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Temple University's Pro Day

Photo by Patty Morgan, Temple Athletics

Written By Ian Berg

Rock Ya-Sin showing off

Coming into Temples pro day everyone attending knew Rock Ya-Sin's name, as he may be one of the biggest risers in the 2019 NFL draft since the start of the NCAA season. That is familiar territory for Rock as he was a 2x state wrestling champ in high school who didn’t step on a football field until he was in 11th grade. He only received 3 offers from smaller D1 schools. He committed to Presbyterian college before transferring to Temple for his Senior year. Coming into Temple’s Pro Day Ya-Sin already showed off he was physically gifted running a 4.51 forty and jumping 39.5 in the vertical. He also showed off his strength when he benched 18 times which was second most for corners.

All of his physical tools transferred over to his position drills. He has great press ability that he displayed in the drills showing off his long arms and physicality at the point of attack. He showed off his ball skills by making tough catches look easy attacking the ball in the air. He shows that off in the video below where he is in man to man in a 4th and 3 situation. On this play, he displays his ability to mirror the receiver and bump and run with them down the field. He then gets his eyes around to the QB where he sees the ball coming and puts himself into position to make a play on the ball boxing out stand out receiver Anthony Johnson who is 3 inches taller than Ya-Sin.

Ya-Sin main concern is his footwork as t inconsistent as he sometimes crosses his feet when opening his hips up. Yet he possesses great hips when using the proper technique showing he can easily fix this flaw at the next level. He shows great physicality when pressing at the line of scrimmage. He is able to mirror the receivers very good as they go through their release using his long arms to engage. At times he flips his hips to the field when in man to man to possible counter the speed of the receiver but leaves himself vulnerable to quick breaking routes. This could be because of the way they run their defensive scheme at Temple or to a lack of experience.

For someone who only has 6 years of football experience, he shows a good understanding of the game. This is due to his hard-working attitude and ability to learn. His limited football background shows he has room to develop and improve at the next level. With this improvement, he can become a lockdown outside corner and should be considered a top 5 corner in this draft.

Underrated Prospects

Ryquell Armstead and Michael Dogbe

Ryquell Armstead was the featured back for Temple this past year rushing for over 1000 yards and 13 TDs. He performed so well at the combine that he did not perform any test at his pro day. Armstead is a hard runner who has the ability at 220 pounds to lower his shoulder and run defenders over. He benched 225 for 22 times good enough for the 6th most for RBs at the combine. He then showed off his speed in the forty running the 2nd fastest time for RBs with a 4.45 40 yard dash. Thanks to his great change of direction he was able to run a 7.02 in the 3 cone drill which was good enough for 5th at the combine out of all the RBs.

Ryquell’s combine results easily translate to his play on the field. He shows great acceleration out of his stance and good ability to stick his foot in the ground and accelerate out of a cut. He is a violent runner who finishes his runs fiercely, lowering his shoulder and constantly falling forward after contact for extra yards. He has good vision as he is able to read a gap blocking scheme well and hit the hole. He shows off his physical running style in the play below not only running over defenders but his own lineman. He shows his ability to break arm tackles easily while accelerating at the 2nd level and running away from defenders who think they have a good angle on him.

Ryquell impact in the passing game was my biggest question going into his pro day since he only had 8 receptions this past season. Yet he showed off his ability to run good routes and catch the ball with ease during the running back drills. He will need to prove that he can catch consistently in games as well as work on his pass protection as it was below average in college for a back his size.

Ryquell excels in a zone blocking scheme especially on inside runs as he has a great burst out of his stance craving contact as he hits the hole. He possesses ability when at the second level to run over defenders and make them miss accelerating out of his cuts. His pro day quieted my doubts and showed me he can have an impact in the passing game. If Ryquell gets the right opportunity, he should be able to work his way into a rotation but needs to improve his pass pro to become an every-down back.

Big Bad Michael Dogbe

Michael Dogbe who checked in at 6’ 3” and 284 pounds was one of the best players in the country not invited to the NFL combine. He proved why he was a combine snub by putting up strong numbers all day. Everyone already knew Dogbe was strong since during the year a video of him went viral bench pressing 505 pounds. He showed off his strength again at his pro day benching 225 a total of 34 times which would have been 3rd at the combine for a defensive lineman and 4th out of everyone invited. Once he got to the field he displayed his great speed for a man his size running a 4.92 in the forty. That time would have been good for 7th at the combine for a defensive lineman. His agility is up there with some of the best of the defensive lineman invited to the combine as well as he posted a 7.4 three-cone drill which would have been good for 7th at the combine just behind DE Zach Allen

On film, Dogbe can play in a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme as he possesses the ability to line up in the 0 through 5 technique with his size and speed. Immediately his first step and ability to fire off the ball stands out on film. He quickly gets into the offensive lineman's chest with his powerful hands and upper body. He shows his first step quickness on this play bursting off the ball and showing good pursuit and bend to the quarterback to finish the play and knock the ball out.

He has good ability to bench press offensive lineman and get off of blocks. He has a great motor that shows up on film and reflects his great work ethic off the field. In the passing game, he lacks an assortment of pass rush moves as he relies on his speed and power predominantly when rushing the QB. In the run game, he creates havoc at times but is an inconsistent tackler that flashes a lack of discipline. He attempts too many arm tackles and creates holes for the running back when he tries to make a big play instead of sticking to his assignment/gap.

During Dogbes pro day he had just sufficient flexibility on pass rushing drills having to repeat drills multiple times. This may worry some NFL teams as he looks stiff in the upper body due to his excellent strength and size. Yet it is his raw size and strength combined with his speed that will allow him to be an NFL defensive lineman. If he is able to add to his pass rushing repertoire while becoming more disciplined a team will be happy years down the road drafting him anywhere on day 3 of the draft as he is one of the most underrated defensive linemen in this draft.

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