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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



Derek Moye Scouting Report

Derek Moye
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 209

Strengths:

  • Long strider, with great deep speed
  • Great height and length
  • Good leaping ability
  • Great short-area quickness
  • Good after the catch, shiftiness and able to make defenders miss
  • Polished route runner
  • Team captain
  • Good blocker, has a nastiness about him
  • Solid production
  • NFL Starter Upside

Weaknesses:

  • Needs to add upper body strength
  • Can get jammed at the line
  • Struggled with drops at times
  • Lets the ball get into his body at times, needs to be more consistent using length to pluck
  • Struggles to maintain blocks on more physical defenders
  • Doesn’t break many tackles, tends to go down on contact
  • Injuries – Broken foot as a senior, suffered a concussion in spring practice, nagging hamstring injuries

NFL Comparison: Brian Hartline

Derek Moye was on my breakout list as a player I thought could shoot up boards with a huge senior season. Unfortunately, his season didn’t go as well as I had hoped. Inconsistent QB play, a broken foot, and dropped passes plagued Moye’s final season as a Nittany Lion, which saw his stock drop from the mid-rounds to the late rounds. That being said, Moye still has a ton of upside and has a somewhat rare skillset with his great height and speed.  Moye was Penn State’s most consistent and best deep threat, as evidenced by his 16.63 YPC average over his career and his frame looks like he could add some weight easily without losing speed. Moye has experience running the full route tree and has never been afraid of going over the middle. Moye was a RB in high school and is good after the catch at making defenders miss although tends to go down on contact and doesn’t break many tackles. Moye is good at lowering his body and absorbing hits, something many players with his size struggle with. Moye is best suited to play in a traditional offense that would allow him to make use of his blocking abilities and is at his best going deep off the play-action.

Career Stats

Year Games Receptions Yards YPC Tds
2011 11 40 654 16.35 3
2010 13 53 885 16.70 8
2009 13 48 785 16.35 6
2008 11 3 71 23.67 1

Stephfon Green Scouting Report

Stephfon Green, RB, Penn State
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 193

Strengths:

  • Elite speed
  • Good shiftiness, makes people miss
  • Tons of special teams experience
  • Good at picking up blitz in pass protection
  • Good power for his size
  • Runs with great balance
  • Considerable upside
  • Great teammate and leader

Weaknesses:

  • Spent a lot of time in Joe Paterno’s Doghouse
  • Limited production
  • Suspect Hands
  • Poor vision
  • Undersized, will need to add weight
  • Had fumble-itis early in his career

NFL Comparison: Lorenzo Booker

Stephfon Green started and ended his career at Penn State well, unfortunately everything in-between didn’t exactly go as planned. Green had a strong season as a freshman as the change of pace back, filling in for Evan Royster. Royster went down in the Rose Bowl and Green really exploded onto the scene, putting up huge numbers against USC’s staunt defense, but, unfortunately, he dislocated his ankle in the second half and missed the whole offseason. Evan Royster saw his workload increase and basically became a one man show for the next two years. Green was relegated to kick return and special teams duties. After Royster graduated, he seemed in line to finally get a good number of touches as a senior but was kicked off the team for undisclosed reasons, many around the program believe this was the cause. His fellow seniors fought to have him reinstated and he finally cracked the lineup again late in the season and had his best production since his freshman year. Green profiles best as a third down back and special teams player in the NFL. Green has return experience and also was one of the top kickoff coverage unit players for Penn State. He’s a solid blocker with breakaway speed to utilize on screen plays.

Career Stats

Year Games Attempts Yards Average TDs Receptions Yards TDs
2011 8 61 266 4.36 6 11 27 0
2010 13 48 188 3.92 1 9 78 0
2009 13 71 319 4.49 3 6 80 0
2008 13 105 578 5.50 4 15 268 1