My initial thoughts and impressions after watching extensive video from the Rivals 5-Star Challenge Camp:
David Dawson – kid is going to be a good one. Very, very good. He is quick with very, very good feet. He still needs to get stronger as guys were successful bull rushing him. However he looked great.
Chris Fox – he is opposite of Dawson. Very strong at the point of the attack but not very athletic. He let guys get around him to easily. However, likely #1 overall player in the 2014 class DeShawn Hand tried to bull rush Fox…didn’t work. Fox stood him up and it was game over. Fox is starting to look more and more like a guard IMO, allowing Kyle Kalis or Kyle Bosch to slide outside in a few years. BTW, Dawson is a sure fire guard with the ability to play center.
What I have seen on Jourdan Lewis …first of all, if you’re running 1 on 1’s with WR/CB’s, play tight man to man, don’t make the corner give a 10 yards. However, his back pedal is QUICK and SMOOTH. He has great hips and closing speed. He has Cissoko’s feet and T-Rich’s acceleration. This kid is going to be a good one. However, he does need to put on some weight.
Mike McCray – heard he checked in at 6’1", so not as tall as expected. He is a bigger linebacker so people thought his coverage skills would lack, however he did well in 1 on 1’s. Again, this is a VERY unfair drill, but he held his own and actually showed some nice fluid hips. Not a ton of film out there from this event on him. He could probably use a year to lean up as it looked like he may have had 10-15 pounds of bad weight on him.
Malik McDowell – He has work to do in the weight room. His bull rush is completely non-effective. However, he does understand how to use his hands. He also had a pretty nice spin move but relies on it too much. He really, really needs to get in the weight room and turn his 6’6" frame into something scary. He has all of the athletic talent in the world, just needs to add the strength. 5 star kid? Not yet IMO