–I asked him to compare and contrast Luke Joeckel and Lane Johnson, two of the top tackles in the draft that are widely expected to be top 12 picks. Note that this is a regional scout who has not closely evaluated Eric Fisher, but he has seen both Joeckel and Johnson in person in both practices and games. Joeckel “is the real deal. Love his feet. Love his feet.” He raved about Joeckel’s technique and athleticism, though said the latter attribute was “being played up too much above his waist.” The scout liked Johnson but sees more of a project than many do. “He’s still too deliberate with his feet” and he went on to talk about a practice session at Oklahoma where the OL Coach spent a long time working with Johnson about stepping into his punch and widening his base on his slide step. “Joeckel doesn’t have those issues” though he did add that he feels Johnson is a better run blocker in space than Joeckel.
–Staying on Oklahoma, the scout surprised me some with his thoughts on QB Landry Jones
. He told me that he felt Oklahoma’s offense stymied Jones and “dumbed him down”. He advised me that the Sooners coaches emphasized being a game manager but that when he saw Jones asked to make plays he was a much better quarterback.
“He feeds off confidence and he felt like the coaches didn’t trust him enough” to turn him loose and let him attack. Jones nailed their Combine interview, showing a more complete understanding of running an offense than showed in his play. I do not see Jones this way at all, and that led to an animated but amicable discussion on Jones’ prospects. The discussion ended with this quote, “Like it or not, someone is going to take Landry Jones on Friday night”.
I emptied my Dos Equis rapidly on that note.