NFL Films senior producer and executive producer of “NFL Matchup” Greg Cosell, who’s been at NFL Films since 1984, watches as much game tape on draft prospects as most NFL teams do.
I asked Cosell to give his opinion on the Lions’ first three picks – Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff, Oklahoma receiver Ryan Broyles and Louisiana Lafayette cornerback Bill Bentley.
Here’s what he had to say:
“I suspect there’s been a lot of talk in Detroit about Riley Reiff vs. David DeCastro. I think Reiff is the better pick. This is a passing team. Reiff is a pass protector and DeCastro is a run blocker. Reiff is a good pick for this team. He can play right tackle immediately, I personally think he can transition to left tackle down the road.”
“I love Ryan Broyles on film. Absolutely love him. What I don’t do is give prospects grades, as far as rounds. I transition guys to the league based on what I see on film and I think this is where the Lions are thinking longer term. Nate Burleson is getting up there in years and they don’t want to get stuck not having weapons for Matthew Stafford.”
These are the notes Cosell took on Broyles while watching him on tape.
- He has natural quickness as a route runner, especially from the slot.
- He has deceptive speed and burst as a vertical route runner.
- He is very fluid and smooth with excellent ground control.
- He caught the ball easily with his hands with excellent body control to snatch the ball and run.
- Does not have top-end long speed, but that’s not a big factor in the slot.
- Transitions best to the NFL initially as a slot receiver.
“I think he’s a kid that can contribute as a rookie. He’s going to be a slot guy to start and some people might say, ‘Hey, I’m not going to take a slot guy in round two,’ but it comes down to opinion.”
“I liked Bentley on film. I think he’s an off-coverage corner. He’s what we call a cluer and keyer. He does a very good job reading the triangle (reading from the corner through the quarterback). He has similar attributes to Asante Samuel. That’s the style of corner he is.”
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