teo is overrated as is that de golston kid from mich state...
teo is overrated as is that de golston kid from mich state...
hoops scoops 2012 season ..."in 2014 ryan tannehill etches his name in stone amongst the games elite qbs"..."ryan tannehill and andrew luck will carry the afc for the next decade plus the way peyton manning and tom brady have this last decade plus"
Favorite line from that Hunt video: His only football before this was in a video game.
Shamarko Thomas / S / Syracuse
This kid is one of the best athletes that will enter the 2013 draft. A lot of coaches like to use the term "freak" when discussing Shamarko Thomas. One of Syracuse's coaches recently took Thomas to a Nike National camp and they had the medicine ball throw where you get on your knees and throw it. They had it measured off where they thought guys would throw it. Thomas threw it past the allotted area by 10 or 15 feet. Prompting the coach running the event to say, "That's crazy". The biggest lineman there who measured 6'5", 300+ pounds didn't even get half the distance that Shamarko Thomas did.
He's already reportedly ran two 40 yard dashes for NFL scouts that were both sub-4.3 when he almost entered the 2012 Draft and submitted his paperwork.
His work ethic is legendary. Only a 2-star recruit, and originally signed with Louisville before deciding on Syracuse, he's become a force defensively in the Big-East through sheer determination and hard work. He considers Ray Lewis' his mentor and patterns his work ethic after Lewis. He eats, sleeps, and breathes football. All he wants to do is workout in order to become the best player he can be.
Here's a little article that talks about how when his teammates come to visit and want to play video games, etc.... he's out pushing his car.... uphill.
This is all he does. Here's a little workout with teammate Tyson Gulley:
One of those sub-4.3 dashes:
Coaches like to use Thomas up near the LOS, as an overhanging and/or flat defender within inverted coverages. Physical player made of solid granite with outstanding game speed. Tremendous blitzer and tackler. He has some Troy Polamalu type qualities when he came out of USC.
Well done picking out Shamarko Thomas. Has been one of the Big East's best kept secrets. Really made an impression on me in the Syracuse South Florida game back in 2010. Really not well liked right now, probably because he's never intercepted a football, but there are more ways to make plays than just intercepting a ball and when you have that combination of strength and closing speed on the football, you're going to be a player that offenses actually have to think about. With that kind of range, the interception opportunities will come.
Johnthan Banks / CB / Mississippi St.
Banks was a 3-star recruit who started making plays the moment he stepped on campus as a freshman when he tallied 33 tackles, 4 INT's, and 2 INT's returned for touchdowns... Like this one vs. Florida and Tim Tebow:
As a sophomore he continued to build on his success as a freshman totaling 54 tackles, 7 PBU's, 1.5 TFL's, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, and 3 INT"s. He put his outstanding leaping ability and ball skills on diplay with this one when they blew out Denard Robinson and Michigan 52-14 in their bowl game:
As a Junior in 2012, Banks continued on his career trajectory totaling 71 tackles, 9 PBU's, 8 TFL's, 3 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 5 INT's, with one returned for a touchdown. Mullen also began letting Banks return punts as a Junior. He had 16 punt returns, for 166 yards (10.38 average), and 1 touchdown.
Banks is a rangy corner with elite height, long arms, fluid hips, and elite ball skills. The best cornerback in Starkville since Fred Smoot. Should be a 1st round pick if he avoids injury as a Senior.
vs. South Carolina:
Emory Blake / WR / Auburn
This is the type of kid that I would hope every front office in the league underestimated... because I'd snatch him up. I've always liked to watch this kid play. A 4-star recruit, and the son of former 14 year NFL quarterback Jeff Blake.
Adjusts to the football and has terrific hands. Knows how to get open, and has faced many of the best DB's and secondaries college football has to offer. Versatile and has played the Z, X, and slot. Tough and competitive. Effort blocker.
Owns the longest play from scrimmage in Auburn history (94 yard TD catch-and-run) and always seems to be the one to make a play when Auburn needs it. Recovered the onside kick attempt and advanced it deep into Utah St. territory to win the season opener in 2012.
Doesn't have blazing speed but is constantly getting behind secondaries. Still has a lot of untapped potential as a route runner. Will be even better once he's learned the nuances of how to run certain routes. Will be learning a new system as a Senior, and Auburn's quarterback situation is unstable, which could allow him to continue playing under the radar. I'll take him.
Robert Lester / S / Alabama
I watched Foley against Prattville in the state playoffs in 2007 when Lester was playing cornerback for Foley High, where he was also a teammate of Julio Jones. Lester was on the scout team at Alabama during his freshman year studying under Rashad Johnson.
A 4-star recruit, Lester didn't quite have the speed for the cornerback position in the SEC and Saban moved him to safety because of his ball skills. As a redshirt sophomore during his first season as a starter in Alabama's secondary, he led the SEC with 8 interceptions. Including 52 tackles, 4 PBU's, 2 sacks, 2 QB-hurries, 1.5 TFL's, 1 fumble return for 89 yards (which we'll see in a moment), and 1 sack.
As a Junior, he intercepted 2 more passes, 3 PBU's, 1.5 TFL's, a forced fumble, and a blocked kick.
Robert Lester has improved as a player every year he's been on campus. He'll enter the 2012 season as the elder statesman in Alabama's young secondary, and one of the best ball hawks in the country. Intelligent player who executes most of the finer details required of the safety position in Coach Saban's complex defense the way they're supposed to.
vs. Penn St./Mississippi St.:
vs. Penn St. (2011):
Chase Thomas / DE-OLB / Stanford
The top Senior DE/OLB prospect heading into the 2012 season in my opinion. Rushes with his hand on the ground lined up at DE in 4 man fronts, while also playing standing up from a 2-point stance in Stanford's 3-4 defense. Experienced dropping into coverage and shows good awareness and hips to change direction smoothly. Moves around a lot as a blitzer, and even lines up in 10/20 techniques. In three seasons, he's accumulated 36 TFL's, 19.5 sacks, 8 QB-hurries, 8 forced fumbles, 3 PBU's, and 1 Interception. He'll build on that resume as a Senior and probably have his best individual season.
Since Jim Harbaugh arrived at Stanford, the program has churned out some of the best looking players you can find in college football. They've been so well coached on the details and techniques that I have a harder time finding flaws in some of them than any other program in the country. Chase Thomas fits right into the mold of Andrew Luck and David DeCastro as 3 players that for all intents and purposes, have almost no flaws. I can look at Chase Thomas and tell he was developed by Vic Fangio, who followed Harbaugh to San Francisco and coaches one of the best coached defenses in the NFL. Thomas literally does everything better than most. I think he has a chance to be the caliber of player that Clay Matthews became in Green Bay.
vs. Notre Dame: