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NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Report: Curtis Samuel, RB/WR, Ohio State University

Ohio State game changer Curtis Samuel is special.

NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Report: Curtis Samuel, RB/WR, Ohio State University

Jack-of-all-trades but master of none:

By: Chris Gragnani

SUMMARY: Samuel declCurared for the draft after a strong junior campaign. The junior was successful is all aspects of the game racking up 1,636 all-purpose yards. Rushing for 771 yards of 97 attempts (8.0 ypc) and caught 74 passes for 865 yards. Finished the season with 15 total touchdowns (8 rushing, 7 receiving).


  • At his best when he has the ball in his hands in space
  • Big play threat from whatever position RB/WR
  • Great start stop speed
  • Slams on breaks and gets back to top speed with no problem
  • Good vision and cutback ability to find room to operate
  • 2nd gear speed
  • First step quickness
  • Has experience in return game
  • YAC ability


  • Not a defined position
  • Struggles with releases against press
  • He uses his body a lot to catch the ball. Sometimes catching does not look natural
  • Most of touches are stretch/jet sweeps (meaning not a lot of pro style looks)
  • Question his 50/50 ball potential
  • Avoids contact

NFL COMPARISON: Ty Montgomery/Tavon Austin

At the end of the day: Even though we aren’t sure how teams are going to use Samuel we know that the ball needs to be in his hands. He’s capable of scoring every time he touches the ball. Samuels cutting ability and vision makes him capable of exploding through holes resulting in chunks of yards.

I can see him coming out of the backfield being a mismatch nightmare running with linebackers. Line him up at WR his speed alone can beat a corner. Needs to find the right scheme to be successful in the NFL.

Mid 2nd Round

NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Report: Justin Gibbons, CB, Aurora University

Brandon Davis is NFL Draft Diamonds Lead Scout who put this piece together today. 

Justin Gibbons, CB/WR, Aurora University

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 210 lbs.

Jersey Number: #1/#25

Class: Senior

  • 2016 Stats (CB): 30 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, 0 sacks, 0 forced fumbles, 0 fumble recoveries, 0 interceptions, 3 pass breakups, 1 blocked field goal
  • 2016 Stats (WR): 6 receptions, 172 receiving yards, 2 receiving touchdowns
  • 2016 National Bowl Participant (CB/WR)
  • 2016 Mexico Bowl Participant (CB)
  • Games Viewed: Junior/Senior Highlight Tape

Strengths: Gibbons is a player that can make you do a double take when you look at him. At 6’5” and 210 lbs., he has the size that coaches look for in a CB and/or a WR. He plays with good speed, pretty good feet, and has solid hips that allow him to move fluidly. As a CB, he is not afraid of contact. When needed, he is willing to come up & provide run support, whether it is stopping a RB on outside runs, or taking on a QB when he scrambles. In pass coverage, he shows that he can find & track the ball well. He breaks on the ball well with good closing speed, and attacks it with good ball skills. In man coverage, he can stay in a receiver’s pocket step by step on short routes. In zone coverage, he plays his responsibility well with good discipline. He can fight through traffic to stop a receiver in his tracks against WR screens. He shows that he is versatile as a player who can line up as a receiver as well on offense. As a WR, he is a potential matchup nightmare with his size, especially in the red zone. He shows ability to break away into the open field after the catch for additional yards.

Weaknesses: While Gibbons is not afraid of contact, he does not always take the best angles to get to the ball carrier, and he does not always use the best form when tackling. In man coverage, he tends to let his receiver get behind on deep routes at times. His ability to effectively jam the WR at the line of scrimmage is a question. Due to that, he also turns his back to the QB when it seems like a receiver will get a step on him. His hands are decent, but not great as both a CB & a WR. As a WR, he is not the sharpest route runner. His year to year consistency & competition level will be looked at closely.

