NDT Scouting Presents: A Beginner’s Guide To OL Hand Technique

Written by Kyle Crabbs, Senior Draft Analyst on April 7, 2015

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Frequently talent evaluators reference “hand technique” when evaluating prospects along the line of scrimmage (LOS).  It is undoubtedly an integral part of a blocker’s talent skill set, as it becomes infinitely more difficult to block defenders without the ability to consistently place hands on them.  But what all comprises of hand technique?  There are a number of variables that factor into this single all-encompassing phrase to describe a singular skill.  Some of the aspects of hand technique that are frequently noted for myself at NDT Scouting include:

– Hand power – Hand placement/precision – Hand quickness – Hand timing – Sustainability of initial punch – Inside arm leverage – Activity to re-establish leverage and grip

I’ll take a moment to speak briefly to specifics of each component of “hand technique” and things to look for; starting with hand power:

Hand power can most easily be identified on an initial (read more…)

Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Le’Vander Liggins CB Louisiana Tech

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on April 6, 2015

Le’Vander Liggins School: Louisiana Tech Position: CB Height: 5’9 5/8” Weight: 191 Production Tier: Blue (see explanation here and example here) 40-yard: 4.50 Date of Birth: 7/7/1992

Joe Marino’s Guard Rankings for the 2015 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino, Senior NFL Draft Analyst on April 6, 2015

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Second Ground Grades

1. AJ Cann, South Carolina – A powerful drive blocker with good hand placement and body positioning, Cann can overwhelm opponents. Cann is an effective pass blocker with strong anchor and knee bend. While his foot speed can improve, I see Cann as a day one starter at guard in the NFL.

Third Round Grades

2. Laken Tomlinson, Duke – Tomlinson is a mauler who gets significant push and movement as a run blocker. His strong initial punch and leg drive can prove to overwhelm opponents and he moves well for a man of his size. When pass blocking, Tomlinson has a strong anchor and allows little penetration. Tomlinson has the potential to emerge as a day one starter in the NFL.

3. John Miller, Louisville – Fire hydrant on the interior and plays with natural leverage. Short yardage block winner who can generate movement in the (read more…)

Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Triston Wade DB Texas-San Antonio

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on April 4, 2015

Triston Wade

Triston Wade School: Texas-San Antonio Position: DB Height: 5’10 7/8” Weight: 185 Production Tier: Blue (see explanation here and example here) UPC Tier: Red (see explanation here) Date of Birth: 5/19/1993 Bench: 7 reps 40-yard: 4.52 Vertical: 35.5” Broad: 120” Three-cone: 7.29” Short Shuttle: 4.22

Luke Easterling’s 2015 NFL Draft Positional Rankings: WR

Written by Luke Easterling, Senior Draft Analyst on April 3, 2015

Amari Cooper

1. Amari Cooper | Alabama | 6’1″, 211 | Grade: Top 10

He may not be the big, physical target most people think of when they picture a No. 1 NFL receiver, but he’s big enough, and is easily the most polished pass-catcher in this class. Smooth routes, soft hands, and great technique all add up to my top receiver in this class.

2. Kevin White | West Virginia | 6’3″, 215 | Grade: Top 10

Not far behind Cooper, White is the more prototypical receiver with a size/speed combo that will make any NFL team drool. White announced his presence early in 2014 with a stellar game against Alabama, put together a strong season and wowed at the combine. If an NFL team is looking for a bigger, more physical target at the top of the draft, White could easily be the first receiver off the (read more…)

Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Joey Iosefa FB Hawaii

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on April 2, 2015

Joey Iosefa

Joey Iosefa School: Hawaii Position: FB Height: 6’ Weight: 247 Arm: 31 3/4” Hand: 10 1/4” Production Tier: Orange (see explanation here and example here) UPC Tier: Blue (see explanation here) Bench: 30 40-yard: 4.81 Vertical: 31.5” Broad: 110” Three-cone: 7.24 Short Shuttle: 4.33

Jameis Packs the House on Pro Day

Written by Matt Horn on March 31, 2015

ACC Championship - Duke v Florida State

With the Draft now less than a month away, Florida State hosted all 32 teams at Tuesday’s Pro Day.  The main attraction: QB Jameis Winston.  The 2013 Heisman winner threw the ball well from the pocket but struggled to throw accurately on the run.

DB’s Take: Regardless of how good or bad Winston performed, this workout shouldn’t have much impact on next month’s draft.  Winston is projected by most to be the Number 1 overall pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as GM Jason Licht continues to be impressed by the quarterback’s play.  Should the Buccaneers shock the NFL and pass on Winston, he shouldn’t fall further than Tennessee with the second pick.

John Owning’s 2015 NFL Draft Breakdown: Trey Flowers, DE, Arkansas

Written by John Owning on March 30, 2015


During the lead up to the NFL draft, certain traits or characteristics in the spectrum of evaluating college talent get prioritized. These characteristics dominate discussion, which leads to the player who possess those traits to receive a great deal of attention.

For example, anyone who pays attention to draft coverage can wax on about Vic Beasley’s insane get off and deep repertoire of pass-rush moves or they can discuss about how explosive Alvin “Bud” Dupree is.

While this is all fine and dandy, it leads to very good football players garnering little to no attention from the NFL media and fans alike. One player who has been on the unfortunate end of this paradigm this year is Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers.

Athletically, Flowers is nothing to write home about. Take a look at Flowers’ spider graph in comparison with other defensive end prospects since 1999 via

He tested into the (read more…)

Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Ross Scheuerman WR Lafayette

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on March 30, 2015

Ross Scheuerman

Name:  Ross Scheuerman School: Lafayette Position: WR Height: 5’11 1/2” Weight: 204 Arm: 30” Hand: 8 3/4” Production Tier: Green (see explanation here) UPC Tier: Yellow (see explanation here) Date of Birth: 3/5/1993 Bench: 15 reps 40-yard: 4.40 Vertical: 33” Broad: 121” Three-cone: 7.08 Short Shuttle: 4.11

Joe Marino’s Linebacker Rankings for the 2015 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino, Senior NFL Draft Analyst on March 30, 2015

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First Round Grades

1. Eric Kendricks, UCLA – With sideline-to-sideline range, Kendricks can make an impact anywhere on the field and his pursuit of the football is relentless. A balanced contributor against the run and the pass, Kendricks can play every down but is best suited to function in a 4-3 scheme. His awareness in pass coverage is outstanding and he competes at the catch point like a defensive back. His coverage instincts, fluidity, athleticism and change-of-direction skills are high-level. Kendricks is a secure, wrap-up tackler who attacks ballcarriers low and rarely misses opportunities to bring people down. He closes windows well and has great instincts while attacking the line of scrimmage downhill or pursuing plays laterally. He fights through blocks and plays physically and aggressive. The only concern is his lack of size.

Second Round Grades

2. Stephone Anthony, Clemson – Checks every box: size, athletic ability and outstanding (read more…)

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