4th-Round Scouting Report

CB Nathan Vasher and LB Leon Joe are speedy defenders that fit into Lovie Smith's scheme, but what are their strengths and weaknesses.

Cornerback Nathan Vasher
School Texas
Year 4Sr
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 177 40:
Used at both safety and cornerback. All Conference selection as a Senior totals included 43/6/26 which came after 33/4/15 as a junior when he was named to several All American. Started thirteen games at safety as a sophomore finishing with 56/7/18. Explosive punt returner who averaged 13 yards on 28 returns last season.

Pos: Competitive secondary prospect that can fill a number of roles in the NFL. Quickly diagnoses the action, displays top football instincts and works hard to shut down opponents. Fundamentally sound and immediately locates the ball or reads opposing receivers eyes then positions himself to make a play on the throw. Possesses both recovery and catch up speed. Physical and likes to mix it up defending screenplays or supporting the run.

Neg: Undersized and has trouble handling big receivers.

Analysis: Possessing the skills and wherewithal to be a shut down corner, Vasher is only limited by a lack of size. The ability to return punts is added value and a cornerback that should see significant action as a rookie in the NFL.

Outside Linebacker Leon Joe
School Maryland Year 5Sr
Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 230

Bio: Finished with 112/5.5/1 as a senior after registering 103/9/1 the prior year. Bench presses 470 pounds and had a terrific combine workout.

Pos: Undersized but competitive linebacker who always gets involved in the play. Quick filling the gaps, redirects to the action well and immediately alters his angle of attack. Pursues with speed from the backside and flies around the ball. Gets depth in pass coverage and makes plays in every direction.

Neg:Slow adjusting off the initial block, gets caught up in the trash moving laterally and lacks body control. Quick coming up the field and over pursues the action.

Analysis: Physically gifted for the college level, Joe is a bit small for any linebacker position in the NFL. Possesses the athletic numbers to make a move to safety or could play the weakside in a three-four system.

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