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James Hurst, A Top Draft Prospect Faced With Taking On Jadeveon Clowney

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

North Carolina left tackle James Hurst’s game will be put to the test Thursday night against South Carolina superstar defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. (Photo: Steve Mitchell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

College football, and arguably its biggest star, will be back in action Thursday at 6 p.m., when superstar South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and the Gamecocks take on the North Carolina Tar Heels in a game televised nationally by ESPN.

The bulk of the attention leading up to this game has been placed on Clowney, and rightfully so: the junior is a virtually unanimous choice as college football’s best defensive player, is coming off of a 13-sack season and is projected to be a top-two selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.

That said, Clowney isn’t the only top prospect playing in Thursday night’s college football season opener. The second-best prospect in the game may be North Carolina left tackle James Hurst, the player Clowney will spend most of his night lining up directly across from.

Going into his senior season, Hurst is a legitimate first-round candidate for the 2014 draft. He is a very well-rounded offensive tackle with the all-around game to start on either side of the line, but to be a top draft pick in a class full of offensive tackle talent, Hurst must continue to get even better in his senior season.

Hurst starts his season with an opportunity to make a name for himself, for better or for worse. Facing Clowney will be the toughest test of his college football career, and it is likely that Hurst’s flaws will be exposed. But if Hurst can hold his own and conversely prove to be a tough test for Clowney, he will impress scouts and could vault himself into the top tier of offensive tackle prospects.

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Gridiron Glance: Week 1 -Thursday Night 8/30

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Now is the time for MarQueis Gray to step up and show us he’s a NFL caliber QB (Photo: US Presswire)

It is finally here, the night we have all eagerly been anticipating since January. College Football is finally back and everything is once again right in the world. Opening night has a strong slate of game and we picked four from tonight to get you amped up and ready for a whole season of scouting the college ranks for the next Buffalo Bills! So sit back and enjoy as we give you some short notes on 42 prospects to pay attention to tonight. (more…)


Nick Perry Scouting Report

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

DE Nick Perry-USC

Height: 6’3

Weight: 250 lbs.

Grade: 7.3 (Grading Scale)

Projection: 1st Round

Strengths:

Perry shows off plenty of natural athleticism and ability in his pass rush….he shows the ability to bend well and turn the corner off his speed rush…likes to keep the OT honest by running the arc and then coming back and hitting the B gap with a power move off his first step…when he realizes he has them he uses his hands well and is able to disengage…showed the ability to drop into zone coverage during his time at USC, could be useful if he transitions outside full time…stays low off contact and can really generate some push despite giving up 40 to 50 pounds on the OT…rushes with a tenacity and isn’t afraid to really get after the OT who is trying to block him…he wraps up well and tends to finish plays…Has dominated a couple of different top level OT’s in his career.

Weaknesses:

The first question Perry must answer is whether or not he’s the elite athlete who can stand up in a 34 and blow by the OT…He’s too singularly focused on getting after the QB, he forgets about containment or backside responsibility and will often leave huge gaps for RB or QB to escape into…needs to add some more bulk to his frame…raw in his technique which is surprising for a guy who is so strong…needs to realize that his hands are always going to be weapons for him to use and he needs to use them more consistently…he absolutely must develop a counter move to the OT, as of now if he can’t beat the OT with his initial move he isn’t going to beat him.

Notes:

Perry v. Colorado

 


DE Marcus Hyde Interview

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

We continue our interview series with 2012 NFL Draft prospects by bringing in William & Mary DE Marcus Hyde for an interview today. Marcus is considered to be one of the more feared pass rushers coming out of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and is looking to take the leap from college to the NFL.

I asked Marcus about how he ended up at William & Mary despite having offers from FBS schools, about how he would feel playing in a 43 v. 34, and about just what it is about New Hampshire that makes him so “mean”.

Marcus also tells a little about his training, how his shoulder is doing, and talks about what it is about Von Miller that motivates Marcus.

DE Marcus Hyde Interview by Matt Elder


Allstarpalooza: Tuesday Reports and Links

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

It’s Day 2 of the All-Starpalooza and we’re back with links from the Shrine Game, the NFLPA Bowl, and the Battle of Florida! Every bowl is now underway and this is by far the craziest all-star week I’ve ever seen in all my time scouting football. It’s nuts!

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