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2021 Summer Scouting - Oregon

It's an early start to the day, but it's no surprise given how many prospects Oregon brings to the table. From the big-armed transfer quarterback to the stacked secondary, this team has talent all over the roster. Here's a look at the players that are getting checked out on the Oregon Ducks roster.


Seniors

QB Anthony Brown

WR Jaylon Redd

WR Johnny Johnson III

DL Jordon Scott

DL Austin Faoliu

CB Thomas Graham Jr.

CB Deommodore Lenoir

SAF Nick Pickett

SAF Brady Breeze


Underclassmen

RB Travis Dye

RB CJ Verdell

OT Penei Sewell

LB Isaac Slade-Matautia

SAF Jevon Holland

Expectations & Qualifications


Anthony Brown

Started over 20 games while at Boston College. Transferring as a graduate. Will be a fifth year senior. Brown is viewed by most media pundits as a potential sleeper QB for day three.


Jaylon Redd

Starting slot receiver with 50 receptions in his junior year. Will be a fourth year senior. Redd is not on the radar for draft media.


Johnny Johnson III

Starting outside receiver. Led team in all major receiving categories as a junior. Will be a fourth year senior. Johnson is not on the radar for draft media.


Jordon Scott

Starting nose tackle. Three year starter. Will be a fourth year senior. Saw brief interest as a junior, but media buzz cooled off after he returned to school. Currently considered a mid-to-late day three prospect.


Austin Faoliu

Starting defensive tackle/defensive end. Will be a fourth year senior. Faoliu is not on the radar for draft media.


Thomas Graham Jr.

Starting cornerback. Will be a fourth year starter and fourth year senior. Graham is the current active FBS leader in passes defended with 40. He is regarded as a possible day two pick. Surprised analysts by returning to school for senior year.


Deommodore Lenoir

Starting cornerback. Will be a third year starter and fourth year senior. He is regarded as a possible day two pick.


Nick Pickett

Starting safety. Two year starter. Will be a fourth year senior. Regarded as a possible day three pick by draft media.


Brady Breeze

Rotational safety who earned starts at the end of 2019. Will be a fifth year senior. Regarded as a possible day three pick by draft media. Saw his fair share of action but was stuck behind Pickett and Holland on the depth chart.


Travis Dye

Rotational back with 1397 rushing yards in two seasons. Flashed while studying 2020 prospects. Not on the radar for most draft media. Will be a third year junior.


CJ Verdell

Starting running back. Topped 1000 yards in both freshman and sophomore seasons. Viewed by draft media as a possible day two pick. Will be a fourth year junior.


Penei Sewell

Starting offensive tackle. Outland Trophy winner. First team all-American in 2019. Regarded by draft media as a future top five selection. Will be a third year junior.


Isaac Slade-Matautia

Starting linebacker. Flashed while studying other Oregon prospects. Viewed by media as a possible day three selection. Will be a fourth year junior.


Jevon Holland

Starting safety. Jim Thorpe award semifinalist. All-conference selection. Viewed by draft media as a possible first round selection. Will be a third year junior.

Tape Study


Now that the stage is set for a long day of tape, it's time to sit down in the cozy chair with a cup of coffee and turn on some Oregon Duck prospects. I'm sure the Oregon staff would kick me out of the facility without blinking, but let's suppose we're getting comfy in one of their state-of-the-art film rooms.

Sleek, isn't it? Time to play with the clicker and get through these seniors.

QB Anthony Brown

We start with the quarterback position, where a possible sleeper is lurking under the eyes of the national media. Brown is a graduate transfer from Boston College who hasn't always been super productive, but he has an absolute cannon for an arm.

Brown comes with a bevy of technical issues that will need to be cleaned up, but his tools are very evident on his tape. He's a solid athlete for the position and brings enough athleticism to escape when pressure hits. When he gets a big hole he can take off and find a good amount of yardage with his legs. The questions with him are going to be regarding accuracy and decision-making skills, but he's one of the better draft eligible players on the roster from a tools potential.


Preliminary Grade: Undrafted - High Priority

WR Jaylon Redd

An undersized receiver who will likely be restricted to the slot, Redd has some flashes of fast footwork, but it doesn't show enough with separation ability. He's more likely a 4.60 40-yard dash type of guy than a 4.40, which is concerning given that he only stands about 5'8" and 180 pounds at the moment.

