2020 NFL Draft: Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Scouting Reports

PFN Chief Draft Analyst Tony Pauline's scouting reports for 2020 NFL Draft prospects in the ACC, including Isaiah Simmons and Mekhi Becton.

Virginia Cavaliers
2020 NFL Draft Prospects

Hasise Dubois, WR

Career Snapshot: Three-star recruit who played in all 12 games as a freshman, starting two. Had eight catches for 99 yards. Played in 12 games in 2017 and had 16 catches for 120 yards and a touchdown. Played in all 13 games with 11 starts in 2018 and was the second-leading receiver, posting 52 catches for 578 yards.

His five touchdowns were third on the team. Played in all 14 games in 2019 and led the Cavaliers in catches (75) and yards (1,062) while his six touchdown receptions were second on the team. He earned All-ACC honorable mention.

Positives: Big-bodied possession receiver with reliable hands. Fights with his hands to separate from opponents, comes back to the ball and uses his frame to shield away defenders.

Displays solid short-area quickness, comes away with the difficult catch and gets vertical and contorts to pull the ball from the air. Extends his hands and offers the quarterback a big target. Gives effort as a blocker and gets results.

Negatives: Possesses average quickness and speed. Struggles to separate through routes. Lacks deep speed and the ability to win foot races.

Analysis: Dubois is a large possession receiver who displayed consistent development and production at the college level. His lack of quickness and speed will knock him out of the draft, but a team that wants a tall pass catcher who can win out for the contested throw will sign Dubois as a priority free agent.

Bryce Hall, CB

Career Snapshot: Played in all 12 games as a freshman and finished with 25 tackles and two interceptions. Started all 13 games in 2017 and posted 47 tackles and one interception. Started all 13 games in 2018 and recorded 62 tackles and two interceptions. Injuries limited him to six games in 2019, finishing with just 20 tackles.

Positives: Highly considered cornerback who is fluid in his backpedal, stays on the receiver’s hip out of breaks, and has a burst to the ball out of his plant. Displays timing on pass defenses, possesses solid ball skills and shows good awareness. Works to keep the receiver in front of him. Crashes upfield to defend the run and sacrifices his body to make plays. Remains disciplined and plays under control.

Negatives: Stiff and loses in transition when he turns to run with receivers off the line. Deep speed is a concern. Must return from a very serious ankle injury.

Analysis: Despite being graded as a potential first-rounder by some, Hall was always considered a third-round prospect within the scouting community. He possesses the size and ball skills to play at the next level, but athleticism and speed remain a question, and Hall must now return from a serious injury.

Jordan Mack, ILB

Career Snapshot: Played in all 12 games as a freshman with nine starts and had 40 tackles. Started all 13 games in 2017 and was one of three Cavaliers to post over 100 tackles, one of only two teams to do so in 2017. Finished with 114 tackles.

Played and started nine games in 2018 after missing the first four games. Still finished second in tackles with 66. Played in 13 games with 12 starts and was fourth on the team with 69 tackles and third on the team with 11 tackles for a loss and added five sacks.

Positives: Tough run-defending linebacker who sells out to make plays. Smart, displays good instincts and gets his teammates in proper position. Vicious hitter who fires up the field to defend the run and drives his shoulders into ball carriers. Wraps up tackling and brings opponents down in the open field. Gives great effort. Flows well laterally to the action.

Negatives: Lacks great pursuit speed and plays best downhill. Average skill in coverage.

Analysis: Mack is a hard-nosed run defender who is best as a two-down player. He’ll be a solid late-round pick who will endear himself to a defensive coach, and Mack comes with a special-teams mentality.

Bryce Perkins, QB

Career Snapshot: Began college career at Arizona State in 2015, but after redshirting in 2015 and missing all of 2016 with an injury, transferred to JUCO Arizona Western Community College. Threw for 1,311 yards and seven touchdowns while adding four rushing touchdowns in 2017.

Enrolled at Virginia in January 2018. Joined Kyler Murray as only players in 2018 to throw for 2,600 yards and rush for 900 yards. Set Virginia single-season record with 3,603 yards of total offense. Threw for 25 touchdowns.

Had four games of 100 rushing yards. Started all 14 games in 2019 and set Virginia’s single-season record for passing yards with 3,207. Had 22 passing touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Also led team in rushing with 769 yards. Had 11 rushing touchdowns, which was second on the team.

Positives: Athletic college quarterback who can impact the game as both a passer and a runner. Patient in the pocket and takes a big hit in order to get the throw away. Possesses a quick release and a live arm that gets passes immediately to the intended receiver.

Sells ball fakes, spreads the ball around to all his targets and creates yardage when he takes off up the field. Very effective and productive as a runner. Quick, makes defenders miss and beats them into the open field.

Negatives: Late to deliver throws and makes receivers wait on the ball. All over the place with passes. Misses wide-open targets and makes them work hard to come away with the reception.

Analysis: Perkins was a dual-threat quarterback at the college level, but he lacks the pure passing skills to play quarterback in the NFL. He’s athletic, quick-footed and displays solid speed, which makes a move to running back, receiver or even safety very likely in his future.

Joe Reed, WR

Career Snapshot: Became one of the top kick returners across his four years at Virginia. Played in 12 games as a freshman and was third in the ACC with 25.1 yards per kick return. Caught four passes for 77 yards. Played in 12 games in 2017, catching 23 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns.

Led the ACC and was No. 8 in the nation with 29.7 yards per kick return and returned two kicks for a touchdown. Played in all 13 games in 2018, catching 25 passes for 465 yards and seven touchdowns, second on the team. Was second in ACC and ninth in nation with 27.s yards per kick return and had one return touchdown. Played 13 games as a senior and led the nation with 33.2 yards per kick return and had two kick returns for a touchdown.

Led team in touchdown receptions with seven as well as in catches with 77. His 679 receiving yards were third on the team. Holds Virginia records for kick return yardage (3,042) and kick return touchdowns (5).

Positives: Nice-sized receiver who comes off a breakout campaign. Fluidly releases off the line, quickly gets into pass routes and separates from defenders with his route running.

Comes across the middle of the field to make himself an available target, extends his hands and snatches the ball away from his frame. Keeps the play in bounds, works to pick up positive yardage, and gives effort. Nicely adjusts to the errant throw. Very effective as a punt and kick returner.

Negatives: Really doesn’t show great burst or breakaway speed. Not a true vertical threat. Was marginally productive until his senior season.

Analysis: Reed showed tremendous progress between his junior and senior seasons and is headed in the right direction. Expected to be a day three pick. He’s a developmental prospect who can help a team at receiver or as a return specialist.

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