As a veteran NFL scout now serving as a scouting consultant on the college and NFL levels, I focus on about 500 or so of the top high school prospects, as established by the college coaches I assist.
It is from that list that I begin my process of evaluating players over the summer to determine who meets the “football criteria” of being able to best contribute at the major-college level, leaving the grades and character to the coaches who ultimately have to coach them.
Here are my scouting summary notes on three members of Florida State’s recruiting class.
RB Cam Akers (5-11, 210), Clinton (Miss.) High
Akers is a nice-sized prospect with enough speed to get the edge. Possesses good vision and patience to set up his blockers. He has some wiggle, allowing him to make defenders miss in space. Akers is a tough kid with good balance who can break the first tackle and fight for extra yards. He’s an effective receiver.
Not an explosive speed guy and may not have the necessary bulk to excel between the tackles and push the pile at the next level.
Akers is a versatile athlete who could play a variety of positions at the next level, but running back is the most logical.
DE Joshua Kaindoh (6-6, 240), Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy
He has a nice combination of length and bulk. He does a nice job being patient and aware vs. screens and misdirections. He moves so well laterally and has the speed and effort to make plays from the backside. Kaindoh uses his long arms to keep blockers at bay. Dangerous pass rusher with a nice arsenal of moves and a legit burst. Knows how to get arms in passing lanes and is effective batting down passes.
He will need to strengthen and fill out his huge frame. His first step needs to get lower and more explosive, and he needs refinement as a tackler.
Kaindoh is an explosive pass rusher who will be a disruptive presence at the next level. He’s athletic enough to play on his feet and strong enough to set the edge against the run. Overall, he’s a great-looking kid on the hoof with exciting upside.
CB Stanford Samuels Jr. (6-2, 175), Pembroke Pines (Fla.) Flanagan
I like his height and length for corner, but he needs to fill out his frame.
I like his play strength as a tackler. He has solid speed and sees the game well. He will fill and set the edge quickly vs. the run. Displays effort and speed to track down.
He needs to develop more technique and polish as he wins mostly on athletic skill at the moment. His speed is good, not elite. He will hit you, but he needs to be more of a solid wrap-up tackler.
Fluid athlete with instincts stemming from his background as a quarterback. Samuels has the ideal measurables to be successful at next level.
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Chris Landry is a veteran NFL scout who has worked for the Cleveland Browns and the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans. Previously, he ran the annual NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and served as an assistant at LSU. Landry is a consultant for multiple NFL teams and major college programs.
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