Draft Notebook

* 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.

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9 Responses to Draft Notebook

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  2. Kevin_aka_RC says:

    Margus Hunt will be pushed up due to the success of Calais Campbell. Similarly, Lavonte David doing well as a rookie helps Greene. Have to look for comparables.

  3. Sundar says:

    Calais Campbell has been playing football his whole life. He had a bunch of elite BCS schools offering him out of Denver South High School. Margus Hunt is a European track and field guy who converted to football only a few years ago. Just because he’s huge and can block kicks does not make him anywhere close to the product Campbell was coming out of Miami.

  4. dday says:

    As a Fresno State Football Fan, Tristan Okpalaugo was a multi-sport athlete. If memory serves me correct, he went to Fresno as a track athlete and became a walk on to the football team. Physically gifted player who played the OLB in the 3-4 last year. He was in on a lot of tackles against Oregon.

    • HazletonEagle says:

      DE two years ago, but OLD last year and broke out.
      You can see him in the Oregon game on youtube. Not a highlight tape, but all of his defensive plays. He was everywhere.
      Looking at the stats, he was only credited with 1 sack that game, but watching that youtube video, he clearly had 2. But played the run really well too. Holding up at the point of attack or chasing down the line, or just being disciplined in his gap. Guy did it all.
      He didnt take many false steps, but when he did he had the speed to make up for it even against the Oregon offense which is impressive.
      Id really like to get this guy.

  5. HazletonEagle says:

    Im glad to see some Tristan Okpalaugo recognition! I made a thread about him on the EMB last week and the mods moved it as if I wasnt being serious.
    CBS sports has him rated in the 500s overall among draft prospects. Makes it seem like he is an UDFA. What round do you think he projects to?
    Id love it if we could land him in the 7th.

    • dday says:

      Has upside, like Cedric Thornton upside. Getting coached by Tim Deruyther (defensive background) and Nick Toth, (attacking 3-4 Defensive coordinator) improved his play tremendously.

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