Sanford Scouting Reports

Scott breaks down three SMU prospects in his latest Sanford Scouting Reports!

Sam Ehlinger

2017 QB, Westlake HS (Austin, Texas)

POCKET PRESENCE: Ehlinger does a nice job of stepping up into the pocket when facing pressure from the outside. Even with pressure breathing down his neck, Ehlinger does a nice job of stepping into his throws and delivering a well-placed ball. Ehlinger doesn’t rush his throws, but instead maneuvers throughout the pocket to buy time for his wide receivers to get open. If the pocket does collapse, Ehlinger has the mobility to escape and pick up some yards with his legs.

ARM STRENGTH/ACCURACY: Overall, Ehlinger has solid arm strength and accuracy. The rising junior shows off his arm on his deep balls, which he delivers accurately and quickly. Ehlinger’s arm strength is also on display when he finds his receiver across the middle. The quarterback, again, does nice job of stepping into his throws and delivering strikes to his wideouts.

ATHLETICISM: Ehlinger isn’t going to take off running all of the time, but if he feels it’s necessary, he can pick up the first down with his legs. Once he takes off running, he’s quick enough and agile enough to make some defenders miss. Ehlinger also uses his quick feet to move throughout the pocket, avoid the defense, and step into his throws.

HT: 6-1
WT: 207 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.98 seconds (Nike SPARQ Verified)

Sam Ehlinger Highlights

Charlie Brewer

2017 QB, Lake Travis HS (Austin, Texas)

POCKET PRESENCE: Initially, Brewer does a nice job of standing tall in the pocket and delivering accurate throws to his receivers, but there are times when he gets spooked and leaves the pocket. Brewer, who runs an unofficial 4.6 40-yard dash, knows that he’s fast and tends to lean on that part of his game to get him out of trouble. Brewer, however, seems comfortable throwing the ball outside of the pocke,t which gives him a nice advantage.

ARM STRENGTH/ACCURACY: Brewer, like Ehlinger, has good strength and accuracy. In the red zone, he puts nice touch on the ball and delivers it where only his receiver can grab it. Obviously quarterbacks need to be most accurate in the red zone, so Brewer could improve his accuracy on jump balls in the end zone. On deep balls and balls across the middle, Brewer displays decent arm strength and good accuracy. The quarterback’s arm isn’t the strongest, but he delivers accurate throws to his receivers.

ATHLETICISM: Brewer shows off his athleticism with his speed and ability to extend plays with his legs. Brewer is also more willing to take off running than try and stay in the pocket and find an open receiver. Brewer’s speed and agility allow him to escape the pocket and then deliver an accurate throw while on the run.

HT: 6-0
WT: 170 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.60 seconds (unofficial)

Charlie Brewer Highlights

Nicholas McCann

2016 DE, Arkansas HS (Texarkana, AR)

ATHLETICISM: McCann isn’t unathletic, but at his size, it’s not surprising that he’s on the slower side. Nonetheless, the rising senior does a nice job of staying low even after contact, and quickly moving down the line of scrimmage to make a tackle in the backfield. McCann has a good get off from the line of scrimmage, and he does a nice job of redirecting when the ball carrier makes a move. McCann has a good motor and uses his wide base and strength to get past his opponent.

AGAINST THE RUN: Whether he lines up outside or inside, McCann is a run stopper. From the outside, the defensive end does a nice job of beating his opponent inside and running down ball carriers from behind. McCann also does a nice job of maintaining outside containment, shedding his block and locating the ball carrier when lined up on the edge. From the inside, McCann does a nice job of getting off the line of scrimmage quickly and squeezing through the interior line to get into the backfield.

AGAINST THE PASS: McCann isn’t going to beat you with a fancy pass rush move, or even by a speed rush on the outside, but he because of his size and strength, McCann can push his opponent into the backfield and put pressure on the quarterback. Once into the backfield, McCann does a solid job of shedding his block and locating the quarterback. Because of his lack of speed, McCann must maintain containment of the quarterback, which he does nicely.

OFFERS: SMU, Baylor, Kansas, Louisiana-Monroe, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, Central Arkansas and Texas State.
HT: 6-2
WT: 290 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.00 seconds (unofficial)

Nicholas McCann Highlights

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