A collection of my film session interviews with this draft class
As you may not know, I contribute to another site besides Stampede Blue during the draft season. I’m also a contributor with a site called Cover 1, where I sit down with draft prospects and break down film of their game with them. Over the course of this draft season, I have sat down with seven draft prospects to break down their film and go over their game. Today, I wanted to put all of those film sessions into one article so you all can look back at any of them this draft season.
Here are my seven Film Session interviews with 2021 Draft prospects:
Payton Turner, DE, Houston
Weight: 268 pounds
Position: Defensive End/Defensive Tackle
Measureables: 40 Time: N/A / Bench: 23 / Vertical Jump: 35.5 inches / Broad Jump: N/A / Short Shuttle: 4.31 sec / 3-Cone: 7.01 sec
Career Stats: 114 tackles, 23.5 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks, 9 pass deflections, 1 forced fumble, and 1 interception.
Summary: Turner is an outstanding and versatile edge rusher in this class who has flown up draft boards this offseason. He has excellent size and length, which he has paired with good bend and explosiveness. We talked a lot in this interview about that bend, his yearly improvements, and his hustle on every single play.
JaCoby Stevens, SAF/LB, LSU
Weight: 212 pounds
Position: Safety/Linebacker/Defensive Athlete
Measureables: 40 Time: 4.62 / Bench: N/A / Vertical Jump: 42 inches / Broad Jump: 130 inches / Short Shuttle: N/A / 3-Cone: N/A
Career Stats: 190 tackles, 21.5 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks, 15 pass deflections, 1 forced fumble, and 4 interceptions.
Summary: One of my favorite overall players in this class, Stevens is a versatile playmaker for a defense. Throughout his career, he lined up at safety, linebacker, edge defender, nickel corner, and even standing upright in the A gap. Off the field, he is active in the community, a Team Captain, and one of the smartest players I’ve ever talked to. My personal favorite interview of this offseason.
Dylan Soehner, TE, Iowa State
Weight: 268 pounds
Position: Tight End
Measureables: 40 Time: 4.86 / Bench: N/A / Vertical Jump: 30.5 inches / Broad Jump: 112 inches / Short Shuttle: 4.43 sec / 3-Cone: 7.32 sec
Career Stats: 26 receptions for 312 yards and one touchdown.
Summary: Soehner is an interesting prospect in this draft class. Stuck in one of the best tight end rooms in college football, Soehner was placed in the blocking tight end role. While he excelled as a blocker, the potential he has as a receiver is still to be seen at the next level. We talked about his relationship with (former) Colts TE Coach Tom Manning, his ability as a blocker, and why he can be so much more in the NFL.
C.J Marable, RB, Coastal Carolina
Weight: 195 pounds
Position: Running Back
Measureables: 40 Time: 4.58 / Bench: 17 / Vertical Jump: 36 inches / Broad Jump: 116 inches / Short Shuttle: 4.34 sec / 3-Cone: 7.32 sec
Career Stats: 491 carries for 2,691 yards and 29 touchdowns. 84 receptions for 703 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Summary: Not the most physically impressive back in this class, but Marable had an incredibly productive college career at Coastal Carolina. He has excellent vision on film and his ability as a receiver will go a long way towards making it at the next level. We went live with this Film Session to talk about the subtle nuances in his game.
Zac Thomas, QB, Appalachian State
Weight: 205 pounds
Measureables: 40 Time: 4.59 / Bench: N/A / Vertical Jump: 30 inches / Broad Jump: 115 inches / Short Shuttle: 4.35 sec / 3-Cone: 7.08 sec
Career Stats: 576-914 (63.0 completion percentage) for 6,979 yards and 69 touchdowns with 23 interceptions. 294 rushes for 1,301 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Summary: Thomas is a late-round quarterback in this class that I really enjoyed talking with. Even if he never makes it in the NFL, it is great learning the nuances of the position from a very good college player. Thomas had an outstanding college career as a dual-threat quarterback in the Sun Belt. I see a lot of Nick Mullens in his game. This interview may be the most informative one yet as I had him break down keys and reads on most clips.
Brenden Jaimes, OT, Nebraska
Weight: 298 pounds
Position: Offensive Tackle
Measureables: 40 Time: N/A / Bench: 25 / Vertical Jump: 30.5 inches / Broad Jump: 112 inches / Short Shuttle: 4.51 sec / 3-Cone: 7.5 sec
Summary: Jaimes is an underrated offensive tackle in this historic class. He is a four-year starter at left tackle but likely fits best as a guard in the NFL. He is a pure technician with great hands and feet in pass protection. In the modern era of needing swing offensive linemen, Jaimes is a perfect fit for most teams. We talked a lot about his coaching in college while also breaking down his technique in pass protection.