Ebukam doesn’t always uses his hands as a pass rusher but the light is starting to come for him more when it comes to using his hands. When he does use them, he can become an even deadlier pass rusher.


    This is excellent hand usage, the tackle gets his hands on him but Ebukam does a great job of getting a good punch on the tackle’s right hand and eventually getting inside, creating pressure on the QB. Again this doesn’t really show up on the stat sheet and as he continues to get better with his hands, he will become more disruptive.

    Here’s another example of good hand usage vs Washington State.

    His initial rush got stalled and the tackle had good positioning to stop him from getting the edge. Ebukam though does an excellent job of trying to execute the one arm stab to prevent the tackle from getting his hands on him. Though it fails, he does an even better job using his outside hand to throw the tackles outside hand off of him, leading to him winning the edge.

    Here’s a frame by frame look of the play.

    One Arm Stab fails


    Engages with the tackles outside hand


    Throws it down, wins the edge


    As Ebukam continues to develop, so will his growing repertoire of pass rushing moves. Have good hand usage is one thing, knowing when and where to use a counter is another.

    The design on this play is clearly to have all the defensive linemen to flow to the right side of the field (or left depending on where you are viewing it from). What this does is help free up the blitzing DB #10 and as Ebukam gets doubled, the TE leaves the outside open due to his positioning.

    Ebukam sees this and he throws a nice tight outside spin move as a counter to his inside rush being absorbed and the TE leaving the outside open.

    Now the problem with a play like this is that it opens up a lane for the QB to run through and you could say it was a bit of an undisciplined play by Ebukam.

    Positives: Coverage ability and playing in space
    Ebukam as I said before, played in a bit of hybrid role similar to a 3-4 OLB and as a result, he dropped into coverage quite a bit and he showed the ability to make plays in space.


    Ebukam recognizes the screen play, avoids the blocking the offensive linemen and heads straight for the running back, tackling him for a loss of yards on 3rd and 10.

    Ebukam at points got thrown a lot of cut blocks his way during the season but his ability to avoid those blocks in space showed up.

    Ebukam doesn’t lose his balance, keeps his eyes on the QB and is able to deflect the pass. This is a player who can play in space and stays aware of the situation around him, he’s an excellent 3-4 OLB candidate in the NFL because of this.

    Negatives: Lack of discipline against the run
    I’lll go ahead and get this one out the way, Ebukam isn’t bad against the run because he doesn’t have the size to set the edge. No, that is in fact a lie.

    He shows the ability to do this a lot throughout a game and yes it will be a big jump to the pros in terms of competition, problem is that his discipline can kill him against the run.

    A lot of playing the run is discipline and doing your job. Don’t be caught out of position, don’t get overaggressive and stop abandoning your gap.

    What does Ebukam do on this play? He gets completely washed out of the play because he funneled inside, abandoning his gap which led to a TD.

    Plays like this were consistent throughout his film and while he showed the ability to be more disciplined, I saw way more undisciplined run integrity than disciplined.

    Negatives: Fails to generate power/push
    I noticed this a lot throughout his film and while there aren’t very many specific examples of where he uses a flat out power rush, you can notice that he doesn’t generate much of a push when it comes to his pass rush.

    Not very much push at all and even though he’s got a TE helping, I don’t think that had much to do with it. Ebukam struggles to really generate power with his rushes and while I’d like to say that could improve in the NFL, it’s no guarantee.

    That’s not where he’ll make his money rushing the passer though. Where he’s going to succeed is by winning with speed, hands and bend.

    Conclusion
    Samson Ebukam is an underrated pass rusher in this draft. Not many know who he is and it has a lot to do with where he played. He played in the FCS at Eastern Washington and while he clearly has scouts and coaches attention considering he got invited to the NFLPA collegiate bowl, the public draft community has very little clue who he is.

    A lot of his strengths are things you can’t teach like his ability to bend and get a good burst off the line. His hand usage and counter moves are improving and while he may never be a pass rusher who generates very much power, he has other methods of getting to the QB. His discipline against the run is infuriating but can be fixed.

    To sum up, he’s a damn good football player who I believe could come in immediately as a pass rush specialist on certain downs, with the capability of developing into a 3 down player in the future. What round he goes in is still a mystery but wherever he goes, the team that picks him is getting someone who’s going to work their butt off and help their pass rush.

