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  • Nick
    2017 NFL Draft Round 3 #91: Rams select John Johnson, S, Boston College
    by Nick
    JOHN JOHNSON
    BOSTON COLLEGE ACC

    COMBINE RESULTS
    4.61 SEC
    14 REPS
    37.0 INCH
    Top Performer
    119.0 INCH
    6.72 SEC
    Top Performer
    4.18 SEC

    6'0"
    HEIGHT
    32"
    ARM LENGTH
    208LBS.
    WEIGHT
    9 7/8"
    HANDS

    OVERVIEW
    Johnson's career with the Eagles ended on a high note, beating his home-state team, Maryland, in the Quick Lane Bowl. He had 12 tackles (11 solo) in the contest, capping off an excellent senior season (77 tackles, 2.5 for loss, three interceptions, nine pass breakups). In 2015, Johnson got on scouts' radars as a first-year starter (63 tackles, 1.5 for loss, three INT, three PBU). He may have done so as a sophomore, but missed the last five regular season games of the year with an arm injury before coming back for the bowl game (25 tackles on the year, two PBU). The second-team all-state pick from Maryland contributed in all 12 games as a freshman, picking up four tackles and a fumble recovery.

    ANALYSIS
    STRENGTHS Has starting experience as cornerback and safety. Can play high safety or cover the slot. Plays with smooth hips and above average mirror and match footwork for the safety spot. At ease with directional changes in space. Adequate instincts in coverage. Will shade his coverage from high safety based on play development and quarterback's glances. Winning ball skills with very good ball tracking and soft hands. Interceptions don't just come his way, he goes and gets them. Has agility to take zig-zag downhill track to running backs. Bounces into run fits with lively feet and a tackle-ready base. Special teams monster with 30 tackles over the last three seasons on cover teams.

    WEAKNESSES Tends to take passive routes to the ball when he's the last line of defense. Leverages to the sideline while drifting backwards rather than closing downhill. Features a small delay at top of his transition when triggering. Needs to improve physicality as a tackler. Feet deaden near point of impact. Needs to drive through his target and finish with his feet.

    DRAFT PROJECTION Round 3-4

    SOURCES TELL US "He's really caught my eye out here. Had to go look him up with one of our scouts to find out more about the kid. Way more athletic than a lot of the safeties you see out at this game." -- NFC secondary coach

    NFL COMPARISON Aaron Williams

    BOTTOM LINE Ascending defender with the experience, athleticism and ball skills to play as a high safety or in man coverage. Johnson is well above average as a ball-tracker and has the soft hands to finish at the catch-point against receivers. He has decent size but won't be a banger as a tackler, however, his ability in coverage has NFL personnel men buzzing as a potential early starter in the league.
    -04-28-2017, 07:58 PM
  • Nick
    2017 NFL Draft Round 4 #125: Rams select Samson Ebukam, LB, Eastern Washington
    by Nick
    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.
    -04-29-2017, 10:05 AM
  • Rambos
    My picks round 1-7
    by Rambos
    My picks round 1-7, all information-describing players attributes has been pulled from various draft boards ect.



    Round 1


    Michael Huff - Safety Texas

    SCOUTING REPORT: Huff is a very versatile player. He has been moved all over the secondary and could find himself at either safety spot or cornerback in the NFL. He has played most of his career at safety. He has shown great ability to sit back and make quick reads. He sees the field well and has great instincts, which allows him to break on passes. He jumps underneath routes well and can lay big hits. Huff also has good ball skills and shows nice hands when the interception is there. He has good footwork and hips and can change directions well and shows good closing speed. When he reads run, Huff shows a good burst to the ball and is a very dependable tackler. He generally takes good angles to the ball, but sometimes gets himself caught up around the line and doesn't get back out to the flanks. When tight ends and receivers engage him, he must do a better job of taking on and shedding blocks. As a result, Huff may be best suited for the free safety spot rather than the strong, even though that is where he has played.





    Round 2

    Abdul Hodge Linebacker - Iowa

    Height: 6'2"Weight: 232 Hodge is a premiere ILB prospect for the upcoming draft. He is a very skilled football player that has had great success at the college level. Almost every year it seems like he has 100 tackles to his name. Hodge is a very athletic ILB, he moves really well, uses his quickness to make plays and does a good job running down the football. Hodge does not get caught in the wash either, he does a good job at sifting through the blockers and finding the ball carrier. He is a stout hitter, his good overall athletic ability lets him react quickly. I also like his intensity on the field, you can tell he is passionate about the game. There are not many weaknesses in Hodge’s game, he has proven himself at the college level to be a very sound ILB and most likely he will be a 1st or 2nd round selection. There might be more talented ILB’s in next years draft but Hodge is one of, if not the most consistent.



