2020 NFL Draft Prospects
Antoine Brooks Jr, S
Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors in each of his final two seasons. Combined to make 155 tackles (18 for loss) with one interception, eight pass breakups and 2.5 sacks during those campaigns. Named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten and made 77 tackles (9.5 for loss) with two INTs as a sophomore.
Positives: Instinctive, hard-working safety who plays assignment football, remains disciplined and quickly reads and diagnoses the action. Keeps plays in front of him, tracks the pass in the air and has a nice move to the throw. Shows ability over the slot receiver in coverage. Aggressive, has a closing burst and takes proper angles to the action. Displays above-average range and wraps up tackling.
Negatives: Average quickness. Long speed is a concern. Does not show the ability to recover when beaten. Occasionally overcommits to the action and gets caught out of position.
Analysis: Brooks was a productive three-year starter for Maryland who also played special teams early in his college career. He lacks great upside, but he’s smart and tough and could easily make a roster as an eighth or ninth defensive back.
Sean Christie, G
Career Snapshot: Three-year starter at left guard. Tore a ligament in his right knee during 2014 training camp and received a medical redshirt. Tore his left meniscus, broke his right hand and redshirted again in 2015. Was granted a sixth year of eligibility heading into the 2019 season.
Positives: Long, intelligent blocker who fires off the snap, explodes into blocks, and plays with good lean. Has a nasty streak, keeps his head on a swivel and keeps his feet moving. Works well with linemates, stays square and anchors at the point.
Negatives: Average athlete. Occasionally gets pushed back into the pocket. Lacks agility and struggles against quick, nimble opponents. Not light on his feet and rumbles around the field.
Analysis: Christie possesses decent size, but he’s a small-area blocker who lacks the sheer dominance to be used in a power-running game or a conventional offense.
Isaiah Davis, ILB
Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who made 94 tackles (two for loss) with two sacks as a junior in 2018. Made 59 tackles (1.5 for loss) with one interception as a senior in 2019. Made nine starts as a sophomore and posted 70 tackles (two for loss).
Positives: Hard-charging, two-down run defender who remains disciplined with assignments, chases the action hard, and wraps up tackling. Breaks down well and uses his hands to protect himself.
Negatives: Displays limited quickness and almost no burst. Slow to get off blocks. Will be exploited in coverage. Comes off a disappointing season.
Analysis: Davis was graded as a potential late-round pick before the season, but he did not live up to expectations as a senior. He’s a two-down defender with poor size and speed and must make an impact on special teams to have any chance at the next level.
Tino Ellis, CB
Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who made 13 tackles with two pass breakups before he suffered a season-ending upper body injury as a senior in 2019. Named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten and made 23 tackles with one interception and 11 pass breakups as a junior. Started six games as a sophomore and made 27 tackles with five PBUs.
Positives: Nice-sized corner who showed progress before he was sidelined. Tough, competes hard and works to break up throws and defend the run. Stays with assignments, has an explosive burst to the ball and beats down opponents to defend the pass. Makes opposing quarterbacks throw away from him.
Negatives: Must improve his footwork and backpedal. Often loses in transition and must play catch-up.
Analysis: Graded as a potential late-round pick entering the season, Ellis showed development before his season-ending injury in October. He possesses the size and speed to play at the next level, but he must polish his game and improve his technique. At the very least, Ellis should receive practice-squad consideration this fall.
KeAndre Jones, OLB
Career Snapshot: Transfer from Ohio State who started his lone season at Maryland and was named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten. Made 74 tackles (15 for loss) with seven sacks, three forced fumbles and three pass breakups as a senior in 2019.
Positives: Former Ohio State transfer who comes off a terrific season. Quick, breaks down well and fights with his hands. Athletic, fires up the field, and gives effort against the run. Plays with a lot of aggression and a physical nature. Gives effort and gets results on coverage units. Flows well laterally to the action and shows good range.
Negatives: Can be easily knocked off the ball by opponents and struggles to get off blocks. More of a drag-down tackler. Production was marginal until last season.
Analysis: Jones was not on the scouting radar entering the season, but he had a terrific senior campaign and now grades as a potential late-round pick. He’s a run-and-chase linebacker with size limitations, but he has proven his worth on special teams.
Javon Leake, RB
Career Snapshot: Rotational back who was named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten and rushed 102 times for 736 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior in 2019. Combined to carry 43 times for 408 yards, good for 9.5 yards per carry, during his first two seasons at Maryland.
Positives: Adequately sized downhill ball carrier who did a terrific job in a backup role at Maryland. Displays vision, quickly finds the running lanes and runs with an aggressive style. Drives his shoulders into defenders, breaks tackles and works runs. Has a burst through the hole, effectively follows blocks and grinds it out on the inside.
Negatives: Must gather to change direction and loses a lot of momentum. Must improve his balance. Cannot create his own yardage. Didn’t have many options at the college level beyond 2019.
Analysis: Leake is a hard-charging ball carrier who gets the most from his ability, but he lacks great upside. He could fill a role as a situational back at the next level if he shows pass-catching skills this summer.
Tyler Mabry, TE
Career Snapshot: Transfer from Buffalo who started his lone season at Maryland. Caught 13 passes for 155 yards and three touchdowns as a senior in 2019. Two-year starter at Buffalo who was named First Team All-MAC and made 27 catches for 230 yards and two TDs as a junior in 2018.
Positives: Nice-sized tight end who is solid in all areas of the position. Bends his knees, blocks with leverage and show strength at the point. Explosive, turns defenders from the line and plays through the whistle. Displays solid vision as a blocker. Catches the ball when it’s thrown in his direction.
Negatives: Was never a big part of the passing offense at Maryland or Buffalo. Has speed limitations. Doesn’t stand out in any one facet of the game.
Analysis: Mabry was solid throughout his college career, and although he lacks great athleticism and upside, he projects well as a third tight end on the depth chart.
Anthony McFarland, RB
Career Snapshot: One-year starter who earned Third Team All-Big Ten honors, rushed 131 times for 1,034 yards and four touchdowns and started five of 12 games as a redshirt freshman in 2018. Made seven starts and carried 114 times for 614 yards and eight TDs as a sophomore. Suffered an ankle injury early in 2019 that forced him to miss one game and lingered through several others.
Positives: Small, quick, and elusive ball carrier who creates his own yardage. Runs with balance and body control and cuts back on a dime without losing momentum. Quickly gets to top speed, gets a lot of momentum going up the field and makes defenders miss. Has a terrific burst through the running lanes, squeezes through the small openings and beats defenders into the open field. Darts around piles and consistently finds ways to pick up positive yardage. Extends his hands and snatches the ball from the air to make the reception in stride. Terrific pass catcher out of the backfield. Helps the quarterback sell ball fakes.
Negatives: Lacks size and growth potential. Easily brought down at the point by a single defender. Struggled with injuries at times over the past two years.
Analysis: When healthy and on his game, McFarland was a game-changer for Maryland. He’s a creative back who isn’t afraid to carry the ball on the inside and shows terrific skill as a pass-catcher. If everything checks out medically, McFarland should be a second-day pick and a terrific situational ball carrier and third-down back at the next level.
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