    NFL Comparison: Yannick Ngakoue

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    • #3
      PFF SCOUTING REPORT: SAMSON EBUKAM, EDGE, EASTERN WASHINGTON

      The PFF analysis team breaks down the prospects of Eastern Washington's Samson Ebukam ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft.

      PFF ANALYSIS TEAM | 2 WEEKS AGO (Loren Orr/Getty Images)(Loren Orr/Getty Images)

      Name: Samson Ebukam

      School: Eastern Washington

      Position fit: 3-4 iutside linebacker, edge rusher

      Stats to know: Ebukam had 11 sacks, 10 hits, and 42 hurries on 398 pass-rush snaps in 2016.

      What he does best:
      • Productive pass-rusher from multiple positions and alignments.
      • Pass-rushing productivity rating of 13.2 ranks No. 13 among 3-4 OLBs in the draft class.
      • Can win with outside speed, long arm, club, rip, hand-swipe, bull, bull-jerk, inside counter rushes.
      • Engages with very good body lean which gives him leverage and power in his rush.
      • Best move is swiping tackles outside arm with his inside arm on his outside speed rush.
      • Can bend around tackles and win outside with a speed rush.
      • Can blitz effectively from middle linebacker position.
      • Sudden burst of lateral agility and acceleration make him productive on stunts.
      • Plays at a frenetic pace and stays after his rush and will make effort sacks.
      • Outstanding footing in slick field conditions.
      • 25 run stops tie him at No. 4 among 3-4 OLBs in the draft class.

      Biggest concern:
      • Needs to do a better job of finishing tackles.
      • Misses tackles in open space at times, finished 2016 with 9 missed tackles.
      • Gets too aggressive and will lose contain on occasion.
      • Very unorthodox pass-rushing footwork with false steps and short choppy stride.
      • Would like to see improved hand usage as he is mostly winning with bend and athleticism.

      Bottom line: Ebukam is a prospect that combines dominance on tape, outstanding production grades and explosive athleticism. At Eastern Washington he rushed the passer from the edge both standing up and with his hand on the ground as well as blitzing from the middle linebacker position. Ebukam has the athleticism to zone drop, and the physicality to set the edge in the run game but is at his best rushing the passer. Ebukam is a change-of-pace pass-rusher who can provide a different style of pass-rush than the other edge-rushers on the team. Ebukam should be able to carve out a role as a reserve edge-rusher and special teams contributor.

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        • #5
          I like it thumper
          Last edited by Head Slap; -04-29-2017, 10:25 AM.
          All bets are Goff

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          • #6
            Strong work ethic and intelligence...a winning combination!
            "The disappointment of losing is huge!"

            Jack Youngblood

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            • #7
              The Rams gave up their second fourth-round pick, 141st overall, and the 13th pick of the sixth round to draft Samson Ebukam at 125 overall. Outside linebacker; 6-3, 240. Good speed, explosiveness and football IQ, but still needs to develop, according to draft reports. Rams need more linebackers now that they're converting to a 3-4 system under Wade Phillips.

              Alden Gonzalez, ESPN Staff Writer

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              • #8
                OLB Samson Ebukam said rushing the passer is "what I do best." On his Eastern Washington teammate, WR Cooper Kupp, also getting drafted by the Rams: "I was just happy for him because he deserves it. When he got picked by them I was like, 'Yeah, that's the perfect team.' Then I thought to myself, 'What are the chances I get picked by the same team?' And it just happened and I was like, 'Woah, Eagles really do stick together.' That's awesome."

                Alden Gonzalez, ESPN Staff Writer

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                • #9
                  Round 4, No. 125 overall: Samson Ebukam, OLB, Eastern Washington

                  My take: Amazingly enough, Samson Ebukam represents the Rams' second pick from Eastern Washington, having teamed with third-round receiver Cooper Kupp. The Rams moved up 16 spots with the New Yokr Jets and gave up the 13th pick of the sixth round in order to take Ebukam. He brings speed, explosiveness and football intelligence but needs time to develop, according to draft reports. At 6-3, 240 pounds, Ebukam doesn't necessarily have the size to operate out of a three-point stance.

                  How he fits: The Rams operated without much linebacker depth last year, but they need more of it now that new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is converting them from a 4-3 to a 3-4. Ebukam can be a backup to the recently added Connor Barwin, who signed a one-year contract, and Robert Quinn, who is transitioning from defensive end. One of their inside linebackers, Alec Ogletree, heads into his final year before free agency unless the Rams can sign him to an extension.

