2020 NFL Draft: Big Ten Scouting Reports

PFN Chief Draft Analyst Tony Pauline's scouting reports for 2020 NFL Draft prospects in the Big Ten, including Ohio State's Chase Young and Jeffrey Okudah.

Michigan Wolverines
2020 NFL Draft Prospects

Ben Bredeson, G

Career Snapshot: Four-year starter at left guard who was named Third Team All-America as a senior in 2019. Earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors as a sophomore and as a junior. Made eight starts as a true freshman and was named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten.

Positives: Large, powerful blocker who dominates in a small area. Strong, fires off the snap into blocks and plays with a nasty attitude. Gets movement as a run blocker, easily turns defenders from the action and works hard to finish off opponents. Sets with a wide base, bends his knees, and blocks with tremendous pad level. Keeps his head on a swivel, works well with linemates and effectively uses his hands.

Negatives: Slow and heavy-footed in motion. Really cannot slide in space and lacks footwork.

Analysis: Bredeson is a wide-bodied, powerful blocker who is best in a small area. He controls defenders once engaged at the point, but he struggles the farther away from his initial position he is asked to block. He’s a throwback lineman who would be very good in a conventional offense or power-running scheme.

Michael Danna, DE

Career Snapshot: One-year starter who made 66 tackles (15 for loss) with 9.5 sacks and three forced fumbles as a junior in 2018. Started one game and made 38 tackles (three for loss) with three sacks in 2019.

Positives: Athletic pass-rushing defensive end who flashed brilliance the past two years. Plays with excellent pad level, gets leverage on opponents and displays a terrific first step off the snap. Fast off the edge, effective with his hands and shows a closing burst to the action. Moves well in every area, nicely redirects to the action and holds his ground against blocks.

Negatives: Struggles to get off blocks once engaged at the point. Average size and speed. Production has been marginal at the college level.

Analysis: Danna flashed ability the past two years, but he never truly established himself at Michigan. He did have a terrific week of practices at the Shrine Bowl, has decent upside, and should get consideration in the late rounds. He’ll likely be placed on a practice squad to develop and complete his game.

Jordan Glasgow, OLB

Career Snapshot: First-year starter at weakside linebacker who was named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten and made 89 tackles (seven for loss) with five sacks as a senior in 2019. Started two games and made 28 tackles (three for loss) with two sacks as a junior. Played both safety and viper early in his career.

Positives: Explosive, hard-hitting defender who breaks down well, stays with assignments and works hard to get involved in the action. Displays good change-of-direction skills, effectively uses his hands to protect himself and shows good instincts. Remains disciplined with coverage assignments, flies around the action and works to make positive plays.

Negatives: Poor measurables. Average size and easily block from the action. Lacks top lateral speed and shows a limited closing burst.

Analysis: Glasgow comes off a tremendous senior campaign where he was constantly around the ball run defense. He possesses poor size and speed, but his instincts and intensity could help him make a roster as backup linebacker and special-teams player.

Lavert Hill, CB

Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who was named Third Team All-America as a junior in 2018 and earned First Team All-Big Ten honors in each of his final two seasons at Michigan. Combined to make 30 tackles with four interceptions and 15 pass breakups in 2018 and 2019. Named Second Team All-Big Ten and made 25 tackles (five for loss) with two interceptions and seven PBUs as a sophomore in 2017. Missed one game due to injury in both 2017 and 2019.

Positives: Aggressive cornerback with solid ball skills. Quickly flips his hips in transition with opponents, keeps the action in front of him and sticks with receivers on the field. Gets his head back around to locate the pass in the air, stays on the receiver’s hip out of breaks, and shows a nice burst to the action. Effectively picks up and recognizes routes in zone coverage and aggressively goes after opponents. Makes opposing quarterbacks throw away from him.

Negatives: Slow to react to receivers’ moves off the line and loses a half-step in transition. Seems to play catch-up too often. Did not display next-level speed during Shrine Bowl practices.

Analysis: Hill was a terrific college corner who must learn to play to his timed speed. He possesses the size and ball skills to line up in dime or nickel packages at the next level and comes with upside.

Khaleke Hudson, S

Career Snapshot: Three-year starter at viper who earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors as a sophomore in 2017 and as a senior in 2019. Made 82 tackles (18 for loss) with eight sacks and nine pass breakups in 2017. Set a career high with 101 tackles (three for loss) and added 1.5 sacks and three PBUs in 2019. Named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten and made 44 tackles (3.5 for loss) with two sacks as a junior in 2018.

