NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Scott Orndoff, TE, University of Pittsburgh

Scott Orndoff is one of the most underrated prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft

NFL Draft Diamonds website has been providing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 3 years and this year we mixed things up a bit. Our questions are designed to give our readers a little more insight on the draft eligible player. We hope to bring you more than 500 interviews of NFL Draft Prospects this season. You will be able to track them all on the front page of our website in the banner to the right.  Now let’s meet our next prospect!!!!

What is your name?

Scott Orndoff

What is your Height/Weight?

6’5 255

What is your position?

Tight End

Where do you play college football?

University of Pittsburgh

Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?

Visiting the Shriners’ Children Hospital in Tampa for the East-West Shrine Game 

What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?

Psychology and the Law

Where are you from?

Waynesburg, PA

Who is your role model, and why?

My father. He introduced me to the game of football and he always has supported me with everything on and off the field.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Baseball, Wrestling, Basketball Track and Field

Did you play any other positions in football?

WR, LB, DE and QB in high school

At your position, what separates you from others?

Blocking ability and speed for my size

When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

Pre-snap body language that tips what opponents are about to do.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Christian Wilkins, Clemson

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?

Brent Celek

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

Knee Injury freshman year. Staying positive and trying to just improve day by day.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

No

Pitt tight end Scott Orndoff

What is your biggest strength?

Speed for my size 

What is your biggest weakness?

Run blocking footwork

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

I’m experienced in passing and run blocking, and I’ll be reliable in getting my job done.

Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?

Hines Ward, Steelers

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?

Major Dick Winters, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln

What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?

Car

2017 NFL Draft – First step to a Dynasty in Cleveland?

Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett was named the most freakish player in 2016 by NFL.com

Cleveland Browns need Myles Garrett

2017 NFL Draft: First step in Cleveland Browns Dynasty

This piece was put together by Draft Engineers. Make sure you follow them on Twitter @DraftEngineers

The Cleveland Browns have been the laughing stock of the NFL since 1999. The Browns have screwed up draft after draft since they were brought back after they moved to Baltimore. If the Browns can use their picks in this draft right, they can create a dynasty for the next ten years.

The 2015 draft for the Browns was a bit of a disappointment. First round pick Corey Coleman started well, but went off track after a hand injury. Second round pick Emmanuel Ogbah was actually really good. Ogbah had 5.5 sacks along with 53 tackles. Third round pick Cody Kessler, given he develops and isn’t constantly getting sacked, could be the franchise guy for the Browns. If Kessler, Ogbah and Coleman develop that draft will look better.

One of best decisions the Browns made last year was trading back with the Eagles. This got them what could be their franchise receiver for the next decade and the twelfth pick in this year’s draft. The Browns’ 1-15 record also landed them the first overall pick and what should be the easiest decision in this draft.

With the first overall pick in the draft the Browns must take Myles Garrett. Don’t take one of the crappy quarterbacks, don’t trade back, just take Garrett. He is the top player in this class and their is nothing reasonable that matches his value. The only way I would give up this pick is if I get offered multiple first and second round picks including 2 in the top 10 of this draft. The only team that might be possible for is the Titans, but I don’t think they will try.

There are more options for the second pick. I have the Browns taking Jalen “Teez” Tabor with the pick in my mock. Tabor is my top rated corner and if taken should take over Joe Haden’s spot as the number 1.

Imagine Browns getting OJ Howard and Myles Garrett? Then getting a QB in 2018?

The option popping up more and more is O.J. Howard. The Browns spent time coaching Howard at the Senior Bowl and he showed he was the best player there. I really like this option for the Browns. They can’t focus too heavily on one side of the ball and the corner class is so deep they don’t need to take one at 12.

The last option is trading back to the late teens or early 20’s. It could gain them a couple more picks in a pretty deep class. The more talent this team gets the better.

The Browns have 2 picks in the second round if they don’t take a corner in the first they need to select one with their first pick. The choice for me would be Tre’Davious White. He will double as the Browns nickel corner and the return specialist. Their second pick could be used on a safety like Obi Melifonwu, Eddie Jackson, or Justin Evans.

I think the Browns only need help at center. They need to make a push for Pat Elflein. Whether a trade up or with or their third round pick. After the first 3 round we are looking at a draft looking like this:

  • Myles Garrett
  • O.J. Howard
  • Tre’Davious White
  • Obi Melifonwu
  • Pat Elflein

These three rounds look absolutely amazing. If the Browns get these players they will have the foundation for a great team. If the Browns don’t overthink this draft they will be in a good position for the future.

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).

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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

Panthers have signed DE Mario Addison to a three year deal

Panthers re-sign Mario Addison to a 3-year worth $22.5M deal.


Addison has 9.5 career sacks. This is a good deal for him. He was expected to become a free agent. The Panthers are happy to get him back.

“Mario has shown he is one of the best emerging pass rushers in the league and he deserves this contract,” Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said in a team statement. “He consistently affects the quarterback, and we envision an increased role for him in our defense.”

Ravens safety Matt Elam was arrested for Pot and Pills in Miami

Oh things have not been very good for Matt Elam Since he entered the league. He has missed time with injuries. And now he has an arrest record. According to TMZ Sports, Elam was arrested last night in Miami for Drugs.


Ravens safety was pulled over after flying past an unmarked police car, and when cops searched his Range Rover … they found a Gucci bag with 126 grams of weed, and 6 oxycodone pills. Elam was booked for marijuana possession, possession with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance and reckless driving. 

The former first round draft pick is being held on $15,500 bail. 

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