Tag:Jason Fox
Posted on: March 27, 2010 12:20 pm

LB rising, OT falling from Pro Days

In scouting hundreds of players each year it is impossible not to develop a few favorites. These aren't necessarily the best athletes or the most productive players. For me, they are guys who play with supreme intensity, technique or durability.

Two of my favorites this year -- Miami offensive tackle Jason Fox and Arizona State linebacker Travis Goethel -- had nearly polar opposite results in highly anticipated Pro Day workouts Friday.

Fox, a 47 game starter for the Hurricanes, had a lot riding on his workout as he was unable to perform in any of the senior all-star games or the Combine due to undergoing a minor procedure on his left knee. He pulled his hamstring 3/4 of the way through his first attempt at the 40-yard dash. Though he tried to gut it out through positional drills, the injury was obviously bothering him, according to scouts in attendance. All 32 teams were represented at Miami's Pro Day.

While the inability to finish the workout is no doubt troubling for Fox (according to reports, he did not want to speak with reporters following the workout), teams that stay true to the mantra of focusing on film will know what this kid can do. He may not have the athleticism to warrant a first or perhaps even second round selection, but he's a reliable technician that can play the game -- whether at left tackle, or perhaps inside at left guard.

While Fox struggled, Goethel took advantage of the attention. Goethel, 6-3, 240 pounds, started 41 of 50 games over his career, but rarely got the attention he deserved with the Sun Devils, only gaining all-conference accolades as a senior (and it was honorable mention honors, at that).

I love the way this kid plays the game, however. Posssessing a combination of physicality and instincts, he is a classic special teams demon at worst and a potential surprise starter. I had reservations about his pure speed, but, according to a scout in attendance, Goethel impressed Friday with a pair of 4.60s in the 40-yard dash, a 4.54 time in the short shuttle and a 6.91 in the 3-cone -- all of which shaved about 3/10s of a second from his times recorded at the Combine. The scout was also sure to note that the performance was on grass, which is all the more impressive, as this surface generally is not as conducive to fast times as a track or turf.

Posted on: February 24, 2010 7:26 pm

Top 100 players with questionable medical grades

The Scouting Combine -- at least the workout portion of it -- has become the most overrated aspect of the NFL Draft process.

The Combine was originally designed to provide scouts with an efficient way to do medical testing of the 300+ best prospects in the draft. During the 90s, teams began to focus more and more attention on the results of the athletic drills, resulting in some of the biggest busts in league history, including the infamous Mike Mamula. With pre-combine facilities training prospects to excel in these drills -- and not football -- teams are now learning to revert their attention back to where it belongs -- on the film.

I posted a blog earlier about five players who I believe will struggle in certain aspects of the drills and/or measurement portion of the Combine. This wasn't meant to say these players will be busts in the NFL, but that they could see their stock slip a bit this week.

In reality, the players who are likeliest to fall significantly on draft day will be the ones who come up with medical or off-field concerns that are discovered there.

There are several potential Top 100 prospects whose final grades will hinge on their medical grades.

QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma (shoulder)
OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa (thyroid condition)
OLB/DE Ricky Sapp, Clemson (knee)
QB Colt McCoy, Texas (shoulder)
TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma (knee)
RB Jahvid Best, Cal (concussions)
DE Corey Wootton, Northwestern (knee)
TE Rob Gronkowski, Arizona (back)
QB Tony Pike, Cincinnati (forearm)
ILB Sean Lee, Penn State (knee)
DE Greg Hardy, Mississippi (knees, foot)
OT Jason Fox, Miami (knee)

Posted on: October 3, 2009 11:20 pm
Edited on: October 3, 2009 11:20 pm

OT Williams deserves a writeup alright...

Oklahoma left tackle Trent Williams will be sliding down draft boards after tonight's performance against the Hurricanes. He's struggled - at times mightily - with the Canes' speedy pass rushers and hasn't been the consistently dominating run blocker his size and hype would suggest. Too often, in fact, Miami defenders have been able to absorb his initial hand punch and disengage.

Williams appears heavier and slower this year than last. Considering that he is making the transition from right tackle to left, if he had planned to alter his conditioning or size for this year, it should have been to get lighter and focus on his footwork. He earned a second round grade last year from the Advisory Committee...

In my last post I mentioned that Williams would be among the prospects I'd be considering for Player of the Week honors.

I can assure you Williams will be among the prospects I write up in Draft Slant, but he's struggled tonight. Quite frankly, Miami offensive left tackle Jason Fox has been the more impressive NFL prospect thus far on this night...

Posted on: September 17, 2009 2:17 pm

Junior DE Derrick Morgan the one to watch tonight

It used to be that any time the Miami Hurricanes took the field, NFL scouts flocked to their sideline. Rebuilding over the past few seasons, however, has made it so that most scouts have been paying more attention to their opponents rather than those hailing from The U.

Tonight's game between Georgia Tech and Miami is no different as the three elite talents to watch are Yellow Jacket juniors Derrick Morgan (DE), Jonathan Dwyer (RB) and Morgan Burnett (FS).

Though the running back Dwyer gets much of the attention, Georgia Tech's consistently in churning out highly rated defensive linemen and Morgan's early season success has him flying up draft boards. Morgan, who has 5 sacks over his first two games, was especially dominant last week in a nationally televised game against Clemson. Morgan had a game-high 10 tackles, a personal-best four tackles for loss (13 yards), and three sacks (nine yards). I've spoken to NFL scouts who believe that when it is all said and done, Morgan could leap ahead of SEC stars Greg Hardy (Ole Miss) and fellow junior Carlos Dunlap (Florida) to be the highest rated DE potentially available for the 2010 NFL Draft.

While the Yellow Jackets have the better draft-eligible talent, Miami has some intriguing seniors to keep an eye on. Left tackle Jason Fox has been rising up the board recently for his play. He won't be matched up often against Morgan due to the fact that Morgan typically lines up at left defensive end (against the right tackle), but his athleticism is worth watching -- especially on the few occasions they are pitted against each other.

Inside linebacker Darryl Sharpton, a potential riser in a relatively weak class at inside linebacker (at least after Florida's Brandon Spikes) will have to be especially cognizant on his reads against the Yellow Jackets' unique triple option offense.

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