Scouting Series: Who to Watch this Week

It’s been a rough year, but at least we got football back, and there are a ton of great games to be scouting this weekend. The NFL and NCAA are starting their respective seasons and i am here for it. While many of the top prospects have exercised their right to opt out of the season, there are still some very good looking prospects left. For this week, I’ll highlight some games with prospects you should keep an eye on. Check it out:

Syracuse vs North Carolina

There are two prospects I will be scouting heavily playing in this game. first up is Syracuse Safety Andre Cisco. Standing at 6 foot 209 pounds, Cisco plays a coverage Safety role for Syracuse. The two year starter has a whopping twelve interceptions in two seasons. He finished off last season with an interception in three straight games. It’s safe to say Andre Cisco is a ball hawk. Being a ball hawk is also a double edged sword. Cisco is aggressive in coverage, which means he’ll take chances and isn’t always right. All things considered, Cisco is a game changer to keep an eye on. Below you see an example of the anticipation and ball skills that Cisco has.

Next up we have North North Carolina Wide Receiver Dazz Newsome. Dazz had a breakout year in 2019 with 72 catches for 1,018 yards. He averaged 84 yards per game, and even played the hero with a game winning touchdown catch against Miami. On tape Dazz mostly plays the slot. His fluid hips are obvious when you see him easily get in and out of his breaks. Not only is he a good route runner, he also has some speed to get deep. Dazz isn’t this biggest player standing at 5’11 190lbs, but he does do a good job in contested catch situations. Below you see Dazz doing work on a Pittsburgh DB. He loses him at the top of the stem, sells the vertical route and turns it into a dig route. To put the cherry on top Dazz throws in some YAC as well.

Duke vs Notre Dame

There are a couple of interesting defensive prospects to be scouting in this game. Over at Duke the more highly touted pass rusher is Chris Rumph. His teammate Victor Dimukeje is nothing to sneeze at either. The 6’3 265lb Senior had 8.5 sacks last season starting all 12 games for the 3rd straight year. When I pop on the tape, his strength and hand usage stands out. Hand usage and pass rush moves aren’t something young pass rushers master early, so to see his advancement in that department is exciting. While not the freak athlete that will get all the headlines, Dimukeje makes up for it with high motor and effort. Below he’s at the bottom of the screen you see him keeping the OT hands off of him while crossing his face. Dimukeje knifes through the inside shoulder of the tackle, creates pressure and gets the sack.

Next up is Linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. He’s the latest in the growing line of hybrid positionless players that the NFL id trending towards. At 6’2 216 he’s not quite a Safety, not quite a LB, but at the same time a little bit of both, if that makes any sense. Notre Dame uses him in coverge, as a blitzer, overhang defender etc. He’s basically a jack of all trades for the front seven. In 2019 he had 80 tackles to go along with 5.5 sacks. In the clip below you see him defending the slot WR in space, breaking on the ball and breaking up the pass. There’s a creative defensive coordinator somewhere watching his tape thinking up formations as I type.

Pittsburgh vs. Austin Peay

Pittsburgh boasts alot of defensive talent. Guys like Jaylen Twyman (opt out), and Paris Ford will be hot names NFL teams will be scouting when draft time comes around. The player I’m going to focus on is DE Patrick Jones. Jones has ideal size for an edge rusher at 6″5 260lbs. In 2019 he played in all 13 games registering 12 TFL’s, 8.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 18 hurries. Jones has good get off at the snap and has the length to keep hands off of him. Although I would like to see him continue to get stronger as well as add to his pass rush repertoire, I believe Jones can be a great asset to any teams pass rush. Below is a clip of Jones’ mean inside swim move along with the sack fumble.

Author: EJ

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