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                  • #10
                    Two guys from Eastern Washington. Interesting.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Nick View Post
                      2017 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Samson Ebukam; sometimes the unknown talent is worth a second look
                      Every year there is a player or two who comes out of nowhere and proves worthy of recognition heading into the NFL Draft. This year it could be a man by the name of Samson Ebukam.
                      by Nicholas.Martin@themicknartin Feb 14, 2017, 6:00am EST

                      There are prospects every single year that seem to escape even the most well versed draft analysts out there. I’ll be honest, I had no clue who this player was until the NFLPA collegiate bowl. While watching that game, I kept noticing number 91 getting a lot of pressure, almost every snap, and eventually I learned who he was.

                      Samson Ebukam seems to be that guy this year that not many know about, and I am here to introduce the public to this unknown edge defender from Eastern Washington.

                      Without further ado, let’s dive in into this.

                      Samson Ebukam, Edge defender, Eastern Washington
                      Combine/pro day results and measurables (*Note these will be updated when available.)

                      Height: 6-1, 3/10

                      Weight: 248 LBs

                      Age: 21

                      Arm Length: 32, 3/8

                      Hand Size: 9, 5/8

                      40 yard dash: N/A

                      Vertical jump: N/A

                      Broad jump: N/A

                      20 yard shuttle: N/A

                      3-cone drill: N/A

                      Overview:
                      2016 Statistics

                      Tackles: 71

                      Tackles for loss: 14.5

                      Sacks: 9.5

                      Forced Fumbles: 2

                      Samson Ebukam has quite an interesting background. Ebukam was born outside of the United States in Nigeria. He also has a very interesting story that ranges from being bullied, to soccer, throwing Javelin and how Eastern Washington felt they got a steal, according to this great article from their spokesman.

                      Perhaps Ebukam thrives in space because he had so little as a child. One of seven children, he grew up in Nigeria, which is slightly larger than Texas but holds 188 million people.

                      It holds them uncomfortably. Ebukam, who lived there until age nine, recalls the overcrowded markets in his home town. The schools were even worse, though he didn’t know it yet.

                      But his father knew. Tobias Ebukam, a businessman, had seen enough of the United States to seek a better life for his family – whatever the cost. Settling in Portland, he scrimped and brought the rest of his family across the Atlantic child by child, a heart-wrenching project that lasted eight years.

                      When Samson was six, his three older siblings departed for America. Three years later, Samson and the younger children made their way west – without their mother, Stella, because there wasn’t enough money.

                      Even while Stella lived half a world away, “She was the glue that was holding it all together,” said Ebukam, who leaned on his mother via cell phone during the tough times in Oregon.

                      There were many. Smart enough to be bumped up a grade in Nigeria, he was pushed back down in America because he didn’t speak English. His first four months in Portland were spent in front of a television.

                      “I was watching movies, trying to repeat what they said,” said Ebukam, whose favorite flick was “Friday After Next.” He bought or borrowed any CD he could find, trying to catch up.

                      Meanwhile, the schoolyard bullying followed him from Nigeria. Scrawny when he left his homeland, he appeared even more vulnerable to American kids. “I was in a lot of fights,” Ebukam recalled.

                      The bullying stopped in the eighth grade, thanks to a growth spurt that also opened up the world of sports. Until then, “football” was the game they played back in Nigeria, 11-a-side kicking a ball.

                      Ebukam played soccer with more abandon than grace, racking up so many red cards that he was invited to try American football.

                      By the end of his career, he’d played most positions on offense and special teams: running back, fullback, tight end and returned punts and kickoffs. On defense he was a natural at end “because I could play free and not worry about the rules and be more physical,” he said.

                      At David Douglas High, he was a state runner-up in the shot put and javelin, but flew under the football recruiting radar. Eastern coaches spotted him at a summer camp, offering him a scholarship.

                      “We felt like we maybe got a little bit of a steal in recruiting, “because he was one of those guys who could have gone to a higher level,” EWU coach Beau Baldwin said.

                      .....SNIP........

                      NFL Comparison: Yannick Ngakoue
                      What a great article. Guys like this are the players you really hope make the transition to the big game, and become stars. Especially so as a RAMS


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                      • #12
                        Amazing athlete. I like it. If he can develop, he'll be a solid edge rusher.

