Scouting Ath. Ian Conyers, Jr. Terrell Willis

This week GoBlueWolverine's NFL correspondent Allen Trieu attended the U of D Jesuit versus Jackson Lumen Christi game to scout Jesuit's senior 'sleeper' Ian Conyers and Lumen Christi junior Terrell Willis. Being used to evaluation NFL Draft prospects, Trieu doesn't pull punches with his reports – here is what he thinks of the two. And -- he's impressed with a very talended freshman wideout as well.

Ian Conyers, U of D Jesuit

10/21/05 vs Jackson Lumen Christi

Scouting Report
It is frustrating to scout Ian Conyers and get a read on what he'll do at the college level. At 6'0, 182 lbs, Conyers does not have the size to stay at Outside Linebacker, which is where he lines up for Detroit Jesuit. He will likely find himself at safety or cornerback at the next level. At linebacker, he is used primarily as an edge rusher. In this game he blitzed on most plays and was only dropped into coverage a handful times, making it difficult to project how he'll adjust to playing in the secondary. He shows great speed off the edge and to pursuit, but has trouble shedding blocks. Now, most of the time he was facing a tackle or a tight end; we've yet to see how well he handles blocks from wideouts, the players he'll likely be facing in college. Conyers does do a very good job of getting his hands in the passing lanes. He shows good athleticism and timing there which bodes well for a switch to safety or corner.

Conyers has a lot of natural athletic ability, but he is a big time project. Having played in the box at linebacker so much, he would probably have the least adjustment time at strong safety. However, that 4.3 speed of his might entice coaches into trying him at cornerback. Either way, he'll be a special teams contributer early while he learns a new position. He'll need time, but he has the skills that warrant the investment for some program.

Underclassmen Notes
Lumen Christi junior DE Terrell Willis has been to every Michigan home game this fall. The friend (and look-alike) of U-M frosh Antonio Bass plays defensive end, but at 6'2, 210, he'll either have to bulk up or make a switch to outside linebacker. He has good pass rush skills, and shows a variety of athletic moves and spins to beat offensive tackles. He didn't hold up as well against the run though. In pursuit, he hustled, but didn't show the speed that would be necessary for him to project as well to linebacker. Rush LB might be the best spot for him at the next level. While he doesn't have any offers yet, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, and Colorado are among the teams recruiting him. He said after the game that he'd be camping at Michigan next summer.

U of D Jesuit went to a freshman wide receiver when they needed first downs, and Dion Sims came through. The 6'5, 205 lb. freshman had 7 receptions for 114 yards. He caught the ball in traffic, over the middle, over his shoulder, whatever way they threw him the ball. He had one drop on a ball he let get to his body, but other than that he had an excellent game. For being so young, he is very big and strong and was tough to bring down after the catch. He was able to separate downfield, but will have to improve his burst off the line. He ran disciplined routes and rolled with his QB and came back to him when there was pressure. Also a strong basketball prospect, Sims is definitely a player to keep an eye on over the next few years.

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