2021 NFL Draft | AAC Scouting Reports: Houston Cougars
Braylon Jones NFL Draft Scouting Report | Guard
Positives: Four-year starter who was used at both guard positions as well as center. Tough, small-area blocker with limited upside. Explosive at the point, blocks with good lean, and fires off the snap. Quickly gets his hands up, stays square, and shows strength at the point. Keeps his feet moving and works well with linemates.
Negatives: Lacks footwork and cannot slide in space. Struggles to adjust and cannot pick up the blitz. Really doesn’t sink his butt at the line of scrimmage. Not a natural knee bender.
Analysis: Jones possesses outstanding size as a small-area blocker but lacks agility, athleticism, and has limitations.
Damarion Williams NFL Draft Scouting Report | Cornerback
Positives: Community college transfer who started the past two seasons for Houston. Physical corner who is best facing the action. Jams receivers at the line of scrimmage, mixes it up throughout the route, and works hard defending the run. Battles opponents and works to break up throws. Displays good route recognition, quickly locates the ball, and possesses good hands for the interception.
Negatives: Plays to one speed, cannot recover, and gets beaten deep by fast receivers. Very slow getting his head back around to locate the pass and does a lot of face-guarding.
Analysis: Williams is a feisty cornerback who is best in a zone system or backed off the line of scrimmage where he faces the action.
David Anenih NFL Draft Scouting Report | EDGE
Positives: Two-year starter who primarily lined up at defensive end for Houston. Undersized but explosive college defensive end who projects to outside linebacker in the NFL. Plays with terrific pad level, keeps his feet moving, and effectively rushes the edge.
Breaks down well and is rarely off his feet. Tough, fights hard, and works his hands to protect himself. Flows laterally in pursuit of the action and gives effort defending the run. Possesses good change-of-direction skills and speed from the backside. Effective in pursuit and works to make plays in space.
Negatives: Undersized and must get the first step on opponents or he’s easily blocked from the action. Pass-rushing production was nothing outstanding.
Analysis: Anenih is a good athlete and is a developmental prospect who could be used as a situational pass rusher, but he must quickly produce if he wants a career at the next level.
Deontay Anderson NFL Draft Scouting Report | Cornerback/Safety
Positives: Mississippi transfer who started the past three seasons for Houston. Tough, run-defending safety who displayed little progress in his game. Explosive, displays a burst of straight-line speed, and fires up the field. Takes proper angles to the action, gives effort defending the run, and works hard to get involved. Sells out to make the tackle.
Negatives: Straight-line, downhill safety who struggles outside the numbers. Possesses marginal instincts. Bites on receivers’ moves and gets beaten like a drum in coverage.
Analysis: I projected Anderson as a legitimate Day 3 selection after his sophomore season, but his game leveled off and even regressed in some respects. He possesses the size and speed to line up as a strong safety or even a one-gap linebacker, but he needs to get his game back on track.
Grant Stuard NFL Draft Scouting Report | Linebacker
Positives: Two-year starter who was a tackling machine for Houston. Undersized but explosive and plays through the whistle. Instinctive, quick to read and diagnose, and displays a burst of speed bearing down on the play.
Fast in a straight line as well as laterally, rarely off his feet, and breaks down well. Fires upfield to fill gaps in run defense, sells out to make the play, and wraps up tackling. Physical, constantly flies around the action, and very intense. Gets depth on pass drops, quickly changes direction, and nicely redirects to the action. Effectively quarterbacks the defense.
Negatives: Inefficient, does not always take proper angles to the action, and removes himself from plays. Plays linebacker but possesses safety size.
Analysis: Stuard is an intense, hard-nosed run-and-chase linebacker with a special teams mentality. He offers potential as a situational defender, but his greatest value will come on coverage units.
Kyle Porter NFL Draft Scouting Report | Running Back
Positives: Texas transfer who started nine games in 2019. Explosive ball carrier who runs hard every time he takes a handoff. Quickly gets to top speed, displays a burst through the hole, and keeps his feet moving. Patiently waits for blocks to develop and effectively follows them everywhere on the field. Squares into opponents and gives effort blocking.