Positives: Explosive college defender who effectively reads and diagnoses the action, flows well laterally and has a closing burst. Quick to the action, plays with a nasty attitude and works to finish off ball carriers. Displays the ability to shed blocks in space and get to the play. Quick, breaks down well and works his hands to protect himself. Covers a lot of area and easily redirects to the action. Agile and very mobile.

Negatives: Gets confused and blows coverage assignments on occasion. Plays with a linebacker mentality but lacks linebacker size. Really struggled with coverage assignments during Senior Bowl week. Must improve his backpedal and is neither smooth nor fluid in reverse. Was inconsistent during his Michigan career.

Analysis: Hudson look like a potential top-45 prospect as a sophomore at Michigan, but his game has leveled off since. He’d be best as a traditional strong safety used in the box and up the field. Based on the past two seasons, Hudson can be a liability in coverage.

Sean McKeon, TE

Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who was named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten in all three of those seasons. Made 31 catches for 301 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore in 2017. Caught 13 passes for 235 yards and two TDs as a senior. Missed three games in 2019 due to an undisclosed lower-body injury.

Positives: Hard-working tight end who quickly releases off the line of scrimmage, uses his hands to protect himself and separate from opponents and tracks the pass in the air. Displays hand-eye coordination, adjusts to grab the errant throw from the air and makes the reception in stride. Fundamentally sound, fires off the snap into blocks and keeps his feet moving.

Negatives: One-speed tight end who lacks the ability to stretch the field. Does not always come away with the contested reception. Limited athleticism and upside.

Analysis: McKeon showed development the past two seasons, but he lacks the size, speed, and upside to be anything other than a third tight end at the next level; and even that may be difficult.

Josh Metellus, S

Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who was named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten as a sophomore in 2017 and as a senior in 2019. Made 74 tackles (four for loss) with two interceptions and five pass breakups in 2019. Earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors, made 48 tackles (3.5 for loss) with three INTs and six PBUs and missed one game due to a soft-tissue injury as a junior.

Positives: Productive three-year starter with nice size. Quickly picks up assignments, displays solid ball skills, and effectively positions himself against opponents to break up passes. Instinctive, quick to read and diagnose and fires up the field to defend running plays and screen passes. Drives his shoulders through tackles, wraps up at the point and brings opponents down in the open field. Nasty, chases hard to get involved in the action and shows good awareness. Displays solid hands for the interception.

Negatives: Possesses average burst and long speed. Lacks great length. Average range.

Analysis: Metellus was a terrific safety the past three years for Michigan, but he has speed limitations and must be put in a system that protects him. He offers potential as a traditional strong or zone safety and should add value on special teams.

Michael Onwenu, G

Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who was named Third Team All-Big Ten in each of his final two seasons at Michigan. Made 34 starts at right guard and one at left guard during his career.

Positives: Massive, wide-bodied blocker with the ability to control defenders once engaged at the point. Explodes off the snap and displays outstanding vision and football instincts. Keeps his head on a swivel, plays with a nasty attitude and looks to hit multiple defenders on a single play. Strong enough to ride pass rushers from their angles of attack and engulf opponents altogether. Stays square, moves well for a massive lineman and effectively fights with his hands.

Negatives: Must sink his butt better at the line of scrimmage. Struggles to adjust and pick up the blitz. Too big and must shed at least 40 pounds.

Analysis: Onwenu is a massive lineman who plays to his size, but his sheer girth hampers his ability to cover any amount of area and adjust to nimble opponents. He possesses terrific football skill and a large amount of upside, but he must shed significant weight to have any opportunity at the next level.

Shea Patterson, QB

Career Snapshot: Transfer from Mississippi who started one season for the Rebels before he joined Michigan and started his final two years with the Wolverines. Earned Third Team All-Big Ten honors and threw for 3,061 yards and 23 touchdowns with eight interceptions as a senior in 2019. Named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten and completed 64.6 percent of his passes with 22 TDs as a junior. Suffered a season-ending torn PCL after he made seven starts at Mississippi in 2017.

Positives: Athletic passer whose game leveled off and even regressed the past two seasons. Athletic and quick-footed, easily gets outside the pocket and makes plays with his legs. Senses the rush, remains poised and goes to checkdown receivers. Sells the ball fakes, displays a solid arm and puts speed on the short and intermediate throws. Knows where his receivers are and spreads the ball around.

Negatives: Lacks size, struggles to withstand the rush and gets easily brought down in the pocket by a single defender. Late to deliver throws and makes receivers wait on the ball. Makes poor choices and forces the ball into covered targets. Does not properly read the defense or find players on the other side of the line of scrimmage.