Redd may have a hard time winning down the field, which makes his projection a difficult one. If he were faster and more agile, there would be a good chance he could contribute as a returner or designed touch guy. The problem is that he doesn't bring enough explosiveness or elusiveness to succeed at his current role in the NFL. He's a fringe player who doesn't seem to have desirable athletic tools.


Preliminary Grade: Undrafted - Low Priority

WR Johnny Johnson III

Talk about a fun name. Johnny Johnson is no joke on the football field though. A starting receiver on the outside who has inside/outside versatility, Johnson doesn't have the athletic traits that most teams will be looking for at the position, but he brings a ton of effort and can win through contact at the catch point.

Johnson is a possession receiver who will be reliant on winning through defenders, but he doesn't have the typical size for the role at around 6'0" and 200 pounds. While that doesn't hinder him at the college level, it does make his pro projection a little more difficult. If he can't hold up athletically it will be tough to stick long term on an NFL roster.


Preliminary Grade: Undrafted - High Priority

DL Jordon Scott

At about 6'1" and 320 pounds, Scott has quite an odd body for a defensive lineman. He's physically similar to Benito Jones from Mississippi last year, but has a little bit more athleticism than Jones did. The dancing bear comparison is going to get thrown out there for his tape, but it does come with a cost in terms of pure nose tackle ability.

Scott has some excellent flashes, but he doesn't have the typical length of a run defending interior lineman. He also lacks the high end quickness or pass-rushing refinement to be an impact player on all three downs. It puts him into a precarious position where he isn't great at any one area of the game. His effort and stamina checks the boxes, but his lack of length is going to be a huge issue when attempting to hold a spot in the run game and control the distance against opposing linemen.


Preliminary Grade: Undrafted - High Priority

DL Austin Faoliu

At about 6'3" and 295 pounds, Faoliu has a maxed out frame, but one that is pretty solid for a college player. His experience and time as a starter got him onto the watch list, but it's no surprise that he isn't getting a ton of hype. Faoliu is put together well, but it doesn't translate into the desired twitch or strength of a compact defensive lineman. Most of his opportunities come as a result of the ball coming his way, not necessarily making a play on it.

He has an occasional flash with his hand usage, but he lacks the power or quickness to be an effective pass-rusher. Faoliu has seen usage around the defensive line and has some positional versatility to his game, but the overall traits don't inspire a lot of excitement.


Preliminary Grade: Undrafted - Low Priority

CB Deommodore Lenoir

Lenoir was expected by most analysts to declare after his junior season, but it makes sense to return so he can continue improving his technique and building up his game. He has the natural athleticism and confidence that teams want at corner, even though there are some things to iron out with his footwork.

The hype around Lenoir is warranted though, and he sits on my board as a fringe 4th/5th round type of talent. With continued growth in man coverage roles, he could end up being one of the better senior corners in the upcoming class.


Preliminary Grade: 4th Round - Developmental player with starter upside

CB Thomas Graham Jr.

Graham generated a fair amount of buzz through his junior year, but his tape tells a bit of a different story from the hype. Graham has some occasional flashes, but was used primarily in off coverage due to his limitations as an athlete. He isn't twitchy enough to work in the nickel or mirror guys off the line, so he will need to make his living as a smart zone defender who reacts well to what he sees.

Graham may not be the high ceiling player that a lot of folks will want in this cornerback class, but he brings a steady presence and has the smarts to help make up for some flaws.


Preliminary Grade: 7th Round - Backup/Depth

SAF Nick Pickett

Only standing around 6'0" and 200 pounds, Pickett doesn't have a big time frame for a safety, but he has long limbs and a well put together body. He's smart and regularly helps direct his teammates, along with providing toughness and tackling ability.

Pickett doesn't have great explosive qualities, but he's athletic enough to function both in the box and as a two deep safety. There are few crucial flaws in his game, but his long legs do have an impact on how easily he can change directions. If Pickett can clean up his angles and get stronger, he has a shot at being drafted sometime early in day three. Right now he's more of a fringe late day three type of prospect. His high floor is intriguing though.


Preliminary Grade: Undrafted - High Priority

SAF Brady Breeze

Only a starter in a handful of games towards the end of his junior year, Breeze doesn't have the resume of starts that most teams want to see at the position, but he has enough baseline talent to draw interest from the league. A tough run defender who has the grit and technique to take on blocks and play in the box, Breeze doesn't have the typical size for a box safety. His smarts and effort do help to make up for some of the limitations though.