Summary: Gibbons is a good athlete that displayed his versatility on offense, defense, and special teams for the Aurora Spartans. His field goal block in the last game of the 2016 season helped the Spartans win their conference title. As a CB, he provides run support, and good cover skills in pass defense. He has the play speed & closing speed to find the ball, track the ball, and make a play. He plays man coverage well against short passing routes & screens. He is very disciplined while play zone coverage. As a WR, he is a red zone target who can break away from defenders after the catch. When tackling the ball carrier, he does not always take the best angles, and he does not always use good form. He does let the receiver get behind him at times in man coverage, causing him to turn his back to the QB. At WR, he will need to improve his route running. While he does have decent hands on either side of the ball, they are not great. His seemed to play better as a junior than he did this past season as a senior. In his junior year in 2015, he had 30 tackles, 5 interceptions, and 12 pass breakups. He has shown that he can be productive, but will need to show that he can be productive on a consistent basis year after year, especially at the pro level after playing against Division III competition. Gibbons reminds me of Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman due to his height, and that Sherman also lined up as both a CB & WR while in college. His size & athletic ability, due to him also being an All-American sprinter as well, will help him catch the eye of multiple pro coaches. As combines & pro days loom, I see him primarily being a UDFA as a CB at the pro level, who could possibly be athletic enough to try out as a FS due to his size & play in zone coverage. I can also see him lining up as a WR in emergency situations. With the right coach who is willing to work with him, Gibbons can become quite a weapon.

Pro Comparison: Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman

Projection: Undrafted Free Agent

NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Report: Forrest Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky


Forrest Lamp, OG/OG, Western Kentucky

  • 6’4” 300 lbs.
  • Redshirt Senior
  • Jersey Number: #76

Games Viewed:

  • 2015 – Miami Beach Bowl vs USF, at LSU, vs Southern Miss (C-USA Championship Game)
  • 2016 – at Alabama, at LA Tech, vs LA Tech (C-USA Championship Game)

Brandon Davis is NFL Draft Diamonds Lead Scout who put this piece together today.

Athletic Ability: Lamp has elite athleticism for an offensive lineman.  He shows quick feet, and the speed to be able to pull to lead on outside runs.  He is quick & fluid where he can get to the 2nd level to take on a linebacker.  Lamp is a great knee bender, and can use hips well by sinking them & exploding through them to be able to block with leverage.  His athleticism allows him to be versatile in multiple positions on the offensive line.

Run Blocking: Lamp doesn’t show a lot of straight ahead strength on run blocks, but he shows that he does have the strength to turn a defensive lineman away from the hole on inside runs.  He also has the strength to drive a defensive lineman down the line of scrimmage when needed.  On outside runs, he can get out in front to take out a linebacker or defensive back with a cut block.

Pass Blocking: When pass blocking, Lamp blocks with a good base that allows him to kick slide very well.  He shows that he can mirror a pass rusher & steer him away from the QB.  Lamp does show that he tends to struggle against pass rushers who have an explosive 1st step.  He gets his hands on a defender fast with okay hand placement, but needs to show that he can keep his hands inside on a regular basis.

Initial Quickness: Lamp’s quick feet allow him to have a quick 1st step off the snap, and set a good base to be able to block well. 

Playing Strength: When Lamp gets his hands on a defender, he uses exceptional leverage & intensity to disrupt their assignment.  He can punch decently without losing much balance, and can keep them active while engaged with a defensive lineman.

Mobility: The way that Lamp can move throughout a play is amazing.  His athletic ability allows him to get to the 2nd level of the defense, and to be able to pull quickly.  He also shows that he can get outside not only to be a lead blocker on running plays, but also to help set up screen plays.  He does a good job of helping on double teams, and then coming off that block to engage an outside rusher.

Awareness: Lamp is a smart offensive lineman with great awareness & instincts as an offensive lineman.  At times, he can struggle picking up an additional or delayed blitzer while lining up as an offensive tackle.

Strengths: Lamp’s athleticism, awareness, and intensity are reasons why he is considered as one of the top rated offensive linemen in this year’s draft class.  He is versatile that he could line up & play as a tackle or as a guard.  He can run block with good strength, and get outside to lead block, pull, or cut block a defender.  His ability to get to the 2nd level is outstanding.  In pass protection, he blocks with a good base, and can kick slide well with a combination of active hands to mirror & steer a pass rusher.  His leverage & punch can disrupt most defensive linemen

Weaknesses: While Lamp is exceptional in pass protecting, he can struggle against pass rushers who can explode out of their 1st step.  On running plays, he does not show much strength when blocking a defensive lineman straight ahead.  When dealing with blitzes, he does not pick up the additional or delayed blitzer right away.

