The guy they had who I thought had a chance was this Carlos Francis kid. if (document.addEventListener) { In order to get an accurate assessment of how the AFC South breaks down entering the 2020 season, Athlon asked NFL scouts to talk anonymously about the Texans, Colts, Jaguars and Titans. The first was when I was an area scout, and I had Texas Tech [in my scouting territory]. * DFP requires multiple purposes listed below: Big, fast, uber-talented — and apparently, I wasn’t the only one who thought that because he was the fourth pick overall. But his brute strength, intelligence and high motor means he likely will be chosen on the first day of the NFL draft. 2005, 1, 6, Pacman Jones, CB And when I put all that together, it was like … OK. You saw that when he finally came into the league, and you’re like, wow, OK, well. "The DL played well, but they traded longtime leader Jurrell Casey to Denver with high expectations for talented DL Jeffery Simmons to be a disruptive presence." "They must make the playoffs for this regime to survive, so hopefully 'Minshew Mania' is the spark. One NFL scout for a perennial playoff franchise told that Martin is Michigan's strongest prospect, and that he is considered in pro circles to be an early-round pick. 2001 - none "Kevin Byard is one of the best safeties in the NFL and played well with a dependable Kenny Vaccaro." I love Martin, but short arms in the pros do not bode well. Read: Mike Martin — Why they got into scouting. More than others did. Their biggest scouting regrets when it came to the draft. You needed to give him the benefit of doubt at that point. "DT D.J. I think I would have to say Aaron Curry, the linebacker from Wake Forest. Molk would likely be too small, as center is a tough position going against these Suh-sized type beasts. Overall, though, the Wolverines' pipeline to the NFL slowed in the past three drafts, with only two players taken in 2009 and '11 and three in 2010. The outlook was so strong on him. My memory is bad, but I want to say he was playing in the 220s his last year. What are you going to do? He can be reached at 734-623-2588, by email at and followed on Twitter @kmeinke. I was all in on him. Mike Band NFL Next ... NFL Next Gen Stats Analyst, Former NFL Scout & Graduate of the University of Chicago M.S. I think Alan Branch has done ok for the Seahawks, too, but hasn't stood out as an All-Pro yet. $(document).on('dfpMoreSlotAdded', function () { From: Read: Brad Holmes — Why they got into scouting. That was what we thought the sweet spot was. in Analytics. Oh, geez. ", "Edge Whitney Mercilus has put together an outstanding career, and look for edge Jacob Martin to play a bigger role this season." I just kind of … it was mainly because [Romo] didn’t have the measurables. Receiver Junior Hemingway and defensive tackle Ryan Van Bergen also could be pro candidates, either as late-round picks or undrafted free agents. ", "Last year, head coach Mike Vrabel made the move that was best for the team and started QB Ryan Tannehill, who had a career revival after leaving Miami." "There’s no one in college football as strong as Mike Martin, I’d be wiling to bet," fellow defensive tackle Ryan Van Bergen said earlier this year. I am SO happy for Mike. I was the second set of eyes on that position. "Athletic ILB Zach Cunningham played his best football and led the team in tackles, but ILB Benardrick McKinney is the leader of this defense." Didn’t like how he flipped his hips. I actually kind of liked him. Martin also has very good footwork and handwork, and has benefited in his technique from his wrestling background. 2008, 6, 194, Ryan Mundy, FS Going into the [draft process], I thought he had a chance to go maybe late in the first, but he shot all the way up to No. "They're the best team in the division and should return to the playoffs — unless Tannehill was just a one-year wonder. View Mike Kirby’s profile on LinkedIn, the world's largest professional community. I was a young scout then, so I learned from that. He said he already can bench press 225 pounds 40 times — something just six players have done in the past six years at the NFL combine. They tried to warn me. By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's Terms and Privacy Policy, Over the past several weeks, Yahoo Sports reached out to a number of NFL scouts to take part in a series we conducted called “Why they got into scouting.”. I watched him live in his bowl game against Troy. Week 8 NFL Power Rankings: Making sense of it all, Trump supporters chanting 'LeBron James sucks' is mind-boggling ignorance. 2004, 7, 219, Quincy Wilson, RB I had a higher grade on him than Mark Ingram. Yeah, he was athletic as heck, but technique? Get the latest odds, analysis, and insights at Yahoo Sportsbook. > I thought he was a can’t-miss [prospect]. Does anybody know how many WVU players went pro in 2001-2007 for comparison? "They still have speedster WRs Kenny Stills and Will Fuller V but signed veteran slot WR Randall Cobb and traded for WR Brandin Cooks." "RB Leonard Fournette had a productive season but apparently was on the trade block." One I was too low on, another I was way too high on. Tennessee enters 2020 as the favorite after doubling down on last year's success by re-signing both Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry. But Martin clearly is the best prospect of them all. I saw him have a few bad games, a few bad plays here and there, and I let those cloud my report too much. All these guys are. 2003, 5, 144, James Davis, LB $.each(dfpMoreSlots, function (index, element) { Yeah, that’s right. I thought he was super. I just didn’t see it, and he ended up, what, a fifth-rounder? Why are so many ex-athletes risking their legacies by endorsing Donald Trump this late in the election?