Friday, March 27, 2015

Scouting Report: Julian Hayes, Monmouth

Scouting Report: Julian Hayes, Monmouth

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Explosiove running back Julian Hayes possessess all the physical attributes and skillset that NFL teams crave at the next level.
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RB * 5’10 * 225 * SR * @HesimanHayes
PROS
  • Prototypical NFL Size with ability to make defenders miss; great cuts, spin move and stiff arm.
  • Runs hard and hungry—finishes runs with contact and power; falls forward through tacklers.
  • Great overall vision of the field, bursts through holes and has game breaking play speed.
  • Four-year starter. Very bright and studies trends to mold his game for NFL style.
  • Has the ability to run in-between tackles or cut it to the outside, where he becomes touchdown threat.
CONS
  • Dismissed from Monmouth for violation of team rules
  • Wasn’t actively used as receiver through his career
  • Small school competition
NOTES & QUOTES
  • Played in FCS Scout Bowl in December and looked explosive, ran hard, and scored a touchdown in the contest
  • Very humble and intelligent young man; when speaking with him last week I asked him what he believed his strengths were going into the NFL Draft Process:
“I consider myself a complete back, I can play all three downs and don’t feel like I have to come off the field.”
Q&A
Where are you from? Middletown, CT.
Who is your role model, and why? My mother, she inspires me to be better and do great things. One of the main reasons I work so hard. Supported three children on her own after a divorce through much adversity.
Did you play any other sports growing up? Basketball, baseball, track.
Did you play any other positions in football? Safety, cornerback, linebacker.
At your position, what separates you from others? My explosion and vision, as well as my knowledge of the game and ability to do it all. Run, Catch, Block anything that is needed at the running back position and then some I can do without having to bring in another back into the game.
When you are breaking down film, what do you look for? When evaluating myself I look for what I did correct and what I can improve on even on great plays there is always much room for improvement. I look at myself on film as if I do not know myself i.e tendencies, likes, dislikes etc. the reason being so I can evaluate myself with no biases. I do not feel there is a bigger critic than I am of myself. When studying other opponents I like to study there tendencies, strengths and weaknesses, and attack them where I feel they are most vulnerable. I also look for how defenses respond to adverse situations like bad penalties, big plays etc. knowing your opponent from a mental and emotional standpoint is just as crucial as physical.
If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why? I have heard many comparisons before, but I cannot think of any players I am more alike than others. I study the NFL I study running backs I take what I learn from different running styles and what works in this league and put them together into one piece. When looking at balanced backs I think Ladaveon Bell encompasses this new bread that has all of the attributes you look for in a back. I look to bring that to the NFL, but with even more explosiveness, quickness, and ability to actually line up in the slot and run against linebackers and defensive backs.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it? My house was raided my senior year season high school, my brother went to jail, my mother lost her job, and we were evicted out of our apartment all in the same week. I overcame it through football and my teammates, and by being the man of house I knew I had to be strong for my Mother and sister
What is your biggest strength? My explosiveness
What is your biggest weakness? Turning down the dial on my explosiveness
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say? I am a natural born leader, I have never been out worked in my life, I push myself harder than anyone I have ever met, I WILL accomplish everything I set out to, I will be one of the greatest to play this game.
Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up? Ladainian Tomlinson-Chargers
If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose? My mother, Jimi Hendrix, Malcom X
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STATS
            Carries           Rush Yds        Avg      TDs
2011    216                  865                  3.7       14      
2012    159                  659                  4.1       11      
2013    243                  1,111               4.6       7        
2014    134                  498                  3.7       3
*Senior Season at Southern Connecticut