Negatives: Despite his size, not a strong ball carrier who picks up yardage off initial contact. Poor receiver out of the backfield.
Analysis: Porter has flashed ability and comes with decent size but is one-dimensional with limited upside.
For information on Houston wide receiver Marquez Stevenson, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.
Mulbah Car NFL Draft Scouting Report | Running Back
Positives: Rotational ball carrier who was productive the past four years. Patiently waits for blocks to develop and displays outstanding vision and terrific instincts. Has a burst through the hole, squeezes through the small openings of the offensive line, and falls forward when tackled.
Terrific receiver out of the backfield who adjusts to the errant throw and extends his hands to snatch the ball from the air. Consistently keeps the play in bounds and runs north and south. Solid blocker who remains disciplined with assignments.
Negatives: Plays to one speed and cannot beat defenders into the open field. Lacks any sort of lateral quickness when he tries to turn the corner. Not a creative ball carrier who makes defenders miss or improvises if plays break down.
Analysis: Car was a productive downhill ball carrier who also stood out as a pass catcher and blocker. He’s a bit one-dimensional but has the tools to make a roster as a fifth running back.
For information on Houston EDGE Payton Turner, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.
2021 NFL Draft | AAC Scouting Reports: Memphis Tigers
Brady White NFL Draft Scouting Report | Quarterback
Positives: Three-year starter with limited next-level potential. Effectively commands and controls the offense, spreads the ball around, and uses all his targets. Remains poised under the rush, stays patient, and buys as much time as possible. Quickly identifies the open wideout, knows where receivers are on the field, and shows relatively good accuracy. Does not make receivers work hard to come away with the reception.
Negatives: Lacks arm strength and cannot drive throws. Passes arrive late. Not an elusive quarterback who will pick up yardage with his feet.
Analysis: White did a terrific job commanding the Memphis offense but lacks the physical skills to be anything other than a clipboard holder in the NFL.
Damonte Coxie NFL Draft Scouting Report | Wide Receiver
Positives: Three-year starter who was ultra-productive at Memphis. Stout at the point, uses his hands to get off jams, separates from defenders, and is tough to bring down running after the catch. Displays the ability to grab the errant throw out of the air in contorted positions.
Uses his large frame to shield away opponents and protect the pass. Extends his hands to make the reception away from his frame. Big, strong, and effective when he plays to his size. Takes a big hit but holds onto the throw.
Negatives: Gives half-hearted effort on occasion. Does not always come away with the difficult reception as you would expect from a bigger receiver. Lacks quickness and play speed and shows no burst in his game.
Analysis: Coxie is a large, game-controlling receiver who is effective when motivated. After terrific sophomore and junior seasons, he looked like he did not want to be on the field at times in 2020. The inability to separate from defenders will hurt him at the next level, but the size and previous film are enticing.
Joe Dorceus NFL Draft Scouting Report | Defensive Line
Positives: Three-year starter and the top pass rusher at Memphis since his sophomore season. Fires off the snap, plays with proper pad level, and keeps his feet moving. Gets leverage on opponents, works his hands, and fights hard to get off blocks. Easily changes direction, flashes athleticism, and displays the ability to pursue the action laterally. Rarely off his feet.
Negatives: Undersized, lacks strength, and gets annihilated at the point by opponents. He may not have a true position in the NFL.
Analysis: Dorceus was an undersized college defensive end who lacks the speed to be used at linebacker in the NFL. He’s a situational pass rusher who must immediately produce in camp this summer to have any chance of making an NFL roster.
For information on Memphis running back Kenneth Gainwell, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.
O’Bryan Goodson NFL Draft Scouting Report | Defensive Tackle
Positives: Four-year starter for Memphis. Undersized defensive tackle who gets the most from his ability. Fires off the snap with a terrific first step, plays with proper pad level, and works his hands throughout the action. Explosive, relentless, and plays through the whistle. Keeps his feet moving and displays a variety of moves getting off blocks.
Negatives: Lacks size and bulk and gets smothered by opponents. Comes with limited growth potential.
Analysis: Goodson was a terrific college defensive tackle who does not project well to the next level. He could be used as a 3-technique tackle, but he has limitations.