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Ummm, Jacques Washington looks extremely underrated.
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I'm at the stage every year where I'm not actually scouting, but simply deciding who to scout. Finding the guys I'm going to be watching over the next couple of months.
This process is officially complete. And I end it with one measurables + stats high sleeper probability candidate, Jonathan Dowling, a safety dismissed by Florida who has made a home for himself at Western Kentucky, getting 68 tackles and 6 picks there last season. Not to mention, 6'2, 198, 4.52 40
I will actually begin scouting tomorrow morning. As I find sleepers, I'll let you guys know. Also: there's this kid named Jadeveon Clowney that I have been hearing a bit about. I'm going to check him out, see if he's any good.
Also, has anybody seen Dri Archer's stats? I'm not saying he's underrated, because he's really small, but holy crap. A 9.0 yards per carry with 1429 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns. 39 catches for 561 yards (14.4 yards per catch) and 4 touchdowns. 17 kickoff returns for 591 yards (34.8 yards per return!!) and 3 touchdowns. 1 pass for 24 yards and, of course, a touchdown, 631.6 quarterback rating. 2577 all purpose yards and 23 touchdowns. I have never seen anything like that.
Those numbers remind of the guy who led my high school to the first playoff appearance in school history in 2011-12. He ran a legit 4.32, but he was 5'6 160lbs, and even that may have been generous (I saw him every day in my AP stats class), so he wound up at an FCS school, but he was awesome. We sucked, and had no business being in the playoffs, but I did stats for the football team, and I remember calling the Cincinnati Enquirer to give them stats, and the reaction on the phone was always priceless:
Me: "had 296 yards on 28 carries and 5 touchdowns"
Vanderbilt N.C. State is done. Final thoughts: Andre Hal isn't much. Asa Watson has shocking straight line speed but little quickness, and he's fairly raw. Jordan Matthews looks solid. He made a few nice reads on option routes that stood out. Wesley Johnson is incredibly smart but below average in every other aspect of the game. Projects as a versatile backup linemen that can be mediocre but not embarrassing at every position. Dontae Johnson has nice size and length but lacks strength. He knows how to use his size and length to deflect passes, but has little power as a tackler. Rob Crisp sucks.
Next I will watch South Dakota State vs. North Dakota State. Going to check out cornerback Marcus Williams, and, while I'm at it, tackle Bryan Witzmann.
Witzmann doesn't look like much. Not a great athlete. Williams, on the other hand, couldn't really be playing better. Lots of things I don't know, since he has only been targeted once so far (playing a bit too deep in zone coverage, probably could be blamed for the ensuing catch), but he has shown good strength and great technique pressing receivers off the line of scrimmage
I had to do a lot of digging to find this guy. I know very little about him. But there is this LeRon Furr at Fort Valley State. Originally at Oklahoma State, he transferred to Fort Valley State, possibly to play with his brother, DeRon Furr, who went from Auburn to Memphis to Fort Valley State. According to his old Rivals recruitment page, LeRon is 6'3, 225lbs, and runs a 4.65 40, so pretty good. According to NFLDraftScout.com, who doesn't actually have him ranked, he's 6'2, 233lbs, and runs a 4.67 40. Above average either way. And his stats? Unbelievable. 110 tackles, 32.0 TFL's, 6.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 2 pass breakups in 12 games in 2012. Keep an eye out.