Tag:Zane Beadles
Posted on: March 9, 2010 11:32 am
Edited on: March 9, 2010 1:01 pm
 

Misi, snubbed FS Johnson impress at Utah Pro Day

Half of the teams in the NFL were represented yesterday at Utah's Pro Day. With several offensive line coaches in attendance, the the focus may have been on versatile offensive lineman Zane Beadles, but those in attendance tell me the two most impressive players were outside linebacker prospect Koa Misi and free safety Robert Johnson .

Misi, who I listed months ago as a Diamond in the Rough, has emerged as a legitimate top 75 candidate after impressing during the Senior Bowl and Combine in drills. A defensive end for the Utes, Misi is considered more athletic than his former teammate Paul Kruger, a second round pick by Baltimore last year that successfully made the transition from defensive end to outside linebacker for their 3-4 scheme. Misi, who did the entire workout at the Combine, didn't run the 40-yard dash or do all of the timed drills Monday. He did, however, cut his short shuttle time from 4.30 to 4.21 and looked very good in positional drills.

My fellow senior analyst Chad Reuter pointed out Robert Johnson as one of the year's bigger Combine snubs in a previous article. Johnson showed that he would have impressed in Indianapolis had he been invited. Johnson measured in at 6-2 1/8 and 203 pounds and lifted the bar 13 times, proving both bigger and stronger than scouts had anticipated. He clocked in at 4.55 to 4.62 in the 40-yard dash.

Johnson was most impressive, however, in the shuttle drills and positional workouts, proving a fluidity which helped him secure 13 interceptions over the past three seasons with the Utes. Johnson's time in the short shuttle was 4.06; his time in the 3-cone was 6.56, each of which would have led all safeties tested at the Combine. 



Posted on: January 27, 2010 1:25 pm
 

Impressions of the North OL

In my second day of scouting the North squad, I elected to focus on the big men in the trenches, paying special attention to the so-called "small-school" offensive linemen.

Idaho's Mike Iupati is beginning to prove to the rest of the country what NFLDraftScout.com has been saying all year long -- he's the best guard in the 2010 draft and a potential first round pick.

Iupati has surprisingly quick feet and balance for a man of his size. The leverage issues that had occasionally come up on film are being corrected by the Detroit Lions staff. His great strength and quick hands allow him to control his opponent easily. He showed good recognition when the North defensive line began running twists, sliding quickly to switch off from the defensive tackle to the hard-changing defensive end.

Massachusetts' Vladimir DuCasse has great potential, but he is still far from a finished product. He's quick into his pass set, but too quickly stops moving his feet and, as such, is susceptiple to speed rushers and spins back inside. The Detroit Lions staff kept the game's best pass rusher, Michigan's Brandon Graham,  operating on the other side, as DuCasse had more than enough to handle operating against Murray State's Austen Lane. His long arms, good bend and strong anchor mean he should be able to help immediately at guard with longterm potential to move back outside to tackle.

Considering the bowl success, Utah is far from a small school, but Zen Beadles struggled badly today at right guard. The former left tackle hasn't shown quick enough feet or strong enough hands to handle a strong rotation at defensive tackle that included Penn State's Jared Odrick and Louisiana Tech's D'Anthony Smith. Odrick, in particular, owned Beadles on this day.


 
 
 
 
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