Two Deep and Recruiting Class Evaluation: Stanford Cardinal

Continuing my summer homework, here’s the next deep dive into a two deep and recruiting class, this time Stanford’s. You can see Alabama’s, LSU’s, Texas A&M’s and Oregon’s evals hereherehere and here.

Again, let’s get a few things in order before you read these evals. It’s very important to read this if you want to understand where I’m coming from.

1. Rather than rank someone with a nebulous star rating or a happy face, I am applying an NFL draft grade to them since this is a metric that many of us understand. To be clear, when I write that someone is a first-round talent, I am not predicting that they will be selected in the first round of the draft (though some certainly will). What I am saying is that this player has physical ability or skills commensurate with players who are typically drafted in the first round. The same standard applies with other denominations by round.

2. The two deeps, heights and weights are typically taken from either the school’s web site or from If you quibble with who I have on the depth chart, I have no answer for you as the goal is to evaluate players and not to predict who will start. Just go with the eval provided. Some of the recruit lists might not include late signees or it might include guys who won’t qualify or will grayshirt. Just take the evals for what they are in that case.

3. The purpose of these evals are to give myself and the HP audience an insight into the raw talent levels of the schools in question. Coaching and scheme are not taken into account.

4. I did not look at anyone else’s evals when doing my own evals. I did not look at stats. I did not read what coaches had to say. I did not peek to see how many or which schools offered a given recruit. In other words, I avoided outside influences as much as possible and basically just looked at as much tape as was available and made my call.

5. I know evaluations of this nature are controversial. Some of you are going to vehemently disagree with some of them. Some of you will wonder what my qualifications are for making them. All I ask is that you put my evaluations to the test in the coming seasons and we’ll see how accurate I was. In the meantime, I welcome any insights or helpful comments on these players.

6. In some cases, for speed’s sake, my evals are very brief, especially with players who I don’t need to evaluate further. A guy like Johnny Manziel? We all know about him. I don’t waste much words adding to what we already know. In other cases, I have limited or bad tape on a player and have to make a snap eval based on what I am able to see.

7. When I have all my evaluations, I will rank the teams and players according to talent level and also overall.

And here we go:


Terms: COD = Change of direction; FBI = Football instincts; Pass Pro=pass protection; YAC=yards after catch

(Projected starters are bolded)



8 Kevin Hogan (6-4, 220, So.)

Big arm. Accurate thrower. Prototypical size. Good athlete. Mobile and can get tough yards. Crafty. Good FBI. 1st round talent

5 Evan Crower (6-5, 215, So.)

Lanky lefty. Slow release. Soft touch. Average arm strength. Free agent talent.


32 Anthony Wilkerson (6-1, 215, Sr.)

Tenacious downhill runner with hitch in his stride. Decent long speed. Good power. Effective stiff arm. Soft hands. Some stiffness in hips. Mid-round talent.

25 Tyler Gaffney (6-1, 222, Sr.)

Power back with good athleticism and ball skills. Decent burst to the second level. Good balance. Good hands. Good FBI. Mid-round talent.


85 Ryan Hewitt (6-4, 245, Sr.)

Physical player, naturally strong. Hard-nosed blocker who plays with leverage. Excellent FBI. Good hands. Mid round talent.

36 Lee Ward (6-1, 244, Jr.)

Walk on. No film available.


7 Ty Montgomery (6-2, 215, Jr.)

Good size. Good speed for his size. Not a true burner but uses his size and strength to gain separation. Physical. Good hands. Good FBI. Mid-round talent.

39 Kelsey Young (5-10, 190, So.)

Slippery playmaker. Very good speed, but not elite. Great ball skills. Athletic. Good vision and forward lean. Light in the ass. Mid-round talent.


89 Devon Cajuste (6-4, 232, So.)

Great size. Natural hand catcher. Above average athlete. Average speed. Free agent talent.

3 Michael Rector (6-1, 190, Fr.)

Smooth, fluid athlete. Good hands. Good speed but not a burner. Good body control. Late round talent.


70 Andrus Peat (6-7, 310, So.)

Super athletic and flexible big man. Light on his feet. Natural knee bender. Long arms. Good FBI. 1st round talent.

