Tag:Missouri Tigers
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:10 am
Edited on: March 2, 2012 10:22 am

Egnew posts record jump at Mizzou Pro Day

Missouri is a good location to kick off the busy slate of Pro Day workouts, with an easy trip for many of the scouts who wrapped up the Scouting Combine on Tuesday. Representatives from more than two dozen teams showed up to watch 11 players work out Thursday.

St. Louis, Minnesota, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Carolina, Tennessee, San Diego, Philadelphia, New England and Tampa Bay all had scouts at the work out, according to the Columbia Tribune.

The Tigers had four players invited to the Combine, and they all stood on their workout numbers from last week: tight end Michael Egnew, defensive lineman Dominique Hamilton, wide receiver Jerrell Jackson and defensive lineman Jacquies Smith.

Egnew, who is NFLDraftScout.com's No. 5-ranked tight end - albeit in a week position group this year - weighed in at 251 pounds, a pound lighter than at the Combine. He posted a 37 1/2-inch vertical and an 11-foot, 3-inch broad jump, improving on the 36 and 10-11 he managed in Indianapolis last week. In fact, his broad jump broke his own school record and would have been the best at the Combine, which was an 11-1 by Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill and Central Florida cornerback Josh Robinson.

Egnew did take part in passing drills, along with Jackson, a fringe draftable player who is currently the No. 50-ranked prospect in a deep position group this year. They caught passes from former Tigers quarterback Jimmy Costello.

" I just kind of see it as me putting my hard work out there," Egnew told the Kansas City Star. "I work out everyday, so it’s nice to get to do it in front of other people.

"My whole outlook is to put everything I’ve got on the table and hopefully, one team likes it and scoops it up."

Other Tigers to work out included wide receiver Wesley Kemp, long snapper Bo Brinkley, offensive linemen Dan Hoch, Jayson Palmgren and Austin Wuebbels, defensive linemen Terrell Resonno, linebacker Luke Lambert and cornerback Trey Hobson. None were invited to the Combine. Resonno strained his quad running the 40, contributing to Hamilton's decision to sit out.

Kemp ran the 40-yard dash twice in 4.55 seconds, posted a 34 1/2-inch vertical, 10-1 broad jump, 4.25 short shuttle run, 6.86 three-cone drill and bench pressed 225 pounds 18 times, according to NFL.com.

Brinkley had 40 times of 4.86 and 4.87 seconds, a 33 1/2-inch vertical, 9-7 broad, 4.24 shuttle run, 7.18 three-cone drill and 17 bench reps.

The most impressive number of the day was the 40 reps Wuebbels pushed up at 225 pounds, according to the Tribune. That would have been the third-most at the Combine, behind only Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe (44) and Michigan offensive lineman David Molk (41).

Missouri has another Pro Day scheduled for March 15, and Hamilton and Jackson said they plan to take part in the agility testing and positional drills then.

Posted on: September 2, 2011 3:42 pm

Locker, Smith star in preseason finales

Many critics panned the San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans for making Aldon Smith and Jake Locker the seventh and eighth picks of the 2011 NFL Draft.

While it is impossible to grade either team based on how their prized rookies performed in one meaningless preseason game, it is safe to say that the 49ers and Titans' staffs are feeling pretty good about their selections today. 

Locker completed 15 of 17 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown. Locker also led the Titans with 39 rushing yards, including escaping the pocket for a 22-yard touchdown. While accuracy was a huge concern for Locker throughout his time with the Washington Huskies, it was clear the improvement he was making while working with former NFL quarterback Ken O'Brien. I saw the improvement in his throwing motion and accuracy first hand, traveling to Mobile to scout Locker in person at the Senior Bowl, sitting in the stands at the Combine while he threw and later at his Pro Day, as well.

Smith was a terror off the edge for the 49ers in their final tuneup before the regular season. Operating as a reserve outside linebacker and defensive end, Smith led the 49ers with seven tackles, including 2.5 sacks and four pressures. 

I was among those who questioned if Smith would be able to make an immediate contribution as an outside linebacker in San Francisco's 3-4 scheme. A defensive end who owed a significant portion of his sacks to moving inside to defensive tackle during obvious pass rushing downs, I still worry that Smith lacks the agility and flexibility to ever be a star as a true outside linebacker. 

However, what I didn't realize when writing my off-the-cuff grades during draft weekend was the multiple roles the 49ers had planned for Smith. These roles were made clearer during training camp and in the impressive performance Smith had last night against the Chargers. Defensive coordinator Vinc Fangio had Smith operating as an outside linebacker, but also dropped him back down to defensive end. Smith was at his best when at defensive end, routinely collapsing the pocket due to his speed, long arms and aggressive scheming by San Francisco, which used stunts to free Smith up. 

Ultimately, the fourth preseason game for each player isn't likely to boost them into the starting role. Still, the strong performances were exciting for the development of two of the 2011 draft's most hotly debated prospects.   

Posted on: October 9, 2009 12:35 am
Edited on: October 9, 2009 12:51 am

Ticky-Tack Personal Fouls on Suh

Unlike Missouri linebacker Sean Witherspoon, who I explained in a previous post I've been less than impressed with tonight, Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been dominant.

He's used explosive strength to consistently push the pocket, sustained effort to track down carriers from behind and a blend of nastiness and intensity that might make him the most feared defensive tackle in the country. Suh doesn't just tackle the ball-carrier, he grabs them, twists them and rips them to the ground. I watched him do this to Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor a few weeks ago and he did the same to Missouri passer Blaine Gabbert. He's also again shown his trademark recognition of the pass, getting his hands up to intercept Gabbard in the third quarter. His pick was arguably the play that turned this game around for a Nebraska.