    Round 3

    Nick Reid - Linebacker Kansas

    Height: 6'4"Weight: 230 Reid is a prospect that is greatly increasing his draft stock this year. Last year he was a solid player but this year he has developed into a legitimate playmaker and potentially a starting OLB in the NFL. He has great speed, runs very well and is great in pursuit. He plays the game very aggressively and is willing to take out blockers if he is unable to get to the ball carrier. Reid will run straight through a defender if he is in the way of getting to the ball. He is an outstanding run defender and when left free to react to plays instinctively...
    -02-26-2006, 06:04 PM
  • RamWraith
    Rating the wide receivers
    by RamWraith
    By John Murphy, Yahoo! Sports
    February 20, 2007




    The wide receiver position comes back with a vengeance, as the top of this year's crop is made up of mostly underclassmen. As many as six receivers have potential first-round grades, including the possible No. 1 overall pick – Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson.

    For the most part, the top five possess good size with all but Ohio State's Ted Ginn Jr. measuring at least 6-foot-2, but it could be interesting to see how teams favor this group. There is a solid foundation of prospects that could go anywhere between late in the first round all the way down to the third or fourth rounds.

    Last season, the NFL Rookie of the Week honors went to a wide receiver on seven different occasions with seventh-round pick Marques Colston and undrafted free agent Hank Baskett accounting for four of those awards. Therefore, expect an early run on receivers.

    However, a straying away from the position will allow several high-profile names to still be on the board come the second day of the draft.

    WIDE RECEIVER SLEEPERS
    Yamon Figurs, Kansas State
    Onrea Jones, Hampton
    Julius McClellan, North Carolina Central

    TOP WIDE RECEIVERS

    1. Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech. Potentially the best pound-for-pound athlete in the draft as he stands 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds and has been timed in the 4.3-second range in the 40. He also has a vertical leap between 42 and 45 inches and a broad jump of 11 feet.

    Johnson matches that athleticism with playmaker ability on the field and a quiet unassuming presence off of it. In fact, for a player of his talent level, there has not been a prospect with less of an ego or more of a workmanlike attitude to enter the draft in years. He acts and wants to be treated like he's just one of the guys, but he brings such a wealth of ability to the field that it would not be surprising to see him taken No. 1 overall.

    He is very flexible and has a fluid stride that allows him to separate from defenders, although he needs to do a better job of locating the ball when it is in the air, especially when going to out-jump opposing defenders. He has great moves in the open field as he can take a short screen or slant route and deliver big yardage after the catch.

    Without putting too much blame on his former quarterback (Reggie Ball), the accuracy and pocket presence of Georgia Tech's quarterback play was inconsistent throughout Johnson's college career. One aspect he could improve upon is breaking off his routes and coming back to the ball. Still, he shows adept footwork to keep or get himself inbounds along the sideline or in the end zone. He's a good all-around talent as he looks for players downfield to block and was able to cut-block defenders with the best of them in college.

    One of the hardest workers at his pre-combine...
    -02-21-2007, 10:38 AM
  • r8rh8rmike
    With The 190th Pick In The NFL Draft, LA Rams Take Josh Forrest, ILB, Kentucky
    by r8rh8rmike
    OVERVIEW

    Although Forrest didn't play football until his junior year of high school, he did enough there (14 touchdowns receiving, seven interceptions -- three returned for touchdowns) to earn a scholarship from the Wildcats. After two years as a reserve, Forrest took over as a starter, leading the team in tackles in each of the past two seasons (110 in 2014, 93 in 2015). He also made plays in the passing game, intercepting two passes each year (including a 81-yard pick six against Louisville this year).

    PRO DAY RESULTS

    40-yard dash: 4.78 and 4.85 seconds
    20-yard short shuttle: 4/22 seconds
    3-cone drill: 7.48 seconds

    ANALYSIS

    STRENGTHS

    Tall, long*-limbed and athletic. Was used all over the field by Kentucky staff. Has 202 tackles during his two-year stint as starter. Has plus chase speed. Lateral quickness is a strength. Length and closing burst gives him extended range to make tackles. Has quick direction change to put himself in position for difficult open field finishes. Uses hand and foot quickness to side*step and brush away blockers targeting him on second level. Frequently used as blitzer and gap shooter. Able to "get skinny" and sneak through crevices and into the backfield.

    WEAKNESSES

    Could use more strength in his lower half. Needs to add play strength to avoid being washed down against run. Physical tight ends can push him at point of attack. Too upright on downhill charges and blitzes. Gets jostled out of the play by redirect blocks. Effort runs hot and cold. As tackler, below average job of breaking down in space. Relies on catch-*and-*drag technique over chesting up and finishing. Had nine broken and 22 missed tackles over last two years. Slow to diagnose and gets few head starts on the play. Average awareness in pass coverage and needs to get better at squeezing targets in his zone.

    DRAFT PROJECTION

    Rounds 5 or 6

    BOTTOM LINE

    With his athleticism and length, teams may be tempted to try him out as an edge rusher, but he is a much better straight-*line blitzer through the A and B gaps than he is around the edge. Forrest is a WILL linebacker with the size and range teams look for, but his combination of average instincts and wasted movement in space could be an indicator of up-*and-*down play in the pros.
    -04-30-2016, 02:13 PM
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