Theres more than one quote by both Lafleur and Gutey explaining how they want to utilize Deguara.
“I love Josiah. He is extremely versatile,” LaFleur raved. “The thing he brings to our offense is we can be in the same personnel grouping, and we can line him up on the line of scrimmage, or in a wing alignment, or we can line him up in the backfield. I just think that adds stress to a defense in terms of, ‘How are these guys going to line up and what exactly are they going to do?’ When you watch Josiah, you see such a gritty, tough player.”
This sure sounds like a guy who hasnt scouted him and only based his evaluation off of one clip..
Asked the best place for Deguara to line up, Gutekunst replied: “I think that’s the really exciting thing about Josiah. Everywhere, quite frankly. As we went through the process, that’s a guy that Matt was very, very excited about. I think he’ll be able to line up in-line with his hand down, I think he’ll line up in the slot, back as a fullback, an H-back. I think he can be a matchup piece that can move into all those different spots.
“Really, the stuff on the move is where he really excels. He’s a tough kid, very, very smart. He’ll be able to pick this up fairly quickly. With a lot of the movement blocks that Matt likes to do in his offense, I think he’ll be able to really excel at that.”
It sure looks like to me they did their homework on this guy. I dont think our Scouting department, Gute, and Lafleur would be that bad at their job that they would base that one play for their evaluation. Lafleur talked about using that clip from last year. So i am guessing they already had him on their radar since he was going to be in the draft next year.
The 6-foot-2, 242-pound Deguara fits the versatile prototype LaFleur wants in his offense, and while Gutekunst might’ve made the pick, it certainly sounded after the draft as if LaFleur asked for him. LaFleur told reporters in a conference call he and Bearcats offensive coordinator/tight ends coach Mike Denbrock are “very close,” having worked together at Notre Dame in 2014.
Even though Lafleur really really wanted him, he still scouted the guy, he has connections with the Bearcats TE coach/OC Denbrock. So he had to of gotten a lot of information about him from Denbrock.