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Scouting Report

Nick Perry Scouting Report

Nick Perry, DE, USC
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 271

Strengths:

  • Solid height and overall size
  • Solid array of pass rushing moves
  • Great hand use, able to disengage from blockers
  • Great natural strength
  • Able to dip his shoulder and get the corner
  • Good natural athleticism
  • Plays with good leverage

Weaknesses:

  • Stiff athlete
  • Not very good in space, mediocre change of direction skills
  • Needs to develop a counter move
  • Raw technique
  • Gets upfield/out of position often, breaking contain

NFL Comparison: Trent Cole

Nick Perry was a two year starter that led USC in sacks every year he was there, including as a freshman where he was a third-down specialist. Perry is a good pass rusher that has a variety of pass rushing moves to keep the OT off balance. Perry has a great first step and explosion that allows him to get off fast. He can beat the tackle with speed, power, or both. He’s very strong at the point of attack and plays with good leverage but he’s still stuck in the third down pass-rusher mentality as he goes hard after the QB on every play, limiting his effectiveness against the run. He is still a bit raw with his technique as well. Perry doesn’t show well in space and I’m not sold on his ability to play outside linebacker in the 3-4. His combine showed more of the same, with his poor short shuttle and 3-Cone drills. At the end of the day, I think his best fit is at defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. Some teams that makes sense would be Cleveland, Jacksonville, and Detroit.

Career Stats

Year Games Tackles TFL Sacks FF
2011 12 54 13 8.5 3
2010 12 25 7.5 4 2
2009 13 25 10 9 0


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Stephon Gilmore Scouting Report

Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 190

Strengths:

  • Great athlete and great speed
  • Very physical
  • Good tackler with a knack to lay the wood
  • Good ball skills
  • Great size and length
  • Good blitzer
  • Scheme versatile, played in off-man/zone but has skillset to make transition to man
  • Big-time upside
  • Experience as a return man

Weaknesses:

  • Still a bit raw
  • Poor technique and footwork
  • A bit stiff, not the most fluid
  • Can play too high at times, particularly coming out of transition

NFL Comparison: Carlos Rogers

Stephon Gilmore is a talented cornerback that certainly has all the tools you like but will need to put them all together to be successful at the next level. Gilmore has marginally improved on his overall technique and footwork each year while at USC but he still leaves much to be desired in those areas. In college, he got by on his athleticism far too often and he will need a good DB coach to fix his mechanical issues to be successful in the NFL. That being said, if he can get those fixed, he should be an All-Pro at the next level. At the combine he showed very good signs of improvement and while he was still too choppy with his footwork, you can tell he’s really working hard at improving. Gilmore is a smart kid that has all the intangibles you like in a player. He’s been durable and has stayed out of trouble both on and off the field. Gilmore has solid ball skills and instincts and rarely gets beat for the big play. Gilmore played primarily off-man and zone in college but I believe his physicality and relative rawness is enough that he could learn to play man and excel in that type of scheme as well. Overall, his potential is enough to give him a shot at being the third CB taken in this draft and he should hear his name anywhere in the back half of the first through the first half of the second. Teams like Cincinnati, Detroit, and St. Louis are all teams that would be good fits.

Career Stats

Year Games Tackles INTs Passes Defensed
2011 13 46 4 7
2010 14 79 3 2
2009 13 56 1 8



Chaz Powell Scouting Report

Chaz Powell, CB, Penn State
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 203

Strengths:

  • Great athlete and great speed
  • Great kick returner
  • Very good size
  • Lots of untapped potential
  • Lots of special teams experience playing gunner on punts and covering kicks
  • High football IQ, good instincts
  • Great hands and leaping ability with a nose for the ball
  • Great closing speed
  • Willing and able tackler

Weaknesses:

  • Limited experience at corner, only played 18 games at the position
  • No experience in man coverage
  • Really raw
  • Technique is lacking and will need to be coached up
  • May lack a true position

