Scouting Notes: Notre Dame vs. Michigan (9/7/13)

Taylor Lewan looked like the best left tackle in the 2014 draft class with his performance against Notre Dame. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

Michigan

#21 WR Jeremy Gallon

-Good blocker, aggressive and stays in defender’s face

-Spins out of tackle then outruns defense for long touchdown

-Spins, jumps and plucks ball out of air then gets additional yards after catch

-Adjusts and shows good body control to play the ball and make catch

-Ran excellent routes all day

-Comes back to help pressured quarterback

-Small guy with large catch radius

Overview: Gallon was the breakout star of the game, hauling in eight receptions for 184 yards and three touchdowns.

His ability to adjust and a large catch radius for his size heighten his already reliable hands. He ran fantastic routes all day to create separation, leading to his big day.

He’s a smaller player listed at only 5’8″ and 184 pounds by Michigan’s official athletics website, but with his reliable receiving and sound blocking, he should have no problem finding a spot on an NFL roster. He will likely be a slot receiver at the next level. He did not work out of the slot often against Notre Dame, but he has the skill set to succeed in the slot.

#98 QB Devin Gardner (Jr.)

-Gets ahead of runner on reverse and throws block

-Good zip on short throws

-Slow throwing motion, but quick release at end

-Arm thrower, hardly uses his lower half at all

-Almost always throws to first read even when it’s not there

-Good athlete that will make plays with his feet

-Evades rusher while keeping eyes downfield

-Great placement on deep throw

-Lacks any zip on downfield passes

-Bad decision scrambling into own end zone then throwing interception in own end zone

-Struggled throwing to left especially on the run

Overview: While the stat sheet will show Gardner had a solid game, his passing skills were underwhelming to say the least.

He displays good zip on short throws but is unable to drive the ball down the field due to his poor throwing motion. He throws mainly with his arm, using his lower body very little to not at all in his motion. He only completed one pass beyond 20 yards, which was a floater down the middle of the field.

He predominantly threw to his first read sometimes forcing the ball into coverage. He has the ability to make plays with his fee, but at this point, he is nowhere near being an NFL-caliber quarterback.

Passing Chart Key:
Rows = 20+, 10-19, 0-9, <LOS
Columns = Left, Middle, Right
In Each Box: Top Row = Completions/Attempts, Bottom Row = Yards, Highlight = Touchdown Thrown

#77 OT Taylor Lewan

-Natural knee bender, ideal build of left tackle

-Solid base with great footwork, great lateral movement

-Gets outside then creates inside wall of hole on outside run

-Patient, lets rushers come to him

-Shutting down all defenders he goes up against

-Aggressive, tough lineman with mean streak

Overview: Lewan showed why he should be considered the top offensive tackle prospect in this year’s draft. He shut down every Notre Dame defender he went up against. Very few times did he show even signs of struggle, but when he did, he recovered and kept the pocket clean.

He also showed his athletic ability off on a few outside runs where he sealed the edge to open up the outside. His mauler mentality showed on running plays and he consistently finished his blocks.

Lewan is the model for what a left tackle should look like.

#75 OT Michael Schofield

-Good slide outside to take on edge rush, gets on hip and rides rusher out of play

-Shuffles well laterally and keeps hands moving

-Bit of a waist bender

-Got to the second level to spring long run

-Good length

-Holding penalty against DE Tuitt (declined)

Overview: Schofield had a very solid game against Notre Dame. Matching up against Stephon Tuitt many times, Schofield kept Tuitt from getting into the backfield and disrupting plays. While Schofield may have gotten away with a few holds, he was only flagged for one.

He showed good patience receiving rushers as they got to him. His lateral movement is surprisingly good and he also has enough quickness to get to the second level to set up blocks. If Schofield continues to impress against solid competition, he should see his draft stock skyrocket.

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Tags: 2014 NFL Draft, Devin Gardner, Jeremy Gallon, Louis Nix III, Michael Schofield, Michigan, Notre Dame, Scouting Notes, Stephon Tuitt, T.J. Jones, Taylor Lewan, Zack Martin

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