Scouting the Pac-12: Stanford

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Stanford has been one of those programs that consistently puts quality players throughout the draft’s initial two days. Sometimes Cardinal players are taken at the very top of the draft, and in other instances they wait until the second day before their names are called. I expect the latter to happen next April, as the Stanford draft of 2018 will have a decidedly defensive tone and feature underclassmen.

Cornerbacks Quenton Meeks and Alijah Holder draw a variety of opinions but are highly thought of in scouting circles.

I favor Meeks as I think he has better ball skills and does a great job making plays with his back to the pass. Meeks displays excellent instincts, stays on the receiver's hip out of breaks and makes a lot of plays on the ball.

Holder is a little bigger and more physical, but in my opinion his skills in coverage are not as good compared to Meeks.

For weeks now I’ve been told Holder is very likely to enter the draft next April, so keep an eye on him.

Joey Alfieri is a fiery linebacker who runs around the field like a wild man making play after play. He’s smart and ferocious and has great upside. I could be underrating him as a third or fourth-rounder, but I want to see Alfieri take his game to another level.

I’m told safety Justin Reid (brother of former first-round pick Eric Reid), tight end Dalton Schultz and defensive tackle Harrison Phillips are leaning towards entering the 2018 draft after the season.

While I like the potential of all three players, I think they all need to elevate their games significantly before taking it to the next level.

Finally, keep an eye on maligned quarterback Ryan Burns.

The former starter fell out of favor with the Stanford coaching staff and has been riding the bench. It may take a miracle for him to see any significant playing time this season.

Based off the 2017 film, Burns showed top-notch next-level physical skills. He’s a big pocket passer with the ability to make all the throws, drive his deep passes or thread the needle.

Decision making was another story, as Burns made a lot of questionable decisions and could not move the chains or win games which eventually resulted in his removal from the starting spot.

My prediction is Burns may not get much playing time this season but will blow scouts away at next year’s pro day and end up on a practice squad somewhere in the league.

Stanford

Grade

Rnd

Full Name

Pos

#

Yr

3.78

2-3

Quenton Meeks

CB

24

3Jr

3.72

3rd

Alijah Holder

CB

13

4Jr

3.58

3-4

Joey Alfieri

OLB

32

4Jr

3.45

5th

Justin Reid

S

22

3So

3.43

5th

Bryce Love

RB

20

3Jr

3.38

6th

Dalton Schultz

TE

9

4Jr

3.36

6th

Harrison Phillips

DT

66

4Jr

3.33

6th

Peter Kalambayi

OLB

34

5Sr

3.04

FA

A.T. Hall

T

75

4Jr

2.89

FA

Trenton Irwin

WR

2

3Jr

2.88

FA

David Bright

G

64

5Sr

2.84

FA

Casey Tucker

T

77

4Sr

2.80

FA

Ryan Burns

QB

17

5Sr

2.78

FA

Daniel Marx

FB

35

4Sr

2.75

FA

Kevin Palma

ILB

44

5Sr