Scouting the Big 12: Texas
One of the strongest arms in the nation;
quarterback Reggie McNeal is an athletic signal-caller tough to stop when
on his game. Immediately
getting the ball out of his hands, McNeal easily gets the pass downfield or zips
the outs. Displaying
a good sense of timing, McNeal is patient and buys time for
receivers, hitting wide outs as they exit breaks.
He also has the ability to pick up yardage carrying the ball and is tough
running up the field. Yet
with that, McNeal needs to improve the mental intangibles of his game.
Not adverse to throwing the ball into coverage, he stares down
primary targets and misses open receivers on the field.
Highly rated by NFL scouts, McNeal presently sits as a late first day
pick yet his draft grade completely depends on the results of his senior season
and post-season showings. A&M
offers four potential skill prospects.
Senior DeQawn Mobley is a consistent pass catcher who nicely
adjusts to the throw running full speed and pulls the ball from the air.
Junior Earvin Taylor is a solid route runner who gets separation
from defenders and reaches back to make the reception.
Another receiver, Jason Carter, flashes skill on occasion while
running back Courtney Lewis is a patient
ball carrier and solid
receiver out of the backfield. All
three must pick up their production and take their play to another level if they
are to become serious NFL prospects.
The offensive line has a pair of players to keep an eye on starting with
tackle Jami Hightower.
A king sized lineman, Hightower has been productive throughout his
A&M career. Making
outstanding use of blocking angles, Hightower is effective in pass protection or
as a run blocker and rarely gets beat.
Seriously overweight, he rumbles around the field and does not show top
blocking range or the ability to adjust. Hightower
can play tackle in certain systems at the next level yet must properly condition
himself and impress scouts prior to the draft.
Aldo De La Garza is a solid prospect at guard with excellent
quickness and explosion. A
small area blocker, De La Garza does not play with much balance and is not
effective in space.
Defensively, Johnny Jolly has experience at both end and tackle. A possible two-gap lineman at the next level, he is quick off the snap and displays athleticism on the field. Effective when he keeps his pads low to the ground, Jolly tires easily and must develop more moves with his hands. Sophomore lineman Jorie Adams looked impressive at times last year and was a disruptive force off the edge also making plays laterally in pursuit. Undersized, he is driven off the line yet offers growth potential and terrific upside for the next level. Adams was dismissed from Texas A&M in January and his career is up in the air as of now. Senior safety Jackson Appel is a hard-hitting run defender who goes for the knockout blow. A sudden player, he takes good angles to the action and wraps up at the point. Appel does not display a feel for coverage or show timing in pass defense and looks best as a zone safety in a two-gap system.
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