Brandon Thompson Scouting Report

6′ 2″ 311 • Defensive Tackle • Clemson

Pros:

  • Very strong and well built
  • Very sudden; Quick for his size
  • Changes directions with ease; Lateral agility to move up and down LOS
  • Times snaps well
  • Strong hands; Sheds blockers well
  • Anchors well; Doesn’t get rocked back
  • Great in run defense
  • Get’s “skinny” through gaps
  • Solid play recognition skills

Cons:

  • Lacks any true pass rushing moves
  • Can get too tall coming out of snap
  • Not a 3 down DT
  • Doesn’t adapt well; If initial move is blocked, then he’s done
  • Technique needs refining 
  • Tad shorter than you would like

MockDraft 101′s Opinion:

  • Thompson will catch your eye on tape due to his quick first step and overall athletic ability. You would like to see him become more of a pass rusher due to his quickness but really lacks any true moves (swim,bull) to get to the QB. He’s much better in run defense and an ideal 4-3 DT, although because of his quickness, can easily transition to the 3-4. Teams might be turned off of him because he is most likely not a 3-down lineman at the next level. 

Lavonte David Scouting Report

6′ 1″ 225 • Outside Linebacker • Nebraska 

Pros:

  • Very instinctive; Always around the ball
  • Quick reaction time; Has a certain feel for the game
  • Great coverage LB; Can cover RBs out of the backfield
  • Excels in zone
  • Very fluid
  • Good balance
  • Solid tackler
  • Hustle player; Will chase down ball carriers
  • Hard for lineman to get solid blocks on him
  • Good work ethics and character

Cons:

  • Lacks ideal size and strength
  • Can be run at
  • Larger TE’s and Lineman will give him fits
  • Doesn’t anchor well
  • Scheme limitations
  • Can be too aggressive at times

MockDraft 101′s Opinion:

  • David is a high motor LB who is all over the place. In games we viewed of Nebraska, Davis seemed to be around every ball on almost every play. His instincts are one of the best among all defensive prospects in this draft. His size will prevent him from going any higher than mid-2nd, and he’s limited to a WLB in a 4-3, but make no mistake, he brings it on every play and should experience a solid NFL career. 

Jerel Worthy Scouting Report

6′ 3″ 305 • Defensive Tackle • Michigan St.

Pros: 

  • Great size and bulk
  • Extremely strong
  • Surprising quickness off the snap
  • Does a great job shooting gaps; Can dart past slower O-lineman
  • Very active and strong hands
  • One of the more explosive DT’s in this draft
  • Great change of direction
  • Array of pass rush moves
  • Scheme versatility
  • Clogs up running lanes; Excellent in goal line defense
  • High upside; Still developing the nuances of the game

Cons:

  • Inconsistent play
  • Would like to see him disengage from blockers better
  • Non-factor against double teams
  • Seems to get “banged up” alot
  • Still refining his technique
  • Stamina concerns  

MockDraft 101′s Opinion:

  • Worthy has all the physical traits you look for in a 3 down lineman. He’s and ideal 4-3 DT, but can easily play 5-tech in a “30″ front One of the more explosive DT’s in this draft, Worthy brings alot to the table as far as pass rushing and run defense. However, you would like for him to be more consistent and not disappear at times. More consistency and he would be a lock for day 1, but should hear his name called in the middle of round 2.