Player Notes

* Re-watched some Boise State tape.  Wanted to get another look at DE/LB Shea McClellin.  I liked him a lot early in the year, then he sort of fell off my radar.  I guess I kept focusing on Billy Winn and waiting for him to wake up.  Never happened.

McClellin is the guy I should have been focused on all along.  He is a player you can fall in love with.  Great motor.  Chases the ball all over the field and plays with a sense of desperation (good thing).  Boise moved him around a lot.  McClellin played LDE and RDE.  Played stand-up pass rusher.  Other times was an OLB and even an ILB.  I saw him rush the passer, set the edge on run plays, and drop back in coverage.  Really fun to watch him.

The downside is that he’s not great at anything.  He’s most accomplished as a pass rusher, but that’s just due to his experience there.  I think McClellin could be a 4-3 DE or OLB.  He certainly could be a 3-4 OLB.  Good build at 6’3, 248.  Has enough bulk to play up on the LOS and deal with blockers.  Athletic enough to beat OTs as a pass rusher.  I thought he showed good promise in coverage.  He just needs reps and coaching.

I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do at the Combine.  Impressed me as a WLB at the Senior Bowl.  Might be worth a 3rd round pick.

* I came away with mixed feelings on LT Nate Potter.  He is a 3-year starter and decorated college player.  His build (6’6, 295) will appeal to some teams, but certainly not all.  Those are similar numbers to an elite player like Matt Kalil, but he is a much better athlete and player than Potter.

Potter is technically sound, but doesn’t really grab your attention in any way.  He does need to get stronger for the NFL.  He played very well vs WAC and MWC competition, but Georgia defenders pushed him around more than you’d like.

Potter is a bit of a project, but could turn out to be a starting OT in the NFL with some time in the weight room and pro coaching.    I think he could be a 4th round pick.

* I watched S George Iloka again.  I wasn’t happy with him the other day, but liked what I saw in this game better.  Generally he was a wrap-up tackler,whether in traffic vs a RB or out in space against a WR.  He did miss two tackles.  One was early on and the other came late and helped to set up the winning TD.  I can see George’s potential due to size (6’4, 222) and speed ( he does run well).  I just haven’t seen him yet do something that catches my eye.  Fascinating player with big potential.

* One guy who absolutely caught my eye was DE Tyrone Crawford.  He is 6’4, 285, but doesn’t move like that.  Very agile guy with excellent feet.  Watch him on the move and you’d swear he was 265.  Did a brilliant job on an option play to his side.  Initially took the pitch man.  Saw the QB keep the ball and cut inside.  Crawford wheeled to the inside and dove for the QB.  He hit him and even knocked the ball loose.  That’s serious quickness and agility for a 285-pound DE.

I don’t think Crawford is a great pass rusher.  Trying to find a spot for him isn’t easy.  Could be the 3-4 DE in a 1-gap scheme would be ideal.  Let him play on the edge, but don’t require him to be a 10-sack guy.  He’s certainly big enough to be a good run defender, but he’s too athletic just to be a point of attack DE.

* One non-Boise note…I was very happy to see Montana MLB Caleb McSurdy get an invitation to the Combine.  McSurdy jumped out at me while watching tape of CB Trumaine Johnson.  McSurdy looks like an NFL prospect.  Goes 6’1, 240.  Runs well.  Good tackler.  Very interesting late round player.

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