2015 NFL Draft: Top 20 Running Back Prospects Julian Hayes

2015 NFL Draft: Top 20 Running Back Prospects

The 2015 running back class is shaping up to be one of the best in a long time. There’s big backs and small backs. Fast backs and power.
Underrated backs who if they have strong 2015 campaign can catapult themselves into the first-round. And yes I said first-round, because the NFL needs to stop being so dang picky when it comes to running backs.
Most of the backs the NFL likes tend to bust, and just because they found guys like Zac Stacy, Matt Forte and DeMarco Murray outside of the first doesn’t mean they deserved to be there. The NFL is too lazy in their analysis of the position and always fall into the ugly trap of traits.
If a running back doesn’t meet all of these traits he isn’t a first-rounder. Most of these traits include how big he is and the forty he runs.
They have to produce at a certain school, or be related to a former NFL player otherwise we don’t know. Well I do know.
My work through athletic metrics, production metrics and good ole game film have led me to a list of 20 backs you should expect big things from in 2015.  Whether they declare early or not doesn’t matter, because they’ve done enough on tape and in the metrics to warrant discussion.
These are the top 20 backs that are eligible for the 2015 NFL draft.
1. Todd Gurley, Georgia
The best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson. His combination of size, speed and power is luscious. He has decent hands to be an every down back.
Yes, he needs to improve a little bit as a pass blocker in terms of awareness, but the overall weaknesses in his game are trees among a magical forest of running back goodness.
2. Mike Davis, South Carolina
He can do it all. Power, speed, can catch and pass protect. If he has another big year in 2014, he might find himself in the first-round.
3. Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
Tough, smart, powerful and fast. Yes he’s playing in the Big Ten (14), but he’s not playing in a Wisconsin rushing system. Most of the yards Abdullah earns are all on him.
He’ll probably end up in Day 2, because of his height and playing in the Big Ten, but the substance to his game warrants a push into the late first, early second range.
4. T.J. Yeldon, Alabama
Yeldon needs to fight to stick out in crowded Alabama backfield, but I believe the criticisms on Yeldon are hypercritical. This is a big and tall back with decent vision who can be a starting running back in the NFL.
He might even go in the first if he can finish strong in 2014. However, I want to see Yeldon show that he can stick out in a crowded backfield to truly cement his status on this list.
5. Jahwan Edwards, Ball State
He’s a big back with a great burst and will be the primary offensive weapon for Ball State this year after losing Keith Wenning. His vision and patience is exceptional.
He can make defenders miss in the open field and sets up defenders at the second level at the same time. I don’t know why more people aren’t talking about him other than he plays in the MAC.
Edwards is a back who may likely go Day 3 and end up pulling an Alfred Morris. Why? Because the NFL doesn’t know how to evaluate running backs.
6. Jay Ajayi, Boise State
Some view him as change of pace, but his power and speed is indicative of a higher calling. If he can fix his fumbling issues and get better at pass pro he could surprise as a late first-rounder with a strong junior season.
7. Keith Marshall, Georgia
Gurley has backup who isn’t that bad either. Keith isn’t as awesome as Todd, but he’s solid back. He has good size and can become a nice change of pace guy at the next level. He produced well when Gurley went down, gets little nicked up too, but I see a chance for him to be a quality starter in the NFL.
8. Duke Johnson, Miami
Fast. Different kind of speed when he was healthy. Problem is he’s the same as backs like C.J. Spiller or David Wilson.
He over relies on his speed, and he has a nasty fumbling habit. I like Duke, but this will be a very important year in terms of career path.
9. Kevin Parks, Virginia
A very short, but very fast running back. Virginia will likely continue to be a bad football team in 2014, but Parks isn’t.
Might end up being overlooked once the process begins. However, if he can carry the team to a bowl, there’s a chance he can be drafted.
10. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
I don’t trust Wisconsin backs. Especially more physically gifted backs who haven’t out produced less talented backs like James White, or Montee Ball yet.
He’s not Jamaal Charles, and to be honest I see more a slower version of Darren McFadden. Pass protection is comical at times, but he is pretty fast, which is a redeemable quality.
I see the potential, but want to see more.
11. Jawon Chisholm, Akron
Great spread back in the MAC. He has good lateral ability, can catch, but peripheral vision worries me.
Both in pass protection and running downs. If he can finish his senior season strong, he needs to be talked about more as a Day 3 option.
12. Alonzo Harris, Louisiana Lafayette
Huge back with great speed, but is very subtle in his running style. He’s been very productive in the Sun Belt, but will need a big last year to get more exposure.
13. Malcolm Brown, Texas
Big power back. Will likely appeal to the Jeremy Hill lovers, but hasn’t been a lead back in his career at Texas.
And there’s a reason for that if you watch the tape.
14. David Johnson, Northern Iowa
Big and tall with a good burst and long speed. Needs to be a lot more impressive on the stat sheet to get buzz.
However, he has the tools to be a starting caliber back.
15. Julian Hayes, Monmouth (NJ)
Another small schooler who also unfortunately happens to be 5-9. I like what I’ve seen from Hayes in 2013, but he will need a big senior campaign like Johnson to get onto draft boards.
16. Michael Dyer, Louisville
He’s fast and strong for his size, but it hasn’t showed up much since leaving Auburn. Bobby Petrino also has a big back fetish, but Petrino could make Dyer into a hot commodity if the offense clicks.
17. Karlos Williams, Florida State
Very big and fast, but Kay-Jay Harris produced more than him. Very limited work as a lead back who has only shown me he can be an outside runner.
Likely a first-rounder, because of the school he goes too. However, I just haven’t seen enough, nor feel safe about a guy who hasn’t been a lead back period until his senior year.
18. Corey Grant, Auburn
David Wilson 2.0. Same questions with Tre Mason will apply to Grant, but he’s really fast and will produce big time in Malzahn’s triple option attack. Only problem I have is just that I haven’t seen enough.
19. David Cobb, Minnesota
Cobb is a nice little back who was a bit of a one hit wonder in 2013. I need one more year before I can raise him up my board, but I like what I’ve seen so far.
20. Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech
Bowling ball with wheels. He should not declare early, because of the conference he plays in, but he’s one heck of back who deserves to be mentioned.
Now there are other backs like Alex Collins, etc. who I would have put on this list, but I don’t see, nor want them to declare early. The high mileage argument with running backs is a myth.
The best running backs in the NFL had a lot of carries in college, because in-game reps make all the difference at any position. If you don’t believe me, check the stats.
Pull up any Hall of Fame back and see if they only had less than 300 carries in their college careers. Most trail blazed the collegiate level and then the NFL, because their talent was evident by what they achieved in college.
Yes it’s a position where injuries happen, but limiting your game experience doesn’t make you a better back. Great backs have great production in college.
Never forget that, and don’t declare early just because you believe limiting your in-game reps will make you better, or prevent injury. It doesn’t.
So this was my top 20 running backs eligible for the 2015 NFL draft, and next week I’ll have the quarterback and wide receiver lists up. Happy preseason action.
James Cobern is the lead writer for All Pro Football Source and can be contacted at james_cobern@yahoo.com and follow him on twitter @Jmcobern1

