1 ~ My Vocabulary has evolved and transmogrified in many ways, since I became engulfed with The Draft in 2010!!
2 ~ As a Result, I have changed the Definitions of several Terms along the way!! Sorry for the Insanity!!
3 ~ I have thought long and hard over whether it best served you who honor my Site with your Visitations to leave everything as originally published or to retroactively change previous Posts to employ current Nomenclature, and have decided at long last to go back and change everything so that the Terminology is consistent. I hope you approve.
4 ~ My 2011 & 2012 Reports were all Republished in January of 2013 when I ReBooted the Site!!
1 ~ Like their counterpart Offensive Tackles, Defensive Ends are the athletic Grizzlies ~ and in the case of classic "43" Schemes, not really Grizzlies at all!! ~ so Lateral Agility is every bit as important for success as is Core Strength.
2 ~ There are really two kinds of Defensive Ends, aren't there? The Classic "43" type, who tend to be smaller and faster, and can almost universally at least be considered for Flanker duty ~ that's "OutSide LineBacker", Earthlings!! ~ and the larger "34" Defensive Ends...Of course, the latter are often D Tackle Convertibles.
Indeed, there is no hard and fast rule, as the lines between "positions" often get murky or even overlap...
But I figure "What the Hell??" ~ most players have multiple roles at the next level, anyway!!
What I'm doing here is attempting to make things easier to navigate, by separating the "43" Ends from the "34" Ends...Of course, I could break it down further ~ as I did, last year ~ or even create additional categories for players such as Mel Ingram, who has potential as Under Tackle, Defensive End, and Flanker!! Hah!! Or I could really break things down by "43" and "34" here and elsewhere...I'm not sure that'd be much help, though!! Enjoy!!
Estimated Market Value
Yankee Market Value
Donte Paige Moss
Stud Horse!! Please interpret that as: Super Beast upside, but one about whom I have serious concerns.
There's no doubt that Quint Coples commands an outstanding skill set. His Core Strength isn't very impressive, mind you, but his Core Power on the attack is explosive, and his Launch Velocity, Fluidity, and Lateral Agility are tremendous.
What's in question are his Passion and his dedication to the team: His resistance to moving inside last year is an enormous Red Flag, and many doubt his Motor.
What I think we have here is a guy who's going to get a lot of Sacks against weak and mediocre competition ~ and perhaps even against top competition ~ but whose dedication to doing the little things ~ taking on Blocks, Setting the Edge, and such ~ will always be in doubt.
Taken as an whole, I see a Stud Horse level Prospect, one who doesn't warrant the lofty Market Value I see currently assessed to'm. OverRated!!
Potential Starter!! Jared Crick is a Scrapper who commands Long Arms, Fluidity, considerable Savvy, strong Mechanics, and a tremendous Motor.
However, he is too tall to play D Tackle, and too light to dominate at Defensive End.
And his Core Strength has a long way to go.
He's got enough going to potentially carve out a spot as an End, and perhaps even start. But I consider a 2nd to 3rd Round Market Value to be a bit much. OverRated!!
Starter!! Billy Winn is difficult to categorize, as he could easily be cast as either a "34" End, or a "43" Tackle.
He commands tremendous Core Strength and very impressive Launch Speed, but I have great concerns about his Fluidity.
It's worth noting, however: He Cross-Trained as a Wrestler and a Power Lifter in High School.
For me, that is an emphatic point in his favor. If nothing else, he's clearly well trained in developing his Dexterity.
I'm very concerned about the Fluidity ~ his ability to swim around Blocks ~ but Winn strikes me as an hard working Scrapper who'll do what it takes to be succesfull.
His Market Value has soared into the 2nd or 3rd Round range, and I consider it fully warranted. Fair Value!!
Steal!! Tyrone Crawford commands a nice skill set, boasting excellent Core Strength and Core Flexibility, Long Arms, and terrific Dexterity.
