2020 NFL Draft: Big 12 Scouting Reports

PFN Chief Draft Analyst Tony Pauline's scouting reports for 2020 NFL Draft prospects in the Big 12, including Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb and Jalen Hurts.

2020 NFL Draft: Big 12 Scouting Reports

Oklahoma Sooners
2020 NFL Draft Prospects

Neville Gallimore, DT

Career Snapshot: Two-year starter who earned Third Team All-America honors and made 30 tackles (7.5 for loss) with four sacks and two forced fumbles as a senior in 2019. Named Honorable Mention All-Big 12 and made 50 tackles (five for loss) with three sacks and two forced fumbles as a junior. Started the first five games in 2017 before an injury forced him to miss time and limited his playing time upon his return.

Positives: Athletic, explosive interior defensive lineman with the ability to make plays on the ball. Agile and easily changes direction. Flows outside the box and redirects to the ball carrier in order to make the tackle. Plays with a nasty attitude, attacks opponents and shows a closing burst to the play. Plays with proper pad level, effectively fights with his hands throughout the action and keeps his feet moving. Focused on by opponents but plays with leverage.

Negatives: Easily taken from the action by blocks or sealed from plays by a single opponent. Inconsistent and streaky. Does not show a consistently explosive first step off the snap.

Analysis: Though he was consistent for Oklahoma, Gallimore was never a top playmaker on the Sooners defensive line. He’s quick, explosive and agile and comes with good upside, but Gallimore must really put the pedal to the metal and start to be more consistent.

Jalen Hurts, QB

Career Snapshot:  Graduate transfer from Alabama who started his lone season at Oklahoma and was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy. Completed 69.7 percent of his passes for 3,851 yards and 32 touchdowns with eight interceptions and rushed for 1,298 yards and 20 scores. Two-year starter for the Crimson Tide who earned First Team All-SEC honors, threw for 2,780 yards and 23 touchdowns with nine interceptions and rushed for 954 yards and 13 TDs as a true freshman in 2016. Lost his starting job to TuaTagovailoa ahead of the 2018 season.

Positives: Athletic signal caller who showed flashes of progress last season. Patient in the pocket, naturally looks off the safety and does not take unnecessary chances or risks. Senses the rush, steps up in the pocket to avoid defenders and takes off upfield when nothing else is available. Sets up screen passes well, spreads the ball around and uses all of his receivers. Knows where his pass catchers are on the field.

Remains poised under the rush, shows elusiveness and gets outside the pocket to buy as much time as necessary. Does not take off up the field unless it’s completely necessary. Effectively dumps the ball off to the underneath outlet when nothing else is available. Throws with an over-the-top delivery, possesses a solid arm and can make all the throws. Creative ball carrier who shows the ability to make defenders miss when he takes off up the field.

Negatives: Late with throws and makes receivers wait for the ball. Makes wide-open receivers struggle to come away with the catch. Does not possess a rifle arm or the ability to drive deep throws. Gets wild with passes when he tries to put extra speed on them. Does not find the safety or players in the back seven. Releases the ball off his back foot on occasion, which results in adverse accuracy. Struggled throughout Senior Bowl week.

Analysis: Hurts definitely made progress as a passer last season, and he read defenses better and made smarter decisions. He possesses the physical skills to be a starter in the NFL, but he still needs a lot of work on his game before he’ll be ready to take snaps on Sundays.

Caleb Kelly, ILB

Career Snapshot: One-year starter who missed the first 10 games of the 2019 season after he suffered a lower-body injury in spring practice. Started five games and made 61 tackles (4.5 for loss) with three sacks and two forced fumbles as a junior in 2018. Named Honorable Mention All-Big 12 and made 56 tackles (3.5 for loss) with one sack and two forced fumbles as a sophomore.

Positives: Athletic linebacker who comes with big upside. Aggressive but remains disciplined with assignments. Does not mindlessly rush around the field or get caught out of position. Fires up the field in run defense and aggressively lays his shoulders into ball carriers. Effective open-field tackler.

Negatives: Struggles to get off blocks. Better up the field than in reverse. Had his development stunted by injury last year.

Analysis: Kelly is an athletic linebacker who shows the ability to make plays in space and comes with an aggressive attitude. He has yet to develop a complete game, but he has good upside and has a chance to make an active roster as an eighth linebacker if he’s able to rebound from last year’s injury.