Breeze's range limitations will likely get him stuck in a depth role at the next level, but he may be able to find a home on special teams due to his overall skill set.


Preliminary Grade: Undrafted - High Priority

RB Travis Dye

A good contributor in the passing game who has both the receiving and blocking ability to warrant snaps, Dye doesn't have the dynamite burst or agility that a lot of teams will want for the role, but he brings a good baseline of traits. He's tough, knows how to get skinny, and makes the most of the yardage available to him.

Dye may end up returning to school for his senior year, but if he does declare he could be looking at a late round selection. He'll need to prove worthy of more touches as a pure runner though. Right now he's a lot more effort-based than truly dynamic.


Preliminary Grade: Undrafted - High Priority

RB CJ Verdell

For the areas that Dye lacks, Verdell certainly brings it. He's not a blazing fast runner, but has great play strength for his size and knows how to obliterate would-be tacklers. He isn't going to be a highlight reel type of player who hits big play after big play. That's not his game. He can be a between the tackles thumper with outside runner potential though, and that role should let him carve up a lot of opponents.

He might not check all of the boxes, but natural runners with good pad level and toughness like Verdell find a way to make their money. As fourth year junior it's very likely that he ends up moving along to the pros after this year, and he could end up going fairly high in the draft.


Preliminary Grade: 4th Round - Developmental player with starter upside

OT Penei Sewell

Phew. This guy has the GOODS. Sewell isn't the perfect tackle prospect that he is being labeled as by many analysts, but he's a blast to watch and worthy of the early first round hype. His movement skills are unreal for a guy who is 6'5" and 325 pounds, and he still seems to be getting bigger and stronger.

Sewell is still developing, which explains why he isn't always a finisher and has some occasional technical lapses, but the potential tools are going to have NFL coaches drooling. If he can demonstrate a more consistent edge we could be looking at one of the best offensive line prospects to come out in quite a while.


Preliminary Grade: 1st Round - Potential Pro Bowler/All-Pro

LB Isaac Slade-Matautia

Slade-Matautia wasn't initially on my radar heading into the Oregon studies, but he jumped out after making a few big tackle while I was watching other plays. It's not often that a player stands out when I'm studying someone else, so I had to take a peak. No lie, it was a little bit disappointing after some of the hits he made. Slade-Matautia is a tryhard tackler and brings some solid effort, but he's a smaller finesse type of linebacker who gets lost in the mix.

The loss of Troy Dye is going to have a big impact on the Oregon defense as a whole, but the attention it puts on Slade-Matautia will make or break his NFL hopes. If he prospers, he could end up picking up some steam. But a bad showing could make it tough to stick in the minds of NFL scouts.


Preliminary Grade: Undrafted - High Priority

SAF Jevon Holland

We've got another live one folks! Holland has garnered buzz as one of the better defensive backs in the nation, and it makes sense on tape. He has the potential to work both as a corner and safety, and moved around seamlessly for the Ducks as a sophomore. His long body and range help him in pass coverage, and the overall game is very exciting.

He's a do-it-all prospect with few glaring holes in his game, and will likely be one of the better players in all of college football this upcoming season.


Preliminary Grade: 1st Round - Potential Pro Bowler/All-Pro

That wraps up our film session with the Oregon Ducks. It's going to be a lot harder finding many teams with multiple first round talents like Sewell and Holland, so this makes the Oregon study a particularly fun one to kick off the year. We weren't able to find any great sleeper prospects, but there are some promising guys on that Oregon roster. Let's give out some awards.


Best in show (Best prospect): OT Penei Sewell - Sewell has some fantastic natural ability. With long arms, great athleticism, and a prototype frame, he has the makings of a future NFL star.


The bully (Toughest/meanest): RB CJ Verdell - He isn't the biggest around, but Verdell's angry running style is going to make a lot of college defenders fear him this year. He plays the game with some serious attitude.


The quiet contributor (Underrated but steady): SAF Nick Pickett - Pickett lacks top end traits, but his football intelligence and role on the Oregon defense can't be overstated. He's reliable in his job.


The oddball (Fun player with unique measurables): DL Jordon Scott - 6'1" and 320 don't lie. Scott is a short and stout teapot of a nose tackle who moves around well for his weight. He might not have a clear role to play as a pro, but he's an interesting cat to watch either way.



Next stop - Corvallis, Oregon.

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