by Tommy Lawlor – http://www.ScoutsNotebook.com
Let’s talk about some OT prospects.
* James Brewer – Indiana – 6’6, 323
2-year starter at RT for the Hoosiers. Good frame. There are some plays when he’s very impressive. He’ll bend his knees, move his feet, and keep control of his pass rusher. There are other play that aren’t so good. Brewer doesn’t have a good kick slide. He has to throw his hips open and lunge for the defender. He’s also too upright. Brewer struggles with speed rushers. They get under and by him too often. I’ve seen some comparisons to Rodger Saffold, but I think that is way off. Rodger was a better blocker and athlete. Brewer looks like a project.
* Bryon Bell – New Mexico – 6’5, 345
I watched some tape of New Mexico State playing against the Lobos recently when checking out CB Davon House. The Lobos LT kept grabbing my attention. I looked up his name…Byron Bell. He’s a real big guy, but actually looks pretty natural in pass pro (unlike Brewer). Bell is a good run blocker. I’ve got to watch more tape of him, especially against a good DE, but I do think he’s a talented player that is flying under the radar.
* I’m still trying to figure out OL Orlando Franklin. Is he a G or T? There are times when he looks outstanding and others when he’s mediocre.
* NC State LB Nate Irving finally had his Pro Day on Thursday. Per Gil Brandt, he ran 4.76 and 4.79. That’s about the speed I expected. Irving weighed 242 pounds and speed isn’t his game so those times are okay. His 3-cone time was 6.98, which did catch me off guard. That is better quickness than I anticipated. Irving was in a horrible car accident in the summer of 2009 and missed the entire season. He played well in 2010. The question is whether he’ll ever get back to his previous athletic level (really good) or if he’s peaked where he is now.
* Michigan ILB Jonas Mouton was the best Senior on an awful Wolverine defense in 2010. He led the team in tackles and TFLs. He added a pair of INTs and sacks as well. He only ran a 4.89 at his Pro Day, but you can put him inside in the 3-4 and Mouton can play in the NFL. He is instinctive and a very good tackler. He isn’t skilled in coverage, but can be effective because he’s smart and has good awareness. Still, he’s not a guy you want out in space vs most NFL running backs. 2-down LB at the next level.