Scouting Notes: 2013 Hawaii Bowl (Boise State vs. Oregon State)

Oregon State cornerback Rashaad Reynolds was the Hawaii Bowl’s player of the game for his two-touchdown effort. (Photo: Marco Garcia — USA Today Sports)

 

Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State, Jr.

-Accelerates quickly, lots of wiggle

-Excellent vision with the ball

-Burst through hole after a hands catch

-Uses his agility and acceleration to make defenders miss

-Quick in and out of breaks, fights across middle

-Athletic build with thick thighs and big arms

-Good head fake and burst at top of his route

-Touchdown reception in traffic, breadbasket catch

-Slippery quick but dances a bit in open space

-Has great playmaking ability, can break free at any time

-Easily catches passes mid-stride

-Made an intelligent play to bat onside kick out of bounds

Overview: With 12 touches in the Hawaii Bowl, Cooks’ athleticism was on full display. While he reeled in eight receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown, he also carried the ball four times. He showed off quick-twitch athleticism and great vision whenever the ball was in his hands.

He is a natural catcher who make plays look easy with soft hands. He is an explosive athlete who can score on any play.

Cooks only helped his draft stock and the Hawaii Bowl and if he decides to declare for the NFL draft as a junior, he could end up as a first-round pick.

Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State, Jr.

-Gets into offensive lineman’s pads, keeps eyes on ball and makes tackle

-Leans off the edge but does not bend enough at the knees

-Drives offensive lineman back, weaves through line for big tackle for loss

-Steps in and swims out for strip sack

-Extends arms and quickly gets off block for tackle for loss

-Not much bend on speed rush off edge

-Club and swim outside and nearly gets to quarterback

-Several offside penalties in this game

Overview: Solid against both the pass and run, Crichton is arguably the best all-around defensive end in the draft.

He shows a good burst off the line of scrimmage as a pass-rusher and can attack offensive linemen with a set of moves. He was frequently in the backfield in this game, recording three tackles for loss against Boise State. He consistently shows the ability to extend his arms, create space and shed blocks. He has a good motor and great football smarts.

If he declares for the 2014 draft, Crichton should be one of the first defensive ends selected and an early-round selection.

Rashaad Reynolds, CB, Oregon State, Sr.

-Comes out of coverage to fill hole and tackle runner, tackled high

-Slow to recognize run, did not go for tackle but rode runner out of bounds

-Good plant and drive, good wrap-up tackle on receiver

-Stays aware of ball, scoops fumble for touchdown

-Willing in run support but struggles taking runners to ground by himself

-In receiver’s pocket, swats ball away from behind

-Quick to the ball and returns fumble for touchdown

-Kept eyes in backfield too long and let receiver by him

-Diving ankle tackle on running back

-Aggressive coverage, undercuts pass

-Gets into backfield on blitz, whiffs on tackle

-Plants foot in ground and drives with haste

Overview: Reynolds returned two fumbles for touchdowns in an outstanding individual performance to earn the Hawaii Bowl’s player of the game award.

He showed good awareness and reaction time to quickly get to each fumble, allowing him to return them for scores. Along with his fumble returns, he was consistently good in coverage, including one pass breakup. He repeatedly showed the ability to stick his foot in the ground and drive on passes. While he is a ready and willing tackler, he struggles to take players to the ground on his own.

Reynolds really helped his stock in the last game of his college career, and he will look to carry that momentum into draft season.

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Tags: 2014 NFL Draft, Boise State, Bowl Games, Brandin Cooks, Charles Leno, Demarcus Lawrence, Gabe Linehan, Hawaii Bowl, Matt Paradis, Oregon State, Rashaad Reynolds, Scott Crichton, Scouting Notes

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