Big Ten Scouting Reports for 2021 NFL Draft

2021 NFL Draft | Big Ten Scouting Reports: Maryland

For information on Maryland running back Jake Funk, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

2021 NFL Draft | Big Ten Scouting Reports: Michigan

For information on Michigan cornerback Ambry Thomas, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

For information on Michigan fullback Ben Mason, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

Carlo Kemp NFL Draft Scouting Report | Defensive Tackle

Positives: Underrated one-gap defensive tackle who gets the most from his ability. Incredibly explosive, quick, and plays with proper pad level. Gets leverage on opponents, has good strength for his size, and displays good change-of-direction skills. Fluid if asked to twist or stunt, nicely redirects to the ball handler, and gives effort defending the run. Works his hands throughout the action and keeps his feet moving.

Negatives: Lacks bulk and size and gets handled at the point or smothered by blocks. Must beat opponents off the snap with his first step.

Analysis: Kemp was not graded by scouts entering this season despite a productive three-year career for Michigan. He projects as a 3-technique/one-gap defensive tackle at the next level and has enough ability to make a depth chart as a backup.

For information on Michigan linebacker Cam McGrone, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

For information on Michigan running back Chris Evans, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

For information on Michigan tight end Nick Eubanks, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

For information on Michigan offensive lineman Jalen Mayfield, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

For information on Michigan defensive end Kwity Paye, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

Will Hart NFL Draft Scouting Report | Punter

Positives: Big-legged punter with a consistent game. Gets terrific hang time on punts, allowing coverage units to get downfield and make plays on the ball. Can flip the field and kick his team out of jams. Rarely has punts blocked.

Negatives: Takes a while to get the ball off his foot. Possesses a tall, thin build and will struggle making the tackle at the next level.

Analysis: Hart was a consistent punter for Michigan, turning in spectacular campaigns as a sophomore and junior. He possesses the leg strength to play at the next level but must do a better job getting the ball away quicker.

For information on Michigan wide receiver Nico Collins, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

2021 NFL Draft | Big Ten Scouting Reports: Michigan State

Antjuan Simmons NFL Draft Scouting Report | Linebacker

Positives: Safety-sized linebacker who makes plays in every area of the field. Athletic, gets tremendous depth on pass drops. and covers a lot of area on the field. Explosive, fierce, and flies around the action working to make positive plays. Quickly gets outside the numbers in pursuit, fluidly flips his hips, and plays heads-up football. Breaks down well, fires up the field defending the run, and gives effort.

Negatives: Undersized, gets easily blocked from the action, and gets caught up in the trash. Lacks growth potential.

Analysis: Simmons was a tremendous college linebacker and a productive player at Michigan State for three seasons. Size is a limiting factor, and Simmons only fits a few schemes, but he offers potential as a one-gap defender and special teams player.

Jordan Reid NFL Draft Scouting Report | Offensive Line

Positives: Versatile lineman who plays with a nasty attitude. Quickly sets up off the snap, stays square, and blocks with a wide base. Fires out to the second level, shows strength, and controls opponents once engaged at the point. Plays bigger than his listed size and works blocks.

Negatives: Lacks lateral agility and footwork off the edge. Doesn’t really sink his butt at the line of scrimmage. Beaten by speed rushers and athletic opponents.

Analysis: Reid flashed ability throughout his Michigan State career but must add bulk and strength to have a career at the next level. While no official announcement has been made about his future, Reid opted out of the 2020 season and was not on the Michigan State spring football roster.

Naquan Jones NFL Draft Scouting Report | Defensive Tackle

Positives: Explosive, sometimes dominant defensive tackle who fires off the snap with a great first step and displays good hand technique as well as an arm-over move to evade blocks. Impressive physical specimen who takes up a lot of room and displays the ability to take on and shed double-team blocks. Plays with terrific pad level, draws the focus of opponents, and easily changes direction, moving well laterally to pursue the action.

Negatives: Gets engulfed at the point or handled by a single blocker despite his size. Very streaky and disappears for stretches.

Analysis: Jones has displayed flashes of being a big-time prospect since his sophomore season and was highly thought of in the scouting community. He never elevated his game or consistently played at a high level, which has raised red flags. If Jones decides to put his mind to it and meets expectations, he has starting ability at the next level. Otherwise he will bounce from roster to roster and be nothing more than an occasional contributor.

For information on Michigan State cornerback Shakur Brown, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

2021 NFL Draft | Big Ten Scouting Reports: Minnesota

For information on Minnesota cornerback Benjamin St-Juste, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

For information on Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

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