2020 NFL Draft: Conference USA Scouting Reports

PFN Chief Draft Analyst Tony Pauline's scouting reports for 2020 NFL Draft prospects in Conference USA, including TE Harrison Bryant.

2020 NFL Draft: Conference USA Scouting Reports

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
2020 NFL Draft Prospects

Jovante Moffatt, S

Positives: Nice-sized safety with a rounded game. Instinctive, remains disciplined with assignments and effectively diagnoses the action. Reads the quarterback’s eyes, makes his move to the throw and possesses solid ball skills. Tracks the pass in the air, works well with cornerbacks and takes proper angles to the action. Flows well laterally, wraps up ball carriers and gives effort against the run.

Negatives: One-speed defensive back who lacks great closing burst and does not play to his 40 time. Not a stout tackler.

Analysis: Moffatt was graded as a priority free agent entering the season and possesses enough size and skill to line up in dime packages. He could surprise on a roster this summer as a team’s ninth defensive back, and Moffatt comes with a special-teams mentality.

Tyshun Render, DE

Career Snapshot: First-year starter who made 49 tackles (10 for loss) with 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one interception and five pass breakups as a senior in 2019.

Positives: Underrated pass rusher with outstanding upside and growth potential. Fluid, moves well in every direction of the field and shows ability in lateral pursuit. Plays with outstanding lean and leverage, works his hands and shows a great closing burst. Smart, athletic and stays with assignments. Gets his hands up to knock the ball away if he can’t get to the passer. Displays a solid first step off the snap, plays with balance and body control and bends the edge with speed. Rarely off his feet and immediately alters his angle of attack.

Negatives: Easily slowed by blocks or outpositioned from the action. Has a thin build and may be a liability against the run in the NFL.

Analysis: Render is an explosive defensive end who plays with a vicious attitude and constantly disrupts the action behind the line of scrimmage. He possesses good upside, and if he does not make an active roster as a situational pass rusher, I fully expect Render to find a spot on a practice squad this fall.

North Texas Mean Green
2020 NFL Draft Prospects

LaDarius Hamilton, DE

Positives: Explosive college pass rusher who plays with sound fundamentals. Agile, rarely off his feet and moves well around the field. Plays with balance and agility and flashes athleticism. Bends his knees, gets leverage on opponents and effectively uses his hands. Fast up the field and off the edge, quickly changes direction and gives effort against the run. Attracts a lot of double-team blocks. Competitive and keeps coming.

Negatives: Lacks size and strength. Gets engulfed at the point or handled by opposing running backs. Tested poorly at the combine.

Analysis: Hamilton looked explosive out of a three-point stance as well as standing over tackle for North Texas and possesses the potential to be used as a situational pass rusher and special-teams player at the next level.

Khairi Muhammad, S

Positives: Feisty safety with solid instincts. Quick to read and diagnose the action, aggressive and quickly comes up the field to defend the run. Keeps his head on a swivel, works well with cornerbacks and constantly flies around the ball to make plays.

Negatives: Lacks closing and recovery speed. Not a stout tackler and drags down opponents.

Analysis: Muhammad is a solid football player, but he’s an average athlete with limited size and upside. He lacks the physical skills for the next level, but his instincts and aggressive approach lend well to special teams.

Taylor Robinson, S

Positives: Nice-sized safety who is best downhill. Effective facing the action, tracks the pass in the air and possesses a good move to the throw. Stout tackler who fires up the field to defend the run and squares into ball carriers. Effectively reads and diagnoses the action.

Negatives: Displays average pursuit speed. Lacks great range and a closing burst.

Analysis: Robinson is a one-speed defensive back with decent size and a solid game, but he has limited upside.

Elex Woodworth, OG

Positives: Once-highly rated college tackle who projects to guard in the NFL. Patient in pass protection, stays square and keeps his feet moving. Very effective with his hands, makes outstanding use of angles and consistently seals defenders from the play. Looks to hit as many defenders as possible off a single snap. Blocks with proper lean.

Negatives: Must sink his butt better at the line of scrimmage. Lacks quick, fluid footwork off the edge. Minimally effective in motion.

Analysis: Woodworth was graded as a potential mid-Day 3 pick by scouts entering the season, but he comes off a disappointing senior campaign. He possesses the size and ability to back up at guard in the NFL if he gets his game back on track.

Loren Easly, RB

Positives: Once-highly rated running back who comes off a disappointing season. Quick-footed, darts around defenders and creates his own yardage. Runs low to the ground and behind his pads, gets lost behind blockers and shows the ability to quickly get through the cutback lanes. Terrific pass catcher out of the backfield and displays vision and instincts as a runner.

Negatives: Used a rotational player last year. Lacks the speed to beat defenders into the open field. Must pick up the intensity as a blocker.

Analysis: Easly was graded as a potential mid-Day 3 pick entering the season, but he turned into a part-time player for North Texas as a senior. He’s versatile enough to be used as a third-down back and situational runner, but Easly must get his game back to where it was in 2018.

Mason Fine, QB

Positives: Smallish passer who was a great game manager at the college level. Displays terrific poise and patience, sets in the pocket and takes a big hit to get the throw away. Elusive, senses the rush and easily gets outside the pocket to make the throw on the move.

Sells ball fakes, possesses a quick release and spreads the ball around to all his weapons. Flashes the ability to precisely throw place throws. Puts touch on the pass and throws a catchable ball.

Negatives: Can be all over the place with passes outside the intermediate field and makes wide-open receivers work to come away with the reception. Loses a lot of speed and accuracy when he throws on the move. Lacks a bigtime arm.

Analysis: Fine was a solid game manager for North Texas and showed flashes of ability during Shrine Week practice, but he has size, arm strength and upside limitations.

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