2009 NFP Scouting Series: Kansas
This summer, the National Football Post is breaking down every team in the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-A) to identify players who might warrant interest from NFL teams in the 2010 draft.
The Kansas Jayhawks are coming off a 7-5 season in 2008 but possess a talented group of prospects at the skill positions. They are expected to compete for the Big 12 North title this season.
Todd Reesing: No. 5, QB, 5-10, 205
An undersized quarterback who showcases impressive awareness and has a real sixth sense to his game. Does a great job shuffling his feet and avoiding pressure while keeping his eyes down the field. Displays good touch on the move and exhibits the ability to create a play when nothing is there.
However, he struggles to find throwing lanes in the pocket and has a tendency to hold on to the ball too long. Gets caught staring down his initial read and doesn’t consistently go through his progressions quickly. Showcases good timing in the pass game, but lacks the arm strength to make all the throws at the next level. He doesn’t possess the ability to consistently get the ball outside the numbers.
Impression: Has some Jeff Garcia about him in the way he buys time in the pocket, but lacks the physical attributes to play in the NFL. Looks more like a CFL quarterback to me.
Jake Sharp: No. 1, RB, 5-9, 190
A small scatback who does a good job lowering his pad level on contact and maintaining his balance when changing directions. Exhibits good vision at the line of scrimmage and takes what the defense gives him. Is patient through the hole and consistently allows his blocks to set up in front of him. Catches the ball well out of the backfield and looks natural in the pass game.
However, he lacks natural explosion and quickness to his game. Consistently uses his shoulder fake in the open field, but isn’t real elusive and struggles bursting away from defenders. Plays at one speed and doesn’t possess the second gear to consistently separate in the open field. Lacks overall size and power and isn’t a guy who will break many tackles or push the pile inside.
Impression: Makes the most of out his ability, but lacks the power, size and athleticism to be effective in the NFL.
Dezmon Briscoe: No. 80, WR, 6-3, 200
Possesses an impressive combination of quickness and power off the line. Does a nice job being physical into his routes and dipping his shoulder when fighting through press coverage. Is consistently able to beat the bump quickly and force opposing corners to play from behind. Is a patient route runner who displays a consistent release and does a nice job disguising his breaks until the last moment.
However, he isn’t real explosive off the ball, and it takes him a couple of steps to eat up the cushion in off-coverage. Yet he does a great job changing speeds and possesses the body control to drop his pad level and cleanly get out of his breaks. Is a bit of a strider down the field, but exhibits good game speed and has the ability to hit another gear when tracking the football.
Demonstrates good coordination when asked to go up and high-point the play, and consistently comes down with the catch. Locates the ball quickly down the field and possesses the power and balance to fight for inside position and box out corners from the play. Is physical in the open field with the ball in his hands and does a nice job using his powerful stiff arm to keep defenders off his frame.
Impression: A big, physical athlete with good balance and body control as a route runner. Possesses the ability to beat press coverage and separate on the outside vs. NFL-caliber corners. Has the makings of a legit No. 1 receiver at the next level.
Kerry Meier: No. 10, WR, 6-3, 220
A big, coordinated target who does a great job keeping his concentration down the field and high-pointing the ball. Exhibits excellent hands and has the ability to contort his body and come up with all types of catches. Does a great job working himself free when plays break down and consistently is able to find soft spots in coverage.
However, he’s slow off the ball and really lumbers into his routes. Doesn’t showcase any kind of explosion out of his breaks and struggles separating in man coverage. Uses his body well to shield defenders, but does most of his damage in the slot and isn’t a guy who can play on the outside.
Impression: I love his hand/eye coordination and ability to go up and get the ball, but he lacks the athleticism to separate at the next level. However, he has a chance to fill out a team’s receiving corps as a possible sub-package receiver.
A well-built athlete who exhibits good run/pass recognition and showcases a quick first step when attacking downhill. Is patient when asked to string out plays on the outside and uses the sideline well as an extra defender. Is always trying to force turnovers and demonstrates a violent tomahawk chop from behind in pursuit.
However, he doesn’t exhibit ideal technique as a tackler and struggles getting into the body of ball carriers. Lacks ideal body control when closing on a play and doesn’t consistently take proper angles toward the ball. Struggles when asked to take on blocks inside the box and is easily washed out of plays.
Is a bit long legged initially out of his drop, but eventually gets his feet under him and can cleanly redirect out of his breaks. Showcases good short-area quickness in coverage and has the ability to quickly close on plays laterally. Is an instinctive safety who consistently gets good jumps on the football in coverage and possesses the ball skills to create turnovers in the secondary. However, he struggles flipping his hips when asked to turn and run down the field and doesn’t possess much of a second gear to his game.
Impression: Is an instinctive defender with a nose for the ball, but struggles breaking down in space and isn’t overly rangy vs. the pass. I know he put up some big numbers at Kansas last season, but I think he’s a bit overrated because of the weak strong safety class. Looks no more than a possible “dirty starter” at the next level.
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