Jonathan Scott   OT   Texas

Strengths

Jon is a big OT with long arms and long legs.  He's played a lot of LT for a very productive team.  He has blocked for some very good running backs.  Jon is a very athletic O-lineman and has the talent to dominate in the passing game and the running game.  He may be a force to be reckoned with at the next level.

 

Needs to Improve

Jon should be the talk of this draft because of his athleticism -- but he's not.  I don't think his technique is very consistent, he looks confused at times and he lacks mental toughness.  Jon plays to his competition and although he'll dominate a player in a game, he will not do it for a full game. Should I go on?

 

Talent Board Round   2

Jon is not a left tackle at the next level because I don't trust him to give his all out effort on every play to protect the blindside of my five million dollar a year QB.  In fact, Iím not sure if he's a right tackle either.  Iíve watched this kid for two years now and all I hear are the announcers singing his praises.  I watch him very closely because I think I must be missing something.  I stop the tape just to make sure what I see.  One time, he crossed his legs one over the other out of his stance instead of using a lateral step to get to his man.  When he locks his arms, he forgets to move his feet and is always overextended.  However, it usually doesnít matter because Young just moves up in the pocket and takes off.  Iím not going to give a kid a good profile just because everyone praises him, he plays on a high profile team and he looks the part.  When I take the time to look at film on a player, you can bet that player earns a good profile from me.  Now, I'm not always right about how well a player will play at the next level, but I can tell you this:  I am right about that player's play on the film that I have in front of me.  The film I have on Jon tells me he has a lot of work to do to be a good COLLEGE Tackle and a hell of a lot more work to do to be an average NFL tackle.  In fact, on the film I have, Iím not sure that Jon even wants to play at the next level!  It seems to me that this program is forever developing talented, athletic O-lineman that don't have the heart or the mental toughness to make as great of an impact at the next level as everyone thinks they've made at the college level.  Well, as far as Iím concerned, Jon is another player that fits that profile.

by Drew Boylhart

THR

December 2005