Summary: Forrest Lamp was a four-year starter for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.  On film, he shows the skills where a team could look for him to line up as either a tackle or guard.  The team that drafts him will be getting an offensive lineman who is athletic, smart, and plays with intensity.  He has quick feet, can bend well at the knees, and has the strength to steer a defensive lineman inside, outside, down the LOS, and away from the QB.  His quick first step allows him to get his hands on a defender quickly to use leverage, and to be able to get to the 2nd level.  Lamp will need to work on getting stronger to be able to drive a defensive lineman straight back on inside runs, along with being aware of extra blitzers in pass protection.  As combines & pro days draw near, I see Lamp as a potential early 2nd round pick as an offensive guard.  He has the potential to be a long-time contributor for any offense in the NFL.

Grade: Early 2nd Round Selection


NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Report: Brandyn Bartlett, OLB, Tusculum College

Brandyn Bartlett of Tusculum is a game changer. He will punch you in your mouth if you run at him

  • Brandyn Bartlett, OLB, Tusculum College
  • 6’1” 230lbs.
  • Jersey Number: #11
  • Games Viewed: Career Highlight Tape

Brandon Davis is NFL Draft Diamonds Lead Scout who put this piece together today.

Athletic Ability: Bartlett is an excellent athlete with good speed for an outside linebacker.  His balance & explosive first step allow him to move well in coverage, as well as close in fast when blitzing.  Has the frame for a pro sized outside linebacker.

Against the Run: Bartlett is very physical when taking on linemen, but must show that he can be just as physical against much bigger linemen, and with a lower pad level.  He can move & slip through blockers to get to the ball, as well as disengage a blocker quickly.  On outside runs, he can move well laterally with pretty good range.  He takes decent angles towards the ball carrier, and is a good example of not giving up on a play by chasing down a RB from behind.

Tackling: Bartlett is a violent, wrap-up tackler who looks to cause fumbles whenever possible.

Instincts: He has good instincts, and shows discipline against the run & pass.  He can diagnose a play pretty quickly while in coverage.  Despite playing with good speed, and being in a good position more times than not, he’ll need to work on closing in on a ball carrier faster.

Pass Rush Ability: On film, Bartlett shows that he can close in on a QB at a fast rate.  He’s quick enough to beat a RB & an undersized lineman in pass protection, but needs to show that he can do the same against larger linemen.

Pass Coverage: Bartlett shines in this area.  His speed allows him to stick with a RB or TE, but tends to give up too much of a cushion at times.  He gives away size to a TE, but makes up for it with his athleticism.  When playing zone, he sticks to his coverage well with good awareness, but needs to show that he can close quicker.

Strengths: He’s an athletic outside linebacker with good speed, balance, range and explosiveness.  Bartlett has a violent mentality when tackling, and can cause a fumble at any time.  With good instincts, he shows that he’s very disciplined against the run and the pass.  He can diagnose a play pretty quick, and can close in on a QB at a fast rate when blitzing.  He can disengage a blocker, and get to the ball carrier well, including the will to chase him down from behind.  In pass coverage, Bartlett can stick to his guy when playing man, and can stick to his responsibility with good awareness when playing zone.  He has the frame of a pro level outside linebacker.

Weaknesses: He tends to take on blockers with a high pad level.  His ability to beat larger lineman in pass protection is a question.  Despite having good instincts & play speed, he doesn’t close in on the ball quickly while in pass coverage, and against the run.  Level of competition will be looked at extensively.

Summary: Bartlett has had many stops along his college.  After redshirting at Mississippi State University, he transferred to North Dakota State College of Science in 2013 where he racked up 80 tackles 1 INT, 8 TFLs, and 1 FF in 10 games.  After that, he transferred to Tusculum College where he was a three year starter for the Pioneers.  Bartlett finished his career at Tusculum with 229 tackles, 7 sacks, 6 FF, 1 INT, and 12 TFLs to go along with being a thee time all-conference selection.  He typically lines up on the outside in a 4-3 defense, but shows on film that he can line up on the inside as well.  Bartlett can play the outside linebacker position with good speed, range, explosiveness, and balance.  He can get off blocks, get to the ball at decent pursuit angles, and wrap up a ball carrier violent while looking to cause a fumble.  Bartlett can blitz the QB very quickly, and can beat undersized linemen & running backs in pass protection to get there.  Man coverage is not an issue against RBs & TEs thanks to his athletic ability.  He will take on any contact despite playing with a high pad level at times, and will need to show that he can beat larger linemen as well.  When getting to the ball in run pursuit, or in pass coverage, he needs to show that he can anticipate quicker, and close in quicker.  At the pro level, Bartlett’s best fit looks to be as a SAM outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense.  From his stats, he shows that he can be productive.  The question is can he keep the same level of production in the pros as he did at the Division II level?  Right now, I see Bartlett being an UDFA that can earn an invite to an NFL or CFL team for minicamp or training camp.