Athleticism is an interesting question. His Lateral Agility is unremarkable. More importantly, he didn't show much Fluidity on Tape, yet at the Combine he simply crushed the 3 Cone ~ cranking out a 709 ~ which I consider a tremendous indicator of Raw Fluidity.
Crawford is a JuCo Transfer, so my take is that he has much to learn, but has, indeed, the requisite untapped Fluidity he'll need to become successfull at the next level, if he's got the Work Ethic to develop it...And he gets universally LOFTY grades on his Work Ethic!!
At that size, he could go in either a "34" or a "43".
His combine numbers raised his Market Value ~ which originally floated around deep in Day 3!! ~ but even as is, he still strikes me as a Steal!!
Potential Starter!! Trevor Guyton is an Hybrid Tackle ~ End who brings excellent Core Power and superior Core Strength to the table, and commands a terrific Burst of the Snap, as well.
However, he's very raw ~ his Processing Speed and Dexterity are awful ~ and he's not particularly Athletic.
He's definitely got the potential to earn a starting gig at the next level, in either a "43" or a "34", and, indeed, could play more than one position. Fair Value!!
Project!! Malik Jackson played out of position at Tennessee ~ Defensive Tackle ~ so my perception of him as an End is murky, but from what I see he is hindered by a lack of Core Strength and Fluidity.
However, the Core Strength shows up on the outside, which is his natural position. He boasts a bit of Burst off the Snap, as well, and his Dexterity is outstanding.
Jackson looks like a Project, to me, one who could find a spot in either the "34" or the "43". Fair Value!!
Beast!! Mel Ingram is a ferocious Pass Rusher who commands a terrifying fusion of Core Strength, Fluidity, Torsion, Dexterity, and Lateral Agility.
His overall Game is still a bit raw, but his Repertoire of Pass Rush Moves and his Savvy are very impressive.
He's a stout Run Defender as well, all those attributes serving him considerably well in shedding Blockers.
Coming out as a Tackle, he'll have very little experience in Pass Defense, but that is of little import.
Ingram's Market Value is more'n fully warranted. Deal!!
Beast!! Courtney Upshaw commands a really sweet fusion of outstanding Core Strength, combined with remarkable Torsion ~ explosion in tight areas ~ and Lateral Agility, making him a Force in the Pass Rush.
He's a Beast against the Run, combining tremendous Processing Speed with Core Power and Burst to make a lot of plays and consistently complete them.
He looks like a mid to late 1st. Deal!!
Potential Starter!! Nick Perry commands outstanding Speed, but little else to recommend him.
His Core Strength is suspect, his Fluidity is poor, and I simply don't see anything else that I'd call exceptional.
He gets good grades for Work Ethic, so we'll see. And he played well against top competition at the college level, so I could look like a real fool in a year.
But as I see it, he has elevated Bust potential, and as I calculate Risk and Reward, he is very OverRated!!
Potential Starter!! "Merciless" Whitney Merciless brings outstanding Speed and a formidable senior season ~ 14 Sacks ~ to the table, but ye Gads!!
He is hindered by a crippling dearth of Core Strength, Core Power, Fluidity, or Processing Speed.
Nothing against the kid. I hope he makes some money.
But "Merciless" Whitney Merciless could be my Poster Child for the Speedy Fast Athlete with a Wafer Thin Resume Who Suddenly Lights It Up as a Senior, sees his Stock SKY Rocket, Get Drafted In The 1st Round, and then BUSTS!!!
Sell ALL Shares.
SHORT the Survivors.
Starter!! Andre Branch is one of most complete Ends in this Class, in the sense that he doesn't really have any weak points to speak of.
On the other hand, he isn't particularly dazzling in any aspect of the Game, either!!
But he is extremely dependable, plays all elements of the Game with great Integrity, and should quickly develop into a dependable starter at the next level.
My only concern is that his Market Value ~ once enticing ~ has rocketed too high for now. OverRated!!