CeeDee Lamb, WR

Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who earned First Team All-America honors, led the Big 12 with 14 touchdown receptions and caught 62 passes for 1,327 yards as a junior in 2019. Named Honorable Mention All-Big 12 and made 65 receptions for 1,158 yards and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore. Made 46 catches for 807 yards and seven TDs as a true freshman in 2017. Missed one game in 2019 with an undisclosed injury.

Positives: Super-productive receiver with next-level skills. Fluidly and quickly releases off the line of scrimmage, stays with the action and shows focus and concentration. Gets up in a crowd, looks the ball into his hands and comes away with the difficult reception. Snatches the ball out of the air with his hands away from his frame and displays outstanding hand-eye coordination.

Comes back into the clearing to make himself an available target. Keeps the play in bounds and shows the ability to pick up yardage after the catch. Plays with balance and body control. Sells routes, nicely adjusts to the errant throw and reaches backwards to grab the ball from the air. Uses the sidelines well. Makes the difficult over-the-shoulder reception downfield.

Negatives: More of a one-speed receiver who lacks a second gear. Lacks a quick release off the line of scrimmage. Must improve his route running and become sharper in and out of breaks.

Analysis: Lamb was very productive for Oklahoma the past three years and possesses a lot of natural receiving skills. While he’s everyone’s favorite wideout in this draft, he still lacks a complete game and may have some bumps in the road at the next level. He’s more of a scheme-specific player who shouldn’t be used in a vertical offense and must improve his route running.Lamb comes with upside, and if developed properly, he will be very productive in the NFL.

Kenneth Mann, DE

Career Snapshot: One-year starter who was named Honorable Mention All-Big 12 and made 51 tackles (5.5 for loss) with one sack as a junior in 2018. Set career highs with six tackles for loss and five sacks in 2017. Missed the first three games of the 2019 season with an undisclosed injury and missed the final five games with an undisclosed lower-body injury.

Positives: Fundamentally sound defensive lineman who flashes athleticism. Plays with proper lean, displays solid movement skills and covers a lot of area on the field. Fires off the snap with a quick first step, works his hands throughout the action and gives effort.

Negatives: Controlled at the point or easily taken from the play by a single blocker. Possesses average size. Marginal productivity last season before he was sidelined with injury.

Analysis: Mann was a solid lineman at the college level, but he lacks the size and speed for the NFL and must now return from injury.

Parnell Motley, CB

Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who earned Second Team All-Big 12 honors, led the conference with five forced fumbles and made 41 tackles with one interception and 13 pass breakups as a senior in 2019. Named Honorable Mention All-Big 12 and made 63 tackles with three interceptions and 11 pass breakups as a junior.

Positives: Aggressive cornerback who is best facing the action. Fluid in reverse, stays on the receiver’s hip out of breaks and works hard to defend throws. Aggressive, breaks down well and uses his hands to get off blocks and make plays up the field against the run. Sells out on the blitz and displays an explosive closing burst of speed. Effective facing the action, reads the quarterback’s eyes and displays solid ball skills.

Negatives: Struggles to locate the ball in the air and late to find the pass. Gets beaten deep. Grabs receivers too much. Had an inconsistent week of practice at the Shrine Bowl.

Analysis: Motley possesses the size and speed to play at the next level and has flashed NFL cover skills. He would be best in a zone system and comes with special-teams potential.

Kenneth Murray, ILB

Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who earned Third Team All-America honors and made 102 tackles (17 for loss) with four sacks and four pass breakups as a junior in 2019. Earned Second Team All-Big 12 honors, led the conference with 155 tackles and added 12.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and two pass breakups as a sophomore. Named Co-Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and made 77 tackles (7.5 for loss) with one sack.

Positives: Explosive run-and-chase linebacker with the ability to make plays in every direction of the field. Remains disciplined with assignments, does not bite on ball fakes and shows great suddenness. Incredibly quick, fluidly scrapes laterally and finds a way to slip through blocks to make the play.

Has a violent nature, goes after opponents and displays outstanding pursuit speed. Explosive, flies around the action and shows a great closing burst. Gets depth on pass drops and breaks down well. Easily changes direction and immediately alters his angle of attack. Tough and plays through pain.

Negatives: Displays marginal instincts in coverage and can be slow to pick up responsibilities. Inefficient and does not always take proper angles to the action. Will struggle to handle blocks at the next level.

Analysis: Murray has been a tremendous linebacker the past two years for Oklahoma and is the type of defender teams desire at the position these days. He plays with great speed and violence and covers a tremendous amount of area on the field. Murray must improve his play against the pass, but he comes with upside and offers scheme versatility.

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