  • Athletic Ability: 6.0/9.0
  • Against the Run: 5.5/9.0
  • Tackling: 6.5/9.0
  • Instincts: 6.0/9.0
  • Pass Rush Ability: 5.5/9.0
  • Pass Coverage: 5.5/9.0
  • Grade: Undrafted Free Agent

NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Report: Tiyun Avery, DB, Henderson State University

Tiyun Avery


  • Tiyun Avery, CB, Henderson State
  • 5’9” 180 lbs.
  • Jersey Number: #21
  • Games Viewed: Career Highlight Film

This scouting report was conducted by Brandon Davis our NFL lead scout

Athletic Ability: Avery has good athletic ability with the speed, agility, and quickness to go with it. While it seems like he doesn’t have a lot of length, he can break on the ball with okay body control & flexibility.  He has pretty quick feet & decent hips while in his back pedal despite being a little high in pad level.

Man Coverage: Avery has pretty good awareness & shows to position himself well when playing man to man coverage. While he isn’t the strongest in jamming a receiver at the line of scrimmage, he can anticipate a receiver’s break when playing off.

Zone Coverage: He shows to be very aware & instinctive when playing zone coverage. He can switch from his back pedal to closing in on the ball while it’s in the air, but does have a tendency to turn his back to the QB at times, making him a target against a double move.

Instincts: Overall, Avery has good instincts as a cornerback. He shows that he can play most if not all coverages.  His frame can make him a mismatch against larger receivers, but he can make up for it with his athletic ability.

Closing/Deep Speed: Avery can close in on a ball with good quickness, especially on deep passes. He takes decent angles to the ball while staying with a receiver.

Ball Skills: His ability to read a receiver’s route is good, and his jumping ability allows him to go after 50-50 balls. Despite having questionable hands, he shows that he can lay out for a ball to make a play on it.

Tackling: Despite his size, Avery shows that he isn’t afraid to come up in run support. He doesn’t have the best form, but he’s not afraid to close in and make a tackle when needed.

Strengths: Avery is a good athlete that has the speed, agility, and quickness to able to play the cornerback position. His feet & hips combined with his awareness & instincts allow him to be pretty effective in both man & zone.  His closing speed & ball skills make him pretty effective on deep passes, and shows toughness when he comes up to make a tackle in run support.

Weaknesses: He doesn’t have the typical size for a pro cornerback. He can get his hands on a receiver, but he’s not the strongest when jamming him at the line of scrimmage.  While effective in zone coverage, he tends to turn his back to the QB.  He has questionable hands even though he has the ball skills to play well.  He isn’t the best form tackler when taking on a running back in run support.  His competition level will be studied closely.

Summary: Avery was an effective cornerback for the Henderson State Reddies in 2015 & 2016 after transferring from Arkansas Baptist Junior College. While he lacks the ideal size, he makes up for it with his athletic ability.  The speed, agility, quickness, instincts, and ball skills that he has makes him a player with potential to be better.  While he can play his assignment in both man & zone coverages, he isn’t the most consistent player.  At his size, he doesn’t jam a receiver at the line of scrimmage effectively, and can turn his back to the QB, which can hurt him.  His 4 interceptions & 9 pass breakups in 2015 shows that he does have okay hands, but only 1 interception & 2 pass breakups in 2016 also shows that they’re questionable & inconsistent.  He’s a cornerback that will help in run support, and will bring a ball carrier down despite not using the best form.  In all, Avery has the potential to be a productive cornerback, but needs to show that he can be consistent year after year.  I have him graded as an UDFA that could be invited to a minicamp or training camp in any pro league.

  • Athletic Ability: 6.0/9.0                    
  • Man Coverage: 5.5/9.0
  • Zone Coverage: 5.5/9.0
  • Instincts: 6.0/9.0
  • Closing/Deep Speed: 5.5/9.0
  • Ball Skills: 5.5/9.0
  • Tackling: 5.5/9.0
  • Grade: Undrafted Free Agent


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