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2020 NFL Draft: American Athletic Conference (AAC) Scouting Reports

2020 NFL Draft: American Athletic Conference (AAC) Scouting Reports
Nov 29, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Central Florida Knights wide receiver Gabriel Davis (13) catches the ball for a touchdown during the second quarter against the South Florida Bulls at Spectrum Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

South Florida Bulls
2020 NFL Draft Prospects

Blake Barnett, QB

Career Snapshot: Transfer from Arizona State who started his first season at South Florida. Completed 61.1 percent of his passes for 2,710 yards and 12 touchdowns with 11 interceptions as a junior in 2018. Missed most of the 2019 season due to an ankle injury. Spent two seasons at Alabama before he transferred to Arizona State.

Positives: Talented pocket passer whose senior season was cut short by injury. Patient in the pocket, buys time and goes through receiver progressions. Remains poised under the rush, puts touch on throws and displays terrific timing on passes. Accurate, does not make receivers wait on the ball and places passes very well. Displays a terrific head for the game and effectively commands and controls the offense.

Negatives: Lacks a bigtime arm and the ability to drive deep throws. Must set up screen passes better.

Analysis: Barnett received a variety of opinions coming into the season, and expectations were high before his year was cut short by injury. He’s a traditional pocket passer and more of a game manager who could make a roster as a third quarterback if he returns to full health.

Jordan Cronkrite, RB

Career Snapshot: Transfer from Florida who started both of his seasons at South Florida. Rushed 184 times for 1,121 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior in 2018. Ran for 686 yards and four TDs on 136 carries in 2019.

Positives: Nice-sized running back who displays vision, immediately locates the running lanes, and quickly cuts back in a small area to get through the open holes. Resilient, keeps his feet moving, and displays the ability to break arm tackles and pick up yardage off initial contact. Runs with proper lean, effectively uses blocks and falls forward when tackled.

Negatives: One-speed back with limited speed and athleticism who cannot beat defenders into the open field. Struggles to turn the perimeter. Average pass catcher out of the backfield.

Analysis: Cronkrite was a solid college ball carrier but he lacks any outstanding physical skill and has limitations for the next level.

Kirk Livingstone, DE

Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who made 56 tackles (10 for loss) with four sacks as a junior in 2018. Made 38 tackles (10 for loss) with three sacks in 2019. Lost his starting job as a sophomore after he made 13 starts as a redshirt freshman in 2016.

Positives: Hard-working college defensive lineman who plays with consistent leverage, works his hands throughout the action and shows resiliency. Gives effort, slides down the line of scrimmage and works to defend the run. Displays himself to be a strong open-field tackler.

Negatives: Possesses average size, speed and quickness and does not have a great first step. Not fluid when asked to twist and stunt. Average size. Gets handled at the point.

Analysis: Livingstone was an opportunistic defensive lineman for South Florida and flashed ability, but he lacks the upside and the size to play at the next level.

Marcus Norman, OT

Career Snapshot: Four-year starter at right tackle who made one start at left tackle as a senior in 2019. Earned Second Team All-AAC honors as a sophomore in 2017.

Positives: Large, small-area blocker who is patient in pass protection, blocks with good lean and anchors at the point. Quickly sets up off the snap, starts with good knee bend and stays square. Sets with a wide base and keeps his feet moving.

Negatives: More of a size prospect and position blocker. Despite his size, does not get much movement in the running game. Lacks footwork off the edge and displays limited lateral range. Heavy-footed and ineffective in motion.

Analysis: Norman possesses tremendous size, arm length and big hands, but he’s a limited athlete. His physical dimensions could help him find a spot on a practice squad.

Greg Reaves, OLB

Career Snapshot: Former walk-on who earned a scholarship prior to the 2017 season and became a three-year starter at defensive end. Started seven games at middle linebacker in 2018 after Nico Sawtelle’s season-ending injury and finished with a career-high 89 tackles. Made 63 tackles (10 for loss) with four sacks as a senior in 2019.

Positives: Once-explosive pass rusher who breaks down well, plays with great quickness and easily changes direction. Flows well laterally, displays ability in pursuit and uses his hands well. Nicely collapses down the line and shows ability as an edge rusher.

Negatives: Easily disrupted by blocks. Was out of position last year at defensive end. One-speed defender who possesses an average burst. Watched his game level off the past two years.

Analysis: Reaves showed flashes of ability as a pass rusher standing over tackle as a sophomore, but he struggled as a junior when used as a traditional linebacker and was out of place last season at defensive end. He’s a 3-4 pass-rushing prospect who is best standing over tackle, but Reaves must get back to the form he showed in 2017.

Mitchell Wilcox, TE

Career Snapshot: Four-year starter who earned First Team All-AAC honors and made 43 catches for 540 yards and two touchdowns as a junior in 2018. Earned Second Team All-AAC honors and caught 12 passes for 278 yards and two TDs as a redshirt freshman in 2016. Named Honorable Mention All-AAC and made 28 receptions for 350 yards and five scores in 2019.

Positives: Hard-working tight end who quickly releases off the line into pass routes, uses his hands to separate from defenders, and sacrifices his body to make the catch. Boxes out opponents with his large frame, adjusts to errant throws, and extends to snatch the ball from the air. Displays focus and concentration. Gives effort as a blocker, stays square, and shows ability as a position blocker.

Negatives: One-speed tight end with limited burst and no ability to beat defenders down the field. Must improve his balance and overall strength as a blocker.

Analysis: Wilcox was a solid tight end for South Florida the past three seasons, but he comes with limited physical skills. His approach to the game and ability to get the most from his talents could help him catch on as a third tight end.

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