Futures: USC DT/DE Leonard Williams

Probably a future Oakland Raiders. Do you remember Richard Seymour?

The Rookie Scouting Portfolio (RSP)

Photo by James Santelli. Photo by James Santelli.

This year’s unofficial theme at Futures is profiling complete football players: physically, mentally, and conceptually sound prospects with the versatility to contribute in multiple roles within their position — and in some cases, on either side of the ball.

My profiles of Shaq Thompson, Myles Jack, and Ameer Abdullahhighlight the skills that earned these three the term of endearment “he’s a football player.” The more I study tape, the easier it is to see the commonalities among good football players from any position.

They often seem like invisible threads that weave through the game: techniques and concepts that link defensive linemen to wide receivers and running backs, offensive tackles to cornerbacks, and centers to safeties. However, these threads become luminescent when an excellent football player takes the field.

We marvel at their freakish athleticism with cross-positional undertones. He’s got the speed of safety…

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