Looking for the top Central Michigan NFL Draft prospects for the 2023 NFL Draft in Kansas City? Here are the Central Michigan scouting reports for the school’s top players hoping to find an opportunity in the NFL.
Central Michigan 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Reports
Joel Wilson, TE
Strengths: Dependable college tight end who gets the most from his ability. Plays heads-up football, displays terrific blocking vision, and works hard even if he’s not involved in the action. Bends his knees, fluidly releases into pass routes, and adjusts to the errant throw. Extends his hands to offer the QB a target and makes the reception in stride. Consistent hands catcher.
Weaknesses: Plays with average speed. Minimally effective running after the catch. Not a downfield threat. Lacks great power as a blocker and has limited upside.
Overall: Wilson produced for Central Michigan the past two years and had a nose for the end zone. He lacked next-level speed even before his season-ending ankle injury last November. He may struggle to make it out of camp next summer.
Lew Nichols III, RB
Strengths: Nice-sized interior ball carrier who patiently waits for blocks to develop. Runs with authority and aggressively goes after defenders. Possesses outstanding vision, rushing instincts, and solid short-area quickness.
Shows the ability to bounce around piles. Drives his shoulders through defenders, breaks tackles, and falls forward. Solid short-yardage runner. Adjusts to the errant throw as a pass catcher out of the backfield and grabs the ball in stride. Displays eye/hand coordination. Possesses blocking vision, squares into defenders, and picks up the blitz.
Weaknesses: Not a creative ball carrier and gathers himself trying to cut back against the grain. Gets upright in his style and doesn’t run with good lean. Downhill ball carrier who cannot turn the corner. Coming off a disappointing season.
Overall: After a tremendous junior campaign in 2021, Nichols watched his production fall off a cliff last season. He offers possibilities as a short-yardage or goal-line ball carrier, but must get his game back on track.
Thomas Incoom, EDGE
Strengths: Valdosta State transfer who really improved as a pass rusher last season. Quick off the snap, plays with proper pad level, and gives effort. Keeps his feet moving and makes a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage. Fast up the field, can bend off the edge, and flattens then pursues from the back side.
Always on balance, rarely off his feet, and plays with proper leverage. Gets down the line of scrimmage, pursuing the action from the backside. Quick if asked to twist or stunt.
Weaknesses: Easily blocked from the action or knocked off balance by the initial hit. Controlled at the point of attack too often and needs to get the first step on defenders. May not have much growth potential. May not be able to play in a complex defense.
Overall: Incoom is a solid athlete with a relentless style who was constantly disrupting the action on Saturdays. He’s a pass-rush specialist with possibilities out of a three-point stance or standing over tackle, and plays with a special-teams mentality.
Want more information on Incoom? Here’s our expanded scouting report and draft profile: Thomas Incoom, DE, Central Michigan | NFL Draft Scouting Report
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