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Johnathan Abram

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College: Mississippi St.

Height: 5'11"

SCOUTING GRADE

Weight: 215 lbs

Injury History: No Major Injury History

Scout: Cody Manning

Scouting Report

Athleticism: 7.67

Q.A.B./C.O.D.: 7.85

His agility gives him a big advantage as he moves around the field smoothly to make a play.

Flexibility: 7.50

He keeps a nice bend around blockers when sent on a blitz or attempting to make a tackle.

 

Deep Speed: 8.00

 

His speed allows him keep up with burners. He runs side by side and looks back for the ball.

 

Explosion: 7.75

 

His quickness allows him to fly up the field but he can run out of his feet at times.

 

Coordination: 7.25

He does a good job at keeping his body underneath him when he is getting blocked by lineman.

 

Coverage Ability: 7.50

Man Press: 7.75

 

He can line up, jam the receiver and turn his body to run side by side with his man.

 

Man Off: 7.50

He is smooth when he is back peddling to read his man's route then making an adjustment.

 

Zone: 7.15

 

He can fly all over the field with his speed. He does need more discipline with his coverages.

 

Hand Fighting: 7.25

 

He likes to fight for the ball so it isn't an easy catch for the receiver. Makes it difficult.

 

Hips/Turn Ability: 7.85

 

He doesn't show any stiffness when he turns his body to stick on his man's hips.

 

Play Making: 6.92

Closing Quickness: 7.75

His athleticism allows him to close space in an instant and can help disrupt runs or screens.

 

Ball skills: 7.00

He does a good job at making an attempt to get in the passing lanes but could use work.

Route/play Diagnosis: 6.00

He can misread plays which can take him out of position due to poor decision making.

Run Support: 7.12

Quickness Upfield: 8.00

 

He explode up in gaps or make up space to break up runs or screens. Impressive quickness.

 

Fight Through Blocks: 7.35

He will battle with big lineman and holds his own. He tosses receivers to the side for a tackle.

 

Tackling: 6.00

He needs to work on his technique. He leaves his feet too early which allows broken tackles.

Competitiveness: 7.45

Toughness: 7.00

He is a fighter and won't back down. He gets in faces and will look to make a hit if he can.

 

Production: 7.50

 

Miss. St - 25 games, 170 tackles (96 solo), 14 TOL, 3 sacks, 2 int, 10 PD, 1 FR, 3 FF

 

Consistency/Motor: 7.85

He keeps moving all over the field and looks to fly to the ball to end the play. High motor.

Intelligence: 6.92

 

Instincts: 6.50

 

He needs to understand how to control his body because he can take himself out of plays.

Learn/Retain: 6.75

 

He has his moments misreading plays. He needs more coaching up in film and on field.

 

Teamwork: 7.50

 

He will keep fighting regardless of the score for his team. He won't give up on them.

STRENGTHS:

His athleticism allows him to flow freely around the field and can explode in the direction he wants to go in order to make a play. He is versatile enough where he can play in the box, line up in press or off man coverage, and sit back in deep coverage to scan the field. He can attach to receiver's hips and trail them in man coverage. He is effective in the box versus the run because he can use his quickness to fill gaps or get around blocks. He can be a weapon in a defense because he can be used all over.

 

WEAKNESSES:

His play needs more discipline because he can either misread plays or depend on his athletic ability too much. He can take himself out of position due to poor decision making or just outrunning his body which makes it easier on the ball carrier to make a cut. He needs more work on his tackling form. He doesn't break down, he can leave his feet way too early, and leaves too many tacklers on the field. He needs a lot of refinement in his game otherwise he could end up getting lost at the next level.

 

BIG PICTURE:

 

Abram has a high ceiling to be a impact player at the next level if he can workout a lot of some of the warts in his game. He has the athletic ability to play all over the defense as he can line up in man, sit back in zone, play up inside the box, and sent in on blitz packages. While his athleticism allows him to excel he can be too dependent on it. He will take himself out of position by trying to go around blocks instead of through them or will outrun his body which doesn't allow him to break down before attempting to make the tackle. His man coverage was the most impressive because his ability to jam in press, flipping his hips over easily, can track down speedsters, and will look back at the ball so he can make a play on it and prevent any pass interference calls. His biggest weakness can be his decision making because he will take poor angles on the ball which results in missed tackles and can misdiagnose plays or routes which delays him making a play on the ball. As a rookie he can come in and play in a secondary because of his versatility allows a defensive coordinator to line him up as he pleases. Even if he isn't ready to take on a full-time role he should see a significant amount of snaps and be used against today's passing offenses. If a team taps into his potential then he could end up as the best safety in this class by his third season.