View Full Version : The best DEs still on the baord.

04-28-2012, 10:44 AM
Billy Winn and Cam Johnson

Overview Billy Winn has been a force up front for Boise State for several years. His consistency and ferociousness stays in your memory after watching him play. Although he isn't necessarily great with any one skill or talent, he grades out well because the whole is definitely greater than the sum of his parts. There are hitches in his play that he will need to work on to survive at the next level, such as using technique and adapting to the play speed, but once done Winn should excel. Expect him to be taken near the top of the second round by a team that knows it will be receiving a high-effort, high-energy player to roam along its front four.

Analysis Strengths Winn has size for the position, which when paired with his speed makes him a force in the interior for offensive lines. He gets off the ball and into offensive linemen quickly. He can uncoil his hips to create a significant push and shock blockers back into the backfield. He is strong with his hands and can hold up blocks to read a play and shed them to get free and get to the ball carrier. He uses his hands well to disengage and shed would-be blockers away from his frame. Once he reaches the ball carrier, he is an effective tackler. Winn is an active interior defender who can keep off blocks and stay active in the pass and run defense alike. Weaknesses Winn has been a productive player who shows speed and very few negative points in terms of skill set while playing within the Western Athletic Conference. If anything, teams could take a long look at his competition to see if his skills will translate, but he has excelled against stronger non-conference competition as well. Winn can struggle to get off blocks at times when engaged by a double team. He tries to overcome this by using his initial quickness off the line, but when bigger linemen get their hands on him in protection he can be slow to disengage. He is known to take a play off occasionally and can be unpredictable when it comes to following schemes.

Overview Johnson played his first two years at outside linebacker at Virginia before moving to end, although his current size doesn't necessarily suggest positional versatility at the next level. He has solidified himself as an end in a 4-3 scheme since he excels at many things that coaches utilizing 9-technique players desire at the position.
Analysis Strengths Cam Johnson is a good athlete who moves well for an end his size. He has the foot quickness and explosive first step to keep offensive tackles off balance, and the body control to work his moves and not be thrown off track by linemen. He is a classic 4-3 defensive end who excels at rushing the passer. He is a face-up tackler who can fill his lane in run support, despite the inclination to rush the passer every down. He uses his hands actively when rushing the passer and playing against the run, and he gives good effort in pursuit on the backside. He is strong enough to hold the edge for his linebackers to flow to their gaps. Weaknesses The scouting report on Johnson will recommend getting an extra hand or body on him at all times to completely neutralize him. At Virginia, he struggled against double teams. The problem usually stemmed from his effort, considering he displays the strength and technique to elude blocks when facing a single blocker. He will give up at times if he notices an extra blocker near him. He will need to learn how to bring it on every down in the NFL.

04-28-2012, 10:55 AM
Billy Winn has been a force up front for Boise State for several years I really hope he has not been there for several years....lol

04-28-2012, 11:59 AM
i've always liked OK frank alexander. with the injuries and all i was thinking UDFA before the draft but now i'd consider using a late pick.

04-28-2012, 12:02 PM
Malik Jackson is the best left for me at DE

04-28-2012, 12:43 PM
frankie goes to the panthers. they're having a hell of a draft so far.