Continuing our series of scouting reports, I am moving on to a LB prospect. Brock Coyle was caught in a Cauldron of obscurity. Despite being a 2013 All America candidate who amassed 125 tackles last season, he didn’t receive an invite to the combine. He did play in the NFLPA Collegiate bowl and showed his explosiveness by getting a tackle for loss.
Cas started a series entitled “The Guys No One Is Talking About” several years ago. Considering the multitude of prospects in each years draft, she asked me to participate in the series so that we can feature more sleeper prospects here at YDCFF. I appreciate her faith in my scouting abilities.
Brock Coyle’s last chance to defy the odds of possibly not even being considered as an undrafted free agent, was to get noticed at Montana’s Pro Day. There were representatives from 14 NFL teams in attendance, and that he did. Brock Coyle is now projected as a 6th to 7th round pick. Considering the Cowboys lack of depth at the Mike LB position and the fact that they received 3 additional 7th round picks, Brock Coyle could prove to be one of the best value picks in this draft.
Height|Weight: 6-1 235
40 Time: 4.60 | Bench Reps: 25
Grade: 75 | Round: 6-7
Brock Coyle ran the 40-yard dash in 4.60 and 4.64 seconds at Montana’s Pro day. He had a 37-inch vertical jump and a 9′-7″ broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.28 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.74 seconds. Coyle,Â who has 32 1/2-inch arms did 25 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press exhibiting lineman type strength. He looked fluid and technically sound in the drills. Brock Coyle is a smooth athlete.
The Grizzlies defensive coordinator Ty Gregorak said Brock Coyle is,
“One of the best I’ve ever coached”
“He’s got that Montana small town blue collar toughness about him. I’ve never had an issue with Brock. He’s one of the most solid I have ever coached: in terms of on the field, off the field, he’s the total package. You’re going to get a really grounded, mature guy.”
“I think Brock is a relentless worker. The word relentless is a term I like to use with Brock because he is a tireless, relentless worker. No one is going to tell him no. If he’s got his mind set to something, he’s going to do it and that’s what I love about him.”
Currently, Brock Coyle only has his mind set on one thing: a successful NFL career. I believe he is up to the task. You can’t teach determination, heart, or work ethic: Brock Coyle has oodles of all three.
Brock Coyle has good height and length, a well proportioned muscular physique, and he looks the part of an NFLÂ ILB. He has a good wing span (32 1/2″), excellent upper body strength, and is a tenacious player…
Brock Coyle has excellent instincts/read react skills and is always around the ball. Plays with passion, loves the game… Excellent power at the point… Good pop… Uses his hands well and does a nice job of shedding blocks… Gets through traffic well… Excellent lateral moving agility… Explosive in pursuit… Good closing speed… Brutal tackler who breaks down and wraps up with professional form… Not afraid to lay the wood… Good range and can play sideline to sideline… Takes good angles… Understands his assignments… High football IQ… Excellent leadership skills (Defensive Captain)…
Brock Coyle has long arms, good quickness, and above average ball skills, but if there is one area he could use some improvement, it’s his coverage skills. In the film I studied he wasn’t used in coverage as much as the Tampa 2 would require. Needs to improve his pedal… Needs to understand the routes better… Needs to improve his footwork… A bit tight in the hips, but has good knee bend and ankle flex… Needs to get his head around quicker to track the ball… Needs to enhance his technique when engaged… Needs to be a little more patient at times before committing himself: which can cause him to over shoot the play…
Overall Brock Coyle is a well rounded linebacker with all of the intangibles scouts look for in a developmental player. He would make an immediate impact on special teams and would be a solid prospect to develop behind Sean Lee. Brock Coyle has the character and work ethic to develop in to a reliable starter at the next level. The worst case scenario, you have a solid backup LB and special teams ace for the minimal cost of a late round pick.