|Click-Clack Day 3 Notebook|
Orlando, Fla. - As the players begin to settle in and assume their roles on the team, the nerves dissipate and the talent rises to the top.
With so many talented players on the field, there was considerable competition within the position battles as well as offense vs. defense.
Based on what we've seen thus far out of the quarterbacks, team Click-Clack (red) has a considerable advantage over team Micro G (white) at this crucial position.
Any one of Brett Hundley (6-2/200) of Chandler, Ariz., Kiehl Frazier (6-3/215) of Greenland, Ark., and Jeff Driskel (6-4/225) of Oviedo, Fla. has looked better through the week than his counterpart including Braxton Miller (6-2/190) of Huber Heights, Ohio, Kendal Thompson (6-2/175) of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Max Wittek (6-3/200) of Newport Beach, Calif.
There is a similar style with each of the Click-Clack quarterbacks in that each of them can make any throw on the field and make a play running the ball. The interchangeable parts at quarterback have led to a much more cohesive practices for Click-Clack than one is used to seeing at an All-Star practice.
I think the overall strength of Jeff Driskel, whether it be his arm strength or ability to pull away from a defender, is what makes him the best option in the near and long term, but he hasn't separated himself this week to the point where he can be considered without a doubt the best option at quarterback for Click-Clack this week.
There is a lack of starpower at the wide receiver position, but Eli Rogers (5-10/180) of Miami, Fla. stepped up to have a solid day of practice. He is crisp in his route running, has strong hands, and uses his body well to shield defenders.
The more highly touted Ja'Juan Story (6-3/195) of Brooksville, Fla., and Devon Blackmon (6-0/180) of Fontana, Calif. were relatively quiet letting Rogers steal some of the spotlight today.
The best receivers for Click-Clack may be their tight ends. A.C. Leonard (6-3/232) of Jacksonville, Fla. and Brandon Fulse (6'4/250) of Fort Meade, Fla. have been the most consistent pass catchers for Click-Clack. Leonard is a spectacular athlete reminiscent of 2009 Under Armour All-American and current Georgia Bulldog Orson Charles. Fulse is a bigger body who at one point I thought might be headed to the offensive or defensive line, but if he can keep his weight down, he's always a tough matchup for linebackers with his hands and strength.
There may be a lack of starpower at receiver, but the running back position is in good hands with Savon Huggins (5-10/190) of Jackson, N.J. and Isaiah Crowell (5-11/210) of Columbus, Ga. Huggins runs with a power that belies his size, while Crowell, the bigger back, is capable of turning a corner and breaking a long run.
There were heated battles along the lines of scrimmage today as there were several one on one sessions in pass protection.
Today was my first day watching Click-Clack, but Anthony Chickillo (6-3/240) of Tampa, Fla. has been the buzz around the Scout war-room this week. He didn't disappoint. He was the best defensive lineman for Click-Clack today, including Scout's No. 1 overall prospect Jadeveon Clowney (6-6/240) of Rock Hill, S.C.
Clowney has the upside with his superior size and athleticism, but Chickillo has a better idea how to use his hands and disengage from a blocker. On back to back plays Scout's No. 1 offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio (6-7/290) drew Clowney and Chickillo. After beating Clowney by locking on and staying on front of him, Chickillo used a push/pull move to sling Kouandjio to the ground and walk right around him to the quarterback.
Kouandjio and Christian Westerman (6-5/290) of Chandler, Ariz. were the cream of the crop of the offensive linemen today. Kouandjio is incredibly light on his feet for a player of his size, and his frame presents a wall of a man as long as he keeps his balance. Westerman went 4-1 in the one on ones and has a terrific base that let's him hold his ground and neutralize the strongest of bull rushers. Playing right tackle, Westerman also displayed the quickness needed to push an end around the edge.
The interior defensive line had a good day against the offense. Desmond Jackson (6-1/280) of Houston, Texas showed a quick burst off the line. Christian Heyward (6'3/275) of Santee, Calif. used his quickness to win several rounds of one on ones.
The linebacker position for Click-Clack is loaded with talent. Ryan Shazier (6-2/205) of Pompano Beach, Fla. showed terrific speed in pursuit. Trey DePriest (6-1/225) of Springfield, Ohio showed that he has the size and strength for inside but the speed to play outside for Click-Clack.
There is an impressive group of safeties at the event, and Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix is the best of the bunch. He covers a vast amount of space in the defensive backfield. He's physical at the line of scrimmage if he's asked to drop in the slot and cover a receiver, and he can turn around a running back with a big hit.
At the corner position, the Texas Longhorns look to be in good shape as they have two players committed that stood out today.
There is a contrast in styles with Josh Turner (5'11/180) of Oklahoma City, Okla. and Quandre Diggs (5-10/190) of Angleton, Texas. Their listed heights and weights are fairly similar, but Turner is looks considerably longer and leaner, while Diggs is more compact and stronger. Both styles proved effective as Turner could undercut a receiver and Diggs was jamming them at the line and muscling them off their spots while the ball was enroute.
5 on the Rise
DE - Anthony Chickillo
LB - Lawrence Thomas
QB - Click-Clack quarterbacks.
WR - Eli Rogers
DE - Greg Townsend Jr.
5 to Work on:
OL - Marcus Jackson
DL - Gabe Wright
WRs - Ju'Juan Story / Devon Blackmon
OL - Thomas O'Reilly
DE - Jadeveon Clowney