Texas Tech Red Raiders
2020 NFL Draft Prospects
Madison Akamnonu, G, Texas Tech
Career Snapshot: Four-year starter who started at left guard his final three seasons at Texas Tech. Made two starts at left tackle as a sophomore in 2017 before he moved inside to guard. Started four games at right tackle, two at right guard and one at left guard as a redshirt freshman.
Positives: Underrated blocker with terrific size and strength. Blocks with leverage, sinks his butt at the line of scrimmage and stay square. Fires into blocks, controls defenders once engaged at the point of attack and works his hands throughout the action. Plays with a nasty attitude and always looks for someone to hit. Keeps his head on a swivel and works well with linemates.
Negatives: Rumbles around the field. Ineffective in motion. Stiff and lacks agility.
Analysis: Akamnonu is rarely mentioned in the scouting community, but he has the size and strength to back up at guard for an NFL team.
Jordyn Brooks, ILB
Career Snapshot: Four-year starter who earned Second Team All-America honors, led the Big 12 with 20 tackles for loss and made 108 tackles with three sacks as a senior in 2019. Made 84 tackles (7.5 for loss) with three sacks as a junior.
Positives: Explosive linebacker who is best playing downhill or in the box. Breaks down well, displays a terrific head for the ball in run defense and flows well laterally to the action. Uses his hands to protect himself, fires to the action and has a closing burst. Effective when he remains disciplined with assignments and sells out to make plays up the field. Quarterbacks the defense and gets his teammates in proper position.
Negatives: Displays average speed in pursuit and isn’t fast out to the sidelines. Small, easily knocked from his angle of attack and has tackles broken. Often makes his first move up the field and gets caught out of position.
Analysis: Brooks is a quick, explosive linebacker who plays with an aggressive mentality. He shows an appetite for physical contact, but he must round out his game and learn to play to his computer numbers.
Travis Bruffy, OT
Career Snapshot: Three-year starter at left tackle. Earned Second Team All-Big 12 honors as a senior in 2019.
Positives: Smart, tough offensive tackle with an underrated game. Blocks with proper lean, keeps his feet moving and works blocks. Patient in pass protection, stays square and displays outstanding vision. Makes excellent use of body positioning to seal opponents from the action. Explosive at the point and gets the most from his ability.
Negatives: Not a natural knee bender. Stiff and lacks great footwork off the edge.
Analysis: Bruffy was a terrific tackle at the college level, but he lacks great upside and does not possess the athleticism to play on the left side or the pure power for right tackle.
Terence Steele, OT
Career Snapshot: Four-year starter who was named Honorable Mention All-Big 12 as a senior in 2019. Played left tackle as a redshirt freshman before he moved to right tackle for the final two games of the 2016 season. Started at right tackle his final three seasons.
Positives: Large, imposing offensive tackle with huge upside. Keeps his feet moving, stays square and shows power. Explodes into blocks, easily turns defenders from the action and drives them from the line of scrimmage. Makes good use of angles in pass protection, plays with a nasty attitude and works to finish off defenders. Flashes footwork off the edge and effectively uses his hands when he correctly places them into opponents. Works well with linemates and always looks for someone to hit.
Negatives: Has a tendency to get straight-legged and does not block with consistent leverage. Inconsistent with his hand technique and placement. Bends at the waist.
Analysis: Steele looks the part and has flashed dominance, but he does not consistently play at a high level. He was also inconsistent during Senior Bowl practice and must pull it all together and play to his ability on every down.
Broderick Washington Jr, DT
Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who was named Honorable Mention All-Big 12 and made 39 tackles (5.5 for loss) with 2.5 sacks as a senior in 2019. Made 41 tackles (seven for loss) with three sacks as a junior.
Positives: Explosive one-gap tackle who plays with a relentless motor. Fires off the snap, plays with terrific pad level and easily changes direction. Works his hands throughout the action, keeps his feet moving and draws the focus of opponents. Tough to move off the point, shows the ability to hold his ground and slides off blocks to make plays against the run. Shows a quick closing burst as a pass rusher.
Negatives: Lacks bulk and gets easily outpositioned from the action by a single blocker. Average strength at the point of attack. Best in a small area despite his athletic numbers.
Analysis: Washington was a player opponents gameplanned around, and he’s a quick one-gap tackle who offers possibilities as a backup at the next level.
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