78 Kyle Murphy (6-7, 275, So.)

Very good, fluid athlete. Big frame. Long arms. Natural knee bender. Great feet. Plays to the whistle. Good FBI. 1st round talent


54 David Yankey (6-5, 311, Sr.)

Decent athlete. Naturally strong. Short arms. Good feet. Gets to second level well. Average balance. A bit of a waist bender. Best suited at LG. Mid-round talent.

57 Johnny Caspers (6-4, 292, Fr.)

Tough, physical grinder. Solid athlete. Naturally strong. Mid-round talent.


65 Khalil Wilkes (6-3, 290, Sr.)

Very good athlete. Great feet. Tough and physical. Redirects and bends knees well. Good FBI. 3rd round talent.

61 Connor McFadden (6-3, 288, Jr.)

Walk on. No tape available.


76 Kevin Danser (6-6, 301, Sr.)

Decent athlete. Long arms. Good feet. Plays with good leverage. Late round talent.

51 Josh Garnett (6-5, 317, So.)

Big bouncy athlete. Fluid and flexible. Thick lower body. Naturally strong. 1st round talent


73 Cameron Fleming (6-6, 318, Jr.)

Huge frame. Decent athlete for his size. Gets to second level and redirects well. Bit of a waist bender. Good FBI. Mid-round talent.

74 Brendon Austin (6-6, 304, So.)

Decent athlete. Bit of a waist bender. Good feet. Late round talent.


99 Luke Kaumatule (6-7, 260, So.)

Long, rangy athlete with good COD. Good speed and coordination for his size. Good FBI. 3rd round talent.

83 David Dudchock (6-4, 233, Jr.)

Good athlete with good speed. Flexible. Good COD. Natural hand catcher. H-back type. Mid-round talent.



91 Henry Anderson (6-6, 285, Jr.)

Long, athletic and rangy. Versatile, can play several techniques. Great COD for a man his size. Good hands. Tracks the ball well. Good burst. Excellent FBI. 1st round talent.

90 Josh Mauro (6-6, 290, Sr.)

Poor man’s Anderson. Runs really well for his size. Great size and strength. Decent athlete. Mid round talent.


58 David Parry (6-2, 303, Jr.)

Former walk on. Square build, powerful base. Naturally strong. Good COD. Runs well. Late round talent.

94 Ikenna Nwafor (6-6, 288, Fr.)

Big frame. Decent athlete with some stiffness in hips. Runs okay. Naturally strong. Free agent talent.


49 Ben Gardner (6-4, 275, Jr.)

Powerful and relentless straight-line rusher. Average COD. A bit stiff. Tenacious with active hands. Average athlete. Inconsistent at point of attack. Weak anchor. Mid-round talent.

7 Aziz Shittu (6-3, 275, So.)

Flexible and coordinated big man with good burst and COD. Naturally strong. Decent FBI. 1st round talent


93 Trent Murphy (6-6, 261, Sr.)

Excellent pass rusher off the edge. Great COD. Good athlete. Good FBI. Technically sound. Runs well in space and in coverage. 1st round talent.

48 Kevin Anderson (6-4, 245, So.)

Good athlete. Good FBI. Decent COD. Runs well. Mid-round talent.


11 Shayne Skov (6-3, 244, Sr.)

High energy, hard nosed, sure tackler. Trouble taking on/disengaging with blockers. Average speed, athleticism, COD since knee injury. Inconsistent pursuit angles. Late round talent.

35 Jarek Lancaster (6-1, 232, Sr.)

Relentless motor. Good COD. Solid athlete. Good in space. Mid-round talent.


17 A.J. Tarpley (6-2, 237, Jr.)

Excellent FBI. Sideline-to-sideline pursuer. Takes on blocks. Very physical. Very good speed. Moves well in space. Covers well. Good COD. Heat seeking missile. 1st round talent

40 Joe Hemschoot (6-1, 227, Jr.)

Big hitter with good speed. Physical. A bit undersized. Late round talent.


9 James Vaughters (6-2, 244, Jr.)

Superb athlete with great size and flexibility. Incredibly light on his feet. Very good COD. Very good speed. Average FBI. 1st round talent

43 Blake Lueders (6-5, 258, Jr.)

Long, lean build. Solid athlete. Good range. Physical. Late round talent.


