NFL defensive schemes and roles are changing to accommodate more versatile, explosive players like Arizona’s hybrid Deone Bucannon and LA’s Mark Barron. Likewise in the 2016 NFL Draft, there is an exciting play maker with NFL blood lines (related to Jordan Cameron, Manti Te’o, and former Bengals great David Fulcher) that has some similarities to those hybrid players, former Trojan defender Su’a Cravens. I reviewed his 2015 games against Washington, Stanford, California, Notre Dame, and his 2014 game against Nebraska to get a better idea of the skills and attributes this young man will bring to the next level. Here are my thoughts:
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For those fantasy leagues that use defensive linemen as a part of an IDP package, the 2015 NFL Draft will be an exciting time. The only significant defender that will be a defensive lineman no matter what is the ultra-talented, Leonard Williams. The former USC playmaker can line up at defensive end or defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme or anchor either defensive end spot in a 3-4 formation. After hearing about what an amazing talent he was, I watched seven of his games against Fresno State, California, Nebraska, Arizona State, Utah, Notre Dame, and Arizona to decide for myself. Here is what I found:
DE/DT Leonard Williams, USC 6’ 5” 302 lbs.
Cons: Despite being a fantastic, athletic man, Williams is still raw and needs to improve his technique, especially getting too high out of his stance while chasing down whoever has the pigskin. He really needs to get better at the psychology of setting up moves in the first quarter that will free him up to make plays in the fourth. There were a few times that emotions ran high with him and he got penalized on back to back plays. The defender needs to keep in mind the phrase “the game is chess, not checkers.” Once he gets the long game down, Williams will be downright scary.
There are a lot of underrated receivers in the 2015 NFL Draft that dynasty owners must get familiar. Sure, I well aware of the bad rap USC receivers earned for themselves in the past ten years or so. While Nelson Agholor is no Robert Woods or Marquise Lee, this receiver is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. Unlike most wide outs in this class, Agholor can play any receiver spot as well as return the ball on both punts and kickoffs. After viewing three of his games against Colorado, California, and Arizona State, I thought it was clear that he could make a major impact in the NFL.
WR Nelson Agholor, USC 6’ 0” 198 lbs.
Cons: The receiver didn’t face much physical coverage during his college career and was left mostly uncovered split out wide. When he got pressed at the line and running routes, Agholor got disrupted and took a few steps to get back on track. This lack of physicality might cause him to work mostly in the slot and return game. He is a decent run blocker, but needs to be more consistent to stay on the field all three downs.