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2020 NFL Draft: Big Sky (D1-FCS) Conference Scouting Reports

2020 NFL Draft: Big Sky Conference Scouting Reports
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Wes Preece, TE, Cal Davis Aggies

Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who earned Second Team All-Big Sky honors in each of his final two seasons at Cal-Davis. Caught 36 passes for 434 yards and six touchdowns as a senior in 2019. Made 29 receptions for 337 yards and nine TDs as a junior. Named Honorable Mention All-Big Sky and made 36 catches for 568 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore.

Positives: Nice-sized tight end with natural receiving skills. Consistently comes back to the quarterback and into the clearing to make himself an available target, adjusts to the errant throw and extends his hands to snatch the ball away from his frame. Displays terrific hand-eye coordination and looks the ball into his hands. Effective in motion and at the second level.

Negatives: Plays to one speed and doesn’t stretch the seam on a consistent basis. Possesses a thin frame and struggles to finish blocks.

Analysis: Preece was a consistent producer at the small-school college level the past three years and showed a nose for the end zone. He must add 10 pounds to his frame and improve as a blocker, but he’s a definite practice-squad prospect who offers potential as a third tight end.

J.J. Koski, WR, Cal-Poly Mustangs

Career Snapshot: Four-year starter who earned First Team All-Big Sky honors and caught 42 passes for 868 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior in 2019. Earned Third Team All-Big Sky honors and made 33 catches for 666 yards and four TDs as a junior.

Positives: Super-productive receiver with natural pass-catching skills. Sells routes, nicely adjusts to the errant throw and snatches the ball with his hands away from his frame. Quickly turns upfield after the reception and works hard to pick up yardage.

Outstanding punt returner. Fights with his hands to separate from defenders and displays terrific focus and concentration. Knows where he is on the field and works well with the quarterback to make himself an available target. Possesses both soft and strong hands.

Negatives: Plays to one speed and lacks deep burst. Runs a very limited route tree.

Analysis: Koski was a very productive small-school receiver who made a lot of plays with his hustle and intelligence. He’s a potential fifth receiver for the next level and will help out as a punt returner.

Tristen Taylor, OT, Eastern Washington Eagles

Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who earned Second Team All-Big Sky honors as a senior in 2019. Named Honorable Mention All-Big Sky as a sophomore in 2017 and as a freshman in 2016. Started at left tackle as a redshirt freshman, moved to left guard as a sophomore and moved back to left tackle as a senior. Suffered a season-ending knee injury three games into the 2018 season.

Positives: Large tackle with outstanding measurables. Sets with a wide base, works to bend his knees and quickly gets his hands into defenders. Strong, steers opponents from the action and controls them at the point. Intelligent and quickly picks up stunts and blitzes.

Negatives: Lacks footwork in space. Doesn’t show a nasty attitude on the field.

Analysis: Taylor is a massive offensive tackle who projects to the right side. He’s a practice-squad player with enough ability to be developed for the future.

Jeff Cotton, WR, Idaho Vandals

Career Snapshot: Junior-college transfer who started both his seasons at Idaho. Earned Second Team All-Big Sky honors and made 88 catches for 1,141 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior in 2019. Caught 49 passes for 656 yards and seven TDs as a junior.

Positives: Junior-college transfer who showed consistent progress the past two seasons. Possesses a large frame that he uses to shield away defenders and protect the pass. Gets up in a crowd, displays terrific focus and comes away with the contested catch.

Negatives: Possesses soft and strong hands to make the difficult reception with defenders draped on him. Displays focus and concentration and effectively times receptions. Solid vertical receiver who extends his hands to snatch the ball from the air. Takes a big hit and holds onto the throw. Shows good acceleration within the initial five yards to separate from defenders. Works hard even if he’s not involved in the action. Plays to one speed and lacks a second gear. Average run after-catch ability. Struggles to separate through routes.

Analysis: Cotton comes off two incredibly productive seasons and is a possession receiver who could make an NFL roster as a fifth wideout.

Mitch Gueller, WR, Idaho State Bengals

Career Snapshot: Former first-round MLB draft pick who spent five seasons playing Minor League Baseball. Three-year starter who earned First Team All-Big Sky honors as a junior in 2018 and as a sophomore in 2017. Named Honorable Mention All-Big Sky and caught 44 passes for 610 yards and four touchdowns as a senior in 2019. Made 62 receptions for 1,259 yards and nine TDs as a junior. Made 36 catches for 871 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore.

Positives: Large possession receiver who has been very productive in the past. Consistent hands catcher who tracks the pass in the air and makes the difficult catch with defenders draped on him. Adjusts to the errant throw, displays concentration and uses his frame to shield away defenders. Keeps the play in bounds and works to pick up positive yardage after the catch.

Negatives: Average athlete with limited quickness and speed. Slows into routes and gets very choppy-footed.

Analysis: Gueller comes off a slightly disappointing senior campaign after he put up huge numbers in 2018. He possesses size and physically outmatched opponents at the small-school level, but he lacks the necessary speed and quickness to play in the NFL.

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Page 2: Cal Davis Aggies, Cal-Poly Mustangs, Eastern Washington Eagles, Idaho Vandals, Idaho State Bengals
Page 3: Montana Grizzlies, Montana State Bobcats, Montana Western Bulldogs
Page 4: Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, Northern Colorado Bears
Page 5: Portland State Vikings, Southern Utah Thunderbirds, Weber State Wildcats

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