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                          2017 NFL Draft Round 6 #189: Rams select Tanzel Smart, DL, Tulane
                          by Nick
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                          ANALYSIS
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                          WEAKNESSES Short and squatty frame. Matched up against below average competition on most weeks. Plays straight-legged which limits his change of direction. Lack of length causes him to swing and miss in tackle attempts against shifty runners. May not have enough raw power to make up for his lack of size. Long-armed guards can stab his chest and stick him in neutral.

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                          Where He Wins: Functional athleticism helped Coleman win both “small” and “big” while at Baylor, and the latter is difficult to find with a 5’10/190 lbs receiver. Coleman will win contested catches, elevating over corners or adjusting with body control to haul in targets. Add that on top of vertical speed, quickness in and out of breaks and yards after catch ability, and Coleman has the tools to be an all-around receiver.

                          4. Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell
                          Where He Wins: Obviously I would not argue with anyone who ranks Treadwell as the top receiver. I love both prospects. Treadwell displayed his physical dominance in college both before and after the catch. Treadwell fits the No. 1 receiver template at 6’2/210 lbs. His game did not slow down in 2015 after returning from a horrific leg injury. Treadwell can win at every level of the field with position and agility for someone of his size. He is used to catching erratic targets away from his body.

                          5. Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott
                          Where He Wins: A foundation piece of an NFL offense and a complete back. Zeke’s eyes and feet are so in tune that he seamlessly shifts his line to accommodate blocking strengths and positioning. Elliott turns plenty...
                          -01-16-2016, 06:50 AM
                        • Nick
                          2017 NFL Draft Round 7 #234: Rams select Ejuan Price, LB, Pittsburgh
                          by Nick
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                          -04-29-2017, 03:05 PM
                        • Nick
                          2018 DRAFT Round 3 #89: Rams take Joseph Noteboom, OT, TCU
                          by Nick
                          Scouting Report: Joseph Noteboom
                          2018 NFL Mock Draft
                          DraftGeek’s Mock Draft
                          School: TCU Position: Offensive Tackle Class: Senior Height: 6-5 Weight: 319 lbs Projected Draft Round: 4-6

                          Scouting Report:
                          Has a confounding prospect profile that is typical of most of the offensive linemen coming into the NFL lately- shows signs of good technique, balance, hand usage, bend, etc., but is wildly inconsistent. This pattern has much more to do with the offensive systems and the type of coaching they are receiving, as it doesn’t match what is expected of them in the next level. However, he showed well during the Senior Bowl, and if teams decide that circumstance is the reason that his tape is what it is, he could move into middle, even upper rounds. He has a big frame, but needs to add more quality bulk, but his athleticism and technique have shown enough to get the attention of scouts.




                          Joseph Noteboom | 68
                          OT | SR | TCU
                          Ht: 6050 | Wt: 322 | Upd: 12/28/2017
                          Hometown: Plano, Texas | High School: Plano High School
                          Ourlads' Profile:

                          At this point in mid-October, what was initially perceived to be a solid left tackle class after an underwhelming group in 2017 has more question marks than answers. The top players to watch at the position have either been hurt or don’t appear to have the foot speed for the left side. The top spot is still very much up for grabs.
                          A name that was only somewhat on the radar prior to the season but has been creeping his way up is Joseph Noteboom, a fifth year senior and three year starter from TCU. In his first year on the left side, he has showed consistent foot speed and technique. The ultra-wide wingspan and easy kick slide make him a tough guy to beat off the edge. When his balance is there, Noteboom has showed the ability to neutralize both speed and power rushers alike. He does a solid job of keeping his hands inside with proper knee bend foot separation, making him able to maintain his power. There is still a lot of strength development and progression to be done, but his frame is easily something an NFL team can work with and matched with what he already has, there is a very high ceiling to work with here.
                          Dave Syvertsen, Ourlads' Senior Draft Analyst



                          Analysis
                          By Lance Zierlein
                          NFL Analyst
                          Draft Projection
                          Round 2-3

                          Overview
                          Noteboom flashes the technique, hand usage, and athleticism you want out of the position but he doesn't do those things with enough consistency. His inability to gain and secure positioning as a move blocker is a concern as is his consistency as a finisher in running game. Noteboom was one of the tackles who flashed at the Senior Bowl in one-on-one drills and had a great workout at the Combine. The tape says day three, but his work during the "draft season" should get him drafted on the second day with...
                          -04-27-2018, 07:24 PM
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