Engel Evaluations

Patrick takes a look at three SMU football prospects in his latest Engel Evaluations!

Cairo Attaway- 2016 CB, Midway HS (Waco, Texas)

Ball Skills: Attaway does not show a lot of ball skills because of how and where he plays. He mostly plays in zone coverage in the middle of the field and flat, so he mostly sits on routes, reads the quarterback and goes toward the ball when its thrown. He doesn’t have blazing speed, but he gets to the spot the ball is caught and wraps up well.

Coverage: Attaway displays good instincts and plays good zone coverage in the flat, and even a little deeper. He does not play on the outside and probably will not play there in college. Limiting yards after catch is his biggest strength, but that does not mean he gives up a lot of catches.

Versus the Run: This is the best part of his game. He sometimes lines up on the line of scrimmage as an outside linebacker. His tackling is good, but sometimes can overrun plays. At pounds, Attaway is unlikely to play linebacker in college, but his instincts and soft eyes make him effective in zone coverage. The physicality he shows when playing outside linebacker and on special teams suggests he could succeed in man coverage too, albeit only on shorter routes.

Offers: None, but interest from SMU, Mizzou, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, UTSA, North Texas.

Where he plays: slot CB, OLB, special teams
Where he will play: safety/slot CB

HT: 5’10”
WT: 170 lbs
40 time: 4.6 seconds

Attaway Highlight Tape

Raj Dhillon- 2016 OL, Godley HS (Godley, Texas)

Athleticism/Technique: Dhillon is not a great athlete, but he still has good athletic ability. He plays with good low pad level by keeping his knees bent, and also uses his hands well. Opponents are frequently put on the ground or driven back quickly. His foot speed is solid but he keeps his feet moving, which helps him stay balanced and upright.

Run Blocking: Definitely his better side. He opens up holes in a hurry and moves the line of scrimmage. Getting to the second level is no challenge, and his lateral movement and pulling ability is good. Still, he can pancake defenders quickly when getting to the second level.

Pass Blocking: Dhillon’s ability to get to the second level and his run blocking ability are useful in the screen game. He frequently makes key blocks for receivers on screen passes. His main move in pass protecting is rerouting pass rushers away from the quarterback, giving the QB room to step up into a clean pocket. Spin moves are where he may struggle, especially in college.

Offers: None, but SMU, Navy and Texas State all showing interest

Where he plays: LT, LG
Where he will play: LT, RT

HT: 6’3”
WT: 285 lbs

Dhillon Highlight Tape

Austin Corbett- 2015 OLB, Plano East HS (Wichita Falls, Texas)

Versus the Pass: Corbett has great speed for a linebacker. He possesses great speed around the edge. He has great lateral movement and sheds blockers well. He is not asked to cover much, but he does well covering running backs and in zone coverage. In zone, he is never out of position and reads the quarterback well. The only area to watch is when he has to go against bigger offensive linemen, instead of tight ends, running backs or unblocked like usual.

Versus the Run: Corbett has a party in the backfield all the time. He plays right on the line of scrimmage and is fast off the snap. He takes risks and times snap counts perfectly, which helps him tackle backs before they can make a cut. His aggressiveness might get him flagged for offsides occasionally.

Technique: Corbett plays with good bad level and is a fantastic tackler. He rarely is in a position where he had to make an arm tackle, and he always stays on his feet. The most impressive part is his patience. He never flies around trying to make a flashy tackle; and as a result rarely takes bad angles and is always around the ball. He’s an every-down outside linebacker.

Offers: SMU, Iowa, Nevada, Louisiana-Monroe, Texas State, New Mexico, UTSA, Air Force, Cornell, Harvard.

Where he plays: OLB, ILB, H-back. Also plays basketball and track
Where he will play: LB (I’d like to see him as an OLB)

HT: 6’4”
WT: 220 lbs
40 time: 4.65 seconds

Corbett Highlight Tape

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