Beast!! Vinny Curry needs to work on his Core Strength, but his tremendous Core Power makes it clear that he's got something to work with.
What really excites me is his outstanding Fluidity, which has been clear on Tape for years, and which was confirmed at the Combine, where he blasted a 690 on the 3 Cone Drill, beating everyone in the house.
Well...All Defensive Ends, save Jake Bequette.
And he's no WorkOut Warrior: he has been relentlessly converting those raw skills into Sacks and Losses.
His only concern is Core Strength, but even that isn't bad, and there's always the possibility of converting to Flanker at the next level, where that's less'f a factor.
I think Curry's upside at the next level is immense. My favorite thing of all is that his pedestrian "40" time dampens his Market Value. This kid is clear 1st Round material, in my view. Sleeper!!
Reserve!! Hoo, boy. Chandler Jones, from what I've seen, staggers under a crippling lack of Core Strength, Fluidity, and Burst off the Snap.
He looks great...and that's about it. OverRated!!
Steal!! Jake Bequette commands a very intriguing fusion of skills, Savvy, and a Scrapper mentality.
First off, he commands impressive Core Strength, and is a force both in the Attack in the Pass Game, and in Defense in the Run Game.
Second, his intangibles are 4.0, as he gets universally outstanding grades for his Work Ethic and Savvy.
Third, he is highly productive.
Now, all of the above combined, while admirable, often tragically deliver the Prospect in question to the scrap heap, or, in the case of a Scrapper like Bequette, to the bottom of the roster, if his Fluidity is lacking.
And on tape, his Fluidity is lacking.
Yet, at the Combine, he finished at the very top ~ tied with Vinny Curry ~ on the 3 Cone ~ which is a pretty damned good gauge of Raw Fluidity ~ with a 690.
And it doesn't hurt that he annihilated the Field on the Short Shuttle ~ a great gauge of Lateral Agility ~ with a stunning 407!!
Clearly, Bequette is a raw Prospect who needs a lot of coaching, but if I'm placing a bet ~ and every single Pick is a Gamble!! ~ then I'm placing it the guy with Power, Strength, Production, Savvy, Raw Athletic Talent, and outstanding Work Ethic!! Steal!!
Starter!! Cam Johnson isn't particularly dynamic in any aspect of the game, but he really has no weaknesses to speak of, either, and both the raw Core Strength and Athleticism, combined with impressive levels of both Savvy and Work Ethic, are there to become a stalwart starter at the next level.
And of all potential Flanker Convertibles, he showed very impressive Verticity when asked to Turn + Burn!!
Cam Johnson is my kind of Prospect: Under the Radar and not especially flashy, and will certainly need work, but with tremendous Savvy, Work Ethic, Attention to Detail, and underrated athleticism!! Steal!!
Reserve!! Jack Crawford is hampered by a lack of both Core Strength and Fluidity, and I expect he'll struggle to carve out a roster spot at the next level. Fair Value!!
Fringe Reserve!! Donte Paige Moss doesn't bring much to the table in terms of Core Strength or Fluidity, and there is good reason to believe he wouldn't be worth the trouble, even if he did. OverRated!!
Potential Starter!! Scott Smith is raw as hell, and has been walloped with a Year Long suspension in the past.
That cut his Texas Tech career in half, as he is also a JuCo Transfer. As a result, while he has been explosive in the two seasonal segments he's played in, he is flying miles under the radar, and with "Character" concerns.
But he commands an outstanding Burst off the Snap, excellent Core Flexibility ~ albeit raw Core Strength, at this point ~ and absolutely tremendous Work Ethic.
I get the distinct impression that we're looking at a Past that shows Bad Judgment, not Bad Character.
He's also a former BasketBall standout, which speaks volumes about his Athleticism. Cross Training, baby!!
To be sure, he's a Boom or Bust Prospect, but that's tremendous Value for...nothing!! Sleeper!!
Props to National FootBall Post's Wes Bunting for his discovering yet another deeply buried gem!!