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.

UAB Blazers
2020 NFL Draft Prospects

Garrett Marino, DT

Positives: Quick, explosive defensive lineman who squeezes every ounce from his ability. Tough to knock off his feet, plays with great pad level to get leverage on opponents and chases the action hard. Quick to locate the ball, easily changes direction and runs downfield to make plays. Fires off the snap with a terrific first step and builds a lot of momentum up the field.

Negatives: Struggles to get off blocks and gets handled by a single opponent. Does not have much growth potential.

Analysis: Marino is a hard-charging defensive lineman who also does a good job on coverage units, but he comes with limited upside. He’s a three-technique tackle whose intensity could help him wedge his way onto a roster.

UTEP Miners
2020 NFL Draft Prospects

Denzil Chukwukelu, DE

Positives: Nice-sized defensive end with both growth potential and upside. Fires off the snap with a tremendous first step, plays with terrific pad level and flashes athleticism. Builds a lot of momentum up the field, works his hands throughout the action and displays the ability to bend off the edge and flatten and get to the action.

Negatives: Not a pure edge rusher. Easily outpositioned from plays or blocked by a single opponent. Wears down as the game proceeds.

Analysis: Chukwukelu is a tall and relatively athletic defensive lineman and a solid developmental prospect with practice-squad potential. His game should only improve as he physically matures and fills out his frame.

Kai Locksley, QB

Positives: Athletic quarterback with a live arm. Possesses a quick release, throws tight spirals and drives the ball through small windows. Sells ball fakes, smoothly rolls outside the pocket and easily makes the throw on the move. Patient and scans the field for open wideouts. Consistent threat to pick up yardage with his legs.

Negatives: Late with passes and does not display good timing. All over the place with throws and makes receivers work to come away with the catch. Off-field issues will raise red flags.

Analysis: Locksley is a terrific athlete, but he’s a better thrower than passer and needs work from the ground up.

UTSA Roadrunners
2020 NFL Draft Prospects

Carl Austin, S

Positives: Nice-sized safety with outstanding vision and instincts. Quick to read the action, displays anticipation and fires up the field to defend the run. Remains disciplined with assignments, keeps the action in front of him and wraps up tackling. Effectively quarterbacks the secondary. Gives effort and flies around the field to make something happen.

Negatives: Lacks long speed, lateral range and closing burst.

Analysis: Austin is a solid football player, but he’s a marginal athlete and lacks next-level speed. He’s a potential ninth defensive back if he shows well on coverage units during summer camp.

Eric Banks, DE

Positives: Relatively athletic defensive lineman who can be used at tackle or end. Fires off the snap, plays with proper pad level and displays solid movement skills. Rarely off his feet, works his hands throughout the action and nicely redirects to the play.

Negatives: Easily outpositioned by opponents or turned from the play. Struggles to defend the run.

Analysis: Banks possesses size and decent speed, and he’s a developmental prospect who could be used as a base end or three-technique tackle.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
2020 NFL Draft Prospects

Lucky Jackson, WR

Positives: Reliable possession receiver who plays smart football. Stays low out of breaks, separates from defenders and extends his hands to offer the quarterback a target. Makes the catch away from his frame, comes away with the reception on crossing patterns and works to make the difficult catch. Consistently comes back into the clearing to make himself an available target.

Negatives: Must clean up his footwork as a route runner. Plays to one speed and doesn’t get any type of vertical separation.

Analysis: Jackson possesses reliable hands and comes with nice size, but he lacks next-level speed. He looks as though he has potential as a punt returner, which will boost his next-level chances.

Miles Pate, OG

Positives: College right tackle who projects to guard. Sets with a wide base, bends his knees and stays square. Very effective with his hands, strong at the point and keeps his feet moving. Quick out to the second level and shows ability in motion.

Negatives: Lacks footwork and lateral range. Lack of height is an issue.

Analysis: Pate is a hard-working lineman who plays bigger and more athletic than his computer numbers. He lacks great upside, but he could make a practice squad for a zone-blocking team.

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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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