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.

Old Dominion Monarchs
2020 NFL Draft

Tony Barnett, OG

Positives: Nice-sized college tackle who projects to guard at the next level. Sets with a wide base, works to block with leverage and stays square. Strong, fires his hands into defenders and turns opponents from the action. Plays with a nasty attitude.

Negatives: Haphazard in all his movements and lacks balance. Struggles to adjust. Lacks vision and gets confused.

Analysis: Barnett has an NFL build and flashes ability, but he has yet to pull a complete game together or show much improvement. He’s a practice-squad prospect who could be used as a backup guard, but he needs a lot of work on his game.

Chris Cunningham, TE

Positives: Former Virginia Tech tight end who flashes bigtime ability on occasion. Athletic, nicely adjusts to the errant throw and looks the pass into his hands. Quickly turns upfield, breaks tackles and picks up yardage off initial contact. Strong and explosive as a blocker with solid size.

Negatives: Was never a consistent player or producer for Virginia Tech or Old Dominion. More of a one-speed tight end.

Analysis: Cunningham teases with his ability, but he underachieved and never took his game to the next level. He possesses the tools necessary to be a third tight end in the NFL, but he must start to apply them.

Kesean Strong, RB

Positives: Versatile running back with an aggressive style. Possesses terrific burst, shows the ability to break arm tackles and falls forward when tackled. Solid pass catcher who extends his hands to snatch the ball away from his frame. Helps the quarterback sell ball fakes.

Negatives: Used on a rotational basis at Old Dominion. One-speed ball carrier who cannot turn the corner or beat defenders around the perimeter.

Analysis: Strong possesses a solid build, but he has no outstanding physical skill to his game. His ability to catch the ball out of the backfield will get him consideration in camp this summer.

Rice Owls
2020 NFL Draft Prospects

Nick Leverett, OG

Positives: Strong, wide-bodied blocker with an underrated game. Bends his knees, sinks his butt at the line of scrimmage and fires off the snap into blocks. Built low to the ground, explosive and consistently gets leverage on opponents. Keeps his feet moving, shows strength and turns defenders from the line. More athletic than his computer numbers would lend one to believe and battles throughout the action. Patient in pass protection.

Negatives: Must improve his footwork in pass protection. Really doesn’t finish blocks. Must be more consistent in all areas of his game.

Analysis: Leverett possesses next-level size, explosion and run-blocking skill, but he must develop a complete game. If he shows any sort of ability in camp this summer, Leverett should end up on a practice squad in the fall.

Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles
2020 NFL Draft Prospects

Drake Dorbeck, OT

Positives: Large human being who displays ability as a position blocker. Effectively bends his knees and blocks with leverage, shows strength at the point and turns defenders from the line. Patient in pass protection, keeps his feet moving and anchors at the point. Works to stays square and quickly gets his hands up.

Negatives: Lacks footwork off the edge. Ineffective in motion. Struggles to finish blocks or control defenders.

Analysis: Dorbeck is a huge lineman who flashes ability, but he’s unrefined in many aspects of blocking. He’s a developmental prospect who should receive practice-squad consideration this fall.

Quez Watkins, WR

Positives: Explosive wideout who comes off a tremendous season. Quickly gets into pass routes, runs sharp breaks and separates from defenders. Stays low out of breaks and plays with balance, agility and flexibility. Consistent hands catcher who extends and looks the ball into his hands.

Easily makes the catch at full speed and comes away with the reception on crossing patterns. Displays terrific focus and hand-eye coordination. Turns it upfield and works after the catch. Ran incredibly well at the combine.

Negatives: Does not show the great burst on the field despite his 40 time. Possesses a thin build and will struggle in press coverage and in battles.

Analysis: Watkins is an athletic receiver with next-level speed and pass-catching skill. He comes with big upside, though I would expect a lot of bumps in the road before Watkins is truly NFL-ready.

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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 follow him on Twitter: @TonyPauline.


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