Appalachian State Notes
Note: All seniors mentioned have their report profiles linked, although they are not filled out.
Appalachian State has been a somewhat quiet program each season since their historic upset over the #5 ranked Michigan Wolverines in 2007. The Mountaineers were an FCS program at the time of that spectacular win, but have since become a member of the FBS. I combed through several seniors on the roster who might spark some interest in this year's draft. I did not come away overly impressed, but there may be a draft pick mixed in here if someone comes out for a big final season.
Running Back Jalin Moore gets the most noise out of the players on the team, primarily due to his impressive back to back seasons in Boone. Moore posted a 1402 rushing yard season as a Sophomore and followed it up with 1037 yards last season. Despite performing woefully bad against SEC competition (under 3 yards per carry) his production has drawn some attention. He runs tough when he meets the pile and always pushes the envelope with the ball in his hands. The simple fact is that Moore lacks the athleticism to make big plays, though. He gets caught from behind in foot races and struggles to avoid tacklers in space. He's got an NFL mentality in a college back's body. He's savvy in pass protection although undeveloped with his technique. The combination of effort, production, and passing down potential should help him to stick on a practice squad. It's unlikely he becomes more than a depth back in the NFL at his current state.
Myquon Stout may not be as stout as his name suggests, but he's an active interior lineman who can move bodies at the line of scrimmage. Stout is only around 275 pounds and may be physically maxed out, but he looked impressive playing 3-tech for the Mountaineers last year. He's a revved up pass rusher who uses his motor and active hands to find a way into the play. He's likely the most polished of the seniors on the team, as he flashes some variety in his rush. His spin move can come out fast enough to surprise opposing linemen. His size is probably gonna put him on the bubble for a practice squad, but he should hang around camps for a couple years. He'll need to get a lot stronger before he's ready to take a snap as a pro.
Edge Rusher Okon Godwin is more of the same from the team that seems to churn out motivated and hungry defenders. He's not physically gifted by any means, but Godwin hustles hard to stay in the play. He's a mean hitter who loves to do a clean up job for his teammates. He's a tweener who doesn't fit naturally as a stand-up rusher or hand in the dirt guy. At 6'2" and 250 pounds he looks too thick for his frame and hasn't shown much in the way of bend or pass rush variety. The tools just aren't there for him, although he could make it into a camp following his final season of college.
Anthony Flory seemed like a model hard hitting bruiser when I worked through the cutups for him, but his game was incredibly underwhelming when I sat down to fully evaluate. His lack of movement skills truly came to light, as he was unable to take effective angles to the ball. Whether it was in coverage or run defense Flory was out of position and unable to get involved. Despite having the strength to finish his tackles he wasn't able to utilize it frequently due to a dismal tackling radius. His awareness and decision-making was not even that of a potential depth guy, as he looked lost on many occasions. The performance against Toledo was much better than against Wake Forest, as he was able to find cleaner paths to the ball. However, Flory looks like a camp guy at most. He's a big hitter without much else on his resume.
Cornerback Tae Hayes may have the most to prove out of all the players from the team. He's a legitimate force when his head is on straight and he reacts at top speed. Hayes doesn't possess a big frame, but he throws his body around and gets involved in run defense without hesitation. He showed some great instincts at times in recognizing the quarterback's eyes and breaking early on the ball, but it was mired by inconsistency. Hayes is an average athlete and takes time to build up speed or close distance, and it bit him badly when he delayed his breaks. Hayes also played mostly off coverage, and was rarely asked to play press man. When he did play tighter to receivers he looked unnatural and bouncy in his steps, hopping backwards rather than displaying a smooth backpedal. As of now I have him making a camp roster and maybe a practice squad, but a significant improvement could lead to him becoming a priority UDFA. Hayes can easily become a practice squad guy if he takes the next step as a senior. If his body holds up a move to safety might benefit him the most.
Haye's running mate Clifton Duck has gotten some attention from the draft community as a potential early entree for the 2019 draft. Although Duck did not seem as physical in the run game as Hayes during cutups, he was targeted much less and rarely allowed passes into his area. Although I have no official grade on Duck at this time I'm intrigued by his skill set and eagerly await his decision following the college football season. I can't be anything less than giddy to do a scouting report on a guy named Duck.
RB Jalin Moore: Undrafted
DL Myquon Stout: Undrafted
EDGE Okon Godwin: Undrafted
LB Anthony Flory: Undrafted
CB Tae Hayes: Undrafted
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