2020 NFL Draft Prospects
Matt Peart, OT
Career Snapshot: Four-year starter who began his career at left tackle and moved to right tackle before his junior season. Earned First Team All-AAC honors as a senior in 2019.
Positives: Tall, athletic offensive tackle with great versatility. Bends his knees, blocks with consistent leverage and plays with outstanding fundamentals. Fires off the snap into blocks, fluidly moves on his feet, and effectively pulls across the line of scrimmage and gets to the second level. Keeps his feet moving and displays range off the edge and great skill in pass protection. Jolts opponents with his hands and stays square. Flashes strength on occasion.
Negatives: Rarely finishes blocks and does not get much movement on running downs. Improved the nastiness and killer instinct last season but still has a way to go. Must improve his hand placement.
Analysis: From a fundamental and athletic point of view, Peart has everything an NFL team looks for in a top-75 selection. He’s a college right tackle with the athleticism and foot quickness necessary to move to the left side, and he possesses enough skill to be used in a zone-blocking scheme. Peart must improve his playing strength and really pick up the intensity of his overall game. He’s very much a boom-or-bust prospect for the next level.
East Carolina Pirates
2020 NFL Draft Prospects
Kendall Futrell, OLB
Career Snapshot: Two-year starter who was named First Team All-AAC as a senior in 2019 after he finished in the top five of the AAC with 16 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. Missed spring workouts before the 2019 season due to injury. Missed three games as a sophomore due to a hamstring injury.
Positives: Undersized college defensive end who projects to linebacker at the next level. Plays with excellent pad level and leverage, works his hands and bends off the edge. Plays with nice quickness, gives a lot of effort and makes plays behind the line of scrimmage.
Negatives: Lacks size, gets easily disrupted from the action by opposing tight ends and struggles to get off blocks. One-speed linebacker who does not play to his 40 time and shows limited ability in pursuit.
Analysis: Futrell was very productive for East Carolina, but he lacks the size and speed for the next level. He’s a prototypical ‘tweener’, but he could surprise next fall if he continues to show pass-rushing prowess.
Colby Gore, CB
Career Snapshot: Four-year starter who immediately entered the starting lineup as a true freshman in 2016. Intercepted four passes, had 16 pass breakups and made 171 tackles during his career at East Carolina.
Positives: Tall, fluid corner who flashes ability and upside. Jams opponents at the line of scrimmage, has a physical nature to his game, and gives effort against the run. Has a burst out of his plant, plays faster than his 40 time and stays step for step with opponents downfield.
Negatives: Bites on ball fakes and gets beaten deep. Very quick out of his backpedal.
Analysis: Gore has the size and skill to play at the next level, but he must polish every aspect of his game to ever make it off a practice squad.
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