2020 NFL Draft Prospects
Parker Braun, G
Career Snapshot: Graduate transfer from Georgia Tech who started every game at left guard in his lone season at Texas. Three-year starter at left guard who earned First Team All-ACC honors in 2018 and Second Team All-ACC honors in 2017 with the Yellow Jackets.
Positives: Tough, hard-working blocker who plays with solid fundamentals. Sets with a wide base, bends his knees and stays square. Effectively places his hands into opponents, moves well on his feet and fluidly pulls across the line of scrimmage and gets to the second level. Gets good fits on linebackers or defensive backs in motion and takes them from the action. Keeps his head on a swivel and always looks for someone to hit. Stays square and easily outpositions defenders from the action.
Negatives: Lacks footwork in space and shows some stiffness. Gets tall as the play proceeds.
Analysis: Braun moved from Georgia Tech’s option offense to the more conventional system played by Texas and performed extremely well. He lacks great growth potential and comes with average athleticism, but he does enough things well to get consideration as a backup next fall.
Devin Duvernay, WR
Career Snapshot: Two-year starter who earned First Team All-Big 12 honors, led the conference with 106 receptions and 1,386 receiving yards and caught nine touchdowns as a senior in 2019. Caught 41 passes for 546 yards and four TDs as a junior.
Positives: Talented receiver who comes off a tremendous campaign, which has resulted in his draft stock exploding. Fluidly releases off the line of scrimmage, has a burst of speed that he turns on in a single step and displays himself as a solid vertical receiver. Tracks the pass in the air, makes the deep reception at full speed and doesn’t break stride.
Quickly gets out of breaks, stays low on exit and positions himself to make the reception. Catches the ball with his hands and turns upfield to pick up positive yardage after the catch. Finds the soft spot in the underneath coverage, shows good awareness and is generally on the same page as his quarterback. Nicely makes the reception on crossing patterns, adjusts to the errant throw and uses his frame to shield away defenders.
Negatives: Despite his forty time from the Combine does not display the top-end speed on film. Under six feet tall and has short arms.
Analysis: Duvernay entered the season with late-round grades, but he was far and away the No. 1 receiver at Texas this year. He’s a talented pass catcher who can line up in the slot or on the boundary and possesses the tools necessary to develop into a third wideout at the next level.
Collin Johnson, WR
Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who caught 38 passes for 559 yards and three touchdowns as a senior in 2019. Set career highs with 68 receptions, 985 receiving yards and seven touchdown catches as a junior.
Positives: Tall receiver who presents himself as an outstanding third-down and red-zone target. Tracks the pass in the air and uses his hands to separate from defenders. Gets vertical and contorts to come away with the difficult reception. Stays low out of breaks, positions himself to make the reception and uses his frame to shield away defenders. Comes back to the ball, offers the quarterback an imposing target and generally extends his hands and snatches the ball away from his frame. Keeps the play in bounds and works after the catch.
Negatives: Displays little in the way of quickness or speed. Tends to round off routes and isn’t sharp into breaks. Average run-after-catch skill.
Analysis: Johnson is a tall,imposing pass catcher who wins out for the high or contested throw. He has limitations in his ability to separate from defenders, but Johnson would be a great complementary wideout in third-down and red-zone situations.
Brandon Jones, S
Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who earned Second Team All-Big 12 honors and made 86 tackles (4.5 for loss) with two interceptions and four pass breakups as a senior in 2019. Made 70 tackles (5.5 for loss) with two INTs as a junior.
Positives: Hard-hitting safety who shows ball skills between the numbers. Strong, possesses outstanding size and defeats blocks to get to the action. Solid run defender who is forceful up the field and plays physical football. Efficient, keeps the action in front of him and takes proper angles to the play. Explodes into ball carriers, shows himself to be a big hitter and forces turnovers. Displays solid ball skills facing the action. Very effective between the numbers.
Negatives: Displays limited quickness and plays to one speed. Lacks explosive closing burst. Occasionally late to pick up assignments, which leads to blown coverages.
Analysis: Jones has been a productive safety the past three years after he caught my eye as a sophomore at Texas. He possesses range limitations, but he’s a traditional strong safety who can also line up in a zone system.
Jeffrey McCulloch, OLB
Career Snapshot: Rotational linebacker who made 28 tackles and missed three games with a dislocated shoulder as a senior in 2019. Started six games as a junior and made 33 tackles (4.5 for loss).
Positives: Underrated and understated linebacker with a complete game. Athletic, breaks down well and effectively uses his hands to protect himself. Strong and shows the ability to hold his ground against blocks. Wraps up tackling. Fluid, flows to the action and pursues laterally with speed. Gets outside the box into space and makes tackles in the open field. Gives great effort against the run.
Negatives: Inefficient. Has been marginally productive at the college level. Slow to get off blocks.
Analysis: McCulloch does not receive the credit he should even though he displays a complete game. I don’t expect McCulloch to be selected at any point in the draft,although I do think he could surprise as a free-agent signing after the draft.
Malcolm Roach, DE
Career Snapshot: First-year starter who was named Honorable Mention All-Big 12 and made 40 tackles (nine for loss) with three sacks as a senior in 2019. Made 37 tackles (four for loss) with two sacks as a sophomore in 2017. Missed five games due to a foot injury in 2018.
Positives: Relatively athletic defensive end who flashes playmaking skill. Breaks down well, uses his hands to protect himself and plays with excellent pad level. Rarely off his feet, chases laterally in pursuit of the action and shows the ability to get out to the flanks and make plays. Explosive, possesses good change-of-direction skills and quickly closes to the action. Flashes the ability to bend off the edge and is a sudden player who flashes on the scene.
Negatives: Marginally productive at the college level. Lacks bulk and gets easily controlled at the point by a single blocker. Possesses more of a short burst of speed that he cannot sustain.
Analysis: Roach entered the season as a potential mid-Day 3 pick, but he played uninspired football and is likely to fall out of the draft. He’s an explosive athlete who may not be able to handle a complicated system, but Roche comes with upside and should receive practice-squad consideration this fall.
Zach Shackelford, C
Career Snapshot: Four-year starter who earned First Team All-Big 12 honors as a senior in 2019. Named Second Team All-Big 12 as a junior and Honorable Mention All-Big 12 as a true freshman.
Positives: Hard-working, explosive center who gets the most from his ability. Quarterbacks the offensive line and makes all the calls. Bends his knees, works to block with proper pad level and keeps his feet moving. Fires off the snap, plays with a nasty attitude and displays a terrific sense for blocking.
Negatives: Lacks a dominant base, occasionally gets tall as the play proceeds and gets pushed back off the line of scrimmage by bigger offensive tackles. Minimally effective in motion.
Analysis: Shackelford is a tough, intelligent center, but he’s a limited athlete who comes with average size.
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