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2023 NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Report: Juice Scruggs, OC, Penn State

Juice Scruggs is an great run blocker who displays good hand usage.  Hula Bowl scout Jacob Waxman breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of Scruggs as an NFL Prospect in this article.
Juice Scruggs is an great run blocker who displays good hand usage.  Hula Bowl scout Jacob Waxman breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of Scruggs as an NFL Prospect in this article.

Player Data

Name, Jersey #Juice Scruggs, #70
School (Code)PAST
DOB, Class Yr1/19/2000
Height, Weight6025, 314
40 Yd Dash5.15
Arms, Hands3314, 1014
Position/DepthOC/1
Honors/Captainship2022 Team Captain
2021 All-Big Ten honorable mention by the coaches and media
2021 Pro Football Focus All-Big Ten third team honors
Earned the team’s 2021 Dick Maginnis Memorial Award, recognizing the most outstanding offensive lineman.
Season Viewed (yr)2021 & 2022
Games WatchedARUN ‘21(‘22), @INPU ‘22, @ALAU ‘22
Scout Name / DateJacob Waxman 9/28/22

Per Year Stats (Most Recent First)

2021Started all 13 games of season at OG or OC (primarily)
2020Appeared in 7 games
2019DNP- Suffered serious back injury in Car Accident
2018Redshirted- Scout Team Offensive Player of Season

Player Summary

RS-SR. 2 Year Starter along O-Line. Currently and primarily as OC, but has played RG in PAST spread/zone offensive scheme. Poor height, very good weight, and above-average speed, with a thick, sturdy base, muscular upper body, and good length. He is an average athlete, displaying good play strength, balance, and COD; average quickness, acceleration, and explosion. As a run blocker he has a quick first step, good hand placement, and rolls hips very well, as he keeps feet moving. He is willing to impose his will on a defender when he gets the opportunity, showing his physical toughness. When he has good guard play, as the OC he does an average job at climbing to the 2nd level and getting his hands on defenders, and can struggle on pulls and needing to get downfield quickly. In both run blocking and pass pro, he does a good job at redirecting the defender and sealing off the edge/hole, although shows below-average ability to move and drive defenders off the ball if he is one-on-one. As a pass blocker, he plays with a sturdy, wide base, and engages with the defender quickly. He shows good hand placement on the interior of the chest, average punch, keeps his feet moving, and eyes looking for work when he is vacated. He can tend to get high in his stance, but due to him having below-average height it does not hurt him. He does a good job at handling power and bull rush with his thick base, and has average agility and good instincts to help him recover against speed. Can sometimes get over his toes in pass pro, lunging to make contact with the defender, but shows good balance to maintain block. With his experience at RG, it helps him handle some speed moves at OC and work in a tight space based off of the PAST scheme.

Scheme Fit:

OC/Zone

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Power Statement:

Strong, instinctive, tough player that is sufficient in the run and pass game, but may struggle with the speed and technique at the next level.

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