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.

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2020 NFL Draft Prospects

Darius Anderson, RB, TCU

Career Snapshot: Committee back who was named Honorable Mention All-Big 12 and rushed 151 times for 823 yards and six touchdowns as a senior in 2019. Started three games as a sophomore and carried 128 times for 768 yards and a career-high eight TDs.

Positives: Slightly undersized ball carrier with terrific speed and burst through the hole. Quick-footed, sets up defenders and makes them miss. Quickly cuts back against the grain and changes direction without losing momentum. Keeps his feet moving and works runs. Terrific pass catcher out of the backfield who nicely adjusts to the errant throw and extends to pluck the errant pass from the air.

Negatives: Displays limited strength and shows no ability to pick up yardage off initial contact. Does not have a stout build and may not be able to handle a lot of carries.  Ran much slower than expected during Combine workouts.

Analysis: Anderson is a well-rounded ball carrier with the ability to beat defenders into the open field and turn the corner. He possesses the skills necessary to be used as a third-down back and can carry the ball or catch it out of the backfield.

Ross Blacklock, DT

Career Snapshot: Two-year starter who earned First Team All-Big 12 honors and made 40 tackles (nine for loss) with 3.5 sacks as a junior in 2019. Started 14 games as a redshirt freshman and made 27 tackles (6.5 for loss) with two sacks. Missed the entire 2018 season due to an Achilles injury.

Positives: Quick, explosive one-gap tackle with big upside. Play smart, instinctive football and quickly locates the ball carrier. Rarely off his feet and plays with terrific knee bend and pad level. Fires off the snap with an explosive first step, keeps his feet moving and flashes power. Collapses laterally against the run, works his hands throughout the action and consistently gets leverage on opponents.

Negatives: Must improve his overall strength. Can be easily ridden from the action or squared from the play by blockers.

Analysis: After he missed the 2018 season, Blacklock played incredibly well last year is now poised to be a mid-round pick. He’s a one-gap tackle who should only get better as he physically matures and adds strength to his frame.

Jeff Gladney, CB

Career Snapshot: Four-year starter who earned First Team All-Big 12 honors and made 31 tackles with one interception and a career-high 14 pass breakups as a senior in 2019. Earned Second Team All-Big 12 honors and made 41 tackles (four for loss) with two interceptions and 13 pass breakups as a junior. Played the entire 2019 season with a meniscus injury that required surgery.

Positives: Slightly undersized cornerback with terrific ball skills. Quick-footed, fluid in reverse and smoothly flips his hips in transition. Engages receivers at the line of scrimmage, mixes it up throughout the route and plays physical football. Sticks with receivers everywhere on the field, tracks the pass in the air and competes to break up throws. Quick, has a nice move to the ball and shows the ability to explode from his plant. Keeps opponents in front of him and works to defend the run.

Negatives: Lacks size and loses out to larger receivers and in battles. Not big or stout.

Analysis: Gladly comes with next-level athleticism, speed and ball skills, but his limited size and growth potential is a red flag. Gladney could line up in nickel packages at the next level for variety of schemes at the very least, and he offers potential in either man coverage or backed off the line of scrimmage.

Cordel Iwuagwu, G

Career Snapshot: Two-year starter at left guard who was named Honorable Mention All-Big 12 as a senior in 2019. Missed eight games due to an undisclosed injury in 2018. Started every game of his sophomore season in 2017.

Positives: Developing offensive lineman with big upside. Bends his knees, blocks with tremendous leverage and plays with great pad level. Fires off the snap, keeps his feet moving and works his hands. Sets with a wide base, keeps his head on a swivel and always looks for someone to hit. Agile, nicely adjusts and shows the ability to pick up twists or stunts and block on the move. Fluid on his feet and easily gets out to the second level.

Negatives: Shows some indecision and confusion at times. Must get stronger, improve his run blocking and learn to finish blocks.

Analysis: Iwuagwu was not even mentioned by scouts entering the season, but now he grades as a legitimate mid-Day 3 pick. He’s an athletic lineman perfect for a zone-blocking system, and Iwuagwu could eventually move in with the first team on Sundays once he improves his strength.

