Over the next three months Scout.com will be traveling the nation in search of the top prospects. We will have the chance to see players who will be nominated for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and Underclassmen who will be the stars of tomorrow. At times, you will also see an under dog, someone who wasn’t on the radar who comes to the combine and puts themselves on the map.
Offensive Linemen: There was a definitive defensive flavor “In The Trenches” at Jacksonville. One offensive lineman did catch my eye Clyde Yandell. Yandell, of Nease High in Saint Augustine, Fla., checked in at 6-foot-5, 304 pounds and a lot of raw ability. After hearing that Yandell had only played defense last year, I was even more impressed with what I saw. While several of the offensive linemen in attendance put up a valiant effort against a talented trio of defensive linemen that were among the studs in attendance, it was Yandell who provided the most competition.
During the one-on-one’s, Yandell put up a fight against any and all comers. You can see that Yandell is raw, but everything that he lacks is easily coached. The one aspect of Yandell’s game that caught my eye was his sense to use the wingspan that the good lord gave him. Every time I go out and scout I see these big kids blessed with a tremendous reach and they do not use it, Yandell does.
Scouting Report: Yandell is raw, but that is just from a lack of experience on offense. He is very good in pass pro, and he has very good feet for a big man. Yandell took a number of repetitions and even a bloody nose didn’t stop him, he showed grit and competitiveness. Yandell is the kind of kid who redshirts and builds his body and will flourish.
Defensive Linemen: Obviously, if anyone has paid the slightest bit of attention to our combine coverage you already know that we were impressed by D’Angelo McCray.
McCray is the kind of prospect that impresses you as soon as he steps out of his vehicle. The difference is McCray keep’s on impressing all day long. He is hands down one of the most impressive players in the nation. The local standout from nearby Andrew Jackson High checked in at a chiseled 6-3, 280 pounds. He ran a 4.84 in the forty, 4.78 shuttle, and he posted a standing broad jump of 8-2.
During the one-on-one’s I was shocked that McCray decided to work out with the tight ends. After a little trash talking McCray decides to venture on down and play with the big boy’s. On defense McCray dominated everyone; he was either too quick or too powerful. Then, McCray decided to line-up as an offensive tackle, and again he dominated everyone. After decimating our group, McCray decided to go snag some passes as a tight end.
Scouting Report: McCray is the total package, size, strength, and speed. He can beat you off the edge with his speed, or he can drive straight through you with a bull rush. He possesses uncanny athleticism for a player of his size. One area that most people do not take enough stock in is a player’s character. McCray is a tremendous kid, always has a smile on his face and is very coachable.
Jacoby Monroe would have been the most impressive defensive lineman had it not been for McCray. Monroe, who plays at Sandalwood, checked in at 6-2, 283 pounds. He ran a 5.09 forty, 4.67 shuttle and posted a 28” vertical, and an 8-0 standing broad jump.
During the one-on-one’s, Monroe was very impressive and you can tell he has been well coached. He uses he hands very well, along with a very good spin move. Monroe anticipates well, he always seems to be one step ahead of the competition.
Scouting Report: Monroe can be as good as he wants to be, he is an explosive and very agile athlete. He could play off the edge, but it would not be shocking to see him end up as a defensive tackle either. Monroe show’s a willingness to learn and a desire to become a better player.
Rene Perry from Columbia was this week’s “silent but violent” winner. Perry checked in at 5-10, 260 pounds, now if your one of those folks that gets caught up in size then quit reading. Perry is not tall, but he is one heck of a football player. He is very powerful and has the quickness of a cat.,br>
During the one-on-one’s, Perry was just a dominant as McCray and Monroe. Perry looks like he could bench press a Chevy; he used that strength to his advantage often out-muscling the opposition.
Scouting Report: He does not possess ideal size, but he can play in any conference in the country. Perry is very powerful and explosive. He gets off the ball as quick as anyone you’ll see. Perry could be a very disruptive force as a nose or three-technique tackle.
Next week's "In The Trenches" will center on this Sunday's Scout.com All-American Combine at Duke University.