Embody Evaluations

Managing Editor Billy Embody takes a closer look at new SMU offerees

Evan Brown- OL, Southlake Carroll

Athleticism/Technique: Brown has good feet and that will allow him to keep up with pass rushers especially moving from tackle to the interior in college. He is also quick to get out into the open field on running plays and can get ahead of backs with his athleticism. His aggressiveness and strength keeps opponents from getting away once he locks up, especially in the running game.

Pass Blocking: Brown is an aggressive pass blocker and will lock up with an opponent and then try to drive him out of the play. Against quicker pass rushers, this could get him into trouble because the likelihood of taking a penalty would increase, but he has good fundamentals and can limit his mistakes because of that. He was a tackle this past year but will move inside in college and that will help him against pass rushers. Brown understands protections well and that allows him to pick up blitzers easily.

Run Blocking: Brown is extremely good at setting up his opponents with his good feet. Using his feet, he is able to drive opponents across the line of scrimmage to create big running lanes for the backs. He needs to work on getting his arms fully extended, but he stays low for the most part and that allows him to drive opponents back. Brown explodes into opponents to knock them off balance.

Side Note: Brown committed to SMU last week.

Offers: Penn, Tulsa, Yale and SMU.

Measurables:

HT: 6-2

WT: 290

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.74

40 Time: 4.95

Vertical Jump: 27"

Highlights:

Christian Beard- OL, Waco Midway

Athleticism/Technique: Beard has long arms it appears for his frame, which is great for any offensive lineman. Not only are they long, he keeps them extended and swats away opponents moves at the line of scrimmage to try and disengage from him. He does not blow you away with his physicality coming off the ball, but he keeps opponents out of the play with his long arms. Beard can run well and he shows that by getting down the field quickly especially in the screen game.

Pass Blocking: Beard does a good job shuffling his feet and keeping pass rushers off the quarterback. He uses his hands extremely well and keeps pass rushers away by keeping his arms fully extended. Beard will have to show better knee bend in college though to make sure he can move well with edge rushers.

Run Blocking: Beard plays a little high in the running game, but uses his strength to keep opponents locked up with him. He displays good initial burst off the ball, but sometimes lacks the aggressiveness to drive opponents into the ground. Beard is more of a patient blocker and does a good job of keeping opponents at bay.

Side Note: His father, Joseph Gill Beard, played along the offensive for SMU during the Pony Express days and was an honorable mention All-American.

Offers: Central Arkansas, North Texas and SMU.

Measurables:

HT: 6-2

WT: 250

Highlights:

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/659161/highlights/28130384

Rae Juan Marbley- LB, Destrehan (La.)

Technique: Marbley plays a little out of control and is not the most sound tackler, but he makes up for that with his quickness and desire to get the ball carrier. There are too many arm tackles, but that can be fixed in a college program. The key is that he has the passion for playing and you can see that when he lines up.

Versus the Run: Marbley is a little under sized, but he is physical at the line of scrimmage. He does have problems coming to balance and being able to wrap up ball carriers easily. He'll have to bulk up, but if he can keep his speed with the new weight, he could develop into a great linebacker.

Versus the Pass: Marbley is flat out ferocious coming off the edge. He comes off with speed and quickness that is tough for opponents to deal with. Once he gets to the quarterback, he explodes through him. Marbley also has a great ability to read the quarterback's eyes and shut down passing lanes by batting balls down. With his pass rushing skills, he can come off the edge and be a great threat on third down passing situations.

Side Note: In 2012, Marbley had a game for the ages in an upset over West Jefferson, as he was in on 11 tackles, including four for a loss and also had three sacks.

Offers: SMU and Tulane

Measurables:

HT: 5-11

WT: 220

40-Yard Dash: 4.75

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.37

Vertical Jump: 33.9"

Highlights: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1614648/raejuan-marbley#.UZNHwnURa_o.twitter

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