Analysis: Big things were expected from Patterson after a promising sophomore season at Mississippi, but he failed to meet expectations. While he showed promise towards the end of the season, his play has been inconsistent and even poor the past two years. He struggled for the most part during Senior Bowl week, and right now he’s best characterized as a good athlete at the quarterback position who must improve just about every area of his game.

Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR

Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who was named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten in each of his final two seasons at Michigan. Made 47 catches for 612 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior in 2018. Caught 34 passes for 438 yards and six TDs and missed the first two games of the season with a lower-body injury in 2019.

Positives: Nice-sized receiver who flashes natural pass-catching skill. Fluid, nicely makes the reception in stride and displays soft hands. Tracks the ball in the air, gets vertical and effectively times receptions. Contorts his body, adjusts to the errant throw and looks the ball in. Uses his frame to shield away defenders and effectively extends to make the catch away from his frame.

Negatives: Displays limited quickness into breaks and rounds off routes. Occasionally lets the ball get inside him unnecessarily. Average quickness and plays to one speed.

Analysis: While Peoples-Jones has shown flashes of ability the past three seasons, his game has never taken off to the next level. He’s a solid wideout with return skill who could make it as a fourth receiver at the next level, but Peoples-Jones must improve the details of his position, and quickly produce to make an NFL roster.

Cesar Ruiz, C

Career Snapshot: Two-year starter at center who earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors as a junior in 2019. Named Third Team All-Big Ten as a sophomore. Made five starts at right guard as a true freshman in 2017.

Positives: Two-year starter who has been a dominant center for Michigan and has shown consistent improvement. Nasty, smart and instinctive. Stays square, keeps his feet moving and works well with linemates. Patient, keeps his head on a swivel and always looks to hit somebody. Explosive at the point, quickly sets up off the snap and blocks with a wide base. Turns defenders from the action, opens running lanes and finishes blocks. Fires out to the second level, squares into linebackers and takes them from the action. Can pull across the line of scrimmage, get out to the second level and annihilate opponents. Fundamentally sound. Terrific with the shotgun snap.

Negatives: Lacks classic size. Shows stiffness on occasion.

Analysis: In my opinion, Ruiz is one of the more underrated offensive linemen in this draft. In time, I feel that he will become a tremendous starting center in the NFL. He’s likely to fall out of the initial 32 picks and will be great value if he’s still on the board once the second round begins.

Jon Runyan, G

Career Snapshot: Two-year starter at left tackle who earned First Team All-Big Ten honors in both of those seasons. Missed the first two games of his senior season due to injury. Separated his shoulder in 2017 and missed three months of summer training.

Positives: Large, immobile college tackle who is best inside at guard. Quickly sets up in pass protection, keeps his feet moving and immediately gets his hands into opponents. Patient in pass protection and makes excellent use of angles. Correctly places his hands into defenders and moves them from their angles of attack. Strong enough to turn opponents from the action and engulf them altogether.

Negatives: Lacks footwork off the edge. Lacks agility, which hurts his ability to finish blocks. Struggles to adjust to defenders and pick up the blitz.

Analysis: Runyan had a solid career for Michigan, but he comes with limited athleticism and upside. He played incredibly well at guard during Shrine Bowl practices, which seems like a more natural position for him at the next level. At the very least, he could be an invaluable backup on Sundays.

Josh Uche, OLB

Career Snapshot: First-year starter who earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors and made 35 tackles (11.5 for loss) with 8.5 sacks as a senior in 2019. Named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten and made 15 tackles (eight for loss) with seven sacks in a rotational role as a junior.

Positives: Explosive, athletic front-seven player who is developing a complete game. Easily moves about the field, quickly alters his angle of attack and consistently plays with proper pad level. Rarely off his feet, displays a quick first step out of a three-point stance and shows a closing burst to the action. Effectively fights with his hands and shows tremendous quickness and the ability to bend off the edge. Fast up the field and displays outstanding range. Effectively occupies blockers and allows teammates to get to the ball to make plays.

Negatives: Lacks great height and struggles to get off blocks. Needs to polish his pass coverage.

Analysis: In my opinion, Uche is one of the more underrated defenders in this year’s draft, as he’s an effective pass rusher standing over tackle and out of a three-point stance. He displays the ability to make plays in space and showed well during Senior Bowl practices when used as a traditional linebacker. There may be some bumps in the road for Uche but if given time and properly coached, he could start at the next level.

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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 give him a follow on Twitter @TonyPauline.


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