25 Alex Carter (6-0, 204, So.)

Good all around athlete. Better suited for FS, but can play boundary CB. Has size, strength and flexibility for press coverage. Good speed but not elite. 3rd round talent.

31 Barry Browning (6-1, 180, Sr.)

Good quickness but average speed. Decent athlete. Skinny. Good FBI. Free agent talent.


29 Ed Reynolds (6-2, 205, Jr.)

Good athlete with good speed. Good range. Crafty. Always around the ball. Playmaker. Average tackler in space, sometimes takes bad angles. 3rd round talent.

5 Devon Carrington. (6-1, 200, Sr.)

Above average athlete with good long speed. Decent size. Good FBI. Late round talent.


8 Jordan Richards (5-11, 208, Jr.)

Very active safety who excels in run support. Often goes for big hit instead of wrapping up. Good FBI. Covers TEs well. Good ball skills. Physical. Good range. 3rd round talent.

22 Kyle Olugbode (6-1, 192, Jr.)

Good length. Decent athlete. Quick feet. Good range but lacks long speed. Decent FBI. Free agent talent.


2 Wayne Lyons (6-1, 193, Jr.)

Good size. Physical player. Good athlete. Better suited for safety down the road. Decent speed, not a burner. Late round talent.

15 Usua Amanam (5-10, 175, Sr.)

Very active and productive playmaker. Not very big. Physical with great FBI. Late round talent.


Sean Barton ILB 6-3, 220 — Good athlete with good feet. Explosive straight-line speed. Good forward lean. Physical hitter. LDS mission next 2 years. Mid-round talent.

64 David Bright OT/OG 6-5, 290 — Athletic with good feet. Smooth getting to second level. Smart. Knee bender who gets good leverage on blocks. Strong. 3rd round talent.

17 Ryan Burns QB 6-5, 225 — Great size. Live arm. Can make every throw. Accurate. Good mechanics and release. Good athlete for his size. 1st round talent

80 Eric Cotton TE 6-6, 235 — Fluid and flexible athlete. Very good speed for his size. Very coordinated. Great hands. Low level of comp in HS. 1st round talent.

84 Austin Hooper TE 6-4, 245 — Fluid athlete. Gets to second level quickly. Good body control. Good hands. Good FBI. Refined. 3rd round talent.

34 Peter Kalambayi OLB 6-3, 240 — Physically mature. Superb athlete. Great COD. Great burst off the edge. Strong. 1st round talent.

79 Thomas Oser OG/C 6-5, 290 — Average athlete. Grinder. Bends knees well but a bit stiff moving in space. Late round talent.

4 Francis Owusu WR 6-3, 193 — Long, smooth strider with good speed for his size. Big frame. Not a natural hand catcher. Raw. Good YAC. Mid-round talent.

44 Kevin Palma ILB 6-2, 240 — Muscular build. Athletic. Good lateral speed and COD. Explosive to ball carrier. Mouth-to-mouth tackler. Physical. 3rd round talent.

88 Greg Taboada TE 6-5, 235 — Big frame. Fluid athlete. Very light on his feet. Good speed for his size. Good COD. Good blocker. Hand catcher. 2nd round talent.

6 Taijuan Thomas WR/CB 5-10,185 — Undersized. Good speed but not elite. Decent COD. Better than average athlete. Free agent talent.

33 Mike Tyler OLB 6-5, 225 — Good athlete with long frame. Good COD. Refined. Good FBI. Mid-round talent.

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4 Responses to Two Deep and Recruiting Class Evaluation: Stanford Cardinal

  1. C August 13, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    Good stuff, Chris!!!

  2. Bryan August 13, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    Any insight into what college games you were able to break down for the Stanford evals?

    Was a little surprised on Skov. Understand the hesitation with the knee but if he can get back to Orange Bowl level…

    • Heismanpundit August 13, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

      I looked at the Oregon and USC games.

      I was also a little surprised by Skov, given that I’ve been a touter of him in the past. His injury really set his speed and change of direction back. He still made some big plays based on his natural instincts and toughness, but in the games I saw he took a lot of bad angles and just looked slow in pursuit. I still think he’s a more than able college linebacker, but he’s going to have to keep recovering.

  3. akiddoc August 13, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

    I think you will see a new Skov this year. He played with pain, a brace, and an incomplete rehab last year. This year I expect 2nd round talent to show through.