On a negative note, Suh has been flagged for two costly personal fouls. Both, however, I'd argue were pretty ticky-tack calls that shouldn't drop Suh's ranking with scouts whatsoever.

Suh was flagged for hands to the face on the first penalty. Battling a double-team, Suh's hands initially hit the blocker in the chest. As the players battled, his hands slid up into the throat and face mask of the offensive lineman. Suh's hands were high for approximately one second in real time. Technically, this certainly is a penalty. This penalty, however, could be called on most plays, however, and is especially likely to occur on rainy nights such as this one.

The second penalty was significantly more argumentative. On the play Suh sacked Gabbert, but was flagged for a horse-collar tackle. Suh grabbed the back of Gabbert's jersey (near the letters of his name) with his right arm, and twisting him as he does in many of his tackles, his left arm snaked around to the front and grabbed the front of the passer's jersey. His hand seemed to stop at the top of the numbers, but was close enough to the top-front of Gabbard's shoulder pads that he was called for the penalty.

On both occassions, Suh's ferocity and intensity -- two of the elements that NFL scouts like most -- "earned" him penalty flags on this night.

For those just focusing on the box score, his penalties might loom large. I'd recommend looking at his other numbers (6 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 INT despite consistent double-teaming) to appreciate his greater impact on this contest.

Posted on: October 8, 2009 9:06 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2009 12:52 am

Dominance tonight expected of Suh, Witherspoon

Many mid-major teams have taken advantage of the nationally televised Thursday night games in an effort to boost their image with fans and recruits. Tonight's game on ESPN features two Big 12 powers in Nebraska and Missouri, including two of the most high-profile defenders in the country.

Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (#93) is NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated senior overall. How anyone can not be rating him as the elite senior prospect I don't know, as he has been dominant this season, plays a value position and has the work ethic and athleticism necessary in making an immediate impact at the next level. In fact, fellow senior analyst Chad Reuter and I have spoken of the fairly significant drop-off from #1 Suh to "everyone else" after him. As he did last season, Suh is leading the Cornhuskers in tackles (26) and has chipped in 6 tackles for loss and 2 sacks, as well. One of the aspects I like most about him is that he's a heady, intense player who isn't satisfied with just rushing the passer or clogging running lanes. When he can't get to the quarterback, he gets his hands in the air. Suh leads the team with 6 pass breakups. I featured him as our Player of the Week following his last nationally televised action (against Virginia Tech) and expect him to be similarly dominant tonight, though Missouri's focus on the passing game may limit his tackles at the point of attack. Expect to see him active in pursuit and creating some pressure up the middle.

Missouri has a potential first round prospect of their own in linebacker Sean Witherspoon (#12). I'm admittedly not as high on Witherspoon as others seem to be. There is no arguing with his production. He led the Big 12 in tackles last season with a gaudy 155 total stops and proved to be a force as a pass rusher (5 sacks) and in coverage (8 passes broken up, 3 INTS -- 2 of which he returned for TDs). So, what's not to like? Despite his impressive frame (6'1, 245 pounds), Witherspoon almost relies on his agility to defeat blocks. I'd like to see him take on more blockers, shed and make the play in the hole, rather than chase the ball-carrier down. Of course, as some have argued with me in the past, similar concerns were the primary reason the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were able to find outside linebacker Derrick Brooks with the 28th pick of the 1995 draft. Against Nebraska's offense, Witherspoon should enjoy a strong game. He certainly has the speed to make some impressive plays in coverage, is a big hitter, and will have opportunities to impress scouts like me who have questioned his willingness to take on blockers. This may not be Tom Osbourne's Nebraska, but Witherspoon and the rest of the Tigers will still have to respect this running game.

It should make for a highly interesting game for fans and scouts, alike, to watch. The game begans at 9 pm EST on ESPN.

Posted on: April 19, 2009 4:58 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2009 12:28 pm

Did I leave off 3 safe guys from article?


 A personnel director kind enough to occasionally read my articles and provide some constructive criticism recently told me that I'm missing three relatively safe players from my most recent article posted on NFLDraftScout.com.

The article, which you can read, by copying and pasting the URL address below, identified Wake Forest OLB Aaron Curry, LSU defensive end Tyson Jackson, Ohio State cornerback Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis, Cal center Alex Mack, Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno, Oklahoma State tight end Brandon Pettigrew and Ohio State wide receiver Brian Robiskie as the safest picks of the draft.

The personnel director pointed out three other players that he thought I should have listed, Connecticut running back Donald Brown, Oklahoma offensive tackle Phil Loadholt and Missouri defensive tackle Evander "Ziggy" Hood. Each, he feels, willl be taken in the first round.

Brown, as he explained, "is the last of the top backs. He's pro-ready, a hard worker and has some juice to him." The longtime scout felt that there was a "significant" dropoff from the top three backs -- Moreno, Ohio State's Beanie Wells, and Brown -- to the next tier of backs.

I was the most surprised by his claim that Sooner tackle Loadholt is among the safer prospects of the draft, as I, personally, don't feel he's athletic enough for the left tackle position and may even struggle on the right side. I also question if he's too tall to be moved inside to guard. The personnel director, however, feels Loadholt is an easy fit at right tackle and could surprise at the blind side. "Rare size. Physical. A competitor. The top tackles everyone is in love with are better overall athletes, but I'm looking for football players."

Missouri's Ziggy Hood is a player I've been high on for quite awhile, and was the least surprised by his inclusion in the scout's list. "He's not a world-beater, but he plays his ass off and worked out a lot better than we thought he would. If you need a [defensive] tackle, you'd better go get him in this draft."




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