NFL Comparison: Corey Graham

Chaz Powell is somewhat of an unknown quantity among the common fan but he’s a player that scouts are well aware of and is highly regarded. Powell was a productive player whenever he was on the field for Penn State. Powell came in as a safety recruit and redshirted in 2007 learning the position. Penn State was very deep at safety though so he played wide receiver and returned kicks as a freshman and sophomore. Powell was slated to finally move back over to the defensive side of the ball as a junior but a few injuries and graduations at wide receiver saw him stay on offense for the first half of the season. Following the injured players’ return to health, Powell finally moved to cornerback for good mid-way through his junior season and started the final five games. He then went on to start all 13 games as a senior. Powell has shown to be a playmaker when he gets the ball in his hands, sporting a very solid kick return average and returning a pair for touchdowns in his career. Powell also has tons of experience on special teams coverage units as he was the gunner on punts for pretty much his entire career and played on the kick coverage unit. As a defender, Powell is very raw. Penn State really only played zone concepts in the secondary so he only has experience in zone and some off man. Powell’s overall technique improved every game over his 18 game starting career but it still has plenty of room for improvement. Powell is a smooth athlete that has fluid hips and can run with anyone but his footwork needs cleaning up for him to be more effective in transition. Powell rarely gets beat deep between the off coverage and his great speed. He’s a physical player that’s not afraid to mix it up in the run game but he’s got no experience in bump and run and will need further development to make the transition to that type of scheme. That being said, Powell’s skillset projects well to any scheme and even projects well to multiple positions as an NFL team could move him back to WR with his great ball skills, keep him at corner, or even move him to free safety where he was originally recruited to play. Powell is already a great special teamer and he’s the kind of high upside player that teams love to target late in drafts that can come in and be a special teams stud from day one and has the upside to develop into a starter a few years down the road.

Career Stats

Year Games Tackles INTs Passes Defensed Receptions Yards Touchdown Kick Returns KR Average TD
2011 13 41 2 2 27 27.15 1
2010 13 11 0 5 3 11 0 20 23.95 1
2009 12 28 366 3 16 23.19 0
2008 13 2 37 0 9 28.78 0

Nathan Stupar Scouting Report

Nathan Stupar, OLB, Penn State
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 241

Strengths:

  • Good speed
  • Solid overall athleticism
  • Shows well in coverage, particularly zone
  • Good hands and ball skills
  • Solid tackler
  • Extensive special teams experience
  • Hard worker, improved every year
  • Good blitzer
  • High football IQ, academic All-Big Ten Honoreee
  • Good instincts
  • Blue collar player, great motor that never stops running
  • NFL pedigree

Weaknesses:

  • Undersized
  • Can get engulfed by lineman
  • Only started seven games in his career
  • Can take poor angles at times
  • Struggles to get off blocks
  • Will sometimes gear up too fast and overpursue
  • Little to no experience in man coverage

NFL Comparison: Tim Shaw

Nathan Stupar is the next in a long line of Penn State linebackers looking to make a name for himself in the NFL. Stupar is a solid overall athlete that comes from an athletic family with NFL pedigree. His grandfather played football at Tennessee, his father and three uncles played at Penn State. One of his uncles is Jeff Hostetler, former Raiders Pro Bowl QB. Brother, Jonathan, is a TE that played at UVA and spent 2008-2010 with the Bills and is currently a free agent. Stupar only started seven games in his career, as a senior following an injury, but he had extensive playing time as part of a rotation of linebackers as a junior and senior. Stupar was the nickel linebacker for much of his career and has experience dropping into coverage and blitzing. He improved every season and was good enough to catch NFL scouts eyes with a combine invite. Stupar is best suited to play weakside linebacker in a 4-3 in the NFL. At worst, he should be a core special teams player and solid backup/nickel linebacker in the NFL but if he continues to improve, he has the natural skills and athleticism to develop into a starter in the NFL. Stupar’s best fit would be with a team that runs a 4-3 base looking for a boost in special teams that needs a backup WILL like Chicago, Philadelphia, or Detroit.