Scouting Report: Brandon Person, Tiffin NFL Draft Bible

Scouting Report: Brandon Person, Tiffin

Small school standout Brandon Person has helped put Tiffin College on the NFL radar, as he has attracted several scouts to the Ohio campus.
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Position: Height: 6’1 | Weight: 220 | Year: Senior | Comparison: Louis Delmas | Projection: Late-Round/PFA
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SCOUT’S TAKE
Plays an excellent centerfield on defense. Possesses pure football instincts and natural anticipation skills, allowing him to create turnovers. Possesses a knack for making momentum-changing plays. Aggressively attacks the line of scrimmage against the run—has a nose for the football, quick to read and react. Fluid in his sideline-to-sideline pursuit. Very active around the line of scrimmage prior to the ball snap. Blitzer; has been lined up on the edge and used as a pass-rusher on defense. Sound wrap up tackler and strong hitter, relishes in letting opponents know his strength. Special teams contributor who has also returned kicks. Tends to get overly excited on interception returns and becomes carless carrying the football. Needs to do a better job protecting the ball. Will occasionally over-anticipate and get caught out of position but even when he misjudges, has demonstrated good recovery speed and often times winds up being involved on the tackle. His level of competition will be called into question playing at the D-II level but he was downright smarter, more athletic and performed at a higher level than everyone around him. Transferred from Grand Rapids Community College after the school decided to discontinue its football program. With NFL coaching and weight training, the potential is there to develop into an eventual starter with experience.
STATS
2014: 11 games, 92 tackles, 4 interceptions.
2013: 11 games, 81 tackles, 3 interceptions.
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Q&A
How many teams were recruiting you out of high school? Two teams were recruiting me. Northwood University and Central Michigan
How did you choose your school? I had to go to a junior college to play ball because I couldn’t get a high enough score on the ACT. That was a second chance for me. Then from there me and my teammates from my junior college decided on going to Tiffin together.
Where are you from? I’m from Detroit, Michigan.
Who is your role model, and why? My role model would have to be my mother just because she was strong enough to raise four boys on her own in the inner city of Detroit. She’s example of someone who is tough enough and make it through tough, and that gives me strength to want to do the same.
Did you play any other sports growing up? I was a basketball player all the way til high school. I was a little bit too little when I was younger especially for the positions they wanted me to play.
Did you play any other positions in football? Yes, I played quarterback as well.
At your position, what separates you from others? As a defensive back I believe what separates me from others is the fact that I’m a lot more physical then most defensive backs. With that I bring my covering ability as well. Which most defensive backs tend to be either or, I believe that I can do both. Also just as a football player I like to know what everyone on the defense is doing. That comes with studying of the defense which I like to do.
When you are breaking down film, what do you look for? When breaking down film I look at myself to see where can I get better and improve my technique.  Also like to look at the receivers to see what they like to do. As well as the quarterbacks tendencies.
Who was the toughest player you ever faced? The toughest player I faced was the running back from Ashland University.
If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why? I would compare my play to Kam Chancellor just because he brings another level of physicality to the game. I’m the type of safety who can play in the box as well as cover.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it? The biggest obstacle was and is the birth of my son. I say that because I continued to go to school and I would be missing him. Then I would tell myself that I wasn’t being a good dad because I was away all the time chasing my dream. I overcame this obstacle by understanding and realizing who I’m doing this for, that’s him. As I grew up I understood that I have to do this to give me a chance to have a better life for me and my son.
What is your biggest strength? My biggest strength understanding the game and working hard.
What is your biggest weakness? My biggest weakness is trusting the technique.
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say? I am a hard worker who enjoys the grind. Someone who would do what the team needs me to do. If that means playing all special teams I will do that with no problem. I am dedicated what I do and I guarantee improvement on a consistent bases. I know I’m from a small school but coming from there taught me that I need to stay hungry and ready. Being hungry has carried me to this position and opportunity that I have now.
Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up? My favorite team is the Detroit Lions and favorite is Sean Taylor.
If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose? If I could have dinner with three people it would be my mother’s parents and Sean Taylor.