Anthony McKinney, OT

Career Snapshot: Junior-college transfer who started at left tackle during both of his seasons at TCU.

Positives: Underrated offensive tackle with terrific size. Explosive, stays square and keeps his feet moving. Patient in pass protection, strong at the point and blocks with leverage. Controls opponents once engaged in the block and anchors in pass protection. Fires into run blocks and gets movement.

Negatives: Stiff and struggles to redirect or adjust to hit a moving target. Lacks footwork off the edge in pass protection.

Analysis: McKinney possesses next-level size and strength and is an underrated prospect who could make an NFL roster as a backup right tackle.

Lucas Niang, OT

Career Snapshot: Three-year starter at right tackle. Played in seven games in 2019 before he underwent season-ending surgery for a torn hip labrum.

Positives: Athletic offensive tackle with tremendous size and upside. Bends his knees, plays with terrific pad level and stays square. Fires off the snap into blocks, works his hands throughout the action and keeps his feet moving. Makes terrific use of angles in pass protection, gets his hands into opponents and steers defenders from the action. Strong and turns opponents from the line in the run game. Easily adjusts and redirects to pick up the blitzes and stunts thrown by opponents.

Negatives: Lacks fluid, natural footwork off the edge. Lacks great range. Average skill in motion and minimally effective at the second level.

Analysis: Nianghas an NFL body and showed development the past year and a half before he was sidelined with a season-ending injury. He’s a terrific developmental prospect who could easily break into a starting lineup by his second year in the NFL.

Sewo Olonilua, RB

Career Snapshot: Committee back who rushed 134 times for 537 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior in 2019. Made seven starts as a junior and carried 135 times for a career-high 635 yards and two TDs.

Positives: Large, downhill ball carrier who plays with an aggressive attitude. Shows power in his lower body, breaks tackles and picks up a lot of yardage off initial contact. Patiently waits for blocks to develop, finds the running lanes and shows quickness for a bigger back. Displays the ability to make defenders miss in a small area, works runs and falls forward when tackled. Helps the quarterback sell ball fakes. Solid pass catcher out of the backfield who adjusts to the errant throw and extends his hands to snatch the ball away from his frame.

Negatives: More of a straight-line ballcarrier who must gather himself to change direction. Gets into trouble when he tries to run east and west. Runs with a bit of an upright style and shows marginal balance. Really doesn’t play to his 40 time.

Analysis: Olonilua is a nice-sized back who shows great power and the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He must improve the details of his position as well as his balance, but he could very well make a roster as a third running back.

Jalen Reagor, WR

Career Snapshot: Two-year starter who earned Second Team All-Big 12 honors as a receiver in both of those seasons and as a returner in his final season at TCU. Caught 43 passes for 611 yards and five touchdowns and returned 15 punts for 312 yards and two TDs as a junior in 2019. Set career highs across the board with 72 receptions, 1,061 receiving yards and nine touchdown catches as a sophomore and added 13 carries for 170 yards and two scores. Made 33 catches for 576 yards and eight TDs as a true freshman.

Positives: Explosive skill player who lends a hand as a receiver and return specialist as well as on reverses. Quickly and fluidly releases off the line of scrimmage, has a burst that he turns on in a single step and makes opponents play back on their heels. Possesses quick, strong hands and snatches the ball out of the air away from his frame. Runs solid routes, fires into breaks and separates from opponents. Displays himself to be a terrific vertical threat, tracks the pass in the air and reaches back to grab the ball in stride. Impacts the game as a punt returner.

Negatives: Does not always come away with the difficult reception and drops some catchable throws. Struggles in battles and gets beaten down by opponents.  Ran poorly at the Combine after weighing in at a muscle bound 206 pounds, almost 15 pounds heavier than his playing weight.

Analysis: Highly rated by some, Reagor is a solid receiver who should go in the second day of the draft and produce at the next level as a slot wideout and return specialist.

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Tony Pauline is the Chief Draft Analyst for Pro Football Network. You can read all of Tony’s work here and follow him on Twitter: @TonyPauline.


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