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Posted Sept. 29, 2010
Oregon State vs. Boise State
1st - 12:31 - Poor knee bend and too high ...
lacks athleticism and agility to mirror ... poor
range in pass pro vs. Paea
Summary: Potter didn't make much of an impact all game. He lacks
serious range, will be limited to guard in the NFL, and doesn't
have much upside to work with.
1st - 11:32 - Lacks speed coming out of break
... marginal athleticism and should have blown by CB
1st - 6:16 - Lazy/slow route running on slant
Summary: While Pettis has very sure hands, he makes most of his
production off of Boise State's creative offense. He will likely
struggle to generate separation at the next level especially
against press man coverage.
1st - 11:32 - Could have broke on ball a little more
quickly ... pass interference called
1st - 9:32 - Could have filled in a lot more quickly here
in run support ... patient, under control
and makes tackle.
3rd - 10:46 - Solid but not great speed here ... chases
down RB from middle of field to sideline ... good angle
and shows some strength with 1-handed tackle
3rd - 0:56 - Times jump ball poorly ... unimpressive
vertical jump and athleticism
Summary: I didn't see very much playmaking at all from Johnson
in the first three quarters. Solid player, but I'm keeping an
open mind with this prospect because I've heard very good things
about his play.
1st - 4:38 - Nice rip move and gets some penetration here
1st - 2:02 - Doesn't show much fluidity, speed
1st - 0:16 - Doesn't know how to protect legs
... repeatedly chop blocked and never adjusts
Summary: Not sure why Paea is getting so much love as a first-round
prospect. He has terrific initial pop and a solid motor, but he'll
really struggle against bigger, stronger linemen in the NFL that
can absorb his power off the snap. Paea lacks the athleticism to penetrate
and get past or around linemen. I see a second- or third-round prospect.
1st - 4:31 - Lacks impressive athleticism and speed
on this punt return TD ... looks like a 4.6 40 time
here ... no second gear
1st - 1:54 - Nice focus on over-the-shoulder catch here
... good awareness to dive when running out of bounds
at end of play to maximize yardage ... nice
speed in getting by CB on go-route
2nd - 3:43 - Like his speed and burst off the line ...
pushed out of bounds, but shows awareness and stays
with play ... CB quits on coverage and Young re-routes
Summary: I was highly impressed with Young in this outing. He reminds
me a lot of Mike Wallace. Young is certainly a vertical threat and is
very competitive with natural receiving skills. Could go as high as Round 2.