Career Stats

Year Games Tackles TFL Sacks INTs Passes Defensed
2011 13 80 5.5 2 2 3
2010 13 73 6.5 2 1 4
2009 13 31 1.5 1 1 0
2008 13 21 1 0 0 1



Coryell Judie Scouting Report

Coryell Judie, CB, Texas A&M
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 188

Strengths:

  • Excellent ball skills
  • Great closing speed
  • Fluid hips
  • Stays low in his backpedal
  • Willing and able tackler
  • Good straight-line speed
  • Added value as a return man
  • Very tough
  • Great athlete with good body control

Weaknesses:

  • Has had some injury problems
  • Not a lot of experience at the major college football level
  • Man coverage skills are under-developed
  • Choppy footwork
  • Still learning the game

NFL Comparison: Brandon Flowers

Coryell Judie is one of my most underrated prospects in this draft class. He first played football as a senior in high school and spent two years in the JUCO ranks before joining Texas A&M. Had a breakout junior season in 2010 that had scouts salivating at his potential but then followed it up with an injury plagued senior campaign. If he checks out medically, he has true shutdown potential. Judie is a great natural athlete that excels in off-man/zone coverage. He’s got great closing speed, fluid hips, great body control, and excellent ball skills. He has limited experience in man coverage but when he has played it, he often let receivers get into his frame too easily and his lack of length made it hard for him to press. With some coaching and technique clean-up, I feel he can succeed in a man/press scheme but his skillset currently makes him a better fit in a zone/off scheme, where I think he could develop into a Pro Bowl-caliber player if healthy. Judie also has experience as a return man and was very good in that role in 2010, returning two kicks for touchdowns. Some good fits for Judie include Pittsburgh, New England, and Detroit.

Career Stats

Year Games Tackles INTs Passes Defensed
2011 7 22 0 5
2010 13 57 4 4

Jayron Hosley Scouting Report

Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 178

Strengths:

  • Great short-area quickness and agility
  • Fluid hips
  • Playmaker
  • Experienced return man
  • Excellent ball skills and leaping ability
  • Very experienced in zone coverage
  • Willing tackler
  • Great instincts
  • Durable

Weaknesses:

  • Undersized, very thin frame
  • Just average straight line speed
  • Not overly physical
  • Can get high in his backpedal
  • Willing tackler is not synonymous with good tackler

NFL Comparison: Josh Wilson

Jayron Hosley is an undersized corner with a ton of playmaking ability. One thing that shows up in my notes a lot when watching Hosley is “football player.” He may not have ideal size but he’s a guy that brings it on every play and gets the most out of his body. He’s willing to come up and help in the run game despite the obvious size disparity. Technically, Hosley has some improvements to make across the board as his footwork can be a little choppy, he gets high in his backpedal at times, and he’s quick to open up his hips. That being said, he projects well as a nickel corner and return man right now and has the ability to be a full-time starter. His best fit is probably in a cover two or zone scheme but I believe he is adequate enough in all areas to play in any scheme, particularly as a nickel. Some good fits for him would be Detroit, New England, and Pittsburgh.

Career Stats

Year Games Tackles INTs Passes Defensed
2011 13 59 3 12
2010 13 39 9 8
2009 13 11 0 2

Sean Spence Scouting Report

Sean Spence, OLB, Miami (FL)
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 231

Strengths:

  • Very athletic
  • Great speed
  • Sound tackler
  • Very experienced, four year starter
  • Team captain
  • Great production, led team in tackles and TFL as a senior
  • Moves well laterally
  • Great instincts, always around the ball
  • Sideline-to-sideline ability
  • Very good blitzer
  • Fluid athlete, can run with anyone in coverage
  • Playmaker

Weaknesses:

  • Undersized
  • Struggles to get off blocks
  • Schematically limited
  • Can get overaggressive at times
  • Lack of height works against him when covering TEs

NFL Comparison: Will Witherspoon

Sean Spence is one of the top 4-3 weakside linebackers in this class. Though undersized, Spence gets the most out of every ounce of his body. He’s an explosive tackler that is always around the ball and making plays. One of his best assets is his ability to diagnose and make plays in the backfield, leading his team in tackles for loss as a junior and senior. Spence has great natural athleticism and shows well in both man and zone coverage, although he tends to get beat on jump balls against bigger TEs due to his lack of size. The biggest knock on Spence is his lack of size as he simply doesn’t have a whole lot of room on his frame to bulk up, as such he’s really limited to being a 4-3 WLB which will limit his value on draft day as so many teams have moved to the 3-4 front. His best fit is for a team like Detroit, Philadelphia, or Tennessee as they still run the traditional 4-3 front and like their undersized, athletic linebackers.

Career Stats

Year Games Tackles TFL Sacks Passes Defensed
2011 11 106 14 3 1
2010 13 111 17 2.5 6
2009 10 36 6.5 3 1
2008 13 65 9.5 2 4