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One of the more exciting young backs in the 2015 NFL Draft class is Miami Hurricane, Duke Johnson.  There is a lot of debate whether he is an every down back or a specialist.  I reviewed eight of hisduke games against:  Louisville, Nebraska, Duke, Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Florida State, and Georgia Tech to get a good feel for what skills and attributes he brings to the next level and what the young back needs to work on.  Here is what I saw:

RB Duke Johnson, Miami 5’ 9” 207 lbs.

Cons:  He is more quick than fast, which gets realized once you look at his 4.54 40 yard dash time.  Johnson has very skinny legs, which do not seem to generate a lot of leg drive.  The back runs a bit too high, at times, and should sink his hips more.  I did not see him create creases on his own, instead he was reliant on his offensive line to put a hat on a hat to spring him loose.  There were a few times that the runner did not pick up his feet, which caused him to get easily tripped up around the trash.  Johnson has a tendency to bounce most of his runs outside, which will allow most defenses to catch up with him more quickly.  He has a habit of body catching the ball and doesn’t get low to fire out against would be blitzers in pass protection.  His health issues are a concern too as he didn’t finish a few of his games this past season.  Read More »

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While this year’s draft class is full of talented outside rushers, there was an inside linebacker that stood out most to me in Mobile.  It was former Miami Hurricane Denzel Perryman.  Although he denzelpmissed the Wednesday practice, the backer came back and made quite the impression on me.  Perhaps it’s because I played the same position while being undersized too.  After viewing nine of his college games against South Carolina, Duke, Nebraska, Louisville, Florida State (both 2013 and 2014), Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Florida, his skills and talents that he brings to the NFL were clearly visible.   Here is what I saw:

ILB Denzel Perryman, Miami 5′ 10 5/8″ 242 lbs.

Cons: The Senior Bowl weigh-in gave scouts the first chink in the armor of the backer, Perryman is not six feet tall.  This limits him in being able to see plays develop at the line of scrimmage when he can’t see around the offensive line.  Of course, the linebacker can watch and anticipate where the linemen are going, so he can overcome this limitation.  But this does leave him flat-footed when reverses and trick plays get called.  Perryman is not silky smooth dropping back into pass coverage and gives an occasion false step.  That isn’t to say he cannot make up for his errors, but it isn’t a strength.  The defender wasn’t effective when he rushed on designed run blitzes as he lowered his head and seemed to have tunnel vision taking bad angles.   The former Hurricane is not overly fast to chase down a runner on the backside, as he uses more patience and is quite methodical.  He sometimes launches himself like a missile into the ball carrier, but the backer needs to make sure he is making contact with his shoulder pads first. Read More »

Although the Senior Bowl was short on overall tight end talent, Miami’s Clive Walford stood shoulders above the rest.  In a relatively weak tight end draft class, this tight end might be the most wellclive rounded (receiving and blocking) when compared to Minnesota’s Maxx Williams and Michigan’s Devin Funchess, who might play receiver or tight end depending on the team’s decision.  I watched four of his college games against Florida State, Florida Atlantic, Duke and Virginia along with his week of practices in Mobile to get a good understanding of what skills he can bring to the next level.

TE Clive Walford, Miami 6’ 4” 263 lbs.

Cons: The tight end can get a little handsy when he is blocking.  Walford needs to keep his hands inside when driving defenders back.  I would say he gets the job done as a run blocker, but could certainly work on perfecting his craft.  There were a few times he let the ball too much into his body instead of catching it cleanly out in front.  The tight end also needs to improve the crispness of his routes as he drifted at times.  Read More »