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 Oklahoma’s recruiting class.
CB Justin Broiles (6-0, 180), Oklahoma City John Marshall
I see him as a scheme-versatile coverage corner who has the ability to line up at safety if he fills out his frame. He is effective in both man and zone coverage. He is strong in press and understands leverage downfield in man.
I like his recovery quickness and his trail speed. He shows the ability to flip his hips in transition and can close cushion quickly.
He reacts and diagnoses quickly, and consistently puts himself in correct position. He has terrific awareness and ball-tracking skills. He shows good snap and wrap as a tackler, but needs to improve his bulk/strength to ward off blocks and bring more heat as a tackler.
His scheme versatility, athleticism and frame gives him every chance to be successful at the Big 12 level.
RB Trey Sermon (6-1, 220), Marietta (Ga.) Sprayberry
Tall back with a muscular build and good speed, vision and change of direction. He has outstanding foot quickness and hip flexion to get skinny through the hole. He runs with power and strength through tacklers. I think he is an excellent receiver and blocker in the passing game.
He will need to fill out his frame and run with a lower pad level, as he exposes his pads too much.
Sermon has an impressive combination of size, strength and speed, and he has all the tools to develop into a well-rounded running back at the next level.
LB Addison Gumbs (6-3, 215), Hayward (Calif.) Stellar Preparatory
He has explosive edge speed to close and chase. He has excellent get-off speed and has a good counter move. Gumbs does a nice job of continuing to accelerate and run his feet through contact. He will wrap up effectively as a tackler.
Gumbs does a nice job of using his hands to keep defenders hands off him and has nice up-and-under move to counter the overset. Can retrace his steps to get to a quarterback stepping up in the pocket.
He is a pure edge rusher at this point; he needs more size and strength to play down and set the edge against the run.
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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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