* QB Zac Dysert is a really interesting prospect. There are times when he looks like a really good QB. He’s a better athlete than some realize. He actually ran for 108 yards against Akron this year. Dysert throws well on the move. He’s not a pure pocket passer.
When he does just sit in the pocket, Dysert can make some great throws. He is accurate. Can gun a pass into tight coverage. Has good touch. The downside is that he will force the ball at times and leave you really frustrated. In his defense, he had little talent around him and might have felt he had to force things.
This is where meeting with Dysert and getting his take on things would be critical. In the NFL you want him to be aggressive, but smart. Just being a gunslinger can backfire in a very big way. If you can harness that side and coach him up, Dysert can be a solid NFL QB.
* TE Gavin Escobar is highly regarded. Mike Mayock really loved him early on. I’ve never fully gotten the hype with Escobar. I see a good player. I just don’t see anything special. He looks like a 3rd round prospect to me.
San Diego State used him creatively. Escobar was a TE, slot guy, and H-back. He is very good at catching the ball downfield. He locates it well and has good hands. He can really pluck it. Escobar isn’t a great athlete. He had a good showing at his Pro Day after an up and down workout at the Combine.
As far as blocking, Escobar is limited. He’ll have good effort on some plays. He needs to get stronger and must work on his technique. Right now he is best on plays where he’s on the move and can be more of a shielder than a blocker. Escobar isn’t going to drive many NFL D-linemen off the ball. He can be functional if you know how to use him.
* LB Khaseem Greene is hard to get a read on. His production this year was incredible. He had 136 total tackles, 12 TFLs, 5 PDs, 2 INTs, and an amazing 6 FFs. LBs that can make plays are hard to find. Those guys can be hugely important to a defense.
I wasn’t all that impressed with Greene at the Senior Bowl. His Combine performance was okay, but nothing special. I figured the former Safety would be a top athlete, but that wasn’t the case. I do think he can be a very good NFL player. I think he’s best as a 4-3 WLB. He is up to 241 pounds so that’s good size.
* Margus Hunt is a hot name. He played pretty well for SMU this year, but the DE lit it up at the Combine and there is now some talk of him as a 1st round prospect. I think that would be a mistake. Put on the game tape and you see a talented player with good potential. You don’t see a consistent difference-maker. The guy had 16.5 sacks and 2 FFs in his career. That would be a great year, but is hardly a great career.
SMU didn’t turn Hunt loose to fly around on every snap, but I just didn’t see anything special on tape. Hunt was darn near invisible at the Senior Bowl. Calling Hunt a workout warrior might be going a bit too far, but I do think his potential will get him over-drafted. I do think Hunt is best served as a 5-tech DE.
* Gerald Hodges went to Penn State as a Safety, but grew into being a LB. He’s now 6-1, 243. Hodges had a good college career, but isn’t anything special as a pro prospect. He’s at his best in coverage or playing in space. He broke up 7 passes and picked off 2 others this year. PSU often had Hodges line up out over a slot receiver to take advantage of his cover skills.
Hodges is inconsistent against inside runs. There are times when he’ll fight off a block and stuff a RB. Too often, he gets stuck on blocks and struggles to fill. His tackling is up and down. Hodges does a good job of wrapping up, but isn’t forceful enough. He has too many drag-down tackles. If he would run through his targets more often, tackling could become a major strength.
I don’t project Hodges to start in the NFL. He could be a good role player and STer. With coaching, he could develop into a starter. The physical potential is there.
* Looking for the poor man’s Dion Jordan? Try Fresno State LB Tristan Okpalaugo. He is 6-5, 245. Moves well laterally. Solid athlete. Okpalaugo isn’t as fluid as Jordan and lacks the same level of change of direction ability.
Okpalaugo could be a 4-3 SAM or 3-4 OLB. He had 11.5 TFLs (4 sacks), 3 PDs, and an INT this year. He’s able to fire off the edge and be disruptive. He can also drop back into coverage. I have yet to see any workout numbers for him, but the game tape is very promising. Probably a late round pick. Has potential.