NFL Scouting Report: Brandon Person, DB

Scouting Report: Brandon Person, DB

Does this small school player have what it takes to make the nfl and would he be a good fit for the Patriots?
Does this small school player have what it takes to make the nfl and would he be a good fit for the Patriots?
NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken
Someone asked if I could do some reports on lesser known players.  Well, I took it to the extreme with Brandon Person, a defensive back out of Tiffin University. Located in Ohio and part of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Tiffin is not exactly a hot bed for potential NFL players.  This year however, that may change with Brandon Person.  I was lucky enough to find just enough highlight tape and actual games to put together a report on him, so check out this unknown player and let me know what you think.
Name: Brandon Person
School: Tiffin University (Sr.)
Height: 5’11″ (unofficial)
Weight: 196 Lbs. (unofficial)
No combine or Pro day results available
40 yard dash-4.50 (unofficial)
Positives:
Person has played all over the backfield for the dragons.  He has lined up mostly as their free safety, but also came down in the box to play strong safety as well as some press man corner.  Person shows good footwork in his backpedal and has fluid hips to turn and run with defenders. He reads and reacts to plays quickly and consistently makes it difficult for receivers to make the catch.  He sinks his hips and does not take unnecessary steps on comebacks and combination routes.  Person is physical and on film looks like he enjoys hitting receivers and tackling runners.  You can see on tape that he is the quarterback of the defense, constantly telling and getting his teammates into proper position.  In an interview he did, it sounds like he is a film junkie and is always looking to improve his game both on and off the field.

Negatives:
It is difficult to find any true information on small school players like this. I have seen him listed anywhere from 5’10″ to 6’1″ and 185 Lbs to a whopping 220 Lbs.  I tend to think he is on the smaller side of those numbers.  Not only is he coming from a small school, but he was at a community college before that, so to say he will be making a big jump in competition is an understatement.  Everything from the speed to the complexity of the game is going to be brand new to him and not everyone can make that jump.

Overall:
I cannot take credit for finding this potential diamond in the rough. I saw something about him on Twitter and decided to check him out further.  It is so hard to get a true feel for a player off a highlight tape, but it is not completely useless either.  You can watch for traits that translate regardless of competition, and Person does show some of those traits.  To my surprise, I was actually able to find some full games as well and again, he showed up.  If this kid gets drafted, and that is a big if, it will be late.  Most likely he will be an undrafted free agent, but we have seen that those guys can come in and contribute.  I think Person shows enough to warrant a shot in camp and may just surprise some people, especially in this weak safety class. Here is a link to some of his tape:  http://www.hudl.com/athlete/516821/highlights/125324376/v2